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Posted by inferiorego (25733 posts) - - Show Bio

The Guinness Book of World Records announced today that there's a new reigning champ for "Largest Collection of Comic Books." Bob Bretall, a 52 year old senior director at a telecommunications software company from Mission Viejo, California now holds this title. He is a private collector who has been collecting, non-stop, since July 1970.

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How big is his collection? Well, Bretall has 94,268 comics and none of any of those books counted are duplicates. Bretall began his collection at the age of 8 with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #88, written by Stan Lee and drawn by John Romita Sr. He has not missed a month of collecting since then. He currently buys ore than 140 issues a month, which add to his collection. When asked about the value of his collection, Bretall had this to say in an interview with GWR:

I do not like to emphasize the monetary aspects of collecting comics. Too many stories about comics collecting focus on how many $$ everything is worth instead of the great stories and characters. I do not do it for the money and I don’t try to rationalize it as an investment and I’m not into it to make money, I have a regular job that pays the bills just fine. I’m never going to sell any of my comics, I’ll leave that to my kids when it becomes their inheritance to do with as they will (though I hope they’ll keep at least a few of them as a remembrance).

Bretall's goal is to add AMAZING FANTASY #15 to his collection, which is the first appearance of Spider-Man, his favorite character. Sadly the issue is a bit too pricey for him. Aside form that, Bretall is a big fan of SAGA so his love for books moves outside of just the super-hero genre. Bretall is excited to be a part of GWR

It is AWESOME to be in the Guinness World Records book. Getting this record is the most extraordinary thing that has happened to me in my collecting career so far. Whenever hear about a record like this, it’s very common for them to say “I know a guy who knows a guy who has WAY more comics”. My response is that records are made to be broken, and those people with more comics should be applying to Guinness to break my record! Just remember, you cannot count duplicate comics!!

Bretall will continue to collect and share his love of comics with the world on his site ComicSprectrum. What do you guys think of his collection and how large is yours?

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#1 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

It's beautiful

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#2 Edited by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

It's awesome this guy knows the real value is in the stories and personal attachment of his collection and not how much it's all worth.

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#3 Edited by righteous300 (3975 posts) - - Show Bio
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#4 Edited by corpsecraft (57 posts) - - Show Bio

He owns 94,000+ comic books and he can't drop $5000 on a copy of AF 15? That seems strange to me.

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#5 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

He owns 94,000+ comic books and he can't drop $5000 on a copy of AF 15? That seems strange to me.

Well considering how many comics he buys each month I would assume he has very little left over, so waiting to save that much would take quite a long time.

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#6 Edited by Night4345 (8450 posts) - - Show Bio

He owns 94,000+ comic books and he can't drop $5000 on a copy of AF 15? That seems strange to me.

Maybe he doesn't want to spend 5000 dollars on one comic.

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#7 Posted by CrazyScarecrow (2312 posts) - - Show Bio

Look! Look at the those wonderful Silver Age comics! First Justice League appearance, first Justice League issue, Aquaman & Aqualad's Showcase test books, the Atom first appearance, Adam Strange comics, yellow Daredevil....

I am jealous and amazed on this guys collection! I am even honored to say that I own some of the comics in this collection.

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#8 Edited by BlueBeetle1 (1331 posts) - - Show Bio

Daaaaamn. I only have about 3,000.

Wow....94,000....

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#9 Posted by matanui123 (602 posts) - - Show Bio

Bit of a nerd eh? Just kidding. I get where he is coming from though because I know that I won't sell any of my comics, or BIONICLES either. I will leave that for my kids to decide.

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#10 Edited by SaintWildcard (21707 posts) - - Show Bio

It's b-u-t-full

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#11 Edited by louiecayetano85 (10 posts) - - Show Bio

140+ issues a month... like.. how?

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#12 Posted by CaptainMarvel4Ever (9890 posts) - - Show Bio

@saint_wildcard: Hehe.... "But Full" (sorry, that was a little out of character but I couldn't resist)

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#13 Edited by ShadowSwordmaster (19968 posts) - - Show Bio

That man is a legend.

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#14 Posted by RustyRoy (16610 posts) - - Show Bio
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#15 Posted by Thor_Ul (324 posts) - - Show Bio

I hate him! I hate him but I envy him!! And I love him!! I saw that pic and I hear harps.

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#16 Posted by scouts1998 (646 posts) - - Show Bio

140+ issues a month... like.. how?

You know that one guy who buys everything?

That's him

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#17 Posted by RetconCrisis (5593 posts) - - Show Bio

He is the true comic saint.

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#18 Posted by nappystr8 (1548 posts) - - Show Bio

Dude has a comic book store in his house! I can only hope to one day be financially capable of doing the same.

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#19 Posted by amazing_webhead (9749 posts) - - Show Bio

I salute you, sir!

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#20 Posted by ZbvmX (269 posts) - - Show Bio

How could he not have AF #15 on his collection yet? He should sell half and get that And Action Comics #1 :D

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#21 Posted by Starlord17 (12 posts) - - Show Bio

A thing of pure Beauty!

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#22 Posted by MysticMedivh (32250 posts) - - Show Bio

Wish I was him. On second thought, wish I had his comic collection.

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#23 Posted by NightFang3 (12361 posts) - - Show Bio

It's the holy grail of comic collections.

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#24 Posted by Boynerdgeek (2733 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow Green Lantern Hal Jordan First apperance comic and Justice League 1960's. So jealous

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#25 Posted by derf_jenkins (757 posts) - - Show Bio

It's probably fair to say for most of us that he has every book that is in our collections.

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#26 Posted by nickzambuto (29288 posts) - - Show Bio

Last I checked, AF 15 can go for over a million dollars. Usually it's at least a few hundred thou. I wonder what his most rare/valuable book is?

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#27 Posted by J_HickmanIsGod (435 posts) - - Show Bio

It's probably fair to say for most of us that he has every book that is in our collections.

i remember when he was on and episode of DC All Access, and they interviewed him and went to his house and later in the episode they talked to the director of DC's archival library in Burbank, Ca and said that Bretall has some comics from DC that the official archive is missing, just goes to show how fucking awesome this man is.

also im super stoked on hearing that he is from SoCalifornia; pretty rad, makes me almost proud haha

can we also talk about the lucky Comic Shop owner who has this man as his weekly/monthly customer droppin' hundreds of dollars consistently at his or her shop keepin' them in business for, god knows how long. i bet the Shop Owner makes a lot of others very very jealous/envious hahaha

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#28 Posted by The_Titan_Lord (8899 posts) - - Show Bio

WOW

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#29 Posted by kyrees (13491 posts) - - Show Bio

impressive

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#30 Posted by Strider1992 (18501 posts) - - Show Bio

I think I would pass out from awesomness if I went into that room.

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#31 Edited by 4donkeyjohnson (2003 posts) - - Show Bio

Slightly envious at both his collection and the fact he can afford some of the stuff he has

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#32 Posted by Knightsofdarkness2 (8155 posts) - - Show Bio

Nice! But didn't the Amazing Spiderman 1 video game come with a digital copy of Amazing Fantasy 15 if you collect enough comic pages? That's how I got my copy. Or does he want a physical copy of the comic?

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#33 Posted by Ninjablade09 (3255 posts) - - Show Bio

That's so cool. I don't have an original AF #15 but I do have a reprint of it that came in a box-set when the first Spider-Man movie came out. Got that thing signed by Mister Lee couple years ago.

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#34 Edited by Mister_Sensational (209 posts) - - Show Bio

To think that's just a room in one man's home and it has as many, if not more comics than a LCS

I wonder does he collect trades? If so how did Guinness count those?

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#35 Edited by Kurosame (23 posts) - - Show Bio

Oh Man, will my room/collection look the same in 30 years? XD

I buy at least 140 comics a month, too. And I have hardly time to read them all. x_x
Currently I have 2.238 issues in my collection and this does not include the trades and the tons of manga. And I started reading US comics in 2012! *lol*

I AM SUCH A FREAK!

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#36 Posted by dagmar_merrill (12701 posts) - - Show Bio

I own like 100 single issues I think. Maybe more. I'm reallllllllllllly jealous.

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#37 Posted by Life_Without_Progress (24015 posts) - - Show Bio

He does know that he could get an issue of Amazing Fantasy 15 when he buys an early generation version of Spider-Man from the Marvel Legends toyline, right?

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#38 Edited by Jean_Dezem (42 posts) - - Show Bio

@blackshark: Seriously ?! Daaang, that's like 4 issues a day, how's that even possible :O

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#39 Posted by dagmar_merrill (12701 posts) - - Show Bio
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#41 Edited by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio
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I WANT EM ALL!!!

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#42 Edited by nickthedevil (14909 posts) - - Show Bio

To think that's just a room in one man's home and it has as many, if not more comics than a LCS

I wonder does he collect trades? If so how did Guinness count those?

Look's like he does, there's some thicker-than-singles books on the shelf closest to the camera.

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#43 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10331 posts) - - Show Bio

Wow. That's just... It's beyond words...

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#44 Posted by dagmar_merrill (12701 posts) - - Show Bio

@louiecayetano85 said:

140+ issues a month... like.. how?

You know that one guy who buys everything?

That's him

So, Dondave?

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#45 Posted by battlewingus (33 posts) - - Show Bio

how do you read all the new comics? i often re-read the previous issue before reading a new one, thirty days is a long time. if he is buying so many new issues every month, it must be even more difficult to follow all the storylines with a month in between, staggered releases, delays, crossovers, etc...

if he read Infinity, i would be curious to know how he tackled that with everything else he is following

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#46 Edited by Kurosame (23 posts) - - Show Bio

@jean_dezem Well, I buy (nearly) everything from Marvel + DC and some stuff from Image, Valiant and other publishers. I am nearly at my financial limit, but it feels so good to buy everything you want. :D

But it is really difficult to read everything. XD I am WAY behind. Currently I am reading DC stuff from January and Marvel stuff from June. I made the mistake that I did not read many comics for a few weeks and now I must deal with the huge stacks in my comic room. :D But it's okay. I am behind but that does not mean I can't have fun with the storylines. :)

@battlewingus Well, I don't know how Mr. Bretall does it, but I skim through the previous issues before I start a new one. But I admit that it is not easy to follow all these different stories. After reading an issue I do a "mental summary", so it is easier for me to remember what I read.

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#47 Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan (4628 posts) - - Show Bio

That's wow! I wish I had a room with that many comics.......I reallly like what he said about the value of his comics.

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#48 Edited by Xenonyte (275 posts) - - Show Bio

Utterly speechless.

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#49 Posted by tygor1 (1 posts) - - Show Bio

Boy, I thought having close to 10,000 was a lot...it is but a pittance :( But good for him, I hope he continues the trend, and it would be great if his kids could take over adding to the collection; they could turn it into museum gallery later on.

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#50 Posted by Ostyo (14103 posts) - - Show Bio