Comic books make a huge part of popular culture since it’s a combination of art and writing. Unlike the popular believe that comics are for children, comic books are great for everyone. They allow the reader to examine the characters minds through the dialogue boxes, inviting the reader into the imaginable world of the writer.
Comic books make very good collectible items. Collecting comic books is an enjoyable hobby and if done in the right way, it can be a very lucrative hobby. A comic book that is well taken care of appreciates in value over years. The trick is to always choose a title that has a very high growth rate.
The basic step in being a comic book collector is buying them. I always get my comics from a local comic store that has been in my neighborhood for years. I am a construction worker and even when I am away from home working, I get my comics reserved in my local comic store. Sometimes i ask my friend who is a bartender to pick for me some comics when i am away. Most comic stores have saver subscriptions that let you have the comics that you prefer set aside for you. Therefore, it is important that you look for a particular store and always get your comics from the specific store to get into a subscription program. Most comics are either Marvel comics, DC comics or Image comics. The minor ones are usually under independent titles. It’s always great to try and get the latest release of the comic you are looking for. Always buy those comics that interest you because this is just a hobby.
For a comic to appreciate in value over years, it should be in excellent condition. Comics call for special care if you want them to stay for years. To keep them in the best conditions, carefully flip the pages as you read. Avoid dog ears and folding the pages as this will easily spoil the comic book. After you have finished reading your comic, place it in a Mylar sleeve. A Mylar sleeve is a clear envelope that has a pressed stiff cardboard backing. The sleeve will help in preventing moisture from making the comic damp while the board will make sure that the comic does not fold or crumple. Mylar sleeve will keep your comic safe for up to a hundred years.
Slide your comic into the sleeve against the side that is treated and the comic cover facing the front. If you want to store your comics for over five years, ensure you use a high quality acid free backing board and paper or a blow-dryer to melt up the flap seam. After this, the comic should be kept in a short or long comic box with the comics standing upright, leaning on other comics or separate each with a cardboard piece. The storage box should be of the right fit. To make your work easier, when searching for a particular comic book, place your comics in an organized manner according to date of release, title and issue number.