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Having been a comic book retailer for more than 35 years, I have come to many conclusions and quite a few epiphanies. I often compare my job with that of a bartender’s. Many of my customers come to my store to get their regular fix — one where I won’t cut you off for going above the legal limit.

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I buy comics. A lot of comics. Thousands of comics. Honestly, I think I have bought millions. There are almost no comic book titles I haven’t bought or sold. On average, at least five people bring in comics to sell me every week, but I don’t always buy them. There are multiple factors that d…

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From left, these comics are graded Good, Very Good, Fine and Mint.

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Since I began selling comic books in the early 1980s, this has been the question I’m most frequently asked. And although it’s a fair one in general, you can ask the same question about movies, insurance, cars and houses. Some who wouldn’t blink at buying sneakers that cost well over $100 ask…

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Perhaps this is grounds for the revocation of my nerd card, but I’ve never been a big Batman fan. I realize that this places me in the minority of comic book readers, but it’s a fact. Still, there are a select few Batman stories that I truly love. If you’re ever feeling down on the Dark Knig…

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Maybe you’re familiar with the term manga. If not, pull up a chair as I explain what it is. Manga are Japanese comic books. In essence, that’s it. You can hop out of the chair now.

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I get this question a lot. It’s a shame on both ends of the counter. “Sorry your comic book has no value. Wish it did because then I could sell it for more money, too.” I also often get the question, “Which comic book will be worth money?” Long ago I came to the realization that if I tell yo…

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In last week’s edition of “Beyond Pop,” Jon took us all back to a simpler time when science fiction was just for nerds, and being a nerd meant enduring rampant ridicule. Hence, by association, “sci-fi” was a dirty word. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade and a half, y…

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I have noted many times in this column that the world is changing for those of us who grew up as comic book and science fiction fans. During our youth, these two entertainment sub-genres lacked mass market appeal and only occasionally crossed into the mainstream. As a child and well into my …

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At the end of every year, we’re inundated with “Best of” lists: best movies, best video games, best dressed. You name it, and there’s probably a list for it. Although these can be fun, enlightening, or downright confusing, they’re frequently reflective of the writer’s personal opinions or pu…

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I buy comics. A lot of comics. Thousands of comics. Honestly, I think I have bought millions. There are almost no comic book titles I haven’t …

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From left, these comics are graded Good, Very Good, Fine and Mint.

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I have noted many times in this column that the world is changing for those of us who grew up as comic book and science fiction fans. During o…

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Having been a comic book retailer for more than 35 years, I have come to many conclusions and quite a few epiphanies. I often compare my job with that of a bartender’s. Many of my customers come to my store to get their regular fix — one where I won’t cut you off for going above the legal limit.

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I buy comics. A lot of comics. Thousands of comics. Honestly, I think I have bought millions. There are almost no comic book titles I haven’t bought or sold. On average, at least five people bring in comics to sell me every week, but I don’t always buy them. There are multiple factors that d…

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From left, these comics are graded Good, Very Good, Fine and Mint.

  • 0

Since I began selling comic books in the early 1980s, this has been the question I’m most frequently asked. And although it’s a fair one in general, you can ask the same question about movies, insurance, cars and houses. Some who wouldn’t blink at buying sneakers that cost well over $100 ask…

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Perhaps this is grounds for the revocation of my nerd card, but I’ve never been a big Batman fan. I realize that this places me in the minority of comic book readers, but it’s a fact. Still, there are a select few Batman stories that I truly love. If you’re ever feeling down on the Dark Knig…

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Maybe you’re familiar with the term manga. If not, pull up a chair as I explain what it is. Manga are Japanese comic books. In essence, that’s it. You can hop out of the chair now.

  • 0

I get this question a lot. It’s a shame on both ends of the counter. “Sorry your comic book has no value. Wish it did because then I could sell it for more money, too.” I also often get the question, “Which comic book will be worth money?” Long ago I came to the realization that if I tell yo…

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In last week’s edition of “Beyond Pop,” Jon took us all back to a simpler time when science fiction was just for nerds, and being a nerd meant enduring rampant ridicule. Hence, by association, “sci-fi” was a dirty word. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade and a half, y…

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I have noted many times in this column that the world is changing for those of us who grew up as comic book and science fiction fans. During our youth, these two entertainment sub-genres lacked mass market appeal and only occasionally crossed into the mainstream. As a child and well into my …

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At the end of every year, we’re inundated with “Best of” lists: best movies, best video games, best dressed. You name it, and there’s probably a list for it. Although these can be fun, enlightening, or downright confusing, they’re frequently reflective of the writer’s personal opinions or pu…

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Halloween is the perfect time to get together with friends, and if you’re too old for trick-or-treating, there are some great scary board game…

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In the early 1970s, movies like “Shaft,” “Super Fly,” “Blacula” and “Slaughter” ushered in the genre known as blaxploitation. In 1972, Marvel …

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Not many industries have a day set aside that’s devoted to celebrating their products, encouraging people to get interested in — or regain an …

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I don’t hate Monopoly. My wife thinks I do, but I don’t. I just find it a little boring. I mean, it’s pretty much always the same thing. Grab …