Creator Spotlight – Michael Turner

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The comic industry lost one of the industries best talents eight years ago. Michael Turner would have turned 45 years old on April 21st. He was a fan favorite that delivered on every single cover he put out. His pencils were unmistakable. His covers were remarkable. Michael died on June 27th 2008 at the young age of 37. Gone way too soon, but he left fans with the memory of his work. A vast body of work that spans from 1994 to 2008. Recently though, Turner’s art has been showing up once again through exclusive variant covers. They’ve garnered a lot of attention and have sold out….quickly. Michael Turner is doing it again, making fans love him all over again.

Here are a few of our favorite books. We couldn’t list them all, so maybe your favorite was left off. No hard feelings. His body of work is simply too expansive. Too many to choose from. Enjoy our list below.

Thanks Michael, your work will always live on.

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Cyberforce #9

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Cyberforce Universe Sourcebook #2

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Witchblade #1 1996

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Witchblade #1

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Cyberforce #9 (1994) – Here is the first professional work from Michael Turner. Pencils and collaborative cover.

Cyberforce Universe Sourcebook #2 (1995) – Michael collaborates with Billy Tan on this cover.

Witchblade #1 (1995) – Witchblade begins with Michael at the helm.

Witchblade #1 (1996) – This Germany release was the first Turner solo cover without collaboration.

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Aria #1

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Fathom Preview

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No Honor #1

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Top Cow Classics In Black and White Sketch Cover #1

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Fathom Preview (1998) – Turner begins with his Fathom character. A preview book.

Aria #1 (1999) – Michael’s first U.S. solo cover.

Top Cow Classics In Black and White Sketch Cover #1 (2000) – Here is a simple yet incredible Turner pencil cover. The Dynamic Forces variant.

No Honor #1 (2001) – Just a great comic and cover from Turner.

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Tomb Raider #25

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The Agency #1

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Battle of The Planets #1

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Tomb Raider #17

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The Agency #1 (2001) – Another great comic and another great cover.

Tomb Raider #17 (2001) – This signed/numbered museum edition is a beauty.

Battle of The Planets #1 (2002) – Battle of The Planets Turner cover.

Tomb Raider #25 (2002) – Endgame part 1. Turner pencils and a fantastic Turner cover.

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Ekos Preview 2002

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G.I. Joe #21

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Soulfire Preview

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Teen Titans #1

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Ekos: Preview (2002) – Turner pencils and cover.

Soulfire Preview (2003) – Turner pencils and cover.

G.I. Joe #21 (2003) – Micheal steps outside the Aspen/Top Cow banner and does a cover for the G.I. Joe Image Comics title.

Teen Titans #1 (2003) – Turner’s first DC work; cover art.

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Action Comics #812

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Action Comics #813

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Adventures of Superman #625

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Flash #207

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Action Comics #812 (2004) – Michael begins a Superman cover run.

Adventures of Superman #625 (2004) – Superman cover.

Flash #207 (2004) – Turner Flash cover.

Action Comics #813 (2004) – Another great cover.

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Superman Batman #4

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Flash #208

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Superman #205

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Superman Batman #8

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Superman Batman #4 (2004) – This rare German cover shows a half naked Supergirl as only Michael can deliver.

Superman Batman #8 (2004) – Michael pencils this issue, but it’s the second print penciled version of the original cover that grabs our attention. Nice. Very nice.

Flash #208 (2004) – Another Flash cover. More success.

Superman #205 (2004) – Michael captures the awe-aspiring strength of Superman on this cover.

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Flash #210

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G.I. Joe #33

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Identity Crisis #1

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Superman Batman #10

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Superman Batman #10 (2004) – Awesome Wonder Woman cover from Turner.

Flash #210 (2004) – Flash/Zoom cover by Turner.

G.I. Joe #33 (2004) – A Wraith Turner cover. Low print run.

Identity Crisis #1 (2004) – Michael places many DC characters on this cover.

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Supergirl #1

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Flash #211

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Identity Crisis #4

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Ms. Marvel #1

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Flash #211 (2004) – As Michael showed us Superman’s strength (Superman #205), he gives us Flash’s speed here.

Identity Crisis #4 (2004) – One of if not our favorite Turner cover ever. Nails this.

Supergirl #1 (2005) – The second print cover is spectacular.

Ms. Marvel #1 (2006) – Here the Turner sketch variant way outshines the regular color cover. First modern day Ms. Marvel series.

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Black Panther #18

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Civil War #1

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Civil War #2

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Wolverine Origins #1

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Wolverine Origins #1 (2006) – Michael’s first take on Wolverine. Cover art.

Civil War #1 (2006) – When Michael did the cover art to DC’s Identity Crisis two years earlier, which featured some jam covers, it’s only fitting he’d do Marvel’s Civil War.

Civil War #2 (2006) – More Turner Civil War cover art. Simply amazing.

Black Panther #18 (2006) – Storm graces the Turner cover.

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Civil War #3

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Incredible Hulk #100

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Justice League of America #1

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Justice League of America #3

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Civil War #3 (2006) – The iconic Iron Spider cover. The penciled version is a must own.

Justice League of America #1 (2006) – The third print sketch cover. Yes that one.

Justice League of America #3 (2006) – Red Tornado Cover.

Incredible Hulk #100 (2007) – Turner SMASH! Michael shows off here. An “Incredible” Hulk cover. The Grey variant is scarce.

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Sub-Mariner #1

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Fantastic Four #547

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Justice League of America #8

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World War Hulk #1

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Justice League of America #8 (2007) – Batman cover.

Fantastic Four #547 (2007) – Turner cover. Human Torch dominates this cover.

Sub-Mariner #1 (2007) – One of the best Sub-Mariner covers ever.

World War Hulk #1 Aspen Exclusive Variant (2007) – A Hulk jam cover.

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Daredevil #100

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Silver Surfer In Thy Name #1

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Spider-Man Red Sonja #1

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Thor #1

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Thor #1 (2007) – The third print sketch cover. Michael shows how puny us earth people really are when Thor stares down upon us.

