I would like to start off by thanking everyone for all the positive responses! Also, when the CBSI gurus are discussing your article on the podcast, it means that I really have to step up my game every week!
This week, I go back 1 year and look at a BRONZE AGE comic book (yes, not a modern variant pump and dump as some people like to call this). Today, the One Year Later Watcher looks at The Avengers #80, released in Sept 1970 featuring the very first appearance of RED WOLF.
Yup, this book was abuzz a year ago with a new Red Wolf series coming out in the Fall of 2015; not to mention the very first appearance of Red Wolf was in 1970, so it has to be rare….right? The price of Avengers #80 a year ago for a very fine copy averaged 12 dollars. But after the new Red Wolf series was announced, the price shot upwards of 20+ dollars. New series, 35 year old book, first appearance…bronze age speculators (not modern pump and dumpers) were telling everyone that OLD books were the way to invest.
Now, a full year later, the book is back at 12 dollars (if you're lucky) and the Red Wolf series has struggled so badly that it was cancelled after 6 issues, just enough for a single trade paperback. So what went wrong???
Looking after the fact, using a standard school grading of A+ to F, Red Wolf on his very best day is a D- character. Be weary of lame characters, nobody really cares for them. Be careful of these new TV shows like Shield, Flash, Supergirl, etc. that dig up crappy characters every week. These TV shows cannot use the A+ villains like Joker and Magneto so you get these unheard of villains that nobody cares about.
How about the rarity of this book since it is a Bronze Age comic book, i.e. 35 years old? The average print run for the Avengers was 585,000 at the time. YES, you read that correctly. Marvel published over a 1/2 millions copies per month of Avengers in 1970…staggering to see that number when NOT a single comic book published in 2016 hit half of that for a regular monthly issue. Sorry, Bronze Age chest pumpers, this book is in every single decent back issue bin and is not rare at all.
In conclusion, seeing how big the print run is and how poorly the new Red Wolf did (they even put him in a different time era), this would be a big NEGATIVE from the Watcher!
I didn't even mention that the original 1970 Red Wolf had a sidekick wolf called – LOBO! NO, not that Last Czarnian Lobo. Until next week, keep on watching!