BY MATT TUCK, BLOGGER SUPREME
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Moon Knight is a day away, and history has taught us this when the key issues are at their peaks. How high have those fair market values risen? Time for your market report.
Marvel claims they’ve got something different for us this time. The cast and crew say that Moon Knight will be more brutal and mature than what we’ve seen on Disney+. Fans have been waiting for Marc Spector to get his turn in the MCU, and there’s no doubt that the first episode will break streaming’s viewing records.
Speaking of records, the fervor for the new show has given those MK major keys new highs all around. Let’s check in and see where the prices stand heading into the Disney+ premiere.
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32
Already this month, the 9.8 has more than doubled its record high. On March 19, a ComicConnect auction resulted in a whopping $70,500 sale. That includes the 15% buyer’s premium, so that means the final sale had an extra $10k+ in fees. Nevertheless, that is the price realized, and it dwarfed last year’s record of $31,200.
Going down the line, the 9.6 reached a record of its own when a copy brought $26,500 just yesterday. Although it was not a record, the 9.2 was $300 shy of tying its all-time high after an $8,700 sale on March 7. However, the prices have gradually fallen to $6,800 in recent days.
The real telling sign for any comic is in the lower grades, and WBN #32 does not disappoint. To own a 1.8, you’ll need to be ready to part with $1k.
MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #28
Outside of WBN #32, the next issue on the shopping list is Moon Knight’s first solo adventure in Marvel Spotlight #28. Series like MS, Special Marvel Edition, and Marvel Presents were used to test the market with characters and stories that were out of the ordinary. These titles were a chance for the Marvel editors to try different ideas and give a spotlight to underappreciated characters to see if readers would buy into them. In the case of Moon Knight, it worked.
Now that he is on the verge of becoming a major mainstream star, it’s had collectors reassessing the importance of MS #28. On March 20, the 9.8 broke its record with a $4,100 sale. Compare that with the inflated prices of WBN #32, and it is clear why buyers would opt for this issue when the first appearance has gotten so far out of hand.
MOON KNIGHT #1
The increased attention on Moon Knight has put a spotlight on the rise of the first solo comic. For many years, a popular character’s initial headlining series was the stepchild of the collecting world. These didn’t get near the respect they deserved and were mostly ignored by anyone outside the most dedicated fans.
On the plus side, it kept the values low. As comic investing becomes more mainstream, those solo #1s have become more enticing, which is pushing the higher grades to new levels. In the past week, the 9.8 hasn’t sold for less than $775, and it’s sold for as much as $977. This year, it sold for over $1,300 and was just $25 shy of last year’s record high. Keep in mind, this was a $550 comic only two years ago.
It may not seem like much, but the 6.5 is a good barometer of Moon Knight #1’s investment speculation. In 2020, you could get a graded copy for less than the CGC/CBCS fees when it averaged $24. Only four days ago, one brought $100.
THE TURNING POINT
The premiere date is typically the high point for key issue prices. Honestly, if you didn’t buy your copies a couple years ago, then you’re going to be hard pressed to turn a profit at this point. Even with some of the most popular Marvel brands, the values plateau after the premiere and they usually take a slight dip once the “new car smell” wears off, so that will be the best time to invest.
Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and the Blogger Supreme. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog, or on Instagram at matt.tuck.writer.