1 Walking Dead #171 Lorenzo De Felici Pink Signature Variant

WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST: Charlie Adlard
So, it was actually a pretty slick marketing buzz move by Image to hide this tiny variant from retailers until they opened their orders.  The rumor is that it is a 1:10 variant.  Now is that 1:10 of the B cover or 1:10 of the entire print run?  If it is the former, it is a little rarer than maybe what people might think.  Selling for $60-70 at the moment.

2 Totally Awesome Hulk #22

WRITER: Greg Pak
ARTIST: Robert Gill
In the past couple of weeks the price jumped up into the $70 range but seems to have settled in the $50 range–double the price of the last list.  Time will tell if this is just a flavor of the month or if this character can sustain a fanbase.

3 Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 Gaming Convention Variant

WRITER: Tini Howard
ARTIST: Marc Ellerby
Very cool looking Nintendo variant that guys like me, that were raised pre-millenium, want.  These were sold from Oni at 2 gaming conventions for $10 and are now selling for $60-80.  Oh, and it's R&M, they might just be a thing.

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

WRITER: Chuck Wendig
ARTIST: Luke Ross
Following up on its debut on the last Hot 10, this book has sold for even higher with a sale of $300+.  Because this book doesn't come up often, it is difficult to know if this is a trend or just a quick spike.  I love this cover regardless, it is reminiscent of the Silver Surfer (2014) #2 Variant.

5 Venom: Lethal Protector #1 Newsstand Variant

WRITER: David Michelinie
ARTIST: Mark Bagley
Ok, everyone has this book (and some of us many copies), but there aren't an abundance of newsstand copies out available.  Nostalgia, hard-ish to find and a hot character equals price increase.  Selling for around $50 (maybe more in high grade).  Thanks to Zack Gauthier who posted about this a few days ago on g+.

6 Vengeance of Moon Knight #1 Leinil Francis Yu 1:50 B/W Variant

WRITER: Gregg Hurwitz
ARTIST: Jerome Opena
On a slow moving week, the $100+ sale pushes this book onto the list.  This is pretty hard to find in all honesty.  Thanks to our Day After guru, Matt Devoe for the info.

7 DC Comics Presents #26

WRITER: Marv Wolfman
ARTIST: George Perez
A very consistent seller in high grade, recent sales have pushed 9.8 values well into the $700's now.  Thanks to Philip Chung for the info–yell at him if you disagree :o)

8 Shazam #1

WRITER: Denny O'Neil
Increased movie talk puts the spotlight back on this Bronze Age key.  High grade copies (9.6 & 9.8) have both seen nice price bumps (2 separate 9.8's have sold for all time highs of $700).

9 Legionnaires #16 DCU Variant

WRITER: Mark Waid
ARTIST: Chris Gardner
Not necessarily one of the harder to find DC Universe logo variants, but having a nice, retro, Adam Hughes cover is the big seller here.  Selling for $50+.

10 Showcase #75

WRITER: Steve Skeates
ARTIST: Steve Ditko
Hawk & Dove casting announcement has renewed interest in this long ago speculated on book.  Many copies have sold in the past couple of days.

Infinite Crisis Omnibus

WRITER: Various
ARTIST: Various

Folks, there is a bigger market out there for some of these HTF omnibus' than we think.  Jon Z has mentioned it multiple times and I may have to start listening to him.  Expect to pay over $300 for VF copies of this $150 cover price book.

Manhunt #2

WRITER: Unknown
ARTIST: Ogden Whitney
There are actually 3 copies of this issue graded CGC 8.5.  One of them sold this week for a whopping $3100 at auction, more than quadrupling the OSG price in the $700 range.  Gorgeous cover.

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    Quick post on Shazam
    Warehouse find on these years ago, lots of dealers with lots of copies. That’s been my experience over the last 15 years so take a look at shows. Very plentiful.

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    Next weeks Top 10 will probably have a little known Seven to Eternity variant limited to 400 that is out. Lowest print run of any S2E book (comicbug was higher for FCBD)
    Just a heads up!

  • Matt DeVoe

    Awesome Ben! Thanks for the shout out.

    JJ – hmmm, low print variant? You have my interest. Lol

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    A little mix of everything this week. Great job Ben.

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    Excellent analysis. I’m a little surprised the 2nd print fell so fast off the top 10 though.

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    Venom Lethal Protectors #1’s are not “rare” or hard to find, newsstand “variant” or otherwise. Period. Even the black error version is common for an error book. 9.9 and even 10.0 copies of this book are relatively common as far as books in those grades go. There is, however, a white error version that has only two copies on the CGC census, so yes, that is a rare, hard to find book. 😉

    And while we’re on the subject of the Venom Lethal Protector series, a 9.6 copy of #4 (first appearance Scream) sold yesterday for $100, and a 9.8 copy of #5 (first appearance of Phage, Riot, Agony, and Lash) sold for $120. These are both sales much higher than the regular cover of #1 goes for. Everybody hoarded, preserved copies of #1 from the beginning, but how many raw 9.6/9.8 candidate copies of #4 and #5 will be out there? As it is now, there’s only a few dozen copies of each in high grade on the census, and most of the raw copies to be found on ebay are not close to 9.6/9.8 condition. With first appearances being all the rage, it really was only a matter of time before these books were chased.

    Venom vs. Carnage #2 is another book that probably should have been on this list, as even water damaged raw copies got up to $20, and higher grade (not 9.6/9.8) raw copies hit the $30 mark over the last couple of weeks. This is another book that was overlooked for a decade and will be hard to find in high grade condition, as evidenced by the only two dozen or so copies on the CGC census currently, and the lack of high grade copies coming to market. It’s the first appearance of Toxin, and CGC hasn’t been noting that on its labels for the book for very long. It’s definitely another one to see if you have lying around in a long box, or in a back issue bin at your local comic shop.

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      I thought that Venom vs Carnage #3 was the 1st full Toxin. I think the character appears only on the final page of #2 and only has one line…..this might be one of those crazy 1st appearance debates.

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        No, Venom vs. Carnage #2 is definitely his legit first appearance. It was vetted pretty thoroughly by CGC before they did the label update. Venom vs. Carnage #1, first Patrick Mulligan, Venom vs. Carnage #2, “Patrick Mulligan becomes Toxin”, Venom vs. Carnage #3 “Black Cat appearance”. There really is no controversy or dispute on that point and it’s reflected in the prices of the books.

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          Thanks for the info Sigmund!

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          So I wonder why Venom: Sinner Takes All #3 is consider the 1st appearance of the female Venom since she makes a similar debate as Toxin in issue #2. She appears on the final page in one panel and speaks one line.

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            I’m not sure what tell you. All reputable sources, including (which also says #2 is his origin), state it is Venom vs. Carnage #2. The ship has sailed on that point.

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    Dang, I was at the Oni booth at RCCC and they had a stack of the “Rick & Morty: Pocket Like You Stole It #1 Gaming Convention Variant” on the table and because they had so many I thought it wasn’t a big deal.

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