I’m a run collector of many Marvel and DC mainstream titles.
With comic conventions cancelled this year, I’ve really missed digging through the bins. And with many years of doing this under my belt, I can readily see which titles are the slow movers that even I would pass over. Or which titles I am dumbfounded sitting in a bargain bin at a dollar.
There are so many titles I would classify as bottom-tier, bargain-bin books that they need to be further classified into separate tiers. And these examples have to be restricted to Marvel and DC bronze to copper-age otherwise I'd be listing thousands of titles. So here goes:
TIER I – ABSOLUTE DREK: Titles devoid of collectability.
All-Star Squadron (1981)
Arak: Son of Thunder (1981)
Phantom Stranger (1969)
John Carter, Warlord of Mars (1977)
Power Man & Iron Fist (1974)
Wonder Man (1991)
TIER II – DREK SOME PEOPLE LOVE: Titles that would be devoid of collectability if it weren’t for some of you odd fellows out there.
Amethyst (1983, 1985)
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (1976)
Alpha Flight (1983)
Cloak and Dagger (1985, 1990)
TIER III – SO, WHOS ACTUALLY BUYING THESE BOOKS? Titles we assume as collectable but sit unsold in bargain bins.
Superman (1939), post-200 issues
Marvel Comics Presents (1988)
Mighty Thor (1966), post-200 issues
World's Finest Comics (1941)
TIER IV – THE HARD TRUTH: Titles that are and will be regular run-of-the-mill bargain bin fodder until further notice.
New Teen Titans (1980)
Avengers (1963), post-200 issues
Daredevil (1964) yes, even the Frank Miller issues
Doctor Strange (1974)
Hulk (1968), post-200 issues excluding McFarlane
Iron Man (1968)
Marvel Team-Up (1970)
Marvel Two-In-One (1972)
New Mutants (1983)
West Coast Avengers (1985)
TIER V – FLICKER OF HOPE: Titles, commonly found in bargain bins, now showing some life or renewed interest.
DC Comics Presents (1978)
Conan the Barbarian (1970)
Fantastic Four (1961), post-200 issues
Marvel Fanfare (1982)
Marvel Tales (1964)
Master of Kung-Fu (1974)
Moon Knight (1980)
Namor, the Sub-Mariner (1968)
Sensational She-Hulk (1989)
TIER VI – IT’S GOLD JERRY, GOLD: Titles that have graduated out of the bargain bin and into the sanctity of collections.
The Flash (1959, 1987) late bronze to copper
Wonder Woman (1942, 1987) late bronze to copper
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) later post-McFarlane issues no longer considered drek.
Captain America (1968)
Ms. Marvel (1977)
Uncanny X-Men (1963) post-Byrne to issue 300
Disclaimer: I’m pulling all of this out of my . I have no credibility and write this with my own personal bias. I've also rushed this list so I can get ready for today’s NFL football games.