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Since the inception of InvestComics 10+ years ago, we have informed speculators about Deathstroke. At that time, following InvestComics’ guidance, the first appearance of Deathstroke could cost been a mere $45 for a collector. Now it’s a bit more, but you still may have some upside. Yes he’s already been exposed into the WB Arrow televison show world, but this character still has yet to make it to one more place; the big screen. And he will eventually. When he does, that first appearance with double/triple in value. He’s Marvel’s Deadpool/Punisher rolled into one. The assassin for hire is a total bad as* and DC Comics knows this. The explosiveness of this character brings nothing like DC has on film anywhere. Marvel already has, DC doesn’t. A Deathstroke on the big screen would be a hit. It’s already a hit on Arrow, but television doesn’t always translate to the speculative point in the comics market. Movies usually have a higher impact. Although pricing is a bit high in various places for Deathstroke’s first appearance, it’s still a buy. As a speculator, do your research and your shopping around. The moment you feel you have a deal, go in for the kill and buy it. You’ll be happy you did.

Below is a checklist of many first appearances and more regarding Deathstroke. If this character ever gets his due, look for some of the books in this list to command attention in the aftermarket.

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The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) The first appearance of Deathstroke. Art by George Perez, cover by George Perez and written by Marv Wolfman. A classic comic and still a bull market here.

The New Teen Titans #9 (1981) Deathstroke didn’t come back for his second appearance until 7 issues later. An extremely undervalued book here.

Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984) Part 3 of the Judas contract. This timeless comic features the first appearance of Nightwing and an early appearance of Deathstroke. Classic Perez cover.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #5 (1985) Another timeless classic here. It wasn’t until the fifth issue of this amazingly awesome story we saw an appearance of Deathstroke. George Perez/Marv Wolfman.

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Crisis on Infinite Earths #9 (1985) …..Then appearing in his second Crisis comic 4 issues later right on the cover this time.

Secret Origins Featuring The Teen Titans #3 (1989) The first update on the origin of Deathstroke. Hard to find.

Deathstroke The Terminator #1 (1991) The first solo series for Deathstroke. Thugging it out on that rooftop cover by Mike Zeck. Marv Wolman writes. Also the first appearance of Philip Lockwood.

War of The Gods #1 (1991) Here is another epic event featuring an appearance by Deathstroke with the word “Crisis” right on the cover. Anyways, this time George Perez writes and does the artwork.

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Hawkworld Annual #2 (1991) The first appearance outside of the Teen Titans and epic event books. Thing is, this is also an event book; Armageddon 2001. So this isn’t really a first here, just another event appearance spilled over into a Hawkworld book.

Deathstroke The Terminator #4 (1991) First appearance of Squirrel. He’s Slade’s Mr. fix-it/inventor guy.

Wonder Woman #61 (1992) The same as the Hawkworld Annual book. A War of the Gods crossover book. When will Deathstroke make a regular appearance in the DC Universe other than appearing with so many other heroes and villains?

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Deathstroke The Terminator #6, #7, #8, #9 (1992) Batman teams up with Deathstroke in this four part story line. Every part with an awesome Mike Zeck cover to boot.

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Deathstroke The Terminator #9 (1992) First appearance of Vigilante (Pat Trayce). Cameo?

Superman #65 (1992) Deathstroke appears in a Superman title. Actually he appears in several of them (Action Comics, Adventures of Superman, Man of Steel). Want to guess why? Yes, another event! This time it’s “Panic in the Sky”. This is the best Superman covers (one of his first) he appears on. By Dan Jurgens/Brett Breeding.

Wonder Woman Special #1 (1992) Well here it is. The first non event, other than Teen Titans comic he appears in. Only took 12 years for this to happen. It’s Deathstroke vs Wonder Woman! From artist Jill Thompson.

Wonder Woman #63 (1992) Here is part 2 of Deathstroke vs Wonder Woman. Cover by Brian Bolland. Deathstroke doesn’t appear on the cover.

Superman #68 (1992) Here is Deathstroke appearing in a Superman title that has nothing to do with an event. A fantastic cover by Walt Simonson/Dan Jurgens/Glen Whitmore.

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Deathstroke The Terminator #13 (1992) First appearance of Shuriken.

Deathstroke Annual #1 (1992) The first Deathstroke annual. Pencils by Phil Jimenez with a Mike Zeck cover. Nightwing appearance. Yes, it case you haven’t noticed by now Mike Zeck owns this dude.

Deathstroke The Terminator #15 (1992) First appearance of Sweet Lili and Rose Wilson; Slade’s lover (Lili) and daughter (Rose).

Green Lantern #41 (1993) First appearance in a Green Lantern comic.

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Deathstroke The Terminator #23 (1993) First appearance of Janissary.

Deathstroke The Terminator Annual #2 (1994) First appearances of Gunfire, Ragnarok, Benjamin Nakashima, and Yvette DuBois.

Deathstroke The Terminator Annual #3 (1994) An Elseworld origin story. Cover by Mike Deodato Jr.

Deathstroke The Terminator #39 (1994) A Green Arrow appearance with a ridiculously cool cover from Ed Hannigan.

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Deathstroke The Hunted #0 (1994) “The Hunted” prologue. Speaking of great covers. Check this one out from Scott McDaniel. Interior pencils from Sergio Cariello. A great in house story line. First appearance of Ravager (Wade DeFarge).

Deathstroke #41 (1994) Here’s a very nice Deadshot cover appearance (and interior appearance). Pencils by Sergio Cariello.

Deathstroke #54 (1995) First appearance of Mourn.

Deathstroke #55 (1996) First appearance of Karrion.

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Deathstroke #58 (1996) Joker appearance and a solo Joker cover. Dave Johnson cover. A scarce, low print print issue.

Deathstroke #60 (1996) Last issue in series. Low print run.

Detective Comics #708 (1997) Deathstroke appears with Batman. Heart of Glass part 1. Lee Weeks cover art.

Nightwing #18 (1998) Second appearance in the Nightwing title. First in the previous issue, but Deathstroke appears on the cover here.

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Azrael #45 (1998) First appearance in an Azrael comic. Great cover.

Birds of Prey #22 (2000) First appearance in Birds of Prey series. Jackson Guice pencils and cover art.

Catwoman #94 (2001) First appearance of Deathstroke in Catwoman series. Low print run.

Villains United #1 (2005) An awesome 6 part series with Deathstroke front and center here with Deadshot and other great characters. Written by amazing writer Gail Simone and art by Dale Eaglesham. That cover by J.G. Jones and Laura Martin kicks all kinds of butt too. Buy this series, you’ll love it.

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52 #27 (2006) The origin of Black Canary story includes Deathstroke in it. And that’s not the best part. The best Part is Howard Chaykin on the art for this story and Mark Waid writes.

Superman/Batman Annual #1 (2006) Here’s the first annual from the popular Superman/Batman series. Check out the spectacular Ed McGuinness/Dexter Vines Deathstroke cover. This comic features Deadpool in it too. A DC Comic with Deadpool? Well it’s Deathstroke in a different universe with almost the same look and verbiage as Deadpool. Many fans mistook Deadpool at first being in this issue. There is information that actually list Deadpool being in this comic. Check it out!

Faces of Evil Deathstroke #1 (2009) A one shot issue with art from Georges Jeanty.

Deathstroke and the curse of The Ravager #1 (2011) Writer Jimmy Palmiotti on this three part Flashpoint series.

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Deathstroke #1 (2011) Deathstroke appears in his own short lived New 52 series. Lasting only 20 issues. First issue; Art by Joe Bennett, written by Kyle Higgins and cover by Simon Bisley. First appearance of Christoph.

Deathstroke #2 (2011) Introduction; Road Rage.

Deathstroke #8 (2012) Deathstroke’s daddy makes his first appearance; Nathaniel Wilson.

Batman The Dark Knight #4 (2012) Here’s an appearance done by the awesome David Finch.

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Team 7 #1 (2012) A Jim Lee variant featuring Deathstroke in the background.

Deathstroke #9 (2012) Rob Liefeld best known for his Deadpool creation, now on board to pencil/write the first version of Deadpool. He did the cover art as well. This lasted only 6 issues…..

Teen Titans #23.2 (2013) Silly numbering here, but great solo Deathstroke #1 cover by Alex Sinclair, Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira.

New Suicide Squad #1 (2014) This book is cooling down a bit after the Suicide Squad movie leaks have come out. Is there a lack of confidence here? Still an awesome comic regardless. Deathstroke graces the cover on the regular and variant.

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Deathstroke #1 (2014) The latest solo series by penciler/writer and cover artist Tony Daniel is ridiculously awesome. Tony becomes THE Deathstroke artist.

Deathstroke #2 (2015) First appearance of Red Fury.

Deathstroke #3 (2015) Tony Daniel regular and variant covers. That is all……and a Harley Quinn appearance.

Deathstroke #4 (2015) Harley Quinn teams up with Deathstroke. Team up cover by Tony Daniel.

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Definition (source Webster);

Col`lect´or n.

One who collects things which are separate ; esp ., one who makes a business or practice of collectingworks of art , objects in natural history , etc .; as , a collector of coins .

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What defines one as a collector? Is it a person that simply enjoys the hobby of reading comic books? Is it a person that collects comic books for the pure enjoyment of its monetary value? Maybe both? Maybe an avid reader and you vehemently oppose the “worth” or “selling” of a comic book. More often than not, the latter has come into play in the comic book world. But let’s set the record straight a bit. If you are in fact the comic book enthusiast that severely opposes the monetary value of a comic book, then you are in the right place.

How many articles have you read recently or in the past year, two years, or several years that stated how invaluable comic book collecting is for monetary gain. Not only is this completely false, it’s extremely uninformed. Now I can bore you with numbers, Action Comics #1 30 years ago, Captain America first appearance 30 years ago, Amazing Fantasy #15 30 years ago, Detective Comics #27 30 years ago were all worth much less in monetary value than they are today. Okay so now you might be saying, no those articles mean the modern day books. Okay so how about Walking Dead #1, Amazing Spider-Man #300, New Mutants #98, and that list also goes on.

Action_Comics_1_InvestComicsHere’s the thing. I have personally reached out to many comic shops over the years to carry on my business venture with them. The business venture (weekly Hot Picks/Checklist) was and is still to this day to heighten awareness to the average collector and the serious speculator on what to buy each week on new comic book day on Wednesday. And read them! Many of the shops were more than happy to oblige and take the free information I am providing them each week to possibly sell more comics in their shop. After all, they are in business to make money right? They understand there is a niche market for the speculator, agree or disagree, they get it. There was however two shops (that shall remain nameless) that came back and provided the words; “We don’t believe in this practice of comic books.” One of the shops even said “I would consider changing the name of your business.” Now what options were open for me here? A: I could have wrote them back and explained in a more thorough sense of what the business model is trying to achieve, to which 20 other shops understood when they read the original text, which read like this; “the weekly article may help with your sales and it’s Walking_Dead_1_InvestComicsfree!” B: Ask if they were running a business or they simply don’t like making money. C: Told every collector in the immediate area of those two stores that their local comic shop is selling the Amazing Spider-Man #129 on the wall for cover price of 20 cents. They don’t believe in that practice right? Isn’t that what they essentially stated? So basically, I or any collector alike could walk in there and buy off the wall for cover price. There is one thing to have beliefs, but you simply cannot have it both ways. It doesn’t work that way. Either you believe comics have monetary resale value or you don’t.

…..Which brings us to that comic book fan with the same heighten sense of “comic book collecting for monetary value is evil, they’re for reading!” While I agree, reading a comic book is an extremely enjoyable thing, there are several things to point out with this way thinking. So here’s what I have done to those thinkers in real time (at my local comic shop). I ask them if they like reading trades. Most of the time they will say yes, then I ask if them if I could have their Walking Dead #1 comic for cover price ($2.95) from their collection. 10 out of 10 times, not one will say yes to this. I ask, well you can buy the trade right? It’s about reading right? So I proceed to inform the non-monetary comic believer that what they may have is a number one Walking Dead 9.9 graded copy on their hands. Which sold for a mere $7000. Oh wait, you don’t like money right? You wouldn’t sell that comic to get your first used car to get around and hang with your friends. Maybe you need to pay some debt, maybe you need to make a light bill payment, rent, mortgage, but of course you don’t want to part with that number one issue because it means everything to you because you like “reading it”……Trades, remember those? Same thing. In fact easier to store and you may have 8 comics or more in one book! Giving the “reader” a chance to never having to put a comic away to pick up another one. Binge read an entire story arc. Well, you get the idea.

Hypocrisy anyone? Can we all come to the agreement that not only is the thought process skewed with this hobby, but any hobby for that matter?

New_Mutants_Vol_1_98_001I do not like or care for the automobile hobby. I know nothing about cars, I have no interest in knowing value, and I have no personal redeeming value for the car I drive now. It gets me from point A to point B and that is what is most important to me. That said if I were to sell it, I will maximize the full potential of getting every dollar I possibly could for my vehicle. I don’t like the automobile hobby, but I am privy to money. I would never speak out of school to a car enthusiast for understanding and crafting their hobby, why would a fellow comic book fan do so to another? Be glad there are others interested in your hobby regardless of what their intentions are. Actually, speculators are actually helping you if you ever get caught in a jam. I can personally attest to this about 9 years ago when I sold many comics in my collection because I had a one year old at the time, no job and we needed a roof over our heads. Did I have a personal connection to some of those comics? Sure I did. Did I really want to part with them? No I didn’t. But I do have a full understanding that comic books are worth money. Holding on to certain comics in your collection because of sentimental value trumps many things. That said, when things are getting rough in real life, it’s time to buckle down and see what means the most to you in your world. Certain comic books do and have held personal highlights in some collectors lives, but I’m not touching on those particular books here. I’m talking about the Walking Dead #1 that I bought for cover price when it came out, had to slabbed (9.8) and sold it for $200 back 9 years ago.

Many modern comics can be flipped for cash if done correctly. There are investors buying a house in your neighborhood right now to flip it. It’s the way it is. Money is not bad. If it’s so evil, then the next time you think about saying how much you don’t like the monetary value in a comic book, give me a call so I can go through your collection, hand pick and give you cover price for your comics. I will buy you the trades (that include entire story arcs in one book, remember?) in turn for buying your books at cover price. Deal? It will never happen because you are smarter than that. The same with the majority of comic book store owner.

New_Teen_Titans_2_InvestComicsHere is a fun task to run at your local comic shop. Ask your comic shop owner about the speculation side of the hobby, some may actually say how bad it is for the hobby, how they hate it, how they don’t believe in it. If they say this, then it’s your turn to say, don’t you like money? Don’t you like to feed your family? Then ask for that New Teen Titans #2 for cover price off the wall. See how quickly things change. Businesses are in business to make money, always remember this. If an owner strongly opposes the modern day flip on a comic book, then why are they selling a variant cover for $75 that came out that day with a cover price of $4.99? Of course they believe in it, otherwise you’d be beating the house and running on Ebay to sell your goods becoming richer than them. For some reason quite a few comic shop owners do not like the sigma of modern day flips, but they will in fact, no doubt make money on them if and when the time calls for it!  

Comic fans and comic shop owners have to grasp the concept that if they do not like the monetary value side of comic collecting, they should embrace it. You as an individual are entitled to your opinion about anything. But do know that if you are not a believer at all about grading comics, collecting them, and handling them, don’t ever sell above cover value unless you are a business person. Try to not make yourself out to be a hypocrite. Cannot have it both ways. Business is money and money is not a bad thing. Know that there are markets out there (cars, stamps, games, toys, coins, etc.) and try to refrain from the negative aspect of it because you will get called out on it and made to look rather foolish one day. Respect the comic book hobby, respect the speculator, and most of all read comics too!

Invest wisely. Read comics. Carpe Diem.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 10/22/14

360_20050921201924_large2056970Not much in the way of sold out items this week except for books like Alice Cooper #2, Southern Dog #2, and a Shaman #1 variant cover. But more important books to keep an eye on this week…….

If you’re a regular reader of the InvestComics Hot Picks, you would not only be greatly informed, but you would know that I have been bullish (buyer) on The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) for about 8 years now. Nothing has changed except that Deathstroke will be getting more attention this week with the release of his own ongoing series; Deathstroke (2014 DC 2nd Series) #1. I cannot stress enough just how much this dude is on the cusp of greatness. He’s appeared on the Arrow show with much fanfare and fans cannot seem to get enough. Now DC releases the solo series and what could be next? Well, DC/WB just announced their 10 movies coming out within the span of the next 6 years. Yes that’s right 10 movies in 6 years. We’ll see about that, but that’s not the focus point here. The focus point is the character Deathstroke. If DC/WB have a clue, they will include Mr. Slade in one of these 10 films. And they probably will. Getting prepared for the coming of Deathstroke will only cost you between $99-$125 for a raw copy of The New Teen Titans #2 (First Deathstroke) (1980). I implore you to buy this comic.

The Catwoman comic gets a new creative team. Definitely check out Catwoman (2011 4th Series) #35.

With all of the excitement of the new Gotham series comes Arkham Manor (2014) #1. Look for some interest with this one.

17276_20070115140205_large2058872Two older Marvel characters make an appearance this week. One with a new look and the other as he was back in 1983. Axis Hobgoblin (2014 Marvel) #1 will feature the Hobgoblin as he once was back in his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #238 (1983). And in All New Invaders (2013) #11, we get a brand new look for Iron Cross. His first appearance was in The Invaders #35 (1978).

Cyclops (2014 2nd Series) #6 will feature the debut Marvel artist Javier Garron. He’s done a few things for DC and IDW, but this marks his debut into the Marvel fray.

Hard to believe that Edward Scissorhands made his appearance on the big screen 24 years ago. Even more peculiar is the fact that there is no comic adaptation of this dude……until now. Edward Scissorhands (2014 IDW) #1 will follow Edward 50 years after the movie. If you’re a fan of Eddie, this one is for you!

Other cool comics to check out this week; The awesomeness of all awesome team-ups, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters (2014 IDW) #1, 13 Coins (2014 Titan) #1 by fan favorite Simon Bisley. An attention getter out of the gate. Memetic (2014 Boom) #1, and Image Comics brings us Goners (2014 Image) #1. You should check out this interesting plot line before they’re all……..gone.

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InvestComics: Comic Book Debate – The New Teen Titans #2 VS. Swamp Thing #2

Welcome to the very first InvestComics: Comic Book Debate (A very special thanks goes out to @LyriaExchange on Twitter for inplanting this idea into my head). Deathstroke VS. Antone Arcane! Well not really…..Allow me a moment to explain the simple rules here first.

Each week, InvestComics will pull two comics right from the latest InvestComics Hot Picks (randomly) and pit them against each other for the investor to decide which one is the better all around investment. Some week’s will see things very one sided, some will not. This week we pull from InvestComics Hot Picks #287. OR there will be a random fight between two comics not featured in the InvestComics Hot Picks per the InvestComics fans request!

There is absolutely no right and wrong answers here. Formulate an opinion and run with it. Comment below, on Facebook, or on Twitter. Maybe someone will actually change your mind! Maybe not!

This new article will be run on a regular basis given that the debate below can be a fair/decisive/mature. If emotions get out of hand, you will be warned and the second offense will be a ban. WE MUST HAVE FUN. DO NOT BE SO SERIOUS!

So without further ado. The battle of the number two’s!

The first appearance of Deathstroke (The New Teen Titans #2) or Antone Arcane (Swamp Thing #2).

Tale of the Tape

The New Teen Titans #2 – (DC Comics) Released 1980. 9.8 CGC tops out at $300. First appearance of Deathstroke.

Swamp Thing #2 – (DC Comics) Released 1973. 9.8 CGC tops out at $900+. First appearance of Antone Arcane.

New Teen Titans #2 vs Swamp Thing #2

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InvestComics Hot Picks #287

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The first ever InvestComics Publications comic book ever; The Dawning #1 have arrived! Look for more information coming very soon!!

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DC Comic fans are showing a tremendous outpouring of support regarding their 3D covers. The slick covers have taken the comic shops and the collectors market by storm. The trend continues this week for DC Comics as well as InvestComics. For the past couple of weeks InvestComics has detailed each 3D villain cover with the first appearance of that character. However, the villain pool seems to be thinning out just a bit with some of these adversaries. Perfect time to get that rare breakout book isn’t it? Do not miss any of these comics, there is a potential sleeper(s) hidden amongst the crowd this week. Buckle in; it’s been a fun ride so far as we anticipate more aftermarket greatness! And as always some fantastic reads!

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Wonder Woman (2011 4th Series) #23.1 – Probably one of the weakest villain books of all this week with Cheetah clawing her way into the life of our favorite Amazonian. Cheetah made here first appearance back in 1943’s Wonder Woman #6. Look at that cover! Now look at the current cover. Yes time has been treating Cheetah nicely. Aged well.

Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #23.3 – Good ol’ Lex Luthor comes a’knockin this week. Of course one of the most recognizable villains of all time; Luthor’s debut came in Action Comics #23 (1940).

Superman (2011 3rd Series) #23.3 – A more recent villain takes the reigns over on the Superman comic this week; H’el is his name and he made his first appearance way back in Supergirl #13 in 2012.

Batman and Robin (2011 2nd Series) #23.3 – A twofer issue, Ra’s al Ghul and League of Assassins. Check out Ra’s debut in the Neal Adams/Denny O’ Neil classic Batman #232 (1971) and League of Assassins made their debut in Strange Adventures #215 (1968) with a Neal Adams cover art.

Swamp Thing (2011 5th Series) #23.1 – While Antone Arcane is not a household name, the first appearance of Arcane came at the helm of one of the most prolific horror penciler’s of all time. He is in fact ‘THE’ horror artist. Swamp Thing #2 (1973) was the first appearance of Arcane drawn by Berni Wrightson. Will the first appearance of Arcane ever stack up against the Ra’s al Ghul or Luthor’s of the world? Probably not, but owning this comic complements any collection. A classic from a legendary artist (and writer, Len Wein!), this is a win.

Batman The Dark Knight (2011 2nd Series) #23.3 – Clayface first appeared in Batman #40 (1940) from creators Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson. Nuff said.

Teen Titans (2011 4th Series) #23.2 – Here we have one of those villains on the cusp of a huge breakout. Already appearing on the hit television show Arrow, Deathstroke will have to make it to the big screen if DC/Warner Bros ever get their comics to film in order. Why would he “have to” make it to the big screen you may ask? Because he’s beloved by comic fans alike, he’s a total bad as*, and he would translate beautifully to the big screen. If you are in the market for a comic that has tremendous upside potential, look no further than The New Teen Titans #2 (1980). Already a high valued comic, it has more room to uptick. The debut of Deathstroke is brought to you by the team of George Perez and Marv Wolfman. What are you waiting for? Go get this comic.

Batman (2011 2nd Series) #23.3 – Penguin’s debut – Detective Comics #58 (1941)

Justice League (2011) #23.3 – Dial ‘H’ for Hero first appears in House of Mystery #156 (1966).

Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #23.3 – There were rumors a while back that the Scarecrow was to appear in the next Batman flick. If this occurs, it will mean an already nice payday for the owners of World’s Finest Comics #3 (1941) – first appearance of Scarecrow. Here’s a funny fact. Did you know that back in the day that shock jock Howard Stern turned down the part of the Scarecrow? That would have been something huh?

Justice League of America (2013 3rd Series) #7.3 – The very first Shadow Thief was a male. He appeared The Brave and the Bold #36 (1955).

Flash (2011) #23.3 – The Rogues are an important group because when, not if, when the Flash movie finally makes it to your local theater, this group should be considered as the villains for the film. Yes too much for a first film, but what about the sequel? Yes a big stretch here, but the glass is always half full here at InvestComics! Check out their debut in Flash #130 (1962).

Justice League Dark (2011) #23.2 – A weak showing with Eclipso at the forefront here. Fantastic 3D cover though! House of Secrets #61 (1963) houses the first appearance of Eclipso.

Green Lantern (2011 4th Series) #23.3 – The Black Hand joins the Forever Evil fray. With a Gil Kane cover; Green Lantern #29 (1964) is a nice book to own, first appearance of Black Hand.

That covers your 3D fix for this week. Now onto the Hot Picks!

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DC’s hit series Arrow will bring a television character to “life” in the comic books for the first time. Check out Arrow (2012 DC) #11 for the debut of Roy Harper!

Marvel Comics will bring back the Jester in Daredevil (2011 3rd Series) #31, a long time nuisance for our beloved Daredevil. The Jester debut in Daredevil #42 (1968) written by some guy named Stan Lee. Another return this week from Marvel happens in Thor God of Thunder (2012) #13. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, the name Malekith the Accursed should ring a bell. He will be in the new Thor movie coming out this November. Most are probably aware by now too that Thor #344 holds the first appearance of this villain. If you have this comic, be sure to dump it very soon, prices will be coming down very quick once the hype wears off. Malekith is a onetime deal here. He probably will not be showing up in any other Marvel film after this one. Also from Marvel this week, Superior Carnage (2013) #3 will debut of the all new Carnage! This one will fly off the shelf, grab a copy.

Two number one comics are sold out at Diamond this week. Get your hands on these if you can. Zero (2013 Image) #1 will be seeing second printings very shortly, a huge interest in this book. Also Transformers Regeneration One (2012 IDW) #0 is sold out! Maybe a short print run here? Who knows, but IDW seems to have struck a chord with the Transformers base.

