Comic book collections are a great investment and fun hobby. With the hundreds of comic book based movies that have been hitting the silver screen lately, it’s easy to get attached with the fun and engaging characters. Whether you can relate to the backstory, or you think their super power is really cool, being interested in comic book characters is what will keep you interested in the story as it grows and continues.
Most publishers have massive universes of thousands of characters – so keep your eyes open for the classics if you are beginning to build your collection: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, etc. Maybe a team of characters is more your speed – check out: The X-Men, The Avengers, The Justice League, etc. But for those of you who already have a growing collection–and are running out of storage space around your home–below are some tips for how to store comic books the right way while you continue to add more to the collection.
Comic Book Collection Storage
Equally important to building your collection is protecting your collection. Comic books are generally stored in acid free mylar bags–you can even get them resealable with acid free adhesive. This protects your books from fingerprinting, scuffs, and–with the addition of some acid free tissue paper–moisture as well. A backing board is stored inside the bag, against the back cover of the book, to add rigidity which prevents bending and curling when books are stored together. We also recommend climate controlled storage areas as well to protect the collection from extreme temperatures.
Finally, store your bagged and boarded comic book collection upright in a short or long box–depending on how many books you have–being sure to add foam inserts or large trade paper backs to fill the empty space to prevent your books from leaning too much in a forward or backward direction. Wear cotton or linen gloves when handling or placing your books in storage. Also, don’t store your comic books in a way that the ink on the spine cracks and becomes white, and always store your books, bagged and boarded.
In addition to those comic book storage tips, inspecting your books periodically while in storage is also highly recommended. Treat them like you’re handling historical documents in an archive similar to business document storage, because essentially that’s what you’re doing. Above all else, remember to enjoy your new hobby and continue to purchase new comic books after you have created space by storing your older items. For anyone with large collections in the Kentucky or Tennessee areas, consider StorPlace. Our heated or cooled units would be great for comic book storage, so stop by today to learn more!