BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5Come back each week for the top 10 in the speculation market in new releases and back issues for the week.

1 – Batman Superman #5 (Brett Booth Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
2 – Superman Unchained #4 (Jim Lee Sketch Variant) (DC Comics)
3 – Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975) (Marvel Comics)
4 – Amazing X-Men #1 ($50 Variant) (Marvel Comics)
5 – Mighty Avengers #3 (Eminem Variant) (Marvel Comics)
6 – Drumhellar #1 (Image Comics)
7 – Alex Plus Ada #1 (Image Comics)
8 – Captain America #13 (Marvel Comics)
9 – Action Comics #25 (DC Comics)
10 – Longshot #1 (1985) (Marvel Comics)

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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On Friday InvestComics released our interview with Stan “the man” Lee from New York Comic Con 2013. Stan was his usual stellar self. We were the very last thing he did this year at the New York show, so we wanted to keep it short and sweet to let the man go on his way. He was tired, but Stan gave us a few minutes and we’ll be forever grateful. A special thanks goes out to Max for making this “second” InvestComics interview with Stan Lee happen. Also I would like to thank Rafael Rosario of Ratchet City Comics for his camera work and for making things easier this time around. Enjoy the short video below, as we sure enjoyed our time with the Legend Stan “the man” Lee.

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So with that, we go from the hottest creator of all time to the InvestComics Hot Picks! Did you know that the InvestComics Hot Picks have been coming at speculators and fans since 2005?! That’s some serious history we have together! Onward we go!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New releases 11-3-13

Want to make some money this week? Want to turn over some comics to buy that first appearance of Thanos on the wall at your local comic shop or convention? Well InvestComics has your back this week, and it’s going to be a hunt for variants if you want to ante up. We prefer you ante up, because you will make money back and have some left over for your pizza, beer, gas, bills, or whatever needs some attention in your life.

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In no particular order here, first up; Batman Superman (2013 DC) #5. This comic falls into the long line of gimmick comics. Especially what DC Comics have been up to lately, you know what some of those 3D covers fetched for a little while there. InvestComics did in fact inform the speculator that the 3D aftermarket was going to be short lived, and it was. We hope you collected your $200 after passing GO, because if not, you have a major portfolio issue. Aside from that, this week the gimmick is the Batman Superman #5 comic. What’s the deal with this issue you may ask? Well, it’s one of those sideways/horizontal comics. It’s been done before, nothing special here. Cerebus #46 (1983) was an early showing of the idea, but then Marvel got into the act with Fantastic Four #252 (1983). A unique idea indeed, but one that has seen many comics come this way throughout the years and thereafter. With gimmick comics, the aftermarket is extremely unkind. As a collector one has to know that gimmick comics are not to be fallen in love with. If you do fall, you will fall hard. You’ll be left with 3D covers, glow in the dark covers, poly bagged, etc up the ying yang. It’s a lose situation. This Batman Superman issue provides a variant sketch cover by Brett Booth. The retail value is in the neighborhood of $65. Buy this comic and let the frenzy set in regarding the ff252coolness of the sideways pages. Then spring out the comic for sale while the market is demanding a second print on the regular issue. It’s an easy win here.

Moving right along to another Superman book this week; Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #4. This comic will get you the most bang for your buck this week. Granted, the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here and you will have to put down some cash for it, but your return will be greater. Scott Snyder and Jim Lee have been killing with their run here so far. How about you seek out the Jim Lee sketch variant for about $250….Get this bad boy CGC graded (grab a 9.8!), maybe even Signature Series graded and you will be in the black in no time. Why spend $250 on a variant you may be asking yourself? Well, this issue Superman is having all sorts of trouble with some bad guys right? So he enlist some help from “powerful friends” (as if Supes ever needs help right?). So we don’t really know who these “friends” are, and it’s an ultra-rare Jim Lee variant. Jim Lee + unknown heroes + variant + rare = chi-ching. Any negatives to speak about? Sure. One huge drawback has to be the total of ten variants. Highly unnecessary, but the Jim Lee book is the top draw here.

And the last of the Superman comics to check out this week; Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #25. This issue reintroduces a major character. Oh and there’s a $10 sketch variant here to pick up. If the reintroduction goes over well, then that $10 is well spent. If not, then you can probably just sell back the BATMAN_SUPERMAN_5book for the $10 you originally bought it for on Ebay. Pick up the $2+ in shipping and cut your losses. You win some, you lose some. That’s how it works.

Marvel releases a comic that has someone “saving” their universe for a change and not destroying it. Longshot gives it a go in Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe (2013) #1. This one time very hot character commanded a lot of money for his debut in Longshot #1 (1985). Not these days though. Maybe with a resurrection of his career here, things will heat up in the aftermarket once again. The Deadpool variant cover is already sold out, and the regular cover is not that far from seeing a second print in its future. Captain America (2012 7th Series) #13 will give collectors a first appearance of Captain America’s new arch-nemesis, which is a must see. Cataclysm (2013 Marvel) #1, Leinil Yu variant is sold out. A $20 variant is a bit steep on a comic that doesn’t have much of a backbone.

How about a comic that has a backbone of six variants? Amazing X-Men (2013) #1; once again the multitude of variants is not an attractive sight at all here. Why not downsize the variants to just two, plus the regular cover? But six from Amazing X-Men #1 and ten from Unchained Superman #4? Yes, the market in the past few years has been inundated with the perception that “more is better”, and it’s not. But let’s all understand one thing; comic book businesses are in business to make money. If Marvel, DC, Image, or anyone else could make more money from printing ten variants, then it will be done. So with the already sold out Amazing X-Men #1, there are two $50 variants that are for the buying here. Get either one, hold onto them for a little bit while the series heats up. Then dump them at the first sign of a slowdown. The serious money lies within the focal point of its main character; Nightcrawler. The blue guy’s first appearance is in the classic Giant Sized X-Men #1 (1975). Buy this comic whenever you have a chance. No reason to ever NOT buy it.

Word got out this week that Marvel leaked who the mysterious Spider Hero is. This week Mighty Avengers (2013) #3 has Spider Hero front and center defending the city he loves. If you think Spider Hero will reach tickle me Elmo status craze, then check out Mighty Avengers #1 (2013) for his first appearance. Want to challenge yourself with a $300+ variant of this comic? Okay here it goes. Get the Eminem variant (yes the rapper) and get a CGC witness to go with you to get the variant signed by Mr. Marshall himself. How cool would that be?

Two key Image Comics titles to take a look at this week are Drumhellar (2013 Image) #1 (sold out on the retail side) and Alex Plus Ada (2013 Image) #1 (about to be sold out). Rounding out the week; Protectors Inc (2013 Image) #1, Shahrazad (2013 Big Dog Ink) #1, Ghost Cop (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, and 68 Hallowed Ground (2013 Image) #1.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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New York Comic Con 2013 rundown: (don’t fret, InvestComics Hot Picks below too!)

Back from the New York Comic Con! Another year in the books, and boy was this year’s show spectacular. InvestComics along with Rafael Rosario of RatchetCity Comics dominated the floor with images, as well as come away with a few interviews. Interviews with the creative team of the hit animated series on Fox Bob’s Burgers, Late night host Pete Holmes (TBS), WWE stars Kane and Hornswoggle, WWE studio president Michael Luisi, Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, Animal Planets’ Finding Bigfoot cast, and the SECOND (with a microphone this time!) interview with Stan “the man” Lee!! Yes it was a great time to say the least.

InvestComics put together a short video montage of various awesome photos taken by Rafael Rosario (with some bad photos taken by yours truly!). Many of the photos in the video do not give the viewer a “full display” of the picture. So there will be a post on InvestComics with a gallery of full displayed images coming soon. Until then, check out the video below. Some of the cosplay this year was simply outstanding. If you see someone you may know in the video, please share it with them.

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The crowds were plentiful as always at the show. Expansion will probably happen again either next year or shortly thereafter. The show itself is definitely becoming the San Diego Comic Con on the east coast. It’s more about the glitz and glamour of the media world rather than the comics themselves mostly. Yes the Image Comics/Marvel Comics booths were absolutely a mad house as they always are, but no signs of an actual “mad house” around the comic book booths tucked away in 3 aisles if that many. The comic booths did have some traffic, but it was nowhere as near as it was everywhere else. Yes the media outlets have taken over, and that’s okay too because it gives the comic book world extra juice. Especially small media…..

Small publishing media were doing their thing too! Creature Entertainment was constantly busy, as were their neighbor Cosmic Times. Be sure to look for those publishers at your local show, they are always making their rounds in the circuit. Our pals at Unstoppable Comics were doing very well as we checked in from time to time, as was our bud, our favorite colorist Jeff Balke! Jeff Kaufman of Big City Comics Studio was drawing all sorts of attention with his stellar graphic novel Angel Falling and his Whore book. And our friend; media mogul, owner of Hound Comics Brimstone was uber busy signing and making appearances everywhere. All and all, it was a busy show for everyone.

One of the more puzzling questions at the New York Comic Con this year; what happened to DC??! Yes DC Comics were nowhere to be found. Yes they had their little signing area WAY in the back area in artist alley, but no booth?? Very odd. Many fans were perplexed by this move. DC however, did have the “75 Years of Superman” display in the court by the coat and luggage check! Displayed in glass cases were all of the Superman costumes worn throughout the years from various Superman movies. Once you were over the amazement and coolness of it, it quickly became, “that’s it?” DC dropped the ball here. They could have had various Superman creators along with the displays present. It would have been a nice token/gesture to recognize the artist and writers of the past that have worked on making the Superman comic throughout the years. Have a free giveaway comic, have them sign it or talk to fans, take pictures. It’s quite absurd that Neal Adams (and many others) were sitting in the next room and he (they) weren’t sitting there for a little while to honor this momentous occasion. Rant TWDJokers_Daugtherover!

InvestComics got a hold of some very rare Walking Dead variants from the Image Comics booth. The Walking Dead #1 New York Comic Con variant has a print run of only 2000!! If you’re interested in buying one, you can head over to the InvestComics Ebay page right HERE and bid away! Remember only 2000 of these exist! Rare indeed.

Before heading off to New York Comic Con, InvestComics released our first ever InvestComics Publications comic The Dawning #1 by David Whalen. There have been many sales of the book and we will be shipping them out this week. So if you ordered please be patient. Thanks! Oh and just in case you missed the ordering details, click right HERE to order now!

Also before heading off to New York, InvestComics announced a new contest to win a  SIGNED Chris Claremont Excalibur #1! That’s right, legend Chris Claremont! If that doesn’t entice you, how about this? How about your chance to grab one of the hottest books out right now signed by the artist? How about Batman The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 SIGNED by artist Georges Jeanty?!! Yes this comic can be WON by YOU! Share the InvestComics website/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and all other social media anywhere and you will be entered to win! Be sure to (hashtag) #investcomics when you share. Each contest is separate though, The Excalibur and the Batman comic, so be sure to specify which comic you are after! Also alert InvestComics via Facebook or Twitter or here that you shared!

Onward we go!!

InvestComics Hot Picks for Comic Releases 10-23-13

So you missed that number one issue that InvestComics recommended you pick up. What were you thinking?! So now the question you may ask is what’s worse than a number one issue selling out and missing it? Well a number two issue selling out and missing it! Often times after a number one sells out, the interest tends to make the second issue a sellout as well. The tricky part here is, will the second issue hold up the series or will fans toss it because the story simply is not enough for them to stick around. If the story holds up, then you are definitely onto something as far as the aftermarket is concerned. Case in point this week with Rat Queens (2013 Image) #2, Sex Criminals (2013) #2, and Other Dead (2013 IDW) #2. Image Comics are simply killing it. They have put out more aftermarket greatness in the past couple of years than many can count. They continue to do so this week with these releases. Do not get caught short here, especially with any of the hot books that contain any variants. Get the variants CGC graded (9.8 or better a must), signature series (9.8 or better a must), and sell them for double/triple the value easily.

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While we are on topic of number two issues, what gives with DC Universe vs Masters of the Universe (2013) #2? A “Top Secret” black cover obviously reveals nothing and because of this it’s essentially sold out already? Justice League makes an appearance, but wow, it’s a He-Man comic and it’s sold out. Let that sink in folks. But with a legend writer Keith Giffen on the book, it makes sense too.

DC’s lone number one comic to make it to the Hot Picks this week is Beware The Batman (2013) #1. An all ages Batman comic that has the SOLD OUT sign up on the variant. No sold out sign for Marvel’s Marvel Now What (2013) #1, but a fun comic read nonetheless! Marvel will “change things FOREVER” in Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #17. The last part of the Secret Origin of Tony Stark storyline. And going back to DC, we have Justice League Dark (2011) #24 with the New Justice League Dark. Is that really the cover? The white sound? Hmmm, okay.

