Hot Picks Top 5 #58

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4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1 – All of the variants in the aftermarket are well above market value right now. Seems Black Mask comics have struck a nerve with comic book fans once again. 

Dark Souls #1 – Another indie book cracks the Top 5. This hot video game based comic is showing signs of a sell out.

Mighty Thor #6 – We think this might be the first official appearance of Viking Hulk. Read this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #420 article to inquire more details on this.

Deadpool And The Mercs For Money #3 – Check this comic out for a slew of villains appearing in it.

New Avengers #9 – A comic that appeared in a previous Hot Picks article (last month), but made in back into an InvestComics Hot Picks article THIS week and into the Top Five list this week as well. We can do this because we don’t have to answer to anyone. The first appearance of Avenger Five, American Kaiju, and Doctor Varghese.

Mighty Thor #6

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New Avengers #9

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Dark Souls #1

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Deadpool And The Mercs For Money #3

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4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1

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Here are the rest of the comics appearing in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #420. Click the link for more details! 

Aquaman #37

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Divinity II #1 – Click To Buy/Bid

IC 100 Club Pick: Thor #149 8.5 (1968).

New Avengers #10

Deadpool #10

Nick Fury Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d. #1 (1968)

Captain America Road To War #1

Disney Kingdoms Haunted Mansion #1

Disney Kingdoms Haunted Mansion #2

Superman American Alien #6

Harley’s Little Black Book #3

Aquaman #51

Aquaman #37 (1968)

Action Comics #51

Divinity II #1

Dept H #1

Action Comics #51

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Nick Fury Agent of Shield #1

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Chew Demon Chicken Poyo #1

Sun Bakery #1

Puss In Boots #1

Black Eyed Kids #1

Joyride #1

Fourth Planet #4

Mad Balls #1

Gutter Magic #4

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Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz – Social Media Strategist

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IC 100 Club Pick: Thor #149 8.5 (1968). This comic features the first origin of the Inhumans. A nice 8.5 grade can get bumped to a possible 9.0 if pressed. An amazing comic for only $80 with FREE shipping. With the Inhumans movie drawing closer in a couple of years, this comic will be an untouchable. Triple its value easily. Get this comic before someone else does.

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New Avengers #9

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New Avengers #10

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Captain America Road To War #1

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Deadpool And The Mercs For Money #3

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The super cool Avenger Five will make an appearance in New Avengers #10. Avenger Five first appeared in the previous issue New Avengers #9. That issue also had the first appearances of American Kaiju and Doctor Varghese.
We’re not a 100% on this, but we’re not finding a true first appearance on the Viking Hulk character. So we’ll say that the Mighty Thor #6 will feature the first appearance of Viking Hulk. No? Maybe? If you’re not a fanboy, please help out our fellow InvestComics fans if you know of a Viking Hulk character NAMED in another comic other than the Mighty Thor #6 coming out this week. If he’s wearing a silly viking helmet in some comic and is still called Hulk, that doesn’t count.
Regular follower’s of InvestComics know how we feel about this title. We like the concept and the feel of it. Marvel must maintain the course here. Check out Deadpool And The Mercs For Money #3 with a slew of villains appearing in it.
Speaking of Deadpool, there’s a great cover swipe regarding the secret cover to Deadpool #10. The cover swipe is from Jim Steranko’s classic Nick Fury Agent of S.h.i.e.l.d. #1 (1968).
Cap and Black Widow team up to train a new team of Avengers. This happens in Captain America Road To War #1. The Francesco Mattina variant cover is nice.
Disney Kingdoms Haunted Mansion #1 saw some sellouts when it came out. This week, the follow up, Disney Kingdoms Haunted Mansion #2.

Mighty Thor #6

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Deadpool #10

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Nick Fury Agent of Shield #1

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Disney Kingdoms Haunted Mansion #2

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Nothing but a good story happening in the Superman American Alien comics. And we also admire the Ryan Sook cover; Superman American Alien #6.
Joseph Michael Linser’s variant; Harley’s Little Black Book #3 is sold out.
Aquaman will turn to the Scavenger for some answers this week in Aquaman #51. Have you seen the InvestComics Aquaman checklist yet? It came out back in August of 2015. If not go now for some key issues right HERE. In there you’ll find Aquaman #37 (1968), the first appearance of Scavenger. Get your Aquaman comics now before the aftermarket really escapes you.
Super League part 3 in Action Comics #51. Check out our previous Hot Picks (2 straight weeks) on why we are on the trail of this event going through the Superman books.

Superman American Alien #6

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Action Comics #51

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Harley's Little Black Book #3

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Aquaman #51

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Aquaman #37

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From a New York newspaper interview, Valiant Entertainment says it will have the first appearance of Vladimir Putin in Divinity II #1. We assume “as a villain” here right? Because Putin has appeared in other comics before. All Marvel Comics appearances at that. Either way, Divinity was a hit book for Valiant the first time around, it’ll be a hit book again. Last count, 7 variant covers. Trevor Hairsine sketch cover is sold out.

Black Mask Comics brings us 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1. Mostly every number one Black Mask Comic sells out. No difference here probably. Some of the variants are commanding bigger monies in the aftermarket already. 
The new Dark Horse comic, Dept H #1 will be written and drawn by Matt Kindt. The cover from Jeff Lemire almost depicts an X-Man on the cover doesn’t it?
An Image Comic to have fun read with this week; Chew Demon Chicken Poyo #1 from writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory.

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Divinity II #1

Chew Demon Chicken Poyo #1

Demon Chicken Poyo #1

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1

Bank #1

Dark Souls #1

Dark Souls #1

Fourth Planet #1

Fourth Planet #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new Anime style comic from Alternative Comics; Sun Bakery #1. The Paul Pope variant is sold out.
The first collaborative comic from Aspen Entertainment/Big Dog Ink will hit your comic shop this Wednesday. Look for Legends Of Oz Tik-Tok And The Kalidah #1.
Titans Comics releases their video game concept comic; Dark Souls #1. Looks great. Also from Titan Comics this week; Puss In Boots #1.
Wrapping up, these are must gets in the Indie market. Black Eyed Kids #1 (B.E.K.) (After-Shock Comics), Joyride #1 (Boom Studios), Fourth Planet #4 (Chapter House Publishing), Mad Balls #1 (Lion Forge), Gutter Magic #4 (IDW).

Joyride #1

Joyride #1

Dept H #1

Dept H #1

Mad Balls #1

Mad Balls #1

Gutter Magic #4

Gutter Magic #4

Black Eyed Kids #1

Black Eyed Kids #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invest wisely. Read Comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

INVESTCOMICS TOP 10 LIST – NEW COMIC RELEASES AND BACK ISSUES FOR 11/6/13

BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5Come back each week for the top 10 in the speculation market in new releases and back issues for the week.

1 – Batman Superman #5 (Brett Booth Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
2 – Superman Unchained #4 (Jim Lee Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
3 – Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975) (Marvel Comics)
4 – Amazing X-Men #1 ($50 Variant) (Marvel Comics)
5 – Mighty Avengers #3 (Eminem Variant) (Marvel Comics)
6 – Drumhellar #1 (Image Comics)
7 – Alex Plus Ada #1 (Image Comics)
8 – Captain America #13 (Marvel Comics)
9 – Action Comics #25 (DC Comics)
10 – Longshot #1 (1985) (Marvel Comics)

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks

On Friday InvestComics released our interview with Stan “the man” Lee from New York Comic Con 2013. Stan was his usual stellar self. We were the very last thing he did this year at the New York show, so we wanted to keep it short and sweet to let the man go on his way. He was tired, but Stan gave us a few minutes and we’ll be forever grateful. A special thanks goes out to Max for making this “second” InvestComics interview with Stan Lee happen. Also I would like to thank Rafael Rosario of Ratchet City Comics for his camera work and for making things easier this time around. Enjoy the short video below, as we sure enjoyed our time with the Legend Stan “the man” Lee.

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So with that, we go from the hottest creator of all time to the InvestComics Hot Picks! Did you know that the InvestComics Hot Picks have been coming at speculators and fans since 2005?! That’s some serious history we have together! Onward we go!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New releases 11-3-13

Want to make some money this week? Want to turn over some comics to buy that first appearance of Thanos on the wall at your local comic shop or convention? Well InvestComics has your back this week, and it’s going to be a hunt for variants if you want to ante up. We prefer you ante up, because you will make money back and have some left over for your pizza, beer, gas, bills, or whatever needs some attention in your life.

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In no particular order here, first up; Batman Superman (2013 DC) #5. This comic falls into the long line of gimmick comics. Especially what DC Comics have been up to lately, you know what some of those 3D covers fetched for a little while there. InvestComics did in fact inform the speculator that the 3D aftermarket was going to be short lived, and it was. We hope you collected your $200 after passing GO, because if not, you have a major portfolio issue. Aside from that, this week the gimmick is the Batman Superman #5 comic. What’s the deal with this issue you may ask? Well, it’s one of those sideways/horizontal comics. It’s been done before, nothing special here. Cerebus #46 (1983) was an early showing of the idea, but then Marvel got into the act with Fantastic Four #252 (1983). A unique idea indeed, but one that has seen many comics come this way throughout the years and thereafter. With gimmick comics, the aftermarket is extremely unkind. As a collector one has to know that gimmick comics are not to be fallen in love with. If you do fall, you will fall hard. You’ll be left with 3D covers, glow in the dark covers, poly bagged, etc up the ying yang. It’s a lose situation. This Batman Superman issue provides a variant sketch cover by Brett Booth. The retail value is in the neighborhood of $65. Buy this comic and let the frenzy set in regarding the ff252coolness of the sideways pages. Then spring out the comic for sale while the market is demanding a second print on the regular issue. It’s an easy win here.

Moving right along to another Superman book this week; Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #4. This comic will get you the most bang for your buck this week. Granted, the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here and you will have to put down some cash for it, but your return will be greater. Scott Snyder and Jim Lee have been killing with their run here so far. How about you seek out the Jim Lee sketch variant for about $250….Get this bad boy CGC graded (grab a 9.8!), maybe even Signature Series graded and you will be in the black in no time. Why spend $250 on a variant you may be asking yourself? Well, this issue Superman is having all sorts of trouble with some bad guys right? So he enlist some help from “powerful friends” (as if Supes ever needs help right?). So we don’t really know who these “friends” are, and it’s an ultra-rare Jim Lee variant. Jim Lee + unknown heroes + variant + rare = chi-ching. Any negatives to speak about? Sure. One huge drawback has to be the total of ten variants. Highly unnecessary, but the Jim Lee book is the top draw here.

And the last of the Superman comics to check out this week; Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #25. This issue reintroduces a major character. Oh and there’s a $10 sketch variant here to pick up. If the reintroduction goes over well, then that $10 is well spent. If not, then you can probably just sell back the BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5book for the $10 you originally bought it for on Ebay. Pick up the $2+ in shipping and cut your losses. You win some, you lose some. That’s how it works.

Marvel releases a comic that has someone “saving” their universe for a change and not destroying it. Longshot gives it a go in Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe (2013) #1. This one time very hot character commanded a lot of money for his debut in Longshot #1 (1985). Not these days though. Maybe with a resurrection of his career here, things will heat up in the aftermarket once again. The Deadpool variant cover is already sold out, and the regular cover is not that far from seeing a second print in its future. Captain America (2012 7th Series) #13 will give collectors a first appearance of Captain America’s new arch-nemesis, which is a must see. Cataclysm (2013 Marvel) #1, Leinil Yu variant is sold out. A $20 variant is a bit steep on a comic that doesn’t have much of a backbone.

