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I was told that marvel/dc pass comic books through Diamond and Diamond sell it to comic book stores.  So, if I bought it at comic books store, I know that is is the real things.  I bought my past comic books all over the places: Amazon, on-line, etc.

I am worry some of it is counterfeit.  Now, I have over a 500 comic books and graphic novels. I do not know how can I keep is all from being counterfeit and still continue to collect into the future?

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You are *partially* correct. Marvel and DC, along with most other comic book companies, use the printing presses in Sparta, Illinois to publish their comics. They are then distributed by Diamond to the specialty comic book stores and, to a much lesser degree, supermarkets and convenience stores.

However, the chances of a comic book being "counterfeit" are extraordinarily small. The companies make money on comics by printing literally hundreds of thousands of copies. A counterfeiter would need to use the same quality of paper, inks and process that the monster presses at Sparta use. It would cost FAR more money to counterfeit comics than it would be worth.

Also, there are some very easy ways for an expert to determine if a comic book is, indeed, counterfeit, mostly by looking at the paper, ink and print quality. There is a clearly and easily identifiable difference between the process and materials used in the late 30s and 40s, for instance, than today.

So unless you have been paying hundreds or thousands of dollars on individual issues for your collection, I would guesstimate that there is a 99.99999995% chance that your comics are indeed legitimate. If you are still concerned, take your comics to a different comics store and have the experts there evaluate it for authenticity.

Thanks for asking.

-- Spyder

#By the way: asking the same question multiple times doesn't speed up the process of answering. Usually, in fact, it slows the process down.#

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J. Spyder Isaacson

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I'm mostly a DC/Marvel fan, but can answer a wide variety of questions on pretty much anything but romance and sword-and-sorcery comics. Ask away and find out if I have the answer. (Even if I don't, I can probably guide you to where you CAN find it!) ***PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME*** to give you a value on comics - that is only possible by direct physical evaluation of the individual issues.

Experience

I've been a collector for almost 35 years of mostly (but not entirely) super-hero titles, with occasional forays into other types of comics. I also personally know a few comics artists/writers, and am VERY experienced with Web Comics as well.

Organizations
Theatre Puget Sound, Magical Mystery Troupe, Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theatre, former board member of Centerstage Theatre Conservatory.

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Miscellaneous national defense trade journals and science fiction/fantasy fanzines.

Education/Credentials
B.A. in Theatre Arts, Gonzaga University. Currently pursuing M.Ed. from Western Governors University.

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