WEEK IN REVIEW

January 5th, 2021

Welcome to our 2020 Wrap-up Newsletter! 

As you know, CovrPrice is all about tracking actual (AKA: real) sales for graded and raw comics. We work hard to accurately gather sales across 5 major marketplaces to give you the best value estimates for your comics, updated daily.

In 2020 alone we tracked the value of just over 2.4 million comics collectively representing over $75 million dollars worth of comics sold across aftermarkets! As you can imagine, tracking this many sales (in just one year) allows us to provide our members with this rare end of year perspective. While some of these trends were obvious, many surprised us.

Below you’ll see two categories, each broken into the following three lists:

Comics That Sold The Most Units in 2020:

  • All (graded & raw)
  • Graded
  • Variants
  • Subsequent Printings (you know, because it was a thing this year)
  • Newsstands (Ditto)

Comics That Had the Highest Sales Volume in 2020:

  • All (graded & raw)
  • Graded
  • Variants
  • Subsequent Printings 
  • Newsstands 

We hope you enjoy the lists below and get a good (hard-data /non-curated) view of where the comic book aftermarket went last year!

*NOTE: Please note that although we do a pretty darn good job of gathering sales data (that’s what we do), we do not capture 100% of all sales that have taken place across the comic book aftermarket. That said, you can safely assume that actual sales and values are likely even HIGHER than what we’re reporting below. 

 


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COMICS THAT SOLD THE MOST UNITS IN 2020

Our first set of lists highlights which comics sold the most units from 2020 – 2021. In other words, we counted all the sales we collected for each comic and rank-ordered them below. Also, just for fun, we’re showing what their total sales added up to.  

COMICS THAT SOLD THE MOST UNITS //ALL (GRADED & RAW COMBINED)

Our first set of lists highlights which comics sold the most units from 2020 – 2021. In other words, we counted all the sales we collected for each comic and rank-ordered them below. Also, just for fun, we’re showing what their total sales added up to. 

 

 

#1 – ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 1,598 | Value of Total Sales: $637,860.16

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#2 – YEAR OF THE VILLAIN: HELL ARISEN #3 (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 1,363 | Value of Total Sales: $78,306.61

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#3 – SPAWN #1 (IMAGE, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 1,215 | Value of Total Sales: $53,765.77

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#4 – BATMAN #89 (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 1,105 | Value of Total Sales: $55,418.71

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#5 –MOON KNIGHT #1 (MARVEL, 1980) 

Total Units Sold: 1,066 | Value of Total Sales: $65,073.93

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#6 – THOR #5 (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 1,025 | Value of Total Sales: $50,556.19

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#7 – THE ETERNALS #1 (MARVEL, 1976) 

Total Units Sold: 1,010 | Value of Total Sales: $189.943.88

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#8 – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN #1 (IDW, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 919 | Value of Total Sales: $25,564.88

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#9 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361 (MARVEL, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 918 | Value of Total Sales: $178,770.42

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#10 – X-MEN #4 (MARVEL, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 887 | Value of Total Sales: $36,240.55

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SUMMARY:

While we knew ULTIMATE FALLOUT would make the list, we were very surprised to see X-MEN #4 (first Omega Red) make the list. Granted, it was a book that was ALWAYS in our top 25 books each week… we just didn’t realize what a massive seller it is.  And, as noted above, it’s the 5th most collected book in our user’s collections. While a few on here are content-driven (Moon Knight, Eternals, Carnage), the rest were simply fan-favorite characters/issues, like the first cameo appearance of PUNCHLINE (Batman #89) and her first full appearance in HELL ARISEN (which, even though this came out in 2020, it feels like she’s been out for years). We saw massive excitement for THE LAST RONIN, driving huge sales and a first full appearance of BLACK WINTER. Spawn #1 was our #1 book last year (with ULTIMATE FALLOUT at #2), while he slipped a bit… this just shows you what a powerhouse seller that Spawn #1 truly is. Even with all the market noise, Spawn still outsells most with zero content (except occasional mentions by McFarlane). It’s also worth noting that STAR WARS related books are absent from this list. Keep in mind that while many Star Wars books had fantastic trends (which will be represented below in other categories), it wasn’t until Ahsoka appeared on the Mandalorian AND the Disney Investor Summit when Star Wars books went nuclear. They couldn’t catch up to the momentum Miles and Punchline had, which started earlier in the year. 

