Hot 30 comics for 2020

Here are the hot comics for 2020 as well as what will be hot for 2021 and beyond.

To be on this hot comics list, the book has to be constantly selling, and yielding stronger prices over time. It is not comics that are hot for 2 weeks and cool off immediately. In fact, most if not all, the hot comics should continue to sell well in the months ahead.

The data comes from a combination of:

  • Ebay sales
  • Hot comics list from different sites
  • CGC forum threads on what is selling

It is not a ranking list and might not be exhaustive. Based on these hot comics, I also attempt to predict what other comics might be hot in the coming months, right up to 2021.

Below is a table showing these hot comics 2020 as well as estimation of how much they can continue to grow in the following year.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1

Date of Publication: 2008
Sale number: 26,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Ahoska Tano

2. Low supply

 

Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 is probably one of the hottest book in 2020 with the rising popularity of Ahoska Tano, who first appeared in this book. Ahoska is looking to become the Harley Quinn for Star Wars, which means this book should continue to rise.

Why it will continue to be hot: With more Star Wars movies, TV shows and animations being created, there will be no end to the media exposure. If Ahoska becomes this generation’s Luke Skywalker, this book will continue to be on every fan’s must have list

Another reason is the low print run of this book. It only sold 26k copies in North America, which is considered a low number.

Star Wars: Heir to the Empire #1

Date of Publication: 1995
Sale number: 100,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Thrawn

 

Another hot comic this year is Star Wars: Heir to the Empire #1, containing the first appearance of Admiral Thrawn. His popularity is almost as strong as Darth Varth, Darth Maul etc, leading to collectors scoping up this book.

Why it will continue to be hot: Whatever said for Clone Wars #1 applies here as well. However, comparing these 2 books, Clones Wars #1 will edge out due to Ahoska being a hero and the latter having a lower supply.

Marvel Spotlight #5

Date of Publication: 1972
Sale number: No information

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze)

2. Black cover book, making high grade copies hard to find

 

Ghost Rider has had its fair share of media attention. From Nicholas Cage’s horrible take to the Agents of Shield’s TV debut. However, most of the fans are still waiting for a proper MCU debut of Johnny Blaze.

Such expectations have pushed this book higher and higher in price whenever a new rumor surfaced about a new Ghost Rider movie. The latest rumor happen last month and it pushed this book higher in all grades.

For example, A 7.0 grade of this book was selling for $700 a few months back. After the rumor in May 2020, it is now selling for $1k, an increase of almost 50%.

Why it will continue to be hot: As more news and rumors continue to circulate, this book will see continued interest.

Ultimate Fallout #4

Date of Publication: 2011
Sale number: 73,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Mile Morales

 

Ultimate Fallout 4 became hot during the run up to the Edge of the Spiderverse animation. Instead of cooling off like every other comic movie property, this book continues to see increases in demand.

In 2020, this book is breaking all sort of past sales recordings. Even 2nd prints of this book are starting to be hot, leading to sales of $40-50.

Why it will continue to be hot: Sony clearly has strong plans for Miles Morales. A live action movie news being confirmed will lead to stronger demand for this book.

Avengers #48

Date of Publication: 1968
Sale number:

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Black Knight (Dane Whitman)

 

Avengers #48 went from a book that only a few cared about to a book that is selling everyday. It went hot last year when Black Knight was announced for the Eternals movie. Although prices have soften, it is a book that still sells if the price is right.

Why it will continue to be hot: Black Knight will be a IP that is going into multi project development, according to Roger Wardell. He is the person who correctly leaked most of the endgame details, and even predicted (in Dec 2018) that Black Knight will be used before it was announced in July 2019.

As from the tweet above, Black Knight will have a bright future in the MCU. Hence, his first appearance will still be on the collector’s radar in the coming months or even years

Submariner #1

Date of Publication: 1968
Sale number: No information

Key strengths of this book
1. Debut issue of sole series

 

Rumors of Submariner coming to MCU soar to an all time high when there was a mention of an underwater city in Avengers Endgame. Since then, all major Submariner keys have went up, including Fantastic Four #4 and this book.

Between the 2, Submariner #1 experienced a bigger percentage increase due to the lower price. In the higher grades, it has now doubled in price from last year. In all other grades, the increase has been between 50-100%.

