Market Report – Sub-$100 Special
Welcome back everyone, in order to debunk the myth that original comic art is exclusively for the ultra-wealthy, this week we’ll discuss only sub-$100 pieces! ComicLink’s Focused Auctions are usually stocked with lower-value artwork, and their 3rd May event was no exception. For collectors on a budget, or those simply looking for a good deal, there was plenty of quality OA which sold for double-digit prices. Let’s dive in!
Guardians of the Galaxy #15 (2009), page 13 by Brad Walker & John Livesay – $62
Guardians of the Galaxy #15 (2009), page 15 by Brad Walker & John Livesay – $98
Adam Warlock is almost assured an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following his mention in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the MCU Phase 4’s expected focus on Marvel Cosmic. With interest in the character likely to rise, affordable Warlock artwork looks particularly appealing, especially from quality low-cost artists such as Walker. Brad’s detailed pencils embellished by Livesay’s deep inks result in some pretty vivid renditions of Warlock – witness that gruesome page 15 half-splash!
Iron Man #58 (2002), page 5 by Michael Ryan & Sean Parsons – $65
Iron Man #58 (2002), page 6 by Michael Ryan & Sean Parsons – $61
Circa-$60 for pages chock-full of intricately-rendered Iron Men, by the solid Ryan/Parsons duo, seem like incredible deals to me. Moreso’s the case when you consider page 5’s use of Kirby Krackle and page 6’s intense battle half-splash!
Guardians of the Galaxy #6 (2008), page 17 by Paul Pelletier & Rick Magyar – $90
War of Kings #3 (2009), page 16 by Paul Pelletier & Rick Magyar – $80
Pelletier is another previously discussed budget-friendly yet talented artist, seen here strutting his stuff in these spacefaring action pages. Cult-favourite telepathic canine Cosmo looks rather ticked-off in that GOTG #6 page, and a massive Groot bludgeoning foes in the WOK #3 page should please his fans!
Invincible Iron Man #6 (2008), page 12 by Salvador Larroca – $95
Affordable art alumnus Salvador Larroca once again showcases his talent in this underpriced Iron Man page. Larroca’s technical renditions of the armoured Avenger gained him quite a following, and under $100 for this half-page splash of ol’ shellhead blasting a foe surely constitutes a bargain!
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #28 (2007), page 18 by Cory Hamscher – $93
Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #36 (2008), page 17 by Cory Hamscher & Terry Pallot – $81
Hamscher does some fun work on the Marvel Adventures titles, infusing each page with effusive energy through his clean, smartly-rendered figures. $90+ for that half-splash of the massive Thing and his teammates squaring off against the Silver Surfer is a steal, and $80+ for that Spidey-filled fight page with a familiar-looking Goblin is also amazing bang for the buck!
My Little Pony: Micro-Series #9 (2013), page 11 by Agnes Garbowska – $40
My Little Pony: Friends Forever #13 (2015), page 17 by Agnes Garbowska – $55
The ongoing My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series is a smash hit with children and adults alike; MLP comics likewise reach far outside a superhero-centric audience. Mid-2 figure prices for such captivating, broadly-appealing pages are hard to argue against, even if it’s for marker artwork (which may fade over time). And if you get a chance to meet Agnes at a convention, you’ll realize that she’s as adorable as the characters she draws!
Avenging Spider-Man #8 (2012), page 20 by Matt Clark & Sean Parsons – $90
Prices are getting mind-bogglingly low here. A finely rendered half-page splash featuring three key Avengers and the iconic web-slinger for only $90? I’ve no idea why this page sold so cheaply, but am sure the winner’s thrilled with their buy!
Inhumans: The Great Refuge (1995), page 28 by Robert Brown & Rey Garcia – $75
Fans of the early-’90s “Image” art style and/or the Inhumans should take note of this series, as CLink has been auctioning off groups of pages in recent auctions. $75 for a line-filled page, with multiple Attilan royals showcasing their powers and battle prowess, seems incredibly fair to me!
Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 (2016), page 11 by Reilly Brown & Rick Magyar – $75
Spider-Man/Deadpool #6 (2016), page 12 by Reilly Brown & Rick Magyar – $78
Deadpool is one of the Millennial generation’s most beloved characters, with massive pop culture appeal arising from the comics, movies and video games he’s appeared in. When looked at in that light, $70+ for pages featuring large shots of the merc with a mouth in action equate to no-brainer buys!
Thunderbolts #44 (2000), page 6 by Mark Bagley & Greg Adams – $98
Bagley’s one of comicdom’s legendary workhorses, having drawn almost every character imaginable over the past three decades. Values of his earlier works, especially from Amazing Spider-Man and New Warriors have been rising in recent years. With Mark’s Ultimate Spider-Man OA also gaining traction amongst art collectors, prices for his Thunderbolts artwork are beginning to appear increasingly appealing.
Until next time, happy collecting!
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