Market Report – September 2017 ComicLink Featured Auction

Hi all, let’s go through highlights of the ComicLink Featured Auction on 19 September 2017! This CLink auction contained a plethora of high quality pieces, but final prices seemed slightly subdued, which means it was a good session for picking up value-buys! Whether the lukewarm response was due to a recent surge of original comic artwork being offered at auctions (via increasingly active OA auction houses), or the unstable political/climatic conditions, it’s hard to say. Of course, there were some items which overperformed, but many pieces went at the mid-to-low end of expected FMV range, with a few even dipping under that.

Avengers Classic #7, cover by Arthur Adams – $4,951

$5-6k is bang-on FMV for a modern Adams cover with this much character-inclusion. Arthur’s modern covers with fewer and/or less-desirable characters go for $3-4k, and those with more/larger Adams-babes can fetch $7k and up.

New Warriors #26, cover by Mark Bagley & Larry Mahlstedt – $4,200

Somebody snagged a deal here! Bagley New Warriors covers like this one, featuring multiple team members in action, normally go for around $5k. The new owner of this piece definitely has room to profit on resale if so desired.

Punisher Max: From First to Last, hardcover and TPB cover by Tim Bradstreet – $1,875

Are prices finally starting to creep up for Bradstreet Punisher covers, which have up to now been trading in the low-$1,000 range? I’ve long felt that Tim’s Frank Castle pieces are undervalued, considering the quality and impact of his art.

Daredevil #154, pages 6 & 7 DPS by Gene Colan & Steve Leialoha – $6,100

Something about the character composition and layout of this piece really struck me – I think it’s the dynamic perspective coupled with the relative lack of backgrounds which make this piece pop. $6.1k is about market rate for this dynamite double-page splash, which appears like eminently fine value!

Amazing Spider-Man #254, page 14 by Rick Leonardi & Joe Rubinstein – $4,100

Amazing Spider-Man #257, page 13 by Ron Frenz & Joe Rubinstein – $4,100

Looks like the rate is firmly set for high quality early-black costume ASM fight pages, regardless of artist. $4.1k may seem stiff for mid-’80s panel pages, but it just goes to show the appeal of that gooey symbiote (be it on Peter Parker or Eddie Brock)!

Fantastic Four #77, cover by Jack Kirby & Joe Sinnott – $185,555

Considering the miniscule availability (and gigantic collector demand/reverence) of Kirby FF cover artwork, Sinnott inks cachet, and Galactus/Silver Surfer premium, I expected this piece to sail past $200k. Also, as decent panel pages from this period of FF can go for $30k, the winner of this fantastic cover got it for a song indeed!

Uncanny X-Men #266, cover by Andy Kubert – $130,000

One bidder stepped up to the $130k reserve price and took this iconic 1990 cover home. The seller did well here, as I reckoned it would struggle to crack $100k (which was accurate, as the underbid was exactly $100k). Gambit’s star may have dimmed somewhat (along with the rest of the X-Men), but can be easily reignited if the Channing Tatum movie is ever made (and performs well).

Justice League #5, page 12 by Jim Lee & Sandra Hope – $1,701

Affordable Jim Lee art of mainstream superheroes still exists! Lee OA prices run a wide gamut, so fans should be able to obtain a piece at most spending levels. $1.7k for this full-figure Bats page seems in line with the pricing of Lee’s OA on his rep Albert Moy’s site.

Daredevil #226, page 26 by David Mazzucchelli & Dennis Janke – $3,600

Here’s a perfect illustration of the dangers of a quick flip – this page just sold for $4.3k in May 2017. After CLink’s 10% commission, the seller lost over $1k on this transaction!

Infinity Gauntlet #1, page 27 by George Perez & Joe Rubinstein – $8,988

Well, here we are. Perez IG prices have jumped again from the last round of sales, resulting in a more than doubling of this page’s previous price of $4.2k in November 2014. It’s a multi-panel page chock-full of Thanos shots, with a nice Gauntlet image – but they’re all small panels and there’s no action taking place, which makes the $9k sticker slightly surprising. Looks like my predictions about values of IG OA leading up to the Infinity War movies are coming true (though I’m not sure how to feel about that). If prices continue on this trajectory, we’ll soon see 5-figure sums paid for IG pages with larger panels/more Thanos action (which boggles my mind to even type that)!

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear #1, cover by John Romita Jr & Al Williamson – $17,201

Given that higher-level pages from this series go for $2k and up, $17.2k for the exceptionally memorable, classic cover to #1 qualifies as an outright steal! I predicted it would easily cross $20k, and perhaps end near $30k, so am certain that the winner of this piece is ecstatic with their heist. I’m certainly regretting not throwing another bid at it!

X-Men #32, page 11 by Werner Roth & John Tartaglione – $3,700

As previously discussed, Roth X-Men pages are great bangs for your buck at current values, and even more so for “twice-up” size pieces. Since this page lacks any X-Men and action, whilst containing some wonky anatomical proportions, I hoped it would end at $3k or less. Alas, these days there also seems to be a “Juggernaut Tax” (to go along with the “Thanos Tax”), just to foil my collecting efforts!

Side Note: Up to around 1967, the art boards used in original comic artwork measured roughly 14”x20”, versus the 11”x17” art boards used to this day. 14”x20” was approximately twice the width and height of a comic book, thus the term “twice-up”. The move to smaller 11”x17” art boards was made because it was cheaper to photograph (i.e. scan) the artwork at that size. I believe it was also done in the interests of space and procurement cost savings, along with increasing artists’ productivity, as they would have less blank paper to cover with art!

Wizard: Michael Turner Millennium Edition, cover by Michael Turner – $21,361

So, that happened. Demand for Michael’s original artwork shows no signs of abating, with this Turner-babe greatest hits jam piece (pencil-only) raking in a monumental $21.4k! I believe that’s by far the highest price ever paid for a publicly sold piece of Turner OA. In light of this record, other recent Turner OA sales are looking like even better value, and Michael’s artwork appears to be a safe investment in the near to mid-term.

Until next time, happy collecting!


Here’s Part 1 & Part 2 of the guide to collecting original comic art; and my CAF gallery.

Original Art Aficionado archive

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