Justin Wallner is the Back Issues Merchant at EC, and each week he likes to “jabber” about the new key back issues we’ve received! Here’s his latest report:
I dig Copper Age comics. The Copper Age of comics includes comics published from the mid 1980’s through the early 1990’s. Pretty short Age, eh? Most people who are into comics have heard of the Gold, Silver, and even Bronze Age of comics, but Copper Age is a relatively new term; there isn’t even a Wikipedia page for it; they include it in the “Modern Age.”
From a personal standpoint, the Copper Age is when I first started reading and collecting comics, and people my age tend to look back at this era with the same fondness that people who’re our parents’ age exhibit for the Silver Age.
From a comic collecting standpoint, I love Copper Age books because they can still be had for a price that makes them affordable to everyone, not just the hardcore collectors with deep pockets. If you want a Copper Age key you can shell out four figures for a graded 9.8, or you can buy a raggedy old reader copy for $10. That’s quite a range there, a nice wide spectrum.
Don’t get me wrong, collecting Silver Age and older is great fun, but it’s not exactly a hobby for the masses anymore. Collecting Copper Age, now that’s truly for the proletarian — collectible comics for the working man. Take the following books for instance — these ones here are in nice shape and they’ll cost you less than a trip to Taco Bell.
Amazing Spider-Man #344, first appearance of Cletus Kasady (Carnage), Very Fine/Near Mint (9.0) condition, $15.
What If Volume 2 #49, What If Silver Surfer Possessed the Infinity Gauntlet?, Very Fine Minus (7.5) condition, $15.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 2nd print, Very Fine/Fine (7.0), $25.
Hellblazer #1, Very Fine Minus (7.5) condition, $20.
And just think, at these prices you won’t mind taking them out of the bag and board and actually READING them. Novel idea, no?
(Please note that the digital samples shown are for clear image references only, and are NOT the actual books being offered for sale. Please call us at 727-398-2665 for condition, availability, or any other questions about the books!)
We have a lot more where those came from on our two — count em’ TWO — vintage comics walls! So stop in for a nostalgic treat, or check out our online shop for select vintage comics: