InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-3-10

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Who will die this week? The Siege #2 claims its first Marvel character. Ultimate Comics X #1 will be a Hot item this wednesday too. Check out more inside….. 

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Marvel’s Siege continues this week with its first casualty. Siege #2 will probably bring the goods as this series starts rolling. Look for each issue to be as big as the next. Siege will live up to its hype
ultimatecomics1.gifwolverinesavage_oneshot.gifbecause it probably will be the last major event for quite some time for Marvel. So take this event in, it’ll be a good one. Ultimate Comics X #1 with Jeph Loeb and Art Adams will be a no brainer sell out this week. The Ultimate line is revamping itself and you should be on board for the new Ultimate line. It’s going to be a breeding ground down the line that Hollywood (Reboot *ahem* Spider-Man *ahem*) will constantly be looking at in the years to come.
Wolverine Savage – One Shot looks like a fun ride. It’s a comic that has Wolverine just going berserk and slicing his way through the comic. Now this is not a new concept by any means, but the solicit reads that he slices his way
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Buffy The Vampire Slayer #32 will feature new writer Brad Meltzer. This will be the second of the no brainer sell outs this week. Disney, well Boom Studios! Will be stepping up the Disney characters to a new number one issue. Two of them actually, and one of them coming in as the third no brainer sell out of the week. Disney Hero Squad: Ultraheroes #1 would disneyherosquadultraheroes1.gifwizardofmickey1.gifbe that book. The very cool homage cover to Action Comics #1 will be reason enough for this comic to disappear off the shelves, and Wizard of Mickey #1 ………yes sell out number 4 this week. Besides the big Buffy book coming out this week, Dark Horse has Devil #1. It’s a manga meets sci-fi meets vampire comic book. Yes many people will check this out. Another Indie company will be making a debut that will probably fly a little under the radar this week. Zenescope waking1.gifwill be debuting Waking #1. Writer Raven Gregory of Image Comics The Gift will deliver a new zombie book with a cover by David Finch. This comic might miss your pull list, but you should look into this comic to see if it’s worth a trip to the second issue. 

 

Milestone Forever #1…..An ending, a new beginning, and the DC Universe deals with major consequences regarding the whole Milestone family. Check out these Milestone characters first appearances in their own self titled books:

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See you all next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

10 Questions with Erik Larsen

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10 For The Pros comes back with one of the founding members of Image Comics. Mr. Savage Dragon himself Erik J Larsen!!

10 For the Pros

 

Erik J Larsen – Artist/Writer

 

savagedragon_1.jpgErik Larsen is a comic book writer, artist, and publisher. He is best known as a co-founder of Image Comics in the early 90’s along with his long-running title Savage Dragon and his work for Marvel Comics in the 1980’s and 90’s. He became the Publisher of Image Comics in 2004, taking responsibility for all comics produced by creators other than the Image partners and their studios.


 

1. What are you working on (creatively) right now?

Savage Dragon, Image United and the Next Issue Project among others.

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

Flight. Other powers are impressive–but nothing’s more impressive than flight.

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

I do not. Not really.

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There have been a few inkers whose work I enjoy tremendously but I never really developed a close working relationship with much of anybody other than the colorists and letterers I’ve worked with. All of those have been terrific.

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a
good job with the Comic Book movies?

Decent, yeah.


6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

Savage Dragon?


7. Which part of your job do you find most stressful?

Deadlines. That frantic dash to the finish. Really–at some point it’s all
stressful. When the work doesn’t flow–there’s stress involved.

10forthepros_eriklarsen_asm332.jpg8. What does the future hold for Erik Larsen?

A lot more issues of Savage Dragon. I really don’t want to do anything else.

9. “My best Investment in life was…….”

Starting Image Comics and investing in myself. That’s usually the case, I find. It’s always best to invest in your own interests and passions.

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

Savage Dragon. It’s still going strong.

 

Erik Larsen

 

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-27-10

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 Captain America rejoins his Team, Green Lantern hits a milestone, JLA gets a new lineup, and another character comes back from the dead. Plus more!  

A very nice addition to the InvestComics articles hits this week. 10 For The Pros ; basically what these articles will consist of is 10 simple questions to the pro’s in the Industry. That’s it, no rocket science here. Every creator will get the same 10 questions. It’s going to be fun to see how each creator differs from each other in answering them. The very first creator is one of the DC/Vertigo legends himself and from the Neil Gaiman Sandman run, colorist Daniel Vozzo. Currently on the Jack of Fables title and also having a hand in the JSA 80 page Special, Daniel Vozzo is a veteran with many credentials, with a possible comic written by Vozzo coming in the future.
Bob Heske’s awesome column IndieCreator hits this week with the man responsible for giving us AAM Markosia; Harry Markos. Find out all about Mr. Markos and the great publishing company in this article. It’s a ‘not miss’ folks take my word.
The Brokers Corner article comes at the collectors this week with more great finds from Topher Seal. Check out an oldie but goodie in his Blue Chip of The Month pick. Great finds as usual from TS!

Hot Picks for 1-27-10
jla41.gifgreenlantern50.gifasm619.gifnewavengers61.gifJustice League of America #41 debuts the start of a new team. The team will be Batman, Green Lantern, the Atom, Green Arrow, Donna Troy, the Guardian, Cyborg, Mon-El, Starfire, Dr. Light and Congorilla. This new lineup seems like it’ll work. Having Mark Bagley on board helps the eye candy cause too.
Not only is the Blackest Night the hottest story in the comic book land, but now the Green Lantern series reaches its double sized milestone 50th issue. This comic will go into at least 4 printings by the time issue 52 comes out. The big prize here comes from the 1 in 100 variant from Jim Lee. This is a biggie fans. Think about this, the biggest Lantern event ever (Blackest Night), a rare variant from Jim Lee (1 in 100) and a movie looming. Buying this variant is a no brainer.

Amazing Spider-Man #619 will have a character coming back from the dead. Marvel is calling this an unbelievable moment in the Spider-Man series. Who could it be? We’ll see on Wednesday now won’t we!

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Marvel will have a monster of a movie coming out on April 16th. Kick Ass is going to absolutely blow the doors off of the comic book movie world. Not only will the movie be huge, but the comic books are already being sought after. This week the final issue of the series will come out. Kick Ass #8 will NOT be the last Kick Ass comic you will ever see. This is a guarantee. The franchise begins on April 16th; buy all of the Kick Ass comics now before the sequel and 3rd movie comes out.


Brian Michael Bendis adds to the beginning of the NEW Ultimate line with Ultimate Comics Enemy #1. What’s with this title? It doesn’t sound right. Anyway, get on board here and check out the next exciting chapter in the NEW Ultimate line to
ultimatecomicsenemy1_foilogramcover.gifarchie605.gifpilotseasondemonic1.gifthe likes “you have never seen”.
What do you get when you put together Robert Kirkman, Joe Benitez, Marc Silvestri, and a demon? You come away with a Top Cow comic called Pilot Season: Demonic #1 that is going to sell out very quickly.
Archie #605 will be the final chapter in the Archie gets married storyline. Look for more surprises to be headed in the direction of the newlyweds. Is that Archie on the cover with his kids? Yes it is! Wow, and this isn’t even the “surprise” they are talking about for this issue. Archie comics promises this will be the most talked about Archie comic book of all time. This sounds important, don’t miss this folks.

 


Here are some other comics to check out this Wednesday…..
 

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See you all next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

10 Questions with Daniel Vozzo

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The very first Installment of 10 For The Pros!! The premise is simple; InvestComics ask the Pro’s In the Industry 10 uncomplicated questions, they answer them and fans enjoy! First up – Colorist Daniel Vozzo!!!

10 For the Pros 

Daniel Vozzo – Colorist

* 1992 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Nominee – Best Colorist: (for Sandman and Doom Patrol [DC])

* 1994 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Nominee – Best Colorist: (for Sandman [DC/Vertigo] and Shade, the Changing Man [DC])

* 1997 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards – Nominee – Best Colorist: (for The Invisibles; The Dreaming; and The Sandman [DC/Vertigo])  

dvozzo2.gif1.What are you working on (creatively) right now?

Well, I’ve been having a lot of fun working on Jack of Fables, which is published monthly by DC/Vertigo. After working on Fables for a while, I made the jump to JOF around three years ago. I’ve also been working on an issue of Kolchak : The Night Stalker, published by Moonstone Comics, and just finished up with a short story
which will be included in an upcoming JSA 80pg. Special, also for DC Comics.

2.If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

The power of healing would be nice. It would be amazing to be able to place one’s hand on someone and heal their wounds, illnesses or emotional pain. A more traditional superpower would be to fly. I really can’t deal with traffic anymore.

3.Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?


Not much. Other than trying to get all of the days calls and chores done up before sitting down to work. It’s a lot less stressful when you don’t have to stop in themiddle of working to run out to do errands.

4.Who is your favorite creator to work with?


That’s impossible for me to answer. I’ve been fortunate to work on many fun titlesand projects throughout the years with very special and talented people. I wouldhave to list at least a couple dozen names if I did have to list them. All from thewriting, penciling, inking, and lettering ends of it.

5.In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the
Comic Book movies?

Yes, I do. Of course, not with every movie, but there has definitely been a bigimprovement over the last ten to fifteen years in the production of comic bookrelated movies.

6.What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

I think that maybe a Shade, the Changing Man would make a good movie. I’d also behappy to see one of my all-time favorite characters, The Vision, somehow make itinto an Avengers movie. And Vampire flicks seem to be hot these days, so a Morbiusthe living vampire movie could be amazing!

7.Which part of your job do you find most stressful?

Definitely, extremely tight deadlines. It’s not always the case, but when there is a tight deadline, I truly believe that the most pressure is on the shoulders of the colorist. He/she is the one in which a job is passed onto, before it has to get to the printer on time.

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Well, I’ve been having a lot of fun writing these days. So I have high hopes thatsome of my writings may one day get to be published. Who knows? Maybe something ofmine will end up on the big screen? (lol)

9. “My best Investment in life was…….”

I’d have to say deciding to work at home throughout the years, so I could be closeby to my daughter while growing up. I’ve passed up on some opportunities in thepast, and it’s not always as easy working from home as some people think. Butgetting to see her grow up has been worth it. She is an artist in her own right, andI’m proud of the individual that she has become.

 

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

Other than letting people know that they should really run, not walk, to purchase Jack of Fables every month, they should continue to purchase any or all four volumes of The Absolute Sandman, which make amazing gifts for the holidays. Also, I’m always looking for new titles to work on, so keep an eye out for newer projects that will be coming around from DC/Vertigo for 2010.

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Topher Seal – Columnist

 ColumnistThe Brokers Corner

Other than reading, and writing about comics Topher is a proud American, compulsive liar, an organ donor, Hal Jordan’s greatest enemy, an advocate of MLA formating and a sequential artist powered by the main sequence. Check out Topherseal.comfor artwork and a bunch of other cool stuff from Topher Seal.

CONTACT Topher at: chrisseal@trendingpopculture.com

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-20-10

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Marvel’s Superman will be taking the next big step into Stardom. Be there to witness it.

This week brought the latest article from 2 Comic Book Guys. Check out The Casting Couch from Jay & Friday. The latest Comics & Cinema article from yours truly hit up on Project Fanboy as well as InvestComics. The STAFF page has been updated with more people that make InvestComics GO. Check out the updated bio’s of each member of the InvestComics team. There will be additional members added on this week and next so check back and see who else has been added to the growing list of InvestComics Crew members. 

