Ollie’s DC Comics Fever Is Sweeping Social Media
Over the weekend, my Facebook feed was pasted with dozens of posts from lucky collector’s nationwide. The discount store Ollie’s had just purchased a gigantic inventory of DC Comics trades and were selling them for insane prices. One comic collector from Pennsylvania showed his his enormous haul of over $590 worth of DC hardcover and paperback editions for the price of less than $100 dollars. Another lucky fan boasted of buying over 40 trades and only shelling out about $1.50 a book! Interestingly enough in the photos these shoppers shared, I could tell that most of the books were out of print.
I had to check this out for myself. So this morning I went to the nearest Ollie’s to see if there really was a big sale on DC trades. Going to the book section, I first checked out the kids/teen section as this is usually where I will find the occasional graphic novel on discount. But there wasn’t anything to be found.
Undaunted, I decided to go up and down each aisle just in case I missed something. That’s when I found the first display. It was a little table with about 10 titles on it. Most of the books were Wildstorm and not anything I collected. But I did manage to find Volume 2 of the Archive Edition of Kamandi. The book originally sold for $49.99 new. But I grabbed it for only $6.99. It wasn’t a trove of titles like everybody else had been finding. But still, I was happy to find something. And then I saw it. I hit the F-ing mother lode!
Along the back wall the Ollie’s staff had devoted an entire wall to their allotment of DC books. I counted over 50 titles, some of which were hidden behind others as there wasn’t a ton of room. With shopping cart in tow, I spent well over an hour figuring out what titles were on my wish list. Along with a few other DC Archive Editions, this Ollie’s had quite a few assorted DC Showcase Presents volumes along with trades cover the last 30 years of DC lore. There were also quite a few New 52 titles starring Batman, Superboy, and Resurrection Man on hand.
In the end, I wound up with the following titles:
Showcase Presents: The Great Disaster Was $19.99/Now $3.99
Showcase Presents: The Unknown Solider, Vol. 2 Was $19.99/Now $3.99
Showcase Presents: Jonah Hex, Vol. 2 Was $19.99/Now $3.99
Showcase Presents: Men of War Was $19.99/Now $3.99
Showcase Presents: Batman, Vol. 6 Was $19.99/Now $3.99
Showcase Presents: The Elongated Man, Vol. 1 Was $16.99/Now $3.99
Kamandi, Vol 2 Was $49.99/Now $6.99
Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind Was $12.99/ Now $1.99
Batman Odyssey Was $19.99/ Now $3.99
Superman Vs. Zod Was $9.99/ Now $1.99
When all was totaled up, I bought $209.90 worth of DC books for only $40.74 (tax included.) I definitely could have ended up buying a lot more. But I also tried to stick to a budget. Who knows? Maybe a return visit is in store.
As I was checking out, the store clerk informed me that the books had just come in on Friday. That’s apparently the usual shipping day for most Ollie’s. There’s no set selection as the books were bought out from a distributor in bulk. So while my store had several copies of Batman Odyssey, another location might not have received any. But they could have gotten Showcase Presents: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew, which was a title I had seen others posted having picked up over the weekend and my Durham, NC had none. Also, prices do vary somewhat by store. A couple of collector’s stricken with the fever posted buying their Showcase titles for only $2.99 while the store I was at sold them for a dollar more.
If you are seeing fellow collector’s making some sweet scores, buy into the hype. Find your nearest Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and fill a cart or two! But you have better act fast, amazing deal like this will not last for long! This is one fever you want to get!