Take a Swim in the Blue Ocean

by Ariel Lazo

blue-ocean-red-ocean-1024x683-1-300x200 Take a Swim in the Blue OceanYou have waited long enough! Time for a new list of Blue Ocean books! These are some books that were hot but now have cooled off due to collectors focusing on other books. So while everyone else is jumping on Ultimate Fallout #4, which don’t get me wrong I love and have, I wanted to give you some titles that have fallen by the waist side. Want to find out which ones made this list this round? Keep reading below…


Without further adieu, here are 5 Blue Ocean books to wet the appetite of any collector…

119915_36b84307cf3f28f13682d301914130d62c45e55c-200x300 Take a Swim in the Blue OceanFantastic Four #66 – First (cameo) appearance of HIM

Talk about a beautiful cover. This book features the first appearance of HIM, who we saw hinted at towards the end of Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Currently, we are still hearing little whispers of Adam Warlock making his way to the MCU but nothing set in stone yet. However, no one is jumping on this book right now making it easy for anyone to scoop up. Just on Fee-bay, oops sorry, eBay alone I have seen many copies under $60 in pretty decent shape. This may not be the next grail but it is still a great book to snatch up before Adam Warlock gets announced.

Fantastic Four #67 – First full appearance of HIM

Although some say that his first full appearance is in Thor #165, Marvel mentions that it is Fantastic Four #67 here. With the iconic cocoon cover, how could you not want this book in your collection? I mentioned this book too because if you are going to get #66 you might as well get #67. Just like when you get Fantastic Four #48, you gotta get Fantastic Four #49 and #50. They just all go together. Now this one is a little more pricey than the prior one but much more worth it as well. Plenty of these books going around for under $100 right now. Just remember, these two books are the first appearances of HIM. The name Adam Warlock does not get used till Marvel Premiere #1 when HIM is given the name Warlock by the High Evolutionary.

Iron Fist #14 – First full appearance of Sabretooth607456_iron-fist-14-jpg-197x300 Take a Swim in the Blue Ocean

Ok, so the prices are slowly starting to creep up on these books here but the books are getting better! With so much talk about Wolverine and the X-Men, Sabretooth is bound to make a leaping appearance. The rivalry between Logan and Sabretooth is iconic, to say the least! I still remember seeing them tear each other apart on the 90’s cartoon series. Anyone who has seen the show and loves Wolverine needs this book. It has had some spikes in the past but right now it is comfortable hanging out on the back burner with no one paying too much attention to it. I have seen some good deals in the $200 and less range for this book.

Amazing Spider-Man #121 – Death of Gwen Stacy

There has always been a slight schism between Spider-Man fans as to who is the best, Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy. Mary Jane is the one that Peter marries but Gwen is the one mistake she can never live down. Gwen is the one failure that he can never live down. When Green Goblin threw Gwen off a bridge, Spidey tries to save her by shooting a web to grab her. Unfortunately, the pressure of her sudden stop due to the pull of the web caused her to break her neck and die. Gwen’s death is one that he feels solely responsible for. But wait! There is a bright side! She has made an amazing comeback in the movie, Into the Spider-Verse, giving her a future that has yet to be written in the MCU. Copies are selling in the $200’s and below for a low to mid-grade book. It will behoove you to grab this book up now before it is out of reach.

171460_e1e49a430fd60272eb29e16a8e07f9530d5ea8b8-195x300 Take a Swim in the Blue OceanAmazing Spider-Man #361 – First full appearance of Carnage

This one has seen some spikes, especially after seeing Cletus Kasady in the Venom movie. Carnage is the offspring of our favorite anti-hero, Venom. He will be the key character in the next movie Venom: Let there be Carnage. It has dropped slightly due to the attention of collectors being placed elsewhere, but once we get closer to the trailer for Venom 2, it will spike right back up again. In the high grades, it has been holding steady at about $400. Mid-grade books are still very affordable, especially if you look in the right places. I say this would be a great book to grab at a great price. It all depends on how good Carnage is played on the big screen. Either way, I am glad to see Carnage finally getting the limelight. There are so many possibilities for him including bringing in the Red Goblin! So go find yourself a deal and snag this while you can!

Bottom Line

I hope I have been able to shed some light or inspired you to look at other books, not on the hotlist. If you want to know more about the Red Ocean/Blue Ocean theory of acquiring comics, I suggest you check out my previous posts or check out Regie Collects on YouTube. He is the same host you see on the GoCollect Wednesday Spec video, which obviously you should watch as well because he does a great recapping on the weekly blogs shown here. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to reach out to me. I always answer all comments, even though it may take me some time due to work.

Hope you enjoyed! Till Next Time, Happy Hunting!


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DIMITRA July 10, 2020 - 4:18 am

Hello! I appreciate your job, so i would like to know your opinion about something.
one friend make a propasal to trade my 9,8 ASM-NEWSTAND EDITION, with his 9,6 ASM 300.
what would you think about that?

Ariel Lazo July 13, 2020 - 10:32 am

Hi Dimitra!
I would love to help! Which issue of ASM are you trading? I see you have a 9.8 newsstand but unsure on the issue. If it the #361 in the blog that you have and he wants to trade a ASM 300 for it, I personally would take the 300. Venom has been established in the movies and in the comics. The Venom run by Donny Cates is spectacular. Carnage is great but we haven’t seen much on him. It will take longer for it to go up in value which is why its great to snatch up now before it does. But the deal all depends on what book you are trading and also how you feel about the books themselves.

Let me know if that is the issue you are talking about or not so I can help you out more. Thank you!


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