SPIDER-MAN: invest IN THE suit (PART 3)


This is the final installment of a 3-part series which chases the question: Does the introduction of a new Spider-Man suit make an issue more collectible? In part 1, we looked at the ROI and trends when it came to the Black suit Symbiote introduced in marvel Team-Up #141, remarkable Spider-Man #252, and marvel Super-Heroes secret Wars #8, and then considered Spider-Man’s Future foundation suit shown on the cover of remarkable Spider-Man #658.  In part 2, we looked at three investment possibilities: The Spider-Man 2211 Suit, the Black cloth suit (thanks, Black Cat), and one of my favs–the Bombastic Bag-Man Suit.

Here are two additional “invest in the suit” possibilities:


The Spider-Man 2099 Suit

Amazing Spider-Man #365 introduced this suit with the first appearance of Spider-Man 2099. This issue has lots and lots going for it: It is a 30th anniversary issue; it is an 80-page giant; the four stories feature The Lizard, J. Jonah Jameson, Gwen Stacy (Stan Lee script), and The Prowler; there is a fold-out poster of Venom and Carnage vs. Spidey; there is a retrospective article–Spider-Man: The first Thirty Years; and the silver cover features a hologram based on the remarkable fantasy #15 cover!

The suit was worn by Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, and was made of unstable Molecule Fabric.  This suit looked similar to the original Spider-Man suit but with more blue and a skull-like mask.


Iron Spider Armor

The Iron Spider Armor first debuted in remarkable Spider-Man #529 as part of the 2006-07 “Civil War” storyline.  Tony Stark fabricated this suit for Peter Parker using technology similar to his own Iron man suit with the primary difference between the two suits being the mesh-like material which was the main component of Peter’s suit.

The Iron Spider Armor contains many gadgets as you’d expect coming from Tony Stark.  And it also gave Peter three pseudo-arms which can be used to see around corners (via cameras in the tips), and touch objects indirectly.




Let’s breakdown the possibilities:

The Spider-Man 2099 Suit:  Let’s look at the trends.  There is a total of 2,522 graded on the Census with 765 graded universal 9.8.  The FMV is $270 and the trend is -3.4%.  Two years ago, this issue had an FMV of about $130.

The latest downtrend is a nudge to consider this as a potential buy at 9.8.  The issue has lots of upsides to it for an investment and holds for a few years.

Iron Spider Armor:  There are several variants to consider.  (1) The first printing (the cover price of $2.50) has an FMV of $90 in a slabbed 9.8, and a return of +6.5%.

(2) The second printing (stated on front cover) has an FMV of $100 in a 9.8 and a +32.9% return.

(3) The third printing (stated on the front cover) has an FMV of $143.99 from one sale this year in January.

(4) The newsstand edition (cover price $2.99) has very few sales, so no established FMV but the last sale in 2018 for a 9.8 was $599.99, and the last 9.6 sale in July 2020 was for $340.00.

With the market liking non-first printings, the second printing is a good “invest in the suit” possibility, and an obvious takeaway is to be on the lookout for a third printing lurking in a dollar bin or a newsstand edition that has gone unnoticed.


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