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First order of business is to reiterate something that InvestComics has touched upon quite often, but maybe some new comers to the site are not aware of. Although InvestComics is in fact the best speculation comic book website on the planet, another fact is that THIS article each week and many others on the site recommend that you read comics too. While I do realize that speculation is not for everyone, I am a true believer of bringing collectors and fans alike together. No matter what, comic book fans can relate to each other like no other medium can. Whether you are a fan of the speculation side or a fan of the storyline, one thing is certain; we will always debate questions like “Who would win in a fight, Superman or Thor? Who is the bigger bad ass, Deathstoke or Deadpool? Is Moon Knight as comparable to Batman these days than ever?” The list of debates goes on, but you get the idea.

So many times during the course of an InvestComics Hot Picks article I will be sure to point out that there are probably some good “reads” coming out that Wednesday and that even if the spec market doesn’t equate to monetary gain, you still may gain the awesomeness of a great story. Yes money is fantastic, reading this article every week will help your aftermarket sales, but sitting down in a quiet room, dining room table, the living room, on your bed and reading a great story is in fact immeasurable. We as comic book fans and speculators can coexist together. The InvestComics Hot Picks has always made a point to inform readers that there are books that need to be checked out for the mere fact of a great read. So if you read, collect, or merely speculate, we all have one common thing. We all love comic books.

15901_20051209091407_largeshazam1Now let’s talk about a recent DC Comics announcement. The announcement touched on a few movie possibilities for several characters/books. There was one standout……..Shazam. Some may not see the brilliance in the possibility that lay before them within the spec market here. Not only would the character fit perfectly on the big screen, but it would make for a new franchise that would correct any mistakes on any of the Superman stumbles. It gives DC/Warner Bros. a chance to really expand on a character that many know and many don’t know of. Everyone knows Superman. There hasn’t been another character to challenge anyone with a cape that can fly, minus a hammer, a batarang, etc. on the big screen. The time has come to get another dude with a cape that can fly and isn’t a “boy scout”. Although many fans will say differently about Superman being a boy scout regarding the last flick, but don’t get that twisted because when Batman vs. Superman comes out, Clark will be the good boy and the friction will ensue between them. Back to Shazam, DC will have an open season with this character. Just like Superman, he has been redone in so many ways that you can essentially pick and choose which Shazam will best fit for the big screen. There is no set tone for him because the Shazam character has never been taken that seriously. Superman however has always been reverted back to the boy scout for the screen (minus the last movie). So when it comes to Shazam, it will be extremely interesting on which route they will take. I personally think that Shazam will be a very big deal. A huge one in fact. I’ve said this about so many characters on this site and a lot of them have come to fruition. Shazam is a lock. Besides owning Whiz #2 (1940), the first appearance of Captain Marvel, if you can afford that book, you need to get the very easy accessible (for now) Shazam! #1 (1973). This comic is the very first time DC’s Captain Marvel goes by the name Shazam. A recent graded 9.8 sold for only $487.50. There are some Near Mint raw copies available within the $30/$40 range. An absolute bargain right now. You heard it here first, on the greatest speculation web site on the planet, InvestComics.

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There are three sketch variants that really need to be on your radar as possible signature series books for your collection and turnovers. Rocket Raccoon (2014 2nd Series) #1 will be accompanied by a few variants, but the Midtown Comics J. Scott Campbell sketch variant is a winner. Get this $20 variant CGC Signature Series and you’re looking at a nice payday. Buy it raw even; flip it in a couple of weeks. You’ll make some cash on this comic easy.  A ridiculously gorgeous Jim Lee sketch variant on Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #7 will sell for a premium if you can score a signature and a 9.8 or higher. And speaking of absolutely gorgeous, a  $300 Alex Ross sketch cover for Captain America (2012 7th Series) #22 would be a nice turnover if a sig/9.8 is attached.

1365253_ful 1365244_ful 1361417_fulThe cash cow, a.k.a. Marvel Comics will cashing in on the Guardians of the Galaxy frenzy with new comic series featuring Rocket Raccoon (mentioned earlier) and Star Lord in Legendary Star Lord (2014 Marvel) #1. A bazillion variant covers on this one is quite the overkill here, but the Midtown Comics variant would be a nice pick-up only to flip quickly. While the Raccoon will see much success, Star-Lord will probably see a hot out of the gate presence, but will fall flat eventually. Then you have Guardians of the Galaxy Galaxys Most Wanted (2014) #1 which features a story with Rocket Raccoon and Groot. It’s essentially a Marvel Team-Up comic with the Guardians name attached instead.  The cover alone will have heads turning on this one.

Hey InvestComics told you about Figment #1 and now Figment (2014) #2 is already sold out. Not only is it sold out, but a major on line comic store is limiting ONE per customer.

Fearless Dawn Hard Times (2014) #0 will sellout by this weekend. If you want to search for a comic that probably has a very limited print run and features the first appearance of Fearless Dawn; look for The Bomb #1 (2006) (Atom Bomb Comics).

DC Comics’ Earth 2 (2012 DC) #25 will feature a new Superman. An African American Superman that isn’t Steel or President Superman.

Batman Superman (2013 DC) #12 will have a character “with great strength”, but have no idea who they are. Intro? Pick it up, find out. And who is Gruesome George? Find out in Batwing (2011-) #33.

InvestComics Radar love; Scum of the Earth (2014) #1, Enormous (2014) Ongoing #1, Oz Age of Darkness (2014) #1, 100th Anniversary Special Fantastic Four (2014) #1, Tom Clancy Splinter Cell Echoes (2014) #1, Deadpool vs X-Force (2014) #1, and Hack Slash Son of Samhain (2014 Image) #1.

Read and Invest Wisely.

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Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-19-12

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Another week, another slew of DC Zero issues. Within the past couple of weeks, InvestComics has given the reader a basic synopsis of the Zero issues and then elaborated on each one. This week we’re going to stick to the same game plan, but deliver you the first appearances of the focal character or team. And no, we are not going the route of EVERY single first appearance, i.e. Post Crisis, Pre Crisis, Earth 247, Zero Countdown, Golden Age, Silver Age, 52, Post Flashpoint, etc….you get the idea. We’re going to stick to basics. That would be basics for everyone except for the big cheese known as Shazam and also Captain Atom. Why Shazam you ask? Well because he’s Shazam. Why Captain Atom? Well because his first appearance…..well just read ahead.

Justice League #0 brings Billy Batson to the forefront in this zero origin issue. DC will probably press very hard in making Shazam relevant again, and that’s okay. There’s nothing like trying to rival your own character base (ahem Superman). Shazam first appeared in 1940, Whiz Comics #2 from Fawcett Comics to do JUST that, rival Superman. It wasn’t until 33 years later in 1973 (yes we can count!) that DC Comics bought the rights and Shazam appeared in his own number one issue. So go out and get that 1973 issue before Shazam becomes extremely relevant as he has done from time to time. Only this time, with Hollywood lurking, it’s only a matter of time before we see this character on screen. Or maybe not, Justice League anyone?

The women dominate this week as they have six of the thirteen Zero issues. First up the Mecca of all Superhero women…. Wonder Woman. Just how many times has this character been redone over the years? So many times, it’s comical. So with that, Wonder Woman #0 reveals something from her past and a new villain to boot! Looking forward to that villain! We all have a past don’t we? WW first appearance came in All Star Comics #8 (1941). Supergirl #0 gives readers the answer to that burning question they always wanted to know, as Krypton was falling apart and about to blow to smithereens, who sent Supergirl to earth? Okay…..so staying on topic of the “ridiculousness”, Supergirl’s TRUE first appearance came in Superman #123. So what is the ridiculous part of this you ask? How about that there are two first appearances listed for Supergirl as; Super-Girl and Supergirl. Absurd. Moving right along, Batwoman #0 features Kate Kane and say her size 9 foot on the cover? Kate’s first appeared in 52 #9. Amethyst makes her much awaited reentry into the DC Universe. Right? You were waiting admit it. Maybe not. Anyway, Sword of Sorcery #0 begins anew with the ever so missed Gemworld. You did miss Gemworld too, right? Find Amethyst’ first appearance in Legion of Super-Heroes #298 (1983) sitting in some 25 cent box someplace. Although it does say on the cover that the 16 page preview story is an instant collector’s item! Awesome. Birds of Prey #0 shows us the first meeting between Batgirl and Black Canary. Let the fun ensue! Catch the first Birds of Prey in Black Canary Oracle Birds of Prey #1. And finally, rounding out the six females this week is Catwoman #0. Much like the first appearance of Supergirl with the hyphen or no hyphen, Catwoman’s TRUE first appearance is in Batman #1. Yes THAT Batman; Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson. The character appeared in this issue simply known as “The Cat”. Good enough, that’s her first appearance.

Now back to the boys. Jamie Reyes is the Blue Beetle in Blue Beetle #0. Jamie first appeared in Infinite Crisis #3 (2006). The Red Hood (Jason Todd) first revealed himself in Batman #635.

This week Red Hood and the Outlaws #0 reveals how Jason came back to life after the classic storyline “A Death in the Family” put him to death in the hands of the Joker. Ah the good old days. The good old day’s also brings us back Space Adventures #33 (Charlton – 1960) featuring the first appearance of Captain Atom. This first appearance was brought to us by the legend Steve Ditko. Do you need any other reason not to own this comic? Revisiting the Shazam platform here, DC acquired the rights to Captain Atom and he appeared in his self titled comic Captain Atom #1 in 1987.

From Jason Todd to Dick Grayson, Robin’s that simply have issues working with Batman (maybe the DC Universe needs a human resources department?) Nightwing #0 reveals the origin of Dick Grayson as Nightwing. The first time Dick Grayson is the Nightwing character is in 1984’s Tales of the Teen Titans #43.

Legion of Super-Heroes #0  – The first appearance of the team Legion of Super-Heroes happened in 1958. Adventure Comics #247 gets the nod here. Green Lantern New Guardians #0 forms a new team and DC Universe Presents #0 comes at us with some good stories (we hope) with some characters we really don’t care about, but want to.

Marvel Comics treats readers to a reprint issue in Thanos Final Threat. This book covers the Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2. These are classic comics that need to be in your collection if you want to jump on the next “Darth Vader” of the Sci-fi movie world; Thanos.

Two independent comics to check out this week are Pound Ghouls Night Out #1 and Ghost #0.

That’s it for this week. See you next week!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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