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Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Doc Ock Out as Spidey, Winter Soldier Spoiler

by Matt Baum (02/17/14).

Superior Spider-Man #27 (Marvel, 2014)

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The Back Issue Roundup

Once again, I’ve mounted the bucking bronco that is the comic book back issue market and will do my best—with the aid of my trusty rodeo clowns, of course—to hold on for the duration of this blog where we’ll be discussing more Marvel Now #1’s, the beginning of the end for Doc Ock as Spidey, the first appearance of the Winter Soldier, how Harley Quinn continues to sell comics, and a digital first sellout at Oni. But let’s start with the return of a Golden Age dinosaur fighter:

Dynamite Entertainment reintroduced Turok: Dinosaur Hunter last week as a part of its stab at the Gold Key heroes of the early 1960s. I’ve lost track of exactly how many times Turok and company have been relaunched over the years, but this time Dynamite has gathered a group of well-known and well-loved creators. As usual, Dynamite is also shipping each #1 with more than 10 variant covers. It took a little over a week but Turok #1 did sell out (with the help of full return-ability) but strangely, there doesn’t seem to be many of any of the covers on eBay. That said, I see this series selling well but not exactly blowing up on the back issue market. If you’re looking for Key Turok issues, you’ve gotta start with his first appearance:

Turok, Son of Stone (a.k.a. Dell Four Color Comics) #596 (Dell, 1954)

Turok, Son of Stone (a.k.a. Dell Four Color Comics) #596 (Dell, 1954)
Guides for $1,000 in Near Mint.
Written by ???
Art by Rex Mason

Why it’s hot: Turok, a Mandan Indian, made his first appearance here fighting Dinos in the “Lost Valley”. We know Rex Mason was drawing the story but historians argue about who actually wrote the story. The names that come up most often are Matthew H. Murphy, Gaylord Dubois and Paul S. Newman, but we may never know.

How Much: Back in 2009, we saw a first Turok in CGC 9.0 sell for $1,799. Since then, high-grade issues have been scarce and it’s hard to know what they actually sell for. A CGC 4.5 graded issue with a “Buy It Now” of $399.95 sold on eBay in early January and a week later an un-slabbed copy described in 4.0 condition sold for $115. If you’re looking to get in on Turok, now is not a bad time, but barring another kick-ass first-person-shooter video game I don’t see values shooting up anytime soon.

Marvel Now continues to relaunch titles with a vengeance and this week sees two more: the return of She Hulk and another X-force and Winter Soldier #1. Don’t count on these to go nuts, sell-out or no, but there are some related key issues that need attention.

Charles Soule’s name is gaining recognition after his great work on the New 52 Swamp Thing and now he’s tasked with bringing the Jade Giantess back to the Marvel A-list. She Hulk #1 hasn’t sold out yet, but I’m betting after the re-orders hit it’ll go to second-print with the quickness. But be cool here, baby. I know she’s gorgeous but She Hulk Now #1 isn’t going to put your kids through college. If you want to see any real She Hulk money, you’ve got to go to her first appearance.

Savage She-Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1980)

New Mutants #100 (Marvel, 1991)

Savage She-Hulk #1 (Marvel, 1980)
Written by Stan Lee with art by John Buscema, this one guides for $16 in Near Mint condition. Seriously … sixteen dollars. If you can find a really high-grade copy for $16, buy it immediately. Even with the CGC Census listing 513 copies in 9.8 condition, copies are selling for north of $200. I can’t find any print-run info out there but there was certainly a lot of these printed and they are out there. Go find one and buy it!

If you’re looking cash-in on X-Force you might want to wait until the rumored 2016 movie gets closer. Now is probably a better time to buy.

New Mutants #100 (Marvel, 1991)
Infamous ’90s artist Rob Liefeld draws and writes this issue—with a little help from co-writer Fabian Nicezia—and gave us the first appearance of X-Force. There was a ton of these printed … probably upwards of 500k, but it still sells for north of $150 CGC graded in 9.8 condition. And that’s with 148 copies in the census in Near Mint. You can pick up a copy for less than $15 in high-grade condition and, if you don’t have one, you definitely should.

The second Captain America movie (third, if you count “The Avengers”) will hit theaters this April and the Winter Soldier will be making his debut as the villain. If you buy one key Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier comic, you need this one.

Captain America #6 (Marvel, 2005)

Captain America #6 (Marvel, 2005)
Now, there’s an argument here as to the Winter Soldier’s first appearance (oh, and spoiler-alert Bucky Barnes is the Winter Soldier). Some say it’s Cap #1 (Marvel, 2005) but I’m here to tell you definitively, it’s not. Cap #6, written by Ed Brubaker with art by Steve Epting, is the first appearance of the Winter Soldier and you need it now! Currently, high-grade comics are selling for a little more than $30. The next Cap movie is going to be HUGE and this comic will instantly become un-affordable. CGC currently only lists 39 copies in 9.8 condition but that number will be going up.

If you haven’t heard, then there’s no way you’ve been paying attention. Dann Slott’s Superior Spider-Man story is coming to an end and the beginning of said ending starts this week.

Superior Spider-Man #27 (Marvel, 2014)
This is the first part of the Goblin Nation storyline and we may not know what Slott has in-store for fans, but when it’s over, Peter Parker is coming back. So, it’s a big deal for Spidey-nerds like me. The regular issue will be one of the highest-ordered comics on the stands, so don’t expect to see higher prices there. The variants however, could be a different story. The 1:50 Mark Brooks variant features Superior Spidey in a real battle with the Goblin and it’s very cool. Collectors are already paying upwards of $40 for this one and I’d expect that price to hit $50 in the coming week. The 1:100 Brooks Sketch variant is the one to pick up and get CGC graded immediately. Currently, you can grab this one for $60-$70 and grading will run you another $18. A $90 initial investment might seem steep but if it sells for more than $200 you’ll be thanking me.

The Bunker #1 (Oni, 2014)

The Bunker #1 (Oni, 2014)
Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Joe Infumari’s Bunker was originally a black-and-white digital first comic last year that’s getting the color reprint treatment. This is another one that sold out before shipping and is now selling for $12-$14. There was a very cool variant from Francesco Francavilla that’s also selling for the same price and well worth grabbing. The rumor is that this series is getting fast-tracked for TV, so watch for those prices to go way up.

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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