Avengers Special – Checklist

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Since the Avengers movie will be coming out on May 5, 2012 and the InvestComics Hot Picks always come out on Sunday….well we wanted to deliver the goods BEFORE the movie came out. So here you are, the most comprehensive Avengers checklist you will find anyplace on the web as only InvestComics can deliver!

There are written articles within this checklist that date back to 2009. InvestComics will reproduce some of these Hot Picks from WAY back then and also provide NEW insight as well. So will there be some duplicate entries? Absolutely, but there will be some other comics that were not covered in other areas, so you see no harm no foul,  just LOTS and LOTS of awesome comics to check out and hunt for.

The main focal point here is the fab four. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk. There are mentions of other Marvel characters within this article, but this is all about the fab four. The main focus here is on each of the individual series that they have appeared in. Two exceptions occur from the older checklists that were from 2009/2010. Thor and Iron Man.

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At the end of this article (which is the largest in InvestComics history!) you will find the best Avengers covers throughout the years. These covers consists ONLY OF THE ORIGINAL AVENGERS SERIES, NOT any other series or variants (well maybe a couple of variants by accident). If you have ANY covers ONLY from the original series that you think should have made the cut, DO NOT hesitate to post it below in the comments section or on the InvestComics Facebook page.

Now without any further ado…..The InvestComics Avengers Special.

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The Incredible Hulk Checklist 

Incredible Hulk #1 – The first look at the Green….uh Gray monster.

Incredible Hulk #2 – Here’s a look at the GREEN monster!

Incredible Hulk #102 – This issue is the “true start” to the Incredible Hulk series that went on to last some 43 years! Previously Tales to Astonish.

Incredible Hulk #122 – The Hulk fights the Thing in what is to be the final Silver age book within the series.

Incredible Hulk #123 – If issue #122 was the final Silver age book, guess what this book is? Yes the first Bronze Age! Fantastic buy here at only $50.

Incredible Hulk #126 – First appearance of Barbara Norriss, better known as Valkyrie. Another nice buy at only $45.

Incredible Hulk #136 – First appearance of Xeron, the Star Slayer

Incredible Hulk #141 – Our first look at Doc Samson, priced at $125.

Incredible Hulk #162 – Here’s the first appearance of Wendigo. $75? Really?

Incredible Hulk #168 – Betty Ross appears naked in this issue! Really? $25

Incredible Hulk #180 – The cameo of…….Wolverine.

Incredible Hulk #181 – First “full” appearance of…….Wolverine. Listed at $1800. Still upside to this comic, so an $1800 price tag is a good one.

Incredible Hulk #234 – The first appearance of Quasar. This $6 comic is well worth it.

Incredible Hulk #314 – First John Byrne Hulk art and last Bronze Age issue. 3 bucks? Buy.

Incredible Hulk #315 – First Modern Age issue.

Incredible Hulk #324 – After 323 issues, Marvel decided to bring the Gray Hulk back. This is his second appearance! Hard to believe isn’t it? It’s only $8 too!

Incredible Hulk #330 – Todd McFarlane Hulk! $14.

Incredible Hulk #340 – Hulk vs. Wolverine, drawn by Todd McFarlane. First Wolverine by Todd. Classic cover to boot. A collector’s item that will set you back $40.

Incredible Hulk #367 – First Dale Keown Hulk. This guy was born to draw the Hulk. A $4 book that should be in your collection.

Incredible Hulk #377 – Here’s a third print that made the list! This third print had massively low distribution. The cause of that makes this THIRD printing a $40 book!

Incredible Hulk #400 – Milestone issue! Prism cover! (remember those??) Well the real reason this makes the cut on this list, It’s Chris Bachalo’s first Marvel work.


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Captain America Checklist

Captain America #100 – The First “true” issue of the solo Captain America series. Just like Cap’s teammate the Incredible Hulk, 43 years this series lasted. A low starting bid at $700 for this comic. Cannot stress enough to but this comic.

Captain America #109 & 112 – Here’s a great way to get a piece of Captain America’s origin, retold twice within 3 issues of each other very early in the solo run. Coming in at about $130 each. Awesome stuff here folks.

Captain America #117 – First appearance of the Falcon. $200 gets this great comic.

Captain America #120 –Final Silver Age issue.

Captain America #121 – First……..Bronze Age!

Captain America #154 – First appearance of Jack Monroe.

Captain America #180 – Nomad makes his first appearance here.

Captain America #241 – Early Punisher appearance, the first time Cap and Castle meet up. It’s a low print and very hard to find in decent condition. A $16 price tag makes this comic a must buy.

Captain America #312 – Final Bronze Age issue.

Captain America #313 – ……..And the first Modern Age issue.


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Iron Man Checklist 

Iron Man #1 – Tony Stark’s first solo series. This first series of at least 4 restarts lasted 28 years.

Iron Man #20 – Final Silver Age issue.

Iron Man #21 – First Bronze Age issue.

Iron Man #47 – Origin retold. $36 for this early retelling!

Iron Man #55 – If there was ever ONE comic to own within a series, THIS one is it! The first appearance of Thanos. This villain will eventually make his way onto the big screen and when he does, look out! The next Darth Vader love affair of a villain will begin when Marvel realizes that the next franchise of movies that awaits them will be the Cosmos! The $240 price tag should not in any way shape or form deter you from buying this comic yesterday.

Iron Man #115 – How is this comic only listed at $10?? It’s John Romita Jr.’s first full art work. A bargain here folks.

Iron Man #128 – Here ended the biggest and most important storyline in Iron Man’s run to date! “Demon in a Bottle!” ….With a classic cover and only $25.

Iron Man #50 Volume 3 – The awesome artistry of Mike Grell on Iron Man. Cool stuff.


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Journey Into Mystery #83 – Well this is where it all began, a hefty $20,000 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. $2500 seems to be a bit much on a character that will never be a Lois Lane, or a Mary Jane type caliber player.

Journey Into Mystery #85 – Where there is a hero, there is a villain. Thor’s main thorn in his side will be “brother” Loki in the film. This comic is a very good buy at $1200. Everyone loves a villain and if Loki transfers to the screen with the hate and venom he displays so well in the comic books, this comic will be a winner. Actually, either way this comic is a winner at $1200. 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 (how would this even be possible??), 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 $600. 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 $600 will have you waiting quite a while before you see some slight upticks. Your money would be more well 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. $350 price tag. Not much upside here, but great Kirby cover…..as 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. “Watching” 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 $200, more upside than issue #99, simple as that.

Journey Into Mystery #112 – Remember that $600 you should hold on to? (issue #86) Well this comic would be a better pick up with that 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 $1000. The two of these comics are no brainers at the going rate. Talk a dealer down at a show for $1500 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 $145. Issue #115, which is an early origin issue of Loki for only $200. Issue #118, first Destroyer $170.

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 $500. Awesome covers by 2 legends.

Thor #126 – Journey Into Mystery ended with issue #125, The Mighty Thor begins with issue #126! 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 Thor collection. 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, $100 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 $100.
Thor #137 – First Ulik goes for $100.

Thor #148 – The Wrecker of the Wrecking Crew, his first appearance in this issue. $85 for Thor #148 plus $10 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 to see!

Thor #158 – An early Thor origin retelling issue from 1968 for only $100? 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 to InvestComics! Yes Marvel will eventually realize they have an entire universe that hasn’t gone to screen yet. So when it does, you’ll have your check list in order….right here on InvestComics!

Thor #172 – If you’re looking to invest in the comic book market, Besides the oblivious Golden Age/Silver Age books, the Bronze Age (early 70’s) books would be a very good place to start too. 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 $40.

Thor #225 – First Firelord $20.

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 $7 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. $13 gets you two excellent books.

Thor #363 – Here we have the first Modern Age Thor comic. $2.
Thor #391 – First appearance of Erik Masterson, aka Thunderstrike. $2
Thor #411 – The introduction of The New Warriors. Nice $5 comic.

Thor #80 Vol 2 – The popular Avengers Disassembled started here in a prologue. $7

Thunder Strike #24 – Last issue of this series, and it’s a hard issue to find supposedly. Only $3.
What If? #39 – This What If? Story from 1983 features Thor vs. Conan. This is a fun book! $3


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AVENGERS Villian Checklist (From 2010)

The Avengers have had many adversaries over the years. 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? 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. We can also hope as well to see Thor vs. Hulk first, or a couple of the heroes battle each other, then get down to business and kick some villain as*!
While Marvel can choose any villain they want from their vast library, InvestComics 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 tales to ever to be read or drawn in the pages of The Avengers, The Kree-Skrull War would be the “go to 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. In saying “the least amount of work”, you have to understand the task at hand here. Imagine trying to fill up a screen with 3 Major Marvel characters that all 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! We’ll see it happen in 2012.

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 $40, 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 $150. Out of the entire 9 issue run here, this would be the one to get. There were 3 other legends that join in bringing this epic story that eventually led 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.
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 of Ultron happened in The Avengers #54. This will run about $40. Well worth it for a villain that we all know will always be around causing some sort of havoc for the Avengers. If Ultron is announced to make it to the silver screen, that goes up a few dollars 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 $120 range. Kang is also going to rule the land in 4000AD.
The Avengers #4. Not only the first appearance of the Silver Age Captain America, it’s in this article because it’s the first appearance of Baron Zemo! Yes it’s a two for one issue!

Absorbing Man has given our Mighty Heroes a problem from time to time. Check out his first in Journey Into Mystery #114 (1965). This will be the most expensive of the choices with the Avengers villains. $145 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. $100 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 for our team. Debuting in 1975 in Giant Size Defenders #3, he quickly found his way into the lives of Marvel’s Super Team. This comic cost only $17. Take a 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 as*? Check out her debut in Avengers #257 (1985) for only $3. 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 $240, 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 so! 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 Cosmic Universe movie? They already have Silver Surfer out there; just add characters like Rom or something! Yes that’s right, Rom. Bring back ROM!


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AVENGERS Hero Checklist

With the current Superbowl Avengers trailer, it’s fitting to run a previous Avengers special from a while back that appeared here on InvestComics. Included in this article is the Avengers trailer that has every one geeking out. Enjoy, and see you next week with the VILLIANS portion of this Avengers Special on InvestComics.

Out of all of the comic book movies we hear of coming our way, only one (maybe 2) make us all wait like that 8 year old child on Christmas Eve with the butterflies all tangled up in the gut. Thor will come upon us in 2011, while 2012 brings the Avengers. One could only hope that the end of the world doesn’t come early to spoil the Avengers fun. The anticipation of watching Thor lay down his hammer to the ground, striking it with the power of thunder, watching the ground reverberate and then watching the ground and every living thing around it succumb to nothingness will be astounding. Yes we’ll get the image of the hammer in the air on top of a mountain shot, yes we’ll get the whirl and throw as Thor takes flight, but nothing will beat that fury when he’s had enough and lays the God of law down. It’s going to be movie magic like never seen before. Thor is a badas*, always has been and always will be. Now we all finally get to witness it first hand in a live action epic movie. What could possibly be better than this you ask? Well, the Avengers movie. To have the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and Captain America on the same screen at the same time is a comic book fans dream. The biggest question mark remains, will this movie be done ‘right’? It probably will be. If you look at the other ‘team’ movie the X-Men, it wasn’t until the third movie where things really started going wrong with that franchise. The very first X-Men movie was the best one, the introduction of characters, the structure of story and a nice balance of character development. For the reasons the first X-Men movie succeeded will not be the same reason the Avengers movie will supersede it. The X-Men movie did not have the introduction of characters in their own films before the movie came out. People will have a very good general knowledge of the characters like Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, etc. when the Avengers movie hits. So what you didn’t like the Hulk movie or maybe even Iron Man, but they are not going to be the headliner here. They ALL are, so if you don’t like a certain character, you could just eat your popcorn, roll your eyes and wait for your main guy or gal to come on. Didn’t most of us do this with Wolverine in the X-Men movie?
Captain America is the leader of the Avengers, so his movie “should be” very fine tuned. He is the lead character of the Avengers film and his movie “should be” the best of all the solo Avenger movies. Although, Thor will probably be better, but who cares really? We’re going to be getting a true live action Captain America movie! How great is this?? One of the probable reasons that Cap will be a good movie and not a great one is the overseas worry in releasing an “American War Hero” in today’s political climate. It might not seem like a big deal to anyone here in the states, but even Hollywood did say that this will pose for a slight problem and they do recognize that America is not exactly on top of the ‘like list’ these days with many countries. So with that, we as an audience could suffer a bit if Hollywood decides to make too much “nice” in order to attract the overseas market. Thus, Thor will be a better movie; no one in Asgard will have to worry about offending or making amends. Besides Norman is about to get his as* handed to him by Asgard (Siege), so we’ll let him deal with them.
With the excitement of all of the solo Avenger movies coming, there is also excitement in looking at where all of these characters were first seen on the pages of a comic book. The very first time the Avengers appeared as a team was Avengers #1 from 1963. This comic could fetch at least $7000 or higher depending on the condition. It’s a classic issue brought to you by to classic creators, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Surprisingly there aren’t that many key issues in the Avengers run. One of the best standouts in the run comes in with Avengers #4. This issue was the first Silver Age Captain America coming in at a $3000 price tag, grab this one right now. Avengers #57 gives us the first Vision. If Vision is a part of the Avengers movie, (probably not, but wishful thinking) this comic will be gaining some exposure. Vision would really translate nicely to the big screen. One could only hope that he’ll make an appearance. This comic is only in the $80 range. The last of the best Key issues in the original Avengers run has to go to issue #71. The first Invaders appearance at a cost of $65.
As far as the actual Avengers team members, we’re talking a little more cash, but these comics are the cream of the crop. These are comics that will in fact appreciate in value within time with no sign of any downside. While the Avengers have a ton of members that have come and gone, 84 to be exact at last count. Let’s focus on some of the bigger ones that have already been mentioned in this article as well as some others.
Thor, first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 in 1962. The classic Kirby/Sinnott cover alone is nothing short of beauty here. The going price is about $20,000 and shows no signs of slowing down. If you’re in the market for another key Thor issue that has a tremendous upside and is undervalued at the moment, look for Thor #126. It’s been recommended on InvestComics quite a few times now over the years and since it was first mentioned in 2007; it’s gone up in value about 9% in each of those years. Might not sound like retirement money (Public service announcement! Please don’t think you could retire collecting comic books, nor send your kids to college). Although 9% may not sound like a lot to some people, it’s a nice return over a 15 year span if you hold on to this comic. Thor #126 currently comes in at only $400??!! This comic is basically the very first Thor solo comic, a Thor #1 issue if you will. In issue #125 of Journey into Mystery with Thor, Marvel decided to drop the “Journey” name and simply call it Thor with the next issue. This is one of the most “affordable” recommended buy’s right now in the InvestComics portfolio. You cannot go wrong with buying this issue. The Thor movie is going to explode, get in on the Thor craze now before the hammer becomes a regular toy item for every boy to have in their toy chest. Thor #126 is THE buy here folks. Sticking with Thor and Journey into Mystery, check out Journey into Mystery #85. This issue is the first appearance of Loki and cameo of Odin. This comic is only $1800 at the moment. Look for the popularity to increase after the Thor movie comes out.
The big Green guy, Hulk first appeared in his self titled comic; Incredible Hulk #1. This also came out in 1962. There isn’t really much to say, except that for $45,000 it gets you ownership here. So put that Red Hulk nonsense down and start saving, because at 60k this is a nice deal. You probably could buy this comic right now in the 35k range in the right circumstances.
Iron Man first appeared in Tales of Suspense #39. This first appearance will cost you about $12,000. Robert Downy Jr. will be doing his thing in Iron Man 2, but look for this to climb in value as the Avengers movie gets closer. It’s not going to happen with the Iron Man sequel.
Now we have come to the biggest star of them all, Captain America. Way back, almost 70 years ago, that’s right 70 years ago Steve Rogers first appeared in Captain America Comics #1. Almost right smack in the middle of WWII we received the greatest solider the world has ever seen. Steve Rogers; the American Super Solider will cost about $140,000 to buy. Although very pricey to most, it’s an issue that will forever be as valuable as Action Comics #1. A true American Icon of American Comics will never fail in the value of collecting, whether it’s emotional value or monetary value.
Speaking of value, check out 2 issues later in Captain America #3 for Stan Lee’s first work! How cool is that?? This comic is worth about $27,000. Owning this comic means that you own a piece of history. Without Stan, the superhero climate in the Marvel Universe looks vastly different. Wouldn’t say it doesn’t exist, just saying that Spidey maybe isn’t the Spidey we know, Fantastic Four aren’t who they are, etc.

As said earlier, there have been many Avengers (approx. 84) that have graced the pages of the awesome run. A few other Avengers have had their names mentioned to appear in the Avengers Movie, one of them is set to appear in the Iron Man sequel. This character also is probably going to be the front runner to get his own movie as a result of his popularity. Clint Barton a.k.a. Hawkeye will be a nice addition to the Iron Man film if they fit him in. If not, he will be in the Avengers movie. Too much talk about this guy appearing in one of these films if not both. Lots of times they say a character will appear in a movie, but they somehow end up on the cutting room floor. Cutting Clint out of the Iron Man 2 movie would be a travesty. It would be neat to see a hero in that movie that isn’t behind an iron suit. War Machine will be awesome, so will Iron Man, but throw Hawkeye with them and you have awesomeness. A great buy goes out to Tales of Suspense #57 (1964) for only $600. A $500 bill will probably get a deal done. Pick this up because with an appearance in Iron Man 2 the interest will start right there. The Avengers movie will thrust more interest on the Hawkeye character; don’t sit too long on buying his first appearance. Another Avenger mentioned is Ant-Man. He first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27 (1958). Talks of a solo movie for Ant-Man dried up mainly because the interest wasn’t there for the studio. A few issues later in Tales to Astonish #44 (1959) came Wasp. This female hero will not amount to much in the Avengers Movie even if she does appear. It’s not a home run with this character nor is the investment.

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MORE Iron Man Comics (Hot Picks from 2009)

What KEY Iron Man books should you have in your collection? Well, since Iron Man has been around since 1963 the character has gone through some things to say the least. There have been countless major storylines involving Tony Stark (Illuminati, Avengers Disassembled, Secret Invasion, and the unforgettable Civil War, plus MANY more!). One standout storyline involving Tony Stark happened in his own Iron Man title.

The story arc was called “Demon in a Bottle”. This story really gave the rawness of Tony’s addiction to alcohol. The very first part of this arc started in Iron Man #120 (1979), brought to you by the team of John Romita Jr. and writers David Michelinie and Bob Layton Sr. If you could buy this comic within the $10 range, actually the entire run up to issue #128 for less than $10 a piece you will arguable own one of the greatest story arc’s of the Iron Man series ever. Think of this run as the “Frank Miller Daredevil” run. It’s the defining moment in the series. A very nice nugget hidden away in the Iron Man series is Iron Man #115 (1978). If you are a fan of John Romita Jr. then this comic should already be in your collection. This issue was John’s first full art work of his career. This is as unvalued as they come in the collection world. InvestComics suggests that you find this comic, buy it in Near Mint condition, and store it. This gem is a firm collector’s item!

Iron Man’s very first appearance came in Tales of Suspense #39 (1963) , but it wasn’t until Tales of Suspense #48 (1963) did we first see the Red and Gold armor. In the new release of Iron Man #25 this week, Tony Stark dons the new look armor. Wouldn’t you want the original Red & Gold to go with the latest? TOS #48 is a strong buy. Sticking with the Tales of Suspense series for a sec, Issue #52 is the first appearance of the Black Widow. Yea Scarlett is looking mighty fine in those tight black latex pants in the Iron Man movie. Check out Amazing Spider-Man #86 (1970) where the Widow dons the Black latex for the first time. That issue is penciled by the legend John Romita Sr.

Let’s get back to the Iron Man series, and lets go in chronological order too. The number one issue from 1968 is a VERY affordable $900 to $1200 right now. Unbelievable considering how much play this character will get for the next 10 years. Iron Man #21 (1970) is the first Bronze Age issue. Do you really need to be told to get your butt on this one? Iron Man #47(1972) is written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Barry Windsor  Smith. Iron Man #55 is one of the premiere buys as far as investments go. An anniversary issue pops up in Iron Man #100 (1977). This will cost you about the same amount for that origin issue number 47. Jumping ahead 18 issues later to Iron Man #118 (1979) the world was introduced to Jim Rhodes, a John Byrne issue. It takes Jim Rhodes 52 issues to get the nerve to put on the Iron Man suit in issue #170 (1983). Then the War Machine armor makes its first appearance in Iron Man #281, then War Machine first appears in Iron Man #282.



Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz



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Robert Kirkman’s series returns as ongoing with new creative team

The miniseries that spun out of Robert Kirkman’s original INVINCIBLE universe, GUARDING THE GLOBE, will be back in September as an ongoing series from Skybound/Image Comics.

Phil Hester, just coming off a successful run on THE DARKNESS, will be taking over writing duties from Kirkman and artist Todd Nauck (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, YOUNG JUSTICE) will be handling all the art of the ongoing series beginning with issue #1.

Months before it hits the shelves again, fans will be given a taste of what’s to come from the new creative team on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th.

“The Invincible Universe has outgrown its parent title and I’m very excited about being able to tell larger, more in depth stories with some of the key players from that book in this series,” said GUARDING THE GLOBE creator/writer Robert Kirkman, “Phil Hester and Todd Nauck are well known to fans of superhero comics and I think people are fully aware that they’re going to knock this book out of the park.”

Familiar yet fresh, GUARDING THE GLOBE will appeal to fans of the back-to-basics approach to superhero comics that INVINCIBLE is known for. Heroes both familiar and new struggle to protect Earth in Invincible’s absence. As the Viltrumite War rages on within the pages of INVINCIBLE, the ranks of the Guardians of the Globe are suddenly depleted. The world is in danger, and the team is in search of new blood.

Hester and Nauck have described the first issue of the GUARDING THE GLOBE ongoing as a perfect starting point for those that haven’t read any of the series before.

“When Robert first approached me about this ongoing series, I knew I wanted to be a part of GUARDING THE GLOBE,” said Nauck, whose creator-owned series WILDGUARD was published by Image. “I really respect what Robert’s accomplished so far with the series and I’m having a blast drawing this book. I feel it’s my best work to date. It’s great to be working with Image Comics again!”

“When Robert floated the idea it didn’t take me very long to say yes,” added Hester. “The characters in GUARDING THE GLOBE have the same kind of freshness INVINCIBLE does. It’s a great chance to both pay homage to super heroes and upend them a bit in way that isn’t cynical, but humanizing.”

Each 32-page full-color issue will be available for purchase and reorder in comic book stores and on multiple digital platforms.

ABOUT ROBERT KIRKMAN Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households. AMC just picked up Thief of Thieves as a series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Kevin Stokes

InvestComics interview’s an artist from the new comic publisher Arena Comics! Kevin Stokes of the “Guardian Project”, “Smallville” television series and much more! Let’s get to know Kevin and check out some of his awesome work…..

(Jay Katz) We want to start from the beginning Kevin, where are you from and when did you first start drawing?

(Kevin Stokes) I was born is South Carolina, but my father was in the military so we moved around a lot. My family mostly lives in the southern states which is why I consider myself an Alabama native.  I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember; artistry kind of ran in the family genes.

(JK) What was your first assignment that saw print? What was that like for you?

(KS) My first published work was for a company called ‘Delta Comics’ and the story was titled ‘Chains’.  It was about a demon possessed body builder; it wasn’t the greatest story but it felt cool to be working on comics while I was in high school.

(JK) You’ve gotten the great privilege to ink such great characters like Batman, Spider-Man and the X-Men and many more. Do you have a character that you find the most challenging to ink? If so why?

(KS) Well, I mostly ghost inked on a lot of books.  But I have to say one the most tedious story arcs I worked on was on Batman. Mainly, because the storyline revolved around Gotham City and not Batman; so there was a LOT of Gotham City and very little Batman.

(JK) Do you have a hero or villain that you haven’t worked on yet that you’d one day love to tackle?

(KS) ) I’ve worked on a lot of the cool characters but not exactly doing what I wanted to do on those books.  If I could pencil or pencil and ink the books; Punisher, Batman, Superman, and Spider-man would be my top choices!

(JK) You worked on DC’s Jimmy Olsen. Did you have a chance to ink Superman on that book or strictly on Jimmy only?

(KS) Unfortunately, no.  Though the ‘Guardian’ showed up in the story and was fun to ink!

(JK) Sticking with the Superman theme here, it says in your bio that you worked on the Smallville television series (sixth season). To what capacity did you work on that show?

(KS) On the last five episodes of ‘Smallville’ season six, there were quick motion comics that appeared during the middle of each episode.  These short motion comics were titled ‘Justice and Doom’, and out of these five episodes I worked on two of them. Again, it’s a ghost credit but Steve Scott and Nathan Massengill can vouch for me that some of that work was my pencils and inks!

(JK) Image Comics’ “Shut up and Die” was penciled by you. What was the premise of that book, and do you have any plans for future Image Comics?

(KS) ‘Shut Up and Die’ lasted three issues and was written by James Hudnall. The main premise of that title was to show how subtle actions by everyday people can lead them to crime and  violence. It wasn’t exactly the most uplifting book to say the least… As far as working with Image again, I’d love to; it just depends on what comes up in the future.

(JK) You teamed up with the Iconic Stan Lee for an NHL (National Hockey League) project called the “Guardian Project”. You worked on a few of the characters for that project. What was it like working alongside Stan Lee?!Also, did you happen to do the character on my personal favorite team the New York Rangers?




(KS) I do really love ‘The Guardian Project’, and working with Stan Lee is a dream come true.  I can’t say that I worked “alongside” with him, but he did approve everything.  I would receive feedback and direction from the editor who would talk to Stan.  I worked on ‘The Penguin’, ‘Star’, ‘Maple Leaf’, ‘Coyote’ and ‘Predator’. Sorry, I didn’t get to work on ‘The Ranger’ for your favorite team, but if all goes well it looks like I might get the chance to draw all of them!

(JK) You’re a current member of the awesome studios “HeadHunta”. Some current members include, Sergio Cariello, Nathan Messengil, and Dave Wilkins just to name a few. You’re in some great company there! How did you unite with such a fantastic studio?

(KS) After meeting my “brother from another mother” Chris Walker and working on the book ”Tiger Style’ we began traveling to various comic conventions and meeting more artists who wanted to work with us.  So we thought we’d start an art studio that didn’t have a physical location and that artists can join the studio anywhere in the world. Some artists like Nathan Massengill, we’ve known for years and some are new friends we’ve met along the way.

(JK) What are some of your future projects with HeadHunta Studios?

(KS) It depends on what opportunities are presented to me at ‘Headhunta’, but most of my projects with the studio will be published though Arena Comics.

(JK) Speaking of Arena Comics, you recently teamed up with the new comic company. How did this happen and who else is at Arena Comics right now?

(KS) ‘Arena Comics’ formed because Yasmin Khan, Chris Walker, Ben Fisher, and I wanted to start a publishing company.  Derrick Fish, Tony Washington, Jeremy Cox and Tom Luth are also very talented artists bringing their magic to the company.

(JK) What comics are working on at Arena Comics?

(KS) ‘Splitsville’ is an animated superhero comedy kind of like ‘Megamind’ or the ‘Incredibles’  and will be the first to come out through ‘Arena Comics’.  ‘Hidden Worlds’ is an action adventure and a play on all the conspiracies of the world. ‘Tiger Style’ is an dark action kung-fu and ‘Departure’ is the classic space epic fantasy. Derrick Fish’s outstanding art in his own creation titled ‘Wellkeeper’ has been printed and is out. The very awesome Yazmin Khan will have a book coming out as well.

(JK) Do you have creative input as far as character development goes?

(KS) Each book that I’m working on for ‘Arena Comics’ started as the brain-child of either Chris Walker, Ben Fisher or myself.  Who’s ever brain-child it belongs to takes the lead in the writing of the book, but it is a collaborative process and we bounce ideas back and forth.  So, yes, and with both ‘Hidden Worlds’ and ‘Departure’ as my brain-children I get the opportunity to write as well.(JK) What  target is Arena Comics shooting for?

(KS) Our target is to produce high quality books that are put out there by artists and writers with passion and the ability to express artistic freedom.

(JK) When will Arena Comics be available in comic shops?

(KS) Soon.  There is a lot of work done on the first books of each title but there is still always a lot of work to do.  ‘Splitsville’ will be the first to see print and then ‘Hidden Worlds’ followed by ‘Tiger Style’ and ‘Departure’.

(JK) Are you currently working on any other Independent projects?

(KS) Outside of juggling the four titles under ‘Arena Comics’ is the ‘The Guardian Project’.  But I still take on various art projects, it just depends on what comes my way.

(JK) Where can fans find you so that they can follow you, email you and look at your incredible work?

(KS) I’m currently re-vamping my website and working on getting into other social media sites.  For the moment, the best way to contact me is my website which is stokedart.com or headhuntastudios.com, though you might can find me on facebook.

Thank you Kevin! And we all look forward to checking out your new comics from Arena Comics and so much more! And be sure to check out the NEW Arena Comics web page right HERE!




A wealth of rarely-seen material by the late master returns this week!

[Frank Frazetta Funny Stuff Cover]San Diego, CA (April 23, 2012) – Frank Frazetta has been called “The Grand Master of Fantasy Art,” but did you know he did a glorious omnibus’ worth of funny sexy and funny cute stories in the Golden Age of comic books?! That’s right, hillbilly babes to hoppy bunnies were drawn with the Frazetta magic. And Eisner-winning editor Craig Yoe captures that magic in the new FRAZETTA—FUNNY STUFF large format, full-color, 256-page hardcover collection from Yoe Books. FRAZETTA—FUNNY STUFF debuts at the MoCCA Fest in New York City this weekend and will be in comic book shops this week.

Yoe says, “Besides the amazing art itself, Frazetta fans will be stoked by the sheer quantity in this big thick book. There are 27 comic book stories, well over 200 of The Master’s delightful text illustrations, and tons of rare and unpublished original art, illustrations and photos carefully reproduced in the introduction.”

