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ASM 4 – First Appearance of Silk!!

I’ve reached an interesting point in the hobby, where I am simultaneously trying to thin out my collection which I have amassed since the mid/late 1970’s, while also adding key books. My primary area of focus as a collector has been the Bronze and Copper era books that I grew up with. However, Books that I’ve targeted to add to my collection certainly include Modern Keys. I continue to buy new books – some to read and retain for my personal collection, and some to sell in the interest of having the hobby pay for itself.

That being said, you can’t buy every new book that might have some potential when published. Hence, there will always be books of interest to me on the re-sale market.

Among the Modern books that I missed when published is Amazing Spider-Man #4 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. The issue, published in 2014, is of course the first appearance of Cindy Moon as Silk. Moon is a Korean American girl bit by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter Parker, thereby imbuing her with powers similar to those we know possessed by Spider-Man.

In recent years this book has been heating up, primarily fueled by rumors that Silk will appear in either Sony’s live action or animated Spider-Verses, or even be the featured character in a TV series. On the comics side of things, we can assume that Silk will be a primary focus among the growing cast of characters that Marvel will be marketing to an international audience. Considering these two factors, we can predict that this comic will continue to increase in value.

I’ve checked out a few raw (ungraded) copies of the issue at local comics shops, didn’t pull the trigger to buy for one reason or another. Ultimately, this is a book that I want slabbed, so rather than looking at any more raw copies, I went ahead and purchased the CBCS 9.8 graded copy pictured above.

I picked up the book through a Buy It Now (BIN) sales post by member Robodog on the CBCS Forum at what I considered a reasonable price for a 9.8 with shipping included. Robodog shipped promptly, provided tracking, and upon delivery I found the book to be very well packed. This was my first purchase from Robodog, and I’m happy to share that it was a very smooth experience. I may have the book re-holdered into one of CBCS’ new slabs at some point in the future, but even with that small added expense, my total cost into this book would be under the climbing Fair Market Value. Whether I re-holder or not, I’m thrilled to add this Modern Key to my collection.

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Gary Govel
Gary Govel is a life-long fan and collector of comics, with a particular interest in Bronze and Copper Age Keys. He recently launched Collector Syndicate to share his experiences and promote the hobby.