Top Ten for Week of 8/24/23

Since  came on the scene, they have become a go to spot for watching eBay trends on comics. They scour thousands of eBay sales to cultivate data to spotlight the hottest selling comics. Here is this week’s Top Ten Comics:

#1 AVENGERS #35 | MARVEL | 2014
While there is no clear end in sight for the Writers/Actor strike, rumors have been floating around that Doctor Strange 3 is ready to begin production once the strike ends. Alongside this rumor is how the movie’s plot will be pulled directly from the pages of a comic storyline called “Time Runs Out.” In this storyline, Doctor Strange is seen attempting to stop multiple incursions as entire universes are set on the brink of collapse. Considering that Feige mentioned that the Secret Wars would rely heavily on the 2015 version, which saw universes collide, it’s safe to say this rumor might have legs. Until we see more evidence to support it, we can only speculate. As a bonus, it is also the first cover appearance of Sam Wilson in a Captain America costume (although he doesn’t appear in the story). We tracked 60 copies sold at a 7-day trend of 201%, with a high sale of $100 for a CGC 9.8 and a current raw NM FMV of $18.

#2 DAZZLER #1 | MARVEL | 1981
Social media is divided on the latest rumor to come out of Deadpool 3. If you have yet to hear, Taylor Swift has been rumored to cameo in the film as the vibrant mutant, Dazzler. Why does this have the fandom divided? Most of the time, substantial rumors have many social media leakers leaning towards one side of the rumor more than the other. However, in the case of Dazzler, some leakers are stating that this rumor is false, while others are increasingly vigilant that these rumors are true. With no word from Taylor Swift, Marvel, or any other confirming party, we’ve all just been “dazzled” by this rumor and the market’s response. It’s important to note that, in the case of this being true, it would still only be a cameo appearance and not likely an extended role in the MCU (however, anything can happen if people love it). We tracked 64 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 148%, with a high sale of $200 for a CGC 9.8 and a current raw NM FMV of $20.

#3 X-MEN #130 – NEWSSTAND | MARVEL | 1980
The first appearance of Dazzler rises to spot #3, with her first solo series taking 2nd place. The solo series is likely moving at a higher rate due to the ease of obtaining a copy and the lower buy-in. While there hasn’t been a firm confirmation, Dazzler’s first appearance is yet another product of the rumor mill. It is continually fueled by fan art, depicting the superstar as the glistening hero (case in point, this is a great one). As we wait for any official announcement, we tracked 61 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 151%, with a high sale of $580 for a CGC 9.6 and a current raw NM FMV of $193.

Deadpool 3 is truly pushing the limits of the multiverse. From rumors that the original X-Men will appear to visit Ben Affleck’s Daredevil universe… the movie is ripe with possibilities! One of those possibilities is the appearance of Professor Xavier’s sister, Cassandra Nova. Cassandra Nova has been rumored to be in Deadpool 3, but some rumors go as far as saying that she will also feature as a villain in Doctor Strange 3. Who knows which rumors are true or not? We know that rumors send fans into a frenzy to pick up the first appearance of a character. This week, we saw 51 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 120%, with a high sale of $200 for a CGC 9.8 and a current raw NM FMV of $22.

It took a flying blue scarab from space to dethrone the pink royalty that is Barbie finally. Blue Beetle won out the weekend, and reviews have been highly positive. However, Blue Beetle’s weekend box office is reportedly the lowest DCU opening ever and has a long way to go before becoming profitable. However, fans rejoice in James Gunn’s confirmation that Blue Beetle is part of the upcoming rebooted DCU. As collectors have been picking up Jaime Reyes’ first appearance, we hope Blue Beetle becomes a new staple in the DC Cinematic Universe! We tracked 41 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 139%, with a high sale of $250 for a CGC 9.8 copy and a raw NM FMV of $43.

Last week, a movie still, poster, and write-up were released with significant coverage. Directed by Oppenheimer actor Macon Blair, the Toxic Avenger’s film update has made this project “real” in a sea of content announcements that never seem to make it to production. We tracked 37 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 152%, with a high sale of $230 for a CGC 9.8 and a current raw NM FMV of $23.

The rumor mill hits again, this time surrounding Aubrey Plaza’s role in Agatha: Coven of Chaos. According to a Twitter leaker, Plaza will be playing the role of Rio Vidal, an enemy to both Agatha and Wanda. This would be a female version of Declan Dane, also known as the Emerald Warlock, who makes his first appearance in this issue. It’s a bit less exciting than the previous rumor, in which she was set to play the embodiment of Death in the MCU… a role she was nearly born to play. Nevertheless, fans are happy with this rumor as well. We tracked 28 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 137%, with a high sale of $10 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $5.

The INCREDIBLE HULK #340 homage continues to turn heads in the DC fandom. The KNIGHT TERRORS series has produced outstanding artwork while seeing immediate value increases in the aftermarket. Christian Duce continues to add to those cover collections with this homage variant (and retailer incentive!). If more support is needed to make it a collector’s item, this book is also the debut of The House of Horror. We tracked 14 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 168%, with a high sale of $59 for a raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $45.

#9 ALPHA FLIGHT #1 – ARTHUR ADAMS (1:50) | MARVEL | 2023
Alpha Flight has been a staple of the X-Men universe since their debut in 1979. Originally, the team was meant to be a one-shot fight with the X-Men. However, John Byrne’s popularity was used to propel the team to new heights. Although it was his creation, John Byrne left the title after 28 issues. The team has reemerged in various limited series through the decades. In this iteration, Snowbird takes the stage in a dynamic and intriguing retailer incentive cover. Arthur Adams put out a stellar piece of artwork, and many collectors agree, increasing the value of this book to double since its release a week ago. We tracked 16 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 135%, with a high sale of $130 for an NM+ raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $106.

Interest in horror comics has begun to resurface, and Jay Stephens is part of that movement. After nearly 20 years, the infamous cartoonist returns to the comic scene with a horror anthology book illustrated in the most jarring way possible, with art akin to old Harvey Comics or even an ’80s Saturday Morning Cartoon. The stark contrast between the dark narrative and the colorful illustration creates a sense of dissonance, which only augments the horror feel of the book. This wonderfully fresh, Hitchcockian story is making waves in the comic community, and we’ve seen interest pick up over the past couple of weeks. We tracked 14 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 143%, with a high sale of $30 for an NM+ raw copy and a current raw NM FMV of $20.

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