Top Ten for Week of 12/1/23

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10. Nova Vol.1 #1
The latest MCU rumor continues to make waves through the top ten. Theories on the rumor have led to buys related to Frankie Raye in many specs. If you haven’t heard, Frankie Raye is at the center of the latest news churning out of the rumor mill. The rumor initially broke on Twitter in late October; however, it has begun to permeate throughout all of social media. The original posting was from a purported “Marvel Insider” that stated the MCU was casting a female as the Silver Surfer. Well, the exact rumor was, “Galactus’ herald in the MCU Fantastic Four reboot will be a woman.” This casting doesn’t necessarily mean that this is the Silver Surfer. Nevertheless, speculators dug out all possible female heralds and found Frankie Raye. Why does this relate to this issue? Frankie Raye served as a herald of Galactus under the name “Nova.” This rumor within a rumor was enough fuel for fans to pick up the first appearance of the original Nova (Richard Rider)! We tracked 15 copies sold at a 7-day trend of 141%, a high sale of $1,050 for a CGC 9.8, and a raw NM FMV of $67.

9. Fantastic Four Vol.1 #244
This book continues to ride the coattails of the female herald rumor in the MCU. As Frankie Raye takes the spotlight, so does her first appearance as Nova. This sports classic creator names like John Byrne, Jim Novak, Glynis Wein, and John Byrne. It has a fantastic cover that shows Raye in full Nova form. However, it is interesting that this book has been heating up. Typically, speculation on a character leads to an increase in sales of their first appearance. In this case, Raye’s first appearance was nearly a decade earlier in FANTASTIC FOUR #164. Although #164 didn’t crack the top ten or even the runner-ups this week, it will be interesting to see which of these two books takes the top spot next week! We tracked 25 copies sold, a 7-day trend of 90%, a high sale of $500 for a CGC 9.8 copy, and a current raw FN FMV of $23.

8. The Uncanny X-Men Vol.1 #164
***SPOILER ALERT*** The end credits scene for The Marvels was an essential shift in the future of the MCU. It began the inevitable road to blend the many cinematic universes from multiple past generations. It also introduced us to a new version of Maria Rambeau, a.k.a. the other dimension’s ‘Binary.’ In this issue, Carol Danvers takes on the moniker of Binary. To this day, we do not have a first appearance of Rambeau as Binary, so this is the closest speculation to this scene. This book was neck-in-neck in sales two weeks ago with its newsstand variant. It looks like the direct edition has won out, with 22 copies having sold and a 112% increase in trend. The highest sale was for a CGC 9.8 copy, which sold for $192, and the current fair market value for a raw VF copy is $22.

7. Fantastic Four Vol.1 #257
This cover beautifully depicts Galactus, Death, and Nova (Frankie Raye). Aside from the cover, this story is full of emotion and depth and would make an exciting translation to the MCU. In this issue, we see Galactus questioning his existence and contemplating the consumption of a planet. Death appears to him, advising him to avoid Death and continue with his purpose. Raye also has an emotional arc in which she questions whether she is falling in love with the Devourer of Worlds. So there you have it… Phenomenal cover, female herald spec, falling in love with a cosmic being, and Galactus having an existential crisis that can only be comforted by Death herself. Comics are awesome. We tracked 11 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 301%, with a high sale of $34 for a raw copy and a current raw FN FMV of $3.

6. Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars Vol.1 #7 – Direct
Over half of our top ten list is dedicated to the latest female Herald rumor in the MCU. This book is a nice breather from all that speculation. Sony released the Madame Web trailer two weeks ago, and this book has retained the heat. Sydney Sweeney is playing Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter). Sweeney has a ton of star power, rolling hot off the popular show Euphoria. The rumor of her accepting the role has been prevalent since the beginning of 2023, and the visual confirmation was enough to send this book to the top of most collectors’ want list! We tracked 28 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 123%, with a high sale of $247 for a CGC 9.8 copy and a raw VF FMV of $30.

