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Friday, October 30, 2015

Horror Key Comics Part 15

We got a few more horror key comics in Part 15, and this one will be the last part of the series for this year. I'll, of course, pick it up again next year.

So, if you missed Part 14, the blue link will teleport you back. If not, enjoy the next batch.



ALIENS #1
1st appearance of Newt & Hicks in comics

We got two make ups here and this here is the first one. Sci Fi/Horror have been two genres that have crossed over many times in film, and there's no doubt that the first aliens movie (Alien 1979) was a long those lines.

The great thing about the first Alien movie by Ridley Scott was the build up of tension. Much like John Carpenter's The Thing, extreme tension and suspense was a key component that brought out the horror element for both movies.

Unlike the sequel Aliens, which was more of a Sci Fi/Action movie, the actual monster was not revealed until later in the film, and was at first only shown in small bursts of terror. The alien Xenomorph from the Aliens franchise has been an iconic fan-favorite monster for over 30 years.

While the comics were more based on the James Cameron film or after the events, the thought of Xenomorphs and those little face huggin' critters that scurry across the floor is still terrifying to most. Actually, those face huggers creeped me the hell out when I was 13 and saw Aliens in the theaters.

Ellen Ripley's first appearance, as well as the Xenomorphs, in comics may be in the illustrated adaption of Alien in the comic book, Alien: The Illustrated Story one-shot graphic novel released by Heavy Metal in 1979. The adaptation from screen to panels was done by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson.

Alien and Aliens are just two of my all-time favorite Sci-Fi/horror flicks. I love both for very different reasons. One is a lot more suspenseful while the other is definitely more action driven but retains a bit of the suspense that dominated much of the first film.

This Aliens comic series was done by Dark Horse, and, yes, I scooped up this key issue back in the day and enjoyed it though it was one of the many comics I sold a few years later in order to purchase a cymbal for a gig. May, 1988 is the cover date for Aliens #1.

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FREDDY KRUEGER'S A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET #1
1st appearance of Freddy Krueger (American)?

Here is the 2nd make up call. Without a doubt, A Nightmare on Elm Street movie was a huge success and during the 80s through 90s, the character of Freddy Krueger became an iconic horror character of the era.

The film received critical acclaim as well and provided a unique twist on a Sandman type character gone horribly wrong. The film was written and directed by Wes Craven, hailed as a modern genius of the slasher/horror flick genre.

As Freddy Krueger became a fan-favorite horror character, it's no surprise that the world of comics would jump on the trend and feature him in comic books, or in this case, a comic magazine format.
Marvel published this magazine that became it's best selling magazine-format comic book of the time.

No surprise there. However, this is not really Freddy Krueger's first appearance in a comic. The character was also featured in the French comic book Metal Hurlant #132 in 1987.

I am not sure whether that's the first appearance of Freddy Krueger in a comic book, but it does predate this comic magazine. So, Freddy Krueger's A Nightmare on Elm Street #1 may be the character's first American comic book appearance.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors came out in 1987, and this comic has a tale that tells the origin of Freddy Krueger before he is killed and becomes the nightmare stalker of children. Of course, it is not considered part of actual canon.

Freddy Krueger's A Nightmare on Elm Street #1 has the cover date of October, 1989.

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EVIL ERNIE #1
1st appearance Evil Ernie
1st appearance Lady Death

What do you get when you mix the undead and a psychotic killer? Well, you get Evil Ernie! Actually, there's more than just that.

Back in the late Copper Age, this character and comic broke out and became a fan-favorite horror character in comics. Before he became Evil Ernie, Ernest Fairchild had telepathic abilities as well.

It was this ability that made Ernie realize as a young child that many of his neighbors knew that his parents were abusing him but did nothing. In order to cure Ernie of his abnormal gift, his parents sent him to Dr. Leonard Price for behavioral therapy.

Dr. Price used a device called the Dream Probe to help Ernie, but it instead sent him to the Endless Graveyard, where Ernie met Lady Death. She made a deal with Ernie to give him the love he desired if he killed everything on Earth.

Ernie made his attempt to do so, first killing his parents and then 35 others who crossed his path. He was stopped and later killed by Lady Death. However, Lady Death resurrected Ernie as the undead psycho that would become Evil Ernie.

Evil Ernie was created by Brian Pulido and artist Steven Hughes, and this is definitely one of the Copper Age comics worth noting. Evil Ernie #1 published by Eternity has an estimated print run of 12,000 copies. A CGC 9.8 sold for $610 last year in October.

