There comes a time in any comic book collector’s life where they must make a choice: do I buy supplies to protect my collection or do I just continue throwing them in a dingy old pizza box beneath my dead rat collection?
Both plans have their merits, though only one of them is correct.
The obvious advantage to the dead rat/pizza box scenario is security. No one is going to mess with your Batman Inc. #1 when it’s covered in old cheese and maggots. Advantage number two: The easier it is to get access to your comics, the easier it is to share them with friends.
I always keep a couple of DC and Marvel Omnibus and Showcase telephone books around on my coffee table because they make for great reads while entertaining. Nothin’ is as much fun as old school, Silver age weirdness. By having your comics ready to be lent out in a jiff you can maximize the exposure of your favorite artists and writers amongst your pals, increasing your visibility as a taste-maker and person-in-the-know.
Further, the more you treat your comics like they are simple, disposable fun the more assessable and demystified they become to others. Maybe that’s your thing.
The disadvantage of the rat/pizza thing is that it’s flipping disgusting and, not that comics should be about the speculation, but you permanently cripple the resale value. Continue reading