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Old 10-03-08, 08:27 PM
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What Did a Comic Book Cost When You Started Reading/Collecting?

The other thread about the possible price increase of comics to $3.99 got me thinking about just how much the cost of a comic book has gone up since I first started reading, and then collecting. Granted, I'm probably one of the older members of this forum, and comics were still 10 cents when I was born (old? that's fucking ancient, dude! ) but they went to 12 cents when I was still a wee tyke, and that was the price I "grew up" with. I vividly recall seeing an ad for Adventure Comics #381 (1969) that had the shocking price of 15 cents! I was pissed. 3 cents was a lot back then!

So, what did a comic book cost when you first bought one?
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20 cents.
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Funny books were a quarter when I started! Annuals were 50 Cents.

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20 cents.
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I also remember 60-cent supersize specials, and "Dollar Comics"
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75 cents and some $1.
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Old 10-04-08, 10:50 AM
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I remember getting a few at 25 cents but I think they went up to 35 cents right about the time I really started getting into them.
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I loved those dollar comics and 60 cent super specials. Still have a bunch, and those tend to be the ones I seek out when I rummage thru the closet to reminisce.
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Old 10-04-08, 07:13 PM
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Right around a dollar.
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Old 10-04-08, 08:34 PM
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75 to $1 when i started.
I stopped when they hit $2.50.
Only collect heavy discounted trades.
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75 cents. And now $1-2 thanks to DCBS
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Old 10-04-08, 10:07 PM
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I think they were either $0.25 or $0.30. I think my weekly allowance was $2, so I probably bought 15-20 titles/month at the time.
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Twelve cents then they went to Fifteen cents.
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50 cents for regular issues and 75 cents for annuals and giant size issues. Shortly after I started collecting they jumped up to 75 cents for the standard issue. Most were still $1 when I graduated high school.

It much easier to buy the trades or hardcovers now,. Or wait and go to the conventions where you can get most of them from the $1 bins.
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60 & 75 cents in the early 80s
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20 cents.

I miss those days
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12 cents. Still remember my very first batch in fall of '65.

Fantastic Four #44
Tales To Astonish #73
Journey Into Mystery #121
Mystery in Space #102
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$0.75.

Started seriously reading comics around "The Fall of the Mutants" crossover in the X-Files.
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12 cents. Still remember my very first batch in fall of '65.

Fantastic Four #44
Tales To Astonish #73
Journey Into Mystery #121
Mystery in Space #102
Nice! Did you save those??
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20 cents.

I miss those days
I can still visualize riding my bike to the local 7-11 and spending my $1 a week allowance on 5 comics.
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mid-'70s ~ $0.25

Adjusted for inflation, that'd be a little less than a buck today, so WTF?
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Nice! Did you save those??
Nope. Gave up comics(the first time) in summer of '71 just as they went to 20 cents. Don't remember if that was the reason or my interests changed. I do remember the last comic I bought during my childhood collecting was Amazing Spider-Man #101 with Morbius on the cover and the "Still 15 cents" blurb on the cover. I have rebought each of those comics at least once in adulthood.
Every one of the comics I had as a kid(1965-71) I wrote a small RW on the first page under the legend and often wonder if they are in somebody's collection.
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I think they had just gone up to $0.25 or $0.35 when I started buying my own. This was in the early 70's.
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Old 10-07-08, 09:26 AM
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On average- $1.00. I think there may have been a few at $1.25, and the Superman titles were $.75. I can't believe the constant hikes... another big reason I'm quitting monthlies soon (I'm down to one now).
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