Bronze Age Books Purged from Top 100: Marvel Spotlight #32

by Norman Robinson III

Bronze-Age-300x157 Bronze Age Books Purged from Top 100: Marvel Spotlight #32The Bronze Age has been surging over the last two years. Horror comics, superhero comics, and even fantasy comics have all blown up. However, investors, collectors, and speculators get flooded by everything else in the marketplace. Often they overlook or forget these once-hot comic books. This might allow us to pick up some Bronze Age bargains, especially compared to their all-time highs.

Three such comics have come across my screen recently while checking the listings.  The three comics are Tomb of Dracula #1, X-Men #121, and Marvel Spotlight #32. These are three books that have yet to really see a major screen appearance. Namely, Dracula, though popular, has yet to appear in a Marvel movie or TV series, the same with Alpha Flight,eyJidWNrZXQiOiJnb2NvbGxlY3QuaW1hZ2VzLnB1YiIsImtleSI6ImNjMTE1OWYzLTUwZGUtNDRiNy04YjdiLWZmMzc2OTcxNjI2OS5qcGciLCJlZGl0cyI6W119 Bronze Age Books Purged from Top 100: Marvel Spotlight #32 and as far as I am aware, Spider-Woman needs a debut as well. What are the current values of these comic books? What trend returns are they rocking despite a drop in popularity? Finally, is this an opportunity to buy more or let them fade away?

Tomb of Dracula #1

This book has dropped 93 ranks to #160 which is a scary drop. The Tomb of Dracula #1 is the first appearance of Dracula and Frank Drake, as well as Neal Adams cover art. It was created in 1972 by Gerry Conway and the artists are Neal Adams, Marie Severin, and Gene Colan.  This horror book has been a favorite of mine and I have sold and bought many of them over

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the years. I was kind of shocked to find this declining in popularity recently. Honestly, I think the Bronze Age is still tragically undervalued on the whole. Buy it now at a slight discount if you can.

X-Men #121

X-Men #121 has dropped 67 ranks to #123. Alpha Flight might have gotten a little overextended. This comic was created by John Byrne and Chris Claremont. Additionally, the pencils are from Dave Cockrum and John Byrne.  This is the first full appearance of Alpha Flight in 1979.  I think the market has gotten a tad ahead of itself with this book. I don’t see them being utilized in the second inning of the MCU World Series that is the bread and butter of most speculators.  That said, give a few

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months and you will probably be able to pick up a midgrade copy much cheaper.

Marvel Spotlight #32

Marvel Spotlight #32 has dropped  74 ranks to #109 which is Spider-Woman’s first appearance and a heck of an opportunity to buy! This comic was created in 1977 by Archie Goodwin, and the pencils are by Gill Kane and one of my favorites Sal Buscema. It is the first Spider-Woman and also her origin story. Two for one, always better than just having one key to fall back on.


Title Grade Ranking Decline Return (60 days)
Tomb of Dracula #1 9.6 #160 dropped 83 ranks +42.8% ($1399)
X-Men #121 9.8 #123 dropped 67 ranks +20.6% ($900)
Marvel Spotlight #32 9.4 #109 dropped 74 ranks -15.9% ($313)


Of these three books, I believe the Marvel Spotlight is the strongest bet of the bunch. I like TOD and X-Men, but neither is going to increase in value right away.  Spider-Woman should be cued up in the next two years, just an opinion, or perhaps my “Spidey-Sense” is tingling! Considering a 16% loss in value in grade 9.4, that equates to about a $40 decline in price. That doesn’t sound like a lot, hmm? Well, just 60 days ago that book would have cost $360 not $313. This difference is about the same cost to CGC this book. I believe the Marvel Bronze Age is strong and resilient. Marvel Spotlight #32 is a gimme. Do you feel that tingling sensation in your spine? That isn’t fear; that is your speculative profit-sense telling you to buy a copy.

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Nate March 17, 2021 - 12:34 am

I agree with the premise of the post, if the data accurately reflected the market. But where does this idea come from that Marvel Spotlight 32 has dropped 16% in price, or that it can be found for $313? Five complete ebay sales at CGC 9.4 in the last 3 weeks and all of them have been in a tight $400-$420 range.

Norman Robinson III March 17, 2021 - 7:26 pm

I only went back 60 days on MS32, it might have skewed the numbers. However, regardless of price, it has fallen out of’s popular 100. Thanks for reading. Nam

octoberland March 17, 2021 - 12:53 pm

Funny, I just added two of those to my buy list the other day. In particular, MS32 is a buy at depressed prices IMHO. She is a great character and I see plenty of room for her in other media. I think people are (rightly so) focused on other ASM / MM related characters and have jumped to them. I do not think it is based on Jessica Drew not being important, but these other new ‘keys’ are more affordable and attainable since they are more current. I suspect ease of access / entry is what dropped MS32, which only opens a buying window for me.

Thanks for pointing it out!

DISCLAIMER: I do own all three of these books (for a change!) so my opinion on buying them is biased.

– Craig Coffman

Norman Robinson III March 17, 2021 - 7:22 pm

I appreciate your honesty, but just because you are biased doesn’t make you wrong. I do not own an MS32 will let you know when I score one. Good job owning all three! Nam

octoberland March 18, 2021 - 9:28 am

No problem. I figure since I do sell books (as a collector, not a shop) I’d rather let people know. Being high on a specific book, I’m also banking on price increases so my take may have self interest intertwined. In this case, though, MS32 is just a super strong buy regardless.

On that note, I was wondering if the decline in the top 100 might have been due to Spider-woman 1 gaining heat? It might be that the spec has moved to other ‘key’ issues that are still affordable to people who are not able to grab the MS32? We see that happen with character keys (IE: Doctor Strange) that are no longer easily obtained, but fans / speculators / collectors want some sort of important book. IMHO it might be the character is still a strong investment, it’s just the dollars are flowing into other titles for Jessica. Just a thought!

Thank you again for the write-up 🙂

– Craig Coffman

Norman Robinson III April 2, 2021 - 3:48 am

That certainly could be a contributing factor, but from my perspective Star Wars has sucked up most of the oxygen in the room. SW#1 just broke $4000 in grade 9.8 I have never seen that in the past. Maybe it is a combination, some Spider-Woman #1, some Star Wars, and the pandemic secret sauce thrown in the mix. Is it perhaps a blog topic? Maybe…
Thanks for reading.


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