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Monday, December 4, 2017

Nova #1 Comic Book Values

This was requested by Ace, I think, and the first appearance of the character Nova, also known as Richard Rider, has been speculated on for quite some time. Rumors probably hit a bit before the Nova Corps was confirmed to be in James Gunn's first Guardians of the Galaxy.

Then, he was somewhat speculated on possibly being in the New Warriors TV show. If you do not know yet, Freeform has pulled out of being that show's home, and I believe the New Warriors are shopping for another channel to blast them into your living rooms.

Anyway, back to the comic and issue at hand. Most everyone knows that has been watching Nova #1 over the years is that it's been an up and down roller coaster concerning demand and sales. 

This is the first appearance and origin of Richard Rider as Nova. It has the first appearance of the Xandarians, already seen in the first GotG flick, and the debut of Nova Prime who was played by John C. Reilly. So, it has quite a bit going for it no doubt, especially since it seems that Marvel/Disney may continue to dig even further into the cosmic side of things - Collector, Grand Master, Guardians, Ego, Planet Hulk. etc.

You know what I'm getting at. Still, how bad or good has this comic done? Let's find out.

I don't think we really need to look at Overstreet, but since it's been custom to do so in the values section, we'll stick to tradition.

MINT - $5.00
FINE – $2.50
GOOD - .85
9.2 NM- - $2.00
9.0 VF/NM – $1.00

8.0 VF - .35

9.4 NM - $15
9.0 VF/NM – $13
8.0 VF - $11
6.0 FN – $6
4.0 VG – $4
2.0 GD – $2
9.2 NM- - $90
9.0 VF/NM – $63
8.0 VF - $35
6.0 FN – $15
4.0 VG – $10
2.0 GD – $5

9.2 NM- - $110
9.0 VF/NM – $76
8.0 VF - $41
6.0 FN – $18
4.0 VG – $12
2.0 GD – $6
9.2 NM- - $110
9.0 VF/NM – $76
8.0 VF - $41
6.0 FN – $18
4.0 VG – $12
2.0 GD – $6

9.2 NM- - $110
9.0 VF/NM – $76
8.0 VF - $41
6.0 FN – $18
4.0 VG – $12
2.0 GD – $6
9.2 NM- -$
9.0 VF/NM – $
8.0 VF - $
6.0 FN – $
4.0 VG – $
2.0 GD – $

Looks pretty stagnant for the past four years or so. The first Guardians of the Galaxy film was released in July of 2014, so that's where that modest bump could've happened for the 2015-16 Overstreet Guide.

How has CGC slabs stacked up? More over, how has the disparity been between the Overstreet Guide and eBay sales if any? We shall find out and much, much more!

Let's take that magic carpet ride...

Okay, this is just a snap shot, but the start of this is Jan 14, 2013. It is the oldest eBay sale data that GoCollect has for viewing.

9.8s did start off pretty good and I'm betting it had to do with the Nova Corps confirmed to be in the Guardians of the Galaxy. 2014 had a really good speculation year for this comic at 9.8s, even hitting the $900 range a few times in 2014.

2015 is a different story. Demand for this comic must have waned when news of Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 produced nothing about the Nova Corps nor Richard Rider finally making his on-screen debut.

Instead, we got some father and son bullshit with Ego the Living Planet and Baby Groot. Poof, this comic starts to descend. 

CGC 9.8 2016 eBay Sales

Dec 19, 2016   $471.00

Dec 16, 2016   $405.00

Nov 25, 2016   $400.33

Nov 14, 2016   $523.00

Nov 4, 2016   $518.00

Oct 15, 2016   $550.00 eBay

Sep 23, 2016   $510.00 eBay

Aug 24, 2016   $520.00

Jun 2, 2016    $456.00

May 19, 2016   $465.00 eBay

May 18, 2016   $539.09

Apr 14, 2016    $566.00

Apr 14, 2016   $600.00

Feb 1, 2016    $569.95

Jan 27, 2016   $500.00 eBay

Jan 21, 2016    $530.00 eBay

Jan 15, 2016   $550.00

Jan 12, 2016   $560.00 eBay

For the most part, 2016 saw this comic hovering around the $500 range on average. Does not hit the $700 range nor $800 here and there. The highest it hits is the $600 range once.

Let's look at the most recent batch of 2017 sales for this one. I think this may have seen a slight reheating but still luke warm demand.

That is a snap shot. It does not cover the beginning of the year but it gives you a good enough view of how the year went for this comic at CGC 9.8 grades.

Yes, it is somewhat simmering up again. I don't know who is pushing for this comic, but I am assuming the term "under-valued" is probably being used. Perhaps, even movie hype speculation is still being milked.


Alright, here we are with CGC 9.6 grades and we are talking about slabbers. 

Once again, we have the snap shot of the comic right before it starts to simmer up and gets recognized. This one looks like 9.6s were more accessible than 9.8s before 2013, yeah?

Anyway, the left side is a snap shot of where the comic started off. The right side is the most recent eBay sales for Nova #1 CGC 9.6 graded copies.

I did not put in the middle years but I'll tell you how it went down. During 2014, 9.6 slabbers sold in the $300 range six times. By 2016, this comic sold in the upper $100 range a lot more frequently.

I'm not even gonna bother with CGC 9.4s. The most recent one at that CGC grade sold for $143.99, so 9.6s and 9.4s are awfully close together in value.

Slabbed CGC 9.2s are consistently selling for lower than guide as of this writing. 

Let's be fair and look at the ole census when it comes to Nova #1. Remember, this is just CGC here.

Now, I ain't saying a total submission number of 2593 is a lot, but for some Bronze Age comics, it is an impressive number for a 1976 comic. 235 CGC 9.8s? Somebody kept quite a few copies in good shape over the years.

Once again, not saying that's a lot of copies either, but it does seem like demand is lacking for this book at the moment.

I have no doubt that Richard Rider will probably see live-action status in one of the next Marvel phases, but the question is does this comic still have potential juice? And if so, does it all boil down to movie hype comic speculation or actual fandom for this character?

Right now Nova Annihilation movie rumors are starting to heat up again with the whole Disney in talks of out-right buying FOX and then James Gunn has gone on record stating that he wants to use Annihilus.

What is interesting is that Marvel Annihilation Omnibus has seen recent heat and that hard cover book is selling for more than CGC 9.6 graded copies of this comic. Don't believe me, check it out for yourself. Crazy as that is a collection of these comics:

If you're interested, here's the actual checklist of the Annihilation crossover story line. Some interesting speculation going on.

Anyway, Nova #1? Still under-valued and over-looked? What you guys think?


  1. I think its valued where it should be considering he hasn't appeared in any movie or TV show yet. There are plenty of copies available in the market. On another note. I think an Annihilation movie would be pretty cool if done right.


  2. Man, thanks a ton for the report!!! Exactly what I
    had in mind! My copy is really neat, except the staples
    are a little bit on the cover. Don' t know what that does
    to the grade, but I would say a 9.6 is realistic. I think
    you should get a copy cause bronze age first appearances
    will soon become much more scarce.


    1. The position of the staples shouldn't affect the grade as long they are tight to the book. That's a common occurrence on the manufacturing of Golden, Silver and Bronze Age books.