InvestComics Hot Picks #256

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With certainty in life what goes up must come down eventually. Of course forgetting about taxes, I’m talking more along the lines of a ball, rocket, grenade, plane, stock market, and sometimes success. There have been many successors that have sustained the duration of a lifetime, but even they have bumps in the road, which brings us to a success that has yet to see a bump in the road. Marvel Entertainment. No not the comic books, boy have we seen some clunkers over the past few years with them. I’m talking about the movie aspect. When will Marvel hit that spot where movie goers give a thumbs down? Maybe it won’t happen for quite some time, but one guarantee here folks it will happen one day. How will Marvel react? Will it begin the downslide of the Marvel Entertainment golden eggs? Probably not, but it will set the studio upright a bit to an Star-Lord Chris Prattunderstanding that not everything they release will be a hit, thus maybe getting a slowdown on the movie releases. Now, not trying to be a Debbie downer here, but the reality is that this can and will happen someday.

News came out that Marvel cast the lead actor to play Star-Lord in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. His name is Chris Pratt. The rant regarding a Marvel clunker in the theater is not necessarily pertaining to the Guardians film, but pertains to the potential that maybe Marvel may miss here. Then again, maybe not. There are so many variables that go into a movie being successful that one cannot predict the ticket sales, obviously. That said, with the influx of films that Marvel is releasing, the odds are starting to stack against them just a bit. Getting back to Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Star –Lord’s first appearance came in Marvel Preview Presents Star-Lord #4 in 1976. The aftermarket prices are commanding some big bucks at the moment and there will be no slowing down for a while. The pricing will see a spike and then level off when three things happen A: stills of the film start coming out B: the closer to the film we get C: the trailer release, if perceived in a good way will spike the market even more for a short while. The aftermarket pricing has seen Marvel Preview #4 as high as $200 already. Is this too high right now? Absolutely not. This market is a bull market right now. The asking price will go up from here, way up.

So risk verses reward. If you want to make some cash, definitely pick this book up now. If you want to make some serious cash for your investment, a no brainer here, buy a near mint 9.8 and send it off for grading. If CGC sends you back a 9.8, you have hit the mother lode. Only a total of 29 Marvel Preview #4’s have been graded to date. More so, only THREE are graded at 9.8. Yes fans, this is some very serious cash waiting for you in the aftermarket if you can pull this off.

Now with the negative Nancy stuff mentioned above about Marvel hitting a bad spot, what are the upside sides to the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie? The first thing one has to think is; are we witnessing the beginnings of the modern day Star Wars? The whole Cosmic realm of Marvel’s Universe is vast and has the potential of some serious bank if done right. The Guardians of the Galaxy team will provide a new universe for Marvel to explore. The storylines here can be endless; a trilogy (ala’ Star Wars) would not be that far-fetched. Spinoffs are not to be excluded either. A talking Raccoon though? Marvel Entertainment/Disney knows how to market and put together an amazing product. Guardians of the Galaxy will most likely be a huge hit, but Marvel really has to knock this movie out of the park in order for the Guardian comics in the aftermarket to hold some value, otherwise there will be a huge crash and Marvel will slow things down a bit on the big screen.


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Speaking of Star Wars, Star Wars (2012 Dark Horse 2nd Series) #2 comes our way after a sold out number one issue. Don’t expect things to slow down with the second issue. Pick this up before the dark side makes it disappear off the shelf.

Wolverine’s bro comes back in Wolverine and the X-Men (2011) #25. Dog Logan first appeared in the critically acclaimed Origin (#1) mini. Easy book to find, a bit pricey in some areas.

Marvel NOW! continues their restarts with Uncanny X-Men (2013 3rd Series) #1 and Secret Avengers (2013 Marvel) 2nd Series #1. Of course the original Uncanny X-Men #1 appeared in 1963 while the original Secret Avengers #1 first happened in 2010. Any X-Men comic from the Bronze Age back will always be a commodity to hold on to.  Long term investment is the key to your back issues as far as the X-Men go. Early Avengers comics are a fantastic commodity as well. And with the modern Avengers? No one cares about them. Don’t think so? How about this week we get to witness more carnage in Avengers Arena (2012) #4. See no one cares about wannabe’s in the Avengers; off with their heads!

Marvel’s imprint Icon brings Powers back in Powers FBI (2012 Icon) #1. Check out Michael Avon Oeming/Brian Michael Bendis’ first Powers comic in 2000 (Image). Powers has been the talk of television and movies for years. Get this comic now while you still can.

Television has made the Peter Panzerfaust comic in the aftermarket very hot these days. If you are late to the party, there are still refreshments left. Get started on early issues with the release of Peter Panzerfaust (2012 Image) #9 this week.

As noted in last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #255. Many (not all) female characters have a hard time staying on top of the leader board in a male dominated genre. This week a Justice League member breaks out into her own comic. Check out Katana (2013 DC) #1 and judge for yourself if Katana has what it takes to sustain her own title. The Brave and the Bold #200 (1983) is the first appearance of Katana. I’m looking at little to no movement regarding the aftermarket on this book. Unless Katana really brings something spectacular to the table, don’t expect much. A sellout on the first issue and interest of the storyline thereafter will be the only reason for movement.

And finally, Batman (2011 2nd Series) #17 will end the Death storyline.

Here are some number one issues you should definitely check out this week. Mylo Xyloto (2013 Bongo) #1, and Standard (2013 Comixtribe) #1.

Be sure to go onto the InvestComics Facebook page (LIKE IT) to possibly win a signed copy of Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 (Bluewater) that I wrote. Go now! Contest over on Valentine’s Day. Show your love!

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz


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InvestComics Hot Picks #255

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So what’s better than the actual football game on Superbowl Sunday you ask? Two things; the new commercials and InvestComics Hot Picks of course! Duh!

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HumanoidsIf you’re a regular reader of the InvestComics Hot Picks, you probably know by now that we love the New 52 and Marvel NOW! For one simple reason. Well maybe a couple, but the main reason is the introduction of new ideas which in turn comes back to the reader/fan in the form of new characters and the return of old forgotten ones. This week in no exception with comics like Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #17 from DC. New villains will be hitting that issue. Earth 2 (2012 DC) #9 features the return of the new Wotan. Wotan first appeared way back in 1940 and comes with a $30,000 price tag. A first appearance of Wotan is worth that much you ask? Well yes and no. It is, but it also happens to be the first appearance of Dr. Fate. Avengers Assemble (2012) Annual #1 gives fans the return of Sunturion. Sunny first showed up in Iron Man #143 (1981). The creative team is enough for this collector to go searching for this book. John Romita Jr. on pencils and Mr. Iron Man writer himself Bob Layton. No need to second guess buying this comic for a few bucks. The issue also features a turning point for one of the most underrated characters within the Marvel library. Buy the Avengers #57 (1968) at any price you can and stash it away. When Vision finally makes it to the big screen you will kicking yourself that you did not pick this comic up at a reasonable price when you had the chance. Vision’s first appearance is a long term investment that has tremendous upside, do not wait. Fearless Defenders (2013) #1 is one of those comics that many of the comic book store owners will hear a collective sigh when the collector’s see it on the shelf. It features two second (third?) rate female characters; Valkyrie and Misty Knight. The ::sigh:: will be warranted. Most female lead comics have a very hard time sustaining long term interest. Birds of Prey were a great tandem, but that too grew tired with the fans. For some reason female leads do not tend to hold their own comics for very long. They make spectacular team players and there are very strong female characters out there. Some; most are even better than the men! Yes, Wonder Woman has succeeded in many ways, but how many relaunch’s, status changes, costume changes has she endured? Case in point. So will the Valkyrie (first appearance Avengers #83 -1970)/Misty Knight (first appearance Marvel Premiere #21 – 1975; Gil Kane cover) team up be any different this time around? Well this time….maybe. Remember a couple of weeks ago when InvestComics carried some news about some dude named Cullen Bunn of the Sixth Gun comic getting picked up for a pilot from NBC? Well that guy, he’s writing Fearless Defenders #1. So yes, maybe this time will be a bit different. Staying with the female theme here we also have Young Romance New 52 Valentines Day Special (2013) #1 coming out this week. This is DC’s very big attempt to test out the female market. Will the female fans buy into the comic book romance novel? Most men certainly aren’t. This isn’t a knock or anything, it’s just truth. Look at that awesome cover of Superman and Woman Woman in a make out session. Is this really geared towards men? If it were part of the storyline going through Justice League, yes, but a one shot of love story after love story pertaining to Valentine’s day? This is a fantastic way for DC to test the waters, but one possible fatal mistake they have made is a biggie. A $7.99 price tag is a bit steep guys. Having a two issue run leading up to Valentine’s Day next week would have made more sense. Now getting back to what some females may do to us men is driving us to be Madmen! Well not really, but it’s a silly lead in to Thunderbolts (2012 2nd Series) #4. This issue will focuses on the return of Madman. The Madman first appeared in the Incredible Hulk #363 (1989). Writer Peter David does the introductions here, so not bad for a quick search through some long boxes at the local comic shop or convention.


[scrollGallery id=221] Okay so we spoke about the GOOD that the new ideas from the New 52 and Marvel NOW! brings. On the annoying end of the spectrum we get books like Winter Soldier (2012) #15 and Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #6. Why are they on that side you ask? Well for the simple fact that we get the proverbial “new status quo” or “all new direction”. Really?? You’re 15 issues in and 6 issues in respectively. This is Marvel saying they are not really hitting the target they want to, so things need to “change”. No they don’t. Keeping up with a good story helps and or maybe, just maybe fans aren’t interested anymore. Don’t think so? How about learning on the recent InvestComics Podcast Breaking the 4th Wall Episode #3 with Shaun Cobble and Shaun Sorenson that Winter Soldier will be canceled. So what’s the new status quo matter now with the Winter book?

Justice League #1 – First Appearances

[scrollGallery id=222] Justice League #1 will be making its splash with 52 variant covers. The variant covers are extremely disappointing to say the least. The SAME cover with a different State flag? Wow, that is lame beyond lame. Why not have better planning here and have each state represented with its core city and its landmark? New York with Superman flying by the Statue of Liberty, Batman at the Arc in St. Louis, Wonder Woman hanging out at Fenway Park, you get the idea. This would have generated a tremendous amount buzz for each city, thus creating a big aftermarket blitz. Instead we get flags? Anyway, let’s focus on the team members for the first issue and their first appearances. We’ll go from high to low. Scroll through the covers below for a side by side of the new Justice book with the first appearance cover.

Catwoman: First appeared in Batman #1 (1940). If you need any explanation here, stop reading and go watch the Superbowl pre-game for 10 hours.

Green Lantern: All American Comics #16 (1940). See above.

Green Arrow: More Fun Comics #53 (1941).  This comic will garner more attention as the Arrow show continues to do well, also with the possibility of him appearing in the new Justice League movie.

Hawkman: Flash Comics #1 (1940). Refer back to the comment early regarding female leads. The same applies for a lot men character’s as well. Hawkman is a good team oriented player, not so much a solo character.

Martian Manhunter: Detective Comics #225 (1955). Justice League movie….buy this.

Katana: Brave and the Bold #200 (1983).

Stargirl: Starman #69 (2000). With recent interest, this comic has more upside to it.

Vibe: Justice League of America Annual #2 (1984).

There are quite a few number one issues that fans should take a look at this week. Don’t get caught sleeping on some of these. Dia De Los Muertas (2012 Image) #1, Fairy Quest (2013 Boom) #1, Snapshot (2013 Image) #1, Legend of the Shadow Clan (2013 Aspen) #1, Son of Merlin (2013 Image) #1 and Red Team (2013 Dynamite) #1.

The last order of business comes on the heels of Brian Michael Bendis recently saying this on Bleeding “Truthfully, if ever the day comes that Rom could legally appear in a Marvel comic, whatever story I’m in the middle of writing, Rom will crash into it. I don’t care who it is talking, Rom is going to crash into their head.” With that, the market on the Rom #1 enters into the Bull market (buy market). Marvel will get Rom in their books again and maybe even in the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. I sound confident here don’t I? Well ask me the same thing BEFORE Disney bought out Marvel and most likely the tone here would be vastly different. With the talk of Rom came Rocket Raccoon too. InvestComics has told collectors time after time to pick up Marvel Preview #7 (1976), the first appearance of the rodent. The comic has gone from a $10 book to over $100 already. Here’s the good news bad news deal. Bad news, you missed out on getting a $10 book. Good news is there is more upside to this comic right now than anything else mentioned in this article. That’s right fans. You may be looking at the modern day Yoda, but in Raccoon form. As for Rom #1, you need to get this copies now! Get high grades at $8 apiece, send them off to CGC and reap the rewards when Rom comes back…..home.

That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to enter to win a FREE Signed copy of my comic Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 on the InvestComics Facebook page. Click at the beginning of this article to become a fan on the InvestComics Facebook page now!

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz


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InvestComics Hot Picks 5-30-12 Marvel Cosmic Picks Special

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Hard to believe that after this new comic book week that 2012 is almost half over already. And what a year it has been so far. Although some may say that December will be the last month of all time, we want to be positive here and believe we’ll see the next chapter within the Avengers movie saga…..

The next movie is going to be epic in so many ways it’s unreal. Simply because of one character and where Marvel will begin to turn its attention. The door has been opened with that smirk of evil after the credits. As said in previous InvestComics articles and Hot Picks for many years, the Marvel Cosmo’s will in fact be the next “Star Wars” of the “outer space” movies. The character Thanos will be the next Darth Vader. Loath him as we all will, but we’ll love him. Who will be Luke? Silver Surfer maybe? How about Captain Marvel? The heroes to choose from are absolutely countless.

The idea that Marvel will pursue their Cosmic Universe is pure speculation here. But why wouldn’t they now? The foundation has been set with one single look from one of the most evil, narcissistic, possessive villains within the Marvel Universe, but his mainstay is within the Cosmic side. Marvel began bringing their Cosmic Universe back to the forefront with a very well put together Annihilation storyline. The Marvel Cosmo’s are about to make another run here and we’re on top of it here at InvestComics.

This week we will cover many of the first appearances from within that vast universe that Marvel has put together. A lot has to be owed to Jim Starlin in regards to help shape this Universe. The Cosmo’s would NOT be the same without HIS creation of Thanos and storylines. It would look and feel vastly different if not for Jim Starlin. Do not kid yourself; Thanos is the center piece of this alternative Universe. If he wasn’t so important, or an integrate part of the grand scale of things, why is he in that last panel in the Avengers movie? If you have not seen Jim Starlin’s Video interview on InvestComics TV, you should really check it out. It so happens that in a case of irony if you will, Martin Pierro of his publishing company Cosmic Times  team’s up with me to conduct the Interview. Martin is also the creator of the successful West Palm Beach comic book show called PalmCon. Do yourself a favor and check that out if you’re down here in Florida. Look for Martin on Facebook too! So back to Jim Starlin here, be sure to check out the 3 part interview that we did with him from his home in upstate New York.  Part 1 is right HERE (in which he talks about the creation of the Thanos character), Part 2 is right HERE (In which he talks about the death of Jason Todd, Captain Marvel and his Dreadstar character), and Part 3 is right HERE (In which he talks about Breed III).

Below you will find an abundance of comic books featuring the first appearances of many Marvel Cosmic characters. These are not by any means all of them, it’s just a guideline list of some that may or may not ever appear in a Marvel Cosmic movie. Rocket Raccoon; although he has been covered before on InvestComics, Actually…… look for Marvel Preview #7 (1976) if you want Rocket’s first. Many of these comics are at a very affordable price’s right now. Get your hands on these at the next Comic show or your local comic shop. You’re sometimes better off getting these at the comic conventions due to the fact that many dealers will make deals with you on a lot that you buy. So with that, let’s check out some more first appearances in no particular order.

Iron Man #55 – The Mecca of everything  Cosmic. The First appearance of Thanos. This comic has been one of the most recommended comics on InvestComics for many years. If there was ever one comic to buy for your collection right now, this would be It.……Or would the next comic be?

Marvel Super-Heroes #12 – Featuring Captain Marvel! The first Captain Marvel. Yes folks, this too needs to be in your collection as of yesterday. If there was ever one comic to buy….no wait, said that already. Well you get the idea here. If Marvel plays their cards right here with the Cosmic movies, Captain Marvel would be the answer to DC’s Superman. Imagine if you will, with all the feeble attempts that DC has tried now with making the “right” Superman movie how Captain Marvel will outdo that character on the screen its first time out. That would be instant victory for the House of ideas (no not InvestComics, Marvel). The potential upticks here for Captain Marvel is simply astounding. Buy this.

Fantastic Four #48 – There needs to be a story told right? In general, in life….even if the stories exist in your own head, it’s still being narrated by ….you! So the question here is, who tells the story when we’re gazing into the galaxy that fills the movie screen? The Watcher of course! Check out his first appearance here. Oh yes, almost forgot. Buying this comic would be a three for one deal. Silver Surfer AND Galactus also make their debut here. So let’s recap here. Buying this comic will get you the narrator of our cosmic films, the possible headlining star and a character that will NOT be a purple cloud next time around? Buy this pronto.

The Infinity Gems – It’s very safe to assume that Thanos will be seeking the gems in the second Avengers film. Here are some of the comics that feature the first look at these gems that the madman craves. Power of Warlock #1, Marvel Team-Up #55 and Avengers Annual #7.  Seek those before Thanos finds them first, we don’t want that!

Incredible Hulk #234 – First appearance of Quasar. Hey one never knows if he’ll ever pop up someplace!

Strange Tales #138 – First appearance of Eternity.

The Eternal #2 – The Celestial first appear here.

Captain Marvel #27 – Jim Starlin revisits this character in one of his many creations later in a historic graphic novel called The Death of Captain Marvel. Death first appears here.

The Cosmic Cube – Another handy item Thanos would love to wrap his purple hands around. Get the first look at the Cosmic Cube in Tales of Suspense #79.

Secret Wars #1 – The Beyonder makes his debut here. If you do not own this limited series, well then you’re not really a comic collector.

Thor #132 – Here’s an obscure but fun first appearance. Ego the Living Planet! Created by Stan Lee and Jack “King” Kirby.

Quasar #24 – First appearance of Infinity.

Giant Sized Defenders #3 – First look at Korvac.

Fantastic Four #20 – First Molecule Man.

X-Man #15 – First appearance of Onslaught. This character sure reeked a lot of havoc over the years.

Fantastic Four #18 – First Super-Skrull.

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So there is a nice list to get you started. Who would you include on this list? Don’t be shy, let your voice be heard!

Okay so let’s take a look at a few comics heading your way this week shall we?

DC’s new 52 will introduce us to the new Mr. Freeze in Batman Annual #1. This villain originally appeared in Batman #121 back in 1959. DC also gives back to the kids again this week with two new “kid friendly” titles. Superman Family Adventures #1 and DC Nation #1. And the last of the number one issues to check out this week from DC is Ravagers #1.

Two independent number one issues to seek this week; Grim Leaper #1 from Image Comics and my very own Vincent Price House of Horrors #1! Yes the First work ever from the owner of InvestComics! Hopefully there will be no delays in this comic coming out, but if you buy the comic and would like it signed, send it to me and I’ll send it back signed for you! Contact me at so that we can get that done!

That’s it for this week. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Hot Picks 5-23-12

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Welcome to InvestComics Hot Picks 5-23-12.

Within the new releases this week at your local comic shop. You may see the latest magazine issue of Fangoria magazine #314. That magazine was part of my childhood and I’m very proud to say that I was interviewed within the magazine for the latest release of Blue Waters Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 that I wrote. So pick it up this week along with the rest of your stack of comics. Thanks for your support!

Over at the InvestComics You tube channel, 2 new videos to check out. The latest FFFIC episode #45 still has the super cool contest going on. Win a FREE one year subscription to Marvel Super-Heroes magazine from Disney magazines! Eight issues in all! Thanks Disney! All you have to do is watch the video right HERE and tweet the tweet! The second video is courtesy of everyone’s favorite new reviewer on the InvestComics You tube channel; Amber of Booze, Cooze and reviews. Regarding the show, Amber recently received high praise from the one and only Gail Simone!! How cool is that?! See what all the fuss is about right HERE, but huge WARNING here, EXPLICT LANGUGE. If easily offended, move along.  And thanks Gail!!

On to the Hot Picks this week!

Just as Marvel announced this week the All New Captain Marvel #1 will be a female character we get the resurgence in Secret Avengers #27 of the “male” version of Captain Marvel. Hmmm….okay. Anyway the bang for your buck will most definitely be the original male counterpart here. With the big tease at the end of the Avengers movie (credits), there is no reason to think that Marvel will not explore their Cosmic Universe as already spoken about right here on InvestComics Hot Picks last week. That said, The Marvel Super-Heroes Featuring Captain Marvel #12 (1967) is still a work in progress, soon to be hot commodity that will see upticks over the next couple years. We highly doubt that if Marvel will begin their approach into the Cosmo’s that Captain Marvel will land there as a female character. Not that there is anything wrong with having a female, but movie goers will probably receive a male lead easier than that of a female when it comes to super heroes. History on the big screen says so. Catwoman, Elektra….you get the point. The female super hero makes for a fantastic addition to a team or partner, Storm, Black Widow, Elektra….you get the point. If you can snag the first appearance of the Kree Captain Marvel for $125, you have yourself a nice addition to your collection.

The West Coast Avengers make their way into Hulk Smash Avengers #4. The West Coast Avengers first appeared in 1984’s West Coast Avengers #1. The team went on to have their ongoing in 1985 that lasted 9 years and ended at issue #102. Nice run there! With all of the hoopla surrounding the Avengers movie, expect to see more of this team in the future.

Astonishing X-Men #50 promises an ending that will be “the most talked about moment of the year”. Okay we’ll see about that….

DC Comics introduces a new villain in Superman #9. She is wearing a silly shirt though.

Rob Liefeld takes over art duties in The Savage Hawkman #9. Nice cover Rob.

Justice League Dark #9 introduces a new team roster, with major changes reverberating throughout the DC Universe during this arc. We’ll see about this as well…..

A new Batman series hits this week. Batman Incorporated #1. Should be a great start here.

There are two number one issues you may want to check out this week, Dark Horse’s Resident Alien #1 and IDW’s Godzilla #1. And for those interested, Godzilla first appeared within the comic book world way back in 1977’s Godzilla King of Monsters #1 from Marvel. The comic was penciled by legend Herb Trimpe! Twenty dollars will get you this little gem.

That’s it for this week. Lastly, the InvestComics Hot Picks Chicks will be here appearing again soon (lots of them!).

Scroll through the covers of the week below.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-7-12

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-7-12.

First off, in case you missed the release of the latest InvestComics You Tube video you can catch it right below! Wow look at that, technology! Just sit back and we’ll bring the entertainment to you!

This particular video was by far the most fun I have ever had putting together a montage. Although my video by no means is a new innovation with the piecing of questions together, but it’s “new” to InvestComics! I seriously owe much thanks to Michael Frick Weber for the inspiration to put together such a fantastic video. I’ve seen Michael work his magic with numerous videos and they are absolutely awesome. Check out Michael’s Videos on You Tube or just follow him on Facebook, great stuff.

Here’s the Video and description from the You Tube Page:

InvestComics goes out to ask several creators some simple questions and comes back with some fun results. Check out answers from Jimmy Palmiotti, Billy Tucci, Tony Bedard, Frank Tieri, Jeff Balke, Sebastian Piccione, Jason Metcalf, Mike Wagganer, Brian Wolf, Karl Moline, and James Whynot. Special thanks to Michael Frick Weber for the Inspiration.

Filmed By: Jay Katz

Video Graphics & Edits: Jay Katz

Image Comics gets the spotlight this week with their release of Hell Yeah #1. With a very “Millar/Bendis” feel to this comic, it may sell out due to that factor alone. But with award winning writer Joe Keatinge at the helm, along withElephantmen artist Andre Szymanowicz, this comic does not need much help to sell out anyway.

DC Comics brings back something old something borrowed. Marv Wolman returns with his original series from 1982 called Night Force. If you’d like to check out Night Force #1 from 1982 it would only cost you a dollar more than the new number one coming out this week. Actually you would probably find it in the 50 cent boxes at your local shop if you look hard enough.

DC’s Vertigo line will have a hit on their hands with Fairest #1. Built around the hit Fables series, creator Bill Willingham brings the Females from Fables into their own book. A beautiful cover from Adam Hughes will catch the buyers eye while Phil Jimenez’ pencils on the inside will keep the buyers around for more.

A few number one issues to possibly pick up this week include the latest in IDW’s Infestation 2 Event. The Turtles are in Infestation 2: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. If you yearn for more of the Avengers movie after seeing the latest trailer (WOW), check out Marvel’s Prelude to Avengers #1……and rounding out this week, make sure to pick up Red Wing’s own Jonathan Hickman’s latest book Manhattan Projects #1.

Also as a reminder, my first written comic will be coming out from Bluewater Productions. Vincent Price: House of Horrors #1 is now available through your Previews catalog or any comic shop on line. You can catch a 5 page preview on Bluewater’s web site right now!

Check out some fantastic covers coming to a shelf near you this week below.

And yes the Stan Lee Interview from InvestComics will be here soon!

Have a great week. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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One of classic Hollywood’s most famous scary men, Vincent Price made a name for himself in classic mysteries and thrillers throughout the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.

A brand new Vincent Price horror limited series comic book to debut from Bluewater Comics in May; Vincent Price’s “House of Horrors”, will be a four issue mini series.  This series is spinning off from the Rondo Award nominated, “Vincent Price Presents”.

“This new series will focus on one shot stories that will have you at the edge of your seat,” said President of Bluewater Comics, Darren G. Davis. “The stories are all new and have a certain horror element about them that hasn’t been seen before.”

The very first issue starts off with the debut of new writer Jay Katz of the energetic and wildly popular web site InvestComics ( art by a Bluewater mainstay Stefano Cardoselli, and colors by Industry star colorist Jeff Balke. It features a painted cover by LP Dopp.

“I am very proud to have this new Vincent Price series for everyone to enjoy”, said Daren Davis. “It’s going to be a spine tingling experience, so get ready for some great horror stories!”

The comic will be available through comic book stores only and other fine established comic book ordering web sites. Check with your retailer and ask about Vincent Price: House of Horrors #1.

About Vincent Price:

Vincent Price was born on May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri. His father owned the National Candy Company. His acting career began onstage in London in the play Chicago. He also performed with Orson Welles <> ‘s Mercury Theatre. Actor Vincent Price starred as the villain in the 1953 film House of Wax. It was one of the first films shot in 3D and revitalized the horror genre.

About Bluewater Productions

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers 10th Muse and ³The Legend of Isis Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (TekWar Chronicles),  legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (Wrath of the Titans, Sinbad: Rogue of Mars, Jason and the Argonauts, et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (Vincent Price Presents), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles Female Force and Political Power.

Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry¹s top artists and writers.

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Jay Katz writes First Issue of NEW Mini-Series From Bluewater Comics

It’s been an exciting week to say the least with great news that keeps on coming. Bluewater Comics will be releasing the new Vincent Price House of Horror’s mini-series and “I” (Jay Katz) will be writing the number one issue. Check out the solicit that came out today for a May release.

Yes this is way cool.

Author(s): Jay Katz
Artist(s): Stefano Cardoselli
Cover Artist(s): LP Dopp

An all-new 4 issue mini series from the Master of Horror. Nicholas Stastny is a saintly lad. He loves his maker, his family, and above all, his animals. He loves ’em to death! Experience the most disturbing story from Bluewater yet as we learn the gruesome truths to becoming a “Good Boy.”