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Monday, December 15, 2014

2nd Appearance Comics To Invest In Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 to this 2nd appearances comics to invest. As stated in Part 1, this is going to be a mix of solid comic investments and a few speculative ones to snag. We all know that the market is moving quick and speculators, comic investors, and collectors are hungry to mine all sorts of key issues.

2nd appearances are catching on and some of the more major ones are already pretty valuable in super high grades already. However, some haven't or are flying below the radar or just catching heat in the market. Be careful for those sellers who have caught on and over bloated prices that should be paid 8 years from now. I have and still and always will recommend researching the latest sold prices on eBay to somewhat gauge prices so you can figure out which sellers are over-inflating prices for some of these keys.

If you missed Part 1 to this on-going series, just click the link to go back. Otherwise, enjoy Part 2 and more 2nd appearance comics to invest in. Let's rock this out!

2nd appearance of John Stewart
1st John Stewart adventure with JLA

Definitely an over-looked key, and I know you guys are wiped out on Green Lantern keys, as I am as well, but this is not a very well known key just yet. John Stewart has been a major supporting character in the comics for quite a while. His first appearance still wont break the bank at 9.2s or 8.5s or 8.0s.

However, John Stewart's 2nd appearance is cheap, and even industry doesn't note this puppy yet. Very much under the radar currently, and it was published March, 1974.

eBay - Like before, there's no shortage of raw copies here for cheap. Only one CGC 9.2 low NM still available with a Best Offer.

mycomicshop - Only raw copies here, but they are all in stock and not on consignment. However, the highest grade is only a low FN at the moment.

ComicConnect - Some high grade raw copies here at the moment. A bit pricey, but one is a 9.2 low NM and the other high grade option is a VF+.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here.

2nd appearance of Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy is hot! The movie has done overly well, extremely well, and took everyone by surprise this year. A cartoon series is on the way, and the video game is geared more towards kids. Think Marvel is trying to reel in the next crop of comic readers? I do, and it's a good thing.

As for Marvel Two-In-One #5 and the 2nd appearance of the Guardians of the Galaxy (original team), this one is slowly catching on. Sellers are already noting it in eBay listings, but the market hasn't fully caught on this one just yet. Only a matter of time though, and for sure. September, 1974 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Plenty of raw copies on the cheap, and only two slabbed copies. One is a PGX 9.2 low NM with a Best Offer. Other is a 9.6 NM+ with a Best Offer as well. This one may not remain cheap for long.

mycomicshop - Only a VG and GD+ copy here so far. Both are raw and in stock.

2nd appearance of Hulk
1st Green Hulk
As LK pointed out, Incredible Hulk #2 is the 2nd appearance of the Hulk and the first time the Hulk becomes the Jade Giant as in the color green. His first appearance was grey.

I got a copy of this a while back but it's probably a low GD. This key is definitely one of the more solid comics to invest in, but 4.0 slabs are already being priced near the $1,000 mark. May or may not be too expensive for you. Incredible Hulk #2 was published July1962.

eBay - Quite a bit of CGC here. Highest appears to be a 6.5 FN+ and is already well past the $1,000 mark. Lower grade options available as well. Didn't spot too many raw copies, but I'm sure they're there.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here left and it's a CGC 4.0 VG.

ComicConnect - One CGC 8.0 VF here and it's pretty up there in price.

ComicLink - Four copies here with three of them being CGC. High grade 9.2 low NM here and a 7.5 low VF. There's also two VG copies with one of them being a raw copy and the other CGC.

2nd full appearance of HIM (Adam Warlock)

Talk about being in anticipation of a character hitting the movie screen. Boy, the hype for Adam Warlock has been drawn out, but as we near the release of Avengers Infinity War, it's only a matter of time.

The Mighty Thor #166 isn't quite under the radar, and the market definitely knows about it. 9.2 slabs, however, aren't going for crazy prices just yet. Actually, 9.4s and up are already up there in price. 2nd full appearance of HIM (Adam Warlock) was published July, 1969.

eBay - Pretty limited amount of copies for this 2nd appearance of Adam Warlock on the mighty eBay. A few CGC copies and the highest is a 9.4 NM which is already up there in price. Two slabs are Signature Series and the lowest Universal label is an 8.5 VF+.

mycomicshop - Handful of copies on consignment and all are raw. Highest is a mid-grade 6.0 FN.

ComicConnect - Three CGC copies here with one of them being a 9.4 NM. Other two copies are Signature Series, and the highest SS copy is a low NM 9.2. Last option is a 6.5 FN+.

ComicLink - Five copies here and four of them are CGC slabs. Highest is a 9.6 NM+ and the second highest is a 9.4 NM. The NM slab is priced higher than the NM+. The last two CGC options are both Signature Series and one of them is a 9.2 low NM and the other a 6.5 FN+. Raw copy is a FN/VF and pretty cheap.

2nd appearance of Sinestro
1st Sinestro on cover
The first appearance of Sinestro is pretty up there already, and I still do recommend it as a Green Lantern key to get. However, Green Lantern #9, the 2nd appearance of Sinestro and 1st Sinestro cover, is no bad bet either.

It's not under the radar and will cost a bit for the high grade NM range. However, this villain will definitely be in a Green Lantern movie franchise no matter how many times they reboot it or not. If you prefer slabbed copies, best to catch an auction. I don't think this Silver Age key issue is terribly sought after in the market now. December, 1961 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Raw copies and CGC copies both spotted. Highest seems to be an 8.5 followed by an 8.0 VF concerning slabbed copies.

mycomicshop - Two copies on consignment and both are raw and VGs.

ComicConnect - Four copies here and they're all raw. A VG/FN is going up for auction 12/15/2014, which is today. Highest copy is a 5.5 low FN.

ComicLink - One CGC copy and three raw copies. CGC slab is a 6.0 FN. Highest raw copy is a low FN, and the other two unslabbers is a VG+ and a VG.

  • 2nd appearance of Star-Lord/Peter Quill
More Guardians of the Galaxy related keys, and we've got Marvel Preview #11 and the 2nd appearance of Star-Lord. This one is barely starting to get noticed for it's key issue worthiness. Raw copies are still cheap. Some CGC are already over-bloated in price. Waiting for an auction might get you a better deal for a slabbed copy concerning this key issue.

With the Guardians movie, it just may be that these key issue will be hot for quite a while. The 2nd movie better be better or just as good or near it. If the trilogy of movies are all pretty awesome, the Guardians being a pop culture phenomenon just may be right on the mark. If that happens, the Guardians key issues may just stay valuable for quite sometime. August, 1975 was when this 2nd appearance of Star-Lord, also known as Peter Quill, was published.

eBay - Limited amount of raw copies available for the moment. Four CGC copies with one 9.2 low NM being extremely over-bloated. 9.8 and 9.6 NM+s also available.

mycomicshop - Both the regular first printing and the variant are here at mycomicshop. The regular printing has two raw VG copies and the variant has two copies as well. Variant copy has a CGC 9.8 Signature Series signed by Chris Claremont, and the other is a raw FN/VF. All are on consignment.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.6 NM+s here. One is a variant cover with type at the lower right cover.

There's the next six and there's surely a lot more 2nd appearances on the way in Part 3 to this 2nd appearances comics to invest in. Hopefully, I've already listed some you weren't aware of yet. 

If you missed Part 1 just click the PREVIOUS link to go back. Other wise, this series will be on-going, and I will be adding to it here and there. Part 3 is ready so to continue just click the PART 3 link below.


  1. I almost like hearing about 2nd apperances that I didn't know about more so than the first ones. nice seeing comics that you haven't noticed before. thanks mayhem. JW

    1. just bought 2nd GOTG thanks. jeremy

    2. Glad you like this series so far and glad it helps out also. Awesome, JW! Great snag...did you get raw or slabbed?

    3. got it raw for a best offer says it is a vf+ and it looks it, going send that with iron man 55 when it comes in. JW

    4. Nice! I hope it comes back a high grade as well. Let me know when you get both back. Congrats on both!

  2. Great List!! Any Hulk #2 is a Great Investment. Get it pressed and it might fetch a 3.0 grade.
    (mine is a 3.0 cgc and even in low grade, it's already way up there online! $850 on CC)
    I grabbed the 1st 4 appearances of Starlord and now ya' got me thinking about Thor 166.
    ( Warlock might be the lynchpin in GOTG/Avengers Universe...worth the risk! )lk

    1. I doubt mine will be affected by pressing since there is a chunk of the corner cover that was gnawed out by something and missing. It's a little less than the size of dime, so pressing won't save that from a low, low grade. I did get it for a good deal though when it wasn't very sought out. I need to get that Incredible Hulk #2 graded next year, as I'm curious just how low it will come back.

      Wow, you're definitely on the ball with Star-Lord keys, rock on! I think it'd be very strange not to have Adam Warlock be present in the Avengers Infinity War movie. He was a central character in the Infinity Crusade comics, which is what the flick is based off of, but we all know that the cinematic universe can greatly change all this.

  3. Perhaps ratios of values of first to second appearances would be of interest; might help people spot truly undervalued books, just a suggestion, nice article

  4. Heronext, I have been asking myself the same question over and over again. I've seen a price difference whereby the first appearance goes for more than 9 times that of the second. Mayhem, would you please offer your awesome opinion on this :)

    1. That's a pretty lengthy discussion. First appearances are always more desired, unless the 2nd appearance key issue has other important key statuses in it like an origin or another first appearance of a character. However, if there is a 2nd appearance and a 1st appearance of important characters in the same issue, usually the first appearance is noticed more in the market and the 2nd appearance takes a backseat.

      For example, first appearance of Dazzler and 2nd appearance of Kitty Pryde. Most people care about the first appearance of the character in that issue than the 2nd appearance of Kitty Pryde.

      Also, most of the industry barely recognizes 2nd appearances on a huge scale. Overstreet lists some but completely ignores many others. It's the same with CGC and PGX and the other grading companies.

      So a lot of times, a lot of 2nd appearances go under the radar, but with the internet, more fans that are interested can find 2nd appearances of certain characters they're fans of if the 1st appearance is out of their budget.

      However, even some 2nd appearance information is sparse, and I have to do quite a lot of digging in order to uncover them, especially since the market currently is making a big deal out of cameos, first appearances, and then first full appearances. Then it's digging up what's considered just a cameo or a 2nd appearance or a 2nd full appearance.