InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-21-11 DC Relaunch Special Part 3….
As we head into week number 3 of the new DC universe, many have taken notice, where’s Marvel? On a personal note, I have been reading, collecting, selling, and now involved within the industry and never have I ever seen Marvel take such a backseat to DC. It’s been a long time coming for DC, now if they could just figure out their market place on the big screen, all will be very well.
DC is coming around third base and heading home shortly as they bang out week 3 of the biggest move in the company’s history. Let’s begin from high to low (Values) as we have in the previous 2 weeks.
Batman #1 – Just like his counterpart Superman, and, no more underwear! Finally DC realized that the major selling point on everything in “Marketing” is “Eye Appeal”. The underwear on most all of the heroes/villains are gone. The undie’s on the outside of the costumes made the characters seem extremely dated. That’s the rant on underwear, now on to the more important stuff. If you’ve lived under a rock for the past 73 years you know that Batman’s first appearance happened in Detective Comics #27 (1938). It also sold for over a million dollars within the past year. You know this already, right? InvestComics has no surprise here like as in “well maybe you didn’t know this”. The bottom line here, if you can afford to pick up a copy of this comic, be it low grade or high, buy it. DC Comics is nothing without Batman or Superman.
Catwoman #1 – Speaking of Batman, 2 years after the intro of Batman, the first appearance of one of the greatest villains ever and the Catwoman happens in Batman #1 (1940). Again, you under that rock still? This comic is listed at $350,000. Same applies as above, low or high, buy it. Not a bad pick up at all for the number one issue of Batman and the first appearance of the Joker. Sorry Cat, no disrespect.
Wonder Woman #1 – Here we have one of the most revamped, redone, overdone, overhyped, misunderstood characters in the DC Universe. Countless times we have been witness to a dramatic “new beginning” or “nothing is the same” or “new costume” (insert your own drama tagline here). Let’s not forget the failed television pilot. So the question has to be asked, what in the world will make a difference this time?? Maybe writer Brian Azzarello, and artist Cliff Chiang will bring something different to the table this time. Maybe. Check out Wonder Woman’s first appearance in All Star Comics #8 (1941). Coming in almost $250,000 less than Joker and Catwoman’s first at $108,000, it’s an oblivious statement here that Wonder Woman is a good teammate, and not meant to be in her own book.
Supergirl #1 – Here is another shining example of a character that has been redone so many times it’s comical. So many restarts over the years, so many changes, it’s ridiculous. It seems as though DC is trying to capture a market that does not want to be captured. Most female heroes are not that strong to carry their own books (as MANY male heroes as well!) If they do, it’s for a short while before sales wane and they start the nonsense of the restart or new direction. Supergirl, as said before does not escape the stigma. If you want to seek out the first appearance, look for the “test issue” Superman #123 (1958) for $400. Otherwise get the original/origin in Action Comics #252 (1959) $6000.
Captain Atom #1 – This new series should do well as long as JT Krul remains on writing duties. Look for Cap Atom’s first in Space Adventures #33 (1960). This $620 comic not only features cap’s 1st, but it’s drawn by legend Steve Ditko. If you want “post” Crisis get Captain Atom #1 (1987) for only $2.50.
DC Universe Presents #1 – Here we have DC’s “tester” comic. It’ll feature a different hero headlining every now and again. So what happens here is DC sits back and waits for the demand of a hero in his own title steaming from THIS comic. Dig. First up, Deadman! DC couldn’t figure out, should we give DM his own title? Heck we’ll let the fans decide! DM’s first is in Strange Adventures #205 (1967). This comic comes in at $205.
Red Hood & the Outlaws #1 – a trio to look for from this comic. Jason Todd as Red Hood first appeared in Batman #635 $10. Arsenal’s first in The New Titans #99 $4, and Starfire’s intro in DC Comics Presents #26 (1980) for $34. Yes that’s $34 for the first New Teen Titans. That price tag is far and away for Starfire’s First. Just saying….
Birds of Prey #1 – (see Wonder Woman #1, Catwoman #1, and Supergirl #1 above). BOP’s first in Black Canary/Oracle Birds of Prey #1 (1996) $12.
Blue Beetle #1 – Jamie Reyes as Blue Beetle in self titled Blue Beetle #1 (2006) $3.
Green Lantern Corps #1 and Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – See last week’s Hot Picks 9-14-11 by clicking here. These comics are covered here. Go ahead click here, and then come back. We’ll be here…..go, go….it’s okay.
Marvel Comics has a couple of comics to check out this week. Yes Marvel. Remember them?
The delayed Brilliant #1 will feature Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley teaming up for the first time. As said in a previous article of Hot Picks, pick this comic up before it hits the big screen. Oh yes, it’ll get picked up. InvestComics has called quite a few of these in the past. Kick Ass, Grant Caloff’s H2O……just saying.
Daredevil #4 gets a new writer/artist in Marcos Martin.
Independent Comics to check out. IDW’s Star Trek ongoing #1, and Ghostbusters ongoing #1. Dark Horse Presents #4, and Image Comics Near Death #1.
That’s it for this week. Next week the DC madness ends. Will DC sustain the onslaught and domination of the comic book market? We’ll see……
DC #1 Covers below.
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