It has never been a better time to be a comic book fan. Obscure characters are becoming popular, the big screen is filled with superheroes, and a lot of merchandise is being made every day that’s up for grabs. It’s become hard to find the right gift. Here are 15 gifts for comic book lovers that they’ll totally geek out on.
1. THOR WINTER HAT
Is your comic book fan a fan of Thor? Now he can sport his iconic headgear for only $11, courtesy of think Geek. A great gift for the fans living in cold areas. It can also be the beginning of his Thor costume, to!
2. THE SANDMAN: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES
Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ is one of the most critically acclaimed comic book series in the world, having a spot on the New York Times Best Seller List, and considered an essential part of any true comic book fan’s collection. The series has ten trade paperback volumes, but the first volume is (in my opinion) the best of the bunch. Even if the comic book lover you’re shopping for isn’t interest in reading the rest of the series, he should at least have the first volume. This item is available for Amazon Prime members for $14. This is one of our favorite gifts for comic book lovers!
3. SUPERHERO CUFF LINKS
Is the person you’re shopping for fashionable? Here’s a gift for them! Available from Etsy.com, you can get your own custom cufflinks, depicting your favorite superheroes or villains. You can even get a pair for the special occasion. This item has a starting price of $30.
4. MARVEL ENCYCLOPEDIA
Comic book lore can be confusing, I won’t deny it. It’s hard to keep certain heroes names straight, what powers they have, or who’s currently dead or resurrected. (That last one happens a lot.) Thanks to the Marvel Ecyclopedia, courtesy of Amazon and priced at $24, you and your friend can finally tell the difference between Mutants and Inhumans. Think of it as a cheat-sheet for beginners.
5. HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION
Another great comic book series, this time coming from industry legend Mike Mignola, Hellboy is arguably more famous due to its two cinematic films thanks to Guillermo Del Toro. But the comic is just as good, if not better. Only recently, May of this year, the omnibus was released, with close to 400 pages of Hellboy’s adventures. If the person you’re shopping for liked the movies, he’ll love the book. This item is available from Amazon for $17. A great deal.
6. WONDER WOMAN HEADPHONES
This is for the Wonder Woman fans out there. Or those in the market for new headphones. This item, courtesy of Think Geek and priced at $35, is sleek and powerful. Just don’t think you can throw it like Wonder Woman’s tiara. It won’t bounce back – it’ll probably break!
7. GROOT MINI FRIDGE
While it may not be the largest mini fridge, only able to fit six soda cans, this Baby Groot Mini Fridge is easily transportable, and and cool or warm your drinks. Perfect the comic book fan that likes to party. Available from BOX LUNCH for the original price of $70, it’s now available for $56, but not for long.
8. ASTRO CITY: LIFE IN THE BIG CITY
Yet another great series that every comic book fan should have on their shelf, this time courtesy of industry powerhouses Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross. This superhero anthology series may have hoped from publisher to publisher in the past, it still has a strong following. The first trade volume, ‘Life In The Big City,’ is a great entryway for new readers. They’ll thank for introducing them to this series, available for a range of prices on Amazon.
9. SUPERHERO ETCHED PINT GLASSES
Does the person getting the gift like a cold one? Well, know he can get one and show off his support for his favorite superhero with these etched pint glasses! You can choose just which symbol to have etched, and the choices are vast. You could get Batman’s symbol, the Joker, or Iron Fist and Doctor Strange! Available from Etsy.com and priced at $9 for each glass.
10. THE LEAGUE OF REGRETTABLE SUPERHEROES: HALF-BAKED HEROES FROM COMIC BOOK HISTORY
While comic books are taken more seriously today, within the past, the same could not be said. Here’s a book dedicated to the more embarrassing superheroes that have graced comic panels within the past. Available from Amazon for $21, you and your friends could learn about the Eye, the Clown, and Doctor Hormone! (I am seriously not making these up.)
11. BATMAN: THE COURT OF OWLS BOOK AND MASK SET
“Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time,
Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime.
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed.
Speak not a whispered word about them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.”
‘The Court of Owls’ storyline within the Batman comic was one of few storylines of the divisive (and somewhat controversial) New 52 imprint of DC Comics that fans and critics alike enjoyed. In it, the Dark Knight is pushed to his limit as he’s forced to fight for the future of Gotham against the terrifying Court of Owls. The item includes the trade paperback and the famous mask of the Court, and is available for $22 from Amazon. This item is a good gift for those that are starting out as comic book fans. This is definitely one of our favorite gifts for comic book lovers!
12. X-MEN WOLVERINE CLAWS
I’m pretty sure at least once in every comic book fan’s life, they’ve imitated the famous X-Man Wolverine one way or another. Plastic knives, cardboard triangles, foam, whatever. Now, they can look a little more like the real thing. These stainless steel claws are available from Amazon Prime for $29. This is definitely one of the best gifts for comic book lovers!
13. A COMIC BOOK
If the person you’re shopping for is a true blue fan, getting them any comic is a viable option to consider. You might want to see what tastes your friend has, but whether it’s the week’s newest comics or a collection of trades, they’ll be happy to have them. This is one of our favorite gifts for comic book lovers!
14. CUSTOM COMIC BOOK COVER
Short of a comic book being made specifically for someone (and we’ll get to that next), having a comic book cover being made for someone is a great gift. You could make them hero, have them with their favorite heroes, whatever! Available from Etsy for the starting price of $40.
15. CUSTOM COMIC BOOK
Every fan’s dream come true. This item may be the most expensive on this list, with a starting price of $150, but it is so worth it. What better gift for a comic book fan than a comic with the fan as the main character? It can be about anything; how you met, anniversary, wedding, whatever! This is a gift that’ll be treasured and remembered forever. This is one of the best gifts for comic book lovers!