Undervalued Spotlight #406

Amazing Spider-Man #102, Marvel Comics, November 1971.

Bronze baby, bronze! Thanks to last week’s post I’m all stoked for Marvel Bronze Age so I found another nice bite-sized book that would look good in everyone’s collection, actually I think it’s a necessity for everyone’s collection. The book is Amazing Spider-Man #102 and it’s this week’s Undervalued Spotlight.

Whoa, Walt! You picked Amazing Spider-Man #101 back in Spotlight #84 now you’re doing #102? Isn’t that like going with Fantastic Four #53 or heaven forbid, Incredible Hulk #182? Well, I guess it’s kind of like that but different. What Amazing Spider-Man has that the others don’t is an origin story. Sorry, I take that back, Fantastic Four #53 features the origin of Black Panther. What I meant to say was that the others were not published in November 1971.

Can there be a cooler collecting strain than the November 1971 Marvels? I won’t go into the beauty of the strain here in this post but I will link you to my Spotlight #94 – it has some great info in the comments field below the post). Addictive stuff!

Mathematics support this pick as well. You cannot touch an Amazing Spider-Man #101 these days, the book is on fire and price records are set every time a new copy is listed. Since 2016 price increases in the 9.2, 9.4 and 9.6 grades have ranged from almost doubling to more than tripling! That’s some nice appreciation right there.

Amazing Spider-Man #102, with its 2nd appearance (something I’ve been pushing since way back in Spotlight #79 – as an aside Spotlight #79 is officially the most viewed Spotlight I’ve ever posted – ), origin story, awesome cover and its oversized 25 cent November 1971 goodness has practically been flat on the markets over the past 2 years, CGC 9.6 has gone up 25% but the 9.2 and 9.4 prices have not moved.

The book features a stand out Gil Kane cover with a mutated 6 armed Spidey plus you get Morbius and the Lizard too, all in that Marvel Picture frame style that I love.

Recently a guy bought the 2 copies we had of Fear #20 and the 1 copy of Marvel Team-Up #3 but he left the high-grade Amazing Spider-Man #102.

Amazing Spider-Man #102 is embedded in the post collected era of the most collected title in collecting and with all the heat on Morbius I’m saying it’s a neglected gem that you should pick up!

The 48th Overstreet price break for this book is $79/$170/$260 in the 8.0/9.0/9.2 grade splits.

Reasons to buy this comic book as an investment:

  • 2nd appearance Morbius
  • Coveted November 1971 publication date
  • Origin Morbius
  • Embedded in the most collected era of the most collected title in collecting

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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5 years ago

And “Morbius” is misspelled on the cover ‍♂️