Comics Sales 2014 – January – Surprise high and low sales report

Comics Sales 2014 – January – Surprise high and low sales report

Market report by comics historian Terry Hoknes – hoknes@hotmail.com of www.HoknesComics.com

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Every month Diamond Distributors reports the top 300 best selling highest ordered new comic books of the month

Retailers order new products 2 months in advance and must predict how well new comics will sell for them.

What happens every month is some titles are over-ordered and some retailers under-order.

As a stereotypical rule most retail shops will order extra heavy on all DC and Marvel titles knowing they might have potentially longer shelf life.  All other smaller publishers most retailers will NOT take the same risk with financially.

Therefore the best selling comics of the year are predictably from the “big 2″ publishers and the smallest print runs and books that sell out the quickest are from the smallest publishers.

Let’s analyze the best selling comics of the past month.  In the following list I will make notes of any comics I believe stand out specifically for having higher or lower orders than might have been expected.  This will strongly affect the future back issue prices of these comics.

Batman holds continuously as the best selling ongoing series but sales have been down and sales this month were so poor in comic shops that only 1 comic sold over 100,000 copies.

Harley Quinn sales stay decently strong and each issue has been selling out and going to 2nd prints.   If popularity stays up the early issues could eventually become valuable for future collectors.

Walking Dead – same as Harley Quinn.  Orders are quite high but issues do sell out and many go to 2nd prints.  If the TV series continues for a few more years these issues are likely to see price increases for future collectors.

2014 is the year that Marvel is restarting all their series with new #1’s.  This month we saw the first batch of them.  None of them had crazy high orders and since Marvel only prints whats ordered they all sell out and have 2nd prints immediately.

Miracleman #1 came in with a decent 52,000 copies – not bad for a comic which is basically a reprint series.

All New X-Factor #1 had the lowest print run of the new ongoing series at only 45,000 copies.  If this turns out to be popular this could be the hot new Marvel series of the month.   The original ongoing series debuted in 1986 with an estimated print run of 750,000 copies.  How’s that for a change in the comic industry !

I have written numerous articles lately stating my concern over the comics industry.  Some of the most popular characters in comics have very small print runs.  Either the quality of the books are suffering or have the readers had enough.   New issues of X-Men, Wolverine, Spider-man, Spawn, Transformers etc have hit print runs as low as in the 9,000 to 13,000 range each.   These books do not even make the top 100 anymore.

Looking at the rest of the list with a quick overview I will mention titles that I think the print runs were too high or too low.

If the print runs were too high then those copies are just gonna sit on shelves.

If the print runs were too low it likely sold out immediately at Diamond and in comic shops and has the best chance of all new comics to go up in value quickly.

PRINT RUNS TOO HIGH ?

Serenity Leaves On The Wind #1.   Dark Horse had a hefty print run of 47,000 copies of this new miniseries based on the Firefly TV series from a decade ago showing that retailers know there is a strong fan base.  However I think this print run is simply too high to have a price increase anytime soon.

As usual most Marvel/DC/Dark Horse comics do not sell out and retailers take bigger chances making these books unlikely to ever go up in value.

PRINT RUNS TOO LOW ?

Archie Funhouse Double Digest #1 – 1,300 copies for a new Archie #1 !   Did not even rank in the top 400 of the month.    While it is just another Archie story being such a small print run of the first issue meant most retailers didnt order any of this one.

Dredd Underbelly movie one-shot.  3,900 copies – many stores ordered 0 copies and the interest especially online in the UK helped draw demand for this cult classic  character and pushed prices up to $50.00 within a month of release.  Comic did not even rank in the top 300 of the month.

Walking Dead reprints.   The series is now bi-monthly and each issue sells out and goes to a small print reprint.  If completists want them these 2nd printings range from 1,500 to 8,500 copies.

Hacktivist #1 – 5,100 copies – Alyssa Milano is the writer/creator and this small print run and sold out.

Deadly Class #1 – 34,000 was the highest print run of any new Image title this month.  But with 2 covers and a hot writer – Rick Remender the book went up in value immediately with some sales hitting $11.00 already.  This shows that a decent print run can still be too small if the creators are in high demand.

Black Science #3 – 23,000.   The print run climbed from the low sales of 20,000 on #2 which sold out immediately but retailers were still cautious so #3 should sell out and still have a chance of climbing in the long run for collectors of this hot new series.

Manifest Destiny #3 – 12,000.  The single hottest back issue ongoing series had yet another small print run.  This issue is destined to go up in value like all early issues as everybody loves this series.  But I have some serious worries about the state of the comic industry when comics that everyone raves have such small print runs and many stores obviously do not bother ordering in any for the shelf.

Once again Image comics debuts a bunch of new series this month and the sales keep dropping month to month.   Any quality books are selling out quickly in advance at Diamond and retailers are not taking any chances.

Egos #1 11,000 / Saviors #2 8,000 / Minimum Wage #1 7,000 / Umbral #3 6,900 / Protectors Inc #3 6,200 / Drumhellar #3 5,100 / Krampus #2 5,000 / Aphrodite IX #1 4,700 / Black Science #2 (2nd print) 4,400 / Carbon Grey #2 4,200 / A Voice In The Dark #3 4,000 / Sex Criminals #1 (4th print) 2,400

I want to take this moment to repost a comment made by the author/writer of Umbral (Image Comics) and his sales analysis of the industry.     “For Umbral #1, 70% of our orders came from less than 30% of Diamond accounts. That’s every store that ordered 10 or more copies.   If you move that threshold up to 20 copies, you’re then accounting for fully 50% of our orders; and that came from just 10% of Diamond accounts.   And those numbers don’t even include stores that ordered zero copies. It may surprise you to learn that some stores literally only order Marvel + DC books, nothing else.    So think on that. More than 70% of Diamond accounts didn’t even order 10 copies of a brand new Image #1.”

I dont like these numbers.  Image is the 3rd biggest comic book publisher and yet this statement shows that some stores do not order a single copy of new Image titles (except likely Walking Dead, Saga).   Most stores order very small numbers.  Only 30% of comic stores – approx 450 out of 1500 stores ordered 10 or more copies.   Only 150 out of 1500 stores order 20 or more copies of new Image #1 issues.   This shows a small percentage of stores order a decent quantity but it also makes it more obvious that many copies ordered in bulk come from a small number of retailers who are also the ones that most likely speculate on hot books for online sales (like myself!).

 

PRINT RUNS – TOSS UP ?

All New Marvel Point One #1 – 32,000 – with the 1st full app of the new Ms  Marvel.  Hefty $5.99 cover price made this print run large enough. If the character proves popular this book (which already has a 2nd printing) will have a chance of going up in value.

Injustice Year Two #1 – 24,000 – still a small print run but just as large as the original #1 from a year ago.  Since readership is no longer climbing its not too likely this one will go up in value but a sellout seems likely and I did sell one copy for $8.99.

Revolutionary War #1 – 16,000 and 14,000 – very small print runs for new Marvel series.  While Marvel’s rarely go up in value, this one had sold out at Diamond even before release date so if there is any buzz on this storyline it will have a great chance of becoming a hot book.

Scribblenauts #1 – 11,000 – new DC kids series inspired by classic characters and mostly ignored by collectors -would take little for this to heat up.

Vampire Diaries #1 – 10,000 – a major publisher DC and a major TV series brought in surprisingly low orders – show must be past its peak of interest but still long term interest should make this a sell out.

Amazing Spider-man movie adaptation.   7,500 – while I have never been a fan of movie adaptation comics there is no denying that is print run for Spidey himself is super low and one of the rarest Spidey comics ever made !

 

Best Selling comics of Jan 2014 – interesting books to note for high or low sales:

1 Batman 27 $3.99 DC 115,492
2 Detective Comics 27 $7.99 DC 88,702
3 Avengers World 1 $3.99 Marvel 86,727
4 Justice League 27 $3.99 DC 84,674
5 Superior Spider-Man 25 $4.99 Marvel 77,311
6 All New X-Men 22.NOW $3.99 Marvel 76,565
7 Superior Spider-Man 26 $3.99 Marvel 72,591
8 Harley Quinn 2 $2.99 DC 66,363
9 Avengers 25 $3.99 Marvel 65,591
10 Justice League of America 11 $3.99 DC 65,365
11 Walking Dead 120 $2.99 Image 65,286
12 Walking Dead 119 $2.99 Image 65,151
13 Origin II 2 $3.99 Marvel 64,631
14 All New X-Men 21 $3.99 Marvel 62,876
15 Guardians of Galaxy 11.NOW $3.99 Marvel 61,111
16 Batman Superman 7 $3.99 DC 61,074
17 Uncanny X-Men 16 $3.99 Marvel 58,676
18 All New Invaders 1 $3.99 Marvel 55,167
19 Uncanny Avengers 16 $3.99 Marvel 54,670
20 Black Widow 1 $3.99 Marvel 53,879
21 Avengers World 2 $3.99 Marvel 53,693
22 Saga 18 $2.99 Image 53,139
23 Miracleman 1 $5.99 Marvel 52,313
24 Amazing X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 51,431
25 X-Men 9 $3.99 Marvel 49,412
26 Green Lantern 27 $2.99 DC 48,831
27 Night of Living Deadpool 1 $3.99 Marvel 47,596
28 Superman Wonder Woman 4 $3.99 DC 47,350
29 Serenity Leaves On The Wind 1* $3.50 Dark Horse 47,285
30 All New X-Factor 1 $3.99 Marvel 45,727
31 Batman and Two Face 27 $2.99 DC 45,462
32 Damian Son of Batman 4 $3.99 DC 45,247
33 Deadpool 22 $2.99 Marvel 41,765
34 Justice League 3000 2 $2.99 DC 41,423
35 Batman and Robin Annual 2 $4.99 DC 40,805
36 Night of Living Deadpool 2 $3.99 Marvel 40,241
37 Thor God of Thunder 17 $3.99 Marvel 38,913
38 Nightwing 27 $2.99 DC 38,325
39 Thor God of Thunder 18 $3.99 Marvel 38,190
40 Forever Evil Arkham War 4 $2.99 DC 37,973
41 Batman The Dark Knight 27 $2.99 DC 37,898
42 Batgirl 27 $2.99 DC 37,226
43 Hawkeye 16 $2.99 Marvel 37,074
44 Miracleman 2 $4.99 Marvel 36,927
45 Wolverine and X-Men 40 $3.99 Marvel 36,855
46 Aquaman 27 $2.99 DC 36,610
47 Earth 2 19 $2.99 DC 36,103
48 Action Comics 27 $3.99 DC 36,042
49 Superman 27 $2.99 DC 35,266
50 Flash 27 $2.99 DC 34,902
51 Deadly Class 1* $3.50 Image 34,572
52 Captain America 15 $3.99 Marvel 33,433
53 Indestructible Hulk 18.INH $3.99 Marvel 33,056
54 All New Marvel Now Point One 1 $5.99 Marvel 32,929
55 Justice League Dark 27 $3.99 DC 32,576
56 Earth 2 Annual 2 $4.99 DC 32,231
57 All New X-Factor 2 $3.99 Marvel 32,228
58 Daredevil 35 $2.99 Marvel 32,067
59 Wonder Woman 27 $2.99 DC 32,035
60 Star Wars 13 $2.99 Dark Horse 31,543
61 Inhumanity 2 $3.99 Marvel 31,460
62 Green Lantern Corps 27 $2.99 DC 31,447
63 Black Widow 2 $3.99 Marvel 31,260
64 Wolverine 13 $3.99 Marvel 31,164
65 Iron Man 20 $3.99 Marvel 30,533
66 Iron Man 20.INH $3.99 Marvel 30,512
67 Savage Wolverine 14.NOW $3.99 Marvel 30,370
68 Mighty Avengers 5.INH $3.99 Marvel 30,251
69 Inhumanity Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 30,126
70 East of West 9 $3.50 Image 29,885
71 Cataclysm Ultimates Last Stand 3 $3.99 Marvel 29,566
72 Thunderbolts 20.NOW $2.99 Marvel 28,994
73 Batman Black & White 5 $4.99 DC 28,623
74 Green Lantern New Guardians 27 $2.99 DC 28,346
75 Cable and X-Force 19 $3.99 Marvel 28,208
76 Fantastic Four 16 $3.99 Marvel 28,045
77 Uncanny X-Force 16 $3.99 Marvel 27,701
78 Cataclysm Ultimate Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 27,650
79 Teen Titans 27 $2.99 DC 27,588
80 My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 15 $3.99 IDW 27,461
81 Uncanny X-Force 17 $3.99 Marvel 27,319
82 Cable and X-Force 18 $3.99 Marvel 27,285
83 Green Lantern Corps Annual 2 $4.99 DC 26,880
84 Cataclysm Ultimates Last Stand 4 $3.99 Marvel 26,363
85 Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion 4 $2.99 DC 25,657
86 Nova 12 $3.99 Marvel 25,043
87 Catwoman 27 $2.99 DC 24,956
88 Disney Kingdoms Seekers of Weird 1 $3.99 Marvel 24,910
89 Red Hood and The Outlaws 27 $2.99 DC 24,813
90 Injustice Year Two 1 $2.99 DC 24,700
91 George Romeros Empire of Dead Act One 1 $3.99 Marvel 24,515
92 Red Lanterns 27 $2.99 DC 24,477
93 Thunderbolts 21 $2.99 Marvel 24,293
94 Afterlife With Archie 3 $2.99 Archie 24,266
95 Suicide Squad 27 $2.99 DC 24,175
96 Green Arrow 27 $2.99 DC 23,785
97 Black Science 3* $3.50 Image 23,695
98 My Little Pony Friends Forever 1* $3.99 IDW 23,370
99 Velvet 3* $2.99 Image 23,177
100 Superior Spider-Man Team Up 9 $3.99 Marvel 23,071
101 Batwoman 27 $2.99 DC 22,461
102 Sex Criminals 4 $3.50 Image 22,433
103 Young Avengers 15 $2.99 Marvel 21,961
104 Supergirl 27 $2.99 DC 21,954
105 Avengers Assemble 23.INH $3.99 Marvel 21,943
106 Batman 66 7 $3.99 DC 21,802
107 Cataclysm Ultimates 3 $3.99 Marvel 21,705
108 FF 16 $3.99 Marvel 21,658
109 Inhumanity Awakening 2 $3.99 Marvel 21,391
110 Secret Avengers 14 $3.99 Marvel 21,372
111 Worlds Finest 19 $2.99 DC 20,998
112 Constantine 10 $2.99 DC 20,729
113 Cataclysm Ultimate X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 20,431
114 Forever Evil Argus 4 $2.99 DC 20,294
115 Avengers Ai 8.NOW $2.99 Marvel 20,084
116 Swamp Thing 27 $2.99 DC 19,755
117 Pretty Deadly 4 $3.50 Image 19,664
118 Birds of Prey 27 $2.99 DC 19,387
119 Marvel Knights Spider-Man 4 $3.99 Marvel 19,328
120 Worlds Finest Annual 1 $4.99 DC 19,314
121 DC Vs Masters of the Universe 4 $2.99 DC 19,289
122 Trinity of Sin Pandora 7 $2.99 DC 18,984
123 Animal Man 27 $2.99 DC 18,401
124 A Plus X 16 $3.99 Marvel 17,913
125 X-Men Legacy 22 $2.99 Marvel 17,868
126 X-Men Legacy 23 $2.99 Marvel 17,636
127 Trinity of Sin The Phantom Stranger 15 $2.99 DC 17,435
128 Superboy 27 $2.99 DC 17,392
129 Infinity Heist 4 $3.99 Marvel 17,324
130 Revolutionary War Alpha 1 $3.99 Marvel 16,788
131 Marvel Knights X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 16,581
132 Fatale 19 $3.50 Image 15,725
133 X-Files Conspiracy 1* $3.99 IDW 15,576
134 Talon 15 $2.99 DC 15,455
135 Batman Beyond Universe 6 $3.99 DC 15,070
136 TMNT 30 $3.99 IDW 14,979
137 Daredevil Dark Nights 8 $2.99 Marvel 14,861
138 Astro City 8 $3.99 DC 14,831
139 Adventure Time 24 $3.99 Boom 14,757
140 Marvel Knights Hulk 2 $3.99 Marvel 14,568
141 Fables 137 $2.99 DC 14,172
142 Revolutionary War Dark Angel 1 $3.99 Marvel 14,083
143 X-Files Season 10 8 $3.99 IDW 13,981
144 Larfleeze 7 $2.99 DC 13,950
145 Star Wars Darth Vader & Cry of Shadows 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 13,920
146 Revolutionary War Knights of Pendragon 1 $3.99 Marvel 13,440
147 Star Wars Legacy II 11 $2.99 Dark Horse 13,398
148 Adventure Time 2014 Special 1 $4.99 Boom 13,388
149 Adventure Time Flip Side 1 $3.99 Boom 13,372
150 Wolverine Max 15 $3.99 Marvel 13,368
151 Unity 3* $3.99 Valiant 13,277
152 All Star Western 27 $3.99 DC 13,238
153 Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Force War 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 12,978
154 Invincible 108 $2.99 Image 12,844
155 Batwing 27 $2.99 DC 12,461
156 Fairest 22 $2.99 DC 12,434
157 Spawn 239 $2.99 Image 12,369
158 Manifest Destiny 3 $2.99 Image 12,034
159 Dead Body Road 2* $2.99 Image 11,900
160 God Is Dead 5 $3.99 Avatar 11,897
161 Smallville Season 11 Alien 2 $3.99 DC 11,768
162 Sons of Anarchy 5 $3.99 Boom 11,607
163 Egos 1 $2.99 Image 11,583
164 Scribblenauts Unmasked Crisis of Imagination 1 $2.99 DC 11,572
165 Rat Queens 4 $3.50 Image 11,553
166 Chew 39 $2.99 Image 11,487
167 Adventures of Superman 9 $3.99 DC 11,425
168 Coffin Hill 4 $2.99 DC 11,306
169 Thief of Thieves 19 $2.99 Image 11,291
170 X-Files Conspiracy Ghostbusters 1* $3.99 IDW 11,286
171 Dead Boy Detectives 2* $2.99 DC 11,160
172 TMNT Utrom Empire 1 $3.99 IDW 11,084
173 Black Dynamite 1* $3.99 IDW 11,040
174 Conan The Barbarian 24 $3.50 Dark Horse 10,924
175 Smallville Season 11 Special 4 $4.99 DC 10,917
176 Unwritten Vol. 2 Apocalypse 1* $3.99 DC 10,886
177 Vampire Diaries 1 $3.99 DC 10,855
178 Cryptozoic Man 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 10,701
179 Batman Lil Gotham 10 $2.99 DC 10,639
180 Revival 17 $2.99 Image 10,585
181 Star Trek Khan 4 $3.99 IDW 10,513
182 Samurai Jack 4 $3.99 IDW 10,451
183 Alex + Ada 3 $2.99 Image 10,242
184 Shaolin Cowboy 4 $3.99 Dark Horse 10,200
185 Star Trek 29 $3.99 IDW 10,127
186 Sex 10 $2.99 Image 9,947
187 Fantomex Max 4 $3.99 Marvel 9,890
188 Transformers More Than Meets Eye 25 $3.99 IDW 9,867
189 Elfquest Final Quest 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 9,861
190 Sonic The Hedgehog 256 $2.99 Archie 9,840
191 Hinterkind 4 $2.99 DC 9,693
192 Transformers Robots In Disguise 25 $3.99 IDW 9,609
193 Eternal Warrior 5 $3.99 Valiant 9,503
194 X-O Manowar 21 $3.99 Valiant 9,336
195 Regular Show 8 $3.99 Boom 9,201
196 Shadow Year One 7 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 9,201
197 Magic The Gathering Theros 3 $4.99 IDW 9,148
198 BPRD Hell On Earth 115 $3.50 Dark Horse 9,072
199 Harbinger 20 $3.99 Valiant 9,060
200 Doc Savage 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 9,000
201 Scooby Doo Team Up 2* $2.99 DC 8,984
202 FBP Federal Bureau of Physics 7 $2.99 DC 8,971
203 Stormwatch 27 $2.99 DC 8,612
204 Quantum & Woody 7 $3.99 Valiant 8,590
205 Bloodshot & Hard Corps 18 $3.99 Valiant 8,529
206 Walking Dead 115 $2.99 Image 8,519
207 Abe Sapien 9 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,516
208 Shadow 21 ROSS CVR $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,500
209 Conan People of the Black Circle 4 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,466
210 Magic The Gathering Theros 4 $4.99 IDW 8,460
211 Uber 9 $3.99 Avatar 8,448
212 Bad Ass 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,175
213 Saviors 2 $2.99 Image 8,174
214 Archer & Armstrong 17 $3.99 Valiant 8,112
215 Legends of Red Sonja 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,067
216 Powerpuff Girls 5 $3.99 IDW 8,050
217 Transformers Regeneration One 98 $3.99 IDW 8,000
218 Wraith Welcome to Christmasland 3 $3.99 IDW 7,967
219 Letter 44 3 $3.99 Oni 7,926
220 My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 14 $3.99 IDW 7,735
221 My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 12 $3.99 IDW 7,679
222 100 Bullets Brother Lono 7 $2.99 DC 7,597
223 Amazing Spider-Man Movie Adaptation 1 $2.99 Marvel 7,563
224 Shadowman 14 $3.99 Valiant 7,560
225 Game of Thrones 18 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,513
226 Bedlam 11 $3.50 Image 7,460
227 Massive 19 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,387
228 Curse 1 $3.99 Boom 7,283
229 Ash & The Army of Darkness 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,261
230 Three 4 $2.99 Image 7,243
231 Army of Darkness Vs Hack Slash 5 Caselli Cover $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,197
232 Sledgehammer 44 Lightning War 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,154
233 Mega Man 33 $2.99 Archie 7,015
234 Minimum Wage 1 $3.50 Image 7,003
235 Zero 5 $2.99 Image 6,922
236 Umbral 3 $2.99 Image 6,906
237 Five Ghosts 8 $2.99 Image 6,890
238 Judge Dredd Mega City Two 1 $3.99 IDW 6,755
239 Rover Red Charlie 2 $3.99 Avatar 6,744
240 Sheltered 6* $2.99 Image 6,739
241 G.I. Joe A Real American Hero 198 $3.99 IDW 6,736
242 Halo Escalation 2 $3.99 Dark Horse 6,656
243 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Asylum 1A Malsuni Cover $3.99 Zenescope 6,632
244 Movement 8 $2.99 DC 6,629
245 Beware The Batman 4* $2.99 DC 6,569
246 Godzilla Rulers of the Earth 8 $3.99 IDW 6,530
247 Morning Glories 36 $3.50 Image 6,493
248 Simpsons Comics 208 $2.99 Bongo 6,486
249 Grimm Fairy Tales Dark Queen A Cvr Sejic (Aofd) $5.99 Zenescope 6,463
250 Spongebob Comics 28 $2.99 United Plankton 6,456
251 Grimm Fairy Tales Tales From Oz (Tin Man) 1 $2.99 Zenescope 6,434
252 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland 19 Lashley Cover $3.99 Zenescope 6,425
253 Warlord of Mars 32 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6,392
254 Grimm Fairy Tales Grimm Fairy Tales 93 Reyes Cover $2.99 Zenescope 6,362
255 TMNT New Animated Adventures 7 $3.99 IDW 6,331
256 Bar Maid 1 Tucci Cover $3.50 Zenescope 6,329
257 Maxx Maxximized 3 $3.99 IDW 6,322
258 Judge Dredd 15 $3.99 IDW 6,296
259 Protectors Inc 3 $2.99 Image 6,275
260 Cyber Force 8 $2.99 Image 6,251
261 Tarot Witch of the Black Rose 84 $2.95 Broadsword 6,234
262 Witchblade 172 $2.99 Image 6,221
263 Ghosted 6* $2.99 Image 6,142
264 Peter Panzerfaust 16 $3.50 Image 6,128
265 Invincible Universe 9 $2.99 Image 6,123
266 Battlestar Galactica 7 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6,120
267 Crossed Badlands 44 $3.99 Avatar 6,111
268 Regular Show Skips 3 $3.99 Boom 6,037
269 Grimm Fairy Tales Code Red 2 Cafaro Cover $2.99 Zenescope 6,037
270 G.I. Joe Special Missions 11 $3.99 IDW 5,973
271 Shadow Now 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,963
272 Crossed Badlands 45 $3.99 Avatar 5,948
273 Crossed Badlands 46 $3.99 Avatar 5,879
274 Warlord of Mars 33 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,837
275 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Ttlg 5 Eric J Cover $3.99 Zenescope 5,779
276 Ghostbusters 12 $3.99 IDW 5,755
277 Miss Fury 8 Tan Cover $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,710
278 Lords of Mars 6 Ross Cover $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,604
279 Lil Sonja 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,465
280 Aphrodite Ix 7 $2.99 Image 5,404
281 Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris 34 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,392
282 Dejah Thoris & Green Men of Mars 10 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,343
283 Painkiller Jane Price of Freedom 3 $2.99 Marvel 5,248
284 Mass Effect Foundation 7 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,222
285 Bounce 9 $2.99 Image 5,218
286 Drumhellar (Previously Strangeways) 3 $3.50 Image 5,134
287 Hacktivist 1 $3.99 Boom 5,131
288 Dark Horse Presents 32 $7.99 Dark Horse 5,119
289 All New Fathom 5 $3.99 Aspen 5,100
290 Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble 4 $2.99 Marvel 5,082
291 Robocop Last Stand 6 $3.99 Boom 5,042
292 Illegitimates 2* $3.99 IDW 5,040
293 Grimm Fairy Tales No Tomorrow 5 Tolibao Cover $2.99 Zenescope 5,034
294 Krampus 2 $2.99 Image 5,022
295 Bart Simpson Comics 88 $2.99 Bongo 5,020
296 Prophet 42 $3.99 Image 4,978
297 Bravest Warriors 16 $3.99 Boom 4,954
298 Grimm Fairy Tales Quest 3 Laiso Cover $3.99 Zenescope 4,899
299 Clone 14 $2.99 Image 4,898
300 Grimm 9 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,877
301 Bravest Warriors 2014 Annual 1 $4.99 Boom 4,836
302 Lil Battlestar Galactica 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,808
303 Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man 22 $2.99 Marvel 4,761
304 Skyman 1 $2.99 Dark Horse 4,751
305 Aphrodite IX Hidden Files 1 $2.99 Image 4,742
306 Mind Mgmt 18 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,654
307 Buck Rogers In 25th Century 4 $3.99 Hermes 4,594
308 Hoax Hunters 13 Walsh Cover $3.50 Image 4,594
309 Ben 10 3 $3.99 IDW 4,530
310 Mr Peabody & Sherman 3 $3.99 IDW 4,529
311 Mocking Dead 5 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,494
312 Lil Vampi 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,475
313 Black Science 2 $3.50 Image 4,474
314 Five Weapons 6 Robinson Cover $3.50 Image 4,427
315 X 9 $2.99 Dark Horse 4,406
316 Hit List 4 Krome Cover $2.99 Zenescope 4,359
317 Green Team Teen Trillionaires 8 $2.99 DC 4,313
318 Carbon Grey Vol. 3 2 $4.99 Image 4,297
319 Midas Flesh 2 $3.99 Boom 4,295
320 Other Dead 5 $3.99 IDW 4,295
321 Furious 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,244
322 Scooby Doo Where Are You 41* $2.99 DC 4,226
323 Gravel Combat Magician 0 $4.99 Avatar 4,203
324 Clive Barker Next Testament 7 $3.99 Boom 4,200
325 Bar Maid 2 Tucci Cover $3.50 Zenescope 4,092
326 The Lone Ranger 21 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,075
327 Peanuts Vol. 2 15 $3.99 Boom 4,070
328 A Voice In The Dark 3 $3.99 Image 4,049
329 Twilight Zone 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,026
330 Dredd Underbelly Movie Sequel One Shot $3.99 Rebellion 3,992
331 Archie 651 $2.99 Archie 3,924
332 Mr Peabody & Sherman 4 $3.99 IDW 3,903
333 Triple Helix 4 $3.99 IDW 3,861
334 Captain Midnight 7 $2.99 Dark Horse 3,857
335 Marvel Universe Hulk Agents of Smash 4 $2.99 Marvel 3,821
336 Fox 3 $2.99 Archie 3,811
337 Shahrazad 2 $3.50 Big Dog 3,801
338 All New Executive Assistant Iris 3 $3.99 Aspen 3,778
339 Battlestar Galactica Starbuck 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,668
340 Suicide Risk 9 $3.99 Boom 3,630
341 Clown Fatale 3 $3.99 Dark Horse 3,596
342 Noir 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,596
343 Vampirella Annual 2013 $4.99 Dynamic Forces 3,572
344 Jennifer Blood 35 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,523
345 WWE 2 $3.99 NBM 3,509
346 Strain The Fall 7 $3.99 Dark Horse 3,472
347 TMNT Color Classics Series 2 3 $3.99 IDW 3,451
348 Lil Bionic Kids 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,397
349 Lenore Volume II 9 $3.99 Titan 3,361
350 Black Bat 8 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,349
351 Atomic Robo Savage Sword of Dr Dinosaur 5 $3.50 Red 5 3,248
352 Legenderry A Steampunk Adv 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,232
353 Sixth Gun 37 $3.99 Oni 3,211
354 Harley Quinn 1 $2.99 DC 3,165
355 Betty & Veronica 269 $2.99 Archie 3,161
356 Grimm Warlock 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,154
357 Bubblegun 4 $3.99 Aspen 3,132
358 Hellraiser Dark Watch 12 $3.99 Boom 3,128
359 Indestructible 2* $3.99 IDW 3,111
360 Gate Way 1 $3.99 IDW 3,019
361 Super Dinosaur 21 $2.99 Image 2,999
362 Kiss Me Satan 5 $3.99 Dark Horse 2,994
363 Simpsons Illustrated 9 $3.99 Bongo 2,820
364 Stitched 18 $3.99 Avatar 2,662
365 Legend of Oz The Wicked West 14 $3.50 Big Dog 2,656
366 Trish Out of Water 4 $3.99 Aspen 2,625
367 Imagine Agents 4 $3.99 Boom 2,553
368 Sex Criminals 1 $3.50 Image 2,418
369 Elephantmen 53 $3.99 Image 2,342
370 Kevin Keller 12 $2.99 Archie 2,321
371 Transformers Timelines 8 $4.95 Fun 2,240
372 X-Files Season 10 1 Dir Cut $4.99 IDW 2,231
373 Deceivers 2 $3.99 Boom 2,183
374 Popeye Classics 18 $3.99 IDW 2,174
375 Walking Dead 116 $2.99 Image 2,137
376 Mercy Sparx 4 $3.99 Devil’s Due 2,114
377 12 Reasons to Die 6 $3.50 Black Mask 2,075
378 Harley Quinn 0 $2.99 DC 1,971
379 Origin II 1 $4.99 Marvel 1,953
380 Must Read Valiant Greatest Hits 1 $2.00 Valiant 1,945
381 Batman 27 Combo Pack $4.99 DC 1,903
382 Walking Dead 117 $2.99 Image 1,896
383 G.I. Joe Vs Cobra Special 6 $4.95 Fun 1,776
384 Gold Digger 206 $3.99 Antarctic 1,749
385 God Is Dead 2 Enhanced Ed. $3.99 Avatar 1,726
386 Never Ending 3 $3.99 Dark Horse 1,721
387 Sandman Overture 1 $4.99 DC 1,708
388 Sex Criminals 3 $3.50 Image 1,703
389 Afterlife With Archie 2 $2.99 Archie 1,694
390 Shoot First 4 $3.99 Dark Horse 1,682
391 Protocol Orphans 3 $3.99 Boom 1,680
392 Manifest Destiny 2 $2.99 Image 1,653
393 Detective Comics 27 Combo Pack $8.99 DC 1,633
394 Steam Engines of Oz Vol. 2 2 $3.99 Arcana 1,621
395 Zombie Tramp Vol. 2 2 $2.99 Action Lab 1,587
396 Mighty Avengers 2 $3.99 Marvel 1,567
397 Skyward 5 $2.99 Action Lab 1,541
398 Bad Dog 6 $3.99 Image 1,522
399 Cryptozoic Man 1 Jetpack Ltd. Ed. $3.99 Dynamic Forces 1,500
400 Afterlife With Archie 1 $2.99 Archie 1,487
401 Mercy Sparx 3 $3.99 Devil’s Due 1,465
407 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 220 $3.99 Archie 1,392
409 Archie Funhouse Double Digest 1 $3.99 Archie 1,349

Top 200 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE DECEMBER 2013

Top 200 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE DECEMBER 2013

Bi-weekly column and list compiled by comics historian Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com – hoknes@hotmail.com

This chart is styled like the old classic Wizard Magazine Top 10 Hottest Comic charts that were published every month in the 1990′s.

HotComics2013LateDecember

This list is updated every 2 weeks.  This list is compiled from my non-stop research of the current market.   I believe these were the most demand and growing in value books this month.     This list focuses on all regular edition covers.  (Variants are not listed otherwise they would likely dominate the entire list due to instant high prices and calculated small print runs).   If you think I have missed any hot MODERN titles/issues please let me know.  Here are my picks of what I believe are the hottest comics at this very moment from all sold out releases of MODERN comics online based on back issue sales ABOVE cover price.

Note these are all the “hot” recent sold comics that your comic shops will not have still on the shelf for cover price.  However many speculators will hunt their local comic shops looking for that “hot” book that is still on the shelf – sometimes you find them!

This market report is based on very current constant online sales.  Number of sales online above cover and the amount above cover price are the criteria I use for ranking books highest on the list.

MARKET REPORT:

#1 BLACK SCIENCE (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales up to $6.00.  #2 sold out instantly from Diamond and stores appeared to be shorted everywhere and copies hit up to $25.00 each immediately for the 2 covers.

#2 SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL (DC 1992) #17 first cameo appearance of Doomsday who eventually killed Superman a month later.   This issue had much smaller print run than the hyped up Superman issues once Superman died.  Two printings exist and many charging more for the 2nd printing.  In past month sales jumped as high as $50.00 and $100.00 for the 2nd printing raw.

#3 SEX CRIMINALS (IMAGE 2013) #1 has 4 printings all sold out and all early issues sold out and commanding higher prices.

#4 CRYPTOZOIC MAN #1 (IDW 2013) At first the title did not even sell out but eventually did and then went to a 2nd printing and continuous promotion on the Comic Book Men TV series led demand to grow and grow.  A #1-2 set regular print cover sold for $41.00 this week.

#5 A VOICE IN THE DARK (Kickstarter Edition) This early original printing came out before Image Comics put out the official series.  Copies hit a high of $60.00 on Nov 24th 2013.   Regular Image edition has sold out but not yet risen.

 #6 SANDMAN (DC VERTIGO 1989) #1 – Reports of a movie caused new interest in this key DC 80’s book so we are sneaking it on the chart.    Sales over $100.00 in late Dec 2013.

#7 PREACHER (DC 1995)  Once the hottest back issue almost 20 years ago and word of a new tv/movie in the works saw back issues reach for highest prices ever for #1.  A raw copy hit $385.00 on Nov 24th 2013.

#8 PREACHER PREVIEW (DC 1995)  Considered the 1st true appearance of this thin preview issue reached a high sale of $350.00 on Nov 24th 2013.

#9 ABSOLUTE VERTIGO (DC 1995) A regular produced comic featuring another Pre-#1 appearance hit a high of $55.00 on Nov 24th 2013.

#10 47 RONIN (DARK HORSE 2012)  5 issue mini-series recently came out as a movie and drew interest up as high as $25 for #1.

#11 HOUSE OF MYSTERY ANNUAL #1 (DC VERTIGO 2009)    This DC classic title was brought back as a halloween annual and featured the first appearance of IZombie.   Print run was much smaller on this high cover price book.  High sale of $80.00 for this one recently.

164, House of Mystery Halloween Annual, 1, $4.99, DC, 11,127

#12 ALIAS #1 (MARVEL MAX 2002) Decade old series announced to be turned into a new TV series drove demand up quickly with prices hitting $34.00 for #1.  Not to be confused with a different TV show from last decade with the same title.  Demand for the character also brought renewed interest for the Spider-man series Pulse featuring Alias but prices have not yet gone up.

#13 BATMAN #1 5 7 9 – sold out issues averaging $20-$30 each and #1 sells for $50.00.  Complete sets of #1-10 bring $150.00.  Batman is the #1 selling regular monthly comic book these days and it is the most valuable “complete set” of all current titles.

#14 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 (ARCHIE 2013) 4 regular covers and 52 variant exclusive store covers made this the hottest new comic released recently and many sales as high as 3x guide for certain covers sold individually.

#15 AMERICAN VAMPIRE (DC VERTIGO 2010) #1   New series helped boost interest in earlier series. Sales recently of $25.00 for #1.

#16 DAY MEN #1 (BOOM 2013) New ongoing series – #1 sold out instantly – kept rising during early August and then new movie news and the world went nuts for this book.  I received long distance calls for this book and so did other local comic shops as people wanted to buy this book in major multiples.  Hit a high of $20.00 and then online got flooded with too many copies and prices settled now at $9.00.

#17 IZOMBIE (DC VERTIGO 2009) #1-28  Series became hot in early November when news of a tv/movie show was potentially in the worls and all related issues have become hot sellers.   #1 frequently selling for $20.00 each.    The series lasted 28 issues and sales had dropped down to 7500 copies by the last issue #28.

60, Izombie1, $1.00, DC, 33,025

107, Izombie2, $2.99, DC, 18,620

237, Izombie28, $2.99, DC, 7,507

#18 BATMAN ADVENTURES (DC 1992) 1st app of cartoon version of Harley Quinn – super hot 1990’s DC issue all year long.

#19 BATMAN: MAD LOVE (DC 1994) Early app of Harley Quinn – hot like all 90’s Harley appearances.

