What books did you expect to see on this week’s Hottest Comics list?
Hottest Comics Biggest Movers Speculation
Real fast – let’s talk Hottest Comics. If you are a subscriber, you will notice that there are (2) views. One on your dash, and the other can be found here. Now, the elephant in the list. It has been reduced to 100 rather than 1000. This was done to provide a more accurate view of changes. Basically, in the past, 500 comics could all sell twice one week, then the next week say one sold three times instead. That comic would appear to jump 500+ spots… when in reality it wasn’t all that much more popular. With the focus on the top 100, you now see a very accurate collection of popular comics. Also – the lack of a hotlist for Golden is simply because of how seldom the graded goldens sell. The age is not active enough to create a valid view of “hot” golden comics. All that to say, yes, it’s a big change. It should be way more accurate now and more reliable.
If you are unfamiliar with the Hottest Comics and Biggest Movers speculation pieces, basically we take a look at the QTY sold over a period of time (this one being 30 days). The -/+ movement shows how many spots they moved compared to the previous time period. Here, we look at the biggest movers and discuss what could be going on in the speculation world that causes certain comics to climb.
All data is based on sale QTY over the past 30 days and is accurate at the time of writing, Dec 1, 2021.
Top 10 Hottest Comics Overall:
Before we look at the biggest movers, let’s take a look at the top 10 hottest comics overall.
- Eternals #1 (+2)
- Venom: Lethal Protector #1 (+2)
- Spawn #1 (-1)
- Amazing Spider-Man #361 (-3)
- Amazing Spider-Man #300 (+2)
- Ultimate Fallout #4 (+3)
- New Mutants #98 (-1)
- Uncanny X-Men #266 (+4)
- Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars #8 (-4)
- Moon Knight #1 (+11)
Hottest Comics Biggest Movers
From the Bronze age, the biggest mover this week is Amazing Spider-Man #194, which jumped 87 spots from outside the top 100 to rank #13 on the Bronze Age Hottest Comics list. 26 issues sold in the month of November; in September, only 8 sold.
There’s no question that this is a popular comic as it is the first appearance of Black Cat. The question is, why did it get so much MORE popular last month? Well, there are a few theories to address. First up: Disney+ Day announced Spider-Man Freshman Year – and Black Cat has been speculated to be a college-era storyline for Peter Parker. What I think is more telling, though, is the reference to Black Cat and Rhino in the Morbius trailer that was recently released, leading speculators to seek out the keys associated. What do you think? Are those potential storylines or just a nifty easter egg?
+77 – Avengers #19
Avengers #19 is new to the list as well this week, climbing 77 spots to land in spot number 23 on the silver Age Hottest Comics list. In fact, in November there were 13 graded sales while there weren’t any in October… that would cause a jump for sure! This issue is the first appearance of the Swordsman & the origin of Hawkeye.
I may be jumping to conclusions here… but my bet is the jump here is from the Hawkeye TV series from Disney+ that was released last week where a character who has quite a passion for swords, and a vibe of hiding things made his appearance. Who is, indeed, the Swordsman – leading to the purchase of this key issue.
+76 – Thor #6 (2nd printing)
Following the trend, here’s another newbie to the list. Thor #6 moved 76 spaces to land at spot number 24 on the Modern Age Hottest Comics list. Last month, 23 sold while in October a mere 4 sold. Now, Thor #6 was released a year ago; it’s possible that people got their freshly graded books back and they just happen to be in the market now, thus their appearance on the list this week. But why did the second printing jump more so than the first print? Please let me know in the comments if you have any theories! As Tony H stated in a comment after this went up – Donny Cates referenced this second printing in a recent tweet.
For the original storyline, this issue is the death of Galactus. The movie The Eternals does hint at the character coming on the screen soon. The first appearance always sells quite often, so it makes sense that that issue wouldn’t show up on the biggest movers spec. For reference, it’s currently sitting at #5 on the Silver Age Hottest Comics list. People may be searching for alternative keys to invest in.
This is a wraparound cover done by Nic Klein and when cross-referencing that of the original print, there were only 3 sales last month. Many people seem to be willing to pay more and more as the sales for 9.8s start off around $49 and go as high as $125 by the end of the month.
+74 – Thor #337 (Newsstand Edition)
Thor #337 is new to the list as well and climbed 74 places to land in spot number 26 on the Copper Age Hottest Comics list. It sold 27 times last month while in October it sold 13 times. Not a major jump, but a jump nonetheless. The thing is, I’m not sure what made this one jump either.
What I’m thinking happened here is that this is the first appearance of Beta Ray Bill and people have been eager to see him appear. With the recent announcement that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has begun shooting, people are speculating that this character may appear. That happened about 3 weeks ago, so the timing would fit; if you think of anything else that may lead to this getting more popular let me know.
+69 Nocterra #1
And for the one I wasn’t familiar with, Nocterra #1 moved 69 places to land in spot number 31 on the Modern Age Hottest Comics list. This was released in March of this year (I’m surprised that 286 were already graded and sold quickly enough to make it to the list! 😉). 16 sold in November, while only 5 sold in October. The values are all over the place; for a 9.8 there are sales as low as $47 and as high as $130 within the same month.
So what’s going on here? Well, Netflix is at it again as they have partnered once again with Image to release a series based on Nocterra. I’ll be interested to see where this one goes. As with Something is Killing the Children, the storyline seems solid and has great writers. Nocterra is by Scott Snyder and Tony S Daniel and seems to be a darker-themed storyline, which is fun to explore.
So there you have it! That’s this week’s Hottest Comics Biggest Movers speculation blog for the past 30 days. Did I miss anything? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!
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