Comic Book Prices

Once comics were so much less expensive and so much more available. I recall walking into the local drug store, such as Hooks, or grocery and browsing over the comic titles, deciding which ones to buy. Now, they only seem available at comic book stores and the prices have raised tremendously.

This all seemed to begin happening in the 1980’s, as I recall as the popularity of specialty stores began increasing and prices raising more. Used to be able to buy several for what one now costs.

Once they were about .25 a copy, now nearly or over $3. Ugh, what happened? the median price of a comic book in 1986 was $1.25 (the equivalent of $2.58 in 2012) so comics were cheaper in the 80s, but not by all that much Many titles are not so kid friendly either, some have suggested comic fans took over and started writing the stories they wanted without thinking of the over all audience.

Not sure what happened, why they stopped being more available/ Google hasn’t yielded much useful info yet.

They started using a more expensive brand of paper to print the stories on. As I recall it was customer demand, and inevitably played it part in making comics more expensive and less available.

It would be nice if the comics were more widely available in store racks as they once were. Perhaps it might even help increase their popularity and reduce prices.

From 25-cents to 3.00, ugh. Well, over the course of decades. Still, it’s almost the cost of a paperback. So, the amount of titles collected goes down, been awhile since I’ve bought any comics.




About davepyl

Though I have held many jobs over the years, being a fiction writer has always been my main interest even though I may not have always pursued it well enough. Originally from Princeton, IN, where I graduated High School and took writing related courses, I went on to attend Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN, and obtained a degree in journalism. After working a few years as a journalist and freelance nonfiction writer, I pursed other careers. late in the 90’s my interest in writing fiction resurged with stronger and better ideas, I have taken courses through Full Sail University to help me hone my skills as a creative writer. Now my plans are to focus more on writing fiction in addition to my day job and build it as a career in as many ways as I can: books, short stories, scripts, comicbooks. My writing credentials include: *KNOX COUNTY DAILY NEWS | Feb 1988 – April 1992; Staff Writer / Journalist; * OFFICIAL DETECTIVE MAGAZINE GROUP | 1990 – 1992Freelance Writer / Photographer; *VIETNAM MAGAZINE | April 1995 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Operation Babylift” *MIDNIGHT ZOO | May/June 1991 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Lady In Black” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Summer, 1995 * Contributing Writer Reunion at George Field *QUILTER’S WORLD | April 2004 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Two Visionaries” *STORYTELLER MAGAZINE | Nov/Dec 2010. • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “The Ol’ Conner Place” short story *TALES OF THE TALISMAN | Oct 2011 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Bloody Red Riding Hood” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Fall/Winter 2012 * Contributing Writer Morgan/Bivens Family Reunion * Frontier Tales magazine/ Winter 2012/ Battle of Three Lakes and what inspired you to write your book. The battle between the ani-men and the JLA, from Justice League America issues 221-223-1984.
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