As 2015 wrapped up, I thought it would be fun to list the top 10 comic books submitted for pressing and cleaning over the course of the year. I base the list below on how often a specific comic book issue has been submitted over the course of the last year. Since January of 2015, I have worked on the following comic books the most. Many thanks to all of the customers who have submitted comics to the doctor, since it was your submissions that make up the list. So, without further ado, here we go
#10 – Avengers 196
#9 – Marvel Premiere 47
The popularity of this particular comic was fueled by Marvel’s hit Movie Ant-Man, which was released in the summer of 2015. As anticipation for the film grew and grew, customers submitted this comic to me on a very regular basis. It features the 1st appearance of Scott Laing as Ant-Man.
#8 – New Teen Titans 2
The 1st appearance of Deathstroke. This DC baddie has been featured on the CWs Arrow, but no appearances of the character DCs Cinematic Universe has been confirmed/ announced, although there has been lots of rumours about a Teen Titans film.
#7 – Amazing Spider-Man 300
Amazing Spider-Man 300 – Venom’s 1st appearance continues to be a very common patient in my office. Being penciled by Todd McFarlane makes the comic even more desirable.
#6 – Giant Size X-Men 1
The 1st appearance of the new X-Men team continues to be a very popular submission. I guess that is to be expected considering the team overhaul really catapulted the X-Men title to the forefront. The addition of fan favourites like Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, and of course, Wolverine reinvented the team for a new generation.
#5 – Preacher 1
It’s a done deal. The AMC series hits TV screens in a few months. This fact has obviously fueled interest in this book. The value for high grade copies have spiked significantly.
#4 – The Walking Dead 1
The AMC series is still a smash hit and zombies are hot – hot – hot! This comic has been on fire for years and high grade copies continue to demand strong dollars. I am happy to say I have helped quite a few reach the coveted 9.8 grade!
#3 – New Mutants 98
Deadpool’s 1st appearance has been gaining momentum for years. Anticipation for the upcoming film has fans dishing out top dollar for high grade copies.
#2 – Amazing Spider-Man 129
The Punisher’s 1st appearance remains a must have for die-hard Marvel fans. The recent announcement of the Punisher joining the Netflix hit, Daredevil, has increased interest even more! I pressed and cleaned four or five of my own copies this year!
#1 – Incredible Hulk 181
This bronze age grail features the 1st appearance of Wolverine, arguably one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe. Even lower grade copies of this book fetch good money. Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Logan in Fox’s popular X-Men film series has really increased the characters notoriety.
Well there you have it. The top 10 books to come through my “office” over the last year. I am curious to see if the same books will appear on this list in 12 months or so. I have a feeling a few will remain on the list. Once again, many thanks to all of my customers for submitting your comic books to me this past year. I certainly hope to work with you again in 2016! Happy new year!