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3.5 out of 5 stars

on 25 April 2012
When I buy a comic book price guide I'm looking primarily for a nice selection of cover reproductions, some information about the market place, some adverts from American dealers that I can follow up on & of course some realistic prices for my collection & overstocks.
The quality of the cover art & lead feature in this 2009 edition give an indication about the book, the cover is bland & the main editorial piece is out of place for what the book should be looking to achieve - there is very little info about the state of the market - the writer correctly points out that first appearances & key issues are dominating the marketplace to the detriment of everything else but offers little else (e.g. comics such as Avengers #'s 1 & 4 will prosper while surrounding issues of equal quality will stagnate) - one key facet of the Overstreet publications is that you can learn a lot from historical editions (especially from the knowledge of sales from such guys as Doug Sulipa etc, he will point out issues/series that may have an investment future).
There are very few adverts & certainly nothing to follow up on.
The pricing is about as trust worthy as Overstreet i.e. take most of it with a pinch of salt - it's also very difficult to price up most items when you are only working with a Near Mint listing - for example - if I was pricing a spare copy of HR Pufnstuf # 2 in FN- it would involve taking the NM value of $175 - working out that VFN would be about $90 - then that FN would be around $45 - so a FN- might guide at $40 - convert to pounds at approx £24 - then realise that you're not selling something as hot as Hulk #181 & settle for about £15 (still a tough sell I would think!)
That's a lot of mental work & some distance from $175 that was quoted!
So where does this book score? - there are about 1200 b&w cover reproductions & that's fine by me - lots of DC & Atlas covers that I'd never seen before - the listings are separated into DC, Marvel, Other Publishers etc which can be helpful -the book series can be had on Amazon for relatively low prices - it seems to have run for years but might have stopped now?
If you are looking for one comic book guide make it Bob Overstreet's market leader - if you want a cheap version with a good selection of cover images (& you're good at mental arithmetic!) then consider this one - 2.5 stars overall.
I will order the 2008 edition but only because it's very cheap & for the selection of covers on offer.
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on 10 January 2010
I bought this for a Christmas Present for my husband, he was really thrilled with it, though it would have been better in pounds sterling, but he's not complaining.
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VINE VOICEon 23 August 2009
A book that does what it says on the tin, it gives the reader an easy to check reference guide so that they know that they're not either over paying for that wanted comic or to make sure that they have adequate insurance should the worst happen, its comprehensive organised alphabetically by publisher and is an easy guide to utilise. A great thing to have to be honest and one that I've already had borrowed by a few friends who wanted to make sure that they're fully covered with one saving a fortune on a much wanted release.
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