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Thursday, December 25, 2014

2nd Appearance Comics To Invest In Part 7

This is Part 7 to the 2nd appearance comics to invest in list, and these are definitely no under the radar key issues. Many of them are already known, but some of these aren't noted in the industry for their key issue statuses.

So if you got these key issues, some of them have extra umphff behind them that aren't as well-known. If you don't have them, these extra key notes just may be more reason to consider them.

Click this Part 6 link if you missed it. Otherwise, hope you enjoy Part 7 and hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas!

2nd appearance of Silver Surfer
1st full appearance of Galactus
1st Silver Surfer and Galactus cover

No movie hype for this one, but it is a great Fantastic Four key issue to feature. I think I featured this one a few times already. Raw copies are going for pretty cheap in high grades and especially for auction. However, the trick is catching one that's actually really high grade and not over-graded.

CGC high grades are no longer cheap buys and pretty scarce on the market, at least for online. Lower grades to 7.0 for both raw and slabbed aren't going for crazy prices. CGC VFs may be able to still squeak out a few good deals if you catch an auction that starts off with a low price.

Double whammy key issue with the 2nd appearance of Silver Surfer and the 1st full appearance of Galactus, which CGC is noting it as but Overstreet isn't. Also the first covers for both as well, so a triple whammy key issue. April, 1966 was when Fantastic Four #49 was published.

eBay - No shortage of copies on eBay for this key issue. Plenty of raw copies and about 8 CGC copies. Highest slabber is an 8.0 VF. Quite a few 7.0s and two 6.0 FNs. One 6.5 FN+ is a Qualified label.

mycomicshop - All low grade here with the highest being a 3.5 low VG. Other copies so low they're not even worth mentioning. All are on consignment at the time time of this writing.

ComicConnect - Three raw copies with the highest being a 6.0 FN. Other two options are a VG and and GD.

2nd appearance of Baron Mordo
3rd appearance of Doctor Strange

I believe this was the issue that LK saved his brother from dumping, giving him the 411 on it being the 3rd appearance of Doctor Strange. Good call, man, and way to look out for your bro.

Well, aside from it being Strange's 3rd appearance in comics, this bad boy is also the 2nd appearance of Baron Mordo, Doctor Strange's nemesis. Pretty sure Baron Mordo will be a villain for the upcoming Doctor Strange film.

Even more of a reason to hold onto Strange Tales #114. Baron Mordo's first appearance was in Strange Tales #111, and both Overstreet and CGC are neglecting to note this issue as the 2nd appearance of Baron Mordo.

Under the radar for that fact indeed. Expensive for the fact that this issue is also the first time the Captain America character is in a comic since the Golden Age. However, it's the Acrobat in disguise, so not really Cap, is it?

CGC VFs are still under the $500 mark and I'm sure you can get raw copies much cheaper. Strange Tales #114 was published November, 1963.

eBay - Only a few copies here for both raw and slabbed. Raw copies are more abundant. Six CGC copies located on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. Highest spotted is a 9.2 low NM. 2nd highest is an 8.0 VF followed by a 7.5 low VF. Also a 6.5 FN+ and 5.5 low FN.

mycomicshop - CGC 6.5 FN+ located here. Other is a super low raw copy not worth mentioning.

ComicConnect - Two raw copies here with the highest a VG+. Other copy is a FA/GD.

ComicLink - Wow, quite a bit of raw copies here. Highest raw is a 7.5 low VF. Three 7.0 FN/VFs here and two VGs. Lowest two raw copies are a 3.5 low VG and a GD+ at the time of this writing. Three CGC copies with the highest being a whopping 9.6 NM+ and going for quite a bit of dollars. Other slabbed options are low grades 4.5 VG+ and a solid 4.0 VG.

2nd appearance of Scott Lang
First appearance of Scott Lang as Ant-Man

Whoa! This nugget of key issue worthiness escaped me, but Marvel Premiere #47 is actually the 2nd appearance of Scott Lang, who first appeared in Avengers #181. So, this comic makes this 2nd appearance key issues list.

Of course, the real reason why most is gunning for this one is because it's the first appearance of Scott Lang as Ant-Man. Well, we can now consider this a double whammy key issue. This comic was published in April of 1979.

eBay - Quite a few raw copies and quite a few slabbed copies as well so far. 9.8s available and the cheapest is a CBCS copy. Actually infinitely cheaper than it's CGC 9.8 counterparts. Quite a few 9.6 NM+s, as well as 9.4 NMs.

mycomicshop - No scarcity of this issue here at the moment. One CGC 9.8 is the highest out of the slabbed copies. Three 9.6 NM+s with two of them being super ridiculously priced. Two 9.4 slabbed copies and a 9.2 lowNM. Raw copies are available and the highest are two 7.0 FN/VFs with one of them going up for auction next month in January.

ComicConnect - Only slabbed copies here and only three. Highest is a 9.4 NM and it's a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. A 9.2 low NM Signature Series signed by Stan Lee also available, and the last option is a regular Universal 9.0 VF/NM.

ComicLink - High grade CGC copies but on the lower spectrum of high grade. Highest is a 9.0 VF/NM. The other is an 8.5 VF+. At the very bottom there is 9.4 NM Signature Series but it is a reprint.

2nd appearance of Scott Lang as Ant-Man
3rd appearance of Scott Lang

Hell, I may as well have called this 2nd and 3rd Appearance Comics To Invest In. Marvel Premiere #48 was featured in the Vault section not too long ago when I snagged a CGC 9.8 copy for super cheap and for only $85 using eBay Bucks.

Another double whammy key issue that's still pretty much under the radar. 2nd appearance of Scott Lang as Ant-Man and the 3rd appearance of Scott Lang in comics. Marvel Premiere #48 was published June, 1979.

eBay - A few options for both raw copies and slabbed copies here as well for this 2nd appearance key issue. Plenty of 9.8s with one being decently priced. A few 9.6 NM+s as well.

mycomicshop - All raw copies and quite a few. Highest is a VF+ and that's on consignment. Highest raw copy not on consignment and in stock is FN+ currently.

ComicConnect - If you're into Signature Series slabbed comics, then ComicConnect has only one copy available at the moment. It's a super high grade 9.8 and signed by Stan Lee.

ComicLink - Two CGC 9.8 copies here with one of them being a Signature Series signed by Stan Lee. Last option is a VF+ Universal label.

2nd appearance of Kraven the Hunter
Ironman vs. Captain America

Wow, this is definitely no cheap 2nd appearance any longer, and to be honest, I had no idea Tales of Suspense #58 held the 2nd appearance of Kraven the Hunter. Most are gunning for this comic because of the Captain America vs. Ironman story and the whole Civil War hype that's going around.

Damn! I was hoping to get a high grade copy for cheaper. So, this is the 2nd appearance of Kraven, and he is expected to join up in the Sinister Six movie if Sony doesn't put the kabosh on that flick. If a deal with Marvel and Sony ends up going through, there could be a chance the production gets dropped. October, 1964 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Definitely no finding cheap copies for this one even on eBay and even in low grade VGs. CGC slabs are present as well and there are some high grades. CGC VF 8.0 is the cheapest high grade slab at the moment. Might be best to wait for an auction on this one.

mycomicshop - Five copies here and all are on consignment. Two CGCs and the highest is an 8.0 VF. 2nd slabbed copy is a CGC 5.5 low FN.

ComicLink - Three copies and two of them are slabbed. The slabbed copies are both CGC and the highest is a FN+ and the other is a VG. Raw copy is a VG+.

2nd appearance of Mysterio
First appearance of Sinister Six
3rd appearance of Sandman
3rd appearance of Vulture
3rd appearance of Kraven the Hunter

Okay, okay! I know this is 2nd appearances and all, but this super key has a lot more going for it than just the first appearance of the Sinister Six. No doubt that this super-villain team is hot on the market, but Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 also has the 2nd appearance of Mysterio, the original Quentin Beck.

As for the 3rd appearance of Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, and the Vulture, I thought I'd just cut to the chase and spew the key issue awesomeness of this comic now and get it out of the way. Expect to see this one again when I get around to doing a 3rd appearances key issues list. October, 1964 was when this bad boy was published.

eBay - Appears to be quite a few copies on the might eBay for this bad boy. Highest is a 7.5 low VF and already past the $1000 mark. Mid-grade slabs available as well as some 5.5 low FNs.

mycomicshop - CGC 6.5 FN+ copy here and two really low raw copies at the time of this writing.

ComicConnect - Two copies here with one being a slabbed and the other an unslabbed copy. The unslabbed copy is a 5.0 VG/FN and it is currently up for auction. The CGC copy is a VG and it's a Universal label.

ComicLink - Holy moly, a whopping CGC 9.8 is here and costs about as much as a brand new Kia. I wonder how long that copy will just sit there.

Alright, as I mentioned at the beginning of Part 7, some of the key statuses to these comics aren't that well-known in the market. They are well-known key issues, but for different key statuses. Mostly all here a pretty expensive in high grade slabbed NMs already, except for one.

If you missed Part 6, just click the PREVIOUS link below, and if you're ready, click the PART 8 link below to continue!


  1. Fantastic Four #49 is hands down my favorite cover ever! I love the design, composition and colors. Gotta love Kirby's iconic style! I have it but I want to upgrade my copy to at least a 8.5 - 9.0.

    I love this 2nd appearance list. I realized I have quite a few of these. Keep it up TCM!

    1. Awesome! Glad you got a lot of these 2nd appearance J Kandefer. FF #49 is a very cool cover indeed. Thanks for chiming in. Always appreciated.

  2. boy this 2nd appearance list has been very popular mayhem. JW

    1. Heya JW, just glad peeps like it and hope it's helpful. I will surely be getting back to it really soon for sure.

  3. Hey Mayhem. Don't know why you are not an Overstreet Adviser!!! Your knowledge and expertise in researching this awesome world of comics we so love is astounding. I just got my new Overstreet for 2016 and it sucked. Overstreet are way behind the times when it comes to noting key appearances of important characters.
    They should take a page from your book my friend. Pure joy to read your posts. Thank you

    1. Hmmmm...I think Overstreet Advisors are like a select fraternity of comic dealers or the most successful of them. I'm definitely no comic dealer and have no wish to be, so I don't deal with comics day in and day out. At least not on the same level as they do.

      Thanks for the kind words. I try my best, but do make mistakes as well and as you've noticed with the cover of the Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine #2 being a John Romita Sr. cover.

      Overstreet is still a good resource and some dealers still go by them which is great if you know slabbed copies of a certain grade are going for double or more than guide and you snag one of those grades at guide.

      For the amount of space they have in one book, they do a good job. Being digital, I do have an advantage of endless posts and quicker publishing times since I don't really need to print and distribute anything physically.

      Overstreet does list a boatload more of comics than I have within 5 years. Glad you're still enjoying this site Nova! What's the comic movie of 2017 you're most looking forward to?