Coldest Comics for 1/15: The Not Top Five

by Matt Tuck

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Spider-Man 2099 fell on hard times this past week as sellers steered clear of ASM #365. Welcome to the Coldest Comics of the week.

You can’t have winners without losers.

What goes up must come down.

You can’t win ‘em all.

If you ain’t first, you’re last.

You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both, and there you have the facts of life.

Pick your favorite adage, but the fact remains that while five comics rocket into relevancy, five others get the distinction of being the coldest comics of the week. This time, there are some famous names attached to these comics.

These are based strictly on eBay sales data for graded comics, and it is not an indication of fair market value. Does this mean it is time to abandon ship and sell all your copies? Not in the slightest. However, it is worth noting that, at least for one week, they took a hit in sales.

Time to examine the downward trend.

asm-365-194x300 Coldest Comics for 1/15: The Not Top Five953. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #365 (-844)

Last week, I was praising ASM #365 as a hot commodity.

Why wouldn’t it be? This comic features a five-page preview of Spider-Man 2099, and he has box office potential written all over him. There have even been rumors that he will star in his own Disney+ series. The trouble is that those rumors have run cold as of late, that could be why sales were down this week.


asm-300-newsstand-195x300 Coldest Comics for 1/15: The Not Top Five845. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 NEWSSTAND (-793)

On one hand, the direct edition of ASM #300 was back on top of the collecting world. On the other hand, the newsstand edition took a beating.

This week, it fell almost 800 positions and landed in the 845th spot. Keep in mind that there are fewer newsstand copies available. As such, they command higher prices on average, and that will hinder the sales figures. 


X-Factor-1-197x300 Coldest Comics for 1/15: The Not Top Five804. X-FACTOR #1 (-792)

After Chris Claremont’s X-Men lineup took Marvel by storm, the original team was left in the cold.

Bob Layton was tasked with putting them back together as the first government-sponsored mutant team, X-Factor. With all the X-Men MCU talk, it is unlikely this incarnation will be used on the big screen, and that is likely why X-Factor #1 saw its stock fall this week. Still, there is a chance that we could see a version of X-Factor get its own movie or Disney+ series, so there is potential for this comic.


Hulk340-194x300 Coldest Comics for 1/15: The Not Top Five841. INCREDIBLE HULK #340 (-790)

Considering this is one of Todd McFarlane’s most iconic covers featuring two of Marvel’s most popular characters, it is surprising to see it fall so hard in the rankings. By no means will this issue stay down for long. Cover collectors and Wolverine fans alike will always covet Hulk #340, so I suspect this one just got lost in the shuffle with all the new additions to the top 100 comics.


Batman-The-Killing-Joke-Cover-Art-by-Brian-Bolland-196x300 Coldest Comics for 1/15: The Not Top Five837. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE #1 (-788)

This one was a knife to the back for an Alan Moore fan like myself, and a surprise appearance on this Coldest Comics list.

Killing Joke, along with Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, helped to reinvent Batman in the 1980s. Moore’s work made readers see the Joker as a heartless, maniacal killer capable of the most heinous acts – all with a smile on his face. It would inspire countless tributes in its wake, thus it is hard to see Killing Joke not clawing its way out of 837th position very soon.

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