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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for New Comic Releases on 10-2-13

The DC 3D madness is finally over! Rejoice and collect your monies in the aftermarket because interest will wane very quickly. In actuality it already has! Prices have been coming down at a rapid rate and if you haven’t sold yet, you may be late to the party. As already told here on InvestComics Hot Picks, you had to watch the 3D market very closely because of the hype surrounding the comics. The gimmick was going to be short lived as there will be a couple of those rare variant 3D’s that will survive the aftermath of the collapse. The best investments should be held for all of those first appearances pointed out during the 3D run here on InvestComics. Picking up a few of those first appearances should ensure that if a few of these villains bust out, make a comeback, a name for themselves, become the next ‘Bane’ or ‘Venom’ character for a major character, you will own that first appearance and be ahead of the curve!

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Besides the sold out gimmick of the 3D covers, DC does in fact have a hit on their hands. Forever Evil is in fact hitting a home run with fans alike. Forever Evil (2013DC) #2 is completely sold out this week across the board. The prize this week will be the Black & white variant. Grab this; sell it on Ebay for a 25% return or possibly more very easily; immediately. Do not hold onto these comics folks. These are not life changing altering moments within the DC Universe, barring of course plotlines we are not aware of! There are some great storylines going on within these pages, but nothing is foreseen to change the market value or demand to sustain the trend upwards.

A trend in the comic book solicits market also continues however in Green Lantern (2011 4th Series) #24 this week. The words uttered so many times “…nothing will be the same, WE MEAN IT!” have been spoken far too often, but we as fans eat it up! Check out what writer Robert Venditti will bring to the table. Oh yes and the solicit also makes another common reference; “Lanterns will die”. Looking forward to it!

Batman Black and White (2013) #2 will bring legendary artist Jim Steranko to a Bat book again. Mr. Steranko will provide the gorgeous cover for this wonderful new series this week. It’s amazing to note that this legend has never provided as much DC artistry over his career. He’s thought of more as a “Marvel” guy, but when he does pencil any DC hero/villain, people take notice! With Batman though, his first official Batman work came in 1998’s Batman Black & White hardcover. Hard to fathom that given the profound career, he added Batman to his resume in 1998! The Batman work came in form of a tip-plate within the hardcover. Awesome, amazing stuff here folks.

In wrapping up DC here, Movement (2013 DC) #5 will debut the group ‘Graveyard Faction-death for hire’. Two sold out Vertigo books come our way this Wednesday; Hinterkind (2013 DC/Vertigo) #1 and Witching Hour (2013 DC/Vertigo) #1. The pleasant surprise here has to be the sold out Witching Hour #1. As a $7.99/70 pager’ all things point to the awesomeness of Vertigo. Even though the trend of a new book debuting with a $7.99 price tag, it usually tends to make some collectors/readers a little apprehensive, it doesn’t matter here though. Fans know this is going to rock! All 70 pages…..

Marvel Comics brings back a Marvel Knights Spidey book this week. Hooray! Check out the almost sold out regular cover Marvel Knights Spider-Man (2013) #1 this Wednesday (Variant cover sold out). The first Spider-Man Knights came in the 2004 by the same title and lasted only 22 issues. Maybe this time we’ll buck that trend and go longer! With writer Matt Kindt and artist Marco Rudy on board, it looks like a success already! And with a new Marvel Knights book, comes a new Marvel Max book too! What a great week! Take a look at Fantomex Max (2013) #1 miniseries at your local shop this week. It probably won’t disappoint. If this feeler goes over well, and fans demand more Fantomex, you better already own New X-Men #128 (2002). This would be the first appearance of Fantomex. Another three Marvel titles are on the cusp of sellouts and collectors should be put on alert. Captain America Living Legend (2013) #1 will be the highest alert. With writer Andy Diggle/artist Adi Granov on board and the introduction of a villain named Volkov, look for a possible aftermarket bump here. Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble (2013) #1 is based on the animated television show, but it’s the bonus Lego Marvel Comic within the extra sized issue here that has InvestComics intrigued. And finally from Marvel, any fan of Superior Spider-Man should probably take a look at All New X-Men Special (2013) #1 this Wednesday.

Here’s a quick list of sold out debut comics and number two comics coming your way this Wednesday. Bushido (2013 Image) #1, Shadow Now (2013 Dynamite) #1, Codename Action (2013 Dynamite) #2, Reality Check (2013 Image) #2, Grindhouse Doors Open At Midnight (2013) #1, Pirate Eye Murder at Ten Knots (2013) #0, Lady Rawhide (2013 Dynamite) #2, Occultist (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Mocking Dead (2013 Dynamite) #2.

