The pages may contain superhero powers, but protecting the likes of Superman and Batman can be a delicate matter.

It seems Superman’s biggest threat is not necessarily kryptonite, but rather a crease or a tiny rip on a page.

Whether a comic book of note is worth 25 cents or $500 can depend on how well its owner takes care of it.

Jami Meeker, manager of The Toys Time Forgot, said this is certainly the case of a collection of more than 14,000 comic books the Canal Fulton store acquired from a collector from Salem. These comics were bought in an era when they were read and enjoyed and not thought of as investments.

Unlike action figures where the value goes down once the owner rips open the box to play with it, comics can be read and enjoyed and still maintain their value.

Meeker offers five tips to preserving your comic-book collection.

• Read them and enjoy them. Just don’t use a comic book for a drink coaster. When you read it, be careful not to ding the corners or crease the pages.

• Buy special comic-book bags and boards. The bag along with the stiff board will keep the comic straight for storage.

• Acquire long or short comic-book cardboard boxes. Avoid plastic storage containers found in most stores. The issue is not so much whether the box is made of plastic or cardboard, it is more a question of the shape of the container’s bottom. The plastic ones more often than not have curved edges leading to curving of the comics. Store the comics upright in the boxes and do not stack them one on top of another.

• Think about where you are going to store them. Avoid attics because the extreme temperature ranges will destroy the paper. Only use the basement if it is dry and has a humidifier running.

Craig Webb can reached at cwebb@thebeaconjournal.com or 330-996-3547.