Metro Detroit man uncovers collection of comic books and toys numbering over one million items

A Metro Detroit man named Darren Watts has uncovered a collection of comic books and toys with over one million items, making it one of the biggest in the US, reports CBS

The collection used to be his father Dale’s before he died. It was borne out of obsessive hoarding, and the items were hidden around the family’s house. 

It used to be a great source of shame for the family. 

The collection caused several arguments between Dale and his wife Celeste, even leading to their divorce. 

But once Darren uncovered some of the treasures that were stored away, the family realised what they were sitting on wasn’t to be ashamed of. 

Some of the items include the first appearance of Iron Man and Superman #1. 

There are also original Star Wars toys featured within the collection.

“If I could talk to my dad today, I guess I’d say dad you did it. I mean all that pain and struggle and investment, you did something really great man. And I just wish you were here to witness it.” Darren said.

He is starting to auction off some of the most valuable pieces, such as a copy of the first Batman comic with an asking price of $300,000. 

The Watts family story will be told in an upcoming documentary called Selling Superman, directed and produced by Darren’s friend Adam Schomer.

A release date for the documentary has yet to be announced. 

Kieran Burt

My name is Kieran and I am based in the UK. I love writing about all things science fiction and fantasy, particularly Star Wars and Marvel. When I’m not writing or watching anything sci-fi related, you can probably find me exploring the open worlds of alternate lands through my Xbox.

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