As a little postscript to my looking at The Avengers titles I was trying to sort out I have to say "What a ***** mess!"
The current -I say "current" as I don't think it's all ended again as of...oh, I see it has. Anyway, the last volume of Avengers was volume 6 even though people keep calling it volume 5. See, the 1963 run was volume 1. Then there was that awful year long volume 2. But some do not count that run as a volume but it is.
Volume 3 was when Busiek and Perez brought back the great stories and art....before others took over. And this is where it gets odd because at around #83 they decided to continue numbering from volume 1 so from #83 you get quite quickly to the final issue -#503.
#503 is the end of volume 3.
Volume 4 has 36 issues and then it moves on to volume 5 which goes to #34. Volume 6 is The Avengers NOW run which is currently/has ended.
New Avengers volume 1runs to #64. Volume 2 runs to #34 and New Avengers NOW is volume 3.
Avengers-Invaders, Avengers Ultron Imperative, Avengers Next, Last Hero Standing and Last Planet Standing are part of the "alternative future" Avengers that featured J2, et al. Those three mini series along with Marvel Adventures The Avengers were probably the most fun style comics in Marvel's last 20+ years.
Oh, there was also -deeep breath:
Avengers Finale, Avengers Strike-Force, Secret Avengers (vol. 1 -34 issues), Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes (vols. 1 and 2), Dark Avengers, Avengers Infinity Gauntlet (4 issues), Avengers Terminatrix Objective, Avengers Unplugged (4 issues), Avengers -Thunderbolts, The Last Avengers Story (2 issues), Avengers Classic, Avengers V X-Men, A v X (mini series), Avengers Domination Factor (4 issues), Avengers v Agents of Atlas, Avengers-Transformers, Young Avengers, Young Avengers Presents.....
This is overkill unlike any previous comics overkill such as with Superman, X-Men or, good grief -even outdoes Batman and Spiderman overkill.
And I never even touched on The Ultimate Avengers.
There are a few "key issues" as dealers like to call them. They are issues they can exploit and try to screw every red penny out of one of those new moronic comic geeks. The rest? Well, I've now had FOUR people telling me that selling comics by the kilo is what a lot of people do now because they are like 1920s Deutsch Marks -a barrel load got you, if you were lucky, a loaf of bread. Sell by bulk and the buyer picks the ones he wants and the rest....he doesn't care. Bin. Burn.
Really, I know all the ins and outs, I've been buying and reading comics for near on 50 years and to sit here and look at these boxes and realised I could have purchased a house if only I had saved and not bought comics!!
Spread the word. The Comic Bubble is about to burst -SELL YOUR COMICS WHILE YOU CAN!!!