Anyone here collect comics?

I did in the 70’s then i guess they got thrown away…then i started again in the 80’s. Those got sold pennies on the dollar…then in the early 2000’s i tried to recreate my old collection. Got a fair ways, but I shouldn’t have stopped.

Because while the market has been crazy, apparently of late its gone ****ing insane.

First appearance of Beta Ray Bill, Power Princess in a random Defenders book, a random Spidey-Daredevil team up (Early black costume appearance) ALL of these are now worth what i paid for the entire run around said issues in the early 2000’s. And this is just random books in formerly worthless runs. Yes Simonsons run has always been revered but it was easy to get.

As for the old key issues? Dont even ask. No real point even looking on EBay, unless you want a REALLY beat-up reader…your best bet is to wait 25 years for the MCU to collapse and reboot.

And yeah, watching YT clips about books i used to have is infuriating. First Punisher, Death of Gwen Stacy, Xmen 97…etc…

If you’re not attached to the idea of owning them as physical objects, you can get all of these digitally at Marvel Unlimited, for about 10 bucks a month.

My mom tossed all my DC comics circa 1973. I did hang on to Superman #17, with Supie holding Hitler and Tojo by the scruff of the neck, but it’s my only remaining comic. The ones I lost were all from the 1960’s or so.

I should check on the value of that remaining one I have. It’s been in an airtight bag for about 4 decades now.

ETA: HOLY S**T!! I gotta get that thing graded . . .

I did in the late 60s and 70s. I gave them to my BIL and he traded them for video games. Quite a few ‘rare’ comics in my collection. ‘Rare’ meaning worth as much as $20 sometimes. At some point boxes full of every major brand comic book printed were warehoused and will never be all that valuable.

I have about 400 Archie comics from the 60’s and 70’s in a couple of foot lockers in my attic. None of my 3 kids were ever interested in them, nor any of my nieces, nephews, or any other acquaintances. So they’ve been in those foot lockers since I moved away from home in 1979. All still in pristine condition.

I have quite a few of my old comics from the 60s, but none are in good enough shape to get much money for them.

Haven’t bought comics in years. Nothing happens in them. You need to get a collection to get a story.

Thats a hell of a comic to be your only one!

My dad bought it for me at a comic book collector’s gathering in Detroit circa 1969 for $40. I was blown away that he’d spend so much money for my sake. It seemed a fortune to me, and it almost was back then. I squirreled that thing away and swore to never let it go. And I won’t, but I’ll still think about getting it graded, for my heirs. :slight_smile:

Collecting (and reading) comics used to be more fun before Big Event Multi-Comic stories went from being a rare special event to in on-running and ofttimes overlapping monstrosity that required one to spend the rent/mortgage money to get a whole story. Before the U.S.A.F. lost it in shipping I had Amazing Spiderman #3-#193, And every story could be read without having to read the rest of the story in some other character’s book.

Seriously dude, go see an expert and make sure that thing is properly graded and sealed up. Maybe you need to insure it too.

I’ve read up on getting it graded; not sure I want to mail it off somewhere for over a month. It seems happy and stable in its airtight container in a secure location safe from light and prying fingers. But if there’s a local option perhaps I’ll consider it. I know one of the staples has some rust, so it may not rate that high.

It does contain the story where Lois Lane first suspects that Clark might be Superman. That was nifty.

Yeah, I wouldn’t mail it. Perhaps you can contact someone who could meet you at a ComicCon if you could get to one. That is one hell of a comic book you have there.

My immediate reaction was that I stopped collecting comics in the early '90s (all of which are long gone now), but I guess I have some trade paperback collections (e.g. Astro City, Top 10) that sort of count. And I have collections of Li’l Abner reprints from 1934-1952 (a mix of Kitchen Sink Press and the Library of American Comics).

