Sunday, September 28, 2008

The CR Sunday Feature Meme: 50 Things Every Comics Collection Truly Needs

These sorts of things make for perfect Lazy Sunday Blogging, doncha think? Anyway, this is pretty self-explanatory, but basically, Tom Spurgeon wrote up a fun post for today on The Comics Reporter about the 50 things he feels every comics person should have in their collection. Someone suggested he turn it into blog-friendly meme bait, and now here we go:

Leave Plain = Things I don't have
Make Bold = Things I do have
Italics = I have some but probably not enough (optional)
Underline = I don't agree I need this (optional)

1. Something From The ACME Novelty Library

2. A Complete Run Of Arcade

3. Any Number Of Mini-Comics

4. At Least One Pogo Book From The 1950s
(well, if you count the thicker 70s collections that reprint two of the 50s collections apiece)

5. A Barnaby Collection
(Well worth the hunt, folks)

6. Binky Brown and the Holy Virgin Mary

7. As Many Issues of RAW as You Can Place Your Hands On

8. A Little Stack of Archie Comics
(only because of the Free Comic Book Day issues)

9. A Suite of Modern Literary Graphic Novels


10. Several Tintin Albums
(I only own "Tintin in Tibet." Oh, and "Land of the Soviets" in French. I know I need more, but I never seem to get around to it.)

11. A Smattering Of Treasury Editions Or Similarly Oversized Books


12. Several Significant Runs of Alternative Comic Book Series


13. A Few Early Comic Strip Collections To Your Taste


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


17. Some Osamu Tezuka

18. The Entire Run Of At Least One Manga Series (check back with me in a few months when I finally pick up the Yotsuba&! volumes I'm missing)

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 (I used to clip and save The Phantom as a little kid, but those are LONG since gone).

22. A Selection of Comics That Interest You That You Can't Explain To Anyone Else
(Hello, I'm Johnny Cash; The Saturday Morning Comic Book, which is based on the 90s Saturday Morning CD; any number of cross-promotional/educational books)

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

27. The original edition of Sick, Sick, Sick.

28. The Smithsonian Collection Of Newspaper Comics

29. Several copies of MAD
(I think I only have one right now, with the Batman TV show parody)

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


34. Some Love and Rockets


35. The Marvel Benefit Issue Of Coober Skeber


36. A Few Comics Not In Your Native Tongue
(Do foreign translations of American books count?)

37. A Nice Stack of Jack Chick Comics

38. A Stack of Comics You Can Hand To Anybody's Kid


39. At Least A Few Alan Moore Comics


40. A Comic You Made Yourself

41. A Few Comics About Comics


42. A Run Of Yummy Fur

43. Some Frank Miller Comics


44. Several Lee/Ditko/Romita Amazing Spider-Man Comic Books
(if collections count, then yes)

45. A Few Great Comics Short Stories

46. A Tijuana Bible

47. Some Weirdo

48. An Array Of Comics In Various Non-Superhero Genres


49. An Editorial Cartoonist's Collection or Two

50. A Few Collections From New Yorker Cartoonists
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