But a comic from the 1930s is a very different thing than an early issue of Newsweek or any other vintage magazine (though many vintage magazines can be quite cool in their own right). Comics are not perishable information like news, and what’s more, comics storytelling is closely tied to its original format in terms of page layout and what the newsprint of the day was capable of handling. History is important to us in comics; the history of our creators and publishers, the history of our characters – and I think that’s very likely to carry over to the history of the format itself as we continue moving into the digital age.
In fact, some very interesting things have happened to the value of vintage comics in the early months of the digital comics era. After nearly a decade of the world record price for a comic book holding at $350,000 (the Marvel Comics #1 Pay Copy sold in 2001 for that amount, and a few years later the Edgar Church copy of Flash Comics #1 changed hands at the same price), early 2010 saw two different single comic book sales – Action Comics #1 CGC 8.0 Kansas City copy, and Detective Comics #27 CGC 8.0 Pinnacle Hill copy – jump past the million dollar mark. By the end of 2011, the infamous Nicholas Cage copy of Action Comics #1 CGC 9.0 had sold for $2.16 million.
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