WIN TMNT #84 Virgin Cover SIGNED

Trending Pop Culture – Social Media Giveaway teams with More Great Collectibles for a chance to WIN an exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #84 Lee Bermejo virgin variant.
These exclusive covers are extremely limited to only 1000 copies total.
Buy your copies NOW, right HERE, before they sell out.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #84: Kingdom of Rats” Part 4. The TMNT come face to face with possibly their most powerful adversary yet– The Rat King! Will they be able to defeat him before he makes all of NYC his twisted domain?

5 WINNERS! One copy a piece. Read below……

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TMNT #84 – Lee Bermejo Virgin Variant Cover

This promotion is open to participants in the continental U.S. only. If you have won a giveaway from Trending Pop Culture/Social Media Giveaway within the last 6 months, you are not eligible in this promotion. Trending Pop Culture/Social Media Giveaway and More Great Collectibles are not responsible for any lost item(s) or damages during shipping. There will be no replacement item(s) shipped out once the product is in the sole possession of the delivery service of  More Great Collectibles  choice. Employee’s or family members of Trending Pop Culture/Social Media Giveaway or More Great Collectibles are not eligible for this promotional giveaway. Please allow some ample time for your comics to get to you. If you do not respond via message or email to our announcement that you’ve won on any of the social media that we post and tag you on within 15 days, your prize will be forfeited. No rainchecks. We will not chase you.
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WIN Signed Ed McGuinness Spider-Gwen

InvestComics LLC teams with MORE Great Art  and Unknown Comic Books for this special signed giveaway.
This giveaway will consist of THREE winners winning a set of ALL three Spider-Gwen #25 Exclusive Gwenom Variants.
They will ALL be signed by the cover artist himself, Marvel superstar Ed McGuinness!
These variants are available right now on MORE Great Art. Buy a set now, they are VERY limited and they will go fast.

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Winners will be announced on October 13th. Release day on October 18th. Good luck to all!

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Number One Comics – August 2017

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the InvestComics Hot Picks during the month of August. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1 – Greg Pak & Matteo Buffagni.
Galaktikon #1 – Brendon Small, Steve Mannion & Jason Moore.
Ghost Station Zero #1 – Anthony Johnson & Shari Chankhamma.
Dead of Winter #1 – Kyle Starks & Gabo.

Buy/Bid – Generations Hulk #1

Buy/Bid – Ghost Zero #1

Buy/Bid – Dead Winter #1

Buy/Bid – Galakitkon #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elsewhere #1 – Jay Faerber, Sumeyye Kesgin & Ron Riley.
Turok #1 – Aubrey Sitterson,Chuck Wendig & Alvaro Sarreseca.
Mech Cadet Yu #1 – Greg Pak & Takeshi Miyazawa.
Grumpy Cat Garfield #1 – Mark Evanier & Steve Uy.

Buy/Bid – Turok #1

Buy/Bid – Mech Cadet Yu #1

Buy/Bid – Elsewhere #1

Buy/Bid – Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Shadow #1 –  Simon Spurrier & Daniel HDR.
Sheena #0 – Marguerite Bennett/Christina Trujillo and Moritat.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #1 – Kieron Gillen & Marc Laming.
War Mother #1 – Fred Van Lante & Stephen Segovia.

Buy/Bid – Sheena #0

Buy/Bid – Dr Aphra Annual #1

Buy/Bid – The Shadow #1

Buy/Bid – War Mother #1

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Nightwing: The New Order #1 – Kyle Higgins & Trevor McCarthy.
Mage The Hero Denied #1 – Matt Magner.
Mister Miracle #1 – Tom King & Mitch Gerads.
Inhumans Once & Future Kings #1 – Christopher Priest/Ryan North & Gustavo Duarte.

Buy/Bid – Mister Miracle #1

Buy/Bid – Inhumans Kings #1

Buy/Bid – Nightwing New Order #1

Buy/Bid – Mage Denied #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Generations Phoenix & Jean Grey #1 – Aaron A & R.B. Silva.
Generations: Wolverine & All New Wolverine #1 – Tom Taylor & Ramon Rosanas.
Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 – Jason Aaron & Mahmud A. Asrar.
Genius Cartel #1 – Marc Bernardin/Adam Freeman & artist Rosi Kampe.

Buy/Bid – Jean Grey #1

Buy/Bid – Thor #1

Buy/Bid – Wolverine #1

Buy/Bid – Genius Cartel #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Star Wars Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO #1 – Duane Swierczynski & Fernando Blanco.
Toyetica #1 – Marty LeGrow.
Lady Death: Merciless Onslaught #1 – Brian Pulido.
The Hard Place #1 – Doug Wagner, Charlie Kirchoff & Nic Rummel.

Buy/Bid – Lady Death #1

Buy/Bid – Rouge One #1

Buy/Bid – Hard Place #1

Buy/Bid – Toypetica #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghost Money #1 – Thierry Smolderen & Dominique Bertail.
Redlands #1 – Jordie Bellaire & Vanesa Del Rey.
Wicked Righteous #1 – Terry Mayo, Lucas Romero & Chris Hall.
Dark Nights: Metal #1 – Scott Snyder,Greg Capullo & Danny Miki.

Buy/Bid – Dark Metal #1

Buy/Bid – Ghost Money #1

Buy/Bid – Redlands #1

Buy/Bid – Wicked #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spy Seal #1 – Rich Tommaso
Donald and Mickey #1
Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 – Carly Usdin & Nina Vakueya.
Last Hunt #1 – Hannu Kesola & Ken Jannsens. Paul Moore & Beth Varni.
First Strike #1 – David Rodriguez, Mairghread Scott & artist Max Dunbar.

Donald & Mickey #1

First Strike #1

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

Last Hunt #1

Spy Seal #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Batvark #1 – Dave Sim
The Tick #1 – Cullen Bunn, Jimmy Z Johnson & Douglas Paszkiewicz.
Darkseid Special #1 – Mark Evanier & Scott Kolins.
Star Wars Jedi Of The Republic Mace Windu #1
Generations Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

Batvark #1

Darkseid #1

Hawkeye & Hawkeye

Mace Windu #1

Tick #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Hot Picks #126

Every week before new comic book day, InvestComics provides our fans with the Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. This week’s Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #488 and new comics coming this Wednesday 8/16/17.
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Totally Awesome Hulk #22 – Three weeks ago we gave fans a heads up on this comic. On our Facebook page and within the InvestComics Hot Picks #485 article. Now this comic commands 3 times it’s value before its release on Wednesday. You could have been on this comic at cover price three weeks ago, but maybe we should act like all of these sites that have completely emulated us and scream about how you can send your children to college if you buy 500 copies of this comic. We’ll pass on that behavior and leave that to the amateurs. How is that rare Scooby Doo Harley Quinn book doing? Anyway, the first ‘full’ appearance of Weapon H right here.
Dark Nights: Metal #1 – Duke gets a superhero name and a new costume. We’re not going to scream about this either. With creator names like Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Danny Miki, do we really need any other reason to not check this comic out? The answer is no. We check it out because we have talent on this book.
Superman #29 – The first Yellow Lantern Superman within DC continuity.
Sheena #0 – If you’re looking to make some quick cash, follow these steps. Step 1, buy this limited J.Scott Campbell variant. Two, track down J.Scott Campbell at a comic convention. Three, get him to sign this comic (pay J.Scott Campbell). Four, send this to your favorite grading company and score a 9.8 or higher (must score a 9.8 or higher). Be sure to get 2 day on it, do not do snail grading (unless you like losing money or making very little to breaking even). Five, when you receive your 9.8 or higher, sell it. Six (optional), send a percent of your earnings (‘a thank you’) to either paypal.me/InvestComicsLLC or the InvestComics LLC PO Box. You’re welcome.
Divinity #0 – Another Valiant Entertainment kick as* book. A jumping on point. Should have leaped a while ago, but Valiant is allowing for jumpers now……so jump.

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Also appearing in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #488
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Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #11 (2014)
U.S. Avengers #9
Generations: Wolverine & All New Wolverine #1
All-New Wolverine #1
Generation X #5
Wolverine & The X-Men #19 (2012)
Black Panther & The Crew #5
Secret Warriors #4 (2009)
Genius Cartel #1
Mage The Hero Denied #1
Spy Seal #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 8-16-17

New comic book release day 8/16/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Batwoman #6 – Michael Cho

Gwenpool #19 – Gurihiru

SPM II #2 – Gabriele Dell’otto

Vamp #5 – Valentine De Landro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheena #0 – J. Scott Campbell

Nightwing #27 – Casey Jones

Trinity #12 – Bill Sienkiewicz

Vampirella #5 – Phillip Tan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dark Nights #1 – Jim Lee

Divinity #0 – Juan Jose Ryp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Hot Picks #488

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005.
This week, new comic book release day 8/16/17.
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Buy/Bid – Dark Nights Metal #1

Buy/Bid – Injustice #11

Buy/Bid – Superman #29

Buy/Bid – Awesome Hulk #22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A possible big introduction within the continuity of Superman and the DC Universe this week in Superman #29. Yellow Lantern Superman may debut. The Ryan Sook cover shows Superman in full Yellow Lantern garb. Could it be? Obvious, yes, but who knows really. Let’s all check this comic out and see if this really is what we think it is. Yellow Lantern Superman did first appear in Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #11 in 2014. This story was outside of the realm of continuity and Superman #29 will be inside the DCU, so you make the call as to which you feel is the true first appearance.
Another ‘devastating, push to their limits, never seen, etc…’ event from DC Comics this Wednesday. This time is under the name Dark Nights: Metal #1. We’re almost certain this comic (and series) will be a great read (Scott Snyder) with amazing art (Greg Capullo/Danny Miki), but can we ease up on the throttle a bit with the hype ‘THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING’ rhetoric? Let readers decide. We’re smart. Well, some of us are, but still. A new Duke costume and superhero name does not account for all of the hype. Relax. Dial it back a little.

Buy/Bid – All-New Wolverine #1

Buy/Bid – Generations #1

Buy/Bid – Secret Warriors #4

Buy/Bid – Wolverine XMen #19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic fans have waited patiently for the new Hulk with Wolverine claws to debut. The wait is over this week. Totally Awesome Hulk #22 introduces Batch H/Weapon H in his first FULL appearance. InvestComics gave fans a heads up on this comic a few weeks ago and even provided an Ebay link to buy this comic early. Well now….sold out across the board and Ebay has this comic at $20 or more already. Writer Greg Pak and artist Robert Gill bring fans a new Hulk character that could be around for years to come if there is a positive response and from the looks of it….Weapon H may have arrived.
While a new Hulk character is introduced this week, an older one could be meeting his fate in U.S. Avengers #9. Will Marvel off the Red Hulk to make room for the Hulk with claws?
Marvel continues their ‘Generations’ books this week. In some cases, pitting the ‘old’ verses the ‘new’. Although it seems we are getting more of a team-up comic this week; Generations: Wolverine & All New Wolverine #1. Creators, writer Tom Taylor and artist Ramon Rosanas. Contrary to the promotions (a bit) from Marvel, this is not the first, real official meeting between these two. They met way back in 2016 (insert sarcasm); All-New Wolverine #1.
One of the strangest characters to arrive in a long time gets a ‘focal’ book this week. Generation X #5 ‘focuses’ on the character Eye-Boy. In case you really dig this character and you’re in the market for the first appearance, find Wolverine & The X-Men #19 (2012).
Manifold will join the Black Panther team in Black Panther & The Crew #5. Manifold first appeared in Secret Warriors #4 (2009).

Buy/Bid – Divinity #0

Buy/Bid – Black Panther #5

Buy/Bid – Generation X #5

Buy/Bid – U.S. Avengers #9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indie Hot Picks;
One of the best storytelling independent comics comes out with a relaunch this Wednesday. Divinity #0 is a jumping on point for the readers that have yet to discover one of the best kept secrets within the comic book industry. That is, Valiant Entertainment. Divinity #0 written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Renato Guedes.
A relaunch from Dynamite Entertainment; Sheena #0. Creators Marguerite Bennett/Christina Trujillo (writers), art by Moritat. A scarce J. Scott Campbell will be available with the release.
Genius Cartel #1 (Image Comics); Writers Marc Bernardin/Adam Freeman and artist Rosi Kampe.
Mage The Hero Denied #1 (Image Comics); Writer/artist Matt Magner.
Spy Seal #1 (Image Comics); Writer/artist Rich Tommaso.

Buy/Bid – Shenna #0

Buy/Bid – Genius #1

Buy/Bid – Spy Seal #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics #488

CLICK –> ALL Of The New Comics Videos….And More.
A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 8/16/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #488This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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WIN Edge Of Venomverse #1 Variants

InvestComics teams up with Unknown Comic Books for a chance to win 3 exclusive Edge Of Venomverse #1 variants.  Art by Greg Horn.

ONE winner will get ALL three covers. Winner will be announced on June 28th 2017. 

Preorders for these comics have already started! Purchase at Unknown Comic Books right HERE. You better head on over if you want buy a copy. They are going fast.

The winner will receive ALL Three exclusive covers. 2 variants and 1 variant virgin cover (images in this post).

Here is how to enter for your chance to win:

  • Follow us on Facebook and or Instagram: InvestComics HERE – Unknown Comic Books HERE
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  • LIKE the post on Facebook and Instagram.
  • SHARE the post on Facebook and Instagram.

You MUST FOLLOW these simple steps to be eligible to win.

LIKE/SHARE when the post(s) is up on social media.

Winner will be announced on June 28, 2017. Good Luck!

Be sure to visit the Unknown Comic Books website to purchase other great variants still available.

Fine Print: This promotion is open to participants in the continental U.S. only. If you have won a giveaway from InvestComics LLC or Social Media Giveaway within the last 1 months, you are not eligible in this promotion. InvestComics LLC, Social Media Giveaway and Unknown Comics are not responsible for any lost item(s) or damages shipped after the promotion is over. There will be no replacement item(s) shipped out once the product is in the sole possession of the delivery service of Unknown Comics’ choice. Employee’s or family members of InvestComics, Social Media Giveaway or Unknown Comics are not eligible. If you do not respond via message or email to our announcement that you’ve won on any of the social media that we post and tag you on within 15 days, your prize will be forfeited. No rainchecks. We will not chase you. The comic in this giveaway releases on June 28, 2017. We are not responsible for any unforeseen delays from the distributor or delivery service. Please be patient in receiving your comic.

InvestComics LLC and Social Media Giveaway do not send out prizes; unless specified. The above company or creator giving away the item(s) send out the prize(s). Once we receive your address information we send it to the company or creator so that THEY send it to the winner. InvestComics is NOT responsible for any item(s) not shipped out in a timely manner. Please contact the company or creator directly if you deem it necessary to do so. We will NOT be the middle man handling the shipping of your item(s).

WIN TMNT #67 Exclusive Variants

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InvestComics teams up with Unknown Comics for a chance to win limited exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67 variants. This variant cover is from artist Mat Nastos.

Here is your chance to win a set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #67; One Color and One B&W (extremely limited) exclusively from Unknown Comics. The second and third place winners will receive a color copy variant each.

These variants can be purchased at Unknown Comics right HERE.

Color variant: ($11.99)
B&W variant: RARE – Limited to 500 ($22.99)

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Here is how to enter for your chance to win a color variant copy:

You MUST FOLLOW these simple steps to be eligible to win.

SHARE when the post is up on social media.

Winner will be announced on February 15, 2017. Good Luck!

Be sure to visit the Unknown Comics website for some other great variants.

unk-comics-1Fine Print: This promotion is open to participants in the continental U.S. only. If you have won a giveaway from InvestComics LLC or Social Media Giveaway within the last 6 months, you are not eligible in this promotion. InvestComics LLC, Social Media Giveaway and Unknown Comics are not responsible for any lost item(s) or damages shipped after the promotion is over. There will be no replacement item(s) shipped out once the product is in the sole possession of the delivery service of Unknown Comics’ choice. Employee’s or family members of InvestComics, Social Media Giveaway or Unknown Comics are not eligible. If you do not respond via message or email to our announcement that you’ve won on any of the social media that we post and tag you on within 15 days, your prize will be forfeited. No rainchecks. We will not chase you. The comic in this giveaway releases on February 15, 2017. We are not responsible for any unforeseen delays from the distributor or delivery service. Please be patient in receiving your comic.

InvestComics and Social Media Giveaway does not send out prizes; unless specified. The above company or creator giving away the item(s) sends out the prize(s). Once we receive your address information we send it to the company or creator so that THEY send it to the winner. InvestComics is NOT responsible for any item(s) not shipped out in a timely manner. Please contact the company or creator directly if you deem it necessary to do so. We will NOT be the middle man handling the shipping of your item(s).

Win Civil War II #0 B&W Exclusive Variant

Win the WonderWorld Comics Civil War II #0 B&W Exclusive Retailer Variant!

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Art: Olivier Coipel
Cover Art: Phil Noto

This awesome virgin cover by Phil Noto depicts the infamous Sinead O’Conner SNL ripping of the Pope photo. This comic will have a much smaller run than the color 1:10 variant. WonderWorld Comics has these comics on sale right HERE…..but not for long! Grab your copy if you definitely need one of these in your collection, also try your luck nabbing one for FREE too!

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Civil War II #0 B&W Retailer Exclusive Variant – Phil Noto – Front and Back Cover

Here is how to enter for your chance to WIN!

Go to the InvestComics Facebook page. LIKE the InvestComics Facebook page. LIKE the WonderWorld Facebook page. SHARE the post. By following these 3 simple steps you are now entered for a chance to WIN the WonderWorld Comics Civil War II #0 B&W Retailer Exclusive Variant!.
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This comic will release on May 18th. A winner will be announced on May 19th. Good luck!

Be sure to visit the WonderWorld Comics website for some amazing deals and amazing variants!

Fine Print: This promotion is open to participants in the continental U.S. only. If you have won a giveaway from InvestComics LLC within the last 6 months, you are not eligible in this promotion. InvestComics LLC and WonderWorld Comics are not responsible for any lost item(s) or damages shipped after the promotion is over. There will be no replacement item(s) shipped out once the product is in the sole possession of the delivery service of WonderWorld Comics’ choice. Please allow an ample amount of time in receiving your comic book after its release.  If you do not respond via message or email to our announcement that you’ve won on any of the social media that we post and tag you on within 15 days, your prize will be forfeited. No rainchecks. We will not chase you. InvestComics does not send out prizes. The above company or creator giving away the item(s) sends out the prize(s). Once we receive your address information we send it to the company or creator so that THEY send it to the winner. InvestComics is NOT responsible for any item(s) not shipped out in a timely manner. Please contact the company or creator directly if you deem it necessary to do so. We will NOT be the middle man handling the shipping of your item(s).

Comic Broker Report – December 2014

Deadpool Hawkeye 0 Variant

The variant for this  has a terrible cover but Marvel decided to include something very strange in this comic.  As Hawkeye surveys what appears to be a Cosplay street party both the new female Thor and Spider-Gwen pass him buy.  Is this the first appearance of Gwen Stacy from an alternate Universe in that sick new costume?  Collector’s disagree and only time will tell but the fact is this book is the first appearance of the Spider-Gwen costume and it’s one of the more popular in recent memory.

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Taboo 2

From Hell a TV show?!?!?  Sweet.  Buy the first published strips in this forgotten anthology!

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Suicide Squad 48 ( first Joker cover in Suicide Squad )

This collector is very skeptical of Jared Leto’s casting as the Joker.  It’s not because I don’t like his acting but putting the Joker in an ensemble cast seems like a mistake to me.  Either way any Joker connection to the squad is going to heat up the back issue market as proven by the HQ announcement.

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Fairy Tale Parade 9 ( First appearance of  the Snow Queen ) and first appearance of  Elsa

As one of the more popular Disney characters in the last 20 years picking up the Snow Queen’s first is a smart move,

if you can find it.

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Gotham by Gaslight

This classic work by Mignola features the first appearance of the Gaslight DCU.  The Lex Luthor from that world will be playing a huge role in Fight for the Multiverse.

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Deadpool Origins

Do people ever get tired of spending enormous sums of cash on Deadpool comics?  The answer still appears to be no.  This one-shot has escaped my clutches for some time and is now racking up big sale numbers on Ebay.

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Over the Garden Wall Special 1 & 1:15 Variant

Kaboom’s adaptation of the CW’s new show has been a rare find.  Both covers are worth a quick flip if your LCS has em’!

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The preview is in Adv Time 33

This is the variant cover, there are two other covers.

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-Topher

@Larfleeze

 

UPDATE!!!

Superman Family 192 ( First appearance of Lor-Van )

Who knows what grandfather or grandfathers the Krypton show will use?  Start speculating now and scoop up this one!

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Comic Broker Report – October 2014 (part 3)

This month I am smashing together a selection of comics I believe are worth buying at cheap prices if you can find them.  As always suggestions are appreciated and I will attempt to answer any questions or make any necessary revisions.

Like any investments comics represent a risk if you are looking to resell for profit.  Read the disclaimer under Hot Picks if you need further information.

 

2000 A.D. 377 ( First Judge Fargo )

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Here’s a way they can show Karl Urban’s face in a Dredd sequel and give the legendary Judge an origin within a sequel.  All they need to do is cinematically un- retconn the retconn of Judge Fargo’s face as show in this issue.  Fargo and Dredd’s DNA are the same.  As fans know it just ain’t cool to show Dredd’s face.  This is the only time it was done.

Essential Sandman 4

This hard to find reprint of Lucifer’s first has yet to make a blip on collector’s radars.  When it becomes clear that Sandman 4 is out of reach in both availability and price this one should rise in value.

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Notable addition:

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Youngblood 3 ( First appearance of Supreme )

So the infamous creator of Deadpool has recently teased a Supreme film on Twitter. It appears that studios are interested in another of his creations.  This overprinted issue features Supreme’s first appearance.  As we have learned from NM 98, overprinting doesn’t seem to matter in the marketplace if the character is in demand.

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Notable additions:

The Moore issue has many reprints that are more rare than the reg edition I have pictured below.

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GLA 1 ( 2nd Squirrel Girl )

Recently her first appearance has been quietly selling for decent money on Ebay.  She’s a fan favorite with few first appearances.  2nd appearances are all the rage right now so here is hers.

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Marvel Graphic Novel 18 ( First Agent Dooley )

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One of my favorite actors, Shea Whigham has been cast to play this obscure S.H.I.E.L.D  agent in the upcoming Agent Carter series.  To date this is his only appearance and it’s a tough one to find.

ASM 685b ( Fredzilla appearance )

Big Hero 6 alert!  Characters from the upcoming film have few appearances outside of the mini.  This is one and it’s a difficult variant to track down.

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Star Wars Tales 4 ( First Ben Skywalker )

As the new film release approaches I will be randomly mentioning key issues that have had some movement on the back issue marketplace.  To my knowledge this is Ben’s first and only.

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Here is some additional Deadpool speculation.  Supporting characters can drive up prices ( See X-Force 2 ).  These two guys are popular amongst Deadpool readers but there is no guarantee that they will ever be in the film.

Cable & Deadpool 38 ( First Bob Agent of Hydra! )

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Cable 3 ( First appearance of Weasel )

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Identity Disc 5 ( First appearance of Deadpool’s first wife Gretchen Wilson )

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Webspinners 7 ( First Appearance of Merc Monthly )

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-Topher

@larfleeze

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 9/3/14

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There are foregone conclusions in life. The one that we all try hardest to elude is death. No matter how hard we try, we all will eventually meet our ultimate demise. No way around this one folks. It’s going to happen. However, the death card- foregone conclusion does not hold water within the comic book world. Wolverine will start the ultimate conclusion to his life beginning this week in Death of Wolverine (2014) #1. The death will stir the pot a bit, but will simply not hold for the long hall. Wolverine equals money and Disney isn’t about to give that up. So what to do as a fan? Well for one; enjoy the story put forth before you. It’s probably going to be a great one! As a speculator, well there are literally about 13 variants (at last count) that stand before you. If you’re a savvy investor and stay on top of the InvestComics Hot Picks each week, you’ll know what to do exactly. If you’re a first timer here, all I can say is choose wisely. There are simply too many variants to cover, but I can tell you one thing. It will be short lived, so you better turn over the comics quick. There is one sold out variant and that one goes to the sketch Deadpool variant. That variant alone will cost you around $350. That’s a bit much. Money better spent on a nice Bronze Age first appearance someplace. It’s your money though. If you buy that $350 book, you better have a good plan to get rid of it.

DC Comics wants to out duel Marvel this week so they go back to the well with their 3D covers. There is absolutely no redeeming value to these amazingly awesome 3D comics as far as monetary value goes. It’s a passing fad and will be as big as the Bombshell covers were, or the selfie covers. Yes you get the idea. Take a pass on these if you’re thinking of a spec market spike. There will however probably be ONE or TWO that will break through to cause an aftermarket bump. A short lived gimmick will bring a few extra bucks to your pocket, so the same applies here as did the Death of Wolverine. Choose wisely. Here is a quick checklist with images of which 3D covers are headed your way.

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Trinity Of Sin Phantom Stranger Futures End (2014) #1

Swamp Thing Futures End (2014) #1

Action Comics Futures End (2014) #1

Green Arrow Futures End (2014) #1

Grayson Futures End (2014) #1

Earth 2 Futures End (2014) #1

Detective Comics Futures End (2014) #1

Batwing Futures End (2014) #1

Aquaman Futures End (2014) #1

Green Lantern Futures End (2014) #1

Check out the zany/fun and Sold Out variant comic God Hates Astronauts (2014 Image) #1 this Wednesday. No more left at Diamond so you better get a copy if you think it’s a keeper. Another sold out comic hitting the shelf this week is Silent Hill Downpour Annes Story (2014) #1. Don’t look for too much on the spec side with this comic though.

Since the inception of InvestComics back in 2005 I have recommended Moon Knight countless times, everything from Werewolf by Night, Marvel Spotlight, to the Stephen Platt run and many more. All of those comics have showed some decent progress over time. I will continue to inform anyone that reads this column each week that you need to get your Moon Knight Comics in order. He will eventually come to fruition and hit the big screen. When it is announced one day, these books will explode beyond a price range that makes sense to buy for the savvy speculator. So with that, in this week’s Moon Knight (2014 5th Series) #7 fans are introduced to a new villain.

Disney based comic Figment has been selling very well. Figment (2014) #4 will reveal the origin of Dreamfinder and Figment.

Alice Cooper (2014 Dynamite) #1 will start a new ongoing series written by the amazing Joe Harris. Alice Cooper is no stranger to comics. Check out his first appearance in the Marvel title Marvel Premiere #50 (1979). Mr. Cooper had an actual hand in writing that book too. Awesome Terry Austin cover as well!

Dark Horse Comics puts together two unlikely characters; Grendel and the Shadow in Grendel vs Shadow (2014) #1. Although the Shadow is a cool teammate, Grendel is total badas*. Grendel’s first appearance was in Primer #2 (1983). A once very hot commodity way back in the day still shows signs of life on Ebay. A recent 9.6 CGC graded sold for $250. Primer #2 consistently sells on Ebay, which is a great sign. Why Grendel isn’t on the big screen yet is puzzling. If you can get your hands on one of these, do yourself a favor and do so. It’s a winner and an investment all the way.

Number One (2014 Aazurn) #1 will be a great read. Look for this one shot to sell out. A disturbing new Vertigo title will be of interest to check out; Names (2014 DC/Vertigo) #1. Ex Con (2014 Dynamite) #1, Cloaks (2014 Boom) #1, and Death Defying Dr Mirage (2014 Valiant) #1 will be worth a look as well.

Want off the wall, funny, wacky this week? Look no further than Hawkeye vs Deadpool (2014) #0. This will be a must read.

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Apocalypse Checklist

 

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Apocalypse 

Uncanny 332 ( first Ozymandias )

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I doubt you will see an Age of Apocalypse film without this guy!

 

Marvel GN 17 ( First Apocalypse )

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Though unnamed in the GN it looks like this is Apocalypse’s first appearance.  Will this retcon catch on?  If it does this one will skyrocket.

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Rise of Apocalypse 1-4

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This mini is already selling for decent money.

 

Uncanny 376

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Uncanny X-Men 221 (First Mr. Sinister)

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Mr. Sinister is a fan favorite  and central to the AOA plot.  Grab this one now if your lucky enough to find it in high grade.

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X-force 37 (Apocalypse gains entry into the Celestial ship)

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Any comic that sheds light on the origin of the world’s oldest mutant should jump in price.  In this case we get a glimpse into Apocalypse’s quest for power.  It’s a small tidbit but key to understanding the goals of a powerful mutant.

 

New Mutants 25 ( First David Haller/Legion ) New Mutants #26 ( first on cover )

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Bringing Apocalypse into the cinematic universe is a smart move.  Leading the next film into the AOA storyline would be wise too.   Sony like to adapt stories from the comics so Prof X’s son could be used and that means a whole host of comics will heat up on the back issue market.

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X-Men 41 – Legion Quest (First Earth-295/AOA )

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X-Factor 23 ( first Archangel )

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Everyone should have a copy of X-Factor 24. Simonson’s cover is still impressive all these years later and hey it’s the first appearance of Warren as Archangel right?  Nope.  He appeared in issue 23, in full and wasn’t named for many issues later.  This scenario reminds me of New Mutants 86/87.  Cable appears at the end of issue 86 but because of the iconic cover for issue 87 the actual first appearance isn’t noted.

