Top 100 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE JULY 2013

Top 100 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during LATE JULY 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.     I did not focus on variants specifically as I can’t even keep track of them all.    If you think I have missed any hot titles/issues of the last 5 years please let me know.  Sales were at a very weak point during late May and all of June but July sales have already started to pick up on many titles.    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.

#1 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 rescheduled to come out mid August.

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
#2 WATSON AND HOLMES (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.
 #3 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 20,000.   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
#4 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 $40.00 each and sets hitting record highs.       #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
#5 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.
 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.
#6 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.
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
#7 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
#8 EAST OF WEST (Image) #1 Hot as a pre-seller and has stabilized at $7.00.   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 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
#9 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.
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, Hawkeye7, $2.99, Marvel, 37,000
56, Hawkeye, 8, $2.99, Marvel, 36,898.
53, Hawkeye9, $2.99, Marvel, 39,678.
48, Hawkeye10, $2.99, Marvel, 42,090.
50, Hawkeye11, $2.99, Marvel, 40,510.
#10 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
#11 BALLISTIC #1 (BLACK MASK 2013) New mini series – #1 sold out instantly and hit high prices of $12.00 in first week of release.
#12 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 12
209, Nowhere Men3, $2.99, Image, 7,421
150, Nowhere Men4, $2.99, Image, 13,368
141,Nowhere Men5, $2.99, Image, 15,608

#13 DAREDEVIL #1-4 (Marvel 2011)  Early issues sold out and on average $10.00 each !

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

#14 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.

#15 THINK TANK (Image) #1-5.  #1 sold out immediately and no one seems to have a copy.  2nd printings are more common.  #1 1st in the $15-20 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

#16 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
#17 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 Gun28, $3.99, Oni, 2,901

338, Sixth Gun29, $3.99, Oni, 3,097

306, Sixth Gun30, $3.99, Oni, 4,227

325, Sixth Gun31, $3.99, Oni, 4,350

300, Sixth Gun32, $3.99, Oni, 4,277

#18 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

#19 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 Thieves12, $2.99, Image, 14,974

135, Thief of Thieves13, $2.99, Image, 15,201

129, Thief of Thieves14, $2.99, Image, 16,938.

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

#21 DAY MEN #1 (BOOM 2013) New ongoing series – #1 sold out instantly and currently at $6.00 – early movie rumours starting.

#22 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

#23 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.

94, XFiles Season 10, 1, $3.99, IDW, 24,270

#24 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

#25 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

#26 LAZARUS #1 (IMAGE 2013) New ongoing series #1 first print sold out instantly late June 2013. Some asking above cover.

34, Lazarus1, $2.99, Image, 48,030

#27 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, Revival6, $2.99, Image, 17,396

124, Revival7, $2.99, Image, 16,639

124, Revival8, $2.99, Image, 17,082

121, Revival9, $2.99, Image, 16,977

134, Revival10, $2.99, Image, 16,314

153, Revival11, $2.99, Image, 13,536

#28 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

#29 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.

#30 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 $50.00 !!

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

#31 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

#32 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

#33 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

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

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

#36 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

#37 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

#38 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

#39 CHRONOS COMMANDER #1 (2013) Small print run small publisher instant sell out – sold as high as $9.99 in first week.

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

#41 NUMBERCRUNCHER #1 (TITAN 2013) New miniseries from small publisher sold out instantly – nobody has copies for sale.

#42 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

#43 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

#44 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 Projects9, $3.50, Image, 17,229

125,Manhattan Projects10, $3.50, Image, 17,028

116, Manhattan Projects11, $3.50, Image, 17,517

129, Manhattan Projects, 12, $3.50, Image, 17,076

#45 THE BOUNCE (IMAGE) Creator owned superhero title from last month actually sold out some places and some dealers marked up slightly.

#46 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.

#47 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.

#48 SKYWARD #1 (2013) New series from small publisher sold out instantly and some sellers asking above cover.

#49 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

#50 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

#51 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#58 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

#59 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.

#60 MULTIPLE WARHEADS #1 (ONI 2008) Rare first issue still popular – $32.00

#61 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

#62 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

#63 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

#64 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

#65 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

#66 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

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

#68 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.

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

#70 SATELLITE SAM #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – some sellers asking above cover

#71 GHOSTED #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – some sellers asking above cover

#72 SHELTERED #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – some sellers asking above cover

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

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

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

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

#77 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

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

#79 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.

#80 SEX #1-3 (Image)  Lots of demand for #1 in pre-sale but has cooled down.   #1-2 sell for $8.99 as set.

#81 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

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

#83 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

#84 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

#85 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.

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

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

#88 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

#89 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

#90 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.

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

#92 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.

#93 DOCTOR WHO PRISONER OF TIME #1-4   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 well on ebay when initially released!

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

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

#96 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.

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

#98 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.

#99 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 !

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

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

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

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

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

#105 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.

#106 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

#107 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

#108 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

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

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

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

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

#113 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

RAREST COMIC BOOKS of 2009-2012

THE RAREST / SMALLEST PRINT COMICS OF 2009-2012

SALES MARKET REPORT by Terry Hoknes hoknes@hotmail.com

Diamond publishes a list of the 300 best selling comics each month which is where these statistics are compiled from.

If a comic sold very poorly it may not have even made the top 300 list so we are only using data for those comics that did make the chart.

Here are a sample of the Top 10 worst/lowest sales for various comics from the main publishers during the past 4 years.

On one level this just proves these titles are not popular BUT it also will prove in the long run to be the rarest comics to collect as back issues in the future.

Daffodil2 IHateGallantGirl1 IdesOfBlood1

 

ANTARTIC – Some very rare zombie themed comics with sales as low as only 1,305 copies in 2012.

364

Last Zombie Before The After

2

$3.99

Antarctic

1305

2012

11

373

Gold Digger Christmas Special

5

$3.50

Antarctic

1333

2011

12

443

Last Zombie

1

$3.99

Antarctic

1336

2010

6

353

Gold Digger Holidays Special

1

$3.50

Antarctic

1376

2012

1

442

Robin Hood One Shot

 

$3.50

Antarctic

1387

2010

6

408

Very Zombie Christmas

4

$3.50

Antarctic

1404

2012

12

369

Nazi Zombies

2

$3.99

Antarctic

1444

2012

4

371

Gobs

2

$3.99

Antarctic

1447

2011

9

402

Victorian Secret Girls of Steampunk

1

$3.99

Antarctic

1504

2012

12

364

Airboy Deadeye

1

$3.50

Antarctic

1520

2012

4

 

ARCHIE COMICS – Some of the most recognized characters in the history of comic books but comic stores in North America keep orders very small with the average comic store not even ordering 1 copy of the monthly digests as seen here.

360

Jugheads Double Digest

177

$3.99

Archie

1203

2012

1

368

World of Archie Double Digest

23

$3.99

Archie

1250

2012

11

359

Archie

602

$2.50

Archie

1264

2009

11

372

World of Archie Double Digest

13

$3.99

Archie

1344

2011

12

357

Jugheads Double Digest

155

$3.99

Archie

1362

2009

11

298

Archie

616

$2.99

Archie

1366

2011

1

394

Archie & Friends Double Digest

20

$3.99

Archie

1398

2012

9

367

Jugheads Double Digest

176

$3.99

Archie

1403

2011

12

414

Jugheads Double Digest

182

$3.99

Archie

1404

2012

6

351

Jughead

211

$2.99

Archie

1413

2012

1

 

BLUEWATER – A tribute comic to legend Steve Jobs had less than 900 sales on the entire continent.  Other celebrity comics also had very small print runs.

