So we all know Walking Dead back issues equal money. No surprise there. It usually takes a few issues before you start to see a spike in price on the newer issues. Well, Walking Dead 108 is breaking that trend with the introduction of Ezekial and his tiger. Not sure how this character is going to play out, but his first appearance is already spiking in the 2 weeks since the book came out. Currently, the book is selling on average for $6.99-$9.99, with a few exceptions of one that sold for $1.99 (???) and one that sold for $16.99. The price increase started happening over the last three days (March 25-28.) Before March 25th, the book was selling for +/- cover price.
With the introduction of a character who could be a key player (speculation is fun) and the fact the book has already picked up steam on the secondary market, it could be time to visit your LCS and pick up a few extra copies.
I am not saying the Comic Price guide model is dead, I am saying it is on life support. Currently, there are no monthly comic book price guides (think Wizard Magazine) that accurately track prices. The big books come out every year, but they do not capture the prices of books that spike before or after the publication of the book. If a book starts spiking on eBay before the book is published, it will not be captured until the next edition. Basically, if you are looking for newer hot books, the price guide model is dead. If you are looking for older books, it still might not be helpful.
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In the transition from our old blog to this one I did not put out a couple of books that are heating up, albeit cooling down a little now. So here is the post as it should have run on the blogspot site
Two books I have been selling like crazy, that the shop owners do not seem to know are hot, are Injustice Gods Among Us and the Black Beetle.
Of the two, Black Beetle is my fave. It is a grim and gritty (cliche I know) noir super/science hero. It is very much in the vein of Lobster Johnson. Since the writer/artist Francesco Francavilla did some work for Mignola it is not surprising.
The first appearance was in Dark Horse presents 11. There are two covers for this one, the regular fetches around $13 and the Francavilla fetches around $20. There is a 0 issue which reprints the Dark Horse Presents chapters and goes for about $30. The #1 issue is pulling in about $20 (these have dipped a little since i first wrote this but are still commanding a premium.)
The second book is a DC video game tie in, Injustice Gods Among Us. The video game has a lot of hype and it has spilled over into the comic back story adaptation. #1 of this book is still sitting on a lot of shelves, mostly because people do not usually buy non-cannon video game tie ins. It is fetching $14-20.
This has been an easy flip as the demand for this book is strong.
So our pick of the week, seems to be everyone’s pick of the week.
Why is this the pick of the week? It is a new Image book. It is written by fan favorite Jonathan Hickman (Manhattan Projects.) There has not been a lot of press on this book, but it did make the cover of previews.
There is a down side. Hickman stated in a recent interview the print run of this one would be 3x his largest Image book. That book was Manhattan Projects which had a print run of 18,000 books. That would place this book at roughly 54,000 copies if you take what he said literally.
Still, Saga was promoted more, and had a print run of 37,000 books. People still say “I wish I had gotten more copies of Saga.”
I, myself plan on picking up a couple of copies and holding a few in reserve.
Maybe it’s due to the coverage about it’s realism in the USA Today, maybe it’s due to the movie deal tweeted, but Image Comics has another breakout success (on the secondary market that is) with Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerards The Activity. Regardless, the secondary market movement is bringing in new readers to this already growing book.
This one is seeing huge growth on eBay with issue one closing as high as $61.
This 11 issue series, to date, is also seeing some of the other early issues heating up.
here is a #2 in non-nm that closed a few hours after it was listed:
and a #3 that did the same:
and a #1 that already has movement with 4 watchers in less than 24 hours:
Seriously not many listed on e-bay. Search your local stores for this one.
Following up on the break out success of Cullen Bunn’s Sixth Gun, comes Cullen Bunn’s next hit The Damned Prodigal Son. I was able to find a few of these in my LCS and they are selling well. Showtime has picked this up for a series.
Look at the recently closed auctions:
Also, there are not many of them on eBay right now so demand is higher than supply: