Adam Hughes’ Wonder Woman
The first time I did Finding the Pattern, I wrote about some of Adam Hughes' Catwoman covers. Right now, a lot of those covers are priced higher than they were and all of the Hughes art on the Catwoman run has been looked through a microscope by speculators to determine if they are valuable or not. Let’s just say that the dice are cast on these already.
BUT…I am sure you know there are A LOT of other great Hughes covers out there just waiting for love. So this time, we will try to look where the market isn’t and try to find you some great covers to invest in.
Hughes had a great cover run for the second volume of Wonder Woman. He did the covers for #139-146, 150-161, 164-174, 176-178, and 184-197. I expect some of these covers to see a nice bump when the market will stop obsessing over the Catwoman run and realize how good the art is on these too. So here are my picks!
The art is simply brilliant! It is a Hughes cover like you have never seen before. The fact that it’s a black cover makes it even more interesting, since we all know how hard it is to find a near mint copy of a book like this. I honestly think that this is the one to go for. The market is saturated with covers that look the same and I think the key to invest these days is to find something that stands out. So here you have it: Adam Hughes, Wonder Woman, black cover, relatively low print run and an art style that is beautiful and simple while different from the usual AH cover. Keep an eye on this one!
Wonder Woman Vol.2 #154
Supergirl and the Legion of Super-heroes #23 1:10 Variant
This cover might seem a bit familiar if you know what might be the hottest Hughes cover on the market: Supergirl and the Legion of Super-heroes #23 (I really think that the market loves this comic not only for its scarcity, but also because of the art itself). Sure, there are no gorgeous colors on the background of Wonder Woman, but the pose and the art are very similar and I think that speculators will love to collect a more affordable option to LOSH 23, with a different character no less! I don’t think it will skyrocket as much as Supergirl, but the white background surely makes it hard to find in near mint condition.
All in all, if you look at what happened with the Hughes Catwoman run, I think it's safe to say that the same thing can happen with his Wonder Woman run. These covers are not as known as his Catwoman pieces and the buyers like fresh meat. The only question is knowing which comic will be the most valuable. At the moment, it is Wonder Woman Vol.2 #184, going for $60 with a print run of 26,518, but do you think it will stay that way? Let me know what you think, thanks for reading, and I’ll see you next week!
Wonder Woman Vol.2 #184
Graded 9.8: $200
Print Run: 26,518