In 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.
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)
Before 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.
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!