There are some characters back in the 70s and 80s that were mere blips on the horizon. At that time, X-Men (Claremont), Dark Knight Returns (Miller), and of course Amazing Spider-Man dominated the comic book landscape. Yes, there were other titles, but these series stole the limelight. Several attempts were made to ignite female superheroes and most flared up and then kind of died on the roadside.
One such super-heroine was Spider-Woman, she first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #32 created by Archie Goodwin (script) and Gil Kane with Sal Buscema (art) in 1977. Jessica Drew became the new Spider-Woman who had been experimented on by Hydra (Source: Wiki). This gave her the powers of superhuman strength, speed, durability, and reflexes. In addition, to some kick-butt physical abilities she had gliding, pheromone manipulation, bio-electric energy projection and of course wallcrawling. There is a new catalyst for this forgotten femme fatale, should spider speculators climb up the walls trying to find a copy? Is Jessica Drew a.k.a. Spider-Woman too nuanced to be worthy of investment?
The sexy Jessica Drew Spider-Woman could be a huge hit. Her first appearance in her own title was in Spider-Woman #1. The first Spider-Woman comic book was created by Marv Wolfman (script) and Joe Sinnott with Carmine Infantino (art). It had a completely new origin story and made her sexier with long black hair and a different mask. So not only are you buying first in title, but also an origin story which makes this a triple key, and a pretty solid investment. The numbers are so encouraging on this book and the cost so incidental I would suggest buying multiple copies. The current stratification of pricing goes from $200 near-mint/mint to fine minus for $30. What long-term returns can we expect from Jessica Drew in Spider-Woman #1?
- Grade 9.8 $134 last sale 2-10-20 returned positive +10%
- Grade 9.2 $65 last sale 1-25-20 returned positive +34%
- Grade 5.5 $31 last sale 2-10-20 returned positive +63%
Apparently, Spider-Woman’s bio-venom blast has a long-term punch. These numbers are good in almost all grades and that is a significant tell for additional price increases in the future. In addition, the +63% return on a $15 investment (not including taxes, CGC or shipping) is huge for a grade 5.5! There is a significant amount in the CGC Census. Apparently, the catalyst has been very much second-guessed. But keep wall-crawling upward toward profits; after all 3,717 in CGC inventory is big, but not crazy big for a Bronze Age book.
Earlier today Sony announced plans to release another untitled Marvel movie in 2021. According to CBR, there are rumors of a Spider-Woman solo movie in works at the studio. This is the perfect situation to buy. After all, you can own up to a 9.8 grade for as little as $200, or if that is too expensive; then try 9.6 for under $100. Most Marvel fans have no idea about Spider-Woman unless they watched the cartoons back in the day. Even with that, it was not that popular of a character. But nowadays, all things female sell, especially pheromone induced love bugs like Spider-Woman.
Spider-Woman #1 is a solid purchase as it is still very cheap to own. This was not a popular character until Spider-Woman’s animation, the book didn’t even last long. However, I think our times are very different. There are many more women interested and collecting comics, even just from a business standpoint. Also, there is more interest in many of the offshoot characters of Spider-Man. With Gwen Stacy, Silk, and even Japanese anime Spider-Robot coming to mind. Follow Spider-Woman’s pheromones to the promised land, the land of profit.