The horror genre never gets old, it takes many forms in the movies. It might make you hide behind the popcorn tub, watching a moron get a splitting headache from some ax-wielding maniac, or, that blood-curdling scream that sets your hair on end; maybe it’s when you yell at the teenage girl on screen, “Do not to open the door you fool!” Yep, horror can really get your blood pressure up. Horror comics have a similar surreal effect. The Bronze Age especially so, because the writing was fun, and the art from guys like Mike Ploog was off the hook. What are the top five horror books from last month and are they profitable or on a path straight to Hell?
This classic Swamp Thing tale was created in 1974 by Len Wein (script) and Bernie Wrightson (art). It is a Wrightson cover and highly sought after. This book managed to come in as the fifth most popular book of the Bronze Age last month. It is currently ranked #104 on GoCollect. What sort of returns has this bog beast exfoliated?
- Grade 9.8 recent sale $235 returns positive +19.7%
- Grade 8.5 recent sale $46 returns positive +123.6%
- Grade 5.0 recent sale $28 returns positive +47.4%
Swampy is not just full of gas, there is some real get up and go in Swamp Thing issues, especially from the Wrightson/Wein era.
The first appearance of Jack Russell as Werewolf by Night was in Marvel Spotlight #2. This fanged fiend was created by Roy Thomas (script) and the trifecta of Neal Adams, Mike Ploog, and Bill Everett (pencils). It comes in as the fourth most popular horror comic of the Bronze Age last month. It is currently ranked #99th on GoCollect. Is Jack Russell a fearsome profit-producing beast of the night; or simply a Terrier puppy?
- Grade 9.6 recent sale $2600 returns positive +24.4%
- Grade 7.5 recent sale $299 returns positive +162.1%
- Grade 4.0 recent sale $187 returns positive +147.4%
Jack Russell is apparently “no joke” and has the profit incisors to prove it. Did you catch that return on grade 7.5? That grade 7.5 has returned +162.1%!
The first appearance of Swamp Thing comes in ranked as the third most popular Bronze Age horror last month. It sits at 69th ranked on GoCollect for the era. This iconic cover and powerhouse horror creation by Bernie Wrightson is rare and very hard to find in retail stores. Can this first appearance make speculation profits?
- Grade 9.8 recent sale $44,999 returns positive +476.9%
- Grade 8.0 recent sale $1887 returns positive +113.7%
- Grade 5.0 recent sale $900 returns positive +84.7%
This has always been a solid book and after some recent pullback by the cancelation of the exquisite Swamp Thing TV series on DC Universe TV; it will probably always be rock solid. The last top sale of $44,999 is positively supernatural in scope.
The first appearance of Blade rounds out the second-place most popular Bronze Age book last month. It has the #36 ranking on GoCollect’s Bronze Age list. Can this vamp-superhero help us suck the speculation marrow from Tomb of Dracula #10?
- Grade 9.6 recent sale $5041 returns positive +224%
- Grade 8.0 recent sale $988 returns positive +158.4%
- Grade 5.0 recent sale $425 returns positive +91.5%
This is the first appearance of Moon Knight. Now, I know Moonie (Moon Knight) is a superhero, but in this horror genre book, he was portrayed as the villain. After all, the hero of the story is the Werewolf by Night. Werewolf by Night #32 is the number one, top-ranked horror book for the Bronze Age last month. It ranks #17 on GoCollect’s Bronze Age list.
- Grade 9.8 recent sale $50,000 returns positive +241.5%!
- Grade 8.0 recent sale $1475 returns positive +87.9%
- Grade 4.5 recent sale $799 returns positive +95%
“By the will of Khonshu,” check out that grade 9.8 return of +241.5% for Werewolf by Night #32 that is enough to make anyone howl at the moon!
Once we get a movie or TV show, or even a trailer dropped; this book will fly. Now, if by some genius-level writing, directing and acting, they manage to make Moon Knight as popular as Batman; watch this book go nuclear. Get ready speculators, have your Moon Knight Truncheon handy, configured as a grappling hook to latch on for the ride of a lifetime.
GoCollect is the #1 comic book price guide for tracking sales data of all graded comic books in real-time. Fair market values are now at your fingertips. Check out all the features at www.gocollect.com