2019 MARKET UPDATE: PROFIT TAKING SWATS THE WASP
The Wasp movie has been and gone, and despite the shocking post-credits scene, which tied into the end of Avengers: Infinity War, not much was said about the movie.
I thought it was merely so-so. I didn't find it as funny as the first Ant-Man movie, and unless they roll the Wasp into the MCU's Avengers team (she was a founder member in Avengers #1), I don't see much upside in this book.
I managed to tip a grade which is so scarce that there have been no sales recorded in the past two years!
But other grades are reporting very mixed prices. Mid-grades are doing OK, lower grades are falling as interest turns elsewhere.
The sale of CGC 8.5 for $8,000 is a huge increase year-on-year (probably a lunatic who pulled the trigger on a buy-it-now item) and supports my chosen grade range.
But the 7.5 price of $2,200 was disappointing, and is probably a better reflection of the market for this Silver Age key issue comic.
This book is typically seen in VG-FN.
2018 MARKET UPDATE:
Wasp is a hot character in both senses of the word. Her inclusion should make this movie the latest in the humorous Marvel movies, and add a love interest which was missing from the first storyline.
There have been no super-high grade copies sold in the past year, but steady increases in most grades. Here are recent sales.
2017 MARKET UPDATE:
The big news is a new record high-grade sale of this book in February 2017. No matter what happens lower down the grade scale, it's always exciting when a book sets a new highest ever sale.
Wasp was a founder member of the Avengers original team. She is far more important than her current status in the Marvel Universe dictates. Sales of Tales to Astonish #44 have started to reflect this, at last.
It's no surprise that the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have shaken up the values of some long-undervalued Silver Age key issue comics. This is one of them.
Anybody who watched the Ant-Man movie all the way to the credits will have seen the reason for this book's super-hot status. The Wasp was introduced as a future character in the series in an extra post-credits sequence. This is her first appearance.
A tough book above FN grades, so be patient and pick a good-looking VF- to VF copy.