Totally Awesome Purchases

Pardon my brief hiatus, but the City Supreme’s fallen son has returned. Even I can get consumed in the big bright lights, but I’m back! It’s been over a month since I wrote my last article and for that I apologize. I do however plan on giving you your weekly fix of the greatest city for some weeks to come.

I was browsing eBay last week and found myself baffled. Don’t get me wrong, I too get caught up in the speculation of popular modern books, although in my defense they’re usually a 15k or less print run and a great independent read, but I digress. So there I am, hunting for ghouls and deals, and I see an issue of Totally Awesome Hulk #22 had just ended. Yes the very same TAH #22 that was released on August 16th 2017, less than one month ago. What was even more sickening…the book sold (8/28/17) for $170.50 +$8 dollars shipping, with 32 bids, 5 bidders, and the winning bidder had a feedback rating of 2,700.

WHAT?!?!?

Am I missing something? Did Marvel just give us an epic new character? No…they didn’t. They instead gave us a new version of Frankenstein’s monster. A Hulk/Wolverine hybrid; Weapon H.

Now this wasn’t just any copy of TAH #22…this was GUARANTEED to be a CGC 9.8 or your money back! And to that I say, IT DAMN WELL BETTER BE! People, the book came out less than one month ago?!? How damaged could the thing be? 9.8s are a dime a dozen with these modern day books and the paper they’re printed on. As the late great Chris Farley loosely stated “I could put a piece of S*%# in a box and mark it guaranteed, but then all you’re left with is a guaranteed piece of S*#%“.

You see, I had heard the hype behind this book and saw it steadily selling for $20 plus the first week. And I see for the most part, they range from $35-$60 currently. But then I saw more closed auctions that sold at prices such as $76 on 9/4/17, $62 on 8/30/17, and $107.50 on 8/29/17. This brings me back to the (2,700) feedback guy on eBay who paid $170.50. This was no “newbie” who I would possibly give a pass. This was a gentlemen who knew comics. For goodness sakes there are buy it nows for the same book for $120 cheaper. Unless that puppy gets graded a 9.9 or gem 10… that person will never see a return on that Marvel slop.

It just really got me thinking about the “what have you done for me lately” world that we live in. These flavor of the week titles/characters (zero originality in Weapon H’s case). People would rather shell out big boy dollars for the newest thing, as oppose to dropping that cash on golden/silver/bronze age books that have developed and legendary characters.

Just three weeks ago I purchased anĀ Amazing Spider-Man #14 (first appearance of the Green Goblin for $168.75. Now it wasn’t the NM that TAH “is”, but it’s a VG of one of the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe. Some other books that you could buy on eBay right now under $170 (though not Near Mint, but complete and nice additions to PCs) are Marvel Premiere #15 (first app Iron Fist), Tales of Suspense #57 (first app Hawkeye), Hulk #271 (First Rocket Raccoon), and Ms. Marvel #1 amongst many other key villains and heroes. This comic book game will always be an enigma.

Books to Watch

Cable and Deadpool #1 – right now this book can be bought from the $25-$40 range. I think when the trailer drops for Deadpool 2, this book makes one final jump too $100+ before stabilizing at $30 after the film. I’d recommend buying this now and flipping it after the second trailer. I think you could easily double/triple+ your investment if you only put $25 into it.

Cyblade/Shi #1 – yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking “This guy loses all credibility”. And you may be right. I’m not sure of the print run, but I can assume it was high. But this is the first appearance of Witchblade. At the moment Witchblade #1 is the hotter book ($15-$30) but with the success of the Wonder Woman film, expect more comic book heroines to start coming out of the woodwork. I bought one of these for 50 cents and sold it for $10 bucks. You can get these CHEAP!

Chew (Quentin Tarantino film covers)

I could talk about this Eisner award winning series for days! It’s that fun and original. A shame it had to end. Chew #1 still fetches a nice dime, but I really think these four covers could be difficult to find in the future!

Chew #13 (Pulp Fiction) Chew #13 second print (Reservoir Dogs)
Chew #35 (Kill Bill) Chew #55 (Hateful 8)

That’s all for now Goblins. Keep your eyes off of the fireworks. Sometimes they blind you.

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19 comments

  • So what do people think of the long term value of TAH #22. I am torn on whether to sell now (at $50 right now) or hold it. Leaning towards hold, but wonder how high the book can realistically increase in value.

    • If you purchased it off the shelf for $3.99 then I’d recommend setting it at $70 obo. Professional gamblers always say that if you can double what you came in with, you should be happy. In your case, you should be really happy! Anything extra is all gravy!

      • Thanks for the advice! Never have gone wrong with your articles so far and looking forward to seeing how some long term investments I have made play out. Still hoping that The Hood (your pick) and Eitri’s and Pip the Troll’s first appearances (mine) show up in movies someday

      • I really think this character might have legs. From a profitability standpoint if you look at NYX #3…this book had a print run of around 40K, TAH#22 will probably have print run of around 23K. That’s almost twice as many copies and that book sells for around $900 in 9.8 CGC condition….and it also has been reprinted. If the character is developed well enough I don’t see why this book can’t increase in price. So I can see why a person would go out on a limb and pay $170 for a 9.8 CGC’d copy…….

  • Speaking of Shi/Cyblade #1… what about the variant of those 2 issues with the Golden Apple gold you stamp on them?

    Any info? Rarity? Value?

    • Topher

      This comic had a massive print run and can be found easily in NM pretty much anywhere. The ones you want are the Special Teaser and the Golden Apple ( as you mentioned ). Good luck finding the Golden Apple in NM.

      • There’s a guy selling both on eBay in NM for 69$.

        Why good luck finding in Mm?

        Was there a problem with the Golden Apple variants during shipping or something?

  • Spot on with your flavor of the week assessment. Amazes me what some people will pay for the latest and supposedly greatest new comics.

  • Skot Whitman

    Good assessment of TAH22… but keep in mind TAH 21 only sold about 23K copies.

    With the 2nd printing of TAH21 next week, it won’t be long before a TAH22 2nd printing hits shelves. Once that happens the 1st printing prices will likely come crashing down.

  • You’ve been watching “Tommy Boy” recently haven’t you?

  • Where did you get the ASM #14 for that price? That’s a freakin’ steal if you ask me. Congrats on that super snag.
    I’ve seen that before where an auction for a hot book sells for a lot more than buy it now’s. CRAAAAAZY!!!

  • I never read any of the Chew Comic series, but 1 time i came across the Chew #13 Pulp Fiction issue it looked cool so I bought it and #12 SDCC Poyo variant issue in a 50 cent bin. Still havent read them. Lol

  • Ive haven’t seen a book like TAH 22 in awhile. I had more interest in this one book then any I have seen in quite a while. Some because they feared they missed out, others due to low print run and others because they are Hulk or Wolverine fans. A 23k print run or so with no variants and only a 2nd print is a winner. Its in Marvel’s court for how big of a winner it will be. They couldn’t turn this character into a devastating villain if they so choose.

    • That’s exactly what I was thinking in my earlier write up. I don’t see why some want to doubt this characters potential. It’s there for the taking and like you said it’s up to Marvel now.

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