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Collector’s Corner: How to Pack & Store Comic Books

Collector’s Corner: How to Pack & Store Comic Books

By Patrick Galvan In this day and age, superheroes are continuing to make their mark in modern pop culture with grandiose, multimillion-dollar appearances on the big screen, but the love and affection for their pulp paper backgrounds has not dwindled, either! Comic books—whether they are rare first editions valued in the thousands of dollars or the latest issues of a popular series—are an ingrained asset of contemporary literature. As a fan, maintaining the condition of your personal collection is a must. It would be a shame for those magnificent drawings and immortal catchphrases to become withered by time and poor preservation. Whether you need to store your comic book collection because you are moving, renovating your home, clearing space on the bookshelves, or simply trying to find a better locale for preservation, there are some important things you should always keep in mind. Packing Techniques and Containers for Comic Collections Comic books require protection from common threats such as water, moisture, and dust—even more so than most printed material since they are such a visual medium, and damage to their carefully inked drawings would destroy their worth. For example, constant exposure to sunlight could lead to the fading of their text and images. You also need to worry about the pages and covers becoming crumpled or torn from abrasion. For all of these reasons, you should never just place them willy-nilly in a random box, stack them on top of one another, and assume they will remain in good condition. Instead, place each issue inside a comic-sized plastic or polyester slip bag and then place a backing board behind the...