Black Bolt – Inhumans Checklist

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The Inhumans movie will be arriving in 2019. By then, Infinity War part II will have hit the screen. A question one may ask here is, will the Inhumans pick up where the Avengers movies cease? Short answer, probably yes. Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man (additions Wasp, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Vision) will fill in the new Avengers team roster after the current team is dismantled in Infinity War I & II. The Avengers can and will continue with an all new lineup one day, but until then, the Inhumans will probably take the mantle for a while. It makes total sense here. Some of the Avenger stars have become way too big for their roles, commanding more money and are also getting “older” as the series progresses. Remember when the phase just started? Chris Evans? Chris Hemsworth? Scarlett Johansson? Robert Downey Jr.? And the list goes on. No one really knew if any of this would work. It did. Now that “it did” and the success has and will run its course, ending with Infinity War II (2019), the only logical monetary thing to do is…..start over. Enter the Inhumans.

Since we all know that Marvel does not own the rights to the X-Men, this will be their workaround. Their version of the X-Men and come hell or high water, Marvel will make this work. Just to drive home a point that they don’t need the X-Men, they have the Inhumans.

It’s all going to start the same way it all began back in 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. Get that name everyone recognizes and get it to work. So with the Inhumans, the character that needs to be front/center and to work is Black Bolt. He’s the leader of the Inhumans. The King of Attilan. Who will be chosen to lead the way to another successful 11 year (more or less) run? Black Bolt will be the next “Tony Stark” because of the lead in to introduce the next phase. The character (the team) will play an intricate role in setting the table for everyone to follow.

The Avengers Infinity War parts I & II will probably (most likely) end many of the Marvel on screen careers. Our favorite characters will be gone. Marvel will set a new precedence in offing characters at a ridiculous clip. The reality is, Robert, Chris, Scarlett, Jeremy and all the others who have been around these movies for years are going to move on eventually to other roles other than superheroes. What better way to add finality to an unprecedented run than sending our heroes to sacrifice themselves against the greatest threat the planet and universe has ever seen, Thanos. Do not kid yourselves, there will be many deaths in the Infinity War parts I & II. In actuality, there has to be. The stadium is over capacity. There has to be closure so that the new blood can come in. That new blood being the Inhumans.

So in 2019, it’s all going to come to a head. 11 years to arrive to the greatest battle of all time. The greatest battle in cinema since dad and son went at it with their Lightsabers. It’s going to take every character fans have seen throughout the years and mash them into two movies. The Avengers cannot and will not defeat Thanos alone. Not happening. The Avengers, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Wasp, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Winter Solider, Loki, Spider-Man, Warlock and so many more will probably appear in both films. Most will not make it to the next phase.

The comic book speculator has four years to compile their Inhumans comics library. What InvestComics has given the speculative community throughout our ten years is the ability to buy low and….sell high. This checklist is just that. Some of these books are movers right now, but their value in four years time will be immensely different. Tremendous upside here. Yes the first appearance of the Inhumans might be a bit pricey now, but it will not be anywhere near as close to the price it is now when 2019 rolls around. Think big. Think X-Men #1 (1963) or Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975). Marvel Studios’ version of the X-Men will become the next big franchise, do not miss this boat. Inhumans will be huge.

Most of these books if not all of them are extremely affordable…..for now. As time beckons, as news breaks, as announcements are made, as villains are cast, as the Infinity War movie starts coming into light, the Inhumans will become more and more of a household name and you will be very late to the party if you put things on hold until then. Be sure to thank InvestComics for throwing this early party now when the time comes.

As always, there will be missed books within the checklist below. We’re Inhuman, Ha! See what we did there?! There are many books listed. All kinds of first appearances, key issues and cool books in general. We simply do not know what the Inhumans movie will bring, so we tried to cover as many bases as possible for the speculator. If you have a comic you’d like to add, please help the fellow speculators in listing it below in the comment section. AND PLEASE READ THE DISCLAIMER on this site.

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Fantastic Four #36 (1965) The first appearance of Medusa. Black Bolt’s main squeeze. Brought to us by the creative team of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott.

Fantastic Four #44 (1965) The first appearance of Black Bolt’s bodyguard (cousin) Gorgon.

Fantastic Four #45 (1965) First appearance of Black Bolt (cameo) and the first appearance of the Inhumans team. Lee, Kirby and Sinnott. A must own comic if you are truly in the speculative market. This comic also serves as the first appearances of Triton and Karnak. Must own.

Fantastic Four #46 (1966) First full appearance of Black Bolt. His first cover as well. Same creative team as the previous issues and the same speculative rules apply as well. A must own here.

Fantastic Four #47 (1966) Every hero needs an adversary. A sibling at that. In this issue, Black Bolt’s insane brother makes his debut; Maximus. This comic also has the first mention and appearance of the land called Attilan.

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Thor #148 (1968) The first of three consecutive, most desirable comics to own (besides the first appearance) if one is collecting key Black Bolt books. The origin of Black Bolt starts here (in a backup story). Still very affordable right now, but this will in fact change. This is also the first appearance of the Wrecker. An absolute non-factor because this comic will triple in value in a few years because of the Black Bolt origin, not because of the Wrecker. Jack Kirby and Stan Lee.

Thor #149 (1968) The continuation of Black Bolt’s origin. Must own.

Thor #150 (1968) The Inhumans origin. Must own.

Marvel Super-Heroes #15 (1968) First solo Medusa story. Black Bolt appearance.

Incredible Hulk Special #1 (1968) Hulk vs the Inhumans. Classic Steranko cover.

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Silver Surfer #18 (1970) Black Bolt and the Inhumans appear in the Silver Surfer series.

Amazing Adventures #9 (1971) The first solo Black Bolt/Inhumans comic.

Avengers #95 (1972) Another important comic because of the Marvel cinematic universe. It’s going to take more than just the Avengers team to defeat Thanos in Infinity Wars parts I and II. Will the Inhumans join in the fight along side the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy? Maybe. Maybe not, but this comic here is the first Avengers book the Inhumans appear in. Neal Adams art, Roy Thomas writes and John Buscema provides the cover. It’s also an origin story on Black Bolt and Maximus. Another must buy here.

Iron Man #57 (1973) Black Bolt/Inhumans first appear in an Iron Man book.

Marvel Team-Up #11 (1973) First appearance with Spider-Man. John Romita Sr. cover.

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Inhumans #1 (1975) The first team solo comic. First appearance of Iridia.

Inhumans #3 (1976) First appearances of Falzon, Shatterstar and Phae-Dor.

Inhumans #10 (1977) First appearances of Skorn and Mon-Tog.

Inhumans #11 (1977) The first appearance of Korath The Pursuer.

Captain Marvel #53 (1977) Black Bolt teams with Captain Marvel. Art by Al Milgrom and cover by Gil Kane.

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Dazzler #19 (1982) Here’s a rare odd appearance. Danny Fingeroth writes, John Romita Jr./Bob Wiacek cover art.

Daredevil #272 (1989) First time in a Daredevil comic. Art and cover art; John Romita Jr.

The Inhumans Marvel Graphic Novel (1988) The first appearance of Black Bolt’s son Ahura.

Daredevil #279 (1990) The first comic book appearance of Ahura (Black Bolt’s son).

The New Warriors #6 (1990) Black Bolt/Inhumans appearance. Mark Bagley art/cover.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy #27 (1992) Inhumans appearance. First time in a GOTG book.

Marvel Comics Presents #168 (1994) A Black Bolt/Inhumans story. Black Bolt cover.

Alpha Flight/Inhumans Annual (1998) The first (and last?) team up of these two teams.

Inhumans Vol 2 #1 (1998) Marvel Knights series imprint begins. First appearances of Aeric and Marista. A classic Jae Lee cover.

Inhumans Vol 2 #2 (1998) First appearances; Neifi, Tonaja, Woz, Nahress, Carthus, Kalikya and Dinu.

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Inhumans Vol 2 #5 (1999) First appearances of Elejea, Mendicus and Black Widow;Yelena Belova.

Inhumans Vol 2 #6 (1999) First appearance of Veritus and Naanis.

Inhumans Vol 2 #7 (1999) First appearances of Belial Toiven and Rexel.

Inhumans Vol 3 #1 (2000) First appearances of Arvak, Dine and Ikarys.

Inhumans Vol 3 #2 (2000) First appearances of P’krrd, G’anym and Master Shakati.

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Inhumans Vol 3 #4 (2000) First appearances of Boeder and Eson.

