I’m here to bring you a small list of comics whose names can only be heard whispered in the back alley of comic shops. These are the comics that require you to wear gloves because they are just so filthy. Okay so you don’t need gloves but these comics are still considered taboo, with some of them having been pulled off the shelves.
These are comics that crossed the line and were considered to be controversial to the publishers and the public. Some of these are rare to scarce due to being pulled off the shelves but still worth noting and grabbing. Comics are seen as controversial due to various reasons. An example is how Batman Dammed showed the Bat-Dong and instantly became taboo, due to the obvious.
The big question is their value, does it increase it? Does it decrease it? Does it make you want more now knowing that it’s taboo? Should I stop using the word taboo? All this and more answered below!
Wolverine #131 (Recalled Racial Slur Variant)
A mistake made by a rookie letterer places this book on the list. In a conversation that Wolverine is having with Sabretooth, the new letterer mistakenly took the word handwritten by editor Mark Powers, “killer” and misinterpreted it as a slur for Jewish people. Richard Starkings, the letterer’s boss, stated that he was a young kid who even after learning what the word meant still did not understand its meaning. This was pulled off the shelves but due to an early release program for retailers, many issues are still out there in the wild waiting for a new home.
Currently, 9.8 graded copies hold an FMV of $65. A 9.8 CGC copy did sell in February for about $100 but sales have slowly decreased. With all things Wolvie slowly heating up, this might be a good one to own. Long term though I would stick with bigger keys.
All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #10 (Recalled Edition)
Written by the legendary Frank Miller and art team Jim Lee and Scott Williams, this Batman run had more than one issue. What started out as a monthly book in 2005, took 3 years to release its 10 issues (sounds like Doomsday Clock and Die! Die! Die!). It also has a darker Batman, with him calling Robin “retarded”, stating “I’m the goddamn Batman!”. But still this wasn’t the biggest problem with the series. In issue #10 there is a dialogue bubble that had been crossed out due to offensive and vulgar language. Unfortunately, when the words were blacked out on the computer it didn’t transfer well on paper. The words were still visible in all its glory for the world to see. This issue like the previous one was recalled and edited.
Currently, this foul-mouthed issue at a 9.8, is seeing an FMV of $55 but the Recalled Variant Edition at a 9.8 is going for $170. So if you really want one of these, do yourself the favor and grab the variant.
We all love to get revenge or gloat when an enemy is down in the gutter. Some of us even take to social posts to show the world how great it feels when Karma sends you a gift. Others, well, others draw it on to their comics and show every reader how you truly feel about your boss. The famous Al Milgrom did just that. On page 28, panel 3 we can see a message left behind by Milgrom found on the spines of the books on the shelf. It reads, “Bob Harras Ha, Ha, He’s gone, good riddance to bad rubbish, He was a nasty S.O.B.” Well this is one way to express how you feel, but this did come at a cost to Milgrom. Marvel found out about this incident and had the books recalled. Like the other books, it was part of a First Look preview program that placed it in the hands of retailers before the public, which means there are copies out there.
According to our census, there are a total of 100 CGC copies in varying grades. Thanks to a reader (Daniel) I am correcting my previous information. According to recent CGC sales the book is averaging around $200 for mid-to-high grade. Unfortunately when you look at sites currently selling this recalled copy, it is reaching any where from $2000-$5000 depending on condition and if signed. *Thank you Daniel*
The bottom line is that all three of these are controversial for different reasons but still worth having. Will the values jump up? I say with Wolverine and Universe X they might and I would jump on them. Of course I wouldn’t overspend either, search for deals. Deals are out there, just have to put a little bit of work in and I promise you it will pay off.
As always, Till Next Time, Happy Hunting!
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