InvestComics Hot Picks #243

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Marvel NOW! kicking into high gear with four number one issues coming your way this week. By comparison we are going to throw the original number one issue together with the new directional Marvel NOW! campaign. Just how long will the latest reboot, relaunch, reset or whatever you want to call it last this time around? We’ll see…..

We start off with a personal favorite of InvestComics’ that has graced this website numerous times. Thor #126 (1966) matches up with the new Thor God of Thunder (2012) #1 comic. Journey into Mystery with Thor #125 dropped the Journey title and became just Thor with issue number 126, so essentially Thor #126 makes for the number one issue. This comic has everything a collector could possibly want. The pencils and cover are by Jack Kirby and it’s written by Stan Lee. And reiterating it’s the true number one issue of Thor. A graded copy 9.8 sold for $13,000 and it will continue to hold its value. There is absolutely no downside here.

Uncanny X-Men #1 (1963) has climbed steadily throughout its collector career, so much so that it topped a whopping $500,000 for a graded 9.6. Investing in any key X-Men issue is almost certain to pay dividends down the line. The number one issue was done by the same tandem of Kirby and Lee. Look for this issue to continue its steady rise with a top very soon. The 9.6 just may be that, the top….for now. Look for the All New X-men (2012) #1 coming your way this week with the original team. Ah… everything old is new again.

 Although the weaker of the bunch this week goes to Fantastic Four #1 (1961), the price of a graded 9.4 says otherwise. How about a cool $300,000? Not too shabby for a subpar movie run and countless storyline changes. But that is just the problem of why this comic comes in as the weakest of the 3 Golden Age number one comics mentioned this week. By no means though is this comic NOT a buyable comic. It’s the mere fact that it seems the Fantastic Four cannot find its place anymore. Constant roster changes, costume changes, Status quo, death of Human Torch and so forth does not bode well for the investor. Yes other comics have done this too, but they continue to stay within the mainstream with movies, cartoons, etc.  Want a big positive on this book? Once again, Kirby and Lee are the main fixtures here! So when you check out the new Fantastic Four (2012 4th Series) #1 remember that Marvel’s first family have gone through some stuff and to cut them a break. This series might be the one that finally puts them back to some relevant standing within the Marvel Universe and the collectors market (Bronze Age).

The final comic of the new Marvel NOW! line X-Men Legacy (2012 2nd Series) #1has everything in common with the Thor #126 as discussed earlier, but fails in comparison at the same time.  X-Men Legacy began with X-Men Legacy #208 from the previously titled X-Men #207. The comparisons seize there because one can buy X-Men Legacy #208 in a 50 cent bin at your local comic shop. With a David Finch cover and John Romita Jr. pencils, it does make for an attractive book. Happy hunting!

While Marvel does their thing, DC Comics is on the second leg of their tour. The big storyline with DC is the Death of the Family. With some of the storyline spilling over into other books, it’s a usual sign that ONE of these comics will be short printed and thus sought after, thus creating a price hike. Will Suicide Squad (2011 4th Series) #14 this week be THAT book? Who knows? Be sure to stay on top of your crossover books not to miss anything.

DC Comics entire New 52 line will hinge on one comic and this week you will be able to know the secret history of the New 52 just like that! That’s right, Team 7 (2012 DC) #2 will tell readers exactly where, how and maybe why the New 52 got started. Seems like a big deal right? Wouldn’t really know that because of how low key this issue is. Maybe we’ll get an aftereffect on this one. Be sure to be there at the epicenter when this hits though. Don’t worry, you won’t be hurt. If anything maybe you’ll get a real good story here that won’t mean jack in another year.

Invincible fans rejoice. Invincible (2003) #97 will deliver the origin of Zandale Randolph. This will lead up to the much anticipated 100th issue.

Big Dog Ink continues to crank out some of the industry’s best comics to date. This week will be no exception with Joan of Arc From the Ashes (2012 Big Dog Ink) #1.

And finally, in recent days new Iron Man 3 action figures were coming out and a certain character may have made the cut. Rescue. Know her? She’s Potter Potts all dressed up in some hot Iron Man armor. All anatomically correct too! Is that really necessary though? Just asking. Anyway, if the Rescue action figure is an indication that we may see her in the movie, it’s a safe bet to pick up the Iron Man (2009) #10 issue which is Rescues first appearance. This comic could probably be found in that same bin as the X-Men Legacy #208. And while we’re at it here, since the new Iron Man 3 movie is based on the Iron Man #1 comic from 2005 (Extremis storyline), don’t forget to try and get your paws on that one. It ranges from $8 – $15 on Ebay right now.

