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

Rom Checklist

Rom #1

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Rom #2

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Rom #3

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Rom #5

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

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Rom #8

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Rom #12

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Rom #14

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Rom #17

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

Rom #18

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Rom #20

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Rom #21

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Power Man and Iron Fist #73

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

Rom #23

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Rom #25

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Rom #29

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Contest of Champions #1

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

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Rom #31

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Rom #32

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Rom #33

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What if #36

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

Rom Annual #1

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Rom #38

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Rom #40

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Rom #41

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

Marvel Two-In-One #99

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Rom #44

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Rom #46

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Rom #48

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

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Rom Annual #2

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Rom #50

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Rom #51

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Rom #52

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

Hulk #296

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Rom #56

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Rom #57

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Rom #58

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

Rom #59

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Rom #61

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Rom #62

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Rom #65

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

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Rom #66

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Rom #67

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Rom #71

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Rom #73

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

Rom Annual #4

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Rom #74

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Rom #75

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Incredible Hulk #319

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

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2

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Incredible Hulk #418

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Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration

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

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Comic Broker Report – April 2013

The Comic Broker’s Report: April 2013

By Topher Seal

As my wife and I prepare our Groot and Rocket Raccoon costumes for this year’s Boston Con we realized that creating giant trees and massive guns out of PVC pipe and cardboard is a hassle.  This lead to a bet.  I believe that Rocket Raccoon is the next big comic character to enjoy mainstream success.  She’s putting her money on Doop.   She may be better than me at Killer Instinct Gold but I win all the bets and she knows it. So with so many awesome comics to speculate on this month I dedicate this article to my wife who personally approved all these selections with the exception of X-Force 116 ( newsstand ) which I see no reason to include.

Iron Man 54 ( First Moondragon )

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I realize that not all members of the GOTG will be appearing in the film but with so many of Marvel’s Cosmic properties getting love it’s hard not to want this gem.  What I love about it is that the very next issue is one of the most sought after books on the market. If you want to own all the cosmic first appearances you have to buy the ones that fly under the radar too.  Personally I pass on Avengers 112 ( first Mantis ) and Micronauts 1 ( first Bug ).  I see too many copies of those books to recommend a buy.

Tales of Suspense 75 ( first Agent 13 and Batroc )

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George St Pierre is having a good month, first he retains his title against the laughable Nick Diaz and then we find out he’s playing the Captain America 2 villain  Batroc formerly of the French Foreign Legion!   I just hope the costume is exactly like the one he wears in the comics! It’s a strange casting and character to use and that’s why I love it!  This issue can still be found relativity cheap but I wouldn’t wait to buy.

Spawn 9 ( Newsstand only )

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God I cannot believe I am recommending a Spawn book but when Neil Gaiman says Angela is coming to Marvel collectors should pay close attention.  Once upon a time this comic was a hot commodity but like many from the 90’s it cooled off quick. A lot of negativity has been swarming around this character move but when she’s written by Gaiman it could be huge.  There are even rumors that she will be moved to the GOTG team after her introduction in the Age of Ultron!  Here’s the problem though…a ton of these were printed. For now it’s selling well  on the back issue market but how long can that last once the glut arrives?   The good thing is that there’s a newsstand version and it’s not that easy to find.

The Activity 1

I have to mention this Image dud only because it is generating a lot of heat online.  Issue one is selling for big money and the other issues are not far behind.  The only problem?  It’s not a quality read.  Seriously, this comic is poorly written and drawn. I’m not impressed by it and see it’s success as an anomaly in the marketplace.  If you can buy for pennies and flip for big coin then by all means do.  Hold at your own risk if you buy high, ( this book gets no picture because frankly it doesn’t deserve the time  and effort to track one down )

Adventures into Fear 13 ( First Nexus of all Realities )

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Savage Tales 1 ( First Ellen Brandt )

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Unless you are a fan of Man-Thing then you likely don’t know who Ellen Brandt is.  She’s been cast in the new Iron Man 3 film and is directly responsible for creating Man-Thing while trying to replicate the Super Soldier Serum.  Instead she helps create the Man-Thing,  guardian of the Nexus of Realities!  If you don’t know what that is I suggest you start with the issue above!  How Brandt will fit into the film is anyone’s guess but she’s connected to A.I.M. which will play a roll  and she also has connections to Doctor Strange who is going to be part of Marvel’s future film Phases!

Tales of Suspense 78 ( First A.I.M. )

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See above!!!

The Incredible Hulk 272 ( Rocket Raccoon  appearance )

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Recently I have beaten the importance of RR to death but here’s one more nugget for those who see Disney’s marketing potential for a wise cracking Raccoon with big guns.  Just try and remember how few appearance of him there are prior to the Annihilation events.  We all know that his first color appearance is in issue 271 but he also appears in flashback in the very next book!

The Incredible Hulk Annual 5  & Weird World Tales 19

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More GROOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Strange Tales 144

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Actor Maximiliano Hernandez appeared as Agent Sitwell in the Marvel Studios shorts “The Consultant” and “Item 47.” With no Agent Coulson around Sitwell will be reprising his roll in Captain America 2.  Unlike Coulson who’s first appearance could be in Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield, Battle Scars 1 or 6, Sitwell’s first appearance is clearly defined.  Buy low and hold friends.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual 5 ( First Peter Parker’s Parents )

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If you have seen the most recent film then you know that Peter’s Father was the focal point of the after credit sequence.  Could this plot point lead to major implications down the line?  Who knows but that shouldn’t stop you from tracking down this forgotten annual ( especially the rare 2nd print! )

Fantastic Four 206 ( First Nova Corps )

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Of all the cosmic characters I want to see on film Nova is probably 11th on the list right behind Cosmo the Dog.  Whether he or his corps are utilized in the upcoming film remains a mystery but as usual it doesn’t hurt to own an undervalued Bronze Age beauty!

The Defenders 27,28 ( First Starhawk )

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Will Stahawk play a role in Marvel’s GOTG?  Even if he doesn’t these books are great reads and can be found for next to nothing at most comic shops with a comprehensive back issue section.

The Sword that killed Damian Wayne

Damian Wayne’s recent death is a tragedy and it’s not because another Robin has been slain.  DC received a lot of mainstream press for the death and while that may have generated sales I don’t see it a wise long term strategy.  Yes the character can always be brought back but for now readers have lost one of the few bright spots in the entire DCU.  Anyone who reads these speculative articles knows how I feel about DC’s reboot and the mess it has created in terms of continuity.  I assure you that fans of Damian Wayne and Batman in general will feel the negative effects of killing off such a wonderfully crafted comic book youth.

Since it has been revealed that Damian was killed with a sword that has deep ties to the Wayne family the hunt has been on for the sword’s first appearance.  Grant Morrison revealed that the sword appears throughout DC’s Shadow of the Bat, specifically the issues from the 90’s.  Upon hearing this I pulled out the long box and read every issue.  The only swords I found are a cutlass used by ancestors of Bruce and the Sword of Dumas which looks similar but is NOT the sword in question.  Anyone care to find it?  Tweet me @Larfleeze and receive a prize if you are correct!

-Topher