There’s only one thing worse in the comic book investing game than selling too soon, and that’s not buying the damn book in the first place. Look, we’ve all been there. It sucks. It’s no fun. Especially when the thing you found for peanuts goes gangbusters a few months down the line. A situation like this can be utterly soul-crushing. Situations like this really call for a “D’Oh” or two.
Yes, I missed out on Werewolf By Night #32.
I Missed Out On Werewolf By Night #32:
Moon Knight has been rumoured to receive a live-action adaptation every single year since I was twelve. After a while, the consistent rumours and constant buzz kinda made me numb to the character. Moon Knight’s situation reminds me of another Marvel character, Nova. There’s a character who has supposedly been courted to receive his own standalone film time and time again. To this day, we know nothing.
Now, no offence to Moon Knight. I think the character is incredible. The upcoming Disney+ series with Oscar Isaac and Ethan frickin’ Hawke sounds amazing too. The leaked costume doesn’t look too bad, either!
A Tragedy In Motion:
I distinctly remember exactly where I was when I had the golden opportunity to purchase a 9.0 copy of Werewolf by Night #32 on Facebook Marketplace for a mere, and this is the part that crushes me, $1,000 (AUD). If we convert this to the US dollar; the book was being sold for $736. I was at home, bored and looking for something radical to do with my latest paycheque. It was 2017, and I heard the latest rumblings of a Moon Knight show for what felt like the eight thousandth time that year.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was touting that the company did have plans for the character, but slyly remarked, “Does that mean five years from now, 10 years from now, 15 years from now?” It was this comment that really swayed my opinion. I was convinced Moon Knight would be another Nova. A character clamoured for by fans but brushed aside in favour of more commercially viable options like She-Hulk. In a way, I was somewhat right. Moon Knight, was not officially announced until August of 2019, a whopping two years after I contemplated purchasing Werewolf by Night #32.
If I desired to purchase the same graded copy of the book now, I’d be looking at spending just over $6,200 (AUD). Damn.
Hindsight is a bittersweet thing. Looking back on it, I really should have jumped at the opportunity. Instead, I declined the offer, looking elsewhere. Instead of purchasing that specific comic, I ended up going for a 6.0, signed by Stan Lee copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #15, the first appearance of Kraven The Hunter for a few hundred dollars less.
Every time I see a leaked image from Moon Knight or hear Oscar Isaac discuss how excited he is for the series, there is a little part of me that beats myself up for not taking a pretty intriguing risk. I would be lying if I didn’t admit to releasing a “D’Oh” or two… or three. Luckily, the situation worked out for me. A little over two years later, Aaron Taylor-Johnson was cast as Kraven, and that 6.0 copy is now worth around $6,000 (AUD). That said, I do hope there is a Variant of myself out there who is enjoying the fact that he purchased both Werewolf by Night #32 and The Amazing Spider-Man #15, ‘cause I’m a little jealous of him.
Has this ever happened to you guys? Please, this could be a therapy session. Let me know in the comments.