Whether you’re new to buying comics or you’ve been collecting them for years, “key issue” is a term you may hear often. But what exactly is a key issue, and what determines the value of a certain publication in a series?The experts at Comics Elite in Indianapolis, IN, are here to define the term for comic book enthusiasts everywhere.

What Is a Key Issue?

comicA key issue is an important or essential publication in the title or category in some way. This could be an issue in which the main character is introduced or one that surrounds an important character’s death. The origin of characters or stories can also be considered key issues, and so can pivotal plotlines. The artwork is also a consideration in determining a key issue. A well-known artist or iconic cover can be important factors. Sometimes controversial covers are considered key issues, as well.

Who Decides What Is Considered a Key Issue?

There are many key lists available to collectors. Here’s an example of one key list, but there are hundreds, if not thousands, on the internet. If you think you have a rare key issue, check these lists to see its value. Some collectors believe it’s an individual decision whether or not a comic is considered a key issue, while others believe it has more to do with the book’s value as an investment.

If you have other questions about key issues, Comics Elite can help. They have a wide selection of collectible comics, graphic novels, and signed prints. Owner Shawn Hudachko is an Authorized Witness and Dealer for the Comic Book Certification Service. He and his knowledgeable staff can assist you with all of your comic book needs. Give Comics Elite a call at (317) 755-2533, or visit them online to learn more today.