Comic book covers are terrific pieces of art. It’s been a goal of mine to take a few of my favorite comics and put ’em up on the studio walls. The options I came across while researching this project were decent, but pricey. ($12 a frame? No thank you.)
I wanted an affordable solution. And that’s when I discovered Youseph Tanha’s brilliant Ikea Comic Book Frame Hack.
I headed off to the local Ikea and picked up ten Ikea NYTTJA photo frames for $1.99 a piece. Instead of using black cardstock paper to place behind the comic (as Youseph suggests in his article), I opted to use the paper insert that came with the frame itself. Here are some photos taken from this project. The most time-consuming (but fun!) part of the process was deciding which comics to frame.
I’m a huge fan of Bronze Age Marvel comics, so I dug out my issues of Master of Kung Fu, ROM Spaceknight and Power Man and Iron Fist. To prep the frames, I followed Youseph’s excellent instructions and removed the diagonal frame stand from the cardboard frame backing. It comes off pretty easily.
Here’s what they look like when hung ontop of my closet door. The comics are resting on the closet trim, with some packing tape affixed to the top portion on the back of the frame to secure it. (Nails are on the docket as a more permanent solution, though.)
I’ve got another five that I’m planning to hang up.
It feels awesome to see my favorite comics up on the wall, instead of being tucked away inside a longbox. For $2.00 a frame, this was a pretty satisfying (and economical) project.