InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-12-11

DC continues to run the table as Marvel plays catch up on both the real market and here on InvestComics Hot Picks. Let’s get started with the short week here….

Although DC is still running the table, they also seem to be slowing things down per say in the wow factor category. My Greatest Adventure #1? Okay we’ll give it a shot. This issue features Tanga, Garbage Man and Robotman. See the “wow” factor here? Anyway, check out the first appearances of Tanga and the Trash guy in Weird Worlds #1 from earlier this year. Robotman (Cliff Steele) on the other hand you have to go back to 1963 to My Greatest Adventure #80. The only real reason to pick up this comic is not so much for the first Robotman, but for the first appearance of Doom Patrol. It’s only $175, but there is no potential upside to this comic at the moment. Character Robert Crane as Robotman first appeared in Star Spangled Comics #7 (1942). That comic was created by some guy named Jerry Siegel.

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum of potential upside, as previously mentioned in InvestComics Hot Picks 9-25-11 DC Relaunch Special 4 is Shade The Changing Man #1 (1977) created by legend Steve Ditko for only $16. With the new Shade #1 twelve issue limited series coming out by some of the great talents within the industry, you really should put that 1977 book in your collection. The last of the DC books to check out this week is a book called Unexpected #1. Once again, a nice plethora of talent on one book as well as 9 stories, and 80 pages. Great stuff here.

If you want to be up on the latest Uncanny X-Men #1, and Wolverine & The X-Men #1 books, you’d probably want to get X-Men Regenesis #1. The X-Men Universe will never be the same!! Sorry, that was the Marvel hype bowl speaking.

Five Independents to check out this week, starting with legend John Byrne’s new creation; Cold War #1, IDW’s Monocyte #1, Ape Comics Dream Reaver #1, Dark Horse Comics Orchid #1, and I Feel Sick #1 from SLG Publishing.

See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz



InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-28-11 DC Comics Relaunch Special Part 4 (Final)

Down the stretch they come…..DC’s Relaunch will be officially over this week. What a crazy 4 weeks it has been. DC hit a home run with this campaign, and NOW the hard part is coming up for them. Will they be able to sustain the interest of the comic book world with issue number 2, 3, 4, and so forth.

So without further ado, let’s get started with the final week of DC’s new look.

There are several comics that have been covered already in the past few weeks, let’s get them out of the way.


Aquaman #1 – 1st appearance More Fun Comics #73. Click HERE to Week 1 for details.

Batman The Dark Knight #1 – 1st appearance Detective Comics #27. Click HERE to Week 3 for details.

Superman #1 – 1st appearance Action Comics #1. Click HERE to Week 1 for details.

Justice League Dark #1 – 1st appearance of Deadman. Click HERE to Week 3 for details.

Flash #1 & The Savage Hawkman #1 – Let’s all be honest here, the only reason Flash is cool equates to 2 words. Geoff Johns. Without him, Green Lantern wouldn’t be cool, Flash wouldn’t be cool, and Aquaman wouldn’t be cool. Yea that’s right Aquaman. Look for the water guy to be Geoff’s next big conquest. But this isn’t about the Aqua, this is about the Flash. Flash’s first appearance goes for a big payday in around the 160k mark in Flash Comics #1 (1940). Incidentally, this comic also has the first appearance of Johnny Thunder AND Hawkman. So looking at 160k for “2” very nice 1st appearances seems like a bargain at the moment.

Blackhawks #1 – Although this comic from Costa/Nolan feels like it’s going to be a fun book; it’s not a book many are dying to get their hands on. This can all change of course in a matter of a weeks’ notice, but not a comic that will fly off the shelves. The same holds true for the first appearance of Blackhawk. No much demand here, but a fine book nonetheless. Coming in at $14,000 is Military Comics #1 (1941). You want one of the beauties of this comic? It comes with legend Will Eisner all over it. Nuff said.

Teen Titans #1 – Here is the comic book world’s favorite teen team in a number one issue…..again. Maybe creators Lobdell/Booth will bring a total different flavor and blow everyone away. Let’s hope. The Brave and The Bold #54 (1960) has the first look at our teenage heroes. At only $860, this comic feels like it’s flying under the radar a bit.

All Star Western #1 – Are fans ready for a full out western comic? With Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray attached to this book, a resounding HELL’S YEA! All Star Western Comics made their debut with DC’s All Star line ending with issue #57 and becoming All Star Western #58 (1951), a $600 book with an awesome Gil Kane cover. Nuff said, again.

Justice League Dark #1 – Lots of characters to check out in this one. Let’s start with Deadman. Find his deal in Hot Picks Part 3. John Constantine’s 1st in Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985) $30. Zatanna first appeared in Hawkman #4 (1964) $400. Madame Xanadu’s first calling was in Doorway to Nightmare #1 (1978) $16. And Shade the Changing Man #1 (1977) debuted from his creator Steve Ditko. The bargain of the bunch at only $16.

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #1 – Okay so we have a plural in the title which means we have 2 to cover here. Jason Rusch – Firestorm #1 (2004) (probably find this comic in the 1 dollar bins at your local comic shop or comic show), and Ronnie Raymond – Firestorm #1 (1978) from George Perez for $12?? Yes getting the latter would be a very wise move. Jason and Ronnie began their mancrush in Blackest Night #3 (2009). Get this comic at cover price or check that dollar bin again.

Also coming from DC this week, a couple of try out books in Voodoo #1, I, Vampire #1 and a mainstay in Green Lantern New Guardians #1.

And there you have it. 4 weeks of DC goodness from DC and InvestComics! Check out by clicking Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 for the entire run on InvestComics.

Okay Marvel…….your move.

See you all next week. Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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