InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-29-10 Thor Checklist

1aaa1aathorhp92910This week InvestComics brings the Thor checklist!




1aaa1aaflvalkyrie11aaa1aaavengers83_1stValkyrie_Liberators_1970_90With Valkyrie #1 coming out this week and the Thor push really coming on strong from Marvel, InvestComics brings you one of the most comprehensive Thor Investment list . Well some might be books to check out or nice additions to your collection. Not all of them are Gems, but there are some great buys within the list. Speaking of Valkyrie, she makes the Hot Picks List for the simple reason that it debuts the awesome writing talent in the Marvel Universe of Bryan J.L. Glass

Since Valkyrie was the first thing spoken of in this article , you could find her first in Avengers #83. This very nice $90 book also has the first appearances of The Liberators.

So with Thor’s first appearance going back to 1962 in Journey Into Mystery #83 with a hefty $25,000 price tag on it, we begin our checklist of many, many Thor books to pick up, check out, and read. make your own judgement call on many of these. 

Journey Into Mystery #83 – Well this is where it all began, already mentioned the hefty $25,000 price tag on this one, but with Thor finally coming to the movie screen, appearing in many Marvel titles, The Avengers movie, and most of all the children in all of the world will want a Thor hammer. Yes, Thor’s first appearance will be a buy right now. It has tremendous upside.

Journey Into Mystery #84 – Natalie Portman gets the role of Jane Foster, here is the first appearance of Jane. $3000 seems to be a bit much on a character that will never be a Lois Lane, or a Mary Jane.   

Journey Into Mystery #85 – Where there is a hero, there is a villain brother. Thor’s main thorn in his side will be Loki in the film. This comic is a very good buy at $2000. Everyone loves a villain and if Loki transfers to the screen with the hate he displays so well in the comic books, this comic will be a winner. Actually, either way this comic is a winner at $2000. No downside to this book for a long term investment.  Wait one more reason to purchase this book, Heimdall’s first appearance here too!







Journey Into Mystery #86 – Well Thor and Loki have to have a daddy right? Odin’s first full appearance right here folks. Sir Anthony Hopkins does the honors of playing the father of the 2 rival siblings in the film. If you haven’t caught any of his movies, you should the man has some serious talent. That said, Odin’s first full appearance here doesn’t command that much money. You’re looking at only $1000. This comic has the slowest progression potential of the males in the family. Don’t look for this comic to really boost up in the rating’s that much. Buying this at $1000 will have you waiting quite a while before you see the slight upticks. Money should be spent on issue number 112, more on that in a bit.

Journey Into Mystery #99 – A 2 for 1 here, first appearances of Sutur and Mr.Hyde. $500 price tag. Not much upside here, but great Kirby cover… usual from The King.

Journey Into Mystery #102 – This issue features Thor’s first stalker, Sif. This is her first appearance. Have you seen Jaime Alexander? She’s playing Sif in the movie. Wow. Be nice to see her in a bad 2 hour move like Elektra. Staring at Jennifer Garner was so painful……not.  

Journey Into Mystery #103 – Another 2 for 1 deal! This one is cheaper to buy, but a better one. This comic gives us a first look at the Executioner and Enchantress. At $400, more upside than issue #99, simple as that.








Journey Into Mystery #112 – Remember that $1000 you should hold on to? Well this comic would be a better pick up for the cash. Yes, not disputing that Odin’s first appearance wouldn’t be a welcome addition to any collection, but a Jack Kirby Thor vs. Hulk comic? This is a continuation of their first meeting in The Avengers #3 comic, Also from Jack Kirby. That one comes in at $1400. The two of these comics are no brainers at the going rate. Talk a dealer down at a show for $2000 for both if you can and you have gold. Big upside to these undervalued comics right now.

Rounding out the Journey Into Mystery comics, we get to issue #114, first Absorbing Man $200.Issue #115, which is an early origin issue of Loki for only $200. Issue #118, first Destroyer $200.
If you’re a fan of InvestComics, you’ve seen our first solo Thor checklist comic numerous times all over the site.

Thor #126, the classic Kirby cover from 1966 still till this day is one of the best Thor comic covers of all time. The only cover that rivals it in the Thor realm would the Silver Surfer #4 from John Buscema circa 1969 for $600. Awesome covers by 2 legends.







Thor #126 – Journey Into Mystery ended with issue #125, The Mighty Thor begins. This essentially is THE number one issue of Thor. A price of only $400 makes this extremely attractive. Probably the best 400 bucks you’ll spend on your collection lies right here. Do not pass this up…….or Silver Surfer #4.

