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Friday, May 9, 2014

Undervalued Comics and Sleeper Key Issues Part 2

Moving right along with Part 2 to this Under-valued Comics and Sleeper Key Comic Issues list. As I've noted in Part 1, this will be a collection of both under-valued comics and sleepers. Sleepers are not widely known just yet, and under-valued are over-looked comics that should be more than what they're worth.

Remember, under-valued is a subjective thing. If you missed Part 1, just click the blue link to view that. If you're ready to continue...enjoy!

Ultimate Spider-Man #1, October 2000

Ultimate Spider-Man #1 pic
  • First appearance of Ultimate Spider-Man
  • First appearance of Ultimate Peter Parker
  • First appearance of Earth 1610 Reality
  • First issue to Ultimate series

This is still a highly under-valued book. CGC high grades are still no where near the $500 mark for 9.8s. The last eBay auction dropped for around $213 and some change.

This is a Modern Age key issue that has a lot of firsts, and was published for a whole new generation in mind. The new Amazing Spider-Man movies are more based on this comic than the original series. This is an under-valued comic that will soon reach 20 years old. Raw copies are still extremely affordable. Maybe a good one to consider using the Instant Return method.

eBay - Unslabbed galore here. No problem finding a high grade copy for both raw, unslabbers and CGC copies. A few 9.8s below $250 if you still want the best of the best high grades.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.6 at $250. eBay is your best bet.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.6s still available for sale. One is at $175 bucks.

mycomicshop - Some expensive options here for CGC copies. Best bet still may be eBay at least for now.

DC Super-Stars Presents #17, December 1977

DC Super-Stars Presents #17 comic

  • First appearance of Huntress (Helena Wayne)

The reason this bronze age key issue isn't that widely known is because the first appearance of Huntress was always believed to be in All Star Comics #69, but the industry is moving to accept All-Star Comics #69 as a cameo and DC Super-Stars Presents #17 as her first full appearance.

Regardless, CGC high grades aren't cheap, around the $200 range but nearing $300. However, unslabbed copies are still very affordable. Helena Wayne is the bronze age Huntress. There was a golden age one also, as well as Modern Age version.

eBay -  Only a few raw copies here to hunt down. One CGC 9.6 and 9.2 copy. The 9.6 has a Best Offer option and is at $299.99. You'll be able to haggle that down. 9.2 CGC is at $150. 

NewKadia - Three unslabbed options. Highest is a VF+. You'l need to scroll in order to find the listing after clicking that blue link above.

The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #32, January 1977

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #32 image
  • First appearance of Daughters of the Dragon
Sleeper up the ying yang. Not that many know of this obscure title, but it is related to Iron Fist and everything martial arts. In fact, a few issue with Bruce Lee are in this black and white magazine comic.

 We all know that Iron Fist is gonna rock out a television series soon, and the Daughters of the Dragon are important supporting characters to the Iron Fist mythos. After all, Misty Knight is part of this group, and her and Danny Rand had a little something-something going on.

Also Colleen Wing was part of the Daughters of the Dragon, and she and her father Professor Wing are the most likely candidates to have their small screen debuts on the tube.

Not an easy find. Not well-known, but could be a sleeper to snag in the near future. Actually, the whole series is not that well-known and pretty under-valued and over-looked.

eBay - No CGC copies yet, but that's to be expected. Total sleeper for now. Two high grade, raw copies on the mighty eBay at decent prices. One's toted as a NM copy, but both don't show picture of actual comic being sold, which I think is stupid.

Batman: Sword of Azrael #1 October, 1992

Batman Sword of Azrael #1 comic cover
  • First appearance of Azrael

Taken from the More Batman Copper and Modern age key issues list on here, this four part limited series written by legendary comic writer Dennis O'Neil has quite a bit of important firsts. The obvious one is the first appearance of the character Azrael, who is the father of Jean-Paul Valley. Of course, he dies in this issue so the actual Azrael character we know of, Jean-Paul Valley, his son, can become the next incarnation of Azrael.
We also see the first appearance of Jean-Paul Valley as well in this issue. The character of Azrael has become a popular one, and is probably one of the more popular Batman characters created during the modern age. This comic is still pretty under-valued.

eBay - Loads of unslabbed and raw copies to take a gamble on. Quite a few are really super cheap. Only 9.6 CGC copies for around $50. 

Star Wars Dark Empire II #5 April, 1995

Star Wars Dark Empire II #5 image cover
  • First appearance of Jaina Solo
  • First appearance of Jacen Solo

Wanna talk about one of the over-looked sleeper key issues out there that just may be important to the new Star Wars trilogy? This is it. There's a good bet that Jacen and Jaina Solo will be included in the new movies. Yes, they are the son and daughter of Han Solo and Princess Leia. They are also Jedi, which makes it even more probable that they will be featured in the trilogy and just may have a big role.

Despite the fact that Jaina Solo is a pretty popular character in the new Star Wars mythos, this first appearance in the Dark Horse Comics Star Wars series remains extremely cheap. CGCs aren't even on the online market yet, so getting high grade raw copies is probably the way to go. This comic could very well heat up once casting confirmations of characters are announced or after Episode 7 when the characters become household names to the general masses. 

Jaina Solo and Jacen Solo were first introduced in the Star Wars novels. This is their first comic book appearances. 

eBay - So cheap that this sleeper key issue is hard to find by itself, but there are plenty of comic lots with this issue in complete sets. Some lower than $20 bucks. Check your local comic shop for this issue in the back issue bins as well. 

mycomicshop - Two raw copies here. Both high grade. One is near mint. 

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If you've yet to see the price list key issues list for comics still under $100, I suggest you click this link here and pop on over there to get even more cheap investment comic ideas.


  1. The Dark Empire ll series has a gold version limited to 5,000. The CGC census have a total of 11 copies of issue 5. Only 2 of them on Ebay currently

    1. That's another good one. Thanks for pointing that out, Michael.