InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-1-08 Back Issue Special

thor_126.jpg A slow week for new releases brings us to the back issue bins. This would be a perfect week to pick up a few of those back issues that should be in your collection. Recommendations that have been discussed on InvestComics like New Mutants # 98, Iron Man # 193 and Watchmen # 1, which all should already have a firm place in your collection. Here are a few comics that are still surprising affordable and should be looked for in the long boxes at your local comic shop. However, there is just one ‘pricey’ gem that will fly under the radar for just a little longer. You must grab this comic very soon before it becomes unattainable……..





Thor # 126. This comic is truly the number one issue of Thor. Issue number 125 was named Journey into Mystery with Thor.  Released in 1966, this comic comes in at a price tag of only $275. Yes ‘only’ $275. Think about where this comic will be once that epic Thor film hits the silver screen. Thor will become a household name and Thor # 126 will probably receive the $450 price tag or more. A great Marvel character that will mark his place on the solo screen as well as marking his place in the Avengers movie, Thor # 126 should be looked at as a monster investment. You may spend some money now, but it will pay dividends in the years to come. An extremely recommended buy here with almost a guarantee return on your investment. If you buy a VF/F copy of this comic, you might want to think about getting it slabbed (CGC). Once this comic is through the stratosphere, buyers will be looking for those graded 7.0 and above and pay nice bucks for it.

thor_337.jpgSticking with The God of Thunder, Thor # 337 is a great buy. The comic marks 2 first, first appearance of Beta Ray Bill and first Walt Simonson writing/pencil duties on the Thor title. When this comic came out in 1984 it was huge. It was mega big to the point that comic shops at the time were selling it at $25 a pop. That’s a big deal in 1983. Nowadays the comic can be bought on Ebay for a mere $10. Beta Ray Bill has been in and out of the Marvel Universe and is in fact a huge part of the Thor gallery. Will Ray be a part of the Epic Thor film? No one knows just yet, but why wait around? Great character, great legend, 2 first make a right. The best advice for anything Thor (back issue speaking) is buy, buy and buy. The back issue market for Thor is extremely underrated and you need to get on top of it before it starts taking off. Buy any first appearance all key issues of the original run. Definitely get the Walt Simonson run, pure reading pleasure and a great investment.

cap_286.jpgInvest in some old Captain America runs. Particularly issue numbers 100-125. Also look out for issues 100,111 and 113. These issues are all Steranko art and are a rare find in good shape. Captain America is going to be a huge movie as the same already discussed about Thor. Captain America‘s solo movie will do things to the movie market that will probably match that of the latest Batman film. The same that applied for the Thor comics should apply here. Buy any and all significant issues of Captain America now while the market is lukewarm.



rom_1.jpgWith the ‘big 2′ reaching back into the vault of characters to bring readers the new and improved versions of whomever, here are a few that have had some rumblings, but have yet to make ‘the’ comeback. ROM, remember him? Well maybe you don’t. Showing my age here! Way back in 1979 Marvel and Mattel (Toys) teamed up to release the ROM toy line in sequence with the comic book. 132 issues later ROM finally overloaded and succumbed to the preverbal cancel button. Marvel had a falling out with Mattel over the rights to ROM.Thus hampering the attempts to ever bringing him back, in the recent years though ROM has been teased about from Marvel and clamored after by a cult following. Marvel knowingly is in business to make money, well what company isn’t?? Marvel’s Cosmic Annihilation story line briefly had mentions and appearances by the Spaceknights. ROM is in fact a ‘Spaceknight’. So one day when you’re beating yourself up deciding to get  that Variant comic that cost $15, put your money on this 7 dollar 30 year old comic book that will probably bring you more enjoyment in the reading column as well as your wallet. The wallet?? Who knows?! Stranger things have happened!

dccomics_26.jpgIf DC ever decides they really want to join the fray of making a comic movie other that of a poorly done Superman or an awesome Batman, look no farther that Teen Titans. 1984’s Teen Titans provides a backdrop to the possible movie that DC has been speaking of for years. Buy the number one issue at $6. Better yet, buy the Teen Titans first appearance in DC Comics Presents # 26 for $20. Now that is a bargain of all bargains. This comic is highly undervalued right now and once DC/WB realizes the magnitude of a GOOD well written Teen Titans movie, DC Comics Presents # 26 will be hard to get a hold of.newtteentitans_1.jpg


Hollywood has their eye on comic books, old and new, no secret here folks.  With the release of a poorly done Speed Racer and a new Voltron movie coming out starring Spider-Man himself Tobey McGuire, any comic is fair game in this market. Why not look at Starriors # 1, Micronaunts # 1, Atari Force # 1, Arakand the list goes on. These comics are very affordable, but yet hard to find in a NM condition. Find these in your $1 bins and have fun.

See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-24-08

wolorig028_cov.jpg This week has a lot to choose from. No Home runs this week though. There is however a nice homage to my hometown. Back To Brooklyn # 1 is a nice non-description of Brooklyn New York. Gangsters, Samurai’s, Mercenary’s, Halloween and Mutants dominate this great reading week for comics. So kick back and enjoy the Hot Picks as we dive into a week that has great reading promise and No Home Runs.




dd111var.jpgDaredevil # 111  Here’s the question of the day. How do you destroy a great villain or hero’s legacy? The answer is, you replace the XY chromosomes with the XX chromosomes. Okay, you make the ‘boy’ villain/hero a ‘girl’ villain/hero. Time has proven over and over again that this simply does not work. The only reason it might work THIS time around would be that fact that so many of these writers today are vying for that Hollywooddeal they are writing their butts off to make a ‘good story’. That said, Lady Bullseye MIGHT have a shot of being a somebody as opposed to another failed attempt at Marvel switching genders on a character.





Skaar Son of Hulk Presents: Savage World of Sakaar  Is there any reason to believe that this comic will NOT sell out? Hulk’s son has a dang good track record and it does not seem to be letting up. Skaar is definitely a character that needs your attention. Buy any of the early appearances for now because Skaar will be a mainstay in the Marvel Universe for a long time.






Back To Brooklyn # 1   Garth Ennis & Jimmy Palmiotti bring this FANTASY style Punisher type comic book to Brooklyn. Built around violence and strong language, what more would anyone want? A good story we hope. Just because you slap the word ‘Brooklyn‘ on a comic with blood on the cover does not mean it will do well. The content inside better be as good as the hype or Jimmy and Garth have delivered a crapfest. The Brooklynboys will be very angry if this happens.




Others To Watch For…….. 


Samurai: Legend #1  With Iron Fist making his mark, it’s fitting that Marvel get some of the samurai/martial arts thing going again. With a $5.99 cover price, it might not do as well as they want. Still looks like a promising comic as well as a great read.



                 Deadpool # 2  The number one issue sold out almost immediately. Would there be any reason to think that this issue would not do the same? Deadpool is THE Marvel character to watch. InvestComics has been saying this for a year now. And InvestComics will keep saying it!




Flash Gordon # 1  Everything that is old someday comes back. Flash Gordon is certainly an icon of sorts. New comers to the comics industry Ardden Entertainment give collectors a new take on the old hero. Grab the variant from Graham Crackers. It’s rare, it’s nice and it’ll be wanted once this comic sells out.



Ultimate Fantastic Four/ Ultimate X-Men Annual #1  This team up number one issue might feature a first appearance of a team or someone. Not to sure from the promo run by Marvel. They tend to be a bit vague sometimes. Yes Marvel will do that from time to time. Anyway, the story is leading into bigger things probably. Keep an eye out for this one…..



Vincent Price Presents #1& Zombie-Same One Shot  Halloween is zmbiesama.jpgcoming early this year…..again. Check out both of these goodies.






See You All Next Week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-17-08

1 Iron Man 118 1st Jim Rhodes.jpg ironman_169_firsttimeasironman.jpg The Hot picks for this week focus on a Marvel character that has been around for a while. This hero will have his day in the sun as Marvel sets up for his comeback. Looking to make ‘Jimbo’ a major player, Marvel had recently announced at the San Diego Comic Con that he will be getting his own ongoing series. This week Jim Rhodes makes his return setting up for the solo series. Find out where it all began….. 


A small week for Hot Picks. Never fret, there is always next week!

Let’s get started with Iron Man……… 


Iron Man # 33  War Machine will have his own ongoing series in the not so distant future and his comeback starts right here! If you hop on the time machine back to 1983 you’d find Iron Man # 169, which would be Jim Rhodes first appearance. Now fast forward 10 years later to 1993 and find Iron Man #291, which would be the first issue for War Machine on his own. These issues are very affordable right now and should be picked up before that solo series hits. It should also be noted that when Robert Downey Jr. gets bored of being Iron Man, look for Hollywood to look at Terrance Howard as War Machine to take flight in theaters as a solo movie. Pick up the first appearances and hold on to these comics for a while; you’ll be glad you did.



Squadron Supreme 2 # 3  Arachnophilia makes her comic debut right here. That’s a great Greg Horn cover huh?! The thing that makes this debut something to watch is that she has the powers of a spider of some sort. Any hero, (hero?) that possesses a type of spider power has always ‘usually’ turned out to be a mild success. Even though it might have taken YEARS to do so but, Spider-Woman is successful, Spider-Girl has a following and Spider-Man has potential, no? I guess we might have to wait a little bit to see how this new character plays out. You never know, this could be an instant successful character, or maybe it’ll take 20 years for comic fans to be interested. Tough call here, buy it, read it, let US know……. 


Mighty Avengers # 18  Another debut for Marvel this week. This time a team debuts, Nick Fury’s Secret Warriors. Not too keen on the name. Sounds like something that has been done before. Just like the Squadron comic, not too sure this debut will be much…..right now. It’s a Secret Invasion tie in, which makes this a must have for SI readers. Nick Fury as of late has been kicking butt and taking names, maybe Nick Fury’s Secret Warriors will do the same in the investment column. Big maybe……… 



Greatest Hits # 1  A new team emerges from DC’s Vertigo imprint. They’re from England, they’re a rock band and they have super powers. No it’s not the Beatles. And a Variant cover by Ethan Van Sciver. Looks interesting.





See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-10-08

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New Mutants # 98. Deadpool Debut.





darktowertreachery_01_midnightvariant.jpgDarkTower: Treachery # 1Midnight Variant.

The DarkTower series continues with this special midnight variant release edition. It features a special ‘revolutionary reverse gatefold cover’. What does this mean exactly? We have NO idea, but it sounds important doesn’t it?! If you’re a DarkTower fan, this comic is a definite pick up for you, if you’re not, this comic is a definite pick up for you. This comic is going to fall under the category of rare/hard to find variant. Find this comic and hold onto it. And what exactly is behind that key hole??



Secret Invasion # 6  Secret Invasion has had some nice highlights throughout the series. Marvel is delivering with the promise of shaking things up. As the series winds down though this issue’s last double page spread promises to send a chill down your spine. No that’s not InvestComics saying that, it’s Marvel silly! Yes the hype machine rolls on with Marvel. Make sure to email InvestComics to let us know if you ever got that cold sick feeling Marvel is talking about. Send Marvel the doctor bill if necessary.





The Stand # 1 Wow, Stephen King fans rejoice! DarkTowercontinues with a real cool variant and we also get an all new King epic to feast on. The original 1990 The Stand hardcover clocks in at an astounding 1153 pages! That is a whole lot of story to tell! Stephen King is a horror genius and Marvel knows this. This series will take off just like the others have no matter how many pages there are. 






Deadpool # 1  What more can be said about this character that has notnew mutants 98.jpg already been said by InvestComics. We can not stress enough that New Mutants # 98 NEEDS to be in your collection ASAP. You could have a potential pair here that will just burn up Ebay once Deadpool gets going. The Variant # 1 cover (pictured here) plus the first appearance together will make for a great duo that lots of fans will want. Liefeld put his indelible mark on Deadpool 17 years ago!! Now he pencils him again on this variant. My O’ my have times changed.



Others To Watch For……. 


Big Hero # 1  Anime, Number 1 issue, a Team of heroes written by Chris Clearmont, a Variant cover by David Nakayama and it’s from Marvel. Nuff’ said.








Epilogue # 1  Horror fans get a new treat with this new series from Steve Niles. Kyle Hotz provides the pictures. Never pass up an opportunity to pick up new material from Steve Niles.







Dragon Prince # 1  Much like Big Hero # 1 here but in a different context all together. Fantasy, martial arts, wizards, dragons, magic, Ron Marz writes and a Stjepan Sejic variant cover. Can all this add up to greatness or just lameness? Tough call here, probably going to be a great read so pick it up anyway. 






See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


SDCC Wrap Up 2010 (Part 3 of 3)


Part 3 of 3




InvestComics picks from the SDCC Part 3 of 3

2010 will bring the Witchblade movie. The teaser poster alone looks awesome doesn’t it? Let’s hope the cover is as good as the content inside. Director Michael Rymer of TV’s hit show Battlestar Galactica will be at the helm for what InvestComics hopes to be a big success. Get Sara Pezzini’s first appearance in Cyblade/Shi # 1. This once HOT comic has cooled down quite a bit, but do not wait for it to heat up again once the movie hype starts up. This comic needs to be in your collection. Also look for rare variant covers, along with the first appearance the variants will be a hot item too.

Top Cow’s Magdalenawill be hitting the silver screen as well, maybe. This movie doesn’t seem as important to Top Cow as does Witchblade. InvestComics is thinking a straight to DVD release here. That said, The Darkness # 15 gives the fans a first look at Magdalena. ‘Patience’ (her alter ego name), is a sexy and interesting character that demands better treatment from Top Cow. As of right now though, it doesn’t look like she’s getting too much respect. Maybe as time goes on this will change, if it does you have a great first appearance in your collection. If things stay the same, you have a good read of an interesting comic book Goddess.

Devils Due is moving forward with their plans to release Hack/Slash as a film. It’s going to be a typical run of the mill T&A, blood gore horror film. Compared to the other horror films what’s so different here? Not sure. In any event, get the first Hack/Slash comic from 2004 Girls Gone Dead # 1 just in case the movie offers up something different than everything else we’ve already seen.

Ghostbusters is coming back strong with a video game that promises to kick some major butt. IDW will release a new Ghostbusters comic that will probably be a short lived success. 1987 saw First Comics release a Ghostbusters comic that had ‘nothing’ to do with the movie. It had a monkey as one of the Ghostbusters, nuff said. If you want to get the first true Ghostbusters comic you’ll have to go all the way to the UK to get it. Well not really, but the first comic was only available in the UKfrom Marvel comics. Good luck trying to get the # 1 issue, no one seems to have it or want to give it up! As said earlier though, this Ghostbusters hype will be short lived in the comic book world. Do not put all your slimer’s in one basket. The video game however will be huge, which does not always direct the comic book investment side. Who ya gonna call? InvestComics!

See you soon with updates on the SDCC throughout the website. Happy hunting everyone!