04/19/22 Viva La Tim Burton!


I'm a Tim Burton fan. Maybe not his most beloved film, but Big Fish is one of my favorites. Maybe that's becuase I have daddy issues...uh....

Anyways, I find it pretty exciting and interesting that he's a doing a Wednesday Addams show for Netflix. The cast is promising (Christina Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwendoline Christie) and obviously the source material seems like it would be right up Tim Burton's alley.

So I received this Gold Key Addams Family #1 9.2 yesterday which I picked up for $425.10. White pages to boot. Per GPA, a higher grade copy last sold in 2019. The one before that was 2008. Needless to say, this isn't an easy comic to find in high grade. I've been buying raws since May of last year and I think a single 9.0-9.2 CGC candidate is the best copy I've been able to find so I wasn't going to pass up this graded copy on Ebay when it was listed.

As you can see in the GPA pic above, there is both a Whitman and Gold Key edition of this comic. Both came out at the same time, seem equally difficult to find but the Gold Key does appear to be held in higher regard. Probably that silly old Whitman reprint stigma rearing it's ugly head...

Census numbers (shown below) are obviously low but it's important not to confuse "rarity" with "indifference". I think it's safe to say it's probably quite a bit of both at this time.

The show is in post-production so there likely isn't a ton of time to try picking up raw copies for grading before it's released. I have been saying for a while now that a lot of these Gold Key books have been ignored for years and are the first comic appearances of quite a few properties that are in active development for film and TV. You never know what you might stumble across out there in the wild so I'd keep your eyes peeled for them.

Not too long ago I made a video showing a lot of the properties in development right now that debuted in Gold Key comics. It's just a simple video with still images set to a song by a 1970's Pakistani surf rock band called the The Panthers. You might as well click the link. I mean, how often are you going to get the chance to hear a bangin' Pakistani surf rock song?