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- 1st full appearance of Wolverine.
- Coming in at number 2 this week is a book so famous it's often referred to by just it's issue number.
- Perennially hot but now also on the top of collectors 'need to grab a copy right now' lists is the 1st app of the greatest character ever created...under 5'3".
- This week saw the book hit five figures in the 9.4 range with a new all-time high of $12,305 for a White Page copy in the ComicLink Focused Auction.
- We also saw a new all-time high for a 7.5 copy on eBay at $4,020.
- The book is seeing strong sales across the board and is hitting close to all-time highs in every grade. Numbers not seen since 2018 when the Fox acquisition was first announced.
- The book is doing especially well on the low end as collectors are fighting to get into entry level copies.
- Raws are hitting $2,500 and an incomplete, qualified copy even sold for $2,600 at 7.0.
- The volume of sales also remains high.
- Two weeks ago, a CGC 9.8 White Page copy sold at the Heritage Platinum Session Signature Auction (Sept 2020) for a staggering $49,200. This is almost $10,000 higher than other copy has ever sold for with the exception of the Mile High II copy.
- The Mile High II copy sold on ComicLink in early 2019 for an all-time record of $59,000.
- Experts attribute the vast premiums placed on certain copies to big money collectors looking to obtain not just the best grades but the best presenting copies.
- The copy that sold at the Heritage Auction not only had White Pages but had vibrant colors and was well centered. Two components that are of particular interest to collectors with this book
- High end collectors place a premium on the cover of Incredible Hulk #181 having very bright reds. Only copies that were printed at the beginning of the run for this book exhibit bright reds.
- As the run went on, the cheaper materials Marvel employed in this period wore. The plates blunted and the colors dried and shifted. Copies in the middle of the run exhibit muted reds and those at the end of the run exhibit an orange shade.
- Cover colors can also appear muted or shift shade if they have sun damage though it is unlikely the whites will remain white if this is the case.
- Few other books from this era bring in premiums for bright colors and none bring in the level of premium this book does.
- Advances in printing and inks largely prevent this level of color variation in modern comics.
- High end collectors also place a premium on well centered copies of this book. Though centering is an issue for many books from this era, the white back page advertisement here makes the smallest off-centering apparent.
- Though not present on either the Heritage or the Mile High II copies, newsstand cover date stamps also command a premium on this book.
- These are on-sale dates stamped onto covers by newsstand vendors. When placed correctly they enhance a book's look like a signature does but they also give collectors a window into the actual street dates.
- For instance, copies of Incredible Hulk #181 have been known to be stamped "July 31 1974" rather than the 11/74 date printed in the indicia as publisher routinely printed indicia dates that were several months away to try and give books a longer shelf like on newsstands.
- There is a strong desire from collectors to diversify back into traditional keys after a period (probably pandemic fueled) of modern only collecting.
- With Giant Size X-Men #1 and Hulk #181 making strong showings it might not be long until we see X-Men #1 make an appearance on the Hot 10.
- 1st appearance of Glorian, whose power to warp reality and give people what they desire was bestowed upon him by the Shaper of Worlds (1st appeared as Thomas Gideon in FF #34)
- Preview of Captain Britain in a British fanzine
- Interior explanation of Captain Britain’s creative development as Marvel’s first original content made for the British market
- Preceded the first appearance of Captain Britain in Captain Britain #1 (October 1976)
- 1st appearance of Cobra Commander
- 1st appearance of Baroness
- 1st appearance of Snake-Eyes
- 1st appearance of Scarlett
- 1st appearance of Hawk, Grunt, Breaker, Rock 'N Roll, General Flagg, Stalker, Zap and Short-Fuze
- 📈 +38% increase in value throughout September than previous months in high-grade. 9.8 CGC graded copies are selling for approximately $300 over the average highs