Number One Comics – October 2017

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the InvestComics Hot Picks during the month of October. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

Shadowman Rae Sremmurd #1 – Eliot Rahal and Renato Guedes.
Shadow Batman #1 – Steve Orlando and Giovanni Timpano.
Slots #1 – Dan Panosian.
Warframe #1 – Matt Hawkins, Ryan Cady and Studio Hive.
The Archies #1 – Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg and Joe Eisma.

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Buy/Bid – Slots #1

Buy/Bid – Archies #1

Buy/Bid – Shadow Batman #1

Buy/Bid – Shadow/Rae #1

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Weed Magic #1 – Brian Phillipson and Alex Cormack.
Eugenic #1 – James Tynion and Eryk Donovan.
Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1 – Paul Dini, Marc Andreyko, Laura Braga and Amanda Conner.
Batman: White Knight #1 – Sean Murphy.
Punisher The Platoon #1 – Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov.

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Harley Ivy Betty Veronica #1

Buy/Bid – Punisher Platoon #1

Buy/Bid – White Knight #1

Buy/Bid – Weed Magic #1

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Falcon #1 – Rodney Barnes and Joshua Cassara.
Ragman #1 – Ray Fawkes and Inaki Miranda.
Gotham City Garage #1 
God Complex #1 – Paul Jenkins, Bryan Lie and Hendry Prasetya.
Danger Doll Squad #1 – Dan Mendoza, Jason P. Martin, Bryan Seaton and Winston Young.

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Buy/Bid – Falcon #1

Buy/Bid – Ragman #1

Buy/Bid – Gotham Garage #1

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Dan Dare #1 – Peter Milligan and Alberto Fouche.
Wrapped Up #1 –  Dave Scheidt and Sean K. Dove.
Zen Home One Shot – Dan Cote.
Aspen Universe Decimation #1 – Vince Hernandez and Marco Renna.
Volcanosaurus #1 – S.A. Check and Scottie Watson.

Buy/Bid – Zen #1

Buy/Bid – Aspen #1

Buy/Bid – Dan Dare #1

Buy/Bid – Wrapped Up #1

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Thor: Where Walk the Frost Giants #1 – Ralph Macchio and Todd Nauck.
DC House of Horror #1
The Ruff & Reddy Show #1 – Howard Chaykin and Mac Rey.
Jughead: The Hunger #1 – Frank Tieri and Michael Walsh.
Hack/Slash: Resurrection #1 – Tini Howard, K. Michael Russel and Celor.

Buy/Bid – Frost Giants #1

Buy/Bid – DC Horror #1

Buy/Bid – Ruff & Ready #1

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Santa vs. Dracula – Ed Power and Melissa Dejesus.
Solar Flare, Season 2 #1 – James Haick III and Branko Jovanovic.
Eternity #1 – Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine.
Taarna #1 – Alex De Campi and Stephane Roux.
1985: Black Hole Repo #1 – Michael Moreci and Seth Sherwood.
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast #1
Sugar Boogarz #1 – Michael Duron.

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Buy/Bid – Santa Dracula #1

Buy/Bid – Taarna #1

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Mazscara #1 – Gary T. Becks.
Gao #1 – Alfred Perez.
No Room For Magic #1 – Adrian Ramos.
IM-6 #1 – Binne MacManamon and Roger Bonet.

Buy/Bid – Mazscara #1

Buy/Bid – No Room #1

Buy/Bid – Gao #1

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InvestComics Hot Picks #496

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This week, new comic book release day 10/11/17.

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Buy/Bid – Defenders #6

Buy/Bid – Amazing Spider-Man #789

Buy/Bid – Falcon #1

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Sam Wilson is back as the character every fan loves him as, the Falcon. Now that he’s back, he’ll begin a new series from creators Rodney Barnes and Joshua Cassara. Falcon #1 will team up Falcon and The Patriot. Will this be a permanent team-up? Your guess is as good as ours. The Patriot (Rayshaun Lucas), first appeared in Captain America: Sam Wilson #18.
The Defenders #6: Legacy, features an appearance by Deadpool.
Amazing Spider-Man #789 may feature a first appearance. Keep an eye out on it.

Buy/Bid – Metal #3

Buy/Bid – Gotham City Garage #1

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Ragman #1 from creators Ray Fawkes and Inaki Miranda. Ragman first appeared in a 1976 Joe Kubert penciled Ragman #1. It’s extremely affordable on Ebay if you’d like to grab it.
A new DC series based on statues? Yep, DC’s Collectible Statue line starts a new series this week; Gotham City Garage #1. Imagine a statue being the first appearance of a character instead of a comic being the first….
After the last page in Dark Nights Metal #2, fans will get to see all of the new Batman characters in action in Dark Nights Metal #3. The Jim Lee cover puts all of them front and center. Who’s your favorite?

Buy/Bid – God Complex #1

Buy/Bid – Youngblood #6

Buy/Bid – Wrapped Up #1

Buy/Bid – Dan Dare #1










InvestComics Indie Hot Picks;
God Complex #1 (Image Comics). Creators; Paul Jenkins, Bryan Lie and Hendry Prasetya.
Youngblood #6, a Rob Liefeld Walking Dead #1 variant tribute cover.
Danger Doll Squad #1 (Action Lab). Creators Dan Mendoza, Jason P. Martin, Bryan Seaton and Winston Young.
Dan Dare #1 (Titan Comics). Creators; Peter Milligan and Alberto Fouche. Fighting American #1 (Titan Comics). Creators Gordan Rennie and Duke Mighten.
Wrapped Up #1 (Lion Forge). Creators; Dave Scheidt and Sean K. Dove.
Zen Home One Shot. Creator Dan Cote.
Aspen Universe Decimation #1 (Aspen Entertainment). Creators Vince Hernandez and Marco Renna.
Volcanosaurus #1 (American Mythology). Creators S.A. Check and Scottie Watson.

Buy/Bid – Danger Doll #1

Buy/Bid – Aspen Universe #1

Buy/Bid – Volcanosaurus #1

Buy/Bid – Zen Home One Shot










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Creator Spotlight – Walt Simonson


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Each week InvestComics will bring a creator into the spotlight to showcase some of their key books within their career.

Walt Simonson is a legend in the circles of the comic book industry. He is one of the premiere players. An artist, an inker and a writer. The man can do it all and does it all at an extraordinary level.

His body of work could not even be justified in this article it is so vast, but InvestComics will highlight a plethora of comics in Walt’s illustrious, well known, well respected career thus far. Exclusions are bound to happen on this list, these are just some of his works. We hope you enjoy reading, gazing, buying these comics below as much as we have over the years.


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Weird War Tales #10 (1973) The first professional work. A backup story. DC owns the distinct honor of discovering him. Thanks DC! Although Marvel would have eventually come along.

Sword of Sorcery #5 (1973) The first solo cover right here.

The Haunt of Horror #1 (1973) The first Marvel work came in this number one issue magazine in a backup story.

Detective Comics #437 (1973) Walt was a fantastic Batman artist/writer. This was his first Batman book, but he didn’t do the Batman character. He did another character that he would “own” and that would be the Manhunter. In a backup role here again. This is also the first appearance of the New Manhunter.


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Detective Comics #443 (1974) It is here that Walt would get he first crack at the Batman character on pencils.

Master of Kung-Fu #24 (1975) This is the first official Marvel “comic book” work for Walt. He would be one of three artist on this book.

Pizzazz #10 (1977) Simonson went on to do a lot of Star Wars comics in his career. This is the first Star Wars art he ever did and it was in a magazine. This was also very early Star Wars art regarding comics. Only a few months after the number one Star Wars comic debuted, this magazine debuted. It featured different Star Wars stories in the magazine by different creators each month. Issues 10-13 were all Simonson.

Rampaging Hulk #1 (1977) Here’s the first art on the Hulk character. It was a magazine.


