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Monday, December 22, 2014

2nd Appearance Comics To Invest In Part 6

Here we are with Part 6 to this 2nd appearance comics to invest in. There's going to be quite a few Silver Age 2nd appearance key comic issues in this one, and most are more solid investments. Only two here are not based on speculation and are highly over-looked and cheap buys even at high grades.

Quite a few have been suggested in comments by fellow comic collectors also. So let's get to it. If you missed Part 5, click the link to go back and read. If not, here's Part 6 and hope you enjoy.

2nd appearance of Wasp

JW suggested this and it's a good suggestion. Tales to Astonish #45 is the 2nd appearance of Wasp and Janet Van Dyne. We all know that Janet Van Dyne apparently won't be the Wasp in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the character who is just might end up being Hope Pym, Pym and Van Dyne's daughter. Evangeline Lilly has already been cast in the role for the Ant-Man movie.

Who knows? Maybe the Wasp won't appear at all on the big screen, which would be highly weird and highly doubtful. Tales to Astonish #45 is a good comic investment and pretty over-looked in terms of raw mid grade and VG copies. 2nd appearance of Wasp was published July, 1963.

eBay - Pretty limited selection, but there are some raw copies available on eBay. No luck for CGC copies just yet at the time of this writing.

mycomicshop - GD+ raw copy in stock and a GD raw copy on consignment so far here.

ComicConnect - One raw 8.5 VF+ copy here.

2nd appearance of Doctor Strange
First appearance of Baron Mordo

LK has been mentioning this one in the comments quite a few times and for a while now so hopefully you caught onto it. Yep, this is the 2nd appearance of Doctor Strange and I don't really have to explain why this comic is hot. We all already know why.

This one is not under the radar at the moment since it also has the first appearance of Baron Mordo. He's expected to be a villain for the movies and there's a very high chance he will be. I'm sure prices are pretty up there for this Doctor Strange key issue in high grade NMs. Different story for mid-grade 6.5s and the lower realm of VGs.

Strange Tales #111 is definitely one to get as soon as possible before the movie hits or the casting of Baron Mordo is confirmed. Double whammy key issue that has the first appearance of a major villain and the 2nd appearance of Doctor Strange. August, 1963 is when this Silver Age key issue was published.

eBay - Mostly raw copies but only a few options and most are low grade. Two CGC copies with the highest a 9.2 low NM and a VG+ Qualified label.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies all on consignment. Highest is an 8.5 VF+ and pretty expensive. Other two copies are extremely low grade FRs.

2nd appearance of the Avengers
2nd appearance of Giant-Man

Here we have the 2nd appearance of the Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes in the Marvel Comics Universe. Definitely not under the radar or over-looked concerning high grade, but lower grade to FN aren't too overly expensive for CGC slabs. Raw copies may be even cheaper for copies in that grade range.

This is when the Hulk leaves the Avengers, and this issue also has the 2nd appearance of Giant-Man. So it's really a triple whammy key. Giant-Man's first appearance was in Tales to Astonish #49 and shares the same publishing date of November, 1963 as this comic. However, the story in Tales to Astonish #49 obviously precedes Avengers #2.

eBay - Raw copies available as well as a few slabbed options also. Highest CGC is a 9.4 followed by a 9.2 low NM. 6.0 FN and 5.0 CBCS also spotted.

mycomicshop - CGC 8.0 VF and a CGC 3.5 low VG are on consignment at mycomicshop at the time of this writing.

ComicConnect - Several high grade copies here. Highest is a CGC 9.4 NM and is expensive already as expected. 2nd highest is a 9.2 low NM and then a 9.0 VF/NM and both are CGC. One raw 8.0 VF, a CGC 4.5 VG+ and a raw GD.

ComicLink - Five copies here and all are CGC copies. Lowest grade is a 6.5 FN+ and there are two 7.5 low VFs. Two highest grades are a 9.6 NM+, which is extremely expensive, and an 8.5 VF+.

2nd appearance of Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze)

Look into my eyes! This here is the 2nd appearance of Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze, and if you want to talk about over-looked, this one is definitely one of them CGC 9.2s still going for lower than $200, and raw copies are probably ridiculously cheap.

This guy has been on my radar ever since I stupidly passed one up at a comic con that was super cheap and in pretty decent condition. This is from the volume one series so don't get it mixed up with volume two, which the same issue number has the 1st appearance of Star-Lord in comics (not magazine). Don't get me started on that. It's what CGC is noting volume two #6.

So, long story short, both volume one and volume two issue #6 are worth snagging. Marvel Spotlight #6 volume 1 is a 2nd appearance worth snagging and still pretty cheap even for high grade slabbed copies at the time of this writing. October, 1972 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Plenty of raw copies for this one and quite a few CGC 9.2 low NMs. All are under the $200 mark, but the highest is a CGC 9.6 NM+ and is under the $400 mark. Lowest slabbed copy appears to be an 8.0 VF.

mycomicshop - Only raw copies here and the highest is a FN/VF followed by a FN+. 3rd highest is a VG/FN that's in stock.

ComicConnect - About six copies here at the time of this writing. Highest are two 9.6 NM+s and one is a raw copy and the other a CGC Universal. There are also two 9.2 low NMs and both are CGC as well. Last is a raw 8.5 VF+ and a raw VF. The VF copy is currently up for auction right now.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here at the moment.

2nd appearance of Ghost Rider (Carter Slade)

Before Johnny Blaze became the Spirit of Vengeance, there was an original Ghost Rider in Marvel's lore. The character was featured in the first Ghost Rider movie, but Carter Slade definitely took up the name Ghost Rider before Blaze and is considered the Silver Age Ghost Rider for Marvel Comics.

Carter Slade was based on a character of the same name in Tim Holt comics and is indeed a direct rip off. However, Marvel's Ghost Rider was more of an all-out western than anything supernatural or horror/western that ran in the stories of Tim Holt.

After the debut of the 2nd Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze, the original's name was changed to Night Rider, which supposedly and unknowingly to the cats over at Marvel was a name used in the Southern United States that referred to members of the Ku Klux Klan. The name was once again changed to the Phantom Rider.

This comic is widely over-looked in the market and grossly cheap. Although Carter Slade was just a vigilante in a ghostly costume and white horse with no connection to Johnny Blaze, there were crossovers between the two. One of the more memorable was when Johnny Blaze was magically transported to the 19th century to team up with Carter Slade.

eBay - Only one copy found on the mighty eBay so far. It's a raw 9.2 low NM for quite under the $100 mark.

ComicConnect - Only one raw 9.0 VF/NM copy here at the moment.

2nd appearance of Starhawk

Suggested by Sid, the 2nd appearance of Starhawk is in Defenders #29, as Defenders #28 is considered the first full appearance and issue #27 is considered a first brief appearance of the character. This is purely a speculation comic as some are speculating that the character of Starhawk just may join the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie franchise soon. I have no idea about this and it's still a ways off before news of more characters are added to the fold of this movie franchise.

The first full appearance of this character in Defenders #28 isn't an expensive buy yet, and the 2nd appearance is under the radar at the moment as well. November, 1975 was when Defenders #29 and the 2nd appearance of Starhawk was published.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies on eBay for now. No CGC yet however.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here at the moment and it's a raw FN/VF that's in stock.

Well, there's definitely a few more to consider in this latest part to this 2nd appearance key issues list. A lot of Silver Age comics to invest in within Part 6 for sure. Marvel Spotlight #6 is a Bronze Age key issue that's highly over-looked in the market, and in my humble opinion, extremely under-valued as well.

Part 7 is ready so click the link below to continue onward with this 2nd appearance comics to invest in list.

If you missed Part 5, click the PREVIOUS link below. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!


  1. hi total comic hayhem.

    i was wondering if you could help me? I ave just previously bought amazing spiderman 6 in cgc 6.0 grade but it's a uk edition. I was just wondering how much you would value it compared to the cents edition.

    1. I don't value UK or other country reprints that much. There is a small niche of collectors who snag up these, but for the most part, they sell considerably less than the cents copies.

    2. These are not reprints. They were printed at the same time as US cent copies and considered a 'price variant'. It makes me laugh as why these go for slightly less when there's less of them around. Whereas 30c variants go through the roof! It'll change one day. Trust me.

    3. You're correct, they're aren't reprints and just because I don't value them doesn't mean that they should not be valued. You asked for my opinion and I gave it to you plus the current over-all market demand for them. Nothing personal, but the question was asked and I did answer it.

      I don't generally seek them out, and it's pretty much a preference. There are less of them around, but the problem is that most of them aren't in the U.S. For example, most Pence copies are still in the U.K. where people there grew up on them. In the U.S., we grew up on the cents copy. It may take a while for collectors here to get on the ball with that. Overstreet doesn't even recognize them just yet, but like you said, that will most likely change.

      The largest amount of buyers for back issues are still in the U.S. Foreign editions, which they are considered in the market (there's debate about considering them price variants or Foreign editions), will probably catch on in the future. I've been asked this question a long time ago and I think they should be considered price variants as well, which is on a comment somewhere else on here.

      Most that can be said is I'll probably most likely lose out when it comes to those comics. I have no problem admitting that, but thanks for your question and comment. It's always good to hear others opinions about things and to bring up comics that are over-looked and have great potential of being really valuable one day.

  2. Marvel spotlight #6 is a nice one! Just picked one up a couple weeks ago super cheap on ebay, another great list!!

    1. Nice snag Wayne, glad you were on the ball with that one. I only hope the dealer still has the copy I was going to get the last time.

    2. Hopefully...if the price is right I will.

  3. Happy Holidays Mayhem! Appreciate all your hard work and efforts.

    1. Thanks, hope you are having a Happy Holiday as well.

  4. Merry Christmas Mayhem!! Thanks for being in my TOP 3 Websites of 2014!
    Looking forward to more AWESOMENESS in 2015!!! lk

    1. Merry Christmas LK, hope you and your fam are having a good and safe one this year. Wow, thanks, didn't think this beast was in the top anything, so I'm pretty flattered. I'll do my best to keep up the Awesomeness in 2015.

  5. merry Christmas !!! And stay safe in the holidays.

    1. Merry Christmas, Oraldo, you have a safe and fun holidays as well, man.