Hot Picks Top 5 #57

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Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #419 and new comics coming this Wednesday 4/13/16. Click the link to read the article now.

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article.
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Harley Quinn #16 (2015) – The first appearance of Gang of Harley’s. 

Gwenpool #1 – This comic and series will be the next hot thing since Spider-Gwen. Variants are selling out quick. Asking prices on Ebay climb and climb……

Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harley’s #1 – Harley Quinn gets a mini-series and she’s brought her “Gang” with her. 

Deadpool Secret Secret Wars #2 (2015) – InvestComics calls THIS comic as the FIRST Gwenpool appearance. She’s on the cover! Her name appears ON the cover! Nuff said.

Moon Knight #1 – Moon Knights new series will rock. Creators Jeff Lemire (writer) and Greg Smallwood (pencils) are going to bring it. This series has tremendous upside. 

Harley Quinn #16

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Gwenpool #1 J Scott Campbell

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Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harleys #1

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Deadpool Secret Secret Wars #2

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Moon Knight #1

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Here are the rest of the comics appearing in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #419. Click the link for more details! 

IC 100 Club Pick: Strange Tales #151 8.5 (1966)

Howard The Duck #1

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Marvel Spotlight #28

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Batman Superman #31

Black Canary #10

Howard The Duck #1  (2015)

Werewolf By Night #32 (1975)

Marvel Spotlight #28 (1976)

Silver Surfer #3

C3PO #1

Monstress #5

Jackpot #1

Blade Bunny #1

Delete #1

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Delete #2

Black Road #1

House of Penance #1

Werewolf By Night #32

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Hot Damn #1

Actionverse #1

Princeless Make Yourself #1

Aether And Empire #1

Goldie Vance #1

Heartthrob #1

Erathune #1

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Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz – Social Media Strategist

Hot Picks Video #419

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Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 4/13/16

**Please, if you are a new reader or a regular reader of this article and have not seen or read the disclaimer, we urge you to read it (link provided above).

Click on the RED links or the comic cover to buy/bid from All sellers on Ebay.

Check out last weeks InvestComics Hot Picks mobile video below. Then read the InvestComics Hot Picks #418!

NOTE. Please understand that when InvestComics releases the Hot Picks article on Friday that many of the independent comics may not be available on Ebay yet. Most of the time, some of the more obscure titles make their way onto Ebay later on in the week or right on/at/before new comic book day on Wednesday. Be sure to check back and click the links or cover(s) to see if the books you want have been listed on Ebay. They usually show up, so be sure to check back!

Strange Tales #151

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Each week InvestComics seeks out a comic(s) on Ebay for $100 or less and then brings it to the attention of our fans. We call it IC 100 Club Pick. The idea is to get a great book at a great price. We do not own nor are we selling these comics. The comics are found by a random process. We do not know the ebay seller(s), nor are we promoting the Ebay seller. Any knowing from the Ebay seller of InvestComics or its affiliates is purely coincidental. (See disclaimer for more details).

IC 100 Club Pick: Strange Tales #151 8.5 (1966) – This amazing high graded comic is only $85 with FREE shipping. Two legends provide the cover art here; Jack Kirby and Jim Steranko. This comic is Jim Steranko’s first Marvel art. A fantastic Silver Age comic for only $85 and free shipping. 

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Harley Quinn #16

Harley Quinn #16 – (WonderCon Variant) – Click To Buy/Bid

Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harleys #1

Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harleys #1 – Click To Buy/Bid

Batman Superman #31

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Black Canary #10

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We mentioned in last week’s Hot Picks article that the new Superman comic crossover event “Super League” will be one to keep an eye out on for a possible first appearance(s). This coming week in Batman Superman #31 we may have a peek at something either brewing or a first appearance. Buy each issue of this mini-crossover event happening in all of the Superman titles. You’ll be getting a fantastic story line and with possible first appearances popping up. Super League part 2 this Wednesday.

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Sticking with the “we mentioned this” dialog, back in March of 2015 (ICHP #365) InvestComics gave readers a heads up on the Harley Quinn #16 (2015) comic. That comic features the first appearance of the Gang of Harley’s. Here is a copy and paste dialog from that article back in March of 2015,Harley Quinn #16 will feature the debut of the Gang of Harley’s. What more do you need here really? A Harley comic with an introduction? Yes, massive potential here. Two $15 variants are sold out. The Left hand variant and the right hand variant. No really, those are the variants. Be sure to click the red link to buy/bid on Ebay right now if you want this one. There is also a very cool WonderCon variant as well.Not only is this a cool comic to own, but debuting this week; Harley Quinn And Her Gang Of Harley’s #1. Yes it’s a mini-series, but how long before we get a regular ongoing here? Writers Frank Tieri and Jimmy Palmiotti will get this series going. Grab that Harley Quinn #16 now before the other websites make this their own pick, thus causing the fanboys to dry everything up. One more thing about the new Harley book. Jimmy Palmiotti announced on his Facebook page that if you buy the cover with the blank spot on it (pictured in this article), you can draw on it and Jimmy will post it on his page. Buy it, get cracking!
…..Also, don’t forget that InvestComics has the ultimate Harley Quinn checklist that includes the first appearance of Gang of Harley’s and MANY other cool first appearances as well. Go there now, click HERE.

A possible intro of a new villain in Black Canary #10. Check it out.

Deadpool Secret Secret Wars #2

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Gwenpool #1 – (J Scott Campbell Variant) – Click to Buy/Bid

Howard The Duck #1

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We’re going to reminisce once again. Back in June of 2015 (ICHP #376), we said this;
Marvel’s Deadpool Secret Secret Wars #2 will be part of the Spider-Gwen craze. How about Gwenpool? Spider-Gwen as Deadpool sounds like a match made in aftermarket heaven doesn’t it? Let’s see if Gwenpool ever gains traction, if she does, she first appears right on the cover as part of the Gwen cover variants all over Marvel’s books right now. Only one of these available on Ebay right now”. Well there you have that. We received quite a few thank you emails and messages regarding that pick for our fans. Although some speculators will say this is not Gwenpool’s first appearance, it kind of is. One of the grading companies actually has the information on their slab that says “Gwenpool on cover. Predates Howard The Duck #1.” Not only does it predate the supposed “official first appearance”, but it predates Howard #1 by 5 months. We have always felt that Deadpool Secret Secret Wars #2 is in fact the first appearance, not the comic from 5 months later.
Rant time…..There are so many comic book issues that deserve better cataloging than the grading companies give them. It’s a bit absurd the way they control the market in that way. If Wolverine SAYS his name and you SEE him, in his entirety, the absolute FIRST time anyone has ever seen Wolverine, THIS is his first appearance, not the following issue. It’s absurd to throw the word “cameo” into the mix in these books. The same works with the Gwenpool character. The first time fans ever see Gwenpool is on the COVER of Deadpool Secret Secret Wars #2, with her NAME on top of the book! The grading companies say otherwise and the comic book aftermarket has to follow suite. Too much power there and if the eyes actually SEE a character in full gear and a name is said, not a shadow or a hand or a leg or a mention, then it should be their first appearance, end of story.
With all of that out of the way, we gave our fans a heads up back in mid 2015 and the Deadpool Secret Secret Wars #2 book is still a key comic in the modern collectors market. We had a feeling that Gwenpool was going to be a big deal someday. She did become a big deal. Now this Wednesday Gwenpool stars in her very own ongoing series; Gwenpool #1. A whole bunch of variants will accompany the release and sellouts will occur. The Stacey Lee Incentive cover is sold out. The J Scott Campbell Paris Expo variant will be a hot ticket. Look for Gwenpool to continue her rise to the top.

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Moon Knight #1_1980

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Marvel Spotlight #28

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Moon Knight #1

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Werewolf By Night #32

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If you have followed InvestComics for the better part of our 11 year existence, you will know how much we love the Moon Knight character. We have spoken about Moon Knight so much on this site, but with the constant urgency to buy low during a lull in the market for him. We’ve reminded fans of Werewolf By Night #32 (1975), Marvel Spotlight #28 (1976) and Moon Knight #1 (1980) on numerous occasion. We said to purchase them when they were hundreds of dollars less than they are now. Crazy thing is, there still may be more upside room for these comics. We have a complete Moon Knight checklist right HERE if you are in search for some key issues.
There are so many rumors about Moon Knight these days. So many times fans think maybe this rumor will come to fruition and it never materializes. It will happen eventually. Marvel (Disney) wants to have an answer to DC’s Batman (Dark Knight) and Moon Knight (White Knight) is their answer. This week fans are introduced to an eighth volume of Moon Knight with the release of Moon Knight #1. The creative team consist of writer Jeff Lemire and amazing artist Greg Smallwood. Have you seen the pencils Greg is laying down? Wow. The Eric Powell incentive variant is sold out. Look for more sellouts as word gets out that this series is killing it.

A major turning point in Silver Surfer #3. We had a major turning point a few months ago at the finale of the previous series. So now we have another? Okay.
A new Star Wars one shot from Marvel comes out Wednesday; C3PO #1. It’s a one shot for a reason. Well a couple really. One, to gauge the interest and two, Marvel probably does not have enough confidence in a solo ongoing for C3PO right out of the gate. Hence the one shot. A ton of pointless variants for this issue are available. We hope a regular ongoing series never sees the light of day. Ask yourself this question, do you see yourself buying a monthly story about C3PO? We don’t. And please no fanboy emails or messages about our opinion. Please go elsewhere, you don’t belong here.

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Jackpot #1

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C3PO #1

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Blade Bunny #1

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Black Road #1

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Heartthrob #1

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Marjorie Lui’s Monstress #5 hits this week. A new ongoing series from Ray Fawkes and Marco Failla from After-Shock Comics; Jackpot #1. Look for this story to catch on with readers. A very nice Andrew Robinson 1:10 variant out there.
A new Anime style comic from Antarctic Press will see a possible sell out; Blade Bunny #1 looks like a winner. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray’s Delete #1 received rave reviews. Check out the follow up; Delete #2.

A bunch of number one issues will be available from various independent publishers. Here are some we feel are worth checking out.
Black Road #1 (Image Comics), House of Penance #1 (Dark Horse), Hot Damn #1 (IDW Publishing), Actionverse #1 and Princeless Make Yourself #1 (Action Lab Entertainment), Aether And Empire #1 (Blue Juice Comics), Goldie Vance #1 (Boom Studios), Heartthrob #1 (Oni Press), Erathune #1 (Stranger Comics).

Silver Surfer #7

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Actionverse #1

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Monstress #5

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Goldie Vance #1

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House of Penance #1

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Erathune #1

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Tommy #1

Invest wisely. Read Comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

UPDATE: We inadvertently left out the winner of the Tommy #1 variant from Creature Entertainment! The random winner is……….Vince Jason Rodriguez!! Congratulations Vince!! Be sure to contact us with your info so we can mail out your book!

Hot Picks Top 5 #54

New to InvestComics? Please read the Disclaimer here before proceeding…

Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #416 and new comics coming this Wednesday 3/23/16. Click the link to read the article now.

Click on the RED links or comic cover to buy/bid right now.
**Please, if you are a new reader or a regular reader of this article and have not seen or read the disclaimer, we urge you to read it (link provided above).
Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article.
NOTE: The InvestComics site is BEST viewed on Google Chrome!

Hot Picks Video #416 below:
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NOTE. Please understand that when InvestComics releases the Hot Picks article on Friday that many of the independent comics may not be available on Ebay yet. Most of the time, some of the more obscure titles make their way onto Ebay later on in the week or right on/at/before new comic book day on Wednesday. Be sure to check back and click the links or cover(s) to see if the books you want have been listed on Ebay. They usually show up, so be sure to check back!

We are not responsible for comics not shipped on time and or changing of release dates regarding this article or any article on InvestComics. We report on the comics DUE out the coming week. We have NO control of release dates nor will we change our article to accommodate a change in shipping, release date or cancellation. We also use the phrase “sold out” in our articles on a regular basis. “Sold out” means at the distributor. We have no way of knowing if your local comic shop still has copies at their store on the shelf of a comic that is no longer available on the distributor level. Please use common sense here.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #56

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Hyperion #1

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Hyperion #1 – Marvel’s latest Superman push. Maybe they want to eventually have a Superman type movie one day. Maybe Disney wants that. And what Disney wants, Disney gets.

Obi-Wan And Anakin #3 – Regular readers on InvestComics know we recommend ANY Star Wars comic. Not only for the fantastic story lines throughout Marvel’s galaxy far far away, but also the potential of a new major Star Wars character getting introduced. That said, Obi-Wan and Anakin visit a new world this Wednesday. A new world could mean a new character!

Venom Space Knight #5 – And speaking of new characters. Check out the new Panda character named Pik Rollo in this comic. That Ariel Olivetti cover kills too.

Delete #1 – The Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, and Justin Gray team is at it again. This time with a Devils Due Publishing release. A must read of course. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #56 – This comic is sold out across the board. Regular and variants. The solicit point to the first appearance of Leatherhead in this issue……..but that’s not the complete truth. Check the InvestComics Hot Picks article to find the true first appearance of Leatherhead. 

 

Here are the rest of the comics that appeared on this past week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #416 (Click the link to read now!).

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Strange Tales #90

Strange Tales #90 (1961) – Click To Buy/Bid

Batman #50

Batman #50 – Click To Buy/Bid

Avengers #154 (1976) Graded 9.4. – IC 100 Club Pick

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 – (1988) (Mirage Publishing)

Batman #50

Batman #1 – (New 52)

Wonder Woman #50 

Deathstroke #16

Harley Quinn #26

Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot Katana #3

Carnage #6

Angela Queen Of Hel #6

The Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6

Strange Tales #90 (1961)

Avengers #69 (1969)

Sentry #1 (2000)

Avengers #70 (1969)

Avengers #70

Avengers #70 (1969) – Click To Buy/Bid

Avengers #69

Avengers #69 (1969) – Click To Buy/Bid

New Avengers #8

Totally Awesome Hulk #4

Ultimates #5

Shadow Glass #1 (Dark Horse)

Circuit-Breaker #1 (Image Comics)

Star Wars #17 (Marvel)

Oh Hell #1 (Overground Comics)

Independence Day #1 (Titan Comics)

Bloodshot Reborn Annual #1 (Valiant Entertainment)

 

Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz – Social Media Strategist

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Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 3/23/16

**Please, if you are a new reader or a regular reader of this article and have not seen or read the disclaimer, we urge you to read it (link provided above).

Click on the RED links or the comic cover to buy/bid from All sellers on Ebay.

Check out last weeks InvestComics Hot Picks mobile video below. Then read the InvestComics Hot Picks #415!

Before we hit you with the latest InvestComics Hot Picks, have you seen the new promotion (giveaway) we are running? You can enter for your chance to WIN a pair of movie tickets from Fandango.com/InvestComics to see the new Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice movie! Click the image below and see how. Run, do not walk.

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NOTE. Please understand that when InvestComics releases the Hot Picks article on Friday that many of the independent comics may not be available on Ebay yet. Most of the time, some of the more obscure titles make their way onto Ebay later on in the week or right on/at/before new comic book day on Wednesday. Be sure to check back and click the links or cover(s) to see if the books you want have been listed on Ebay. They usually show up, so be sure to check back!
We are not responsible for comics not shipped on time and or changing of release dates regarding this article or any article on InvestComics. We report on the comics DUE out the coming week. We have NO control of release dates nor will we change our article to accommodate a change in shipping, release date or cancellation. We also use the phrase “sold out” in our articles on a regular basis. “Sold out” means at the distributor. We have no way of knowing if your local comic shop still has copies at their store on the shelf of a comic that is no longer available on the distributor level. Please use common sense here.

Avengers #154

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Each week InvestComics seeks out a comic(s) on Ebay for $100 or less and then brings it to the attention of our fans. We call it IC 100 Club Pick. The idea is to get a great book at a great price. We do not own nor are we selling these comics. The comics are found by a random process. We do not know the ebay seller(s), nor are we promoting the Ebay seller. Any knowing from the Ebay seller of InvestComics or its affiliates in purely coincidental. (See disclaimer for more details).

IC 100 Club Pick: Avengers #154 (1976) Graded 9.4. there are two standouts here regarding this pick. Let us tell you what the other non-standouts are first. It’s a 1976 book graded at a nice 9.4. It’s the first appearance of Tyrax. Legend, George Perez with interior art. Now let’s hit on the two standouts. First, the cover art is by Al Migrom and comic book legend Jack ‘King’ Kirby. Second, this graded CGC comic is priced at a Buy It Now for only $59.99. Okay one more fantastic thing….free shipping. This must be in your collection. Avengers, George Perez, Al Milgrom, first appearance, and Jack Kirby?! A 9.4 for $59.99 with FREE shipping. No-brainer here. Better grab it before it’s gone.     

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Wonder Woman #50

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Batman #50

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Harley Quinn #26

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Deathstroke #16

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IDW introduces Leatherhead in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #56. Leatherhead actually first appeared back in 1988’s Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 (Mirage Publishing).

Bruce Wayne is back as Batman in Batman #50. Here is Synder and Capullo’s final Batman comic. They’ve had a fine run to say the least. Does it equate to Batman #1 in their run costing so much money in the aftermarket? More questions; Does that comic contain a major first appearance? A death? A creators first work? A low low print run? If the answer was ‘no’ to all of these questions, then the answer to our original question was answered. Here’s another thing. Look to the right upper hand side of the graded Batman #1’s. It’s blank. Nothing there. Not even a new costume reference. Not hating, we absolutely loved the run. Just need to point out the obvious and separate the boys from the men. Long term…..be wise youngsters, invest wisely.
Also reach their 50th issue this week will be Wonder Woman #50.
An awesome fight will be going down in Deathstroke #16. Deathstroke vs. Red Hood. Ding! Ding! Fight!
The Harley Quinn character faces a new direction in her life. Witness it in Harley Quinn #26.
Creator Cory Nord gives fans some eye candy this week. Check out the cover to Suicide Squad Most Wanted Deadshot Katana #3.

Hyperion #1

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Avengers #70

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Avengers #69

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Sentry #1

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Carnage #6 introduces Jabulile van Scotter. 
The first meeting (fight) between Angela and the new Thor takes place in Angela Queen Of Hel #6. No hair pulling or cat scratching here folks!
The Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 will have the team searching for ORRGO. ORRGO has been used sparingly over the last 53 years. Maybe a little over a dozen appearances? Crazy right? ORRGO’s first appearance was in Strange Tales #90 (1961). A book from Jack Kirby, Don Heck, Steve Ditko, and Stan Lee. Wow, what a line up.

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Doesn’t Hyperion remind you a bit of Superman on a couple of his covers to Hyperion #1? Maybe Marvel is trying its hand again in trying to deliver their version of Superman. Marvel last tried back in 2000 with Sentry. Sentry was basically Marvel’s Superman at the time. They don’t really have that “Superman” type character. They really don’t need one. Fast forward to Hyperion #1. Marvel may be going back to the well again with the striking resemblance on those covers. Hyperion first appeared (cameo) along with Squadron Sinister in Avengers #69 (1969). His first full appearance was in the next issue; Avengers #70. Sentry (Robert Reynolds), first appeared in The Sentry #1 (2000).
Is The New Avengers #8 comic the first appearance of American Kaiju? It might be.
Obi-Wan And Anakin enter a new world in Obi-Wan And Anakin #3. You know what that means right? New world, new characters!

The Howling Commandos Of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6

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Strange Tales #90

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Carnage #6

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New Avengers #8

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Venom Space Knight #5 will introduce Pik Rollo. Pik is a Panda. Yep. Look at that killer cover by Ariel Olivetti…..with a Panda on it. This whole Panda thing seems so random.
Totally Awesome Hulk #4 – Women of power variant from Meghan Hetrick for the win. But that Ultimates #5 Women of Power variant from Yasmine Putri is stellar too! Okay we’ll call a tie this week. That all said, we still think the title of the Hulk book is a bit silly, not changing our minds on that one.

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Angela Queen Of Hel #6

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Totally Awesome Hulk #4

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Ultimates #5

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Circuit Breaker #1

Circuit Breaker #1 – Click To Buy/Bid

 

Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Connor, and Justin Gray team up (once again) to bring us Delete #1 from Devils Due Publishing. Always a good time when these guys (and gal!) get together. And do you know that the ‘insert’ button on your keyboard is right next to the ‘delete’ button? Looks like Jimmy, Amanda, and Justin are using that subliminal stuff on us. ‘Insert’ this comic into your collection. See, see, we’re on to you! So we’re buying this comic, not because of a button, because we like you guys…..and gal.

Bloodshot Reborn Annual #1

Bloodshot Reborn Annual #1 – Click To Buy/Bid

Delete #1

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Shadow Glass #1 (Dark Horse). Circuit-Breaker #1 (Image Comics). Star Wars #17 (Marvel). Oh Hell #1 (Overground Comics). Independence Day #1 (Titan Comics). Bloodshot Reborn Annual #1 (Valiant Entertainment).

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Jay Katz

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These articles focus on comics that no one is talking about or speculating on anymore. Mostly for good reason though. There are some hidden gems among the non-elite here, but with that said these comics have been long forgotten and simply not thought of by many collectors. Most of the comics in the article here are comics to be found in long box sales, but so much fun nonetheless. Some are actually a little tough to hunt down and worth some extra cash in the aftermarket, but isn’t the hunt always more fun? If interested in any of these comics, most can be found by clicking the red links provided in this article or comic cover, that’s if you don’t feel like hunting them down or you simply cannot find it. Will any of these comics ever be of monetary value? Or have a resurgence? Probably not, but with the influx of television and movies these days you never know. Here are a few InvestComics oddities to check out. Enjoy and happy hunting/reading!

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Avengers Icons: The Vision (2002) A four issue mini-series written by Geoff Johns and art by Ivan Reis. What is there not to love about this? A great story here. Needs to be in your collection today.

Warlock Special Edition (1982) Can’t afford or find the early Warlock stories from Strange Tales? How about an awesome six part reprint series? Jim Starlin provides new covers. And with Warlock rumored to debut in the Marvel Cinematic universe eventually, these books will be in demand even though they are reprints.

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The Black Dragon (1985) This long forgotten sword and sorcery series was brought to you by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Bolton. Great stuff here.

Tigra (2002) Why hasn’t Tigra become an Avenger in the movies? Too campy maybe? But so cool though. This forgotten series was penciled by Mike Deodato Jr (and covers). Written by Christina Z.

Claws (2006) This series had smash hit written all over it. It did okay for its time, but no one remembers it today. Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. Art and covers by Joseph Michael Linsner.

 

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Although a young talent within the industry, Fiona Staples is making her place already. With the recent influx of amazingly talented female creators coming in, Fiona is one of the tops on the list. The Saga comic keeps on killing it and so is Fiona. Be sure to check out her upcoming Archie Comics relaunch in July; Archie #1 with writer Mark Waid. It’s going to be spectacular.

So here are a list of comics below that collectors should be aware. A talented young career thus far, but so full of life.

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Elsinore #4 (2006) Devil’s Due Publishing. First major published work. Pencils; collaboration with many artist. Not many of these on Ebay right now. Two.

Done To Death #1 (2006) First solo pencil work. First cover as well. Markosia (UK). Scarce on Ebay.

24Seven #2 (2007) First work at Image Comics. Penciled a short story in this Anthology. Written by Ray Fawkes.

Secret History of The Authority Hawksmoor #1 (2008) Fiona’s first work regarding the big two. DC Comics imprint Wildstorm gets the dubious award for being the first to showcase Fiona’s artistry. Pencils and colors many of the Wildstorm characters, including Midnighter.

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North 40 #1 (2009) Critically acclaimed Wildstorm series. Art/inks and cover art.

Wolverine Art Appreciation One-Shot Canvas Cover (2009) Here’s her first Marvel work. A contributor along with 13 other creators lending their penciling talents.

Marvel Adventures The Avengers #34 (2009) First Marvel cover art. Collaboration with Roger Cruz. Hard to find.

Astonishing Tales #3 (2009) A Spider-Woman backup story penciled by Fiona. Only two on Ebay right now.

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War Machine #5 (2009) A Wolverine Art Appreciation variant cover by Fiona. A Logan cover.

Mystery Society #1 (2010) First work with IDW Publishing. Pencils/inks/colors with Steve Niles on writing duties. Fiona gets to provide a variant cover too.

Magus #1 (2010) An awesome cover for 12 Gauge Comics. Only one set available on Ebay.

Superman Batman #79 (2011) Here she gets a crack at doing a cover jam with Superman, Batman, and Robin. Too bad it’s all of the characters from DC One Million. Still great regardless. There are only two copies on Ebay at the moment.

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Superman Batman #80 (2011) Looks like Fiona gets to do a Superman/Batman cover after all. Awesome. Only one on Ebay.

Jonah Hex #66 (2011) Art and cover art for this fill in issue. Works with writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray.

Dollhouse #1 (2011) First Dark Horse work. Cover art only.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #7 (2011) Cover art begins. Will go on to do 4 straight covers.

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30 Days of Night #1 (2011) IDW’s hit comic. Steve Niles writes, Sam Kieth art and cover art by Fiona Staples.

Saga #1 (2012) Every comic creator has that “one” book. That breakout book where fans/collectors turn their head and say “That looks interesting.” Saga was that book. It still is. A mega hit from the onset. Fiona does everything in this comic but write it. That’s left up to Brian K. Vaughan of course. Art/inks/colors/letters and cover by Fiona.

Life with Archie #24 (2012) Here’s an important collectors issue. This is the first Archie work for Fiona (cover art only). It’s a magazine variant. She will be an intricate part in the relaunch of the Archie Comics line coming up very soon. Archie #1 will be all Fiona Staples with some Mark Waid (writer) thrown in.

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Rat Queens #1 (2013) Talks of a television show had this comic through the roof at one point. Its since cooled down. But the Staples variant is still going for some good big bucks.

Betty and Veronica #267 (2013) The first official Archie “comic book”. A variant cover. Not a magazine type. First Betty and Veronica art.

Velvet #1 (2013) A beautiful Midtown Comics variant cover here. An Ed Brubaker/Steve Epting book.

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (2014) A variant cover supplied here. An original thought went into this Spidey variant, unlike the same old Spidey swinging from the buildings.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 9/24/14

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So how did you all like the short Baltimore Comic Con video? If you missed it, here it is….

InvestComics will have a full rundown of all of the comic shows that we were a part of this past year. Quite a few! Some great highlights and very few lowlights, but there was one particular lowlight that far exceeded anything we could have imagined, but you’ll have to read the wrap-up article to see exactly what I’m talking about. It’s something that all collectors should definitely be aware of. It’s an alarmingly disappointing find and very important too. With that, like I said, the good superseded the bad by a huge margin.

Some quick DC Futures End comics to touch on….

1346858_xl2017484A new Superman will be making an appearance in Superman Futures End (2014) #1. This dude has it right with a full facemask on. No one will be mistaking him for Clark ever. I’m really digging the new look. Check it out on the cover to the right.

A good amount of copies remain for the Harley Quinn Futures End (2014) #1 issue, kind of surprising figuring how hot Harley was or is. Guess the cool down continues to occur.

There is only one sold out Futures End book this week. That goes to Catwoman Futures End (2014) #1 3D variant. Why is this?

New characters, costumes, and villains will continue to pop up in the Spider-Verse story line, so be sure to stay on top on these books. Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 Marvel) #3 will be one of those books.

New Avengers (2013 3rd Series) #24 is an extra sized issue. It features a spectacular Gabriele Dell’Otto cover with Thanos. Beautiful work. It’s also a part of Marvel’s “In Eight months – Time Runs Out” deal.

Robert Kirkman continues his onslaught of sold out comics. Can this dude do no wrong right now? Be very sure to buy Outcast (2014 Image) #4 this week. Not only because it’s one of the hottest series on the planet right now, but because this issue introduces a major player into the fold. Let’s see, a mainstay character’s first appearance in a HOT comic series by Robert Kirkman? Uh yeah, buy this. Buy this comic regardless of the slight lull in the aftermarket. When the Outcast series picks up steam regarding a television show, you’re going to wish you had the back issues. Especially an early issue with a major intro like this one coming out this week. Did I mention it’s sold out?

…And another hot comic that has the comic fandom in a bit of a tizzy these days, sold out two consecutive times before and now this week marks its third sellout in a row; Wool (2014 Cryptozoic) #3. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray continue to bring it.

Parallel Man (2014 Future Dude) #1 will be sold out in a week, should check that out. Roche Limit (2014) #1 will without a doubt be seeing a second printing very soon. It will be sold out by Friday my speculator friends, better get on this one. It’s a space opus, very interesting story, and a new Image comic……all adding up to the possibility of something special. Buy this comic. Town Called Dragon (2014 Legendary) #1 is on the verge of a sellout status.

IDW goes with their fourth volume in the G.I. Joe series with GI Joe (2014 IDW Volume 4) #1. The Cliff Chiang cover is selling very well.

 

That’s is for this week. See you soon.

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Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 7/23/14

Three very hot comics on the must buy list from the speculative side hit on Wednesday. Yes they will be great reads, but you may want to pick up an extra copy on each. On one though, you’ll have to do some very quick maneuvering. Life with Archie (2010) #37 is the quickie culprit here. This comic takes place one year after the death of Archie (Life of Archie #36). The death issue had close friends of mine, non-comic collecting, texting me about the death issue. So with that in mind, realizing that the death of Archie has reached the media and people who really don’t know the real deal about Life of Archie #36. It’s not really a death issue. It’s an alternate telling of his death. Archie will live on in the comic book world, in “real time” if you will. Again, keeping this all in perspective, the sold out Life of Archie #36 and the now Sold Out Life of Archie #37 will sell for a nice premium in the aftermarket…….but for an extremely limited time. Very limited. Cash out as quickly as possible with the fad of Archie’s death. Get the variants from names like Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, or even Alex Ross to get the most bang for your buck. There are other very nice variants available, but these three just mentioned are good to almost guarantee a return on your money with extra to buy other significant comics coming out this week.

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Significant like Amazing Spider-Man (2014 3rd Series) #4. Unlike the Archie book, this comic is a bit of a buy and hold pattern. It might be hot right out of the gate, or maybe not. Here’s the deal. Have we gone the route of other people bitten by THE radioactive spider? Sure we have. But these days things are a bit different. We get the attractive girl (look at that cover), we get a superstar Spider-Man writer at the helm (Dan Slott), we have Hollywood breathing down the neck of every possible character within the Marvel Universe right now (Black Cat IS coming), and simply put SILK looks bad ass. Maybe this will be an X-23 first appearance? NYX was not a hot book right away. Not until the collectors realized that X-23 was actually in that book that it went bonkers. The Marvel solicitations had no mention of X-23. The obvious difference with Silk’s first appearance is that we all know it’s coming. The key to this first appearance and how big it will be depends on Dan Slott. Will the writer build her up to be her own entity?…..Her own persona?…..Some serious character development to keep the attention of a reader? If all of these things line up there are a few things to consider here. A: She will eventually get her own comic, B: This will be the first appearance of any significant character HP72314 (2)out of a Spidey book in a while, and C: Amazing Spider-Man #1 a couple of months ago would be the first appearance of Silk. Well actually the girl that got bit by the Spider. Hang onto Amazing Spider-Man #3 coming this Wednesday; I see a lot of upside here with the new girl on the block, Silk.

The third must get this Wednesday is Ragnarok (2014 IDW) #1. Legend Walt Simonson brings fans a new epic comic. A sold out epic comic at that! The cover for some reason brings me back to Thor #337 (1983), in which Mr. Simonson was singlehandedly responsible for putting Thor back on the map. Jack Kirby….Walt Simonson. Get Ragnarok #1, if anything you have an awesome read ahead for you, but something tells me that this will fall in favor on the spec side.

….More upside, but in the reading department coming from IDW. Transformers vs G.I. Joe (2014 IDW) #1 is Sold Out across the board. Regular cover and variants! Not sure what all the fuss is about here. They first fought in 1987 (Marvel Comics) and they went  at it a few times after that. Some loyal fans looking for a good fight. Don’t expect aftermarket to be of any promise with this, but expect some butt kicking action!

