10 Questions with Chris Noeth

1aaachrisnoethPICChris Noeth, the creator of MAYA, Tales From The Crypt artist, and much more including InvestComics stops by for a 10 for the Pros spot.



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10 For the Pros

Chris Noeth – Artist/Art Director

1aaa10ftpCN11. What are you working on (creatively) right now?

(CN) I’m the art director at Rough Sea Games (http://blog.rough-sea.com) where I’m working on a great new game which will be out soon. In my spare time I’m working on Maya, my first creator owned comic series about a young girl with superpowers. I had to take break because of my game related work but will continue Maya’s story soon. Maya can be read online at www.MayaComic.com as a weekly webcomic before it gets printed.

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(CN) I would love to live forever but because this is not a ‘real’ superpower and belongs more in the vampire genre I have to answer this one with Flying. It would be awesome to fly around 

1aaa10ftpCN23. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(CN) The only thing which is the same each day is, when I’m working at home, I spend my breaks with my family… but that’s not a routine. I can’t think of anything which is… maybe checking my emails before starting with work or drinking a can of coffee each afternoon.

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(CN) Regarding my comic work it’s Bill Nichols (from Sketch Magazine). He is proofreading Maya and a really great guy who loves comics. Check out his site at http://www.comicsmentor.com… it’s awesome!

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good
job with the Comic Book movies?

1aaa10ftpCN3(CN) The best comic movie for me still is Superman – The Movie. That one is the only one I would describe as great, but I enjoy most of the new movies also. I liked Spiderman 2, X2, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Watchmen, Hellboy and even Catwoman. They are fun to watch but I’m still waiting for another comic movie like Superman – The Movie… something with real emotion and magic moments. Maybe some day someone will make a Maya movie with magic and emotion… that would be great 😉

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(CN) Beside Maya I would love to see a real Punisher movie. The last two were awefull. The one with Thomas Jane was okay to watch but it wasn’t the Punisher. What I would love to see also is a faithful adaptation of Preacher. Right now I’m happy because they are filming one of my favorite comics: The Walking Dead. It will be a Tv-series and after reading about it, it really seems like they do it right. I can’t wait to see it.

7. Which part of your job do you find most stressful?

(CN) Are you kidding? My job is the best job in the world. I have more stress in my spare time 🙂
Okay… to be honest: Deadlines. Some things need more time… but often it’s time you don’t have.

1aaa10ftpCN58. What does the future hold for Chris Noeth?

(CN) I just want to work on great games at Rough Sea Games and continue creating Maya in my spare time.

9. What advice could you give for a creator trying to break into the industry?

(CN) Start right now doing your own comics and show them online. Spread the word, use the new technologies and learn from the feedback you get. If your work is good the right people will contact you sooner or later. Never stop learning!

10. “My best Investment in life was…….”

(CN) Regarding my art career it was buying How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way as a teenager. It was the moment things started to connect and I saw what I wanted to do for a living.

Have anything you’d like to plug

(CN) Please follow Maya at www.MayaComic.com and write some comments. I really would love to get some feedback on the pages so far. And don’t forget to order the comic trade “It Came From Beneath The Sea… Again!”, the comic sequel to the 1955 monster horrormovie! I did the first two issues of this four issue mini-series. I did only two issues because at this time I started to work as an art director in games and couldn’t draw the last two issues. Here is the link to pre-order the trade at amazon:










10 Questions with David King

1aaaDKpicOscar & Sid’s InvestComics World creator David King on 10 for the Pros!





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1. What inspires you?

(DK) I am inspired by the artists that have paved the way for me….such as Bill Watterson, Dick Giordano, and Jim Lee
2. Your Oscar & Sid comic strip, how long have you been doing the strip, and how did the concept come up?
(DK) Oscar & Sid started on Myspace about two years ago. I then restarted it on their own website. I came up with the concept because I didn’t see a lot of strips that were geared at guys.1aaaaoandsid3. 3 words that describe me…..Dedicated Laid Back and hopefully…..Funny
4. My first comic book I ever purchased was……
(DK) Was a Batman book that came with a record. It was Batman vs Manbat, drawn by Neal Adams and inked by Dick Giordano
5. The last movie I saw that made me laugh out loud was…..
(DK) I just saw Toy Story 3 this weekend and laughed quite a bit…but then again, it is Pixar!
6. Okay now that I’m laughing, my favorite comedian is……
(DK) I love Brian Regan!!1aaaoasPIC
7. The comic book I want to see adapted to the big screen is……
(DK) I think Danger Girl would make a fantastic movie!
8. My first published work was……
(DK) Way back in 1994 I inked a pin up that was published in a book called Southern Blood!
9. The best advice I could offer about life is……
(DK) Be nice to everyone, you never know who’s gonna be your boss someday!!
10. Where could we see and or buy some of your work?
(DK) There is a brand new strip daily at www.oscarandsid.comBonus Time!InvestComics lives by this motto: ‘I might know the secret to success, but I know the secret to failure is trying to please everyone.” What motto do you live by?

(DK) The true measure of a man is how he treats those who have nothing to offer him.

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-28-10 Green Lantern Special

1aaaHP72810fpWith all of the attention the new Green Lantern movie is getting from SDCC, it’s time to go back into the InvestComics archives and pull out the Green Lantern special.



This Article is originally from InvestComics Exclusive Comics & Cinema articles posted on Project Fanboy. Orginal date 1-11-10. Enjoy!



In brightest day, in blackest night,

No evil shall escape my sight

Let those who worship evil’s might,

Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!




In what seems to be the most anticipated DC character to come to film, it finally looks very close to becoming a reality. We are finally going to get a DC character movie that will be someone other than Superman or Batman. Hopefully this will be the start of many DC heroes to get green lit as well. Too long fans have waited for something, anything regarding a Green Lantern movie. In June or July of this year we may even see our very first look at Ryan Reynolds in the Lantern garb. Of course well just get the hand with the ring shot at first, but who cares?? The excitement that this first picture will generate is going to be extraordinary. It’ll be an official Green Lantern movie poster! It’ll be enough to get those juices flowing with excitement that this movie is truly going to happen now.

Green Lantern has been around for quite some time. There is at least 70 years of possible story to tell. The film will obliviously focus on his origin, but will there be a foe in the first film? Probably not unless it’s going to be a 3 hour movie, which is possible too, but not likely. If Hollywood briefs us on the origin just to get to the special effects as well as trying to fit at least 25 years of history into one film, it will be a disaster. Start with the origin, and then let the villains come in on the sequel. Let it be all about Hal Jordan and the learning of this power the ring possesses. Lead the character into getting to know his intergalactic buddies. Go out on some missions, destroy things, blow things up and then at the end of film number one we meet………Thaal Sinestro! What a great lead in to get the ball rolling on part 2! Heck part 1 hasn’t even come out yet!

There have been many Lantern comics over the 70 year span here and there should be a quick checklist to coincide with the announcement of the filming. While it may be impossible to hit on every single key issue in the Green Lantern market, Comics & Cinema will bring “some” of the key issues you should look for BEFORE the release of that first movie poster. As always, if you wait too long to buy these books and the buzz hits, you have missed the boat. Start fishing for the next big character!

1aaaglhp72810370 years ago, that’s right 70 years ago the world was introduced to Green Lantern. In 1940 an issue by the name of All American #16 introduced Alan Scott as Green Lantern. You can buy this comic right now on Ebay at a “Buy It Now” price of $28,500. That is a CGC graded 8.0 no less. Imagine what kind of money we’d be talking about if this comic was graded higher. Buy this comic at a reasonable price, regarding “reasonable”; while a $30,000 comic is very expensive, the value of this comic will pay back rewardingly once the film is done and Green Lantern mania has swept the world. 19 years after Alan Scott was introduced, in 1959 Showcase Presents #22 introduced the star of our Green Lantern movie Hal Jordan. Would this be a better comic to buy you ask? This is like asking if you like Hersey Kisses or the Hersey bar. It’s essentially the same thing, just a matter of what you the collector would prefer. Yes the very first Lantern is the money shot, but the first Hal Jordan Lantern is the bullet. Either way you go, you win. In THIS particular case an Investment value increase might occur quicker on the Showcase book rather than the All American book, simply because Hal Jordan obviously is the star in the movie. The 1aaaGLhp728105Showcase Presents #22 goes for $7000 in some markets. Look for Hal Jordan to close the gap here big time once Ryan Reynolds and Hollywood do their thing. Another Lantern first appeared 9 years later after Hal in Green Lantern #59 (1968) by the name of Guy Gardner. Legendary artist Gil Kane has his name on this one. Having Gil and a first Lantern appearance together in the same book is like having a fine wine. Look to spend only around $250 for this comic. Guy first became a Lantern in Green Lantern #116 (1979).This comic falls into the $40 range. Our forth Lantern named John Stewart appeared in 1971 in Green Lantern #87. This one is in the $160 range and is drawn by the Green Lantern legend himself Neal Adams (more on him in a little bit). Now we have come to the most current Lantern Kyle Rayner. Green Lantern #48 (1994 Emerald Twilight part 1) is only an $8 comic book. Yes the first Kyle Rayner is only $8. This comic right now is way undervalued and should be bought sooner rather than later. Here’s the thing. All of the above Lanterns that were covered will probably appear either in the first film or the 1aaaaGLhp72810second. So why not get a jump on this now and get what you can? Oh yes and the mother of all villains for the Lanterns? Green Lantern #7 (1961) is the first appearance of Sinestro. The comic comes in at a very nice $800. Awesome buy if Sinestro does In fact become a part of the film. Even if Sinestro isn’t a part of the movie it’s still a great buy. Before we end the checklist of first appearances there is one that would be great if ever a spin off movie would come from it. Green Lantern #141 (1981) gives us the first look at the Omega Men. A $10 comic that was a real hot item at one time when the Omega Men had their thing going in the 80’s. Maybe we’ll get the Omega Men in some form someday, maybe a cool cartoon or something? They shouldn’t be ignored. They have much to offer.

1aaaGLhp728107Many writers and artist have had their hands on the Green Lantern books over the decades. Some of them have single handedly transformed the character. There are 3 names that jump out when thinking of creators and the Green Lantern comic book at the same time, Neal Adams, Dennis O’Neil & Geoff Johns. Neal Adams brought Green Lantern artistically to another level. So much so that it’s almost a guarantee, much like Frank Miller’s Dark Knight was brought to the silver screen by Burton, that Lantern will live on film from Neal Adams’ portrayal of him. Having Dennis O’Neil along side of him just catapulted the Lantern series to another stratosphere. Green Lantern #76 (1970) might be a costly book at $4000 in near mint condition, but a very well deserved collector’s item. This comic is essentially the equivalent of Frank Millers Dark Knight book. What Frank did for Batman, Neal did for Green Lantern.  No 2 creators have done for the Lantern series the way they have until Geoff Johns stepped in. Is there a meaner, grittier, nastier, darker tale ever told in Lantern history? The answer is maybe (more on this a little later), but this has to be by a very far margin the greatest Lantern story ever told. Blackest Night will be one of the best tales of all time when all is said and done. Geoff Johns should be credited with bringing Green Lantern to the forefront for Hollywood to take notice. Yes we all know that Lantern has been spoken about for years coming to the big screen, but Johns has not only put his signature on this character, but has probably made the process of getting this movie done a quicker one. Look for 2 comic books to be skipped over for lack of knowledge in Day of Judgment #1 &2 (1999). These comics feature the first time Johns got a hold of Green Lantern(s). The number one issue featuring 1aaaGLHP728108Kyle and number two features Hal. Enjoy finding these comics in the 25 cent boxes at your next comic book convention. Geoff Johns is the modern day Frank Miller of the Daredevil run. So next time you’re at that convention looking for those Judgment issues and Johns happens to be there, first thank him then ask the greatest Lantern storyteller to sign your book. Then if there are CGC Signature series graders on hand, then heck get them graded! Presto, you have instant collector’s items! Of course FIRST head into a quiet area, sit down on the floor, read them, and THEN get them graded! One of the last creators that should get some recognition within the Lantern runs is a veteran writer. He made his creative debut within the pages of Lantern. In 1983 the comic world was introduced to Kurt Busiek. Green Lantern #162 goes for only $5. Busiek did a fantastic run with George Perez on The Avengers. He has also done his self titled Astro City as well as Superman, Spidey, The Liberty Project, Marvels and many more. Safe to say this guy is going to be spoken about for a long time after he gets done.

1aaaglhp7281033Some Green Lantern comics have run into controversy. In 1971 DC comics broke a barrier to the point that the “sacred comic code” backed out of slapping their code on the front cover of the comic. Green Lantern #85 dubbed as the “drug issue”, brought to you that team again of O’Neil & Adams. This comic is still sought after all of these years. The comic ranges in the $225 – $250 area. In 2002 Green Lantern saw itself back in the spotlight again for touching on another topic that comics weren’t suppose to. Green Lantern #’s 154 & 155 was a controversial 2 part storyline named Hate Crime. It dealt with the gay bashing that was and still is so prevalent in this country.  Judd Winick and Dale Eagleshaw were the two people who brought this powerful serious topic and story to light.

Now we wait until June/July for that first tease, but for now you have some comics to look for Green Lantern fans!

Well there you have it. Please remember that this article was written back in January 2010, so some of the things in here have either come to fruition or simply just may never be. 

That’s it for this week, see you next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-21-10

1aaHPfrontpage72110InvestComics debuts on Comics Price Guide with this week’s Hot Picks! This plus Alan Moore, True Blood and much more inside….









This week InvestComics will be featured for the very first time on Comics Price Guide. Special thanks goes out to Tom Gordon III for getting this done and having InvestComics & Comics Price Guide join forces. More in the press release later this week about the team up.

InvestComics weekly Hot Picks will be featured on the front page of Comics Price Guide. The Hot Picks for InvestComics have been coming out for almost 2 ½ years now (web based) on a consistent basis before Wednesday’s NEW comic book day. The Hot Picks brings you up to speed on what comics are coming out that particular week that the comic collector should be looking out for. For example, comics with a first appearance, new costume, new creative team, first work of a creator, etc. Hot Picks also informs you the buyer of Golden/Silver/Bronze and Modern age comics to buy/hold or sell.

The key to remember while collecting is to always have fun and make wise choices when buying into the market. Not every comic will be a winner, and you won’t be able to retire collecting comic books. The speculative market is a market that does require some skill set in order to make some short term or long term investment’s, so always invest wisely.

InvestComics also has reviews, indie columns, fan films, press releases, movies, toy/video games, and so much more, including a very hot column called 10 for the Pros which is a rapid fire question session. Creators like Paul Levitz, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike McKone, Rob Guillory, Whilce Portacio, Chuck Dixon, Frank Cho, Joe Jusko, and MANY more have already done the rapid fire, so check it out!

Okay more to come in the press release later this week, so keep your eyes open for it. Now on to the Hot Picks….. 

Hot Picks 7-21-10 








Alan Moore will be coming out with his latest creation this week, Neonomicon #1 from Avatar . Alan Moore has a body of work that very few writers, if any could be matched with. His legacy will forever be known for Watchmen with Dave Gibbons. This classic happen to come out 6 months after Frank Miller’s Dark Knight classic, thus both Frank and Alan cemented their names in the comic industry within the same year of 1986. They single handily changed the way comic books are written, and comics were catapulted into a serious side never seen before in this medium. A beauty of a nugget sits out there for a mere $12. One of Alan Moore’s first published works is Doctor Who magazine #35 from 1979. Could anyone imagine that this comic is out there for only $12?? An absolute steal if found in NM condition….yes good luck with that. The Watchmen #1 comic goes for the same $12 price. Which would you rather own?

1aaaTrueBlood11aacharmed1One of HBO’s very hot series will be making its way to a comic book shelf by you. True Blood #1 will sell out so quick that you’ll probably here the announcement of a second print coming out before you see the first print. The biggest drawback to the release of True Blood #1 would be the 6 variant covers. Vampires, sex, blood……this smells like a fun time though! Want to have more fun? Buy the variant photo cover, CGC this comic and sell it on ebay to a True Blood fanatic. You’ll easily make twice your money on this one. Speaking of hot series, anyone remember Charmed?  Zenescope  Entertainment will continue the television series in issue number one.

1aaAMZSPM638Okay, so Marvel is going to finally reveal what was whispered into MJ’s ear 2 years ago! Or has it been longer than that?? Who cares, looks like we will be getting some answers that many of us Spidey fans have been clamoring for! Amazing Spider-Man #638 will start a 4 issue story arc that will all be double sized to explain lots and lots of things. Yes Joe Q, (Insert Rickey Ricardo voice now) you have some splaining to do! And we will be with you every step of the way, make good on this one.

1aaaMM23SILVERAGEbegins_25Miracleman Classic Primer #1 will catch everyone up to speed on the character. So now would be a better time than never to catch up on a couple of prime issues from the Eclipse series. Check out issue number one of course brought to you by….oh wait, weren’t we just talking about this guy? Yes Alan Moore helped reintroduce Miracleman to the comic book lure with much fanfare. That Miracleman comic was a very hot item back in 1985. Alan Moore was about to help change the landscape of comic book writing a year later with Dave Gibbons. We already went over this didn’t we? Anyway, issue number one is a gimme at only $10, but bounce over to issue #15 and now we’re talking. This Death of Kid Miracleman is a rare find and prices in at the $75 mark, “The” gem in the Eclipse MM run. 2 issues later another legend came along, Neil Gaiman. Thus began the Golden Age MM ($20). The Silver Age MM began in issue #23 ($25). That’s a quickie of some of the MM comics you should look out for, more to come in the weeks and months ahead on Miracleman.







Speaking of quickie, here are a few comics coming your way this week you should check out.  DC’s Time Masters Vanishing Point #1, The return of Bruce Wayne. Where has he been? Find out here. Lady Deadpool #1 will be a fun read, and if you forgot where her first appearance was, it happened in Deadpool Merc with a mouth #7. Get that issue for cover price anywhere. Azrael #10 brings aboard new writer, David Hine. See what he brings to the table.








Have a great week, remember Invest Wisely 

Jay Katz


10 Questions with Gregg Schigiel

1aaGREGGSCHPICGregg Schigiel of X-Babies stops by InvestComics.



(Bio taken from stickmangraphics.com)

Gregg Schigiel, originally from South Florida, knew he wanted to be a cartoonist when he was 11 years old. Since then he’s worked on projects featuring Batman, Spider-Man, SpongeBob SquarePants and just about everything in between. See and learn more at www.hatterentertainment.com. 

Welcome to 10 for the Pros Mr. Schigiel!


10 for the Pros 

Gregg Schigiel – Writer/Penciler/Inker/Colorist/Editor


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1aaGS11. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over?  And why?

(GS) Power Pack; I believe that children are our future.

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(GS) Teleportation.

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(GS) No.











4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(GS) Chris Giarrusso.

1aags65. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(GS) Sure. 

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(GS) Captain Carrot & his amazing Zoo Crew.

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(GS) As a food critic.


 8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(GS) It helps to know people.

9. “My Best investment in life was……”

(GS) I put money in an I.R.A., does that count?

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(GS) X-Babies Trade later this year, hatterentertainment.com.






Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(GS) John Buscema, Alan Davis, Mike Wieringo, Disney Animation.

Digital or Paper?

(GS) Both.





































10 Questions with Brian Pulido

1aabrianPulpicBrian Pulido visits InvestComics.



(quick bio taken from www.brianpulido.com) 

Brian Pulido has created numerous characters who have leapt from the comic book page to the edgy pop cultural consciousness.

Not only has he sold close to 15 million comics in eight foreign languages, but his characters have been made into hundreds of licensed items and his characters adorn the bodies of thousands of fans in the form of tattoos.

And lets not forget Pulido’s publishing empire, Chaos! Comics. Chaos was the single most successful independent comic book publisher of the 1990’s. 

Welcome to 10 for the Pros Brian!


10 for the Pros


Brian Pulido – Writer/Editor

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1aabrianPul21. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over?  And why?

(BP) Kamandi. It’s my favorite comic.

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(BP) To Fly.

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(BP) I write 1st drafts 10-1pm daily – Dialoge/revisions in the afternoon..

1aabrianpul44. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(BP) Juan Jose Ryp + Justiniano – amazing talents.

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(BP) Yes.

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(BP) Evil Ernie.

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(BP) Directing movies.

1aabrianpul68. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(BP) Be talented & persistant.

9. “My Best investment in life was……”

(BP) Marrying my wife.

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(BP) “The graves movie.com, Ladydeathuniverse.com, Brianpulido.com.




Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(BP) Rebel Studios, Cry for Dawn.

Digital or Paper?

(BP) Paper.







10 Questions with Alvin Lee

1aaalvleeAlvin Lee on InvestComics!




(Bio taken from www.alvinleeart.com)

Alvin Lee began his comic book career at the age of 17, eventually maturing into a renowned veteran of the industry. Alvin is one of the few North American born comic book artists still presently involved in the anime/manga movement. He has worked with several comic book publishers including Image Comics, DC Comics / Wildstorm, Darkhorse, Dreamwave Productions, Marvel Comics amongst many others and also co-founded Udon Entertainment. Some of these titles include Deadpool, Agent X, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Gen 13, Marvel Adventures: Super Heroes and most notably his revival of the Street Fighter comic book series. His talent has also led to the game art of two Capcom videogame titles, Capcom Fighting Jam and the re-release of Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix for the Xbox 360. Recently, Alvin has also taken an interest in educating, developing a tutorial DVD for Gnomon Workshop and launching an unprecedented, online comic book art course with Schoolism.com.

Welcome to 10 for the Pros Mr. Lee! 

10 for the Pros

Alvin Lee– Artist

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1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over?  And why?

(AL) Wolverine, He’s a badass w/attitude & his solo movie needs justice!

1aaalv32. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(AL) Super strength , then join the UFC!

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(AL) I must have vitamin water energy before & listen to good music during.

4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(AL) Gail Simone, she’s a funny gal!

1aaalv45. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(AL) Yes, especially the Batman franchise. Christopher Nolan is on fire.

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(AL) Ninja scroll in live action would be killer.

7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(AL) Preferably in film.

1aaalv58. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(AL) Draw constantly & attend as many shows as possible!

9. “My Best investment in life was……”

(AL) My first comic book, my life has never been the same again.

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(AL) For anything & everything Alvin lee, check Alvinleeart.com!



Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(AL) Jim Lee, Joe Mad, Bengus Akiman, Mark Silvestri, Steven Platt, Todd McFarlane.

Digital or Paper?

(AL) Paper all the way! 









InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-14-10

1aasolarmanGet ready to look through the back issue’s and the wall of your local comic shop this week. Hot Picks has plenty for you to look for. Plus The Invest Network gives you a rundown of what you might have missed this past week.


Hot Picks 7-14-10 









This week, InvestComics Hot Picks will have you going to the back issues bins and the wall of your local comic shop. As you can tell by the Slideshow picture on top of the site for the Hot Picks 7-14-10, Solar Man of the Atom gets the top billing.







Anyone remember Valiant comics? Jim Shooter? Okay if you don’t, let InvestComics tell you that the 1aasolarman1Valiant brand back in the early 90’s was probably the hottest comics to get your hands on. Jim Shooter (Founder of Valiant alongside Bob Layton) created great storytelling combined with great art. It was an awesome time to be reading comics, but unfortunately, the speculative market crashed and took Valiant with it. Those were back in the days that certain investors thought they’d buy comics and sell them to put their children through college. Thank goodness those days are long gone, and a new, resourceful, wiser collector has come along. So with the New Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1 from Dark Horse coming out this week from none other than Jim Shooter himself, there stands to reason that this comic will be hot and sell out very quickly. Let’s go back in the time machine and check out some books that you should be picking up along with the Dark Horse #1 issue. The first obvious choice here is the Doctor’s first appearance which is from Doctor Solar, Man of The Atom #1(Gold Key 1962). The Comics Price Guide.com has this comic at $300. An extremely nice bargain, when (not if) this Dark Horse comic heats up. Set your sights next on the 1991 Valiant comic that drops the ‘Doctor’ in its’ title. Solar, Man of The Atom #1 from Valiant goes for $10.

1aaTheMightyCrusaders1_1965_85Dark Horse will be setting the stage for more comebacks of the very popular Valiant comic line with Magnus Robot Fighter and Turok, Son of Stone. So why not get a jump here and get the original comics now?  1963 Gold Key, Magnus, Robot Fighter 4000 AD comes in at the $400 mark according to the Comics Price Guide.com. Turok, Son of Stone (Four Color 596 -Dell 1954) has a price tag (CBG) of $1000. Now the Valiant comics are less expense but not the bargain that the originals are set at right now. Here is a quick rundown of the Valiant’s that you should be seeking right now. Magnus, Robot Fighter #0 (1991) $50, Magnus, Robot Fighter #1 (1991) $10, Magnus, Robot Fighter #12 (1st Turok in Valiant) $12, and finally Turok, Dinosaur Hunter #1 (1993) $10. (NOTE) All of prices shown on InvestComics™ are current market prices courtesy of Comics Price Guide.com. So that’s the quick list that should be on your radar. Be warned, delay too long in getting any of these and the Valiant comics will become scarce again, and the older original first appearances will be a little further out of reach.

1aaMC11aaFlyman31_1stmightycrusaders_1965_25DC reaches back into the past as well this week. Mighty Crusaders #1 will be a new take on a team from the original Red Circle line. 1965 Fly Man #31 is the first appearance of The Mighty Crusaders. This comic in NM condition goes for $70. The Mighty Crusaders #1, also from 1965 is priced at $85. Although the new Mighty Crusaders will fare well in the market, do not expect a major increase of interest in the market for the older books. The better buy here are the Gold Key books previously mentioned. The Jim Shooter/Dark Horse comics will probably attract the interest of investors more so than the DC Crusaders.

1aaxforceSexandViolence11aanewmutants98_1991_80With the release of Marvel’s X-Force Sex and Violence #1, there is a character that will star alongside Wolverine named Domino. You have to go all the way back to 1991 (yes well it’s “way back issue” theme week, c’mon now) to catch a glimpse of this beauty. An issue that could arguable be one of the most sought after comics in recent memory. New Mutants #98, yes it has that 1st appearance of that Deadpool guy, but it also has a first look at Domino. Here’s the thing. Domino was portrayed by “Copycat” in that issue, so it’s not technically her first appearance. Okay so let’s move on to find her next appearance. X-Force #8(1992 – $2.50), there you go that’s her right on the cover (again). This too will not be her “first appearance”. You see, that was a flashback thingy issue, so no dice on that Domino. Okay so 1aaxforce8_flashback_1992_2501aaxforce11_1stdomino_FULL_1992_2501aaxmenorigins_deadpool1let’s try X-Force #11, that’s her (once again) in some deep stuff with Deadpool on the front cover this time. This, this would be her first full appearance. This comic could be yours today for only $2.50! Oh forgot to mention, a CGC 9.9 New Mutants #98 in November 2009 sold for $12,250. If you want to see the full story from Comics Price Guide, click right here. If you want to buy a copy at your local shop, you’d find one in the $80 range. If you think you have a 10.0, well do you really need to be told what to do?  Speaking of Deadpool, do check out X-Men Origins Deadpool #1. The issue promises to reveal a bit more on Deadpool. Even if it’s not the real deal origin reveals, it’s still going to be a great read.

1aauncannyxmen201_1986_INKER_1stmodernage1stbabycable_281aauncxmen2671aauncannyxmen1_whilceportacioUncanny X-Men The Heroic Age #1 will be brought to you by Whilce Portacio. Just in case you missed it, he did a 10 for the Pros™ spot for InvestComics™. Click here to check that out. Whilce is no stranger to the X-Men. His very first stint on the X-Men came 24 years ago. Yes that’s correct, 24 years ago. The calculation adds up to 1986 on Uncanny X-Men #201. The issue would become Whilce’s first work on an X-Men book, as an Inker only. This issue also happens to be the 1st Cable baby, as well as the first Modern Age X-Men comic. All of this adds up to $28 in today’s market. It wasn’t until 4 years later he got a crack at the inside of the X-Men book in Uncanny X-Men #267. Whilce does the cover art and the pencils here. Whilce went on to do countless X titles across the board, but these 2 X-Men comics are the crème de la crème when it comes to Portacio X books.

3 independents make the Hot Picks this week. The most fun will be found in America’s favorite comic book guy in Comic Book Guy The Comic Book #1. This will be the first of a five part series. It will be very surprising not to see this comic do well in the sales department. Cry for Dawn artist Joseph Linsner (who also has a 10 for the Pros™ spot, right here) gives us a new Dawn story; Dawn Not to Touch the Earth. And finally the police officer on steroids Officer Downe from Image comics looks like fun.


The Invest Network News & articles you may have missed from the past week…..

InvestComics™ Fan Film Follies Join Forces!

Heroic Age Apps!

First Look: Thor #612

Shadowland #1 goes to 2nd Print

First Look: Avengers Prime #2

A New Generation of Hope – More!

Image First – Wave 2

Telling Tales at Comic-Con

Daughters Of The Shadow #1

A New Generation of Hope

Chew #12 Variant Cover

First Look: Secret Avengers #3

Namor: The First Mutant #1

First look: New Mutants Forever #1

First Look: X-Men #2

Joe Quesada Amazing Spider-Man # 639 Variant Cover

Crackdown 2 Review

Hot Picks 7-8-10 


Have a great week. Remember, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


10 Questions with Mike Perkins

1mikeperk10ftpPICMike Perkins takes a ‘Stand’ on 10 for the Pros.




(Bio taken from www.mikeperkinsart.com)

Mike Perkins believes that he first picked up a comic at the age of two – swiftly followed by a pencil and
a piece of paper. There are vivid memories of illustrating a striking full-figure resemblance of the Lone
Ranger in nursery class – which must place him at , about, four years old.
Jump ahead eight years and the young Mike Perkins is making his own anthology comics ( Future
Tense, Warp 10), photocopying them and selling them at school during lunchtime – with a cunningly
attached fun-size Mars bar offered as further incentive to the hungry hordes.
Fast forward another three years and, having been nurtured on a steady diet of 2000ad, Captain Britain
and Doctor Who monthly, Mike Perkins – now working a Saturday job in a local comic shop – is not only
exposed to a wider world of comics but also to the professional side of the industry when attending
comic markets around England.
After attending Bournville College of Art, Mike Perkins enrols in a business course in order to
understand the whole caboodle of self employment – setting himself up as a graphic designer and
illustrator. During this time he works on promotional materials, books, magazines, album designs and
computer game development . In 1993 he meets up with Temple Rogers Artists Agents and his comics
and illustrating career is kick started.
Commissions in 2000ad for Future Shocks and Judge Dredd stories are swiftly accompanied by
illustrations featured in educational texts, childrens books and teen reader titles. While living in Poland
Mike Perkins is consistently continuing to create in titles for Marvel UK, Henderson Publishing, Dorling
Kindersley and Caliber Comics as well as further work for 2000ad and Nowa Fantastyka.
After returning to England with his wife, Izabella, Mike Perkins proceeds to pick up more book
illustration assignments from A&C Black and comic strip work from Games Workshop and Rebellion,
as well as inking commissions from DC and Dark Horse comics. This work grabs the attention of
fledgling comic company – CrossGen.
A move to Florida is facilitated and Mike Perkins works alongside a whole studio of talented creators on
titles such as Ruse, CrossGen Chronicles, Way of the Rat, Archards Agents and the co-created Kiss Kiss
Bang Bang.
Mike Perkins is now working for The House of Ideas – Marvel Comics – where, as well as working on
world-renowned icons Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and Elektra, he has also co-created SpellBinders
alongside Mike Carey (with whom he first joined forces on Caliber’s Dr.Faustus). He has currently
collaborated on the most recent acclaimed run of Captain America, penciling and inking alternate story
arcs of the title in addition to embellishing the art of Steve Epting during the accompanying issues. In
additiom to this seirs Mike was concurrently working on X-Men: Endangered Species, Union Jack,
Marvel Christmas Specials, HoM:Avengers and various short stories.

His hard work and natural talent has now led to his illustrating of the Marvel Comics adaptation of
Stephen King’s epic novel The Stand.

Welcome to 10 for the Pros Mr. Perkins!

10 for the Pros

Mike Perkins – Artist/Inker 

Click on the banner to be directed to the official Mike Perkins page.



1ampcap10ftp1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over?  And why?

(MP) Deathlok. He has a lot of potential and amazing visuals.

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(MP) Invisibility.

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(MP) Up at 6am and start work.

1amperkironm10ftp4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(MP) Too many to single out – But I’ll always have time for Mike Carey.

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(MP) Recently, yes.

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(MP) Looking forward to Captain America.


7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(MP) As an Illustrator.

1amperkredskul10ftp8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(MP) Practice. Draw every day.

9. “My Best investment in life was……”

(MP) The time and effort put into my work.

1amperkSTAND110ftp10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(MP) The Stand.

Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(MP) Brian Bolland, Steve Dillon.

Digital or Paper?

(MP) Paper. 










10 Questions with Darwyn Cooke

1DC10ftpfacepicThe awesome Darwyn Cooke on 10 for the Pros.



Darwyn Cooke is an Eisner Award-winning comic book writer, artist, cartoonist and animator, best known for his work on the comic books Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier and the one-shot crossover Batman/The Spirit

Welcome to 10 for the Pros Darwyn!

10 for the Pros

Darwyn Cooke – Artist/Writer/Cartoonist/Animator

Click on banner to be directed to Darwyn Cooke’s blog



1DC10forspirt1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over?  And why?

(DC) Charlie Brown. I want him to kick that football.

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(DC) Invisibility.

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(DC) I cry constantly.

1DC10forbatsspirt4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(DC) J. Bone.

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(DC) Yes.

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(DC) Deadman.

1DC10ftpdc7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(DC) At Walmart in the stationery dept.

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(DC) Use the web! Print is dead.

9. “My Best investment in life was……”

(DC) My 1960 Cadillac.

10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(DC) Jimmy Palmiotti.



Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(DC) Miller, Mignola, Neal Adams, Al Toth.

Digital or Paper?

(DC) Dig.









10 Questions with Dave Dorman

1davedorm10ftpDave Dorman Stops by InvestComics’ 10 for the Pros.




(quick bio taken from www.davedorman.com)

1DDCAP10ftpDave Dorman is an Eisner award-winning illustrator who has been working as a professional artist since 1979.  He is best known for his photo-realistic renderings of action and fantasy subjects.

Dave was born in Michigan in 1958. The child of a military family, he lived in various places, including the Azores and Washington DC.

After only two years of college, Dorman enrolled in the Joe Kubert School of Comic Art. After one year and the realization that he would not learn the painting techniques in which he was interested, he quit the school. With the loving support of his parents, Dave spent the next few years teaching himself his, now well-known, oil-painting style.

1DDshield10ftpHe has done artwork for comic, book, and game publishers, including The Batman for DC Comics and the Indiana Jones  and Star Wars  series’ for Dark Horse Comics. In addition he has done a wide range of book and magazine covers. Some of these include the Aliens paperback series, the Lone Wolf series, the Surfing Samurai Robots series and many other single book covers. His work is also showcased in the Bram Stoker nominated, illustrated novel Dead Heat from MoJo Press, and a book collection of his art, Star Wars: The Art of Dave Dorman.

Recent trading card art includes the Star Wars Galaxy sets, Universal Monsters’ Incredible Shrinking Man subset, a Robin subset in the Batman: Saga of the Dark Knight trading card series, a complete set of 98 painted trading cards for the Skybox Masterseries: Malibu Ultraverse, nine cards in the Skybox/DC Masterseries, a 25 card subset in the Skybox Masterseries: Creators Edition and artwork for the accompanying CD-ROM game, and a card set of his art called The Best of Dave Dorman: Chromium.

Aliens: Tribes, an award-winning illustrated novel featuring 24 of his full paintings is available in hardcover and has been released as a trade paperback.

1DDrolling10ftpDorman’s work is also now available as a series of popular, limited edition, Star Wars lithographs from Rolling Thunder Graphics. His many continuing projects include the ongoing Young Jedi Knights and Han Solo series’ of paperbacks, and toy design for the Aliens 4: Resurrection movie.

Welcome to 10 for the Pros Mr. Dorman! 

10 for the Pros

Dave Dorman – Artist/Inker/Writer

Click on banner to be directed to Dave Dorman’s official web page.



1DDDarth10ftp1. What comic (character) would you love to have total creativity control over?  And why?

(DD) Nick Fury/Shield. I would love to bring back the old Steranko Feel for Nick.

2. If you could have 1 superpower, what would it be?

(DD) Power to stop time for everyone but me so I can always be done on time with deadline.

3. Do you have a routine that you follow before or during work?

(DD) Play music & get in the grove.

1DDaliens10ftp4. Who is your favorite creator to work with?

(DD) Me.

5. In your opinion, do you feel that the movie industry is doing a good job with the Comic Book movies?

(DD) They are now that the technology has caught up with what superheroes can do.

6. What comic book hero/villain do you want to see on screen?

(DD) Nick Fury in the Steranko Style.

DD10ftpstarW7. “If I wasn’t in the comic book industry, I would be working….”?

(DD) In Films.

8. What advice could you give a creator trying to break into the industry?

(DD) Work, work, work, watch, be patient & learn how to sell yourself in an Interview.

9. “My Best investment in life was……”

(DD) Time to learn my craft.

1DDrollingbook10. Have anything you’d like to plug?

(DD) “Rolling Thunder: The Art of Dan Dorman” Coming summer 2010.

Bonus Questions!

Who were your influences breaking into the Industry?

(DD) Frazetta, Kirby, Steranko, Buscema, Windsor-Smith, Wrightson.

Digital or Paper?

(DD) Paper – Always.


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!










Hot Picks 7-8-10 

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……







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