Market Reaction – Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special & Vol. 3 Trailer

by Douglas Ohlandt

120722A-1024x536 Market Reaction - Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special & Vol. 3 TrailerLess 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

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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.

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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

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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?

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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.

Are you excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Did you enjoy the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special? Let us know below.

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Steve December 9, 2022 - 7:46 am

They gender switched…a dog? I weep for this society

Redskydigger December 19, 2022 - 11:19 am

Yup, it’s a sad sad situation and it’s going to be a lot worse. They are starting to redefine physics in the terms of non science. Bizarro….

Sean December 11, 2022 - 5:05 pm

Interesting info about Adam Warlock:

He has 3 first appearances.
He died 3 times in his early history.
He is a hero…and a villain (as the Magus).
His name has nothing to do with an actual Warlock (even though stupid Marvel later turned him into a Dr. Strange type character).
He couldn’t fly without destroying the entire Beehive complex.
He later flew by the power of the soul gem.

Sean December 12, 2022 - 7:00 pm

Just wanted to add to my previous comments about Warlock’s ability to fly and how he became more powerful as time went on:

In Incredible Hulk #178, Warlock was “cocooned” as a death sentence by the Man-Beast. Even though it wasn’t a cocoon of his own body’s making, Warlock was able to beat death and metamorphosize into a more powerful version of himself. This imporved Adam Warlock was now able to fly without creating a destructive force in the process and do so independently of the soul gem’s power, apparently by the power of an inhanced mental ability gained as a result of the metamorphosis. He also gained an increased cosmic awareness that caused him to leave Counter Earth and explore the universe.

I think Adam Warlock as a super-powered character has a lot of potential that, sadly, has been overlooked and neglected by Marvel over the years. Marvel seemed to focus on the power of the infinity gems rather than on Adam Warlock’s own powers.


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