Author: R.J. Steinhoff

Toronto Comic Book Show Report

On July 6th I had the opportunity to attend the Toronto Comic Book Show (TCBS) for the first time. This was the second TCBS after its inaugural show in May. You won’t see any cosplay or signings at TCBS—the show’s organizers are 100% focused on serving those who just want to get their hands on books (both raw and graded). The admission person I spoke with said they expected over 400 people throughout the day. While that’s a far cry from some of the bigger Toronto shows or US shows, it’s a pretty respectable number considering TCBS is a collector-first show.

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Comics as Emotional Assets

In a recent Financial Analysts Journal article authors Elroy Dimson and Christophe Spaenjers provide an excellent analysis of the historical performance of artwork, stamps, and antique violins. The authors label these collectibles “emotional assets.” No, the authors did not include comic books in their study. However, the article offered a few interesting insights that apply to us comic book collectors.

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What If Superhero Movies Fail?

Superhero movies have been on an incredible run. Ever since X-Men premiered in 2000 and Spider-Man two years later, superhero movies have been box office gold. Perhaps even more incredible is the fact that most of them have been well received by critics and fans (Daredevil and Elektra being the standout duds). Over this time, back issue comic book values—and especially the characters and titles that have been featured in these blockbuster movies—have skyrocketed. In 2001, an 8.0 Spider-Man #1 sold for $7,475 on Heritage. In May, 2013 an 8.0 Spider-Man #1 went for $22,705. Back in 2001, a...

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First Half 2013 Review

I wish I had something new and exciting to report but the first six months of this year was just a continuation of what we saw in 2012: a weak Bronze Age, a steady Silver Age, and a stellar Modern Age. The quarterly performance for each Age is summarized below: As a refresher, here’s the performance summary for 2012: New Mutants #98 continues to be the star Modern Age performer. Copies have stayed north of $300 since middle 2012. Amazing Spider-Man #129 and Giant-Size X-Men #1 continue to hold down the Bronze Age. Titles in our Silver Age Index such...

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The Age of Ultron is Upon Us!

On Saturday, Marvel announced the sequel to their smash-hit Avengers will be titled Avengers: Age of Ultron. Plot details remain scarce. Who created Ultron in the Marvel cinematic universe? Will Hank Pym be in the movie? Will we see Vision? What’s interesting about Marvel’s Age of Ultron announcement is that the comic storyline it’s titled after was released just this year. Unlike Sony’s Spider-Man movies or Fox’s upcoming Days of Future Past X-Men movie, which go back to the Gold, Silver and Bronze ages for their plot points, Marvel seems keen to draw inspiration from more modern comic events and even...

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