Dollar Bin Digging 24




Catwoman #83

If you follow my Instagram, this one will not come as a surprise as I just found this one this past weekend. This was a great run of covers from Adam Hughes and all are worth picking up especially for a dollar.

That said, most of you know the big books in the run to look out for like #51, #70, and #74. Those will not be found in the dollar bins. However you may get lucky to find some other great covers that may have slipped through the cracks and are not really that sought after right now. Some I have managed to find like this are #52, #63, #65, #76, and #80. But again anything from his run from #44 to #83 is totally worth picking up. Just gorgeous stuff.


Recent Sales Data:

CGC 9.8 – $56.66 on 8/6/18
Raw – $5.50 on 2/18/19


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X-Men Classic #79

Sticking with Hughes is another book that I found in the dollar bins recently. Hughes did the covers for a short run on these reprints of Classic X-Men books in the 90’s and I’ll pick them up whenever I see a Hughes cover. This one is my favorite of this batch.

Being reprints, there really isn’t much spec in these books but the covers are worth it for a buck alone. Plus you may be able to move any extras you pick up for a small profit from Hughes completionists.

But like I said, Hughes did a short run of these from Classics #71#79. The interiors reprint Uncanny X-men issues #167#175. These issues also heavily feature the Starjammers which ties back into last week’s books.


Recent High Sales Data:

CGC graded – only 8 in the census and no recent sales
Raw – $7.50 on 1/28/19


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So until next time, remember while you dig that…

“It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.” – Jimmy Dugan



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    This is a very insightful feature, since it showcases cover art by popular artists on possibly lackluster titles, which quite honestly isn’t unlike what’s going on today with the multitude of retailer and artist direct exclusive variant covers released every month for meaningless books, where those comics end up slabbed and are never read anyway, so the interior take the back seat to the foreground of gorgeous cover artwork. Other than print runs, there’s not a whole lot of difference, and it’s all about the sizzle of the steak and aesthetics on the cover. Nice recommendations here in this article!

    • Peter Renna

      Thanks. Covers are the sizzle that sell the steak, but we already have an awesome weekly feature on covers, Cover Tunes. I highly recommend it. I try to mix in good reading and cheap 1st appearances as well. Like last week’s Shiar storyline in Uncanny 275-277 or any Alan Moore Swamp Thing from a few weeks back.

      But the cover is what catches the eye when you are digging in the bins. For a buck, I just try and share stuff worth taking a chance on if for no other reason than it looks pretty. Like I noted, I found the Catwoman 83 this week for 50 cents at the flea market. So keep your eyes open and there’s plenty of decent stuff to be found.

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    Awesome info! Thanks for the article.

    I one time had Catwoman 51 in my hands from a dollar bin at 2nd and Charles… and put it back. I had just restarted collecting for the first time since the 90s and hadn’t yet learned all of the new modern keys. Still haunts me to this day.

    • Peter Renna

      I’ve been there. Had a book in my hand for a buck that I put back because i already had 5 or 10 others I was buying. I like to spend in round #’s, only to find out when I look up the book at home that I missed out on a decent book. I paid quite a bit more than $1 recently for my Catwoman 51. But I find the misses, as well as the scores, are what keep things interesting. You may not have bought the book, but you found it, so you know it’s possible to find gems out there

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    Awesome article per usual.
    I just found 3 of those #83s at a shop (they weren’t bagged or boarded , ugh) and already had it but cant pass up a Hughes catwoman cover.
    Imo his art works perfectly for selina (more than any other character).

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    I’ve been picking up a lot of various Catwoman comics since winning a huge lot of early 2000’s series last year. Best outfit IMO.

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    SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK #52 has a fantastic Hughes cover if you are a fan. Its one of his early ones and probably one of my personal favorites. Its way overshadowed by the Byrne covers in that series and often overlooked.

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    Nice finds!

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