InvestComics Hot Picks #364


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New Release Comics on 3/25/15 (And back issues)

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There are so many new speculators coming on board that every once in a while there needs to be a little reminder here on InvestComics as to how this works…..

Just want to urge any new speculators (and veterans too) here to please read the disclaimers that appear in these articles each and every week before proceeding. It’s extremely important in understanding how this weekly modern comic book speculation article works. This is mostly a modern comics speculation article that appears here each and every week. InvestComics will RARELY EVER urge anyone to hold onto a modern book for a profit. We have ALWAYS recommended to hold a Bronze, Silver and or a Golden, but a Modern comic? We want to capitalize as quickly as possible with those. Buy them, bag em’, sell em’. Sometimes this means to take a $20 profit and not a $150 one. It will happen, and that has to be acceptable to the investor. No emotional attachment, just a profit and move along. Get it on the next one. If the investor is inclined to hold onto their comic, there will most likely be a loss. Your portfolio will be in the red and it will get quite frustrating to get out of and into the black. There is absolutely nothing said just now in this paragraph that has not been addressed hundreds of times over the last 10 years InvestComics has been giving away its free speculation advice. We want fans to come here and enjoy themselves first and foremost. That’s always been the main priority. Second priority is to possibly come away with some knowledge you were not aware of when you first arrived here. Third is to possibly turn a profit on some modern books that are recommended here. And the fourth, mostly importantly here is to take that money (besides paying a bill or two – real life stuff) and reinvest in a Bronze, Silver or a Golden Age comic. That is where the true money value is within these articles for 10 years. Again, mentioned over the years here on InvestComics, nothing groundbreaking. That’s it for now on a mini update on how some of this all works.

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Silk, Spider-Gwen, Ms. Marvel, She Hulk, Harley Quinn, Powergirl, Wonder Woman and the list goes on. As previously mentioned on InvestComics recently (and about 6 years ago) the female comic book character is seriously making their indelible mark as of late. That’s a fantastic thing and a long time coming too. No more in the background as a secondary character. No more eye candy for that gratuitous chest shot to sell a comic book. Although the sexy covers are still done, they have diminished a bit. The female comic character’s are in such demand for their own independence that Marvel has the A-Force #1 comic coming out to push the proverbial envelope even further. Not stating any of these moves spell for a successful campaign, but it will call for a successful marketing campaign regarding putting the female character front and center. Whether any of the attempts by either of the big two to push the strong woman as a lead will succeed depends on a simple measure. Good story telling. That’s it. Simple, but it’s the only way fans will truly pay attention to any of the movement here. Must have a compelling story. If not, it will fail. Great artwork (eye appeal) will take you so far. The artwork is the initial marketing ploy to draw the consumer eye in. Once in, there must be substance there to sustain the consumer to “stick around”. If the consumer does not connect the dots, the campaign fails. So next time you see that hot comic with “so-so” artwork going (in your opinion), realize that it’s the guts of that book (the writer) driving it home along with the artist. It’s the artist that is solidifying the writers thoughts and impacting the flow of the great story. So in essence the “team” works in tandem and a great book is born. This is all free marketing advice that most pay for in college or through other sources, but for you today….free (thanks Raf for that “free” usage line). So why all of this marketing and female character talk you ask? Well, there could be one of the hottest possible Star_Wars_Droids_2_InvestComicsspeculation comics on the planet coming out this week, so you better be on top of this one. Click this link to Darth Vader #3 and get on Ebay right away if you want to be a part of the next hot book in the aftermarket. Of course your local comic shop will probably have copies, but not for long! So best to click and buy now. The reason to seriously consider getting this comic is for a couple of reasons. The first reason is because of the introduction of a new female character named Aphra. The second is because this is the very first introduction of a any new Star Wars characters within the Marvel Universe since around 1986 when they were introducing a bunch of Droids in Star Wars Droids #2. The art and cover work features John Romita Sr. at the helm for the first five issues. That’s just way too cool isn’t it? Darth Vader #3 will probably be a big aftermarket comic because speculators will not know where Aphra will end up. Will she ever get her own title? Will she be such an in-depth character that fans will demand more? Will she be featured in one of the new Star Wars films? Maybe none of this comes to fruition. This is where most speculators get caught. In the middle. Do I sell now? Do I take a profit? What if the book goes up another $100? The simple answer, who cares? Get your profit (of your choosing) and get out. If you are so inclined to worry about getting the top dollar, buy two copies then. Stash away one and sell the other. But, by doing things like this you run a HUGE risk of having too much inventory, thus creating a negative within your portfolio over time due to the unbalance of the two sides. Too much inventory equates to loss of profit if it supersedes your sell off point of one comic. So in laments terms; If you have a Star Wars #1 variant and sold it for $250, but you have another 20 copies you spent $35 for sitting in inventory, you are actually -$450. You must now hope that the market stays hot (which it mostly does for a very short time). The numbers here are purely made up, the same goes if you buy even two variant comics at a high price or 100 or 50, etc. Sell those variants of hot modern books when you feel they are peeked. An amazing tool coming soon to help speculators with this and it’s called CMV. InvestComics has seen the inner working’s/backend of this glorious comic book speculation tool and it’s a game changer. We are working closely with CMV to be a one and one tandem so that the speculator will have a lot of knowledge within their grasp between the both sites. More on this coming, but for now check out CMV and you will see exactly what the market is doing on certain books. Now back to Darth Vader #3! A great comic to speculate on this week and is easily the top pick in this InvestComics Hot Pick article by far.

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One of InvestComics’ favorite characters since the inception of the magazine/site has been Deathstroke. We recommended the first appearance of Deathstroke when it was only about $20 at one time. We love the character and as we so often say around here, Teen Titans #2 (1980) is still in buy mode. However, this week Deathstroke seems to have some daddy issues. Check out Deathstroke #6 as his badas* looking dad comes into the mix. Slade’s father first appeared in the previous Deathstroke series; Deathstroke #8 (2012).

Batman ’66 #21 will introduce “Lord Death Man”. This might be a good pick up if you like introductions.

A couple of odd number one comics coming this Wednesday to check out. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1 is based on the world famous Disney ride. A comic based on a Disney ride. Yes you heard that right. Some very nice variants too with this one. Click the link, check them out. And Miami Vice Remix #1 from awesome writer Joe Casey. Based on the super hot Miami Vice television series from the 80’s. Two different comics with a lot of fun attached to them probably.

The rest of the number one comics to definitely check out this week are; the confusion of Multiversity Ultra Comics #1 and what is going on with anything pertaining to Multiversity. This number one issue is “groundbreaking” we think in a way we have no way of explaining or knowing why. Extremely confusing, but worth a mention for others to weigh in and help others out! Hit 1957 #1 from Boom Studios looks like an interesting read if you like crime stories. More girl power this week with IDW’s Jem and the Holograms #1. Written by Kelly Thompson. Might be her first comic series series work. A new team based comic from Dark Horse; Pastaways #1 by fantastic creators Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins is worth a look. Bryan J. L. Glass and Michael Avon Oeming team up once again for their latest Mice Templar offering; Mice Templar Nights End #1. We Can Never Go Home #1 from Black Mask Comics looks like a good read.

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Squarriors #1 showed a lot of interest with fans. Now lets see if Squarriors #2 sustains that interest with readers.

Two sold out comics this week that will amount to nothing more than a novelty item years from now Batman and Robin #40 and Justice League Dark #40, but can be profited on IF, IF, IF one can pull this off. A few things here. A few fans said a couple of weeks ago, how do you get a premier artist like recording artist Prince to sign a comic book? How can you suggest that? The book referred to was the Batgirl Purple Rain DC movie variant. Their were other movie variants also mentioned, but this was one of the few comments sent out regarding this particular book. Here’s the thing. InvestComics suggested that IF one can SOMEHOW pull this off, maybe never, but SOMEHOW pull ANY of these movie variant covers off that we suggest, then kudos to you!! It’s all based on the fun of actually trying to get this done somehow. We never said to go to your local comic convention and get Keenu Reeves to sign your Speed variant cover. We understand he is not readily available to sign a comic book, so please do take these fun suggestions and roll with it. Do not take these in the literal sense. One more thing. A sold out comic DOES NOT equate to automatic money. Walking Dead sells out each and every month, doesn’t mean anything. Too many times, fans are under the assumption that if a book sells out, it’s worth money and a flip can ensue. Not always the case. The flip happens when demand exceeds supply or when demand wants to hoard more copies. A sold out comic means nothing in the aftermarket if there is no substance. Will you pay $600 for a Star Wars #1 variant right now? Why not? It’s sold out right? Yes sold out and plenty of copies to go around. Plus more importantly, nothing of interest for the speculator to hold onto regarding that comic on the inside. A first appearance? A death? A possible movie character? A hot new artist? Writer? None of the above here. What you do have is a good read. That in itself should be good enough. It’s ultimately up to the individual (as always) to determine what sold out comic is worth pursuing and capitalizing on. Get the book on Ebay right away and take profits on moderns. That’s some of the best advice InvestComics can offer you. If you love, you will lose. This is why tradepaper backs were created. Read those, love those.

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Now back to the DC movie variants this week. Get a hold of Daniel Radcliffe or Ralph Fiennes or any of the other major players in the Harry Potter movie to sign your Batman and Robin #40 book. Be sure to have that witness and get it graded. This is the only way you’ll have that one of a kind awesome comic. If you happen to run into Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin or Genna Davis, have them sign your Justice League Dark #40 comic. Same here applies; witness/graded. Michael has been a round some shows over the years so maybe that signature is feasible? Nah! Still a hard get. But fun to try!


Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz


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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/29/14

Before jumping in, InvestComics Publications will be releasing The Dawning #3 this week. Issue numbers 1 & 2 are still available to order. You will be able to order issues 1 & 2 on the same page as number 3 when the the issue becomes available on InvestComics. So look for the release on the InvestComics website and the IC social media as well.

Speculators will find a very short week regarding their Hot Picks, but for every short week there is a big one around the corner. With a week like this it’s always good to catch up on some back issues or fillers for your collection.

Knights_of_Pendragon_ExcaliburThe UK Marvel Universe is making its move. Like I said in a previous Hot Picks article, Marvel/Disney is essentially feeling out the UK market to see if it’s worth exploring further (cinema). Of course this is complete speculation, but do know that Disney never does anything for the sake of just “doing it”. I personally think it will happen. Captain Britain, Union Jack or somebody will get the nod eventually to appear in a movie or cartoon down the road. This weeks UK Marvel addition to the shelf will be Revolutionary War Knights Of Pendragon #1, with Union Jack and Dai Thomas getting their names in the solicit spotlight. And their first appearances pan out like this; Union Jack in Invaders #7 (1976) and Dai Thomas in Marvel Preview #3 (1975). The Invaders #5 is without a shadow of a doubt the book to own here. Not only do you get a first appearance in a Roy Thomas story, but a Jack “King” Kirby cover? Yes indeed, a comic to buy and hold onto once the UK Marvel Universe hits the scene in a big way someday. The Knights of Pendragon team first appeared in the Excalibur one shot: Mojo Mayhem (1989) as the Weird Happenings Organization. They then appeared in their own self titled comic; Knights of Pendragon #1 (1990) which lasted only 18 issues.

Oh yes, have I mentioned that the Revolutionary War Knights Of Pendragon #1 is basically sold out? Something might be brewing in the UK Marvel world, and as always you heard it here first!

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Sticking on topic with our friends overseas, UK’s biggest vigilante hero ever gets a new (sold out) release this week: Dredd Underbelly Movie Sequel (2014) #0. If you don’t own Dredd’s first appearance in 2000 AD #2 (1977), you should. Judge Dredd is the UK’s Spider-Man/Superman. He’s their biggest character ever. Good luck getting a near mint copy of this newspaper print though.

Marvel’s Miracleman will continue to do well with the release of Miracleman (2014) #2 this week. It’s sold out on all levels, but be wary here. Do not get caught up in the vortex, you will lose money on this if you’re not a keen speculator. While Miracleman is a great character, he will not sustain his ability in the aftermarket. The old Eclipse Comics and comics before that will hold up, not the new issues. That said, there is money to made in the current market still. Check out the Alan Davis Miracleman #2 sketch variant to maximize your dollar here. It’s a $60 variant, but signed and graded (9.8 or higher) will get you a nice payback.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #11.1 will present the first meeting between The Guardians and the X-Men. Very cool. A $60 Dale Keown sketch variant is even cooler! You may want to get this signed and graded, then go into a hold pattern the closer the movie gets.

A few number one sold out comics to check out this week; Furious (2014 Dark Horse) #1 looks like an all out, very cool super-hero comic brought to you by Mice Templar writer Bryan J.L. Glass. Bravest Warriors (2012) Annual #1 and Adventure Time Special (2014) #1 finish out the week.

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See you next week, invest wisely.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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Sandman_Overture_SandmanCome back each week for the top 10 in the speculation market in new releases and back issues for the week.

1 – Sandman Overture #1 (DC Vertigo)
2 – Fox #1 (Variant) (Red Circle)
3 – Superior Spider-Man #20 (Marvel Comics)
4 – Cataclysm #0.1 (Marvel Comics)
5 – Damian Son of Batman #1 (Variant) (DC Comics)
6 – Sandman #1 (1989) (DC Vertigo)
7 – Batman #656 (2006) (DC Comics)
8 – Captain America Living Legend #2 (Marvel Comics)
9 – Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 (1992) (Dark Horse Comics)
10 – Witchblade #170 (Top Cow)

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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The-Dawning-COVER-1-jpegFrom the looks of it on the social media circuit, Halloween ComicFest was a success. Was there any doubt it wouldn’t be?? Kudos goes out to all of the comic shops across the states that participated in this year’s event. Free comics will always be a good time!

Want some comic reviews regarding the free Halloween ComicFest books? Sure thing, click right HERE for the latest video comic book review show; FFFIC #117 (Halloween ComicFest Edition) and the latest reviews from this past Wednesday’s new releases with Sebastian Piccione.

And while on the topic of comic shops. InvestComics would like to direct your attention to a few comic shops that are now carrying the very first InvestComics Publications comic book The Dawning #1 in their stores! How cool is that??! Click on the stores that have the link attached to them and friend them on Facebook now. Super-Fly Comics and Games, Epic Loot Games and Comics, Dark Star Books, Sanctuary Comics, and Cards and Comics! Go now and support their Facebook page and their stores! More comic shops will be listed as they jump onboard to support the InvestComics Publications launch. Thanks guys/gals! If you’d like to purchase this hot book right now, click right HERE to purchase your copy now!

Lost in all of the hoopla of the New York Comic Con and the launching of the publication is the contest we have going! Check out last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #191 for more details on that. Enter to win! If you don’t feel like jumping over, the prizes are for a Batman The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 SIGNED by artist Georges Jeanty and Excalibur #1 SIGNED by legend Chris Claremont! Share InvestComics everywhere and WIN!

Over the past week, InvestComics has been posting various videos from the New York Comic Con. Check out comedian/late night talk show host Pete Holmes right HERE. You MUST check out Pete’s Youtube page to watch his hysterical takes on Batman/Superman, Wolverine, and Gambit, priceless. Also posted were WWE stars and President of the WWE Studios right HERE, and Animal Planet’s team; Finding Bigfoot right HERE. Stay tuned for the animated team of Bob’s Burgers (hit show on Fox), and Stan Lee!! That’s right; Stan Lee will be coming up very soon!

Okay, so let’s talk about some comics……

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release 10-30-13

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There was a comic book run that basically changed the landscape of comic books as we know them some 24 years ago. That comic book run was DC’s (Vertigo) Sandman from 1989. The ebb and flow of storytelling in comic books were changed forever in 1989. This was due for the reason of one man, Neil Gaiman. Neil is a storyteller; he has a pulse on what the reader yearns for. He sets moods, changes, flow and so much more. There are not enough words to describe this man’s legendary status. And quite frankly he doesn’t need words; he’s done enough for himself to establish his legend status in the comic book genre and in the publishing world as well. This week Neil visits familiar territory. Yes that’s right you guessed it, Sandman. Sandman Overture (2013) #1 will probably not break new ground, but what it will do is spark the interest of readers and collectors alike. Then again, maybe it will break new ground? Who knows with Mr. Gaiman? Here’s the nuts and bolts here folks, DC has spoken of Vertigo titles making it onto the big screen for a while now. What better way to start than right here, with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman? There have been many predictions within the InvestComics Hot Picks that have come to fruition (some not too), but to say that Sandman will definitely make it to a movie theater is not that far of a stretch, but it WILL happen. Sandman will become a film one day, and not only will it be spectacular, it will send the aftermarket into an absolute frenzy. This is why a collector should be on top on the 1989 Sandman #1 comic right now. Another book to be on top of is the Sandman Overture #1 variant from Dave McKean, a cool $125 for that variant, but can easily double with a 9.8 grade, and triple with a signature series. Not only will the Sandman Overture #1 heighten the interest of the already famous 1989 book, the movie to come will catapult it even more so. Thank me later. Don’t forget to let everyone know that InvestComics alerted you out on this one.

