IMJ

Total Comic Registry Points: 45,018 Rank: 589
 


IMJ's Bio
Superheroes first appealed to me as a kid watching Superman fight Zod and crew in Superman 2 and re-runs of Batman '66 as much as I could. My first comics were Batman Annual #9 and Superman Annual #11 - spinner rack grabs as a kid from a nearby Jewel/Osco. At the time I could never have known that I lucked into what is arguably the greatest single issue of Superman of all time. Superman Annual #11 has since become an absolute favorite book of mine. Ironically though, neither of those books led to my active collecting.

I didn't buy another comic book until years later when a friend pointed out some books on a Convenient store spinner rack. Iron Man #247 caught my eye with its poster-worthy cover featuring Iron Man and the [grey] Hulk teaming-up in front of a teal-blue empty backdrop that created focus exclusively on the figures. The Batman and Superman Annuals were novelties as a kid, but it was that Iron Man book that kick started my collecting. Iron Man was cool as hell in his own book during that era, and I remember wanting to know more about the character. Later on I figured that Iron Man volume 1 was an attainable run to build, and so I started my back issue collecting there as well. It was still going to take me years to do, but I only went as deep as the early #200 issues during that phase of collecting. I fell out of comic books almost completely in High School, and didn't pick things up again until shortly into Marvel's Heroe's Return. I love that Iron Man volume 3 run by Busiek/Chen. It's not that they pumped out "the definitive" Iron Man, but those first two years of books are infinitely readable and fun. Iron Man has had several creative teams that have left their mark on the character as well, but suffice to say, I am still an Iron Man collector.

I've been fortunate enough to carry my fandom into other areas of the hobby which is something I hope to do more of in the future. The most fun has been the writing and editing of a fanzine called "Advanced Iron" where I wrote a regular article whimsically titled "The Stark Market Report". It was an ongoing, character-specific market analysis of Iron Man stuff. I've also been fortunate enough to have met and interviewed the crew of the first Iron Man movie, worked with Andy Mangles on his "Beneath The Armor" book, and along the way I had the fun honor to be contacted by a few journalists here or there when they write some obscure article about the character. So while none of this is incredibly extraordinary, I am happy to have left a footnote in the hobby and contributed the smallest of new or added information about Iron Man and his published superhero exploits.

My love for comics also extends into early Valiant, much of the quality rock star artist stuff of the late 80's and early 90's, and the thrill of identifying and finding comic keys. Keys are so much more than speculative 1st appearances - but also those often overlooked key story events or moments as well. Cosmic and sci-fi books are great as well, and I'm a big fan of Marvel's Protector of the Universe, Quasar. Quasar is an admirable and fun character who has a truly awesome power set. Gruenwald's series was a great examination of the human condition and those books featured great line work by guys like Paul Ryan and Mike Manley; and later some amazing design work and energy projection stuff by Greg Capullo. I got in on the ground floor of the first volume when I picked up issue 1 from the same Jewel newsstand that yielded those DC Annuals so many years earlier. Suffice to say, the only character I might like more than Iron Man is Wendell Vaughn's Quasar and I'm happy to add those slabs when I can find 9.8 candidates.

As for this CGC set itself, I used to have a threshold of 9.0, but have since become a little more discerning. As time goes on I'd like all of my Silver Books to reflect at least 9.4 with white pages. The 9.4 is a great grade that is often overlooked as the red-headed step child of the 9+ tier. But 9.4's are the first TRUE Near Mint grade - the first true marker of a quality archived book. I am willing to make concessions though if a different grade can get me into a Silver or Bronze key. The 8.0 and 8.5 family are gorgeous books for keys, and those grades tend to reflect market value that doesn't price out the regular buyer. Depending on the key, I'd look as low as a 4.0 that presents well if it means an opportunity to own a book I might not otherwise be able to enjoy.

This collection is very much a "normal guy" collection compiled over time, as I can and when good opportunities arise. Thanks for checking out my modest set.

-IMJ (Ironman John)



    

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A

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Action Comics (Complete) IMJ's Action Comics (Complete) Set Action packed Superman! This s (...) 20128 67
Amazing Spider-Man (Complete) IMJ's Amazing Spider-Man (Complete) Set I don't have many Spider-M (...) 20668 429
Avengers #1-#100 IMJ's Avengers #1-#100 Set 112000 143

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Batman (2011) IMJ's Batman (2011) Set Capullo Batman!!! 'Nuff sa (...) 3178 89
Batman Adventures (Complete) IMJ's Batman Adventures (Complete) Set Submitted a Harley from my set (...) 11100 69
Bloodshot (Valiant) IMJ's Bloodshot (Valiant) Set 2396 18

C

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Captain America #100-#454 IMJ's Captain America #100-#454 Set 41175 173

D

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Daredevil #1-#380 IMJ's Daredevil #1-#380 Set 412206 40
Demon (1972) IMJ's Fourth World Set This set will obviously be lis (...) 1654 30
Double Life of Private Strong IMJ's Double Life Of Private Strong Set I love the sensibility of thes (...) 15079 3

