Comic Broker Report – March 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( March 2013 )

By Topher Seal

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


Star Wars Galaxy 2 ( bagged )


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



The Image 2010 Yearbook

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


Iron Man 304,305

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

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


Thunderbolts 25 ( Series 1 )

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


Marvel Comics Presents 26 & Iron Man 230

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

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The Invincible Iron Man 10 ( secret bar code Variant )

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


Injustice Gods 1,1 ( Variant )

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


The Image Comics Holiday Special

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


Detective Comics 647

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



Science is the new Rock and Roll!





14 thoughts on “Comic Broker Report – March 2013

  1. Topher, you were indeed right about Invincible 19 which is dated November 2004. The last story before the ad for the 3rd annual Emerald City Comicon is titled ” The Nowhere Men ” and included in the credits is Eric Stephenson as a creator and the writer. An image of a box with the World Corp. emblem is shown and there are 3 travelers in Tunisia who traveled to it, Tariq, Michael and Simon. I will update you on the ” Nowhere Men ” story from the Image Yearbook 2010 juxtaposed but it seems like 2004 beats 2010 if it can be considered the first draft.

    Topher, do you know already what’s in the 2010 yearbook?

    1. I like the idea of buying both though! I love these tips and I can’t wait for Sunday’s gems as well. Great work IC!!!

  2. Eric Stephenson himself confirmed that Invincible #19 has nothing to do with Nowhere Men. He said the first appearance is the yearbook where someone is wearing the tshirt that says science is the new rock ‘n’ roll.

  3. The variables I listed are in Invincible 19 which are in the form Mr. Ericson listed himself as a creator for. His current intent for the franchise links itself through the WCI emblem and other variables that would be equally important to the t shirt quote. I could never contest what a person creates and the reasons behind it. I think the discovery initiated with a smile and a nod to organic changes that could take place when creating a series. As stated before it makes sense to own both books due to all the variables. No clairvoyance needed. Great info and Thanks for sharing.

  4. Just as a note, the ” Nowhere Men ” story is not a part of the Invincible story but a side story at the back of the issue. Topher can you please check the back of Invincible # 20 where it shows at the back of the issue the ” NowhereMen ” story continues. It opens up to a round space station orbiting Earth. The next page states ” There are four of us up here, pulling shifts on an orbital research station owned by a private company called World Corp. ”

    The narrator continues on to state how the crew has been infected by some kind of viral agent affecting all of them differently. This is ” Nowhere Men ” of 2004 has nothing to do with the 2012 to current version? Not even in the same universe? Really….coincidence? Looking at the panels and following the dialogue of this story one can only comment after laying eyes on issues 19 and 20 to decide if amnesia is at work here folks. Rock on!

  5. Personally I think the best back up stories from Invincible are from the early issues that feature Hector Plasm and they are collectible in their own right!

    1. I’ll look into the one shot as well Topher. Great info, where the heck do you find all the room lol. Thanks for what you do guys!

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