Frazetta’s “Fire and Ice” collaborator Ralph Bakshi provides a compelling freeform, stream of consciousness introduction that you have to read to believe. Dig the beatnik beats of this hep cat sharing his story of working with THE MAN. Only Craig Yoe can conjure up such wild and unexpected material![Frazetta Interior Page #1]

“The team at Yoe Books put countless hours in restoring these charming strips to ensure a proper vintage reading experience,” said IDW Senior Book Editor, Justin Eisinger. “Like each and every Yoe Book, FRAZETTA—FUNNY STUFF is a lovingly created artifact that itself is a piece of art.”

But don’t just take our word for the glory of this vintage Frazetta. Here’s what some fine, respectable folks have to say about the man and his funny work.

[Frazetta Interior Page #2]“Frank Frazetta… his comic book output was unforgettable!” —Harvey Kurtzman

“You don’t have a full picture of Frank Frazetta until you’ve seen his funny stuff. It was his own favorite work, as it captured an important aspect of Frank that his sword and sorcery paintings did not—his warm sense of humor.” —William Stout

Why stop there?! Even the great talent himself was known to claim that the funny side was the real Frazetta.

“I do reveal that dark side in some of my work. I am known for my violent stuff. But the funny stuff is the real me.” —Frank Frazetta
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Pappy’s Golden Age Blogzine says that FRAZETTA—FUNNY STUFF is “a long overdue compilation! The book is beautifully produced. I love the over-sized pages, and especially the enlarged spot illustrations. As always, Craig’s books are impeccably designed and printed. Permanent binding, thick quality paper to ensure the best reproduction possible. You will never go wrong buying a book with the Yoe Books imprint.”

Keep an eye out for the limited edition as well. A hot ticket item at 100 copies, it features a bookplate signed by Yoe as well as a variant cover featuring a rare drawing of one of Frazetta’s much-lauded sexy gals!

Craig Yoe is available for convention appearances and interviews with the press in regards to this and his other books. Yoe Books’ website is http://yoebooks.com

FRAZETTA—FUNNY STUFF ($49.99, 256 pages, hard cover, full color) will be available Wednesday, April 25, 2012. ISBN 978-1-61377-167-9.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.


InvestComics Hot Picks 4-25-12

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Anyone that lives in and around the South Florida area definitely knows about Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill. If you are not from the area or if you’re ever visiting South Florida, you need to get to this store. There are a few InvestComics You tube video’s that you can check out on the You tube channel regarding events that IC has covered at Tate’s. This year however, IC teamed up with Ron Kerronian, owner of the website known as Comic Privy. You can check out the coverage of this year’s Tate’s Tent sale right HERE. You can also check out Ron’s website Comic Privy right HERE.

So let’s get to the Hot Picks for this week.

Marvel has a few books to check out this week. Battle Scars #6 may finally give the big reveal that many of us have been waiting for. This comic promises to “rock the Marvel Universe.” Hmmmm…..has Marvel gone to that well one too many times?

In the department of NOT going to the well too many times are comics for the younger readers. In recent weeks, InvestComics has covered a plethora of younger generational comic releases from the big 2. Looks like there may be a market after all for the young lads! The next phase of bringing in new readership seems to have hit because of the very cool animation that’s out there. This week we see the Ultimate Spider-Man Adventures #1 hit stands and reaching out to the next crop of fans. Good job reaching out guys! Now if they could only figure out getting those girls to pick up comic books…..

Wolverine #305 features the writing skills of “rising star” Cullen Bunn. One of Cullen’s first works can be found in Oni Press’ The Damned: Prodigal Sons #1 from 2008.

The Goon #39 is a parody issue of the craziness that is going on all over the comic industry as far as storylines go. The cover alone is absolute brilliance brought to you by the brilliant Eric Powell. “Hey, Kids! Pointless Gimmicks Inside!” Eric Powell is Goon’s almighty creator that was first seen in the pages of Dreamwalker #0 from Avatar Press; a vastly underrated comic from 1998 that should be in your collection.

IDW will have an instant sell out this week with Popeye #1. The Action Comics #1 homage cover alone will have fans buying this comic. Popeye was first introduced in comic strips way back in 1929, well before the Superman’s and Spider-Man’s of the world. It wasn’t until the late 1930’s that Popeye finally appeared in a comic book. One of the earliest comics listed is Popeye (Feature Book) #2. And yes after all these years, spinach is still nasty.

Also from IDW this week, Hero Comics 2012 #1 will be a benefit book for Hero Initiative. With all the goodies you’re to get inside of that book, a $3.99 price tag goes to a good cause.

A couple of number one issues to check out this week are two of Rich Johnson’s comics, Scienthorology and Captain American Idol. Fun stuff.

As always, scroll through the covers of the week below!

Until next time, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Tate’s Tent Sale 2012

InvestComics and Comic Privy have teamed up to bring you this year’s Tate’s Tent Sale 2012! This video shows the huge following and support that Tate’s Comics has. Interviews with some of Tate’s Army as well as Amy Vitale and Arion D. Rashad! Every year the Tent sale has gotten bigger. Congrats to Tate! And special thanks to everyone who participated in the making of this video.

Were you interviewed? Do you see yourself in this video? Tell your friends about it about it!



GRIM LEAPER, new series from PETER PANZERFAUST creator in May
At the beginning of the new Image Comics series GRIM LEAPER, Lou Collins has died thirteen times, and he can be sure that grisly death #14 is just around the corner. This may seem like a weird way to find romance, but that’s just what Kurtis J. Wiebe (PETER PANZERFAUST, GREEN WAKE) has in store for Lou in his new series debuting in May, drawn by Aluisio Santos.
Every time he dies, Lou jumps into a stranger’s body, and just as he’s learning something about his new host, another gruesome accident sends him leaping to the next one. Lou wants to escape the violent cycle and find eternal rest — that is, until he meets another “leaper” named Ella.
“This is the gory love story you’ve been waiting for, a buckets of blood romantic comedy for the ages,” said writer Wiebe. “Grim Leaper is a story about that person you’ve always wanted to date but never had the chance to,” added Santos. “Except now your bad luck is a killer.”
GRIM LEAPER #1 (MAR120418), published under Image Comics Shadowline imprint, will be in stores on May 30. It’s a full-color comic book for $3.50. It is available for pre-order now in the March issue of Previews.


Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

InvestComics Hot Picks 4-18-12 – War Machine Special

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First, there are a few articles and videos that went up on InvestComics this week that you should check out…. if you haven’t already!

There is a MegaCon 2012 Independent Circuit video focusing on various Independent publishers talking up their products and published books. It’s a short video, but very informative if you have not yet heard of some of them. Show your support, go out and buy their products. All of them offer something unique and different from one another. Take a look at this video right HERE.

Also this week, the latest video game reviews went up. Sandbox Episode #6. Jared and David are very on point with their video game reviews with many gamers liking what opinions they have to offer. Agree or disagree, they offer insight. It’s in depth and concise. Check out Sandbox Episode #6 right HERE.

A fantastic Interview from Andra Walt with Independent guru Terry Cronin hit InvestComics this week. Check out that Interview right HERE.

Comic book reviews were aplenty this week. Check out Rob McClelland’s reviews right HERE and the latest video reviews, FFFIC Episode #40 right HERE.

Now on to the Hot Picks this week!

The big book this week involves yet another death within the Marvel Universe. Well, we all assume that this will be a “death” because of the ominous cover of Iron Man #515. Will War Machine kick the proverbial bucket? How long before he comes back? Well who cares really? Honestly, there hasn’t been a major death in the Marvel Universe in a while now. Well actually, didn’t the Human Torch die?? Not counting that death, there hasn’t been anything concrete as far as deaths go. Most readers knew or felt as though Human Torch was coming back eventually. With War Machine, he’s NOT a Human Torch character. Marvel can off him and just find another person to fit inside the suit. There is a Hot Picks article WAY back in 2009 that covered War Machine’s first appearance and more. Back then Marvel was giving a lot of love to WM. Looks like Marvel developed their 7 year itch 4 years early. Go to the Hot Picks 1-2-09 right HERE to get a quick low down on Marvel’s ex.

Staying on topic here with “ominous covers, have you seen the Incredible Hulk #7 cover? Well Marvel promises readers one of the most exciting comics of the year with this one. With 8 months to go in the year, it’s exciting to know we have more exciting moments to come! We hope!  

Amazing Spider-Man #684 heats up with the ENDS storyline. Check out the original Sinister Six in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964). It has only 2 names all over that book. Steve Ditko and Stan Lee. Nuff said.

X-Factor #234 introduces 2 new characters; Insignia and Shutterbug. With X-Factor arguably being the best X book on the market these days, this issue may be a keeper.

It’s a Legion of Super-Hero week on Hot Picks! Dc’s Legion of Super-Heroes #8 brings back an artist that originally drew a very hot series by the same name back in 1984. Steve Lightle takes over the pencil duties this week, but the first time Steve graced the pages of Legion was Legion of Super-Heroes #3 (1984).

 Catwoman has a buddy to go out with and do bad things with in Catwoman #8. Spark is her name and her first appearance was in…….you guessed it, Legion of Super-Heroes #0 (1994).

Another female character to spotlight this week is Supergirl. In Supergirl #8, Silver Banshee is causing all sorts of problems for our beloved hero. Catch Silver Banshee’s first appearance in Action Comics #595. This issue features art from John Byrne! If that isn’t cool enough for you, Supergirl #8 features art form George Perez!

Here are a few Independent comics to check out this week. Dark Horse’s Reset #1 from Peter Bagge. Peter was interviewed on InvestComics recently. If you’d like to read that, click HERE. Hot comic Manhattan Projects from Image comes out with the second issue and also from Dark Horse Resident Alien #0.

Scroll through covers of the week below. As always, some beauties in there!

See you next week.

Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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MegaCon 2012 – Independent Circuit

MegaCon 2012, independent Publishers talk about their Products & Projects. Independent publisher’s in this video – Terminus – Brian Wolf, Travis Earls, Knightshift/Cry – Joe Fauvel, Randy Taylor, CosmicTimes – Martin Pierro, Clown Town – Kevin LaPorte, Amanda Rachels, Deep Space Tragedy – Mike Wagganer, Monster Enterprises – Bryan Mon and Walter Ostlie.

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Interview with Terry Cronin

Andra Walt chats with Independent Comics guru Terry Cronin! 

Andra Walt: Tell us a little something about ‘Attack of the Moss Monsters’ and ‘Psycho In A Box’.  How old were you when you made these, and who were the “stars” of these movies?

Terry Cronin: When my friends and I were in Junior High, (so that makes us about 13 or 14) we got my Dad’s Super 8 film camera and made short horror movies. These were neighborhood hits and included “The Attack of the Moss Monster” starring Eric Mertens, “Psycho in a Box” starring John Hart, and “Afternoon of the Dead” starring Doug Raugh.

 (AW) What is 3 Boys Productions?  Who are Pat Martin, Jeff Hall and Bob Lizek?  Why isn’t this “4” Boys Productions?

(TC) 3 Bros Productions began as a filmmaking group to produce the 16 mm horror film “Under the Bridge”. The principals were me, Pat Martin, and Bob Lizek (Contact, Armageddon).The success of the film led us to found the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival. After two years, Bob was hired to work in Massachussetts and Jeff Hall came on board to be our webmaster, ombudsman, and voice talent. A few years later Bob returned to the great state of Florida and we kept the name as is because we had already garnered some recognition.

(AW) What was the premise and storyline of ‘Under the Bridge’?

(TC) A group of homeless men living under the Melbourne Causeway are being hunted by a predator. The discovery that the monster is a troll leads to a drinking competition and a matching of wits between the troll and “Irish”, the drunken leader of the homeless.

(AW) Are you married?  How long?  Children?  Are your children involved in any of your endeavors?

(TC) Yes, I’m married to the lovely Ava Cronin and we have three children. My sons have all been very supportive of my creative endeavors, working at conventions and volunteering to help at the film festival. My sons even had their own comic book called “Terrifying and Terrific” which I have been told is quite a unique collectible now.

(AW) The Skinvestigator: Tramp Stamp is a wonderful idea for a mystery.  Give us a little synopsis of the story.  Who do you look up to as mystery writers, and why?  This is the first of 3, as I understand.  If these are well received will there be more.

(TC) The Skinvestigator is a series of detective novels about a dermatologist who helps the Miami police solve a murder involving tattoos, illicit cosmetic surgery, international politics, and human trafficking. The three books are titled Tramp Stamp, Rash Guard, and Sunburn and make up the pieces of what I call the Sunshine State Trilogy. I was blessed to have the artistic talents of cover artist Luis Diaz, photographic artist Steven Shea and design artist Gary Scott Beatty to help package these books in an enticing and professional way. I love mystery/crime writers because of the sense of urgency in these novels and the sheer brazen slice of humanity they give us a chance to look at. My current favorite writers include Joe Abercrombie, Ken Bruen, Jim Butcher, Zora Neale Hurston, Gary Jennings, John D. MacDonald, Henning Mankell, and George RR Martin.

(AW) Did I read somewhere that Amazon handled the management of getting this book in stores?  If so, how did this come about?

(TC) Actually I was helped by my local Barnes & Noble who helped introduce me to their corporate office. They took a self-published author like me and helped me to get a publisher and distribution deal. The Skinvestigator is now published by Atlas Books and is available from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Tower Books.

(AW)  You are also involved in a TV Pilot called ‘Adventure Chefs’ and I’m interested in how you came up with this idea.  Has there been interest from any of the networks in this?  Is this along the same lines as ‘Top Chef’ (one of my favorite shows)? Are you a fan of fine dining?  Who are the chefs in the pilot?

(TC) I love to eat and I love to learn and Adventure Chefs is a show that satisfies both these passions.

Adventure Chefs is a unique fusion of shows where we take two contestants put them in a wild environment and give them 24 hours to hunt, forage, and collect edible ingredients and then prepare a dinner for three guest judges. They have to make an appetizer, entree, and dessert and they are judged on presentation, taste, and creativity. It’s a lot of fun and it brings together elements of shows like Survivorman and Man Vs. Wild and mixes them with the competitive cooking aspects of shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Iron Chef.

We’ve filmed in central Florida and western North Carolina and the competitors have included Frank Scibelli (FS Food Group), John Holmes, Adam Long(Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar), and the great Pat Martin!

You can see mini-episodes on I-tunes for free and you can visit our website at Adventure-Chefs.com

(AW) Students of the Unusual is the comic book that you produce and promote; is that correct?  Would you tell us a little about the stories coming up?  I also see that you have this in the Diamond catalogue for distribution, how did you manage that? It appears that it is extremely difficult for an Independent Comic to get into the Diamond catalogue, and why do you think this is?

(TC) Students of the Unusual is a horror anthology that we started in 2004. We were very lucky for many reasons. I met Michael Barone from Fellsmere, Florida who volunteered his print shop to make the program for the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival. As this is a charity event (which raises money for local causes like our local HIV Clinic and victims of domestic violence) it was certainly generous for him to do that. When I saw the beautiful color books he was printing I asked him if he ever printed comic books and he said he hadn’t but that he always dreamed of doing that. So it was a unique opportunity and when we printed our first issue we submitted it to Diamond and they loved. I didn’t realize how lucky we were until we went to our first Megacon and understood how tough the competition truly is. Diamond’s job is tomake money and if they think they can make money selling your book then it’s a win-win. I think nowadays it is better to build an audience online and then seek out distribution of your independent book once you have built a fan base who are ready to buy it.

(AW)  At conventions, I notice that you are very instrumental in getting Independent Producers of comics on panels.  Do you enjoy the flow of ideas that these independent guys have?  Do you think the panels provide the information the attendees are seeking?  And, what do you think the attendees are looking for in these panels?

(TC) At conventions, I notice that you are very instrumental in getting Independent Producers of comics on panels.  Do you enjoy the flow of ideas that these independent guys have?  Do you think the panels provide the information the attendees are seeking?  And, what do you think the attendees are looking for in these panels?

I’ve been to a lot of comic conventions and I think there are two main reasons to go to a panel discussion.  One, you’re a fan of the speaker and you just want to geek out and see what your idol is up to. Or two, you want to learn something. Hopefully our attendees want to learn how to get their independent comic published and distributed. Sometimes we can have a little of both where the fans can also glean some tidbits of useful knowledge.

(AW) Do you think the Independent market is beginning to get the attention they deserve?  It appears that this is an uphill battle for some of the smaller ones (competing with Marvel and DC), but how do you feel the market is doing?

(TC) I’m afraid the comic book market is contracting and that the true mark of independent success is an option for material to be made into a movie or TV show. This seems to be the dream. But as technology becomes more accessible, I think you will see creative comic book makers becoming creative filmmakers.

(AW) How do you solicit artists for your books?

(TC) When I first started I did a lot of surfing on the internet and found artists whose styles I loved. Then I basically begged them to do a short story for me. As we were an untried entity, a lot of artists didn’t think we were legitimate and some were downright dismissive. Despite some failures we were able to assemble a very talented crew who believed in Students of the Unusual and we always paid for their services. Some of the greats who have helped us along the way include Jorge Alderete, Bagger43, Gary Scott Beatty, Sarah-Lynn Brown, Jorge Calamato, J Chris Campbell, Sergio Cariello, Luis Diaz, Jeff Gaither, Micah Harris, Howard Hopkins, Austin Janowsky, Jennifer Janviere, Rob Jones, Katharine Leis, Steve Mack, Brad McGinty, Dove McHargue, Julia Lichty aka ghostfire, Polybernatene, Rick Porven, Caleb Prochnow, Joel Rivers, Steven Shea, John Stevens, Michael A. Tyson, Luandra Whitehurst, Michael Youngblood and so many more. Now when we go to a show, many artists solicit us for an opportunity to be in our book.

(AW) How many years have you been promoting the Melbourne Independent Filmmaker’s Festival?  What are the dates of the next Festival?  What are the requirements for someone to enter a film?  Is there a fee involved?  How would someone get their film seen there?  Do you ever show your films at conventions or other venues?

(TC) The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival began in 1999. We haven’t set the date yet but it is usually in September at the Premiere Oaks Stadium 10 theaters. There are no fees prior to June 5th and the deadline is July 4th– Independent’s Day!  Go to our website at www.3boysproductions.com

(TC) We have been lucky to show our films at Megacon, Florida Supercon, and at HeroesCon.

(AW) With all the things you have your finger in, ie: doctor, comic book producer, film, TV pilots, etc., what do you want to be when you grow up?

(TC) They say you are as young as you feel. I just hope I continue to feel good!

(AW) What conventions are you planning on attending this year? Megacon, Florida Supercon, and San Diego Comic-Con.

(AW)  How may people find you on line?  Can they purchase any of your books on line?

(TC) Our website address is www.studentsoftheunusual.com

Yes you can purchase comics there. Also you can buy our comics and books on Amazon.com. Join our fanpages for Adventure Chefs, The Skinvestigator, The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival, and Students of the Unusual on Facebook. On Twittter follow @adventurechefs and @skinvestigator



Spider-Man Meets Spider-Man In Landmark SPIDER-MEN

Spider-Man Meets Spider-Man In Landmark SPIDER-MEN
Peter Parker and Miles Morales Meet For The First Time in June
New York, NY-April 11, 2012-This June, it’s time for Peter Parker, better known as the Amazing Spider-Man, to cross worlds and meet Miles Morales…the all-new Spider-Man? Marvel is proud to announce Spider-Men, an all-new five issue landmark story from award-winning author Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers VS. X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man), red-hot artist Sara Pichelli (Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and acclaimed cover artist Jim Cheung (Avengers VS. X-Men), which brings Peter Parker and Miles Morales together for the first time. That’s right, the Spider-Man from two different realities-the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Comics Universe-bring their worlds together for a battle no one web-head could win!
When Spider-Man tracks down one of his deadliest villains, he suddenly finds himself thrust into another world where Peter Parker is dead…and there’s a new Spider-Man in town. As these two heroes learn the truth about their identities and their universes, they’ll embark on a journey that’ll leave them forever changed-and reveal a startling truth about a key player in the Spider-Man mythos!

“This year is the 50th anniversary of Spider-Man and we’re so happy that the stars aligned for us to tell a Spider-Man story that nobody has ever seen before,” said Bendis. “It’s an honor and a privilege to present both this story and these characters to fans on such an auspicious occasion. The work Sara has done on Spider-Men is a step above the
already high standard that she has set for herself on our Ultimate Comics Spider-Man series. For me, this is a celebration of the best character in mainstream comics and some of the best art mainstream comics has to offer.”

Each issue of Spider-Men features variants covers by some of the biggest names in comics including Humberto Ramos  (Amazing Spider-Man), Mike Deodato (New Avengers), Marcos Martin (Amazing Spider-Man), Terry Dodson (Avenging Spider-Man), Travis Charest (Captain America) and Sara Pichelli. “Knowing how much Brian loves and respects Spider-Man, there’s no way I wouldn’t want to work on Spider-Men with him,” said Sara Pichelli. “It’s going to be an explosive celebration of Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary-are you ready?”

In 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15, the world first met Peter Parker and saw him become the hero Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe. Soon after, Spider-Man became a pop culture sensation, launching multiple television series, blockbuster films and some of the most popular comics of all time. Then in 2011, Marvel introduced Miles Morales, a new character of African American and Hispanic descent, who became Spider-Man in the Ultimate Comics Universe after that world’s Peter Parker perished.

“This is one of the biggest stories in Marvel history,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “Peter Parker and Miles Morales are two of our most popular characters and fans have been clamoring for them to meet-we’ve got quite a few surprises in store for both characters. This is only the beginning of how we’re celebrating Spider-Man’s spectacular 50th Anniversary.”

This June, swing into action with world’s most amazing super heroes in Spider-Men #1.
To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and
publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com


SuperHeroStuff and InvestComics Collaborate


West Palm Beach, Florida


InvestComics and SuperHeroStuff.com Collaborate on You tube Videos

Videos Will Consist of Modeling SupeHeroStuff.com’s Merchandise

(West Palm Beach, Florida; April 9, 2012) – Comic book and entertainment information website InvestComics is proud to announce that SuperHeroStuff.com will be providing eligible candidates merchandise to wear in support of introduction You tube videos for the immensely popular weekly featured article “InvestComics’ Comic Hot Picks”. The 45 second to one minute videos will showcase the massive offering’s that
SuperHeroStuff.com has on their website as well as introduce what is coming up for that week regarding the InvestComics’ Comic Hot Picks.

SuperHeroStuff.com is a Superhero merchant seller of everything “superhero”. “This website showcases an abundance of merchandise to the likes that fans are accustomed to seeing from SuperHeroStuff.com ,” said Jay Katz, President of InvestComics. “We are proud to be a part of such a spectacular Company like SuperHeroStuff .SuperHeroStuff supplies everything from T-shirts, Hats, Buckles, Jewelry, Figures, PJ’s, Kids, and even Home & Office. They have such a collection of goodies, one can spend days looking on their website and purchasing fantastic items. SuperHeroStuff has their pulse on the medium. They constantly update their site with the latest items available to the masses. Their front page always displays the Newest and Greatest available in the Superhero merchandise market”

Brian Welch, Marketing Director of SuperHeroStuff, added, “InvestComics has showed significant growth over the past few years and we are happy to join Jay Katz during the process of that development. Jay Katz has a vision and we are very happy to join him in this endeavor.”

Katz; “SuperHeroStuff has a substantial following via Facebook and that is a direct reflection on how their business draws in their customer base”.
Customers want to be a part of SuperHeroStuff in every possible facet.”

Visit SuperHeroStuff right now at www.superherostuff.com.

InvestComics still has potential positions open for viable female candidates to apply for a position to become part of the introduction videos. All
candidates should email InvestComics to inquire about details in becoming an InvestComics Comic Hot Picks Chick at Hotpickchick@trendingpopculture.com. All inquiries must be 20 years old or older.


About InvestComics

InvestComics™ started as a magazine in 2006; the first issue wasn’t released until June of 2007. The magazine was distributed as a free comic book Investment Guide throughout local comic shops in South Florida. It was also a giveaway on Ebay for any winning bid to receive with their order.

Although the InvestComics™ web site was on line in 2005, it wasn’t until 2007 the web site became the main focal point and the magazine ceased. InvestComics™ wanted to start reaching a broader audience and began to rapidly expand. InvestComics™ became the “Entertainment”
Investment Guide as a result of covering many areas in the industry, focusing on entertainment as well as highlighting investment opportunities. The launch of InvestComics TV (ICTV) has made the site multi-media, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry to appear in a split-screen 10-12 minute interview formats.

InvestComics™ also released an Anthology in January 2012 “One and Done” to benefit the charity organization Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  Orders can be placed directly on line at http://www.mirasmartshop.com/ or at this URL: http://www.mirasmartshop.com/InvestComics-Presents-One-Done_p_322.htm

About SuperHeroStuff.com

SuperHeroStuff.com started in a basement in Portland, Oregon way back in 1999. We eventually had a small warehouse/retail setting on NW 23rd street in Portland. We got bought out by eMerchandise Group in 2007 and now our warehouse ships superhero merchandise all over the world from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Yeah, nobody outside of Sinking Spring ever heard of it either.

At SuperHeroStuff, we’re not just some company schlepping junk on the web for a buck; we’re a company comprised of people who actually live for stuff. Our catalog manager sleeps with a Captain Marvel action figure…seriously. Want a job at SuperHeroStuff? You’ll have to pass a comic book knowledge test during your interview. No joke.

We pride ourselves on having the widest possible selection of superhero merchandise. We carry t-shirts and other products from even the most obscure heroes and villains, so obscure that the guys at Marvel and DC probably forgot they exist. Find another site out there that has more Batman and Superman gear than we do. You can’t. We scour the ends of the earth for this stuff. We have personal relationships with our suppliers, so if there’s a problem, we won’t give you the “runaround.” We’ll do our best to let the manufacturer know that your Thor puffy doll has threads coming out of its head or the lead paint flavor of your pint glass doesn’t taste as it should (kidding). We ask all our suppliers to meet current safety standards, so you can be assured that our products are safe and bursting with fruit flavor.

Thanks for shopping at SuperHeroStuff.com. If you have any comments or suggestions or if you just want to complain about your job or next door neighbor, feel free to let us know and we’ll do anything we can to help. Try giving that grump next door a Green Lantern light-up ring and see if that puts a smile on his face.










InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-11-12

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-11-12 

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As you can see from the above video this week, Stan Lee has made his way to InvestComics! The interview with Stan Lee (coming soon) was a milestone for InvestComics unto itself, but having Mr. Stan Lee welcoming fans to “InvestComics” is the Pinnacle for IC……..so far. There are more things to be conquered, so stay tuned!

There are six number one issues to check out this week. Of the 6, four of them are from the independent circuit. The most disturbing cover of the bunch has to go to Secret #1. What is up with that cover? Nasty. But that cover will bring eyeballs over to it and make people pick it up so kudos to the marketing department here. Having talented writer Jonathan Hickman on the new ongoing series helps the cause even more for this book.

So Howard Stern will be making his debut on America’s Got Talent in a month or so. This week however, Image Comics has America’s Got Powers #1 coming out. Is there any correlation between AGT and AGP? Absolutely none. Coincidence? Maybe, but marketing strategies do work to enhance the most of a trend. So don’t go looking for Stern in this issue though, you’ll get Baba-Booey-ed!

Rounding out the number one issues from the Independent market are Alabaster Wolves #1 and Rich Johnson’s Iron Muslim #1.

……..And moving on to number 2 issues now, this week we check out the ever so popular follow up’s to Saga #1 and Manhattan Project #1. Will the comics sustain their popularity with continued great storytelling? Probably so, so don’t miss out on these!

The last of the number one issues covered here are from Marvel and DC. Both are targeting the younger animated audience. Coincidence? No way, they obviously are trying to vie for the same demo here. Green Lantern The Animated Series #1 and Marvel Universe Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes #1 are the comics competing against each other this week. Both are going to rack up points with the Avengers title winning in the end.

The last of the Hot Picks this week goes to New Avengers #24. An AvX crossover with a very nice cover.

Speaking of covers, scroll through some beautiful artistry below. Covers of the Week!

See you on Monday with a very cool press release! Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Arena Comics Website Goes Live!

Yazmin Khan’s “Arena Comics” website has gone live! Check out the birth of a comic book company that is going to take the industry by storm. Get ready to get into the Arena with…..Arena Comics!!

Visit the new website right HERE – or copy and paste the link: http://www.arena-comics.com/index.html

 Congratulations to Yazmin Khan and her team!












Action Lab Entertainment to release 200 Page Digital FCBD Book!

On May 5, 2012 Action Lab Entertainment is going “Confidential.”

This Free Comic Book Day sees the release of ACTION LAB CONFIDENTIAL; a 200 PAGE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD on sites such as Graphicly, Comics+, Drive Thru Comics and additional digital outlets.

Action Lab Entertainment, best known for the indie smash-hit comic book PRINCELESS and the soon to be released DOUBLE JUMPERS wants to give readers the opportunity to read extended previews of their entire catalog of comics and original graphic novels, including some
titles that have yet to hit the shelves.
The goal is to continue to get readers excited in what Action Lab Entertainment has to offer with its diverse lineup of books, ranging from all-ages to mature readers. After reading this FREE 200 page monster you’ll want to rush to your local comic shop or digital tablet and demand for more Action Lab comics!

PRINCELESS – By Jeremy Whitley & Goodwin

DOUBLE JUMPERS – By Dave Dwonch & Bill Blankenship


FRACTURE – By Shawn Gabborin & Chad Cicconi

GLOBWORLD – By Jeremy Whitley & Andrew Charipar

SNOWED IN – By Shawn Gabborin & Rick Lundeen

BACK IN THE DAY – By Dave Dwonch & Daniel J Logan


EXO-1 |+|AMP|+| THE ROCKSOLID STEELBOTS – By Shawn Pryor, Adam Besenyodi & Daniel J Logan


JACK HAMMER – By Brandon Barrows & Ionic

It also features a front cover by the talented RUSTY SHACKLES!


So this Free Comic Book Day, after you finish your journey to your comic book store, stop by Graphicly, Comics+, or the additional
Action Lab Entertainment digital outlets and download your copy of ACTION LAB CONFIDENTIAL!


Action Lab
Entertainment was founded in 2010 by a group of indie-maverick comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed,
most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating, yet benign
control of the Action Lab. Action Lab Entertainment is the public front for all the activities of the Action Lab and its members. Although most
of the Action Lab’s activities remain classified, Action Lab Entertainment can disclose that two of its many functions are the
marketing of comic books through various sales outlets, and the expansion of their domination into other mediums.