Comics Auction Watch: Marvel’s Inhumans Get the Star Treatment After Movie News

Once again, I’m on monitor duty in the orbiting WorthPoint space-station watching the results of some incredible comic book and original comic art auctions and beaming it to all you comic nerds out there on the Internet. Take note or suffer the consequences…

ComicLINK’s March Focused Auction is GO!

The March focused auction is under way at comiclink.com featuring a horde of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Modern-age comics, along with several pieces of original comic art. But if there’re two comics you should be bidding on, it’s the copy of Fantastic Four #45 in CGC 9.2 condition and #46 in CGC 9.6. FF #45 (Marvel, 1966) was the first appearance of the Inhumans. If you’ve never heard of them, don’t worry, you will soon.

If Marvel can take a group of Z-list comics heroes—like the Guardians of the Galaxy—and rule the summer box office, watch for the Inhumans in the summer of 2019. Right now, a 9.2-graded copy of Fantastic Four #45, which introduces the Inhumans, is up for auction.

If Marvel can take a group of Z-list comics heroes—like the Guardians of the Galaxy—and rule the summer box office, watch for the Inhumans in the summer of 2019. Right now, a 9.2-graded copy of Fantastic Four #45, which introduces the Inhumans, is up for auction.

Fantastic Four #46 is the first full appearance of Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, and no doubt the star of the upcoming film. A copy of FF #46 in 9.6 condition currently holds a bid of 2,800 and is sure to rise as the auction at comiclink.com begins to heat up.

Fantastic Four #46 is the first full appearance of Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, and no doubt the star of the upcoming film. A copy of FF #46 in 9.6 condition currently holds a bid of 2,800 and is sure to rise as the auction at comiclink.com begins to heat up.

The Inhumans are a race of mutated humans that live in a city called Attilan. More importantly, Marvel announced there was an Inhumas movie coming in 2019. Marvel already proved it can take a group of Z-list comics heroes—like the Guardians of the Galaxy—and rule the summer box office. So, expect the Inhumans to be hit as well and go pick these up. FF #46 sees the first full appearance of Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans, and no doubt the star of the upcoming film. FF #45 is currently sitting at $3,101 which is almost twice what it guides for in 9.2 and it will go up from there. FF #46 is holding at only $2,800. This is the second-highest graded copy of #46, according to the CGC Census, and guides for $3,000. I have no idea what either of these end up going for, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they both set record prices.


Herge’s cover of Le Petit Vingtieme (1938) had a winning bid of $479,387 in an auction at Sotheby’s in Paris.

Herge’s cover of Le Petit Vingtieme (1938) had a winning bid of $479,387 in an auction at Sotheby’s in Paris.

Sothbey’s Bande Dessinee

Last week Sotheby’s auction house in Paris realized more than $4 million in sales for the Bande Dessinee (French for “comic strip”) Major Auction that featured a who’s-who of legendary comic artists from all over the world. Most notably, more original work from Tintin creator Herge brought in the highest prices. Herge’s cover of Le Petit Vingtieme (1938) had a winning bid of $479,387 and the original page 102 of King Ottaka’s Scepter (1939) sold for $193,723. But European artists weren’t the only ones to realize big prices.

American artists like Charles Burns had an original six-panel strip from his Big Baby Graphic Novel sell for more than $13,000. A complete seven-page Will Eisner Spirit story, “Blood of the Earth” (1950), sold for more than $53,000. It’s not often you see complete Eisner stories sold and this example is the most expensive ever realized at auction.

Frank Miller’s original page 20 of the Dark Knight Returns issue #3 sold for an impressive $27,507. Not bad at all for a page that only features Batman in three panels.

Frank Miller’s original page 20 of the Dark Knight Returns issue #3 sold for an impressive $27,507. Not bad at all for a page that only features Batman in three panels.

An original Charles Schultz Peanuts strip from 1983 sold for more than $22,000, while Frank Miller’s original page 20 of the Dark Knight Returns issue #3 sold for an impressive $27,507. Not bad at all for a page that only features Batman in three panels. And in a very rare auction appearance, Dave Stevens’ cover of Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1 (1988) sold for more than $66,000. There’ve been very few sales of any original Stevens Rocketeer pages, so this buyer may have walked away with a steal even at twice the price.

Dave Stevens’ cover of Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1 (1988) sold for more than $66,000. There’ve been very few sales of any original Stevens Rocketeer pages, so this buyer may have walked away with a steal even at twice the price.

Dave Stevens’ cover of Rocketeer Adventure Magazine #1 (1988) sold for more than $66,000. There’ve been very few sales of any original Stevens Rocketeer pages, so this buyer may have walked away with a steal even at twice the price.

Other international artists like Japan’s Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka had an original pen-and-ink sketch of everyone’s favorite boy-robot sell for more than $25,000, and an original illustration from Spanish Blacksad illustraitor Juanjo Guarnido fetched more than $46,000.

Almost all of the highest-selling items blew past their sales estimates, proving that collectors are willing to pay far more than ever for original art from these historic creators.


Asterix helps Charlie Hebdo victims’ family

Albert Uderzo, the French illustrator and co-creator of Asterix, donated an original story board from the comic strip Asterix, the Laurels of Caesar, originally printed in the French comic magazine Pilote in 1971, for Christie’s most recent Comics and Illustrations auction, with all proceeds going to the families of the victims of the January Charlie Hebdo attack.

Albert Uderzo donated an original story board from the comic strip Asterix, the Laurels of Caesar, originally printed in the French comic magazine Pilote in 1971, for Christie’s most recent Comics and Illustrations auction, with all proceeds going to the families of the victims of the January Charlie Hebdo attack.

Albert Uderzo donated an original story board from the comic strip Asterix, the Laurels of Caesar, originally printed in the French comic magazine Pilote in 1971, for Christie’s most recent Comics and Illustrations auction, with all proceeds going to the families of the victims of the January Charlie Hebdo attack.

The auction ended on March 14 and brought in more than $150,000 with Christie’s agreeing to wave its usual commission. The piece will be signed by Uderzo before it’s delivery to the private collector who won the auction. Uderzo, now 87, came out of retirement earlier this year to draw two tributes to the Charlie Hebdo victims after two gunmen stormed the Paris office of the satirical newspaper killing 12 employees.


Matt Baum is Worthpoint’s comic book Worthologist and Co-Host of the Two-Headed Nerd Comic Book Podcast. If you have questions about these comics or any others feel free to post them in the comments section below or hit him up on Twitter, where he’s constantly yelling about stuff even nerdier than what you just read.

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