BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5Come back each week for the top 10 in the speculation market in new releases and back issues for the week.

1 – Batman Superman #5 (Brett Booth Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
2 – Superman Unchained #4 (Jim Lee Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
3 – Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975) (Marvel Comics)
4 – Amazing X-Men #1 ($50 Variant) (Marvel Comics)
5 – Mighty Avengers #3 (Eminem Variant) (Marvel Comics)
6 – Drumhellar #1 (Image Comics)
7 – Alex Plus Ada #1 (Image Comics)
8 – Captain America #13 (Marvel Comics)
9 – Action Comics #25 (DC Comics)
10 – Longshot #1 (1985) (Marvel Comics)

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

(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 judgment upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing and have fun.)

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks

On Friday InvestComics released our interview with Stan “the man” Lee from New York Comic Con 2013. Stan was his usual stellar self. We were the very last thing he did this year at the New York show, so we wanted to keep it short and sweet to let the man go on his way. He was tired, but Stan gave us a few minutes and we’ll be forever grateful. A special thanks goes out to Max for making this “second” InvestComics interview with Stan Lee happen. Also I would like to thank Rafael Rosario of Ratchet City Comics for his camera work and for making things easier this time around. Enjoy the short video below, as we sure enjoyed our time with the Legend Stan “the man” Lee.

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So with that, we go from the hottest creator of all time to the InvestComics Hot Picks! Did you know that the InvestComics Hot Picks have been coming at speculators and fans since 2005?! That’s some serious history we have together! Onward we go!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New releases 11-3-13

Want to make some money this week? Want to turn over some comics to buy that first appearance of Thanos on the wall at your local comic shop or convention? Well InvestComics has your back this week, and it’s going to be a hunt for variants if you want to ante up. We prefer you ante up, because you will make money back and have some left over for your pizza, beer, gas, bills, or whatever needs some attention in your life.

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In no particular order here, first up; Batman Superman (2013 DC) #5. This comic falls into the long line of gimmick comics. Especially what DC Comics have been up to lately, you know what some of those 3D covers fetched for a little while there. InvestComics did in fact inform the speculator that the 3D aftermarket was going to be short lived, and it was. We hope you collected your $200 after passing GO, because if not, you have a major portfolio issue. Aside from that, this week the gimmick is the Batman Superman #5 comic. What’s the deal with this issue you may ask? Well, it’s one of those sideways/horizontal comics. It’s been done before, nothing special here. Cerebus #46 (1983) was an early showing of the idea, but then Marvel got into the act with Fantastic Four #252 (1983). A unique idea indeed, but one that has seen many comics come this way throughout the years and thereafter. With gimmick comics, the aftermarket is extremely unkind. As a collector one has to know that gimmick comics are not to be fallen in love with. If you do fall, you will fall hard. You’ll be left with 3D covers, glow in the dark covers, poly bagged, etc up the ying yang. It’s a lose situation. This Batman Superman issue provides a variant sketch cover by Brett Booth. The retail value is in the neighborhood of $65. Buy this comic and let the frenzy set in regarding the ff252coolness of the sideways pages. Then spring out the comic for sale while the market is demanding a second print on the regular issue. It’s an easy win here.

Moving right along to another Superman book this week; Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #4. This comic will get you the most bang for your buck this week. Granted, the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here and you will have to put down some cash for it, but your return will be greater. Scott Snyder and Jim Lee have been killing with their run here so far. How about you seek out the Jim Lee sketch variant for about $250….Get this bad boy CGC graded (grab a 9.8!), maybe even Signature Series graded and you will be in the black in no time. Why spend $250 on a variant you may be asking yourself? Well, this issue Superman is having all sorts of trouble with some bad guys right? So he enlist some help from “powerful friends” (as if Supes ever needs help right?). So we don’t really know who these “friends” are, and it’s an ultra-rare Jim Lee variant. Jim Lee + unknown heroes + variant + rare = chi-ching. Any negatives to speak about? Sure. One huge drawback has to be the total of ten variants. Highly unnecessary, but the Jim Lee book is the top draw here.

And the last of the Superman comics to check out this week; Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #25. This issue reintroduces a major character. Oh and there’s a $10 sketch variant here to pick up. If the reintroduction goes over well, then that $10 is well spent. If not, then you can probably just sell back the BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5book for the $10 you originally bought it for on Ebay. Pick up the $2+ in shipping and cut your losses. You win some, you lose some. That’s how it works.