Two Dark Horse number one comics to check out this week are Kiss Me Satan (2013) #1 and Buzzkill #1.

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This week in the InvestComics Hot Picks we have a combination of 9 number one issues/zero issues. But before we get to that, a comic book run like no other is coming to close to much of the dismay of many fanboys. Geoff Johns will end his run on Green Lantern this week with a double sized issue. Green Lantern (2011 4th Series) #20 will be the issue that every fan will be talking about this coming Wednesday. The only thing we ponder is, why the hefty $7.99 price tag? Ouch. Granted a double sized, but throw a bone here will ya? Anyway, DC played it smart here because they will in fact get their $7.99 being that it’s the climatic final issue of Geoff’s run so kudos to them! (We’re in business here kids, don’t kid yourselves). So with the ending so near, InvestComics went searching for a beginning…..Geoff Johns first Green Lantern work. Well, you’d have to go all the way back to a backup story in 1999’s Green Lantern Secret Files #2. The backup story is called “Lost Pages: Haunting.” He wrote the backup that featured only one Lantern; Hal Jordan. So there you have it, the first and the last. The man single handedly responsible for the “Rebirth” of a character that was in the doldrums since the creative team of Neal Adams/Dennis O’Neil. He was also responsible  for the launching of a Green Lantern movie. So, want to cash in on this? Buy the final issue, couple that with the GL Secret Files #2 and bam! You’re welcome.

With the hit television series Arrow bringing its season finale to the table, It’s only fitting that Arrow (2012 DC) #7 this week brings one of his main adversary’s front and center. The origin of Deathstroke will be revealed. A cult favorite, Deathstroke is a breakout character that seems poised for the big screen someday. When this happens, probably not an IF here, but when it does, be sure to have your paws on The New Teen Titans #2 (1980). Already a collector’s book, this will continue to rise as the years pass us by. It will explode once he makes his appearance on the big screen. The New Teen Titans #2 comic appeared more than 8 years ago in the InvestComics magazine as a solid buy. This still hold true for today.

Ultimate Wolverine (2013) #4 will introduce a new villain, as Wolverine & Cap fight a villain “unlike anything we’ve seen.” In A Plus X (2012 Marvel Now) #8. Journey into Mystery (2011 3rd Series) #652 will bring back Beta Ray Bill!

Two sleeper issues coming at us this Wednesday. Deep Sea (2013 Dark Horse) #0 from the creative team of Jimmy Palimiotti and Justin Gray and Green Team (2013 DC) #1. Green Team looks like a very interesting read, definitely need to check that out.

Mike Mignola’s creation; Buster Oakley will star in Lobster Johnson Satan Smells A Rat (2013 Dark Horse) #0. Buster’s first appearance was in Hellboy: Box Full of Evil #1 (1999). Our friend Tom Mumme along with Blue Juice publishing bring Accelerators (2013 Blue Juice) #1 this Wednesday. Must check that out.

Rounding out the week (in no particular order) of MUST looks/reads/have’s; Solid State Tank Girl (2013 Titan) #1, Bounce (2013 Image) #1, DMC Devil May Cry Vergil Chronicles (2013 Titan) #1, Sex (2013 Image) #3, Half Past Danger (2013 IDW) #1, Jirni (2013 Aspen) #2, Akaneiro (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Werewolves Hunger (2013 Zenescope) #1.

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Last week InvestComics promised a couple of big things to come. In case you missed it, InvestComics will be teaming up with a “Maxim” like magazine called Mancave Playbabes. The role InvestComics will play will be vital for the comic book entertainment section within the magazine and website. Check out the Press Release right HERE. Babes & Comic Books! Match made in heaven!

The second big release this past week was the Interview with Judge Dredd’s new movie Dredd 3D; movie composer Paul Leonard-Morgan. Awesomeness! Check out the Interview right HERE.

More stuff coming from InvestComics…..stay tuned!

Another week of dominance from DC Comics, their Zero issues push onward for another week and carry on for 2 more weeks thereafter. As said in last week’s Hot Picks, it seems a bit of overkill here and DC might be hurting themselves in a way more than helping. “Too much of a good thing is never good”, isn’t that the saying? Although the question really is, is DC making money on this campaign? Yes, and that’s what this is truly about, so good for them. This has been and always will be a business first.

In no particular order, let’s get a quick look at the blitzkrieg coming at us this week from DC Comics shall we?

Batman and Robin #1 checks in with the origin of Damian’s mommy, Talia al Ghul. Meanwhile Batman #0 will probably bore us with the origin of EVERYTHING Batman….his car, costume, cave and gadgets. How can this or will this be a good read? Well Mr. Scott Snyder, impress us…again. Annnnd speaking of Scott (ahem-ahem), Rob Liefeld dons two covers this week; one for Deathstroke #0, in which we learn more about Team 7 and about Slade Wilson and the other is Grifter #0. We learn the “dark powers” of Grifter in his zero issue. DC; knowing that no one really is to care about this zero issue; they threw in a whole bunch of first appearances in here. See, now you have to care. Go DC! Deathstroke however is one those characters destined for greatness one day. As mentioned within the archives of the InvestComics website, if and when WB/DC gets their stuff together, look for Slade to be a big part of their universe on film someday. Until then, be sure to grab your copy of The New Teen Titans #2 from 1980; the first appearance of Deathstroke by Wolman and Perez. Golden. Moving right along here, Batgirl #0 will probably be a good read because Simone is all over that one, as Superboy #0  has implications to be felt throughout the DCU…. (See Grifter #0). Green Lantern Corps #0 features the all new origin of Guy Gardner. Demon Knights #0 digs “deep in the past of The New 52”. (Smell a lame duck here?). Suicide Squad #0 has ties with Team 7 as Team 7 #0 promises to “change everything you know about the New 52.” Too many dramatic solicits, no? But we have two more weeks of this folks! Ravagers #0 will have a couple of characters “affecting the team”. Resurrection Man #0 becomes a causality as this is the last issue and Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E.  #0 should meet the same fate, but first we learn who made him. The last of the zero issues, Legion Lost #0 will focus on the origin of Timber Wolf. Incidentally, if anyone is keeping score at home on Timber’s first appearances, here they are….Legion Lost #1 (2011 – post Flashpoint), Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes #25 (2007 – Earth-Prime), Adventure Comics #327 (1964 – Earth 0), and Legion Worlds #6 (2001 – Earth-247).

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Marvel Comics will have their day in the sun with Marvel NOW!, but for “now” we trudge along with storylines that may not matter in a few months! Fantastic Four #610 brings in a dude called Wizard and he’s a lookin’ for his son Bentley 23. If the Wizard would just do a time travel thingy and travel back 40 issues to Fantastic Four #570 he’d first meet his son. Just saying….

Ultimate X-Men #16 features Nick Fury’s Howling Kittens……yes seriously.

X-O Manowar #5 reintroduces us to Ninjak. Ninjak first appeared in Valiant’s Bloodshot #6 (1993). Find this comic sitting in some 25 cent box at your local comic convention or local comic shop.

As always, scroll though the covers of the week below.

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Welcome to the Super Sunday InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-8-12

Yes it’s Superbowl Sunday and it’s also time for your regular Sunday column! Included this week is a special mini gallery, but more on that shortly……Let’s check some Hot Picks first.

DC’s Suicide Squad #6 continues to sell nicely, as most of the New 52 line. This week in SS#6 the Squad needs to hunt down Harley Quinn led by team leader Deadshot. Deadshot is a very cool underrated character at times and it’s about time people stand up and take notice. Deadshot first appeared way back in 1950 in Batman #59. This comic is a light $2000. Not too shabby to take a “shot” at this comic.

Sticking to the death theme here, Deathstroke #6 will be coming out much to the glee of FFFIC’s very own Shaun Sorenson. Shaun loves this book and InvestComics loves this character. Deathstroke is a total badas* and so is his first appearance in The New Teen Titans #2 (1980). Bad as*es George Perez and Marv Wolfman also are attached to this undervalued book. A mere $48 for Mr. Wilson’s first appearance is a steal.

When exactly are we going to get the big reveal in Marvel’s Battle Scar’s? We know it’s coming right? Check out this week’s issue number four upon arrival to see if we get the “I’m Nick Fury’s son” reveal. Should be a nice moment, not shocking right?

FFFIC’s Sebastian Piccione loves the Secret Avengers comic. So much to his glee (everyone is happy this week!) issue number 22 comes out.  The issue features an appearance of Adaptoids. Although the Adaptoids are and will probably always fade into obscurity, it’s always fun to search where these characters originate from. Did you know that the first Super-Adaptoid appeared in Tales of Suspense #82 in 1966? Probably not, but it’s one of those useless knowledge things that maybe you could carry around with you to impress your fellow comic book buddies. Not! Anyway, the cover of TOS #82 features an amazing Jack Kirby cover (as usual) and comes in at the $100 range.

Three more comics to check out also this week are Ted McKeever’s Mondo #1. Ted has been in the game since 1987 and has an extensive resume to say the least. You can own his first published work for only $2! Look for Ted McKeever’s Transit #1 from Vortex Comics. Kevin Keller, Archie’s first gay character Kevin Keller debuts in his new ongoing series. His first appearance is in Veronica #202. Conan #1 from Dark Horse Comics hits the shelf this week. Conan’s first appearance as we all know came in Roy Thomas’/Barry Windsor-Smith’s Marvel book in 1970, a $360 book that looks to be at a stalemate considering the last movie as well as nothing to gain traction for it. Maybe Dark Horse will get the ball rolling again? We’ll see….

Well the Superbowl is upon us. All the hype gets put to rest today and we get to watch a football game! So what does the Superbowl have to do with comics? Absolutely nothing actually! One thing can definitely be said about sports and comics. They just don’t mesh well at all. Want some proof? No problem! Take a look below after the Covers of the Week and you can scroll through a few sports related comics (with a couple of “surprises” for us boys). You’ll soon realize that Sports are sports and Comics are comics, not to be mixed, but fun nonetheless! Enjoy.

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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1aaaa1actioncomics8921aaaa1shadowlandmoonkight1This week we begin our focus group on 2 extremely underrated characters that have the potential to absolutely break loose in a huge way if ever used to the capacity they are capable of. Now granted, each one of them has had success in their own way, but “really” break out? Not yet. 2 comics come out this week that remind us that these 2 need to get their due. Action Comics #892 & Shadowland: Moon Knight #1.

Let’s start with Moon Knight, well we have six volumes of Moon Knight spanning from 1980 till 2010. Yes some were mini-series, but that just meant Marvel was testing the waters to see how hot the reception might be with the limited series. Instead they received a cool one and never went “live” with a regular ongoing follow up to the minis. Many have said that Moon Knight is a blatant rip-off of DC’s Batman. If you really look at the origins and into the character development of each, It doesn’t seem too much of a rip off at all. You want to talk rip-off? Look at Rob Liefeld’s “SMASH”, now THAT is ridiculousness at the height of just being flat out unholy. Getting back to the White Knight, the recent Vengeance of Moon Knight 1aaaaaa1werewolfbynight321stMOONKNIGHT_1975_GILKANE_ALMILGROM_1001aaaa1moonknight1_2006DAVIDFINCH_VARIANT_161aaaa1marcSpectorMoonKnight55STEPHENPLATT_1993_4series has been faring rather well, the problem is so did the other regular series and they ultimately meet their demise. Writer Greg Hurwitz is doing an amazing job of keeping Moon Knight relevant. As for the art, David Finch is to Moon Knight what McFarlane is to Spidey, Adams is to Batman, Keown is to Hulk, etc. When David draws Moon Knight, his style is immediately recognized much like the “other” Moon Knight artist that MUST get kudos, Stephen Platt. Take a look at Finch’s Moon Knight #1 from 2006 and take a look at Platt’s Marc Spector: Moon Knight #55 from 1993 and you will see exactly why these 2 guys OWN this character. Both of the comics just mentioned are the first Moon Knight work from both of them and can be bought for only $4 each. A nice book to have in your collection is the Variant Moon Knight #1 (2006) from David Finch. It’s the beautiful penciled cover. Here’s the thing fans, if Marvel ever gets Moon Knight firing on all cylinders, and also decides, since THEY have their own movie studios that a film is in order, it’s going to be big. Too long Marvel has clamored for that “dark, edgy” sort of character (Ghost Rider/Blade excluded). If Marvel were to ever go for a strong PG rating (no R here, Disney says so), THIS would be a perfect movie to start with. Speaking of a starting point, a nice place a collector should start would be Werewolf by Night #32 (1975). This would be the very first appearance of Moon Knight, and features a cover by Al Milgrom and Gil Kane. This alone should be worth the price of admission, but at a much undervalued $100, this 1st appearance should be stashed away in your collection.

1aaaa1newteentitans2_1980_GPEREZ_MWOLMAN_48Action Comics #892 features Deathstroke, and he too needs HIS due. Countless appearances and series runs are the makeup of DC’s number one assassin. With DC taking their time in the comic book movie market (lets go people, chop chop) it’s a crying shame we haven’t seen the likes of a Deathstroke on film yet. It’s a crying shame we haven’t seen much of anything from DC actually, but that’s for another time. The New Teen Titans #2 (1980), 1st appearance of Deathstroke from Marv Wolman and George Perez cost ONLY $50?? This is a steal of epic proportions. We all know that DC (WB) will eventually get their act together with the movie front. Why would anyone think that Deathstroke would not be a part of a film someplace, somewhere? He will be, so get $50 together and buy a nice copy of this extremely affordable comic now before Deathstroke becomes a force like he was back in the 80’s.

1aaaa1supermanbatman75Sticking with DC, Superman/Batman #75 hits your local comic shop and will most likely fly off the shelf. This anniversary issue features names such as Levitz, J.T. Krul, Hughes, Kelly, Tucci, and the list goes on. But one name that sticks out is a previously mentioned name in the Moon Knight spotlight in this article. David Finch will be writing and penciling a story for the first time in this issue. This is great news for Finch fans.

1aaaa1namorthefirstmutant1Marvel will be dipping their toe in the pool again, the ocean actually. Namor The First Mutant #1 will be another attempt for Marvel to get this fisherman going. Although a favorite among certain fans, and a very loyal following, do not look for Namor to break through this time. Yes the first issue will sell out (thanks to a sweet Joe Quesada variant cover), but the interest will die rather quickly. Look for this comic to sustain a moderate run, but nothing substantial.

Some very interesting Independents headed our way this week. Let’s do a quick rundown of them. Not too sure which ones are due out exactly. Diamond does not have some of them listed, but check out these titles if you see them on the shelf. Ani-Max #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, this one shot is set to be a cartoon series in the near future. Dracula The Company of Monsters #1 from Kurt Busiek and BOOM! Studios looks like a good old fashioned monster book. Not sure if this next comic has been released yet, but A-10 Comics Presents #1 looks very interesting and deserves a look. A sell out for sure. Scratch 9 #1 from Ape Entertainment Comics is an appealing take on the 9 lives of a cat. This cat will be a sleeper hit so watch out for this one. Bluewater’s Nanny and Hank #1 dives into the vampire fold with a twist. And the last of our Indie’s to check out is the continuation of One with issue #2. Yes that is One #2.

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Jay Katz