BY MATT TUCK, BLOGGER SUPREME
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The Ms. Marvel trailer has reached the masses. Her Disney+ series will only be the first of many appearances for Kamala Khan, so now is the time to add her keys to your collections.
Ms. Marvel is incoming to the MCU, and she will have an all-new, all-different power set that’s more Green Lantern than Mister Fantastic. The initial trailer, like virtually all of Marvel Studios’ projects, is heavy on the comedy, but that is fitting for a character like Kamala. She represents every kid who has ever picked up a comic or watched a movie and wanted to be a superhero. Think of her as an MCU version of Shazam in the sense that she’s a teenager living out her super dreams.
The trailer should have buyers on the lookout for these key issues that are bound to feel the heat from the new show.
MS. MARVEL #1 (1977)
I know what you’re thinking; that’s the wrong Ms. Marvel. You’d be correct. This is the first ever Ms. Marvel comic, which starred Carol Danvers as the cosmic-powered superhero. It set in motion the series of events that would give Carol a platform to build her audience. That popularity would lead to her joining the Avengers, having her powers stolen by Rogue, and becoming Binary while Monica Rambeau became Captain Marvel. It would come full circle after Carol regained her powers and was finally given her due when she was officially given the name Captain Marvel. That opened the door for a new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan. For all those reasons, it’s no wonder that collectors are eying Ms. Marvel #1 as they get ready for the Disney+ series. Without that 1977 issue, none of this would have happened.
The market for Ms. Marvel #1 has picked up in the past two years. In 2020, the 9.8’s FMV had dipped below $1k. After word spread that The Marvels was on the MCU agenda, last year’s average moved to $1,446. Already in 2022, that same 9.8 has sold for as much as $2,280, the most it’s earned since Captain Marvel hit theaters in 2018.
If that is too expensive for your taste, drop back and punt with a 9.6. To the naked eye, the 9.8 and the 9.6 are virtually identical, but the 9.6 has a 90-day average of $365.
CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 (2013)
While Carol Danvers was trading in her bikini for a more functional costume, Kamala was waiting in the wings to become a superhero in her own right. In 2013’s Captain Marvel #14, we catch only a glimpse of the future Ms. Marvel as she watches her hero battle from afar. Although Kamala is only present for one panel, this nonetheless marks her comic debut, and that is what makes this issue special.
The standard edition at a 9.8 has been earning over $550 as of late, and that could be a good price. Last year, that grade averaged $662.
ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 (2014)
Despite this being Kamala’s third appearance overall, there’s no denying the significance of Point One #1. After two cameo appearances in Captain Marvel #14 & #17, readers saw Kamala in her full Ms. Marvel costume for the first time in Point One #1. This was the centerpiece for Marvel’s revamped and updated Marvel NOW! event. The idea was that Marvel wanted to appeal to younger readers and build a new connection with teens and tweens that had been lost decades prior. The youth movement was met with ample resistance in the marketplace, and many of the old faces returned to their iconic posts. One character who stayed on the main stage was Kamala Khan, and it has led to her getting a starring role on Disney+.
Surprisingly, the values for Point One #1 are down at the moment. The most recent sale for a 9.8 was for $1k after it averaged $1,333 in 2021. Of course, it’s still up from the 2020 FMV of $600.
MS. MARVEL #1 (2014)
Following her debut in Point One #1, Kamala would star in her first self-titled comic that same year. At the time, this issue was massively popular, and that is widely forgotten. It spawned not only several variants, but Ms. Marvel #1 would get seven total printings.
At the top of the list is the standard edition with Kamala on the cover art. This issue has been selling for $350+ this year for a graded 9.8, which is respectable. The real money is in the variants and the subsequent printings. The biggest values are tied to the sketch edition, and it has earned as much as $1,275 in February. That could be an outlier, considering that the previous sale had been $405 a month prior. Before that, it had never sold for more than $809. It will be interesting to see where the next sale lands.
If you were fortunate enough to have collected all the subsequent printings, you will love this news. From the second print down to the seventh, the graded 9.8s have been earning hundreds of dollars. The eye-popping price tag comes with the seventh print, which sold for $750 in October 2021. Next to that, there is the third print that struck gold with a $500 sale in January of this year. Not far behind are the fourth and sixth prints, both of which hit $400 in January as well.
MS. MARVEL #5
Clearly, Ms. Marvel’s Disney+ series is following her comic roots in that it is intended for the teenage audience. Marvel fans will certainly watch to keep in the loop on the latest happenings in the MCU if nothing else. Afterall, this show will tie into the Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels, and it will likely reveal more Young Avengers connections. All that being said, this is going to be a kids show that relies heavily on teenage angst and romances as well as the standard Marvel action-comedy formula. For a character like Ms. Marvel, that works.
The big question, then, is who will be the villain? Being an action-comedy meant for kids, my guess will be the Inventor. Think of him as a half-human, half-bird Iago from the Disney Aladdin movies only without Gilbert Gottfried’s voice, although that would be funny. The Inventor has a whacky backstory that is perfect for kids’ comedy. He is a cockatiel that is spliced with Thomas Edison’s DNA. There’s already been a reported casting call for a character simply named Birdman, and I doubt they’re putting Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, into the Ms. Marvel series.
Last year, the only 9.8 sold online brought $124. So far this year, the single sale earned $69, so this is an affordable first appearance.
MS. MARVEL #16
No doubt, we will see Brie Larson make at least a cameo as Captain Marvel during the Disney+ series. The story will likely follow Kamala’s comic storyline beginning with the Captain Marvel #14 cameo before leading to Kamala and Carol meeting face to face. That should increase interest for Ms. Marvel #16 that featured the first meeting between the two characters. The best part is that since there are no first appearances in this comic, the values should not break your budget. The last time a 9.8 swapped owners online, it went for only $43.
A MODERN MARVEL
Kamala Khan has already been a hit with fans after appearing in the Playstation game, Marvel’s The Avengers, and various cartoon appearances. Her show will lay the groundwork for her to be a bigger player in the overall MCU, so her key issues will only get more expensive going forward. She will be a character to watch in the years to come, especially once the Young Avengers finally team up on Disney+.
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.