That’s it for this week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz


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The Future of UNCANNY X-MEN Is Marvel NOW!

Superstars Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo Redefine Mutantkind!

New York. NY—November 9, 2012— This February, Cyclops is back in full force in Uncanny X-Men #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Chris Bachalo! As part of Marvel NOW!, Uncanny X-Men  joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!

The true flagship book of the X-Men returns. In the wake of the Phoenix, the world has changed and is torn on exactly what Cyclops and his team of X-Men are – visionary revolutionaries or dangerous terrorists? Whatever the truth, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are out in the world gathering up new mutants and redefining the name Uncanny X-Men.

“What Brian and Chris have planned for Cyclops’ team in the post-‘Avengers VS. X-Men’ landscape is nothing short of its adjective, ‘uncanny’,” said Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment.  “Mutantkind has been going through a reEvolution over the past couple years. The pressing question now is, who will lead them into the future?”

Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation. With Fearless Defenders, Marvel NOW! ensures fans will discover an entirely new perspective in the adventures of the Defenders.

Uncanny X-Men will be the one-stop shop for these very important characters in the mutant [corner of the] Marvel Universe and the Marvel Universe proper,” said writer Brian Michael Bendis in an interview with “I’m very lucky that I get to write All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men at the same time. I can examine this fascinating part of the Marvel Universe from vastly different angles. I can’t think of a time where the mutant part of the Marvel Universe has been more exciting. Every character is so complex and there are so many characters interacting. Literally anything could happen.”

Each issue of Uncanny X-Men includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Touch® & Android devices). Additionally, each issue of Uncanny X-Men features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

“Not only does every book with the Marvel NOW! logo feature a new superstar creative team and blockbuster story, but they also come with all-new incentives for our retailer partners,” explained David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment.. “We want to make sure every comic shop nationwide is fully stocked to meet the high demand we’re already seeing for Marvel NOW! And want to make sure their voices are heard throughout this exciting time. Stay tuned for more news on how Marvel will be working directly with retailers to make sure our programs address their needs.”

An all-new direction! An all-new team! All-new threats! This is Uncanny X-Men NOW!

This February, Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo redefine what it means to be a mutant in Uncanny X-Men!



Art & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO


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Things To Come In..UNCANNY X-MEN!

Marvel sent over this teaser for Uncanny X-Men #1. Lots to look forward to here folks. One of our favorites is at the bottom right hand corner. Take a look for yourself. What are you looking forward to?


Excited for Uncanny X-Men #1 from Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco, on sale today? 

Here’s a taste of things to come in 2012! 

Who’s your favorite member of the Extinction team? Join the conversation on Twitter with #XMenRegenesis

GetGlue users – check in to Uncanny X-Men #1 and get your exclusive sticker, today!

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (SEP110591)


Pencils & Cover by CARLOS PACHECO



UNCANNY X-MEN #2 (SEP110595)


Pencils & Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

FOC – 11/7/11, ON SALE – 11/30/11


UNCANNY X-MEN #3 (OCT110671)

Pencils & Cover by CARLOS PACHECO

FOC – 11/28/11, ON SALE – 12/21/11


UNCANNY X-MEN #4 (NOV110563)


Pencils & Cover by BRANDON PETERSON

FOC – 12/12/11, ON SALE – 1/4/12


UNCANNY X-MEN #5 (NOV110564)

Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND
FOC – 12/19/11, ON SALE – 1/18/12 

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UNCANNY X-MEN #1 & #2 Covers Revealed!

The “other guys” end their number one issue runs this week as Marvel starts up a new Number One themselves! Check out the covers.

This November, history is made with Uncanny X-Men #1!  From the superstar creative team of Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco, new leadership rises with a renewed, refocused, and re-imagined group of Uncanny mutants. With covers by Pacheco – no fan can miss this bold new era of mutantkind as X-Men: Regenesis continues in Uncanny X-Men #1!

What team will you choose? Join the conversation on Twitter with #XMenRegenesis.












Marvel sent InvestComics this teaser of Uncanny X-Men #1. Who are the others? We’ll get them one at a time.



























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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-16-11

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This week on InvestComics TV, we featured the Iconic Adult film Star and voice of Brenna from Darkbrain Comics Tabitha Stevens. Tabitha was one of the most humble and gracious guest we have had on. If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Tabitha, you’ll be glad you did, great gal. Thanks Tabitha. Speaking of humble and gracious; Jamal Igle will be back for Part 2 of his two part interview this week. Next week on InvestComics TV we have the owner of Bluewater Comics Darren Davis in his own 2 part series! More guest coming up, stay tuned! 

Comic Hot Picks 2-16-11

A quick look at Hot picks this week……






Marvel has 3 number one issues this week that are definitely worth a look. Hawkeye: Blind Spot #1. Hawkeye first appeared in Tales of Suspense #57 from 1964. This book will run in the $600 range. Considering that Hawkeye is a neat character, and he will be in the Avengers movie as a total bad as* it’s safe to bet that this comic is a good buy. Marvel Girl #1 will be hitting the shelves this week. Why exactly do we need a Marvel Girl #1 issue? Anyway, check out Uncanny X-Men #1 (1963) for MG’s first, a pricey $28,000 but worth every penny. A collector can never go wrong buying back issues of any X-Men comic. Especially with the number one issue, and the recent release of the new movie trailer X-Men First Class. From the looks of the trailer, the X-Men franchise is on for another big payday. The final Hot Pick of number one issues goes to Silver Surfer #1. Find the shiny guys first appearance in Fantastic Four #48 (1966). This comic is way undervalued right now in the $1600 range. Why you ask? Well for starters, it’s Silver Surfer’s first appearance! Granted, maybe not everyone likes the character, but if Jack Kirby is drawing it? Well it’s a gimme that this comic should be in your collection. Here is a “not so secret” as to why you should really buy this comic. Marvel Studios has yet to tap into the VAST Universe they call Cosmic. Imagine what Iron Man #55 will do once Thanos appears in the Avengers movie, then branches out to the epic Cosmos in a Marvel Studios Cosmic Universe epic film? Just like their “regular” universe has so many tales to tell when it comes to screen time, the Cosmic Universe is still waiting in the wings for some epic space adventures! Rom anyone? One more number one issue to check out this week, Venom Deadpool #1 one shot. It’ll be a quick sell out. This will be a fun book to sit back and read!






DC: Justice League of America #54 begins the Rise of Eclipso story. Check out E’s first appearance in House of Secrets #61 (1963) for only $240. Nice book at a decent value for a second rate character. Green Lantern #62  brings more of a lead up to “War of the Green Lanterns”.  Will the Green Lantern events ever cease? Also check out Young Justice #1 this week.






Independents: The big indie to check out this week is Garth Ennis’ Jennifer Blood #1. Garth brought some great vigilante stories with the Punisher for Marvel. Meet the female version. This comic will be a no holds barred vigilante blood bath with a female doing the punishing this time. Cool! The delayed Sonic Universe #25 his stores THIS week. Maybe it took the extra week to get that 1990’s silver foil right. Also another delayed book hits THIS week called Captain Wonder 3D (no number on this issue). Once again, maybe a 1990’s delay in getting those green/red glasses right.

(Note) All comic prices provided by Comics Price

Don’t forget to check out InvestComics TV this week with Tabitha Stevens, Jamal Igle (Part 2) and next week with Part 1 of 2 with owner of Bluewater Productions Darren Davis!

Invest Wisely 

Jay Katz


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 5-26-10

hp52610fp.gifMarvel’s Secret Avengers take over this weeks Hot Picks. Also, a couple of women get their own books and the Cap gets a new penciler! Plus more…. 




