from the stash of X-Men collector Eric Jaskolka

These 7 superhero-sized collections show the ultimate devotion to fandom

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Jun 12, 2018, 4:08 PM EDT (Updated)

Which fandom are you into? Really into? Like, obsessed enough with it that all your comics or action figures or promo swag from every single X-Men movie ever made could break a Guinness World Record?

Some people's love of a fandom goes beyond just following storylines and figuring out every possible secret move to finally beat a video game or anticipating what villain the Caped Crusader will swoop in on in the next issue of Batman. This kind of fandom exists in a universe of its own. It wallpapers rooms in rare posters, morphs living spaces into legit museums, and connects gaming consoles to every TV in the house.

It may even convince you to walk into a pizza joint just to ask for one pristine box from the latest Marvel ad campaign without ever ordering pizza.


These 7 Guinness-record-breaking superfans have soared into that upper echelon of fandom so far above anything currently collecting dust in your attic, your mind will be blown into an alternate dimension.

Superman collector Marco Zorzin

Superman's home planet

Anything Superman has been superfan Marco Zorzin's Kryptonite since he first started collecting Man of Steel memorabilia seven years ago. Zorzin, who idolized Kal-El since he was a kid, now has an unreal stash of 1,518 Superman items that actually made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

This is what happens when you start out with a few action figures and then realize you’re so close to the Guinness record that you might as well indulge your obsession just that much more.

So what doesn’t he have? Even with all the toys, costumes, posters, hats and legions of comic books in Zorzin’s empire, there still isn’t a full-sized Christopher Reeve or Henry Cavill Superman statue. Obtaining one (at least for him) is more of a "when" than an "if."

Just in case you need more proof this is legit, he legally changed his middle name to 'Superman.'

Batman collector Brad Ladner

The ultimate Batcave

In the collectors’ version of Batman vs. Superman, Brad Ladner, who has been getting his grappling hook on everything Batman he could find since 1988, has about seven times the items of fellow DC enthusiast Zorzin. That's 8,226 souvenirs from Gotham City.

Ladner has every incarnation of the Dark Knight — and everyone he fights with or against — imaginable in what he calls his basement Bat-Museum, which has a wall built entirely of Batman-related Funko Pops. Illuminated scenes from Gotham are projected onto the windows. Almost every inch of wall space that isn’t shelves of mint-in-box action figures or glass cases of even more action figures is taken up by Caped Crusader posters and comics. Breathe, they're in plastic.

While Ladner collects other DC memorabilia, even the Joker can’t laugh at what has expanded into the most massive Batman collection ever. You have to watch his video to believe it.

video game collector Joel Hopkins aka The Last Gamer

Video game Valhalla

With 18,000 video games in a collection that keeps leveling up, Joel Hopkins, the self-proclaimed "Last Gamer," is definitely not a noob.

The video game library that now pwns every other one on the planet stared with an Atari-obsessed kid in the '70s who went on to build an arcade of a house that has a staggering 43 consoles hooked up to different TVs, not to mention every single retro machine you could possibly imagine, because he actually plays all of these games.

Sega Saturn (Japanese version) was the first console Hopkins had a full set for. That’s 1,274 Dreamcast games he now has arranged on a bookshelf, guarded by a plush Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails.

The Last Gamer's YouTube channel will tell you everything you want to know, didn't know and had no idea even existed in the realm of video games. Your game room is just one chamber in his digital kingdom.

Harry Potter collector Asher Silvia Vargas

Diagon Alley

I thought you could call me a Potterhead (I mean, I was kind of embarrassingly into the fan fiction) until I opened the door to the Chamber of Secrets on the internet and beheld the otherworldly collection of Asher Silvia Vargas.

Silva Vargas doesn't just read about the wizarding world; he pretty much lives in Hogwarts, with over 3,000 figurines, keychains, trading cards, postcards, brooms, wands and other magical paraphernalia (battery-powered and otherwise) that almost look as if you could use them to levitate things or transfigure someone into a toad. His wall of Hogwarts scarves, banners, has everything you need to cheer on a Quidditch match. He even wears his own Weasley-made sweater, initialed with an A.

As the fandom spread in Mexico, so did Silvia Vargas' passion for everything about this fictional world that made it his escape. He never thought he would conjure a world record until he couldn't fit everything into one room anymore.

X-Men collector Eric Jaskolka


While he may not be conjure a lightning storm or teleport anything, Eric Jaskolka's superpower is owning 15,400 pieces of X-Men memorabilia — including a life-size replica of Wolverine's claw.

Jasolka first got into the Marvel mutants when his synagogue Sunday school teacher (who must have been the coolest teacher ever because she owned a comic book store) suggested it because of ties to Judaism and the Holocaust, eerily reflected by storylines in which Sentinels run mutant camps and all powers have to be registered through the Mutant Registration Act.

Since he first started getting his claws on X-everything in the mid-'90s, Jaskolka's collection has shapeshifted to include toy and watch prototypes that never made it onto shelves and super-exclusives given out to cast and crew members after filming. It should be a given that his place is swarming with action figures.

The strangest experience Jasolka has had? When Papa John's was running an X-Men Origins promotion with badass pizza boxes, he got side-eyed when he said was willing to pay for a clean one. They just handed it to him.

comic book collector Bob Bretall

Comic-Con just got owned

Do you have boxes and boxes of comics stacked in your garage? It’s probably nothing compared to Bob Bretall's.

When the eight-year-old Bretall got a magical coupon from his brother in 1970, he never thought the ten comics it got him would explode into over 100,000. He now reads upwards of a hundred every month. While most are then displayed in his unofficial museum of a garage, which could pass for the entire comic section on the show floor of any given con, there are some that live in his comic room. He also has no shortage of action figures.

Bretall was exclusively on #teamMarvel until he ventured into other universes. The collector's favorite superhero has a DNA connection to his first comic book. Amazing Spider-Man #88 introduced him to a world of heroes, villains and epic battles he soon became obsessed with, and Spidey is still his favorite superhuman.

Star Wars collector Steve Sansweet of Rancho Obi-Wan

The Galactic Empire

Rancho Obi-Wan is exactly what it sounds like: the vastest empire of Star Wars collectibles in the galaxy.

Steve Sansweet's planet of over 300,000 unique items is a legit nonprofit museum. Among some of his stranger space artifacts are a furry cell phone case many Wookiees died for, an R2-D2 soda dispenser, and a tube of toothpaste from a Return of the Jedi Colgate promotion (free figurine included). Don't even ask about how many action figures are crawling around.

You know the band from the Mos Eisley Cantina? Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes? He has those, too. And a banner hand-painted by legend Ralph McQuarrie. And a full-sized Rebel blockade runner with a digital screen from which a Stormtrooper says, "We don't need to see your identification."

Sansweet loves Jar-Jar Binks so much he even has a Jar-Jar in Carbonite, though if you ask most Star Wars fans, that's where the Gungan belongs.

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