Comic Trends and Oddball of the Week 4/17

by Matt Tuck

Trending-Comics-4.17-300x158 Comic Trends and Oddball of the Week 4/17Lethal Protector proved to be a big seller while an old NES 8-bit favorite made the Hottest Comics. It’s time for the Comic Trends and Oddball of the week.

It took nearly 30 years to do it, but more than just two issues of Venom: Lethal Protector have finally gotten hot. After the first movie premiered, the first and fourth issues picked up because of Riot’s first appearance. The other comics in the series got some attention from the film as well, but they did not truly take off. That has suddenly changed.

What is the deal? For one Venom has another movie on the way, and that will surely help all his key issues get a boost. The other factor is the “King in Black” crossover event that has only recently wrapped. With the focus on not just Knull but all the symbiotes that have ever existed in the Marvel Universe, it helped put attention on the other issues of Lethal Protector. Here’s more about this week’s comic trends.

Venom-Lethal-Protector-1-194x300 Comic Trends and Oddball of the Week 4/17


Venom: Lethal Protector #1 has always been a popular issue among Venom collectors. Now that everyone’s favorite symbiote has entered the mainstream through his solo movie and with Donny Cates finally giving him a series worth reading, this issue is being pursued by more than just the Venom faithful. This week, it reached as high as the second-most traded comic on eBay for the past week.

Venom-Lethal-Protector-4-196x300 Comic Trends and Oddball of the Week 4/1748. VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #4 (+204)

As I mentioned earlier, Venom: Lethal Protector #4  has been popular for the past couple of years thanks to the success of the Venom movie. While I don’t expect we will see Riot again on the big screen, fans were waiting for him and the other symbiotes introduced in this issue as “the King in Black” reached its finale. Whether or not fans still care after-the-fact will be the real test.

Venom-Lethal-Protector-5-194x300 Comic Trends and Oddball of the Week 4/1749. VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #5 (+917)

Venom: Lethal Protector #5 drudges up the old debate about cameo versus the full first appearance. Lethal Protector #4 has traditionally been the most sought-after key, but Riot, Phage, Agony, Scream, and Lasher only appeared in a cameo as part of that issue. Then came Lethal Protector #5, and readers were treated to the full look at all five characters as they tormented Venom and Spider-Man. It got some love this week as buyers helped it move up over 900 positions in the rankings and nearly landed it on the Hottest Comics movers and shakers list.

Venom-Lethal-Protector-2-193x300 Comic Trends and Oddball of the Week 4/17130. VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #2 (+343)

This is where we start seeing the impact of “King in Black” on all the lesser Venom keys. Apart from being one of the first solo Venom comics, there is nothing about Lethal Protector #2 that even makes it a key issue other than the cool cover art. Still, it bounced back by almost 350 positions in a week’s time, so that is a good indication as to how popular this has all made Venom.


legend_of_zelda_1-215x300 Comic Trends and Oddball of the Week 4/17732. LEGEND OF ZELDA #1 (+267)

It is not just those kids’ cartoon comics that are getting more attention. Now the old video game comics that were obviously aimed at a much younger audience are picking up steam as well. Here we have the first issue from the acclaimed NES video game series, the Legend of Zelda. These old NES comics are seriously collectible, too. A 9.8 Legend of Zelda #1 sold for $900 earlier this month.

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Justin April 17, 2021 - 4:59 pm

Of course after I sell Venom 6 issue set for pennies…but I’ve been on that Nintendo/Valiant run for a while now. Very tricky to keep up with first prints as many issues share the same cover. The price variants (or lack of) are the ones to hunt. Speaking of cartoons, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a Simpsons post. Those prices have climbed exponentially since Jan 2021 and there aren’t many graded (Simpsons Comics & Stories #1) especially in 9.8, so they don’t end up on the list often. What once was $250 now is $550+ Lots of speculation all over the place. Stick with what you know…

Adrian April 18, 2021 - 11:19 pm

No one talking about Wolverine 8 and it’s on fire

Matt Tuck April 21, 2021 - 3:22 pm

Everything Wolverine is on fire.

CannDeed April 20, 2021 - 1:26 am

The Legend of Zelda book has the added collectible element of possibly being the first comic Valiant published. I believe The Adventures of The Super Mario Bros #1 was published the same month, but not sure which came first.


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