Won’t the real Eminem Comic Book collection, please stand up?
Eminem boasts a hardcore comic book collection, but we’d be hard pressed to tell you anything about it.
Hardcore Slim Shady fans know about the legendary rapper’s love of comics. For starters, Eminem straight up became a character in The Punisher, albeit for one issue only. Then there was the variant cover of Mighty Avengers #3, which featured Marshall Mathers hanging out with Iron Man in front of his childhood home. If you’d like more direct evidence, Eminem has tons of nerdy comic book references right in his songs.
Yet despite how hard Eminem wears his love of comics on his sleeve, he still hasn’t been forthcoming about his comic book collection. In light of this, we’re going to take all the evidence we can get and make a Celebrity Inventory filled with delicious, gossipy speculation!
Well, perhaps it won’t be all speculation. At least we’re sure his collection exists.
The existence of Eminem’s comic book collection was officially broken by Shady Records executive Riggs Morales. In an interview with MTV, Morales described his encounter with the rapper’s collection.
“I’ve gotten a small glimpse of Eminem’s collection, and Eminem’s collection is otherworldly,” Morales told MTV. “[He has items that] aren’t even on display at the stores.”
Morales specifically names Amazing Fantasy #15 as one of Eminem’s comics. Amazing Fantasy #15 is better known as the first ever Spider-Man comic, and even better known as one of the most valuable comic books ever. Depending on the condition of his Amazing Fantasy #15, the comic could make the collection worth over a million dollars by itself.
Unfortunately, this is where our confirmed information about Slim Shady’s comic book collection ends. That said, we’re at least pretty dang certain that he collects Spider-Man comics. Think about it: why go ham for the third most valuable comic book if it’s just a show of wealth? He’d have to be trying to fill a Spider-Man collection, otherwise it doesn’t make a ton of sense. Besides, we know on good authority that Eminem loves Spider-Man. Not only do we have the wordplay in River and the entire song Spiderman to work with, but Eminem himself has even spelled it out.
“I’ve always been into comic books. Spiderman, Hulk, old Batmans, Supermans,” Eminem told Genius.com. “Just being able to have those pieces of history is crazy.”
Yes, despite the fact that Shady was talking about the lyrics to Rap God in context, notice how he says “just being able to have those pieces of history is crazy.” Coincidence? I think not! Now where did I put my tin foil hat…
We can also confirm that Marshall Mathers is a Marvel guy, despite all the love he gives DC in his work. During a trip to Argentina, Eminem was spotted at a comic book store in Buenos Aires. After buying some Spanish Marvel comics and some Walking Dead action figures, the rapper confessed to the store owner that he preferred Marvel to DC.
Could this mean that Eminem just collects Marvel comics in general? I know we’re grasping at straws here, but again, think about it: why else would Eminem care about buying Spanish Marvel comics if that weren’t the case? Sure, maybe it’s just a memento of being in Argentina, but it’s so weirdly specific that we can’t help but wonder about the implications.
As with all Celebrity Inventory adventures, the only thing ever left to do is to petition the celebrity in question. We know that Eminem has this legendary comic book collection, and that just makes the prospect of seeing it so tantalizing. We live in an age where comic books are more mainstream than ever, and even the likes of Michael B Jordan and Kim Kardashian are letting their nerd flags fly these days. There has never been a better time for Marshall Mathers to unveil his collection. We know he loves it, we know we want to love it, but does Eminem know we want to love it? Maybe if we make enough noise we’ll find out.
Until then, I just hope he’s keeping that Amazing Fantasy #15 in pristine condition.