Collectors embraced their nostalgia this week as some 1980s Batman, along with G.I. Joe and even Beavis and Butthead moved up in the Hottest Comics.
The Hottest Comics rankings are based solely on sales volume, so the list does not reflect any trends in fair market value. Instead, this post series is aimed at reading between the lines and seeing what patterns and trends are emerging.
DC Comics is truly doubling down on Tim Burton’s vision of Gotham City. First, there was the news that Michael Keaton would reprise his role as Bruce Wayne for the upcoming Flash solo film. Then word spread that HBO Max would resurrect the beloved Batman: The Animated Series, which originally aired as an accompanying piece to Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, complete with the same pseudo-1940s aesthetic.
The latest excitement on the Tim Burton Batman front is that DC Comics is creating a comic series that picks up where Batman Returns left off. That has been enough to drive the sales volume for the 1989 Batman movie comic adaptation.
Speaking of Batman, another of Todd McFarlane’s celebrated covers is trending in the right direction this week. Batman #423, which featured the rare DC Comics cover art from the famed artist, climbed nearly 500 positions this week. It even brought a friend along for the ride as the second print of Batman #423 actually outpaced the first print, landing in the 529th place for the week.
Another second print outdid its predecessor this week as the second issue of G.I. Joe moved just one spot ahead of the first print. This issue featured the first appearance of Kwinn, but I do not believe that would be enough reason for collectors to buy this one in droves. Aside from hardcore Joe fans, who really cares about Kwinn? Nevertheless, G.I. Joe will always have a fan base, and the comics have been gaining respect from collectors over the past decade. That is why I am never surprised to see an early G.I. Joe comic make it into the Hottest Comics.
It is time for some 1990s nostalgia. This week’s oddball prize is awarded to Beavis and Butthead #1 and #28 from 1994. Kids today will never understand the popularity of MTV’s immature, inane cartoon series that predated even Jackass. It helped move mainstream animation further into adult territory with the sophomoric humor of Mike Judge’s dastardly duo.
Why did Beavis and Butthead #1 make it on the Hottest Comics index? It could be related to the series reboot in the works, but that was reported last summer. What is more surprising is that after ranking #591, that means more people purchased this issue than nearly half of the top-1,001 comics.
The thing is, it was not just one issue of Beavis and Butthead that was selling. Beavis and Butthead #28 made it all the way to #600, so it was actually trending this week. in addition to being this round’s oddest comic on the index. Apparently, there is still love left for the old cartoon series.
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