Thor #129 – Introduces the more recent deceased Ares. Wait isn’t he back already? Don’t matter, $140 for this bad as* characters first appearance?? An absolute beauty here, buy it now. Forget any variant covers coming out for a few weeks, look for this instead.

Thor #132 – First appearance of Ego for $120.
Thor #137 – First Ulik goes for $120.

Thor #148 – The Wrecker of the Wrecking Crew, his first appearance in this issue. $100 for Thor #148 + $12 for Defenders #17 will get you the entire Wrecking Crew team. Defenders #17 (1974) has the first appearance of Bulldozer, Pile Driver, and Thunderball. If ever another Thor solo movie is made, maybe this oddball team would be some fun.

Thor #158 – An early Thor origin retold issue from 1968 for only $120. Very nice.







Thor #165 – A very early first appearance of HIM/Warlock. If Marvel ever decides to explore the Cosmo’s in the movie theater, this would be a welcome addition to your collection. Speaking of Cosmo’s, look for a Marvel Cosmic list coming soon! Yes Marvel will eventually realize they have an entire universe that hasn’t gone to screen yet. So when it does, you’ll have you check list in order.

Thor #172 – If you’re looking to invest in the comic book market, the Bronze Age (early 70’s) books is a very good place to start. This issue of Thor is the first Bronze Age book in the run. The early Bronze Age books are becoming harder to find (scarceness/condition), and include some gems. Thor #172 cost only $60.

Thor #225 – First Firelord $28.

Thor #337 – If ever there was a comic that redefined a character and put them on the map, this comic would be it. One of the reasons a Thor movie is being made today is because of this comic from 1983. Yes that’s right, just like McFarlane’s Spider-Man, Miller’s Batman, this here is Walt Simonson putting the proverbial stamp on the Thor character. Thor #337 had the misfortune of being released in the 80’s when comics were overprinted, otherwise this once untouchable comic back in the 80’s would be a much higher priced commodity today. That said, any collector who calls himself/herself a comic book lover, should have this already. If you don’t, shame on you. The transformation of Thor as a character began here. Not only did Walt Simonson bring Thor to a new status quo in the Marvel Universe with this issue, he gave us the introduction of Beta ray Bill. This is the best $8 you’ll spend as far as reading and enjoyment when it comes to a Thor comic. Buy Walt’s run, it’s an amazing ride, great story telling, and a reintroduction of one of Marvel’s best characters. The very next issue #338 tells the origin of Beta Ray Bill. $16 gets you two excellent books.







Thor #363 – Here we have the first Modern Age Thor comic. $3.
Thor #391 – First appearance of Erik Masterson, aka Thunderstrike. $3
Thor #411 – The introduction of The New Warriors. Nice $6 comic.

Thor #80 Vol 2 – The popular Avengers Disassembled started here in a prologue. $16
Thunder Strike #24 – Last issue of this series, and it’s a hard issue to find supposedly. Only $4.
What If? #39 – This What If? Story from 1983 features Thor vs. Conan. This is a fun book.$4







See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz




InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-22-10

1aaa1aflchp92210Thor, Nemesis, and G.I. Joe goes silent…..again.



Silence is golden as the saying goes. This week one the best reads has to be the comic with no words in it. IDW’s G.I. Joe Origins #19 goes silent. No word bubbles, no letterer, just a well told picture story from Larry Hama and Joe Benitez. If you’re a comic book collector you probably know that this isn’t the first time Larry Hama has put a G.I. Joe comic in silent mode. If you haven’t seen the original silent issue from 1984, Marvel’s G.I. Joe #21, you really should get it. It was a great comic to check out back then, and it’s a great comic to check out today. Comics Price Guide lists this comic for only $14. This comic is well worth the 14 bucks, and with a 26 year gap between Hama’s silent issues, it would be nice to have a side by side comparison of the 1984 book and the 2010 book. See how things have changed, probably more violence in 2010 would be a good guess.








The Thor onslaught continues this week. Seems like the closer we get to the movie the more Thor we see, which is fine because Thor is a bad dude, and deserves his time to shine. Thor #615 gets a new super team. Names like Matt Fraction, Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth. This creator team is quite impressive; Thor #615 will sell out quickly. Of course this isn’t the first or last time a Thor book will get such talent on board. If you want to check out one of the greatest Thor runs in the history of his title, look no further than Thor #337. You want to talk raw talent? Walt Simonson took Thor from virtual obscurity to heights that blew away the spectator market back in 1983. Thor #337 was Walt’s first Thor book of his amazing run, and was the first appearance of Beta Ray Bill. So with the Thor movie looming, with the possibility of a Beta Ray Bill appearance, and Walt’s redefining of Thor this $8 comic is a steal right now. Just look at that cover will you?! Awesome stuff.
Nemesis #3 hits this week. Each of the last 2 issue’s has sold out, and the team of Millar & McNiven have sold the movie rights to Fox. What more do you need here? Grab the variants, CGC them, sell them after you see the movie trailer. Gauge whether the movie will hit or miss, then decide on to sell before or after the release date.
2 quickies, Boom Studios pushes Mickey Mouse #300 with 2 covers, and independent publisher Gestalt releases a very interesting looking Rombies #0.







Look for a Thor Comic Hot Picks making its way towards you soon.

See you next week, remember Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-15-10

1aaa1flhp91510InvestComics comes with guns blazing this week.



First thing is first. Plug time! Did you read about the big news regarding InvestComics TV? ICTV will be premiering its first show this Friday September 17, 2010. The very first guest in this game changer podcast will be Mark McKenna. Check out the press release regarding ICTV teaming up with Tha Jackal to bring a Comic Book podcast as you have never seen right here. Check out the ICTV You Tube channel as well right here. The InvestComics TV web site is in the construction stages and will be the main place to check out everything media when it comes to InvestComics™. So don’t forget to check out the very first episode coming this Friday!

1aaa1aNYX3_2004_40_x231ST1aaa1flax231Now to the Comic Hot Picks; this week we have a couple of first appearance you could look for, one of which is newer and more expensive, but probably will be easier to find than the older/cheaper one. With the new X23 #1 coming this week, you could look for the first appearance of X23 in NYX #3 from 2004. This comic was at a ridiculous boiling point back in 2004/5 with bids on Ebay exceeding the actual true worth of this comic. Pricing has since settled down obliviously, but the investment potential still seems a bit out of range. $40 for the first appearance of X23 is money not well spent. A few dollars more could get you a first 1aaa1aincrediblehulksenigmaforce11aaa1amicronauts8_1979_4appearance of Bullseye instead. One has to ask themselves, what exactly is the life expectancy of this X23 character? Is she really going to be a force in the Marvel industry 15 years from now? Certainly Bullseye will be, and always has been. Basically a huge risk here with X23, play with house money if you have it, but don’t expect a big payout unless X23 ends up on the big screen anytime soon. Another first appearance you could seek this week will be appearing in this week’s Incredible Hulks Enigma Force #1. Enigma Force first graced the pages of the 1979 Micronauts series in issue #8. This first appearance cost only $4, and potentially holds more upswing than X23’s first appearance. The reason is that X23 “peaked” out already and has no redeeming value for the character to do anything else to gain popularity and demand. With Enigma Force, the number one issue in the Hulk points the way to have Enigma Force gain some possible momentum if Marvel gets the demand for more from fans. There is only one way for this $4 first appearance to go, that’s up. Will this comic ever be a collector’s item? Maybe not, but it has more upside as an older, harder to find in Mint condition, Michael Golden comic. So save your money, buy an older first appearance comic from the Bronze Age for the $40 you’d spend on NYX #3 and then pick up Micronauts #8 if you have some change in your car.

Here are some quick hits –

Morning Glories #1 sold out from Image. Looks like a hit. Issue #2 will do the same, get your copy quick. 3 number one issues to look for this week. Captain America Patriot #1 looks interesting. Thor First Thunder #1 will be a sell out, and the sleeper of the week goes to 12 Gauge comics 25 To Life #1.








See you next week, Invest Wisely. 

Jay Katz


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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-9-10 Comics & Cinema

press2Check out the Avenger Villian Hot Picks!




