Less than a week after the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Marvel dropped the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Let’s take a look at how the market reacted.
First Warlock Appearance
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer gave us our first official MCU look at Adam Warlock in the MCU. Warlock is one of those Marvel characters who has had a number of “first” appearances. First, there was the first cameo as HIM at the end of Fantastic Four #67. Then there was the first full appearance as HIM in the pages of Thor #165. And finally, came Marvel Premiere #1, where we see HIM for the first time in his Adam Warlock guise. Collectors have been gravitating toward Thor #165 and Marvel Premiere #1 for the past few years, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that Fantastic Four #67 was the big beneficiary from the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer.
There are 3,726 graded copies of Fantastic Four #67 in the CGC census. In the five days post-release of the trailer, 11 copies were sold, as opposed to three copies selling in the five days prior to the trailer’s release. While it’s doubtful that this sales pace will continue much longer, it does represent a significant increase in sales volume.
The highest price paid was $389 for an 8.0 graded copy in an eBay auction on December 5. That’s down catastrophically from the high paid for this book in this grade: $1,427 in an eBay auction in October 2021. Sure, that was during the boom times a little over a year ago and all comics have dropped in price since. However, Fantastic Four #67 could very much be considered a buying opportunity right now.
This sale is lower than some sales going back to 2015. It’s doubtful that the price could continue to drop much lower, although stranger things have happened.
First Adam Warlock Redux
Speaking of those Adam Warlock first appearances, Marvel Premiere #1 saw three sales of graded copies since the trailer’s release, all selling on December 2. This doesn’t represent an increase in volume and trends toward the norm of multiple copies selling on the same day followed by a day or two of light or no sales.
As with Fantastic Four #67, prices are down markedly for Marvel Premiere #1. A 9.0 copy sold in an eBay fixed-price sale in August 2021 for $2,078. The sale on December 2? A slashed $813. What’s interesting, however, is the October 26 sale of a 9.0 in an eBay fixed price sale for $1,600, followed only a few days later by a $1,440 sale in an eBay auction for a 9.4 graded copy.
Clearly, there’s some volatility in pricing for Marvel Premiere #1, but in general it has been trending slightly upward since dropping to an average of $590 for a 9.0 in August.
A Talking Dog?
To go along with a talking tree and a talking raccoon, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special brought us the return of Cosmo, but this time in a speaking role. In the comics, Cosmo is male and made his first appearance in Nova #8. There are only 107 graded copies of this comic in the CGC census.
Since the Special debuted on Disney+, four graded copies have sold, an impressive number when you consider that it had been more than two months since a single graded copy had passed hands. Equally as impressive is the sale of a 9.8 on November 30 for a slashed $435, setting a new record high, besting the previous high of a slashed $350 set on June 25 by roughly 24%.
Even knowing Cosmo had appeared in past Guardians films, and we knew she would be in the Special, it’s a sign that there are still opportunities for surprises out there if you just know where to look.