Marvel Team-Up #62, Marvel Comics, October 1977.

I’ve been spending waaay too much money buying gifts lately to even think about picking a big expensive book this week so I’d like to keep it light and fun AND leave Santa some much-needed coin in his pocket.

I got the inspiration for this week’s pick from those great Captain Marvel trailers now online. There seems to be some flack over Brie Larson playing the role but I think she’s a great pick, the trailers are awesome and I can’t wait for the movie.

There are a lot of key issues in the whole chronology of this character. Marvel Super-Heroes #13, Captain Marvel (1968 series) #18, Ms. Marvel #1, X-Men #164 (1st Binary) and Avenging Spider-Man #9 are the obvious go-to issues but looking them up online they all seem very realized in their values. Granted, a great movie and a great cinematic future for the character could mean even more room for appreciation for all the above books but I don’t want to get that far ahead of myself.

This week I’d like to feature a little gem that’s lying well below the radar but that is a deserved piece for anyone building a focused collection around the character, this week the Undervalued Spotlight shines on Marvel Team-Up #62.

Marvel Team-Up #62 with its great Gil Kane cover featuring a trifecta of very strong characters that popular just culture can’t get enough of. Spider-Man has always been top shelf and there’s no denying the popularity of the Skrulls as villains, just have a look at the values copies of Fantastic Four #2 (1st appearance of the Skrulls) are getting. Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel looks to be on the cusp of major stardom as well. As I’ve said on this blog countless times, covers matter and this cover delivers.

I noted above that the values those key issues I mentioned are getting are all strong, even run issues of the Ms. Marvel series that launched in 1977 are hot with issues like Ms. Marvel #9, #10 and #11 all getting north of $200 in the 9.8 grade. I use these issues because they were published in September, October and November of 1977, the same time as Marvel Team-Up #62 (October 1977). Today you could pick up a CGC 9.8 copy of Marvel Team-Up #62 for about $125. I’m thinking $125 is a deal, I mean you get the 1st appearance of Ms. Marvel outside her title (Carol Danvers appears in issue #61 as a set up for her headlining role in #62) and you get the benefit of co-headlining with the best name in the business to be attached to – the Amazing Spider-Man – Spidey fans are legion.

The Marvel Team-Up title is a gold mine of undervalued early appearances of new Marvel characters that were given a boost by being allowed to share the stage with Spidey. I love books that are batched up in a price group by the Overstreet Guide, it tells me that the books have not been extrapolated yet and it tells me that there should be plenty of copies out there available on the cheap.

It’s tough slogging these days digging through a dealer’s Carol Danvers/Ms. Marvel bins looking for a deal, most of the early stuff now goes up on the wall. Here’s where Marvel Team-Up comes in. You should be able to find Marvel Team-Up #62 in cheapie bins at cons just make sure you pick crisp tight copies that are square to the corner and still carry good gloss. If you are the adventurous type then hunt down a 35 cent price variant, it will bring you that much more scarcity.

The 48th Overstreet price break for this book is $5/$7/$9 in the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grade splits.

Reasons to buy this comic book as an investment:

  • Early Ms. Marvel appearance, 1st outside Ms. Marvel title
  • Great Skrull/Ms. Marvel/Spider-Man cover
  • Anchored in a Spider-Man title, which is never a bad thing
  • Cheap, Cheap, Cheap