2023 MARKET REPORT: NOTHING SINISTER ABOUT THIS TOUGH SQUAREBOUND BOOK
While the market in general has suffered, demand for this uber-tough early key issue has remained healthy.
Usually a rag when we do come across it, high-grade copies are very rare.
2022 MARKET REPORT: SMASH 9.6 SALE IS THE HIGHLIGHT
$78,000 for a CGC 9.6 is a thumping new high!
There was also a very solid 9.2 sale for $24K and enough upward traction to suggest that this book could yet move higher up the 100 Hot Comics list in the years ahead.
All we need now is confirmation of the Sinister Six movie.
$600 is the entry price for a 0.5.
2021 MARKET REPORT: NO HIGH GRADE SALES REPORTED
All the action since my last report has been in the low range to VF.
Our target grade of CGC 7.0 has been solid.
Like everything else, the news is all on hold as to when the Sinister Six might hit the MCU.
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2020 MARKET REPORT: NEWS OF THE SINISTER SIX MOVIE
Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1 has been the subject of speculation for a while now, and recently a trailer gave the nod to a Sinister Six movie.
There is not much more to say about this right now. Only, it's worthy of a higher place on this year's list and it's about as hot as Hawkman #4, so we declared them a tie.
Here are recent sales.
2019 MARKET REPORT: NEW ON THE 100 HOT COMICS LIST!
Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1 is the first appearance of the Sinister Six, a team of super-villains who previously had fought Spider-Man.
The team consists of Doctor Octopus (the leader), Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and Vulture.
A Sinister Six movie has been widely rumored for years, and leaked emails seem to confirm that one is in development.
A lot of the movie appreciation is baked into the price already, but I try to find multiple reasons to invest in comic books, and this issue has plenty going for it.
Marvel Annuals (and similar 'squarebound' books like Silver Surfer #1, Marvel Super-Heroes #13 etc.) are notoriously tough to find in higher grade.
Typical examples have minor spine splits, a squashed spine, and worst of all, wrinkles and major spine stress from the glue holding the cover on to the interior stapled pages failing over the years.
Most well-handled copies will have reader's creases (the covers are hard to open wide enough to read the stories without creasing them parallel to the spine).
It's even more true of this 1964 issue, one of the first of its type. Over time, Marvel got better at manufacturing larger issues.
There are less than 30 examples above 9.0. This scarcity, along with the historic importance of the Sinister Six's first appearance, AND Spider-Man's huge popularity push this grade level out of reach for most buyers.
The grade I recommend is CGC 7.0. Much nicer than most copies, and ideally most of the front cover will be free of damage.
There are Canadian editions out there which sell for far less than US editions.
Here are recent sales.
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