Top 5 Hot Picks #93


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Gamora #1 – The first solo series from the female muscle of the Guardians of The Galaxy group. Sales are off to a great start. Some variants are already sold out.

Captain America Sam Wilson #16 – Misty Knight picks up the shield. It looks like a good fit. More of this in 2017? Maybe…..

Deadpool And Mercs For Money #6 – The Rainbow Deadpool Squad make their return. Another prediction, we’ll probably see more of them in 2017.

Justice League Suicide Squad #1 – Two DC Comics teams go head to head. Fight! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Mighty Captain Marvel #0 – Another Captain Marvel relaunch. This series (how many issues??) will be written by novelist Margaret Stohl. This will be Margaret’s first written comic book series. We’re in.


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IC 100 Club Pick: Shazam #1 (1973) 8.5 – Amazing Adventures #1 (1970) 5.0 – Harley Quinn #1 (2016) 9.8

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Click To Buy Bid – X-Men #138

Click To Buy Bid – Strge Tales #180


Click To Buy Bid – Marvel Team-Up #1

Strange Tales #180 (1975)

New Mutants #1 (1983)

Star-Lord #1

Uncanny X-Men #138 (1980)

Marvel Team-Up #1 (1972)

Marvel Premiere #21 (1975)

Mockingbird Shield 50th Anniversary #1

Deadpool #4

Invincible Iron Man #2

Green Arrow #13

Archie #15


Click To Buy Bid – Marvel Pre #21


Click To Buy Bid – New Mutants #1


Click To Buy Bid – Deadpool #4

Divinity III Stalinverse #1

Dead Inside #1

Jem Misfits #1

Gumballs #1

Locke & Key Small World #1

Tales From The Suicide Forest

World War X #1

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NOTE. Please understand that when InvestComics releases the Hot Picks article on Thursday/Friday that many of the independent comics may not be available on Ebay yet. Most of the time, some of the more obscure titles make their way onto Ebay later on in the week or right on/at/before new comic book day on Wednesday. Be sure to check back and click the links or cover(s) to see if the books you want have been listed on Ebay. They usually show up, so be sure to check back!

Before reading ahead, we feel we need to warn you that our articles contain very harsh truths in them. Not vulgar language, just a good solid dose of honesty. They always have, they always will. If you are easily offended, cannot come to terms that other people have opinions too beside yourself and especially if you’re a fanboy, discontinue reading. Go back to the other places selling you the farm. This is NOT the place for you. We’re here to have fun and not lie to you. Thank you and enjoy!

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Each week InvestComics seeks out a comic(s) on Ebay for $100 or less and then brings it to the attention of our fans. We call it IC 100 Club Pick. The idea is to get a great book at a great price. We do not own nor are we selling these comics. The comics are found by a random process. We do not know the ebay seller(s), nor are we promoting the Ebay seller. Any knowing from the Ebay seller of InvestComics or its affiliates is purely coincidental. (See disclaimer for more details). 

IC 100 Club Pick: We have three comics this week under $100. Shazam #1 (1973) 8.5. First appearance of Marvel Family in DC Universe. Origin of Captain Marvel retold. Press this and possibly get a 9.0? At $79.99 buy it now, that’s a buy….it….now.  Not too familiar with these Michael Turner Aspen DC Comics, but this one looks nice for only $59.99. Harley Quinn #1 (2016) 9.8 Michael Turner sketch variant.  Amazing Adventures #1 (1970) 5.0. First solo Black Widow story. Cover by Jack Kirby and John Romita. Art from Jack Kirby and John Buscema. All this for only $84.


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Gamora gets her first solo series ever. Gamora #1 will have writer Nicole Perlman and artist Marco Checchetto see Gamora off to begin her solo career. She has a strong presence on screen, but will that equate to a strong showing in the funny books? We’ll have to watch and see on this one. We have confidence that Nicole and Marco will keep things interesting. Strange Tales #180 (1975) is the first Gamora appearance. The cosmic master, Jim Starlin is all over this one too. Story, art, inks, colors and cover art. An obvious classic. A Gamora #1 variant pays homage to New Mutants #1 (1983). Cover by Bobby Rubio. There is also the sexy (what a surprise) J. Scott Campbell variant. That one seems to be in much demand (what a surprise). Oh and Star-Lord #1 comes out too. There is a variant that pays homage to Uncanny X-Men #138 (1980). The variant is done by Chris Stevens.


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Click To Buy/Bid – Captain Marvel #0


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Over many years, there have been several characters to have taken the Captain America mantle. So many in fact, it’s too many to list here. There have been a few women to run with the shield, but most or all the time within the alternate Marvel universe. It’s no secret that Disney has set out on a mission regarding their comics as far as gender and their demo reach is concerned. The female hero/villain has a very large presence in today’s comic market and now Marvel branches out once again (possibly) to switch the gender tables on one of their characters. It seems as though Misty Knight is borrowing that Captain America mantle from Sam Wilson in Captain America Sam Wilson #16. And judging from the Paul Renaud cover, she is not playing around. Will this become a ‘thing’? Will she keep the shield? Star in her own title with a shield of her own? Misty Knight first appeared in Marvel Team-Up #1 (1972). Her First full appearance was in Marvel Premiere #21 (1975).

