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Monday, June 13, 2016

Hot Key Comic Books of 2016 Part 3

Hot key comic books of 2016, but there's one of them where I'm bending the rules. This one isn't really hot just yet, but it might be or might not be.

Anyway, it was a chance to talk about some recent comic movie news that just dropped. Alright, key comic books that are hot or even was hot in 2016. Let's get to it!

1st cameo appearance of Darkseid

I recently discussed this book in the Darkseid key issues series and way back in the Superman key issues series, so we all know that this comic has been hot prior and still is hot in 2016. Darkseid seems to have been somewhat confirmed for a Justice League film, though DC nor Warner have yet to outright confirm it.

It's basically been teased, but close enough for some! High grade Jimmy Olsen #134 CGC copies don't make it to market often. If they do they do sit for a while as they are valuable for sure.

The last 9.8 CGC copy sold last year for $6,750! This is on eBay.

The last eBay sale of 9.6s was in 2013 and 9.4s in 2015. The only NMs to sell this year were 9.2s and 9.0s, and both made some nice jumps in value.
As mentioned earlier in the Darkseid key issues series, 9.2s finally jumped into the $1,000 range this year. 9.0s jumped into the $800 range and totally bypassed the $700 range so far.

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 has the cover date of December, 1970.

1st appearance of Alan Gates

Published by Boom! Studios, this comic is co-written by Hollyweird director James Wan and Michael Alan Nelson. It was just announced that Brad Peyton will be directing this film with James producing it.

The basic plot of this comic series is described as:

Alan Gates, a cancer patient with a terminal diagnosis, is resigned to his fate… until he discovers that his tumor is actually a mysterious parasite! Granted a second lease on life and incredible, otherworldly powers, Alan must fight against an evil army buried beneath society’s skin, all the while unlocking the secrets of his forgotten past.

This comic might heat up, and the most recent raw sale is around $10 bucks. Fox bought the rights back in summer of 2014. Now it seems like it is pushing forward to hit the big screen. 

Not the 1st Boom! Studios comic to do so. 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg was based off a Boom! comic. It did not increase in value because of the film, so we'll have to see about this one.

So far, this comic is noted as the 1st appearance of Alan Gates. Not sure if there are any previews or what, but there;s a good chance they'll just be noted a 1st brief and this issue changed to 1st full if there is preview or promo comic out there.

So far I've yet to see a CGC graded copy. They don't have any listed in the CGC Census either at the time of this writing.

Malignant Man #1 has the cover date of April, 2011. It's not entirely a hot book as of yet, but could steam up. We'll have to see how this one goes in the next few days.

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1st appearance of Bullseye

Although I've been recommending this bad boy for the better part of last year, it finally seems that the 1st appearance of Bullseye is heating up again in the market a bit more. With the Daredevil Netflix show being a massive hit so far and Elektra and Punisher debuting in the series, Bullseye isn't a question of if, but when.

Bullseye is definitely a noted foe of Daredevil and Elektra as well. He could very well crossover with the Punisher as well or it wouldn't be much of a stretch. 

The Kingpin even has used Bullseye quite often in the comics as well, and I don't think anyone is surprised if that also plays out in the live-action Netflix Daredevil series quite soon. Actually, I'm pretty sure it will, and it's not any surprise that this comic has heated up again after Daredevil season 2 was released on Netflix this year.

CGC 9.8s have always been selling in the thousand dollar range since 2015, and was actually hotter last year for this grade. Then again, there's only been one sale of a CGC 9.8 Daredevil #131 on eBay this year so far and there were three in 2015.

9.6s have cooled off a bit this year and were selling in the $600 range in September of last year. They started off weak this year, but finally jumped back up into the $500 range this May. 

You can see that 9.6 slabbers of the 1st appearance of Bullseye started to heat up back in June of 2015. CGC 9.4s of this comic did not perform well and they did much better in 2015, but 9.2 CGC copies did see growth and finally nestled into the $300 range after a weak performance during much of this year until April. 

However, CGC 9.2s of Daredevil #131 only hit the $300 range once in 2015. So far and recently, this grade has hit that range 3 times according to GoCollect.

The site has yet to include the most recent June eBay sales of this comic at slabbed 9.6s and both June sales were sold in the $300 range as well. Most recent sale of June 8th and at the time of this writing was $325, and the one directly before it was sold for $316.55 on June 7th.

This comic is somewhat hot but not super hot like an NYX #3 or Preacher #1. There aren't a lot of 9.8s up on eBay currently, and the CGC Census only has 50 registered copies at that grade. 1 of them is a Signature Series. No restored copies for that grade yet. A bit surprising.

136 registered 9.6s though, but the highest in the census are 9.4s which have 243. Total registered copies for Daredevil #131 in the census at the time of this writing is 1,338. 

For those who are turning their eyes towards UK Pence Copies, there's only 3 registered in the CGC Census currently. Highest is a 9.4 NM. Things that make you go hmmm?

Like I said last year, it is still one to keep an eye out for this year and snag if you can find the right deal - raw or slabbed. Daredevil #131 has the cover date of March, 1976.

I broke code and put Malignant Man #1 on here. I want to see if that one gets heat or not. I wouldn't consider it hot currently, but I am curious since 2 Guns #1 really didn't see much action even with a film that had 2 pretty big stars in it.
Kinda like R.I.P.D. #1 and that has a low print run, but who knows? We could all be surprised. 
Jimmy Olsen #134 is no big surprise and I'd to say that neither is Daredevil #131 and the first appearance of Bullseye.

Kinda no-brainers, but in the vein of Daredevil or the Punisher Netflix shows, Amazing Spider-Man #162 and the 1st appearance of Jigsaw is still over-looked for the most part. I think 9.8s of that comic are steaming up a bit.

Click the Part 4 link to continue with this beast. See you soon and thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed.


  1. for the life of me, i can't understand why the Jimmy Olson book commands that price for a one panel image of Darkeid. His first full appearance is Forever People #1. its' like saying Hulk 180 is the big book for Wolverine instead of 181.