Ready. Set. Collect! Simple Tips for Collecting Comic Books.

comics_photoshoot_01Getting Started.

Breaking into the world of comic book collecting can be a fun and exciting experience, seriously, it can! Whether you desire to be a mild-mannered hobbyist or a hardcore collector, these tips for collecting comic books will get you well on your way.

Where to start?

The number one rule to remember when collecting anything is to collect what makes you happy. Collecting everything you come across can waste your time, money, and space; we don’t want anyone to end up on an episode of hoarders, it’s not pretty.

Instead, take some time to start reading comics. You will find ones that you enjoy and it will help you decide on what to collect. If you are collecting for an investment, focus on valuable titles that have resale value.

Must-Haves.

Every collector dreams of one day possessing a “holy grail”. These comics are extremely valuable and can sell for millions, always be on the lookout for hidden gems.

Action Comics, No.1; 1938. This comic is considered the holy grail of comics. It is the first introduction of Superman and valued at $2 million.

Amazing Fantasy, No.15; Introducing Spiderman.

Introductions: Comics that introduce a character for the first time can be valuable. I.e.: Introduction of Flash, or Superman. In some cases they can be more valuable than a No.1 issue.

Core and Filler issues.

If you are a “completionist”, you will want a complete set. Owning an entire set means that you will have both core and filler issues. Core issues can be the most valuable items or they can hold sentimental value, or they may have been the hardest to obtain. Filler issues are the rest of the comics that make up the set, you shouldn’t spent too much money on getting the bulk of your collection, an easy way to complete a set is by buying someone else’s and filling in the missing pieces.

Finding a Bargain.

If you are just starting out, money can be tight. But there are some great places to find comics.

    • Craigslist
    • Classified ad
    • Yard Sales
    • Flea Markets

Watch out for overpriced comics. It’s far too easy to overpay for comic books, many people don’t price accordingly and may not know the real value. If you yard sale, bring along your cell phone or tablet so you can look up titles on the internet while you browse. Comic book prices constantly fluctuate, so keep your eye on current market values.

 Things to look out for.

Legitimate vs. Promotional: Comics normally have the original printed price on the cover, but sometimes you will find comics that say “free”, these are promotional comics printed by the publisher. Both can be valuable, but the free comic is sometimes worth much less. Be mindful when checking out a high-priced comic make sure you get what you pay for.

Examine comics carefully to make sure they are not damaged or faded, as both of these will have a direct effect on the value.

Keeping up the Grades.

Not just great advice for school, but also for collecting comics. Comic books are based on a Grading system from 1 through 10, with 1 meaning very bad condition and 10 meaning extremely mint (finding a 10 is nearly impossible, even freshly printed).

 Organizations, Conventions, and Databases.

Online Databases, such as http://comicbookdb.com/ are systems that track comic book titles, their current prices, and resale value. These databases are also great to have handy when you are hunting for comics at yard sales and conventions.

Conventions: attending an almighty comic book convention can be an exciting experience. You will find comic books from the lowest grade to the elite. You will be able to ask questions, attend workshops, and rub elbows with real people in the comic book business.

Warnings: Conventions can be overwhelming so be careful of impulse buys. Do not have your comics autographed if you only have one copy, if you have two copies, then that’s ok. Having a comic autographed can reduce its value.

Join organizations like http://www.comiccollecting.org/ to find like-minded people and more information about the world of collecting comic books.

Storage and Display.

  • All comics should be stored in protective sleeves with cardboard backing.
  • You can buy storage boxes and keep them out of the sun in a dry place. Great for the bulk collection.
  • Display comics should be place out of direct sunlight and in UV protective frames.

Before you buy your first comic think about how and where you want to display it. Being a true collector is more than having a room filled with boxes of comics, it’s the pride of displaying your prized possessions.

Marvel’s Axis #1 Launch Party Set For October 8

Avengers_&_X-Men_AXIS_PromoBMarvel is making sure all comic book stores worldwide are armed and ready for the biggest comics event of the year as Avengers & X-Men: AXIS explodes onto comic stands on October 8th! In addition to being among the first to purchase AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1, fans will also be able to receive special items exclusive to these parties at participating retail stores.

To ensure these parties are the biggest sales success of 2014, each retailer opting into the event will receive a Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Party Kit from Marvel, containing exclusive promotional materials. Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to opt-in by 9/1 to ensure your store has these AXIS promo items and exclusives.

“An event like Avengers & X-Men: AXIS deserves the red carpet treatment,” says David Gabriel, Marvel SVP, Sales & Marketing. “Escalating the conflict that began in Avengers vs. X-Men to new heights, we’re backing retailers with the biggest incentives you’ve ever seen with these launch parties. Whether it’s promotional materials, limited edition variant covers or special giveaway items, Marvel is committed to making sure fans are buzzing about this event. Each of our valued retail partners will have exactly what they need to entice their regular customers and new fans to check out the biggest event of the year and make AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 their top seller for 2014.”

All qualifying retailers will receive the following as part of the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Party Kit:

  • Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Invitational Postcards
  • Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Inversion Looper Promo Items
  • Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Skottie Young Lithographs
  • Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1 Exclusive Zdarsky Deadpool Party Sketch Variant
  • Mass media promotion around the launch of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1 and the associated parties
  • Promotion of parties to Marvel fan base via Marvel.com, Twitter and Facebook.

But that’s not all! Retailers who qualify will also be eligible to order the AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 Deadpool Party Variant. From rising star Chip Zdarsky, take a humorous look at the events of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS through the eyes of Deadpool in this hilarious cover spoof. This one-of-a-kind variant you can only get at the launch parties should not be missed!

Retailers, please check the Marvel Mailer or Diamond Daily for regular updates about the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS Launch Parties.

Prepare yourself for the marquee comic event of the fall, as Rick Remender and co. explore the fine line between good and evil. Find out just how thin this October in AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1!

Each issue of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices and in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. Additionally, each issue of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 (JUL140597)
AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (AUG140723)
Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by ADAM KUBERT
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Inversion Variant by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (JUL140598)
Deadpool Party Variant by CHIP ZDARSKY (AUG140724)
Deadpool Party Sketch Variant by CHIP ZDARSKY
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG140719)
Variant Cover by Milo Manara (AUG140720)
Young Guns Variant by Mahmud Asrar, Nick Bradshaw, Dave Marquez,Sara Pichelli, Valerio Schiti & Ryan Stegman (JUL140601)
FOC – 09/01/14, On-Sale 10/08/14

 

Red She-Hulk 62 Preview

The latest issue of Red She-Hulk is set to release on February 6th, and in this edition, Captain America is put to the test when he must make some difficult choices, Betty Ross loses some near and dear to her heart, and of course Red She-Hulk gets a little angry. And you don’t want to see her angry