Greetings my fellow agents.
This week I wanted to bring you some straightforward intel from the ‘bay. I searched for sales of single graphic novels/trade paperbacks above $49. I ignored signed books and books recently mentioned in Trade Secrets. Here are some of the results from my investigation.
This book collects Thor (Journey Into Mystery) #154-174. It sold this week for $70.
I really regret not buying some of these Marvel Epic Collections. As I have mentioned before, I consider them an upgrade to Marvel Essential Editions, in that they are printed in color on higher quality paper. The only downside in the comparison is that they contain fewer issues.
I almost purchased this very volume for $15 a few months ago. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.
I can hear the doubters already.
What? You can get the run of Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #1-5 for less than $15. Why would anyone pay $50 or more for this trade paperback?
Because, I’m Batman!
Seriously though, never pass over old Batman trades. There are so many that sell for a premium, it always worth a look. Fans want them for their collections and they are willing to pay. Remember there’s no need to get bent out of shape. Simply find a nice copy, sell it, and smile.
Please note: Batman: Shaman also has a Titans Books Edition with the same cover and a Warner edition with a different cover.
Tick Color Series Complete Works Volume 1 2010 TPB
This volume collects Tick Color #1-6, Tick: Incredible Internet Comic, Tick's Big Halloween Special, Tick's Big Red ‘N' Green Christmas Spectacle, and Introducing the Tick.
A recent copy of The Tick Color series sold for $200. I know I said that I don’t care why some trades sell for high prices, but I would like to know in this case. I am a big Tick fan. I looked around the interwebs, but couldn’t find anything conclusive other than it is hard to find. My best guess is that it was under-printed.
That’s it for this week my fellow agents.
Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the shelves!