You may have noticed your Facebook feed blowing up with mentions of finding Comic Book hardcovers and Trade Paperbacks at crazy great prices. For those you not familiar with it, Ollie's Bargain Outlet is a chain of discount stores that feature buyouts and overstock from seasons past. Their motto of "Good Stuff Cheap!" is generally not exaggeration, especially when it comes to their book selection, often with a modest section of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Word broke through social media that they had gotten in a massive shipment of discounted hardcovers and trade paperbacks for crazy cheap prices. Instantly, collectors, fans and connoisseurs of comics rushed to their nearest Ollie's to get what they could.
The Comic Lover's Wife is back, this time just with a question that has nagged at her brain for a while. Hopefully it can generate some discussion between you and your friends not into comics and provoke some thought.
It's happened to every collector of Marvel comics from the 1970s, they find that needed issue, sometimes at a great price. Then they get it home open it up to read it before realizing that there is a 2 inch square cut out of one of the pages. Occasionally, that missing stamp affects the story on the other side of the page, making for a horrible disappointment. If we were talking about a few random books scattered around, this would not be an issue that held such disappointment for collectors, but among the issues that these stamps appeared is one of the most sought after comics, Incredible Hulk #181.
On a Facebook group I frequent, I often see collectors sharing particular issues in their collections that they're proud of, but yesterday Luis Nieves, of Jersey City, NJ, posted four pictures of one of his boxes, highlighting a method for color-coding comics in bags and boards. He graciously agreed to a messaging interview to elaborate on his method and the other ways that he organizes his collection.
(Editor's Note: Thumbnails are currently being updated for increased size. Please pardon the inconsistency.) In the late 1970s/early 1980s, Whitman had a deal with DC Comics to reprint their comics and package them for sale in retail outlets like Woolworth's, Sears, K-Mart, etc. They were packaged in plastic as a 2 pack or 3 pack, usually of the same title. The appearance of the packaging would vary. Whitman also apparently reprinted Marvel comics in a similar fashion, but their cover designs were not so significantly altered, which is why this gallery is focusing on the DC Whitmans.
Among comic book collectors there are certain items that become the holy grail of collection items. It tends to vary from collector to collector, but some are almost universal, such as Detective Comics #27 or Action Comics #1, but we're not talking about comics, we're talking about products that were licensed. A lot of items that collectors seek out have the stock graphics that were given to manufacturers by the comic book companies. Then there are those items that have an almost mythic quality to them because they are items that were never meant for collectors. Here's where those items cross: The 1982 DC Comics Style Guide.
[caption id="attachment_33649" align="alignright" width="195"] Currently averaging $60.00 on eBay[/caption] Recently, I saw discussion on Facebook where a Local Comic Shop (LCS) owner refused to place a comic in a customer's pull folder because he was thinking he could get more for it online and that he suspected the customer in question of doing that anyway. That then led to discussion of if a LCS can hold issues of a "hot" title to sell online or if it's any business of a LCS if their customers are buying strictly to sell online, also known as "speculating." Earlier in the week, a friend who is a manager at a LCS turned away a customer who wanted to buy 100 copies of a "hot" issue to "give to friends." He assumed that this was a speculator, probably correctly so, but does a comic shop have the right to turn away a customer just because they suspect they're buying solely to re-sell? Does a comic shop have the right to hold back selling copies of a comic at retail in order to take advantage of the online frenzy over it?
Sometimes it isn’t easy being a comic lovers’ wife. While I support and am glad my husband has an interest he enjoys…between visits to the comic shop and the numerous comic book conventions, it can really cut into our together time. Below you will find some helpful hints and ideas to make comics fun for