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Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2020

Comic Art Trends Price Guide

Have you thought about buying original comic art but you are afraid to make a mistake and pay too much? Do you have art to sell but don't know what people are getting for similar pages? How do you know what pages are similar?

The Comic Art Trends Price Guide is designed to arm people with information about original comic book art. Stock investors can find bit-buckets of information necessary to understand the market. Home buyers have millions of homes only a google away. Just as the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has opened up the market for comic book collectors for nearly fifty years, the Comic Art Trends Price Guide is creating a much needed service to new investors, collectors, and fans-- and solid information for the experienced collector and industry professional as well.

Whether your comic art interest is casual or you need a Brinks truck every time you make a purchase, the CAT Price Guide and system for scoring comic art is a useful and entertainiong tool to keep in your utility belt.

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All Artists featured in the Legends Edition 2019

The Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2019 is the first annual edition. This year's edition is called 'Legends' because it features many of the greatest artists in industry history. Most of these artists made their greatest contributions in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Some of the artists made prolific contributions in the seventies, eighties, and nineties, as well. The 2019 edition includes Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson, Ross Andru, Jim Aparo, John Buscema, John Byrne, Ernie Chan, Gene Colan, Alan Davis, Dick Dillin, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Joe Giella, Dick Giordano, Carmine Infantino, Dan Jurgens, Gil Kane, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Frank Miller, Irv Novick, Tom Palmer, George Perez, Gordon Purcell, Fred Ray, Jerry Robinson, John Romita, Sr., Alex Ross, Joe Sinnott, Jim Steranko, Curt Swan, and Herb Trimpe. Some artists besk known as inkers are only listed in the inking section.

All Artists featured in the Modern Masters Edition 2020

The Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2020 is the second annual edition. This year's edition is called 'Modern Masters' because it features many of the modern masters whose works were largely produced in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The 2020 edition includes Dan Adkins, Alfredo Alcala, Terry Austin, Dick Ayers, Mark Bagley, Jerry Bingham, Brian Bolland, Brett Breeding, Frank Brunner, Rich Buckler, Sal Buscema, Nick Cardy, Dave Cockrum, Vince Colletta, Ron Frenz, Kerry Gammill, Dave Gibbons, Michael Golden, Mike Grell, Tom Grummett, Ed Hannigan, Don Heck, Klaus Janson, Michael Kaluta, Dale Keown, Alan Kupperberg, Bob Layton, Rob Liefeld, Ron Lim, Bob McLeod, Don Newton, Jerry Ordway, Keith Pollard, Marshall Rogers, John Romita, Jr., Mike Royer, Joe Rubinstein, Steve Rude, Alex Saviuk, Mike Sekowsky, Marie Severin, Marc Silvestri, Walt Simonson, Paul Smith, Jim Starlin, Lee Weeks, Barry Windsor-Smith, Wally Wood, Bernie Wrightson, and Mike Zeck. Some artists best known for their inking are only listed in the section on inkers.

2021 and Beyond

In 2021, the plan is to refresh the Legends and Modern Masters editions with updated sales and analysis for most of the artists covered in the first two editions. The following artists are new to the 2021 Legends II Edition: Carl Barks, Wayne Boring, Bob Brown, Ramon Fradon, Bob Kane, Werner Roth, Joe Shuster, Joe Simon, Dick Sprang, and Alex Toth. Many of the artists whose primary works began in the 1970s will be moved to the Modern Masters II Edition. A few artists from the first two books will not be included in either because of fewer sales data or simply to make room for some additional artists.

What is the Comic Art Trends Price Guide?

The CAT Price Guide is a multi-year partnership with fans and professionals to thoughfully answer questions related to sharing market data and deriving meaningful grading systems. The ultimate goal is not to hurt the professionals in the industry, but rather to strengthen the original comic book art industry for everyone. The first edition of this unique guide to original comic book art catalogues thousands of pages of art by about 30 artists. Check out the images below to see examples of the visual and analytical information in the first edition of the Comic Art Trends Price Guide.

Naturally, it has to have pictures of some of the most fantastic comic art ever produced. Thanks to Heritage Auctions for permission to use their images! Each picture includes basic information such as the name(s) of the artist(s) and a description of the page. I also include info such as price and date sold. Of big value to the reader, I indicate the CAT score for each page. Looking at the provided examples in my book and social media outlets is a simple help to the reader who wants to learn how to differentiate artwork using the CAT Scale.

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Images

Features for Each Artist

Each artist section begins with a summary of recent sales data through Heritage Auctions. For the 2019 guide, sales data is reviewed up through Mid 2019. The 2020 guide will have the complete 2019 info for the featured artists. Current market data for previously featured artists will show up on this website and in my facebook group "Comic Art Trends Advisors". By the way, I need your help to broaden the spectrum of market data from just Heritage Auctions to other vendors as well. Email me to find out how you can help and be credited for your artwork sales and purchases.

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Market Example

Each artist section is populated with tables of sales data. A separate table is included for each series title. The pages are ordered with newest sales listed first since those sales are most relevant from a current price perspective. Each page is identified by title, issue number, and location such as page 15 or "C" for Cover. Some pages came to market as a lot. Group sales or Complete Story sales are identified by Gx or CSx, where 'x' represents the number of pages. Other imporant information in the table includes the Publication Date, Sold Date, Price, Source of Sale, and sometimes a comment. The unique information only found in the CAT price guide is the CAT score. See Grading Companion for more info. One other piece of information is the CGR (Compounded Growth Rate). This statistic is useful because it directly compares sales price for a particular page that has sold more than once.