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The Secret Avengers #1 debuts this week with much fanfare. The Secret Avengers line up as we know right now consists of Moon Knight, Black Widow, The Irredeemable Ant-Man, Nova, War Machine, Valkyrie, Sharon Carter, Steve Rogers and Beast. So let’s have a little fun (as Bob Ross would say) and take a look at the debut of these characters in the Marvel universe. The big dog Steve captainamericacomics1_1_jackkirby_joesimon_941_250k.gifxmen1_1963_jackkirby_25k.gifRogers we all know debuted in Captain America Comics #1 in 1941. Legends Jack Kirby and Joe Simon were the ones responsible for delivering one of the most coveted comics of all time. This comic could be obtained in the 175K to 225k range. Look for this comic to explode once Captain America debuts on film. This comic is an absolute gem to own if you could afford one. The first look at Beast came in Uncanny X-Men #1 (1963). Once again Jack Kirby had his paws all over this one too. Get this comic at around 25K – 30K.This comic is a beautiful gem here as well, although the Captain America werewolfbynight32_1stmoonknight_1975_125.gifnova1_1976_johnbuscema_marvwolfman_firstnova_30.gifComics #1 issue being the better of the 2. Moon Knight, one of the most underrated Marvel characters in the Marvel Universe showed off his white cape for the first time in Werewolf by Night #32 (1975). Find this comic for $125 or less and you own the potential of a big first appearance of a character that could explode one day. There is no risk factor to purchasing this comic, it has been steadily increasing or lying flat at times year by year and will continue to do so and is a great comic to own at this price. Nova debuted in his self titled comic back in 1976 and with all of the hype, sales and madness going on in the Marvel Cosmic Universe these days and Nova being right in the thick of it, Nova #1 (John Buscema and Marv Wolfman) for $40?? It’s insane not to have this comic in your collection. The Irredeemable Ant-Man (2006) showed up in his self titled comic as well. This issue was brought to you by creators Robert Kirkman and Phil Hester. It can be found at your local comic shop for cover price or $5. So what theavengers83_1970_1stvalkyrie_roythomas_johnbuscema_100.gifironman281_1stwarmachine.gifare you waiting for? …Someone to read this and buy it before you?? Valkyrie broke onto the scene in 1970, debuting in The Avengers #83. The comic sells in the $85 – $100 range. Not too sure where or what will become of Valkyrie though. The Avengers #83 falls into the risk category. A second rate character that doesn’t show that much upside. On the other hand, War Machine has always showed some upside though. He seems not to be utilized in a way that Marvel fans are attracted to. Not quite sure what is up with that. War Machine has a great back story, is related to the Iron Man family books, kicks butt, and looks totally cool, so what’s the problem here? War Machine’s first appearance is in Iron Man #281 (1992) and prices for just $4. The problem here is an oblivious tos75_1966_1stsharoncarter_agent13_125.giftos52_1964_1stblackwidow_1000_1500.gifone. Back in 1992, Marvel was overprinting, just like mostly everyone else and thus making this issue a very accessible one, thus driving the price down. Simple case of supply over meeting demand. Black Widow is one of the only 2 women in Secret Avengers.You could roll back to a few weeks ago to Hot Picks 4-28-10 (Iron Man Hot Picks Special) and see some coverage of the Black Widow there. Tales of Suspense #52 (1964) comes in at the $1000-$1500 range. Here again, the Black Widow falls into the puzzlement of why is it that this character just doesn’t “hit”? A very pricey buy at $1000 and a better Black Widow buy would be the Amazing Spider-Man #86 (1970) for $200. Why you ask? Well go to the Hot Picks from 4-28-10 and find out! Sharon Carter is the last of our covered Secret Avengers. amsm_86_1970_johnromitasr_200.gifcaptainamerica606.gifTales of Suspense #75 (1966) comes in at about $125. Jackson “Butch” Guice will be penciling Captain America #606. He’s an awesome talent and fans can’t wait for this veteran to show his Guice like style on Cap. If you want to find the first time Butch ever drew Captain America, you’d have to go into the back issue bins and pull out The Avengers annual #12 from 1983! The annual sports a great cover from Al Milgrom. $4 should make you a proud owner of the first Guice Captain America. How about Dazzler coming out with her number one issue? Who would have thought this? With names like Byrne, Austin, Claremont and Romita Jr. comes The Uncanny X-Men #130 (1980), which happens to be Dazzler’s first appearance. Look at those skates! Anyway, this issue will set you back about $55. A price tag that goes deep into the wallet for a first appearance of a third rate character, but theavengersannual12_1983_jacksonbutchguice.gifuncannyxmen130.giflet’s face it folks, you’re really paying for the 4 creator names just mentioned. If Lindsey Lohan could get her act together, she will probably be in the starring role in the Dazzler movie if there is one ever made. This will drive the comic collector’s interest thus making this book climb a bit faster, but for now the names associated with this comic as well as a first appearance makes it a nice slow progressive moving issue. Now with the above just mentioned, go exactly ONE issue prior to Uncanny X-Men #129(1980) and that brings us to X-Men Origins: Emma Frost #1 coming out this week. The SAME creative team brings the first appearance of Emma Frost in issue 129. This time, look to spend a bit more here, around $65-75. Why more money you ask? It’s only Emma Frost. Well this issue carries the first appearance of Kitty Pryde as well, so essentially you’re getting a uncannyxmen129_1980_80_1stkittyandemma.gifdazzler1_2010.giftwofer. Unlike issue 130 though, you’ll get more bang for the buck with this issue. So if Pamela Anderson was 20 years younger and could act, maybe she would be Emma Frost in the feature film? Lindsey and Pamela in a team up movie, Dazzler & Emma, wow wouldn’t that be lovely??

Staying with the pairing idea here, don’t forget to check out the debut of 2 new creators in one book! DC’s Teen Titans #83 introduces Rex Ogle and Ted Naifeh. DC bringing in new blood, always great to see the talent “before” they get real famous! 









Invest wisely.

Jay Katz