Variant Heat Check for 11/8/16



Batman #655 1:10 Kubert Variant

HEAT CHECK STATUS: pepperpepperpepperpepper

The days of finding this book under $50 are over. Damian Wayne is the leader of the Teen Titans and is going to team up with Jon Kent in their own book (eventually). DC is maximizing this character that was recently killed off only 3 years ago. And no, he did not kick the Ninja Turtles asses in the Batcave (see Batman TMNT #5).

Teen Titans #75

Teen Titans #75 1:25 Hughes Variant

HEAT CHECK STATUS: pepperpepperpepperpepper

Talk about ghosts. No one wants to sell raw copies of this book, and when they do come up they are commanding more and more. There’s a lot of buzz on Hughes right now, so it makes sense that this could hit $300.


Star Wars #1 Forbidden Planet Granov Color Variant

HEAT CHECK STATUS: pepperpepperpepper

I know, there are a gazillion Star Wars variants. In fact the new variant craze may have been kicked off by this book. While a lot of them (I.E. all of them) are pretty much fire starter material, this book has risen to the top due to scarcity and a killer cover of Boba Fett by the awesome Adi Granov!


Uncanny X-Men #8 SDCC Campbell Variant

Bonus book!

One of the rare Campbell team covers that are worth something…

Note: Variants appearing in the Top 10 will not appear on this list due to contractual obligations.


  • pumpkinpunker

    Batman #655 is as clear a cameo as anything. Damian is in one panel as a shadow. #656 is a good sleeper while even the #655 main cover seems to go for slightly higher. #656 is listed as first full appearance on the CGC case also.

  • pumpkinpunker

    Correction: Damian is in shadow in #655. He’s not as a shadow.

    • Keith S.

      No where in the article does it state that this is Damian Wayne’s first appearance. You can stump all you want to, but when the market decides (AKA money is flowing) it is very hard to stem the tide. Good luck, but you have a steep slope to climb if you think that #656 will ever be worth more than the #655 variant.

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    At this point in the game, it doesn’t matter if it’s a cameo or first full appearance. It seems the market wants the lowest print run book that is relevant to the early appearance. If you are a fan, Lil’ Wayne’s first full appearance is 657, but you should own the whole arc anyway.

  • Gwenpool4President

    As far as 1st appearances goes, each one should be handled on an individual case. There doesn’t seem to be any rules written in stone about what constitutes a true 1st app.

    Can you elaborate on what the note at the end deals with? What contractual obligations? Just curious.

    • Keith S.

      Very true, as books like Hulk 180 and ASM 299 could be called first appearances.

      I have to pay Trey/Ben for the rights to use books on the Top 10 for my article. Just kidding. I don’t want to have duplicate books from his list and mine since that might get repetitive for people to read. Thanks for reading!

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