Comic book horror has been a mainstay of popular culture going back at least as far as the 1950s. Once the Comic Code was relaxed, horror stories came back with a vengeance. All the monsters were popular in the 70s: Werewolf by Night, Frankenstein, Mummy, I-Vampire, Invisible Man, Swamp Thing, even Dr. Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde. These creatures came back to the public consciousness during this horror craze. At the apex of this frenzy was Count Dracula, the villainous monster of the 19th and 20th-Century. We have Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897) to thank for the multitude of vampire books, series, and movies (even the ridiculous glittering vampires). Dracula is wide open as it is public domain now. That didn’t stop Marvel from acquiring the rights in the form of Tomb of Dracula. Lately, the popularity of the Bronze Age horror represents a Renaissance of sorts for the genre. Can this ancient antagonist, and Lord of the Vampires draw speculative profits from the public vein in the 21st-Century?
If you have some of these old horror comics stashed away, now is probably the time to resurrect those back into circulation as keys. They are almost certainly worth money, especially Tomb of Dracula #1. This cover sports Neal Adams cover art and was scripted by Gerry Conway with Roy Thomas. The art was created by Neal Adams and Gene Colan in 1972. The horror books from the 70s were created due to a relaxing of the Comic Code. That being said, until the last year or two, these have been good investments stable but boring. Now with talk of a darker supernatural Marvel; these comics are coming under scrutiny as potential speculations.
- Grade 9.8 $3,500 last sale 9-11-19 returned positive +41%
- Grade 9.6 $1,195 last sale 9-1-19 returned positive +40.9%
- Grade 9.2 $465 last sale 10-23-19 returned positive +70.5%
- Grade 8.0 $350 last sale 11-16-19 returned positive +87.1%
- Grade 6.5 $250 last sale 11-4-19 returned positive +58.1%
- Grade 9.8 $3,500 last sale 9-11-19 returned positive +59.1%
- Grade 9.6 $1,195 last sale 9-1-19 returned positive +41.6%
- Grade 9.2 $465 last sale 10-23-19 returned positive +14.5%
- Grade 8.0 $350 last sale 11-16-19 returned positive +54.1%
- Grade 6.5 $250 last sale 11-4-19 returned positive +38.9%
The results kind of speak for themselves, short-term or long-term the prices for Tomb of Dracula #1 are solid returns any bloodsucking-speculator would love to have. In the last three years TOD #1 during 2016-2019, this comic went from a campy Bronze Age key; to a hot speculative book on the market. The horror seems to be on its own upward spiral. This age-old antagonist will always be with us in some form or another. Not bad for a writer (Bram Stoker) born during a time most used only candlelight to read by.
Speculators everywhere should be sharpening their fangs to get a bite of this comic book anywhere possible. Boys and girls, the price of this book is going to stay high for quite some time to come. Be sure to hide a copy in your coffin with you as well as a couple for speculation purposes.
Tomb of Dracula #1 is still hot! The obscurity of horror comics is now out in the sunlight in full view and speculators are thirsty. The CGC Census has 1708 outstanding books currently, these books still have room to run. The horror comics are tied in with a darker storyline involving the supernatural and perhaps the superhero Moon Knight in the future for the MCU. Certainly, Blade is onboard, and since most, if not all of the TOD keys are spiking speculators everywhere should be sharpening their stakes for a shot at Tomb of Dracula #1.
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