Secret Origins (2014) 3rd Series #4 features a secret origin story on Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Superman (2011 3rd Series) #33 continues the focus on Ulysses as Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. bring more mystery in the background of this issue.

Supreme Blue Rose (2014 Image) #1 is sold out at Diamond. Better take a look at that one. IDW pokes fun at Marvel’s Secret Wars, Civil War and DC’s Crisis with Super Secret Crisis War Johnny Bravo (2014) #1. Great stuff here.

Owlgirls (2014 Red Anvil) #1 is about sold out. Check out this one on the shelf. Tuki Save The Humans (2014) #1 from Cartoon Books is also one to check out.

…And rounding out the week with other books that look like fantastic reads; Zombie Tramp (2014) Ongoing #1, Monster Motors (2014 IDW) #1, Star Spangled War Stories G.I. Zombie (2014) #1 (a Jimmy Palmiotti/Justin Gray comic, definite awesome read here),  Victorian Secret Midwinter Special (2014) #1 (almost sold out),  and Storm (2014 3rd Series) #1.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

Start Me Up!

Welcome back to our new (somewhat) weekly feature, Start Me Up! Every week we’re going to feature a different comic book or comic book based Kickstarter project that we find interesting. We are going to include all genres and all types of projects, from low goal Indie books to high goal books and projects from well known creators. Our purpose is to clue you in on some cool books that we think deserve your attention and could use your funding dollars. We will also review the rewards and products that we receive from successfully funded Kickstarters that we contribute to, and we encourage you to send us your own reviews as well. Remember, we are only giving our opinions on what Kickstarter projects we think look interesting, and we can’t guarantee any certain outcome or satisfaction for any project that you decide to help fund.

Welcome back, boys and girls! Due to some unforeseen personal circumstances, I had to skip last week’s column, and I apologize. But, to make up for it, I come to you this week with five, count ’em FIVE new Kickstarters for you to feast upon! I’ll be much briefer with each one, since there are so many, but I assure you, they are well worth your time and money!

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First off, we have Weapon of God, from the illustrious writing duo Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Jimmy and Justin are two of the finest writers to ever contribute to the comic book industry, and two of my absolute favorites. They have many credits to their name, from many different companies, but they are most well known over the past few years for writing Jonah Hex for the old DC Comics, and are the current writers for both All Star Western and Batwing in the New 52.

Weapon of God is a mature audiences book, and is the 4th Kickstarter project from Paperfilms, which is made up of Justin, Jimmy, and the amazing artist (and wife of Mr. Palmiotti) Amanda Palmer. It is an 80 page graphic novel about the Vatican’s secret warrior, the Weapon of God, as he is sent to battle a terrorist that is wreaking havoc in America. The exclusive Kickstarter edition will have a cover by Amanda Palmer, and interior art by Giancarlo Caracuzzo. The book was originally slated to be only 60 pages, but it has already achieved it’s goal and even broken the first stretch goal, so now it will be 80 pages as well as square bound. There are 21 days left, and stretch goals are being added all the time. There are a multitude of reward tiers to choose from, starting at $5, which gets you a digital copy of the book, all the way up to the $300 tier, which gets you a mystery box full of signed goodies as well as a copy of the book, plus whatever else they want to throw in! I chose the $25 level, which gets you a physical copy of the exclusive book, signed by Jimmy Palmiotti, and your name printed on the thank you page! This book promises to be amazing, so make sure you get in on it while you can. You won’t be sorry.

Rocket Girl

Next up, we have Rocket Girl, by Eisner Award nominated artist Amy Reeder and accomplished writer and rockstgirleditor Brandon Montclare . Rocket Girl is about a teenage cop from the future, who is sent back to 1986 to investigate crimes against time by an evil mega-corporation. Along the way, she discovers that things aren’t what they seem, and that the time she is from shouldn’t even exist at all. The art is spectacular, and the plot is incredibly interesting. Rocket Girl is a wholly creator-owned ongoing series, and this Kickstarter is being used to fund and promote the book, as well as provide some cool stuff to all the backers. They will be announcing a publisher to help them distribute the series later this summer, but since it is creator owned, they are responsible for all costs. That’s where we come in, folks. This book looks like a lot of fun, so go take a look. The goal has been reached, but there are nearly 3 weeks left, and the more money they raise, the more they can make happen. For as little as $1, you get a weekly behind the scenes insider update on the process of creating the book, with great stuff like sneak peek art, scripts, and podcasts. for $9 you get a full digital insider package, which includes a PDF of the book, and over 100 pages of extra digital material, such as concept art, the full script, and more. If you’d like a physical copy of issue #1, it’s only $10, and comes signed by Amy and Brandon, and comes with a Kickstarter exclusive double sided 6″x9″ full color print! This book looks really cool, so don’t miss out!

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Now we have a really interesting and different sort of book for you. It’s called Hinges, by Meredith McClaren. Hinges is about a doll named Orio and her companion familiar Bauble, and their struggles to survive in the clockwork city of Cobble. (Yes, I may have a particular interest in reading a book set in Cobble.) Hinges is currently a webcomic that you can read for free on Meredith’s blog right here, and the goal of this Kickstarter is to print the first arc as a 109 page hardcover book. I can’t even begin to describe this comic, but it’s beautiful and interesting and unique, and you should really go read it right now. Since it’s already available online for free, you can see what you’re helping fund, before you decide to do it. But I assure you, after you read it, you won’t hesitate to contribute. You can get a .pdf of the book for $10, and a digital and physical copy together is only $30. The goal hasn’t been reached yet, but there are 4 days left and it’s SO CLOSE! So I urge you to go right now and help make this project happen. This is what Kickstarter is all about, people!

Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Vol. 1

Our fourth Kickstarter of the day is Lady Sabre & The Pirates of the Ineffable Aether Vol. 1, by Eisner Award winners Greg Rucka and Rick Burchett. Greg is a prolific and highly decorated writer, with a slew of spectacular books on his resume, including his Atticus Kodiak novels, Whiteout for Oni Press, Gotham Central, 52, and a fantastic run on Wonder Woman for DC Comics. Rick is known for tons of excellent work for indie companies like First, Pacific, and AC, and eventually found great success at DC comics, becoming a multiple Eisner winner for his work on The Batman & Robin Adventures and Batman: The Gotham Adventures.

Lady Sabre is a grand, swashbuckling epic set in a world that combines Victorian England, 19th century Europe, and the Old West. Now fill that world with pirates, magic, zeppelins, guns, monsters, heroes, and ladysabre2villains, along with all of the wonderment that comes with a good old fashioned steampunk adventure. What more could you possibly ask for? Nothing, I tell you! It’s perfect! And you can go read it for free, right now, at www.ineffableaether.com, just to see how utterly amazing that it is.  This project is being used to fund an exclusive Kickstarter-only physical hardcover edition that will contain the entire first volume of Lady Sabre, and it is going to be a masterpiece. Coming in at a whopping 192 foil stamped cloth-bound pages, this jacketed, landscape oriented tome will be a beautiful centerpiece to any book collection. The Burchett’s full color art is breathtaking, and Rucka is one of the finest writers to ever put pen to paper. I can not say enough good things about this project. If you haven’t done a Kickstarter before, then this is the one to start with. This edition will contain Kickstarter-only material, including a new short story by Rucka, and pin-ups by other well known artists. You can get a DRM-free .pdf version of this for a paltry $10 pledge, but I went with the $30 level, which gets you all of the digital content,  plus a wallpaper and icon pack, plus a physical copy of the book itself. I challenge you to find a book this nice ANYWHERE for $30. It can’t be done. The rewards keep getting more and more generous from there, up to and including some really cool art, patches, dog tags, signatures, and even being drawn into the story! This is truly a wonderful project, and I urge you to be one of the lucky ones that helps make this project happen.

