Khaine wrote: BruceReville wrote:
Captain Marvel comics were actually the highest selling and printed superhero comic in the late 40s to 50s - if it wasn't for DC (Or national Periodical) at the time winning the lawsuit over plagiarism against Fawcett who knows how the landscape of comics would be now - could you imagine DC being bought out by a rival instead of the other way around.
Catman - depending on the issue - $400.00 would be a steal - very low distribution
But my question is who actually wants the catman that bad to pay 400 dollars for it. I see a dozen or so on ebay for 400 but, when you go to what actually sold there is one for 99 dollars.
I understand that there is more shazam comics out there than catman because shazam was popular and is still popular just not as popular as he once was. The number 1 which is 2 can fetch up to 5 figures depending on condition and others can go for really high depending on the condition.
The "rarity" of cat-man which makes me guess he wasn't popular or he would have sold more copies and the fact he became public domain which leads me to believe even more that he was even less popular as noone cared enough to buy the rights or renew the rights of the character.
I'm not aware of a cat-man collector cult (maybe there is) but I don't understand why the 400 dollar price tag even if its in really good shape and it doesnt have to be cat-man I'm picking on cat-man it could be any of those romance, war, western, outspace, etc... that there is these really high prices for.
cat-man (or whatever other comic) collectors are a niche of a niche of a niche market, you would think that it would go for less as there are less people that would really want them? right?
Let me explain what's going on here by citing an example of something that happened on these boards a few years back.
A member posted a question about an old Golden Age Western comic, wondering why it was being listed for so much by Harley Yee (an Overstreet Advisor) on ebay. I mean, it was way overpriced--the comic was in FAIR condition or something and Harley wanted $30 or so for it, even though the GOOD price in the Guide was something like $10 (meaning the FAIR price is usually half of the GOOD price). My numbers may be off, but you get the idea--overpriced Western book.
The member could find no copies anywhere else, and there had been no recent previous sales on ebay. So the comic IS rare. In fact, you could say that Harley was holding onto the only readily available copy in the market.
But who would pay that much for the comic? Nobody, really. So there the comic would sit in Harley's store, for a long time. But eventually--EVENTUALLY--some collector who only had that last issue to buy to fill his run would buy the book. Or a rich collector would finally buy it because it can't be found anywhere else, no matter the cost.
At that point, Harley would report the sale to Overstreet, and the price would increase in the next year's price guide. But is the comic really worth that much just because someone finally caved and bought it from him? No, no it's not.
And this illustrates why Overstreet it wrong, and why these people are asking so much money for this Cat-Man comic. It's obviously not worth $400, or else it would be REGULARLY be traded and sold for that price.