Elon Musk, Twitter, and Comic Books

by Joseph Overaitis

041922A-1024x536 Elon Musk, Twitter, and Comic BooksElon Musk is my favorite superhero.  He is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Tony Stark here in our universe.   The best part is that he is also a comic book fan. He inspired me to try to apply his investment ability to a comic book investors’ desire to succeed in the comic book marketplace.Those books taught him to see the light in the darkness.  True artists see the statue in a block of marble and only have to chip away the excess to reveal the hidden masterpiece.  Elon Musk has the ability to see the construct in the darkness and bring it into the light.  I have read articles about him and was fascinated with his recent Twitter business dealings.  He read comic books as a way to escape reality, and yet it is in those comic books where he probably found the foundation to his success. Why-Doesnt-Batman-Use-His-Money-to-Help-Gotham-Because-He-Already-Does-1-254x300 Elon Musk, Twitter, and Comic Books

1. “So What’s Your Super Power?” (Batman)

Beyond the Money

I loved Ben Afflecks’ reply in the Justice League about his superpower. “I’m rich.”  Most people assume that Bruce Wayne is successful as both Batman and Bruce Wayne because of his socioeconomic status.  His wealth has advantages, but it took something more to make him successful. The ability to plan and maximize the resources at their disposal in a particular situation is what makes both Batman and Elon Musk formidable.

Elon Musk’s attempted Twitter acquisition demonstrated the duality that exists in the crime fighter Batman and the playboy Bruce Wayne.  Elon was very critical of Twitter while at the same time acquiring shares in the company.  This duality is what he needs to achieve his goal.  He has enough money that obtaining his shares was not impossible, as it is for many. What was remarkable was the stealth needed to acquire his stock during the information era. His mind saw what he wanted to accomplish and his planning put him on the path to success in making his goal a reality. This planning may have saved him billions of dollars.

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You will never be able to match Elon Musk dollar for dollar.  That is not what is important. What you have to take from his Twitter acquisition is the planning that went into the feat.  He understood the rules of the game and bought his shares according to his plan.  Most comic book investors have no plan. What books should you target and why? Is a book being bought as a short or long-term investment?  What is the price point that you need in order to get the asset and then what will you do once you obtain it?

Most people do not plan to fail.  Instead, they fail to plan.  Set limits on your targets at auctions and make sure to follow them.  Do not extend yourself beyond those figures because that could impact your future plans.  Batman may be only a man, but his driven desire to achieve his goal would make even Superman bleed.  Set your goals and dream of how to make them happen.

2. “I went forward in time to view alternate futures. To see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict.”  (Dr. Strange) b9872108ed2eee3f-600x338-1-e1650376467837 Elon Musk, Twitter, and Comic Books

Many Opportunities

Elon Musk’s attempted Twitter acquisition was a brilliant pivot by an entrepreneur who has many irons in the fire.  He was purchasing Twitter stock at the same time he was positioning his satellites to provide communications for citizens and government officials in Ukraine, sending rockets to space, managing a car company, and handling many other affairs.

Elon Musk also has the ability to take something known and make it even better.  Twitter is a known commodity, but Elon sees the chance for it to be even greater.  He has also ignored critics and followed his own path.  He has had failures, but there have been more successes.  Dr. Strange saw fourteen million six hundred and five different futures in order to find his one success.  Luckily, Elon Musk did not have to see all those futures.  That has not stopped him from looking into the darkness and seeing more than one point of light.  I believe comic book investors should do the same.

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Comic book investors should seek success beyond the one-track MCU, DCEU, and television-driven books that are dominating the landscape.  Elon Musks’ talent is to see opportunities beyond what is in front of him.  The same opportunities are available to comic book investors.

Have you looked into what is out there in Bronze Age horror books?  Silver Age war books are in demand and yet only a small group of die-hard fans seems to appreciate these books for both investment and collectability.

In addition, if you attend live auctions you should familiarize yourself with the very bare minimum basics of other collectibles.  You may be passing on items that may be more desirable than what you thought was your best chance for success.

3. “He just kicked your ass, full-size. You really want to find out what it’s like when you can’t see him coming?” (Howard Stark on Ant-Man)

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Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase didn’t come out of nowhere, but his planning allowed it to appear that way.  As a result, he saved millions.  He studied his moves and planned for possible outcomes, but what was amazing again was the stealth of the acquisition.  This man is Elon Musk.  He has millions of Twitter followers hanging on his every word.  People follow his planes.  In a world where people can track his every movement, no one saw this coming.

Comic Book Investor’s Translation

“The hottest books in the market right now are”…. We have all found those articles on sites, but do you think you were the only person who read that article?  The prices go up because everyone is gravitating to those books.  Study the numbers and people’s patterns instead of following the hype.

Elon Musk is successful because, in business, he puts his efforts into research and taking advantage of opportunities.  You are ahead of the curve by studying the GoCollect sales data.  You can see what books may be overpriced and what books are undervalued. This will allow you to move where others are not and take advantage of those “blue sea” books that offer the greatest chance for success.

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The only time people should see you coming is when you want them to see you. Dealers love when books are in demand because sale prices will be at a premium.  Instead, find those books that still are worthy of investment but are not on fire.  These books will allow you to scoop in and get a deal rather than pay that premium price because the book is in demand.

Finally, the most important rule you should also remember is to walk away from a bad deal.  Elon Musk would not accept a bad deal, so why should you?


Reading served as probably the greatest tool that made Elon Musk.  I would love to know what comic books he read and what books he now owns.  That said, I believe we can all learn from Elon Musk and translate his business acumen to assist you in your comic book investment.  The lessons he learned from comic books assisted him in the business world.  Why, then, should the tactics he uses in his business dealings not translate into the comic book marketplace?  Children dream of being Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man when they grow up, so why can’t adults dream of being the Elon Musk of comic book investors?

Oh, and Elon, if you are reading this please share with us your prized comic book in your collection.  I would love to know what book the little boy who was kicked out of stores for reading comic books purchased as an adult.

000052721D-1-Footer Elon Musk, Twitter, and Comic Books*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not represent investment advice on behalf of GoCollect.

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jack alberti April 20, 2022 - 8:33 am

Elon Musk is a hypocritical manipulative bully.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 8:49 am


I welcome all posts. He accomplished a lot based upon his business acumen. Not sure what exactly though who he bullied but business is like poker. When you put your chips in the pot the person with the biggest bank roll usually wins if you cannot cover the bet. People may not like his business prowess but that does not mean one can not learn from him.

jack alberti April 20, 2022 - 10:35 am

Musk is more like Lex Luthor than Tony Stark. Bringing a goon like Musk to this forum is an irresponsible and insensitive choice. Musk is a heartless opportunist. If you can’t see that, well, sad.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 12:16 pm


Tony Stark was portrayed as a weapons guy in the movies whose weapon of Ultron ultimately turned on him. The world wanted electric cars and he built them. The US left space exploration to people like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. Lex Luthor killed many people in comics. Elon Musk never has killed anyone. The other thing is that he started his career reading comic books. So many young people do not see the benefit of comics and thus do not start to read them. Maybe now comics will be looked on favorably.

We can all look in the mirror and see Lex and Tony looking back at us. How many of us have bought a book that was underpriced…Did we give back to the person we bought it? This article was about the business insights. I will leave the evaluation of business ethics to others.

Darren Margolis April 20, 2022 - 2:07 pm

Ah, liberal tears are flowing as I knew they would. Cope pal.

Lou LaRocca April 20, 2022 - 2:33 pm

Yes of course, because calling out a fraud and a market manipulator means someone is a “liberal.” Stop projecting politics onto simple truths.

Darren Margolis April 21, 2022 - 3:26 pm

Tell me you’re a left wing Elizabeth Warren supporter without telling me you’re a left wing Elizabeth Warren supporter,

ga1actus April 20, 2022 - 10:14 pm

Darren you were the first to mention politics here. Champ.

Darren Margolis April 21, 2022 - 3:28 pm

Sure I was. All these Musk haters are obviously political conservatives, right?

Johnny Goodz April 20, 2022 - 10:37 am

Joseph, nice article. I love the comparisons and the superhero quotes. Some people can’t take politics or personal feelings out of things, but pay them no mind. They just follow the herd where people like Elon trailblaze their own path. Glad to see you are following the path of Elon. The path of lemmings will just lead you off a cliff.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 12:08 pm


Welcome to the boards. I liked writing this article because it was fun and yet if i can learn from someone why not follow the richest man on the planet. Nice too that he started reading comics. Maybe more young kids will follow his path now LOL

Troy C April 20, 2022 - 12:50 pm

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.

Musk is one of a select few individuals that drive the world forward. It is not in his day today coming and goings, but it is in his vision and drive to make everything around him better.

One of the things I learned very early on as a young adult was to view the world with an objective mind. Nothing is cut and dry, black and white. What is preferred by one is not preferred by the other. But if you look at things objectively, through the lens of basic philosophic tenants you will almost always arrive at the same conclusion. Although emotion is part of being human, it is ultimately also what clouds judgment, guides morality, and impacts the perception of what is ethical.

Elon Musk is akin to Bruce Wayne/Batman or Tony Stark indeed. He started out as someone driven to achieve, but along the way realized that he is in a unique position to enact real change. To steer society towards good and away from corruption. Both of these heroes in comics and films purchased companies, assets, technologies, etc. with the two-fold intent of taking them out of the hands of “bad guys” and using them as a force of good. Both Stark and Wayne were certainly eccentric, larger than life, and rubbed others the wrong way in public regularly. But at their core they had a deeper purpose.

Very well written article and I second that it is a great comparison. I didn’t know about the connection to comics and his youth, thanks for sharing. I agree that these stories can definitely have an impact on the lens of how we view the world.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 1:00 pm


Many people do not know of Musk’s interest in comics but I think it is important to talk about it. Many people do not know how comics can inspire people and I believe it is important to make that fact known. Reading comics can be the birthplace of some great inventions in the future.

I really wish people would read this article with the intent it was written and take from it what they can. Make your fortunes and then you too can do what you think is best, but at least you will have the resources to do so. There may only be a few Bezos and Musks in the world, but we all can do our parts to improve our own little corner of the world.

Lou LaRocca April 20, 2022 - 1:08 pm

Worshipping Elon Musk and trying to spin his obvious market manipulation as something to emulate … wow, not a good look at all.

Normally I wouldn’t bother commenting but I think it’s important to make clear that not everyone has a man-crush on this guy. He’s a bad actor and he needs to be called out on it.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 4:21 pm


Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos. All could be looked upon as bad actors but you can also see how they built their fortunes and extrapolate that to our comic book investments. Finally Lou I want people like you to post and comment MORE. These boards are for an open discourse. Picture it as your local comic book shop on Wednesday where we could debate about the world among friends. I may not agree with them but in the end they are still my friends. I do not want to hear less from Lou but more. The only thing I ask is to keep it civil. Ironically Lou one of my future articles is about comic book Market Manipulation so there you go LOL.

Lou LaRocca April 20, 2022 - 5:52 pm

I appreciate the respectful response. I understand that on one level this is just a thought experiment where you get to have fun comparing Musk to Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. But on another level, you are advising comic investors to imitate the strategy Musk used to acquire Twitter stock and make an immediate return — a strategy that appears to have been unethical if not yet proven to be illegal.

We have to be a bit more careful with the analogies, and we also need to acknowledge that there is a legitimate debate to be had as to whether Elon Musk is really all that “brilliant” and whether he deserves the credit people are so quick to give him. His story is much more complicated than that.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 6:52 pm


The strategies though that he used might not be illegal and can be used in comic book marketplace. We all seem to be going by the same book. I want people to go by a different book and see the opportunities. But I value your comments so keep them coming. Again I love the conversation.

One of the next articles I am writing is on comic book market manipulation.

Frank Lopiccolo April 20, 2022 - 1:16 pm

The SEC is looking into market manipulation regarding his Twitter Stock buy, so don’t praise the guy yet for being some kind of investment genius.(He bashes the company on Twitter to get the stock price to go down and delays announcing that he acquired the stock, so he can buy shares cheaper). When it was announced that he’s joining the Board of Directors, the stock price went up. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear he sold a bunch of shares then. And when he announces he’s NOT joining the Board, the stock drops. So he probably bought the shares back at a cheaper price. Then he announces he wants to buy the entire company and take it private, stock goes up again. Wouldn’t be shocked he sold more shares.(See a pattern here?) He did the same thing with Tesla Stock when he said he was going to take the company private at “420” dollars. Stock price took off. Then said it was a joke. While not exactly Lex Luthor, i get the comic book analogy. He’s definitely more like Gordon Gekko. Just because he read comic books when he was younger and now is a multi-billionaire, this guy is not the role model that kids should be following and aspire to be some day……..

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 4:08 pm


as an attorney I always say wait until the charges are filed and you have a conviction. LOL and I loved the Gordon Gekko comparison. The sad thing is I mentioned that one to someone when I was writing this article and they said..um the lizard in the insurance commercial. I do think though that he is a good role model for kids to read comics for whatever side of the aisle you are on. As a young child he read comics and dreamed and then worked to make that dream a reality. Right now kids do do not read comics or any books for that matter. Rather than dream they play on smart phones. I want one day a kid to read a comic book and find the cure for cancer, to build a company that can hire millions, and to do the best you can be. I will let history sort out the bad/good aspects of their life. Musk is Tony Stark or Victor Von Doom. I will let the readers decide but the best part of it is we are all reading and having an open discourse on the topic. I love that and that is what comics brings to us…the ability to talk and fight over something with passion.

Patrick Henry April 20, 2022 - 1:33 pm

This is a nice topic, but the world is complicated and until I meet someone, I find it hard to see them as a hero/villain etc. We tend to think we know someone via articles, social media etc. for me, comics and reading in general let’s me process deeper thoughts of the writers and authors – while I still don’t know them, there are relationships built over time. To say Elon is good/bad will be revealed through time and one’s perspective. Anyone who ascends to his heights has a little of both in them. I find the article great – the responses are typical of the climate both sides of the media have created. My advice – listen to all and make up your own mind.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 4:00 pm


Welcome to the boards. I want you to keep posting because your first post was awesome. Even Thanos saw himself as a hero.

Patrick Henry April 20, 2022 - 4:32 pm

Please do! I love intelligent discourse – and comics! And Thanos is perfect – he has good and bad and power!

Frank Lopiccolo April 20, 2022 - 10:02 pm

I agree that kids today don’t read comic books anywhere near as much as in years past. And it would be great if they did read them, then went on to find a cure for cancer. But do you have any actual evidence that Elon Musk created his wealth due to being influenced by comic books….?? There are PLENTY of people who started successful businesses, became wealthy, but NEVER read a comic book. And then there are PLENTY of people who read comic books religiously, but are still living in their parents basement…….
And in addition to being a Stock Market manipulator, Musk is also being sued by the State of California and former employees for racism and harassment. Let’s hope there really is someone out there that read comics when they were young and it influenced them to do great things for society(and did it ethically) Now that’s the person who can be a good role model for kids. We need to find them……

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 11:15 pm


I included a link where it mentions he was an avid reader of comics and books. He was influenced by them. I know I was by reading comics and how it made me want to help the downtrodden and victims of justice system. Maybe he was influenced in other ways but he was probably influenced and that is why I believe it is important to note. Comics have always received a bad rap and are not viewed as important pieces of literature. Like him or hate him he is the richest person in the world and he read comics. Maybe now teachers and parents will encourage young people to read the books that we love so much.

ga1actus April 20, 2022 - 10:25 pm

I find Elon inspirational on the surface. He certainly seems to recognize new market opportunities and make good investments. However I think Lou is spot on with his Lex Luther comparison. Stark redeemed himself, Musk isn’t there yet, he is in it to make money at any cost. He has carefully crafted his public persona as a visionary and thoughtful guy. But do we really need a twitter troll buying twitter?

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 10:54 pm

I want to welcome you to the boards. I have seen comic book stores and others in the hobby who have acted like they are not interested in a book while at the same time they are buying them up “for a friend”. The one thing though I really wanted to come through in the article was what you hit upon, seeing opportunities. Lately people are looking to TV and Movie news as the only real opportunities. I see those visions in the sales data. We have to be more like Elon Musk in that we can diversify and find books that may not fit our mainstream interests to take advantage of opportunities.

Keep posting and sharing your wisdom to these boards!!!

jack alberti April 20, 2022 - 11:06 pm

To regard Elon Musk as a superhero is perverse, at best. I’ve lost all respect for this board. The man may be brilliant, but he is a thug.

Joseph Overaitis April 20, 2022 - 11:34 pm


People will cheer/jeer him. I deal with people who have Aspergers every day and I do admire him for coming out and sharing his diagnosis with others. He helped many who suffer in silence. Comic book investors also can learn from him and help their investing. Do not be too focused on the hero part because I think people are placing too much on the ethics and instead should be focused on the business acumen. Jeff Bezos is another that people could criticize and blast or cheer and praise but that does not mean you cannot learn from their business dealings.

These boards are meant to offer people of different opinions to express them. I have had people criticize me as being a liberal hack and a conservative zealot for the very same article! I try to report things without taking a side. I respect your opinion and publish it here but keep up your posting.

jack alberti April 21, 2022 - 12:15 am

I have not mentioned Liberal or Conservative. I don’t care if Musk read comics, has Asperger’s, is a brilliant businessman, etc. He is not a superhero (your term for him). I don’t think this is the place for this discussion. The man is not admirable. As I mentioned, he more of a lex Luthor than a Stark or a Wayne. I find it twisted to think otherwise.

Patrick Bain April 21, 2022 - 2:45 am

I’ve never been enamored with Tesla, but I think I like Elon Musk more than ever. Interesting article, Joe! And of course, it would be interesting if we could scan people for their pre-conceived notions about Musk because that would probably summarize how they viewed your article!

Joseph Overaitis April 21, 2022 - 7:38 am


Thank you. I believe that we should always go out of our comfort zone to listen to ideas. Prosecutors study defense attorneys and vice versa. The Twitter acquisition plays out much like many comic book investments and for him to do it was quite an accomplishment.

I am going to write an article that ties into this about comic book market manipulation because I have been talking to people about this as well. What amazed me was the comparisons and how they were similar.

Christopher Forshier April 21, 2022 - 3:32 am

Wow. I thought this might be one site i didn’t have to listen to political debates.lol. I got that one wrong. Let’s all get back to the REAL debate…..Marvel VS. DC….this is whats really important in life. But just to add to the debate, i wonder if Elon is a Marvelite or a D-Con??

Joseph Overaitis April 21, 2022 - 7:32 am


Welcome to the boards. I always like to educate people on topics and believe that we have to study others. I would love to know his views on comics because again he is a successful businessman and knowing is not endorsing.

jack alberti April 21, 2022 - 7:33 pm

Joseph has taken this site for a dumpster dive.

Redskydigger April 21, 2022 - 1:55 pm

Great article! Love the discussion! At first I didn’t care for Elon but with SpaceX I have changed my mind. We need more people like him pushing us to explore space and in time land on Mars.

