Top 3 Comic Book Investments of 2014
The year is about to unfold in the world of comic book investing and if you are lucky, there will be gold, very small amounts, at the end of the tunnel. This year is a continuation of those in recent past, and likely the near future, as 2014 comic book values will be heavily driven by Hollywood. With the success of The Avengers, Thor and Iron Man, Hollywood is making more calculated moves to bring comic book favorites the the big screen. The 2014 comic book investment list, in many ways, mirrors Hollywood's desire to find the next gold mine, and why not considering the ridiculous profits the major film studios have racked in from comic book movies recently. This trend will likely continue for some time and hopefully to the benefit of comic book investors.
1. Marvel Super-Heroes #18 (First Appearance of Guardians of the Galaxy)
Although there is some sentiment from critics that Guardians of the Galaxy will be a flop, I hardly believe that will be true. Marvel, it seems, has discovered the formula to creating epic comic book films. Lets just write Fantastic Four off as a learning experience. The recently trailer, points to a more "Iron Man" type comedy action, which to me seems like a home run if they really do not screw it up.
Check out the trailer:
Investment wise this issue is still selling for relatively low prices in the $300-$400 range for CGC F-VF issues. Comparing to Tales of Astonish #35 (First appearance of Ant-Man), Guardians seems to still be trading at a discount. A big showing in the box office and continued marketing of Guardians in games, toys and other merchandise could, and I believe will, start a new younger following for this franchise.
2. Captain America #117 (First Appearance of The Falcon)
The Falcon is somewhat of a second row character (Falcon fans please don't hate me), that has some room to grow investment wise. It is clear that The Falcon will be playing a major part of the upcoming film Captain America: Winter Soldier and unlike Guardians, Captain America is a proven commodity on the big screen. Just check out the $176 million gross on the first Captain America film. Based on the buzz around this film and the quality of the trailer, in my mind, it is clear the profile of The Falcon will rise to new heights.
Check out the Trailer:
This issue has seen some upward movement lately but still seems to be trading at a discounted price. CGC F-VF issues can be found between $250-$400 on Ebay at the moment. Considering the inclusion of The Falcon in Capitan America: Winter Soldier, it is unlikely that we will see a stand alone Falcon film but I am not sure that is a major set back here. The Falcon will have a major marketing push on the merchandising side and will likely be included in future Marvel Universe films.
3. Tales to Astonish #35 (First Appearance of Ant-Man)
Ant-Man is coming to the big screen in 2015, so we have a bit of time before we have the full force of the Marvel marketing juggernaut pushing Ant-Man. Even though we have known about the Ant-Man film for some time, there is still over a year (from this post) until it is released. In my opinion, the early footage seems a bit campy, which scares the crap out of me, but again I can only put my trust in Marvel at this point, until they disappoint. There are opinions by some trusted sources that seem to think this could be a big success. Check out this article by Comic Book Resources.
Tales to Astonish #35 is already on its way up the ladder and is likely to climb even more over the next year and possibly longer if the film is a success. Acquiring issues in the CGC 4.5 - 5.5 range will set you back around $400 - $600. Check out Ebay for the latest prices. Higher grade issues seem to be trading in very limited quantities so getting your hands on a 7.0 or higher for a decent price could really pay off.
Note: Please keep in mind that comic books are a risky investment with limited liquidity. Please understand the risk before investing.
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