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As expected Saturday at Planet Comicon Kansas City 2019 meant a great turnout for the annual convention, with tens of thousands of fans from the Midwest converging on the Kansas City Convention Center after a day of rain and morning of surprise March snowfall to meet their favorite celebrity and creator guests from years past and today.  Each year the event gets bigger, and for the show’s 20th anniversary that also meant better, with a host of comic book creators whose names any comic book reader of the past 50 years should recognize.

Creator of dozens of characters including Rogue, Mystique, Phoenix, Emma Frost, Legion, Gambit, and Captain Britain, and whose books include a long run on Uncanny X-Men, including the popular story arcs The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past, adapted into X-Men: Days of Future Past, multiple X-Men movies, and this summer’s coming film Dark Phoenix, writer Chris Claremont was on-hand signing his books for fans.

Artist Denys Cowan studied under the late comics legend Rich Buckler (a previous Planet Comicon guest) and went on himself to become one of the biggest names in comics, drawing issues of several great series from both DC Comics and Marvel Comics including runs on three of my favorites from the 1980s, Green Arrow, Batman, and The Question.  He was signing books and selling prints of some of his best-known work.

Jim Starlin is a well-known writer/artist and creator of Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, the Master of Kung Fu, and his classic books include Batman: The Cult, Batman: A Death in the Family, and Cosmic Odyssey. This weekend he signed autographs for a long line of fans.

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez began in comics illustrating books for Charlton Comics and then became one of the longest running names associated with DC Comics, where he drew major issues of Superman, Action Comics, The Brave and the Bold, Detective Comics, and later, the pop culture favorite Atari Force.  He signed comics and had prints of his work on hand for his fans.

Most of us knew him from the single word that graced many of his unique and futuristic comic book covers–Steranko.  Pretty much nobody has been making comics longer.  Here Jim Steranko chats with a fan at his booth in Artists’ Alley.  More recently he’s known for his nostalgic recollections he shares with fans in his many near book-length tweets on Twitter.

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If only the physicists would crank up their research and get us a time machine.

The 41st Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is out and as usual it is chock full of the obvious: prices, of course, but also commentary for dealers and collectors, year in review articles, the guy who says he paid $30,000 to advertise on the back cover, and inside, more ads than you could ever read.  As price guides go you can actually spend a lot of time learning about the history of various books and characters, and see new books you may not have noticed otherwise.

If you shuffle through it all, the Overstreet Guide provides some great information.  What stood out to me first in this year’s guide is the showcase of the great swing in prices today for rare, key comic issues compared to when the Guide was first published back in 1970.

Here are some great examples:

  • Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, could be bought for $300 in Mint condition back in 1970.  Today’s guide price?  $1.4 million.  Talk about an investment!
  • Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman, could be bought for $275 in Mint condition in 1970.  Today? $1.2 million.
  • Superman #1 could be bought for $250 in 1970 in Mint condition.  Today’s price is $560,000.  As much as I am hoping for good things from the new DC #1 issues in September, it’s pretty unlikely any will fetch $500,000 in 2052.  But maybe $250?
  • Marvel Comics #1, the first appearance of the Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, could be bought for $250 in 1970 in Mint condition.  Today its guide price tag is $460,000.
  • All-American Comics #16, the first appearance of Green Lantern, could be bought for a mere $50 in 1970 in Mint condition.  Today that same book would sell for $400,000.


Of course, back in 1970 most people would have thought your screw was loose for buying a comic for $300 or even $50.

Books that haven’t had 70 years to appreciate–Silver Age comic books from the 1960s also have some substantial increases over the past 41 years.

  • Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, could be bought for $16 back in 1970 in Mint condition.  Today that comic book sells for $125,000.
  • The Incredible Hulk #1 sold for $14 in Mint condition in 1970.  Today, you might find one for $75,000.
  • Fantastic Four #1 sold for only $12 in Mint condition in 1970.  Today? $80,000.  Not bad at all!


It is interesting to see the steep lowered tier of values when you compare Golden Age DC Comics titles to their Silver Age Marvel Comics counterparts.  Yet the Silver Age DC Comics characters also drop off significantly compared to their Marvel Comics counterparts.

Check out the new Overstreet guide for even more comparisons.  The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 41 SC (Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide) is available at Amazon.com as well as comic books stores, or add it to your pull list at Comixology.

C.J. Bunce



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