InvestComics Hot Picks #301

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Happy New Year everyone. 2013 was a stellar year for the InvestComics family. So many things were on the positive upswing, and 2014 looks to be an even better year. Record breaking numbers for the website as InvestComics expanded into a vast array of social media. New comer to the InvestComics team Rafael Rosario (Marketing/Media) of Ratchet City Comics has brought a new flavor that has seen InvestComics already taking the next steps to ensure that we are going to be even bigger in the new year. There are things coming that will simply blow away the InvestComics faithful and new users alike.

Teen Titans #44 (1)Teen Titans #44 (2)InvestComics Publications also began this year. A huge undertaking with the website and other media demanding the attention it does. No worries though, the Invest Pub will continue to crank out books in the coming year. Also be prepared for something very special coming in October 2014 from the house of leaders; InvestComics Publications.

All in all, 2014 is shaping up to be a very big year for InvestComics. With lots of changes, new look, new direction, and so much more…….can’t wait! 2014 here we come…..

Last week InvestComics started a new contest. Help get us to 2000 Likes on Facebook and you could win a Tales of the Teen Titans #44 SIGNED by George Perez. That’s right, the first appearance of Nightwing signed by the legend himself. Rules are simple. Share InvestComics on any social media site, let us know, and you become eligible to win. That’s it! The first appearance of Nightwing signed by the legend himself could be yours if we get to 2000 likes by my birthday on January 20th. Share now!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/1/13

DC Vertigo will have a huge hit on their hands this week. Be sure to be on top of Dead Boy Detectives (2013) #1. This Sandman spin off will have the loyalist flocking to the shelves for this one. Not only will the Sandman faithful be a part of the sellout here, but the curious readers and collectors. The Cliff Chiang variant is already sold out and the regular addition is probably on its way to a second print. Want to get in on the ground floor with this hit book? How about looking for a Sandman #25 from 1991. Some dude named Neil Gaiman was on the book at the time, but this comic holds the first appearance of Dead Boy Detectives. So…….what are you waiting for?

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Batman The Dark Knight (2011 2nd Series) #26 will be a (mostly) silent book. No reading required here, just lots of pictures. Think of this as the Batman Playboy issue. Although not a new inventive idea by any means, there have been comics with no words in them. In recent history however, one comic seems to stand out above the rest. In 1984 (wait this is 29 years ago! Recent history??) writer Larry Hama had the comic book hobby enthusiast pining for the release of G.I. Joe The Real American Hero each month. With issue number 21 THE silent issue hit. Not only was it a big commercial success, but the comic also featured the first appearance of Storm Shadow. This particular book commands some nice bucks as a graded 9.8 or even a 9.6. Will this silent (almost silent) Batman comic ever be a collectors item? Maybe, maybe not who knows? But it sure is fun reminiscing about that awesome G.I. Joe comic!

If you’re a frequent flyer around here you will know that InvestComics loves covering the variants. This week there will be THE mother of all variants. A $300 Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #5 Jim Lee incentive sketch cover. This beauty falls in the category of; if you got it, spend it because you’ll make your money back three times easily if the comic is graded a 9.8 and signed by Jim Lee. Can the same be said for the very attractive (and sold out!) Twilight Zone (2014 Dynamite) #1? The variants are fetching $100 (25 exist), $75 (50 exist), and $20. Follow the same guidelines as the aforementioned when you do acquire the $100 comic. But of course get the signature of J. Michael Straczynski on this one! So wait a sec here, a 25 copy variant on a sold out comic across the board, signed by J. Michael Straczynski, and a 9.8 grade? Look to triple or quadruple your take back here. This will actually be as big as the Jim Lee Variant as far as aftermarket percentage goes.

There are some other sold out variants to check out this week; like Legenderry A Steampunk Adventure (2014) #1, Revelations (2014) #1, and Lil Ernie (2014) #1.

Dark Horse Comics brings back an old 1940’s hero in Captain Midnight 1 For $1 (2014) #1. This $1 comic will reintroduce Captain Midnight to the modern day. It’s almost sold out, and rightly so! For a buck? If you’re in the market for a Golden Age book, you can check out the first appearance of Cap Midnight in The Funnies #57 (1941). A couple of sold out number one issues to keep an eye on for on new comic book day; From the amazing Michael Linsner comes Sin Boldly (2013 Image) #1, and from Dark Horse Juice Squeezers (2014 Dark Horse) #1.

There are two number one comics coming that are running at a very slow pace out of the gate sales wise. Bad Blood (2013) #1 and Baltimore Chapel of Bones (2013) #1. Maybe they’ll pick up….

And finally, a couple of hot comics with new creators on board to check out. Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #10 features the awesome artistry of Kevin Maguire and Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #26 features new writer Jeff Parker.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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AT WONDERCON, DC announced that they would be doing a series of one-shots, set in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, called DC RETROACTIVE. Here are the titles and writers for each book.

Also, on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, fan-favorite (and MY personal favorite) artist KEVIN MAGUIRE confirmed that he WILL be handling the art for the 90’s JUSTICE LEAGUE with JLI writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis.

The 70’s

Superman: Martin Pasko

Wonder Woman: Dennis O’Neil

The Flash: Cary Bates

Justice League of America: Cary Bates

Green Lantern: Dennis O’Neil

Batman: Len Wein

The 80’s

Superman: Marv Wolfman

Wonder Woman: Roy Thomas

The Flash: William Messner-Loebs

Justice League of America: Gerry Conway

Green Lantern: Len Wein

Batman: Mike W. Barr

The 90’s

Superman: Louise Simonson

Wonder Woman: William Messner-Loebs

The Flash: Brian Augustyn

Justice League of America: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire.

Green Lantern: Ron Marz

Batman: Alan Grant

Each title in the series will feature 26 new story pages with 20 pages of classic stories, running at $4.99 a piece. Keep checking back to THE SOURCE as we reveal full creative teams, artwork, and more details about RETRO-

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HP1511FP2 very hot books to look for this week, and lots of others as well!



It’s week number 1 of InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2011, with 51 more to go! And before we begin, be sure to check out last Wednesday’s InvestComics TV show with Scott Williams of Project Fanboy.








Now let’s get started on week number 1 of 2011…..

There are 2 comics coming out this week that need to be on your radar, as the others should as well, but these 2 are goodies. DC’s Weird Worlds #1 will be the first of a six issue deal. Each month DC will give fans 3 NEW 10 page stories within Weird Worlds that will contain monsters, and cosmic goodness. This alone is a reason to pick it up for a good read. The best part about issue number one, which we hope the trend continues throughout, will be the introduction of 2 brand new characters in their own 10 page story. Aaron Lopresti introduces Garbageman, and Kevin Maguire introduces Tanga. This looks, feels, and smells like a tryout book for new characters. If by popular demand, one or maybe more than one of these newbie’s will breakout. Pick this one up, and wait for one of these characters to possibly appear someplace else in the DC Universe as a major player.

The second comic to really watch for this week is Earp Saints and Sinners #1. Here is a comic that has hit written all over it. A modern day re-imaging of Wyatt Earp from Matt Cirulnick, and David Manpearl. This comic is from the indie company Radical Comics, so don’t expect a big print on the first go around here. Yes, the second print will adjust all of those who missed out on this comic the first time. But, if you listen here, you’ll get your first print. There will be one very large issue with Earp when it comes out as far as sales go….. the cover price. A very steep $5.99 might have some collectors shying away a bit. A $3.99 would have been the way to go on this one, but we’ll see what happens. The Alex Maleev cover sure does grab your attention though doesn’t it?!

DC’s Steel comes out with a non-numbered comic. Steel looks total badas* on the cover doesn’t he? Kudos to Alex Garner for this cover. The shiny silver Superman reminds us a bit of Thor with that hammer. If you want to get John Henry’s first appearance (aka Steel), look for Adventures of Superman #500 (1987). You can find this comic at most of your local area comic shows in the long boxes for mega cheap.

Adventure Comics #522 is a prelude of sorts for the upcoming Legion Event, so check that one out. Batman Beyond #1 gets his own ongoing series, very cool.






Upcoming guest on InvestComics TV Tim Seeley comes out with Hack/Slash: Me Without You one shot. Find out the true beginnings of Vlad in this one and done book! Rounding out the week, we have Transformers Prime #1, prelude to the new animated TV series, and Ultimate Comics Captain America #1 from Jason Aaron, and Ron Garney will be a great read/pickup. 

Remember, every Wednesday is new comic day, but it’s ALSO NEW InvestComics™ TV day! Check out ALL NEW episodes every Wednesday! 

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz