Another installment of examining a batch of comic book characters that were likely heavily speculated on surrounding their silver screen debut, but now less so. It just so happens that the characters to be featured here all happen to be more human in power level: Jane Foster, Peggy Carter, Sharon Carter, Batroc The Leaper. Yes, Jane is set to appear as Thor, but until that pans out, she still fits the bill.
Taking a step back from the What If #10 or Thor #1 debate, we’re going to examine the market for the Jane Foster key that triumphs over both, her 1st appearance book of Journey into Mystery #84. Also of significance is that the issue contains the only appearance of Comrade Executioner and the second Silver Age appearance of Thor. In Journey into Mystery #84, Jane Foster (medical nurse, not astrophysicist) travels with Donald Blake to San Diablo in order to help the civilians caught in the middle of a civil war.
To put it simply, the market for Journey into Mystery #84 looks pretty good. The book on both the higher end grades (CGC 7.0/6.5/6.0) and lower end (5.0/4.5/4.0) have all been on a strong positive trend for the greater part of the last two decades. Not only is the continued rate of growth impressive, but the breadth of history of said growth is even more uncommon.
Outside of the praises for the book, it is important to take note of an acceleration of the growth in sales prices in early 2018. This may cause concerns of it being a spike from news associated with Jane Foster becoming Thor in the next Thor: Love and Thunder movie; to that end, the timing of the increase in sales prices began its upward move well over a year before the Thor: Love and Thunder news. This current upward move should remain sustained; with the market outlook fairly positive.
Aspects of Margaret “Peggy” Carter’s first appearance are split up between a few books, between named, unnamed, and shadows; the one we’ll focus on first is Peggy’s first full appearance in Tales of Suspense #77. Like Peggy, the issue is also the first full appearance of Ultimo; he previously cameoed in Tales of Suspense #76 while being created (reprogrammed) by the Mandarin.
As for the market of the book; below are sales data for CGC 9.4/9.2/9.0. Sales prices have trended flat for about a decade from 2003 to 2013. The timing of the upward move interestingly didn’t occur until a few years after the Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) movie but rather more was influenced by the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Since then, the higher end of the sales price range have increased, but at the same time; the range is still very wide due to the low volume of sales.
Tales of Suspense #77 for the long-term is relatively low risk, but it doesn’t offer the slow and steady that would be optimal for a long-term investment. Again, the large price range the book sells for is cause for caution. As for the outlook, Ultimo might offer a small bump in the market for the book. As the Mandarin takes his place in the MCU, his doomsday machine Ultimo could certainly provide a way to tie together an Earthly plot to Ultimo’s intergalactic origins.
In a single flashback panel of an obfuscated and unnamed love interest of Captain America, Tales of Suspense #75 marks the first cameo appearance of Peggy Carter. While this cameo pales in comparison to the above full appearance book, thankfully Tales of Suspense #75 also contains the first appearances of Sharon Carter/Agent 13 and the villainous Batroc The Leaper. At the time, Sharon Carter was the sister of Peggy; later changed to be Peggy’s niece.
The market for Tales of Suspense #75 is similar to that of the above Tales of Suspense #77. It had a very low volume of sales and minimal movement until 2013, likely due to speculation surrounding Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). Between the low volume before 2013 and the high volatility after, this book is not suitable for a long-term investment. The sales prices post-2013 are indeed elevated, but it lacks the necessary aspects needed for it to sustain any upward trend.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- Journey into Mystery #84 (1962) – BUY
- Tales of Suspense #77 (1966) – HOLD
- Tales of Suspense #75 (1966) – SELL
“I could tell her. How I was Thor. How I am Valkyrie. But Valkyrie’s not all I am. And if the secret gets out, it means saying goodbye to a relatively normal life as Jane Foster. And I’m not quite ready to stop being a doctor to be a full-time super hero. Why can’t I be both?” – Jane Foster
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