HOT COMICS! Top 20 Comic Book Investments
Part Four: #16 to #20

Here are the final five picks on our list of top 20 hot comic book investments.

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Top 20 Hot Comics #16: New Teen Titans #2
First Appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator

Top 20 Hot Comics #16: New Teen Titans #2, First Appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator. Click for value

After years of languishing in dollar bins, some of the New Teen Titan books are breaking out.

Tales of the New Teen Titans #44 (first Nightwing) is also hot, but nowhere near as hot as this book. Deathstroke is another of those DC bad guys being hounded by rumor.

Will he ever actually appear in a TV show or movie? Only time will tell, but for now if you own this book you can enjoy the ride as prices continue to rise.

A CGC 9.8 is now a $500+ book, and would have cost you $180 two years ago.

Record sale: $650
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Top 20 Hot Comics #17: Uncanny X-Men #101
First Appearance of Phoenix

Top 20 Hot Comics #17: Uncanny X-Men #101, First Appearance of Phoenix. Click for value

X-Men issues from the Bronze Age are actually taking over some of the middle Silver Age as the ones to own, which means there is money to be made.

The first appearance of Phoenix is a hot book. It seldom is offered to us in collections from that period, which always sets my spider sense tingling!

Prices are all over the place on this book, with sales of CGC 9.8s in 2014 topping out at $1,475 and going as low as $932. There are plenty about, but this book will continue to rise.

Record sale: $1,475
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Top 20 Hot Comics #18: Marvel Super-Heroes #13
First Appearance of Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel)

Top 20 Hot Comics #18: Marvel Super-Heroes #13: First Appearance of Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel). Click for value

Carol Danvers (aka Ms. Marvel) is hot property right now, and yes, it's all those rumors of upcoming Marvel movies and TV shows which are driving the price rises.

It seems that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading in the direction of sci-fi, with Guardians of the Galaxy catching people by surprise, and being successful at the box office.

Female leads are also in short supply, which is helping Carol's key issues no end.

Record sale: $1,300
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Top 20 Hot Comics #19: Incredible Hulk #1
Origin and First Appearance of the Hulk (Gray Skin)

Top 20 Hot Comics #19: Incredible Hulk #1, Origin and First Appearance of the Hulk (Gray Skin). Click for value

Probably the rarest of the Marvel Silver Age mega-keys, Incredible Hulk #1 is finally achieving the same kind of prices as the immortal Amazing Fantasy #15.

The recent sale of a CGC 9.2 book for a new-record $320,000 shows the renewed interest in this title, along with the Hulk's starring role in the Avengers movie helping to keep him front of mind. The same book was sold in 2009 for $125,000. That's a big profit in five years.

But lower down the range, you can expect to pay a minimum of $2,000 for the roughest, CGC 0.5 copy you can find. That is big money for a ragged old book.

Hulk collectors all want this book though, so there is money to be made as prices go up. See our investment focus on Incredible Hulk #1 here.

Record sale: $320,000
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Top 20 Hot Comics #20: Incredible Hulk #181
First Appearance of Wolverine

Top 20 Hot Comics #20: Incredible Hulk #181, First Appearance of Wolverine. One of the hottest comics around! Click for value

And then there was Wolverine. While Hulk #1 is undoubtedly rare, certainly MUCH rarer than #181, supply and demand are very strange bedfellows, as Hulk #181 proves.

Prices for this book continue to do crazy things. No matter how many copies of this come to the market, they are snapped up by eager collectors.

Hulk #180 is the first brief cameo. At the moment (who's to say in the future?), prices on #180 are going up, but there is a bigger spread between grade prices.

Below 9.6 and 9.8, Hulk #181 sees the spread closing, with big prices available at all grades.

Here are average prices per CGC grade:

2.0 $360
4.0 $590
6.0 $900
8.0 $1,400
9.0 $2,100
9.2 $2,500
9.4 $3,100
9.6 $4,200
9.8 $10,000

Buying Hulk #181 as cheap as possible and flipping it for a profit is one strategy; another is buying the best you can afford and holding it for long-term growth. Either way, there's money to be made.

Record sale: $150,000
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