Hot Comics 2022 #74:
Avengers 43, 1st Red Guardian
DOWN 24 PLACES FROM LAST YEAR

Why Avengers 43 is a Hot Comic

2021 MARKET REPORT: DISAPPOINTING YEAR IN SOME GRADES

With the Black Widow movie seemingly on endless pause due to the coronavirus, books like this one have gone sideways while the limbo wait continues.

It's a common book in most grades, which doesn't help resale values.

Recent sales:

  • 9.6 $2,500
  • 9.4 $1,050
  • 9.2 $780
  • 9.0 $420
  • 8.5 $300
  • 8.0 $380
  • 7.5 $225
  • 7.0 $225
  • 6.5 $180
  • 6.0 $150
  • 5.5 $130
  • 5.0 $120

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 9.0 2020 $471
  • LAST SALE $420
  • PERCENT CHANGE -12%

As usual, when the Marvel Cinematic Universe announces a new movie, there are spikes in the market. Even when a leak lets the subject of a movie out of the studio, the real excitement comes from the supporting characters.

Comic books which hardly caught anybody's attention suddenly become hot.

Not so long ago, I joked with Sean Goodrich that it's a shame the Avengers haven't tapped into some of the mid-Silver Age stuff. Issues #17 through 53 were almost all so-so back issues that were hardly worth the trouble of pricing.

With the Black Widow movie, plus the Eternals movie, we suddenly have Avengers #47 and #48, plus this book, Avengers 43, to get excited about!

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Silver Age Avengers comics have been slow to appreciate in value, generally speaking. I find them under-valued relative to more popular series like Amazing Spider-Man.

This means that (for now!) back issues like Avengers #43 can be found for relatively affordable prices.

It makes it easier to recommend this book in higher grade, as seen in the recent sales:

  • 9.6 $5,040
  • 9.2 $610
  • 9.0 $550
  • 8.5 $400
  • 8.0 $350
  • 7.0 $270
  • 6.5 $150

My pick is 9.0 with white pages. Don't bet the farm on this one though.

I don't see this becoming a long-term key issue. Once the movie has been and gone, it's probably going to become the obscure Silver Age book that it used to be.

Still, worth a punt at what are bargain basement prices for a book from 1967.

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