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A Powerful Secret To Comic Investing And Choosing Wise Comic Book Investments
Comic Investing Is Flourishing!
Shakey is the best word to describe 2011's stock market roller coaster, and while many IRA retirement plans were completely wiped out last year and many more taking unfortunate nose dives, comic book investments flourished in 2011. Key silver age and golden age comic books hit record sales last year, and the demand for silver age comics were reported strong throughout 2010 and 2011.
If you've been interested in collecting comics for investment purposes, or if you're looking to add more value to your current collection, you'll need to know which comic books are in-demand and how to find this out. In this article, I'm going to reveal one powerful secret to help you make wise comic investments, as well as strengthen your knowledge of what to look for concerning comic investing.
Comic Book Movies!
That's right! This is one important and powerful secret to making wise comic book investment choices if you're serious about comic investing. Comic book movies do push a certain character's interest level among collectors and investors. This creates demand, and many movies have created demand for certain comic books.
When news of the Fantastic Four sequel Rise of the Surfer hit, much interest turned to Fantastic Four comics. This interest helped to push the demand for these comics, and sales for Fantastic Four comics rose. However, we're not concerned about sales here. Sure, demand for Fantastic Four comics is great, and even though more people started buying them when the movies came out, it didn't mean that every single Fantastic Four comic rose in value.
This is where a lot of normal and average comic collectors go wrong. Sure, some collect these comics for the pure fun of it, but many are also hoping that their collection will be valuable someday. You need to understand the hype, but as a smart comic investor, you also need to understand which are the important comic books that a comic movie will raise the value of.
Just because a Thor movie is coming out doesn't mean you should just go out and buy any Thor comic. Not just any Thor comic will do, and that's where the huge mistake is made in comic investing. It's not as simple as that, and I'm afraid to say, research is involved here.
Research Comic Movies!
Researching news, rumors, and the development of comic book movies is crucial and vital. You'll need to learn which characters will be in them, or does the movie introduce a new character to the silver screen?
For instance, the X-Men: Wolverine Origins movie introduced the character Deadpool to the silver screen, and demand for a certain comic book of his got a nice push in demand and value. Want to know which one it was?
No, it wasn't Deadpool #1. It was The New Mutants #98 vol 1 comic book, which was the character's first appearance. That comic is a key issue to a very popular Marvel character, and with talks of a spin-off Deadpool movie, that comic book is sure to rise in value steadily for the next few years.
You see where I'm going with this? Let's go back to the Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer sequel. With that movie, interest and demand was for Silver Surfer's very first appearance, which was in a FF comic book. Fantastic Four #48 and also had Galactus first appearance as well. The value raised for this book, because it's an important key issue book. Comic collectors and investors were already looking for this book to begin with. It's not an easy book to find in certain grades.
So researching comic book movies is an integral part of making wise comic book investment choices. Following rumors, news, and the development is crucial in finding out if a comic movie will be made, who will star in the movie, and which comic characters will the movie feature.
I've written a nice list of both DC Comics upcoming movies as well as Marvel Comic movies coming soon. Click on the link to check it out.
The first appearances of the hero of the movie, and the villain are usually the comic books most collectors and investors will gun for. The sooner you know of this information the cheaper you'll get those key issues. As demand increases, the prices of those books will get more and more expensive.
For example, the new Avengers movie slated to hit theaters this may has kept the demand for many of it's characters such as Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and Hawkeye. Hawkeye's first appearance's value has greatly increased well past guide prices. This started with movie rumors of him appearing in the Thor movie. Now, the value of this comic book is going over a hundred dollars for lower grades VG and GD. However, if you would've gotten the comic when rumors of him appearing in Thor, which was well before the release of the movie, you would've gotten that issue around guide price or may be even below it.
In Conclusion To Comic Movies & Comic Investing
So now you know one simple and powerful secret in comic investing and finding out which comic book investment choices to make. Although this secret tip does get you off on a great start, there's a lot more to be learned about comic book investing. It's recommended that you know as much as possible about comic books. There is quite a bit of stuff to know.
Nevertheless, I've been collecting and investing for quite some time, and I've written several articles about how to be successful at investing in comics. Be sure to visit the link and check out my list of the top investment comics for 2012.
Also be sure to visit my blog where you learn about some of the best comics to invest in and my other articles on comic investing. If you like this article, share it on twitter and facebook, and be sure to leave a comment if you have any questions.
Thanks and have a great new year!
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