You don’t have to have super powers or superhuman strength to appreciate comic books or collect and preserve graphic stories of your childhood memories. There are simple steps every comic book fan should take to store comic books like a professional. Proper handling and storage of Marvel/DC comics ensure it can retain its value and can be passed on to the next generation. Follow this handy guide to make sure your comic books will maintain its pristine condition for a long time.
The first step to store comic books is to ensure your hands are free from oil and grime. Wash your hands thoroughly and let them dry first before handling your comic books. For rare comics with great value, it’s a good practice to use gloves. Casual collectors may find this step too far to follow.
When you store comic books inside a bag make sure to put in a plastic sleeve, together with a sturdy backing board to prevent the comic book from bending and creasing. If you are planning to store your comic books for a long time, the backing board should be replaced at least once year. This will prevent transferring of ink from the comic book to the bag, and any transfer of dirt and grime from the board to the book.
Simply placing your comic books in one storage unit is not an ideal approach. If there’s one particular edition that you’re looking for, the last thing that you want to do is damage other comics while rummaging around for it. Organize your entire collection in different categories to make it easy for you to access them when you need them. You can organize them based on published dates, rarity, monetary value, characters or any indicators that will make it easy for you. Don’t just place your comic books in old boxes. Instead, check your local bookstore or online store for an acid-free box to store them in. You can also use small archival boxes to organize and store comic books.
Store comic books in cool and dry places where humidity and temperature do not fluctuate. The ideal temperature is 70 degrees F or below with a relative humidity of 50-60%. Interior closets are the best place to store comic books in a typical house. Avoid the basement if possible because there’s a tendency of a burst pipe in this area which can result to flooding that will ruin your precious comics. If you can’t avoid the basement to store your comic books, make sure to put them a foot higher from the ground. In this way, if flooding occurs you can minimize the damage.
After you store your comic books, check them regularly for stain, color bleeding, molds, or other impurities. If you notice any mildew or mold, let them out from the storage to air dry.