Marvel - Oct. 2013
Key Issue Notes
First cameo appearance of Supergiant
First chronological appearance of the Black Order
The Black Order being in the upcoming and highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War is kind of old news now, but it's still news. So, I'm going to try to pump out at least two more key issues relating to them before the film is finally released in 2018, which should give me plenty of time.
I'm not sure how many of the five members of the Black Order are going to appear on screen. There has been somewhat confirmed rumors that Corvus Glaive will be making an appearance, but from looking at the IMDB cast list, there is only one reference. It would appear that Terry Notary, a motion capture actor, is list as playing Cul Obsidian, which is another name that the Black Order goes by. Whether he's going to be playing one member, or all of them, remains to be seen.
Anyway, let's get back to talking comics. This issue gets a little tricky. Although this is the first chronological appearance of the Black Order, it is actually their second appearance in comics, and the third appearance of Corvus Glaive. You see, the Black Order, sans Supergiant, made their first appearance in the pages New Avengers #8 that was released a month earlier than this issue, in Sept. 2013, and Corvus made his first appearance in FCBD 2013: Infinity. I'm not sure why Supergiant doesn't make her first appearance with all of the others, but she didn't. So, for this post, I'm only going to focus on her. I'll get to the rest of the members of the Black Order in a near future post.
Supergiant is one of the five, the five referring to the Black Order, whose members also include Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf, and Proxima Midnight. Supergiant has the ability to read and control the minds of others, but they don't really go into what she can do in this issue, since she only appears in one panel. She does reek havoc with Black Bolt's mind in a later issue though. Unfortunately, she doesn't make it through to the end of the series and is eventually killed of in Infinity #6, but that a whole different key issue that I will get to....at some point.
Variants, variants, and more variants. There's just too many variants for this issue to talk about every individual one, so I'm simply going to list them below with a picture of the cover for reference. If you're interested in adding one of these variants to your collection, click on the picture and it'll take you to the eBay listings for that cover.
If you add up all of the census numbers, for all of the variants, there haven't been very many copies of Infinity #1 graded by CGC. In total there have only been 531 that have gone through CGC's grading room to date.
All of these copies are, of course, in very high grade. That happens a lot with newer comics. There are many comic investors out there that buy the latest copy of the newest comic, bag and board it, and sent it directly to CGC or CBCS. These comics were never read, and hardly ever touch by human hands, hence there are many, many high grade copies out there.
I have a feeling that these census numbers will go up, but I have no idea how much. This comic doesn't seem to be in high demand, at least from looking at the eBay sold listings. The ones that are selling the most seem to be the variant covers.
Values for this comic obviously are going vary depending on which cover you are looking at. When we look at the sale data for the first printing of this comic, values haven't really changed much from when it was first released in 2013, as you can see on the chart to the left. It usually sells in the $20 - $50 range for CGC Universal 9.8 NM/M.
Some of the more valuable covers are the Adam Kubert Sketch cover and the Marko Djurdjevic 1 in 200 retailer incentive cover, with the latest sales for both reaching $200 and above. And the Art Adams 1 in 150 Hero Sketch and Mark Brooks Deadpool Sketch have both sold for well over the $100 mark for each of those variants. Sales figures for all of these variants are for 9.8 NM/M copies. The only copy that might be worth getting in grades below that may be the Djurdjevic cover, but I would probably only go as low as a 9.6 NM+.
Now, to be honest, there isn't a lot if sales data to see where these comics are headed in terms of investment potential. Since there are so few graded at the time, there won't be a lot of sales. It doesn't seem like this is a high demand comic at the moment and there are a lot of raw copies out there to buy. If the entire Cul Obsidian end up appearing in the upcoming Infinity War movie, then this comic just may see a bump in demand. I guess we'll just have to wait and see if there is any confirmation of any of the other members of the Black Order appearing in the future, other than Corvus Glaive who looks like he's definitely going to make an appearance. But, until that day comes, happy hunting.
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