The Flash - Which is Which? My greatest party trick, by far, is my ability to tell the different generations of Flashes apart by simply looking at their costumes. And while it may risk my own popularity among Flash fans, I’ve decided to share the trick to doing this. I usually keep to the most famous four DC heroes who have each called themselves “the fastest man alive”, as even my nerdiest of friends have only a passing interest in the fringe Flash characters. Therefore, I’ll tell you how to tell apart Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, and Bart Allen. Jay Garrick - Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick is most likely the easiest flash to tell apart from the others. Jay Garrick is the Golden Age Flash, and while the other three dress in red, form fitting, body suits, Jay wears a combination of all three primary colours. The first Flash wears a red long sleeved t-shirt, with a yellow lightning bolt coming up from the waist and extending to his left shoulder. He also wears blue pants and red boots, reminiscent of the God Mercury’s, complete with wings. Finally, the trade mark of Garrick is his silver, dome shaped, brimmed hat, outfitted with its own set of wings. Truthfully, if someone asks you to tell Jay apart from the Flash fleet, the only struggle should be remembering his name. Bart Allen The most unlikely Flash you will be asked to identify is Bart Allen. Bart is the grandson of Barry Allen and the cousin-once-removed of Wally West. Though Bart did have his own stint as the scarlet speedster, he is widely recognized as the least favourite Flash. Even I, who considers Bart my favourite DC character, must admit that Bart fell short as the Flash. Most Flash fans agree that Bart added much more to the Flash family as Impulse or at least Kid Flash. That being said, he can be tricky to identify, as he wears exactly the same costume as his Grandpa Barry. (Seriously, its stated several times that he is just wearing Barry’s costume, not even a replica. Talk … [Read more...]
Is Your Comic Collection Priceless? Likely Not.
I came across an article by Eric Spitznagel which I thought was quite interesting. In it he discusses the probability that those who are collecting comics as investments will never see any real financial gain. Comic properties today are hot, hot hot...and I can honestly say that many of the patrons I encounter at the shows I attend are, in fact, in it for the money. Perhaps the following article may have them think twice about buying comic books for investment. Comic Book Collection Case Studies Spitznagel introduces us to Barry Smith, a 44 year old man who collected comic books his entire life. And although he bought comics for fun, he also believed that these books were an investment that would one day pay for college tuition or a down payment on a house. Smith recalls thinking. “I would lay them all out in my parents’ living room, sorting them, cataloging them, writing down entries on graph paper while cross-referencing them against the Overstreet Price Guide.” Landing a tech job in Silicon Valley following college, he held on to all 1,200 of his comic books, including several hundred early issues of Marvel’s popular X-Men series. Having researched the books on a regular basis, he did believe his collection had indeed grown in value. For twenty years his prized comics remained in a storage unit, carefully bagged and boarded. When Smith was let go from his job a few years later, he decided it was time to cash in on his investment. The whole collection sold for around $500. “I’m not too proud to admit, I cried a bit,” Smith says. Another collector, Kevin Maroney, 47, of Yonkers, N.Y., finally decided to sell approximately 10,000 comic books, almost a third of his collection, through consignment with a few comic book stores in New York City. After several months, only 300 had sold for around $800. Maroney sort of knew there would be a lack of interest in his books. “A lot of people my age, who grew up collecting comics, are trying to sell their … [Read more...]
My Amazing Spider-Man #1
Friday Afternoon at the Comic Shop Like most teens, I always looked forward to Fridays. Not only was it the end of the week, marking the start of the weekend, but it was also new comic book day. Every Friday I would make my way to Unicorn Comics in Oshawa, Ontario (now known as World's Collide) and exhaust all that I had earned from my $3.15 per hour job on every new release from the big two publishers. I would then spend the next couple of days reading through all of it. Man I was a nerd... and I loved it. I quickly began to limit the number of new comic books I would buy, and instead began purchasing up back issues from my favourite series, the Amazing Spider-Man. Before I knew it, I had assembled a pretty decent Amazing Spider-Man collection with complete run from issue 100 and up. Now although my collecting heyday was from 1985-1990, popular comic books back then still cost a pretty penny. In fact, I recall paying a whopping $60 for Amazing Spider-Man #129 (which I still own by the way). Amazing Spider-Man #1 The task of assembling issues 1-99 was the logical next step. I thoroughly enjoyed digging through the back issue bins every week, as I would always seem to find at least one or two much need comics. Then, one day, out of nowhere, I received a call from Shawn, one of the employees at Unicorn. He didn't say much but urged me to get to the store as soon as possible. I had a feeling deep down that Unicorn had attained a copy of the comic at the top of my want list: Amazing Spider-Man #1. As I walked in the store Shawn held two comic books in his hands. My suspicions were correct - I was face to face with Amazing Spider-Man #1....but also Amazing Fantasy #15! Luckily both comic books were low grade, as I would not have been able to afford the books. Even back then these two books were valued at around $1000 each. In low grade, however, Unicorn was only asking $100 each. I raced home and then returned to the store with a long box filled to … [Read more...]
Buying Comic Books for Investment FAQs
Buying Comic Books for Investment - What to Look For When I started collecting comic books back in 1984, I wasn't interested in what the comics I purchased would one day be worth. The stories and the art work is what drew me into that world. Now don't get me wrong, there were comic books, even back in 1984, that were worth far more than the $ .75 cover price. In fact, I remember scrounging all of my pennies together to purchase Amazing Spider-Man 129 for $60. Nowadays, Comic Books for Investment really is part hobby and part investment and many enthusiasts are often shocked to find out how much some of their comic books are worth. In the following segment I am going to focus on the investment side of comic book collecting and answer some frequently asked questions pertaining to purchasing comic books for this reason. Which comic books are best to buy for investment? Newly published comic books will likely never garner the sort of return that golden age and silver age comics are now seeing. When looking for comics to buy, it is a safe bet that issues featuring the first appearances of key characters from the golden and silver age is the way to go. Comic books like Detective Comics 27 (1939, first Batman) and Amazing Fantasy 15 (1962, first Spider-Man) are two hot books that have consistently climbed in value over the years - so much so that even low grade copies are out of reach to the average collector. Bronze age key books in especially high grade have also now begun to climb significantly in value. No doubt, Hollywood's involvement in the industry has helped bring these third tier characters to the forefront. And, since their golden and silver age counterparts are unattainable to most, many have set their sights on these. 9.8 copies of such comic books as Ms. Marvel 1 (1977) and Nova 1 (1976) have started to sell for thousands of dollars online. Some modern books do increase in value, but will likely never be as valuable as their … [Read more...]