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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Key Issue Investment Comics Within $500 to $1000 Part 2

Part 2 to the mayhem of this key issue investments comics list within the $500 to $1000 range. Like always, if you missed the previous part, you can visit the blue link to check out Part 1 to this series.

These are comics within that specified price range and the time of this writing and will encompass more grade ranges as well, since some are perfectly fine comic investments at grades other than CGC 9.8. I'll try to get as many CGC 9.8s in here, but they are becoming pretty slim within this price range.

Star Wars #1 May July, 1977 (CGC 9.8)

Episode 7 has been cast, a few from the original cast are returning, including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hammil. Characters other than the original cast members haven't been announced as of yet, and Star Wars #1, the comic book movie adaptation in CGC 9.8 are dropping around the $500 to $600 range on eBay.

Which is a bit surprising considering the fandom that surrounds Star Wars. With a whole new trilogy in the works, this bronze age comic should be pushing near the $1000 mark already. Still, a wise investment comic to have your sights on, especially since not many bronze age key issues in CGC 9.8 are below a $1000 any longer. 

eBay - No auctions so far at the time of this writing. Only a handful of Buy It Nows near the $600 range. 

mycomicshop - One regular Universal CGC 9.8 for sale here and going for $550. So far the cheapest option.

 Marvel Premiere #47 April, 1979 (CGC 9.8)

A comic that was a back issue bin for super cheap has gotten a huge surge in demand in a big bad way since confirmation that the Ant-Man movie would focus on Scott Lang rather than Henry Pym. This is not the first appearance of Scott Lang. It's the first appearance of Scott Lang taking over as Ant-Man, but it's now dropping past the $500 mark at this grade on eBay. 

One of the easier key issue comics to find in CGC 9.8 for auctions.

eBay - Two auctions at the time of this writing, both are under $500 so far. Two Buy It Nows in which the sellers both need to greatly lower their prices.

Incredible Hulk #271 May, 1982 (CGC 9.8)

This comic blew up in a big way and in a big hurry due to the Guardians of the Galaxy flick. It wasn't really well-known before, but then all the sudden it became a first appearance of Rocket Raccoon and BOOM! Demand for this sucker just hit the roof.

Now, Incredible Hulk #271 is one of the most late bronze age key issues and Marvel first appearances to be on the hunt for. 

eBay - Absolutely zero auctions for this comic at the moment. A few Buy It Now options that are below $1000 mark. Two still below $900, which one has a Best Offer option. That could change by the time you read this...for better or for worse. 

ComicConnect - auction going up May 12th for CGC 9.8 copy. 

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.8 copy here at $800. ComicLink charges a buyer's premium if you do not pay by check. Pay by check to avoid the buyer's premium.

Strange Tales #138 November, 1964 (CGC 9.8)

Pretty much a minor Doctor Strange key issue comic. After all it is a silver age key issue and CGC 9.8s for this comic are still under the $1000 mark. 

Strange Tales #138 holds the first appearance of Eternity, and was featured on the Doctor Strange key issues list I just recently did. 

eBay - Only one available for sale as a Buy It Now for $825, but it is PGX, not CGC. Last CGC 9.8 sold in March for $850. 

ComicLink - One available CGC 9.8 copy here but the asking price is already above $1000.

Iron Fist #14 August, 1977 (CGC 9.6)

Another one of Marvel first appearances that came out during the bronze age, Iron Fist #14 features the first appearance of Sabretooth, whom becomes an important and popular foe of Wolverine and the X-Men. A bit odd this character made his first debut in an Iron Fist comic, as he did not become a recurring villain for the superhero. Already past the $1000 mark for CGC 9.8s, this key issue is still below it for CGC 9.6s.

One of the more popular and sought out bronze age key issues, this comic has a good track record as an investment and should definitely be considered one of the best investment comics to snag...and soon...from the era.

eBay - Recent auctions have been dropping a little bit past the $600 mark for CGC 9.6s. No auctions as of yet, but best to keep an eye out for them because that can quickly change by the time you read this. Only one Buy It Now option available that's incredibly over-priced for the current demand.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.6 available at $694.89.

ComicLink - Cheapest option is here and only one for sale at $500 even. There are also two other CGC 9.6 options as well.