Did some collecting in the mid 1980s - early 1990s. Some of it was purely for collecting, but quite a bit was for story lines and characters that I found interesting. Managed to get a few silver age comics here and there, but nothing too exciting. Probably the most interesting thing I’ve got is a paperback copy of Chris Ware’s “Floyd Farland, Citizen of the Future”. It didn’t have a big print run, and I’ve heard that Chris Ware was embarrassed by it and had a habit of buying copies of it so that he could destroy them. (Funny if true.) Copies on Amazon go for about $70.

Does your airtight container contain buffering agents? (opposite of acidic) Getting your comic graded means you also get it “slabbed”… think clear carbonite. But then you can’t open it up to show it off or actually read it.

Your question about a bagel shop in Madison, WI makes me think you’re near there. If so, get your butt over to Graham Crackers Comics on East Washington (across from the carousel that’s not there any more). Talk to Shawn, the manager. He is amazing (though he’s not there on Mondays), and might give you a ballpark idea of grade and real-world pricing on the spot…

And on Wednesdays, you can pick out three free cheap comics from the budget bins, if they’re still doing that.

Their web site says they buy comics at Graham Crackers Madison on Thursdays… who knew? I only buy (too much) there.

It’s a Chicago chain… many stores in Illinois, all staffed by the coolest people. They’ll steer you right.

I stopped collecting comics in 1979 and after selling a little over 300 in 2008, I still have a modest collection of 700 or so ranging from obscure 1940s superheroes to mainstream Marvel ones, as well as miscellaneous other titles.

Two years ago, I discovered a not-close-by comic book store in an industrial area that only sold back issues. As I had to be in that area with some time to kill, I decided to check it out. It was awesome, bringing back for me the enthusiasm I once had for collecting that I had long ago left behind. They had a huge back room full of boxes where comics were organized by publisher and cost fifty cents a pop. Separately – and of greater interest to me - was a long box full of horror, mystery and monster titles, some of them decidedly not cheap. Altogether, I was in there for about 1.5 hours before just starting to feel the effects of oversaturation. I bought 8 comics for $15, including one random issue of Tragg and the Sky Gods (#6, girl fight cover), a comic I had never heard of, but which proved surprisingly engaging, if not particularly well-drawn.

A year later, I was once more compelled to be in that same area. This time, I went to the trouble of going through my collection to weed out about 30 older, but generally shitty comics I would happily part with in exchange for a smaller number of (hopefully) less shitty comics. Alas, the pandemic struck…and then on top of that, the comic book store lost their lease. It looked like there would be no return visit….

Months later, the pandemic having temporarily receded, I ventured forth to the store’s new location, my 30 shitty comics in hand. The new store was nicer, but smaller; the long box of horror, mystery and monster comics I had so looked forward to going through was not to be found; it had somehow not made the transition to the new store. Still, I managed to find 9 comics – including Tragg and the Sky Gods #1! – for $10, which the owner threw in along with $30 in cash in exchange for my shitty comics. I was satisfied by the deal, but disappointed in the experience.

About a month later, still feeling letdown, I ordered 10 comics online, most of them reprints, none of them with Tragg or the Sky Gods. With shipping, it came to just over $50. Although most of them were good, afterwards, I felt like I never wanted to buy another comic again. Perhaps it was just that I got too immersed in a comic book mindset and my (more or less) adult brain rebelled by not letting me enjoy it as much as I did in my misspent youth.

I’ve been collecting comics since at least as long as I could read. My mom loves garage sales and would often bring me back a large slab of old comic books. OTTOMH

I have the two issues where the Green Goblin kills Gwen Stacy. IIRC properly graded they should be worth about $500 each.

I may have the Punisher’s first appearance. I know I have Spidey issue with the early Punisher. In one issue, he shoots two people for accidentally littering.

Most of my comics I want to keep. But most are worth less than $5. The valuable stuff I’m willing to sell.

I’m in the same boat.

I removed most of the air from it. Would have replaced it with nitrogen if I could, but it wasn’t an option at the time.

Thanks for the info, I may decide to slab it but don’t think I’ll sell it. Maybe I’ll call and see if they can even cope with a 1942 vintage comic.