The Overstreet Price Guide was the #1 resource for comic book collectors for several years. They arrived on the scene in 1970, well before the internet became commonplace. Soon after Alan Light created the Comics Buyer’s Guide in 1971 and the comic book world had our version of Coke vs. Pepsi. Comics Buyer’s Guide is associated with Maggie Thompson because she was the fantastic editor for so long. Between those two companies, comic books were organized and valued which helped the hobby move forward. We owe them a thank you.
Then in July 1991, an upstart company created Wizard Magazine or Wizard: The Magazine of Comics. Soon after that Image Comics appeared and the timing was perfect for the Wizard Magazine to hype the new comic book company. Overstreet and Comics Buyer’s Guide were more data-driven while Wizard was fun, new and very speculative. In its prime, Wizard sold 100,000 copies per month. Some blame Wizard for the comic speculation market and subsequent boom of the early 90’s. Ultimately it was the collectors and speculators who bought the books, not Wizard, so we get the blame or credit.
In 1995, as the comic book industry was at a low another new company emerged, ComicsPriceGuide.com. The .com is the most important piece of the name because it was the only comic book price guide that was online. Most households didn’t even have internet access back in 1995 so it was innovative and ahead of its time. The written versions tried making an online version a couple of times but could never stick with it because at their heart they were publishers of physical books and not website developers.
Now here we are in 2018, Comics Buyer’s Guide is long gone, Wizard Magazine is gone and Overstreet is somehow still publishing once a year. Who knows how long they can continue to prop up a dying model?
Besides the other competitors who have gone under, you might be wondering why it’s a dying model. Think about this, in the last few weeks we’ve made well over 200 changes to pricing. That is just raw or ungraded books, it doesn’t count graded books. Each week we add hundreds of new releases from all publishers. For the year, we are talking about thousands of price changes and thousands of new books with all their variants, exclusives, and printing. When you publish a comic book price guide one time per year, you are months behind us on everything! You miss every trend, every movie spike in value, every speculation, every variant cover craze, everything that goes upward or downward in value. It’s ludicrous to even consider.
It’s like saying I’d rather wait for my news for months instead of finding out right now. That’s why we have the internet, smartphones, tablets, and technology so that we can know instantly. “Oh look, Gertrude, there was a hurricane that hit the Florida panhandle three months ago.” Can you see how crazy that is?
Comics Price Guide has well over 1,040,000 books in our database with creators, images, values, and sales. (If you’re a premium member you can sell on our site for free. Take that eBay fees!) If the old antiquated Overstreet had it listed, we have it on our site and so many more books at your disposal.
We needed those companies in the beginning, they provided a great service that fit the time. Today, we don’t need a printed comic book price guide.
Here is a quick list of things you can do with Comics Price Guide that is more than just telling you a value.
Catalog your collection
Sell comic books
Buy comic books
Talk to other collectors
Keep track of constantly changing values
See who created the books
See the covers – regular and variants
and my personal favorite, Read the blog