A great article I have found in my bookmarks on my old laptop and it is really wort a read for comic book collectors. I myself have collected in the past and the advice offered here is second to none.
With Comic Book Men just finishing up its first season on AMC, and the recent news of a long lost comic book collection selling for $3.5 million, my curiosity about comic collecting has been piqued. My own collection is modest, with just a few graphic novels and random issues, but I recently made my first purchase of a “collectible” for a whopping eight dollars. I decided I needed to talk to an expert about making these first forays into buying and selling comics.
Enter Brandon Zuern, store manager of Austin Books & Comics in Austin, Texas. Brandon is a real “Comic Book Man,” who not only runs the day-to-day operations of Austin Books, including deciding what stock to carry and how to display it, but he also finds the time to curate the new Guzu Gallery next door. A lifelong comics fan, Brandon read comic books before he knew how to read. He recalls, “I remember making my parents read me the same issues over and over again. I started learning to read as soon as I could, so that I could just do it myself.”
Although I do the majority of my reading with digital comics now, there’s something about holding a comic in my hands that still gets me in a store from time to time. When I asked him if digital comics have impacted their customers’ buying habits, Brandon replied, “The collectability of comics is still a major factor.” I can attest to that. If you’re like me and enjoy having comic books to call your own, here are some tips for getting started on a collection.
Beginning a Collection
Brandon advises taking your first steps to a collection by first considering what you like the most. He suggests, “Do you want to collect comics by a certain writer or artist? Are you trying to put together a complete Aquaman collection? Do you buy any pre-Code horror (gruesome early 1950s comics) you’re lucky enough to find? Once you decide what you’re most interested in, always look for those issues!”