I am new to the Comics heating up forum. Long time comic reader who is getting back into comics 10 years later. I just picked up one of my Holy grail books and was wondering what others were looking for.
X-Men Giant Size # 1 - I bought it off ebay and got it pressed. Not a high grade but fits my budget and happy to add to my collection. Other Grails I am looking for: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 1st print, Copra #1, Hulk 181.
My grail for years and years and years was Hulk 181. Finally got one a couple years ago, which graded at 6.0. My runner up grail was GSX 1, which I lucked into a low grade copy last year. Haven’t had it graded yet but I think I’d be lucky to hit 3.0 after pressing. In time, I’d like to upgrade to higher grades of both books.
Despite my avatar, I don’t even try for Golden or Silver Age Batman keys. Just wrote those off as eternally out of my budget a loooong time ago.
My grail is likely the grailiest of grails: Detective Comics #27.
I can say with 99.9999% certainty that I’ll never own one… which I guess is the point of a grail. It will LIKELY be perpetually out of my budget unless I end up tripping over a solid gold boulder, reach out and pull a slot handle as I’m falling and hit a jackpot, then finally land on a winning lotto ticket. I would need to have that much FU money to purchase one.
AF15 and ASM1 are my grails. Doubt I’ll ever own either. I have attempted, once or twice, to just sit on my PayPal funds from flipping until I have enough for either of my grails, but alas, that hasn’t quite worked out yet.
I have almost every pre-80 Moon Knight book except Werewolf By Night #32, which is on my list but I’m gonna go big on it, 8.0 or higher for the grade as most of my other early Moon Knights are 9.0 or better currently.
The others on my list are (I’m doing these in likely order after Moon Knight, focus on one character at a time and I’m likely going to hold out at higher grades, VF or better):
Ghost Rider’s first in Marvel Spotlight #5
Silver Surfer first in Fantastic Four #48
Black Panther first in Fantastic Four #52
Punisher first in ASM #129
I’ll probably pick some after those initial 5 but that’s it for my grail books…
And each of those I plan to do the same as I did with Moon Knight, find all their other early appearances along with it.
After that, I’m thinking about seeking out early EC and other pre-code books. Rest of collection will get dumped and sold off…