Buy, Sell, Hold – Marvel Feature #1

One comic is chosen to go under the scope. What is the best course? As a speculator, is it worth buying, selling or holding? Here are the pros and cons, YOU decide.

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Marvel Feature #1 – The Defenders – 1971
Writer: Roy Thomas
Art: Ross Andru
Inker: Bill Everett
Cover Art: Neal Adams

PROS: The first appearance and origin of the team; The Defenders – Two of the three main characters have already appeared in major movies – The third teammate; Sub Mariner has been rumored for years to appear if Marvel can rip the rights away from Fox – The Defenders team (not this one – see ‘cons’) appeared on a Netflix television series – The resurgence of the Hulk character from the Thor Ragnorok helps a bit –  A Bronze Age comic – Slow moving upward ticks over years, although slow-moving, still moving in the direction a speculator wants it to (see ‘cons’) – Neal Adams cover.  

CONS: There are a total of 1136 graded copies (CGC Census). Out of those copies, 358 are graded 9.0 or higher. This is NOT including a CBCS Census (no data). While 358 is not a high number, NM copies are readily available out there and CBCS has not been factored in – The Defenders Netflix, which did NOT feature the original comic book cast was not that well received. A second season looms, but not without reservation – The first appearance of this Defenders team has no bearing on the Netflix series no matter how anyone tries to spin it – This comic bears no key first appearance(s) of significant event(s) to warrant a quick spike at any point – Pertaining to a ‘spike’, this a slow-moving vehicle. If a speculator is in the market for a fast mover, this is not it.    

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We’re about to approach a heavy topic here, but it’s reality and it’s part of this characters make up so we need to discuss it.

As racism is so prevalent these days, Stan Lee and the mighty Marvel crew back in the 1960’s were tackling the issue head on through funny books. They obviously did not stand for the hate mongering that existed so front and center back then. They took a stand. Not to say they don’t today, but back then taking a stand on racism was more of an outside the box thing to do and a noble one at that. As it is noble today too.

Nowhere is the topic of racism more predominant than with the character Black Panther. The first African born superhero character debuted in 1966 and Marvel Comics made sure the readers knew that racism was going to be a huge part of the character development. The Marvel crew took the same path during war times with Hitler and the Nazi’s. Showing how the hatred will always lose because of the ignorance, the non-education, the intolerance, and the emotional disconnect toward humanity.

Yes the Black Panther character is, if not one of the most important comic characters to ever be created. He wasn’t an alien from another planet with super human strength, he doesn’t have mutant powers, no he was not accepted because of the altering difference of powers he possessed over a human being or the knowledge of him being an alien, he wasn’t accepted because the color of his skin. Sounds ridiculous to even write that.

Although we’ve all come so far, there is still more work to do. Racist are not born, they are taught. It’s an infectious disease that spreads because of the rhetoric gospel taught by ignorance. Wake up it’s 2015.

Below is a checklist of some key appearances by the Black Panther. As always, there will be books that are not listed. Please help the collectors by writing your entry below in the comment section if you want to contribute.

 

Fantastic Four #52 (1966) First appearance. Written by Stan Lee, Pencils by Jack ‘King’ Kirby, cover by Kirby and Joe Sinnott. Also, this issue is the first time we ever know of the land Wakanda in Africa. This is also the character Bast’s first appearance.

Fantastic Four #53 (1966) Second appearance of Black Panther. First appearance of Klaw. Same creative team as the previous issue.

Tales of Suspense #97 (1968) The first time Black Panther appears in a story with Captain America. This issue also happens to be the first appearance of Whiplash.

Tales of Suspense #98 (1968) The first Captain America/Black Panther cover. Jack ‘King’ Kirby does the honors here.

Captain America #100 (1968) First appearance with the Avengers team. Cap’s origin.

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The Avengers #51 (1968) The first appearance in an Avengers title.

Uncanny X-Men #45 (1968) First appearance in an X-Men book.

Daredevil #52 (1969) Black Panther first appears in the Daredevil series right here.

Avengers #62 (1969) First appearance of Man-Ape (M’Baku), N’Gamo, and W’Kabi.

The Incredible Hulk #128 (1970) First appearance in the Incredible Hulk title.

The Avengers #87 (1971) The origin of Black Panther.

