100 Hot Comics #49: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134, 1st Darkseid Cameo
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Why Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen 134 is a Hot Comic

2019 MARKET UPDATE: A BRIGHT SPOT IN THE DC DARK

It's a very random book, but JO#134 deserves its place on the 100 Hot Comics list this year.

After coming close to dropping out last year, there is enough action to justify bumping it up the list in 2019.

IF YOU BOUGHT MY RECOMMENDED GRADE LAST YEAR:

Here's the bottom line.

  • CGC 9.2 2018 $800
  • LAST SALE $1,275
  • PERCENT CHANGE +59%

There is more turnover this year. Not EVERY grade is appreciating. It's hit-and-miss. But on this year's list, this is one of the hottest DC comics. That says a lot.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.6 $2,522
  • CGC 9.4 $1,500
  • CGC 9.2 $1,275
  • CGC 9.0 $552
  • CGC 8.5 $334
  • CGC 7.5 $262
  • CGC 6.0 $232 (!)
  • CGC 5.0 $150
  • CGC 4.0 $92

2018 MARKET UPDATE: TAKE A WALK ON THE DARKSEID

Barely clinging to its spot on the 100 Hot Comics list, sustained by a lot of turnover and some upticks in the lower grades.

The lack of solid Darkseid news has made this a poor investment in the last 12 months. One to treat with caution.

Recent sales:

  • CGC 9.6 $3,000
  • CGC 9.4 $1,300
  • CGC 9.2 $800
  • CGC 9.0 $500
  • CGC 8.5 $385
  • CGC 7.5 $400 (!!)
  • CGC 6.0 $180
  • CGC 5.0 $125
  • CGC 4.0 $115

2017 MARKET UPDATE:

Not nearly as hot this year, as Darkseid seems to be considered a bit of a dead end by some movie watchers...

Some recent sales have breathed new life into this book, just about saving it from the chop.

  • CGC 9.4 $1,800
  • CGC 9.2 $1,250
  • CGC 9.0 $700
  • CGC 8.5 $420
  • CGC 7.5 $360
  • CGC 6.0 $200

Thank god for Jack Kirby. Possibly the weirdest and most unappealing series DC ever put out (perhaps a tie with Lois Lane -- only one back issue makes it onto the Hot 100, Lois Lane #70, 1st Silver Age Catwoman), Jimmy Olsen back issues struggle to sell in almost any condition. Nobody cares.

Until Darkseid, that is. Kirby's start on the run made all the difference.

Now Darkseid's confirmed as a major antagonist in the upcoming DC movies, his first cameo appearance in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 is hot property. So hot, in fact, that we struggle to recommend it above 9.2.

A CGC 9.8 example just sold for nearly $7,000. That's a lot of coin for a book recently languishing in dealer dump bins. The ride has been spectacular.

We hope this book treats you well, as we feel Darkseid is the DC equivalent of Thanos.

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