The comic book hunt has one common thread of experience for collectors, investors, and speculators alike. Everyone has at one time or another during a sale day, back issue bargain, or just buying books from a buddy come across comics that are ubiquitous. They are almost as numerous as the traffic lights in a small city. Here are a few examples to refresh our collective sigh of disgust: Conan The Barbarian 101-299, Cloak and Dagger #1 first title, New Mutants #1, and the worst offender of all the books is X-Men #1 from 1991. This x-absurd ubiquity “sold 8,186,500 copies making it likely contender for best selling single-issue comic in U.S. history” (Source: Polo, S. VM). You get the idea, common books, with little to no value. Five years ago, I would have put Spawn #1 in the mix. But now, this once bargain bin comic is climbing out of the “Pit of Speculative Hell” and is ranked the number two most popular comic last month per GoCollect. What trend returns can you expect for this comic book during 2020?
This comic book was created in 1992 by Todd McFarlane with the team of Dale Keown and George Perez pencils. That is 28 years in the back issue bins of squalor. Now many of you might have seen a bump in sales when the first Spawn movie came out in 1997. Unfortunately, I was still a serf in the corporate world at that time and did not follow comics in the 90s. If it did get a bump in price I am sure it was only temporary. Please feel free to comment on it if you were a comic book collector at the time.
This book is popular now, to be sure. It also has many of the book’s primary characters first appearance for the series in Spawn #1, namely Spawn, Wanda Blake, Malebogia, Sam and Twitch. Todd McFarlane is a master storyteller and supreme artist in my humble opinion. Spawn is probably his most compelling character; put simply a soldier given the power to avenge his murder from the grave. But now Spawn #1 has a speculative heartbeat after 28 years! How profitable are the return trends on this soldier of Hell?
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With positive returns in high grade across the board Spawn #1 is looking strong, shockingly so. After all, the book was nowhere a few years back. I picked up at least 10 copies when McFarlane had just a mention of a potential movie for $3 each, back about three years ago. Now they are going for upwards of $120 with CGC grading in grade 9.8. Further, they have a return trend between positive +15-35%. The scary thing about this book is not the rollercoaster ride straight up, but the ensuing ride straight down after the movie. Where will this book be then?
Spawn #1 certainly isn’t a huge key even at these return numbers. That said, it is nice to see the next generation pop a little bit and bring joy to collectors and speculators alike. My advice is to cross your fingers and hope for further upside; then jump out of the rollercoaster before the decent! In terms of Hell-Spawn this puppy is hot and rising from the grave.