Darkseid’s 1st Appearances: Cameo or 1st Full Appearance?

by Don

Darkseid-300x157 Darkseid's 1st Appearances: Cameo or 1st Full Appearance?Even though most people panned the theatrical release of Justice League, many fans were thrilled to see Darkseid appear in the trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Since Darkseid appeared in the trailer, sales volume for Darkseid’s keys picked up substantially. Fortunately, there are still some good great deals out there, including Darkseid’s first full appearance in Forever People #1.

In some situations, the difference between a cameo and a first full appearance is quite clear; however, sometimes the line can be blurry. This rule is critical for investors since, as we all know, first full appearances are usually more valuable than cameo appearances. Let’s discuss cameos vs. first appearances as they apply to Darkseid.

Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134: Darkseid’s First Cameo Appearance

Screen-Shot-2021-02-20-at-2.00.45-PM-200x300 Darkseid's 1st Appearances: Cameo or 1st Full Appearance?GoCollect recently changed its description of Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #134; it now states SPJO #134 contains Darkseid’s “1st appearance of Darkseid in cameo on last page.” This change makes sense since, on the very last page of this issue, you see only Darkseid’s face on a television monitor. That’s it. To me, that’s even less of an appearance than Wolverine’s cameo in Incredible Hulk #180 or Venom’s cameo in Amazing Spider-Man #299.

And yet the market highly favors this book. According to GoCollect, the FMV for a CGC 9.8 copy of SPJO #134 is $11,000. $11,000 is a lot of money for: (1) a mere cameo appearance; (2) a character that may never appear on the big screen and is associated with a failed movie franchise; and (3) a villain (it’s generally better to invest in heroes than villains).

Nonetheless, in spite of these headwinds, the value of this comic has risen substantially over the past three years. For example, during the past three years, sellers on eBay have sold 43 CGC 6.5 copies of this book. During those three years, the value of the book rose by nearly 38%.

Forever People #1: The First Full Appearance of Darkseid?

Screen-Shot-2021-02-20-at-2.02.24-PM-203x300 Darkseid's 1st Appearances: Cameo or 1st Full Appearance?After another brief cameo in Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #135 (he appears on two panels on a video screen on the final page of this issue), Darkseid makes his first full appearance in Forever People #1. This book has a lot more going for it besides the first full appearance of Darkseid, including the first appearances of Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Serifan, Big Bear, Vykin the Black, Infinity-Man, and the first mention of the Mother Boxes, the MacGuffins that drive the story in the Justice League film.

Like SPJO #134, this book has also risen in value over the past three years but is much more affordable. Specifically, the FMV of a CGC 9.8 copy of SPJO #134 is more than four times the FMV of FP #1. According to the CGC Census, CGC 9.8 copies of SPJO #134 are more rare, but CGC 9.8 copies of FP #1 are also hard to find (CGC has only graded 56 of these). You can purchase a raw, high-grade copy of this book for around $175 on eBay.

If the Justice League franchise does recover, I personally think FP #1 is a great buy. Most investors are focused on the MCU right now and DC’s brand is hurting. Even if DC films don’t recover, Darkseid is still an iconic villain comparable to Magneto, Dr. Doom, or the Joker.

What do you think? Do you think the market may have misfired on SPJO #134? Tell us in the comments below!

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Darth Biscuit March 20, 2021 - 4:44 pm

The Forever People cover is not good. 134 is way better and Neal Adams. That is why it is the one people want. Same kind of thing with hulk 180 and 181. 180 cover not so hot. 181 is awesome.

Stan Lieberman March 21, 2021 - 9:45 am

The Forever People is cover is awesome, the team is viable and it is the one to have.

The Jimmy Olsen cover is a Jimmy Olsen comic, and the cover is actually ugly and it is just the cameo. It is more rare, but the return will be much less for a $10k comic. Forever people can easily double and it IS the nicer comic by far, at least IMO. I like Infinity Man and Big Bear….some New Gods first appearances in there too, for the win.

hatchydan March 22, 2021 - 11:47 am

Stan, well all right then, have to say I have never heard anyone prefer the FP 1 cover. I have heard people make the argument that it should be valued more, but never that the cover is actually better.


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