Lenticular Deadpool Shoots Third Place!

Norman G. Robinson III Feb 3, 2018
Despicable Deadpool #287 (Espin Lenticular Variant Leg)

Initially, my analysis of Despicable Deadpool #287 (Espin Lenticular Variant Leg), was positive in a previous blog. At that time this comic was an up and comer. Now, it has already surpassed my expectations. The script was written by Gerry Duggan with art by Scott Koblish and cover by Salva Espin. This issue has continued to shoot up and is currently ranked the 3rd most popular comic book of recently released issues (GoCollect). In one month it has gone from 22nd place to top three, a shocking move. Despicable Deadpool #287 is sneaking up on Totally Awesome Hulk #22. This comic has had an increase in popularity, and FMV indicators are in the green supporting the hypothesis this is a popular book.

Despicable Deadpool #287 has a great deal of appeal as eye candy as well. The cover is striking with a brilliant lenticular homage to Amazing Spider-Man #129. It initially attracted me to this comic. As I am sure it did to others, such an iconic cover jumps out at you. Especially as a collector, this homage of ASM #129 is hard to pass up if you own the real deal. This cover alone is collectible. But if attached to a personality change in the character makes it a vital part of the story of Deadpool.

The storyline is “Deadpool kills Cable.” This has the aroma of a generational key, a biggie for continuity. If there is a drastic change in Deadpool’s motivation and he becomes evil; this could end up being the variant cover everyone wants. I wouldn't worry though Poole' devotees, your hero will return; after all, anything is possible in comics! Deadpool as a villain is probably temporary. However, this 180-degree change in Despicable Deadpool #287 could turn into a crucial key with a significant speculative return in the future.

Ryan Reynolds is the lead actor continuing the comic humor and slapstick approach to the character Deadpool. Once I saw the first movie, I was a Deadpool fan. He knocked it out of the park and brought the best hero created in the 1990's to life. He might be as popular as Wolverine someday. The Deadpool 2 movie preview dropped recently, and it looks like it will be another fun one. This comic has a catalyst to push price on this despicable issue.

The Lenticulars are popping up everywhere. They are becoming a little too ubiquitous for my taste. However, this cover essentially rocks the best of the old and the best of the new with the penultimate Millennial hero, Deadpool. Despicable Deadpool #287 could be a $150 key in near mint (9.8) just like Totally Awesome Hulk #22 in six months. These comics are still in the stores, so attach your sniper scope and hunt for the issue. Once Despicable Deadpool #287 is gone from retail comic book racks, it will be too late.

Your Lack of Faith Disturbs Me

In a galaxy far, far away... Star Wars #1 was written by Roy Thomas with pencils by affable Howard Chaykin. This issue has become number one Bronze Age most popular comic (GoCollect). As long as they are making Star Wars movies, this key will reign supreme among movie #1 key comics.

Once, long ago I asked a comic book proprietor what he thought of movie comic book keys; he said, "they usually don't live up to the hype." I agree with him, after all, it is hard to beat a movie when you are comparing comics to film. But what if the comic book is a milestone in popular culture? After all, it advanced an accepted story and supported the hype of a full feature-length movie that created a Wars cult following.

The grade to own is a very fine minus (7.5). This is one of the most common categories in Bronze Era comics. I have purchased and seen a ton of 7.5 graded books, seemingly as ubiquitous as readable copies. This grade (7.5) has gone Hyper-space with a  whopping 44.8% ROI over two years. In addition, the last three months it has returned 19% (GoCollect). Some of this recent price action is the latest release of The Last Jedi.

This Bronze Age key has staying power and consistency regardless of any movie tie in. Specific grades (7.5 and 4.5) are the most consistent returns. "Use the force Luke," focus and telepathically move this comic into your cart. Have faith in Star Wars #1 it has been paying off for forty years and will go another forty.

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