Number zero comic issues are silly. There, we said it. They make no sense, but sometimes comic companies insist on doing the silliness of a zero issue before their number one issue. Such is the case for Marvel’s Mighty Captain Marvel #0. We’re not saying any zero issues aren’t good or this particular zero issue won’t be good, just saying there is nothing that cannot be done in a number one issue that can be done in a zero issue. Count up from number one and that’s it. Have a prologue issue with no number if need be instead……why zero? Anyway, let’s get back to the new Mighty Captain Marvel #0. Zero……….okay okay we need to get back on track, we apologize. Totally having fun here, we really don’t care that much. At all actually. The new Captain Marvel comic will be the first ever regular comic series from writer Margaret Stohl. She made her comic book debut introducing us to Red Widow in Mockingbird Shield 50th Anniversary #1. So check out the new series from Margaret Stohl and artist Ramon Rosanas.


Click To Buy/Bid – Deadpool Merc #6


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Click To Buy/Bid – JLA vs Suicide S #1


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Deadpool And Mercs For Money #6 will feature the return of Rainbow Deadpool Squad. The Rainbow Deadpool Squad first appeared earlier this year in Deadpool #4. Just like we predicted spinoff series’ for the original members of the Mercs For Money team, we’ll say to watch out for a Deadpool Rainbow Squad team book somewhere down the line eventually.
Riri Williams continues her quest, read her story in Invincible Iron Man #2.

DC is calling Justice League Suicide Squad #1 the start of the first major storyline within the realm of Rebirth. Brought to us by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Jason Fabok. Have you seen the Justice League Suicide Squad #1 Unknown Comics variant giveaway here on InvestComics? Click HERE and enter for your chance to win next week. As for the sense of a major storyline? We don’t care, give us a well written story with action and we’re on board.
A disturbingly cool variant cover from W. Scott Forbes to check out; Green Arrow #13.


Click To Buy/Bid – Archie #15


Click To Buy/Bid – Divinity #1


Click To Buy/Bid -Misfits #1


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Archie Comics continues their introduction of Cheryl Blossom in Archie #15. The Rafael Albuquerque variant cover kills.
Action Lab Entertainment brings life to a novel written by comic creator Peter David. The title ensures the quality of ownership; Peter David’s Artful #1.

Here are other comics to look out for this Wednesday; Divinity III Stalinverse #1 (Valiant Entertainment). Dead Inside #1 (Dark Horse). Jem Misfits #1 (IDW). Gumballs #1 (IDW). Locke & Key Small World #1 (IDW). Tales From The Suicide Forest (Amigo Comics). World War X #1 (Titan Comics).

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 2-27-13

IC-Publication-LogoIf you haven’t seen the latest InvestComics Newsletter, you should check it out right HERE. Big news coming out of the InvestComics camp! More to follow….

The new Breaking the 4th Wall Podcast here on InvestComics will have the Joe Harris interview! Be sure to check that out!

One consistency you will find these days here on InvestComics and in the Marvel Comics world these days can be summed up in 4 words; Guardians of the Galaxy. This week Marvel begins their quest to shove this team down our throats until the movie comes out in 2014. Although it may seem like a long time from now; hell we’re into the third month of 2013 already! It comes quick and the word quick should be in your collector vocabulary when it comes to any of these characters destined to appear in the movie. Marvel’s “primer” if you will comes out this week by the name Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1. With creators Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven attached to this project, it’s very safe to assume here that there will be quick sellouts here with demand in the aftermarket. Although Marvel pulled out some heavyweights for this book, is the appearance of Iron Man in this book a little bit of an uncertainty factor? At least it’s not Wolverine!


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The team within these pages and the movie for the most part are still out there to be had as far as the collectors market is concerned. With that said, the longer you wait, well the harder it’ll be to get your bid in. Prices will be going up and up fans, no slowing down here…..for now. Bad publicly, delays, budget woes, and a bad trailer could change things very quick to the downside. Be wary here. Be a smart investor, know your market. Pay attention.

