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📢 Hot 10 📆

📢  ANNOUNCEMENT  đź“˘ The Hot 10 list is moving from Friday to a brand new slot on Wednesday morning to give you two things to look forward to on New Comic Book Day Issues featured below are the Hot Keys from last Friday, July 24. The list will be refreshed on August 5th

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  • 1st appearance of Miles Morales.
  • Newsstand edition with 'Black Panther' erroneously printed in the UPC box.
  •  2020 has become the year of Miles Morales. His 1st app is back at the top spot again this week.
  • The Miles train seems unstoppable. Every other week we're seeing a new record price.
  • And the heat isn't just limited to one cover. So far we've seen the Bagley A cover (which was on the Hot 10 list last week), the 1:25 variant cover by Marko Djurdjevic (which has been the top book twice this month) and the Newsstand edition (which was also on the list 3 weeks ago) heat up big time.
  • Prices for the Newsstand have left orbit. Last month a CGC 9.8 copy sold for $8,100 while raw VF/NM copies are in the $900-$1k range.
  • This week a CGC 9.0 closed at $1,845 on eBay while a CGC 9.6 changed hands for $3,550 in a private transaction (for context the all time record prices for those grades of the Djurdjevic variant are just $1,499 in 9.0 and $3k in 9.6).
  • At the same time the Bagley A cover continues to break $1k in 9.8 with raws regularly hitting $400 in massive volumes.
  • 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 the 74,000 direct market orders.
  • Experts have tracked less than 40 discovered Newsstand copies so far with only 4 confirmed CGC 9.6 copies and 1 confirmed CGC 9.8.
  • 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.
  • Newsstand editions are one of 2020's hottest and fastest growing trends especially for 9.8 graded copies of bronze & copper age books and copies in any grade from 2012-2014 ie., Captain Marvel 14 (1st cameo Kamala Khan), Black Panther 5 (1st Shuri as Black Panther) & Vengeance 1 (1st America Chavez).
  • With an upcoming video game, a sequel to the critically lauded (and just down right awesome) Enter The Spider-Verse movie and rumors of a live action film, this books is unlikely to slow down soon.
  • Miles Morales leads a current trend of interest in Spider-verse and diversity characters with Spider-Gwen, Silk, Riri Williams, Amadeus Cho, Kamala Khan & America Chavez, all following.
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  • 1st full appearance of Knull.
  • 3rd print cover by Ryan Stegman (cover reproduced from interior art).
  • After last week's explosion of record breaking sales, inventory was priced higher this week which has resulted in a stabilization of the market.
  • 9.8 copies have retreated slightly and are averaging $850 (still significantly up from their average of $350 just three weeks ago) with signature series copies regularly crossing $1k (6 9.8 SS copies sold on eBay alone this week).
  • The Molina variant continues to steadily tick upwards and is now approaching, and in some cases overtaking, 3rd print prices. There are indications that it will continue to surpass 3rd print prices in the coming weeks.
  • Donny Cates continues to prove that he has his finger on the comics pulse. Expect this book to hit the stratosphere at the whiff of long term plans for the character and with a Knull event forthcoming, a Cates' tweet aimed at collectors may be in our future.
  • Considered Knull’s first cover appearance by collectors (a Venom #5 store exclusive variant featuring a Knull cover predates this though most collectors don't recognize store exclusives when collecting).
  • A 2nd printing of issue #4 features an avatar of Knull.
  • Part of the Venom/Carnage mythology. Knull is the God of the Symbiotes and was responsible for the creation of the Symbiote race.
  • Marvel teased a universe wide Knull event in June led by Knull co-creator, Donny Cates.
  • Several variants exist including a 1:25 cover art by Jorge Molina, a SDCC 2018 Previews exclusive limited to 4,000 copies & 2nd through 5th printings.
  • Print run for the 3rd print is estimated at 10,000 copies.
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  • 1st comic book appearance of Ashoka Tano.
  •  Special edition Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 Dark Horse 100 variant by Dave Filoni, limited to 1000 copies.
  • Clone Wars #1 continues to set the Star Wars world on fire. While the regular cover is now a solid $1500 book in 9.8, demand for the Dark Horse 100 variant continues to break records.
  • A CGC 9.6 copy sold on eBay for $1,600 last Thursday. It was quickly overtaken by a 9.6 copy selling for a record matching $2k on Tuesday. Both of which were eclipsed by a record raw sale of $2k on Wednesday. Just imagine what a 9.8 copy would do if it came to market.