That’s it for this week. Check out some covers of the week below. Invest wisely.

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Comic Broker Report – JULY 2013



Batman and Robin Vol. 1 #1 ( first Mr. Toad ) & Batman 666 ( first Prof. Pyg )


Beware the Batman is already a polarizing  show.  With episode 1 airing this past weekend to mixed reviews one thing is clear-Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad stole it.  Despite Pyg’s altered origin I am already clamoring for their next animated appearance.  Batman 666 is already a well documented collectible but in the case of Batman and Robin 1 there were a lot of printings.  I suggest the latest printing and the 1:250 Frank Quitely variant.

Evil Ernie Straight to Hell 1 ( Chromium Variant )


More film rumors should drag this forgotten comic up from the ashes of an age some would like to forget.  Chastity first appeared in issue one of this 5 part mini from Chaos.  Her movie rights have been snagged by a reputable studio and this is def the rarest of the series.

Avengelyne Chromium Maximum Signed Edition


What are the odds that two bad girl comics could return with a fury?  In this case Avengelyne has multiple first appearance issues.  There’s a direct chromium, newsstand cover variant with or without the gold stamp and 2 chromium signed editions.  The Artifex signed is super rare and should be considered her most valuable comic to date.  If it is proven later that the ashcan ( which there are a few color variants of ) should predate issue one then that will be considered her first appearance.

Detective 685 ( First Appearance Silver Monkey )


Not much has been revealed about the new Batman animated series but creators have confirmed that the Silver Monkey will be appearing!  Buy the newsstand edition if you can and the DC Universe UPC variant if there is one!

X-Men 128


In case you haven’t noticed Fantomex is quietly become the next big Marvel character.  Now this book has been hot for a while but CGC 9.8’s can still be found for under 100 and a new series should only generate more value. Oh and enjoy the detail of this cover by one of the best cover artists working today!

Uncanny X-Men Annual 15 ( newsstand ) & X-Men Second Coming 2 ( 1:50 Finch Variant )


Over this past weekend the news broke that X-Force will see a film adaptation.  Though this is less surprising than  a GOTG film announcement  it appears that Marvel is willing to film any property Disney owns.  How long before a New Warriors movie?  Soon I will be posting a collecting X-Force article but until then the speculation will be on which version of X-Force will be produced.  In the case of the GOTG, collectors don’t seem to mind that the film version will be vastly different from the true first appearance of the team.  Sticking with that model it seems prudent to buy these two first appearances.  As far as the annual goes the print run was high but it has a cover by Mignola which this collector always appreciates and a newsstand edition.

Secret Warriors 4


No variants for Manifold’s first appearance make this one rare enough.  I don’t really get the fascination with the character but he’s used often by Marvel and is a fan favorite.

Otazine GN


My recent article on collecting Brandon Graham featured some comics with work also done by the creator of the rare Orc Stain comics by Image.  This corporate Manga just happens to be the first published work by James and is quite rare.

Think Tank 1 Variant SDCC 2012


Rumors are swirling around this Image comic as a possible film or TV show.  If you have not read it I suggest an immediate trip to your LCS.  There are plenty of copies still out there just not this edition.

More GOTG film fun:

Fantastic Four 65


First Ronan the  Accuser!

Beta Ray Bill Godhunter 3


First appearance of Ti Asha Ra

The Rampaging Hulk 1


First appearance of  Bereet

Avengers 257 & 260

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Another GOTG  villain announcement  puts Nebula in the film and that’s good for Copper Age collectors.  Look for 257 to see gains but 260 gives the reason why she would be in the film in the first place!

Tales to astonish 23


So Spawn’s Angela made her debut in the forgettable Age of Ultron series from Marvel this past month.  No one is sure what to make of the move but one thing to note is the rarely seen alien race traveling with her-The Moombas!  They first appeared in this hard to find classic.





Oh and buy this too!  One of the better indie books to come out in recent months!


Don’t forget the variant! ( not pictured here )







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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 1-23-13.

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Let’s get started with the week full of first appearances and more…..


