NEW ENTRY! Hot Comics #62: Silver Surfer 4, Classic Battle With Thor

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Why Silver Surfer 4 is a Hot Comic

Silver Surfer 4 is just one of the books benefiting from the 'homecoming' to Marvel Studios of the Fantastic Four.

Pretty much every comic with the Silver Surfer on it is currently red-hot, mostly thanks to speculation that the Herald of Galactus is going to feature heavily in upcoming Marvel movies when Sony gives up the rights (or negotiates a combination deal like they did with Spider-Man).

And surely Marvel Studios will do a decent job of it this time around, after a bunch of awful FF movies in the past.

A short list of the hottest Silver Surfer comic book issues would look like:

And then this book. Just a glance at the front cover tells you all you need to know about the universal appeal of SS#4.

Not only is Thor vs Silver Surfer one of the coolest concepts for a super-battle, but this is an all-time classic cover rendition by John Buscema. In a hobby increasingly dominated by cover collectors, this is a no-brainer.

There has never been a shortage of demand for this comic book, but prices have suddenly spiked, and so it makes its way onto the Hot 100.

What to Invest In

Here are some recent sales to whet your appetite:

  • CGC 4.5 $300
  • CGC 5.5 $375
  • CGC 7.0 $550
  • CGC 8.0 $885
  • CGC 9.0 $1,200
  • CGC 9.2 $1,935
  • CGC 9.4 $2,450
  • CGC 9.6 $4,650

My gut tells me that higher-grade copies of this book are where to invest. The average SS#4 that comes into the office is about VG, often with splits on the spine.

The Marvel 'squarebound' books (annual-size) like this one were manufactured with the pages stapled together, and the cover glued on to the outside slab of pages.

They seem particularly tough in high grade. CGC seems to treat them quite harshly.

I would look for a VF copy for under $900.

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