September 2020 (3rd week) Comic Book Sales Charts and Figures

The third week of September saw an increase in the volume of units sold for newsstand editions published during and after 1998. However, dollar value fell as there wasn’t any big ticket item sales during this week.

  • 53.4% of newsstand comics sold are sold at $10 and below prices. This week saws sales of She Hulk, Daredevil, Batman Vol 2, and Amazing Spider-Man soaring, with lots of the copies sold.
  • 28.4% of newsstand sales are sold between $11 and $30. Lots of Black Panther books sold this week, even though they might not be keys.
  • 11.8% of newsstand sales are sold between $30 and $100. This number has somewhat reduced from previous weeks.
  • 4% of newsstand sales are sold above $100. This week saw the lowest percentage of books sold in this price category. The last time it was this low was in July 4th week. Since then, it had always fluctuate between 8-14% for the past 7 weeks.

Below are the top 10 newsstand sales for the week.

Phantom Menace #3

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $500

It is not common a see a new entry that takes the top spot for that week. It happened this week with Phantom Menace #3, featuring the first full appearance of Darth Maul.

This was for a 9.8 newsstand copy, which is hard to come by. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any premium over direct editions, which are also selling in the $500 range.

Looks like this book is not able to break the Star Wars curse of no newsstand premium.

Star Wars Tales #24

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $155

Star Wars Tales #24 makes its 7th appearance into the charts. This time, a CGC 9.4 copy sold for $155. Looks like Darth Nihilus is becoming a must have for Star Wars collectors.

This price is close to raw NM copies that are selling around $100 for direct editions. If we add in the cost of stabbing, it seems there isn’t too much newsstand premium for this book. Put this one in a line of many Star Wars comics that don’t have such premium.

Batman #567

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $100

Batman 567 makes it 3rd entry into the charts with this sale of a NM raw copy. Even though Cassandra hasn’t received the most accurate movie treatment, her first appearance book is still a desired book to collect.

Previous sales of this book was for a similar price back in August 3rd week. This means the newsstand premium of 100% is still being maintained as regular editions are selling for $40-$50.

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Force Storm #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $99

The third Star Wars book in the chart is Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Force Storm #1. This book debuted in the last week of June and finally made a return. It contains the first appearance of a few Darths, who seem to be snatched up by collectors, regardless of whether they are in canon.

Compared to the regular editions, which was selling for $30-$40, the sale of $99 created a newsstand premium of 100-120%.

Star Wars: Jedi vs Sith #1

Copies sold: 2
Average Sales: $80

A new Star Wars book makes its debut this week with Star Wars: Jedi vs Sith #1. This issue contains the first appearance of a very important Darth called Bane, who created the Rule of Two.

I picked this book in my honorable mention on the 1st week of July. It costed $50 for a VF copy then. This sale is for a Fine copy but costs $80, which prices have went up.

In comparison, nm copies of the direct editions are selling the same price range, meaning there is a newsstand premium for this book.

Amazing Spider-Man #569

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $350

Another new entry this week comes from Amazing Spider-Man #569. This book contains the first appearance of the Anti-Venom.

The copy sold was a CGC 9.6, which went for $350. In contrast direct 9.6 editions is only selling for $130 or less. This means that the newsstand premium for this book is around 150-170%.

You might still be able to buy raw newsstand for under market if you hurry.

Amazing Fantasy Vol 2, #3

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $100

Amazing Fantasy Vol 2, #3 makes its debut this week with a $100 sale for a VFNM raw copy. This sales puts the newsstand premium at 33X! This book is also the first of 3 Arana’s books on this week’s and shows she is on fire this week.

This issue contains the first appearance of Nina Smith, a recurring supporting character for Arana, who is rumored to have her own movie. I have written about this book here.

Amazing Fantasy Vol 2, #6

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $100

Arana’s 2nd book to break into the charts comes from this new debut: Amazing Fantasy Vol 2, #6. This issue also the first appearance of Vincent, a villain of Arana.

Regular editions for this book for selling for cover price. Hence, the newsstand premium is another staggering 33X. As this is the first of such sales, it will be interesting to see if this price sticks after the heat on Arana has cooled off.

Arana: Heart of the Spider #1

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $99

Making it a hat trick, Arana’s third book in the charts comes from her #1 issue of her debut series. It is also a book that I covered in my Arana key issue article. In that article, I mentioned the variant but the newsstand edition might be just as rare, if not more.

Regular editions of this book is selling for cover price. This means the newsstand premium for this book is also another 33x! This is why newsstand keys are such good investments.

Batman: Shadow of the Batman #83

Copies sold: 1
Average Sales: $113

The last book on this chart is also a new entry. Batman: Shadow of the Batman #83 contains the first appearance of the Huntress as Batgirl.

This sale is for a 9.8 copy which sold for $115. In contrast, regular 9.8 copies are sold around $70. This works out to be a 60% difference, which is a pretty decent newsstand premium given that Huntress is not a particularly hot character right now.

This also means buying some DC newsstand now for cheap might not be a bad idea.

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