Starting a comic book collection can be daunting. Unless you begin buying every title at issue #1, there will be gaps. Today’s fans have a variety of options for filling in those gaps, from trade paperbacks and modern reprints to CD collections and digital downloads.
Still, many prefer the time-honored method of searching for the original issues. There’s an intangible, tactile sensation to holding an old comic in your hands—a sense of history and nostalgia that trades and digitals can’t provide. If you’re embarking on a back-issue hunt, here are some pointers to help you find quality copies at an affordable price.
Comic Book Shops
Before the advent of online shopping, finding back issues involved scouring local comic shop back issue bins. These days, some local shops dabble in back issues and some don’t. Those still offering back issues are a valuable gap-filling source. Check the Bleeding Cool online directory to locate shops in nearby towns, or use Google and other search engines to find stores in other areas—you can order from them and still support local businesses. Diamond Comic Distributors’ comicshoplocator.com can also help you identify shops within a given geographic area.
You can find the full article in Bleeding Cool Magazine FCBD Edition at a comics retailer near you. Here is the Bleeding Cool Directory of retailers who have shown special support to the magazine and this website. Are you a retailer who would like to be included? Contact us.