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December 20th, 2005

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11:04 pm - Wait, and the Net will provide ...
Once upon a time, I bought comics. (actually, I still do, every now and then. Shhhh, don't tell anyone)
I bought the usual sorts of comics that a 9-year-old boy buys - Superman, Superboy, Supergirl, SuperWonder Woman, Justice League of America, Batman, and so on. I ended up with about 60 or 70 issues, then must have found something else to spend money on and stopped collecting them.
Last year, as we were preparing all of our Stuff for storage before moving here, I found them again, and got curious about whether they'd be worth anything (or rather, worth anything if they'd been kept in decent condition, rather than read-multiple-times, ripped-covers, kept-at-the-bottom-of-a-box condition). I tried looking for them in the Overstreet price guide, and soon got confused. When looking up Supergirl issues, for example, they listed a series which ran from some time in the 60s until 1975 or so, in 24 issues, and then nothing until 1985 or so. I had issues numbered 28, 29 and 31, and they'd been bought from a local newsagent in 1979 or 1980. What was the story ?
Well, now I know - until 1980 or so, there were restrictions on imports of US comics into Australia, and local publishers (various subsidiaries of Gordon & Gotch, mostly) reprinted stories from US comics in their own editions. Those Supergirl comics I had were actually reprint collections of stories from 1959 to 1974, in a quite random order. No wonder I was confused ! Once again, it shows that if you wait long enough, any obscure information that you need will pop up somewhere on the net.
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Date:December 20th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
If you can tolerate the slashy nature of the community, you may be interested in scans_daily
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Date:December 21st, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
The problem with selling collectables is that one must also find someone willing to purchase them for the "listed" price. Overstreet prices tend to be exaggerated. Also the Australian reprints are not usually worth the paper they are printed on.

I think that the bottom is dropping out of the collectable comics industry as the publishers reprint old comics, both on paper and on CD/DVD, although Marvel is the chief culprit in this regard.

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