At some point before the end of this year I'm going to embark on a prog slog (or possibly a back prog slog), but as it means I'll be devoting quite a chunk of my time to it, I want to make sure I start out doing it right. A quick study of the experiences of others (on here and elsewhere) suggests that I can expect to spend one year per 500 progs. As there will be 2,000 progs by the time I'm a quarter way into it, that's quite a time commitment. But I don't want to stop at just the progs - I want to re-read my Megs as well. And my Starlords. I don't have Tornado yet (except for one single, solitary issue) so that might present a problem. And not leaving out the Sci-Fi and Mega-Specials, Annuals and Yearbooks. By the time I'm up to the mid-eighties the next volume of the Daily Dredds should also be out as well.
But there's just a few questions I'm trying to resolve in my mind. In what order should I actually read them? Cover-to-cover as they came out, living the thrill-powered life of someone just a little older than I am? Or starting at prog one and reading the storylines as they start? Should I stop the weeklies every time an annual or special is released? What do I do when I get to the nineties - do I read the weekly Progs and the monthly (and sometimes fortnightly) Megs in between?
Any ideas? From others who have taken this journey, or who might be about to? Speaking of which - how many others are there out there who have enough Progs and Megs to join me?
As I intimated earlier - this isn't something I'm about to start straight away. Due to various house moves my collection is mostly complete but pretty fragmented, so the first order of the day is to get the thing in order (and then replace those precious Progs which have gone missing in the last three-and-a-bit decades). I seem to remember there was quite a disastrous distribution problem around the time that film came out which could cause problems too...