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Table

Graphs are not just for Math Class

Graphs are visual tools to summarize data. Hundreds of sales can be captured in a single picture. I present three different forms of graphs in the Comic Art Trends Price Guide. Since there are so many factors that affect price and demand, it is not enough to show a bubble plot of sales. In fact, data must not only be viewed over time, but also according to grade. Here are the graphs I present for the original comic book art included in this book:

The summary graph below depicts mean sales of pages by Alan Davis based on year sold. This graph excludes cover sales. A 3 Year Moving Average is superimposed over the graph as an aid to viewing the trend of the mean sales price. Moving averages are lagging indicators of the trend. They are not predictive in nature, but they help to balance out the one-time swings caused by outlier sales either on the high or low side.

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Graphs1

The Art Universe is too Big

I purposely restrict the scope of art that is included in the Comic Art Trends Price Guide. The intention of the guide is to help differentiate pages of ORIGINAL, PUBLISHED, COMIC book art. There are many exceptional forms of art that are both collectable and investment worthy. However, the universe of art is huge and I can't do justice to any of it if every beautiful form of artwork is included in this one series of books. For example, sketches and various promotional art products are excellent collectibles, but not included in the price guide. The image below illustrates many of the types of art that are excluded.

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Exclusions


Summary of what the Comic Art Trends Price Guide is all about

Just to pull it all together. The guide is organized by artists. Each of over thirty artists have their own section featuring sales data by title, images from many significant works, and summary statistics with trend lines to gauge the market going forward. In addition to precise sales information, the guide includes a proprietary CAT score for each listing. The CAT score is a means to objectively compare multiple pages of art. Ultimately, the Comic Art Trends Price Guide is intended to provide information that is relevant to serious comic art investors and entertaing to any comic art geek.

I believe the information in the Comic Art Trends Price Guide will empower many more people to enter the market for original published comic book art.

For a moment let me not be subtle; the Comic Art Trends Price Guide offers an objective means to grade original comic book art with an emphasis on published art. I assert that the CAT scale is a valid means to compare two pages of comic art. If an artist you are interested in is not covered in the Comic Art Trends Price Guide yet, then use the same strategies described in my book to compare the artwork you are interested in.

Wow! The Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2020 Modern Masters edition is done...does it feature any of your favorite artists?

Anyone heard of Bernie Wrightson or Barry Windsor-Smith? How about Don Heck and Wally Wood? The 2020 guide also has Dale Keown, Marc Silvestri, Marshall Rogers, and Walt Simonson! See the complete list below.

The Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2019 Legends edition is available for download NOW! Only $2.99 for a legal and registered copy of my price guide. Your support encourages me to continue this worthwhile effort. Upon purchase, I will send you a link that will allow you to download the Adobe PDF as often as you like. Please understand that you may load on as many devices as you like, as long as they are for the personal use of you and your household! Go to the Paypal portal at the bottom of this page to buy now!

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GoCollect Articles

In 2020, I started writing articles for GoCollect on a variety of comic and art related topics. Some articles are nostalgic, some are serious, I hope all are entertaining. If you have a topic you think I should cover, feel free to reach out to me at

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Hint: The image is also on another page on this site.

I'm looking forward to reading this mystery novel by John R. Stuart set in the world of original comic art.

Big thanks to Phillip and Fredericksburg Books for jumping in to support the Comic Art Trends Price Guide!

Article in the Original Art Aficionado

In Part 1, I describe my motivation for creating a grading scale for original comic book art. Thanks to Richard O. of the Original Art Aficonado for inviting me to share through his blog.

GoCollect Price Guide and Blogs

For the past several months I have been writing articles for GoCollect. GoCollect is an online Price Guide for Graded comics with a plethora of articles on various collecting topics related to Comics, Video Games, Concert Posters, and more. My articles generally fall in the more category with special emphasis on original comic book art.

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The Comic Art Trends Price Guide is Here!

The Legends edition of the Comic Art Trends Price Guide featuring icons like Neal Adams, John Byrne, Gene Colan, Frank Miller, John Romita, Sr., and Curt Swan is ready for download. Don't worry Marvel Fans, Jack Kirby is also there, one of over 30 total featured pencil artists, along with another five legends of ink. The black ad white paperback version will soon be ready at outlets like Amazon and this website, but I'm excited to make the full color electronic version available for your personal download.

The electronic version is only $2.99. Cheap enough for any wallet. I priced it so low because I want people to respect my creator rights by not illegally sharing or obtaining this document unless registered by paying the small fee. Everyone who registers will also get the bonus of a $3.00 coupon off the price of the Comic Art Trends Price Guide physical version when purchased through my site. In fact, the 2020 version will be coming out in Mid Spring 2020. Buyers of the 2019 electronic version will also get a $3.00 coupon to use on the 2020 physical version. Depending on how well people respond to the electronic 2019 version, I will determine whether or not the 2020 version will be sold electronically.

Enough brow beating... everyone who purchases the electronic version of the Comic Art Trends 2019 Price Guide will be able to load it on as many of their own personal devices as they like. Buyers will get a personal email thank you with a permanent download link to make downloads easier to other devices. Buyers can opt in or out for follow up emails related to content. And...buyers can send me details of up to five pages of art they personally own to be assigned a CAT score!

Enough already, please buy the Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2019 Legends edition!!!

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Presenting... The Comic Art Trends Price Guide Appearing at Phoenix Fan Fusion

Memorial Weekend May 2019

During the 2019 Phoenix Fan Fusion event, I shared my grading scale as well as a trivia game related to origianl comic art.

The audience was "select" to say the least, but you can get a copy of the slides I presented by clicking on the image below. I eagerly await your feedback on my presentation and ideas related to grading original comic book art.

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