How about a comic that has a backbone of six variants? Amazing X-Men (2013) #1; once again the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here. Why not downsize the variants to just two, plus the regular cover? But six from Amazing X-Men #1 and ten from Unchained Superman #4? Yes, the market in the past few years has been inundated with the perception that “more is better”, and it’s not. But let’s all understand one thing; comic book businesses are in business to make money. If Marvel, DC, Image, or anyone else could make more money from printing ten variants, then it will be done. So with the already sold out Amazing X-Men #1, there are two $50 variants that are for the buying here. Get either one, hold onto them for a little bit while the series heats up. Then dump them at the first sign of a slowdown. The serious money lies within the focal point of its main character; Nightcrawler. The blue guy’s first appearance is in the classic Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975). Buy this comic whenever you have a chance. No reason to ever NOT buy it.

Word got out this week that Marvel leaked who the mysterious Spider Hero is. This week Mighty Avengers (2013) #3 has Spider Hero front and center defending the city he loves. If you think Spider Hero will reach tickle me Elmo status craze, then check out Mighty Avengers #1 (2013) for his first appearance. Want to challenge yourself with a $300+ variant of this comic? Okay here it goes. Get the Eminem variant (yes the rapper) and get a CGC witness to go with you to get the variant signed by Mr. Marshall himself. How cool would that be?

Two key Image Comics titles to take a look at this week are Drumhellar (2013 Image) #1 (sold out on the retail side) and Alex Plus Ada (2013 Image) #1 (about to be sold out). Rounding out the week; Protectors Inc (2013 Image) #1, Shahrazad (2013 Big Dog Ink) #1, Ghost Cop (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, and 68 Hallowed Ground (2013 Image) #1.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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The InvestComics team would like to start off this week by congratulating Mike Villegas on winning the Fury #1 comic signed by Jimmy Palmiotti. Way to go Mike!

The team would also like to announce that Rafael Rosario has been accepted on InvestComics’ behalf to join the New York Comic Con Press team! Welcome aboard Rafael! Check out some of Rafael’s awesome CGC and variant books he has for sale from his Ratchet City Comics outfit by clicking right HERE. There are great books to be had, a must look.

And as stated on the InvestComics Facebook page, there is a new contest coming your way very shortly. This one includes a recent comic signed by one of the, if not THE most popular writer in comics today. Stay close for that one!

InvestComics Hot Picks 8/21/13

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An interesting start to this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks….

63292-3857-96288-1-silver-surferSilver Surfer first busted onto the Marvel Comics scene in 1966, while two years prior Daredevil was already making his indelible mark within the Marvel Universe. You want some cool facts? How about this? Silver Surfer didn’t appear inside a Daredevil comic until 24 years after his first appearance in Daredevil #281. Understandable you say why would these two characters ever cross paths, but 24 years to make a guest appearance? How about this? Daredevil returned the favor in a Surfer book 7 years after Daredevil #281 in Silver Surfer #128! So it took DD 33 years to make a guest appearance in a surfer comic! And check out that Surfer cover by Ron Garney to the right. Such a beauty I didn’t want it to get lost in the shuffle in the scroll gallery. So why all of this SS and DD talk you ask? Well in a rare moment this week, Silver Surfer is set to appear in Daredevil (2011 3rd Series) #30. Yes this is rare indeed.

Arrow (2012 DC) #10 will debut Shado’s character into the DC Comics universe this week. Yes, you’re saying to yourself, huh? According to the DC Comics solicit; Shado will make her comic book debut. Well either this is one of those bogus New 52 things where “everyone” is making their debut, or this is a severe lack of bad solicitation. Maybe the wording was meant to say that the television character Shado will make her debut? Because Shado did first appear back in 1987’s Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1. Granted the 1987 version is different from that of the current version, but essentially the same character with a new spin. Bottom line is that Shado’s first appearance is in 1987, not 2013.

Green Arrow Longbow #1With a little help from our friends at InvestComics, Terry Hoknes has provided his awesome column on the website that gives readers the insight on what number one comics are sold out and close to being sold out, or not even close in some cases. So with a combination of his spectacular list and the InvestComics Hot Picks, we dive into some number one (and zero) comics you may want to watch.

