Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Undervalued Falcon Keys

by Don Y

Falcon-and-Winter-Soldier-300x157 Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Undervalued Falcon KeysConsidering that his Disney+ series, Falcon & The Winter Soldier, launches later this month, it should come as no surprise that Falcon’s first appearance in Captain America #117 (1969) has spiked in value in recent years. The value of a CGC 8.0 copy of this book has risen over 50% over the past three years and sells for over $600. Considering Falcon’s historical importance – he’s the first African-American superhero in Marvel Comics – I don’t think this comic has hit its ceiling yet. Once we see Sam in his new Captain America costume (presumably at the end of the Falcon & the Winter Soldier), I think we can expect the value of this comic to rise even further.

At the same time, this book isn’t exactly flying under the radar either. Fortunately, Falcon has several other key issues that remain highly affordable. I’ll discuss three of those issues below.

Captain America #144: Falcon’s New Costume

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Falcon would only wear his original green and orange costume for about two years before donning his now-classic red and white costume in Captain America #144 (1971). Falcon would go on to wear this costume (or some variation of it) for decades. As seen in the Falcon & The Winter Soldier trailer, Falcon’s new costume in the show has a red, white, and gray color scheme similar to the color scheme of the costume shown in this comic.

Although copies graded by CGC are hard to find (CGC has only graded 68 copies of Captain America #144), you can purchase raw mid-grade copies of this book on eBay for $10.00 or less.

Marvel Premiere #49: Falcon’s First Solo Story

Screen-Shot-2021-02-09-at-8.29.42-PM-192x300 Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Undervalued Falcon KeysTen years after his first appearance, Falcon finally stars in his first solo story in Marvel Premiere #49 (1979). In this issue, Falcon solves a mystery, a murder committed by the Silencer. Captain America makes a brief appearance but is only a supporting character in the story.

According to GoCollect, CGC 9.8 copies of this book sell for around $90. Raw, high-grade copies of this book have sold for less than $10 on eBay. In comparison to other Falcon keys, this comic hasn’t seen a comparable rise in value. Surprisingly, in certain grades, this comic’s value has actually decreased over the past three years. In my opinion, this is a great time to pick up this affordable, minor-key issue, especially if you’re a Falcon fan.

Avengers #184: Falcon Joins the Avengers

Screen-Shot-2021-02-09-at-8.06.48-PM-195x300 Falcon and the Winter Soldier: Undervalued Falcon KeysFalcon doesn’t actually join the Avengers until Avengers #184, nearly ten years after his first appearance. In Avengers #181, a federal official makes a controversial decision to shrink the Avengers roster. As a result, Falcon replaces Hawkeye on the team.

Many collectors haven’t paid much attention to this Bronze Age comic. Over the past three years, the value of a CGC 9.8 copy has only risen by 1.6%. You can purchase a CGC 9.8 copy for around $80.  Raw, high-grade copies of this book have recently sold for less $10 on eBay. This is another great, affordable key for Falcon fans.

Have I missed any other key Falcon issues? If so, please list them in the comments below!

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7 comments

steven Centonzo March 3, 2021 - 9:11 am

Captain America 171. Black Panther upgrades his uniform to give it flying abilities and more

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lumpmike March 3, 2021 - 1:04 pm

I thought Plack Panther (1966) was the first Marvel African-American Superhero.

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Don Y March 3, 2021 - 8:03 pm

Thanks for reading! Black Panther is the first Black Marvel superhero, but he isn’t African-American; he’s Wakandan.

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Lou LaRocca March 3, 2021 - 2:51 pm

FYI, the Falcon is definitely NOT the first African-American superhero in Marvel Comics. That would be the Black Panther.

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Don Y March 3, 2021 - 8:04 pm

Thanks for reading, Lou! Black Panther isn’t African-American though — he’s Wakandan.

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Lou LaRocca March 5, 2021 - 6:44 am

OK, you got me. 🙂

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philreal March 4, 2021 - 4:53 pm

Cover of CA 143 in the logo is Falcon in his new costume, so really 1st appearance?
CA 183 Falcon origin retold

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