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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #455 and new comics coming this Wednesday 12/21/16.

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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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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

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Dead Inside #1

Jem Misfits #1

Gumballs #1

Locke & Key Small World #1

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World War X #1

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New Comics #455 – The Covers

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New Comics – The Covers #455. A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 12/21/2016.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #455

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InvestComics provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases Hot Picks each week.
New comic book release day 12/21/16.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Marvel Premiere #15 (1974) The first appearance of Iron Fist. The holy grail of Iron Fist comics. Writer Roy Thomas, Pencils and cover Gil Kane, and inker Dick Giodano.

When Marvel/Netflix get it together, Iron Fist will be a household name. If for some reason it doesn’t work out with Netflix, look for Marvel to want to hit the big screen instead. The mere fact that the Iron Fist character is mentioned so much these days shows a tremendous amount of interest on Marvel’s (Disney’s) part. So with that, Marvel will start the Kung-Fu entertainment revolution once again either way. This comic also features the first appearances of Ferocia, Harold Meachum, Nuan, Wendell Rand, Heather Rand. Shu-Hu, and Yu-Ti.

The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1 (1974) First appearance of Lin Sun, Robert Diamond, and Abraham Brown.

The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu Special #1 (1974) The second appearance of Iron Fist. This is a magazine form comic.

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Marvel Premiere #16 (1974) Iron Fist’s second comic book appearance. First appearances of Fu-Hsi. Scythe, Shou-Lao the Undying, and Thunderer. Origin continued.

Marvel Premiere #17 (1974) First appearance of Triple-Iron.

Marvel Premiere #18 (1974) First appearance of Joy Meachum. Iron Fist origin issue.

Marvel Premiere #19 (1974) The first appearances of Colleen Wing and Professor Lee Wing. This comic also signifies the first appearance of Wolverine via an ad within the comic. It predates The Incredible Hulk #181. Cool stuff.

Marvel Premiere #21 (1975) First appearances of Shaya, Ushas and Misty Knight.

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Marvel Team-Up #31 (1975) Although appearing on the cover of 2 UK non-team-up Avengers reprint comics, this is Iron Fist’s first appearance outside the Marvel Kung-Fu universe. A team-up with guess who? Spider-Man of course! This issue also features the first appearance of Drom.

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The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #10 (1975) First appearance of Steel Serpent (Davos). Comic magazine.

Marvel Premiere #23 (1975) Chris Claremont writes the Iron Fist character for the first time. Pat Broderick art and Gil Kane cover. This issue features the first appearances of Rafael Scarfe and Warhawk.

Marvel Premiere #24 (1975) Check out the first appearance of Chris Claremont here. Also the first appearance of Princess Azir.

Iron Fist #1 (1975) The second holy grail? Written by Chris Claremont, art by John Byrne, and cover by Gil Kane/Frank Giacoia. The first comic book appearance of Steel Serpent (Davos) and also the first appearance of Khumbala Bey.

The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #12 (1975) First appearance of Blackbyrd. Penciled by George Perez.

Iron Fist #2 (1975) First appearances; Conal D’Hu-Tsien, Merrin, Miranda Ran’Kai, Sharyd, Ssssesthugar, and Tucos.

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The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #20 (1976) First appearance of Silver Dragon.

The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #21 (1976) First appearance of Lord Tuan.

Iron Fist #5 (1976) First appearances; Alan Cavenaugh and Scimitar.

Iron Fist #6 (1976) First appearance of Jeryn Hogarth. Iron Fist origin issue.

Iron Fist #8 (1976) Here’s John Byrne’s first Iron Fist cover. It turns out to be one of Iron Fists’ most iconic covers ever. Peter Parker and MJ appearance. First appearances; Chaka, William Hoa, and the Golden Tiger Gang. John Byrne’s first Marvel appearance too.

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Master of Kung-Fu Annual #1 (1976) First appearances; Cybelle and Shai-Tahn.

Iron Fist #11 (1977) This is the first time Power Man (Luke Cage) appears in the same comic book with Iron Fist. A nice book to go after.

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Marvel Two-In-One #25 (1977) This is an Iron Fist Jack Kirby cover. Nuff said.

Iron Fist #14 (1977) The first appearance of Sabre-Tooth.

Spectacular Spider-Man #9 (1977) It took 2 years for Iron Fist to appear back in the regular Marvel universe. This comic is also the first White Tiger comic appearance. White Tiger previously only appeared in the black and white comic magazine Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu.

