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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Giant-Size X-Men #1 Values



When it comes to a few of the long-term Bronze Age comics that has had a good track record of being in-demand and valuable, Giant-Size X-Men #1 is definitely one of them. It's also considered a highly significant Marvel Bronze Age comic and X-Men comic.

This issue has quite a few important 1st appearances of characters that became really popular X-Men. As I've written before, this 2nd incarnation of the X-Men team actually revitalized the comic title and helped to make the X-Men comic one of the most popular superhero teams in comics.

So as most of us already know, we got the 1st appearance of Storm in this issue, highly popular X-Men leader. Nightcrawler and Colossus 1st appears in this issue, both popular characters and also brought more diversity to the team.

Thunderbird also did this, but he did not become a prominent character as he was killed off pretty early. Not sure of why or the story behind that call. Sunfire appeared in comics before this issue and he joined the team briefly in this issue. He also leaves the team quickly and during the team's 2nd appearance in X-Men #94.

Other not so known 1sts is Illyana Rasputin, the younger sister of Colossus, and the island of Krakoa. Wolverine's 2nd full appearance is considered to be this issue and he joins the X-Men here, a move that proved to be brilliant since the character helped to make this version of the X-Men fan-favorites.

So, there's a lot to be desired in this issue. Lots of 1st appearances of characters that became quite popular and historically significant for the X-Men title as well.

Let's look at this key issue's track record on ole Overstreet.


OVERSTREET GUIDE 82-83 12TH EDITION

Mint: $56
Fine: $28
Good: $10


OVERSTREET GUIDE 90-91 20TH EDITION

Near Mint: $95
Fine: $34
Good: $13.50


OVERSTREET GUIDE 2002-03 33RD EDITION

Near Mint: $1150
VF/NM: $869
Very Fine: $587
Fine: $207
Very Good: $138
Good: $69


OVERSTREET GUIDE 2014-15 44TH EDITION

Near Mint-: $1350
VF/NM: $975
Very Fine: $600
Fine: $300
Very Good: $200
Good: $100


OVERSTREET GUIDE 2015-16 45TH EDITION

Near Mint-: $1400
VF/NM: $1030
Very Fine: $660
Fine: $360
Very Good: $240
Good: $120

Decent track record of going up in value according to Overstreet. A pretty big jump from the 90s into the 2000s, and believe it or not the 1st X-Men movie came out in 2000.

Damn, it's been that long, 16 years ago. No doubt that this Bronze Age key had a helping hand from the movie and movies to come after, but it's still a desirable comic regardless.

Of course, graded sales could look completely different for Giant-Size X-Men #1. I'll only compare the Overstreet grades to their GoCollect slabbed counterparts sold on eBay. They are the most recent slabbed sales for those grades at the time of this writing. By the time you read this, they may or may not have changed, of course.



OVERSTREET  2015-16 45TH EDITION
RECENT EBAY SALES SLABBED

Near Mint-: $1400
VF/NM: $1030
Very Fine: $660
Fine: $360
Very Good: $240
Good: $120

9.2: $1,469
9.0: $1300
8.0: $860
6.0: $578
4.0: $360
2.0: $365


I got my copy quite a while ago. I am an X-Men fan, and this is sort of the team I grew up reading. Well, the team I grew up reading had Rogue, Storm, Dazzler, Long-shot, Havok, Wolvie, Colossus, etc during the mid 80s to early 90s. 

I definitely wanted this one just to have, but I also knew it had a good chance of being a good comic investment to own for the long-haul. I bought it back when a raw 9.4 was going for $700 something bucks, and I did take a gamble on eBay.

I know it was quite a bit after the movie had come out. I returned back to Cali in 2006, so it was after that even. 

This comic is also one of the 1st that I recommended on this site as well back in March of 2011 in a post titled "3 X-MEN Comics Every Serious Collector Needs To Have In Their Comic Book Collection!". 

That was back when hardly anyone read this site and the comic boom was not the beast like it is now. I get a few requests about my top ten comic covers of all time, and although most of mine aren't exactly popular top ten covers, this one is probably one of the most obvious ones.

Have a good weekend ladies 'n gents. I still think Giant-Size X-Men #1 is one of my better Bronze Age comics I invested in.

4 comments:

  1. this has been a horrible investment the last 15 years. look at the price from 1990 to 2002 and then again from 2002 to present. really gone nowhere for the last decade or so.

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  2. I wonder if the person you purchased the 2.0 slabbed copy knew that a 4.0 slabbed copy was going for the same price. Looks like an impulse buyer who overpaid to me. Overstreet might have to adjust those values up for Good to VF copies. There will always be fans/collectors/investors interested in this book.

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    1. Overstreet is behind at least a year. At least the book is slowly rising in value over the years rather than shooting up quickly and then losing value just as quick.

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  3. Which is a better purchase, a 9.2 GSX for 1400, or spending 1400 on the best looking low grade X-Men 1 you can find?

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