Scott (and Cassie) Lang Keys: Giant Books at Ant-Sized Prices

by Don Y

Screen-Shot-2021-01-12-at-7.33.32-PM-199x300 Scott (and Cassie) Lang Keys: Giant Books at Ant-Sized PricesIn his 42 years of existence, Scott Lang’s Ant-Man has never been more popular. He’s portrayed by fan favorite, Paul Rudd; he’s the star of two films that have grossed over $1.2 billion; he saves the day in the biggest movie of all time, Avengers: Endgame; and his third film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, will open next year. Nonetheless, in spite of his popularity, Scott Lang’s key comic books remain overlooked by investors. But why?

Avengers #181 (March 1979)

While most Scott Lang investors have purchased Marvel Premiere #47, MP #47 isn’t his first appearance — Avengers #181, published in 1979, is. Back in November 2020, a CGC 9.6 copy of this book sold for $185.00 on eBay and raw mid-grade copies sell for less than $20.00. Considering that this is a Bronze Age book that features the first appearance of an established and popular MCU character, this book is surprisingly inexpensive. Keep your eyes peeled for it so you can add it to your collection.

Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979)Screen-Shot-2021-01-12-at-7.40.54-PM-218x300 Scott (and Cassie) Lang Keys: Giant Books at Ant-Sized Prices

The market views Marvel Premiere #47 as the most important Scott Lang key. It’s easy to see why. Here, Scott appears as Ant-Man for the first time on its cover. This book is also important because it features the first appearance of Cassie Lang, (Scott’s daughter,) who may appear in a future Young Avengers movie as Stature or Stinger. This book is still very affordable; most raw copies of this book are selling for less than $75.00 on eBay. If Cassie appears in Young Avengers, it’s selling price could shoot up.

Compare Scott’s first appearance against the first appearance of one of his Bronze Age peers, Moon Knight, in Werewolf by Night #32. According to GoCollect, the fair market value of a CGC 9.8 copy of WBN #32 is approximately $35,000.00 or FIFTY times the value of a CGC 9.8 copy of Marvel Premiere #47. Although Moon Knight has a Disney+ series coming, his importance to the MCU simply cannot compare to Scott’s. In my opinion, Marvel Premiere #47 is way undervalued when compared against WBN #32 and has a much higher ceiling.

Avengers #223 (September 1982)

Screen-Shot-2021-01-12-at-7.42.52-PM-204x300 Scott (and Cassie) Lang Keys: Giant Books at Ant-Sized PricesBefore the MCU, this book already had a classic cover — Scott Lang’s Ant-Man riding one of Hawkeye’s arrows. Then, the Russo brothers paid homage to this cover by including this moment during the epic airport battle in Captain America: Civil War. This turned the book into a minor — but still very affordable — key. A CGC 9.6 recently sold for $39 on eBay and high-grade raw copies of Avengers #223 are selling for $12.00 or less. That’s ridiculously affordable.

Closing thoughts

Thanks to the MCU, Scott Lang’s Ant-Man has a place in pop culture history. And yet, when his key issues are compared to those of his peers — second-tier superheroes such as Moon Knight, Black Cat, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, who also made their first appearances during the 1970s — his are ant-sized in price.

Why do you think Scott Lang is still so affordable? What books do you own, or want to own? Let us know in the comments; we want to hear from you!

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2 comments

algonwolf January 29, 2021 - 10:07 am

I believe that you missed an important comparison that can be quite telling. Comparing Avengers 181 to Tales to Astonish 27 and MP 47 to TTA 35. This comparison shows that Hank Pym has lagged significantly behind his peers in terms of value, most likely due to lower popularity and using the character in a negative light (Trial of Hank Pym comes to mind). Scott Lang has suffered the same, he has never been a popular character in the Marvel Universe, and as such, his first appearance suffered. Once he made the transition to the MCU he is the least favourite amongst the MCU movies (ignoring the Hulk movies). This has helped his comic raise in price, likely close to the same percentage amount as his peers. I don’t think it is fair to expect his books to close the gap between his peers. If you look at WWbN 32 and MP 47 (or Avengers 181) prior to 2010 I would suspect that the gap has remained consistent, and that shows that the market is treating them exactly as expected. Now, I have not looked at that, but you could 🙂

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Nathan January 29, 2021 - 11:54 pm

The character has never been real popular. Appearing in the MCU has helped some but never going to be a mega key like other major heroes from this era. Plus you have the original Hank Pym version that people look at too. These should rise a little bit all the way until Ant-Man 3. I have all 3 books in my PC. Avengers 181 & Marvel Premiere 47 are CGC 9.4’s.

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