This comic was published/released November - December, 1991.





30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1
1st issue to series
1st Eben Olemaun
1st Stella Olemaun
1st appearance Marlow Roderick


Vampires and blood suckers are definitely classic horror monsters that are just too good to leave alone. 30 Days of Night was a successful horror comic that came out in 2002, and used the concept of Alaska's odd 30 days of continuous darkness to lure a horde of vampires to feast on the unsuspecting citizens of Barlow.

It also became a movie as well. What's ironic is this story was at first an unsuccessful film pitch.

This limited series was creator Steve Nile's break out success. The comic series following this one would win the creative duo multiple awards including the Eisner.

So, not surprisingly, this issue has the first appearances of the main male and female leads in the story, whom are married couple Eben and Stella Olemaun. This issue also sees the first appearance of Marlow Roderick, one of the leading vampires in the series.

Vicente's first appearance may be in issue #2. He is another big bad in this limited series, but he was not portrayed in the film. Roderick Marlow was the big bad, and even though the film depicted the epic battle between Eben and Marlow, it was actually a scene taken from the comics between Eben and Vicente.

Like the comics, though, the movie does end in the same way. 30 Days of Night #1 was published or released in June, 2002. It's still a pretty valuable comic for a Modern Age key. A 9.8 sold for $250 back in March of 2014.

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The Walking Dead #1 comic cover
WALKING DEAD #1
1st appearance of Rick Grimes

Ho hum. Ho hum. As if everyone wasn't expecting this one to make this horror key comics series.

No doubt that this comic is the Modern Age bad boy. Actually, everyone buying up all the new, fresh off the rack Modern stuff is hoping that they're gonna get the next comic series to break out like the Walking Dead.

This comic is often thought of as the comic series that revitalized the zombie genre in horror comics. No surprise there since zombies are extremely popular and the biggest horror trend concept currently.

This upward popularity for the zombie genre can definitely be attributed to George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead in 1968. It is a cult classic but is now recognized as a defining moment in Modern horror cinema.

Initially panned by critics at first, the film now has gained critical acclaim. I believe that the Living Dead franchise absolutely helped to grow the popularity of the zombie genre into the mainstream. 

The film was the first to depict zombies as reanimated "flesh eating" dead cannibals. Although that aspect or redefinition of the zombie was borrowed heavily in current movies and TV shows after, including the comic series featured here, it started with George A. Romero and his Night of the Living Dead flick.

Walking Dead #1 is the most valuable Modern Age horror comic so far. Although I'm not a fan in the least, it deserves to be recognized and on this list for sure. Walking Dead #1 was published October, 2003, has the first appearance of Rick Grimes, and is the first issue to kick off this highly successful comic series.






MARVEL ZOMBIES #1
1st issue to limited series

Following up on the zombie trend, Marvel of course does a Marvel Zombies limited series, and go figure that it's written by Robert Kirkman of Walking Dead fame. Much like all the zombie stories currently, somehow Marvel superheroes are inflicted with a virus that turns them into zombies.

This comic is surprisingly popular. Currently guide has this issue at $35 bucks for 9.2 low Near Mint and the complete run can cost you up to $75. There are variants to issue #1, but the one featured here is the 1st print cover.

Marvel Zombies #1 was published February, 2006. 


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That wraps up the horror key comics or key issues series for this year. I will pick it up again next year as there are quite a few things I've missed or can conjure up in terms of horror comics.

You all have a safe and fun Halloween.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hot Comic Investments of 2015 Part 5


All I gotta say is that there's a lot of comic related goodness happening or about to happen. Jessica Jones is gonna be ready for streaming pretty soon, and I'm looking forward to that. Also, the Flash series on the CW is kicking much ass so far. 

This is Part 5 to the Hot Comic Investments of 2015, and from the banner above, I'm sure you can figure out which key issue goodness we'll be looking at in this part. It will be a bit of read just to warn ya.

So, same drill as usual. Here's three more comic investments that performed well in 2015, and if you missed Part 4, that link will bring ya back.




LUKE CAGE HERO FOR HIRE #1
1st appearance Luke Cage
Origin of Luke Cage

You guys watch the official full Jessica Jones trailer that was released three days ago? I dunno about you, but it looks pretty damn good.

