Author: mattkennedy

by mattkennedy | March 21, 2022

Gas prices through the roof. A Russian invasion halfway round the world. Gary Numan on tour. It's either 1979 all over again, or we are on the brink of Cold War nostalgia –the kind that spawned Mad Max and other tales of the Post-Apocalypse. Inflation Is...

by mattkennedy | March 14, 2022

A hot topic in all the Facebook comic-collecting groups has been the closing gap between raw and graded comic prices –especially for Silver and Bronze Age keys. This begs the question: Are graded comics really worth more? What is 'value,' anyway?

by mattkennedy | March 7, 2022

If you read this column regularly, you may have noticed that most of my investment suggestions are for high-grade comics. Whenever I reference a comic's FMV, I do so almost exclusively with respect to a CGC 9.8 copy of that book. Does Comic Condition Really Matter?...

by mattkennedy | February 28, 2022

While collectors almost always have a bucket list of the specific books they want to acquire, investors are less tethered to the psychological malady of "oneitis." Is buying in bulk the best strategy for building an incredible collection? Instant Bragging Rights

by mattkennedy | February 14, 2022

Millennials are defined as the generation born between 1981 – 1996. Like all consumers between the ages of 26 and 41, they are poised to have a massive impact on the collectibles market. And like every generation, they seek touchstones of their childhood and are willing to...

by mattkennedy | February 7, 2022

If knowledge is truly power, comic readers have a massive edge over trend-hopping investors. Readers have the inside track on developing stories and characters and actually decide –by way of circulation– the fates of writers, artists, and what becomes canon. It is demand that informs supply, and together...

by mattkennedy | January 31, 2022

The impending debut of Mutants in the MCU has fueled record speculation pricing for X-Men #1 and Giant-Size X-Men #1. But the team most reflective of the MCU's diverse, global audience just might prioritize an X-Team that has been unfairly overlooked –but for how much longer? The...

by mattkennedy | January 24, 2022

The entry of Wookie Bounty Hunter, Black Krrsantan into the official Star Wars canon via The Book of Boba Fett on Disney+ has driven up prices on that character's comic book debut in Darth Vader #1. But what about the original Wookie, Chewbacca, and Star Wars #2?...

by mattkennedy | August 30, 2021

Superheroes have inspired the bulk of film & streaming adaptations, but there are at least three indie comics that could become cottage industries unto themselves: Let's take a look at Love and Rockets, Scalped, and Maus. What Happens When Superheroes Go Out of Style?

by mattkennedy | August 9, 2021

WandaVision & Loki were the first steps into a multiverse of nearly endless MCU Spec potential. While everyone else chases Kang keys, here are 5 non-keys that are bound to spike. Namor has been Cast