Hot Comics #26:
Marvel Spotlight #5, 1st Ghost Rider

Hot Comics #26: Marvel Spotlight #5, 1st Ghost Rider
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Why Marvel Spotlight #5 is a Hot Comic


While the movie trail has gone cold for Ghost Rider, this book is still very popular with collectors and investors. It's doubly tough, being a black cover and a picture frame cover (notoriously hard to find in high grade).

While some grades have seen prices cool off, the 9.8 sale makes this book the most valuable of the Bronze Age (not counting the freak CGC 9.9 sale of Incredible Hulk #181).

  • CGC 9.8: $48,500
  • CGC 9.4 $4,850
  • CGC 9.2 $1,500
  • CGC 8.0 $560
  • CGC 7.0 $400
  • CGC 6.0 $325
  • CGC 4.0 $260

Despite the best efforts of Nic Cage, nobody much cares for the series of Ghost Rider movies. Tedious storylines and perhaps some of the least likeable 'heroes' in the MCU have kept Ghost Rider a second-string hero.

Nevertheless, Marvel Spotlight #5 is a genuine key issue, and has enough demand to cause its price to increase in the last year or so.

Part of the renewed excitement is the fact that film rights have reverted to Marvel Studios. Maybe there will be no more dedicated Ghost Rider movies, but if the character even crosses over into a mainstream series, then you'll see prices rocket.

Forget CGC 9.8. There are only two examples in the census, mainly due to the mostly black cover of this early 70s book, and the next time one hits market we expect it to fetch close to $20K.

9.6s are the next best thing, but probably not affordable to most of us. We recommend a 9.4 with white pages, which will still cost you close to $2,000, but has the potential for big appreciation.

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