My original focus in comic collecting was Four color comics and westerns. This was mainly brought on by me stumbling across a relatives OO western collection, while I was working on his farm. I was about 12. The books were mid fifties. What a slave driver he was.
The books were in a shed that had one open side. They were moldy and many were coverless. The ones that had covers just blew me away. (this is why I collect mostly for the cover art) I looked at them many times after that.
When I discovered how to turn on a computer and Ebay in 2002, I went to buying westerns and four colors. My wife joined in too. This was until she saw it was getting expensive.
Anyhow, a managed to get over 1800 really nice copies of various titles. Unfortunately, I had to sell do to financial problems.
In 2004 I decided I was going to try again. I spent months studying various titles and runs. I wanted to fins something that I really loved. I also wanted this new focus to be centered around a title that was also more popular with others.
The Early, GA covers of the Action run really caught my eye. They seemed to generate lots of bids in the auctions. I came to the conclusion, that I was going to collect #1 through #30. I managed to get #27, #28, and #29. Unfortunately, I had to sell again in 2005. I joined the CGC boards in January 2005
It was just a few months after that when I was ready to try again. This time, I was going to start out with books that I could more easily afford. My goal was to complete #1 through #100. I started out at the upper end of the run. I purchased many raw books that I figured were at least VG. Many of these were purchased from James Payette. After I got 3 books, I would send them to CGC.
It's been a little over 7 years since I started the run. It's currently at 80% in the CGC registry. It's been hard to maintain this tight focus. Although, I have no regrets.
BTW, you will rarely see a post this long from me.