100 Hot Comics #96: Amazing Spider-Man #2, 1st Vulture
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Why Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: BARELY SURVIVING IN THE HOT 100

When is a selloff overdone? Perhaps when it's an early Silver Age key issue comic book, of the world's most collected super-hero, Spider-Man.

This is starting to look like a deal waiting to happen.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 7.0 2018 $2,750
  • LAST SALE $2,880
  • PERCENT CHANGE +4%

The last sale in my chosen 7.0 grade looks cheap compared to a CGC 6.0 at $2,500 and a CGC 6.5 at $2,880.

It's still the second issue of ASM. It's still the first Vulture appearance. Yes, his movie time has come and gone, but there will always be demand for this book.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.0 $6,821
  • CGC 8.5 $8,600 (!!!)
  • CGC 7.5 $3,750
  • CGC 7.0 $2,880
  • CGC 6.5 $2,880
  • CGC 6.0 $2,500
  • CGC 5.5 $2,384
  • CGC 5.0 $1,975
  • CGC 4.5 $1,850
  • CGC 4.0 $1,380
  • CGC 3.5 $1,120
  • CGC 3.0 $1,149 (!!)
  • CGC 2.5 $948

2018 MARKET UPDATE: WAKE UP, IT'S THE 3RD SPIDER-MAN APPEARANCE

The usual dropoff after a movie comes and goes applies to this book, with weaker prices in many of the grades.

But this is still the third ever appearance of Spider-Man. I like this book long-term.

The CGC 9.4 sale is a new record high in the grade. Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.4 $26,000
  • CGC 8.0 $5,700
  • CGC 7.0 $2,750
  • CGC 6.5 $1,910
  • CGC 6.0 $2,400 (!!)
  • CGC 5.5 $1,875
  • CGC 5.0 $1,200
  • CGC 4.5 $1,200
  • CGC 4.0 $1,250
  • CGC 3.5 $1,035
  • CGC 3.0 $990
  • CGC 2.5 $510

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

It's confirmed! After all the speculation, Michael Keaton will be The Vulture in the wasn't-Marvel-anymore-but-now-will-be reboot of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

As if that wasn't enough, it's the third-ever appearance of Spidey, and a true Silver Age key issue. The fuss about this book is justified. I doubt whether it will suffer much price-wise after the movie has come and gone. Scarce in higher grades.

  • CGC 7.0: $2,800
  • CGC 6.5 $2,200
  • CGC 6.0 $1,875
  • CGC 5.5 $1,550
  • CGC 5.0 $1,910
  • CGC 4.5 $1,250
  • CGC 4.0 $1,150
  • CGC 3.5 $975
  • CGC 3.0 $950
  • CGC 2.5 $650
  • CGC 0.5 INCOMPLETE $720 (!!!)

Of all the bad guys on the Spider-Man villains list, the Vulture has perhaps the most potential from an investment standpoint.

Sorry for the amateurish quality of the following YouTube clip, but it demonstrates the excitement around the Vulture's potential appearance in a future Spider-Man movie project:

There are a bunch of question marks since that trailer was released. An actor's IMDB profile included mention he had signed for the project and was due to play the Vulture. Then it was removed again, and the entire Spider-Man reboot with Andrew Garfield seems to have been shelved.

That doesn't mean the Vulture won't feature at some point, maybe as part of a Sinister Six project. The Sinister Six first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, so it might be worth grabbing a copy of that book too.

We didn't include the annual in our Hot 100 list, because since Garfield's Spidey movie series has been cancelled, prices have come down on that book as speculators dumped their copies.

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