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Friday, September 20, 2019

Gotta Catch Them All

In his superlative blog at ProgressiveRuin.com, the Internet's foremost Swamp Thing fan, Mike Sterling, has spent much of the past week discussing his definition of "completist" and what that means in regard to his Swamp Thing comic book collecting habit. As a completionist collector myself, I found it interesting.

I noticed two things in Sterling's posts and the responses from his commenters:

  1. Each collector has his own definition of what "complete" means.
  2. Most "completionist" collections appear to have begun in childhood.

Both of those apply to me, which is no doubt why I noticed them. In the first case, the Boosterrific.com database arbitrarily draws the line at depictions of the character of Booster Gold himself; dialogue references don't count. In the second case, I first discovered Booster Gold on a gas station magazine rack when I was 10 years old — can you even imagine finding comic books in a gas station in 2019? — and have been collecting ever since.

But in addition to being a completionist, I'm also a contrarian, which plays no small part in why I would gravitate to an upstart super hero like Booster Gold. I have to wonder whether my observations were skewed by my perception bias. Do I think all completionist collectors start young just because I did? Let's gather some data!

This week's poll question: How old were you when you bought your first Booster Gold comic book? Please visit the Boosterrific Polls page to view results for this week's poll.

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