Creator Spotlight – Robert Kirkman



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Aside from the obvious success of the Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman has amassed quite the career thus far. This Creator Spotlight will not focus on the Walking Dead comics Robert has done because InvestComics has already covered most of them throughout the years. We’re going to focus on his body of work besides TWD, which is quite impressive to say the least. A young career, but yet so vast.


Battle Pope #1 (2000) Robert’s first published work. From Funk-O-Tron.

Battle Pope #2 (2000) Here is the first rare pencils from Kirkman. A pinup page.

Battle Pope #5 (2001) Kirkman’s first story art.

Superpatriot America’s Fighting Force #4 (2002) The first work outside of the indie circuit (besides the Dark Horse 9/11 book) for a major publisher. Image Comics.

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Tech Jacket #1 (2002) This comic is noted as the first “semi” appearance of Invincible. A six page preview.

Invincible #1 (2003) First full appearance of Invincible. Image Comics.

The Walking Dead #1 (2003) Robert’s life didn’t change right away here, but it was the start of something bigger than he’d probably ever imagined.

Epic Anthology #1 (2004) This is Robert’s first Marvel work. It’s a Sleepwalker story. The anthology was from Marvel’s imprint; Epic. Loving that “walk” word too…..

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X-Men Unlimited #2 (2004) The first official Marvel work (not Epic Imprint). Robert writes an X-Men story.

Captain America #29 (2004) Here begins a four part story arc by Kirkman.

Spider-Man Unlimited #4 (2004) The first Spider-Man story from Robert.

Black Panther 2099 #1 (2004) Kirkman does a series of Marvel Knights one shots. Here is the Black Panther 2099 story.

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Daredevil 2099 #1 (2004) A Marvel Knights one shot.

Inhumans 2099 #1 (2004) A Marvel Knights one shot.

Jubilee #1 (2004) Kirkman writes his first all ages comic. Marvel Comics.

Mutant 2099 #1 (2004) The best of the one shot Marvel Knights one shots from Kirkman. This one here he introduces a new character; Mutant 2099.

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Punisher 2099 #1 (2004) A Marvel Knights Punisher one shot.

Marvel Team-Up #1 (2004) Marvel Comics relaunches the Marvel Team-Up series with Kirkman as the lead writer. The series will go 25 issues.

Marvel Team-Up #2 (2005) First appearance of Iron Maniac.

Marvel Team-Up #3 (2005) A Doctor Strange story by Kirkman.

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Marvel Team-Up #7 (2005) Moon Knight from Kirkman.

Marvel Team-Up #8 (2005) A Punisher/Blade team-up.

Marvel Team-Up #14 (2006) A crossover no one thought they’d ever see. Image Comics’ Invincible and Spider-Man. Also an Avengers appearnce. Robert’s Invincible character and book has been compared to Peter Parker/Spider-Man, now they are together in the same book. Great stuff here. Great book to own. A must own book with the Invincible character breaking out possibly by next year. Animation/Movie/TV show.

Marvel Team-Up #15 (2006) Robert introduces a new villain named Chronok.

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Marvel Team-Up #20 (2006) First appearance of Freedom Ring and Crusader.

Marvel Team-Up #21 (2006) An appearance from the Iron Spider armor.

Marvel Zombies #1 (2006) Since Robert is the master of another zombie book, this seems fitting.

What If: Thor #1 (2006) Here is a Kirkman Thor story. What If Thor was the Herald of Galactus?

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Ultimate X-Men #66 (2006) Robert becomes the series writer. He stays on the book until issue #93.

The Irredeemable Ant-Man #1 (2006) A 12 issue series written by Kirkman.

Haunt #1 (2009) This series had the makings of a hit all over it, but it never quite panned out as big as initially thought. Still a great series though. Kirkman; writer, Greg Capullo/Ryan Ottley; pencils, Todd McFarlane; Inks/cover art.

Spawn #195 (2009) Kirkman writes his first Spawn story.