 

X-Men 95 ( Identity of Death Revealed )

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At this point we do not know who the Horsemen will be.  I would like to see the original horsemen used but Fox likes to tweak the stories making Wolverine the central character.  If the do use him as Death I would want to own this one.

 

X-Men Unlimited 10

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Dark Beast replaces Beast.  I remember a few characters who became quite popular during the AOA run.  Dark Beast was one of them.

 

Uncanny X-Men 317 ( Red Stripe )

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She appears to be one of the more popular characters in the new film.  The enhanced cover is easy to find.  This one is a little more difficult.

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X-Men Poster Magazine 4 ( First AOA Blink/ Dark Beast )

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Unlike Bishop Blink was great in Days of Future Past!

This one is super rare and could be the first appearance of the AOA Blink and Dark Beast.  I am working to confirm the date of release on this but if you collect AOA related comics you should enjoy the hunt on this one.  It’s not going to be easy.

 

Tales from the AOA 2

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I have mentioned this one before.  Why?  First published work by Brian k. Vaughan!

 

-Topher

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Age of Apocalypse – Reading Order

Legion Quest
0) Uncanny X-Men #319: Untapped Potential
1) X-Factor #109: The Waking
2) Uncanny X-Men #320: The Son Rises In The East
3) X-Men #40: The Killing Time
4) Uncanny X-Men #321: Auld Lang Syne
5) Cable #20: An Hour Of Last Things
6) X-Men #41: Dreams Die

Origins
1) X-Men Chronicles #1: Origins
2) X-Man Annual #1996
3) Tales From The Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines
4) Tales From The Age of Apocalypse: By The Light
5) X-Men Chronicles #2: Shattered Dreams
6) X-Man #-1: Breeding Ground
7) Blink #1
8) Blink #2
9) Blink #3
10) Blink #4 (Without Last Three Pages)

Beginnings
11) X-Men Alpha: Beginnings
12) Astonishing X-Men #1: Once More, With Feeling
13) X-Calibre #1: The Infernal Gallop
14) Gambit and The X-Ternals #1: Some Of Us Looking To The Stars
15) Generation Next #1: From The Top
16) Weapon X #1: Unforgiven Trespasses
17) Amazing X-Men #1: Crossing Guards
18) Factor X #1: Sinister Neglect
19) X-Man #1: Breaking Away

Choosing Sides
20) Amazing X-Men #2: Sacrificial Lambs
21) Factor X #2: Abandoned Children
22) Weapon X #2: Fire in the Sky
23) Gambit and The X-Ternals #2: Where No External Has Gone Before
24) X-Calibre #2: Burn
25) Generation Next #2: Hither Comes The Sugarman
26) Astonishing X-Men #2: No Exit
27) X-Man #2: Choosing Sides

Turning Point
28) Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen
29) Factor X #3: Open Wounds
30) Astonishing X-Men #3: In Excess
31) Amazing X-Men #3: Parents of The Atom
32) X-Calibre #3: Body Heat
33) Gambit and The X-Ternals #3: To The Limits of Infinity
34) Generation Next #3: It Only Hurts When I Sing
35) X-Man #3: Turning Point
36) Weapon X #3: The Common Rights of Toads and Men
37) X-Universe #1: Last Stand

Endings
38) X-Calibre #4: On Fire
39) Generation Next #4: Bye
40) Astonishing X-Men #4: Holocaust
41) X-Man #4: The Art of War
42) Factor X #4: Reckonings
43) Weapon X #4: Into The Maelstrom
44) X-Universe #2: Dying Breath
45) Gambit and The X-Ternals #4: The Maze
46) Amazing X-Men #4: On Consecrated Ground
47) X-Men Omega: Endings
–) Blink #4 (Last Three Pages)

Any correction are greatly appreciated. 

Comic Broker Report – June 2014

 

 

Wormwood Gentlemen Corpse 1  ( Hundred Penny Press Edition )

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This series has been on fire recently. Issues of the LO-FI magazines reprint material are scarce and sell for a premium. If you are looking forward to the animated series and collect the comics do not forget to track down this rare printing of issue 1.

Dreadstar 1 Marvel/Epic

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Despite not featuring the first appearance of major characters from the series the first Marvel/Epic comic issue is starting to move.
Walking Dead 103 Variant

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Clone has been picked up by Syfy and is easily one of the better Image titles out today. It should translate well to the small screen. Issue 1 has a variant but if you want the series first appearance this WD issue is the one to buy.
Note: There is a very limited DF remark variant for this issue.

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Ghosted 9

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Nailbiter is already a hot item on Ebay.  Issue 1 is selling for 10-15.  It’s damn hard to predict the next big thing as most modern titles fall off after a while and lose readership. Will Nailbiter defy the odds?  If it does pick up Ghosted 9 as it previews the new Image series.
Superman Confidential 1

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The man who first exposed Superman to Kryptonite  makes his debut in this excellent DC series. The Utopia Casino, which Tony owns was an Easter egg in the Man of Steel film. Only time will tell if Mr. Gallo gets cast as a villain in Zack Syder’s highly anticipated follow-up. This one is cheap and relatively easy to find. Buy and hold.
Chew 8 ( first Poyo )

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This comic should be back on collector radars. With Chew confirmed for an animated treatment, fan fav Poyo looks to play a prominent role.
Swamp Thing 67

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A new trailer for the Constatine TV series has debuted and people are excited. Issues of Swamp Thing 37 and Hellblazer 1 are starting to sell well. Look for this issue  to jump when collector realize that it previews Hellblazer 1 although I am not sure if Papa Midnite is in the preview.  If so this issue would then become his true first appearance.

Tales of the New Teen Titans 1

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Scott Snyder has announced Cyborg will be in Superman/Batman and that means DC Comics Presents 26 will no longer be easy to find.  In all fairness it has been a collectible comic for some time.  But this issue can still be found in back issue bins all across America.  Buy it now and hold on tight because it gives readers the origin of Cyborg!

UPDATE: 

Nova8 ( 2008 )  First appearance of Knowhere

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Some time ago I mentioned this little gem that not only features one hell of a cover but is also the first appearance of fan favorite Cosmo.  Well now it might be important for another reason.  Recent GOTG images allude to the possibility of the Celestial head Knowhere as a setting for Starlord and company.

 

-Topher

@Larfleeze

 

 

Comic Broker Report – Undervalued Moderns Special

The market can be slow to reflect the value of certain issues.  This can happen for many reasons.  Each month I try to give readers the opportunity to get in on a sleeper well before the market catches up.  Though I am not always right I try to select comics that are worth collecting even if you might never make a penny on the fast flip.  I have featured some of these comics in the past.  They make this list because they remain largely unknown to the collecting community.

 

Batman Volume 1 Issue 656

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If you are looking for Damian Wayne’s first full appearance then here ya go!  Issue 655 along with its variant and other printings are often the ones collectors want but they only feature Batman’s son in shadows.  This issue is where we get to see the league trained badass for the first time!

Iron Man,Incredible Hulk,Nick Fury       Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield ( second appearance )

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It’s odd to me that Agent Coulson’s first appearance is so undervalued.  It’s pretty tough to find and features a character that is loved by most Marvel fans.  With Agents of SHIELD getting better with each episode I hope these two comics see significant increases in value.

Battle Scars 1,6

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So if you don’t appreciate Coulson’s first actual appearance in a comic then you can pick up these two which feature his first appearance ( and named appearance ) in the regular Marvel Universe.

Th Invincible Iron Man ( 2008 ) 10,11

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Ok there are a ton of these to hunt down.  Why?  Well recently the actor who voiced Iron Man’s A.I.  J.A.R.V.I.S. told us he’s playing the Vision.  This means that the A.I. that Stark created is becoming one of the most popular Avengers in the next film.  The Vision first appeared in Avengers 57 and it highly valued.  But as the film version will be bringing the Stark A.I. to life as an android,  these comics should be worth a lot more than the currently are.  Issue 10 features the first appearance of the RESCUE armor, made for Pepper Potts by Tony.  In Issue 11 we learn that the A.I. system in her armor is the J.A.R.V.I.S intelligence!  That makes these issues the first comic appearance of the intelligence system which will become the Vision in Avengers 2.  So far the hardest issues to find are the second print for issue 10.  This us due to the first cover for RESCUE.  Issue 10 has variants, the hardest one to find being the secret retailer variant.  The only way to tell is a barcode variation pictured above!

Elektra Assassin 2

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Ok I admit I am a huge Bill Paxton fan.

Once we learned that his character on A.O.S. was secretly a Hydra agent this book should have seen some market action.  It has a wonderful cover and is written by an industry great.

Action Comics 471

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Despite many who were disappointing by the Man of Steel I have come to realize that it is a very good film.  Russel Crow actually steals it along with Zod’s top soldier Faora who first appears  in this issue of Action Comics.

Supernaturals 4

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It’s still amazing to me that Groot is coming to a theater near you in August.  For a character with less that 5 pre Copper Age appearances it just seems insane that an Alien like this is being thrust into the mainstream. To my knowledge this issue is his first appearance in the modern age.  This series inserted masks into the issues and I believe the ones with the Ghost Rider mask are the hardest to find.

Chuck Norris  and the Karate Kommandos 1

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First appearance of this legend is all you need to know.

Captain America 208, first appearance of Arnim Zola

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If you geeked out as much as me with Zola’s incredible appearance in the Winter Soldier then I applaud your love of insanely twisted comic villains!

 

-Topher

@Larfleeze

Comic Broker Report – April 2014

It seems like every day there’s some new announcement for comic film and T.V. adaptations.  Today it’s Superior from Mark Millar!  No matter what it is critical that studios keep putting out films like The Winter Soldier.  As long as that happens studios will continue to harvest the back issues bins and extract things like Squee! and Dreadstar!  Here are this month’s recommendations:

Detective Comics 457

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Is Holly Hunter playing Leslie Thompkins in Zack Snyder’s sequel to Man of Steel?  If she does go grab multiple copies of this one.  Not

Note:  This one is highly speculative.  Nothing has been confirmed.

RAVAGER!

Ok so Summer Glau is still being type cast but she looks good as Ravager/Rose Wilson, daughter of the mega popular Deathstroke on CW’s Arrow.  As far as I can tell these would be the issues to buy:

Deathstroke 15 ( first Rose Wilson )

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Teen Titans 1/2 Wizard ( first Ravager costume? )

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Teen Titans Vol. 3  # 8

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On the show Summer plays Isabel Rochev who is also a major player in the current comic series and like the comic version, she takes over Oliver’s company.  But Rochev and Wilson are two different people in the comics.  It looks like Arrow’s Rochev is simply a cover identity to hide the Wilson name.  But if you are wondering where Rochev appears first, here ya go:

Green Arrow Volume Four  1B (  1:25 Ethan Van Sciver Variant )

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Marvel Graphic Novel 3: Dreadstar

So by now it’s known that Dreadstar is getting the film treatment.  Epic 1,2,3 are all keys if you ask me but this one might prove to be very tough to find in high grade/first print.

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This isn’t easy to find either!

Marvel’s 1985 Dreadstar Patch

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Green Team 8

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So DC announced the return of the Teen Titans.  This is why you are already seeing price jumps for DC Comics Presents 26.  So what does the Green Team 8 have to do with the Titans?  Read the last page of this underprinted DC New 52 title  for a shocker!

Runaways 1

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Here’s one I would buy now.  Eventually this Marvel gem will make it to the big screen.  Oh and it’s written by an industry legend.

Dead Letters 1

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Other folks on the web have already shed some light on this one.  There are variants for issue one but the print run for the reg cover was so low that I would buy it as well.  This is one you can find on shelves now if your LCS  orders a wide variety of titles.

New Mutants 25

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The sequel to X-Men Days of Future Past has already been confirmed by Director Brian Singer.  Once we learned that the Age of Apocalypse story is central to the plot I am sure fans of Legion rejoiced.  Prof  X’s son plays a big role in AOA and if he’s a part of the next film look for this issue to explode.

Warrior 1 ( Signed Only )

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Death of a WWE great leads to quick monies.

Invincible 110

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Sometimes collecting comics for a long time can make one feel as though they have seen it all.  So when  a comic is released by the creator of the Walking Dead with some truly adult subject matter, collector’s should take notice.  In this case we also have a comic has a pretty low print run.  Demand for this book will climb over the next month but there just aren’t enough to go around.

Note:  I would grab issue 44 as well!

Sword of Azrael 1

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This one is cheap and well written.  Because the replacement Batman could end up in a film I suggest a little speculation here.   There’s also a DF signed edition and a Silver Series reprint.

Metal Hurlant 1

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This one is impossible to find.    Corben fans should be pleased that this series is on T.V.

I feel Sick 1,2

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It’s not just Squee that’s hot!  I suspect all this creator’s comics will continue to set fires for the foreseeable future.

DMZ 14

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So Scalped has been optioned ( Thanks to this webpage for informing me! )  Similar to Y the Last Man 37, this issue had a preview of the series most just don’t know about!

-Topher

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Comic Broker Report – March 2014 (Updated)

There is nothing I can say today that will take me away from watching Season one of True Detective in one sitting.  You should be doing the same, right after you read this though!

 

Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos 27 ( First Eric Koenig )

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So Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still has not sparked the interest as I had hoped it would.  Uninteresting characters ( not including Bill Paxton ) will do that but when Patton Oswalt was announced as reformed Nazi Shield Agent Eric Koenig, I started to smile.  The ranks of shield could start filling up with some wonderful characters from Marvel’s past but unless the clairvoyant is M.O.D.O.K. I sill won’t be pleased.

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Rumors of the Psychotic Captain America, William Burnside appearing as the villain in Captain America 3 have been a hot topic this week.  Early  reviews of The Winter Soldier have been overwhelmingly positive and Marvel has already started chirping about the third film in the franchise.  So who is William Burnside?

The general consensus is that he first appears here although he may have appeared earlier in  All Select 9 ( unconfirmed ).  Burnside is an interesting idea for a film antagonist.  He’s a man so obsessed with Steve Rogers he tries to become him!  It’s also possible he could appear in film as The Grand Director.

Captain America 231 ( First Burnside as The Grand Director )

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Captain America vol 5.  4, 7 ( 2006 )

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These I like because of Brubaker, a man who will go down as the most influential Cap writer of the last 20 years.  Though Burnside is only shown via flashback in 7 they could be key down the road.  Considering the current importance of Issue 6, 6b,1 and the,14 reprint- I would buy now and hold.  Cap 153-155 are a good Bronze Age bet too!

Amazing Spider-Man 359, 360

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Collectors and buyers love them some ASM 361 and the 361 2nd print but Carnage’s roots can be traced back to issue 354.  These issues remain key to the development of the character despite their awful covers.  Also the cover to issue 361 is published first in issue 359.

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Arrow continues to surprise viewer with excellent episodes.   Bodyguard to Oliver Queen John Diggle is the best example of this.  He has become so popular that Jeff Lemire introduced him into the mainstream DCU in this issue:

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but he actually appeared a little earlier in this 1:5 variant, out of continuity comic:

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Note: There regular cover for this series is a photo cover.

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Ellen Page is going to star in Rucks’s Queen and Country.  I have mentioned Queen & Country 1 & the FCBD issue when the property was first optioned by Fox.  Don’t sleep on this issue though.  It features a very Early appearance of Tara Chace and one of her only appearances outside of Queen & Country.  The Powers appearances and cover don’t hurt either now that it too has been optioned by Sony for the Ps4.

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Action Comics 835 ( first in Continuity Livewire ),  Superman Adventures 5  

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Here’s some major speculation for you.  Much like Squirrel Girl, I love oddball first appearances of cool characters that could see increases in value down the road.  Livewire represents what I love most about comics and selling them for profit.  The key appearances of Livewire are cheap.  They are a safe bet and if you buy them you will probably want to hang on to them whether the market on them changes or not.

The Clone Wars 1 ( First Ahsoka Tano )

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With Disney and Marvel taking over from Dark Horse a new era for Star Wars Begins.  Over the last 20 years there hasn’t been much to rave about in the way of new characters though.   Tano is one great exception.  Grab her first appearance now especially if your a fan of a universe experiencing a major shift in structure.

Note: There is a variant for this limited to 1000 copies.

 

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UPDATE:  Are the Hunters the next big problem for Rick and company on AMC’s The Walking Dead?  Seeing how appearances of supporting characters are lighting up Ebay, issues 61-66 ( Fear the Hunters ) will be even harder to acquire if this rumor proves to be true.  61 and 63 are already key books thanks to the first appearance of Chew.

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Nova 19 ( First Appearance Marcus Daniels, Blackout )

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Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to add villains!  I just hope Blackout doesn’t wear his original costume!

The Inhuman 11

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Korath the Pursuer is coming to the GOTG film.  Yay.

I’m not sure if this movie can handle any more characters but in this case the 35 cent price variant is the one to track down!

 

 

 

 

 

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Marvel Comics will go back to the well this week with another Moon Knight Series attempt; Moon Knight (2014 5th Series) #1. Will it work this time? Will the new series exceed the proverbial magic number of 60? You see, Marc Spector has never seen an issue after number 60. 38 was his second high score. Now granted, some of his 16 or so series have been limited series, reprints, team-ups or utter failures in the ongoing series department. There are some characters within comic companies that see early success and or have a cult like following, so the companies cater to those in need of the hero/villain once in a while with the high hopes that more fans will latch on. It happens all the time. Failure usually happens too all the time. Moon Knight is the classic case in point here. But with all of the television and movie executives breathing down every cornerstone of every cinderblock within the comic book entertainment industry, Moon Knight is bound to get picked up. If you’re an old school follower of InvestComics, you will know that I have been saying this for years. Moon Knight is Marvel’s answer to DC’s Batman. The Dark Knight vs. The White Knight. What better way can Marvel stick it to DC than to have a successful run on the White Knight on some entertainment medium outlet level? Be it a TV show or a movie. Of course Marvel has absolutely nothing to prove these days to anyone, but Moon Knight would make a nice addition to an already successful run.

Let’s just assume for a moment that Marvel is going to green light Moon Knight as a major motion picture. What approach do they take? Well there isn’t much choice in the style/ambiance/feel you can go with except one; dark. It would mark one of the first major Marvel Studios films (new era) to be a darker/grittier feature. So where to reference from you may ask? There are two places and these are guarantees in the spec market IF Moon Knight ever gets green lit. Grab your pen and paper folks, these are LOCKS. The first spot they will look is 1993. In 1993 Moon Knight received his “Miller/McFarlane/Lee/Johns” on his book. The character finally got an identity like the previous aforementioned creators did for their characters. A mere mention of McFarlane and your mind is on Spider-Man. Miller and you go to Batman/Daredevil. You get the idea here. His name was Stephen Platt. Platt essentially became THE Moon Knight guy on Moon Knight #55 (1993). Anyone that was to ever follow will have to follow his lines. But it took about 13 years for the next creator to step up to the plate and except Platt’s challenge. In 2006 David Finch accepted the challenge and redefined the character once more in Moon Knight #1 (2006). Without a shadow of a doubt, IF Moon Knight ever sees the light of day, these two comic books will in fact (not fact really, but boy am I confident here) be the reference points to lead the way. Buy these comics now for minimal monies; you have nothing to lose really. It’s such an affordable book that it won’t even hit your wallet hard at all. Buy the David Finch variant, get it signed and graded too while you’re at it.

And one more Moon Knight comic to buy, a must actually; Werewolf by Night #32 (1975). That of course is the first appearance of Moon Knight. By all accounts, a pricey book for a character that hasn’t seen that much success at all. Odd isn’t it? I leave you with a quick nugget about Moony, then we must move on. Did you know that one of the first ever comics to go Direct was Moon Knight #15 (1982)? Check out that Frank Miller/Joe Jusko cover. Interior art by Bill Sienkiewicz. What a beauty of a book.

So stock up on Moon Knight because this might be the time that Hollywood finally comes a’ knockin’ so be prepared. And let’s also hope that this series doesn’t face the ominous fate that Scottie Young’s Moon Knight Variant has suffered.

Speaking of suffering an ill demised ending, rumors are swirling all over the place regarding Forever Evil (2013 DC) #6. Will Nightwing bite the dust? Does this really matter? We all know he’s going to be in the new Batman vs. Superman film, so he will come back JUST in time for the movie release. His death will spark an uptick in the market, but as quickly as it does, it will fall. Get this comic and sell it. Get it out of your hands asap.

She-Hulk (2014 3rd Series) #2 will guest star Hellcat. Check out her first appearance as Hellcat in Avengers #144 (1976) done up by some guy named George Perez. (Sarcasm here of course).

IDW will release Rogue Trooper (2014) #1 this week as a new ongoing series. Rouge Trooper first appeared in 2000AD #228 (1981). Some guy named Dave Gibbons was the co-creator. (Sarcasm once again).

Archie Comics makes their way onto the InvestComics Hot Picks list this week. Mega Man (2011 Archie) #34 will introduce Mega Man X.

Definite number one issues to keep on your radar this Wednesday. The very first Millarworld Universe comic, Starlight (2014 Image) #1. Tales of Honor (2014 Image) #1 will have a sold out sign on it, as will Veil (2014 Dark Horse) #1.

And the rest….Auteur (2014 Oni Press) #1Batman Superman (2013 DC) Annual #1, Darkness Vicious Traditions (2014 Image) #1, and Evil Empire (2014 Boom) #1.

In the “enough already” department, Magneto (2014) #1 and Wolverine and the X-Men (2014) #1. Probably going to be excellent fun reads, but no power behind them to ever sustain in the aftermarket.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 2/26/14

Marvel will give it another go with the Fantastic Four this week; Fantastic Four (2014 5th Series) #1. Don’t look for a big payday down the road on this comic at all. Maybe you’re thinking of getting the biggest variant available in this lot. Plucking down $300 to profit on an Alex Ross variant will be a huge risk because the new FF series will not hold up as far as the speculators market goes. This will be hot out of the gate then will quickly succumb to the doldrums of boredom like each and every Fantastic Four series prior. Didn’t Marvel try to kill off the Human Torch a couple of years ago? A publicity stunt that failed miserably, no one cared because we all knew that Johnny would be back. Getting back to the Alex Ross variant. Even if you got this signed and graded, you probably break even. There will be no demand after the first couple of issues for the back issues of this series. Buy the regular cover, read it and throw it in your read pile.

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You want a variant that will pay off?  Here’s a big task to try, but it would be a rare treat to own, thus maybe getting some premium dollar for it. Pick up the Empire of the Dead (2014 Marvel) #2 variant with the George Romero/Arthur Suydam team-up cover. Get Mr. Romero and Mr. Suydam to sign it, grade it, and watch the counter uptick on this one.

Marvel’s UK comics continues their a’ la Secret Wars/Crisis (lots of characters in one book) this week with Revolutionary War Alpha (2014 Marvel) #5. Check out the battle between Super Soldiers and Mys-Tech. I still strongly believe this is a test market for Marvel/Disney to see if they have something here to follow up on. Will Marvel Studios ever have a Marvel UK line? Maybe an animated show/dvd movie? Who knows, but why are we getting so much hardcore awesomeness from the Marvel UK market? The Marvel/Disney brain trust never does anything to just do it. I would suggest to cover your bases to get your Marvel UK first appearances in order just in case anything breaks out. Most of these first appearances are extremely affordable, so the speculator essentially doesn’t have much to lose here. Check out the Super Soldiers first in their self-titled comic Super Soldiers #1 (1993). Also Mys-Tech’s first is in Warheads #1 (1992).

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012 Marvel Universe) #23 will feature the superhero cleanup crew known as Damage Control. Check out their debut in Marvel Comics Presents #19 (1989).

In a rare appearance a Top Cow makes it to the InvestComics Hot Picks list this week.  Artifacts (2010 Top Cow) #35 debuts creator/writer Hannibal Tabu’s first work.

Adventures of Superman (2013) 2nd Series #10 introduces a “young boy”. Who’s to say that this young lad doesn’t materialize into something later on down the road? It’s happened before.

This week in the “huh?” department we have Superman Lois Lane (2014) #1 and X-Files Conspiracy Transformers (2014) #1. Last week we saw the X-Files tackle the TMNT in a cool variant, but the X-Files and TMNT? Now the X-Files and Transformers? Very odd indeed. How about Lois Lane getting her own title. Really? Lois lost the Superman romance sweepstakes, so as a consolation prize DC rewards Lois with her own comic! From a pure speculator eye on both of these comics, don’t look for any movement what so ever.

You want movement this week? You want some bang for your buck? Two Image Comics will sell out and command some money in the aftermarket this week. One Hit Wonder (2014) #1 and Revenge (2014 Image) #1. Leave 5% of your re-sale in the InvestComics donation box below. Haha!

Other number one issues to check out this week Tomb Raider (2014) #1 with writer extraordinaire Gail Simone on this one. Vandroid (2014) #1, Pariah (2014 Dark Horse) #1, Edge of Empire (2014) #1, and Conan fans rejoice King Conan Conqueror (2014 Dark Horse) #1 will debut.

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There are certain characters within the realm of the comic book world that simply do not have the guns to hold their own monthly series. These characters are fantastic supporting heroes/villains, but simply lack that certain something to appeal to the masses. Ghost Rider, Vision, Namor, Supergirl, just to name few. Let me reiterate, these characters are awesome, they have found some success in their own way, but have either been short lived or became a flavor of the month type deal (See Aquaman). Do they deserve a better fate? Sometimes yes, and sometimes not. If you are a regular reader around here you will know that this speculator is still very high on one of these “b/c rate” characters; Moon Knight. With the influx of the movie and television comic lure, it’s very easy to say that any of the background music characters can breakout at any time (see Vibe). Moon Knight in my opinion will breakout eventually, so watch him. Been saying it for years and I warned you on Deathstroke years ago as well. So pay attention here.

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/8/13

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The same certainty cannot be said for this week’s new flavor; Black Widow. Although our Russian bombshell will debut with her own solo series this week; Black Widow (2014) #1 I will point out one certainty that will make a speculator cringe a bit. The Black Widow has starred in over 14 self-titled projects, either by way of limited series or solo series. This is of course not counting the dozens of team-ups she’s been involved in. So what does this tell us? Exactly what I explained a couple of minutes ago. BW lacks something to have her own thing on-going. Great limited series character, great teammate, but not a solo artist. She needs a band and she needs to be the backup singer. The movie appearances have spiked her first appearance a bit, and interest in the character, but not enough to warrant a solo series. Will the series do well at first? Yes it will. It will come out like gangbusters, but will succumb to mediocrity. It happens all the time with these types of characters. Even my breakout character pick Moon Knight. The difference however is that Black Widow will not eventually have her own film and compete with DC’s Dark Knight. Moon Knight will do just that, BW will not. Yes that’s right, been saying this for years and years, Moon Knight will be Marvel’s answer to Batman on the big screen. You’ll see. Anyway back to Black Widow. As stated before, the series will be a hot one out of the gate. There is no denying it. With writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Phil Noto at the helm, it will be a hot book. That’s also not discounting the variants accompanying the debut issue. The prize variant goes to the amazing Scott J. Campbell. You can get the variant and flip this graded bad boy for a few bucks in your pocket. Please do so quickly. The series will not sustain its interest long enough with speculators to shell out big bucks for this variant. BW’s first solo comic came out back in 1990’s graphic novel: Black Widow: The Coldest War. Her first appearance came in Tales of Suspense #52 (1964). The TOS comic will always be the one to have. You simply cannot go wrong with names like Lee, Kirby, and Heck attached to a first appearance.

In the midst of all the hoopla surrounding the “ALL-NEW NOW” absurdity there will be a nice little nugget hidden away in A Plus X (2012 Marvel Now) #16. This comic debuts the writing talents of Jeff Loveness. Jeff is the writer of the highly successful late night Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show. Does this mean anything in the grand scheme of things? Not really. What if though Jeff hits the right chord with fans? Well, this will be where it all started for him in the comic book world!

Now back to the “ALL NEW NOW!” ridiculousness. I will refrain from making this a long dissertation, but ALL NEW NOW!? This is the equivalent of having DC Comics pull an ALL NEW 52! Absurd. What happens when Marvel decides they need to change things up again? ALL NEW NEW NOW!? Anyway…..

All New Marvel Now Point One (2013) #1 features many of our beloved Marvel heroes/villains in a new way. Is this really necessary? Don’t matter, sales from the sold out Steve McNiven variant states differently from my thoughts here. All New X-Factor (2014) #1 has sold out across the board. Every variant is completely gone. The All New X-Factor will be a successful book, not only because it’s X-Factor, because Mr. X-Factor writer himself Peter David will be on board. This isn’t the first time Peter David has done an All New X-Factor comic. Back in 1991 he revamped the team in issue number 71; the caption on top reads “The All New….” Not only is this comic the first TRUE All New X-Factor, but it’s also the team that will probably appear in the movie. X-Factor #71 will be the go to book in the long run. The variants coming this Wednesday are great flip books to stock pile on the 1991 issue. The first appearance of X-Factor comes from this series in 1986.

Avengers World (2013) #1 is also a sold out comic this week. Look for the Arthur Adams’ variants to maximize you dollars on this one.

Cataclysm Ultimates Last Stand (2013) #3 will feature a death. Keep your eyes peeled for any surprises. It can be one of those books you see on the local news. Doubt it, but you never know.

The most interesting comic this week has to be Marvel’s Revolutionary War Alpha (2014) #1. It’s the first time in a long time that many UK Marvel heroes will be banding together to fight a threat. Captain Britain would make a spectacular hero on the movie screen wouldn’t he? Maybe Marvel/Disney will someday explore the possible international heroes they have at their disposal one day on film (now watch how many articles come out regarding a wish list of Marvel/Disney international movies. InvestComics leads I tell ya!). So with the ultra-cool Revolutionary War Alpha (2014) #1 coming out this week, it’s always fun to take a look at who is on the team and where they debuted. Below is a quick list and gallery showing who will appear in the comic and their first appearance. From the speculator side, I would without a shadow of a doubt pick these comics up. From a pure gut here, I think Marvel/Disney may be testing the waters with interest to the International scene. Will it deem worthy that they pursue a Captain Britain movie? Who knows?  Happy hunting though!

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Captain Britain – First appeared in Captain Britain #1 (1976). Writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe! A newspaper print comic cover to cover. Hard to find in Near Mint shape. The Marvel Team-Up with Spider-Man is also dubbed the first appearance of the UK Cap.

Death’s Head – Some controversy surrounds the first appearance here, but many say that the Transformers (UK) #117 from 1987 is the first appearance of DH.

Pete Wisdom – Debuted in Excalibur #86 (1995). Writer Warren Ellis, nuff said.

Motormouth and Killpower – Both debuted in Motormouth #1 (1992). Art by Gary Frank.

Warheads – This team has 10 members in it. All 10 first appeared in this comic. Some died (which means nothing these days really). So the debut of all of these dudes and an appearance from Wolverine. Nice huh?

Get your hands on the Revolutionary War Alpha #1 incentive variant, get some creator signatures (witnessed of course), grade it and sit on in for a while. It could be more valuable later on down the line when Marvel/Disney decide on to crossing international lines.

So what about DC Comics this week? Lots of Marvel Comics talk! Batman Superman (2013 DC) #7 leads the way with a cool sideways issue. Yes this is not a ground breaking gimmick at all, but still very cool nonetheless. InvestComics covered the sideways comic issue in the IC Hot Picks #293 article when DC decided to do the sideways thing with Batman Superman #5. Nothing like killing a unique thing now is there? Fantastic Four was the first major comic to be published in this format. Fantastic Four #252 (1983) is still the mecca of all sideway comics. The X-Factor sideway comic was pretty neat too.

Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #27 is an extra mega-sized anniversary issue with a who’s who guest list of creators. Check out the debut of a new storyline “Gothtopia” and a retelling (for the umpteenth time) of Batman’s origin from two heavy weights Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch. All this for a hefty $7.99….ouch.

Vampire Diaries (2013) #1 photo variant is sold out. Get the stars of the show to sign this cover and grade it. That’s a nice sale to a Vampire Diaries fan!

Check out the rest of the new comics coming your way this week. All nearing sell outs or sold out at the distributor already. Fracture (2013) Volume 2 #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. Kudos to Action, they have been doing very well with their sell outs. Lil Vampi (2014) #1 (Dynamite Entertainment), B.A.R. Maid (2013 Zenescope) #1, Cavewoman Labyrinth (2013) #0 (Amryl Entertainment), and Minimum Wage (2013 Image) #1.

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Happy New Year everyone. 2013 was a stellar year for the InvestComics family. So many things were on the positive upswing, and 2014 looks to be an even better year. Record breaking numbers for the website as InvestComics expanded into a vast array of social media. New comer to the InvestComics team Rafael Rosario (Marketing/Media) of Ratchet City Comics has brought a new flavor that has seen InvestComics already taking the next steps to ensure that we are going to be even bigger in the new year. There are things coming that will simply blow away the InvestComics faithful and new users alike.

Teen Titans #44 (1)Teen Titans #44 (2)InvestComics Publications also began this year. A huge undertaking with the website and other media demanding the attention it does. No worries though, the Invest Pub will continue to crank out books in the coming year. Also be prepared for something very special coming in October 2014 from the house of leaders; InvestComics Publications.

All in all, 2014 is shaping up to be a very big year for InvestComics. With lots of changes, new look, new direction, and so much more…….can’t wait! 2014 here we come…..

Last week InvestComics started a new contest. Help get us to 2000 Likes on Facebook and you could win a Tales of the Teen Titans #44 SIGNED by George Perez. That’s right, the first appearance of Nightwing signed by the legend himself. Rules are simple. Share InvestComics on any social media site, let us know, and you become eligible to win. That’s it! The first appearance of Nightwing signed by the legend himself could be yours if we get to 2000 likes by my birthday on January 20th. Share now!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/1/13

DC Vertigo will have a huge hit on their hands this week. Be sure to be on top of Dead Boy Detectives (2013) #1. This Sandman spin off will have the loyalist flocking to the shelves for this one. Not only will the Sandman faithful be a part of the sellout here, but the curious readers and collectors. The Cliff Chiang variant is already sold out and the regular addition is probably on its way to a second print. Want to get in on the ground floor with this hit book? How about looking for a Sandman #25 from 1991. Some dude named Neil Gaiman was on the book at the time, but this comic holds the first appearance of Dead Boy Detectives. So…….what are you waiting for?

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Batman The Dark Knight (2011 2nd Series) #26 will be a (mostly) silent book. No reading required here, just lots of pictures. Think of this as the Batman Playboy issue. Although not a new inventive idea by any means, there have been comics with no words in them. In recent history however, one comic seems to stand out above the rest. In 1984 (wait this is 29 years ago! Recent history??) writer Larry Hama had the comic book hobby enthusiast pining for the release of G.I. Joe The Real American Hero each month. With issue number 21 THE silent issue hit. Not only was it a big commercial success, but the comic also featured the first appearance of Storm Shadow. This particular book commands some nice bucks as a graded 9.8 or even a 9.6. Will this silent (almost silent) Batman comic ever be a collectors item? Maybe, maybe not who knows? But it sure is fun reminiscing about that awesome G.I. Joe comic!

If you’re a frequent flyer around here you will know that InvestComics loves covering the variants. This week there will be THE mother of all variants. A $300 Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #5 Jim Lee incentive sketch cover. This beauty falls in the category of; if you got it, spend it because you’ll make your money back three times easily if the comic is graded a 9.8 and signed by Jim Lee. Can the same be said for the very attractive (and sold out!) Twilight Zone (2014 Dynamite) #1? The variants are fetching $100 (25 exist), $75 (50 exist), and $20. Follow the same guidelines as the aforementioned when you do acquire the $100 comic. But of course get the signature of J. Michael Straczynski on this one! So wait a sec here, a 25 copy variant on a sold out comic across the board, signed by J. Michael Straczynski, and a 9.8 grade? Look to triple or quadruple your take back here. This will actually be as big as the Jim Lee Variant as far as aftermarket percentage goes.

There are some other sold out variants to check out this week; like Legenderry A Steampunk Adventure (2014) #1, Revelations (2014) #1, and Lil Ernie (2014) #1.

Dark Horse Comics brings back an old 1940’s hero in Captain Midnight 1 For $1 (2014) #1. This $1 comic will reintroduce Captain Midnight to the modern day. It’s almost sold out, and rightly so! For a buck? If you’re in the market for a Golden Age book, you can check out the first appearance of Cap Midnight in The Funnies #57 (1941). A couple of sold out number one issues to keep an eye on for on new comic book day; From the amazing Michael Linsner comes Sin Boldly (2013 Image) #1, and from Dark Horse Juice Squeezers (2014 Dark Horse) #1.

There are two number one comics coming that are running at a very slow pace out of the gate sales wise. Bad Blood (2013) #1 and Baltimore Chapel of Bones (2013) #1. Maybe they’ll pick up….

And finally, a couple of hot comics with new creators on board to check out. Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #10 features the awesome artistry of Kevin Maguire and Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #26 features new writer Jeff Parker.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks #299

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InvestComics Hot Picks on Monday? First time in a long time this has happened! The announcement of the ICHP’s not making it appeared on the InvestComics Facebook page, so be sure to like that page so you don’t miss anything!

The InvestComics Hot Picks article may not make it every Sunday for a little bit. It may happen more often than not these days because life has a way of throwing curve balls our way, so we adjust. No matter what though, the InvestComics Hot Picks will find its way to your desktop before Wednesday! Thanks for your continued support as always. And thank you for your patience!

….11 more days till Christmas and the Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse) 9.8 CGC Signature Series signed by Brian Wood giveaway is a bit out of reach right now (we’re at 1659). InvestComics along with Ratchet City Comics are offering up a chance to win the aforementioned comic, but the IC Facebook page needs to reach 3000 in order for the giveaway to happen on Christmas. If you help us get to 3000, you may win the awesome giveaway. So share the love. A miracle waits! Get all the details right HERE.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 12/18/13

If you were a comic book fan back in the 90’s you will remember the fun that followed the Todd McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man run. A fellow by the name of Erik Larsen took over the reins for a while and the ride was just as superb a ride as from McFarlane. So many characters introduced and one of which will be returning this week in Superior Spider-Man (2012) #24. Check out Cardiac in his first appearance by the stellar Mr. Larsen in Amazing Spider-Man #344(1990). Before Cardiac was his villainy self he was Dr. Wortham in Amazing Spider-Man #342(1989). Fun times those 80’s/90’s Spidey runs were. Fun times…….So in closing, with the recent Spider-Man 2 trailer coming out, it’s a safe bet to think we will see more Spidey coming our way. Actually it’s a sure bet, Sony pictures said so. The question remains. Who is to get the tap on the shoulder to get in there next? No one knows, but maybe, just maybe Cardiac will be answering that call. You never know!

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A return appearance and an end for a Spider-Man book this week. Check out the last issue of Scarlet Spider (2012 2nd Series) #25 as many questions are answered with some surprises as well.

The new Lobo shows up in the latest Supergirl book. Check out Supergirl (2011 5th Series) #26 for that. If you are one that pines for the old Lobo, don’t forget that his first appearance is in a very affordable comic; Omega Men #3 (1983).

Batman and Robin (2011 2nd Series) #26 will give readers the retelling (new 52 style) of Two-Face’s origin. Batman’s foe first appeared in Detective Comics #66 (1942). He’s a great villain, but doesn’t deserve the cash that some dealers/sellers ask, but they’ll get it nonetheless. Staying with the Batman theme here. The successful Harley Quinn #0 leads into Harley Quinn (2013) #1 this week. Expect sellouts on this one. Harley is a popular one……for now. Do not put all of your eggs in one basket here. Harley is a cool character, but she will not sustain an uptick in the long run. That said, the Adam Hughes variant looks like a sold out book with nice profit potential there. Signature Series would be a nice way to go with this one. As always, high grade too!

Sinister Dexter (2013 IDW) #1 will make its U.S. Debut. A popular comic strip in the UK, now comes to IDW. If this comic hits right, you may want to look for 2000 A.D. #992 (1996) as the earliest first appearance found. Probably nothing to get your hopes over, so don’t go ga ga over this.

X-Men (2013) 3rd Series #8 will feature the debut on Monet. It’s always nice to catch a first appearance in an X-Men book, so be sure to check this out.

A recent fan of InvestComics reached out to thank me for some Hot Pick advise. InvestComics recommend Voice in the Dark #1 (sold out, second print already printed) as he flipped the comic for $12. This Wednesday Voice in the Dark (2013 Image) #2 will hit the shelves. What will this comic bring? The speculator always has to be careful with the second issue. The number two issue (and 3) are essentially the most vital in a series as far as the speculation market goes. Why is that? The follow-up issue to a number one issue must be met with the same interest as the first or the series will fall flat in the aftermarket. Word of mouth will get around as a YEA or Nay on this series after Wednesday. You must keep a pulse on what the fans are saying as well as the aftermarket. Being on time is another huge factor, but we’re talking about interest in storyline here right now. The story has to captivate the interest of the fan in the second issue. If it does not, the aftermarket is nil.

All New X-Men #20Locke and KeySome number one issues to check out this week; Teen Titans Go (2013) #1 will be a “go” to book this week. Look for tremendous interest here. A cool storyline hits Illegitimates (2013 IDW) #1 and check out the Bill Willingham variant on this one, another zombie book 8-bit Zombies (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, an interesting plot line in Midas Flesh (2013 Boom) #1, another Star Wars comic Star Wars Darth Vader and Cry of Shadows (2013) #1, Ghost is back Ghost (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Lisa gets her own book Wonderful World of Lisa Simpson (2013) #1.

Also check out the awesome variant cover from Locke and Key (2013 7th Series) Alpha #2. Dave Sim pays homage to Spidey.

Rounding out this week we see the cover to All New X-Men (2012) #20. Every so often I link fans back to the InvestComics special I ran over a year ago called Romantic X-Men Images. It’s a collection of X-Men covers that depict various X-Men team members in the act of public displays of affection. Why this particular team has so many covers like this is a bit mind boggling really. So I will add the cover of All New X-Men #20 to this collection of Romantic X-Men Covers. If you missed the original article with the covers, click HERE.

Thanks again for your patience everyone. See you next week!

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The Comic Broker’s Report – December 2013

Instead of wasting your time with sharp wit and wonderful one-liners I’m getting right to the point this month.  The fact is, I grew up collecting comics in the most over-printed, over-hyped era the world had ever seen.  There was no internet, Better than Ezra sucked 14.99 a cd out of too many people’s pockets and the Arch Deluxe had it’s short run ( man I miss that burger ).  So trust me when I say that I cannot believe I am recommending some of these comics.  But I do love a bargain and dollar bin fodder like these offer little risk for max reward, something this collector chews on heartily.

 

The Kindred 3 ( first Team 7 )

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DC speculation runs wild this week.  I’m more of a DC collector than anything else but Team 7?  The comic world has gone apeshit crazy if u ask me.  These issues are littering back issue graveyards all over the country.  I recommend the variant ( not pictured here )

Note: The Gen 13 Variant this variant connects to was once a back issue darling.  My how things have changed…

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Now here’s  a DC property I can get behind.  Booster is a character that could translate very well to TV.  Unfortunately  there aren’t many Booster comics heating up the back issue market.  Issue one of the original series is actually not that easy to find in high grade and is his first appearance.

WildC.A.T.S.  1 ( First Grifter )

Gold edition, Ace Edition, 3D edition

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I just cannot bring myself to suggest that the massively over printed issue one of this series will ever see significant increases in value.  But Grifter was once a popular character and that matters.  Anyone who has the Ace edition, 3d edition or the rare gold variant ( many were signed by Jim Lee ) should expect gold down the road, that is if Grifter ever gets a live treatment.

Note:  There are some who would say that Grifter first appeared in Malibu Sun 15.  Seeing as Spawn’s appearance on the cover of issue 13 goes for big money I am inclined to agree.  Finding it is going to be impossible though.

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The Brave and Bold 25 ( First Suicide Squad )

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Here’s a golden oldie you will never find cheap.  But for those who have it rejoice!  Like the other DC properties mentioned above the first appearance of this team already has value.  A TV series or film would only make those who don’t have it cry that much harder.

Batman 12 Limited Capullo Variant

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I mention this one again for one simple reason.  Scott Snyder is no fool.  Adding a back up story in the most recent  Batman: Zero Year issue can only mean one thing-he has big plans for the Rows, not just Harper.

Green Lantern 81 ( First Young Justice )

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There are two covers and two DC Universe UPC variants for this issue of the Green Lantern.  Why should you care? If the recently rumored Young Justice CW adaptation gets the green light you can thank me when you sell your hoard and put the kid through community college free.  Ok that’s not gonna happen but you can always flip any cgc 9.8s into something that matters like a Following Poe mask

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or a full run of something like this,

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Note: Anyone looking for my personal top ten collectible masks list, message me.

Hitman 8

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I can find no conformation either way that the Saint of Killers appears or does not appear in this, and some other issues of this incredible series.  With all the hype over an AMC Preacher show  this one could be a sleeper.

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With all the heat surrounding X-Facor 5 and 6 it shouldn’t be long before supplies of Mr. Sinister’s first appearance  run dry.

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Amazing Spider-Man Annual 5 & the JC Penny Variant

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If you have seen the trailer for Spider-Man 2 then you know why I am recommending this issue again.  The  first film cut Peter’s Parent’s footage but dad show up in the recent preview.  It looks like the secrets Pete gave up are going to be central to the storyline and that’s a good thing for those who believe annuals matter.

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You are not seeing things, that was the Vulture wing suit in the trailer for ASM 2.  Got issue 2?  If not now is the time to buy.

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UPDATE:

Blizzard is appearing on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Yay.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #297

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There comes a certain time within a startup business that one can be very proud of their personal achievements. Although there have been several for InvestComics (my fourth child), the ones that stick out are the ones I will cherish and tell myself “Hey you CAN truly make this happen”. Meeting and interviewing the mecca of all comic book legends; Stan Lee, twice! That’s one. Having Mr. Lee utter the words of “InvestComics” on video, forever captured, encapsulated in time, that’s two. Meeting and interviewing my late father’s artist hero (which he never met); Bill Sienkiewicz, that’s three. Starting the InvestComics Publishing Company, that’s number four. Watching the traffic numbers climb to a number you’ve envisioned, and then exceeding it each and every year, that’s five. If I continue I will run out of Microsoft paper, but you get the idea here.

Yesterday one of those pinnacle moments happened again. InvestComics was accepted to write articles for Yahoo!. It’s one of those moments like the aforementioned you pinch yourself and say “wow” this is kinda awesome. I will post on Facebook and the InvestComics website the links to check out. They will be Exclusive articles on Yahoo! From InvestComics. These articles will ONLY appear on Yahoo! and no place else. So be sure to click on the links when they are provided so you can bask in the glory with me. Also, I ask to please share them. The articles are very simple now, but will be enhanced; as did everything else with InvestComics when first started. Here are two links to the very first articles on Yahoo!. InvestComics Top 10 – New Comic Releases and Back Issues for 10/30/13 and InvestComics Top Ten – New Comic Releases and Back Issues for 11/6/13. As stated, these articles will be more in-depth with the next releases. Baby steps…

Thanks to you……the fans…. for making this happen. Thank you for all of your support, none of this is possible without you.

Christmas is officially 24 days away. The InvestComics/Ratchet City Comics giveaway is still on, but we need to get to 3000 LIKES on Facebook in order to award the prize! The winner will receive a CGC Signature Series graded 9.8 Star Wars #1 (2013) Dark Horse comic signed by Brian Wood! Click HERE and SHARE the InvestComics Facebook page everywhere! Be sure to let us know so that you can be entered to win!! Let’s get to 3000!!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Comic Releases 12/4/13

Just like last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks, not much in the back issue department to check out, but plenty of new issues to check out.

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We start the week off with some first appearances that you may want to check out. Avengers (2012 5th Series) Annual #2013 will introduce Zamira. It’s always nice to make sure as a collector to pick up a first appearance in an Avengers book. Knowing full well that annuals don’t usually account to much, but the way things are rolling these days, you never know. So basically, I don’t care that it’s in an annual. Especially that it’s in an Avengers title. The speculator needs to get this comic. The Arrow series on CW is doing quite well for itself these days. The Green Arrow comic is faring okay though. With the release of Green Arrow (2011 4th Series) #26 this week, look for the introduction of some new villains in these pages. In the bizarre first appearance world of comics this week we have Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe (2013) #3. Check out Hulkvengers, Cosmic Carnage, Wolverine King of Vampires among others. Silly, yet once again you never know!

Batman Superman (2013 DC) #6 has our heroes dealing with Mongul. This big ol’ Thanos/Darkseid wannabe first appeared in DC Comics Presents #27 (1980). Check out that Jim Starlin Cover too! Oh of course Jim Starlin is involved with this cosmic character, hello?!

Having a name like Man-Bat is the equivalent of having the name She-Bat, right?? Well anyways, this week in Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #26, John Layman brings the She-Bat to the forefront. Here’s a quick trivia question, you must know the answer in 4 seconds flat. Ready? Where is the first appearance of She-Bat…..1,2,3,4 BZZZZ! Time’s up! The first appearance is in Detective Comics #407 (1971) by legend Neal Adams. Now that’s at least a reason to own the book, right?!

If you’re a fan of any Spidey comic these days you will realize that anything is possible with the way a storyline can twist and turn. There may be a similar path this week with Superior Spider-Man (2012) #23. Marvel promises to have the most “cringe-worthy moment is Spider-Man history” happen in this comic. What is worth a statement like that? Well you’ll have to buy the comic to find out. “….In history”, that’s very mighty of them to say isn’t it? Superior Spider-Man #23 is a definite pick-up this week.

Amazing X-Men (2013) #2 features a fan fav Dale Keown variant that’s sold out at Diamond. Possibly a nice CGC Signature Series opportunity here. It’s a $40 variant, so score a 9.8 or higher.                

Inhumanity (2013) #1 variant by Nick Bradshaw is sold out. Inhumans will be a hot commodity for a bit, so be on top of them. Check out last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #296 for more on the Inhumans.

The popular on-line video game Hawken will get its own comic book this week from Archaia Studios Press; Hawken Melee (2013) #1. It’s almost sold out at the distributor, so be sure to check in on it.

Want to follow the story of three dogs surviving the extinction of the human race in Rover Red Charlie (2013) #1? Sounds a bit over the top right? With proven talent like writer Garth Ennis on this book, one cannot help but see what this is all about.

The latest installment of the Terminator hits this week; Terminator Salvation Final Battle (2013) #1 and the Pete Woods Variant is sold out.

Another zombie book finds its way to the new release shelf this week; Deadworld Restoration (2013) #1. The zombie genre is going to die soon (no pun intended) with too many storylines focusing on dead people that walk around. See last week’s Hot Picks #296 for more on the zombie genre.

What’s not dead on arrival is the new red hot Noir comic from Dynamite Entertainment. Noir (2013 Dynamite) #2 is sold out at the distributor. Look for second prints to follow shortly.

A new creative team will be taking over on Valiant’s Shadowman (2012 4th Series) #13. Be sure to check that out.

There is a “thing” Dynamite Entertainment is doing that is kind of perplexing (not really, they’re making extra cash with these “rare comics”), but maybe cool for the collector/speculator? It’s a question because there is no reasoning behind why they continue to do this to certain comics (other than the cashflow) and they are extremely limited, but we’ll point out a few of them this week. Red Sonja Unchained #4 Cover D High-End Mel Rubi Blood Red Ultra-Limited Cover. There are only 25 of these in existence. The “number” in existence is the running theme here, so check out what applies here for these comics; Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #5 Cover G High-End Jay Anacleto Risque Color Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), Lords Of Mars #5 Cover D High-End Mel Rubi Risque Red Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), Black Bat (2013 Dynamite) #7 Cover D High-End Ardian Syaf Black & White Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), and Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 Cover E High-End Alex Ross Sketch Art Ultra-Limited Cover (25 Copies). I do suppose that if you want to spend a $100 on any of these comics you can, but how exactly do you make your money back on these “investments”? (If you want to call it an investment). Graded CGC Signature Series? How would one sell something that isn’t really in much demand? Getting an Alex Ross sig series on the Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 is a good start.

Sticking with the Dynamite Comics here, be sure to check out Legends of Red Sonja (2013 Dynamite) #2 with the Frank Thorne exclusive cover. It’s a much cheaper route than the above mentioned. A $3.99 comic limited to comic subscribers at their local comic shops and an initial limited print run. All that for $3.99, not bad.

And finally, from Archie Comics Archie #650 Cover B Variant Fiona Staples World Tour Cover. This awesome variant comes from the red hot series artistry of Saga; Fiona Staples. A $3.99 easy, no brainer pick-up.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks #296

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InvestComics Publications released its second book yesterday. The Dawning #2 is now available to purchase on the website and some local retailers. The issue contains more twist and turns as we get some more questions answered and some more unanswered questions too! If you’d like to purchase The Dawning #2 – click right HERE. Be sure to tell all your comic book buds about the new InvestComics Publications and The Dawning! Join the InvestComics Star_Wars_1_Dark_Horse_investcomics_CGCPublications Facebook page to discuss The Dawning and to catch upcoming projects from IC Pub. Click HERE to be directed there now.

Don’t forget, in association with Ratchet City Comics; The Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse) CGC signature series comic signed by Brian Wood is still up for grabs if YOU help us get to 3000 Likes by Christmas! Share the InvestComics Facebook page everywhere (let us know you did so) and once we reach 3000 (by Christmas Day), you may win! What a fantastic way to celebrate the holidays. Share, share, share!

There are an abundance of comics to check out this week. The list is long, but the week is very soft. That said I’ll be sure to let you know which comics to put your emphasis on. Not much here, so look for those back issues.

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Comic Releases 11/27/13

One standout comic this week could be Nova (2013 5th Series) #10. Last week with the mention of Nova #19 (1978), many fans were very puzzled by this. I received a few messages on the board, Instagram, and personal email saying “Nova? Really?” Yes Nova, really. If you haven’t been paying attention, let me fill you in a bit.

Marvel Studios are about to embark on a whole new universe of pictures and change everything. Yes they are going to change the way movie goers watch “space/cosmic” films with the release of one film; Guardians of the Galaxy. What this particular film will do is open up the flood gates to introduce Marvel in space; their Cosmos if you will. Yes the film will have to fare well in order for the initial steps to be taken, to progress. If all goes well (which it should), Marvel Studios will be on their way to building a cosmic storyline on the big screen as no one has ever done before (besides Star Wars of course, calm down). Now there is one point though, which has been mentioned on InvestComics a few times, what about failure? What happens WHEN, not IF, When a Marvel Studios movie does not meet expectations at the box office? This will in fact happen, it’s inevitable. It will be very interesting to see how Disney reacts to the bad box office draw. One thing is for certain however, the comic book market will be affected to a degree. The prices will drop back into place where they probably should be and level off. The constant influx of various movies and television show announcements are driving prices batty for quite some time now. THIS will be the crash, NOT the variants, 3D covers, etc. The hyperbole will drive pricing back to reality if expectations are not met in the mainstream. Would you pay $10,000 for a Walking Dead CGC 9.9? Yes someone did. THAT is what you call a bad investment. $10,000 on a first appearance 9.9 of Green Goblin, Lois Lane, or even Wolverine makes sense. These characters are household names. Walking Dead is a hot zombie television show right now. It will eventually run its course and no longer be hot anymore. Granted, good story, good show, but its zombies….that’s it. Yes anyone can say “it’s about the character development and how we follow them” but in actuality, no zombies, no show. Not bashing the show, giving a dose of speculation reality here. Spending $10,000 on the number one issue is a bit of an oversight on that buyers part, but maybe, just maybe I’ll be wrong on this.

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So back to Nova, as explained Marvel Studios will take the leap into space. It’s a risky one with Guardians because no one really knows of them. Rocket Raccoon will be the star in this one, so it’s best you stock up on him. Anyway, Nova has been mentioned in passing by Marvel and through some rumors. If Marvel is reaching out into the space universe, what’s not to think Nova won’t be a part of that? Same with Warlock, Silver Surfer, Death, and maybe Rom! Remember him? How cool would that be to have a Rom movie? Yes wrestling with that toy company can get dicey, but what Disney wants, Disney gets. What it all boils down to is making sure as a speculator that you have all of your Cosmic ducks in a row. Pick up the rare first appearance, those odd number one issues, the status quo change books, and the rare Thanos variants. It will pay dividends down the line IF the Guardians of the Galaxy movie does well. Nova (2013 5th Series) #10 will play pretend and solict this comic as the 100th issue. Gotta love the restarts, five of them for Nova to be exact here. The comic will come with all sorts of variants. The prize variant will be the JG Jones Incentive. A $60 book that can see some decent gains if handled properly. Nova #10 will star the NEW New Warriors (another potential space team down the road). Check out the first appearance of the New Warriors (“old team”) in Thor #411 (1989). A must own.

We like intros don’t we? Of course we do! Ultimate Spider-Man (2012 Marvel Universe) #20 will introduce a new villain named Whirlwind, so check that out. Kick-Ass 3 (2013 Marvel) #5 will do some introducing themselves with a new villain team. Infinity Hunt (2013) #4 plants the seeds of Marvel’s next major event. Are we tired yet of these major events? And speaking of Infinity, Infinity (2013 Marvel) #6 will conclude with an oversized issue as Thanos fights everyone! And incidentally, Iron Man #55 is Still a must buy. Avengers Assemble (2012) #21 hints at the team Inhumans. The Inhumans are about to have a breakout year next year. Get on top of Fantastic Four #45 (1965) for the first appearance of the Inhumans. Staying on topic with the Avengers, Avengers Arena (2012) #18 will see its final issue this week. With more death and a launching pad for something else. Something major will be happening in All New X-Men (2012) #19 so be sure to glance through that book. Damian Son of Batman (2013) #2 is sold out for the most part on the retail level. The variants are completely sold out. The Andy Kubert black and white variant would be a nice CGC sig series flip book. Forever Evil Argus (2013) #2 will highlight Deathstroke. One of the baddest dudes in the DC Universe. If you’re a regular reader of this column each week, you already know that InvestComics is a huge Deathstroke supporter. I have always felt that the Deathstroke character is on the cusp of some serious play, but DC doesn’t know exactly what to do with him (i.e. Nightwing). Yes they finally put him on television (sparingly), but that’s not enough. Get this guy going already. Bigger role on the show, movie appearances, chop chop DC! A huge recommendation throughout the years on InvestComics has been The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) and it will continue to be in BUY mode with InvestComics. And for those keeping score at home, Forever Evil Argus #2 variant is sold out, which means absolutely nothing on the speculator side of things. Geoff Johns will be hitting all out on Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #25. The conclusion to the “Death of a King” storyline. The new Superior Spider-Man event begins this week; The Darkest Hour in Superior Spider-Man (2012) #22. Venom will have his first run in with Superior Spidey in this issue. This should be very interesting. In the “in case you missed it” department, DC will release Sandman Overture (2013) Special Edition #1. The issue will feature a bunch of useless extras if you’re interested.

IDW will bring back a cult favorite in Sam Keith’s Maxx Maxximized (2013 IDW) #1. A collector can buy the first appearance of Maxx in the overprinted Darker Image #1 (1993).

Black Science (2013 Image) #1 will be THE Image Comic to grab this week. Already sold out at the retail level, but the $10 Midtown Comics variant will be the one to get if this comic makes an impact in the aftermarket. IDW’s Mr Peabody and Sherman (2013 IDW) #1 variant is sold out. Never Ending (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Quest (2013 Zenescope) #1, and Sledgehammer 44 Lightning War (2013) #1 are all on the verge of selling out.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks #294

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(Warning! This is NOT an Iron Man 3 bashing; this is merely just an observation in the flight of the Marvel Studios films from me. If you liked Iron Man 3, that’s awesome, I respect that. If you are easily offended I then ask of you to skip this first paragraph because it’s an opinion based on Iron Man 3 that is not in favor of the movie from ME. Please do not get your panties in a bunch if you proceed ahead. Thank you.)

Have you’ve seen the new Thor: The Dark World movie? This movie was absolutely awesome. It’s setting up for so many things it’s almost too much to bear. The inner child within me was at an all-time high watching this film. The movie is by far the best Marvel movie of all Marvel movies besides the Avengers, in which is “1A” and Thor is “1B”. It was that good, simply amazing. What Marvel is doing, tying all of these movies together is almost historic like. It’s unfortunate that in-between great films we have to sit through movies like Iron Man 3. Won’t apologize for the opinion here, It’s an opinion…..deal. Iron Man 3 was very weak in comparison to the latest Thor film. This was bound to happen though. Eventually there will be a fail in the system somewhere. One of these Marvel Studio movies is going to fall flat (monetarily) at the box office. It’s inevitable. Why? because of a weak story, not because there are “too many comic book movies” (nonsense). But until that happens, we will have to endure the weak stories like the Iron Man 3’s when they do come out. Too many weak stories will eventually catch up, so Marvel Studios better be on top of their game and not throw together the Mandarin as a joke character and Pepper Potts glowing. Understood it’s an Iron Man movie, but the first two worked fine without too much of the tongue in cheek stuff. Let’s get back to basics here. I personally walked out of the theater after watching Thor The Dark World and spoke about it for about 30 minutes. There are memorable scenes, action sequences, storyline, and not once did I talk about the last Iron Man film afterwards. I probably did say “meh” or a few words of disappointment. I honestly can say, I don’t recall one memorable scene in that movie. The ending was a major disappointment with all of the suits flying around, wow that was bad. Although Tony does have a very weak rouge gallery which can actually hurt the franchise; have a team-up with Sub Mariner, Black Panther, etc. to offset the minimal selection one has with his gallery. Maybe that would work? Because another S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on the big screen is not going to cut it. Thor: The Dark World just set the bar higher……Go get em’ Cap, you’re up next.

It’s been all about the crazy giveaways here at InvestComics lately. A signed Chris Claremont Excalibur #1, a signed The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 by artist Georges Jeanty, and the best of all announced recently on the InvestComics Facebook page; a CGC 9.8 signature series Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse 2013) by Brian Wood! Thanks to Ratchet City Comics for making this contest possible! If you haven’t done so already and you’re a collector, you must visit the Ratchet City Comics new web page right HERE. You have to see the awesome display of CGC comics ready for the taking. Ratchet City Comics is also on Ebay, so be sure to check them out there as well! There is a stipulation regarding the CGC Sig Series giveaway though. It’s a small one, but let’s make it happen! The InvestComics Facebook page is above the 1600 Likes mark and we need to get to the 3000 mark by Christmas in order for this book to be given away. So it’s simple, you share, bring the total to 3000 by Christmas and YOU could possibly WIN the CGC Star Wars book. What a great gift to yourself, a loved one, an investment piece, and a fantastic way to ring in the New Year! Be sure to inform us that you shared the InvestComics Facebook page to be in the running. Click HERE for the news release on this contest. Let’s get to 3000, and good luck!

As mentioned quite a few times here on InvestComics, the variant covers are a bit of overkill to the hobby. But that said, there is a demand for them and comic companies have the right to make money. Who doesn’t like money right? With that in mind, there has been a recent influx of crazy covers and gimmicks coming out. Once again, companies are making money and good for them. Many of the speculators are now worried about the “crash” of the 90’s in the speculators market. I’m here to tell you, there is nothing to fear. Back in the 90’s comic books speculators were not as savvy as the ones of today. Do you still have those out there that buy 10 copies of a number one issue? Or maybe a hot issue? Or a 3D cover? Yes you do and those are the ones that are doomed to fail. Those speculators have no idea how this market works. I’m not going to go into a long dissertation on how and what to do because if you read the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks, you should have a grasp on what to do and what not to do. The true speculator knows how to collect in today’s market to make the most of their money. The collector that hoards, that falls in love with their 3D covers have a portfolio problem on their hands. Follow what InvestComics recommends, and you will be better off. Not to say that that we haven’t picked clunkers either, but a wiser investor makes more than they lose.

Another reason for a non 90’s crash? Warner Bros. and Disney wouldn’t allow it. The comic book markets haven’t seen this much attention in a long time. If the sales slump, the companies will make adjustments. If a comic shop orders too much of something, they too will cut back. The shops and collectors are very frugal with their dollar these days. The overspending will come at the hands of the collector looking to make a killing, they will fail and go away. The same goes with some retail shops. Some shops will order too may 3D covers and be stuck with a boatload of them for years to come, sooner rather than later going into the 50 cent long boxes.

So accountability is that so of the collectors, shops, and comic companies. The 90’s happened because of the greed that overtook each and every one of the aforementioned. There is a market for the speculators in the comic book world; it’s just a wiser one now. The greedy ones will fall by the wayside.

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 11/13/13

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Why the long talk about the 90’s you may ask? A couple of reasons, besides the variant covers this week and every week. Let hit DC Comics first then Valiant Comics in a bit. This week DC goes back to the well again with a “special cover”. Batman (2011 2nd Series) #25 will feature an embossed cover. Ask another question, why is that? Well because it’s issue #25? It has the Riddler in it?  Because the Zero Year “reaches a new level”?  All excuses that don’t really add up or warrant a gimmick cover, but DC Comics is going to cash in here again. The trick here is not to get caught up with the gimmick cover. The comic to go after is the Greg Capullo variant sketch cover. It’s only $95 retail, but signed and CGC graded (9.8 or higher) and you make some cash easily. On second thought here, grab the embossed cover too. It’ll probably go to a second print quickly, but sell the regular cover quickly on Ebay to make a flip. Sit on this a day or two too long and you’ll be stuck with it.

Superman Wonder Woman (2013) #2 has sold out on the retail level. This hot comic will continue to be hot until the whole idea of Superman being romantically linked with Wonder Woman wanes thin. Then again, many readers are not reading this comic for that reason; its good storytelling keeping this comic hot right now. How long will the hot commodity last? That’s a tough call, but until that happens, grab the sold out Tony Daniel sketch variant for $75. Do the same as the Bat book recommended above. And Forever Evil Arkham War (2013) #2 $10 variant is sold out on the retail level. No big deal here because this comic is extremely meaningless in the grand scheme of the aftermarket. Collectors should by this for the love of the series. The last of the DC Comics this week to take a look at is Green Lantern Corps (2011 2nd Series) #25. This comics focal point is on the villain Anarky. The villain was created by writer Alan Grant and artist Norm Breyfogle back in Detective Comics #608 (1989). And one more thing about the Green Lantern cover, doesn’t it bring you flashbacks to the Messiah Complex with Cable holding the baby? Scroll through the gallery of the Hot Picks and see for yourself.

Valiant Comics have been making some very serious noise with their amazing storytelling and art since their comeback. The biggest Valiant Comics event ever is about to take place on new comic book day. With the release of Unity (2013 Valiant) #1 Valiant is looking to cash in and cash in big. They understand that the market wants variant covers and wow are they supplying it. How about 13 variant covers here? Yes Valiant is banking and way to go! Remember the talk we had earlier about the non-informed “new” speculator that thinks they will make lots and lots of money? Well that guy/gal will probably buy all 13 issues. The Valiant Comics fan will buy all 13 copies (which they should or want to because they are simply fans and want their product!), and then you have InvestComics over here. Only two of these comics out of the 13 really need your attention here, for the investment side of course. Both are from the Legend Neal Adams. Get your hands on the sold out $75 Neal Adams Incentive variant and the $150 Neal Adams Black & White sketch Variant. Get a CGC witness to go with you to have Mr. Adams sign them and you’ll be all set. Be sure to get a high grade of course. NOW you’re all set, and as for the other 11 variants, unless there is a short run or a high demand on either the Bart Sears signature book ($25) or the exclusive ($10), not much to lay your money down on here.

Marvel’s 50th anniversary of the X-Men hits this Wednesday with X-Men Gold (2013) #1. Thought this would be a bigger deal, more hoopla, but okay. The big deal is found within the pages inside of this comic though. X-Men stories from Chris Claremont, Walter Simonson, Bob McLeod, Stan Lee, and many others. The $6 John Cassady variant is already sold out. Another sold out X-Men variant Marvel Knights X-Men (2013) #1 from Paolo Rivera. That comic will get $20 from you. Nothing spectacular here unless the MK X-Men title takes off. The Cataclysm Ultimate Spider-Man (2013) #1 variant is sold out; see MK X-Men #1.

Comics to definitely look out for this week are Umbral (2013 Image) #1, sold out at shops. A good showing on this comic can bring back good rewards for you. Noir (2013 Dynamite) #1 will be the same scenario. Right now it’s sold out at the retailer, including the ultra-rare 25 copy variant for $100. If this comic hits the mark with readers, look for that variant to fetch some big bucks. IDW’s Wraith Welcome To Christmasland (2013) #1 is sold out. There is a $15 variant to possible grab out there.

Rounding out the week we have Manifest Destiny (2013 Image) #1, All New Soulfire (2013 Aspen) #1, Clown Fatale (2013 Dark Horse) #1 (proving that covers don’t always sell a comic book because this comic is not sold out yet and looks like it’ll need a good showing to do so), and finally Protocol Orphans (2013 Boom Studios) #1. This comic is not sold out yet, or maybe it won’t be but a side note about this comic to leave you with. Newcomer Mariano Navarro will be the artist on this comic. He’s a nice talent. If you feel so inclined to search out his first work, it’s not that long ago. Look for Descendant #1 from Image Comics (2009) in the 50 cent boxes.

Invest wisely

Jay Katz        

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Ryan Ottley Variant Cover for MANIFEST DESTINY #1

RYAN OTTLEY VARIANT COVER FOR

MANIFEST DESTINY #1

Image Comics and Skybound are excited to announce that the first issue of MANIFEST DESTINY, the new ongoing series by Chris Dingess (writer TV’s Being Human) and Matthew Roberts (Battlepope), will receive a special variant cover (SEP138206) by INVINCIBLE artist Ryan Ottley.Skybound’s newest original series follows Lewis & Clark’s historic expedition to explore America, only for them to uncover the monsters of the uncharted frontier. With a gripping story by Dingess and breakout art by Roberts and colorist Owen Genii (GLORY), this series joins the ranks of genre boundary-pushing comics like GHOSTED and CLONE published by Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics imprint, Skybound.Final orders for the variant cover are due TODAY, Monday, October 21, so retailers and readers alike should get their orders in now! MANIFEST DESTINY #1 can be ordered with the Diamond Code: SEP130486 and the Ryan Ottley variant cover of MANIFEST DESTINY #1 can be ordered with the Diamond Code: SEP138206

 

ABOUT IMAGE COMICSImage Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.ABOUT SKYBOUND

Skybound is the home of Robert Kirkman’s creator-owned work including his Eisner Award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super DinosaurThief of Thieves and Clone as well as Witch Doctor and Invincible Universe. Since its inception, Skybound has created television shows, merchandise and a wide spectrum of platforms, games (The Walking Dead: Assault iOS app), and entertainment events (The Walking Dead Escape). Skybound’s successes include the comic behind the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. Skybound/Kirkman frequently top the hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman,The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles are www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com

 

Comic Broker Report – Modern Variant Special

These days variant comic covers are the chase cards of the comic market.  Personally I don’t seek them out unless I can find them for cover or at a reasonable price.  This rarely happens.  Most comic stores make a lot of their weekly profit from selling these issues to their local customers or online.  Whatever your collecting/investment strategy, you cannot deny that publishers who limit the availability via print run do so because it helps them sell comics.  I know many dealers, store owners and collectors who wish they would just go away but that will never happen.

The following variants are the ones I would invest in:

BATMAN 12 ( Limited 1 for 100 Variant Cover by Greg Capullo )

This issue by Snyder and Capullo features the third appearance of Harper Row ( Batman1,7 ).  A lot of folks are betting heavy on earlier issues featuring Row thinking that she’s the next Robin.  Until her true first appearance is agreed upon I can’t recommend either issue 1 or 7 which both have extremely rare Sketch variants of their own.  This issue is intriguing because of its rarity along with it being the first appearance of Harper’s brother Cullen.  Cullen seems a bit unstable to me and who knows how much of an effect a vile, neglectful father may have upon him.  Cullen is also a homosexual teen who has experienced hate crime.  Little is known about him but Snyder has given him a complex background and that’s a good start when it comes to purchasing.
Value:  40

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BATMAN INCORPORATED 5 ( Limited 1 for 100 Variant Cover by Chris Burnham )

Grant Morrison returns us to the 666 universe where Damian Wayne is the Batman!  As one of the more popular dytsopian futures in comics, it’s no surprise that this issue is on this list.  Burnham’s cover is one of my all time Batman favorites! Though I love the fact that issue 666 of Batman Vol. 1 has no variant and is highly sought after, I can appreciate the value of this work, which stands out amongst many other DC titles.

Value: 45

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Thor God of Thunder 2 ( Limited 1 for 50 Varaint Cover by Daniel Acuna )

One of my favorite new comics, Thor God of Thunder continues to impress with great art and storytelling.  If I were writing the Thor films I would make sure to factor Gorr the God Butcher into any future Phases.  If you read comics long enough you can sometimes feel as if you have seen and read everything so it’s a pleasant feeling when something fresh comes along!

Value: 25

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Thor 617 ( Limited 1 for 15 Tron Variant Cover by Brandon Peterson. )

Loki will go down as one of the earliest and most successful Marvel Films characters so when he was killed of it puzzled me until they brought him back as Kid Loki in this issue of Thor!

Value: 20

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Batman 655 ( Kubert 1:10 Variant )

Ok so recently I have been trying to convince people who care that Damian Wayne’s first appearance is NOT in this book but in issue 656 of Batman.  You see Damian only appears in shadows in this issue.  We don’t see his face until the following issue.  With his death making national news it’s become clear that Bruce’s son has resonated with readers and collectors.  Until the masses agree that 656 is his first this is the one to buy and it features an outstanding variant cover by an industry great!

Value: 15-20

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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two 8  ( Thanos Variant Cover )

Thanos is the big bad villain in the room over the next few years and with a GOA film coming in 2014 any combination of the two equals a wise investment.  These can still be found lurking in back issue boxes.  It’s an undervalued comic with lots of growth potential.

Value: 15

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Avengers 5  2010  ( 1 for 75 John Romita Variant Cover, First Mention of the Ultron War )

Captain America Reborn 6  ( Limited 1 for 25 Variant, Cap sees the Age of Ultron Future )

So earlier this month I recommended these two in another article and here is why-It’s still unclear how the Age of Ultron will turn out but we all know the recipe for success in sales can easily lie in how well you construct your final act.  Rumor has it there is a super surprise ending to this series penciled by Joe Q.  If it pays off then these are back issue gold.  If not well…..

Value 50

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Injustice Gods Among Us ( Limited 1 for 25 Variant Cover by Jheremy Raapack )

Last month I said to grab issue one while cover was still an option.  Did you?  If not then you are now paying triple cover.  This one has legs as the game looks to be a hit and the comic is amazing.

Value: 70-100

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-Topher

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Broker Report – March 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( March 2013 )

By Topher Seal

     Most of us who collect comics also collect other things and while I believe that none of you want to know how I acquired a hang nail from Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz, I can assure you that there is plenty of comic related material worth investing in. But collecting in multiple markets creates its own set of problems.  Years ago I streamlined my collection and stopped purchasing action figures, posters and other materials simply because storage was becoming an issue.  Once you start building a collection it can quickly spiral out of control.  Example:  I had to find a creative use for long/short boxes so instead of telling my wife that a storage unit was in our future I removed all the bed frames, sold the metal for scrap and used one layer of boxes per bed to replace the frames.  With a little effort I was able to create tunnels for cats under each bed!  Everyone’s money has to go to many things each month so identify what you love and go for it just don’t try and collect everything,  you will go broke and probably lose a spouse or the love of your parents.

 

Star Wars Galaxy 2 ( bagged )

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With the announcement that Chris Carter will create Season 10 of  The X-Files, back issues should see gains.  The ones I like: Issues 40,41  ( Both Photo Cover Variants ) of the Topps Series and this Star Wars comic.  Inside of this bagged issue there is an X-Files ashcan that just happens to be a rare early appearance of The X-Files in comics!

 

 

The Image 2010 Yearbook

sdcc2010_yearbook_coverIt’s pricey but if you are a fan of the Nowhere Men then you must find this.  There a lot of debate about the Nowhere men right now.  It’s one of Images hottest books and is demanding serious cash on the back issue market.  Some say Invincible 19 is the comic to own but others believe the first appearance is in this yearbook ( which is also a must have for Walking Dead fans )  I say buy both.

 

Iron Man 304,305

These comics had pretty significant print runs but if the armor at the end of the most recent Iron Man 3 film trailer is any indication then the Hulkbuster armor could be a big part of the climax.  You can find these comics cheap so why not buy real low and wait a few months?

Note: There is also a Marvel Legends Reprint of issue 305 that is a lot harder to find than the regular issue!

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Thunderbolts 25 ( Series 1 )

Big Hero 6 is going to be a Disney Animated film and you were smart right?  You heard about the film and hit every LCS you could find for Sunfire & Big Hero 6 1-3 and Alpha Flight vol. 2 issue 17.   After that there weren’t  any appearances for some time.  But I’m guessing most people forgot about this issue from 1999.

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Marvel Comics Presents 26 & Iron Man 230

If you are noticing a trend as it relates to collecting moderns then bravo!  These days the modern market is a bull and the cornerstone of collecting is first appearances especially as it relates to characters  jumping to the big screen.  Honestly would you ever care about Coldblood or Firepower if not for Marvel Films?  Now you must!

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The Invincible Iron Man 10 ( secret bar code Variant )

I still believe that the second print of this issue will prove to be just as hot a back issue as this one.  Any appearance of the Rescue Armor in the upcoming Iron Man film should boost the value of this comic.  The cool thing about this comic is that the variant can only be determined by knowing what numbers to look for in the bar code!

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Injustice Gods 1,1 ( Variant )

It’s not to often that I recommend a comic/video game tie-in issue but this series has generated some heat already.  Based on a new game from the Mortal Kombat creators it looks like a fighter that just can’t fail.  It helps that the art is tight and the Joker starts it all off with one of the most horrific acts in comic history.

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The Image Comics Holiday Special

I have mentioned this little gem before but after the most recent episode of the Walking Dead every fan who collects the comics has to have this in their collection.  Morgan first appeared in issue 1 and later in this issue.  Now he has been featured in one of the show’s best episodes, Clear.  Buy this and buy it right now!

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Detective Comics 647

Damian Wayne is dead!  Yea it’s sad because he’s the best Robin since the first Robin.  I do sense a resurrection in the futures especially since the little bugger was grown in an artificial womb but until then there will be speculation as to who the next Robin will be.  I want Cassandra Cain to take the role but it’s likely going to be Stephanie Brown.  Fans are clamoring for her DC 52 intro and this could be the way they do it.  This first appearance has been flying under the radar for some time and can be found for pennies.

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-Topher

Science is the new Rock and Roll!

 

 

 

 

Comic Broker Report – More Modern Heat

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( March )

By Topher Seal

    This month is sort of a sequel to last month’s article concerning modern comics and the ridiculous prices being paid for new books.   If you love trading in volatile markets then this current comic market is the place for you.  Many collectors may be weary of investing at this time because of the similarity to an infamous bubble from the past.  Anyone who remembers the bad girl/Valiant/gimmick days can attest to what I speak of.   I always suggest caution when playing in the modern arena but many of these books have significantly lower print runs that the 90’s books and the writing is far superior to most of what was produced in those days.  ( Many Valiant titles are the exception here.  If you have never read Harbinger,  Archer & Armstrong or Solar then now is as good a time to buy sets as any. ) 

Invincible 19  

imagesThis one hasn’t blown up quite yet but it’s already  scarce due to it being part of one of the greatest superhero comics of the last 10 years.  So what’s so special about it now?  Yet to been confirmed, the similarities are hard to ignore as it is likely the first appearance of the Nowhere Men!  This book came out so long ago that it makes it a very interesting collectible.  Many previews or first appearances happen within the first few months of the title’s release.  In this case the situation is so odd you just have to love Image for it.  They continues to keep putting out great comics like the Nowhere Men.  If prices for early issues continue to skyrocket then this puppy is going to be huge.

Also see the Walking Dead 102 for a color preview of the Nowhere Men! ( look for the 2nd print also!)

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Helheim  NYCC Sketch Variant

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If you’re like me and you don’t put a premium of many modern variants then here is a rare exception.  Cullen Bunn’s been on fire with the Sixth Gun and much of his recent Marvel work has been great.  His latest work pits viking against Zombie!  That’s a money maker if I have ever heard of one.

Black Beetle 0,1 & DHP Vol. 2 11

dhGritty Pulp comics have a special place in my collection so when Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle appeared in DHP 11 I instantly knew he had a hit on his hands.  Francesco has done a limited amount of work but his earliest appears to be in the 1997 Comic Code Illustrated.  Early issues are already drying up so act now.

Judge Dredd Megazine 322

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Diggle and Jock’s new Image mini is off to a good start.  Great art and writing almost always generate some buzz especially when the Image logo is on the cover.  The odd thing about this comic is that is was serialized in the Judge Dredd Megazine 322 some time ago.  They are nearly impossible to get in the states.  Buy and hold.

Peter Panzerfaust 8,9

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Captain America Reborn 6 & Avengers 5 ( 2010 )

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Both of these books have extremely rare variants.  If the Age of Ultron is popular with readers look to these two books for the Ultron War’s earliest references.   These issues that look to the future are always big with collectors.

Note:  The Ultron War was mentioned first via blackboard/timeline that has since been a bit overused.  One of my favorite splash pages that peek into the future is in The Amazing Spider-Man 695.  Check it out!

3 Story: Secret Files of the Giant Man ( Dark Horse )

$(KGrHqJ,!jYFDhpjMmUvBREEolh8sg~~60_57Last month I briefly touched on Matt Kindt’s Mind Mgmt and how it has been optioned by Ridley Scott.  If you haven’t read the series I suggest you buy the trade because there is no chance you will be able to purchase this book for cover anywhere online.  It’s a great read and the fact the Matt has included story elements that are specifically NOT being reprinted will make the individual issue that much more valuable.  I also recommend some of his earlier work such as the Pistolwhip Series and this gem above ( also the first appearance of Mind Mgmt. )

and finally…

With Grant Morrison’s Batman run coming to an end with Batman Inc. Vol 2 #8  there are many rumors surrounding the fate of Damian Wayne.  Damian has become a favorite among those who love Batman.   If Morrison kills of the bratty boy wonder it would be a real shame since it’s very hard to create new characters that generate  long lasting popularity.  One of the most satisfying aspects of the young Robin is the possible future where he has sold his soul to the Devil??? to protect Gotham the best way he can.  No matter what happens some of these issues are not that hard to find but that can change real quick.

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The Mignola black & white variant above IS very hard to find.  Good Luck!

-Topher

@Larfleeze

www.topherseal.com

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Comic Broker Report – February 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( February )

By Topher Seal

     I just cannot believe the online market for current comics.  People are throwing down some serious cash during poor economic times for unproven, highly speculative books.  Now I won’t recommend that you go and spend nearly 200 dollars for Peter Panzerfaust 1 or Saga 1 or any Thought Bubble or Hastings Variant but I do suggest you think about the future and put your money in wise investments.  Just because a comic property has been optioned by Hollywood or has a print run under 5k doesn’t mean it belongs in your fireproof long box.  A wise investor studies the market relentlessly and can recognize a bad deal when he/she sees one.  

Don’t Buy: Thor 344, buy this instead:

Thor 347  ( First appearance of Kurse )

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Kurse will be in the next Thor movie and while collectors are already hoarding 344 this issue might be the sleeper.

Note: Kurse also has one of the greatest deaths in comics and that issue is very affordable!

Don’t Buy Justice League of America 183-185,

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buy this instead:

The Forever People 1 ( First full Darkseid )

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So a JLA movie will be coming out to set up the future of the DC Universe’s film franchises and there is already massive speculation as to who will be in the film and what storyline it will follow.  Many are buying up issues 183-185 assuming that elements of this story will be the basis for the film.  That’s too risky to drop the kind of money these books are demanding.  Plus the moment that info was released Darkseid became the new Thanos and appearances have quadrupled in price.  Guides list Darkseid’s first appearance as Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 134 and his second as 135 but both appear to be cameos.  His first full appearance is in The Forever People 1 and I would also scoop New Gods 2.

Don’t buy The Sixth Gun 1,2,3,4,5,6,……

Buy this instead:

The Sixth Gun FCBD 2011

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This wonderful comic by Cullen Bunn has been optioned and is set to film for TV.  Here is an example of a property worth investing in.  If it’s done right it’s a sure hit.  Cullen Bunn is a superstar writer in the making and this is his best work to date.  Issue 1 is fast becoming a 50.00 book but eventually people will realize that the first appearance of The Sixth Gun was in the 2011 FCBD issue.

More Cullen Bunn,

Immortal Weapons 2

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Early works by this amazing writer are sure to see significant gains in upcoming months.  This comic is part of a 5 issues limited series written by a variety of the industries best.  Mr. Bunn wrote issue 2.

Deadpool 1000, The Damned ( good luck finding these! ), Captain America 616 Variant and his first published comic work in…

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Buy:

American Vampire 1 ( 2010 Diamond Retailer’s Summit Edition, cover by JIM LEE )

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Scott Snyder has quickly become the hottest writer in comics. His resume may be short but it’s full of quality writing.  In an era full of talented writers it can be very difficult to stand out but Mr. Snyder has done it.  Collectors are flocking to his Detective Comics run and they should but there are few other comics he wrote worth picking up.  Iron man noir 1-4 is a good place to start and those books can be had for pennies. I have previously mentioned the Human Torch 70th Variant One-Shot ( his earliest pro work ) and now this issue variant with a Jim Lee cover!

I would also buy issues 2-5 and the 2nd print for issue 1

Buy: Iron Man 10 ( 2nd Print )

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Another film rumor about the appearance of Pepper Potts Rescue Armor appearing in Iron Man 3 has been circulating the web.  Will it happen? If it does this is the one one to buy!

Buy: Masters of the Universe 1 ( 2nd Print )

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Another great second print that’s tough to find and worth every penny!  Look in back to find out why Invincible collectors!

Sell: Peter Panzerfaust 1,2,3,4

This over hyped comic is well written but poorly illustrated. With a TV show from the BBC in the works Image has created a nice big bubble! Trust me when I say it’s not the next WD so sell high!

Hold: Green Wake 7

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The true first appearance of Peter Panzerfaust  will have no ceiling if the show is a hit and it will cost you between 2-10 dollars instead of 200.

Sell: Revival 1 and all issue 1 variants

Hold: Image FCBD Sampler

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Sell: Fatale issue 1

Buy: The Walking Dead 92 ( First Jesus )

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It seems this new character is going to be a major player and we have all seen the value of key WD first appearances.  Oh and Fatale first appearance is here too.  Even if you have to pay out it’s worth it in this case.

Buy:  Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth, Nowhere Men 1, Non-Player, Multiple Warheads & Prophet 21 ( variant only ).

BLUE CHIP BOOK OF THE MONTH

Tales of Suspense 50 ( First Mandarin )

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Personally I think the Mandarin is a terrible villain but movies from Marvel turn crud ( whiplash ) into back issue gold and this book will be no different. His first appearance is not mired in confusion like Darkseid and the actor playing the master of the rings is one of Hollywood’s best!

-Topher