Updated on 16 October, 2021
Overall, this is yet another solid, clean comics shop from Showcase Comics that's worth a trip to. The location has a good amount of space to browse through and a decent selection but Oh God, the owner can't be any less rude. He pushes around your stuff, throws your questions in the general direction of the counter and generally acts as if you are disturbing him with your inquiries. Still, there are other things that make this comic shop a great place to take a break.
I went into this comic with my son and when I got out I noticed that the guy who was working there had a Batman: The Dark Knight poster on the wall. For someone who hadn't even seen the movie let alone read the latest installment I was pretty excited. So when I asked where he got it I was told "probably from eBay". Holy Toledo! A first appearance of Batman: The Dark Knight in display!
There are also several other giveaway items in addition to the Batman poster that are featured in Showcase Comics. There are several other comic books that I had never even heard of and the employees know their stuff. There is even a giant piece of Batman wallpaper on the wall featuring all of his nemeses. There is also a Batman figurine that is up for grabs. All of these things give visitors a chance to check values before they buy while they are in one of the most exciting places in town.
I don't know if the owner put together the entire thing or if he knew about the Batman collectibles and decided to feature them here, but either way it is awesome. If you have been to DC Comics in recent years then you are aware that there are several different versions of the dark knight, but the one thing you can say with certainty is that he has always been Batman, and this gallery shows why he is still as popular today as he was back in his Silver Age days. The great thing about this gallery is that they cater specifically towards newcomers and old school comic book collectors.
The thing I love about this gallery is the fact that you can actually check values on each comic and see what they may have sold for if it were in its original silver age version. For example, if you were looking for the classic Batman vs. Superman comic you would be able to tell what the value of it might be based on how much others have paid and also if you were looking for a second opinion of the same story. In addition to that you could even tell what the story was supposed to be based on if you were an avid reader. There are several different versions of this particular story and I was surprised by how accurate I was being able to be. You also get to learn about the creators behind some of your favorite comic book creations and that is always fascinating to know.
When you check values on all of these books you can also learn a lot about the creators. For example, did the guy who created Shatterheart really have the idea in his head long before he took it to the publisher? Did he already have all of the characters that you see on the covers? Did he actually write the book or was it written by another artist? The nice thing about all of this is that you can also go on to learn about the people behind the various creations that you find on showcase comics and in this case the famous creator themselves.
In this part two of my two part series on showcase comics you will learn about the legendary Jack Kirby. If you are an avid reader of comic books and a collector you may not have heard of him and in that case this is a must read. You learn why it was so important for him to create this comic and how he changed the world of comic books forever. You also get to learn that his greatest works never quite reached the heights of popularity that they should have and that is a real shame. It is so easy to be critical of something that so many have done and to sit back and look at the flaws instead of praising them.
The last thing we will cover in this article is the creation of the very first comic book, which is the very first issue of The Incredible Hulk. This was a major success and is still one of the best comic books ever written and you can see why. These are some great examples of how to spot a good deal on sale. I hope that this article has helped you to learn a few things about showcase comics price guides and hopefully you have some additional insight into the comics industry and how to spot great buys!