How many of you have walked into a comic book shop, searched eBay or Comics Price Guide, and bought a comic that you didn’t know you wanted? You were visually drawn to a book or the story sounded interesting or the cover was amazing and you bought it. I’m sure we’ve all done that at times. If that’s your normal way of buying comics I can tell you something about your collection. Your collection doesn’t have a direction or a clear goal.
Setting a collection goal and sticking to your plan is tough. We all want that mega sweet Artgerm cover or that epic Kirby cover? You stroll into a comic shop with determination but the smell of old comics and the lure of beautiful art is too much. Everything you buy or avoid buying should be filtered through a lens, does that book help you meet your goal?
Setting a Goal
Think about what makes you happy with your collection. Are there some books that make you smile or is there a character that you relate to? What art or story or cover or character or homage is your favorite? Think about it for a minute.
Let’s suppose you have a favorite artist like Nick Cardy. Go to the creator’s page. https://comicspriceguide.com/creators
Now type in “Cardy” and you’ll see that there are currently 52 titles that have his work. Of those titles, there are hundreds and hundreds of individual issues, like all 56 issues of Aquaman. You can do that with any creator in our database. So if collecting an artist or writer is your goal, it’s easy to track.
Maybe your goal is about collecting all issues in a title or buying a mega key issue like Hulk 181. Dropping a couple thousand dollars on a single issue can be difficult financially but it isn’t impossible. If your disposable income is short but your comic supply is great. Sell your extras on Comics Price Guide. Gold members can sell for free. You might not be able to buy Hulk 181 right now but selling all those extra issues can add up. If that’s really your goal then some of you might have to sell books you like to get a book you love.
Potential Goal Ideas
If you are you struggling with a good goal for your collection? Here are some fun ideas.
Collect all the homage covers of your favorite book (Action Comics 1, ASM 300)
Create a top 10 most wanted list
Collect all the covers with a certain character on them.
Collect all the issues of a title.
If the title is too long or expensive, collect all the issues since you’ve been alive
Collect all the issues that came out the month you were born
Collect all the appearances of a character
Collect all the first appearances
Collect books with a certain pose on the cover
Collect a genre of books like pre-code horror or manga
Collect a set of covers that tie together like DC’s Movie Poster Comics or Marvel’s Skrull Variant Covers
The possibilities are endless.
Track your Progress
If you’re a bodybuilder you probably have an app or two to keep track of exercises, supplements, eating and sleeping habits, and goals. The same should be true for comic book collectors who have a goal in mind. You should be able to instantly pull out your phone and see your want list. We obviously want you to use our free app but you might need a financial app too. Some collectors have money taken out of their accounts each week to painlessly save up for a big purchase. Personally, I use Acorns because the money is invested but it will take a few days to get it out. (Full Disclosure this is an Affiliate Link that gives me $5 and you $5) https://www.acorns.invite/2P9ZW7 Ally has a savings app that would allow you to get access quicker than invested money but won’t earn as much. The important thing is to save toward your goal.
Don’t work hard toward your goal, reach it, and then look for another goal. Take a second to remember how you did it, the work it took, or the sacrifice you made. Tell fellow collectors about it. Let us enjoy your victory as well. We should all be working toward a goal so it gives us hope when you tell your story.
Please share your goals or accomplished goals in the comments below.
By Ron Cloer
Some of my Goals
- Collect all the Batman comics from 150 to 713 (missing 25 issues)
- Collect all Amazing Spider-man comics (series 1)
- Collect any comic with the Statue of Liberty on it.
- Collect the books on my Top 10 most wanted list
You stroll into a comic shop with determination but the smell of old comics and the lure of beautiful art is too much.