1 Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen Vol. 1 #134 (1970) DC Comics

Jimmy_Olsen_134 WRITER: Jack Kirby
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
A single image from Empire magazine showing the Omega symbol synonymous with Darkseid is all it took. That single image made this book hit 5th gear this week. You can debate all you want about what his 1st appearance is, or isn't…regardless, collectors have spoken and have made this the 1st choice right now. It's not a rare book, but high-grade copies are hard to come by due to the black coloring on the cover. This book has some potential going forward. I don't think Darkseid will make a full appearance in the movie, but if Darkseid-clone Thanos can see huge gains from cameos, this should as well.

El Diablo Vol. 3 #1 (2008) DC Comics

El_Diablo_v.3_1 WRITER: Jai Nitz
ARTIST: Phil Hester
Of all the books to take the biggest jump since the second Suicide Squad trailer, this wouldn't have been my first pick. Lo and behold, it has made the biggest jump in value percentage-wise of any book. The book has a low print run to begin with. As I stated last week #1 and #6 are books you will no longer find at your local LCS. I think the cap is nearing on this book though, but there still might be some meat left.

3 Forever People Vol. 1 #1 (1971) DC Comics

WRITER: Jack Kirby
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
The other 1st appearance of Darkseid made a nice gain this past week as well. Long considered the 1st full appearance, Forever People #1 is another book that was helped by the screenshot in Empire magazine. For whatever reason this and X-Factor #6 are the books I press the most for customers, yet I rarely see this book in anything higher than a 7. I don't think the market has set JO #134 as the 100% go to yet, but if there were a true rival, Forever People would be the one to challenge it. JO #135 and New Gods #1 are also books that saw a jump this week. JO #135 is a book I have championed the past few months as being undervalued and underrated as his actual 1st appearance. Something about Darkseid's 1st appearance being on a computer monitor in a quarter panel turns me off.


4 Deadpool vs. X-Force Vol. 1 #1 (2015) Marvel Comics

WRITER: Duane Swierczynski
ARTIST: Pepe Larraz
JSC, love him or hate him, is the hottest cover artist on the planet today. Whatever he touches makes investors and collectors money. This book has been slept on for a while, but that is no longer the case. With the Deadpool movie still 2 weeks away, copies of this book flew off eBay during the past 7 days. A book that was $35 a few weeks ago is now nearing $90. A great cover that doesn't involve female anatomy for once.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (BOOM Studios) #0 Cover G Incentive White Ranger Variant Cover (2016) Boom Studios!!

WRITER: Kyle Higgins
ARTIST: Daniel Bayliss
Boom! boomed the public once more this past week as they always do. A book that was considered rare and hard to find was put up on their website again and again all through the week. A set that 2 weeks ago cost you $99 now cost you $199 on the same publisher's site. That didn't hurt the value much on the white and green variants, but it also didn't help. The book is still selling in the neighborhood of $200 though and should hold that value until the ComicsPro variant is given away in a few weeks. This has been the surprise hit of 2016 so far.


6 Batman Vol. 1 #655 (2006) DC Comics

WRITER: Grant Morrison
ARTIST: Andy Kubert
I'm not sure how I feel about this book making the top 10. Damian is my favorite character, but the days of me picking this up on the cheap are officially over. The past week saw this book get bought out on eBay in the $40-50 range in NM. Damian is one of the most intriguing characters in DC right now with a really great story in multiple books. He is in one page of this book and this is considered his cameo according to CGC. The 1st full appearance is in Batman #656, but the #655 variant is the one people are purchasing at a higher rate. This book has a huge chance of going up over the next few years. He has been in all the latest Batman animated movies and looks to be the main character in the new Justice League vs Teen Titans movie as well.


7 Sandman Vol 2. #4 (1989) DC/Vertigo

WRITER: Neil Gaiman
ARTIST: Sam Keith
Lucifer debuted on Fox this past week and everyone must have enjoyed it. Sandman #4, a book that has been speculated on since Fox announced the show, never really got much traction. That changed this week with all the cheap copies being snagged up on Monday night right after the premiere. I'm not sure if the buddy cop routine will work for this show in the long run though. I want more elements of the supernatural than they gave us on ep 1. There is still a ton of potential for this book in my eyes. If you can find a nice copy on the cheap, I would grab it and slab it.


All-New X-Men #25 Cover C Incentive Frank Cho Variant Cover (2015) Marvel Comics

WRITER: Brian Michael Bendis
ARTIST: Stuart Immonen
Another week has gone by and this book is still rolling. X-23 shows no signs of slowing down as a character. This book could have been had for $20 less than three weeks ago, now if you want a copy it will cost you well above  $100. I'm not the biggest Frank Cho fan, I think his antics are getting old, but people love his work. You can't deny this is a great rendition of one of comics' hottest female characters.


9 Red She-Hulk Vol.1 #58 Horn Variant (2012) Marvel Comics

WRITER: Jeff Parker
ARTIST: Carlo Pagulayan
I have no clue how this slipped past a majority of us, but thanks to Peter Gkow of our G+ community, this book is no longer a secret. It's also extremely hard to find, and valuable. It was RI 1:50, and let's be honest, not many stores were ordering 50 copies of She-Hulk. It's a $150 book right now with limited copies available. There are only 12 total in the CGC Census at the moment as well. I love this book's long-term potential as well. Women and covers are what drive the variant market 9 out of 10 times at the present.


10 Spider-Man Deadpool #1 Cover Gamestop Variant Cover (2016) Marvel Comics

WRITER: Joe Kelly
ARTIST: Ed McGuinness
This variant won't slow down. I thought it might, but it sells as fast as they are put up in the $70 dollar range. The cover sums up Deadpool and Spidey's relationship though. The print run is 3000 and with Gamestop shipping them, that means 200 might be NM or gradable.


Justice League Vol .2 #6 1:25 Variant (2012) DC Comics

WRITER: Geoff Johns
Darkseid, Darkseid, Darkseid. That is the theme of the week and is why this variant made honorable mention. It's one of the best Darkseid covers to date, and saw some decent movement already this week. I have a feeling the two just listed won't last long : )


Deadpool Vol 5 #6 (2016) Marvel Comics

WRITER: Gerry Duggan
ARTIST: Mike Hawthorne
Deadpool 2099 was a huge hit. This book sold out almost instantly and was going for double the cover price on the Thursday after release. With news that the character will be returning for a one-off in #12, this might actually be worth picking up and holding onto. The print run is high, but as we have seen in the past, that might not mean much with a character as popular as SkullPoopL.

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