CGC and Key Collector Comics have partnered up to provide collectors with a unique overview of activity on the secondary market with analysis of sales from eBay, Heritage, Comic Connect, ComicLink and other auction houses

Clicking on the eBay link and making a purchase may result in this site earning a commission from the eBay Partner Network.

Price Trend
Low
$15
Mid
$50
High
$180

Key Facts

🏅#5 on the CGC Top 5

A mint 10 copy sold for the first time in 2024, twice - once for $2,600 and the other for $2,550 both beating the previous high sale of $1,750 from 2023 by 49%

There exists 23 copies graded 10

There are just short of 100 variants of this issue between publisher variants, store exclusives and additional printings

The top selling variant was the 1:25 with art by Santolouco when a Mint CGC 10 sold for $1,000

The top sale of the 1:25 variant in 9.8 was $190

There were 44 graded sales in 9.8 vs 20 in May 2023 (+120%)

A new record sale of $383 occurred versus the previous $345 high from April by +11%

May began with 3,715 total Universal graded copies and ended with 3,780 (+65 copies)

9.8 has the highest inventory with 2,804 copies followed by 9.6 with 406 copies

The difference between purchase amount of a copy graded 9.8 ($383) vs ungraded ($250) is $133 (53%)

The highest CBCS 9.8 sale was $280 vs CGC 9.8 for $383, a difference of $103 (37%)

Summary: April gave TMNT fans news of a Last Ronin film adaptation. The maturing first generation fanbase of the Turtles has shown their support for a darker tale from Eastman and Laird. Former DC Films president Walter Hamada will produce the feature for Paramount with Tyler Burton Smith (Child’s Play 2019) to pen the screenplay for an October 2026 release

Qualified for the Key Collector Comics Hot 10 three out of four weeks

1st appearance of Oroku Hiroto, the grandson of the Shredder

1st appearance of Casey Marie Jones, daughter of Casey and April

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird revisited an outline written in 1987 about the lone survivor of the four turtles, set 30 years in the future

Last Ronin #1 led to a reported print run of 130,000 copies, a massive number by modern and independent standards

Oversized comic, does not fit in conventional modern age bag and board

[April 2024 - Paramount to adapt into a bloody, live-action film]

Marvel ⋅ 1990
Price Trend
Low
$12
Mid
$45
High
$140

Key Facts

🏅#4 on the CGC Top 5

The highest sale of a 9.8 Direct Edition was $524, which outperformed the $466 twelve-month average by +12%

The highest sale of a 9.8 Newsstand sold for $1,094, which underperformed against the $1,127 twelve-month average by -3%

Direct Edition sales in May outsold the twelve-month average in 7 out of 8 grades

Direct Edition sales in May outsold the twelve-month average in 6 out of 7 grades

9.6 saw the most significant number of sales with 23 graded copies sold versus 18 copies sold in May 2023 (+28%)

May began with 12,327 total Universal graded copies on the census and ended with 12,410 total graded copies (+83 copies)

9.6 has the greatest amount of inventory with 3,248 copies followed by 9.8 with 2,256 copies

There are 3 copies graded 9.9.The highest ungraded sale was for a Direct Edition described as ‘high grade’ that sold for $200 through eBay

The difference between purchase amount of a 9.8 Direct Edition that sold in May ($524) vs an ungraded copy ($200) is $324 (162%)

The highest CBCS sale in 9.8 was $293 in April for a Direct edition vs a CGC 9.8 Direct edition from April that sold for $476, a difference of $183 (62%)

Summary: The Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven its influence on the secondary market for a decade and a half with live-action adaptations causing dollar bin books to skyrocket in value. But this May has proven how successful the animation arm of the production company can be when it comes to comic book collectibles. Demand for Cable’s first appearance has double-dipped with speculation that the character will be surprise-reprised in Deadpool 3 along with his presence in the animated series and outlook for Season 2

Qualified for the Hot 10 three out of four weeks reaching the number two spot once

1st full appearance of Cable

1st full team appearance of the Mutant Liberation Front: Stryfe, Wildside, Reaper, Fourarm, Thumbelina, Strobe, Tempo, Zero

[September 2022 - there is potential Cable will be brought back in Deadpool 3]

Marvel ⋅ 1982
Price Trend
Low
$15
Mid
$55
High
$170

Key Facts

🏅#3 on the CGC Top 5

Qualified for the Hot 10 three out of four weeks reaching the number two spot, twice

This month a copy submitted to CGC received a 10 grade, totalling four copies known to exist though there has not been a public sale on record since April 2010 when one sold for $14,000

The highest sale of a 9.8 Direct Edition was $755 outperforming the $658 twelve-month average by +15%

The highest sale of a 9.8 Newsstand was $1,377 which outperformed the $1,254 twelve-month average by +10%

Buyers pay a premium for Newsstand copies graded 8.5 and higher but value between Direct and Newsstand is closer to parity in grades 8.0 and below

A 9.6 signed by Frank Miller, Stan Lee and Chris Claremont sold in May for $1,139.05

9.6 saw the most significant number of sales with 28 graded copies sold versus 15 copies sold in May 2023 (+87%)

May began with 23,025 total Universal graded copies of this issue and ended with 23,248 total graded copies (+223 copies)

9.6 has the greatest amount of inventory with 5,487 copies followed by 9.8 with 4,131 copies

The total number of graded copies sold in May, not including private or convention sales was 115 copies

The highest ungraded sale was on eBay where a Newsstand copy described as ‘mint’ sold for $195.50

The difference between purchase amount of a Newsstand graded 9.8 ($1,377) vs ungraded ($195.50) is $1,181 (604%)

The highest CBCS 9.8 sale was $565 vs CGC 9.8 for $755, a difference of $190 (34%)

Summary: Due to excitement surrounding the Deadpool & Wolverine movie, buyers are gravitating to this issue with its Key Issue relevance and iconic cover art. Superseded only by The Incredible Hulk #180, #181 and Giant Size-X-Men in terms of Wolverine Key Issues, collectors can own a copy of Wolverine #1 at a palatable price point with a high grade, ungraded Direct edition in the $150 range with potential for increased value over time or grading

First solo Wolverine title

1st cameo appearance of Yukio

First use of the phrase, 'I'm the best there is at what I do'

Low
$20
Mid
$80
High
$200

Key Facts

🏅#2 on the CGC Top 5

Qualified for the Hot 10: 3 out of 4 weeks reaching the top spot, twice

The highest sale of a 9.8 Newsstand sold for $1,850 which outperformed the $1,663 twelve-month average by +11%

9.4 saw the most significant number of sales with 14 graded copies sold versus 6 copies sold in May 2023 (+133%)

May began with 5,037 total Universal graded copies on the census and ended with 5,122 total graded copies (+85 copies)

9.4 has the greatest amount of inventory with 920 copies followed by 9.6 with 901 copies

There are 375 copies graded 9.8 and only 1 graded 9.9

The highest ungraded sale was for a Newsstand edition described as NM with a tiny crease that sold for $410 through eBay

The difference between purchase amount of a 9.6 Newsstand edition that sold in May ($625) vs an ungraded copy ($410) is $215 (52%)

The highest CBCS sale in May was $320 for a Newsstand graded 9.4 vs a Newsstand CGC 9.4 for $500, a difference of $180 (56%)

Summary: Credit goes to the pop culture icon Taylor Swift infiltrating the comic book space. A rumor that Taylor Swift was being courted to portray Dazzler in Deadpool and Wolverine goes back to August 2023. Social media exploded with speculative excitement which was further kindled by Swift appearing at a Chiefs game with Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and director of the third Deadpool installment, Shawn Levy. Just recently, the rumor has been debunked by Entertainment Weekly

The highest sale of a 9.8 Direct Edition was $1,901 which outperformed the $1,574 twelve-month average by +21%

The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 2

1st appearance of Dazzler

2nd appearance of Kitty Pryde

2nd appearance of Emma Frost

1st full appearance of Sebastian Shaw, the Black King

Jean Grey becomes the Black Queen of the Hellfire Club

[August 2023 - Taylor Swift rumored to cameo in Deadpool 3 as Dazzler / June 2024 - debunked by Entertainment Weekly]

🥈 Runner-Up: New High [Previous High]

MARK JEWELERS 8.0 sold for $290 [No Previous Data]

For value context, in May an 8.0 Newsstand sold for $240 and a Direct sold for $210

Marvel ⋅ 1991
Low
$40
Mid
$120
High
$450

Key Facts

🏅#1 on the CGC Top 5

The highest sale of a 9.8 Newsstand sold for $3,200 which outperformed the $2,627 twelve-month average by +22%

May began with 24,831 total Universal graded copies and ended with 25,027 total graded copies (+196 copies)

9.6 has the greatest amount of inventory with 6,721 copies followed by 9.4 with 4,418 copies

A Newsstand 9.6 with a custom Liefeld label signed by Rob Liefeld sold for $850, approximately $150 higher than an unsigned 9.6

The highest ungraded sale was for a Direct edition that sold for $798 through eBay

The difference between purchase amount of a 9.8 Direct edition ($1,610) vs an ungraded copy ($798) is $812 (102%)

The highest CBCS 9.4 sale was $345 vs CGC 9.4 for $500, a difference of $155 (45%)

Summary: It should come as no surprise that Deadpool’s introduction took the top spot in the inaugural CGC Monthly Market Report due to the MCU’s marketing engine that has shifted into high gear in the lead-up to Deadpool and Wolverine. New Mutants #98 has not only been dominant in the month of May but has had a consistent presence on the Key Collector Comics Hot 10 throughout 2024 qualifying for the list in 17 out of 21 weeks and ranking #1 a total of six times. This Key Issue is one of few that has maintained value on the secondary market close to averages from the pandemic boom of 2021/2022. The current average value of a 9.8 at $1,385 sells for nearly twice the amount of the $700 average just 5 years ago in 2019. Demand remains strong at the close of May 2024 as individual graded copies sold are on pace to be higher than the quantity purchased in 2023

Qualified for the Hot 10 four out of four weeks reaching the top spot, twice

The highest sale of a 9.8 Direct Edition was $1,610 which outperformed the $1,385 twelve-month average by +16%

1st appearance of Deadpool, a subject of the Weapon X program

1st appearance of Copycat, impersonating Domino

1st appearance of Gideon, a member of The Externals

[September 2022 - Deadpool 3 is slated for theaters July 26, 2024]

Adjust Your Filters To See More Comics!

By default Key Collector searches for Standard Cover Key Issues.

Adjust the "Variants" search filter above for additional content:

  • Variant Covers ([[totalVariants]])

At Key Collector, our primary focus is on unearthing those rare Standard Cover Key Issues for you. However, the world of comic collectibles is vast and varied. We want to make sure you have the tools to explore it all!