Posted on August 28, 2019

Achtung! Written by Ankur

This blog post will take a little bit of a different direction. While I try to be an optimist with most things in this hobby, there have been some trends which I find a little disturbing. But there is a light at the top of the Batcave! We can all make a difference and make sure our hobby continues going.

First of all, there has been news of robberies happening at shows. How these brazen thieves are doing it, I do not know, but it has been enough for many dealers to install camera security systems for their booths. This past weekend at the Chicago Wizard World show, dealer Tomorrow’s Treasures had multiple graded books stolen from his booth! Some of the books were a Daredevil 1 1941 CGC 4.5 and Action Comics 19 CGC 7.5. Criminals are a cowardly bunch, so I would expect them to try and resell these at some point. If you see a book where the price is too good to be true, be cautious. Make sure you obtain references and are dealing with someone reputable. The last think you want is to have stolen merchandise tracked back to you. You will be out your money and the merchandise. Another note as collectors, if you are walking a show with expensive comics or art with you, be aware of your surroundings. We all get excited and giddy when we see comics and art at shows but be careful to a keep a close eye on your stuff. Also, I would advise not to bring your treasured books to shows as show-and-tell. Leave that for online message boards. Lastly, I can’t emphasize the importance of having insurance for your collection and keeping photographs. God forbid something happens at a show, you are protected. Feel free to write me if you have questions about what insurance.

Lastly, I wanted to write about is the hype surrounding comic related TV shows. Yes, its super exciting to see our favorite characters live on the big screen, especially when they are done well like Daredevil or Punisher. But even those amazing series could not survive the fierce competition among corporate giants. Will we see a Disney streaming service with Marvel shows? It is possible. But Disney has been clear it will not have R-rated shows. So those violent filled shows may be done for. Fandom is a powerful thing, but it cannot compete with the bane of multi-billion dollar companies who ultimately decide the fate of these shows. So why am I writing about this? Be cautious in books you buy on the promise of a popular TV show or movie! Books seem to go crazy when something is announced but drop just as quickly when the plug is pulled. We are seeing this now with Action Comics 242 featuring the first appearance of Brainiac. After Krypton was cancelled, prices quickly started dropping. Now, if you love the character and bought the book years before the hype, this correction will not have any long-term impact on you. But the concern I have is buying books due to the hype. Swamp Thing? Awesome character! HOS 92 was on fire when the show as announced! But sadly, it also looks like it will not see the light of day past a few pilot episodes. So, while I understand the temptation of jumping on a hot character’s first appearance bandwagon, understand the potential risks that come with it. The company’s producing these shows are very fickle and can cancel a show on a whim without any reason that seems rational to us as collectors.

My next blog will be about show overload, and what should be done about it. As always, I am happy to offer assistance in any way I can. Feel free to email me.


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