1 Batgirl (Vol. 5) #23 Joshua Middleton Variant

WRITER: Hope Larson
ARTIST: Minkyu Jung
Gorgeous cover and many local shops did not get this cover.  Pre-sales were $30-40 and everyone expected the book to fall into the $10 range upon release.  Didn't happen and it is still selling in the $25-30 range.  Cover of the year candidate?

2 Black Panther (Vol. 7) #1 Jamal Campbell Oakland Variant

WRITER: Ta-Nehisi Coates
ARTIST: Daniel Acuna
Supposedly only given out in Oakland on 1 day, this book has skyrocketed despite the stated print run of 3000.  $100-150 right now.

3 Spawn #1

WRITER: Todd McFarlane
ARTIST: Todd McFarlane
Landing Jamie Foxx (I will now refer to him as ‘Spoxx') is a big deal.  He must believe in the movie as it is likely he will only get paid royalties.  Anyway, there have been a large number of 9.8 sales in the $130-140 range after the news.

4 Wonder Woman (Vol. 4) #49 Neal Adams Variant

WRITER: Meredith Finch
ARTIST: David Finch
Always thought this would be one of the Neal Adams Month variants that held value.  Little did I know that it would reach the current $30-35 selling point.  Comic book investing 101: great covers never go out of style.

5 Uncle Scrooge (Vol. 2) #34 Carl Barks Variant

WRITER: Vito Stabile
ARTIST: Alessandro Perina
Another book that didn't make it to a lot of local shops, but anytime you get a remastered version of a classic artist, you have the potential for a hit on your hands.  $15-20 is pretty great for a B cover of an Uncle Scrooge title.

6 Executive Assistant: Iris (Vol. 5) #1 J. Scott Campbell Customer Appreciation Variant /200

WRITER: Blake Northcutt
ARTIST: Donny Tran
No, this is not an original piece (it was used by Aspen back in 2013).  When you put a 200 print run behind a JSC book, people will shell out money.  Once the initial sales of this book take place, expect this to disappear for a while.  This freebie is selling in the $75-100 range at the moment.

7 Aquaman/Jabberjaw #1 Josh Middleton Variant

WRITER: Dan Abnett
ARTIST: Paul Pelletier
So I heard this was a pretty fun story, but let's face it, this is selling for $10-15 because of the cover and likely short supply due to the $5 cover price.  Middleton is moving into a higher tier of artists…

8 Nightwing (Vol. 4) #44 John Romita, Jr. Variant

WRITER: Ben Percy
ARTIST: Chris Mooneyham
I'm noticing a theme here…'B' variants are on fire.  This one is another one selling in the $10-20 range.  Shockingly, it may be JRJR's best work in years.

9 Tales to Astonish #44

WRITER: Stan Lee
ARTIST: Jack Kirby
Yes, we all know that the Wasp in the movies is not ‘this' Wasp.  Apparently no one really cares at the moment as this one has set all-time highs with a 3.0 selling for $550 and a 5.5 at $1000.

10 Analog #1

WRITER: Gerry Duggan
ARTIST: David O'Sullivan
Yet another Image title that storms out of the gates selling for 2-3x cover price.  I haven't had a chance to pick this one up yet, but the story sounds promising.  But so did God Country and a slew of other Image titles.

Amazing Spider-Man: Super Special #1

WRITER: David Michelinie
ARTIST: Dave Hoover
This book has been on a roller coaster the past few months, from $10 up to $30, back down to $15 and now back up to $30.  Symbiotes sell people!

Terrific Comics #5

WRITER: Various
ARTIST: Alex Schomburg (cover)
This classic is rare, but when an 8.0 copy sells for $13,000 in 2013 and then sells for $37,000 this week, it deserves an extra round of applause.

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  • natethegreat80

    Good to see TOA 44 sales continue to rise. That Terrific Comics 5 is insane! A rare Golden Age grail.

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    I wonder if Superman 243 will gain a bit of heat for being the inspiration for the WW49. Also I am kicking myself for not ordering an Aquaman.

  • Brian W

    Analog being optioned by Lionsgate has made it a popular pick up. I’ve enjoyed the story over the first two issues so far.

  • JMasters12

    I read the Aquaman/Jabberjaw and wasn’t impressed. Started alright and then completely fell flat. Poor use of the Hanna Barbera characters. The Flash/Speed Buggy one shot was better, but again didn’t really use the Hanna Barbera characters well. Haven’t read the Blue Falcon/Super sons one yet. These felt like setups for new series. Maybe DC gives them titles like the Flintstones and Jetsons?

    The DC/Looney Tunes crossovers were better.

    Why was there no Jonah Hex and Quickdraw McGraw?

  • Ben C

    That Terrific is on my must have, but never going to own list.

    I slept on the Barks cover to Scrooge, will wait for the lull and then snag a copy!

    Great list

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    Tales of Suspense 44 is the first appearance of the Wasp so it’s no surprise it’s going up in value right now. Also, isn’t Sharon Stone playing Janet Van Dyne in the new movie? That might also have something to do with it.

    • Ilovecomicbooks

      Michelle Pfieffer is playing the role of Janet Van Dyne.

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        Yeah I must have been totally out of it when I wrote my original comment. Not only did I get the name of the comic wrong (it’s Tales to Astonish 44 not suspense) I got the name of the damn actress wrong lol.

        But Michelle Pfeiffer, even better ! 🙂

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    Another great list! Thanks for the entertaining read every couple weeks! Have 4 of 10 this time, so not too bad. I think a lot of the B covers from DC will be worth more than cover.

  • keyissuenorris

    Not bad for me – 1, 4, 7 and 10 x2.

  • Gary Nusser

    Love this list but maybe because I’m 7 for 10 (8 if you let me sub in the Cover C variant for Executive Assistant: Iris 😉). I get the same buzz reading this that I used to back in the old Wizard days!

  • ender6988

    Good job on the list. Had no idea the WW49 had gone up so much. Now to dig to see if I have an extra copy

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    I think the original character always sees heat when a character appears in a movie like this. Especially with all the momentum coming off infinity war that makes perfect sense to me

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    John Romita Junior, vertical rain lines, roof tops, water tanks <3

    • Eman

      John Romita Junior, vertical rain lines, roof tops.
      If you really like that Nightwing #44 with the vertical rain Romita Jr. did then check out the covers he did for that whole month..Batman #51, Green Arrow #51, ect. They almost look like connecting covers.

  • Mike Morello

    Don’t forget to check for Spawn #1 newsstands, folks. Much, much rarer.

  • Matt DeVoe

    Awesome Ben! Thanks for all the hard work on this.

  • misfit138

    After 2 issues I dropped Analog. The dialog wasn’t doing it for me. I got both Middletons from my LCS for cover and consider myself fortunate. I got them both because of the Wednesday One articles from this site. This site is wonderful. Thanks to all of your contributors. 25 years later Spawn #1 is paying off!!!

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    Middleton has a killer Batman 50 cover, now available for sale. Quite stunning

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