How Much Value Do You Place On First Issues Of Comics?
Off Topic Friday is my favourite day of the week… just kidding, it’s Podcast Wednesday! But since it happens to be Off Topic Friday, let’s venture back into that crazy world of comics, shall we?
This past week, my girlfriend texted me asking about the first issue of a particular comic book series. I don’t know which it is, since she wouldn’t tell me, but she assured me that it was one of my favourite series. She is fully aware of the fact that I have already read it digitally, but had the idea of purchasing the first issue as something of a collector’s item for me. Yes, I know, she’s awesome and I don’t deserve her. We’ve established all of that already. She’s okay with this.
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Now, that put a thought in my head that’s been wallowing around ever since. Actually it’s a recurring topic in my mind because I had this thought while at rAge 2013 as well, as I browsed the various comic-book-selling stands. The idea of a first issue holding some special value to a reader of comic books is nothing new to the world. After all, some first edition first issues can sell for millions, yes millions, many years later. But that’s mostly down to their rarity and even back then, they were relatively uncommon. Nowadays, you can find comics available digitally and hard copies are quite frequently printed, in large numbers.
Unless it’s an obscure, esoteric but undeniably appealing complete collection — such as the Watchmen comics — there just isn’t that much value attached to hard copies any more, over and above their exorbitant marked pricing at retail. Seriously, some comics are just way too expensive.
Still, I’d fancy owning the first issues of my favourite comic book series. Just because it would be kinda neat to pull them out in twenty or thirty years from now and relive the nostalgia… and perhaps show ’em to my
demon spawn children, and hopefully get them hooked on comics too. Hopefully digitally, and with their own money, so I don’t have to buy it for them. What?
As for first editions, I don’t think it’s in any doubt that those hold some value. The first ever copy of Deadpool printed, would hold crazy value for me. It would obviously need to be appraised and verified, but I would pay a lot of money for it. Likewise, various other comics for various other people. First editions are the ones that came out first, after all. They are a step above first issues because they weren’t the 42nd batch of it, they were the first. And that holds obvious value.
But I’d like to know from you, just how much value you place on both of these. First editions of comics, and first issues of comics. Do you collect them, would you if you could, and will you give me your first issues? Comments section, go.