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:
The Comic Speculator has split, again, to better focus it’s (my) efforts and information. On Wednesdays, TCS will be talking about the week’s new comics (New Comics Round-Up) and Fridays are for back-back issues. Let me know what you think of the new split format. And now, lets dig into the back issue bin.
Back Issue News:
The Comics Grading Company (CGC) this week announced a major change to their Signature Series Program, which is used to grade comics signed by creators. As of January 1, CGC will only be accepting comics that have been signed in the presence of a CGC representative. What does this mean for signature collectors? Basically, if there isn’t a guy with CGC laminate around his neck when you get your comic signed you can forget about having it CGC graded. Click here for the whole article and click here for a list of upcoming CGC Signature Events. I guess that’s the end of my perfect Stan Lee signature scam.
Over at Bleedingcool.com Rich Johnston posted two great articles worth a read this week. The 50 Dollar club, detailing 17 recently published comics that are selling for more than $50 and the 40 Dollar club, for those in the $30-$40 range.
Gold and Silver Oldies:
In crazy-expensive-Golden-Age-Comics news; the “Detective Comics” #27 CGC graded at 8.0, which is expected to break the record for most expensive comic book sold at auction previously set by an issue of “Action Comics” #1, has already become the most expensive comic sold by Heritage Auctions.com, with a bid of $350,000. But don’t worry comic nerds, there’s still 12 days left for you to enter a bid of $375,000 or more. I’d go $400k just to be safe. This will be the first time the first appearance of Batman has ever sold for more than the first appearance of Superman, and will thereby add new ammunition to the age old nerd argument heard in comic shops everywhere of whether or not Batman could beat up Superman.
If $300k is a little too rich for your blood, pop on over to comiclink.com and place your bid on the first appearance of the Wally West, the Silver-Age Flash. There’s only five days left in Comiclink.com’s February Featured Auction and the aforementioned Flash comic, a “Showcase” (DC, 1956) #4 CGC graded at 8.0, is currently sitting at $40,999. As always with Comiclink.com’s Featured Auctions, The Showcase #4 is just one of a host of amazing comics in the auction. Absolutely none of which I can afford. Sigh . . .
The Bronze-Age and Beyond:
New Mutants” #87
Walking Dead” #1
The first appearance of Cable, Rob Liefeld‘s bandolier-clad-time-traveling-mutant, in “New Mutants” #87 (Marvel, 1990) CGC graded in 9.9 condition, sold for $2,900 on eBay.com. The auction ended with a best offer on Feb. 8. The CGC census lists this copy as one of only two New Mutants #87 in 9.9 condition, which would explain the record-high price. Currently, New Mutants #87 guides for $40 (CPG.com) but isn’t the highest priced in the 100-issue run. New Mutants #98, the first appearance of Deadpool, currently guides for $50 (CPG.com). The CGC census currently only lists one copy in 9.9 condition, but more than 425 issues in 9.8 condition. NM #98 in CGC 9.8 condition currently sells for around $250. I’d be really curious to see what that 9.9 would fetch.
Remember the “Walking Dead” #1 (Image, 1993) in CGC 9.9 condition that was being offered for $7,999 or best offer on eBay.com? Well the auction ended without a sale but the seller isn’t giving up yet. Yep, it’s been re-listed at the same astronomical price. No action yet, but with 23 days to go, I suppose anything could happen. Well, anything but this comic selling for eight grand, even if it is one of only three in this condition. By the way, the other two are signed by the creative team. Good luck buddy.
That’s all for now, but like I said, let me know what you think of the new format.
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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