InvestComics Top 5 #156

Every week before new comic book day, InvestComics provides our fans with the Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. This week’s Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #519 and new comics coming this Wednesday 3/21/18.

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Weapon H #1 – The first solo number one comic featuring a character fans seem to have really attached themselves to.
Cable #155 – Many secrets of Cable (origin) are revealed in the start of a new storyline “Past Fears”. Trends show this comic is just about sold out already. New creative team of writer Zac Thompson and artist German Peralta.
Mighty Thor #705 – The death of Thor. Long live Jane Foster!
Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes #1 – Features the introduction of a new ironed suited hero. It also features a new Iron Man suit. Writer Howard Wong and artist Justice Wong.
Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #1 – This Action Lab/Danger Zone release is sold out. Creators Brockton McKinney and Sergio Rios.

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Avengers #685
Justice League #41
Deathstroke Rebirth #1 (2016)
Damage #3
Aquaman #34
Totally Awesome Hulk #22
Doctor Strange Damnation #3
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #17
Incredible Hulk #714
A Fractured Mind #1
Jirni #1
Lucy Dreaming #1
Hope One Shot
Factory #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 3-21-18

New comic book release day 3/21/18. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Frank Cho

Jee Hyung

Lee Bermejo

Tony Daniel – Danny Miki

Brandon Peterson

Stanley Artgerm Lau

Jonboy Meyers

Patrick Gleason

Dale Keown

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David Gamis

Mikel Janin

Dustin Nguyen

Yasmine Putri

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New Comics This Week #519

A weekly video look at some of the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 3/21/18. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #519.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #519

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005. InvestComics LLC is the longest running entertainment/speculative website on the net.
This week, new comic book release day 3/21/18.

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Buy/Bid – Cable #155

Amz Spm Renew #17

Iron Man Hong Kong #1

Buy/Bid – Weapon H #1

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A DC character that’s made only a handful of appearances since (8 to be exact, yeah,yeah more than a handful + 3 digits) 2016/2017 will reappear outside of the Deathstroke universe for the first time. This character is named Red Lion. (insert sarcasm here) boy does this dude look familiar. Can’t seem to place it. Maybe the number one movie (Marvel) at the box office right now? Nah, that’s not it. Anyway, The Red Lion is a main adversary of Deathstroke’s and will appear in Justice League #41 this Wednesday. Red Lion first appeared in Deathstroke Rebirth #1 (2016).
Learn some secrets behind the new Damage character in Damage #3 as Wonder Woman rings in Damage with her lasso. Supposedly some deep secrets here. Maybe having to do with other characters within the DC Universe? Maybe not, who knows? Either way, definitely looking forward to this.
DC delivers the origin of King Rath in Aquaman #34. Writer Dan Abnett and artist Mirko Colak.
There will be an obvious trending comic this Wednesday. That comic will be Weapon H #1. If you need this article to tell you this, well….you’re probably really new at this. So if you’re new, Weapon H is one of these new breakout characters from the Marvel Universe. Weapon H is a mash-up of the Hulk and Wolverine. Weapon H first appeared in Totally Awesome Hulk #22 FIVE months ago (in which we gave fans a heads up on). This first appearance last sold on Ebay for $60 for a raw copy. A raw has sold for upwards of $80 on Ebay. A graded CGC 9.8 sold for a whopping $172. Are we living in the Twilight Zone? So getting back to Weapon H #1. This is the first solo title, second prints will be announced shortly thereafter.

Justice League #41

Deathstroke Rebirth #1

Buy/Bid – Damage #3

Buy/Bid – Avengers #685

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Buy/Bid – Thor #715

The Cable character is a hot item these days. Marvel will strike while the iron is hot. Cable #155 begins a look at Cable’s past and a possible introduction of a new character to boot. The new creative team of writer Zac Thompson and artist German Peralta bring a new look into this characters past and a start of an important storyline of this character.
The “House of Ideas” sometimes really beat an idea to the ground don’t they? Case in point, the Cosmic Ghost Rider seems to be trending (for now), so what does Marvel do? Well, they make everyone a Ghost Rider! Now the not so informed speculators and other places are pushing the idea that this is a fantastic idea (monetarily) and it will be worth millions one day. The main question one should ask themselves before plucking down $40 or $50 or $80 for a first appearance of Cosmic Ghost Rider or a Weapon H or a Red Goblin is, where will this character be in 5 years? A third-rate character? The modern day Venom attraction? A trending sustainable character that a non-comic fan would know its name? At the end of the day, it’s YOUR money, I’m just here offering things to think about, an opinion. Fun story idea though for what Marvel is doing concerning Ghost Rider at the moment. Although a neat idea, Cosmic GR and a team of Ghost Rider heroes, the idea could fade as does the Ghost Rider lure all the time. A quick punch in the gut, everyone goes nuts and then the dust settles, and no one cares. It’s the Ghost Rider way. It’s the trend. Happens all the time. This week Doctor Strange Damnation #3 showcases Thor, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Black Panther among others as Ghost Rider based characters. Basically, a flaming skull head on top of their regular bodies. Flame on! Wait, wait wrong dude….
Jane Foster will meet her maker this Wednesday in Mighty Thor #705. Marvel is killing Thor. Killing the Jane Foster as Thor Idea. No reason to cry really. She could make an appearance in another relaunch/revamp of the Marvel Universe or if sales slump a bit in the new (resurrected/continued numbered) Thor series. Either way though, for now, THIS Thor is about to bite the dust. Remember how InvestComics kept telling readers to chillnax on the buying of this Thor at a premium price? Well, you could’ve put that money somewhere else.
Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes #1 features the introduction of a new ironed suited hero. It also features a new Iron Man suit. Writer Howard Wong and artist Justice Wong.
Look for a possible introduction or two in Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #17.
Incredible Hulk #714, World War Hulk II with Amadeus Cho. Really? Okay.
Many comic shops are still limiting customers to ONE copy of the weekly Avengers storyline “No Surrender”. This week’s Avengers #685 is the continuation of the return of the Immortal Hulk, but if you’re looking for a quick buck or think this comic will be anything worthy of a speculation choice, you’d be hard pressed to prove its worth a year from now, or maybe a month from now.

Dr Strange Damnation #3

Buy/Bid – Hulk #714

Buy/Bid – Aquaman #34

A Fractured Mind #1

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InvestComics Indie Hot Picks; Indie comics do not always show up on Ebay right way. Please check back on a regular basis, some of the smaller print indie books usually list after new comic book release day or a few days after.
It’s been a little bit since we had a Red 5 comic here. Check out A Fractured Mind #1 from James Gilarte and David Anton Gamis.
Jirni #1 (Aspen Comics). Creators J.T. Krul and Michael Santamaria.
Lucy Dreaming #1 (Boom Studios). Creators Max Bemis and Michael Dialynas.
Action Lab/Danger Zone releases the craziest best books ever. This week they give fans Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #1. Awesome stuff here. Creators Brockton McKinney and Sergio Rios.
Hope One Shot (Renegade Arts Entertainment) is sold out. Writer Lovern Kindzierski and artist John Bolton.
Factory #1 (Titan Books). Creator Yacine Elghorri.

Gingerdead…#1

Factory #1

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Buy/Bid – Jirni #1

Lucy Dreaming #1

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Top 5 Hot Picks #124

Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #486 and new comics coming this Wednesday 8/22/17.
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Ghost Station Zero #1 – Distributor level, sold out, Image Comics.. Written by Anthony Johnson and art by Shari Chankhamma.
Dead of Winter #1 – From Oni Press, sold out at the distributor. Writer Kyle Starks and art by Gabo.
Galaktikon #1 – New Albatross Comic from writer Brendon Small and artists Steve Mannion & Jason Moore. 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 – New storyline begins; ’Trial of Krang’. Look for new characters to be introduced.
Lockjaw Dog Days – This Marvel one shot is sold out. 

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Generations Hulk #1 – Buy/Bid

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Deathstroke #21
Deathstroke #22
New Gods Special #1
Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1
Darth Vader #4
Turok #1
Grumpy Cat Garfield #1
Mech Cadet Yu #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 8-2-17

New comic book release day 8/2/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Batman #28 – Mikel Janin

Green Arrow #28 – Mike Grell

Superman #28 – Doug Mahnke

Superman #28 – Jorge Jimenez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Zero #1 – Cloonan

Hulks #1 – Dale Keown

Darth Vader – Alburquerque

Elsewhere #1 – Kesgin/Riley

Mech Cadet #1 – Marcus To

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Hot Picks #486

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005.
This week, new comic book release day 8/2/17.
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Buy/Bid – Deathstroke #22

Buy/Bid – Generations #1

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The new Deathstroke debuted in Deathstroke #21. This week, the new Deathstroke (and team) fight a new adversary in Deathstroke #22. Brought to you by the creative team of Christopher Priest (writer) and artists Diogenes Neves and Jason Paz.
Superstar Shane Davis and legend Walt Simonson debut New Gods Special #1. This comic also includes reprints from the master himself, Jack Kirby.
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Banner meets Cho for the first time in Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1. It was very painful to type out ‘Totally Awesome Hulk’, ain’t gonna lie. That has to be one of the silliest, lamest, childish titles in all of Marvel Comics history. We’ve said that since day one and we’ll continue to keep saying it, it’s extremely silly. Now back to the comic. We are hoping that Bruce Banner (the INCREDIBLE HULK) beats down Amadeus Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk…ugh!) so bad that Marvel has to cancel the Totally Awesome title. Greg Pak writes and Matteo Buffagni pencils.
Darth Vader ‘Year One’ continues this week; Darth Vader #4. Creators Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Want to read a collection of stories regarding a very large dog? Sure you do! Buy Lockjaw Dog Days.

Buy/Bid – Ghost Zero #1

Buy/Bid – Elsewhere #1

Buy/Bid – Lockjaw #1

Buy/Bid – TMNT #73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 will be the start of the ’Trial of Krang’ part 1. Not only will this be a new storyline, it’ll bring in a lot of introductions into the TMNT world, including new characters. That said, collectors should keep their ear to the ground and their eyes peeled to these pages.
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Albatross Comics exploded onto the scene with their Hillbilly series. Now CEO/writer Eric Powell releases the next hot book; Galaktikon #1. Creators also on this book, writer Brendon Small and artists Steve Mannion & Jason Moore.
Grumpy Cat was and still is (somewhat) of an internet sensation. Dynamite Entertainment grabs the rights to Grumpy Cat and made the feline’s first comic book ever a while back. Now they’re teaming Grumpy Cat with one of the most famous (only) lasagna eating cats of all time; Garfield. Welcome to Grumpy Cat Garfield #1. How Grumpy Cat got first billing here is a mystery to us, but enjoy anyway. Mark Evanier and Steve Uy. Also coming from Dynamite; Turok #1. Writers Aubrey Sitterson/Chuck Wendig and art by Alvaro Sarreseca.
Ghost Station Zero #1 from Image comics rides on the coattails of the new Atomic Blonde movie. If you like a beautiful female kicking all kinds of as*, this book is for you. Written by Anthony Johnson and art by Shari Chankhamma.
Every new sci-fi Image Comic seems to sell out quick and bounce a bit in the aftermarket. Will the same happen with Elsewhere #1? Written by Jay Faerber and art by Sumeyye Kesgin and Ron Riley.
Boom Studios’ Mech Cadet Yu #1 is written by Greg Pak and art by Takeshi Miyazawa. Yes, we’ll definitely check this out and so should you.
Dead of Winter #1 – Oni Press. Writer Kyle Starks and art by Gabo.

Buy/Bid – Galaktikon #1

Buy/Bid – Winter #1

Buy/Bid – Turok #1

Buy/Bid – Mech #1

Buy/Bid – Grumpy/Garfield #1

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics #486

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 8/2/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #486. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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She-Hulk Checklist 1980-1994

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She-Hulk Checklist.

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She-Hulk is rumored all the time to hit the small screen. Here is a checklist that covers many first appearances and other cool books from the first appearance of the She-Hulk in 1980 to 1996.
Will we cover her appearances and some key books from 1996 and on? Of course we will (maybe), we just want you to enjoy these key books first. Too much of a good thing is never good!

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She-Hulk Checklist

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #1

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #2

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #6

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Savage She-Hulk #1 (1980) – The first appearance/origin of Jennifer Walters; She-Hulk. Art from John Buscema and Charles Stone. Written by Stan Lee. Cover by John Buscema.

The Savage She-Hulk #2 (1980) – First appearances of Buck Bukowski, Lou Monkton, Dr. Daniel Ridge Sr., Zapper Ridge, Nick Trask, Jill Ridge, and William Morris Walters.

The Savage She-Hulk #6 (1980) – She-Hulk first teams with Iron Man. A Bob (Mr. Iron Man) Layton cover too. First appearance of Ralphie Hutchins. Lots more on Ralphie in a bit.

The Savage She-Hulk #9 (1980) – First appearance of Ultima.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #11

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #16

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #17

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Savage She-Hulk #11 (1980) – This is a fantastic Michael Golden cover.

The Savage She-Hulk #16 (1981) – The first appearance of Microwave. Also the last. It gets better next issue….

The Savage She-Hulk #17 (1981) – First appearance of Man-Elephant. Yep. At least this character has about five appearances in their 35 year history. Disney needs to use this dude.

The Savage She-Hulk #18 (1981) – How about one more ridiculous first appearance of a fourth rate character? Grappler. Looks like he may have also appeared in five comics in 35 years.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #19

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Click to Buy/Bid – Marvel TeamUp #107

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #21

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #22

The Savage She-Hulk #19 (1981) – Ralphie Hutchins clones himself. He creates many first appearances as he tries to kill She-Hulk as different villains. This issue, he first appears as Brute.

Marvel Team-Up #107 (1981) – Jennifer steps outside of her solo series for the first time to join the rest of the Marvel Universe. Here she teams with Spider-Man. Art and cover by the late great Herb Trimpe.

The Savage She-Hulk #21 (1981) – Ralphie Hutchins first appears as the Seeker.

The Savage She-Hulk #22 (1981) – Ralphie Hutchins first appears as Radius.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #23

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #24

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Click to Buy/Bid – Savage She-Hulk #25

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The Savage She-Hulk #23 (1981) – Ralphie Hutchins first appears as Torque.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981) – She-Hulk appears with a slew of others from the Marvel Universe. Bob Layton pencils.

The Savage She-Hulk #24 (1982) – Ralphie Hutchins first appears as Kyr.

The Savage She-Hulk #25 (1982) – The last issue of The Savage She-Hulk. The aftermarket likes this comic. See you again Jen!

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Click to Buy/Bid – Marvel 2 in 1 #88

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Click to Buy/Bid – Avengers #221

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Click to Buy/Bid – Incredible Hulk #278

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Click to Buy/Bid – AMZ SPM Annl #16

Marvel Two-In-One #88 (1982) – She-Hulk teams with the Thing. Art by Alan Kupperberg.

Avengers #221 (1982) – Not only is this the first time She-Hulk appears in an Avengers comic, but it’s also the first time she joins the team.

The Incredible Hulk #278 (1982) – The first time She-Hulk appears in a Hulk book. Although she appears with her team, the Avengers.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 (1982) – John Romita Jr. art. She-Hulk appearance.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Fantastic Four #254

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Click to Buy/Bid – Avengers #233

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Click to Buy/Bid – Thing #5

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Click to Buy/Bid – Thor #334

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Four #254 (1983) – As with most comic book characters, there is always one creator that defines the character to the point that the majority of collectors will associate that particular character with “them”. Batman/Miller, Spider-Man/McFarlane, Green Lantern/Adams, Nick Fury/Steranko…..you get the idea. We’re not putting She-Hulk on the scale of those characters, but the creator is the one we’re talking about here. This comic is the first time John Byrne writes and draws She-Hulk in a comic book. Byrne/She-Hulk.

Avengers #233 (1983) – John Byrne fill in issue. It also happens to be part of his Fantastic Four #254 story. John writes and John draws. He doesn’t do the next issue and he didn’t do the previous issue. What John wants, John gets.

Thor #334 (1983) – Jennifer first appears in a Thor comic, with her Avengers team of course. Three issues later though, The Thor character will never be the same. Going from a B-lister to an A-lister, but that’s another story for another day.

The Thing #5 (1983) – John Byrne writes. She-Hulk appears in several issues of the Thing, starting here. Appearing in a solo role.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Cap #288

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Click to Buy/Bid – Fantastic Four #265

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Click to Buy/Bid – Doc Strange #67

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Click to Buy/Bid – Avengers Annl #13

Captain America #288 (1983) – First time She-Hulk appears in a Cap title. Art by Mike Zeck.

Fantastic Four #265 (1984) – Jennifer joins the Fantastic Four team. John Byrne writes, pencils, inks, and does the cover art. Byrne in complete control here.

Doctor Strange #67 (1984) – First time in a Doctor Strange book. As an Avenger.

Avengers Annual #13 (1984) – Here’s a beauty to own. She-Hulk drawn by legend Steve Ditko. Ditko pencils, Byrne inks and a Byrne/Ditko cover.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Fantastic Four #275

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Click to Buy/Bid – Thor #353

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Click to Buy/Bid – SH MRV GN #18

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Click to Buy/Bid – Longshot #4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Four #275 (1985) – First solo cover since her own series. Amazing Byrne cover too.

Thor #353 (1985) – Legend Walt Simonson started his epic run 16 issues ago. Forever changing the Thor character. Okay not about Thor here, but about the legend Walt Simonson writing, drawing, inking She-Hulk in this book.

Marvel Graphic Novel #18 (1985) – John Byrne gets an entire book to draw and write on the She-Hulk. Not just any book, a Marvel graphic novel. That’s 72 oversized pages of awesome John Byrne She-Hulk.

Longshot #4 (1985) – She-Hulk appearance. Art from Art Adams. She makes the Adams cover too.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Fantastic Four #286

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Click to Buy/Bid – Fantastic Four #291

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Click to Buy/Bid – Fantastic Four #293

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Click to Buy/Bid – Thing #36

Fantastic Four #286 (1986) – John Byrne writes with Chris Claremont. John draws with Butch Guice.

Fantastic Four #291 (1986) – This cover pays homage to Action Comics #1. She-Hulk takes the place of Superman and holds the car above her head. This John Byrne cover is on point.

Fantastic Four #293 (1986) – Jerry Ordway provides this great cover of the She-Hulk.

Thing #36 (1986) – She-Hulk vs Ms. Marvel. No not THAT Ms. Marvel, the “new” Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura) that appeared a few issues prior in Thing #27. Sharon last appeared in a comic book in 2007, but this checklist isn’t about Sharon.

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Fantastic Four #296 (1986) – Jim Shooter and Stan Lee write this comic. Barry Windsor-Smith cover.

Comet Man #4 (1987) – This odd comic features Kelley Jones art and a Bill Sienkiewicz She-Hulk cover.

Marvel Fanfare #37 (1988) – Norm Breyfogle She-Hulk art. What’s not to love here? Norm also does the She-Hulk back cover.

Alpha Flight #61 (1988) – Jim Lee She-Hulk art. What’s not to love here?

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme #1 (1988) – Jen makes an appearance with the Avengers.

Sensational She-Hulk Ceremony (1989) – A two part She-Hulk story. Written by the late great creator Dwayne McDuffie and art by June Brigman.

Marvel Age #70 (1989) – A John Byrne She-Hulk cover.

