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The Hot 10 is a weekly market analysis of the most significant transactions related to established Key Issues using eBay, auction houses and other cited sources Thank you for utilizing the eBay links when making ANY purchase and contributing to the continued develpment of Key Collector Comics

Low $960
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Mid $3.4k
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High $11.8k
  • 🏅 #10 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance and origin of Dr. Octopus
  • Debut of the 'Spider's Web' fan letters section
  • An editing error has Doctor Octopus mistakenly refer to Spider-Man as Super-Man
  • [November 2020 - Alfred Molina to reprise the role of Doctor Octopus in Spider-Man 3]
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 4.5 sold for $4,729 [$2,675 in Jan] +77%
  • 1.8 sold for $2,500 [$1,325 in Nov] +89%
Low $180
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Mid $900
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High $1.8k
  • 🏅 #9 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Mandarin
  • [2019 - confirmed villain in Shang-Chi]
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 5.5 sold for $1,325 [$440 in Dec] +201%
  • 5.0 sold for $1,100 [$500 in Dec] +122%
Low $600
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Mid $2k
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High $6k
  • 🏅 #8 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, Smiley Bone, Thorn and The Rat Creatures in a standard comic book
  • Bone previously appeared in the comic strips of the Ohio State University newspaper, The Lantern which were collected in a TPB called 'Thorn: Tales from The Lantern’ and had a print run of 1,000 copies
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 9.4 sold for $4,000 [$2,250 in Dec] +78%
  • 8.5 sold for $2,300 [$1,026 in Oct] +124%
  • Bone is one of the most enduring independent properties in comics, self-published by writer/artist Jeff Smith’s Cartoon Books in 1991
  • A Netflix animated series was set to begin production in January 2021 with a projected release sometime in 2022
  • The TPB ‘Thorn: Tales From The Lantern’ most recently sold for $3,000 graded 6.5 in August 2020 but a 9.8 sold in April 2020 for $13,200 proving just how in demand an independent comic could be
  • Here are some other examples of highly sought-after independents that posted new record sales this week
  • THIS WEEK’S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • ALBEDO #2 – 1st Usagi
  • 9.0 sold for $9,650 [$5,500 in Nov] +75%
  • 8.5 sold for $8,100 [$6,200 in Oct] +31%
  • THE CROW #1 – 1st series
  • 9.8 sold for $9,609 [$3,237 in Apr 2020] +197%
  • GRENDEL #1 – 1st series
  • 9.8 sold for $2,700 [$675 in May 2016] +300%
  • SENTAI #2 – Power Rangers Special
  • 9.6 sold for $2,411 [no prior history]
Low $25
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Mid $90
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High $225
  • 🏅 #7 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance and origin of Spider-Woman, Jessica Drew
  • 1st appearance and death of Otto Vermis
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 9.8 sold for $4,456 [$3,250 in Apr] +37%
  • 9.6 sold for $1,351 [$995 in Apr] +36%
  • 5.0 sold for $160 [$100 in Dec] +60%
  • Speculation surrounding the upcoming Secret Invasion Disney+ series is the driving force behind this week’s high sales
  • Marvel has yet to announce an antagonist but fans are betting that the show will closely follow the comic book event of the same name
  • Secret Invasion was a 2008 crossover written by Brian Michael Bendis with a Skrull named Queen Veranke as the main antagonist, impersonating Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman
Low $50
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Mid $300
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High $1k
  • 🏅 #6 on the Hot 10
  • Third printing
  • 1st appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Splinter and Shredder
  • The third printing is nearly identical to the first and second printings except for a splash of blood on the second T in Turtles
  • Print run: 36,000
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • FIRST PRINTING - print run of 3,000
  • 8.5 sold for $23,300 [$22,200 in Apr] +5%
  • SECOND PRINTING – print run of 6,000
  • 9.0 sold for $4,901 [$3,720 in Jan] +32%
  • 8.0 sold for $4,000 [$3,082 in Nov] +30%
  • THIRD PRINTING – print run of 36,000
  • 9.8 sold for $9,100 [$5,500 in Apr] +65%
  • TMNT #1 Third Printing had a BIG sale this week!
  • Is this printing now overvalued or is the Second Printing 9.8 destined to sell for $45,000?
  • The last time a 9.8 of TMNT #1 Second Printing sold was February 2019 for $5,500 and there are only 6 in existence
  • There are 5x more 9.8s of the Third Printing at 57 copies
  • The Second Printing is even more rare than the First Printing that numbers 29 copies graded 9.8 and sold at its highest for $90,000 in August 2019
  • In fact, the Second Printing has fewer copies in every grade than the First despite there being 2x the amount in the print run - 6,000 of the Second Printing versus 3,000 of the First
  • There are a total of 549 graded copies of the Second Printing which accounts for 9% of the 6,000 copies in the print run
  • There are a total of 1,003 graded copies of the First Printing which accounts for 33% of the 3,000 print run
  • 33% is a HUGE percentage of graded books
  • New Mutants #98 – 1st Deadpool has been valuable for awhile now and likely has a high incidence of graded versus ungraded books
  • In 1989, there were an estimated 289,387 copies printed of New Mutants per month
  • On the census, there are 23,000 graded copies of New Mutants #98
  • Approximately 8% of New Mutants #98 copies are graded
  • Compared to 33% of TMNT #1 first printing?
  • It’s not impossible, but it does call into question the validity of these books
  • TMNT #1 has a history of counterfeiting
  • In fact, there are 16 counterfeit copies on the census, two of which are signed
  • Supposedly second and third printings have been graded and encapsulated as first printings after the words second or third printing were bleached out of the inside front cover
  • Of the 1,003 First Printing graded copies, 88% are graded 6.0 and higher
  • 922 first printing copies are graded at or above 6.0 while 81 are graded below 6.0
  • With an oversized format that does not fit into common bags and boards plus a black cover susceptible to damage, it’s surprising that there aren’t more lower graded books
  • Again, it’s not impossible that 1/3 of the entire First Printing is graded but it is something to be aware of if considering a purchase and that there is a possibility of overlooked graded counterfeits
Low $725
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Mid $3.2k
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High $12k
  • 🏅 #5 on the Hot 10
  • 1st full appearance of Wolverine aka Weapon X
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 9.4 sold for $21,655 [$18,250 in Apr] +19%
  • 2.0 sold for $3,000 [$2,070 in Feb] +45%
  • 1.8 sold for $2,200 [$1,700 in Feb] +29
Low $7k
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Mid $21k
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High $120k
  • 🏅 #4 on the Hot 10
  • 1st team appearance and origin of the Fantastic Four: Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, The Thing
  • 1st appearance of Mole Man
  • 1st appearance of Tricephalous
  • Landmark issue that launched the Marvel Age of comics
  • December 2020 - Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige confirms the Fantastic Four film is in the works with Jon Watts (Cop Car, Spider-Man Homecoming) directing
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 3.0 sold for $18,000 [$16,349 in Apr] +10%
  • 1.8 sold for $15,250 [$9,100 in Apr] +68%
  • 1.0 sold for $8,205 [$5,564 in Jun ‘20] +47%
Low $75
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Mid $400
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High $1.2k
  • 🏅 #3 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance and origin of the third Black Knight, Dane Whitman in armor
  • [2020 - Kit Harrington confirmed to portray the Black Knight in the Eternals film]
  • 1st appearance of Aragorn, the winged steed
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 9.6 sold for $5,545 [$4,100 in Mar] +35%
  • 7.5 sold for $1,022 [$700 in Apr] +46%
  • 6.5 sold for $803 [$475 in Apr] +68%
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  • Tap the cover and swipe to view images of this issue graded 6.5 and ask yourself which copy would you rather own?
  • The answer has to be the one without the black spray paint across the top of the cover
  • You wouldn’t be alone since the nicer copy sold for $803 in the same grade 6.5, in the same auction, only 18 seconds after the one with paint on the cover that sold for $494
  • The question is, how could two comic books with covers that have an immediately noticeable difference in eye appeal have the same grade?
  • In 1968, when comics were sold on newsstands, in grocery and drug stores, some distributors would color code books that were past the time they were meant to be displayed for purchase and needed to be sent back to the distributor
  • The method of color coding the books would be to make a human-sized stack of them and spray paint from the top of the stack to the bottom (see image)
  • The comic at the very top of the stack would have nothing to protect it from getting hit with paint
  • If you’ve collected long enough you’ll likely have run across a book from the 60s or 70s that has an edge lined with paint
  • In the 80s, some publishers began printing pages with a color identifier
  • So how does spray paint effect the grade of a book?
  • Fortunately, and somewhat bafflingly, it doesn’t
  • Since this damage was inflicted by the distributor, grading companies do not consider it aftermarket damage
  • This is contradictory to other practices such as a lower grade due to ‘Marvel Chipping’ which occurs during trimming when the cutting blade becomes dull
  • So what’s to stop someone who wants to conceal damage with spray paint in order to get a better grade?
  • For example, who’s to say that someone with a copy of Iron Man #1 with the word ASS written in pen on the back cover for no explainable reason can’t just spray paint over it and send it in for grading as if the damage were never there?
Low $320
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Mid $1.2k
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High $3.8k
  • 🏅 #2 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance and origin of Moon Knight
  • [January 2021 - Oscar Isaac confirmed in the role of Moon Knight for Disney+ TV series]
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 9.0 sold for $5,200 [$4,450 in Mar] +17%
  • 8.5 sold for $5,000 [$3,700 in Apr] +35%
  • 7.5 sold for $4,000 [$2,600 in Apr] +54%
  • It was reported last week that a 7.5 sold for $5,300 but the seller reached out to communicate that the buyer did not pay
Low $450
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Mid $1.5k
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High $7.6k
  • 🏅 #1 on the Hot 10
  • 1st appearance of Loki, the Norse god of mischief
  • 1st appearance of Balder, half-brother of Thor
  • 1st appearance of Heimdall, guardian of Bifrost
  • 1st appearance of Tyr, the Norse god of War
  • 1st cameo appearance of Odin, the All-Father (seen from behind)
  • 3rd appearance of Thor
  • THIS WEEK'S RECORD-BREAKING SALES
  • [Previous High Sale in Brackets]
  • 5.0 sold for $5,950 [$2,034 in Jan] +193%
  • 3.5 sold for $4,350 [$3,607 in Apr] +21%
  • 1.5 sold for $1,850 [$665 in Nov ‘20] +178%