Hot Comics #25: Avengers 8, 1st Kang the Conqueror
UP 36 PLACES FROM LAST YEAR!

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Why Avengers 8 is a Hot Comic

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What does Kang the Conqueror have to do with the MCU?

I'm not clear yet (I don't have contacts in Marvel Studios), but clearly SOMETHING, because this among many potential candidates has been hot for a couple of years now.

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Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 8.0 2019 $1,042
  • LAST SALE $1,175
  • PERCENT CHANGE +12%

It's a pretty tough book, mid-1960s, white cover which shows dirt and dust.

I still see upside and suggest you own a nice high-grade copy as soon as you can afford one.

Recent sales:

  • 9.8 $16,500 (new record!)
  • 9.4 $3,120
  • 9.2 $3,300
  • 9.0 $1,824
  • 8.5 $1,680
  • 7.5 $720
  • 7.0 $600
  • 6.5 $495
  • 6.0 $449
  • 5.5 $400
  • 5.0 $330
  • 4.5 $390(!)
  • 4.0 $210
  • 3.5 $249(!!)
  • 3.0 $137
  • 2.5 $175(!)

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Avengers 8 is quietly becoming one of the hottest books in the series, thanks to renewed rumor of the FF movies coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

There is some confusion about the rights to the Kang character, with James Gunn commenting that 20th Century Fox has the rights.

Mind you, that was back in 2015, so things may well have changed since then with the generally upbeat Homecoming mood and Disney's purchase of Marvel.

Avengers is one of the classic Marvel titles of the Silver Age, and this is an issue in the first ten. That in itself is enough to recommend most key issues.

We see this way less often than #1 and #4 believe it or not -- this book seems scarcer than many of the same period.

The mostly white cover also shows dust and sun shadowing easily, so a high-grade copy is pretty hard to come by.

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In common with most Silver Age comic books, you should look beyond VG condition -- the average well-read copy won't excite potential buyers when it comes time to cash in.

Here are some recent sales:

  • CGC 2.5 $129
  • CGC 3.0 $72  (!)
  • CGC 4.0 $240
  • CGC 5.0 $300
  • CGC 6.0 $355
  • CGC 7.0 $500
  • CGC 8.0 $950
  • CGC 9.0 $1,050

The price of an 8.0 has increased threefold since 2017, and that's where I'd put your money if it was up to me. I doubt whether you'll get one for less than $1,000 now.

Try to find a copy with at least Off-White to White pages.

Don't buy fixed price listings. As you can see from the 3.0 sale above, the 2.5 was an impatient buyer who over-paid for the lower-grade example.

The jump in price from 5.0 to 6.0 is not very big, so if your budget doesn't stretch to an 8.0 then I would look to the FN level.

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