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. The codes under the prices of new titles discussed are Diamond Comics order codes that can be used to help your local comic retailer in ordering the issues discussed.
Back Issue Report:
It’s the second edition of the Back Issue Report and so far response has been positive. Let me know what you nerds think of the new blog. Don’t forget to share your own back issue purchases with me below. I just picked up a run of Black Panther 2 #1 to #12 for $20, but I’m not sweatin’ it.
Gold and Silver Oldies:
"Detective Comics” #27 on the Times Square Jumbotron.
Action Comics” #1
The “Detective Comics” #27 (DC, 1939) in CGC 8.0 condition that became the world’s most expensive comic with a bid of $350,000 on Heritage Auctions was featured on the Times Square Jumbotron this week. I can’t seem to figure out why, but there is a picture circulating that doesn’t appear to be photoshopped. With six days left this, copy is still sitting at $350,000, just waiting for a higher bid.
Comicconnect.com is featuring a copy of “Action Comics” #1 (DC,1938) CGC graded in 3.0 condition in an auction beginning March 26. Unlike most comic auction sites, Comicconnect offers a six-month interest-free payment plan if you can’t drop 50-to-100-grand on a comic book in one lump sum without the wife giving you a hard time. Start saving your change now nerds. Action Comics #1 is often referred to as the “Holy Grail” of comics because of it being the first appearance of Superman and, up until last week, the most expensive comic in the world. This copy isn’t probably going to smash any records but, with only 100 known copies of Action #1 in existence, I would guess it breaks $150,000.
Comicconnect.com’s February Featured auctions ended this week and the star of the show, the Showcase #4 (DC, 1956) in CGC 9.2 condition (first appearance of Wally West, the Silver Age Flash), sold for a whopping $51,000. This issue was the only CGC 9.2-graded Showcase #4 and there are only two other copies graded in higher condition.
Bronze Age and Beyond:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
There’s been a rash of first-print Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (Mirage Studios, 1984) in CGC 9.4 condition and above for sale on eBay as of late, but none seem to be selling. One reason may be the price. TMNT #1 currently guides at $2,400 in Near Mint condition, but sellers have been starting their auctions at more than $6,800. A word of advice; don’t be afraid to start at $1. You’ll get plenty of bids. Maybe the comic doesn’t sell for six-grand, but we can all get a better idea of what it’s worth.
On the subject of talking animals from the ’80s: mark one up for the Grasscutter. The first appearance of Usagi Yojimbo in the pages of Albedo #2 (Thoughts and Images, 1984) in CGC 9.2 condition sold for $1000.00 on eBay. Now, Usagi never made it as big as Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael or Michelangelo (or even Shredder), but Stan Sakai’s Samurai Rabbit has guest starred in TMNT comics and vice-versa. That, and Usagi Yojimbo has garnered more critical acclaim and awards than those turtle boys ever did.
Deadpool has been all the rage lately over at Marvel. By my count, the Merc with a Mouth is now starring in three monthly titles and about to join a fourth (the upcoming Cable and Deadpool series). This past week we got a sense of just how hot Deadpool is when a collection of just about every Deadpool appearance Marvel has printed sold for $900 on eBay. That’s not all; complete runs of the first Deadpool series (69 issues, Marvel, 1997) are selling for upwards of $300. Prices like these tend to make me stare at my own collection and ask myself, how badly do I need my Deadpool comics?
Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact me or post your question below in the “comments” section below. Also, you can follow him on Twitter, where I’m always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming! Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint to search its database or use its “Ask A Worthologist” feature. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price. And finally, a word to the Federal Trade Commission; all the comics discussed here are purchased solely by the writer, who receives no gifts or free merchandise from any publishers, even though he would graciously accept them.
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