Bi-weekly column and list compiled by comics historian Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 usually listed unless they have heated up way above the potential initial high price for them). 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. Usually books ranking highest in the top 40 are books that have made jumps in value since the very last chart. These are the books that are likely increasing at this very moment. Books ranking from #41-100 are usually big sellers and have recently jumped in the past months but have not climbed since the last chart. Any comics ranked below the top 100 used to be hot books and do have a high value but are no longer expected to climb in value so be more cautious hunting those books out. Data can get outdated quickly so I always suggest you look at ended sold auctions at www.ebay.com to see what the most recent sales prices are on any listed books. (If you spot an error or a forgotten book/price please let me know)
MARKET REPORT – Top 100 Comics increasing in value this week!
#2 INCREDIBLE HULK #449 (MARVEL 1997) 1st appearance of Thunderbolts became a $50.00 comic in July 2015.
#3 SEX CRIMINALS 11 (IMAGE 2015) A regular version came polybagged with random inserted original sketch covers that sold up to $50.00 each instantly. A XXX variant edition also came polybagged with some sales up to $10.00 in July 2015.
#4 RIVERS OF LONDON #1(TITAN 2015) Small print indie sold out instantly with $15.00 sales
#5 INVADER ZIM #1 (ONI PRESS 2015) Quickly sold out of all versions and went to 2nd printing with high sales for regular covers and all variants.
#6 STAR WARS ACTION FIGURE VARIANTS (MARVEL 2015) Constant demand for the action figure variants caused Marvel to continue the series. The first two were under ordered by retailers with Luke up to $25 and Han Solo up to $70.00. Darth Vader variant now heating up to $15 or higher. An exclusive variant for #4 featured Boba Fett and reached $80.00 with a print run of 5,000 copies not sold in stores and in late July a black and white version of 3,000 copies sold out in a single day from the artist John Christopher with prices instantly up from $20.00 to $70.00. In late April a special limited comic con black and white variant edition of the Luke Skywalker cover appeared at C2E2 and would heat up within weeks to $400.00 a copy !
#7 THUNDERBOLTS PRELUDE #1 (MARVEL 1997) One-shot hit $20.00 in July 2015.
#8 ARCHIE #1 (ARCHIE 2015) Newsstand edition had different printing and was very popular online with sales up to $15.00.
#9 NYX #3 (MARVEL 2003) 1st app Wolverines daughter X23. Continually selling high up to $200.00 raw.
#11 NEW MUTANTS #87 (MARVEL 1990) 1st appearance of Cable continues to grow in value.
#12 NEW ALL STAR SQUADRON #25 (DC 1982) 1st Nuklon and 1st Infinity Inc and Jade and Atom Smasher. This 80’s comic has finally turned into a major key issue with rising sales.
#13 THE TITANS #1(DC 1999) 1st Damien Darkh – recent key issue heated up in July 2015 up to $20.00
#15 ENORMOUS #1-6 and Vol. 2 (215 INK 2014) Small indie publisher released new ongoing series which is a followup to the 2 year old Image treasury one-shot from 2012. Regular covers of #1 hit up to $20.00 each and the smaller print run of issue #2 and #3 sold out super fast causing shortages everywhere with sales immediately up to $28.00 with Diamond selling out way in advance for issues #2 and #3. #2 had shipped late to some retailers. #3 came out soon after and hit up to $25.00. By July 2015 news of a TV show was coming and #1 was now up to $100 and #2-3 selling up to $35.00. Vol 2 #1 #7 sold out instantly with sales at $10.00
#16 BATMAN #417 (DC 1988) 1st app KG Beast up to $25.00
#17 A-NEXT #7 (MARVEL 1999) 1st app of Hope Pym caused high demand with appearance in Ant Man movie. Prices jumped up to $25.00
#18 JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (DC 1987) First issue has large print run but now popular with 1st appearance of Maxwell Lord from Supergirl tv show.
#19 WOLVERINE GIANT SIZE OLD MAN LOGAN (MARVEL 2009) One-shot heated up in July 2015 up to $10.00
#20 MS MARVEL (MARVEL 2014) #1-4 1st printing all sold out and interest high in new Muslim superhero and prices hit high of $50.00 for #1 regular cover and tons of higher sales on later issues.
See the rest of the top 200 list at Hoknescomics.com