Bronze Age Comic Report: Two Marvel Key Issues Dominate Top 10

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It wasn’t quite the category sweep that Marvel Comics fashioned in last week’s Bronze Age Comic Report, but that comic book publisher still had a great showing in the comic book auction results at eBay in our report for September 27th thru October 3rd. Marvel’s two, major Bronze Age key issues were responsible for seven sales in our Top 10.

In all, Marvel landed nine of the top 10 verified eBay sales for the week, with DC Comics playing the role of spoiler with their lone sale. Six of the comic books sold in Buy It Now (BIN) transactions, with the remaining four books selling in auctions.

It was a mostly better week for the Bronze Age comics as far as the expenditure of comic book investment dollars was concerned as there was more money spent on the books at the top of the list, but also a lower floor at the bottom of the ranks. The eBay sales ranged from a high of $5,113.99 to a low of $1,533.

Below is a closer look at the top 10 Bronze Age comic book auction sales at eBay for the week of September 27-October 3, 2017.

Bronze Age Top 10

  1. Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Marvel, 1974), $5113.99, PGX 9.8, 67 bids – One of the two key issues from this era for Marvel is this issue of Amazing Spider-Man that holds the first appearances of the Punisher (Frank Castle) and the Jackal. Anticipation for the new Punisher Netflix series is no doubt helping to drive much of the interest in this book, with the release date of that show now being very close. Gerry Conway (writer), Ross Andru (pencils), Frank Giacoia (inks), and Dave Hunt (inks) were the creative team for the story, with Gil Kane and John Romita Sr. handling the cover art. The very high-grade copy in this auction sold for about $3,000 above the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide valuation, offering further proof of the interest that exists for this Bronze Age key.
  2. Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Marvel, 1974), $4595, CGC 9.6, BIN – This copy of ASM #129 features a grade that is .2 less than the copy above, which knocked off about $600 from the sale price.
  3. Swamp Thing #1 (DC, 1972), $3299.99, CGC 9.8, BIN – The first issue of Swamp Thing’s own book has become a major Bronze Age key issue for DC. The book holds the first appearance of Alec Holland as the Swamp Thing (his name was Alex Olsen in HoS #92), as well as the first appearances of Matt Cable and Anton Arcane. The creative team of Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (pencils/inks/cover) were responsible for the story and cover for this book. The very high-grade copy offered here sold for well above the Overstreet book value, a function of the increased interest in this character as a result of recent usage in DC animated releases.
  4. Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974), $3150, CGC 8.5, BIN – And we get the second, big key issue for Marvel from the Bronze Age, five consecutive times. This issue of Incredible Hulk holds the first full appearance of Weapon X aka Wolverine, one of the top superheroes on Marvel’s roster. While the Logan movie released earlier in the year helped to boost the interest in this issue at that time, the recent uptick in sales is most likely related to the Weapon H storyline that is still running in Totally Awesome Hulk and Weapon X. Len Wein (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils/cover), Jack Abel (inks), and John Romita Sr. (cover) formed the creative team for this issue. The high-grade copy on offer sold for about $1,400 above the Overstreet valuation, so this comic book is still rising in value at this time.
  5. Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974), $2274.95, CGC 8.0, BIN – This copy of IH #181 features a grade that is .5 less than the copy above, which knocked off about $900 from the sale price.
  6. Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974), $2225, CGC 8.0 SS, 27 bids – The copy of Incredible Hulk #181 in this auction has the same grade as the copy above, but also sports a signature from Stan Lee. It appears this eBay buyer landed a decent deal (relatively speaking, of course).
  7. Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974), $2100, CGC 8.0, BIN – Same grade as the two copies of IH #181 directly above, but the buyer still managed to save a few dollars with this purchase.
  8. Incredible Hulk #181 (Marvel, 1974), $2050, CGC 7.5, BIN – The last copy of IH #181 on this list features the lowest grade of the five copies, .5 less than the three copies directly above. The lower grade led to a slightly lower sale price, but still a few hundred dollars above the Overstreet book value.
  9. Amazing Spider-Man #129 (Marvel, 1974), $1900, CGC 9.2, 1 bid – The copy of ASM #129 in this auction features a lower grade than the two copies at the top of the list, and unsurprisingly features a lower sale price.
  10. Ms. Marvel #1 (Marvel, 1977), $1533, CGC 9.8, 21 bids – The debut issue of Ms. Marvel features the first appearance of Carol Danvers as that super-heroine. The Ms. Marvel character apparently has a movie in the planning stages for release in 2019, hence increased interest in the book that debuted that character. Gerry Conway wrote the debut tale, with story art from John Buscema (pencils) and Joe Sinnott (inks), and striking cover artwork by John Romita Sr.

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