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A month ago here at borg.com we discussed looking outside the comic book medium for the artwork of your favorite comic book artists.  You don’t need to look too far outside of comic books to find the next great artwork from fan-favorite cover artist Ryan Sook.  Every year just in advance of San Diego Comic-Con, comic book stores are stocked with the annual update to The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide.  First published in 1970, the 1,200 page log of nearly every comic book published to-date arrives at its 48th volume this summer, dated 2018-2019.  Known as the go-to guide for prices for a generation of collectors, Robert M. Overstreet’s book of prices and thumbnail photos is also a source to glean what’s happened in the past year by way of comic book trends.  It features its own hall of fame for comic book legends, plus full-color sections highlighting some of today and yesteryear’s best covers.

For this year’s comic book store exclusive hardcover edition, Gemstone Publishing tapped Ryan Sook to create a cover to commemorate 50 years of Planet of the Apes films.  Sook reached beyond the original to reflect imagery from throughout the Planet of the Apes movie saga– a great homage to the original shocking environment as Charlton Heston’s astronaut Taylor arrives in the future horrifying world of human scarecrows, with General Ursus leading the charge and the creepy denizens in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, the return to the past by spaceship for the apes in Escape from the Planet of the Apes, to the militant world and apes under arrest in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, culminating with the eagerly-awaited first appearance of The Lawgiver in Battle for the Planet of the Apes.  The familiar image of Roddy McDowall behind John Chambers’ Oscar-worthy make-up takes center stage–McDowall connects all of the films alternately as Cornelius and Caesar (and later as Galen in the TV series), and here he cleverly blocks the identity of the planet.

You can only purchase this edition of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide in comic book stores, so put in a call to Elite Comics to make sure you get a copy when this new edition arrives in July.

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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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