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 )

tales 75

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 )

tales 1

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 )

hulk 272

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!





InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-23-11

InvestComics will be heading on over to the Orlando MegaCon once again this year. Last year was a fun show, but this year it will be spectacular. This year I will be joined by a true team player in Sebastian Piccione. And just in case you missed it, you can read all about Sebastian right here! A true TEAM player and a blast to work with, so if you are coming to the show, make sure to stop by Sebastian’s table. Artist Neil Jorge will be at the table as well! They’d love to meet you, so don’t be shy.

As many of you have noticed, InvestComics moved its entire site onto a new platform. For a few years now the InvestComics backend has been running on the Joomla platform. And it has been nothing but a pain in the neck since day one. Its primary functions were kind of useful, but in many ways when you looked for help with it, no one knew how to really operate it. There were many functions that had you scratching your head saying “huh”? So now InvestComics went to WordPress and I couldn’t be happier. A very special thanks to Christopher Moshier for the tedious task of moving things over. There is some more work to be done as far as the articles go. Many are missing images… biggie. I’ll get those fixed in time. If you need any website work done for an extremely affordable rate, send Christopher an email at He’s great at his craft.

Now off to this week’s Hot Picks!

Marvel: Check out the new Captain America and Batroc one shot this week. One of Cap’s oldest adversaries goes toe to toe in what Marvel is calling “a rematch years in the making.” That’s a book for some good reading and action! If you want to seek out the first appearance of Batroc, look for Tales of Suspense #75 from 1966. This comic is only a $100 (per Comics Price It’s only a $100 because Batroc is one of those villains that will never become an elite villain. Unless Marvel is testing the waters with this one shot to see if it warrants bringing the third rate villain back for some more. Probably not going to happen. Nonetheless, a first appearance in a Cap comic from 1966 for only a 100 bucks is a deal any way you slice it.
Now we get to the ridiculousness of a new release from Marvel. Ridiculous in the name of FF #1. Do you need an explanation here? Okay here’s a few, first off, why the restart? Second, Spidey in FF? Third, those white suits? And finally the biggie…….8 covers?? Why? Eight different covers for the SAME pages inside. It’s one thing to release a number one issue with a regular cover, and then ONE variant, but 8? Marvel is running that thin line of the idiotic 90’s faze. Actually they have been doing this for quite some time now with the overabundance of variant covers. Well anyway, I will be checking out a copy of the new FF #1 (ONE cover, not reading it 8 times!). You should check it out too, and if you want to make a quick buck, buy the variant with the best ratio, slab it, get a very high grade, sell it back to a collector seeking these CGC’s on ebay.

DC comes in with the Hot Pick of the week. Supergirl #62 will be introducing a new villain for the ages. Yes for the ages. The DC solicit spills out names in comparison to the new villain like Joker, Darkseid, and Lex. This comic will probably sell out and the best part is the print run will not be a high one, which makes Supergirl #62 an even sweeter buy.

Independents to check out this week: Atlas Greeting from Earth, Creepy Comics #5, Jennifer Blood #2 exclusive DF cover edition, and Paparazzi #1.

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz