HOT 10 COMICS

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In this week's list I am including some obvious/heavy hitter books that are just selling really well lately, some are new to the Top Ten and some are mainstays.

1 STAR WARS #1 (1977, MARVEL)

SW1_VF WRITER: Roy Thomas
ARTIST: Howard Chaykin
This issue has been selling non-stop in the past two weeks in anticipation of the film's release. The momentum will only increase with the slew of upcoming Star Wars releases, secure your copy ASAP. Second and third printings are also picking up as well. Don't forget about issue #107 (last issue of the series), which is difficult to find.

2 BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 (1993, DC)

Batman_Adventures_Vol_1_12 WRITER: Kelley Puckett
ARTIST: Mike Parobeck
What more can be said about this book? A juggernaut that cannot be stopped! Harley's popularity is growing exponentially and is outshining any DC 1st appearance for the past 20 years. 9.8 copies are drying up. I recommend finding the newsstand variants.
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3 SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL #18 (1992, DC)

WRITER: Louise Simonson
ARTIST: Jon Bogdanove
With the inclusion of Doomsday in the new BvS trailer, this issue has been selling continuously. Prices may have seen only a small price hike, but multiple copies are moving daily. There are multiple printings with the later ones being rarer. There are plenty of early Doomsday issues to pick from but MOS #18 is the sure shot.

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4 NEW MUTANTS #98 (1991, MARVEL)

WRITER: Fabian Nicieza
ARTIST: Rob Liefeld
Whoever is in charge of marketing for this film should be given a raise. The anticipation for this movie is building and with a new trailer dropping on Christmas day, we should see an increase in the price point of this issue. I usually sell before the movie comes out but this one could be the exception, people are going to love this movie. Grab a copy before it reaches BA #12 status. All Deadpool related issues are selling well right now but which will be the next hotness?

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5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 (1988, MARVEL)

WRITER: David Michelinie
ARTIST: Todd McFarlane

Venom's first appearance continues to dominate the market. Despite having a heavy print run, it is still an iconic book that has been steadily increasing in value year after year. If you look at the CGC census, there are plenty of graded copies but collectors love this book regardless. If you don't own a copy, you might as well start collecting Alpha Flight back issues.

 

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6 CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 2nd PRINTING (2012, MARVEL)

WRITER: Kelly Sue DeConnick
ARTIST: Filipe Andrade
This issue was the perfect storm for a hard to find book: huge fan following, super low print run, and a 1st cover appearance of a new character. Raw copies are next to none on eBay and other online retailers; if this one is out of range, then scoop up lower grade copies. Kamala is not going anywhere; given her popularity, expect Marvel to do something with her in television or film.

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7 HARLEY'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK #1 OA VARIANTS (2015, DC)

WRITER: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
ARTIST: Misc
DC is trying something really different by inserting blank cover variants with original art (by favorite contemporary artists) randomly into poly bags. Essentially these books are one-of-a-kind so the value is still up in the air. The general public still has no clue what the ratio is for these variants and we haven't even seen the price point hit the ceiling yet. They WILL be monsters.

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8 WALKING DEAD #97-102 (2012, IMAGE)

WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST: Charlie Adlard

In this week's Top Ten we are featuring a slew of issues for #8 and the reason for that is simple: Neagan. All of the issues associated with his first appearance are blowing up and will only increase once Neagan shows up with Lucille. The second printings for issues #97-102 form a connecting cover with Neagan and his best girl. Lower print numbers due to being secondary printings will make these issues harder to find.

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9 BATMAN/TMNT #1 1:50 EASTMAN VARIANT (2015, DC/IDW)

WRITER: James Tynion IV
ARTIST: Kevin Eastman

 

A newcomer to the Top Ten, this issue marks Batman and TMNT's 1st team-up. The Eastman variant is the one collectors are chasing, it sells consistently and often. It doesn't sell for $50 but at the rate it's moving, copies will dry up. Eastman has a huge fan base that hunt for all of his IDW covers, throw in some Batman collectors as well and we could have some heat.

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10 CIVIL WAR #1-7 (2007, MARVEL)

WRITER: Mark Millar
ARTIST: Steve McNiven
Sales for this series slowed down a bit since the movie's announcement, going from $100+ to $50/$60 on average. Next thing you know, the trailer drops and all hell breaks loose!  All Civil War related books have started picking up again, especially the main series.

HONORABLE MENTION: Nobody is really talking about this, but start picking up the Black Panther's Civil War run (issues #22-25), all sporting Michael Turner covers.

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VADER DOWN #1 EL CAPITAN THEATER VARIANT (2015, MARVEL)

WRITER: Jason Aaron
ARTIST: Mark Brooks
El Capitan Theater rewarded customers who purchased the Star Wars movie marathon passes by treating them with a variant cover of Vader Down #1. This is the only variant for the movie's premiere and they are selling fast! It won't be insane like the 1:97483924 variant but this will be a book collectors and fans alike will want. There are two covers for the premiere, the one pictured and also a R2D2 and C3PO cover.

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 X-FACTOR #6 (1986, MARVEL)

WRITER: Louise Simonson
ARTIST: Jackson Guice
A new X-Men: Apocalypse trailer dropped with the Star Wars: Force Awakens premiere that gave us a better glimpse of the upcoming Fox release. Since movie stills have been coming out over the past few weeks, we have seen a renewed interest in the X-Factor books which had dropped down significantly in price. Copies are beginning to sell again, keep an eye on this one.

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    Look forward to this article every week! Anyone have any thoughts on Walking Dead 100 first print non-variant cover? And what is the WD #100 with the black cover and Lucile in the center? It seems embossed. Was that an incentive?

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    Yes, this is the best article on all the comic sites in my humble opinion. Not sold on the Batman / TMNT though….there’s lots of other Batman crossovers all over ebay for peanuts. And MoS #17 is hotter than #18 as its scarcer and has a Doomsday cameo.

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    Walking Dead – I haven’t seen any speculation about #92 here, I don’t think.
    I haven’t read ahead of the show, so I don’t know much about Jesus – but apparently he’s still alive and has appeared in almost 70 issues of the comic, so it’d seem to be a major character.

    All the spec ‘heat’ seems to be about Neegan (who I also don’t know much about), but there were just over 31,000 copies of #92, while there were 350,000+ of Neegan’s first appearance, and presumably more than 20,000 of the second print of issue #100.

    Seems #92 is overlooked in comparison to Neegan’s first appearance.

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