Getting the most return on your investments. That’s the bottom line when it comes to buying comics, right? Sure, we’re all fans, but in the end, we want to make profits.
With that in mind, we’re going to spotlight some of the dependable comics that you can invest in and be pretty sure you’ll at least break even.
I’m consulting GPAnalysis for CGC comics for this particular article. One thing to note is that, besides it only focusing on CGC-graded comics, there’s also lots of uneventful comics listed on their market report for best returns on investments. For instance, the comic with the highest return on the report is “Amazing Spider-Man” #327, which has no significant appeal and is not a key issue.
For my purposes, I’m looking at key issues that have the potential for bigger returns.
According to the GPA comic analysis, “Rick & Morty” #1 has seen a 16.08% return on investments. This has been a hot issue since it debuted in 2015, and the price keeps increasing on high grades of the first issue. Whether it’s the standard edition or any of the plethora of variants, these all seem to be selling well.
What happens if you can’t get a reasonably-priced copy of “Rick & Morty” #1? (By reasonable, I’m thinking something below $200; some of the more rare variants at high grades are selling for insane amounts.) The other early issues of the series are doing well on the graded market, too. “Rick & Morty” #2, at a NM 9.8 grade, is averaging over $150, while “R&M” #3 is averaging just shy of $100. In fact, issues #4 and #5 are bringing in the same prices as #3.
Discerning collectors will immediately recognize the importance of “San Diego Comic-Con Comics” #2. A free giveaway for attendees at SDCC 1993, this comic was the first published appearance of Hellboy. In the issue, there is a four-page, black-and-white Hellboy story. Since it was intended as something free for SDCC fans, there were only 1,500 of these printed, which drives up the price.
Interest in Hellboy has spiked recently. Next month, he will be a downloadable character on the popular fighting game “Injustice 2,” despite Hellboy being a Dark Horse Comics property whereas characters in the game are majority DC Comics creations. There’s also the production that’s taking place on the “Hellboy” film franchise reboot that promises a horror-themed, rated-R version of the character.
With a 10.41% average return on investment, you can expect more collectors to seek out “The Mighty Thor” #412. Why is this comic getting attention? It is the debut of the New Warriors as a superteam. Although they had a cameo in “Thor” #411, the first full appearance in “The Mighty Thor” #412 saw the New Warriors help out the God of Thunder against Juggernaut.
In case you haven’t been in the loop, Disney/Marvel Studios is planning to bring the team to the Marvel Cinematic Universe next year with a television show on Freeform. Featured in the show will be Squirrel Girl, Mister Immortal, Night Thrasher (whose first appearance is in “Thor” #411), Speedball, Microbe, and Debrii. Since Squirrel Girl is already an established character in her own right, her being spotlighted in “New Warriors” will only add to her popularity. That being said, you’ll want to get your hands on “Marvel Super-Heroes” #8 because in those pages you’ll find Squirrel Girl’s debut.