History is Cost-Prohibitive

Well, damn. Uncanny X-Men issue 53 doesn’t stand out in my mind as one of the greatest comic books of all time, so why is this single page of it featuring a second-tier villain going for $17,000? The answer is Barry Windsor-Smith. Apparently, this is the first professional comic work from the icon and that’s worth quite a bit to some people. It is really interesting to compare this early Kirby-influenced work to Barry’s later super-clean style.

Will an image of Blastaar talking to himself ever be worth more than cover price to me? Likely not, but some 45 year-old dude who just made a killing in social-networking stocks is pumped on this piece. It will go next to his prized collection of Star Trek Megos.

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