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About the Author

Maggie Thompson is the senior editor of Comics Buyer's Guide and one of the founders of comics fandom. She is also co-author of Comic Book Checklist & Price Guide.

Brent Frankenhoff is the editor of Comics Buyer's Guide. He is co-author of Comic Book Checklist & Price Guide.

Peter Bickford is the creator of ComicBase, the most comprehensive and critically acclaimed software for comics collectors.


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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
In Living Color Oct. 7 2010
By An Indy Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is stunning! I've been waiting years for a color guide to comic books and it has finally arrived -- in a big way. What I like about the book is that it features more than 3,000 color images and dozens and dozens of covers run full page. And it still costs less than Overstreet! In addition to that, the book provides hundreds of series reviews. I find that very helpful because there are plenty of comic book series I'm not familiar with, and now I am. I really bought the book for the color pictures but I find myself reading it more than any other guide I've ever owned. It's almost unfair to call it a price guide because it provides so much more than values. Really enjoy it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Comics Shop March 17 2011
By 'Hawks Fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Comics Shop is a decent price guide with a lot of beautiful(full color)images of some of the titles listed. The pricing list is a bit limited though, consisting of only ONE grading price per issue(pricing seems in the VF area listed in an other popularly used price guide). It also contains information helping persons understand the grading of books, and a historical break-down of the various comic book Eras. An informational and useful tool in any comics fans book collection.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An entertaining and informative price guide Dec 16 2010
By Anthony L. Isabella - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Krause Publications has been releasing comic-book price guides for
many years and the process has been one of constant evolution. The
company's most recent effort is Comics Shop [$24.99], a hefty full-
color trade edition by Comics Buyer's Guide editors Maggie Thompson
and Brent Frankenhoff with ComicBase developer Peter Bickford. It
may not be comics' best-known price guide, but its nearly 900 pages
offers some things not found in Overstreet.

Comics Shop takes advantage of its color and slick paper to present
over 3000 color comic-book covers. Some of these covers are full
pages in the volume's introductory material and the rest are within
the price guide itself.

The introductory material mostly sticks to the basics: how to use
the book, frequently asked questions, market trends, and a heavily-
illustrated grading guide complete with examples of condition and
defects. But it also features two lively articles by Thompson: one
on recurring cover themes and the other on the great stories inside
comics. The articles in Comics Shop, even the "basics" pieces, are
much better written than in other price guides where, to my mind,
the writing tends to be dry, lifeless, and repetitive.

Rather than list estimated prices in a range of grades, Comics Shop
lists prices in near-mint condition with these prices derived from
"monitoring online sales, shop sales, and auction sales." Included
with the alphabetical listings are entertaining and often enticing
summaries of thousands of comics titles. I'm just through the "A"
section and have already found several series I would love to read.

Bickford is the creator of ComicBase, "the most comprehensive and
critically acclaimed software for comics collectors." This price
guide benefits mightily from his work.

Thompson and Frankenhoff - full disclosure here - are dear friends
of mine and two of the very best editors I've ever worked with in
my nearly forty-year comics career. Their experience and way with
words make Comics Shop an incredibly useful resource that is also
a delight to read.

Overstreet might be the standard for comic-book price guides, but
Comics Shop is a worthy competitor. I think comics collectors and
fans benefit from having both books.

For decades I've been reviewing comics and related items in "Tony's
Tips," which leads off the review section in every monthly issue of
Comics Buyer's Guide. If I were reviewing this book there, I would
give it the full five out of five Tonys.

© 2010 Tony Isabella
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The only price guide you'll read! Oct. 8 2010
By Brent Frankenhoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As one of the editors of our first full-color comics price guide, I have to say that I'm ecstatic at how outstanding this book is.

We wanted something more in a price guide, and Comics Shop is the result. Comics Buyer's Guide Senior Editor (and Comics Shop Co-Editor) Maggie Thompson, who's been collecting comics since the Golden Age and part of fandom since its beginnings, was bowled over by the first office copy of the book. "I didn't realize how much fun it would be to read," she said.

Drawing on the experience we've gained in producing price guides for more than three decades and the more than 150 combined years of comics knowledge of our three editors, Comics Shop is much more than just a list of comics and prices, it's a guide to comics! You will know more about comics after reading Comics Shop.

And, as an added bonus, you can register for a chance to win one of 10 promotional posters signed by cover artist Mark Sparacio. Sign up between now and Nov. 5, 2010, at [...].
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Comprehensive Enough May 2 2011
By R. Kane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This guide has about 50 pages of articles and flashy colored photos before it gets to the actual price listings, and I wish they had used that space to list more issues with prices. I bought it to find the value of some Uncle Scrooge comic books I want to sell, but did not find it all that helpful. These were published by Walt Disney Publications, Inc. in the 1990's (issue #'s 243, 262, & 275). I looked under "Uncle Scrooge" and "Walt Disney," but did not find these particular issues listed. I realize that one guide cannot list every issue of every comic book ever printed, but it seems as if the more recent issues are ignored.


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