CGC Comics' Hottest Submissions for April 2024

Posted on 4/1/2024

Each month, we spotlight five comics that are among the most submitted for CGC grading. Check your collection for these popular comics!

In this monthly series, CGC explores the vibrant realm of comic book collecting, closely examining the most popular titles that are currently making an impact in the market. Leveraging valuable insights derived from CGC submission data, we'll delve into key first appearances, rare variants and milestone issues, unraveling the elements that captivate collectors and make these comics stand out.

Comics featuring Spider-Man, the X-Men and the New Mutants have enjoyed immense popularity, captivating readers with their dynamic storytelling and iconic characters. Spider-Man's relatable struggles, the X-Men's metaphorical exploration of social issues, and the New Mutants' journey of self-discovery have resonated with audiences for decades, making them staples of the comic book world and inspiring generations of fans worldwide. Their transition to film has further solidified their cultural impact, with blockbuster movies bringing these beloved characters to life on the big screen, captivating audiences in new and exciting ways.

Among this month’s hottest comics

Amazing Spider-Man #252

In The Amazing Spider-Man #252, published in 1984, Peter Parker's life undergoes a dramatic shift when he returns from the Beyonder's battle world during the "Secret Wars" event, wearing a sleek black costume. This iconic issue marks the debut of Spider-Man's black symbiote suit, a significant moment in comic book history.

Initially perceived as a mere costume upgrade, the suit's true nature as a parasitic alien symbiote is gradually revealed, foreshadowing the complex relationship between Spider-Man and Venom. The black suit not only enhances Spider-Man's abilities but also introduces a darker, edgier tone to the character's narrative, laying the groundwork for future storylines exploring themes of power, responsibility and identity.

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New Mutants #87

Nathan Summers, better known as Cable, made his dynamic debut in New Mutants #87 in 1990, marking a pivotal moment in Marvel Comics history. Created by writer Louise Simonson and artist Rob Liefeld, Cable burst onto the scene as a grizzled, enigmatic warrior from the future, armed with advanced technology and a complex backstory. His arrival in the pages of New Mutants heralded a new era for the mutant team, injecting a potent blend of gritty action and intricate storytelling.

Cable's mysterious origins, intertwined with time-traveling exploits and a convoluted familial connection to Cyclops and Jean Grey, immediately captivated readers, paving the way for his ascension as one of Marvel's most enduring and beloved characters. In film, Cable was portrayed by Josh Brolin, bringing his rugged charisma and intensity to life in the 2018 film "Deadpool 2," further solidifying Cable's status as a fan-favorite character both on the page and on the screen.

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Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Vol. 2)

The Marvel Ultimate Universe emerged in 2000 as a groundbreaking reimagination of classic Marvel characters and stories for a modern audience. The line ended following the 2015 "Secret Wars" event, but some of the most popular characters, such as Miles Morales, survived in the Marvel-616 universe. In 2024, Marvel relaunched an all-new Ultimate universe with an all-new origin for Spider-Man, who is now older and married to Mary Jane with two children. The comic was an instant success, selling out of shops quickly and immediately becoming one of the biggest issues of the year so far.

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Wolverine #1

Wolverine #1 is a significant moment in comic book history, launching the first solo series for the eponymous character, Wolverine. Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller, this debut issue delved deep into the enigmatic mutant's tumultuous past and complex psyche, cementing his status as one of Marvel's most iconic and enduring characters.

With his adamantium claws, accelerated healing factor and gruff demeanor, Wolverine quickly captivated audiences, becoming a fan favorite within the X-Men mythos and beyond. His popularity soared not only in comics but also on the silver screen, where he was portrayed by Hugh Jackman in the X-Men film series. Jackman's portrayal of Wolverine across multiple films from 2000 to 2017 further solidified the character's cultural impact, elevating him to legendary status in both comic book lore and cinematic history.

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X-Men #4

In X-Men #4, published in 1992, the comic book world was introduced to the formidable villain Omega Red, marking a significant addition to the rogues' gallery of the X-Men. Created by writer John Byrne and artist Jim Lee, Omega Red emerged as a ruthless and deadly adversary, equipped with a deadly combination of mutant powers and advanced weaponry. His debut showcased his brutal combat skills and sinister agenda, immediately establishing him as a formidable threat to the mutant heroes. With his iconic retractable tentacles, enhanced strength, and regenerative abilities, Omega Red quickly garnered attention as one of the most formidable foes the X-Men had ever faced.

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