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Skybound Entertaiment was born in 2010. The logo first starting appearing on Image Comic covers in August of 2010. It appeared of 5 titles that month; The Walking Dead #76, Invincible #74, Guarding The Globe #1, The Astounding Wolfman #24 and Science Dog Special.

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Spawn #200 (2011) This issue contains a Spawn Prologue. Written and penciled by Kirkman.

Super Dinosaur #1 (2011) Yes this book really exist. It went to three printings too. The series lasted 23 issues.

Thief of Thieves #1 (2012) This series was a boiling book at one time. Never mind a hot one. It still commands some money in the aftermarket, but has since cooled down because of the lack of non-movement regarding a television show. Speculators however still anticipate something to happen.

Playboy Vol 59 #3 (2012) The Walking Dead; Michonne’s origin appeared in this magazine. And you Walking Dead fans thought you owned everything.

Outcast #1 (2014) This comic will be a soon to be television series. Get on this book now before it becomes too far out of possible reach. If the television series falls, no matter, still a great comic book.

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Jay Katz


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…Each and every week the IC Hot Picks brings the fan an almost certainty. A book that will breakout or be on the verge of a major or sometimes minor uptick in the aftermarket. Whether it’s a Bear market (sell) or a Bull market (buy), InvestComics has your back. Hopefully many of you heed this professional advice and pick up the recommended comics at your local shop. Yes the digital age is nice, but your local comic shops are the reason we all love comics. Support your shops fans, it’s important. There is room for everyone on this ship.

So what certainty does the InvestComics Hot Picks have this week you may ask? How about Invincible? If by some strange non-apparent reason you have been living under a rock for the past 10 years or so, Invincible is essentially the modern day Peter Parker. You talk about Xbreakout potential? This character; Mark Grayson is it. With that said, the release of Invincible Universe (2013) #1 this week will prove once again that this Robert Kirkman character is to reign supreme. How much longer before we see Robert’s character on the big screen? Television? Not so much. Invincible would not bode well on the tube. On the big screen is where he belongs and WHEN he does, look out. Yes, look out for Tech Jacket #1 (2002) for his first appearance to explode in the aftermarket when Grayson finds his way to the movie theater.

On a much smaller scale this week fans will see X (2013 Dark Horse) #0 sitting on the new release shelf. Although Killer X from Dark Horse is not as well-known as Invincible, the character stands to be a bad ass if he catches on. His first appearance was in Dark Horse Comics #8 (1993). In 1994 X appeared in his own self-titled book which lasted only 25 issues. The number one issue featured Rick Leonardi on pencils and Jimmy Palmiotti on inks. Don’t let this comic slip through your hands this week; Dark Horse’s version of Batman is here.

InvestComics told you about sex. No not the birds and the bees, but Sex #1 from Image Comics. Was it the lure of the title that made the first comic sellout so quickly that it’s now going to a third printing? Well all indicators’ point to this NOT being the case. Crappy stories in today’s market do not go back to the printer that often. The 90’s maybe, that’s a different story. In today’s market, fans and collectors are much wiser; they’re not going to be fooled with the prism/die-cut cover anymore. It’s about substance, about what is in the middle of your ears. Any of the hype issues; death or the president on the cover will eventually wane. So are you in the mood? Feeling frisky? Don’t miss out on more sex with Sex (2013 Image) #2 out this week. Remember, the story must sustain here to remain a hot book. No reason not to think that will not happen though.

Avenging Spider-Man (2011) #19 has its attention on the Sleepwalker character. The appearance of this hero will not boaster sales at all for the Avenging Spidey title, but it will add to an interesting story. We hope. If one feels so inclined to look for Sleep’s first appearance; one can find it in the 25 cent box at your local shop or comic convention. Look for Sleepwalker #1 (1991). Sweet dreams!

With the Iron Man 3 movie hype fast approaching, Marvel brings us Secret Avengers (2013 Marvel) 2nd Series #3. Why is this relevant to the new movie? Why it’s the “deadly new secret” of the New Iron Patriot. Yippee! Iron Patriot first appeared in Dark Avengers #1 (2009). And you already own that book…..right?

