Trending Comics: ROM, TMNT, and Al Bundy

by Matt Tuck

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They may not be the hottest comics in the land, but these gifts from the Ghost of Pop Culture Past were getting the love from collectors. Check out this week’s hottest trending comics.

ROM: Spaceknight, the Ninja Turtles, Star Trek, Phantom Rider, and even Married…With Children. What do these properties have in common? From the 1960s to the ‘80s and ‘90s, they helped build our childhoods, and their comics were in the spotlight this week.

Take a walk down memory lane as we spotlight the nostalgic trend in the Hottest Comics rankings.

What are the Hottest Comics? They are eBay’s 1,000 best-selling issues for the past week. The list is based exclusively on sales volume, and it is not an indication of fair market values.

Rom-1-1979-199x300 Trending Comics: ROM, TMNT, and Al Bundy46. ROM #1 (+871)

Could it be there are still ROM movie rumors?

For those who don’t know, Hasbro owns the rights to ROM. Back when marketing an action figure line through a comic adaptation was the business model, Parker Brothers struck a deal with Marvel to produce a line of comics. Fast forward, and ROM becomes a Hasbro property, and there is talk of including the Spaceknight in a Hasbro shared universe with the likes of Transformers and G.I. Joe.

Nothing new has been said about a ROM movie in years now, but it does not mean that speculators aren’t grabbing up ROM #1 with the hope that it finally comes to fruition. 

TMNT-Adventures-1-1988-193x300 Trending Comics: ROM, TMNT, and Al Bundy54. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #1 (+184)

Sure, the Turtles were a hit underground comic book before they were commercialized, but it was that legendary 1980s cartoon series that took them into the mainstream. While TMNT Adventures #1 will never attain the level of the original TMNT Mirage comic, it is worth collecting for the Turtles fan. This issue gave readers their first look at the foursome with their colored masks from the cartoon series. TMNT Adventures #1 also debuted their classic foes Krang, Rocksteady, and Bebop. 


The-Ghost-Rider-1-1967-200x300 Trending Comics: ROM, TMNT, and Al Bundy101. THE GHOST RIDER #1 (+898)

Several Ghost Rider issues have been trending as of late, but this is a different beast. 

This 1967 issue featured the first appearance of the original cowboy Ghost Rider. After Johnny Blaze took GR into the modern age, Carter Slade’s name was changed to the Phantom Rider, and he still makes the occasional appearance alongside the motorcycle demon we all know and love. As we see with Ghost Rider #1’s sudden rise, there is still an audience affectionate for the Phantom Rider, too.


Star-Trek-1-201x300 Trending Comics: ROM, TMNT, and Al Bundy102. STAR TREK #1 (+897)

The Trekkies have spoken!

After a year of Star Wars hysteria sweeping both the mainstream and the comic collecting worlds, the debut Star Trek comic was on its way up this week. I have never been a fan of the photo covers, but I feel sure the Leonard Nimoy faithful treasure this issue. Still, the cover alone oozes the 1960s from its pores, and that nostalgia is endearing. Will the old Star Trek comics someday rival Star Wars? That is doubtful, but there will always be a place for the Trekkies in the collecting world.


Check =efaefaeraerer900. MARRIED…WITH CHILDREN #1 (+99)

Between TMNT and Married…With Children #1, the 1980s came roaring back to life in the Hottest Comics this week. 

Out of every issue I saw, this was by far the most random entry on the list. This is the original comic adaptation of America’s favorite dysfunctional family, the Bundys. Why is it suddenly among the top 1,000 best-selling comics? To be honest, I do not have an answer to that. With all the rebooted 1980s and ‘90s properties, a Married…With Children revival could be in order, but I doubt it will suddenly make this a major collector’s item. 

At any rate, it was a fun addition to the Hottest Comics. Besides, when will I get another chance to spotlight Al Bundy in a comic article?

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