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Comic Book Collecting 101: How to Collect Comics

Introduction to Comic Book Collecting

So you want to start comic book collecting. Well, why wouldn’t you? Whether you want to reclaim some of your favorite childhood memories, learn to collect comics for a profit, or just get lost in some of the greatest art and stories ever created, excitement is coming. But where to begin? With so much history and so many universes to choose from, it can be difficult to start off. That’s why we put together this list to help get you going.

The Beginners Guide on How to Collect Comics with 4 Simple Comic Book Collecting Tips

1. Choose Your Purpose for Comic Book Collecting

comic book collecting: how to collect comicsIf you are interested in learning how to collect comics, the first step is to identify why you want to start comic books collecting in the first place. There are so many reasons to collect comics, so before you do anything else, make sure you understand your own purpose for doing so and be sure to create a comic collecting strategy that aligns with this purpose. Are you investing with the intent of making money? Is this for posterity, to pass on to your children? Do you want to impress your friends with your completed collection of first editions? Do you just simply love reading comics and want to build your own personal library? Deciding on a purpose will help you on your path to establishing your collection.

2. Start Collecting Comics Slowly

With about 86 years of history, the sheer volume of comics out there is definitely overwhelming. Our suggestion? Dip a toe in. Look for a couple titles that interest you and pick up some issues. Read what you enjoy and expand the search for more titles that fit your needs, desires, and overall purpose for comic book collecting. If there’s a certain character you love, research issues and story-lines in which that character appears. Even if you’re just collecting to make money, make it enjoyable. That’s what comic book collecting is all about. Before you know it, you’ll be curating your very own comic book collection to showcase on your bookshelf.  

3. Learn the Comic Book Collecting Industry

Whether you’re buying online or going into a brick and mortar shop, knowledge is power. Do you want Spider-man issues written by Stan Lee? If so, do you care if Steve Ditko drew it, or what about Jack Kirby, John Romita? Do you want a first printing or a variant cover? Knowing about comics will simplify the process, and prevent you making a purchase you might regret. When learning how to collect comics, being prepared to do your own research and educating yourself might just be the most significant factor that you and only you are in control of. Knowledge is power, and even more so in the world of comic book collecting. The more you learn about the comic book industry, and more specifically, the more you learn about the comic books that interest you the most, the more you will be able to make educated decisions when it comes to buying and selling comics to and from your personal collection.

4. Set a Comic Book Collecting Budget

comic book collecting: how to collect comicsTake it from us, comic book collecting can not only be expensive, but it can also be quite addicting. Setting a cap on your spending, and keeping to that limit is just a smart financial decision. It will also make collecting more enjoyable and less stressful in the long run. The great thing about comics is that even if you use up your budget, you can still trade with people or even acquire additional funds by selling a title from your personal collection through a comic book auction or personal sale!


Comic book collecting is a great hobby, and no matter why you’re doing it, there is a very good chance that you will feel more and more rewarded the further into it you get. These are obviously just suggestions, and whether you are just starting a collection or consider yourself a seasoned collector, these tips will help you along your journey. Now get out there and start hunting.

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