Name: John Aston

Bio: Phasing out of monthlies. :( Alternating Complete Dick Tracy volumes, with Usagi Yojimbo and Judge Dredd Case Files. The Legion run is on pause after concluding 5 Years Later. Slowly completing a full-run of Heavy Metal Magazine.

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    March 5, 2013 10:31 am I've been of the opinion comics of old haven't available to us have been as kid friendly as we may think. When I started reading comics with G.I. Joe, it wasn't uncommon for Cobra soldiers to get popped on panel. In Spectacular Spider-Man, I read about the gun-toting killer called Sin Eater who committed suicide by cop. Speaking of gun-toting killers, Marvel published comics featuring a homicidal maniac called The Punisher. Joker beat a child with a crowbar. Prior, he was whacking Gothamites left and right along with Batman's rogues gallery. Mary Jane and Peter Parker had a sex life though subtle in its on-panel portrayal. Bad girl comics. Even Dick Tracy planted a few bodies while violating the U.S. Constitution in a newspaper strip during the late '30s. And so on and so on. Before, there were pulp novels. Further back: the non-Disney-fied Grimm Fairy Tales. Ever read how the Tin Woodsman lost his limbs? As far as violent and sexual content goes in media aimed for all-ages, kids and teens, nothing really has changed for more than 100 years. Compared to some responses, I'm a bit more liberal. I wouldn't hand an issue of Tarot to my 8-year-old step-daughter but if she wanted to read Wonder Woman (Perez, Rucka or Azzarello) I wouldn't tell her to beat pavement with a copy of Adventure Time. That's insulting.
    March 4, 2013 2:21 pm Did the My Comic Shop Dot Com thing. Just a word of caution: be very, very tough on grading your comics. They sure will.
    March 4, 2013 1:53 pm I liked it, but not as much as 100 Percent and Heavy Liquid. I hope there is a complete THB collection in the works.
    March 4, 2013 1:48 pm Dealing with the same thing. Got 55 long boxes and most need replacing. I'm selling portions of the collection on ebay a bit at a time mainly to reduce the scope of the replacement while offsetting the costs...well, except for the occasional Heavy Metal lot. But that's magazine short boxes, so it's okay. Around 2004 I paid off a car selling about 4,000 comics on ebay, a time before digital and our economy killed back issue demand. I was holding onto a full run of Wonder Man, bad girl comics and all sorts of crap I thought I couldn't bare to part. The way I worked around my comic psychosis was this: reading. Can't bare to part with those Marvel Team-Up issues? Read them. Yeah. They're not as good as you thought they were. If they didn't age well, toss 'em. Or, sell them. Good luck. P.S. The moral of the snail story isn't a criticism of material possessions but a lesson about the perils of sinking crap tons of money into a mobile home. P.P.S. The enabler in me wants to tell you to sell the comics and buy more of what you haven't read or a long-sought back issue that you couldn't justify purchasing.
    October 2, 2012 2:35 pm Ditto!
    October 2, 2012 2:35 pm Try hunting down Gen13: Ordinary Heroes. It's a two-parter written and drawn by Hughes. Then there are his Penthouse Comix issues.... of which I've heard tales of...ahem.
    October 2, 2012 2:25 pm Arkham Asylum: Living Hell was pretty good and creepy. I miss Queen & Country. Bone rocks, too.
    October 2, 2012 2:20 pm I remember being (partially) excited for the New 52, then the books shipped. It's taken a year, but I'm pretty much done with DC for the most part. I've even dropped All-Star Western finally coming to terms that one of my favorite titles, Jonah Hex, has been shoehorned into a pre-Batman Bat-book. For a while Hex was the only DC book I read. It's not that I'm territorial with the New 52 -- "that's not my DC" -- but it's been an absolutely boring year as far as my enjoyment with DC. Marvel NOW! is becoming a guilt-free jumping-off point. I've wasted so much money on AvX tie-ins shipping bi-weekly in titles was already reading making me a bit resentful having WATXMj, UXM, New Avengers and Avengers hijacked for half a year and wasting so many issues on a crossover I'm not even reading. I'm done. I haven't subscribed to any of the upcoming NOW! titles. I'm sticking with WATXM and DD and that's it. Amazing Spider-man is done at 700 and so am I. What I am excited about is having a bunch of money freed-up from allowing the Big Two to sack my wallet and budget and being able to explore comics elsewhere. I'm eyeballing some Dick Tracy reprints, Usagi Yojimbo, Hellblazer OGNs and I want to experiment with some pre-Vertigo Vertigo titles. Punk Rock Jesus looks cool, too.
    September 18, 2012 3:47 pm When Jason Aaron killed Frank Castle in PunisherMax (which I enjoyed!), the death gave me closure with the character. I have no interest in ever reading another Punisher story again. A first-time reaction I've had with a comic book.
    September 4, 2012 1:46 pm Alphabetical all the way. Anything more is too tedius with 55 long boxes. Of course, tedius is having to stay in shape in order to sift through comics. I was > < that close of getting drawer boxes until bang-your-head-against-the-wall finances got in the way.