The Comic Speculator 12/16/2009
Green Lantern #76
Detective Comics #27
The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Make sure and click on the active links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here.
More good news on the back issue front. A CGC graded 9.2 copy of Green Lantern #76 sold for $2,225 on eBay. The auction ended on Dec. 6 and had 19 bids. Green Lantern #76 is a prized key Bronze Age comic that featured the beginning of Neil Adams’ art run and the Green Lantern Green Arrow team-up issues. CGC only lists 444 copies of GL #76 graded. Of those, there are only three listed in 9.2 condition. The highest graded, a 9.6, sold for $30,500 earlier this year. Issue #76 currently guides for $1,200 (OVST) and $5,000 (CPG).
Also, Heritage Auction announced an unrestored copy of Detective Comics #27—the first appearance of Batman—CGC graded at an 8.0 will be part of its late February 2010 auction event in Dallas. CGC census has only one other copy of Detective #27 graded at 8.0 making, this copy extremely valuable. The other 8.0-graded copy sold in 2001 for $278,189, however, since then prices on key Golden Age comics have skyrocketed. Detective Comics #27 currently guides for $240,000 in 8.0 condition (OVST) and $250,000 (CPG).
Let’s talk new comics. Here’re three titles that, based on prior sales numbers, rumors, tossing chicken bones, and good old nerdy-intuition, may be very hard to find in the near future. Click here to see a complete list of new comics shipping this Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Speculator Picks of the Week:
Solicitation: Prelude To “X-Men: Second Coming” event! From the moment Cable jumped into the time stream with the infant “mutant messiah,” he’s had only one goal: keep Hope alive until she can choose her own destiny. But now, stranded on a planet in its death throes, eating fried rat on a stick for the millionth time, Hope turns to Cable and tells him she’s ready to go home.
Thus begins “Homecoming,” the penultimate chapter in the X-Men saga that began with “Messiah CompleX.” It’s not only zero-hour for Cable and Hope, but also for the mutant hunting them, Lucas Bishop, who is rapidly running out of chances to save mutant-kind and the world. Because if Hope does make it back to the present, everything changes for the X-Men.
Written by Duane Swierczynski; Pencils by Humberto Ramos, Lan Medina and Paul Gulacy Inks by Paul Gulacy.
Why it’ll go fast: Cable is still selling well in the wake of the “Messiah Complex” crossover, but it’s numbers have fallen off a bit. Last month Cable ranked #65 on the Top 300 ordered comics list, shipping 29,245 issues. As we get closer to the “Second Coming” event, which has to be the return of Jean Grey, these prelude issues of Cable will disappear. Just like they did before the “Messiah Complex” event. Those of you reading Uncanny X-Men may recall seeing the Phoenix Force leaving the X-Men’s resident telepaths the Stepford Cuckoos. Of course it left to find Jean. “Second Coming” is going to be a huge X-event and this is where it begins.
Solicitation: Last April Boom! Studios showed the world that Mark Waid is evil with the smash-hit series “Irredeemable.” This December, Boom! shows the world that Mark Waid is now . . . “Incorruptible!”
Super villain Max Damage had an epiphany the day The Plutonian destroyed Sky City. When The Plutonian turned his back on humanity, Max Damage decided to step up. Now Max Damage has changed his name to Max Daring and turned from his formerly selfish ways to become . . . Incorruptible.
Written by Mark Waid; Art by Jean Diaz; Cover by John Cassiday.
Why it’ll go fast: Irredeemable was a surprise sell-out and huge hit with readers. Both first and second prints of issues #1 and #2 are gone. Incorruptible #1 is going to be the same story. Retailers aren’t going to order heavy on this one when there are comics guaranteed to sell like “Dark Avengers” shipping this week that they’ve already ordered heavy on. Most will be content to let Incorruptible to sell out. If you didn’t preorder this one it could be very hard to find.
Realm of Kings: Inhumans #2 of 5
Solicitation: Guest-starring the Mighty Avengers. It’s more courtly intrigue and crushing cosmic action as Attilan faces threats from within and without. The Alpha Primitives revolt. Devos the Destroyer attacks from the heavens. The Inhuman Royal Family struggles to maintain control, but can they maintain their authority if they don’t even trust each other? And how will the arrival of Quicksilver and the Mighty Avengers upset the balance of power?
Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett; Pencils by Pablo Raimondi; Inks by Andrew Hennessy; Cover by Frank Martin.
Why it’ll go fast: All three of last month’s Realm of Kings titles sold out and are going to second printings. Traditionally, retailers order heavier on first issues than second, so it’s safe to say that ROK: Inhumans #2 will sell out even faster than issue #1. Realm of Kings is hot, but with so many other higher-selling crossovers going on (Siege, X-Necrosha, Blackest Night) it’s getting lost in the mix. I highly recommend jumping on this event, if you can find the issues.
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