NEW YORK – Comic books were never meant to be anything but ephemeral. Printed on cheap paper and priced to fit the budget of a 10-year-old, they nonetheless delivered entertaining stories about characters that still hold our interest today. These publications delivered so well that grownups who once lavished their allowances on the newest releases from DC, Marvel, and others now pay a premium for vintage originals that survived the decades unblemished.
First up is a copy of The Brave and the Bold #25 from September 1959, a DC Silver Age title that features the first appearance of the Suicide Squad, which has since evolved into the team of notorious, and notoriously expendable, supervillains who have spawned at least two movies of wildly differing quality: 2016’s Suicide Squad, and a standalone sequel, 2021’s The Suicide Squad. This copy of the vintage comic book is in FR/GD 4 condition and is estimated at $5-$500.
A second highlight that unveils a now-spotlighted character is Marvel Super-Heroes #12 from December 1967, which introduced Captain Marvel to the world under the Marvel Comics banner. Within months, the superhero would earn his own eponymous title despite making his debut a white-and-green costume that illustrator Gene Colan dismissed as “awful.” The copy offered in the auction has received a VG (very good) designation, and is estimated at $5-$500.
Finishing off the comic book highlights is Thor #126 from March 1966, who is depicted on the cover doing his best to finish a fellow mythical deity, Hercules. What brought the two to blows? Dr. Jane Foster. It seems the Norse god worked himself into a raging snit after learning that Foster took the Greek god to lunch; she had to soothe his wounded ego by assuring him it was nothing more than that. Anyway, this particular copy has a GD/VG (good/very good) condition rating and is estimated at $5-$500.
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