To no surprise since it's been confirmed for quite a while now, Luke Cage will be in the series as well as his own after Jessica Jones whomps some baddies in her soon to stream Netflix show. Lots of good stuff on the big and small screen coming soon.

Regardless, Luke Cage Hero for Hire #1 has been hot for a while now. No doubt that it was a hot first appearance comic in 2014 also, but just when you thought hype might of died down for this comic, think again.

2015 definitely saw some goodness for Luke Cage and his first appearance and origin in Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1. Sweet Christmas, let's look at this Bronze Age key issue!

Since there's only ten 9.8 copies registered with CGCs, it's no surprise that there weren't any sales for this grade during 2015 just yet. I'm sure any smart collector that has this 1st appearance is letting it marinate in their vaults currently and this comic at 9.8s are very scarce in the market right now.

However, there were 9.6 sales on the mighty eBay. Actually, only one for 2015 and the previous was in 2013. Needless to say, a pretty big jump happened for this grade this year.

It increased slightly more than $3,000 in a year and three months. Dunno about you, but that's a nice profit there. CGC Census has 46 graded 9.6s so far as well.

CGC 9.4s also not surprisingly got a bump since it's last sale in 2013. Starting again in February of this year, 9.4s hit the $2,000 range and sustained there. It increased more than $1,300 from the most recent sale in September to the very last sale back in December, 2013.

This grade is also pretty scarce on eBay. Only one copy up there so far. February is only two months after Mike Colter was confirmed as Luke Cage, so I'm going to assume that may something to do with the increase but not entirely sure.

9.2s did not do so well and had a drop, but then again, there were only two sales this year and the latest was via auction. It looks like 9.0s pretty much sustained within the higher $800 range.

Obviously, the news of Mike Colter being cast as Luke Cage around December of 2014 didn't have much influence concerning this drop from August to September. So, once again, it's hard to correlate comic book TV hype with key issue value increases. It may be because the latest sale was an auction, but who really knows?

9.0 slabbers had only 4 sales during 2015, and it appears to have done slightly better than 9.2s this year.

It finally hit the $900s in September, shortly after the 9.2 was sold for less, but it dropped back into the higher $800s via auction the month of this writing.

Clearly, this book was already on an upward trajectory during 2014. Judging from the data of both 9.2s and 9.0s, slabbed 9.2 copies should be a bit more above the value of the 9.0 slabber that sold for $999.99 September 9th.

The 9.2 currently up on eBay is grossly over-bloated in my opinion though, but 9.2s and 9.0s still have a bit of wiggle room for potential growth. I'm saying this because 9.4s are more than $2,000 dollars less than the most recent 9.6 sale back in February of this year.

If 9.4s have quite a bit of room to grow and close the gap on 9.6s a tad more, then 9.2s and 9.0s have a bit of room to grow as well. Then again, that's if 9.6s don't drop in value.





Ah, and we have some funkiness going on here. 8.5s seriously need to surpass the $600 mark. 9.0s are already near the $900 mark via bidding auction and 8.0 VFs only $10 less than an 8.5? Also, there's been more sales for 8.0 VFs than there has for 8.5 VF pluses.

Then again, there are zero 8.0 slabbers on eBay at the time of this writing. Currently there are four CGC 8.5s on eBay, and one of them is a Best Offer that's somewhat priced decently if the Best Offer could be accepted near the low $600s.

We'll have to see how these two play out by the end of the year. Should be interesting.














Looks like 5.5 slabbers need a bit of boost or 5.0s need to come down a bit. A 6.5 for this book also sold around the $250 area in October, so we got a bit of funkiness for 5.0s to 6.5s. Something's gotta give and that's either a slight increase or decrease for these grades.

When four grades (since 6.0s need to be included also) have the most recent sale or even sales that are very close to each other, it doesn't take a super genius to recognize that something's off. However, this funky munky can be attributed to just more than careless buying.

Remember that some have eBay Bucks to burn. Anyone or all of those recent 5.0 to 6.5 sales could have had an eBay Bucks coupon to lower the actual purchase price.

It's what I did to help buy this key issue. In looking at this data, we can see which grades need a boost in value. 9.2s make absolutely no sense when you compare the disparity between them and 9.4s. It's about a thousand dollars in-between them, so there is a bit of room to grow.

8.5s should be past the $600 mark. When I say "should", it doesn't mean that it's definite. It just means that it would make more sense, but when did this comic boom make sense?

