Time to be a bit preachy Scans are great but they don't really measure up to actually holding and reading a comic. One of the ways it hurts the industry is that it directly hurts title sales. Comic titles are generally sold to wholesalers who in turn sell subscriptions and bulk titles to comic book stores (it is the same for any literature). Basically if a series doesn't have enough subscriptions it gets canned because these wholesalers have HUGE leverage as far as which titles they buy and don't. Why should Marvel/DC put out a title that is otherwise great but is doing shitty on sales? They won't. So if you like a series subscribe to it. Both DC and Marvel have cut back on having 3902840239 titles of one character so it isn't hard to keep up with storylines. It is usually about $25-30 a year (12 issues) of a comic. But the more titles you get the more discounted they are. Marvel: https://subscriptions.marvel.com/v2/index.html DC: https://www.cambeywest.com/dcc/dccuniv.asp Keep in mind that your local comic book store can set you up for a subscription and sometimes they are willing to haggle on the price of it. But stores make money by reselling comics/subs, so they usually sell at around the suggested sale price. The more money your local comic store makes off titles the less crap like figurines and Pokemon cards they have to sell Support the artists, writers, characters, and storylines you enjoy. Independent presses like Avatar and Image (to a degree, not so much anymore) give more money directly to the creators of titles so support them as well.