Marvel releases a comic that has someone “saving” their universe for a change and not destroying it. Longshot gives it a go in Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe (2013) #1. This one time very hot character commanded a lot of money for his debut in Longshot #1 (1985). Not these days though. Maybe with a resurrection of his career here, things will heat up in the aftermarket once again. The Deadpool variant cover is already sold out, and the regular cover is not that far from seeing a second print in its future. Captain America (2012 7th Series) #13 will give collectors a first appearance of Captain America’s new arch-nemesis, which is a must see. Cataclysm (2013 Marvel) #1, Leinil Yu variant is sold out. A $20 variant is a bit steep on a comic that doesn’t have much of a backbone.

How about a comic that has a backbone of six variants? Amazing X-Men (2013) #1; once again the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here. Why not downsize the variants to just two, plus the regular cover? But six from Amazing X-Men #1 and ten from Unchained Superman #4? Yes, the market in the past few years has been inundated with the perception that “more is better”, and it’s not. But let’s all understand one thing; comic book businesses are in business to make money. If Marvel, DC, Image, or anyone else could make more money from printing ten variants, then it will be done. So with the already sold out Amazing X-Men #1, there are two $50 variants that are for the buying here. Get either one, hold onto them for a little bit while the series heats up. Then dump them at the first sign of a slowdown. The serious money lies within the focal point of its main character; Nightcrawler. The blue guy’s first appearance is in the classic Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975). Buy this comic whenever you have a chance. No reason to ever NOT buy it.

Word got out this week that Marvel leaked who the mysterious Spider Hero is. This week Mighty Avengers (2013) #3 has Spider Hero front and center defending the city he loves. If you think Spider Hero will reach tickle me Elmo status craze, then check out Mighty Avengers #1 (2013) for his first appearance. Want to challenge yourself with a $300+ variant of this comic? Okay here it goes. Get the Eminem variant (yes the rapper) and get a CGC witness to go with you to get the variant signed by Mr. Marshall himself. How cool would that be?

Two key Image Comics titles to take a look at this week are Drumhellar (2013 Image) #1 (sold out on the retail side) and Alex Plus Ada (2013 Image) #1 (about to be sold out). Rounding out the week; Protectors Inc (2013 Image) #1, Shahrazad (2013 Big Dog Ink) #1, Ghost Cop (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, and 68 Hallowed Ground (2013 Image) #1.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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INFINITY brings Skrulls back to forefront in MU.

 Nothing Lasts Forever – The Avengers Head Into INFINITY!

New York, NY—May 8th, 2012— This August, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman is joined by fan-favorite artist Leinil Yu to show fans what an “Avengers Universe” looks like in Avengers #18! Tying into the blockbuster event of the summer, Infinity, Avengers #18 shows fans what new threats lie beyond the edges of the Marvel Universe!

A powerful and destructive race is on a collision course with Earth and the only thing in their path is the Avengers! But even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes realize the one hope of defeating this dire threat is to unite every great hero across the cosmos…because only with a united “Avengers Universe” is there any chance of survival! But in order to do so, Captain America and the Avengers must join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders. And when the key to their success lies within the rebirth of the Skrull Empire, there’s no telling what may happen next!

“Moreso than any other tie-ins, Jonathan’s issues of Avengers and New Avengers are an integral core part of the Infinity story–absolutely essential to the reading experience,” explained Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment. “So these issues that Leinil is drawing are key to everything”

Every issue of Avengers includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on theMarvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue ofInfinity features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

This August, the intensity of Infinity is turned up a notch as Hickman and Yu throw the first blows in Avengers #18!

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-21-12

Welcome to the InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-21-12

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Check out the latest InvestComics TV addition; Orlando MegaCon 2012 Indy Panel. The panel features some great talent within the Independent circuit. Featured are Juan Navarro, Martin Pierro, Ricardo Porven, Brian Pulido and with host Terry Cronin. If you are an aspiring artist, writer or publisher then this panel would be for you. You’ll find a lot of great advice, information and tidbits regarding the Independent Comic scene. Check out the video either right HERE or click on the video to the right of this page and never leave here!

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If Marvel can deliver on time with their new series SuperCrooks #1 from Mark Millar and Leinil Yu, they will have a hit on their hands. If not, well you know how that goes. Delayed books equal lost interest, equals who cares.

The next “big” Spider-Man event will begin this week (Didn’t we just have one for Spidey?). Amazing Spider-Man #682 brings in the storyline “Ends of Earth”. With all of the events Spidey and the rest of the Marvel Universe has endured in the past few years, it’s a waiting game to see how long before Marvel pushes the “restart button”.

IDW Publishing will bring back The Rocketeer again in Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1. This popular character created by Dave Stevens first appeared in Pacific Comics’ Starslayer #2 in 1982. This little gem is only $8! Not too shabby.

Stan Lee (who will be appearing on InvestComics soon!) has his new creation coming out this week called Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 #1. It should be a fun book to check out.

Our good friend Jeff Balke colors what will probably be an instant sell out in Dead Pooh from Antarctic Press. Yes its Deadpool meets Pooh. The cover is awesome, the character is awesome, and yes this is awesome.

Here are some other books to check out this week. IDW’s Dorothy of OZ Prequel #1, Image Comics’ Hoax Hunters #0 and Rebel Blood #1, Bluewater’s John Saul’s God Project #1, and Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1.

Scroll through some of the beautiful covers coming out this week below.

That’s it for this week. See you soon.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 11-16-11

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 11-16-11. This week Marvel gets the spotlight again, but DC continues to bring it with their relaunch, introducing new characters, new origins, new powers, new villains, and so forth. So be sure to check out the DC books for the great stories and intro’s going on. 

Marvel’s Avengers Origin titles are a great way to learn about some characters that aren’t within the mainstream, i.e. Spidey, Wolverine, etc. Case in point last week with Avengers Origins: Vision #1. Yes we have all seen these origins a million times, but why not see them again? What’s old is new again. Just like Vision’s origin book last week, this week we get a look at another hero that simply should get their due. Unlike Vision in many ways, Luke Cage would be a tremendous brand if given the right direct. One area that Marvel is lacking on the motion picture side is having an African American hero. Why not start with a character that has been around for almost 40 years? Luke’s presence on the screen would be everything that the Punisher should be. So with that said, if you’re looking for a nice first appearance book at an affordable price with some upside to it, look for Luke Cage Hero For Hire #1 (1972). Comics Price guide list this comic at $80. A comic origin issue with a fantastic character, with upside, and creators Archie Goodwin and John Romita Sr. attached to it. That’s a buy folks. 

Like variant covers? Marvel will be releasing a comic dedicated to the variant cover summer campaign “I am Captain America”. Forty pages of beautiful variants that you can pay only $3.99 for instead of $25 for one. Granted the collectors rare ratio isn’t here, but if you simply cannot afford OR don’t feel like paying a premium for the originals, buy this for the pure eye candy. 

Speaking of rare comics, this week’s Kapow: Guinness World Record Special #1 will be just that. The fastest comic ever made, less than 12 hours. There are so many great things going on with this comic. First and most importantly, all the proceeds from this comic will go to Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Scotland. Second thing, names within this collaboration include Millar, Romita Jr., Leinil Yu, Jock, Quitely, Gibbons, and on and on the names go. Thirdly, the cost will be only $2.99, and the last thing that is quite awesome here is that there will only be 10,000 of these made! Great cause, great creators, great price, great collector’s item. 

X-Factor #227, someone bites the dust… for real. Sure they’ll be back a couple of years from now, but NOW is now. 

Some Independents to check out this week, Image Comics’ Mudman #1 form Paul Grist, Locke and Key: The Guide To Known Keys #1 may be the first comic ever about keys. Wonder if it’ll have my car keys in there. “Scout” Legend Tim Truman teams up with his son Ben and produces Hawken #1. Incidentally, Tim’s first published work is in First Comics Starslayer #10 (1983). It can be found in a dollar bin at your LCS or Con. This is unbelievable but true! IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is doing very well. Now IDW will go with TMNT Micro Series #1 Raphael. This isn’t the first time Raphael goes solo. Mirage Publishing did the Micro Series thing with Raphael in 1985. That number one issue at one time fetched some decent cash, in today’s market though the offer stands at only $10. 

That’s it for this week. Check out 16 eye popping covers of the week below. 

Invest wisely. 

Jay Katz

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