The top five comics from last month have one thing in common: they are all Marvel Comics. The closest rival from DC Comics is The Batman Adventures #12 which placed 14th in popularity. But this is not surprising as Harley has a movie coming out. Also, Image Comics deserves an honorable mention for scooping the 6th spot with Walking Dead #193 (Last Walking Dead: RIP). Why does Marvel continue to dominate the speculative landscape with its books? One easy answer is the movies Marvel creates draw speculators, like flies to meat in a Third World marketplace. They swarm and cover the property in a speculative frenzy that has become the “norm” of late. Which Marvel books are the top five for the month of September? Furthermore, which will hold value long after the movies have vanished?
She is a mean, green popularity machine, they call her She-Hulk. Watch her books spiral out of sight with the new TV series next year from Disney. If they do it right this book could be as valuable as aforementioned Batman Adventures #12. Her numbers are solid, she is currently the second most popular Bronze Age comic out there. Unfortunately, for Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) she didn’t fare as well with overall popularity. However, she is still in 5th place which is “no yoke” in my book.
- Grade 9.8 $400 FMV returns positive +17.2%
- Grade 9.6 $200 FMV returns negative -2%
- Grade 9.2 $130 FMV returns positive +23.9%
- Grade 8.0 $85 FMV returns positive +11%
She-Hulk packs a solid haymaker as you can see here. The upper and lower grades are solid with only a tiny amount of weakness in 9.6 and 7.5 which is odd, but not really a concern with the double-digit growth going on everywhere else. In the words of Jennifer Walters Attorney at Law, “The defense rests your honor.”
For years the Eternals languished in back issue bins for under $10. Back in the day, I barely even remember them as anything more than a defunct series that was nowhere near as popular as the X-men of the 70s and 80s. Finally, the Eternals have been resurrected into the limelight and Kirby’s creation will be front and center. But will it pay off? Can we call this the Eternal question (heh, heh)?
- Grade 9.8 $1350 FMV returns positive +15.9%
- Grade 9.6 $425 FMV returns negative -8%
- Grade 9.2 $230 FMV returns positive +4.5
- Grade 8.0 $140 FMV returns positive +7%
This book has good movement and has really strong numbers over a year. But recently grade 9.6 shows signs of weakness. This movie is still a year away, and once trailers hit it could pop this book higher. Any speculators worth their salt should sell into the premiere in 2020.
Deadpool just refuses to die, much like his character in the comics, this creature of “Maximum Effort” is the Millennial choice going forward into this brutal new century. With Fourth Wall breaks, comedic timing, making fun of everything including himself, Ryan Reynolds owns Deadpool much like Tony Stark will always be Robert Downey for me. This character is a good long-term and short-term investment. It will be interesting to see where they place him in the Disney+Marvel experience. Profitable? Does a frog have warts?
- Grade 9.8 $725 FMV returns negative -5.6%
- Grade 9.6 $325 FMV returns negative -11.6%
- Grade 9.2 $260 FMV returns negative -3.4%
- Grade 8.0 $200 FMV returns negative -46.5%
Looking at these numbers and you are thinking I don’t want anything to do with Deadpool, right? Well, you would be wrong, this is the perfect time to buy into Deadpool. There will definitely be a Deadpool something eventually. But with depressed prices now is a great time to invest in this superhero who will laugh, cheer, and fight for good even though he “never joins a boy band.”
Amazing Spider-Man #300 and ASM #361
Venom and Carnage have been dominating the top spots for so long it seems like they never move. Popularity comes and goes but these characters and their first appearances are highly sought after. The sell instantly at the market in any retail store.
- Grade 9.8 $375 FMV returns positive +5.7%
- Grade 9.0 $100 FMV returns positive +8.2%
- Grade 9.8 $2150 FMV returns negative -4.5%
- Grade 9.0 $350 FMV returns positive +6%
The Amazing Spider-Man as a brand and back issue comic book is at the top of his game. In this matchup, I would stick with Amazing Spider-Man #300. Even though this book has significant price pressure downward. The popularity is something you can bet on until at least the next Venom movie. This book is probably the best long-term buy and hold of the five. Though a close runner up to own long-term is Deadpool. You will never run out of speculative webbing betting on Amazing Spider-Man volume 1.
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