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Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #150 X-Men

15 Apr

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #22 was renamed ALL-NEW SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

X-Men #125
X-Men #125
September 1979
Dave Cockrum
All-New Skullkickers #1
All-New Skullkickers #1
June 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: X-Men | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: X-Men | Skullkickers

 

Are Comics As Good As Gold? #2 Ms. Marvel

10 Apr

An interesting factor of buying comic books (real comics – not digital), is that their value can fluctuate above or below their original price. Aside from being fun to read, buying real comics can have a side-benefit because they have a resale value. Here’s another look at a comic book from an investment point of view.

Marvel Comics published Ms. Marvel #1 on February 5, 2014. It was the first title published by the company that starred a female Muslim super-heroine. This issue was sold on ebay for $12.99 (plus shipping) on April 10, 2014.

item price on February 5, 2014 resale value on April 10, 2014 % change
Ms. Marvel #1 $2.99 $12.99 on ebay (+$4 shipping) +334.45%
Gold (per ounce) $1,256 $1,318 +4.94%
DOW (stock market) $15,440.23 $16,170.22 +4.73%
CPI (rate of inflation) $234.781 - -
the Vault #1 (digital version) $2.99 $0 -100%

 

Now that we’ve looked at the rata data, let’s see why these things matter.

Gold - a precious metal that exists in a limited supply. More of it can be (and is) mined every day but it cannot be created. Primarily, it is used to create jewelry but it is also used in electronics. This is because it is an efficient conductor that can remain free of corrosion. Gold is also seen as a storehouse of wealth because it does exist in short supply (in comparison to its demand) and because more cannot be created by man. As the value of the dollar falls, the price of gold rises. When more money is printed, the price of gold rises. And, as faith in the dollar falls, the price of gold will rise. It is viewed by investors as a safe bet against the decline in value of paper currency.

DOW - the Dow Jones Industrial Average is an index that compiles the daily stock prices of 30 large, publicly traded U.S. companies. The DOW, relative to its past performance, can indicate how well the stock market is performing. For example, in 2007 (when the American economy was booming), the DOW climbed to a little over $14,000. But, in 2009, when our economy crashed, the DOW fell all the way to $6,626.

CPI - The Consumer Price Index measures the price of a basket of goods and services. By comparing it to past performance, we can track inflation. Inflation is the rate at which your paper currency is devalued. In 1983, the CPI was $100; it hit $200 in 2006. That means that it would have cost you twice as much to buy the same basket of goods/services in 2006 than it cost in 1983. So, in nearly twenty years, the value of the U.S. dollar was decreased by half. And, that’s using government-issued numbers (so there’s probably some “funny business” going on – and the inflation rate is actually much higher).

Smart spenders know that everything they buy should have a resale value. There comes a point in one’s life when you either:
(1) no longer want to have something or
(2) need to sell some of your possessions to pay for something else.

When making the decision to buy something, I hope you’ll keep in mind that digital items (be they comics, music, movies, etc) retain no resale value. Are you spending your money wisely?

 
 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #44 April 2014

02 Apr

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,588,890 (-3.23% from last month; +15.35% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 13,192 (-81.66%; +17.67%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.50956% (-81.05%; +2.01%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 308,723 (+92.80%; +173.01%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 11.92% (+99.08%; +136.61%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 28,355
My current eBay feedback (total): 51,957
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (3,139)
Second Marvel (Bronze) Other Indies (1,719 listings)
Third DC Comics (↑) Marvel Comics (1,536 listings)
Fourth Other Indies (↑) TPBs (1,315 listings)
Fifth Clearance (↑) Image Comics (962 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,703,588 (+1.37%; +13.88%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 66,093 (-1.02%; +20.20%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.87964% (-2.36%; +5.56%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 5.40% (-21.51%; +38.46%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 95,318 (+0.31%; +4.77%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #149 Fantastic Four

01 Apr

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Fantastic Four #109
Fantastic Four #109
April 1971
John Buscema
FF vol. II #7
FF vol. II #7
July 2013
Mike Allred

On Ebay: Fantastic Four | FF
On AtomicAvenue: Fantastic Four | FF

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #148 Thor

25 Mar

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #21 was renamed MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Thor #337
Thor #337
November 1983
Walter Simonson
Mighty Skullkickers #1
Mighty Skullkickers #1
April 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: Thor | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Thor | Skullkickers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #147 Wolverine

11 Mar

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #20 was renamed SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Savage Wolverine #1
Savage Wolverine #1
March 2013
Frank Cho
Savage Skullkickers #1
Savage Skullkickers #1
March 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: Wolverine | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Wolverine | Skullkickers

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #43 March 2014

05 Mar

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,675,192 (+10.62% from last month; +32.31% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 71,933 (+396.64%; +574.79%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.68889% (+348.95%; +410.00%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 160,123 (-7.60%; +79.96%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 5.99% (-16.52%; +36.03%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 27,415
My current eBay feedback (total): 50,052
My postive eBay feedback score: 100%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (16,520 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) (↑) DC Comics (10,258 listings)
Third Movie/TV (↓) Other Indies (6,944 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↑) Image Comics (5,313 listings)
Fifth Bad Girls (↓) Dark Horse (3,163 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,680,591 (+3.44%; +14.69%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 66,774 (-0.47%; +25.61%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.97325% (-3.77%; +9.52%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 6.88% (-15.79%; +4.40%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 95,025 (+0.36%; +6.25%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #146 Green Lantern

25 Feb

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #23 was renamed DARK SKULLKICKERS DARK and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Green Lantern #85
Green Lantern #85
September 1971
Neal Adams
Dark Skullkickers Dark #1
Dark Skullkickers Dark #1
July 2013
 

On Ebay: Green Lantern | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Green Lantern | Skullkickers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #145 Wolverine

18 Feb

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Wolverine: the Origin #2
Wolverine: the Origin #2
December 2000
Joe Quesada
Powerless #2
Powerless #2
September 2004
Tony Harris

On Ebay: Wolverine
On AtomicAvenue: Wolverine

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #42 February 2014

05 Feb

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,418,306 (-5.61% from last month; +11.59% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 14,484 (-0.69%; +27.00%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.59893% (+5.21%; +13.81%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 173,293 (+27.79%; +57.09%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 7.17% (+35.46%; +40.78%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 26,694
My current eBay feedback (total): 48,775
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (3,112 listings)
Second Movie/TV (↑) Marvel Comics (1,630 listings)
Third Bad Girls (↑) Other Indies (1,581 listings)
Fourth TPBs TPBs (1,101 listings)
Fifth Marvel (Bronze) (↓) Bad Girls (938 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,624,716 (+0.82%; +9.31%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 67,086 (+6.02%; +24.15%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.12909% (+5.16%; +13.58%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 8.17% (+13.95%; +63.73%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 94,683 (+0.50%; +5.14%)