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Monday, September 29, 2008

The 50 Things Meme -- Started by Spurgeon, continued by Frug and Brady, and here's my list, with a modified key first:

Plain - I don't have at all
Bold - I do have
Italics - I have had in the past but sold or lost or traded away
Underline - I have, but not in its originally published form

1. Something From The ACME Novelty Library (as much of it as I have been able to find/afford)
2. A Complete Run Of Arcade
3. Any Number Of Mini-Comics (I can never get enough!)
4. At Least One Pogo Book From The 1950s
5. A Barnaby Collection
6. Binky Brown and the Holy Virgin Mary
7. As Many Issues of RAW as You Can Place Your Hands On (wish I had kept these so bad it hurts)
8. A Little Stack of Archie Comics
9. A Suite of Modern Literary Graphic Novels (kind of the entire purpose of my life)
10. Several Tintin Albums
11. A Smattering Of Treasury Editions Or Similarly Oversized Books (My Superman vs. Spider-Man from 1976 is the one comic I have owned the longest without interruption, i.e., selling and then later reacquiring; everyone should have Storeyville)
12. Several Significant Runs of Alternative Comic Book Series
13. A Few Early Comic Strip Collections To Your Taste (I only have the first Fanta Popeye volume at the moment)
14. Several "Indy Comics" From Their Heyday
15. At Least One Comic Book From When You First Started Reading Comic Books
16. At Least One Comic That Failed to Finish The Way It Planned To (Big Numbers and 1963 come immediately to mind)
17. Some Osamu Tezuka
18. The Entire Run Of At Least One Manga Series (I'm counting the Tatsumi D&Q hardcovers)
19. One Or Two 1970s Doonesbury Collections
20. At Least One Saul Steinberg Hardcover
21. One Run of A Comic Strip That You Yourself Have Clipped
22. A Selection of Comics That Interest You That You Can't Explain To Anyone Else
23. At Least One Woodcut Novel
24. As Much Peanuts As You Can Stand
25. Maus
26. A Significant Sample of R. Crumb's Sketchbooks (I have tons of Crumb, but only Gotta Have 'Em as far as sketchbook stuff)
27. The original edition of Sick, Sick, Sick.
28. The Smithsonian Collection Of Newspaper Comics
29. Several copies of MAD
30. A stack of Jack Kirby 1970s Comic Books
31. More than a few Stan Lee/Jack Kirby 1960s Marvel Comic Books
32. A You're-Too-High-To-Tell Amount of Underground Comix
33. Some Calvin and Hobbes (I have the Complete Calvin and Hobbes, plus the 10th Anniversary book Tom talks about and a few other strays)
34. Some Love and Rockets
35. The Marvel Benefit Issue Of Coober Skeber (did you know the cover to this issue is the best superhero cover of the past 20 years?*)
36. A Few Comics Not In Your Native Tongue (I have French Authority albums that are beautiful, and Italian Mazzucchelli collections, ditto)
37. A Nice Stack of Jack Chick Comics (used to have most of these; lived in the South)
38. A Stack of Comics You Can Hand To Anybody's Kid
39. At Least A Few Alan Moore Comics (I have as many of them as I can; hey, have copies of Miracleman 15 and 16 you'd like to trade?)
40. A Comic You Made Yourself (thinking of the story I wrote for My Day in the Life of Jay, illustrated by Jason Marcy)
41. A Few Comics About Comics (McCloud, of course, comes to mind, but I love Huizenga's thing for the Center for Cartoon Studies)
42. A Run Of Yummy Fur
43. Some Frank Miller Comics (I have a lot of the good ones, and also stuff he's done in the past 20 years)
44. Several Lee/Ditko/Romita Amazing Spider-Man Comic Books
45. A Few Great Comics Short Stories
46. A Tijuana Bible
47. Some Weirdo
48. An Array Of Comics In Various Non-Superhero Genres (I should hope so, being more of a comics reader than a superhero "fan")
49. An Editorial Cartoonist's Collection or Two
50. A Few Collections From New Yorker Cartoonists

* Meta-humour for longtime readers



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