April 2015 Comic Market Report: One Sale + A Busy Auction Schedule with Pedigree, ComicLink, ComicConnect and Heritage


I was hoping to talk about one very significant sale this month. I'm still waiting for confirmation on that, so… We'll have to talk about some other things. Thankfully I've got a lot to choose from. I've got one other sale to mention and then we're going to spend a lot of time looking ahead to four auctions kicking off over the next few weeks.

Don't worry, as soon as I get confirmation on the other sale, I'll be talking about it in-depth.

Anyway, on with the show.

Comic Connect Sells Detective Comics #27 for $475,000

Detective Comics #27 doesn't move as much as Action Comics #1 does so whenever one does sell it's something to celebrate. This is a strong result for ComicConnect and the buyer walks away with a very handsome 4.0.


Comiclink this month is fun for me on two levels. For starters, I'm bidding on some exciting stuff for my own account. There are three items that I'm very serious about winning that aren't in my normal wheelhouse. That's always fun.

On top of that, there are two pieces of art that I think are just ridiculous.


I used to have this cover pinned up on my bedroom wall. I think I have a picture of it somewhere…

This isn't one of the items I'm bidding on, but it probably should be. The nostalgia factor is strong here. I'm really interested to see where it ends up.



This is another cover that brings out the 12-year-old in me. This is a masterfully designed cover. Byrne was obviously at the top of his game during this run, but Dave Cockrum's impact can't be understated.


Heritage is so good at what they do it's hard to get excited about their offerings sometimes. That's just insane. The focus on quality that Heritage brings to their Signature Auctions is unparalleled. There are never any filler books. I could feature 100 lots in this auction if I had the time.

I ended up choosing these three.


John Byrne and Terry Austin X-Men #136 "Child of Light and Darkness" Page 16 Original Art

"Oh, Scott, everything will be awesome. I'm so happy we solved all of our problems… Let's get married! Nothing could go wrong ever again! There's no way I'll be dead tomorrow!"

A very dramatic page from one of comics' greatest runs.

Fred Ray Superman #12 Cover Original Art

This is kind of a weird page since so much of it is recreation, but… still! What do you want from a Golden Age image? Exactly this? Yes, exactly this.

Wonder Woman #5 Mile High pedigree CGC NM 9.4

Please use this book to visualize what the Wonder Woman #1 from the Church collection would look like if it came back in from the cold. I hope it still exists.

Pedigree Comics

This Canarsie Collection auction is going to be a lot of fun. I watched the collection grow through the preview and I was constantly surprised when new books were posted. Strong stuff. I'll be bidding on some lots myself so I've got my fingers and toes crossed that I'm looking at the part of the collection no one cares about.

Let's look at some random lots I like…




Fantastic Four #121 CGC 9.8

I'm a big fan of this book. I really ought to get myself a copy one of these days.

Incredible Hulk #122 CGC 9.6

Hulk vs. Thing is an irresistible force.

Incredible Hulk #178 CGC 9.6

I'm a long-time Warlock fan and even I get confused by what was going on at this point. At least Hulk is there to smash the world in revenge.

Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #6

Another set of books I need to buy? The Steranko SHIELD covers.

Amazing Spider-Man #50 CGC 9.6

I have this book on my want-list as well.

I just finished watching Daredevil on Netflix… thanks Marvel. You went and made Kingpin even cooler.

I'm screwed.

Amazing Spider-Man #16

This is the 4th Daredevil appearance. Guess which jerk needs to buy one of these… this jerk, that's who.


Comic Connect

Before I get into some more specific books I wanted to point out that there are killer runs of both Marvel Two-in-One and Marvel Team-Up in this auction. Those are some underrated titles if you ask me. Of course, this being Comic Connect they've got a pile of other great stuff on offer (including a lot of CBCS books). Let's take a look, shall we?



Fantastic Four #46 CGC 9.4

I can't wait to see Black Bolt in the MCU. It's funny, even though the Fantastic Four are being held hostage outside the MCU, there's so much great stuff in the Lee/Kirby Fantastic Four run that the title is blowing up even without mainstream focus on the core characters.

Yes, I know there's a new Fantastic Four movie coming up, but I have very little faith that it will be any better than the previous ones.

Does this look like a 9.6 waiting to happen, by the way? It looks very clean to me.

Defenders #152 CGC 9.8

Who loves last issues? Me, that's who.

Detective Comics #27 CBCS 3.0

Apparently, ComicConnect is trying to corner the market on Detective #27s as well as the market for Action #1s. This is a really nice looking 3.0. Maybe I'll sell my house and put a bid in, because this is probably as good as it's going to get for a low-grade unrestored copy of this book.

Strange Tales #110 CGC 9.4

If you list a high-grade copy of this book, I will mention it on my blog. I think that's a rule.

Star Wars #1 CGC 9.4 35 Cent Variant

Same for this book. I've religiously covered high-grade copies of this 35 cent variant. I'm not stopping any time soon.

Whew! That's a lot of books. This is going to be a crazy month as both a spectator and bidder. Good luck to everyone out there and make sure you stay away from the lots I'm bidding on 🙂

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