Rounding out the InvestComics Hot Picks this week are DC Batman Lil Gotham (2013) #1, Colonized (2013 IDW) #1, Kiss Solo (2013 IDW) #1,andG.I. Joe Cobra Files (2013 IDW) #1.

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Walking Dead Checklist

By Topher Seal

So I guess I shouldn’t have sold my graded copy of The Walking Dead 1 (CGC 9.8) a few years ago. Currently there is no comic property seeing more gains than Kirkman’s epic Zombie adventure. You may think you know all the best Dead titles to collect but there are still some gems you might have overlooked and I recommend buying them all (along with some other important Image books!)


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Walking Dead Weekly #1

This Image series reprints the original series on a weekly basis and has turned out to be just as hot as the regular series.  Issue #1 is the prize but they are all wise investments.

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Current Value:  $20-$30

Ebay sales are up to $60.00 for issue number one having been observed!


Walking Dead Weekly #35

The Last Page of this comic was printed twice and limited to a print run of 900. It is believed that none made it out to the public but if any surface they are sure to be one of the rarest Walking Dead issues.

Value: Unknown (Yet?)


Image First Walking Dead #1

This 2010 reprint was made available to the public for only a dollar!  Now they are just as hard to find as all the others.

Value:  $14-$25


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The Walking Dead #1 Variant

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In 2008 this variant reprint of issue #1 featured some added bonuses and has since become quite difficult to find in the back issue market.

Value: $25


The Walking Dead #19 (First Michonne)

Internet sales of this series have exploded.  The AMC series is an oblivious hit and with the appearance of Michonne in the season 2 finale things have gotten out of control.  Copies of this have seen huge price increases and are all but extinct on the back issue market.

Value:  $150-$200


The Walking Dead Weekly #19

Even the reprint of Michonne’s first appearance is insanely difficult to find!

Value:  $20-$30

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The Walking Dead #27  (First Governor)

Michonne’s first appearance and the announcement that the Governor will be in season three have generated back issue buzz in this book as well.

Value: $100


The Walking Dead Weekly #27

See above.

Value:  $20-$30

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More Image books you need now!

Capes #1

Kirkman wrote some other titles you may not remember. Capes #’s 1-3 were ok but issue #1 features the true first appearance of The Walking Dead with a preview in the back!!

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The Agents #6

Another forgotten Image title, issue #6 of this series also sports a preview of The Walking Dead.

Value: $20.00


Savage Dragon #102  (Invincible preview)

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Value: $7.00


Tech Jacket #1 (Invincible preview)

Value: 7.00


Brit #7 (Invincible appearance)

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Chew #22 (First Appearance Fatale)

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Normally when Hollywood adapts a comic property the back issue market for anything related sees movement in a positive direction even if the movie doesn’t hit big.  In this case John Carter was so bad (gross wise) that the opposite has happened.

These issues along with many other John Carter Comics have either seen no price increases or losses. John Carter is a character of true worth and many of his appearances offer great art and writing making them truly valuable.

The Funnies #30 (First John Carter in Comics, 1939)

Dell Four Color #375 (1952)

Tarzan #’s 207-209 (John Carter of Mars)

John Carter of Mars (Marvel) #18 (First Frank Miller Marvel Art! and there is also a Mark Jeweler Variant of this book!)

John Carter of Mars (Marvel) #28 (Last issue)




InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-29-12

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-29-12

Orlando’s MegaCon last week pushed back the Weekly Hot Picks, so let’s dive back in! But before getting to that, InvestComics has a lot of footage to release to you guys from the Con and will be getting that out soon, including the Stan Lee Interview!! Stay tuned as we will get all of the goodies out to you as soon as possible. There is no time sensitive material regarding the videos so you won’t be hearing any creators talk about a release of something that’s already been out there for 3 weeks. It’s just fun stuff!

Also, right before the last Hot Picks article there was a promise to cover an Avengers Villains list. That will happen, but just not this week. It’ll be here soon!

