Beauology 101: Being Impulsive In Comic Books

 Beau Smith-Your Impulsive Host. (Or is that Repulsive?)


Beau Smith-Your Impulsive Host. (Or is that Repulsive?)


by Beau Smith

I’d like to know what the average comic book readers buys on impulse these days.

Most comic book readers that shop in comic book stores regularly, have “pull” lists. That means they have informed the comic book retailer of what monthly or up coming comic books they want “pulled,” ordered, and set away for them to purchase when they receive the comic in the store. This way the reader/customer doesn’t miss any of their favorite comic books or new ones that they know they “just have to have.”

My personal pull list has shrunk quite a bit through the years, mainly because I get a lot of them comped/free. The thing I’ve found out is that as my pull list has gotten smaller, my impulse buys have gotten larger.

Before the average comic book was $4.00 or $5.00, it was much easier to be an impulse buyer. It was a lot less expensive as well. It still can be with the ever present “Four For A Dollar” boxes…or “$1.00 Boxes” that are more present today. With those boxes, you can take a chance without the risk factor of buying a new, untested comic book and not liking it…and have it costing you more money.

 Lois Lane Comic Books-The Crazy Train.


Lois Lane Comic Books-The Crazy Train.


I find most of my impulse buys are in the back issue bins. I didn’t buy a lot of comic books during the 1970s because I was way too busy doing things that I shouldn’t have done. That took up a lot of my time. What was once comic book money became beer money. So now, I cruise the back issue bins and pick up oddball comic books that I missed or wouldn’t have thought about reading in the ‘70s. I find treasures all the time. For example, I almost always pick up back issues of Lois Lane. Those books were insane! Tons of crazy fun and creativity and imagination were king…queen…in those stories. I also favor DC Comics Adventure Comics with the wonderful Jim Aparo Aquaman stories. Beautiful stuff. The non-DC Comics/Marvel Comics publishers also offered up great weird books to read as well. So that’s what gets my spare change and impulse buys these days.

 Adventure Comics With Aquaman! Jim Aparo


Adventure Comics With Aquaman! Jim Aparo


New comic books that I wanna try are carefully thought out these days. I’m not a world wealthy creator like Billy Tucci, or Todd McFarlane. Nope, I’m just a make it, day to day comic book writer that needs to make sure that the pennies I’m spending are real and not some weird Canadian coins.

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 Charelton Heroes, Never A Risky Buy!


Charelton Heroes, Never A Risky Buy!


I know how I work my impulse buys. I’m interested in how you do yours and what you buy when you hear the siren song of a four color comic book on a rack. I’d love to know if you revert to an old favorite book that you haven’t picked up in years or are you adventuresome and go for a book you never heard of, or perhaps just like the cover? If you’re like me, there is a certain rush to the thrill of the hunt and finding something you weren’t expecting and hauling it back home. Do you go cheap, or do you splurge and throw down the secret credit card that your wife/husband doesn’t know about and make that Incredible Hulk #181 yours?

Post up here on the Westfield site or whatever social media you’re reading this on and let me know. Let everyone know! It’s fun. This is what sharing online is supposed to be, not that goofy, semi-adult political stuff, or photos of your lunch. We wanna see comic books!!

Like we used to say on a gassy day of beans and wieners in the Junior High lunch room, “Let ‘er rip!”

Tiger-Man Atlas Comics

Tiger-Man Atlas Comics


The Good, The Bad, and the Impulsive,

Beau Smith

The Flying Fist Ranch

www.flyingfistranch.com

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  1. Chuck Says:

    I love surfing through old comics – and it’s usually the cover that sells it, even on a title I might not usually buy. I picked up an old Brave and the Bold recently that featured a baseball-playing gorilla sliding into home base! Who could pass it by?