Top 5 comics I’m excited about possibly getting this year [August 2022]

These aren’t series I’m interested in but facsimile,one-shots,and comics I’m just interested in getting.

Godzilla:Best of Mothra #0

I love everything Godzilla based!!!

I love Mothra. The end.

Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 [pollybagged]

I do have the original one,but I want this one . It comes with a poster and arm band. And although I’ll never open it I still want it,because I like gimmicks.

Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers #100 , foil variant

I want every holographic Power Ranger comi,all of them.No I’m not currently reading the comics either.There are too many. But one day I will buy the omnibus.

The Tomb of Dracula #1 facsimile

Dracula is my favorite flavor.

Vampires. Dracula within Marvel, please and thank you.

What’s the Furthest Place from Here Deluxe Edition #6 (honestly any deluxe edition of this comic)

I waant it.

I don’t want any random comic from this series only the deluxe versions.

WHY?

Because it comes with a soundtrack vinyl attached. And I will always be the comic queen of gimmicks. Comes with 3d-glases I’ll buy it. Comes with cards and is pollybagged.I’ll buy it.Foil regular varinat ,get in my cart. Doesn’t So when I saw this comic, I had totry to get it.It’s so rare that most shops might get one max.So if I’m lucky I could possibly get it.

But it’s a lower than 25% chance.

Top five suggestions for new comic books collectors

The big two aren’t the only publishers who make quality comics.

There are a lot of great stories to read that are produced by publishers other than Marvel and DC comics. It is the age of the indy artist. And when you choose to limit yourself to those two you are going to be missing out on beautifully done stories and new ideas that the big two are too scared to try.

A pull list is “the” way to go. 

You must understand that most stores only get so many of each comic cover. So if you want a specific one, there’s a chance that you won’t get it by just going to a comic book shop. Especially if it’s a key issue or a popular variant. Pull lists get priority. They aren’t saving a certain amount for the public. You should also be aware some people wait out on release days for the stores to open. So you’re getting what’s left.

Storytime: When White by Blackmask came out the quantities of the comic were so limited that the pull list had to be rotated so that each of us could occasionally get the 1st print of the comic. This meant that if you were looking for the 1st print of that comic in store, you wouldn’t get it.

Look up any comic price before buying because of these three things:

  1. Age alone doesn’t equal high value or rarity. Old≠valuable.
  2. Some comic book stores overcharge to the point that their sales are just average price at other stores.
  3. If you’re buying comic books from a reseller. There’s a good chance that many books are under and over prices depending on the employee’s comic book knowledge.

If you can buy a comic for under $1, do it.

The market is only going up over time. I remember early in my collecting days I would commonly find comics for $.15. The market has changed a lot since the 2000s. If you look online, even Free Comic Book Day Comics start at $1, so you can’t go wrong with buying cheap. As long it’s something you’re actually interested in.

You can help build your comic book collection for free by participating in Free Comic Book Day and Batman day.

The comics are free and many stores have some of their biggest sales on those days. So every year you can get a free stack of comics. Not to mention that certain ones do go up in value. My most expensive FCBD comic is selling online for about $80. Besides value, these comics will often highlight popular comics, cartoons, and/or manga from the year. As well as give you a little peak into what comics or books will be coming out later that year.

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

You may never be able to afford old-school first appearances 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.

Starting a comic book collection on a budget for beginners Part 4 :Take advantage of publishers giving away free comics

Free Comic Book Day(FCBD)

[Click above will take you to the official FCBD site so you can find shops in your area that will hosting it ,and will show you the comics that are being released this year.]

You may not be aware, but once a year comic book publishers come together and give out free comics away to bring in new readers. There are somewhere between twenty to forty different titles that are distributed between local comic shops(LCS). FCBD day put their comics in different tiers of Gold and Silver.

Types of comics they often give are:

  • One-offs
  • Tie-ins
  • Popular Webtoons
  • Things based on popular TV shows
  • Anime based comics
  • Comics based on popular media
  • Reprints of popular comics

Suggestions for make the most of the day

Go to the website and get an idea of which comics are coming out that you are interested in. Get to your local shop early, maybe thirty minutes early. There will be people there waiting, early.

Why?

Because many shops only allow you to get a certain amount of titles. And when they run out. That’s it. So not only would I suggest going to your main shop early I would suggest that you go to a second shop.

Why would they do that?

The publishers like to distribute comics over multiple shops To ensure you often won’t get everything from one shop. To combat this, I would suggest going to two shops. It makes sure you get some of the titles you want and stops you from being a scalper. Two very important things.

What to do at the shops?

First, you want to get the comics that you didn’t get at your first shop. Secondly, get a second copy of the ones you are interested in reading.

What will you do with two copies?

If you have two copies that means you can read one, and the second will be kept in pristine new mint (NM) condition.

Can a FCBD comic be valuable?

Yes.

One Punch Man FCBD 2016

This is my most valuable FCBD comic. It’s selling on eBay for a low of $16 to $60. To be honest, I still don’t know why.

Batman Day

Yes, every third Saturday of September is Batman Day. A “global” holiday dedicated to the Caped Crusader. DC releases one or two free titles for Batman fans.

You may not love Batman, but you have to understand that free comics are free comics even if you don’t love the titles.

Are they valuable?

They tend to be at the same price as lower-end FCBD comics. But that is still quite valuable because they were free.

Are they worth anything?

Immediatly after each comicbook day

If you click the link about it will take you to

Take advange of free comic book day and batman day.

So every year comicbook publishers have one day in which they give out free comic book to their patrons. There are normally more than twenty to forty different comics that distributed between different comic book shops. Most shops will all have similar comic books,but I would always suggest to go to at least two shops.Because there will always be at least a couple of comics that shops wont share.

Some of these comics will be a free reprint

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