First up: Hey, whaddaya know -- I had to reorder checks, and I found Green Lantern ones!
They're in a set with Supes, Bats, Wondy, and Barry (The Flash) Allen. Fun! ‘Course, they show only Hal in all of his Silver Age glory (and I think I have a T-shirt somewhere with this image on it), but I’m not complaining.
However, I AM going to complain about something right here and now. A thousand apologies to all comic book sellers out there because this is the kind of thing you don't like to see -- and a thousand apologies to everyone else because I'm not known to fly off the handle like this -- but I’M NOT BUYING COMICS ANYMORE!
Well, okay, that’s not entirely true -- I AM going to continue buying Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, simply because they’re my current favorites and I’m too impatient to wait for them to be reprinted in trade form. But as for all other comics, that’s IT. From now on, it’s trade reprints all the way.
Why the change of heart? Well, I just found out that all of the Golden Age Green Lama comics have been/are being reprinted in hardcover archive editions. As has happened many times throughout my lifetime of collecting comics, I’m once again confronted by the dilemma of, WHY BOTHER trying to accumulate and hang onto comic books when even the OBSCURE ones are being reprinted (and reprinted very nicely) in book form?
Yes, yes, I know -- the trade reprints aren’t always accurate reproductions of the original comics. But, darn it, I’m not sure the differences are enough to deter me anymore. There are just too many annoyances involved:
- Comic books are a pain in the patootie to read and store. It’s so much easier to just pull a book off a shelf than to go digging through a box full of plastic-wrapped comics -- and then making sure I’ve grabbed ALL of the ones of whatever story arc I want to read.
- Sure, there have been attempts to design comic book boxes that store and display comics more efficiently, but it’s still easier (and CHEAPER) to pull a book off a shelf.
- Comic book bags are -- and always have been -- a pain in the @$$ to deal with, and I’m not sure protecting ALL of my old comics is worth the effort anymore. I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed that, in many cases, the value of a comic plummets the minute a publishing company reprints it in a trade book or archive.
- Some trade books are very expensive, particularly hardback editions in color. However, in almost all instances, buying a collected trade book is CHEAPER than buying all of the comics in their original form.
- Driving to the comic book shop once a week to pick up new comics is getting too darned expensive. It’s easier (and cheaper) to wait for the trade reprints to be released -- and those can be mailed to my house (often on the release date) without me having to go pick ‘em up.
- Yeah, I’ve tried getting comic book subscriptions before -- and fairly recently, too. And too many times, issues either didn’t show up, or were torn up before making it to my mailbox. And subscribing doesn’t work for mini series or one-offs. Not worth it for me.
Bottom line: I. JUST. WANNA. READ. THE. COMICS. And trade reprints seem to be the cheapest and easiest way to do so.
So, next weekend (since it’s a four-day weekend for me) I’m gonna go through all of my comic book boxes and CLEAR OUT all of the ones that have been reprinted in book form -- which is darned near 80% of my collection, and my collection is rather large. I’m either gonna take ‘em to Comic Store Guy, or let Mighty Mite have ‘em to tear through when she’s old enough to read. Unless someone can give me a darned good reason why I shouldn’t do this!
And, no, I haven’t been possessed by Parallax!