So this has been on my mind for a while now and wanted to hear what other, more experienced comic book collectors thought about the potential issue of an industry wide variant bubble. I’ve been watching print counts using The Comics Chronicles
for a few years now. During the recession I’ve seen the print count very low move to almost double (on the low end of the 300) for current standings. I’ve read a couple of articles, some stating that we are due for another variant bubble burst, like the one that happened during the 90s. I’ve also heard the opposite that the selection of so called variants is a good thing in that it has provided the buyer with many options; after all variety is the spice of life.
The one thing that I’ve noticed from reading various sites is that during the 90s there was a lot of bad writing. Now I’m not one to state this from experience as I wasn’t reading comics in the 90s because of where I grew up and well, money…any ways, but I’ve noticed that the writing is crazy good for a lot of independents and the artistry of both covers and books has drastically improved from the 90s. I know that this is also due from the paper and ink quality being used. With Image producing so many wonderful stories, Valiant coming back, even good stories coming out of the big 2, could there be a variant bubble and could that bubble burst anytime soon?
So the reason I ask is simple because I had to sell my entire Dynamic Entertainment "The Shadow" collection because I simply can’t afford buying the 4 variants each issue (v25, v50, v75, v100). If I was lucky I could get all 4 for 50 bucks, but that was if I was lucky. I see that Dynamic Entertainment and Boom! Studious are notorious for flooding their series with variants. But what really got me going was the new Uncanny Avengers and the what, 18 potential variant covers, 5-6 of which require a seller to purchase god awful amounts of regular issues to get these. I’m not even gonna try, unless I can get them for cheap-cheap, like cover price cheap.
Now I’m a sucker for Skottie Young so I’m getting those covers for the new Marvel NOW launch, only because they are cover price. Seems like Dark Horse and a couple other smaller presses, Oni Publishing, etc…seem to stick with maybe 1 retailer incentive for issue #1. It also seems that Valiant is actually settling down with its variants but I mean…it's getting ridiculous out there. Now I’ve read that hey if you don’t want it then don’t buy it, great then I’ll follow that logic and keep my cash in my pocket. I was just wondering about the potential of a bubble even though the comic book industry as a whole seems to be coming back. I know that it isn’t at levels from previous years but with the movie industry pumping in new blood, TV shows, TPB and HC publications, and finally the internet promoting a worldwide interest, are we in a bubble and will there be a market correction in the near future?The Comic ChroniclesICv2