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Undervalued Spotlight

Marvel Comics Presents #72, Marvel Comics, March 1991. I was talking comics with a pal of mine and somehow we got on the topic of books the market is ignoring. We’re both opinionated which can sometimes make for difficult conversation. Luckily comics aren’t quite politics and the passions they inflame have a hard time spreading across a convention floor. We…

Captain Marvel #26, Marvel Comics, May 1973. I was chatting with one of my pals at the shop the other day and he was telling me about a nice little comic pick up he had just made. War Is Hell #9 is the book he snagged, he told me it was hot book because of all the spec around Thanos, the…

Superman #246, DC Comics, December 1971. This guest Undervalued Spotlight comes courtesy of long time reader Sonny Zymali. Take it away! I feel like I’ve got a good pick for an undervalued book that has had me scratching my head for over a year now. With the DC Extended Universe in full swing both on television and in theaters, I feel…

Magnus Robot Fighter #1, Gold Key, February 1963 A small stack of Gold Key’s came into the shop recently, the best book in the bunch was a beat up copy of this week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick Magnus Robot Fighter #1. I poked around trying to come up with a price and was surprised at how low the value is in…

All Top Comics #8, Fox Feature Syndicate, November 1947 It seems I’ve been neglecting the Golden Age of comics lately, only 2 of my last 19 posts have been devoted to what is probably the best hunting ground for undervalued comics. This week I’ll address this error in judgment with inspiration that came from my good buddy Jay and his…

Last updated on May 17th, 2017 at 08:40 amGiant-Size Creatures #1, Marvel Comics, July 1974 Recently I did a small con and didn’t have a lot of room on my table. I had to lose some bins so out went the Sgt. Fury section, the Harvey Comics section, the Dell photo cover and Westerns section as well as the Giant-Size…

Strange Adventures #205, DC Comics, October 1967 The Silver Age has seen heavy speculation on all 1st appearances of note. Pure speculation can put strong upward pressure on prices as we rush to own these key issues before they “explode” in value thanks to some future exposure/popularity that we hope the character will enjoy. Characters like Poison Ivy from Batman #181…

Batman Adventures #1 FCBD Edition, DC Comics, June 2003 Only a few more sleeps until Free Comic Book Day. Your local comic shop is the place to be this Saturday May 6th, they will be giving away a lot of free comic books. My shop ordered a whack of comics for the event, it’s our biggest order ever for Free Comic…

Sensation Comics #20, DC Comics, August 1943 I was reading up on the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, lots of hype online and lots of general excitement. I thought I’d comb over some old Wonder Woman comics and see if I can find an interesting book that is not one of the usual suspects. I found a few actually and after…

Forever People #1, DC Comics February/March 1971 This week’s Undervalued Spotlight shines on Jack Kirby’s seminal Forever People #1. I was drawn to Forever People #1 as I was reading about the online April fool’s joke that had Matt Damon playing Darkseid in the upcoming Justice League movie. At least I think it was an April fool’s joke? Anyway the…

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1, America’s Best Comics, March 1999 I think the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (LOEG) is one of the best ideas to come out of comics ever! That’s a big statement to make but I believe it to be true and that’s why this week’s Undervalued Spotlight has to be League of Extraordinary Gentlemen #1. Co-conceived by…

Fantastic Four #232, Marvel Comics, July 1981 Our great little discussion over at my recent Auction Spotlight post heavily influenced this week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick, Fantastic Four #232. In the discussion commenters left opinions both in favor and against the idea that the Fantastic Four can enjoy a resurgence. One point was made on the importance of a book establishing…

House of Secrets #94, DC Comics, October/November 1971 Sadly Bernie Wrightson passed away March 18th, 2017 at the way too young age of 68. Mr. Wrightson was a true giant of the industry, his work helped define the Bronze Age of comics. He’ll best be remembered in comics for co-creating Swam Thing with Len Wein back in 1971’s House of…

Strange tales #111, Marvel Comics, August 1963 I was set up at a comic con this past weekend and had the pleasure of kicking back one evening with a few friends and a few too many drinks. One of the cool discussions we got into was the value of comics with second appearances. Were all second appearances undervalued? Prices of…

Action Comics #116, DC Comics, January 1948 We haven’t visited the early Golden Age in a while and when I came across this beauty I knew what I had to do. In long running titles collectors tend to focus on the books with 1st appearances, cross over appearances by other heroes, major villain appearances and of course prominent covers. An…

Fables #1, DC/Vertigo, July 2002 When I started working at the comic shop full time back in the 2003 I immediately set about trying to read as much new stuff as I could so I at least sounded like I knew what I was talking about when I talked comic talk to customers. I think I did OK with most…

Man from U.N.C.L.E. #7, Gold Key, July 1966 I’ve bought and sold a lot of comic books over the years and yet there are very few I regret selling. Yes, there was that nice tight Tales of Suspense #39 I sold for $4,000 back in 1998, no exaggeration when I say it was an easy 9.4. But that lament is…

Marvel Super-Heroes #13, Marvel Comics, March 1968 This Spotlight came to me while I was arguing with someone about who was the best female superhero at Marvel. I’m not saying Captain Marvel is but I am presently this week’s Undervalued Spotlight as Marvel Super-Heroes #13. Marvel Superheroes #13 is a square bound 25 cent giant that features some cool Timely…

Falling in Love #121, DC Comics, February 1971 Ahh, my favorite post of the year because I get to say, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. I hope your day/year/life is filled with love. I honestly spend too much time on this post every year. There are so many eras and angles to choose from and it seems like I explore every…

Fantastic Four #113, Marvel Comics, August 1971 A few days ago I sorted all my Undervalued Spotlights alphabetically. I did this exercise to help me see if there were areas I was not adequately representing, the Spotlight mantra being all eras/all genres/all price points. I noticed I had an issue with the Fantastic Four. There have been seven FF’s represented…