Comic Broker Report – Undervalued Moderns Special

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

 

Batman Volume 1 Issue 656

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

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

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

Battle Scars 1,6

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

Th Invincible Iron Man ( 2008 ) 10,11

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

Elektra Assassin 2

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Ok I admit I am a huge Bill Paxton fan.

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

Action Comics 471

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

Supernaturals 4

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

Chuck Norris  and the Karate Kommandos 1

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

Captain America 208, first appearance of Arnim Zola

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

 

-Topher

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Comic Broker Report – February 2014 (part 2)

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Journey into Mystery 97 ( first Surtur )

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

Thor Annual 18 ( First Flame/Hrinmeer )

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

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

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

Avengers 181 ( First Scott Lang )

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

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

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

X-Factor 15 ( First Pestilence/Plague )

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X-Factor 11 ( First War/Abraham Kieros )

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x-Factor 12 ( First Famine, Autumn Rolfson )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DMZ ( 1, 2008 Convention Variant )

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

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

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22 Brides 1,2 ( First Painkiller Jane )

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

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

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

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

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

Squee ( All printings for all issues! )

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

Legends 3 ( First Modern Suicide Squad )

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

-Topher

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