Wolverine #1 took center stage in the 10-day category, but the newsstand edition experienced quite the fall. Meanwhile, two Star Wars keys are colder than a mother-in-law's kiss.

Welcome to the Hottest Comics blog series where we break down the 100 best-selling issues eBay has to offer. New to the blog? Let's get you up to speed. These are the 100 single issues with the best sales numbers over multiple timespans. The figures are based on the sales volume, not the fair market values. While an issue may be breaking price records, that doesn't necessarily make it the top seller. Many times, it's the cheaper comics that rank the highest.

Instead of focusing on the issues with the most upward movement, this week is all about those issues that are on the way down. Thus we have the Coldest Comics.



It's a tale of opposites on the Hottest Comics index this week. On one hand, the classic Wolverine #1 limited series is on fire lately. For the past 10 days, the standard edition has ranked at the top of the eBay sales charts. Not that anyone should be surprised by that. With all the Deadpool & Wolverine news as well as X-Men '97 premiering soon, Logan is firmly embedded in the pop culture zeitgeist. That being the case, what happened here?

Compared to a week and a half ago, no single issue lost more ground than Wolverine #1. Keep in mind, this is the newsstand edition, and they are harder to come by, at least in higher grades. And in the collecting circles, it's all about those high grades. Given the limited availability of near-mint, graded Wolverine #1s, it makes sense that the newsstand would be the version to see a sales drop. By no means is this an indication that the issue has cooled, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the newsstand bounce back in short order.


100 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #299 (-50)

For those of you familiar with the Hottest Comics blog series, ASM #299 should stand out. It's a frequent flyer in the eBay top-100 comics, which I dubbed the Usual Suspects. These are the issues that remain popular no matter what else is happening in the secondary market. They're readily available in all grades and are staples of any solid comic book collection. However, there's no significant rush to grab them. That keeps them firmly in the top 100, but they will rapidly rise and fall through the rankings at any given moment. It's so common for these issues to have large spikes and dips that one or more of the Usual Suspects is always a mover and shaker. As your friendly neighborhood blogger, there's only so much to say about those issues that it gets repetitive to include them week after week, which is why they are often omitted from the blog series.

All that being said, ASM #299 is worth noting, at least for one week. Over the past month, buyers have been shying away from this early issue in Todd McFarlane's legendary ASM run. Of course, the real sales pitch is that Venom made his first appearance on the final page. While it's massively overshadowed by ASM #300, it's still a great addition to your symbiote sets. Considering the Toddfather and Venom's perennial popularity, there's nothing to worry about. Sure, it's down 50 spots and is barely clinging to the final slot in the rankings, but the sales will pick up. Don't forget that a third Venom movie is in the works, for better or worse.



Yo, Joe! What happened? He'll fight for freedom wherever there's trouble, and he may want to start fighting to get back into the sales game.

Everything '80s nostalgia is hot these days, and the G.I. Joe cartoon is a beloved favorite among favorites. The show was immensely popular throughout the decade, and there's more live-action movies to come. In fact, the franchise's first comic book appearance got a bump last year when Transformers: Beast Wars teased a crossover movie with the robots in disguise. Not much has been reported on that front since then, but Hasbro is clearly planning something. For years, there have been rumors of the company wanting its own cinematic universe for its properties. That should be enough to push G.I. Joe #1 back into the spotlight in due time. Between now and then, it could fall out of the Hottest Comics, but it will be a short vacation before it comes roaring back.



Diving into the three-month numbers, there wasn't much movement in the sales charts. Out of all 100 comics, Infinity Gauntlet #1 had the largest drop, but a timeless classic losing 31 positions is nothing to be concerned about.

This issue was at its sales peak ahead of Avengers: Endgame's theatrical release. As Phase Three came to a crowd-pleasing close, collectors were all over everything Thanos and the Infinity Stones/Gems. Like all MCU villains, the Mad Titan's reign of terror came to an end, and he was dusted away in Iron Man's final act. While we could see more of Thanos in the animated realm of What If...?, it's highly unlikely he will return to the live-action MCU. Of course, that makes his key appearances much less of a collecting priority. The best part is that if you are a Mad Titan fan, his issues are much more affordable.

On the plus side, Thanos only dies for short spells in the comics. He's a major villain with plenty of potential in the Marvel-616, and that could give Infinity Gauntlet #1 a slight push, depending on the direction the writers take him and his infamous gauntlet.

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There was a time when every Star Wars key was worth its weight in speculative gold. Shortly after The Mandalorian took hold of the mainstream consciousness, collectors and investors swarmed the auction sites for any and all SW first appearances. By the time season two was confirmed, it was a game of predicting which characters would be featured in the new show. As a whole, the secondary market has deflated back to its normal size in the past two years, and Star Wars keys have slowed their once blistering pace as we see here.

Rewind the clock two years, and Heir to the Empire #1 was on fire. Besides this being a beloved Star Wars tale, the issue marked the first appearance of Thrawn. Speculators had been gathering copies as soon as the SW craze kicked into gear. Once he was name dropped in The Mandalorian season two, it was a feeding frenzy. Prices soared as buyers combed the auction sites for high grades of this comic. Then came word that he would appear in Ahsoka, and the beacons were lit again. The fact that it has fallen to the dreaded 100th spot on the Hottest Comics speaks volumes for the FOMO effect.

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99 STAR WARS #2 (-49)

It's been a rough year for Star Wars collectors. Along with Heir to the Empire #1's plummet, we have Obi-Wan's first appearance in danger of leaving the Hottest Comics altogether.

A year ago, Star Wars #2 was one of the better selling SW comics on the market. Ahead of Kenobi's Disney Plus show, buyers were tracking down all of the Jedi master's key issues. Although Obi-Wan was on the cover of Star Wars #1, he didn't actually appear in a comic until the following issue, making this his second-most popular key. While SW #2's fair market values didn't rival those of its sibling, Obi-Wan's first in-story appearance saw a notable jump in price.

As we have seen time and again, once Kenobi's first season came and went, those FMVs returned to normal. Here we are 12 months removed, and buyers have all but lost interest, and SW #2 barely clings to the top 100.