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Saturday, December 14, 2013


X-Factor #5
1st appearance of Apocalypse (Cameo)
 Published June 1986
Writer: Bob Layton
Artist: Jackson Guice
Inker: Josef Rubinstein

High Grade Key Issue Located:

mycomicshop - Gorgeous CGC 9.8 has been located at mycomicshop for this X-Factor #5 copper age key issue. Only $130, minus buyer's premium and shipping. 

This is the best deal I could find. Even ebay prices for high grade CGC 9.8 copies are going for more than the one located at mycomicshop.


I'm pretty sure you know already why, but for those that don't it seemed that Bryan Singer got all excited and tweeted that the next X-Men installment titled X-Men: Apocalypse. The movie will be released in 2016.

Quite strange for Bryan Singer to unleash such news even before the X-Men movie Days of Future Past that he's currently working on hasn't even been released in theaters yet. But, oh, well! I'm not complaining.
So we know that Apocalypse will be making his big debut on screen, and we all know what certain key issue is now on the hot burner. That's right: X-Factor #5!

This copper age key issue is known as the first appearance of Apocalypse, but it really only shows in shadow. Wouldn't that be a first brief appearance of the character? I don't know. I don't make up these first brief and first full appearance rules.

One of the oldest living  and powerful mutants alive, Apocalypse was created by writer Louise Simonson and designed by artist Walter Simonson. He has become a fan favorite villain within the X-Men universe, and it's no surprise that the character will finally be added the X-Men cinematic universe. 

What is surprising is that this key issue Marvel first appearance has taken so long to get a boost in demand. So far X-Factor #5 is worth well over the hundred dollar mark for most high grade CGC copies. However, I'm sure you can still get unslabbed copies for way less, but getting an unslabbed that's truly a 9.8 and not over graded is a different story.

If you didn't already know, the first X-Factor comics basically spun off the original X-Men characters of Cyclops, Beast, Iceman, Angel and Marvel Girl (also known as Jean Grey) into their own series. The series first came out when I was a kid, and I do actually remember picking it up the first issue.

Alright, X-Factor #5, first appearance of Apocalypse (as regarded for now), is expected to be in demand for quite a while. I'm even expecting this issue to keep in solid demand after the movie in 2016. 

This is a copper age book, so that means the highest grade you can get, as there are already a lot of high grade copies floating around. I wouldn't go below a 9.6. Actually, I would only consider a 9.8, but that's just me.

Once again, the CGC 9.8 copy at mycomicshop is the best deal I could find (as of this writing) for it's grade. It won't last long there either. There's a second copy there at the same grade that's selling for the average price going around of $180. 

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