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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 12/10/14

Lots of comics to cover this week. Hope you have your reading glasses handy and some cash in your pocket this Wednesday.

Uncanny_X-Men_59_InvestComics Spider_Man_Xmen_InvestComics Marvel_Team_Up_19_InvestComicsThe fun starts with Spider-Man and the X-Men (2014) #1. A team-up every fan always loves. This comic will feature the Jurassic Park storyline. Well not really, but it will have two characters from way back in time appear (way back in history time, not real time). Suaron and Stegron (aka the Dinosaur Man). If you’re in the market for a couple of easy gets, Marvel Team-Up #19 from 1974 features the first appearance of Stegron. The best part of this comic; Gil Kane on pencil duties and Len Wein on writing duties. Then you have the big bird (not that big bird) first appearance; Suaron first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #59 (1969). That book had Neil Adams on art duties and the team of Chris Claremont/Roy Thomas on script duties. So there you have it, C level first appearances from A level Legends from the industry. Those are purchases/signature series/graded comics waiting to happen. Not for resale value, for keepsake value. They may not rise in significant value at a quick rate, but they are collectors items because of the names attached.

With the Dr. Strange frenzy upon us within the speculation world, it’s funny how All New Ultimates (2014) #11 plays a part in this Dr_Strange_78_InvestComics Ultimates_Ecstasy_InvestComicsmadness ever so slightly this coming week. You see, the ultimate Ecstasy is making her second appearance in the Ultimate universe. Her first being the previous issue. Ecstasy first appeared with the Dr. Strange universe in 1986’s Dr. Strange #78. Now what does this mean to you? Well it means that if Marvel Studios reaches into their vast character library and pulls her out to be a part of the movie….well you know the rest. This comic as of right now is probably sitting in some 25 cent long box someplace. Not a bad investment here for a quarter right? If anyone finds a few for a quarter, be sure to send a couple to our PO Box as a thank you.

As always, if you’re a regular visitor to the InvestComics website, you will know that these Hot Pick articles have made many speculators turn over some serious cash. The recommendations and predictions that have come to fruition are boundless. There is simply NO other comic book website that has been doing this since 2005. None. In the new Earth 2 Worlds End (2014) #10 Darkseid will be wreaking havoc once again and once again I implore you to get his first appearance before it becomes too far out of reach (see Thanos, which InvestComics recommended many many years ago to buy). The first appearance of Darkseid comes with some ridiculous cameo/first full appearance mumbo-jumbo. As with Incredible Hulk #180/181 does, but with Darkseid, it works the way it’s suppose to work. The cameo in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 (1970) seems to pull more weight in some markets than does Forever People #1 (1971) which features his first FULL appearance. Nonsense really. A cameo is the absolute first appearance ever of a character, end of story. The cameo should always command more money. Not an arm, a leg, an eye, or a foot, a full body/full face AND more importantly the mention of their name. Wolverine first appeared in Hulk #180, that’s it. Darkseid first appears in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134, that’s it. Let’s stop having the nonsense of the stronghold collectors in our hobby dictate what is what. A first look at someone is in fact their first appearance ever, not cameo or anything related to not recognizing the first appearance and that’s it. You can twist it twenty ways till Sunday, it’s their first appearance. Darkseid was mentioned by NAME in issue #134. He then went on to appear in the very next issue too! Yet Forever People #1 is labeled as First FULL appearance and commands some bucks. Wolverine was even mentioned by NAME in Hulk #180, what more do you need in that case too? Absurd. So anyway, getting off the soapbox now I will say that Jimmy Olsen #134 is a get. InvestComics recommended this comic as an extremely strong buy back in mid 2013 right HERE. Not only will you find the MUST buy here, but a Darkseid checklist too! Yes InvestComics is awesome we know.

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Spider-Verse Team Up (2014) #2 continues with the red hot Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman. InvestComics did inform you to buy the first Gwen Spidey here on InvestComics Hot Picks right? Oh yes yes of course we did! Anytime anyone wants to donate some hot recommendations to InvestComics, the PO Box is below! Haha! You’ll get a mention on here too, a plug, whatever you want!

Harley_Quinn_InvestComics Spider_Man_InvestComicsAlthough only one comic is completely sold out this week at Diamond, a few are right on the cusp. Let’s do a quick roundup here. Devil’s Due has a hit on their hands with Solitary (2014) #1. The cover is very reminiscent of the cooled down, but once red hot Adventures of Superman #14. Sinergy (2014 Image) #2 is a sold out comic walking. If you’re a fan, get it before it goes to the second print. Look for Bitch Planet (2014) #1 to sell out as well. A fantastic creative team delves into the woman’s prison system. Sounds like a hoot! The popular East of West gets a new number issue; East of West The World (2014) #0. And it’s sold out already. While Magdalena has always been popular among fans and a fun read, it never did or does well in the spectator market. Magdalena Seventh Sacrament (2014 Image) #1 will sell out and no one in the aftermarket will care. Erik Larsen pulls out all the stops with his nearly sold out anniversary comic; Savage Dragon (1993 2nd Series) #200. A few variant covers accompany this milestone issue. Congrats to one of the hardest working creators in the industry; Erik Larsen. Avatar has quietly put together a nice intelligent read comic series with God is Dead. This week however, God is Dead (2013 Avatar) #25 will have a double sized, new story arc jumping on point. So what are you waiting for? Jump on. Nothing like have some squirrels kick some ass in a comic book. Check out Squarriors (2014 Devils Due) #1 for some reading and squirrels kicking ass. Harley Quinn + number one issue = a hot comic; Harley Quinn Holiday Special (2014) #1. Although this doesn’t give any hints of significance or smell like a funny cigarette, so don’t expect anything to smell too good from this one but a very awesome Harley book.

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And wrapping up, here are some must read and gets from the number one issue market; The Valiant (2014 Valiant) #1, Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) Annual #1, Amazing Spider-Man (2014 3rd Series) Annual #1, Uncanny X-Men (2013 3rd Series) Annual #1, Eternal (2014 Boom) #1, and Itty Bitty Bunnies Cock Fight (2014) #1.

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Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 6/11/14

45523_20060706171832_large 60519_20061024153042_largeThere are a total of thirteen plus number one comics to touch on this week. Out of the thirteen, only two are emerging as victors in the sold out department. Check out Red City (2014) #1 and Wildfire (2014 Image) #1. Both from…..you guessed it, Image Comics. So without question, these comics are on the must list for the speculator this week. Avatar Press’ Dicks End of Time #1 is on the verge of a sell out too. The crazy variant looks like it will go first before the regular cover.

Other number one issues to not sleep on; Image Comics’ That’s Because You’re a Robot (2014) #1. This comic looks like a fun interesting ride. The number one selling mobile app ever gets its own comic book; Angry Birds Comics (2014) #1. Will the status of being the app champion equate to dominate within the comic book genre? This investor doesn’t see it, but I have been wrong before and stranger things have happened.

The new Amazing Spider-Man (2014 3rd Series) #1.2 will focus on a new character named Clash.

Valiant’s first ever huge crossover event will officially begin in Armor Hunters (2014 Valiant) #1. With top notch creators Doug Braithwaite and Robert Venditti at the helm, look for a fantastic story with awesome artwork and some sell outs along the way.

89332_20070411185021_large 1867184A dark new epic comic comes from Dynamite this week; Blood Queen (2014 Dynamite) #1. This number one issue is showing some nice sales thus far. The Ale Garza variant is a nice one too. Check it out in the gallery here.

The Godzilla movie has created a buzz. The craze seems to have spilled over to the comic book lure a bit. IDW showing some very strong sales on Godzilla The IDW Era (2014 IDW) #1. Look for a possible second print on that one shortly.

DC Comics releases Infinity Man and the Forever People (2014) #1 this Wednesday. A good story line and some good character development may push this series to a heighten interest. Infinity Man and the Forever People first appeared courtesy of the legend himself Jack “King” Kirby in Forever People #1 (1971). Although one member of Forever People did first appear in the 1988 Forever People #1, that being Maya. Always a wise decision to get first appearances from the legend Jack “King” Kirby. Nuff said.

ScreenHunter_374 Jun. 06 21.35 ScreenHunter_374 Jun. 06 21.33A few weeks ago InvestComics alerted all speculators that IF, that’s IF the hand to hand combat comics were to take off that Shang-Chi would be a good place to start hoarding. This Wednesday in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (2014) #2 The Daughters of The Dragon make an appearance. Probably no big deal, but their first appearance however is. Check out The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #32 from 1977. In there you will find a short story introducing “The Daughters” written by Chris Claremont. How cool is that? The guidelines that applied to Jack Kirby earlier applies here too.

While we’re on topic talking about first appearances, check out X (2013 Dark Horse) #14. Not only does InvestComics endorse this comic as a comic to keep an eye on, but the new issue will bring a “game changing” villain to the fray. Keep the X close to the vest. It may breakout one day. I went on extensively about the potential of X back in April 2013 (InvestComics Hot Picks #264) and in May of 2013 (InvestComics Hot Picks #268). Click either one of the red links to check it out. Very high on the character back then, still am.

