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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Key Issue Comics Between $200 to $500 Part 4

Been a while since I've done one of these price range lists, and there's quite a bit of new goodies to spotlight. Honestly, it's good to write about something else other than a DC Comics character key issues.

The Green Arrow keys list was fun and challenging, but four DC key issues lists back to back? A bit much.

So I thought I'd return to a price range list, and the funny thing is...most on this list ended up being DC Comic issues. Anyways, there's a good reason why they are on this list, so here they are: Key issue comics between $200 to $500 Part 4.

Fables #1B Variant July, 2002 (CGC 9.8)

Another DC/Vertigo imprint that has a future movie looming in the horizon. Fables is another creation that plays upon various famous and traditional fairy tale folklore and gives them a more modern unique enough twist.

For instance Snow White in this series has divorced Prince Charming due to his infidelity. The dude's been married to Snow White, Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) and Cinderella. Busy guy.

Huge amount of first appearances in this issue. First appearance of Snow White, first appearance of Prince Charming, Snow White's sister Rose Red, Bigby Wolf, Jack Horner, and many others like Lady Beauty and Lord Beast from the Beauty and the Beast folklore.

This comic has already seen a huge boost in demand, and is quite popular. CGC 9.8s borderline near the $200 mark, if you can find them. Right now CGC 9.8s are pretty scarce for both the #1 first print cover 1A and the 1B variant cover by Alex Maleev. The movie is in development.

eBay - So far at the time of this writing, there's nada 9.8s for either cover. However, there are some 9.6s but extremely limited selection. This comic is pretty scarce online at the moment.

mycomicshop - None of the 1B copies here for the moment, but there is a CGC 9.4 copy of 1A.

Hellblazer #1 January, 1988 (CGC 9.8)

Back in March, I featured this comic in a Miscellaneous key key issues list, and this comic was still within the hundred dollar range. Now CGC 9.8s past the $200 mark, the last auction was bid up to $255.

With a Constantine NBC television show just around the corner, this comic has gained heat in demand and is now pretty scarce in high CGC NM grades. Hellblazer #1 has the first appearance of Papa Midnite, who reportedly will be a villain for the upcoming t.v. show, and the first appearance of Chas Chandler, another character who will be part of the main cast for the show as well.

The series premieres October, 24. It will be interesting to see if demand pushes this comic's value up even further after the show becomes established.

eBay - Another comic that's becoming scarce for high grade CGC NM copies. There are two CGC 9.8s, but extremely overpriced. Best to keep an eye out for high grade CGC copies of this issue on the mighty eBay. They do pop up every now and then.

mycomicshop - Just unslabbed copies. Highest is a VF.

Preacher #2 May, 1995 (CGC 9.8)

Preacher #2 has made this list of key issue comics between $200 to $500 and it's no surprise since a television show is in the works for the Preacher character as well. This issue does hold the first appearance of Arseface.

As of this writing, Preacher #2 at CGC 9.8s have sold on average above the $200 mark, with the highest being $300. Copies around or a little past $200 are quickly drying up, though you can still catch one from time to time.

This comic may be within the $200 to $500 price range for a while, at least until the Preacher t.v. series finally airs.

eBay - Scarcity hasn't really happened yet for this issue at CGC 9.8. There's a few of them, but I do admit the selection is limited. Only one 9.6 copy though.

mycomicshop - No CGC 9.8 copies, but there are unslabbed copies that are lower. Highest is a VF/NM 9.0.

Batman The Dark Knight Returns #1 February, 1986 (CGC 9.8)

As Frank Miller so poetically put it, "Someone needed to give Batman back his balls," and that's what this limited, graphic novel series did. Miller took Batman to a chaotic reality, which the Caped Crusader comes out of retirement to fight the good fight.

Gritty and quite radical, Superman was portrayed as a mere henchman for the U.S. government, an establishment authority figure that caused a rift between Supes and Bruce Wayne . For the time, this series was groundbreaking, even so much that past writers of Batman either called or wrote letters to Frank Miller chastising him for completely ruining the character. 

This series also was the first time Superman and Batman's friendship was questioned and ultimately put the two at odds, a trend that writers later would follow as well. Still one of the best comics to invest in concerning Batman Copper Age keys.

eBay - Pretty scarce for 1st printing 9.8s. A lot of the ones up there are overpriced since the last CGC 9.8 copy sold in June for $455. It was an auction, so probably best to wait for an auction to pop up. CGC 9.6s are still reasonably priced, though.

The New Teen Titans #2 Volume 1 December, 1980 (CGC 9.8)

This issue just saw a huge surge in demand when Deathstroke debuted in an Arrow television episode. Since then the character has been featured in quite a few episodes in season one and two.

In the comics, Deathstroke is one of the main villains for both the Teen Titans and Green Arrow. The New Teen Titans #2 has the first appearance of Deathstroke The Terminator, and CGC 9.8 copies are dropping past the $400 mark already but nearing the midway mark between $400 and $500. In May, some copies have already sold at that mid-mark, and I'm predicting this comic won't be within this price range list for long until it starts breaking the $500 mark on average.

eBay - Still quite a bit of copies at CGC 9.8, but only one that's at a decent price and reflects the average value for this comic at this grade. No auctions as of yet, just Buy It Nows and some have Best Offers.

mycomicshop - CGC 9.8 Signature Series located here, but not in this price range. There is a 9.6 CGC copy in this price range, however.

ComicConnect - Two CGC 9.8 copies here. One's going up for auction June 30th and the other August 4rth.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.8s. One is a standard Universal and the other is a Signature Series. Asking price for the 9.8 Universal is over priced.

The Amazing Spider-Man #96 May, 1971 (CGC 9.4)

A landmark issue in the history of the comics industry. With an encouraging letter from President Richard Nixon, Stan Lee wrote this story arc that depicted the dangers of drug use in the pages of Spider-Man.

Because of the Comics Code Authority, no story about drug use was ever depicted in the pages of any comic book. Marvel sent this in to the Comics Code, and they immediately rejected it. Stan Lee talked to his boss Martin Goodman about publishing this without the Codes approval. Martin Goodman agreed and assured he had Stan Lee's back in the matter.

History was made. This is the first popular, above-ground comic book that was published without the Comics Code seal of approval. DC Comics would soon follow suit and one-up Marvel by doing an anti-drug story in the pages of Green Lantern and making one of their own superheroes a drug addict. Green Lantern's anti drug issue was published with the Comic Codes seal of approval though.

Because of both Marvel and DC Comics' efforts, the Comics Code Authority would loosen their restrictions on subject matter in comics until the organization's ultimate demise. A historic and important key issue not just for Amazing Spider-Man comics but the comics industry in general. 

Definitely one of the best bronze age Spider-Man key issues to snag. Actually the whole story arc from 96 to 98 are great historic keys for the comic industry and all the issues within that ASM run were not approved by the Comics Code and did not have the Comics Code seal on the cover.

eBay - Plenty of CGC copies, but not that many CGC 9.4s. 9.8s and 9.6s are way above this price range but there are some on eBay.

mycomicshop - Only CGC 9.0s at the moment. One is a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee.

That concludes Part 4. Some of the ones outlined in this list have been on prior lists before like Hellblazer #1 and Preacher #2. Hellblazer #1 is becoming a scarce book on the market in high CGC 9.8 and 9.6 grades.

Fables #1 is a first timer here and showing a lot of promise in the market. Of course, the ASM 96 wasn't on the Amazing Spider-Man key issues list, and issue 96 is definitely a landmark key issue that needs to be addressed on here.

If you missed Part 4, just click that PREVIOUS link below to check that out. Of course, if you missed some of the other price range key issue comic lists from before, there's a list of links you can visit below to see what those are about. 

Part 5 is ready, so if you're ready to continue with this key issue comics list between $200 to $500, just click the PART 5 blue link below. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

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