The leader of the pack goes to Big Dog Ink; Penny For Your Soul Death (2013 Big Dog Ink) #1. Very few copies are hanging on at the distributor right now. One of the variants is already sold out. The  Batman Beyond Universe (2013) #1 variant is completely sold out with quite a few regular covers waiting to be snatched up on reorder. This comic can be sold out in a hurry if word gets out that this series is an ass kicker. Plenty of Kiss Kids (2013 IDW) #1 issues still available, one of the variants is sold out. Living Corpse Haunted (2013 Dynamite) #0 One Shot sits with 34 copies in the warehouse, as Bloodshot (2012 3rd Series) #0 will most likely see a second print coming shortly.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter. Be the first to find out about the NEW Contest coming up! HINT: Jim, Scott, and Clark.

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Have a great day. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz          

InvestComics Hot Covers 8/21/13

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Here’s the InvestComics interview with comic book writer Eric Esquivel from MegaCon. Sebastian Piccione at the helm here. Eric was kind enough to sign one of his books; Freelancers #3 (pictured below) and InvestComics will give it away to a lucky fan! How do you win it? Easy, watch the interview and name the first graphic novel Eric Esquivel ever worked on. That’s it! A random winner will be chosen, so be sure to watch the video and get the right answer! Leave your answer either Here on the InvestComics website (below comment section), on the InvestComics Facebook page right HERE, or on the InvestComics Youtube page right HERE.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #249 – Holiday Special

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Last year this article appeared wihin the website on InvestComics, but in a different format. This year however, you’ll be able to scroll through the plethora of images below with ease.

The images are of various sorts from many comic book companies that you may know or maybe not. Either way, doesn’t matter what label/logo is on them, just that we the fans can look and enjoy.

Thank you all that have supported InvestComics to yet another stellar, record breaking year. Be sure to sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter to get a quick rundown of what this year had to offer from InvestComics and what’s to come!  Another year in the books and what a ride this year has been.

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday. See you next year!

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Marvel NOW! kicking into high gear with four number one issues coming your way this week. By comparison we are going to throw the original number one issue together with the new directional Marvel NOW! campaign. Just how long will the latest reboot, relaunch, reset or whatever you want to call it last this time around? We’ll see…..

We start off with a personal favorite of InvestComics’ that has graced this website numerous times. Thor #126 (1966) matches up with the new Thor God of Thunder (2012) #1 comic. Journey into Mystery with Thor #125 dropped the Journey title and became just Thor with issue number 126, so essentially Thor #126 makes for the number one issue. This comic has everything a collector could possibly want. The pencils and cover are by Jack Kirby and it’s written by Stan Lee. And reiterating it’s the true number one issue of Thor. A graded copy 9.8 sold for $13,000 and it will continue to hold its value. There is absolutely no downside here.

Uncanny X-Men #1 (1963) has climbed steadily throughout its collector career, so much so that it topped a whopping $500,000 for a graded 9.6. Investing in any key X-Men issue is almost certain to pay dividends down the line. The number one issue was done by the same tandem of Kirby and Lee. Look for this issue to continue its steady rise with a top very soon. The 9.6 just may be that, the top….for now. Look for the All New X-men (2012) #1 coming your way this week with the original team. Ah… everything old is new again.

 Although the weaker of the bunch this week goes to Fantastic Four #1 (1961), the price of a graded 9.4 says otherwise. How about a cool $300,000? Not too shabby for a subpar movie run and countless storyline changes. But that is just the problem of why this comic comes in as the weakest of the 3 Golden Age number one comics mentioned this week. By no means though is this comic NOT a buyable comic. It’s the mere fact that it seems the Fantastic Four cannot find its place anymore. Constant roster changes, costume changes, Status quo, death of Human Torch and so forth does not bode well for the investor. Yes other comics have done this too, but they continue to stay within the mainstream with movies, cartoons, etc.  Want a big positive on this book? Once again, Kirby and Lee are the main fixtures here! So when you check out the new Fantastic Four (2012 4th Series) #1 remember that Marvel’s first family have gone through some stuff and to cut them a break. This series might be the one that finally puts them back to some relevant standing within the Marvel Universe and the collectors market (Bronze Age).