 

 

COMICS THAT SOLD THE MOST UNITS // GRADED COMICS ONLY

Obviously, when you look at the above list of “Most Comics Sold”… it’s a no brainer that the most GRADED comics sold (the list below) is pretty much the same titles. The “Total Sales Values” below reflect the summed value for graded comics only.

 

#1 – ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 824 | Value of Total Sales: $443,053.39

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#2 – THE ETERNALS #1 (MARVEL, 1976) 

Total Units Sold: 579 | Value of Total Sales: $152, 687.89

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#3 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 (MARVEL, 1988) 

Total Units Sold: 472 | Value of Total Sales: $471,853.84

Fun Fact: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 is the number three most wishlisted book in our user’s collections. 

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#4 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361 (MARVEL, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 469 | Value of Total Sales: $130,658.58

Fun Fact: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361 is the number three book in our TOP 5 books in our user’s collections. It’s also the 4th most wish-listed book. 

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#5 – THE SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1 (MARVEL, 1980) 

Total Units Sold: 399 | Value of Total Sales: $102,150.53

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#6 – THE NEW MUTANTS #98 (MARVEL, 1991) 

Total Units Sold: 375 | Value of Total Sales: $186,521.48

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#7 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129 (MARVEL, 1974) 

Total Units Sold: 361 | Value of Total Sales: $702,624.41

Fun Fact: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129 is the number one most wish-listed book in our user’s collections. 

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#8 – STAR WARS #1 (MARVEL, 1977) 

Total Units Sold: 339 | Value of Total Sales: $148,054.25

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9: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #181 (MARVEL, 1974) 

Total Units Sold: 332 | Value of Total Sales: $1,377,534.48

Fun Fact: INCREDIBLE HULK #181 is the number two most wish-listed book in our user’s collections. 

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#10 – GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 (MARVEL, 1975) 

Total Units Sold: 330 | Value of Total Sales: $875,422.90

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The 1st Venom, 1st Punisher, 1st Star Wars, 1st Deadpool, 1st She-Hulk (thanks to Disney+ content), Giant Size X-Men (first Nightcrawler, Storm, Colossus, Thunderbird and 1st Wolverine in X-Men) and 1st Wolverine are this list’s new contenders. These are the books that MOST collectors (with a little cash in their pockets) sought out in 2020. This is truly a list that Marvel dominated and showcases a list of true Disney properties that will be the focus of Disney+ and the MCU’s phase 4.

 

COMICS THAT SOLD THE MOST UNITS // VARIANT COMICS

We LOVE Variants! Yes, can be one of the most frustrating parts of comics for collectors who can’t get them on release day and retailers who have to meet qualifiers to order them, but damn, we love them. Here are the Top 10 that sold the most in 2020.

#1 – BATMAN #92 – JORGE JIMENEZ (1:25) VARIANT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 486 | Value of Total Sales: $30,350.35

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#2 – BATMAN #92 – STANLEY ARTGERM LAU “B” VARIANT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 486 | Value of Total Sales: $30,350.35

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#3 – BATMAN #89 – FRANCESCO MATTINA “B” VARIANT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 479 | Value of Total Sales: $18,561.38

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#4 – SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – JENNY FRISON UNLOCKED VARIANT (IDW, 2019) 

Total Units Sold: 357 | Value of Total Sales: $17,436.09

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#5 – STRANGE ACADEMY #1 J. – SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 347 | Value of Total Sales: $13,404.18

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#6 – SPIDER-MAN #1 – SILVER VARIANT (MARVEL, 1990) 

Total Units Sold: 328 | Value of Total Sales: $12,670.76

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#7 – WOLVERINE #1 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER C2E2 NEGATIVE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 312 | Value of Total Sales: $61,444.10

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#8 –  DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHTS #1 – KAARE ANDREWS (1:25) VARIANT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 302 | Value of Total Sales: $60,605.51

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#9 – YEAR OF THE VILLAIN: HELL ARISEN #3 – RICARDO FEDERICI “B” VARIANT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 273 | Value of Total Sales: $12,065.02

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TIE #10 – SPAWN #309 – MCFARLANE COVER B (IMAGE, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 258 | Value of Total Sales: $6,238.76

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TIE #10 – BATMAN #92 – JORGE JIMENEZ RETAILER APPRECIATION VARIANT (DC, 2020)

Total Units Sold: 258 | Value of Total Sales: $52,266.34

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SUMMARY:

Obviously, Punchline dominated the variant market. We’ll admit, we thought she was a throw-away character when she released. However, as you’ll see from this list, she’s the only modern DC character to make ANY of our lists. Collectors LOVE her and she’s brought nothing new to DC. Looking at this momentum, hopefully, they do her justice and continue to develop her. One surprise was the Spider-Man #1 Silver Variant, which is the oldest book on the list. With its MASSIVE  print run, it’s one of the most classic (if not THE most classic) and homaged modern covers. This is a book that every collector should have a 9.8 of in their collection. It’s cheap enough, despite slowly increasing in price every year. This was also the year of John Tyler Christopher, so seeing his yellow Wolverine negative variant was fantastic to see make the list. This was definitely one of our favorite covers of 2020. And man, that DEATH METAL: DARK KNIGHTS variant was THE variant to have back in August. We’ve never seen a ratio incentive variant sell the way this one did. It sold more copies in one week (106) than we’ve ever seen. While sales have dropped significantly, it still retains a high value for a 1:25 ($90 raw, $200 in a 9.8). It’s also fitting that two of the hottest books of the year: STRANGE ACADEMY and SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN both made the list. Aside from IDW’s other book THE LAST RONIN, SIKTC is the only independent title to make any of these lists.

 

COMICS THAT SOLD THE MOST UNITS // SUBSEQUENT PRINTINGS

This year collectors went crazy for subsequent printings. Maybe it was COVID, maybe it was because of many 1st prints are too expensive?  Regardless, we’ve added this new category to reflect the MASSIVE market movement. The market has never loved these more and here are the ones that sold the most copies:

 

#1 – ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 – SARA PICHELLI 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 623 | Value of Total Sales: $47,560.51

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#2 – ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 – MARK BAGLEY 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 548 | Value of Total Sales: $63,001.68

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#3 – VENOM #3 – RYAN STEGMAN 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 2018) 

Total Units Sold: 539 | Value of Total Sales: $142,474.42

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#4 – VENOM #25 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 242 | Value of Total Sales: $14,183.20

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#5 – BATMAN #90 – 2ND PRINT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 218 | Value of Total Sales: $1,015.20

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#6 – THOR #5 – OLIVIER COIPEL 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 217 | Value of Total Sales: $2,433.37

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#7 – BATMAN #89 – 3RD PRINT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 201 | Value of Total Sales: $1,077.87

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#8 – THOR #5 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 196 | Value of Total Sales: $3,413.83

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#9 – STRANGE ACADEMY #1 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 187 | Value of Total Sales: $3,791.22

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#10 – EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – 3RD PRINT DESIGN (MARVEL, 2014) 

Total Units Sold: 174 | Value of Total Sales: $14,809.64

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SUMMARY:

Miles, Punchline, Black Winter, Knull, Strange Academy, and Spider-Gwen. It’s like the who’s who of 2020 heat. The Strange Academy 2nd print was a surprise to see… as well as the EOSV #2 Design Variant. We always saw that variant pop up in sales, but like X-Men #4, we didn’t realize how well it sold in 2020.

