Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 11-30-11
Avengers’ origin series leads off this week, this time following the foundation of Thor. InvestComics’ Comic Hot Picks from 9-29-10 features one of the most comprehensive Thor checklists you will find on the internet today. Go check it out by clicking right HERE. Back when that article was published, Thor’s first appearance was a whopping $25,000. His first appearance in Journey into Mystery #83 (1962) today goes for $46,000. That’s a 84% gain! Better investment than some blue chip stocks.
One of the strangest team ups since Archie meets the Punisher comes out this week from the same publisher. If you thought that Archie meets the Punisher was a weird concept, how about Kiss meets Archie #1? Funny how 35 years ago Kiss was frowned upon as “Satan music” or “Devil worshipers”, now they’re in an Archie Comic!
Probably one of the best cover ideas in comic book history is linked to the rock band Kiss. If you’re not aware of it, here is a short version. When Marvel released the Kiss Marvel Comics Super Special #1 in 1977, they wanted to do something that had never been done before. So they set up their photo cameras (for proof), hired a notary (more proof), got a hold of a phlebotomist (legal vampire doctors), and drew blood from all 4 band members. What for you ask? Well to inject the blood of the band mates into the red ink for the cover, duh! Isn’t that just a wild concept?? Who comes up with this stuff? That “real blood” cover/comic goes for $140. Don’t believe this? Google it. No not the price, the blood story.
However, that Marvel comic was not the first appearance of the Kiss band within the pages of a comic. Howard the Duck #12 (1977) holds the distinctive cameo at $24, the very next issue Howard the Duck #13 (1977) is listed as the first appearance of Kiss and comes in at $28. Those were done in regular red ink.
Moving on from one history lesson to another, Marvel’s History of the Marvel Universe #1 is said to catch everyone up to speed, new and old, from Fantastic Four to Fear Itself. All of that history…….in 48 pages?
This week’s tribute cover goes to Ultimate Comics Ultimates #4. It pays homage to one of the greatest Marvel events ever (back when events mattered) to Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1 (1984). This once hot commodity is now only $6.
Guess it’s a history week here on the Hot Picks. Atlas Comics brings some history themselves this week. Back in 1975 they debuted Wulf #1 ($14), The Grim Ghost #1 ($8), and Phoenix #1 ($12). This week they bring all 3 of these characters back with individual covers in Atlas Unified number one issues. If Atlas hits on this with success, well just look at those back issue prices, wow they look inviting don’t they? An look at that, connecting covers too.
Two more independents to check out this week, My Best Friend’s a Booger #1 (possibly the best comic book title ever) from Arcana Comics, and mega sold video game comic Uncharted #1. If you’d like to watch a great review of Uncharted the video game from Jared Amundson and David Lampe on InvestComics, click HERE.
Check out the covers of the week below. Click on the image to go to the next cover.