My Worst Comic Investments of 2022

by Don

121322C-1024x536 My Worst Comic Investments of 2022As we close out another year, it’s a good time to take stock of my comic book portfolio. And let’s face it — 2022 was a brutal year for many comic investors. As I look back on the investments I made in 2021, I sold several for a loss in 2022. Below are a few of those investing mistakes.

Eternals #1

Screen-Shot-2022-12-10-at-5.21.50-PM-197x300 My Worst Comic Investments of 2022Like many speculators, I was torched by investing in The Eternals. In early May of 2021, at the height of the comic boom, I purchased a CGC 9.2 of this book for $420. At that time, I felt okay about my purchase because this wasn’t a modern book and I felt Kevin Feige could turn The Eternals into pop culture icons just like he did with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

While I enjoyed the movie, it is now painfully clear that the Eternals would not have nearly the same impact on pop culture that the Guardians of the Galaxy did. Today, according to GoCollect, the FMV of a CGC 9.2 copy of this book is now $130. That may be a bit generous considering one 9.2 sold for a mere $43 during an auction on eBay in October. Ouch.

While it’s unlikely that I will ever recoup my investment in this book, it is important to note that an FMV of $130 in 2022 still far exceeds the value of this book back in March 2018 when it was selling for $60. If you purchased this book four years ago, you would’ve more than doubled your investment. In other words, this book hasn’t overcorrected, in my opinion, since it hasn’t fallen below its pre-comic boom value. Most people think of Eternals #1 as a terrible investment, but that’s actually not necessarily true — it depends on when you invested.

Savage She-Hulk #1

Screen-Shot-2022-12-10-at-5.21.31-PM-e1670905272341-196x300 My Worst Comic Investments of 2022This is another bronze age key issue that I made a big mistake on. It pains me to admit it, but I paid $560 for a CGC 9.6 copy of this book in June 2021. I felt okay about my investment at the time because this wasn’t a modern book and featured the first appearance of an important character — a character who’s been able to sustain her own series over the years. Today, according to GoCollect, the FMV of a CGC 9.6 copy of this book is now $220.

One thing that I didn’t pay close enough attention to regarding this book was the CGC Census. CGC has graded 3,290 9.6 copies of this book which is just a shockingly high number for a Bronze Age book. Consider another comparable book from the Bronze Age: Ms. Marvel #1. There are only 751 CGC 9.6 copies of that book on the CGC Census.

Like Eternals #1, even though this book has experienced a very steep drop, I don’t think it has overcorrected. Back in 2019, this same book was selling for around $180. This drop has just brought the value of this book to approximately where it should be in 2022.

Were you burned by investing at market highs during the comic book? If so, let us know in the comments section below so I don’t feel too badly!

Upgrade2_Footer My Worst Comic Investments of 2022*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not represent advice on behalf of GoCollect.

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Randy DeBower December 18, 2022 - 3:56 pm

Savage she-hulk was an under-appreciated book a few years back. The Stan Lee & John Buscema story is done in classic style!! Bought 3 copies @ the comic shop when it came out. LOVED the swiped Kirby style cover!! Had to wait all these years for it to really be appreciated. -So it’s down some now, but to be expected in this market, post Disney+ show.

GQGuyforComics December 18, 2022 - 9:41 pm

can you attribute this situation as mostly market manipulation ?

Sean December 21, 2022 - 10:13 pm

I think the Direct Sale copies of Savage She-Hulk #1 are going to be a very good investment in the long-term. In 1979, there were far fewer Direct Sale copies printed than newsstand copies. I think She-Hulk has become a major A-list character, and when Marvel makes a She-Hulk movie, look for CGC 9.6 and 9.8 copies of the much rarer Direct Sale version to skyrocket. I think the CGC census is meaningless if they don’t distinguish between the Direct Sale and Newstand copies in the census.

DiSalvo December 26, 2022 - 2:51 pm

I think there needs to be more articles like this. Where folks are reviewing what they did year long and how it ended up pro or con. This is a great way to balance out the hobby and keep it healthy, and not just have another pump and dump cycle which leads to a major crash and exodus from collecting like the 90s did.

Don December 26, 2022 - 5:34 pm

I can write more articles like this one!


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