Hot Picks Top 5 #47


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Deadpool And The Mercs For Money #1 – The InvestComics Hot Pick of the week. Not because of Deadpool, but the potential of one or more of the characters in this book. Foolkiller, Stingray, Solo, Massacre, Terror, and Slapstick. Take your pick. ALL of their first appearances are covered in-depth inside the InvestComics Hot Picks #409 article.

Slapstick #1 (1992) – Okay so here’s one. Slapstick’s first appearance. We like this book.

Howard the Duck #4 – The intro of another female gender character? Check out Scout. First appearance?  

Voracious #1 – Action Lab Entertainment has sold out of the variant covers here. The regular issue is probably not that far behind.

Batman Beyond #9 – The Splicers will make their DC Universe debut.

Here are the rest of the comics that appeared on this past week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #409 (Click the link to read now!)

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Deadpool Vol 4 #1 (2015)
Man-Thing #3 (1974)
Foolkiller #1 (1990)
St. George #2 (1988)
Sub Mariner #19 (1969)
Web of Spider-Man #19 (1986)
The Amazing Spider-Man #655 (2011)
Spider-Man #1 (Volume 2)
Scarlet Witch #3
Uncanny Avengers Annual #1
Detective Comics #49
Action Comics #49
Green Lantern #49
Green Arrow #49
Batman Europa #4 – Jock variant sold out.
Mirror #1
I Mage #1
Vampblade #1


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Jay Katz

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This week’s IC 100 Club Pick is Capes #1 (Image Comics 2003). By now just about everyone knows what this comic holds. Especially Walking Dead fans. For those of you who don’t know, here it is. The Walking Dead #1 comic came out in October of 2003. Capes #1 came out one month prior. In the Capes #1 comic contained a 5 page preview of The Walking Dead #1. So in essences, the first Walking Dead to ever see print was Capes #1, not The Walking Dead #1. So what does this mean exactly? Well not much to the collectors (slab/graders) market because it’s not recognized as THE first appearance of this title. Why is that you ask? No idea. Sometimes the grading companies are very funny with what is what, but the truth and fact is that The Walking Dead comic first appeared in Cape #1, regardless if it was only 5 pages. It predates the first issue, end of story. It’s not an image, a teaser, a blurb, a mention, an ad, no it’s the actual first five pages of The Walking Dead before the number one issue came out. So with that, if you’re a true Walking Dead fan and think you may want a collectible, this is it. $100 and free shipping.

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InvestComics already covered the comic we’re about to write about for speculators on the InvestComics Facebook page a while ago, but we’ll go over it here for those who missed any of it. Marvel releases Deadpool Mercs For Money #1 this Wednesday. In this new series fans will get look at the team made up of; Foolkiller, Stingray, Solo, Massacre, Terror, and Slapstick. ALL of these characters have the potential of blowing up. Deadpool can jump-start any one of these characters to a new life. Maybe their new journey starts here? Maybe not, but all of these characters’ first appearances are very affordable, so why wouldn’t a speculator take a chance here and buy some cool comics at affordable pricing? Great stories and potential hot commodities await you. Read comics……Invest wisely!

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Let’s start with the team itself. The Mercs for Money all appeared together for the first time in Deadpool Vol 4 #1 (2015).

Foolkiller’s very first appearance was in Man-Thing #3 (1974). Although an awesome book, we look to the third Foolkiller character because that’s the one on this particular team. Kurt Gerhardt (Foolkiller 3) first appeared in Foolkiller #1 (1990). This Foolkiller 10 issue series was hot for a minute, but then no more. These days however, if he catches on, no telling what could happen. The same goes for all of these second rate comic characters.
The character Terror first appeared in the 1941, used very sparingly, but we’re going to fast forward a bit to 1988 to St. George #2 from Epic Comics (Marvel Comics imprint). Here we have the Terror character being used in today’s modern era. An obscure odd title you’d probably be hard pressed to find, but a book needed in your collection. The great Klaus Janson pencils this first appearance.
Stingray first appearance was in The Sub Mariner #19 (1969). Maybe an appearance in the Sub-Mariner movie if that ever gets off the ground.
Also debuting in a 19th issue was Solo. He first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #19 (1986). Marc Silvestri pencils this issue. This comic is also the debut of Humbug.
Massacre first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #655 (2011).
Finally, there is Marvel’s answer to the Joker. His name is Slapstick. His first appearance was in Slapstick #1 (1992). Imagine if Marvel ever made this third rate character into something that rivaled the Joker. Granted, nothing Marvel can ever do to get close to an equivalent Joker type character, but Disney is capable of doing whatever the hell they please, so never doubt them. So any fanboy reading this, relax. We’re not saying Marvel will ever rival the Joker type character, just a fantasy thought process. Speculators should get on this just in case though. Never know!

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Batman Europa 4

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Howard the Duck 4

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Spider-Man #1 (volume 2) gets Miles Morales officially into the Marvel universe. A ton of variants accompany the release.
Is Howard the Duck #4 introducing a new character named Scout? The female version? Maybe, check this out and confirm!
Although the Marvel solicit makes it seem as though Emerald Warlock will first appear in Scarlet Witch #3 this Wednesday, he actually first appeared in Uncanny Avengers Annual #1.

Neal Adams lends his legendary status to a bunch of DC variants this week. Here’s a quick list of his incredible covers;
Detective Comics #49, Action Comics #49, Green Lantern #49, and Green Arrow #49. Not only do you get to choose which Neal Adams you like best, but they’re cover price too.
Here’s one to watch out for; Batman Beyond #9 will debut the Splicers to the DC Universe.
The artist with one name; Jock, has a Batman variant cover coming out. Take a look at Batman Europa #4. You like? It’s definitely a Jock cover!

Voracious #1 from Danger Zone is sold out. A fantastic variant from Jason Muhr is still available at the distributor level.
More indies, a completely new whacked out ongoing from Image; Mirror #1. I Mage #1 (Action Lab Entertainment), and Vampblade #1 (Danger Zone).

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Our artist friend David Whalen has a new comic out on Comixology and we wanted to share it with our fans. The name of the book is The Dawning (Red King Press). Go directly HERE to buy the comic. Congratulations David on the comic getting onto Comixology. We’ll check it out!

Before we leave, did you see our new Contest/Giveaway? You can WIN Rick and Morty #8 and Rick and Morty #9 Exclusive variants (from Exceed Exclusives). To enter/rules, go right HERE. Giveaway over on Friday February 5th! Good Luck everyone!Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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Creator Spotlight – Robert Kirkman



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Aside from the obvious success of the Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman has amassed quite the career thus far. This Creator Spotlight will not focus on the Walking Dead comics Robert has done because InvestComics has already covered most of them throughout the years. We’re going to focus on his body of work besides TWD, which is quite impressive to say the least. A young career, but yet so vast.


Battle Pope #1 (2000) Robert’s first published work. From Funk-O-Tron.

Battle Pope #2 (2000) Here is the first rare pencils from Kirkman. A pinup page.

Battle Pope #5 (2001) Kirkman’s first story art.

Superpatriot America’s Fighting Force #4 (2002) The first work outside of the indie circuit (besides the Dark Horse 9/11 book) for a major publisher. Image Comics.

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Tech Jacket #1 (2002) This comic is noted as the first “semi” appearance of Invincible. A six page preview.

Invincible #1 (2003) First full appearance of Invincible. Image Comics.

The Walking Dead #1 (2003) Robert’s life didn’t change right away here, but it was the start of something bigger than he’d probably ever imagined.

Epic Anthology #1 (2004) This is Robert’s first Marvel work. It’s a Sleepwalker story. The anthology was from Marvel’s imprint; Epic. Loving that “walk” word too…..

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X-Men Unlimited #2 (2004) The first official Marvel work (not Epic Imprint). Robert writes an X-Men story.

Captain America #29 (2004) Here begins a four part story arc by Kirkman.

Spider-Man Unlimited #4 (2004) The first Spider-Man story from Robert.

Black Panther 2099 #1 (2004) Kirkman does a series of Marvel Knights one shots. Here is the Black Panther 2099 story.

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Daredevil 2099 #1 (2004) A Marvel Knights one shot.

Inhumans 2099 #1 (2004) A Marvel Knights one shot.

Jubilee #1 (2004) Kirkman writes his first all ages comic. Marvel Comics.

Mutant 2099 #1 (2004) The best of the one shot Marvel Knights one shots from Kirkman. This one here he introduces a new character; Mutant 2099.

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Punisher 2099 #1 (2004) A Marvel Knights Punisher one shot.

Marvel Team-Up #1 (2004) Marvel Comics relaunches the Marvel Team-Up series with Kirkman as the lead writer. The series will go 25 issues.

Marvel Team-Up #2 (2005) First appearance of Iron Maniac.

Marvel Team-Up #3 (2005) A Doctor Strange story by Kirkman.

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Marvel Team-Up #7 (2005) Moon Knight from Kirkman.

Marvel Team-Up #8 (2005) A Punisher/Blade team-up.

Marvel Team-Up #14 (2006) A crossover no one thought they’d ever see. Image Comics’ Invincible and Spider-Man. Also an Avengers appearnce. Robert’s Invincible character and book has been compared to Peter Parker/Spider-Man, now they are together in the same book. Great stuff here. Great book to own. A must own book with the Invincible character breaking out possibly by next year. Animation/Movie/TV show.

Marvel Team-Up #15 (2006) Robert introduces a new villain named Chronok.

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Marvel Team-Up #20 (2006) First appearance of Freedom Ring and Crusader.

Marvel Team-Up #21 (2006) An appearance from the Iron Spider armor.

Marvel Zombies #1 (2006) Since Robert is the master of another zombie book, this seems fitting.

What If: Thor #1 (2006) Here is a Kirkman Thor story. What If Thor was the Herald of Galactus?

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Ultimate X-Men #66 (2006) Robert becomes the series writer. He stays on the book until issue #93.

The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 (2006) A 12 issue series written by Kirkman.

Haunt #1 (2009) This series had the makings of a hit all over it, but it never quite panned out as big as initially thought. Still a great series though. Kirkman; writer, Greg Capullo/Ryan Ottley; pencils, Todd McFarlane; Inks/cover art.

Spawn #195 (2009) Kirkman writes his first Spawn story.

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Skybound Entertaiment was born in 2010. The logo first starting appearing on Image Comic covers in August of 2010. It appeared of 5 titles that month; The Walking Dead #76, Invincible #74, Guarding The Globe #1, The Astounding Wolfman #24 and Science Dog Special.

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Spawn #200 (2011) This issue contains a Spawn Prologue. Written and penciled by Kirkman.

Super Dinosaur #1 (2011) Yes this book really exist. It went to three printings too. The series lasted 23 issues.

Thief of Thieves #1 (2012) This series was a boiling book at one time. Never mind a hot one. It still commands some money in the aftermarket, but has since cooled down because of the lack of non-movement regarding a television show. Speculators however still anticipate something to happen.

Playboy Vol 59 #3 (2012) The Walking Dead; Michonne’s origin appeared in this magazine. And you Walking Dead fans thought you owned everything.

Outcast #1 (2014) This comic will be a soon to be television series. Get on this book now before it becomes too far out of possible reach. If the television series falls, no matter, still a great comic book.

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Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz


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Marvel’s Union Jack #1 – Tag line. 5 years prior to the release of Kirkman’s book.



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Here’s the latest installment of long lost since forgotten comic books. Many of these comics are simply not spoken of anymore and SOME of these have no monetary value in the speculative market, but do have a place in our hearts. Great stories and amazing creative talents accompany most of these books. Into the abyss these comics have gone, but here they are once again. Buy them, read them, they’re fun.


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Star Brand #1 (1986) Here’s a series that went no where fast. So fast in fact that issue number 19 was the last issue ; “number 19 in a 19 issue limited series.” Really?? Okay. This happened with almost all of the other titles as well when it came to Marvel’s New Universe imprint. Most  say “#32 of a 32 issue Limited Series.” on the top of the book. No lie, true story.

But even the creative firepower couldn’t save this series from its ultimate demise. John Romita Jr. does most of the art and a cover or two for about the first seven issues. Writer Roy Thomas on issue number seven, Keith Giffen art in issue number 9 with a Bob Wiacek cover, issue number ten features Mark Bagley Pencils, and then legend John Byrne takes over art and writing duties as of issue number eleven. And good luck finding that scarce last issue too.

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Union Jack #1 (1998) Union Jack’s first solo series comic. Writer/artist and cover all by John Cassaday. When will a UK based character break out anyway? It will happen eventually (as InvestComics has said a while back), but here you have a great 3 part mini-series to read. One of the cool things about the Marvel Comics cover with issue number one is the wording “The Walking Dead”. That’s five years before the Kirkman book. Speaking of which…….

The Walking Dead #1 (1989) Are you aware there was a Walking Dead comic out 14 years prior to Kirkman’s Walking Dead? A four issue zombie horror comic. If you were, kudos to you. If not, now you’re in the know. The Walking Dead #1 from 1989 was put out by Aircel Comics and created by Jim Somerville. Issue number 3 features a Dale Keown cover! Sweet. Good luck finding any of these comics at your local shop.

Black Orchid (1988) Critically acclaimed 3 part series by artist Dave Mckean and writer Neil Gaiman.

Blade Runner (1982) With all of the talking going on regarding another Blade Runner movie, wouldn’t it be cool to get this comic in a 50 cent bin and have it signed/graded by Harrison Ford? A nice collectors item indeed. You’re welcome.

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Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz


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Definition (source Webster);

Col`lect´or n.

One who collects things which are separate ; esp ., one who makes a business or practice of collectingworks of art , objects in natural history , etc .; as , a collector of coins .

What defines one as a collector? Is it a person that simply enjoys the hobby of reading comic books? Is it a person that collects comic books for the pure enjoyment of its monetary value? Maybe both? Maybe an avid reader and you vehemently oppose the “worth” or “selling” of a comic book. More often than not, the latter has come into play in the comic book world. But let’s set the record straight a bit. If you are in fact the comic book enthusiast that severely opposes the monetary value of a comic book, then you are in the right place.

How many articles have you read recently or in the past year, two years, or several years that stated how invaluable comic book collecting is for monetary gain. Not only is this completely false, it’s extremely uninformed. Now I can bore you with numbers, Action Comics #1 30 years ago, Captain America first appearance 30 years ago, Amazing Fantasy #15 30 years ago, Detective Comics #27 30 years ago were all worth much less in monetary value than they are today. Okay so now you might be saying, no those articles mean the modern day books. Okay so how about Walking Dead #1, Amazing Spider-Man #300, New Mutants #98, and that list also goes on.

Action_Comics_1_InvestComicsHere’s the thing. I have personally reached out to many comic shops over the years to carry on my business venture with them. The business venture (weekly Hot Picks/Checklist) was and is still to this day to heighten awareness to the average collector and the serious speculator on what to buy each week on new comic book day on Wednesday. And read them! Many of the shops were more than happy to oblige and take the free information I am providing them each week to possibly sell more comics in their shop. After all, they are in business to make money right? They understand there is a niche market for the speculator, agree or disagree, they get it. There was however two shops (that shall remain nameless) that came back and provided the words; “We don’t believe in this practice of comic books.” One of the shops even said “I would consider changing the name of your business.” Now what options were open for me here? A: I could have wrote them back and explained in a more thorough sense of what the business model is trying to achieve, to which 20 other shops understood when they read the original text, which read like this; “the weekly article may help with your sales and it’s Walking_Dead_1_InvestComicsfree!” B: Ask if they were running a business or they simply don’t like making money. C: Told every collector in the immediate area of those two stores that their local comic shop is selling the Amazing Spider-Man #129 on the wall for cover price of 20 cents. They don’t believe in that practice right? Isn’t that what they essentially stated? So basically, I or any collector alike could walk in there and buy off the wall for cover price. There is one thing to have beliefs, but you simply cannot have it both ways. It doesn’t work that way. Either you believe comics have monetary resale value or you don’t.

…..Which brings us to that comic book fan with the same heighten sense of “comic book collecting for monetary value is evil, they’re for reading!” While I agree, reading a comic book is an extremely enjoyable thing, there are several things to point out with this way thinking. So here’s what I have done to those thinkers in real time (at my local comic shop). I ask them if they like reading trades. Most of the time they will say yes, then I ask if them if I could have their Walking Dead #1 comic for cover price ($2.95) from their collection. 10 out of 10 times, not one will say yes to this. I ask, well you can buy the trade right? It’s about reading right? So I proceed to inform the non-monetary comic believer that what they may have is a number one Walking Dead 9.9 graded copy on their hands. Which sold for a mere $7000. Oh wait, you don’t like money right? You wouldn’t sell that comic to get your first used car to get around and hang with your friends. Maybe you need to pay some debt, maybe you need to make a light bill payment, rent, mortgage, but of course you don’t want to part with that number one issue because it means everything to you because you like “reading it”……Trades, remember those? Same thing. In fact easier to store and you may have 8 comics or more in one book! Giving the “reader” a chance to never having to put a comic away to pick up another one. Binge read an entire story arc. Well, you get the idea.

Hypocrisy anyone? Can we all come to the agreement that not only is the thought process skewed with this hobby, but any hobby for that matter?

New_Mutants_Vol_1_98_001I do not like or care for the automobile hobby. I know nothing about cars, I have no interest in knowing value, and I have no personal redeeming value for the car I drive now. It gets me from point A to point B and that is what is most important to me. That said if I were to sell it, I will maximize the full potential of getting every dollar I possibly could for my vehicle. I don’t like the automobile hobby, but I am privy to money. I would never speak out of school to a car enthusiast for understanding and crafting their hobby, why would a fellow comic book fan do so to another? Be glad there are others interested in your hobby regardless of what their intentions are. Actually, speculators are actually helping you if you ever get caught in a jam. I can personally attest to this about 9 years ago when I sold many comics in my collection because I had a one year old at the time, no job and we needed a roof over our heads. Did I have a personal connection to some of those comics? Sure I did. Did I really want to part with them? No I didn’t. But I do have a full understanding that comic books are worth money. Holding on to certain comics in your collection because of sentimental value trumps many things. That said, when things are getting rough in real life, it’s time to buckle down and see what means the most to you in your world. Certain comic books do and have held personal highlights in some collectors lives, but I’m not touching on those particular books here. I’m talking about the Walking Dead #1 that I bought for cover price when it came out, had to slabbed (9.8) and sold it for $200 back 9 years ago.

Many modern comics can be flipped for cash if done correctly. There are investors buying a house in your neighborhood right now to flip it. It’s the way it is. Money is not bad. If it’s so evil, then the next time you think about saying how much you don’t like the monetary value in a comic book, give me a call so I can go through your collection, hand pick and give you cover price for your comics. I will buy you the trades (that include entire story arcs in one book, remember?) in turn for buying your books at cover price. Deal? It will never happen because you are smarter than that. The same with the majority of comic book store owner.

New_Teen_Titans_2_InvestComicsHere is a fun task to run at your local comic shop. Ask your comic shop owner about the speculation side of the hobby, some may actually say how bad it is for the hobby, how they hate it, how they don’t believe in it. If they say this, then it’s your turn to say, don’t you like money? Don’t you like to feed your family? Then ask for that New Teen Titans #2 for cover price off the wall. See how quickly things change. Businesses are in business to make money, always remember this. If an owner strongly opposes the modern day flip on a comic book, then why are they selling a variant cover for $75 that came out that day with a cover price of $4.99? Of course they believe in it, otherwise you’d be beating the house and running on Ebay to sell your goods becoming richer than them. For some reason quite a few comic shop owners do not like the sigma of modern day flips, but they will in fact, no doubt make money on them if and when the time calls for it!  

Comic fans and comic shop owners have to grasp the concept that if they do not like the monetary value side of comic collecting, they should embrace it. You as an individual are entitled to your opinion about anything. But do know that if you are not a believer at all about grading comics, collecting them, and handling them, don’t ever sell above cover value unless you are a business person. Try to not make yourself out to be a hypocrite. Cannot have it both ways. Business is money and money is not a bad thing. Know that there are markets out there (cars, stamps, games, toys, coins, etc.) and try to refrain from the negative aspect of it because you will get called out on it and made to look rather foolish one day. Respect the comic book hobby, respect the speculator, and most of all read comics too!

Invest wisely. Read comics. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz


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Top 200 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE FEBRUARY 2014

Top 200 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE FEBRUARY 2014

Bi-weekly column and list compiled by comics historian Terry Hoknes of –

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


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.


#1 MANIFEST DESTINY (IMAGE 2013) The most popular back issue series by far with #1 issues selling around $9.00.   Sets of #1-4 first prints selling up to $40.00

#2 THE STRAIN (Dark Horse) 12 issue mini-series becomes due to potential TV series.  This book has been hot off an on for a year now and latest prices have pushed it up to $60.00 for #1 based on new TV show talk.

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

#3 BUNKER (ONI 2014)  Reports of a TV show in the works before #1 was even released made this a hot sellout instantly with sales for the regular cover and the 1:10 hitting record sales within days of release.    Highest sales so far are $15.00 for regular cover and $19.00 for variant cover.    Many retailers were able to sell their copies instantly marked up.

#4 MERCENARY SEA (IMAGE 2014) #1 came out in Feb – it was one of 4 hot speculator books the same week but it wasnt hot until after a few days and then caught fire at up to $15.00 a copy within a week of release and immediately went to a 2nd printing.

#5 DREDD UNDERBELLY (TITAN 2014) One-shot based on new movie was underprinted and overlooked by most retailers and prices hit $16.00 the week of release in January 2014 but continued to be hot after a month reaching a high of $50.00

#6 DC STEAMPUNK VARIANT COVERS (DC 2013) The Batman related comics all had 1:25 ratio steampunk variant covers and sales were as high as $55.00 each and popular covers for Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman, Batman etc.

#7 DMZ (DC 2006) #1-72.   DC Vertigo series from creator Brian Wood is reported in early Feb 2014 coming to SyFy channel. With the announcement of Sandman movie, and the iZombie TV show and now DMZ. Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, both of whom previously collaborated on “Mad Men” for AMC, are set to produce.   Copies of #1 hit a high of $40.00 in early Feb 2014.

#8 CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 and #14 (MARVEL 2006) #6 1st full app of Winter Soldier to star in the new Captain America movie has interest high hitting a peak of $30.00 plus there is a variant cover as well.  #14 features a classic cover and the origin of Winter Soldier and hit a high of $50.00.  The real 1st app is in the common issue #1.

#9 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.

#10 SHELTERED #1 (IMAGE 2013) Series reported in Jan 2014 to be a new TV series saw new interest with #1′s selling constantly at $10.00

#11 SEX CRIMINALS (IMAGE 2013) #1 has 4 printings all sold out and all early issues sold out and commanding higher prices.  4th printing of #1 had a very small print run and a fun photo cover which had high demand and prices hit $20.00 immediately.

#12 DEVIL’S HOPYARD #1 (ARRDEN 2014) New small print #1 sold out instantly sales up to $15.00 within 3 days of release.

#13 BLACK SCIENCE (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales up to $9.00 per each of the 2 regular covers.  #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.

#14 BATMAN #1-9 – Most issues from #3-9 sell averaging $20-$30 each and #1 sells for up to $60.00.  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.

#15 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.

#16 THE WALKING DEAD (Image) #53 is super hot with the introduction of another comic character into the TV series.  #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
#17 MIGHTY AVENGERS #3 VARIANT (MARVEL 2013)  This variant cover featuring rapper Eminem has been super hot and brought up to $100.00 for this 1:25 ratio variant which has stayed hot after months.
#18 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

#19 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.

#20 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

#21 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.
#22 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.

#23 PRETTY DEADLY (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales sporadic up to $6.00.     Many sales reports of #2 and #3 for above cover as high as $8.00 each.

#24 SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL #18 (DC 1992) The first full appearance of Doomsday who would kill Superman in the same storyline a month later.   Rumours of Doomsday being in the next Superman movie has helped drive a ton of interest in his early appearances.  Sales up to $30.00 for this one.  There are 5 printings and the 5th printing is the rarest with the highest asked prices online.

#25 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.

#26 LEGENDS #3 (DC 1986)  Common 80′s mini-series with 1st app of Modern Suicide Squad which is getting media attention, not only in the Arrow TV series, but a stand alone script that hit the internet.  Prices hit up to $15.00 for this 60 cent book.

