Undervalued & Overlooked Comics 4/28 – Copper Age

by Douglas Ohlandt

042623A-1024x536 Undervalued & Overlooked Comics 4/28 - 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. Let’s get started.

Second ‘X’ Book

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When Marvel brought back Jean Grey in the pages of Avengers #263 and Fantastic Four #286, the event led directly to the creation of the third Marvel mutant comic book and only the second with ‘X’ in the title – X-Factor. X-Factor #1 was easily one of the best-selling comics of 1986.

Teaming together the original X-Men, this X-Men companion comic would be a part of many of the big mutant crossovers of the late 1980s. And yet, collectors have never really embraced this comic.

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There are 2,802 graded copies of X-Factor #1 in the CGC database. The value of 9.8s has absolutely cratered, with the 30-day average down to $109. That’s down to nearly a quarter of the peak price of $425 set in 2019. Even as recently as July 2022 a 9.8 would set you back $249.

This is clearly a book that has overcorrected. That being said, it wouldn’t shock me to see it drop a little further still. In today’s market, anything is possible. If it drops below $100, though, that strikes me as a good time to invest.

Superman Gets Engaged

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Back in 1990, Superman suddenly became a hot commodity again. What caused this? Well, Clark Kent finally popped the question to Lois Lane in Superman #50, she said yes, and fandom went nuts. It was an incredibly hot comic at the time and difficult to hunt down. However, it was overshadowed a couple years later by the death of Superman. Since then, no one has really cared.

With a scant 84 graded copies and few sales to speak of, collectors have completely forgotten about this once-hot comic. It’s an incredibly undervalued and overlooked comic that you could likely find for $50 or less, and one with a pivotal moment in the history of the man of steel.

Start of Moon Knight’s Longest Series

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Moon Knight has always felt like a Marvel character on the cusp of greatness. The original Moench/Sienkiewicz series ended just as it was reaching a creative high point. There had been a mini-series after that no one cared too much about. And then came Marc Spector: Moon Knight #1 in 1989.

This would be the start of a whole new Moon Knight series, and one that would last longer than any other. Unfortunately, the series isn’t very good. It lacks much of the mystical and metaphysical aspects of the relationship with Khonshu. Most importantly, the multiple personalities are gone. Instead of Marc, Steven, and Jake, we just get Marc. That didn’t stop prices from being driven up prior to the start of the Moon Knight Disney+ series.

Maybe prices were too high then. However, prices for that first issue have hit rock bottom at this point, with recent sales as low as $42. I’m not saying this should be a comic that you spend hundreds of dollars on. But $42? Take advantage.

Do you think X-Factor #1, Superman #50, and Marc Spector: Moon Knight #1 are undervalued, overlooked, or both?  Let us know below.

Upgrade2_Footer Undervalued & Overlooked Comics 4/28 - 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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