The Comic Speculator 01/20/2010

Walking Dead #1

Walking Dead #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), (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of 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 Watch:

File this one under “Insanity”. On Jan. 16 of this year, an eBay auction for a Walking Dead #1 CGC Universally Graded in 9.8 condition sold for $455. The comic currently guides at $140 in Near Mint (CPG) and $44 (OVST). Here’s where things get really weird. CGC currently lists 164 copies of Walking Dead #1 in 9.8 condition (135 Universal and 29 Signature Series). With this many WD #1’s in this condition, it begs the question; why are they selling for nearly $500? The announcement of AMC and director Frank Darabont creating a TV series adaptation of The Walking Dead has created some more excitement around the comic, but this is a bit ridiculous. Even ungraded copies of first issues are selling for $200 and up, making Walking Dead #1 one of the most under-valued Modern-Age comics I’ve seen in a while. Now for the even bigger news; currently, there is an auction for a Walking Dead #1 with a CGC Universal Grade of 9.9 (one of only three in this condition, according to the CGC Census) on eBay. The seller is asking an astronomical $6,999 or best offer. It’s pretty safe to say this one won’t be selling for seven grand, but where it ends up is anyone’s guess at this point.

New Comics Watch:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #31 has vanished from the new shelves locally but is still available at Diamond for the time being. Which is good, because I missed mine and it looks like I wasn’t alone. All the Buffy/Angel controversy from last week seems to have worked as copies of #31 are even becoming sparse on eBay.

Once again, no reprints this week, so let’s get straight to some speculation.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

Here’s a look at three of this week’s comics that could sell out very quickly. If they’re not in your stack, they might be very hard to find later.

Captain America #602: Marvel Comics

Captain America #602

Captain America #602

Solicitation: The monthly Captain America returns with a bang! Where has the Captain America from the ’50s been the past few months, and what part of our modern world has welcomed him? And what will Steve and Bucky do when an old enemy tries to become a revolutionary? Two Americas begins here!

Plus, the start of a second bonus feature: Nomad by Sean McKeever and David Baldeon!

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Ed Brubaker; Back-up written by Sean McKeever; Cover By: Gerald Parel; Pencils by Luke Ross; Inks by Array; Color by Dean White.

Why it’ll go fast: Steve Rogers is back and nerds young and old will want to see how he’s doing. It’s the first issue of Captain America since Steve returned in “Captain America: Reborn.” One problem, Cap: Reborn #6 hasn’t shipped yet, so retailers might not know how high to order on this one. So, when in doubt and facing a tough economy, order low and count on reorders next week. If they’re around. We’ll see what happens next Wednesday. Of course, if this title isn’t already on your pull-file, you’re probably not a comic book fan anyway.

Hulk #19: Marvel Comics

Hulk #19

Hulk #19

Solicitation: This is it! The fall of The Hulks begins here. The opening round: The Red Hulk vs. The Thing, with Reed Richards’ life at stake.

When the Baxter Building is attacked by the all-new, all-deadly Frightful Four, who will save the Fantastic Four? How about the Red Hulk? Not a chance. The superstar team of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness shotgun this mind-blowing chapter of the biggest Hulkventure of them all.

$3.99 US
Written by Jeph Loeb; Pencils and cover by Ed McGuinness; Inks by Array; Color by Dave Stewart; Letters by Comicraft.

Why it’ll go fast: Whenever Marvel puts the Hulk fighting the Thing on a cover it seems to be an instant sellout. Now Marvel wants to see if it works with a Red Hulk. I’m guessing it will. Fall of the Hulks is in full swing, but retailers who are trying to keep up with the demand on Siege and Blackest Night titles may be content to let this crossover sell out. And sell out it will, if for no other reason than readers may, and I stress the word “may,” learn the identity of the Red Hulk. Finally. After 19 issues. Then Jeph Loeb is on to bigger and better things. I hope.

Incredible Hulk #606: Marvel Comics

Incredible Hulk #606

Incredible Hulk #606

Solicitation: He’s fought Thor, Black Bolt, the Juggernaut, and virtually every Avenger on the planet. But nothing’s ever hit Bruce Banner as hard as “The Fall of the Hulks!”

As the epic storyline begins, Bruce Banner makes the best and worst discovery of his life: Skaar, the savage son of Hulk, finally shows his true colors, and a Green Goliath in purple pants takes on Doctor Doom himself! “Planet Hulk” writer Greg Pak teams up with fan-favorite penciler Paul Pelletier to deliver massive revelations, shocking emotional twists, and epic smashing that will transform Bruce Banner’s life forever.

$3.99 US
Written by Greg Pak: Pencils by Paul Pelletier Inks by Array; Cover by John Romita Jr.

Why it’ll go fast: “Fall of the Hulks” will be big, but maybe not at first. This one is going to take retailers by surprise. While Hulk has been shipping in the top 25 most-ordered comics for months now, Incredible Hulk has been hanging back in the higher 30s. Which is exactly why most retailers won’t have enough of this issue when the Fall of the Hulk-nerds come looking for it. Hulk fighting Doctor Doom on the cover shouldn’t hurt either, but won’t help as much as the aforementioned Hulk/Thing cover.

Next week be prepared for more Fall of the Hulks and a title wave of Siege titles.


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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