….Now a quick look at a few books to check out this week.

Image Comics has a little book out that has flown under the radar to some capacity for a while now. Not saying this book doesn’t get the credit it deserves, but the pure collector value will continue to grow as each issue hits. Invincible is conceivably the best, consistent Image title on the market today. It’s purity and its “early” Spider-Man like feel has makes this a must read. You also must own anything early Invincible if you’re a collector. Why the focus on this character you ask? We’ll get to that in a moment. First and foremost, a comic collector should definitely own Invincible #1 from 2003. This $100 book right now will give a huge return 10 years from now. Not suggesting one should even sell this book in ten years, in fact if you buy this book for a measly $100, hold on to it for a long long time because this character is poised for some greatness.

Back on April 2011, Image Comics released a teaser that InvestComics posted that included an African American as Invincible. The bottom tag read “2012”. Well 2012 is here and that same teaser is now the cover to Invincible #89. Just like Marvel’s Spider-Man introduced Miles to us, we have a new Invincible now too as an African American. Yes Invincible is the modern day Spider-Man, so you best jump on board before you miss the train here.

The best collector appearance comic to own as far as Invincible goes is the self titled number one issue from 2003. But as many may already know, that was not really his first appearance. The first preview happened in Tech Jacket #1 (2002) and his first cameo came in Noble Causes Family Secrets #3 (2002). Both of these comics are extremely affordable within the $3 to $10 range, although most collectors are jumping on the first full appearance which in the 2003 self titled book. Buy this comic folks, it’s a strong buy at $100 and once it’s in your possession it becomes a strong hold.

DC Comics’ Batman Beyond Unlimited #1 will be a quick sell out this week. Any new Bat book usually is, but with Norm Breyfogle at the helm here, it makes for a no brainer. Norm was responsible for bringing Batman in the late 80’s/early nineties to another level. Bottom line here, Norm Breyfogle is a badas* Batman artist as well as a badas* artist period. Check out Norm’s first Bat book in Detective Comics #579 ($3).

FF #15 continues on with Power Pack. Power Pack first appeared in their self titled book Power Pack #1 (1984).

Okay that’s it for this week! The Hot Picks will be back with that Avengers Villain Special soon! Check 2 cool covers coming at you this week below.

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-7-10

icfp4710.gifA lot of number one issues come your way this week as InvestComics covers them all for you!  








Hot Picks 4-7-10 

invinreturns1.giftechjacket1_2002.gifThis week Image comics are giving us all a jumping on point, and if you haven’t already been on board, shame on you! Invincible Returns #1 will be a self contained ‘catching up’ story. It’ll bring you up to speed on all the things you need to know before you become a fan. This comic (character) has been one of the most consistent hero books out there out of ALL the comic companies. If you don’t believe turf1.gifavengerstheorigin1.gifnewavengerslukecage1.gifme, then I suggest you pick up IR #1 and you will become a fan. So while contemplating on whether to jump aboard, know that a movie will not be that far behind. Get the first appearance of Markus Sebastian “Mark” Grayson, a.k.a. Invincible in Tech Jacket #1 from 2002. This comic is an absolute gem and should already be in your collection. If not, shame on you! One more thing here, the Invincible Returns #1 will be coming out with 4 different thorandthewarriorsfour.gifpowerpack1_1984.gifcovers and ONE will be the gem here. The great David Finch variant (…got to get him for 10 For The Pros™!) will be proving the rarest of all covers with a 50 to 1 ratio. Buy this, CGC it and hold on to it. This comic and the first appearance will definitely be collector’s items later on. Image will be releasing 8 number one issues that equate to 2 number one issues this week. Turf #1 will ALSO have 4 different covers to coincide with its release. Same principal follows here as did IR #1 with the best ratio variant as the BIG get. This time it’s a rarer 100 to 1 ratio. This variant will be provided by Tommy Lee Edwards. Although this particular variant will probably not have the same demand as the IR #1, it will be a hot variant for a while. The Turf series will fare very well. Marvel will be ultimatecomicsx2.gifworldwarhulks1.gifshield1.gifreleasing 2 number one Avengers books this week. Avengers: The Origin #1 will be done by penciler and cover artist Phil Noto who is featured this week on InvestComics™ 10 For The Pros™. Also this week will be New Avengers: Luke Cage #1 brought to you by penciler and cover artist Eric Canete, whom is ALSO going to be featured on 10 For The Pros™! Way back in 1984 came a hot book by the name of Power Pack. Power Pack #1 was created by Louise Simonson and June Brigman. This week Power Pack joins Thor in Thor and the Warriors Four #1. Marvel gives us all the sense that Power pack will be going through some serious changes in this series. Will it mean anything for that Power Pack #1 issue from 1984? Well, not too sure with this one, but if you look closely in your 50 cents bins at your local comic shop and find one, it’s not much of a risk here at all. The least you end up with is shieldjs_4_.gifa vintage Louise Simonson/June Brigman story, a fun story and a first appearance from 26 years ago. Speaking of vintage, S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 hits shelves this week. It’s not so much that this character is vintage but it brings up an awesome excuse to display and praise Jim Steranko’s Nick Fury from the 60’s. Look at that Fury cover from issue #4 from 1968, classic my friends, absolute beauty here. I always live by the motto “In order to truly appreciate the modern day you must first appreciate and understand the past.” Jim Steranko really raised the bar with Fury and has been one of the toughest tasks to follow in his steps. Dustin Weaver will have the honor to do just that in this latest Fury book. We all look forward to checking out the new S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 comic. Ultimate Comics X #2 brings “Karen” into the forefront. Check out what her deal is this week. World War Hulks #1 brings in the most shocking conspiracies the Marvel universe has ever seen. What could this be? Check that out this week as well.



Here are some extra Hot Picks heading your way next week……  






See you all next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks Indy Comics Publisher’s Special 12-30-09






It’s Indy Comic Book Week 2009. Check out the standouts for the coming week from all of the Independent publisher’s.

bn6.giffreesiege.gifThe big 2 take a week off with only Blackest Night #6 and Origin of Siege (Free) getting released. Marvel is also giving out a free 2010 calendar with an Avengers ID card. This all sounds great, since the big 2 are taking a back seat this week; the Indie’s will be stepping in. Yes it’s Indy Week 2009! Many local comic shops are participating, but one in particular is InvestComics’ very own Comic Book shop partner Zaldiva!

This week InvestComics will give a quick rundown of some titles coming out, but will then focus on a small Indie comics list that you should have in your collection.
So let’s look at some of the releases from this week first. Here’s the thing, since little is really known about most of these Indie books coming out, the actual solicit will be next to the comic that has made the Hot Picks list this week.

onenightstand.gifOne Night Stand; 

Antihero Comics “ONE NIGHT STAND is a collection of one-page stories, all about “”casual encounters.”” This mini-comic will explore sex and intimacy, guilt and anonymity, risk and fantasy.”


hermithill.gifHermit Hill The Comic Strip; 

Bramble Vine Comics Hermit Hill is an ongoing humorous comic strip about a geezer recluse dealing with the world… or trying not to. This limited edition comic strip sampler book collects several pages worth of Hermit Hill strips from the serialized comic into print for the first time.

macabro.gifMacabro;  Alto-Shorter“Created by brothers Carlos and Jose Esquivel,is a short story influenced by Italian horror movies. It tells the story of Selena, a high school graduate, who moves to Milan, Italy to attend the Lombardi School of Arts. Believing she’s now on the path to fulfill her dreams, she becomes tangled with the harsh reality of her choice, the alienation from her classmates, and gruesome murders



unstoppable.gifThe Unstoppable Force Indy Comic Book Week Special; 

Yellow Mailbox Comics“When a living statue of Josef Stalin attacks New York City, only some of history’s greatest men and women can stop him! Together, Mr. President (Abraham Lincoln), Human Dynamo(Nikola Tesla), The Carthaginian (Hannibal Barca), Saint Joan (Joan d’Arc), Ronin (Miyamoto Musashi), and Pharaoh (Cleopatra) are… THE UNSTOPPABLE FORCE!”

teddyandyeti.gifTeddy and The Yeti #1; 

Wagon Wheel Comics “The origin of Teddy and the Yeti starts here! After Ted is kidnapped, the Yeti must risk her life to save him! What does this have to do with the Dragon’s Tooth and a mysterious figure from Ted’s past? Plus: Andromeda Jones with Ryan Stegman and an interview with cover artist Phil Hester!”


lavaroid.gifLava Roid #1; Lava-Roid Link “Phillip Manchester was just a normal cop until his big twin brother was murdered in cold blood by crime lord Ruggard & his mistress, Ms. Pantalara. They wanted to close his Community Center where all the local kids went to break dance. Depressed and angry he did what any one of us would do: ask his best friend/ex-ninja/scientist to inject him with his untested super serum. But what Phillip forgot to mention was that he was suffering from a bad case of hemorrhoids. The serum fused with them, causing his skin to become rock hard, aka bulletproof. And it gave Phillip the ability to shoot fire out of his hands and butt. Then with some gift cards from the local fabrics shop, he makes a costume to become the vigilante known as LAVA-ROID! Now with the power of fire, he hunts down those who murdered his brother and fights to keep the Community Center open so that the unfortunate few can “”Pop N’ Lock”” once more. In this world, only one rule exists: kick their butt…..with fire.”

greenmonk.gifGreen Monk; Brandon Dayton “Green Monk follows the adventures of a Monk cast out of his order, wandering a mythical Russian countryside. His only companion is a magical blade of grass that draws him into a brutal struggle against a terrifying foe. 132 pages.”



arthur.gifArthur: The Legend Continues #1;  Cosmic Times “On an ancient battlefield King Arthur gives his final order – Excalibur is to be returned to the Lady of the Lake. As the last shadows fall on Camelot Arthur is carried off to Avalon where he will wait until his people need him once more. On a post-apocalyptic battlefield a mystical sword appears – is this the return of the once and future king? Can the prophecy finally be fulfilled before all hope is lost? Faith and courage are put to the ultimate test in this self-contained pilot issue of Arthur: The Legend Continues.
With the world as we know it gone, mankind is on the verge of extinction yet still struggling to find purpose and hope. From the ancient past a glimmer of light shines and a legend returns to claim his throne. Facing challenges never imagined in his time, King Arthur shall rise again and bring the mighty Excalibur to the throats of all who wish to do harm to his people.”

dusk.gifDusk One Shot;  Dusk Comics “Eve’s life is a living hell of her own choosing. She struggles to survive in a dark world of magic and horror, all in an attempt to please her vampire master. Now Eve has crossed a line and and innocents have been harmed. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by a well meaning cabal of occultists whose mandate is to police the occult world. What will happen when these two forces clash? Is there ever a””winner”” in the supernatural underworld of Dusk?”


spudandharry.gifSpud and Harry;  Ultraist StudiosThis story tells the secret origin of the two most menacing villains of the SPY GUY Universe. A bank robbery goes horribly wrong in this prequel to SPY GUY #1 of the Unlimited Series. Flip-book format includes a colour insert poster!

spyguy.gifSpy Guy #1 Platinum Foil Cover; 
Ultraist Studios “Deep in the midst of a police sting operation targeting contraband being smuggled across the U.S. and Canadian border, things take a dramatic turn for the worse as the shipment is hijacked by two shadowy villains. Part mystery, part action-adventure, part social commentary, part satire, all fun! Also contains the 16 page essay The Ultraist Manifesto.”


lifewithfriends.gifLife (with Friends) #1;  Twofold Comics “With graduation behind them Drew, B, and Kyle decide to hold a housewarming party to celebrate moving into their new apartment. It’s a party of shocking revelations, unprecedented entertainment, and a morning after sure to leave all their heads reeling.”

americansuk.gifAmericans UK #1;  “AMERICANS UK begin their sci-fi, rock adventures when Jef UK wakes up after a night of debauchery to discover his bandmates dead! Well, mostly. It turns out that JTR3 is actually an android from the future sent back to our time to stop these murders from ever happening, alter history, and save all of rock n’ roll. Boy, has he blown it!”



“What would you do if you woke up in a pool of blood and your loved one was no where to be found? Dreamers tells the story of a young man that tries to figure out what happened in the middle of the night. Based on a short poem by Matt Houk, Dreamers will make you think, scare you, and wrap it all up with one big twist.”

horsemen.gifHorsemen Book of Olurun #1; Griot Enterprises “The Horsemen, seeing that their mission had been perverted, set about to free us whether we want them to or not. But what if there were others; not Orisha, not Deitis, not Human, but something more: a new Race? What side would they choose in the coming war?
And who truly controls the Eight Immortals but the number seven?”


troubleguts.gifTrouble Guts & Noir Book One: The Replacement;  Jesse Mesa Toves “One night, she disappears without telling a soul, but she leaves behind a trail of clues that only one man knows how to follow.
She’s perfect from head to toe, and trouble from start to finish.
The Replacement is the first book in a three part future noir adventure written and illustrated by Jesse Mesa Toves.”

night1.gifNight #1; Jester Press “David Skinner is a young werewolf on the run. Things only get worse when he runs into a group of gang members calling themselves the Phreaks. Meanwhile, Special Agent Sabrina Voght is fast on his trail. Inner city gangs meets werewolf action with the first issue of this vampire, werewolf, indy horror comic.”



turb.gifTurbulence #1; Ronin-Studios “Super powers are not granted through freak accidents or genetic defects. They are granted by a force known only as ‘Efflux’ which finds people (regardless of good and evil) that are dedicated to…well….anything.
The story follows our hero Turbulence: he has had the powers since he was a kid (but didn’t realize it) and has finally decided to join the leagues of super heroes…the only issue is that everybody seems to be a part of a team that beats him to the punch.
But Gravnos, the leader of a local super team might have an eye for Turbulence joining….there’s just one problem- and it involves a lady (doesn’t it always?).”


senryu.gifSenryu; Space-Gun Studios “Take an abstract journey into the mind, dreams, and subconscious of the artist told through freeform shorts, sequentials, poetry, and haiku. Part art book, part prose and told in sequentials it’s a look inside the artists fears, dreams and inspirations.”



solomonazua.gifSolomon Azua #1; Space-Gun Studios The luckiest adventurer in the galaxy wants to prove his fame isn’t all just good fortune when he sets out to retrieve a prize so grand that even his luck won’t explain his success.
So there are the standouts for the Indy Comic Book Week 2009. 

techjacket1_1stinvins.gifsdcc_2_1sthellboy.gifNow here are just a few Indie’s that should be in your collection. In no particular order of course….
Tech Jacket #1 from 2002 is the first appearance of Image Comics’ Invincible. A 9.8 slabbed copy of this comic comes in at the $40 mark. Not a bad buy considering that Mark Grayson is Image Comics’ “Peter Parker”. He will be around for a long time, so get this comic now. Hellboy’s early first appearance happened in San Diego Comic Con Comics #2. It’s a rare nugget that would be a great addition to any collection! In 1984 an indie book from Mirage Studios titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 debuted. This strange looking oddity turned out to be one of the most sought after Indie comic in history. This comic today could command some big bucks if found in near mint shape. Look for the asking price to start at about $2000. This is a collector’s item that rivals Cerebus The Aardvark’s
tmnt_1.gifcerebus_1.giffirst appearance. First appearing in 1977 (Aardvark Vanaheim) in his self titled comic, it’s an extremely rare find, so rare in fact that a price tag on it cannot be found!

Thank you everyone for making this the “Breakout Year” for InvestComics. For all of those who made this 2009 a great year, 2010 will be even better! Thank you to the entire InvestComics Staff and a special thank you to ALL of the InvestComics fans!
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See you next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz