3rd Quarter 2012 Review

What goes up must come down and what goes down… must come up! That was the story for comic values during the third quarter of 2012. The two hottest Ages so far this year, the Silver and Modern Ages, declined during the quarter. The down-and-out Bronze Age popped 10.3% after falling 2% in Q1 and 11% during Q2. The Marvel Composite Index, which combines the Silver, Bronze, and Modern Age indexes, fell 5.2%. The table below summarizes each index’s performance during the quarter and for the year:

Here’s a comparison of the Silver Age, Bronze Age, and Modern Age performance year-to-date. All indices have been set to a starting value of $100 for a direct comparison.

Avengers #1 drove most of the Silver Age’s decline during the quarter. We saw values rise before the movie’s release and now we’re seeing the expected reversion back to pre-movie values. If you believe values are going to rise long-term then the recent weak performance is an opportunity.

Incredible Hulk #181, which fell off a cliff after 2008, showed some signs of life during the quarter. The title came close to breaking the $8,000 level but bounced and finished the quarter at $12,500.

The Bronze Age 9.8 Index would have performed even better if it wasn’t for an Amazing Spider-Man #129 auction that settled at $4,000 near the end of September. In March a copy sold for close to $5,000 after values dropped below $4,000 in January. Will this title follow Incredible Hulk #181 and start to bottom here?


Until next time!

R.J. Steinhoff
R.J. Steinhoff

RJ Steinhoff is a lifelong comic book fan and when he’s not working for a living he runs the comictrend.com website.

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Peter K
Peter K
11 years ago

R.J. – Thanks. I love to check out your quarterly reports. I am an optimist here. I don’t see a problem with a correction in Silver and Modern ages. We may see more corrections, but overall, I feel the the pop culture influences are unstoppable now and that we will see an ongoing growth in the pool of investors in coming years. The oversupply of high grade Bronze Age may lessen as this pool of investors grows, particularly since Bronze is so much more affordable. I hope the fact that I am usually wrong about everything doesn’t diminish my case.

11 years ago

Thanks, Peter! I agree with you!