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10 Reasons to Start Collecting Comic Books

Updated on May 9, 2013
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Introduction

Comic books have been a form of entertainment, literature and art for the past century. They inspired people to do great things and have spawned great ideas in entertainment for years to come. Now that they have lived their golden years, they offer a great tool for collectors all around the world. Their time has come and gone and finding these works of art in a dump of history and time has become difficult. Their value can be immense, but they are worth more than money.

Reasons to Collect

1. Comic Books are a Part of American Culture

Nothing really reflects the entertainment culture of America like comic books do. All the way from the 1930s until today. You even see movies still being made today about comic book characters from the 1930s. It is a way to kind of tie yourself to the roots of pop culture. Nothing proves you as a true Spiderman fan like owning the first issue of The Amazing Spiderman.

2. Comic Books are Works of Art

If you have ever looked inside any comic, you will instantly know that tons of hard work was put into these things to make them what they are. The small details that are in every strip are amazing. Not to mention that they are usually completely saturated with characters and colors in a 2 inch strip. You really have to appreciate and respect not only such works of art, but works of literature. The old comics are literally masterpieces of their time. You never know, they might be trying to find hidden messages in them a few years from now. Back off Da Vinci!

3. Comics are Easy to Show Off

A pretty decent size collection of comics is rather impressive. All comics seem to compliment the ones next to them and make them look amazing. It is kind of cool when you show someone your collection and massive amounts of colors and characters pop out of the room as if they were alive. Each one tells a story too. What the comic is about, where you got it, what it means to you. It is a good conversation starter and it tells a great story both in the comic world and in your world.

4. There are Just so Many to Collect!

A good part and a huge motivation to start a comic book collection is that there are so many of them. Not so many makes of a certain issue but so many different comics to chose from. I remember when I first started collecting. I was at a thrift store and there was this old basket full of Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk, Avengers, and Batman comics. The variety and selection this little thrift store had was immense! I didn't know what to start with. It was really cool when I picked up 11 Avengers comics on my first trip.

5. Comics are so Easy to Collect!

What I instantly noticed about collecting comics what how affordable it was to start collecting comics. All you really need to secure your collection was protective cases and a way to store them. You can get like 100 comic book bags for 12 dollars on Amazon. A store device can be as simple as a file cabinet. My point is you can start a legit collection for probably only 50 dollars of security. You don't need anything fancy to get started collecting comics.

6. Comics are so Cheap!

Now I am aware that some of the really rare comics can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars and obtaining comics like these will be very difficult. However, starting a collection of comics on a smaller scale is really easy. Back to those 11 Avengers comics that I bought at the thrift store. They weren't extremely rare (300-311) but they were very cheap. The store had a deal that they were 1$ each but you get 20% off if you buy more than 10. So naturally I bought 11 and got the loot for about 10 dollars with sales tax. I started my collection for 10 dollars! Not too bad.

7. Comics Don't Demand a Large Amount of Space

A lot of collections may require tons of space. You might not have the means to sacrifice your entire garage to a collection. This is the beauty of comic books. They are pretty flat and easy to store! If you have a large slide out filing cabinet, you can easily fit your collection in a closet, or in your office. If you start realizing that your comic book collection is starting to get too large for that filing cabinet, you can always just get another one or sell a few of the comics you really don't like as much. It is easy to maintain and that is a huge deal.

8. Comics are Easy to Sell

If you decide that you want to sell a few of your comics and make a little bit of profit, no problem! With website like eBay and Amazon you can sell your comics online instantly. Shipping your comic to the buyer isn't a huge deal either. It is a whole lot easier than trying to sell your collection of antique furniture isn't it? That's what I thought. Not to mention that with the continuation of this heroes in pop culture, comics like these are always in demand.

9. Comics are Worth Tons of Money!

Comic books continue to grow in value as the years go on. A lot of them are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars right now! With the world continuing to shift to electronic media, printed items like these will continue to grow scarce and continue to grow in value. I will reference my journey to the thrift store one last time. I picked up all of those Avengers comics for the cover price listed in 1989 ($1). As soon as I brought them home I was wondering what they were worth. They were all in super fine - near mint condition and were all valued between 3-5 dollars a piece. So that 10 dollar buy was worth about 30-50 dollars to the right buyer. The longer I hold on to them, the more their value will grow.

10. Comics Preserve and Restore Great Memories

Comics will not only bring back child hood memories, but they will also help preserve them over the years. You can show the next generation what is was like 'back in my day' and really inspire people. They will also help inspire you. I can't tell you how many times I picked up a pencil and started writing or drawing because of inspiration that originated from my comics. I will never forget the first time I bought them and you will never forget yours either. Long live comics!

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    • MountainManJake profile image
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      MountainManJake 4 years ago from Seattle

      Intended to be! Devil's Advocate!

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      zeke2100 4 years ago

      Is it just me or are these reasons the exact opposite of 10 Reasons You Should Not Collect Comic Books?

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Hi Jake. Cute hub, I've been a comic fan since small, I so much enjoyed collecting superheroes :=)... and even with today's big screen superhero fever, I still wish kids find it well worth the effort collecting comics. Thanks for reminding us of our childhood.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Aaron!

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      AaronHubb89 5 years ago

      @CrazedNovelist

      Well, DC's New 52 initiative isn't too far on-going that you can't go pick it up and start reading...also, Marvel is introducing Marvel NOW which is sort of like a reboot but definitely a jumping on point for newcomers. Maybe this will help. Hope it does.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Jake, what a nice first hub! I would love to start collecting comic books, though I don't know where to start. I'm writing a comic book with my cousin so I want to see and know as much about them as possible. Good read. :)

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      MountainManJake 5 years ago from Seattle

      Thanks so much. I'll be sure to return the favor!

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      AaronHubb89 5 years ago

      That's very good then...I especially liked where you mentioned they are works of art. So many people think of it more as "cartoons" but it's not, it's darn good drawing and artistic ability. Good hub. I'm voting it up in awesome, interesting, and useful

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      MountainManJake 5 years ago from Seattle

      I won't even lie, I am a newbie when it comes to comic book collecting. I only have a few random comics from the original avengers, fantastic four, iron man and hulk comics. I wrote this to inspire others like I am inspired.

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      AaronHubb89 5 years ago

      Right now, I'm collecting the Batman and Red Hood and the Outlaw series. However, I do have Ultimate Spider-man issues 1 - 102 (all direct editions) and i have the first seven or eight issues of the Justice League series that launched the New 52. Honestly, it was the New 52 that introduced me to comics because I had to scavenge and pay butt-loads to get any Ultimate Spider-Man comics (direct editions) especially the very first issue which was like $90.