Speculator Corner: Steve Gerber's Foolkiller

Sometimes it's wise to watch the not-so-invisible hand of the market. Before certain announcements, some folk decide to corner the market in back issues of a particular product. I noted that the day before Marvel announced the return of Angela that there was a run on copies of Spawn #9, for example.

Well, right now, people are hoovering up copies of the comic book Foolkiller, published by Marvel in the early nineties.


Created by writer Steve Gerber, the character first appeared in the pages of 1974's Man-Thing. He also had a ten-issue series from 1990 to 1991, followed by another written by Gregg Hurwitz in 2007.

Some wondered if maybe it was about to be optioned as a movie and word was leaking out.


More practically however, it's noted that the comic featured on AMC's Comic Book Men, as a seller brought in original artwork for Walt Flanagan to exclaim,

 "The most overlooked underrated underappreciated comic that Marvel has ever published. The cultest most cult comic I can think of… you have great taste man, great taste…. The Taxi Man meets the Marvel Universe."


Kevin Smith concurred equally praising the comic.

And it seems to have worked. Since the episode aired three days ago there have been 86 deals done on Foolkiller comics since. Between then and the beginning of the month, there had only been seven.

Right now there is a run on Foolkiller as all the cover price-or-less comics get snapped on eBay. After which, if the instant demand of curiosity keeps up, then so will the prices… right now the first ten issues, which previously sold as a set for single figures is up to $57 with a day yet to go…

Worth a new collection, Marvel?

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About 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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