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Comic Art Trends Price Guide

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Do you own original comic book art? Have you wondered how to determine a good price for original comic book art? Do you love comic books and just want to know more about how they are created?

The Comic Art Trends Price Guide is designed to help people in any and all of those categories. In fact, it is intended to be helpful to even those that have only a casual interest in learning about original comic art, each a one of a kind collector item. The Comic Art Trends Price Guide is an easy to use reference book to find sales information on some of the most spectacular art to grace the comic book industry. The guide is organized by artists, where each of over thirty legends has his/her own section featuring sales data by title, images from their most significant works, and summary statistics with trend lines to gauge the market going forward.

The CAT Price Guide will be entertaining to the comic art geek and relevant to the comic art investor. 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.

Part 1 of the Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2019 was introduced to Phoenix Fan Fusion convention-goers in May. Since May I have been working industriously to clean up the first edition and prepare the full edition for publication. Graphs have been harmonized, typos have been corrected, and first time mistakes have been eradicated. Shortly, I will make the Part 1 edition available for download (limited time only). Update: first 100 pages of the update are available, download above!

Part 1 artists include Neal Adams, John Byrne, and John Buscema as well as others. For each featured artist, I have added mid-year reports and captured 2019 Heritage Auctions sales data through June. The sales data and market report is incorporated directly into their artist sections. Note that summary statistics and graphs will not be updated for partial 2019 data. That data will be captured in statistics for the 2020 edition.

The Mid-Year 2019 Full Edition features over 30 legendary and awesome artists. Artists like Jack Kirby, John Romita, Sr., and Frank Miller are all in the full edition. Data has been collected through the end of June for the Mid-year reports and its time to find advertisers and start my crowd-funding campaign.

Here is a taste of the information contained in the 2019 volume of the Comic Art Trends Price Guide:

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Download the draft of the Neal Adams chapter for a good representation of the type of information contained in the Comic Art Trends Price Guide! Adams is only one of over thirty industry leading artists in the original art price guide.

The Comic Art Trends Price Guide is all about original, published, comic book art. 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. That is the primary means that the reader can learn how to differentiate artwork using the CAT Scale.

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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Hey do you like prizes? Identify the artist and comic book for the partially revealed background. First person with the correct answer gets a small prize and a big feeling of superiority! Send your guesses directly to me. Find my email address on the Contact Us page.

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

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

Making progress on the Comic Art Trends Price Guide

UPDATE: All the artists for the 2019 full edition are now ready. This sample gives a good starting point idea of the type of info covered in the full edition.

I'm adding graphs and summary info to the Jim Aparo chapter of the Comic Art Trends Price Guide 2019. Here is a graph that depicts the average sale price for Aparo pages by year of sale. 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.

Each artist chapter in the Comic Art Trends Price Guide will include three forms of graphical information:

Comic Art Trends Price Guide Jim Aparo graph

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Who ever said "Don't judge a book by its cover...", obviously did not collect comic books! Comic book covers make all the difference in the world. That's why I want to shoot for the stars in selecting a cover artist for the 1st inaugural edition of the Comic Art Trends Price Guide.

I want a cover that says, "We're here to stay!"

Please check out my crowdfunding campaign for some special incentives to help me in my quest for cover awesomeness for my guide.

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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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