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January 3 2020

📆 Top 20 Keys January 3, 2020 ⚠️ Percent increase refers to copies sold unless otherwise stated 

Low $80
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Mid $245
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High $820
  • Standard-sized comic book appearances
  • 1st appearance of Boba Fett, a bounty hunter
  • 1st cameo appearance of Dengar, Bossk, IG-88 and Zuckuss - bounty hunters
  • 1st cameo appearance of Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious
  • Reprinted from Marvel Comics Super Special Magazine, adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back
Low $12
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Mid $40
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High $125
  • Celebrates the 80th year of Detective Comics in an 80-page format sold exclusively at Walmart
  • Approximately 1,500 copies made it into the market
  • Reprints the first appearances of Robin, Batgirl and Leslie Thompkins
  • Back cover is a mostly black advertisement for the Shazam! movie and susceptible to color rub
Low $3
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Mid $9
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High $35
  • 1st appearance and origin of ROM
  • 1st appearance of the Prime Director
  • 1st team appearance of the Dire Wraiths and the Spaceknights
  • [December 2019 - Hasbro recently closed a multi-billion dollar acquisition of an entertainment company with the purpose of expanding its brands into movies & television. SPECULATION: ROM is likely a candidate]
Low $10
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Mid $30
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High $100
  • 1st team appearance of New Mutants: Cannonball (1st), Psyche (1st), Wolfsbane (1st), Karma (1st), Sunspot (1st)
  • Psyche aka Dani Moonstar later becomes Mirage (top female Marvel character)
  • 1st appearance of the White Rook, a member of the Hellfire Club
Low $1
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Mid $2
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High $5
  • 1st appearance of Ikol, a future Loki who is merely an echo of Loki's younger self
  • [July 2020 - Loki's motivation to become a hero could occur after he meets an older version of himself and is displeased with who he becomes in the future]
Low $8
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Mid $20
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High $85
  • A man with Multiple Personality Disorder turns out to be an extremely effective assassin
  • Copies ordered by retailers: 8,375
  • [November 2020 - Deadline reports this production is still in-development]
Low $40
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Mid $120
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High $450
  • 1st appearance of Dracula, created by Gerry Conway and Gene Colan, inspired by Bram Stoker’s classic character
  • 1st appearance of Van Helsing
  • 1st appearance of Frank Drake, a descendant of Dracula
  • *Ethan Hawke speculated as Dracula for Moon Knight TV series
Low $5
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Mid $18
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High $60
  • 'The Witcher' video game tie-in comic book series
  • 2019 Netflix television series debut
  • Original stories created by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowki's exist but are very difficult to find
  • *copies ordered by retailers: 6,525
Low $1
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Mid $3
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High $12
  • 1st team appearance of The Warners, a family of Skrulls that have infiltrated society in preparation for an invasion
  • [February 2021 - heating up due to a Bleeding Cool speculation article]
Low $5
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Mid $15
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High $50
  • 1st appearance of Black Hammer
  • 1st appearance of Lucy Weber, later becomes the second Black Hammer
  • 1st appearance of Abraham Slam
  • 1st appearance of Talky-Walky
  • 1st appearance of Madame Dragonfly
  • 1st appearance of Golden Gail
  • 1st appearance of Colonel Weird
  • 1st appearance of Anti-God
  • 1st team appearance of Starlok and the Lightriders
  • Copies ordered by retailers: 19,775
  • [December 2019 - optioned for TV and film by Legendary with development well underway according to Jeff Lemire]
Low $25
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Mid $80
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High $280
  • Variant cover art by David Nakayama (1:50)
  • ✅ A quick note on the functionality of Key Collector Comics. Since Tarot #1 is not a key issue, you could only find this variant by searching the VARIANT part of the database by using the Variant search. The ability to search variants will soon change to make the process easier but there are thousands of variants that are not attached to an issue that would be found in a standard search
Low $8
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Mid $20
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High $80
  • Marriage of Vision & Scarlet Witch
  • Origin of Mantis, the Celestial Madonna
Low $18
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Mid $60
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High $175
  • 1st appearance and origin of Elektra
  • First written work on Daredevil by Frank Miller
  • Elektra misspelled 'Elecktra' on the cover
Low $1
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Mid $5
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High $15
  • 3rd team appearance of the New Mutants
  • Origin of Karma
Low $30
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Mid $90
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High $350
  • Newsstand edition
  • Boba Fett briefly appears in a flashback
  • 1st mention of the Mandalorians
  • 1st appearance of Fenn Shysa, a Mandalorian
  • 1st full appearance of Dengar, a bounty hunter
  • ⚠ some resources including CGC, label this issue the origin of Boba Fett but the character featured in the book is Fenn Shysa
Low $5
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Mid $15
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High $50
  • 1st appearance of Flag Smasher, Karl Morgenthau
  • [February 2021 - Flag Smashers confirmed for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier]
Low $1
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Mid $5
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High $15
  • 1st appearance of Kid Loki
  • [March 2019 - a young version of Loki is believed to play a major role in the Disney+ TV series]
Low $1.5k
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Mid $4.5k
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High $16k
  • 🏅 #5 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance and origin of Daredevil, Matt Murdock
  • 1st appearance of Foggy Nelson
  • 1st appearance of Karen Page
  • THIS WEEK'S TOP RECORD BREAKERS [Previous High In Brackets]
  • 4.5 sold for $6,000 [$4,111 in Mar] +46%
  • 1.8 sold for $1,876 [$961 in Sept] +95%
  • 1.0 sold for $2,464 [$1,700 in Dec] +45%
  • In June 2020, we predicted Daredevil #1 was grossly undervalued and would soon experience a price correction
  • After spending much of 2021 on the Hot List, we’d love to brag about our mutant abilities to see into the future but the truth is much simpler than that
  • Anticipating a comic book’s increase in value can be determined by analyzing comparable items
  • For example, in 2015/16, The Incredible Hulk #1 graded 5.5 jumped from an average sale of $8k to $15k
  • The Fantastic Four #1 averaged $7500 in the same grade throughout 2015/2016 then in 2017 increased to an average sale of $12k and even more in 2018
  • There is a cyclical aspect to Blue Chip Key Issues correcting in price that occurs over the course of years to match other comparable books that have increased in value
Low $5
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Mid $18
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High $85
  • Error variant with Star Wars #1 (2020) blank sketch cover wrapped around Thor #1 (2020)