NEW YORK, N.Y., July 28, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Wonder Woman, the most popular female superhero, continues her meteoric rise. Her much-anticipated movie sequel, “Wonder Woman 1984,” will be released in early fall. But before then, fans and collectors can score a piece of her magic, including original comic books and a one-of-a-kind movie prop, thanks to ComicConnect’s August Event Auction. They’ll also be able to bid on coveted superhero movie props, which rarely – if ever – come up for auction.
“We’ve seen again and again that successful superhero movies drive up related comic values—so our winning bidders can expect to see their investments grow,” notes Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of the leading vintage comic book marketplace.
And, he notes, Wonder Woman is special. She’s not only as popular as Batman and Superman, she’s also an authentic feminist icon.
The creation of Dr. William Moulton Marston, the Amazing Amazon first appeared in comics in 1941. Not surprisingly, her character proved popular with little girls – including feminist activist Gloria Steinem, who, in 1972, put her on the inaugural cover of Ms. magazine, a groundbreaking feminist publication. In 2016, the United Nations named Wonder Woman a UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. Her recent movies have brought her even more fans.
Featured Wonder Woman Auction Items
ComicConnect’s Event Auction #43 kicks off on August 1 and ends August 24-28. Some of the most anticipated items include:
The Lasso of Truth Movie Prop from “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” (Warner Bros., 2016)
This incredibly-rare production item was created for Wonder Woman’s first movie appearance. It includes a Certificate of Authenticity from Hero Prop, a highly-respected dealer of movie memorabilia.
The lasso, Wonder Woman’s signature weapon, compels those in its grasp to tell the truth. (Ironically, her creator, Dr. Marston, also invented the first lie detector.) It’s expected to sell for $15-$20,000.
All Star Comics #8, CGC-graded 9.4
Comics featuring a character’s first appearance are typically the most valuable. This 1941 comic marked Wonder Woman’s first appearance and is the highest-graded copy in existence. In 2017, it sold for $936,223, so this time it may break $1 million.
Sensation Comics #1, CGC 9.6
This issue marked Wonder Woman’s second appearance. This is the single-highest graded CGC-certified copy.
Wonder Woman #6, CGC 9.4
Also the highest-graded copy in existence, this comic marked the first appearance of Cheetah, Wonder Woman’s archenemy. It’s particularly significant because Cheetah, as played by Kristin Wiig, is featured in the upcoming movie.
Featured Movie Props
As superhero movies have triumphed at the box office, movie props have become another sought-after collectible. These storied rarities – all which come with Certificates of Authenticity – will also be up for auction:
- Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir — One of the most recognizable props in movie history, as wielded by Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: The Dark World” (2013). Anticipated sale price: $30-40,000.
- Captain America’s Combat Helmet – As worn by Chris Evans in “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011). Anticipated sale price: $20-30,000.
- Captain America’s USO Heater Shield – The heroes signature weapon, also from “The First Avenger.” Anticipated sale price: $25-30,000.
- Deadshot’s Wrist Gun Gauntlet from “Suicide Squad” – The very one worn by Will Smith in the 2016 blockbuster. Anticipated sale price: $5-7,000.
- Wolverine’s Claws – Flaunted by Hugh Jackman in “X-Men” (2000). Wolverine is one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Anticipated sale price: $10-15,000.
Comics and Collectibles Continue to Increase in Value
According to Zurzolo, despite the COVID-19 crisis, comic and collectibles sales have been brisk, perhaps as collectors find more time to devote to their collections. Because of the heightened interest in Wonder Woman, he expects to see some record-breaking sales.
After all, one 5.0 graded issue of All Star Comics #8 multiplied 450% in value in three years after Wonder Woman’s first big-screen appearance, when the sale price increased from $15,000 in 2013 to $67,000 in 2016.
Those who are interested can follow the bidding in real-time at ComicConnect. In addition to vintage comics, original art, and video games, the auction house has recently expanded to offer original movie props, concert posters and pulp fiction.
Learn more: https://www.comicconnect.com/article/wonderwomankeys?tzf=1
About Vincent Zurzolo & Metropolis Comics
Vincent Zurzolo is co-owner of Metropolis Collectibles, the world’s largest vintage comic book dealership, and ComicConnect.com, its online auction arm. He is Curator of Metropolis Gallery, a rare comic art gallery in Manhattan. He and his business partner Stephen Fishler hold five Guinness World Records for the most expensive comics and collectibles ever sold. A recognized authority in comics as investments, he appears frequently on television and in print.
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News Source: ComicConnect