 

COMICS THAT SOLD THE MOST UNITS // NEWSSTAND

Like Subsequent printings, this was also a new category for this year’s wrap up. Here are the top Newsstands that sold the most copies in 2020:

 

#1 –  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 254 | Value of Total Sales: $53,036.09

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#2 –  STAR WARS #42 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1980) 

Total Units Sold: 195 | Value of Total Sales: $44,570.47

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#3 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1988) 

Total Units Sold: 167 | Value of Total Sales: $88,242.58

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#4 – MOON KNIGHT #1 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1988) 

Total Units Sold: 162 | Value of Total Sales: $7,142.02

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#5 – THE SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1980)

Total Units Sold: 156 | Value of Total Sales: $18,168.52

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#6 –  STAR WARS #68 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1983) 

Total Units Sold: 150 | Value of Total Sales: $19,254.76

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#7 –  THE AVENGERS #196 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1980) 

Total Units Sold: 137 | Value of Total Sales: $15,878.86

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#8 –  SPAWN #1 – NEWSSTAND (IMAGE, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 125 | Value of Total Sales: $21,100.80

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#9 –  DAREDEVIL #168 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1980)

Total Units Sold: 116 | Value of Total Sales: $16,906.54

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#10 –  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1979)

Total Units Sold: 107 | Value of Total Sales: $19,116.02

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SUMMARY:

Most of these newsstand variants mirror their direct edition’s heat, however, this list is an interesting blend of collector staples and content-driven books. Also, Star Wars makes the list… And of course, it’s Boba Fett, who made a glorious return on the Mandalorian.

 



2020 – 2021 COMICS THAT HAD THE HIGHEST SALES VOLUME

Now let’s take a look at the comics that had the largest sales volume. For these lists, we’ve taken all the sales that CovrPrice captured in 2020 for each comic and summed them up. This gives you an estimate of how much money was actually spent on each comic last year. We’re also including the “total units sold” so you can also get a sense of market movement.

 

HIGHEST SALES VOLUME // ALL (GRADED & RAW)

These are no brainers. There was a LOT of money getting passed around for these mega-keys.

 

#1 – AMAZING FANTASY #15 (MARVEL, 1962) 

Total Units Sold: 90 | Value of Total Sales: $2,943,857.09

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#2 – THE INCREDIBLE HULK #181 (MARVEL, 1974) 

Total Units Sold: 515 | Value of Total Sales: $1,697.725.49

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#3 – DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (DC, 1939) 

Total Units Sold: 1 | Value of Total Sales: $1,500,000

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#4 – SUPERMAN #1 (DC, 1939) 

Total Units Sold: 14 | Value of Total Sales: $1,343,106.48

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#5 – GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 (MARVEL, 1975) 

Total Units Sold: 450 | Value of Total Sales: $1,049,668.71

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#6 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (MARVEL, 1962) 

Total Units Sold: 115 | Value of Total Sales: $896,116.74

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#7 – THE X-MEN #1 (MARVEL, 1963) 

Total Units Sold: 116 | Value of Total Sales: $891,292.92

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#8 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129 (MARVEL, 1974) 

Total Units Sold: 556 | Value of Total Sales: $874,490.61

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#9 – FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (MARVEL, 1961) 

Total Units Sold: 56 | Value of Total Sales: $824,512.23

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#10 – THE INCREDIBLE HULK #1 (MARVEL, 1962) 

Total Units Sold: 46 | Value of Total Sales: $797,991.18

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SUMMARY:

In 2020 Spider-Man’s first appearance overtook Wolverine’s, which was the most “paid for” comic in 2020. But check out Batman! ONE lonely CGC 7.0 sale that the entire comic community was talking about. And FANTASTIC FOUR is back! With confirmation on an MCU film, collectors jumped back into investing in Marvel’s first family. It was quite dire there for a while.

 

HIGHEST SALES VOLUME // GRADED COMICS

This graded list is an echo of the previous list. It’s interesting to see how much money was spent on raw copies vs. graded copies. Books like Superman #1 sells almost ONLY graded, where Hulk 181 still moves plenty of raw copies (get those raw copies graded folks!).

 

#1 – AMAZING FANTASY #15 (MARVEL, 1962) 

Total Units Sold: 86 | Value of Total Sales: $2,828,624.06

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#2 – DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (DC, 1939) 

Total Units Sold: 1 | Value of Total Sales: $1,500,000

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#3 – THE INCREDIBLE HULK #181 (MARVEL, 1974) 

Total Units Sold: 332 | Value of Total Sales: $1,377,534.48

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#4 – SUPERMAN #1 (DC, 1939) 

Total Units Sold: 9 | Value of Total Sales: $1,342,951

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#5 – GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 (MARVEL, 1975) 

Total Units Sold: 330 | Value of Total Sales: $875,422.90

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#6 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (MARVEL, 1962) 

Total Units Sold: 102 | Value of Total Sales: $854,004.75

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#7 – THE X-MEN #1 (MARVEL, 1963) 

Total Units Sold: 104 | Value of Total Sales: $850,341.92

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#8 – FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (MARVEL, 1961) 

Total Units Sold: 47 | Value of Total Sales: $803,217.30

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#9 – THE INCREDIBLE HULK #1 (MARVEL, 1962) 

Total Units Sold: 38 | Value of Total Sales: $771,830.97

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#10 – CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1 (MARVEL, 1940) 

Total Units Sold: 6 | Value of Total Sales: $763,000

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SUMMARY:

No surprises here. This is every collector’s ultimate wish list. These are the books we all dream about owning. Giant-Size X-Men is the MOST obtainable, despite prices rapidly increasing. Seeing the company it’s keeping, move now if you want a copy.

 

HIGHEST SALES VOLUME // VARIANT COMICS

Here’s where things get a little interesting. Rare and expensive variants simply don’t have the numbers to rank in the “most sold variant” list. However, this highest sales list helps showcase the variants that collectors are investing in. However, these variants also have to be “easier” to find, compared to high priced variants that may only sell a few copies a month or even a year.

 

#1 – ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 – MARKO DJURDJEVIC (1:25) VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)

Total Units Sold: 167 | Value of Total Sales: $88,242.58

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#2 – STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS #1 (LIMITED TO 1000) VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2008) 

Total Units Sold: 65 | Value of Total Sales: $81,852.25

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#3 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 – HUMBERTO RAMOS (1:10 VARIANT) (MARVEL, 2014) 

Total Units Sold: 168 | Value of Total Sales: $62,038.41

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#4 – WOLVERINE #1 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER C2E2 NEGATIVE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 312 | Value of Total Sales: $61,444.10

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#5 – DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHTS #1 – KAARE ANDREWS (1:25) VARIANT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 302 | Value of Total Sales: $60,605.51

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#6 – AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO 1:100 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 6 | Value of Total Sales: $53,579

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#7 – BATMAN #92 – JORGE JIMENEZ RETAILER APPRECIATION VARIANT (DC, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 257 | Value of Total Sales: $52,266.34

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#8 – EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – GREG LAND (1:25) VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014) 

Total Units Sold: 23 | Value of Total Sales: $49,739.24

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#9 – NEGAN LIVES #1 – RED FOIL VARIANT (IMAGE, 2020) 

Total Units Sold: 46 | Value of Total Sales: $48,085.03

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#10 – DARTH VADER #3 – SALVADOR LARROCA (1:25) VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015) 

Total Units Sold: 103 | Value of Total Sales: $44,742.26

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RUNNER-UP: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 – CHRIS TURCOTTE APOCALYPSE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016)

Total Units Sold: 97 | Value of Total Sales: $41,845.95

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SUMMARY:

For all of you who have been reading wondering “where’s CLONE WARS #1 at?”, well there you go. While the standard and variant kept hitting CRAZY numbers week after week, it’s important to recognize that this book had relatively low inventory. They both proved to be difficult to find and never flooded sites like eBay, despite the amount of money that they delivered. Regardless, Miles is the repeat winner, two years in a row. Silk continues her weird super spike in price (with rumored content) and then significant drops (she’s been doing this for years now). The hard to find Greg Land 1:25 Spider-Gwen variant makes the list (which increased in price but only sold 23 copies). We got the rare red foil Negan Lives, the Punchline retailer incentive, the Larroca 1:24 for the first Dr. Aphra and we threw in the hot Apocalypse variant for the first full appearance of Riri Williams. With all those said, we had the KING of variants AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 GABRIELE DELL’OTTO 1:100 made the list with the lowest sales of 6 copies but still brought in $53,579. All hail the King.

 

HIGHEST SALES VOLUME // SUBSEQUENT PRINTINGS

Now we get to look into the biggest money makers for subsequent printings: 

 

#1 – VENOM #3 RYAN STEGMAN 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 2018) 

Total Units Sold: 539 | Value of Total Sales: $142,474.42

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#2 – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 3RD PRINT (MIRAGE, 1985) 

Total Units Sold: 89 | Value of Total Sales: $70,158.63

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#3 – TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 2ND PRINT (MIRAGE, 1984) 

Total Units Sold: 39 | Value of Total Sales: $67,685.97

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#4 – ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 – MARK BAGLEY 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 548 | Value of Total Sales: $63,001.68

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#5 – ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 SARA PICHELLI 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 623 | Value of Total Sales: $47,560.51

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#6 – CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2013) 

Total Units Sold: 23 | Value of Total Sales: $37,025.57

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#7 – ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2014)

Total Units Sold: 44 | Value of Total Sales: $18,506.41

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#8 – SPIDER-MAN 2099 VOL. 1 #1 TOYBIZ 2ND PRINT “WHITE” (MARVEL, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 49 | Value of Total Sales: $15,597.57

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#9 – VENOM #4 RYAN STEGMAN 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 2018) 

Total Units Sold: 167 | Value of Total Sales: $15,471.30

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#10 – EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 3RD PRINT DESIGN (MARVEL, 2014) 

Total Units Sold: 174 | Value of Total Sales: $14,809.64

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SUMMARY:

This was a really interesting list. These were the books that avid collectors were seeking out. TMNT had a huge year, with the 2nd and 3rd prints of the original #1 hitting massive new highs. Knull key subsequent printings (especially #3) were highly sought after. In fact, we credit the Knull craze for lighting the subsequent printing market on fire. We had two key Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, her first cover appearance and first full appearance (ANMNPO #1 2nd Print). Of course, Miles and Gwen made the list. However, the big surprise was the Toybiz 2nd Print of Spider-Man 2099 #1. We knew it was a big book, but it’s always surprising when we step back and look at the big numbers.

 

HIGHEST SALES VOLUME // NEWSSTANDS

Okay, let’s get into the big Newsstand high sellers:

 

#1 – THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #300 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1988) 

Total Units Sold: 167 | Value of Total Sales: $88,242.58

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#2 –  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN  #361 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 254 | Value of Total Sales: $53,036.09

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#3 –  STAR WARS #42 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1980) 

Total Units Sold: 195 | Value of Total Sales: $44,570.47

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#4 –  ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 2011) 

Total Units Sold: 60 | Value of Total Sales: $41,733.36

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#5 –  THE BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 NEWSSTAND (DC, 1993) 

Total Units Sold: 39 | Value of Total Sales: $33,672.46

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#6 –  THE NEW MUTANTS #98 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1991) 

Total Units Sold: 86 | Value of Total Sales: $29,302.94

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#7 –  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1 #252 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1984) 

Total Units Sold: 96 | Value of Total Sales: $28,425.37

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#8 –  SPAWN #1 NEWSSTAND (IMAGE, 1992) 

Total Units Sold: 125 | Value of Total Sales: $21,100.80

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#9 –  STAR WARS  #68 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1983) 

Total Units Sold:150 | Value of Total Sales: $19,254.76

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#10 – STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE #1 NEWSSTAND (DARK HORSE, 1995) 

Total Units Sold: 67 | Value of Total Sales: $18,663.04

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SUMMARY:

Spidey, Spawn, Miles, Deadpool and Harley own the newsstand market. Heir to the Empire snuck in with just a few weeks of market movement. Imagine if it hit back in June… it would have taken over this list. We have a bit before we get more Star Wars, so this will continue to move.

 

BONUS COVRPRICE INFO:

Oh yeah, we’re not done yet. We thought it would be fun to do a Top 10 of our weekly TOP 10 list. Since our TOP 10 is all based on ACTUAL sales, this list is going to look pretty familiar to the lists above:

 

TOP – TOP 10ERS OF 2020 // BOOKS THAT LANDED ON THE TOP 10 THE MOST

1: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (MARVEL, 2011) – 15 Times

 

2: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN: HELL ARISEN #3 (DC, 2020) – 9 Times

 

3: BATMAN #89 (DC, 2020) – 8 Times

 

4: X-MEN VOL. 1 #4 – 6 Times

 

5: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1 #361 – 6 Times

 

6: THOR #5 – 6 Times

 

7: SPAWN #1 – 5 Times

 

8: STRANGE ACADEMY #1 – 5 Times

 

9: DARK KNIGHT: DEATH METAL LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHTS #1 – 5 Times

 

10: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN #1 – 5 Times

 

Well, there you have it, 2020 was a crazy and challenging year. The comic book aftermarket proved to be pandemic proof, for the most part. Actually, one interesting fact out of this whole experience is regarding the overall market performance. Based on the new market jumps (as noted above in the various lists), we thought the market was doing better than ever. However, looking at the numbers… it was just about on par with 2019. In 2019, we tracked 2.3M sales which produced $76M. As noted at the beginning, in 2020, we tracked 2.4M sales which produced $75M. This was the biggest surprise to us when pulling our year-end numbers. We were prepared to do a while COVID AND THE COLLECTOR type article where we were going to point out the GIANT boost COV gave collectibles, but in reality… it just kept on keeping on from 2019. Granted, the market shifted focus for sure. Less industry option announcements meant that the indie books didn’t have their little booms. Marvel and DC speculation had little to no news throughout most of 2020, so spec purchases simply carried over from 2019 (Moon Knight, Eternals, She-Hulk, etc.). Though, characters like Miles Morales, America Chavez, Ahsoka Tano, Silk, Spider-Gwen, Ms. Marvel, Young Avengers, etc. all had a big 2020. However, it was these fan favorite characters and new markets (2nd prints, Newsstands, Preview books) and their significant price hikes that simply helped the market stay consistent, despite the world issues surrounding it. Truly fascinating!

With ALL of that above, we graciously thank you for trusting us, our content and our site, CovrPrice.com. We do our very best to bring you accurate value estimates for all your comics (based only on real sales data). As we continue to grow, expect to see more good stuff coming your way (and we have some AWESOME updates hitting soon)! In 2020, we had plenty of fun giveaways, thanks to our various partners: KRS, FRANKIE’S COMICS, MAJOR PAYNE’S COMIC COMPOUND, SCOUT COMICS, FRANK GOGOL, IMAGE COMICS, and OUR OWN PERSONAL COLLECTIONS (we gave away 3 Ultimate Fallout 4’s last year!) and plenty more! We also forged some fantastic partnerships, like with the TVO and his LORDS OF THE LONGBOX who cover our WEEKLY TOP 10, WEEKLY SHAKERS, and this YEAR-END list you’re reading now. We also have an amazing partnership with CBSI (COMICBOOKINVEST.COM), which hosts our VARIANT WATCH article, with Randall and Issac at The Definitive Podcast who use CovrPrice data to find values on their comic deep dive YouTube channel, and our friends at ComicsHeatingUp. Not to mention, the great relationships we forged with all the various creators and publishers in the industry. PLUS, more to come as we continue to forge some REALLY exciting additional partnerships for 2021!

If you’re interested in partnering with CovrPrice in 2021 (publishers, creators, retailers, fans, cosplayers, etc) don’t be afraid to reach out and say hi. We’re always looking for good people to work with. 

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Oh, and if you want to see what we look like… then here’s some interviews/shows we’ve been on:

TALES OF THE FLIPSIDE INTERVIEW: Co-Founder Matt DeVoe (who refuses to make eye contact with the camera)

 

LORDS OF THE LONGBOX COVRPRICE INTERVIEW: Co-Founders John Sulaitis and Matt DeVoe

LORDS OF THE LONGBOX SHAKERS LIST 11/4/20: Co-Founders John Sulaitis and Matt DeVoe

 

REGGIE COLLECTS COMICS: Reggie with Co-Founder John Sulaitis

 

(One of our 2021 goals is to do MORE youtube shows!)