Free 1980s/90s Marvel/DC comics if you are able to collect

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I have some 550 to 600 old DC & Marvel comics from the 80s/90s that I'm looking to offload to create space. Stuff like Sandman, Swamp Thing, Shade the Changing Man, Doom Patrol, Demon, Warlock's various Infinity escapades, New Mutants, Maxx. I can give details if needed.

Should anyone want these, the catch is you'll need to pick them up and I live in E.Sussex, Hastings area. I have no interest in posting, I'm afraid

I'll keep this offer open for a week before moving them on somewhere myself.

So send me a message in the unlikely event this fits for you. I'll be delighted to be passing them on.
 

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Hi Hugh,

Too far for me also and in any case it sounds like I have many of those.

There are a lot of pretty worthless comics from that era but some that you mention sound like diamonds in the rough.

The early Sandman issues must be worth something. Alan Moore issues of Swamp Thing I know are pricey (tens of £s) - particularly his first issue - #21. I have these in graphic novel format and they're fantastic.

Shade is a great read but not worth much as far as I know. The Grant Morrison run of Doom Patrol (I think #19 is his first) are popular but not big bucks [I bought a whole bunch of Shade and DP for pennies years ago - not long after they came out]. Warlock maybe (because of the recent Infinity Gems films)?. I think that the later Maxx issues had a very limited print run and so can command some good prices [I have a few of the earlier issues].

But if you have #98 of the New Mutants then that one's your star as it was the first appearance of Deadpool and can go for several £100 (this one I don't have but I was sure I did when I heard about it's value some years ago...:mad:).

Might be worth doing some research before you offload them.
 

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. Stuff like Sandman, Swamp Thing, Shade the Changing Man, Doom Patrol, Demon,
Hey, that's my comic collection! :D

More seriously, as Matteo says, it might be worth putting them up on eBay, as some of those are worth a little something nowadays. Not a huge amount, but certainly worth the postage and more.
 

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About twenty years ago (when I knew I was going to move - at least temporarily - to Belgium) I had a sort out of my "collection". Research was more difficult then compared to now, but I went through and pulled out the few issues that I knew/found out were worth more than a couple of quid and kept those.

The rest I donated to a local charity shop that I already knew passed on comics they received to the children's ward of the local hospital (after a dealer had gone through them and bought the more valuable ones - though my experience of dealers told me the shop most likely got ripped off...).

Most likely, most of what @Hugh has is not worth much but the problem is that there almost certainly will be odd issues that are. The New Mutants is a case in point; almost the entire run is worth just a few quid per issue but that single Deadpool issue can be hundreds (I think also there's a valuable first appearance of "Cable" as well). It's going to all the effort to find out which of these odd issues are the valuable ones that will take time. First appearances of popular characters, artists, writers are the ones to look out for. Special issues or first issues also but to a lesser extent. Variant covers (an horrendous practice in my opinion) can also attract crazy prices - but they are a relatively recent phenomenon. And apparently there is a market for "newsstand" editions - i.e. the ones you could buy from your local newsagent, rather than your dealer.

So it will be worth it @Hugh. And by any chance do you have some Miracleman issues? The publishing schedule of those was all over the place, print runs low and some issues very controversial. Before I discovered all of that, after a mate loaned me the three graphic novels, I picked up #s 16, 17-22 (the Neil Gaiman issues) and 24 (the very last issue) for about a quid each. The series was still (supposedly) running at the time and so they weren't worth much. Very lucky - though not lucky enough to find #15.
 

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Many thanks indeed for your advice @Matteo!

No Miracleman issues, I'm afraid. Never read him in fact.

The Deadpool New Mutants #98. Tee Hee: my most recent is #97. In fact it looks like I stopped buying regularly at #85. The first appearance of Cable was sold on, way back.

There are a (very) few items that I know are worth something, for instance Rick Griffin’s “Tales from the Tube, #1”, that for some reason missed getting sold in the past, but I haven’t decided what to do with them yet, and they’re not included in the pile I’m offering to hand over. Others, as you suggest, could probably bear some research: I did some kind of rough check when I was going through listing what was there, but was not remotely exhaustive in checking individual issues.

I may well take your advice and look out a few to take round stores in London (if I can be arsed. Problem is I don’t really go big on trekking around London these days, preferring to keep a tight focus for each visit.), while passing the rest on. There’s a local adolescent support charity hangout that would probably take the others: I hadn't thought of that before. There used to be (still is, but the owner may be different) a good comic store in Camden that back in the 80s, maybe even early 90s, took my previous accumulations at very fair prices, when I was very short of cash. However, it’s been a long time since I tried selling to any stores, and my most recent experience was that I didn’t find them either that interested or well-informed.

@Brian G Turner :as regards ebay and Amazon, good suggestion but I think not. I’d need to invest in those specialist storage bags and envelopes for posting, and then I’d be putting them at rock bottom prices because of my concerns re quality. I already move on my unwanted books online (Amazon, I’m afraid) but stop selling each year once I reach £150 net. So, I’m already selling as much as I want online and would prefer to have the space that would be vacated by this pile. It'd also give me pleasure to know that someone was enjoying them, even if only to re-sell.
 
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If you cant lose them through your own efforts try the local auctionrooms. I've seen comics in boxes sell through several times, although I've also seen a few boxes do the rounds for several weeks before they've sold or been pulled.

It can be very weak in the price you get, but it can be a neat way to offload stuff fast and you never know you might make quite a bit if you're lucky - or at least more than rock bottom charity shop prices or donations.
 

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@Hugh try Mile High Comics for a guide to what issues might be the gems.

To me, their prices seem way off what you can pay elsewhere - though I have used them to fill some gaps when they have their frequent 40%, 50%, even 60% sales.

However, I'm thinking that since they list all the issues for each title, and the prices, it would be easier for you to see a "spike" for a particular issue than checking individual issues elsewhere. It's unlikely you'll get the price listed but at least you will know there is likely to be something special about that issue. For example:

Badger Man
#1 - $20
#2 - $2
#3 - $2
[...]
#21 - $100 - this one being the first appearence of Squirrel Girl
#22 - $50
#23 - $2
#24 - $2 (and so on)

Bad luck on New Mutants #98 but glad to hear you got a fair deal when you last sold some stuff. I deeply regret selling off some X-Men back in the mid 90s when I was short of cash. I had good quality copies of #94 up to around 150. So that included the introduction of the new team, the Dark Phoenix saga, death of Jean Grey and the Days of Future Past issues. I remember getting £200 for them. These days, I could get that for some of the single issues...
 

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@Hugh try Mile High Comics for a guide to what issues might be the gems.

To me, their prices seem way off what you can pay elsewhere - though I have used them to fill some gaps when they have their frequent 40%, 50%, even 60% sales.

However, I'm thinking that since they list all the issues for each title, and the prices, it would be easier for you to see a "spike" for a particular issue than checking individual issues elsewhere. It's unlikely you'll get the price listed but at least you will know there is likely to be something special about that issue. For example:

Badger Man
#1 - $20
#2 - $2
#3 - $2
[...]
#21 - $100 - this one being the first appearence of Squirrel Girl
#22 - $50
#23 - $2
#24 - $2 (and so on)

Bad luck on New Mutants #98 but glad to hear you got a fair deal when you last sold some stuff. I deeply regret selling off some X-Men back in the mid 90s when I was short of cash. I had good quality copies of #94 up to around 150. So that included the introduction of the new team, the Dark Phoenix saga, death of Jean Grey and the Days of Future Past issues. I remember getting £200 for them. These days, I could get that for some of the single issues...
That's very helpful indeed @Matteo . And also an enjoyable trip down memory lane!