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Avengers #73 (1970) The first appearances of Monica Lynne, Montague Hale, Dan Dunn, and Simmons.

Marvel Team-Up #9 (1973) Here is the first time the Black Panther appears in the same book as Spider-Man. Not really the first team though. Spider-Man teams with Iron Man here in a separate story. Incidentally, this comic is the first time Spider-Man and Iron Man share a solo cover together. Civil War…..

Captain Marvel #27 (1973) Black Panther appears in this Jim Starlin story. Second appearance of Thanos.

Avengers #112 (1973) First appearance of Lion God. First appearance of Mantis.

The Defenders #7 (1973) First appearance in a Defenders book.

Jungle Action #5 (1973) The first Black Panther solo comic.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #6  (1973) The first appearance of Erik Killmonger (N’Jadaka). Cameo of Venomm. The first full appearance of Venomm occurs in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #8 (1974) A retelling and new additions to the origin of the Black Panther. First full appearance of Malice, first appearance of Mendinao.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #9 (1974) First appearance of Baron Macabre.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #10 (1974) First appearance of King Cadaver.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #11 (1974) First full appearance of Lord Karnaj.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #12 (1974) First appearance of Sombre and the first mention of the Resurrection Altar.

Captain America #170 (1974) Black Panther supplies Falcon with his new wings. The first appearance of Falcon’s new wings. He can fly! He can fly! Also the first appearance of Moonstone. In Captain America #171, Falcon soars for the first time with his new wings.

Marvel Team-Up #20 (1974) First team-up with Spider-Man.

Doctor Strange #2 (1974) First appearance in a Doctor Strange comic. Frank Brunner art.

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Thor #233 (1975) First time appearing in a Thor comic.

Warlock #10 (1975) Black Panther first appears in this title. Jim Starlin art/story. Origin of Thanos and Gamora.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #15 (1975) First appearance of Salameander K’Ruel.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #18 (1975) First appearance of Madame Slay.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #19 (1976) The KKK made their first comic book appearance. It’s awareness like this in 1976 that separated (and separates) Marvel Comics from many of the other publishers. Also the first appearances of Kevin Trublood, Jessica Lynne, Lloyd Lynne, and Angela Lynne.

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Jungle Action Vol 2 #22 (1976) The first appearance of Soul-Strangler. The first full appearance came in the next issue.

Jungle Action Vol 2 #24 (1976) First appearance of Wind Eagle.

Black Panther #1 (1977) Black Panther’s first solo series. First appearances of Collectors, Hatch-22, Princess Zanda, Mister Little, and Silas Mourner. This issue also features the first look at King Solomon’s Frogs. Jack Kirby writes, pencils, and does the cover art. A must own here.

Black Panther #6 (1977) First appearance of Jakarra.

Black Panther #7 (1978) The first appearance of the first Black Panther from Wakanda; Bashenga. Also the first appearance of Jiru. First appearance of the Great Mound location.

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Black Panther #11 (1978) First appearance of Kiber the Cruel.

Black Panther #14 (1979) The first appearance of the Wakandan Embassy. Also an Avengers appearance.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #15 (1981) First appearance in a Spider-Man title comic.

Black Panther Vol 2 #1 (1988) The first limited series starring the Black Panther. First appearances; Moise Bomvana, Man-Cat, Supremacists (cameo), Governor Fugard, Jan Van Slambrouck, Ndebele, and Ralph Van Slambrouck.

Black Panther Vol 2 #2 (1988) The first full appearance of the Supremacists (Barricade, Captain Blaze, Harrier, Hungyr, Voortrekker, and White Avenger).

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Marvel Comics Presents #14 (1989) First appearance of Queen Ramonda and Strike.

Black Panther: Panther’s Prey (1991) Here is a four issue series written by Don McGregor, pencils by Dwayne Turner.

Black Panther Vol 3 #1 (1998) A new number one issue for the Black Panther under the Marvel Knights banner. First appearances; Malice (new), Zuri, Everett Ross, Dora Milaje, Okoye, Nakia, and Manuel Ramos. Also the first time readers see the Kimoyo Card.

Black Panther Vol 3 #4 (1999) The first full appearance of Achebe.

Deadpool #34 (1999) Black Panther appears in a Deadpool comic for the first time. Their first meeting.

