Number One Comics – October 2017

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the InvestComics Hot Picks during the month of October. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

Shadowman Rae Sremmurd #1 – Eliot Rahal and Renato Guedes.
Shadow Batman #1 – Steve Orlando and Giovanni Timpano.
Slots #1 – Dan Panosian.
Warframe #1 – Matt Hawkins, Ryan Cady and Studio Hive.
The Archies #1 – Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg and Joe Eisma.

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Buy/Bid – Slots #1

Buy/Bid – Archies #1

Buy/Bid – Shadow Batman #1

Buy/Bid – Shadow/Rae #1

Buy/Bid – Warframe #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weed Magic #1 – Brian Phillipson and Alex Cormack.
Eugenic #1 – James Tynion and Eryk Donovan.
Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 – Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Laura Braga and Amanda Conner.
Batman: White Knight #1 – Sean Murphy.
Punisher The Platoon #1 – Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov.

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Harley Ivy Betty Veronica #1

Buy/Bid – Punisher Platoon #1

Buy/Bid – White Knight #1

Buy/Bid – Weed Magic #1

Buy/Bid – Eugenic #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Falcon #1 – Rodney Barnes and Joshua Cassara.
Ragman #1 – Ray Fawkes and Inaki Miranda.
Gotham City Garage #1 
God Complex #1 – Paul Jenkins, Bryan Lie and Hendry Prasetya.
Danger Doll Squad #1 – Dan Mendoza, Jason P. Martin, Bryan Seaton and Winston Young.

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Buy/Bid – Falcon #1

Buy/Bid – Ragman #1

Buy/Bid – Gotham Garage #1

Buy/Bid – God Complex #1

Buy/Bid – Danger Doll #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan Dare #1 – Peter Milligan and Alberto Fouche.
Wrapped Up #1 –  Dave Scheidt and Sean K. Dove.
Zen Home One Shot – Dan Cote.
Aspen Universe Decimation #1 – Vince Hernandez and Marco Renna.
Volcanosaurus #1 – S.A. Check and Scottie Watson.

Buy/Bid – Zen #1

Buy/Bid – Aspen #1

Buy/Bid – Dan Dare #1

Buy/Bid – Wrapped Up #1

Volcanosaurus #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thor: Where Walk the Frost Giants #1 – Ralph Macchio and Todd Nauck.
DC House of Horror #1
The Ruff & Reddy Show #1 – Howard Chaykin and Mac Rey.
Jughead: The Hunger #1 – Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh.
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1 – Tini Howard, K. Michael Russel and Celor.

Buy/Bid – Frost Giants #1

Buy/Bid – DC Horror #1

Buy/Bid – Ruff & Ready #1

Buy/Bid – Jughead #1

Buy/Bid – Hack/Slash #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Santa vs. Dracula – Ed Power and Melissa Dejesus.
Solar Flare, Season 2 #1 – James Haick III and Branko Jovanovic.
Eternity #1 – Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine.
Taarna #1 – Alex De Campi and Stephane Roux.
1985: Black Hole Repo #1 – Michael Moreci and Seth Sherwood.
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast #1
Sugar Boogarz #1 – Michael Duron.

Buy/Bid – Eternity #1

Buy/Bid – Santa Dracula #1

Buy/Bid – Taarna #1

Buy/Bid – Iron Maiden #1

Buy/Bid – Sugar Boogarz #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mazscara #1 – Gary T. Becks.
Gao #1 – Alfred Perez.
No Room For Magic #1 – Adrian Ramos.
IM-6 #1 – Binne MacManamon and Roger Bonet.

Buy/Bid – Mazscara #1

Buy/Bid – No Room #1

Buy/Bid – Gao #1

Buy/Bid – IM-6 #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Hot Picks #133

Every week before new comic book day, InvestComics provides our fans with the Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. This week’s Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #495 and new comics coming this Wednesday 10/4/17.

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Batman: White Knight #1 – The Joker as ‘White Knight’. We’re intrigued! Written and drawn by Sean Murphy.
Batman #32 – Will Catwoman say yes?? We find out in this issue.
Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 – A super-cool team-up from DC and Archie. Super creative team as well, Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Laura Braga and Amanda Conner. 
Weed Magic #1 – This Bliss On Tap comic is sold out. Going for a premium on Ebay already.
Slots #1 – New Image Comic from Dan Panosian.

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Also appearing in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #495
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Punisher The Platoon #1
Punisher #52 (1991)
Star Wars Darth Vader #6
Iron Fist #73
Venom #155
Venomverse #5
Batman #24
All-Star Batman #14
Eugenic #1
Shadowman Rae Sremmurd #1
Shadow Batman #1
Warframe #1
The Archies #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 10-4-17

New comic book release day 10/4/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Guardians #11 – Francesco Mattina

Avengers #672 – Mike McKone

Harley Quinn #29 – Frank Cho

Venom #155 – Mark Bagley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Green Arrow 32 – Mike Grell

Jenny Frison

Adam Hughes

Iron Fist #73 – Jeff Dekal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shadow Batman #1 – David Finch

Venom #155 – John Tyler Christopher

Darth Vader #6 – Francesco Mattina

Batman #32 – Mikel Janin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All-Star Batman #14 – Albuquerque

Punisher The Platoon #1 – Andy Brase

Vengeance #1 – Mike McKone

Venom #155 – Mike McKone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics #495

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 10/4/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #495. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #495

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005.
This week, new comic book release day 10/4/17.
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Buy/Bid – Punisher The Platoon #1

Buy/Bid – The Punisher #52

Buy/Bid – Venom #155

Buy/Bid – Darth Vader #6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvel’s Punisher The Platoon #1 is a direct take from the 1991 hit storyline ‘Punisher Invades Nam’. The two-part story was a speculative dream that began in Punisher #52. It was a hot book for a little bit, but then fizzled out. Doesn’t everything? The 1991 comic was written by Mike Harris and drawn by Roger Salick. The inker, maybe you heard of him, Jimmy Palmiotti? Yes, that DC Harley Quinn guy. And so much more! The current Punisher Platoon story will be from Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov.
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Will there be a bigger book than Star Wars Darth Vader #6 this week? (update 10-1-17: this comic could be delayed this week) Probably not, if this happens to be the first appearance of a new Inquisitorius. Creators; Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Iron Fist #73, ‘Reintroduces the savagery of Sabre-Tooth’. Marvel Legacy hype, love it!

Buy/Bid – Iron Fist #73

Buy/Bid – Spirits Of Vengeance #1

Buy/Bid – Venom #155

Buy/Bid – Venomverse #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the big two push the reset button, lots of cool things tend to happen. Regardless of certain protesting silly fanboys, there are always great things to look forward to. One of those things from Marvel’s Legacy launch is Mike McKone’s cool headshot covers. Take a look at a couple of them displayed in this article.
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The new Venom #155, John Tyler Christopher trading card cover is superb. It’ll definitely make it to our Best Comic Book Covers Of The Week. Don’t expect this eye candy to stay on the shelf too long though.
Venomverse #5, Declan Shalvey variant cover, that red symbol in front of the Punisher……..Batman, no? It sure looks like it. At quick glance, it fools you for a second.

Buy/Bid – All-Star Batman #14

Buy/Bid – Batman #32

Buy/Bid – Batman White Knight #1

Buy/Bid – Harley Ivy Betty Veronica #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A week full of Batman comics is a good week.
The Joker as ‘White Knight’ in Batman: White Knight #1. Written and drawn by Sean Murphy.
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Soap opera hits Batman and comic fans. The ‘answer’ everyone has been waiting for will arrive this week in Batman #32. Will Catwoman accept the marriage proposal (Batman #24) from Batman? If she says yes (which does not seem too likely), this comic will be very sort after in a hurry. If she says she’ll pass, this comic will not be very sort after. See, simple math is fun. All-Star Batman #14 will be Scott Snyder’s final issue.
A fantastic crossover arrives this week. Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1. Archie is the envy of every fanboy, now add two more to the list as Harley and Ivy vie for Archie’s attention/affection. That’s four hotties’ after one dude. Superstar creators all over this one too. Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Laura Braga and Amanda Conner.

Buy/Bid – Archies #1

Buy/Bid – Slots #1

Buy/Bid – Shadow Batman #1

Buy/Bid – Eugenic #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestComics Indie Hot Picks:
Eugenic #1 (Boom Studios). An InvestComics Top 5 candidate here. Writer James Tynion and artist Eryk Donovan.
The cover alone to Weed Magic #1 from Bliss On Tap is enough to make anyone’s head turn. It is fabulous and I absolutely love it. Paying homage in the ‘highest’ way possible to DC’s Action Comics #1. Cover artist Alex Cormack has this cover lit. Creators Brian Phillipson and Alex Cormack bring the tale of two stoner’s named Moe & Bunny. Yes, smoke em’ if you got em! (All in good fun, relax will ya?). Oh yes almost forgot, it’s sold out too.
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This is a freebie from InvestComics…..you’ll never give us credit, so you’re very welcome….
Valiant Entertainment once again pushes the envelope. This time teaming with a premier hip hop artist Rae Sremmurd (Black Beatles). They have 2.9 million Facebook followers, 4.2 million Instagram followers and over a half million Twitter followers. Valiant knows how to do it. They are on the cutting edge. Indie’s take notice. Shadowman Rae Sremmurd #1 from Eliot Rahal and Renato Guedes.
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Shadow Batman #1 (Dynamite Entertainment). Creators Steve Orlando and Giovanni Timpano.
Slots #1 (Image Comics). Creator Dan Panosian.
Warframe #1 (Image Comics). Creators Matt Hawkins, Ryan Cady and Studio Hive.
The Archies #1 (Archie Comics). Creators Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg and Joe Eisma.

Buy/Bid – Shadow/Rae #1

Buy/Bid – Warframe #1

Buy/Bid – Weed Magic #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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There are certainties in life. There is birth, taxes (in most places), death, Sofia Vergara, and Archie Comics.

Pep_Comics_22_First_Archie_First_Betty_InvestComicsInvestComics has always been a big supporter of Archie Comics Publications. Back in 2009 we had a chance to speak with one of the premiere artist within the AC line; Dan Parent. And in more recent times, this past September 2014 we spoke to Alex Segura; Senior Vice President of Publicity/Marketing.

Some may disagree, but if you ask your spouse, girlfriend, best friends, sister, grandfather, grandmother or aunts and uncles who Deadpool is, they may give you that blank stare and shrug their shoulders; “I don’t know.” Ask these same family members or people, “you know who Archie is” and the response will probably be either one or two ways. “Archie who?” The question with a question would be as if you’re speaking of a friend or family member. Now give those same people the clue that don’t know your line of questioning, you say “comic books?” The overwhelming response is immediate. “Oh oh yeah, that red headed dude with the girlfriends. Yeah I know that guy”.

So what’s the point here? Simple actually. A real comic book collector knows what the point is here, but lets first talk about the Fanboy response for a minute, the close minded/I only know super-heroes ones. The fanboy cringes as though someone scraped their knuckles across a blackboard when “Archie” is mentioned anywhere. Already the fanboy is disgusted they have made it this far into the article reading about Archie and will either A: leave now or B: stay because they yearn to escape the fanboy vortex they so desire to get out of. For those who do not know about Archie Comics or those who are willing to educate themselves a little bit, stick around. There are some pretty heavy investments to seriously consider coming up in a little bit as well as some fantastic reading material too.
Archie Comics and the Archie characters are as timeless as they come. More so than any Wolverine, Deadpool or Nightwing character will ever be. DC Comics has been around for 80 years (including when they were National Allied Publications). Marvel Comics has been around for 75 years (Including when they were Timely Comics). Archie Comics has been around for almost 75 years. Archie began their company as MLJ. It wasn’t until the late 1950’s did they adopt the name Archie Comics Publications. Through changes aplenty including being a publicly held company, lawsuits, a failed imprint; Red Circle Comics, to even more lawsuits, the company has endured its fair share of ups and downs to say the least. There are so many moving parts to their history that it simply cannot be covered here. Of course, hopefully many of you reading this will head on over to the internet to find out more details on this fabulous company.

Archie Comics is on the verge, the cusp of busting loose in so many ways it’s going to be unbelievable to the average comic collector. Especially the ones that think Archie Comics are for kids or for girls (The fanboy). That type of thinking is not only the most naive thought process, it’s as uneducated as it comes. In recent years Archie has not only stepped up the way their product/brand appears as far as marketing and art, but their story lines include an adult rated zombie series, the death of Archie, The birth of children, a handicapped character, the marriage of major players, introductions of new characters including a gay character named Kevin Keller, and so on and so on.

Recently, Archie Comics announced a major redesign of their entire universe. They also announced new areas of exploration which includes; television, movie, and merchandising. An imprint named Dark Circle Comics will also debut in 2015. And in addition to that exciting news, a relaunch of Archie Comics starting from number one! What a way to celebrate right?!

With all of the great things happening for quite some time now and the future for Archie Publications, it’s probably a good time to get a checklist together. A checklist that only InvestComics can deliver. We have given fans the most extensive comic book checklist on the internet. We’ve had Batman, Spider-Man, Avengers, Hulk, Superman, and Walking Dead just to name a few. Now we will cover Archie Comics! Get your wallets out because you’ll be spending some big bucks for some major players, but they will pay back majorly because of the publicity Archie and the gang are about to undertake in 2015. Wow this is going to be a huge year for them and for the speculator!

One huge takeaway from the research we did was that there are not that many graded copies of some key issues. Even some of the Bronze/Modern comics have flown under the radar. Many of the comics can be pulled out of quarter boxes or yard sales. There is potential here. A lot of it. There is so much money to possibly be made from grading/signature series, it’s almost mind-boggling. Get on this gravy ship InvestComics fans because WE are about to change things regarding the aftermarket when it comes to Archie Comics. If Archie Comics publications hits its stride in 2015 (and it will), the aftermarket will explode.

One last thing. There are and will be many Archie Comics inadvertently omitted. Understand that there is 75 years of comic books to cover here. Not every book will be hit upon. This was not done with the intent of excluding them on purpose, but a simple case of not listing it due to the complexity and range to cover. If you have an Archie Comic that YOU think is worthy of being on this list, then please by all means share it below and on our Facebook pages. Be sure to remember one thing though, when Archie Comics start up-ticking, InvestComics was the driving force in letting the speculators know about the new books to look for. Don’t be the creator of the force, but be the deliverer of the message from InvestComics. In other words, give credit where credit is do. The InvestComics team worked on this article (checklist) for all to enjoy and officially start the Archie Comics movement. Now……

Happy reading and happy hunting!

InvestComics Hot Picks Special – Archie Comics Checklist

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It begins with Archie Andrews himself. A bit of an Incredible Hulk #180 vs #181 going on here. Cameo vs first full appearance. Archie first appeared on the cover of Jackpot #4 (1941) but he also appeared in Pep #22 (1941) that same month. A copy of the Jackpot cameo (graded 9.2) in 2009 sold for $11,900. In 2014, a 2.0 graded copy sold for $5,983. The Pep #22 (graded 7.0), Archie’s first full appearance, sold for $143,400 in November 2014.

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Archie Comics #1 (1942) – Here’s the second appearance of Veronica. In 2011, an 8.5 copy sold for $167,300.

Archie Comics #100 (1959) – Only one reported on census. A 2.5 that sold for $22. Get a great copy and become the highest grade on census and cash in too.

Archie Comics #200 (1970) – Absolutely no graded copies on census. This comic is not celebrated on the cover as its “200th anniversary issue”. This is probably why it was never submitted, but still doesn’t matter. Get a copy and grade it.

Archie Comics #282 (2nd print) (1979) – This second print comic is a rare one within the Comic collection lure. A 9.4 graded sold for $250 in 2013. Nice deal for a comic you might find in the 25 cent bin someplace. Get high grades here speculators….

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Archie Comics #300 (1981) – This celebrated anniversary comic has no graded copies on census. This comic right now is sitting either in the 50 cent bin or at a yard sale. Become the first to get a graded copy in on census! Get high grades here too speculators and cash in.

Archie Comics #400 (1992) – The same as #300. No copies graded on census. A celebrated anniversary issue. Look through those old boxes at your shop. Get high grades here speculators………

Archie Comics #500 (2000) – The new millennium saw Archie Comics hit the 500 mark in celebrated fashion. Guess what? None graded on census?! Get high grades………

Archie Comics #600 (2009) – The Archie marries Veronica, Part 1: The Proposal issue. A 4 signature 9.6 graded sold for $127 in September 2014. Imagine the demand on this comic once a television series or movie touches on this. There are also 50 Hero Initiative covers that were auctioned off. Some beauties out there!

Archie Comics #616/617 (2011) – The presidential race was between Barack Obama and John McCain. The variant covers on these Archie Comics featured the battle and friendship of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin? Yep.

Archie Comics #626 (Sketch Variant) (2012) – This comic cracks the checklist due to who is on the cover and what can be done about it. Ex New York Giant football great Michael Strahan dons the cover as Dan Parent lends his incredible talent. Since Michael does a show in New York city every day of the week and Dan is available at most comic conventions it’s a no brainier here to get these two to sign your book and get it graded. None on the census. This is an easy and awesome get.

Archie Comics #627 (2012) – Archie meets up with the rock band Kiss. A 9.6 (highest grade) signed by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Alex Segura and Dan Parent sold for $101 in 2012. Why not do one better and get the other band mates of Kiss; Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to sign your 9.8 copy? Cha-ching.

Archie Comics #632 (2012) – Archie marries Valerie Brown. What if the television series or movie decides to take this route?

Archie Comics #633 (2012) – Archie and Valerie have a baby! The first appearance of Star Andrews.

Archie Comics #645 (2013) – A Tim Seeley variant cover! Sweet.

Archie Comics #648 (2013) – Walt Simonson variant cover! The legend does an Archie cover! Nuff said.

Archie Comics #650 (2014) – Fiona Staples variant cover! Fiona will be a huge part of the Archie relaunch. Get it signed and graded now!

