Ant-Man Movie and Ant-Man and the Wasp: What Now for Comic Book Values?

Very cool-looking promo movie clips featured a perfect rendition of Ant-Man. Sadly, things have not gone well, and attached director Edgar Wright has left the project

Ant-Man Movie and Comic Book Values

The cinematic adaptation of Ant-Man was really well-received by Marvel fans, being simultaneously exciting AND funny (something DC cannot pull off).

Now, a sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is due to be released in 2018. Let's take a look at the values of key issue Ant-Man comics.

Prices of Tales to Astonish #27 (first Hank Pym/Ant-Man Appearance)

Tales to Astonish #27: 1st Hugh Pym, Record sale: $75,000. Click to check current market values

Tales to Astonish #27: First appearance of Hank Pym (pre-hero Ant-Man)

Record sale: $200,000
Minimum value: $200

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Speculation in comic books tied to movie releases is a fact of life in the comic book industry these days. The movie hype has seen prices spike rapidly since 2012.

While many collectors may associate the character with his first in-costume appearance in Tales to Astonish #35, the hottest issue is the first Hank Pym appearance in Tales to Astonish #27.

Here's a graph showing prices for a fairly typical example of TTA #27 in mid-grade, CGC 4.5.

Prices of Tales to Astonish #35 show a similar growth curve, though prices are much lower for this issue.

Price increase in CCG 4.5 for Tales to Astonish #27 since 2010. Movie speculation has fired up prices.

Data provided by GPA Analysis. This awesome tool tracks all sales of CGC-graded comic books.

Tales to Astonish #35: 1st Time Ant Man appears in Costume. Record sale: $29000. Click to check current market values

Tales to Astonish #35: 1st Time in Costume, Origin told

Record sale: $51,000
Minimum value: $50

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What Will the Wasp Bring to the Game?

A typically ditzy female Marvel Comics character, The Wasp first appeared in Tales to Astonish #44. She went on to be a founder member of the Avengers, and one of the most important female superheroes in the Marvel universe.

Ant-Man Movie Sequel: Tales to Astonish #44, Origin and First Appearance of The Wasp

Ant-Man Movie Sequel: Tales to Astonish #44, Origin and First Appearance of The Wasp. Click for values

Tales to Astonish #44: Origin and First Appearance of The Wasp
The character, Janet van Dyne, will co-star in Ant-Man and the Wasp in 2018

Record sale: $26,000
Minimum value: $40

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What Has Happened to Key Issue Prices? Are They Softening?

In a word... No.

TTA #27 is one of those issues which was probably under-valued, being the first appearance of a relatively major character. Although Ant-Man is probably not Marvel A-list, he's certainly B-list.

Don't forget that this character was part of the original Avengers line-up. Avengers #1 is a special case; there are so many characters that prices are strong on the issue, but it turns up way more often than TTA #27.

References

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