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40,000 Comic Books in Shop's Largest Purchase in 36 Years

More than 150 boxes containing over 40-thousand comic books, some dating back to the 1940s, valued at over $300,000, was recently purchased by Orlando-based comic book shop chain Coliseum of Comics.


More than 150 boxes containing over 40-thousand comic books, some dating back to the 1940s, valued at over $300,000, was recently purchased by Orlando-based comic book shop chain Coliseum of Comics. They purchased the collection from the estate of former friend and customer Roy Brown, who passed away in 2018. It marks the largest single acquisition for the company in its 36 years in business.


Comic book fans can view a portion of the collection at the chain’s Kissimmee location at 2511 Old Vineland Rd. Brown’s collection was the result of 50+ years of collecting, with complete runs of many titles going back to their beginnings at issue number one, and some books all the way from the Golden Age of Comics, with titles starring Superman and Batman from the summer of 1947. “Our back-issue specialists, including myself, have over 100 combined years in this business, and there are many books in the Brown Collection that we’ve never seen before,” said Phil Boyle, owner of the Coliseum chain. “A collection of this magnitude - with so many key issues - making its way to the market is a rare occasion.” “Our Kissimmee store is the only one we have that’s really capable of displaying this collection the way it deserves to be seen,” Boyle said. “Roy amassed such an amazing collection that we wanted fans to be able to take it all in at once." The collection includes legendary milestones, origins, and famous firsts from comic book history, many of which have been adapted into television and motion pictures. According to Jack Copley, Coliseum Back Issue Specialist and advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, the chain has never seen so many major appearances in one place. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime treat to be able to work with so many rare books in one collection.”





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