InvestComics Hot Picks – June 6, 2012

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks 6-6-12. 

This week we get to really scour the back issue bins at our local shop or convention. Check it out….

Marvel’s Hulk #53 is the first on the list with 4 different comics to look for. These comics though are in no way hard to find! The new storyline brings in Alpha Flight, Machine Man, She Hulk and A-Bomb. The most nostalgic of the 4 here has to go to Machine Man’s first appearance. You can find that in 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 from 1977. Why the nostalgic label? It’s a new character Introduction written and drawn by Jack “King” Kirby. Do you need more than that? Good, because that’s all you need. Alpha Flight first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #120. John Byrne brought this team to life in their own self-titled book and Alpha Flight will continue to live on in some form for a very long time. If ever Marvel gets the guts, this team would make for a fabulous movie. She Hulk appeared in HER self titled comic as well back in 1980; The Savage She Hulk #1. While John Byrne wasn’t on the debut issue, John also had a hand in bringing THIS character to life as well! Last but not least, A-Bomb first appeared in Hulk #2 from 2008. The most loathe or loved Jeph Loeb had his paws all over this comic. And very cool cover from Ed McGuinness on this one.

DC Comics brings in new artist Miguel Sepulveda to Red Lanterns #10. Check out one of Miguel’s first professional work in Thor God Size #1.

Swamp Thing #10 re-introduces the villainous Anton Arcane to the New 52 fold. Anton originally appeared in the Swamp Thing series from 1972. Issue #1 was the cameo as issue #2 was the “full” first appearance. Never will understand the ridiculousness of cameo and full as it is related to collection standards within the resale market. The cameos are usually less sought after while the full first appearance gets all the accolades of demanding more money. The cameo essentially truly is the FIRST time we ever see a character, so why would the SECOND time we see them be worth more? Well, this is a debate for another time…….

Action Comics #10 focuses on the villain Nimrod, another of DC’s new 52 villains that will be re-introduced. Nimrod’s (silly name no?) first appearance is from 1992 in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #7.  This lovely issue is written by Alan Grant with art from Tim Sale. That’s nice stuff.

That’s it for the back issues. Should be enough to hold you over for a week no?

Marvel’s Dark Avengers #175 is being dubbed the 1st issue of a new era. With a spectacular cover from Mike Deodato that screams BUY ME! Wow if ever judging a book by its cover, right? Tron #518, actually Iron Man #518 introduces a new costume into Tony’s repertoire. With all of the recent talk on the Marvel Cosmo’s on InvestComics lately, it’s no surprise that The Mighty Thor Annual #1 wouldn’t be mentioned this week. Guest starring Silver Surfer and Galactus! And look at that cover too!

Independents will be overtaken this week by Spawn #220. Not because of the 20th anniversary tag, not because Todd McFarlane is back, not because this issue will begin the introduction of new characters, not because it will bring back some old characters, no no…..because there will be no room on the shelf for any other comics. 6 variants at last count. Ahhh….Todd always thought big.

In single issue releases this week, if there is room for them on the Independent wall. Check out Creator Owned Heroes #1 from Image. With names like Jimmy Palmiotti, Steve Niles, Justin Gray, Phil Noto and Kevin Mellon attached, this is a must check out book.

Higher Earth #1 from BOOM! Studios. Only a buck to buy! And it looks like an interesting book.

Check out some covers of the week below. 

That’s it for this week, see you soon!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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McFarlane Pays Tribute with Spawn #220

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 22, 2011

For more information, contact Jennifer de Guzman
jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com

SPAWN PAYS TRIBUTE
Twenty-year history culminates in homage to Image titles

In 1992, Spawn, a new kind of superhero, stepped onto the comics stage under the banner of the newly formed Image Comics. Twenty years later, Todd McFarlane’s creation has become an iconic character in the superhero world, spawning into spin-offs, toys, an animated series, and a blockbuster movie…But the SPAWN comic book series has always been the center of that empire.

In celebration of SPAWN’s 20th anniversary, McFarlane will return this June as cover artist on his flagship title for the remainder of 2012. McFarlane will also take lead writing for this commemorative issue, SPAWN #220.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Image Comics, the first of these nine covers by McFarlane, SPAWN #220, depicts “Savage Spawn,” referencing the first issue of SAVAGE DRAGON by Erik Larsen. (Cover B – APR120410)

SPAWN #220 will also have a variant cover paying tribute to Rob Liefeld’s YOUNGBLOOD #1 (Cover C – APR120411), as well as an original cover from McFarlane himself (Cover A – APR120409). A black-and-white variant of each of the covers will be available as an incentive for retailers.

In addition, current SPAWN artist Szymon Kudranski has created a cover based on the original SPAWN #1 cover by McFarlane for the SPAWN: 20th Anniversary Collector’s Special (APR120418). This special edition of SPAWN #220 publishes Kudranski’s interior art in black-and-white along with additional content featuring a look back at a sampling of TODD McFARLANE’s inked pages from SPAWN #1. It is limited to 2500 copies.

McFarlane has embarked on this seven-month tribute not just to celebrate SPAWN’s and Image Comics’ 20th anniversary, but also to honor the rich history of all comic books.

“Early in my career one of the things I looked forward to after I finished the interiors on a book, was to sit back and try and come up with a single image that would catch the fan’s attention,” said McFarlane. “I had a pretty decent run with some of the Hulk, Spider-Man, and Spawn covers, and I’m going to come back and see if I can draw a few covers that will intrigue everybody.” 

SPAWN #220 will be available for order in the April issue of Previews and in stores on June 6th.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction,
romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.