Last week Amazing Spider-Man #583 hit the shelf of your local comic shop. While I haven’t read the issue I’m told that it features Barack Obama in the story… but that’s not really what I’m going to write about. Plenty of US Presidents have been featured in comics.
What is relevant is that this book has a variant cover that depicts President Elect Obama, and it has been selling like crazy. The Obama variant has gone to a third print run. That means that there are going to be tons of these Obama variant issues floating around.
My point is, if you want to read the story or wish to collect it because it depicts Barack Obama, go for it. However, if you are planning on buying one (or 10) because you think it’s going to be worth a lot of money and one day… that you will buy a TV with it or put your kids through college on the profits, don’t waste your time and money. I can say with a fair amount of certainty that it won’t be worth much more than its cover price due to the volume in circulation. The first print run issues might be worth a bit, but it won’t be much.
The Bottom-line: Buy it because you want it, not as an “investment.”