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Cyberspace Comics Market Report #59 July 2015

01 Jul

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,840,870 (-1.38% from last month; -0.20% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 75,611 (-3.62%; -6.70%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.66% (-2.15%; -6.51%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 98,994 (-14.18%; -75.02%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 3.48% (-12.88%; -74.97%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 39,177
My current eBay feedback (total): 73,766
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (15,075 listings)
Second Clearance DC Comics (8,586 listings)
Third Marvel (Bronze) (↑) Other Indies (7,958 listings)
Fourth Graded Comics (↓) Image Comics (5,799 listings)
Fifth DC Comics Clearance (4,843 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,255,820 (+3.31%; -27.22%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 77,103 (+1.36%; +6.64%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 6.14% (-1.92%; +46.52%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 7.24% (+2.12%; +42.24%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 100,451 (+0.89%; +4.20%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #170 Excalibur

16 Jun

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Although the cover to Excalibur #49 credits Neal Adams (the cover artist of X-Men #56), it’s also a nod to X-Men #135. That issue is part of the Dark Phoenix Saga and the story featured in Excalibur #49 heavily involves the Phoenix Force. I think the most interesting part of this cover homage is that the Excalibur logo is destroyed here by Necrom and actually replaced in the very next issue with a new logo.

X-Men #56
X-Men #56
May 1969
Neal Adams
X-Men #135
X-Men #135
July 1980
John Byrne
Excalibur #49
Excalibur #49
April 1992
Alan Davis

On Ebay: Excalibur | X-Men
On AtomicAvenue: Excalibur | X-Men

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #169 Excalibur

09 Jun

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

After the events of the Fall of the Mutants, the world believed that the X-Men had died. Even past members who were no longer with the team were not aware that they were still alive. Two of these past members, Nightcrawler and Kitty Pryde, found themselves joined by Captain Britain and Megan in their attempt to save Phoenix. Mojo had sent the Warwolves (a group of deadly shapeshifters – for lack of an in-depth examination of their powers) to capture Phoenix - this team-up led to the formation of Excalibur. In Excalibur #41, the team found themselves up against the recently-revealed-to-be-alive X-Men – only to discover that they were actually the Warwolves in disguise.

Excalibur: the Sword is Drawn
Excalibur: the Sword is Drawn
1987
Alan Davis
Excalibur #41
Excalibur #41
September 1991
Dave Hoover

On Ebay: Excalibur
On AtomicAvenue: Excalibur

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #58 June 2015

03 Jun

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,880,735 (-11.18% from last month; +11.46% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 78,453 (+0.36%; +504.00%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.72% (+13.00%; +441.89%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 115,345 (-4.85%; -44.80%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 4.00% (+7.35%; -50.45%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 38,460
My current eBay feedback (total): 72,417
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (14,792 listings)
Second Clearance DC Comics (8,810 listings)
Third Graded Comics Other Indies (8,140 listings)
Fourth Marvel (Bronze) (↑) Image Comics (5,918 listings)
Fifth DC Comics (↓) Clearance (5,130 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,215,626 (+3.87%; -29.20%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 76,072 (+0.65%; +6.54%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 6.26% (-3.13%; +50.49%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 7.09% (+63.74%; +51.50%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 99,566 (+0.36%; +3.57%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #168 No Hero

02 Jun

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Todd McFarlane’s classic cover to Spider-Man #1 is probably one of the most-swiped covers in comics. The limited [print run: 2,000] auxiliary variant of No Hero #7 paid homage to this classic in 2009

Spider-Man #1
Spider-Man #1
August 1990
Todd McFarlane
No Hero #7
No Hero #7 (auxiliary)
September 2009
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Spider-Man | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Spider-Man | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #167 No Hero

26 May

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Swamp Thing debuted in House of Secrets #92 and went on to become the most prominent swamp monster in the history of comics. The limited [print run: 2,000] auxiliary variant of No Hero #6 paid homage to this classic.

House of Secrets #92
House of Secrets #92
July 1971
Bernie Wrightson
No Hero #6
No Hero #6 (auxiliary)
May 2009
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Swamp Thing | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Swamp Thing | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #166 No Hero

19 May

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Crisis on Infinite Earths was a milestone maxi-series for DC Comics that established the new order of their universe for the modern age. Issue #7 featured the death of Supergirl and told the origin of the Anti-Monitor. The limited [print run: 1,500] auxiliary variant of No Hero #5 paid homage to this classic.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
October 1985
George Pérez
No Hero #5
No Hero #5 (auxiliary)
April 2009
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Crisis | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Crisis | No Hero

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #57 May 2015

13 May

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 3,243,438 (+15.39% from last month; +25.83% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 78,172 (+2.42%; +298.59%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.41% (–11.39%; +216.78%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 121,221 (-26.89%; -29.99%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 3.73% (-36.65%; -44.38%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 38,024
My current eBay feedback (total): 71,467
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (15,221 listings)
Second Clearance DC Comics (8,962 listings)
Third Graded Comics (↑) Other Indies (8,130 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↓) Image Comics (6,022 listings)
Fifth Marvel (Bronze) (↓) Clearance (5,305 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,170,367 (-1.30%; -32.54%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 75,581 (+1.40%; +10.33%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 6.46% (+2.67%; +63.54%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.33% (-26.11%; -28.31%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 99,206 (+0.28%; +3.59%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #165 No Hero

12 May

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Zap put the underground comix movement on the map with the talents of Robert Crumb. The limited [print run: 2,000] auxiliary variant of No Hero #4 pays tribute to Zap #0.

Zap #0
Zap #0
October 1967
Robert Crumb
No Hero #4
No Hero #4 (auxiliary)
February 2009
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Zap | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Zap | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #164 No Hero

05 May

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Alan Moore’s Watchmen set the bar high for comics and ushered in an era of realism in superheroics. Its influence can still be seen in today’s comics. The limited [print run: 2,000] variant of No Hero #3 paid homage to this issue.

Watchmen #1
Watchmen #1
September 1986
Dave Gibbons
No Hero #3
No Hero #3 (auxiliary)
December 2008
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Watchmen | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Watchmen | No Hero