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Seller profile: DTA Collectibles

DTA Collectibles offer a wide variety of comics, included horror

DTA Collectibles offer comics, pulps, and numerous paper collectibles such as movie posters, sports publications, original illustrations and vintage photographs. They even have some action figures.

David T. Alexander

David T. Alexander started the business, then called The American Comic Book Company, in Los Angeles. In 1989, he moved to Florida where he founded DTA Collectibles as a mail-order collectibles business. In turn, it evolved into an online business.

The DTA Collectibles website includes a tour of its warehouse, which is worth seeing. They currently have more than 125,000 items listed for sale on AbeBooks and browsing their inventory is an education in popular culture.

David took a few moments out of his busy day to answer our questions.

AbeBooks: How did you become a professional comic and magazine dealer?

David T. Alexander: I started buying, selling and trading comic books in the late 1960’s.  It started as a part-time hobby and slowing morphed into a business placing ads in Marvel comic at the time and eventually opening several retail stores in southern California. Upon moving to Florida in 1989, we went 100% mail order and now sell exclusively online or in person at conventions.

AbeBooks: What do you love most about selling comics and magazines?

David T. Alexander: The treasure hunt for undiscovered collections and rare and obscure issues is one of the most fun aspects of dealing in collectible comics and magazines.

AbeBooks: What is the most prized item in your inventory? Why?

David T. Alexander: This changes constantly but right now it is our Amazing Fantasy #15 the first appearance of Spider-Man!

AbeBooks: What’s the one collectible you covet most? Why?

David T. Alexander: It has to be Action Comics #1 the first appearance of Superman.  We have been lucky to have several copies pass through our hands over the years. It is the comic book that started it all! It introduced the concept of the super-hero to a wide audience and started a revolution in American popular culture.

AbeBooks: What’s your most memorable moment as a comic/magazine dealer?

David T. Alexander: There are many!  One that stands out was uncovering a warehouse of stored inventory from a newsstand that had been operational since the 1930s.  Seeing paper grocery bags filled up with multiple copies of unsold comic books from the 1940s to the 1960s was a sight I will never forget.

AbeBooks: And of course, who is your favorite author or illustrator

David T. Alexander: Jack Kirby hands down! They don’t call him “King” for nothing.  (Editor’s note – Kirby worked for Marvel and DC, and created
the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk.)

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