Friday, March 09, 2007

Reader Opinion Solicitation

Sigh.

Part 2 of the reviews will have to wait till the weekend; meanwhile, commenter Jason in the previous post asked a question whether Captain America #25 was worth $75 on eBay.

Well, of course it's not. Unless you're a speculator, in which case we don't really need you round these parts, mmmmmkay?

But it made me think (shaddup!). What is the highest price you would pay for a single, 22-page comic? Here are some guidelines:

1) The idea is that you're going to buy it and you're NEVER going to sell it. In other words, you're keeping it for life, so don't even think about trying to turn it around on the eBays and make a profit.

2) I'm going to assume that no one reading this is a millionaire.

(Side Note: If anyone reading this is a millionaire, then drop me a line. We have things to discuss.)

3) You can buy it anywhere you find it, and I don't care how old it is. If you say, "I'd pay $15,000 for Amazing Fantasy #15", then that's fine, if a tad unbelievable. I'd like more realistic answers.

So, how about it? What's the most you would pay for a single comic, and why?

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19 Comments:

Blogger Michael May said...

I'm just interested in having the stories and those are getting easier and easier to get with all the Essentials and Showcases and other reprint collections. So, I'm gonna say the most I'd pay these days for a single issue is about $20, and it would have to be something pretty obscure that I needed RIGHT NOW and didn't think would be reprinted anytime soon.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

I agree with Michael, re: Essentials and Showcases. Even with the comics/characters I "collect" -- Moon Knight, Black Panther, all Epic Comics -- I can't imagine paying more than $10-15 for any single copy. More likely there'd just be a hole in my collection.

1:25 PM  
Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

$3.50.

Reprints are easy enough to come by these days, so I don't really shop for back issues any more.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

I would peg my high at $100. As for what I would spend it on, I have two examples:

A. A single issue of Starman (the 90's version). I have only read this book in trade, but it is, without a doubt, my favorite comic book ever written. Now, there are several issues of this book that have not been reprinted (various "Times Past" stories and the Shade mini) and I doubt DC will ever get around to putting out a last trade of random stories. I have most of these books, but 2. I can see, if in a few more years, I haven't found these books, I would be willing to push out a benjy to complete my collection.

B. ROM. I've never collected this series, but I've heard a lot of good things about it and the unique licensed character in the Marvel Universe situation of this book means that Marvel will probably never collect it. If such time comes that I fall in love with this book and I find that I only need one or two issues to complete the collection, I could see forking out $100 to endmy search.

Mind you, for all I know, these books are plentiful and literally fall from the sky at Cons, so this will never be an issue, but I just figured that these are good examples.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Big AL said...

having lived thru the 90s comic implosion, and having just recently re-discovered the fun thru trades, Im hard pressed to say Id pay $2-3 for ANY book. Why pay $20 for six issues of Cap when I can wait a few months and get it in a more durable/storable form for half the price?

Jason: for $10 you can have my ROMs 46-51,54

2:51 PM  
Blogger Big AL said...

oh... and Annual #2.

Thats right, I bought ROM.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I believe my upper limit would be $20, and the only comic I can immediately think of that I'd be willing to pay $20 an issue for is Flex Mentallo.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Mark Engblom said...

My "zone" for an average back issue (non key-issue, fill-in the run kind of thing) would range up to about $10. However, there are a few titles that are special to me that I've gone "above and beyond" to complete, such as my Superman (vol. 1) collection (every issue from #100 to present), so naturally those can get pretty spendy. Five years ago I paid $90 for a G copy of Superman #100, which capped off the run...and that's as much as I've ever paid (or expect to pay) for a single comic book. I can't comprehend the people who pay thousands of dollars for a comic book...but then again, there are probably people who look at me spending $90 on a comic book as equally silly.

3:54 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Thanks Big Al, but as I said, I haven't taken the plunge in actually reading Rom, I just figured it was a good example of a series that's not likely to be ever collected.

It's probably just my OCD, but if I ever did get serious about finding every issue of a series, I would probably lose my mind if there was a "white whale" issue I coudn't find.

4:39 PM  
Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Well, I once spent $60 bucks on a copy of Amazing Spider-Man #300. I don't think I'd go above $15 for a single comic these days.

Heck, I can't even bring myself to buy trades, and that's multiple issues for 15-20 bucks.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I can see spending upwards of $100 on the right issue, but that would have to be something really special. In the more everyday collecting, I've never really spent more than $15 on anything.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous greyjoy said...

I'm pretty surprised by most answers here. The fact is that most collectors(of anything not just comics) are willing to go to enormous lengths to fill up those nagging holes in their collections.
For 'serious' collectors, those that some might say have a problem, the desire to fill that hole is what drives them and the object of desire looses its utilitarian meaning. Considering this is a blog about the medium of comics perhaps it's not that surprising the comments aren't more extreme.

1:28 AM  
Blogger kyle-latino said...

You know, actually, the current prices are pushing my limits anyways. But then again, I still call them 'funny-paper's'. Maybe when I've been reading long enough, I will want something so much I would pay more than normal.

8:57 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I can't imagine spending over 5 bucks for any single issue of anything. I just want the story/artwork, and nowadays you can get that in trades if you want to...for much greater value. I love comics but I am also working two jobs to pay for that habit partially, lol. People who spend 75 bucks on an issue of something I view with as much respect as those spending 1000 bucks for a PS3....aka a fool and his money...so on and so forth. Use the 75 to buy 7 good trades or use it to buy a friend a comic or two, spread the wealth, lol.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Seamus said...

Thanks to the availability of trades and the like, there are few comics it would really cost a lot simply to read. For me to pay a significant amount for a comic, it would have to be special somehow - an original issue of Watchman, Gaiman's Sandman, or one of my father's original Fantastic Four comics, for example. It would have to be a comic I not only want to read, but really own -- one I feel a strong connection.

That said, my top price? Probably around $20, and I'd only pay that a few times.

9:34 PM  
Blogger seth said...

All of my earthy possessions, for the "Death of Tony Stark" issue.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

I'd pay up to maybe for a major comic event (1st appearance of the Hulk, etc.), $80 for a so-so event (the first death of the Phoenix, etc.) and have paid around $10 to $20 for minor personal ones (Wasp and Yellowjacket's marriage, the two parter that introduces Siryn)

10:09 PM  
Blogger Matthew E said...

If it was:

1. a comic book that I really really wanted, and that

2. I knew would *never* be reprinted in any (cheaper) form

I could probably go as high as $20.

I saw a copy of 'Legion Lost' #1 in a comic shop once. I don't have it, I want it bad, and I understand it's supposed to be rare. But it was, I don't know, $35 or $50 or $100 or something like that so I gave it a pass.

7:01 AM  
Blogger googum said...

I'm all about the quarter books, myself, so quantity way over "quality." I can't recollect the last time I spent more than a buck on a back issue.

That said...I would really, really like a comic autographed by Stan Lee, and may just have to bite the bullet and order one.

9:54 PM  

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