Heritage’s Black Cat and Pre-Code Auction is still rolling on, and ComicLink’s latest Focused Auction is underway and open for bids. Plus, we’ve got results from last week’s Comic Auction through Heritage. Settle in; it’s time for this week’s Comic Auctions Roundup!
Current Comic Auctions
ComicLink’s Focused Auction: All Comic Book Sessions Open for Bids
The usual players are drawing the highest numbers of bids, as one can expect. A CGC graded 3.5 VG- copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 is currently leading the pack with 95 bids, the latest raising the price to $25,750.
This current bid is close to the one-year sales average for this grade, which is currently $27,838. The 30-day and 90-day sales averages show a much steeper average, at $38,400 and $38,700, respectively.
This book appears in the top tiers of virtually any auction in which it appears, and for obvious reasons. With interest in Spider-Man never seeming to wane, I’d be surprised if the wave of Amazing Fantasy #15 slows anytime soon.
70 people thus far have bid on a CGC 6.5 FN+ copy of Fantastic Four #1 with off-white to white pages. This book introduced us to The Fantastic Four and helped usher in the Silver Age of comics. It came to be after Stan Lee was tasked with creating a comic series about a team of superheroes as a response to the success of The Justice League. The current high bid on this entry is $20,500. A 6.5 sold through Heritage for $36,000 in January of this year.
One more available for bids is a CVA Exceptional Tales of Suspense #39, graded CGC 8.5 VF+.
It’s the Stan Lee and Jack Kirby book that gave us the first appearance of Iron Man. What else is there to say? The most recent three sales of this book landed at $48,000 (4/21, Heritage), $33,600 (1/21, Heritage), and $29,050 (7/21, eBay).
Setting this particular copy apart is a CVA sticker designating the quality of the condition of this book as exceptional.
This book has a current high bid of $50,000 after 51 bids.
This action closes on November 4th. Take a look through all the auction entries HERE.
Monday-Thursday, 11/1-11/4: Session 1: Select, Key & High-Grade Silver, Bronze, and Copper Age Comics
Friday, 11/5: Session 2: Golden Age Comic Books
Monday-Friday, 11/8-11/12: Session 3: CGC/CBCS Graded Late Bronze, Copper, and Modern Age Comic Books
Monday-Wednesday, 11/15-11/17: Session 4: Assorted Comics and other Memorabilia
Thursday, 11/18: Session 5: Original Artwork: PART 1; PART 2
The Black Cat Collection and Pre-Code Horror Showcase Auction #40183
There are still 9 days left to bid in Heritage’s Halloween-appropriate Black Cat Collection and Pre-Code Horror comic auction, and plenty of spooky books to take a look at. Here are a couple more eye-catching covers to watch.
A cover worthy of it’s membership in this creepy collection is definitely Shock SuspenStories #6, CGC graded NM/MT 9.8 with off-white to white pages. There are only 5 Blue Label books of this grade listed in the CGC census.
In this comic, Wally Wood, Bill Gaines, and Al Feldstein deliver a story that delves into racism and the danger associated with hate groups. After a reporter is a witness to the K.K.K. murder of a young woman, he is discovered, beaten, and released after he swears he has seen no one’s face and cannot identify them. He makes it to what appears to be a hospital room, where two men who claim to be F.B.I. and a doctor join him. When the reporter tells the men that he can identify the men who beat him, they are revealed to be in cahoots with the Grand Dragon and help the KKK leader murder the reporter.
The story is chilling and the art is hard to look away from. It would certainly be nice if the story weren’t based on real-life hate groups. The current high bid on this piece is $14,500. An identically-graded book sold for $26,400 in June of this year through Heritage.
Also available for bids is a CGC graded VF/NM 9.0 Haunted Thrills #6 with off-white pages. Published by Farrell Comics in February 1953, this comic marked a change as the series moved from bi-monthly to a monthly publication. The cover features a skeleton throwing dice and welcoming you to the “Pit of Horror.”
There are only 27 Blue Label books listed in the CGC census. Of those, only 2 are graded 9.0, with only 2 books exceeding that grade (2 9.2s). With such small census numbers, analyzing sales data is difficult. A 9.2 sold all the way back in 2012 for $1,254.75 and a 6.5 sold in 2019 for $2,040, both through Heritage.
This auction closes on November 4th. Take a look at all the auction entries HERE.
One great Silver Age gem up for bids is a CGC 6.0 Batman #121 in Fine condition with off-white pages. This book contains the origin and first appearance of Mr. Zero (aka Mr. Freeze), along with a Curt Swan cover and Sheldon Moldoff art.
This book has a current high bid of $900. Books graded 6.0 are in the top 23.7% of all books listed in the CGC census. This book has a current FMV of $3,000.
Another worth watching is a CGC 9.6 copy of The Flash #134 in Near-Mint condition with cream to off-white pages. This is the first appearance of Professor Ira West and includes Captain Cold and Elongated Man appearances. Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson created the cover.
There are no copies graded higher than 9.6 in the CGC census; this is one of only 7 in that top graded tier.
The average sales over the last year land at $960.
This auction closes on October 31 and Nov 1. Check out all the listings HERE.
Comic Auctions: Results
A very popular item in this auction was 1962’s The Incredible Hulk #1, CGC graded 3.0 in Good to Very Good condition with off-white to white pages. This is the origin and first appearance of the Hulk, as well as the first appearances of Rick Jones, Betty Ross, and Thunderbolt Ross. Jack Kirby created the cover and art.
This book sold for $26,400. This is exceedingly high for this book in this grade, save for one sale higher in August 2021 ($27,500, eBay).
Other than that high sale, the most recent numbers have landed at $20,000 (9/21, eBay), $18,600 (6/21, Heritage), and $11,750 (4/21, eBay).
Another book commanding a high number of bids was a CGC 6.0 Werewolf by Night #32 in Fine condition with off-white to white pages. Given the buzz surrounding the TV series currently in production, it’s easy to see why this book would draw attention. This is the origin and first appearance of Moon Knight, with a Gil Kane and Al Milgrom cover and Don Perlin art.
Though there is definitely plenty of interest in this book, it is not difficult to find Blue Label-graded books, with 3,895 in the CGC census. Most are 8.0 – 3.0 range, keeping prices reasonable for this book. This entry sold for $1,680. Other recent sales have been similar, landing at $1,525 in September (eBay), $1,620 in August (Heritage), and $1,850 in June (eBay).
For a look at all of the auction results, click HERE.
Did you bid in any of this week’s comic auctions? What did you score? Let us know in the comments!