The art of collecting in retro review: Weird War #1
From DC Comics way back in 1971 and the legendary creative team of Joe Kubert and Russ Heath, Weird War #1 is the very first issue of the classic World War II anthology horror series, which ran for 12 years and 124 issues.
One of the best things about collecting comic books is not just following the adventures of your favorite characters and super heroes every week, but also collecting those old special books that have a special place or meaning for individual collectors.
In this case, I am a huge DC war comic fan ever since I was a kid and there are certain titles and issues that I have my eye on in this regard. Now first of all, a collector can either collect a certain type of comic, a particular series, specific genre, or any of a number of different variations on the comic book as we know it today. But regardless of the way an individual collector goes about building his or her own collection, I am personally convinced that for me at least, it isn’t about the accumulation of hundreds and thousands of comics, but rather, it is the hunt that I live for.
That is, I truly believe that a collector is at their best and/or truly being a collector and getting the most out of it when they are pursuing a certain book, and the hunt and real collecting is actually taking place. That is for me when a collector is truly alive and getting the most out of their hobby, when they are looking for, finding, purchasing and ultimately acquiring that which they passionately seek.
In my case, Weird War #1 had always been a book on my bucket list so to speak and after a very long time of searching, haggling, bidding and losing to others, I finally won an E-Bay bid for the book I had long been searching for. Personally, first issues, first appearances and milestone books are really where my collecting preferences lay.
So finally the first issue in this classic series I used to enjoy reading as a kid arrived and upon opening the multi-layered packaging, the first thing I like to do with new old comics I collect is to open the cover and take in the smell of the old comic pulp paper. Then I sat back and read the first issue of Weird War and what a pleasant surprise to find that some of my favorite artists had created each of the stories in the comic’s anthology format.
I enjoyed reading the horrific World War II tales just as much as I did when I was a kid and I can’t say how much of a pleasure the entire process was. This comic gets a grade of A from me because of the great art work and fun stories, along with the iconic status of the book within the war comic genre as the first issue in a well-known and equally well loved series.
Written By: Tye Bourdony
Tye Bourdony is a Sci Fi cartoonist and creator of ‘The Lighter Side of Sci-Fi’, a mediator, science fiction reporter and the U.S. based content editor for Sci Fi Pulse. He is also a graduate of the Barry University School of Law, SUNY Purchase and H.S. of Music & Art. Tye currently works in Florida’s 9th Circuit as the Staff Family Mediator, is currently the Public Information Officer for the Osceola County Bar Association and has a regular self-published column in Sci Fi Magazine. You can visit Tye on facebook and at www.thelightersideofscifi.com or send him your thoughts and story/article ideas to TBourdony@scifipulse.net.