Comic books have a unique cool factor all their own, and with good reason. Comic book characters are at the core of many of today's blockbuster movies, some popular television shows, and the reason 125,000 people flock to San Diego each year for Comic-Con International. Plus, at the end of the day, comic books contain some of the best storylines and artwork around. With all that going on, it's no wonder comic book collecting continues to rise in popularity. In Picker's Pocket Guide � Comic Books author David Tosh provides an extensive, yet easily understandable, look at the world of comic books and comic book collecting, through the eyes and experience of a seasoned collector and historian. Tosh, senior cataloger, pop culture specialist, and consignment director with Heritage Auctions' Comics and Comic Art department, explains the basics and beginnings of comic books, including condition, grading and �anatomy' of a cover. He goes on to explore the evolution of comic books, decade by decade, from the 1930s through the 1980s and beyond. In addition to the insightful comic book education found in this reference, Tosh provides fun facts, sound advice for adding to a comic book collection, a few Top 10 lists, valuable explanations about reprints and facsimile editions, as well as restoration and repair, and a helpful glossary and index. Picker's Pocket Guide � Comic Books contains a tremendous amount of comic book knowledge in a slender and sharp-looking guide that won't break the bank. David Tosh. ISBN: 1440244987. Pub Date: 1/1/2015. Edition: 1st. Binding: Paperback. Size: 4x8. Pages: 208. Case: 1 .