Archie Comics #656 (2014) – Valerie Harper’s sister debuts. She also is the first major character that is wheelchair bound in Riverdale. Archie Comics keeps with the realism of everyday life and shows we all may be different, but we’re all a team.

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Pep Comics #22 (1941) – Well this is the holy grail of Archie Comics. The Action Comics #1 if you will. The awesomeness of this comic not only contains the first appearance of Archie Andrew, but it also features the first appearance of his right hand man, his com padre, his brother; Jughead. It ALSO contains the first appearance of Betty Cooper. So not only is Pep #22 valuable for obvious reasons, but it’s a three for one deal. Find this comic book and make a deal with the dealer. Any price you negotiate will be a good one. Look for prices to steadily climb as Archie Publications start making their move. A move into every household around the world. A move into the young generation in which they will ignite a new fire to the likes we haven’t seen since Twilight did it. Be ready….

Pep Comics #26 (1942) – So it only took 4 issues for the famous threesome to begin. And the beginning of a 73 year headache for Archie! Some might even say it’s a good headache to have! The pricing seems almost comical for the rest of the Archie gang. Set to be an obvious major player too, Veronica Lodges’ first appearance goes here. The highest grade on census is a 5.0, selling for $5,150 in mid 2013. A buy right now raw. Grade it. This is an absolute bargain.

Pep Comics #31 (1942) – Veronica Lodges’ dad makes his debut. Hiram Lodge commanded $4,550 for his first appearance; An 8.0 grade in late 2014.

Pep Comics #36 (1943) – The first official Archie Comics cover. A 5.5 recently sold for $5,378.

Pep Comics #46 (1944) – Only a couple of graded issues here. The most recent 1.0 grade sold for $90. The owner of the hangout the Archie crew will be at most of the time; his first appearance; “Pops” Tate.

Pep Comics #78 (1950) – The first appearance of the smartest kid in all of Riverdale; Dilton. A 2006 9.2 graded copy sold for a mere $478. A recent sale in early 2014, 8.5 grade sold for $455. What a steal right now for that “nerd” that will probably capture the younger audience’s attention and be beloved.

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Jackpot Comics

Jackpot Comics #5 (1942) – Collectors get a glimpse of Archie’s mean pal Reggie Mantle. This is his cameo in one panel. The most recent graded copy sold for $1,933. It was a 2.0. However, back in 2003 a 9.0 copy sold for $2,128. A bargain. A very large bargain. But wait, there’s more. This comic happens to also have another first appearance. Riverdale’s teacher Waldo Weatherbee.

Jackpot Comics #6 (1942) – The first full appearance of Reggie Mantle. A 4.5 graded sold for $384 in late 2014. In 2002 an 8.5 graded sold for a mere $920. Wow what a great buy that was.

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Archie’s Pal Jughead

Number 1 (1949) – First appearance of the school bully Moose Mason. An 8.5 sold for $2,749 back in 2009.

Number 5 (1951) – First appearance of Midge Klump; Moose’s girlfriend. She first appeared in two comics at the same time. This one and Betty and Veronica #4 (1951). 8.5 is the highest grade for both of these comics on census. The Jughead sold for $455 in 2014 and the Betty/Veronica sold for $1,016 in 2012.

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Archie’s Girls: Betty and Veronica

Number 1 (1950) – A 4.0 copy sold in late 2014 for $525. The best grade (9.0) sold for $3,884 in 2006.

Number 289 (1980) – A scarce second print exist. No grades in the census.

Number 320 (1982) – First appearance of bombshell Cheryl Blossom. This key comic needs to be in your collection. A Cheryl Blossom bombshell character on television or a movie will draw a lot of attention. A 9.6 sold for $600 in 2012. Get this comic now.

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MORE KEY Archie Comics……….

Archie’s Madhouse #22 (1962) – Every click needs a witch right? Well here’s the first appearance of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. When the Archie brand takes off, this will be one of the spinoffs….I guarantee it. A 6.0 grade sold for a measly $380 in late 2014. A fantastic buy.

Archie’s Pals & Gals #23 (1962) – Another spinoff guaranteed to happen when Archie catches on. The first appearance of Josie. Yes that Josie. A 9.0 sold for $880 in 2013. This is also the first appearance of Melody; the drummer of the Pussycats.

Josie and the Pussycat’s #45 (1969) – The birth of the all girl rock band. When Archie takes off, so will this all girl group. They will, without a shadow of a doubt become a huge selling all girl rock band. This comic has so much potential upside it’s ridiculous. Probably one of if not THE Archie book on this checklist to get. A 7.0 in mid 2013 sold for $150. Only two graded in the census. Hunt this down and buy it now.

She’s Josie #1 (1963) – Josie’s own comic book. One graded copy at 6.0 sold for $52 in 2010.

Archie Giant Series Magazine #579 (1988) – When a real comic collector these days thinks of Archie Comics, they think Dan Parent. Dan is as much the responsible culprit of bringing Archie Comics to the new levels that are leading up to the entire reboot in 2015. Think of Dan as the Geoff Johns for DC. An innovator for the line. Yes Dan Parent is that important here. Always has been and always will be. Here we have one of the first works he tackled for the publication.

Wilbur #5 (1945) – The first appearance of Katy Keene. A 7.0 (highest grade) sold for $847 in mid 2014.

Archie’s Joke book Magazine #44 (1960) – Legend Neal Adams got his start right here. His first published work was for Archie Comics. Only one copy is showing on the census. A 7.5 sells for only $140 in 2013. Sweet.

Life with Archie #1 (1958) – This early number one Archie comic sold for a bargain in 2013. A 6.0 (highest grade) for $522.

Veronica #202 (2010) – Riverdale’s first and only gay character was introduced here. A book to have if the television/movie features Kevin Keller. A signature series 9.8 sold for $225 in mid 2014.

The Punisher Meets Archie (1994) – One of the first crossovers for the Archie line. A fun all around comic.

Jughead #200 (2010) – The first ever Archie Comics variant cover. A 9.8 (highest grade and only one on census) sold for $15 in 2011. Buy this now.

Archie #641 (2013) – Archie meets with the cast of Glee.

Life with Archie #37 (2014) – There are several variant covers, Alex Ross’ is awesome.

Kevin Keller #15 (2014) – A Days of Future Past variant homage cover by Phil Jimenez is fantastic.

Life with Archie #30 (2013) – An amazing Phil Jimenez variant. The new Archie relaunch may look a lot like this.

Life with Archie #36 (2014) – A Death of Archie variant by Fiona Staples. Fiona Staples will play a huge part in the new direction Archie will be going in.

Life with Archie #24 (2012) – Fiona Staples draws a variant with Josie and the Pussycats donning the cover. Fiona’s first Archie work. Get it now.

Life with Archie #36 (2014) – Adam Hughes variant is amazing.

Kevin Keller #14 (2014) – A Dark Knight homage cover from Phil Jimenez. Awesome.

Sabrina #1 (2014) – A gorgeous J. Scott Campbell Midtown variant.

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Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 12/31/14

It’s been a tremendous year here at InvestComics. A big thank you goes out to all the contributors that have made it a fantastic 2014. Topher, Chico, Jamie, and Terry. We will continue to make great strides in 2015 bringing a new look and a new way to check out InvestComics.

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All and all a huge year for InvestComics. Lots more was covered, but I simply cannot list it all. If you’re a follower of InvestComics, you know how we roll. Look for us to expand in 2015 in several areas. It’s going to be awesome!

A big big thank you all that have supported us throughout the year. It’s been our pleasure to put a smile on your face and some extra loot in your pockets. Remember to always have fun and to invest wisely.

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An extremely light week hit the Hot Picks. Everyone wants to start their New Years early!

Shield_InvestComics (4) Shield_InvestComics (1)S.H.I.E.L.D. Will try its fourth attempt at an ongoing series this Wednesday. This speculator does not see the series lasting very long, but we’ll see. The television series right now is the reason for propelling the new title out. The television series has showed some weakness in the past and will not last that long either. We’ll see about that one too. Not saying the series or the comic are in no way worthy, but the comic is only here because of the television show. The new comic series will probably outlast the TV series. Shield (2014 Marvel) 4th Series #1 will have a plethora of variants accompanying it. We stopped counting after ten. Ridiculous yes we agree. One variant in particular has some ears pointed up is the Deadpool party sketch variant by John Tyler Christopher. This $200 variant is sold out. It might be a nice variant to have in ones arsenal when the Deadpool movie rolls around. Signed and graded (9.8 or higher of course). If you don’t want to go that high with your cash, how about the awesome $20 Mike Deodato Jr variant? This comic probably won’t command very much money in the long run, but a nice variant by Mikey nonetheless.

Since most comic companies won’t be releasing most of their regular titles this week, they are going overboard with the variant. Shield case in point number one. Case in point number two is East Of West #16. This successful Image title will give readers a special oversize issue starting the new major story line in it. At last count, nine variant covers here. Is this necessary? The best part for East of West fans here is the Jamie McKelvie variant comes in at only $15. The rest of the variants are regular price.

East_of_West_InvestComics (1) East_of_West_InvestComics (2)Miracleman for Marvel hasn’t gone exactly according to plan as far as demand and clamoring goes. No one is really talking about this book right? Anyway, All New Miracleman Annual (2014) #1 will feature artwork from Joe Quesada and that is always a get. The eye candy this dude creates is unbelievable.

One can always count on IDW to come up with a crazy awesome team-up. To end the year they’ll give us Star Trek Planet of the Apes (2014 IDW) #1. No words to say here except that there is an awesome George Perez cover to check out too.

 

Thank you all. From the entire InvestComics team we wish you a happy and safe New Year.

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Free Comic Book Day 2015 Hot Picks

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Free Comic Book Day will be on May 2 2015. So many cool comics to read and a few to speculate on too. There will be two tiers this year. The Gold Tier and the Silver Tier. The Gold tier comics will be available at every comic shop. The Silver tier comics will be available at select stores. So you know what this means right? If there are any possible speculative comics to maybe grab, it would be from the Silver pile because only comic shops that participated will be getting those particular books, thus leading to the possibility of a shortage on a demanded free comic.

Let’s check out some of the speculative highlights.

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Dark Circle Comics Preview – Archie Comic Publications

Archie Comics is about to turn it up a notch in 2015. InvestComics did an interview with Alex Segura: Senior Vice President of publicity/marketing of Archie Comics in September right HERE. Alex told us then that there are very big plans for Archie Publications. We know this and are on board 100 percent. There have been some naysayers over the years that InvestComics has encountered on its platform regarding Archie Comics. Not quite sure why that is exactly, but uninformed collectors do not see a value in the speculative marketplace and that could not be further from the truth. Those people will be eating their words by this time next year. Please quote InvestComics on this if you’d like. Archie Comics will in fact arrive in 2015. This Dark Circle imprint is only a backdrop that will eventually lead to bigger things as well for the soon to be 75 year old company. More on why and on Archie Comics on InvestComics in the near future, stay tuned…..

Fight Club – Dark Horse Comics

There are several stories going on in this free preview book. The Goon (new story), The Strain (New story from Guillermo del Toro) and the premiere of the Fight Club. This is a good one to pick up.

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Marvel Secret Wars – Marvel Comics

Most likely this new spin on the Secret Wars from Marvel will be a big draw. Maybe this free comic will feature a first appearance or something extremely important regarding the event. Who knows? But it’s worth getting regardless because he story will kick ass anyways.

DC Comics

….Will remain mum on their free comic book day release. Get it, same protocol as the Marvel release. We’re quite sure the DC freebie will be leading up to something huge. Stay up to date with DC’s secret on freecomicbookday.com.

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Canada’s very own “Superman/Captain America” makes another attempt at trying to capture the hearts of American comic collectors. Will our friendly neighbors succeed this time remains to be seen. In the meantime, if you have a few bucks, anywhere from $4 to $75 you can own a Captain Canuck first appearance from the 1975 self titled Captain Canuck #1. You never know….

Mercury Heat Debut – Avatar Press

This sneak peak looks like a fantastic story brewing. Pick this up.

TMNT: Prelude To Vengence – IDW Publishing

All new material that will lead to a huge Turtle story line.

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Here is a self contained story of a series that will debut in May.

Kodansha Comics Sampler – Kodansha Comics

This freebie includes a few samples of KC’s Anime/Manga line. Attack on Titan is one of the samples to be featured. Interesting comic that Attack on Titan is. The number one issue has gone to 6 printings already. Pretty sweet.

Stan Lee’s Shakra The Incredible – Liquid Comics

Based on the cartoon short we get the debut of Shakra in comic book form. Awesome for the kids!

Lady Justice #1 – Super Genius

IMAGECOMICS_TALESOFHONOR TH3RDWORLD_THESTUFFOFLEGENDThis is a reprint of the original Lady Justice (“Neil Gaiman’s”) from 1995. You can get the first appearance of Lady Justice (Wheel of Worlds #0) in a 50 cent bin someplace or buy it on line for a buck.

The Stuff of Legend – Th3rd World Productions

Here’s a possible sleeper in the making……

Hip Hop Family Tree – Fantagraphics Books

If you’re a Hip Hop fan, this comic is for you. If you’re not a Hip Hop fan, this comic is for you too. Check out some hardcore history of the Hip Hop world. This comic has all of the greats on the cover. KRS-One, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Easy E, Tupac…..yes this is awesome beyond awesome. Meet some of these guys and get them to sign your book (witnessed of course) and grade it. You’ll have a one of a kind!

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They remain mum here as well on the Silver side. Get your fix on what they’re up to by visiting freecomicbookday.com.

Avengers #1 – Marvel Comics

Marvel isn’t very secretive about their plans. Check out the Avengers #1 comic for free. And the best part of this freebie is the a “new threat”? Is this an introduction? If it is, you better get this.

All and all a terrific free comic book day is headed our way. So many comics to read, so little time! Well we make time to read, but so little time before May 6 hits!

Be sure to bring the little ones if you have any. Comic books are a very good reading tool for the children. Have them read the Shakra comic to you or any comic they look interested in, it’s amazing to share the excitement with a child this way. It’s like Christmas in May!

Read wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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Alex Segura: Archie Comics

InvestComics recently had the privilege to interview the Senior Vice President of Publicity and Marketing at Archie Comics and Editor of Dark Circle Comics; Mr. Alex Segura. 

With Archie Comics constantly breaking down barriers, breaking new ground with tremendous story lines, and starting up their new Dark Circle imprint, it was definitely time to break bread with Mr. Segura!

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Jay Katz: Alex, you were with DC Comics for quite some time. When you made the switch to Archie Comics, did you even envision; a gay character, Archie zombie’s, the death of Archie, etc.?

Alex Segura: Archie’s really come a long way in terms of being relevant, vibrant and timely – so I’m excited for the future of the company. It all points back to Jon Goldwater, our Publisher/Co-CEO. His vision for the company has really brought Archie and his friends into the 21st century. It’s amazing to see.

Death_of_ArchieJK: Archie Comics has the stigma of being for “kids”. Although Archie has maintained their mantra for carrying comics for the younger audience, why do you feel they have explored so many different areas that may be a bit off center for the company?

AS: I wouldn’t call that a stigma – kids comics are hugely important, and Archie is what got me into the medium. I think kids comics are integral to keeping the next generation interested in comics and what we do.

That being said, Archie as a character is supremely flexible, similar to Batman. You can see him in different settings and situations and still know who he is and his world, which allows for really creative interpretations, like Afterlife or Life with Archie.

JK: So Archie Comics have made a big announcement and from the looks of the reception so far, looks like you have a win here. Tell us about the Archie imprint; Dark Circle Comics!

AS: Well, Dark Circle Comics is Archie’s superhero imprint, and we’re relaunching three key titles early next year – The Black Hood, The Fox and The Shield, with some amazing talent. The response has been really positive, and I’m excited to be working with people like Dean Haspiel, Mark Waid, Duane Swierczynski, Michael Gaydos, Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig. We’re trying to really boil these books down to what make these characters great and bring a more novelistic and literary feel to the books, so it’s less about continuity and history but more about story and what’s coming up, while still respecting the past.

darkcircleJK: What can fans expect to see as far as storytelling with the edger tone?

AS: I think fans can expect these books to be about the creators’ vision for these properties – it’s really the Afterlife model expanding into there Archie properties, where you get great creators and let them cut loose and really do what they do best.

JK: So we will see heroes and villains from the Red Circle imprint. Will they be completed updated as far as appearance? What about their origins?

AS: It depends. Everything’s on the table. I think you’ll see some characters that are completely different while others are closer to their original incarnations. It really depends on what works best for the current story.

JK: Will we see new heroes/villains introduced into the fray?

AS: Yes, definitely. We want to reimagine the core characters and also introduce new properties.

JK: What about creators? Will be see the awesome Archie family on some books, like Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo? How about creators from the big two?

AS: We’re talking to a lot of talented people – but it’s too early to announce any more of the lineup. But we do have some big announcements planned once we launch the first wave, so stay tuned.

Keller_xmen_variantJK: Besides giving comic fans some great content with the new imprint, do you foresee a possibility of getting some Dark Comics characters to film or television?

AS: I’d love that. We’ll see what the response is like to the books once they’re out.

JK: What can you tell the fans that might be on the fence about Dark Circle Comics?

AS: If you like shows from HBO, FX or AMC – really curated and thoughtful programming that focuses on character, story and drama, then these books will be in your wheelhouse. We’re respecting the past but aren’t beholden to it, and we’re trying to remind people why these characters are great without using continuity as a crutch. You don’t need to have read anything before THE BLACK HOOD #1 or THE FOX #1!, etc. The launch issues will be perfect jumping on points.

JK: When will we see some teasers? Fans love the tease you know!

AS: You’ll see some new art and news in advance of NYCC.

sonicthehedgehog_264JK: Where can we follow the latest about Dark Circle Comics?

AS: You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and darkcirclecomics.com.

Thanks for chatting with me!

..And thank YOU Alex for stopping by! Check out the latest on Archie Comics at their website right HERE. Check out their Facebook page right HERE. And follow their Twitter right HERE. AND Dark Circle Comics HERE