Hot Comics #65:
Thor 165, 1st Adam Warlock
UP 23 PLACES FROM LAST YEAR!

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Why Thor 165 is a Hot Comic

2022 MARKET UPDATE: THE MARKET CAN'T MAKE UP ITS MIND ON THIS BOOK

There have been good gains in some grades in the past 12 months, but overall the interest in Warlock comics seems to have stalled. There is no news, and no news is never good news in the MCU.

My target grade of 8.5 tripled in the past year! I feel pretty good about that.

A final confirmation of a Warlock movie would rocket this book to the moon. If you have one, hold.

That $6K 9.4 sale looks good to me!

Recent sales:

  • 9.4 $6,000
  • 9.2 $3,850
  • 9.0 $2,650
  • 8.5 $2,395
  • 8.0 $1,140
  • 7.5 $1,300
  • 7.0 $620
  • 6.5 $800(!)
  • 6.0 $550
  • 5.5 $450
  • 5.0 $510(!)
  • 4.5 $355
  • 4.0 $325
  • 3.5 $220
  • 3.0 $270(!)

2021 MARKET UPDATE: WARLOCK WEAKENS

A very disappointing year for Adam Warlock fans. While this is technically not his true first appearance (see FF#67), it's still a big late Silver Age comic, and one that ought to get more love than it is right now.

Like so much of the MCU, Warlock seems a very long way off right now.

Recent sales:

  • 9.2 $2,100
  • 9.0 $1,350
  • 8.5 $740
  • 8.0 $650
  • 7.5 $445
  • 7.0 $385
  • 6.5 $370
  • 6.0 $260
  • 5.5 $200
  • 5.0 $250(!)
  • 4.5 $220
  • 4.0 $225
  • 3.5 $95
  • 3.0 $175(!!)

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 8.5 2020 $714
  • LAST SALE $740
  • PERCENT CHANGE +3%

Thor 165 is just one of many Adam Warlock comics which have taken off lately.

If the character interests you and you see a big future for HIM! then I suggest you consider some of the following books as well:

Fantastic Four #66 and #67 | Incredible Hulk #178 | Warlock #1 (197x)

He looks sure to play a major role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What to Invest In

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This is a market of two halves. Lower-grade books have actually plateaued, and are probably best avoided.

Most black comic book covers are much more appealing in VF or nicer.

Low-grade copies of books like Thor 165, Marvel Spotlight #5, Amazing Spider-Man #28 and Fantastic Four #112 are just nasty and don't appreciate well over time.

I dug into selling prices and settled on CGC 8.5 as being the sweet spot. It's gone up in value more than the 9.0 (in percentage terms) in the past two years, yet the investment is $300 less than the 9.0.

Higher than 9.0 the prices get scary. You might buy an 8.0 instead if you are short a couple of hundred dollars.

Here are the most recent sales.

  • CGC 4.0 $77
  • CGC 6.0 $150
  • CGC 7.0 $295
  • CGC 8.0 $475
  • CGC 8.5 $700
  • CGC 9.0 $1,020
  • CGC 9.2 $1,600
  • CGC 9.4 $3,200

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