Sex Criminals #1 4th printing: A comic heating up

There is no doubt that the series Sex Criminals from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky is a hit. The first issue went through a first print, two basic reprints, and then a goofy, fun, Olan Mills style 4th print.
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Well, that goofy, fun Sex Criminals #1 4th printing is going for multiples of cover price. The highest closed price thus far is $15. There are copies currently going on eBay that are up to $17.00. All the listings for cover price copies are long gone now. A spot check of some of the on-line retailers shows they have been snatched up. There are only six copies currently on eBay.

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6 Responses to “Sex Criminals #1 4th printing: A comic heating up”

  1. drewbentley Says:

    Yeah, that one is classic. I picked one up this past week myself. I’m not usually a 2nd or more print type of collector but this one was hard to pass up.

  2. ukpondside Says:

    Ok folks…AT WHAT POINT IS ENOUGH, WAAY TOO MUCH??????

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sex-Criminals-1-Image-Comics-NM-5th-Print-Fraction-Zdarsky-Presale-/310842158801?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item485fa2eed1

    SEX CRIMINALS #1: A 2ND PRINTING OF A 4TH PRINTING, OR A 5TH PRINTING, WHAT’S THE DANG DIFFERENCE????????

    I personally don’t care if there were only 12 total copies printed of a 4th printing…it’s still JUST A 4TH PRINTING TO ME FOLKS!!!!!!

    I have a 2ND printing Vengeance Of Bane, and a 2ND printing Nova #1, and a 3RD printing Man Of Steel #18, and a 2ND printing The Killing Joke, BUT DO YOU SEE A SMILE ON MY FACE……NO, I WOULD RATHER RIP THOSE PARTICULAR COMICS UP AND CHUCK THEM IN THE WAIST DISPOSAL UNIT, OR IN THE MICROWAVE LIKE BLEEDING COOL DID…THAT IS STILL CLASSIC BTW!!!!

    What’s my point? Simple…THEY ARE NOT 1ST PRINTS, SO THEY WILL NEVER BE WORTH ANYTHING CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL 1ST PRINTS…PERIOD! IMHO, AND FOR MY HARD-EARNED BUCK, I DON’T CARE WHAT BOOK IT IS, THE 1ST PRINTING IS THE ONLY PRINTING THAT HOLDS THE VALUE!!!!! It’s just an old-school, comic community unwritten rule!

    I just think of it as the old 90′s marketing ploy TO GET FOLKS TO BUY MORE COMICS. What value does this 4TH PRINT comic have REALLY? Does anyone know the true print run numbers of this ‘RARE’ 4th printing? I mean, if it’s over say 200, then is it really a rarity, considering IT’S A 4TH PRINTING?

    Sorry, I just had a flashback…no, I actually took a look in my ’90′s section’ of comics at all of the GIMMICK covers and whatnot. Altogether, I could probably get $12 for the lot!!!!!!!!

    I’m just saying that I think Image is better than this. THEIR BOOKS ARE SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES…WHY RESORT TO THIS SORT OF RUBBISH MARKETING?

    I could understand DC and Marvel resorting to stunts like this….OH WAIT, HOW MANY OF YOU ARE STILL HOLDING DC VILLAIN’S MONTH 3D COVERS?????? Yikes, I steered so clear of that, it’s not funny. No, I take that back, I bought 1 copy of Joker’s Daughter for $16…see, I’m just as bad as the next guy! But again, my point is: I PROBABLY COULDN’T SELL THAT BOOK NOW FOR ANYWHERE NEAR $16 TO BREAK EVEN…AND I KNEW DANG WELL IT WAS ALL A GIMMICK…I guess I’m worse than most, because I knew better than to spend that $16 on RUBBISH, MARKETING HOOPLA LIKE THAT!…AND THE STORY…SHEESH, DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THAT!!!!!!

    Anyway, I can think of a few better ways to spend some money to try and make some money.

    Like: I’m in the process of getting 20 copies (at cover, and discounted s/h) of: Missing – Have You Seen The Invisible Man…ANYBODY WANT IN?????

    Sorry about hijacking your blog Flipper, I saw that EBAY auction, and THIS TOPIC JUST TOUCHES A NERVE WITH ME, and I had a few mins on my hands! Are you still glad to have me back????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    I didn’t mean to cross anyone else’s views; this is my hang-up and mine alone…I’ll eventually just learn not to buy if I don’t like…learn not to buy if I don’t like……..WOO-SAAAA!!!!!!

    I apologize to the Community for a personal rant…keep it unbiased…I know, I know!

    Ohhhhhhh, THEM GIMMICK’Y SWINES!!!!!!!!

    Be Happy!

    L8tr,
    UKPONDSIDE
    …Peace!

    • I know, I saw the solicits for the 5th printing. It would have been funny to redo the picture to where they were holding a 4th print copy. So it had that picture within a picture effect.

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    • I understand where yr comin’ from pondside, and believe me, nothin pisses me off more than finding out late that you wasted money on a second or third print with the same cover, but this one doesnt deserve it IMO. Thankfully most publishers these days at least inform you with a diff cover or the words “Second Print” emblazoned on the front. That ebay listing you link to IS completely f*&ked, but i get why the 4th is a big hit. I actually contemplated pre-ordering a bunch of copies when i saw the pic on bleedingcool. Really kicking myself now. There’;s just a really tight-knit fan community around this book already and Fraction and Zdarsky always make sure in the back of the issues to throw their love back to the people who love their book. Plus it really reminds me of Tim and Eric

      • ukpondside Says:

        Nick,
        I buy your argument for this particular comic, as I see the community are actually scrambling for this 4th print comic. All I can say is, to each his own!

        So the question is, if I ran across this 4th printing somewhere, and it was listed at cover price, would I purchase it? If I’m honest, as I know about the HEAT surrounding this book, YEA I’D GRAB IT, AND PROBABLY ASK IF THEY HAD A FEW MORE COPIES!

        I obviously have a view regarding comics and whatnot, BUT I ALSO HAVE A NOSE FOR PROFIT!

        Great response Nick…thanks!

        L8tr,
        UKPONDSIDE
        …Peace!

  3. ukpondside Says:

    Yea, that would have sold a few more copies!

    UK

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