BY MATT TUCK
There’s a new rumor that Spider-Man and Venom will team up in a Sinister Six movie, and it’s causing a stir in the already-hot market for ASM Annual #1.
Ever since the No Way Home trailer dropped, the Sinister Six have captured the imaginations of MCU fans around the world. With Venom: Let There Be Carnage premiering later this week and NWH debuting in December, it has given rise to plenty of speculation about how the two worlds will be combined.
Speaking on the Hero Nation podcast, Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro said that Sony may be interested in resurrecting the idea of a Sinister Six movie. That has fed into theories that Spider-Man will recruit Venom’s help in taking down the Six.
Whether or not this is true is anyone’s guess at this point, but it certainly fuels a comic market that was already on fire.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1
There’s no replacing the original, especially in the world of comic collecting. No matter who appears in an onscreen Sinister Six, the team’s first appearance in 1964’s ASM Annual #1 will always be the main comic to own. At this point, prices have inflated so high that if you don’t already own one, it may be too late.
The highest grade sold so far this month has been the 7.5. On September 19, one brought over $5k. More recently, a 7.0 sold for $4,950 on September 26. The real tale of the tape comes in the lower grades, and these do not disappoint. On Sunday, a 1.0 earned $990 a month after a prior sale netted a record-high $1,218.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #6
This is a great alternative to the inflated prices of ASM Annual #1. You get a classic cover with the original Sinister Six for a fraction of the price of the first appearance. However, this is not the second appearance of the Six. In fact, ASM Annual #6 is essentially a reprint, which is why the values are so cheap. In fact, the Sinister Six origin story also would be retold in Marvel Special Edition #1 and Marvel Tales #150. A few years ago, I would not have highlighted this issue, but reprints are gaining more respect simply because the originals are getting so expensive. That is why it may be worth your time to track down this particular issue.
If you are looking for a high-grade ASM Annual #6, expect to pay four figures. Last November, a 9.8 sold for $2,280, and March saw a 9.6 sell for $1,030. Even the lowest grade on record, the 3.5, had a $100 price tag last month, so values are rising.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #337
When it comes to the Sinister Six lore, this is a hidden gem. In the early 1990s and fresh off the game-changing Todd McFarlane run, the Marvel editorial staff rebranded the Sinister Six and gave readers its second incarnation. This time around, Kraven the Hunter was traded in for the Hobgoblin, and that is where things get interesting.
There have been numerous theories and whispers that the Hobgoblin will appear in No Way Home. If true, this could lend itself to the emergence of the Sinister Six II. That would get the overlooked ASM #337 trending virtually overnight.
Collectors are gradually taking notice of the second incarnation of the Six. On September 5, a graded 9.4 jumped from being a $50 comic for years to suddenly earning $130. In August, a 9.8 set a new record when a copy sold for $275. Before 2021, it had never sold for more than $120. That same month, a 9.0 brought $90.
In “Revenge of the Sinister Six,” former members Mysterio, Vulture, Hobgoblin, and Electro decided to get even with Doctor Octopus. They trick the Sandman into helping, and the four even manage to rope Spider-Man into shadowing them as an added layer of protection. Of course the plan fails miserably, and Doctor Octopus beats them all so badly that they have no choice but to join him. The good doctor then recruits Gog to form another version of the Sinister Six to face Spider-Man and his team.
This is not one of the more famous story arcs for the Sinister Six, but collectors have been interested in this version in 2021, and the 9.8s have been breaking records. Spider-Man #18 at a 9.8 sold for $200 in March and $165 in May. Earlier this month, one brought $56. As for Spider-Man #19, the 9.8 has been setting records of its own this year as well. In May, one sold for $100 followed by a $110 sale in July. The last sale was on September 11 for $58.
THE RUMOR MILL KEEPS CHURNING
With so many rumors cropping up, it is no wonder these Sinister Six keys are on the move. Reportedly, No Way Home will bring an end to Sony’s live-action Spider-verse, so the inclination is that the Sinister Six will form and be defeated by one or more Spider-Men by the end of NWH. If that is the case, these keys won’t stay hot long after the movie premieres, so if you have been wanting a copy to add to your collection, wait until about January when prices may drop.
Then again, a full-fledged Sinister Six movie could be amazing.
Matt Tuck is the author of the novel, Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and an international man of mystery. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog.