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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Most Valuable Modern Age Comics and Why!

Alright, many have asked for it, and now you're gonna get it!

Here it is: The most valuable modern age comics! However, before you get all excited and start thinking of dropping your hard earned dollars on modern age comics, thinking they're gonna make you rich, I'm gonna analyze the factors of how these particular comics became investment comics and the pitfalls to watch out for concerning modern age comics to invest in.

Walking Dead #1 Comic Cover
Ok, so in recent comic book news, A Walking Dead CGC graded 9.9 sold for $10,000 on ebay. Not bad for a modern age book. Not bad at all.

Yes, this Walking Dead #1 at a CGC grade of 9.9 is one of the most valuable modern age comics out there.

But here's the thing! That CGC 9.9 Walking Dead #1 isn't the only copy graded at that exact grade. According to the CGC census, there's 5 CGC 9.9 Walking Dead #1s and three of them are CGC Signature Series

But the Walking Dead #1 comic is a low print run!

Big whoop! The T.V. series blew up the demand enormously for the Walking Dead comics. Before the T.V. series was it selling that high? No, it wasn't.

But give credit where credit is due. The Walking Dead comics did become popular enough with comic fans to have Hollywood come knocking at the door!

There are 239 copies of The Walking Dead #1 graded at CGC 9.8. 239 copies that CGC has recorded. This doesn't count the copies that haven't been graded yet and are stuffed carefully in comic boxes around the world.

There are quite a bit of CGC 9.8 Walking Dead #1s out there. Hopefully the demand remains more than the supply for a Walking Dead #1 CGC 9.8 in the future.

So here's a few questions to ask concerning The Walking Dead and most modern age comics:

1. What's the longevity of this series?
2. Will this series be deeply engraved in pop culture status or is it a fad or flash in the pan?

I have to go further into question number two, as this is important. Star Wars is a huge pop culture phenomenon and continues to remain so. That's why Star Wars collectibles can be extremely valuable if the right ones are pursued.

Superman, Spider-Man, Transformers are also examples of pop culture icons that have lasted for decades. Will the Walking Dead be remembered as greatly as time goes on?

Gangnam Style is an extremely hot song right now, but will it be a beloved "classic" forty years from now, or will the song just be a fad and disappear without anyone really remembering it?

If the Walking Dead doesn't stay a strong presence in pop culture in the future, you can expect it's comics, no matter the print run or how rare, values to drop dramatically.

Let's compare Walking Dead #1 with the rarity of a silver age high demand key issue, shall we?

There are only two CGC graded copies of a silver age X-Men #1 at 9.8 and only two at a 9.6 NM+. Considering Fantastic Four #1, there are no CGC 9.8 graded copies, and only 1 at at 9.6 Near Mint Plus.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Comic Cover
Let's take the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles...a comic book that had an even lower print run than Walking Dead #1. The first initial print run was only 3,000 copies.

According to CGC's census, there are no copies of the original Mirage Studios first print Teenage Mutant Ninja #1 graded at CGC 9.9. There are, however, 2 graded at CGC 9.8.

You want to talk about a modern age comic that is rare...Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (not the Archie reprints) is extremely rare. A low NM 9.2 runs at guide for $8,500.00 bucks. Higher graded CGC copies can expect to pay $10,000 to $20,000!

And just like the Walking Dead, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became huge outside the world of just comic geeks with a cartoon, toys, and two big screen movies. Not to mention a remake or a reboot is in the works by Michael Bay.

Yes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have become pop culture icons. Maybe not as huge as Superman or Spider-Man, but they are engraved in pop culture.

As long as they have a certain level of pop culture status, they will be in demand and so will their comics. Especially the ultra rare Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 from 1984. 

Okay, so there's two valuable modern age comics. What about Chew #1? I keep hearing about Chew #1

Chew #1 This modern age comic from 2009 took off without a T.V. series to push it's demand. Perhaps, that's why it hasn't yet exploded into the arena of ridiculous investment comic sales.

A CGC 9.8 copy runs around $570.00, and there are 159 copies at that grade recorded by CGC. Wow! There are also 29 recorded CGC 9.9 copies floating around as well for Chew #1. 

However, once again, we are dealing with a comic with a low print run concerning the Chew comic series.

Chew #1 has a print run of about 4,500-5,000 copies. However, most of these are high grade copies. Then again, it is quite a young comic book series, so give it time.

Oh lord, and if a successful T.V. show or movie franchise based on the Chew comics comes out, watch the high grade values start climbing in a huff.

The next low print indie is from 1989, making it a copper age comic book. Jospeh Michael Lisner's Cry for Dawn #1 comic is one of the most valuable modern age comics out there.

The comic is for mature audiences only, with extremely graphic violence and sexual depictions. This issue and the Cry for Dawn 9 issue series introduced the sexy red-headed character of Dawn, whom became a bit popular she would later spin off in her own titled series simply called "Dawn." 

Low near mint grades for Cry for Dawn #1 run about $120 and a Near Mint Plus 9.6 can go for $200 to 300 bucks. Not a bad investment.

Issue number two is worth $70 bucks at a low near mint, as well $50 for issue number three. However, you have to look at the demand for this book. Is it decent or high? Will it be strong in the future? Remember, a comic is only worth it's value if someone is willing to pay for it.

In Part 3, I'm going to list some modern age comics that comic book collectors should get immediately. These issues are either super hot or they will be hugely important in a historical sense. Just click the arrows to read Part 3 or go back and read Part 1.


  1. how do you feel about peter panzerfaust #1? since the tv show is coming soon

    1. Peter Panzerfaust #1 is a pretty hot comic now, and if the TV show is actually developed and becomes a success, issue number one will see a great jump in demand and value.

  2. You should probably adjust this considering they already announced the return of The Amazing Spider-man. Issue #700 has dropped in value quite a bit and most likely will be nothing special once Peter Parker returns.