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Comic Book Cash, Issue #003 -- Top 20 Hot Comics Revealed!
August 30, 2014

Comic Book Cash #3 -- Top 20 Hot Comics Revealed!

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Time is tight this Labor Day weekend, with three kids intent on getting in some outdoor fun before school starts again on Tuesday. (Where DID the summer go?!)

So I'm going to use this newsletter to draw your attention to a brand new section of our website: HOT COMICS!

What Are Hot Comics Anyway?

Flash #139 is the first appearance of Professor Zoom, aka the Reverse Flash
Click to check out Top 20 hot comics list

Hot comics are issues whose values in the market take off for some reason. Every year, new issues blossom into the Hot category. This is usually for one of these reasons:

  • A character or story is announced as part of a big-budget movie
  • Some TV deal is struck
  • Speculators and collectors gamble on a rumor of the above
  • The same buyers seek out related issues which have POTENTIAL to jump in the same manner
Now if you think all this is a lot of gambling and pie-in-the-sky, and a very odd way to behave, then you'd be right. However, that doesn't make the opportunities to profit from this behaviour any less real.

But the million-dollar question (or maybe at least the hundred-dollar question) is... Which issues should you buy with the hope or expectation of return?

How We Arrived at Our Top 20 Hot Picks

Some issues are hot with obvious reason, like the first Rocket Raccoon in comics co-inciding with the Guardians of the Galaxy movie
Guardians of the Galaxy was well received, and so the hot issues should not retreat too far, if at all

Some picks are easy to understand. Guardians of the Galaxy is the latest Marvel movie. At the time of its announcement, everybody was caught by surprise. It's no exaggeration to say that most or all of the key issues brought to the limelight by GOTG were dollar bin fodder. Stuff like Marvel Preview 4 and 7, and Incredible Hulk 271, would have been hard to shift before.

Now they are white-hot back issues and show no sign of slowing down in the way that X-Men 141 and 142 did as soon as the X-Men: Days of Future Past hype ended. Throw in the announcement of a GOTG sequel and you'll see no end in sight for the growth.

Some others on our Top 20 hot comics list are more speculative. Stuff like:

Black Panther is strongly linked with an upcoming Marvel movie
Black Panther's first appearance in Fantastic Four #52

The downside on this issue is some disappointment if Black Panther does NOT appear in a movie; the consolation is that it's still a Silver Age back issue in a popular series, an a first appearance issue, so there should be price support for it anyway.

Then there are truly common issues which have suddenly become hot, such as X-Factor #6 and #24 (first Apocalypse and first Archangel). Honestly, they turn up in almost EVERY collection we're offered. Yet speculation or rumor have driven prices to silly levels -- X-Factor #6 is now a $300 book in CGC 9.8, and #24 is almost $200 in CGC 9.8. These are books published in the late 1980s. There are plenty about.

We're not saying you should avoid them -- they are on the list for a reason. Buy, grade and flip them. Just don't hang onto them for years in the hope of having another Amazing Fantasy #15 or Hulk #1 -- there are just far too many around.

What Did We Miss?

No list like a Hot Comics list can ever be complete. We'd love your feedback about what should be on that list.

And... coming soon, the ULTIMATE guide to what to buy to make money from comic books! We're working hard on a huge resource that will repay your investment on your first trade. Watch this space, and happy hunting...


Ashley Cotter-Cairns Editor, Sell My Comic Books

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