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Chew on this: Would you pay $13,000 for the first issue of the hit series?

The $13,000 copy of Chew #1?

Chew, the action-comedy series by John Layman and Rob Guillory, has been one of the surprise hits of the past year, earning critical acclaim, Eisner and Harvey awards, spots on The New York Times bestseller list, and the attention of Hollywood.

So you might expect the speculator market to take interest in the quirky comic, which centers on police detective turned FDA agent Tony Chu, a cibopath who receives psychic impressions from whatever he eats. But does that interest amount to, say, $13,000? For one issue?

Guillory points this morning to an eBay auction for a Certified Guaranty Company-graded 10.0 copy of Chew #1 — it’s billed as “the ONLY one” — for a starting bid of $3,500. Or you could buy it now for a mere $12,999.

“Will this sell?” Guillory asked. “WILL IT?” He goes on to call the “Buy It Now” price “a steal.”

When asked on Twitter whether the issue is worth that much, Guillory responded, “As co-creator and artist of the book, I can (without bias) say YES. YES, IT IS.”

If you have an extra $13,000 burning a hole in your pocket, take note: The auction ends on Saturday. Chew #15, priced at just $2.99, is set for release on Nov. 10.



This is stupid. Download it and give the money to charity.

I’m amazed CGC is still being used for this sort of thing with recent issues.

My LCS has mentioned a couple of times that its pretty much impossible to have a 10 grade. Even the printing process creates a few small errors. CGC will grade things a 10 if it comes right to them from the press, and still grade it a 10 with visible errors.

Money is a lot like manure; it is meant to be spread around. Fool and his money will soon part?

“Money is a lot like manure; it is meant to be spread around. Fool and his money will soon part?”

Wait, is the money still manure in the second part? If so, it would hardly be foolish to part from it.


October 26, 2010 at 1:22 pm

For that sort of money you could get Layman for a full night!

Aw, I’ve heard you could get Layman for a tenth of that. For TWO nights!*

* – offer does not apply in American Samoa, The Virgin Islands or the state of Utah.

I already have issue 1 in pretty good shape, no need to buy it.


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