5. Fantastic Four Vol.1 #48
Here we go, back at the MCU rumor of the week. This book isn’t picking up steam because of the female Herald rumor directly. Instead, that rumor reminded collectors of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie and its significance in the MCU. The Fantastic Four is a long-awaited addition to the MCU. If the rumors are true, the Fantastic Four will explode onto the big screen with a massive story. It is no easy feat to introduce the Fantastic Four in the same movie as one of their most daunting villains, Galactus! This book is a grail for many and is out of reach for those on a budget. In this economy, there are still big spenders that caused enough movement on this book to push it into our top ten! We tracked 16 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 218%, with a high sale of $3,240 for a CGC 8.5 copy and a current raw VG FMV of $1,200.

4. Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars Vol.1 #8 – Direct
Here’s another nice break from Galactus and the herald! This book swings back and forth between the top ten and runner-ups. It is the origin of Spider-Man’s black suit and the alien symbiote. This book will likely continue to become popular as we hear more information on the MCU’s Secret Wars and/or information on the continuation of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. After all, Marvel and Sony teased us with a symbiote storyline at the end of No Way Home! In the meantime, we tracked 43 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 99%, with a high sale of $752 for a CGC 9.8 and a raw VF FMV of $133. (We also JUST gave a CGC 9.8 of this away for Cyber Monday!)

3. Alien Legion Vol.1 #1
The Alien Legion is a little-known 20-issue series that Marvel initially published. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Tim Miller (Deadpool) was attached to direct a film adaptation. Warner Bros. aims to build its own space opera universe with the series. However, although the series started at Marvel, the IP eventually ended at Epic Comics. That’s to say, don’t think that this universe will be a larger part of the MCU Multiverse. Nevertheless, the dwindling number of available issues has raised the FMV on this book. Speculators and collectors are searching through the aftermarket for more copies of this phenomenal space relic. We tracked 33 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 162%, with a high sale of $325 for a CGC 9.8 copy and a current raw FN FMV of $10.

2. Hercules: Twilight Of A God #4
The top two books of this week indirectly relate to the female Herald MCU rumor. Regarding mainstream continuity, the female herald is widely known as Frankie Raye. Outside of the mainstream universe, in an alternate universe altogether, is another herald of Galactus, Juno. Juno is the Earth-829 daughter of Hercules. This issue depicts her transition to the new role of herald. Upon news of the rumor that the Silver Surfer would be female, a quick Google search “female Silver Surfer” landed folks to this book and issue #1. Keep in mind that most rumors, speculation, and unconfirmed news have firmly pointed to Frankie Raye as the future herald of the MCU. Juno is an alternate universe herald that only exists in this 4-part series. Based on the current information, the likelihood of Juno becoming the MCU herald is very low, making this bad speculation. This book likely hit our top ten because of its accessibility and affordability. Seemingly overnight, this dollar bin book has become a top seller. We tracked 11 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 763%, with a high sale of $50 for a raw copy and a current raw FN FMV of $7.

1. Hercules: Twilight Of A God #1
As soon as the female herald rumor began to hit mainstream social media, speculators dug through all possible female Silver Surfer variants (there are not many). That quick search initially had all championing this as the book to chase. However, it only portrays the first appearance of Juno (the Earth-829 daughter of Hercules, as noted above). She officially becomes a herald of Galactus in issue #4, where he gives her the Monikor of The Silver Surfer. After a few days, the market refocused on issue #4, but the initial misinformation of this being the first female Silver Surfer continued to spread and move numerous copies online. With most rumors pointing at Frankie Raye as the MCU Herald, we’ll have to see if people continue buying into bad speculation like this. We tracked 34 copies sold, at a 7-day trend of 389%, with a high sale of $30 for a raw copy and a current raw VF FMV of $5. FUN FACT: There was another female Silver Surfer that predates Juno by 20 years. Check out her debut in NTH MAN THE ULTIMATE NINJA #11.

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