Is it Really Worth it?
Comic books are one of the most common collectable items. It seems that the older they get, the more people want them. If you do your research, you will find out that a few comics are worth a ton of money. So why not? Why wouldn't you want to start a collection and a small fortune of your own? If you aren't sure, here are some things you should consider before you start collecting.
Reasons Not to Collect Comics
1. Comics are Very Common
Yes, a few of them are rare and hard to find, but so many people collect them. This means that a rare collection isn't that rare because someone else probably has that same collection. So if you are looking for comic #4 in a 100 comic series, it will be much harder to find because everyone is looking for the same one and every one of them that are spotted are snatched up. You just have to be at the right place at the right time, for the right price.
2. Comics are Very Fragile
If you aren't very organized, or you are clumsy and sloppy, comic book collecting is not for you. They can be easily damaged with litte effort and damage greatly reduces the value of a comic. Remember, condition is everything! If you don't think you can keep a comic in super fine - near mint condition over a long period of time, don't start collecting.
3. Comics Can Be Expensive!
If you are starting out collecting, you might browse around and find that some comics cost hundreds to thousands of dollars. You might ask yourself, how will I ever afford to create a good collection? Truth is, most people can't. If you aren't willing to put forth the capital, don't even get started. You will end up with a lame collection that isn't worth much at all. Don't let this discourage you however.
4. Emotional Attachment
If you are interested in collecting comics as an investment and to make profit in the future, think again. Most people that develop a large collection end up growing extremely emotionally attached to their collection. Not to mention that selling one comic out of your collection would ruin the whole series and make you extremely angry. At least that is how I see it. Only start collecting comics for profit if you know you will not have emotional attachment to them in the future.
5. You Will Become a Nerd
Yes, you heard me. You will become a nerd. Try to invite a guy or girl over to your house for dinner and have to explain to them the gigantic collection of comic books you have. It doesn't really leave a good impression. If you remember the scene on the 40 Year Old Virgin where she comes over his house and he just has loads of action figures and comics all over the place. This will be you. Not really, but definitely take that under consideration if you are self conscious and what-not.
6. They Are Hard to Move
If you are in a situation where you have to move a lot, comic book collecting might not be for you. Unless you have a way of taking them with you (if you are driving) or anything like that, I wouldn't trust a moving company to move a valuable collection of mid-20th-century masterpieces. Would you? I didn't think so. I am still trying to figure out a way where I can move my stuff if I ever had to. If you have any good ideas let me know.
7. You Will Become Obsessed
Just like collecting anything, you will easily become obsessed with comic books. Every time you see one you might like at a store you will buy it. It will bankrupt you. Just like if you are addicted to cigarettes, every time you see or hear someone reference cigarettes you want one. Same thing with comics. Someone will have one that you want and you will fight them for it. I am serious! But not really. In all reality, it will consume a portion of your life and you have to be prepared for that. See, I am already writing about them!
8. No One Will Understand You
Once you become obsessed, you will begin talking about them like everyone else enjoys them too. The truth it, they probably don't care. You will annoy them and no one will truly understand you. You will either have to surround yourself with comic book fanatics or keep your obsession a deep dark secret that no one knows except you. I just picture myself in a dark basement jumping at any slight sound that might be coming from the world above. Okay, maybe not that serious but you get the point.
9. You Won't Have Your Own TV Show
Despite the comic book show you see on TV nowadays, they will not make you famous. Collecting comic books won't make you rich, nor will it make you respectable. If you truly don't love the artwork and literature that goes behind each one of the issues that were made, don't start collecting. It will anger true collectors that just see you have gold diggers stealing their potential property. Get out of the true collectors way!
10. It is Too Late
All of the good comics are already owned by die hard comic book collectors. Searching the world to find them will leave you broke, tired and disappointed. This is a total lie but it has some truth. Condition of these comics are continuously becoming worse and worse because of time and online shipping. Plain and simple. Most all old comics are in poor condition. That is why comics in good condition are worth so much. Since it has been 20-50 years since they were printed, your time is running out to preserve such treasures. Start now or forever be left behind. Or don't.
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Larry Wall on March 26, 2014:
Just happened to run across this. I collected comic books back in the 1960s. I had the copy of either Superman or Action Comics, where Superman revealed his secret identity to President John F. Kennedy. The edition hit the stands after President Kennedy's assassination. There was one more story in that series that was published. I collected, but not with great care. While I was away at college, my Mother got on a cleaning rampage and sold my collect for $100, which was probably close to the net value based on cover price (12 cents). When I started college I stopped reading comic books. Now they are novels, the familiar settings have change, Robin grew up, had two replacements and so on...I would not try to start collecting today. Now, if some publishing company puts together an anthology of classic stories from the 1960s, I would buy it. That might be interesting. I think the last Superman comic I read showed Clark Kent as a TV reporter. As an old newspaper reporter myself, I just could not accept that.
MountainManJake (author) from Seattle on June 28, 2013:
Then you should!
Zeke Love on June 28, 2013:
Mountain Man, I want to read 10 Reasons Why You Should Collect Comic Books.
MountainManJake (author) from Seattle on June 28, 2013:
Thank you! I am glad someone found the humor in this.
Zeke Love on June 28, 2013:
My good friend's brother is a comic book artist. He is the creator of the comics, which is the source material for the movies Red and Red 2.
FullOfLoveSites from United States on June 28, 2013:
I heart nerds! ;-)
Don't take this hub too seriously... it's sure silly to me but humorous. :D
Comic Artist on June 15, 2013:
I agree with Comic Collector. I have always enjoyed to draw and tell stories through my art so naturally I enjoy reading comic books and making my own. Every comic book I buy is for me to enjoy not to sell so this is a pretty silly article.
MountainManJake (author) from Seattle on June 14, 2013:
I can't agree more! If you read more of my hubs you will see that I usually play both sides to every idea. I am an avid collector of graphic novels. I have found quite the treasures along my way too. Thanks for the comment cperuzzi!
Christopher Peruzzi from Freehold, NJ on June 13, 2013:
I think the concepts that weren't communicated as well as they could have been were the concepts of "they are common" and that "the good ones are already taken."
This generally has to do with a print run per month. Ever since the early 80's comic book publishers publish millions of copies of an issue per month. Whereas in the 70's and earlier, a publisher would only print about a few hundred thousand. It's a simple law of economics - Supply and Demand.
You can still get comics from the earlier silver and bronze ages by going to comic book conventions and going trough some of a vendor's boxes. There is hidden treasure there, if you know where to look.
MountainManJake (author) from Seattle on June 12, 2013:
It is intended to be.
ComicCollector on June 12, 2013:
You're stating this as if the only reason to collect them is to get rich or famous doing so. That's not why many or even most people collect them. We do it because we enjoy comics (and that's the only reason anybody needs).
So that knocks out points 1-4 and 9. Also, you say one reason not to is because they are too common, then in point 10 you say the good ones aren't common (hmmm contradictory...grasping at anything to support your argument huh?). But the fact is, you can get a hold of most of them so we can throw out point 10 as well. (also, one doesn't need EVERY issue to enjoy the collection)
Point 5...people love looking at my collection. You've watched too many movies about misunderstood "nerds"...that's not real life. So we can throw out point 8 as well.
Point 6...I guess we can't collect anything then? Or have anything of value? Throw that crap out.
All we have left is point 7. We will become obsessed? Yes some people will...Just like with alcohol...doesn't mean it's bad for everyone. I'm not obsessed...but I do have a healthy passion for doing what I love which is collecting.
This article is silly.
Christopher Peruzzi from Freehold, NJ on April 05, 2013:
The "you will become a nerd" point is completely inconsequential. Nerds run this country. The fact that "The Big Bang Theory" is a media sensation should tell you that there are a lot more nerds out there than you think - let alone the success of "The Amazing Spider-man" movie, The Batman (Christopher Nolan) franchise, and "The Avengers" movie.
The danger of becoming a nerd is not a negative. It is something to be embraced.
MountainManJake (author) from Seattle on July 26, 2012:
Yea I like to write on article, then do a devils advocate of it and link them. Good traffic builder you should try it.
Eric Mikols from New England on July 26, 2012:
It's like the dark mirror of your other article. How bad is it, that as a collector going on a decade, I relate more to this article then your positive one! Funny stuff.
AaronHubb89 on July 26, 2012:
I don't worry about trying to collect old comics...the oldest comics I have are from the very first days of Ultimate Spider-Man and I have 1 - 102...everything else, I just collect for story reasons. I think the current Batman series going will be worth something in the future and possibly the Action Comics and Justice League. Funny article though.
MountainManJake (author) from Seattle on July 25, 2012:
Use a file cabinet! It works trust me.
Domenick Dicce on July 25, 2012:
That was a funny article. I would have to add, after a while it becomes almost impossible to find enough space for all of them. One of the reason I love digital comics so much. No more storage issues.
Alma Cabase from Philippines on July 25, 2012:
I have comic collection but I stopped buying new releases when I went to college. And I'm thinking about starting a new one. Any advice about an interesting comic series? I prefer heroes or stories that I've never heard before so no Superman or Spiderman please.haha
Mr Tindle on July 25, 2012:
This was a humorous article. I liked the end were you link to another article that is meant to inspire you to start a collection. I do collect comics, both for fun and potential profit. But I also read them and follow the stories too, so I won't see it as total loss if I never make any money from them. Voted up.
nickbardo from Miami, FL on July 25, 2012:
11. Your wife will threaten to throw them out if you don't downsize your collection!