Invaders Annual #1, Marvel Comics, 1977.

Over the past couple of years I’ve written way too much about how comic book covers have enjoyed a growing influence on comic book values. I’ve noted that graded comics essentially become postage stamps or post cards to be collected and admired for their beauty, subject matter and condition. Nothing new to report here other than to update you that the trend continues.

I don’t think there’s a better example of this principle in practice than Suspense Comics #3. The classic Alex Schomburg cover to Suspense Comics #3 has become THE cover. It’s value doesn’t really make sense when you look at it as a single issue but when you realize the whole collecting community has added the weight of all covers on this one you start to understand. It’s kind of like the tourists running past the Goya’s to get a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. I’m in no way comparing Suspense #3 to the Mona Lisa but I am saying they kind of work on the same relationship plain within their collecting communities.

Alex Schomburg was a prolific cover artist in the Golden Age of Comics, his Timely war covers are celebrated and highly sought after by collectors today. “A Schomburg cover” has become synonymous with quality and desirability.  I don’t know anybody that can afford a nice copy of Suspense #3 and many of the other classic Schomburg covers of that era are moving out of reach for most of us very quickly.

Some stellar Schomburg covers recently garnered record prices on the online auctions (I bid and wasn’t even close on 2 I really liked including a Startling Comics #49) and their results inspired this week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick, Invaders Annual #1.

Invaders Annual #1 from 1977 features the 1st Marvel Schomburg cover since 1947 and what better subject matter to hand over to the then 72-year-old master than Captain America, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner and Nazis! I read that Stan Lee compared Schomburg’s Timely covers to Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers – that’s some high praise.

So yes we can own a beautiful Schomburg cover and we can own one in high grade. CGC 9.4 copies are only selling for over half the 9.2 Guide price, you can pick up a CGC 9.6 for just over the CGC 9.2 price. Peanuts.

I think Invaders Annual #1 can and will enjoy some newfound demand as the importance of and the myth surrounding Alex Schomburg’s art continues to grow.

The 47th Overstreet price break for this book is $31/$53/$75 in the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grade splits.

Reasons to buy this comic book as an investment:

  • First Alex Schomburg cover since the Golden Age
  • 6 page Human Torch story drawn by Alex Schomburg and written by Roy Thomas