Sneaky Moves: Are Golden Age Funny Animal Comics Laughing Their Way Up?

by Peter Daddone

Sneaky-Moves-300x157 Sneaky Moves: Are Golden Age Funny Animal Comics Laughing Their Way Up?They’re one of the most common Golden Age comic books to find funny animal/cartoon comics.  Several series are making sporadic sneaky moves up the Golden Age Charts.  However, there have been some recent eye-popping sales recently.  Are all the collectors who specialize in Golden Age Funny Animal comics about to get the last laugh?

No Double D’s (Donald or Disney) in This Post!

Merry-Melodies-205x300 Sneaky Moves: Are Golden Age Funny Animal Comics Laughing Their Way Up?When we talk about funny animal or cartoon comics (yes, there is a difference!), this sneaky moves post will focus on those titles without a “Duck” (as in Donald) or “Disney” in the title or owned property.  You would have to be stranded or a deserted island not to see those titles consistently on the charts.  That’s not the definition of a sneaky move!  Our Gang and Looney Tunes Merrie Melodies lead the sneaky moves way.  These titles have had a few issues listed each of the past few chart cycles, but are not moving enough up the charts to be recognized as a top-five, ten, or even 15 movers up the chart!

Both titles have two entries in the top 300 with some eye-catching results.  Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies  #20, CGC 8.0 sold for $576, while a CGC 9.2 Our Gang #14  sold for $1,400.   All four issues have moved of over 700 position spots on the chart.  These are all nice indications that Golden Age Funny Animal & Cartoon comics might qualify for sustained interest in their titles moving forward.

So, Where is the Investment Threshold?

new-funnies-2-212x300 Sneaky Moves: Are Golden Age Funny Animal Comics Laughing Their Way Up?Anytime a Donald Duck or Carl Banks Walt Disney comic comes your way you go for it, but do you take the same approach with other funny animals/cartoon comics?  I’m not so sure.  Although I love some of the New Funnies covers; especially New Funnies #104, Andy Panda and Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker comics are STILL running cold; even in this market!  I’m wondering if maybe taking a measured approach is what this genre calls for.  Maybe focus on ultra-high grade copies as anything in the 9.0 range seems to garner interest, but anything under 8.5 seems to be hit or miss.

Focusing on Our Gang and Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodie’s titles is a good idea because they follow three rules I like to follow when evaluating Golden Age Comics (Hint: Future Blog Post)!  1.Demand 2. Transcendence 3. Multiple Media Availability.  Mighty Mouse is one example that fits the three rule evaluation method.  The character transcends time with comics in the Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Copper Ages.  It was a hit TV show so the character transcends into other media types. 

“Tell Me More About This “Mighty Mouse You Speak Of”

mighty-mouse Sneaky Moves: Are Golden Age Funny Animal Comics Laughing Their Way Up? I think the Timely/Marvel 1944 series is a bit pricey right now with CGC 3.5 copies of #1 selling for close to $1,000.  I LOVE Adventures of  Mighty Mouse. The St. John’s series, not the Dell Series. Although the covers for the Timely/Marvel series can’t be beaten with this character, the St. John’s covers are pretty close and there are not many copies graded.  For example, Adventures of Mighty Mouse #11 has exactly ZERO copies graded! The first issue in the series (Issue number 2) had an 8.5 sell for $150 in 2018 so you may be able to get these cheaply and if in higher grade shape,  have a nice comic.

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