In the realm of popular collectibles, there are many horror stories of highly valuable comic books being tossed out by well-meaning mothers once their offspring have moved on. Comic book collecting can be highly rewarding, but it does involve some speculation. The value of a comic book is determined by supply and demand. The artist and the character portrayed enhance the value. The condition of the comic book is important in maintaining its value, and steps should be taken to protect it. Comics in mint or near mint condition will bring the greatest return.