What happens when you inherit a multi-million dollar comic book collection?

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Darren Watts‘ father had Asperger’s Syndrome, which led him to collect comic books in an obsession that invaded his home, destroyed his family and caused them great mental trauma. After his father passed away, Darren was left with an incredibly valuable comic book collection of over 300,000 comics. This includes his father’s most prized possession: Superman #1 CGC 7.0 valued at over $3.5 million and Batman #1 CGC 8.0 valued at over $1.5 million, two of the most expensive comics all time. Covered in blankets and over forty years of tormented family history, The Fantast Collection is the legacy of an obsessive father cut off from his family due to mental illness.

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Director and producer adam schomer is launch a Kickstarter to fund a documentary about dealing with it all as Darren must pick up the pieces of his childhood and rewrite a family legacy. i2i Productions, the documentary studio behind films such as The highest pass, the polygon, a little pill, healand the 10-episode documentary series Road to Dharmapresent Sell ​​Superman.

Darren Watts says “I inherited over a million collectibles. Every comic, every map, every action figure, every toy and every book. They all have value. I begged my dad not to not throw them at me when he passed away, but rather enjoy them as family. Always such a hidden secret, I now intend to share them with the world. No more hiding like Clark Kent. Superman is MY favorite hero and it’s time his collection was recognized for what it really is and the true price we paid it.”

What Happens When You Inherit A Multi-Million Dollar Comic Book Collection
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“It’s not often that such a gripping personal story lands in your lap and sends you on such an intense journey somewhere you never expected to go as a filmmaker,” adds director Adam Schomer. “The experience of making this film in the footsteps of an old friend to unravel the family secrets and dynamics that define it to this day leaves me with tears in my eyes. Darren’s willingness to share this process and to face to the tormented legacy of his father’s collection is courageous, inspiring and life-changing It is this overwhelming task of making peace with your family’s past in order to give life a new purpose for the good of your own future that I think we will all identify with.

What Happens When You Inherit A Multi-Million Dollar Comic Book Collection
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Sell ​​Superman is now being funded on Kickstarter, with plans for a 2024 release, with many “Fantast Collection” collectibles currently shelved by CGC, and some having already sold through the Heritage Auction. The film will feature comic book and collectibles experts alongside Darren’s friends and family in a film that explores themes of fatherhood, mental illness and, of course, the impacts cultural and economic comics from his father’s collection throughout history.

Posted in: Batman, Comics, DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Superman | Tagged: cgc, kickstarter, superman

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Daniel K. Denny