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Undervalued Spotlight

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…

Wow am I ever embarrassed. I just wrote up my annual Valentines Undervalued Spotlight, and boy am I drained! I was about to post it when I realized that the Valentine’s post is next week not this week! I thought the 14th was next Monday! DOH! Not wanting to be premature with my Romance comics I’ve made the executive decision…

Marvel Spotlight #2, Marvel Comics, February 1972 This week’s Spotlight came to me while I was chatting with some friends about Sherlock Holmes. We were talking about the latest BBC TV episodes starring Benedict Cumberbatch (the Marvel Doc Strange). We talked about how Sherlock was a public domain character but was never successfully adapted into comics. The conversation ended up…

Fantastic Four #12, Marvel Comics, March 1963 I was talking to a comic collector recently about the allure of those round 12 cent Marvels. We counted them up and came up with 45 super-hero Marvel comics that have them, remembering that Fantastic Four #1, #2 and Tales To Astonish #27 were 10 centers. These round 12 cent books have become…

Runaways #1, Marvel Comics, July 2003 The dominant back issue market segment for more recent comics has to be the variant issue market. It’s a tough market and one to enter into with lots of knowledge and a little caution. On the other hand the market for regular, non-variant issues of comics published since the year 2000 is thin at…

All Star Comics #51, DC Comics, February/March 1950 In Undervalued Spotlight #308 I introduced the now infamous Durajlija’s Equation for Iconic Golden Age covers (DEIGAC). Spotlight #314 contained the second book spit out by the equation and this week I’d like to get my first DEIGAC (pronounced Day-Gak!) post of 2017 into the books by presenting All Star Comics #51…

Journey into Mystery Annual #1, Marvel Comics, 1965 Marvel Comics certainly had a “way” with adapting fictional characters and making those characters their own. I can’t think of a bigger or better example than the Mighty Thor, introduced in Journey into Mystery #83, August 1962. Marvel took a character from Germanic and Norse mythology and turned him into one of…

Blackhawk #117, DC Comics, October 1957 This week’s Spotlight came to me while I was trying to convince the owner of a large Batman collection to sell, or at least trade his books to me. He’s looking for a Spider-Man #1 and I just picked one up! He was telling me that he focused his collection on Batman villains’ 1st appearances. This…

Last updated on March 7th, 2017 at 01:19 pmFor your collecting and investing reference, here is a complete listing of the third one hundred Undervalued Spotlights presented here on Comic Book Daily. Click the number to go to the post. Also see 1-100 and 101-200. # Title, Publisher, Date Of Issue Column Date 201 Marvel Premiere #47, Marvel Comics, April 1979 May 14,…