Trending Comics: the Curious Case of ASM #88

by Matt Tuck

090822C-1024x536 Trending Comics: the Curious Case of ASM #88Why is Amazing Spider-Man, vol. 5, #88 suddenly on the Hottest Comics? It’s time to go exploring in this week’s Trending Comics.

Once again, we take a deeper dive into the top 100 best-selling comics on eBay. At the top, we have those Across the Spider-Verse keys, and the Predator makes an appearance as well, but there is the odd case of the Queen Goblin. Take a look.

97. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, VOL. 5, #88 (NEW TO THE LIST)

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There hasn’t been much talk about the Queen Goblin (or Goblin Queen, whichever you prefer), but her first appearance has joined the ranks of the Hottest Comics. She debuted earlier this year to much fanfare, but readers didn’t seem overly impressed. After all, it was only three years ago that we had the disappointing story of Red Goblin, the combination of Norman Osborn and the Carnage symbiote.

Throwing in yet another goblin may have been too soon. The fact that this issue has cracked the top 100, though, is an interesting turn of events and worth keeping an eye on.

15. SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 (+15)

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With Miguel O’Hara playing a lead role in the next Spider-Verse movie, it’s no wonder his early appearances are seeing an influx of buys. Of course, this issue was printed in abundance in the 1990s, so finding a copy, raw or graded, isn’t hard to do. That keeps prices relatively low, which breeds higher sales volume.

Plus, the cover with the full reveal of Spider-Man 2099 and one of the best-looking Spider-Man costumes ever created, Spider-Man 2099 #1 belongs in any self-respecting Spidey collection. 

25. PREDATOR #1 (NEW TO THE LIST)

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After a long wait, Marvel finally debuted its new Predator series last month. After decades with Dark Horse Comics, the alien hunters have officially kicked off their new era, and fans seemed generally pleased with the first issue. Just like Alien #1 before it, the Marvel era has spurred interest in those early DH Predator keys, specifically the first appearance in 1990’s Predator #1.

This week, it found its way back into the top 25 Hottest Comics, and it could continue to climb.

74. ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #1 (NEW TO THE LIST)

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Spider-Miles is a consummate contender in the top 100 eBay best sellers. While Ultimate Fallout #4 will remain the biggest key, Miles’ first cover appearance (on a comic and not a preview catalog, at least) on Ultimate Comics #1 is a hugely popular issue as well.

Like Spider-Man 2099 #1, there is no doubt Ultimate Comics #1 is benefiting from the Across the Spider-Verse press. Still, the bigger picture lies within the live-action realm, specifically the MCU. 

95. DARKHAWK #1 (NEW TO THE LIST)

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Darkhawk #1 is like the comic version of The Little Engine that Could; it thinks it can, it thinks it can. 

For decades, this was the butt of the joke for many comic collectors, but Darkhawk’s first appearance has demanded to be taken seriously in recent years. There is growing speculation that he will make his MCU debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but nothing has been confirmed on that front. At this point, it actually seems unlikely given the number of characters already set to appear. 

Still, Darkhawk continues to find its way onto the Hottest Comics. “I think I can, I think I can…”

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1 comment

Matt Kennedy September 10, 2022 - 12:50 pm

Let’s not forget the excellent recent addition to the Predator franchise, PREY, as the most likely factor in reviving interest in Dark Horse Comics’ Predator #1.

Regarding Darkhawk, there must have been 2 million of those circulated back in the day, but the Kyle Higgins reboot that took a multiple sclerosis approach (in a riff on James Cameron’s AVATAR) to the character is one of the best ideas to come out of Marvel in the last decade. I’d have to think that 2021 series checks all the boxes Kevin Feige would want in a standalone MCU entry —and with a mere single digit percentage of the original series print run.

Speaking of low print runs, how many ASM V5 #88 were likely printed? Modern circulation numbers are comparatively very low and even Spider-Man comics without a gimmick cover tend to be low. For a long-term spec, you can do a lot worse. Since these are still pretty close to cover price raw, it’s worth searching for a 9.8 candidate to submit later.

The book I recommend everyone take a hard look at is Runaways (2003) #1. With Nico in the new MIDNIGHT SUNS video game, her popularity is poised to explode, and since she also appears on the cover of this book –which has first appearances by no less than 8 other characters, the price adjustment that happened after the mediocre series provided a nice dip for a second rise. If there was a simplified consensus regarding Magik’s first appearance (with several iterations of Ilyanna spread across multiple issues of X-Men and other comics), just think what THAT would be worth!

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