The following characters appearing in the new comic (and movie, not all characters, but we still don’t really know) are still readily available for the investor right now at some decent (affordable) pricing. At the forefront of your search should be Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon. Star-Lord (as mentioned numerous times already on InvestComics) first appeared in Marvel Preview Presents #4 (1976). There are only 29 of these comics graded by CGC right now. Three of which sit in the 9.8 slot. Do you really need more motivation here? Okay here’s some more for you. Rocket Raccoon first appeared in Marvel Preview Presents #7 (1976). There are an astounding 12 graded copies of this book out there. Highest grade is a 9.6 and only one sits there. Next grade sits at 9.2 with two sitting there. Get the drift here? Then you have Gamora and Drax. Both of these characters have a big similarity. That would be Mr. Jim Starlin. Gamora first appeared in Strange Tales #180 (1975) and Drax debuted in Iron Man #55 (1975) both are written and penciled by Jim. Now we all know that if you are a comic collector, one must own the first appearance of what is to become the modern day Darth Vader (Thanos) in Iron Man #55, which commands some big bucks in the aftermarket, but still a very strong buy at the high prices. Looking at the Strange Tales #180 though we see a trend like the previously mentioned, excluding the Iran Man book. Only 79 of these comics are graded. Ten hold the 9.8 position. Then we have Groot. Tales to Astonish #13 (1960) is the first look at Groot. Okay only 28 graded here. Highest grades available are one at 9.4 and one at the 9.2 position. Here’s the kicker with this comic. A debut from Groot and only 28 total graded?? This comic is a golden egg ready to explode IF Groot somehow makes it to the big screen and kicks ass. Not because he’s “groot”, because it’s a first appearance drawn by legend Jack “the King” Kirby. Nuff said. Well one more thing. Jim Starlin is one of the main reasons if not THE reason the Marvel cosmo’s being as consistent and brilliant as it is. Don’t kid yourself. He’s the Frank Miller Batman of the Marvel Cosmic Universe. Now, nuff said.

DC Comics tells fans that Flash #17 will introduce us to one of Flash’s greatest foes! Great! The Flash rogue gallery needs a kick in the ass! The Savage Hawkman #17 re-introduces the Shadow Thief into the New 52 Universe. The Shadow Thief first appeared in The Brave and the Bold #36 (1961). This issue comes with a Joe Kubert cover. Nice!

Uncanny Avengers #4 has Omega Skull in it. Is this the first appearance? Not sure, but wanted to throw it out there!

And another Uncanny book to look forward to this week with the word “skull” in it is Uncanny Skullkickers #1. Check out these books as well; Five Weapons #1 (Image), Amalas Blade #0 (Dark Horse), and Professor Frink Fantastic Science Fictions #1 (Bongo).

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     The Guardian of the Galaxy have a long history.  Since their first incarnation in Marvel Super-Heroes  they have appeared in many titles and stared in their own series. But when Marvel announced the production of a feature film even the most die hard Starlord fans must have been surprised.  Thankfully Marvel has a plan and it seems to center around Thanos-Marvel’s biggest, baddest cosmic despot.  We can also be thankful that the team will be based on Dan Abnett’s acclaimed series which followed the Annihilation crossover event.

     It’s time now to give those of us who collect comic books the run down on the Guardians of The Galaxy.  You may not be the only one wondering how a super tree and a talking raccoon with big guns will translate to screen but before they do look for these comics in high grade.  Some will be worth flipping for fast cash right before the film hits while others should be stored neatly in your vault.

Marvel Super-Heroes 18 & Astonishing Tales 29

The cosmic defenders first appeared here and were later reprinted in Astonishing Tales 29.  Both are selling well beyond their true value, especially Heroes 18.  I have seen internet sales over 200 for the issue in VF.  The comic will continue to generate high sales even after the film comes out but A bomb in theaters will reduce the value of both.

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Bronze Age books can be a very lucrative investment.  Some of the most renown creators worked for Marvel and on comics featuring the Guardians.  Collectors will eventually be searching for more and more GOTG appearances so I suggest you start looking now.  Also a savvy collector should remember that there were pricing and regional variants for many comics from this era.

Marvel Presents 3-12 / The Avengers 167,168,170,173,177,181 / The Defenders 26-29 / Marvel Two In One 5,61,69 / Contest of Champions 3 / Marvel Team up 86 / Giant Size Defenders 5 / Thor Annual 6 etc.

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Subsequent decades were not kind to the Guardians.  Issues from Volume 1 hold little to no value unless you own a complete set.  There are exceptions though.  There are some Mark Jeweler variants of early issues, issues 25, 50 have newsstand variants and the last five issues had low print runs making them quite rare!  And you could buy these-

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Moving on to the current team ( which the film will be based on )

Annihilation Conquest 6

I have mentioned this comic before and I say again, this comic is primed to explode!  Issue 6 of this series is basically the first appearance of the new team.


This series ran for 25 issues.  Issue 1 is hot in high grade ( there is a 2nd print variant as well ) and the final issue features Thanos on the cover but it too has a variant worth purchasing.

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As a bonus here are some truly rare and collectible GOTG comics!

These are my favorite UK Guardians of the Galaxy issues.  Good luck finding them in the states though!

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First appearances of characters known to be in the film have already seen significant value increases.

First Groot


First Gamora


First Starlord


First Rocket Raccoon!


And finally if you are as big a Groot fan as I am you can look for these books!

Hulk Weekly 23,24  Uk 1979

Where Monsters Dwell 6

Weird Wonder Tales 19  ( Look for the Mark Jeweler as well )

Hulk Annual 5

Marvel Age 83

Spider-Man Team Up Special 1 2005

Supernaturals 4 1998  ( with mask! )