Female Comic Characters – Checklist 2

 

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Here is another checklist edition of female comic characters. Checklist 1 is available right HERE in case you missed it. As we pointed out in the first checklist, there will be omitted characters from this list, it’s okay, breathe. Please refrain from letting us know “what we missed”. We didn’t “miss” anything. This checklist is a random list of random comic characters and we will continue to release these list regarding the female comic character. Maybe your favorite will appear in the next edition! So remember, breathe……deep breath.

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Female Comic Characters – Checklist 2

Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (1967) – Will Carol Danvers ever get her due within the Marvel Cinematic universe? Will it ever really happen? This comic holds the first appearance of Carol Danvers.

Ms. Marvel #1 (1977) – The first time Carol Danvers appears as Ms. Marvel.

Avenging Spider-Man #9 (2012) – First Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel (cover only).

Captain Marvel #1 (2012) – The first appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel.

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Ms. Marvel #1

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Avenging Spider-Man #9

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Captain Marvel #1 2012

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Astonishing Tales #6 (1971) – First appearance of Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird).

Daredevil #168 (1981) – First appearance of Elektra. Frank Miller writes, art, and cover. Nuff said.

Ms. Marvel #18 (1978) – Chris Claremont writes the first full appearance of Mystique.

Ms. Marvel #1 (2014) – The first appearance of Kamala Khan.

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Astonishing Tales #6

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Daredevil #168

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Ms. Marvel #1 (2014)

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Ms. Marvel #18

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Sandman #8 (1989) – One of the most prolific comic book runs in the history of comic books. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. First appearance of Death (Endless).

X-Men #101 (1976) – Origin and first appearance of Phoenix.

Kick-Ass #3 (2008) – First appearance of Hit Girl. John Romita Jr./Mark Millar.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (2016) – Moon Girl’s first appearance.

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Sandman #8

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X-Men #101

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Kiss Ass #3

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

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Marvel Super Heroes #8 (1991) – First Squirrel Girl appearance.

Spider-Girl #1 (2011) – First appearance of Anya Corazon as Spider-Girl.

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Spider-Girl #1

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Rom – Checklist

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IDW Publishing will bring the Rom character back from obscurity on Free Comic Book Day May 7th 2016. The long awaited Rom drought will end with the release of Rom: Space Knight #0. Chris Ryall (Editor-In_Chief) has always been a huge fan of the character and always teased fans about maybe one day bringing him back. Now Chris’ dream and fans alike will have their Knight in shining Armour back for good! If you are a fan of yesteryear like we were or even a new fan, InvestComics brings you the ultimate Rom checklist below. Click away and buy up these great books. Get to know the Rom of the past because one must know the past to appreciate the future. Be sure to check out the new Rom series from IDW Publishing when it hits. We’re sure it’ll be a blast from the past and future!

Rom Checklist

Rom #1

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Rom #1 (1979) – The first appearances of Rom, Dire Wraiths, Prime Director, Brandy Clark, and Spaceknights. Bill Mantlo writes, Sal Buscema draws, and a Frank Miller/Joe Rubinstein cover. A number one issue to love.
Rom #2 (1980) – First appearances of Jonathan Clark, Sarah Clark, Steve Jackson, and Firefall.
Rom #3 (1980) – A Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #5 (1980) – Doctor Strange makes a guest appearance. Also the first appearance of the Hellhounds of the Dark Nebula.

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Rom #8

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Rom #8 (1980) – First appearance of Serpentyne.
Rom #12 (1980) – The awesome Jack of Hearts makes an appearance. The great Michael Golden gets both characters on his cover. Lovely.
Rom #14 (1981) – This comic has a bunch of goodies in it. The first appearances of Terminator Rom, and Starshine (Landra). Appearances (flashback) by the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Dave Cockrum cover.
Rom #17 (1981) – The Uncanny X-Men make an appearance. This comic and the followup next issue are the most popular of the Rom series run. A Frank Miller/Al Milgrom cover with Wolverine slashing at Rom makes this an instant collectors item. Also the first appearance of Hybrid.

Rom #18

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Rom #21

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Power Man and Iron Fist #73

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Rom #18 (1981) – Part 2 with the Uncanny X-Men. Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #20 (1981) – First appearance of Mentus.
Rom #21 (1981) – The return of the Torpedo. A fantastic Al Milgrom cover.
Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (1981) – The first time Rom ventures outside of his own title into the Marvel universe. Writer Jo Duffy, and a Frank Miller cover.

Rom #23

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Rom #25

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Rom #29

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Contest of Champions #1

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Rom #23 (1981) – Power Man and Iron Fist return the favor and appear in the Rom comic. A few Marvel characters first appear with Rom in this comic. Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Moon Knight.
Rom #25 (1981) – First appearances of Hammerhead, Astra, Javelin, Rainbow, and an appearance from Torpedo.
Rom #29 (1982) – An Incredible Hulk appearance.
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 (1982) – Rom steps out of his own comic for the first time and into the realm of the Marvel universe. This 3 issue mini was the first of its kind and it was a big seller back in 82. The aftermarket treated this series very kindly back then. Rom seems to have appeared in only the first issue. The series was written by Grant, Gruenwald, and Mantlo. Drawn by John Romita Jr. Cover by Romita Jr and Layton.

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Rom #31

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Rom #32

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Rom #33

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What if #36

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Rom #31 (1982) – The Avengers make an appearance.
Rom #32 (1982) – The X-Men make an appearance.
Rom #33 (1982) – First appearance of Sybil.
What If? #36 (1982) – Rom’s second appearance into the Marvel U, but it’s in a backup Nova what if story.

Rom Annual #1

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Rom #38

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Rom #40

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Rom #41

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Rom Annual #1 (1982) – Rom’s first annual. Also the first appearance of Gloriole (backup story).
Rom #38 (1983) – A fantastic cover from Gene Day and an appearance by Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Also the first appearance of Doctor Dredd.
Rom #40 (1983) – The first appearance of Starshine (Brandy Clark).
Rom #41 (1983) – Doctor Strange makes an appearance.

Marvel Two-In-One #99

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Rom #44

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Rom #46

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Marvel Two-In-One #99 (1983) – Rom teams with the Thing (Fantastic Four). Cover by John Byrne and Ed Hannigan.
Rom #44 (1983) – First appearance of Devastator.
Rom #46 (1983) – Bill Sienkiewicz lends his legendary status to this awesome cover.
Rom #48 (1983) – This cover reminds us of the “Spidey No More” story (opening page – Amazing Spider-Man #50). The Rom cover reads “To Fight No More”. Hmmmmm……Cover credit: Ian Akin/Brian Garvey.

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Rom Annual #2

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Rom #50

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Rom #51

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Rom #52

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Rom Annual #2 (1983) – An overload of first appearances here. Breaker, Unseen, Pulsar, Seeker, Trapper, and Scanner.
Rom #50 (1984) – Avengers and Fantastic Four appearances. Cover from Michael Zeck.
Rom #51 (1984) – Another great Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #52 (1984) – First appearance of General Merriwether Locklin. Bill Sienkiewicz supplies the cover art.

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Rom #56

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Rom #57

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Rom #58

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Incredible Hulk #296 (1984) – Rom makes an appearance.
Rom #56 (1984) – Alpha Flight appearance with a John Byrne cover.
Rom #57 (1984) – Another John Byrne cover. Alpha Flight/Rom cover.
Rom #58 (1984) Ant-Man appearance. Ant-Man also appears on the Jackson Guice cover.

Rom #59

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Rom #61

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Rom #62

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Rom #65

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Rom #59 (1984) – Legend Steve Ditko takes over the art duties for the remainder of the Rom series. Unfortunately the Rom series begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. An Ant-Man appearance in this issue.
Rom #61 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. Here’s a fun book to hunt down for only one reason. That black cover. See if you can score a 9.8 grade or higher. Might be challenging for a 32 year old comic. And besides, look at the creator names on this book anyway, Mantlo. Guice, Austin, Mazzucchelli, and Ditko. Not just any book to get graded.
Rom #62 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #65 (1985) – Steve Ditko pencils ALL of these characters; Avengers, X-Men, West Coast Avengers, Soviet Super Soldiers, Dynamic Defenders (which includes Valkyrie, Beast, Iceman, Gargoyle, Angel, and Moondragon), Captain Britain, and many more. This issue is a must have in your Steve Ditko collection.

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Rom #66

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Rom #67

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Rom #71

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Rom #73

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Rom #66 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. All the same characters appear in this issue as did in the last issue. This time add Galactus to the mix.
Rom #67 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Hiberlac and the Hibers. Jim Starlin cover!
Rom #71 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Clavians.
Rom #73 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearances of Heatwave, Spaceknights (second generation), and Ariane.

Rom Annual #4

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Rom #74

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Rom #75

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Incredible Hulk #319

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Rom Annual #4 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Voltar.
Rom #74 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Lord Dominor. John Byrne cover art.
Rom #75 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. The last issue.
Incredible Hulk #319 (1986) – Rom took 2 months off after his series finale before appearing this comic. Written, drawn and cover by John Byrne.

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2

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Incredible Hulk #418

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Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2 (1992) – Rom appears in a backup story written by Roy Thomas.
Incredible Hulk #418 (1994) – Rom appears in this wedding issue. Written by Peter David and art by Gary Frank. This comic has an appearance from Death. Death is a Neil Gaiman Sandman character creation from DC’s imprint Vertigo. Tsk-tsk Marvel, shame on you.
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014) – Rom appears in a story written by Brian Michael Bendis and art by Alan Davis. “Licensed Contest of Champions” is the story name and it features Godzilla, Bug (Microverse), among others…..including Rom.

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Apocalypse Checklist

 

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Apocalypse 

Uncanny 332 ( first Ozymandias )

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

 

Marvel GN 17 ( First Apocalypse )

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

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Rise of Apocalypse 1-4

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This mini is already selling for decent money.

 

Uncanny 376

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Uncanny X-Men 221 (First Mr. Sinister)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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X-Factor 23 ( first Archangel )

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

 

X-Men 95 ( Identity of Death Revealed )

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

 

X-Men Unlimited 10

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

 

Uncanny X-Men 317 ( Red Stripe )

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

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

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Unlike Bishop Blink was great in Days of Future Past!

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

 

Tales from the AOA 2

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

 

-Topher

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Age of Apocalypse – Reading Order

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sandman – Checklist

This week rumors of a Sandman movie have stabilized thanks to Twitter.  Clues to the production include #prelude and talk of Gaiman being involved.  It’s also rumored that WB wants someone other than Goyer to write the script ( thank god!)

There is a rabid fan base for this acclaimed Vertigo series and the market is already buzzing.  Even before the recent news, speculators took to the internet buying up key issues.  You can thank AMC Preacher rumors for that.  It seems collectors are getting more savvy so you can expect issue 1 ( Morpheus’s first appearance ) to command high prices for the foreseeable future.   Here are a few I would stockpile:

Comics Interview Sandman Special 1993

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Good luck finding this one!

Sandman 8 ( Karen Berger Editorial Error )

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Errors like this make collectors go nuts.  This one is very rare with an estimated print run of around 600.

Sandman 19 ( printing error )

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Another printing error puts this one on the list.  Pages 18 & 19 were printed out of order.

Sandman 25 ( First Deadboy Detectives )

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These detectives are coming back to DC this year and this is their first appearance.  There is also a  limited series written by Ed Brubaker with art by Bryan Talbot and Dave Mckean covers that is worth a look.

Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special 1,2,3

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Sandman 22 ( first Daniel Hall )

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2000 A.D. 488 ( first published comic work by Neil Gaiman )

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When it’s all said and done Mr Gaiman will be remembered as on of the greatest writers in comic history.  His comics have influenced many, helped to cement the quality of  a brand and crossed over into other mediums.  When the Sandman film gets made collectors will once again deplete the original series from every back issue box they can wrap their greedy, wet tentacles around.  But in case you are wondering where the man got his start look no further.  Funny thing-so many of those who set the standard have either received their break from 2000 A.D. or been published in it.  It’s a series worth collecting for many other reasons.  If you have yet to enjoy writing by Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis and also enjoy collecting rare issues, variants, posters, Nemesis the Warlock and badges I suggest this famous UK series.

Ambush Bug Nothing Special

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Swamp Thing 84, 118

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I have mentioned this undervalued gem in recent months.  Once people realize it’s the third appearance of Dream expect prices to rise.

Hellblazer 19

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Sometimes it is worth repeating information like this.  Like Swamp thing 84 this issue features a rare early appearance of Dream outside of the regular Sandman series.

Who’s Who in the DCU 5 ( loose leaf )

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Merv Pumpkinhead: Agent of Dream One Shot

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This one is a favorite of mine.  It’s an excellent read, difficult to find and it’s treatment of cats makes it worth the full purchase price.

-Topher

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Comic Releases 11/27/13

One standout comic this week could be Nova (2013 5th Series) #10. Last week with the mention of Nova #19 (1978), many fans were very puzzled by this. I received a few messages on the board, Instagram, and personal email saying “Nova? Really?” Yes Nova, really. If you haven’t been paying attention, let me fill you in a bit.

Marvel Studios are about to embark on a whole new universe of pictures and change everything. Yes they are going to change the way movie goers watch “space/cosmic” films with the release of one film; Guardians of the Galaxy. What this particular film will do is open up the flood gates to introduce Marvel in space; their Cosmos if you will. Yes the film will have to fare well in order for the initial steps to be taken, to progress. If all goes well (which it should), Marvel Studios will be on their way to building a cosmic storyline on the big screen as no one has ever done before (besides Star Wars of course, calm down). Now there is one point though, which has been mentioned on InvestComics a few times, what about failure? What happens WHEN, not IF, When a Marvel Studios movie does not meet expectations at the box office? This will in fact happen, it’s inevitable. It will be very interesting to see how Disney reacts to the bad box office draw. One thing is for certain however, the comic book market will be affected to a degree. The prices will drop back into place where they probably should be and level off. The constant influx of various movies and television show announcements are driving prices batty for quite some time now. THIS will be the crash, NOT the variants, 3D covers, etc. The hyperbole will drive pricing back to reality if expectations are not met in the mainstream. Would you pay $10,000 for a Walking Dead CGC 9.9? Yes someone did. THAT is what you call a bad investment. $10,000 on a first appearance 9.9 of Green Goblin, Lois Lane, or even Wolverine makes sense. These characters are household names. Walking Dead is a hot zombie television show right now. It will eventually run its course and no longer be hot anymore. Granted, good story, good show, but its zombies….that’s it. Yes anyone can say “it’s about the character development and how we follow them” but in actuality, no zombies, no show. Not bashing the show, giving a dose of speculation reality here. Spending $10,000 on the number one issue is a bit of an oversight on that buyers part, but maybe, just maybe I’ll be wrong on this.

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So back to Nova, as explained Marvel Studios will take the leap into space. It’s a risky one with Guardians because no one really knows of them. Rocket Raccoon will be the star in this one, so it’s best you stock up on him. Anyway, Nova has been mentioned in passing by Marvel and through some rumors. If Marvel is reaching out into the space universe, what’s not to think Nova won’t be a part of that? Same with Warlock, Silver Surfer, Death, and maybe Rom! Remember him? How cool would that be to have a Rom movie? Yes wrestling with that toy company can get dicey, but what Disney wants, Disney gets. What it all boils down to is making sure as a speculator that you have all of your Cosmic ducks in a row. Pick up the rare first appearance, those odd number one issues, the status quo change books, and the rare Thanos variants. It will pay dividends down the line IF the Guardians of the Galaxy movie does well. Nova (2013 5th Series) #10 will play pretend and solict this comic as the 100th issue. Gotta love the restarts, five of them for Nova to be exact here. The comic will come with all sorts of variants. The prize variant will be the JG Jones Incentive. A $60 book that can see some decent gains if handled properly. Nova #10 will star the NEW New Warriors (another potential space team down the road). Check out the first appearance of the New Warriors (“old team”) in Thor #411 (1989). A must own.

We like intros don’t we? Of course we do! Ultimate Spider-Man (2012 Marvel Universe) #20 will introduce a new villain named Whirlwind, so check that out. Kick-Ass 3 (2013 Marvel) #5 will do some introducing themselves with a new villain team. Infinity Hunt (2013) #4 plants the seeds of Marvel’s next major event. Are we tired yet of these major events? And speaking of Infinity, Infinity (2013 Marvel) #6 will conclude with an oversized issue as Thanos fights everyone! And incidentally, Iron Man #55 is Still a must buy. Avengers Assemble (2012) #21 hints at the team Inhumans. The Inhumans are about to have a breakout year next year. Get on top of Fantastic Four #45 (1965) for the first appearance of the Inhumans. Staying on topic with the Avengers, Avengers Arena (2012) #18 will see its final issue this week. With more death and a launching pad for something else. Something major will be happening in All New X-Men (2012) #19 so be sure to glance through that book. Damian Son of Batman (2013) #2 is sold out for the most part on the retail level. The variants are completely sold out. The Andy Kubert black and white variant would be a nice CGC sig series flip book. Forever Evil Argus (2013) #2 will highlight Deathstroke. One of the baddest dudes in the DC Universe. If you’re a regular reader of this column each week, you already know that InvestComics is a huge Deathstroke supporter. I have always felt that the Deathstroke character is on the cusp of some serious play, but DC doesn’t know exactly what to do with him (i.e. Nightwing). Yes they finally put him on television (sparingly), but that’s not enough. Get this guy going already. Bigger role on the show, movie appearances, chop chop DC! A huge recommendation throughout the years on InvestComics has been The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) and it will continue to be in BUY mode with InvestComics. And for those keeping score at home, Forever Evil Argus #2 variant is sold out, which means absolutely nothing on the speculator side of things. Geoff Johns will be hitting all out on Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #25. The conclusion to the “Death of a King” storyline. The new Superior Spider-Man event begins this week; The Darkest Hour in Superior Spider-Man (2012) #22. Venom will have his first run in with Superior Spidey in this issue. This should be very interesting. In the “in case you missed it” department, DC will release Sandman Overture (2013) Special Edition #1. The issue will feature a bunch of useless extras if you’re interested.

IDW will bring back a cult favorite in Sam Keith’s Maxx Maxximized (2013 IDW) #1. A collector can buy the first appearance of Maxx in the overprinted Darker Image #1 (1993).

Black Science (2013 Image) #1 will be THE Image Comic to grab this week. Already sold out at the retail level, but the $10 Midtown Comics variant will be the one to get if this comic makes an impact in the aftermarket. IDW’s Mr Peabody and Sherman (2013 IDW) #1 variant is sold out. Never Ending (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Quest (2013 Zenescope) #1, and Sledgehammer 44 Lightning War (2013) #1 are all on the verge of selling out.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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