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2019 MARKET REPORT: PRICE COMPRESSION LEADS TO 2019 DROP
Some key issues seem to go up every year, but Incredible Hulk #1 is not a sure hit in every grade. I've dropped it down the list to reflect that.
I still like this book for long-term gain, but it needs time to settle down around the VG-FN range of grades. Sales are infrequent and often misleading.
2018 MARKET REPORT: DOWN BUT NOT OUT, HULK NO SMASH NOW
There is price appreciation, especially in grades around 2.5 to 3.5 and 6.5 and higher, but this book does not trade in high enough volumes to deserve a place in the top 10 at the moment.
The eye-catching 9.0 sale is from May 2017. Always exciting to see a Silver Age key issue hit such heady heights.
2017 MARKET REPORT
Hulk stole the show in the Avengers movies. And while his own movies were a little lukewarm, chances are the character will continue to cross over into other properties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It is a much rarer book than most other Marvel key issue comics. Check out these total census numbers for unrestored copies:
Incredible Hulk #1 -- 860 copies graded
Journey into Mystery #83 -- 968 copies graded
Fantastic Four #1 -- 1088 copies graded
Tales of Suspense #39 -- 1180 copies graded
Amazing Fantasy #15 -- 1537 copies graded
Avengers #1 -- 1954 copies graded
Amazing Spider-Man #1 -- 1979 copies graded
X-Men #1 -- 2269 copies graded
You can see from the above that Hulk #1 is about twice as rare as AF15, but prices have not really reflected this. Demand is so high on the 1st Spider-Man appearance. But Hulk is smashing his way to the top.
The entry level 0.5 grade is now approaching $4,000. That's still a ways behind, but if this trend continues, Hulk #1 will become the most valuable Silver Age Marvel issue bar none.
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