Comic Broker Report – Undervalued Moderns Special

The market can be slow to reflect the value of certain issues.  This can happen for many reasons.  Each month I try to give readers the opportunity to get in on a sleeper well before the market catches up.  Though I am not always right I try to select comics that are worth collecting even if you might never make a penny on the fast flip.  I have featured some of these comics in the past.  They make this list because they remain largely unknown to the collecting community.


Batman Volume 1 Issue 656


If you are looking for Damian Wayne’s first full appearance then here ya go!  Issue 655 along with its variant and other printings are often the ones collectors want but they only feature Batman’s son in shadows.  This issue is where we get to see the league trained badass for the first time!

Iron Man,Incredible Hulk,Nick Fury       Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield ( second appearance )

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It’s odd to me that Agent Coulson’s first appearance is so undervalued.  It’s pretty tough to find and features a character that is loved by most Marvel fans.  With Agents of SHIELD getting better with each episode I hope these two comics see significant increases in value.

Battle Scars 1,6

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So if you don’t appreciate Coulson’s first actual appearance in a comic then you can pick up these two which feature his first appearance ( and named appearance ) in the regular Marvel Universe.

Th Invincible Iron Man ( 2008 ) 10,11

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Ok there are a ton of these to hunt down.  Why?  Well recently the actor who voiced Iron Man’s A.I.  J.A.R.V.I.S. told us he’s playing the Vision.  This means that the A.I. that Stark created is becoming one of the most popular Avengers in the next film.  The Vision first appeared in Avengers 57 and it highly valued.  But as the film version will be bringing the Stark A.I. to life as an android,  these comics should be worth a lot more than the currently are.  Issue 10 features the first appearance of the RESCUE armor, made for Pepper Potts by Tony.  In Issue 11 we learn that the A.I. system in her armor is the J.A.R.V.I.S intelligence!  That makes these issues the first comic appearance of the intelligence system which will become the Vision in Avengers 2.  So far the hardest issues to find are the second print for issue 10.  This us due to the first cover for RESCUE.  Issue 10 has variants, the hardest one to find being the secret retailer variant.  The only way to tell is a barcode variation pictured above!

Elektra Assassin 2


Ok I admit I am a huge Bill Paxton fan.

Once we learned that his character on A.O.S. was secretly a Hydra agent this book should have seen some market action.  It has a wonderful cover and is written by an industry great.

Action Comics 471


Despite many who were disappointing by the Man of Steel I have come to realize that it is a very good film.  Russel Crow actually steals it along with Zod’s top soldier Faora who first appears  in this issue of Action Comics.

Supernaturals 4


It’s still amazing to me that Groot is coming to a theater near you in August.  For a character with less that 5 pre Copper Age appearances it just seems insane that an Alien like this is being thrust into the mainstream. To my knowledge this issue is his first appearance in the modern age.  This series inserted masks into the issues and I believe the ones with the Ghost Rider mask are the hardest to find.

Chuck Norris  and the Karate Kommandos 1


First appearance of this legend is all you need to know.

Captain America 208, first appearance of Arnim Zola


If you geeked out as much as me with Zola’s incredible appearance in the Winter Soldier then I applaud your love of insanely twisted comic villains!




7 thoughts on “Comic Broker Report – Undervalued Moderns Special

  1. I think another undervalued book with potential is Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #471. The new Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 will have a 2 page teaser for Spider-Verse with issue #9 officially kicking off Spider-verse in full effect. With every Spider-Man EVER fighting one common villain it makes sense to grab the first appearance of that villain…Morlun. Add to that this is the first Ezekiel, the first book with the dual number system, first of the Strzynski run and oh yeah… a J. Scott Campbell cover you have a perfect storm for a big jump in price for a book easily had in back issue boxes or on eBay for under $10 in my opinion.

  2. Yes, I read every post and check in daily 🙂 I read that article and took note on the list, but was curious why the 471 1st Morlun was absent from the Spider-verse list? Do you not see much potential for this issue, would love your take on it or why it didn’t make the “Spider-list”

  3. As far as I know batman son of the demon from the 1987 is the first appearance of Damian Wayne not Batman 656. It was as a baby but nonetheless his 1st Appearance.

    1. DC branded Son of the Demon as out-of-continuity. When Grant Morrison took over Batman writing duties he really wanted to incorporate parts of Batman’s history that people had forgotten about including Batman’s unnamed son. But the origin of the current Robin V is quite different from the ending of Son of the Demon. Damian was grown in a lab, not born and given up for adoption. The baby in Son of the Demon could be called a prototype at best as he was only inspiration for the today’s Damian Wayne. In some ways this is similar to Cable. Cable’s first appearance is in New Mutants 86…um 87! But he appeared as a baby in UXM 201. No one considers 201 Cable’s first appearance even though if falls within Marvel continuity which gives it a better shot than an out-of-continuity book like Son of the Demon. Here’s another example: Even when companies retcon characters to appear in earlier books it doesn’t change the true first appearance. Marvel said that ASM 4 vol. 1 features Jessica Jones ( she was not named in the comic ) but Alias 1 is still her first appearance. Son of the Demon remains a collectible comic but it should not be considered Damian Wayne’s first appearance.

  4. Topher,

    Thanks for this information. I was referred to your site today from an article written by Tim Beyers. I took your advice and started looking into those Invincible iron man variants.I found a great package online that included Invincible Iron Man #1, 5 Monkey Ape, 7 Sketch & the #10 Variant (i think it might be the secret retailer variant) anyways, thanks again for the help. Great job with the site.

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