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Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 23. Juli 2013


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They just won't evolve with technology and the times 27. August 2013
Von Eric Martin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I really wish I could like my annual copy of Overstreet more than I do. I have to buy it, since Alex Malloy's Comic Values Annual (a worthy contender) has tanked in the face of zero support from the dealer community, and Maggie Thompson's beautifully-produced Comics Shop destroyed itself after one release because its comics values were ten years out-of-date.

So we are left with Overstreet, a time-honored classic that is in serious need of a reboot. As always, Underground Comix still do not get listed, despite their historical importance and presence of artists like R. Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. "Victorian" comics and Big Little Books receive a huge chunk in front of the book, just in case your great grandfather is still around and checking his collection. Typefaces remain intensely tiny and the not much larger photographs are in B&W...and you continue to heft around hundreds of pages of ads for companies like JHV Associates and Archangels that helped "pay" for your $30 paperback. All of this needs to be re-evaluated by a new editor.

On the positive side, the market reports continue to be the best feature of the book, and they've grown more critical over the years...a few of them even take on the Guide itself. There appears to have been a serious effort to get mid-grade pricing back in line with reality, although there's a bit of ways to go here, especially for the Golden Age. We can't forget that this book, aside from representing Bob Overstreet's rather pastoral vision of what the comic market should be (yes to The Yellow Kid, no to The Freak Brothers), also represents a considerable and uneasily growing number of "advisors," most of whom are comics dealers. These same dealers are at the conventions selling their mid-grade GAs in 50% off boxes, so I don't know what kind of advice they are providing the Overstreet editors.

Yeah, I bought it. And I'll buy it next year...since once again it's the only game in town...I just wish it could move along with the times.
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Still indispensable, despite major flaws and odd direction 21. September 2013
Von Muzzlehatch - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I used to buy the CBPG every year or two, back when I was a pretty serious collector - this would be in the period from the early 80s through the mid-90s - and I bought a couple of later ones, the last one around 10 years ago. So this is my first new one in a while, and while the book's pluses have stayed largely the same, I regret to admit that I'm still annoyed with more than a few areas, as I was a decade ago. Eric Martin's 2-star review gets at the heart of these issues, in particular the odd (to the average collector) importance placed on the early (pre-1933) years before what we now think of as "comic books" even existed - and the continuing steadfast refusal to include Undergrounds, and even a lot of "Ground Level" books.

I have to believe this is just Overstreet's personal taste, or possibly the taste of some of the other editors, at work. It's his book, so he can do what he wants; but if he is interested at all in what users are interested in, and in particular how to still keep his book relevant in the days of the internet and price changes that can fluctuate wildly over weeks or even days instead of the years it used to take, I'd think he might handle these aspects differently. My own feeling is that adding in at least the ground level stuff - more Harvey Pekar and Chris Ware rarities for example, and very popular cult items like Knights of the Dinner Table (not listed at all) - would serve most of his readers a lot more than dozens of pages devoted to 17th-19th century precursors that have an extraordinarily tiny fanbase. And the listings for a fair amount of newer material are frankly pretty useless - the Grimm Fairy Tales entry is a particularly egregious example. Yes, I know it's got to be a major pain to compile listings and prices for the endless variants in this series and others like it - but isn't that one of the reasons this book exists in the first place? Even if it's hard to gauge prices on material like this, getting more information on cover artists, cover price variants, Comic-Con special editions, etc, is of huge significance for the collector. And there are a lot more collectors of GFT than of the Yellow Kid; I'd bet my Strange Tales 110 on that.

The book is getting to be unwieldy now, and the print is tiny for a middle-aged collector like myself, but I'd rather have more information even if I need a magnifying glass before long. And despite my caveats, I'm giving this a positive rating because the book still is quite valuable for it's strong coverage of Golden through Bronze-age comics and the excellent market reports (some of which offer similar criticisms to mine and Mr. Martin's). And I don't know Overstreet's thinking, and perhaps there really is more interest in the early stuff than I think there is. But I still think he and his team would be serving the community more with expanded coverage of the byways and currents of 1960s-1980s comics (black-and-white alternatives could use more work; the Ninja Turtles are not the only stuff from this period with interest), even if it's at the expense of his pet prehistoric books. Perhaps a two-volume edition might be an option down the road, if neither Overstreet or anyone else is prepared to go all out on an Underground/Ground Level guide that's as good as this book is on 1930s-1970s comics.
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Asleep at the wheel...outdated and borderline corrupt 4. Oktober 2013
Von Scuba Diver - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
A sad demise of a formerly cool and useful publication; why is it (purposely?) completely out of date with real transaction pricing? How is this possible with such established and credentialed "advisors?" The situation is suspect; all of them should have for the past several years recommended using recent/real sales data from any of a variety of sources; eBay immediately comes to mind.

For those of you familiar with the movie Dead Poets Society where Robin Williams' character instructs his students to rip out the first chapter of the book and throw it away, collectors need to rip out both the first 268 pages and the last 116 pages of this guide; these sections are mainly advertising by the "comic cartel." (I'll get to them in a moment.)

The remaining pages from 269-1052 are moderately useful if for nothing else a "historical" bookmark to where prices were 5-10 years ago.

1) Hulk 181 in Very Good $200; it hasn't sold for $200 for 10 years! Just look at the actual SELLING prices on eBay, GPAnalysis, etc. $650-700 all day long.

2) Amazing Spider-Man 1-100; off by at least 25%. Once again, just verify against REAL sales prices. Amazing Spider-Man 4 in Fine for $798? Yes please!

3) Amazing Spider-man 121, 129, 300, I could go on and on, all off by at least 50%. An ASM 121 in Fine for $60...hahaha...that's funny.

4) Giant Size X-Men 1 Fine $138; off by a whopping 100%.

5) X-Men 141 & 142...for $35...?

These prices are too much off from reality to be by chance; by some odd bolt of lightning, Rip Van Winkle time-machine there is a comic shop out
there right now with these price points call me immediately, I will buy your entire store!

This leads me sadly to what I suspect is going on; if the "comic cartel" of dealers, who coincidently act as "advisors," are willing to pay 35-40% of prices
that they themselves set, well this is quite the racket indeed!

Think about it; a solid Hulk 181 in VG routinely sells for $650 (once again check 3rd party independent sources to verify.)

Overstreet has that book pegged at $200. Dealer, as advertised in this very book, is going to pay $70-80 for it.

This is just one example of a Bronze Age key book; imagine what's happening in the Silver and Golden age markets, yikes!

For the serious collector some of the Guide's commentary has interesting insight; in regards to its major function as a price guide, however, it fails.

My advice for a completing, and better publication? Get rid of the "advisors," pull and compile data from actual sales, and go back to the old-school B&W typewriter written version (circa 1976).

That was honest, accurate, and relevant comic book price guide that had tremendous utility.
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First price guide I bought in 10 years, no new updates 10. September 2013
Von Wild Dave - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Wow, talk about a stale item. I can find out values much better on eBay than this--with a few exceptions, post 1980's comics are basically blanket priced. I thought they were supposed to do research at Overstreet. The Market Reports, however, are very enlightening.
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MAJOR revisions needed 11. November 2013
Von T.M.T. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I've been using the Overstreet Guide for years, and for the last 3 I've been using it to value my books for insurance purposes. I've noticed a ton of missing titles and issues. None of these will break the bank, but I feel they need to be listed. Also, this year, more than others, I have found a TON of errors. Since my attempts to contact them about this were met with an oh well attitude (and at one point I was told to use comic collector live, which I despise), I'm going to publicly list the omissions and errors I have found. Please note, most of these are Marvel and DC books.

All-New Wolverine Saga (October, 2010) - (Promo book)
Angels of Destruction (October,1996)
Avengers Sampler (June 2012)
Bad World (2001)
Battlezones: Dream Team 2 (March,1996 [referenced in your guide on the "Dream Team" listing]
Black Dynamite (2011)
Blade: Vampire-Hunter # 0.5 (1999)
BrooklyKnight (October, 2012)
Civil War: Opening Shot Sketchbook (2006)
Collector's Guide to the Ultraverse (August, 1994)
Cyberspace 3000 (July, 1993)
Daredevil # Minus 1 (July, 1997)
DC Universe # 0 (July, 2008)
The Death of Stupidman (1993)
Dorkier Images (March, 1993)
Feeders (October, 1999)
Generic Comic Book (1984 Marvel)
Generic Comic Book (2001)
George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards (April, 2008 - July, 2010)
Giant Size Mini-Marvels (February, 2002)
Hero Happy Hour (July, 2004)
History of the Marvel Universe (January, 2012)
The Infinity Charade (July, 1993)
Justice League Heroes (2006)
Kid 'n Play (February, 1992)
(Wizard Presents the) Legacy of Spider-Man Special Edition (1998)
The Legacy of Spider-Man (1998)
Married With Children: Bud Bundy, Fanboy in Paradise (July, 1994)
Married With Children 3-D Special
Married With Children: Kelly Goes to Kollege
Married With Children: Lotto Fever
Married With Children Flashback Special #1-3
Married With Children: Off Broadway (September, 1993)
Married With Children: Quantum Quartet #3-4 (Fall 1994) - These numbers were NOT released separately but combined into 1 flip book)
Marvel Overpower Card Game: "Deadly Foes" (October, 1995)
The Mighty Thor Saga (June, 2011)
Mys-Tech Wars (1993)
Origins of Siege (February, 2010)
Powers Encyclopedia (December, 2009)
Prime, Volume 1 #1/2 (April, 1994) - Wizard special; this was previously listed @ $2.50
The Prowler 1-4 (1994)
Ripfire #0 (January, 1995)
Satan's Sodomy Baby (April, 2002) - it's a Goon special
The Saturday Morning Comic (March, 1996) - it's a Marvel book
Son of Vulcan, Volume 2 (2005)
Soviet Super Soldiers (November, 1992)
Spider-Man: Saga (December, 2010)
Spidey and the Mini-Marvels (May, 2003)
Ultra-Monthly (1993)
Ultraverse: Future Shock (February, 1997)
Warlock & the Infinity Watch #27 (April, 1994) - you list the other books in the title. Seriously, like 3 years running and they won't correct this error.
The Wedding of Popeye & Olive (1999)
X-Men: Curse of the Mutants Saga (August, 2010)

Now, the errors (these are mostly ridiculous)

JSA All-Stars (Volume 2) 14: Cover Price is $3.99 but listed as $2.99 & valued @ $3.00
Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #41 listed as both $3.00 & $4.00 in the same section (this book does not have a special cover so which is it?)
Moon Knight (Volume 1, #30 from April, 1983): Listed twice as both $4.00 & $5.00
The Strangers #4 is double listed with one listing saying this is $3.00 & a second saying it is $4.00 (previous edition said this was $4.00)
X-Force (Volume 1, #11 from June, 1992): Listed twice as both $3.00 & $4.00

Do you find this ridiculous? Let Overstreet know!
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