Movie mania in the comic world has gone wild and it is experimenting
more often with the restricted rating. It is not new ground for
It's just with Deadpool, it is more successful than in the
X-Men comic character has, for the first time, delved into the
world of the restricted movie rating and because of Deadpools
success during the winter, moviegoers should expect more superhero
characters being filmed in that world in the future.
Comic characters that have crossed into the R-rated market
over the decades include Fritz the Cat, The Crow, Judge Dredd,
Frank Millers 300 and Sin City, DCs Watchmen and
Marvels Punisher and Blade.
Not all of the R-rated films involve muscle-bound caped and
costumed heroes and villains. Two grand examples are Road to
Perdition, based on a series launched in 1998, and A History
of Violence, based on a 1997 graphic novel.
Nevertheless, the success of both Blade and Deadpool certainly
guarantees more forays into the R-zone by Marvel, most likely
the next Wolverine movie, Wolverine 3, now in production.
It will affect the X-Men and related comics collectable markets,
particularly the books from the Bronze (1970 to about 1984 or
1985), Copper (about 1985 or 1986 to 1991) and Current eras.
The Deadpool movie likely leads to a Cable movie and that
leads to well, who knows? Maybe all the other X-Men characters
currently not in films?
The X-Men franchise is pretty vast and Disney doesn't own
the movie rights to all of the characters it owns since buying
Marvel Comics in 2009. So movie companies will most likely be
scrambling to make a film and try to cash in on the popularity
of superheroes. Let's hope they don't destroy that popularity
by saturating the market.
Deadpool comics certainly enjoyed a boost by the success
of the film.
Artist Rob Liefield
introduced Deadpool, along with two other characters, Gideon
and Domino, in New Mutants 98 in 1991. It was Liefields
second character hit in that series. In New Mutants 87, he introduced
the popular Cable.
The two books were instantly collectable. They were hot and
so were prices, for the time, with New Mutants 87 peaking around
the $25 mark in Near Mint and New Mutants 98 slightly less.
They are not rare, scarce or hard-to-find, but in a market
governed by supply and demand and, in this case, with an obvious
dash of hype (maybe a huge dollop of hype), prices have zoomed
and vary wildly.
New Mutants 98 has broken the $300 mark in Near Mint. One
American dealer is offering a second-print New Mutants 87 for
around $50 in Near Mint, so one can expect at least about $100
for a first-print edition. If one is keen on getting a copy,
shop around and don't be afraid to haggle.
Nevertheless, the lesson here is if there's a hit comic-based
movie, expect prices on certain issues and series to rise, or
There is the Batman-Superman movie, so it may affect earlier
editions of Worlds Finest Comics that starred the two characters.
The same with Suicide Squad, as its Silver Age books - six issues
of Brave and the Bold starting at #25 - in particular will certainly
rise in value and demand. The original squad is a non-powered
group, which highly contrasts the crazies making up the modern
It is difficult
to speculate if what seems to be the millionth reboot of Tarzan,
released in late June, will do the same for the numerous comic
series that starred the jungle hero.
Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, may revive
the moribund comic title and it should stimulate interest in
the character that starred in Strange Tales in the Silver Age,
followed by his self-titled series in subsequent eras.
Top artists who worked on Doctor Strange include Steve Ditko,
the characters creator, Bill Everett, Gene Colan and Frank
1 - Brave and the Bold 25 marked the debut of the Suicide
Let's Talk Comics with Rob Lamberti, who started collecting
comics when the going price was 12 cents an issue and Peter Parker
really was a teenager. He dabbled in the comic convention circuit
in the Toronto area for a while, but stopped to concentrate on
his career as a not-so-mild- mannered crime reporter for a great
metropolitan newspaper, where he hoped he managed to record a
little bit of history the past three decades.