1 Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 Joe Quesada 1:250 Sketch Variant

WRITER: Dan Slott
ARTIST: Adam Kubert
Forgot about this one?  Yeah, I think anyone who bought this in 2015 wants to forget.  Initially selling for close to $400, this has plummeted all the way down, to, do I want to say, ……..$10-25 (with a VF copy going for $6).  I don’t know if this is a historic drop, but it certainly is why it lands at #1.

2 Harley Quinn #1 Gabriele Dell’Otto Pink Variant

WRITER: Amanda Conner
ARTIST: Chad Hardin
This book feels like what most people felt after the housing crisis and being way upside down.  Almost reaching $1000 in 9.8 at its height, the most recent copy sold for less than $350.  That still isn’t terrible for the initial investment, but for those that bought high…ugh.

3 Outcast #1 SDCC B/W Variant

WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST: Paul Azaceta
The promise of a Cinemax show, which happened (but nobody watches Cinemax), coupled with the SDCC buzz caused this to peak around $125 back in 2015.  Copies can now be had for around $25 (insert Price is Right losing sound).

4 Savage #1 Lewis LaRosa 1:50 B/W Variant

WRITER: B. Clay Moore
ARTIST: Clayton Henry
Yikes.  This was being hailed by some as the hot book of the fall when there was a sale recorded for $880 just after release (or just before, I can’t remember).  The last sale was for $200 and multiple copies are sitting stale on eBay with Best Offers enabled.

5 Batman (Vol. 3) #1 Michael Turner Aspen Sketch Variant /1500

WRITER: Tom King
ARTIST: David Finch
The book that started the store variant craze last summer has hit rock bottom.  What was once a $150-200 book raw can now be had in graded 9.8 condition for $80 or less.  I guess a 1500 print run isn’t so small after all.

6 Once Our Land #1

WRITER: Peter Ricq
ARTIST: Peter Ricq
Small independent book that everyone was clamoring for late last summer, it moved up in price to $25-40.  Copies can now be had for less than $10 and graded 9.8’s go for around $30.

7 The Walking Dead #108

WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST: Charlie Adlard
Anticipation of Ezekiel on the show pushed 9.8 sales of this book close to $150 about a year ago.  The most recent sales (of which there are a ton) are in the $30-50 range.

8 Batman (Vol. 2) #1 Greg Capullo 1:200 B/W Variant

WRITER: Scott Snyder
ARTIST: Greg Capullo
Dating itself all the way back to our very 1st Hot 10 list, this book peaked in late 2015-early 2016.  Since the news that the New 52 was going away, this book has fallen on hard times.  What was a $1000+ book in 9.8 is now selling for less than $700–if you can find a buyer at that price point.

9 Inhumans vs. X-Men #5 Gabriele Dell’Otto 1:50 Variant

WRITER: Charles Soule
ARTIST: Javi Garron
Dell’Otto love caused this book to sell for $100 upon release.  Now just selling for $30, it is yet another lesson that the ‘variant of the week’ (which I am now calling VOW) isn’t always the best thing to chase.

10 Avengers #1

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
I may get hate mail for including this as the super high grades still perform well.  Looking at the common 4.0 grade though, this peaked about 8 months ago in the $2500 range.  Recent sales have been in the $1500-1750 range, which is not a very good ROI on a ‘blue chip key’.

X-Men #94

WRITER: Chris Claremont
ARTIST: Dave Cockrum
I’ll be honest, while this is still a historically significant book, it doesn’t really have much significance to this day and age.  Mid-grade copies are seeing a downturn across the board, but most significantly, 6.0’s, which were $250-275 a couple of years ago, are now selling for $200 or less.

Preacher #1

WRITER: Garth Ennis
ARTIST: Steve Dillon
Maybe this book should have been #1 instead of the DM section.  Either way, this peaked last year before the show debuted and 9.8’s were selling for $1000.  1 year later, they are now selling for less than half that amount.  Remember to take into account rarity when dropping big coin–this one isn’t very rare folks. (Hint, hint…any New Mutants (Vol. 1))


  • Great list, some of these are very surprising…some not so much…*cough Savage *cough

  • This was both fun and sad at the same time. Thank you, Ben!

  • Love these look back articles and I’d like to see more. For some this may be a traumatic article…for others it might remind them of that book they wrote off because it was waaaay overpriced and is now cheap enough for the ol’ PC.

  • dpiercy

    Outcast is on Cinemax, not Showtime. Cinemax had this show, which I think is great, and Banshee which is another one of my favorite shows.

  • I think the not top 10 is awesome. I have the batman rebirth and twd 108 but got both on release price. I don’t chase many variants unless they are Turner but I do like seeing the hype of these books go up and the crash. Let’s me know if I over paid or not. This reminds me of a where are they now type of thing

  • MZircher

    Love this! Thanks, it’s good to see the other side of the coin, even if it sucks sometime if you are the one holding the book.

  • Fun article, it reminds me of the One Year Later articles but on a larger scale.

  • What, no mention of Star Wars 1 (1977), from over $3k in a 9.8 to barely cracking $1000 in most cases now, or Star Wars Vader Down Zdarsky sketch variant going for $4k raw to $2800 in a 9.8 and $1100 raw? Both of those have had far more catastrophic losses than anything else on this list, most of which are small potatoes compared to these.

  • tsouthammavong

    Love this article. Keep it up. It’s a great reminder that it is okay to miss out on a hot item because the majority will most likely come back down.

  • pumpkinpunker

    Not so sure about X-Men #94. A 5.0 just sold for $220. I would actually classify this book as hot instead of not.

  • Lol great list. There’s one book up there that I’m glad I got rid of last year.

  • N.Gordon

    Excellent idea Ben. This is a great reminder of how crazy the comic game can be. And for once I am not happy about still having some of the books on your 10 List lol

  • I moved my Harley at the right time

  • I have one too many books on this list. I’ve got my share of losers to go with my winners… that’s how the game goes!

  • Great article Please do it again

  • vanix

    Fun little reality check to the other side of the ‘business’.

  • Awesome list! There could be a whole list on me when I was trying to complete my Death of Wolverine variants (*groan*). I luckily skipped most of these… however I still have 2 ‘face palms’ on this list (Preacher 1 + Once Our Land 1).

  • Great article, hope to see more in the future! Not surprised by many of these, specially the Turner Batman.

  • accustomfigures

    Awesome article! And I’ll take all those Savages you guys don’t want. Seriously.

  • I think Preacher is still a good book. Before the anouncement, it sold around $150 in 9.8. Yes, it may have hit $1000 for a short time but it has still settled at $500-600. That is a decent investment. We need to be realistic with our expectations. Do not buy modern books for $1000+. That is the cap on 99.9% of them. If you don’t get one early, forget it. Take a deep breath and let it go.

    • manbat

      Plus season 2 of Preacher is coming soon! Should tick back up!

    • I think davidone makes a good point, but more so what should be a blatantly obvious point. Some of these books deserve to be on this list, but a lot of books just need to settle before we see what they are really worth. Avengers 1 and Xmen 94 have nothing to prove. Preacher might be in there as well. Savage 1 is a first appearance (less than 200 copies to boot) , of what will be a major character moving forward, for a publisher that hasn’t yet become a “household name”, and will. And if people are still getting even getting $500 for that Batman book, that isn’t terrible. Especially considering it’s Snyder and Capullo’s first time on the character, and we all know they will be back on him soon.

      If someone made a bad investment because they overpaid, that doesn’t make the book a bad book, or even a bad investment in the future.

  • adcuevas

    Avengers #1…really? 🙂

  • Don’t forget New Mutants 98. That books overprinted and Deadpool has no staying power right?


    Moved 3 Dell Otto Harley sets during peak hotness last year luckily. I dont hold very often on spec books….

  • I own 2 of the top ten and and one of the DMs. The DM is a 9.6 and signed by Lee and Clairmont, so I am happy with it.

  • Seeking NM Comics

    Once our land was a huge thing last year, as I got it graded and got a 9.8 for vol. #1 and 9.6 for vol. #2. I can’t sale both combined for $80 on eBay. Lol. Huge list of money on this title, but it’s still a great read. Too bad it slabbed! Still a hope for Preacher #1 as the second season is almost near and hopes it can do better than season 1 to have any hopes on the issue #1 to have any growth. Outcast is just hopeless now. Got a copy for $5.00.

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