Hmmm I had those same X-Men once.... but the condition of mine would have been fair rather than mint which reduces the value so much.
Perhaps fortunately, I never bought to speculate, just accumulated those I was interested in. As time went by I'm afraid there were less and less that held my attention. After 1995 I seem to have just bought Maxx for a while and backfilled some early Sandman when they were re-issued. Nothing bought after 1998. I also moved out of London in 1995 so no longer had a comic shop to routinely drop into on the way home. This current pile have been stored in boxes since @2006, and only recently re-opened.

Thank you for your advice, also @Brian G Turner and @Overread . This process has helped move my own thinking on, and make me more aware of options.

As stated above, I'll continue to keep the offer open until Tuesday 15th.
 
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That's very helpful indeed @Matteo . And also an enjoyable trip down memory lane!

Perhaps fortunately, I never bought to speculate, just accumulated those I was interested in. As time went by I'm afraid there were less and less that held my attention.
My pleasure and same here - perhaps just a handfull of issues that I thought might become worth something - but some of my collection has accumulated in value.

My "proper" collection is FF#31 to present, Dr. Strange #169 to present (with some odd <169 Strange Tales) and Silver Surfer #6 1st series to present.

I also have the complete run of The Invisibles, Preacher and the Books of Magic series(s) bought as and when they came out, the complete run of Doom Patrol and Shade (as mentioned above bought for pennies years ago). And some random issues of various titles.

But I haven't added to that since the late 90s (except for current issues) as what's missing is far too pricey for me.
 

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You predate me, I think my regular sequences started with Silver Surfer #11, and FF @#70. I started picking them up in newsagents @1971: certain newsagents used to get a motley bunch of back issues in together, and I'd check those stores regularly. Then I started to find those second hand exchange stores that enabled me to backdate further. It was impossible to get any Silver Surfer earlier than #11. Early Dr Strange were very difficult to get hold of too. Basically I'd just buy anything I could find. I'm afraid I never read The Invisibles, Preacher or the Books of Magic. I didn't encounter a proper comic shop until "Dark they were and golden eyed" (?predecessor of Forbidden Planet) converted its basement ?in the mid 70s.
 
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Not really predate as I only started collecting in the late 80s after coming across a pile of 80s FFs being sold for 40p/50p (i.e. the cover price). I then hunted down other FF, Doctor Strange and the second series of SS from second hand book shops for essentially pennies (it was still possible back then - at least for a few years) before shifting to specialist shops for the earlier FFs and SS. I must have been luckier than you with Dr Strange; I picked up most from the second-hand book shops (from about Strange Tales 140 up).

My best find was a lovely (I would say FINE) copy of Dr Strange 169 for £7 - that would have been early 90s.

I now own the first 100 FF, Dr Strange 110-183, SS 1-18 in those Marvel Masterworks or trade paperback versions (to preserve the real versions).
 

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Not really predate as I only started collecting in the late 80s after coming across a pile of 80s FFs being sold for 40p/50p (i.e. the cover price). I then hunted down other FF, Doctor Strange and the second series of SS from second hand book shops for essentially pennies (it was still possible back then - at least for a few years) before shifting to specialist shops for the earlier FFs and SS. I must have been luckier than you with Dr Strange; I picked up most from the second-hand book shops (from about Strange Tales 140 up).

My best find was a lovely (I would say FINE) copy of Dr Strange 169 for £7 - that would have been early 90s.

I now own the first 100 FF, Dr Strange 110-183, SS 1-18 in those Marvel Masterworks or trade paperback versions (to preserve the real versions).
Wonderful!

I'd understood ( I may well be ill-informed) that there was a significant/serious collapse in the comic speculation/value in the late 80s as a bubble burst. If that's the case, it could have had something to do with your discovery of that pile of FFs.
 

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You're right; the bubble did burst, but my discovery was a mistake - the guy didn't have an idea they could be "worth something" and just sold them for the price on the cover. It was a good run - including a stack of John Byrne issues.
 
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