Werewolf By Night #32 August, 1975 (CGC 9.4)

Moon Knight has often been thought of as Marvel's version of Batman, and although not an extremely popular character, Moon Knight does have a cult following in the realm of comic geekdom. Regardless, the first appearance of Moon Knight is another odd Marvel first appearances, making his debut in the Werewolf By Night comic series of all titles.

This is definitely a sought out Marvel bronze age key issue, as CGC 9.8s and 9.6s are already selling for above the price range of this key comic issues list. I recommended this way back in August 2011 in a post about investing in Horror comics. You can click the link to check out it, but it's quite clear that Marc Spector as Moon Knight absolutely has hit the big leagues in a short time span.

eBay - This is steadily getting very close to the $800 mark. Only two options for this comic on eBay. No auctions. Both Buy It Nows and one is ridiculously priced. The other is still within the $800 range. 

mycomicshop - One option at $999.99 here.

ComicLink - One CGC 9.4 located here. Asking price is $885 and it's been bid up to $800.  

That's 12 key issue investment comics within the $500 to $1000 range so far to this series. Most of these comics have already appeared on other key comic issues lists on Total Comic Mayhem. 

This series is on-going, but that's it for now. Part 3 will be coming in the near future, so stay tuned. Actually, it might be a ways away from "near". 

If you missed Part 1, all you gotta do is click the blue PREVIOUS link below to read up on that. Also if you missed the other key issue investment comics lists in lower price ranges, just click the links at the very bottom of this post! Thanks for reading and your patience.


  1. Key Issue Investment Comics Still Under $100!
  2. Key Issue Investment Comics Between $100 to $200!
  3. Key Issue Comics Between $200 to $500!


  1. Hero for hire #1? Love this site .

    1. Hero for Hire #1 are way past the $1000 mark for CGC 9.8s, 9.6s, 9.4s, and becoming extremely rare to find in CGC 9.2s under $1000 at the current market. Actually, sales have stalled at these grades in the past few months, so it's hard to gauge if it belongs on this list or a higher range one.

  2. I always thought 1st app. of Rocket Raccoon was Marvel Premiere #7? Worth getting both or one over the other?

    1. Marvel Preview #7 has the first published appearance of Rocket Raccoon. For whatever reason, the market has made Hulk 271 Rocket Raccoon's first appearance historically (within Marvel Universe's timeline). The story in Marvel Preview #7 is set far into the future.

      I know, I think it's lame too. I believe Marvel Preview #7 should remain Rocket Racoon's first appearance, as it's the first time we see the character, but fans made a big stink about Hulk 271 and it's an extremely hot book for the moment.

      Marvel Preview #7 is going for $4500 in CGC 9.8 right now, and they're getting harder to find. Preferably, I'd get Marvel Preview #7. Realistically, I could afford Hulk 271, so it depends on what your budget can take.

    2. I bought a Marvel Preview #7 over a Hulk 271 and it wasn't that hard of a decision. The creator of Rocket Raccoon states that # 7 was the first appearance and that was enough for me. Guardian of the Galaxy comics in general are just astronomical now. People are spending way too much money on comics like Guardians of the Galaxy 1 from 1990 (Why I don't know). One comic that might be undervalued is Marvel Spotlight 6. It's on ebay at this time for 300 buy it now. First appearance of Starlord in comics. If the Hulk 271 has value this one should as well. At this time only 6 CGC 9.8 on the census. I'm all out of key issue money for the year. But, some one should swoop it up.

    3. Marvel Spotlight #6 is a key Star Lord comic. As of now, it's toted as an origin of Starlord. Not entirely sure why since Marvel Preview #4 also tells his origin. Byrne and Claremont did revamp the character immediately in issue #11 of Marvel Preview, which is his 2nd appearance.

      Well, I'd have to agree with you about Marvel Preview #7, but even CGC notes Hulk 271 as the "first comic book appearance of Rocket Raccoon" so it is industry now. CGC notes Marvel Preview #7 as the "first appearance of Rocket Raccoon" so that key is still golden.

  3. Hey there there any way I can send you high resolution scans of some of my keys to get your grading opinion on some of them? By the way what does one call you?

    1. I seriously doubt you would want me grading your books. I admit I'm not that great when it comes to that.

      There is an awesome guide that shows you how to's called the Overstreet Guide to Grading Comics. It shows you tons of examples for each grade and some of the defects that makes it that grade.

      I seriously recommend that book to those who aren't confident in grading. It even has a chart that shows you the min and max number of defects allowed for each grade.

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