Disney+ ruled the secondary market this week as the streaming service had ties to all five comics on today’s Hottest Comics list.
Between Star Wars, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and the upcoming Moon Knight, the streaming giant sent ripples through the collecting world. With speculation at a peak after the finale of FATWS and Kenobi on the horizon, collectors were buying anything connected to those Disney+ hits.
Before we dive into today’s list, don’t forget that the Hottest Comics are not based on fair market values, but sales volume. In fact, popular issues with lower FMVs tend to rank highly among the movers and shakers that gained the most positions in a week.
Without further ado, let’s look at this week’s top-five Hottest Comics.
The second issue in the original Star Wars run has had a rocket strapped to its back all year. This was part of the 1977 movie adaptation. What makes it so popular is that it featured several key first appearances, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. Of course, Obi-Wan was on the cover of Star Wars #1, but he did not appear in-story until the following issue.
Even though we have yet to see a trailer for the upcoming Kenobi series on Disney+, the hype has already begun. Actor Ewan McGregor has posted pictures of his Obi-Wan beard on social media, and there are rumors that some famous faces could appear in the show. That has sent collectors scrambling for the master Jedi’s debut comic.
While this issue is easier on your wallet than a high-grade Star Wars #1, you won’t get one for a cheap price. Last month, a 9.8 brought $3,702. Just last week, a 9.6 sold for $931 and $840, though those are far from the record-high from February when a copy earned $1,300. The best investment may be the 9.0 and 8.5, both of which have been selling for under $200 as of late.
The breadcrumbs from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier make a trail that leads directly to the Thunderbolts. From Baron Helmut Zemo, who won the hearts of fans everywhere with his dance moves being carted off to a Wakandan prison, to Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine recruiting John Walker for a mysterious assignment, the pieces are fitting together to bring the team into the MCU. That has lit a fire under those Thunderbolts key issues.
Next to Incredible Hulk #449, which I advised you to buy two years ago, Thunderbolts #1 has been the most popular issue on the list. What makes it so important is that the Thunderbolts’ true identities were revealed in the closing moments of this comic. It doesn’t hurt that it is much cheaper than Hulk #449, which is now approaching the $1k mark for a 9.8 whereas a 9.8 Thunderbolts #1 will only set you back $171.
If you are collecting those Thunderbolts keys and waiting for them to blow up, then you should take a closer look at the second print of Thunderbolts #1. We have yet to see a graded 9.8 trade hands since January, and that one sold for $179, which is above the first print’s current value.
It is nice to see Star Wars #41 getting some love from collectors this week. Normally, SW #42 steals the spotlight from The Empire Strikes Back movie adaptations, but this week, Yoda received some well-earned attention. After all, he does make his first comic appearance, although briefly, in this issue.
What is surprising is that SW #41 has not been hotter than this before now. With all the hoopla for Grogu in The Mandalorian, you would think that would have triggered a spike in the Yoda keys, since the two characters are the same species and obviously connected. Alas, poor Yoda’s comic debut was largely ignored by collectors.
This could be a great investment for all you Star Wars fans out there. Three years ago, the hot rumor was that both Boba Fett and Yoda would be getting their own spin-off movies. After those projects were all shelved, the talk died down until The Mandalorian reignited everyone’s Star Wars obsession. Since Boba Fett will be starring in his own Disney+ series, it stands to reason that Yoda could be in line for a series of his own. That would make his first appearance in SW #41 a coveted collectible.
Even though prices are not exactly cheap for SW #41, they are bargains compared to many other Star Wars keys, which is great for you as a collector. The 9.8 reached a record high of $1,025 last month, but it still has a 90-day average of $897, which is not bad considering the rate of inflation for all things Star Wars. Personally, I would aim for the 9.4. You get a higher grade that presents well, and you can have a copy of your very own for between $150-$200.
I always appreciate the fourth-wall-breaking covers. Here we have John Walker in his classic black and red punching through the title that is perfect for his arrogant character.
Although many of the FATWS viewers loved to hate Walker, his transformation into U.S. Agent was a crowd-pleasing moment. Next to his first appearance in Captain America #323, this issue, which saw Walker take up the U.S. Agent name, has become the comic to have. It will only get more appealing in the future as Marvel Studios clearly has bigger plans for Walker, and many are speculating that he will lead the Thunderbolts or the Dark Avengers. I lean toward the Thunderbolts, who evolved into a team of anti-heroes, and the final episode of FATWS clearly cemented Walker’s anti-heroic standing.
If Walker is indeed headed for the Thunderbolts, you can expect this issue to skyrocket up the Hottest Comics list whenever that is made official. At this point, there are more questions than answers, but many collectors are jumping on the U.S. Agent bandwagon just in case that is the plan.
This issue has risen at a jaw-dropping rate. In March, a 9.8 sold for $400, which was $100 from last year’s record. That was blown out of the water this month after the most recent sales have been for $1,400 on April 13 and $1,250 on April 26.
Here, we have proof that the Moon Knight excitement is reaching new levels. It has been no surprise that his early appearances have taken off, with the FMVs to prove it. Now that Marc Spector: Moon Knight #57 has picked up the pace, it is clear that fans want any piece of Marvel’s very own Batman they can get. As the Moon Knight hype intensifies, those early appearances will get more expensive, and that will send more collectors towards cheaper alternatives like MK #57.
Aside from this issue’s cover, featuring artist Stephen Platt’s tribute to the classic Todd McFarlane Spider-Man images, there is nothing significantly special about Moon Knight #57. Is it just me, or does Moon Knight look like a TMNT tribute? If you look closely at his hands, they almost look like they have three chubby digits, and the way he holds the webs like swords definitely has a Leonardo vibe to it.
Like all those Moon Knight issues, MK #57 has been feeling the burn from the Disney+ anticipation. Last year, the 9.8 averaged $121 with a high of $170. In the four sales since March 30, three of those have been for over $200, with a new record of $240.
What did you think of the Hottest Comics for this week? Let us know in the comments!