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Comic Book Pins – Where to Buy the Coolest Pins and Not Disney Duds

Buying comic book pins should be easy. After all, enamel pins seem to be everywhere these days. Every business, event and tourist shop seems to have their own selection of cheap enamel pins. So building a collect isn’t hard. But how does the discerning comic fan (that’s you) find pins actually based on their favorite comic books?

Disneyland Pin Trader

Comic book pins from He + She Pins, Enamel Pins for Boys and Girls

Look, I hate to say it, but the easiest brick-and-mortar resource for anyone looking for a Captain America or Thor pin is the Happiest Place on Earth. Ever since the House of Mouse bought Marvel Comics back in 2009, their Pin Trader stores have always had a respectable offering. From the Green Goblin to Nebula, Disney had made the most of its right to sell the designs everywhere they can. There’s only one problem.

They suck.

Yes, while Disney has a whole selection of Marvel pins, their selection never changes. In fact, most of the art is either stylized (or taken directly) from old comic book art from the ‘80s. That means not only are they selling familiar characters, they’re directly ripping your childhood out of your memories and selling you. (Maybe “directly” was a poor choice of words. At least I didn’t say “literally”.)

Most of these pins were made in a rush to boost sales to a young male demographic. By that, we mean “boys”. That’s right, boys. The perfect demographic to whom to sell regurgitated comic book art. They’re old enough to know who Dr. Octopus is, but not old enough to feel any sense of shame about that how little effort was made to appeal to them.

Most of these pins were made in a rush to boost sales to a young male demographic. By that, we mean “boys”. That’s right, boys. The perfect demographic to whom to sell regurgitated comic book art. They’re old enough to know who Dr. Octopus is, but not old enough to feel any sense of shame about that how little effort was made to appeal to them.

Comic Book Pins at Conventions

Comic book conventions are a great source for everything short of street cred. Having attended the San Diego Comic Con for twenty five years, we speak from experience. But while attending may not earn you cool points, it’s a great way to get free pins from DC Comics.

Warner Bros., who realized a few years ago they own DC, long ago agreed to provide Comic Con with sturdy bags featuring the hottest shows to be cancelled on the CW. In 2017, they decided to get in on the pin game. Each pin bag came with its own DC Comics pin. The only problem was they were really shitty.

Yes, it appeared that these pins were designed by someone who both had contempt for DC Comics and was vaguely aware Funko Pop! figures existed. Consequently, these big-head, tiny-bodied depictions of Batman and Aquaman were better suited for fans of GoldenEye (“Big Head Mode”, anyone?).
Once again, comic book fans had something familiar but nothing worth really collecting. And no, Comic Con swag does not go up in value.

Legit Comic Book Pins

Batman pins in hard enamel and soft enamel

Why are all these legit comic book sources the right level of “legit” to quit? (A second ‘90s reference in a hundred words? Holy moly, we’re old.) It’s because they made by major corporations. People who the corporate entities that make these decisions don’t care anymore about the Joker or Black Panther than the people who own WD-40 have hard enamel versions of the blue can on their jean jackets.

The pins corporations approve are designed for such broad appeal, they don’t stand out in any way shape or form. The same way comic book shirts at Target feature the same characters looking just slightly adjacent to the viewer. Or, worse yet, just feature logos.

In order to buy comic book pins worth collecting, you have to go to people are fans themselves. Usually, that means finding them online. Now, you could find a comic book convention and scan their attendee list and seek out their websites, but often times, even these makers are so big their stuff falls victim to broad appeal, too.

Buying from He + She Pins

That’s one of the great things about our pin designs. We strive to make them unique. He + She Pins stand out because they’re not for everyone (just for you). In fact, we’ve often had to explain the intricacies of our designs to the casual fan. Should pins be so nuanced? Probably not.

But as comic book fans ourselves, we’re passionate about the moments and stories we capture in our designs. We know you’ll be passionate, too.
Building an awesome comic book pin collection? You can get a brand new pin sent you every month by clicking here. He + She Friends is our monthly pin subscription service costs just ten dollars a month and the designs often sell out quickly once they reach the market. Best of all, you’ll be helping to small time artist live their big dreams. What more can you get?