The Collectors Show Comic Book Collecting Resource

As a way to compliment the Collectors Show interview with Maggie Thompson on collecting comic books, we put together a primer on collecting comic books. It is very basic, intended for the novice who may be considering starting a collection. Of course this is offered free of any charge. In this document are:

The death of comic book guy, probably another fake out much like the death of Sadsack.

The death of comic book guy, probably another fake out much like the death of Sadsack.

  • a very brief history of comic books,
  • how to determine value,
  • on line places to find the monetary value of comic books,
  • the 6 ages of comic books,
  • a few auction trends,
  • a list of comic book collecting clubs.

I was surprised at how few clubs there were devoted to collecting comic books.

If you know of more, please let me know. I hope folks enjoy this resource.

To download the PDF, just click the link:

The Collectors Show Comic Book Collecting Resource

Collecting Comic Books With Maggie Thompson On The Collectors Show

Our guest this week on The Collectors Show is Maggie Thompson. Maggie collects comic books. I guess we generally think of the comic book collecting hobby as one where men/boys do all the collecting, but it shows how little I know as Maggie and her late husband Don, practically invented the comic book collecting hobby.

The couple wrote, edited and published the Comics Buyer’s Guide (ISSN 0745-4570) (CBG), established in 1971, was the longest-running English-language periodical reporting on the American comic book industry. It has also awarded its annual Comics Buyer’s Guide Fan Awards since 1982, with the first awards announced in #500 (June 17, 1983).

The publication ceased with the March 2013 issue.

Maggie is also a well-respected commentator on pop culture and continues to report on the industry from her blog at Comic Con (


Collectibles From Comic Con

Would a woman like this ever talk to the average Comic Con attendee outside of the trade show?

Would a woman like this ever talk to the average Comic Con attendee outside of the trade show?

Comic-Con is all about bringing fans close to the artists and properties they love — after navigating crowds and waiting in line. But what do collectors get out of the event?

Looks like toys, figures and still more toys. Promoters will make and sell very limited edition issues that are available only at the convention. And those limited editions can fetch a nice price.

“You buy it here, you sell it on eBay and it pays for your whole trip,” said Chris Schultz, a 26-year-old from Edmonton, Canada. After shopping at the Marvel booth, where he bought “Guardians of the Galaxy” merchandise in multiples, he was set to “give up all night in line” to earn a spot inside the 6,500-seat exhibition hall where movie and TV studios present exclusive previews of anticipated properties.

“For Hall H, it’s worth it,” he said. “You can’t get this stuff anywhere else,” said Lionel Torres, 47, who traveled from North Carolina to buy collectible toys and indulge in community fandom. “People are fighting for a place in line, but there’s camaraderie out there.” But are there serious toy and action figure collectors? You better believe it. And if you are a doubter, check out Action Figure Insider ( to learn more.

The perception or manufacture of scarcity is what is at work here. Like the tulip market of old, if people believe something is valuable and will pay for it then it is.

Expand your figurine collections

Three-dimensional printing will allow fanboys and girls the opportunity to make their own toys and figures without ever leaving home. A company called 3DS will be displaying and selling exclusive, limited edition Star Wars, Alien, and Marvel figurines from its Gentle Giant Ltd brand. Each figurine was scanned or digitally sculpted by master artisans with the collector in mind. No detail has been forgotten in these stunning collectibles that remain faithful to the original artwork.

This sounds like less fun than actual collecting. Where is the hunt, scarcity or bargaining that real collecting delivers? I doubt that 3D printing for all of it use and appeal will ever replace those.



Warner Brothers To Release Original TV Show On Blue Ray & Why Collectors Should Care

Batman: The Complete Television Series features all three classic seasons of the fan-favorite show spanning all 120 original broadcast episodes – completely remastered – as well as more than three hours of never-before-seen enhanced content including interviews with both Adam West (as Batman) and Burt Ward (as Robin). In addition to favorites West and Ward, the series featured a long list of notable guest stars and cameo appearances over the course of three seasons including Julie Newmar, Cesar Romero, Frank Gorshin, Liberace, Vincent Price, Burgess Meredith, Bruce Lee, Art Carney, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more!

The Batman logo from the 1966 television series.

The Batman logo from the 1966 television series.

Why Collectors Should Care
Among the special features included in the release are the most sought-after collectibles through the eyes of three extraordinary collectors.

The DVD release will also include a special Hot Wheels Batmobile, and:
Adam West Scrapbook – featuring never-before-seen photos from Adam’s own archives,
44 Vintage Trading Cards,
Ultraviolet Digital Copy of all 120 episodes,
Episode guide – includes synopsis of all episodes, photos from the series and a personal letter from Adam West to the fans.

Release is scheduled for November, 2014.

Collecting Space Memorabilia Resource

As a way to compliment the program this week, I produced a short resource that will help with the basics of starting a space memorabilia collection.

A four cent stamp commemorating Project Mercury.

A four cent stamp commemorating Project Mercury.

Collecting Space Memorabilia Resource

In this free PDF is information on:

- Starting a space collection.

- Collectible possibilities.

- Five facts about space collecting you have never read before.

- A list of some of the most valuable space memorabilia ever collected and sold.

- A list of on line resources.

Remember to listen to the Collectors Show here, on Web Talk Radio ( iTunes or many other places around the Internet.


Comic-Con 2014: Heath Ledger’s Joker Immortalised In Lego

The late Heath Ledger‘s iconic Oscar-winning performance as The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight, has been commemorated in Lego form.

Batman and Joker from the 2008 motion picture in Lego form.

Batman and Joker from the 2008 motion picture in Lego form.

The new Lego line based on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy will be unveiled this week at San Diego’s Comic-Con and will be the first time Heath Ledger’s take on the notorious villain has appeared in Lego form. The Lego mini-fig portrays The Joker with the distinctive, disturbing face make-up central to Ledger’s role.

Also included in the new line is a mini-fig of Christian Bale‘s Batman and will be part of a set that allows builders to recreate the “Tumbler” version of the Batmobile from Nolan’s films.

The set contains 1869 pieces and will sell at a retail price in the US of $199 when it arrives in stores in September, after it is previewed at Comic-Con. Fairfax reports, the release of the Lego set coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Batman character. Other commemorative events planned by US studio Warner Bros, which owns DC Comics, include the DVD release of the 1966 Batman television series, and the debut of new television series, “Gotham”, which will feature origin stories for many of the Batman franchise’s key villains. The stars of the 1966 Batman television series, Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin) and Julie Newmar (Catwoman), will also be special guests at this year’s Comic-Con.

Fox To Unveil Planet Of The Apes: Caesar’s Warrior Collection Package At San Diego Comic-Con

Later this week, thousands will descend upon San Diego for the city’s annual Comic-Con International convention. In the beginning (ahem, 1970) it was a three-day convention where fans of comic books and science-fiction/fantasy congregated together and interacted with such luminaries as Ray Bradbury and Jack Kirby. Over the decades it has grown beyond its comic-book roots to be a Hollywood launching pad for upcoming productions (see Django Unchained, World War Z, and of course Marvel’s Cinematic Universe).

Outside of panel discussions, early teasers and film clips, studios have upped the ante by allowing visitors to get some home video exclusives when pre-ordering titles set to arrive in the fall. 20th Century Fox is no exception. In an official press release, the studio revealed that attendees would be the first to see the official packaging and design for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, complete series collections of Sons of Anarchy and How I Met Your Mother, and many more.


○ Be the first to pre-order this 4-disc limited-edition collection at a special Comic-Con price featuring RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD packaged in a fiercely lifelike replica bust of Caesar wearing his tribal war paint. Designed by WETA, the special effects masters responsible for bringing Caesar to life on film, this must-own collection also includes an all-new 32-page booklet “Planet of the Apes: Building an Icon” that explores WETA’s creation of the Caesar replica, four battle-ready ape collectible character cards and hours of special features. Available this Holiday season.

○ Get your SDCC exclusive collectible mini-poster when you pre-order THE FAULT IN OUR STARS Blu-ray.

○ Catch up on the complete F/X series with a special branded lanyard containing video clips from all seasons and pre-order the complete series box set featured in a customized recreation of the iconic SAMCRO clubhouse table.

○ Pre-order the whole story at Comic-Con and receive a collectible poster replica of the print Josh Radnor commissioned for the cast and crew of “How I Met Your Mother” in celebration of the series finale featuring call backs and references to all nine seasons of the show.

○ Fans that pre-order Jack Bauer’s latest adventure will receive the collectible comic “24: Underground” from IDW publishing

○ Celebrate the Emmy® nominated mini-series release of the F/X horror anthology with your very own Voodoo Doll from Marie Laveau when you pre-order.

○ Pre-order the FX hit mini-series that received 18 Emmy® nominations and get an exclusive Fargo knit beanie while supplied last

○ Each title includes a matching and numbered limited edition lithograph
○ Sci-Fi: ALIEN, THE FLY (1958) and ROBOCOP (1987)

○ Purchase the Blu-ray in honor of the 30th anniversary of this iconic film and receive an exclusive La Boca-designed poster.

○ Unleash the fun and pick up a limited pop vinyl figurine of Mr. Peabody or Sherman when you pre-order this hilarious comedy-adventure from DreamWorks Animation.

○ Get the official SDCC 2014 edition “Toothless” battle figurine available for purchase; pre-order DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 and receive the collectible “Toothless” battle figurine as a gift with purchase.

Tags: 24: Just Another Day, Alien, Dawn of the Planet of the APes, Fargo, Fox, RoboCop, Sons of Anarchy, The Fault in Our Stars