How badly do comic pages fade over time?

I hear that unlike traditional novels, which turn yellow as time passes, comic and picture books colors will begin to fade over time. How bad is the fading?

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  • Liar
    Lv 7
    2 years ago
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    Comics, up until roughly the late 90's, tended to use news print, which is highly vulnerable to light and humidity. Older comics also used staples that tended to rust badly. With that said, a comic left in a protected spot actually endured very little fading.

    For example, a couple years ago a home owner was doing renovations, and was surprised to discover at some point previous owners had used old news papers and comics in place of insulation. One of the comics was Action Comics #1... More famously credited as Superman #1. Despite having spent many, many decades inside a wall, the pages were fine aside from the wear of human mistreatment. Unfortunately the dude who found the comic got so excited he tore the back of the book off, devaluing it by hundreds of thousands of dollars, but it still sold for like $100k. A pretty good deal when you consider he paid $10k for the house.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    it depends on the quality of the paper and how much time it spends in the sun. the old comics were printed on cheap newsprint which was prone to yellowing regardless, modern ones tend to use better paper than that and it isn't as much of an issue.

  • 2 years ago

    it depends on how much time they spend in the sun

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