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

#28 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.
#29 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.

#30 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.

#31 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.
#32 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 $8.00

#33 RED STAR (IMAGE 2000)  Older series with recent news of potential TV show in the works shot prices up as high as $20.00 for #1 in early Feb 2014.

#34 HONEY WEST & THE CAT (2013)  A 2 issue mini-series combining 2 different classic 1960′s TV show characters into one mystery tale.  The series shipped 6 months late but came out and the #2 photo cover was in hot demand as stores ordered very few copies.  In fact #2 was split between 2 covers with a print run of only 600 copies each.  Photo cover was extra popular selling up to $15.00 immediately.

#35 BAD ASS (DYNAMITE 2014) #1 has sold for $5.00 but the 1:10 variant features a homage to the 1st app of Deadpool in New Mutants #98 and is very popular at $23.00

#36 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.

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

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

#39 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS (DC 2009)  Harley Quinn is super hot and demand is strong for this older title.
#40 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.
#41 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
#42 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.
#43 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

#44 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.

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

#46 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

#47 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.

#48 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

#49 BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE #1 (DC 1992) There are 3 printings of the 1st app of Bane in this rare one-shot selling at $40.00

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

#51 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.

#52 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.

#53 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.

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

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

#56 HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER  (2013)  #1 and #2 and #3 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.

#57 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.

#58 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

#59 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.

#60 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

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

#62 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.
#63 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.
#64 WWE ONGOING (2014) New ongoing series based on World Wrestling federation sports characters.  #1 had 4 regular covers which sold above cover in sets and a variant of Undertaker was very popular bringing at least $15.00

#65 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1-25 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.

#66 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.

#67 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.

#68 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

#69 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

#70 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
#71 ALL CRIME COMICS (2013) Small crime indie title with very small print run has sold out #1 and #2 with above cover sales.
#72 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.
#73 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
#74 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
#75 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

#76 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

#77 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

#78 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

#79 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.

#80 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

#81 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.

#82 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

#83 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.

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

#85 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

#86 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

#87 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.

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

#90 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

#91 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

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

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

#94 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

#95 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.

#96 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

#97 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

#98 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

#99 THE DAMNED (Oni) #1-5   Generally #1 is a $50 book but a #3 hit $100 earlier in April 2013 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

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

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

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

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

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

#105 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

#106 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

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

#108 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

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

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

#111 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.

#112 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

#113 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
#114 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.
#115 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.
#116 INJUSTICE YEAR TWO #1 (DC 2014)  Injustice Gods Among Us series ended after 12 issues and is retitled in 2014.  Some early high sales of #1.

#117 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

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

#119 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

#120 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

 #121 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
#122 SUPER #1 (UNLIKELY COMICS 2013)  Small kickstarter title  with above cover sales.
#123 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.
#124 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
#125 DEXTER (MARVEL 2013) #1 and #2 sold out with small print run based on the violent TV show.  Immediate increases on #1.

#126 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

#127 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.

#128 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.

#129 HELHEIM (Oni) #1-6  #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.

#130 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

#131 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#138 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

#139 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

#140 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.

#141 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

#142 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.
#143 DEVIL’S DOG #1 (2013)  New small print run selling about $6.00
#144 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.
#145 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

#146 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.

#147 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

#148 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

#149 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

#150 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.

#151 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
#152 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.
#153 ARCANE SECRETS #1 (2013) New HP Lovecraft adaptation brought some early high online sales at $8.00.
#154 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.
#155 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.

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

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

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

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

#160 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

#157 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

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

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

#160 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

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

#162 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

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

267 Liberator 1 $3.50 Black Mask 5,266

#164 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

#165 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.

#166 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.

#167 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.

#168 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.

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

#170 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.

#171 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.

#172 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

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

#174 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

#175 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.

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

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

#178 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.

#179 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.

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

#181 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

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

#183 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

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

#185 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

#186 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

#187 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.

#188 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

#189 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

#190 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.

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

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

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

#194 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.

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

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

#197 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.

#198 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 !

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  for the initial Diamond sales figures data

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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 and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.    Read more about these hot sold out comics at