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IDW Publishing will bring the Rom character back from obscurity on Free Comic Book Day May 7th 2016. The long awaited Rom drought will end with the release of Rom: Space Knight #0. Chris Ryall (Editor-In_Chief) has always been a huge fan of the character and always teased fans about maybe one day bringing him back. Now Chris’ dream and fans alike will have their Knight in shining Armour back for good! If you are a fan of yesteryear like we were or even a new fan, InvestComics brings you the ultimate Rom checklist below. Click away and buy up these great books. Get to know the Rom of the past because one must know the past to appreciate the future. Be sure to check out the new Rom series from IDW Publishing when it hits. We’re sure it’ll be a blast from the past and future!

Rom Checklist

Rom #1

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Rom #2

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Rom #3

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Rom #5

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Rom #1 (1979) – The first appearances of Rom, Dire Wraiths, Prime Director, Brandy Clark, and Spaceknights. Bill Mantlo writes, Sal Buscema draws, and a Frank Miller/Joe Rubinstein cover. A number one issue to love.
Rom #2 (1980) – First appearances of Jonathan Clark, Sarah Clark, Steve Jackson, and Firefall.
Rom #3 (1980) – A Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #5 (1980) – Doctor Strange makes a guest appearance. Also the first appearance of the Hellhounds of the Dark Nebula.

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Rom #8

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Rom #12

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Rom #14

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Rom #17

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Rom #8 (1980) – First appearance of Serpentyne.
Rom #12 (1980) – The awesome Jack of Hearts makes an appearance. The great Michael Golden gets both characters on his cover. Lovely.
Rom #14 (1981) – This comic has a bunch of goodies in it. The first appearances of Terminator Rom, and Starshine (Landra). Appearances (flashback) by the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Dave Cockrum cover.
Rom #17 (1981) – The Uncanny X-Men make an appearance. This comic and the followup next issue are the most popular of the Rom series run. A Frank Miller/Al Milgrom cover with Wolverine slashing at Rom makes this an instant collectors item. Also the first appearance of Hybrid.

Rom #18

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Rom #20

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Rom #21

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Power Man and Iron Fist #73

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Rom #18 (1981) – Part 2 with the Uncanny X-Men. Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #20 (1981) – First appearance of Mentus.
Rom #21 (1981) – The return of the Torpedo. A fantastic Al Milgrom cover.
Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (1981) – The first time Rom ventures outside of his own title into the Marvel universe. Writer Jo Duffy, and a Frank Miller cover.

Rom #23

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Rom #25

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Rom #29

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Contest of Champions #1

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Rom #23 (1981) – Power Man and Iron Fist return the favor and appear in the Rom comic. A few Marvel characters first appear with Rom in this comic. Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Moon Knight.
Rom #25 (1981) – First appearances of Hammerhead, Astra, Javelin, Rainbow, and an appearance from Torpedo.
Rom #29 (1982) – An Incredible Hulk appearance.
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 (1982) – Rom steps out of his own comic for the first time and into the realm of the Marvel universe. This 3 issue mini was the first of its kind and it was a big seller back in 82. The aftermarket treated this series very kindly back then. Rom seems to have appeared in only the first issue. The series was written by Grant, Gruenwald, and Mantlo. Drawn by John Romita Jr. Cover by Romita Jr and Layton.

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Rom #31

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Rom #32

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Rom #33

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What if #36

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Rom #31 (1982) – The Avengers make an appearance.
Rom #32 (1982) – The X-Men make an appearance.
Rom #33 (1982) – First appearance of Sybil.
What If? #36 (1982) – Rom’s second appearance into the Marvel U, but it’s in a backup Nova what if story.

Rom Annual #1

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Rom #38

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Rom #40

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Rom #41

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Rom Annual #1 (1982) – Rom’s first annual. Also the first appearance of Gloriole (backup story).
Rom #38 (1983) – A fantastic cover from Gene Day and an appearance by Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Also the first appearance of Doctor Dredd.
Rom #40 (1983) – The first appearance of Starshine (Brandy Clark).
Rom #41 (1983) – Doctor Strange makes an appearance.

Marvel Two-In-One #99

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Rom #44

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Rom #46

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Rom #48

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Marvel Two-In-One #99 (1983) – Rom teams with the Thing (Fantastic Four). Cover by John Byrne and Ed Hannigan.
Rom #44 (1983) – First appearance of Devastator.
Rom #46 (1983) – Bill Sienkiewicz lends his legendary status to this awesome cover.
Rom #48 (1983) – This cover reminds us of the “Spidey No More” story (opening page – Amazing Spider-Man #50). The Rom cover reads “To Fight No More”. Hmmmmm……Cover credit: Ian Akin/Brian Garvey.

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Rom Annual #2

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Rom #50

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Rom #51

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Rom #52

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Rom Annual #2 (1983) – An overload of first appearances here. Breaker, Unseen, Pulsar, Seeker, Trapper, and Scanner.
Rom #50 (1984) – Avengers and Fantastic Four appearances. Cover from Michael Zeck.
Rom #51 (1984) – Another great Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #52 (1984) – First appearance of General Merriwether Locklin. Bill Sienkiewicz supplies the cover art.

Hulk #296

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Rom #56

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Rom #57

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Rom #58

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Incredible Hulk #296 (1984) – Rom makes an appearance.
Rom #56 (1984) – Alpha Flight appearance with a John Byrne cover.
Rom #57 (1984) – Another John Byrne cover. Alpha Flight/Rom cover.
Rom #58 (1984) Ant-Man appearance. Ant-Man also appears on the Jackson Guice cover.

Rom #59

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Rom #61

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Rom #62

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Rom #65

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Rom #59 (1984) – Legend Steve Ditko takes over the art duties for the remainder of the Rom series. Unfortunately the Rom series begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. An Ant-Man appearance in this issue.
Rom #61 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. Here’s a fun book to hunt down for only one reason. That black cover. See if you can score a 9.8 grade or higher. Might be challenging for a 32 year old comic. And besides, look at the creator names on this book anyway, Mantlo. Guice, Austin, Mazzucchelli, and Ditko. Not just any book to get graded.
Rom #62 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #65 (1985) – Steve Ditko pencils ALL of these characters; Avengers, X-Men, West Coast Avengers, Soviet Super Soldiers, Dynamic Defenders (which includes Valkyrie, Beast, Iceman, Gargoyle, Angel, and Moondragon), Captain Britain, and many more. This issue is a must have in your Steve Ditko collection.

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Rom #66

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Rom #67

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Rom #71

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Rom #73

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Rom #66 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. All the same characters appear in this issue as did in the last issue. This time add Galactus to the mix.
Rom #67 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Hiberlac and the Hibers. Jim Starlin cover!
Rom #71 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Clavians.
Rom #73 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearances of Heatwave, Spaceknights (second generation), and Ariane.

Rom Annual #4

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Rom #74

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Rom #75

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Incredible Hulk #319

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Rom Annual #4 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Voltar.
Rom #74 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Lord Dominor. John Byrne cover art.
Rom #75 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. The last issue.
Incredible Hulk #319 (1986) – Rom took 2 months off after his series finale before appearing this comic. Written, drawn and cover by John Byrne.

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2

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Incredible Hulk #418

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Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2 (1992) – Rom appears in a backup story written by Roy Thomas.
Incredible Hulk #418 (1994) – Rom appears in this wedding issue. Written by Peter David and art by Gary Frank. This comic has an appearance from Death. Death is a Neil Gaiman Sandman character creation from DC’s imprint Vertigo. Tsk-tsk Marvel, shame on you.
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014) – Rom appears in a story written by Brian Michael Bendis and art by Alan Davis. “Licensed Contest of Champions” is the story name and it features Godzilla, Bug (Microverse), among others…..including Rom.

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Jay Katz

InvestComics Hot Picks #286

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 9-11-13

(Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. This article is used as a guide for investments and more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments should be used as a judgement upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing and have fun.)

Last week InvestComics Hot Picks #285 covered the arrival of DC’s 3D comic cover onslaught. The 3D covers turned out to be a huge success for DC judging from the demand in the aftermarket as well as complete sell outs in every comic shop across the nation. One particular comic is commanding in the range of $199 to $300 in the aftermarket. The “winner” in last week’s 3D sweepstakes has to go to Forever Evil #1 – Ivan Reis’ retail variant. The ratio of this comic is driving the price up tremendously. How about 1 variant per comic shop? That’s a nice ratio isn’t it? Get this bad boy in a CGC graded case, a 9.8 or higher and double your cash instantly. Hurry though; the 3D madness will not last forever. Not saying that prices will plummet here, but these prices WILL level out and some speculators may get caught holding their purse. Do not overpay to get any of these books. Be a wise speculator, this isn’t the 1990’s anymore. Although it may feel that way at the moment, this will all die down and level off. That said you must look for the rare ratio 3D books in order to make some serious bank. If you are collecting all of the 3D covers, be sure to get two copies of each, although many retail outfits are limiting one per customer (even Midtown Comics in New York are limiting 1 per). So get your brother, friend, mom, dad, sister, whomever to buy a copy so that you have 2 in your stash. Why two copies you may ask? The reason is simple and any collector already knows; a nice reader/collector copy and one to put together in a mass sale of all 52 variants. What some speculators may not be aware of is some of the aftermarket prices for (pre-ordering) all 52 covers. They are fetching upwards to $390. Not too shabby. To reiterate, the 3D craze WILL NOT last forever, so if you are going to do a mass kill on selling all 52 3D books, you must do so in a small window. The market will in fact come down on these sooner than later. You will have quite a few that will break the outside mold and become a $300 book all onto itself like the Forever Evil # variant. THOSE are the ‘prizes’ here fans. THOSE are the ones to get your hands on. Not an easy task, but getting those will make your bank account very happy. Especially if you get them professionally graded by CGC and score a high grade.

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As this Wednesday approaches, DC Comics continues their trend with the 3D covers. InvestComics will follow the same trend too. As we did last week we will be breaking down each comic with the first appearance of the particular villain taking over the book. It’s so much fun to see where some of these villains came from and how much they have evolved and devolved over the course of time. Not every redo is a home run guys/gals. Sometimes things should stay the way they are. Don’t fix what ain’t broke.

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Teen Titans (2011 4th Series) #23.1 – Trigon looks really angry on this 3D cover doesn’t he? Hate to be on that Titans team looking at him. Trigon first appeared in The New Teen Titans #4 (1981), creators George Perez and Marv Wolfman at the helm here. This should already be in your collection.

Justice League (2011) #23.2 – Here’s another first appearance that any comic collector should already have in their stash. Another 80’s book; Omega Men #3 (1983) features the first look at Lobo.

Justice League of America (2013 3rd Series) #7.2 – An interesting choice going with a Killer Frost takeover. The frosty one first appeared in Firestorm #3 (1978).

Green Lantern (2011 4th Series) #23.2 – The wannabe (appearance wise – Thanos/Darkseid) Mongul takes over this comic. And another 1980’s comic; check out his debut in DC Comics Presents #27 (1980).

Flash (2011) #23.2 – Reverse-Flash will give Flash a very hard time in his comic book this month. The first Professor Zoom is in 1963’s Flash #139. Love that yellow suit!!

Earth 2 (2012 DC) #15.2 – Boy you talk about a fantastic makeover, this would be it. Solomon Grundy looks like a menace on the 3D cover here. Good job DC! Grundy first appeared all the way back in All-American Comics #61 (1944).

Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – The enigmatic Harley Quinn brings her craziness to this comic. Check out the iconic comic (cover wise) Batman: Harley Quinn one shot from 1999 to get her debut.

Batman (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – And speaking of iconic. The awesomeness of the Riddler appears this week as his hostile takeover will be fantastic probably. Look at that cover! Beautiful! His debut came in Batman #140 (1961). This is definitely a comic to have in your collection. If you do not own this comic, you need to buy it. The Riddler character will always be an uptick character. No losing here. None.

Batman The Dark Knight (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – If one had to choose the best rouge gallery for one particular DC character; it would have to be Batman, right? Well maybe that’s up for debate on for another day, but Mr. Freeze dons the 3D cover this week and his debut is in Batman #121 (1959). Cover art by Curt Swan? Yes I will have one thank you!

Batman and Robin (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – The very recent introduction and popular villains ‘Court of Owls’ will take over the Bats and Rob book. COO (abbreviation) were spoken about in the latest Batman #1 New 52 series, but it wasn’t until Batman #5 (New 52) they made their debut.

Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #23.1 – Speaking of rogue galleries, you want to talk about some of the weakest in all of the DC U? Yes Aquaman may be cool now, but boy do his villains need some serious makeovers! Black Manta is no exception here. Debuting in Aquaman #35 (1967).

Superman #23.2 – In actuality, Supes isn’t that far behind in weak villains either. Why do you think we always see Lex and Zod everywhere? Well Brainiac, like so many others have been through the ringer with the changing of his looks as well. If things work, no change is needed, if things do not, changes are always present. Case in point with a lot of these new looks for everyone over the years. But anyways, getting off track here, check out the Brains first appearance in Action Comics #242 (1958).

Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – Here we have one of the bad asses in the Superman gallery. Zod! General Zod made his debut in Adventure Comics #283 (1961). Another one of those “can’t lose” books. Although many changes over the years, Zod remains a force in the collectors market.

That’s it for the 3D madness, now onto the number one issue madness this week! But first let’s cover the double digit number one; Captain America (2012 7th Series) #11. In this issue the question is asked, who is Iron Nail? Pick this up and find out!

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In the new Mighty Avengers (2013) #1, the team will face off against Proxima Midnight. PM’s arrival was in the recent pages of New Avengers #8. Marvel will look to milk the “Infinity” drama for all it’s worth in Infinity Hunt (2013) #1. This issue will bring a new ‘Contest of Champions’ to the table. If you don’t know exactly what Contest of Champions is, well shame on you! Check out the original classic from 1982; Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions three issue limited series. Here is a quick creators list on this series; Gruenwald, Mantlo, Romita Jr., and Layton. Is there any reason anyone would not know about this comic??

And now we visit the slew of number one issues headed your way this Wednesday. How does anyone afford this hobby anymore?

Rapid fire: A few number one issues REALLY need to be on your radar this week. The aftermarket pricing will reflect the SOLD OUT sign on these if the story is well received. Mythopolis (2013 Ardden) #1 is SOLD OUT, Kings Watch (2013 Dynamite) #1 is SOLD OUT, Hit List (2013) Zenescope #1 might be a sleeper, but Zenescope comics never fare that well in the aftermarket, Locke and Key (2013 7th Series) Alpha #1 will be on the SOLD OUT list shortly, Genie The Genius (2013 Ape) #1 will follow that road, Low Society (2013) #0 may also be a sleeper; it’s on the verge of a sellout, the wildly popular television series will get its own book; Sons of Anarchy (2013 Boom) #1. Live television series’ do not always equate to demand on the comic book front. Actually it’s an extremely rare feat that success is found in the comic book market from a TV show. Eternal Warrior (2013 Valiant) #1 will join the Valiant list of successful sellouts, while Mars Attacks Judge Dredd (2013 IDW) #1 will cater to the Mars Attacks groupie’s.

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