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.