384

Steve Jobs Co Founder of Apple

 

$3.99

Bluewater

825

2012

1

373

Political Power Jon Stewart

 

$3.99

Bluewater

985

2012

1

451

William Shatner Presents Tek War

7

$3.99

Bluewater

1104

2010

6

367

Logans Run Aftermath

4

$3.99

Bluewater

1115

2012

1

368

Walter Koenig Things To Come

1

$3.99

Bluewater

1485

2011

9

364

Orbit Stan Lee

 

$3.99

Bluewater

1527

2011

9

322

Misadventures of Adam West

4

$3.99

Bluewater

2025

2012

1

347

Logan’s Run

4

$3.99

Bluewater

2139

2010

10

319

Misadventures of Adam West

3

$3.99

Bluewater

2171

2012

1

352

Misadventures of Adam West Ongoing

1

$3.99

Bluewater

2234

2012

2

 

BONGO COMICS – It is clear that some of the Classics series sold so little that they did not even chart making these ultra rare with print runs around 1500 copies.

420

Simpsons Classics

30

$3.99

Bongo

1716

2011

11

361

Simpsons Classics

26

$3.99

Bongo

1806

2010

10

286

Simpsons Classics

27

$3.99

Bongo

1828

2011

1

289

Simpsons Classics

19

$3.99

Bongo

1867

2009

1

295

Simpsons Comics Treasure Trove

4

$3.99

Bongo

2575

2009

5

369

Simpsons Illustrated

2

$3.99

Bongo

2751

2012

5

373

Simpsons Illustrated

4

$3.99

Bongo

2893

2012

10

374

Simpsons Illustrated

3

$3.99

Bongo

2966

2012

8

311

Simpsons Illustrated

1

$3.99

Bongo

3692

2012

2

313

Simpsons Summer Shindig

6

$4.99

Bongo

4411

2012

5

 

BOOM COMICS – This popular publisher usually sells fairly decently but here are the comics at the bottom of the ordering chart.

281

Hero Squared Love & Death

1

$3.99

Boom

2121

2009

1

272

Zombie Tales

10

$3.99

Boom

2440

2009

1

298

Fall of Cthulhu Nemesis

2

$3.99

Boom

2531

2009

5

264

Dracula Company of Monsters

6

$3.99

Boom

2541

2011

1

262

Donald Duck And Friends

362

$2.99

Boom

2559

2011

1

291

Unknown Devil Made Flesh

4

$3.99

Boom

2615

2010

1

306

Mickey Mouse

307

$3.99

Boom

2631

2011

4

298

Warhammer Crown of Destruction

4

$3.99

Boom

2642

2009

2

298

Warhammer Crown of Destruction

4

$3.99

Boom

2642

2009

3

278

Anchor

5

$3.99

Boom

2698

2010

2

 

DARK HORSE COMICS – One of the biggest comic book publishers but here are the comics nobody ordered and nobody remembers!!!

290

Rapture

6

$2.99

Dark Horse

2630

2010

1

298

Deadlocke One Shot

 

$3.50

Dark Horse

2730

2009

11

299

Citizen Rex

4

$3.50

Dark Horse

2750

2009

10

297

Conan Legacy Frazetta Cover

5

$6.99

Dark Horse

2766

2010

8

294

Rapture

5

$2.99

Dark Horse

2850

2009

11

300

Devil

3

$3.50

Dark Horse

2900

2010

4

300

Robert E Howards Savage Sword

2

$7.99

Dark Horse

2913

2011

5

299

Rex Mundi

19

$2.99

Dark Horse

2918

2009

8

298

Rex Mundi Dh Ed

18

$2.99

Dark Horse

3010

2009

6

 

DC COMICS – the worlds #2 publisher has released some comics with some very weak sales numbers.  Some are not surprising as there are many titles aimed at young child readers as well as some expensive 100 page giants “DC Comics Presents” and some short lived titles.  This list ranks all 82 comics of the past 4 years that had sales of under 4,000 copies.    This list is in fact not the worst as I do not have sales data for the few kids comics titles that sold so poorly they did not chart.  This would include numerous issues of: Cartoon Network Action Pack, Billy Batson and Mad Magazine.

1

Ides of Blood

6

$2.99

DC

1834

2011

1

284

2

Cartoon Network Action Pack

33

$2.50

DC

1838

2009

1

293

3

Cartoon Network Action Pack

56

$2.99

DC

2013

2011

1

279

4

DC Comics Presents The Atom

1

$7.99

DC

2185

2011

1

273

5

Looney Tunes

194

$2.99

DC

2243

2011

1

270

6

Looney Tunes

170

$2.50

DC

2353

2009

1

273

7

Looney Tunes

174

$2.50

DC

2510

2009

5

300

8

Mad Magazine

498

$4.99

DC

2629

2009

1

264

9

Push

5

$3.50

DC

2673

2009

1

262

10

Push

6

$3.50

DC

2744

2009

2

296

11

Push

6

$3.50

DC

2744

2009

3

296

12

Mirrors Edge

4

$3.99

DC

2762

2009

2

294

13

Mirrors Edge

4

$3.99

DC

2762

2009

3

294

14

DC Comics Presents Superman Sole Survivo

1

$7.99

DC

2768

2011

1

254

15

Ferryman

5

$3.50

DC

2775

2009

1

256

16

Vertigo Resurrected Hellblazer Bad Blood

1

$7.99

DC

2783

2011

4

299

17

Push

4

$3.50

DC

2789

2009

1

255

18

Ratchet And Clank

6

$2.99

DC

2874

2011

2

299

19

DC Comics Presents Superman

2

$7.99

DC

2915

2010

11

294

20

Deus Ex

3

$2.99

DC

2926

2011

4

289

21

Killapalooza

4

$2.99

DC

2934

2009

8

298

22

Ratchet And Clank

5

$2.99

DC

2963

2011

1

248

23

Red Herring

6

$2.99

DC

3014

2010

1

282

24

DC Comics Presents Wonder Woman

1

$7.99

DC

3023

2011

2

295

25

Mysterius The Unfathomable

5

$2.99

DC

3027

2009

5

286

26

Resistance

6

$3.99

DC

3037

2009

5

285

27

Vertigo Resurrected The Extremist

1

$7.99

DC

3041

2010

11

290

28

Infamous

4

$2.99

DC

3092

2011

4

281

29

Infamous

6

$2.99

DC

3105

2011

5

294

30

Infamous

5

$2.99

DC

3177

2011

5

291

31

DC Comics Presents Batman Urban Legends

1

$7.99

DC

3195

2011

12

295

32

Dantes Inferno

6

$3.99

DC

3197

2010

5

294

33

Mirrors Edge

3

$3.99

DC

3210

2009

1

244

34

Bang Tango

5

$2.99

DC

3219

2009

6

290

35

Infamous

3

$2.99

DC

3246

2011

4

279

36

Garrison

2

$2.99

DC

3252

2010

5

291

37

DC Comics Presents Lobo

1

$7.99

DC

3280

2011

1

241

38

DC Comics Presents Brightest Day

2

$7.99

DC

3292

2010

11

284

39

DC Comics Presents The Flash

1

$7.99

DC

3298

2011

5

289

40

DC Comics Presents Batman Conspiracy

1

$7.99

DC

3308

2011

2

281

41

Ratchet And Clank

3

$3.99

DC

3382

2010

11

282

42

Red Herring

4

$2.99

DC

3436

2009

11

285

43

Welcome To Tranquility One Foot Grave

5

$3.99

DC

3446

2010

11

281

44

Bang Tango

4

$2.99

DC

3448

2009

5

271

45

Dantes Inferno

5

$3.99

DC

3495

2010

4

278

46

Dantes Inferno

3

$3.99

DC

3557

2010

2

267

47

Resistance

3

$3.99

DC

3589

2009

2

275

48

Resistance

3

$3.99

DC

3589

2009

3

275

49

Sparta Usa

6

$2.99

DC

3594

2010

8

272

50

DC Comics Presents Legion Of Super Heroe

1

$7.99

DC

3597

2011

5

278

51

DC Comics Presents Batman

2

$7.99

DC

3643

2010

11

272

52

Starcraft

7

$2.99

DC

3649

2010

1

267

53

Dc Comics Presents Jack Cross

1

$7.99

DC

3662

2010

10

295

54

DC Comics Presents The Flash Green Lante

1

$7.99

DC

3664

2010

11

270

55

Prototype

5

$3.99

DC

3676

2009

8

282

56

Dc Comics Presents Superman

1

$7.99

DC

3685

2010

10

293

57

Detective Comics Classics

 

$5.99

DC

3702

2011

2

271

58

Scooby Doo

152

$2.50

DC

3724

2010

1

266

59

Welcome To Tranquility One Foot Grave

4

$3.99

DC

3734

2010

10

292

60

Kane and Lynch

1

$3.99

DC

3756

2010

8

267

61

Sparta USA

5

$2.99

DC

3771

2010

7

295

62

Scooby Doo

153

$2.50

DC

3780

2010

2

260

63

DC Comics Presents Superman Adventures

1

$7.99

DC

3795

2012

6

285

64

Red Herring

3

$2.99

DC

3795

2009

10

278

65

Scooby Doo

140

$2.50

DC

3799

2009

1

234

66

DC Comics Presents Batman Dark City

1

$7.99

DC

3800

2011

5

273

67

DC Comics Presents Green Lantern Willwor

1

$7.99

DC

3802

2011

5

272

68

Dantes Inferno

2

$3.99

DC

3808

2010

1

263

69

Vertigo Resurrected Winters Edge

1

$7.99

DC

3811

2010

12

300

70

Scooby Doo

155

$2.50

DC

3836

2010

4

270

71

Scooby Doo

154

$2.50

DC

3847

2010

3

295

72

Bang Tango

3

$2.99

DC

3847

2009

4

295

73

Scooby Doo

156

$2.50

DC

3857

2010

5

276

74

Scooby Doo

141

$2.50

DC

3860

2009

2

266

75

Scooby Doo

141

$2.50

DC

3860

2009

3

266

76

Mysterius The Unfathomable

2

$2.99

DC

3872

2009

2

264

77

Mysterius The Unfathomable

2

$2.99

DC

3872

2009

3

264

78

Scooby Doo

151

$2.50

DC

3906

2009

12

290

79

Gears of War

24

$2.99

DC

3944

2012

6

276

80

Billy Batson And The Magic of Shazam

21

$2.99

DC

3945

2010

10

287

81

El Diablo

6

$2.99

DC

3996

2009

2

257

82

El Diablo

6

$2.99

DC

3996

2009

3

257

 

IDW COMICS – Here are 10 comics with many licensed characters that had the smallest print runs for this company over the past 4 years.

297

Dreamland Chronicles Idw

7

$3.99

IDW

1714

2009

1

288

The Suicide Forest

2

$3.99

IDW

1748

2011

1

290

Speed Racer Next Generation Birthright

3

$3.99

IDW

1867

2009

1

287

Dreamer

3

$3.99

IDW

1910

2009

1

268

Edge of Doom

3

$3.99

IDW

2266

2011

1

291

Zombies Vs Robots Aventure

1

$3.99

IDW

2390

2010

2

265

George Rr Martins Doorways

3

$3.99

IDW

2404

2011

1

285

Jon Sable Freelance Ashes of Eden

5

$3.99

IDW

2474

2010

2

295

John Sable Freelance Ashes of Eden

4

$3.99

IDW

2492

2010

1

293

Grimjack Manx Cat

6

$3.99

IDW

2529

2010

1

 

IMAGE COMICS – the worlds #3 publisher does not sell the numbers that they used to.  They publish a lot of mini-series and one-shots and many titles have very low sales/orders.

This list ranks all 37 comics of the past 4 years that had sales of under 3,000 copies.

This list is in fact not the worst as I do not have sales data for the Image comics that did not even sell enough to rank on a monthly Top 300 chart.

This would include numerous issues of titles such as:  PVP, Sweets, Elephantman etc.

This list is truly a list of rare and forgotten comics as the average comic store in North America did not even order a single copy of any of these !

