Monday, March 1, 2010

Comic Book Classics [You're The Expert] [News]

Recently, classic editions of a 1938 SUPERMAN Action Comic and a 1939 edition of BATMAN both sold at auction for more than a million dollars. A MILLION DOLLARS! Those are jaw-dropping amounts. Both sellers and buyers remained anonymous at the auctions which were held three days apart. I guess I would too if I dropped a cool mil on a comic. Not because I'd be ashamed of owning it, but because I wouldn't want someone to break into my house and steal it.

Back to the point. When you walk into a bookstore, say Barnes & Noble, there is an entire section devoted to classics. They're significantly less expensive than their modern day counterparts, mostly because a lot of them lie in the public domain. I always enjoy purchasing copies of classic novels for my shelves, and leafing through or reading them. I feel like these works have inspired some of my most cherished reading memories, and love the opportunity to spend time with them.

As a recent convert to the Graphic Novel camp, I can't say the same thing about classic comics. Not only are they super expensive to obtain, but they are hardly reproduced at all. If I wanted to get into Superman or Batman, is there any way that I could effectively catch up? (Not that I would have enough time, ever, but still) I know that DC at least binds some classic reproductions into volumes, but they are "selected" ones, not the entire consecutive collection. Is there something out there that I'm missing with regards to classic comics and reproductions thereof? Would you or do you purchase classic comic reproductions? Do you feel that they deserve a place on your shelf? What is your favorite classic comic?


Icedream said...

Great post! I wouldn't drop a million on a comic book (even if I had that much money to play with) but I enjoy it when I come across old comic books that I enjoyed as a kid. I wouldn't want a reproduction, it's not the same. The nostalgia is not only that enjoy re-reading the comic but in the advertisments in the back. Sea Monkeys and X-Ray glasses anyone?
I had as much eclectic tastes in comics as a child as I do in books, my favorite was Ritchie Rich, but I loved many like- The Witching Hour, Weird Tales, good old Archie (and all the spin-offs), Little Lulu and Casper (I liked the creepy ones even better though). They even had romance and war comics that I would read. It seems the only ones I didn't read much of where the super hero ones. Well, perhaps Wonderwoman.
I have a few old ones in a box right now but for some reason I never felt they belonged on my book shelf. I suppose I just never gave it any thought, I think they certainly are as valuable in terms of literature. I guess I just think they would make my shelves look "messy".

Aimee said...

Far out - a million bucks?! Kuh-razy.
Although I must say I dearly treasure my Archie comics (my Betty & Veronica digests most of all)... :)


mcfitzsatx said...

I just began with graphic novels, myself, and I certainly don't understand the comics thing. I enjoyed the comic books in the 60's and 70's, and like the previous commenters, Archie and Ritchie Rich were favorites. But only to the extent that the store owner allowed us to read them in the store! (Lucky kids) :-)