Humidity is the enemy of books and comic books

The first comic that I ever bought as a collector was Amazing Spider Man #121. I already had a lot of comics at this point, but this was the first time I bought a comic and didn’t read it. This issue was signed by the writer and artist, and worth a tidy sum, so I left it vacuum-sealed in the package and put it on display in a glass case in my collection room. Ever since then, for twenty two years, I have been an avid comic collector – although usually I do read them before sealing them up! My collection room used to be a spare bedroom, but I added a few HVAC components and a dozen sets of shelves (plus the glass cases) to make it a storehouse for my comic books. The long term condition of my comic books is of paramount importance to me, so I wisely invested money in the right climate control gear for the room. The worst thing in the world for comic books is humidity… well, I guess that fire is even worse, but there is a fire then I have bigger problems. In terms of caring for your books, humidity is the enemy, so do not cheap out on the dehumidifier. I got a small, portable air conditioning unit, which has a built in air filtration system. In addition to that, I also got a large dehumidifier, and the total effect of both machines working together is amazing. It actually works too well, and the air is so dry and cold in there it’s not very comfortable.

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