Tomb of Dracula: Horrific Hidden Value

by Norman Robinson III

128024_c63b2e8c965fa3542fefc9c8c40da05a0815658d-193x300 Tomb of Dracula: Horrific Hidden ValueThe Tomb of Dracula comic book series gave birth to the Blade storyline. Blade the vampire hunter is born of both human and vampire after his mother is bitten. The guilty party that created Blade the Vampire Hunter is none other than Deacon Frost, Blade’s vampiric father. This was given short shrift in the early Blade movie with Wesley Snipes. But Frost was Blade’s progenitor. When Blade comes back to the MCU; then it is only a matter of time before an origin story is retold, right? That is when they will usher in Deacon Frost. Can the first appearance of Deacon Frost in Tomb of Dracula #45 deliver euphoric returns or will it only drain our bank accounts dry?

 

 

 

 

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Tomb of Dracula #45

Short-Term (18-Months)

  • Grade 9.8 $325 FMV returns positive +32.1%
  • Grade 9.6 $250 FMV returns positive N/A
  • Grade 9.4 $140 FMV returns positive +80%
  • Grade 9.2 $110 FMV returns positive +7.3%

With less than 30 sales over the last twenty years, this book is finally coming into its own. Most of the TOD comic book series (Tomb of Dracula), has been forgotten until now. But with the movie madness in the air. With Disney steamrolling the competition, its time has come. Marvel movies will make this book and many like it rise like the undead from some forgotten crypt. These forgotten comics with the gorgeous art of Gene Colan and marvelous Marv Wolfman scripts are becoming valuable time capsules.

Long-Term

  • Grade 9.8 $325 FMV returns positive +55.7%
  • Grade 9.6 $250 FMV returns positive +36.3%
  • Grade 9.4 $140 FMV returns positive +54%
  • Grade 9.2 $110 FMV returns negative -26%
  • Grade 9.0 $85 FMV returns negative -71.1%
  • Grade 8.0 $46 FMV returns positive +80%

Before you freak out about negative -71% returns know this; that is from two sales over 6 years ago. The short-term returns have been strong and in all likely hood continue to climb. Most of the knowledgable retailers don’t know what they have or how valuable these books can become. In fact, it is easily possible that 9.8 near mint which has sold as high as $325 will double or even triple in value over the course of media onslaught for the next Blade movie. The first one was awesome but unfortunately, we can’t draw any parallels because it was made prior to the available data on GoCollect. However, if we assume an average movie, with average media hype and an above-average actor playing the role. Yep, another hit and this book will explode like a staked vamp.

124171_3e13042bfc9b56f8178466fad2d454329a767662-203x300 Tomb of Dracula: Horrific Hidden ValueTomb of Dracula #6

This TOD #6 is just simply another amazing cover by Neal Adams. It also has art from Gil Kane, Gene Colan, with Gardner Fox writing this Moors story. The numbers are the most shocking thing about it. Neal Adams won an entire generation of converts to his fan club with art like this. In fact, during these years his Batman covers dominated. With Neal Adams at the helm on Monster on the Moors, this book has pumped up the profit percentages. It jumps out as a beautiful Bronze Age milestone. More importantly, it has absolutely stunning numbers take a look:

 

 

 

Long-Term

  •  Grade 9.8 has returned +91.2%
  • Grade 9.4 has returned +74.2%
  • Grade 9.2 has returned +51.1%
  • Grade 9.0 has returned +175%

Tomb of Dracula #6 is simply the power of Neal Adams art on a book. Even GoCollect has a recorded sale for near-mint at $956 recently, that is almost a $1,000 for a non-key book from the 70s!  This is simply a very strong Neal Adams cover that has a pull all its own. These returns are stupefying some near triple-digit. More than likely this will lead to an additional blog by me on this hidden horror value in the future. Bet on this issue to continue to increase as an interest in a new Blade movie builds.

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4 comments

Tim August 21, 2019 - 7:48 am

Loved this series!

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Norman Robinson III August 22, 2019 - 1:30 pm

yeah, it was great series and will continue to grow in value.

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skip melton August 27, 2019 - 12:50 pm

Does TOD #13 fit into this as well?

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Norman Robinson III August 27, 2019 - 2:11 pm

Yeah, the origin of Blade is, of course, a milestone.

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