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Monday, March 9, 2015

Red Sonja Key Comic Books

Whether you have these key issues or not, Red Sonja just got a screen writer for a solo movie. Yep, it was almost seven years ago when director Robert Rodriguez  announced that he would be doing a Red Sonja movie .

Apparently, it seems this movie is back on track at least for now. Writer Christopher Cosmos has been hired to pen a script for this female sword and sorcery character that was designed and developed by Roy Thomas.

So, let's get this short and sweet list going.

1st appearance of Red Sonja

As for the first appearance of Red Sonja, the market hasn't caught on to this comic in a huge way, but it's not entirely over-looked either. There are still deals to be found online and offline for sure, and for certain grades.

I do not expect this to last long though. Right now Hollywood is being pressured to produce more female-led action movies. With the huge success of The Hunger Games, it's no surprise. Besides more female comic fans are emerging now more than ever.

This comic is steaming up though, and it is a pretty over-looked early Bronze Age key issue from 1973. Red Sonja was created by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor for the comics. She was loosely based on Red Sonja of Rogatino in Robert E. Howard's 1934 short story "The Shadow of the Vulture".

Red Sonja is a popular character but not a hugely popular character. Still, most comic fans know about her, and she already did have a movie in 1985 and was played by Bridgette Nelson. 

Conan The Barbarian #23 is the first appearance of Red Sonja, and it was published February, 1973.

eBay - CGC and raw copies are present at eBay currently. Of course, raw copies are going for much cheaper, and there are quite a few of them. There's also quite a few slabbed options as well. Highest is a CGc 9.6 NM+, but there's also a 9.4 NM and some 9.2 NM minuses. One PGX 8.5 in the mix as well.

mycomicshop - Seven copies here but only one slabbed CBCS 9.4 NM. Rest are raw and the highest is a FN/VF. All copies are on consignment.

ComicConnect - CGC 9.6 NM+ copy is the only available. Looks to be the same one on ComicLink.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ available.

2nd appearance of Red Sonja
1st full Red Sonja story
1st full appearance of Red Sonja?

Conan The Barbarian #24 follows up the Red Sonja goodness with her 1st full  Red Sonja story and her 2nd appearance. In this issue, Conan tries to get frisky with Red Sonja but she is having none it. To his dismay, Conan learns that Sonja will not give herself to any man unless he defeats her in battle.

Pretty sure this one is a tad over-looked in the market since the first appearance of Red Sonja isn't at ridiculous prices for 9.8s just yet. CGC is noting this as the first full appearance of Red Sonja with some slabs and Overstreet notes it as the 1st full Red Sonja story. Whatever the hell that means.

I'm noting it as the 2nd appearance of Red Sonja since Overstreet doesn't note it as such. However, I do have the feeling that I may have to change the appearance notations in the near future.

Conan The Barbarian #24 was published March, 1973.

eBay - No scarcity problem for this one on the mighty eBay. Plenty of raw copies and a few slabbers as well. Highest are two 9.6 NM+s and there are quite a few 9.4 NMs as well.

mycomicshop - Two CGC 9.6 NM+ copies here currently. Only raw copy is a FN+.

3rd appearance of Red Sonja
1st solo Red Sonja story 
1st issue to titled comic

Triple whammy key issue and not all that really well-known just yet in the market. This is the 3rd appearance of Red Sonja, and even though it is a magazine-sized comic, I'm noting it as such. Overstreet also notes it as such as well.

None of this Rocket Raccoon first appearance in comics crap with this one here.  Aside from the fact that The Savage Sword of Conan #1 is the first issue to this comic series, it also happens to have the 1st Red Sonja solo story in a back feature.

She does appear in both stories for this issue, and if industry as a whole changes Conan the Barbarian #24 from a 2nd appearance to a first full appearance, then this issue just maybe be changed to Red Sonja's 2nd appearance. The Savage Sword of Conan #1 was published August, 1974.

eBay - This one has quite a few copies on eBay as well. Not cheap anymore for CGC 9.8s or 9.6s and they are up on there currently. Raw options are cheaper.

mycomicshop - Only one copy here at the moment and it's a CGC 9.6 NM+.

NewKadia - One NM minus copy. Be sure to see NewKadia's 24 hr sales that run everyday. There might be a Marvel Comics sale with a coupon code to use during checkout.

ComicConnect - Two raw copies here and the highest is a NM. Other option is a VF/NM.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies and they are a 9.8 and a 9.4 NM.

Origin of Red Sonja
1st appearance of the Red Goddess

The origin story of Red Sonja is finally told in this issue. The origin is nothing really new and is pretty typical of stories like this and pretty similar to Conan's.

Sonja's mother and father were murdered by a group of mercenaries who stumble upon her family home in the Western Hyrkanian steppes. In the story, this place seems to be in modern Russia/Ukraine. Attempting to defend herself, Sonja tries to lift her brother's sword but can't.

She is brutally raped by the mercenaries but left alive and seeks her revenge. In the comic, and I highly doubt this will be presented in the movie but you never know, the Red Goddess hears her cry for revenge and answers it.

The Red Goddess gives her incredible fighting skills, but with a condition. She can never bed a man unless he defeats her in combat. Kull and the Barbarians #3 was published September, 1975.

eBay - This one definitely is pretty scarce or a lot more scarcer than the other key issues on this list. All raw copies and no CGC just yet. Definitely over-looked key issue.

mycomicshop - Five raw copies and all are in actual stock. That means no buyer's premium charge which I can't stand to begin with. Highest two are a VF minus and a FN. Rest are downhill from there.

NewKadia - NM minus and a VG+ are in stock at the moment. Both are reasonably cheap.

1st comic devoted to Red Sonja

Before, Red Sonja was a supporting character for Conan or Kull. The she became a back story feature in other titles. Like with most comic characters before they got their very own title, they were put in try out titles to see if they had the sand with comic fans to deserve their own comic series.

Red Sonja starred in the first seven issues of the 2nd Marvel Feature series before Marvel gave her a chance in her own titled series. The Red Sonja volume 1 series only lasted 12 issues.

Marvel Feature #1 volume 2 was published November, 1975 and it is currently an over-looked key issue.

eBay - Plenty of raw copies and some are toting high grades. Some CGC options and the highest is a super 9.8 CGC copy. CGC 9.6 NM+s are still pretty cheap though.

mycomicshop - Raw copies in stock and the highest is a NM minus. Other two raw copies are both VGs.

NewKadia - VF minus is the highest copy here at the moment. 2nd highest is a FN+ and it just keeps getter lower from there.

ComicConnect - Three copies here with one of them being a CGC 9.8 and bit too pricey. Raw copies are a VF/NM and VF minus.

ComicLink - Only one CGC 9.8 copy here for now.

1st self-titled series

Since it seems to be customary for the 1st self titled issue of a character that's hitting the big or small screen to have a spike in demand, Red Sonja #1 will be thrown in this list since it's the first series with her name on it.

Right now, this issue is highly over-looked. CGC 9.8s should be in the $250 range or at least lower than $300 currently. Currently means this sucker can get a huge surge in demand quickly like Conan The Barbarian #1 did, or it can mean it will be a slow rise.

By the way, what happened to the Conan movie with Arnold coming back? January, 1977 was when this book was published.

eBay - Should be no problem finding this one on eBay and there appears to be plenty of raw copies. As for slabs, there are also quite a few. CGC 9.8s are the highest and should be around the $250 mark or lower. There's one for $225 with a Best Offer. 9.6 NM+ CGC are still priced below $200.

mycomicshop - Wow, nine copies here and four of them are CGCs. Highest so far is a 9.6 NM+, and there's also a 9.4 NM, a 9.2 NM minus, and a 9.0 VF/NM in terms of slabbers. All raw copies are in actual stock but the highest is only a FN so far.

NewKadia - Only one VF minus copy here in stock for now.

ComicConnect - Two CGC 9.6 NM+s and one of them goes up for auction at the end of March. There's also two raw NM copies with one of them also going up for auction at the end of March.

ComicLink - Only one 9.8 CGC copy here as well.

Concerning movie hype, these kinds of keys are usually the ones that see the biggest spike in demand. Right now quite a few listed here are under the radar. The major earlier appearances are still simmering up even at super higher grades.

Whether the Red Sonja movie franchise takes off or becomes successful is up in the air. The Conan reboot was a major flop, but his 1st appearance in Conan the Barbarian #1 is still up there in value.

Who knows about these as long term investments though. However, with the market as crazy as it is, these keys may see a boast in demand, especially when the titular character is cast. 

Anyways, that's all for this one. Like I mentioned, with industry bending over when it comes to 1st appearances, the 2nd appearance and 3rd appearance of Red Sonja is up in the air and may change in the near future.

If you got these key issues, you may want to watch the market to see if they hit a strong peak. If not, good luck on your hunt.


  1. Hey, I have a questiom I'm buying as many copies of avengers 55,57, 58 and FF53 as I can find what would be the best approach? sell when the movie comes out or keep them for the long term?

    1. Heya Gabriel, been a long time, man! How you been?

      Well as for multiple copies, sell off the grades you don't particularly care for and keep the better looking ones. Whatever your preference on that call.

      As for peaks, you can sell at any peak. They just released a new Avengers trailer, and that may a peak may be happening now. Dunno, haven't checked on that call though. When the movie comes out, you have a limited window for another peak to happen. It usually does, but I'm assuming they'll probably run Avengers Age of Ultron in the theaters for quite a while.

      Watch the eBay market closely for the Avengers 55, 57 and 58 when that time comes. Start about a month before release. They should be playing the shit out of the trailers by then.

      If you got multiple copies of those issues, I would always at least keep one or two as a long term hold.

    2. I've been told ultron will die and avengers 55 will lose it's value, I bought another copy of jla #1, betty and veronica 320 a copy of FF 36 and 53 and I've made a trade of my asm 361 CGC 9.8 for FF 53 CGC 5.0 and 3.5

    3. If you don't have faith in those issue Gabriel, sell them off when another peak happens where you can make a profit off of them. Up to you. I'm saying I usually will keep a copy for long-term, because comics tend to bounce back.

      Maybe not in ten years, but 30 years is a good possibility. Well, I suppose ti depends on the grade also...lower grades bounce back slower.

      Up to you, dude. Just my opinion.

    4. I'm going to keep my high grade copies for sure unless I get a offer I can refuse

  2. You just gotta love that chain-bra of her' s. Mayhem, give me the first appearance of
    that treasure!
    Triple A

    1. Triple A, the whole chain bikini thing is...well, I'm sure you get the point.

  3. NewKadia is a shitty place to buy comics.