I don’t get it. Can someone explain?
I worked in a comic book shop during the latter part of this time period, & we knew that this would happen. Publishers were putting out several different variant covers (many still do this) with all sorts of strange effects. People would come in & buy multiples of each cover, stick them in sleeves, shove those into longboxes, & never read the blasted things.
We’d tell our customers, “We love your business, but don’t expect to make money on these things. Collect & READ what you enjoy.” Many listened, but some…
Ha! Some comic book fans just refuse to face facts.
@DixieDawn I’m no comic book historian, but I believe the gist of it is as follows: during the 90s, new comic book series started being bought and sold as “collectors items,” with the idea being that newer comic books would one day become as valuable as comic books from the 40s. However, so many comic books were produced during the 90s that virtually everybody owned a copy and thus the collector’s value of comics during that time were actually quite low and are still virtually worthless even to this day. It didn’t help that while there were one or two gems, many of the comic books produced as “Special Issues” were okay to outright horrendous stories that just had a little gold foil added. Our nerdy friend is in denile that the “Collector’s” comic books he bought by the truckload during his youth are worth jack.
To be frank though, I’m certain someone else can explain it better than I can.
This comic is poking fun at all those people back in the 90s who thought comics like The Death of Superman or whatever would make them rare and valuable collectors editions. That hasn’t happened.
Yes, yes they could.
The 1990s was an era (the Speculation Era) where everybody heard stories about how old comics and baseball cards were really valuable. So dumb kids were exploited by comic and card makers, who got the kids to buy a copy of every single thing printed in the hopes that some day those comics and cards would be as valuable.
For example, old Magic cards from the Alpha, Beta, Arabian Nights sets are really valuable (even today, long after the bubble collapse), so as a kid in the 1990s, I thought I should buy a lot of Fallen Empires cards in case they turned out to be valuable too. I’d have been better off investing that money into shares of Enron.
During the 90′s there was a boom in comic collecting and DC and Marvel had a habit of selling expensive “limited edition” comics with print runs of hundreds of thousands. A lot of people got conned into buying them and lost huge amounts of money when the bottom dropped out of the market. A bit like the toy collecting market at the moment, now I think of it.
As the strip says, all those “collectible” comics are now worth more as recycling.
Hmm my previous comment seems caut in the spam trap.
There was a boom in comic collecting in the 90′s and people were actually seriously recommending it as an investment. There was a lot of speculating and some people spent a lot of money on comics that became worthless when the bottom dropped out of the market.
Didn’t happen evenly across the board though. Some indi titles fro 91-92 still carry larger pricetags. Mostly because of low print runs.
It’s the Catch 22 of rarities, and applies to everything, not just comics:
Things are usually only valuable collectibles if nobody ever collected them.
When Action Comics #1 came out, how many people stuck one in a clear envelope with a sheet of the “good” cardboard? Nobody! Most of them moldered in basements or were used to light fires or something. The issues that are around now were probably preserved by sheer dumb luck.
I used to walk into my neighborhood comic store, pick up my order, roll them into a tube, and stick them into my back pocket.
I made sure to do this when the store was full of kids getting 2 of everything and sleeving them.
I think the proprietors had to call the EMTs a few timed because of fainting “collectors.”
Thanks for explaining the speculation.
Can someone now explain the last panel?
Why would it be a threat if people burn his comics for heat and he cashes on the insurance?
He is threatening hostage by arson at the antique road show thus threatening the truly valuable antiques.
I remember one time when I was in my local comic shop a guy was in there asking about selling his second hand comics. The guy behind the counter told him that, honestly, they wouldn’t be worth near as much as he thought they would. I pointed out that the store was already just about full of stuff already and most of it new. There would simply be no room to sell old stuff.
You can make a little bit selling more recent comics on ebay, but you really want to be selling them in bundles like 20 comics in a row.
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