How about a trio of Marvel books, and an interesting case study this week?
Hulk/Thing: Hard Knocks
Amazon Min: $22/$30
This is a bit dodgy, as it barely scrapes 2:1 at full retail. I can't imagine a super strong demand for it, either, but then again I am staring at a 2:1 so I guess we're experiencing a little interest.
This is a classic example of Marvel squeezing a little extra out of the turnip by turning a 4 issue mini into 4 issues plus an old reprint, and not even a particularly in demand Hulk/Thing barney. (It's Marvel Superstars # 1) I think they would have been better served by throwing in Fantastic Four # 12, or # 112, but what do I know.
I would avoid paying full retail for this unless it goes higher, but I'd feel pretty safe with a discounted copy. I can't see Marvel going back to press on this, so supply should stay relatively scarce.
Amazon Min: $22/$38
Of course we've already observed a couple of these volumes pop from the Slott end of things. It wouldn't surprise me to see the entire series enter a comfortable place of profitability. It reminds me quite a bit of the Nightwing phenomenon, where a second tier star with a cult following hits that sweet spot where a niche crowd is looking for the material, but not in droves to spur a new edition.
If the copy is in nice shape, I'd advocate paying full retail for Lady Liberators. Don't panic if it cycles down, either. Nightwing does the same thing, bouncing up and down. Target a reasonable price and let the market catch up with you.
Amazon Min: $26/$54
We've seen quite a few of the Bendis volumes dry and up then shoot for the stars, and now it looks like Brubaker is taking his turn.
The thesis is pretty strong on this line. Quality run, quality creative team, demand should stay very strong for this book. Decent chance your local retailer has a copy of this laying around, and it's an easy buy at $15 and below.
Amazon Min: N/A
Image has recalled the original print run for the book, because one of the pages was erroneously issued with no dialogue. Some of the biggest sources are complying with the recall. Amazon is waiting for the corrected editions before distributing product, and the same goes for DCB Service. A good portion of the smaller retailers will send the error books back as well.
Some, but not all. I was able to score a copy of the "bad" edition this afternoon. It will be uncontroversial to assert that the error editions will be the most scarce. What's unclear is whether that means anything regarding the value of the book.
Similar problems have plagued items like the first Bendis Daredevil Omnibus, and the the old Captain America: Classic Years slipcase collection. Both of those items are quite valuable, but I haven't noticed any consistent premium placed on the scarcer error editions.
The secondary trade market is in its infancy, though. Just because there's no premium now doesn't mean that future collector's won't be making those distinctions. I'm not suggesting that you run out and back up the truck on a stack of $40 hardcovers waiting for the market to catch up with you. But for me, I'm a card carrying Morning Glories fanatic, and I'm pleased as punch to have the original edition in my collection. Anything else is just gravy.