Comic Broker: February 2015

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Aliens 1 of 6 ( Dark Horse )

Damn if it ain’t a great time to be comic lover.  So District 9 director Neil Blomkamp is going to revisit the Alien franchise.  You must be thinking, oh yea I have heard that crap before.  But here’s the good news.  He’s going to start his sequel right after Aliens.  Ripley fans rejoice!  Nah.  I’m waiting for the return of Hicks!  This is his first comic appearance!

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Note:  This is the first Newt appearance as well but not Ripley!  That honor goes to a publication by Heavy Metal.

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Die hard fans probably have this already but with plans for a live adaptation it’s going to become even harder to find than it  already is.

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All you Need is Kill/Terra Formars FCBD 2014

Takashi Miike is a sick director in more ways that one.  Don’t believe me, watch Gozu.  So when I found out he’s adapting the ultra-violent Terra Formars I had to find the first comic appearance:

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Amazing Spider-Man 649 ( First Tron Suit )

So many wonderful versions of Spider-Man have been included in Slott’s epic Spiderverse story.  Good luck finding 650 with that sick Tron suit cover.  But you can easily find this one and there’s a cover pic of 650 in the back!

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I have been waiting some time to include the following list of comics.  None are really connected to any current movie or film releases.  They are simply some of my favorite issues:

Secret Warriors 4 ( First appearance of Manifold )

The hype is on other books from this series ( see Quake and Leviathan ) but Manifold is easily the best character to come out of this excellent series

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Star Wars Galaxy 3 ( One of only a few appearances by Jaxxon )

Jaxxon, Usagi Yojimbo, The Maxx  and Bucky O Hare are my choices for best comic book hares and rabbits.  Jaxxon has a limited number of appearances.  This in one.

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Secret Avengers 6 ( First Descendants )

One of the better modern Marvel stories centers around the Descendants and their inevitable ascension to glory.  All they needed to do was eliminate all of humanity.  Thanks for stumbling onto their subterranean homer Secret Avengers!

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Sabrina 28 ( rare Sonic Appearance )

Yes I collect rare Sonic appearances and this is one of the toughest to find in the wild.  People beat on Archie comics and this one suffered the same fate as most.  The point here-don’t give comics to children ( just kidding! )

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Mighty World of MARVEL 16 ( Scarlet Witch Cover, Rocket Raccoon appears )

I am always on the hunt for more RR appearances.

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Captain Britain 19 ( First Lance Hunter )

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets better and better but the next season is make or break for the show.  Lance isn’t quite a fan favorite but his first is very difficult to find.

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R. Grampa is one of my favorite cover artists.  Here are three covers my collection can’t do without:

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 -Topher

@Larfleeze

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Comic Broker Report – October 2014 (part 2)

 THE COMIC BROKER’S REPORT – September 2014 pt. 2

Reaction to this month’s article has been about as hot as my sister skinny dipping with a recently diagnosed thyroid problem.  To make up for that I have decided to add some extra selections for this month.  An update would have sufficed but it ballooned with a bunch of new pics and since become a part 2.  Some of these may have already been spotlighted by others on the web and if that it true then those author’s are by far much better than me and should receive emails from any reader telling them so!  Enjoy your Labor day weekend folks!

The Pulse 11,13

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With A Jessica Jones show coming up on Netflix how long before Danielle Cage makes an appearance?

The Flash: Iron Heights

Girder is an obscure DC villain who first appeared in The Flash: Iron Heights, an excellent prestige format book by industry greats Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.  The character has been cast to appear in the upcoming Flash TV show.

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Farooq/Blackout is an even more obscure character than Girder.  Though he appears first in the well printed/underwhelming Flashpoint 1 (also by Johns ) the issue is rare depending on which version you seek out.

Sketch variant, third printing, George Perez variant, SDCC and Canadian Expo edition

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 Tales of Suspense 59 ( First Appearance Jarvis )

Jarvis will be cast for the Agent Carter show.  The famous butler to heroes first appeared in this classic series from Marvel.

