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Like last week, this week’s Top 10 features a mix of new and repeat entries. Repeat entries include Silver Sable’s first appearance, driven by speculation about her appearance in Sony Picture’s KRAVEN film, and George Perez’ classic JLA/AVENGERS Heroes Initiative paperback reprint (a reminder to please donate to this fantastic charity that gives back to the creators we love in the comic book industry). The rest of the list includes all the feature books that appeared in our Top 10 in the past year. Many of these are directly linked to content speculation. For example, the first appearance of Marvel’s Ghost Rider sparked Midnight Sons and Emilia Clarke rumors of Veranke playing the Skrull Queen. The first appearance of Obi-Wans reappears with excitement for his May Disney+ series. Favorite 80s animated series Voltron is being developed for a feature film, bringing his first comedic appearance to 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 to make this week’s Top 10. to dominate.
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#10: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #265 | MARVEL | 1985 | Actor Christopher Abbott is rumored to be playing The Foreigner in Sony’s KRAVEN movie. In the comics, The Foreigner was previously married to Silver Sable, and this connection has led speculators to believe that Silver Sable could also appear in the film. Her first appearance in this issue had a high sales of $690 for a CGC 9.8 with raws trending at an FMV of $93.
#9: STAR WARS #2 | MARVEL | 1977 | The May release of Obi-Wan’s Disney+ series is not far off. While we wait, his first comic book appearance continues to gain more attention. Last week we tracked a high sell of $810 for a CGC 9.6, with a raw FMV of $82.
#8: POINT A #1 NICK BRADSHAW VARIANT | MARVEL | 2011 | There is still speculation that the Sam Alexander version of Nova will appear in the recently announced MCU Nova project starring Moon Knight writer Sabir Pirzada. It is current rumor that the show/movie will feature 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 isn’t on either cover (Richard Rider appears in the background of the default cover), it’s just a matter of which one you like better. This Bradshaw variant had a high sales of $350 for a CGC 9.8 and a raw FMV of $88.
#7: JLA/AVENGERS HERO INITIATIVE TPB | MARVEL/DC | 2022 | The recent health concerns surrounding George Perez have highlighted the need for us as a community to contribute to vital organizations such as the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative was founded as a charity that helps comic book makers in medical or financial need. George Perez, himself a founding member of the board, is an example of a comic book creator who would benefit this charity directly. Marvel & DC got back 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 against a 7-day trend of 91% and a high of $380 for a raw copy. However, fair market value is currently hovering at $247. Again, we’re asking those who resell their copy to consider donating a portion of that profit to the Hero Initiative. Many sellers do this, and many contribute all of their earnings, which is fantastic. Initially priced at $30, this book was intended to benefit charity rather than create a rare exclusive with aftermarket value. Suppose we can work together to share these aftermarket sales. In that case, this limited TPB will be an even bigger success by increasing the initial money raised and giving back directly to the creators we love.
#6: GHOST RIDER #31 | MARVEL | 1992 | In recent years, there have been constant rumors and speculation that a Danny Ketch-led Midnight Sons is in development for Disney+. When another online source mentions the Midnight Sons, this one and issue 28, The Midnight Sons’ first cameo appearance (via a future hunch), both begin to move in the aftermarket. For the past few years, the market has favored number 28. However, this week is all about their first full appearance in Ghost Rider #31, which had high sales of $400 for a CGC 9.8 with raws trending at an FMV of $ 28.
#5: VOLTRON #1 | MARVEL | 1985 | Per Hollywood Reporter, a “live-action ‘Voltron’ movie, with Rawson Marshall Thurber to direct, ignites a bidding war.” This news immediately lit a fire under Voltron’s first appearance in comic books. We tracked a high sell of $665 for a raw values CGC 9.8 at an FMV of $110.
#4: SECRET WARS II #3 | MARVEL | 1985 | This issue contains the cover’s first appearance and the Beyonder’s first full appearance (in human form). This week, in anticipation of its appearance (played by Lawernce Fishburne) in the MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR series, it hit a high of sales of $149 for a CGC 9.8 with raws at an FMV of $21.
#3: POINT ONE #1 | MARVEL | 2011 | As noted, there are rumors that both 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 outing is trending. However, it sold the higher-selling variant at $400 for a CGC 9.8 and raw at a $46 FMV.
#2: NOVA #1 | MARVEL | 1976 | And while Sam Alexander hasn’t been confirmed yet, Richard Rider’s Nova is almost certainly in the upcoming NOVA project. His first appearance in this song has been trending since Kevin Feige first mentioned it several years ago. This track is now on fire with official confirmation of a high selling at $3000 for a CGC 9.8 and raws trending at $169.
#1: NEW AVENGERS #40 | MARVEL | 2008 | Several online sources claim that Emilia Clarke definitely plays Veranke the Skrull Queen. While this remains unconfirmed, these renewed rumors ignited when Veranke first appeared in this issue, selling high at $392 for a CGC 9.8 and rough prices of $43. Note: If you’re looking for copies on your LCS or on conventions, there is a second printing of this edition that retails for nearly $200 unedited. Good hunting!
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