InvestComics Hot Picks #263

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MegaCon 2013 Autographs

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If you are a regular InvestComics monthly newsletter subscriber you found out before everyone else about the very cool things in store for you the fan. Pictured above are the cool giveaways (and one special auction) that will be happening for the next few months. Included in the awesome bunch is the InvestComics One & Done Anthology signed right on the cover by some of the industry’s best. This Anthology which rose over $250 so far for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be auctioned off on Ebay with the proceeds going to the CBLDF. Hang tight for that auction (Lots of giveaway contest beforehand). The auction announcement will be splashed all over the InvestComics landscape, so you won’t miss it when it does happen. So who did exactly sign that cover you ask? How about Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And to top off the list, I (Jay Katz) will sign the inside. That’s quite the list there isn’t it?? As for the other comics shown; New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube now! And the comic is up for grabs too right now!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuck Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO of InvestComics Jay Katz! Whew! And finally how about an autograph from Terry Cronin? (Offered up right now!) Or maybe you’re a fan of the Walking Dead? How about an autograph from Zombie walker Michael Koske?! Yes lots to take in, but be sure to enter these contests to win.


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Okay Hot Picks time. There are certainties in life. The character Thanos is one such case. So is the fact that last Sunday InvestComics informed you guys/gals that East of West #1 is a not to miss book. Yes, listen to the Broker when he tells you about the certainties in the collectors market. It’ll do your wallet some good. So getting back to Thanos now, if you ever doubted anything in the speculation market, this one would not be the one to doubt. If you don’t own or are thinking about owning Iron Man #55, stop thinking and do it. I cannot stress enough how much Thanos is going to make an impact on the movie side of things. The best comparison to make here is actually quite simple. Thanos will be the modern day Darth Vader. I have said this before and I will keep saying it. Thanos’ impact in the theaters will directly impact the back issue market. This said, this week Thanos Rising (2013) #1 will be altering the Marvel Universe as we know it. Yes that villain Thanos is going to bring it and you better be ready. This dude is a bad ass.

…..More certainties this week; Harbinger Wars (2013) #1. This comic will be a quick sell out, so you better grab one off the shelf before they disappear.

Superior Spider-Man (2012) #7 will see the return of Cardiac. The first appearance of Cardiac came in Amazing Spider-Man #342. Want to feel old? This comic was penciled by Erik Larsen 23 years ago!! 1990….23 years ago!! Wow.

DC Comics celebrates with a special issue of Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #19. “Mystery of the 900!” Umm, okay.

….More certainties this week; Regular Show #1. This book will be harder to find than any other in the aftermarket for cover price after Wednesday. Yep.

So with Venom (2011 Marvel) #33 we get the ol’ homage cover thingy going. Isn’t that nice? One little thing here though. Spawn #222 a few issues ago did the same exact thing. Two comics in such close proximity of each other paying homage to Todd McFarlane’s (paid himself homage; he’s proud of himself) Amazing Spider-Man #316. Click on the collage below to see a bigger image of all 3 covers side by side. Which one do you like best?


Okay so wrapping up. How about a bunch of number one and number zero issues to look out for? Miss Fury (2013 Dynamite) #1 (Look at that cover – holy assets Batman!), Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood (2013 Zenescope) #1, Steam Wars (2013 Antarctic Press) #0 (interesting concept here, Star Wars theme = sold out), Tales of Fear (2013 Aazurn) #1, Unleashed (2013 Zenescope) #0, Snow Angel (2013 Dark Horse) #0, Last of Us American Dreams (2013 Dark Horse) #1, andPolarity (2013 Boom) #1. 


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Comic Broker Report – April 2013

The Comic Broker’s Report: April 2013

By Topher Seal

As my wife and I prepare our Groot and Rocket Raccoon costumes for this year’s Boston Con we realized that creating giant trees and massive guns out of PVC pipe and cardboard is a hassle.  This lead to a bet.  I believe that Rocket Raccoon is the next big comic character to enjoy mainstream success.  She’s putting her money on Doop.   She may be better than me at Killer Instinct Gold but I win all the bets and she knows it. So with so many awesome comics to speculate on this month I dedicate this article to my wife who personally approved all these selections with the exception of X-Force 116 ( newsstand ) which I see no reason to include.

Iron Man 54 ( First Moondragon )


I realize that not all members of the GOTG will be appearing in the film but with so many of Marvel’s Cosmic properties getting love it’s hard not to want this gem.  What I love about it is that the very next issue is one of the most sought after books on the market. If you want to own all the cosmic first appearances you have to buy the ones that fly under the radar too.  Personally I pass on Avengers 112 ( first Mantis ) and Micronauts 1 ( first Bug ).  I see too many copies of those books to recommend a buy.

Tales of Suspense 75 ( first Agent 13 and Batroc )

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George St Pierre is having a good month, first he retains his title against the laughable Nick Diaz and then we find out he’s playing the Captain America 2 villain  Batroc formerly of the French Foreign Legion!   I just hope the costume is exactly like the one he wears in the comics! It’s a strange casting and character to use and that’s why I love it!  This issue can still be found relativity cheap but I wouldn’t wait to buy.

Spawn 9 ( Newsstand only )


God I cannot believe I am recommending a Spawn book but when Neil Gaiman says Angela is coming to Marvel collectors should pay close attention.  Once upon a time this comic was a hot commodity but like many from the 90’s it cooled off quick. A lot of negativity has been swarming around this character move but when she’s written by Gaiman it could be huge.  There are even rumors that she will be moved to the GOTG team after her introduction in the Age of Ultron!  Here’s the problem though…a ton of these were printed. For now it’s selling well  on the back issue market but how long can that last once the glut arrives?   The good thing is that there’s a newsstand version and it’s not that easy to find.

The Activity 1

I have to mention this Image dud only because it is generating a lot of heat online.  Issue one is selling for big money and the other issues are not far behind.  The only problem?  It’s not a quality read.  Seriously, this comic is poorly written and drawn. I’m not impressed by it and see it’s success as an anomaly in the marketplace.  If you can buy for pennies and flip for big coin then by all means do.  Hold at your own risk if you buy high, ( this book gets no picture because frankly it doesn’t deserve the time  and effort to track one down )

Adventures into Fear 13 ( First Nexus of all Realities )


Savage Tales 1 ( First Ellen Brandt )

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Unless you are a fan of Man-Thing then you likely don’t know who Ellen Brandt is.  She’s been cast in the new Iron Man 3 film and is directly responsible for creating Man-Thing while trying to replicate the Super Soldier Serum.  Instead she helps create the Man-Thing,  guardian of the Nexus of Realities!  If you don’t know what that is I suggest you start with the issue above!  How Brandt will fit into the film is anyone’s guess but she’s connected to A.I.M. which will play a roll  and she also has connections to Doctor Strange who is going to be part of Marvel’s future film Phases!

Tales of Suspense 78 ( First A.I.M. )


See above!!!

The Incredible Hulk 272 ( Rocket Raccoon  appearance )

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Recently I have beaten the importance of RR to death but here’s one more nugget for those who see Disney’s marketing potential for a wise cracking Raccoon with big guns.  Just try and remember how few appearance of him there are prior to the Annihilation events.  We all know that his first color appearance is in issue 271 but he also appears in flashback in the very next book!

The Incredible Hulk Annual 5  & Weird World Tales 19


More GROOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Strange Tales 144


Actor Maximiliano Hernandez appeared as Agent Sitwell in the Marvel Studios shorts “The Consultant” and “Item 47.” With no Agent Coulson around Sitwell will be reprising his roll in Captain America 2.  Unlike Coulson who’s first appearance could be in Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield, Battle Scars 1 or 6, Sitwell’s first appearance is clearly defined.  Buy low and hold friends.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual 5 ( First Peter Parker’s Parents )

sr There is a 2nd Print ( Stridex Ad on Back cover )

If you have seen the most recent film then you know that Peter’s Father was the focal point of the after credit sequence.  Could this plot point lead to major implications down the line?  Who knows but that shouldn’t stop you from tracking down this forgotten annual ( especially the rare 2nd print! )

Fantastic Four 206 ( First Nova Corps )


Of all the cosmic characters I want to see on film Nova is probably 11th on the list right behind Cosmo the Dog.  Whether he or his corps are utilized in the upcoming film remains a mystery but as usual it doesn’t hurt to own an undervalued Bronze Age beauty!

The Defenders 27,28 ( First Starhawk )


Will Stahawk play a role in Marvel’s GOTG?  Even if he doesn’t these books are great reads and can be found for next to nothing at most comic shops with a comprehensive back issue section.

The Sword that killed Damian Wayne

Damian Wayne’s recent death is a tragedy and it’s not because another Robin has been slain.  DC received a lot of mainstream press for the death and while that may have generated sales I don’t see it a wise long term strategy.  Yes the character can always be brought back but for now readers have lost one of the few bright spots in the entire DCU.  Anyone who reads these speculative articles knows how I feel about DC’s reboot and the mess it has created in terms of continuity.  I assure you that fans of Damian Wayne and Batman in general will feel the negative effects of killing off such a wonderfully crafted comic book youth.

Since it has been revealed that Damian was killed with a sword that has deep ties to the Wayne family the hunt has been on for the sword’s first appearance.  Grant Morrison revealed that the sword appears throughout DC’s Shadow of the Bat, specifically the issues from the 90’s.  Upon hearing this I pulled out the long box and read every issue.  The only swords I found are a cutlass used by ancestors of Bruce and the Sword of Dumas which looks similar but is NOT the sword in question.  Anyone care to find it?  Tweet me @Larfleeze and receive a prize if you are correct!





East of West #1 Sells Out

InvestComics Hot Picks #262 called it. Click right HERE to find out what you missed.

If you don’t feel like clicking away; here’s the part about East of West #1: There’s a moderate amount of number one issues (and a zero) to check out this week, but there is one that will sell out quick and command bucks in the aftermarket. Don’t say InvestComics didn’t warn you. When you come across East of West (2013 Image) #1 this week, pick it up. That is all.

Now hopefully you’re not scrambling to get your first print ::sigh::

EAST OF WEST #1 SELLS OUT First issue of Hickman/Dragotta series gets new printing

EAST OF WEST #1, the premiere issue of the apocalyptic Western by Jonathan Hickman (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) and Nick Dragotta, has sold out the same day as its release on March 27. It will receive a second printing (Diamond Comics code FEB138443), going on shelves in stores on April 24, the same day as EAST OF WEST #2.

The best-selling debut of Hickman-penned Image Comics series to date, EAST OF WEST #1 introduces readers to a world on the verge of collapse where incarnations of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam a sprawling landscape and all signs point to an inglorious end.

In contrast to the spiraling fate of humankind depicted in its pages, the beginning of EAST OF WEST has been a critical triumph:

“East of West is astonishing. Something that may reset the bar by which all other comics are tested.”

    – Crave Online (10/10 review)

“Hickman accomplishes here what other writers might spend a whole series building up, which leaves the door wide open for this imaginative story to go east and west and then north and south, to boot.”

    – IGN

“The series is still new, but I wonder whether it’s a glimpse at our nation’s sins made manifest. A bald depiction of the scarlet letter forever branded on America, not for adultery, but for human bondage and derision. Or maybe it’s just a cool, nihilistic revenge saga.”

    – iFanboy (Pick of the Week)

“…this is a comic that could just possibly blow your mind.”

    – Comic Vine (5/5-star review)


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InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter


InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter

Welcome Fans!

Back from a very busy/productive Comic Convention, Orlando MegaCon. Being busy and productive equates to a lot of awesomeness1&Done for YOU the Fan! First up is the Superstar studded signed cover of InvestComics’ Anthology One & Done. To date the Anthology has raised over $250 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. With this Superstar signed cover, we intend to raise some more money for CBLDF! This Anthology will go on Ebay to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to CBLDF. Here is the list of names that proudly signed the cover: Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And InvestComics CEO Jay Katz signs the inside! Now THAT is a list! Stay tuned for the announcement of the auction on the website. Pictures of the creators signing the Anthology will accompany the announcement. ……Bid often, it’s for a great cause and is a very nice collector’s item! 

Then there are the contest giveaways. And are they some very cool comics….

All of the actual signed comics are pictured in this newsletter are the actual books that fans will be vying for. Starting with New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuch Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO InvestComics Jay Katz! Yes there are a lot of potential books to win on InvestComics. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the InvestComics Facebook page for contest runs.Titans

Besides the contest, there will be a few interviews going up. InvestComics already posted the (Mr. Incredible Hulk); Lou Ferrigno interview. Click right HERE to check that out. Also had some fun with the King of all Indie Terry Cronin. Click HERE to watch that. There is also a giveaway with Terry’s signature to coincide with that interview. Take a look at the latest InvestComics Hot Picks #262 for details on that right HERE. Also up right now is a Tom Mumme (The Accelerators & Comic Book Men)! Take a look HERE at that. Like the Walking Dead? How about an interview with Walking Dead zombie actor Michael Koske?! And also a chance to WIN his autograph! How about an interview with BOOM! Studios’ Eric Esquivel? Oh yes and win his signed comic Freelancers #3 (pictured below), how about and interview with Buck Rodgers himself Gil Gerard?! This particular interview also features Big City Comics CEO Jeff Kaufman too! The interview is by far the funniest, unpredictable, unscripted InvestComics interview to date. By a long shot folks…’s a must watch. Then there is the awesome Gail Simone interview too! How about a Jimmy Palimiotti interview as well? And Legend Pat Broderick? Yes we have him too.

A very special thanks goes out to Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics) for hosting many of the interviews, he was a trooper, losing his voice and all. There were two discoveries that occurred at the show as well. 1; Dirk Grobb. He is a phenomenal artist. Fans need to know who this guy is and buy commissions from him if you see him at a show. Not only can he draw, but he’s a super cool dude too! 2; Brianna Floss. This girl did a couple of interviews for InvestComics and was great! She too is a super nice gal and will hopefully stay close to InvestComics for some more interviews because she’s an undiscovered talent! We don’t want to share! Thanks Bri!! Now go LIKE these two awesome people on Facebook right now! Rick Shea and Shaun Sorenson from Famous Faces and Funnies for having me tag along on your fun times around Orlando. Beating all of you guys at mini golf was one of the highlights of my golf career!

Well that’s about it for now. Stay with the website and Facebook page for all of the contest/interviews coming your way!

There will be more images coming out of the InvestComics Publication camp as well! Very awesome artwork coming from David Whalen’s “The Dawning” as well as cover art from Jay Katz’ “The Hunted”.

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Eric Esquivel

Here’s the InvestComics interview with comic book writer Eric Esquivel from MegaCon. Sebastian Piccione at the helm here. Eric was kind enough to sign one of his books; Freelancers #3 (pictured below) and InvestComics will give it away to a lucky fan! How do you win it? Easy, watch the interview and name the first graphic novel Eric Esquivel ever worked on. That’s it! A random winner will be chosen, so be sure to watch the video and get the right answer! Leave your answer either Here on the InvestComics website (below comment section), on the InvestComics Facebook page right HERE, or on the InvestComics Youtube page right HERE.

Sorry, U.S. residents only. Good luck to all! 


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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks #262

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 3-27-13

Okay back from last week’s Orlando MegaCon. And wow what a productive trip it was. Many things to show everyone (interviews), many signatures to giveaway, and a special auction that will be going on Ebay soon. More on that in the InvestComics Newsletter coming out soon. So if you haven’t done so yet, sign up to the newsletter to get an early bid on a unique item that will go to a good cause. It’s quite awesome.

Terry CroninAs for the interviews, check out the InvestComics front page to watch interviews with Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual), Tom Mumme (The Accelerators/Comic Book Men), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), and many more coming down the pike. Coming up soon; Jimmy Palimiotti, Gil Gerard, Gail Simone, Eric Esquivel, Pat Broderick, and the Walking Dead zombie Michael Koske! ….Getting back to the King of all Indie Terry Cronin for a second. I inadvertently forgot to include the signed copy of the questions he answered with Brianna Floss on the video as a giveaway/contest. Check out the photo of the actual signed Terry Cronin questionnaire that can be yours to the right. All you have to do is sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter and you will be eligible! Sign up to the Newsletter either below (end of this article) or on the front page of the website. Write on the comments below that you signed up. It’s that simple! Winner will be chosen at random. And don’t fret, if you don’t win this time, there are many autograph contest coming your way! Sorry, U.S. residents only.

A special thanks to a lot of people at this year’s MegaCon. Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics), Brianna Floss (Awesomeness), Dirk Grobb (the BEST unknown artist that will be HUGE one day soon), Rick Shea, Shaun Sorenson (Famous Faces & Funnies – for just being cool guys and having a great booth), and Shaun Cobble/Kirstie Cobble (Breaking the 4th Wall). You all made this year’s MegaCon a lot of fun and I appreciate it beyond words.

And because of the chaos of last weekend, The Breaking the 4th Wall interview with Legend Norm Breyfogle (via Youtube) went up late. Click right HERE to hear Shaun Cobble spend almost 2 hours with one of the greatest Batman artist ever.


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This week fans get Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #1. As spoken about already in the InvestComics Hot Picks #258, one can get the lowdown on all of the characters appearing in this title as well as the movie. Click HERE to get the scoop and a head start on these sooner than later to be hot books. Note: Rocket Raccoon is the book to have, get on that pronto. FF (2012 2nd Series) #5 will give readers the mystery of our favorite fiery redhead Medusa. Find Medusa’s first appearance in another FF book, but this one from 1965’s Fantastic Four #36. Not only does this comic give us the first Medusa, but the first appearance of the Frightful Four! This comic is brought to you by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This explains the $750 price tag for a CGC graded 9.2. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum; Fury Max (2012 Marvel) #10 brings us the origin of Barracuda. The big guy first appeared in Punisher #31 (Max -2006). Find this laying around in the 50 cent bins. Not a bad pick up for the modern day Kingpin. Another week another death. Robin a few weeks ago and now this week in Uncanny Avengers (2012 Marvel Now) #5 we hear that a major character will take a dirt nap.

The new 52 presses onward with their reintroductions. Fury of Firestorm (2011-) #18 gets a redo with the villain Multiplex. Find Firestorm #2 (1978) and buy it. Not so much for the first appearance of Muliplex, but the team that involved with the incarnation is impressive. Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, and Bob McLeod. And look at the awesome Milgrom cover! Yes this is a keeper. Another comeback occurs in Superman (2011 3rd Series) #18 with H.I.V.E. The first appearance of H.I.V.E. is Action Comics #513 (1980). Again, much like the previously mentioned, the creators on this book are the draw here. Marv Wolman and Curt Swan give birth to H.I.V.E. Having two creators like this on a first appearance comic is quite the find.

Mister X comes back for another round. Check out Mister X Hard Candy (2013 Dark Horse) #0. Mister X first appeared in Mister X #1 (1984 – Vortex Comics) and at one time was a very hot comic. Maybe the new number one issue will heat up the back issue market.

There’s a moderate amount of number one issues (and a zero) to check out this week, but there is one that will sell out quick and command bucks in the aftermarket. Don’t say InvestComics didn’t warn you. When you come across East of West (2013 Image) #1 this week, pick it up. That is all.

Here is the rest of the pack that should catch your eye and investment savvy. Time Warp (2013 DC/Vertigo) #1, Dragon Age Until We Sleep (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Honey Badger vs The World (2013 Antarctic) #1. Honey Badger still don’t give a sh*t.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for some very cool contest. And sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter to be the first on the block to know about the auction!

See you soon, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Terry Cronin: MegaCon 2013

Having some fun with the best Indie Creator of all…..Mr. Terry Cronin! Brianna Floss at the helm. Take it away Brianna!

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Tom Mumme

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KISS KIDS bring rockin’ adventures to IDW


This Fall, KISS KIDS Proves You’re Never Too Young to Rock!
The tiny terrors hit stands in an all-ages new series!

San Diego, CA (March 22, 2013) – Ah, the simple pleasures of just being a kid. Lemonade stands, little league games, advanced fort building, rocking the faces off of millions of screaming fans all over the world while thwarting the plans of your evil school Principal. If a couple of those cherished childhood memories sound unfamiliar, that’s because they can only be found in KISS Kids, the new series starring the pint-sized rock gods! Join Starchild, Li’l Demon, Spacey, and Catkid as they get into trouble and kick out the jams in strips featuring familiar characters and settings from KISS lore. Helmed by KISS series writers Chris Ryall and Tom Waltz with fun, expressive art by Jose Holder (Mars Attacks The Real Ghostbusters), KISS Kids promises to be a treat for fans of all-ages!
“KISS is used to rocking and rolling all night and partying every day, but back when they were little’uns, those things only happened around nap time,” said Chris Ryall, also IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “This series will appeal to kids and Kiss fans of all ages, as we see the school-age band engage robots, evil teachers, other students, and much more, all filtered through the KISS lens. Beth, the school’s Doctor Love, the snooty Torpedo Girls, the bratty “Wicked” Lester, nefarious Principal Elder… they’re all here for this accessible, funny, and appealing new series.” The new KISS Kids series, coming this fall, is being previewed in the form of a one-page strip on the back cover of all four issues of this spring’s Kiss Solo series. Fans will get their first real look at the Kiss Kids on April 10, when Kiss Solo #1: The Demon by Ryall and artist Angel Medina is released. “Rock and Roll All Nite….and Potty Every Day,” added the L’il Demon himself, Kiss founding member, Gene Simmons. This fall, there’s only one place for proof positive that whether you’re a Starchild or a Demon, there’s nothing better than rocking and rolling all night and reading comics every day!


About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.


It looks like the long (and I mean LOOOONG) awaited return of fan favorite characters QUANTUM AND WOODY is finally at hand! VALIANT released this teaser declaring, “The World’s Greatest Comic Book Company Presents… The World’s Worst Superhero Team.” And, as any avid Quantum and Woody fan knows, the pair’s title boasted “THE WORLD’S WORST SUPERHERO TEAM on its front covers, in a reverse of the Fantastic Four’s “World’s Greatest Comic Magazine” header.


Comic Broker Report – Modern Variant Special

These days variant comic covers are the chase cards of the comic market.  Personally I don’t seek them out unless I can find them for cover or at a reasonable price.  This rarely happens.  Most comic stores make a lot of their weekly profit from selling these issues to their local customers or online.  Whatever your collecting/investment strategy, you cannot deny that publishers who limit the availability via print run do so because it helps them sell comics.  I know many dealers, store owners and collectors who wish they would just go away but that will never happen.

The following variants are the ones I would invest in:

BATMAN 12 ( Limited 1 for 100 Variant Cover by Greg Capullo )

This issue by Snyder and Capullo features the third appearance of Harper Row ( Batman1,7 ).  A lot of folks are betting heavy on earlier issues featuring Row thinking that she’s the next Robin.  Until her true first appearance is agreed upon I can’t recommend either issue 1 or 7 which both have extremely rare Sketch variants of their own.  This issue is intriguing because of its rarity along with it being the first appearance of Harper’s brother Cullen.  Cullen seems a bit unstable to me and who knows how much of an effect a vile, neglectful father may have upon him.  Cullen is also a homosexual teen who has experienced hate crime.  Little is known about him but Snyder has given him a complex background and that’s a good start when it comes to purchasing.
Value:  40



BATMAN INCORPORATED 5 ( Limited 1 for 100 Variant Cover by Chris Burnham )

Grant Morrison returns us to the 666 universe where Damian Wayne is the Batman!  As one of the more popular dytsopian futures in comics, it’s no surprise that this issue is on this list.  Burnham’s cover is one of my all time Batman favorites! Though I love the fact that issue 666 of Batman Vol. 1 has no variant and is highly sought after, I can appreciate the value of this work, which stands out amongst many other DC titles.

Value: 45



Thor God of Thunder 2 ( Limited 1 for 50 Varaint Cover by Daniel Acuna )

One of my favorite new comics, Thor God of Thunder continues to impress with great art and storytelling.  If I were writing the Thor films I would make sure to factor Gorr the God Butcher into any future Phases.  If you read comics long enough you can sometimes feel as if you have seen and read everything so it’s a pleasant feeling when something fresh comes along!

Value: 25



Thor 617 ( Limited 1 for 15 Tron Variant Cover by Brandon Peterson. )

Loki will go down as one of the earliest and most successful Marvel Films characters so when he was killed of it puzzled me until they brought him back as Kid Loki in this issue of Thor!

Value: 20



Batman 655 ( Kubert 1:10 Variant )

Ok so recently I have been trying to convince people who care that Damian Wayne’s first appearance is NOT in this book but in issue 656 of Batman.  You see Damian only appears in shadows in this issue.  We don’t see his face until the following issue.  With his death making national news it’s become clear that Bruce’s son has resonated with readers and collectors.  Until the masses agree that 656 is his first this is the one to buy and it features an outstanding variant cover by an industry great!

Value: 15-20



Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two 8  ( Thanos Variant Cover )

Thanos is the big bad villain in the room over the next few years and with a GOA film coming in 2014 any combination of the two equals a wise investment.  These can still be found lurking in back issue boxes.  It’s an undervalued comic with lots of growth potential.

Value: 15



Avengers 5  2010  ( 1 for 75 John Romita Variant Cover, First Mention of the Ultron War )

Captain America Reborn 6  ( Limited 1 for 25 Variant, Cap sees the Age of Ultron Future )

So earlier this month I recommended these two in another article and here is why-It’s still unclear how the Age of Ultron will turn out but we all know the recipe for success in sales can easily lie in how well you construct your final act.  Rumor has it there is a super surprise ending to this series penciled by Joe Q.  If it pays off then these are back issue gold.  If not well…..

Value 50

and 15



Injustice Gods Among Us ( Limited 1 for 25 Variant Cover by Jheremy Raapack )

Last month I said to grab issue one while cover was still an option.  Did you?  If not then you are now paying triple cover.  This one has legs as the game looks to be a hit and the comic is amazing.

Value: 70-100








Full SWAMP THING #19 cover revealed

DC Comics has reveales the full cover to SWAMP THING #19, part of the gatefold covers formerly dubbed WTF month.


• What could Swamp Thing possibly fear more than The Scarecrow?

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Kano
Cover by: Andy Brase
Color/B&W: Color
Page Count: 32
U.S. Price: 2.99
On Sale Date: Apr 3 2013



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oni_press_logoOni Press comics are no strangers to other media. The pilot for The Sixth Gun television series is being shot for NBC, Scott Pilgrim was made into a feature film, and several other comics are in development.  But until this week, none of the creator-owned comics published by the company have made their way to radio.

Beginning Friday, March 15th, the Eisner Award-nominated Crogan Adventures series will make that jump with the first of a series of six half-hour audio drama episodes. The stories, written by Crogan Adventures cartoonist Chris Schweizer and directed by Gregg Taylor, were produced by the Canadian audio drama company Decoder Ring Theatre, best known for its ongoing series The Red Panda Adventures and Black Jack Justice.

“While it would certainly be fun to see the Crogan Adventures adapted for film or animation or television, those iterations would become someone else’s thing,” said Schweizer.  “It would cease to be mine and would instead become the vision of whoever undertook the adaptation.  But with the radio dramas, Gregg gave me complete control over content, and that allowed me to do something that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered possible: tell Crogan stories in a medium other than comics but contribute to the internal continuity of the comics series.”

“It isn’t hard to understand why Chris’ skills as a writer lent themselves so strongly to radio drama,” said series director Gregg Taylor, who recently came to the attention of the comics industry as the writer of last week’s Mask of the Red Panda comic.  “When you read any of his Crogan Adventures books, each character has a distinct voice – a cadence that makes each of them sound as unique as they each look. That sounds so simple, but it’s a rare quality. It comes from having a natural ear for dialogue and really knowing who your characters are. And it meant that the scripts that arrived at my door were strong and audience friendly… and fun as hell to play!”

Schweizer said that it was hard to hear the actors play the characters, at least at first.  “When I write, I often write out loud, and the characters have very specific voices in my head.  While we were recording the first episode, it was kind of hard hearing voices different than what I’d written, but by the time we started the second episode I was completely enthralled.  The actors brought another dimension to these characters that I thought I already knew.  There were a couple of lines that actually choked me up, that had so much more depth to them than I’d have ever been capable of depicting on my own.”

Actor Scott Moyle played a number of characters, including Catfoot Crogan,  protagonist of the graphic novel Crogan’s Vengeance. “Working with Chris’ scripts was a great opportunity to stretch the limits of my skills with new accents and genres,” said Moyle.  “Getting to play Catfoot was icing on the cake – how often do you fall in love with a comic book and then get cast as its hero?”

The shows will be released on the fifteenth of each month from March through August, and are available via iTunes or at the Decoder Ring Theatre website.




Scott Pilgrim:

Crogan Adventures/Chris Schweizer:

Decoder Ring Theatre:

The Sixth Gun:

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Just got back from MegaCom 2013, here’s an InvestComics Hot Picks quickie! There are so many contest and interviews coming your way! Stay tuned to the InvestComics Facebook page!

Captain Marvel (2012 7th Series) #11 features the new Deathbird. Look for the first Deathbird in Ms. Marvel #9 (1977) written by Legend Chris Claremont. DC Comics promises THE story of the New 52 in Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #18.  Also check out Constantine (2013 DC) #1. This will be an instant sellout. And Marvel goes back to the comic Event scene with the X-Men in X-termination (2013 Marvel) #1. Best check that out!

Here are a bunch of number one issues to check out this week; Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray (2013 Image) #1, GI Joe Special Missions (2013 IDW) #1, Judge Dredd Year One (2013 IDW) #1, Poison Elves (2013 Ape Entertainment) #1, Memorial Imaginary Fiends (2013 IDW) #1, All Crime (2013 Art of Fiction) #1.


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InvestComics – MegaCon 2013 (Quick update)

InvestComics – MegaCon 2013 (Quick update)

Hello everyone,

InvestComics is at the Orlando Megacon this weekend. There are a lot of cool contest, video’s, and autograph’s headed your way! Stay close to the InvestComics Facebook page right HEREto see some of the action that is going down (barring no conflicts with the wi-fi connection at the convention hall).

InvestComics is hanging with Breaking the 4th Wall – Shaun Cobble/Shaun Sorenson/Kirstie Cobble and FFFIC’s Sebastian Piccione. Also hanging out with owner Rick of Famous Faces & Funnies comic and toy shop. More from all of them reporting on their respective shows.

There are so many things to look forward to, we cannot wait to share them with you!

Stay tuned!

No InvestComics Hot Picks or FFFIC this week. A podcast is possible to go up, so be sure to check out the site and Facebook pages for that.

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CARTOON ART MUSEUM to host LAST UNICORN Screening/Peter S. Beagle Birthday Celebration

Author Peter S. Beagle is turning 74. What better to celebrate than with a special screening of the animated adaption of his most beloved book, THE LAST UNICORN? Well, the CARTOON ART MUSEUM and CASTRO THEATER are doing exactly that!  So, if you’re in San Francisco on Saturday, April 20th, hit the theater, enjoy the show, and say happy birthday to the man himself, Peter S. Beagle!

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The Last Unicorn: Screening and Birthday Celebration Cartoon Art Museum/Castro Theatre Event:  Saturday, April 20th, 2013 from 12:00pm to 3:00pm With a VIP evening reception at the Cartoon Art Museum 6:00pm to 8:00pm
San Francisco, CA:  The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to host the premiere screening of Peter S. Beagle’s nationwide theatrical re-release tour for The Last Unicornand hismessagecastro 74th birthday celebration! Throw on your best Schmendrick the Magician or Amalthea outfit and join us at The Castro Theatre for a screening of the uncut edition of the animated movie The Last Unicorn, a question and answer session with author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, an amazing raffle, pop-up shop, and limited book signing! Following the screening at the Castro Theatre, the Cartoon Art Museum will open its doors from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for an intimate reading and chat with Mr. Beagle, an exclusive auction, and continued signings. Costumes are encouraged!
This is the kickoff event in a two-year screening tour that will see Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn coming to hundreds of local movie theaters in the United States and Canada. To get details on the tour, email
Tickets for the VIP portion at the Cartoon Art Museum are $25 and may be purchased through: All VIP tickets include admission to the Castro Theater’s matinee screening. Tickets for just the Castro screenning are $8.50 and may be purchased through the Castro Theater. They don’t have a web page set up for this event yet, but you can call them at 415-621-6120.
Each ticket comes with one raffle entry, a 35mm film frame from an original 1982 theatrical print of the movie, and membership in The Last Unicorn Tour (including discounts on exclusive tour merchandise and other benefits).
Our exciting raffle items, generously supplied by Conlan Press, are:
• Third Prize: Signed regular edition Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $25). (Two winners)
• Second Prize: Signed Last Unicorn trade paperback and Blu-ray/DVD combo (value: $36) (Two winners)
• First Prize: Signed deluxe Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $50). (One winner)
Items for the VIP auction include:
• A complete 35mm frame set of all 17 characters from the film, in signed glassine envelopes, plus an official Certificate of Authenticity.
• A signed “printer proof” limited edition of 7 Original Character Concept Design Art Prints from The Last Unicorn, by lead animator Tsuguyuki Kubo.
• An original penciled page from The Last Unicorn graphic novel.
This event is generously sponsored by The Castro Theater, with proceeds benefiting The Cartoon Art Museum and Peter S. Beagle Tour. About Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn According to Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle is “the gold standard for fantasy.” Arguably America’s greatest living fantasist, Peter’s extraordinary body of work has been enchanting audiences since he published his first book, A Fine and Private Place, while still only 20 years old. His most famous novel, The Last Unicorn, has sold more than six million copies in 25 languages since its original publication in 1968, and the 1982 animated film version (for which Peter wrote the screenplay) has tens of millions of fans around the world. Peter is also a gifted singer and songwriter, and wrote the screenplays for the original 1978 animated film version of The Lord of the Rings and“Sarek,” a fan-favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in Oakland, California.
About Conlan Press Conlan Press was originally founded in 2005 to provide an easier way for Peter S. Beagle’s worldwide legion of fans to get signed or personalized copies of his works, and other creations related to them, either on-line or at public events. In 2013 the company is publishing a host of brand-new Beagle titles, plus book, ebook, audiobook, music, and art print releases from a carefully-selected group of uniquely creative authors, artists, and musicians. For more on Conlan Press visit

About the Castro Theatre The Castro Theatre was built in 1922 by pioneer San Francisco theatre entrepreneurs, the Nasser brothers, who started with a nickelodeon in 1908 in the Castro neighborhood. It is now a neighborhood landmark and host to many Bay Area hits including the popular Castro Theatre Sing-A-Long series. For more information about The Castro Theater visit

About the Cartoon Art Museum Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics.  The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public. For more about the Cartoon Art Museum visit
Cartoon Art Museum * 655 Mission Street – San Francisco, CA 94105 – 415-CAR-TOON – Hours:  Tues.  Sun. 11:00 – 5:00, Closed Monday General Admission: $7.00 – Student/Senior:$5.00 – Children 6-12:$3.00 – Members& Children under 6: Free
The Cartoon Art Museum is a tax-exempt, non-profit, educational organization dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms.

SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and WONDER WOMAN Come to the Library of American Comics


SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and WONDER WOMAN Come to the Library of American Comics
The Classic Newspaper Adventures of DC’s Biggest Heroes Launch this July!
San Diego, CA (March 14, 2013) – IDW’s Library of American Comics and DC Entertainment proudly announce the beginning of a new partnership to reprint some of the rarest DC Comics stories — the Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman newspaper strips.

“We’re thrilled to announce a comprehensive publishing program for these historic strips,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW President and COO. “The Library of American Comics is the premier home for archival newspaper strips and this new partnership with DC Entertainment further cements the imprint’s reputation as second to none.”

At the same time that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman became the world’s most famous and recognizable superheroes in comic books in the 1940s and beyond, they also starred in runs of newspaper comic strips, most of which have not been seen since they first appeared. The Man of Steel’s newspaper adventures ran for more than 25 years, from 1939 until 1966. Only about 10% of these strips have ever been reprinted. The complete comics will be released in three sub-sets, starting with The Silver Age, then The Atomic Age, and finally, The Golden Age. The black-and-white daily and color Sunday strips contained distinct storylines and will be released in separate, concurrent, series of deluxe hardcovers. The line kicks off this July with SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961. Fans can look forward to nearly 800 strips featuring classic artwork by Curt Swan, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye. While most of the stories from the Atomic Age and Golden Age were original and completely different from the comic books, under Mort Weisinger’s editorship in the late 1950s Silver Age stories, Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel was brought in to script adaptations of then-current comic book tales. “It’s like discovering an entire alternate universe of famous Silver Age comic book stories,” said Dean Mullaney, LOAC Creative Director who’s editing and designing the series. “It’s better than an imaginary story—it’s Jerry Siegel doing a remake of his classic Superman’s Return to Krypton! …it’s Curt Swan, not Al Plastino, drawing The Menace of Metallo. Superman fans might want to consider these strips as taking place on a brand new world— Earth-N for Newspapers!” Covers for each book are being specially created by Pete Poplaski to evoke the look and style of the times; Volume One is an homage to Curt Swan’s art and Ira Schnapp’s lettering design. Tom DeHaven, author of the novel It’s Superman!, is writing the foreword, and the introductions are by Sidney Friedfertig. Additional details on the Sunday strip books as well as the Batman and Wonder Woman collections will follow, but eager fans should begin watching the skies in July! SUPERMAN: THE SILVER AGE NEWSPAPER DAILIES, VOL. 1: 1958-1961 (HC, B&W, $49.99, 288 pages, 11” x 8.5”) ISBN: 978-1-61377-666-7

About The Library of American Comics The Library of American Comics is the world’s #1 publisher of classic newspaper comic strip collections, with 21 Eisner and Harvey Award nominations and four wins for best book of the year. Titles include Bloom County, Dick Tracy, Little Orphan Annie, Tarzan, Flash Gordon, Superman, Terry and the Pirates, L’il Abner, and more. LOAC has become “the gold standard for archival comic strip reprints.”

About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.
About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (The Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.


InvestComics’ own Sebastian Piccione debuts comics at MEGACON

This weekend, Friday March 15th through Sunday March 17th, Orlando welcomes it’s biggest Comic Con, MEGACON to the Orlando Convention Center. Sure, you’re going to meet Jimmy Palmiotti, Gail Simone, or Neal Adams. Yes, you’re dying to get autographed pictures with 99% of the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION cast ( I think Colm Meany is the only one not attending). You may even be arriving in your latest cosplay…

,,,but while you’re there, why not swing by ARTIST ALLEY table Burgundy 5A and meet investComics writer, and co-host of FFFIC (our weekly comic review show) Sebastian Piccione.

Sebastian will be debuting his latest self-published comic, HEROIC TALES #2. Heroic Tales is a HT2_Coversuper-hero anthology that allows Seb to let out some of the characters that have been living in his head for years. Issue #2 features the latest chapter of THE UNITES SUPER AMERICANs (continued from issue #1) and in the second feature, introduces THE BUG. The Bug is based on a character Sebastian created back in High School (all the way back in 1988 when he was in 10th grade) but is only now making his first appearance in one Seb’s self-publishing company, SUNDAY KNIGHT COMICS’ titles.

At  Table 6A (still in Artist Alley row Burgundy) will be Dirk Grobb, whose making his comic debut as the artist on THE BUG story. The UNITED SUPER AMEICANS story features art by Martinho Duarte Abreu, who won’t be attending because…well, Orlando is quite a drive from Portugal.

Stop by, say “hi!” Tell them, InvestComics sent ya! Oh, and make Sebastian draw you something. he’ll whine that he’s a “writer, not an artist,” but you can tell him that we told you he holds a degree in Fine Arts, and he should put on his big boy pants and draw you a sketch! He only charges $5. Make him earn it!

Dirk will have prints and be doing be sketches. Sebastian will have some of his other works, including CAT. 5 #0, ALLIED FORCES #1, and HEROIC TALES #1. We don’t know if they’re what our founder, Jay Katz, would call a “Hot Pick,” but they’re pretty cool.

So, if you’re hitting MEGACON this weekend, look up Seb and Dirk!

Heroic Tales #2, cover art by Martinho Duarte Abreu. Cover colors by Norman Wong.

Heroic Tales #2, cover art by Martinho Duarte Abreu. Cover colors by Norman Wong.


InvestComics Hot Picks #259 – “Other comics that should be on your radar this week; Sex (2013 Image) #1″ Nuff’ said.

First issue of new superhero series gets second printing

This week, Image Comics demonstrated what everyone has suspected all along: SEX sells. Joe Casey’s and Piotr Kowalski’s comic book SEX, that is — a subversive take on superheroes that takes a former costumed crime-fighter into the underbelly of the city he’d formerly sworn to protect. The first issue, which made its debut with a limited edition exclusive cover at Emerald City Comicon and landed in stores on March 6, has sold out and will receive a second printing.

SEX #1 was the Pick of the Week at iFanboy: “It’s a book both titillating and somber, bright and dusky.”

“[F]for as much as this title begs for the attention of being called a porno mag disguised as a comic book, it refrains from titillation in favor of creating a fascinating character study amongst a fully realized neo-noir world.” –IGN

The second printing of SEX #1 will be in stores on April 3 and can be pre-ordered now (Diamond Comics code JAN130476). SEX #2 will be in stores on April 10.


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Below you will find the first of many (when I have time to render and release them!) video’s from myself and Erick Marquez. The show is called The Broker & The Artist. Erick and I talk about various topics within the area of comic books and
entertainment. This first episode *The Comic Con Survival Guide* is dedicated to the beginning of the comic book convention season. If you have been to shows, then you may know a lot of what we speak of. Maybe there are some tips
you weren’t aware of, so watch on! If you have never been to a show, then you truly need to take a look at this video! If you’d like to add to the survival list, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the InvestComics YouTube page. Any input that would help anyone out would be great. Happy watching!

This week the successful TBS show King of the Nerds aired its finale. Celeste Anderson was crowned the KING! Great job Celeste! InvestComics has some close ties with the King show and originally caught up with hosts Robert Carridane and Curtis Armstrong at the New York Comic Con. The audio was not that good, but I managed to salvage a good question out of the video. You can watch that right HERE. After the finale this past Thursday, InvestComics got the go ahead to interview
Celeste the very next day! So Shaun Cobble, Kirstie Cobble and Andy Partridge interviewed Celeste on Breaking the 4th Wall. The interview was fantastic and not only do you get Celeste, but you get a complete recap of the King of the Nerds season 1 from Shaun and Andy! You must check out this podcast! Click right HERE to listen now! Special thanks to TBS for giving MegaConInvestComics the opportunity to have Celeste on.

MegaCon is upon us once again. Boy does this show come quickly every year! Once again, InvestComics will be there and will be making its rounds to various locations throughout. Look for coverage on the InvestComics website. Also check out the
InvestComics Facebook page for LIVE pictures from the show. If you have not yet LIKED the InvestComics Facebook page (why not?!?) then click HERE to not miss a beat from InvestComics shooting out pictures from MegaCon!

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The main focus this week will be Batman (2011 2nd Series) #18. This comic features guest artist, (and what a guest it is!) Andy Kubert. Of course this isn’t the first time Andy has drawn Batman, so what would be his earliest work on Bats? Check out the DC’s Batman versus Predator #1 from 1991, here you will find Andy Kubert alongside writer Dave Gibbons in this overprinted comic. Hey it was 1991, what do you expect? Although this comic could be found anywhere you look on the planet, it’s still an awesome comic to check out and own.

Staying on topic with Batman, DC promises “the story of the year” in Batman and Robin (2011 2nd Series) #18. Best check that out fans.

Marvel Comics seems to have that Wolverine fever again. Remember when Wolverine appeared in every comic book in the Marvel Universe? Kind of like Deadpool does now. Well this week the comic collector will get not one, but 2 number one Wolverine issues this week. How about some spacing out Marvel? Wolverine (2013 4th Series) #1 goes for its fourth number one issue, while Ultimate Wolverine (2013) #1 goes for its first. We all know that Marvel will announce big sell outs with second prints arriving and really start the hyperbole rolling here, but don’t get too caught up in the collector/investment side of it. Nothing will hold here.

What can possibly be in more of a holding pattern are these number one issues heading our way, must check these out……Aliens vs Parker (2013 Boom) #1, Sledgehammer 44 (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Triggergirl 6 (2013 Image) #1, Bad Kids Go to Hell (2013 Antarctic Press) Volume 2 #1, and Doctor Who fans rejoice; Doctor Who Classics (2013 IDW Series 6) #1.

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Comic Broker Report – March 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( March 2013 )

By Topher Seal

     Most of us who collect comics also collect other things and while I believe that none of you want to know how I acquired a hang nail from Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz, I can assure you that there is plenty of comic related material worth investing in. But collecting in multiple markets creates its own set of problems.  Years ago I streamlined my collection and stopped purchasing action figures, posters and other materials simply because storage was becoming an issue.  Once you start building a collection it can quickly spiral out of control.  Example:  I had to find a creative use for long/short boxes so instead of telling my wife that a storage unit was in our future I removed all the bed frames, sold the metal for scrap and used one layer of boxes per bed to replace the frames.  With a little effort I was able to create tunnels for cats under each bed!  Everyone’s money has to go to many things each month so identify what you love and go for it just don’t try and collect everything,  you will go broke and probably lose a spouse or the love of your parents.


Star Wars Galaxy 2 ( bagged )


With the announcement that Chris Carter will create Season 10 of  The X-Files, back issues should see gains.  The ones I like: Issues 40,41  ( Both Photo Cover Variants ) of the Topps Series and this Star Wars comic.  Inside of this bagged issue there is an X-Files ashcan that just happens to be a rare early appearance of The X-Files in comics!



The Image 2010 Yearbook

sdcc2010_yearbook_coverIt’s pricey but if you are a fan of the Nowhere Men then you must find this.  There a lot of debate about the Nowhere men right now.  It’s one of Images hottest books and is demanding serious cash on the back issue market.  Some say Invincible 19 is the comic to own but others believe the first appearance is in this yearbook ( which is also a must have for Walking Dead fans )  I say buy both.


Iron Man 304,305

These comics had pretty significant print runs but if the armor at the end of the most recent Iron Man 3 film trailer is any indication then the Hulkbuster armor could be a big part of the climax.  You can find these comics cheap so why not buy real low and wait a few months?

Note: There is also a Marvel Legends Reprint of issue 305 that is a lot harder to find than the regular issue!


Thunderbolts 25 ( Series 1 )

Big Hero 6 is going to be a Disney Animated film and you were smart right?  You heard about the film and hit every LCS you could find for Sunfire & Big Hero 6 1-3 and Alpha Flight vol. 2 issue 17.   After that there weren’t  any appearances for some time.  But I’m guessing most people forgot about this issue from 1999.


Marvel Comics Presents 26 & Iron Man 230

If you are noticing a trend as it relates to collecting moderns then bravo!  These days the modern market is a bull and the cornerstone of collecting is first appearances especially as it relates to characters  jumping to the big screen.  Honestly would you ever care about Coldblood or Firepower if not for Marvel Films?  Now you must!

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The Invincible Iron Man 10 ( secret bar code Variant )

I still believe that the second print of this issue will prove to be just as hot a back issue as this one.  Any appearance of the Rescue Armor in the upcoming Iron Man film should boost the value of this comic.  The cool thing about this comic is that the variant can only be determined by knowing what numbers to look for in the bar code!


Injustice Gods 1,1 ( Variant )

It’s not to often that I recommend a comic/video game tie-in issue but this series has generated some heat already.  Based on a new game from the Mortal Kombat creators it looks like a fighter that just can’t fail.  It helps that the art is tight and the Joker starts it all off with one of the most horrific acts in comic history.


The Image Comics Holiday Special

I have mentioned this little gem before but after the most recent episode of the Walking Dead every fan who collects the comics has to have this in their collection.  Morgan first appeared in issue 1 and later in this issue.  Now he has been featured in one of the show’s best episodes, Clear.  Buy this and buy it right now!


Detective Comics 647

Damian Wayne is dead!  Yea it’s sad because he’s the best Robin since the first Robin.  I do sense a resurrection in the futures especially since the little bugger was grown in an artificial womb but until then there will be speculation as to who the next Robin will be.  I want Cassandra Cain to take the role but it’s likely going to be Stephanie Brown.  Fans are clamoring for her DC 52 intro and this could be the way they do it.  This first appearance has been flying under the radar for some time and can be found for pennies.



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Spider-Man get (Zeb) Wells Soon!

Marvel sent another creator teaser, this one indicating that ZEB WELLS will be working on Spidey (apparently in the Wolverine/Spider-Man/Elektra mini-series) once again. The thing that can get internet fans to wondering is which Spidey this is, Doc Ock or Peter. The Blues seem that darker-grey/blackish (though admittedly, I’m color-blind) of Superior Spider-Man, but his fingers and toes lack the claws and ninja-toe, looking more like the Amazing Spider-Man.

Marvel NOW! Gets WELLS!



Coming June 2013.




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INTERVIEW: Robert Venditti talks GREEN LANTERN, More

It was announced last month that ROBERT VENDITTI (SURROGATES, X-O MANOWAR, DEMON KNIGHTS) would be taking over GREEN LANTERN after Geoff Johns’ departure. Robert was kind enough to discuss this, and some other things, with InvestComics’ writer Sebastian Piccione.

InvestComics: Robert, when it was announced that you would not be writing CONSTANTINE, as originally planned, you said that your increased workload simply meant that something01b0 had to give. Was this part of that workload, or was this something that came along later, and you did some re-juggling?

ROBERT VENDITTI: Green Lantern was part of that workload.  My schedule got to a point where I had more books than I felt comfortable writing.  I’d already started on Demon Knights, so I wanted to stay with the title.  That left Constantine and Green Lantern, and after talking with DC, we all decided together Constantine was the one to let go.  I’m bummed not to get a chance to work on the character as I’d planned, but Jeff Lemire and Ray Fawkes will do a great job with him.

IC: And, c’mon, GREEN LANTERN? This is DC upper echelon stuff! And to follow Geoff “I put GL back on the map” Johns’ nine year run…what’s that like? How do you balance elation with pressure?

VENDITTI: It’s definitely exciting, and the project is much higher-profile than anything I’ve tried to date.  As far as comparing myself to those who’ve gone before, I try not to think about things in those terms.  I certainly don’t see myself as competing with Geoff.  How could I?  He contributed more to the Green Lantern mythology than I could ever hope to.  I’m just going to tell the best stories I can, the way I know how to tell them.

xo-carynordIC: Over at Valiant, you’re starting your second year on X-O MANOWAR. Hal Jordan is an Earth test pilot who gets a cosmic weapon and polices a sector of space. Aric of Dacia is an Earth soldier who gets a cosmic weapon and defends against Vine invasion.  What’s it like working on these two seemingly similar, yet worlds apart titles?

VENDITTI: I actually don’t see them as being very similar.  Aric of Dacia is a 4th Century Visigoth, and that background very much informs his approach to conflict resolution.  He’s the kind of guy who’ll punch a grenade into your chest and let it blow you up from the inside.  Hal Jordan is a modern-day test pilot, and with that comes the contemporary ethics developed by the evolution of weaponry and combat over the centuries.  If these two guys were to meet, I think they’d see far more that differentiates them from each other than the one or two things they share.

IC: Will GREEN LANTERN be Hal in space, Hal on Earth or a combo thereof?

VENDITTI: It’ll be a combination of the two, but mostly Hal in space, especially at the outset of our run.  That just makes sense, given the events that will be unfolding prior to our first issue.


VENDITTI: If we do our jobs right, each book will stand on its own.  Readers will get a sense of the larger tapestry of the Green Lantern line by reading all of them, though.  There will definitely be ties binding the titles together, some of them more closely than others.

IC: How much interaction with the rest of The DCU can we expect?

VENDITTI: In the beginning, not very much, other than the obvious interconnectedness with the rest of the titles in the Green Lantern line.

IC: Aside from what we’ve discussed, and within the spoiler-free editorial constraints, what can you tell us about your plans for GREEN LANTERN?

VENDITTI: We’ll be building on elements set in place during Geoff’s run, but we’ll also be taking things in our own direction.  Our first story arc will be what I see as a logical extension of the Green Lantern mythology.  And it’ll also force Hal to confront challenges he hasn’t had to deal with before.  Challenges that run opposite to who he is as a character.

DEMONK_Cv18IC: Will you still be working on DEMON KNIGHTS, and if so, what can you tell us about Etrigan and the gang?

VENDITTI: I will still be writing Demon Knights.  We have some big plans in store over there.  After the current arc finishes up, we’ll be taking the team on another adventure that will put them up against a very insidious enemy.  Vandal Savage, Jason Blood, Ystin, and Exoristos will all play an important role in the story, and there will be big moments for the rest of the cast as well.

IC: And finally, Robert as you and I have discussed before, I’ve been living your Plan B for a while now…so, are you ready to switch? You can have my students and I’ll write some comics?

VENDITTI: Actually, I’d love to teach, but I’d like to keep writing comics as well, so it’d be kind of a combo thing.  Not sure if that’s the deal you’re looking for!


IC: Robert, you can guest lecture to my students anytime you’re back in ol’ Brevard!  Thanks for talking with us!

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COMIXOLOGY debuts SUBMIT, a new self-publishing platform


Turnkey marketing and sales channel for independent comic book and graphic novel creators; works by Shannon Wheeler, Becky Cloonan, and Jake Parker and other top creators available today

New York, NY, March 6, 2013– Starting now, independent comic book and graphic novel creators can build a worldwide following and profit from their work. Through a portal called comiXology Submit, from comiXology, the revolutionary digital comics platform, independent creators simply need to upload their comic book and graphic novels for approval at no cost. ComiXology does the rest, from transforming the work with comiXology’s Guided View™  reading technology, to making it available on comiXology’s buy once, read anywhere digital comics platform, which includes an iTunes top 10-grossing iPad app, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 apps, and a web store and reader at  Creators and comiXology equally split all profits, with creators maintaining full ownership of their work.

ComiXology Submit enables independent comics creators, from promising new talent to established veterans, to reach a global audience of comic book fans for whom comiXology already created the first viable digital marketplace for leading publishers. At the same time, comiXology Submit bolsters comiXology’s commitment to bringing its customers the best and most diverse content available.

Independent creators’ works will be transformed into Guided View™ , comiXology’s groundbreaking technology that turns reading comics into an immersive, cinematic experience. Works from Shannon Wheeler (“Too Much Coffee Man” cartoons), Jake Parker (“The Antler Boy and Other Stories”), Becky Cloonan (“Wolves,” ”The Mire”), Richard Stevens (“Diesel Sweeties”) and other top independent creators are available today, with many more to follow now that the platform is open

“While we continue to push ourselves to innovate the digital comic experience, comiXology Submit provides an incredible opportunity for creators to sell their work to a highly targeted and global audience of comic book and graphic novel fans,” said David Steinberger, comiXology co-founder and CEO. “The next generation of creators will reap great benefit alongside more well known creators selling books that are no longer available in print.”

“This is also about making sure we always have the best, most diverse content available, the best reading and buying experience, and at the same time, supporting comic book creators around the globe,” said John D. Roberts, comiXology co-founder.

“ComiXology Submit opens it up for independent comic books artists, creating the chance to digitally publish comics that one can sell everywhere,” said Shannon Wheeler, creator of the critically hailed “Too Much Coffee Man” series and a contributing cartoonist to The New Yorker.  “When I created ‘Too Much Coffee Man’ 20 years ago in Austin, I spent many late nights making the stupid comics. Then I spent long days bugging shop owners to sell my stuff. Then I spent minutes losing the invoices, ensuring I never got paid. With comiXology Submit, I could have spent all that time creating my comics and I’d have gotten paid twice as often too.”

More details about comiXology Submit will be unveiled on Saturday at 5:45 PM CST at SXSW Interactive, as comiXology co-founder and CEO Steinberger takes the stage with fellow co-founder Roberts and Wheeler on the SXSW GEEK Stage at the Palmer Auditorium in Austin, TX.

Creators interested in submitting works for approval can visit Comic book fans interested in finding works by independent creators now available on comiXology are invited to visit

About comiXology Founded in 2007, comiXology revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View™  reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become one of iTunes’ top 10-grossing iPad apps in 2011 and 2012.  Its new comiXology Submit platform enables independent comics creators to efficiently self-publish and immediately profit from their work.  Offering the broadest library of comic book content from the top 75 publishers, plus leading and emerging independent creators, comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan.  The privately held company is based in Gotham City.  For more information visit

Lenore creator Roman Dirge in hit-and-run accident.

Roman Dirge, creator of the darkly funny series, LENORE, along with his girlfriend, were the victims of a hit-and-run accident late last month.  TITAN BOOKS, the current publishers of imagesCA0LRK4ULENORE have issued the following statement, including his status, and a link where fans can donate support for his medical bills.  Also included is a comment from Roman himself.

Roman Dirge, creator and illustrator of the Lenore comic book series, and his girlfriend Amber were injured in a hit-and-run accident in Hollywood, CA, on February 26, 2013. One of Dirge’s legs was severely damaged, but he is said to be in good spirits despite facing a long recovery.
As a long time collaborator with Roman on his many exceptional projects, we at Titan Entertainment Group wish to offer him good health and a speedy recovery. We would also love to spread the word that Roman’s friend’s and family have set up a fund to help him with his medical bills as they will be exceedingly large.
If you are a fan of Roman’s work and would like to wish him all the best by making a contribution- please visit Give Forward at the link below:

Here’s a comment from Roman himself:

“I’m a self employed artist and I do not have insurance. The bills will start arriving next week, which I assume will add up to the cost of a small private island. One of my good friends set up a donation page to help with this. Believe  me, anything helps. I’ve been blown away by the outpouring of support from friends, fans and family. I thank everyone, from the bottom of my jerky-like heart, and I’m just so thankful of everything.” – Roman Dirge


InvestComics Press Release InvestComics jumps into the Publishing Arena

West Palm Beach, Florida

InvestComics website announces their publishing comic book line. InvestComics Publications.

New original publishing stories from comic book website InvestComics.

IC-Publication-Logo(West Palm Beach, Florida; February 26, 2013) – Comic book and entertainment information website InvestComics is proud to announce a new publishing banner under the popular site. “InvestComics is finally branching out to another medium and it’s very exciting,” said Jay Katz, President of InvestComics/InvestComics Publications. “We will deliver top quality stories just as the website brings top quality.”

David Whalen, VP/Art Director of InvestComics Publications, added, “I’m super excited to have my novel The Dawning as the very first InvestComics Publishing comic to come out under the new venture. The story has been a dream of mine to get published and it couldn’t have happened at a better place.”

“I see a fantastic vision coming out of the InvestComics Publications brand” echoed Erick Marquez (Industry artist), cover artist on The Hunted. “I look forward to delivering some very intriguing covers.”

The new InvestComics Publications marque will showcase the talents of VP/Art Director David Whalen, a teacher in upstate New York. David is the writer/artist/creator of The Dawning comic book. The new publishing line will also showcase Erick Marquez. Erick; owner of and premiere artist within the comic book industry will lend his talents as the cover artist for The Hunted. Erick has worked on several comics including Bluewater’s Fame books; Taylor Swift and Conan O’ Brien.

“Joining the publishing side of things will be a unique experience. I look forward to being on the other side of the business.” says Katz relating to the new venture. “It’s exciting to have such an open canvas like this.”


About InvestComics

InvestComics™ started as a magazine in 2006; the first issue was 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 for entertainment purposes. is a well-known comic book website within its industry. It has grown rapidly since its inception in 2005.

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USA TODAY talks SUPERMAN UNCHAINED with Scott Snyder and Jim Lee

DC had mentioned a new SUPERMAN ongoing by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee a while ago, and now they’ve told USA TODAY that that series will be called SUPERMAN UNCHAINED. This immediately calls to mind the classic Neal Adams cover, with Superman breaking the kryptonite chains, which isn’t a bad image to conjour when kicking off a new Superman book.  And with JIM LEE on art, you know that there will plenty of iconic images to come.  For starters, here’s some cover art that USA TODAY ran with the story.


Scott Snyder talked about the process of writing Superman:

“The way to approach a character as iconic as him is you just come at it from a standpoint of what you love the most about the character, and then write a story that explores that, tear it down and build it back up.”

And Jim Lee added that the series will be

“showing really how this small little figure, this human-shaped character, can literally move mountains.”

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED will hit shelves June 12th. It will be written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Jim Lee. it will also feature backup stories written by Snyder and drawn by Dustin Nguyen.

The article also talks to Jae lee and Grek pak whose new ongoing BATMAN/SUPERMAN debuts the smae month.

Joe Madureira + Wolverine = Awesome

Joe Madureira + Wolverine = Awesome.

Check out the teaser Marvel sent to InvestComics. Joe Mad! Marvel NOW! Coming June 2013.

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Chris Carter to executive produce X-FILES: SEASON 10 at IDW.

IDW and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products Announce Creative Team and Direction for THE X-FILES
Chris Carter returns to Executive-Produce “Season 10”

San Diego, CA (March 3, 2013) – Fans of The X-FILES and the paranormal exploits of Special Agents Mulder and Scully are in for a treat! Today at Emerald City Comic-Con, IDW Publishing and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products announced the creative team for their upcoming comics based on the legendary television series. The entire project will be executive produced by THE X-FILES creator Chris Carter, who is returning in an active role to help steer his characters back to the forefront of popular culture once again. THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 will be written by Joe Harris, writer of the acclaimed series Great Pacific, with art and colors by the Comeback team of artist Michael Walsh and colorist Jordie Bellaire. Issue #1 will feature covers by Dave Johnson, Joe Corroney, and Carlos Valenzuela, along with a classic photo image of Mulder and Scully. “It was already an incredibly exciting prospect to tell stories set after the second THE X-FILES movie, especially after Joe Harris worked up such a great plan in that regard,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “But my excitement level went off the charts after a meeting with Chris Carter, where he agreed to come aboard and executive produce our Season 10. In much the same way Joss Whedon steered our Angel: After the Fall series, Chris has graciously returned to do the same here. What do THE X-FILES look like in this increasingly paranoid and untrusting post-Wikileaks era? Well, they look like canon to me… and come June, the rest of the world will be able to see it for themselves, too.” In the opening story arc, “Believers,” readers will catch up with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, living normal lives together under secret identities. However, a visit from an old friend threatens to rip them from suburban anonymity, as they learn that someone is preying upon everyone involved in THE X-FILES. Prepare to revisit familiar faces—some very unexpected, threats old and new, and an intriguing mystery designed to return the beloved franchise to its former glory! THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 launches this June when fans everywhere can enjoy a new supernatural experience.
THE X-FILES: SEASON 10 #1 (FC, 32 pages, $3.99). In stores 6/19/13

About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film



InvestComics Hot Picks #259

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 3-6-13

Rom #1A new hit podcast has emerged and it’s appearing on a weekly basis on InvestComics. Breaking the 4th Wall with Shaun Cobble and Shaun Sorenson is kicking some major ass right now. A couple of weeks ago the first guest to ever appear on the show; comic writer/screenplay writer Joe Harris! The interview was a success with Cobble and Sorenson at the helm. There is a new game that NO other podcast will be playing with our guest. It’s unique and it’s fun. Take a listen to the Joe Harris podcast right HERE and you’ll hear the fun! This plus you’ll get an awesome dose of comic reviews, news, and all sorts of great commentary from Shaun Cobble and Shaun Sorenson. Did I tell you that Breaking the 4th Wall is happening every single week? Last week the guest was Creative Director/Editor-in-Chief of IDW Chris Ryall! The new hit game with our guest couldn’t be played with Chris due to time restraints, but boy did we get a cool scoop about Rom! Remember him? Yes that’s right, check out what IDW and Rom have in common or maybe more so in common than we may know! Click right HERE for that interview.

Sooo…..did you hear that someone in the New DC Universe bit the dust. ::sigh:: Read a quickie about what comic books (namely the big 2) can do to fix an ongoing trend that seems to have passed its time and needs a major fix. The article is called How to make Death in Comics Relevant again….click HERE to read it. Give thoughts and feedback on either the InvestComics Facebook page or down below.


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The feature book in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks has to be Age of Ultron (2013 Marvel) #1. Well not so much the AOU #1 book, but the very first appearance of Ultron. Ultron first appeared in Avengers #54 (1968). The aftermarket is genuinely kind as far as pricing goes. A CGC graded 9.6 is at a Buy it Now position of only $560 on Ebay right now. Not too shabby, but here are some numbers to consider. There are 142 graded copies in the census right now. 18 of those sit at the 9.6 grade. Still not too shabby right? Here’s the better deal, only 3 sit in the 9.8 spot. The 9.8 is the obvious moneymaker, but the 9.6 grades are not at all a bad deal either. So how much of an impact will Ultron make on the Marvel Universe with this event? Probably a decent one and will the popularity carry over after the event is over? Maybe. Ultron is a tricky character to invest in. It’s one of those hit or misses that we must go on our gut instincts. With so many movies coming out from Marvel in the next 10 years or so, Ultron may make his mark there. In the meantime, I would get an ungraded Near Mint copy and hold onto it (maybe grade it if you think you can pull a 9.8 or a 9.6). It’s probably the wise choice.

And speaking of the Avengers, Avengers (2012 5th Series) #7 will have the New Adam emerging, don’t miss it. And on topic with more Avengers we have Ultimates (2011 Marvel Ultimate Comics) #22 hitting the self this week. The issue will call upon the first appearance of the West Coast Ultimates, a.k.a. the West Coast Avengers. The West Coast Avengers first appeared in West Coast Avengers #1 (1984). This comic can be found in some of the one dollar bins at your local shop or convention. Want to hear a crazy stat? There are 48 total graded copies and 38 of them are perched on the 9.8 mark (nothing higher). Sheesh!

With all of the crazy happenings going on with the Spider-Man storyline, there’s no telling what the cover of the new Spider-Man issue means or what it may bring us. Will Superior Spider-Man (2012) #5 have the NEW Spidey do the unthinkable? Probably not, but these days you never know!

DC does some explaining; the origin of the new kingpin of Gotham City Ignatius Ogilvy in Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #18. And the digital comic making its debut in print from DC; Ame-comi Girls (2013 DC) 2nd Series #1 should be checked out.

Other comics that should be on your radar this week; Sex (2013 Image) #1 (great title!), Helheim (2013 Oni Press) #1, Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee (2013 IDW) #1, and Best of Zenescope Special Edition (2013) #1.

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