I paid $80 for it. I would guess it to be good condition 5.0 to 6.0. Good enough that I don't want to go out and drop a ton more money on a better copy but not in to good of shape that I wont read through it.
I agree and have numbers 2-5 of that set with #1 one on its way. I also have complete sets of volume 2 and 4 as well as most of volumes 7 and 5. I am also current on volume 8 picked up the newest yesterday. I also have a small stack of one shots and some of his minis. I need to hunt down the war journal volumes and warzone series (not the mini). I collected him for fun since he is my favorite but recently I've realized that I am about 40% complete with him and now have set a goal to finish him completely as well as picking up any guest spots I find.
Great God all mighty! :) That's quite a delightfully-unique collection you have there. I have issues from all or nearly all the volumes myself, but nothing complete, and nothing from the latest, yet. I've met at least one other person who has a preoccupation with the Punisher and collects his comics almost exclusively. It amuses me greatly to find people who latch on to characters so tightly, because I'm not inclined to do so myself; I tend to follow the work of specific creators moreso than characters, except maybe for hoary old Kal-El of Krypton, grandaddy of them all, for whom I retain a nostalgic soft spot. But you know, I don't have enough spending cash to buy all the Punisher comics out there, much less all the Supermans (if that's even possible to do).
Because I enjoy characters and want to see them continue to have adventures and have new stories told about them even if they are not by their original creators and am willing to pay for the privilege of consuming those stories, Moore says I lack ethical integrity and intelligence. He also says that I am brainless for enjoying contemporary products of the comics industry. And that it's okay for him to go write something like League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but it's totally different (and wrong) if someone else writes stories using characters that aren't their own.
Thanks for such a concise and compelling explanation; it's awfully hard to quibble with any of your points, because they sound so damn reasonable, but then again, I have to admit that I still sympathize strongly with Moore's view. I guess I don't completely come down on either side. Out of pure curiosity -- do you have any sympathy for Moore or do you consider him a total jerk? Nothing wrong with either position, of course.
As to Alan Moore's psychological health or lack thereof, I can only say that if his personal eccentricities are the price for his gargantuan artistic talent, then I would be more than happy to share in his particular insanity.
As to equating illegal substance abuse with insanity, I'm so glad the point was made about the equivalence of alcohol use and use of illegal drugs. I think many of those with a draconian anti-drug stance ought to carefully consider the lessons of the Prohibition era in America, for example. And yes, I likes me a wee toke on infrequent occasions, in case you're wondering, though I hope you won't dismiss me altogether on those grounds alone. (Then again, if you would, well, eff you too! :) Heh just kidding.)