100 Hot Comics: The Crow 1

NEW ENTRY! Hot Comics 2020 #67: The Crow 1, Caliber Press, 1989 1st Printing

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Why The Crow 1 is a Hot Comic

This Caliber book by J. A. Barr has become a cult classic.

Brandon Lee's tragic accidental death on the movie set of The Crow created a kind of hero status for this character.

As if that were not enough, it's a late 1980s comic book that has spent a lot of time ignored by the collecting community, and an all-black cover to boot.

Multiple printings later, the first print of The Crow 1 is a sought-after Copper Age comic book. It's joining a slowly growing list of really tough non-mainstream 1980s books:

If you're looking for long-term value in your comic book investments, then some of the 80s key issues are the place to be hunting.

What to Invest In

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There are only 32 copies of The Crow 1 graded 9.8 in the CGC census. That says a lot for a book of this vintage.

Yes, it's only 30 years old, but it was a non-mainstream title, and when copies do show up in the Sell My Comic Books office, they tend to be around VF.

Normally I would insist on an investment in a CGC 9.8 for a 1980s book. This is one rare exception.

  • 9.8 $3,200
  • 9.6 $640
  • 9.4 $320
  • 9.2 $275
  • 9.0 $250
  • 8.5 $250(!)
  • 8.0 $210
  • 7.5 $200
  • 7.0 $150

As you can see from the most recent sales, CGC 9.4 is a good compromise. Look for white pages, of course.

Perhaps a CGC 9.6 is a good bet too, but I expect these to be priced around $1K on today's market, which is asking a lot of appreciation before you're in the money.

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