A few new books have entered the list of hot books recently. They are primarily related to characters in Marvel movies or Netflix shows. (although DC’s Black Lightning has seen an increase in demand) For example, the first appearance of the Ghost, the villain in the new Ant-man and the Wasp movie, has gone up in value. The Black Panther movie has driven up the prices for at least four books, Fantastic Four 52, Jungle Action 5, 6, and Black Panther #2. The quality of most of the Netflix superhero shows has caused prices there to rise as well. Thanos anything is hot from his Silver Surfer appearances to Thanos Quest to Infinity Gauntlet.
Unrelated to movies or television, the introduction of new characters and major life changes have caused interest and prices to rise for some modern books.
The number of variant covers for modern books is at a record pace. The explosion of variant covers in the early 1990’s is nothing compared to the number produced today. Most of these variant covers have a strong demand because of more limited production numbers. However, there are too many to list in this post for hot books. The most important question related to variants is how long is the current trend sustainable?
Comics will be listed in alphabetic order and linked to ComicsPriceGuide.com so that you can look at the changing prices.
Modern (1993 – Today)
Alias #1 (Nov 2001) – 1st Appearance of Jessica Jones
Amazing Spider-man 795 – 1st Appearance of Red Goblin (796 is selling out rapidly)
Avenging Spider-man #9 (Sept 2012) – 1st Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel
Batman #24 (Aug 2017) – Marriage Proposal to Catwoman
Batman White Knight #3 (Feb 2018) – 1st Neo Joker and a great storyline. Issue 1 is hot as well
Black Panther #2 – 1st Appearance of Shuri aka Aja-Adanna
Invincible #1 – 1st Appearance of Invincible + Kirkman + low production
NYX #3 – 1st Appearance of X-23 It has cooled off from the movie release but still highly sought after.
Teen Titans #12 (Nov 2017) – 1st Appearance of the Batman who laughs
Thanos #13-15 (Jan-March 2018) – Frank Castle as the Cosmic Ghost Rider ****New Addition***
Totally Awesome Hulk #22 – 1st Appearance of Weapon H
Wolverine #66 (Aug 2008) – 1st Old Man Logan continues to be a desired book long after the movie success
Walking Dead #1 (Oct 2003) – Low production, high demand = high prices
Walking Dead #19 (June 2005) – 1st Appearance of Michonne. We could keep going with Walking Dead issues.
Copper Age (1984 – 1993)
Amazing Spider-Man 238 (Mar 1983) – 1st appearance of Hobgoblin
Amazing Spider-Man 252 (May 1984) – Alien Costume in Amazing Spiderman
Amazing Spider-Man 300 (May 1988) – 1st Full Venom, McFarlane Art, always sells fast
Amazing Spider-Man 361 (April 1992) – 1st Carnage
Batman 357 (March 1983)- 1st Appearance of Jason Todd and Killer Croc
Batman 386 (August 1985) – 1st Appearance of Black Mask
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 1 (March 1986) – Frank Miller’s landmark series
Iron Man #219 – 1st Appearance of Ghost (Villain for the new movie) This is part 1 of a 3 part story.
New Mutants #87 (March 1990) – 1st appearance of Cable
New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991) – 1st Appearance of Deadpool
Omega Men #3 (June 1983) – 1st Appearance of Lobo
Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (June 1985)- 1st Appearance of John Constantine
Sandman #1 (Jan. 1989) – 1st appearance of copper age Sandman
Secret Wars #8 (Dec 1984) – Black Alien costume
Silver Surfer #44 (Dec 1990) – 1st Infinity Gauntlet
Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (July 1984) – 1st Nightwing
Thanos Quest #1 (Sept. 1990) – Thanos obtains infinity gems
Uncanny X-Men #266 (Aug. 1990) – 1st Full Appearance of Gambit
Wonder Woman #7 (Aug 1987) – 1st Modern Cheetah Barbara Minerva ***NEW ADDITION***
X-Factor #6 (July 1986) – 1st Appearance of Apocalypse
Bronze Age (1970 – 1984)
Black Lightning #1 (1977) – 1st Appearance of Black Lightning. Several other issues are selling well.
Iron Fist #14 (1977)- 1st Appearance of Sabretooth
Iron Man #55 (Feb 1973) – 1st Appearance of Thanos. No one is hotter than the Mad Titan
Jungle Action #5 (July 1973) – 1st solo Black Panther Story
Jungle Action #6 (Sept 1973)- 1st Appearance of Killmonger
Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 (1972) – 1st Appearance of Luke Cage. Sweet Christmas, who doesn’t like Luke Cage?
Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974)- 1st Appearance of Iron Fist
Marvel Premiere #47 (April 1979) – Scott Lang as the new Ant-Man
New Teen Titans #2 – (Dec 1980) 1st Appearance of Deathstroke
Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) – 1st Appearance of Cloak and Dagger (new show coming)
Werewolf by Night #32 (1974) – 1st Appearance of Moon Knight
Silver Age (1956-1970)
This list of hot comic books is still in progress. Please visit the forum on ComicsPriceGuide.com and give me your suggestions for filling in this list.
– Ron C.