Of course if you get reprint issues, its a lot less but a few years ago I added up how much the first 200 issues were and it was pretty pricey.
All of mine are the originals. The most expensive single issue was #1, at just over a hundred quid. Everything from around #150 I bought as they came out, so cover price.
Of course that's the best way to buy them. I thought the thread was meant to be for people to buy the issues as if they were getting them starting today. Try to price your Avengers collection right now. It will be a different story. I have the entire Avengers run except # 1 and #4. I doubt I'll ever get those 2 to complete the entire run.
If you tried to acquire that entire run it might run you 10 grand.
If you haunt the comic shops and used bookstores it might be doable if you seek only cost affordable and lower priced reading and not worry over condition.
I have to agree with Icc on this one. I assembled a run of #80 through 300 over the past three years, and it cost me a small fortune. Going back to #1? Not possible for most people these days.
Also much of the early run is available as reprints in Marvel Triple Action up to around issue 100 i think. Part of the thrill of the hunt and all that jazzmatazz don't you know?
You can take issue with my rules on this one, but the idea is original printings, not reprint editions. Theoretically, your choice could be a complete run of Marvel Tales, as the scope of that series is, in itself, unique, but not as a means of acquiring a full Avengers run. And besides, even with a handful of issues from the Lee Kirby era acquired inexpensively through reprints, acquiring the rest still falls out of the realm of possibility for most collectors' budgets.
Maybe we need to do a sister thread to this: what otherwise-out-of-your-price-range runs should every collector own as tpbs or digital collections?
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2016 14:00:12 GMT -5 by shaxper
A very tough choice to pick just one run. As much as I love Love & Rockets 1-50 (vol 1), I'm going to go with Silver Surfer (1968) 1-18. Might be the best less than 25 issue run ever put to paper. Stan probably at his apex in writing and John Buscema drawing the best superhero issues ever made.
I get what you are saying about cost. There is also the argument for sake of discussion that collecting isn't about price because i know some of you folks here have paid far higher prices than i would ever consider for any comics. And youngsters of today think nothing about spending gigantic sums of money for a new video game only to toss it aside once played through. So to me the cost/affordability is kind of all relative to the mindset of the collector.
As you did say though it should be in the affordable range then i rescind my Avengers thought and suggest of a more recent vintage with cost effective prices of collecting: from DC i offer you The Demon volume 3: issues 1-58 printed roughly from 1990 through 1995. A flavorful hellish rhyming delight for those inclined for something different. Creative writing and splendid artwork come together to provide a fun and interesting tour de force with Etrigan and his pals in and out of Hell.