Framed Comic Books: My Little DIY Project

I am a comic book collector and I have put some up on the wall. They’ve been around for a couple of months. I held off on posting until I was sure it looked good. And sure enough, it does!

Tools

After getting into comic book collecting, I really wanted to display a few of them up, but wasn’t too sure how to go about it. Particularly, I was unsure how to mount them so they didn’t move, what kind of frames to use, etc. So I did a little bit of digging around on the internet, and came across this page.

I essentially followed the instructions, but made some small changes to their instructions. Instead of placing the bagged and boarded comic book into the frame first, and then putting the card stock on top, I first centered the comic book on the frame. I then placed double-sided sticky tape onto the card stock, and then pressed the card stock firmly onto the book. This allowed me to not only ensure the comic book would not move around the frame, but also center the book within the frame. This was my sister’s, and a great one. I noticed that regardless how tight I pressed the tabs at the back of the frame, the comic book will still be able to move around. Adding this sticky tape to the card stock prevents it from ever moving.

Just a note: make sure you add a total of six pieces of tape on the card stock. One in each of the four corners, and an addition two near the middle, so it looks like spots on a die.

The other difference was the lack of picture hooks. As houses here in Dubai are made entirely out of concrete, I had to drill holes into the wall. Then, using a wall anchor, I filled the hole just enough to put a screw in, which would be end up supporting the weight of the frame. Here’s the final result:

DIY Project 1

And here’s a close-up, proving I have terrible photography skills:

DIY Project 2

Overall, I’m quite happy with how it turned out. Plus, it adds some lovely color to my once bland, white wall. Also, for those that are curious:

  • Some of these comics do not belong the the Supergirl comic book series. The right-most two on the bottom row belong to the Superman/Batman series, but I really liked the covers, particularly the one in the middle.
  • The Supergirl comic books are duplicates. I’m well aware of the damage that light can theoretically do to comics. As of the time of this post, I am using LED lights, which cause almost no fading to color. I have also displayed them away from direct (or even indirect) sunlight.

If you do have any questions, let me know in the comments. I’m not a DIY guru, but I’ll do my best to help out.

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