CBCS President Steve Borock

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sborockBreaking news from BleedingCool.com has many comic fans feeling a bit emotional about what recently occurred. CGC has become the exclusive grader at C2E2 and Emerald City Comic Con. Meaning that the ‘other’ grading company; CBCS is not allowed to set up within the confines of those buildings. A bit startling for many fans of CBCS to say the least. We reached out to the president and primary grader of CBCS, Steve Borock, to see what he thinks.

InvestComics: Hi Mr. Borock, How’s it going these days?

Fantastic, thanks! That said, please call me Steve, as I am just another hobbyist with a great gig.

(IC): Great, Steve it is! Let’s jump right into the news this past week. It seems to many onlookers that CGC is monopolizing the market from a business point. They signed an exclusive deal with ReedPop as the exclusive grading company at two conventions; C2E2 and ECCC through 2019. What does this mean for CBCS not being able to provide a service at these shows for their customers that choose CBCS and not CGC as their go to grading company?

(SB) Well, first, the “onlookers” are absolutely correct. CGC, with the help of ReedPop, are trying to monopolize the market under the guise of “This is what collectors want.” This is untrue from the comments on social media, the emails CBCS and CGC have received, and the collectors and sellers I have talked with. In my humble opinion, it’s an “anti-trust” lawsuit just waiting to happen. If ReedPop wants to name our competitor their official grading service and want them to be the ones doing “On-site” grading, that’s fine, but banning CBCS from the floor of their shows is not healthy for our hobby or what many people want.

star_wars_1_investcomics-1nm98To answer your other question, this does not mean that the collecting community will not have a choice. We will be making a big announcement very soon about how the sellers and collectors who only want to certify their comic books through CBCS at these shows will be able to do so.

(IC): Do you foresee a ‘slab war’ as some fans are calling it or is there enough room for everyone?

(SB) The term “Slab wars” is just hype. Period. It’s divisive and not healthy for our great hobby. We all grew up reading about good verses evil, no one wants a “war” except people who feed on that kind of thing. I do not and CBCS does not. There is room for everyone and everyone should have choices. CGC (the company I helped create) wants to be the only game in town, and they realize they now have real competition for the first time since they opened. They are afraid, and once again, in my opinion, are afraid because they no longer own the entire market, but just a huge chunk of it. They have never had enough genuine concern about another grading service before, because those companies were not composed of real specialists and true hobbyists with the ethics and a love for our hobby that CBCS has.

screenhunter_727-nov-21-13-55(IC): Would CBCS ever sign an exclusive deal with a particular convention(s) as a means to ensure that you’re not left on the outside looking in?

(SB) We have been asked before if we want to have CGC left out of a convention and have always said “No.” As I stated before, we at CBCS are true hobbyists that believe collectors and sellers should have choices. Picture your local supermarket as a convention. You don’t walk in and just see Coke, you also see Pepsi, RC Cola, and more. People want choices and the conventions should give them the choices they want.

Look, this is a “David vs Goliath” scenario, except this time Goliath (CGC) is afraid of David (CBCS), not the other way around.

(IC): With a recent bump in the proverbial road for CGC, the ‘you won’t like the results….’, what is your take on that?

(SB) I think it was a pretty strange thing to state and a very clear look into how CGC feels and works. I will let the collecting community make up their own minds about those statements. Our community is smart enough to read between the lines.

(IC): Knowing that bashing another company is never beneficial for any professional outfit, which CBCS does not do and we respect CBCS as a company as we do CGC, we ask you, why should a potential customer prefer CBCS over CGC as their grading company of choosing?

web-of-spider-man(SB) Because we are better! (laughs) Really, it’s a matter of choice and trust. We have some of the most knowledgeable and honest hobbyists in the world working at CBCS. Our holder is crystal clear and archival safe. We care about every comic that comes in the door, whether it’s worth $100,000 or just a dollar, because that comic means something to the owner, and we respect that.

AS to you first question, here’s the deal…. CBCS never bashes CGC because it’s bad for business and for our hobby. Hell, When people come over to the CBCS booth at conventions with magazines and Undergrounds, books we do not certify yet, we do one of two things: Walk them over to CGC or send them over to CGC.

(IC): So what’s coming down the pike for CBCS? Where can we meet the crew next and beyond?

(SB) There are a bunch of things we are working on at the moment, but we want to announce them when the time is right and not give our esteemed competition a “Head’s up”.

As to where and when you can meet and talk to the CBCS crew, there will be many, many chances in the coming year.

This Thanksgiving weekend I am giving up my vacation to fly out to “I Like Comics” in Washington state (Great store!) for a charity event to meet and greet with other hobbyists this Friday & Saturday and raise money for comic artist Rebecca Woods. I really dig doing charity work in our hobby and have been doing so for many, many years. We can all be superheroes in our own way.

CBCS will be doing most major conventions through the next year and even many small shows. Keep an eye on our website (www.cbcscomics.com) and our Facebook page (CBCScomics) for all the events and conventions we will be doing. Our “News & Events” page is updated as soon as we confirm a show appearance.

(IC): Thank you Steve, we’ll see you soon!

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Top 150 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE SEPTEMBER 2013

Top 150 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE SEPTEMBER 2013

Bi-weekly column and list compiled by comics historian Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com – hoknes@hotmail.com

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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 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 titles/issues of the last 5 years please let me know.  Here are my picks of what I believe are the hottest comics at this very moment from all sold releases of the last few years 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.

MARKET REPORT:

The 52 comics with the most buzz on the planet this past month were all DC 3D covers during “villain month”.  I have chose NOT to list them individually as they would dominate the entire chart so I am grouping them by week and highlighting the peak values of each 3D cover.  Note there is a regular standard cover version of all these comics which are NOT hot. In fact only 1 of the 52 standard covers has sold out at Diamond.   Only the 3D cover versions are sold out in advance due to stores being allocated copies in advance.    I do NOT believe the print runs on these books are smaller than normal in fact I think they are higher than normal monthly print runs however the demand has caused many people to collect issues they would not normally pick up and of course speculators are buying extra copies of each as demand is strong online as some stores got shorted copies.  Some titles and issues are shorted more than others causing some issues to be higher demand than the rest.

#1 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #4 (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 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.

#2 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #3 (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 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

#3 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

#4 3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #1 (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 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

#5 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.

#6 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.

#7 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.

#8 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.

#9 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

#10 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.

#11 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

#12 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

#13 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.

#14 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

#15 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.

#16 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
#17 BATMAN #1 5 7 9 – sold out issues averaging $20-$30 each and #1 sells for $50.00.  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.

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

 #19 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

#20 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.

#21 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

#22 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

#23 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.

#24 THE WALKING DEAD (Image) #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
#25 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.

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

#27 DEXTER (MARVEL 2013) #1 and #2 sold out with small print run based on the violent TV show.  Immediate increases on #1.

#28 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.

#29 ARCANE SECRETS #1 (2013) New HP Lovecraft adaptation brought some early high online sales at $8.00.

#30 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
#31 SKYWARD #1 (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.
#32 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.
#33 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

#34 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

#35 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

#36 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
#37 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
#38 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.
#39 HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER  (2013)  #1 and #2 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.
#40 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.
#41 SATELLITE SAM #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – hit high of $10.00 after a month

#42 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.

#43 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

#44 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

#45 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

#46 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

#47 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.

#48 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

#49 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.

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

#51 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.

#52 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.

#53 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

#54 UBER #0-1-2-3   Sold out printings instantly.  Originaly 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

#55 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

#56 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

#57 SHELTERED #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – hit high of $6.00 after a month

#58 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.

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

#60 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.

#61 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

#62 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

#63 STAR WARS #1  Reached up to $30 week of release but now at $10 but still popular.  Sets #1-6 sell for $26

#64 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

#65 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

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

#67 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.

#68 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.

#69 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

#70 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.

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

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

#73 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

#74 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.

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

#76 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

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

267 Liberator 1 $3.50 Black Mask 5,266

#78 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.

#79 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

#80 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

#81 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

#82 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1-10 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.

#83 HELHEIM (Oni) #1-5  #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.

#84 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

#85 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

#86 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

#87 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.

#88 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

#89 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.

#90 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.

#91 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

#92 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

#93 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

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

#95 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

#96 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.

136, Extinction Parade, 1, $3.99, Avatar, 16,061

#97 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#106 DOCTOR WHO PRISONER OF TIME #1-9   First issues sold out and I did sell some #1′s above guide but some sellers still selling them at cover.  Variant covers sell really really well online when initially released!

#107 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

#108 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

#109 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

#110 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

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

#112 THE STRAIN (Dark Horse) 12 issue mini-series becomes due to potential TV series.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#120 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

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

#122 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

#123 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

#124 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.

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

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

#127 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

#128 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

#129 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.

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

#131 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.

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

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

#134 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.

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

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

#137 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.

#138 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 !

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

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

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

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

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

#144 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.

#145 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

#146 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

#147 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

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

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

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

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

#152 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 www.comichron.com  for the initial Diamond sales figures data

You can see complete monthly Diamond sales chart data and more stats at his site !

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.

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