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The Comic Speculator

by Matt Baum (02/15/08).
Marvel Super-Heroes 12
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No you’re not confused or in the wrong place, I just changed the name. The Nerdy Speculator is now “The Comic Speculator”! I mean that’s what I do here, speculate on back issue comics right? So here we go…

This week in the Comic Speculator we’ll be taking a look at Marvel’s favorite Kree warrior Captain Marvel, (the Kree are warlike alien race in the Marvel Universe similar to the Klingons of the Star Trek mythos for more on the Kree and Captain Marvel check out his bio at http://www.marvel.com/universe/Captain_Marvel_(Mar-Vell)).

Recently, during the Marvel Civil War storyline, the original Captain Marvel returned from the dead when Tony Stark (Iron Man), Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) and Hank Pym (Giant Man/Ant Man/Yellowjacket) accidentally plucked him from the time stream while building a prison to hold unlicensed heroes in the negative zone. With Captain Marvel’s return came a resurgence of the characters popularity which has only been fed by the latest Captain Marvel limited series by Brian Reed and Lee Weeks (See my blog, This Week in Geek, for more on the latest Cap Marvel series). With the upcoming Secret Invasion storyline ready to hit the shelves this April, in which it seems Cap will be a major player, now is a great time to pick up some of late 60’s, early 70’s issues of Captain Marvel while they are still affordable.

In the past year since the return of Captain Marvel in the pages of Civil War: The Return back issues of Marvel’s favorite space avenger have seen a steady increase in value. Captain Marvel #1, Marvel Comics 1968 is currently guiding at $200-$250 in near mint condition and is still fairly easy to find in poorer conditions for very affordable prices. However the 1st appearance of Cap seems to be a well kept secret. Marvel Super-Heroes #12 ,1967, currently guiding at $125.00 in near-mint condition was the first time Stan Lee and Gene Colan introduced us to Captain Marvel. The challenge will not be finding a copy of Marvel Super-Heroes #12, at the time Marvel and DC were averaging print-runs of just under 300,000 per issue, but finding one in good condition. If you do happen to stumble across any of the old Captain Marvel from the 60’s-70’s now would be the time to make an investment on these undervalued collector’s books.

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