  • This book was distributed to select retailers via a lottery and is very hard to find in high grade.
  • Star Wars books are heating up across the board and collectors are looking at these books as a new universe to collect.
  • Introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film & star of the television series. She appeared in Star Wars Rebels & was a voiceover cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • A strong female character that has become a massive fan favorite.
  • Will be played by Rosario Dawson in the second season of The Mandalorian.
  •  Rumors swirl that Disney is prepping for a mass content dump while they play catch-up from the pandemic. In addition to the confirmed Ahsoka casting and Boba Fett appearance, there are rumors of a Dr. Aphra series that is seeing her first appearance (Star Wars: Darth Vader #3) heat up. More on that below.
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  • 1st appearance of Doctor Aphra, 0-0-0 aka Triple Zero & BT-1, the assassin droid
  • 1:25 variant cover art by Salvador Larroca.
  • Rumors persist of an in-development Doctor Aphra Disney+ show.
  • Coupled with the demand for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and heat from Star Wars in general this book is climbing fast.
  • The previous record 9.8 price of $541 was broken 3 times this week as the book sold first for $658 on Saturday, then $682 on Sunday, and finally for $700 on Wednesday.
  • 3 record prices in the span of 5 days shows incredible interest as collectors scramble to get in before this one hits Clone Wars 1 levels.
  • Star Wars books are heating up across the board and collectors are looking at these books as a new universe to collect.
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  • 1st full appearance of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel (interior story) & Tanalth the Pursuer.
  • 1:75 variant cover art by Steve McNiven.
  • A live action Disney+ series has been announced by Marvel Studios.
  • A massive CGC 9.8 sale at $3,750 is the first heartbeat we've seen this year that slumbering giant Kamala Khan may be awakening.
  • With the ever present interest this year on Miles Morales and the subsequent demand for Spider-Gwen, Silk & Riri this was inevitable.
  • Historically, Kamala Khan has been arguably the most popular of the crop of Marvel characters introduced in the 2010s.
  • This book is incredibly rare (there are are only 13 9.8 copies on the CGC census) and it is likely the size of this week's sale had as much to do with the rarity of this book in 9.8 as it did collectors identifying this as the key Kamala appearance.
  • Captain Marvel #14 (1st cameo), Captain Marvel #17 (2nd cameo) & Captain Marvel #17 2nd print (1st cover appearance) all pre-date this book.
  • To date, Captain Marvel #17 2nd print has been the go to book for collectors and is easily the most recognizable book associated with her first appearance. 9.8 copies currently average $1,300 (their lowest average in about 18 months) and it is likely they will climb the fastest if demand for Kamala spikes.
  • Estimated retailer orders for All-New Marvel Now Point One #1 cover A of approximately 32,929.
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  • 1st full appearance of Riri Williams.
  • 'Horsemen of Apocalypse' B cover variant with art by Chris Turcotte
  • Riri Williams suits up in armor but not Ironheart armor.
  • CGC 9.8 copies of the Turcotte cover have disappeared. CGC 9.6 copies are up significantly and are averaging $525. Raw copies are averaging $250
  • CGC 9.8 copies of the Deodato cover are solid at $450.
  • When a 9.8 Turcotte comes up for sale again we anticipate a record sale and a significant increase in attention on this book.
  • An Ironheart film is rumored to be in early development for the MCU.
  • Riri Williams makes a prior cameo in Invincible Iron Man #7.
  • An A cover with art by Mike Deodato and a second printing with blue title text exist.
  • Interest continues to be very strong for Spider-verse and diversity characters with Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Silk and Riri leading the pack in that order. It's likely only a matter of time before Kamala Khan, America Chavez and Amadeus Cho join.
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  • 1st appearance of Spider-Gwen.
  •  CGC 9.8 copies of the regular cover are up again this week to an average of $900 as copies of the Land variant have mostly disappeared, especially in higher grades, as collectors are holding while the book's value climbs. Chatter about the black error edition continues to intensify.
  • Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales storylines and fan bases overlap significantly (they are even married with spider-powered kids on Earth-8).
  • Along with Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen is the only other Enter the Spider-Verse character who did not see a dip in interest post movie but in fact saw steady gains.
  • 2nd through 5th printings exist. Spider-Gwen #0 and its 2nd print, both of which reprint Edge of Spider-Verse #2, are often referred to as Edge of Spider-Verse #2 6th & 7th prints.
  • A 1:25 variant cover by Greg Land exists and commands a significant premium to the regular cover. A 9.2 Signature Series copy sold for $1,600 this week and private sales of 9.8 copies are in the $3k range.
  • A black error edition of the 1st print exists in which the background is black rather than maroon & Spider-Gwen's costume is darker. Estimates put the run at approx. 500 copies. And to date grading companies do not notate the difference making this book both an opportunity for collectors and one that is hard to identify.
  •  Spider-Gwen is now the undisputed second in demand Spider-Verse character to Miles Morales. Silk and Riri round out the current pack but it's likely only a matter of time before America Chavez, Kamala Khan and Amadeus Cho join.
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  • 1st full appearance of Carnage.
  • Newsstand edition.
  • One of a race of extraterrestrial parasites known as the Symbiotes, Carnage is an offspring of Venom.
  • Plenty of supply of the direct edition makes this one a surprise appearance on the list every week but Newsstand copies continue to sell for a significant premium.
  • This week, 9.8 Newsstand copies have climbed to an average of $675 while directs are stable at $500.
  • Regardless of the edition, demand is incredibly strong and manages to outstrip the massive supply of this 90s icon. No easy feat and a sign that the book hasn't peaked
  • The price separation seen here is being seen across the board for 9.8 graded Newsstand editions of bronze & copper age keys. For instance, this month a 9.8 graded Newsstand edition of Amazing Spider-Man #300 sold for a record-breaking $4,500. To date non keys have not seen a difference in price between the editions.
  • Beyond bronze and copper, Newsstands are one of 2020's hottest and fastest growing trends are extremely rare especially in all grades from 2012-2014 when distribution was winding down and was limited to just Barnes & Noble and Books A Million.
  • 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 30% for the Copper age (and as low as 1% in 2014).
  • Additionally, 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.
  •  Experts have tracked a ratio of 1 in 4 for CGC 9.8 Newsstand editions vs direct market for Amazing Spider-Man #361 meaning it is seeing gains despite being one of the easiest Newsstand books to find in high grade (others like Amazing Spider-Man #298 are closer to 1 in 100).
  • Many sellers are still unaware of the difference between direct and Newsstand editions and newly discovered Newsstand copies can still be found at direct market prices. Carnage has had several hosts including serial killer Cletus Kasady who is his original and most notable host.
  • Carnage will make his feature film debut in the upcoming Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage.
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  • 1st comic book appearance of Terry McGinnis.
  •  The book continues to see significant demand and steady gains without media rumors (though collector conjecture exists that a live action adaptation is inevitable).
  • This week saw 2 9.8 copies sold for approximately $1300 each. This follows 2 big sales last week at approximately $1,200 and $1,350.
  • Several editions of this book exist in addition to the direct edition.
  • A promotional edition named "Batman Beyond Special Origin NN (No Number)" that has a large blank, white rectangle visible in the lower left corner of the book (intended for stores to stamp their logo) exists. This edition is dated June 1999 and features a Jello advertisement on the back cover.
  • A Six Flags promotional edition named "Batman Beyond Special Origin NN (No Number)" but often referred to as a 'Second Printing' by fans that has the Six Flags logo printed on large white rectangle visible in the lower left corner of the book exists. This edition is dated October 1999 and features a Playstation advertisement on the back cover.
  • A third printing promotional edition named "Batman Beyond Special Origin NN (No Number)" that has no UPC, blank white rectangle or logo in the lower left corner of the book exists. This edition is dated July 2000 and features a Batman Beyond - Return of the Joker DVD advertisement on the back cover. According to experts this is the second rarest edition. Copies are so rare it is impossible to say where current prices fall.
  • A Six Flags edition dated June 1999 and featuring a Jello advertisement on the back cover exists but is simply the direct market first printing of "Batman Beyond" (as opposed to the edition of "Batman Beyond Special Origin NN") with the Six Flags logo stamped onto it. Lastly, a Newsstand edition of the direct edition of "Batman Beyond" exists. According to experts this is the rarest edition. Copies are so rare it is impossible to say where current prices fall.
  • Created by Bruce Timm & Paul Dini and introduced in the Batman Beyond animated series.
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  • 1st appearance of Invincible & Omni-Man.
  • Estimated retailer orders of approximately 10,800 copies.
  • Amazon Studios has greenlit eight hour-long, adult animated episodes of Invincible.
  • The impressive full voice cast was revealed this week and includes Steven Yeun, Zazie Beetz, Mark Hamill, J.K. Simmons, Zachary Quinto & Seth Rogen.
  • The resulting interest saw a slew of sales including a 9.8 copy selling for $1,500.