Black Comic book Key issues vs 1.4

1st appearance of Aneka, Black Panther #8, 2009

1st appearance of Ayo, Ultimates #1, 2015

1st appearance of Batwing(David Zavimbe), Batman Icorporat4d #5,2011

1st appearance of Batwing(Luke Fox),Batwing #19, 2013

1st appearance of (Lucas) Bishop, Uncanny X-Men #283, 1991

1st appearance of Blade(Eric Brooks), Tomb of Dracula #10 1973

2nd appearance of Blade, Tomb of Dracula #12, 1973

1st solo title of Blade, Blade: The Vampire Hunter #1 ,1994

1st appearance of Black Lightning(Jefferson Pierce) , Black Lightning #1, 1977

1st appearance of Black Panther(T’Challa), Fantastic Four #52 ,1966

2nd appearance of Black Panther, Fantastic Four #53 ,1966

1st appearance of Blood Syndicate(team), Blood Syndicate #1, 1993

1st appearance of Blue Marvel (Adam Brashear), Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 2009

1st appearance of Bumblebee(Karen Beecher), Teen Titans #45 1976

1st of appearance of Captain Marvel(monica rambeaut), Amazing SPider Man annual #16

1st appearance of The Crew(original group), The Crew #1,2003

1st appearance of The Crew(group), Black Panther #6 2016

1st appearance of Cyborg(Victor Stone), DC Comics Presents #26 1980

1st appearance of DMZ, Blood Syndicate #1 1993

1st appearance of the Dora Milaje(team), Black Panther #1 1998

1st appearance of Duke Thomas(Signal),Batman #21,2013

1st appearance of Elijah “Eli” Bradley (Patriot) Young Avengers #1

1st appearance of the Falcon, Captain America #117

1st appearance of Holocaust, Blood Syndicate #1 1993

1st appearance of Icon(Augustus Freeman I/II/III & IV), Icon #1 1993

1st appearance of of Isiah Bradley , Truth Red,White,and Black #1 2003

1st appearance of John Stewart, Green Latern #87 1971

1st appearance of Luke Cage(Power Man),Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 1972

1st appearance of Malcolm “Mal” Duncan(Guardian) Teen Titans #26 1970

1st appearance of Miles Morales ( Ultimate Spider-Man), Ultimate Fallout #4 2011

1st solo title and 2nd appearance of Miles Morales, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #1 2011

1st appearance of Misty Knight, Marvel Premiere #21,1975

1st appearance of Moon Girl (Lunella Lafayette), Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, 2016

1st appearance of Nakia, Black Panther #1 1998

1st appearance of Naomi, Naomi #1 2019

1st appearance of Nubia, Wonder Woman #204

1st appearance of Okoye,Black Panther #1 1998

1st appearance of Riri Williams(Iron Heart) Invicible Iron Man #7 2016

1st appearance of Rocket(Raquel Ervin), Icon #1 1993

1st appearance of Shuri, Black Panther #2 2009

1st appearance of Spawn, Spawn #1 1992

1st appearance of Spider-Punk (Hobart “Hobbie” Brown),Amazing Spider Man#10 2015

1st solo title of Spider-Punk, Spider-Punk #1 2022

1st appearance of Static, Static #1 1993

1st appearance of Steel(John Henry),Adventures of Superman #500, 1993

1st appearance of Storm(Ororo Monroe), Giant Size X-Men #1 1975

1st appearance of Superman (Calvin Ellis) Final Crisis #7 2009

1st appearance of War Machine(James “Rhodey” Rhodes), Iron Man #118 1979

1st appearance of Zuri, Black Panther #1 1998

(I am slowly but surely making this as long as possible starting with a lot of the books I own . In time there will be a lot more.)

My top 10 comic covers of 2022

In no particular order. These are my favorite comics that I’ve bought this year.

Miles Morales:Spider-Man and Moon Girl #1 Momoko Variant

Momoko is one of my favorite artist and I think this cover is so cute.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #127

I can’t really say why, but there was something about this cover that just vibed with me.

Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown to Ruin #1 Foil Variant

Power Ranger foil cover one of three coming out this year.

Amazing Spider-Man #93 Gleason Variant

One of the few Gleason Spider-Man covers I was able to get.

Reckoning War: Trial of the Watcher Momoko Variant

Definitely one of my favorite covers that she’s put out this year.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 2022 Besch variant

Miles Morales: Spider-Man # 38 Bartel

FCBD: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

This was probably my favorite cover from Free Comic Book Day.

Miles Morales:Spider-Man #37 Ngu Variant

I just think it looks cool, personally.

Nubia: Coronation Special #1 1:25 Crystal Kung Variant

I got this as a gift at free comic book day it’s probably the only ratio variant I’ll get this year.

Three things to be realistic about when you start a comic book collection

You may never be able to afford old-school first appearancesĀ of silver and gold age characters.

I’m not trying to count your pockets. You could be rich. But for regular investors like me who don’t have hundreds to thousands of dollars to spend on comics. Most key issues with characters we love are expensive. Unless you are a very niche comic book fan. Anyone that’s a well-known and loved character could cost you hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars.

This is why I advocate buying new keys or recently released ones. You can’t lose when buying comics for $4.

Don’t expect your keys to go up in price immediately. Give five years to a decade, if not longer.

It can take a few years, if not longer, for a comic to appreciate in value. Don’t be a scalper, hold out, that’s how you win. If I am being honest, most of the key issues that I have that are worth money. I bought from people who sold too early. I paid under $50 for the first appearance of Miles Morales. Now it did take probably five years, but the price went up quickly. After a movie and video games, this comic is easily worth more than $500, on the low end.

Understand, you cannot expect an increase like that on every comic. But it’s not odd for you to pay the original $4 and in just a couple of years for it to go up to $30. Sometimes in less than six months. And if it is popular like Miles or Gwen , and is featured in a movie, the price will be on a slow uptick. The trick is, that it’s hard to say what will and won’t be popular.

Some comics will never be worth hundreds to thousands of dollars.

I have a lot of comics, though the majority of my comics and modern and bronze age. I still have a few silver and gold age ones, but most will never be worth much. About 60% of my collection regardless of how old they get, will never be the hundred to thousands that my key issues are. It’s true for most collectors and collections.

The comics I bought when I first started my collection are valuable to me. Even if the market never agrees. Many collections are like this. Not every issue is going to be a key .

 Not every issue will add significant value to your collection. Especially if you enjoy reading your comics. Sometimes I would much rather have a full volume than one key issue.

The best way to start my comic book collection that appreciates with value PART 1: Current keys

Starting to build a collection of comics that will appreciate in value is a quite specific thing to do. But I have managed to do it for over a decade now and my collection is worth a good chunk of money and I want that for you too.

Tip #1: Start with current keys.

When I say current, I don’t mean modern age, I mean comics that are coming out next Tuesday and Wednesday. The best way to start a comic book collection that will appreciate in value is by knowing what is coming out this year and buying the comics as soon as they come out.

The best practice will be having a pull list at a comic book shop so you can get to comics before they’re sold out.

How do you learn about what’s coming out?

I find out through two apps, Key collector Comics and Comic Geeks. 

Key collector Comics

A screenshot

Key collector comics isn’t free it’s $2 and I can easily say that it easily makes me the $24 a month back rather quickly. Just with two comics.

Comic Geeks

Is an app that tells you every comic that is comic out from all the mainstream publishers every week, including the multiple variants for each cover. The app also allows you to make a collection of all the comics that you have.

Why is this the best route for new collectors?

Because it’s the most cost-effective route. When new comics come out they cost between $4-10. If you get them as pull orders at a comic book shop you don’t have to worry about paying extra money for them because they’re keys.

It doesn’t require research or you knowing anything about what movies and TV shows are coming out or what comics are just growing in popularity. It just requires speed and a little bit of seed money.

Three comics I hope to get at free comic book day.

So free comic book day is May 7 (I’m so excited), and of all the comics they announced. These are the ones I am most looking forward to.

Even though I am not current with the comics, I really love TMNT, and I love the artwork for this cover.

I haven’t read this manga but I’ve heard nothing but great things. So I’m excited to read it, also there’s talk in the air about an anime coming soon. Which makes me even more excited to get it.

This is the only thing I’m excited for that I’ve never heard anything about.
I’ve never heard of this story from anyone but reading the synopsis made me interested in what the authors going to do.

[Edited, because I have no sense of time and really wanted it to be May]

Starting a comic book collection on a budget part Part 1: How to start a comic book collection

The trick is there is no right way to start your collection.

You could walk into a comic book shop and buy a comic off of the wall and BOOM that one comic is the start of your collection.

Regardless of what anyone might say, this journey is simply started by buying your first comic.

That’s it.

It may feel daunting and you may not no where to start ,but don’t worry , it’s really ease read the additional post.I’m here to help. There is no right way to be a collector

Starting a comic book collection on a budget part Part 2: Where to buy comics

Is this a Trick Question?

I know your immediate answer will be comic book shops and you wouldn’t be wrong, but here’s some other places.

Auctions

The first comic books I ever received were won by my uncle at an auction house. They were hidden inside a wardrobe that he.That’s the fun thing about auctions, you might win a little bit of anything.

Thrift shops

Thrift shops do have a little bit of everything and sometimes they’ll have comics. I have gotten polybagged sealed comics at Goodwill.

Yard sales

A lot of people have no idea what they have and are STILL selling their kid’s comics. Most of the older people I know that collected as a kid, don’t have their comics because of their parents doing this.

Bargain stores like Ollie’s

Ollie’s is a rare kind of discount store . They sell small packs of comics and also single issues.

Used Book stores

Many stores that sell used books, often sell used comics as well. It’s not every used book store, but many will surprise you,

Online

I want to say a good thirty to fifty percent of my collection comes from eBay. But there is also Midtown Comics, My comic shop, and so many others sites you can use.

Walmart

Yes, DC has had multiple partnerships with Walmart. So if you are at one of their selective Walmarts you can find packs of comics there.

Comic book variants for beginners: Part 3 : Ratio Variants

What is Ratio Variant?

These are variants that comic shops are allotted by publishers for buying a certain amount of comics. For example, a 1:100 variant would be a comic a shop would only receive if they buy a hundred issues of a particular comic. A 1:20 variant is a comic that a shop would only get if a shop buys twenty of that issue.

Are they hard to get?

It depends on how many comics you shop is willing to buy of any one issue. If your shop is a smaller one. Then you’ll probably never get a 1:100 variant, but maybe your shop might get one or two 1:20. But this would also really depend on how busy your shop is regardless of the size.

Can they be expensive?

I would say that they are almost always expensive, at least compared to the price for the original comic. Every comic may have a print price, but ratio variants are the only ones that don’t have to be sold for that price. They are sold by how rare they would be. For example, a 1:5 ratio wouldn’t be that rare, but a 1:100 variant would be very expensive.

Do you own any?

Yes, but I don’t buy them often. It’s crazy to say, but I have a hard time paying double to triple over the cover price for pure aesthetic. I’ve done it, but maybe once a year if something really catches my eyes. When I do buy them I tend to buy them from stores that resell comics, rather than comic book stores. Because they’re normally more reasonably priced than online and at comic book stores. Scalpers often control online prices, which will in term often influences comic shops’ prices.

Should you buy them?

Yes,but you have to time it right and make the right comic predictions.You want to know that you’re buying a comic whose value will increase.

My favorite ratio variants of my collection.

Amazing Spider Man #13 2015
Amazing Spider Man #14 2015

They are 1:25 ratio connecting variants by Dell’Otto. I am trying to buy the complete run of the Amazing Spider-Man volume 3 (2014-2015). I wasn’t looking for variants, but those what I found.

The first thing I did was something you should also do when you find a comic that you’re interested in at a shop. Look up the common sale price on eBay and check to see if the comic is a key issue. You should know that the price for these variants commonly starts at $40, they were selling for $10. I quickly snatched them up.

Sometimes they’re overpriced, but occasionally they are really worth it.

Starting a comic book collection on a budget for beginners Part 3 : Key issues 101

Before starting your collecting you should know about key issues.A key issue is just a comic in which something important happens.

Types of Key issues

1st/2nd/3rd appearance of [fill in character or fill in team]

1st in comic book appearance of [fill in character]

1st Cameo appearance of [fill in character]

1st cover of appearance of [fill in character]

Anniversary Issues

Controversial Issues

Death of [fill in character]

Errors

Final issue of a comic

Iconic Covers

Important Event[battles/suit change/changes of leadership]

Origin of [fill in character]

Key issues are divided into two types Major Keys and Minor Keys. A major key would be the 1st appearance of character a minor key would be a suit change of a character.

BUT

Here’s where things get tricky when value is concerned, though a first appearance will always be a “major key” that doesn’t mean that it will defiantly be worth more than a “minor key”.

Popularity of a character weighs heavily on what has value and what doesn’t. Knowing and predicting what is and will be valuable is what makes collecting difficult and fun.

EXAMPLE:

1 st appearance
Controversial Issue
???????

The first one is X-Men: The End #1 is the 1st appearance of Aliyah Bishop. The daughter of Warbird and Bishop from an alternate timeline. It is not worth as much as Batman Damned #1. Why is it controversial? It is DC’s R-rated label, and they had Bruce was naked and drawn anatomically correct.

BUT

This issue is not worth as much as Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #2. This issue is not a key issue, but it is from a comic book series that had a limited run less than 13,000 copies were ever made. So though not a key issue, it is still a rare and valuable comic.

Keys are important but watching for variants and limited series,can be just as important.

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