I grew up on X-Men comics and used to spend my allowance just to buy trading cards and the latest issues of the biggest storyline at the time: Age of Apocalypse. While comic book collecting was all the rage when I was a kid, the culture slowly died out as the years wore on and comic books began to gather dust.
Around two years ago, I tried reviving the habit. Now that proved to be quite expensive, and it was simply head spinning to keep track of older storylines. Most of these older comics were in book form and that took out some of the thrill of poring over each page – I was always anxious not to wear out the spine in order to preserve the books for years to come.