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Sunday, February 06, 2005

Damned if you do, damned if you don't

Been too long, yes I know.....sorry
Fantastic Four...ah just typing the name of the "World's Greatest Comic book" sends shivers down my spine and to think I need just 5 single issues to complete my 520-issue run. So am I not buying them ? Simple...they are just too expensive right now.

Ever since the rumour of the movie stopped being a rumour, prices have skyrocketed.
Of course dealers/sellers/collectors all take the Spiderman movie as an example, all Silver and Bronze age books got a 30% to 60% increase in value thanks to the phenomenal success of the two films.

Collectors have also been saying for years that the Fantastic Four books were undervalued compared to Amazing Spider-man and that a price-hike was imminent, well it happened 6 months ago and is still happening.

The true question of course is if the prices will stay this high. Both Daredevil and Hulk books ballooned before the movie and then came crashing down when the films turned out less than successful. The other question is...do I want them to fall or not.
Consider this, I need 5 more books, last year I could have gotten a decent VG Fantastic Four #1 for about $2000, this month it will cost me about $3000 for the same book. Same for #4 and #11. Issues #14 & #18 got 25% more expensive
So let's say for simplicity's sake, getting these 5 books in VG will cost me about $1700 more than last year. If I buy them now I'm out $1700 extra, if they fall after the movie premiere I'll be kicking myself. But what if the movie is a hit....will the prices rise even more ?

And then there's the issues I already have, value of my 515 issues is now $10.160....
if the films tanks and the value falls about 25% then I've just lost over $2500...

So in other words I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't

Reason for this rant is the following auction I just lost
Fantastic Four #11 in VF
Book sold for a crazy $158....which is 2.5 times guide...for a F*CK*NG VG...


Blogger Brian said...

I feel your pain. Hang in there.

4:48 PM  
Blogger Boomvavavoom said...


that is very much for toiletpaper kinda gradings!!

I kinda hope the movie will finally be a superhero-movie worth mentionning since DD, Elektra and Hulk have been getting less than good reviews overall...

PS just saw the Hulk and LOVED it...also loved DD and am very much looking forward to Elektra!!

10:57 AM  
Blogger chromium said...

Well, even as a HUGE FF fan, I'm pretty sure the movie will suck like Greggy (anonymous #1) in a field of goats...

But then again, as you are one of the few people I know that actually liked the Hulk movie, you'll probably like Fantastic Four the Movie aa wel ;)

For the record I didn't think Daredevil was that bad, didn't like the acting (Farrel was the worst) but I liked the look and feel of the movie...even though the plot was full of holes

Haven't seen Electra yet, don't feel the need to, same as Catwoman...who cares

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw u waffle boy

9:12 PM  
Blogger chromium said...

Thanks for the offer Greggy, but you can't afford me....

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For an A2M experience, you'll be worth it!

12:13 AM  
Blogger Boomvavavoom said...

Catwoman...forgot about that one!!

Gotta see that one too!!!

And I know I have bad taste in movies, but that is just appearnace!! I do not think the world of superhero movies as a matter a fact...some are kinda lousy with bad acting and bad oneliners...I just like the feel of the comic that gets in my head when I see them in 3D on the screen of my TV...

So I loved the bullseye on Bullseye and I thought Elektra was cool (a bit of a woossie compared to the comic though) and I loved Banner (although Bana did put down a real whiner...but that is just the character really...)

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


be carefull with seller gccbco. This guy never sent me my books ($80 lost)... and i think he usually do it with international customers...


11:41 AM  

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