Undervalued Spotlight #87

Someone pointed out that I have not featured a Modern Era comic since my exquisite New Mutants #2 pick in Undervalued Spotlight #79 back in the middle of March (beware the ides of March).

Oddly enough I was just going through a run of Amazing Spider-Man’s I’d just purchased and made a mental note to price issue #441 a bit more aggressively than I did the last issue I put out (which sold within 2 days).

You see Amazing Spider-Man #441 is the last issue in the series. The next Amazing Spider-Man was #1 and part of an ongoing attempt at Marvel to re-launch its major titles to much more accessible #1s. Sure Marvel cheated and went back to the old numbering system, first having new and old numbering beginning with #30/471 and abandoning the new numbering altogether with issue #500 (how convenient).

Still to many a Spider-Man purist issue #441 marks the end of an era, the end to what had become and still most likely is the most collected superhero comic book title.

The great thing about Amazing Spider-Man as a title was its ability to create new and lasting characters, to introduce new directions and events that would always be remembered. The run is dotted with special issues so frequently that collectors from every era have many individual issues to covet. It seems you can go decades in some other major titles before something of note happens but with ASM you go from landmark to landmark. Have a peruse at the ASM title in the Overstreet Price Guide to see what I’m talking about.

Amazing Spider-Man #441 gives us a John Byrne cover and a John Byrne story.

Between 1995 and 1998 the Amazing Spider-Man print run dropped by half. The 1998 levels of under 120,000 (according to a post on CBR) were close to the lowest levels for the title at least until the late 00s when all titles started drifting south of the 100,000 mark.

The important thing to note is that these later low print runs don’t belong in the original 441 issue Amazing Spider-Man run. You’ll find most of the Spidey’s in the low 400s get good market prices relative to issue in the mid 300 or late 400s.

True collectors of the Amazing Spider-Man run can find excuses to avoid issues like Volume 2 #5 etc but they cannot ignore issue #441. Add to all this that #441 marks the end and as I’ve stated before final issues are a collecting strain unto themselves.

Amazing Spider-Man #441 is an important issue every Spider-Man fan and every key comic book fan should own and its one you can acquire cheap!

The 40th edition of the Overstreet Price Guide shows $4 at the 9.2 grade

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

  • Key issue marking the end of the Amazing Spider-Man run
  • Relatively low print run for Amazing Spider-Man in 1998
  • ASM collecting complete-ists must have it
  • Own a piece of Spidey and comic history on the cheap, the book is underperforming in the market right now with the last CGC 9.8 selling for $21
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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