Undervalued & Overlooked Comics 2/3 – Copper Age

by Douglas Ohlandt

012523D-1-1024x536 Undervalued & Overlooked Comics 2/3 - Copper AgeIt’s time for more Undervalued and Overlooked Comics, where we identify a few issues each week that could be overlooked, undervalued, or both and may be worth considering for your collection. This week, we’re looking at a few key Marvel comics from the Copper Age.  Let’s get started.

First Mutant Crossover Event

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In 1986, Marvel started what would for many years become a tradition – the mutant crossover event. The very first of these events was the Mutant Massacre, a storyline that would run through the pages of Uncanny X-Men, X-Factor, New Mutants, Thor, and Power Pack. The prologue, the issue that started the whole thing off, was Uncanny X-Men #210.

With so many X-Men keys, it’s easy to miss this issue, making it an often overlooked, undervalued, and important issue in the run.

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There are 1,014 graded copies of Uncanny X-Men #210 in the CGC census, with 9.6 being the most common grade. Looking at this grade, we see a comic that fluctuates in value quite a bit. Since the beginning of December, it has sold for as low as $46 and as high as $79, a 42% price swing.

In general, you can find a 9.6 in the $45 to $55 price range and a 9.8 for less than $200. All that for a great comic with a compelling story and history and a great John Romita Jr. cover.

She-Hulk Joins the Fantastic Four

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After Secret Wars, Ben Grimm left the Fantastic Four to wander in space. Needing a replacement, the FF reached out to She-Hulk, beginning a storied tenure with the team, and the start of John Byrne’s long association with the character. Her first issue as a member of the FF was Fantastic Four #265.

There are 227 graded copies of this comic in the CGC census with more than 30% in the 9.8 and 9.6 grades. In the 9.6 grade, the price reached a peak of $165 in March 2022. It then dropped all the way down to $31 in two eBay auctions in November, but has since rebounded to $86 in an eBay sale on January 12.

While I don’t ever see this being a mega-key, it’s certainly selling for a low price and is frequently overlooked by collectors. It was even pretty much ignored during the run-up to She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Todd McFarlane Starts His Run on Incredible Hulk

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Considering the level of Todd McFarlane’s fame and the prices we see for much of his Spider-Man and Spawn work, you would think that his first work on the Hulk in Incredible Hulk #330 would be more noticed by collectors. There are 850 graded copies of this comic in the CGC census.

Recent sales include a 9.8 selling for just $76 and a 9.6 selling for $75. These are incredibly low prices to pay for this book. This is where the McFarlane art that everyone knows and loves really blossomed, and where he was first really noticed by the collecting public.

Without his work on Incredible Hulk, I hesitate to imagine where he would be. Still a fantastic artist, obviously, but would he have been as noticed by fans? Give this book a place in your collection. It’s deserving.

Well, that’s all we have time for this week.  Join us next week as we take a look at some undervalued and overlooked Golden Age comics.

Do you think Uncanny X-Men #210, Fantastic Four #265 and Incredible Hulk #330 are undervalued, overlooked, or both?  Let us know below.

00080221C_Green-Footer Undervalued & Overlooked Comics 2/3 - Copper Age*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not represent advice on behalf of GoCollect.

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