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Black Panther Vol 3 #22 (2000) A rare Deadpool appearance. Does not appear on the cover.

Black Panther Vol 3 #23 (2000) Deadpool appears on the cover!

Marvel Mangaverse #3 (2002) The first non-continuity appearance of Shuri.

Black Panther Vol 4 #2 (2005) First appearances of Shuri (in flashback) in continuity, T’Shan (in flashback).

The New Avengers #7 (2005) Black Panther joins the the Illuminati. The first appearance of this group. A very important book if and when the World War Hulk movies become Marvel Phase IV.

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Civil War #3 (2006) Black Panther first appears in the Civil War title. Also the infamous Iron Spider cover by the late great Michael Turner. First appearance of Ragnork as Thor.

World War Hulk #2 (2007) The first appearance in the World War Hulk story line.

Ultimates 3 #1 (2008) First Ultimate Black Panther.

Black Panther Vol 5 #1 (2009) First appearance of Shuri as Black Panther (cover).

Black Panther Vol 5 #5 (2009) Shuri first appears as the Black Panther.

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Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #513 (2011) The first time Black Panther becomes the Man Without Fear. He takes over the Daredevil title.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #521 (2011) The first appearance of American Panther.

Fantastic Four #607 (2012) The first appearance of Necropolis; The land of the dead. It is a Wakandan city.

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Book of Death #1 – Valiant Entertainment’s next big event big. They continue to churn out quality.

Ant-Man Annual #1 – A Hank Pym/Scott Lang team-up, a villain from the past comes back, and an introduction of a new character. Yes, this is a pick up this week.

Harley Quinn #18 – An appearance by Captain Strong. His last known appearance was in 1986.

Action Comics #421 (1973) – The first appearance of Captain Strong and the original cover to this weeks Harley book.

Marvel Team-Up #65 (1978) – The first U.S. appearance of Captain Britain.

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Invincible #1 – First full appearance of Invincible.

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Marvel Feature #1 – First appearance of the Defenders.

Rivers of London Body Work #1 (Titan Comics)

Godzilla In Hell #1 (IDW Publishing)

Island #1 (Image Comics)

Mercury Heat #1 (Avatar Press)

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Another slow week for the speculator. This means, as it always does, time to hit those bins hard, and scour the walls at your local shop for that gem.

Not too much coming out of a relatively quiet Thursday from the San Diego Comic Con. A couple of things; DC’s Vertigo imprint announced 12 new titles coming this fall, Hasbro’s Stormtrooper figure (the black series) caused near riots, and Image’s Invincible should have a video game/cartoon or something going by next year. Click the red link to buy the first full appearance of Invincible right now. We await several things from SDCC 2015. A possible full trailer for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a look at the Justice League team together, plus a surprise was announced that includes Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Image Comics’ Outcast trailer, Marvel news, Valiant Entertainment news, and whatever else we aren’t expecting! Be sure to stick with the InvestComics social media for possible tidbits on some key comics regarding the show.

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Harley Quinn #18 features an appearance by Captain Strong. His last known appearance was in 1986. Welcome back Captain! The neat cover here actually not only pays homage to a 1973 cover, but it also happens to be the first appearance too. Action Comics #421 (1973) is the first appearance of Captain Strong and the original cover to this weeks Harley book. Here’s the thing, a 9.6 on Ebay right now is only $200. Yes granted, we’re talking a fourth rate character, but still a better buy than a majority of these ridiculous variants at $200. InvestComics has always said to sell your moderns and buy those back issues. Well here’s your chance. A first appearance from 1973 that includes names like Curt Swan and Dick Giordano in it? 9.6 for $200 no less? A no-brainer here.

Now let’s talk about another Captain arriving this Wednesday. Check out Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1. Looks like a fun book. It’s always great to see Captain Britain in a title isn’t it? A comic InvestComics has been recommending for years now; Marvel Team-Up #65 (1978). It’s the U.S. Debut of Captain Britain. A comic written by Chris Claremont, drawn by John Byrne, and a cover from George Perez/Joe Sinnott. We recommended this comic when it was a $1 book for years. Now it seems to have climbed a bit from that $1 bid. Should have listened! Seriously though, what is not to love about this comic? And this also applies to the Defenders as well. Their first appearance; Marvel Feature #1 (1971). We recommended at $50. Should have listened!

