The Next Hot Comic: 2005’s Amazing Fantasy #15

by Matt Tuck

Cho-Hulk-art-198x300 The Next Hot Comic: 2005’s Amazing Fantasy #15Between the movies and the lineup of new Marvel series, the pieces are falling into place to make the second incarnation of Amazing Fantasy #15 the hottest comic on the market.

I’ve been spreading the word for months that Amadeus Cho is coming to the MCU. There was a possible allusion to him in Captain America: Winter Soldier, and Endgame has ushered a new era of classic heroes passing their torches. We’re seeing more of Marvel’s modern era coming to screens, and the Disney+ announcements have pretty well sealed the deal. There’s also the push for more diversity in the cinematic universe, and Cho would be the franchise’s first Asian-American superhero. 

The bigger picture is that when Cho does arrive, I envision him playing an important role in the MCU. In the comics, he was elevated to the status of “world’s smartest person” before he concocted a means to transfer Bruce Banner’s gamma powers to himself, thus giving birth to the Totally Awesome Hulk. 

Cho-Hulk-art-2-200x300 The Next Hot Comic: 2005’s Amazing Fantasy #15With the Spider-Man franchise out of the picture (at least until Disney and Sony come to a new agreement), Marvel Studios will be looking for a new avenue to reel in the younger demographic. The two Spider-Man films were clearly marketed towards the teenage crowd, and without him, there’s a void to fill. Enter: Totally Awesome Hulk. In the comics, he was geared to kids and young adults, and that’s exactly what he will do on the big and/or small screen. 

Cho/Totally Awesome Hulk appeals to a broad audience that Marvel wants to attract, and that’s why it’s too perfect for them to ignore. It’s not a question of if he will be in the MCU but when. I predict we’ll at least see Cho in his human form by next summer. When that happens, prices for AF #15 vol. 2 will crack the sky. That being said, here’s the state of the market for both Cho and the Totally Awesome Hulk’s first appearances.

 

Amazing-Fantasy-15-2005-194x300 The Next Hot Comic: 2005’s Amazing Fantasy #15AMAZING FANTASY #15 (vol. 2)

Maybe it’s not that Amazing Fantasy #15, but the 2005 version will ascend into major key status when Cho is announced for the MCU. It’s not like it’s cheap at the moment considering a 9.8 sold for $365 in June. It also has a 90-day average of $334, but at this point, it’s not been a hot issue in terms of sales volume. So far this year, only ten graded 9.8s have sold on eBay, with three of those coming this month, and there’s been just 23 universal grades sold altogether. That will change quickly, so now is the time to add this comic to your collection before the prices truly inflate.

 

 

 

Totally-Awesome-Hulk-1-standard-198x300 The Next Hot Comic: 2005’s Amazing Fantasy #15TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1

While I don’t expect TAH #1 to reach the same levels as AF #15, it will nonetheless come along for the ride. Love or hate Totally Awesome Hulk (I tend to be part of the latter group, to be honest), if it wasn’t for Cho’s turn as Hulk, his live-action debut wouldn’t be much to talk about. It’s the fact that we can say with certainty that we’ll eventually see Cho’s Hulk that makes both of these firsts so collectible. However, TA Hulk #1 is the more economical of the two comics. At the moment, a 9.8 has a 90-day average of $65, though one did sell for $85 on August 3.

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8 comments

Lundon Clark August 30, 2019 - 8:59 am

The TAH sale from August 3rd was the one I bought lol. It was the Cho variant which doesn’t come up for sale in 9.8 too often and I got tired of snoozing on the past copies. I personally agree with everything here and I’ve also been telling people for years that today’s heroes will be tomorrow’s MCU heroes. Disney is pushing diverse characters of various ethnicities, female leads and LGBQ. It may not exactly be what collectors necessarily want but it’s what the majority of tv show and movie watchers want to see. Riri is coming, Cho/Hulk is coming, maybe even Viv Vision.. I was right about Kamala Khan and America Chavez. Miles will enter the MCU eventually. Another good buy in my opinion is Champions #1 because you have all these characters on one team. Possibly the future version of the “Avengers”.

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Matt Tuck August 30, 2019 - 6:50 pm

Thank you for reading, Lundon, and I expect Viv Vision to be included in WandaVision.

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T La Ross August 31, 2019 - 3:00 pm

There’s been no confirmation for either Riri or America Chavez so using that to justify Amadeus’ arrival in the MCU is obviously faulty.

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Matt Tuck August 31, 2019 - 8:19 pm

The MCU is definitely moving toward more diverse characters, and that’s the logic behind Cho’s incorporation into the MCU. As far as America Chavez, there’s a rumor that she’ll be part of Disney+ in some fashion, and that sounds plausible. I haven’t read any Riri rumors, but I can see Disney adapting her story for at least Disney+.

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T La Ross August 30, 2019 - 7:37 pm

I don’t see a reason to believe Cho’s version of the Hulk would ever be included in a film or show. His series was cancelled due to a lack of sales and then he was rebranded as Brawn in the Champions and then that series was also cancelled due to a lack of sales. Doesn’t seem realistic that they would use an unpopular Amadeus Cho version of the Hulk while they have a She-Hulk and a Banner Hulk already in shows/movies.

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Matt Tuck August 31, 2019 - 12:59 pm

You make a good point, but when has the MCU ever relied on comic sales when adding characters to the movies? Case in point: the Guardians of the Galaxy. I don’t have the numbers in front of me, but they weren’t popular and their comics weren’t major sellers, and they still got their own movies. You could be right, and She-Hulk could take over when Ruffalo’s contract expires, but my money is on Amadeus Cho.

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Ivan Roliz September 19, 2020 - 6:10 am

You were right and I think you should follow up on this! Congratulations.

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Matt Tuck September 22, 2020 - 7:20 pm

Fill me in. Did we get an Amadeus Cho confirmation?

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