Top 5 Trending Comics #176

Every week before new comic book day, Trending Pop Culture provides the fans with the Top 5 Trending Comics arriving on new comic book day .
New Comics and items arriving 8/8/18. Trending Comics and More #538

Fantastic Four #1 – The new era of Fantastic Four begins this Wednesday with writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli.
Spider-Man Annual #1 – Speaking of a new era, Miles Morales begins a new chapter this week, right here. Creators Bryan Edward Hill, Mark Bagley and Nelson Blake II.
Hey Kids! Comics #1 – From Image Comics, a look at the ridiculous comic book fandom through the eyes of Howard Chaykin.
Oddwell #1 – From Starburns Industries, Sold out.  David A Clark, Acadia A Rodarte and Walter A Bryant III
Norah #1 – Source Point Press – Sold out. Creators Kasey Pierce and Sean Seal.

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Here are the rest of the trending comics and items headed your way this Wednesday from Trending Comics and More #538
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Old Man Logan #45
Daredevil #181
Darth Vader #19
Sideways #7
Red Hood And The Outlaws #25
Suicide Squad #45
Sandman Universe #1
Savage Dragon #237
Long Live Wrestling #0
Hot Lunch Special #1
Riptide #1

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Trending items arriving this Wednesday. Most are sold out. Click on the RED links or the image to buy/bid on these hot items via eBay from ALL available sellers.

Dorbz 474 Horror Pennywise With Wrought Iron Vinyl Figure – Funko
Marvel Meisho Manga Realization – Kabukimono Deadpool Action Figure – Bandai Tashashii
Marvel S.H.Figuarts – Avengers Infinity War Thanos Action Figure – Bandai Tashashii
Death Of Superman With Figure Blu-ray DVD – Warner Home Video

Death Superman Movie

Norah #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jay Katz

Best Covers – New Comics 8-8-18

New comic book release day 8/8/18. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?
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Trending Comics & More #538

Here are this week’s top trending comic books and new items headed your way this Wednesday 8-8-18
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Sideways #7

The Fantastic Four will enter its sixth volume this Wednesday; Fantastic Four #1 Vol 6. That’s a whole lotta restarts (…at last count, thirty variant covers to choose from). Now though, it appears we could begin the longest run in quite some time. Not since John Byrne has there been such anticipation to grab a Fantastic Four book. Writer Dan Slott just finished off a ten-year Spider-Man run. Filled with happiness, sadness, changes and controversy. Either driving fans with glee or driving them insane, but at least he evoked an emotion. Fantastic Four needs just this, a swift kick in the as*. With writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli, it’s more than likely a kickstart to the heart will indeed happen here. The Four took a long hiatus to no fault of their own. Now they are back in a big way. Expect this new series to trend to a fever pitch.
Has anyone noticed lately, Mike Deodato Jr. has been putting on a clinic with his gorgeous covers. Absurdly beautiful. This week, yet another cover pops and turns those heads. Check out the homage cover; Old Man Logan #45. Back in 1982 (Daredevil #181), it was Bullseye stabbing Elektra in the pages of Frank Miller’s Daredevil run, now Bullseye is stabbing Old Man Logan. Mike Deodato Jr. nails it here. His sequential art or his cover art, he’s an amazing talent.
A new chapter begins in Miles Morales’ life. Witness the beginning in Spider-Man Annual #1. Writer Bryan Edward Hill and artists Nelson Blake II and Mark Bagley.
The Fortress Vader story begins in Darth Vader #19. Writer Charles Soule, artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.

Old Man Logan #45

Daredevil #181

Fantastic Four #1

Darth Vader #19

Spider-Man Annual #1

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In the ‘in case you’re missing it’ department, writer Dan Didio has been putting together quite the story in DC’s Sideways comic. Pick up the first six issues and then Sideways #7 this Wednesday. You’ll dig it.
Comic fans are always up for a good fight. It’s Batman vs. Red Hood in Red Hood And The Outlaws #25.
Suicide Squad #45 begins the Sink Atlantis story. It will continue within the pages of the Aquaman comic. Rob Williams and Dan Abnett write.
Fans of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman will be extremely gleeful this Wednesday as Sandman Universe #1 is released. Although it doesn’t really list Neil as a writer, DC (Vertigo) says ‘from the mind of’ Neil Gaiman. So, we’re going to assume he has some input here. Writer Si Spurrier is listed as the writer. Art by Bilquis Evely. Sandman Universe #1 will lead right into 4 new series from the DC/Vertigo imprint.

Red Hood #25

Hey Kids! Comics #1

Sandman Universe #1

Savage Dragon #237

Suicide Squad #45

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Trending Pop Culture Indie Hot Picks; Indie comics do not always show up on Ebay right way. Please check back on a regular basis, some of the smaller print indie books usually list after new comic book release day or a few days after.
The timing is impeccable….The InvestComics LLC website switches gears in March of this year (click here) after thirteen years due to SOME of the reasons related to Howard Chaykin’s new comic Hey Kids! Comics #1 from Image Comics. The cover alone is classic ridiculous fandom. Loving this comic already and we haven’t even opened it up yet. Artist Don Cameron at the helm here as well.
Erik Larsen continues his mind-numbing torrid pace on his Savage Dragon title. Every month, Mr. Larsen brings it. Paying homage to the classic Calvin and Hobbes comic strip in the last month’s issue, this week ‘Beware’ the villain Scourge in Savage Dragon #237. Seriously though, Erik Larsen is a master of his craft and any creator looking for a 101, inspiration, innovation, look no further, Savage Dragon is it. Also, you’d need to follow Erik on his Facebook page. There, you’d get some education about ins and outs of this genre. Fantastic insight that would lend to anyone’s craft either breaking into the business or anyone within the business already.
Long Live Wrestling #0 (Scout Comics); James Haick and Branko Jovanovic.
Hot Lunch Special #1 (AfterShock Comics); Eliot Rahal and Jorge Fornes.
Riptide #1 (Red 5 Comics); Scott Chitwood and Danny Luckert.
Norah #1 (Source Point Press); Kasey Pierce and Sean Seal.
Oddwell #1 (Starburns Industries); David A Clark, Acadia A Rodarte and Walter A Bryant III.

Hot Lunch Special #1

Long Live …#0

Norah #1

Oddwell #1

Riptide #1

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Trending items arriving this Wednesday. Most are sold out. Click on the RED links or the image to buy/bid on these hot items via eBay from ALL available sellers.
Dorbz 474 Horror Pennywise With Wrought Iron Vinyl FigureFunko
Marvel Meisho Manga Realization – Kabukimono Deadpool Action FigureBandai Tashashii
Marvel S.H.Figuarts – Avengers Infinity War Thanos Action Figure – Bandai Tashashii
Death Of Superman With Figure Blu-ray DVD – Warner Home Video

Death Superman Movie

Norah #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jay Katz

Number One Comics – November 2017

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

Deadman #1 – Neal Adams
Jetsons #1 – Jimmy Palmiotti & Pier Brito
The Gravediggers Union #1 – Wesley Craig, Toby Cypress and Niko Guardia
Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast #1 – Llexi Leon, Ed Edginton and Kevin J West
Port of Earth #1 – Zachary Kaplan and Andrea Mutti

Buy/Bid – Deadman #1

Buy/Bid – Gravediggers #1

Buy/Bid – Jetsons #1

Buy/Bid – Port Of Earth #1

Buy/Bid – Iron Man #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Adventures #1 – John Layman, Jim Zub, Eric Jones and Derek Charm
Coyotes #1 – Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky
Kong on The Planet of the Apes #1 – Ryan Ferrier and Carlos Magno
The Harcourt Legacy #1 – Brendan Cahill and Jason Federhenn
Fallen Suns #1 – Van Jensen, Leila Del Duca and Neil Collyer

Buy/Bid – Star Wars Adv #1

Buy/Bid – Kong #1

Buy/Bid – Fallen Suns #1

Buy/Bid – Coyotes #1

Buy/Bid – Harcourt Legacy #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Batman Who Laughs #1 – James Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo
Not Brand Echh #1 – Nick Spencer, Jay Fosgitt, Christopher Hastings, Jay Fosgitt and Gurihiru
Evolution #1 – Joshua Williamson, Christopher Sebela, Joe Keatinge, James Asmus, Joe Infurnari and Jordan Boyd
Dark Fang #1 – Miles Gunter and Kelsey Shannon
Ninja-K #1 – Christos Gage and Tomas Giorello

Buy/Bid – Batman Laughs #1

Buy/Bid – Not Brand #1

Buy/Bid – Evolution #1

Buy/Bid – Dark Fang #1

Buy/Bid – Ninja-K #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Trash #1 – Tim Seeley and Priscilla Petraites
Sugar Boogarz #1 – Michael Duron
Doomsday Clock #1 – Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Demon Hell Is Earth #1 –  Andrew Constant and Brad Walker
Imaginary Fiends #1 – Tim Seeley and Stephen Molnar

Buy/Bid – Brilliant #1

Buy/Bid – Sugar Boogarz #1

Buy/Bid – Doomsday Clock #1

Buy/Bid – Demon #1

Buy/Bid – Imaginary #1

 

 

 

 

 

Long Lost #1 – Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle
Betty & Veronica: Vixens #1 – Jamie L. Rotante and Eva Cabrera
Doppelgänger #1 – Jordan Hart and Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Maxwell’s Demons #1 – Denis Camp and Vittorio Astone
The Villain #1 – William Applegate (writer) and Mikael Bergkvist

Buy/Bid – Long Lost #1

Buy/Bid – Vixens #1

Buy/Bid – Doppelganger #1

Buy/Bid – Maxwell Demons #1

Buy/Bid – The Villain #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Void Trip #1 – Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus
Apocalypse Girl #1 – El Torres and Ramiro Borrallo
Doctor Radar #1 – Noel Simsolo and Bezian
Happy Hour In America #1 – Tim Lane
New Talent Showcase 2017 #1 – Various

Buy/Bid – Void Trip #1

Buy/Bid – Apocalypse #1

Buy/Bid – Doctor Radar #1

Buy/Bid – America #1

Buy/Bid – New Talent #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Super Sons Annual #1 – Peter J. Tomasi & Paul Pelletier
Batman Creature Of The Night #1 – Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon
Justice League Of America Annual #1 – Kelley Jones and Steve Orlando
Mystik U #1 – Alisa Kwitney and Mike Norton
Darchon #1Wayward Sons #1Katrina #1 and Markipiler #1 – Red Giant Productions

Buy/Bid – Super Sons An #1

Buy/Bid – Mystik U #1

Buy/Bid – Batman Creature #1

Buy/Bid – JLA Annual #1

Buy/Bid – Markiplier #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Labyrinth 2017 Special #1 – Various
Gravetrancers #1 – M.L. Miller and James Whynot
Chasing Hitler #1 and Duel Identity #1 – Red 5
Sword Of Ages #1 – Gabriel Rodriguez

Buy/Bid – Labyrinth #1

Buy/Bid – Sword of Ages #1

Buy/Bid – Chasing Hitler #1

Buy/Bid – Gravetrancers #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Hot Picks #139

Every week before new comic book day, InvestComics provides our fans with the Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. This week’s Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #502 and new comics coming this Wednesday 11/22/17.

