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Sunday, February 2, 2014

HIGH GRADE ALERT: Marvel Premiere #1 CGC 9.6! Pedigree!

Marvel Premiere #1 
Origin of Adam Warlock
Published April 1972
Writer: Roy Thomas
Artist: Gil Kane
Inker: Dan Adkins

High Grade Key Issue Located: 



We are back again with this comic issue, but I promise that this particular copy is different. There's actually two major reasons why this particular CGC graded book is especially a sought out investment comic. 

Sure, it's a 9.6 NM+ high grade copy, but it's not like most CGC 9.6 graded copies of Marvel Premiere #1 out there in the comic world. There's one special element that makes this particular 9.6 copy more valuable than most other average 9.6 CGC graded copies.

It's a Pedigree comic. That's right, this Marvel Premiere #1 is from the Western Penn collection!

If you're unsure about what a Pedigree comic or collection is, don't worry. I'm about to explain it.

A Pedigree comic is from a large enough comic book collection in which every issue is from the original owner and most in that collection are in the high grade Near Mint range. What does that mean exactly?

What original owner means is that the comics in that collection never changed hands. The comics were bought right off the rack and kept for many years by the same, single owner in pristine condition. 

So, in today's world, let's say someone takes their collection and sells to a local comic shop. Many of those comics end up in the back issue bins before you find it and buy it. That comic is no longer eligible for Pedigree status because it already had a previous owner before it changed hands into your collection.

Back then in 1972, there weren't comic shops. You got comics at grocery stores, book stores, and news stands. There were no backing boards, no plastic protective sleeves, and no fancy comic book boxes specially made to store comics. Every single comic in a Pedigree collection was bought and kept by the same owner. Those comics only entered the market once from whatever retail outlet that sold them, and were then locked away somewhere until they were found years later.

That's one of the reasons why a Pedigree collection and comic is a lot more valuable than the same comics graded at exactly the same grade. It's extremely hard to find a collection nowadays in which the comics in them didn't change ownership several times. Sure, I have a bunch of comics from the 80s and 90s that I bought off the rack and kept throughout the years, but they're not exactly in super high grade nor are they even remotely desirable key issues. 

I should also note that Pedigree collections are comprised of golden age, silver age, and bronze age books for now. Modern age comics are so far excluded. Having an entire collection of high grade modern age comics is nothing special. Most collectors nowadays have them, but not a lot of collectors have a high grade collection of golden, silver, and bronze age comics that they bought right off the rack.

However, it may change in the future to include the copper age era for Pedigree collections. I'm sure it will sometime, but I'm not holding my breath. Most of my copper age comics I acquired as a kid, I read the living the daylights out of. I know they're far from high grade near mint copies.
  The second reason why this issue is a great choice to consider now or really soon doesn't really pertain to this exact particular graded comic, but pertains to Marvel Premiere #1 in general. If you've been following this blog, I've always been predicting that Adam Warlock will make a big screen debut in the future.

At the end credit scene in Thor The Dark World, there's actually a nod to Adam Warlock's character. If you missed it you can read about Adam Warlock in Thor The Dark World by clicking the link.

This end credit scene has added extra fuel for this particular bronze age key issue. When Warlock's character is finally confirmed for a big screen debut, watch Marvel Premiere #1's demand and value really take off. 

If you have a high grade copy before then, you were smart. Watch that sucker go up nicely. If you have this high grade Western Penn copy, however, you made a real investment comic choice.


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  2. Very hard book to find in high grade because of the jet black border! Great character and great story arc. Gil Kane is a master! I'm really excited for this book. It's one of the very few good Marvel character origin/appearances that's still affordable. He's going to play a huge part in the rest of the future movies.