Were you the type of kid that would anxiously stand in the local grocery store just so you could spend your allowance on the newest comic book? Many people make the mistake that comic books are just for males. Females all over the world enjoy reading and collecting a comic book series just the same as males. If you were one of the lucky kids with foresight, you probably knew that your comic book would have great value one day in the future.
You probably took great care of the books and gradually built up your collection into something incredible. It does not matter if it was the Superman series, the Spider-man series or a smaller known series.
Those books from years ago now have some significant punch behind them. Comic book collecting is a huge hobby. Even if you just enjoy reading the comics, it is a great way to reconnect to your childhood. If you are unfamiliar with comics, this article will help you out.
When did comic books originate?
There is a lot of debate as to when the first comic book was created. The most recent thought is that the first comic book was "The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck" and it was written in 1837 in Europe. Later in 1842 this comic book made its way to New York City. That early comic book would be more accurately described as a graphic novel.
It was 40 pages long and did not have the typical text bubble next to a character. The text was found at the bottom of the panel. The creator Rudolphe Topffer went on to create 7 more graphic novels in different languages. There were comic books that came after that but no one really knows what happened to them. The next comic book that there is proof of was called "The Yellow Kid."
What is the longest running series or character in a comic book?
Probably the longest running series or character in a comic book would be evenly split between Popeye, Mutt and Jeff, and Little Nemo in Slumberland. Following these comics then it would be Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, Tarzan and the Phantom. It is surprising that comics have been around for more than a hundred years.
They have undergone many changes as society has changed. You can find them in just about any language and are adored worldwide. But two of the biggest selling countries in the comic book world are the United States and Japan.
How do you determine the value of comic books?
The value of comic books depends on several factors. The first is the year it was produced. The second is the storyline or main character. If it is a popular character like Superman, Batman, the Fantastic Four or Spiderman, it will be worth more money because there are more collectors of these popular story arcs.
Another factor in the value of a comic book is how many were printed at the time. If the market was flooded, the value comes down. The final factor is the condition of a comic book. If it has been stored properly and has no marks, smudges or tears, it will be worth more than a copy that has been well read and thumbed through.
It is why comic book collectors take their comic books so seriously. For them it is an investment and a love of the story.
Where can I sell my comic books?
Before you start selling off your comic books, you need to know how much they are worth. The Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, 32nd Edition will be able to pinpoint what the values of your comic books are depending on their condition.
Once you have an idea, you can then either sell them to a fellow comic book collector on Ebay or you can take them to a comic book store and place an ad on their bulletin board. Just remember that buyers will try to get them at the cheapest price they can so be prepared to handle different offers.
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