Like last week, this week’s Top 10 features a mix of new and repeat entries. Repeat entries include Silver Sable’s first appearance, prompted by speculation of his appearance in Sony Picture’s KRAVEN and George Perez’s classic JLA/AVENGERS Heroes Initiative trade paperback reprint (a reminder to donate to this fantastic charity that gives back to the creators we love in the comics industry). The rest of the list contains all the books that made it to our Top 10 over the past year. Many of them are directly related to content speculation. For example, the first appearance of Marvel’s Ghost Rider led Midnight Sons and Emilia Clarke to rumors of the role of Veranke the Skrull Queen. Obi-Wans’ first appearance reappears with excitement for his May Disney+ series. Favorite ’80s animated series Voltron is in development for a feature, helping its first comic appearance land on this list for the first time. Finally, confirmation that Moon Knight writer Sabir Pirzada is writing a NOVA project for Marvel helped the first appearances of young Nova corp member Sam Alexander and veteran corp member/Marvel Icon Richard Rider top the Top 10 of this week.
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#ten: INCREDIBLE SPIDER-MAN #265 | WONDER | 1985 | Actor Christopher Abbott is said to be playing The Foreigner in Sony’s KRAVEN movie. In the comics, The Foreigner was once married to Silver Sable, and this connection led speculators to believe that Silver Sable might appear in the film as well. Its first appearance in this issue had a high sale of $690 for a CGC 9.8 with raw copies at an FMV of $93.
#9: STAR WARS #2 | WONDER | 1977 | The May release of Obi-Wan’s Disney+ series isn’t far off. While we wait, his first comic book appearance continues to garner more attention. Last week we tracked a high sell of $810 for a CGC 9.6, with a gross FMV of $82.
#8: POINT ONE #1 VARIANT NICK BRADSHAW | WONDER | 2011 | Speculation persists that the Sam Alexander version of Nova will appear in the recently announced MCU Nova project with Moon Knight writer Sabir Pirzada. The current rumor is that the show/movie will star both Richard Rider and Sam Alexander. With Sam’s first appearance in this issue of Marvel Point One #1 (2011), collectors are split between the regular cover and this variant. Since Sam doesn’t appear on any of the covers (Richard Rider appears in the background of the standard cover), it’s just a matter of which one you prefer. This Bradshaw variant had a high sale of $350 for a CGC 9.8 and a gross FMV of $88.
#7: JLA/AVENGERS HERO TPB INITIATIVE | MARVEL/DC | 2022 | Recent health issues around George Perez have highlighted the need for us as a community to contribute to vital organizations like the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative was created as a charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need. George Perez, himself a founding board member, is an example of a comic book creator that this charity would directly benefit from. Marvel & DC have come together to reprint this classic crossover in a paperback limited to 7,000 copies. It lands on this week’s list in the same spot as last week, with 49 copies sold at a 7-day trend of 91% and a high sale of $380 for a raw copy. However, the fair market value is currently trending at $247. Again, we ask those reselling their copy to consider donating a portion of those profits to the Initiative of heroes. Lots of sellers do this, with many contributing all of their income, which is fantastic. Initially costing $30, this book was intended to benefit the charity rather than create a rare exclusive with secondary market value. Suppose we can work together to share these spare parts sales. If so, this limited TPB will be an even bigger success by increasing the initial funds raised and giving back directly to the creators we love.
#6: GHOST RIDER #31 | WONDER | 1992 | Over the past few years, there have been constant rumors and speculation that a Danny Ketch-directed Midnight Sons is in development for Disney+. When another online source mentions the Midnight Sons, this and issue #28, the first appearance of The Midnight Sons (via a future premonition), both start moving into the secondary market. For the past few years, the market has favored number 28. However, this week is their first full appearance in Ghost Rider #31, which saw a high sale of $400 for a CGC 9.8 with materials raw at a FMV of $28.
#5: VOLTRON #1 | WONDER | 1985 | According to Hollywood Reporter, a ‘Voltron’ live-action film, starring Rawson Marshall Thurber to direct, sparks bidding warThis news immediately ignited a fire under Voltron’s first appearance in the comics. We followed a high sale of $665 for a CGC 9.8 with commodities at a FMV of $110.
#4: SECRET WARS II #3 | WONDER | 1985 | This issue features the first cover appearance and first full appearance of the Beyonder (in human form). This week, in anticipation of his appearance (played by Lawernce Fishburne) in the MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR series, he hit a high sale of $149 for a CGC 9.8 with commodities at a FMV of $21.
#3: FIRST POINT #1 | WONDER | 2011 | As noted, there are rumors that the Richard Rider and Sam Alexandar versions of Nova could appear together in the NOVA MCU project. Like the Bradshaw variant, this standard cover of Sam’s first appearance is trending. However, it topped the variant with a higher sale of $400 for a CGC 9.8 and raws at a FMV of $46.
#2: NEWS #1 | WONDER | 1976 | Also, while Sam Alexander is unconfirmed, Richard Rider’s Nova is almost a sure thing in the next NOVA project. His first appearance in this issue has been trending since Kevin Feige first mentioned him several years ago. This issue is now on fire with official confirmation of a sell high of $3000 for a CGC 9.8 and trending raw at $169.
#1: NEW AVENGERS #40 | WONDER | 2008 | Several sources online claim that Emilia Clarke is definitely playing Veranke the Skrull Queen. While still unconfirmed, these renewed rumors lit a fire when Veranke first appeared in this issue, selling high at $392 for a CGC 9.8 and trending at $43. Note: If you are looking for copies at your LCS or at conventions, there is a second printing of this issue which sells for nearly $200 gross. Good hunt!
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