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High $180
  • 1st full appearance of Knull, part of the Venom/Carnage mythology, he is the creator of the Symbiote alien race
  • Knull's first cameo appearance is in Jason Aaron's 'Thor: God of Thunder #6'
  • The spiral emblem associated with Knull is a reference to Chthulhu mythology
  • Knull was the first being that existed in nothingness that preceded the creation of the current Marvel Universe
Low $65
Mid $280
High $675
  • Jean Grey is overtaken by the Phoenix Force
  • 1st full appearance of Black Tom Cassidy
  • 📈 +twice as many copies sold this week versus the previous week due to increased interest in X-Men keys across the board plus writer Jason Aaron to explore the first host of the Phoenix in an upcoming arc
Low $2.6k
Mid $6.5k
High $20k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Dr. Doom
  • *rumors are circulating that Dr. Doom will be introduced in some capacity on a Disney+ show, possibly WandaVision
Low $260
Mid $480
High $2.3k
  • 1st full appearance of Galactus
  • 2nd appearance and 1st cover appearance of the Silver Surfer
  • 1st appearance of the Punisher, a cyborg servant of Galactus
Low $80
Mid $600
High $2.3k
  • 1st appearance of Mephisto
Low $3.1k
Mid $9.2k
High $38.5k
  • 1st team appearance of the X-Men
  • 1st appearance of Cyclops
  • 1st appearance of Jean Grey, Marvel Girl, later becomes Phoenix
  • 1st appearance of Iceman
  • 1st appearance of Angel
  • 1st appearance of Beast
  • 1st appearance of Professor X
  • 1st appearance of Magneto
Low $90
Mid $350
High $920
  • 1st appearance of Thanos, an Eternal from Titan born with the Deviants gene
  • 1st cameo appearance of Eros (Starfox), brother of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Kronos, Grandfather of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Mentor, father of Thanos
  • 1st appearance of Drax the Destroyer, created by Kronus to kill Thanos
  • 1st appearance of the Blood Brothers
Low $450
Mid $1.5k
High $7.6k
  • 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
Low $25
Mid $70
High $310
  • 1st full appearance of Ultron
Low $40
Mid $130
High $425
  • 1st full appearance of Venom.
  • Classic and often swiped cover.
  •  Venom fever is taking hold big time and has propelled this all-time comic book blue chip back onto the Hot 10 this week at number 8.
  • With Donny Cates expanding the Symbiote mythology, Knull becoming one of the most popular characters introduced in recent years and a Venom movie sequel in our future, Venom has a lot going for it.
  • When the Venom movie was released, this book went into orbit. It cooled and prices retreated since but this new wave of demand has sent prices back to their Venom movie days and beyond.
  • Prices across all grades (with the exception of Newsstand editions that have absolutely exploded) are on par with their highest highs and poised to break past them in a big way.
  • This week the 9.8 did exactly that with a copy selling for a new all-time record of $3,750 and following that up just hours later with $3,600 (both beating the high from 2018 of $3,500).
  • But it's not just direct editions. Newsstands have broken out to a x2 multiple when the come to market (and they rarely do as they are so hard to obtain in ultra high grades).
  • 2020 has seen an explosion of interest in Newsstand editions with modern era Newsstands outpacing their ratio variant counter parts.
  •  CGC does not currently break out Newsstand editions making it difficult to accurately pin down numbers.
  • Unlike direct market (comic shop) orders, Newsstand sales were returnable and unsold copies were destroyed. Current data places Newsstand print runs at approximately 1-3% of direct market orders for the modern era.
  •  Despite the high prices and recent heat, many sellers are still unaware of the difference between direct and Newsstand editions therefore newly discovered Newsstand copies may still be found at direct market prices.
  •  Newsstand editions are notoriously difficult to find in high grade. Distribution, display and browsing habits are very different from direct market systems meaning oftentimes, issues are carelessly handled or read significantly.
  •  CGC 9.8 copies of Newsstand editions from this era are virtually impossible to find with no copies known to exist for many keys.
  • One of the markets hottest and fastest growing trends today, there is especially demand for 9.8 graded copies of Bronze & Copper age Newsstand books, which can fetch up to x4 the prices of direct market editions, and Newsstand copies in any grade from 2012-2014.
  • And Venom is selling in all its forms from lower grades to surrounding issues to swipes to supporting characters like Carnage (Amazing Spider-Man #361 hit an all-time high of $720 for a Newsstand 9.8 this week).
  • Another example of collectors returning to blue chip keys after a period of modern only collecting.
Low $12
Mid $40
High $140
  • 1st full appearance of Carnage, one of a race of extraterrestrial parasites known as the Symbiotes
  • Carnage is the offspring of Venom
  • Carnage will make his on-screen debut in Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage, played by Woody Harrelson
Low $4
Mid $12
High $40
  • 1st full appearance of Apocalypse
Low $460
Mid $1.6k
High $5.7k
  • 1st appearance of Silver Surfer.
  • 1st cameo appearance of Galactus.
  • Rounding out the list this week at number 10 is another blue chip book with MCU anticipation fueling it.
  • Like Giant Size X-Men #1 and Hulk #181, Collectors expect Marvel Studios to introduce the first family into their cinematic universe now that the rights (held by Fox) are under Disney control.
  • Collectors are racing to pick up copies before major news is announced causing prices to soar.
  • This week, a 9.6 White Page copy (I'm sensing a trend with these White Page books) sold in the Heritage Platinum Session Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction for a other wordly $21,000 obliterating the previous record of $18,000.
  • Raws are selling consistently as well and are now at the $1k mark for mid grades.
  • This is after a CGC 9.8 white pager set an all-time record two weeks ago of $42,500 at the ComicLink Summer Featured Auction and a copy of Fantastic Four 5 CGC 9.4 (1st Dr. Doom) hit $84k on Comic Connect the same week (up from $66k).
  • Collectors are also moving to major blue chip keys after spending the first half of 2020 firmly focused on moderns.
Low $700
Mid $1.8k
High $6.1k
  • 1st appearance of the Green Goblin
  • First battle of Spider-Man versus The Hulk
Low $35k
Mid $110k
High $390k
  • 1st appearance & origin of Captain America
  • 1st appearance of James Buchanan Barnes aka Bucky (later becomes the Winter Soldier)
  • 1st appearance of the Red Skull (George Maxon), an agent of the true Red Skull
  • 1st appearance of Hurricane, (later becomes Makkari) and Tuk the Cave Boy (first offspring of the Inhumans)
  • A CGC 2.0 copy sold at the Heritage Platinum Session Signature Auction (Sept 2020) for $90k.
  • A 2.5 copy had previously sold in June of 2019 for $90k.
  • The last 2.0 sale was in 2012 for $24k representing approx. a 275% increase.
  • Captain America Comics #1 is one of the absolutely most sought after comics in history and is often designated the vaunted mega key status.
  • Very few copies remain in existence. The CGC census has tracked approx. 90 copies ever given a universal grade with another 80 given the less desirable restored grade.
  • While incredibly small these numbers are still larger than than those for the big 3 of collecting: Action Comics #1 (41 universal grade copies exist), Detective Comics #27 (32 universal grade copies exist) and Marvel Comics #1 (just 30 universal grade copies exist).
Low $15
Mid $50
High $150
  • 1st full appearance of Mystique with blue skin
Low $215
Mid $700
High $1.9k
  • 1st appearance and origin of the Juggernaut
  • Origin of Professor X
  • 1st cameo appearance of Cyttorak (statue), the demonic elder god whose Crimson Bands and ruby gemstone gave Juggernaut great powers
Low $620
Mid $1.1k
High $7.1k
  • 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
Low $45
Mid $160
High $675
  • 1st appearance of the Sentinels, machines invented to hunt mutants
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels
Low $9
Mid $25
High $135
  • 1st appearance and origin of Bullseye
Low $115
Mid $400
High $1.4k
  • 1st appearance of Mandarin
  • *confirmed villain in Shang-Chi
  • 1st appearance of the Mandarin's rings
Low $7
Mid $18
High $80
  • 1st appearance and origin of Abomination, Emil Blonsky, one of the Hulk's arch-rivals
  • 1st appearance of Byrrah, Atlantean rival to Namor
Low $12
Mid $45
High $140
  • The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 1
  • 1st appearance of Kitty Pryde
  • 1st appearance of Emma Frost, the White Queen
  • 1st cameo team appearance of The Hellfire Club (in shadows)
Low $7
Mid $20
High $70
  • 1st full appearance of Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier
Low $12
Mid $40
High $125
  • 1st full appearance of the Taskmaster
Low $270
Mid $1.4k
High $3.4k
  • 1st appearance of Kraven the Hunter
  • 2nd appearance of the Chameleon
  • 1st mention of Mary Jane Watson, after Aunt May arranged a date for her and Peter
  • July 2019 - a trusted source informs Key Collector Comics that a Kraven movie is confirmed (added to The Spec Deck)
  • May 2020 - a Deadline article reports Richard Wenk is attached to write the Kraven film, indicating that the rumors of a Kraven film are true
  • August 2020 - Deadline reports director JC Chandor (Triple Frontier) is a strong contender to helm the Kraven film
Low $275
Mid $650
High $4.9k
  • 1st appearance and origin of Electro
Low $140
Mid $550
High $2.7k
  • 1st appearance of Nathaniel Richards aka Kang the Conqueror, Rama-Tut and Immortus. Nathanial is the father of Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic of the Fantastic Four).
  • This week news broke that Jonathan Majors has been cast as the lead villain in Ant-Man 3. Rumors swirl that he will be playing Kang.
  • This of course immediately led collectors to assume this meant that the Fantastic Four were soon to be making an appearance in the MCU as well.
  •  The resulting frenzy sent his 1st appearance into new price territory. We saw new all-time highs for a number of grades.
  • As an example, the 7.5 grade went from averaging $700 this year to selling for $1,025, then $1,100, then $1,150, then $1,400 and finally $1,500. In a 48 hour period.
  • Interest is spilling over to Fantastic Four #1 too. We saw a 7.5 copy jump from a previous record of $48,000 to $69,000.
  • Expect this trend to continue as Marvel gets closer to bringing the first family to the MCU.
Low $45
Mid $135
High $810
  • 1st appearance of Enchantress
  • [January 2020 - rumored to be a villain in the Loki Disney+ series]
  • 1st appearance of Skurge the Executioner
  • 1st appearance of the Bloodaxe
Low $2
Mid $8
High $20
  • 1st appearance of Omega Red, a Russian serial killer, captured and experimented on by the government
  • *unconfirmed rumor that Omega Red will appear in The Falcon and Winter Soldier
  • *origin of this rumor is unknown and nothing about the plot or casting hints at Omega Red but if he were to show up somewhere, the most plausible would be in Black Widow considering there is a prison scene in Russia