1880891Rounding out the week; Empty Man (2014) #1. Mr. “Sixth Gun” himself Cullen Bunn brings this new series to Boom Studios. Disney character gets its own series; Figment (2014) #1. Bravest Warriors Impossibear Special (2014) #1 from Boom Studios looks like a fun time.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Pick – Single Issue – Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 – Darkseid

Darkseid ThanosThe new Super Man of Steel movie has brought in over $210 million already. As you read this article that number is probably steadily climbing. With this success for Warner Bros. comes the next phase. WB has already announced that they will be green lighting Superman Man of Steel 2 and Justice League of America, both slated for 2014 and 2015 respectively. Just how realistic is this time frame to get these 2 movies done inside of 2 1/2 years? Highly unlikely, but the wheels are turning here and the comic book collector world needs to be on their collective heels.

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When, not if, but when the Justice League of America film is in its infant stage we will soon find out that there is only one place to go with this movie. One place, meaning one villain and that villain will be Darkseid. As vast as the DC Universe is, there is simply no “one” villain other than Darkseid to cause an entire team some headaches. Marvel on the other hand has a few to choose from, but it is no surprise they are going with Thanos. Darkseid and Thanos have always seemed to be linked to one another. Darkseid’s debut came in 1970; Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134. Thanos’ first appearance came only 3 years later in Iron Man #55. So although Marvel was 3 years late to the party with their version of Kirby’s creation Darkseid, they are several years ahead on the big screen. This will in fact change. Well not a fact, but a confident level here to say that Darkseid will be the nuisance for the JLA team. So where will Darkseid appear? Man of Steel 2? Will Warner Bros. change course (Extremely likely) and make more lead up films before Darkseid appears? Flash? Wonder Woman? Green Arrow? Red Tornado? What characters will have their moment in the sun before the Justice League movie? One thing is for certain though (InvestComics speculation of course) Darkseid will play a major part in the lives of our heroes.

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Over the years InvestComics has recommended countless comics to pick up. Some were good, some were okay, and some never panned out. If ever there was a time for you not to second guess anything, this would be that time. Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 will absolutely explode in due time. InvestComics cannot emphasize enough how important and UNDERVALUED this comic is right now. Here’s another reason why this comic should be in your possession. The amount of graded copies on this comic is absolutely staggering, staggering because there are only a total of 189 of them graded. Only TWO hold the 9.8 spot while 11 hold a grade below. You can shop Ebay right now and find a 9.6 copy for $899 or get a Fine copy at only $125. This comic will double and triple in price once the Darkseid is named to appear as the go to villain. By comparison Iron Man #55 (Thanos’ first appearance) has a 1067 graded copies on the CGC Census. 37 at the 9.8 spot while 75 occupy the grade below. Big difference here huh? Who is the villain in need of Batman Superman Darkseidsome attention here? That would be Darkseid, and boy is he going to get some.

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Besides Darkseid’s first appearance there are some other books that he has appeared in that are also very undervalued that command your attention. The first of those comics are the Justice League of America’s #’s 183 – #185. When the JLA movie comes to fruition, it is “said” that THESE comics will be the storyline to the movie. Get these comics all day in Fine condition on Ebay for $10 a pop. Well worth the condition and money spent. Watch as Warner Bros. makes the announcement about Darkseid, these Fine copies you hold will go tenfold easily. The funny thing here is that the creator of Thanos; Jim Starlin, yeah that guy, he was the artist on 2 of the three covers!

Although Darkseid has been wreaking havoc on the DC Universe for more than 4 decades, ready for this? He has made ONE, that’s right ONE appearance in the Batman comic. Batman #702 to be precise. It took exactly four decades for Darkseid to make it into the pages of a Batman book. Hard to believe isn’t it?? So pick that comic up while you still can. Those will be disappearing before you know it.

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Okay while we’re at it, how about Superman? How many times do you think Darkseid has made his way inside a Superman ONLY titled comic? Hundreds? No. 50? No. 20? No. 10?? No. How about 4 times at last count?! Superman #419 and #666, Superman Vol. 2 #3, and Superman Vol 2. #173. Unbelievable right??

New Gods DarkseidEarly appearances that need to be picked up include Jack Kirby’s Forever People #1 & New Gods # 1 and New Gods #2. One of Kirby’s last DC work came in a form of a graphic novel. 1985’s Hunger Dogs had his creation Darkseid in it. Legion of Super-Heroes #’s 287, 293, and 294 are comics that need to be in your collection sooner rather than later. Important storylines with Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen at the helm.

Darkseid appeared alongside Marvel a few times. John Byrne’s Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger, George Perez’ Avengers/JLA (how fitting is that?), Walt Simsonson’s The Uncanny X-Men/The New Teen Titans.

And lastly, watch for Darkseid to make an appearance during DC’s Villain month.

Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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