#20 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS (DC 2009)  Harley Quinn is super hot and demand is strong for this older title.
#21 HARLEY QUINN #1-38 (DC 2000) Harley Quinn is the hottest character currently from the last 20 years and seems almost any appearance of the character is up in value and demand this year.  First and last year bringing the most interest.
#22 MANIFEST DESTINY (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales up to $8.00
#23 SAGA #1-12    #1 still super hot at about $80 down from peak of $100 – all issues in demand even with high print runs.  #12 was hot for a moment when banned by Apple.  Print runs have gone up the last 5 issues in a row.  #12 has a much larger print run than #1. After The Walking Dead sensation Saga is always Image’s best selling title.
40 Saga 1 $2.99 Image 37641 2012 3
177 Saga 1 $2.99 Image 9641 2012 4
267 Saga 1 $2.99 Image 4484 2012 6
48 Saga 2 $2.99 Image 36885 2012 4
264 Saga 2 $2.99 Image 6252 2012 5
57 Saga 3 $2.99 Image 38895 2012 5
47 Saga 4 $2.99 Image 41143 2012 6
44 Saga 5 $2.99 Image 40556 2012 7
46 Saga 6 $2.99 Image 40584 2012 8
51 Saga 7 $2.99 Image 46971 2012 11
51 Saga 8 $2.99 Image 42324 2012 12
38, Saga9, $2.99, Image, 45,629
36, Saga10, $2.99, Image, 48,388
33, Saga11, $2.99, Image, 50,023
27, Saga12, $2.99, Image, 53,339
#24 THE WALKING DEAD (Image) #108 1st app Ezekiel and #110 origin and battle of Ezekiel with Michonne.  All back issues #1-110 are sold out and bring above cover prices.  #92 and #93 extremely hot at  $30.00 each.   Retailers upped their orders yet again starting with #109 onwards after the sellout of #108.  This is the highest print runs have ever been (not counting #100).
30 Walking Dead 99 $2.99 Image 55710 2012 6
264 Walking Dead 99 $2.99 Image 6472 2012 8
1 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 335082 2012 7
117 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 21987 2012 8
70 Walking Dead 100 Chromium Ed. $9.99 Image 30969 2012 7
31 Walking Dead 101 $2.99 Image 51732 2012 8
24 Walking Dead 102 $2.99 Image 53337 2012 9
9 Walking Dead 103 $2.99 Image 74378 2012 10
35 Walking Dead 104 $2.99 Image 57456 2012 11
28 Walking Dead 105 $2.99 Image 57781 2012 12
19, Walking Dead106, $2.99, Image, 70,526
19, Walking Dead107, $2.99, Image, 63,575
21, Walking Dead108, $2.99, Image, 67,423
8, Walking Dead109, $2.99, Image, 90,362
13, Walking Dead110, $2.99, Image, 76,455
13, Walking Dead111, $2.99, Image, 74,857

#25 Y THE LAST MAN (DC 2000) Brian K Vaughan rumours of a potential new movie started brewing but not yet confirmed.  Authors popular series once again in demand as his current series Saga continues to dominate in current popularity.

#26 FOX #1 (ARCHIE / RED CIRCLE 2013) New series with 4 different regular covers.   Some selling as high as $12.00 each in first week. Fiona Staples artist of Saga did one of the 4 covers.   In late October 2013 Archie comics for the first time possibly ever held down the top 3 spots of hottest new sold out comics.

#27 WILDWORK #1 (ANTARCTIC PRESS 2013) New mini-series based on Dracula in the old west by Eric Red and Ben Dunn.  Very small print run and most retailers did not even order copies.   Sold copies up to $20.00 within first week and more online speculator market reports hype this up as the #1 best pick at the moment.

#28 LETTER 44 (ONI 2013)  #1 came out as a $1.00 book and yet early reviews were so great that the book sold out and now selling at $6.00

#29 FUTURAMA (BONGO 2000) #1 and #2 lead the pack with sales of $25.00 or higher for these TV show inspired series which is still running after 14 years and 70 issues.

#30 NEW MUTANTS #98 (MARVEL 1991) 1st app of Deadpool – the hottest Marvel character of the 1990’s.

#31 LIFE WITH ARCHIE #23 (ARCHIE 2012) There are 2 covers and the 2nd cover is a horror theme and the first appearance on cover only of the “Afterlife With Archie” zombie theme which is now an ongoing series.  2nd cover hit $30.00 a year after release.

#32 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20 VARIANT (MARVEL 2013)  Normally I do not include variants if they just have a predictable higher market value due to small print run but I am including this issue as its truly a hot issue climbing in value and selling way more than expected for the print run.  Currently at about $70.00 instead of an estimated $25.00 for a 1:50 variant.

#33 CAPTAIN MARVEL (MARVEL 2013) #17 Final issue features a cameo at the end of the new muslim Ms Marvel who gets her own new series next year.   Sold out quick and went to 2nd printing.  Copies so far up to $7.00

#34 CATWOMAN #23 (DC 2013) 1st appearance of Joker’s Daughter appears in the last page and is a prelude to her big appearance coming up soon in the 3D DC Villain take over month.   Prices hit $13.00 the day of release.

#35 HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER  (2013)  #1 and #2 are small digest sized indie comics in black and white.  Very small print runs and the stories are making fun of real life 1980′s hard rock stars Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins of Black Flag.   They appear to be gay lovers in the story.  Rock stars Hall and Oates also appear in the series as their satanic worshiping neighbors.  Series appeals to non-comic fans and most sellers getting a bit above cover.

#36 OUTLIERS #1 (2013) Indie comic self published with financing.  Highest ratings online for story and art.  Super small print run.  More and more hype every week and a print run of less than 1800 copies kept prices continually rising up and currently at $50.00.  We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.   Strong popularity kept prices high on this one after 2 months.

#37 X-FILES SEASON 10 #1 and #2 both sold out instantly (IDW) #1 2013 – brand new release sold out instantly and regular cover bringing a bit above cover constantly.

94, XFiles Season 10, 1, $3.99, IDW, 24,270

#38 SKYWARD #0-3 (2010) Originally a self published mini series in 2010. (3 years before the new ongoing series).  Jeremy Dale self-published the first three issues a few years ago. These black and white “Graphite Editions” have sold on eBay for over $300 for a set of 0-3 in the last few weeks. A number 1 Graphite sells for around $100.

#39 STEAM WARS (ANTARCTIC PRESS 2013)  Unique new series done in steampunk style but tells a new variation of the George Lucas Star Wars movie storyline featuring characters and storyline and artwork that is definitely borrowed and parodies from the original sci-fi movie.   Small print and demand growing for #1 and #2.    #1 did not even make Top 300 chart with sales less than 2400.

362, Steam Wars, 1, $3.99, Antarctic, 2,399

#40 THE LAST OF US (DARK HORSE) – 4 issue mini-series all issues instant sellouts and tie-in to video game.  All issues are sold out and Diamond has sold out of #4 a month before its release.  Currently all 3 1st print issues are selling for on average $23.00 EACH !  #3 hit a high of $41.00 the week of release.  Print runs of issues #1-3 are very low.   Print run of #4 jumped way up and is a common book.  Complete set of 4 issues hit high of $160.00 in early July.    I sold a few sets at $100.00.  Only #1 has had a reprint so far and that 2nd printing might be so rare that it did not chart which means likely a print run of less than 3,000 copies.   Reprints were scheduled by Dark Horse for #1-3 and then cancelled but now just came out.  Prices dropped down after the series was done.

Last of Us American Dreams, 1, $3.99, Dark Horse, 6,012
Last of Us American Dreams, 2, $3.99, Dark Horse, 4,991
Last of Us American Dreams, 3, $3.99, Dark Horse, 5,014
Last of Us American Dreams, 4, $3.99, Dark Horse, 7,138

#41 DRUMHELLAR (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales up to $8.00

#42 SLEEPERS #1 (WILDSTORM 2002) Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips – decade old series now picked up for a new movie from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  Prices hit $10.00 in early December 2013.
#43 PRETTY DEADLY (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales sporadic up to $6.00
#44 DEATH SENTENCE (TITAN 2013) New series in Oct 2013 sold out instantly and selling a bit above cover.  Both #1 and #2 have gone to 2nd print.

#45 MYTHOPOLIS #1 (ARRDEN 2013) #1 small print publisher printed 4 regular covers very limited.  Comic was delayed as the early variant covers came out 6 months ahead of time and the regular #1 shipped 3 months past original scheduling date.  Copies in first week of release sold as high as $20.00 each for regular cover #1A.     We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.

#46 TRILLIUM (DC VERTIGO 2013)  Rave reviews helped sell out this high print run Vertigo title and sell above guide online even before Diamond was sold out.    Now copies at $10.00

#47 INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US (DC) – the hottest DC title of 2013 with small print runs and 3rd prints selling out.  Peaked in May at $85.00 for set of #1-4      Many sellers with reprint sets that also sell well.   #1 2nd printing hit $12.00   #1 $40 #2 $25 #3 $8 #4 $5 #5-6 $4.   I predicted this could be a hit when I saw the initial print run numbers so low and yet featuring major characters Batman,  Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman etc.   Print runs peaked with #6 and are now leveling out.

96, Injustice Gods Among Us, 1, $3.99, DC, 20,733
120, Injustice Gods Among Us, 2, $3.99, DC, 17,068
118, Injustice Gods Among Us, 3, $3.99, DC, 18,068
98, Injustice Gods Among Us, 4, $3.99, DC, 21,669
89, Injustice Gods Among Us, 5, $3.99, DC, 25,215
83, Injustice Gods Among Us, 6, $3.99, DC, 26,011.
98, Injustice Gods Among Us, 7, $3.99, DC, 25,731

#48 SIMPSON COMICS AND STORIES (BONGO 1993) #1 early one-shot comic and 1st full app of The Simpsons in comics

#49 SIMPSON COMICS #1 (BONGO 1993) First issue of ongoing series and many following issues now in higher demand by TV fans.

#50 IT CAME #1 (2013) Small print mini series issue – sci-fi oriented – Very few retailers ordered it – hit $12.00.

#51 GHOST PROJEKT #1 (ONI 2010)  It was announced about Sept 22nd 2013 that the show was optioned for NBC tv series and the 3 year old title became super hot with #1 selling as high as $35.00 each.  It has now cooled off and settled more around $15.00

#52 ZOMBIE ANNIHILATION (SILVER PHOENIX 2013) #1 new Kickstarter small print book selling for double cover and some sellers asking 15x cover.

#53 INCOGNITO (MARVEL ICON 2008) Mini-series with TV/movie rumours recently made copies jump from dormant to $10.00.

#54 DOCTOR WHO PRISONER OF TIME #1-12  Photo variants. Normally I do not include variants if they just have a predictable higher market value due to small print run but I am including this issue as its truly a hot issue climbing in value and selling way more than expected for the print run.  Currently the 1:25 photo cover sells each month on average at about $60.00 instead of an estimated $15.00 for a 1:25 variant.

#55 THE OTHER DEAD (IDW 2013) #1 of the regular and subscription covers sold as sets as high as $18.00 for the pair.  The series was delayed in stores potentially due to the controversial 1:10 variant cover featuring President Obama with machine guns which sold way above a typical variant price hitting $40.00

#56 THE MOCKING DEAD #1 (2013) New release comic that sold out instantly and went to 2nd print.  Early sales online were all over the place with sales anywhere from $4 to $40 for the subscription cover.  Currently a bit above cover for the regular cover and the subscription about $8.00
#57 HALLOWEEN FEST 2013 – Just like Free Comic Book Day, there is an annual Halloween free comic book day on Halloween each year and this year there were 22 giveaway promo comics.   Individually most sold instantly at a high price of $5.00 each and a My Little Pony hit $7.00 week of release.   Batman, Skyward, Thor, Sonic, Sesame Street, Zombies, Ben 10, Spider-man are some of the titles this year.

#58 CLONE (IMAGE 2012) On July 15th 2013 it was announced that the new TV series was official and that drove up prices on #1 even though it has a larger print run over 23,000.   Diamond still had copies in warehouse up to this news announcement and then sold its last 1,000 copies within days.   #1 currently at $10.00 – all issues selling better now and sold out at Diamond. Note how the print run has dropped drastically.  Issue #1 has almost 500% the print run of #9.

95 Clone 1 $2.99 Image 23,292
172 Clone 2 $2.99 Image 11,144
170 Clone 3 $2.99 Image 10,525
200 Clone 4 $2.99 Image 8,589
213 Clone 5 $2.99 Image 8,076
224 Clone 6 $2.99 Image 7,460
251 Clone 7 $2.99 Image 6,956
249 Clone 8 $2.99 Image 6,343
288 Clone 9 $2.99 Image 5,954

#59 THE STRAIN (Dark Horse) 12 issue mini-series becomes due to potential TV series.

128 Strain 1 $1.00 Dark Horse 16023 2011 12
191 Strain 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 7650 2012 1
228 Strain 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 7384 2012 2
220 Strain 4 $3.50 Dark Horse 6767 2012 3
236 Strain 5 $3.50 Dark Horse 6054 2012 6
262 Strain 6 $3.50 Dark Horse 5742 2012 7
300 Strain 7 $3.50 Dark Horse 5376 2012 8
289 Strain 8 $3.50 Dark Horse 4977 2012 9

#60 TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH (Image) #1 hit high of $20 immediately in January week of release and then settled down.    Smaller print run.  Mini-series #1-4 is sold out and will become ongoing soon from Image with #5 coming out in a month.  News of a new tv/movie reported on July 13th made the #1 a super hot comic instantly with sales as high as $60 in July but then cooled down again.  #1 and #2 have a 2nd print which are both rarer typically in print run than the originals.

197, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 1, $2.99, Image, 7,879
240, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 2, $2.99, Image, 6,177
224, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 3, $2.99, Image, 7,140
230, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 4, $2.99, Image, 7,113
#61 WATSON AND HOLMES (NEW PARADIGM 2013) Small print run of 3,800 copies between 2 regular covers sold out instantly and brought sales of up to $50.00 each in first week and then cooled off.   Print run was so small that it did not even rank in the Top 300 of the month.  Currently #1 sells at above $10 and #2 sells at $7.00.   We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.
#62 EAST OF WEST (Image) #1 Hot as a pre-seller and now sells up to $12.00.   4th printing already and sets of #1-4 sell really well.  This is a rare modern example of a comic with a huge print run that still sells out due to popularity and goes to reprints on every issue.  It’s the “2013″ version of Saga in terms of popularity.  All 5 issues have gone to 2nd prints.
35, East of West1*, $3.50, Image, 49,518
193, East of West1 2nd printing $3.50, Image, 9,742
296, East of West1 3rd printing, $3.50, Image, 5,024
46, East of West2*, $3.50, Image, 41,838
54, East of West3*, $3.50, Image, 39,441
#63 PETER PANZERFAUST (Image) #1-9 prices peaked in March.  #8 and #9 really hot but less demand for #4-6.  One season of the TV series seems guaranteed.   #1 hit high of $300 now around $200.00   Current prices #2 $60 / #3 $20 / #4-7 $10 each / #8 $20 / #9 $20.  Print runs for #6 7 8 were so low they did not even chart during the month.  Note the print run increaes for #10 and then #11.  #11 is the most common issue and now print runs are leveling back down again.
285 Peter Panzerfaust 1 $3.50 Image 4814 2012 2
276 Peter Panzerfaust 2 $3.50 Image 4416 2012 3
252 Peter Panzerfaust 3 $3.50 Image 5515 2012 4
292 Peter Panzerfaust 4 $3.50 Image 5177 2012 5
283 Peter Panzerfaust 5 $3.50 Image 4546 2012 7
292, Peter Panzerfaust, 9, $3.50, Image, 4,456 2013 1
181, Peter Panzerfaust, 10, $3.50, Image , 10,989 2013 3
123, Peter Panzerfaust, 11, $3.50, Image, 17,683, 2013 6
226, Image Firsts Peter Panzerfaust, 1, $1.00, Image, 8,756, 2013 4

215, Peter Panzerfaust, 12, $3.50, Image, 9,951

#64 HAWKEYE #1-10   The hottest back issue current Marvel title with all issues in multiple printings.  #1 and #2 each now settled at about $25.00.  Every issue has been reprinted – #1 and #2 on 5th printings.  New issues still sell out.  It is rare to find a series that issue #10 has a higher print run still than #1.  Print runs saw their peak with #10.
42 Hawkeye 1 $2.99 Marvel 41952 2012 8
256 Hawkeye 1 $2.99 2nd printing Marvel 6394 2012 9
60 Hawkeye 2 $2.99 Marvel 33563 2012 9
69 Hawkeye 3 $2.99 Marvel 35403 2012 10
66 Hawkeye 4 $2.99 Marvel 34208 2012 11
61 Hawkeye 5 $2.99 Marvel 34385 2012 12
65 Hawkeye 6 $2.99 Marvel 33440 2012 12
57, Hawkeye, 7, $2.99, Marvel, 37,000
56, Hawkeye, 8, $2.99, Marvel, 36,898.
53, Hawkeye, 9, $2.99, Marvel, 39,678.
48, Hawkeye, 10, $2.99, Marvel, 42,090.
50, Hawkeye, 11, $2.99, Marvel, 40,510.
50, Hawkeye, 12, $2.99, Marvel, 40,837
#65 HALF PAST DANGER #1 and #2 sold out 1st printings instantly.  Some retailers charge more.

249, Half Past Danger, 1, $3.99, IDW, 7,048

283, Half Past Danger, 2, $3.99, IDW, 4,967

#66 DAREDEVIL #1-4 (Marvel 2011)  Early issues sold out and sell for $10.00 each or higher!

6 Daredevil 1 $3.99 Marvel 64866 2011 7
32 Daredevil 2 $2.99 Marvel 40990 2011 8
64 Daredevil 3 $2.99 Marvel 39477 2011 9
61 Daredevil 4 $2.99 Marvel 40311 2011 9
55 Daredevil 5 $2.99 Marvel 39413 2011 10
58 Daredevil 6 $2.99 Marvel 38302 2011 11
45 Daredevil 7 $2.99 Marvel 38824 2011 12

#67 MORNING GLORIES – early issues sold out and popular back issues.

167 Morning Glories 1 $3.99 Image 8687 2010 8
218 Morning Glories 2 $3.50 Image 8265 2010 9
156 Morning Glories 3 $3.50 Image 11258 2010 10
151 Morning Glories 4 $3.50 Image 11292 2010 11
167 Morning Glories 5 $3.50 Image 11193 2010 12
121 Morning Glories 6 $3.50 Image 10795 2011 1
155 Morning Glories 7 $2.99 Image 11037 2011 2
180 Morning Glories 8 $2.99 Image 10809 2011 3
143 Morning Glories 9 $2.99 Image 10975 2011 4
172 Morning Glories 10 $2.99 Image 11385 2011 6
192 Morning Glories 11 $2.99 Image 10653 2011 8
176 Morning Glories 12 $2.99 Image 10537 2011 9
205 Morning Glories 13 $2.99 Image 10094 2011 10
183 Morning Glories 14 $2.99 Image 9850 2011 11
166 Morning Glories 15 $2.99 Image 9565 2012 1

#68 THE SIXTH GUN (Oni) – All 31 issues sold out – many not even on ebay and low print runs.  Sold a #1 for $250 in Mid April.  #1 now at $90.00.   Prices have dropped by about 70% since their peak from April 2013 when the news of the potential TV show was at its highest hype.   Still some of the rarest comics to collect will keep prices and sales up on this title.  The image speculating boom peaked by April 2013 and orders were raised drastically on issues #30-32 which were the highest since issue #2 three years earlier.

256 Sixth Gun 1 $3.99 Oni 4899 2010 7
249 Sixth Gun 2 $3.99 Oni 5061 2010 7
261 Sixth Gun 3 $3.99 Oni 4105 2010 8
333 Sixth Gun 4 $3.99 Oni 3850 2010 9
298 Sixth Gun 5 $3.99 Oni 3590 2010 10
274 Sixth Gun 6 $3.99 Oni 3589 2010 11
310 Sixth Gun 7 $3.99 Oni 3360 2010 12
239 Sixth Gun 8 $3.99 Oni 3317 2011 1
282 Sixth Gun 9 $3.99 Oni 3279 2011 2
271 Sixth Gun 11 $3.99 Oni 3418 2011 4
296 Sixth Gun 15 $3.99 Oni 3403 2011 9
351 Sixth Gun 16 $3.99 Oni 3442 2011 10
329 Sixth Gun 17 $3.99 Oni 3408 2011 11
277 Sixth Gun 18 $3.99 Oni 3328 2012 1
325 Sixth Gun 19 $3.99 Oni 3183 2012 2
312 Sixth Gun 21 $3.99 Oni 3184 2012 4
343 Sixth Gun 22 $3.99 Oni 3169 2012 5
304 Sixth Gun 23 $3.99 Oni 3204 2012 6
367 Sixth Gun 24 $3.99 Oni 3122 2012 8
326 Sixth Gun 25 $3.99 Oni 3081 2012 9
366 Sixth Gun 26 $3.99 Oni 3043 2012 10
363 Sixth Gun 27 $3.99 Oni 2930 2012 12
358, Sixth Gun, 28, $3.99, Oni, 2,901
338, Sixth Gun, 29, $3.99, Oni, 3,097
306, Sixth Gun, 30, $3.99, Oni, 4,227
325, Sixth Gun, 31, $3.99, Oni, 4,350
300, Sixth Gun, 32, $3.99, Oni, 4,277

#69 NUMBERCRUNCHER #1 (TITAN 2013) New miniseries from small publisher sold out instantly – nobody has copies for sale.

Did not even chart on the monthly Top 300.   High sale of $13.00.   #3 sold out even before day of release.

#70 EXTINCTION PARADE (Avatar) 4 different covers – high quality format similar to Uber.  Online pre-sales were doing well above cover.  Print run of each cover was less than 5,000 each.    In November talk of a TV show heated up the series a little bit.

136, Extinction Parade, 1, $3.99, Avatar, 16,061

#71 FARLAINE THE GOBLIN #1 (STUDIO FARLAINE 2013)  New small print publisher – possibly smallest distributed comic of the year with print run of only 1350.   Two versions of #1 exist as an early promo copy was sent out only to retailers with a print run of only 250 copies.  Both versions sold out before release date at Diamond.   Copies hit a high of $40.00 within first week of release.  We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.   Prices cooled down after a few weeks.

#72 NOWHERE MEN (Image) #1-3 prices had peaked at $40,25,15 in March.    Set of #1-5 now sells for $60.00   #1 $30 / #2 $20 / #3 $10 / #4 $3 / #5 $3.   Note the print run increases for #4 and then #5.   #1 already has a 5th printing – with so many reprints of all issues on the market its hard to sell the reprints at any price currently.172 Nowhere Men 1 $2.99 Image 11815 2012 11 213 Nowhere Men 2 $2.99 Image 7368 2012 12209, Nowhere Men3, $2.99, Image, 7,421
150, Nowhere Men4, $2.99, Image, 13,368
141,Nowhere Men5, $2.99, Image, 15,608

#73 THIEF OF THIEVES #1-12    Early issues still super hot – value peaked in January but still selling well

112 Thief of Thieves 1 $2.99 Image 17877 2012 2
126 Thief of Thieves 2 $2.99 Image 14286 2012 3
135 Thief of Thieves 3 $2.99 Image 13644 2012 4
137 Thief of Thieves 4 $2.99 Image 17774 2012 5
116 Thief of Thieves 5 $2.99 Image 19833 2012 6
111 Thief of Thieves 6 $2.99 Image 19733 2012 7
139 Thief of Thieves 7 $2.99 Image 18266 2012 8
134 Thief of Thieves 8 $2.99 Image 17070 2012 9
144 Thief of Thieves 9 $2.99 Image 16645 2012 10
136 Thief of Thieves 10 $2.99 Image 16424 2012 11

132 Thief of Thieves 11 $2.99 Image 15605 2012 12
135, Thief of Thieves, 12, $2.99, Image, 14,974
135, Thief of Thieves, 13, $2.99, Image, 15,201
129, Thief of Thieves, 14, $2.99, Image, 16,938.

#74 DETECTIVE COMICS #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $25.00

#75 RACHEL RISING (Abstract) #1-16     TV announcement this week helped drive demand up as Diamond sold out of even the current issue not yet out this week.  #1 hitting $200.00 peak around May 1st.   Many issues still available direct from publisher website at cover.   #1 settled down now to about $50.00.    Sellers hyping rarity of 2nd and 3rd printings and getting high amounts as well.

186 Rachel Rising 1 $3.99 Abstract 10989 2011 8
206 Rachel Rising 2 $3.99 Abstract 8189 2011 9
196 Rachel Rising 3 $3.99 Abstract 8872 2011 11
269 Rachel Rising 4 $3.99 Abstract 4331 2011 12
241 Rachel Rising 4 $3.99 Abstract 4737 2012 1
258 Rachel Rising 5 $3.99 Abstract 4180 2012 1
296 Rachel Rising 5 $3.99 Abstract 4412 2012 2
189 Rachel Rising 6 $3.99 Abstract 8399 2012 3
199 Rachel Rising 7 $3.99 Abstract 8210 2012 4
224 Rachel Rising 8 $3.99 Abstract 8103 2012 5
203 Rachel Rising 9 $3.99 Abstract 8194 2012 7
223 Rachel Rising 10 $3.99 Abstract 8330 2012 8
219 Rachel Rising 11 $3.99 Abstract 7915 2012 9
219 Rachel Rising 12 $3.99 Abstract 7987 2012 10
205 Rachel Rising 13 $3.99 Abstract 7782 2012 12

#76 NIGHTWING #4 (DC) 2011 – hot key issue from this Robin/Batman series.  $25.00 for this key issue.

27, Nightwing4*, $2.99, DC, 51,668

#77 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1-10 every issue seems to sell out at retail and gets a 2nd printing but not going up in value due to large print runs.  Peter Parker ghost gone in #9 – series might last longer than originally expected.  Readers very happy with this series.

#78 AMAZING SPIDERMAN #700 DITKO VARIANT (MARVEL 2012) Normally I do not include variants if they just have a predictable higher market value due to small print run but I am including this issue as its truly was hotter than normal.  It came out in December 2012 featuring the death of Peter Parker.  But this rare variant was a 1:200 ratio which usually are worth about $100.00 but by January this comic hit a high peak of $1200.00 making it a record high sales price for any new comic in 2013.

#79 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (Marvel) 698-700  Death of Peter Parker storyline super hot in January – still popular due to storyline continuing in Superior-Spiderman

29 Amazing Spider-Man 697 $3.99 Marvel 59872 2012 11
13 Amazing Spider-Man 698 $3.99 Marvel 81342 2012 11
14 Amazing Spider-Man 699 $3.99 Marvel 74904 2012 12
18 Amazing Spider-Man 699.1 $2.99 Marvel 66245 2012 12
1 Amazing Spider-Man 700 $7.99 Marvel 200966 2012 12

#80 STAR WARS #1  Reached up to $30 week of release but now at $10 but still popular.  Sets of ongoing series are popular.

#81 FIVE GHOSTS – HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY (Image) Mini series #1 and #2 sold out and 2nd printings – rumour of ongoing series.   #1 at $7.00

152, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 1, $3.50, Image, 13,163
152, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 2, $2.99, Image, 13,127
162, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 3, $2.99, Image, 13,153
175, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 4, $2.99, Image, 11,357

#82 REVIVAL (Image) #1-10   Early issues still hot but definitely cooled in value from Jan/Feb peak of #1 $45.00

120 Revival 1 $2.99 Image 18039 2012 7
198 Revival 2 $2.99 Image 10486 2012 8
153 Revival 3 $2.99 Image 13943 2012 9
155 Revival 4 $2.99 Image 15251 2012 10
154 Revival 5 $2.99 Image 14098 2012 11
114, Revival, 6, $2.99, Image, 17,396
124, Revival, 7, $2.99, Image, 16,639
124, Revival, 8, $2.99, Image, 17,082
121, Revival, 9, $2.99, Image, 16,977
134, Revival, 10, $2.99, Image, 16,314
153, Revival, 11, $2.99, Image, 13,536

#83 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel 2008) Entire run is super hot due to interest in upcoming movie.  #1 hit high of $75 a month ago and now settled closer to $25 however all non-key issues bring anywhere from $5 to $15 each.

#84 BATGIRL #13 – death of family storyline – these sold out and huge price increases in some areas up to $30

#85 BATMAN #13 / death of family storyline – these sold out and huge price increases in some areas up to $40

#86 HOAX HUNTERS (Image) this title was cover price material until a TV show proposal shot prices way up on all issues.  #0 and #1 are extremely hot and hit $30 each.

248 Hoax Hunters 0 $2.99 Image 5779 2012 3
230 Hoax Hunters 1 $2.99 Image 6973 2012 7
300 Hoax Hunters 3 $2.99 Image 4404 2012 9

#87 FABLES (DC/Vertigo) Long running ongoing series recently announced of potential tv/movie so already expensive #1 selling out at bout $70.00 first printings.   Series has over 120 issues so lots to collect.

#88 GAMBIT (Marvel 2012) New ongoing series popular #1 $8 #2 $5 but #3 sold out everywhere and current asking price from only online copy is $25.00 !!

47 Gambit 1 $2.99 Marvel 40418 2012 8
70 Gambit 2 $2.99 Marvel 32336 2012 8
79 Gambit 3 $2.99 Marvel 28530 2012 9
92 Gambit 4 $2.99 Marvel 27828 2012 10
84 Gambit 5 $2.99 Marvel 26723 2012 11
86 Gambit 6 $2.99 Marvel 25522 2012 11
89 Gambit 7 $2.99 Marvel 23978 2012 12

#89 PROPHET #21 (IMAGE 2012) Sold out immediately in early 2012 – hot issue at $15.00

219 Prophet 21 $2.99 Image 6029 2012 1
257 Prophet 22 $2.99 Image 6030 2012 2
232 Prophet 23 $2.99 Image 6289 2012 3
228 Prophet 24 $2.99 Image 6639 2012 4

#90 ADVENTURE TIME – animated cartoon series – numerous printings now.   #1 is truly rare – no sellers on ebay even have a copy for sale.   $50 to $100 per copy of #1 first print.  #2 currently in the $20-30 range.  #3 $10.  #1-6 have been reprinted with connecting cover image.   #1-6 and #9-10 sold out from diamond.

187 Adventure Time 1 2nd printing $3.99 Boom 8523 2012 3
153 Adventure Time 1 $3.99 Boom 12392 2012 2
190 Adventure Time 2 2nd printing $3.99 Boom 8864 2012 4
157 Adventure Time 2 $3.99 Boom 11329 2012 3
111 Adventure Time 3 $3.99 Boom 17131 2012 4
125 Adventure Time 4 $3.99 Boom 20289 2012 5
110 Adventure Time 5 $3.99 Boom 20889 2012 6
110 Adventure Time 6 $3.99 Boom 19767 2012 7
130 Adventure Time 7 $3.99 Boom 19423 2012 8
117 Adventure Time 8 $3.99 Boom 19755 2012 9
121 Adventure Time 9 $3.99 Boom 20636 2012 10
94 Adventure Time 10 $3.99 Boom 23656 2012 11
212 Adventure Time Cover Showcase One Shot $3.99 Boom 7478 2012 12
102 Adventure Time Fionna & Cake 1 $3.99 Boom 20290 2012 12
102 Adventure Time Marceline Scream Queens 1 $3.99 Boom 21182 2012 7

#91 BODIE TROLL (RED 5 COMICS 2013) #1 very small print run selling above cover instantly

#92 THINK TANK (Image) #1-5.  #1 sold out immediately and no one seems to have a copy.  2nd printings also has very small print run.  #1 1st in the $20 range.   News of a new movie broke this week which might push prices up.

263 Think Tank 1 $3.99 Image 6502 2012 8
272 Think Tank 2 $3.99 Image 5713 2012 9
297 Think Tank 3 $3.99 Image 5279 2012 10
288 Think Tank 4 $3.99 Image 4656 2012 11

#93 UBER #0-1-2-3   Sold out printings instantly.  Originally I felt this title was being speculated on too heavily but many sales above cover have proven the demand for this series.   I personally believe this is the single best looking comic of 2013 with glossy paper and amazing colors and artwork.  Some amazing variant covers make it a big job to collect every cover version of each issue.   The first issue was #0 and not #1.  #0 is the rare ones to find.  #0 has a 2nd printing called “enhanced edition”.   Print runs on each individual cover are very low.  There are 4 regular covers of each issue so when you take the worldwide print runs you have to divide it by 4 to get the real print run of each cover.  This makes it more obvious how rare each individual cover is.  In fact there are only about 2,700 copies of each cover of the first issue #0.   Diamond monthly rankings for each issue and the combined print run of all the covers

178, Uber, 0, $3.99, Avatar, 10,849
292, Uber, 0 Enhanced Ed, $4.99, Avatar, 5,084
137, Uber, 1, $3.99, Avatar, 16,109
132, Uber, 2, $3.99, Avatar, 16,160
188, Uber, 4, $3.99, Avatar, 12,030

 #94 STAR WARS: LUCAS DRAFT (DARK HORSE 2013) #1 took a month to sell out but finally did even with high print run and some sporadic sales online up to $7.50
#95 SUPER #1 (UNLIKELY COMICS 2013)  Small kickstarter title  with above cover sales.
#96 ALL CRIME COMICS (2013) Small crime indie title with very small print run has sold out #1 and #2 with above cover sales.
#97 CHRONOS COMMANDOS #1 (TITAN 2013) Small print run small publisher instant sell out – Both issues #1 and #2 have sold as high as $12.00 each.  Neither issue even charted on the monthly Top 300 Diamond sales.   Nazi soldiers and dinosaurs !!  We helped bring awareness to this great comic before release date.
#98 LEGION OF MOLLY DOVES #1 (2013) New small print indie publisher storyline about time travel.   Only one early sale online so far at $9.00
#99 DEXTER (MARVEL 2013) #1 and #2 sold out with small print run based on the violent TV show.  Immediate increases on #1.

#100 WILD BLUE YONDER (IDW) #1 and #2 both sold out instantly 2013 – brand new release sold out instantly and regular cover bringing above cover quickly.

184, Wild Blue Yonder, 1, $3.99, IDW, 10,840

#101 TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #1 (DC 2013) New mini-series inspiring the Trinity DC crossover storyline for summer 2013 sold out and quickly went to 2nd printing and copies selling as high as $11.00 for regular edition.

#102 CONSTANTINE #1 (DC 2013)  1st print sold out in the first month but took about 6 months to sell above cover.  Some sales at $7.00 for this new Hellblazer inspired series.   New TV show reports could drive this one up.

#103 HELHEIM (Oni) #1-5  #1 quickly hit $8 and stablized.   2nd printing of #1 may prove to be more valuable than the 1st printing.

171, Helheim, 1, $3.99, Oni, 11,877
189, Helheim, 2, $3.99, Oni, 10,256
207, Helheim, 3, $3.99, Oni, 10,118
215, Helheim, 4, $3.99, Oni, 8,432.

#104 SPAWN #9 (Image 1993) 20 year old comic features 1st appearance of Angela by Neil Gaiman which enters the Marvel Universe this week in Age  Of Ultron #10.    Common book prices are anywhere from $2 to $100 a copy

#105 BATMAN INCORPORATED (DC) #8   Death of Robin hit about $13 now settled at $5.99

29, Batman Incorporated8, $2.99, DC, 55,414

69, Batman Incorporated8, 2nd printing $2.99, DC, 34,679

#106 MANHATTAN PROJECTS  (Image) #1-10   All issues sell well but way down from Jan peaks #1 was at $90 now at $30.  Title is steady sales as print run of #12 is about the same as #1.

102 Manhattan Projects 1 $3.50 Image 17955 2012 3
121 Manhattan Projects 2 $3.50 Image 15697 2012 4
136 Manhattan Projects 3 $3.50 Image 18001 2012 5
124 Manhattan Projects 4 $3.50 Image 18544 2012 6
117 Manhattan Projects 5 $3.50 Image 18398 2012 7
127 Manhattan Projects 6 $3.50 Image 17981 2012 9
127 Manhattan Projects 7 $3.50 Image 17543 2012 11
113 Manhattan Projects 8 $3.50 Image 17028 2012 12
262 Manhattan Projects 1 rep $3.50 Image 5213 2012 4
119, Manhattan Projects, 9, $3.50, Image, 17,229
125,Manhattan Projects, 10, $3.50, Image, 17,028
116, Manhattan Projects, 11, $3.50, Image, 17,517
129, Manhattan Projects, 12, $3.50, Image, 17,076

#107 SKYWARD #1-4 (ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT 2013) Originally a one-shot in 2010.  Summer 2013 a new ongoing series and all ages friendly from small publisher sold out instantly.  Many copies sold between $20 and $25 online.  I helped publicize this book online myself helping it achieve higher prices.   #1 and #2 currently sell about $8.00 each.   We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.
#108 DEVIL’S DOG #1 (2013)  New small print run selling about $6.00
#109 STEAM ENGINES OF OZ #1 (ARCANA STUDIOS 2013) Small publisher and print run – another Wizard of Oz inspired series selling way above cover after a month.  Become hot 6 weeks after release.
#110 CHOOSE THEIR FATE (SHH PRODUCTIONS 2013) New adults only title with photo nudity and high cover price of $9.95 yet some ebay sellers asking up to $40.00 and one sale as high as $15.00

#111 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #4 (DC 2013) 13 different 3D covers came out in week #4 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.       Week Four   Joker’s Daughter at $110.00    Doomsday at $20   Black Adam at $20   Killer Croc at $13   First Born at $13   Man-Bat at $13   Bane at $12   Sinestro at $12   Secret Society at $12   Ocean Master at $12   Parasite at $11.   Joker’s Daughter is without the single most hyped up and hottest comic of the entire year and may have set world record prices for a pre-sale of a new release as collectors were paying up to $110.00 each for a copy of this book just to make sure they got one.   That is paying almost 40x cover price before it even came out.   Very few customers got a copy unless they were a regular file customer for Batman: The Dark Knight series.  It was the hottest of all the 3D covers and the hottest comic of the entire year.   However the downside I predicted is that prices could only come down and that has already started to happen.

#112 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #3 (DC 2013) 13 different 3D covers came out in week #3 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.      Week Three   Clayface at $20   Dial E at $46    Eclipso at $20   Deathstroke at $25   The Rogues at $15    Cheetah at $14     Penguin at $13    Ra’s Al Ghul at $13     Arcane at $13    Black Hand at $12   Scarecrow at $12    Shadow Thief at $12   Lex Luthor at $11    H’el at $7

#113 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #2 (DC 2013) 13 different 3D covers came out in week #2 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.  Week Two   Harley Quinn at $36   Mr Freeze at $31    Lobo at $31   Riddler at $20.50   Reverse Flash at $20   Court Of Owls at $18   Killer Frost at $17.50   Solomon Grundy at $13   Trigon at $13   Black Manta for $12   Mongul at $12   Brainiac at $10.50    Zod at $10

#114 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #1 (DC 2013)   13 different 3D covers came out in week #1 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.   Week One   Forever Evil #1 – $280 (1 per store variant cover).  Darkseid for $31  Poison Ivy for $27   Ventriloquist for $26.50    Joker for $25     Count Vertigo at $20    Creeper at $20     Deadshot at $16.50     Two-Face at $15     Relic at $14    Bizarro at $13.50     Grodd at $13    Desaad at $13    Cyborg Superman at $10

#115 THE BOUNCE (IMAGE) Creator owned superhero title from last month actually sold out some places and now at $6.00 after 2 months.   Slowly building steam.  Issue #5 sold out before day of release.

