Ghost Hunting (part 2)
The thrill of finding that book that no one else has and getting the ‘nice find’ comment is something that we all love. I received some positive feedback from some people that were able to track down some of the previous ‘ghosts’ (I was able to secure one as well! Yay me!) With that, I give you yet another set of books that might be considered ‘ghosts’. (If you missed the first set, check it out here).
Venom (Vol. 2) #12 1:50 Mike Del Mundo Variant
Print Run: Appx. 574. CGC census: 3, all 9.8’s. Sells for $40-50. Yes, the Hulk, Spidey, X-Force, etc. Venom variants are awesome. But let’s give his own series some love. This cover is awesome…who doesn’t love fire and broomsticks? But seriously, try and find this book. HTF Venom variants tend to stick around.
Spawn #232 Eastern Washington University Variant
Print Run: 400. CGC Census: 7, the highest universal being a 9.6. Sells for: ?? For those who don’t know, Mr. McFarlane attended Eastern Washington University. In 2013 he returned for a speaking engagement where he gave attendees this book. Now, if you are giving a book to a bunch of college kids, how many of them are going to survive in high grade? If you live in the Great Northwest (yes, I’m speaking to you Agustin Santos and Andrew Cuevas) you may be able to find these floating around somewhere. The rest of us will just have to accept the fact that we will probably never see this book for sale.
Classic Popeye #41 Kelley Jones 1:10 Variant
Print Run: ??. CGC Census: 0. Sells for: ??. IDW began reprinting some classic comics and Popeye happened to be one. Starting at issue #13, they started doing some 1:10 variants on most of the issues. Because the regular cover print run is either in the low 2000’s or could not even crack the Top 400, these 1:10 variants are extremely rare and HTF. This cover is by the former Batman artist and is one of my favorites from this series. And hey, Popeye does look kind of ‘ghostly’.
Fearless Defenders #3 Phil Jimenez 1:50 Variant
Print Run: appx. 470. CGC Census: 0. Sells for: ??. Fearless Defenders? I’ll have to admit that I had never heard of this series. Greek goddesses are starting to draw some interest, and this book (with an already low regular print run) was a 1:50. Who ordered 50 copies of this? And, like the 80’s band Erasure, she’s breaking the chains of love….no?
Ghost Rider (Vol. 6) #1 Neal Adams 1:50 Variant
Print Run: appx. 826. CGC Census: 2, 1 being a 9.8. Sells for: ??. Here’s that fire thing again. Anyway, I have never read 1 Ghost Rider book in my life. That being said, the cover art on a lot of GR books is amazing. Neal Adams killed it here. Notice the repeating formula, low regular print run + awesome looking high ratio variant = start hunting.
Action Comics #1 Jim Lee Sketch 4th Print
Print Run: ??. CGC Census: 60 Universal and 30 SS, most of these are 9.8. Sells for: $6-10. Ok, this is not the rarest of the bunch here, but it fits in this category because you just don’t see it that often. I have never seen this in the wild and it only pops up on eBay on occasion. Besides, who doesn’t love a good Jim Lee sketch of Superman or Batman?
Carnage USA #2 Clayton Crain 2nd Print
Print Run: ??. CGC Census: 2, both 9.8. Sells for: ??. While we are on the multiple printing variants, this is a toughie to come by. And it has Car-Thing (or Thing-age)! Personally, I am hoping for a Carnage barrage of variants, like the Venom variants. Carnage just has that eye appeal that makes everything better. (Marvel, please…please make a Car-2-D-2 Variant!!)
These books may never increase in value, or get you to early retirement, but we love to hunt them down. They are not easy to find and just look awesome. If you get them cheap enough and end up making a few bucks in the process, that is just a bonus. Enjoy what you buy and you will never work…oops, wrong saying. Please feel free to comment if you find any of these!