The Guardians of the Galaxy movie comes out this Friday and with more and more super-hero and comic book based movies coming out each year, the popularity of comic books is on the rise. Comics offer something for anyone and there’s easy to collect. One of the most important things about collecting comics is storing them the proper way. Comic books, like most paper products, are prone to weathering, ripping, and yellowing of pages. The only way to combat these problems and keep your comics in the best way possible is by storing them correctly.
The first step to proper storage is proper handling, you don’t want to damage your comic book before it is even stored away. Make sure to wash your hands before handling comics to avoid staining the cover and pages. Avoid picking up the comic book by the stapled edge to prevent spine stress marks.
Once you have thoroughly, but carefully, enjoyed reading your comic book it should be placed in a comic book bag with a backing board. Many different manufacturers make bags and boards specifically for comic books so you have a lot options but it’s important to get acid-free boards to prevent any yellowing. If you are really worried about this you will probably will want to check your comic books from time to time and change the bags and boards if any yellowing is noticed.
All of your bagged and boarded comics should be stored in an acid-free comic book box. Like bags and boards you have a lot of options when it comes to storage boxes but acid-free is key. Typically comic boxes come in two sizes, short and long; short boxes can hold around 175 comics while a long box holds about 225. But there are also variations for graded comic books and even cabinet drawer style boxes. Picking a box type all depends on how many comics you have, how many you plan to have and how often you plan to access them. You can buy boxes in bulk online or usually at your local comic shop. Before storing your comics away I suggest organizing them in a way that you’ll remember and possibly even cataloging them in a spreadsheet so you know where they are and what you have.
Finally after you have bagged, boarded and boxed your comic books you have to find a place to store the boxes. Ideally, comic books should be stored at around 70°F and in a dry environment. Storing your comics in a basement is not recommended as they can flood and can get very humid which one of the major factors that cause damage to comics. Finding room to store comics in your home can be difficult as collections can grow very rapidly once you start collecting. Seriously collectors may want to consider storing their collections at a climate controlled storage facility to make sure that the environment is always ideal.
Let us know in the comments if you have any tips for comic collectors! Happy Comic Collecting!