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Thanos #13 –  Ever wonder what happens when Thanos gets all the chips in the middle of the table? “Thanos Wins” begins this Wednesday. Danny Cates writes and Geoff Shaw illustrates.
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #13 – This issue fast forward into the future, as we get to see and read all about Annie Parker as a high school student. Annie is Peter and Mary’s kid….just in case you’re new here.
Harley Quinn #32 – A backup story featuring Red Tool. Will we learn more secrets about this Deadpool spin-off character?
Doomsday Clock #1 – A very important DC Universe story. So says writer Geoff Jonhs. Art by Gary Frank Okay, we’re on board!
Detective Comics #969 – “Fall Of The Batmen” part one. Creators James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez.

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Buy/Bid – Demon #1

Buy/Bid – Renew Vows #1

Also appearing in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #502
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Demon #1 (1972)
Demon Hell Is Earth #1
Flash #35
Harley Quinn #26 and Harley Quinn #27
Imaginary Fiends #1
Action Comics #992
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1
Savage Dragon #228
Savage Dragon #87 (2001)
Long Lost #1
Betty & Veronica: Vixens #1
Doppelgänger #1
Maxwell’s Demons #1
The Villain #1
Void Trip #1
Apocalypse Girl #1
Doctor Radar #1
Happy Hour In America #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 11-22-17

New comic book release day 11/22/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Nick Roche

Goran Parlov

Dave Johnson

Brian Stelfreeze

Chris Bachalo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Muhmud A Asrar

Rob Liefeld

Jerry Ordway

Frank Cho

Robert Hack

 

 

 

 

 

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Khary Randolph

Stephen Segovia

Terry Dodson

David Nakayama

Hennessy & Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rafael Albuquerque

Richard Pace

Amanda Conner

Plaid Klaus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics Video #502

A weekly video look at some of the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 11/15/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #502.
This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you. ALL Of The New Comics Videos….And More.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #502

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005. InvestComics LLC is the longest running entertainment/speculative website on the net.
This week, new comic book release day 11/22/17.

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Buy/Bid – Doomsday Clock #1

Buy/Bid – Harley Quinn #32

Buy/Bid – Harley Quinn #27

Buy/Bid – Harley Quinn #26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the most anticipated DC Comics in some time will arrive this Wednesday. Doomsday Clock #1 is being played out as must-see TV. Well in this case, must-read comic. Writer Geoff Johns has made mini video’s teasing the concept of this comic. DC has been touting the series as THE comic series to change ALL things DC. Okay, so we’re sold, get this book in our hands. Series artist will be Gary Frank.
DC’s Etrigan is back with Demon Hell Is Earth #1. Written by Andrew Constant. Art by Brad Walker. Demon first appeared in Demon #1 (1972). Written and drawn by Jack “King” Kirby. A seller on Ebay has a 9.0 graded with free shipping for only $220.45. Not too bad. Click HERE to check it out.
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Flash #35 begins a new story; Black Hole. Creators Joshua Williamson, Michael Moreci and Pop Mhan.
Fall of The Batmen part one begins in Detective Comics #969. Creators James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez.
In the middle of 2016, writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti came up with a new character. The new character was named Red Tool. A parody of sorts on the Deadpool character. It was an immediate hit with the fans. Red Tool first appeared in Harley Quinn #26 and Harley Quinn #27. Cameo/first “full” appearance stuff within the collectors market I still vehemently disagree with overall, but that’s a story for another day. This Wednesday, Harley Quinn #32 starts a secret origin backup story and it focuses on…….Red Tool!
A new DC/Vertigo book; Imaginary Fiends #1. Written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Stephen Molnar. Yes, a Vertigo comic written by Tim Seeley. Definite reading material.
A possible cameo or first appearance in this week’s Action Comics #992. Dan Jurgens and Steve Pugh.

Demon Hell On Earth #1

Buy/Bid – Demon #1

Action Comics #992

Detective Comics #969

Buy/Bid – Flash #35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #13 will take readers into the future. Annie, Peter and Mary’s daughter is now in high school. The Khary Randolph homage cover is limited to one copy per customer at some shops. Wonder why this is? Make sure to grab your copy if you want one. Also, Annie Parker first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1.
Marvel starts up a new story line in Thanos #13; ‘Thanos Wins’ part 1. Danny Cates writes, Geoff Shaw illustrates.

Renew Vows #13

Renew Vows #1

Savage Dragon #228

Savage Dragon #87

Thanos #13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Indie Hot Picks; Indie comics do not always show up on Ebay right way. Please check back on a regular basis, some of the smaller print indie books usually list after new comic book release day or a few days after.

Erik Larsen brings back a villain named Seeker in Savage Dragon #228. Seeker first appeared in Savage Dragon #87 (2001).
Scout Comics’ nasty habit of selling out number one issues may continue this week with Long Lost #1. This is a ‘good’ nasty habit to have. Long Lost #1 from Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle.
A new Archie Comics series; Betty & Veronica: Vixens #1. Jamie L. Rotante and Eva Cabrera with a Fiona Staples cover.
Our good friends at Alterna Comics release Doppelgänger #1. Writer Jordan Hart and art from Emmanuel Xerx Javier.
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The folks at Vault Comics are letting Neil Gaiman fans know they have a new release right up their alley. Check out Maxwell’s Demons #1. Brought to you by Denis Camp (writer) and Vittorio Astone (artist).
And speaking of a legend, Neal Adams scribes a new comic for Red Giant Productions; The Villain #1. Creators William Applegate (writer) and Mikael Bergkvist are also part of the team on this book.

Betty & Veronica Vixens #1

Imaginary Fiends #1

Long Lost #1

Maxwell’s Demons #1

The Villain #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Void Trip #1 (Image Comics). Creators Ryan O’Sullivan and Plaid Klaus.
Apocalypse Girl #1 (Amigo Comics); Creators El Torres and Ramiro Borrallo.
Doctor Radar #1 (Titan Books). Creators Noel Simsolo and Bezian.
Happy Hour In America #1 (Fantagraphics). Tim Lane.

Apocalypse Girl #1

Doppelganger #1

Doctor Radar #1

Void Trip #1

Happy Hour America #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Female Comic Characters – Checklist 2

 

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Here is another checklist edition of female comic characters. Checklist 1 is available right HERE in case you missed it. As we pointed out in the first checklist, there will be omitted characters from this list, it’s okay, breathe. Please refrain from letting us know “what we missed”. We didn’t “miss” anything. This checklist is a random list of random comic characters and we will continue to release these list regarding the female comic character. Maybe your favorite will appear in the next edition! So remember, breathe……deep breath.

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Female Comic Characters – Checklist 2

Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (1967) – Will Carol Danvers ever get her due within the Marvel Cinematic universe? Will it ever really happen? This comic holds the first appearance of Carol Danvers.

Ms. Marvel #1 (1977) – The first time Carol Danvers appears as Ms. Marvel.

Avenging Spider-Man #9 (2012) – First Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel (cover only).

Captain Marvel #1 (2012) – The first appearance of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel.

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marvel super heroes #13

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Ms. Marvel #1

Ms. Marvel #1 (1977) – Click To Buy/Bid

Avenging Spider-Man #9

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Captain Marvel #1 2012

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Astonishing Tales #6 (1971) – First appearance of Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird).

Daredevil #168 (1981) – First appearance of Elektra. Frank Miller writes, art, and cover. Nuff said.

Ms. Marvel #18 (1978) – Chris Claremont writes the first full appearance of Mystique.

Ms. Marvel #1 (2014) – The first appearance of Kamala Khan.

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Astonishing Tales #6

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Daredevil #168

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Ms. Marvel #1 (2014)

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Ms. Marvel #18

Ms. Marvel #18 (1978) – Click To Buy/Bid

 

 

Sandman #8 (1989) – One of the most prolific comic book runs in the history of comic books. Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. First appearance of Death (Endless).

X-Men #101 (1976) – Origin and first appearance of Phoenix.

Kick-Ass #3 (2008) – First appearance of Hit Girl. John Romita Jr./Mark Millar.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 (2016) – Moon Girl’s first appearance.

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Sandman #8

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X-Men #101

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Kiss Ass #3

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1

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Marvel Super Heroes #8 (1991) – First Squirrel Girl appearance.

Spider-Girl #1 (2011) – First appearance of Anya Corazon as Spider-Girl.

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Marvel Super Heroes

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Spider-Girl #1

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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 #3

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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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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.

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Rom #44

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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.

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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 #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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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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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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Here’s the latest installment of long lost since forgotten comic books. Many of these comics are simply not spoken of anymore and SOME of these have no monetary value in the speculative market, but do have a place in our hearts. Great stories and amazing creative talents accompany most of these books. Into the abyss these comics have gone, but here they are once again. Buy them, read them, they’re fun.

 

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Star Brand #1 (1986) Here’s a series that went no where fast. So fast in fact that issue number 19 was the last issue ; “number 19 in a 19 issue limited series.” Really?? Okay. This happened with almost all of the other titles as well when it came to Marvel’s New Universe imprint. Most  say “#32 of a 32 issue Limited Series.” on the top of the book. No lie, true story.

But even the creative firepower couldn’t save this series from its ultimate demise. John Romita Jr. does most of the art and a cover or two for about the first seven issues. Writer Roy Thomas on issue number seven, Keith Giffen art in issue number 9 with a Bob Wiacek cover, issue number ten features Mark Bagley Pencils, and then legend John Byrne takes over art and writing duties as of issue number eleven. And good luck finding that scarce last issue too.

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Union Jack #1 (1998) Union Jack’s first solo series comic. Writer/artist and cover all by John Cassaday. When will a UK based character break out anyway? It will happen eventually (as InvestComics has said a while back), but here you have a great 3 part mini-series to read. One of the cool things about the Marvel Comics cover with issue number one is the wording “The Walking Dead”. That’s five years before the Kirkman book. Speaking of which…….

The Walking Dead #1 (1989) Are you aware there was a Walking Dead comic out 14 years prior to Kirkman’s Walking Dead? A four issue zombie horror comic. If you were, kudos to you. If not, now you’re in the know. The Walking Dead #1 from 1989 was put out by Aircel Comics and created by Jim Somerville. Issue number 3 features a Dale Keown cover! Sweet. Good luck finding any of these comics at your local shop.

Black Orchid (1988) Critically acclaimed 3 part series by artist Dave Mckean and writer Neil Gaiman.

Blade Runner (1982) With all of the talking going on regarding another Blade Runner movie, wouldn’t it be cool to get this comic in a 50 cent bin and have it signed/graded by Harrison Ford? A nice collectors item indeed. You’re welcome.

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Free Comic Book Day will be on May 2 2015. So many cool comics to read and a few to speculate on too. There will be two tiers this year. The Gold Tier and the Silver Tier. The Gold tier comics will be available at every comic shop. The Silver tier comics will be available at select stores. So you know what this means right? If there are any possible speculative comics to maybe grab, it would be from the Silver pile because only comic shops that participated will be getting those particular books, thus leading to the possibility of a shortage on a demanded free comic.

Let’s check out some of the speculative highlights.

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Gold Tier

Dark Circle Comics Preview – Archie Comic Publications

Archie Comics is about to turn it up a notch in 2015. InvestComics did an interview with Alex Segura: Senior Vice President of publicity/marketing of Archie Comics in September right HERE. Alex told us then that there are very big plans for Archie Publications. We know this and are on board 100 percent. There have been some naysayers over the years that InvestComics has encountered on its platform regarding Archie Comics. Not quite sure why that is exactly, but uninformed collectors do not see a value in the speculative marketplace and that could not be further from the truth. Those people will be eating their words by this time next year. Please quote InvestComics on this if you’d like. Archie Comics will in fact arrive in 2015. This Dark Circle imprint is only a backdrop that will eventually lead to bigger things as well for the soon to be 75 year old company. More on why and on Archie Comics on InvestComics in the near future, stay tuned…..

Fight Club – Dark Horse Comics

There are several stories going on in this free preview book. The Goon (new story), The Strain (New story from Guillermo del Toro) and the premiere of the Fight Club. This is a good one to pick up.

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Marvel Secret Wars – Marvel Comics

Most likely this new spin on the Secret Wars from Marvel will be a big draw. Maybe this free comic will feature a first appearance or something extremely important regarding the event. Who knows? But it’s worth getting regardless because he story will kick ass anyways.

DC Comics

….Will remain mum on their free comic book day release. Get it, same protocol as the Marvel release. We’re quite sure the DC freebie will be leading up to something huge. Stay up to date with DC’s secret on freecomicbookday.com.

Silver Tier

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Canada’s very own “Superman/Captain America” makes another attempt at trying to capture the hearts of American comic collectors. Will our friendly neighbors succeed this time remains to be seen. In the meantime, if you have a few bucks, anywhere from $4 to $75 you can own a Captain Canuck first appearance from the 1975 self titled Captain Canuck #1. You never know….

Mercury Heat Debut – Avatar Press

This sneak peak looks like a fantastic story brewing. Pick this up.

TMNT: Prelude To Vengence – IDW Publishing

All new material that will lead to a huge Turtle story line.

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Here is a self contained story of a series that will debut in May.

Kodansha Comics Sampler – Kodansha Comics

This freebie includes a few samples of KC’s Anime/Manga line. Attack on Titan is one of the samples to be featured. Interesting comic that Attack on Titan is. The number one issue has gone to 6 printings already. Pretty sweet.

Stan Lee’s Shakra The Incredible – Liquid Comics

Based on the cartoon short we get the debut of Shakra in comic book form. Awesome for the kids!

Lady Justice #1 – Super Genius

IMAGECOMICS_TALESOFHONOR TH3RDWORLD_THESTUFFOFLEGENDThis is a reprint of the original Lady Justice (“Neil Gaiman’s”) from 1995. You can get the first appearance of Lady Justice (Wheel of Worlds #0) in a 50 cent bin someplace or buy it on line for a buck.

The Stuff of Legend – Th3rd World Productions

Here’s a possible sleeper in the making……

Hip Hop Family Tree – Fantagraphics Books

If you’re a Hip Hop fan, this comic is for you. If you’re not a Hip Hop fan, this comic is for you too. Check out some hardcore history of the Hip Hop world. This comic has all of the greats on the cover. KRS-One, LL Cool J, Run DMC, Easy E, Tupac…..yes this is awesome beyond awesome. Meet some of these guys and get them to sign your book (witnessed of course) and grade it. You’ll have a one of a kind!

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They remain mum here as well on the Silver side. Get your fix on what they’re up to by visiting freecomicbookday.com.

Avengers #1 – Marvel Comics

Marvel isn’t very secretive about their plans. Check out the Avengers #1 comic for free. And the best part of this freebie is the a “new threat”? Is this an introduction? If it is, you better get this.

All and all a terrific free comic book day is headed our way. So many comics to read, so little time! Well we make time to read, but so little time before May 6 hits!

Be sure to bring the little ones if you have any. Comic books are a very good reading tool for the children. Have them read the Shakra comic to you or any comic they look interested in, it’s amazing to share the excitement with a child this way. It’s like Christmas in May!

Read wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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We all know the legal issue behind the whole Miracleman charater right? If you don’t, you can either Google it or click here for a quick synopsis into the legal mess. We’re not here to discuss legal matters so we’re going to skip that part and head straight into the speculative market. With that, Miracleman is back in the hands of Marvel Comics, thus Miracleman (2014) #1 will be coming out this Wednesday. Being a big deal for Marvel they are accompanying the number one release with a healthy dose of variant covers. Eight at last count. There are a few gems in here. The Joe Quesada variant, coming in at a price point of about $60, a Mark Buckingham variant at $75, and the prize variant from John Cassaday will cost you around $150. As always, grade these (shoot for a 9.8 or higher) as a CGC signature series to maximize your dollar.

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The Marvelman character first appeared as Miracleman in the Eclipse Comics’ Miracleman #1 (1985). The series was written by legend Alan Moore until issue number 17. (Insert sarcasm here) Some other guy by the name of Neil Gaiman took over the series from there. It’s not too often these days you have creators of this magnitude like Moore and Gaiman doing a back to back. Moments to relish, and by the way if you are thinking about getting either of these books or some of the others within the series, you could check Ebay. There are still a few affordable ones for the taking.

Revolutionary War Dark Angel #1 will feature the return of Marvel UK’s Dark Angel. She looks extremely awesome as far as geek eye candy. Let’s hope the character lives up to her stellar appearance. If she does and takes a step toward stardom, you should have her first appearance in your long box. A step in the right direction starts with a sold out comic, which Dark Angel has done here.  Check out the 25 cent boxes at your local shop or convention for Hell’s Angel #1 (1992) for the debut of Dark Angel.

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DC knows a good thing when they have one. With their successful Injustice title comes Injustice Year Two (2013) #1. It’s almost sold out at the distributor, so you better grab it if you want it. The first series sold out quickly and commanded some nice aftermarket cash.

From Injustice we go to justice with Justice League 3000 (2013) #2. Issue two here will introduce the new villain group named Locus. Locus first appeared in JLA: Year One #1 (1998). Written by Mark Waid, and art by Barry Kitson….oh yes, fun times indeed.

Dark Horse brings us Skyman (2014 Dark Horse) #1 this week. An interesting Obama variant will coincide with the release of the regular cover. Aren’t we past the president variant covers? Guess what? The variant is sold out, so we aren’t over the president variants just yet. Also, did you know that the first Skyman character appeared in 1940’s Big Shot Comics #1? Awesome cover too.

The most overused story concept and character joins forces this week. Night of the Living Deadpool (2014) #1 will have Deadpool in yet another number one issue, and the storyline will focus on zombies.  So what does this equate to? An almost sold out comic, fans just can’t get enough apparently!

Be sure to check out the sold out variants and possible soon to be regular cover issues; Disney Kingdoms Seekers of the Weird (2014) #1, Curse (2014 Boom Studios) #1,  Lil Battlestar Galactica (2014) #1,  Black Dynamite (2013 IDW) #1,  EGOs (2013) #1, and Inhumanity Spider-Man (2014) #1.

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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.

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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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Sandman – Checklist

This week rumors of a Sandman movie have stabilized thanks to Twitter.  Clues to the production include #prelude and talk of Gaiman being involved.  It’s also rumored that WB wants someone other than Goyer to write the script ( thank god!)

There is a rabid fan base for this acclaimed Vertigo series and the market is already buzzing.  Even before the recent news, speculators took to the internet buying up key issues.  You can thank AMC Preacher rumors for that.  It seems collectors are getting more savvy so you can expect issue 1 ( Morpheus’s first appearance ) to command high prices for the foreseeable future.   Here are a few I would stockpile:

Comics Interview Sandman Special 1993

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Good luck finding this one!

Sandman 8 ( Karen Berger Editorial Error )

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Errors like this make collectors go nuts.  This one is very rare with an estimated print run of around 600.

Sandman 19 ( printing error )

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Another printing error puts this one on the list.  Pages 18 & 19 were printed out of order.

Sandman 25 ( First Deadboy Detectives )

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These detectives are coming back to DC this year and this is their first appearance.  There is also a  limited series written by Ed Brubaker with art by Bryan Talbot and Dave Mckean covers that is worth a look.

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Sandman 22 ( first Daniel Hall )

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2000 A.D. 488 ( first published comic work by Neil Gaiman )

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When it’s all said and done Mr Gaiman will be remembered as on of the greatest writers in comic history.  His comics have influenced many, helped to cement the quality of  a brand and crossed over into other mediums.  When the Sandman film gets made collectors will once again deplete the original series from every back issue box they can wrap their greedy, wet tentacles around.  But in case you are wondering where the man got his start look no further.  Funny thing-so many of those who set the standard have either received their break from 2000 A.D. or been published in it.  It’s a series worth collecting for many other reasons.  If you have yet to enjoy writing by Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis and also enjoy collecting rare issues, variants, posters, Nemesis the Warlock and badges I suggest this famous UK series.

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Swamp Thing 84, 118

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I have mentioned this undervalued gem in recent months.  Once people realize it’s the third appearance of Dream expect prices to rise.

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Sometimes it is worth repeating information like this.  Like Swamp thing 84 this issue features a rare early appearance of Dream outside of the regular Sandman series.

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Merv Pumpkinhead: Agent of Dream One Shot

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This one is a favorite of mine.  It’s an excellent read, difficult to find and it’s treatment of cats makes it worth the full purchase price.

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INVESTCOMICS TOP 10 LIST – NEW COMIC RELEASES AND BACK ISSUES FOR 10/30/13

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

1 – Sandman Overture #1 (DC Vertigo)
2 – Fox #1 (Variant) (Red Circle)
3 – Superior Spider-Man #20 (Marvel Comics)
4 – Cataclysm #0.1 (Marvel Comics)
5 – Damian Son of Batman #1 (Variant) (DC Comics)
6 – Sandman #1 (1989) (DC Vertigo)
7 – Batman #656 (2006) (DC Comics)
8 – Captain America Living Legend #2 (Marvel Comics)
9 – Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 (1992) (Dark Horse Comics)
10 – Witchblade #170 (Top Cow)

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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The-Dawning-COVER-1-jpegFrom the looks of it on the social media circuit, Halloween ComicFest was a success. Was there any doubt it wouldn’t be?? Kudos goes out to all of the comic shops across the states that participated in this year’s event. Free comics will always be a good time!

Want some comic reviews regarding the free Halloween ComicFest books? Sure thing, click right HERE for the latest video comic book review show; FFFIC #117 (Halloween ComicFest Edition) and the latest reviews from this past Wednesday’s new releases with Sebastian Piccione.

And while on the topic of comic shops. InvestComics would like to direct your attention to a few comic shops that are now carrying the very first InvestComics Publications comic book The Dawning #1 in their stores! How cool is that??! Click on the stores that have the link attached to them and friend them on Facebook now. Super-Fly Comics and Games, Epic Loot Games and Comics, Dark Star Books, Sanctuary Comics, and Cards and Comics! Go now and support their Facebook page and their stores! More comic shops will be listed as they jump onboard to support the InvestComics Publications launch. Thanks guys/gals! If you’d like to purchase this hot book right now, click right HERE to purchase your copy now!

Lost in all of the hoopla of the New York Comic Con and the launching of the publication is the contest we have going! Check out last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #191 for more details on that. Enter to win! If you don’t feel like jumping over, the prizes are for a Batman The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 SIGNED by artist Georges Jeanty and Excalibur #1 SIGNED by legend Chris Claremont! Share InvestComics everywhere and WIN!

Over the past week, InvestComics has been posting various videos from the New York Comic Con. Check out comedian/late night talk show host Pete Holmes right HERE. You MUST check out Pete’s Youtube page to watch his hysterical takes on Batman/Superman, Wolverine, and Gambit, priceless. Also posted were WWE stars and President of the WWE Studios right HERE, and Animal Planet’s team; Finding Bigfoot right HERE. Stay tuned for the animated team of Bob’s Burgers (hit show on Fox), and Stan Lee!! That’s right; Stan Lee will be coming up very soon!

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release 10-30-13

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There was a comic book run that basically changed the landscape of comic books as we know them some 24 years ago. That comic book run was DC’s (Vertigo) Sandman from 1989. The ebb and flow of storytelling in comic books were changed forever in 1989. This was due for the reason of one man, Neil Gaiman. Neil is a storyteller; he has a pulse on what the reader yearns for. He sets moods, changes, flow and so much more. There are not enough words to describe this man’s legendary status. And quite frankly he doesn’t need words; he’s done enough for himself to establish his legend status in the comic book genre and in the publishing world as well. This week Neil visits familiar territory. Yes that’s right you guessed it, Sandman. Sandman Overture (2013) #1 will probably not break new ground, but what it will do is spark the interest of readers and collectors alike. Then again, maybe it will break new ground? Who knows with Mr. Gaiman? Here’s the nuts and bolts here folks, DC has spoken of Vertigo titles making it onto the big screen for a while now. What better way to start than right here, with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman? There have been many predictions within the InvestComics Hot Picks that have come to fruition (some not too), but to say that Sandman will definitely make it to a movie theater is not that far of a stretch, but it WILL happen. Sandman will become a film one day, and not only will it be spectacular, it will send the aftermarket into an absolute frenzy. This is why a collector should be on top on the 1989 Sandman #1 comic right now. Another book to be on top of is the Sandman Overture #1 variant from Dave McKean, a cool $125 for that variant, but can easily double with a 9.8 grade, and triple with a signature series. Not only will the Sandman Overture #1 heighten the interest of the already famous 1989 book, the movie to come will catapult it even more so. Thank me later. Don’t forget to let everyone know that InvestComics alerted you out on this one.

The recent “demise” of Damian was short lived and now the character has his own book coming out! Death in comics really doesn’t mean much, but you know this already. Anyways, Damian Son of Batman (2013) #1 will bring back the son of Bruce for a limited series, and then for sure a regular series down the line we’re guessing. Whether you’re a fan or not of the Damian character, one will have to stand up a bit and pay attention here. The character is a hot commodity, the collector should embrace this. The reader should just ignore him if they aren’t interested. The collector’s battle over the true first appearance of Damian rages on behind the scenes, but here’s the skinny. The only true answer lies within the money if you’re a speculator. The birth of Damian happened in Batman: Son of a Demon #1 in 1988 (not in DC continuity? Then maybe it is?), but according to the folks at CGC, they say that Batman #655 (2006) is the recognized cameo of Damian. The first full appearance of Damian is Batman #656. So with that, regardless of how the argument may want to flow, CGC is setting the precedence on the Batman comics #655 and #656 as the cameo and first, and this is where the money is going to be found because of the little inscription on the top of the casing. Buy the first Damian. It’s an uptick comic for years to come. Oh yes, one last thing. Pick up the Damian Son of Batman #1 Andy Kubert sketch variant at $60, grade it make money, simple as that. And finally from DC Comics this week, Forever Evil Argus (2013) #1 is sold out. The Forever Evil campaign continues to kill it on the shelves, well semi-disappear really. As the previous InvestComics Hot Picks have stated with the Forever Evil storyline, unless there is a major holy sh*t moment that really takes the genre by surprise, there will be no redeeming value (speculator) in any of the Forever Evil titles down the line. The true redeeming value here is a fantastic storyline.

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Marvel Comics stays busy this week with comics like Captain America Living Legend (2013) #2. This book will introduce an alien like thing. Not sure exactly what, but check it out. And look at that awesome cover too! Dan Slott promises that the new Superior Spider-Man (2012) #20 will seriously shake things up. As if things haven’t been shaken already?! Be sure to grab a copy to see how things are playing out. Another shake up looks to be occurring in Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #8. Peter Quill will betray the entire Marvel Universe? Okay we’re interested. Cataclysm (2013 Marvel) #0.1 would be nice to write about, but the Marvel solicit is “classified”. The variant is sold out though, know that much! The new Bryan J.L. Glass Thor Crown of Fools (2013) #1 will be sold out on Thursday. Be sure to have your copy in hand or in your pull box.

Ash and the Army of Darkness return this week in Ash and the Army of Darkness (2013) #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Talks of a new movie will boost interest for the original Ash and the Army of Darkness #1 from 1992. That’s 21 years ago. Feel old yet? The comic is mostly sold out across the board. Archie Comics had a huge success with the recent Archie zombie book Afterlife with Archie #1 (InvestComics informed that you’d get the variants, hope you did!). So what’s next to come you may ask? How about Fox (2013 Red Circle) #1? Yep, the Fox is running amuck and its best you catch it! Preferably the variant! Fox #1 is another hot comic folks. Don’t believe it? Check by Friday and see if there are any variants left for you. Oh yes, check Ebay on those, they’ll be over there probably. Incidentally, in case anyone is interested. Fox first appeared in Blue Ribbon Comics #4 way back in 1940. Good luck ever seeing that comic in your lifetime in near mint condition or in your lifetime period. There are a few comics that should be on your radar due to the low number left or their sold out status. Wildwork (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, Adventure Time Spoooktacular (2013) #1,and Wilder (2013 Monsterverse) #0.

Amazing artist Marc Silvestri pays homage to himself this week with the cover on Witchblade (1995) #170. If the cover doesn’t ring a bell (How could it not??!!), it’s original concept cover was featured on the Uncanny X-Men #251 with Wolverine stuck on the X and not a W. Awesome cover on both Marc!! See below to marvel in the beauty.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to share InvestComics across the social media because not only is it cool to do, but you can win some awesome prizes too! Batman The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 SIGNED by artist Georges Jeanty and Excalibur #1 SIGNED by legend Chris Claremont!!

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InvestComics Hot Covers – New Releases 10-30-13

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DC Entertainment’s Vertigo Announces 6 New Titles

What better way is there to kick off the week than with some major, exciting news?

This morning, DC Entertainment’s Vertigo Comics imprint not only confirmed that the New York Times bestselling series AMERICAN VAMPIRE will be returning this December, but also announced the following all-new, bold, and exciting series:

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Hinto HINTERKIND– Decades after “The Blight” all but wiped out the human race, Mother Nature is taking back what’s hers and she’s not alone … all the creatures of myth and legend have returned and they’re not happy. After her grandfather disappears, Prosper Monday must leave the security and seclusion of her Central Park village to venture into the wilds to find him, unaware of how much the world has changed. An epic fantasy adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world, HINTERKIND is written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Francesco Trifogli, and debuts this October.

o THE DISCIPLINE – Launching this December, THE DISCIPLINE is a dark, erotic thriller about a privileged young woman named Melissa who is thrust into a centuries old battle between good and evil. She begins an affair with a mysterious man named Orlando who opens her eyes to a sexually sinister world she never knew existed. Through this ritualistic seduction (“The Discipline”), Orlando unlocks Melissa’s inner power and then enlists her into a shadowy war that has been fought for centuries. THE DISCIPLE comes to you from writer Peter Milligan and artist Leo Fernandez. 

DBD.PROMOo DEAD BOY DETECTIVES – Spinning out of the pages of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN, two dead British school boys star in their own monthly series and solve crimes in the 21st century with the help of a new female accomplice. Premiering in November, DEAD BOY DETECTIVES is written by noted British novelist Toby Litt with layouts and painted covers by Mark Buckingham (FABLES). 

o SUICIDERS– Hitting the spinner rack this December, this new series marks the incomparable Lee Bermejo’s (JOKER; BATMAN: NOEL; BEFORE WATCHMEN: RORSCHACH) debut as an ongoing series comic book writer and artist. SUICIDERS follows the lies of two futuristic boxers – one on top of the world, the other trying to fight (and kill) his way there. Set in Los Angeles after “The Big One,” “Suiciders” is the wildly popular reality sport that contestants are literally dying to be a part of … and to be the best, you have to murder the best.

Coffino COFFIN HILL – When she was 15, Eve Coffin summoned a darkness that had been buried since the Salem Witch Trials. Now Eve’s back to harness the evil that destroyed her friends and is slowly taking over the sleepy town of Coffin Hill. This is a series full of magic, madness and murder via a twisted family of New Englanders. Arriving in stores this October, COFFIN HILL combines the talents of artist Inaki Miranda (FAIREST: THE HIDDEN KINGDOM) with writer Caitlin Kittredge, a young, dark fantasy author whose writing includes the Nocturne City, the Black London, and the Iron Codex series of novels – which include the recently published titles Dark Days and The Mirrored Shard.

witchinghouro THE WITCHING HOUR – Just in time for Halloween, this anthology-style one-shot collects short stories exploring witchcraft written and drawn by some of the most talented veterans and newcomers in the business – including Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, Lauren Beukes, Emily Carroll, Matthew Sturges, Shawn McManus, Tula Lotay and many more. 

And of course, how could you talk about all of the exciting projects on Vertigo’s plate in 2013 without discussing the highly anticipated SANDMAN prequel miniseries from writer Neil Gaiman and artist J.H. Williams III? 

Sandman OvertureTHE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will officially launch on October 30. The miniseries will be published every other month, with a special, oversized issue (including interviews, rare artwork, and more) hitting stands in between the release of each new issue.

“The most peculiar thing for me about returning to ‘Sandman’ is how familiar it all feels,” Gaiman recently said. As for Williams’ art? “They are the most beautiful pages I have ever seen in periodical comics,” Gaiman continued. “I ask him to do the impossible, and he gives me back more than I asked for.”

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Vertigo Reveals Details Surroundin​g Neil Gaiman¹s Highly Anticipate​d Return to THE SANDMAN

Bestselling author will revisit groundbreaking comic book series in October with new story

 

This October, author Neil Gaiman returns to the realm of the Endless for an eagerly anticipated tale that will bring readers back to one of the most critically-acclaimed comic book series ever. THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will unite Gaiman with visionary artist J.H. Williams III and reveal a previously untold story in THE SANDMAN mythos. The announcement was made today by Shelly Bond, Executive Editor of Vertigo, an imprint of DC Entertainment.

 

One of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years, Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN stands tall as one of the few graphic novel series ever to be on the The NewYork Times Best Seller list and lauded by critics the world over for its transformative storytelling in the comic book industry.

 

OnOctober 30th, Gaiman returns to his beloved universe for the first time in more than 10 years since ending the series. The story will explore Morpheus’ world before he was captured, which is bound to captivate the hearts and imaginations of the most loyal fans and new readers alike. Brought to life by renowned artist J.H. Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 will be an oversized issue and will showcase his talent with a spectacular interior gatefold.

 

“This is the one story that we never got to tell,” Gaiman told The New York Times today. “In SANDMAN #1 Morpheus is captured somehow. Later on in the series, you learn he was returning from somewhere far, far away – but we never got to the story of what he was doing and what had happened. This is our chance to tell that story, and J.H. Williams III is drawing it. It’s the most beautiful thing in the world.”

 

“Neil Gaiman returning to the lush, evocative world he created with Sandman is a literary event,” said Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment President. “We’re honored to have Neil back for a story only he and J.H. can tell. It’s a testament to the lasting power of Vertigo, Sandman and Neil’s amazing creativity. “

 

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will be published bi-monthly with issue #1 arriving on October 30th, 2013. Each issue of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature stunning covers by Williams and original series cover artist Dave McKean and will be published on the same day digitally.

 

Also bi-monthly and alternating with the main OVERTURE series, Vertigo will publish THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE Special Edition. These deluxe issues will include original scripts by Gaiman, additional concept art and sketches by Williams, Q&As with the creative team and more, starting in November.

 

More details about the series – including artwork – will be revealed at this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013. Gaiman, Williams and McKean are special guests of the convention, during which Vertigo will host a 25th Anniversary all-star panel featuring Gaiman, Williams and artists Dave McKean and Sam Kieth. Gaiman will also be spotlighted at his own standalone panel. Additionally, the cover of the Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013 Souvenir Book features all-new Sandman art by Dave McKean, which will also be featured on an official convention T-Shirt.

 

ABOUT THE SANDMAN:

With more than 7 million copies sold in nine different languages, Gaiman’s multi-volume magnum opus THE SANDMAN features literature’s Endless family—Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction, Destiny and Dream. The critically acclaimed Vertigo fantasy series transformed the landscape of comics, helping usher in an era of more compelling and sophisticated storytelling. Combining mythology and literature in an epic story, it is one of the most popular, groundbreaking, bestselling and award-winning comic books of the last twenty-five years. It has garnered nineteen Eisner and six Harvey Awards and is the only comic book to win the World Fantasy Award.

 

ABOUT NEIL GAIMAN:

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of this summer’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane, as well as the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the eponymous hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association’s Alex Award as one of 2000’s top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.

 

ABOUT J. H. WILLIAMS III:

Williams is the co-writer as well as the co-artist of the GLAAD Award-Nominated title BATWOMAN for DC Comics-The New 52 and the artist on PROMETHEA, DESOLATION JONES and other titles. His many accolades include two Eisner awards for his spectacular, visionary artwork as well as a pair of Harveys for his work on BATWOMAN and PROMETHEA.

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The most unsurprising, obvious, anti-climactic comic book to hit shelves in years will be coming at us this Wednesday Age of Ultron (2013 Marvel) #10. And in a polybag?!! Marvel for real here?? Here’s the scoop for those living under a rock for the past couple of months (spoilers coming). One, Neil Gaiman is the co-writer on this issue and two, Angela; from Image Comics makes her debut in the Marvel Universe. If the cat is out of the bag, why are we getting this comic on the shelf in a polybag?? So fans cannot thumb through it to see what they already know? Maybe, just maybe Marvel has another surprise in store for us? Hopefully so, because if not this is all extremely lame. Sorry Marvel, but you dropped the ball on this one. Speaking on the topic of lame, Spawn #9 (which everyone on the entire planet owns) is the first appearance of Angela. Why is this lame you may ask? Well for one, this comic came out during the height of the Todd McFarlane Spawn frenzy, so there are bazillion copies of this book out there. It was 1993, the beginning of the end for the speculation market. Don’t believe it? Here’s some healthy numbers (not good collector numbers) to throw at you. How about 371 total graded copies of Spawn #9?! How about 231 of those graded at a 9.8?!! How about 37 signature series books, with 20 of those sitting in the 9.8 spot? No upside here folks, sorry. But, here’s a big but (get your mind out of the gutter), with the talks of Marvel saying they want a strong female lead to star in her own movie, would they actually go with Angela?? Stranger things have happened. Even then, a strong spike would occur upon that news only to level off quickly because of the supply here. Do not get caught up on Spawn #9, meaning do not pay a premium. There are simply too many Spawn #9’s sitting out there.

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum here we have Ultimate Spider-Man (2011 3rd Series) #24 and 100 Bullets Brother Lono (2013) #1 this Wednesday. The opposite side of the spectrum is in regards to the graded territory. The 100 bullets character Lono first appeared in 100 Bullets #5 in 1999. In a much lower print run, this comic has a total of 6 graded comics. 1 at the 9.8 point and 3 signature series coming in at the 9.8 mark. Yes, understood that there is no demand for this comic to the likes of Angela, but what if, what if Warner Bros. branches out and starts bringing some of the awesome Vertigo titles to the big screen or television? There are so many amazing stories sitting in the Vertigo archives it’s an absolute surprise that WB or television hasn’t visited that well as often as they should. But IF and when they do, THIS; 100 Bullets will be tapped. A Showtime announcement from 2011 has never come to fruition, but don’t be surprised when it comes back to life along with other Vertigo titles.

The Power Pack team are set for their first appearance in the Ultimate Marvel Universe in Ultimate Spider-Man (2011 3rd Series) #24. Unlike 100 Bullets #5, Power Pack’s first appearance print run is more than that of bullets. But this shouldn’t deter the collector from still snatching this comic up! Here’s why. First off, Power Pack is based on a kid team right? What better time than the present to get a kid team off the ground and running to a possible cartoon later on? Why not, it’s possible right? Marvel and DC have proven that their cartoon series’ are successful; this would be a no brainer if Marvel hits it with Power Pack. Want more collector nourishment? How about that there are 40 total graded Power Pack #1’s (1984) and a bit top heavy at 20 in the 9.8 range? 7 signature series books, with one in the 9.8 spot. Although the top heavy 9.8’s are a bit of a turn off, it’s still early in the game as they say. Many collectors can find the first appearance of Power Pack sitting in the 50 cent bins at their local comic shop or comic convention. Do not sleep on these kids…kids. Why would Marvel be bringing them back if they didn’t possibly have a plan in place for them? It could be a long shot you’re right, but at 50 cents apiece, what’s to lose right?

Recorded AttacksZombies are amuck once again in the comic universe. This time with Extinction Parade (2013 Avatar) #1. Writer Max Brooks, THE Zombie guru of all zombie guru’s is about to unleash his zombie fest on the comic book genre. Max’s first (and only!) stint in the comic book zombie world came in 2008’s Recorded Attacks from Avatar press. This is a creator who is a bestselling author, the creator of World War Z, and about to make his mark in the comic book industry. Recorded Attacks is an extremely LOW PRINT run comic that has 20 total grades. 4 of which sit at 9.8, 11 signature 9.8’s. Get this comic now fans if you want to be a part of the new zombie apocalypse that is arriving from Max Brooks.

Joe Harris writes the new season of X-Files in X-Files Season 10 (2013 IDW) #1. A possible sleeper from Black Mask Liberator (2013 Black Mask) #1, also check out Wild Blue Yonder (2013 IDW) #1, Baltimore The Inquisitor (2013 Dark Horse) #0, and Spongebob Comics Annual Size Super Giant Swimtacular #1!

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Marvel Reveals Joe Quesada’s All-New Look For ANGELA!

 

The Biggest New Heroine In Comics, Redesigned For Her Marvel Universe Debut!

New York, NY (May 9th, 2013)—She’s one of the biggest new characters to debut in the Marvel Universe in over 20 years, and today Marvel is proud to unveil your first look at ANGELA – redesigned by Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer & superstar artist Joe Quesada! Angela, created by New York Times Best Selling writer Neil Gaiman & industry icon Todd McFarlane, makes her dynamic debut into the Marvel Universe this June, in the star studded conclusion to the critically acclaimed event Age Of Ultron with Age Of Ultron #10!

“Angela is going to make her mark rather quickly. She’s going to hit the ground running and cut a large swath through the Marvel Universe – both literally and metaphorically,” explained Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment. “ We have huge plans for her, and the mystery of who she is and where she comes from is something I think Marvel fans are going to be blown away by.  Actually, I know they will!”

However, Angela isn’t the only one making her way over to the Marvel Universe as Neil Gaiman makes his long awaited return to Marvel in over six years! Starting this July, Gaiman teams with blockbuster writer Brian Michael Bendis and fan favorite artist Sara Pichelli to take the angelic bounty hunter to the outer limits of the Marvel Universe in an all new arc starting inGuardians Of The Galaxy #5! Alongside Star-Lord, Iron Man, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Gamora & Groot – Angela must help the Guardians take down threats putting the galaxy at risk, showing why she’s one of the most feared women in the Marvel Universe!

“It’s no coincidence that Angela’s debut comes around a time when we’re reminding fans that there’s a reason we call the space our stories take place in, the Marvel Universe,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “What Neil and Brian have planned for the character in Guardians of the Galaxy is going to definitely turn some heads, and nobody can miss where it goes from there!”

The arrival of Angela to the Marvel Universe marks one of the most important moments in comics history! With a major player like the fearless warrior making her presence known – no fan can miss how her debut impacts the Marvel Universe and beyond! It all begins in the universe shattering Age Of Ultron #10 in June, and continues in the hottest new book of the year, Guardians Of the Galaxy #5!

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For more on Angela, Age of Ultron & Guardians Of The Galaxy, stay tuned to Marvel.com for more info!

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AGE OF ULTRON #10 (APR130589)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Penciled by BRYAN HITCH, BRANDON PETERSON, CARLOS PACHECO, ALEX MALEEV, BUTCH GUICE, DAVID MARQUEZ & JOE QUESADA!

Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

FOC – 5/27/13, ON-SALE 6/19/13

 

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Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS & NEIL GAIMAN

Pencils & Cover by SARA PICHELLI

FOC – 7/1/13, ON SALE – 7/24/13

 

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IndieCreator: with Duncan Eagleson

 

 

 

 

Sandman, Smackdowns and Elf Love with Uber Artist Duncan Eagleson

This week we return to the Promised Land − good ‘ol comics. We drifted away to film and music for a few interviews but now we’re back where we belong. And our “comeback to comics” is sure to make a splash. As big a splash, we dare say, as WWE wrestler Kane’s return in December 2011 when he beat down John Cena and revealed not one − but two leather masks.

And irony of ironies, the subject of our interview is the same insanely talented artist/craftsman/illustrator/writer who created those now-iconic masks for Kane (See? Everything has a purpose!)

Dunn-dunn-dunn!

He’s none other than Duncan Eagleson. I’ve been fortunate to have Duncan involved in a few anthologies I’ve worked on and recently begged/pleaded/cried to have him create some key art for my upcoming micro-budget feature BLESSID. As usual, he exceeded expectations.

You see, Duncan Eagleson is a perfectionist. As such, I am going to use his words rather than my own to describe his accomplishments:

“Illustrator, graphic designer, painter and sculptor, Duncan Eagleson has created art and designs for book covers, movie posters, advertisements, corporate identity projects, videos, magazines, and even T-shirts, for clients such as Doubleday Books, Tor Books, New Line Cinema, Warner Communications & DC Comics, rock groups like The Who, Phil Collins, and Def Leppard. In comics, he contributed art to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, adapted and illustrated Anne Rices’ The Witching Hour. He has created sculpted leather masks for Wes Craven’s Cursed, the WWE wrestler Kane, the Smithsonian, the Big Apple Circus, and magician Jeff McBride. Portfolios of his work, both digital and traditional, can be found at eaglesondesign.com, and on his Deviant Art page at duncan-eagleson.deviantart.com. His sculpture and masks can be seen at maskmaker.com.”

1) You have a long and impressive resume, but one thing that jumps off the page is your work on issue #38 of The Sandman — “Convergence, The Hunt” (1992, DC/Vertigo). What was it like working with writer-savant Neil Gaiman?

(DUNCAN:) Top question everybody asks. I’m happy to be able to say that honestly, it was really great.  Neil had certain elements he really wanted the art to reflect − mainly the nine-panel grid structure for the pages − and he was quite patient about explaining why that was important (he wanted the physical structure of the pages to reflect the formal story structure of the “fairy tale” sort of story). Beyond that, he was very hands-off, trusting me to do what I wanted with the art. Neil really is the way he appears in interviews and public appearances: a very unassuming, courteous gentleman, and very easy to work with.

The only minor bump in an otherwise utterly smooth ride had nothing to do with Neil. Some of the powers that be at DC/Vertigo felt the “werewolf sex” scene toward the end of the book was too graphic − despite the fact there were no actual naughty bits showing, I guess it was a bit too obvious what was going on. So I had to tone it down for publication. We went through a couple of versions before they were satisfied that it was family-friendly enough. Which was okay with me − I wasn’t about to scream “Censorship!” or anything. It was DC/Vertigo’s book, they were paying for it, they should get the sort of product they need. To me, it was no different than any other revision. I did, however, save the original pencilled panels.

All in all, the whole thing was a great experience, including, by the way, seeing my pencils come to life through Vince Locke’s brilliant inking. It was almost as if Vince was in my head, doing exactly the inking I would have done myself, if only I’d had the sort of mad inking skills he has.

2) Around the same time you did Sandman you also worked wrote and did art for several issues of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour comic book series. What was this experience like?

(DUNCAN:) That was a bit of a mixed bag, especially toward the end. It started out looking great − they came to me at first for the art, and they didn’t have a writer. I had just recently read The Witching Hour, and I was wanting to start building a name as a writer, so I convinced them to let me script as well.

Between scripting and illustrating, I had no time to get involved in the marketing, but I probably should have tried. They were marketing the book to comics venues, treating it as if it were a superhero book, which wasn’t the best choice. The Anne Rice audience was huge − but they’re not your typical superhero comics audience. As it was, I think we got some respect from folks in the industry − the one time I met Kelly Jones, he was kind enough to say he thought The Witching Hour was the best full painted book on the market at the time − but the sales of the first couple of issues were disappointing.

To be fair to Millennium, novel adaptations are always a hard sell in comics, and traditionally don’t do very well. And although I think The Witching Hour might eventually have found its audience, they just didn’t have the kind of funding to hold the line until that happened, they needed to make money off the book right now.  And that wasn’t happening. So the book got cancelled, and shortly thereafter, the company went belly-up.

As an artist & storyteller, however, I had a great time doing it. I unleashed everything I had learned about drawing and painting and visual storytelling on that series.

At the time, my idol in comics was Bill Sienkiewicz. That man’s full-painted comics art was some of the most inspiring, innovative, and masterful work I’d seen in years, with the possible exception of Dave McKean. Considering how extreme he got with some of that work, it’s amazing to realize that he always managed to keep it in the service of the story, never let it become all about the art. No matter how stunning any individual page or panel was, he designed it to keep you caught up in the characters and the narrative, moving forward through the story. That’s not easy to do when you’re also pushing the boundaries of what has been done visually in a medium.

I tried hard not to imitate Sienkiewicz − or Bernie Fuchs, or Bob Peak, who I was also looking at a lot in those days − but to use their examples as an inspiration, to adopt a similar conceptual approach without also adopting anyone’s specific signature devices. And I think I mostly succeeded, giving the book a unique look and feel.

This was in the days before the use of Photoshop had become common, and I was doing a lot with Xeroxing drawings and photos onto colored paper, and painting over them with gouache, acrylics, airbrush, and pastel pencils. At one point, my editor, Jordan Bojar, called me up and said “I don’t know how you created this, what kind of techniques you’re using, but whatever they are, don’t ever reveal them to anyone.” Of course, I said “Why not?” I’m always happy to share whatever I’ve learned with someone who wants to know. “Because this is unique, these techniques are a gold mine,” he said. I thought he was nuts. Far as I’m concerned, anyone who wants to try out these techniques, knock yourself out. If you’re a mediocre artist looking for a gimmick, you’ll produce a cheap knockoff. If you’ve got imagination, and are good at what you do already, you’ll do something else with it, use it to develop your own unique creation. Why would I feel threatened by either possibility? A cheap knockoff will almost always be seen for what it is, and an imaginative, unique creation deserves to succeed, and be cheered on.

3) Did you ever get to meet the “Queen of Vampires”?

(DUNCAN:) I never did. She seemed to keep a certain distance from the comics versions of her works − or at least Millennium’s comics versions, which included The Mummy as well as The Witching Hour.

I did talk to her personal assistant once. Long after The Witching Hour and Millennium had both tanked, I heard that the comics rights to Anne Rice’s books had reverted to her, and she had announced her intention to do her own graphic novel versions of all her books. I had always felt I’d love to finish the series, so I called her office to see if they were interested in my working with them. Her assistant was very polite and cordial, but also very non commital, and the basic message was “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” And of course, they never did. As far as I know, they eventually abandoned the whole graphic novel idea.

4) More recently, you were involved with another Pop icon. You created two leather masks for WWE wrestler Kane’s “resurrection” when he intruded on a matched and rudely slammed John Cena to the mat. How did you get involved in the melee?

(DUNCAN:) People who know my work from comics and book covers may not be aware that I’ve been making sculpted leather masks for many years. I’ve made masks for many theater productions, for the Big Apple Circus, for mask magician Jeff McBride (a long-time friend), for Wes Craven’s movie Cursed, and even for the Smithsonian. If you Google “leather masks,” my mask website (maskmaker.com) usually turns up in the first few results. Which is how the Creative Director from the WWE found me.

I went and met with the creative director and production designer, and of course, Kane himself. They already had certain ideas about what they wanted the masks to look like, but were willing to listen to my input, as well. I sat down with Kane and talked with him about his previous masks, about what worked well, and what didn’t, and how we could improve on what he’s had before. In the end, I made two masks, the red inner mask, and a sort of over-mask that looks a little like a welder’s mask.

5) Another notable piece is Hollow which you worked on for Archaia Studios Press. The pages on your website have a definite “extraterrestrial” vibe. Can you explain the storyline since you did the pencils and ink for issue 1 in 2010?

(DUNCAN:) The writer on the Hollow was a very talented young man named Larime Taylor. I had worked with Larime before, providing masks for a play he wrote and directed, Call of the Dragon. When he came up with Hollow a few years later, he got back in touch, asked me if I’d be willing to pencil and ink issue one.

Those creatures that look rather like extraterrestrials are actually the beings who conduct dead souls into the light or the darkness. They’re also the beings responsible for placing souls into babies. And they’re all upset because one got missed − there was a child born without a soul. Both the dark and the light are hunting for this soul-less child, who in the meantime has grown up, and is about to come of age, which redoubles the urgency with which the agents of Light and Dark are searching for him/her/it.

6) My favorite Duncan Eagleson work is Railwalker: Tales of the Urban Shaman. 

(DUNCAN:) Thanks very much.

6.1) Explain the premise to our readers. What are your plans for the series?

(DUNCAN:) The premise behind Railwalker was the idea of a genuine urban shaman. This guy (who we know only by his street name, Brick) has no cultural tradition behind him, no elder indigenous shaman he apprenticed to − he was just a guy from the streets of Brooklyn, a graffiti writer, who one day found the crows started talking to him, and teaching him things. He had no idea, at least in the beginning, that what the crows were teaching him is what anthropologists would call magic and shamanism.

Brick actually started out as a supporting character in a graphic novel I was trying to sell back in the 80s. In the 90s, the Earthspirit Community approached me about doing a comics series that would tie in to their Rites of Spring Festival (they had in mind either a single-panel, or a four-panel strip format), and I thought Brick would be the perfect protagonist − he’s a total outsider to modern magic and neo-paganism, but he’s an intelligent and sympathetic outsider.

When I started the series, I was thinking in terms of humorous strip comics, and was working in a kind of cartoony style. But I’ve never really thought of myself as a humorist, and the humor in Railwaker at Rites is generally not a broad laugh-out-loud kind of humor, but more wry and dry. So as the series went on, I gradually started transitioning the look of the art to a more sophisticated realistic style, which seemed more appropriate to the material I was writing. People seemed to like it, so I kept it up. The strip ran for three festival seasons, and after it ended, I set up a web site specifically for Railwalker.

Not long afterward, I started experimenting with animation in Flash. Over the course of the next couple of years, I created a short animated Railwalker movie, Keys, in several chapters. Keys tells one version of how Brick became the Railwalker (yes, there are others).

I had toyed with the idea of doing another short animation based on Beowulf (this was long before the Avary/Gaiman CG film version), but I was going to set it in a post-apocalyptic world, with a Mad Max type character as the hero. As I worked on the script, it started to morph and change and grow, and one day I thought, “Screw the animation, this wants to be a novel.”

So the Mad Max-like character became one of an order of traveling Warrior-Shamans, and what better to call his order than the Railwalkers? Which told me that after the Great Crash, Brick must have founded an organization to battle the chaos and monsters that appeared in the Crash’s wake, right? Since the Beowulf poem is in one sense a paean to the passing days of the great heroes, to be true to the flavor of the thing, my tale would have to happen during the final years of the Order, when they’re in their decline. So we’re 300 years after the Great Crash.

(“Harkinton,” the short story I did for the 2012: Final Prayer anthology, tells a tale of Alec Bane, one of the “Five Ravens” who formed the first generation of Brick’s Railwalker Order.)

With the working title of Wolf, the novel that resulted was something like Beowulf as a post-post-apocalyptic noir occult thriller. If that makes any sense. I didn’t really set out to blend, or transcend, or mashup all that many genres, but that’s the way the story developed. Of course, in allowing myself the freedom to do that, I probably hurt my chances of being picked up by a mainstream publisher. Those folks need to be able to neatly categorize and pigeonhole their product, and this novel would be tough to do that with. How do you market something like that? I wasn’t thinking about marketing the thing until after it was written. However, it’s been picked up now by one of the small presses, and should be out within the year.

As a result of that novel, I had a whole history of this order to come up with (at least in broad outline), not only in the formal organization created by Brick, but also in its roots, the many individual Railwalkers who had existed through history before Brick. Railwalker lore tells of a depression-era hobo, a traveling bluesman in the 1920s, an aristocratic Englishwoman of the Victorian period…  but the Railwalkers seem to appear only after the Industrial Revolution.  Which has to do, I’m sure, with their being particularly urban shamans.

I have two books of an urban fantasy series done, and a third in progress. They don’t involve Brick or the Railwalkers. At least not yet. But they will tie into the Railwalker universe timeline, and end in the Great Crash.

I also have some notes and sketches for what would be, not exactly a sequel to Wolf, but a story set around the same time and place, with a few overlapping characters, but no direct connection to the events of Wolf.  But that’s an embryonic project, so don’t hold me to that − the thing could still evolve in a different direction.

7) You’ve done some short graphic works as well. Recently, you did pencils and ink for some work that appeared in Elf Love (Pink Narcissus). I had the pleasure of doing a review of this great fantasy anthology. Tell us about your work and the anthology.

(DUNCAN:) Thanks, glad you liked the anthology, and thanks for the good review.

A friend sent me the call for short story submissions for this anthology. At first, I wasn’t very interested − I didn’t think I had anything to say about elves, particularly elves and love. But the idea got under my skin, and a few days later, I had not one, but two story ideas. I wrote them both up, submitted them, and to my surprise, they accepted them both.

Then I got a phone call from the Pink Narcissus Editor-in-Chief, Rose Mambert, saying, “Hey, you’re an artist, too, right?  Would you be interested in doing the cover for this book?” Long story short, I not only did the cover, but continue to do graphic design and occasionally illustration for them. Oh, but you asked about “Of Roots and Rings”, the comics story in that anthology…

I belong to a writer’s group, and one of my friends there, Sarah Eaton, is a terrific playwright. When she learned about Elf Love, she was intrigued, and had a story in mind for it. But she had never done a text story, had only ever previously written scripts. So I said, “Well, write it up as a script, and I’ll see if Rose is willing to have me illustrate it as a comics story.”  When I broached the idea to Rose, she was delighted, said they’d love to include a comics story in the anthology.

“Of Roots and Rings” was great fun to illustrate. Especially since the historical material that appears toward the end gave me a chance to revisit the historical montage look I’d been using for certain sequences back when I was doing The Witching Hour. I love doing that stuff, it’s almost like a comics story within the comics story.

8) Which is your greatest passion: writing, drawing, painting or mask-making?

(DUNCAN:) Storytelling, in whatever form. Everything I do, even making masks, is in some sense a form of storytelling.

I think that the desire, the need, to tell stories is the creative engine that drives all artists, even the ones who think they’ve transcended the narrative urge. They’re still trying to communicate, to say something, and that something has a context, a story, which they can’t avoid invoking or referring to in some way, even if only obliquely.

It’s all about The Story.

9) What writer and artist makes you go, “Damn, how did they put that much talent in one person?”

(DUNCAN:) You mean someone who writes AND illustrates? Well, Eisner, of course, he’s the grand old man of writer/artists. Howard Chaykin − I think one of the finest science fiction comics series ever created was Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! Brilliant work by a brilliant artist/writer. Mike Mignola consistently amazes me, his visual storytelling is superb. Frank Miller, Matthew Dow Smith, Sam Keith, Dave Sim, Phil Foglio, Matt Wagner…  I could go on, but those are the top names that spring to mind right now.

10. What’s next for you?

(DUNCAN:) I’m off to Necon July 19-22, then it’s back in the studio for a while. I’ve done a lot of events the last few months, showing masks and art, plugging my writing, and I need some uninterrupted time to get some new work done. There are covers to be done for Pink Narc books, and Wolf will be going through the editing process.

I’ve just finished a steampunk novel in collaboration with Rev DiCerto − we’re now giving it the last once-over and final polish before we submit it. I’m working on another novel of my own, in a different, darker genre. I’m also preparing a proposal-slash-presentation on an illustrated novel, in which a depression era carnival encounters the local Fae in an obscure hamlet in the backwoods of New York State. The story is loosely tied into the mythology of the New York Faerie Festival. If you wanted to get all “high concept” about it you could call it Gaiman’s Stardust meets HBO’s Carnivale. Watch for the Kickstarter campaign, hopefully mounting this fall.

Also, I can’t talk details yet, but just this morning I was invited to participate in a new anthology where the rest of the authors are mostly famous science fiction writers. No pressure, or anything, right? It’s a great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of living up to the standards of that august company.

11) Big finish − where can people go to see your work and buy your comics, masks and other creative endeavors?

My online portfolios are at Eagleson Design and my Deviant Art page is here.

Prints are available both at the Deviant Art page and at my Zazzle Store.

Masks and sculptures are on maskmaker.com.

Keys and other Railwalker stories can be found at Railwalker Comics. The Railwalker story “Harkinton” appears in the Heske Horror anthology 2012: Final Prayer.

Some of my short fiction appears in two anthologies from Pink Narcissus Press, Elf Love and Rapunzel’s Daughters, and I’ve done covers for their Bleeding Hearts and Feasting with Panthers, terrific novels both.

Thanks Duncan. May the Muse be a crow on your shoulder and ever whispering in your ear.

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. This graphic novel hit stores on July 5th at a price point of only $12.99. Order your copy at your local comic shop today – tell them the Diamond code is MAR121187! It can also be ordered on Kindle and on Amazon.

Bob has also published COLD BLOODED CHILLERS, the award-winning anthology BONE CHILLER and his end times tome 2012: FINAL PRAYER. BONE CHILLER and 2012: FINAL PRAYER are also available on Amazon Currently, Bob is making his family nervous by investing his time and money on an incredible micro-budget film called “Blessid”.

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Bob’s website is www.coldbloodedchillers.com.

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-27-10

Captain_America_frontpage102710A Death, a trial, and first appearances head the short quick list this week.

 

A short quick list this week, but so many good reads. Here are a few Comic Hot Picks from InvestComics.

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Another death this week in the comic book world, well not exactly that kind of death. Death in the form of “Endless” in Action Comics #894. Death makes her way into the realm of the DC Universe. This very popular character first appeared in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman run in Issue number eight 21 years ago. Yes that’s right 21 years ago! If you weren’t around to remember this incredible run by Neil, you need to pick up the trade now! But for now, the first appearance will cost only $20. That’s $1.05 increase per year! Yes that’s not much, but with talks of a Sandman television series coming, this price will increase more than $1.05 per year.

justice_society_of_america_44_MarcGuggenheimScott_KolinsJLA_the_99_1Sticking with DC here, here are a some comics that should be on your watch list this week. Check out Teen Titans #88 for the first appearance of Feral Boys from the new team of J.T. Krul and Nicola Scott. Also take a look at Justice Society of America #44 from the new creative team of Marc Guggenheim and Scott Kolins. JLA: The 99 #1 comes out with the introduction of The 99 into the DC Universe. Check out these comics with the new creative teams and first appearances.

captain_america_611The last Comic Hot Pick this week, The Trial of Captain America in Captain America #611.

….As always, thanks to Comics Price Guide.com for the pricing of comics within this article.

 

 

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-21-10

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This week InvestComics will be featured for the very first time on Comics Price Guide. Special thanks goes out to Tom Gordon III for getting this done and having InvestComics & Comics Price Guide join forces. More in the press release later this week about the team up.

InvestComics weekly Hot Picks will be featured on the front page of Comics Price Guide. The Hot Picks for InvestComics have been coming out for almost 2 ½ years now (web based) on a consistent basis before Wednesday’s NEW comic book day. The Hot Picks brings you up to speed on what comics are coming out that particular week that the comic collector should be looking out for. For example, comics with a first appearance, new costume, new creative team, first work of a creator, etc. Hot Picks also informs you the buyer of Golden/Silver/Bronze and Modern age comics to buy/hold or sell.

The key to remember while collecting is to always have fun and make wise choices when buying into the market. Not every comic will be a winner, and you won’t be able to retire collecting comic books. The speculative market is a market that does require some skill set in order to make some short term or long term investment’s, so always invest wisely.

InvestComics also has reviews, indie columns, fan films, press releases, movies, toy/video games, and so much more, including a very hot column called 10 for the Pros which is a rapid fire question session. Creators like Paul Levitz, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mike McKone, Rob Guillory, Whilce Portacio, Chuck Dixon, Frank Cho, Joe Jusko, and MANY more have already done the rapid fire, so check it out!

Okay more to come in the press release later this week, so keep your eyes open for it. Now on to the Hot Picks….. 

Hot Picks 7-21-10 

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Alan Moore will be coming out with his latest creation this week, Neonomicon #1 from Avatar . Alan Moore has a body of work that very few writers, if any could be matched with. His legacy will forever be known for Watchmen with Dave Gibbons. This classic happen to come out 6 months after Frank Miller’s Dark Knight classic, thus both Frank and Alan cemented their names in the comic industry within the same year of 1986. They single handily changed the way comic books are written, and comics were catapulted into a serious side never seen before in this medium. A beauty of a nugget sits out there for a mere $12. One of Alan Moore’s first published works is Doctor Who magazine #35 from 1979. Could anyone imagine that this comic is out there for only $12?? An absolute steal if found in NM condition….yes good luck with that. The Watchmen #1 comic goes for the same $12 price. Which would you rather own?

1aaaTrueBlood11aacharmed1One of HBO’s very hot series will be making its way to a comic book shelf by you. True Blood #1 will sell out so quick that you’ll probably here the announcement of a second print coming out before you see the first print. The biggest drawback to the release of True Blood #1 would be the 6 variant covers. Vampires, sex, blood……this smells like a fun time though! Want to have more fun? Buy the variant photo cover, CGC this comic and sell it on ebay to a True Blood fanatic. You’ll easily make twice your money on this one. Speaking of hot series, anyone remember Charmed?  Zenescope  Entertainment will continue the television series in issue number one.

1aaAMZSPM638Okay, so Marvel is going to finally reveal what was whispered into MJ’s ear 2 years ago! Or has it been longer than that?? Who cares, looks like we will be getting some answers that many of us Spidey fans have been clamoring for! Amazing Spider-Man #638 will start a 4 issue story arc that will all be double sized to explain lots and lots of things. Yes Joe Q, (Insert Rickey Ricardo voice now) you have some splaining to do! And we will be with you every step of the way, make good on this one.

1aaaMM23SILVERAGEbegins_25Miracleman Classic Primer #1 will catch everyone up to speed on the character. So now would be a better time than never to catch up on a couple of prime issues from the Eclipse series. Check out issue number one of course brought to you by….oh wait, weren’t we just talking about this guy? Yes Alan Moore helped reintroduce Miracleman to the comic book lure with much fanfare. That Miracleman comic was a very hot item back in 1985. Alan Moore was about to help change the landscape of comic book writing a year later with Dave Gibbons. We already went over this didn’t we? Anyway, issue number one is a gimme at only $10, but bounce over to issue #15 and now we’re talking. This Death of Kid Miracleman is a rare find and prices in at the $75 mark, “The” gem in the Eclipse MM run. 2 issues later another legend came along, Neil Gaiman. Thus began the Golden Age MM ($20). The Silver Age MM began in issue #23 ($25). That’s a quickie of some of the MM comics you should look out for, more to come in the weeks and months ahead on Miracleman.

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Speaking of quickie, here are a few comics coming your way this week you should check out.  DC’s Time Masters Vanishing Point #1, The return of Bruce Wayne. Where has he been? Find out here. Lady Deadpool #1 will be a fun read, and if you forgot where her first appearance was, it happened in Deadpool Merc with a mouth #7. Get that issue for cover price anywhere. Azrael #10 brings aboard new writer, David Hine. See what he brings to the table.

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Have a great week, remember Invest Wisely 

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-27-10

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 Captain America rejoins his Team, Green Lantern hits a milestone, JLA gets a new lineup, and another character comes back from the dead. Plus more!  

A very nice addition to the InvestComics articles hits this week. 10 For The Pros ; basically what these articles will consist of is 10 simple questions to the pro’s in the Industry. That’s it, no rocket science here. Every creator will get the same 10 questions. It’s going to be fun to see how each creator differs from each other in answering them. The very first creator is one of the DC/Vertigo legends himself and from the Neil Gaiman Sandman run, colorist Daniel Vozzo. Currently on the Jack of Fables title and also having a hand in the JSA 80 page Special, Daniel Vozzo is a veteran with many credentials, with a possible comic written by Vozzo coming in the future.
Bob Heske’s awesome column IndieCreator hits this week with the man responsible for giving us AAM Markosia; Harry Markos. Find out all about Mr. Markos and the great publishing company in this article. It’s a ‘not miss’ folks take my word.
The Brokers Corner article comes at the collectors this week with more great finds from Topher Seal. Check out an oldie but goodie in his Blue Chip of The Month pick. Great finds as usual from TS!

Hot Picks for 1-27-10
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Not only is the Blackest Night the hottest story in the comic book land, but now the Green Lantern series reaches its double sized milestone 50th issue. This comic will go into at least 4 printings by the time issue 52 comes out. The big prize here comes from the 1 in 100 variant from Jim Lee. This is a biggie fans. Think about this, the biggest Lantern event ever (Blackest Night), a rare variant from Jim Lee (1 in 100) and a movie looming. Buying this variant is a no brainer.

Amazing Spider-Man #619 will have a character coming back from the dead. Marvel is calling this an unbelievable moment in the Spider-Man series. Who could it be? We’ll see on Wednesday now won’t we!

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Marvel will have a monster of a movie coming out on April 16th. Kick Ass is going to absolutely blow the doors off of the comic book movie world. Not only will the movie be huge, but the comic books are already being sought after. This week the final issue of the series will come out. Kick Ass #8 will NOT be the last Kick Ass comic you will ever see. This is a guarantee. The franchise begins on April 16th; buy all of the Kick Ass comics now before the sequel and 3rd movie comes out.


Brian Michael Bendis adds to the beginning of the NEW Ultimate line with Ultimate Comics Enemy #1. What’s with this title? It doesn’t sound right. Anyway, get on board here and check out the next exciting chapter in the NEW Ultimate line to
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What do you get when you put together Robert Kirkman, Joe Benitez, Marc Silvestri, and a demon? You come away with a Top Cow comic called Pilot Season: Demonic #1 that is going to sell out very quickly.
Archie #605 will be the final chapter in the Archie gets married storyline. Look for more surprises to be headed in the direction of the newlyweds. Is that Archie on the cover with his kids? Yes it is! Wow, and this isn’t even the “surprise” they are talking about for this issue. Archie comics promises this will be the most talked about Archie comic book of all time. This sounds important, don’t miss this folks.

 


Here are some other comics to check out this Wednesday…..
 

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See you all next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-6-10

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It’s the first week in 2010 and Marvel has the event that has been in the making for 7 years. The Siege begins…… 

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2010 is upon us. Blackest Night is winding down and here comes another event. This time from Marvel….

You remember when Wanda uttered one of the most famous lines in comic book history? “No more mutants”. It’s a statement that is an instant reminder to any bn_promospot.gifcomic collector. The statement that most comic book fans await now would come from Joe Quesada’s mouth and it would go a little something like this “No more events”.
Our dream might come true this week when Marvel is billing the Siege #1 as 7 years in the making. Rumors have it that this will “be it”. For now of course! As much as fans are moaning about too many events it seems to equate to some big bucks, Blackest Night anyone? So for now we will all go along with the premise that this will be the last MAJOR event for a while for Marvel. DC already has plans for a Superman event a few months from now, so they still see the cash cow and you cannot blame them. The big 2 as well as all of the other comic companies are in business to make money. Marvel is
siege1.gifsaying though they will be taking a back seat and have “events” contained to individual characters within their respective books. This all sounds like a good idea as long as Peter Parker isn’t going through some “life altering” BS every 7 issues. Oh but wait, Marvel is promoting “2010 The Year of The Spider-Man”. Whatever the heck that means, but it looks like aunt May could die again, MJ will be killed, Gwen will be back and on and on we go. Well Marvel sure does churn the machine better than anyone in the business as far as the promoting/marketing stuff goes. Marvel will do their thing and 2010 will indeed probably be the year of Spider-Man, hell every freaking year is the year of the Spider-Man isn’t it??
Siege will be so awesome that it’ll be worth the hype. On last week’s Bludcast Podcast, a person on the show by the name of NerdyGirl went on to explain why Norman will NOT die during the Siege storyline. She believes that Norman has become an intricate part of the Marvel Universe. While I totally agree to a point, I personally believe that Marvel may be following in the footsteps of American history here. Norman is the modern day Hitler in comic books. He has built his empire and NOW will overstep his bounds and invade Asgard which in this case plays out to be the Soviet Union. He will lose; we all know this as comic book fans. He simply will not win here. Will it lead to his demise? I say it will. Where else could Marvel take Norman if he does in fact survive the attempt of Asgard? Making him a weak player, only to make him rise to power in a few years would be a stale idea. Marvel might end him OR here’s a question; did we ever find Hitler’s body?
As far as the investment flip goes here. Buy the variant editions of these comics and grade them. Sell them back at high demand to make a small fortune. Buy the variant back in a year for less than half the price and buy some Bronze Age key books in the meantime. This will work, try it.

Batman Confidential #40 will be done by a legend. Many fans either like this guy or they don’t. Sam Kieth will be doing a small arc and I for one welcome it. If you batmanconfidential_40.gifsecretoriginsspecial1_1989.gifasmpresents_jackpot_1.gifasm_253_1strose.gifwant to find Sam’s first take on his style on the Batman, look for Secret Origins Special from 1989 and pay only about $3 for it. This issue also has Neil Gaiman all over it too. Great little treasure here for collectors.
If you’re in the market for a couple of Spider-Man first appearances, you’ve come to the right place. This week you get 2 opposite sides of the spectrum with the amount of money you want to spend. First up is the Amazing Spider-Man Presents Jackpot #1. Do we all
need a Jackpot number one issue, I mean really? That’s a question amspm25_1965_steveditko_stanlee_700.gifultimatecomicsspiderman6.giffor another day, but the Rose makes an appearance in here. Look for Amazing Spider-Man #253 (1984) for the first Rose. Also look to not spend much on this issue. Now if you are looking to spend a few more bucks, Amazing Spider-Man #25 (1965) comes in at around $700. This issue goes against Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6 this week which features the Ultimate Spider-Slayer. Issue #25 features the first appearance of the Spider-Slayer. Get this comic because it’s an early Stan Lee & Steve Ditko classic, vintage stuff here.
Marvel Boy The Uranian #1 will be coming out much of the delight of fans from 1950! Marvel Boy #1 features the first
appearance of Robert Grayson as one of Marvel’s first heroes. You could get this at a great premium for only $1400! It’s real hard to believe that this comic is so cheap. Granted Marvel Boy isn’t exactly at the top of the list for Marvel collectors, but marvelboytheuranian1.gifmarvelboy1_robertgrayson_1950_1400.gifstill for a 1950 first appearance book from Marvel, it’s a great buy especially since Robert Grayson has been hanging around since 1999. Now he gets his own comic! Buy this Marvel Boy #1 from 1950; hold it for duration because this comic will appreciate in value for years to come. This one is a keeper folks.

 

 

See you next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-22-09

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An Image character starts getting a serious beat down this week and we all get to witness it. Meet Conquest! Boy Markus…..you’re in trouble.

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Invincible #61  Well Invincible fans, looks like your boy is in a heap of trouble here. This week is a start of a big storyline that introduces us all to Conquest. This looks and feels like a biggie. Markus hasn’t faced the depths of hell like this, ever. Once all of the dust settles, Conquest is probably going to be a thorn in Mark’s side for years to come and this issue will be the first issue that introduces him. You really should pick this one up. 

 

 

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Amazing Spider-Man #592  Amazing Spider-Man is scorching right now. Following the events of last issue comes the All New Vulture. Plus Marvel says that Peter is dropping by Aunt May’s house and ends up with a shocking surprise. Could it be that Aunt May is downloading the new Wolverine (bootleg) movie?? Oh the horror! 

 

 

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Detective Comics #845  Part 2 of Neil Gaiman And Andy Kubert’s Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?” Simply put, a classic in the making here. 

 

 

 

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Fantastic Force #1  Another reboot of a failed team book. What makes this time so different? Writer Joe Ahearne? No. Pencil work by Steve Kurth? No. Cover art by Bryan Hitch? No. Let’s see, on second thought, happy reading on this one. Hope it last at least 12 issues!

 

 

Here are some other Comics to watch this week or just look pretty

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See you all next week.

Invest Wisely. 

Jay Katz