I wonder if it would be possible to read one of the big comic book series like, say, Superman or Batman, all the way from the first issue up to the current day. Thinking about this, I can easily see that at least the following points are problematic:
- Continuity: Often storylines spread over multiple series of the same franchise. One would have to do quite a bit of research to find out the relevant titles
- Availability: Getting a hold of old issues, even reprints, can be difficult, especially if one would try to access them roughly in the order determined by point 1.
- Time: This is not only the time chasing up old comic book, but also reading all of them sums up to a challenging task, given the sheer volume of books that have been published over the years in a long-running series.
- Money: Even under the assumption that one could find less sought after books at garage sales or read them in a library or borrow them from someone, I imagine the costs for such an endeavour must be immense.
Thus my question is whether reading one of the mega-series cover to cover is by all practical means impossible. Or, in more quantitative terms, how would one go about estimating the time and money required to re-read one of the long-running comic book series in its entirety?