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Here’s the latest installment of long lost since forgotten comic books. Many of these comics are simply not spoken of anymore and SOME of these have no monetary value in the speculative market, but do have a place in our hearts. Great stories and amazing creative talents accompany most of these books. Into the abyss these comics have gone, but here they are once again. Buy them, read them, they’re fun.

 

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Machine Man #1 (1984) This amazing 4 issue limited series was brought to us by the late great Herb Trimpe. Barry Windsor Smith handled all four of the “transformation” covers. Overall great comic.

Mephisto Vs. … #1 (1987) Mephisto wanted to fight everyone apparently back in the 80’s. So much so he got his own limited series. Each issue featured a different opponent. The battles included; Fantastic Four, X-Men, X-Factor and the Avengers. Al Milgrom writes. John Buscema art.

Akira #1 (1988) Akira was the first major manga series to ever hit at Marvel. 38 issues in all. Amazing storytelling and art in these comics. Writer Mary Jo Duffy lead the way here. Last 2 issues in this series (1996) had Contributors Dave Gibbons, Mark Texeira, Larry Hama, John Romita Sr., Joe Mad and Warren Ellis. Near mint copies of Akira books will run a little bit in the wallet, but well worth it.

Shatter #1 Special Edition (1985) The first all computer generated (Mac) digital print comic ever by First Comics (how appropriately named). Mike Saenz had all hands on deck with this “Mac” experiment. Art/inks/colors/letter/cover. When this comic came out, it was hot. Nowadays, well that’s a different story. One can purchase this comic for less than $2 on Ebay. Go ahead, click the link or comic, buy it, you’ll own a part of pop culture history.

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Iron Man Crash (1988) Here we have the first all digital (Mac) graphic novel. This time from Marvel. Mike Saenz again had his hands all over the digital first, this time with William Bates lending a hand.

Batman Digital Justice (1990) As usual it seems, DC Comics took their time coming around. Joining the digital era 5 years after the first computer generated comic. DC went big though. 116 pages of computer generated mac art featuring Digital Batman. Batman in the digital world was the grandson of Commissioner Gordon. First and last appearance of Digital Batman.

Avengers #239 (1984) David Letterman’s 33 year run ended last night. What a run it has been. On a personal note; I still own recorded VHS tapes in my storage of this show back when I was going to school. I knew I couldn’t stay up that late so I set the VCR to record the show so I could watch it when I got home. What is a VHS tape and VCR? Google it. David Letterman’s first of many appearances in comic books happened right here. Written by Roger Stern, art by Al Milgrom. Cover collaboration by Milgrom and Joe Sinnott. A keeper for any David Letterman fan. So long Dave and thanks for making me laugh!

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Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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Within the speculators market there is one driving force behind it these day. Well actually three. One; movies, two; television, and three; rumors.

On this site throughout the years collectors would find some obscure character first appearances, their origin appearances, or maybe even their untimely departure issue. What about those whacked out characters? Got me thinking, with Hollywood and the television networks all vying for/searching for that “next” best thing within the comic book realm, why not put together a list of characters that could one day see the light of day? Well honestly, most of these dudes and dude- ette’s will probably NEVER see the light of day, but hey did anyone ever think 20 years ago that we’d see a gun touting manic raccoon on screen? There are also some very obvious suggestions in this article too. 

Before proceeding, not only will this article be all over the place, I need to point out that SOME of THESE comics hold absolutely no redeeming value other than my own meandering speculation views, personal favorite’s and just flat out fun of mere mentioning them. Take this with a grain of salt and please have fun along with me!

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Let’s start with an obvious pick that has been eluding every comic book fan of its return since 1986. The series started in 1979. Rom ran for 7 years and boy was it a fun ride. So much so that there are petitions set out there asking for the return of Rom. The character most certainly has a very large appeal, but will the cult favorite ever make it out of doldrums of hiatus hell status from Hasbro? Here’s the thing folks, If Disney NOT Marvel ever decide Rom equals potential financial gain, it WILL get done. So can Disney wrestle away Rom from Hasbro? Disney will get their way if they want Rom…..they always do.

There are exactly 4 very key issues within the 75 issue run. Rom #1, Rom #’s 1718 (both X-Men appearance with Frank Miller covers), and Rom #75 (The final low print issue of the series). These are the 4 comics to grab within this series. Very affordable, very appealing, and it’s Rom.

In 2007, an unthinkable, unimaginable, the unfathomable happened. Captain America died! It made national news and it was a shockingly sad time within the comic book fandom. During his untimely death the rumors ran rampant as to who would take over the reins and don the shield. How many remember some comic fans bringing up Frank Castles’ name? Although a time for mourning, there were some funny suggestions as to who should take the mantle. One name in particular made the most sense, but Marvel didn’t give into to it. At the time of Rogers’ departure, American Eagle was appearing in the pages of a few comics. American Eagle is a native American and it would have made so much sense to have him don the shield for a while. Well it didn’t happen. Maybe one of the Captain America movies will have American Eagle become the next big Native American hero since……Tonto?? There is an influx of African American/female/foreign characters leading the way. Why not focus on an American Indian? Why not have a character that represents the foundations of America a mainstay within the Marvel Universe? Well if you’re a believer that Disney (who’s no stranger to the native American culture) will someday put American Eagle front and center then look for Marvel Two-In-One Annual #6 (1981) for his first appearance.

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Staying on topic a bit here, there has been so much talk of a Black Panther movie but nothing concrete has solidified the rumors….yet. Although the talks of this movie happening has really sparked interest in an already collectable comic; Fantastic Four #52 (1966), Black Panthers first appearance, the collector still has some time to get this comic before the comic really takes off. The Jack Kirby comic is not only the first appearance, but it’s also the first African American super-hero ever.  Once the official announcement from Marvel Studios comes, Fantastic Four #52 will see an instant spike. Then the announcement of who will play him, another spike, then the first tease of the costume, another spike, well you get the idea. Buy this comic now if you can. You’ll be very happy you did.

How about some other very cool African American characters other than Luke Cage and Blade? One that  was talk of a television show that never panned out? Brother Voodoo! He first appeared in Strange Tales #169 (1973). How about Dagger from the awesome Cloak & Dagger team? How amazing would a Marvel film be featuring Cloak & Dagger? A collector can scoop up their first appearance for mega cheap if you shop around. Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) gives readers a first look at this team. Check out the limited series from 1984 as well. 

Also on the movie front we have Doctor Strange rumored, but almost certain to be part of the next phase. Besides the Doc’s first appearance and Dr. Strange #169 (his REAL number one and first solo comic) which are obvious pick ups, Dr. Strange’s main adversary is the one to go after! The villain will only command aftermarket bonuses up until a few months before the release of the movie, you’re looking at a long term investment book you’ll need to dump at the right time. Otherwise the market will correct itself and you’ll either break even or lose on the deal. Strange Tales #126 (1964) could be one to pick up now. The comic gives us a first look at Dormammu. Will this be the villain Marvel goes with in the new Strange movie? Who knows? My bet is they go right here.

How about one more Strange Tales comic to check out? Strange Tales #89 (1961) features the first appearance of Fin Fang Foom. With the new Fantastic Four movie cast just released and Galactus probably getting his proper due on screen, this villain would be cool to have as an alternative go to if Fox decides NOT to go with the big purple guy.

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When will Mephisto make his movie appearance? It has to happen eventually right? Well until it does, be sure to seek out and buy Silver Surfer #3 (1968).

How about touching on the Marvel Cosmo’s? Please note (regular visitors to InvestComics have heard this before!) that the entire Marvel Cosmic Universe speculation market hinges on the success or failure of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. If the movie does well at the box office, more Marvel cosmo to come, it fails, the end of the Marvel cosmo movement. It’s a rather simple equation. Captain Marvel #26 (1973) brings us Death’s first appearance. Thor #225 (1974) is Firelord’s first appearance. Giant-Sized Defenders #3 features the first look at Korvac. Marvel Man changes his name to Quasar, thus creating the first appearance of Quasar in The Incredible Hulk #234 (1979).

A group by the name U-Foes first appears in The Incredible Hulk #254 (1980). They are so unusual and so cool at the same time. Another team that commands some serious attention came onto the scene in 1979 by the name Alpha Flight. Uncanny X-Men #120; John Byrne, Terry Austin, Chris Claremont, and the first appearance of Alpha Flight. What more does one need here? Well anyone who is a regular InvestComics visitor knows that Alpha Flight has been on the radar here for years and will continue to be. There is no reason to not speculate that this team will never see screen time. I for one believe they will. They can very easily be transcribed to film. They are a team that would dominate as the X-Men have on film. It will happen folks someday, get this valuable comic now. And also get the mega overprinted Alpha Flight #1 (1983). 

Back to The Hulk. Planet Hulk…..first and foremost you’d want to get the very beginning’s of the Planet Hulk saga. This can be found in The Incredible Hulk #88 (2006) and New Avengers: IIIuminati one shot (2006). Of course you’d go grab the Planet Hulk saga comics as a whole, but getting The Incredible Hulk #92 (2006) is a must. This issue introduces Hulks wife (deceased) Caiera. Caiera is an intricate part of the Planet Hulk storyline because the World War Hulk storyline introduces their son Skaar. Skaar would most definitely appear in a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk movie. Not only would he appear, but Skaar would be the prize comic for the speculator. What If? Planet Hulk #1 (2007) is the first appearance of Skaar and is without a doubt the next BIG comic when and if Marvel does a phase 3 with the Hulk being the centerpiece. Writer Greg Pak created the entire Planet Hulk universe, so he will be in much demand. I hope he gets a consult gig if Marvel Studios goes with this.

Speaking of an Avenger, how about Winter Soldier appearing in the new Cap movie? Sweet huh? Here’s a nugget you may have already heard or maybe not. The actor playing Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) signed on with Marvel Studios for 9 films. Yes NINE films. Crazy right? Well why not stay on the crazy train here? How about Winter Solider takes the mantle from Captain America in Cap 3 as U.S. Agent? U.S. Agent first appeared as Super-Patriot in Captain America #323 (1986) and as the U.S. Agent in Captain America #354 (1989). What if Marvel Studios go down the route of Nomad? Captain America first dons the Nomad costume in Captain America #180 (1974). Edward Ferbel was the second Nomad in Captain America #261 (1981). The third installment of Nomad (Jack Monroe) and probably the winning book for the Nomad speculation cause is Captain America #282 (1983). Jack Monroe went on to spawn a limited series (which is also one to get) and a regular series that lasted 25 issues. I won’t speak about the fourth Nomad, a female version character that failed miserably.

Hey wouldn’t it be great if Marvel Studios ever challenged DC/Warner Bros. In releasing their version of Superman? How about Sentry? He first appeared in the self titled Sentry #1 (2000). Wow this would be fantastic wouldn’t it?

If you’re been checking out the most recent InvestComics Hot Picks, you will know that I have been talking about the Marvel UK resurgence. In no way is the resurgence happening by mistake. Marvel/Disney are probably testing the market for the first major movie/animation starring a Marvel UK character. Captain Britain would be an obvious first choice, but it’s way too close to the Captain America lure. So where to go next? How about Union Jack? Check out the Invaders comics #’s 7 (1976), #8 (1976), and #20 (1977) for the key Union Jack comics. Also Captain America #254 (1981).

You know who would be great fun to see in a film. Maybe as a team member; Jack of Hearts. The colors in his costume are so vibrant that it would just pop on screen. The red heart on his left eye, the blue, yellow, and red costume….all good in my book! Check out his first appearance in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #23 (1976). Also check out his four issue limited series from 1984.

Staying with the “colorful” characters, how about picking up Adventure Into Fear with Man-Thing # 19 (1973). This comic gives collectors the first look at Howard the Duck. Remember that bad movie from 1986? How awesome would it be to have Howard revisited by Marvel/Disney? Yes, this needs to get done.

You know what also needs to get done? How about a Machine Man film? Machine Man was created by Jack ‘King’ Kirby in 1976’s 2001: A Space Odyssey #8. Jack ‘King’ Kirby had his hands all over this creation. The only thing he is not credited on is the Inking and coloring. A fantastic book to have in your collection.

Black Widow may lead the charge as the first Big Budget female hero on screen. So how about we look at some female characters that should get some more play in your spec collection.

Amazing Spider-Man #209 features the first appearance of Calypso. Todd McFarlane brought back Calypso during his solo Spider-Man run, but she hasn’t really been a factor since. What time than the present to change that?

Typhoid Mary really needs more playtime in the Marvel Universe. She’s too good of a character to be forgotten about or thrown into meaningless story lines. Marvel needs to revisit what made her work back in the late 80’s. Typhoid’s debut came in Daredevil #254 (1988). Typhoid will probably appear in the new Daredevil netflix show too.

Hellcat has made many appearances over the years, but never seems to garner the attention she should get. Check out Avengers #144 (1976) for the first appearance of Hellcat.

As previously mentioned, Daredevil will be getting his own netflix series. I’m making a call right here that you will hear HERE first. Echo will be the female go to in the series. How do I know this? A hunch. I’ve been right before. I’ve also been wrong before too! The hunch points to Echo for me and Echo’s first is in Daredevil (vol. 2) #9 (1999).

Tabitha (Boom-Boom) like Hellcat has appeared in so many comics over the years, but you’d be hard pressed to even know what her first appearance book is. That book would be Secret Wars II #5 (1985).

Well that’s it for this installment. Look for DC, Image, and more Marvel ‘B’ side comic picks coming your way.

 

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

 

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Happy New Year everyone! 2012 was a fantastic year, let’s make 2013 even better! And to all of you a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. Thank you to everyone that has helped out InvestComics over the past year. Your input, advice, helping hand never went unnoticed. I appreciate each and every one of you immensely. The same appreciation goes out to the ICA (InvestComics Army). Without you guys/gals there is no IC. Thank you. To a successful 2013!

Welcome to the first Hot Picks of 2013. If you’re in a reminiscing type of mood you can check out the very first 2012 Hot Picks right HERE if you like. Don’t go right now though; we have to cover what’s coming up this week first.

Marvel begins the InvestComics Hot Picks year with some darkness in their Morbius The Living Vampire (2013 2nd Series) #1 title. As previously said here in this column (Hot Picks #247), Morbius is a cool cat (Vampire actually), but the characters sustainability is suspect. Morbius getting his on ongoing title? Really? While a superb effort will be put forth, a long term series will be extremely hard to keep up. That said, Amazing Spider-Man #101 features the first appearance of Morbius and will cost you around $380. The only REAL sustainable thing regarding this issue is named Gil Kane, unless Morbius sees some screen time in his future OR the new series becomes the next Miller Wolverine, Dark Knight, etc. You get the idea.

More darkness in the literal sense accompanies the New Avengers (2012 3rd Series) #1. The cover really gives off that mysterious, ominous feel. What will these pages hold inside that warrants that cover? We shall see…..

The only thing ringing in my ears right now are the lyrics to Metallica’s song One – “Darkness imprisoning me…….” And yet another Marvel title with darkness as the theme here; Punisher Nightmare (2013) #1. Looks like a character by the name Jake Niman endures the same tragic afternoon in his life that Frank Castle experienced. Jake is a soldier in the Special Forces as Frank was a solider Viet Nam. Anyone remember The Nam #52? That was a hot issue way back in 1991, but a hot issue is in the works with this quick 5 part miniseries because of two words; Walking Dead. The writer/producer of this show will be at the helm and putting together the hottest television show right now and a character in desperate need of some resuscitation may result in a new jumpstart in the Punisher character. Don’t be caught by surprise with this one.

No letting off the throttle with the dark theme for Marvel in Red She-Hulk (2012) #61 as the solicit reads “The Last Stand of MACHINE MAN!!!” Is this bad news for Marvel’s Inspector Gadget? Check out Machine Man’s birthing place in 2001: Space Odyssey #8 (1977). A comic wherein only two credits (inker/colorist) does not include the name Jack Kirby. Nuff said.

Spider-Man fans rejoice, last week we lost Peter Parker (not for long) and this week Ultimate Spider-Man (2011 3rd Series) #19 will introduce a new Venom!

Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #5 will debut Iron Man’s new Space armor.

And rounding out Marvel this week, the latest Marvel Previews (2013) #113 will be sporting a Guardians of the Galaxy #1 cover. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months and haven’t heard, there is a new Guardians movie in the works. If you haven’t already done so (what are you waiting for???) you really really should pick up Marvel Super-Heroes! Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy #18 (1969). This of course is the first team Mars Attacks Popeyedebut. Then came the self titled comic (Guardians of the Galaxy #1 – 1990) that lasted 62 issues. Then came…etc, etc….

And the award for InvestComics’ Hot Picks strangest team-up in 2013 is…..IDW with Mars Attacks Popeye (2012 IDW) #1. We’re quite sure that someone else will step up and take this award away sooner than later, but for now, congratulations IDW!

That’s it for this week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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[scrollGallery id=207] There are certainties within the comic book collecting genre. If you do not know all of them, then here is one that you should know and if you don’t, well then you need to find another hobby. One valuable certainty is any comic book that contains the words “Jack Kirby” and “First appearance” in the same sentence. Now with that, he has been a part of a couple of clunkers, but it doesn’t matter. He’s a legend and legends that create from their mind always have the potential of something great. Yes Jack has created Kobra, Kamandi, Destroyer Duck, Machine Man and Devil Dinosaur to name a few. On the flip side, character like Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Silver Surfer have all been synonymously connected to Jack. So what’s with the clunkers you ask? Find a copy, a high grade copy and send it in to get graded. A 9.8 would command a lot more than what you paid for that comic ungraded. Besides, as said earlier it’s a first appearance created by a legend. It needs to be in your collection. Why the Jack Kirby talk at the start of this week’s article you ask? Wonder Woman (2011 4th Series) #15 will bring aboard Orion and the New Gods. The legend Jack Kirby created Orion and the New Gods in 1971’s New Gods #1. This comic does not fall under the clunker category, but does fall in-between the high status and clunker status. This is not by any means to understate or discount the importance of any of these characters, but in many ways one can calculate the importance of a character within their respective universes simply by the supply/ demand it receives. Again, thought process here only applies on the collection side of things. If one feels that OMAC plays a big part of their universe then by all means that’s great! But as far as the collector’s side of things, that’s a bit different. On EBay right now, a 9.6 graded New Gods #1 can be yours for only $445. That’s a nice chunk of change, but incomparable to the Doctor Doom or Magneto creations. That said, a New Gods #1 graded issue is a fantastic buy on any level because it’s done by one of the most iconic figures within the comic book industry ever, period.

Switching gears completely here with the arrival of Avengers Arena (2012) #2 this week we get the promise of more death! Marvel really figured a fantastic thing out here folks. With all of the nonsense going on over the last few years of killing off characters and having it essentially mean nothing these days because it’s done so frequently, Marvel has created a comic that offs characters (granted most are third rate) at a nice pace every issue. Yes it’s Marvel’s version of the Hunger Games, but who cares where the idea originated from? Characters are fighting to the death in every issue and we all have a front seat. Let’s find the birth of these characters before they find their possible early demise. And also remember, you may be getting the first appearance of the winner as well! So we have the Deathlocket (who first appeared in the Avengers Arena #1 issue) pinned against two opponents; Hazmat, who’s first appearance came in Avengers Academy #1 (2010) and Cammi; her first appearance was in Drax the Destroyer #1 (2005). InvestComics is with team Cammi. Go Cammi!

Marvel once again turns back the clock and grabs the U-Foes? Yes in Venom (2011 Marvel) #28 this week the U-Foes make their appearance. The first time they checked in was way back in 1980’s Incredible Hulk #254. Cheap book to own if you’re interested.

Marvel goes back into their vault once again this week to find Monica Rambeau roaming the pages of Captain Marvel (2012 7th Series) #8. Who is Monica you might ask? Monica came onto the scene as the “All New-All Different” Captain Marvel back in Amazing Spider-man Annual #16 (1982). The biggest difference in Monica as Captain Marvel turned out that she was African American. Ridiculous right? But didn’t we somehow go through the same absurdity recently with, this time a MAJOR FLAGSHIP character in the Marvel universe?

DC Comics offer up an all new “something” at the end of Batwoman (2011 2nd Series) #15 and also offer up an interesting titled number one issue with JSA Liberty Files The Whistling Skull (2012) #1. Both worth a look to see what’s what.

And while on topic of number one issues, check out Executive Assistant Iris (2012 Volume 3) #1 and Number 13 (2012 Dark Horse) #1 this week.

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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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