The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey

Finally, we have a wacky little book that I know very little about, but it looks pretty darned cool, and it has monkeys. How can you not love monkeys? The Good, The Bad, and The Monkey is pretty much what it sounds like: a Sergio Leone-style spaghetti western, where all of the characters are primates. And the hero isgoodbadmonkey The Ape With No Name. Seriously. That’s awesome! The creator is hoping to fund a 100+ page hardcover with this Kickstarter, and he’s very, very close, with about a week and a half left to go. The only problem that some of you might have is that the project is being done in England, so if you get a physical copy of the book, you’ll have to tack on shipping in addition to your pledge. It’s still not so bad, though. A physical copy of the book comes to about $38, plus about $8 more for shipping to the U.S. So for $46 bucks you get a physical copy of a really freaking cool primate spaghetti western, all the way from  the U.K., along with a bunch of digital extras. If that’s too rich for your blood, then you can get a digital copy of the book, along with some screen savers, for around $12, and you don’t have to worry about shipping. There are some really cool higher level rewards as well, including a chance to be drawn into the book as a primate! Hell yeah! So, go take a look at the project and see what you think. The art is really cool, and the concept is great, and it has gunfighting primates, for god’s sake! Why aren’t you pledging already?

-Shaun Cobble

DC’s PHANTOM LADY #1 Preview

When she was very young, Jennifer Knight watched her parents get killed by Metropolis’ oldest and strongest crime family: The Benders. Cut to years later and an adult Jennifer is following in her father’s footsteps by taking on the crime world as a reporter … and as a super hero! Phantom Lady to be exact. But will she experience the same fate as her parents when she tries to infiltrate the next generation of Benders? And don’t miss the astonishing origin of the diminutive hero Doll Man!

Featuring a cover by Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts, PHANTOM LADY #1 is written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti and is illustrated by Cat Staggs and Tom Derenick.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – June 6, 2012

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks 6-6-12. 

This week we get to really scour the back issue bins at our local shop or convention. Check it out….

Marvel’s Hulk #53 is the first on the list with 4 different comics to look for. These comics though are in no way hard to find! The new storyline brings in Alpha Flight, Machine Man, She Hulk and A-Bomb. The most nostalgic of the 4 here has to go to Machine Man’s first appearance. You can find that in 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 from 1977. Why the nostalgic label? It’s a new character Introduction written and drawn by Jack “King” Kirby. Do you need more than that? Good, because that’s all you need. Alpha Flight first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #120. John Byrne brought this team to life in their own self-titled book and Alpha Flight will continue to live on in some form for a very long time. If ever Marvel gets the guts, this team would make for a fabulous movie. She Hulk appeared in HER self titled comic as well back in 1980; The Savage She Hulk #1. While John Byrne wasn’t on the debut issue, John also had a hand in bringing THIS character to life as well! Last but not least, A-Bomb first appeared in Hulk #2 from 2008. The most loathe or loved Jeph Loeb had his paws all over this comic. And very cool cover from Ed McGuinness on this one.

DC Comics brings in new artist Miguel Sepulveda to Red Lanterns #10. Check out one of Miguel’s first professional work in Thor God Size #1.

Swamp Thing #10 re-introduces the villainous Anton Arcane to the New 52 fold. Anton originally appeared in the Swamp Thing series from 1972. Issue #1 was the cameo as issue #2 was the “full” first appearance. Never will understand the ridiculousness of cameo and full as it is related to collection standards within the resale market. The cameos are usually less sought after while the full first appearance gets all the accolades of demanding more money. The cameo essentially truly is the FIRST time we ever see a character, so why would the SECOND time we see them be worth more? Well, this is a debate for another time…….

Action Comics #10 focuses on the villain Nimrod, another of DC’s new 52 villains that will be re-introduced. Nimrod’s (silly name no?) first appearance is from 1992 in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #7.  This lovely issue is written by Alan Grant with art from Tim Sale. That’s nice stuff.

That’s it for the back issues. Should be enough to hold you over for a week no?

Marvel’s Dark Avengers #175 is being dubbed the 1st issue of a new era. With a spectacular cover from Mike Deodato that screams BUY ME! Wow if ever judging a book by its cover, right? Tron #518, actually Iron Man #518 introduces a new costume into Tony’s repertoire. With all of the recent talk on the Marvel Cosmo’s on InvestComics lately, it’s no surprise that The Mighty Thor Annual #1 wouldn’t be mentioned this week. Guest starring Silver Surfer and Galactus! And look at that cover too!

Independents will be overtaken this week by Spawn #220. Not because of the 20th anniversary tag, not because Todd McFarlane is back, not because this issue will begin the introduction of new characters, not because it will bring back some old characters, no no…..because there will be no room on the shelf for any other comics. 6 variants at last count. Ahhh….Todd always thought big.

In single issue releases this week, if there is room for them on the Independent wall. Check out Creator Owned Heroes #1 from Image. With names like Jimmy Palmiotti, Steve Niles, Justin Gray, Phil Noto and Kevin Mellon attached, this is a must check out book.

Higher Earth #1 from BOOM! Studios. Only a buck to buy! And it looks like an interesting book.

Check out some covers of the week below. 

That’s it for this week, see you soon!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Justin Gray

*Note from Editor*

Ladies and gentleman please join me in welcoming the newest member of the InvestComics Interview team, Ms. Andra Walt. In comparison, Ms. Walt is the Barbara Walters of The InvestComics Interview team! The biggest question is who will open up and cry first?? Will it be Justin Gray?? Just kidding, read ahead as Andra Walt talks to one of the best writers within the comic book industry today, Mr. Justin Gray.  

Andra Walt: I’m speaking with Justin Gray, the co-author (with Jimmy Palmiotti) of the hot new DC book The Ray with Jamal Igle as the penciler. Okay Justin, let’s just get the the banal things out of the way first. 

You were born when and where? 

Justin Gray: Rapid City South Dakota many years ago. 

AW: Education? 

JG: I went to culinary school, switched to commercial art and discovered I’m not a fan of institutional learning. 

AW: How long have you worked with Jimmy Palmiotti? How did you meet? 

JG: I’ve been working with Jimmy since 1997 when I was an intern for Marvel Knights. Joe Quesada introduced me to Jimmy, Garth Ennis, Nelson and Amanda Conner around that time. I’d been harassing them online, pitching ideas and stories right when they started the Marvel Knights imprint.  

AW: Jamal Is really making a name for himself. How did you get him for Ray? 

JG: Jamal is such a great talent and we’re lucky to be working with him on The Ray for a number of reasons not the least of which is his clean and accessible storytelling. With a book like this you need to be able to guide a reader through the story with a blend of the fantastical and very human moments. Jamal excels at that and you continue to see that over the course of the four issues. 

AW: What is Lucien/Ray’s originality? I read a review that said he looked a little oriental, but the parents were caucasian.  I was wondering if he had been adopted? 

JG: He’s of Korean descent and was adopted by a Caucasian couple. 

AW: Do you have an interest in Yoga or the martial arts, as Ray seems to have those interests? 

JG: I’ve never done yoga, but I do appreciate yoga pants. I did train in martial arts for a number of years and have always loved the combat and spiritual sides to it. 

AW: Ray is so diametrically different from your other works (such as Jonah Hex). How did you come up with the concept? 

JG: I think we strive to create a new voice with every different project depending on the genre and concept behind it. It was important that Jimmy and I work against the grain with this title because we wanted to defy expectations. Not just with previous fans of The Ray franchise, but also with the trends in Superhero storytelling. You see that almost immediately in the first issue. 

AW: The girlfriend in Ray is different from the other superheroes in that she knows the powers of Ray. The other superheroes; ie, Superman, seem to feel that if their girlfriends know their powers they could be used against them. Why did you decide to go in this direction for the relationship? 

JG: Again it was a case of going against convention and shrugging off some of the superhero tropes in favor of a more grounded side to Lucien and his supporting cast. Faced with an origin story we decided to play off of people’s familiarity with superheroes by glossing over the stuff they’ve seen a million times in comics, film and even TV with shows like No Ordinary Family. We personally didn’t want to watch ANOTHER person with new powers make an idiot of them selves or sew a costume. 

AW: The introduction of Thaddeus Filmore caught a lot of readers off guard. The way he came into the story was genius! This is a great teaser, and I am wondering if you can give any insight as to how he will play into the book.

JG: The basic premise was that Batman and Gotham feels like theater or opera – very intimate, literary and grounded. Superman on the other hand always feels to me like his stories should be IMAX 3D summer blockbusters. With The Ray we tried to blend those ideas. So we’re introducing Filmore as a unique kind of megalomaniac super villain who views the world as a film set where he controls the script, the drama and the special effects. He views ordinary people as extras in his epic film. To him, after being away from the world for decades, The Ray looks like a movie star hero. That fact causes a lot of internal and external drama. 

AW: “So we’re introducing Filmore as a unique kind of megalomaniac super villain who views the world as a film set where he controls the script, the drama and the special effects.” This so reminds me of the Shakespearian quote “All the world is a stage and the people just characters” (or something to that effect).  Do you have any background in literature?

JG: Beyond reading as wide an array of material as possible I don’t have a background in Literature. I started out writing bad novels and even worse poetry, which I’m sure isn’t uncommon, but I’m largely a self-taught writer. I’ve taken two writing classes in my life, but the best advice came from reading and the best experience came from being rejected THOUSANDS of times. Once you get past the youthful anger of having someone tell you the truth about your work, you can start to look at it objectively and learn to make it better. Or at least try to make it better. 

AW: How do you think a new superhero will fair in the market of Superheroes? What do you feel will set The Ray apart from the others? 

JG: That’s the puzzle of superhero comics. The thing that makes them great is also the thing that can make them so frustrating. A good percentage of the audience has been trained to look at each new hero with the perspective of a long-term commitment. Everyone involved is committed to putting out the best 4 issues of The Ray that they can. We can’t worry about anything beyond that.  

AW: Is there a collaboration on the story ideas between you, Jimmy and Jamal, or do you just send him the script and allow him free rein on the designs?

JG: Comics are naturally collaborative, but what we try to do, unless there’s a specific visual element needed, is leave scripts open to artistic interpretation. The last thing you want is for an artist to feel like drawing a story is hard labor. Obviously no one gets into comics unless they love the medium and bring an enthusiastic joy to writing, illustrating, inking, coloring and lettering for a living. Anytime you design something there’s going to be a mash-up of different ideas and visions.

AW: Is The Ray going to be released digitally? How do you think the world of digital books will affect the LCS and the comic industy?

JG: The Ray is already available as part of the same day as print initiative, which I think is great for people that don’t live near or have a local comic shop. You take pride in your work and would like to see it available in as many places as possible. Comics have a very short leash when it comes to sales so the more people you can bring in the better chance you have of sustaining a title. Personally I like the digital platform for all media. I don’t buy hard copy anymore unless it is something special like an omnibus or an oversized hardcover edition. Digital makes it so much easier to pick up indie books that are under ordered or overlooked. That’s one of the things that ideally will help the industry grow. I do have some ideas about formatting and navigation that would make the buying experience much more logical, but it will get there eventually.

AW: It would appear that you and Jimmy are working on 3 books each month. How do you keep up with such a tight schedule, and how do you keep each book compartimentally separate in your minds?

JG: The key is to get way out in front of deadlines. From a creative and production standpoint there’s nothing worse than having a deadline hang over your head. We try to have at least six months of work finished, this way it allows for stories to progress organically. You can pick up and put down any story or character depending on inspiration. Of course being so far ahead comes with challenges when you’re working within a shared and every evolving fictional universe. Sometimes we have to go back and restructure or re-write, but having that six-month buffer works in our favor. It also helps the artist to know they’ll never be waiting on a script. I prefer having the freedom to work in chunks and by that I mean we might write three or four issues of one title in a two week span and not pick it up again for a month. That gives us time to breathe and come back with renewed enthusiasm.

AW: You alluded to a green lifestyle in the aside speaking of Lucien’s parents. Is this something that you think is important is this day and time?

JG: I think we should care about the world we live in and not just the part we occupy. Clearly with the population growing as rapidly as it is and having finite resources available on this planet we would be wise to find ways of keeping Earth from turning into a global episode of Hoarders.

AW: You also gave a “velvet hand” slap at the media on the first page. Do you feel the media works to hard in trying to push views on the public?

JG: That was more of a wink at the fans of the previous Ray. I thought the jab at social networking sites had more of a playful sting to it.

AW: You have worked with other versions of the The Ray while writing Uncle Sam, did you borrow much form them or was this a clean break?

JG: This was a completely clean break. Only the name and power over light are consistent.

AW: I am a real fan of All Star Western. In this, you bring up a “secret society” and the Batman books also are speaking of a “secret society”. Due to DC trying to get more continuity into the books, is this a plot line that is going to merge somewhere down the line in DC books?

JG: Thank you! We do love working on that book and hopefully there will be more “western” in it as we move forward. We’re discussing ideas regarding an expansion of those elements for a later date. Can’t say much about it now though.

AW: All Star Western also is setting up almost a Sherlock Holmes – Dr Watson pairing. Was this intentional?

JG: Once we included Arkham it seemed like an interesting pairing and to play on the differences between them. The plot had to involve more of a crime and urban scenario so that would allows Arkham to use his skill set for psychoanalysis.

AW: How much does the DC editorial team affect your storytelling?

JG: It depends on the project and if it stands alone or has a part in a larger storyline. That’s the beauty of the New 52 because the field is wide open to tell new stories and take books in directions that were previously unavailable.

AW: Will you be attending any Comic Conventions in 2012?

JG: Yes, I’m just not sure which ones yet.

AW: Now I would just like to ask a few questions about some of your earlier works.

It seems that a lot of today’s hottest talents have a history of working on Vanperella, you and Jimmy Palmiotti worked on the Vampirella Comics Magazine in 2003. What is it about that character that seems to be a rite of passage for writers and artists?

JG: I couldn’t say for sure.

AW: You and Jimmy launched a new Heroes for Hire series post Civil War where you worked with Billy Tucci and later Al Rio, though short lived. How was that experience?

JG: It was a great experience working with Billy and Al, both are very [talented] and of course I have a particular affection for Daughter’s of the Dragon.

AW: I really want to thank you Justin for being so open and accessible. I wish you much success for The Ray, and can’t wait for Issue 2. Thanks again. 

*Be sure to check out Justin Gray’s latest comic this week, DC’s big hit The Ray #2.

Stay tuned for more from the BW of InvestComics, our AW!

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-14-11

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-14-11 

The holiday’s arrive a little early for the fans of InvestComics. Tomorrow we will post an Interview with a legendary writer. InvestComics’ David Paul (JOSEPH!) sits down with…….well you’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out, not ruining the surprise! If you’re a fan of the IC Facebook & Twitter accounts, you’ll be alerted when it first post, otherwise check back.

DC Comics’ The Ray will be coming back in a limited series. Even if one wasn’t looking for a new Ray comic, DC grabbed creators Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Jamal Igle. This is a team that commands ones attention. The series will focus on a new Ray, but here at InvestComics you have to know your past to know the future. With that, Happy Terrill as the first Ray appeared in 1940’s Smash Comics #14. That’ll hit the wallet in $4400 range. The other Ray; Ray Terrill was introduced in 1992 by none other than Joe Quesada. The Ray #1 can easily be found in the dollar boxes at your local shop. But as for the new series, with those creative minds at the helm it’s sure to be a hit.

Sticking with the comeback theme, Carnage is back. Carnage U.S.A. #1 (what’s with this title?) presented by writer Zeb Wells and Art by Clayton Crain. Carnage was one of those villains back in the 90’s that became so loved, but so overused. The first appearance went for some big bucks back when the bubble was about to burst. Today however, things have obliviously leveled off a bit. Cletus Kasady a.k.a. Carnage first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #344 (1991 – $8). Cletus as the villain Carnage came 17 issues later in Amazing Spider-Man #361 (1992). Expect to pay close to $18 for this comic in near mint condition. Zeb and Clayton really look like they bring it in the previews; let’s hope they sustain that over duration.

Marvel’s status quo will change once again in 2012. Seems like the same mundane solicits after a while, but we all hold hope that we will read something that will truly and forever change something, and have some significant meaning behind it. With the arrival of Avengers: X-Sanction #1 and its ridiculous 7 different covers, one can anticipate THIS will be the prologue that will lead into that moment next year where we have that holy s*it moment. One can hope……….

Dynamite follows suit with a ridiculous amount of variants, 5 in all with Lord of the Jungle #1. With that aside, one of Tarzan’s earliest appearances in comic book form came in Dell’s 1948 Tarzan #1. This 1948 book is only $2000? Seems a bit unvalued, no?

The Independent circuit is very busy this week on InvestComics. Here are a few Indie’s to check out.

Irredeemable #1 (Artist Edition), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #2 Michelangelo, The Strain #1, Nowhere Man #1,  Airboy Presents Air Vixens #1, and from our friends at AAM-Markosia Dead Man #01.

 

 

 

 

Oh yes one more book to definitely check out this Wednesday, Star Wars Agent of the Empire #1. (Hint about tomorrow’s guest!)

Covers of the week below.

 

See you next week. Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

THE RAY #1 Preview

Here’s a look at next month’s THE RAY #1, the 1st issue of a four issue mini-series by fan favorit writers, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Grey, with art by equal favorite, jamal Igle. While palmiotti has scribed THE RAY before, this is one of the hardest reboots, as this new RAY is entirely different character than any of the previous Rays.

THE RAY #1 (OF 4)

 

Written by JUSTIN GRAY and JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Art by JAMAL IGLE and RICH PERROTTA; Cover by JAMAL IGLE

Get ready for a brand new Ray! Lucien Gates’s life is changed forever when he is struck by a mysterious beam of energy that turns him into a glowing gladiator – and being a human ray of light comes in handy when his city is suddenly under attack from giant, building-sized monsters. Unfortunately, light powers are less than handy in keeping his girlfriend happy.

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale December 14, 2011

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JONAH HEX PREVIEW PLUS

Take a peek at Fiona Staples’ pages to JONAH HEX #66 plus check out Jeff Lemire’s cover to JONAH HEX #69.
Here’s what Fiona Staples had to say about working on Jonah Hex over on DC’s THE SOURCE blog:

I love Westerns and this was my first time getting to draw one, so I really enjoyed tackling the scarred faces, period clothing and harsh environment. This particular story had a bit of a horror aspect too, so it was right up my alley! Of course, the best part of all was drawing Jonah’s famous messed-up face and contorting it into different expressions (mostly variations of “stoic” and “disgusted”) as he reacts to the weirdness going on around him.

JONAH HEX #66
Written by JUSTIN GRAY & JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Art and cover by FIONA STAPLES

The people of Casket Canyon seemed so excited to have Jonah Hex for dinner. That’s because he doesn’t suspect that he’s supposed to be the main course! With a horrific snowstorm brewing outside and hungry cannibals at the door, Jonah Hex finds himself with one foot in the grave and the other on the dining-room table. And if the cannibals don’t kill him, the cold will! Featuring the work of up and coming artist Fiona Staples (NORTH 40)!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 6, 2011

And here’s Jeff Lemire’s cover to JONAH HEX #69

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-1-10

1aaa1ahp9110frontpageAre you a collector? Maybe a reader? Well InvestComics covers it for you this week. And also, looks like Archie Comics will be making some history (again) this week!

 

 

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For 71 years Archie Comics have been published. Archie himself will be 70 years old in December, and still not one gray hair. Wait, didn’t he get married recently? Yes that hair color might change after all! Well Archie and the Archie Comics line have been through some changes over the years. Changes like the marriage, the “real style” look, and now Veronica #202. This historic Veronica comic is just that, historic to epic proportions. The local/national news, radio, newspaper and just about any other medium you could possibly think of has covered this comic….months ago. Yes months ago when the press release went out that revealed Archie Comics will have its’ first gay character ever. Welcome Kevin Keller to Riverdale gang! Indeed Archie Comics have turned the corner, so stop thinking the Archie line is for kids only. It’s not; the company has grown up a bit and it is starting to deal with real issues, real stories, real people and real life period. Is this what the comic medium needs is another “real” life scenario type based comic book company spilled out into a company that is known for its lighter approach to life? Well, you have to go where the money is, and it’s not little kids reading comics anymore. Granted Archie Comics still have their regular Archie books, but this “other approach” is making some huge noise in the media market and the lining of their pockets. Lest we forget everyone, this IS in fact a business, don’t kid yourself.

Archie Comics is about to break loose in more ways than one. Theater, music, television, and motion pictures, yes an Archie movie is on the horizon and it will be very successful. Do you think that Archie is covered in over 70 markets worldwide, been in business for 71 years because they aren’t a savvy, intelligent, and 100% committed and aggressive in their market? They know what they are doing, and they do it extremely well. Editor in Chief Victor Gorelick has his company firing on all cylinders, he continues to keep his foot on the throttle, so you better buckle up because Archie Comics is taking off! Veronica #202, sell out immediately, you better get to your shop early.

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DC comics Freedom Fighters # 1 from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray has fun written all over it. It also has the words “sold out” probably written all over it as well. If you’re in the market for a great deal, look for Justice League of America #107 (1973), inside this comic is the first appearance of Freedom Fighters for only $32! Great cover from Nicholas Viscardy as well! Or if you want to go a bit cheaper, check out the first number one issue from Freedom Fighters #1 from 1976 for only $16.

Taskmaster #1 from Marvel will be a mild success, but you could get Tasky’s first appearance for a mild $8 in Avengers #195 (1980). Don’t look for this comic to break the bank in terms of investment value, but anything that is 20 years old, with names like David Michelinie and George Perez attached to it, and is a first appearance should be in your collection.

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Sellouts for Marvel this week will be Thor for Asgard #1, Wolverine #1 (another number one issue for this guy?? And better yet, 6 different covers?? Why?), Wolverine: Road to Hell #1, Heroic Age: One Month to Live #1, I Am an Avenger #1, and Origins of Marvel Comics #1 X-Men. The most interesting books of this bunch have to be Herioc Age: One Month to Live #1 and Origins of Marvel Comics: X-Men #1. “Heroic..” seems that it will be a good story. While Origins is a retelling of the same ol’ X-Men, but this time Marvel gets some big guns to write and draw them. Do we have an original idea here? Not in the least. A fun non-original idea? Yes, so run with it.

Cartoon Network Action Pack #51 gives us a first look at a cartoon star in a DC book. He’s called Generator Rex. 2 sleepers hit this week. IDW’s 5 Ways To Die, and Aspen’s Scourge #1. Scourge comes at us with some overkill with 4 covers. Micah Gunnell variant getting the nod here for best of the 4 (picured below).

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See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

10 Questions with Justin Gray

 

No ticking Time Bomb here, it’s writer Justin Gray on 10 For The Pros™!

 

 

 

 

In addition to working in comics for the last decade on titles that include Power Girl, Johan Hex, Marvel Adventures, The Monolith and Daughters of the Dragon, Justin has been a fossil hunter, advocate for victims of crime and a micro photographer of 20 million year old insects in amber. In addition to comics he’s also written for film, television and video games. 

 Time Bomb #1 coming in July!!

10 For The Pros™

 

Justin Gray – Writer/Editor

 

1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over? And why?

(JG) All of them! So I can rule the world! With all the characters under my control there’s no one that can stop me!

 

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(JG) The ability to give other, more responsible people super powers.

 

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(JG) Sit. Research.Research.Research.Research. Stretch. Sit. Type. Research. Type. Type. Research. Type. Type. Research. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Type. Research.Research.Research.Research.

 

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(JG) That should be fairly obvious. All of them. Except that Palmiotti guy. He drives me nuts.

 

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies? Are they making comic book movies now?

(JG) I hope they’re better than that Dr. Strange TV pilot on CBS in 1978. Comic book movies are like any other genre, you’ll get good ones and bad ones.

 

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(JG) The Monolith.

 

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(JG) Writing and directing film.

 

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(JG) Be original and creative. Never give up. Never surrender.

 

9. “My best Investment in life was…”

(JG) Myself?

 

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(JG) Time Bomb is coming out from Radical. Go pick up Random Acts of Violence from Image comics. Read more Jonah Hex including the Hardcover that is out this month!

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Bonus Question!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(JG) Depending on the time in my life the influences vary wildly, Bill Mantlo, Frank Miller, Gil Kane, Chris Claremont, Crumb, Peter Milligan. The thing that brought me back to comics and re-ignited the crazy dream of actually working in the industry has to be credited to Robinson and Harris’ work on Starman. 

Thanks Justin!

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Jay Katz