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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2nd Appearance Comics To Invest In Part 11

And here's Part 11 to this series. We got mostly Silver Age and Bronze Age 2nd appearance comics to invest in concerning this part, but there are some that are under the radar or just not that looked at in the current market. Of course, there will be some expensive ones in higher NM grades as well.

So let's get down to business, because I'm already starting to get bored with this series. If you missed Part 10, click the link to teleport back. If you're ready for Part 11, enjoy!

2nd appearance of Enchantress
2nd full appearance of Surtur

Looks like DC won't be the only one having an Enchantress on the big screen. Yep, rumors are flying high that Marvel's Amora the Enchantress just may be in the upcoming Thor 3: Ragnarok film slated for 2017.

It's been reported that Natalie Portman won't be returning as Jane Foster for the third installment and Amora just may be popping up as a love interest for the God of Thunder. Could be just a rumor, but then again, it just may be in the works.

Right now, the first appearance of Enchantress in Journey Into Mystery #104 is pretty up there in price. The 2nd appearance of Enchantress in Journey Into Mystery #104 just may be a cheaper buy.

However, not the only reason to buy this and this comic is a double whammy 2nd appearance. Journey into Mystery also holds the 2nd full appearance of Surtur the Fire Demon and the character also has rumors of him being a villain for the third Thor movie.

This 2nd appearance of Surtur fact has yet to catch on in the industry. Guide is not noting it, nor is CGC yet. Under the radar in terms of that, but not really price.

Although low NM CGC 9.2s seem close to the $1000 mark in terms of price for this 2nd appearance key issue. May, 1964 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Both raw and slabbed options available. Highest CGC are two 9.2s and pretty expensive already. 8.5 VF+ Universal and Signature Series copy, in which the SS copy is enormously over-priced.  9.4 Restored copy and some mid-grade as well. Raw copies are cheaper on average as expected.

mycomicshop - Only one GD raw copy here in stock. It's got a chewed corner from cover to back cover. 

ComicConnect - Two CGC copies and four raw copies here. Looks like the 9.4 CGC NM Restored copy is here as well. 2nd CGC copy is a 6.5 FN+. On the raw front, the highest unslabber is a VF minus. Lowest is a GD.

THOR #136
2nd appearance of Sif

Talk about a character's 2nd appearance being completely over-looked in the market despite being in two movies already. Yep, the 2nd appearance of Sif in Thor #136 should still be a cheap buy even for slabbed VFs and VF/NMs.

Raw copies? Forget about it! Even cheaper. Since Ragnarok will see the destruction of Asgard and it's been rumor some Thor heroes will did in the 3rd movie, it's unclear whether Sif will be one of them. Would be very strange if they killed off Thor's hunny mamma before even seeing that played out on screen, but movies are movies and it could happen.

eBay - Doesn't seem to be a problem locating a copy of this 2nd appearance comic on eBay. Appears to be plenty of raw copies to sift through and find the one for you. On the CGC front, the highest two are a 7.5 VF minus and a 7.0 FN/VF. There's also a FN and a VG+.

mycomicshop - Only one raw copy here for now and it's a GD+ in stock.

ComicConnect - Two raw copies here and the highest is a VF+. There is one copy in a Thor comic lot also.

ComicLink - Three CGC copies and one raw copy here at the moment. Highest is a CGC 9.6 NM+ followed by a Restored NM. Last slabbed option is an 8.5 VF+. Raw copy is a VG+.

2nd appearance of Silver Age Riddler

Another Silver Age 2nd appearance of a well-known Batman villain, Batman #179 holds the 2nd appearance of the Riddler in the Silver Age of comics. Not exactly under the radar, but raw VF and VF/NM copies can be snagged on eBay for under $200 bucks.

I'd still like to see the Riddler on the big screen done right. If so, Edward Nygma could bring out Batman's more detective side in the movies. Would be an interesting Batman flick. Batman #179 was published March, 1966.

eBay - We got raw copies available and it appears to be quite a few on eBay currently. CGC is a bit lacking and there's only one 8.0 VF copy there at the time of this writing. It is a fixed priced auction with no Best Offer at the moment.

mycomicshop - One VG minus copy here on consignment. Only copy there so far and it's raw.

ComicConnect - Two raw 8.5 VF+ copies here and one CGC 7.0 going up for auction the 19th of Jan, 2015.

2nd appearance of Solomon Grundy

Solomon Grundy wants pants too. Alright, here we are with a Golden Age 2nd appearance of a pretty well-known DC Comics villain. For zombie genre fans, Solomon Grundy was actually one of the first zombie characters in the comic book medium, and started off as an early foe of Earth Two Green Lantern known as Alan Scott.

Comic Calvalcade #13 is the 2nd appearance of Solomon Grundy and appears in the story "And then there was one" in this comic issue. This story also features Green Lantern. Definitely a valuable comic even in low grades.

