“Shock and Awe”: Secret Wars #1

by Norman Robinson III

Secret-Wars-300x157 "Shock and Awe": Secret Wars #1The Secret Wars series was kind of a first and is credited with the beginning of a new era of comics, the Copper Age. It brought all the major superheroes together against the most dastardly villains of Marvel. The end result was not what anyone expected. Now, years later, this book is shocking and awe-inspiring yet again. This time, in a good way for collectors, investors, and speculators. They have seen incredible bursts of profit potential in this Copper Age classic.

Several months ago, I sold one of my investments in Secret Wars #1 grade 9.8. Now, the question is do I sell the other one I own? However, what if this book continues to advance in price returns? I don’t want to end up with a debacle and see this book in the $3,000s in a month or two. What to do? Let’s review Secret Wars #1 over the last 60 days and see if, it is a worthwhile investment.

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1 secret-wars-1 "Shock and Awe": Secret Wars #1

Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1 is the first title in the series and was created in 1984 by Jim Shooter (script) and Michael Zeck (pencils). This was the first time multiple comic characters crossed over in Marvel, though it wouldn’t be the last. Now, it has taken the speculation world by storm and everyone is asking the same question, can it go higher?

What do the professionals say?

I talked to one industry professional grader and presser and his response regarding Secret Wars #1 was right in line with my own. He said, “The book is heavily printed, I don’t see it happening for over $1000!” Further, he exclaimed, “I don’t think the book is worth that much, even in a grade 9.8!”

Ok. Well, the last line shook me out of lethargy. Later, I am probably going to sell my remaining copy as I have some raw copies that could still be slabbed for additional profit or to hold. The numbers below are actually very positive for this book, especially in the upper grades.

Title Grade Price 60-day Return Trend 1-Year Return Trend
Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #1 9.8 $850 +8.2 +130%
9.6 $223 +22.6% +94%
9.4 $223 +22.6% +116%

maxresdefault "Shock and Awe": Secret Wars #1Conclusion

In conclusion, I believe as time goes by, this book will continue to increase in price. I just don’t think the growth is going to be as “fever-pitched” as the recent growth spurt.  In addition, I did an article on this comic several months ago that may help with a factoid:

39aac3caa60af4fea9db02ce0b4ab275 "Shock and Awe": Secret Wars #1Little Known Fact:

“Secret Wars was a best-seller when it was published in 1984, selling more copies than any other comic in the previous 25 years.”  (Source: Wiki)

Therefore, as a best-seller, this book was definitely over-published. This leads to the inescapable conclusion that now is time to sell for investors and speculators.  Bottom line, get over the “shock and awe” and sell this puppy before it drops as if hit by Titania from Secret Wars #3.

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Mark May 15, 2021 - 12:48 pm

Secret Wars #1 is heavily printed. If people are looking for something a bit less printed and lower in census numbers the second print #1 is a nice option . If you’re ok with second printings. Nice article

Norman Robinson III May 21, 2021 - 6:06 am

Thanks, I will look into the second print. Nam

Jeff Gunther May 15, 2021 - 2:13 pm

Actually, the first time multiple Marvel characters appeared together in one title was not Secret Wars 1, it was Contest Of Champions a few years earlier.

Norman Robinson III May 21, 2021 - 6:06 am

I might not have touched on this but I don’t believe it had the same buildup or multi-title crossover. According to Wiki it had geopolitical considerations and was originally going to be about Summer Olympics in 1980. Once the U.S. pulled out they had to call it something else and did. Further, I don’t see full teams represented there only individual characters. Anyways, as always I appreciate the constructive criticism. Nam

Pugilisticphilosopher May 21, 2021 - 11:54 am

I never liked Secret Wars. If The Beyonder was not so lame, maybe I could have gotten into it. In any event, I own a #1 and think it is one to hold for now. If there is a movie coming, and even the creators are saying there is, then now is not the time to sell. Lots of room for growth, but I don’t see it going above 1200.

Norman Robinson III May 27, 2021 - 3:00 pm

I understand, I enjoyed the Secret Wars 1-6. But after that, it got too campy and silly for me and the Beyonder honestly seemed like lazy writing.


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