And now the Hot Picks for 1-20-10 

darkavengers13_sentry.gifthesentry_2000.gifMarvel is about to let us in on the secret(s) to the most powerful character in their universe. Marvel’s Superman is named Sentry and he is about to take a big step up. Dark Avengers #13 is not only a Siege crossover, but it tells of the deep origin that we as fans do not really know of when it comes to Sentry. Look for this comic to be a turning point for the character. Marvel has a strong and powerful hero that needs to be explored and exploited. Sentry’s first appearance came in his self titled mini The Sentry #1 about 10 years ago. Get this comic at a cheap $8 or less. You will not regret spending your collector’s money on this one. So with his “S”, Sentry will be making his mark, don’t miss out. Marvel has their Superman and his name is Sentry. Going to the opposite side of the spectrum here, the next character has been around for 46 years. Mysterio will be making his triumphant return to the pages of Amazing Spider-Man #618. Say what you will if you are one of the naysayer’s regarding a weekly Spidey book, but lots of Spidey villains are coming back into the fold. Mysterio is the latest to come back and is no amzsm618_mysterio.gifamzsp13_1964_ditko_lee_2000.gifstranger to the Spider-Man books. You’d have to go all the way back to 1964 to Amazing Spider-Man #13 to find the first appearance of Ol’ globe bowl head. This first will cost only $2,100. Not so bad considering that a new reboot to the Spider-Man series will be coming up in a few years. What does this mean? It means that with a reboot, anything is possible in the sense that we could possibly see Mysterio in the next movie. So a $2000 first appearance of a Spidey villain from 1964 done by Steve Ditko & Stan Lee is not such a bad deal. Maybe you’re looking to spend a little less these days. So how about 50 cents? Phantom Stranger #42 brings a hero from 1984 back into the limelight. Blue Devil will be making the appearance and his debut happens in The Fury of Firestorm #24. You probably could get this comic for a quarter at your local comic book convention if you look hard enough. Blue Devil is one of those characters that fall right in line with the Atari Forces’ of the world. Remember them?? Wow showing the age here! If you’re in the market for a new first appearance, look for Joe Casey’s Superman/Batman #68. thefuryoffirestorm24_1984_1stbluedevil.gifphantomstranger42.gifThis issue comes out this week with a new villain attached to it. Joe usually brings it, so let’s all see what we get. Speaking of greatness, Mark Waid’s brings the second issue of his hot new series Incorruptible #2. Look for this issue to sell out as quickly as the first did. The GREEN Hulk gets one week closer to a reality of becoming the ONLY Hulk. Fall of the Hulks rages on at a comic book store near you. One stands to be the winner and it better be lean, mean and GREEN.

 

 

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Here are some other comics to check out this week….. 

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See you all next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

Comics & Cinema – Green Lantern

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In the latest Comics & Cinema Article, we find the Comic Book checklist for the Green Lantern movie. Read and then go buy every comic in this article! 

This Article is originally from InvestComics Exclusive Comics & Cinema articles posted on Project Fanboy. This article is from 1-11-10. Enjoy!

January 7th 2010…………

From InvestComics: 
investComics: Green Lantern Gets Green Light!
 

According to effects supervisor Karen Goulekas, the green light for the movie, starring Ryan Reynolds, which will contain over 1300 special effects shots, came just yesterday. She posted this in her blog:

Wow! Been a long time since I posted! But today is a day worth posting about!

Green Lantern got the official green light today! And not a second too soon – only 10 weeks out from shooting!

……..So there you have it Lantern fans, the official green light on the Green Lantern movie. In what seems to be the most anticipated DC character to come to film, it finally looks very close to becoming a reality. We are finally going to get a DC character movie that will be someone other than Superman or Batman. Hopefully this will be the start of many DC heroes to get green lit as well. Too long fans have waited for something, anything regarding a Green Lantern movie. In June or July of this year we may even see our very first look at Ryan Reynolds in the Lantern garb. Of course well just get the hand with the ring shot at first, but who cares?? The excitement that this first picture will generate is going to be extraordinary. It’ll be an official Green Lantern movie poster! It’ll be enough to get those juices flowing with excitement that this movie is truly going to happen now.

allamerican16_1940_1stgreenlantern_28.500_alanscott.gifshowcasepresents22_1sthaljordan_1959_20.000_gilkane.gifGreen Lantern has been around for quite some time. There is at least 70 years of possible story to tell. The film will obliviously focus on his origin, but will there be a foe in the first film? Probably not, unless it’s going to be a 3 hour movie, which is possible too, but not likely. If Hollywood briefs us on
the origin just to get to the special effects  as well as trying to fit at least 25 years of history into one film, it will be a disaster. Start with the origin, and then let the villains come in on the sequel. Let it be all about Hal Jordan and the learning of this power the ring possesses. Lead the character into getting to know his intergalactic buddies. Go out on some missions, destroy things, blow things up and then at the end of film number one we meet………Thaal Sinestro! What a great lead in to get the ball rolling on part 2! Heck part 1 hasn’t even come out yet!

There have been many Lantern comics over the 70 year span here and there should be a quick checklist to coincide with the announcement of the filming. While it may be impossible to hit on every single key issue in the Green Lantern market, Comics & Cinema will bring “some” of greenlantern59_1968_1stguygardner_325.gifgreenlantern116_1stguygardneraslantern_1979_60.gifthe key issues you should look for BEFORE the release of that first movie poster. As always, if you wait too long to buy these books and the buzz hits, you have missed the boat. Start fishing for the next big character!

70 years ago, that’s right 70 years ago the world was introduced to Green Lantern. In 1940 an issue by the name of All American #16 introduced Alan Scott as Green Lantern. You can buy this comic right now on Ebay at a “Buy It Now” price of $28,500. That is a CGC graded 8.0 no less. Imagine what kind of money we’d be talking about if this comic was graded higher. You’re talking about at least $70,000 in near mint condition. Buy this comic at a reasonable price, regarding “reasonable”; while a $30,000 comic is very expensive, the value of this comic will pay back rewardingly once the film is done and Green Lantern mania has already swept the world. 19 years after Alan Scott was introduced, in 1959 Showcase Presents #22 introduced the star of our Green Lantern movie Hal Jordan. Would this be a better comic to buy you ask? This is like asking if you like Hersey Kisses or the Hersey bar. It’s essentially the same thing, just a matter of what you the collector would prefer. Yes the very first Lantern greenlantern_emeraldtwillightpart1_1994_1stkylerayner_6.gifgreenlantern7_1stsinestro_900.gifis the money shot, but the first Hal Jordan Lantern is the bullet. Either way you go, you win. In THIS particular case an Investment value increase might occur quicker on the Showcase book rather than the All American book, simply because Hal Jordan obviously is the star in the movie. The Showcase Presents #22 goes for $7000 in some markets. Look for Hal Jordan to close the gap here big time once Ryan Reynolds and Hollywood do their thing. Another Lantern first appeared 9 years later after Hal in Green Lantern #59 (1968) by the name of Guy Gardner. Legendary artist Gil Kane has his name on this one. Having Gil and a first Lantern appearance together in the same book is like having a fine wine. Look to spend only around $250 for this comic. Guy first became a Lantern in Green Lantern #116 (1979).This comic falls into the $40 range. Our forth Lantern named John Stewart appeared in 1971 in Green Lantern #87. This one is in the $160 range and is drawn by the Green Lantern legend himself Neal Adams (more on him in a little bit). Now we have come to the most current Lantern Kyle Rayner.  Green Lantern #48 (1994 Emerald Twilight part 1) is only an $8 comic book. Yes the first Kyle Rayner is only $8. This comic right now is way undervalued and should be bought sooner rather than later. Here’s the thing. All of the above Lanterns that were covered will probably appear either in the first film or the greenlantern76_1970_nealadamsart_5000.gifgreenlantern162_1stkurtbusiekwork_1983_5.gifsecond. So why not get a jump on this now and get what you can? Oh yes and the mother of all villains for the Lanterns? Green Lantern #7 (1961) is the first appearance of Sinestro. The comic comes in at a very nice $800. Awesome buy if Sinestro does In fact become a part of the film. Even if Sinestro isn’t a part of the movie it’s still a great buy. Before we end the checklist of first appearances there is one that would be great if ever a spin off movie would come from it. Green Lantern #141 (1981) gives us the first look at the Omega Men. A $10 comic that was a real hot item at one time when the Omega Men had their thing going in the 80’s. Maybe we’ll get the Omega Men in some form someday, maybe a cool cartoon or something? They shouldn’t be ignored. They have much to offer. 

Many writers and artist have had their hands on the Green Lantern books over the decades. Some of them have single handedly transformed the character. There are 3 names that jump out when thinking of creators and the Green Lantern comic book at the same time, Neal Adams, Dennis O’Neil & Geoff Johns. Neal Adams brought Green Lantern artistically to another level. So much so that it’s almost a guarantee, much like Frank Miller’s Dark Knight was dayofjudgement1_1999_geoffjohns1stlanterkyle_3.00.gifdoj_gjohns_1999_1sthaljordan.gifbrought to the silver screen by Burton, that Lantern will live on film from Neal Adams’ portrayal of him. Having Dennis O’Neil along side of him just catapulted the Lantern series to another stratosphere. Green Lantern #76 (1970) might be a costly book at $4000 in near mint condition, but a very well deserved collector’s item. This comic is essentially the equivalent of Frank Millers Dark Knight book. What Frank did for Batman, Neal did for Green Lantern.  No 2 creators have done for the Lantern series the way they have until Geoff Johns stepped in. Is there a meaner, grittier, nastier, darker tale ever told in Lantern history? The answer is maybe (more on this a little later), but this has to be by a very far margin the greatest Lantern story ever told. Blackest Night will be one of the best tales of all time when all is said and done. Geoff Johns should be credited with bringing Green Lantern to the forefront for Hollywood to take notice. Yes we all know that Lantern has been spoken about for years coming to the big screen, but Johns has not only put his signature on this character, but has probably made the process of getting this movie done a quicker one. Look for 2 comic books to be skipped over for lack of knowledge in Day of Judgment #1 & 2 (1999). These comics feature the first time Johns got a hold of Green greenlantern85_1971_250_drugissue.gifgreenlantern154_2002_hatecrime1_juddwinick_daleeagleshaw_5.gifLantern(s). The number one issue featuring Kyle and number two features Hal. Enjoy finding these comics in the 25 cent boxes at your next comic book convention. Geoff Johns is the modern day Frank Miller of the Daredevil run. So next time you’re at that convention looking for those Judgment issues and Johns happens to be there, first thank him then ask the greatest Lantern storyteller to sign your book. Then if there are CGC Signature series graders on hand, then heck get them graded! Presto, you have instant collector’s items! Of course FIRST head into a quiet area, sit down on the floor, read them, and THEN get them graded! One of the last creators that should get some recognition within the Lantern runs is a veteran writer. He made his creative debut within the pages of Lantern. In 1983 the comic world was introduced to Kurt Busiek. Green
Lantern #162
goes for only $5. Busiek did a fantastic run with George Perez on The Avengers. He has also done his self titled Astro City as well as Superman, Spidey, The Liberty Project, Marvels and many more. Safe to say this guy is going to be spoken about for a long time after he gets done.

Some Green Lantern comics have run into controversy. In 1971 DC comics broke a barrier to the greenlantern155_part2hatecrime.gifpoint that the “sacred comic code” backed out of slapping their code on the front cover of the comic. Green Lantern #85 dubbed as the “drug issue”, brought to you that team again of O’Neil & Adams. This comic is still sought after all of these years. The comic ranges in the $225 – $250 area. In 2002 Green Lantern saw itself back in the spotlight again for touching on another topic that comics weren’t suppose to. Green Lantern #’s 154 & 155 was a controversial 2 part storyline named Hate Crime. It dealt with the gay bashing that was and still is so prevalent in this country.  Judd Winick and Dale Eagleshaw were the two people who brought this powerful serious topic and story to light. 

Now we wait until June/July for that first tease, but for now you have some comics to look for Green Lantern fans!

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No evil shall escape my sight

Let those who worship evil’s might,

Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

See you all soon and remember to turn off your cell phone when reading this article. We need quiet in this theater.

Invest
Wisely.

Jay Katz
(www.trendingpopculture.com)