These prices could very well drop, but I am doubting that since there aren't a whole lot of copies of this key being thrown back into the market just yet.





BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28
1st appearance of the Justice League of America

Okay, everyone knows why this comic has become hot in the last two years. I don't think I need to talk about the eventual Justice League movie parts 1 & 2 that have been confirmed.

Even though the movie was confirmed in April of last year, this comic has done quite well in 2015 for obvious reasons. The anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flick is getting closer and closer, and I'd be a lying fool to say I'm not the least interesting in finding out what that's gonna be about.

Despite movie hype, the back issues market recently discovered the rarity of many Silver Age DC Comic major key issues. They are without a doubt more scarce on the market compared to Marvel.

For example, let's compare the first appearance of the Justice League of America to Amazing Fantasy #15 and the first appearance of Spider-Man. For AF #15, there's a total of 2,402 submitted copies in the CGC Census. For Brave and the Bold #28, there's only 743 in the census at the time of this writing.

Of course, this doesn't include the raw copies still out there and the other grading services like PGX and CBCS or whomever.

But this isn't an Amazing Fantasy #15 vs. Brave and the Bold #28, so back to the eBay sales for slabbers concerning the key issue in question. The image to the left is the GoCollect sales data for the last 24 months or 2 years.

As you can see, there weren't that many sales for most of the grades on ole eBay for this issue. The most sales were surprisingly 2.0s compared to all the other grades.

Don't mind the funkiness of the only sale of 7.5s being quite lower than 7.0s. That single sale happened in July of last year, and there are zero CGC 7.5s up on eBay at the time of this writing.

Yes, in looking at 7.0s, it's safe to say that 7.5s have moved up in value since July, 2014. Just how much depends though, because values could always drop or not.

What is more interesting to look at in terms of funkiness is the actual sales. So, there were only two sales for 7.0s in the last two years.

One was way back in November, 2013 for only $1,750. Wow, if you snagged that baby, great job and congrats, because a little less than two years later or a little less than a year-and-a-half later, that puppy hit the $14,000 mark.

However, if we rounded it to just two years even just for the sake of simplicity, this bad boy increased in value $6,125 per year since 2013! Talk about a comic investment, right?

Even more so, 6.5s also moved up significantly with an increase of $5,240 since November, 2014. Crazy, because that's only 3 months later!

To be honest, these drastic jumps make me uneasy despite these comics being hot and pretty scarce during this year.






Since there were no sales of 6.0s or 5.5s in the last two years, we have to skip to 5.0s. In April of this year, there was an increase of $2,331 and then an increase of $900 in June. Last 5.0 sale was a CBCS graded copy as well.

In looking at 4.5s, the only sale this year hit $5,495, an increase of $2,145 since this comic's last sale in December, 2014. 5.0s and 4.5s are relatively close to each other in price.

If you take into account the missing 5.5 and 6.0 grades, there's $5,595 in-between 5.0s to 6.5s. So, a 5.5 should be around $8,265 and a 6.0 around $10,130 if we do the math according to GoCollect's eBay sales data.

That is, of course, if the value for 6.5s doesn't drop below $11,995. However, 6.5s have a $2,005 gap in-between itself and 7.0s. I don't see much of disparity or gap in-between each grade starting from 4.5s to 7.0s.

However, CGC 5.5s most likely will sell in the lower $7,000 range since there are two currently up on eBay at or around that price. One might even sell in higher $6,000 range.


Here's where I see a slight oddity. The last 3.5 sold for less than a 3.0, and both are CGC Universals?

Both grade's last sale were also in the same month of the same year as well. 3.5s should by all accounts be in the $3,000 range. A 4.0, in which the last sale was for $1,950 in December of 2013, should be a few hundred past the $4,000 mark.

Hot comic in 2015? Absolutely, only one grade did not perform very well and that's 2.0s.




SILVER SURFER #44
1st appearance of Infinity Gauntlet

I personally know that this comic was a hot one in 2015. Once, people started touting this as the first appearance of the Infinity Gauntlet, I dug up my Silver Surfer #44 and #45 and slung them back into the market.

Both were raw copies and not in that great of shape, most likely a low FN. Still, both sold decently. Hey, I'm a Ron Lim and Thanos fan, but I can recognize a hype or trend comic.

I've had both in my collection for quite a while, and both were pretty much bargain bin buys until hype about Thanos and Infinity Wars movies plopped into the web-o-sphere. Despite my decision to let this one go, this comic has definitely heated up for both raw and slabbed copies during this year.

Since this is a Copper Age comic that was published in 1990, I don't worry about the CGC Census. I know there are plenty of raw copies out there in collections, and it wasn't that long ago until collectors started deeming this key issue worthy of getting graded.


CGC 9.8s did pretty good this year and drop kicked it with a $300 sale, increasing $220.01. However, it not so surprisingly dropped in value in the months between August and September.

The latest sale in October of this year bumped it back up into the $300 zone after it struggled in the $100 range for quite some time. Considering that 2014 had zero sales of this key issue at 9.8s, it's done quite well for a Copper Age comic that's just recently been recognized in the market.

However, I don't think it will sustain after movie hype is done concerning the Infinity Gauntlet and more copies are submitted and graded 9.8s, but that's just how I see things. We'll have to see how it goes.

9.6s for Silver Surfer #44 also did well. It surpassed the $100 mark and sustained during August and September. One copy on eBay currently is asking for $175 with four people watching it. 

Does a 9.6 for this comic really deserve a $45 increase in almost two months? I'll let you decide for yourself concerning the answer.



These kinds of posts take time to do. Looking at values is fun, but it's not really the only objective.

Some only like to look at the values for whatever grade they have for a certain key issue, but I think that's a mistake. When you really look at the values for all grades for a key issue, you may be able to find things that don't make sense like Luke Cage Hero for Hire #1 6.5s to 5.0s.

Now, I'm not saying these grades should be significantly apart in value, but having four grades bunched up in the $250 range is odd and that's the best way I can describe it. Sure, I know that key issue is hot at the moment and pretty scarce in the market currently, but like I mentioned before, something's gotta give for those grades.

Also, just because there's a $2,000 disparity in-between grades, doesn't mean that the lower grade behind it needs a significant bump in value. It could be a minor bump of $50 to $100  or so bucks, or it could just remain the same. 

However, if a 7.0 sold lower or at the same price than a 6.5, it could mean that the higher one should be bumped up more or the lower graded one after it should drop more. Once again "should" is the word there, and either or is a toss up.

If the lower graded one drops, and the grades after that lower one are near in price like with the Hero for Hire #1, then those lower grades should drop also in the near future.

I've always advocated researching your comics when it comes to either buying or selling. Nobody else is going to do it for you.

Surely not me unless you're willing to throw down money for my services. Researching this stuff is just a way of keeping you alert if you have those grades or if you're thinking of buying that key issue at the grades that have recent odd sales.

Then you can come to your own conclusions about what should be or shouldn't be based on the sales data given, and not just from your own bias.


Sunday, October 25, 2015

Hot Comic Investments of 2015 Part 4


Hot Comic Investments of 2015? I'm pretty sure anyone can look at the data and come to their own conclusions about said data.

However, certain key issues performed quite well in 2015. Whether that lasts or not is up to you to determine. 

I have no idea what you can or can't afford, and this series isn't even remotely about that. Just because one person can't afford a comic investment does not mean that someone else can't. 

Once again, this is not a "Comics to Invest in Right Now" series, but you can see the data and come up with whatever conclusion you like. Anyways, here's three more comics that were hot during 2015, and if you missed Part 3 just click the link.


 

Flash #123 comic image
FLASH #123
1st Silver Age appearance of Jay Garrick
Flash of Two Worlds story
1st mention of Earth II


About two weeks back, I watched the Flash season one on Netflix. I admit that I was bored and thought, What the hell?

I'm not much for TV shows, can't stand most of them to be honest. However, I'm definitely a fan of this show now and was more than pleasantly surprised.

It's got everything rolled up into one - intrigue, twists, turns, unrequited love, loyalty - and it literally keeps you guessing, wondering, and wanting to know more about what's going to happen. More importantly, this show has you rooting not for just the main character, Barry Allen, but for most of the supporting cast as well.

As teased this year and not that long ago, Jay Garrick as the Flash of Earth II has already made his introduction in Season Two of the show. While it was really cool to see how the show used DC's famous multi-verse, Flash #123 has been an important and sought out comic for a little while now.

I've talked quite a bit about this comic as well as Earth One and Earth Two on this site in prior key issues. It's hard to avoid it when dealing with DC characters that began in the Golden Age and survived until today.


