Just in case you were under the impression that comic books were anything other than disposable entertainment for the kiddies.

Tampa Tribune | Comics Fans Entertain Fantasy At Convention

Kay Henderson knew she had something valuable among a stash of old comic books.

The 10-cent Dick Tracy comic, and a stack of Little Big and Big Big books were never going to interest her grandchildren.

“They don’t know who Dick Tracy was,” she said.

On Sunday Henderson collected about $200 for the Dick Tracy, which pitted Chester Gould’s rock-jawed detective against a mysterious villain with no face. Paul Dyroff, a collector and comic book vendor from Lake Mary, said the vintage Tracy might climb to $300 on resale.

…Ethan Van Sciver, who was at Sunday’s event, will also return. Van Sciver was chosen as the artist for “Return of Hal Jordan,” a new Green Hornet comic. It is expected to create significant buzz among collectors, said Tim Gordon, the convention’s organizer and owner of Tim Gordon Comics in St. Petersburg.

“This is a new Green Hornet story that brings Hal Jordan back to life,” he said.

Oh, by the way, Ms Reporter Person: You’ve badly misquoted Mr Gordon. “Return of Hal Jordan” is not the name of the book: It’s Green Lantern: Rebirth. It’s not about the Green Hornet, and he wouldn’t have told you it was.

I realize this must look pretty trivial to you, and on some level it certainly is. It’s only a comic book. It’s the kind of mistake you make when you aren’t really paying attention to the person you’re talking to. People do it all the time.

But these days, comic books aren’t something you buy with the dime you save by skipping the milk with your lunch at school. The people who buy them are also the people who buy other things. Maybe even the people who make the decision whether to subscribe to a newspaper. And these people, people who’ll spend $200 for a Dick Tracy comic, people who know the difference between a Hornet and a Lantern, well, they aren’t going to subscribe to yours if they see this. If you got something this simple wrong, they’ll ask themselves, what else do you get wrong?

It’s hard to sell subscriptions: It’s easy to lose ’em. How many subscribers can you afford to lose?

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