Pressing removes minor defects from comic books, such as dents, folds and bends to make the comic appear flatter and less flawed. Pressing will often enhance the appearance of a comic book.
Comic pressing removes slight non-color-breaking defects in a comic book through non-restorative techniques in order to improve its appearance. Paul Charabin, owner of WHI, has pressed various types comic books in his career, including but not limited to treasuries, golden through bronze through current, magazine format, video game packaging, toy packaging, and has even pressed vintage comic retail signage!
How do you press? It’s a process we have spent hundreds of hours developing through research, testing, and pressing hundreds of comics. We strive to make sure every technique is safe for the short and long term. Our pressing process does not involve disassembly, nor do we use abrasive materials like chemicals, nor do we perform any work that is considered restoration. The end result is undetectable, with each comic exhibiting a fresh, untouched look and feel.
|Good defects (do not break color)||Bad defects|
Minor spine stresses
Impacted corners or edges
Ripples (with no stains present)
Light cover impressions
Light pencil marks (usually in white areas)
|Creases that break color
Missing chips or pieces
Detached staples or staple tears
Spine stresses that break color
Fingerprints or smudges
Dust shadows or sun shadows
Rusted staples or rust stains
Rounded or blunted corners
Pen markings or printer ink
Brown or brittle cover or pages
Once you’ve read through the information above and you’re ready to submit, simply go to the submission page and follow the instructions.
We Have Issues loves comics and by pressing them we can make comics great again!