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Heralds of Galactus
Cates brings the Heralds of Galactus together in the new Thor series coming out January 1, 2020
- 1st appearance of Cosmic Ghost Rider, who was once the Punisher until he became a Herald of Galactus
- 1st appearance of King Thanos
- [August - this issue and its variants are heating up, the Albuquerque variant just set a new record for $800, mainly due to the potential that the character has in the future of the Marvel Universe especially how he may tie into the story architecture of writer Donny Cates']
- 1st appearance of Golden Oldie, Aunt May as a Herald of Galactus in a dream Peter is having where she and Franklin Richards search the Universe for a Twinkie big enough to feed Galactus (a Hostess advertisement)
- 1st cameo appearance of the New Defenders, becomes the Fantastic Force: The Hooded Man (later revealed to be Old Man Logan) Lightwave (a Herald of Galactus), Psionics (daughter of Lightwave), Natalie X, Alex Ultron (version 16.0) and Hulk Jr.
- 1st appearance of Stardust, an ancient cosmic being of indiscernible form, who served Galactus as a loyal Herald
- 1st appearance of Alpha Ray Bill, a bio-engineered protector of the Korbinites
- *Alpha Ray is briefly seen in the gathering of the Heralds panel and could gain some prominence if Cates delves into his character
- *copies ordered by retailers: 31,234
- 1st appearance of the Destroyer, a suit of armor forged by Odin and animated by magic to act as a protector
- *later, Thor frees Firelord from Galactus by giving him the Destroyer armor to act as his Herald
- 1st appearance of Silver Surfer.
- 1st cameo appearance of Galactus.
- Rounding out the list this week at number 10 is another blue chip book with MCU anticipation fueling it.
- Like Giant Size X-Men #1 and Hulk #181, Collectors expect Marvel Studios to introduce the first family into their cinematic universe now that the rights (held by Fox) are under Disney control.
- Collectors are racing to pick up copies before major news is announced causing prices to soar.
- This week, a 9.6 White Page copy (I'm sensing a trend with these White Page books) sold in the Heritage Platinum Session Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction for a other wordly $21,000 obliterating the previous record of $18,000.
- Raws are selling consistently as well and are now at the $1k mark for mid grades.
- This is after a CGC 9.8 white pager set an all-time record two weeks ago of $42,500 at the ComicLink Summer Featured Auction and a copy of Fantastic Four 5 CGC 9.4 (1st Dr. Doom) hit $84k on Comic Connect the same week (up from $66k).
- Collectors are also moving to major blue chip keys after spending the first half of 2020 firmly focused on moderns.