How to Tell What Comics are Hot

Here at Comics Price Guide, we love to track different numbers.  Obviously, we track values for comics but we also track the number of times a book is searched.  Every time someone searches for an issue like Strange Tales #168 our system keeps count.  We don’t know who searched for it but we know that someone did.  When you think about it, this can give you trends and help gauge real interest.  We see what books people want more information about or comics that people want to know the value. 

I’ve compiled some data from three separate groupings, 2020 searches, 2019 searches, 2018 and older searches.  Take a look at these quick-rising books and let me know how you decipher the data.  

Rising Fast 2020 Ranking 2019 Ranking 2018 and Older
Savage She-Hulk #1 3 6 73
Amazing Spider-man #101 4 55 45
Rai #0 7 124 Not in top 250
Venom: Lethal Protector #4 9 Not in top 250 Not in top 250
Eternals #1 13 15 114
Venom: Lethal Protector #1 18 53 28
Spider-Woman #1 20 23 130
Spectacular Spiderman #1 25 129 97
Thor #337 26 8 93
Werewolf by Night #32 32 32 92

Some of the hottest books on the 2020 list were new releases and that’s not typical.  As the year goes on these hot new releases will drop down the list unless they have some important element that keeps them on collector’s minds.  Batman #89 was the most searched for comic book of the first 2-1/2 months of 2020.  Even the variant of that book ranked in the top 50 books so far this year.  Batman #90, Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3, Batman Beyond #37 and Lois Lane #8 were highly searched for as well.  Marvel’s only new release that ranked in the top 60 was Donny Cates’ Thor #1, which makes sense if you’ve read Donny Cates’s other work.  He’s amazing

Amazing Spider-man 300In the category I’m naming, always highly sought after comic books, Marvel dominates.  These books don’t really need numbers after them because they are always in this same order.  Amazing Spider-man #300 is easily the most searched for book year in and year out.  To give you some perspective, ASM #300 is searched for twice as much as Uncanny X-men #266, which is high on the list.

Amazing Spider-man #300
New Mutants #98
Incredible Hulk #181
Amazing Spider-man #361
Giant-Size X-men 1
Uncanny X-men #266
Amazing Spider-man #129

The trends that we see in some of these books are very interesting.  We can see when a comic starts dropping in the rankings.  For Example, Walking Dead issue 193 was the 18th most popular search in 2019.  For 2020, it is the 124th most popular search. 

Let me know what kinds of search data you would like to see and maybe I make more of these data-heavy posts.

by Ron Cloer


One thought on “How to Tell What Comics are Hot”

  1. I came to the forums looking to see if there was a discussion about “this very topic”, so I have a handful of ideas:
    1) It’d be great to have a constant list of the “Top N” book in each year. Tracking how those lists change over time would be interesting to some, but for most, “What might I have from that year, that people are interested in ‘now’?” will be what most are looking for.
    2) Before you said you had kept track of all searches, which is a great resource, I was thinking that something like “closed auction sales” would need to be queried from someone like eBay or
    3) This would also be an interesting resource within genres, and within ages.

    In short, I think this is a valuable resource that attracts people looking to assess their collections.

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