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Assorted Comic Book Posters, 1990

Hey, one or more of these quite possibly hung on your wall during the Copper Age! As advertised in a late 1990 American Entertainment catalog…

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Overstreet’s Price Update 10

Paul Chadwick's Halloween-themed Concrete cover, for the OPU's October 1989 issue.

Paul Chadwick's Halloween-themed Concrete cover, for the OPU's October 1989 issue.

Okay, comic book retailer reports that were written late summer 1989, for publication in the October 1989 issue of Overstreet’s Price Update.

These are select short excerpts (by far not complete) from some of the market reports. Interesting to compare what was forecasted to happen, to what happened in the short-term, then to what happened in the long-term…

…but great collecting (speculating) nostalgia from a snapshot in time! Here we go…


“The price limit for most comic buyers appears to be $1.50. Any comic which costs below $1.00 is more likely to sell in greater quantities than those at $1.50 or more. New comic sales may be good, but most of the sales come from those priced less than $1.50. Thus, more copies of Spider-Man are being sold at $1.00 each than new issues of The Question at $1.75.

The threat to the comic market is that with more and more expensive comics being released, comic buyers will not have enough money to buy it all. An excellent example of this was the prestige format glut last December.”

From SUPER GIANT BOOKS & COMICS, in North and South Carolina:

“What we do see is an increased emphasis on buying a comic after it has increased in value. It seems to a lot of buyers, a new comic for $1.25 or a back issue for a buck is ho-hum stuff. But let that comic go to five bucks, and suddenly they are interested. Some of these folks are speculating the $5 comic will climb to $10 or $20.”

From CLIFF’S BOOKS, in Deland, FL:

“Well, the summer of ‘The Bat’ is winding down, and what a summer it was. The movie had only been out for a few weeks and things were really getting stupid at my shop. People were buying ‘Bat’ anything in a frenzy reminiscent of sharks feeding on fresh chum.

Independents. Dark Horse has definitely taken over the top spot — outselling everyone else (even the Turtles) 5 to 1. I have had sellouts on both the Predator books as well as the second volume of Aliens. Predator #1 is selling briskly for $5 and Aliens Vol. II is moving well at $4. All the back issues of Aliens Vol. 1 have been doing well.”

From KEITH CONTARINO in Powder Springs, GA:

“Recent Marvel Back Issues: Punisher, War Journal, Wolverine, and Spider-Man continue to sell well. War Journal #6 has settled at $8 and #7 at $4. We sold many Spider-Man #’s 298 and 300 at $12 at the Fantasy Fair. We had over 40 copies each of 301-310 in our retailer boxes and are now almost wiped out of those numbers.”

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Arkham Asylum House Ad, 1989

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Black Orchid House Ad, 1988

The pen and ink house ad for the prestige format limited series (that was in actuality, beautifully painted), from late ’88 / early ’89. Not to be confused with the Vertigo continuing series that followed it, later on! (We’ll have a future blog about the three . . . → Read More: Black Orchid House Ad, 1988