Top Ten Comics: Modern Age

by Norman Robinson III

692364_spawn-1-1-195x300 Top Ten Comics: Modern AgeIn 1992 a group of the top talented Marvel Comic book artists left and created Image Comics. This partnership allowed the creators to own their creations and maintain editorial control. This event created a sustainable independent company and a true threat to Marvel. In fact, the stock even dropped when news hit of the exodus of talent. This big change shattered forever the comic book companies of DC Comics and Marvel Comics as the only dominant players. Image Comics had top talent and carved a nitch that has not been duplicated since Image was created. Because of this development, 1992 became the beginning of the Modern Age. Image Comics is credited with the start of the Modern Age of comics by its creation. What are the top ten Modern Age comics for last month?





Title Grade Last Sale CGC Census % Catalyst Return
Spawn #1 9.8 $199 14,327 50% +7.9%
Amazing Spider-Man #300 9.8 $2,100 22,096 100% +1.2%
X-O Manowar #1 9.8 $190 1,462 25% +30%
Amazing Spider-Man #361 9.8 $379 15,042 100% +2.2%
New Mutants #98 9.8 $705 18,586 75% +1.8%
Venom: Lethal Protector #1 9.8 $120 7,869 100% +26.2%
Batman Adventures #12 9.4 $475 5,811 75% +11.6%
X-Men Annual #14 9.8 $149 1,919 100% +21%
The Uncanny X-Men #266 9.8 $404 13,874 100% +3.3%
New Mutants #87 9.8 $325 9,410 100% +6.9%

149121_78bb36edac39367e4ec04aef0360bada55f3cf93-1-193x300 Top Ten Comics: Modern AgeThere you have it! The top Modern Age comics last month with Spawn #1 in the first position. Interestingly positive +7% is a solid return for a book with over 14,000 in CGC Census! There has been scuttlebutt of a movie for quite some time, and I have no doubt it will eventually happen, but when, no idea. In the number two spot, we have a favorite of everyone’s Amazing Spider-Man #300 at $2,100 this thing is pricey, with only a meager positive +1.2% return it has my respect, but not my money. 

Folks, we have a newcomer to the top ranks, welcome: X-O Manowar #1. Created by a new independent comic book company Valiant in 1992 this comic book has art from Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith of Conan fame. It has a solid return to be sure, at positive +30% this is a pure speculation play. However, I am curious about such a low CGC Census where it could go. Perhaps there weren’t many published, more research is required, but it is a buy at this level. This book could double or even triple with a positive catalyst.  




151806_5252b5c7990a90bf63b49b3d0f36d6b0275ab870-197x300 Top Ten Comics: Modern AgeFurther down the list Batman Adventures #12 managed to creep up to the seventh spot. Harley Quinn is an interesting character, that needs one more redeeming movie. I believe James Gunn should give us that movie in Suicide Squad 2 due in 2021 or beyond. This particular book has solid green returns up and down the grades. There was a slight decline in return for 9.8, but I felt that was an anomaly. Instead, I used (9.4) grade returns and the numbers were solid at +11% for this book last four months.

I want to close this group with a comment or two on X-Men Annual #14 according to another website this book is the “real” first appearance of Gambit. It is called a cameo but there is disagreement on the actual first appearance now, as so much of the character appears in this book. Be that as it may, this kitten is purring to be picked up, at $149 and a positive+21% it should be on your list. 





145668_0379d4481f46fdfb724bf8b637ea26d4450fef1a-192x300 Top Ten Comics: Modern AgeConclusion

The independents like Image Comics and Valiant seem to be pitoning their way to the summit of the Modern Age. They have surrounded Venom and one is in the lead, which is impressive for these books. I have been waiting on Spawn #1 to rise in value for years; so I am a happy little Spawnista. Hopefully, Todd McFarlane gets this movie made. This month’s picks make clear one thing, the comic book resale community online is alive and strong. With Image Comics at the helm, perhaps, the independents will keep the lead until next month. Considering Image started the Modern Age it is not beyond belief they might end up ruling it.





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Tim April 24, 2020 - 6:23 pm

X-O Manowar had a print run of about 70,000. I’m assuming that the low census numbers are strictly due to the fact that this was a dollar bin book for which there was no reason to get graded. If the hype around it continues, you’ll see a flood of (high grade) graded copies hit the market in the coming months.

Norman Robinson III April 28, 2020 - 2:53 pm

I wholeheartedly agree with you, Tim. I was just presenting CGC Census numbers here. But 70,000 doesn’t sound like much for a modern print run. I am sure you are right and there are a ton, in everyone’s boxes. Thanks for reading.

johnnyspruce April 30, 2020 - 8:34 am

wait… when was this a dollar book? It’s not like these were selling commonly for 10 dollars or less.

Stephen April 27, 2020 - 4:00 pm

how to contact for questions are you on instagram?

Norman Robinson III April 28, 2020 - 2:55 pm

FB. I am on Facebook all the time. Norman Robinson the same pic as in my posts. I will look for you. Thanks for reading.

Stephen Coovert April 28, 2020 - 2:59 pm

I gave up Facebook as part of my new year new decade resolution early on Instagram

Mark Oldroyd May 11, 2020 - 7:55 am

In September 2016, newly formed Valiant Entertainment announced a feature film centered around Aric of Dacia / X-O Manowar. Executives of the company stated that there were notable directors attached to the project, and that the film will be true to the source material. By April of 2020, John Cena teased his involvement with the film via his social media platforms. This probably explains the rise in value for X-O Manowar #1.

Norman Robinson III June 3, 2020 - 12:01 am

interesting tidbit, thanks for reading…Nam


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