Collecting comic books is a never-ending hobby for many book lovers. Every one, at some point of time in their lives, had enjoyed reading at least one comic book. The books are so appealing that we can still narrate the story line and the characters which are close to our hearts. Books like Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Islands, Gulliver’s Travels, Robinson Crusoe; The Three Musketeers are a few names which have been captivating the hearts and minds of billions of readers for many years.
Also, known as funny book, a comic novel includes descriptive artworks that represent individual actions by comic characters. Each scene is complemented by dialog with graphic conventions and is connected with each other in such a way that readers can experience their trip in the world of imagination. The colorfully displayed superheroes, little devils and group of characters appears like ruling the mind of its keen readers. At times, children are seen spending their best time by engaging themselves in reading piles of books which possess their favorite cartoon characters.
Besides children, reading comics and watching comic TV are a favorite pass-time for elders, irrespective of their age. Many people take pleasure to make frequent visits to the bookstores located at their nearest point so as to purchase the latest collection of books for them as well as for their kids. In recent years, the readership of comics appears to be more as compared to other books available in the market.
Let’s talk vintage comic books. How is it possible that the popularity and value of collecting these books could increase in a downward economy? How is it also possible that those popularity and value increases could happen in an age where kids are reading from computer screens versus paper products?
The recent popularity growth in collecting is due to three factors: the stability of comic book reading and collecting over the long history of the hobby; the popular releases of new movies, television shows, and computer games which include vintage super heroes and villains; and the influx of new closeouts that are now available, due to collectors selling collections to compensate financial issues, caused by a weakened economy.
It is hard to argue that collecting these publications is a fly-by-night hobby. These fun publications have a long history. The origin of these books, some believe, developed from newspaper comic strips dating back to the late 1800′s. Most modern collectors contribute “Yellow Kid” as the first modern comic-strip character that appeared in the New York Journal in 1896. Most collectors consider Famous Funnies issue #1, which went on sale in May of 1934, as the first actual comic book. With a history over one hundred years old, comic books seem to have a here-to-stay persona. Most adult collectors remember the comics they read as kids, and although many of those books were eventually discarded as these collectors aged, many are now replacing the vintage books they once enjoyed as children. This may be one of the factors creating the onset in the recent popularity of buying vintage comics. It may also be one explanation of why that popularity has boomed over the past ten years, despite a currently struggling economy.
Supply and demand dictates prices and popularity. It is important to understand that early era comic books were designed to be a disposable entertainment, quite like newspapers. Read it and toss it. Early economic issues, however, turned the “read it and toss it” philosophy into the “read it, then trade it for a comic you have not read, and then toss it” philosophy. Sometimes these transactions occurred multiple times, but the end result often led to tossing said book. One major reason vintage comic books were not discarded was due to long-term thinkers who held their books, saving them for future reading or passing the books to family or friends to introduce them to the same entertainment they enjoyed. With low-print runs and the disposable entertainment philosophy back in that era, it is no wonder why these vintage comics are currently hard to find and why their prices have steadily increased over the years.