The Many First Appearances of Kamala Khan

by Don Y

032221F_KamalaKhan-300x157 The Many First Appearances of Kamala KhanEven though she hasn’t even appeared yet in her own Disney+ series, Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel is already a certifiable star. She’s already appeared in numerous animated films (you can catch them on Disney+) and the value of her key issues has soared in recent years.

Due to the huge number of variant covers that Marvel has released in recent years, Ms. Marvel‘s most valuable early appearance isn’t that easy to figure out. She has several cameo appearances along with different variants of those issues. Interestingly, the variants of her first two cameo appearances are much more valuable than her first full appearance.

Let’s take a look.

Captain Marvel #14 Variant Edition (Sept. 2013)

Screen-Shot-2021-02-15-at-2.39.57-PM-195x300 The Many First Appearances of Kamala KhanThis is Kamala’s very first appearance before she became Ms. Marvel. In this issue, we see Kamala on ONE panel watching Captain Marvel fighting a villain on a city street. She’s also not named in the comic, so it’s not entirely clear to me how we know the woman on the left side of the second panel of pg. 5 is indeed Kamala Khan (if someone knows the answer to that question, please respond in the comments below).

Raw, high-grade copies of Captain Marvel #14 sell for around $250 on eBay. To me, this seems like a lot for an unnamed, single panel appearance. According to GoCollect, the FMV of a CGC 9.8 copy of the variant seen as a part of this blog costs a whopping $3,700. Its rarity has driven up its price; according to the CGC Census, CGC has graded only 49 copies of this issue.

Captain Marvel #17 2nd Print Variant Cover Art (Jan. 2014)

Screen-Shot-2021-02-14-at-11.17.13-PM-193x300 The Many First Appearances of Kamala KhanKamala Khan makes another very brief appearance on one pg. 30 of Captain Marvel #17. It’s definitely a cameo appearance because you only see her from behind and don’t see her face.

Even though this issue isn’t even her first cameo appearance and it’s a second printing, the market highly values this variant. According to GoCollect, the FMV of a CGC 9.8 copy of the variant seen here is a whopping $2,350. Although not nearly as rare as the CM #14 variant, this issue is somewhat hard to find; according to the CGC Census, CGC has graded only 438 copies of this issue. Sellers on eBay have sold 20 CGC 9.8 copies of this book during the past year; those copies increased by 54% during that period of time.


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Just a few months later, Kamala Khan would finally make her first full appearance as Ms. Marvel in All New Marvel Now! Point One #1.

This is an unusual situation where the first full appearance is worth less than the cameo appearances. According to GoCollect, the FMV of a CGC 9.8 copy is approximately $750. Rarity at least partially explains the price differential. This issue is the easiest to find among the comics discussed in this article; according to the CGC Census, CGC has graded 1,160 copies of this issue.

Interestingly, the value of this book has actually decreased over the past year. Specifically, in most high grades (i.e., 9.0 through 9.6), the value of this book has dropped as much as 24%. It’s difficult to explain why this occurred; perhaps a collector unloaded a huge number of excess copies of these at below market price? On the other hand, it could also be a good time to buy the dip?

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octoberland March 25, 2021 - 12:36 pm

I just talked about this in the comments on the recent Bloggerdome. CM14 is a garbage first and soooo thin that I just do not believe it. I know it was supposedly stated by one of the creators that it was her, but I believe it was a retcon. No proof, but it feels more like the picture inspired the idea for the ethnicity and then they said it was her. Like ‘what if someone there saw CM do awesome stuff and became inspired’ type scenario. Regardless, it is stamped an approved so we have what we have.

CM17 is a Hulk 180 type treament, but the cover on the 2nd makes sense to me that people want this issue. IMHO the best book for fans is the ANMPON as you have a cover app / full story / takes moniker Ms. Marvel. But I only get to play along and not make the rules 🙂

In the end, though, I’m just thrilled she’s getting so much traction. I really like her and am excited to see her come to life.

Great write up on a wonderful character!

– Craig Coffman

DISCLAIMER: I own many KK books discussed here so I have a bias. Take my opinions with a grain of salt.

Ruben March 25, 2021 - 2:03 pm

Hi Don.

To answer your question about Captain Marvel 14. The Marvel website says that the unnamed woman (face shown) in the one panel you spoke of is Kamala Khan. So yes, it’s a cameo. Captain Marvel 17 is her second cameo, but while she’s on 5 panels of an entire page, you don’t see her face like you do in CM14. You do however clearly see that she has powers when her arm grows to a large size. Personally, I like the slow burn reveal and found it brilliant. The following data may also help explain commands in pricing.

Captain Marvel 14 (1st appearance in one-panel unnamed face cameo)
1st print (9/2013). No 2d print.
Cover A 959 CGC graded (495 are 9.8)
Variant (1 for 30) 49 graded (16 are 9.8)
Newsstand 14 graded (3 are 9.8)
Conclusion: The 1/30 variant is much more rare than the regular A cover. The Newsstand version is by far the most rare of all comics containing Kamala Kahn’s very first, second and full appearances and may well be the Kamala Khan grail.

Captain Marvel 17 (2d appearance in 1 page 5 panel unnamed no-face cameo)
1st print (1/2014)
2d print (2/2014)
Cover A 398 CGC grade (250 are 9.8)
Cover B (1 for 20) 36 graded (22 are 9.8) totally unrelated Thor cover
17C 2d print 471 graded (236 are 9.8) phenomenal full Khan cover
Conclusion: The 1/20 Cover B is much rarer than Cover A but it has a totally unrelated cover featuring Thor, and the art is (in my opinion) meh. While the 2d Print has only 14 fewer 9.8s than Cover A, the grand cover splash featuring not just Kamala Khan but wearing her Ms Marvel suit in her now iconic pose is surely why this is the version most people want.

All-New Marvel Now Point One #1 (1st full appearance)
1st print (3/2014)
2d print (4/2014)
Cover A 1271 graded (275 are 9.8) small pic of Khan on cover
Cover B Variant (1 for 75) 81 graded (18 are 9.8) Khan not on cover
Cover B 2d print 107 graded (30 are 9.8)
Conclusion: Price demand here seems to reflect straight up rarity.

All the best

and1far March 25, 2021 - 7:32 pm

If you send a book to CGC and have it cleaned and pressed does it make it a restored grade.
Thanks Andy

Dylan March 25, 2021 - 10:45 pm

No. Only if repairs/touch ups are done is a book considered restored.


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