2020 Hot Comics #78: Batman 251, Classic Neal Adams Joker Cover
UP NINE PLACES FROM LAST YEAR!

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Why Batman 251 is a Hot Comic

2020 MARKET UPDATE: JOKER WARMING UP IN A VARIETY OF GRADES

Of course I managed to pick a losing grade last year, but it was the exception that proves the rule.

There are tons of positive sales, and no sign of this book losing favor with collectors and speculators.

We declared this a tie for 78th place with Bone #1!

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 8.0 2019 $544
  • LAST SALE $520
  • PERCENT CHANGE -7%

If you did get in at 7.5 last year, then don't panic. Hold this book. If you're looking to buy now, then I'd still recommend a VF range or nicer if you can afford it.

Recent sales:

  • 9.8 $6,000
  • 9.6 $2,800
  • 9.4 $1,999
  • 9.2 $830
  • 9.0 $750
  • 8.5 $736
  • 8.0 $520
  • 7.5 $490
  • 7.0 $331
  • 6.5 $323
  • 6.0 $401(!!)
  • 5.5 $255
  • 5.0 $253
  • 4.5 $245
  • 4.0 $198
  • 3.5 $190
  • 3.0 $150

2019 MARKET UPDATE: NEW ON THE 100 HOT COMICS LIST!

One of the hardest jobs when putting together each year's 100 Hot Comics list is deciding what to cut from the previous year, and what to add.

When it came time to update the page for Showcase #4, I simply couldn't keep it on the list. It's never been very active -- there simply aren't many sales of that book -- but this year it's just not deserving of a place.

Instead, here's a Neal Adams classic from the Bronze Age. While some Batman issues have taken a beating (notably Batman #181, 1st Poison Ivy), this one is lighting up the board with great prices in all kinds of grades.

It's joined by another Adams new entry, Batman #232, the first Ra's al Ghul.

Adams art has been hot for years, and really it's a question of which comics to exclude. #227 (the cover homage to the classic Detective #31) is also a popular issue, but prices of #251 are more consistently higher.

What to Invest In

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I feel a bit leery about recommending ANY DC Comics characters at the moment, even the Caped Crusader!

Still, there is no getting away from the upward trend of this book, and some of the others it has replaced are simply stone-cold these days.

I would invest in a clean CGC 8.0 with White pages. The recent sale of $600 feels like enough money to risk in this market.

Here are recent sales in various grades.

  • CGC 9.6 $3,495
  • CGC 9.4 $2,075
  • CGC 9.2 $1,140
  • CGC 9.0 $1,000
  • CGC 8.5 $716
  • CGC 8.0 $600
  • CGC 7.0 $400
  • CGC 6.0 $350
  • CGC 4.0 $200

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