Can you still recall the first time you ever owned or read a comic book? You probably read it from cover to cover then kept it away in some drawer and just plainly forgot about it. The value of comic books is relative to whether you have read it or not, right? If you already read it a few times then it isn’t worth anything anymore. Its very easy to assume that comic books loose their value after reading but this is not necessarily true.
The value of comic books can change depending on how long you have held on to it and at what quality you where able to preserve it. Comic books are in actuality novelty items that are significant icons of the time they where produced. In most cases comic books are even considered memorabilia, and these types of items increase in value as they age.
There are a lot of comic books out there that now would cost more than ten times the price they were worth when they were first put up on sale. Comic books can create massive appeal and popularity and this may bring up its initial value. Take the Bat Man franchise for example: No one really had any idea that the fictional protagonist of one of DC comics’ Detective comics issues would become an iconic figure in today’s society. Bat man has gone far beyond comics; it has been the theme of quite a lot of Hollywood’s most memorable action block busters and has made many television appearances as well. It is no doubt that the value of comic books that were printed during the early periods of the Bat Man franchise are now worth hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
Although it is true that comic books are like antiques that get more expensive with age, there are some factors to be considered when appraising or starting a comic book collection. Before you go and do some attic or garage treasure hunting keep in mind that not all comic books are worth a pretty penny. The value of comic books depends on several factors which cover quality in the sense of physical state and make.
If the comic book you have never gained any popularity, in other words a comic book flop, then it probably is not worth anything more than what you initially spent on buying it. If it was successful however like Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and other iconic comic book titles then you may want to check on the issue number and the date it was published. The value of comic books rise to exponential levels if you have limited editions, or first prints (alpha editions) or signature publishes.
A comic book will also cost more if the quality is pristine. The fewer amounts of dog ears, folds, creases, and discoloration the higher the value, Some collectors do not even read their comic books to preserve the value, they just buy it and stow it away somewhere safe where it can increase in value without any threats.
How much the value of comic books can increase makes it an interesting item to collect and make a hobby of. It is a great way of entertaining yourself and having an item of value as well.