Hello, and welcome back to our weekly column where we take a look at a few undervalued or overlooked comics from one of each of four comic book eras – Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, and Copper Age – all in an attempt to find value for you, the comic book investor and collector. Whether you’re a high roller or a bargain shopper, there will be something in here for everyone. This week, it’s the Bronze Age. Let’s get started.
First Issue of DC’s Top Bronze Age Series
Sandwiched between DC Comics Presents #26 and The New Teen Titans #2 lies The New Teen Titans #1. Whereas the first two contain major first appearances – Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire in DC Comics Presents #26 and Deathstroke in The New Teen Titans #2 – The New Teen Titans #1 is nothing more than the first issue of arguably the only series DC was producing at the time that had any impact on the collecting community.
Like many collectible comics, The New Teen Titans #1 peaked in value in 2021, with 9.8 eBay sales on May 18 and December 14 of that year going for a slashed $650. The latest 9.8 sale has the current price at $400 in a May 7 fixed price sale on eBay. 2021, however, was the second of two spikes for this book.
On June 19, 2019, driven likely in part by the rising popularity of the Titans TV series, a 9.8 sale occurred that spiked the price to $450. The price quickly crashed before undergoing another surge in 2021. Outside of these spikes, this book can often be found on the cheap. This makes it an undervalued, though rarely overlooked, comic.
First Appearance of a Major Mutant Team
It’s rare to find the first appearance of a major Marvel mutant team in the overlooked and undervalued categories. Marvel Graphic Novel #4 is one of those rarities. Sporting the first appearances of Psyche, Wolfsbane, Cannonball, and Sunspot, Marvel Graphic Novel #4 introduced the first team of mutants to the Marvel Universe since the founding of the X-Men: the New Mutants.
You would think this would be a huge favorite among collectors. The big problem this book has? Comic collectors tend to shy away from comics that are outside the traditional range in size. The Marvel Graphic Novels produced in the 1980s were roughly the same size as a magazine, and for many, that’s outside the range of collectible comics they want.
There are 1,516 copies of Marvel Graphic Novel #4 in the CGC census, a low number for an early 1980s first appearance from Marvel. The most recent sale of this book was a 9.8 copy going for $900 in a Heritage auction. The peak occurred in July 2021 with a slashed $1,299 sale on eBay.
There are a number of excellent reads in the Marvel Graphic Novel series that are overlooked by collectors and undervalued as well, particularly early in the run. If you don’t mind some oversized books in your collection, these are definitely worth seeking out, especially Marvel Graphic Novel #4.
First Issue of a Future (Hopeful) Cartoon Favorite
In November 1981, Eclipse Comics published the first issue of Destroyer Duck #1, within the pages of which appeared for the first time Sergio Aragones’ creation, the buffoonish barbarian known as Groo. It would be a full year before the character showed up in his own series when Pacific Comics published Groo the Wanderer #1 in November 1982.
The character would go on to have series at Marvel, Image, and Dark Horse; it is one of the most successful comedic comics ever published. Groo the Wanderer #1 is a remarkably undervalued and overlooked comic.
In November 2021, the Hollywood Reporter announced that a Groo animated TV series was in development. Prices began rising for Groo the Wanderer #1, with a peak sale reached on February 19, 2022 of $440 for a 9.8 graded copy. However, by May 5, the most recent sale of a 9.8, the price had dropped to $301 in an eBay auction.
What if someone told you that you could have the first issue of an incredibly successful comic book series? One that has lasted, in one iteration or another, for 40 years. Oh, and there’s a TV series in development for that character. What would you do? Then, consider that there are only 513 graded copies in the CGC census. So, while not rare, it’s not exactly a common find either. You could have that book right now for $300. Looks like a steal to me.
Next Week: Silver Age Undervalued & Overlooked
Well, that’s all we have time for this week. Join us next week as we take a look at some undervalued and overlooked Silver Age comics.
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