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Young Love #125 (1977) Here is one of those that will have you scratching your head. Simonson did the cover for this romance comic.

Thor #260 (1977) Almost all creators get linked to a certain character(s) during their career. Some creators find a niche with a career and they take it to another level, thus making them “that creator” on that particular character(s) that fans relate to. This comic here is not that comic. Well, not yet anyways. Walt Simonson does not find his grove with the Thor character until six years later, but here is the first pencils and a collaborated cover (Joe Sinnott) on the Thor character. More on Thor in a bit…..

Batman #300 (1978) Here is a Batman anniversary issue Walt penciled.

Machine Man #6 (1978) Marvel finally finds Walt a solo cover to do with collaborating with anyone. Jack “King” Kirby penciled and wrote the issue.


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Marvel Super Special #3 (1978) Here’s a cool adaption from the Close Encounters movie. Pencils here.

Marvel Two In One #43 (1978) An awesome collaborated cover with another legend John Byrne.

Star Wars #16 (1978) Here is Walt’s first Star Wars comic. Pencils and cover art. First appearance of Valance.

Superboy #237 (1978) First Superboy art.


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Devil Dinosaur #8 (1978) A collaborated cover with Jack “King” Kirby. A great collectors item here.

Thor Annual #7 (1978) The first Thor cover Walt did with no one’s name attached but his own.

Fantastic Four #212 (1979) First Fantastic Four art. The cover only.

Star Wars Annual #1 (1979) First Star Wars annual. Walt on cover duty only, while legend Chris Claremont writes.


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Marvel Premiere #57 (1980) First American appearance of Dr. Who. Cover art. A huge book for any Dr. Who fan of course.

Marvel Treasury Edition #28 (1981) Superman and Spider-Man oversize Treasury edition. What is there not to love about this? Walt is only an ink guy only on this book, along with a very long list of others.

Detective Comics #500 (1981) Anniversary issue. Cover art with Joe Kubert, Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, Carmine Infantion, just to name a few.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #54 (1981) First Spider-Man art. Cover art only in a collaborated effort with legend Frank Miller.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #222 (1981) First solo Spidey cover. Debut; Speed Demon.

Bizarre Adventures #29 (1981) Here’s an interesting one. This magazine comic related book features the cover art by Walt and interior art. He pencils a story written by the great Stephen King. This is King’s first story ever adapted into a comic book type genre. Essentially it’s the first Stephen King in comics.

Marvel and DC Comics Present: The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans #1 (1982) One of the coolest crossover team-ups in the history of Marvel/DC. Walt cover art and pencils. Claremont writes. Do you need anything else here?

Fantastic Four Roast #1 (1982) A who’s who in the comic book industry on this comic. Simonson pencils a page or two. Fred Hembeck/Terry Austin cover.

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Marvel Age #1 (1983) Why this series doesn’t get looked upon more by collectors is still an absolute wonderment to me. Crystar cover by Simonson.

Red Sonja #1 (1983) An awesome Red Sonja cover from Walt here.

Thor #337 (1983) Walt Simonson pencil/ink/writes and does the now iconic cover. It’s the first appearance of Beta Ray Bill. What more can be said about this comic that hasn’t been said yet? This was the game changer for Walt Simonson. This was THE character he owned. Walt made Thor HIS character here. There’s Kirby and the there is Simonson. Walt made Thor #337 the hottest comic on the planet back in the 80′s. It is still a book to own if you don’t already. Beta Ray Bill will eventually make it to the big screen and when he does, look out here. The iconic cover alone is enough to make collectors want it. Walt Simonson solidified himself as a creator right here. As said earlier, every creator has that character(s) that they own. Most creators also have that defining moment in their career where they catch something just right and fans begin the process of bringing them to that next level as they so fittingly deserve. This is that defining moment for Walt Simonson. Thor is Simonson’s, the fans spoke out in 1983. Walt has officially arrived.

Manhunter #1 (1984) All of those cool Manhunter backup stories from the Batman comics are reprinted here. New Walt covers too.

