Speculator Corner: Alias #24 – The New Purple Man

$_57 (3)Dr. Zebediah Killgrave, The Purple Man was a bit of a sixties joke comic book character. He first appeared in Daredevil #4 back in 1963 using his pheremones to control folk, who also turned purple. Not that Daredevil could tell that bit.

Writers did eventually realise that his powers had certain… moral qualms about them. It is revealed that he persuaded a woman to marry him with his powers and they ad a daughter together, who inherited his abilities. He was an agent in manipulating an entire city to favour Nate Grey in X-Man.

And then was reinvented by Brian Bendis and Michael Gaydos for the Alias series, now being adapted for the small screen as AKA Jessica Jones for Netflix.

Already issues of that series have become collectable, with a 9.8 CGC Alias #1 grabbing over $320 on eBay, though $200 is about normal, while raw can get up to $40, though under $30 is normal.

But the casting of David Tennant as Kilgrave, The Purple Man, may make his first appearance in that series, issue 24, do a bit of a boogie up the speculator market. Currently selling between $3 and $6 raw… for now.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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