Solomon Grundy was created by Alfred Bester and Paul Reinman. December, 1946 is the publishing date for this Golden Age 2nd appearance key issue.

eBay - Only appears to be two raw copies of this Golden Age goodie on the mighty eBay at the moment of this writing. Highest copy claims to be a VF+ and the other is probably a low grade copy.

2nd appearance of Harry Osborn
4rth appearance of Kraven the Hunter
2nd appearance of Gwen Stacy
Double whammy 2nd appearance key issue, Amazing Spider-Man #34 has the 2nd appearance of Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn. Nobody is really noting the 2nd appearances this comic holds, but Overstreet does acknowledge this key issue as the 4rth appearance of Kraven the Hunter. CGC just notes it as a Kraven appearance.

So a double whammy 2nd appearance key issue, but a triple whammy of a key issue comic. This Silver Age Spider-Man key issue is definitely no cheap buy in higher NM grades, but may be a lot more affordable in VF to VF/NM. If you're a Spider-Man fan, this one may be one to consider or to check and see if you got this in your collection already. Amazing Spider-Man #34 was published March, 1966.

eBay - Quite a bit of raw copies and some are toting high grades, but most are in the lower grade as expected. There's also a decent selection of slabbed copies as well. Two 9.6s and 9.4s which are already up there in price. 9.2 CGC is lower priced than the 9.0 VF/NM on there, but the 9.0 does have a Best Offer. The 9.2 is an auction that ends in a few days at the time of this writing. 8.5s and 8.0 VFs available in the slabbed selection and mid-grade and lower grades available as well for those who are more on a budget.

mycomicshop - Three raw copies here with the highest a 7.5 VF minus. There is a CGC copy and it's a FN+. Also a raw FN as well. All are on consignment.

ComicConnect - Two copies are auctions with one of them running at the time of this writing. 2nd auction will start 1/19/2015 and is for a CGC 7.5 VF minus. A CGC 9.6 NM+ is available for immediate sale but is pricey. Quite a few more raw copies as well.

ComicLink - Quite a few copies both CGC and raw. Highest slabs are a 9.6 NM+ and a 9.0 VF/NM. Highest raw is a 5.0 VG/FN.

2nd appearance Harry Osborn as Green Goblin

Speaking of Harry Osborn taking up the mantle of Green Goblin in the previous Part 10 to this 2nd appearance key issues series, Amazing Spider-Man #137 is the 2nd appearance of Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin. Yep, Peter Parker's best friend would become one of Spider-Man's most fearsome foes, and this was actually depicted in both the Spider-Man movie franchises.

This is a Bronze Age comic that is flying below the radar. 9.6s can be snagged well below the $200 mark if you shop around and are patient. Not entirely a sought out book just yet, and it's not that well-known in the market just yet. October, 1974 is the publishing date for this comic.

eBay - Two 9.6s are decently priced on the mighty eBay at the moment. One is a fixed priced but has a Best Offer option and the other is an auction that ends in about 4 days of this writing. Plenty of other graded options and raw copies. Some raw copies look to be high grade as well and at a fraction of the price.

mycomicshop - Six copies on consignment, all raw, and the highest a FN/VF. 2nd highest is a FN+.

ComicConnect - Quite a few copies here. Highlights are a CGC 9.8 and 9.4 a long with a two raw 9.2 NM minuses.

ComicLink - Six CGC copies and all are in the NM range. There is a 9.8 and two 9.6 NM+s as well as 9.4 NMs  and one 9.2 low NM minus.

That wraps up Part 11, and we're going to take a hiatus for a while from this series before I get back to it with Part 12. There's already quite a great deal of 2nd appearances already listed so far. If you got any suggestions, just sound em off in the comments.

If you missed Part 10 of this 2nd Appearances comics to invest in list, just click the PREVIOUS link below. Otherwise, continue on to Part 12 with more 2nd appearance key issues. Just click that link below to carry on!


  1. TCM,

    I'm not sure if you have already answered this or not, but why would a 2nd appearance be so important? And if 2nd is so important, what is preventing the 3rd appearance from also being important? I'm new to collecting, mainly buying comics now to read my favorite characters when I was a kid, so any information on this would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Heya Ty, sorry, man! This comment was buried. I actually had to look for it the old old fashioned by clicking going through the entire series to find it.

      2nd appearances are heating up. A lot of the Golden Age 2nd appearances are already up there for major characters, and some for Silver Age like the Flash or Green Lantern.

      At first, it was important for fans of the character that want to have as many early appearances of a character they like. Now, there's a variety of reasons why 2nd appearances may be enticing. Of course, there are the speculators who are in it for the flipping.

      Then with the massive increase in value for 1st appearances in the current market and for some who can't afford them, 2nd appearances may still be over-looked options.

      Some 3rd appearances are important for some characters as well, mainly the older established characters. Also, a 2nd appearance of character in an issue can have a first appearance of another character also. Black Panther #53 comes to mind - 2nd Black Panther, 1st Klaw.

      Stay safe bro, and thanks for the question.