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Marvel is going with the release of two number 1 issues this week, both team books. First we have Young Avengers (2012 2nd Series) #1. The series will put together Wiccan, Hulkling, Marvel Boy, Ms. America amongst others. All the first appearances here are obviously very affordable and easy finds. So with that, Wiccan’s first appearance could be found in within the pages of Young Avengers #7, Hulkling’s is in Young Avengers #1. Ms. America’s first is in Marvel Now’s! Vengeance #1. The best offer out of the above mentioned characters has to go to Marvel Boy. This particular Marvel Boy that appears in the latest Young Avengers book first appeared in his self titles book Marvel Boy #1 (2000). The great catch with this Marvel Knights comic is Grant Morrison writes and J.G. Jones Pencils. A nice creative team to say the least.

The second team to cover this week is Uncanny X-Force (2012 2nd Series) #1. This series packs more punch with their ensemble. For starters there is Storm. Storm first appeared in the legendary Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975). The first appearance of the new X-Men…..and Storm. At a mere $1500 in the aftermarket, it really is an undervalued book at the moment. More so, the CGC market has seen almost 4100 of these comics graded. Not much bang for your buck here unless you can pull off the elusive 9.8 grade. Only 86 have been graded in this area. Now that is some nice cash waiting for you if you can find a high non-graded at the $1500 mark. Get your hands on a copy of the Giant Size X-Men #1 if you can. Not so much for the Storm first appearance, but for the New X-Men. Psylocke is also a part of the Uncanny X-Force team and New Mutants Annual #2 (1986) is the spot to find her first appearance. The attraction to this comic however is the same as Marvel Boy #1, the creators. Written by Chris Claremont, with art by Alan Davis. A relatively easy to find comic and in some cases in the one dollar bins at your local comic shop. Puck of the highly underrated Alpha Flight team will be on the team as well. Here’s the scoop on Puck’s first appearance. Alpha Flight was a tremendously popular comic back in the early 80’s, much to do with the popularity of both the team and John Byrne. It was also a time when print runs were a bit high. An Alpha Flight comic never commanded the aftermarket the way it should have. Alpha Flight #1 (1983) peaked out at the $15 mark at one time. I have personally seen at a few conventions almost an entire long box of number one issues selling at a buck a piece. There are simply too many of these comics floating around. Here is another indicator as to why the market is not so kind to Alpha Flight #1. There are about 462 graded issues right now out there. 263 of them are graded a 9.8! That’s a bit top heavy. If there were lower print runs, this comic would gain the respect it needs in the aftermarket, but for now it remains a great comic to read through, put away and wait another 80 years for it to have any sort of value. When Marvel does get around to making that Alpha Flight movie, you better have all of those Alpha Flight #1 issues ready to blow out. The first appearance in the Uncanny X-Men would be the one to get……but another time for that. The villain known as Spiral will be a part of the Uncanny X-Force team. Spiral first appeared in Longshot #1. A onetime very hot sought after comic. Not so much these days, but you can still find it on Ebay for a smaller price than it was about 12 years ago. So go grab it. This one time hot character will eventually be hot again. You should get on the ground floor here. Granted there are 53 9.8 graded books, but there are only 97 submitted. Meaning if you get a high grade, you can flip it easier because not that many are graded overall. Get your paws on some great copies of the beautiful artistry from Art Adams at $8/$10 and grade them. Sell a few, hold onto a few. Wrapping up the X-Force crew here we have Bishop and Cluster. The same applies for Bishop as did Puck, but worse. Great character, great comic, too many available. Uncanny X-Men #282 (1991) was the beginning of the end for the speculative market back in the 90’s. Way too many to be had or worth anyone’s while in the aftermarket nowadays. 25 cent boxes at the local convention….happy hunting. Should take you about 4 seconds to find it. And finally, Cluster; is actually a character spawned from Fantomex. Fantomex first appears in New X-Men #128 (2002).

InvestComics had a special Hot Picks section that ran in the Hot Picks 10-3-12 article. Within that section included a bunch of steamy X-Men covers from past to present. This week Marvel is at it again with Wolverine and the X-Men (2011) #24. Take a look at the past article right HERE if you’d like.

DC’s Batwoman (2011 2nd Series) #16 will be introducing a new hero. That’s always fun and exciting. NOTE: Be sure to pick up any of the first appearances within the New 52 because eventually one of these characters is going to hit big. Birds of Prey (2011 3rd Series) #16 will bring in a new member to the board named Strix; of the Court of Owls. She first appeared in Batgirl #9 (New 52). The Blue Beetle (2011 3rd Series) #16 comic (final issue) will lead right into the new series called THRESHOLD (not sure if the new series will be in all uppercase, or if DC added the dramatic CAPS to It. the suspense is killing me!).

And this week we wrap up with telling y’all to be sure to check out Answer (2012 Dark Horse) #1, looks very interesting.

See you next week. Invest wisely.

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