So Jay Garrick, the original Flash, is revived from Golden Age into the Silver Age in this very issue due to popular demand from comic fans back in the day. Not surprisingly, this Silver Age key issue has been somewhat hot in 2015.

Only two sales in 2015 and four sales in the last two years for CGC 7.0s. Looks like another comic and grade that was scarce in the market during this year. June saw it hit $1,579 but then dropped to $,1400 in September. Then again, the last copy sold was a CBCS copy, but it did pretty well considering most of the market wrongly assumes that CBCS graded copies are an inferior substitute to CGC.


CGC 6.5s finally broke the $1,000 mark three times. From the beginning of the year, this grade hasn't gone up significantly or anything, but there hasn't been that many copies of this grade on good ole eBay throughout the year.

However, the last sale on eBay was a bidding auction and season two of the Flash did begin in October. Might not be the cause of sustaining this comic above the $1,000 mark, but it also could be as well. CBCS copies seem to do pretty well for this key issue at this grade also.


I don't cover lower grades as much as I should, but these two grades are worth noting on here. CGC 5.5s had a pretty massive leap from the $400 zone to the $900 realm. 5.0s also did pretty well in the lower grade range, finally hitting the higher $500 realm in May via a bidding auction.

Actually, all of the most recent sales on eBay for 5.0s were via bidding auctions. Comics that are more scarce in the market are more harder to gauge in terms of peaks and why.

Sure, the Flash TV show is still going strong and gained rave reviews. Season two began airing in October of this year, but Teddy Sears cast as Jay Garrick hit the web around early July.

Not to mention that the character was teased in the last episode of season one in May as well. There may be a correlation between spikes in value and certain news surrounding Jay Garrick in season two of the Flash.

August also saw the release of the first photo teaser of Jay Garrick upon the world. We will have to see how well this comic still performs in the last two months of this year.

Regardless of any possible TV hype, Flash #123 is definitely one of the Silver Age DC Comics to invest in. As for the TV show, it's a definite must watch.



THE FLASH #139
1st appearance of Reverse Flash

Yep, I'm gonna spoil it for you who haven't watched the show just yet. The Reverse Flash or Professor Zoom is in season one of The Flash TV series on the CW. That's about all I'm gonna say in regards to that.

Seriously, if you have Netflix, season one is now on there and ready for streaming and I highly recommend watching it. I've watched all the episodes of Season Two that's recently come out as well, and my excitement for the show has not waned.

Regardless, Flash #139 has been a pretty hot book even in 2015.


October of last year saw on set photos of the Reverse Flash leaked online, but once again, this comic was pretty scarce in the market for 7.5s and 7.0s during 2014 and 2015. Currently on eBay, there's only one.

The show pretty much references a man in yellow throughout season one, and any fanboy or fangirl can easily assume that reference is none other than Eobard Thawne, also known as Reverse Flash or Professor Zoom. In Episode 9, which aired December 9th of last year, we finally got to see the Flash officially meet Professor Zoom.

April of this year begun a pretty big jump in value. It leaped to the tune of an additional $550 from last year's $650 and bypassed the $700 through $1,100 range right into the $1,200 range. From there it has sustained in that range during the year.

CGC 7.0s for Flash #139 and the first appearance of Professor Zoom also had an increase in value. March 25th saw it jump to $800 and then hit the mid $700 range in September.

The last episode of season one aired May 19th of 2015, and it was an awesome one.

CGC 6.5s didn't do significantly well despite the $840 and $775 sales during the year. It basically looks like it's settled back into the $600 range.

Should also note that every single one except the latest sale on eBay were Fixed Price or Best Offers, and if you look at what was originally asked for, most are pretty ridiculous if you compare them to CGC 7.0s. Last sale was a bidding auction and the only one in two years.

CGC 5.0s also saw a slight bump in 2015, even breaking the $600 mark twice in June and August. However, this month of October saw it go back to the $500 realm, which is what it started off with this year.

Here's a look at more lower grade key issues. CGC 5.5s did pretty good this year. Looking at the data, it looks like March saw the first appearance of Reverse Flash hit past the $500 mark and sustain in that range up to the last sale in July. Not a huge leap in value, but for a lower grade book, it's pretty clear that this book even in lower grades are scarce in the market and quite in demand.

How did even lower grades do? When it comes to this key issue, the lowest I'd preferably go is a hard 4.0 very good. The first sale of this year in May bumped slabbed Very Goods into the $300 realm.

After, this grade sustained within the $300s, and the two last sales on ole eBay for this bad boy beat the first sale of 2015 in May. The last episode of season one of the Flash aired May 19th and it was an amazingly awesome episode to end the season. I believe I said that already.

Though I recommended this book early of last year in the Flash key issues list, Professor Zoom is still one of the major Flash villains and this issue here is still one of the key comics from the Silver Age to own.





SHOWCASE #34
1st appearance of Silver Age Atom

More DC Silver Age goodness? You bet.

Quite a few DC characters and their first appearances were hot in 2015. As most of us know already, Brandon Routh, who once played Superman, was cast as Ray Palmer, the Atom, for the TV series the Arrow and the Flash.

The Silver Age Atom will also appear on the new TV series Legends of Tomorrow, which I'm now excited about for sure. So did live action awesomeness affected the first appearance of Ray Palmer as the Silver Age Atom in Showcase #34?

Well, let's review this bad boy, and see what we come up with. For starters it should be noted that there were not that many CGC sales on eBay during the year.

Grades above a CGC 7.0 were few and far between during the year. Actually, even during 2014 it was pretty scarce concerning slabbers. Raw copies were probably a bit more in abundance.

In July of last year, it was announced that Brandon Routh would play Ray Palmer, the Silver Age Atom, in Arrow season three. By October of last year, Ray Palmer finally debuts in Episode 1 of Arrow on October 8, 2014. No sales happened from July, 2014 until April of this year.

In April of this year, the Atom makes a crossover into the Flash episode 18 in which he suits up and gets his superhero on to help the Flash team. To be exact, that episode aired April 14th but news of the Atom crossing over was being reported as early as October of 2014 through January of 2015.

There aren't really clear pinpoints to the correlation of TV hype and value increases for Showcase #34, but it is clear by April of this year this sucker jumped from the $400 range of yesteryear to the $600 range. From there it jumped to the $800 range, completely bypassing the $700 range.


CGC 5.0s also finally hit the $400 range in August of this year. This key issue started pretty much around the $300 range throughout most of 2015. 

It started off strong but dipped during March, and then by June, it seemed once again make it's move upward in value. It's interesting that all the 5.0 sales were bidding auctions.

Not quite clear whether Ray Palmer's appearances in both Arrow and Flash needed time to heat up his first appearance in Showcase #34, but it looks that way. CGC 5.0s didn't make a significant jump like CGC 6.0s, but it does show that this comic was heating up in 2015. All the sales in both 2014 and 2015 were bidding auctions as well.














Let's take a look at some lower grade slabbers when it comes to the first appearance of Atom. 4.5s breached the $300 zone back in late March this year. In terms of 4.0s, it seems this key issue hit a peak in October of last year and then dipped back into the $200 range before once again breaking into the mid $300s by July 8, 2015.

This example doesn't clearly show that the normal peaks gave this comic a boost in demand or value. The Legends of Tomorrow TV series was confirmed by Warner Bros and the CW in May of this year, and that the Atom would be a major character in the series.

Perhaps, this confirmation had something to do with his first appearance getting a boost in demand but it's hard to tell concerning the scarcity of CGC copies in the market during 2015, especially for 6.0s and above.



Since these comics were pretty scarce in the market and because TV shows based on comics have continual hype and can easily and quickly introduce new comic characters into the fold, it's a bit harder to pinpoint the reason why peaks happen for certain grades. Professor Zoom was continually teased throughout season one of The Flash and a few leaks here and there concerning the character did occur here and there during 2015.

When I say scarce, it's not over-all rarity. It simply means there weren't a whole lot of copies up on eBay and I have no doubt that quite a few of them started out over-bloated. It's interesting to see that CBCS values for some of these key issues are starting to get closer to CGC prices as well.

Once again, this series isn't about affordability. It's impossible for me to determine what you or anyone else but me can or can't afford.

Sure you can use or interpret the data any which way you like, but this series is to look at which graded comics performed well during 2015. I don't care what era it's from. If it shot upward for most grades of the issue, I want to look at it and at least try to find out what's going on.

Just because I did not discuss a grade or grades on here does not mean it didn't perform well this year. I left some grades out for a reason.

The data just teases how GoCollect can be an important tool in researching comic investments for either buying or selling. If you're wondering about the other grades, sign up for a GoCollect account and take a looksie for yourself.

Anyway, we got more to go through, and Part 5 is ready. Click the link below to continue.