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2020 MARKET UPDATE: LOWER GRADE COPIES ARE NO LONGER BLIND
If you're wondering where the value is in the hot-as-heck Marvel Silver Age key issue comic books, then look at Daredevil 1 in GD-FN.
There hasn't been much action above FN, but bargain hunters are driving up the low-grade copies to new highs.
Entry level of CGC 0.5 for this book is now $500! That's really significant for a book which is a bit more common than the other mega-keys of the 1960s.
2019 MARKET UPDATE: FOGGY TIMES AHEAD
It seems funny to be disappointed with a 33 percent return on a 12-month investment. The fact is, Daredevil 1 is doing pretty well -- I just can't get excited about the character.
The Netflix series has been popular for a while, and has helped books like Amazing Spider-Man #50 (1st Kingpin) to find new fans.
I can't really see where this book is going to go next. There are so many hot Marvel comics at the moment that anything's possible. I just feel in my gut that there are not enough back issues with real value to keep DD near the top of the heap.
Here are recent sales.
2018 MARKET UPDATE: THE ONLY DD COMIC BOOK WORTH OWNING?
Not quite true! But pretty close. We promoted Daredevil #131 to the 100 Hot Comics list this year, thanks to Bullseye being an anti-hero in the TV series.
But apart from that and a few other exceptions, Daredevil is not shaking off its reputation as a second-string Marvel Silver Age title.
Still, sales of #1 have been hot this year, with strong gains seen at many levels. There has been a general sense of searching for value, as the super-keys have become too expensive for many casual investors.
Here are some recent sales. Lower grade levels have keep this book high on the hot list.
2017 MARKET UPDATE:
This book is STILL an under-valued key issue, despite the DD series being extended, and while it's certainly more common than other Marvel #1s from the 1960s, it's becoming harder to find at affordable prices.
The white cover does make it genuinely tough in higher grades. Try to find one that presents well from the front and which is free of stains and dust/sun shadows.
Marvel's Daredevil TV series dragged this comic book kicking and screaming into the limelight.
Sure, only a handful of back issues have value (including the origin and first appearance of the Purple Man in Daredevil #4, and Daredevil #168, 1st Elektra) also on the Hot 100 list), but there is no doubting Daredevil #1 is a Marvel mega-key.
It's still relatively affordable, too, so unlike, say, Incredible Hulk #1 or Amazing Fantasy #15, those on a limited budget can actually afford a decent-looking copy.