September Comics: Breaking My Bank

By Kelly Harrass

I’m almost one hundred percent positive that I bought more comics in September than I’ve ever bought before. Not only was DC pumping out a bunch of new books I wanted, but the other companies were double shipping some of the books that I buy. I decided, out of curiosity, to break down my buying habits for this month. All I can say right now is that I probably bought too much stuff.

Comics Shipping September 7

Action Comics #1 $3.99
Detective Comics #1 $2.99
Swamp Thing #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing
Transformers Ongoing #25 $3.99
True Blood French Quarter #1 (OF 6) $3.99

Image Comics
Hack Slash #7 $3.50
Spawn #211 $2.99

Casanova Avaritia #1 $4.99
Heroes for Hire #11 $2.99
Moon Knight #5 $3.99
New Avengers Annual #1 $4.99
Punisher #3 $2.99
Wolverine #15 $3.99
Wolverine Debt of Death #1 $3.99

Number of Comics- 14

Price of Comics- $52.37


Comics Shipping September 14th


Frankenstein Agent of SHADE #1 $2.99

Green Lantern #1 $2.99

Grifter #1 $2.99

Red Lanterns #1 $2.99

Resurrection Man #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing

Anne Rice Servant of the Bones #2 $3.99


Amazing Spider-Man #669 $3.99

Criminal Last of the Innocent #4 $3.50

Daredevil #3 $2.99

Fear Itself #6 $3.99

Mystery Men #5 $2.99

New Avengers #16 $3.99

Number of Comics- 12

Price of Comics- $40.39


Comics Shipping September 21st

Dark Horse Comics
The Guild: Clara $3.50

DC Comics
Batman #1 $2.99
Birds of Prey #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing
Transformers Ongoing #26 $3.99

Image Comics
Lil Depressed Boy #6 $2.99

Severed #2 $2.99
Marvel Comics
Captain America #3 $3.99
Daredevil #4 $2.99
Heroes for Hire #12 $2.99
X-Men Schism #4 (OF 5) $3.99

Number of Comics- 10

Price of Comics- $33.41


Comics Shipping September 28th

DC Comics
All Star Western #1 $3.99
I Vampire #1 $2.99

IDW Publishing
True Blood French Quarter #2 (OF 6) $3.99

Image Comics
Elephantmen #35 (MR) $3.99
Hack Slash #8 (MR) $3.50

Marvel Comics
Amazing Spider-Man #670  $3.99
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #1 $3.99
Kick-Ass 2 #4 $2.99
New Avengers #16 POINT ONE $2.99
Spider-Island Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #2 (OF 3) $2.99
Venom #7 $2.99
Wolverine #16 $3.99

Number of Comics- 12

Price of Comics- $42.39


Alright now for the grand totals:

Overall Number of Comics- 48

Overall Price of Comics- 168.56


Okay, that’s a lot of comics and a lot of money (just for reference I get a good employee discount on my books, so I’m not paying full cover price). Now let’s break it down by publisher:

Dark Horse Comics

Number of Comics- 1

Price of Comics- $3.50

IDW Publishing

Number of Comics- 5

Price of Comics- $19.95

Image Comics

Number of Comics- 6

Price of Comics- $19.96

DC Comics

Number of Comics- 12

Price of Comics- $37.88

Marvel Comics

Number of Comics- 24

Price of Comics- $87.27


Two things stand out to me after looking at this data. The difference in price between IDW and Image is only one cent and I get one more comic from Image. The second thing I noticed is that I got double the amount of books from Marvel but it cost me 2.3 times more.

In September my amount of DC books almost doubled from the last month going from 7 books to 13 (including Justice League from the last day of August). I also picked up the first issues of three new miniseries; True Blood French Quarter, Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz (I bought these last two for my mom), and Casanova Avaritia. This brings the total of new books for the month of September to 10.

Along with these new titles I picked up two one-shots (The Guild: Clara and Wolverine: Debt of Death), one annual (New Avengers), and one Point One issue (also New Avengers).

Earlier I mentioned that some books were double shipping and it ended up being a more titles than I thought it was. Eight of the books I pick up double shipped and they are: Transformers Ongoing ($3.99), True Blood French Quarters ($3.99), Hack Slash ($3.50), Heroes for Hire ($2.99), Wolverine (3.99, if you add in the one shot it shipped three times), Amazing Spider-Man ($3.99), Daredevil ($2.99), and New Avengers (which essentially triple shipped with an annual at $4.99, a normal issue at $3.99, and a Point One issue at $2.99).

Thankfully, I’m lucky enough to be able to afford all of the comics that I want to buy, but if companies continue to double ship books like they have been, I might have to cut back. I’ve actually already dropped one book, Ghost Rider, when I noticed it was double shipping in November. I was already considering dropping the book, but the double shipping made up my mind for me.

Thankfully my buying habits go back to normal, for the most part, next month. While I’ll be buying more DC books than usual, the amount of double shipping books should go back down to its normal level. I also won’t be buying any one shots and I’ll be buying two less miniseries.

Somebody that I used to work with said it best; “This store is a place of excess.” That couldn’t have been truer for me this month.

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