Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Dr. Fate’s Collection & the ‘Apocalypse’ Tweet
by Matt Baum (12/13/13).
Dr. Fate’s Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) sold for $60,000.
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The Back Issue Roundup
First, we’ll take a look at a really impressive collection that sold with the best of intentions. After that, bad guys are all the rage again and I’ve got the skinny on some first appearances you need to buy… or sell. Either way, it’s juicy stuff. Also, there were some choice Golden Age Cap comics sold at auction this week. So, off we go into the wild blue yonder of the Comic Book back-issue market.
Gold and Silver Oldies:
ComicConnect’s November Event Auction ended this week with some pretty outstanding results. The star of the auction was a collection of more than 400 Silver-Age titles, better known as the Dr. Fate collection. Dr. Fate—a.k.a. Dr. Steve Landman—was recently diagnosed with Anti-MAG Peripheral Neuropathy, a disease that leaves the victim paralyzed. He decided to put his incredible collection up for auction to raise awareness of the condition.
Some of the key comics included; Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) sold for $60,000, Daredevil #1 (Marvel, 1964) in CGC 9.4, which sold for $9,851; Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1962) in CGC 7.5, which sold for $26,055; Journey into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962, first appearance Thor) in CGC 8.5, which sold for $22,855; and Tales to Astonish #27 (Marvel, 1962, first appearance Ant Man) in 9.0 condition, which sold for $17,200.
Daredevil #1 (Marvel, 1964) in CGC 9.4 sold for $9,851.
Journey into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962, first appearance Thor) in CGC 8.5 sold for $22,855.
There were also CGC’ed runs of Amazing Spider-Man, Aquaman, Superboy, Superman, Thor and X-Men. Here’s a great video that tells more about Landman’s collection:
Bronze Age and Beyond:
Sometimes, all it takes is a tweet. Last week, X-Men director Bryan Singer tweeted that “X-Men Apocalypse would be released in 2016.”
Now, you’ve got to read between the lines a little here, but if you do, there’s one word that stands out… “Apocalypse.” According to X-Men cannon, he was the first mutant back in ancient Egypt and has since become one of the X-Men’s most powerful enemies. Now, we don’t know for sure if this means En Sabah Nur will be showing up, but that didn’t stop collectors from going nuts.
There’re two comics worth noting when talking about the first appearance of Apocalypse, X-Factor #5 (Marvel, 1986) and X-Factor #6 (Marvel, 1986). Issue #5 was the technically the first Apocalypse appearance, but it was just a last-page cameo appearance. Issue #6 is the big one, the first full Apocalypse appearance and the issue that will be the one to own.
X-Factor #5 (Marvel, 1986)
X-Factor #6 (Marvel, 1986)
Copies of the first appearance of Apocalypse have been selling for ridiculous prices in the wake of Singer’s tweet. On Dec. 6, a copy of X-Factor #6 in CGC 9.8 condition sold on eBay for a “Buy it Now” price of $499. Un-slabbed copies in similar condition are selling for as high as $50 and will probably go up from there.
X-Factor #5 is seeing some action as well; a copy in CGC 9.8 sold for $147 on eBay and un-slabbed copies in similar condition are selling for $25-$30.
Now is not the time to buy these, but if you’ve got extra copies lying around, it’s certainly not a bad time to sell. If you are in the market to buy, wait a little while for the excitement to cool. Unfortunately, both of these aren’t going back to the $10-$15 range anytime soon.
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