Comic Broker Report – February 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( February )

By Topher Seal

     I just cannot believe the online market for current comics.  People are throwing down some serious cash during poor economic times for unproven, highly speculative books.  Now I won’t recommend that you go and spend nearly 200 dollars for Peter Panzerfaust 1 or Saga 1 or any Thought Bubble or Hastings Variant but I do suggest you think about the future and put your money in wise investments.  Just because a comic property has been optioned by Hollywood or has a print run under 5k doesn’t mean it belongs in your fireproof long box.  A wise investor studies the market relentlessly and can recognize a bad deal when he/she sees one.  

Don’t Buy: Thor 344, buy this instead:

Thor 347  ( First appearance of Kurse )


Kurse will be in the next Thor movie and while collectors are already hoarding 344 this issue might be the sleeper.

Note: Kurse also has one of the greatest deaths in comics and that issue is very affordable!

Don’t Buy Justice League of America 183-185,


buy this instead:

The Forever People 1 ( First full Darkseid )


So a JLA movie will be coming out to set up the future of the DC Universe’s film franchises and there is already massive speculation as to who will be in the film and what storyline it will follow.  Many are buying up issues 183-185 assuming that elements of this story will be the basis for the film.  That’s too risky to drop the kind of money these books are demanding.  Plus the moment that info was released Darkseid became the new Thanos and appearances have quadrupled in price.  Guides list Darkseid’s first appearance as Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 134 and his second as 135 but both appear to be cameos.  His first full appearance is in The Forever People 1 and I would also scoop New Gods 2.

Don’t buy The Sixth Gun 1,2,3,4,5,6,……

Buy this instead:

The Sixth Gun FCBD 2011


This wonderful comic by Cullen Bunn has been optioned and is set to film for TV.  Here is an example of a property worth investing in.  If it’s done right it’s a sure hit.  Cullen Bunn is a superstar writer in the making and this is his best work to date.  Issue 1 is fast becoming a 50.00 book but eventually people will realize that the first appearance of The Sixth Gun was in the 2011 FCBD issue.

More Cullen Bunn,

Immortal Weapons 2


Early works by this amazing writer are sure to see significant gains in upcoming months.  This comic is part of a 5 issues limited series written by a variety of the industries best.  Mr. Bunn wrote issue 2.

Deadpool 1000, The Damned ( good luck finding these! ), Captain America 616 Variant and his first published comic work in…

Futurequake 4

Future Quake 4 Cullen Bunn First Pro Work


American Vampire 1 ( 2010 Diamond Retailer’s Summit Edition, cover by JIM LEE )


Scott Snyder has quickly become the hottest writer in comics. His resume may be short but it’s full of quality writing.  In an era full of talented writers it can be very difficult to stand out but Mr. Snyder has done it.  Collectors are flocking to his Detective Comics run and they should but there are few other comics he wrote worth picking up.  Iron man noir 1-4 is a good place to start and those books can be had for pennies. I have previously mentioned the Human Torch 70th Variant One-Shot ( his earliest pro work ) and now this issue variant with a Jim Lee cover!

I would also buy issues 2-5 and the 2nd print for issue 1

Buy: Iron Man 10 ( 2nd Print )


Another film rumor about the appearance of Pepper Potts Rescue Armor appearing in Iron Man 3 has been circulating the web.  Will it happen? If it does this is the one one to buy!

Buy: Masters of the Universe 1 ( 2nd Print )


Another great second print that’s tough to find and worth every penny!  Look in back to find out why Invincible collectors!

Sell: Peter Panzerfaust 1,2,3,4

This over hyped comic is well written but poorly illustrated. With a TV show from the BBC in the works Image has created a nice big bubble! Trust me when I say it’s not the next WD so sell high!

Hold: Green Wake 7


The true first appearance of Peter Panzerfaust  will have no ceiling if the show is a hit and it will cost you between 2-10 dollars instead of 200.

