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Amazing Spider-Man 194, 1st Black Cat
UP 39 PLACES FROM LAST YEAR!

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Why Amazing Spider-Man 194 is a Hot Comic

2021 MARKET UPDATE: BLACK CATS CAN BE LUCKY

Another record year for this comic book in top grade.

There is tons of interest in the female superhero realm in the Marvel Universe, with books like Marvel Spotlight #32 and What If? #105 catching fire, a female Thor in the works and who knows what else?

Beyond CGC 9.8, gains are solid rather than spectacular. This is a common book, but pretty hard to find in 9.8 grade or other near mint grades. Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.8: $2,422
  • CGC 9.6 $692
  • CGC 9.4 $475
  • CGC 9.2 $335
  • CGC 9.0 $300
  • CGC 8.0 $211
  • CGC 7.0 $180

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 9.8 2020 $1,919
  • LAST SALE $2,422
  • PERCENT CHANGE +26%

2020 MARKET UPDATE: PRICES COOLING

Amazing Spider-Man 194 has cooled down, probably because there was no confirmation of Black Cat in any upcoming Marvel movies.

My chosen 9.8 grade took a hit.

2019 MARKET UPDATE: ALWAYS LET A BLACK CAT CROSS YOUR PATH

Prices of the significant CGC 9.8 have broken through the psychological $2K barrier. Just two years ago, this grade averaged just over $1,000!

Amazing Spider-Man comics (and Spider-titles in general) seem to have the Midas touch these days. There are loads of Spider-Man comics on the 100 Hot Comics list, and they have kicked ass this year.

I would continue to hold this book, but keep a close eye on sales to see which way it's trending.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.8: $2,161
  • CGC 9.6 $620
  • CGC 9.4 $350
  • CGC 9.2 $325
  • CGC 9.0 $198
  • CGC 8.0 $170
  • CGC 6.5 $164 (!!!)

2018 MARKET UPDATE:

We still don't have any confirmation that Black Cat will appear on the big screen, but speculation is still rife.

Don't miss J. Scott Campbell's super-hot Black Cat cover art on another of our hot 100, Amazing Spider-Man #607.

Prices of the top three grades have ticked up about 10 percent since last year's Hot Comics list. Don't forget that this is a common book.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.8: $1,250
  • CGC 9.6 $425
  • CGC 9.4 $240
  • CGC 9.2 $180
  • CGC 9.0 $160
  • CGC 8.0 $130
  • CGC 6.5 $85

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

This book has broken through the psychological $1,000 barrier recently, but we've downgraded it for two reasons. The first, there are a ton of books which deserve to be higher based on volume and market excitement.

The second, it seems to be a 'warehouse' book. There are tons of copies in high grade available (237 copies in CGC 9.8 alone), and the demand for this book isn't quite enough to tip it past the "warm" to "super-hot" status. Some prices have softened. One to be cautious of.

  • CGC 9.8: $1,100
  • CGC 9.6 $360
  • CGC 9.4 $230
  • CGC 9.2 $200
  • CGC 9.0 $175
  • CGC 8.0 $120
  • CGC 6.5 $80

If you're a reader of Bronze Age Amazing Spider-Man comics, then you'll be more than aware of Black Cat, and her importance as a love interest in Peter Parker's life post-Gwen.

This character has a ton of potential, especially with a second Spider-Man movie reboot planned in a joint venture between rights owners Sony and Marvel.

A very common book, the black cover shows wear easily. Don't buy anything lower than CGC 9.6, but our recommended grade is 9.8 if you can afford it.

Other Amazing Spider-Man issues on the Hot 100:

Amazing Spider-Man #1Amazing Spider-Man #2 | ASM #14 | ASM #20Amazing Spider-Man #46Amazing Spider-Man #50 | Amazing Spider-Man #101 | Amazing Spider-Man #129 | ASM #212Amazing Spider-Man #300 | ASM #361 1st CarnageAmazing Spider-Man #607

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