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1 Heroes in Crisis #1 Francesco Mattina 1:200 Variant

WRITER: Tom King
ARTIST: Clay Mann
Everyone knew this would be sought after and it hasn't disappointed at this point.  Auctions were ending in the $250+ range and then undercutters started selling via Buy It Now around $200 <rolls eyes>.

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2 Justice League (Vol. 3) #8 Jim Lee 1:100 Pencil Variant

WRITER: James Tynion IV
ARTIST: Mikel Janin
I'm not surprised to see this up from $100ish last week to over $200 this week.  This one has the makings of one of those ‘must have' covers.

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3 Life of Captain Marvel (Vol. 2) #3 Joe Quesada 1:100 ‘Virgin' Variant

WRITER: Margaret Stohl
ARTIST: Carlos Pacheco
So this one was a little under the radar last week when it could have been had for $50 or even less the day of release.  It has now surged past the century mark.  I really can't see that many stores ordered 100 copies of this book.  **Update, an auction just ended for $250+.

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4 Batman: Damned #1

WRITER: Brian Azzarello
ARTIST: Lee Bermejo
This one is a hard one to figure out what spot it belongs on the list–but it definitely deserves to still be here.  Prices soared from $10-20 to up over $100 and have now settled back in the $50-60 range.

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5 Captain Marvel (Vol. 7) #1 Adi Granov 1:25 Variant

WRITER: Kelly Sue DeConnick
ARTIST: Dexter Soy
I have found this one harder to find than the Hughes Captain Marvel variant, and this one looks better in my opinion.  Recent raw sales are in the $160 range and a CGC 9.0 just sold for $200+ as well.

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6 X-Men #134

WRITER: Chris Claremont
ARTIST: John Byrne
The Dark Phoenix trailer dropped, and while I want to see it, it didn't appear as dramatic as I had hoped.  Either way, this was in the $30-50 raw range prior to the trailer and is now back to $100 for VF copies.

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7 Doctor Aphra #24 Rod Reis Variant

WRITER: Simon Spurrier
ARTIST: Kev Walker
Boba Fett…for a character that has only about 5 minutes of screen time, he still has his rabid fans.  No surprise here, it's selling for $15-20 after releasing this week.

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8 X-Men Legacy #252

WRITER: Mike Carey
ARTIST: Khoi Pham
Donny Cates strikes again.  Endgame is mentioned and boom, this dollar book is now $15-20.  #249 and #253 seem to be getting paired up with this one, so it might be wise to pick them all up if you see them cheap.

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9 Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1

WRITER: Brian Reed
ARTIST: Rob De La Torre
Chewie the Cat.  Yep, that's where we are in 2018…$40 right now.  I have nothing else to say.

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10 Spectacular Spider-Man #90

WRITER: Al Milgrom
ARTIST: Al Milgrom
NM copies had been in the $10-15 range and are now hitting $25-30.  A 9.8 sold for $500+ which is double the previous all time high.  **Update, another 9.8 just sold for over $600!

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Supergirl (1994) #1 DC Universe Logo Variant

WRITER: Roger Stern
ARTIST: June Brigman
Our website, with the help of Steve Horn, has been telling everyone for a while that some of these DCU variants sell for good money.  This one just sold for $75.

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Venus #1

WRITER: Harvey Kurtzman
ARTIST: Harvey Kurtzman
The cover states that she is the most beautiful girl in the world…probably not, but a CGC 3.5 just sold for $1300.  The most recent sale before this was a CGC 6.0 that sold for the same amount last year.

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37 comments

  • Tue L

    Great mixture of hot books this week. What’s causing Spectacular Spider-Man #90 to jump? Black cover? Thanks Ben S for doing this!

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    Out of all these, I really like the batman damned #1 (enjoy reading it) and the Doctor Aphra #24 covers. I like Mattina work especially on the “b” variant covers for flash, deathstroke and suicide squad recently. But, for some reason, the cover on the “Heroes in Crisis” #1 feels like it was a bit rush or not as polish as his previous work. I could be wrong on that. Keep up the good work. Batman out.

  • Ben C

    Awesome list as always Ben, thanks!

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    Great list thanks.
    I cant believe how many people love that quesada life of cap marvel book…it seems so meh to me. Oh well, to each their own…

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      at this point with the current market, seems like its not always about the quality of the art, just a hot character and a scarce ‘virgin’ variant is enough to set it off.

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    There’s a Captain Marvel 1 Granov 9.8 CGC SS that recently went for $1,500.

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    How is Uncanny Inhumans 12 variant not selling for more than it is?

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    it would be helpful if you pointed out WHY some of these books are hot. Like, I have no idea why Spectacular Spider-Man 90 is hot… I would like to know

    • Ben Steiniger

      My bad. I try to point out why a book is moving as much as I can. As someone mentioned before, yes this one ties with ASM 252 and Marvel Team Up 141 for the 1st Black Spidey suit.

      MTU 141 and SS 90 have been undervalued for a long time

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    I have #6 for this week.

    Are you not available in Twitter anymore? Last post on Twitter was August 29.

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    Xmen Legacy #253 is the one to get.

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    And Marvel team up and Spectacular Spider-Man are tied with themselves not ASM #252.

    Here is the ship dates these are pulled out of Amazing Heroes #40 the comic industry book
    Amazing Spider-Man – “ships 1/10, newsstand o/s 1/31”

    Marvel Team-Up #141 – “ships 1/24, newsstand o/s 1/14” [typo – supposed to be 2/14…see below]

    Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #90 – “ships 1/24, newsstand o/s 2/14”

    “And, yes, of course there’s that typo in the Marvel Team-Up listing, confusing things. But it’s certainly a typo: every other comic with a ship date of 1/24 is listed as being on sale on newsstands February 14th. (Both December 24, 1983 and January 14, 1984 would have been Saturdays, whereas every other date listed is on a Tuesday. In addition, no other book with a December shipping date is noted, so the 1/24 date doesn’t seem to be a typo.)” Mike Sterling of Progressive Ruin writes. So can we put these two wankster books to rest please and stop raining on ASM #252s parade with unresearched spec.

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      Your correct. I’ve mentioned this before on here about ASM 252 being the first but I guess it didn’t register.

    • Ben Steiniger

      Lol. Well, if Mike Sterling said it, I guess that makes it gospel. Making an assumption that it is a typo and calling it fact is a bit presumptuous.

      I’m also not sure that reading someone else’s opinion makes your opinion any more researched than someone who doesn’t agree.

      The fact is, CGC and CBCS have these books labeled as ‘tied’ or ‘1st’. Highly unlikely public perception will change at this point.

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        It’s not an assumption it’s a typo, a book can’t be on shelf O/S before it’s even been shipped and the typo date would be a Saturday when at the time all new books came on Tuesdays. Not only does Amazing Heroes #40 have the dates of all three books there is also pictures of a comic stores weekly invoices for new arrivals from these times which prove the dates mentioned in Amazing Heroes #40 are the correct dates minus the typo.

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          The dead give away to the Spectacular Spider-Man book is Amazing Spider-Man and Spectacular Spider-Man never came out on the same day ever then, they may have in the present now that books are weekly and biweekly but back then never not once they were always 2 weeks apart. Marvel Team Up issues came out the same week of the month as Spectacular Spidey at the time it was the third monthly Spider-Man Book which later was replaced and became Web Of Spider-Man.

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            Also the cgc label on Spectacular Spider-Man #90 correctly says 1st Black costume in title meaning first time it appears in the Spectacular Spider-Man series not the first appearance of it.

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            I think the idea is that there were shipping and on-shelf date mistakes that put MTU and Spectacular on sale on the same day as ASM. The article you quoted above even said that is a possibility.

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            I got a reply from CGC graders they say they are aware of the different dates for the three books but only go by cover date and what month not what week they came out. So apparently if a character appears in 5 books in a month period they are all considered tied for first appearance even though one may of come out three weeks before the others.. About the stupidest shit I’ve ever heard from any of the 3 big grading companies.

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            “We have been aware of that information that the customer is speaking of. However, CGC doesn’t currently identify books by the release week, we go monthly and only identify the book’s publication date by the month that is printed on the cover or stated in its indicia. Since monthly is how we identify and catalog all of the books that we grade, the same applies to how we generate our comments that we include on our label. And since they both were printed that same month, we recognize them as ties for the first appearance. “

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    Just want to say thank you. Had my second child a few months back, and feel very out of loop to some extent after being such a rabid, in-the-know collector for nearly a decade now and following site for years (I contributed rebirth spec write ups a few years ago). I know lately it seems like a lot of effort gets put in to putting this out weekly (and not skipping a week)?when it’s been sparse at periods in the past at times, and it feels like extra effort has also been put in to keeping it from being just weekly releases, and including diverse books through the countdown. The site (and particularly this list, the “firsts” articles, and “The Wednesday One” (*also enjoying “covering the soreas” lately)) got me going to NYCC next week not completely blind to the last 4 months of spec lol. Godspeed keeping it weekly!

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    my favorite column. i really prefer these articles more than the videos you guys put out.

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    SS 90 is way undervalued always thought that good pick.

    Would like to see more Captain and Ms Marvel books on the list they are selling like hot cakes.

    Also why no Eternal love almost all 3 series are selling very well now.

    I don’t believe any book with only one sale should be on here. So me a pattern to make the list. Other books have multiple sales.

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    Great write up, Ben! Never been a Harley fan, but I still don’t understand the shaming of someone that wants to sell their property for less than what someone else is selling theirs for. And I had a feeling about that LOCM #3. Should have pulled the trigger.

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    Interesting. I can see there may be an effect long term, but what if your concern isn’t for the market as a whole but rather just getting your book sold? In my experience the other option is to let it sit on ebay until the market is satiated at the higher price, or worst case, the hype dies down and it sells for even less than your initial price. To each their own.

    Always a pleasure!

    • Ben Steiniger

      Of course. We all want our books to sell before someone else’s does, and I get that a lot of some people aren’t thinking big picture and how continual undercutting (predatory pricing) can kill an industry.

      People thinking short-sided and wanting to make a quick buck was the reason for the 90’s comic crash. I have no market impact, but when I get a chance to bring awareness to these types of things, I think I have to at least try and start a conversation about it.

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    I dig it, man. And kudos on the conversation; some folks should take note.

    Personally, I feel phrases like ‘undercutting’ and ‘predatory pricing’ are a bit strong. I look at it as just business. Competition is healthy, especially with some of these inflated prices. If something is truly valuable it should stand on it’s own regardless of someone selling it for less when it comes out. And since we’re talking long term effects, if it is a solid investment it will remain a solid investment long term. Especially when we’re referencing these hard to find ratio variants.

    The industry is a long way from the 90’s. I actually worked in a comic book shop in the mid 90’s as a kid; one of my first jobs. I saw the effects of that whole mess on my friend who owned it. He brought me inside the ordering process. I don’t think it’s accurate to compare someone on ebay offering their 1:200 variant at a lower price compared to everyone else’s, to the 100k plus print run books that people were trying to get out from under and recoup some of their bad investment in the 90’s. I don’t think they’re related at all.

    If anything is hurting comics it’s the dime a dozen variants themselves. Store variants, con variants, artist variants, all on top of the publisher’s variants. Most with nothing substantial inside, most selling based solely on the cover. Something I’ve noticed the writers on this site doing more of recently that I actually appreciate, is in the Top 10 and elsewhere is noting that it’s a great/good/decent cover (personal taste, I know) and that it may or may not have a first appearance that could determine it’s legs in the future. But I digress.

    I appreciate the banter, my friend!

    AC

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    I held a Supergirl DCU variant in my hands earlier this year, not knowing why it was priced $10 as opposed to $1 or 2…if only.

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