Just like with sports or politics, there are many anticipated milestones throughout the year in Geek Culture. As kid in the late ’60s and ’70s, I knew that summer meant over-sized Annuals and the Justice League & Justice Society of America team-up.
Before Covid-19 interrupted every aspect of business and culture, there was a rhythm to the convention season, kicking off in spring with shows like Emerald City Comic Con and C2E2, reaching a summertime crescendo with Comic-Con International in San Diego, and then celebrating one last burst with New York Comic Con in the fall before a handful of smaller regional conventions.
One highly anticipated tradition that’s been around for fifty years is the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. Ostensibly, the place to turn for authoritative price documentation on comics, it’s morphed into a scholarly celebration of all domestic comics, an exploration of retailing trends, the last word in listings, a showcase for top artists and a validation for nerds everywhere.
Defying Covid’s grasp, the Overstreet Guide has delivered again.
Got it Covered
Each year, the Guide invites a top artist to contribute illustrations. Back when I was a kid, we were enthralled with 1976’s Overstreet #4 with the Justice Society heroes on a cover. (All-Star Comics, home of the JSA, was revered in those days). We also loved the Joe Kubert Tarzan cover and the Will Eisner Spirit of ‘76 cover. I remember laughing with our local comic shop owner, Kim Draheim, how Overstreet #7, spotlighting Porky Pig, missed the mark. And Bill Ward’s Torchy cover on Overstreet #8 forced that year’s volume into the hide-it-from-your-mother category.
This year again offers top artists contributing cool covers featuring big properties. This year fans can choose from:
- Spider-Man and Spawn sharing a cover by Todd McFarlane
- The Valiant heroes by John K. Snyder III
- Wynonna Earp by Chris Evanhuis
- The Defenders by one of my favorite artists, Kevin Nowlan