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Marvel Top 50 Heroes

A categorical listing of Marvel Top 50 Heroes curated by Key Collector Comics.

Low $4.5k
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Mid $14k
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High $33k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Namor the Sub-Mariner
  • 1st appearance of American Ace
  • *scarce - only nine copies are known to exist
  • *the comic was intended to be a giveaway at movie theaters but it never went into full production
Low $25k
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Mid $75k
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High $285k
  • 1st appearance of the Human Torch (Jim Hammond).
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Sub-Mariner (reprinted from Motion Picture Funnies Weekly #1).
  • 1st appearance of Ka-Zar, Angel and Jungle Terror, the Masked Raider and Dorma (Namor's first wife).
  • 1st comic book published by Timely, later becomes Marvel.
  • Retitled Marvel Mystery Comics after this issue.
  • The granddaddy of all Marvel comics and the rarest mega key in collecting with just 30 universal graded copies reported on the CGC census (compared to 41 for Action Comics #1 and 32 for Detective Comics #27).
  • Any time this book comes to market it's an event. The last sale was in November of 2019 when the Windy City pedigree CGC 9.4 copy broke records when it ended at a staggering 1.26 million.
  • August 2020 was no exception as the, perhaps more famous, Nic Cage CGC 6.0 copy ended at $280,500 (last sold in 2011 for $70k).
  • Note that both these copies are November copies in which the "October 1939" cover date is blacked out and "November 1939" is printed next to it.
  • October copies are harder to find (though with only 30 copies ever graded that may be splitting hairs) and considered the true first print.
  • October copies had a print run of approx. 80,000 copies and were understood to be a limited test printing that was distributed on the East Coast. This run sold out within 1 week of its August 31st release.
  • The book was sent back to the presses a second time with a print run of 800,000 now (to match sales at that time of Superman). Changing the cover date allowed the book to have a longer on sale period at newsstands.
Low $35k
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Mid $110k
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High $400k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Captain America
  • 1st appearance of James Buchanan Barnes aka Bucky, later becomes the Winter Soldier
  • 1st appearance of the Red Skull,George Maxon, an agent of the true Red Skull
  • 1st appearance of Doctor Reinstein aka Doctor Erskine, the inventor of the Super Soldier serum
  • 1st appearance of Hurricane, later becomes Makkari
  • 1st appearance of Tuk the Cave Boy, first offspring of the Inhumans
  • Introduction of Project Rebirth, the Super Soldier Program that eventually expanded into Weapon Plus
Low $7k
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Mid $21k
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High $120k
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
  • 1st appearance of Mole Man
  • 1st appearance of Tricephalous
  • Landmark issue that launched the Marvel Age of comics
  • December 2020 - Kevin Feige confirms the Fantastic Four film is in the works with Jon Watts (Cop Car, Spider-Man Homecoming) directing
  • THIS WEEK’S RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]
  • 9.0 sold for $264,000 [$165,000 in 2016] +60%
  • 8.5 sold for $132,000 [$126,000 in 2019] +4%
  • 4.0 sold for $18,200 [$16,200 in Feb] +12%
Low $700
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Mid $3.7k
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High $42k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Hank Pym, later becomes Ant-Man, Goliath, Giant-Man and Yellowjacket
Low $5.8k
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Mid $18k
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High $110k
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Hulk
  • 1st appearance of Betty Ross
  • 1st appearance of Rick Jones
  • 1st appearance of General "Thunderbolt" Ross
  • [February 2020 - Rick Jones rumored to join the MCU]
Low $2.6k
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Mid $9.2k
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High $81k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Thor
  • Introduction of Thor's hammer, Mjolnir
  • 1st team appearance of the Kronans, a race of rock-like aliens
  • 1st appearance of Donald Blake, the human host of Thor
Low $11.3k
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Mid $49k
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High $355k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Spider-Man
  • 1st appearance and death of Uncle Ben
  • 1st appearance of Aunt May
  • 1st appearance of Flash Thompson
  • [January 2021- a 9.4 graded copy sold privately for $1.2 million dollars previous 9.4 sale was $795,000 in March 2020]
Low $2k
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Mid $5.5k
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High $44k
  • 1st appearance of Iron Man
  • Debut of Iron Man's 'Model 1' armor
  • 1st appearance of Wong-Chu, a Viet Cong warlord and Iron Man's first enemy
Low $650
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Mid $3.6k
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High $17k
  • 🏅 #9 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Doctor Strange
  • 1st appearance of the Ancient One, former Sorcerer Supreme
  • 1st appearance of Wong, Doctor Strange's assistant
  • 1st appearance of Nightmare, in shadows
  • [December 2020 -Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, debuts March 25, 2022 and will introduce America Chavez]
  • THIS WEEK'S TOP RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]
  • 8.0 sold for $15,600 [$8,600 in 2015] +81%
  • 6.0 sold for $8,095 [$5,022 in Mar] +61%
  • 4.0 sold for $3,400 [$2,995 in Jan] +14%
  • Many classic characters were introduced in anthology titles, Thor in Journey Into Mystery and Iron Man in Tales of Suspense but unlike the other two, Doctor Strange did not appear on the cover which causes this book to be overlooked
  • Until this latest 6.0 sale, there was a difference of $10,000 between Strange Tales #110 compared to Journey Into Mystery #83 and Tales of Suspense #39
  • Whoever purchased the 8.0 for double the previous high actually got an incredible deal on the book
  • For one, there are only about 100 copies that are graded higher than 8.0
  • Also, the $15k purchase is still half the average price paid for Iron Man and Thor’s first appearances
  • While Iron Man and Thor may be considered more popular, all three issues are comparatively similar having been released within a year of one another and register approximately 1,600 graded copies in existence
  • Strange Tales #110 is currently undervalued
Low $3.1k
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Mid $9.2k
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High $48.5k
  • 1st team appearance of the X-Men: Cyclops, Jean Grey aka Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, Beast, Professor X and Magneto
  • Homo Superior concept, coined by Magneto to describe humans born with special abilities introduced in this issue
Low $1.5k
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Mid $4.5k
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High $16k
  • 🏅 #5 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance and origin of Daredevil, Matt Murdock
  • 1st appearance of Foggy Nelson
  • 1st appearance of Karen Page
  • THIS WEEK'S TOP RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]
  • 4.5 sold for $6,000 [$4,111 in Mar] +46%
  • 1.8 sold for $1,876 [$961 in Sept] +95%
  • 1.0 sold for $2,464 [$1,700 in Dec] +45%
  • In June 2020, we predicted Daredevil #1 was grossly undervalued and would soon experience a price correction
  • After spending much of 2021 on the Hot List, we’d love to brag about our mutant abilities to see into the future but the truth is much simpler than that
  • Anticipating a comic book’s increase in value can be determined by analyzing comparable items
  • For example, in 2015/16, The Incredible Hulk #1 graded 5.5 jumped from an average sale of $8k to $15k
  • The Fantastic Four #1 averaged $7500 in the same grade throughout 2015/2016 then in 2017 increased to an average sale of $12k and even more in 2018
  • There is a cyclical aspect to Blue Chip Key Issues correcting in price that occurs over the course of years to match other comparable books that have increased in value
Low $265
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Mid $1.2k
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High $4.9k
  • 1st appearance of the Black Widow, Natasha Romanova
  • Death of the 1st Crimson Dynamo
  • 1st appearance and death of the 2nd Crimson Dynamo
  • [Black Widow movie to premiere in theaters May 7, 2021]
Low $185
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Mid $350
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High $2.8k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Hawkeye
  • 3rd appearance of Black Widow
Low $30
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Mid $95
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High $520
  • 1st appearance and origin of Purple Man
Low $150
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Mid $300
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High $1.6k
  • 1st team appearance of the Inhumans, a race created by the Kree: Triton, Karnak, Lockjaw, Gorgon, Medusa, Crystal and Black Bolt
  • 1st cameo appearance of Black Bolt
  • 1st appearance of Crystal, ability to manipulate the elements
  • 1st appearance of Karnak, a skilled fighter and advisor to Black Bolt
  • 1st appearance of Triton
Low $800
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Mid $3.2k
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High $8.5k
  • 🏅#3 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Silver Surfer
  • 1st cameo appearance of Galactus
  • THIS WEEK'S TOP RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]
  • 9.2 sold for $19,200 [$8,900 in Feb] +116%
  • 6.5 sold for $4,895 [$4,000 in Mar] +22%
  • 6.0 sold for $4,410 [$2,571 in Mar] +72%
  • MORE HONORABLE MENTIONS THIS WEEK
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #49 – 1st full Galactus
  • 4.0 sold for $3,200 [$2,062 in Feb] +55%
  • SW: THE CLONE WARS #1 VARIANT – 1st Ahsoka Tano
  • 9.8 sold for $8,100 [6,500 in Mar] +25%
  • FANTASTIC FOUR #2 – 1st Skrulls
  • 4.5 sold for $5,040 [$2,500 in 2018]
  • ALL-NEW MARVEL POINT ONE - 1st full Ms. Marvel
  • 9.8 sold for $1,500 [$1,150 last week] +30%
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 2nd Print
  • 9.8 sold for $5,000 [3,500 in Oct] +53%
Low $340
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Mid $1.1k
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High $3.8k
  • 1st full appearance of Galactus
  • 2nd appearance and 1st cover appearance of the Silver Surfer
  • 1st appearance of the Punisher, a cyborg servant of Galactus
Low $375
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Mid $1k
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High $4.4k
  • 1st appearance of the Black Panther, T'Challa, king of Wakanda
Low $55
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Mid $170
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High $1.8k
  • 1st appearance of Carol Danvers
  • 2nd appearance of Captain Marvel
Low $150
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Mid $500
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High $1.5k
  • 1st appearance of Vision
  • 2nd appearance of Ultron
Low $12
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Mid $50
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High $155
  • 1st appearance and origin of Alex Summers, later becomes Havok
  • 1st appearance of the Living Pharaoh, later becomes the Living Monolith
  • Origin of Angel
Low $85
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Mid $540
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High $1.7k
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Falcon, Sam Wilson, the first African-American superhero in mainstream comics
  • 1st appearance of Redwing, a falcon and Sam Wilson's sidekick
Low $45
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Mid $160
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High $570
  • 1st appearance of Conan the Barbarian
  • 1st cameo appearance of King Kull
  • [September 2020 - Conan the Barbarian is in-development with Pathfinder Media for Netflix that is being described as an "epic live-action series"]
Low $20
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Mid $65
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High $185
  • 1st appearance of Valkyrie, Enchantress in disguise
  • 1st team appearance of the Lady Liberators: Valkyrie, Scarlet Witch, Wasp Black Widow, Medusa
  • Debut of the Rutland Halloween Parade, a real parade held in Vermont annually that has been depicted in both Marvel and DC comics nearly 20 times with parade attendees wearing superhero costumes from both publishers in each book
Low $65
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Mid $200
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High $850
  • 1st appearance and origin of Luke Cage, the first black superhero to headline a title in mainstream comics
  • Project Power was Super Soldier initiative, also known as Weapon VI that granted Luke Cage invincibility
  • 1st appearance of Diamondback, Comanche and Shades
Low $210
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Mid $550
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High $2.8k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze
Low $200
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Mid $600
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High $2.2k
  • 🏅 #8 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Blade
  • Blade movie in-development with Dracula and Werewolf By Night rumored
  • [February 2021 - Marvel hired playwright and story editor for HBO's Watchmen, Stacy Osei-Kuffour to write the screenplay for Blade]
  • THIS WEEK'S TOP RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]
  • 9.2 sold for $4,050 [$2,475 in July] +64%
  • 9.0 sold for $3,580 [$2,800 in Mar] +28%
  • 5.0 sold for $1,010 [$760 in Jan] +33%
  • This book has a considerable amount of potential to increase in value
  • We are still learning how Disney+ affects Marvel's secondary market values, both in the short-and-long term
  • The Falcon and Winter Soldier keys continue to set new record highs with each new episode
  • WandaVision key issues have maintained their elevated values and continue to sell well on eBay
Low $300
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Mid $900
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High $2.4k
  • 1st appearance of the Punisher
  • 1st appearance of the Jackal
Low $45
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Mid $120
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High $350
  • 1st appearance and origin of Iron Fist
  • 1st appearance of Yu-Ti, a Dragon Lord
  • 1st team appearance of the Dragon Kings
  • 📉 When Iron Fist was first announced as a show being developed for Netflix, the anticipation catapulted this book from $2,500 to $5k
  • The show was not entirely well-received with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 37% but the MCU could turn that around and let's not rule out the possibility of Shang-Chi hinting at Iron Fist
  • This is a property that has a lot of potential for Marvel as it is set-up for any number of actors to step into the role as there have been multiple Iron Fists in the mythology
  • In 9.8 and many other grades, the value of this issue has dropped back down to pre-Netflix days
  • There are 72 copies graded 9.8 versus Shang-Chi's 97 yet Shang-Chi's first sells for 2x-3x higher than Iron Fist

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