Golden Age Super-Leap

by Norman Robinson III

720522_superman-6-218x300 Golden Age Super-Leap

Superman uses his super-strength to “leap over tall buildings in a single bound” just like the comic book Superman #6 (1940) which did its own super-leap straight up to 6th most popular Golden Age comic book. Thus jumping up 676 floors, or ranks to become one of the most popular Golden Age issues (GoCollect). A large team wrote this comic: Jerry Siegel, George Shute, Gardner Fox, Jack Burnley and Russell Cole. Also, a large group of artists did the pencils: Joe Shuster, Paul Cassidy, Don Komisarow, Jack Burnley, and Russell Cole. The results have stood the test of time.

There is almost no catalyst at this point for a Superman movie or another Justice League in 2018. In the future, who knows? There will probably be more movies to venerate our ancient uber hero in red tights. This year there is little movie mania around this particular character. Mostly, this comic is Golden Age drama with the only catalyst being the lack of back issues available. The current inventory at CGC has only 162 slabbed comics outstanding (CGC census).

The prices for Superman #6 over the last 5-7 years have had significant returns: grade 3.5 (33% return), grade 5.0 (18% return) and a grade 6.0 (45% return) these super-human returns are very favorable long-term. This comic also shows a 33% and an 11% return in low grades during a two-year time frame. Furthermore, in the last year this comic issue shows similar numbers and growth. Perhaps this issue is receiving a significant rebound in popularity as fewer and fewer titles are available on the open market. Those with the resources, are purchasing them at a feverish rate as the Twentieth Century quietly slips away from us.

This massive leap in popularity by Superman #6, a comic created before America entered WWII; shows the rarity and cost of pursuing and purchasing Golden Age comics. The returns make it very clear this is a great issue to own. Use your super-speed to pick up any remaining Golden Age classics like this if you get a chance to get your hands on one.

Lenticular Deadpool

A beautiful lenticular cover adorns Despicable Deadpool #287, written by Gerry Duggan and art by Salva Espin. This issue is currently ranked the 22nd most popular comic book of all recently released comics for the last month (GoCollect). It has risen 84 spots to that 22nd rank and has shown a 20% increase in prices for a 9.8 near mint. Warning: there have only been a few skewed sales; still this looks like a comer.

Lenticular covers are eye candy that make you want to buy a comic. This issue is no different, catching the eye immediately; the cover is an homage to Amazing Spider-Man #129 and Deadpool, both at the same time (hence lenticular cover). After all, this is Part 1 of Deadpool Kills Cable. This storyline has the smell of a potential generational key. If the character has a drastic change in direction as hinted from the title, this book could turn into a crucial comic to own.

Deadpool was never my favorite character; until Ryan Reynolds took over and did a movie in the lead role. Ryan knocked it out of the park and made Deadpool came to life. From that point on, I was a Deadpool fan. Quite possibly, the one hero to come out of the 1990’s Marvel comics that will be as popular as Wolverine throughout the Twenty-First Century. This Lenticular Deadpool is worth owning as a fan and for long-term speculation.

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