Daredevil #100 (2007) – Turner cover.

Spider-Man Red Sonja #1 (2007) – Spidey teams with Red Sonja and Turner provides this cover.

Silver Surfer In Thy Name #1 (2007) – Wow.

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Amazing Spider-Man #15

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Batman Rebirth #1

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Spider-Man Red Sonja #5

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Uncanny X-Men #500

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Spider-Man Red Sonja #5 (2008) – This cover captures Peter and Red Sonja in a romantic moment.

Uncanny X-Men #500 (2008) – A rare sketch cover and one of Michael’s last covers.

Batman Rebirth #1 (2016) – Michael Turner’s art will live on forever. New art and reproduced older art will show up from time to time. This Batman image was used as a variant cover for DC’s Rebirth line.

Amazing Spider-Man #15 (2016) – Here is another recent variant Turner cover. Spidey and Black Cat.

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Amazing Spider-Man #15 – We see a possible sign as to why this comic is still on the board. A month a ago, actually a week ago, this comic would have sold out in a hurry. Maybe there is a larger print run here. If not, there could be that proverbial wall that’s arrived within the speculation market. Maybe, just maybe Marvel comics has gone to the well too many times here. Gwenpool, Spider-Gwen, and now Mary Jane throws on the Iron Spider-Armor. It’s possible speculators are done with the female character gimmick……for now. That can all change in a snap, so do not sleep on the new Mary Jane Iron Spidey or anything else just yet! The J. Scott Campbell and Michael Turner variants are commanding some high aftermarket prices on Ebay already. Click the comic or the red link and see for yourself.

Justice League Rebirth #1 – The same applies here as the above. A sell-out here was almost a certainty. Let us remind you, both of these comics can sell out anyway, but we’re talking before Wednesday’s new comic day. Bryan Hitch (artist/writer) will deliver the goods on this comic, so definitely get your read on.

Batman #2 – Without hesitation we will announce a Gotham, Gotham Girl team-up book or solo books in the future (as we have announced a Gwenpool and Spider-Gwen team-up to appear in the Deadpool/Spider-Man series. Boy will that turn the heads of the speculators). Get in on the ground floor with these new characters now before you’re possibly paying triple cover price in the aftermarket for early issues of Batman Rebirth.

Walking Dead #156 – A big story line in Image Comics’ flagship title is not sold out? Hmm…..Walking Dead fans were put on alert from InvestComics on Thursday regarding a major plot twist/change happening in this title. Has Walking Dead finally reached that point of interest waning a bit? Again, it could sell out eventually, but not as of right now.

Kim & Kim #1 – A new Black Mask comic. Watch it disappear of the shelf. If not, who cares? They put out interesting titles! 

Amazing Spider-Man #15

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Batman #2

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Justice League Rebirth #1

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Walking Dead #156

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Kim & Kim #1

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IC 100 Club Pick: All-Star Comics #58 (1976) graded 8.0

Civil War #3

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DC Universe Rebirth #1

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Amazing Spider-Man #529

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Civil War #3 (2006)

Amazing Spider-Man #529 (2006)

Silver Surfer #5

Civil War II Kingpin #1

DC Universe: Rebirth #1

Flintstones #1

Lone Ranger Green Hornet #1

Bounty #1

Throwaways #1

Miraculous #1

Brik #1

Cirque American Girl Over Paris #1

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IC 100 Club Pick: All-Star Comics #58 (1976) graded 8.0. Here is a beauty that was just graded a few months ago and is up for a buy it now price of only $94.99. For those of you who don’t know, this comic is special because it holds the first appearance of Power Girl. Power Girl is a very relevant player within the DC Universe, so this is a nice grade at a nice price. If you’re in the market for a nice Bronze Age first appearance, this is it.

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Amazing Spider-Man #15

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Civil War #3

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Civil War II Kingpin #1

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Silver Surfer #5

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Amazing Spider-Man #529

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Almost every week there is one book that stands alone as a book to truly speculate on. We say “almost” because sometimes there are weeks that go by without that one book. This week we have that ONE book. Amazing Spider-Man #15 gets the honors as the InvestComics Hot Pick of the week. Marvel has seen success beyond their dreams sticking Gwen in a Deadpool like costume. Now it’s time to get Mary Jane into one. This costume however is one we’re all very familiar with. How about the Iron Spider Armor? Yes the same armor Stark made for Peter back in Civil War #3 (2006). It’s been 10 years since fans absolutely drooled over the late Michael Turner variant cover of Spider-Man donning his new threads. Peter did however first wear the Iron Spider Armor in Amazing Spider-Man #529 (2006). It’s that Civil War issue that still gets lots of attention till this day. This time around, Alex Ross takes care of the beautiful Amazing Spider-Man #15 cover with Mary Jane donning the new(old) threads. The J. Scott Campbell variant is sold out and it’s a beauty too! Do yourself a solid and buy the new Amazing Spider-Man issue this Wednesday.

The new Silver Surfer #5 promises something big and that cover probably has someone in there you know.
The realism in Esad Ribic’s work is astounding. Check out the Civil War II Kingpin #1 variant cover.

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DC Comics;
Justice League Rebirth #1. Bryan Hitch – writer/artist. New beginnings for our favorite DC team.
DC Rebirth has really hit its stride. Despite all of the fanboys whining, they’re buying these new comics up. So much so that second and third printings are the norm for the publisher. We informed readers that the new Batman would be one to watch because of the intro of two new characters, although already first appearing in DC Universe: Rebirth #1. It sold out very quick and now Batman #2 hits this Wednesday. DC knows that readers are very interested in the new players, so they put them on the cover for the second issue in a row, displaying them as Batman ‘God’ like. The new characters ‘Gotham’ and ‘Gotham Girl’ will probably spin into their own series in the not too distant future, so we suggest you get on these early issues of their first arc/appearances.

