“The best vision is insight” – Malcolm S. Forbes
Since the 1980’s the comic book industry has taken a different direction, in which many collectors would agree upon. The 1980’s brought a whole new meaning to the word “collecting”. It was an era that would signify the beginning of investing in a comic book.
Not one comic collector can say that when Todd McFarlane’s Spider-Man #1 came out that they bought just one copy to “read”. The same goes for Jim Lee’s X-Men, Spawn, and Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #1. The list of #1 issue’s that sold more than one copy per customer back in the eighties is astronomical. Why else would we figure that such a heavyweight like a Jim Lee X-men # 1 can be bought for $1.00 at some comic conventions? Every collector has at least two (or 10!). Unfortunately the over printing on most of these 80’s explosion books have been set back for financial gain because these comics have become too accessible. Try finding a comic investor with multiple copies of Teen Titans # 2 (1st Deathstroke).
This is where InvestComics LLC would have come in. You may not have missed that book had it come out today.
The comic industry has come a long way since the foil enhanced, five different covers, and collecting coupons to get the number 0 issue. Long forgotten are those days of bad story lines and disproportionate superheroes. The comic industry has grown up and so have collectors. Many collectors are completely enthralled by the story lines of Geoff Johns or Brian Michael Bendis. Many are in awe of artist like, Bryan Hitch or Alex Ross. It’s the Industries top leaders that keep Hollywood big shots looking and saying, “Wow why didn’t I think of that?” The average collector has gotten to the point that they need justification in spending their hard earned money for a book they either like to read OR just like to speculate on.
Comic shops are in business to make money, it’s just a simple obvious fact. They are in business to make money like any other business or company. The shops are “Investing” in certain books and in turn are saying that they are “sold out”. But in that same store three weeks later is that same comic you clamored for $2.99 is up on the wall at $10 or more. Do not be mistaken though, comic shops will also miss the boat on certain issues to! InvestComics LLC research has shown that you can sell HOT new issues at premium prices on the internet (before they become “un-hot”) with a huge turn over. This means with that hot new issue that you just bought 4 weeks ago and you own 3 copies of, you simply cannot sell them to the dealer because they probably have multiple copies already in stock. You can sell them on Ebay though. The Ebay site is filled with store owners and collectors who are selling their books at a premium because buyers have completely missed out or do not have the resources to purchase a hot comic when it’s released. InvestComics will help you stay on top of the market. Store owners worldwide also use InvestComics as their guide as well to make sure they are on top of the hot comics.
One of the things InvestComics will also do is bring you to those old comic book bins and find some gems at prices that are affordable now. InvestComics does the research for you to find those rare 1st appearances, origin issues, 1st works, rare appearances, second appearances, forgotten villains and heroes. and so much more. As an investor you will decide what would be in your best interest to buy so you can purchase the hot book when you arrive to your shop or buy right from the InvestComics article. We here at InvestComics look at both the short term and long term investments for you. If a comic is worth holding onto for a future gain, we will inform you of this. If it’s a short term/flip, we will let you know this as well. Visiting InvestComics will make you a better speculator. It will shed light on things you weren’t even aware of.
Let’s talk about the new release books for a little bit. If you try to sell a comic book store a book that every collector knew was going to be a hit a few weeks ago, odds are that the dealer will not buy, but keep in mind that the dealer will not always order enough of a book or just NOT know about the potential of a title. So now you’re stuck with a comic that might just die in the $1 bin because you can’t get it off your hands. Or, it just might increase in value in which you “hold” on to it. Here are a few titles that would be a prime example of not selling at the most opportune time; The Authority, Alias, and The Ultimates, all of these books could have sold for an excellent premium at one time. Now the turn over is awfully limited and not very financially rewarding. A speculator must know when is a good time to hit the trigger.
InvestComics will assist the investor with the ability to pick and choose what you may want to invest in. No more will you be left out in the cold without the knowledge and know-how before new comic book day or about any back issues. Comic shops will benefit with more demand for books that show brisk sales In turn generating additional business for the shops and a more educated investor. InvestComics will guide the speculator through the process of buying at the most opportune time and to either sell now or sell later.
Think of InvestComics LLC as your Wall Street guide to investing in comic books. Give InvestComics a look you’ll see comic books in a way you never thought possible, as a portfolio. You can simply manage your comics to get what you desire, not for what you yearn. Let’s go read some comics and make some Investments too.
**InvestComics started as a magazine in 2004; the first issue was released until June of 2004. The magazine was distributed as a free comic book Investment Guide throughout local comic shops in South Florida. It was also a giveaway on Ebay for any winning bid and received with their order.
Although the InvestComics web site was on line in 2005, it wasn’t until 2006 the web site became the main focal point and the magazine ceased. InvestComics wanted to start reaching a broader audience and began to rapidly expand. InvestComics became the “Entertainment” Investment Guide as a result of covering many areas in the industry, covering the entertainment side as well as highlighting speculation and reading opportunities.
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Jay Katz CEO
InvestComics LLC does not guarantee a return based on recommendations. This is a speculation market and it is up to the individual to conclude wisely in where their capital should be invested.