I noticed an old comic book cover on the web today and was reminded of what the prices used to be. As in the above cover from 1970 -- 15 cents. When I first really started reading them in 1976 they were typically 25 cents.
Which, according to the inflation calculator, would be 82 cents today for the 1970 book, or 93 cents for the 1976 book.
But actual comic prices now are much higher -- $2.99 or $3.99.
No wonder I'm so wary of buying them now! I had considered buying some recently but since I could buy one typical novel for the price of two comics, and the comics get read in about half an hour, I just couldn't justify paying for comics.
Admittedly the paper and color quality is a lot higher now. But I'm not paying 3 to 4 times as much just so that my fingers can indulge in the silky touch of glossy paper.