Batman #2

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DC Universe Rebirth #1

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Justice League Rebirth #1

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Flintstones #1

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Very much like the fanboy reaction to Rebirth, those same knuckleheads are complaining about DC’s revamping of the Hanna-Barbera line. Making it more realistic,grown-up, humanizing….today. We already covered the ridiculous notion that everything is so sacred within the comic book industry when Future Quest and Scobby-Doo came out. We’ll do it once again in case some may have forgotten. Feel free to pass this advice to a fanboy you may know. Nothing is sacred anymore. Money is more important in today’s society, therefore nothing is off limits. We know it’s pretty harsh to hear that, but it’s the truth. The sooner you except this, the sooner the whining and complaining will subside. Your cries are falling on deaf ears, DC or any comic company making tons of dough does not care what you feel about Fred Flintstone and what that cartoon meant to you as a child. They do however care about that yacht payment. If you’re one of these banana’s screaming about the sacred books of The Flintstones, remember you have comics dating all the way back to 1961 you can choose from to read(?). Are you really reading Flintstones comics as an adult though? Probably not, so how does this affect you again? Oh, yes yes you throw the “I have kids! How dare they do this! How are my kids supposed to know of the REAL Flintsones?!”card. Again, you there are Flintstones comics available from every decade since 1961. Relax, they’ll know if you try hard enough. If you want Captain America or Superman back in their red underwear costumes, go make your own movie. Harsh reality is that times have changed and if you do not change with them, you’re the heel. Money drives in 2016, not nostalgia. Nostalgia doesn’t play the mortgage, light bill, car payment, etc. The ‘bottom line’ is what drives business. So with that mindset, trying new things or tweaking old things is the new way, enter Flintstones #1. All of the new Hanna-Barbera titles will feature creative superstars. This new series will have Mark Russell on writing duties and Steve Pugh on pencils. So as a comic fan we are all in here! As a speculative fan, well that’s a bit different. Who’s to say the new Flintstones comic doesn’t revitalize the franchise and drive the market up? Not likely, but could happen. There isn’t much of a market for back issue Flintstones comics nor was there a demand for it, so thinking that one of the seven or so variants will retain or gain monetary value is more likely to not happen than to happen. Which by the way, the Ivan Reid selfie variant cover is fantastic. We look forward to reading this comic and so should you!

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Here are some fantastic indie comics headed your way!
Story line alert! A possible MAJOR twist coming in Walking Dead #156.
With much success comes many copycats. InvestComics knows this all too well regarding our site, but we’re talking about the recent influx of the female comic character and its success rate. Marvel continues to produce a new female character at an alarming rate. Their success, most of the time sets the precedence for the rest of the industry. Dark Horse jumps into the game with Bounty #1. Written by Kurtis Wiebe and drawn by Mindy Lee.
Remember when the Lone Ranger was a hot book a few years back? Man we wonder what happened to all of those who went full tilt and bought those variants at premium prices. Anyway, readers should be happy to know that The Lone Ranger will be coming back this week…….with company. Not Tonto, Lone Ranger Green Hornet #1.
Throwaways #1 from Image Comics.

Walking Dead #156

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Bounty #1

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Lone Ranger Green Hornet #1

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Throwaways #1

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Miraculous #1 from Action Lab Entertainment sounds like a fun book and a must read!
Anything the Black Mask company puts out, sells out. This Wednesday they will give fans Kim & Kim #1. This will sell out. That’s what happens when you put out interesting stuff out all the time.
Brik #1 from Oni Press. It will be artist Harwinder Singh’s first art work. Written by Mike Benson (Deadpool) and Adam Glass (Suicide Squad). We’ll be checking this comic out! Thanks Oni Press!
Jet City Comics’ Cirque American Girl Over Paris #1.

Miraculous #1

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Brik #1

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Kim & Kim #1

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Cirque American Girl Over Paris #1

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We’re about to approach a heavy topic here, but it’s reality and it’s part of this characters make up so we need to discuss it.

As racism is so prevalent these days, Stan Lee and the mighty Marvel crew back in the 1960’s were tackling the issue head on through funny books. They obviously did not stand for the hate mongering that existed so front and center back then. They took a stand. Not to say they don’t today, but back then taking a stand on racism was more of an outside the box thing to do and a noble one at that. As it is noble today too.

Nowhere is the topic of racism more predominant than with the character Black Panther. The first African born superhero character debuted in 1966 and Marvel Comics made sure the readers knew that racism was going to be a huge part of the character development. The Marvel crew took the same path during war times with Hitler and the Nazi’s. Showing how the hatred will always lose because of the ignorance, the non-education, the intolerance, and the emotional disconnect toward humanity.

Yes the Black Panther character is, if not one of the most important comic characters to ever be created. He wasn’t an alien from another planet with super human strength, he doesn’t have mutant powers, no he was not accepted because of the altering difference of powers he possessed over a human being or the knowledge of him being an alien, he wasn’t accepted because the color of his skin. Sounds ridiculous to even write that.

Although we’ve all come so far, there is still more work to do. Racist are not born, they are taught. It’s an infectious disease that spreads because of the rhetoric gospel taught by ignorance. Wake up it’s 2015.

Below is a checklist of some key appearances by the Black Panther. As always, there will be books that are not listed. Please help the collectors by writing your entry below in the comment section if you want to contribute.

 

Fantastic Four #52 (1966) First appearance. Written by Stan Lee, Pencils by Jack ‘King’ Kirby, cover by Kirby and Joe Sinnott. Also, this issue is the first time we ever know of the land Wakanda in Africa. This is also the character Bast’s first appearance.

Fantastic Four #53 (1966) Second appearance of Black Panther. First appearance of Klaw. Same creative team as the previous issue.

Tales of Suspense #97 (1968) The first time Black Panther appears in a story with Captain America. This issue also happens to be the first appearance of Whiplash.

Tales of Suspense #98 (1968) The first Captain America/Black Panther cover. Jack ‘King’ Kirby does the honors here.

Captain America #100 (1968) First appearance with the Avengers team. Cap’s origin.

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The Avengers #51 (1968) The first appearance in an Avengers title.

Uncanny X-Men #45 (1968) First appearance in an X-Men book.

Daredevil #52 (1969) Black Panther first appears in the Daredevil series right here.

Avengers #62 (1969) First appearance of Man-Ape (M’Baku), N’Gamo, and W’Kabi.

The Incredible Hulk #128 (1970) First appearance in the Incredible Hulk title.

The Avengers #87 (1971) The origin of Black Panther.

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Avengers #73 (1970) The first appearances of Monica Lynne, Montague Hale, Dan Dunn, and Simmons.

Marvel Team-Up #9 (1973) Here is the first time the Black Panther appears in the same book as Spider-Man. Not really the first team though. Spider-Man teams with Iron Man here in a separate story. Incidentally, this comic is the first time Spider-Man and Iron Man share a solo cover together. Civil War…..

Captain Marvel #27 (1973) Black Panther appears in this Jim Starlin story. Second appearance of Thanos.

Avengers #112 (1973) First appearance of Lion God. First appearance of Mantis.

The Defenders #7 (1973) First appearance in a Defenders book.

Jungle Action #5 (1973) The first Black Panther solo comic.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #6  (1973) The first appearance of Erik Killmonger (N’Jadaka). Cameo of Venomm. The first full appearance of Venomm occurs in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #8 (1974) A retelling and new additions to the origin of the Black Panther. First full appearance of Malice, first appearance of Mendinao.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #9 (1974) First appearance of Baron Macabre.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #10 (1974) First appearance of King Cadaver.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #11 (1974) First full appearance of Lord Karnaj.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #12 (1974) First appearance of Sombre and the first mention of the Resurrection Altar.

Captain America #170 (1974) Black Panther supplies Falcon with his new wings. The first appearance of Falcon’s new wings. He can fly! He can fly! Also the first appearance of Moonstone. In Captain America #171, Falcon soars for the first time with his new wings.

Marvel Team-Up #20 (1974) First team-up with Spider-Man.

Doctor Strange #2 (1974) First appearance in a Doctor Strange comic. Frank Brunner art.

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Thor #233 (1975) First time appearing in a Thor comic.

Warlock #10 (1975) Black Panther first appears in this title. Jim Starlin art/story. Origin of Thanos and Gamora.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #15 (1975) First appearance of Salameander K’Ruel.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #18 (1975) First appearance of Madame Slay.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #19 (1976) The KKK made their first comic book appearance. It’s awareness like this in 1976 that separated (and separates) Marvel Comics from many of the other publishers. Also the first appearances of Kevin Trublood, Jessica Lynne, Lloyd Lynne, and Angela Lynne.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #22 (1976) The first appearance of Soul-Strangler. The first full appearance came in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #24 (1976) First appearance of Wind Eagle.

Black Panther #1 (1977) Black Panther’s first solo series. First appearances of Collectors, Hatch-22, Princess Zanda, Mister Little, and Silas Mourner. This issue also features the first look at King Solomon’s Frogs. Jack Kirby writes, pencils, and does the cover art. A must own here.

Black Panther #6 (1977) First appearance of Jakarra.

Black Panther #7 (1978) The first appearance of the first Black Panther from Wakanda; Bashenga. Also the first appearance of Jiru. First appearance of the Great Mound location.

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Black Panther #11 (1978) First appearance of Kiber the Cruel.

Black Panther #14 (1979) The first appearance of the Wakandan Embassy. Also an Avengers appearance.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981) First appearance in a Spider-Man title comic.

Black Panther Vol 2 #1 (1988) The first limited series starring the Black Panther. First appearances; Moise Bomvana, Man-Cat, Supremacists (cameo), Governor Fugard, Jan Van Slambrouck, Ndebele, and Ralph Van Slambrouck.

Black Panther Vol 2 #2 (1988) The first full appearance of the Supremacists (Barricade, Captain Blaze, Harrier, Hungyr, Voortrekker, and White Avenger).

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Marvel Comics Presents #14 (1989) First appearance of Queen Ramonda and Strike.

Black Panther: Panther’s Prey (1991) Here is a four issue series written by Don McGregor, pencils by Dwayne Turner.

Black Panther Vol 3 #1 (1998) A new number one issue for the Black Panther under the Marvel Knights banner. First appearances; Malice (new), Zuri, Everett Ross, Dora Milaje, Okoye, Nakia, and Manuel Ramos. Also the first time readers see the Kimoyo Card.

Black Panther Vol 3 #4 (1999) The first full appearance of Achebe.

Deadpool #34 (1999) Black Panther appears in a Deadpool comic for the first time. Their first meeting.

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Black Panther Vol 3 #22 (2000) A rare Deadpool appearance. Does not appear on the cover.

Black Panther Vol 3 #23 (2000) Deadpool appears on the cover!

Marvel Mangaverse #3 (2002) The first non-continuity appearance of Shuri.

Black Panther Vol 4 #2 (2005) First appearances of Shuri (in flashback) in continuity, T’Shan (in flashback).

The New Avengers #7 (2005) Black Panther joins the the Illuminati. The first appearance of this group. A very important book if and when the World War Hulk movies become Marvel Phase IV.

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Civil War #3 (2006) Black Panther first appears in the Civil War title. Also the infamous Iron Spider cover by the late great Michael Turner. First appearance of Ragnork as Thor.

World War Hulk #2 (2007) The first appearance in the World War Hulk story line.

Ultimates 3 #1 (2008) First Ultimate Black Panther.

Black Panther Vol 5 #1 (2009) First appearance of Shuri as Black Panther (cover).

Black Panther Vol 5 #5 (2009) Shuri first appears as the Black Panther.

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Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 (2011) The first time Black Panther becomes the Man Without Fear. He takes over the Daredevil title.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521 (2011) The first appearance of American Panther.

Fantastic Four #607 (2012) The first appearance of Necropolis; The land of the dead. It is a Wakandan city.

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Spider_VerseWith the recent announcement of the new Spider-Man Event called “Spider-Verse” it got us thinking; how long will it take us to compile a list together for our fans. Well it took a little while, but it was well worth it. In case you’re out of the loop a little bit, Spider-Verse will bring together every single different form of the Spider-Man character ever in a Spidey event series. Sounds like fun!

For fans alike, this should be an absolute thrill ride. The readers will be in eye candy heaven. So what does this mean exactly for the speculator? Well they too will have a joy ride ahead of them. The math is not hard on this one at all. Here is how it will probably go down. Spider-Verse will release and there will be a mad frenzy for many of the Spidey characters. Be it in a suit/Spidey-Armour/power or anything for that matter. Marvel will get wind of the public outcry for say…..the Iron Spider-Man (one of our personal favorites) and they will respond. Bottom line folks, expect some branching out of the Spider-Man Universe for years to come. Be on top of some of the ridiculous ones and the stellar ones before you’re caught without a copy of that NEW popular Spidey character with their own series.

Iron_Spider_ManNow InvestComics fans can search out just about every single different Spider-Man (and female) that pretty much exist right here……on one page.

As we mentioned earlier, one of our favorite Spidey creations has to be the Iron Spider-Man. The late Michael Turner still has one of our favorite modern day comic covers of all time. Civil War #3 (2006) Variant is an absolute beauty (pictured right).

So in no particular order, welcome to the InvestComics: Spider-Verse/Spider-Man Checklist! The list compiles not only the different variations of Spider-Man, but it also includes some of the Spidey villains that have emulated him over the years as well.

(Of course there will be some comics left off or some errors made here. Please speak up if you think you got a good one that was inadvertently left off or if there is a mistake. Also, please keep in mind that some of these characters will never see the light of day in the Spider-Verse event, but having fun here is more important.)

Spider-Verse/Spider-Man Checklist

Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962) – First original Spidey costume.

Amazing Spider-Man #529 – The first Iron-Spider-Man suit. This Bryan Hitch cover really pops. The cover shows the suit in its full glory.

Marvel Team-Up #141 – The first black suit Spider-Man (After AMSM #252)

Amazing Spider-Man #252 (1984) – The first black suit Spider-Man. Need any more than this?

Amazing Spider-Man #365 (1992)Spider-Man 2099 (first appearance) is already making his presence felt in the pages of Spider-Man. Who knows how big 2099 will get eventually…..again.

Web of Spider-Man #70 (1990) – The very first appearance of Spider-Hulk.

Spider-Man 2099 Meets Spider-Man – This graphic novel soft cover features the first Spider-Man 2211.

Web of Spider-Man #117 (1994) – First Ben Reilly as Scarlett Spider.

Spider-Man #21 (1992) – With Deathlok heating up the small screen these days, how about a cyborg Spider-Man? Check out the awesome Erik Larsen cover too! Your first look at Cyber-Spider.

Amazing Spider-Man #329 (1990) – Can you imagine the coolness of having a Captain Universe Spider-Man running around the Marvel cosmic books? Maybe this would be a way for Marvel to sneak in Spider-Man into the Marvel Studio movies. Check out when Spidey goes power cosmic for the first time right here. Erik Larsen at the helm once again.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #39 (1980)Spider-Lizard makes his debut here.

Webspinner’s: Tales of Spider-Man #13 (2000) – The official/unofficial first Spider-Man Unlimited.

Web of Spider-Man #100 (1993) – The first Spider-Armor.

Spider-Man #90 (1998) – First Negative Zone Spidey.

Universe X: Spidey #1 (2000)Spiders-Man first appearance. That’s some stretch with the name right? Must have been an all-nighter trying to come up with that name.

Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #66 (1982) – Spidey is having all sorts of issues with Electro in this comic. So he builds an Electro suit.

Amazing Spider-Man #425 (1997) – The “return” of the Electro suit. Much different (so cool!)

Amazing Spider-Man #100 (1971) Spidey with six arms! Classic Spidey cover and Gil Kane pencils.

Spider-Man #58 (1995) – First appearance of Black Scarlet Spider.

Funeral For An Octopus #2 (1995) – Spider-Man as Octo-Spider-Man!

Spectacular Spider-Man #214 (1994) – The awesomeness of Ninja Spider-Man debuts here.

Spider-Man #25 (1992) – The first appearance of Spider-Phoenix.

Amazing Spider-Man #410 (1996)Spider-Carnage debuts here.

Amazing Spider-Man #367 (1992) Blood Spider first appearance.

Amazing Spider-Man #258 (1984) – Not only an early symbiote appearance, but the first appearance of……..bag head Spidey!! No really, no kidding.

Spider-Man #58 (1995)Leather Jacket Spider-Man!

Spider-Man 2099 #29 (1995) – First appearance of Flipside.

Spider-Girl #5 (1999)Spider-Venom‘s first appearance.

Amazing Spider-Man #682 (2012)Spider-Amour III debuts.

Amazing Spider-Man #656 (2011)Spider-Amour II!

Spectacular Spider-Man #256 (1998) – Another version of the Grocery bag head Spidey!

Spider-Man Noir #1 (2009) – First appearance of Spider-Man Noir.

Amazing Spider-Man #650 (2011) Spider-Man Stealth!

Amazing Spider-Man #569 (2008) – First appearance of Anti-Venom.

Amazing Spider-Man #300 (1988) – First FULL Venom appearance.

Ultimate Fallout #4 (2011) First Miles Morales as Spidey.

Marvel Tails Starring Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #1 (1983) – The first appearance of the very awesome Spider-Ham!

 

Now how about the girls? Yes, over the years there have been variations of Spidey on the female side. The same rules apply here as above, some spider-like villains included. Let’s have a look at them.

Marvel Spotlight #32 (1977) – First appearance of Spider-Woman.

What If? Starring Spider-Man Vol2 #105 (1989) – First appearance of Spider-Girl (May Parker).

Ultimate Spider-Man #98 (2006) – First Jessica Drew as Spider-Woman.

Spider_WomanDeath’s Head II #4 (1992)Death’s Head Spidey.

Amazing Spider-Man #210 (1980) – First Madame Web.

Amazing Fantasy Vol. 2 #1 (2004)Ana Sofia Corazon as Spider-Girl.

Carnage #1 (2010) – First appearance of Scorn.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #263 (1998)Martha Franklin as Spider-Woman.

Venom: Lethal Protector #4 (1993) – First appearance of Scream.

Amazing Spider-Man #375 (1993) – First appearance of She-Venom.

Venom #38 (2013) – The debut of Mania.

Spider-Girl #45 (2002)Felicity Hardy as Scarlet Spider.

Amazing Spider-Girl #14 (2008) – First appearance of Arana.

Amazing Spider-Girl #20 (2008) – Debut of Mayhem (April Parker).

 

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Jay Katz

 

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How about some other Spider-Man (non titled) comics! There are plenty of others, but here are just a few.

 

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Secret Wars #8 – The Mecca of all Spidey costumes (villain seed) comics right here folks! Quite simple here, a measly $20 owns you a piece of Spidey history.

Marvel Fanfare #1 – Paul Smith’s first work.

Superman vs. Spider-Man #1 – With ego’s abound, this will probably be the last time we ever see these two Iconic characters in a “VS.” comic book. The best $50 you will spend in quite some time.

What If? #1 – Flat out fun comics featuring the alternate Marvel Universe.

Avengers #3 – Spider-Man has been an Avenger. This is the first time in an Avengers comic. WAY back.

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Civil War #3 – Cover candy from the late great Michael Turner.

X-Force #16 – More cover candy, this time in an all sideways issue. Cover from Todd “Spidey” McFarlane.

Action Comics #643 – Want Spider-Man in the DC Universe? No problem, put him on a t-shirt of a civilian.

Invasion #2 – Want more DC Spider-Man? How about he appears in this comic! Find him if you can! Oh yes, what a coincidence…..art by Todd McFarlane!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8 – Dark Horse pays homage to Spidey. Look around, you’ll see it!

And finally….

Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1 –  The new Spider-Man is hinting at Peter’s parents having a lot to do with Peter’s past, look no further than this comic right here. Peter’s parents Richard and Mary worked for Nick Fury, yes that’s right….S.H.I.E.L.D. Let’s see if the movie even goes there. If they do, this comic was the culprit of that storyline.

 

There’s a Batman movie coming, right? Oh yes and a new Superman movie too. Hmmm…….

 

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Jay Katz

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Welcome to InvestComics Amazing Spider-Man Checklist (Part 1). All of his main titles will be covered and then some other books, including some obscure silly books. Keep in mind here that while this is one of the most comprehensive Spider-Man lists you will find, there are some comics and creators that were missed and some that were missed on purpose. So if you’re seeking out the first appearance of Mountain Marko or Red 9, you won’t find it here. But you’ll find the first appearance of Man-Wolf! Or if you’re looking for that special 1 in 15 variant cover, or the 30 cent variant …..you won’t find those here either. Just some key issues (and “not” so key issues), but if you think you have one that we missed, do not hesitate to give us your pick(s) below in the comments section or on Facebook or Tweet us!

So first a quick video Intro! This video covers all of the comics that will be covered in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks. Enjoy the images and music first, then come back…….go ahead you can, we’ll be right here waiting for ya!

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Amazing Fantasy #15This would be the first and foremost obvious pick out of the gate here. For those that are not comic collectors and just happened to stumble upon this article, Amazing Fantasy #15 is the first appearance of Spider-Man. Owning this comic is the equivalent of owning Action Comics #1 from DC Comics. Now while Spidey’s first appearance is not worth as much monetarily, it carries the same stature as owning the flagship character within the Marvel Comics line as does Superman (Action Comics #1) does for DC Comics. If you ever have the chance to somehow be in a position to own this comic book, don’t think twice about it.

The first 50 comics in the original Amazing Spider-Man (1963) rivals as good of a run in any collection of books you will find within the comic hobby anywhere.

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Amazing Spider-Man #1Gives us the first appearance of the biggest thorn in Peter Parker’s side for the last 48 years or so……his boss, J. Jonah Jameson. This comic also features the first Chameleon.

Amazing Spider-Man #2The second issue has the first Tinkerer! Well that’s not the character we’re looking for now is it? No of course not, The Vulture makes his debut in the second issue. Now that’s the one we were looking for!

Amazing Spider-Man #3Features the debut of the second Spider-Man film star Dr. Octopus. And from the third Spidey Film…

Amazing Spider-Man #4We have our first look at the Sandman in this issue. So there you have the first four issues of Amazing Spider-Man with first appearances of some of the most enigmatic characters in the history of the franchise; characters that have withstood the test of time and continue to be a basic part of Spider-Man’s rogue gallery in the modern day.

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Amazing Spider-Man #5The first true test of Spider-Man and his “amazing powers” came in these pages where he faced off and first met Dr. Doom for the first time. The Spider-Man rogue gallery continues to grow in the very next issue……

Amazing Spider-Man #6The latest Spider-Man movie has Dr. Conner becoming the Lizard and this is where we first see the reptile. Although the Lizard inside of the Spider-Man comics truly represents the villain, the movie changes things up a bit and this is the first disappointment off the bat from the trailers. Same as they did in the second movie with Goblin’s metal faceplate. Very disappointing…..

Amazing Spider-Man #9Jumping to the next issue, the introduction of this character (which would be awesome to see on the big screen one day!) makes for an electrifying issue to own. If you can buy this issue within the $2400 range, buy it. It has upside all over this one. Electro makes his debut here.

Amazing Spider-Man #10The first of the “weaker” debuts falls on the 10th. The Enforcers.

Amazing Spider-Man #13Lucky 13 debuts a villain that was rumored a while back to appear in the latest Spidey film, unfortunately we didn’t get him. Mysterio would have been quite a challenge to sell to the audience with that big ole’ globe on his head, but hey we all were sold on cars turning into giant robots right?

Amazing Spider-Man #15 Kraven the Hunter makes his first appearance right here. 279 issues later though….well we’ll get to that.

Amazing Spider-Man #20Another cool villain that we all await to see on the big screen one day makes his way into Peter’s tormented life. Scorpion’s first appearance right here.

Amazing Spider-Man #25Sticking with the torment in Peter’s life (just kidding ladies!), Peter meets two women that will change his life forever. Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. One of these women does not get another date after 96 issues. More on that in a bit. This issue also debuts the robot Spider-Slayer. More on that as well later.

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Amazing Spider-Man #28The Molten Man makes his debut here. Very interesting value comparison here with the previous issue. The Molten Man doesn’t command that much attention in the collectors market does he? No he doesn’t. Take a look at that cover. That black cover is near impossible to find in a high grade. That’s the explanation to that.

Amazing Spider-Man #33This comic has absolutely no first appearances, has no death, no life changing moments. The first “classic cover” by Steve Ditko in this Amazing Spider-Man run besides the first issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #37First appearance of Norman! Norman Osborn that is.

Amazing Spider-Man #39 The iconic John Romita Sr. debuts his beautiful Spider-Man artistry right here. This Near Mint Gem comes in at only $1600. And just look at that cover! What a wonderful piece of history to own here.

Amazing Spider-Man #40The following issue features the Green Goblin’s origin. While it may cost you a few dollars more to get THIS issue, the real winner is the previous issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #41The first appearances continue onward here in this ridiculous run. Most fans were hoping to see the Rhino make it to the big screen this go around, but not this time.

Amazing Spider-Man #46Shocker’s first appearance.

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Amazing Spider-Man #50As said earlier in this article. The first 50 comics in the Amazing Spider-Man run…..unreal and rivaled to any of the biggest character names out there. This comic not only has the first appearance of Kingpin, but it’s a classic cover from John Romita Sr. The classic of all classic Spidey comics.

Amazing Spider-Man #78First appearance of the Prowler.

Amazing Spider-Man #80 The first Bronze Age Spider-Man comic. A fantastic buy at only $125.

Amazing Spider-Man #90Death finds its way into Spider-Man’s life, with more to come…..The death of Captain Stacy right here.

Amazing Spider-Man #96The famous “drug issue”. This would be the first time in comic book history that drugs were the focal point of a storyline. It’s also the first time that the “comic approved stamp” was not on the cover. It would return only to disappear for good years later.

Amazing Spider-Man #101 Before Twilight, before Anne Rice, before Blade, there was Morbius! This comic paved the way for cooler vampires.

Amazing Spider-Man #102The origin of Morbius.

Amazing Spider-Man #121Death comes knocking at Peter’s door once again. The death of Gwen Stacy. Boy did this rip Peter apart. Oh well, still has Mary Jane hanging around!

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Amazing Spider-Man #122The death of Green Goblin. No worries here though, something happens 4 issues later that fulfills that void left in your gut. Amazing Spider-Man #126 =  Harry Osborn as Green Goblin 2.

Amazing Spider-Man #124The first appearance of Man-Wolf! Awesome…..right? $120 for this comic. 

Amazing Spider-Man #125The origin of Man-Wolf. $100.

Amazing Spider-Man #129First appearance of the Punisher. At one time this comic garnered a lot of attention. A LOT! With all of the changes over the years to this great vigilante character, the demand has waned a bit. Still a comic book that should be in your collection though. If Marvel ever decides to take this character seriously to the point of epic proportions (a la’ Batman), this comic will be untouchable once again. Give Frank Castle A.K.A. the Punisher the right direction and all hell will break loose with this collector’s item once again. At $500 (NM), it’s still a nice investment, but you may have to wait a little while to see some growth.

Amazing Spider-Man #134 – And way behind the Punisher debut 5 issues earlier we come to the first appearance of Tarantula.

Amazing Spider-Man #136  – First appearance of Green Goblin 2.

Amazing Spider-Man #181An early retelling of Spider-Man’s origin. Only $30!

Amazing Spider-Man #182So with Gwen Stacy out of the picture some 61 issues ago, what better time to ask for Mary Jane’s hand in marriage? Peter’s “first” proposal.

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Amazing Spider-Man #194First appearance of the Black Cat. So Peter asks Mary Jane to marry him a few issues back and now this very hot girl in black spandex comes into the picture to make Peter have second thoughts. This stuff never happens in real life! Silly comic book stuff. What’s not so silly is the $90 price tag on here. Not too shabby! Guess that’s what Peter was saying too.

Amazing Spider-Man #195The origin of the Black Cat. Big drop off to only $25 for this issue.

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Amazing Spider-Man #238The first appearance of a major villain in sometime within the Spidey run. Hobgoblin debuts.

Amazing Spider-Man #252The entire Spider-Man history can be summed up into 4 parts. Speaking only in terms of the Spider-Man title books here, each part transcended Spidey onto a “New Level” if you will. Of course every story needs a beginning, Amazing Fantasy #15. A middle, which is this comic right here. The Debut of the Alien costume within the pages of Amazing Spider-Man would change the way Spider-Man as a character and franchise would be viewed forever. The cover says it all folks. Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #252 will be forever linked. Yes issue #252 is THAT important. The third is issue #298, more on that in just a bit. And as for the fourth part of Spidey history, that would be Ultimate Spider Man #1, which comes much later on and we’ll get to it.

Amazing Spider-Man #259The “origin” of Mary Jane? That’s funny, don’t us “regular people/humans” all have the same origin? Okay, well here is the origin of Mary Jane.

Amazing Spider-Man #265First appearance of Silver Sable.

Amazing Spider-Man #272The first Modern Age Issue! Only $4. 

Amazing Spider-Man #294279 issues later…….Kraven’s demise right here.

Amazing Spider-Man #298 – The “third” part to the Spider-Man history, right here. Todd McFarlane made his debut on Spider-Man and changed the style of this character so much so that artist today still imitate the “look”. He brought a new look to Spidey that was never seen before as did Frank Miller with Batman, Neal Adams with Green Lantern, Walt Simonson with Thor and so on. Todd McFarlane’s first Spider-Man is well worth the money you put down on it. Oh yes and this comic features a cameo from a villain named Venom.

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Amazing Spider-Man #299First time we see Venom in costume. A “cameo” once again. Boy that cameo stuff is strange. This truly is the first time we ever see Venom and it’s not the issue that draws the big bucks, its issue 300 that does. Why? Weird.

Amazing Spider-Man #300So this is the first “FULL” Venom story. While Hobgoblin some 62 issues ago was an important vital part of Spidey’s rogue gallery, this villain named Venom is probably the most recognized villains to come out of the Spidey Universe ever. Fans get instantly excited at the mention or sight of Venom in the pages of a Spidey book. Now granted over the years Venom was in every comic book known to man, as much as Wolverine was (still is) which caused his value to drop a bit. That said, Venom’s first appearance is still a must for any Spider-Man or comic book collector.

Amazing Spider-Man #302First appearance of Wes Cassady.

Amazing Spider-Man #304First Jonathan Caesar and Black Fox.

Amazing Spider-Man #344First appearance of Cletus Kasady (Carnage)

Amazing Spider-Man #583The first time President Obama shows up in a comic. The start of absolute money grab from every comic company on the planet.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1The first appearance of the Sinister Six.

Amazing Spider-Man #30 Vol.2 First appearances by Morlun and Ezekiel. This issue is also the first from creator Michael Straczynski. Great characters, great creator and great cover!

Amazing Spider-Man #36  Vol. 2A special World Trade Center 9/11 tribute issue. A fantastic read and a very hard comic to get in Gem Mint condition due to the fact of the all black cover.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1The first “new” Spidey series other than Amazing. That cover sure does look familiar though! (*AHEM amazing spider-man #134 AHEM*) A $50 comic with Spidey’s origin retold.

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Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #28Just as much as Frank Miller transcending Batman, he did the same for the Daredevil character. This comic provides the first time Frank Miller penciled Daredevil.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64Cloak & Dagger make their first appearance right here. Buy it.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #103Sometimes looking around the comic book collecting landscape, one shakes their head saying to themselves “how can that be worth only $3?” But yes, $3 will get you the first work from Peter David. Sweet.

Marvel Team-Up

Marvel Team-Up #1 – The first of a 150 issue run. These comics were awesome and fun!

Marvel Team-Up #53John Byrne’s first X-Men art.

Marvel Team-Up #65Welcome to America Captain Britain! First time we see the Captain here in the States.

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Marvel Team-Up #100First appearance of Karma, origin of Storm and Frank Miller art! All this for $6?!

Marvel Team-Up #141The “co-first appearance” of the alien costume.

Spidey Comics

Spider-Man #1 – Todd McFarlane’s Spidey #1 was mass produced to epic proportions. The entire run of 98 issues could be bought at less than $3 a piece. All but 2 that is. Spider-Man #1 – WalMart edition at about $20 and the golden prize of the run, well actually it’s the “Platinum” prize of the run is Spider-Man #1 Platinum Edition coming in at the $100 range.

Spider-Man Unlimited #8 – This little $3 comic was written by Joe Hill! Yes THE Joe Hill!! What you don’t know Joe Hill? How about Stephen King? You know that guy right? Okay well, Joe Hill is actually Joseph Hillstrom King. Oh okay, now you’re following. Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son and he writes too. This would be his first comic book work.

Ultimate Spider-Man #1There are essentially 4 tiers within the Spider-Man history universe. We discussed the previous three already. Ultimate Spider-Man brought the newest way to view Spidey. It’s another game changer. The new Spider-Man movie is basically going back to the Spidey roots with a younger Peter with a twist to his origin. Ultimate Spidey went back to Spidey’s roots too. Love it or hate it, the Ultimate Spider-Man book became the “next chapter” in the Spider-Man genre. With a ridiculous 16 different number one variant issues available, the best of the bunch goes to the White variant.

 

Invest wisely. Read Spidey.

Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 4-2-08

 The Marvel Universe – Invaded!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Invasion # 1

After a Hot Spec market for 5 weeks in a row, the last 2 weeks have been very slow and the next couple of weeks fair no better! This is why we’ve decided to jump ahead a little here to the April 2nd release date. Marvel is rolling out the first major event of the year and it promises to be HUGE! Secret Invasion is such a big deal that Marvel could not give any sort of previews of the inside of Issue #1 with the fear of revealing too much. That’s storytelling! That’s hype! That’s Marvel! That’s Joe Q! 

This 8 part series promises to change the landscape of the Marvel Universe once again. The last time readers got a promise like this was for the Civil War storyline and that held it’s guarantee. Don’t expect anything less from this series. MAJOR revelations are about to occur and we all get to enjoy the drama unfold in front of our eyes. We get to watch our Ebay bids make for some drama as well.

Expect the investment value to follow the same patterns as Civil War did with this series. The regular covers will not garnish as much attention as the variants will. This Leinil Francis Yu variant to the left clocks in at a 50:1 ratio! With as much hype as this series is going to get, this variant is going to be VERY sort after. Anyone remember that Civil War # 3 variant with the beautiful Michael Turner cover? We’re not comparing this YU cover with the Turner cover in terms of monetarily speaking, what we are saying is that this series will produce some variants that will be paid a handsomely on the Ebay front. Invest wisely and you will be rewarded considerably.

So 2 things to know. Number one, do you really need that Incredible Hercules # 115 variant?? Number two, watch for a sleeper in Ms. Marvel # 25 coming out on 3/26/08. Great Greg Horn cover to boot!

 
Invest wisely.
 
Jay Katz