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Monday, March 01, 2010 

Pamphlets from past 2 decades have little monetary value

Following the recent news that an original Action Comics premiere issue from 1938 was auctioned for $1 million, and Detective Comics #27 for a bit more, The Grand Rapids Press writes about how comic books from the past 20 years have very little value of that kind. But really, whenever I see this kind of talk, it saddens me how the talk of money value overwhelms the talk of story value. And with story value and quality deteriorating come the 1990s, that's one of the reasons why sales sunk, and thus, comics from that time really don't have much value for auction.

Towards the end of this, they say:
Still, he maintained , "comic books tend to be a pretty good investment if you time it correctly and buy and hold." So, what would he most like to see come in the door? A Superman No. 1 or most any comics from 1945-1965.

But there's one book he does not want: The Death of Superman.

"No one is going to retire on Death of Superman," he said.

"When it went on sale 17 years ago, everyone bought it and thought they had a gold mine."

Now, he said, "Everyone who wanted a copy has one."
Not everyone. A book as moot and laughable as that's become is not one I want to own, and I'm glad I don't. The whole story of killing off the Man of Steel was done for little more than publicity stunts, and was nothing more than an insult to Superfans. That's one book we certainly don't need to invest in.

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