The complete run of the original Defenders series? Or the Perez-Wolfman Titans? How about the complete Tomb of Dracula? Or a, ulp, complete run of the Avengers first series? A complete Daredevil or Punisher collection. Or, and here are the big ones, every Action Comics ever published (I believe no one has this), every Batman, every Amazing Spider-Man. How about we go Golden Age? Every More Fun Comics (wow), or every run of the 40s Marvel Comics (also wow)?
The failed completist
I’ve been collecting since I was seven and the only way I could have completed a title with a significant run was if I was disciplined enough to just keep buying one title – no such luck. The best I could do was a complete run of X-Factor up until issue 39 or so and a complete Crisis on Infinite Earths (but I suppose limited series don’t count)
And now some grade school angst
The first time I ever heard of a one-title collector was when I was in grade school and these two high schoolers only collected one title each. One of them focused on X-Men and the other on Fantastic Four. It is a bittersweet memory because the X-Men guy turned out to be douche bag and scammed me out of one of my X-Men issues (that’s one way to build a collection).
Where are the completists?
If course the advent of the internet revealed these amazing collectors. I recall one guy saying in a forum that financial woes has forced him to sell his heretofore complete run of the first series of Iron Man. It’s painful just hearing about it.
I’m convinced that complete title collections of series that top 500 issues are still a rarity. Rare enough for me to inquire: Are you one of these ‘complete collectors’? If you are what have you got? I absolutely want to hear about it.