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It is with a broken heart that I announce the death of Stan Lee. A comic legend and creator of Spider-Man, The incredible Hulk and The X-Men among others. He died in Los Angles at the age of 95, God bless you Stan. May god grant you eternal piece.
As I mentioned in my introduction post, I'm a huge comic collector. I've always just kind of been into them, probably because my oldest brother collected them so he always had one on hand that I could read growing up. I didn't start seriously collecting until high school, and even though my brother mainly had Spider-man books, I got heavily into X-men; I suppose it's because there were more characters to be interested in, but I probably couldn't list all the reasons that I love them now. My collection is pretty impressive for a guy in his early-mid twenties. I have about thirty long-boxes (for those not in the know, they each fit about 300 bagged and boarded comics), and half of them are X-men related. I plan on going all the way back to the beginning with X-men #1 (1963), the first appearance of the team and Magneto. Right now, my collection of X-men Proper runs from #19-66, a spattering of the reprint issues, and Giant-Size/X-men #94- present day. I also have most of the spin-off titles, though with so much material published since the X-men debuted 55 years ago it's hard to keep track of sometimes! I have a lot of first-appearances and key issues in my collection, but by and far the most valuable would be X-men #94 (long-time writer Chris Claremont's first issue on the title), Giant-Size X-men #1 (first appearance Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus, and second appearance Wolverine), and New Mutants #98 (first appearance Deadpool). The remaining long boxes contain mostly DC comics; Batman/Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Justice League, etc. And current indie titles I'm pulling, like Scales and Scoundrels, Snot Girl, Paper Girls, etc etc. *(I'm also collecting the IDW My Little Pony series, naturally, but seeing as I was a little late to the game, it's the only thing I will allow myself to collect in trade)