Pending approval from stockholders and the U.S. government, it’s done: Fox has sold out to Disney.
As every fanboy knows, that implies that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will eventually become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means that starting now, the mutants and the FF comics are going to be collectors’ gold.
So which keys do you want first?
GALACTUS AND SILVER SURFER
These two made their debuts together in Fantastic Four #48 with their full appearances in FF #49. The reason I put this above FF #1 is because it’s more affordable and easier to find. Here’s some other data that might entice you to buy one.
For the past five years, FF #48 has steadily gained value essentially every year. From 2003 all the way to 2012, you could get a mid-grade copy for $200, more or less. In 2012, the average started to climb. Over those five years, a graded 5.0 has increased to around a $400 average according to the GPA for CGC Comics website. I feel certain that both Galactus and Silver Surfer will be reimagined for the MCU in the next couple of years, and that will only raise the value, making this a sound investment with a solid return.
FF #49 won’t bring the same high price as #48, but it’s been gradually increasing in value and is a sound investment. Since 2013, a mid-grade 5.0 FF #49 has seen a bump in its fair market value as it’s gone from averaging right at $100 to bringing closer to $200. Where you can get the most for your investment is to get these two together and have a very nice package.
I’ve been advising picking up bronze age X-Men keys for months, starting with Giant-Size X-Men #1, but what I’m seeing the most excitement about in the Fox/Disney deal is the inevitable debut of Wolverine into the MCU. Hugh Jackman has even made public comments in the past that he would return to the role of Logan/Wolverine if it were in the MCU. Although Wolverine is a such a popular character that he can be recast and still be a success, most fans associate Jackman with the part. If he reprises the role – even if only for one movie or a cameo – the Wolverine keys will blow up the market.
Of course we’d all like to have Hulk #181 with the first full appearance of Wolverine, and those issues will become even more expensive when Logan joins the MCU. For the sake of saving a few dollars, I advise you pick up the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller iconic 1982 Wolverine #1. This limited series was the first solo Wolverine comic, and the artwork still sets the standard for the classic Wolverine.
Prices can be all over the place for Wolverine #1, but it’s average selling price for a 7.0, which is relatively easy to find, has been on the rise since 2009 due to not only the X-Men movies but the popular Wolverine solo flicks. At the moment, a 7.0 averages between $40 and $50. However, I anticipate this issue will become more popular if Disney were to adopt the old yellow and brown costume. It wouldn’t surprise me if Wolverine debuted wearing a take on that costume since Disney/Marvel Studios will want to establish that this is a new on-screen version of the character.