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Comic Investing Secrets! An Overview of Comics To Invest In And Why?

Updated on September 23, 2014

We all know that there's been a huge amount of buzz concerning comic investing, and we've all recently read the reports of comics selling over a million dollars or for half a million or even 50 grand. Yes, it's true! Some lucky individuals bought very high graded key issues during the 70s or 80s when they were still pretty cheap. They aren't lucky. They knew how to grade comics, and they knew what comics to invest in.

Luck only pertains to the time period and being at a certain age to know this knowledge. Unlike me who was just a kid in elementary school and had no job to shell out a hundred for key issue comics during the 80s, you can say luck was not on my side as in terms of the right time. As a kid, I had no knowledge of the right comics to invest in. I just bought what I liked.

Now, it's easy to get all excited and think that if you walk into a comic shop and buy some new books off the rack and keep them in prime shape, 30 to 40 years you'll be raking in the dough like these prior comic investors. I hope you really don't think that, because it's far from the truth.

In this lens, I'm going to explain some secrets on comic investing as well as debunk some myths. You'll also learn what comics to invest in right now and why. I've learned the hard way over the years, and I'm still learning. However, I know how comic investing pretty much works, and I've profited from comics for over 15 years.

You can be sure to take my advice to heart, and you'll be able to profit from your comic investments like I have in the long term.

Comic Investing Myths

Buying new comic books, store them well for 30 years, and bang! Those comics are gonna be worth big money. If you're thinking this, and if this is your investment strategy concerning comic investing, you really need to think again here.

Let's bust some myths here!

Why are many of those golden and silver age comics selling for ridiculous prices today? Well, there's many factors there. Back then, during the 40s - 60s, who knew that the very comics kids use to read would become so valuable? Not many, and for that reason, many golden and silver age books were read, abused, folded, and often discarded.

A few select kept their comics in great condition, but on the whole, most collecting comics back then did not. That's why some golden age and silver age books are deemed so valuable. They're rare, and the higher the grade they are from those two eras, the more rare they are today.

Fast forward to today. Now, everyone knows about the million dollar record breaking sales for some of these comics. So guess what everyone is thinking? Oh, I'll drop four bucks on a brand new comic book and save it in great condition for the next 30 to 40 years, and it will be worth hecka money!

The problem with that is everyone else is thinking the same thing. There are only 2 or 3 copies of Avengers #1 from the first series at a 9.4 Near Mint. Your brand new modern age comic will have about 5,000 copies and up at a 9.6 or higher in 30 to 40 years. Needless to say, your comic wont be rare, and it won't be valuable.

If this is what you're doing already, you need to learn more about comic investing and start learning to pick the right choices.

The times have changed since the golden and silver age of comic collecting. People are a lot more knowledgeable about taking care of their comics in hopes of them being valuable someday. If you're investing in modern age comics, hoping is the exact word for it. Unless your comics were all low print runs, which is highly unlikely today, your comic wont be rare 30 years from now.

Why hope if you're investing in comics to begin with? Wouldn't you rather make smart comic investing choices instead to maximize your investment's growth? I'm sure you would.

In that case you need to go to where the demand is and where the rarity is. Even more so, since we're dealing with comics, you need to stick with comics that will continue to be even more rare as time goes by. That's right! Older comics get even more older, but here's why I prefer silver age opposed to any other comic age.

Amazing Spider-Man #6 1st Appearance of the Lizard
Amazing Spider-Man #6 1st Appearance of the Lizard

Why Silver Age Comics To Invest In?

If you know anything about American comic book history, you'd know that the superhero revival took place during the 60s. This is when superheroes became extremely popular, and all those old classic characters like Spider-Man, The Thing, The X-Men, The Hulk, Dardevil, etc kicked off.

This means that during this era a lot of classic villains were also introduced. Just look at the first series of Amazing Spider-man issues 1-10, and you'll see the first appearance of The Sandman, The Vulture, The Lizard, Doctor Octopus, etc.

There are loads of key issues for important, popular characters in the silver age of comics. The demand for them will always be great. This is why I favor silver age comics. Don't get me wrong here. There are plenty of great 1st appearances during the bronze age like The Punisher, Wolverine, Ghost Rider, Iron Fist, etc. Those books are in high demand as well.

Important key issues from the older eras - golden, silver, and some bronze - will always be more rare and more in demand. Some people will invest in more common issues (not key issues), and that's okay. However, you'll get more for your collection and spark more interest in buyers if you have key issues.

Key Issue Silver Age and Bronze Age Comics

In fact, I ONLY invest in silver age and bronze age key issue comics, and I do it within my budget. I'm not a pedigree comic investor by any means. What are pedigree comics. They are the highest graded books of a certain issue. They also happen to be extremely expensive. However, if you do invest in the right pedigree comic, you will get more return on your investment later on. Rarity and demand will make your pedigree comic more valuable.

For me, I mainly get silver age keys in the mid grade to very good grade. Very Good is my limit for most silver age key issues, and they're usually high demand key issues. Like I said, when it comes to which comics to invest in, do it within your budget, and pick smart comic investing choices. Don't just hope. I go for comics that have a very high likely hood of growing in value in the long-term. I'm talking about 30 to 40 years. Not ten.

If you're serious about investing in comics to help with your retirement plan or to have a more diverse investment portfolio, you should visit the link for more tips about comic investing as well as my top picks for comics to invest in.

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      AstroGremlin 3 years ago

      I only invest is silver age myself. Very collectible as "limited art prints" and some great comic history.