I Missed Out On: Werewolf By Night #32

by Robert D'Ottavi

download-47-300x157 I Missed Out On: Werewolf By Night #32There’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:

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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.

My Takeaways:

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. https___specials-images.forbesimg.com_imageserve_5d63ec7b68cb0a0008c06928_0x0-300x91 I Missed Out On: Werewolf By Night #32

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.

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12 comments

steven Centonzo August 19, 2021 - 8:58 am

I call it “Lack of Buyers” remorse. I have remorse because I lacked the will, at that time, to make the purchase

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Mark August 19, 2021 - 11:46 am

sold my copy for $90 back in 2015 with plans to upgrade. Never got the upgrade. Worst comic move I ever made…. I’m a big WBN and Moon Knight fan too. D’oh!!!

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octoberland August 19, 2021 - 12:52 pm

I’ve had those moments no doubt. However, my tweak on it is more that I didn’t buy enough. I’ve waded through hundreds of copies over the past several years of all keys looking for “the one” to buy. Passing on low / mid range copies and letting high end slip by. For me, it’s not that most boats have passed but that I _knew_ I should buy the armada. Especially lower grade. That’s where I kick myself. That 1000AUD would be great now, but think about those lower mid grades you could have had for 30AUD and what they’re worth. Throw that at _all_ keys and…well you get it.

So my missed out moment was passing on hordes of mid and lower grade copies at a steal.

Nice write up, even if in the end it was more a tragedy.

– Craig Coffman

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Alex August 19, 2021 - 1:35 pm

I do not have the same story but something similar. My son keeps making fun of my Howard the Duck #1. As an 80s kid, the nostalgia of just having it makes me fill good inside. My youngest son has taunted me over the fact that Howard has only appeared briefly (can you even call it that?). So my hopes is that a movie, show, cartoon, some type of revitalization will happen to show him that you can invest in nostalgia. Not just to make a profit but more importantly things we invest in can and should appreciate with time, monetarily or better yet emotionally.

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Hobojo August 19, 2021 - 3:30 pm

I got a worst story than that I went to the big apple con when civil war came out and it was a huge deal I bought all the variants but I wanted a 1st appearance of someone so I went over to a table and told the dealer I have $40 left I want a big book he gives me a option of 4 books werewolf by night #32 savage she hulk #1 tomb of Dracula #10 and Godzilla #1 being the dumbass that I am (and the biggest Godzilla fan) I bought the Godzilla #1 and walked out the happiest person in the place jump ahead 15 years Godzilla #1 is still affordable even in 9.8

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Alain Le August 19, 2021 - 3:40 pm

Let me get this straight. You’re complaining? Do you realize your ROI on the ASM 15 especially if you purchased it for a few hundred dollars is higher than your ROI would be if you bought the WWBN32?

This is only a regret if you could have bought both of them. You chose one or the other, and in reality you made the better ROI choice.

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Robert D'Ottavi August 21, 2021 - 9:05 am

In the piece, I did point out how it did work out for me. However, I also said that it would have been nice to have them both.

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Ramithard August 19, 2021 - 4:46 pm

I had a chance to buy a raw Spidey # 14 , probably a 7.0 in 1992 for $425….passed on it….ouch

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Andy Baer August 19, 2021 - 4:48 pm

how about being young and now looking back at your collection and seeing I bought vs what I missed:
Bought almost every ASM from 80 -128 and missed 129 and started again at 130 and up?
Started buying Eternals at # 2
Started buying FF at # 51, (missing #50 by a month)
Started buying Iron Man at 50 but don’t have 55 for some reason, oh, also, stopped buying Iron Man at Vol 3, # 6 (Really?)
There are a few other, but you get the picture

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James Black August 19, 2021 - 8:47 pm

It was a hot June day in Crystal River, Florida. I was 8 years old and the year was 1975. I was there visiting my grandparents. I was with my grandfather and we were at a local grocery store. I was into comics for a year or so. I was looking at the spinner rack up front and a werewolf caught my eye. I liked the cover and asked my grandfather to buy it for me. It took a little wearing him down but he caved.

I was elated. I read it on the way home and read it many times over the years. It went to school with me. I wrote my name across the cover to keep anyone from stealing it. It’s been read so many times, it is almost worn out. My name is faded but the original cover id still there among the creases and rough edges.

It MIGHT grade out at a 0.5 – 1.0 at the most but you know what? It doesn’t matter to me. That copy of Werewolf By Night 32 along with an older copy of #8, ignited my love of comics. I’m currently going thru my collection and I will run across it once in a while. I’ll look at it and remember.

Not bad for 25 cents.

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Jay Pele August 20, 2021 - 6:31 am

I own a shop and just sourced a CGC 3.0 WWBN #32 for a long-time customer for $950US (it looks more like a 5.0-5.5 but it has water staining on the back), so you can still make it happen, but you may need to lower your grade expectations.

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mjholthaus August 29, 2021 - 2:26 pm

I owned a 9.0 copy of WBN #32 in 2003. It was the most expensive book I have ever bought at $650. I sold it shortly after buying it because it felt very extravagant for me and my financial situation at the time. I am sad but I know why I had to sell it. Over the years I have bought and sold all my comic collection two times. I feel it all has taught me how to collect better. I know I want to sell all my comics again before I die so my kids have more money than comics as none of them are in the hobby. It is what it is. It’s all going to turn to dust some day and all we can do is enjoy it while we can. I hope I am not irritating anyone. I have just come to accept that the mistakes I’ve made were for a reason at the time. Maybe they have taught me how to collect better and more carefully over the years so I pace myself and bring balance to my hobby.

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