Sell: Revival 1 and all issue 1 variants

Hold: Image FCBD Sampler


Sell: Fatale issue 1

Buy: The Walking Dead 92 ( First Jesus )


It seems this new character is going to be a major player and we have all seen the value of key WD first appearances.  Oh and Fatale first appearance is here too.  Even if you have to pay out it’s worth it in this case.

Buy:  Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth, Nowhere Men 1, Non-Player, Multiple Warheads & Prophet 21 ( variant only ).


Tales of Suspense 50 ( First Mandarin )


Personally I think the Mandarin is a terrible villain but movies from Marvel turn crud ( whiplash ) into back issue gold and this book will be no different. His first appearance is not mired in confusion like Darkseid and the actor playing the master of the rings is one of Hollywood’s best!


Walking Dead Checklist

By Topher Seal

So I guess I shouldn’t have sold my graded copy of The Walking Dead 1 (CGC 9.8) a few years ago. Currently there is no comic property seeing more gains than Kirkman’s epic Zombie adventure. You may think you know all the best Dead titles to collect but there are still some gems you might have overlooked and I recommend buying them all (along with some other important Image books!)


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Walking Dead Weekly #1

This Image series reprints the original series on a weekly basis and has turned out to be just as hot as the regular series.  Issue #1 is the prize but they are all wise investments.

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Current Value:  $20-$30

Ebay sales are up to $60.00 for issue number one having been observed!


Walking Dead Weekly #35

The Last Page of this comic was printed twice and limited to a print run of 900. It is believed that none made it out to the public but if any surface they are sure to be one of the rarest Walking Dead issues.

Value: Unknown (Yet?)


Image First Walking Dead #1

This 2010 reprint was made available to the public for only a dollar!  Now they are just as hard to find as all the others.

Value:  $14-$25


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The Walking Dead #1 Variant

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In 2008 this variant reprint of issue #1 featured some added bonuses and has since become quite difficult to find in the back issue market.

Value: $25


The Walking Dead #19 (First Michonne)

Internet sales of this series have exploded.  The AMC series is an oblivious hit and with the appearance of Michonne in the season 2 finale things have gotten out of control.  Copies of this have seen huge price increases and are all but extinct on the back issue market.

Value:  $150-$200


The Walking Dead Weekly #19

Even the reprint of Michonne’s first appearance is insanely difficult to find!

Value:  $20-$30

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The Walking Dead #27  (First Governor)

Michonne’s first appearance and the announcement that the Governor will be in season three have generated back issue buzz in this book as well.

Value: $100


The Walking Dead Weekly #27

See above.

Value:  $20-$30

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More Image books you need now!

Capes #1

Kirkman wrote some other titles you may not remember. Capes #’s 1-3 were ok but issue #1 features the true first appearance of The Walking Dead with a preview in the back!!

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Value: $20.00


The Agents #6

Another forgotten Image title, issue #6 of this series also sports a preview of The Walking Dead.

Value: $20.00


Savage Dragon #102  (Invincible preview)

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Value: $7.00


Tech Jacket #1 (Invincible preview)

Value: 7.00


Brit #7 (Invincible appearance)

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Click to Buy/Bid

Value: $5.00


Chew #22 (First Appearance Fatale)

Value: $6.00



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Normally when Hollywood adapts a comic property the back issue market for anything related sees movement in a positive direction even if the movie doesn’t hit big.  In this case John Carter was so bad (gross wise) that the opposite has happened.

These issues along with many other John Carter Comics have either seen no price increases or losses. John Carter is a character of true worth and many of his appearances offer great art and writing making them truly valuable.

The Funnies #30 (First John Carter in Comics, 1939)

Dell Four Color #375 (1952)

Tarzan #’s 207-209 (John Carter of Mars)

John Carter of Mars (Marvel) #18 (First Frank Miller Marvel Art! and there is also a Mark Jeweler Variant of this book!)

John Carter of Mars (Marvel) #28 (Last issue)