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The Significance of Comics & what they mean to us Collectors

where to start? I guess we will briefly start where it first began, One of the earliest ‘comic books’ ever made is considered to be The Yellow Kid in McFadden’s Flats from 1897. There were also earlier publications dating back to the middle ages however it is believed that The Yellow Kid could have been the first of its kind. 

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EXTRACT FROM ‘THE YELLOW KID, TAKES A SWING AT GOLF’. OCTOBER 24, 1897

 

Comics have been a beloved form of entertainment for decades, and their popularity continues to grow. They are not just for children anymore; in fact, many adults are avid collectors of comic books. So why are comics so sought after, and what makes them valuable?

Comics have a special place in our hearts, as they can transport us to different worlds and provide a brief escape from reality. They offer a unique storytelling experience, with a blend of visual and written content. They are also often associated with nostalgia, as many people have fond memories of reading comics during their childhood.

Furthermore, the value of comics extends beyond their entertainment value. Many comics have become highly sought after due to their rarity and historical significance. For example, the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1 is considered one of the most valuable comics in existence, with a copy selling for over $3 million at auction.

action comics

 

There are many popular comic book series, each with its unique characters, storylines, and art styles. Some of the most well-known include:

Marvel Comics: This publisher is known for its iconic superheroes, such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers.

DC Comics: This publisher is the home of the most iconic superhero of all time, Superman, as well as Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League.

Manga: This refers to Japanese comics and graphic novels, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. Popular manga titles include Naruto, One Piece, and Attack on Titan.

 

As previously mentioned, the first appearance of Superman in Action Comics #1 is one of the most valuable comics in existence. However, there are many other valuable comics out there. Some other notable examples include:

Detective Comics #27: This comic features the first appearance of Batman and is highly sought after by collectors.

Amazing Fantasy #15: This comic features the first appearance of Spider-Man and is another highly valuable comic. One of which (pictured below) recently sold at an Auction in 2021 for $3.6 Million.

Incredible Hulk #1: This comic features the first appearance of the Hulk and is also considered a valuable collector’s item.

 

amazing fantasy comic

 

As with any collectable, the condition of a comic book greatly affects its value. For this reason, grading and preserving comics is essential for collectors. Comics are graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being in perfect condition. Although to find a comic graded with a score of 10 is like a Unicorn!

Preserving comics is more of a necessity than an option nowadays, it is important to keep them away from direct sunlight, humidity, and extreme temperatures & they should be stored in acid-free bags with backing boards, and kept in a cool, dry place.

The value of comics can fluctuate over time, depending on various factors such as rarity, demand, and condition. As new generations of readers discover the joys of comic books, the demand for certain titles may increase, driving up their value.

However, it is important to note that not all comics will increase in value over time. It is always wise to do your research and consult with experts before investing in a particular comic.

Comics are a beloved form of entertainment that offers a unique blend of visual and written content. They are highly sought after by collectors, both for their entertainment value and their historical significance. As with any collectable, preserving and grading comics is essential for maintaining their value. Whether you are a longtime fan or just discovering the joys of comic books, they are sure to provide hours of entertainment and, potentially, a valuable investment.

 

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