What may look like an ordinary storage closet is not what it seems. It's the home of a comic collection.
"I started my inventory by never throwing them away it's just that simple," said Maggie Thompson of Waupaca County.
Thompson started collecting at a young age.
"My mother told me later I would take an hour and a half each time going through every comic book on the news stand picking out the one I would have for that week," said Thompson.
She's collected them for decades. Her late husband Don, also a collector, added his books. There are so many, it's hard for her to even guess.
"I almost certainty have 50,000 I don't know how many I have literally," said Thompson.
"A friend of mine said there's no limit to how good the words can be and there's no limit to how good the pictures will be," said Thompson.
Her masterpiece is paying off. She decided to put 500 pieces of her collection up for auction in Beverly Hills. All told, the items sold for more than $835,000.
"It transfers from an online auction to a live auction, which streams video online,” said Thompson. “My daughter and I watched it which was quite exciting."
But even as she sells, she continues to collect and complete her comic book masterpiece.
Auctioneers say more of Thompson's collection will be up for sale next year.