Question from a reader:”I collected a lot of comic books from the 1990s that had foil covers from Marvel. Are they worth anything?”
My answer is even though Marvel movies are hot, some of their comic books are definitely not. The foil cover marketing deal that hit comic covers came from Image comics and was quickly copied by DC, Marvel, Valiant and whoever else was publishing comic books back then.
The problem was glut. If you read my column on scarcity (see the side bar to the web site on the home page) you will see that the books are everywhere. Marvel printed out tons of the books and despite best efforts of flooding, earthquakes and general destruction of comic books (gasp), there are plenty of the books out there and most of the stories or art inside were to put it politely, uneventful.
The stories were B and C list heroes who were basically published to preserve copyrights on adjective named heroes who Marvel had copyrighted. Some of them deserved to be killed by their arch enemies in their first issues. Fortunately, the titles did not take off and the heroes for the most part vanished.
To be fair there were some titles that were cool and had some holographic covers. Some of the holo covers worked better than others (as did the glow-in-the-dark attempts at Halloween comics). People ended up buying multiple comics and a lot of them are still sitting on people’s shelves or in their garages.
The comic book publishers are reprinting a lot of early silver age stories and also issuing graphic novels (or reissuing in some cases of popular story lines). Pick up one or two of them and see if you like that. You can get the stories and read them for story enjoyment and not worry about the value for collecting them.
Hope that answers your business question in relation to your comic books.
Have a great night people!
May 14 2009 Mid Day Early Evening
Kim Isaac Greenblatt
Are My Foil Comic Books Worth Money