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The Eternals #1 (1985) The introduction of the new Eternals. Cover artist for issues 1,2 and 12. Writer for issues 9-12. Introduction of many new characters in this series. A 12 issue limited series.

Balder The Brave #1 (1985) A 4 issue Asgard tale written by Walt. All 4 covers to the series done by him as well.

X-Factor #1 (1986) The ever so popular X-Factor series back in the 80′s. First issue graces a Simonson cover.

Green Lantern #200 (1986) A rare Green Lantern cover. Rare Green Lantern art period.

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Daredevil #236 (1986) Same here. Rare Daredevil art. Possibly the only Daredevil in his portfolio.

AniMax #1 (1986) Walt writes the AniMax team! He only provided his writing prowess for the three issues mini. This comic was part of the Marvel imprint line: Star Comics.

Iron Man Annual #8 (1996) Rare Iron Man cover art.

Alpha Flight #50 (1987) Cover art only. Loki on cover.


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World of Krypton #1 (1987) This sought after/popular comic within recent times (year or so) dons cover art with another legend John Byrne. Rumors of a television series based on this series have not panned out as of thus far. No news means nothing is happening……yet.

Silver Surfer #10 (1988) A rare Silver Surfer cover.

Avengers #291 (1988) Writing duties here only, make for his first Avengers story ever written.

Marvel Comics Presents #1 (1988) Cover art includes Wolverine, Silver Surfer, Man-Thing and Master of Kung-Fu. Sweet.

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Marvel Age #80 (1989) An original Fantastic Four cover.

Incredible Hulk #364 (1989) A rare Hulk comic cover.

Fantastic Four #334 (1989) First time as writer on the Fantastic Four. He does the cover art here too.

Fantastic Four #337 (1990) He writes, pencils, inks and cover art here. He’s completely taken over the creative control here. An look at the issue number….remind you of another comic?

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Amazing Spider-Man #337 (1990) The return of the Sinister Six part four. Cover collaboration with Erik Larsen. And there is that issue number again!

Marvel Fanfare #60 (1992) An awesome Black Panther cover. Final issue of Marvel Fanfare.

Superman Special #1 (1992) Writer, artist and inks. Cover art too.

The Superman Gallery #1 (1993) Just a great Superman cover.

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Spawn #13 (1993) Spawn? Yes, Walt provides this issue with a very nice Spawn poster. Way cool.

Inside Image #4 (1993) First Image comic. A cover collaboration with Erik Larsen.

Showcase 94 #5 (1994) Awesome Huntress cover.

Weapon Zero Silver Surfer #1 (1997) The writer for this crossover series from Marvel and Top Cow.

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Orion #1 (2000) Pencils, inks and writes this incredible series. First issue features Darkseid on the cover. A cover in which he took care of as well here.

Wonder Woman #190 (2003) Writes a six part Wonder Woman story. Rare creative output for the Wonder Woman character from Simonson. Adam Hughes provides cover art for all six issues.

Vigilante #1 (2009) Cover art coolness.

Venom #13 (2012) The only time we see Venom art come from the legend. Cover art only.

Avengers #24 (2014) A homage X-Men Rogue cover (Welcome home Rouge….). A Walt Simonson variant cover and it’s great.

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Jay Katz


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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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InvestComics Hot Picks #246

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Avengers (2012 5th Series) #1 from Marvel NOW! is so secret that the solicit for the issue says “Classified.” One thing we know is NOT classified is the first appearance of this team in Avengers #1 (1963), brought to you by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee of course. A graded CGC 9.4 sold for $185,000 recently. Only one grade higher than this out there and that’s a 9.6. The Avengers are a big draw/sell right now. Look for this comic to continue its upward climb with no limit in sight. 500K very soon is not that far off of the realm here folks.

Continuing with Marvel NOW! and their re-launch titles we get Thunderbolts (2012 2nd Series) #1. The original title debuted in 1997 with Busiek and Bagley at the helm. It was and still is a very popular series. The 1997 number one issue can be bought at a very affordable price these days. So much so that you may be able to find it at your local comic shop or convention in the dollar bins.


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As mentioned in previous InvestComics Hot Picks, the best part of the re-launch titles is that we get to see/read about new heroes, villains, status quo, new directions and so much more. Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #3 however we get to check out the newest Stealth Armor in Tony’s repertoire. It’s so bad ass that Marvel says “it’s the most subtle Iron Man Armor of all time!” Looking forward to this!

DC Comics debuts a new number one issue into their restart world, New 52, with Human Bomb (2012 DC) #1. Human Bomb debuted in Police Comics #1 from 1941. A graded CGC 8.0 sold for $7,000 in recent months with only 1 9.4 graded copy sitting out there. Only a total of 25 of these comics have been graded to date. The issue not only features the first appearance of Human Bomb, but also Plastic Man and Phantom Lady.

Earth 2 (2012 DC) #7 figures into the equation with revelations of who the new Hawkgirl is within the new 52 Universe. Where there is girl there is man. The Brave and the Bold #34 (1961) was Hawkgirl’s debut as well as Hawkman. Both of these characters need an “Aquaman/Geoff Johns” treatment because they are simply put, lame. As cool as one may make them look at times, they never seem to catch on the right way. A 9.0 CGC Graded of this comic sold for only $3,000? Yes exactly, lame character(s) equals lower cost. There are 9 graded at the 9.0 mark with 6 more at the 9.4 mark. The TRUE mark on this book however is that the late great Joe Kubert is all over it!

Finally this week, check out Image Comics’ I Love Trouble (2012 Image) #1. Looks like fun.

More Hot Picks & Hot Chicks coming soon stay tuned! Videos from New York Comic Con 2012 are also coming as well!

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


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InvestComics Hot Picks #241

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 10-31-12.

Looks like the first video (of many) from InvestComics New York Comic Con 2012 visit leaked out around the midnight mark last night. The video features a fun take on the “I Love New York” slogan. Just basically having fun here folks, nothing serious. And oh yes, of course it was made with the fanboy in mindJ. So check out the video below to see some hot cosplay girls having fun with the slogan I presented to them. “I Love New York….Comic Con!” There are more video’s coming, so hang on!

More news on the Mancave Playbabes front! The hit magazine (that features an exclusive InvestComics article every month!) will be holding a bikini contest in Fort Lauderdale that runs for a few weeks. I have the misfortune of actually recording some of the events, poor me! J There are some amazing prizes for the first, second and third place winners. Check out all the details on the Mancave Playbabes website right HERE. Come on down and have fun! Meet the newest Mancave Playbabes!

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Remember He-Man? If you do, then you’re within the same age range that I am and enjoyed countless hours within your lifetime saying “I Have the Power!” If you don’t, well you’ll get to know him. Recently the push for He-Man has begun and this week will bring the origin comic of He-Man’s arch nemesis named Skeletor in Masters of the Universe the Origin of Skeletor (2012 DC) #1. If you remember the cartoon, you’ll recall that Skeletor was a bad ass and it was more like a Darth Vader feeling with the character. Every kid wanted to be him at times, then you realize, well this guy is always losing… you went back to being He-Man. He-Man first appeared (along with Skeletor) within the comic book realm back in 1982’s DC Comics Presents #47. However, there is a FREE comic book that Mattel put out that predates the mainstream appearance. That comic came out in 1981. Then you have some predate Mickey Mouse (yes THAT Mickey Mouse) comics that claim to have the first appearance of Skeletor before 1981. Granted, probably not the Skeletor that He-Man has issues with, but worth a mention.

Sticking with issues…..Superman will be having issues with Kryptonite Man in Action Comics (2011) Annual #1. Before this villain was a man he was a kid in Superboy #83 (1960). So this issue would be Kryptonite Man’s birth place.

Captain Marvel (2012 7th Series) #6 brings the original Captain Marvel into the mix. This floundering series needs help and will bringing the original character help it? Who knows, but one does understand that once the Marvel Cosmic Universe gets going in the theaters that Marvel’s Cosmic Superman will be part of it (hopefully). InvestComics did call the Guardians of The Galaxy movie many many years ago as well as the structuring of the Cosmic Universe on the big screen. See you know things here way before they happen! Cool! So with that, expect to see in the not so distant future Marvel show DC (Warner Brothers) a lesson on how THEY perceive a flying superhero with a cape. Should be interesting………and also, the first Captain Marvel is in Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (1967).

A + X (2012 Marvel Now) #1 has a Hulk story from one of the premiere Hulk artist to come along in some time. Dale Keown. Dale’s vision of the Hulk is clearly distinguishable from any other great Hulk artist. Check out his first work on the Hulk back in 1990 in the Incredible Hulk #367. This issue was written by Peter David with cover art from Walt Simonson. This comic is a keeper.

There is obviously no disputing that Joe Kubert was one of the greatest comic book artists to ever grace the medium. This week DC releases Joe Kubert Presents (2012 DC) #1 and within the pages it will display just why this man was a legend. One of Joe Kubert’s first professional works came in Catman Comics #8, a true collector’s item and a true American Icon.

Bedlam (2012 Image) #1 is the lone number one issue this week that should be checked out!

Check it too…..scroll through the Hot Covers of the week below!

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz


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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-20-10

1aaa1aaaflcarnage_1InvestComics Hot Picks are back! After taking a week off for NYCC, guess who is coming to dinner….Carnage! Plus more Hot Picks!












Last week the New York Comic Con knocked the InvestComics Hot Picks off track for the very first time in 3 plus years. The NYCC was worth breaking that streak, we’ll just have to start a new one starting right…… Great news for Spider-Man fans, Carnage is back! Maybe not so great news for Peter, but check out the new Carnage #1 headed your way this week. There will be 4 covers for this one. Jump on the rarest of the 4 variants and hold on to it. Carnage fever will heat up like it did back in the early to mid nineties. Amazing Spider-Man #344 (1991), drawn by Mr. himself Erik Larsen introduced us to Cletus Kasady. Comics Price Guide lists this comic at $15. Cletus later becomes Carnage in Amazing Spider-Man #360 (1992). Spidey #360 gives us the cameo of Carnage, as Amazing Spider-Man #361 gives the first full appearance. The full appearance will cost you $18 and the cameo will cost only $4. Considering how hot Carnage became at one time, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this villain heat up once again.




Going from one extreme to another, Batman villain Ragman never quite fit the bill as a hot commodity as Carnage did, a good villain nonetheless. So Ragman Suit of Souls #1 comes out this week. What does this mean for the collector? Absolutely nothing probably, but if you want to be on top of things, look for Ragman #1 from 1976 with a cover by legend Joe Kubert. The self titled number one issue was Ragman’s first appearance. This comic, like the first appearance of Carnage comes in at the $18 mark. So herein lays the question. You have $20 to spend; you have 2 first appearances to choose from. On one side you have an extremely popular villain from Marvel that has the potential to breakout once again, or you have a lesser known (less popular) Ragman that has a Joe Kubert cover, and is almost twice the age of the 1992 book (34 years old). Ragman being the older comic will probably be the harder to find in better shape, and is a Bronze Age comic. Ragman wins because of the age, the number of the issue and Kubert cover. Look for Ragman #2 while you’re at it. That issue is the origin issue. It’s only $14, another nice book to have in your collection.



1aaa1aaafldcvertA few more books to check out this week are; Kick Ass 2 #1. Do you really need an explanation of this comic? Vertigo Resurrection #1 from Warren Ellis. With names like Ellis, Bernie Wrightson, Jim Lee attached, once again, an explanation? And finally Thor’s bro gets his own book Loki #1. He’s a bad dude, and appearing in his sibling’s movie next year.


That’s it for now. Remember to check out InvestComics™ TV. A lot of very cool guest coming up!

See you next week. Invest wisely. 

Jay Katz