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Thursday, February 12, 2015

KEY ISSUE ALERT: Avengers #11



Avengers #11 
1st Spider-Man Robot
2nd appearance Kang the Conqueror
2nd Spider-Man x-over in Avengers comic
Published: December, 1964
Publisher: Marvel Comics  
Writer: Stan Lee  
Artist: Don Heck


KEY ISSUE LOCATED
 
eBay - High grade and low grade raw copies and some slabbed options as well. Highest CGC is 9.4 NM and already up there. Mid-grade CGC also available.

mycomicshop - Two slabbed copies here and both are CGC. Highest is a 9.4 NM and the 2nd is a 6.5 FN+.

ComicLink - CGC 7.5 VF minus copy here and is the lowest priced option at ComicLink at the moment. Two highest grades are 9.4 NMs.



WHY THIS KEY ISSUE?

With the recent news of Sony and Marvel closing some disclosed deal to include Spider-Man and a new rendition of Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's not any surprise that there may be some demand seen for this issue. It's highly anticipated that the Webhead just may be part of the Avengers Infinity Wars 1 and 2.

While many are speculating that the Webslinger will assemble with the Avengers, it's not entirely confirmed or yet known. Chances are pretty good though, even if the movie slate of Spider-Man and his future is pretty ambiguous at the moment.

In that case, let's look at this Silver Age goodie right here. Avengers #11 is the  2nd time Spidey crossed over into the Avengers comics. The Wallcrawler has meet all these heroes individually prior to this issue and even had a cameo in Avengers #3, meeting Iron Man for the 1st time.

I suppose you could say that this is the first time Spider-Man fully crosses over into an Avengers comic story and battles the robot Spider-Man created by Kang the Conqueror at the end of this issue

Is this the first Spidey/Avengers team up? Don't know about that since Spidey and the Avengers aren't in a panel together in this comic, but Spider-Man does save the Avengers' butts when a Spider-Man robot created by Kang wallops and captures the team of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Giant-Man, and Wasp.

Avengers #11 is no sleeper by any means and is already up there in price especially for high grade CGC copies, but there are still over-looked grades for this Silver Age key issue. Like mentioned earlier, Spider-Man will be in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Update: He has shown up in Captain America Civil War already.

If you got this comic already, watch the market to see if it hits a peak. You may want to dish it off if you got multiple copies.

Don't have this comic yet? May want to be on the look out and seek out an over-looked grade or a raw copy that's up for bidding auction or with a Best Offer. You may want to take the hunt offline as well.

This issue also the 2nd appearance of Kang the Conqueror.  If you're a fan of both the Avengers and Spider-Man, this one could be a great consideration.

As for the future of Spider-Man's movie franchise, we are in doubt in suspense as to the new direction Spidey will taken into. Probably best to keep a close eye on the creepy crawler and his Avengers-related comics.

9 comments:

  1. Have to agree. Now that the news is confirmed that Spider man will be joining in the Avengers films at some point this issue will grow from a semi-key to major key before long. Never knew this was is first meeting with Cap. Makes sense and like you said even more fuel for the fire.

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    1. I wasn't quite sure if it was the first meeting either between the two, but it apparently is after doing some digging around. Apparently Avengers #316 may see an increase in demand as well.

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  2. What's up with Spidey's mask and eyes? I've never seen blue around his eyes and mouth like that before.

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    1. It's an early Spider-Man appearance so who knows. I actually think that the Spider-Man robot is on the cover since it's the robot that does battle with the Avengers. As for the discolor, could be color mistake by the colorist or a printing color mistake or intentional to separate the robot version from actual Spidey. It's funny to point out though.

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  3. Got the steal of the week; I bought Captain America 275 CGC 9.6 for 99$ on Ebay I was the only one that bid on the book. Its perfect for the set to captain America: civil war movie.

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  4. About the eyes and mouth...this was early marvel and they hadn't really ironed out the look yet. See tales to astonish 57, another early spiderman crossover key where they left off the spider on his back. They had yet to define the official look of the character. A third example is the mask being a hoodie when removed in early issues. They eventually got the look down. Lol. Nothing as drastic as the hulk changing color thankfully!

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    1. Agree with this as well...could be a variety of factors...maybe a good question to ask Stan the Man if one gets the chance to meet him.

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  5. Funny how if you go to your comiclink link now almost every single issue that isn't wildly overpriced is sold/pending. People are already paying 20-30% higher, this crazy speculation panic is a real pain in my ass.

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