InvestComics Hot Picks – Comic Reprint Special

Reprint Special

These days even reprints of popular books are getting some love!  Here are the best to invest in… 

The Goon 1 (One for One)

Dark Horse used this to expose readers to some of their best work.  Tough to find in any grade it will certainly pay off down the road when the rest of the world starts hunting down rare Goon appearances.

Chew 1 (Image Firsts)

Similar in many ways to Dark Horse’s One for One, Image comics released a ton of reprints of popular titles for only a dollar.  The rarest are easily Orc Stain and the Walking Dead.  All it’s going to take is the Chew TV series to hit and this one will blow up too.  The good news is that these are out there and most stores continue to sell them for a dollar!

Mad Millennium Edition Error

Some of DC’s Millennium editions are great collectibles.  Reprints of titles include Justice League ofAmerica1, The Watchmen 1 and chrome variants of some famous DC issues. This comic reprints MAD issue 1 which is cool enough but in the error edition DC forgets to acknowledge E.C. comics and the men who made it all happen.

Marvel Milestones Iron Man 55

Publishers love to copy each other.  Marvel Milestones does exactly what DC’s Millennium Editions do.  Other than Secret Wars 8 this is the only one to track down for investment purposes.  Seeing as it’s quite hard to find Iron Man 55 this comic makes it possible to read the story and enjoy the first appearance of Thanos!  Oh and Drax first appears here which could bring some added value when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie comes out.

Mighty Marvel Must Haves

Starting in 2001 Marvel began reprinting key titles in editions that featured more than one issue. The best are 22 and 23 which feature reprints of X-23’s first two appearances.

Y The Last Man Double Feature 2002

It looks like a movie is in the works and seeing what other rare reprinting of first issues go for I expect the comic (which features issues 1, 2) to soar in value.

The Walking Dead (Image Firsts)

So this comic has seen gains to due to an explosive Walking Dead market.  Most know that the first print has three black borders; the second print has no black borders and sells for less.  It seems a third print exists and it’s rare.  It has three black borders but was printed in September of 2011 and had a different back cover than the others.  Its back cover features ads for the AMC show.

Here’s an updated list of current books that are generating big internet sales and general buzz in the industry.

1.    Dreamwalker 0 (Avatar:  first appearance of the Goon! )

Value: 175.00

2.    Avatar Illustrated 1 ( early Goon )

Value: 150.00

3.   Chew 1 ( first printing )

Value: 350/CGC 9.8 500-700

4.   Walking Dead 19 ( First Michonne )

See the last Broker Corner article!

5.   New X-men 128 ( first Fantomex )

Value: 50

6.   Batman Adventures 12 ( first Harley Quinn )

Value:  45.00-60.00

7.   The Walking Dead 27 ( first appearance The Governor )

Value: 125.00

8.   The Walking Dead 33 ( blue cover )

Value:  100.00

9.   X-O Manowar 68 ( last issue )

Value: 60.00

10. Uncanny X-Force 4 ( low print run )

Value: 30.00

 

-Topher Seal

InvestComics Hot Picks – Summer Special

Topher Seal is back with his Summer Special article! Things are heating up outside and so are these gems!

As summer sizzles up there’s sure to be plenty of flea markets, auctions and cons to attend. That means back issue blowouts set up by desperate dealers and rank, aging fanboys will hopefully yield treasures or at least help you scratch some books off your want list.  Here’s a few you sould look for in the first discount longbox you see!

Strange Tales 2 Issue 1

The Rafael Grampa cover (more on him next time!) alone makes this one worth the price but a rare contribution from the creator of The Perry Bible Fellowship is the best reason to buy this creative Marvel offering.

Value: 5.00

Venom 13 Sketch Variant 

Some comics you just have to buy because they define a particular era. The new Venom series has a great writer and a character wearing the suit that we can finally be proud of.  This rare issue features the first appearance of The Circle of Four as well as the first appearance of the Antithesis (a group which mirrors the dark sides of the Circle.)  The ones to remember here are Encephalon and X-666!  Buy it, grade it and stash it in your vault.

Value:  50

New X-men 128

As the Uncanny X-force has become the premiere X book for Marvel there is one member who has recently generated heat similar to Deadpool. Fantomex’s first appearance is hot and Ebay sales of CGC 9.8 grade copies are seeing insane gains.  There’s hope though.  I picked up 2 in NM at a localBostonshop this past weekend.  This is an opportunity to get in early on an obscure character who is fast becoming a popular creation.

Value: 25.00-50.00  Ebay sales of 25-50 in NM and 200-300 in CGC 9.8

X-Men Second Coming 2 (Finch Variant)

Looking for the first appearance of the new Uncanny X-Force?  This is it people.  While others track down all the variants for issue 1of the regular series it is in the issue where Wolverine defies Cyclops and forms the team!

Value:  30

Civil War 2 (Turner Sketch Variant)

This one is a few years old but it features one of the most important storylines ever printed and down the road will be a very valuable book due to content and rarity.

Value:  45.00

Resurrection Man Vol. 1 Issue 1 (2nd Print)

DC’s new 52 issue brings back Mitch Shelly as the tormented Resurrection Man, written by Dan Abnett. Normally I don’t recommend collecting first issues with larger print runs unless you really know what you are doing but this issue is cool because it’s the Resurrection Man’s first appearance!

The 2nd Printing is harder to find than the first.  Look for the Roman numeral 2 which denoted the later printing.

Value: 10.00 for the second printing

Dark Horse Presents Vol. 2 issue 1  (Paul Pope Variant Cover)

There are a lot of wonderful things going on in Dark Horse’s new series.  From Harlen Ellison to Richard Corben it appears as if this new series is picking up right where it left off (see issue 157 with the Goon!)  But the real gem here is a sneak peak at Frank Miller’s Xerxes!  If the series is half as good as 300 look for this book to soar in value.  Plus there’s a wicked cover by an indie favorite.

Value: 20.00

Superman & Batman 80

Appearances of alternate versions or future versions of our favorite heroes often lead to an increase in value.  Part 2 of this intriguing tale concerns Epoch , the Lord of Time and features rare appearances by Damian Wayne as Batman as well as the Batman from the 46th century, Superman 2 and the futuristic duo who deal with what’s called The Greater Darkness?!  Though they all only appear in a single splash page who knows when they all might show up again.  Take a chance on this one as it could become as hard to find as the Superman Batman Annual 4 (also featuring an incredible Batman Beyond story!)

Value:  3.00

Resurrection Man 27 Series Finale

It’s the same old story here…low print run and great writing is the recipe for back issue value.

Oh and check out Resurrection Man One Million for the greatest Mitch Shelly tale ever written!

Value:  8.00

68 (one-shot, covers A & B)

Come on you know that zombies are still hot and even when they cool off it won’t be long before the cycle repeats itself.  With an awesome story, 2 covers and a low print run I suggest buying this book while there’s still a chance you can find it.

Value: 25.00

BLUE CHIP BOOK OF THE MONTH

Tales of Suspense 79 (first cosmic cube)

Whatever Loki’s plans are for the cosmic cube in the upcoming Avengers film you can be sure that this book will see a healthy increase in value!

BONUS!!!

Every month I will update a list of current books that are generating big internet sales and general buzz in the industry.

     1.    Dreamwalker 0 (Avatar) First appearance of the Goon!

Value: 175.00

2.    Avatar Illustrated 1 ( Early Goon )

Value: 150.00

3.   Chew 1

Internet sales continue to climb

Value: 350/CGC 9.8 500-700

4.   Walking Dead 19 ( First Michonne )

See the last Broker Corner article!

5.   New X-men 128 ( first Fantomex )

Value: 50

6.   Batman and Robin Vol. 2 Issue 2 ( first appearance Titus Wayne )

Value: 7.00

7.   The Walking Dead 27 ( first appearance The Governor )

Value: 125.00

8.   Chew 12 ( SDCC Variant )

Value: 40.00

9.   Fear Itself 7 (variant)   First Appearance Marcus Johnson

Value:  9.00

10. Dead Pooh 1

Value:  5.00

Walking Dead Checklist

By Topher Seal

So I guess I shouldn’t have sold my graded copy of The Walking Dead 1 (CGC 9.8) a few years ago. Currently there is no comic property seeing more gains than Kirkman’s epic Zombie adventure. You may think you know all the best Dead titles to collect but there are still some gems you might have overlooked and I recommend buying them all (along with some other important Image books!)

 

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Walking Dead Weekly #1

This Image series reprints the original series on a weekly basis and has turned out to be just as hot as the regular series.  Issue #1 is the prize but they are all wise investments.

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Current Value:  $20-$30

Ebay sales are up to $60.00 for issue number one having been observed!

 

Walking Dead Weekly #35

The Last Page of this comic was printed twice and limited to a print run of 900. It is believed that none made it out to the public but if any surface they are sure to be one of the rarest Walking Dead issues.

Value: Unknown (Yet?)

 

Image First Walking Dead #1

This 2010 reprint was made available to the public for only a dollar!  Now they are just as hard to find as all the others.

Value:  $14-$25

 

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The Walking Dead #1 Variant

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In 2008 this variant reprint of issue #1 featured some added bonuses and has since become quite difficult to find in the back issue market.

Value: $25

 

The Walking Dead #19 (First Michonne)

Internet sales of this series have exploded.  The AMC series is an oblivious hit and with the appearance of Michonne in the season 2 finale things have gotten out of control.  Copies of this have seen huge price increases and are all but extinct on the back issue market.

Value:  $150-$200

 

The Walking Dead Weekly #19

Even the reprint of Michonne’s first appearance is insanely difficult to find!

Value:  $20-$30

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The Walking Dead #27  (First Governor)

Michonne’s first appearance and the announcement that the Governor will be in season three have generated back issue buzz in this book as well.

Value: $100

 

The Walking Dead Weekly #27

See above.

Value:  $20-$30

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More Image books you need now!

Capes #1

Kirkman wrote some other titles you may not remember. Capes #’s 1-3 were ok but issue #1 features the true first appearance of The Walking Dead with a preview in the back!!

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Value: $20.00

 

The Agents #6

Another forgotten Image title, issue #6 of this series also sports a preview of The Walking Dead.

Value: $20.00

 

Savage Dragon #102  (Invincible preview)

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Value: $7.00

 

Tech Jacket #1 (Invincible preview)

Value: 7.00

 

Brit #7 (Invincible appearance)

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Value: $5.00

 

Chew #22 (First Appearance Fatale)

Value: $6.00

 

BLUE CHIP BOOKS OF THE MONTH

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Normally when Hollywood adapts a comic property the back issue market for anything related sees movement in a positive direction even if the movie doesn’t hit big.  In this case John Carter was so bad (gross wise) that the opposite has happened.

These issues along with many other John Carter Comics have either seen no price increases or losses. John Carter is a character of true worth and many of his appearances offer great art and writing making them truly valuable.

The Funnies #30 (First John Carter in Comics, 1939)

Dell Four Color #375 (1952)

Tarzan #’s 207-209 (John Carter of Mars)

John Carter of Mars (Marvel) #18 (First Frank Miller Marvel Art! and there is also a Mark Jeweler Variant of this book!)

John Carter of Mars (Marvel) #28 (Last issue)