The Comic Speculator 12/09/2009
The Incredible Hulk #1
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.
On November 17, a CGC-graded copy of Marvel Comics “The Incredible Hulk” #1 (May 1962) in 9.2 condition (Very Fine) sold for a record high $125,425 as part of Heritage Auctions Vintage Comics and Comic Art Auction. Hulk #1 has long reputation of being one of the hardest Silver Age comics to find in 9.0 condition or better, but has never sold for more than the $100,000 mark. In Near Mint, the comic guides for $32,000 (OVST) and $50,000 (CPG). However with news of this sale, I would expect those prices to be rising soon. According to Barry Sandoval, director of Comics Operations at Heritage Auctions, the comic came from the Gary Keller collection (a well-known rare comic collector) and was purchased in 2006 for $74,750. A net profit of almost $18,000. Not bad for a three-year investment. The economy may be in the tank but the comic market seems to be doing just fine.
Enough of this old comic talk. It’s time we take a look at the comics coming out this week and which ones might be tough to find in the future. Click here to see a complete list of new comics shipping this Thursday, Dec. 9.
Speculator Picks of the Week:
Farscape: D'Argo's Quest
Solicitation: Cycles ago, D’Argo was convicted of his wife’s murder; a murder committed not by D’Argo but by her Peacekeeper brother. Now, D’Argo is on the hunt for this man. What he will soon discover is that the key to his wife’s murder is Raxil. Frelling Raxil. Will D’Argo’s greatest irritation prove to be his best hope?
Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon and Keith DeCandido: Pencils and cover by Caleb Cleveland.
Why it’ll go fast: I never watched Farscape when it is was on the Cable Network formerly known as “Sci Fi” and the only Dargo I know was a member of the Thor Corps and didn’t spell his name with an apostrophe. It seems Farscape was cancelled after its fifth season on a cliffhanger episode. Brutal bummer for Farscape fans. Luckily, Boom Studios heard the desperate cry of Farscape fans everywhere and launched a comic series that picked up right where the TV series left off. Farscape is even more of a cult phenomenon now that it only exists in comic form, and issue #1 of the ongoing only shipped 7,707 issues, checking in at number 200 on the ICV2 sales charts last month. With fewer than 10,000 issues shipping monthly Farscape comics are hard to find and incentive covers, next to impossible.
Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard
Solicitation: Is Black Bolt alive? The Imperial Guard’s mission into the bizarre and dangerous realm of the Fault begins! Their objective: to find any remaining evidence of the two missing kings. Patience and restraint are put to the test as the Guard is obliged to work alongside the pirate Starjammers they have spent so many years pursuing. Can they learn to get along . . . or will the Fault finish them before they get the chance?
Written by Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett; Pencils and inks by Kev Walker; Cover by Jean-Francois Beaulieu.
Why it’ll go fast: Realm of Kings is quietly selling out everywhere. It’s by no means a top-10-selling comic (“Realm of Kings” #1 ranked 70 while “Realm of Kings: Inhumans” ranked 85 and “Realm of Kings: Imperial Guard” ranked 88 on November’s Top 300 Ordered Comics List) but is getting harder to find every day. With Realm of Kings proper being the highest selling title and ROK Inhumans being number two ROK Imperial Guard is the least ordered and in the end, will be the hardest to find.
X Necrosha: The Gathering
Solicitation: Selene’s Inner Circle stand revealed . . . Wither, Mortis, Senyaka, Eli Bard and Blink. But what led Selene to gather some of the deadliest mutants in the world? Why would one of the X-Men’s students join her? Who is Mortis? How is Blink alive? The stories of the Black Queen’s death dealers are told in this anthology one-shot by some of today’s hottest artists.
Written by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle; Pencils by Ibraim Roberson, Kalman Andrasofszky and Leonardo Manco.
Why it’ll go fast: X-Necrosha is doing well in sales, not Blackest Night-well, but that’s why I’m picking this and not any of the Blackest Night tie-ins this week. X-Necrosha is flying under the radar and selling out. Maybe it’s because retailers are comfortable with letting it go but I think collectors will be looking for these issues as word gets out. Yost and Kyle have been doing a fantastic job on “X-Force” and this crossover has really helped sales on New Mutants. However, both titles continue to sell out everywhere. Fans of the former “Exiles” series by Judd Winick are sure to want to know why Blink is a villain. I know I do.
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