Market Report – October 2017 ComicLink Focused and eBay Auctions
Welcome back everybody, today let’s go through selected eBay auctions from September and results from ComicLink’s October Focused Auction!
eBay Auctions – September 2017
Daredevil #270, page 11 by John Romita Jr. & Al Williamson – $2,425
Strong panel pages containing Daredevil go for around this amount, so how come this non-DD page fetched so much? Well, it’s from the 1st Appearance issue of Blackheart – perhaps most memorable for his inclusion in the blockbuster Marvel/Capcom combat video game franchise. To boot, the page is filled with striking images featuring dense, intricate line-work in JRJR’s unique rendering style.
Batman #548, page 3 by Kelley Jones & John Beatty – $800
Under $1k for a page featuring ever-distinctive Kelley Jones art with multiple action-packed, large images of Bats seems a fine deal! I’ve been on the lookout for nice Jones Batman pieces, and should have bid on this a bit more aggressively.
Silver Surfer #12, page 21 by Marshall Rogers & Joe Rubinstein – $216.41
In light of the soaring prices of Ron Lim SS artwork, $200-ish for this Rogers page looks fair. It isn’t the strongest example, but does contain shots of Surfer and Nova (including bits of Zipatone). Rogers drew the first few issues of this series, with Lim taking over from #15. Canny collectors may want to hoover up any Rogers SS pages they come across, as they currently represent sterling value when compared to Lim’s pages!
Incredible Hulk #413, page 11 by Gary Frank & Cam Smith – $431
Prices of Frank Hulk OA have been moving up, as fans get priced out of desirable Dale Keown pages. $400+ for this fun half-page splash featuring beefy Hulk and an attractive babe is about right on FMV, with significant room for profit realization over the next few years.
Captain America #10, page 7 by Andy Kubert & Jesse Delperdang – $598.88
X-Men #26, page 8 by Andy Kubert & Matt Ryan – $661
Late-’90s Andy Kubert artwork appears to be climbing in value and closing the gap to his earlier works, as evidenced by the above Captain America Rhino/Cap battle page. This is probably due to collectors noting the escalating prices of Andy’s early-’90s OA (in particular his X-Men work), and realizing what fine value the later stuff represented.
JLA #5, page 15 by Howard Porter & John Dell – $395
A smidge under $400 is a mighty fair price for this half-page splash containing strong images of multiple stars from the beloved 1990’s JLA series. Decent panel pages from this acclaimed Grant Morrison run still only sell in the $300-range, which seems rather underpriced to me!
ComicLink Focused Auction – 13 October 2017
The Inhumans TV show’s poor reception (to put it mildly), may be having a dampening effect on Inhumans-related comic books and OA. A striking full-figure splash of King Boltagon by fan-favourite Stegman ought to fetch more than low-$200s, and I can’t help but feel it would have bolted past $300 if the TV show was better executed.
The affordability (and value for money) of McGuinness’ OA has been highlighted before, but is probably worth reiterating here. This smashing page consists of two half-splashes of the Ever Lovin’ Blue Eyed Thing walloping Juggernaut-Colossus, yet costs just a little over $200. Granted, there aren’t any clear frontal shots of either character, but at this price it represents great bang for your buck by the popular “EDEX” artistic duo!
Infinity Gauntlet #6, page 11 by Ron Lim & Joe Rubinstein – $860
Huh, why’d I feature this awkward looking contemporary art piece in an OA article? Oh yeah, I wanted to demonstrate the ongoing ascent of Infinity-related artwork prices. This blah page sold for $454 two years ago, roughly doubling in value since then despite nothing going on image-wise. Looks like the absolute floor for Infinity Gauntlet artwork is now $860, which is remarkable given that this stuff wasn’t in great demand until about three years ago!
Silver Surfer #18, page 8 by Ron Lim & Joe Rubinstein – $1,500
Silver Surfer #18, page 9 by Ron Lim & Joe Rubinstein – $1,600
Wow, I really wanted these two titanic pages, but my max bids were nowhere near what they finally sold for (and I thought $454 for SS #18 page 5 in May 2016 was strong)! Considering that decent Lim SS panel pages cost around $600 these days, $1.5k+ for pages without Surfer in them seems high, but is totally understandable given these ones’ jaw-dropping content. The “Cosmic Beings Tax” appears to now be a reality, which simultaneously warms my heart and wrecks my wallet.
As previously discussed, scarcity and demand for Larsen’s late-’80s/early-’90s Marvel work mean that prices for those pieces have been rocketing skywards. If you’re a fan of Erik’s, and want affordable examples of his Marvel characters, early-2000’s Defenders pages present excellent value. $200 for a page containing large images of two prominent heroes along with a bunch of background characters, by the heavyweight Larsen/Buscema combo, looks like a steal to me!
I was sorely tempted to pick up this awesome action splash of the biggest badass in the series doing what he does best. Fortunately, fiscal discipline kicked in and I managed to resist clicking the “bid” button (wantonly acquiring $100 pieces does add up you know). That said, for such a paltry sum, the winner of this piece should be able to enjoy it without worrying too much about financial consequences.
Side Note: Here’s a good opportunity to talk about creator-owned series such as Chew (which I found to be wildly imaginative). Without media behemoths such as Disney or Time Warner to perpetually keep their characters in the public consciousness across media platforms, most independent properties tend to disappear from view once the comic book series ends. This doesn’t bode well for values of said creator-owned comics or OA, as demand for them quickly evaporates once collectors move on to more relevant characters. Take Chew for example – #1 was a really hot book at one point, especially as news of the (aborted) TV show swirled in 2013. Now, it’s a largely dormant property, with the OA available for ‘cheep’.
Until next time, happy collecting!
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