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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hot Key Comic Issues of 2016 Part 9

Wow, Part 9 to this hot key comic issues of 2016, and I'm not sure if I have any surprises. I know I've already talked about two comics on here. One, just recently and only once.

The other, I've talked about quite a bit already. However, that one is still hot in 2016 and looks like it's heated up a tad bit again. Not so much that it made a record sale or jumped into another value range it never hit before. You'll see what I mean when we get to that comic.

I don't think I've ever mentioned the other comic on here. I'm still perplexed as to why that one saw just heat in the last 2 years, so if you know, be sure to edumacate me.

Just to help get me through this and give me a good kick in the ass for motivation, I'm listening to LK's band - Zen Kura and the song is called The Warning. LK was one of the first regular commenters on this site way back when very few were reading it. Feel free to give it a listen below.


Alright, we got tunes now, so let's rock out these next three hot key issues this year!

NYX #4
2nd appearance of X-23

 Speculator demand has obviously trickled down the to the 2nd appearance of X-23. High grade raw copies have shot up to the $70 and close to the $100 range.

This month saw the sale of a raw NYX #4 sell for $99.99 bucks. Wasn't in a comic lot of #4, #5, #6 or whatever. Just a single copy.

Before that one and on the same day in June, a single raw copy sold for $75.or a penny less than $75. Crazy, CA-RAZY!

How have their slabbed counter parts done? Even more insane!

CGC 9.8s just blew up if you look at the GoCollect data for eBay sales and recently. Recently as this year. Sure, the comic hit the $100 range a few times last year, but this year it shot up all the way to the $400 range in a matter of a month?

It even bypassed the $200 and $300 range. I don't even know what to make of the $800 sale. What the hell was that about? It was via bidding auction also!

Like NYX #3 and the 1st appearance of X-23, this comic is one of the hot key comic issues of 2016. I wonder if this will continue throughout the year.

This all has to do with rumors about X-23 in Wolverine and now the X-Force movie. Speculation about a casting call for young White, Asian or Latina women around 4 feet tall also helped fuel the heat for most things X-23. 

July of 2004 is the cover date of NYX #4 and the 2nd appearance of X-23 or Laura Kinney.

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Back to original Spidey costume
Classic McFarlane cover

Hell, I just wanted to talk about this one. I have no clue as to why this comic at CGC 9.8s went bonkers in 2014 up until now.

I am a fan of Todd McFarlane, but this one is a big surprise. So far, what I've been reading is that this is when Spidey goes back to his original costume. Sure, okay, check!

Classic McFarlane cover. Okay, I'll buy that.

Another thing I heard is that this is the official comic that marks Todd McFarlane's run. I have no idea why some believe that since McFarlane begins his run on #298.

Overstreet notes this a classic cover but CGC doesn't. CGC just notes this as a Silver Sable appearance last I checked.

However, CGC 9.8s have gone crazy in the last 2 years when it comes to this issue. They were much hotter last year, but this year, they're still selling in the $700 range.

So, yes, cooling off but still hot enough. CGC 9.6s are luke warm, and they keep selling within and under the $100 range.

They're basically bopping around all over the place and the sales values look pretty similar to 2015. Then again, there's a lot more copies for 9.6s registered in the census. 

9.8s are currently at 105 while 9.6s are at 438 at the time of this writing. Heck I know Spidey is awesome and Todd McFarlane is awesome, but this one getting so much love still makes scratch my head in confusion.

I definitely know I must be missing something about this comic, so if you know please enlighten me. Amazing Spider-Man #301 has the cover date of June, 1988.

1st full appearance & origin of Venom

This one has always been selling quite well for the last 2 or 3 years,, and I really didn't want to talk about again. It's always been a sought-out Copper Age book for as long as I can remember, which meant the year it hit the stands.

However, during the 90s crash, I do remember this comic dropping in value, but it bounced back after a while. When the Venom movie 1st hit the net, this comic went bonkers in high NM grades.

Raw copies were selling at or very near their CGC counterparts, much like it was for the 1st appearance of Deadpool not too long ago. Not just on eBay, but at locals and comic cons in my area also. Might of been different for your area.

Well, to be fair, this comic has started selling on average past the $1,000 mark this year. It's not the first time this comic at CGC 9.8s were selling in that range. They were doing that a lot back in 2014 as well.

However, by May of 2015, this comic cooled off and started dipping into the $800 and $900 range with an occasional $1,000 sale here and there. By May of this year, CGC 9.8s have once again been selling more on average in the $1,000 range.

When it comes to 9.6s, they've still been boggling in-between the $300 and $400 range, and this year so far looks like this grade has been less hot than in 2015 if you compare the January 2015 to June 2015 sales of this comic in $400 range to the same period of months this year.

However, this grade may pick up from now until December 31st. Who knows? Most of the sales this June saw this grade bump down into the $300 range though.

9.2s have strangely been selling in the $300 range more often this year. Not surprised that this comic is still seeing funky monkey when it comes to sales of grades closer together.

Once again, if someone knows why ASM #301 is going bonkers, please enlighten me. Is it really because Spidey returns to his original costume and it's a classic McFarlane cover or am I missing something else about this comic. 

Gotta thank Zen Kura for helping me to rip through this post and getting me pumped up to go toss around some weights for my workout. Click the link below to continue.


  1. Well Mayhem. I'm thinking that the only other thing that is driving those prices for Amazing Spider-Man 301 in 9.8 is the white cover. I just don't see a copy being graded higher ever for that reason. So 9.8 will be the top grade and there is probably not many more 9.8's out there. I bought a raw 9.4 copy about two years ago for $15 and I'm very happy with having that one.

  2. Hi Mayhem,

    I can only speak for myself as far as A.S. 301 is concerned. I snagged it up in 2014/2015 simply because number 300 was allready going crazy moneywise. In 301 however I saw potential, cause there was a huge difference, what people demanded for this one. It kinda was the Spidey 300 for the poor back then ;-) - similar cover and same great interior art.

    Speculation Jones

  3. ASM 301 is very tough to get in 9.8

  4. For ASM 301, I've read that the 9.8 grade was very hard to find in this comic. The heat is for 9.8 only, other than that, it seems this ocmic is not that sought after. Its the difficult 9.8 that makes this comic what it I've read.

  5. Have you heard of the problems CGC is having with their new case? It seems like a pretty damaging problem to the company and to the books and I´m not sure there is a solution.

    1. I have only heard about some waviness the new cases are creating. What else are the new cases causing?

    2. I got a bats 251 from comic Link about two weeks ago that has what appear to be oily smudges called Newton rings. It really takes away from the appearance of the book, I'm not sure if it's damaging the book, but cgc offered to reholder it. I don't know if they actually have fixed anything with their new holder though?

    3. I've been reading in some forums that the pressure that holds the comic in place in the new CGC could damage the spine, especially around the staples. There is also a concern that if the comic is ever removed from the case, the inks may transfer to the mylar that's inside the case.

      I have one comic in the new CGC case. I don't see any of the waves but I do notice that a lot of the Newton rings are on the corners and along the spine where there is the most pressure.

      It you're looking for more info or opinions on them, there are multiple threads on it at the CBCS forum. Steve Borock, CBCS president has so little faith in the new CGC holder, he's offered a 20% discount on whichever tier the comic is to get regraded.

    4. I have an iZombie #1 in the old case with the oily smudge or newton ring, so I don't think just the new cases have those.

  6. Only solution is to not send anything to gcc until they straighten there shit out. JW

    1. Agreed, I better go double check the newest ones I got back. Alright, just did...mine look really good so far, but I'll keep an eye on 'em to see if they weirding out.

  7. Hey Mayhem! Thanks for the Band Plug! You get a free t shirt for your efforts!
    pm me your addy and size and it's in the mail! ROCK!!!! lk

  8. Thanks everyone for telling me what's up about ASM #301. Makes sense and I think I'll buy that reason. Whew! Finally some piece of mind.