Wolverine ’82

by Matt Tuck

Frank-Miller-Wolverine-124x300 Wolverine '82Back in 1982, when Chris Claremont commanded all things X-Men, Wolverine was being established as Marvel’s premiere character. While he’s still not as impressive as he was back then, that limited series from ’82 is turning quite the profit this year.

The more rumors circulate about the MCU’s Phase Four, the more the Wolverine keys get a price hike, and when it comes to Wolverine keys, you’d better get your hands on them soon.

You can’t talk about Wolverine without mentioning The Incredible Hulk #181, but it’s so far out of reach these days that you can’t get your hands on even get a complete 1.0 for less than an average of $900. As I always say, you can tell the most about a comic by how expensive the low grades are, and it doesn’t get much lower than that.

What’s a Wolverine fan to do? You can’t afford Hulk #181, and Giant-Sized X-Men #1 and X-Men #94 aren’t exactly cheap options. This is when you get the full run of the Wolverine limited series from 1982. Obviously the biggest selling point here is that it’s the first self-titled Wolverine series, but also Frank Miller gave fans some of the most iconic Wolvie covers.

Even if you have the full run in lower grades, you’ve got money in the bank because we all know “the best there is at what he does” will make his way into the MCU sooner or later, and that’s going to make prices for all Wolverine keys explode when that happens.

WOLVERINE #1 (1982)Wolverine-1-193x300 Wolverine '82

If you’re fortunate enough to have this in a 9.8, then you’re going to be happy with this: its 90-day average is over $300. All the grades for Wolverine #1 are rising, and even a 7.0 has sold for as much as $80 this year. If you just want a copy to call your own, then you’ll have to settle for something in the 4.5 range, which has set a new high of its own with a $21 sale in February.





WOLVERINE #2 (1982)Wolverine-2-195x300 Wolverine '82

As Wolverine keys tend to do, this one set a 10-year high. Back in July, a 9.8 sold for an impressive $384. When he is announced for the MCU, it will break the all-time high of $405 from 2008. Aside from that July sale, the 9.8 regularly sells for more like $170, but that’s still a respectable price. Nothing below a 6.5 has sold this year, but even that one set a new record with a $33 sale this time last year.





WOLVERINE #3 (1982)Wolverine-3-197x300 Wolverine '82

There’s no better Wolverine cover art that what Miller and Joe Rubenstein did on issue #1, but Wolverine #3 is a close second. It’s not the typical bloodthirsty Wolvie that we’re used to seeing. Here we have Logan out of costume and on his knees, remorsefully staring into his hands. It’s a vulnerable Wolverine like we hadn’t seen up to that point.

In a 9.8, issue #3 broke its 11-year high of $255 when one sold for $350 this past October. By next year, it will likely surpass the $365 all-time record set in 2006. Since this isn’t a key in itself, lower grades can be had for very little, so if you’re a Wolverine fan wanting a piece of the character’s history, you can get a 7.0 for about $11.



WOLVERINE #4 (1982)Wolverine-4-195x300 Wolverine '82

The last of the limited series, issue #4 is doing quite well. A near-mint 9.8 has sold for as much as $225 this year, and it’s averaged $164 in the past 90 days. Scale down the grade to a 7.5, and it’s still bringing $32, which is the highest that grade has been in four years.

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