1

I Hate Gallant Girl

3

$3.50

Image

1838

2009

1

294

2

Echoes

2

$3.99

Image

2082

2011

1

278

3

Savage

4

$3.50

Image

2150

2009

1

279

4

Tracker

3

$3.99

Image

2362

2010

2

295

5

Crazies Part 4 Ogden Marsh

 

$2.99

Image

2374

2010

2

293

6

Proof Endangered

2

$3.99

Image

2374

2011

1

266

7

Crazies Part 2 Dwyer Creek

 

$2.99

Image

2389

2010

2

292

8

Crazies Part 3 Black Pond

 

$2.99

Image

2400

2010

2

289

9

PVP

44

$3.50

Image

2413

2010

2

288

10

Crazies Part 1 Hopman Bog

 

$2.99

Image

2457

2010

2

287

11

Lillim

3

$2.99

Image

2516

2009

5

299

12

Phonogram 2

7 Singles Club

$3.50

Image

2573

2010

2

283

13

Proof

16

$3.50

Image

2600

2009

1

266

14

Sweets

4

$2.99

Image

2602

2011

1

259

15

Lady Robotika

2

$3.50

Image

2646

2010

8

300

16

Underground

3

$3.50

Image

2698

2009

11

300

17

Phonogram 2

5

$3.50

Image

2706

2009

11

299

18

Godland

26

$2.99

Image

2714

2009

2

297

19

Godland

26

$2.99

Image

2714

2009

3

297

20

Shuddertown

4

$3.50

Image

2716

2010

8

299

21

Perhapanauts

5

$3.50

Image

2738

2009

1

259

22

Firebreather Series

4

$2.99

Image

2748

2009

2

295

23

Firebreather Series

4

$2.99

Image

2748

2009

3

295

24

Daomu

3

$2.99

Image

2767

2011

4

300

25

Lil Depressed Boy

3

$2.99

Image

2808

2011

4

296

26

PVP

43

$3.50

Image

2833

2010

1

287

27

Jersey Gods

4

$3.50

Image

2839

2009

5

292

28

Memoir

3

$3.50

Image

2844

2011

4

293

29

Elephantmen

28

$3.50

Image

2864

2010

11

297

30

Near Death

5

$2.99

Image

2864

2012

1

294

31

Memoir

2

$3.50

Image

2916

2011

2

298

32

Dead at 17 Witch Queen

2

$2.99

Image

2922

2010

4

299

33

Elephantmen

37

$3.99

Image

2938

2012

1

291

34

Underground

2

$3.50

Image

2945

2009

10

293

35

Mice Templar Vol. 3

7

$2.99

Image

2949

2012

1

290

36

Orc Stain

6

$2.99

Image

2949

2011

4

287

37

Marineman

3

$3.99

Image

2982

2011

2

296

 

MOONSTONE COMICS – A company that specializes in licensed vintage TV show characters  Some of these sales are ridiculously low and these books would be appealing to non-comic readers.

These Top 10 worst selling comics did not even have print runs of 2,000 copies.

375

Airboy Presents Air Vixens

1

$3.50

Moonstone

1246

2011

12

376

Honey West

5

$3.99

Moonstone

1383

2012

4

441

Phantom Generations

13

$3.99

Moonstone

1399

2010

6

370

That Man Flint

0

$1.99

Moonstone

1468

2011

9

432

Return of the Monsters Domino Lady Vs Mummy

 

$3.99

Moonstone

1560

2011

11

419

Phases of the Moon

2

$2.50

Moonstone

1677

2011

10

354

Zombies Vs Cheerleaders

6

$3.99

Moonstone

1766

2012

4

417

Kolchak Lovecraftian Damnation

 

$4.99

Moonstone

1796

2010

6

325

Sherlock Holmes & Kolchak

2 Mavlian Cvr

$3.99

Moonstone

1813

2009

5

343

Zombies Vs Cheerleaders

5

$3.99

Moonstone

1964

2011

12

 

VALIANT COMICS – this company was restarted in 2012 renewing their early 1990’s titles.  This companies sales are better than most but here are their top 10 lowest !

158

Bloodshot

6

$3.99

Valiant

12508

2012

12

156

Harbinger

7

$3.99

Valiant

12783

2012

12

163

Bloodshot

5

$3.99

Valiant

13156

2012

11

162

Archer & Armstrong

4

$3.99

Valiant

13478

2012

11

159

Harbinger

6

$3.99

Valiant

13617

2012

11

166

Bloodshot

4

$3.99

Valiant

14382

2012

10

144

X-O Manowar

8

$3.99

Valiant

14462

2012

12

148

Bloodshot

3

$3.99

Valiant

14517

2012

9

150

X-O Manowar

7

$3.99

Valiant

14527

2012

11

147

Archer & Armstrong

2

$3.99

Valiant

14539

2012

9

 

ZENESCOPE COMICS – now one of the biggest comic publishers which their line includes some TV/movie licensed titles.  Here are their worst sales under 3,000 copies each.

379

Jurassic Strike Force 5

2

$2.99

Zenescope

1622

2012

2

335

Agon Merc Flipbook

 

$2.99

Zenescope

1798

2009

11

363

Brimstone

7

$3.25

Zenescope

1988

2012

2

362

Jurassic Strike Force 5

1

$2.99

Zenescope

2007

2012

2

397

Brimstone

6

$3.25

Zenescope

2214

2011

10

330

Brimstone

5

$3.25

Zenescope

2308

2011

9

351

Basaldua & Debalfo Cover Gallery

 

$5.99

Zenescope

2332

2012

9

389

Mhsg Case Files Chupacabra

 

$5.99

Zenescope

2466

2012

8

370

Wake The F#Ck Up

1

$2.99

Zenescope

2766

2012

12

361

Charmed

24

$3.50

Zenescope

3161

2012

10

 

MARVEL COMICS – the worlds biggest publisher. They usually dominate the best selling comics but due to also publishing more monthly titles than any other company they also find some of their releases lost in the shuffle and ignored at the bottom of the scale.    71 comics made the monthly Top 300 chart that sales of under 4,000 copies.  Many of these are expensive issues or unique one-shots.  A few series made their way numerous times on the list proving to be Marvel’s worst selling titles before being cancelled.

1

Marvel Illustrated Kidnapped

3

$3.99

Marvel

2143

2009

1

280

2

Avengers Thor Captain America Official Ind

9

$3.99

Marvel

2599

2011

1

260

3

Daffodil

2

$5.99

Marvel

2650

2010

2

281

4

Spin Angels

3

$5.99

Marvel

2772

2009

10

298

5

Kabuki Reflections

12

$5.99

Marvel

2811

2009

2

292

6

Kabuki Reflections

12

$5.99

Marvel

2811

2009

3

292

7

Emma

2

$3.99

Marvel

2869

2011

4

292

8

Incognito Must Have

 

$4.99

Marvel

2881

2009

5

291

9

Riftwar

5

$3.99

Marvel

2906

2009

10

295

10

Avengers Thor Captain America Off Index

7

$3.99

Marvel

2947

2010

11

293

11

Sense & Sensibility

4

$3.99

Marvel

2972

2010

8

291

12

Supreme Power MGC

1

$1.00

Marvel

2983

2011

5

298

13

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

20

$2.99

Marvel

3008

2010

2

274

14

Lords of Avalon Knights of Darkness

6

$3.99

Marvel

3045

2009

5

284

15

Super Heroes

22

$2.99

Marvel

3052

2012

1

286

16

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

19

$2.99

Marvel

3103

2010

1

281

17

Marvel Illustrated Odyssey

6

$3.99

Marvel

3113

2009

2

283

18

Marvel Illustrated Odyssey

6

$3.99

Marvel

3113

2009

3

283

19

Super Heroes

11

$2.99

Marvel

3134

2011

2

289

20

Official Index to the Marvel Universe

14

$3.99

Marvel

3161

2010

2

272

21

Strikeforce Morituri We Who Are About To Die

1

$0.99

Marvel

3167

2012

1

284

22

Marvel Illustrated Odyssey

5

$3.99

Marvel

3174

2009

1

246

23

Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four

45

$2.99

Marvel

3194

2009

2

281

24

Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four

45

$2.99

Marvel

3194

2009

3

281

25

Ythaq No Escape

3

$5.99

Marvel

3200

2009

6

292

26

Dream Logic

2

$5.99

Marvel

3202

2010

8

283

27

Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four

44

$2.99

Marvel

3218

2009

1

243

28

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

16

$2.99

Marvel

3248

2009

10

290

29

Official Index To Marvel Universe

13

$3.99

Marvel

3248

2010

1

276

30

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

17

$2.99

Marvel

3306

2009

11

287

31

Lords of Avalon Knights of Darkness

4

$3.99

Marvel

3328

2009

2

278

32

Lords of Avalon Knights of Darkness

4

$3.99

Marvel

3328

2009

3

278

33

Super Heroes

21

$2.99

Marvel

3329

2011

12

292

34

Ythaq No Escape

2

$5.99

Marvel

3335

2009

5

275

35

Astonishing Spider-Man Wolverine Another

1

$4.99

Marvel

3352

2011

4

275

36

Super Heroes

13

$2.99

Marvel

3355

2011

4

274

37

Origins of (Bundle of 25)

 

$10.00

Marvel

3357

2010

1

272

38

Super Heroes

10

$2.99

Marvel

3386

2011

1

236

39

Avengers Thor Captain America Off Index

4

$3.99

Marvel

3448

2010

8

278

40

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

11

$2.99

Marvel

3474

2009

5

270

41

Deadpool Poster Book

 

$5.99

Marvel

3499

2009

10

285

42

Formic Wars Silent Strike

2

$3.99

Marvel

3507

2012

1

272

43

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

12

$2.99

Marvel

3507

2009

6

288

44

Super Heroes

8

$2.99

Marvel

3541

2010

11

276

45

Tales of the Dragon Guard

3

$5.99

Marvel

3582

2010

5

285

46

Super Heroes

14

$2.99

Marvel

3610

2011

5

277

47

Scourge of Gods Fall

2

$5.99

Marvel

3612

2009

8

286

48

Defenders Tournament of Heroes

1

$5.99

Marvel

3633

2012

1

268

49

Lords Of Avalon Knights Of Darkness

3

$3.99

Marvel

3639

2009

1

236

50

Trojan War

4

$3.99

Marvel

3642

2009

8

283

51

official Index To Marvel Universe

12

$3.99

Marvel

3689

2009

12

295

52

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

10

$2.99

Marvel

3699

2009

4

300

53

Official Index To Marvel Universe

11

$3.99

Marvel

3737

2009

11

281

54

Riftwar

3

$3.99

Marvel

3762

2009

8

279

55

Avengers Thor Captain America Off Index Mu

3

$3.99

Marvel

3776

2010

7

294

56

Ghost Rider Cycle of Vengeance

1

$5.99

Marvel

3776

2012

1

266

57

Super Heroes

7

$2.99

Marvel

3800

2010

10

289

58

Ultimate Fantastic Four MGC

1

$1.00

Marvel

3808

2011

4

264

59

Venom Flashpoint

1

$4.99

Marvel

3829

2011

7

290

60

Fantastic Four Giant-Size Adventures

1

$3.99

Marvel

3842

2009

6

280

61

Daffodil

1

$5.99

Marvel

3860

2010

1

260

62

Formic Wars Silent Strike

1

$3.99

Marvel

3888

2011

12

278

63

Marvel Adventures Avengers

35

$2.99

Marvel

3914

2009

4

293

64

Ythaq Forsaken World

3

$5.99

Marvel

3920

2009

2

262

65

Ythaq Forsaken World

3

$5.99

Marvel

3920

2009

3

262

66

Formic Wars Burning Earth

5

$3.99

Marvel

3945

2011

5

268

67

Official Index To Marvel Universe

10

$3.99

Marvel

3978

2009

10

275

68

Orson Scott Cards Speaker For Dead

5

$3.99

Marvel

3984

2011

5

267

69

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

8

$2.99

Marvel

3992

2009

2

258

70

Marvel Adventures Super Heroes

8

$2.99

Marvel

3992

2009

3

258

71

Marvelman Familys Finest

5

$3.99

Marvel

3993

2010

11

266

 

Thanks to John Jackson Miller at www.comichron.com  for the initial Diamond sales figures data – see complete monthly Diamond sales chart and more stats at this 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 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