Wong – MCU Linchpin

by Douglas Ohlandt

011023A-1024x536 Wong - MCU LinchpinNo character in Phase 4 of the MCU has been as crucial as Wong. He’s appeared in more films and shows than any other character in this first phase of the Multiverse Saga. Let’s take a look at the key comics related to Wong to see if there are any to consider adding to your collection.

Wong in the MCU

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Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Wong is the current Sorcerer Supreme in the MCU. Just in Phase 4 alone he has appeared in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. His wry humor, as portrayed by actor Benedict Wong, and recent friendship with Madisynn have made him a fan favorite.

First Appearance

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Not surprisingly, Wong’s first comic book appearance coincides with Doctor Strange’s first appearance in Strange Tales #110, although they forgot to give Wong a name in this issue. Still, it’s a first appearance. There are 2,228 graded copies of this Silver Age classic in the CGC census.

Sales over the past month have run the gamut, from an 8.0 selling in the December 17 ComicConnect auction for $10,105 to a 1.5 selling in a December 11 eBay auction for $1,404. Prices are down over the past year in all grades with the exception of those 9.0 and above.

If you’re in the market for an incredibly important Silver Age key that traditionally goes for far less than other Marvels of its ilk, now could be a good time to pick up a copy.

Second Appearance

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While Doctor Strange would appear in a few more issues of Strange Tales in the months after his debut, Wong wouldn’t show up again until Strange Tales #116. Don’t have the funds to pay for Wong’s first appearance? Well, his second is much more affordable.

Of the 285 graded copies in the CGC census, five have sold since December 1. The high was an 8.5 going for $444 in the December 13 Heritage auction, while the low was a 2.5 CBCS graded copy selling on eBay for just $50. Prices are down or flat in the majority of grades and there are definitely deals out there if you’re willing to look.

First Cover

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It would be nearly a decade until Wong graced the cover of a Marvel comic, appearing for the first time on the cover of Marvel Premiere #7. Some lunatic paid $1,680 for a 9.8 graded copy of this book in a Heritage auction in 2021. Perhaps they thought it was rare because there are only 72 graded copies in the CGC census.

2022 sales include a 9.4, which sold for $118 in a September eBay auction, and a 5.0 selling for just $29 in an eBay fixed price sale. Don’t let the lack of graded copies fool you – there are plenty of raw copies out there, and many can be had for $20 or less.

Wong Had a Fiance?

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It’s true. Wong was engaged to Imei Chang, as was revealed in the second Strange Tales series, Strange Tales #17 to be precise. There are no graded copies in the CGC census, and why would there be?

You should be able to find this in dollar bins in just about any comic shop. If they’re charging more than a buck, walk away.

And He Appeared in Green Lantern?

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Again, it’s true. Wong appeared in Green Lantern #57. Kyle Rayner had just moved into his new place at 175 Bleecker Street in NY, shortly after the infamous refrigerator incident (see Green Lantern #54), where he meets his neighbor living at 177A Bleecker Street, the address of Doctor Strange’s sanctum sanctorum.

There are only four graded copies in the CGC census, and I’m surprised there are that many, as this is another dollar bin book.

Wong Today

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Wong has a prominent role in the current Strange series where Clea takes on the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme. It’s worth a flier on Strange #1 if you’re a fan of Wong. Since selling for as much as $124 shortly after Clea’s cameo in the post-credits scene of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, prices have cooled considerably. Recent sales have been for as low as $20 for a 9.8 graded copy.

Are you a fan of Wong? Do you think he will continue to have a prominent role in the MCU? Let us know your thoughts below.

000080221A_Posters_2-Footer Wong - MCU Linchpin*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not represent advice on behalf of GoCollect.

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