Movie Based Comic Books: Godzilla

by Norman Robinson III

129433_14b233ca8f2a18f81e24f16f5fc32058fe9e40e5-200x300 Movie Based Comic Books: GodzillaThe latest trailer is out for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. I don’t know if this movie is going to be a classic or a classic waste of time. But it has packed into it some of the best actors and actresses in the last twenty years. Most notably Charles Dance lately of Game of Thrones appears in the movie. That is probably enough to get me to pay for a matinee. Do these old movie monsters, heroes, and saga’s hold value when placed into a comic book format? There is nothing more “pop culture” than the traditional monster movie. Boy do they have a killer movie ready for us in May; it looks as if they have pulled every monster out of mothballs to take on Godzilla. This Godzilla flick is so pop and Saturday matinee-ish most of the country will probably check it out. There is a comic book Godzilla, King of the Monsters #1 that shows some promise of a comic book based on a movie from Japan many years ago.



Godzilla, King of the Monsters #1

Marvel had some of the better artists and writers on this “pop-mag” back in the day. The comic Godzilla, King of the Monsters #1 had Doug Moench with Archie Goodwin (script) and Herb Trimpe on pencils. “Over the course of this series, Godzilla crosses all of the continental United States” to wind up where? You guessed the King of Monsters had to see the Big Apple before disappearing in the 24th issue in 1979, the final issue for the series.

img3-202x300 Movie Based Comic Books: GodzillaThe returns for Godzilla, King of the Monsters #1 over the last year are:

  • Grade 9.8 $190 FMV has returned positive +29.7
  • Grade 9.6 $80 FMV has returned positive +11.7%
  • Grade 8.5 $40 FMV has returned positive +3.7%
  • Grade 6.0 $38 FMV has returned positive +10.3%

The numbers speak for themselves since Godzilla can’t speak. These movie books are fantastic to play around with buy and sell tactics around the initial movie. Given the fact we have a month to go there is still plenty of comic book speculation for this walking atomic incinerator. Godzilla is just pure fun, besides look at the picture of Ghidrah the three-headed serpent. They have obviously spent some dollars on special effects, and apparently, we are going to be treated to the big three villain monsters that Godzilla always fights. Given that the short-term speculative horizon has been positive; what about the long-term viability of these kinds of books? In the long-term, a grade 9.8 has returned positive+67.7%. Not bad for a fan favorite from the Land of the Rising Sun.


9210773-225x300 Movie Based Comic Books: GodzillaGodzilla, King of the Monsters #1 (35 cent variant)

Much like the Star Wars comics from the 1970s, this book has limited distribution price variants in the $.35 cent range that are worth as much as $250 in the 48th Edition of the Overstreet Guide. This book has moved for some pretty decent coinage; as recent as September 2018 a copy sold on eBay for $815 and that was just a grade 9.4. Further, the grade 9.0 sold in June 2018 for $799. This copy grade 9.0 has had three sales and gives us an upside of positive +76.2%. This rare variant is a good one to keep an eye out for, as a clumsy retail clerk could easily overlook it. Buy Godzilla, King of the Monsters #1 flip it before the movie and pay for your matinee tickets, popcorn, or nachos and enjoy!





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