Joseph Overaitis April 22, 2022 - 8:14 am

Thanks for the comment. Life is complex. Sometimes you can be a hero and villain in the same story. Who knows though, the person who takes us to Mars may be reading the new gods or avengers right now as we talk.

jack alberti April 21, 2022 - 10:09 pm

Not sure how anyone who is a true comic book fan can possibly admire Musk. I guess you just don’t get it. And, please, don’t give me the crap about how Musk is a comic book fan.

Joseph Overaitis April 22, 2022 - 8:12 am


You can admire people for things they did. Can I admire Will Smith for his acting and not for the strike? Winston Churchill sacrificed a city for the greater good so not as to reveal the Nazis code was broken. He could have warned them before the attack but instead he let 600 people die. My family came from the Russian Republics that broke away from the Soviet Union. Elon is supplying many Ukrainians with communications so that their voices can be heard in a war because he has that technology. You cannot admire giving a voice to those that are trying to communicate to their loved ones during a war when they are alone, afraid, and possibly dying in the darkness as something to be admired? Even our Pentagon says he is fighting off attacks quicker than they could do it to provide this tech and helping these victims. In our lives we can be both the hero and the villain.

Frank Lopiccolo April 22, 2022 - 3:15 pm

It’s probably the Asperger’s that makes him “both the hero and the villain”, not the reading of comic books as a kid. I would surmise that because his brain is wired differently, that is what makes him think the way he does. Not the comic books. So maybe instead of Lex Luthor he’s more like Two-Face……..

Joseph Overaitis April 23, 2022 - 8:22 am


You may be correct. I deal with many people on the autism spectrum and it amazes me how different each person is with the condition. One person may be sweet while another may be mean. Our brain is wired that the slightest difference can change a person. I used the reading of the comic books to focus though on where inspiration can come from and how comics are not looked upon as a viable reading source anymore. I used to teach in schools when our local district had a professionals in class day and continued by substitute teaching on my off days to give back to the community. I was amazed of the rules where some classes allowed graphic novels to be read while others did not approve. Comic books were read by most children before but now they are not and I wish people would realize they can truly inspire people and give them a chance. Sadly kids would rather be on smart phones playing a game than read a book, including comics. Great Post Frank..keep them coming!!!

Tony Young April 24, 2022 - 2:17 am

Like my Dad told me never believe anything you hear about a person. And only half of what you see. That was a great article.

Joseph Overaitis April 25, 2022 - 11:04 am


Thanks for the comment. Keep on posting. These boards are better because readers like you who share your ideas.

jack alberti April 23, 2022 - 5:25 pm

Individuals like Elon Musk are ironic. Clearly a brilliant whatever-he-is. But he certainly misread all the sci-fi stories he read growing up. He also misread the comic books. The best sci-fi writers and comic book scribes consistently warned the readers of individuals just like Elon Musk. The man is a repugnant manifestation of unchecked capitalism. And for those who’ll jump on that statement, try to understand – capitalism has nothing to do with freedom or democracy. Wild, huh? Anyway. To refer to Musk as a superhero is to certainly miss the point of what a superhero is. Also, allow me to clarify one more thing – when Bruce Wayne mentioned that his superpower was being rich – it was dark irony.

Matt Kennedy August 1, 2022 - 5:45 pm

I’d have to agree with the Lex Luthor comparison more so than any heroic character. There has never been any evidence that Musk has any altruistic motivations. He has said many Thanos-like things, and obtusely. When I lived in Pasadena I knew a lot of people who worked at Space-X and Tesla (and more than a few military contractors) and they all painted a picture of a smart guy who was no real genius, but who had a great eye for talent and tyrannical tendencies that actually impeded progress. Many of his successes came about not because he was smart, but via currency devaluations, market manipulations and IN SPITE of his business decisions. He is the rich scion of white, South African industrialists who made a fortune in tech and threw a ton of money at the wall until some of it stuck. From what I’ve heard from the people who actually oversaw the projects that made him rich, he is not only more like a super-villain than a superhero, he would love the idea of being called one.


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