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Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #389 and new comics coming this Wednesday 9/16/15

Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #2 – Will continue the origin story.

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Wonder Woman #44 – Possible intro of a new character? Even if not, David and Meredith Finch are killing it on this title.

Lando #4 and Star Wars #9 – Two new Star Wars books to buy this Wednesday.

Steam Wars #1 First Empire – A Star Wars Steampunk comic from Antarctic Press is sold out.

Spider-Verse #5 – Spider-Gwen fans be on alert. This is a semi-origin of Gwen Stacy. She’s doing some reflecting in this comic.

 

Here are the rest of the comics that appeared on this past week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #389 (Click the link to read now!)

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Secret Wars Journal #5 – The Soska Sisters (horror writers/directors/producers) make their Marvel writing debut.

Guardians of Knowhere #4 – Learn more about the mystery woman that appeared in the last issue.

Captain America White #1 – Comes with an Inhumans variant for $25. Lots and lots variants coming with this comic. Jeph Loeb writes with Tim Sale art.

Agent Carter Shield 50th Anniversary #1

Robin Son of Batman #4 – Robin battles Deathstroke.

Invincible #123

Tokyo Ghost #1

Awake #1

Voltron From The Ashes #1

Paybacks #1

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Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 9/16/15

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We’re going to hit this week with a rapid fire sort of approach. As always, click any of the RED links or comics to place a bid or buy the book on Ebay.

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From Marvel Comics; Secret Wars Journal #5, the Soska Sisters (horror writers/directors/producers) make their Marvel writing debut. Don’t know who the Soska Sister are? Click HERE to find out more about them. Spider-Verse #5 – Spider-Gwen fans be on alert. This is a semi-origin of Gwen Stacy. She’s doing some reflecting in this comic. Guardians of Knowhere #4 – Learn more about the mystery woman that appeared in the last issue. Captain America White #1 comes with an Inhumans variant for $25. Lots and lots variants coming with this comic. Jeph Loeb writes with Tim Sale art. Click the RED links or comic covers to purchase the comic on Ebay. Speaking of lots of variants, Agent Carter Shield 50th Anniversary #1 has a few too.

As we always mention on InvestComics, Buy Star Wars comics from Marvel. They’re great reads and they may hold some speculation value if a new character gets introduced into one of these books. So this Wednesday, Lando #4 and Star Wars #9 come out. Buy them.

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Staying with the Star Wars theme for a second here, Steam Wars #1 First Empire, a Star Wars Steampunk comic from Antarctic Press is sold out. Only one available on Ebay right now with the release of this article.

From DC Comics; Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #2 will continue the origin story. Batman Arkham Knight Genesis #1 was a hit, so expect more of the same here. Will Wonder Woman #44 introduce us to a new character? David and Meredith Finch continue to bring it with great story telling and art each month. Robin will battle Deathstroke in Robin Son of Batman #4. Not much of a real fight in hindsight, but fun nonetheless!

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Here are some other comics you must check out……
Invincible #123 wraps up a story line and begins another one. Great to jump in here. Beauty #2 will follow up on its great debut. And on the topic of great debut, Tokyo Ghost #1 from Image Comics will be just that.
Awake #1 from Action Lab Entertainment is sold out. This too will be a fantastic debut and has proven to be a great start already.
Voltron is back with a new comic. Voltron From The Ashes #1; Dynamite Entertainment.
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Also, Paybacks #1 from Dark Horse, D4ve2 #1 from IDW. A bunch of number one comics from Double Take Comics, 10 in all come out this Wednesday. Double Take Comics actually has a case box a fan could buy with all of their number one comics in it. Crazy fun!

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Secret Warriors 11

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I was expecting Hydra to cause Agent Carter all the problems a secret agent can handle. But it appears the secret organization  Leviathan has taken  on that role.  So who or what  is Leviathan? Leviathan’s are the Chitauri ships first seen in Nova and the  Avengers film. But there is also an evil organization from Secret Warriors called Leviathan. Are they connected? Time will tell. Buy this now though. It’s cheap and if Quake become a fan favorite on TV, how long do you think it will be before more of her early appearances dry up?

Justice League of America 10

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Constantine continues to impress and now it’s been announced that the villainous Felix Faust will be making his TV debut. Here is his first appearance.

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Agent Carter was surprisingly good. With nods to The Whizzer and Roxxon, the writers seem set on using Marvels rich history to fill episodes. Even Anton Vanko ( father of Whiplash!) makes it into the mix. This is his first appearance as Crimson Dynamo 1!

The Sword of Shannara

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To date this is the only comic adaptation of any work from Brooks epic fantasy series, soon to be an MTV show.

The only other adaptation was a serialized comic strip by Gray Morrow from February to April, 1978. Unfortunately it’s hard to tell what papers printed the Best Seller Showcase. At this point I can confirm the Birmingham News and Chicago Tribune as publishers. The Best Seller Showcases were syndicated comic versions of novels by some renown authors. It didn’t last. To date they are the only comic version of The Sword of Shannara but it’s  likely that any newspapers that are found will be in poor condition. It is interesting to note that the original art for Morrow’s work was auctioned off in the mid 2000’s.

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Overstreet actually lists these so they do exist. Apparently issues ( 12-19? ) collect Chicago Tribune comics. If this does exist it would be the only reprinting of The Sword of Shannara in comic book format.

Note: Heavy Metal printed excerpts from The Sword of Shannara in early issues with art by Hildebrandt!

A recent post within an online speculation community inspired this next group. EC comics continue to rise in value as high grade copies become increasingly more difficult to find. Though the next few works are not comics they are key for both collectors and comic historians.

Ladies Home Journal November 1943

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Frederick Wertham is a historical enemy of  Sequential art. His book, Seduction of the innocent ( a comic collectible in its own right ) set comics back for decades. The mass hysteria it caused pretty much gave EC the knockout blow. There were a few publications that predated his novel and they are bonafide comic collectibles.

Reader’s Digest May 1954

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Readers Digest August 1948

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Taking from Seduction of the Innocent we begin to get an understanding of Wertham’s misguided view comics.

Saturday Review of Literature May, 1948

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To my knowledge this is Wertham’s first publish work on Comics.

The Adventures of Snake Plissken

Who would have thought that Marvel holds the honor for the first comic appearance of Snake Plissken?

Fox remake is coming.

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  Other notable comics:

       Snake Plissken Chronicles Preview            Escape From New York 1:100 Variant

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Fantastic Universe January 1956 ( first Minority Report )

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With a Show based on PKD’s powerful sci-fi masterpiece coming soon it’s inevitable that collectors will seek out early publications.

Rumors surrounding the upcoming Dr. Strange film have hinted at the possibility of the introduction of parallel universe into the Marvel films universe. Since Reed Richards is locked up by another studio how else would they possibly introduce the Negative Zone and why is the zone important? In Civil War Reed creates a prison for unregistered heroes called Prison/Project 42. As Cap 3 is titled Civil War it’s time to start thinking about important comics related to the event. Key issues concerning the prison included:

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and Fantastic Four/Foes 5 ( first appearance of the prison )

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X-Women

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It must be the Milo Manara effect because this one has become a tough find.

 

Dread 10 ( Fan Newsletter )

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This rare item has the distinction of Being the first publication to print John Bolton’s cover for Army of Darkness 1 by Dark Horse.  With a show coming it may prove to be the first appearance of Ash.  The only other contender is Dark Horse Insider 6 which I have mentioned before.  At this point it looks like they came out at the same time.

Ghost in the Shell Speculation

Wizard Magazine 44 ( bagged only ), 61

Let the film spec begin!

Issue 44 has the rare Ghost in the Shell mini comic and issue 66 is a later cover!

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-Topher
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Aquaman 7,7b  ( first appearance of Kahina )

Is Kahina the Seer going to be in Batman v. Superman?  If so this is the one to buy.

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Arrow 1 ( first Laurel Lance )

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Batman 417 ( first appearance of KGBeast )

Another odd rumor for Batman v. Superman puts the KGBeast in the mix!  God I hope this happens.  At one time this comic could not be bought cheap.  Now it should be no problem.

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Aquaman 35 ( first appearance of Black Manta )

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Setting up the Aquaman film is going to part of  Zack Snyder’s plan and who is going to challenge the king of the oceans?  This one won’t be easy to find and even in poor condition it’s gonna set you back a few bucks.

Batman Annual 2 ( first Eric Border )

I cannot say much about this without spoiling the surprise!

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The rumor of the president’s death in Batman v. Superman have some speculating that Lex’s grand design might center around taking the presidency for himself.  If this proves to be the case look for these to get hot:

Adventures of Superman 581, President Luthor Secret Files, Superman 162-165, Man of Steel 108-110,  Action Comics 773

He was elected in the Lex 2000 one-shot.

Iron Man vs Whiplash 1b ( First appearance of Igor Vanko? )

The Agent Carter series has been busy casting all sorts of crazy Marvel characters but this one might be the strangest.  Only mentioned by his son Whiplash in Iron Man 2 it appears that we will see just how the interaction between Howard Stark and Igor really played out!  As far as I can tell he first appeared here:

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-Topher

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DISCLAIMER: Please remember that the comics I pick here are not sure bets. I only provide educated information. Any investing market represents an element of risk. Buy and sell carefully.

Comic Broker Report – October 2014 (part 3)

This month I am smashing together a selection of comics I believe are worth buying at cheap prices if you can find them.  As always suggestions are appreciated and I will attempt to answer any questions or make any necessary revisions.

Like any investments comics represent a risk if you are looking to resell for profit.  Read the disclaimer under Hot Picks if you need further information.

 

2000 A.D. 377 ( First Judge Fargo )

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Here’s a way they can show Karl Urban’s face in a Dredd sequel and give the legendary Judge an origin within a sequel.  All they need to do is cinematically un- retconn the retconn of Judge Fargo’s face as show in this issue.  Fargo and Dredd’s DNA are the same.  As fans know it just ain’t cool to show Dredd’s face.  This is the only time it was done.

Essential Sandman 4

This hard to find reprint of Lucifer’s first has yet to make a blip on collector’s radars.  When it becomes clear that Sandman 4 is out of reach in both availability and price this one should rise in value.

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Notable addition:

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Youngblood 3 ( First appearance of Supreme )

So the infamous creator of Deadpool has recently teased a Supreme film on Twitter. It appears that studios are interested in another of his creations.  This overprinted issue features Supreme’s first appearance.  As we have learned from NM 98, overprinting doesn’t seem to matter in the marketplace if the character is in demand.

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Notable additions:

The Moore issue has many reprints that are more rare than the reg edition I have pictured below.

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GLA 1 ( 2nd Squirrel Girl )

Recently her first appearance has been quietly selling for decent money on Ebay.  She’s a fan favorite with few first appearances.  2nd appearances are all the rage right now so here is hers.

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Marvel Graphic Novel 18 ( First Agent Dooley )

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One of my favorite actors, Shea Whigham has been cast to play this obscure S.H.I.E.L.D  agent in the upcoming Agent Carter series.  To date this is his only appearance and it’s a tough one to find.

ASM 685b ( Fredzilla appearance )

Big Hero 6 alert!  Characters from the upcoming film have few appearances outside of the mini.  This is one and it’s a difficult variant to track down.

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Star Wars Tales 4 ( First Ben Skywalker )

As the new film release approaches I will be randomly mentioning key issues that have had some movement on the back issue marketplace.  To my knowledge this is Ben’s first and only.

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Here is some additional Deadpool speculation.  Supporting characters can drive up prices ( See X-Force 2 ).  These two guys are popular amongst Deadpool readers but there is no guarantee that they will ever be in the film.

Cable & Deadpool 38 ( First Bob Agent of Hydra! )

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Cable 3 ( First appearance of Weasel )

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Identity Disc 5 ( First appearance of Deadpool’s first wife Gretchen Wilson )

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Webspinners 7 ( First Appearance of Merc Monthly )

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Apocalypse 

Uncanny 332 ( first Ozymandias )

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I doubt you will see an Age of Apocalypse film without this guy!

 

Marvel GN 17 ( First Apocalypse )

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Though unnamed in the GN it looks like this is Apocalypse’s first appearance.  Will this retcon catch on?  If it does this one will skyrocket.

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Rise of Apocalypse 1-4

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This mini is already selling for decent money.

 

Uncanny 376

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Uncanny X-Men 221 (First Mr. Sinister)

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Mr. Sinister is a fan favorite  and central to the AOA plot.  Grab this one now if your lucky enough to find it in high grade.

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X-force 37 (Apocalypse gains entry into the Celestial ship)

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Any comic that sheds light on the origin of the world’s oldest mutant should jump in price.  In this case we get a glimpse into Apocalypse’s quest for power.  It’s a small tidbit but key to understanding the goals of a powerful mutant.

 

New Mutants 25 ( First David Haller/Legion ) New Mutants #26 ( first on cover )

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Bringing Apocalypse into the cinematic universe is a smart move.  Leading the next film into the AOA storyline would be wise too.   Sony like to adapt stories from the comics so Prof X’s son could be used and that means a whole host of comics will heat up on the back issue market.

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X-Men 41 – Legion Quest (First Earth-295/AOA )

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X-Factor 23 ( first Archangel )

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Everyone should have a copy of X-Factor 24. Simonson’s cover is still impressive all these years later and hey it’s the first appearance of Warren as Archangel right?  Nope.  He appeared in issue 23, in full and wasn’t named for many issues later.  This scenario reminds me of New Mutants 86/87.  Cable appears at the end of issue 86 but because of the iconic cover for issue 87 the actual first appearance isn’t noted.

 

X-Men 95 ( Identity of Death Revealed )

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At this point we do not know who the Horsemen will be.  I would like to see the original horsemen used but Fox likes to tweak the stories making Wolverine the central character.  If the do use him as Death I would want to own this one.

 

X-Men Unlimited 10

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Dark Beast replaces Beast.  I remember a few characters who became quite popular during the AOA run.  Dark Beast was one of them.

 

Uncanny X-Men 317 ( Red Stripe )

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She appears to be one of the more popular characters in the new film.  The enhanced cover is easy to find.  This one is a little more difficult.

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X-Men Poster Magazine 4 ( First AOA Blink/ Dark Beast )

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Unlike Bishop Blink was great in Days of Future Past!

This one is super rare and could be the first appearance of the AOA Blink and Dark Beast.  I am working to confirm the date of release on this but if you collect AOA related comics you should enjoy the hunt on this one.  It’s not going to be easy.

 

Tales from the AOA 2

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I have mentioned this one before.  Why?  First published work by Brian k. Vaughan!

 

-Topher

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Age of Apocalypse – Reading Order

Legion Quest
0) Uncanny X-Men #319: Untapped Potential
1) X-Factor #109: The Waking
2) Uncanny X-Men #320: The Son Rises In The East
3) X-Men #40: The Killing Time
4) Uncanny X-Men #321: Auld Lang Syne
5) Cable #20: An Hour Of Last Things
6) X-Men #41: Dreams Die

Origins
1) X-Men Chronicles #1: Origins
2) X-Man Annual #1996
3) Tales From The Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines
4) Tales From The Age of Apocalypse: By The Light
5) X-Men Chronicles #2: Shattered Dreams
6) X-Man #-1: Breeding Ground
7) Blink #1
8) Blink #2
9) Blink #3
10) Blink #4 (Without Last Three Pages)

Beginnings
11) X-Men Alpha: Beginnings
12) Astonishing X-Men #1: Once More, With Feeling
13) X-Calibre #1: The Infernal Gallop
14) Gambit and The X-Ternals #1: Some Of Us Looking To The Stars
15) Generation Next #1: From The Top
16) Weapon X #1: Unforgiven Trespasses
17) Amazing X-Men #1: Crossing Guards
18) Factor X #1: Sinister Neglect
19) X-Man #1: Breaking Away

Choosing Sides
20) Amazing X-Men #2: Sacrificial Lambs
21) Factor X #2: Abandoned Children
22) Weapon X #2: Fire in the Sky
23) Gambit and The X-Ternals #2: Where No External Has Gone Before
24) X-Calibre #2: Burn
25) Generation Next #2: Hither Comes The Sugarman
26) Astonishing X-Men #2: No Exit
27) X-Man #2: Choosing Sides

Turning Point
28) Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen
29) Factor X #3: Open Wounds
30) Astonishing X-Men #3: In Excess
31) Amazing X-Men #3: Parents of The Atom
32) X-Calibre #3: Body Heat
33) Gambit and The X-Ternals #3: To The Limits of Infinity
34) Generation Next #3: It Only Hurts When I Sing
35) X-Man #3: Turning Point
36) Weapon X #3: The Common Rights of Toads and Men
37) X-Universe #1: Last Stand

Endings
38) X-Calibre #4: On Fire
39) Generation Next #4: Bye
40) Astonishing X-Men #4: Holocaust
41) X-Man #4: The Art of War
42) Factor X #4: Reckonings
43) Weapon X #4: Into The Maelstrom
44) X-Universe #2: Dying Breath
45) Gambit and The X-Ternals #4: The Maze
46) Amazing X-Men #4: On Consecrated Ground
47) X-Men Omega: Endings
–) Blink #4 (Last Three Pages)

Any correction are greatly appreciated.