I would like to begin this market report by congratulating my partner Stephen and his wife Tara on the birth of their first child Jordan Leonard Fishler! He is a healthy baby boy. He was born on January 24th at 6:10pm. At birth he weighed 7 pounds and 9 ounces. Lin and I visited the new family on Saturday night at the hospital. Everyone is doing fine and Jordan is really a beautiful baby. We were very happy to see him born this month, we figured with about 6 months of training he will be ready to work behind the booth at San Diego!
I must apologize for the tardy update and market report. With my partner out doting over his new born son and the departure of one of my employees we have been a bit behind schedule. We should have everything back on track in March.
I have been busy improving the functionality, content and interactivity of the web site. I have added a search by issue # to our already comprehensive search engine. A page with information on investing in comics has been added and will be periodically updated. I believe that the people who collect comics are a community, as dysfunctional as any other, nonetheless a community. To add to and proliferate this feeling of community the Metropolis web site now has a monthly poll, which we will slowly make into a weekly poll as more people get involved. We will be asking fun questions about comic characters and creators so check it out (bottom left of home page). The last poll "If you were fighting the Nazis during WWII, which sidekick would you prefer to have at your side?" A) Toro 22%; B) Robin 25%; C) Bucky 21%; D) Speedy 4% and E) Doiby Dickles 28%. And there you have it folks Doiby Dickles, the Golden Age Green Lantern's plump sidekick squeeked by the Boy Wonder by 3%! In this month's Feature of the Month you will find an interesting article on Batman. Tons of great covers can be seen when you search through the Batman feature. Who knows maybe something will catch your eye and you will start a Batman collection.
"With great power comes great responsibility" these are the wise words Uncle Ben (no not the rice guy) leaves a young Peter Parker. I will never forget reading this when I was a kid. Every time I read Amazing Fantasy #15 a shiver runs up my spine and all of the mystery and joy of comics come flooding through me.
Spider-Man is always one of the most popular and highly collected comics of the Silver and Bronze Age. With the movie coming out soon it is getting even hotter. When I first became a dealer in 1989 I remembered all of the talk of a Spidey movie being made. Unfortunately Spidey got stuck in a tangled web of ownership disputes that lastly over a decade. I am so glad to see this movie being made. When you really think about we should all be glad it was not made years ago. Technological advances are going to make Spider-Man an exhilarating tour de force!
In one day this past month I sold 3 copies of Amazing Spider-Man #1. I have not seen this kind of increased activity since the 1989 Batman Movie (though X-Men did heat up for several months).
While I was unimpressed with the first trailers I was so excited to see the Spidey commercial during the Super Bowl and the many trailers you can download on the official movie web site. This movie is going to rock. I am all ready for this to be a big franchise and the sequels should be great too. May 3rd be there or be square!
Here are a few Spider-Man sales from the last month: #1 VF with slight marvel chipping $5,000.00; #1 CGC graded VG+ $2,000.00; #1 F- $2,500.00; #1 F/VF with slight marvel chipping $3,500.00; #5 CGC VF- $275.00; #6 CGC VF- $250.00; #14 VF- $650.00; #21 CGC VF/NM $400.00; #28 VF $400.00; #35 NM- $300.00; #57 F/VF $42.00; #122 VG/FN $40.00; #144 NM- $18.50 and #259 NM/MT $15.00
Other than Spider-Man I have also seen increased interest for Incredible Hulk. I do not foresee this trend cooling off any time soon as the Ang Lee Incredible Hulk movie goes into Production shortly.
Hang onto your bootstraps True Believers the ride is just beginning!
Until next month make Mine Marvel!