What Are the Top Investment Comics of 2012 and Why?
It's a new craze of comic investing. The Hollywood blitz of superhero movies has, no doubt, pushed the demand for certain comic book issues and comic titles in the past few years. While the economy struggled with a shaky stock market and 401k plans being completely obliterated for quite a few folks, comic sales were quite strong and many golden and silver age comics saw record breaking sales well into the five and six figure, as well as past the million dollar mark.
However, even though, many average comic collector's can't afford these high pedigree comic books that are breaking sales records, many of us can make smart choices in which comics to drop our hard earned cash when it comes to comic investing.
But, with so many comics to choose from, which are the best comic investments to make for us average collectors who are on a budget? Here's my top comic investments of 2012 and why you should get them.
However, in reality, the best comics to invest in aren't really regulated to any specific year. Of course, it's best to get in on them as soon as possible, but from what I've seen in terms of comic investing, many have gone up in value throughout the decades.
Sure they may fluctuate from year to year, but as long term investments, they have been goldmines for quite a few who were smart enough to invest in comic books.
Tales of Suspense #39 1st Appearance of Iron Man
This silver age key issue comic book is already going above guide, and is getting pretty expensive in the lower grades as well. Actually, all the grades of this 1st appearance of Iron Man is going above guide prices. So why is this a good investment comics choice?
This May we will see the extremely and highly anticipated comic book movie of all time - The Avengers hit the screen. However, does the demand let up even after the movie hype dies down? No, in 2013 the following year, Marvel will release Iron Man 3.
That's not all. Marvel is already talking about an Avengers 2 and I highly doubt that a third sequel wont be made. So, this first appearance of the Iron one will get a huge amount of push in demand for the next few years. You can consider a good comic book investment you'll see grow fast in value before the decade is up.
Iron Man #1 Vol 1
This issue is also going above guide in all grades but the lower grades are not anywhere near the thousand dollar mark just yet according to guide values. A mid grade fine of this silver age key comic is guided at $114, but don't expect to find it for this price now.
Expect to pay near $200 for a fine copy of this book, and even more as you get to the higher grades. Still, investing in a mid to lower grade copy is still a wise comic investment choice, as collectors are scrambling to find a copy of Iron Man #1.
I already got mine at VG, and just waiting to see the value of this silver age key explode in the next three years, which I have no doubt that it will.
Tales of Supensce #57 Vol 1 1st Appearance of Hawkeye
Yes, this is one of the silver age keys that got a great push from the Thor movie, and this push is still going strong as the character will also be a major character in the upcoming Avengers movie this year.
However, it doesn't end with Hawkeye, and there's been talks of a spin-off movie, as well as an Avenger's sequel. This book will be hot for the next couple of years, and I have no doubt that it will continue to rise in value quite quick. This issue is already going just a tad bit above guide for lower grade issues like GD and VG.
As the Avengers movie nears, the price increase will only get worse. This issue is still affordable at lower to mid grades, but how long that will last is uncertain.
Captain America #100 (1968 Series)
This is the very first issue to kick off Captain America in his very own title during the silver age. This comic is continued from the Tales of Suspense series.
Remember, Cap is a golden age comic character and first appeared in Captain America Comics (March 1941). If you can track down the 1st appearance of Captain America, any grade of that golden age key is more than a brilliant comic book investment choice. However, it's also expensive as well. A GD runs at guide for $10,000, but I'm highly sure it's going for a lot more on the current market.
However, back to Captain America #100. This is a silver age key issue that's still affordable. I just got a VG copy of this issue, and Overstreet is behind on the value of this issue. I paid $30 above guide, but I'm not worried about that. The Avengers movie and talks of a Captain America sequel will continue to push the value up for this comic for quite a few years to come.
Avengers #1 Vol 1
The demand for this book is enormous right now, and there's no way you'll find a copy of this at any grade for guide price. It's also pretty expensive. Guide has this comic at VG at $ 1,066.00.
However, this comic is one of the holy grail Marvel key issues to own for any collector or comic book investor. Personally, a little too expensive for my taste. Is it well worth the investment? Sure, if you have the money. The Avengers is one of the most popular superhero teams ever in the world of comics, and the very first appearance of the Avengers team will do nothing but go up.
Journey Into Mystery #83
The very first appearance of Thor is becoming increasingly harder and harder to find, and the price keeps going up and up on this book. The Thor movie and all the Avengers buzz helped skyrocket this key issue even further, and it's now been confirmed that a Thor sequel will be happening.
The title of the Thor sequel is Thor: The Dark World. So lets see. Thor will appear in a sequel and then again for Avengers 2 and probably a 3rd Thor movie. Will he appear in an Avengers 3? Who knows, but that's a lot appearances in movies to keep the demand up for the next several years for his first appearance key issue in Journey Into Mystery.
Even Natalie Portman will be in this sequel. However, Journey Into Mystery #83 isn't a cheap buy at all. A VG copy is guided at $2,070.00, which means that current demand for this book is well over guide. Don't expect to get this for guide price. It will be quite a few dollars more, and you'll probably see the price change in the next Overstreet Guide that comes out during this summer.
Those who got in early on this particular key issue comic weren't just lucky. They were smart, especially if they could find a high grade copy and CGC graded! They'll be reaping in major returns until the end of the decade. Don't believe me?
Last year value: $30,000 for a low NM 9.2 copy.
This years guide value: $40,000 for a low NM 9.2 copy
A ten thousand dollar return in one year! And they say comic books are kid's stuff!
A Very Fine grade last year was $10,350
This year, a Very Fine grade is now worth $12,000
A return of $1,650 in one year!
If each comic book was equal to one share of stock, rare key issue comic books out-perform as investments hands down!
Avengers #4 Vol 1
Reintroducing Captain America into the silver age of comics is an important key issue in comic history, and this issue does just that. This is the silver age key that revives Caps career, and of course, it's the Avengers that find good ole Cap and thaws him out of suspended animation.
This book was hot in 2010 and 2011 with the Captain America: The First Avenger movie. Actually, demand for this comic was picking up during the first Iron Man movie. If didn't grab it during that time, you could've got it a lot cheaper than now.
However, will demand for this book end after the Avengers movie? No, not at all. Captain America will have a sequel, and since the Avengers movie was a huge box office success, there's talks of the Avengers having a sequel as well.
Okay, more than just talks. The Avengers 2 sequel has been confirmed for a 2015 release!
The upcoming movies and sequels will keep demand for this book long after the first Avengers movie has deflated from the theaters. It's not too late to make a great comic investment choice with this one. However, it's not a cheap nor easy book to find, but if you find one at any grade (of course the higher the better and more expensive it will be) and have big enough pockets, get it before it's way out of reach.
And, believe me, it will be way too expensive in the next coming years.
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