Hollywood's Fascination with the Comic Book Superhero

Written by Dave Gieber

Movie production companies and TV have been creating feature length movies, movie serials and TV shows for years exploitingrepparttar public fascination with Superheroes. But as special effect technology and costume designs became better and better, Hollywood kicked it up a notch with feature-length high budget productions. Superman,repparttar 134979 Movie andrepparttar 134980 3 sequels started inrepparttar 134981 1970s andrepparttar 134982 '90s and beyond brought us Batman, The Hulk,repparttar 134983 X-Men andrepparttar 134984 now infamous Spider-Man, to name a few. Why all this interest in producing Superhero movies? Big bucks!! The two Spider-Man movies alone have netted about 800 million dollars apiece in worldwide ticket sales. That's not chicken feed. This kind of income could not be generated without an avid public interest in Superheroes. So if you feel you are alone in your voracious passion for your own comic book collection, think again.

And now a new twist has been added. Directors, screenplay writers, and even actors are writing for, of all things, comic books now. Big name Hollywood writers are helping to sell more comics. For example, Joss Whedon, perhaps best known for creating Buffyrepparttar 134985 Vampire Slayer, has written stories for Marvel inrepparttar 134986 series Astonishing X-Men. Back in repparttar 134987 90s, who would have known that all these fan boys had been hiding inrepparttar 134988 Hollywood woodworks waiting for comics to gain some cultural credibility?

If you haven't followed some ofrepparttar 134989 comic news ofrepparttar 134990 last several months, Stan "the

A Word on Comic Book Pricing

Written by Dave Gieber

The going worth of individual comic books can range all overrepparttar board. Some issues have been know to bring in monetary value of six figures, while other issues aren't even worthrepparttar 134978 price you paid for them. Action Comics #1 (the introduction of Superman) in mint condition has been quoted at being worth $650,000. A pretty tidy piece of change. Then Weird Science, issue #13, in near mint condition can command a respectable price tag of $5,750. There are also multitudes of back issues purchased at a newsstand price of around 5 bucks, that are now worth even less than that.

So how does one go about determiningrepparttar 134979 actual value of their individual collections? This is not an easy task or one to be taken lightly. Comic book worth is a highly perceived value and will vary quite greatly, depending on which opinion you choose to follow. By all means, if there is a reputable comic book dealer in your local area that you are comfortable dealing with, get his or her opinion. But in all my research so far, it seems that "The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide" isrepparttar 134980 bible of most active comic book collectors.

I have my copy in electronic format, reachable from my desktop. It is very handy. If you truly want to understand what your magazines are worth,repparttar 134981 first thing you need to do is to determinerepparttar 134982 physical condition of each comic book. Is it raggady ass poor with pages missing and in need of a paper clip to hold it together or has it never been opened since purchased and appears to be in mint condition? Even brand new comic books may not makerepparttar 134983 grade of mint or perfect condition.

Overstreet gives a very detailed description of allrepparttar 134984 grades and sub-grades used inrepparttar 134985 0.5 to 10.0 scale, generally acceptable by all comic book aficionados. If you follow his physical condition explanations and grading scale, you will get a pretty good feel forrepparttar 134986 conditions of your own collection.

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