Raven had to move his immense comic collection into storage. He does have a few comics that he treasures above all others in his collection.
“There are two that I bought when I was a kid that is probably the most valuable to me,” Raven said. “‘Justice League of America #4’ when Green Arrow joins is one. When I was a kid I got the allowance everyone else got. My mom hated me collecting comics instead of reading books because she would watch me read a comic in 10 minutes. Even though when it was 40 or 60 cents a book, with inflation it’s around the same cost as you pay now. Somehow I either saved up money, or she let me have it as a birthday present or something. I don’t know how I got it, but I think I paid 40 bucks for ‘Justice League [of America] #4,’ so I could have a prize in my collection.
“I don’t know when I got the other, which is ‘My Greatest Adventure #80’ with the first appearance of the Doom Patrol. I always like the Doom Patrol because they were such misfits and freakazoids. They were such oddballs. They are both probably worth 6 to 800 bucks in the condition they are in.
“Then I also have a bunch of comics that I would keep regardless if I sold my whole collection, which I wouldn’t mind doing. So anyone who is looking to buy 30,000 comics of Raven can look me up.”
After more than 20 years wrestling, Raven continues to appear at conventions and wrestling events. However, it has become increasingly difficult to work shows on the weekends due to his complex sleep apnea. It has been an uphill battle for the veteran, from diagnosis to treatment.
“I’ve been fighting this sleep disorder for years,” Raven said. “It is getting so much worse now that they are going to have to put me on this $10,000 machine. I’m on my fifth sleep study. The sleep apnea cuts into my day because I will end up sleeping between 10 and 12 hours just to get enough to function. It’s horrible.
“They didn’t know I had complex apnea. They just thought it was regular apnea, but then the feedback machines didn’t work. Finally, I found this really brilliant sleep specialist. So he is figuring out all this stuff because let’s face it, five sleep studies is ridiculous. So there are days I can get 10 to 12 hours to catch up, and then on the weekends when I wrestle I get five or six hours of sleep.
“Then catching up from that makes it even harder; so it’s brutal. Unfortunately, it has gotten worse than it was, which has inhibited me so much that my days have become limited during the week. There is so much stuff I want to get done, and I can’t because you only have so much time in the day that you have functioning energy. It’s really sad.
“I can look at it this way. I’m sure my drug use in the 1980s and 1990s were not helpful towards this condition. There is a definite part that is my own fault. Also, because I’m 265 pounds, which if I weighed less, I would probably still have the condition, but not nearly as bad. I wanted to be big so I took steroids in my 20s and 30s. There is an element that I have reaped what I have sown. I accept that it is partially my fault.
“I finally have a light at the end of the tunnel because I know now there is a machine that actually works. What the feedback machines do is blow air in your face with the little mask you breathe it in. Since mine is called complex apnea, it means I am not breathing it in. They can give me all the air they want, but I refuse to take it in for some bizarre reason.