Damage Control #1 (1989) – Another great comic from the late Dwayne McDuffie. This dude brought it every time he wrote a comic. She-Hulk appearance with the Avengers.

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Marvel Comics Presents #18 (1989) – She-Hulk story written and drawn by John Byrne.

Sensational She-Hulk #1 (1989) – Origin retold. John Byrne start the second series. Writer/artist here. Awesome Byrne cover here as well. Actually, from here on out every single John Byrne She-Hulk cover in this series is stellar. The number one cover here still remains as one of the most iconic She-Hulk covers of all time. This series acted as the modern day Deadpool series does today. Breaking the fourth wall and complete zany-ness. John Byrne’s run here was simply a work of art in every sense of the word. If a television show ever hits, this comic (series) might be the place to go as far as speculation is concerned. We feel that the TV series (total speculation here) would be based more from here and not the first series. Again, we’re speculating and could be completely incorrect. No one knows. Invest wisely! 

Sensational She-Hulk #2 (1989) – First appearance of Weezi Mason.

Marvel Age #76 (1989) – As a growing trend for quite a while, Marvel or John Byrne loved putting Jennifer in a bathing suit on his covers.

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Sensational She-Hulk #3 (1989) – Spider-Man appearance by John Byrne. Byrne puts Spidey right on his cover too.

Sensational She-Hulk #4 (1989) – First appearance of Lexington Loopner.

Sensational She-Hulk #7 (1989) – First appearance of Big Enilwen.

Sensational She-Hulk #10 (1989) – First appearance of Pseudo-Man.

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual #23 (1989) – Rob Liefeld pencils She-Hulk.

Avengers West Coast Annual #4 (1989) – Amanda Conner pencils Jen.

Sensational She-Hulk #11 (1990) – Bryan Hitch first pencils on the She-Hulk. He’ll go on to do mant other issues throughout.

Sensational She-Hulk #13 (1990) – First Dale Keown cover. First appearance of Wildmoon.

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Sensational She-Hulk #14 (1990) – First appearances of The Critic and Professor Brent Wilcox. A rare color corrective cover exist. 

Sensational She-Hulk #15 (1990) – Dale Keown begins a mini-run of covers.

Sensational She-Hulk #18 (1990) – First Dr. Bob Doom and Max Louden.

Sensational She-Hulk #19 (1990) – The first appearances of Nosferata and Jack Serious (Joker). This is the first of a two-parter spoofing DC’s Batman. Another awesome Keown cover as well. We love this book.

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Sensational She-Hulk #20 (1990) – First appearances of Big Al G’houl, Commissioner Gruber, Three-Face, Slimeface, Professor Hugo Oddt, and Dogwoman.

Sensational She-Hulk #21 (1990) – First appearance of Abominatrix, Captain Rectitude, and Wanda Louise Mason.

Sensational She-Hulk #22 (1990) – Blonde Phantom makes an appearance.

Sensational She-Hulk #23 (1991) – Wanda Louise Mason first appears as Phantom Blonde.

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Marvel Illustrated #1 (1991) – She-Hulk makes the solo cover of the first Marvel swimsuit issue.

Uncanny X-Men #272 (1991) – Jim Lee art. She-Hulk appearance.

Sensational She-Hulk #29 (1991) – Venom appearance. A classic She-Hulk cover by Tom Morgan.

Sensational She-Hulk #31 (1991) – John Byrne returns to the series. Writes/art/inks. Cover art as well.

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Iron Man #273 (1991) – John Byrne writes an Iron Man story with a She-Hulk appearance.

Sensational She-Hulk #34 (1991) – Fantastic John Byrne cover. Demi Moore homage cover.

Sensational She-Hulk #35 (1992) – First appearance of The Living Eraser.

Sensational She-Hulk #37 (1992) – Punisher, Wolverine and Spider-Man appear on the COVER (John Byrne) only. A hysterical cover.

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Sensational She-Hulk #39 (1992) – And another awesome cover from Byrne.

Sensational She-Hulk #40 (1992) – The first appearance of Marvel Editor at the time Renee Witterstaetter as herself. Renee has done a ton of writing and coloring on top of her editorial work. She’s often seen at Michael Golden’s booth at your local convention. The cover here….wow. Why was John Byrne so into sexually exploiting the She-Hulk on so many covers?? They must have sold well to the fanboys. This issue is the most expensive aftermarket comic in the entire Sensational She-Hulk. More than the corrective color issue a few issues back.  A scarce book here drives up the price and one of the last sexual innuendo covers in this run. John Byrne officially runs into the “political correctness police”. Pushed the envelope too far according to Marvel standards we guess.  

Sensational She-Hulk #41 (1992) – The first time creator John Byrne appears (as himself) in the She-Hulk series.

Marc Spector: Moon Knight #41 (1992) – The first time Jennifer appears in a Moon Knight comic.

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Quasar #38 (1992) – It’s not so much that She-Hulk appears in this Quasar series for the first time. Really who cares? For now maybe. But this comic was drawn by none other than Greg Capullo.

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Sensational She-Hulk #50 (1993) – The 50th anniversary issue. 48 pager. John Byrne loads the book up with guest appearances from a number of Marvel characters. This issue would be the last Byrne issue as Jennifer looks for a new creative team to take over her comic series. John Byrne appears in this issue and says that this comic should die (be canceled) due to the fact he’s not on it anymore.

Sensational She-Hulk #52 (1993) – This issue features an Adam Hughes cover!

Sensational She-Hulk #54 (1993) – The first official appearance of Jennifer’s momma into the Marvel universe; Elaine Ann Banner Walters.

Sensational She-Hulk #60 (1994) – The series ends here. It was a good ride. 60 issues. 14 years later. Penciler and Cover artist Pat Olliffe pays homage to John Byrne’s number one issue cover. Fantastic job here from Pat. Sorry to see you go Jennifer!  

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We begin this week with Infinity Gauntlet #1.The first appearance of Anwen Bakian and as the new Nova. Yet another strong female presence enters the realm of the Marvel universe. The original Infinity Gauntlet #1 took place in 1991. The 1991 Infinity Gauntlet was a fantastic read. As for the 2015 version, get the Adi Granov variant if you are speculating big on this character and want the most bang for your buck. Adi provides the new character front and center in this beautiful variant.

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Here’s a quick free comic book speculating lesson from InvestComics regarding the influx of new female characters. Newsflash, not all first appearances (female OR male) will offer a large return within the aftermarket. Actually, some may not even have a return at all. Don’t be under this misconception that you will make money on every first appearance you buy. While we’re talking about the female character introductions, some of them are doomed to fail just like their male counterparts. Is there a possible quick buck to be made here? Maybe, probably so, but a short window may leave many stuck with a comic that everyone already has a heads up on. Don’t be misguided into believing that every single first appearance will be a hit in the aftermarket immediately following its release.

