1 Rick & Morty #1

WRITER: Zac Gorman
I just can't explain it.  Raws are approaching $300 in NM and I thought we had hit the ceiling way back at $150.  The BAM variant (along with all the others) is moving high as well.

2 Totally Awesome Hulk #22

WRITER: Greg Pak
ARTIST: Robert Gill
I haven't had a chance to read the story arc yet, but apparently people like it.  I also don't know what the difference is between Batch H Alpha in WMD #1 and Batch H Beta in this issue, but I guess they are different (sounds confusing to me)?  Either way, this is currently selling strong in the $20-25 range in NM.

3 Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 Special Edition /1000

WRITER: Henry Gilroy
ARTIST: Scott Hepburn
Not really under the radar, but this $125-150 book is the first appearance of fan favorite Ahsoka Tano.  Star Wars 1st appearances will always be key.

4 Star Wars: The Force Awakens #1 Joe Quesada 1:100 Variant

WRITER: Chuck Wendig
ARTIST: Luke Ross
For a Star Wars #1, the print run was relatively low, making this issue extremely low and hard to find at the moment.  Don't forget that this is Rey's 1st Appearance and it is a great cover as well.  Expect to pay $200+ for this.

5 Batman #181

WRITER: Robert Kanigher
ARTIST: Sheldon Moldoff
Classic cover and one of the few true 1st appearances in the 60's for DC.  There have been multiple sales of 6.5's that would both qualify as all time highs in grade.

6 Power Girl (Vol. 2) #2 Adam Hughes Variant

WRITER: Jimmy Palmiotti
ARTIST: Amanda Conner
As Keith mentioned in his hot variant article, this one, which was selling for around $25 is now a $50+ book.

7 Shirtless Bear Fighter #3 Andrew Robinson 1:15 Variant

WRITER: Jody LeHeup
ARTIST: Nil Vendrell
Who doesn't love Burt Reynolds naked homages?  Well, maybe everyone, except comic collectors who are paying up to $30 for this one

8 WWE #3 Felipe Massafera 1:50 Variant

WRITER: Dennis Hopeless
ARTIST: Serg Acuna
Real life health issues for Ric Flair have caused a surge for this really nice looking variant to $125+ and only 1 current listing on eBay. Wooooooo!

9 Action Comics #775

WRITER: Joe Kelly
ARTIST: Doug Mahnke
Manchester Black has reappeared in Rebirth and has caused this book, that you could still probably find in the back issue bins, to sell for $20+.

10 Batman / The Shadow #5 Francesco Mattina Variant

WRITER: Scott Snyder
ARTIST: Riley Rossmo
Wow, what a cover!  If the print run here is similar to issue #4, split between 3 covers, there are likely less than 10k of this issue.  Sales are in the $10 range.

Weapon X (Vol. 3) #7

WRITER: Greg Pak
ARTIST: Marc Borstel
Yes, it's selling for double cover in week 1.  Yes, the cover is amazing.  Don't really understand the demand beyond the cover tbh as there aren't any 1st appearances that I'm aware of.

Patsy Walker #26

WRITER: Various
ARTIST: Various
My GA entry this week dons incredible cover art and yet, amazingly, there is only 1 copy in the CGC census.  A raw F/VF copy sold for $1500+ which is incredible since guide value is only about $100-150.

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    Action Comics #775 has been a key issue for a while now. It has always sold aroung 10$+. And it’s not just the 1st appearance of Elite but it was arguably one of the best Superman stories in a long while!!

    I don’t think it’s that easy to find in the wild.

    I always keep an eye out for this issue and believe me havn’t found any in back bins for a while.

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    People shouldn’t be surprised anymore why Rick and Morty is doing so well. It’s a great cartoon series, does that mean the comic is just as great? I can’t give an honest answer here, but most merchandizing is selling very well. I think this comic will continue to rise in price. I regret selling the 1:50 Roiland Variant, I will never have enough money to be able get my hands on one again. I have practically every variant from issues 1 through 10, and kinda fell off in the mid teens. If you haven’t seen the show yet and are still scratching your head as to why it is hot? What are you waiting for? Binge watch the series, you won’t be sorry!

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    That Patsy Walker is amazing. All those teen Marvels from the early 50s are getting super pricey!

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    It says this at the bottom of your “Variant Heat Check” Articles:

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

    And yet here you are pumping a Hughes book AGAIN- the same Hughes book (Power Girl 2)- that you just had in this week’s heat check article.

