100 Hot Comics #38:
Detective Comics #359
1st Batgirl (Barbara Gordon).
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Why Detective Comics 359 is a Hot Comic

MARKET REPORT 2019: NOT EVEN BATGIRL CAN ESCAPE THE DC EXODUS

Most of the big fallers and books which dropped off the list entirely this year feature DC Comics characters.

Why is DC so cold this year? It's really market forces. There is only so much money to go around, and Marvel is soaking up all the speculator cash.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 9.0 2018 $4,577
  • LAST SALE NONE
  • PERCENT CHANGE N/A

This book is still undoubtedly hot. It is showing price rises in various grades. It's just not as hot as the dozens of books which deserved to be higher on the list this year.

Grades below 7.5 are showing FALLING prices. Stick to nicer copies.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.6 $22,500
  • CGC 9.4 $11,875
  • CGC 9.2 $6,988
  • CGC 8.5 $3,010
  • CGC 8.0 $2,199
  • CGC 7.5 $1,725
  • CGC 6.0 $745
  • CGC 5.0 $550
  • CGC 3.0 $385

MARKET REPORT 2018: STILL TOP TEN, STILL A HOTTIE!

There are fine margins when it comes to deciding which of our 100 Hot Comics deserves a place at the top. There is nothing but upward momentum on Detective Comics #359, but the books above it are even hotter.

We are still extremely bullish on the future of this character, and the value of this book. Most grades are seeing strong price increases.

The color of the cover makes it a hard book to find above VF.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.6 $14,000
  • CGC 8.5 $2,400
  • CGC 8.0 $1,950
  • CGC 7.5 $1,400
  • CGC 6.0 $900
  • CGC 5.0 $615
  • CGC 3.0 $425

MARKET REPORT 2017:

Detective #359 moves up from #11 on last year's list. Especially hot are grades above 6.0, where new records are being set all the time.

This book is fairly common in the VG-FN range but tough above that. Silver Age DC comic books tend to be in worse shape than Marvels of the same era, and this book has a deep purple cover which shows wear.

  • CGC 9.2: $6,500
  • CGC 8.0 $2,000
  • CGC 7.5 $1,250
  • CGC 5.0 $500
  • CGC 3.0 $300

At least half the books on the Hot 100 are hot because of movie or TV projects. For a change, here we have a character with no direct movie links, or even firm rumors, but plenty of appeal nonetheless.

I've already talked during the Hot 100 about the phenomenon of DC Silver Age key issues being relatively under-valued compared to their Marvel counterparts. This is equally true for this huge first appearance.

Barbara Gordon is related to one of the mainstays of the Batman universe, Commissioner Gordon. She is a perfect sidekick to Batman and Robin, and has become popular with "fan boys" in the more sexy iterations of her outfit. She is a cosplay favorite too.

Higher grade copies are tough. The purple cover shows wear and handling easily. Aim for at least a VF-NM copy with off-white or white pages.

This will be a pleasure to own, and easier to sell than the mass of mid-grade examples currently flooding the market.

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