Hanzo the Razor wrote:
Beachy, why so interested in collecting this particular line of books?
Partially because it's difficult. There were 1325 issues in the run. Since it was an anthology title,
almost no one attempted to collect it, which means fewer issues actually survived. Since many
of the issues came out during World War II, many issues were recycled in paper drives. Since
many of the issues were developed and marketed for kids, the issues were read to death by kids.
Partially because it is the history of American culture between the 40s and the 60s, with themes
and characters that reflect us. It ranges from the early newspaper strip reprints of popular comics
to adaptations of TV shows and movies.
Partially because many of our popular comic characters had their comic book debuts in these
issues: Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, Zorro, and so on. Along with that, they come with the
earliest comic work of greats like Carl Barks, Alex Toth, John Buscema, etc.
Partially for the shear variety: where else can you collect one title that contains Prince Valiant,
Beetle Bailey, the Little Rascals, Bonaza, Santa Claus, El Cid, John Carter of Mars, Bugs
Bunny, Popeye, Little Orphan Annie, Maverick, Gyro Gearloose, the Lennon Sisters, Woody
Woodpecker, Ben Bowie and his Mountain Men, Sugarfoot, Roy Rogers, Leave it to Beaver,
Turok, and so on, in one place?
Also, many of the people who own the issues, don't know it's part of a large set. So, some
bargains can be had. But, on the other side of that, there are many people who want just one
or two issues of the series—say Peanuts or Bullwinkle fans—who only need to collect one or two
issues, and they are willing to pay three or four times Price Guide value to obtain them.
Plus, the beautiful covers. Just spend a few minutes looking through them:http://www.comics.org/covers.lasso?SeriesID=279