The recent “demise” of Damian was short lived and now the character has his own book coming out! Death in comics really doesn’t mean much, but you know this already. Anyways, Damian Son of Batman (2013) #1 will bring back the son of Bruce for a limited series, and then for sure a regular series down the line we’re guessing. Whether you’re a fan or not of the Damian character, one will have to stand up a bit and pay attention here. The character is a hot commodity, the collector should embrace this. The reader should just ignore him if they aren’t interested. The collector’s battle over the true first appearance of Damian rages on behind the scenes, but here’s the skinny. The only true answer lies within the money if you’re a speculator. The birth of Damian happened in Batman: Son of a Demon #1 in 1988 (not in DC continuity? Then maybe it is?), but according to the folks at CGC, they say that Batman #655 (2006) is the recognized cameo of Damian. The first full appearance of Damian is Batman #656. So with that, regardless of how the argument may want to flow, CGC is setting the precedence on the Batman comics #655 and #656 as the cameo and first, and this is where the money is going to be found because of the little inscription on the top of the casing. Buy the first Damian. It’s an uptick comic for years to come. Oh yes, one last thing. Pick up the Damian Son of Batman #1 Andy Kubert sketch variant at $60, grade it make money, simple as that. And finally from DC Comics this week, Forever Evil Argus (2013) #1 is sold out. The Forever Evil campaign continues to kill it on the shelves, well semi-disappear really. As the previous InvestComics Hot Picks have stated with the Forever Evil storyline, unless there is a major holy sh*t moment that really takes the genre by surprise, there will be no redeeming value (speculator) in any of the Forever Evil titles down the line. The true redeeming value here is a fantastic storyline.

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Marvel Comics stays busy this week with comics like Captain America Living Legend (2013) #2. This book will introduce an alien like thing. Not sure exactly what, but check it out. And look at that awesome cover too! Dan Slott promises that the new Superior Spider-Man (2012) #20 will seriously shake things up. As if things haven’t been shaken already?! Be sure to grab a copy to see how things are playing out. Another shake up looks to be occurring in Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #8. Peter Quill will betray the entire Marvel Universe? Okay we’re interested. Cataclysm (2013 Marvel) #0.1 would be nice to write about, but the Marvel solicit is “classified”. The variant is sold out though, know that much! The new Bryan J.L. Glass Thor Crown of Fools (2013) #1 will be sold out on Thursday. Be sure to have your copy in hand or in your pull box.

Ash and the Army of Darkness return this week in Ash and the Army of Darkness (2013) #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Talks of a new movie will boost interest for the original Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 from 1992. That’s 21 years ago. Feel old yet? The comic is mostly sold out across the board. Archie Comics had a huge success with the recent Archie zombie book Afterlife with Archie #1 (InvestComics informed that you’d get the variants, hope you did!). So what’s next to come you may ask? How about Fox (2013 Red Circle) #1? Yep, the Fox is running amuck and its best you catch it! Preferably the variant! Fox #1 is another hot comic folks. Don’t believe it? Check by Friday and see if there are any variants left for you. Oh yes, check Ebay on those, they’ll be over there probably. Incidentally, in case anyone is interested. Fox first appeared in Blue Ribbon Comics #4 way back in 1940. Good luck ever seeing that comic in your lifetime in near mint condition or in your lifetime period. There are a few comics that should be on your radar due to the low number left or their sold out status. Wildwork (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, Adventure Time Spoooktacular (2013) #1,and Wilder (2013 Monsterverse) #0.

Amazing artist Marc Silvestri pays homage to himself this week with the cover on Witchblade (1995) #170. If the cover doesn’t ring a bell (How could it not??!!), it’s original concept cover was featured on the Uncanny X-Men #251 with Wolverine stuck on the X and not a W. Awesome cover on both Marc!! See below to marvel in the beauty.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to share InvestComics across the social media because not only is it cool to do, but you can win some awesome prizes too! Batman The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 SIGNED by artist Georges Jeanty and Excalibur #1 SIGNED by legend Chris Claremont!!

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See you soon, invest wisely

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-29-10 Thor Checklist

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

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

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

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

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

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







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

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

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

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








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

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

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







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

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

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

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

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







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

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

Thor #225 – First Firelord $28.

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







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

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







See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz