After Doctor Strange’s success at the box office, I am more excited than ever about the coming of Marvel supernatural universe. Some of my favourite characters such as Ghost Rider and Morbius exist in this universe and I can’t wait to see them on the big screen.
I did a list of supernatural characters to invest in back in 2014. Consider this an update. In particular, I want to see if interest in the supernatural or magic characters have increased as evident by the prices of their first appearance books in the secondary market. I am comparing their current prices vs the prices they were at when I first mention them on this blog .
|Strange Tales #169 (1972)||VF Raw||USD 50||USD 100+|
|Marvel Spot #5 (1972)||CGC 8-8.5
|Tomb of Dracula #10 (1973)
||CGC 9.2||USD 570
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|Marvel Spotlight #12 (1972)||CGC 9.4||USD100|
|Savage Tales #1 (1971)||CGC 9.0||USD 500|
|Vampire Tales #2 (1972)||CGC 9.6||USD 650|
Strange Tales #169
I first mentioned Brother Voodoo in 2014 and then recommend it again in my 2015 post on best bronze age books in to invest in. At that time, a VF copy would set you back for only $50. Now, it is easily a $100 book in that condition and more if you get it graded.
Up to now, this character has not any any media exposure. If he shows up in Doctor Strange #2, I will expect this book to continue to climb in prices. Current interest in this book is high. As at 17 September 2017 alone, 18 copies of this book has been sold on Ebay, making it at least one sale per day. Some of these sales included a 9.6 copy that went up to almost $900 in auction. So interest in this book is definitely increasing.
Marvel Spotlight #5
I declare Marvel Spotlight 5 as my top Bronze age book to invest in for 2015. I haven’t regretted this decision as it has almost doubled its value since then. So far, no movie has been confirmed although one version of this character did appear in Agents of SHIELD.
Beyond the movie, this book has always been a blue chip bronze age key. When I write about it, it was going through a lull period, which is why I stated that it was undervalued. Now, it is no longer the case as I see folks talking about this book in many forums that I visited. Has it reached its ceiling then? I don’t think so.
Visually, Ghost Rider is very distinctive. With the proper direction from Marvel, I am confident it can return to its 90s popularity. This is when we can see the real potential of the character.
Tomb of Dracula #10
I examine the value of Tomb of Dracula #10 as late as May 2016. At that time, a CGC 9.2 was selling in the 550+ range. Today, this book is worth at least 700+, an increase of 35%. Hence in this age of speculation, you can still make decent returns if you picked the right books such as this.
I recommended this book after I make a comparison among similar bronze age keys that had significantly higher prices. I saw no reason why this book shouldn’t be up there with the rest and so make a conclusion that it was undervalued. I am glad I did as this book has bought me some nice returns on paper relative to the prices that I have acquired them for.
This book still has a lot of room to run. I see 9.2 surpassing the 1k market within the next 12 months which means, there is still about $400-500 gain left.
Marvel Spotlight #12
This has always been one of my favorite cover after I first saw it in Wizard Magazine’s comics to watch (Issue #15 I believe). Since recommending it in 2014, prices have went up quite a bit. I did not track its price in my 2014 article so I am using gocollect’s public information.
As you can see, prices have been going up in all grades. One reason is because the base price is so affordable that it is easy to see gains. This was why I recommended this book back then. Is it still worth a purchase? Of course! Despite the gains, it is still a cheap early bronze age book.
Sales for this book is constant on ebay. You will see at least one sale per day, which means there is interest. Under the right condition, this simmering book might explode in value, especially the higher grades.
Savage Tales #1
In my 2014 article, I mentioned Man Thing but I was concentrating on his first comic appearance as well as first cover appearance, rather than Savage Tales #1. This was why no price of this book was mentioned in my original post.
As you can see from Gocollect sales history, prices for this book has also been increasing, although it is not as universal as Marvel Spotlight #12. In general, Man Thing is a tricky character to invest in because of his reassemble to Swamp Thing. Since the latter is more famous among the collecting community, Man Thing will always been seen as an ‘imitation’, even though it came out one month before Swamp Thing.
Vampire Tales #2
Similarly to Man Thing, I was focusing on Satana’s first comic appearance, rather than her first in this magazine sized comic, thus the lack of initial price to compare to. Compared to the rest, Satana is definitely cold on the collector’s radar. Sales on Ebay hasn’t been strong, which makes spotting price trend highly inaccurate. Whether that is an opportunity or risk depends on how your see the situation.
When a character is cold like Satana, it takes a lot of interest to drum interest in this character to drive secondary prices. Movies used to be able to do it but that is not the case anymore, unless Satana is one of the leading character, which I highly doubt it.
Besides these books, have you noticed any other supernatural characters that have seen an uptake in collectors’ interest?