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Comics Buyer’s Guide #1696
March 16th, 2013 by Rusty

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Comics Buyer's Guide #1696 cover

Comics Buyer’s Guide #1696

Date: December 2012
Publisher: Krause Publications
Cover Price: $5.99
Stats: 58 color and B&W pages including ads

Because I Love Everything About Collecting Comics

I have been reading and collecting comic books for over 30 years now, and I enjoy everything about the hobby! Obviously I like reading comics, but I also really enjoy searching out and finding issues that complete my sets, reading about comic book history, learning about how comics are created and used in other industries and pretty much everything else associated with collecting comic books. Anyway, all this is leading up to the fact that I like reading Comics Buyer’s Guide because it helps me enjoy the hobby more thoroughly. I’ve been reading issues of this magazine on-and-off for the past 9 years, and I figured it was time I talk about this very cool magazine. Here are my thoughts:


This particular issue of Comics Buyer’s Guide is focused on reviews, but it still includes all its regular columns. It is broadly divided into 4 categories: Comics Reviews, Comics News, Nostalgia and Opinion. The Reviews section goes over all kinds of books, from trade paperbacks that reprint classic crime comics, to reviews of new single issue comics that are currently on the stands, to new graphic novels, to books about the comics industry, to classic comic book series. Really, there is something for readers of any age.

The News section covers upcoming conventions as well as auction watches and market trends. The Nostalgia section delves into the one-off series “Life with Archie” as well as comics about the pirate Long John Silver. And finally the Opinion section includes letters from readers with responses from CBG writers, flashbacks to famous moments in comics history, 10 best autumn themed comic book covers, the editor’s favorite comics from every decade, and ends with Peter David’s thoughts about the movie Dark Knight Rises.

My 2 Cents:

I usually buy an issue of Comics Buyer’s Guide every few months and spend a long time reading it because I only read it in small chunks before going to sleep at night. I like it that way and I have picked up quite a few new series based solely on the reviews I read in this magazine – series like the new Richie Rich! This issue had a ton of reviews of both old and new comics that appealed to me – too bad I don’t have the time or money to get all of them. Anyway, if you enjoy comics from all different ages and are looking for some top-notch reviews then I highly recommend this issue specifically, and Comics Buyer’s Guide in general.

The End of Comics Buyer’s Guide

I didn’t know this until recently, but I was sad to hear that Comics Buyer’s Guide ceased publication with issue #1699 in March of 2013. This is sad news for many reasons, and first among them is that is was a cool, fun magazine about an industry that I love. It’s also sad because this magazine has been going for 42 years – since 1971 (the year I was born!) I’ll miss it, and I’ll also be on the lookout for other magazines and web sites to get my comic news. Please share your sources for comic news with us. Anyway, you can read more about the demise of Comics Buyer’s Guide at A.V. Club, and you can read John Jackson Miller’s tribute to the magazine on his web site.

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