DC Comics publishes dozens of monthly comic books that feature some of the most memorable superheroes ever created. From the “Trinity” of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman to names like Aqua Man, Green Lantern, The Flash, Catwoman, and Green Arrow, these characters offer the action and stories you need to build a DC Comics collection.

Before you go on a shopping spree, you need to think about how to structure your DC Comics collection. You can collect monthlies and graphic novels starring your favorite heroes or villains, browse lots, or shop based on market value. You should also learn the ins and outs of caring for your collection.

Major Arcs
DC Comics’ heroes are defined by the events that shake up their worlds. When he was not battling Lex Luthor, Clark Kent courted ace reporter Lois Lane in a smoldering will-they-or-won’t-they romance that lasted decades and culminated in The Wedding Album. In comics, stories unfold issue by issue; if you collect a particular DC Comics hero, you should track down the back issues that comprise that hero’s most pivotal stories.

Oftentimes, DC Comics deems a story so major that it jumps across different books in its catalog. For instance, The Death of Clark Kent kicks off in Superman issue 100, which DC Comics printed in two collectible covers. Part 2 occurs in Adventures of Superman issue 523, and then moves to Action Comics issue 710, and so on. If you notice that you own certain chapters of a major story, search out the back issues to increase the value of your

Trade Paperbacks
If you intend to sell your DC Comics collection for money, collect story arcs in individual issues. But if you care more about collecting stories than amassing value, buying trade paperbacks, also known as graphic novels, makes more sense. Graphic novels round up every issue of a story in one convenient and girthy book, and look more attractive on bookshelves than stuffed in shoeboxes.

New 52
If you find it difficult and expensive to collect comics that have been in print since the 1930s and ’40s, DC Comics sympathizes. In 2011, the publisher reset the continuity in all of its monthly books to attract new readers who were daunted by the idea of learning characters and relationships established decades beforehand.

With every monthly including Batman, Detective Comics, and Action Comics reset to issue 1, you can go back and collect every issue in a particular book with relative ease.

Comic Storage
As you build your collection, you need to store it to keep it in the best possible shape even if you never plan to sell it. This ensures the collection lasts for years.

Bags and Boards
Bagging and boarding your comics involves storing them inside comic-sized slip bags reinforced with a board that keeps the comic from bending. Bags and boards do not cost much; stock up so you can bag and board new additions to your collection after you finish reading them.

Storage Boxes
Storage boxes are like filing cabinet drawers, only made from cardboard. Stand your comics upright and order them according to issue number and chronology for easy organization. Manufacturers build storage boxes to hold weight, so you can stack them if you store your collection in tight areas.

Bear in mind that books published during classic ages such as gold and silver tend to carry a high asking price. If you are on a budget, look to the bronze and modern age books.

How to Buy DC Comics on eBay
Whether you race alongside The Flash or follow Wonder Woman as she lassoes villains, eBay’s Top Sellers carry the DC Comics that tell your favorite stories about your favorite characters. Visit any eBay page and locate the search bar. Enter general search terms such as “DC Comics” for a broad list of results, or search for specific storylines and years, such as “Wonder Woman Spirit of Truth” or “Batman comics 1993.” eBay’s Top Sellers carry used comics as well as mint-condition books. Read product descriptions of used comics to learn more about their condition before purchasing. DC Comics offers something for everyone. Choose your favorite heroes and build the collection you want.