The final comic of the new Marvel NOW! line X-Men Legacy (2012 2nd Series) #1has everything in common with the Thor #126 as discussed earlier, but fails in comparison at the same time.  X-Men Legacy began with X-Men Legacy #208 from the previously titled X-Men #207. The comparisons seize there because one can buy X-Men Legacy #208 in a 50 cent bin at your local comic shop. With a David Finch cover and John Romita Jr. pencils, it does make for an attractive book. Happy hunting!

While Marvel does their thing, DC Comics is on the second leg of their tour. The big storyline with DC is the Death of the Family. With some of the storyline spilling over into other books, it’s a usual sign that ONE of these comics will be short printed and thus sought after, thus creating a price hike. Will Suicide Squad (2011 4th Series) #14 this week be THAT book? Who knows? Be sure to stay on top of your crossover books not to miss anything.

DC Comics entire New 52 line will hinge on one comic and this week you will be able to know the secret history of the New 52 just like that! That’s right, Team 7 (2012 DC) #2 will tell readers exactly where, how and maybe why the New 52 got started. Seems like a big deal right? Wouldn’t really know that because of how low key this issue is. Maybe we’ll get an aftereffect on this one. Be sure to be there at the epicenter when this hits though. Don’t worry, you won’t be hurt. If anything maybe you’ll get a real good story here that won’t mean jack in another year.

Invincible fans rejoice. Invincible (2003) #97 will deliver the origin of Zandale Randolph. This will lead up to the much anticipated 100th issue.

Big Dog Ink continues to crank out some of the industry’s best comics to date. This week will be no exception with Joan of Arc From the Ashes (2012 Big Dog Ink) #1.

And finally, in recent days new Iron Man 3 action figures were coming out and a certain character may have made the cut. Rescue. Know her? She’s Potter Potts all dressed up in some hot Iron Man armor. All anatomically correct too! Is that really necessary though? Just asking. Anyway, if the Rescue action figure is an indication that we may see her in the movie, it’s a safe bet to pick up the Iron Man (2009) #10 issue which is Rescues first appearance. This comic could probably be found in that same bin as the X-Men Legacy #208. And while we’re at it here, since the new Iron Man 3 movie is based on the Iron Man #1 comic from 2005 (Extremis storyline), don’t forget to try and get your paws on that one. It ranges from $8 – $15 on Ebay right now.

That’s it for this week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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It’s all about DC Comics this week. Seven number one issues to cover here! Now granted the majority of these are Annuals, but this is InvestComics, so we got you covered from yesteryear to present of course! Throughout history of comic collectables, “Annuals” never garnered the monetary value of other comics. The biggest reason for this is because most of the time the annuals were just “fill ins” or reprints of stories within the regular series put in the “Annual” with a new cover slapped on it. Some Annuals of years past and today do command ones attention, but the Annuals of today (DC especially) are incorporating major storylines within their pages. Let’s be clear here though, DC is not breaking ground with including their storylines within their Annuals, but they may have a first with releasing so many Annuals within the same week!

Superman Annual #1

Let’s start with the greatest superhero of all, (mostly voted by public court of opinion, so fight amongst yourselves)…..Superman! Superman Annual #1 comes in with a lot of fanfare. DC is pushing this comic as a must get comic. There are surprise cameos, a new Green Lantern, Aliens and 5 different artists on this comic. Not that highly unusual to have so many artists on one annual book, but what is unusual is the creative changes on this comic from the original solicit. This annual was originally written by Keith Giffen, but now is written by Scott Lobdell. DC also is pushing only one of the artists very hard on this book and that creator is Pascal Alixe, who incidentally did not appear on the original solicit. What’s going on DC? So on to more important things here, anyone know when the first Superman Annual appeared? Let’s see now, the original Superman #1 issue came out in 1939, so that would mean that the first Superman Annual came out 21 years later in 1960, correct? Yes. What exactly happened with the timeline here? Why 21 years for the first annual? The only guess is the oblivious one, DC didn’t think of “annuals” until then. The 1960 Superman Annual will cost a collector only about $1800. Not too shabby for the first Superman Annual. The saving grace for this annual that basically has no intros or first appearances is the artistry of legend Curt Swan! Oh yes and it also has a map of Krypton! Maybe that’s a first?!?

Green Lantern Annual #1

Next up; Green Lantern Annual #1. Much like all of the Annuals coming from DC this week, this particular annual feature’s a major plotline (conclusion) involving the Black Hand. DC says “Everything Changes Here. EVERYTHING!” Okay so you reeled us in DC, good job! Green Lantern’s first Annual came out in 1963. Two superb artists bring this annual to life; Alex Toth and Gil Kane. A very nice story in these pages finds Gil Kane teaching us how to draw Green Lantern. How cool is that?? And look at that beauty of a cover by Gil Kane too. Funny to look at the side by side comparisons of the 2 Green Lantern Annual covers isn’t it? Gil captures the essence of “fun” in comics, while the latest captures the doom and gloom that seems to have overtaken most of the comic covers these days. Oh well, c’est la vie!

Detective Annual #1

Detective Comics Annual #1 this week features the fight of all fights. No not Rob Liefeld and Scott Synder, but Batman vs. The Black Hand Mask. Great cover here, but an even nicer cover from the 1988 Detective Comics Annual #1 from the awesome Klaus Janson. The issue also features the writing talent of legend Denny O’Neil! A five dollar pick up for this one.

It looks like The Rouges will have their way with the Flash in Flash Annual #1, but according to DC’s solicit, something worse than The Rogues waits to attack the Flash! Yea for the reader! Bad for the Flash! 1963 was a very good year (sing that sentence in your best Frank Sinatra voice please) for DC annuals. The Flash Annual #1 debuted with art from “Mr.Flash himself” Carmine Infantino. This $800 comic brings origin stories along with Carmine Infantino. Not much else you need now is there?

Flash Annual #1

Justice League International Annual

Justice League International Annual #1 ties onto Justice League #12 this week. The first Justice League International Annual happened in 1988 with names like Joe Rubinstein (cover), Bill Willingham (Art) and with writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. Now that’s a lineup! With the tie in here though, the comic to pay more attention to is Justice League #12. They’re fighting a new villain and DC claims that the ending (last page) is so shocking it will have the comic community talking. Bring it!

The Outsiders #1 Looker #1

DC also has some regular number one issues coming out this week. National Comics Looker #1 brings Emily Briggs in her own solo comic. Check out the Looker’s first appearance in The Outsiders #1 from 1985. A new mini-series debuts from DC, Phantom Lady #1. Phantom Lady first appeared way back in Police Comics #1 in 1941. Her first appearance goes for a whopping $10,000! Well it also happens to be the first appearance of Plastic Man. He may have something to do with driving that price up! Phantom Lady doesn’t fly solo in this mini-series. Her partner in crime is Doll Man. His first appearance is in Feature Comics #27 from 1939. He’s not as worthy as Plastic Man, um we mean Phantom Lady’s first appearance. He gets only $4000 for his first.

Phantom Lady #1 Police Comics #1 Feature Comics #27

And finally but not least, check out Bongo Comics’ Lil Homer #1!

That’s it for this week. Be sure to scroll through the covers below. They made the InvestComics Comic Hot Picks Covers of the Week! Everything from Big Dog Ink to Amazing Spider-Man!

Until next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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New York Comic Con 2011 – Small Publishers (part 1)

Check out some quick clips from NYCC 2011. Be sure to check out the web sites, Facebook pages and help support all of these publishers in this video. They have some great things to offer.

There will be more video coming out of small publishers showing their stuff off, be sure to stay close….