Samurai Jack makes his triumphant return in Samurai Jack (2013 IDW) #1. Jack’s first comic appearance came back in DC’s Samurai Jack Special #1 (2002). If the world is ready for Jack in a big way, the number one special will be……special.

Pretty Deadly (2013 Image) #1 and Velvet (2013 Image) #1, both from Image Comics are… guessed it, SOLD OUT! Velvet #1 includes writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting! Each week the same format rings true here; buy Image Comics. Be sure to stay on top of these Image Comics, it won’t be long before they open that huge movie studio and start cranking out these comics into cinema beauty. Hey, you never know!

Another zombie book will make its way into the comic book world this week. On the verge of a sellout, be sure to check out Zombie War (2013 IDW) #1. And Conan fans get a new book to read this week from awesome writer Fred Van Lente, Conan People of the Black Circle (2013 Dark Horse) #1.

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Jay Katz    

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NYCC 2013: Images/Video

Here is a quick glimpse at various cosplay and media stars at this year’s New York Comic Con 2013. InvestComics Interviewed all of the Media that are in this video. Included in this video are; The cast of Bob’s Burgers, Pete Holmes, WWE Stars Kane, Hornswoggle, Studio President Michael Luisi, Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, Animal Planets’ Finding Bigfoot cast, and Stan “the man” Lee.

Disclaimer: Linkin Park music “In The End” is not owned or being used for any profit in the making of this video. InvestComics does not own anything pertaining to Linkin Park or any of its affiliates.

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InvestComics Hot Picks June 20 2012

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Happy Father’s Day to all.

As promised for months now, the InvestComics Stan “The Man” Lee Interview will be hitting you guys/gals very soon. As explained within the text that will accompany the video on InvestComics, the audio is a nightmare, but it is what it is. Some parts you will be able to hear Stan loud and clear, while in other parts you’ll be saying “wha..?” Well, the end result will never change for me personally though. I got to meet a Legend and that was enough in of itself. So I get to share some of my experience in meeting the Icon with the InvestComics fans. I hope you enjoy it.

Coming to a local comic shelf near you this week is Nightwing #10. This comic has an introduction of a new team called the Republic of Tomorrow with their leader named Paragon. Have to love the new 52 for all of the new introductions and new characters, simply awesome.

Mars Attacks #1 from IDW will be a great read. Check out the original 1988 Mars Attacks #1 from Pocket Comics by penciler and inker…..ready for this? Batman’s very own Greg Capullo!

Watchmen #1 feature’s the first appearance of this week’s Before Watchmen Comedian #1.

Warning: There is controversial material covered ahead. In no way is this meant to change or skew your views or single anyone out. It’s simply an awareness opinion. If you do not feel you can be a mature adult and feel complied in getting upset, angry or malicious then please move along. The topic below discusses the release of Astonishing X-Men #51 coming out this week. Yes a gay couple gets married (no big deal). If you are not open minded, you need to stop reading now, although it would be a tremendous step forward if you did read ahead to offer up your mature opinions in this subject matter.

Some may view this article as a soapbox rant, it is quite the opposite. Awareness is what I call it. Will this article state anything that hasn’t been said before? No. Will this article state anything that will be so profound? No. Will there be anything in this article that you are not already aware of? No. Are you aware of the new issue of Astonishing X-Men #51 coming out this Wednesday? Yes. Does it bother some of you? Probably yes, but that’s unfortunate for reasons that some of you are completely narrow sighted of which the world we live in today. And then you have fans that are actually bothering for the same reason that this writer is regarding the latest Astonishing X-Men issue…..

Here’s the things folks, Gays exist, so do African Americans, so do Asians, Hispanics, Middle Eastern, Catholics, Judaism, Muslim, Churches, Temple, etc…. Some people must get past their own horse blinder beliefs in order for this to become a better society. People are what they are. It’s reprehensible that in 2012 that we still have racism within our world against all forms of life and lifestyles. Having strong convictions for something that you believe is a right that you hold as a human being, but not at the expense of hurting or degrading others. The gay communities have their convictions too. Equal rights. How does this affect YOUR daily life exactly? The African American community fought for their rights and now America stands with the first Black President in our history. This is what America is about folks. Opportunity, Freedom and Equality. Most of society has awoken with the realization that the color of one’s skin does not mean they are less of a person or qualified for a job; it simply means we’re growing up. Awareness. So what is the difference here with what a person’s sexual orientation is?? Why is that or why would this be such a burden on YOUR life? Gay people are human being’s just like everyone else, get past it will you?!                     

There is one thing that is extremely bothersome about Astonishing X-Men #51. Cut right to the chase here, Marvel and DC are going for a money grab. The President announced recently that he supports gay marriage. Soon after we get Marvel’s gay wedding, DC’s Alan Scott and this is essentially called money grab folks. No matter how you slice it, dice it or may look at it, there is no coincidence that this occurred within the comic book community so soon after the first President in United States history announces that he is a supporter of gay marriage. No matter what party you stand for, putting politics aside, he said it.

What about bullying? Do you oppose this? Sure you do. 99% of people do not want a child or anyone for that matter to be bullied into inflicting pain onto themselves or sometimes even more drastic measures are taken. What if your kid was bullied? Not okay right? What if your kid bullied someone else? Not okay right? Now what if that kid getting bullied by YOUR kid was because he’s gay? You don’t have to think about this do you? No reason to think here, it’s wrong. If you do not believe in equal rights, your beliefs equate to this scenario and you think its okay to completely destroy a kid’s life simply because of their sexual orientation? Sounds crazy right? Big waste of time.         

Recently when the “big announcement” came out from DC that Alan Scott will be a homosexual character I immediately sent over the news to a friend of mine that is within the comic book Industry that is gay. I soon realized to myself, why did I do that? I felt a complete lack of respect toward my friend. This isn’t news, this DC exploiting the gay community to make money. Just like so many other money grabs took place in the comic book Industry with 9/11, the Afghanistan wars, war on terror, the first Black President and on and on we go. Way back in the day, war was featured in comics as a propaganda tactic as well as a tool to make fun of a madman like Hitler. In today’s comics, it’s very dark, very drama like, so very well written to the point that it leaves one wondering if one wanted to escape to read a comic book or just read the front page news. It’s done not so much for a good read these days, but more so for the “shocking content “ and trying to cash in on a lot of the hype that brings interest from the media big wigs; CNN, FOX, CNBC, CSPAN and so forth. It’s all about trying to grab the headlines these days. Who will sell more comics at the expense of a quadriplegic war veteran, a gay man or woman, the color of someone’s skin as in Spider-Man is Hispanic now! Invisible is Black! The absurdity of it all is mind boggling if you take a step back and look at the landscape of the entire industry trying to cash in. What happened to good old fashion comic books that simply did not have an agenda? Yes of course the hero vs. villain comics exist today, but the money grab is so prevalent that it’s become a sad state of exploitation.

Do we remember Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #96 (1971)? How about Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 (1971). Yes we all know about the race to see who would get the first drug story comic out. Marvel won that race. But the main story here is that both companies wanted to race for the same cause… get a message out. Years and years later in 1992 we all witnessed the coming out of the first openly gay character in Alpha Flight #106. Again, a message was being sent here. Was there some idea that Marvel wanted to cash in on this? Probably, maybe, but on the flip side, it could have hurt them too. DC got in on the awareness program in 2001 with Judd Winick’s 2 part storyline “Hate Crime” in Green Lantern #154. This 2 part story dealt with a hate crime involving a homophobic attack. 52 #7 with the gay Batwoman Kate Kane. Then recently Archie Comics jumped into the fray with Veronica #202, which introduced the first gay character into Riverdale. The modern day also brought us to Earth 2 #2 and then to….Astonishing X-Men #51. Yes there were comics in between that “delivered a message”, but these were just to name a few and make a point. You see, it wasn’t always about a money grab, well not including the last 4 comics, but we all did get the “message” when they delivered it. Or at least this person hopes so. Bottom line here… stop being afraid your whole life of things that are “not the same” to YOU. Things YOU cannot control. Accept things for what they are. Expended energy on things that simply do not warrant such hatred and time are just a waste of time spent on this short time we all have on this planet. Put that energy towards something else. If you need to tell a story about “really life”, make it so that it doesn’t look so oblivious that all you want to do is make money on it. Make a story because you feel it needs to be told, not because you need to bring “shock value” or exploit people.  Expend your energies into accepting that YOU cannot and will never change who people are. Expend that energy into making a good comic book!

Let Freedom ring!

Scroll through 3 nice covers that made the cut for Covers of the Week below.

Until next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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