Hottest Copper Comics – Mid May Report

by Alan Harper

051822B-1024x536 Hottest Copper Comics - Mid May ReportGoCollect tallies the top-selling book of each era on a regular basis.  This post highlights a few top movers; so that you can decide if you might be a buyer or a seller of the hottest Copper comics.

Todd McFarlane continues to reach out from the 1980s and 90s to impact our lives. And  Spawn #1 (1992) continues to hold down the top-selling book position. The Copper Age of comics is generally considered to be the twenty years between the mid-1980s and the early 2000s.  McFarlane’s amazing artwork and creation of Image comics are defining elements of the Copper Era.

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Spawn #1 is the top Copper Age mover

Spawn #1 actually bumps Moon Knight #1 out of the top overall seller position for the first time since the Moon Knight streaming series excitement began.

It was strange to open up the overall list and not see Marc Spector on top, but nice for a change.

Another big McFarlane mover is ASM #316.  This 1989 book is up ten places to be the #20 top seller currently.  It is McFarlane art and Venom on the cover, what’s not to love?

Illuminati Up Huge Again

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One of the largest moves on the sales charts now is New Avengers #7, the first appearance of the Illuminati.  This is the supergroup of MCU powerhouse characters – sort of like mega rock bands that bring together the best of the best, such as Cream or maybe even Audioslave.

The Illuminati is made of up reality-altering A-listers: Professor X, Dr. Strange, Black Bolt, Namor, and Iron Man (how exactly does Tony Stark make this list?  He formed the band, so he gets to be in it.)

This book has bounced around the sales list and is up 36 spots currently.  This 2005 story by Brian Michael Bendis is worth finding and tucking away.

Darkhawk Not Exactly a Dark Horse

darkhawk-1-197x300 Hottest Copper Comics - Mid May ReportDarkhawk #1 is also a book on the move now; climbing 32 places to land as the #31 selling Copper Age book on the current list.  This is the first appearance and origin of Darkhawk.  The web is full of information about the near-miss of Darkhawk appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, from toys to tweets.

This is a character that, while having a good number of crossover appearances and a fifty-book run in the title series, I knew very little about.  The artwork on the early books is uninspiring but after reading up on Mr. Powell and his alter-ego android self, I can see how this character will flow right into the Guardians series and the far-flung space rides Marvel is giving us at the theaters (or Disney + streaming).

If you really are a believer that Darkhawk may be coming to GotG Vol 3, you might want to look at a reasonably priced and interesting book with Darkhawk, such as Amazing Spider-Man #353, which includes Darkhawk and Punisher.  That is what I will be hunting at my LCS.

Omega-men-3-194x300 Hottest Copper Comics - Mid May ReportLobo Love – Omega Men #3

You have probably seen the cover and if you were collecting at the start of the Copper Era, in 1983, you probably own this book.  I recall the card stock cover and innovative characters of Omega Men hitting my box at Future Dreams in Portland and loving each issue (at least the first five).  Omega Men #3 is the first appearance of Lobo.

The value has held steady for several years.  It sits at #38 on the Copper Era sales chart currently.  There is constant speculation, over the past decade at least, that this quirky and gritty space bounty hunter, will come to the big screen.  Lobo was written as a small character in the series originally but this edgy anti-hero became a top DC character through the 1990s.

Innovative, like Rocket or Deadpool, and just as compelling and edgy as Punisher or Wolverine (Lobo has a not-too-surprising list of similar traits and abilities to Logan), this character begs for a bigger role.  But with DC’s not-so-great track record of bringing great characters to the screen, I’m not sure Lobo will ever get the love he deserves.  Perhaps he stays smoldering near the fringes of a breakout, but this is a character too good to stay silent too long, in a world where great content is in demand from studios and streaming services alike.  I’m keeping mine.  Are you a Lobo buyer or seller?

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Dave Stevens May 19, 2022 - 3:26 pm

Copper age ends in the early 90’s before image and the variant craze. Everything after is “modern” but some have pushed for “chromium age” til walking dead came out. Then you’d have another age lasting through maybe the end of newsstand distribution…and then current moderns.

Sean May 19, 2022 - 3:43 pm

What makea you think the so-called Copper Age started in 1983? Most of the comic collecting fan base recently agreed on the definition of the Bronze Age being 1970-1985. Now, you’re defining the next age already and putting into question the already defined end point of the Bronze Age. Wikipedia defines tbe Bronze Age at 1970-1985, so why are certain websites promoting 1983 and even earlier for the start of the age after Bronze? It may be useful for speculating investors, but for those of us who care about such things, it’s offensive to talk like the so-called Copper Age has already been defined, especially when the 1983 date you’ve chosen conflicts with the already established end date of 1985 as the end of the Bronze Age.

Alan Harper May 23, 2022 - 2:54 pm

You and other commenters have taken issue with the dates on either end of what could be considered a Copper Age. I think that is interesting and you say it is important to you – why is that? Perhaps I have been in the game too long but over my collecting life several new metallic strata have been created / adopted. I’m not convinced that assigning a book to any particular ‘age’ adds or subtracts value. I do think there is something cool about identifying the factors that signal a shift in the industry one way or another, like Dave Stevens’ comment here that the end of newsstand distribution could be a marker or the rise of an industry defining artist perhaps. But basically, I think these are flexible dates. Why do you see the importance in more fixed timelines?

clay May 19, 2022 - 4:49 pm

Omega Men was recently downgraded HERE….so what the hell is this????????

Sarah Lee May 20, 2022 - 9:10 am

Hey Clay, the Hottest Comics list is updated in real-time and is based on sale numbers, not value. 8 days ago, when the Coldest Comics blog was written, Omega Men had dropped a high number of spots, as fewer people bought copies. However, a couple days ago, it had begun moving back up the list when sales increased. Any title can be a hot or cold comic with only days between, as the market shifts rapidly. Always remember that these lists are only based on sales numbers; we’re certainly not downgrading any title.

Nicholas Fenner May 20, 2022 - 12:20 am

I reject this notion that the Copper Age would include anything in the 2000s. That’s crazy. Bendis’s New Avengers is squarely in the “contemporary” phase of comics.


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