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I've never had a larger selection and wider variety of fun stuff. I'm confident that there's something in here for all tastes and areas of
When buying things through the mail, there's an understandable concern that you may not receive the level of quality that's been advertised. For this reason I devote the extra time required for carefully grade every item myself. I check for completeness, front to back, making sure that no pages, panels or order forms have been clipped out. I check to see how well the centerfold and cover staples are attached, check for markings, tears, creases and take all flaws into consideration before assigning a conservative grade. If a job's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
If you buy a copy of something that I've graded as "fine", you can be assured that it's pretty nice. If you've been buying from me for decades, you already know this. If you're trying me for the first time, my goal is to make you a repeat customer. A great deal on an item advertised as "fine" is not really a great deal if you find out that it's only in "good" condition when it arrives to you.
I offer a 14-day, unconditional money back guarantee. You may return any item for any reason.
I have more details about grading further down on this page.
Most orders ship the next business day but I take time to package items securely to ensure against damage during transit. People often describe my packages as bulletproof. If you receive items with bent corners, that's not the fault of the Post Office, that's the fault of the person who packed the box. Items need to be packed in the center of the package, away from the corners. The corners of the package will be crushed/bent during transit. That's not a problem provided that the items are not near the corners and are unable to shift into the corners. They need to be secured in the center of the package.
In almost 40 years of selling comic book back issues, I've never experienced a more vibrant and explosive marketplace. Most of that is in the superhero genre fueled by comic character movies and TV shows. There is a constant flow of new announcements and rumors that cause instantaneous demand for the first appearance of
those characters and storylines. If you're collecting in this area, I don't need to tell you. If you're reading superhero comics, you'll notice that new characters are being introduced in every other issue. Who knows whether those will be their one and only appearance or a writer will bring them back years later to become hugely important to a major storyline. I see many examples of hot selling first appearances of characters that are not currently listed in the Overstreet Guide. They'll catch up eventually. It was about 5 years after Wolverine's first appearance that the Overstreet Guide noted that as being in Incredible Hulk #181. His rep grew from the pages of X-Men.
I started buying X-Men in 1975 as well as Avengers, Champions, Inhumans, Justice League and Legion of Super-Heroes. I liked the team books best because I feel I was getting more heroes for my hard earned quarter. Over time I came to appreciate all comic book genres.
Non-superhero comics don't usually have the explosive price jumps but many of us are fans of them and find them usually more affordable. There's something about old comics that gives me a warm feeling and takes me straight back to my childhood. I find it fun to go back through the decades seeking out forgotten treasures. Artwork is a huge selling point for me. The 1950s Abbott and Costello that I bought this year have surprisingly good artwork by Mort Drucker for example.
Sci-fi and horror always have a solid fan base. I like the 1950s perspective of what spaceships might actually look like in the distant future (like 1988 maybe). It's fun to see imaginings of what the aliens living on Mars might look like (before finding out it was uninhabited). Comic books can be a great way to return to a simpler time.
Movie and TV related Dells and others have been picking up in sales. Teen, Humor, Westerns and War all find their dedicated followers as well. I still have 1000s of comics, 50 years and older, priced below $10 and 100s priced below $5.
Fanzines, listed in my magazine catalog, have been selling better over the past year. Comic Book Artist, Comics Journal, Comics Interview, Amazing Heroes are popular examples. They're always a source of nostalgia for the specific time periods in fandom. Also people are considering the advertisements/previews for various superheroes to be their first ever appearance because they pre-date the published comic books themselves. I sold a copy of Foom #15 on eBay for $100 because it featured drawings, one page each, of Ms. Marvel and Captain Britain. Foom #15 came out a months before Ms. Marvel #1 or Marvel Team-up #65. Fanzines are packed with unique artwork, interviews and history.
My magazine catalog lists comic book format and related mags as well as monster, horror, sci-fi and fan publications. Warren mags like Famous Monsters, Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella are always popular as are 1970s Marvel mags like Savage Sword of Conan, Dracula Lives, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Hulk, Vampire Tales, Tales of the Zombie and others. MAD, Sick, Cracked and Crazy are also in the magazine catalog. We can always use a laugh. Lots of sci-fi movie mags on Star Trek, Star Wars, X-Files, Babylon 5 and others.
I have a large run of
Filmfax, one of my all-time favorite magazines. In-depth articles, reviews, interviews and rare photos from B-Movies, Serials, Cult TV and so much more that you wonít find anywhere else. Itís very well done.
The compete sets catalog is comprised of mainly 1980s and newer comics but Iíve included a lot of 1970s titles as well as a few from the 1960s. The deepest discounts are listed in the Complete Sets catalog. Plenty of near mint comics offered for 50 cents each (sets of 20 for 9.95 for example). There are lots of higher end collectibles discounts as sets compared to what they'd cost individually. Definitely take a look.
Since the overall market is stronger than I've ever seen so the biggest challenge that I have is finding and buying collections. Understandably people expect and demand more for what they're selling to me. I'm trying to adjust to the new normal and pay what I need to pay to maintain a good selection for my catalogs. Considering that most of these items are 40, 50 years or older, I shouldn't expect them to be too inexpensive and easy to find. I can look back over the past decades and wish I'd have bought more when it was easier and less costly. I'll try to buy what I can now so that I won't have the same regret a decade from now. Guide prices are a lagging in indicator.
When I started collecting comics in 1975, old comics (1940s to 60s) were relatively easy to come by. Most people back then didn't know that people collected them and thought it was odd when they found out that I did. These days it's hard to buy comic collections because people tend to think their comics must be worth many thousands of dollars regardless of what they are and what their condition is. I kind of miss the old days but I have to accept that what I was buying 40 years ago really is more difficult to obtain. I can't fault people for finding value in and enjoying the same things I do. Maybe they just have good taste.
Most old comic books that people collect were "made in America" where they originated but now comic book collecting has become a world wide hobby. Even in non-English speaking countries people are learning English and being influenced by American culture and movies. That extra demand for old comics is noticeable because when they go offshore they don't usually come back.
Non-superhero comics have solid sales but there are definitely more overlooked bargains in those areas. Classic covers, art, stories and characters from all genres are becoming more greatly valued with each passing year. The fan base for teen humor, cartoon characters, westerns, romance, sci-fi and horror is continuing to grow. For now the prices are lower even though the print runs are also lower in most cases.
One trend that I've been noticing is that collectors are seeking out forgotten treasures. Titles that are less collected by others and considered more obscure. Titles that haven't seen sharp price increases in recent years like the most popular superhero titles fueled by big budget Hollywood movies. Comics from 40, 50, 60 years ago are becoming harder to find and are looking relatively inexpensive at their current prices. Now collectors are buying what they can while they can because with each passing year more are disappearing from the market and going into collections or being sold at higher prices. For that reason I find it a challenge to replace what I'm selling. This is especially the case with high-grade copies. Now when I sell a vf/nm or nm issue I wonder if I'll ever see another copy in that condition again. That is why you hear about some old comics selling for more than a million dollars these days. Most old comics are still quite affordable though and our hobby is not just for the wealthy as of yet. I have 1000s of old comics listing in these catalogs that are priced less than the cost of a brand new comic.
Beyond all that however, comic books as an entertainment medium, art form and collectibles are fueling their own demand independent of other media. All areas of the comic book universe are seeing increased demand for a variety of reasons. In some cases it's retiring baby boomers that are looking to recapture the simple joys of their youth by exploring unknown worlds of fantastical artwork. Comic books don't need to be plugged into an electrical outlet and they never display pop-up error messages.
The compete sets catalog is comprised of mainly 1980s and newer comics but I've included a lot of 1970s titles as well as a few from the 1960s. I typically price these at least 20% lower as a set compared what I list them for individually in my old comics catalog. There are especially a lot of bargains with the 1980s & 90s sets even though they're in near mint condition. Great deals there.
TV and movie related Dell and Gold Key comics, especially ones with photo covers, have made a big come back. Disney, Hanna Barbera, Archie, Harvey as well as other cartoon and humor titles are becoming more and more popular. Of course, horror, sci-fi, mystery and more recently romance titles from all publishers continue to sell well. Marvel and DC superheroes still sell well
due in part to big budget comic character movies. Hero comics are in greater supply and price guide increases over the past few years have slowed their sales in some cases. For that reason I keep my prices below guide (in many cases way below) on comics that are more readily available. You may want to take a second look at those titles (often from the 70s and late 60s) as a lot of them have good stories and artwork. It's just a matter of time before they are rediscovered or revamped into a new comic series and become popular again. Always popular are comics with artwork by Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Berni Wrightson, Michael Kaluta, Jim Starlin, John Byrne, Mike Grell, Wally Wood, Steve Ditko, George Perez and other top talent (sorry if I missed your favorite). The comic back issue market is strong and getting stronger as collectors continue to discover new areas of interest and there is a lot left to be discovered.
Monster and horror continue to rule the magazine back issue market but sci-fi, barbarian and super-hero mags are gaining ground. Deadly Hands of Kung Fu, Planet of the Apes and Hulk move well thanks to great artwork and stories. Crazy, Cracked and especially MAD and Sick have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity. The magazine back issue market is still relatively young and still has a lot of room to grow. Part of that growth occurs as comic book collectors cross-over into collecting magazines and in the same way magazine collectors start collecting the comics that highlight their areas of interest. For example Warren and Heavy Metal magazine fans who start buying Marvel, DC and other horror comic titles such as Chamber of Darkness, Tower of Shadows, House of Mystery, Unexpected, Twilight Zone, Frankenstein, Ghostly Tales and dozens more. They're slightly smaller and in color but have many of the same creators in common such as Wrightson, Adams, Kaluta, Ploog, Orlando, Crandall, Toth and Craig. After all, it was EC Comics that actually started that format back in the 50s.
I recommend the comic collectors check out my magazine catalog were I have magazine format titles listed such as Amazing World of DC, Foom, Marvel Graphic Novels, Savage Sword of Conan, Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Marketplace, Crazy, MAD, Rampaging Hulk, Vampirella and much, much more. I also recommend that magazine collectors check out my old comics catalog for titles like Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery, Chilling Adventures in Sorcery, Conan the Barbarian, From Beyond the Unknown, Ghost Manor, Haunted, Red Circle Sorcery, Ripley's Believe It or Not and many, many others. Then there's all the TV and movie titles like Four Color, Star Trek, Adventures on the Planet of the Apes, Man From UNCLE, Konga, Korg 70,000 BC, Six Million Dollar Man, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica, Logan's Run, Star Wars, Lassie, Flipper and tons more. Of course if cartoons are your thing, there's an endless supply of those. Hanna-Barbera (Flintstones, Jetsons, Yogi Bear, etc.), Warner Brothers (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.), Harvey (Richie Rich, Sad Sack, Casper, etc.), Archie (Jughead, Sabrina, Josie, etc.) and everything else you can think of.
The great thing about comic books and magazines as collectibles is that they are the actual entertainment in and of themselves. For example, Spider-Man comic books are collected for their artwork and stories whereas a movie poster is collected because it represents a movie that you like or a sports card represents an athlete that you admire or an Elvis plate may remind you of your favorite singer. Of course comic book characters spawn cards, posters, movies, TV shows and everything else as well but it's worth noting that the original art form is the comic books themselves. Did you know that the 1965 TV series Lost in Space was based on the 1962 comic book series Space Family Robinson? Many people think it was the TV show that came first but it was the other way around. When you consider that the first comic hero, Superman, was introduced in 1938, comic book heroes have made a huge impact on the pop culture in the relatively short period of time.
More about grading. Upholding strict and accurate grading standards is always very important. Whether you're buying comics to read and enjoy, as an investment or a little bit of both you should always expect to receive the quality that you're paying for. In order to let you know what you're getting when you order from me I often specify flaws that do not fall within the average wear that defines a particular grade. Those flaws may be the main reason that the book doesn't grade higher. These are things like "moisture damage" (mst.dmg.), "finger print"
(fgr.prt.), "subscription creases" (sub.crs.), "date stamps" and many other problems that may plague books in otherwise excellent condition. The definitions for the abbreviations listed in the catalog can be found
when you click on "abbreviations legend". With this information you can be sure to avoid the defects that bother you the most. I always want you to be happy with what you buy from me.
The number that immediately follows the letter grade (for example, the "7" in fn7) represents the whiteness level of the comic's interior pages. All of the comics in my catalog are rated for page quality using Overstreet's Owl card. It's a card with different levels between brown to white. It's like matching paint with a paint chip. 10 represents white paper that many older comics weren't printed on to begin with. 9 is near white (very rare in older books), 8 is off white to cream (usually as good as I find), 7 is light tan, 6 is tan, 5 is dark tan and things go down hill from
there. 99% of comics printed before 1980 have suffered some degree of yellowing or tanning during the past twenty plus years due to oxidation. They didn't usually print comics on high quality white gloss paper back then. You'll notice that I will price the same book and condition with Owl 7, 6 and especially 5 pages lower than one with Owl 8 pages. I consider Owl 8 to be average and may price books with Owl 9 or 10 (few that there are) a little bit higher.
The Overstreet guide refers to covers printed off-center as "bindery defects" (bnd.dft. is the abbreviation used in my catalog). It's a common flaw, especially with comics printed in the 1970s and earlier. If you check through your collection you'll probably find that 5% to 10% of your comics have covers that are not perfectly centered. I used to get shipments of hundreds of copies of an issue, all of which had covers that were printed slightly off center. Most people don't notice this or don't care but it is a factor in grading especially at the high end. If you aren't bothered by that flaw, then I don't recommend that you start caring about it now. You can simply save yourself some money by buying comics listed with "bnd.dft." listed next to them in my
listings. I've given you the information so that you can decide for yourself. It's really only a factor when buying comics in extremely high grade and most people aren't bothered by it but it is considered an imperfection never the less. The CGC only assigns 9.6 and 9.8 grades to copies that have covers that are perfectly or nearly perfectly centered.
You can read about the various types of "bnd.dft" by clicking on "abbreviations legend".
You can click here to
view an example of bnd.dft.1A on one of the comics listed in my catalog.
It is quite refreshing to see that the CGC (a professional comic grading service) is grading comics accurately. I hope that this will spill over into the rest of the comic book collecting community. Someone suggesting that grading is subjective and will vary from person to person is really just making an excuse for their own over-grading. You can be sure that they won't be under-grading. Their so-called "grading mistakes" will be to their advantage and you'll be the loser.
I've sent a lot of comics and magazines to the CGC in the past but I've sold all of them. Due to the cost, I think it's only worthwhile to slab 9.4 or better copies of books that list for more than $75.00. I might see what I have left
in high grade at the end of the year and send them some comics early in 2007. A few years back I did that with copies the 1974 Ka-Zar and Sandman first issues that I had listed in my catalog for less than $20.00. When I got them back from the CGC (graded 9.8) I sold the Ka-Zar #1 for 203.50 and the Sandman #1 for 180.50 on eBay. The Overstreet guide lists for copies in nm- 9.2 but for 9.4 and better (nm in my catalog) it's seems like the sky's the limit. My user ID on eBay is MightyMags1 in case you want to see what
auctions I'm posting there.
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I've posted some scans of the comics listed under the letter
"A" in the HTML old comics listings so that you can view the actual
copies by clicking on "view". If you'd like to have me post more
scans like those ones of other issues just e-mail me to let me know that you'd
like to see that.
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