Why it will continue to be hot: There will be plenty more rumors coming about the Submariner. Expect this one to perform like Marvel Spotlight #5 in terms of continuous increased with every new rumor.

Amazing Spider-Man #361

Date of Publication: 1991
Sale number: 300,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Carnage

2. Iconic cover

 

Carnage has been hot ever since the post credit scene seen in Venom. Despite having a massive print run, prices continue to increase to over $100. The interest in this character is so strong that even the 2nd prints are selling in the $50 region.

Why it will continue to be hot: With a movie on its way and new Carnage comics line up, this book will be like a runaway train.

Marvel Spotlight #32

Date of Publication: 1977
Sale number:

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Spider Women (Jessica Drew)

 

With news of Jessica Drew getting her own movie, her first appearance in Marvel Spotlight #32 has taken a new height in prices. Almost doubling across all grades below 9.6, Marvel Spotlight #32 is now officially a 2020 hot comic.

Why it will continue to be hot: It is still early days for Jessica Drew. With more rumors expected, the book will see more spikes in the months to come.

Nova #1

Date of Publication: 1976
Sale number:

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Nova (Richard Rider)

 

Nova rumors started way back in Guardians of the Galaxy #1. After so many years of false start, he seems to be finally on his way with Kevin Feige saying the following:

Kevin Feige in 2019

“Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board,” Feige said. “Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting. And you’re absolutely right, he was in the earliest drafts of the [Guardians of the Galaxy].”

Prices soften in the earlier parts of the year relative to last year. However, the last 2 months have seen a rebound.

Why it will continue to be hot: With Richard Rider being a fan favorite and Marvel Cosmic going strong, Nova looks to have a bright future within the MCU. The only downside is the huge print run of this book, which might lower its price ceiling.

Batman Beyond #1

Date of Publication: 1999
Sale number: 28,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Batman Beyond #1

2. Relatively low print run

 

Batman Beyond #1 has been growing steadily for the whole of 2019. However, it really took off this year, especially in the 9.8 grade. A copy of this book is now nearly $1k. 6 months ago, the price was only half of this.

The scary thing about this book is that there is no media hype even though it is already an animation show. What happens when there is a Batman Beyond live action movie?

Why it will continue to be hot: With a low print number, and a rising demand, this book will continue with rising streak. Also, with investors expecting more media exposure for Batman Beyond, many are accumulating this book.

Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3, #4

Date of Publication: 2014
Sale number: 118,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Silk

 

Like Marvel Spotlight #32, this book is benefiting from rumors of Silk making an appearance in Sony’s Spiderverse. These rumors strengthen the appeal of what is already fan favorite’s book. Despite the high print numbers, the book manages to rise steadily, although not explosive.

Why it will continue to be hot: As rumors continue to surface every now and then, comic investors will continue to buy into this book at higher and higher prices

Amazing Spider-Man #101

Date of Publication: 1971
Sale number:

Key strengths of this book
1. First Appearance of Morbius

 

With a movie coming up in 2021, Morbius is riding on the current media attention since 2 years ago. Have prices peaked? That will depend on the performance of the movie.

Although this book is doing well, it has a large supply which is suppressing its price. For example, a 7.0 is now about $600. In contrast, a 7.0 for Marvel Spolight #5 or Werewolf by Night #32 goes for much higher prices.

Why it will continue to be hot: Spiderman #101 will continue to enjoy a steady increase as the movie nears. However, don’t expect any major spike unless something big happen to the movie.

Avengers Annual #10

Date of Publication: 1981
Sale number: 220,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Rogue

 

Avengers Annual #10 got hot when Rogue was rumored to be in the Captain Marvel #2 movie. I do not believe in this but at least it has given attention to this book that deserves it.

Raw copies have now jumped to $70 or more in very fine condition. 9.8 have also doubled from $300 to $600-700.

Why it will continue to be hot: With the X-Men coming to the MCU, this book will surely see interest since Rogue is one of the favorites. The only thing holding this book back is its large supply, which is common for a late bronze age comic.

She Hulk #1

Date of Publication: 1980
Sale number: No Information

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of She-Hulk #1

 

Ever since the She Hulk Disney+ Show was announced, this book has been selling well. Although prices have fallen from its peak due to its plentiful supply, sales are still regular.

