BC Mag FCBD 2013: Tips And Tricks For The Back Issue Hunt

comic-book-boxBleeding Cool Magazine article by Rich Handley

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.

The First Nine Pages Of Robin War Is Dark Knight Crossed With Civil War

Everyone Fights In New Pride & Prejudice & Zombies Trailer


The Bleeding Cool Top 100 Power List 2015 – 76 To 74

All-New Inhumans Vs. Australia


Constantine To Join DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow In 2017 As They Switch Cast With Each Season?


In One Week, In Two Weeks… Harley’s Little Black Babylon


A Better Look At Kylo Ren in The Latest Star Wars TV Spot

A Thanksgiving Treat From Krampus

Skottie Young’s Secret Wars Variant Tops The Chart For Advance Reorders

Supergirl To Meet Flash On CBS For May Sweeps Week?