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Fantastic Four (Complete) IMJ's Fantastic Four (Complete) Set Basically focusing on cosmic k (...) 401980 185
Fantastic Four (Silver Age Silver Surfer) IMJ's Fantastic Four (Silver Age Silver Surfer) Set Just looking to complete the t (...) 318678 28

H

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Harbinger (1992) IMJ's Harbinger (1992) Loved this series as a kid, bu (...) 24340 30

I

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Incredible Hulk (1968) #102-#474 IMJ's Incredible Hulk (1968) #102-#474 Set This Hulk run had some amazing (...) 201132 141
Invincible Iron Man (2008) IMJ's Invincible Iron Man (2008) Set 75248 3
Invincible Iron Man (2015) IMJ's Invincible Iron Man (2015) Set 1124 14
Invincible Iron Man (2017) IMJ's Invincible Iron Man (2017) Set Not a fan of this run basicall (...) 47419 1
Iron Man #1-#332 IMJ's Iron Man #1-#332 Set This set is being compiled for (...) 992814897 13
Iron Man #1-#100 IMJ's Iron Man #1-#100 Set As a general rule, this collec (...) 353511515 14
Iron Man Volume 2 IMJ's Iron Man vol 2 Set This set was put together for (...) 16100445 1
Iron Man Volume 3 IMJ's Iron Man Volume 3 Set Iron Man volume 3 has one of m (...) 99296 3
Iron Man (2005) IMJ's Iron Man (2005) Set Extremis! 3988 2
Iron Man (2013) IMJ's Iron Man (2013) Set Gillen's run started off s (...) 2250 4
Iron Man (Armor Wars) IMJ's Iron Man (Armor Wars) Set This set represents what is ea (...) 1292329 1
Iron Man Legacy IMJ's Iron Man Legacy Set <img src=https://i.imgur.co (...) 847192 1

J

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Journey Into Mystery IMJ's Journey Into Mystery Set Lots of books from this run th (...) 10560 26

M

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Marvel Bronze Age 1st Appearances (1970-1979) IMJ's Marvel Bronze Age 1st Apps Set Love that the Bronze Age has n (...) 867338 14
Marvel 1968 Series Starters IMJ's Marvel 1968 Series Starters Set 18900 39
Marvel Boy IMJ's Marvel Boy Set The first time that I discover (...) 1161175 2
Marvel Silver Age 1st Issues (1956-1969) IMJ's Marvel Silver Age 1st Issues Set 392550 26
Marvel Two-In-One IMJ's Marvel Two-In-One Project Pegasus Set The roots of Gruenwald's Q (...) 2180 37
Mister Miracle (1971) IMJ's Fourth World Set This set will obviously be lis (...) 13184 16

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
New Gods (1971) IMJ's Fourth World Set This set will obviously be lis (...) 151000 20
Nova (1976) IMJ's Nova (1976 Set) Great, great Bronze era charac (...) 28955 16

P

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Punisher (Complete) IMJ's Punisher (Complete) Set Just a nice place to add the f (...) 20668 13
Punisher (2016) IMJ's Punisher (2016) Set I am a bit of an Iron Man coll (...) 1140 4

Q

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Quasar (1989) IMJ's Quasar (1989) Set <a href="https://imgur (...) 1320369 1

S

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Silver Surfer #1-#18 Surfin'! 15431 161
Spider-Man (1990) McFarlane only IMJ's Spider-Man (1990) McFarlane Set <img src="https://i.im (...) 838375 32
Superior Iron Man (2015) IMJ's Superior Iron Man (2015) Set This run had some nice variant (...) 2850 1
Superman #1-#714 IMJ's Superman Annual #11 This was my first comic book, (...) 1035 8

T

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Tales of Suspense #39-#99 IMJ's Tales of Suspense #39-#99 Set This set simply represents the (...) 14228545 59

U

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Ultimate Iron Man #1-#5 IMJ's Ultimate Iron Man #1-#5 Set This set is being built for hi (...) 571195 2

V

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Valiant Pre-Unity IMJ's Valiant Pre-Unity Set 58607 67

W

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
What If... (1989) IMJ's Iron Man related What If...? books I picked up a What If...? #8 s (...) 1025 31
Wolverine Limited Series (1982) IMJ's Wolverine Limited Series (1982) Set Frank Miller! 120720 120

X

Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
X-Factor (1986) IMJ's X-Factor (1986) Set Love this series. Love the fir (...) 311185 23
X-Men (1963) #94-#143 IMJ's X-Men (1963) Claremont & Byrne Set This run was untouchable when (...) 471365 228
X-Men (1991) Jim Lee IMJ's X-Men (1991) Jim Lee Set 1540 28
X-Men (1991) Jim Lee #1-11 IMJ's X-Men (1991) Jim Lee #1-11 Set 1940 13









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