Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 94, where we take a nostalgic look at comic books I currently own, and in some sad cases, ones that I let get away.
For each of the comic books I include in this blog, I list the current secondary market value. This is according to the listings at the website www.comicbookrealm.com. They list out the near mint prices, which are on the comic book grading scale of 9.4. If you go to the website to look up any in your collection, you can click on the price and see the value at different grades. Not all of my comics are 9.4. Some are probably better, and some are worse. But to simplify it, that’s the grading price I use here. And remember, a comic book is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
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Cool Comics News!
New comics lurk in my future. With all the noise concerning Marvel Legends, I’m going to try out some of the issues and see what I think. I haven’t bought any ongoing comics from my local comic shot (Kenmore Komics & Games in Akron, Ohio) for 14 years, but I’m taking the plunge and will be sure to report my thoughts in the coming weeks. Now on to today’s blog in which I’m covering the start of another set of eight Walmart DC Special 3-Packs.
Cool comics in my collection #454: Wonder Woman: Year One #1, July 2017.
What? Another issue pulling the wool over my eyes! This is actually Wonder Woman #2 of the current series. So, will the Walmart variant be worth anything in the future? Probably not, but it was a good story. Unfortunately, it’s the same story that was in the Free Comic Book Day Wonder Woman issue I read via comiXology and covered in my Recently Read Digital Comics just last week. I guess these things happen. Again, it is a good story. But I just wish it had been something different. The older I get, the more I start to realize that my time is limited (in more ways than one). That’s how this Walmart 3-pack started, leaving me a bit disappointed. Yet I can’t complain, based on the two comics hiding underneath this one in the package. The cover price of Wonder Woman #2 is $2.99, while the current value of this variant is $5.
Cool comics in my collection #455: The Flash: Futures End #1, November 2014.
The Flash: Futures End #1 was the next comic in this Walmart 3-pack. For the first time, I received one of the Futures End comics with the 3D motion cover. Groovy. It originally cost consumers one dollar more than the regular cover, but I’m more than happy that they put it in this $5 package. This was an interesting issue, especially for those who are regular watchers of the Flash live-action show on The CW. So, with discussions of the Speed Force and what the future holds in five years, it was easier for me to understand, considering I don’t read this comic monthly. I read Flash comics during my third phase of comic buying and collecting (1993 to 2003), and just realized that I didn’t buy any of his comics in the Seventies or Eighties. I do remember some of the Justice League of America 100 pagers that contained Flash in some of the stories, but for some reason I put him off for years. If you’re a fan and you don’t have this issue, you may just want to see if you can find a copy. The cover price of The Flash: Futures End #1 is $3.99, which the current value is $4.
Cool comics in my collection #456: Harley Quinn #11, December 2014.
Last week in my blog I mentioned that I had a doozy of a surprise, and this is it! Though I was a little disappointed about the Wonder Woman issue, this more than made up for it from a collector’s point of view. Why? Because this issue of Harley Quinn that I found at the bottom of my $5 Walmart 3-pack happens to be sporting an Incentive Amanda Conner Variant Cover. So what does that translate too? An additional $24 above the current value of the regular cover. I’m not really a variant cover type of collector, despite all these Walmart 3-pack variant purchases I’ve made lately. But if you want to load up my purchase with some additional value, I’ll take it. As for the comic, it was so-so. I appreciate Harley Quinn humor to a point. This one pushed some boundaries, and I typically would rather have comics that people of all ages can enjoy. So maybe if the price of this one continues to head north, it will eventually go in my “to sell” box. The cover price of Harley Quinn #11 is $2.99, while the current value of this variant is $28.
Recently Read Digital Comics
I finally finished the three-volume set of Moon Knight that I bought a while back on Amazon during a nice digital sale. This collection contained issues 13-17, and was published in September 2015. These last stories were a little darker and bloodier than the previous two volumes, and I must say that I did enjoy the first volume the best, which was written by Warren Ellis. The 17 issues making up the three sets are listed as Volume 7 of Moon Knight. It’s funny how some comics have incredibly long runs, while others have shorter arcs but several volumes. After reading digital comics for over half a year now, I can still honestly say that with a 10-inch tablet, there is no easier way to read a comic book (especially considering that some of the collections I’ve bought are over 300 pages long!). You save lots of money, you save lots of space, and you can conveniently take a huge collection with you anywhere you go without a hitch. But there is no secondary market. If you purchase an expensive comic and don’t want to touch it (especially if it’s a graded comic in a sealed container), then you can always buy the digital edition (if available) to read.