This is going to be one of those observational posts, I’m not going to be backing up my words with hard numbers, though I’ve glanced quickly at some data just to make sure I’m not delusional and it seems to check out.
I’ve mentioned here before that Silver and Bronze Age DCs are finally picking up some steam though they do have a long way to go to start challenging the Marvel fervor in the back issue marketplace. So if I’m calling the back issue market for Silver Age and Bronze Age Marvels a fervor then what the heck do I call the marketplace around the Amazing Spider-Man title?
Way back when I was just starting out in the business and I quickly adapted a business strategy, a rule so to speak, to always mind the Spideys. If a guy walks into the store with them he’s not walking out with them, if I’m scouring a con or a shop for items to buy for resale the A bin gets my attention first, when I go to a con to sell the one bin that has to be topped up better than all the others is the Amazing Spider-Man bin, my high end wall books had to be littered with Spideys.
I’d give myself an A- grade for my Spidey rule over these past few decades, yes there are some that I should have bought but didn’t, still overall I worked really hard, and am still working really hard at acquiring all the Amazing Spider-Man issues I can.
Where I score a C- is my mindfulness at selling them, I’ve always sold lots and lots of Spideys thanks in part to my aggressive buying, it’s just in retrospect I should have set the same rule for the selling end of the equation; I only had the rule for the buying end. What I should have done is been much more firm on pricing, I’ve always haggled and always given deals, I should have adopted a different, golden rule for Amazing Spider-Man issues only.
The title is performing beyond anyone’s expectations, starting from the now impossible Amazing Fantasy #15 working all the way up to the end of the original run at #441 (35 years worth of issues). I don’t think there is a weak era left in the run. We all know the big long Silver Age Marvel runs that made it into the 1990s, Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Thor, X-Men and by extension through the re-launch stuff Cap, Hulk and Iron Man. All these titles have those dead zone eras where you are lucky to sell copies in the $2 bin, except for Amazing Spider-Man, there is no dead zone left in this title. Amazing!
Amazing Spider-Man has become the flagship title for comic book collecting, people coming into the hobby seem drawn to it more than any other title. The 1st appearance of villains the title boasts is beyond impressive, hammer after hammer after hammer keep coming up.
The title is so heavily traded too, have a look at the next ComicLink auction, there are usually pages filled with just the Amazing Spider-Man run but the demand is so crazy it seems record prices are set weekly all up and down the run. My worry is that the Spideys will slowly start to dry up, of course if that happens then we’d see price increases that would free up some more copies, kind of like what we are seeing now I guess.
My advice to all is to mind your Spideys!
Speaking of Amazing Spider-Man we had one sell last night on the internationalcollectiblesexchange eBay auction, a nice sold CGC 5.0 copy of Amazing Spider-Man #7 sold for $865.55 USD beating the previous GPA sale of $787 USD earlier in October. A Strong, beautiful copy of a single digit Amazing Spider-Man for under a G Note? Advantage Buyer.