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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hot Key Comic Issues of 2016 Part 16

One of the comics in this Part 16 of hot key comics of 2016 is definitely hot. Mr. Snag brought it to my attention in a comment and wanted to know price increases due to the movie/TV hype.

So this comic will be featured here. The other two on here? Debatable, or at least I debated it. One is sort of steaming up and the other saw a slight increase this year due to a leak of a certain character growing larger instead of shrinking.

Alright, let's take a look at the next 3 hot key issues of 2016 in Part 16 here.

Tales to Astonish #49 1st appearance Giant-Man comic coverTALES TO ASTONISH #49
1st appearance of Giant-Man

Big things happened this year in Captain America Civil War. Well, literally, to say the least.

Rumors started about Ant-Man turning big in a scene in Cap's 3rd installment and it turned out to be true. Actually, it was a pretty cool scene, or, at least, I enjoyed watching it.

So Ant-Man turned giant, and even though the 2nd Ant-Man movie is still going to be called Ant-Man & Wasp, this 1st appearance Silver Age key issue got a bump in demand and value this year. Let's see how this movie hype affected this key issue and 1st appearance of Giant-Man this year.

Not all grades saw an increase this year, and not all grades had sales on eBay this year either. 9.2s did have a sale in May this year. From the low of $859 in December of last year, this grade sold for $1,686 in May. No sales in 2015 for this grade but the highest that year was $1,000. 

9.0s did not have a sale this year on eBay so far, or GoCollect has yet to record one. I did check eBay's sold page and there wasn't any sale for that grade. There is currently one up on eBay, and that's asking for almost the same price as the 9.2 sold for back in May.

2 sales this year for 8.5s and almost a hundred dollar increase in a little more than a month's time span. Slabbed 5.5s also had an increase of about $55 bucks, so nothing overtly major there. 6.5s did see a drop from a high of $400 in 2015 to the $300 range. In 2015, the comic sold in the $400 range twice.

So this comic didn't heat up for most grades concerning slabbed copies. It steamed up pretty briefly this year. Tales to Astonish #49 has the cover date of November, 1963.  

Detective Comics #359 1st Batgirl comic coverDETECTIVE COMICS #359
1st appearance of Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)

So, the most recent rumor has to do with Jenna Malone. Remember when she was caught in photo leaks on the set of Batman v. Superman? People were speculating that she was going to play the Robin from Batman The Dark Knight Returns comic.

Now, it seems that even thought her shots were cut from the film, rumors have now surfaced that she is going to be a pre-Batgirl Barbara Gordon. Snyder has already assured that her character won't be Robin nor Batgirl.

Anyhow, Barbara Gordon as Oracle is now the focus for speculators. Regardless of whatever, the 1st appearance of Batgirl or Barbara Gordon is a key issue comic that's heated up a bit this year.

This comic has seen slight increase this year. Not a whole lot of sales this year and quite a few just seem to be boggling in between value ranges or bouncing back from a cooling off period. 

CGC 9.0s and 8.0s increased during the year and both made about a $100 gain from 2015 record sales. Gonna throw out a lower grad here, and 5.5s have finally nestled into the $200 range. That grade first hit the $200 range on eBay back in 2015.

This comic is heating up. CGC 6.0s did sell in the $500 range twice this year. First time that grade has ever hit that marker. Most recent June sale for 6.0s was $462.

Detective Comics #359 has the cover date of January, 1967.

The Boys #1 comic cover
1st issue of comic series
1st appearance of Butcher and Terror
1st appearance of A-Train and Wee Hughie

Brought up by Mr. Snag, The Boys comic is being shopped around by Seth Rogen. Yes, that Seth Rogen who got the Preacher TV series up and running.

The actor is a comic book fan, and the latest news or rumblings is that The Boys is being developed over at Cinemax. I know little about this comic, I have to admit. Here's something I do know, and that the estimated print run for this comic is around 31,576 according to ComicChron.

Garth Ennis is the creator of this comic, and it has the 1st appearance of Butcher, A-Train, Wee Hughie, Kessler, Butcher's dog Terror, and Susan L Raynor. Team members Mother's Milk, the Frenchman, and the Female were introduced in issue #2 of the comic series.

CGC 9.8s have had quite a jump in price this year from the $100 range to the $300 range. However, there are sales that GoCollect did not record at the time I looked at the data.

There were sales after May 18th and they dropped in the upper $200 range.  However, the most recent June 4th sale on eBay sold again in the $300 range.

CGC 9.6s jumped up into the upper $100 range by April. A May 23rd sale this year saw a copy at this grade hit the $200 range, but I think it'll drop back into the $100 range since there is a copy at that grade currently on eBay that's for $150 with a Best Offer option.

So is The Boys #1 a hot comic key issue this year? Very much so. The Boys #1 has the cover date of October, 2006.

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So, there they are. Boys #1 is definitely a hot comic currently. The other two? We'll have to see how they continue to perform throughout the year. 

A little recap here. So in Part 3, Malignant Man #1 was featured and it seems it hit a high $25 for the regular cover on the 20th of this month. Not bad, comic lots are still available.

Daredevil #131 and the first appearance of Bullseye is still kickin' around the $300 range for CGC 9.2s. So that grade is at least sustaining currently.

Deadpool 2 is slated to start filming next year. No surprise there. Gotta keep hittin' it while it's hot!

Alright, Part 17 is ready. See ya there.


  1. No problemo! Mr. Snag will stay alert on the bridge and report any incoming keys. Yes, sir, Mr. captain Mayhem!

    Mr. Snag

  2. Bravo again mayhem JW

  3. All aboard!!! Tremendous key activity has been sighted. Amazing Spiderman 265 is going craaazzy on go collect! Gonna fire the torpedos and bag me some.

    Mr. Snag

  4. Hey Mayhem,

    it's ole Speculation Jones here with a special request. Amazing Spiderman Annual 16 has the first appearance of a female Captain Marvel - could this be a hottie? I mean, I smell key issue godness here but I am not sure... the variety of female, male, black, white Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel characters is just so confusing...

    Speculation Jones

  5. Hi gang,

    that A.S. 265 hype is getting my attention but - which one should I get? First print or second print? Second print looks much cooler in my opinion with that silver cover. Anyone know the print numbers of first and second print?


  6. Don't even bother with second print JW