Dylan Schwartz

The 1990’s Market Crash of Comic Books

The 1990’s Comics Crash In the 1990s, the comics industry experienced a crash the likes of which has rarely been seen in other industries. The market imploded, sales plummeted, people lost their jobs, and the industry as a whole became a cautionary tale. Fortunately, the world of comics survived the 90’s and today is thriving…

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The Rise of Space in Pop Culture

As humans, we’ve always looked toward the fantastic for our stories. Early on, it was monsters and the heroes who played them. Later, we invented superheroes to tell our stories. However, as technology progressed we made the push toward the stars and the world’s  story-tellers collectively started to look up. Space captured the imagination of…

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Universal’s Monsters In Comics

Pop culture fans will be aware that there’s been a lot of talk about Universal’s monsters in recent years. Beginning with the unremarkable Dracula Untold, there’s been an effort to mash these monsters together into an ensemble series. The so-called “Dark Universe” has been hanging on by a thread, though some more recent reports have…

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A Brief History of Pre-War Sports Cards

Sports cards are one of the most popular collectibles in the country. This most likely stems from the popularity from sports like football, baseball, and basketball but also for their distinction as a uniquely American creation. Today, companies like Topps have built their legacy on creation all kinds of different cards for every major sport….

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The History of Buying Comics.

Today, comic shops are the at the de facto place to buy comic books. They represent the only brick-and-mortar locations that people can browse and buy books from both mainstream and smaller publishers. Because of the niche market, the modern comic shop is often the only place people can go to, outside of the internet,…

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History of Monster Magazines

Superheroes Were Not Always on Top. There was a time before superheroes ruled comic book stands. The type of stories publishers put out was much more diverse. In fact, in their heyday Monster Magazines were among the most popular stories on the shelves and inspired entire generations of future books, TV shows and movies. The…

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Reboots: The New Sequel

When it comes to Hollywood, there’s no such thing as a sure thing. So when massive amounts of money are being thrown around to green light various projects, companies tend to look for things that have worked in the past. Recently, that has translated into all kinds of reboots that are currently coming down the…

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Pre-Code Horror Comics and How One Man Tried to Stop Them.

In the 1930s and 1940s, the world of comics was essentially the Wild West. Publishers could print whatever they wanted and, at the time, America was obsessed with the creepy, macabre, and grotesque. Publishers and artists had no problem catering to these dark interests as the stands were full of books about monsters, ghosts, ghouls,…

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5 Things We (Think We) Know About Infinity War Part 2

We’re still a long way from seeing the incredible conclusion of the Infinity War in theaters, but until then it is up to us to speculate, investigate, and just plain old guess.  Its fun to think about what may or may not go down at the conclusion of the MCU’s Phase 4, so in that…

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Golden Age Pre-Code Horror Comics

There is an interesting time period in the history of comic books that any good collector should be aware of: Pre-Code Horror Comics. What is Pre-Code and the Comic Code of Authority? First of all, what does “pre-code” mean? In 1954 the comics industry was forced to self-regulate its content to protect impressionable young readers…

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10 Tips for Selling Your Comic Book Collection. Sell Comics the Right Way!

Are you trying to navigate the waters of selling your comic book collection? Fret not! read this guide so you know what you’re doing. Are you looking to sell your comic book collection? Giving up your comics may be an emotional separation for you. After all, you’ve probably spent many hours absorbed in the stories…

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