It’s a good thing I didn’t go after all those Miracleman variant covers like I was planning.

§ October 21st, 2022 § Filed under collecting, miraclemarvelman § 5 Comments

So I don’t have very many of those illustrated comic boxes for my personal use. I mean, I sell plenty of them at the shop (where I dubbed them “Fancy Boxes” on my signage for them, and the name seems to have stuck with my customers), but I haven’t much felt the need to grab too many for myself. I did make an exception for the Hellboy boxes, of which I bought three and immediately filled two, thinking the third would last me a whle. But, the joke’s on me as Dark Horse seems to have accelerated its Hellboy and Hellboy-adjacent funnybook output over the last year or three and now I’m wishing I’d picked up two or three more of those boxes.

Anyway, another design has come out that tempted me into owning, and as you may have guessed by the image leading this post, it’s that darn ol’ Miracleman what done the deed. It’s a nice pic they used, though I would have liked it they’d wrapped illos around the entire box and not just the two sides. Ah well. Despite that, I now have a fancy box of my own in which to stow my Miracleman goodies.

I haven’t yet gathered all my MM stuff together, as I’m currently in the midst of reorganizing my collection at home (“wait, didn’t I give up most of my stuff to the shop, how do I still have this much left”) and everything is still in the “total and utter disarray” part of the process. But I know I have the original 24 issues of the Eclipse run, plus the Apocrypha mini, the Miracleman Family mini and the 3-D special, plus all of the Marvel reprintings of same from a few years back. Not to mention that one-shot Marvel put out giving a history of the character, and all those black and white reprint comics (I passed on the hardcover archives).

And there’s the tangentially-related stuff, like the Total Eclipse mini. Plus, we’ve got new MM stuff on the way, starting with the refurbished Silver Age #1, leading into newly published Gaiman/Buckingham stories in a month or three. If that’s not all, there’s whatever Marvel is planning to do with the character (I predict the “Marvelman” version, versus the “Miracleman” version tied to that specific story) in the Marvel Universe itself, as hinted at by this one-shot from a few months back. Oh, and there’s the two new pages in, I think, Marvel #1000, right?

With new stuff on the way, I’m not sure how much more box space I’m going to need. Without having all the MM comics I own in front of me, I can only estimate that they would take up about…half a box, maybe? I don’t know how much more of the “Miracleman” story Gaiman and Buckingham have left to tell, and once Marvel starts doing separate Marvelman stories…who knows, maybe I’ll be wishing then I’d picked up more of the fancy boxes. God forbid I just put these in plain white boxes, what would the neighbors think?

Oh, you know, I forgot the oversized stuff I have, like that original UK Marvelman Special and Warrior #4 with the formerly-unreprinted MM story. And, ooh, wait, there’s the forthcoming Miracleman Omnibus, I’ll need room for that, too!

Almost forgot the Warpsmiths stories that popped up here and there, like in the A1 anthology! I’M GONNA NEED MORE BOXES

As a wise man once said, “it’s sort of an illness.”

5 Responses to “It’s a good thing I didn’t go after all those Miracleman variant covers like I was planning.”

  • Chris V says:

    Am I being too cynical when I say, I hope Marvel doesn’t release issues #1 and 2 of the Silver Age (issues #23 and 24), and then we see another long hiatus before there’s more talk of Gaiman/Buckingham finishing their Miracleman run.
    Because I could see Marvel doing this while they launch their Marvel Universe-version of the character.

  • Andrew Davison says:

    It’s a miracle man that you’re not swamped by comic things.

  • Thom H. says:

    Now that Silver Age #1/#23 actually exists in the world, and issues up to #4/#26 have been solicited, I’m optimistic that Marvel means to finish this thing. I assume Gaiman and Buckingham will conclude their original three-act story, culminating with six issues of the Dark Age. I’m sure they don’t mind the extra income, but they’ve both got other things to do, too.

    Speaking of, how gorgeous is Buckingham’s redrawn art for #1/#23? Not that the original art wasn’t great, but the new layouts are so much better. I guess it helps that he’s drawn this same issue multiple times and had 20 years to think about it. But just the use of time across panel borders adds a whole new dimension to the story. I’m really looking forward to next issue.

  • Allan Hoffman says:

    I wonder what the feeling will be once Gaiman and Buckingham finish their MM stories. After so long it will be finished and readers will be like, “Well, now what do we do?”

  • Thom H. says:

    @Allan: It makes you wonder if Gaiman has a hand-picked successor who’s been waiting 25 years to take the reins.