So the questions a speculator should be asking themselves regarding a first appearance of a character (female or male) are; What impact will this character have within the grand scheme of things? Will this character have a profound affect on another character(s)? Is there something completely different about them that we haven’t seen before? Does the character have a story to tell? Are they relatable? Is the origin too complex? Are they in for the long haul? Will this character get special attention with their own series? Will the company push this character too much where it seems desperate to push fans to like them, which in turn shows there is a lack of a fanbase not possibly existing really and more so just hype. Are they related to another hero/villain?; which could be a quick “wow who really cares moment?” (See Angela). Do they even look like a winner? There are so many mitigating factors that go into this, you must have the knowledge, expertize and presence in mind to be doing this for many years to get some speculating calls right on point.

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The new Marvel way is the female character. They have made it abundantly clear that they want to make the female presence a strong one in their universe, which is absolutely fantastic. There will be ones that simply do not work folks, be prepared. But with all of the new female heroes being introduced, when will that big female villain be introduced and what will happen to the market then exactly? Will there be an influx of female villains coming in? Lets not kid ourselves here. Marvel likes money. So does DC. So do all companies. They should, they’re in business to put food on the table for their families. They will push the envelope as far as it needs to go to make the fanbase interested in buying their comics. If that means the new hot thing to do is hype up a bunch of new female based characters, then they will do so. Soon enough though, the female villains will arrive in droves too. Be prepared for that. Then it will become a common core overused marketing ploy. But again, not all will be successful. So any hyperbole from new speculators or inexperienced ones arriving on the scene remember this; true speculators do not lead to slaughter, they guide them to think. Know the difference here.

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Inhumans Attilan Rising #1 The first appearance of the Attilan land is in Fantastic Four #47 (1966). Important more so if you’re into first appearances of “land”. That said, Inhumans (as said here on InvestComics) will be huge in years to come. Does this mean that Attilan will gain some momentum in the aftermarket before the Inhumans become a household name in about 4 years? The way things are these days, probably yes. And only if Attilan is part of the Inhumans lure in the theater. But lest InvestComics remind you one more time, early Inhumans comics……buy buy buy.

The new Inferno comic hits this Wednesday. Inferno #1. The original Inferno story started (prologue) in Uncanny X-Men #239 (1988). It was a massive run in mostly all of the mutant books. It was a fun read then and it’ll probably be the same this time around as well.

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The new Secret Wars 2099 #1 will be the first appearance of the new Avengers 2099. 2099 used to be a hot item back in the day. It ran its course and the whole love fest faded into obscurity. 2099 has appeared since yesteryear, but to no fanfare today as it once was. Maybe times will change and fans will except it once again. We’ll see.

Nova #31…….readers alert, surprise ending here. We love surprise endings!

Captain Canuck #1 was featured on the InvestComics free comic book day article in January 2015. Given the right creative team and guidance, Captain Canuck could be a hit. Having a David Finch variant helps to start things off too. There aren’t any of these variants available on Ebay right now. Hard one to get? Great variant though! His first appearance was in Captain Canuck #1 (1975).

Check out Fight Club 2 #1 from Dark Horse. At first glance, the Lee Bermejo variant looks like it has the Incredible Hulk on the cover. Seriously, check it out. Super cool right?

Indestructible Stingray #1; This IDW comic is going to be a good read. And just in case Stingray catches on, the first appearance was in Indestructible #1 (2013). Material #1 from Image Comics; a deep semi-political thought out comic. Very serious content in this book. Looks like an award winning Oscar movie put into comic book form. A new Avatar Press comic written by the legend/sometimes eccentric Alan Moore hits this Wednesday; Providence #1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #46 sold out variant by Alberto Ponticelli.

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Other comics to definitely check out this week are; Kids Of The Round Table #1 from Action Lab Entertainment, Titan Comics’ Surface Tension #1, and Sons Of The Devil #1 from Image Comics.

…And that Black Widow #18 NYC variant cover. Fantastic.

Here are the ever so popular DC Convergence titles this week. They are all extra sized, featuring what’s coming up in the DC Universe.

Convergence Action Comics #2. An Amanda Conner cover.

Convergence Detective Comics #2. Featuring a Bill Sienkiewicz cover with Superman Red Son. Awesome cover.

Convergence #8, Convergence Blue Beetle #2, Convergence Booster Gold #2, Convergence Crime Syndicate #2, Convergence Infinity #2, Convergence Justice Society of America #2, Convergence Plastic Man and The Freedom Fighters #2, Convergence Shazam #2, Convergence Worlds Finest #2.

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Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. If you are here on the notion that you will make money ALL the time, you are in the wrong place. Please do not read this article. Although this article is used as a guide for investments, it’s more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments in this article should be used at the sole discretion and judgment upon the investor, not InvestComics. So please use your own discretion when investing and have fun. The speculator not only has to be accountable forspeculative their gains and loses, but their own research as well.  This is in fact an entertainment/speculative site. Bottom line though, we have and always will be the best speculative website on the planet.

What you read is 100% authentic. This material is 100% original content from InvestComics and does not borrow from any article(s) or comic website(s) for its content. Anything you read  from here on any other site that seems similar probably and most likely originated from here.

No_Fanboys……And please please lets enjoy the time here. No fanboys please. And if  there are any inaccuracy’s, it’s okay we’re human. Be sure to help us out and correct anything without a fanboy or hater hat on. Reminder: any speculative opinion is and cannot be inaccurate.It’s a guess.

 

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This week InvestComics will spotlight Todd McFarlane. As always, there will be many comics that are not included here, but that’s okay. We’re here to have fun.

Todd Mcfarlane was and still is a very big deal in the comic book industry. He commands your attention. He’s an entrepreneur with a toy line that rivals any action figure company out there today. Also, his artwork style rivals anyone in the industry. Todd’s artwork is a unique brand. Not everyone is a fan of it, but the voice of a few never outweighs the voice of many. He brings the angles to life and a certain realism that brings many to instantly relate to it. His Spidey bends in ways that are probably anatomically impossible for any human being to do, but we believe Spider-Man can really bend like this and it almost makes sense. Todd McFarlane’s Spidey became the main staple for many artist to emulate after. If you’re a Spider-Man artist, you want to make sure you’re up to par with Todd. Then there is Spawn. Spawn #1 sold over a million and a half copies and to this day remains one of the highest selling comic books of all time. Todd has gone on to do so much for the industry, but Spawn is his baby. This man is the real deal. Always has been, always will be.

Let’s check out some of his key books. As always on InvestComics, click the red links or comic covers to buy/bid on Ebay as you read. It’ll even open in a separate window so that you won’t lose your place!

So in no particular order, let’s go!

Todd’s first professional work was at Marvel Comics. Coyote #11 (1985). He was the penciler in a backup story. His first DC work was in Infinity Inc. #14 (1985). Todd collaborated on the cover and penciled the issue.

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Coyote #13 (1985) – First Marvel cover. (collaboration)

Infinity Inc. #26 (1986) – First solo comic cover.

Incredible Hulk #330 (1987) – First solo Marvel comic cover. Todd went on to do many Hulk issues. He was a fantastic Hulk artist.

Crusade of Comics Presents: Spawn #1 (1992) – The first time Spawn ever saw print. This very cool free mini-comic insert is the first true appearance of Spawn. The insert predates Spawn #1. A very nice collectors item for any comic enthusiast. Not many of these on Ebay right now. It was included in the ‘Lotus’ VHS tape. What is VHS? Google it.

The Amazing Spider-Man #298 (1988) – This was the game changer. Todd’s Spidey shooting those webs on the cover that became standard after he defined them and Spidey’s physical attributes contributed to the new age for Spider-Man. The Spider-Man character has two defining artist in his storied history, Steve Ditko and Todd McFarlane. There have been fabulous artist throughout the entire runs, but no two artist have defined the character the way they have.

The Amazing Spider-Man #300 (1988) – After redefining Spider-Man two issues prior, Todd blows the doors off with this comic. The first appearance of Venom and that cover. This cover, (as many of Todd’s covers) has been paid homage to so many times over the years, it’s ridiculous. Todd has officially arrived.

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Detective Comics #576 (1987) – A year prior to his Spidey, Todd killed it with his Batman. He went on to do other Batman comics thereafter.

Spawn #1 (1992) – One of the biggest selling comics of all time. Anyone who is a comic book collector owns this comic book. Even if they didn’t buy it, its somehow made its way into one of your comic book boxes. For real, check you’ll find one. Still Todd’s baby though.

Spawn-Batman #1 (1994) – With Spawn exploding at the seams in popularity, what better way to capitalize than to get Batman AND Frank Miller involved? This was a huge book upon it’s release and never lived up to its hype. Still a fun team-up, creative wise and character wise, a great book to own. Wait, want more of a reason to buy this comic? How about that this is Greg Capullo’s very first Batman work! Miller, McFarlane and Capullo……..I’ll take one thank you.

Superman Special #1 (1992) – Todd’s first Superman work. A pinup. Also Todd’s last DC original work.

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Daredevil #241 (1987) – Todd’s first and only(?) Dardevil work. This was a fill in job. He penciled the entire issue. Mike Zeck/Klaus Janson cover.

Spitfire and the Troubleshooters #4 (1987) – This is another unusual fill in issue, penciling the entire issue.

Flaming Carrot Comics #27 (1991) – How about McFarlane drawing up some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Yep, right here! He went on to do a pinup in 1992’s TMNT #50, but this is his first Turtle book.

G.I. Joe #60 (1987) – Todd filled in for a G.I. Joe comic. Looking at this now, it seems so unlike Todd to pencil a Joe book right? Todd was supposed to do two issues, but issue number 61 was never to be. Actually, it was never to be printed. Marvel nixed the McFarlane issue for whatever reason, it wasn’t until some eight years later that issue would ever see print……

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G.I. Joe Special #1 (1995) – Here is Todd’s “G.I. Joe #61”. It’s labeled as a special number one issue, with Todd McFarlane’s name attached to maximize monetary value for Marvel. Smart move. This comic also happens to be Todd’s last original work for Marvel ever printed. And boy does that cover look strikingly similar to someone, just can’t quite place it.

What The?! #3 (1988) – McFarlane has done quite a few backup stories in his time. Here is one that he did in this odd book called “Bat-Man”. Awesome parody stuff in a Marvel book here.

Mazing Man Special #3 (1988) – More unusual McFarlane stuff here. Here he does a Mazing Man backup.

The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #10 (1990) – During his Amazing Spider-Man run, this Spidey backup story is often forgotten.

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Marvel Comics Presents #32 (1989) – With the Black Panther movie on the horizon, how about the first and only work Todd has ever done on the Black Panther? Todd does an awesome wraparound here. Black Panther is on the back cover.

Guardians of the Galaxy #5 (1990) – A Guardians of the Galaxy cover by the man here.

Quasar #14 (1990) – A fantastic cosmic cover from Todd. If Quasar ever comes into the fold with the Marvel cosmic universe they are creating for the movies, this would be a nice book no? Yes of course it would be.

Sandman #50 (1993) – Todd does a pinup in Sandman. Seems absolutely fitting for some reason doesn’t it?

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Incredible Hulk #340 (1988) – The first Wolverine by Todd destined to become a classic cover. And it has.

Marvel Age #90 (1990) – Here is an original Todd McFarlane Spider-Man cover that might be rarer than most Spidey covers he’s done.

Spider-Man #16 (1991) – How about this spectacular sideways classic cover? This would be the end of Todd’s run with Spider-Man. Good way to go out.

Wizard Magazine #1 (1991) – Ah, the real speculation boom started here. As InvestComics has said for many years, thanks to Wizard magazine for the thought process of having InvestComics be born. We’ll take it from here Wizard, thanks. The classic Wizard Spider-Man cover!

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Conan #241 (1991) – Todd does a Conan the Barbarian cover.

Amazing Spider-Man #306 (1988) – Todd pays homage to Action Comics #1 with this fabulous cover.

Satan’s Six #1 (1993) – Here is a Todd McFarlane/Jack ‘King’ Kirby cover. It’s not everyday someone can say they got their name on a comic cover with Kirby.

Hit Comics #1 (1998) – A Spawn/Batman cover printed in Germany only.

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The Crow #1 (1999) – A collaboration cover with Brian Haberlin here. The Crow is making its way back to the big screen.

Gene Simmons House of Horrors #1 (2007) – Gene Simmons from Kiss writes the intro for this comic and Todd teams up with Greg Capullo for the cover art. An usual IDW collaboration for the two here.

The Walking Dead #100 (2012) – McFarlane did a cover for the Walking Dead back in 2012. It was a 100th issue celebration cover in which many artist contributed their own cover. This was Todd’s cover, a rather morbid one and just right!

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Random awesome covers……

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Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

Creator Spotlight – Bernie Wrightson

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PLEASE READ DISCLAIMER BELOW

Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. If you are here on the notion that you will make money ALL the time, you are in the wrong place. Please do not read this article. Although this article is used as a guide for investments, it’s more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments in this article should be used at the sole discretion and judgment upon the investor, not InvestComics. So please use your own discretion when investing and have fun. The speculator not only has to be accountable forspeculative their gains and loses, but their own research as well.  This is in fact an entertainment/speculative site. Bottom line though, we have and always will be the best speculative website on the planet.

What you read is 100% authentic. This material is 100% original content from InvestComics and does not borrow from any article(s) or comic website(s) for its content. Anything you read  from here on any other site that seems similar probably and most likely originated from here.

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Bernie Wrightson is an artist that once you see his art for the first time, you identify with it immediately. Every time you see it thereafter, you’ll recognize it. His art captivates you. The darkness, the detail, the realism is like no other. Granted, all artist have their styles and each one brings a different reaction/feeling to the table, but Bernie is a unique one.

InvestComics will walk readers through some of Mr. Wrightson’s work throughout the years, touching on some key issues from him. He is the master within the horror genre. You look at his work and it evokes so many emotions, most being scared, or feeling alone, or oh crap I’m about to die. Mr. Wrightson is a legend within the comic book industry and you should be educated in knowing him if you don’t. Read about some of Bernie’s history right HERE and go to the Bernie Wrightson official website HERE for some spectacular galleries and information about where you can meet up with this legend.

Here are some of the key books InvestComics would like to point out to our fans. Keep in mind here that Mr. Wrightson has a very large catalog and we simply will in fact miss books that you the fan deem necessary to include, but this is why we have Facebook, the message area below, Instagram, etc to have your voice heard. Tell us what your favorite works are from the “Master of the Macabre”.

Let’s have some fun here and visit some of these outstanding books.

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Bernie Wrightson’s first professional published work was in DC’s House of Mystery #179 (1969). He did a backup story with another comic legend (early work), writer Marv Wolfman. This comic also featured some early work from Sergio Aragones and Neal Adams (Cover Artist).

His first non horror related comic came immediately following his first work. Although not too far from the realm of horror, he penciled a Spectre story in The Spectre #9 (1969)

Bernie continued to do interior backup stories for DC and a few covers for some magazines/indies, but it wasn’t until late 1970 when Marvel Comics stepped in and let Bernie do his first comic cover; Chamber of Darkness #7. His second Marvel cover would turn out to be Creatures on the Loose #10 (1971). Why mention his second cover you may ask? He collaborated on the cover with some guy named Jack ‘King’ Kirby. It also happens to be the first appearance of King Kull.

Green Lantern #82 (1971) turned out to be the first major superhero work. He only did the inks on one page here though. Inks over Neal Adams.

Here’s an interesting thing. Bernie did a cover for House of Mystery #195 (1971) and the name of the story was “Bat Out of Hell”. Look at that cover……..2 months later he’s one of the writers in Batman #237 (1971), which also is the first appearance of the Reaper. Then a few months after that he collaborates with Neal Adams on the Batman #241 (1972) cover. It looks very similar to the House of Mystery cover Bernie did just a few months prior. Was that House of Mystery cover a Batman break-in for Bernie? Possible right? Well just a few months after the Neal Adams Batman collaboration cover came Bernie’s first solo Batman cover happened on Detective Comics #425 (1972).

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Dialing back for a second here, House of Secrets #92 (1971) is a prize from the Bernie collection as far as first appearances are concerned. This comic features the first appearance of Swamp Thing. Wrightson is to Swamp Thing as McFarlane is to Spidey, Kirby is to Captain America, Frank Miller is to Daredevil….you get the idea right? Wrightson does the cover and interior here. Fantastic comic to own.

Already mentioned above were some of Wrightson’s first work with Marvel, but about a superhero for Marvel? He’s already done Batman for DC, what about Marvel? After some stints with Kull and Conan, he did his first sort of superhero character in Astonishing Tales #31 (1975). His cover art was a collaboration with Ed J. Harrington and it depicted Deathlok shooting in a blaze of glory. Okay so Deathlok doesn’t do it for you? How about Incredible Hulk #56 (1976)……from France. Yes that’s right. He did a Hulk solo cover that appeared only in France. Good luck getting that comic in NM condition….ever. So what about a SOLO Marvel cover in the States as a first for Bernie in regards to a major Marvel Superhero? Captain Marvel #43 (1976)? Nope, another collaboration. How about Incredible Hulk #197 (1976)? We have a winner! ….And who is that on the cover? Why yes that’s Man-Thing (coincidence? Um, no). What a beauty of a cover too.

Speaking of beauty. Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein (pictured above). Wow. Just wow. Marvel at the beauty of this artistry. Unbelievable, magnificent, poetry, classic….there simply are not enough words here.

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Bernie’s first Superman came in Superman #272 (1974) as a pinup. Still counts as a first. He also contributed a pinup in a Superman pinup portfolio in 1984.

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Here’s a question to ponder. Since the mention of Batman and Superman, what about Marvel’s flagship character? Spidey! Yes Bernie Wrightson penciled, inked and colored his first Spider-Man story back in 1986. Marvel had these really cool things called graphic novels back in the 80’s that featured original stories in oversized fashion and on super shiny paper. Oh it was so cool, good times, good times….. anyways, “Amazing Spider-Man in Hooky” was the name of Marvel’s graphic novel #22 (1986) that Bernie had complete creative control (except writing duties). This was Bernie’s first and only Spider-Man story he’s ever done. In Marvel graphic novel #29 (1987), Wrightson collaborated with legend Jim Starlin; The Incredible Hulk and the Thing. It wasn’t until the following year that Jim Starlin And Bernie Wrightson would collaborate to make one of the top 10 Batman stories of all time.

Batman: The Cult was and still is a bad as* Batman story. A four issue series that still brings it to this day. Still sort after and if you don’t own it, you should.

Rolling back here, here are two freebie’s for InvestComics fans. Back in 1983, Doctor Strange/Silver Dagger Special Edition #1, cover by Wrightson. Dreadstar #6, Get these comics in a 9.8 grade, get Bernie to sign them (Jim Starlin as well; Dreadstar #6), grade them and sell them before the Dr. Strange madness dies down a few years from now and the Dreadstar craze begins and dies as well. Your welcome.

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Jay Katz

 

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Best Selling Marvel Comics of 1973 – 40 years later !

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Lets take a look at a list I have compiled of potentially the best selling ongoing Marvel Comics series of 1973.

This list ranks them in order of best selling titles based on total number of sales.   Most of the sales statistics come from the yearly average published in each title.  Sales annual data information originally collected by John Jackson Miller in his book “Comics Buyers Guide: Standard Catalog Of Comic Books”.  For some titles marked with a * I have come up with a potential number of what the sales might have been for numerous titles basing the numbers on years around it when the 1973 info was not known.

Amazing Spider-man was a true success story for Marvel and was once again the #1 best selling title for the publisher for almost a decade in a row at this point.   This year everyone waited in anticipation in shock when 2 issues in a row featured major deaths which was unheard of in comics at this time.  The deaths of Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin have long been two of the most important 1970’s comic books.  Spider-man sales were so strong that Marvel Team Up also ranked as one of Marvel’s best selling titles and may have come in #3 of the year. These estimates are based on later sales figures from the late 70’s but its likely they were at least this high if not higher in the early 70’s.   Marvel Tales reprinted issues and also came in a strong #15.

Fantastic Four came in a strong #2 and these were the same top 2 comics for the company every year for the last 10 in a row.

However Marvel comics sales were definitely slipping in the early 1970’s.  In the last 4 years alone both Spiderman and Fantastic Four both lost 100,000 readers !!   This was the worst year of sales for both titles since about 1964 when readership was newer and on the rise.

Conan was a true success story for Marvel in the 1970’s.  This was the newest title to have huge numbers and the estimate used here is from a later 1970’s sales date so its possible sales may have been higher and if so, Conan may have possibly been the #2 selling Marvel title just behind Spider-man !

Thor was still ranking high at #5 in 1973 but its sales were the lowest it had been since the character debuted in 1962.  This was the first year since 1962 that sales dropped below 200,000 copies per month.

Iron Man we have ranked at #6 but this might be way off. Unfortunately no Iron Man sales figures have ever been published prior to 1980 and so that is the number we are using for comparison.   So Iron Man may have potentially sold a lot more or a lot less in 1973.  Thanos debuted in Iron Man #55 and is now the most valuable comic published in 1973.

In a year of sales lows, Incredible Hulk, for the first time also fell below 200,000 copies a month.   Even Tales To Astonish had always sold over 200,000 copies during the Hulk’s entire mid 60’s run.

The Avengers, Captain America, Daredevil all sold decently but like always were considered 2nd tier heroes for Marvel.

How the times were different back in 1973 !  Sgt Fury, a war comic, was still in the top 10 and selling close to 200,000 a month and already past issue #100.    Even Rawhide Kid, a 13 year old western comic was outselling X-Men !

It’s even possible that the new Crazy Magazine featuring satire and jokes was outselling X-Men at this time.   Here we use later 1970’s sales figures for Crazy but it likely sold higher as it debuted in 1973.

Out of the 62 ongoing series on our chart, Marvel only published actual sales figures for 10 of them.  The 1970’s had very few sales figures posted so all the remaining titles at the bottom of this chart NEVER had any sales figures so I am not going to speculate on any guesses of actual numbers.     Two possible guesses: Newer titles would have had higher readership as more people were starting to pick up new series.   Superhero titles may have outsold other genres such as horror, western and romance even though those were quite popular at this time still and dominate much of the list.    The comics at the bottom of the list are not listed in any particular order.

BEST SELLING COMICS OF 1973
1 AMAZING SPIDERMAN 273 63
2 FANTASTIC FOUR 225 61
3 MARVEL TEAM UP *218 218 72
4 CONAN *215 215 70
5 THOR 195 66
6 IRON MAN *189 189 68
7 INCREDIBLE HULK 187 68
8 AVENGERS 185 63
9 SGT. FURY 184 63
10 CAPTAIN AMERICA 175 68
11 DAREDEVIL 168 64
12 DEFENDERS *152 152 72
13 MARVEL SUPER HEROES *140 140 67
14 RAWHIDE KID 138 55
15 MARVEL TALES *138 138 64
16 GHOST RIDER *135 135 73
17 MARVEL PREMIERE *131 131 72
18 X MEN 127 63
19 CRAZY MAGAZINE *123 123 73
20 AMAZING ADVENTURES ? 70
21 ASTONISHING TALES ? 70
22 CHAMBER OF CHILLS ? 72
23 CHILI ? 69
24 CREATURES ON THE LOOSE ? 71
25 CRYPT OF SHADOW ? 73
26 DEAD OF NIGHT ? 73
27 DRACULA LIVES ? 73
28 FEAR ? 70
29 FRANKENSTEIN ? 73
30 HERO FOR HIRE ? 72
31 JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY ? 52
32 JUNGLE ACTION ? 72
33 KID COLT OUTLAW ? 48
34 MARVEL DOUBLE FEATURE ? 73
35 MARVEL FEATURE ? 71
36 MARVEL SPECTACULAR ? 73
37 MARVEL SPOTLIGHT ? 71
38 MARVEL TRIPLE ACTION ? 72
39 MARVELS GREATEST COMICS ? 69
40 MIGHTY MARVEL WESTERN ? 68
41 MILLIE THE MODEL ? 45
42 MONSTERS ON THE PROWL ? 71
43 MONSTERS UNLEASHED ? 73
44 MY LOVE ? 69
45 OUR LOVE STORY ? 69
46 OUTLAW KID ? 70
47 RINGO KID ? 70
48 SPECIAL MARVEL EDITION ? 71
49 STRANGE TALES ? 51
50 SUB-MARINER ? 68
51 TALES OF THE ZOMBIE ? 73
52 TOMB OF DRACULA ? 72
53 TWO GUN KID ? 48
54 UNCANNY TALES ? 73
55 VAMPIRE TALES ? 73
56 VAULT OF EVIL ? 73
57 WAR IS HELL ? 73
58 WARLOCK ? 72
59 WEIRD WONDER TALES ? 73
60 WEREWOLF BY NIGHT ? 72
61 WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS ? 70
62 WHERE MONSTERS DWELL ? 70

On average Marvel Comics in 1973 sold 300% higher / more copies than a Marvel Comic does today in 2013.

The biggest key valuable books so far from 1973 include Iron Man #55 with 1st appearance of Thanos and the mega-famous storyline of Amazing Spider-man featuring the deaths of Gwen Stacy and Green Goblin.

Article by comic book historian Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com – hoknes@hotmail.com

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.

Sales annual data information originally collected by John Jackson Miller in his book “Comics Buyers Guide: Standard Catalog Of Comic Books”.

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Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics and all new Diamond products at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics. hoknes@hotmail.com