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Doctor Who Weekly 17 ( First appearance of Abslom  Daak )

Fan favorite and Dalek Killer, Abslom Daak could finally be appearing on screen.  His first appearance is really going to be tough to find in high grade though.

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The Avengers 167 ( First appearance of Carina )

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In the comics she’s The Collector’s daughter but if you’ve see the GOTG film then you know that she’s not to happy with her position.  It’s great little role by an unknown.

The Flash 245 ( First appearance of the Floronic Man )

Del Toro’s Justice League Dark is going to feature many of DC’s best characters who deal in magic and mysticism.  The legendary director  has expressed a desire to include The Floronic Man.  This is his first appearance.

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Note:  The Floronic man appears in The Atom 1 but he does not become the Floronic Man until this Flash issue.

Secret Six 7 ( first appearance of Komodo )

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Arrow is looking to feature a ton of DC characters in the upcoming season including Komodo!

The Flash Volume 2 Issue 28  ( First Linda Park )

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Green Arrow 17 variant ( First Komodo DC new 52 )

This variant is going to be the one to collectors will want.  It also features Jeff Lemire’s writing debut for Arrow and that’s enough to make this reader buy!   Simon Lacroix is an expert archer in his own right and may turn out to be one of the more exciting TV characters if he is adapted well from the source material.

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The Eternals 7 ( First appearance Eson the Searcher )

One of the more obscure appearances ( and my personal favorite! ) from the GOTG film!

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Hulk vs. Iron Man 2  ( First Extremis Hulk )

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Captain Atom ( First General Wade Eiling )

The General is rumored to play a significant role on Arrow!  This one may not see much in the way of market gains based on a higher print run but for fans of Arrow it’s a must own and can probably be found in a dollar bin.

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Peter Parker, Spider-Ham 12 ( First Galactypus )

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If you haven’t been reading Ultimate FF then you need to start right after you finish reading this.

Superman Day of Doom 1 of 4

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Man I sure hate mini -series and not because of the format.  For some reason collector’s frown upon them especially modern  buyers and sellers.  In this cases fans of the upcoming Gotham show and the Gotham Central comic should want this one.

-Topher

@larfleeze

 

Comic Broker Report – September 2014

Everyone likes a quickie.  Enjoy!

Venom Lethal Protector 1 ( Gold, Newsstand, Black Cover Error )

First Appearance of Ann  Weying

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These days many people have been infected with Venom.  Marvel has actually done a pretty good job in this area.  Mania may be my favorite but Ann Weying is right behind her!

Her best cover by far!

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Dark Horse Insider 6

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Sam Rami made a bit of a splash at this years SDCC by announcing a possible TV show for his Evil Dead property!  First appearance of Ash and the famous book bound in skin is in this hard to find preview series.

Earth x  0 ( First Female Thor )

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Despite being set in a different time and alternate Universe this is the first appearance of a female Thor.  If you can find a depiction of a woman wielding the power of Thor prior to this book please let me know!  So why is a female Thor important?  Well it looks like Marvel is changing some things including the sex of one one of its most popular heroes.  Bad idea?  Time will tell but until then there is sure to be a lot op speculation on who will hold the hammer.

Tales of Suspense 59 ( First appearance of Jarvis )

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The upcoming Agent  Carter show will feature a familiar face, the original Jarvis.  With all the hype J.A.R.V.I.S. is getting surrounding Avengers 2 it sure is nice to hear that one of the Avengers most beloved characters will be showing up on the small screen.

Sensation Comics 1: First Wildcat

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Wildcat may be coming to season 3 of Arrow but your chances of finding his first is pretty much zero.  The cover is pretty cool though so I decided to post it for you all!  That’s if for this month!

 

-Topher

@larfleeze

 

Oh and I really want this SDCC treat!

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Comic Broker Report – Undervalued Moderns Special

The market can be slow to reflect the value of certain issues.  This can happen for many reasons.  Each month I try to give readers the opportunity to get in on a sleeper well before the market catches up.  Though I am not always right I try to select comics that are worth collecting even if you might never make a penny on the fast flip.  I have featured some of these comics in the past.  They make this list because they remain largely unknown to the collecting community.

 

Batman Volume 1 Issue 656

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If you are looking for Damian Wayne’s first full appearance then here ya go!  Issue 655 along with its variant and other printings are often the ones collectors want but they only feature Batman’s son in shadows.  This issue is where we get to see the league trained badass for the first time!

Iron Man,Incredible Hulk,Nick Fury       Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield ( second appearance )

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It’s odd to me that Agent Coulson’s first appearance is so undervalued.  It’s pretty tough to find and features a character that is loved by most Marvel fans.  With Agents of SHIELD getting better with each episode I hope these two comics see significant increases in value.

Battle Scars 1,6

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So if you don’t appreciate Coulson’s first actual appearance in a comic then you can pick up these two which feature his first appearance ( and named appearance ) in the regular Marvel Universe.

Th Invincible Iron Man ( 2008 ) 10,11

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Ok there are a ton of these to hunt down.  Why?  Well recently the actor who voiced Iron Man’s A.I.  J.A.R.V.I.S. told us he’s playing the Vision.  This means that the A.I. that Stark created is becoming one of the most popular Avengers in the next film.  The Vision first appeared in Avengers 57 and it highly valued.  But as the film version will be bringing the Stark A.I. to life as an android,  these comics should be worth a lot more than the currently are.  Issue 10 features the first appearance of the RESCUE armor, made for Pepper Potts by Tony.  In Issue 11 we learn that the A.I. system in her armor is the J.A.R.V.I.S intelligence!  That makes these issues the first comic appearance of the intelligence system which will become the Vision in Avengers 2.  So far the hardest issues to find are the second print for issue 10.  This us due to the first cover for RESCUE.  Issue 10 has variants, the hardest one to find being the secret retailer variant.  The only way to tell is a barcode variation pictured above!

Elektra Assassin 2

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Ok I admit I am a huge Bill Paxton fan.

Once we learned that his character on A.O.S. was secretly a Hydra agent this book should have seen some market action.  It has a wonderful cover and is written by an industry great.

Action Comics 471

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Despite many who were disappointing by the Man of Steel I have come to realize that it is a very good film.  Russel Crow actually steals it along with Zod’s top soldier Faora who first appears  in this issue of Action Comics.

Supernaturals 4

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It’s still amazing to me that Groot is coming to a theater near you in August.  For a character with less that 5 pre Copper Age appearances it just seems insane that an Alien like this is being thrust into the mainstream. To my knowledge this issue is his first appearance in the modern age.  This series inserted masks into the issues and I believe the ones with the Ghost Rider mask are the hardest to find.

Chuck Norris  and the Karate Kommandos 1

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First appearance of this legend is all you need to know.

Captain America 208, first appearance of Arnim Zola

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If you geeked out as much as me with Zola’s incredible appearance in the Winter Soldier then I applaud your love of insanely twisted comic villains!

 

-Topher

@Larfleeze

Comic Broker Report – February 2014 (part 2)

 Two hours in the bathroom not only yielded a better nights sleep but a part 2 for February !  Enjoy!

 

The Brave and the Bold 57 ( First Rex Mason, Metamorpho )

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Do current readers even care who Rex Mason is?  Well if you didn’t catch the name drop by the Earth 2 Batman from this month’s Earth 2 Annual 2 then you might just miss out down the road.

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SPOILER-In the Earth 2 Annual 2 we finally learn the secret identity of the Earth 2 Batman.  Personally I wasn’t surprised but the story was well crafted and the art was decent.  The most interesting tidbit was the source of Batman’s powers, Miraclo.  Last month I mentioned the importance of this little drug as it relates to the CW and the upcoming Hourman series.  Now we learn it is critical to Earth 2’s most popular character.  The source of Miraclo on Earth 2? Yup, Rex Mason.-END SPOILER

Note:  Jarvis Pennyworth, Alfred’s father is one badass butler!  Read the DC Earth 2 Annual 2 mentioned above to find out what I mean.   Batman 9 isn’t only the first appearance of Strix but Jarvis Pennyworth as well!

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Oh and Earth 2 Batman first appeared in the last year’s Annual 1.

 

Journey into Mystery 97 ( first Surtur )

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Staying ahead of the game is the key to success if you are buying and selling comics in today’s market.  Rumors concerning the storyline for Thor 3 are already starting to pop up around the web.  If the fire lord Surtur and the Demons of Muspelheim end up central to the story then this classic will quickly increase beyond the nice value it already holds.

Thor Annual 18 ( First Flame/Hrinmeer )

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Though common, this issue of Thor features the half elf/half demon Hrinmeer.  The final battle Ragnarok could be the focal point of Thor 3 making  this issue quite important.   It was pollybagged and easy to find in high grade so I suggest hunting for the newsstand edition!

The X-Men 4 ( first Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver )

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No explanation is needed as to the future importance of these characters.  If you are reading this article then I assume you love the Avengers and X-Men as much as I do!  You will NEVER find this comic for a cheap price and though that makes a bargain hunter like me mad it does not make it any less important to collectors.

Avengers 181 ( First Scott Lang )

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Over the last few years Marvel Premiere 47 has been hot.  Knowing that an Ant-Man film was coming, collectors were quick to snag this Bronze Age gem.  As information about the film has started to leak fans are realizing that while Scott appeared as Ant-Man in MP 47 he actually appeared first in this Avengers comic!

X-Factor 19/Marvel Age Annual 3 ( First Horsemen of Apocalypse )

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Currently no one knows what Marvel films has in store for the Apocalypse/X-Men film.  AOA?  It’s possible with Blink in the mix.  There is also a strong likelihood that the Horsemen will be involved.  So while hoarders and flippers are banking copies of X-Factor 5,6,& 24 you might just want to scoop these up while those other guys are distracted:

X-Factor 15 ( First Pestilence/Plague )

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X-Factor 11 ( First War/Abraham Kieros )

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x-Factor 12 ( First Famine, Autumn Rolfson )

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Astonishing X-Men ( Second Series, 1,1a,1c – First Wolverine as Death )

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You never know how Marvel Film’s is going to alter comic storylines so there is always the  possibility that Wolverine could end up one of the Horsemen in Singer’s next film. If that happens this comic will explode.

Note: There is also a Dynamic Forces Marvel Authentix Edition limited to 3,500, and a signed edition.

The Amazing-Spider-Man Annual 8 ( First Alistair Smythe )

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Spider-Man 2 is filling up with villains, I hope the script is well written to accommodate the Sinister-Six never mind the inventor of Spider-Slayers!

Nick Fury VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. 3 ( First Alexander Pierce )

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Hopefully this Agent played by Robert Redford doesn’t end up the Red Skull is disguise but even if he doesn’t his first appearance is relatively easy to find.

DMZ ( 1, 2008 Convention Variant )

Vertigo is enjoying a lot of TV and film rumors lately including this incredible tale by Brian Wood.  Issue 1 is not easy to find but this con exclusive is the real cherry.

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Or you could get the first appearance of the series from this fine Vertigo title.  It’s much cheaper too!

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22 Brides 1,2 ( First Painkiller Jane )

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You could buy issue 1 or it’s Comic Cavalcade Variant but then you would only own a cameo of Painkiller Jane.  So far all adaptions of this brutal beauty have fizzled.  That does not bode well for long term investing, that is if you like profit.  But the issue 2 variant above and it’s regular cover ( not pictured ) are not easily found and feature her first full appearance!

Red Star ( Wizard 1/2, Wizard 1/2 Foil, Issue 1,6 Variant and any of the DF signed editions )

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It looks like this film adaptation is a reality.  I have always loved this series and highly recommend it to those who love original sequential art stories.  At this point I would look for: both wizard 1/2 issues, issue one of the regular series, any DF signed editions and the variant for issue 6.

J.A.R.V.I.S. as the Vision?!?!?

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Late last year I recommended The Invincible  Iron Man 10, 10 variant, 10 secret retailer varian, 10 2nd print, 11 & 11 2nd print.  I speculated that the J.A.R.V.I.S. AI from Marvel Films might factor into the origin of Ultron.  Well it turns out that the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Paul Bettany has been cast to play the Vision!  Watch these comics explode as a result.

Squee ( All printings for all issues! )

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The Cartoon Network is adapting this Slave Labor classic!  Issues have multiple printings and are all super rare.  This one should spike in value due to the fact that the internet is going to be the primary source for copies.

Legends 3 ( First Modern Suicide Squad )

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Honestly I am having are hard time recommending this one.  It’s not the first appearance of the SS, it’s not rare or hard to find and it’s part of a mini-series.  But it will continue to get hot especially after the most recent episode of Arrow.  As far as Suicide Squad issues to buy there are others which I would purchase before this one. What are they? Check back next month!

-Topher

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Comic Broker Report – September 2013

It ‘s the end of the summer and safe to say that the market has cooled off.  This time of year is always tough as kids prepare to go back to school and parents buy pencils and paste rather than drop hundreds on 3D variants and other nonsense.  I would go on and on about the limited investment viability of such things but Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman!  Fans are seething but I love it.  Affleck has remade himself as a director and shown that he is a humble, competent actor.  With Zack Snyder having met with Frank Miller and the obvious age difference between Superman and Batman is it possible that a DKR might get made?  I doubt it but we all can hope.

 

Iron Man/Hulk/Fury

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So in the past I have made my thoughts clear on Agent Coulson.  The new show starts soon and if it’s good I expect this fan favorite character’s limited comic appearances to increase in value. At this point both Battle Scars 1,6 and Iron Man: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2 are NOT his first appearance in comics.  This forgotten issue from 2009 now has that honor.

Transformers 4 ( First Dinobots)

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Transformers 4 is called Age of Extinction?  Looks like Grimlock and his buds might see a screen treatment.  As they are some of the more popular Autobots expect their first to get chewed up by speculators.

Amazing Spider-Man 344

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Could Carnage ever make it into Sony’s Spidey plans?  There have been some rumors.  As we all know ASM 361 ( first and second print ) are key, but the first appearance of the man under the symbiotic alien was in this forgettable issue.

The Invincible Iron Man 10 ( all versions ) 11 & 11 second print

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The J.A.R.V.I.S. AI is one of the best parts of the Iron Man trilogy and now that we know Ultron is the Avenger 2 villain and that there are no plans to adapt his comic origin, it is quite a big guess as to what the metallic monster’s origin will be.  Some believe that J.A.R.V.I.S. will be central to the storyline.  If it’s true his first comic appearance is in issue 10 ( as Rescue ).  He then makes himself known to Pepper Potts when she wears the Rescue armor for the first time at the beginning of issue 11.  It’s a long shot but one never knows….

NFL Rush Zone FCBD

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Ever heard of Skyward?  Internet sales of issue one variants have breached the 100 dollar mark.  Even the regular covers have low print runs.  A kids comic this good is rare and worth the investment.   Action Labs previewed it in the 2013 NFL Rush Zone FCBD issue making it the first Football comic worth anything.

Ame Comi ( vol.1 Issues 2,3 )

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In the past few decades only a few characters have become so popular that they generate a frenzy amongst collectors.  Go to any convention and you will see that Deadpool and Harley Quinn often receive the most cosplay.  The characters people love to dress up as illustrates massive fan bases that cannot be ignored.  As a result, a heavily overprinted comic  like New Mutants 98 can sustain ungraded sales of 75 or more.

The Ame Comi version of Duela Dent is fast becoming a favorite amongst girls who cosplay.  DC would be smart to recognize this and integrate her into the mainstream DCU.  Instead we have been given the Joker’s Daughter who may or may not be Duela.  There are many versions of the character but the steampunk version from these comics is the most admired.