Comic fan Method Man has a storage library full of 50,000 of his favourite cartoon books and graphic novels.

The 32-year-old rapper has spent a fortune on his love since he got hooked on early X-Men comics as a teenager.

He says, "I didn't have no TV in the house, so comic books were like my television shows.

"Reading them wasn't just entertaining, it was also educational - I learned a lot of good words, like 'flatulence.'

"My most prized possession is THE Incredible Hulk number 181 when Wolverine makes his first appearance. I paid $300 (GBP187.50) for that 10 years ago, and now it's worth $1,200 (GBP750)."

Method Man still enjoys reading his favourite comics, but he takes great care when visiting his storage facility in Staten Island, New York.

He explains, "I put on gloves because my fingers sweat and I don't want to get imprints. Afterward, it goes right back in the bag."

09/09/2003 09:15