Comic Book Buying Guide

Comics have evolved and remained one of the greatest collectables of the 20th century. Today, comics are appreciated on many levels, both by kids and adults, and in many circles have reached the realm of fine art  (you will know the ones by the price tag). DC  and Marvel  are the two rival factions of the comic book industry, as you may tell by their heavyweight titles, though Image Comics , founded in 1992 with an Indie approach to comic book publishing, have also become a major label in recent years. Here is a list of the biggest titles under each publisher. (For additional comic book lines, check out Disney ,The Beano ,Archie ,The Dandy ,Fantagraphics , and Asterix )

Major Brands

DC  
Adam Strange 
Aquaman 
Batman 
Captain Marvel 
Catwoman 
The Flash Green Lantern The Joker 
The Legion of Super Heroes 
Lex Luthor 
Nightwing 
Oracle 
The Outsiders 
Plastic Man 
Robin 
Spectre 
Starman 
Superboy 
Supergirl 
Superman 
Swamp Thing 
Teen Titans 
Wonder Woman 

Marvel 
Annihilation 
Avengers 
Black Panther 
Blade 
Captain America 
Civil War 
Dare Devil 
Decimation 
Doctor Strange 
Eternals 
Fantastic Four 
Ghost Rider 
House of M 
Hulk 
Marvel Adventures 
Marvel Heroes 
Marvel Knights 
Silver Surfer 
Spider-Man 
Thor 
Wolverine 
X-Men 

Image Comics 
The Atheist 
Battle of the Planets 
Beyond Avalon 
Blacklight 
The Darkness 
Deadworld 
The Detonator 
Freshmen 
The Imaginaries 
Invincible 
Jack Staff 
Liberty Meadows 
Lions, Tigers, and Bears 
Mora 
The Night Blub 
Rex Mundi 
Shadow Hawk 
Small Gods 
Spawn 
Strange Girl 
Tomb Raider 
The Walking Dead 
V.I.C.E. 

 Collecting Comics

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When starting a comic book collection, there are many places to start. You should let your collection build itself organically, so find a title that interests you or that has been recommended, and start reading. The more you immerse yourself in a title, the greater your collection becomes. The more great titles you read, the easier it will be to tell the difference between superior and inferior comics. There is no right way to begin a comic book collection, so just start reading.

Once you have a good base, and you are ready to start seeking out the rarer, unique comics, you'll want to become familiar with various pricing guides, such as Comic Buyer's Guide  Magazine, or other such guides  (for a downloadable guide (not free), check out Robert M. Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guide . Using these tools, you'll begin to understand the value behind certain titles, the importance of condition, and many other details. 

Calvin and Hobbes 

Pedro and Me 

X-Men 

Walt Disney 

Garfield 

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Manga  is the generic term for Japanese comics. Sailor Moon  and Dragonball Z  are two of the most popular lines, but many more exist. 

Graphic Novels  are a subgenre of comics, which are usually longer stories of novel-length, sometimes with large portions of text alongside the normal comic format. Alan Moore's  graphic novels, Watchmen  and V for Vendetta  largely redefined the genre.

Comics are often compiled into Collections, which can be a quicker way to build your collection in terms of weight. They are usually comprised of comic strips, such as Calvin and Hobbes  and The Far Side , as seen in newspapers.

Write and draw your own comics by buying a Comic Art  kit.