Saturday, April 16, 2011

ComicLink Sells Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.9 For $150,000

A Bronze Age comic has broken the six-figure ceiling with the single highest CGC graded example of Incredible Hulk #181, Wolverine’s first full appearance, changing hands on ComicLink for $150,000. This lone 9.9 has long been estimated to be the single most valuable comic book of the 1970s, but it had never changed hands publicly until this sale a few weeks ago. This number sets a new standard for high grade comics from the Bronze Age and clearly demonstrates the popularity of Wolverine amongst collectors.

Next to Spider-Man, Wolverine has emerged as the most popular superhero in the Marvel Universe. Shortly after Incredible Hulk #181, Wolverine appeared in Giant-Size X-men #1 and X-Men #94, becoming a permanent part of the most exciting superhero team of the last four decades. X-Men is not only one of the most significant Marvel titles of all-time, but it is one of the most successful entertainment franchises to ever emerge from the comic book industry. Wolverine has long lead the way as the most popular of the Marvel mutants, not only featured in his own long-running title, but also being the first to get his very own blockbuster feature film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

“It is a rare event when the single highest certified example of a comic as important as Incredible Hulk #181 changes hands,” says ComicLink President Josh Nathanson. “This singular 9.9 has long been tucked away in a private collection, largely hidden away from public view. The sale of this book is not only a great example of the strength of the market for top graded keys, but also an incredible acquisition for the new owner! Think of the bragging rights!”

If you are interested in selling in upcoming 2011 ComicLink auctions, simply e-mail for a prompt reply or call Josh Nathanson, Douglas Gillock, or other members of the ComicLink staff at 617-517-0062. And if you are a buyer/bidder remember that in addition to items on the auction block, there are also over 10,000 CGC Graded comic books listed on the ComicLink Comic Book Exchange, and many impressive original art items listed on the Comic Art Exchange.

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