Does Not Compute

Hello again comic book investors and welcome back to Covering The Spread.  Obviously because I write this article I end up paying a lot of attention to the comic book market.  However even those of us that write articles here are often surprised.  It's impossible to keep up with everything, which is the best thing about being into comics.  So this week I want to highlight a few books with prices that I just don't understand.  Perhaps some folks in the comments can enlighten me.  With that in mind let's jump into this weeks books!


Batman: Harley Quinn

Yes, this is a book that really confuses me.  I've never worried about a first “in continuity” appearance before.  If I'm looking at a character I always look at a first, and second appearances.  Nonetheless DC fans seem to pay a lot of attention to these.  Even the recent addition of the Arkham Knight and now The Phantasm to DC continuity are turning heads.  So does that make this book a good investment?


Average Raw Price 113.57
10 Copies 1135.70
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Selling Fees 206.90
Total Costs 1622.60


9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price 9.2  Price
349 187 171 126
2 Copies 3 Copies 4 Copies 1 Copy Total Value
698 561 684 126 2069

Well it certainly doesn't look like a bad plan.  Our upfront costs should be around $1415.70 and our profits would be around $446.40.  That's a spread of +44.64 and an ROI of about 31%.  Those are decent numbers.  Plus, for as much as I dislike the first in continuity thing, this is a classic cover.  I think people will want to have this on display for a long time and this is a safe place to park your money.


DC Comics Presents #47

DC Presents 47

I know I am a little younger than a lot of our writers, so I was never a MOTU fan growing up.  The show and the movie are both older than I am, but I know that people who grew up with them hold He-Man in high regard.  So they seem to be more than willing to happy to pay for these and that always means there's potential for investment.

With Pressing:

Average Raw Price 159.25
10 Copies 1592.45
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Pressing Fees  120
Selling Fees 347.20
Total Costs 2339.65


9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price
647 239 168
3 Copies 5 Copies 2 Copies Total Value:
1941 1195 336 3472

Wow, I think I just became a He-Man fan.  Our upfront investment should be $1992.45 and our profits should be $1132.35.  The profits are being held down a bit by how expensive the raw copies of this book are but if you watch the auctions you can get a good deal on this one.  Regardless, it's a spread of +113.24 and an ROI of almost 57 percent.


Captain America 241

This is a book that wasn't even on my radar as an investment until this week.  Then I caught wind of what 9.8's were going for and I got interested very quickly.  But with this one I'm not even sure what the appeal is.  Granted, I'm not a fan of Frank Miller.  Regardless, I had a feeling that raw prices were too low because I wasn't the only one who didn't realize how expensive the graded copies were.

With Pressing:


Average Raw Price 53.89
10 Copies 538.90
Shipping Fees (EST) 100
Grading Fees (EST) 180
Pressing Fees (EST) 120
Selling Fees 229.40
Total Costs 1168.30


9.8 Av Price 9.6 Av Price 9.4 Av Price
489 129 91
3 Copies 5 Copies 2 Copies Total Value:
1467 645 182 2294

Our upfront costs should be $938.90 and our profits should be $1125.70.  That's a spread of +112.57 and an ROI of almost 120%! This is officially at the top of my list of books to look for at the LCS.  Maybe someone can explain the appeal to me in the comments!

Wrap Up

Well, everyone, that's all I have for you this week.  Do these books make more sense to you than they do to me?  Do you have a favorite book from this week?  Let me know in the comments.

The winner for profits this week was Captain America 241 at 120%, followed by DC Presents 47 with 57%, and finally Batman: Harley Quinn landed at 31%.

Thanks as always to Comic Collateral for our pricing data.  See you next week!



  • MikeBernardo1020

    Forgot I had that book, prob not a 9.8 but maybe.

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    Have all 3 books. Probably in raw 9.4 range. No 9.8 candidates. Marvel classic covers with white backgrounds from popular artist are always in demand in 9.8’s. I like to compare Cap 241 to the likes of ASM 301. The difference between 9.6 and 9.8 prices are quite a spread if you can get lucky.

  • Easy_Nator_Comics

    DC Presents 47 a book I’ve been picking up cheap whenever I can for the last 5 years. I have a CGC 9.8 and a newsstand variant at CGC 9.4
    There are a lot of cool He-Man keys that command decent $$ I love the Marvel series final issues 12 and 13 (under-rated keys) I picked up the issue 12 last year (CBCS 9.8 nickel city pedigree) for a great deal.

  • accustomfigures

    Please get into He-Man now before this movie comes out. I have a feeling it’s going to do to He-Man what Bay’s Transformers movies did to people who didn’t really know the brand before those trash fires came out.

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    CAP 241 is the first time we see punisher go toe to toe with Cap and actually take away his shield. Not to mention Frank Miller early work. A classic for sure.

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