Bronze Age Purge of Top 100: Marvel Spotlight #28

by Norman Robinson III

072821C-300x157 Bronze Age Purge of Top 100: Marvel Spotlight #28What are some of the Bronze Age books that have felt the sting of this summer sunburn? Further, did declines in BA TOP 100 popularity reduce the profit and price of these BA keys? Why has Marvel Spotlight #28 fallen?

The saying on Wall Street for the big shot traders and investment wonks is, “sell in May and go away!” There is a tendency for the summer months to be plenty bland and without a lot of action for investors of equities. Now, last summer that was certainly not the case, but as we get closer to the post-Covid opening we may see this tendency come back into vogue.

After all, people have been cooped up for a year and a half. All of it at home, waiting for doom to follow them home from the grocery store. This is an ungodly amount of time. Time to leave the nest for greener pastures. If the stock market is taking a breather, when can we expect the same from the comic book market?

How will this possible decline in buying comics appear in the market? I think it is likely that the popularity of the more prominent books will drop. We will probably see a bit of a slowdown but not any kind of bubble nonsense.

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This comic book is the first solo Moon Knight story, it happens to be a quad key. This is the first appearance of Crawley, Marlene Fontaine, and Samuels. It was created in 1976 by Doug Moench with Don Perlin on art (both pencils and inks). Marvel Spotlight #28 is a big dot deal for the Moon Knight as a collectible.

It has had great returns and even a broadening of the grade participation, which is something I typically look for. It is troublesome that this book has fallen from the Top 100 BA, as the TV series is definitely on the way.

*At the time of this writing, this book was ranked #148 and had, unfortunately, fallen about 74 ranks.  In the time between this article’s writing and publishing, the book has made a resurgence and landed at spot #34, a much more fitting position for a book with an imminent TV series.

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Amazing Spider-Man #238

Amazing Spider-Man #238 is the first appearance of the Hobgoblin (Ned Leeds). This comic book was created at the end of the Bronze Era in 1983, by writer Roger Stern with powerful pencils and inks from John Romita Jr. and Sr.!

Those Romita boys really work their magic to bring Hobgoblin to life. This book has seen a slight resurgence but still hovers far below the BA top 100 mark.

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First official New Teen Titans; Cyborg, Raven & Starfire joins; First appearance of Grant Wilson; First issue to titled series. George Perez, Marv Wolfman, script with Perez pencils.

The current rank is #188 and has fallen to #94th rank. With two seasons of the Titans on DC rocking our world, this is a tad off. But given that DC Comics usually lag and have trouble maintaining center stage for long with the onslaught of Marvel’s MCU.

The Data: (*Current as of the time of this writing, mid-June)

Title Grade Last Sale Ranking/ Decline Return 60 days
Marvel Spotlight #28 9.8 $960 188/ 94th rank decline +18.5%
New Teen Titans #1 9.8 $650 143/ 93rd rank decline +68.3% (However, all lower grades have fallen about 10%)
Amazing Spider-Man #238 9.8 $4100 97/ 69th rank decline -10.8% (Some mid-grade decline)

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It must be a full moon tonight. The destruction of popularity among these top-ranked comic books which all have either TV series or movies coming out is insanity. However, it may be indicative of the flighty nature of the comic book speculators in this day and age.  It could also simply be the beginning of summer and people have put aside their collections, leaving their homes behind and having some fun.

Stay away from ASM #238 and New Teen Titans for now. If you own any Moon Knight you should be holding it to sell either into the TV series premiere or in the middle of the season.

The month of May might be the time to sell some comics but Moon Knight is not one of them. Keep your truncheon crescent-moon grappling hook sunk into Moony for the duration of this E-ticket ride.


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LukeLandWalker July 30, 2021 - 12:59 pm

Are you sure the last sale of Marvel Spotlight #28 cgc 9.8 was $960? From what I see on ebay, the last sale (7/26) of a 9.8 was for $3500. Also, the last sale (7/7) of a 9.6 was around $1300.

FFB July 30, 2021 - 1:45 pm

To paraphrase Warren Buffett, you should be greedy when others are fearful and fearful when they are greedy. ASM #238 and Marvel Spotlight #28 are both likely to be keys with long-term interest. Momentary dips in popularity are buying opportunities, not a reason to avoid a book. If people only buy books when they are red-hot, they will tend to overpay for everything.

Taneleer Tivan July 30, 2021 - 3:23 pm

Dang, I have all of these – and in the case of Teen Titans, three copies, and as for Spotlight, two.

Question about Spotlight 28 (which I asked in the Undervalued Comics post a couple of days ago, but never got approved?) what’s your take on the 30 cent variant? Obviously as it’s only 5 or 10% of the print run, there’s way fewer graded copies, but except for a few of the high grades, it doesn’t seem to trade for the type of premium I would expect given its scarcity. Does it seem undervalued to you, or is that pretty standard for other price variants that are also keys?

oraclesofmadness July 30, 2021 - 6:21 pm

where are you seeing a last sale of a 9.8 for less than $1k ??? your own database shows last sale at $2.2k ??? all these arguments are null and void when the data doesn’t even match. if a FMV of $3,800 for 9.8 just sold for $900…something is WAY off

johnnyspruce July 31, 2021 - 12:36 am

why do you use 9.8? Those prices don’t reflect what the average collector buys. 9.4 would make more sense

Mike B July 31, 2021 - 1:12 pm

The Original Hobgoblin and the one depicted in 238-239 is Roderick Kingsley. Ned Leeds was a brainwashed stand-in for Kingsley later on in the series. 🙂 Not mad or anything. Thanks for the great info. I read all the emails.


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