Why it will continue to be hot: As production and casting goes underway for the show, more news will keep this book in the spotlight. However, pay attention to the 2nd series as it has lower print run and some desirable covers.

Giant Sized X-Men #1

Date of Publication: 1975
Sale number: No Information

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of New X-Men team

2. First appearance of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird, Magik as a child, Krakoa

3. Second appearance of Wolverine

 

Giant sized X-Men #1 has always been a blue chip book but prices really took off after the Fox merger in 2019. I sold a 7.5 copy for $800 in 2018, which doubled my investment, only to have it going to $1800 a year later ?

Painful lesson learnt!

Why it will continue to be hot: This book will always be one of the most demanded bronze age book. Coupled with the mutants coming to MCU, it will continue to be a hot comic.

Fantastic Four #5

Date of Publication: 1962
Sale number: No Information

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Doctor Doom

2. Scare in high grade

 

Doctor Doom can be considered the top villain from Marvel. This book reflects its importance. After the Fox news in 2019, this book has more than doubled across the grades. At current prices, it has hit the $1000 per cgc point, which not many books can achieve.

See this article on the number of books which hit that number:

Why it will continue to be hot: Doctor Doom will be as hot as Thanos, if not more. When he finally comes to the MCU, this book will be too hot to handle.

Eternals #1

Date of Publication: 1976
Sale number: No Information

Key strengths of this book
1. First introduction of Eternals as a concept

2. First appearance of Ikaris

 

With a confirmed movie early next year, this book as well as other Eternal issues have been selling. Prices have soften since the peak last year but it is still impossible to buy a NM copy of this book for less than $100.

I sold all my 9.8 copies and most of my raw last year during the peak. I might get back in if prices continue to soften.

Why it will continue to be hot: The Eternal movies look to be a winner. I believe a trailer will spike this book up again. It might not go to previous high but prices will definitely improve from the current going rates.

Teen Titans Vol 6, #12

Date of Publication: 2017
Sale number: 44,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of the Batman Who Laughs

 

Batman Who Laughs is a character who got hot right out of the gate. While the heat has cooled, his appearance is still a book that you need to fork out $100 for.

When buying this book, be careful to differentiate between the regular and foil edition. The market has valued the former to be higher so do not pay such prices for the foil edition.

Interestingly, this book has a red color second print. I wonder how this 2nd edition will fare given what I have written about whether is 2nd print worth anything.

Why it will continue to be hot: DC comics is launching more Dark Metal stories in the coming months. I am sure Batman Who Laughs will continue to be featured.

Thanos #13

Date of Publication: 2017
Sale number: 300,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Cosmic Ghost Rider

 

If DC has the Batman Who Laughs, Marvel has the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Coincidentally, both characters were published in 2017, with similar hotness.

Like the Batman Who Laughs, the heat for Cosmic Ghost Rider has cooled from the 2019 heat. However, sales are still happening in the $90-100 range.

There is a third print who has a pretty nice Cosmic Ghost Rider cover. I wonder if that will take off.

Why it will continue to be hot: As long as Marvel Comics continue to publish this character, it will remain relevant in the eyes of the collector.

Moon Knight #1

Date of Publication: 1980
Sale number: 300,000

Key strengths of this book
1. Premiere issue of Moon Knight’s first series

2. First appearance of Bushman

 

Everything with Moon Knight has been hot. With many of his older keys getting out of reach, this is the book that is still affordable. While prices are not high in absolute terms, do remember this was a dollar bin book years ago.

Why it will continue to be hot: Similar to She Hulk, the Moon Knight’s Disney show should keep this book in the minds of many collectors.

Edge of Spiderverse #2

Date of Publication: 2014
Sale number: 54,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Spider Gwen

 

If there was one character that can match the hotness of Miles Morales, it would be Spider Gwen. Her first appearance shows no signs of slowing down as a raw copy is now a $300 book.

In fact, even the variants and later printing of this book are starting to heat up. The Bug variant is now selling for $100 while the third print can command up to $50.

Why it will continue to be hot: The sequel to the smash hit Edge of Spiderverse is already confirmed. With more Spider Gwen on the big screen, this book will continue to be desired.

Bone #1

Date of Publication: 1991
Sale number: 3000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Bone

2. Super low supply

 

Bone is always a cult classic. However, what pushed this book was the news that Netflix was developing an animation show for these characters.

Despite the high prices, sales for this book still occurs regularly. If you cannot afford it, do note there are 9 printings of this book. With the craze now for later printings, some of them might get hot as well.

Why it will continue to be hot: Once the animation show is released, do expect more heat on this already expensive book. Bone #1 might be the Turtles for the 90s.

What if #10

Date of Publication: 1978
Sale number: 134,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Jane Foster as Thor

 

SDCC 2019 confirmed the appearance of Jane Foster as Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder. This news sparked off sales of a number of Jane Foster related books including this one.

While many expect this to die down, the heat never really went off. Copies of this book are still selling regularly. A near mint copy will set you back for $130-150 while a 9.8 version will cost you $700.

It is hard to imagine this book was so cheap a few years back…

Why it will continue to be hot: With a confirmed movie happening in 2022, expect more news about Lady Thor that will keep the heat on this book.

Journey Into Mystery #84

Date of Publication: 1962
Sale number: 132,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Jane Foster

2. Scare in high grade

 

Journey Into Mystery #84 was another comic that broke out when the Lady Thor was announced. Prices have doubled after the news although they are settling down.

With more Lady Thor news expected, I wonder if this book can eventually match Journey Into Mystery #85. If so, there is still some good growth left in the book.

Why it will continue to be hot: Same as What If #10. Wait until you see a trailer drops that shows Lady Thor.

Tales of Suspense #50

Date of Publication: 1963
Sale number: 300,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Mandarin

2. Scare in high grade

 

Tales of Suspense #50 is always a great book with a gorgeous first appearance cover. Mandarin himself has always been a recurring villain but was overlooked in recent times.

The news of him being the main villain for Shang-Chi has put the spotlight back on to this book. Prices have doubled for low grades and almost tripled for high grades.

Why it will continue to be hot: Shang-Chi is coming in 2021, with filming currently being done in Australia. With news and leaks coming for the whole of 2020, all Shang-Chi books will be kept in the spotlight.

Avengers #43

Date of Publication: 1967
Sale number: 269,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of the Red Guardian

 

Riding on the Black Widows movie, this book has come from obscurity to one that is seeing frequent sales. While the absolute price increase has been modest, the gains relative to the pre movie announcement is significant.

High grades are another story as these saw sharp price increase. A 9.6 went for $5000!

Why it will continue to be hot: This book will continue to see heat until the Black Widow movie is screened. What will happen to it after the movie is less uncertain. From prior experience, it is likely to see some price reduction but not to the level of the pre movie announcement.

Avengers #196

Date of Publication: 1980
Sale number: 235,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First full appearance of Taskmaster

 

Avengers #196 has seen the same heat that Avengers #43 has received. On average, prices have doubled across all grades.

Rumors are circulating that there will be 2 Taskmasters in the movie. I wonder if the other version will see some heat/

Why it will continue to be hot: Similar to Avengers #43, this book will continue to see heat until the Black Widow is over. However, this book has always been a more desirable book than the latter so I expect it to hold its prices better.

G.I.Joe #21

Date of Publication: 1984
Sale number: 363,000

Key strengths of this book
1. Silent Issue

2. First appearance of Storm Shadow

 

This book has always been a fan favorite with its awesome cover and the silent treatment. Since the Snake Eye movie was announced, the heat has increased on this book, resulting in price increase across the board.

If you are interested to invest in this book, look for the Canadian version. It is hard to find in high grades and might see some crazy price action on it.

Why it will continue to be hot: A classic book with media exposure means collectors will be buying this for some time to come.

X-Men #4

Date of Publication: 1963
Sale number: 255,000

Key strengths of this book
1. First appearance of Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

 

While the Scarlet Witch has been in the MCU for some time now, her first appearance in X-Men #4 has not retraced like most movie related keys.

The reason is because this has always been a wanted book. With Scarlet Witch getting more and more exposure, it is little wonder that this book has not slowed down in demand.

In 2019, a 6.0 costed you $800. Now, you need to cough up at least $1500.

Why it will continue to be hot: WandaVision is going to make Scarlet Witch prominent everywhere. I don’t expect this book to die down anytime soon.

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