March 2014
News and Information for People Who Love Comics

Connecting ComicBase and Atomic Avenue

Improve your collection cheapily and easily

We've all faced it: A collection of comics that has duplicates, low-grade copies that need to be upgraded, and comics that we wonder why we bought in the first place. We've also faced the situation where we're indexing our collection and realized that we're missing a certain issue, but searching for it online can be a real hassle.

With your collection indexed in ComicBase and your subscription up to date, you can easily sell the material you no longer want and find the items you're missing or want to upgrade on Atomic Avenue, ComicBase's online store. It's fast and easy!

How does it work? You will need a current ComicBase subscription (or a copy of ComicBase Free) to sell comics on Atomic Avenue, since we need to have your inventory list in order to post it. You’ll find entering your collection into ComicBase remarkably fast and easy, and, once they're in ComicBase, you've selected the comics you want to sell, and marked them for sale, you’ll be able to post those comics accurately, in a way that the buyers who want a specific issue will be able to locate it from you quickly. See our Posting Your Comics for Sale section for complete instructions on selling your comics on Atomic Avenue.

Much of the sales side of Atomic Avenue can now be scheduled through Sidekick, the maintenance scheduling program introduced with ComicBase 17. You can set Sidekick to upload comics for sale and check for new sales, deleting those comics sold from your inventory, at whatever time you'd like.

ComicBase is optional for buying comics, but it does make things especially easy:  If you’re looking at or entering issues in ComicBase, all you have to do is right-click on the issue you want. Atomic Avenue will load in your internet browser and show you all the comics of that issue currently for sale. You can also click on a title to bring up Atomic Avenue’s page of all the issues of that title: simply click on the issue number to see the comics of that issue for sale.


Comics Conundrums: L-l-leprechaun l-l-laughs with Porky Pig

Porky PigWith March 17 being St. Patrick's Day, how about a bit of fun with the major legends of Ireland and one of Warner Bros.' best-known animated characters?

In July 1951, the studio released Porky Pig's last solo cartoon, "The Wearing of the Grin," where the speech-impaired adventurer paid a visit to Ireland and had a run-in with a pair of leprechauns who sentenced him to wear a pair of magical green shoes after suspecting him of trying to steal their pot of gold. A cute cartoon and one worth seeking out online if you've never seen it.

Porky had another run-in about a year later with Irish imps in Dell's Four Color Comics (2nd series) #426 (Sep 52), which according to the arrival date stamped on the cover of my copy, was in stores in early August of that year. This time around, in the cover-featured "The Scalawag Leprechaun," Porky is hired to transport a mischevious (how else?) leprechaun back to Ireland with predictable results.


Market Trends

Justice League of America #1 (Nov 60) continues its climb, moving from $30,000 last month to $33,700. It's interesting that similar increases haven't occurred for the team's earlier appearances in The Brave and the Bold.

The black cover printing error that marks Venom: Lethal Protector #1/A (Feb 93) has caught collector interest once again, more than tripling from $490 to more than $1,500. Part of that move may come from some sales spikes, but the issue is relatively rare, justifying the price.

Another issue that's seen some activity in the past few weeks is Legends #3 (Jan 87), which features the first appearance of the post-Crisis Suicide Squad. While a Near Mint copy was listed on Atomic Avenue at $9.99 at presstime, most such issues are listed for the actual Near Mint value of $1.

Market corrections seem to be in play with 80-Page Giant #2 (Sep 64) dropping $200 from $1,175 to $975. The all-reprint issue is difficult to find in higher grades due in part to its square spine.

Tech Tip: Multiple inventories

Want to keep track of multiple collections in ComicBase, or sell multiple collections from the same Atomic Avenue account? You can make the process a lot easier by following these pro tips:

To keep track of multiple collections in ComicBase

1. Make a new database using the File > New Database command. Save the database in the <My Documents>\Human Compuiting\ComicBase Databases folder and give it a name like "Bob's Comics" (assuming your name--or at least the name of the person who's comics you're tracking is "Bob". If not, try something appropriate.


2. PRO TIP: Use File > Theme and choose a different color/theme for that database than your regular one you use. If your main database is blue, for instance, you'll instantly know you're working your alternate database when you see that it comes up with the green background (or whatever color you pick here). This color coded warning system has saved our butts countless times when a lack of sleep or attention would otherwise have had us doing data entry in the wrong database.

3. ComicBase will automatically keep track of the last several databases you've opened under the File > Open menu. It will also automatically open the last database you've used when you launch ComicBase.

4. BONUS PRO TIP: If you ever start using ComicBase and don't see the data you entered earlier, it's a cinch that you've accidentally opened the wrong database. Just use File > Open to locate the correct database on your hard disk and you'll see your old data. (Incidentally, if you don't plan on using multiple databases, it's a really good idea to just leave your database under its default name of "ComicBase Database" and keep it in its default location inside <My Documents>\Human Computing\ComicBase Databases. That way, you won't have to remember anything special to load it up after a system upgrade or in case you've forgotten which database you were using.

Selling multiple collections on Atomic Avenue

Because our developers recognized that your might want to sell different collections out of different databases, all of which had the same file name (e.g. "ComicBase Database" stored in folders called "Bob's Comics", "Joe's Comics", etc.), they decided to differentiate database by a geeky item known as a "Database ID", located at the bottom of the ComicBase Statistics window (File > ComicBase Statistics):

.Multiple Databases

When you post a comic database for sale on Atomic Avenue, you'll see the database it was posted from listed at the top of the My Account > My Inventory window:

Database ID


If you have more than one database you're posting from, you can click the database ID drop down to view the inventory from the different database you've posted from.



ComicBase Confidential

Publisher: Pete Bickford • Editor: Brent Frankenhoff