Inhumans Vol 4 #1 (2003) First appearances of San, Alaris, Nallo and Senschi.

Inhumans Vol 4 #2 (2003) First Jolen.

The New Avengers #7 (2005) An important comic if (when) the Planet Hulk movie ever comes to fruition. InvestComics called the Planet Hulk movie years and years and years ago. We’re the best for a reason! The Illuminati first appear in this issue and guess who is on that board? Yep, Black Bolt.

Incredible Hulk #92 (2006) …And here’s the first Planet Hulk comic Black Bolt appears in with the Illuminati.

 

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Black Panther #18 (2006) First time appearing in a Black Panther title. Civil War crossover book. And Black Panther weds Storm. Awww…..

New Avengers Illuminati #1 (2006) The Illuminati get their own book. Might be only a dollar in some places right now for this comic, but this comic will explode once the Planet Hulk is announced. Could be years for that to happen, but when it does…….look out.

Incredible Hulk #100 (2007) First World War Hulk appearance.

Silent War #1 (2007) First appearances of Kurani and Avia.

Silent War #2 (2007) First appearances of Somnus and Desidera.

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Silent War #4 (2007) First appearance of The Pacifiers. Awesome John Watson cover.

Secret Invasion Inhumans #1 (2008) First appearances of Flugron and the Inhuman Royal Family Skrull. The Skrull dies in the very next issue.

Secret Invasion Inhumans #3 (2008) The first appearance of Pelagians and the Pelagia location.

War of Kings Saga #1 (2009) First time The Inhumans and Guardians of the Galaxy (current team, minus Starlord/Groot) are in the same book.

Guardians Of The Galaxy #13 (2009) Black Bolt/Inhumans appear with the current GOTG lineup in a Guardians book.

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Realm of Kings Inhumans #1 (2010) First appearance of Raankor.

Realm of Kings Inhumans #3 (2010) First appearance of Cteno.

Realm of Kings Inhumans #4 (2010) First Dendrok.

Inhumanity #1 (2014) First Petras.

Inhumanity #2 (2014) First appearances of Drive and Jim.

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Inhuman #1 (2014) First appearances of Agent Mason, Dante, Lash and Gabriela.

Inhuman #2 (2014) First appearances of Vinatos, Chynae and the new Attilan.

Inhuman #3 (2014) First appearances of Sterilon, Korvostax and Mother Bones.

Inhuman #4 (2014) First appearances of Xiaoyi and Forey.

Inhuman #5 (2014) An appearance by an unnamed NuHuman. Never know who later on this could be.

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Inhuman #7 (2014) First appearances; Auran, Nur and the New Attilan Force.

Inhuman #9 (2014) First Ennilux Corporation, The Capo and Xiaoyi as Iso.

Inhuman #11 (2015) First appearance of Bryan Horowitz.

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #1 (2015) Black Blot and the Inhumans first appearance in a Deadpool book. It could be the first time they meet up actually.

 

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What more can be said about artist Jim Lee and his talent that hasn’t already been said? The same applies with Jim Lee as the previous InvestComics Creator Spotlights, his art is immediately recognizable. A style unto itself and many have tried to emulate since Jim blew up some 29 years ago. The man worked his way through the ranks at a quick steady pace. Only took him about 5 years to have complete creative control of one of Marvel’s flagship titles; the X-Men. With the release of X-Men #1 (1991), making that particular book the biggest selling comic of all time up until recently with the release of Marvel’s Star Wars #1 with a bazillion variant covers. Later on, he then went on to take over a couple of DC’s fanship characters; Batman and Superman. This dude is the real deal.

Take a look at the checklist below and buy this man’s work. It’s a thing of beauty as well as collecting a legend in the making.

 

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Samurai Santa #1 (1986) First published comic work; Solson Publications.

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition #17 (1987) First professional work regarding the big two. And it was with Marvel. Penciled one page, character Eel. This comic is NOT recognized as Lee’s first Marvel work because it’s not as sexy as the next book. Absolute nonsense.

Alpha Flight #51 (1987) This comic is dubbed as Jim’s first Marvel work when in actuality it really isn’t. The nonsense of “well he did only one character in the Handbook comic” is as bad as the “cameo” appearance of Wolverine. Wolverine was on a full page in #180 (his name is said too!) and Jim’s art is IN the Handbook comic. Let’s quickly analyze the ridiculousness of this. If Rembrandt painted a “small” picture and then painted another one that was “bigger” in size or “more” of a painting……which is his first work? Right?!

Alpha Flight #55 (1988) First cover art. Collaboration. With interior pencils.

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Alpha Flight #61 (1988) First solo cover. Many first pencils on characters in this book. Lots of X-Men characters.

Marvel Age #67 (1988) Cover art. First Punisher art.

The Punisher War Journal #2 (1988) Cover art. Collaboration with Carl Potts. First Daredevil art.

The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger #3 (1989) Cover art with Carl Potts. First Cloak and Dagger art.

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Conan the Barbarian #219 (1989) Issue #218 Collaboration cover with Scott Williams. Issue #219 solo cover.

Transformers #53 (1989) Jim Lee Cover art. Won’t see Jim doing any Transformers anytime soon again.

Uncanny X-Men #248 (1989) First X-Men book, not his first official go around with the X-Men characters though. Pencils and cover, Claremont writes.

Alpha Flight #75 (1989) First Spider-Man, Hulk, Captain America art and others. Cover only.

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Marvel Super-Heroes #1 (1990) Cover art with characters Black Panther, Moon Knight and others.

Quasar #13 (1990) – A Lee Quasar cover.

Captain America #383 (1991) – Cap cover collaboration with the awesome Ron Lim.

Conan the Barbarian #242 (1991) – This awesome cover shows the amazing style of Jim.

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Guardians of the Galaxy #10 (1991) – First Guardians cover, a collaboration with Jim Valentino.

Spider-Man #10 (1991) – Jim inks Todd McFarlane art.

Marvel Age #104 (1991) – An original X-Men cover with Scott Williams.

X-Men #1 (1991) – ….Was the biggest selling comic book of all time until recently. Artist, collaboration writing with Chris Claremont, Cover art with Scott Williams.

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WildCats #1 (1992) – First Image comic. Complete creative control.

The American: Lost in America #1 (1992) – Rare Dark Horse cover. First Dark Horse work.

H.A.R.D. Corps #1 (1992) – Rare Valiant cover with great Bob Layton.

Pizza Hut Super Savings Book Featuring X-Men (1993) – A scarce giveaway comic Penciler with John Byrne and Andy Kubert. Great creative company right. Pizza is okay too.

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Spawn #9 (1993) – First appearance Angela. Jim Lee Angela poster included with Todd McFarlane inks.

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #50 (1993) – Lee’s first DC work and Batman too. Took 7 years to get over here! Batman pinup page. He’ll go on to own the Batman character later on.

CBS Presents Action Zone #1 (1994) – Free comic promoting WildCats and Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles cartoons. First and only Lee TMNT.

Mega Marvel #3 (1994) – Awesome Silver Surfer cover. A big boy book, no pictures. A trade paperback.

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The Savage Dragon #13 X (1994) – Pencils and cover; The Image X issue. The regular issue was done by the Savage Dragon master Erik Larsen.

Union #7 (1995) – Collaboration interior pencils, but that cover looks vaguely familiar doesn’t it? (See Batman #608).

Batman Black and White #1 (1996) – First Batman cover. Second DC work.

Fire From Heaven #2 (1996) – Pencils original Alan Moore story. Cover as well.

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Fantastic Four #1 (1996) – Jim, takes creative control of Fantastic Four in a restart. Writes, Pencils, and cover. A match made in heaven? The perfect match never panned out the way it should have. Maybe it’s because…….

Iron Man #1 (1996) – Jim stretches himself out in 1996. Writes Iron Man with Scott Lobdell.

Avengers #8 (1997) – First Avengers book. Collaboration cover art. Written by Walt Simonson.

Flinch #1 (1999) – First Vertigo work. Rare book, pencils only.

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Batman Gotham Knights #1 (2000) – Pencils a story written by Warren Ellis!

Orion #12 (2001) – Pencils the Darkseid character and we love Darkseid. Writer Walt Simonson.

Just Imagine Stan Lee With Jim Lee Creating Wonder Woman (2001) – Artwork and written by Stan Lee. Cover art too.

Supergirl #63 (2001) First Supergirl. Cover art only.

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Superman The Man of Steel #119 (2001) – First Superman art. Cover only.

Flash #179 (2001) – Cover art. First Flash art.

Wonder Woman #175 (2001) – First Wonder Woman art in continuity. Cover only. Ebay loves this comic ($$).

Batman #608 (2002) – Jim Lee begins regular series art. X-men was the first coming of Jim Lee, here is the pinnacle. The second coming.

Batman #612 (2003) – One of the most noticeable famous covers from Jim Lee ever. Second print is scarce and very high priced. Look for the second print comic to grab tremendous value before the movie hits next year. BUY this comic now while you can still get it for a decent price. 

 

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Wizard #150 (2004) – Superman variant cover. Wow.

Superman #204 (2004) – First regular art on Superman title. Cover is opposite of Batman #608. Lee’s work on the title did not leave an indelible mark as it did on Batman. Still sold very well though.

Wizard #155 (2004) – A Batman/Superman collaboration cover with Alex Ross.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis #1 (2005) – Another collaboration cover with Alex Ross.

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All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #1 (2005) – Jim teams up with legend Frank Miller here. Lee on Pencils and cover art, Miller writes. A creative dream team that wouldn’t last that long.

Captain Atom: Armageddon #1 (2005) – First Captain Atom art. Cover only.

Infinite Crisis #1 (2005) – Geoff Johns writes with an amazing Lee cover.

Red Sonja Claw The Devil’s Hand #1 (2006) – A collaboration cover with the amazingly talented Gabriele Dell’Otto. First Dynamite Entertainment art.

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Invincible #51 (2008) – Cover art. Written by Robert Kirkman.

Action Comics #1 (2011) – A ridiculous sketch Superman variant (4th Printing). Just wow.

Justice League #12 (2012) – Art and cover. The “Kiss” issue. This cover was a very popular one among fanboys. It’s the height of the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship. A hot book for a little while. If the movies ever follow the relationship from the books (which wouldn’t happen right?), then this book is golden….again.

Aquaman #15 (2013) – Aquaman Lee variant cover.

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Superman Unchained #1 (2013) – Another awesome Superman sketch cover. Regular series artist and cover(s). Supposed to be the BIG Superman book. DC ended the series after nine issues.

Superman Unchained #9 (2015) – Last issue in series features this gorgeous sketch over. Absurd.

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Marvel Comics Every New Series Of 2013 Number Ones Sales Figures

Marvel Comics Every New Series Of 2013 Number Ones Sales Figures

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Market report and year summary by comics historian Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com

Marvel Comics had another year full of blockbuster hits during 2013.

In total they had 70 new #1 issues released including ongoing series, mini-series, one-shots and re-numberings.

They also featured 8 annuals and 16 entries from 2nd printings.

This chart only covers Jan-Nov as the Dec sales figures are not yet released until the new year.

Here we list and rank all of them and show the diverse and successful year that Image had.

This chart shows the sales figures for every issue released during 2013 of any new series started in 2013.

Superior Spider-man debuted in January with a bi-weekly schedule making it the most prolific new series with 22 issues released during the year.

13 different high profile new series debuted with sales over 100,000 copies each.  This is almost triple that of DC this year.

Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 was the best selling comic book of 2013 with print run over 200,000 due to interest in a new movie in the works.

“Infinity” was the big crossover storyline of  the year with hefty orders over 200,000.

This chart not only shows what sold well and what didn’t but it also is very useful to see which books have kept their sales figures up and are likely to be the books that in the next year stay hot and could potentially rise in value.  The main ingredient is constant and steady sales OR better yet increasing sales month to month. (The later is very rare in the comic business)

It is very common for #1 issues to be ordered higher than subsequent issues but after a few issues if the title is truly popular sales should level out.    Retailers usually get it right!  In most cases they order the right amount of product.   Once in a while they over order a product making the book virtually worthless in the secondary market.  The rare occasion retailers under order a title since they don’t know what to expect with a new series and these are the books that always have the secondary market price gains.

Marvel had no surprise hit titles during 2013 and therefore Marvel almost no impact in “hot title” back issue market during the year.  Only a few odd books here and there showed some later aftermarket attention.   Most of the market was driven by the pre-made variant covers that retailers had to order so many extra copies to get.

So what titles did show staying power and kept the numbers up issue to issue?

All retailers really seem to over-order on all major Marvel #1’s so its usually a better guide to compare issue to issue sales with that of #2 issues when retailers drop their orders to safe realistic numbers.

Age Of Ultron was mass produced mini-series for 10 issues but the series went out with a bang with orders upped for the last issue over 100,000 copies.

Nova stayed fairly consistent only dropping 15,000 in orders from #2 to #10.

Deadpool Kills Deadpool 4 issue mini-series stayed strong and sales barely dropped from #1 to #4.  Superior Carnage #1-5 also did decently.   What If AVX #1-4 did the same thing!

Powers Bureau was one of the least ordered titles of the year and therefore quickly sold out and had a bit of aftermarket interest and sales stayed fairly consistent only dropping 5,000 by #8.

Deadpool which debuted in 2012 showed a ton of interest in 2nd and 3rd printings in 2013.

The rarest new series of 2013 from Marvel was its movie adaptation of Thor.   #1 barely passed the 5,000 mark.

Other movie adaptations also sold very poorly.

Alpha Big Time #0.1 was a pre-cursor to the #1 ongoing series.  This origin issue featured a Spider-man reprint causing low orders but also another sell out with only 8,500 copies.

Powers Bureau at 14,600 was the lowest ordered #1 of a new ongoing series and another sellout.

While its common for a new series to lose up to 30% of its initial order from #1 to #2 its more important to see if sales stabilize or continue to drop after issue #3.    Some big droppers in sales and not likely to show increases in the future include:

Wolverine (down 65%), Savage Wolverine (down 72%), Mighty Avengers (down 60%), Secret Avengers  (down 70%), Superior Spider-man Team Up (down 60%), Young Avengers (down 60%), Avengers AI (down 70%), Fearless Defenders (down 70%), Morbius Living Vampire (down 70%), Alpha Big Time (down 60%).

Marvel released 8 new #1 Annuals in 2013 and the best selling by far was the Superior Spider-man Annual #1 hitting 63,500.

The rarest new Marvel Annual of 2013 was Avengers Assemble #1 with only 27,000.

The best selling non-superhero Marvel #1 of the year was Morbius Living Vampire at 43,000.  The #2 ranking new series was the TV show mini-series Dexter with 20,000.   Emerald City of Oz based on the Wizard Of Oz mini-series debuted with 13,700.  Two different Dark Tower Gunslinger series both debuted at 12,000 each.

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Thanks to John Jackson Miller at www.comichron.com  for the initial Diamond sales figures data

You can see complete monthly Diamond sales chart data and more stats at his site !

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Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics and all new Diamond products at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.   hoknes@hotmail.com    Read more about these hot sold out comics at www.comicsheatingup.net

Metropolis Zaps All Sales Records with $200,000 X-Men #1 Sale

Metropolis Zaps All Sales Records with $200,000 X-Men #1 Sale

A pristine copy of X-Men #1 CGC 9.6 sold in March in a private deal through Metropolis Collectibles, the world’s largest vintage comic book dealer.

“The buyer contacted me looking for something very special, an extremely high grade Marvel key. I had several different books but when he heard about the X-Men #1, he knew it was the right book for him,” said COO Vincent Zurzolo.

The comic features the origins and first appearances of the X-Men and Magneto, the teen-age team’s arch-enemy. The book has off-white to white pages, sharp corners, and near-perfect centering.

 The $200,000 sale is the most ever paid for a copy of X-Men #1 in any condition.

“I’ve always believed that X-Men #1 was due for an upward market correction like this,” said Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments. “Silver Age Marvel keys are going like gangbusters right now and I encourage potential investors to call us right away with their want lists.”

Call 212.260.4147 or e-mail Sales Executive Frank Cwiklik at buying@metropoliscomics.com to build a world-class collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-8-10

Neal Adams takes center stage this week, and Marvel releases 7 different number one issues. Much more inside!

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1adetectivecomics369_NA_inker_19671aBatmanOdyssey1Every now and again an artist comes around that changes the complexity of a character. For example, if you say the name Todd McFarlane, his name is instantly synonymous with Spider-Man. The same could be said for creators like Steve Ditko, John Byrne, Jim Aparo, Chris Claremont, Jim Stalin, Alan Moore, George Perez, Jim Steranko, and Frank Miller. There are countless others, but you get the idea. If you mention any of these names to a comic book fan, 9 out of 10 times the creators name will be linked to a specific character or story in which they altered in such a way that traces could still be found in today’s market. With this mind, Batman Odyssey #1 this week comes from an artist/writer that has done just that. Neal Adams will have his way with a character that he will be forever linked to as he is with Green Lantern/Green Arrow. Batman was reinvented in such a way by Neal that he truly made the first Dark Knight, before Frank Miller took it to another level. Make no mistake; Neal was the one who brought Batman to the true status of the Dark Knight. Look at the ‘darkness’ that Neal brought on the covers for many of the Batman books. The covers are absolute gems……

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There would have been so many other covers to display here, but there needs to be room for everyone else this week! Well this wouldn’t be Hot Picks if we didn’t give you some great nuggets to get, so let’s get to some of the Neal Adams Batman picks. Neal’s first EVER ‘appearance’ in a Batman book comes in the form of a backup story in Detective Comics #369 (1967). Neal did the Inks on the backup, but the backup did not feature Batman in it. So this comic technically is not the first Neal Adams Batman, although the Comics Book Price Guide (www.comicsbookpriceguide.com) list it at the $98 mark, still an awesome price for a Neal book as a first “non” Batman book. Neal’s first Batman would come 1 issue later as the cover artist, Detective Comics #370. The price for this book comes in at $78 (Comics Price Guide). An extremely friendly price for a legends first on a character he helped reinvent. Then lastly, Neal Adams first work on the actual Batman title would be Batman #200 (1968), again as a cover artist, an origin retold, and all for only $220. Get these comics and cherish them. Neal Adams is indeed one of the best Batman artists to ever come along. Yes right next to Jim Aparo, Frank Miller, etc.

1aAvengersChildrensCrusade11axmen1Marvel Comics release’s 7 different number one issues this week. Not going to cover all of them, but here is a quick rundown of some….One of the number one’s this week will have 7 variants. X-Men #1 owns that dubious honor (Sorry, no Jim Lee on any of these). Avengers Children’s Crusade #1 will have 2 covers, one of which is a Jim Cheung Incentive and are already sold out in several stores. It’s a nice book to get for a quick turnaround if you want to make some cash. CGC the comic, go for a 9.9 and make a nice profit. Dump this book quickly because the demand will not last very long here. Marvel continues their Thor campaign. Thor the Mighty Avengers #1 will be the next in your face Thor comic from Marvel. Enjoy it because A LOT more Thor coming your way before the movie. Hit Monkey #1? Is this really that necessary? ….And yes it’ll have the 1ashawdowland11aThortheMightyAvengers1second print follow up in a few weeks. Steve Rodgers Super Soldier #1 from Ed Brubaker and Dale Eaglesham will be a big success. The David Finch cover helps matters here. Shadowland #1 throws Daredevil into the spotlight for a DD event. This story is very anticipated so you better get in early on this one. Andy Diggle and Billy Tan will bring their A game here. Marvel promises the last page to be “talked about for years to come…” Yes this Shadowland book WILL be a great one, don’t miss out. Marvelman Family’s Finest #1 will catch you up to date on everything you need to know about Marvelman as it reprints important origins and storylines. Get caught up, this series will last 6 issues and is over JUST in time for Christmas. We’ll take….One all new Marvelman #1 ongoing series please! Merry Christmas!

1ahawkeyemockingbird21aWestCoastAvengers18_1stLincolnSlade1987Marvel’s semi-successful Hawkeye & Mockingbird series focuses on Phantom Rider in issue number 2. Get Lincoln Slade’s first appearance in West Coast Avengers #18 (1987) in some 50 cent bin. The ‘new’ Phantom Rider’s first appearance was in issue number one of Hawkeye & Mockingbird #1.

Brightest Day The Atom Special #1 hits the shelf this week from DC. And according to the DC solicit, seems like DC will be making a big push to make the Atom relevant again.

 

1aBrightestDayThe_AtomSpecial11asmurfs1Smurfs #1 from Papercutz will be a sampler comic. This Christmas the Smurf movie will be coming to a theater near you. Speaking of ‘relevant’, the Smurfs will be HUGE once again. It’s been too long and the movie will in fact catapult the Smurfs back into the stratosphere.

 

 

 

 

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Have a great week. Remember, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz