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Weapon X

Marvel has been teasing the Weapon X and Weapon Plus Programs for a couple of weeks now with the image in the banner of this category and an overnight tweet in the form of a memo [tap 🌐 to see article]   If the story focuses on characters associated with Roman Numerals in black, then it would include: Captain America, The Skinless Man, Nuke, VIII Unknown and Wolverine (many others in the Weapon X experiments)

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Mid $8.5k
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  • First cover art by Alex Schomburg
  • 1st appearance of John Steele, Weapon 0 the original Super Soldier created from what would later be known as the Weapon X Program
  • 1st appearance and origin of Fiery Mask
  • 1st appearance of Monako, the Prince of Magic
  • 1st appearance of Detective Doc Denton
  • 1st appearance of the Texas Kid
  • 1st appearance of Phantom of the Underworld
Low $35k
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Mid $110k
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High $390k
  • 1st appearance & 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 Hurricane, (later becomes Makkari) and Tuk the Cave Boy (first offspring of the Inhumans)
  • A CGC 2.0 copy sold at the Heritage Platinum Session Signature Auction (Sept 2020) for $90k.
  • A 2.5 copy had previously sold in June of 2019 for $90k.
  • The last 2.0 sale was in 2012 for $24k representing approx. a 275% increase.
  • Captain America Comics #1 is one of the absolutely most sought after comics in history and is often designated the vaunted mega key status.
  • Very few copies remain in existence. The CGC census has tracked approx. 90 copies ever given a universal grade with another 80 given the less desirable restored grade.
  • While incredibly small these numbers are still larger than than those for the big 3 of collecting: Action Comics #1 (41 universal grade copies exist), Detective Comics #27 (32 universal grade copies exist) and Marvel Comics #1 (just 30 universal grade copies exist).
Low $525
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Mid $2.2k
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High $5.5k
  • 1st full appearance of Wolverine.
  • Slicing back onto the Hot 10 and entering at number 2 is the Amazing Spider-Man #300 of the Murphy Brown era (what? turns out TV sucked in late 87 and that was the best reference I could find).
  •  We saw a strong uptick in volume of sales this week. Precipitated by nothing seemingly...always a fishy sign.
  • Regardless we saw a 3.0 hit $2,200 (up from $2k), a 4.5 hit $2,907 (up from $2,600), a 6.5 hit $3,500 which is the highest all-time except for a lone sale in 2019 at $3,913 (and looked like shilling).
  •  We also saw a 7.5 hit $4,080 (up from $4k) and an 8.0 finish at $4,700.
  • Quick recap: When the Disney acquisition of Fox was announced in 2018 it sent X-Men keys (which had been to that point overlooked by collectors in favor of keys involving the MCU characters) rocketing to new heights.
  • As the first wave of FOMO took hold and collectors scrambled to pick up copies, books from all periods of X-Men history made big jumps.
  • Giant Size X-Men #1 and X-Men #1 have, of late, had price jumps shortly after Hulk #181 does so expect some more movement on those soon.
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  • 1st appearance of Nuke, Weapon VII
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High $15
  • 8-page interview with Barry Windsor-Smith, the storyteller behind Wolverine's origin, specifically, the origin of his adamantium claws and the Weapon X program
  • Pre-release marketing of the Infinity Gauntlet event in an article titled 'Marvel's 1991 Projects'
  • Cover art by Sam Kieth
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Mid $8
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High $20
  • Ongoing Weapon X stories begin
  • Origin of Wolverine and Weapon X which ran thru issue #84
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  • 1st team appearance of the Stepford Cuckoos, a product of Weapon XIV, created from Emma Frost's DNA
  • 1st appearance of Angel (Salvadore)
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Mid $9
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High $30
  • 1st appearance of Fantomex, Weapon XIII
  • 1st team appearance of the X-Corporation: Darkstar, Multiple Man, Rictor, Monet St. Croix, Cannoball, Siryn
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High $9
  • 2nd appearance of Fantomex
  • 1st cameo appearance of Huntsman, Weapon XII
  • Origin of the Weapon Plus program
  • 1st appearance of E.V.A.
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  • 1st appearance of The World, a facility that produced Weapon XII thru Weapon XVI
  • *recently teased by Marvel to potentially play a big role in upcoming stories
  • Death of Darkstar
  • 1st full appearance of Weapon XII, The Huntsman, an artificial creation with the ability to possess the mind of its enemy
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  • 1st appearance of Isaiah Bradley, the black Captain America, injected with the Super Soldier Serum prior to Steve Rogers becoming Captain America
  • [March 2020 - speculation that Carl Lumbly could play Isaiah Bradley in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. If this turns out to be accurate, chances are good that we’d see Elijah Bradley, Patriot in the MCU]
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  • 1st appearance of Weapon XV, Ultimaton, an advanced Super-Sentinel
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  • Origin of Captain America, revealed to be Weapon I, the first successful test subject from what would later be known as Weapon X
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  • 1st appearance of All God, Weapon XVI, an artificially created virus that infects those with spiritual beliefs to serve The World
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  • 1st appearance of the Skinless Man, Weapon III
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  • 1st appearance of Weapon II, a squirrel modified by the Weapon X Program
  • 1st appearance of Gwenpool in-story, previously appeared on the cover of Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #2
  • 1st appearance of Shocket Raccoon, a clone of Rocket Raccoon
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Mid $9
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  • 1st appearance of Weapon H, a Hulk and Wolverine hybrid created by the Weapon X Program
  • "Weapons of Mutant Destruction" part 6
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  • One-shot that expands on the connection between the Weapon Plus and Super Soldier Programs
  • 1st mention of Weapon XXX
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  • Origin of Weapon V, the Weapon Plus program symbiote experimentation
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  • 1st appearance of Man-Slaughter
  • Origin of the Weapon IV program