InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-26-12

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Welcome to the InvestComics Comic Hot Picks for 9-26-12.

This week the new Judge Dredd film (Dredd 3D) opened and InvestComics wants to send out a little reminder to fans that may have missed this, but the composer of the film; Paul Leonard-Morgan was interviewed on InvestComics. It was an extensive/detailed Interview that covered everything in Mr. Leonard-Morgan’s career from music acts like Snow Patrol to composing a film. Fantastic stuff here folks. Click right HERE to read that interview.

DC Comics continue their rampage of Zero issues, so without any further ado……

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The flagship character of DC gets his zero treatment this week. In Superman #0 Jor-El learns about the imminent destruction of Krypton. This may fall into the who cares category, but then again as these zero issues come out, there seems to be a lot more of the “eh’” factor coming in. Superman first appeared in…….well if you don’t know this, close the browser you’re reading this on and go watch some Adventure Time.

Savage Hawkman #0 and Flash #0 share a similarity this week, both of them first appeared in the same book. That comic is Flash Comics #1 from 1940. A cool book to own because you get a two for the price of one deal!

Teen Titans #0 main focus will be on the Tim Drake origin, but do we really care about Tim anymore? So let’s look for the debut of the Teen Titans instead. This happened all the way back in The Brave and the Bold #54 (1964). An investment worth looking into as oppose to the first Tim Drake.

Another nice affordable first appearance issue would be Firestorm #1 (1978) to coincide with the Fury of Firestorm #0 issue. The debut of Firestorm was accompanied by names like Al Milgrom, Joe Rubinstein and Klaus Janson. Imagine Firestorm on the big screen, how cool would that be? Warner Bros. really needs to jump on this superhero movie stuff, so behind it’s comical.

Back to creator Klaus Janson for a minute in relation with Batman The Dark Knight #0 coming out. Batman has always been the Dark Knight, but never did it culminate more so than the debut of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. The true history and debut of the “Dark Knight” happened in 1986.

Aquaman #0 will continue to show why Aquaman is a total badas* these days. Check out this zero issue for the first look at Atlantis. The water man’s first appearance came in 1941’s More Fun Comics #73.

DC Comics is dead set on proving that there is a place for old western style comics (see romance comics?). Although the western comics are holding up some, we await to see the true test here….time. All Star Western #0 is brought to you by Palimiotti and Gray. Having these two creators will always be a reason for these comics to sell! Learn how Johan Hex got that scar on his face in this zero issue. The first All-Star Western comic debuted in 1958; All-Star Western #58. A dynamic tandem on this book as well. Carmine Infantino on pencils and a Gil Kane cover. With legends like that on a book, who needs more of an excuse to get this comic?

Staying on topic of legends, Justice League Dark #0 gives the early day story of a character named John Constantine. John’s true early day story, or debut if you will happened in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985). Penciled by Rick Veitch and written by legend Alan Moore.

Now going moving onto the modern day debuts we come to Red Lanterns #0 and Talon #0. The Red Lantern Corp first sprung up in Green Lantern #25(2007), much thanks to a creator building his own indelible mark on the industry; Mr. Geoff Johns. Scott Synder and Greg Caputo are putting their stamp on the New 52 Batman series. Churning out stories that are selling like hot cakes. Expect Talon #0 to sell out quickly. Talon was created in the New 52 Batman series in issue number two from this past year.

And rounding out the zero issues are these fillers, Batman Incorporated #0, Voodoo #0 and I Vampire #0. Sigh….

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An interesting number one issue is headed this way from DC; National Comics Rose and Thorn #1. Look for Thorn or Rose, well it’s the same person in their her debut in Flash Comics #89 from 1947. Think she would have gone to find good help with this split personality disorder by now?

Quick shots: Mark Waid debuts his Steed and Mrs Peel #1 from Boom! Studios. Fine and Private Place #1 from IDW is brought to you by Peter S. Beagle. Happy #1 from Image Comics may be a sleeper. Fashion Beast #1 (Avatar Press) from Alan Moore! Godstorm #0 (Zenescope) and Westward #1 look to be interesting reads.

Check out the covers of the week below. Everything from Marvel, DC to Zenescope!

Until next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 8-24-11

The big 2 take a bit of a back seat this week as the Independents have some very interesting books coming out.

IDW leads the way this week with a new series. In the immortal words of Chuck D from Public Enemy “Don’t call it a comeback”, they never really left. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 will once again reign upon the comic book world. With 5 covers coming out, each with a solo of our favorite Ninja, and one with a team, the collector gets to hand pick which Turtle they support most. Rock the vote people! (Scroll through the covers below after this article). TMNT are going to be back in a big way, so will the first issue (first appearance) from 1984 (Mirage) priced at $2200 (Comics Price Once the momentum shifts towards Turtle power again, look for the 1984 comic to swing to the $2500/$3000 area. Cowabonga dudes! (Sorry had to).

Moonstone Comics gets in on the action of reaching back into the vaults, but go further back than 1984 to 1981. Justice Machine #1 from Noble Comics comes in at only $10 (Comics Price The new number one issue this week will be only $3.99. So with calculations here, $13.99 would get you the very first appearance of Justice Machine and the latest! Justice Machine comics back in the 80’s were fun superhero comics and you should try to search for them at your local shop or next comic show in your area.

Dark Horse Presents #3 features a new story from Dave Gibbons, Paul Chadwick, Neal Adams, a 13 page preview of “Red Tide” written and penciled by legend Jim Steranko, and a variant cover by Jim Steranko. 100 pages of total awesomeness from Dark Horse here folks.


Two more Independent comics to check out this week, Image Comics Anne Rice’s Serpent of the Bones #1 and Archie #624 with an appearance by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.

Greg Pak end his Hulk run in style with Incredible Hulks #635. This issue is so special that it’ll have 4 covers and “pak” 48 pages. Looks like a fun read with a very big finale. Remember when The Ultimates #1 came out from Millar and Hitch a few years back? This week The Ultimates make their return in a new number one issue Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 from Loeb and Cho. You decide…….

DC’s Superman Beyond #0 will make some noise. Don’t miss it. And a milestone is met in Teen Titans #100.

Check out the covers of the week below (And the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles covers as well!).

Invest wisely.

Jay K

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