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Welcome to InvestComics Batman Checklist (Part 1 of 3)

Yes as promised, the new Batman movie is coming out on July 20th and InvestComics has your Batman checklist. As accompanied the Spider-Man checklist, a small video was teased yesterday regarding all of the picks that you will be reading about. Not all of the comics made it into the video this time around, but a nice montage nonetheless. Take a look at some of the great artist that have graced us with THEIR image of Batman…..some fantastic comparisons of the different vision of these great creators over the years. Some have been left out, but not on any merit of simply missing them! If you have a favorite that was omitted, please let us know in the comments below!

Although Batman has a 25 year head start on Spider-Man, Do you think Bats rouge gallery pales in comparison to Spidey’s? Let the debate begin! That said, take a look at the InvestComics Spider-Man checklist Part 1 (HERE) and Part 2 (HERE) and notice that Spider-Man’s first 50 books have some significant first appearances. Of course there are lulls within the series, but it seems to happen more often for the Batman series than it does for Spidey. This is absolutely no knock on Batman here, just something that was more noticeable during the research through the Batman books.

So because Batman does have a jump on Spider-Man by 25 years, the InvestComics Dark Knight Checklist will run in 3 parts. First part here will be the self titled Batman comic, second part will be the Detective Comics and the third will be some cool extra appearances and other Batman comics. So without any further ado…..


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Batman #1 – At approximately $400,000 for this Batman comic, besides Detective Comics #27, obviously, this is the Mecca of all Bat books. This comic boasts the first appearance of one of the most if not THE most recognizable villains of all time the Joker.

Batman #5Speaking of the most recognizable villains, how about one of the most recognized automobile in the history of the world? Yes folks Bruce Wayne debuts his new chick magnet in this issue. The Batmobile.

Batman #11The first Joker cover in the Batman series. $10,000 gets you this one.

Batman #16Every rich bachelor needs a butler right? Another 10 grand gets you the most famous butler in comics history. Alfred.

Batman #20The start of the car magazines right here. The first time the Batmobile makes the cover on a Batman book.

Batman #25Evil meets evil and a beautiful relationship forms. The first team up of Joker and Penguin right here.

Batman #47 – An early retelling of Batman’s origin. Priced accordingly!

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Batman #59The first appearance of Deadshot. Whenever Warner Brothers decides to get into the comic book movie business full tilt, Deadshot will probably have a place in a movie. You heard it here first.

Batman #62An early Catwoman origin.

Batman #90This is the first comic code approved issue. Boy that’s a big stamp!

Batman #92 – ….While Batman comics brought the pop culture the most famous villain and automobile in history, it certainly didn’t deliver the most famous dog ever. Here is the first appearance of Ace the Bat-Hound. Yes Ace the Bat-Hound.

Batman #97The first Silver Age issue.

Batman #98With every car there are secrets….right? Not sure what this even means, but this comic reveals “secrets” of the Batmobile. Gadgets and cool stuff are revealed here.

Batman #105The second appearance of Batwoman.

Batman #111Over the years Batman has donned some Bat-armor. Some cool, some not so cool. Batman wears armor for the first time in this issue. This falls into the “not so good” category.

Batman #121Mr. Zero, first appearance.

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Batman #130Bruce meet Lex, Lex meet Bruce. First time Superman’s nemesis shows up in Batman’s comic.

Batman #139The first appearance of the original Batgirl.

Batman #155The first Silver Age Penguin appearance.

Batman #171The first Silver Age Riddler appearance.

Batman #181The first appearance of the lovely Poison Ivy.

Batman # 189First appearance of the Silver Age Scarecrow.

Batman #200Anniversary issue! Batman origin retold.

Batman #218The Bronze Age comics begin here.

Batman #232A first appearance of significance in sometime within the Batman run. Ra’s Al Ghul makes his debut.

Batman #234 First Silver Age Two-Face appearance.

Batman #237The first appearance of the Reaper.

Batman #357Here’s the first appearance of a new Robin named Jason Todd along with a first appearance of a new villain named Killer Croc.

Batman #366Jason Todd dons the Robin costume for the first time.

Batman #391 – First Modern Age Batman issue.

Batman #400A huge anniversary issue. A who’s who in this issue as far as creators go. A very special issue to own.

Batman #404, 405, 406, 407As Todd McFarlane was a game changer to the Spider-Man franchise (artistry), Frank Miller was to the Batman franchise. Not so much for these particular comics though, but one of the most important 4 part storylines in the Batman run done by Miller here. “Year One” began the inspiration for some many others creators to start their own “Year One” story lines. That all said, the Batman comics and persona in general took a turn onto a path that has never looked back beginning here.  …..more on Frank Miller in part 3 of the InvestComics Dark Knight Checklist.

Batman #414Following Frank Miller only 7 issue prior comes Jim Starlin. Jim Starlin writing Batman, nuff said.

Batman #417Jim Starlin then goes on to write a fabulous storyline called “Ten Nights of The Beast”.

Batman #426, 427, 428, 429 Then Jim Starlin comes back to put the comic book world on its head in 1988 with the storyline called “Death in the Family”. Fans got to vote to either off Jason Todd or not. The Joker won. Jim Starlin talks about the death of Jason Todd in an Interview on InvestComics TV right HERE. He also talks about Thanos HERE in part 1 of the 3 part interview. Cool stuff.

Batman #436 It didn’t take too long for DC to get into Robin mode again. The introduction of Tim Drake right here.

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Batman #442Tim Drake puts on the Robin Costume. Wow is the costume still warm? Geez.

Batman #457 DC wants Tim to get his own identity with the whole Robin thing, so it’s new costume time!

Batman #475 The first appearance of Renee Montoya, a.k.a. Question II.

Batman #489First Jean-Paul Valley as Batman.

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Batman #497Well it finally happens in this issue. What so many have tried to do before. Break Batman’s will and break his back….literally. Bane accomplishes this wonderful task that so many before have failed at. A very important comic in the Batman series here as it’s the catalyst to the Dark Knight Rises movie coming out on the 20th. Why is this comic so affordable at only $5? Well at one time, this comic was as hot as a commodity can get. It’s obviously cooled down significantly due to the fact that the comic is a very accessible one to get. Vengeance of Bane one shot would be the way to go. More on that in Part 3 of InvestComics Dark Knight Checklist.

Batman #608Jumping some 100 plus issue later we come up to the next man responsible for bringing Batman to the “next level” if you will. Artistically speaking that is, thank you Mr. Jim Lee.

Batman #612Jim Lee is also responsible for one of the most prolific Batman covers of all time, at least in the modern era. Superman choking Batman…..classic.

That’s it for now! See you tomorrow with Part 2 of InvestComics Dark Knight Checkist!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-11-12

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Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7/11/12.

Okay so for the first time in InvestComics’ young history; we simply could not make it to the Miami SuperCon. Simply put, automobile died! Heard it was a fantastic show as usual, but we’ll have to turn that page and focus on the New York Comic Con! Love this show for 2 reasons. One, it’s a great show and 2 it’s my hometown! Click on the above to be linked to this incredible show.

There was a recent secret project announcement from Marvel Studios regarding a movie that will be appearing in a few years. That announcement was the Introduction into the Marvel’s Cosmic Galaxy. Guardians of The Galaxy will be the team to kick of Marvel’s neglected Universe. Here’s the thing. If you’ve been a weekly reader of the InvestComics Hot Picks, you would have read that this was going to happen! True, no lie! Check out the Hot Picks article from April 21 2010 right HERE and then check out the calling of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie in the August 8 2010 Hot Picks HERE. Yes of course we have picked lemons too, but when we call something right, it’s fun to point it out!

Hope you enjoyed the 2 part Amazing Spider-Man special. It was a lot of fun to put that together. More like that coming your way soon with the release of the Batman and Superman movies. But for now we go to our regular scheduled program.

All the talk this week is about one comic book. A comic book that flew under the radar for a little bit, but cultivated into a huge success to say the least. It spawned a television show and now it has reached its own milestone status within the comic book collecting industry. That book; The Walking Dead #100. Now with all of the hoopla surrounding this series, let it be known that any collector spending thousands of dollars for a high grade number one issue is probably not making a wise decision. Yes the series is “hot”, yes the television series is “hot”, but where will the series in both realms here go once the boredom sets in? Or once the series reaches its pinnacle, many will probably walk away. Newsflash here, this comic will not be Amazing Fantasy #15 or Iron Man #55 for that matter. Yes it’s a well written book, it’s a fantastically well rounded book actually, but is it well enough to sustain that monetary value over the long run? This collector doesn’t think so. If you’re in the market looking for a book to invest in as far as your collection goes, save your money and get a high grade aforementioned comic like Iron Man #55 (First Thanos).

So with the release of the milestone issue here comes the massive hyperbole of variant covers. Ten covers at last count. That’s absurd, but it is what it is. The absurdity could work in you favor though! If you want to make a quick buck get your hands on a high grade Retailer Incentive Charlie Adlard Cover, slab it and throw it on EBay. It’s a no brainer that you will most likely double your cash from the $250 you originally spent getting this book in the first place. Triple or more if your grade pulls a 9.9. Easy cash here. Not money wisely spent by the buyer of this comic on EBay, but shhhh we won’t tell them.

Chew fans have something to celebrate this week. IDW releases their first spin off of their wildly popular series this week. Chew Secret Agent Polo #1 will sell out quick, expect inflated aftermarket pricing by Saturday after this comic comes out on Wednesday. If you buy into it, flip the comic sooner rather than later. If you want to make a nice pairing to sell, put together Chew #8 (first appearance of Agent Polo) and this number one issue. Watch as the bidding goes up and up.

IDW also greets us this week with another number one issue to check out. The Crow (Vol 4) #1. The Crow’s first appearance of course comes from Caliber Presents #1 from 1989.

Scarlet Spider #7 brings in a new creative team that includes the artistry of Khoi Pham. One of the more enjoyable things about collecting comics is that we as fans can watch creators hone their craft. It’s like watching that childhood sitcom star grow up to become…..well not such a big star, but it’s quite the opposite 99% of the time with comics. Check out one of Khoi Pham’s earliest (if not first) Spider-Man work in What If? Spider-Man The Other #1 (2007).

This week, Batman #11 wraps up one of the most outstanding storylines in recent memory, “The Court of Owls”.

A few number one issues coming your way this week that should be checked out,  Punk Rock Jesus #1, Hoax Hunters #1 and Enormous #1.

….And what’s with DC’s cover of Resurrection Man #11? Boy that character looks familiar. Did he show up to the wrong company?

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That’s it for this week. Remember that every Sunday InvestComics Hot Picks hits the website!

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See you soon, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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