What 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.
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.
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.
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)|
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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*Any opinion given by a blogger should not be construed as a purchase recommendation