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      Keith S. wrote the Variant Heat Check article, so when you are saying “you” are you referring to CBSI as a whole? I can point out that the Batman Shadow #5 Mattina is also in both articles. Perhaps there was just a slip up, and not an intentional pumping a particular comic. Either way, if the data they are researching is confirming that those books are doing well.. they are stating facts. I don’t have a problem with it, I appreciate the time and effort these guys put forth.

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        Benefit of the doubt is given to the Mattina since that was more of a preview nod in the heat check article and wasn’t technically part of the list.

        But this deal with Hughes and this site. Man, I just don’t know what it is. Multiple mentions of this guy, who is an average artist at best, too much like JSC to claim a niche, and seemingly the dollar bin hero of this site. Looking at ebay activity, the guy just isn’t selling like one would believe if all they did was look at the weekly articles on this site. There are just too many other artists and books selling out there for Hughes to be taking up so much page space on this site, at least not in the absence of some kind of ulterior agenda. And I was referred to this site upon the premise that it was neutral and fact based and not agenda or cheerleader driven, like so many other sites are.

        • Ben Steiniger

          Thank you for your comments. To be clear, I don’t own that book, nor do I really even care for hughes that much, although I understand his appeal.

          I am about as impartial as is possible and try and even shy away from books I might own just for neutrality.

          It’s a book that has seen a significant rise in price the past couple weeks. It deserves to be on the list.

          I am more than happy to respond to any questions. Thanks again.

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          To be fair you are coming into this with a bias. You obviously don’t like Hughes, disclaimer northern to I. But his books are easy to sell, his fans are loyal. Why don’t you give us your top 10 since you have a clear idea of the market.

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          Did you really say Hughes art looks like Campbell art? I only ask because no.

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      One mans heroic fight against Adam Hughes and his reign of terror plus boobs.

  • Sdalton

    DCUniverse variant article and new Top 10 on the same day – a great day indeed!

  • Matt DeVoe

    Awesome Ben! I love Action 775. Supermen lobotomizes Black.

  • Trey

    JDR aka Carnival , you’re whiney little bitch of a troll. Seriously, go get a boyfriend and stay off our pages. You’re the scorned gf who won’t stop texting lol.

  • JamesGoodwin

    Disregard the trolls! Great job, as always. It’s easy to pick apart any list, creating one is far different. Rick & Morty have become ghosts around me. I spent a good deal of my actual Boston Comicon shopping time looking for any issues, and found none until a last minute grab of #1 SDCC variant.

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    You may want to double check those numbers on Star Wars the Force Awakens 1, you are showing a 1:100 variant, but there is a 1:200 variant by Cassaday that goes for $30 to $40 as well as a 1:500 B&W of the Quesada cover moving at under $125, and folks seem to have them in abundance, so not seeing a low print run, but instead more desirable versions than the color ratio variant

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    TAH 22 is a beast, starting to hit 30-40. Glad I held my copies!

  • Topher

    Great article as usual! If anyone is looking for a great read try that Batman/Shadow series. It’s quite good.

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    Rick and Morty for the win!!! I can’t wait until my #1’s come back from CGC with Roilands signature and the head sketches he did for me.

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    Excellent as always! Folks, writing up a TOP 10 takes a lot of time & research!!! Anyone that would write up a list would have a different list and rankings. No need to Troll On!

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    Great list! Totally reflects what’s going on with #1 and #2 on the list. I’ve been long on Rick & Morty #1 for awhile now. This book continues to appreciate every week (not really sure why the ratioed variant lags behind the regular cover). The cartoon is a hit for those that haven’t seen it. I’m also long on TAH #22. Due to good storyline, character development, cool character mash-up, low print run, etc.. (the list goes on & on).

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    TAH #22 hitting $50???

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    So what do people think of the long term value of TAH #22. I am torn on whether to sell now (at $50 right now) or hold it. Leaning towards hold, but wonder how high the book can realistically increase in value.

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      Great article and I had TAH #22 and sold as a set with TAH #21 and Weapon X #7 for $55. My suggestion is you get as much as you can out of it now. Factors to take into an account Legacy is about start and if there is a 2nd print then prices will drop. One TAH #22 sold for $150 recently. The only way this character survives is if they get rid of Amadeus Cho and I don’t see that happening. Right now Venom and X-23 rule marvel right now.

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