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Sunday, October 23, 2022 

A museum manager and comics collector who does read what he owns

Alabama News Center has a short article about the director of the Gadsen art museum who's also a comics collector, and if there's something pleasing to know, it's that he does appear to own what's in his collection for the purpose of reading:
Wetzel discovered comic books at age 7, and as fast as you can say KAPOW!!, he became a collector. Today he owns about 23,000 comics, plus action figures of numerous heroes (his favorites are Green Lantern and Daredevil).

He’s not one of those guys who never takes his collection out of the plastic. Wetzel says he has the books because he enjoys reading them, although the collection isn’t growing as fast as it used to.
Whether that's because there's a lot of older stuff today that's being reprinted in paperbacks and hardcovers and he buys it that way instead, I have no idea, but I certainly appreciate that he for one does own his material for reading purposes. That's the example that should be set for everyone - the comics should be bought because we want to read them, not simply collect them for monetary purposes. Of course, that's why I find it good that today, much of the wonders of the 20th century are now being reprinted in paperback/hardcover formats, and that way, many people can read a consistent storyline without missing an issue, as many doubtlessly and inevitably experienced in the past. Today's reprint industry solves everything.

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