This week, InvestComics goes back to the archives again. This article originally appeared on Project Fanboy ( InvestComics Comics & Cinema section) in December of 2009. A few weeks back we covered the Avengers Hot Picks, this week we take a look at the villians. Enjoy! See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

avengers_54The Avengers have had many adversaries over the years. With the last Comics & Cinema article (Avengers Assemble!) focusing on the heroes (accept for Loki) to appear and maybe “not” appear in the movie, this week we will look at some of the possible Villains that could appear in the flick. The Avenger villains throughout the years are definitely not a list of who’s who in the Marvel Universe. Better yet, a “who’s that?” maybe. Or maybe even an “Oh yea I forgot about that one!” There is one thing regarding the villains here. Will the Avengers movie be an origin movie or an all out heroes vs. villains deal? Since the heroes are all getting themselves acquainted with the audience in their respective movies, one can hope that we get right down to business and have a villain or 2 appearing. One can only hope as well to see Thor vs. Hulk first, then get down to business and kick some villain tail!
While Marvel can choose any villain they want from their vast library, Comics & Cinema will stick with who has appeared in the Avengers books as a bad guy or gal. So aside from one of the greatest if not the best tale ever to be read or drawn in the pages of The Avengers, The Kree-Skrull War would be “The Movie” to make for any fan of comic books, but this isn’t so much about us “comic collectors” as it is for Hollywood to figure out their best angle to make the most money out of the least amount of work. The reference for “least amount of work” comes out because you have to realize the task at hand here. You try filling up a screen with 4 Major Marvel characters that all will have had solo movies before this one comes out. If too much time is spent worrying about character time and who should get more money shots than the other, this movie will take about 5 years to get done. According to the latest release dates, The Avengers movie will be coming in 2 years! Probably not going to happen in 2012, but we all want to think it may happen. Now back to the Kree-Skrull comic. The first part of this mega awesome story appeared in The Avengers #89 with the awakening of Kree-Sentry. Although the first part from 1971 will cost you only about $60, it’s The Avengers #93 that takes the cake in this storyline. It’s the double sized issue drawn by the legend himself Neal Adams. This prize issue comes in at $100 in high grade. Out of the entire 9 issue run here, this would be the one to get. There were 3 other legends to join in bringing this epic story that eventually lead to the Secret Invasion story arc. Sal Buscema and John Buscema were on hand along with writer Roy Thomas. If you never got around to checking this story out, you should make a point of getting to it. So if the Kree-Skrull war doesn’t come to the silver screen as part of The Avengers movie, too bad for us and too bad for anyone that doesn’t know of this epic tale.

Let’s march forward to the Villains. Here they are in no particular order of preference.
A Hank Pym creation that goes wrong, his creation is called Ultron. This villain has been around for a while now, constantly a thorn in the Avengers side. In 1968 the debut (cameo) of Ultron happened in The Avengers #54. This will run at about the $50 mark, well worth it for a villain that we all know will always be around causing some sort of havoc. If Ultron is announced to make it to the silver screen, that goes up to $100 tomorrow. If you’re looking to spend a few more bucks, take a look at The Avengers #8 (1964). This is the first appearance of Kang. Kang has been a brutal force against our Avengers for many years. The price tag here is in the $125 range. Kang is also going to rule the land in 4000AD so start the revolt now!
The Avengers #4 hits for the second straight article. The first time it was for the first appearance of the silver age Captain America, this time it’s here because it’s the first appearance of Baron Zemo! Yes it’s a twofer issue! Absorbing Man has given our mighty heroes a problem also at one time. Check out his first in Journey Into Mystery #114 (1965). This will be the most expensive of the choices with the Avengers villains. $2000 is the starting bid here. Our next villain made an early appearance in the Avengers books. The Avengers #10 (1964) features the debut of Immortus. $125 gets you a copy of this one.
Traveling to the Cosmos we find a few characters that have been a nuisance over the years for our beloved team. Korvac falls into the annoying people category. Debuting in 1975 in Giant Sized Defenders #3, he quickly found his way into the lives of Marvel’s Super team. This comic cost only $20. We then look to the supposed granddaughter of the baddest Cosmo dude of all, Thanos. Nebula claims to be related to Thanos, but if she really was in some way wouldn’t she really be kicking some serious ass? Check out her debut in Avengers #257 (1985) for only $5. Yes it’s safe to say that she is a second rate villain, unlike her “grand daddy.” Speaking of Thanos, Iron Man #55 (1973) is the first appearance of the Cosmo goliath. If you find this comic in great shape for $200, it’s a fantastic buy for one of the most underrated villains in the Marvel Kingdom.

So there you have a smidgen of villains that have crossed the path of Earth’s Mighty Heroes. Will any of them appear in the movie? As comic book fans we always hope to see what we grew up with or heard about come to life. The possibilities of seeing a Thanos grace the screen or even Captain Marvel from the Kree-Skrull story would be a dream come true. Could you imagine the Avengers movie leading into a full out Marvel Cosmo Universe movie? They already have Silver Surfer out there; just add characters like Rom or something! Yes that’s right, Rom. What’s wrong with him??

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz