J. Scott Campbell
Back in the 90’s when I started ‘collecting’ instead of just ‘buying’ comics, I became obsessed with J. Scott Campbell’s artwork. I bought, and still have virtually every Gen13 issue from that era.
While there are obvious examples of books with his artwork on the cover that continue to rise in value (i.e. Superior Spider-Man #20 and Black Widow #1), there are some not so obvious ones that are bringing very high dollars and some that are poised to do the same, just for the fact that they are beautifully drawn by Campbell and are very scarce.
Shrugged (Vol. 2) #2 1:30 Retailer Incentive Variant
Print Run: appx. 300-400. Sells for $30-50. There are currently just a couple on eBay with only 1 sold in the past 90 days. This book has many things going for it. First, how many retailers ordered 30 copies of Shrugged #2? Second, this might be one of Campbell’s most beautiful looking covers. If you can give up a couple weeks of Starbucks, take that money and buy this book!
Elephantmen #31 1:15 Retailer Incentive Variant
Print Run: appx. 200-300. Sells for $??. I have been checking on this book for months and have not seen it for sale. Like Shrugged #2 above, how many retailers ordered 15 copies of Elephantmen that month? This image was reused on the Giant Size that collected issues #30-32, so make sure you are getting the real deal! As a bonus, Elephantmen issues #18 and #30 also sell really well.
Recommendation: if you are one of the lucky few to own this
Vengeance of Moon Knight #9
Print Run: 18,695. Sells for $5-7. There is currently 1 (signed) at auction. Spidey + Moon Knight + Campbell cover? Yes please! Very low print run should equate to a higher resale value on this than $5.
Batman (Vol. 1) #563
Print Run: 48,047. Sells for $5-10. This is a little easier to find, but is still a low print run for a Batman title. Also, the Joker kind of has the ‘Ted’ haircut from Bill & Ted, but other than that, it is a Joker cover by Campbell, nuff said.
If you are able to obtain all of these covers, let me know!