Good grief, Charlie Brown
Buy books because you want to buy them.
When you buy books you want, you'll be more rational about the process. You'll get a much better deal too by being circumspect.
Also, ask yourself, do you need it right now? Because more often than not, that issue you desire will come along in the future, and you'll be able to get it, oftentimes cheaper than what you were going to pay for it originally.
Additionally, question what that guy on the Internet (myself included) is telling you to buy, or what is hot right now. Ask yourself, who benefits? Tips are great, suggestions are helpful, but it's your money. Don't be a lemming.
Consider this a helpful reminder, folks. I want you to find books cheap and save money.
Here's a list of books then that nobody's specc'ing on, but are cheap, interesting and attractive issues that would find a nice home in your collection.
Get it now!
Supergirl Vol. 5 #53 – Since the new series has kicked off and they are certainly being ambitious in scope, you know it's a matter of time before they bring in a Bizarro character for Kara to fight. That could very well be her backwards doppelganger Bizarro Girl, who makes her debut in this issue, which you can get for about $3 right now.
Animal Man Vol. 1 #1 – Grant Morrison's first issue in his seminal run on Animal Man is a great pick up for any collection. It's still very affordable (less than $10, can still be found for $1), but I've been noticing lately that in the back issue bins, it is often missing. Hmm… well you never know, he just might show up on TV. And then, boom!
DNAgents #24 – Since there is such an emphasis on covers in comic collecting these days, how can you pass up this classic cheesecake cover by Dave Stevens? Classy yet still gets in a full appreciation of the female figure. Also the last issue in the Eclipse series, you can find it for $10 or less. I think it's time for a re-appreciation of this cover…
What If: Spider-Man, The Other #1 – Well, sometimes it's in these What If books that you find all sorts of gems. So everyone is going crazy for Gwenpool and the soon-to-come Gwenom. But this book has a crazy awesome version of Venom Peter Parker and the first appearance of … Gwarnage! (?) Find it and see what I mean. You should be able to get it for cover, maybe slightly more, but it could be you resort to online and pay about $10 as I don’t find it often in the wild.
JLA Vol. 1 #90 – Just going to throw this out there. Since Superman is firmly shacked up with Lois in the films, Batman is free to get it on with Wonder Woman. Will they or won't they? I dunno. But in the footage so far, it's been Bruce Wayne talking with Diana, dancing with her at soirees, not Clark Kent. I personally think she would want Bruce, because he's a warrior like her and also is rich … anyways, this issue thrashes out that line of thinking and comes up with scenarios. It's cheap, and I regularly find it missing from JLA bins. So why not get it?
Batman Secrets #3 – This book belongs in Covers of the Unknown, but I want to point it out here because you can get it so cheap. This is a super-awesome Joker cover by Sam Keith of The Maxx fame, easily bought for $3 or less. I can just feel the craziness by looking at it. Not sure why it hasn't found its way onto a t-shirt at Hot Topic. Maybe it will now!
Age of Ultron #3 Variant – When I first saw this cover, I thought it was Adi Granov. In fact it's by In-Hyuk Lee. It is still an awesome rendition of Red Hulk. Now, some folks online ask for upwards of $50 for this book. But I got one for $5 online. Yeah, you know the drill. Wait for the crowd to move on, look for the right price on that variant you want, and then pounce!
La Mole Campbell variants – These have me putting the ‘sad' in Sadjunk. So there were a bunch of covers south of the border that used some of Campbell's most well-known and rare covers — Siege Deadpool, Wolverine Deadpool, Black Cat, Black Widow — to name a few. But they were being sold on eBay for a fraction of the price of those books — $20 as of a few weeks ago. Well I picked up one, because hell, I'm never going to be able to afford that Deadpool Wolverine cover, so it's like the next best thing. And then I passed up a couple of the others, because I thought $20 for a Spanish reprint was generous. Well apparently lots of other collectors got the same idea, because now these books are ranging from $50 to $100 in completed auctions. What??? D'oh!
Until next time gents, go buy those books for a dollar!