The League of Darkness

Norman G. Robinson III Jan 26, 2018
Justice League Dark #1

The Justice League has been the DC version of Marvel's Avengers. The seven original members were: Superman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Batman, and Wonder Woman; all are heroic even to the point of being boring. In 2011 DC created a different path, choosing to start their New 52 titles remaking the DC universe. They produced Justice League Dark based on supernatural heroes confronted by the forces of darkness with a mystical origin, think Baron Mordo, not Harry Potter.

This group of supernatural heroes first appear together in Justice League Dark #1 (2011) written by Peter Milligan and art by Sook and Janin. This spooky A-Team featured the following original members: John Constantine, Madame Xanadu, Deadman, Shade, the Changing Man, and Zatanna. The only member that jumps out at me is Constantine, who has already had a pretty exciting movie starring Keanu Reeves.

There is a whiff of a movie catalyst for this comic book series; essentially, Warner Bros has assigned a screenwriter but not much else since (Source: CBM). Could this raise the specter of a movie? Unlikely, and yet Guillermo del Toro has had some interaction with the studio regarding this source material as a film. He even wrote a script for Justice League Dark in 2014. If there is one man who could direct and write about creepy supernatural happenings and the heroes that try to stop it; that man is Guillermo del Toro. Like I said, "a whiff."

The return on investment for this comic is above average for a recent Modern Age issue. Currently, near mint plus (9.8) sold for $139.99 on eBay 41 days ago (GoCollect). Considering the return for this supernatural melodrama is 21.8% over the last four years; this comic will pay for itself and then some over the next four years. During the previous three months, this issue has shown a slight increase in price. This was probably due to gossip over a potential movie and nothing to make the hair on your arms stand up. Though a little wonky, the idea of a supernatural heroic group could be exciting and even expand into a horror genre if done right. Reach into your magic wallet and join the League of Darkness by speculating on Justice League Dark #1.

Wrightson's First Work

Bernie Wrightson is by all accounts considered one of the best comic artists ever to draw horror and supernatural creatures. During my relentless hunt for keys and collectible comics, I came across Bernie Wrightson's first professional work in House of Mystery #179 with the team of Neal Adams and Sergio Aragones. Considering Wrightson's appeal as the ultimate horror artist; his first work is a definitive key to own.

Much like the Swamp Thing #1 that he would later create; this series is valuable and collectible at the same time. In very fine to near mint (9.0) copies have gone for $350 and show a sweet 16.7% return over the last year. Not to mention a very fine plus (8.5) sold for over $200 a year ago and produced a 100% return (GoCollect). These sales records are limited because of a small number of total sales recorded; however, that probably has more to do with the lack of comics available in the market then lack of interest.

In the final analysis, Bernie Wrightson's work will live on forever as master comic art. The numbers show significant returns in all grades; even a 4.5 is now worth $94! This essential comic of Wrightson's first professional work is a must own and will continue to increase in value.

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