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Original Comic Art Trends Price Guide

Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2020The Comic Art Trends Price Guide is the only reference book in the market for original comic book art. The Price Guide combines sales information for thousands of pages of original comic book art with unique graphical and market analysis. Besides hundred of fun images of awesome original art, the Comic Art Trends Price Guide includes the proprietary CAT Scale grading system. Each page of original art (thousands of them) has been assigned a CAT grade. The CAT grade is a means for art buyers, sellers, investors, and hobbyists to group unique, original art for comparison purposes.

In the first two editions of the CAT Price Guide for original comic book art, over seventy masters of the industry have been featured.

More on the Price Guide for Original Comic Art

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.

Orignal Comic Art Price Guide for 2022 and Beyond

In 2022, I will roll out the revised editions based on the new grading scale. The editions will be broken down into two or three volumes just to make them more manageable. Artists will include many from the Legends and Modern Masters editions, but not all.

The following artists are new to the 2022 Editions: Carl Barks, Wayne Boring, Bob Brown, Ramon Fradon, Bob Kane, Werner Roth, Joe Shuster, Joe Simon, Dick Sprang, and Alex Toth. Other modern artists will be added as I go.

What is the Comic Art Trends Price Guide?

Comic Art Trends Price Guide ImagesThe 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 two editions of this unique guide to original comic book art catalogued tens of thousands of pages of art by about 70 artists. Check out the images below to see examples of the visual and analytical information in 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.

Features for Each Artist

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Market ExampleEach 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 TableEach 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.

Graphs are not just for Math Class

Comic Art Trends Price Guide GraphsGraphs 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.


The Art Universe is too Big

Comic Art Trends Price Guide ExclusionsI 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.



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 seventy 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.

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Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2020

Modern Masters Edition

The 2020 Modern Masters features forty new artists. Does it include any of your favorites? Just to whet your appetite-- how about Bernie Wrightson or Barry Windsor-Smith? Don Heck and Sal Buscema also made the cut. Throw in Wally Wood, Dale Keown, Marc Silvestri, Marshall Rogers, and Walt Simonson. See the complete list of new artists here!

Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2019

Legends Edition

The 2019 Legends features thirty artists, many of the most iconic artists in the industry. I bet it includes many of your favorites? How about these names--Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Frank Miller, and Jim Lee. Spider-Man fans, Avengers fans, Batman fans, all unite to see images, data, and analysis for Gil Kane, John Romita, Sr., John Buscema, and Jim Aparo. That's a small sampleing, see the complete list of artists here!

Free Price Guide Downloads

I am making the electronic versions (PDF) of the CAT Price Guide 2019 Legends Edition and CAT Price Guide 2020 Modern Masters Edition available for free download. Note that previously the Modern Masters electronic version was only available to a handful of Kickstarter supporters.

Though these guides are a couple years old now, collectors will still find the information contained super-relevant. However, I am in the process of revising and simplifying the CAT grading scale. Both of these books utilize the original system for scoring original comic book art. See my discussion on the Grading Companion to better understand how to utilize the original system and the new system.

Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2019

Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2020

GoCollect Articles by Patrick Bain

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

Articles include discussion on blockbuster art sales like Frank Brunner's Doctor Strange 1 cover art and art by relatively modern artists not covered by the Comic Art Trends Price Guide. Additionally, I discuss nostalgic topics like Star Trek, Lost In Space, and the Six Million Dollar Man.

One series near and dear to my heart but not related to comic art discusses Bound Comic Volumes. (In this case, 'bound' means collected with hardback binding. LOL.) These articles created the interest for me to create a nonprofit called the Comic Reading Library.

Find my GoCollect articles here.

How can I invest in original comic art?

For those new to the hobby and business of buying original comic book art, I share some sound principles related to any type of investing. I also discuss tools in the CAT Price Guide that can aid novice and EXPERT buyers and sellers of original comic book art.

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Comic Art Trends Price Guide Grading Companion

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Grading Companion

The Grading Companion is currently being revised. I am simplifying the CAT grading scale to make it more universally easy to apply. Everything done up to this point (including grading tens of thousands of pages using the old scale) still have value. However, the new changes I am making along with the discussion will make the scale and new grades even more useful.

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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.

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