Number One Comics – June

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

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After Eden #1Scott Chitwood & Rod Thornton
Winnebago Graveyard #1Steve Niles
All Time Comics Blind Justice #1Herb Trimpe – Benjamin Marra – Josh Bayer
Unholy Grail #1Cullen Bunn & Mirko Colak

Buy/Bid Now – Unholy Grail #1

Buy/Bid Now – After & Eden #1

Buy/Bid Now – Winnebago #1

Buy/Bid Now – Blind Justice #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Divided States of Hysteria #1 – Howard Chaykin
Bankshot #1 – Alex De Campi & Criss Cross
The Defenders #1 – Brian Michael Bendis & Art David Marquez
Beautiful Canvas #1 – Kivela Lindsay & Farrell Ferrier

Buy/Bid Now – Hysteria #1

Buy/Bid Now – Defenders #1

Buy/Bid Now – Canvas #1

Buy/Bid Now – Bankshot #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crosswinds #1Gail Simone & Cat Staggs
Jimmy’s Bastards #1Garth Ennis & Russel Braun
Spider-Man The Master Plan #1Robbie Thompson & Nathan Stockman
Tinkers of the Wasteland #1Raul Trevino

Buy/Bid Now – Jimmy Bastards #1

Buy/Bid Now – Crosswinds #1

Buy/Bid Now – Tinkers #1

Buy/Bid Now – Master Plan #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spider-Man #1 True Believers – Todd McFarlane
Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe Again #1 – Cullen Bunn & Michael Walsh
September Mourning #1 – Mariah McCourt – Emily Lazar Art by Sumeyye Kesgin
Dark Days The Forge #1 – Snyder, Kubert, Romita, Lee, Williams & Tynion IV

Buy/Bid Now – Dark Days #1

Buy/Bid Now – September #1

Buy/Bid Now – Spider-Man #1

Buy/Bid Now – Deadpool Again #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Legion of Super Heroes Bugs Bunny Special #1 – Sam Humphries, Juan Ortiz,Tom Grummett, Scott Hanna & Juan Ortiz
Martian Manhunter Marvin the Martian Special #1 – Steve Orlando, Frank J Barbiere, Jim Fanning, John Loter & Jerome K Moore
Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1 – Jody Leheuo,  Sebastian Girner, Nil Vendrell & Mike Spicer
Ash vs The Army of Darkness #1 – Pasquale Qualano

Buy/Bid Now – Legion Bugs #1

Buy/Bid Now – Marvin #1

Buy/Bid Now – Shirtless Bear #1

Buy/Bid Now – Ash/Army #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iceman #1Sina Grace & Alessandro Vitti 
Darth Vader #1 – Charles Soule & artist Giuseppe Camuncoli
KISS Vampirella #1 – Christopher Sebela and art by Annapaola Martello
Baby Teeth #1 – Donny Cates & artist Garry Brown

Buy/Bid Now – Kiss/Vamp #1

Buy/Bid Now – Darth Vader #1

Buy/Bid Now – Iceman #1

Buy/Bid Now – Baby Teeth #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mighty Mouse #1 – Sholly Fisch & Igor Lima
Rai The History of the Valiant Universe #1Rafer Roberts & Francis Portela
Adventures in Crime #1 – Shane Berryhill & Hoyt Silva
Mother Russia #1Jeff McComsey

Buy/Bid Now – Mighty Mouse #1

Buy/Bid Now – Rai #1

Buy/Bid Now – Adventures #1

Buy/Bid Now – Russia #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marvel Comics Digest #1 Amazing-Spider-Man – Various
Sacred Creatures #1 Klaus Janson & Pablo Raimondi
Kim & Kim Love is a Battlefield #1 – Magdalene Visaggio & Eva Cabrera
Kronens Kaiji #1 – Chris Scalf

Buy/Bid Now – Amz Digest #1

Buy/Bid Now – Kaiju #1

Buy/Bid Now – Sacred Creatures #1

Buy/Bid Now – Kim & Kim #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weapons of Mutant Destruction  #1Greg Pak & Mahmad A. Asrar
Venomverse #1Cullen Bunn
Batman Elmer Fudd #1Tom King & Byron Vaughns
Secret Weapons #1Eric Heisser, Patricia Martin & Paul Martin

Buy/Bid Now – Weapons #1

Buy/Bid Now – Venomverse #1

Buy/Bid Now – Batman Elmer Fudd #1

Buy/Bid Now – WMD #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spawn Encore #1 – Todd McFarlane
Normandy Gold #1Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin & Steve Scott
The Chair #1 Peter Simeti & Kevin Christensen
Kill the Minotaur #1Chris Pasetto,Christian Cantamessa, Lukas Ketner & Jean-francois Beaulieu

Buy/Bid Now – Spawn #1

Buy/Bid Now – The Chair #1

Buy/Bid Now – Normandy #1

Buy/Bid Now – Minotaur #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trespasser #1 – Justin M. Ryan & Kristian Rossi
Catalyst Prime Accell #1 – Joe Casey & Damion Scott
Gwar #1 – Matt Miner, Matt Maguire & Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Kid Sherlock #1 – Justin Phillips & Sean Miller

Buy/Bid Now – Trespasser #1

Buy/Bid Now – Catalyst #1

Buy/Bid Now – Kid Sherlock #1

Buy/Bid Now – Gwar #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Softball #1 – Bill Blankenship
Scrimshaw #1 – Eric Borden & Dave Mims
Hanazuki Full of Treasures #1 – David Mariotte & Nico Pena
Diablo House #1 – Ted Adams & Santiperez
Lobo Road Runner – Kelley Jones & Bill Morrison

Buy/Bid – Diablo #1

Buy/Bid – Hanazuki #1

Buy/Bid – Lobo RR #1

Buy/Bid – Scrimshaw #1

Buy/Bid – Softball #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 5 Hot Picks #116

Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #478 and new comics coming this Wednesday 6/7/17.

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Daredevil #21 – Mash-up’s are a thing these days. For Marvel mostly, but they’re a thing. This week Mary Jane Watson wears her best cosplay outfit on about 9 Marvel covers. Who’s to say Marvel doesn’t take the spectacular MJ Daredevil and take that to another level? Anything is possible these days, but if one of these MJ covers break out into a new character in the Marvel U, Then we have a first appearance on a cover somewhere. Check out this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #488 for all the MJ covers.
Darth Vader #1 – Star Wars fans get treated to a Darth Vader Year One type story. This series takes a look at the very beginning of Anakin’s legacy. Writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Rom #11 – Features the first appearance of two new villains.
Pestilence #2 – Writer Frank Tieri and artist Oleg Okunev got fans talking to the point of a sold out debut issue. Now comes part two. Expect more of the same…..talking and a sold out comic.
Baby Teeth #1 – Aftershock Comics has a pulse on what the fans want these days. Every debut issue they release seems to sell out quickly. Will Baby Teeth #1 follow this pattern?  Writer Donny Cates and artist Garry Brown.

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Here are the rest of the comics that appeared in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #478.
All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3
Avengers #8
Iron Fist #4
Champions #9
Black Bolt #2
Rocket Raccoon #2
Iceman #1
Spider-Man/Deadpool #18
Marvel Comics Digest #1 – Amazing Spider-Man
Trespasser #1
Reborn #6
Divided States of Hysteria #1
Mighty Mouse #1
Gwar Orgasmageddon #1
Pestilence #1
KISS/Vampirella #1
Adventures in Crime #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 6-7-17

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New comic book release day 6/7/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Batman #24 – Danny Miki & David Finch
Daredevil #21 – Humberto Ramos
Superman #24 – Jorge Jimenez
Iron Fist #4 – Stephanie Hans

Batman #24 – Finch & Miki

Daredevil #21 – Humberto Ramos

Superman #24 – Jorge Jimenez

Iron Fist #4 – Stephanie Hans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dark Knight III The Master Race #9 – Andy Kubert
Spawn #274 – Ashley Wood
Injustice 2 #3 – Bruno Redondo
Doctor Strange #20 – Dan Mora

Master Race #9 – Andy Kubert

Spawn #274 – Ashley Wood

Injustice 2 #3 – Bruno Redondo

Doctor Strange #20 – Dan Mora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics #478

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 6/7/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #478

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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.
This week, new comic book release day 6/7/17.

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Buy/Bid Now – Black Bolt #2

Buy/Bid Now – Champions #9

Buy/Bid Now – Daredevil #21

Buy/Bid Now – Iron Fist #4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Marvel will begin their Mary Jane variant cover craze this week. While the idea of MJ appearing as different Marvel characters in her cosplay get-up seems a bit silly, it may set up for a mash-up that won’t go away, thus creating a first appearance on some random cover. This of course is all speculating this will happen. Stranger things have come to fruition, so who knows? Six covers at last count (not including the 3 exclusive J.Scott Campbell covers). Look for all of the covers located throughout this article. Here are the covers MJ will appear on along with the cover artist. All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #3 -Kris Anka, Avengers #8 – Michael Allred, Iron Fist #4 – Stephanie Hans, Champions #9 – Helen Chen, Daredevil #21 – Humberto Ramos, Black Bolt #2 – Ryan Stegman.
Lawyer Murd Blurdock will debut in Rocket Raccoon #2. Written by Al Ewing and art by Adam Gorham.
Writer Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti bring a new on-going series; Iceman #1.

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Buy/Bid Now – Guardians #3

Buy/Bid Now – Avengers #8

Buy/Bid Now – Marvel Digest #1

Buy/Bid Now – Spm/Deadpool #18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darth Vader #1 will be an origin story of sorts. Witness the start of Anakin Skywalker’s rise from the ashes. Writer Charles Soule and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli.
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Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness end their run this week in Spider-Man/Deadpool #18.
Check out the new Marvel Comics Digest #1 – Amazing Spider-Man. It will reprint many of the classics from Ditko, Ross, Andru, Lee, Wein and more. This digest will not be reprinted, so once sold out, it’s sold out.

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Buy/Bid Now – Iceman #1

Buy/Bid Now – Pestilence #2

Buy/Bid Now – Rocket Raccoon #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Indie Hot Picks;
Alterna Comics will continue their hot streak with ‘old format paper’ comics and good storytelling. Check out Trespasser #1 written by Justin M. Ryan and art by Kristian Rossi.
The final issue of Millar/Capullo Reborn series will finally arrive this Wednesday; Reborn #6.
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A new comic from legend comic creator Howard Chaykin (writer/artist); The Divided States of Hysteria #1 (Image Comics).
Rom #11 (IDW) features the first appearance of two new villains.
Mighty Mouse #1 (Dynamite Entertainment), Writer Sholly Fisch and artist Igor Lima.

Buy/Bid Now – Kiss/Vampirella #1

Buy/Bid Now – Reborn #6

Buy/Bid Now – Rom #11

Buy/Bid Now – Hysteria #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gwar Orgasmageddon #1 (Dynamite Entertainment), writers Matt Miner/Matt Maguire and artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer.
Aftershock Comics are on a roll right now. Anything they publish seems to sell out right away, so it’s probably best if you’re ‘thinking about’ getting Baby Teeth #1 to just buy it before you miss out on a first print. Writer Donny Cates and artist Garry Brown.
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Sticking with Aftershock Comics, Pestilence #1 sold out quick. Now writer Frank Tieri and artist Oleg Okunev serve up Pestilence #2. Looking at another sellout here, so get it before it’s gone.
KISS/Vampirella #1 (Dynamite Entertainment), writer Christopher Sebela and art by Annapaola Martello.
Adventures in Crime #1 (Action Lab Entertainment). Writer Shane Berryhill and art by Hoyt Silva.

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Buy/Bid Now – Babyteeth #1

Buy/Bid Now – Gwar #1

Buy/Bid Now – MM #1

Buy/Bid Now – Trespasser #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Hot Picks #80

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #442 and new comics coming this Wednesday 9/21/16.

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Seven To Eternity #1 – Creative team, Rick Remender (writer) and Jerome Opena/Matt Hollingsworth (artist) lead the way with this new sci-fi/magic book.

Britannia #1 – Valiant Entertainments new limited series has writer Peter Milligan and pencils by Juan Jose Ryp. We’ll read this one and so should you.

Deadpool v Gambit #5 – Another silly mash-up character debuts from Marvel. This time it’s Deadfist. Don’t we all love the silly mash-ups??

Trinity #1 – The fab 3 get together for the first time in a long while. Check out the debut issue written and drawn by Francis Manapul.

Batman #7 This issue begins a Batman crossover; Night Of The Monster Men.

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Here are the rest of the comics appearing in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #442. Click the link to read now!

IC 100 Club Pick: Silk #1 (2015) 9.8.

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Cyborg #1

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Daredevil #179

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Steam Wars Chronicles #1

Dark Souls Legends Of The Flame #1

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Here are a few Sold out action figures and toys. Click the images (or links) to Buy/Bid on Ebay from ALL available sellers.

POP DC Heroes 140 – Golden Age Batman
Marvel Minimates Series 68 – Giant Sized X-Men
FW Gundam Converge – Box of 10 Figures
Star Wars Rey – 12 inch Figure

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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!

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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 #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.

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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.

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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 #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.

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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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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 (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.

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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 (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.

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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 (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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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 – Here’s the first appearance of Moon Girl and an overall fun book to check out this week. A keeper here.

Dark Knight III – Huge expectations for DC and fans alike. Spoiler alert coming up in case you don’t know, so discontinue reading if need be……..Frank Miller said that Carrie Kelly will take the Batman mantle in this latest installment. Wow another gender change for a big character, how original.

Silk #1 – InvestComics has and will always be on team Silk. Originality within this character brings the cultural and gender into play making for a possible deeper character driven hero for years to come.

Henchgirl #2 – Scout Comics has done it again. A sold out number issue (short print run) and a sold out number two issue. Henchgirl is hitting a cord with fans.

Jacked #1 – Maybe Hollywood or a television studio will come-a-knockin’ with this story. Or maybe not, but a DC/Vertigo title written by Eric Kripke will be an interesting book.

 

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Chewbacca #4 and Darth Vader #13

More Warner Bros/Looney Tunes variant covers from DC Comics; Aquaman #46 (Ivan Reis), Deathstroke #12 (Ryan Benjamin), Flash #46 (Francis Manapul), Grayson #14 (Mikel Janin), Justice League of America #5 (Howard Porter), Robin Son Of Batman #6 (Patrick Gleason), Sinestro #17 (Dan Panosian), Superman #46 (Ryan Sook), Superman Wonder Woman #23 (Karl Kerschl), and Wonder Woman #46 (Terry Dodson).

 

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Well we cannot avoid the elephant in the room this week, so lets get it out the way shall we? Dark Knight III. Yep Dark Knight III and it’s 48 variant covers at last count. Absurdity at its finest here. 48 covers, is this truly necessary? Of course it’s not, but money is important for business, so while not necessary, it’s business. Before moving on, we want to point out that what you’re about to read regarding all of the hype regarding DKIII you may have heard here before over the years, just some rehash, an observation, some added numbers…..

