For this article, I’ll be dividing the hot books into four categories, television, movies, great art, and great character. As always, the comic books will be linked to Comics Price Guide so that you can see the increased value, the creator information and member sales.
With the Netflix and Marvel divorce wreaking havoc on some great shows and hurting the kids more than the parents, we are on the hunt for new things to watch.
Thankfully, Netflix nailed it with Darkhorse’s Umbrella Academy. We are one week from the air date and most people have finished the 10-hour binge. If you haven’t watched it yet, go now. It’s quirky, fun, sometimes dark and always entertaining. Because the show has been so well received the comics are skyrocketing in value.
The first appearance is actually in a Free Comic Book Day issue. The first real mini-series soon followed. We are seeing dramatic increases on all 7 of the Umbrella Academy’s first issues. (FCBD issue + 6 issues for the mini-series) The next mini-series Umbrella Academy: Dallas has seen some modest increases as well.
Umbrella Academy FCBD #1 – 2007
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 – Sept. 2007
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #2 – Oct. 2007
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #3 – Nov. 2007
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #4 – Dec. 2007
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #5 – Jan. 2008
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #6 – Feb. 2008
Another popular television show driving prices up is Doom Patrol on DC Universe. This is a little different since the origin of the Doom Patrol is so much older (June 1963). With key Silver age books, collectors are more likely to buy graded books. Thus, there have been several CGC and CBCS graded books sold for their first appearance.
My Greatest Adventure #80 – June 1963 – 1st Appearance of Doom Patrol
Doom Patrol #19 – 1st Appearance of Crazy Jane and Grant Morrison’s first issue.
New Teen Titans #13 – Resurrection of Robotman. This hasn’t seen price increases yet but it’s an important issue.
Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame have been talked about for about a year now and most of the comic book momentum is gone. If someone was going to buy the first Captain Marvel or Infinity Gauntlet, they probably already did. Spider-man: Far from Home is the one that is generating the most buzz right now. First Appearances that could be impacted by this movie
Amazing Spider-Man #212 (January 1981) – Hydro-Man (Morris Bench)
Amazing Spider-Man #1 (March 1963) – Jameson, J. Jonah
Amazing Spider-Man #28 (Sept 1965) – Molten Man (Mark Raxton)
Amazing Spider-Man #13 (June 1964) – Mysterio (Quentin Beck)
Amazing Spider-Man #51 (August 1967) – Robertson, Robbie
Amazing Spider-Man #4 (September 1963) – Sandman (Flint Marko)
Special Marvel Edition #15 (December 1973) – Shang-Chi
Amazing Spider-Man #2 (May 1963) – The Vulture (Adrian Toomes)
Supernatural Thrillers #8 (Aug. 1974) – 1st Appearance of the Elementals
Marvel Studios has announced two additional movies that seem to be generating some comic book speculation, The Eternals and Shang-Chi. Eternals #1 (July 1976) – 1st Eternals and Deviants
Eternals #2 (August 1976) – 1st Celestials and Ajak
Special Marvel Edition #15 (Dec 1973) – 1st Shang-Chi
DC has an outside the DCU Joker movie which might be interesting but not drive up any comic values. We mentioned the Shazam movie in our last “hot comics article”. That leaves us with Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn) which has momentum and speculators buying key issues. Huntress and Batgirl are the ones rising in value the most.
Batman Adventures #12 (Sept 1993) – 1st Harley Quinn
Huntress #1 (April 1989) – 1st Huntress (Helena Bertinelli)
Batman #386 (Aug. 1985) – 1st Black Mask
Flash Comics #86 (August 1947) – 1st Black Canary
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (June 1992) – 1st Victor Zsasz
Batman #475 (March 1992) – 1st Renee Montoya
Batman #567 (July 1999) – Batgirl (Cassandra Cain)
Young Justice #1F – Jorge Jimenez Superboy Meme Cover When you copy a popular internet meme with a comic book and totally nail it, the book will be hot.
Harley Quinn #58B – Derrick Chew Variant Derrick Chew doesn’t have many comic book covers yet, but he will. Just looking at the cover to Harley #58 and soon to be released #59 you know that he’s going to be wildly popular. The covers have so much energy, life
Immortal Hulk is one of those rare characters that immediately resonates with fans. His first appearance in Avengers #684 has become a must-have issue. Every issue with an Alex Ross cover has gone up in value but it’s Al Ewing’s story that has everyone excited for the next issue.
If I missed anything that you think is on fire, please let me know.
by Ron Cloer