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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today’s collection has an appropriate theme, given the big film that opened this weekend, as Armand shows us his “Guardians of the Galaxy” collection. Spoiler’s warning: There aren’t actually a lot of shelves in this edition of Shelf Porn. Like many of us do, Armand keeps most of his collection in long boxes, but pulled out some of his key Guardians issues to show them off here.
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And now here’s Armand …
My name is Armand Rock and I run the Guardians of the Galaxy fan page at http://www.facebook.com/TheGuardiansOfTheGalaxy/
I fell in love with the original Guardians of the Galaxy the first time I picked up Jim Valentino’s series back in 1990. After the Guardians were cancelled 5 years later I actually sold most of the comic collection I had accumulated up to that point. The one thing I did keep though is all of the Guardians of the Galaxy comics. I stopped collecting comics for over 10 years.
In 2008 I wondered whatever happened to the Guardians of the Galaxy so I walked in to a local comic store only to discover there was a new series (completely unaware there was a new series!). I believe DnA’s run was at around issue 3 at the time. I have been collecting the Guardians ever since and do not intend to stop collecting again this time around. At the time I expended to collect some of the new team’s comics including the main series although I cannot do every single appearances like I used to for the original Guardians.
With the sudden surge in popularity I have had to scale back what I purchase from “everything” to certain types of things. Needless to say I can see my collection increase rather significantly because of the spotlight given by the movie.
There is actually a story behind all of those Marvel Super-Heroes you see in there. When I came back to comics I started to pick them up from eBay
every once in a while when they were cheap enough (20.00 and under shipped). My main reason was a study that I had read online about someone who purchased a specific item many times over to see how it would impact its online value. In the study the price increased all around. I accumulated all copies prior to the movie being announced.
Let me know what you think either on my facebook page or twitter @gotg1969