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These articles focus on comics that no one is talking about or speculating on anymore. Mostly for good reason though. There are some hidden gems among the non-elite here, but with that said these comics have been long forgotten and simply not thought of by many collectors. Most of the comics in the article here are comics to be found in long box sales, but so much fun nonetheless. Some are actually a little tough to hunt down and worth some extra cash in the aftermarket, but isn’t the hunt always more fun? If interested in any of these comics, most can be found by clicking the red links provided in this article or comic cover, that’s if you don’t feel like hunting them down or you simply cannot find it. Will any of these comics ever be of monetary value? Or have a resurgence? Probably not, but with the influx of television and movies these days you never know. Here are a few InvestComics oddities to check out. Enjoy and happy hunting/reading!
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Avengers Icons: The Vision (2002) A four issue mini-series written by Geoff Johns and art by Ivan Reis. What is there not to love about this? A great story here. Needs to be in your collection today.
Warlock Special Edition (1982) Can’t afford or find the early Warlock stories from Strange Tales? How about an awesome six part reprint series? Jim Starlin provides new covers. And with Warlock rumored to debut in the Marvel Cinematic universe eventually, these books will be in demand even though they are reprints.
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The Black Dragon (1985) This long forgotten sword and sorcery series was brought to you by writer Chris Claremont and artist John Bolton. Great stuff here.
Tigra (2002) Why hasn’t Tigra become an Avenger in the movies? Too campy maybe? But so cool though. This forgotten series was penciled by Mike Deodato Jr (and covers). Written by Christina Z.
Claws (2006) This series had smash hit written all over it. It did okay for its time, but no one remembers it today. Written by Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti. Art and covers by Joseph Michael Linsner.
Damn if it ain’t a great time to be comic lover. So District 9 director Neil Blomkamp is going to revisit the Alien franchise. You must be thinking, oh yea I have heard that crap before. But here’s the good news. He’s going to start his sequel right after Aliens. Ripley fans rejoice! Nah. I’m waiting for the return of Hicks! This is his first comic appearance!
Note: This is the first Newt appearance as well but not Ripley! That honor goes to a publication by Heavy Metal.
So many wonderful versions of Spider-Man have been included in Slott’s epic Spiderverse story. Good luck finding 650 with that sick Tron suit cover. But you can easily find this one and there’s a cover pic of 650 in the back!
One of the better modern Marvel stories centers around the Descendants and their inevitable ascension to glory. All they needed to do was eliminate all of humanity. Thanks for stumbling onto their subterranean homer Secret Avengers!
Yes I collect rare Sonic appearances and this is one of the toughest to find in the wild. People beat on Archie comics and this one suffered the same fate as most. The point here-don’t give comics to children ( just kidding! )
Two hours in the bathroom not only yielded a better nights sleep but a part 2 for February ! Enjoy!
The Brave and the Bold 57 ( First Rex Mason, Metamorpho )
Do current readers even care who Rex Mason is? Well if you didn’t catch the name drop by the Earth 2 Batman from this month’s Earth 2 Annual 2 then you might just miss out down the road.
SPOILER-In the Earth 2 Annual 2 we finally learn the secret identity of the Earth 2 Batman. Personally I wasn’t surprised but the story was well crafted and the art was decent. The most interesting tidbit was the source of Batman’s powers, Miraclo. Last month I mentioned the importance of this little drug as it relates to the CW and the upcoming Hourman series. Now we learn it is critical to Earth 2’s most popular character. The source of Miraclo on Earth 2? Yup, Rex Mason.-END SPOILER
Note: Jarvis Pennyworth, Alfred’s father is one badass butler! Read the DC Earth 2 Annual 2 mentioned above to find out what I mean. Batman 9 isn’t only the first appearance of Strix but Jarvis Pennyworth as well!
Oh and Earth 2 Batman first appeared in the last year’s Annual 1.
Journey into Mystery 97 ( first Surtur )
Staying ahead of the game is the key to success if you are buying and selling comics in today’s market. Rumors concerning the storyline for Thor 3 are already starting to pop up around the web. If the fire lord Surtur and the Demons of Muspelheim end up central to the story then this classic will quickly increase beyond the nice value it already holds.
Thor Annual 18 ( First Flame/Hrinmeer )
Though common, this issue of Thor features the half elf/half demon Hrinmeer. The final battle Ragnarok could be the focal point of Thor 3 making this issue quite important. It was pollybagged and easy to find in high grade so I suggest hunting for the newsstand edition!
The X-Men 4 ( first Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver )
No explanation is needed as to the future importance of these characters. If you are reading this article then I assume you love the Avengers and X-Men as much as I do! You will NEVER find this comic for a cheap price and though that makes a bargain hunter like me mad it does not make it any less important to collectors.
Avengers 181 ( First Scott Lang )
Over the last few years Marvel Premiere 47 has been hot. Knowing that an Ant-Man film was coming, collectors were quick to snag this Bronze Age gem. As information about the film has started to leak fans are realizing that while Scott appeared as Ant-Man in MP 47 he actually appeared first in this Avengers comic!
X-Factor 19/Marvel Age Annual 3 ( First Horsemen of Apocalypse )
Currently no one knows what Marvel films has in store for the Apocalypse/X-Men film. AOA? It’s possible with Blink in the mix. There is also a strong likelihood that the Horsemen will be involved. So while hoarders and flippers are banking copies of X-Factor 5,6,& 24 you might just want to scoop these up while those other guys are distracted:
X-Factor 15 ( First Pestilence/Plague )
X-Factor 11 ( First War/Abraham Kieros )
x-Factor 12 ( First Famine, Autumn Rolfson )
Astonishing X-Men ( Second Series, 1,1a,1c – First Wolverine as Death )
You never know how Marvel Film’s is going to alter comic storylines so there is always the possibility that Wolverine could end up one of the Horsemen in Singer’s next film. If that happens this comic will explode.
Note:There is also a Dynamic Forces Marvel Authentix Edition limited to 3,500, and a signed edition.
The Amazing-Spider-Man Annual 8 ( First Alistair Smythe )
Spider-Man 2 is filling up with villains, I hope the script is well written to accommodate the Sinister-Six never mind the inventor of Spider-Slayers!
Nick Fury VS. S.H.I.E.L.D. 3 ( First Alexander Pierce )
Hopefully this Agent played by Robert Redford doesn’t end up the Red Skull is disguise but even if he doesn’t his first appearance is relatively easy to find.
DMZ ( 1, 2008 Convention Variant )
Vertigo is enjoying a lot of TV and film rumors lately including this incredible tale by Brian Wood. Issue 1 is not easy to find but this con exclusive is the real cherry.
Or you could get the first appearance of the series from this fine Vertigo title. It’s much cheaper too!
Y the Last Man 37
22 Brides 1,2 ( First Painkiller Jane )
You could buy issue 1 or it’s Comic Cavalcade Variant but then you would only own a cameo of Painkiller Jane. So far all adaptions of this brutal beauty have fizzled. That does not bode well for long term investing, that is if you like profit. But the issue 2 variant above and it’s regular cover ( not pictured ) are not easily found and feature her first full appearance!
Red Star ( Wizard 1/2, Wizard 1/2 Foil, Issue 1,6 Variant and any of the DF signed editions )
It looks like this film adaptation is a reality. I have always loved this series and highly recommend it to those who love original sequential art stories. At this point I would look for: both wizard 1/2 issues, issue one of the regular series, any DF signed editions and the variant for issue 6.
J.A.R.V.I.S. as the Vision?!?!?
Late last year I recommended The Invincible Iron Man 10, 10 variant, 10 secret retailer varian, 10 2nd print, 11 & 11 2nd print. I speculated that the J.A.R.V.I.S. AI from Marvel Films might factor into the origin of Ultron. Well it turns out that the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Paul Bettany has been cast to play the Vision! Watch these comics explode as a result.
Squee ( All printings for all issues! )
The Cartoon Network is adapting this Slave Labor classic! Issues have multiple printings and are all super rare. This one should spike in value due to the fact that the internet is going to be the primary source for copies.
Legends 3 ( First Modern Suicide Squad )
Honestly I am having are hard time recommending this one. It’s not the first appearance of the SS, it’s not rare or hard to find and it’s part of a mini-series. But it will continue to get hot especially after the most recent episode of Arrow. As far as Suicide Squad issues to buy there are others which I would purchase before this one. What are they? Check back next month!
(Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. This article is used as a guide for investments and more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments should be used as a judgment upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing and have fun.)
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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.
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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!
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!