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Here are some things to consider if you’re in the market for that rare rare crazy variant. The first and most obvious, well maybe not so obvious to the potential buyer, but if you spend a whole bunch of money on a “rare” DKIII variant, you just bought a comic book “cover” for say….$150. So now you have yourself a “nice” pretty cover with the SAME EXACT insides as probably 1 million other comic books. Absolutely NOTHING different within the confines of YOUR pretty expensive cover’s insides as opposed to the other million copies. So your options are one or two things after you make your $150+ purchase. Get it graded (9.8 or more) and quadruple your intake (poor sap buying that! Wow) or hold onto it thinking you’ll have a comic to send your children to college with, which will never happen. Here’s a wake-up call. First and foremost, Dark Knight III will probably be a great book, better than Dark Knight II, but NOT better than Dark Knight I. Let’s have a clear understanding of something here, if you are an avid collector you will not have to read ahead here, but this is for the newer collectors and the others that have been brainwashed by websites trying to over-hype 48+ covers. The Dark Knight Returns (1986) came out right before Watchmen #1 (1986). Whether you are a fan of either of these books or not, these were game changers. Fifty years from now, pop culture will refer back to 1986’s Dark Knight and Watchmen books. It will not refer back to 2015 Dark Knight III. It just won’t happen. So lets do a quick reminder before the hate mail, Dark Knight III will probably be a great read. Better than II, but it probably won’t be a game changer. A game changer will always be a reference, a shape, a starting point, a long term monetary gain. Here is the pricing of three recent graded copies of DKI (1986) and what they sold for; 9.4 $220, 9.6 $239, 9.8 $750. Don’t you feel the pricing should be just a bit higher here, considering the iconic attachment of this book right? Well it probably would be, but one slight setback, too many copies out there. According to the CGC Census there are 344 9.8 graded copies and 725 at 9.6 and 350 at 9.4. and so on…..that’s a whole lot of comics. This is the reason the pricing will steadily increase over the years, but will never bounce to ridiculous numbers quickly like DKIII will in the immediate interim. Now lets relate ALL of this to Dark Knight III. The other speculative sites will inform buyers that this will be a book for the ages. Newsflash, It’s not going to be, but most buy into it and will jump all over it. All of those crispy 9.8 rare variants of Dark Knight III will go out to the grading companies and now you will eventually far exceed the 344 copies from 1986 that grade at 9.8. They will sell at or ABOVE the last sold copy from 1986. Does this make sense at all to you? Oh yes yes, it’s a special cover that’s right. The inside is still the same right? Yes yes it is, we’ve already established that. But man is this a great money grab right? There will be over hyped buyers listening to these other sites and essentially making a bad purchase, but readers here will be smart and sell their books if they can double/triple their money. Do not let greed set in, you will eventually lose.

Dark Knight I (1986) contained the first appearance of Carrie Kelly. It was written Frank Miller. Art by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. Dark Knight III this Wednesday will be written by Brian Azzarello and ….Frank Miller? Back to that in a sec. Art by Andy Kubert /Klaus Janson. So it’s said that Frank Miller had nothing to do with the story. DC attached his name as though Miller was an intricate part of the story, but he kind of wasn’t. Frank Miller did state though that he will be THE writer on Dark Knight IV. Oh joy, 80 variants for that one we hope!

Will Dark Knight III contain that all too important first appearance to keep its lure? Will the story be so groundbreaking that it changes the comic book medium? This is the only way in the comic collectors hobby that DKIII will sustain its long term monetary value in ANY way. Otherwise what you will have in that $600 Jim Lee variant cover is…..a pretty cover. Good luck with that. Invest that $600 on a Silver Age or Bronze Age book.

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In closing regarding DKIII. Before anyone sends the hate mail we are not suggesting you do not buy DKIII or any of its variants. We are not down on DKIII. We’re not saying NOT to buy it. You absolutely should. It’s probably going to be a cool read, but what we are saying is not to get caught up in the hype and waste your hard earned money. If you dig a variant and it’s expensive, but YOU dig it, then by all means buy it. Buy what you like because you connect with it. We like to inform collectors of the reality of things and not the fantasy when it comes to speculation. Barring any major introductions or groundbreaking storytelling, this series at the end of the day will be just another good Batman story. Which is fine.

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(insert sarcasm here) Oh my goodness! It’s Harley Quinn on the cover of a Deathstroke comic! Will Deathstroke #12 be just like the RARE Scooby Doo Team-Up #12 Harley Quinn comic that InvestComics did NOT recommend and sold for a whopping $5.99 on Ebay last week?! No, but it’s a bad as* team-up and should be checked out.

Check out Justice League 3001 #6 as a new race of New Gods make an appearance.

A must read new DC/Vertigo title this Wednesday; Jacked #1. We can see this “ordinary” character becoming a movie or TV series one day.

Image Comics informs their Black Magick readers that a major character introduction will come in Black Magick #2. Sticking with the tip-off deal here from Image, Rumble #9 is set to introduce two major characters into the fray.

WWE fans may want to be put on alert as Ringside #1 from Image Comics hits this week. A violent wrestling story from writer Joe Keatinge. No John Cena here….maybe that’s for the best?

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Saga #31 will return its story line to real time.

Back in 2010 InvestComics pointed out a nice cheap Jack Kirby number one issue/first appearance. It was Devil Dinosaur #1 (1978) and a near mint raw copy was selling for about $9. King Kirby was the writer, artist, editor, and the cover artist of this book for most of the nine issue run. A graded 9.8 PGX graded sold last week for about $74. Still a bargain actually! Why the mention of Devil Dinosaur? Well a sleeper book may hit this Wednesday so don’t nap on it. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 will be a good book. A few variants available, but the regular Amy Reeder cover is our fav. Also a note here and maybe more important than anything we just said. Back in 1978 not only was Devil Dinosaur’s first appearance in the number one issue, but it was also the first appearance of Moon Boy. Guess who’s first appearance is in the 2015 number issue? Yep, Moon Girl.

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Regular visitors to the InvestComics website know that we are big fans of Silk. Always have been. We have always felt there is more upside to her character than many other new female characters within the Marvel Universe. Silk #1 in it’s second volume already hits this Wednesday. Written by Robbie Thompson and art by Stacey Lee. You’re going to have to fight through a lot of the Silk #1 volume 1 to find Silk #1 volume 2 on Ebay right now. The popularity of the latest series should overtake the current 300+ listings of volume 1. Or after you click the link, you can input “vol 2” on the search bar! Some still come up differently on Ebay, so you’ll have to try different searches; i.e. Volume 2, Silk #1 vol 2, Silk vol 2 #1, etc…..

So what does Marvel do if they A: don’t want to pursue the Rom character back from obscurity or B: never cared enough to even think they want Rom back so they lost out to IDW Publishing in getting Rom back first even if they did in fact want him. Confused yet? We are. Anyway, comic fans know by now that Rom Space Knight is now at IDW Publishing. With that, Marvel will try to one up IDW this Wednesday with Venom Space Knight #1. No for real, no joke. No Amazing Spider-Man #300 Venom here, no this is Venom Space Knight! Marvel put writer Robbie Thompson and artist Ariel Olivetti on this book. They’re looking for a pop here. Will they get it? Hmmm…..maybe not? Maybe? But the Mike Deodato Jr. variant is awesome though isn’t it?

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What happened to Fiona Staples on Archie?? Welcome artist Annie Wu to Archie #4. Fantastic Paul Renaud variant cover.

InvestComics gave you a heads up on Henchgirl #1 from Scout Comics. It sold out it’s short print run rather quick. Now the followup; Henchgirl #2. Will the second issue dictate where the series is headed? Will fans pick up on it? If you dug the first issue, show your support. Oh wait wait, we forgot to mention, Henchgirl #2 is sold out. Maybe the fans are speaking out already!

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Check out the great Steve Lieber X-O Manowar #42 cover from Valiant.

Star Wars comics coming out this week; Chewbacca #4 and Darth Vader #13. The Vader book is part of the Vader Down event, part 2.

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DC Looney Tunes covers to check out this week. Boy they’re fun! Aquaman #46 (Ivan Reis), Deathstroke #12 (Ryan Benjamin), Flash #46 (Francis Manapul), Grayson #14 (Mikel Janin), Justice League of America #5 (Howard Porter), Robin Son Of Batman #6 (Patrick Gleason), Sinestro #17 (Dan Panosian), Superman #46 (Ryan Sook), Superman Wonder Woman #23 (Karl Kerschl), and Wonder Woman #46 (Terry Dodson).

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Here’s a speculation article that will run periodically regarding which comics we feel should be the next to hit the movies, television or become an animated show. Will any of these comics see the light of day? Possibly. Possibly not. InvestComics throughout its years (10 years, longest running speculative website on the internet and the number one speculative website) has called a MANY comics (and characters) to hit the screen WAY before they were ever announced to do so. Guardians of The Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Warlock, Dormammu, Kick Ass, Thanos, Nemesis, Crossbones, just to name a few that have come to light and or will be coming. We’re not saying that these comics in these articles are guarantees to ever come to fruition, but these are our choices we feel deserve some airplay….in some form. Even a video game too.

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Rom (Movie/Toon/Game) – Marvel Comics made the Rom toy a cult favorite comic book. Now IDW will pick up the mantle and start an entirely new race and galaxy realm without any Dire Wraiths (Marvel owns that). Although a Rom based movie would seem a bit campy probably to make, we thought that of the Transformers idea too, but that worked. Maybe an animated show would fair better here.
*Rom #1 (1979) Writer Bill Mantlo and art by Sal Buscema. Cover art by Joe Rubinstein and Fran Miller. 75 issues. Rom’s first venture ever outside of his book came in Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (1981). Cover by Frank Miller.

Power Pack (Movie/Game) – As InvestComics called this comic out back in 2010, who would have known Marvel Studios would report directly to Disney eventually? We did of course. Eventually Disney will take over complete creative control, so with that said we get Power Pack on this list. A made for movie comic book right in Disney’s wheelhouse. It’s probably a matter of WHEN this will get done, not a matter of IF.
*Power Pack #1 (1984) First appearance. Writer Louise Simonson and art by June Brigman. Cover art by June Brigman and Bob Wiacek. Lasted 62 issues.

Micronauts (Movie/Game) – This toy line went on to spawn a plethora of comic books from many different companies, but it’s Marvel Comics who got things started in 1979. A movie would seem a fantastic way to go here. Michael Bay?
*Micronauts #1; First appearance. Bill Mantlo writes, art work by Michael Golden. Cover by Dave Cockrum and Al Milgrom. Lasted 59 issues.

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Moon Knight (Movie/TV/Game) – InvestComics has been on this character since the inception of the website 10 years ago. If there is one character we feel that will guarantee to breakout into its own movie or television series, this dude right here is it. (A rare thing to get any sort of guarantees here on InvestComics). Check out the ultimate Moon Knight checklist from InvestComics right HERE. You will not find a better list. We guarantee it.
*First appeared in Werewolf By Night #32 (1975). First solo comic; Marvel Spotlight #28 (1976).

Alpha Flight (Movie) – Canada’s bad as* team needs to get their due. An absolute breakout film if it would ever get done. This team is the real deal.
*First appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #120 (1979). Alpha Flight #1 (1983) was written by John Byrne, art by John Byrne and cover by Byrne and Terry Ausin. Lasted 130 issues. If Alpha Flight ever takes flight and makes it to the big screen, Alpha Flight #1 will be the equivalent of New Mutants #98 in the sense that although there is a major overprint run on the book, it’ll command big dollars in the aftermarket.

Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner (Movie) – No stranger to InvestComics readers here. covered a few times over the years (BEFORE Disney became the official bosses recently) that Disney has conquered land and space on the big screen. Just a matter of time before they hit one of their favorite places; water. So many successful films for the Mouse company taking place in the depths of water. How about that first live action water superhero movie Disney? It starts right here with Prince Namor. It has to.
*First appearance Motion Picture Funnies Weekly Volume 1 #1 (1939). Fantastic Four #4; first Silver Age Namor. Stan Lee writes, art by Jack ‘King’ Kirby and cover by Jack ‘King’ Kirby and Sol Brodsky. Just like InvestComics informed buyers to buy the first Inhumans at ANY grade in the past few years, buy this comic book at any grade, doesn’t matter. Buy it. The Sub Mariner #1 (1968) comic is definitely one to have in your collection once the movie finally comes to fruition. No doubt here (another guarantee). The series lasted 72 issues.

The Pro – (Movie/TV) Here is an awesome movie or HBO/AMC television show waiting to happen. A prostitute superhero tries to find her way within the grand scheme of things with a baby in tow. A cable comedy series that would kill. This comic story is not suitable for all readers. If you’re easily offended, this book is NOT for you. A movie here would be good, but leaving audiences wanting more probably, so a television series would be the better route here.
*The Pro (2002) from Image Comics; Written by Garth Ennis, art by Amanda Connor and cover by Connor/Jimmy Palmiotti.

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The new Dr. Strange movie will be hitting in July of 2016. That’s not too far off believe it or not. Dr. Strange will be all kinds of awesome when it hits. A new era of Marvel Studios magic will be spectacularly accepted by moviegoers. It’s going to be the first movie in which Marvel can display its CGI full tilt. Not saying they didn’t use CGI a lot in their other films, but we’re talking the mystics here! Yes Awesomeness will ensue, be prepared.

Dr. Strange will be a huge hit. Some of his key back issues have already exploded and we’re here to make sure you’re on point to join the frenzy.

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Strange Tales #110 (1963) The first appearance of Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange). Written by Stan Lee and art by Steve Ditko. Buy this comic, own it. A Jack Kirby cover, but does not feature the Doctor on the cover. Also the first appearance of Wong, and Ancient One.

Strange Tales #115 (1963) Origin issue and first appearance of Eye of Agamotto. Also the second appearance of Sandman.

Fantastic Four #27 (1964) The first cover Dr. Strange appears on. Jack ‘King’ Kirby art and cover.

Strange Tales #122 (1964) Doctor Strange finally appears in full garb on the cover of Strange Tales. Jack ‘King’ Kirby and Steve Ditko cover.

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Strange Tales #123 (1964) The first appearance with Thor and Loki.

Journey Into Mystery with Thor #108 (1964) First appearance with Wasp, Hank Pym, Iron Man, and Jane Foster. Also the first appearance of Beetle.

Strange Tales #126 (1964) InvestComics recommended this comic a few years ago; the first appearance of Dormammu. We were ahead of the curve (as we usually are) in the sense we were foreshadowing to buy this book if a Doctor Strange movie ever gets made. Dormammu will probably be the nemesis in the Strange film. Also the first appearance of Clea which is also a good speculative thought to appear in the film.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964) The first appearance with Spider-Man. Also with the Fantastic Four and a host of others. All art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Sinister Six.

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Fantastic Four Annual #3 (1965) Here is the first appearance with the Avengers team. Jack ‘King’ Kirby art and cover.

Strange Tales #138 (1965) First appearance of Eternity. Another character to possibly appear in the film.

Strange Tales #148 (1966) Another first appearance to keep an eye out on. First Kaluu.

Strange Tales #150 (1966) Yet another one to watch for. The first appearance of Umar; Dormammu’s sister. The first time Doctor Strange’s name appears on the top title. Plus this comic happens to be the first John Buscema Marvel work. The very next issue happens to be Jim Steranko’s first Marvel work too.

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Strange Tales #157 (1967) First appearance of Living Tribunal. First Herb Trimpe Marvel work.

Uncanny X-Men #33 (1967) The first time appearing in an X-Men comic.

Doctor Strange #169 (1968) Although still numbered as a Strange Tales book, this is the first solo titled Doctor Strange book. Retold Origin issue. A must have. Also the first appearance of Charles Benton.

Doctor Strange #175 (1968) First appearance of Asmodeus, a.k.a. Charles Benton.

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Avengers #60 (1969) First appearance in an Avengers comic.

Marvel Feature The Defenders #1 (1971) First appearance of the Defenders and he’s a team member. Great book considering the upcoming Netflix deal in a few years.

Iron Man #56 (1973) First appearance in an Iron Man comic. Art by Jim Starlin.

The Incredible Hulk #172 (1974) First Hulk book appearance.

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Dr. Strange #1 (1974) The very first time Dr. Strange has his own titled comic that is not connected to Strange Tales or Marvel Premiere. Steve Englehart writes, Frank Brunner art and cover art.

Captain America #179 (1974) First appearance in a Captain America book.

Thor #233 (1975) First appearance in a Thor comic.

Doctor Strange #38 (1979) First appearance of Sara Wolfe and Brother.

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Rom #5 (1980) An appearance in a Rom Comic. Sweet.

Doctor Strange #45 (1981) A later origin issue by Chris Claremont and Gene Colan. Cover by Dave Cockrum. A fantastic affordable book to try and get.

Micronauts #31 (1981) An appearance in a Micronauts comic. This is cool too. Cover by Frank Miller to sweeten the pot, but he only gives us Dr. Strange’s arm.

The Saga of Crystar Crystal Warrior #3 (1983) More odd appearance’s in obscure titles. A Crystar comic here with a very awesome Michael Golden cover.

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Moon Knight #36 (1984) Dr. Strange makes his first Moon Knight appearance. Great Michael Kaluta cover.

The Incredible Hulk #299 (1984) Just an awesome Strange/Hulk cover by Frank Cirocco.

Longshot #5 (1986) An appearance by artist Art Adams.

Strange Tales #1 (1987) A new number one from where it all started for the Doctor. Featuring Cloak & Dagger.

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Marvel Fanfare #41 (1988) Legends Dave Gibbons; art and writer Walt Simonson team up for a Dr. Strange story. Dave Gibbons Dr, Strange cover too. All around awesome comic.

Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1 (1988) Marvel pushes the reset button with a new number one issue. A lot of Marvel Universe characters appear in this comic.

Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #15 (1990) This comic cover caused a bit of a dust up. Well, in the court of law that is. Singer Amy Grant sued Marvel over the likeness of her face being used for the cover. They settled out of court with Marvel never admitting to any wrong doing.

Spider-Man Classics #1 (1993) A reprint of Dr. Strange’s origin.

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Deadpool #28 (1998) First appearance in a Deadpool comic.

Black Panther #35 (2001) First appearance in a Black Panther comic.

The New Avengers #7 (2007) The Illuminati is formed. This might be a very important book if the Planet Hulk movie idea (InvestComics called years ago) ever comes to fruition.

Doctor Strange: The Oath (2006) A five issue mini-series from writer Brian K. Vaughan.

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This feature will focus on comics that no one is talking about (anymore?). Sometimes for good reason though. There are some hidden gems among the non-elite here, but that said these are comics that have been long forgotten and simply not thought of anymore. Most of the comics in the article here are comics to be found in long box sales, but so much fun nonetheless. Some are actually a little tough to hunt down, but isn’t that the fun of it too? If interested in any of these comics, most can be found by clicking the red links provided in this article or comic cover, that’s if you don’t feel like hunting or you simply cannot find it. Will any of these comics ever be of monetary value? Probably not, but with the influx of television and movies these days you never know. Here are a few InvestComics oddities to check out. Enjoy and happy hunting/reading!

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SpaceKnights (2000) Although Marvel has no rights to the ROM SpaceKnight character, they did however create the entire universe that surrounds him, they do own that. So here is a five issue limited series focusing on the SpaceKnights and ROM is nowhere to be found on these pages. If he did, they’d get sued, so no ROM. The series essentially introduces the entire SpaceKnights cast throughout, so if you’re in the market for some comic books with loads of first appearances, here they are. Artist Chris Batista at the helm and co-writes with Jim Starlin. Yes THAT Jim Starlin.

The Shroud #1 (1994) A four issue mini-series. Written by the great Mike W. Barr. Shroud looks strikingly like Moon Knight, but who cares? He’s a cool character that deserves more game time.

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Felicia Hardy Black Cat #1 (1994) Felicia gets her first solo title. A four issue limited series. Issue #2 introduced a villain named Faze and a friend named Loop. Easy four issue read and you’ll get done with enough time to read the rest of the books on this list.

Daredevil and Batman (1997) Here is a fun one shot crossover comic long forgotten. Great story by Daniel Chichester. Art and cover by Scott McDaniel.

Stormbreaker: The Saga of Beta Ray Bill (2005) Here is a great Beta Ray Bill 6 part mini-series brought to us by Daniel Berman/Michael Avon Oeming (writers) and Andrea DiVito (art).

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Within the speculators market there is one driving force behind it these day. Well actually three. One; movies, two; television, and three; rumors.

On this site throughout the years collectors would find some obscure character first appearances, their origin appearances, or maybe even their untimely departure issue. What about those whacked out characters? Got me thinking, with Hollywood and the television networks all vying for/searching for that “next” best thing within the comic book realm, why not put together a list of characters that could one day see the light of day? Well honestly, most of these dudes and dude- ette’s will probably NEVER see the light of day, but hey did anyone ever think 20 years ago that we’d see a gun touting manic raccoon on screen? There are also some very obvious suggestions in this article too. 

Before proceeding, not only will this article be all over the place, I need to point out that SOME of THESE comics hold absolutely no redeeming value other than my own meandering speculation views, personal favorite’s and just flat out fun of mere mentioning them. Take this with a grain of salt and please have fun along with me!

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Let’s start with an obvious pick that has been eluding every comic book fan of its return since 1986. The series started in 1979. Rom ran for 7 years and boy was it a fun ride. So much so that there are petitions set out there asking for the return of Rom. The character most certainly has a very large appeal, but will the cult favorite ever make it out of doldrums of hiatus hell status from Hasbro? Here’s the thing folks, If Disney NOT Marvel ever decide Rom equals potential financial gain, it WILL get done. So can Disney wrestle away Rom from Hasbro? Disney will get their way if they want Rom…..they always do.

There are exactly 4 very key issues within the 75 issue run. Rom #1, Rom #’s 1718 (both X-Men appearance with Frank Miller covers), and Rom #75 (The final low print issue of the series). These are the 4 comics to grab within this series. Very affordable, very appealing, and it’s Rom.

In 2007, an unthinkable, unimaginable, the unfathomable happened. Captain America died! It made national news and it was a shockingly sad time within the comic book fandom. During his untimely death the rumors ran rampant as to who would take over the reins and don the shield. How many remember some comic fans bringing up Frank Castles’ name? Although a time for mourning, there were some funny suggestions as to who should take the mantle. One name in particular made the most sense, but Marvel didn’t give into to it. At the time of Rogers’ departure, American Eagle was appearing in the pages of a few comics. American Eagle is a native American and it would have made so much sense to have him don the shield for a while. Well it didn’t happen. Maybe one of the Captain America movies will have American Eagle become the next big Native American hero since……Tonto?? There is an influx of African American/female/foreign characters leading the way. Why not focus on an American Indian? Why not have a character that represents the foundations of America a mainstay within the Marvel Universe? Well if you’re a believer that Disney (who’s no stranger to the native American culture) will someday put American Eagle front and center then look for Marvel Two-In-One Annual #6 (1981) for his first appearance.

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Staying on topic a bit here, there has been so much talk of a Black Panther movie but nothing concrete has solidified the rumors….yet. Although the talks of this movie happening has really sparked interest in an already collectable comic; Fantastic Four #52 (1966), Black Panthers first appearance, the collector still has some time to get this comic before the comic really takes off. The Jack Kirby comic is not only the first appearance, but it’s also the first African American super-hero ever.  Once the official announcement from Marvel Studios comes, Fantastic Four #52 will see an instant spike. Then the announcement of who will play him, another spike, then the first tease of the costume, another spike, well you get the idea. Buy this comic now if you can. You’ll be very happy you did.

How about some other very cool African American characters other than Luke Cage and Blade? One that  was talk of a television show that never panned out? Brother Voodoo! He first appeared in Strange Tales #169 (1973). How about Dagger from the awesome Cloak & Dagger team? How amazing would a Marvel film be featuring Cloak & Dagger? A collector can scoop up their first appearance for mega cheap if you shop around. Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) gives readers a first look at this team. Check out the limited series from 1984 as well. 

Also on the movie front we have Doctor Strange rumored, but almost certain to be part of the next phase. Besides the Doc’s first appearance and Dr. Strange #169 (his REAL number one and first solo comic) which are obvious pick ups, Dr. Strange’s main adversary is the one to go after! The villain will only command aftermarket bonuses up until a few months before the release of the movie, you’re looking at a long term investment book you’ll need to dump at the right time. Otherwise the market will correct itself and you’ll either break even or lose on the deal. Strange Tales #126 (1964) could be one to pick up now. The comic gives us a first look at Dormammu. Will this be the villain Marvel goes with in the new Strange movie? Who knows? My bet is they go right here.

How about one more Strange Tales comic to check out? Strange Tales #89 (1961) features the first appearance of Fin Fang Foom. With the new Fantastic Four movie cast just released and Galactus probably getting his proper due on screen, this villain would be cool to have as an alternative go to if Fox decides NOT to go with the big purple guy.

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When will Mephisto make his movie appearance? It has to happen eventually right? Well until it does, be sure to seek out and buy Silver Surfer #3 (1968).

How about touching on the Marvel Cosmo’s? Please note (regular visitors to InvestComics have heard this before!) that the entire Marvel Cosmic Universe speculation market hinges on the success or failure of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. If the movie does well at the box office, more Marvel cosmo to come, it fails, the end of the Marvel cosmo movement. It’s a rather simple equation. Captain Marvel #26 (1973) brings us Death’s first appearance. Thor #225 (1974) is Firelord’s first appearance. Giant-Sized Defenders #3 features the first look at Korvac. Marvel Man changes his name to Quasar, thus creating the first appearance of Quasar in The Incredible Hulk #234 (1979).

A group by the name U-Foes first appears in The Incredible Hulk #254 (1980). They are so unusual and so cool at the same time. Another team that commands some serious attention came onto the scene in 1979 by the name Alpha Flight. Uncanny X-Men #120; John Byrne, Terry Austin, Chris Claremont, and the first appearance of Alpha Flight. What more does one need here? Well anyone who is a regular InvestComics visitor knows that Alpha Flight has been on the radar here for years and will continue to be. There is no reason to not speculate that this team will never see screen time. I for one believe they will. They can very easily be transcribed to film. They are a team that would dominate as the X-Men have on film. It will happen folks someday, get this valuable comic now. And also get the mega overprinted Alpha Flight #1 (1983). 

Back to The Hulk. Planet Hulk…..first and foremost you’d want to get the very beginning’s of the Planet Hulk saga. This can be found in The Incredible Hulk #88 (2006) and New Avengers: IIIuminati one shot (2006). Of course you’d go grab the Planet Hulk saga comics as a whole, but getting The Incredible Hulk #92 (2006) is a must. This issue introduces Hulks wife (deceased) Caiera. Caiera is an intricate part of the Planet Hulk storyline because the World War Hulk storyline introduces their son Skaar. Skaar would most definitely appear in a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk movie. Not only would he appear, but Skaar would be the prize comic for the speculator. What If? Planet Hulk #1 (2007) is the first appearance of Skaar and is without a doubt the next BIG comic when and if Marvel does a phase 3 with the Hulk being the centerpiece. Writer Greg Pak created the entire Planet Hulk universe, so he will be in much demand. I hope he gets a consult gig if Marvel Studios goes with this.

Speaking of an Avenger, how about Winter Soldier appearing in the new Cap movie? Sweet huh? Here’s a nugget you may have already heard or maybe not. The actor playing Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) signed on with Marvel Studios for 9 films. Yes NINE films. Crazy right? Well why not stay on the crazy train here? How about Winter Solider takes the mantle from Captain America in Cap 3 as U.S. Agent? U.S. Agent first appeared as Super-Patriot in Captain America #323 (1986) and as the U.S. Agent in Captain America #354 (1989). What if Marvel Studios go down the route of Nomad? Captain America first dons the Nomad costume in Captain America #180 (1974). Edward Ferbel was the second Nomad in Captain America #261 (1981). The third installment of Nomad (Jack Monroe) and probably the winning book for the Nomad speculation cause is Captain America #282 (1983). Jack Monroe went on to spawn a limited series (which is also one to get) and a regular series that lasted 25 issues. I won’t speak about the fourth Nomad, a female version character that failed miserably.

Hey wouldn’t it be great if Marvel Studios ever challenged DC/Warner Bros. In releasing their version of Superman? How about Sentry? He first appeared in the self titled Sentry #1 (2000). Wow this would be fantastic wouldn’t it?

If you’re been checking out the most recent InvestComics Hot Picks, you will know that I have been talking about the Marvel UK resurgence. In no way is the resurgence happening by mistake. Marvel/Disney are probably testing the market for the first major movie/animation starring a Marvel UK character. Captain Britain would be an obvious first choice, but it’s way too close to the Captain America lure. So where to go next? How about Union Jack? Check out the Invaders comics #’s 7 (1976), #8 (1976), and #20 (1977) for the key Union Jack comics. Also Captain America #254 (1981).

You know who would be great fun to see in a film. Maybe as a team member; Jack of Hearts. The colors in his costume are so vibrant that it would just pop on screen. The red heart on his left eye, the blue, yellow, and red costume….all good in my book! Check out his first appearance in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #23 (1976). Also check out his four issue limited series from 1984.

Staying with the “colorful” characters, how about picking up Adventure Into Fear with Man-Thing # 19 (1973). This comic gives collectors the first look at Howard the Duck. Remember that bad movie from 1986? How awesome would it be to have Howard revisited by Marvel/Disney? Yes, this needs to get done.

You know what also needs to get done? How about a Machine Man film? Machine Man was created by Jack ‘King’ Kirby in 1976’s 2001: A Space Odyssey #8. Jack ‘King’ Kirby had his hands all over this creation. The only thing he is not credited on is the Inking and coloring. A fantastic book to have in your collection.

Black Widow may lead the charge as the first Big Budget female hero on screen. So how about we look at some female characters that should get some more play in your spec collection.

Amazing Spider-Man #209 features the first appearance of Calypso. Todd McFarlane brought back Calypso during his solo Spider-Man run, but she hasn’t really been a factor since. What time than the present to change that?

Typhoid Mary really needs more playtime in the Marvel Universe. She’s too good of a character to be forgotten about or thrown into meaningless story lines. Marvel needs to revisit what made her work back in the late 80’s. Typhoid’s debut came in Daredevil #254 (1988). Typhoid will probably appear in the new Daredevil netflix show too.

Hellcat has made many appearances over the years, but never seems to garner the attention she should get. Check out Avengers #144 (1976) for the first appearance of Hellcat.

As previously mentioned, Daredevil will be getting his own netflix series. I’m making a call right here that you will hear HERE first. Echo will be the female go to in the series. How do I know this? A hunch. I’ve been right before. I’ve also been wrong before too! The hunch points to Echo for me and Echo’s first is in Daredevil (vol. 2) #9 (1999).

Tabitha (Boom-Boom) like Hellcat has appeared in so many comics over the years, but you’d be hard pressed to even know what her first appearance book is. That book would be Secret Wars II #5 (1985).

Well that’s it for this installment. Look for DC, Image, and more Marvel ‘B’ side comic picks coming your way.

 

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There are an abundance of comics to check out this week. The list is long, but the week is very soft. That said I’ll be sure to let you know which comics to put your emphasis on. Not much here, so look for those back issues.

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One standout comic this week could be Nova (2013 5th Series) #10. Last week with the mention of Nova #19 (1978), many fans were very puzzled by this. I received a few messages on the board, Instagram, and personal email saying “Nova? Really?” Yes Nova, really. If you haven’t been paying attention, let me fill you in a bit.

Marvel Studios are about to embark on a whole new universe of pictures and change everything. Yes they are going to change the way movie goers watch “space/cosmic” films with the release of one film; Guardians of the Galaxy. What this particular film will do is open up the flood gates to introduce Marvel in space; their Cosmos if you will. Yes the film will have to fare well in order for the initial steps to be taken, to progress. If all goes well (which it should), Marvel Studios will be on their way to building a cosmic storyline on the big screen as no one has ever done before (besides Star Wars of course, calm down). Now there is one point though, which has been mentioned on InvestComics a few times, what about failure? What happens WHEN, not IF, When a Marvel Studios movie does not meet expectations at the box office? This will in fact happen, it’s inevitable. It will be very interesting to see how Disney reacts to the bad box office draw. One thing is for certain however, the comic book market will be affected to a degree. The prices will drop back into place where they probably should be and level off. The constant influx of various movies and television show announcements are driving prices batty for quite some time now. THIS will be the crash, NOT the variants, 3D covers, etc. The hyperbole will drive pricing back to reality if expectations are not met in the mainstream. Would you pay $10,000 for a Walking Dead CGC 9.9? Yes someone did. THAT is what you call a bad investment. $10,000 on a first appearance 9.9 of Green Goblin, Lois Lane, or even Wolverine makes sense. These characters are household names. Walking Dead is a hot zombie television show right now. It will eventually run its course and no longer be hot anymore. Granted, good story, good show, but its zombies….that’s it. Yes anyone can say “it’s about the character development and how we follow them” but in actuality, no zombies, no show. Not bashing the show, giving a dose of speculation reality here. Spending $10,000 on the number one issue is a bit of an oversight on that buyers part, but maybe, just maybe I’ll be wrong on this.

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So back to Nova, as explained Marvel Studios will take the leap into space. It’s a risky one with Guardians because no one really knows of them. Rocket Raccoon will be the star in this one, so it’s best you stock up on him. Anyway, Nova has been mentioned in passing by Marvel and through some rumors. If Marvel is reaching out into the space universe, what’s not to think Nova won’t be a part of that? Same with Warlock, Silver Surfer, Death, and maybe Rom! Remember him? How cool would that be to have a Rom movie? Yes wrestling with that toy company can get dicey, but what Disney wants, Disney gets. What it all boils down to is making sure as a speculator that you have all of your Cosmic ducks in a row. Pick up the rare first appearance, those odd number one issues, the status quo change books, and the rare Thanos variants. It will pay dividends down the line IF the Guardians of the Galaxy movie does well. Nova (2013 5th Series) #10 will play pretend and solict this comic as the 100th issue. Gotta love the restarts, five of them for Nova to be exact here. The comic will come with all sorts of variants. The prize variant will be the JG Jones Incentive. A $60 book that can see some decent gains if handled properly. Nova #10 will star the NEW New Warriors (another potential space team down the road). Check out the first appearance of the New Warriors (“old team”) in Thor #411 (1989). A must own.

We like intros don’t we? Of course we do! Ultimate Spider-Man (2012 Marvel Universe) #20 will introduce a new villain named Whirlwind, so check that out. Kick-Ass 3 (2013 Marvel) #5 will do some introducing themselves with a new villain team. Infinity Hunt (2013) #4 plants the seeds of Marvel’s next major event. Are we tired yet of these major events? And speaking of Infinity, Infinity (2013 Marvel) #6 will conclude with an oversized issue as Thanos fights everyone! And incidentally, Iron Man #55 is Still a must buy. Avengers Assemble (2012) #21 hints at the team Inhumans. The Inhumans are about to have a breakout year next year. Get on top of Fantastic Four #45 (1965) for the first appearance of the Inhumans. Staying on topic with the Avengers, Avengers Arena (2012) #18 will see its final issue this week. With more death and a launching pad for something else. Something major will be happening in All New X-Men (2012) #19 so be sure to glance through that book. Damian Son of Batman (2013) #2 is sold out for the most part on the retail level. The variants are completely sold out. The Andy Kubert black and white variant would be a nice CGC sig series flip book. Forever Evil Argus (2013) #2 will highlight Deathstroke. One of the baddest dudes in the DC Universe. If you’re a regular reader of this column each week, you already know that InvestComics is a huge Deathstroke supporter. I have always felt that the Deathstroke character is on the cusp of some serious play, but DC doesn’t know exactly what to do with him (i.e. Nightwing). Yes they finally put him on television (sparingly), but that’s not enough. Get this guy going already. Bigger role on the show, movie appearances, chop chop DC! A huge recommendation throughout the years on InvestComics has been The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) and it will continue to be in BUY mode with InvestComics. And for those keeping score at home, Forever Evil Argus #2 variant is sold out, which means absolutely nothing on the speculator side of things. Geoff Johns will be hitting all out on Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #25. The conclusion to the “Death of a King” storyline. The new Superior Spider-Man event begins this week; The Darkest Hour in Superior Spider-Man (2012) #22. Venom will have his first run in with Superior Spidey in this issue. This should be very interesting. In the “in case you missed it” department, DC will release Sandman Overture (2013) Special Edition #1. The issue will feature a bunch of useless extras if you’re interested.

IDW will bring back a cult favorite in Sam Keith’s Maxx Maxximized (2013 IDW) #1. A collector can buy the first appearance of Maxx in the overprinted Darker Image #1 (1993).

Black Science (2013 Image) #1 will be THE Image Comic to grab this week. Already sold out at the retail level, but the $10 Midtown Comics variant will be the one to get if this comic makes an impact in the aftermarket. IDW’s Mr Peabody and Sherman (2013 IDW) #1 variant is sold out. Never Ending (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Quest (2013 Zenescope) #1, and Sledgehammer 44 Lightning War (2013) #1 are all on the verge of selling out.

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Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks #259

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Rom #1A new hit podcast has emerged and it’s appearing on a weekly basis on InvestComics. Breaking the 4th Wall with Shaun Cobble and Shaun Sorenson is kicking some major ass right now. A couple of weeks ago the first guest to ever appear on the show; comic writer/screenplay writer Joe Harris! The interview was a success with Cobble and Sorenson at the helm. There is a new game that NO other podcast will be playing with our guest. It’s unique and it’s fun. Take a listen to the Joe Harris podcast right HERE and you’ll hear the fun! This plus you’ll get an awesome dose of comic reviews, news, and all sorts of great commentary from Shaun Cobble and Shaun Sorenson. Did I tell you that Breaking the 4th Wall is happening every single week? Last week the guest was Creative Director/Editor-in-Chief of IDW Chris Ryall! The new hit game with our guest couldn’t be played with Chris due to time restraints, but boy did we get a cool scoop about Rom! Remember him? Yes that’s right, check out what IDW and Rom have in common or maybe more so in common than we may know! Click right HERE for that interview.

Sooo…..did you hear that someone in the New DC Universe bit the dust. ::sigh:: Read a quickie about what comic books (namely the big 2) can do to fix an ongoing trend that seems to have passed its time and needs a major fix. The article is called How to make Death in Comics Relevant again….click HERE to read it. Give thoughts and feedback on either the InvestComics Facebook page or down below.

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The feature book in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks has to be Age of Ultron (2013 Marvel) #1. Well not so much the AOU #1 book, but the very first appearance of Ultron. Ultron first appeared in Avengers #54 (1968). The aftermarket is genuinely kind as far as pricing goes. A CGC graded 9.6 is at a Buy it Now position of only $560 on Ebay right now. Not too shabby, but here are some numbers to consider. There are 142 graded copies in the census right now. 18 of those sit at the 9.6 grade. Still not too shabby right? Here’s the better deal, only 3 sit in the 9.8 spot. The 9.8 is the obvious moneymaker, but the 9.6 grades are not at all a bad deal either. So how much of an impact will Ultron make on the Marvel Universe with this event? Probably a decent one and will the popularity carry over after the event is over? Maybe. Ultron is a tricky character to invest in. It’s one of those hit or misses that we must go on our gut instincts. With so many movies coming out from Marvel in the next 10 years or so, Ultron may make his mark there. In the meantime, I would get an ungraded Near Mint copy and hold onto it (maybe grade it if you think you can pull a 9.8 or a 9.6). It’s probably the wise choice.

And speaking of the Avengers, Avengers (2012 5th Series) #7 will have the New Adam emerging, don’t miss it. And on topic with more Avengers we have Ultimates (2011 Marvel Ultimate Comics) #22 hitting the self this week. The issue will call upon the first appearance of the West Coast Ultimates, a.k.a. the West Coast Avengers. The West Coast Avengers first appeared in West Coast Avengers #1 (1984). This comic can be found in some of the one dollar bins at your local shop or convention. Want to hear a crazy stat? There are 48 total graded copies and 38 of them are perched on the 9.8 mark (nothing higher). Sheesh!

With all of the crazy happenings going on with the Spider-Man storyline, there’s no telling what the cover of the new Spider-Man issue means or what it may bring us. Will Superior Spider-Man (2012) #5 have the NEW Spidey do the unthinkable? Probably not, but these days you never know!

DC does some explaining; the origin of the new kingpin of Gotham City Ignatius Ogilvy in Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #18. And the digital comic making its debut in print from DC; Ame-comi Girls (2013 DC) 2nd Series #1 should be checked out.

Other comics that should be on your radar this week; Sex (2013 Image) #1 (great title!), Helheim (2013 Oni Press) #1, Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee (2013 IDW) #1, and Best of Zenescope Special Edition (2013) #1.

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So what’s better than the actual football game on Superbowl Sunday you ask? Two things; the new commercials and InvestComics Hot Picks of course! Duh!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-3-12 + X-Men Romance

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This past week we all read about Stan Lee getting a pacemaker for the ol’ ticker. Everyone here at InvestComics wishes Stan Lee a speedy recovery! We all look forward to seeing you back on the convention circuit! Get well Stan!

InvestComics has been around now for 6 years. Wow, seems like yesterday the free InvestComics’ magazines were going out to the Ebay winners and also sitting on some comic shop counters. Ah, the good old days! Okay enough reminiscing. A few days ago a new exclusive InvestComics article appeared in the newly released Mancave Playbabes digital magazine, issue #3 (October). You can buy it on the InvestComics website right HERE or go to the Mancave Playbabes website right HERE. It’s an honor to be involved with such an upscale product and also an honor that InvestComics has found an Exclusive home as well. Mancave Playbabes saw the InvestComics product and recognized it enough to have a regular monthly column within the magazine. Look for more news concerning the MC/IC team-up!

New York Comic Con 2012 is 11 days away! Being that this is the third consecutive year that InvestComics will be attending as press; the excitement is as though it was the first. This doesn’t get stale at all. Do yourself a favor and visit the convention for at least one day if at all possible. The experience is like being at Disney, but with a different kind of fulfillment. It helps the inner geek more so because it’s for the adults rather than for the kids. Yes weird isn’t it, a comic book convention NOT for children? Yes times have changed.

As teased on the InvestComics Facebook page, InvestComics will do some cool things in relation to YOU the fans and tomorrow we’ll be releasing a cool little news piece that YOU the fan can get involved in. But be sure to be on top of it because there are a limited number of spots! More coming down the pike from the NYCC trip, but that’ll have to wait until we get back. Cool stuff coming!

This past week we all read about Stan Lee getting a pacemaker for the ol’ ticker. Everyone here at InvestComics wishes Stan Lee a speedy recovery! We all look forward to seeing you back on the convention circuit! Get well Stan!

Let’s get started with the “Zero-less” DC comics InvestComics Comic Hot Picks for this week. Yippee, no more Zero issues!

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So what will DC comics do for an encore after what seemed like weeks and weeks of those Zero issues? Well you can start with getting the lame character Penguin back into the mix in Detective Comics #13. Yes that’s right, the Penguin is a lame character, let’s all stop pretending like we really care about him. But maybe, just maybe we’ll get a different spin on him from one of the better writers out there in the comic industry; Mr. John Layman. Of course we all know John from the Image Comics CHEW series, but do we know that John originally had his hands on a Batman comic from 2002? Yes he did, really. Check out Batman/Deathblow: After the Fire #1, you’ll see John Layman as the Editor of that comic. How cool is that!? Encore…..encore!

Okay want more from DC this week? How about Stormwatch #13? Of all the comics to reintroduce Jack ‘The King’ Kirby’s Demon into the New 52 “modern time setting”, it has to be Stormwatch? Okay. Jack Kirby first introduced us to Etrigan the Demon back in 1972. This was and IS essentially Jack Kirby’s character, having his paws all over this comic as Penciler, Cover Artist and Writer. So do yourself a favor and buy the 1972 comic to see a master at work and to own a nice first appearance of a character that is getting reintroduced in today’s “New 52”. Encore…..encore!

Want MORE from DC Comics this week? Tough crowd! Okay how about Action Comics #13? So what to talk this issue up about you ask? How about the cool artistry of Travel Foreman? That’s a start. How about the return of Krypto? Yes now that’s neat! The return of a dog with a cape! YAY for comic books! Superman’s best friend first appeared in Adventure Comics #255 WAY back in 1955. Wow that’s an old dog!! Hold on, let’s get the calculator out, be right back…………………………………….Okay so the age of Krypto here is 399. Not bad! Must be the healthy dog food Clark gives him.

So moving away from Crypto the dog, we find something here just as old here on InvestComics Comic Hot Picks and that’s Marvel’s absence from the list. Not anymore true believers! (Thanks Stan!).

So what does Marvel have to offer up this week that’s worth a mention? How about we have some fun first? It’s always about business! Not really, but that sounded like a nice way to ease into this.

XMenUncanny X-Men #19 presents fans with a kissy kissy romantic cover this week. When first seeing this, it got me thinking about ALL of those romantic poses and kissy covers over the years for the X-Men titles. So I set out and found a bunch of romance for the InvestComics fans. That’s right! Scroll through many X-Men titles, related titles and promo’s pertaining to the art of LOVE from the images below. See don’t say InvestComics never looks out for ya…..

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