InvestComics Hot Picks #294

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(Warning! This is NOT an Iron Man 3 bashing; this is merely just an observation in the flight of the Marvel Studios films from me. If you liked Iron Man 3, that’s awesome, I respect that. If you are easily offended I then ask of you to skip this first paragraph because it’s an opinion based on Iron Man 3 that is not in favor of the movie from ME. Please do not get your panties in a bunch if you proceed ahead. Thank you.)

Have you’ve seen the new Thor: The Dark World movie? This movie was absolutely awesome. It’s setting up for so many things it’s almost too much to bear. The inner child within me was at an all-time high watching this film. The movie is by far the best Marvel movie of all Marvel movies besides the Avengers, in which is “1A” and Thor is “1B”. It was that good, simply amazing. What Marvel is doing, tying all of these movies together is almost historic like. It’s unfortunate that in-between great films we have to sit through movies like Iron Man 3. Won’t apologize for the opinion here, It’s an opinion…..deal. Iron Man 3 was very weak in comparison to the latest Thor film. This was bound to happen though. Eventually there will be a fail in the system somewhere. One of these Marvel Studio movies is going to fall flat (monetarily) at the box office. It’s inevitable. Why? because of a weak story, not because there are “too many comic book movies” (nonsense). But until that happens, we will have to endure the weak stories like the Iron Man 3’s when they do come out. Too many weak stories will eventually catch up, so Marvel Studios better be on top of their game and not throw together the Mandarin as a joke character and Pepper Potts glowing. Understood it’s an Iron Man movie, but the first two worked fine without too much of the tongue in cheek stuff. Let’s get back to basics here. I personally walked out of the theater after watching Thor The Dark World and spoke about it for about 30 minutes. There are memorable scenes, action sequences, storyline, and not once did I talk about the last Iron Man film afterwards. I probably did say “meh” or a few words of disappointment. I honestly can say, I don’t recall one memorable scene in that movie. The ending was a major disappointment with all of the suits flying around, wow that was bad. Although Tony does have a very weak rouge gallery which can actually hurt the franchise; have a team-up with Sub Mariner, Black Panther, etc. to offset the minimal selection one has with his gallery. Maybe that would work? Because another S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on the big screen is not going to cut it. Thor: The Dark World just set the bar higher……Go get em’ Cap, you’re up next.

It’s been all about the crazy giveaways here at InvestComics lately. A signed Chris Claremont Excalibur #1, a signed The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 by artist Georges Jeanty, and the best of all announced recently on the InvestComics Facebook page; a CGC 9.8 signature series Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse 2013) by Brian Wood! Thanks to Ratchet City Comics for making this contest possible! If you haven’t done so already and you’re a collector, you must visit the Ratchet City Comics new web page right HERE. You have to see the awesome display of CGC comics ready for the taking. Ratchet City Comics is also on Ebay, so be sure to check them out there as well! There is a stipulation regarding the CGC Sig Series giveaway though. It’s a small one, but let’s make it happen! The InvestComics Facebook page is above the 1600 Likes mark and we need to get to the 3000 mark by Christmas in order for this book to be given away. So it’s simple, you share, bring the total to 3000 by Christmas and YOU could possibly WIN the CGC Star Wars book. What a great gift to yourself, a loved one, an investment piece, and a fantastic way to ring in the New Year! Be sure to inform us that you shared the InvestComics Facebook page to be in the running. Click HERE for the news release on this contest. Let’s get to 3000, and good luck!

As mentioned quite a few times here on InvestComics, the variant covers are a bit of overkill to the hobby. But that said, there is a demand for them and comic companies have the right to make money. Who doesn’t like money right? With that in mind, there has been a recent influx of crazy covers and gimmicks coming out. Once again, companies are making money and good for them. Many of the speculators are now worried about the “crash” of the 90’s in the speculators market. I’m here to tell you, there is nothing to fear. Back in the 90’s comic books speculators were not as savvy as the ones of today. Do you still have those out there that buy 10 copies of a number one issue? Or maybe a hot issue? Or a 3D cover? Yes you do and those are the ones that are doomed to fail. Those speculators have no idea how this market works. I’m not going to go into a long dissertation on how and what to do because if you read the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks, you should have a grasp on what to do and what not to do. The true speculator knows how to collect in today’s market to make the most of their money. The collector that hoards, that falls in love with their 3D covers have a portfolio problem on their hands. Follow what InvestComics recommends, and you will be better off. Not to say that that we haven’t picked clunkers either, but a wiser investor makes more than they lose.

Another reason for a non 90’s crash? Warner Bros. and Disney wouldn’t allow it. The comic book markets haven’t seen this much attention in a long time. If the sales slump, the companies will make adjustments. If a comic shop orders too much of something, they too will cut back. The shops and collectors are very frugal with their dollar these days. The overspending will come at the hands of the collector looking to make a killing, they will fail and go away. The same goes with some retail shops. Some shops will order too may 3D covers and be stuck with a boatload of them for years to come, sooner rather than later going into the 50 cent long boxes.

So accountability is that so of the collectors, shops, and comic companies. The 90’s happened because of the greed that overtook each and every one of the aforementioned. There is a market for the speculators in the comic book world; it’s just a wiser one now. The greedy ones will fall by the wayside.

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 11/13/13

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Why the long talk about the 90’s you may ask? A couple of reasons, besides the variant covers this week and every week. Let hit DC Comics first then Valiant Comics in a bit. This week DC goes back to the well again with a “special cover”. Batman (2011 2nd Series) #25 will feature an embossed cover. Ask another question, why is that? Well because it’s issue #25? It has the Riddler in it?  Because the Zero Year “reaches a new level”?  All excuses that don’t really add up or warrant a gimmick cover, but DC Comics is going to cash in here again. The trick here is not to get caught up with the gimmick cover. The comic to go after is the Greg Capullo variant sketch cover. It’s only $95 retail, but signed and CGC graded (9.8 or higher) and you make some cash easily. On second thought here, grab the embossed cover too. It’ll probably go to a second print quickly, but sell the regular cover quickly on Ebay to make a flip. Sit on this a day or two too long and you’ll be stuck with it.

Superman Wonder Woman (2013) #2 has sold out on the retail level. This hot comic will continue to be hot until the whole idea of Superman being romantically linked with Wonder Woman wanes thin. Then again, many readers are not reading this comic for that reason; its good storytelling keeping this comic hot right now. How long will the hot commodity last? That’s a tough call, but until that happens, grab the sold out Tony Daniel sketch variant for $75. Do the same as the Bat book recommended above. And Forever Evil Arkham War (2013) #2 $10 variant is sold out on the retail level. No big deal here because this comic is extremely meaningless in the grand scheme of the aftermarket. Collectors should by this for the love of the series. The last of the DC Comics this week to take a look at is Green Lantern Corps (2011 2nd Series) #25. This comics focal point is on the villain Anarky. The villain was created by writer Alan Grant and artist Norm Breyfogle back in Detective Comics #608 (1989). And one more thing about the Green Lantern cover, doesn’t it bring you flashbacks to the Messiah Complex with Cable holding the baby? Scroll through the gallery of the Hot Picks and see for yourself.

Valiant Comics have been making some very serious noise with their amazing storytelling and art since their comeback. The biggest Valiant Comics event ever is about to take place on new comic book day. With the release of Unity (2013 Valiant) #1 Valiant is looking to cash in and cash in big. They understand that the market wants variant covers and wow are they supplying it. How about 13 variant covers here? Yes Valiant is banking and way to go! Remember the talk we had earlier about the non-informed “new” speculator that thinks they will make lots and lots of money? Well that guy/gal will probably buy all 13 issues. The Valiant Comics fan will buy all 13 copies (which they should or want to because they are simply fans and want their product!), and then you have InvestComics over here. Only two of these comics out of the 13 really need your attention here, for the investment side of course. Both are from the Legend Neal Adams. Get your hands on the sold out $75 Neal Adams Incentive variant and the $150 Neal Adams Black & White sketch Variant. Get a CGC witness to go with you to have Mr. Adams sign them and you’ll be all set. Be sure to get a high grade of course. NOW you’re all set, and as for the other 11 variants, unless there is a short run or a high demand on either the Bart Sears signature book ($25) or the exclusive ($10), not much to lay your money down on here.

Marvel’s 50th anniversary of the X-Men hits this Wednesday with X-Men Gold (2013) #1. Thought this would be a bigger deal, more hoopla, but okay. The big deal is found within the pages inside of this comic though. X-Men stories from Chris Claremont, Walter Simonson, Bob McLeod, Stan Lee, and many others. The $6 John Cassady variant is already sold out. Another sold out X-Men variant Marvel Knights X-Men (2013) #1 from Paolo Rivera. That comic will get $20 from you. Nothing spectacular here unless the MK X-Men title takes off. The Cataclysm Ultimate Spider-Man (2013) #1 variant is sold out; see MK X-Men #1.

Comics to definitely look out for this week are Umbral (2013 Image) #1, sold out at shops. A good showing on this comic can bring back good rewards for you. Noir (2013 Dynamite) #1 will be the same scenario. Right now it’s sold out at the retailer, including the ultra-rare 25 copy variant for $100. If this comic hits the mark with readers, look for that variant to fetch some big bucks. IDW’s Wraith Welcome To Christmasland (2013) #1 is sold out. There is a $15 variant to possible grab out there.

Rounding out the week we have Manifest Destiny (2013 Image) #1, All New Soulfire (2013 Aspen) #1, Clown Fatale (2013 Dark Horse) #1 (proving that covers don’t always sell a comic book because this comic is not sold out yet and looks like it’ll need a good showing to do so), and finally Protocol Orphans (2013 Boom Studios) #1. This comic is not sold out yet, or maybe it won’t be but a side note about this comic to leave you with. Newcomer Mariano Navarro will be the artist on this comic. He’s a nice talent. If you feel so inclined to search out his first work, it’s not that long ago. Look for Descendant #1 from Image Comics (2009) in the 50 cent boxes.

Invest wisely

Jay Katz        

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INVESTCOMICS TOP 10 LIST – NEW COMIC RELEASES AND BACK ISSUES FOR 11/6/13

BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5Come back each week for the top 10 in the speculation market in new releases and back issues for the week.

1 – Batman Superman #5 (Brett Booth Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
2 – Superman Unchained #4 (Jim Lee Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
3 – Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975) (Marvel Comics)
4 – Amazing X-Men #1 ($50 Variant) (Marvel Comics)
5 – Mighty Avengers #3 (Eminem Variant) (Marvel Comics)
6 – Drumhellar #1 (Image Comics)
7 – Alex Plus Ada #1 (Image Comics)
8 – Captain America #13 (Marvel Comics)
9 – Action Comics #25 (DC Comics)
10 – Longshot #1 (1985) (Marvel Comics)

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

(Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. This article is used as a guide for investments and more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments should be used as a judgment upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing and have fun.)

InvestComics Hot Picks #293

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On Friday InvestComics released our interview with Stan “the man” Lee from New York Comic Con 2013. Stan was his usual stellar self. We were the very last thing he did this year at the New York show, so we wanted to keep it short and sweet to let the man go on his way. He was tired, but Stan gave us a few minutes and we’ll be forever grateful. A special thanks goes out to Max for making this “second” InvestComics interview with Stan Lee happen. Also I would like to thank Rafael Rosario of Ratchet City Comics for his camera work and for making things easier this time around. Enjoy the short video below, as we sure enjoyed our time with the Legend Stan “the man” Lee.

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So with that, we go from the hottest creator of all time to the InvestComics Hot Picks! Did you know that the InvestComics Hot Picks have been coming at speculators and fans since 2005?! That’s some serious history we have together! Onward we go!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New releases 11-3-13

Want to make some money this week? Want to turn over some comics to buy that first appearance of Thanos on the wall at your local comic shop or convention? Well InvestComics has your back this week, and it’s going to be a hunt for variants if you want to ante up. We prefer you ante up, because you will make money back and have some left over for your pizza, beer, gas, bills, or whatever needs some attention in your life.

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In no particular order here, first up; Batman Superman (2013 DC) #5. This comic falls into the long line of gimmick comics. Especially what DC Comics have been up to lately, you know what some of those 3D covers fetched for a little while there. InvestComics did in fact inform the speculator that the 3D aftermarket was going to be short lived, and it was. We hope you collected your $200 after passing GO, because if not, you have a major portfolio issue. Aside from that, this week the gimmick is the Batman Superman #5 comic. What’s the deal with this issue you may ask? Well, it’s one of those sideways/horizontal comics. It’s been done before, nothing special here. Cerebus #46 (1983) was an early showing of the idea, but then Marvel got into the act with Fantastic Four #252 (1983). A unique idea indeed, but one that has seen many comics come this way throughout the years and thereafter. With gimmick comics, the aftermarket is extremely unkind. As a collector one has to know that gimmick comics are not to be fallen in love with. If you do fall, you will fall hard. You’ll be left with 3D covers, glow in the dark covers, poly bagged, etc up the ying yang. It’s a lose situation. This Batman Superman issue provides a variant sketch cover by Brett Booth. The retail value is in the neighborhood of $65. Buy this comic and let the frenzy set in regarding the ff252coolness of the sideways pages. Then spring out the comic for sale while the market is demanding a second print on the regular issue. It’s an easy win here.

Moving right along to another Superman book this week; Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #4. This comic will get you the most bang for your buck this week. Granted, the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here and you will have to put down some cash for it, but your return will be greater. Scott Snyder and Jim Lee have been killing with their run here so far. How about you seek out the Jim Lee sketch variant for about $250….Get this bad boy CGC graded (grab a 9.8!), maybe even Signature Series graded and you will be in the black in no time. Why spend $250 on a variant you may be asking yourself? Well, this issue Superman is having all sorts of trouble with some bad guys right? So he enlist some help from “powerful friends” (as if Supes ever needs help right?). So we don’t really know who these “friends” are, and it’s an ultra-rare Jim Lee variant. Jim Lee + unknown heroes + variant + rare = chi-ching. Any negatives to speak about? Sure. One huge drawback has to be the total of ten variants. Highly unnecessary, but the Jim Lee book is the top draw here.

And the last of the Superman comics to check out this week; Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #25. This issue reintroduces a major character. Oh and there’s a $10 sketch variant here to pick up. If the reintroduction goes over well, then that $10 is well spent. If not, then you can probably just sell back the BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5book for the $10 you originally bought it for on Ebay. Pick up the $2+ in shipping and cut your losses. You win some, you lose some. That’s how it works.

Marvel releases a comic that has someone “saving” their universe for a change and not destroying it. Longshot gives it a go in Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe (2013) #1. This one time very hot character commanded a lot of money for his debut in Longshot #1 (1985). Not these days though. Maybe with a resurrection of his career here, things will heat up in the aftermarket once again. The Deadpool variant cover is already sold out, and the regular cover is not that far from seeing a second print in its future. Captain America (2012 7th Series) #13 will give collectors a first appearance of Captain America’s new arch-nemesis, which is a must see. Cataclysm (2013 Marvel) #1, Leinil Yu variant is sold out. A $20 variant is a bit steep on a comic that doesn’t have much of a backbone.

How about a comic that has a backbone of six variants? Amazing X-Men (2013) #1; once again the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here. Why not downsize the variants to just two, plus the regular cover? But six from Amazing X-Men #1 and ten from Unchained Superman #4? Yes, the market in the past few years has been inundated with the perception that “more is better”, and it’s not. But let’s all understand one thing; comic book businesses are in business to make money. If Marvel, DC, Image, or anyone else could make more money from printing ten variants, then it will be done. So with the already sold out Amazing X-Men #1, there are two $50 variants that are for the buying here. Get either one, hold onto them for a little bit while the series heats up. Then dump them at the first sign of a slowdown. The serious money lies within the focal point of its main character; Nightcrawler. The blue guy’s first appearance is in the classic Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975). Buy this comic whenever you have a chance. No reason to ever NOT buy it.

Word got out this week that Marvel leaked who the mysterious Spider Hero is. This week Mighty Avengers (2013) #3 has Spider Hero front and center defending the city he loves. If you think Spider Hero will reach tickle me Elmo status craze, then check out Mighty Avengers #1 (2013) for his first appearance. Want to challenge yourself with a $300+ variant of this comic? Okay here it goes. Get the Eminem variant (yes the rapper) and get a CGC witness to go with you to get the variant signed by Mr. Marshall himself. How cool would that be?

Two key Image Comics titles to take a look at this week are Drumhellar (2013 Image) #1 (sold out on the retail side) and Alex Plus Ada (2013 Image) #1 (about to be sold out). Rounding out the week; Protectors Inc (2013 Image) #1, Shahrazad (2013 Big Dog Ink) #1, Ghost Cop (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, and 68 Hallowed Ground (2013 Image) #1.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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DC 3D Villains Month Print Runs and the Rarest Issues

DC 3D Villains Month Print Runs and the Rarest Issues

Article and analysis by comic book historian Terry Hoknes – www.HoknesComics.com – hoknes@hotmail.com

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The results are finally in for the most hyped up comics of 2013.   Now for the first time we can find out how rare and not rare the issues are.  Which standard issues are more common than the 3D versions?   Which are the rarest issues overall and how did they rank compared to other issues?

There were 52 3D covers and the same 52 comics were all released with standard covers of the same cover image priced $1.00 cheaper due to NOT having the 3D cover effect.

Here are the best selling 3D cover versions during September 2013 from DC Comics.

Predictably all 4 of the regular Batman issues were the best sellers as Batman is always the #1 best selling DC title month to month.

Note prices however are not very consistent as the Penguin cover has a much smaller print run than the Joker issue.   Batman completist’s long term should keep values up on these issues even though they are the most common. For Batman completists the Jokers Daughter is the rarest of all the Batman related 3D covers.

Only the top 6 3D covers had print runs over 50,000 after the numbers drop quickly and all print runs are decent but modest.   Only the top 21 of the 52 3D covers had print runs over 40,000.    45 of the 52 covers had print runs over 30,000.

Print runs were not very consistent as for example 3 issues of Action Comics had much higher print runs than the Metallo issue   Did DC do this on purpose ?  What was the strategory of shorting only 1 of the 4 issues of a run?   Was this all a game to create a panic and make customers rush to buy these books as DC did achieve 100% sell through rate.

3D # RANK TITLE ISSUE PRICE DC PRINT RUN
1 5 Batman (Joker) 23.1 $3.99 DC 107680
2 6 Batman (Riddler) 23.2 $3.99 DC 107413
3 8 Batman (Bane) 23.4 $3.99 DC 95298
4 10 Batman (Penguin) 23.3 $3.99 DC 89850
5 15 Justice League (Darkseid) 23.1 $3.99 DC 78200
6 21 Batman Superman (Doomsday) 3.1 $3.99 DC 68150
7 27 Action Comics (Cyborg Superman) 23.1 $3.99 DC 50146
8 28 Batman and Robin (Two Face) 23.1 $3.99 DC 49917
9 29 Justice League of America (Black Adam) 7.4 $3.99 DC 49625
10 30 Action Comics (Zod) 23.2 $3.99 DC 49557
11 31 Batman and Robin (Ras al Ghul) 23.3 $3.99 DC 49452
12 32 Action Comics (Lex Luthor) 23.3 $3.99 DC 49310
13 33 Batman and Robin (Court of Owls) 23.2 $3.99 DC 49205
14 34 Detective Comics (Posion Ivy) 23.1 $3.99 DC 49200
15 35 Detective Comics (Harley Quinn) 23.2 $3.99 DC 48776
16 36 Detective Comics (Scarecrow) 23.3 $3.99 DC 48671
17 37 Green Lantern (Sinestro) 23.4 $3.99 DC 48263
18 38 Batman and Robin (Killer Croc) 23.4 $3.99 DC 48152
19 40 Detective Comics (Man Bat) 23.4 $3.99 DC 46590
20 44 Justice League (Secret Society) 23.4 $3.99 DC 44008
21 46 Superman (Parasite) 23.4 $3.99 DC 43631
22 58 Green Lantern (Relic) 23.1 $3.99 DC 36965
23 61 Aquaman (Black Manta) 23.1 $3.99 DC 36555
24 62 Superman (Brainiac) 23.2 $3.99 DC 36475
25 64 Green Lantern (Mongul) 23.2 $3.99 DC 36281
26 65 Green Lantern (Black Hand) 23.3 $3.99 DC 36281
27 66 Justice League (Lobo) 23.2 $3.99 DC 36240
28 68 Superman (Bizarro) 23.1 $3.99 DC 36039
29 71 Aquaman (Ocean Master) 23.2 $3.99 DC 35893
30 72 Superman (Hel) 23.3 $3.99 DC 35652
31 75 Action Comics (Metallo) 23.4 $3.99 DC 34427
32 82 Justice League of America (Deadshot) 7.1 $3.99 DC 32157
33 83 Earth 2 (Desaad) 15.1 $3.99 DC 32131
34 84 Flash (Grodd) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31838
35 85 Earth 2 (Solomon Grundy) 15.2 $3.99 DC 31829
36 86 Justice League of America (Killer Frost) 7.2 $3.99 DC 31756
37 87 Justice League of America (Shadow Thief) 7.3 $3.99 DC 31720
38 89 Batman The Dark Knight (Ventriloquist) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31653
39 90 Teen Titans (Trigon) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31633
40 92 Flash (Rogues) 23.3 $3.99 DC 31442
41 93 Teen Titans (Deathstroke) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31434
42 95 Wonder Woman (Cheetah) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31367
43 96 Flash (Reverse Flash) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31237
44 98 Batman The Dark Knight (Mr. Freeze) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31053
45 100 Batman The Dark Knight (Clayface) 23.3 $3.99 DC 30794
46 103 Batman The Dark Knight (Joker’s Daughter) 23.4 $3.99 DC 29932
47 112 Green Arrow (Count Vertigo) 23.1 $3.99 DC 26855
48 113 Justice League Dark (Creeper) 23.1 $3.99 DC 26786
49 115 Justice League (Dial E) 23.3 $3.99 DC 26582
50 117 Justice League Dark (Eclipso) 23.2 $3.99 DC 26561
51 118 Wonder Woman (First Born) 23.2 $3.99 DC 26448
52 122 Swamp Thing (Arcane) 23.1 $3.99 DC 25831

THE TOP TEN RAREST 3D COVERS !

1 122 Swamp Thing (Arcane) 23.1 $3.99 DC 25831 13103 38934
2 118 Wonder Woman (First Born) 23.2 $3.99 DC 26448 15935 42383
3 117 Justice League Dark (Eclipso) 23.2 $3.99 DC 26561 16719 43280
4 115 Justice League (Dial E) 23.3 $3.99 DC 26582 33783 60365
5 113 Justice League Dark (Creeper) 23.1 $3.99 DC 26786 17586 44372
6 112 Green Arrow (Count Vertigo) 23.1 $3.99 DC 26855 14741 41596
7 103 Batman The Dark Knight (Joker’s Daughter) 23.4 $3.99 DC 29932 31518 61450
8 100 Batman The Dark Knight (Clayface) 23.3 $3.99 DC 30794 21861 52655
9 98 Batman The Dark Knight (Mr. Freeze) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31053 23666 54719
10 96 Flash (Reverse Flash) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31237 19910 51147

There does not seem to be a real pattern to which ones were underprinted.   3 of the 4 Batman The Dark Knight issues make the list of the smallest print runs.  These all had print runs under 31,000 and while these books are not at all rare they are simply the “rarest” of the batch.    Swamp Thing #23.1 is the rarest of all issues so anyone who was collecting a run of all 52 covers should have found this the hardest to find.   It is the only issue printed under 26,000 copies.  Jokers Daughter became the hottest comic of 2013 in pre-sales and deservedly so as it turned out the print run was the lowest of all Batman related titles and the only one under 30,000.

It will be interesting to see if over time if these Top 10 rarest are the ones that prove hardest to find in the future and could be the ones that go up in value.  Of course that will only happen if demand for those particular titles stay strong.

BEST SELLING STANDARD COVER EDITIONS

1 49 Batman (Joker) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 39304
2 51 Justice League (Lobo) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 38704
3 59 Detective Comics (Harley Quinn) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 36774
4 76 Justice League (Dial E) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 33783
5 91 Batman The Dark Knight (Joker’s Daughter) 23.4 Std Ed* $2.99 DC 31518
6 97 Justice League of America (Deadshot) 7.1 Std* $2.99 DC 31192
7 101 Justice League (Secret Society) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 30605
8 106 Justice League (Darkseid) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 29648
9 108 Batman (Riddler) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 29387
10 109 Justice League of America (Killer Frost) 7.2 Std* $2.99 DC 27855
11 111 Batman (Penguin) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 27158
12 116 Green Lantern (Relic) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 26577
13 119 Detective Comics (Poison Ivy) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 26390
14 120 Batman (Bane) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 26176
15 123 Justice League of America (Shadow Thief) 7.3 Std* $2.99 DC 25809
16 127 Green Lantern (Mongul) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 24705
17 128 Batman and Robin (Two Face) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 24440
18 130 Green Lantern (Black Hand) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 23825
19 131 Batman and Robin (Court of Owls) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 23707
20 132 Batman The Dark Knight (Mr. Freeze) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 23666
21 133 Batman The Dark Knight (Ventriloquist) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 23139
22 135 Justice League of America (Black Adam) 7.4 Std* $2.99 DC 22725
23 141 Detective Comics (Scarecrow) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 21935
24 142 Batman And Robin (Ras Al Ghul) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 21865
25 143 Batman The Dark Knight (Clayface) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 21861
26 145 Batman Superman (Doomsday) 3.1 Std* $2.99 DC 21726
27 147 Superman (Bizarro) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 21195
28 154 Green Lantern (Sinestro) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 20367
29 157 Flash (Reverse Flash) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 19910
30 158 Superman (Brainiac) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 19550
31 159 Aquaman (Black Manta) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 19487
32 161 Detective Comics (Man Bat) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 19368
33 163 Batman and Robin (Killer Croc) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 19148
34 164 Flash (Grodd) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 18957
35 166 Earth 2 (Solomon Grundy) 15.2 Std* $2.99 DC 18486
36 170 Action Comics (Zod) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 17819
37 171 Earth 2 (Desaad) 15.1 Std* $2.99 DC 17747
38 173 Action Comics (Cyborg Superman) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 17685
39 174 Flash (Rogues) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 17667
40 176 Justice League Dark (Creeper) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 17586
41 178 Superman (Hel) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 17475
42 184 Justice League Dark (Eclipso) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 16719
43 185 Teen Titans (Deathstroke) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 16637
44 187 Action Comics (Lex Luthor) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 16480
45 189 Wonder Woman (Cheetah) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 16137
46 191 Aquaman (Ocean Master) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 16007
47 192 Wonder Woman (First Born) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 15935
48 196 Action Comics (Metallo) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 15642
49 197 Teen Titans (Trigon) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 15607
50 202 Green Arrow (Count Vertigo) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 14741
51 204 Superman (Parasite) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 14562
52 211 Swamp Thing (Arcane) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 13103

So far only 1 of the 52 standard covers has sold at Diamond and surprisingly its the one with the largest print run – Batman #23.1 – Joker is sold out.   Only 7 of the 52 standard covers sold over 30,000 copies.  In the long run the standard covers could prove to be more valuable than the 3D covers as the print runs are much smaller for the majority of issues.   Only 28 of the 52 even sold over 20,000 copies each.  These print runs are modest for DC print runs.

THE TOP TEN RAREST 3D COVERS !

1 211 Swamp Thing (Arcane) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 13103
2 204 Superman (Parasite) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 14562
3 202 Green Arrow (Count Vertigo) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 14741
4 197 Teen Titans (Trigon) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 15607
5 196 Action Comics (Metallo) 23.4 Std* $2.99 DC 15642
6 192 Wonder Woman (First Born) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 15935
7 191 Aquaman (Ocean Master) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 16007
8 189 Wonder Woman (Cheetah) 23.1 Std* $2.99 DC 16137
9 187 Action Comics (Lex Luthor) 23.3 Std* $2.99 DC 16480
10 185 Teen Titans (Deathstroke) 23.2 Std* $2.99 DC 16637

Swamp Thing #23.1 ranks top of this list just as it did with the 3D covers.  Unanimously the rarest of all the DC Villain month comics.

Numerous Superman and Wonder Woman related comics rank very low for standard covers.

3 comics make the top 10 rarest of both lists proving that stores not only did not get 3D copies in the first place but they did not realize there was a shortage to order more standard covers.  These 3 therefore are the rarest of the villain month:

Animal Man (Arcane), Green Arrow (Count Vertigo), Wonder Woman (First Born)

RETAILERS UP THEIR ORDERS ON STANDARD COVERS

While many retailers and collectors realized that certain 3D covers were going to sell out they would up their orders on the standard edition.  This can be seen happening with a few of the most hyped issues including: Jokers Daughter, Dial E, Harley Quinn, Lobo.

In fact there are certain Standard Covers that actually have LARGER print runs than the 3D covers.  This includes:

Justice League (Lobo), Batman The Dark Knight (Jokers Daughter), Justice League (Dial E), and almost equal in orders was: Justice League (Deadshot)

COMBINING PRINT RUNS OF 3D AND STANDARD COVERS

Finally lets combine the print runs of the 3D and standard covers and look for books that stand out in either 3D or standard orders. Also for those who just want to READ  a copy of each book this will give you an idea of which books will likely turn up the easiest.

The top 6 3D covers still hold the Top 6 rank when adding the standard cover editions.

But then the chart begins to drastically change as issues of Detective Comics and Justice League get bumped up the list with large standard print runs.    Yet with some titles bumped up the list certain other titles have to fall including issues of Batman and Robin and Justice League America.     Jokers Daughter gets bumped UP the list to #24 most common villains month comic from a low 3D #46.  Ventriliquist as the biggest bump up the chart due to high standard edition print run.  Now ranks #26 instead of #49.   All the issues of Action Comics get bumped way DOWN the chart due to retailers ordering very few standard covers in comparison.  These could prove to be harder to find in years to come.

3D # SE # RANK TITLE ISSUE PRICE DC PRINT RUN PRINT RUN OF OPPOSITE
1 5 Batman (Joker) 23.1 $3.99 DC 107680 39304 146984
2 6 Batman (Riddler) 23.2 $3.99 DC 107413 29387 136800
3 8 Batman (Bane) 23.4 $3.99 DC 95298 26176 121474
4 10 Batman (Penguin) 23.3 $3.99 DC 89850 27158 117008
5 15 Justice League (Darkseid) 23.1 $3.99 DC 78200 29648 107848
6 21 Batman Superman (Doomsday) 3.1 $3.99 DC 68150 21726 89876
15 35 Detective Comics (Harley Quinn) 23.2 $3.99 DC 48776 36774 85550
14 34 Detective Comics (Posion Ivy) 23.1 $3.99 DC 49200 26390 75590
27 66 Justice League (Lobo) 23.2 $3.99 DC 36240 38704 74944
20 44 Justice League (Secret Society) 23.4 $3.99 DC 44008 30605 74613
8 28 Batman and Robin (Two Face) 23.1 $3.99 DC 49917 24440 74357
13 33 Batman and Robin (Court of Owls) 23.2 $3.99 DC 49205 23707 72912
9 29 Justice League of America (Black Adam) 7.4 $3.99 DC 49625 22725 72350
11 31 Batman and Robin (Ras al Ghul) 23.3 $3.99 DC 49452 21865 71317
16 36 Detective Comics (Scarecrow) 23.3 $3.99 DC 48671 21935 70606
17 37 Green Lantern (Sinestro) 23.4 $3.99 DC 48263 20367 68630
7 27 Action Comics (Cyborg Superman) 23.1 $3.99 DC 50146 17685 67831
10 30 Action Comics (Zod) 23.2 $3.99 DC 49557 17819 67376
18 38 Batman and Robin (Killer Croc) 23.4 $3.99 DC 48152 19148 67300
19 40 Detective Comics (Man Bat) 23.4 $3.99 DC 46590 19368 65958
12 32 Action Comics (Lex Luthor) 23.3 $3.99 DC 49310 16480 65790
22 58 Green Lantern (Relic) 23.1 $3.99 DC 36965 26577 63542
32 82 Justice League of America (Deadshot) 7.1 $3.99 DC 32157 31192 63349
46 103 Batman The Dark Knight (Joker’s Daughter) 23.4 $3.99 DC 29932 31518 61450
25 64 Green Lantern (Mongul) 23.2 $3.99 DC 36281 24705 60986
49 115 Justice League (Dial E) 23.3 $3.99 DC 26582 33783 60365
26 65 Green Lantern (Black Hand) 23.3 $3.99 DC 36281 23825 60106
36 86 Justice League of America (Killer Frost) 7.2 $3.99 DC 31756 27855 59611
21 46 Superman (Parasite) 23.4 $3.99 DC 43631 14562 58193
37 87 Justice League of America (Shadow Thief) 7.3 $3.99 DC 31720 25809 57529
28 68 Superman (Bizarro) 23.1 $3.99 DC 36039 21195 57234
23 61 Aquaman (Black Manta) 23.1 $3.99 DC 36555 19487 56042
24 62 Superman (Brainiac) 23.2 $3.99 DC 36475 19550 56025
38 89 Batman The Dark Knight (Ventriloquist) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31653 23139 54792
44 98 Batman The Dark Knight (Mr. Freeze) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31053 23666 54719
30 72 Superman (Hel) 23.3 $3.99 DC 35652 17475 53127
45 100 Batman The Dark Knight (Clayface) 23.3 $3.99 DC 30794 21861 52655
29 71 Aquaman (Ocean Master) 23.2 $3.99 DC 35893 16007 51900
43 96 Flash (Reverse Flash) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31237 19910 51147
34 84 Flash (Grodd) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31838 18957 50795
35 85 Earth 2 (Solomon Grundy) 15.2 $3.99 DC 31829 18486 50315
31 75 Action Comics (Metallo) 23.4 $3.99 DC 34427 15642 50069
33 83 Earth 2 (Desaad) 15.1 $3.99 DC 32131 17747 49878
40 92 Flash (Rogues) 23.3 $3.99 DC 31442 17667 49109
41 93 Teen Titans (Deathstroke) 23.2 $3.99 DC 31434 16637 48071
42 95 Wonder Woman (Cheetah) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31367 16137 47504
39 90 Teen Titans (Trigon) 23.1 $3.99 DC 31633 15607 47240
48 113 Justice League Dark (Creeper) 23.1 $3.99 DC 26786 17586 44372
50 117 Justice League Dark (Eclipso) 23.2 $3.99 DC 26561 16719 43280
51 118 Wonder Woman (First Born) 23.2 $3.99 DC 26448 15935 42383
47 112 Green Arrow (Count Vertigo) 23.1 $3.99 DC 26855 14741 41596
52 122 Swamp Thing (Arcane) 23.1 $3.99 DC 25831 13103 38934

 

#1 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.

#2 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

#3 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

#4 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #1 (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 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

 

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Top 100 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during EARLY SEPTEMBER 2013

Top 100 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during EARLY SEPTEMBER 2013

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

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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 titles/issues of the last 5 years please let me know.  Here are my picks of what I believe are the hottest comics at this very moment from all sold releases of the last few years 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:

Potentially the 26 hottest comics are all brand new 3D cover releases from DC during Villain month.  I have chose NOT to list them individually as they would dominate the entire chart so I am grouping them by week and highlighting the peak values of each 3D cover.  Note there is a regular standard cover version of all these comics which are NOT hot.  Only the 3D cover versions are sold out in advance due to stores being allocated copies in advance.    I do NOT believe the print runs on these books are smaller than normal in fact I think they are higher than normal monthly print runs however the demand has caused many people to collect issues they would not normally pick up and of course speculators are buying extra copies of each as demand is strong online as some stores got shorted copies.  Some titles and issues are shorted more than others causing some issues to be higher demand than the rest.

#1 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

#2 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #1 (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 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

#3 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 hyped this book first and helped bring the book mainstream attention for this amazing book.

#4 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.

#5 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

#6 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.

#7 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

#8 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

#9 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 !!

#10 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.

#11 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.

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

 #13 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

#14 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.

#15 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

#16 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

#17 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.

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

#19 DEXTER (MARVEL 2013) #1 and #2 sold out with small print run based on the violent TV show.  Immediate increases on #1.
#20 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
#21 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
#22 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.

#23 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.

#24 ARCANE SECRETS #1 (2013) New HP Lovecraft adaptation brought some early high online sales at $8.00.

#25 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
#26 SKYWARD #1 (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.
#27 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
#28 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

#29 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

#30 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

#31 GHOSTED #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – after 6 weeks prices finally jumped and hit as high as $16.00
#32 SATELLITE SAM #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – hit high of $10.00 after a month

#33 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.

#34 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

#35 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
#36 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
#37 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.
#38 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

#39 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

#40 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

#41 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.

#42 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

#43 UBER #0-1-2-3   Sold out printings instantly.  Originaly 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

#44 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

#45 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

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

#47 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.

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

#49 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.

#50 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

#51 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.

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

#53 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.

#54 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

#55 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

#56 STAR WARS #1  Reached up to $30 week of release but now at $10 but still popular.  Sets #1-6 sell for $26

#57 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

#58 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

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

#60 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.

#61 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.

#62 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

#63 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.

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

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

#66 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

#67 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.

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

#69 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

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

267 Liberator 1 $3.50 Black Mask 5,266

#71 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.

#72 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

#73 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

#74 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

#75 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.

#76 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.

#77 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

#78 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

#79 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

#80 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.

#81 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

#82 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.

#83 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.

#84 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

#85 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

#86 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

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

#88 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

#89 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.

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

#90 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#99 DOCTOR WHO PRISONER OF TIME #1-8   First issues sold out and I did sell some #1′s above guide but some sellers still selling them at cover.  Variant covers sell really really well online when initially released!

#100 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

#101 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

#102 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

#103 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

#104 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

#105 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#113 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

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

#115 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

#116 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

#117 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.

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

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

#120 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

#121 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

#122 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.

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

#124 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.

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

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

#127 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.

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

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

#130 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.

#131 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 !

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

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

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

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

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

#137 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.

#138 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

#139 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

#140 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

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

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

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

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

#145 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