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Iron Fist #15 (1977) Iron Fist first appears with the Uncanny X-Men. Also the first appearance of Bushmaster.

Power Man #48 (1977) The first team-up between Power Man and Iron Fist. Claremont/Byrne.

Power Man and Iron Fist #50 (1978) First book with new title and the first appearance of Harmony Young.

Power Man and Iron Fist #54 (1978) First Heroes For Hire book. First appearance of Incinerator.

Uncanny X-Men #118 (1979) Iron Fist first appearance in an X-Men book.

Power Man and Iron Fist #56 (1979) First appearances of; David Griffith, Jennie Royce, Senor Suerte, and Toby.

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Power Man and Iron Fist #58 (1979) First appearance of El Aguila.

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Daredevil #164 (1980) The first appearance in a Daredevil comic. Frank Miller cover art and pencils.

Power Man and Iron Fist #71 (1981) First appearance of Montenegro. Cover art; Frank Miller.

Rom #23 (1981) Both Power Man and Iron Fist appear in this Rom book. Probably not a big print run here.

Power Man and Iron Fist #77 (1982) First appearance of Ninotchka.

Dazzler #21 (1982) An appearance in a Dazzler comic. Dazzler cosplay cover.

Power Man and Iron Fist #87 (1982) The first Moon Knight appearance/team-up with Power Man and Iron Fist.

Power Man and Iron Fist #92 (1983) First appearance of Eel.

Power Man and Iron Fist #103 (1984) First appearance of Doombringer. Look at that cover with Doombringer, doesn’t he remind you of DC’s Deadshot?

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Power Man and Iron Fist #105 (1984) First appearance of Crime-Buster.

Power Man and Iron Fist #109 (1984) First appearance of Reaper.

Power Man and Iron Fist #111 (1984) The awesomeness and first appearance of Captain Hero! What a great name.

Power Man and Iron Fist #115 (1985) First appearance of Stanley Lumus. A great John Byrne cover here too.

Power Man and Iron Fist #119 (1985) The first appearance of Evil Iron Fist H’ylthri. Fantastic John Byrne cover.

Namor, The Sub-Mariner #16 (1991) Iron Fist fights Namor. First time these two meet in a Namor book.

Iron Fist #1 (1996) A two issue mini.

Uncanny Origins #14 (1997) An origin story.

Iron Fist #1 (1998) A three issue mini. First appearance of Death Sting.

Deadpool #34 (1999) The first Deadpool/Iron Fist.

Black Panther #16 (2000) First Black Panther/Iron Fist.

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Iron Fist #1 (2004) A six issue series.

The Pulse #13 (2004) The first appearance of Luke Cage’s baby girl. Named after his best friend; Danielle Cage. Writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Doctor Strange The Oath #1 (2006) Iron Fist appears within the pages of a Doctor Strange book. Written by Brian K Vaughan.

The Immortal Iron Fist #1 (2007) Writers Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction take Iron Fist to another level here. Although the series lasted only 27 issues, it’s a very respectable series. The series was nominated for Eisner awards as well. This issue features the first appearances of Xao, Orson Randall and Bei Mang-Tan. Also has a Luke Cage appearance.

The Immortal Iron Fist #2 (2007) First appearance of Wu Ao-Shi.

The Immortal Iron Fist #3 (2007) First appearance of Bei Bang-Wen.

The Immortal Iron Fist #4 (2007) First appearance of Crane Mother.

The Immortal Iron Fist #8 (2007) First appearances; Bride of Nine Spiders, Dog Brother #1, Fat Cobra, Prince of Orphans, and Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter.

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The Immortal Iron Fist Annual #1 (2007) First appearance of the team; Confederates of the Curious. The team members first appearances are; Chores, Contessa Vera Vidal, Ernst Erskine, Shadu the Shady, and Wuan.

The Immortal Iron Fist #17 (2008) The first appearances of Zhou Cheng and Kwai Jun-Fan Also an awesome cover by Travel Foreman.

The Immortal Iron Fist: The Origin of Danny Rand #1 (2008) Here’s another Iron Fist origin story. Written by Matt Fraction. Cover art; Gil Kane, Dick Giordano, and Larry Hama.

Daredevil #111 (2008) The first appearance of Lady Bullseye was hot for a minute. Maybe with the influx of new Marvel female lead characters this will pick up again. Iron Fist appears and Ed Brubaker writes. Awesome cover art (with Lady Bullseye) by Marko Djurdjevic.

The Immortal Iron Fist #21 (2009) First appearance of Wah Sing-Rand.

The Immortal Iron Fist #22 (2009) First appearance of Changming.

The Immortal Iron Fist #23 (2009) First appearance of Quan Yaozu.

The Immortal Iron Fist #24 (2009) First appearance of Li-Park.

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Immortal Weapons (2009) This is a five issue mini-series that focuses on some of Iron Fist’s rouge gallery. Great stuff here. Issue #1; first appearances of Carmichael, Russel Frey and Iron Crutch Khan. Issue #2; first appearances of Allie, Derek, Desmond Guille, Haden, Jason Krieg, Abigail Morse, and Murderous Lion. Issue #3; first appearances of Avi and Sidal. Issue #4; first appearances of He-Ping and Tiger Warrior. Issue #5; origin – Prince of Orphans.

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Shadowland: Power Man #1 (2010) A new Power Man is introduced. His name is Victor Alvarez. Also the first appearances of Reina Alvarez and Sofia Alvarez.

Shadowland: Moon Knight #2 (2010) The first Moon Knight/Iron Fist team-up. A fantastic Francesco ‘Matt’ Mattina cover.

Power Man and Iron Fist #1 (2011) A five issue mini-series starring Victor Alvarez (Power Man). First appearances of La Signora, Mister Punch, Noir, Pagliacci, Pantalone, and Scaramouche. These characters are a group called Commedia Dell’Morte.

Power Man and Iron Fist #2 (2011) First appearances; Tiowa Bryant, Columbina, Joe Duffy, Heart Club Diamond, and Pokerface. The duo Twillight Idol consist of Heart Club Diamond and Pokerface.

Iron Fist The Living Weapon (2014-2015) Here’s the absolute, hands down best Iron Fist series to date. Creator Kaare Andrews handles the writing, art, inks, colors and cover art for all twelve issues. Each cover outdoes the previous. Kaare is the game changer to Iron Fist as Todd was to Spidey, Miller to Daredevil, Platt to Moon Knight, etc. Buy this series, it will not disappoint. Issue #1; first appearances of Pei and Brenda Swanson. Issue #2; first Sparrow. Issue #4; first appearance of The One. Issue #6; first appearance of Fooh.

Master of Kung-Fu #1 (2015) It’s just a matter of time after Iron Fist is a hit on television or the big screen with the fans that we get more Kung-Fu characters. Here’s a bunch of intro’s in one book. Cy, Laughing Skull, Rand-K’ai, Razor Fist, Red Sai, and Typhus.

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for new comic releases on 2-6-13

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HumanoidsIf you’re a regular reader of the InvestComics Hot Picks, you probably know by now that we love the New 52 and Marvel NOW! For one simple reason. Well maybe a couple, but the main reason is the introduction of new ideas which in turn comes back to the reader/fan in the form of new characters and the return of old forgotten ones. This week in no exception with comics like Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #17 from DC. New villains will be hitting that issue. Earth 2 (2012 DC) #9 features the return of the new Wotan. Wotan first appeared way back in 1940 and comes with a $30,000 price tag. A first appearance of Wotan is worth that much you ask? Well yes and no. It is, but it also happens to be the first appearance of Dr. Fate. Avengers Assemble (2012) Annual #1 gives fans the return of Sunturion. Sunny first showed up in Iron Man #143 (1981). The creative team is enough for this collector to go searching for this book. John Romita Jr. on pencils and Mr. Iron Man writer himself Bob Layton. No need to second guess buying this comic for a few bucks. The issue also features a turning point for one of the most underrated characters within the Marvel library. Buy the Avengers #57 (1968) at any price you can and stash it away. When Vision finally makes it to the big screen you will kicking yourself that you did not pick this comic up at a reasonable price when you had the chance. Vision’s first appearance is a long term investment that has tremendous upside, do not wait. Fearless Defenders (2013) #1 is one of those comics that many of the comic book store owners will hear a collective sigh when the collector’s see it on the shelf. It features two second (third?) rate female characters; Valkyrie and Misty Knight. The ::sigh:: will be warranted. Most female lead comics have a very hard time sustaining long term interest. Birds of Prey were a great tandem, but that too grew tired with the fans. For some reason female leads do not tend to hold their own comics for very long. They make spectacular team players and there are very strong female characters out there. Some; most are even better than the men! Yes, Wonder Woman has succeeded in many ways, but how many relaunch’s, status changes, costume changes has she endured? Case in point. So will the Valkyrie (first appearance Avengers #83 -1970)/Misty Knight (first appearance Marvel Premiere #21 – 1975; Gil Kane cover) team up be any different this time around? Well this time….maybe. Remember a couple of weeks ago when InvestComics carried some news about some dude named Cullen Bunn of the Sixth Gun comic getting picked up for a pilot from NBC? Well that guy, he’s writing Fearless Defenders #1. So yes, maybe this time will be a bit different. Staying with the female theme here we also have Young Romance New 52 Valentines Day Special (2013) #1 coming out this week. This is DC’s very big attempt to test out the female market. Will the female fans buy into the comic book romance novel? Most men certainly aren’t. This isn’t a knock or anything, it’s just truth. Look at that awesome cover of Superman and Woman Woman in a make out session. Is this really geared towards men? If it were part of the storyline going through Justice League, yes, but a one shot of love story after love story pertaining to Valentine’s day? This is a fantastic way for DC to test the waters, but one possible fatal mistake they have made is a biggie. A $7.99 price tag is a bit steep guys. Having a two issue run leading up to Valentine’s Day next week would have made more sense. Now getting back to what some females may do to us men is driving us to be Madmen! Well not really, but it’s a silly lead in to Thunderbolts (2012 2nd Series) #4. This issue will focuses on the return of Madman. The Madman first appeared in the Incredible Hulk #363 (1989). Writer Peter David does the introductions here, so not bad for a quick search through some long boxes at the local comic shop or convention.

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[scrollGallery id=221] Okay so we spoke about the GOOD that the new ideas from the New 52 and Marvel NOW! brings. On the annoying end of the spectrum we get books like Winter Soldier (2012) #15 and Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #6. Why are they on that side you ask? Well for the simple fact that we get the proverbial “new status quo” or “all new direction”. Really?? You’re 15 issues in and 6 issues in respectively. This is Marvel saying they are not really hitting the target they want to, so things need to “change”. No they don’t. Keeping up with a good story helps and or maybe, just maybe fans aren’t interested anymore. Don’t think so? How about learning on the recent InvestComics Podcast Breaking the 4th Wall Episode #3 with Shaun Cobble and Shaun Sorenson that Winter Soldier will be canceled. So what’s the new status quo matter now with the Winter book?

Justice League #1 – First Appearances

[scrollGallery id=222] Justice League #1 will be making its splash with 52 variant covers. The variant covers are extremely disappointing to say the least. The SAME cover with a different State flag? Wow, that is lame beyond lame. Why not have better planning here and have each state represented with its core city and its landmark? New York with Superman flying by the Statue of Liberty, Batman at the Arc in St. Louis, Wonder Woman hanging out at Fenway Park, you get the idea. This would have generated a tremendous amount buzz for each city, thus creating a big aftermarket blitz. Instead we get flags? Anyway, let’s focus on the team members for the first issue and their first appearances. We’ll go from high to low. Scroll through the covers below for a side by side of the new Justice book with the first appearance cover.

Catwoman: First appeared in Batman #1 (1940). If you need any explanation here, stop reading and go watch the Superbowl pre-game for 10 hours.

Green Lantern: All American Comics #16 (1940). See above.

Green Arrow: More Fun Comics #53 (1941).  This comic will garner more attention as the Arrow show continues to do well, also with the possibility of him appearing in the new Justice League movie.

Hawkman: Flash Comics #1 (1940). Refer back to the comment early regarding female leads. The same applies for a lot men character’s as well. Hawkman is a good team oriented player, not so much a solo character.

Martian Manhunter: Detective Comics #225 (1955). Justice League movie….buy this.

Katana: Brave and the Bold #200 (1983).

Stargirl: Starman #69 (2000). With recent interest, this comic has more upside to it.

Vibe: Justice League of America Annual #2 (1984).

There are quite a few number one issues that fans should take a look at this week. Don’t get caught sleeping on some of these. Dia De Los Muertas (2012 Image) #1, Fairy Quest (2013 Boom) #1, Snapshot (2013 Image) #1, Legend of the Shadow Clan (2013 Aspen) #1, Son of Merlin (2013 Image) #1 and Red Team (2013 Dynamite) #1.

The last order of business comes on the heels of Brian Michael Bendis recently saying this on Bleeding Cool.com: “Truthfully, if ever the day comes that Rom could legally appear in a Marvel comic, whatever story I’m in the middle of writing, Rom will crash into it. I don’t care who it is talking, Rom is going to crash into their head.” With that, the market on the Rom #1 enters into the Bull market (buy market). Marvel will get Rom in their books again and maybe even in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I sound confident here don’t I? Well ask me the same thing BEFORE Disney bought out Marvel and most likely the tone here would be vastly different. With the talk of Rom came Rocket Raccoon too. InvestComics has told collectors time after time to pick up Marvel Preview #7 (1976), the first appearance of the rodent. The comic has gone from a $10 book to over $100 already. Here’s the good news bad news deal. Bad news, you missed out on getting a $10 book. Good news is there is more upside to this comic right now than anything else mentioned in this article. That’s right fans. You may be looking at the modern day Yoda, but in Raccoon form. As for Rom #1, you need to get this copies now! Get high grades at $8 apiece, send them off to CGC and reap the rewards when Rom comes back…..home.

That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to enter to win a FREE Signed copy of my comic Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 on the InvestComics Facebook page. Click at the beginning of this article to become a fan on the InvestComics Facebook page now!

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-7-11

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-7-11.

First thing on the agenda today (some self promoting!) will be pointing out that the new Vincent Price Present #36 comic coming out this week will be my very own first published work. A word of warning here before all of the animal activists gets their panties in a bunch. It’s a horror story that in no way depicts the boundaries of who I am as a person. I love animals, and so does Stephen King.

So moving on from the unnecessary explanation, I want to thank once again a fantastic team that helped my story come to life. The President of Bluewater Productions Darren Davis, the awesome artistry of Stefano Cardoselli, and colorist extraordinaire Jeff Balke. All of you guys rock, and thank you for making my dream a reality starting point.

So technically Vincent Price #36 falls under the Hot Picks umbrella. It’s the first published work of a newbie. I’m picking one up!

Marvel Comics is daring to change the Marvel Universe landscape once again. If everyone received a penny for each time marvel has thrown out the phrase in one of their solicits “this will change the face of the Marvel Universe”, or something close to that, Marvel would probably be filing for Chapter 11 again. That being said, will this mean that we will not be checking Hulk #45? Of course not, we have to, curiosity killed the reader no? Hopefully not a big letdown……

The Defenders comic is back! Remember back in the day how much fun this comic was? Well it’s back with another go-around. However, this Defenders team features the original ensemble minus the big green guy with some added members. Another minus to point out has to be the ridiculous 6 variant covers.

The 2011 version of the Defenders will be brought to you by writer Matt Fraction, and artist Terry Dodson. The defensive teams first appearance can be found in Marvel Feature #1 (1971) for $200. Four years ago this comic was within the $70 range. I know this personally because I bought it back then. Not a tremendous turnaround, but a decent one at the very least.

This week on the new comic book shelf you will find a comic that will feature some of the lamest third rate villains ever assembled in a comic. Villains For Hire #1 has a lineup that will make some say “who? what?.” Since Marvel was so kind enough to even give us this book, we should have fun with it too. There are a total of seven villains appearing in this book. If you decide you want to have some fun hunting down their first appearances, be very prepared to pay your deductable and then some. Here is the list you’ll need to have on hand.

 

 

 

 

Daredevil #4 (1964) – First appearance of Purple Man. Purple is an expensive color. $800 

Amazing Spider-Man #46 (1967) – First Appearance of Shocker. Not too bad of a jolt at $300 

Uncanny X-Men #141 (1981) – First Avalanche. This comic is the best of the bunch. Not because of the Avalanche appearance, but because of everything else in this comic. John Byrne art, first appearances of Rachael Summers, Pyro, and a classic cover from Byrne and Austin to boot! No chill here.  

The Sub Mariner #5 (1968) – First Tiger Shark. Too much of a bite here at $60. 

Marvel Premiere #21 (1975) – First Misty Knight. A soggy $20. 

Amazing Spider-Man #222 (1981) – First Speed Demon. No quickie here at $16, but a great Walt Simonson cover! 

Thunderbolts #34 (1997) – First Scourge. Find this one in the 50 cent bins at your local shop.

Another X book from Marvel tests the waters this week, X-Club #1. The X-Men Science Team gets a comic. Yes that’s right, the X-Men Science Team.

Two Independent comics (Editor Note: 3 not including Vincent Price Presents #36) to check out this week. Irredeemable #32 will start a mini crossover event with Incorruptible. A lot of fun here because these two comics rock on their own. Also check out that ridiculously awesome cover from Trevor Hairsine! Anyone remember Voltron? Well they’re coming back in Voltron #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The first take on a Voltron comic appeared in 1985 from Modern Comics. A $3 book.

Usually we don’t cover posters, but the new Carnage USA poster is a beauty from Clayton Crain. Click on the image to enlarge and admire the glorious piece.

Covers of the week below, check those out too.

See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz