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“What if he doesn’t survive? He’s worth a lot to me.” – Boba Fett

As published in Comics Buyer’s Guide
Steve Mortensen, columnist since 2004
www.cbgxtra.com

Star Wars will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was the first movie that I went to see in the theater. I loved the movie, loved the toys, and love the comics. My cousin and I responded to a Craigslist ad a few weeks ago and were able to pick up some vintage 12-inch figures at a bargain price. My favorite 12-inch figure is Boba Fett. He comes with his jet pack, cape, gun, and Wookie scalp (hard to find). Boba Fett made his first appearance in Marvel Comics Super Special #16, the Empire Strikes Back movie adaptation. Strangely, I couldn’t find any past sales of graded copies, and the only copies for sale on eBay were ungraded. It wasn’t until I did a little research that I realized that this issue contained Boba Fett’s first comic-book appearance. Perhaps, as that becomes better known, the issue will appreciate in value. More popular is the first Boba Fett comic-book cover, Star Wars #42. This sells for around $100 in CGC 9.8.

Here are this month’s picks:

Justice League of America #1 (Nov 11). The big news in comics is that DC is restarting all its flagship series with first issues. I hate it when they do that. I love the sequential numbering and the historical ties to the old numbering system. Although I’m not a fan of the concept, I’m a big fan of some new series coming out. Justice League is fresh again with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee at the helm — basically, DC’s power team. It should be great and I hope it will ignite this new DC restart. The Justice League of America first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #28 (Mar 60). A CGC 9.0 recently sold in February for $21,510. A CGC 9.4 copy sold for $60,375 back in 2004. According to the CGC census, the CGC 9.4 is the highest-graded copy and the only one in existence.

All-Star Western #1 (Nov 11). I’m a huge Jonah Hex fan. The current series written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti is one of my favorites. I’m not sure at this point if the new All-Star Western is replacing the Jonah Hex series, but Gray and Palmiotti are writing ASW. Jonah Hex first appeared in All-Star Western (2nd series) #10 (Mar 72). A CGC 9.8 copy sold in 2009 for $10,400. Issue #11 features the first Jonah Hex cover and it last sold in CGC 9.8 for $998: a steal, I think. It’s a wonderful cover by Tony DeZuniga (one of my all-time favorite comic covers, actually), and I can’t see the price staying at a tenth of the price of #10, since it’s the first Hex cover.

Action Comics #1 (Nov 11). DC is also relaunching Action Comics from #1. How could I not mention that one in my picks? There are lots of great new titles coming out, and I’m guessing that this one might be on the top of the list of the ones to be graded. Who wouldn’t want to own an Action Comics #1 in CGC 9.8 or better?

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Steve Mortensen owns Miracle Comics and Micurio.com, a free online community for sharing all your collectibles. When not selling comics, Steve works as creative director for Santa Clara, CA based biotech firm Affymetrix. He can be reached at steve@stevemortensen.com.

Research data provided by GPAnalysis.com.

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Giggity, gittity!

As published in September 2011 Comics Buyer’s Guide (issue #1681)
Steve Mortensen, columnist since 2004
www.cbgxtra.com

Family Guy is coming back to comics, brought to you by little-known publisher Titan Comics – Giggity, gittity! The first Family Guy comic was published in 2006 by Devil’s Due. I couldn’t find any sales data on issue #1 although I have a copy of it. I’ll send it in for grading and see what happens.

I don’t devote much time to the statue market, but Bowen Designs is coming out with a really cool Thor statue designed by Randy Bowen himself. The retail price is $250—a hefty sum—but some Bowen statues have done quite well. A rare Bowen chrome Silver Surfer recently sold for $600. A full size Thanos statue in box recently sold for $500. Bowen’s Classic Green Hulk statue sells steadily at $500-550. Picking the right statue to buy is not easy. I purchased 10 copies of Gentle Giant’s Saruman back in the Lord of the Rings days thinking I would make a killing, but instead lost money. Anyway, I learned it’s best to stick to what I know.

Here are this month’s picks:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (IDW) – IDW is launching a new TMNT series this summer written by Kevin Eastman, one of the creators of the TMNT back in the early 1980s. The Turtles have a great cult following and many fans including myself are looking for a return to their original glory. I remember buying issue #2 off the shelf. That comic now sells for $250-350 in CGC 9.8. Issue #1 of the original series in first print is extremely hard to find in any grade since very few were printed. A CGC 9.6 sold for $7,000 in February 2010. The NECA TMNT figures have also been a hot commodity on eBay. I sold a set of the four Turtles for over $250. I think I paid about $12 per figure when they first came out. They’re really nice with many points of articulation – probably the best action figures produced of the characters to date.

Superman Beyond #0 – A former animated series character, this incarnation of Superman gets his own series. Following the success of Adam Beechan’s Batman Beyond series, Superman Beyond may make a fan base with the future generation of comic collectors hoping for a new spin on Superman. Personally I’ve been drawn to the future Batman and Superman characters because they offer a fresh take on the characters. The earliest graded copy I could find of Batman Beyond was in 1999 with issue #1. It sold in CGC 9.8 for $36 in July 2010.

Butcher Baker Righteous Maker #1 – Like Blue Estate, this is another Image Comic that is selling really well. I have to say that I was surprised by some of the adult material. It seemed to me to be more of an adult title rather than a “Mature Readers” book – just something to keep in mind. The art is great and I can see why people have really taken to it. It combines the blunt and whimsical, which is a hard combination to pull off. As of this writing the comic is selling for about eight dollars ungraded. I haven’t seen any graded copies up for sale.

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Steve Mortensen owns Miracle Comics and Micurio.com, a free online community for sharing all your collectibles. When not selling comics, Steve works as art director for Santa Clara, CA based biotech firm Affymetrix. He can be reached at steve@stevemortensen.com.

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A Lucky Find

As published in July 2011 Comics Buyer’s Guide (issue #1679)
Steve Mortensen, columnist since 2004
www.cbgxtra.com

I recently attended a local flea market and picked up a small run of Uncle Scrooge comics, including the 15¢ variant editions released in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1957 of #17-19 and #21-22. Dell was testing the market to see if it could raise its comics prices from 10¢ to 15¢. My copies look to be in mid-grade condition. Recent CGC sales for those variant issues: #17 with no recorded sales; #18 in CGC 7.0 (Fine/Very Fine) sold for $167 in 2007; #19 with no recorded sales; #21 with no recorded sales; and #22 in CGC 6.0 (Fine+) sold for $81 in 2007. It’s fun to come across a flea market find like that. At the time, I had no idea about the existence of price variants — I just bought them because I like Uncle Scrooge. (Many collectors are familiar with Marvel’s price variant issues in the late 1970s; they sell for high prices in nice grades.)

I have also been assembling a collection of the Batman Lego mini-figures, picking them up at flea markets and shows. If you’re not a Lego collector, you might be surprised to learn that they go for about $25 each. The last one I’m missing is Bane. The first appearance of Bane was in Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (93). CGC 9.8s of the issue have climbed up to $183 as of March 2011, and a 9.9 sold in 2009 for $305.

Here are this month’s picks:

FF #1 (Jun 11). I mentioned this comic last month and was bitterly disappointed in the copies I received from Diamond. In my case, there was water damage, but the copies I reviewed at this year’s WonderCon in San Francisco also showed significant spine wear. Rather than calling this issue the debut of the new FF, dealers were noting it as the debut of Spider-Man’s white costume. They were selling ungraded copies for $4 and $5 each, but I couldn’t find any gradable copies.

Deadpool #38 and #39 (Sep and Oct 11). These issues feature a Deadpool vs. Hulk battle, which looks to be pretty cool. Traditional Hulk vs. “Somebody” battles — such as Wolverine vs. Hulk battles, Thor vs. Hulk battles, and Thing vs. Hulk battles — have proven to be worthy issues to pick up. Prices for an example of each: Incredible Hulk #181 (Nov 74, vs. Wolverine, admittedly in his first full appearance — which accounts for the price) CGC 9.8 now sells for about $13,000; Defenders #10 (Nov 73, vs. Thor) CGC 9.8 sold for $540 in December 2010; Fantastic Four #112 (Jul 71, vs. Thing) CGC 9.8 sold for $5,100 in January 2011.

Space Warped #1 and #2 (Aug and Sep 11). This is a parody mini-series coming out from Boom! Publishing. It’s in the flavor of Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and other great humor series of recent years. The art is hip and modern and worth a look.

Dark Horse Presents #1 (May 2011). Dark Horse has restarted its anthology series, and the big name in this book is Frank Miller’s Xerxes, the prequel to his 300. Maybe a movie in the future? It might be worth picking up a couple of copies, although the cover price is $8 because it’s an 80-page giant.

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Steve Mortensen owns Miracle Comics and Micurio.com, a free online community for sharing all your collectibles. When not selling comics, Steve works as art director for Santa Clara, CA based biotech firm Affymetrix. He can be reached at steve@stevemortensen.com.

Research data provided by GPAnalysis.com.

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