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Monday, April 21, 2014

Key Issue Investment Comics Between $100 to $200 Part 3

Alrighty, we're here with Part 3 to this series, and after this part, I'm gonna take a bit of a break from the series and write some other stuff. As always, these key issue investment comics are selling between $100 to $200 at the time of this writing.

I'll do my best to keep it updated, but definitely no promises. Most of these are gonna be Copper and Modern Age comics, but I'll try to scrounge up some Bronze Age comics. Also, I'll be getting more diverse in terms of grading. This list won't just pertain to only CGC 9.8s. If they're are key issue comics within this price range that are CGC 9.6s or 9.4s, they may start to appear more frequently.

However, most Copper and Modern Age comics will still be held to the CGC 9.8 range, unless it is a super key. Okay, enough babbling...let's get this over with.

Wolverine #2 Limited Series September, 1982 (CGC 9.8)

The second issue to the first Wolverine series is still going for under the $200 mark and CGC 9.8s. This limited series written by Chris Claremont with art by Frank Miller is still a fan favorite and was the basis for last years The Wolverine movie. I have this issue, but in CGC 9.6, in which I bought the entire limited series issues 1-4 all CGC 9.6 in a lot.

eBay - Two options below $200 at the time of this writing. One is a Buy It Now at $169.99. The other is also a Buy It Now at $188.99 but has a Best Offer option to haggle down.

Batman #404 February, 1987 (CGC 9.8)

This was an entry level pick on R.T. White's article that listed investment comics at or under $100, but the comic no longer applies to that price range. It's safe to say this comic is consistently dropping over a hundred bucks now. As R.T. White stated about this comic in his post, this is one of the best Batman stories re-told and begins the Year One story line. 

This Copper Age comic is one of the best key issue comics to invest in from the era to consider and features the first appearance of the modern Catwoman. Story is by Frank Miller.

eBay - Only one option here at a Buy It Now for $124.99. May want to wait for an auction or a better Buy It Now option to surface, but that may be a wait. This comic is slowly on the move up.

Machine Man #1 April, 1987 (CGC 9.8)

To be honest, much of the comics in between the $100 to $200 range are mostly gonna be Copper Age or Modern Age books, and I have a bias towards those eras in terms of comic investing. I'll explain why that is in another post.

So, because I tire of listing Copper Age and Modern Age comics, I will scrap the bottom of the Bronze Age barrel and try to find key issue comic investments from that era that meet the price range of this list.

Machine Man #1 is one of them, created by legendary Jack Kirby. This Bronze Age character was never really that popular and had a cult following, but since most Bronze Age key issues are becoming increasingly hard to find below the $200 mark, quite a few collectors or comic investors are buying up this issue at CGC 9.8.

Not really the best of key issue comics to invest in for the Bronze Age, but it is a key issue nonetheless. Current prices are dropping around $135.

eBay - Only two options for this bronze age key issue at CGC 9.8. Both are at $165, but one has a Best Offer option. May be able to get that one quite a bit cheaper. Not an in-demand comic so it might be a while for another auction to pop up for this comic at this grade.

Batman: The Killing Joke December, 1988 (CGC 9.8)

Another pick of R.T. White's that moved past the $100 mark, Alan Moore written The Killing Joke has become an excruciating popular story amongst Batman and comic fans alike. This is the story in which Barbara Gordon is shot and paralyzed, sending her on the path to become Oracle.

These are dropping a bit past $100 even for auctions. You may still be to get a fluke one for under, but the average sale of this book is above the $100 mark so it makes this list. 

eBay - A few auctions going on for The Killing Joke at CGC 9.8. May be your chance to get this Copper Age comic below $100 or slightly above it. Lots of options to choose from. Not exactly a rare comic, but the demand is strong enough.

X-Men #129 January, 1980 (CGC 9.4)

Getting a bit tired of just trying to find key issues in the 9.8 grade range for this price range, because there are limited choices or I'm just going to continually repeat issues that are already on other key issues lists. Besides, there are quite a few investment comics that are perfectly fine at other NM grades like this one.

X-Men #129 is the first appearance of Kitty Pryde and it's an in-demand comic. This comic just doesn't hold the first appearance of Kitty Pryde, though. It has a lot of first appearances such as the first appearance of the Hellfire Club, the first appearance of Emma Frost, and the first appearance of Sebastian Shaw just to name a few.

CGC 9.8s are already nearing the $800 mark and 9.6s are in the $300-$400 range. A CGC 9.4 is fine for this X-Men key issue, and it's one of the best X-Men key issues to get from the late Bronze Age era. 9.4 CGC copies are in the $160-170 range as of this writing.

eBay - No auctions yet for CGC 9.4s. Buy It Now option is at $224.95 with a Best Offer option. You may be able to haggle it below $200. There's another CGC 9.4 with the Modern Age red label for $175 at the time of this writing. Seller is in Canada.

New Mutants #100 April, 1991 (CGC 9.8)

The first printing of the first appearance of X-Force has now comfortably crossed over the $100 mark. As stated in my New Mutants Key Issues list, this is a comic to watch out for. This is the first printing, so beware of the ka-zillion other printings this comic has.

CGC 9.8s are barely over $100 as of this writing, and since an X-Force movie has been thrown out there by Fox, this Copper Age key issue is slowly heating up.

eBay - No auctions just yet, but a few Buy It Now options around the $130 to $140 range. This comic is getting up there since the last time I suggested it on this blog.

Thanks for reading, and if you missed Part 2, just click the PREVIOUS link and it'll zap you to it. If not, continue on to Part 4 by clicking link below to the right!


  1. I ave being meaning to ask you what do you think about 2nd you think they are viable investments. for example new muntants 98 and x-force 2. considering a 9.8 new muntants 98 go's for around $350+ for a 9.8 and x-force 2 9.8 go's for around $40+. do you think it will trickle down? or do think it just applys to holy grail books??

    1. Yep, I do think 2nd appearances are viable investment comics. Some 2nd appearances of silver age characters are already extremely valuable. Some 2nd appearances of characters are becoming more in-demand i.e. Punisher, Wolverine, for bronze age as well. Whether this trickles to Copper Age ie 2nd appearance of Deadpool hasn't really emerged yet, but I believe it will eventually trickle down.

      For Copper Age and Modern Age, I would get both 1st and 2nd appearance. Considering that New Mutants #98 at 9.8 has not reached the $1,000 mark, it's still an affordable investment comic as opposed to comic investments that are past $1000 for a VF CGC copy.