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Comics Auction Watch – Giant Size X-Men # 1, Submariner #10 & Thor Origin

by Matt Baum (10/05/12).

This Giant Size X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1975) listed in CGC 9.8 condition is up for auction.

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, back issues and the comic marketplace in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists of new comics are courtesy of Previewsworld.com and Comiclist.com. Make sure and click on the links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch me on my podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where my friend Joe and I discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

Back Issue Report

It’s been a little while but it’s time again to mount up and ride into the varmit and savage infested wilderness that is the comic book back issue marketplace. This week we’re taking a look at some of the more interesting comic auctions at a few different popular auction sites

Auction Watch!

Comic Link’s October focused auction begins this Monday, Oct. 8, and, as always, there’s some amazing books on the block.

New featured auction would be complete without a Giant Size X-Men #1 (Marvel, 1975) and this one is a beauty. Listed in CGC 9.8 condition with off-white to white pages, this is one of only 83 others in this condition according to the CGC Census. This issue was the first appearance and origins of Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm and Thunderbird and the second appearance of Wolverine. Written by Len Wien with art by the legendary Dave Cockrum, Giant Size X-Men is one of the most important X-comics since X-Men #1. Comic Book Price Guide lists this issue at $5,600 in this condition, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see it go for more.

Over at Heritage Auctions, this week’s Sunday Comics auction for Oct. 7 has some interesting pieces as well.

Marvel/Timely’s Submariner Comics #10 (Timely, 1943) in CGC 7.0 condition is another vintage comic that can be had for the right price.

Marvel/Timely comics from the 1940s in great shape don’t come up for sale very often, and when they do the auctions tend to realize record prices. Currently, Heritage has a Submariner Comics #10 (Timely, 1943) in CGC 7.0 condition that is on track to break a record. Currently, the comic is sitting at $1,100 with two days to go. CGC lists this issue as one of only three copies in 7.0 condition, with only 11 other copies in better condition. Back in 2002, Heritage sold one of these in the same condition for $483. Ten years later and Submariner Comics #10 is selling for almost four-times that amount. Not a bad investment. This one could get interesting.

And finally, at the wild-west that is eBay, there’s always something fun brewing and worth watching, even if you’re poor like me and will never be able to afford these blue-chip comics.

Do you have an extra $50,000 lying around? This 9.0-graded copy of Journey into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962), the first appearance of Thor, might be had for that price.

Thor has been hot ever since he got his own movie, but since this past summer’s Avengers movie, things are getting out of hand. A 9.0-graded copy of Journey into Mystery #83 (Marvel, 1962), the first appearance of Thor, is currently up to $34,100 with 32 bids and two days to go. This is nowhere near the $100,000-plus that copies in 9.2 or better have been selling for lately but, like I said, there’s still two days left. This issue can be very hard to fine in high-grade condition due to the white cover. Most have faded and lost the yellow on Thor’s boots and belt, but according to the seller, it’s not a problem here.

According to Roy at Vintage Comics: “The front cover shows very nicely with a well-preserved blue cover and strong reds, yellows and nice white cover stock. Back cover is clean and flawless.” The seller goes on to predict this comic should sell in the $40,000 to $45,000 range and it’s very possible. The CGC census only lists 15 copies of #83 in this condition and only ten in better. If only I had a spare $50-grand to throw around.

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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 Matt or post your question below in the Comic Book Forum in the WorthPoint Forums, located in the Community tab. You can also reply to this article in the “leave a reply box below. If you need more comic-nerd in your life, you can follow Matt on Twitter, where he’s always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming!

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