#116 MIND MGMT (Dark Horse) #1-10   #1 is really the only valuable issue at $40 but easy to sell sets at $80.  Very low print run.

262 Mind Mgmt 0 $2.99 Dark Horse 5526 2012 11
236 Mind Mgmt 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 7537 2012 5
266 Mind Mgmt 2 $3.99 Dark Horse 5566 2012 7
292 Mind Mgmt 3 $3.99 Dark Horse 5579 2012 8
286 Mind Mgmt 5 $3.99 Dark Horse 5017 2012 9

#117 NONPLAYERS #1 (IMAGE 2011)  Only 1 issue came out but it sold out before release – still rare  $25.00

218 Nonplayer 1 $2.99 2nd print Image 5956 2011 5
171 Nonplayer 1 $2.99 Image 8869 2011 4

#118 CHEW (IMAGE 2009) #1 is down to about $200.00 from a high of $400.00  Earliest issues still bring decent $$.

287 Chew 1 $2.99 Image 4576 2009 9
246 Chew 1 $2.99 Image 5246 2009 6
247 Chew 2 $2.99 Image 6731 2009 7
142 Chew 3 $2.99 Image 13748 2009 8
169 Chew 4 $2.99 Image 12284 2009 9
142 Chew 5 $2.99 Image 13490 2009 10
144 Chew 6 $2.99 Image 13133 2009 11
156 Chew 7 $2.99 Image 12902 2009 12
137 Chew 8 $2.99 Image 12727 2010 1
143 Chew 9 $2.99 Image 12867 2010 3
127 Chew 10 $2.99 Image 13335 2010 4

#119 COLLIDER (DC VERTIGO 2013) New ongoing issue that sold out and with #2 the title has changed to FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics.   2nd printings use the new title of FBP.

#120 DEADPOOL (MARVEL) 2012 #1 – all early issues sold out. #1-3 commanding a bit over cover.

4 Deadpool 1 $2.99 Marvel 118976 2012 11
21 Deadpool 2 $2.99 Marvel 67421 2012 11
25 Deadpool 3 $2.99 Marvel 60215 2012 12

#121 BALLISTIC #1 (BLACK MASK 2013) New mini series – #1 sold out instantly and hit high prices of $12.00 in first week of release.
285 Ballistic 1 $3.50 Black Mask 6,048
#122 THE WAKE (DC VERTIGO 2013) Each issue has been reprinted finally driving up prices after 2 months out on #1.  Currently at $8.00 for #1 1st prints.
#123 GHOSTED #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – after 6 weeks prices finally jumped and hit as high as $16.00 but then came back down again.   All 3 issues sold out instantly at Diamond.
#124 ARCANE SECRETS #1 (2013) New HP Lovecraft adaptation brought some early high online sales at $8.00.
#125 KINGS WATCH (DYNAMITE 2013) #1 the subscription cover sold as high as $9.00 in the first week by George Perez.   This series brings back three classic golden age characters as a team: The Phantom with Flash Gordon and Mandrake The Magician.
#126 GRIMM FAIRY TALES: OZ (ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 2013) #1 has 5 regular covers – most sellers including myself sold these as sets.  Selling for cover until it was reported they were sold out and then sets selling for double cover as of Aug 15th.

#127 HARBINGER (VALIANT 2012) Some sales a bit above cover.

#128 ROCKET GIRL (IMAGE 2013)  Sold out instantly some sellers getting above cover.

#129 BATMAN 66 #1 (DC 2013) Print run was moderate but not large based on the TV series from 47 years earlier.  Hit a high of $6.00

33 Batman 66 1 $3.99 DC 50,430

#130 LOCKE AND KEY (2008)  Talk of a new movie based on this already hot comic from 2008.

#131 ANIMAL MAN #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $15.00  for a while was most valuable new 52 #1.

#132 JUSTICE LEAGUE #1  (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $15.00

#133 JUSTICE LEAGUE COMBO PACK COVER (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $12.00

#134 CATWOMAN #13 / death of family storyline – these sold out and huge price increases in some areas up to $15

#135 MULTIPLE WARHEADS #1 (ONI 2008) Rare first issue still popular – hit a high of $32.00 earlier this year.

#136 AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 & #16 (Marvel)  sold out early Death of Peter Parker storyline – sales peaked in Jan 2013

#137 DAREDEVIL #21 & #22 (Marvel) sold out early Death of Peter Parker storyline – sales peaked in Jan 2013

#138 DJANGO UNCHAINED (DC) #1-3  1st prints sold out – movie adaptation.   #1 and #2 demand higher prices.

161 Django Unchained 1 $3.99 DC 11795 2012 12

#139 SONS OF ANARCHY #1 (BOOM 2013)  New series based on TV series – many copies selling for $7.00 the week of release.

#140 SIX GUN GORILLA (BOOM) New on the list.  New #1 issue of mini-series based on golden age character quickly sold out and selling at $10.00 within a week of release.

227, Six Gun Gorilla, 1, $3.99, Boom, 7,730

#141 LIBERATOR #1 (BLACK MASK 2013)  Small print – regular and variant covers all above cover

267 Liberator 1 $3.50 Black Mask 5,266

#142 THE ACTIVITY (Image) #1-11    Hot in the past month  #1 at $20

253 Activity 1 $3.50 Image 5269 2011 12
270 Activity 2 $3.50 Image 3512 2012 1

#143 THE DAMNED (Oni) #1-5   Generally #1 is a $50 book but a #3 hit $100 earlier in April on ebay. Author of Sixth Gun

238 Damned 1 $3.50 Oni 2989 2006 10

294 Damned 3 $3.50 Oni 2116 2006 12
273 Damned 5 $3.50 Oni 1892 2007 3

#144 SUPERMAN #1   New 52 issue multiple printings currently at  $15.00

#145 SWAMP THING #1 (DC 2011) New 52 issue multiple printings currently at  $9.00

#146 ACTION #1  (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $8.00

#147 BATGIRL #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $8.00

#148 JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $6.00

#149 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (MARVEL 2013) New ongoing series – new movie in the works for next year.  Early issues #0.1, 1, 2 had very high print runs and then retailers pulled back.  Issues #3 and #4 instantly sold out and both have 2nd printings.

#150 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600 (MARVEL 2009) Had already sold out but then began the new death of Peter Parker storyline.

#151 SATELLITE SAM #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – hit high of $10.00 after a month

#152 LAZARUS #1 (IMAGE 2013) New ongoing series #1 first print sold out instantly late June 2013. Sold as high as $9.00.

34, Lazarus1, $2.99, Image, 48,030

#153 GENIE THE GENIUS #1 (APE ENTERTANMENT 2013)  New comic aimed at younger readers.  Great artwork written by father and daughter team. Small print run.   Variant cover edition came out one week before the regular cover and came autographed selling for $10.00. Regular cover sales a bit above cover.

#154 BRAIN BOY (DARK HORSE 2012) #1 some sellers getting more than cover for this new series that brings back a classic 1960′s Dell Comics character.

#155 SHELTERED #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – hit high of $6.00 after a month

#156 BURN THE ORPHANAGE #1 (IMAGE 2013) New mini series smaller print run on #1 sold out before hitting stores.   – hit high of $6.00 immediately.  Variant covers are all hot.

#157 PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL DEATH (2013) New small publisher series.  Hit $5.00 for regular covers.

#158 ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1 (DC 2013) Small print run new Superman series in May 2013 overlooked by many and now sells for $5.00 due to print run of only 30,000.

#159 SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 (DC 2013) Large print run new Superman series in June 2013 had high print run but still sold out in some areas commanding $5.00 due to sell outs while other areas are sitting on large unsold piles of this series.

#160 POLARITY #1-4  Mini-series.  Extremely well reviewed caused a sellout on this small print run title written by a rock musician from Say Anything.  Small print run instantly to a 2nd printing.  #1 sells for $10

225, Polarity, 1, $3.99, Boom, 7,459

250, Polarity, 2, $3.99, Boom, 6,957

247, Polarity, 3, $3.99, Boom, 6,436

#161 SUPERIOR CARNAGE #1 (MARVEL 2013) Major villain mini-series sold out and currently at $6.00 for regular cover.

#162 THUMBPRINT #1 (IDW 2013) Regular and Subscription cover sets sell above cover

177 Thumbprint By Joe Hill 1 $3.99 IDW 11,185
260 Thumbprint By Joe Hill 2 $3.99 IDW 7,278

#163 FIVE COLOR COMICS #1 (ART OF FICTION 2013) $8.95 cover price made this a very low ordered book and has sold above cvr.  Did not even make the top 300 monthly sales chart.

#164 MERCY SPARX #1 (DEVILS DUE ENTERTAINMENT 2013) Small time publisher and print run some sellers asking above cover.

#165 A1#1  (2013) New anthology series.  New series sold out instantly – some sellers asking above cover

#166 NUMBER 13 (DARK HORSE 2013) Mini series #0 1 2 3.   #0 is reprints of early appearances in Dark Horse Presents.  #0 commands the most money.  Large print runs on other issues but a teaser trailer came out in July causing interest in a potential future movie.

#167 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #2-6 (DARK HORSE 2011)  Anthology with original first appearances of Number 13 later reprinted in Number 13 #0 a year later.

#168 ARCHIE #646 (ARCHIE 2013) Pepoy cover pays tribute to EC 1950′s Weird Science covers – sold as high as $9.99 in first week.

#169 TWELVE REASONS TO DIE (Black Mask) #1 – Ghostface Killah famous rapper presents his own comic storyline.

183, 12 Reasons To Die, 1, $3.50, Black Mask, 11,834

#170 SEX #1-5 (Image)  Lots of demand for #1 in pre-sale but has cooled down.   #1-2 sell for $8.99 as set.

#171 MASS PROJECT / FABULOUS KILLROYS FCBD – 1st appearance of Killroys based on the My Chemical Romance rock band characters hit a high of $33.00 the  week of release of the free comic.  New ongoing series starts in June.    Market now flooded doesnt sell for $3.00

#172 DREAM MERCHANT #1 (IMAGE) New miniseries sold out quickly.

#173 FATALE (Image) #1-10    Only #1 has a high price tag – has cooled at $20

90 Fatale 1 $3.50 Image 20515 2012 1
100 Fatale 2 $3.50 Image 20315 2012 2
89 Fatale 3 $3.50 Image 20222 2012 3
90 Fatale 4 $3.50 Image 22804 2012 4
114 Fatale 5 $3.50 Image 22484 2012 5
105 Fatale 6 $3.50 Image 21828 2012 6
121 Fatale 7 $3.50 Image 21369 2012 8
122 Fatale 8 $3.50 Image 20542 2012 10
129 Fatale 9 $3.50 Image 19345 2012 10
118 Fatale 10 $3.50 Image 18819 2012 11
111 Fatale 11 $3.50 Image 18055 2012 12
270 Fatale 1 rep $3.50 Image 5506 2012 2

#174 LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16   Marriage of gay male Kevin Keller in oversized comic.  Instant sellout in 2012 and still at $15.00

297 Life With Archie 16 $3.99 Archie 2802 2012 1

#175 POWERS BUREAU (MARVEL) 2013 – interestingly this is a poor seller for Marvel but due to that the print run is so bad that copies have sold out and gone to second printing make some collect 1st print runs of this series above cover.

#176 THE TEST #1    One shot doing well in the $10-20 range in first week of hype.  This one did not even chart Top 300  low sales

#177 PILOT SEASON DECLASSIFIED #1    One shot featuring The Test also doing well in the $10-20 range in first week of hype

292 Pilot Season Declassified 2011 One Shot $1.00 Image 3462 2011 9

#178 OCCUPY COMICS #1 (Black Mask) #1 sold out issue based on the writings and thoughts of top comic industry people small print run on a issue dealing with the Occupy Wall Street theme.

#179 RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #13 (DC) Batman Death in the Family storyline die-cut cover

#180 SUICIDE RISK #1 (BOOM) #1 sold out 1st printing.  Some retailers charge more.

#181 REGULAR SHOW #1 many variant covers sold out even with higher print run.   Box edition of #1 covers still currently available at Diamond.

#182 ARCHIE (Archie) #641-644  4 part series with Glee TV Show cast guest appears – small print runs and tv show tie-in with movie stars.  Cory Monteith star of Glee died in late July 2013.

#183 STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS – preview to 2013 movie.  Sold out – sets sell above cover.

#184 RED SONJA #1 (IDW 2013)  #1 had decent print run but still sold out – some charge a little above cover.

#185 FCBD – 52 different comics were given away on May 4th 2013 for free comic book day.  A lot of high prices realized the week of release.  All prices have now cooled but due to not being shelved properly random various issues sell well at different times.

#186 ALPHA BIG TIME #0.1 (Marvel 2013) Debut issue is a reprint but debuted before #1 and is now sold out and features Spider-man.  Future potential !

#187 BATMAN #18 / DETECTIVE #18 – Requiem death of Robin storyline sold out

#188 STORMWATCH #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $6.00   Had hit high of $15.00 shortly after release.

#189 THOR GOD OF THUNDER #4 (Marvel) sold out issue with 2nd printing.  Fall of Thor ?

#190 HAPPY (IMAGE) 2013 mini series by Grant Morrison – early issues sold out and reprinted.   Early markups for #1.

#191 DEVIL MAY CRY – THE CHRONICLES OF VERGIL #1 (Titan)  Sold out and up in value with some retailers

#192 BREATH OF BONES – A TALE OF THE GOLEM #1 (DARK HORSE) New Steve Niles mini-series issue sold out some places and some sellers asking above cover.

#193 SEA BEAR AND GRIZZLY SHARK #1 (2010) Small print run always sells higher when appears  $6.00 currently.

288 Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark 1 $4.99 Image 4932 2010 6

#194 BRAVEST WARRIORS (KABOOM) #1 1st issue sold out based on animated tv series.  Small price increase.

160 Bravest Warriors 1 $3.99 Boom 14866 2012 10
164 Bravest Warriors 2 $3.99 Boom 12900 2012 11
179 Bravest Warriors 3 $3.99 Boom 10229 2012 12

#195 BEDLAM  #1-5   #1 had reached $10 but now is back to cover price

110 Bedlam 1 $3.50 Image 22736 2012 10

120 Bedlam 2 $3.50 Image 18583 2012 11
291 Bedlam 1 rep $3.50 Image 4567 2012 11

#196 HELL YEAH (IMAGE 2012) #1  sold out has dropped back to cover price

#197 SUPERBIA (IMAGE 2012) #1   has dropped back to cover price.

#198 CROSSED PSYCHOPATH #1-7  issues were much hotter and way above cover in 2012.   Prices have dropped down.

#199 DREAM THIEF #1 (DARK HORSE) #1 sold out 1st printing.  Some retailers charge more.

#200 LIL’ DEPRESSED BOY (IMAGE 2011) Very small print runs caused a big price increase on this scarce title.

280 Lil Depressed Boy 1 $2.99 Image 3339 2011 2
296 Lil Depressed Boy 3 $2.99 Image 2808 2011 4

Thanks to John Jackson Miller at www.comichron.com  for the initial Diamond sales figures data

You can see complete monthly Diamond sales chart data and more stats at his site !

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.

Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics and all new Diamond products at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.   hoknes@hotmail.com    Read more about these hot sold out comics at www.comicsheatingup.net

Image Comics – #1 ongoing titles in 2013

Here are all the Image new ongoing series #1 issues this year

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Sales are pretty consistent (20,000 to 30,000 range) for most of them and they are now all sell outs
After the peak of hype in hot Image comics a sales peak happened in March and April 2013. Prices have slowly been dropping down
Only Sex Criminals and Lazarus have had extra strong sales compared to the average Image title in recent months.
It can be debated that Zero is the rarest ongoing #1 Image title of 2013 as there is only 8,000 copies of each regular cover
Here are all the new Image titles ranked in order of rarity and smallest print run of #1
Ghosted #1 17,000 copies – 1 cover
Sheltered #1 19,000 copies – 1 cover
Chin Music #1 22,000 copies – 1 cover
Sex #1 23,000 – 1 cover
Zero #1 – 24,000 copies – 3 covers  (8,000 per cover)
Bounce #1 24,000 copies – 1 cover
Rat Queens #1 25,000 copies – 1 cover
Sidekick #1 27,000 copies – 2 covers (13,500 per cover)
Satellite Sam #1 32,000 copies – 1 cover
Sex Criminals #1 46,000 copies – 1 cover
Lazarus #1 48,000 – 1 cover
East of west #1 49,000 – 1 cover
Ten Grand #1 57,000 – 2 covers
Jupiters Legacy #1 105,000 – 4 covers (26,000 per cover)
Back in 2012 Image comics could actually gain in sales that wont happen now if readership grows on a title then back issues prices go up if all these new image titles don’t grow in readership than the #1’s are never gonna be worth much Comic sales need to grow or stay consistent and not continually drop month to month. Lets analyze some of the recent Image titles.
Great Pacific #9 4,700 an ongoing that just isn’t going anywhere sales wise Those sales are really weak for a Image ongoing title
Bounce #1 was 24,000 and #4 is 9,000
Sheltered #1 19,000 and #2 is only 9,000
Ghosted #1 17,000 and #2 is 10,000 no wonder they stated both issues sold out LOL cause nobody ordered them
Chin Music #1 22,000 and #2 was 14,000 notice the trend that most #2’s drop by about 40% that is a huge drop need to stablize by issue #3 or these titles are in trouble
Sex #1 was 23,000 and now at #6 its at 14,000 – that title has done quite well!! sex has only lost about 40% by issue #6 thats actually more popular than most
Ten Grand #1 57,000 and #4 is at 19,000 thats a drop of 60% by issue #4 not a good sign though of course it started way too high
Satellite Sam #1 32,000 and now #2 20,000 – again about 40% drop instantly
Lazarus #1 was 48,000 down to #3 24,000 – 50% by #3
East of West #1 49,000 to #5 36,000 that is super strong – barely lost any readers in 5 issues
Saga #1  37,000 and #13 is 55,000 – a gain in readership of 50% – SUPER HOT !
Walking Dead #1 6,000 and #114 is 70,000 – a gain in readership of 1200%
Its a simple formula release a great comic that readership grows and demand for back issues also grows The 3 Image titles on this list that have held the most readers are also the most valuable demanded back issues !

In comparison in late 2012 what were the sales figures of the latest new Image titles

I Love Trouble #1 7,900 copies

Clone #1 23,000 copies

Great Pacific #1 15,000 copies

Nowhere Men #1 11,800 copies

Bedlam #1 22,000 copies

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.
Looking for any comics on this list!  Contact us as we can order any comics for you on this list at www.HoknesComics.com
Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics and all new Diamond products at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics. hoknes@hotmail.com

SOLD OUT New #1 and #2 Comics for September 25 2013 Release Week

SOLD OUT New #1 and #2 Comics for September 25 2013 Release Week

Article by  Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com
Support new comics !
This column is here to help promote brand new comic book series.
Pictured are this weeks new comic series selling out the fastest !

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This weekly article shows how popular the titles are and how close they are to selling out at Diamond.
This will give retailers and collectors a heads up with a reminder of books you want to make sure you get immediately!!
Sometimes books don’t sell out immediately so its worth taking a look back at series that came out in the past few months !
Comics can sell out very quickly so some titles on this list will be more valuable instantly the day of release !
Keep in mind that with 1500 comic stores if even just 20% of stores re-ordered just 1 copy each that would be 300 more copies sold instantly!

So any comics on the list that still have copies left are going to eventually all sell out.
Diamond data of copies still available listed below compiled on September 19 2013 (6 days BEFORE release date)!
NEW COMICS RELEASES
PUBLISHER
TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS

 

AVATAR PRESS
Extinction Parade #2 (Leather Cover), $14.99 – 1 COPY LEFT
Uber #0 (Caanan White Enhanced Battleships Cover), $5.99 – 13 COPIES LEFT
Uber #2 (Caanan White First Appearance Miyoto Cover), $5.99 – 15 COPIES LEFT

 

BIG DOG INK
In Crowd #2 (Of 4)(Cover A C.B. Zane), $3.50 – 2 COPIES LEFT (COVERS COMBINED)
In Crowd #2 (Of 4)(Cover B Corey Knaebel), $3.50

 

BOOM! STUDIOS

Planet Of The Apes Giant #1 (Cover A Marek Oleksicki), $4.99 – 138 COPIES LEFT

 

DARK HORSE COMICS

Criminal Macabre The Eyes Of Frankenstein #1 (Of 4), $3.99 – 192 COPIES LEFT
Itty Bitty Hellboy #2 (Of 5), $2.99 – 331 COPIES LEFT

DC COMICS

Batman Superman #2 (Jae Lee 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99 – 4,345 COPIES LEFT

 

DEVIL’S DUE ENTERTAINMENT
Mercy Sparx #2 (Cover A Matt Merhoff)(not verified by Diamond), $3.99 – 44 COPIES LEFT (COVERS COMBINED)
Mercy Sparx #2 (Cover B Elizabeth Torque)(not verified by Diamond), $3.99

 

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

Lone Ranger Annual 2013 (Colton Worley Regular Cover), $4.99 – 38 COPIES LEFT

 

IDW PUBLISHING
Half Past Danger #1 (Of 6)(3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99 – 19 COPIES LEFT
Locke And Key #1 (Hundred Penny Press Edition), $1.00 – SOLD OUT
Other Dead #1 (Of 5)(Cover A Qing Ping Mui), $3.99 – 53 COPIES LEFT
Other Dead #1 (Of 5)(Cover RI Dave Dorman), AR – SOLD OUT
Other Dead #1 (Of 5)(Cover SUB Kevin Eastman), $3.99 – 67 COPIES LEFT
Powerpuff Girls #1 (Of 6)(Cover A Troy Little), $3.99 – 206 COPIES LEFT (COVERS COMBINED)
Powerpuff Girls #1 (Of 6)(Cover B Troy Little), $3.99
Powerpuff Girls #1 (Of 6)(Cover C Troy Little), $3.99
Powerpuff Girls #1 (Of 6)(Cover D Troy Little), $3.99
Powerpuff Girls #1 (Of 6)(Cover RI Troy Little), AR – SOLD OUT
Powerpuff Girls #1 (Of 6)(Cover SUB Stephanie Buscema), $3.99 – 135 COPIES LEFT
Powerpuff Girls #1 Boxed Set, $15.99 – 36 BOXES LEFT
Transformers Monstrosity #2 (Of 4)(Livio Ramondelli 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99 – 8 COPIES LEFT

 

IMAGE COMICS
Aphrodite IX #2 (Stjepan Sejic Amazing Las Vegas Comic-Con Variant Cover), $10.00 – SOLD OUT
Rat Queens #1 (Cover A Roc Upchurch), $3.50 – 115 COPIES LEFT (COVERS COMBINED)
Rat Queens #1 (Cover B Fiona Staples), AR
Sex Criminals #1, $3.50 – 128 COPIES LEFT

 

MARVEL COMICS
Infinity Heist #1 (Of 4), $3.99 – 358 COPIES LEFT
Marvel Universe Thor Comic Reader #1, $3.99 – 10 COPIES LEFT
Punisher The Trial Of The Punisher #1 (Of 2), $3.99 – 203 COPIES LEFT
Wolverine In The Flesh #1 (Tim Seeley 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99 – 43 COPIES LEFT

MICROCOSM PUBLISHING

Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever #2 (Cover A Tom Neely), $5.00 – 25 COPIES LEFT (COVERS COMBINED)
Henry And Glenn Forever And Ever #2 (Cover B Levon Johanian), $5.00

 

MOONSTONE
Domino Lady Sherlock Holmes #2 (Of 2)(Mark Sparacio Regular Cover), $3.99 – 31 COPIES LEFT
Domino Lady Sherlock Holmes #2 (Of 2)(Mark Sparacio Virgin Variant Cover), AR – SOLD OUT

 

RED 5 COMICS
Neozoic Traders Gambit #2 (Of 4), $3.50 – 30 COPIES LEFT

 

SILVER PHOENIX ENTERTAINMENT

Zombie Annihilation (One Shot), $1.50 – 21 COPIES LEFT

 

STUDIO FARLAINE
Farlaine The Goblin #1, $5.00 – SOLD OUT

 

UNLIKELY HEROES STUDIOS

Super #1, $2.99 – 176 COPIES LEFT

 

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents No Tomorrow #2 (Of 5)(Cover A Paulo Siqueria), $2.99 – 48 COPIES LEFT
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents No Tomorrow #2 (Of 5)(Cover B MIke Lilly), $2.99 – 58 COPIES LEFT
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents No Tomorrow #2 (Of 5)(Cover C Tommy Patterson), $2.99 – 55 COPIES LEFT
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Realm Knights #2 (Of 4)(Cover A Pasquale Qualano), $2.99 – 58 COPIES LEFT
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Realm Knights #2 (Of 4)(Cover B Emilio Laiso), $2.99 – 56 COPIES LEFT
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Realm Knights #2 (Of 4)(Cover C Anthony Spay), $2.99 – 48 COPIES LEFT

 

http://www.comiclist.com/index.php/newreleases/next-week

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.
Looking for any comics on this list!  Contact us as we can order any comics for you on this list at www.HoknesComics.com
Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics and all new Diamond products at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics. hoknes@hotmail.com