Undervalued Spotlight #182

flash 300The Flash #300, DC Comics, August 1981

Sometimes we need to think small and be satisfied with the little victories that are there for the taking. String up enough of these in a row and you’d be surprised how far along you’ll get.

It takes just under 250 bagged and boarded comics to fill a long box. Now a long box does not take up that much room, slide it in the back corner of your bedroom closet, put a small blanket over it and use it as your slippers rack! Value and function!

The point is if you load up that long box with little gems like this week’s pick you won’t have to worry as much about your underfunded pension plan, wait, perhaps it’s those books in your safety deposit box that should be given that responsibility. Regardless, a long box full of picks like The Flash #300 can only help.

Let’s rhyme off some of the good things this book has to offer. It’s the 25th anniversary issue all wrapped up in the 300th. Of course they are alluding to the 25th anniversary of Flash’s rebirth in Showcase #4 (though they were a month early but hey issue #300s don’t come around every day, or ever these days). These anniversary issues are highly collected and I love them. The Flash #300 also features the origin of the Flash and many of Flash’s villains, and again, I’m high on origin issues. The book boasts a super wraparound cover by DC great Carmine Infantino and to add one more neat feature to the book, it has no ads, yep it’s all Flash all the time in the 48 page Infantino penciled epic titled A Flash Odyssey!

Considering that this comic lists at $8 in the Guide and considering all the cool stuff I’ve mentioned above and considering the Flash is seen by many, including myself as the next break out hero from DC it would be hard to argue against this book.

The best part is you get as many as you’d like. Seriously, grab a handful, though you should be mindful not to put all your eggs in one long box.

You can pick up CGC 9.6 copies for about $40 or CGC 9.4s for $25 but I’d recommend you hunting down nice tight raw copies and try to stay as close to $10 as you can.

The 43rd edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide shows $5/$6/$8 as the 8.0/9.0/9.2 price splits.

Strengths that make this comic book a good long-term investment are:

  • Flash Origin
  • 300th issue
  • 25th anniversary issue
  • Waaaaay too cheap in today’s Guide
  • Flash set to take off

Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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