I have been collecting comic books for years and have collected for reading and fun but also have picked up some key comics and first appearances. Unfortunately the movies have skewed prices somewhat and collecting has become a much more expensive hobby. Books that were once low in price because of either the large number of issues printed or maybe the character was a second string character have found new life because of the movies. The question is will these prices go down after the superhero movie craze starts to lose some steam. My thinking is that they will. I usually buy my key issues that may have characters that are going to make their debut in a movie much earlier or well after the hype. For instance The Incredible Hulk #271(First appearance of Rocket Racoon) sky rocketed in price once the movie was announced and after the movie came out. Some VF-FN issues were going for a few hundred. The prices have now leveled off and you can get them for much cheaper. The mint to Near mint issues are going for quite a bit more still. I think the issues price also went down quickly because there are a lot of copies out there. I still love collecting but its a much more complicated hobby now because of the movies and of course the larger number of people now starting to collect.