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Ant-Man Annual #1; this comic has it all really. A Hank Pym/Scott Lang team-up, a villain from the past comes back, and an introduction of a new character. Yes, this is a pick up this week.

While we eagerly await possible news coming from the Valiant Entertainment group at SDCC, we can look forward to Book of Death #1 this Wednesday. Valiant will start their all new event saga right here. Written by Robert Venditti, art by Doug Braithewaite and Robert Gill. Yes a hit for sure brewing here. Looking forward to a great read.

Here are a few more comics to check out on new comic book day; Rivers of London Body Work #1 (Titan Comics) is sold out. Godzilla In Hell #1 (IDW Publishing). Island #1 (Image Comics). Mercury Heat #1 (Avatar Press).

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For many years on this site, InvestComics has spoken about Marvel’s White Knight. Now he gets the Spotlight treatment. This checklist is the most extensive Moon Knight checklist on the internet. What you will find are many first appearances, key books, creator books, covers, etc. It’s absolutely a bookmark spot on your pc/phone.

So why Moon Knight? As said before, for many years InvestComics has spoken highly of this character and waiting for the moment that he breaks loose. InvestComics feels now is the time to give Moon Knight his due on the site and dedicate an entire article/checklist on him. We feel that MK is as close to breaking out as he’s ever been. A television announcement? A major motion picture announcement? Either way, it will be fantastic news for collectors and readers that follow Moon Knight.

A complex character that rivals DC’s Batman; hence “the White Knight”. Imagine if and possibly when Marvel Studios decides to go very dark, go in the direction of the Batman lure. They have their character right here. They have the history since 1975. The story is all there, the darkness, the emotion, the violence, the struggle. Let’s understand one thing here though. While the comparison is being made, he is not Batman. He never will be, so fanboys please relax. Batman is its own entity, we get that. What InvestComics is saying is Moon Knight possesses the dark ambiance as a character, just like Batman. And it would be amazing to see Marvel Studios take on a “Batman” like character. The grittiness of Moon Knight, that is like the Batman lure into moving pictures somehow. Be it T.V. or the big screen. It is time to get the Moon Knight character out there.

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Werewolf By Night #32 (1975) First appearance. Gil Kane – Al Milgrom cover

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Marvel Spotlight #28 (1976) First solo book. Legendary writer Doug Moench on this book and long time penciler Don Perlin. A must for any Moon Knight collector here. Several first appearances in here.

Defenders #47 (1977) First time venturing out into the Marvel Universe. He winds up in the Defenders book. Keith Giffen on pencils.

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Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #22 (1978) First time Moon Knight meets up with Spidey. A creative team of writer Bill Mantlo, artist Mike Zeck and cover artist David Cockrum/Joe Rubinstein.

Marvel Two-In-One #52 (1979) A team up with The Thing. First appearance of Crossfire (Ant-Man). George Perez cover.

Captain America #245 (1980) First time with Captain America. Carmine Infantino art. A Frank Miller cover, but no Moon Knight on cover.

Marvel Preview #21 (1980) A black & white preview magazine featuring Moon Knights’ first “artist”, the greatness of Bill Sienkiewicz. Predates the first Moon Knight #1 comic.

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Moon Knight #1 (1980) His first solo/self titled book. Bill Sienkiewicz art. First appearance of Bushman, Khonshu and Dr. Peter Alraune. Origin of Moon Knight  part 1. Also Sienkiewicz cover art.

Moon Knight #9 (1981) Frank Miller Moon Knight cover! This release was in 1981, the Dark Knight Returns was in 1986. Frank Miller did the White Knight way before he did the Dark Knight. Means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things, but just interesting.

Avengers #211 (1981) Moon Knight tries out for the Avengers team. First time showing up in an Avengers book.

Moon Knight #12 (1981) The first appearances of Morpheus and Detective Flint. Miller/Milgrom cover.

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Rom #23 (1981) Here a rare issue appearance in a scarce book. Rom…..he’ll be back.

Moon Knight #13 (1981) First Daredevil in a Moon Knight series.

Moon Knight #14 (1981) The first appearance of Stained Glass Scarlet.

Marvel Team-Up Annual #4 (1981) First Daredevil team up. A bunch of cool heroes team up in this issue. Writer Frank Miller and art by the late great Herb Trimpe. Miller/Rubinstein cover.

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Moon Knight #15 (1982) An amazing Joe Jusko/Frank Miller cover.

Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 (1982) Marvel’s first limited series ever. Starring just about everyone in the Marvel Universe. John Romita Jr. art. Bob Layton/John Romita Jr cover.

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Iron Man #161 (1982) Moon Knight’s first appearance in an Iron Man comic.

Moon Knight #25 (1982) This double sized issue brings the debut of Black Spectre. Try finding this all black cover in in NM shape. Good luck.

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Power Man and Iron Fist #87 (1982) First appearance in this title.

Moon Knight #29 (1983) This amazing Bill Sienkiewicz cover is a keeper, but it’s an all black cover again. These comics are hard to ever find in 9.8 condition…..if ever.

Moon Knight #32 (1983) Marc Silvestri fans should know about this comic. Marc is the artist on a backup story.

Moon Knight #33 (1983) First appearance of Joy Mercado.

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Moon Knight #35 (1984) X-Men appearance.

Moon Knight #36 (1984) A Dr. Strange appearance.

Moon Knight #1 Vol 2 (1985) a new number issue after the first series ended a month earlier. See they even did it back then too!

Marvel Fanfare #25 (1986) A Dave Sim Moon Knight pin up in this issue. Very nice and a rare take from Dave.

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West Coast Avengers #21 (1987) Moon Knight first appears in this series AND joins the group. A bit intrusive are we?

Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 (1988) Moon Knight first appears under a S.H.I.E.L.D title here.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #1 (1989) Another number one issue of Moon Knight. First appearance of Chloe the housekeeper too.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #4 (1989) First appearance of Midnight.

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Marc Spector Moon Knight #6 (1989) A Brother Voodoo appearance.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #8 (1989) Acts of Vengeance crossover. Punisher appearance.

Marvel Super-Heroes #1 (1990) A rare Jim Lee Moon Knight cover.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #19 (1990) A Rob Liefeld Spider-Man, Punisher, Moon Knight cover.

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Marc Spector Moon Knight #25 (1991) Team up with the Ghost Rider. Mark Bagley cover.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #36 (1992) First appearance of Shadowknight. Punisher solo cover.

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Infinity Gauntlet #3 (1991) The only appearance Moon Knight would make in this series. George Perez art.

Marc Spector Moon Knight Special Edition #1 (1992) A spoof on a Moon Knight motion picture.

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Marc Spector Moon Knight #47 (1993) First appearance of Deadzone.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #50 (1993) Avengers appearance. First appearance of Manx.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #51 (1993) First appearance of Harlan Silverbird.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #55 (1993) The first definitive Moon Knight artist. Legend Bill Sienkiewicz was amazing, but Stephen Platt took the character look to a whole new level. This is the Miller Dark Knight, the McFarlane Spidey, the Simonson Thor, etc. The first defining artist moment in Moon Knight history is right here. The second comes later. Too bad Stephen wasn’t enough at the time to save this series from its demise a short time later. The first published work of Stephen Platt.

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Marc Spector Moon Knight #56 (1993) First appearance of Hook.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #57 (1993) A ridiculously awesome Platt Moon Knight/Spider-Man cover. First appearance of Vortex and Dementia.

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Marc Spector Moon Knight #58 (1994) First appearance of Dusk, Lava, Spike and Cadre.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #60 (1994) The last issue in this run. And here is another black cover for you collectors out there.

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Wolverine #134 (1999) First appearance in a Wolverine comic. Erik Larsen writes.

Deadpool #34 (1999) First appearance in a Deadpool comic.

Black Panther #20 (2000) Moon Knight making his rounds, first time in a Black Panther book.

Marvel Knights #5 (2000) First Joe Quesada Moon Knight art. Cover only.

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Avengers #501 (2004) Here is that “second artist” being referred to from earlier. David Finch first draws Moon Knight in this comic. He, like Platt will be looked at as the “go-to” when and if the Moon Knight makes it to television or the movies. Their art/style will be the foundation to which the character is based on. David Finch returns on this list again…..

Marvel Team-Up #3 (2005) Robert Kirkman, yes that one, writes a story here that includes Moon Knight in it (as filler). The headliner here is Dr. Strange. Kirkman writes a Dr. Strange story. Yep it happened. Let’s get back to Moon Knight……

Marvel Team-Up #7 (2005) In here, Robert Kirkman writes a Spider-Man/Moon Knight story.

Moon Knight #1 (2006) Artist David Finch begins the new series. That cover. Wow.

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Moon Knight #2 (2006) Take a look at that cover. The White Knight has officially arrived. Finch Cover. First appearance of Profile.

Moon Knight #6 (2006) This comic features a very cool “bloody” variant from David Finch.

Moon Knight #7 (2007) A David Finch Moon Knight/Spider-Man cover.

Moon Knight #8 (2007) Finch Captain America/Moon Knight cover.

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Moon Knight #9 (2007) Finch Punisher/Moon Knight cover. Last Finch.

Moon Knight #15 (2008) Just an amazing Arthur Suydum cover.

Moon Knight #20 (2008) Mike Deodato’s first Moon Knight. Pencils and cover.

Moon Knight #27 (2009) Cover artist extraordinaire Gabriele Dell’Otto. Punisher/Moon Knight. First appearance of the Zapata Brothers.

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Vengeance of Moon Knight #1 (2009) Another number one Moon Knight!

Secret Avengers #1 (2010) Moon Knight is a team member. Art by Mike Deodato. Ed Brubaker writes.

Vengeance of Moon Knight #8 (2010) A Deadpool/Moon Knight cover by Bryan Hitch.

Moon Knight #1 (2011) Yet another restart. This time with writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev.

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Moon Knight #3 (2011) First appearance of Buck Lime.

Moon Knight #1 (2014) Last number one issue on this list promise. Written by Warren Ellis with cover art by Adi Granov (variant).

Moon Knight #7 (2014) First appearances of Aliman Lor and Wahalla.

Moon Knight #10 (2015) First appearance; Gloria Roza.

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This feature will focus on comics that no one is talking about. Sometimes for good reason though. There are some hidden gems among the non-elite here, but that said these are comics that have been long forgotten and simply not thought of anymore. Most of the comics in the article here are comics to be found in long box sales, but so much fun nonetheless. Some are actually a little tough to hunt down, but isn’t that the fun of it too? If interested in any of these comics, most can be found by clicking the red Ebay links provided in this article or comic cover if you don’t feel like hunting or you simply cannot find it. Will any of these comics ever be of monetary value? Probably not, but with the influx of television and movies these days you never know. Here are a few InvestComics oddities to check out. Enjoy and happy hunting/reading!

 

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Atari Force (DC 1982) – I recall getting these super cool insert comics in my new Atari game that my mother bought for me. Not only did I have a new video game, I had a mini comic to boot! 48 pages too! Are you kidding me?! Heaven. Surprising so, these inserts are not exactly that scarce on Ebay. The mini freebie comic was written by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, crazy right? Art by long time Spidey artist Ross Andru. Cover of issue number 1 by the late Dick Giordano. Issue number 3 and 5 cover by Gil Kane?! Wait it gets better. Gil Kane penciled issue #5 (Last in the series). A failed attempt to make it a regular ongoing series in 1984 lasted only 20 issues. A John Byrne cover for a feeler Atari Force Special #1 went by the wayside. And that was that, into obscurity they went.

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Cloak and Dagger (Marvel Limited Series 1983) – This one time hot commodity way back in the early 80’s is not so hot these days. It’s a sad thing too. A unique team setup and potential to translate onto the big or small screen. Maybe some studio executive will wise up and see what a fantastic brand this could be. Or maybe not. The fans back in the 80’s sure did love them some Cloak and Dagger stories though. Top to bottom great creators on this mini-series. Terry Austin, Rick Leonardi and Bill Mantlo.

Sun Devils (DC Maxi-Series 1984) – Ah the good ol’ “maxi-series”. In the 80’s, not only did the “Limited Series” rule the roost, the maxi-series did as well. This fun story was brought to us by Gerry Conway and Dan Jurgens. 12 issues and done. Last known location was in 2007.

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Camelot 3000 (DC Maxi-Series 1982) – When this comic hit in 82, boy was it big. If you were an aftermarket buyer here, you paid a premium. This series was so very hot. It was one of the first DC direct market comics. Nowadays, it’s that big tumbleweed passing by your television screen when Clint is about to put a cap in someone. The most puzzling thing here has to be why DC never capitalized on bringing it back for more. The fans craved it, but it fell on deaf ears. Probably a lot has to due with artist Brian Bolland maybe? Or writer Mike W. Barr? Maybe they only wanted to work together again on this project and it never came to fruition. It doesn’t matter at this point, but what does matter is this ridiculously fabulous story. Buy this series if you do not own it yet. Amazing writing and art here, an absolute winner.

Gargoyle (Marvel Limited Series 1985) – Nothing more here than a cool story here from team member of the Defenders; Gargoyle. Writer J.M. DeMatteis and art by Mark Badger. Oh yes and issue one features a Bernie Wrightson cover. Awesome.

Foolkiller (Marvel Limited Series 1990) – This fun 10 issue limited series was from the creator of Howard the Duck; Steve Gerber. Issue number 8 featured a Spider-Man appearance and cover. A good around 10 issues here with a cool character.

X-Men and the Micronauts (Marvel Limited Series 1984) – Not that anyone has really forgotten this series, but when was the last time you heard anyone talk about it? Exactly. An all-star creative team comprised of writers Chris Claremont/Bill Mantlo and artist Jackson Guice. Covers by Guice and Bob Wiacek. This too was a hot book back in the 80’s.

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indexMarvel_Feature_1_(1971)Before heading right into this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks, there are a few comics that have been highlighted over the past week or so on InvestComics that need some love. Well not love so much, but some undivided attention. I’d like to point them out in this article so that speculators can plan accordingly during a slower week like this one.

News from director Zack Synder confirmed that Nightwing (aka Dick Grayson) will in fact appear in the new Superman sequel yet unofficially titled Batman vs. Superman. Great news for the comic book fans, but not so much on the collectors/speculators side. How so you may ask? Well, Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing in Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984) and the problem with this classic comic is the one thing no hobby enthusiasts likes to hear……overprint. This comic is so easily accessible it’s not even funny. While the overprint shouldn’t deter you to still own this comic (how do you not own it already??), do realize that the aftermarket will be inundated with the first appearance of Nightwing as it already is. Great comic, too bad there are too many copies are floating around. There is however a way to get a little more bang for your buck, but you should know how to do this already…..

InvestComics reported on Marvel teaming up with Netflix for their next venture onto the small screen. It involves Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage getting television shows and all leading up to a “Defenders” mini-series. How lucky can a comic book fan be these days?! A comic that must be in your collection and is a beauty is the first appearance of the Defenders team in Marvel Feature #1 (1971). There is nothing more to say……..buy this comic book!

With the recent success of the Arrow television show for the folks over at the CW station, they are once again looking at the DC catalog and have found iZombie. Zombies are hot for reasons that are obvious, but will it equate to the demise, the watering down of the genre? We’ll have izombiePreacher_1to wait and see. Until then, you already missed out by digging in the $1 bins at your local shop for the first DC/Vertigo iZombie #1 (2010) when InvestComics broke the news, so now the question is how much of a risk are you willing to take on this comic? You have two options here. Go for the first appearance of iZombie in House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1 (2009) which has sold for more than $50 on Ebay or the iZombie #1 comic that has sold for as high as $25. Big risk here because this series is no Walking Dead and the zombie genre will eventually settle down some. What if the television series craps out? Too many risk factors with this one here.

And possibly the best news to come out from television land came late last night on InvestComics. The once very hot Preacher series from DC/Vertigo will be considered for a pilot from AMC. A Preacher #1 (1995) CGC 9.8 sold yesterday on Ebay for $185. If you have this comic, I urge you to get it graded and sit on it. It’s going to be a big book. The comic series was a rousing success and there is no reason to think that the (possible) television series wouldn’t be either. Writer Garth Ennis brings his “A” game to everything he’s involved with. The highly successful Preacher series is evidence of this. IF the Preacher gets its own TV show, Preacher #1 will be a comic to own, big time.

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Believe it or not A Plus X (2012 Marvel Now) #14 will lead the way this week. It’s with good reason of course. The issue finds Max Bemis conducting writing duties. Why and who is Max? Well he’s a comic book fan and is also the front man in a rock band called Say Anything. He’s also the co-singer in a band called Two Tongues. I have to admit, I have absolutely no idea who the bands are or who Max is, but the kids tell me they know him and them! So why exactly are we talking about this comic again? Oh yeah, this is Max’s first published comic book work. The last time a rock dude crossed over, all hell broke loose for a little bit. Let me remind you……Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)? Umbrella Academy? Oh yes that! You remember now. So check out A + X #14 and see if Max pulls off a keeper here.

Harley Quinn begins her quest this week in her own regular series; starting with Harley Quinn (2013) #0. We all know by now that Harley first appeared in the Batman: Harley Quinn (1999) soft cover graphic novel. That classic Alex Ross cover is forever etched in our minds. So that comic is probably already filed away in your Bat box someplace. This week however, the Harley Quinn #0 Stephane Roux variant cover is sold out. Buying this comic will set you back $30, but how long can Harley really hold her own though? Maybe we’ll get an answer to that question sooner rather than later.

Battlestar Galactica always seems to be that red-headed step child doesn’t it? (No offense to red-heads! My sister is a red-head!). It’s always been that show that just can’t seem to get out of its own way. The first television series back in 1978 lasted two seasons, the second series lasted a whopping 4 seasons, and the original Marvel Comics series lasted 23 issues. No major motion picture, no talks of ever taking Battlestar to another level. Very odd no? Well maybe not. Maybe it’s just not a strong franchise. Yes, maybe it’s time to accept that Battlestar is not Star Trek, Star Wars, or even Stargate; Space 1999 maybe, but not any of the aforementioned. The intention here is not to bash Battlestar, but to find an understanding as to why so many failed attempts at a space series that has such a huge following. Dynamite hasn’t given up on BG though! This week Battlestar Galactica Starbuck (2013 Dynamite) #1 is on the cusp of a sell-out. That’s right fans, there is still a core audience that demands BG and Dynamite is here to provide it! Looks like a fun read!

Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion (2013) #2 variant is sold out. It’s only a $10 variant and it’ll probably stay put right there. There is nothing special about this comic at all except an exceptionally weak villain in Parasite wreaking havoc. A fun story, but nothing for the speculator here.

Although Superior Spider-Man (2012) Annual #1 might be sold out by the next new comic book day, it still has that “Annual” stigma attached to it. The Marvel solict  says “this one counts!” Even they realize the stigma attached. It’s far and few between that any comic book annuals make an impact on the hobby. They do exist, but not on a level of any expectations that collectors clamor for. In the Superior Spider-Man annual #1 though, we see the return of Blackout. The Blackout villain first appeared in Nova #19 (1978). Will the debut of Blackout be a draw? Most likely no, but the Nova character on the other hand………buy Nova. Yes, buy Nova.

X-Men (2013) 3rd Series #7 brings back an old foe. Lady Deathstrike from Daredevil #197 (1983). That’s a nice book to have. Not a be all end all, but an okay book.

If you have children then you know about Ben 10. You know that Ben 10 is on your television set when you are getting the kids ready for school. Yes I get the explanation every morning on which alien Ben has turned into and what he can do. Fun times! IDW wants my boy to read comics too, which is a great thing. Check out Ben 10 (2013 IDW) #1 this week for your kids. Get them reading! DC Comics were the first to jump into the Ben 10 craze and now IDW is doing the same. Good times!

A few weeks back InvestComics asked that you’d get a beat on the Afterlife with Archie #1 comic. Boy did we hit that one! This week the initial offering of Afterlife With Archie (2013) #2 will be a bit different. It seems as though the zombiefied Archie interest has died down a tad quickly, but do not let this deter you from getting the second issue. There is still might be “life” in this zombie Archie.

If there is THE number one comic to get this week, it has to be Voice in the Dark (2013 Image) #1. Check out why our girl Zoey hasn’t killed anyone in about 72 days. She’s a radio DJ too. Not much to go on right? Well it’s an Image Comic, they release great stories AND it’s sold out already.

Cataclysm Ultimates (2013) #1 $20 variant is sold out. Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Force War (2013) #1 will be one to check out and one more for the kids Scooby-Doo Team Up (2013 DC) #1!

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