Comics books? Investments? Some people are still clueless to the investment potential of these brightly colored roughly rectangular pieces of modern literature. However they only need to look up how much the first Superman comic is selling for. Alternatively search for how much the first Batman issue is worth. You will soon discover that there is money to be made in rare comic books.
Investing in rare comic books
Increasingly characters and their storylines are being turned into movies. Therefore the value of rare comic books will continue to rise for the foreseeable future. They are truly part of our cultural landscape as much as a Van Gogh or a Picasso. Of course, there are some cultural snobs. They may find the idea of equating Batman or The Flash with Degas or Pollock laughable. However, we are comparing them based solely on their investment quality.
Rare comic books have progressed as investments. Remember, that most rare comic books first started off costing 5 or 10 cents. Now, many are worth thousands to millions of dollars. Not much different from a Van Gogh’s value when Van Gogh was still alive. It is a well-known fact that when he was alive Van Gogh sold only one painting. Now, his work is worth millions.
Slow down before you head out to your closest comic book store to start investing. Make sure that keep the following comic book investment tips in mind.
There is a big difference between a poor condition comic book and one in mint condition. Unless you are dealing with an otherwise very expensive book, shoot for mint copies as much as you can. The farther back in time you go, the more you can afford to take a risk in lower condition books. However, the closer you get to the present time, the more you should insist on mint condition items.
When trying to determine which rare comic books will go up in value, pay attention to the story line. In particular, be on the lookout for issues where new characters make an appearance. Alternatively find a character origins edition. These issues explain the background to the most popular characters. Another example would be the killing of a major character. This is especially valuable if the comic book publisher refuses to resurrect the character.
Pay careful attention to the artist who drew the comic book. Reputation and style determines the popularity of certain artists. One example of a highly collected artist is Neal Adams. Of course, artist’s reputations come and go with particular comic art tastes and this might impact the valuation of the rare comic books.