Top 5 Trending Comics #177

Every week before new comic book day, Trending Pop Culture provides the fans with the Top 5 Trending Comics arriving on new comic book day .
New Comics and items arriving 8/15/18. Trending Comics and More #539

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Infinity Wars #2 – After finally learning who the mysterious new character Requiem is in the previous issue, onward we roll! From Mike Deadato Jr. and Gerry Duggan
Pearl #1 – Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos will introduce a brand-new character in Pearl #1. This first appearance is a big deal for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the same creative team that brought to life the Jessica Jones character. Second, it’s the first major introduction of a DC character debuting in their own book from new DC writer Brian Michael Bendis. Look for this comic to trend quickly among your favorite stream.
Weapon X #22 – Debuts the newest X team into the Marvel U; Weapon X Force. Creators Greg PakFred Van Lente and Yildiray Cinar.
Rejected – From Source Point Press;Sold out comic from Stan Konopka and Corey Christian Anderson.
Crowded #1 – New from Image Comics; Word is getting out on social media that this is a great read. Creators; Writer Christopher Sebela and artists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt. We made a GIF a few days ago giving kudos to artist Alan Quah. He did the Crowded #1 Amazing Spider-Man #129 homage variant.

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Here are the rest of the trending comics and items headed your way this Wednesday from Trending Comics and More #539
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Amazing Spider-Man #10 (2015)
The Edge Of Spider-Geddon #1
Extermination #1
Cable Deadpool Annual #1
Star Wars Beckett #1
Batgirl #25
Archie Meets Batman 66 #2
Volition #1 (AfterShock Comics)
Tongues #1 (Fantagraphics)
Terminator Sector War #1 (Dark Horse)

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Trending items arriving this Wednesday. Most are sold out. Click on the RED links or the image to buy/bid on these hot items via eBay from ALL available sellers.

5 Star DC Classic Harley Quinn – Funko
5 Star DC Classic Batgirl – Funko
5 Star DC Classic The Joker – Funko
5 Star DC Classic Batman – Funko
Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Beerus Action Figure  – Bandai America
Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Goku Action Figure  – Bandai America
Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Super Saiyan Goku Action Figure – Bandai America
Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Vegeta Action Figure – Bandai America
Alien & Predator Figurine Collection Special #9 Mega Xenomorph Warrior – Eaglemoss Publications
Star Wars Character Line 1/12 Kit – First Order Stormtrooper – Bandai Hobby
Topps 2018 WWE Heritage Trading Cards – Topps
Batman The Animated Series Ras Al Ghul Bust – Diamond Select
DC Batman Universe Collectors Bust #9 Damian Wayne Robin – Eaglemoss Publications

Robin

Joker

Harley Quinn

Batman

Batgirl

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Best Covers – New Comics 8-15-18

New comic book release day 8/15/18. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?
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Trending Comics & More #539

Here are this week’s top trending comic books and new items headed your way this Wednesday 8-15-18
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After finally learning who the mysterious new character Requiem is in the previous issue, onward we roll! From Mike Deadato Jr. and Gerry Duggan. Infinity Wars #2 
Hunt down a copy of the 2015’s Amazing Spider-Man #10 comic. It’s the first appearance of Spider-Punk. He’ll star in his own series this Wednesday; The Edge Of Spider-Geddon #1. If it trends well, so will the 2015 first appearance.
Weapon X #22 debuts the newest X team into the Marvel U; Weapon X Force. Creators Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente and Yildiray Cinar.
A new X-Men comic debuts; Extermination #1 from Ed Brisson and Pepe Larraz.
Cable Deadpool Annual #1 arrives with a Rob Liefeld variant. This alone should give fanboys a reason to buy the comic.
The first appearance of Tobias Beckett in Star Wars Beckett #1. Writer Gerry Duggan with artist Will Sliney.

Cable Deadpool Annual #1

Amazing Spider-Man #10

Spider-Geddon #1

Infinity Wars #2

Weapon X #22

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Writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos will introduce a brand-new character in Pearl #1. This first appearance is a big deal for a couple of reasons. First, it’s the same creative team that brought to life the Jessica Jones character. Second, it’s the first major introduction of a DC character debuting in their own book from new DC writer Brian Michael Bendis. Look for this comic to trend quickly among your favorite stream.
Batgirl #25 will be a special anniversary issue that will include an extra story from Paul Dini and Emanuela Lupacchino.

Batgirl #25

Archie – Batman #2

Pearl #1

Star Wars Beckett #2

Extermination #1

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The cover of Archie Meets Batman 66 #2 says it all. It looks as though Archie is Robin! A first here. Writer Jeff Parker and artist Dan Parent bringing it up a notch.
Rejected – One Shot (Source Point Press); Sold out comic from Stan Konopka and Corey Christian Anderson.
Volition #1 (AfterShock Comics); Ryan Parrott and Omar Francia.
Crowded #1 (Image Comics); Writer Christopher Sebela and artists Ro Stein and Ted Brandt.
Tongues #1 (Fantagraphics); Andres Nilsen.
Terminator Sector War #1 (Dark Horse); Brian Wood and Jeff Stokely.

The Rejected

Volition #1

Crowded #1

Terminator #1

Tongues #1

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Batgirl – Funko

Harley Quinn – Funko

Batman – Funko

Joker – Funko

5 Star DC Classic Harley QuinnFunko
5 Star DC Classic BatgirlFunko
5 Star DC Classic The JokerFunko
5 Star DC Classic BatmanFunko

Goku

Super Saiyan Goku

Vegeta

Beerus

Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Beerus Action Figure  – Bandai America
Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Goku Action Figure  – Bandai America
Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Super Saiyan Goku Action FigureBandai America
Dragon Ball Super Dragon Stars Vegeta Action FigureBandai America

Alien & Predator Figurine Collection Special #9 Mega Xenomorph WarriorEaglemoss Publications
Star Wars Character Line 1/12 Kit – First Order StormtrooperBandai Hobby
Topps 2018 WWE Heritage Trading CardsTopps
Batman The Animated Series Ras Al Ghul BustDiamond Select
DC Batman Universe Collectors Bust #9 Damian Wayne RobinEaglemoss Publications

Robin

Aliens vs. Predator

Stormtrooper

Ras Al Ghul

WWE Cards

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Number One Comics – May 2018

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the Trending Comics articles during the month of May. Comics are listed below with the respective creators on the book. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

Pestilence Story Of Satan #1 – Frank Tieri and Oleg Okunev.
The Last Siege #1 – Laudry Q. Walker and Justin Greenwood.
Hunt For Wolverine: The Claws Of A Killer #1 – Mariko Tamaki and Butch Guice.
The Gates Of Valhalla #1 – Jason Aaron, Ramon Perez and Jen Bartel.
Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1 – Gerry Duggan and Chris Sprouse.

Last Siege

Pestilence Satan

Claws Of Killer

Gates Of Vahalla

Countdown Daredevil

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Quicksilver: No Surrender #1 – Saladin Ahmed and Eric Nguyen.
X-Men Wedding Special #1 – Chris Claremont.
New Challengers #1 – Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie and Klaus Janson.
A Walk Through Hell #1 – Goran Sudzuka and Garth Ennis.
Jazz Legend #1 – JC Lacek and Vasco Duarte.

Quicksilver

X-Men Wedding

New Challengers

Walk Through Hell

Jazz Legend

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Flavor #1 – Joe Keatinge, Wook Jin Clark, Tamara Bonvillain and Rich Tommaso.
Ether Copper Golems #1 – Matt Kindt and David Rubin.
Ruin Of Thieves: A Brigand’s Story #1 – Sumit Kumar and Ram V.
The Rot #1 – David Hayes and Sean Seal.
Rochelle #1  – John Crowther and Dell Barras.

Flavor

Ether

Ruin Of Thieves

The Rot

Rochelle

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Medieval Spawn Witchblade #1 – Brian Haberlin.
Hunt For Wolverine: The Adamantium Agenda #1 – Tom Taylor and R.B. Silva.
Venom #1 – Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman.
Action Comics Special #1 – Dan Jurgens and Will Conrad.
Harley Quinn Loves Joker #1 – Paul Dini and Bert Blevins.

Medieval Spawn

Wolverine Agenda

Action Comics

Harley Loves Joker

Venom

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Avengers #1 – Jason Aaron and Ed McGuiness.
Hunt For Wolverine Lost #1 – Charles Soule and Matteo Buffagni.
You Are Deadpool #1 – Al Ewing and Salva Espin.
Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 – Gail Simone and Walter Geovani.

Avengers

Weapon Lost

You Are Deadpool

Red Sonja/Tarzan

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Cyber Spectre #1 – Richard Emms and Ale Garza.
Alien Toilet Monsters #1 – Carol Zara and Eric Burnett.
Death Or Glory #1 – Rick Remender and artist Bengal.
Coda #1 -Simon Spurrier and Matias Bergara.
Daygloayhole #1 – Ben Passmore.

Cyber Spectre

Alien Toilet Monsters

Death and Glory

Coda

Daygloayhole

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What was your favorite number one comic(s) in the month of May?
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Top 5 Trending Comics #164

Every week before new comic book day, Trending Pop Culture provides the fans with the Top 5 Trending Comics arriving on new comic book day . This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) Trending Comics and More article. This week’s Top 5 based on Trending Comics and More #527.

New Comics and items arriving 5/16/18.

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The Gates Of Valhalla #1 – New Thor series written by Jason Aaron and art by Ramon Perez and Jen Bartel.
X-Men Wedding Special #1 – Features a story from Chris Claremont. Nuff said.
A Walk Through Hell #1 – Writer Garth Ennis will bring a new tale about two FBI agents encountering terror like they have never witnessed in their lives. Art by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man and Hellblazer). This new Aftershock comic has sell out potential.
The Rot #1 – Speaking of ‘sell out’. This Source Point Press comic is sold out. Creators David Hayes and Sean Seal.
Jazz Legend #1 – New Scout Comic from writer JC Lacek and Artist Vasco Duarte.

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Captain America #389 (1991)
Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider-Man #18
Cable #157
X-Man #1(1995)
Hunt For Wolverine: The Claws Of A Killer #1
Weapon H #3
Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1
Quicksilver: No Surrender #1
New Challengers #1
Flavor #1
Ether Copper Golems #1
Ruin Of Thieves: A Brigand’s Story #1
The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #1
The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #2
The Mighty Moe Szyslak #1
Dragon Ball Super World Collectible Figure Saiyans Bravery Vol 1 Figure Inner Case (Sold out)
One Piece World Collectible Figure History Relay 20th Anniversary Vol 3 Figure Inner Case (Sold out)
Deadpool Playtime Mystery Minis Blind Mystery Box
Ant-Man And The Wasp Ant-Man Action Figure (Sold out)
POP Movies 536 IT Series 2 Georgie Denbrough With Boat Chase Vinyl Figure (Sold out)
POP Television 624 Gossip Girl Jenny Humphrey Vinyl Figure
Topps 2018 WWE Trading Cards Box (Sold out)
Marvel Classic Spider-Man Laser Cut Figural Keyring Blind Mystery Box 24-Piece Display

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VIDEOS – New Comics & More #527

Weekly video look at some of the new release comics and items from the weekly Trending Comics & More article and the Best Comic Covers article.

New comics & items arriving 5/16/18.

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Best Covers – New Comics 5-16-18

New comic book release day 5/16/18. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Clayton Crain

Chris Sprouse

Lucas Troya

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John Romita Jr

Vasco Duarte

Khary Randolph

Dan Panosian

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Amanda Conner

Rafael Grampa

Greg Smallwood

Frank Cho

Ron Garney

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Pepe Larraz

Garry Brown

Gerardo Zaffino

Greg Land

Ron Lim

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Trending Comics & More #527

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Scarlet Spider #18

Captain America #389

Cable #157

X-Man #1

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With only six appearances since 1991 and last seen in 1993, Mysteria will make an appearance this Wednesday in Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider-Man #18. Mysteria first appeared in Captain America #389 (1991).
Speaking of characters that have been in hiding for a bit, X-Man makes his return in Cable #157. He last appeared in 2014. He first appeared in X-Man #1 (1995).
Sabretooth, Daken and Lady Deathstrike team-up in Hunt For Wolverine: The Claws Of A Killer #1. Mariko Tamaki and Butch Guice.
What’s with the Weapon H #3 Leinil Frances Yu cover? Weapon H with tentacles? Don’t recall seeing those on the original character. Maybe he did have them?? Does he have them now?

Claws Killer #1

Infinity Daredevil #1

Quicksilver #1

Weapon H #3

X-Men Wedding #1

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New Thor series from writer Jason Aaron; The Gates Of Valhalla #1. Art by Ramon Perez and Jen Bartel.
Infinity Countdown: Daredevil #1, Gerry Duggan and Chris Sprouse.
Quicksilver: No Surrender #1, Saladin Ahmed and Eric Nguyen.
X-Men Wedding Special #1 features a story from Chris Claremont. Need any other reason to check this comic out?
Writer’s Scott Snyder and Aaron Gillespie bring a new DC Comics series this Wednesday; New Challengers #1. Art by Klaus Janson. Psst, Scott…….let’s finish up Doomsday Clock first. #JustSaying.

Walk Through Hell #1

Jazz Legend #1

New Challengers #1

Mighty Thor Valhalla #1

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Writer Garth Ennis will bring a new tale about two FBI agents encountering terror like they have never witnessed in their lives in A Walk Through Hell #1 (Aftershock Comics). Art by Goran Sudzuka (Y: The Last Man and Hellblazer).
A new book from Scout Comics; Jazz Legend #1. Writer JC Lacek and Artist Vasco Duarte.
New series premier from Image Comics; Flavor #1. Written by Joe Keatinge and art by Wook Jin Clark, Tamara Bonvillain and Rich Tommaso.
Matt Kindt writes a new sci-fi series for Dark Horse; Ether Copper Golems #1. Art by David Rubin.
Two Action Lab Entertainment comics to check out this week. Ruin Of Thieves: A Brigand’s Story #1; Sumit Kumar and Ram V. The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #1 trended very well and sold out. Look for the second issue; The Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #2 this Wednesday.
The Rot #1 is sold out (Source Point Press); David Hayes and Sean Seal.
The Mighty Moe Szyslak #1 (Bongo Comics), various creators.

Ether #1

Flavor #1

Ruin of Thieves #1

Gingerdead & Bong #2

The Rot #1

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Trending items arriving this Wednesday below. Most are sold out. Click on the RED links or the image to buy/bid on these hot items via eBay from ALL available sellers.
Dragon Ball Super World Collectible Figure Saiyans Bravery Vol 1 Figure Inner Case (sold out)
One Piece World Collectible Figure History Relay 20th Anniversary Vol 3 Figure Inner Case (Sold out)
Deadpool Playtime Mystery Minis Blind Mystery Box
Ant-Man And The Wasp Ant-Man Action Figure (Sold out)

POP Georgie Denbrough

POP Jenny Humphrey

Dragon Ball

WWE Cards

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POP Movies 536 IT Series 2 Georgie Denbrough With Boat Chase Vinyl Figure (Sold out)
POP Television 624 Gossip Girl Jenny Humphrey Vinyl Figure
Topps 2018 WWE Trading Cards Box (Sold out)
Marvel Classic Spider-Man Laser Cut Figural Keyring Blind Mystery Box 24-Piece Display

Ant-Man & Wasp

Deadpool

Spider-Man

One Piece World

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Top 5 Hot Picks #87

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #449 and new comics coming this Wednesday 11/9/16.

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Black Panther World of Wakanda #1 – New Black Panther story introduces Zenzi.

Terminarch – A great story premise has this comic sold out at the distributor level.

Violent Love #1 – New Image Comic from writer Frank J Barbiere and artist Victor Santos. A double sized first issue.

Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1 – Marvel introduces the all spider-family. Everyone has spider powers now!

Invincible Iron Man #1 – Introducing Riri Williams as the new Iron Man.

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IC 100 Club Pick: Batman 66 #21 graded 9.8. 

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Invincible Iron Man #7

Captain America Steve Rogers #7

Spider-Man Deadpool #11

Detective Comics #600 (1989)

New Mutants #93 (1990)

Solo #2

Deathstroke #6

Convergence New Teen Titans #1

Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984)

Mother Panic #1

Detective Comics #944

Flash #10

Justice League of America #59

Flash Comics #33 (1942)

Starman #0 (1994)

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Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #4

Superwoman #4

Black #1

Black #2

Forevers #2

Betty & Veronica #2

Batman TMNT Adventures #1

WWE Then Now Forever #1

Brigands #1

Namesake #1

Galaxy For Hire #1

Mummy #1

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Hot Picks Video #449 – The Covers

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InvestComics Hot Picks #449

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InvestComics provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases Hot Picks each week.
New comic book release day 11/9/16.

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Before reading ahead, we feel we need to warn you that our articles contain very harsh truths in them. Not vulgar language, just a good solid dose of honesty. They always have, they always will. If you are easily offended, cannot come to terms that other people have opinions too beside yourself and especially if you’re a fanboy, discontinue reading. Go back to the other places selling you the farm. This is NOT the place for you. We’re here to have fun and not lie to you. Thank you and enjoy!

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IC 100 Club Pick: Batman 66 #21 graded 9.8. This modern book has no real bearing on any significance within the speculation market.  What it does have are FOUR signatures for only $69.99! With FREE shipping! A personal collectors piece for sure. The signatures include; Jeff Parker, Mike Allred, Laura Allred and Sandy Jarrell. That’s it. Go grab it!   

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A new Black Panther title will introduce a character named Zenzi. Pick up Black Panther World of Wakanda #1 to see her.
Riri Williams will become the latest female to take over a male Marvel character. Riri Williams will star in Invincible Iron Man #1 as the NEW Iron Man. Iron MAN? Hmmm…..okay. Anyway, this will be the latest of the female takeover of the Marvel universe characters that used to be male. Riri Williams first appeared in Invincible Iron Man #7. Riri Williams’ armor also made a cameo in this issue. J. Scott Campbell provides a non-controversial Riri Williams Iron Man variant cover.
There is something so satisfying on so many levels to read so many fans are still in a tizzy regarding Captain America as a Hydra dude. America always wins in comics, so relax will ya. Maybe this Wednesday will either send those tizzy fans over that proverbial edge or satisfy them. Captain America Steve Rogers #7 promises to rock our world. We’re ready, bring it!

Writer Gerry Conway and artist Ryan Stegman deliver the latest Spidey installment complete with new characters with Spidey powers. Check out Now Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1 with lots of variant covers to choose from. One of the covers you can actually win from us and Unknown Comics. Enter to win right HERE. Good luck!
Penn of the comedy duo ‘Penn and Teller’ will write Spider-Man Deadpool #11. Penn Jillette has dabbed in the comic writing a few times. The first time was in Detective Comics #600 (1989). He’s done a couple of DC books and a Dark Horse comic, but this will be the first time he’s getting a check from Disney to write a comic for Marvel.
Solo #2 variant cover is an ode to Rob Liefeld’s New Mutants #93 (1990). Right? It sure looks that way.

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Deathstroke #6 sees the reemergence of Jericho. The last time we saw him was in Convergence New Teen Titans #1. Right? Anyways, one of our favorite books over the years that we pushed was (and still is) Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984). Not only the first appearance of Jericho, but the first Nightwing (Dick Grayson) and the origin of Deathstroke. All done by the legendary George Perez. What a fantastic book.
DC introduces a brand new character in her own series. Check out Mother Panic #1 by writer Jody Houser and artist Tommy Lee Edwards. The Bengal cover is great, as is the Tommy Lee Edwards Batman cover. Batman appears on two of the four covers.
Detective Comics #944 continues the introduction of new characters.

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Flash #10 sees an old villain make his return to Opal City since last appearing in 2011’s Justice League of America #59. Shade returns. His first appearance was way back in Flash Comics #33 (1942). Opal City first appeared in more “recent times” in Starman #0 (1994).
Readers know how much love we show to show to artist JOCK whenever we have a chance. Check out the All-Star Batman #4 cover. Here are some other eye catching comic covers this week; Batgirl and The Birds of Prey #4 cover by Yanick Paquette. Both Superwoman #4 covers. One by Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy and the other from Ben Oliver. Writer Phil Jimenez continues to bring it each month on this title.

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Image Comics’ Violent Love #1 has the makings of a film studio scooping it up. Two bad as* bank robbers from different parts, fall in love. Writer Frank J Barbiere and artist Victor Santos bring us this double sized issue for only $3.99. Both the A and B covers rock as well.

Indie Comics…….
Black Mask Comics hit a nerve and a home run with fans regarding the release of Black #1. An extremely well done book referencing the constant struggle from within the confines of America and its racial undertones. The second issue will probably cause a stir within the comic community as well as other media outlets. The cover of Black #2 will probably be the reason for this. Maybe this comic (and cover) will make news media turn their heads and eyes, then their mouths will talk about it. Also from Black Mask Comics this week; Forevers #2.
This week’s indie hit comic will be Terminarch one shot from OSSM Comics. Artist at war is the premise here. Literally, artist fight in a war against alien beings that sparred them after destroying everyone on earth, but them. Everything is kind of okay, but things turn around as the artist fight back. This comic is sold out on the distributor level.

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The new Adam Hughes Betty and Veronica series seems to be hitting a chord with comic fans. We did our press runs at San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con and there were lots of fans talking and gathering around the Archie Comics booth to meet up with Adam. Not only because we all know he’s an awesome artist, but fans were gathering to snag up signed copies of Betty & Veronica comics. Adam is actually making a crossover regarding Betty & Veronica with fans to the likes we haven’t seen in a while. We’re talking about the “regular” comic reader with no really interest in an Archie comic. Check out Betty & Veronica #2 this Wednesday. This January, Archie is about to turn it on it’s head on CW. Check out the InvestComics Archie Comics checklist banner here and click it. Buy up those Archie books, that television series is going to be huge.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman team-up again. This time in Batman TMNT Adventures #1 (IDW).
Boom Studios has teamed with the WWE for the release of new WWE comics. First up; WWE Then Now Forever #1.
Brigands #1 (Action Lab Entertainment). Namesake #1 (Boom Studios). Galaxy For Hire #1 (Devils Due Publishing). Mummy #1 (Titan Comics).

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Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 – Here’s the first appearance of Moon Girl and an overall fun book to check out this week. A keeper here.

Dark Knight III – Huge expectations for DC and fans alike. Spoiler alert coming up in case you don’t know, so discontinue reading if need be……..Frank Miller said that Carrie Kelly will take the Batman mantle in this latest installment. Wow another gender change for a big character, how original.

Silk #1 – InvestComics has and will always be on team Silk. Originality within this character brings the cultural and gender into play making for a possible deeper character driven hero for years to come.

Henchgirl #2 – Scout Comics has done it again. A sold out number issue (short print run) and a sold out number two issue. Henchgirl is hitting a cord with fans.

Jacked #1 – Maybe Hollywood or a television studio will come-a-knockin’ with this story. Or maybe not, but a DC/Vertigo title written by Eric Kripke will be an interesting book.

 

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Chewbacca #4 and Darth Vader #13

More Warner Bros/Looney Tunes variant covers from DC Comics; Aquaman #46 (Ivan Reis), Deathstroke #12 (Ryan Benjamin), Flash #46 (Francis Manapul), Grayson #14 (Mikel Janin), Justice League of America #5 (Howard Porter), Robin Son Of Batman #6 (Patrick Gleason), Sinestro #17 (Dan Panosian), Superman #46 (Ryan Sook), Superman Wonder Woman #23 (Karl Kerschl), and Wonder Woman #46 (Terry Dodson).

 

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Well we cannot avoid the elephant in the room this week, so lets get it out the way shall we? Dark Knight III. Yep Dark Knight III and it’s 48 variant covers at last count. Absurdity at its finest here. 48 covers, is this truly necessary? Of course it’s not, but money is important for business, so while not necessary, it’s business. Before moving on, we want to point out that what you’re about to read regarding all of the hype regarding DKIII you may have heard here before over the years, just some rehash, an observation, some added numbers…..

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Here are some things to consider if you’re in the market for that rare rare crazy variant. The first and most obvious, well maybe not so obvious to the potential buyer, but if you spend a whole bunch of money on a “rare” DKIII variant, you just bought a comic book “cover” for say….$150. So now you have yourself a “nice” pretty cover with the SAME EXACT insides as probably 1 million other comic books. Absolutely NOTHING different within the confines of YOUR pretty expensive cover’s insides as opposed to the other million copies. So your options are one or two things after you make your $150+ purchase. Get it graded (9.8 or more) and quadruple your intake (poor sap buying that! Wow) or hold onto it thinking you’ll have a comic to send your children to college with, which will never happen. Here’s a wake-up call. First and foremost, Dark Knight III will probably be a great book, better than Dark Knight II, but NOT better than Dark Knight I. Let’s have a clear understanding of something here, if you are an avid collector you will not have to read ahead here, but this is for the newer collectors and the others that have been brainwashed by websites trying to over-hype 48+ covers. The Dark Knight Returns (1986) came out right before Watchmen #1 (1986). Whether you are a fan of either of these books or not, these were game changers. Fifty years from now, pop culture will refer back to 1986’s Dark Knight and Watchmen books. It will not refer back to 2015 Dark Knight III. It just won’t happen. So lets do a quick reminder before the hate mail, Dark Knight III will probably be a great read. Better than II, but it probably won’t be a game changer. A game changer will always be a reference, a shape, a starting point, a long term monetary gain. Here is the pricing of three recent graded copies of DKI (1986) and what they sold for; 9.4 $220, 9.6 $239, 9.8 $750. Don’t you feel the pricing should be just a bit higher here, considering the iconic attachment of this book right? Well it probably would be, but one slight setback, too many copies out there. According to the CGC Census there are 344 9.8 graded copies and 725 at 9.6 and 350 at 9.4. and so on…..that’s a whole lot of comics. This is the reason the pricing will steadily increase over the years, but will never bounce to ridiculous numbers quickly like DKIII will in the immediate interim. Now lets relate ALL of this to Dark Knight III. The other speculative sites will inform buyers that this will be a book for the ages. Newsflash, It’s not going to be, but most buy into it and will jump all over it. All of those crispy 9.8 rare variants of Dark Knight III will go out to the grading companies and now you will eventually far exceed the 344 copies from 1986 that grade at 9.8. They will sell at or ABOVE the last sold copy from 1986. Does this make sense at all to you? Oh yes yes, it’s a special cover that’s right. The inside is still the same right? Yes yes it is, we’ve already established that. But man is this a great money grab right? There will be over hyped buyers listening to these other sites and essentially making a bad purchase, but readers here will be smart and sell their books if they can double/triple their money. Do not let greed set in, you will eventually lose.

Dark Knight I (1986) contained the first appearance of Carrie Kelly. It was written Frank Miller. Art by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. Dark Knight III this Wednesday will be written by Brian Azzarello and ….Frank Miller? Back to that in a sec. Art by Andy Kubert /Klaus Janson. So it’s said that Frank Miller had nothing to do with the story. DC attached his name as though Miller was an intricate part of the story, but he kind of wasn’t. Frank Miller did state though that he will be THE writer on Dark Knight IV. Oh joy, 80 variants for that one we hope!

Will Dark Knight III contain that all too important first appearance to keep its lure? Will the story be so groundbreaking that it changes the comic book medium? This is the only way in the comic collectors hobby that DKIII will sustain its long term monetary value in ANY way. Otherwise what you will have in that $600 Jim Lee variant cover is…..a pretty cover. Good luck with that. Invest that $600 on a Silver Age or Bronze Age book.

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In closing regarding DKIII. Before anyone sends the hate mail we are not suggesting you do not buy DKIII or any of its variants. We are not down on DKIII. We’re not saying NOT to buy it. You absolutely should. It’s probably going to be a cool read, but what we are saying is not to get caught up in the hype and waste your hard earned money. If you dig a variant and it’s expensive, but YOU dig it, then by all means buy it. Buy what you like because you connect with it. We like to inform collectors of the reality of things and not the fantasy when it comes to speculation. Barring any major introductions or groundbreaking storytelling, this series at the end of the day will be just another good Batman story. Which is fine.

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(insert sarcasm here) Oh my goodness! It’s Harley Quinn on the cover of a Deathstroke comic! Will Deathstroke #12 be just like the RARE Scooby Doo Team-Up #12 Harley Quinn comic that InvestComics did NOT recommend and sold for a whopping $5.99 on Ebay last week?! No, but it’s a bad as* team-up and should be checked out.

Check out Justice League 3001 #6 as a new race of New Gods make an appearance.

A must read new DC/Vertigo title this Wednesday; Jacked #1. We can see this “ordinary” character becoming a movie or TV series one day.

Image Comics informs their Black Magick readers that a major character introduction will come in Black Magick #2. Sticking with the tip-off deal here from Image, Rumble #9 is set to introduce two major characters into the fray.

WWE fans may want to be put on alert as Ringside #1 from Image Comics hits this week. A violent wrestling story from writer Joe Keatinge. No John Cena here….maybe that’s for the best?

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Saga #31 will return its story line to real time.

Back in 2010 InvestComics pointed out a nice cheap Jack Kirby number one issue/first appearance. It was Devil Dinosaur #1 (1978) and a near mint raw copy was selling for about $9. King Kirby was the writer, artist, editor, and the cover artist of this book for most of the nine issue run. A graded 9.8 PGX graded sold last week for about $74. Still a bargain actually! Why the mention of Devil Dinosaur? Well a sleeper book may hit this Wednesday so don’t nap on it. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 will be a good book. A few variants available, but the regular Amy Reeder cover is our fav. Also a note here and maybe more important than anything we just said. Back in 1978 not only was Devil Dinosaur’s first appearance in the number one issue, but it was also the first appearance of Moon Boy. Guess who’s first appearance is in the 2015 number issue? Yep, Moon Girl.

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Regular visitors to the InvestComics website know that we are big fans of Silk. Always have been. We have always felt there is more upside to her character than many other new female characters within the Marvel Universe. Silk #1 in it’s second volume already hits this Wednesday. Written by Robbie Thompson and art by Stacey Lee. You’re going to have to fight through a lot of the Silk #1 volume 1 to find Silk #1 volume 2 on Ebay right now. The popularity of the latest series should overtake the current 300+ listings of volume 1. Or after you click the link, you can input “vol 2” on the search bar! Some still come up differently on Ebay, so you’ll have to try different searches; i.e. Volume 2, Silk #1 vol 2, Silk vol 2 #1, etc…..

So what does Marvel do if they A: don’t want to pursue the Rom character back from obscurity or B: never cared enough to even think they want Rom back so they lost out to IDW Publishing in getting Rom back first even if they did in fact want him. Confused yet? We are. Anyway, comic fans know by now that Rom Space Knight is now at IDW Publishing. With that, Marvel will try to one up IDW this Wednesday with Venom Space Knight #1. No for real, no joke. No Amazing Spider-Man #300 Venom here, no this is Venom Space Knight! Marvel put writer Robbie Thompson and artist Ariel Olivetti on this book. They’re looking for a pop here. Will they get it? Hmmm…..maybe not? Maybe? But the Mike Deodato Jr. variant is awesome though isn’t it?

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What happened to Fiona Staples on Archie?? Welcome artist Annie Wu to Archie #4. Fantastic Paul Renaud variant cover.

InvestComics gave you a heads up on Henchgirl #1 from Scout Comics. It sold out it’s short print run rather quick. Now the followup; Henchgirl #2. Will the second issue dictate where the series is headed? Will fans pick up on it? If you dug the first issue, show your support. Oh wait wait, we forgot to mention, Henchgirl #2 is sold out. Maybe the fans are speaking out already!

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Check out the great Steve Lieber X-O Manowar #42 cover from Valiant.

Star Wars comics coming out this week; Chewbacca #4 and Darth Vader #13. The Vader book is part of the Vader Down event, part 2.

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DC Looney Tunes covers to check out this week. Boy they’re fun! Aquaman #46 (Ivan Reis), Deathstroke #12 (Ryan Benjamin), Flash #46 (Francis Manapul), Grayson #14 (Mikel Janin), Justice League of America #5 (Howard Porter), Robin Son Of Batman #6 (Patrick Gleason), Sinestro #17 (Dan Panosian), Superman #46 (Ryan Sook), Superman Wonder Woman #23 (Karl Kerschl), and Wonder Woman #46 (Terry Dodson).

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Howard The Duck (Vol 5) #1 – InvestComics Hot Picks on Friday warned everyone that this will be the hottest comic on the planet. On Monday, it’s still the hottest comic on the planet! Good luck finding a copy on Wednesday for a decent price.

Vision (Vol 2) #1 – A possible sleeper to keep an eye out on. 

ExMortis #1 – It’s becoming a routine almost every week we mention another 451 Media Group publishing book being sold out. This one is sold out.

Niobe She Is Life #1 – Another small print run comic sells out and this one has legs already!

Uncanny X-Men #600 – Many variants to choose from and many unannounced creators within the pages of this comic. 

 

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Batman Arkham Knight #10 – Calendar Man appears. First appearance of Calendar Man; Detective Comics #259 (1958).

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Hercules (Vol 4) #1 – 1982’s Hercules #1

Fear #19 – First Howard The Duck

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Star Wars #11

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Hangman #1

Exodus Life After #1

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Another week, another big video game in comic book form. Check out Call of Duty Black Ops III #1. Another promising video game adaptation brought to the comic book genre.

Batman Arkham Knight #10 will bring Calendar Man front and center. Calendar Man first appeared in Detective Comics #259 (1958). A beat up 3.0 non-graded copy sold on Ebay for less than $75.

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Kevin Eastman of TMNT fame will co-write a new series coming out from Dynamite Entertainment; Cage Hero #1.

Also from Dynamite, James Bond fans will have something to celebrate besides the movie coming to a theater near you. A new comic; James Bond #1. The last variant count we have is up to 10, so plenty of pointless variants to choose from. We’d love to say to get your paws on the Jock variant, but we’re very unimpressed with the cover. Eye candy is nil.

Shane Davis’ Axcend #2, now that’s an impressive variant. And a cool comic too!

If you’re a person that follows the political landscape and you love demons, then Citizen Jack #1 (Image) is for you. Check out this crazy off-beat comic from writer Sam Humphries and artist Tommy Patterson.

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There are a few reasons why to love Monstress #1 from Image Comics. First and foremost, it’s written by the talented Marjorie Liu. Second, it’s drawn by X-23 artist Sana Takeda. Third, it’s a new ongoing series, and fourth, it contains 66 (yes 66) pages of comic story with no interruptions. All for a $4.99 price point. There are currently none of these comics available on Ebay right now.

Paper Girls #2 will follow up Brian K Vaughan’s hit debut issue.

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A gorgeous variant cover from Gabriele Dell Otto this week; Amazing Spider-Man (Vol 4) #3. Onward to volume five starring Deadpool in Deadpool (Vol 5) #1. Another relaunch within the new Marvel Universe. It is Deadpool though, so expect early price gauging on some of the variants, then back to reality. Lots of variants to choose from here.

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Fans of the WWE will recognize the writer’s name in Drax #1. None other than CM Punk. He’s already done some work over at DC Comics (which we’ve covered), but this is the first time he’s doing creative work for Marvel Comics. The Ed McGuinness UFC cage variant would be a nice comic to get signed/graded if you’re a CM Punk fan. Thing is about the UFC gig, Punk announced he would be headed towards the UFC for some real deal fighting a long time ago (earlier this year?). Everyone is still waiting. That all said, a Drax solo comic should be a fun deal.

A new Hercules (Vol 4) #1 from Marvel arrives this Wednesday. The best of all volumes in the Marvel Universe came in 1982’s Hercules #1. The entire comic practically, creatively, was done by the awesome Bob Layton. It was a great four issue mini-series. In 2015, writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross take a crack at it.

The biggest comic in all the land this week will be……brace yourself…..ready…..Howard The Duck (Vol 5) #1. I cannot believe I just typed that! And no we’re not drinking the Kool-Aid that some others may serve up. The mention of this comics has nothing to do pertaining to the character in this title. Simply because the latest craze in all the land; Gwenpool. And yes InvestComics gave speculators a heads up on her first appearance. (we’re awesome like that). Gwenpool will grace a variant cover and guess what? It’s sold out already! No surprise there. So the question here is not whether this will be a Scooby Doo #12 (which InvestComics did not talk about. Completed listings not sold on Ebay recently at $16.95/$14.95/$6.00) or a comic to buy and sell for a possible nice sum of money to buy a couple of weeks worth of your pull list. The answer is the latter. And here’s something for anyone really pushing the Howard The Duck character too. If you visit InvestComics on a regular basis, you will remember the Howard The Duck speculator clinic we put forth in March of this year. Remember, InvestComics is always in a business oriented mindset first and foremost when speaking about money for the speculator. We are looking out for your best interest. No fanboy stuff here, go elsewhere for that. So we are going to copy and paste the idea we put forth of why we think Howard The Duck will not come to fruition anytime soon on television or the movies.

..…..The Howard book will be a fun read though, so get it for at least that reason! Both are cool. So don’t get all hurt that I’m not that high on the Howard book. Speculation = opinion. Not that owning the Fear #19 (1976) book (first appearance of Howard the Duck) is a bad thing, but if you’re in the market to buy a good first appearance for $250 or $500 dollars, there are other books to seriously consider. Ask yourself this. Would Disney really want to jeopardize/replace the lure of Donald Duck with a wise cracking, cigar smoking duck? I highly doubt they want to throw Howard in our faces as the duck to really remember and constantly have questions from children to adults saying, “Is that Donald Duck?”. Um no. Disney would not want this. Why do you think there is no real talk about a cartoon or a movie pertaining to Howard? For this reason. Too close to Donald. Maybe someday Disney will bite the bullet and release a Howard cartoon or movie, but as for right now it’s not happening. Maybe a Howard the Duck comic book is a feeler to see what sort of attention it gets? Then maybe we’ll get some real news of something? This speculator doesn’t think we’ll see anything for some time. The Donald lure is way more important to Disney right now than destroying the very fabric of Disneyland or anything pertaining to Donald with people constantly mistaking Donald for Howard. Bycomparison, will we ever see a nasty mouse character created within the Marvel U that looks very similar to the Big Mouse with an attitude and possible cigar? The short answer is no. Howard will stay where he is right now and Disney is very content with that.

So there you have it. Lets recap shall we? Buy the Howard/Gwenpool variant this Wednesday, think about spending your $250-$500 elsewhere instead of his first appearance. Simple enough.

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It’s just a matter of time before we see Nova appear in a movie or get his own thing going right? The Nova comics have always been entertaining, Nova (Vol 6) #1 will not disappoint.

A new Star Wars comic; Star Wars #11. An awesome Stuart Immonen cover here. We turned the comic horizontally so fans can really see it in its full glory. As always, any and all Star Wars comics; always a buy here at InvestComics.
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The new Vision (Vol 2) #1 looks very interesting. A definite pick up. A possible sleeper here. Take a look at that Ryan Sook variant as well, sweet.

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451 Media Group seem to have a new hot book almost every week now. ExMortis #1 is sold out. Would you believe us if we told you that there will be a Santa Claus Year One type comic coming this week? How about if we told you that Grant Morrison will write it? Okay so this is Boom Studios’ premise to their new Klaus #1 comic. All set to a viking theme of course. Sounds like a lot of fun!

Others to check out; Hangman #1 (Dark Circle). Exodus Life After #1 (Oni Press). And just in time for Halloween, a story (sold out) from Space Goat Productions; Forty Coffins #1. Johnny Red #1 (Titans Comics) Garth Ennis writes. Another possible sleeper this week to watch out for; Niobe She Is Life #1 from Stranger Comics.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/14/15

This Wednesday, comic book collectors will probably witness record breaking history (or an extremely close second). Not so sure a record breaker one could be proud of, but it’s a first. This InvestComics Hot Picks contains the most questions ever posed in one article, so get ready for lots of answers too!

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Star Wars (2015 Marvel) #1 will have the most variant covers ever released with its debut. As a regular reader of InvestComics, most of you know we feel about variant covers. A little reminder; variant covers are an awesome addition to the hobby. You go on Wednesday to your local comic shop, see a cover (eye candy) you like and you buy it. No one is forcing you to buy it, but you have an option to purchase it if you’d like. Continuing; are variants really necessary? No they are not. That said, as mentioned, they not only give the customer an option, but it also gives the possibility of an investment. The investment part is where many speculators fail miserable in building their collection. Speculators need be reminded as InvestComics has spoken about time after time that most modern variants will not hold their value. There is however a way to make some very good cash flow on some of them. InvestComics readers know this by following this article each and every week for 9 years now. Buying random variants for $50 or $100 or more because they look pretty will probably have you in red. Getting in the black actually requires some thinking and knowledge when you’re buying modern comics, especially the variants. InvestComics has been here for you regarding these guidelines and we’re going to be here again when the record breaker hits this Wednesday.

Another thing that is said on InvestComics repeatedly is the ridiculousness of the variants. It really is not necessary to have so many variants for any comic book, but here’s the thing. Marvel Comics (Disney) and any other comic company are here to make money and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Money is what keeps the machines rolling. The artist, writers, inkers, colorist, printers, etc all need money. Most comic companies want to deliver the best product they can to their consumer. Another way of reaching a wide audience, creating hype and to make money is to give consumers variant covers. The comic companies are not making $500 on that Joe Quesada Star Wars variant, but they’ll make it on the back end by getting the store owners to order more of the regular variant covers, thus creating the more expensive variant the consumer wants so bad. So in the end, the house always wins and the speculator is left guessing what to gamble on. The question; should I pluck down $200 for a Star Wars #1 variant or shouldn’t I? Long term? Short answer, no way.

What about Star Wars #1 should the speculator know? Well let’s get the first and most important thing out of the way. Buy this comic no matter what because it’s going to be a fun story. It picks up after Star Wars Episode IV The New Hope. We’ve all been down this road before as far as a story picking up within this time frame, however it’s a new spin. Artist John Cassaday and writer Jason Aaron are bringing their A-game. Have you’ve seen the previews? Very impressive.

Now the “other stuff”. When you arrive to your local comic shop you’ll probably notice that one entire section of wall or space where the new comics are will be dedicated to Star Wars #1. The option to purchase one of the gazillion variant covers will be available to you. So many choices, what to do what to do the speculator will ask himself/herself. Well the answer lies within the old expression back on my Wall Street days; Buy low sell high. But in this case it’s going to be a bit of the opposite. Why you ask? Because if you’re going to want to make any sort of money here, a few hundred bucks, you’ll have to buy the more expensive variant, get it signed and graded (must be a 9.8 or higher. MUST) and flip it. You’ll have to flip the comic so fast that the comic grading company’s plastic will still be warm. Can this also be done with the “cheaper” variants? Yes, but there will be very little money there because you and every other speculator will be doing those comics. It’s the $200+ variants that will bring the most for your buck during the crazy short lived aftermarket. Supply will exceed demand.

Why is it that the aftermarket will be short lived? Well, first the supply and demand issue will be a huge factor. Also, the hype of this comic will be the driving force (no pun intended) behind the book. Once the dust clears and speculators realize that this particular Star Wars comic bears no redeeming value, it’s a dump fest. By redeeming value I mean that there is absolutely nothing holding on the INSIDE of the comic to keep its value. Is there a first appearance? Is there a major story plot line that will appear in the new films? Is there an error on a certain variant and recalls will occur? Is there a lawsuit pending for any reason on this comic? Did John Cassaday sneak in a DC character in the background someplace? None of these do not seem likely right? So ask yourself, where does the true value (besides a fantastic read) come in?

So where does the value lie then if any? As already stated, one of the values will be in the more expensive variants. The true value in this lies in the past though. 1977, 1980, and 1986 to be more precise. Here’s the thing. If judgment prevails for the speculator they will take most of that extra money they want to spend on a pretty variant and buy a Marvel Comics Illustrated: Empire Strikes Back (1980). This would be the first true appearance of Boba Fett. How about you get a Star Wars #42 (1980) too? The first appearance of Boba Fett in an actual Star Wars comic. Or even still, how about a Star Wars #68 (1982)? The origin of Boba Fett. The original Star Wars #1 (1977) from Marvel? And how about the RARE last issue (we like rare don’t we?) Star Wars #107 (1986). There are so many other Star Wars comics to invest in for long term as well, do your research, speculate. Here is the thing this speculator is leaning towards, If you feel so inclined to buy a Star Wars Variant, buy a Boba Fett one……

So why the mention of Boba Fett so much? Rumor has it that in-between the new Star Wars films will be a possible Boba Fett film. So why not cash in on this now? Yes the film would be 3 or 4 years out from now if it ever does happen, but buying the first appearance(s) of a character as popular as Boba Fett is always a good thing. Better than pouring money into a variant that will probably meet the same fate as the Death Star.

Buy what you like. One lesson InvestComics will always preach as well. If you like a certain variant and it cost $300, then buy it. If you are tired of seeing the variant covers, stop buying them. It’s your will and right to do so. If you think that variant will sustain its value, then it’s your right to think that too. This speculator will look at the other wall this Wednesday at the comic shop, you know the one. The one with all of the cool Bronze age back issues on it. Boba Fett will be pointing that gun at me daring me to buy that issue for $75. Yes Boba, lets dance for a while. The 2015 party will be short lived.

Doctor_Strange_InvestComicsFor weeks and months InvestComics has given the speculator a heads up about the entire Spider-Verse platform. A great story accompanied by a boatload of introductions and reintroductions. So many that it’s almost impossible to keep up with.Spider-Verse (2014) #2 will be another crazy issue with a ton of things going down inside of it. We cannot stress enough, buy the Spider-Verse comics, cross-overs and all, just like the Gwen book, another character will break-out. The Spider-Verse story is Dan Slott at his finest.

Amazing X-Men (2013) #15 will have Cyttorak as a focal point in part one of The Once And Future Juggernaut. With Dr. Strange being so hot these days, this comic gives us all a great excuse to buy a Doctor book! Check out Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #44 (1992) for the first appearance of Cyttorak. Although earlier mentions and a stone figure of Cyttorak exist in other comics, this is his first true appearance.

DC Comics will compete with Marvel this week and have their own huge number one debut with Mortal Combat X (2014 DC) #1. Just kidding of course. Seems DC is staying out of the way of Marvel this week. But they forge ahead nonetheless with the release of a Mortal Combat comic. History shows us that Mortal Mortal_Kombat_InvestComicsKombat has always been spelled with a letter K as opposed to a letter C in the word Kombat. A DC solicit error? What gives here? Anyway, DC gave the Mortal Kombat lure a crack once. That occurred in 2008. Now they are back at it again 7 years later. Why? It’s to hype the new game coming out and why not really? Everyone loves a good butt kicking comic don’t they? And just for the record, the first Mortal Kombat comic debuted in 1992 from Midway. It’s a hard get in NM condition. $60+ on Ebay.

Marvel continues their hyperbole with All New Ultimates (2014) #12. A comic that guarantees the “Marvel Comics to end all Marvel Comics”. Check it out! Awesome read here probably.

Secret+Wars_Spider_Man_WWE_SpiderMan_InvestComics….In issue number eight we learned that Miles is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Learn more in Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man (2014) #9! Look at that Dale Keown cover to Avengers (2012 5th Series) #40. Thanos is awesome right? No reason to mention this comic other than the awesomeness of the cover.

Oh yes, maybe there actually is a reason to mention that cover. A perfect lead in to checking out the cover to WWE (2013 Papercutz) #11. Boy does that homage cover look familiar!

Thanos_Dale_Keown_InvestComicsSee you soon. May the force be with you.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

WWE Studio’s at New York Comic Con 2013

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InvestComics sits down with WWE stars Kane and Hornswoggle at the New York Comic Con. We also sat down with director’s and the President of WWE Studios……

WWE Studio’s will be releasing more films with their WWE Stars as the headliners. Make no mistake here, this is an absolutely brilliant move for the WWE brand. They have a bevy of characters at their disposal within their arsenal. Putting them front and center in movie roles as various characters other than the ones they play week in and week out on television and pay-per-view will prove to be a success. Two movies discussed on the video below are See No Evil, directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (also seen on the video) and  Leprechaun: Origins directed by Zach Lipovsky (also seen on the video). The president of WWE Studio’s is also seen on the video.

Fun time had by all! And check out what Glenn “Kane” Jacobs thinks about the government shut down.

Remember, go see See No Evil 2 and  Leprechaun: Origins!!

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InvestComics Hot Picks #291

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New York Comic Con 2013 rundown: (don’t fret, InvestComics Hot Picks below too!)

Back from the New York Comic Con! Another year in the books, and boy was this year’s show spectacular. InvestComics along with Rafael Rosario of RatchetCity Comics dominated the floor with images, as well as come away with a few interviews. Interviews with the creative team of the hit animated series on Fox Bob’s Burgers, Late night host Pete Holmes (TBS), WWE stars Kane and Hornswoggle, WWE studio president Michael Luisi, Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, Animal Planets’ Finding Bigfoot cast, and the SECOND (with a microphone this time!) interview with Stan “the man” Lee!! Yes it was a great time to say the least.

InvestComics put together a short video montage of various awesome photos taken by Rafael Rosario (with some bad photos taken by yours truly!). Many of the photos in the video do not give the viewer a “full display” of the picture. So there will be a post on InvestComics with a gallery of full displayed images coming soon. Until then, check out the video below. Some of the cosplay this year was simply outstanding. If you see someone you may know in the video, please share it with them.

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The crowds were plentiful as always at the show. Expansion will probably happen again either next year or shortly thereafter. The show itself is definitely becoming the San Diego Comic Con on the east coast. It’s more about the glitz and glamour of the media world rather than the comics themselves mostly. Yes the Image Comics/Marvel Comics booths were absolutely a mad house as they always are, but no signs of an actual “mad house” around the comic book booths tucked away in 3 aisles if that many. The comic booths did have some traffic, but it was nowhere as near as it was everywhere else. Yes the media outlets have taken over, and that’s okay too because it gives the comic book world extra juice. Especially small media…..

Small publishing media were doing their thing too! Creature Entertainment was constantly busy, as were their neighbor Cosmic Times. Be sure to look for those publishers at your local show, they are always making their rounds in the circuit. Our pals at Unstoppable Comics were doing very well as we checked in from time to time, as was our bud, our favorite colorist Jeff Balke! Jeff Kaufman of Big City Comics Studio was drawing all sorts of attention with his stellar graphic novel Angel Falling and his Whore book. And our friend; media mogul, owner of Hound Comics Brimstone was uber busy signing and making appearances everywhere. All and all, it was a busy show for everyone.

One of the more puzzling questions at the New York Comic Con this year; what happened to DC??! Yes DC Comics were nowhere to be found. Yes they had their little signing area WAY in the back area in artist alley, but no booth?? Very odd. Many fans were perplexed by this move. DC however, did have the “75 Years of Superman” display in the court by the coat and luggage check! Displayed in glass cases were all of the Superman costumes worn throughout the years from various Superman movies. Once you were over the amazement and coolness of it, it quickly became, “that’s it?” DC dropped the ball here. They could have had various Superman creators along with the displays present. It would have been a nice token/gesture to recognize the artist and writers of the past that have worked on making the Superman comic throughout the years. Have a free giveaway comic, have them sign it or talk to fans, take pictures. It’s quite absurd that Neal Adams (and many others) were sitting in the next room and he (they) weren’t sitting there for a little while to honor this momentous occasion. Rant TWDJokers_Daugtherover!

InvestComics got a hold of some very rare Walking Dead variants from the Image Comics booth. The Walking Dead #1 New York Comic Con variant has a print run of only 2000!! If you’re interested in buying one, you can head over to the InvestComics Ebay page right HERE and bid away! Remember only 2000 of these exist! Rare indeed.

Before heading off to New York Comic Con, InvestComics released our first ever InvestComics Publications comic The Dawning #1 by David Whalen. There have been many sales of the book and we will be shipping them out this week. So if you ordered please be patient. Thanks! Oh and just in case you missed the ordering details, click right HERE to order now!

Also before heading off to New York, InvestComics announced a new contest to win a  SIGNED Chris Claremont Excalibur #1! That’s right, legend Chris Claremont! If that doesn’t entice you, how about this? How about your chance to grab one of the hottest books out right now signed by the artist? How about Batman The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 SIGNED by artist Georges Jeanty?!! Yes this comic can be WON by YOU! Share the InvestComics website/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and all other social media anywhere and you will be entered to win! Be sure to (hashtag) #investcomics when you share. Each contest is separate though, The Excalibur and the Batman comic, so be sure to specify which comic you are after! Also alert InvestComics via Facebook or Twitter or here that you shared!

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InvestComics Hot Picks for Comic Releases 10-23-13

So you missed that number one issue that InvestComics recommended you pick up. What were you thinking?! So now the question you may ask is what’s worse than a number one issue selling out and missing it? Well a number two issue selling out and missing it! Often times after a number one sells out, the interest tends to make the second issue a sellout as well. The tricky part here is, will the second issue hold up the series or will fans toss it because the story simply is not enough for them to stick around. If the story holds up, then you are definitely onto something as far as the aftermarket is concerned. Case in point this week with Rat Queens (2013 Image) #2, Sex Criminals (2013) #2, and Other Dead (2013 IDW) #2. Image Comics are simply killing it. They have put out more aftermarket greatness in the past couple of years than many can count. They continue to do so this week with these releases. Do not get caught short here, especially with any of the hot books that contain any variants. Get the variants CGC graded (9.8 or better a must), signature series (9.8 or better a must), and sell them for double/triple the value easily.

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While we are on topic of number two issues, what gives with DC Universe vs Masters of the Universe (2013) #2? A “Top Secret” black cover obviously reveals nothing and because of this it’s essentially sold out already? Justice League makes an appearance, but wow, it’s a He-Man comic and it’s sold out. Let that sink in folks. But with a legend writer Keith Giffen on the book, it makes sense too.

DC’s lone number one comic to make it to the Hot Picks this week is Beware The Batman (2013) #1. An all ages Batman comic that has the SOLD OUT sign up on the variant. No sold out sign for Marvel’s Marvel Now What (2013) #1, but a fun comic read nonetheless! Marvel will “change things FOREVER” in Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #17. The last part of the Secret Origin of Tony Stark storyline. And going back to DC, we have Justice League Dark (2011) #24 with the New Justice League Dark. Is that really the cover? The white sound? Hmmm, okay.

Samurai Jack makes his triumphant return in Samurai Jack (2013 IDW) #1. Jack’s first comic appearance came back in DC’s Samurai Jack Special #1 (2002). If the world is ready for Jack in a big way, the number one special will be……special.

Pretty Deadly (2013 Image) #1 and Velvet (2013 Image) #1, both from Image Comics are…..you guessed it, SOLD OUT! Velvet #1 includes writer Ed Brubaker and artist Steve Epting! Each week the same format rings true here; buy Image Comics. Be sure to stay on top of these Image Comics, it won’t be long before they open that huge movie studio and start cranking out these comics into cinema beauty. Hey, you never know!

Another zombie book will make its way into the comic book world this week. On the verge of a sellout, be sure to check out Zombie War (2013 IDW) #1. And Conan fans get a new book to read this week from awesome writer Fred Van Lente, Conan People of the Black Circle (2013 Dark Horse) #1.

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NYCC 2013: Images/Video

Here is a quick glimpse at various cosplay and media stars at this year’s New York Comic Con 2013. InvestComics Interviewed all of the Media that are in this video. Included in this video are; The cast of Bob’s Burgers, Pete Holmes, WWE Stars Kane, Hornswoggle, Studio President Michael Luisi, Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, Animal Planets’ Finding Bigfoot cast, and Stan “the man” Lee.

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This week we return to the Promised Land − good ‘ol comics. We drifted away to film and music for a few interviews but now we’re back where we belong. And our “comeback to comics” is sure to make a splash. As big a splash, we dare say, as WWE wrestler Kane’s return in December 2011 when he beat down John Cena and revealed not one − but two leather masks.

And irony of ironies, the subject of our interview is the same insanely talented artist/craftsman/illustrator/writer who created those now-iconic masks for Kane (See? Everything has a purpose!)

Dunn-dunn-dunn!

He’s none other than Duncan Eagleson. I’ve been fortunate to have Duncan involved in a few anthologies I’ve worked on and recently begged/pleaded/cried to have him create some key art for my upcoming micro-budget feature BLESSID. As usual, he exceeded expectations.

You see, Duncan Eagleson is a perfectionist. As such, I am going to use his words rather than my own to describe his accomplishments:

“Illustrator, graphic designer, painter and sculptor, Duncan Eagleson has created art and designs for book covers, movie posters, advertisements, corporate identity projects, videos, magazines, and even T-shirts, for clients such as Doubleday Books, Tor Books, New Line Cinema, Warner Communications & DC Comics, rock groups like The Who, Phil Collins, and Def Leppard. In comics, he contributed art to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, adapted and illustrated Anne Rices’ The Witching Hour. He has created sculpted leather masks for Wes Craven’s Cursed, the WWE wrestler Kane, the Smithsonian, the Big Apple Circus, and magician Jeff McBride. Portfolios of his work, both digital and traditional, can be found at eaglesondesign.com, and on his Deviant Art page at duncan-eagleson.deviantart.com. His sculpture and masks can be seen at maskmaker.com.”

1) You have a long and impressive resume, but one thing that jumps off the page is your work on issue #38 of The Sandman — “Convergence, The Hunt” (1992, DC/Vertigo). What was it like working with writer-savant Neil Gaiman?

(DUNCAN:) Top question everybody asks. I’m happy to be able to say that honestly, it was really great.  Neil had certain elements he really wanted the art to reflect − mainly the nine-panel grid structure for the pages − and he was quite patient about explaining why that was important (he wanted the physical structure of the pages to reflect the formal story structure of the “fairy tale” sort of story). Beyond that, he was very hands-off, trusting me to do what I wanted with the art. Neil really is the way he appears in interviews and public appearances: a very unassuming, courteous gentleman, and very easy to work with.

The only minor bump in an otherwise utterly smooth ride had nothing to do with Neil. Some of the powers that be at DC/Vertigo felt the “werewolf sex” scene toward the end of the book was too graphic − despite the fact there were no actual naughty bits showing, I guess it was a bit too obvious what was going on. So I had to tone it down for publication. We went through a couple of versions before they were satisfied that it was family-friendly enough. Which was okay with me − I wasn’t about to scream “Censorship!” or anything. It was DC/Vertigo’s book, they were paying for it, they should get the sort of product they need. To me, it was no different than any other revision. I did, however, save the original pencilled panels.

All in all, the whole thing was a great experience, including, by the way, seeing my pencils come to life through Vince Locke’s brilliant inking. It was almost as if Vince was in my head, doing exactly the inking I would have done myself, if only I’d had the sort of mad inking skills he has.

2) Around the same time you did Sandman you also worked wrote and did art for several issues of Anne Rice’s The Witching Hour comic book series. What was this experience like?

(DUNCAN:) That was a bit of a mixed bag, especially toward the end. It started out looking great − they came to me at first for the art, and they didn’t have a writer. I had just recently read The Witching Hour, and I was wanting to start building a name as a writer, so I convinced them to let me script as well.

Between scripting and illustrating, I had no time to get involved in the marketing, but I probably should have tried. They were marketing the book to comics venues, treating it as if it were a superhero book, which wasn’t the best choice. The Anne Rice audience was huge − but they’re not your typical superhero comics audience. As it was, I think we got some respect from folks in the industry − the one time I met Kelly Jones, he was kind enough to say he thought The Witching Hour was the best full painted book on the market at the time − but the sales of the first couple of issues were disappointing.

To be fair to Millennium, novel adaptations are always a hard sell in comics, and traditionally don’t do very well. And although I think The Witching Hour might eventually have found its audience, they just didn’t have the kind of funding to hold the line until that happened, they needed to make money off the book right now.  And that wasn’t happening. So the book got cancelled, and shortly thereafter, the company went belly-up.

As an artist & storyteller, however, I had a great time doing it. I unleashed everything I had learned about drawing and painting and visual storytelling on that series.

At the time, my idol in comics was Bill Sienkiewicz. That man’s full-painted comics art was some of the most inspiring, innovative, and masterful work I’d seen in years, with the possible exception of Dave McKean. Considering how extreme he got with some of that work, it’s amazing to realize that he always managed to keep it in the service of the story, never let it become all about the art. No matter how stunning any individual page or panel was, he designed it to keep you caught up in the characters and the narrative, moving forward through the story. That’s not easy to do when you’re also pushing the boundaries of what has been done visually in a medium.

I tried hard not to imitate Sienkiewicz − or Bernie Fuchs, or Bob Peak, who I was also looking at a lot in those days − but to use their examples as an inspiration, to adopt a similar conceptual approach without also adopting anyone’s specific signature devices. And I think I mostly succeeded, giving the book a unique look and feel.

This was in the days before the use of Photoshop had become common, and I was doing a lot with Xeroxing drawings and photos onto colored paper, and painting over them with gouache, acrylics, airbrush, and pastel pencils. At one point, my editor, Jordan Bojar, called me up and said “I don’t know how you created this, what kind of techniques you’re using, but whatever they are, don’t ever reveal them to anyone.” Of course, I said “Why not?” I’m always happy to share whatever I’ve learned with someone who wants to know. “Because this is unique, these techniques are a gold mine,” he said. I thought he was nuts. Far as I’m concerned, anyone who wants to try out these techniques, knock yourself out. If you’re a mediocre artist looking for a gimmick, you’ll produce a cheap knockoff. If you’ve got imagination, and are good at what you do already, you’ll do something else with it, use it to develop your own unique creation. Why would I feel threatened by either possibility? A cheap knockoff will almost always be seen for what it is, and an imaginative, unique creation deserves to succeed, and be cheered on.

3) Did you ever get to meet the “Queen of Vampires”?

(DUNCAN:) I never did. She seemed to keep a certain distance from the comics versions of her works − or at least Millennium’s comics versions, which included The Mummy as well as The Witching Hour.

I did talk to her personal assistant once. Long after The Witching Hour and Millennium had both tanked, I heard that the comics rights to Anne Rice’s books had reverted to her, and she had announced her intention to do her own graphic novel versions of all her books. I had always felt I’d love to finish the series, so I called her office to see if they were interested in my working with them. Her assistant was very polite and cordial, but also very non commital, and the basic message was “Don’t call us, we’ll call you.” And of course, they never did. As far as I know, they eventually abandoned the whole graphic novel idea.

4) More recently, you were involved with another Pop icon. You created two leather masks for WWE wrestler Kane’s “resurrection” when he intruded on a matched and rudely slammed John Cena to the mat. How did you get involved in the melee?

(DUNCAN:) People who know my work from comics and book covers may not be aware that I’ve been making sculpted leather masks for many years. I’ve made masks for many theater productions, for the Big Apple Circus, for mask magician Jeff McBride (a long-time friend), for Wes Craven’s movie Cursed, and even for the Smithsonian. If you Google “leather masks,” my mask website (maskmaker.com) usually turns up in the first few results. Which is how the Creative Director from the WWE found me.

I went and met with the creative director and production designer, and of course, Kane himself. They already had certain ideas about what they wanted the masks to look like, but were willing to listen to my input, as well. I sat down with Kane and talked with him about his previous masks, about what worked well, and what didn’t, and how we could improve on what he’s had before. In the end, I made two masks, the red inner mask, and a sort of over-mask that looks a little like a welder’s mask.

5) Another notable piece is Hollow which you worked on for Archaia Studios Press. The pages on your website have a definite “extraterrestrial” vibe. Can you explain the storyline since you did the pencils and ink for issue 1 in 2010?

(DUNCAN:) The writer on the Hollow was a very talented young man named Larime Taylor. I had worked with Larime before, providing masks for a play he wrote and directed, Call of the Dragon. When he came up with Hollow a few years later, he got back in touch, asked me if I’d be willing to pencil and ink issue one.

Those creatures that look rather like extraterrestrials are actually the beings who conduct dead souls into the light or the darkness. They’re also the beings responsible for placing souls into babies. And they’re all upset because one got missed − there was a child born without a soul. Both the dark and the light are hunting for this soul-less child, who in the meantime has grown up, and is about to come of age, which redoubles the urgency with which the agents of Light and Dark are searching for him/her/it.

6) My favorite Duncan Eagleson work is Railwalker: Tales of the Urban Shaman. 

(DUNCAN:) Thanks very much.

6.1) Explain the premise to our readers. What are your plans for the series?

(DUNCAN:) The premise behind Railwalker was the idea of a genuine urban shaman. This guy (who we know only by his street name, Brick) has no cultural tradition behind him, no elder indigenous shaman he apprenticed to − he was just a guy from the streets of Brooklyn, a graffiti writer, who one day found the crows started talking to him, and teaching him things. He had no idea, at least in the beginning, that what the crows were teaching him is what anthropologists would call magic and shamanism.

Brick actually started out as a supporting character in a graphic novel I was trying to sell back in the 80s. In the 90s, the Earthspirit Community approached me about doing a comics series that would tie in to their Rites of Spring Festival (they had in mind either a single-panel, or a four-panel strip format), and I thought Brick would be the perfect protagonist − he’s a total outsider to modern magic and neo-paganism, but he’s an intelligent and sympathetic outsider.

When I started the series, I was thinking in terms of humorous strip comics, and was working in a kind of cartoony style. But I’ve never really thought of myself as a humorist, and the humor in Railwaker at Rites is generally not a broad laugh-out-loud kind of humor, but more wry and dry. So as the series went on, I gradually started transitioning the look of the art to a more sophisticated realistic style, which seemed more appropriate to the material I was writing. People seemed to like it, so I kept it up. The strip ran for three festival seasons, and after it ended, I set up a web site specifically for Railwalker.

Not long afterward, I started experimenting with animation in Flash. Over the course of the next couple of years, I created a short animated Railwalker movie, Keys, in several chapters. Keys tells one version of how Brick became the Railwalker (yes, there are others).

I had toyed with the idea of doing another short animation based on Beowulf (this was long before the Avary/Gaiman CG film version), but I was going to set it in a post-apocalyptic world, with a Mad Max type character as the hero. As I worked on the script, it started to morph and change and grow, and one day I thought, “Screw the animation, this wants to be a novel.”

So the Mad Max-like character became one of an order of traveling Warrior-Shamans, and what better to call his order than the Railwalkers? Which told me that after the Great Crash, Brick must have founded an organization to battle the chaos and monsters that appeared in the Crash’s wake, right? Since the Beowulf poem is in one sense a paean to the passing days of the great heroes, to be true to the flavor of the thing, my tale would have to happen during the final years of the Order, when they’re in their decline. So we’re 300 years after the Great Crash.

(“Harkinton,” the short story I did for the 2012: Final Prayer anthology, tells a tale of Alec Bane, one of the “Five Ravens” who formed the first generation of Brick’s Railwalker Order.)

With the working title of Wolf, the novel that resulted was something like Beowulf as a post-post-apocalyptic noir occult thriller. If that makes any sense. I didn’t really set out to blend, or transcend, or mashup all that many genres, but that’s the way the story developed. Of course, in allowing myself the freedom to do that, I probably hurt my chances of being picked up by a mainstream publisher. Those folks need to be able to neatly categorize and pigeonhole their product, and this novel would be tough to do that with. How do you market something like that? I wasn’t thinking about marketing the thing until after it was written. However, it’s been picked up now by one of the small presses, and should be out within the year.

As a result of that novel, I had a whole history of this order to come up with (at least in broad outline), not only in the formal organization created by Brick, but also in its roots, the many individual Railwalkers who had existed through history before Brick. Railwalker lore tells of a depression-era hobo, a traveling bluesman in the 1920s, an aristocratic Englishwoman of the Victorian period…  but the Railwalkers seem to appear only after the Industrial Revolution.  Which has to do, I’m sure, with their being particularly urban shamans.

I have two books of an urban fantasy series done, and a third in progress. They don’t involve Brick or the Railwalkers. At least not yet. But they will tie into the Railwalker universe timeline, and end in the Great Crash.

I also have some notes and sketches for what would be, not exactly a sequel to Wolf, but a story set around the same time and place, with a few overlapping characters, but no direct connection to the events of Wolf.  But that’s an embryonic project, so don’t hold me to that − the thing could still evolve in a different direction.

7) You’ve done some short graphic works as well. Recently, you did pencils and ink for some work that appeared in Elf Love (Pink Narcissus). I had the pleasure of doing a review of this great fantasy anthology. Tell us about your work and the anthology.

(DUNCAN:) Thanks, glad you liked the anthology, and thanks for the good review.

A friend sent me the call for short story submissions for this anthology. At first, I wasn’t very interested − I didn’t think I had anything to say about elves, particularly elves and love. But the idea got under my skin, and a few days later, I had not one, but two story ideas. I wrote them both up, submitted them, and to my surprise, they accepted them both.

Then I got a phone call from the Pink Narcissus Editor-in-Chief, Rose Mambert, saying, “Hey, you’re an artist, too, right?  Would you be interested in doing the cover for this book?” Long story short, I not only did the cover, but continue to do graphic design and occasionally illustration for them. Oh, but you asked about “Of Roots and Rings”, the comics story in that anthology…

I belong to a writer’s group, and one of my friends there, Sarah Eaton, is a terrific playwright. When she learned about Elf Love, she was intrigued, and had a story in mind for it. But she had never done a text story, had only ever previously written scripts. So I said, “Well, write it up as a script, and I’ll see if Rose is willing to have me illustrate it as a comics story.”  When I broached the idea to Rose, she was delighted, said they’d love to include a comics story in the anthology.

“Of Roots and Rings” was great fun to illustrate. Especially since the historical material that appears toward the end gave me a chance to revisit the historical montage look I’d been using for certain sequences back when I was doing The Witching Hour. I love doing that stuff, it’s almost like a comics story within the comics story.

8) Which is your greatest passion: writing, drawing, painting or mask-making?

(DUNCAN:) Storytelling, in whatever form. Everything I do, even making masks, is in some sense a form of storytelling.

I think that the desire, the need, to tell stories is the creative engine that drives all artists, even the ones who think they’ve transcended the narrative urge. They’re still trying to communicate, to say something, and that something has a context, a story, which they can’t avoid invoking or referring to in some way, even if only obliquely.

It’s all about The Story.

9) What writer and artist makes you go, “Damn, how did they put that much talent in one person?”

(DUNCAN:) You mean someone who writes AND illustrates? Well, Eisner, of course, he’s the grand old man of writer/artists. Howard Chaykin − I think one of the finest science fiction comics series ever created was Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! Brilliant work by a brilliant artist/writer. Mike Mignola consistently amazes me, his visual storytelling is superb. Frank Miller, Matthew Dow Smith, Sam Keith, Dave Sim, Phil Foglio, Matt Wagner…  I could go on, but those are the top names that spring to mind right now.

10. What’s next for you?

(DUNCAN:) I’m off to Necon July 19-22, then it’s back in the studio for a while. I’ve done a lot of events the last few months, showing masks and art, plugging my writing, and I need some uninterrupted time to get some new work done. There are covers to be done for Pink Narc books, and Wolf will be going through the editing process.

I’ve just finished a steampunk novel in collaboration with Rev DiCerto − we’re now giving it the last once-over and final polish before we submit it. I’m working on another novel of my own, in a different, darker genre. I’m also preparing a proposal-slash-presentation on an illustrated novel, in which a depression era carnival encounters the local Fae in an obscure hamlet in the backwoods of New York State. The story is loosely tied into the mythology of the New York Faerie Festival. If you wanted to get all “high concept” about it you could call it Gaiman’s Stardust meets HBO’s Carnivale. Watch for the Kickstarter campaign, hopefully mounting this fall.

Also, I can’t talk details yet, but just this morning I was invited to participate in a new anthology where the rest of the authors are mostly famous science fiction writers. No pressure, or anything, right? It’s a great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of living up to the standards of that august company.

11) Big finish − where can people go to see your work and buy your comics, masks and other creative endeavors?

My online portfolios are at Eagleson Design and my Deviant Art page is here.

Prints are available both at the Deviant Art page and at my Zazzle Store.

Masks and sculptures are on maskmaker.com.

Keys and other Railwalker stories can be found at Railwalker Comics. The Railwalker story “Harkinton” appears in the Heske Horror anthology 2012: Final Prayer.

Some of my short fiction appears in two anthologies from Pink Narcissus Press, Elf Love and Rapunzel’s Daughters, and I’ve done covers for their Bleeding Hearts and Feasting with Panthers, terrific novels both.

Thanks Duncan. May the Muse be a crow on your shoulder and ever whispering in your ear.

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. This graphic novel hit stores on July 5th at a price point of only $12.99. Order your copy at your local comic shop today – tell them the Diamond code is MAR121187! It can also be ordered on Kindle and on Amazon.

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