First debuting in 1963, it has taken nearly 50 years for Earth’s Mightiest Super-Heroes to
reach the big screen. By all accounts, it has been worth the wait. The movie is a smash hit,
receiving rave reviews and setting box office records. It has achieved over $1 billion in
worldwide ticket sales, just the twelfth movie to do so. Hopefully excited fans will want to
explore more Avengers stories at their local comic book store.
As expected, collectors (or, perhaps more accurately, speculators) are trying to capitalize on
the buzz generated by the movie by listing their copies of Avengers #1 on the major auction
sites. We have noticed that the number of Avengers #1 listings increased over the last few
months leading up to the movie’s release date. It’s common to see descriptions such as
AVENGERS MOVIE BUY IT NOW ~HOT~!!! and Movie out, collector’s dream, buy now! on eBay
listings. Somewhat amusingly, sellers have even tried to infuse their non-Avengers listings
with a bit of movie excitement; AVENGERS MOVIE SOON was recently seen next to an X-Men
With the exception of the 7.5 grade, every grade has experienced a bump. The average
increase for all the grades is an impressive 22%. The 91% increase for the 4.5 grade seems
to be an outlier. However, even after excluding this grade, the average increase is 11%.
So the key question: will values fade back or can an argument be made that the
record-setting results from the movie justify these somewhat higher values? Even if one
believes that these values reflect only fleeting enthusiasm, it’s clear that the hype train is
just leaving the station. Avengers #2 and Avengers #3 are already guaranteed to release
over the next few years, not to mention a new Hulk movie, Iron Man #3, Thor #2, and
Captain America #2. It’s clear that the momentum is just starting.
I’m going to closely monitor the auction results over the next few months. It’s going to be
interesting to see whether or not these values hold!
A Movie Bump for Avengers #1?
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But, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. Hype aside, has the movie translated to higher
prices for Avengers #1? To answer this question, I averaged the results from pre-movie
auctions for each grade and compared them to the completed auctions that have occurred
after the international release date of April 29th.