InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-30-08

Son of the Hulk is coming back this week!

Reign In Hell #1.  DC has another crisis on its hands. This time it’s taking place in Hell of all places. A veteran named Keith Giffen will be at the helm of the mayhem he has written. Reign In Hell is going to be a fun and exciting comic that will be well received by fans. Do not be surprised when you can not get your hands on this comic at your local shop on Friday. Reign in Hell will reign in some nice demand. Let the war in Hell begin!

 

 

 

 

SKAAR SON OF HULK # 2.  What more can be said for this monster hit series? Skaar #1 sold out at comic stores quick! Guess what collectors, #2 will be no different. Miss this comic and like last weeks Robin #175 you’ll be sitting waiting for the 2nd print before you can read it. Skaar smash market! nuff said. 

Honorable Mentions:

True Believers #1.  This new Marvel limited series seems to have the makings of a sleeper. This one might slip through the cracks. Keep an eye out on this one! 

 

 

 

 

Ninjatown #1 Adventures Of Wee Ninja  Appearing in their first ever adventure! Hmmm….? Remember how silly the Teenager Ninja Turtles looked? One never knows!


 

 

 

 

Invest wisely

Jay Katz

 

Signature Comics – Dynamic Forces

A Website at noon sells signed comics everyday

(Originally published on April 9th 2008)

Do you like Jim Lee? Do you like John Romita JR? Maybe you’re a Michael Turner fan. How about grabbing an authentic signature comic by a legend like John Romita Sr for a minimal fee?? Everyday at noon this website has a NEW comic that goes on display for a limited time and you can get in on the action. The prices sometimes are so good; a fan may look at it and say okay what’s the catch?  There is no catch.

We’re talking about Dynamic Forces.com. Some of the recent noon sales have been and are still available: All Star Batman #1 signed by Jim Lee $15, Infinite Crisis #1 signed by Jim Lee $15 and one of our favorites Ms Marvel #1 signed by John Romita SR $19.68! Most of these comics are signed and numbered with a certificate of authenticity. These are some great signitures to add to your collection if you’re a fan. While the resell values on most of these comics are very low, they truly are something to cherish from someone that you admire. I personally have a small comic box with sig comics by some of the greats; Stan Lee, Romita SR & JR, Jim Starlin, Walt Simonson, Bendis, Jim Lee, Dale Keown, Joe Q, Ed Brubaker, Ethan Van Sciver and countless others all for under $15 (Except for the Stan Lee comic). Those are not a bad deal for variants or number one issues signed by the creator or the team(s) working on the book. Stan Lee has a section all to himself. Check out the DOUBLE signed comic Invaders annual # 1, signed by Stan Lee and Joe Simon for $129! This comic is limited to 11 copies. That’s a nice price for 2 great sig. Stan Lee has 197 items on display. Some of the Lee books are just way out there in price range, but if you can find a cheaper comic signed by THE MAN himself at a bargain price by checking out www.dynamicforces.com.

While IC realizes the signature thing is not for everyone, we just wanted to point something out that has been going on for a couple of years now with Dynamic Forces. This is a great way to get some autographs at bargain basement prices compared to the convention prices you might pay. So if you’re bored and you happen to be surfing the net before noon, Dynamic Forces teases the daily special at 11:30am. Sometimes the daily special is so good that it sells out within minutes. So if you don’t usually buy the signitures and one day you see something that you just might want, you better jump in quickly or you’ll miss it.

Astonishing X-Men #1. Signed & Numbered by Stan Lee. $129.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Four #371. Signed and Numbered by Stan Lee. $129.

All Star Batman & Robin #3. Signed and Numbered by Jim Lee. $14.99.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

The Female Hero on the Big Screen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hollywood has been missing the boat on an entire genre.

Where are all the women at???

(Originally published on April 1, 2008)

Hollywood seems to have either a discrimination suit waiting for them or they simply think that females could not draw the bucks at the theaters. We’ll take the latter. The track record unfortunately speaks for itself. Catwoman was an absolute disaster, Elektra was very surface driven with no character development, Supergirl is a cult favorite that fell flat on its face and do we really need to say anything about BarbWire?

InvestComics is about to give everyone a heads up. Sit back, relax and read on…..
Most comic movies coming out today are entertaining and are commanding fanboy’s attention. While the majority of the movies are good, some of them just completely miss. Directors are learning as they go along what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to putting those comic book  panels on the screen. We as fans get to either suffer or enjoy the end products. More often than not (lately) the comic movies are getting better. So if the scripts, special effects and commitments are getting better, why no big budget female heroes in their own solo film? Why is it that we as fans do not get our favorite females heroes (or villains) in solo movies?
The lists of possible female heroes/villains are endless as are the males and teams. Not everyone can agree on the lady they’d like to see, but you do have the usual suspects; Wonder Woman, Power Girl and Supergirl (hmmm…..DC rules this department). While these would make great films today, it’s just a wee bit difficult to ask our collectors to get any of the first appearances because of the price tag and no buzz, then again this would be the perfect time to get these books! So if you can afford these comics, without a doubt get them! It’ll cost a small fortune, but a very healthy BUY.
So lets have some fun and look at some possible females to take command of the silver screen. We’ll list the first appearances and the price tag attached to them. While some might be a bit high, all we can say is that when Hollywood finally realizes that there is another gender out there that does exist (given the right script) and backing, the female hero will be HUGE. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
InvestComics has compiled a very short list of some of YOUR request and our picks. These are some of the ladies you need to be looking out for before Hollywood wises up a bit.
It took Hollywood 70 years to realize that comic books can make for huge profits on the big screen if done right. We hope it won’t take another 70 to realize you have some awesome female characters that need screen time too.

 

Uncanny X-Men #130. 1st appearance of Dazzler. Current Value $15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daredevil #254. 1st appearance of Typhoid Mary. Current Value $3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danger Girl #1. Danger Girl Preview Exclusive (1 of a Bazillion covers)

Current Value $7.

 

 

 

 

 

193-2Uncanny X-Men #193. 1st Firestar. Current Value $5.

 

Legion of Super-Heroes #298. 1st Amethyst. Current Value $1!

 

 

 

 


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Showcase 96 #3. 1st Birds of Prey. Current Value $9.

 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

Deadpool – Some Key Issues

(Originally published on March 20th 2008)

New_Mutants_Vol_1_98The new Deadpool comic is arriving on 9-10-08 from Marvel. Check out this article that was originally written on March 20th 2008 . It gives a few Deadpool comics you should be searching for before Deadpool makes his huge return into the Marvel Universe. Yes, The Merc with the mouth, Deadpool, is coming back and he’s going to become one of the hottest Marvel characters in quite some time. Remember how hot Wolverine was at one time? You remember The Punisher? We’re talking that hot. This article contains some KEY issues in the Merc’s ‘short’ career that you should be getting before it’s too late.

Marvel is starting the push of a character that they think will be a huge part of the MU. The likes of which might seem very innocence at first, but is going to turn into a, shall we say, a Wolverine type overkill. Remember how the Punisher was in what seemed to be every other Issue in the MU in the 80’s? Remember the same for Wolverine in the 80’s and 90’s and even now? Well here’s the scoop Investors, the character Marvel is going to throw at you for the next few years to come is…….(drum roll please)…..Deadpool!

Yes Deadpool will be a household name in a couple of years, bank on it. Here’s a few reasons why.

The first reason, the most oblivious one is that the character is extremely appealing. Ever since Deadpool was introduced to the comic word in 1991 the comic world has embraced him. Mr. Wade Winston Wilson has that certain quality in a character that fans absolutely love. His abilities, Healing factor, Superhuman strength, his marksmanship, martial arts and many more. These powers sound a lot like a hairy, attitude, claw ripping mutant? Basically Deadpool has what Wolverine has but without claws. The second reason is the fact that Marvel is going to give Deadpool his own regular monthly series in August. The best news comes from Editor Aubrey Sitterson at the most recent Comic Con in L.A. He says “”It’s not a Deadpool series off to the side; It’s in the center of the Marvel Universe.” Let us explain what this really means.

The new X-men Origins Wolverine movie is going to feature many MU characters, but the one that Marvel is keeping an eye on is Deadpool. Marvel has already stated that they are possibly looking at a Deadpool spin off from the Wolverine movie. That being said, Marvel is going to push Wade to front and center in the next year or so in the Marvel Universe. Why you ask? He’s not the Hulk, Wolverine, Spiderman, Fantastic Four that’s why. People in the general public just don’t know Deadpool. Hell some comic fans don’t even know much of him! He’s not iconic enough like the characters mentioned and Marvel knows this. Deadpool will get lots of airplay in the year to come, be ready! Here’s a few Issues you need to pick up for a minimal amount of cash now and cash out big much later on.

 

Deadpool_and_Death_Annual_Vol_1_1998New Mutants #98. 1st Appearance of Deadpool.

Ultimate Spider-Man #91. 1st Ultimate Universe Deadpool.

Deadpool #1. Origin Issue.

Deadpool #33. Origin Issue.

1998 Annual with Death. Origin Issue.

 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-23-08

Robin #175.  Robin is going through changes. At least that’s what DC says. Spinning from the red hot storyline of Batman’s R.I.P. comes this 2 parter that claims to be the turning point in Robin’s life. R.I.P. has been a great success for DC, so lets see what they have in store with Robin’s title here. This comic will be sold out quick. Get this before the Guaranteed 2nd print hits.

Uncanny X-Men #500.  X-men has reached number 500! What more can be said about this milestone double sized anniversary issue? It’s a must own.

Remember one thing when you’re at your local comic shop this week. Pick up the Micheal Turner cover, admire it or not and thank him for the years of joy he brought all of us. He’ll be missed.

 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 4-30-08

 Marvel Invasion brings us back to 1977!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvel Premiere #35

 

Way back in 1977 the comic world was introduced to an unusual Marvel hero named 3D-Man. Our hero was created by none other than the famous Roy Thomas. His powers as his name might suggest is that of a man 3 times the normal strength of man. Oh yes, we almost forgot one of his better attributes. He can peg out any Skrull no matter what form they may be in. Hmmmm…..I bet you know where this is going.

 

3D-Man is set to play either a vital or a MAJOR role in the Secret Invasion saga. In this upcoming week we get introduced to the NEW 3D-Man in Avengers: The Initiative # 12.

 

So here’s the deal. You can pick up the new comic on Wednesday, but also pick up 3D’s first appearance on Ebay for only $2 – $4 more. Yes, you can pick up Marvel Premiere # 35 for MEGA cheap……for now? InvestComics just picked up a NM copy from Mile high comics for $7. And yes that is with shipping. We spent the extra couple of dollars to ensure that we are going to get guaranteed quality. Otherwise you can pick this comic up on Ebay for $2.

 

This weeks pick falls into the no-brainer category. A first appearance from 1977 from Roy Thomas of a character that might be playing a Major role in the new Marvel hit for a price tag of $2 is an easy affordable deal. 

 

Invest wisely.

 

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 4-23-08

An Invasion tie in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mighty Avengers #12

 

The Secret Invasion has begun and it looks like everyone is on board for the ride. Sell outs on the recent tie ins as well as Secret Invasion # 1 are indicative indications that Secret Invasion is NOT going to be a SECRET at the cash register or your investments very much longer. Investcomics© called a few LCS to see how the SI Yu variant fared. Most of them either did not receive the comic at all or sold it within a couple of hours. SI is going to get bigger in a couple of weeks. Be ready, get on board because Some guy named Nick Fury is coming back!
Ol’ Nick has been MIA for some time now. Mighty Avengers #12 has a few things going in it’s favor. Nick Fury will be clocking back to the secret war to put together some pieces that makes him public enemy numero uno. Another MAJOR reveal is coming from this book as well. So big Marvel says it will ROCK the entire MU. We’ll check back on that one! Then you have a real nice cover going here by rising star Marko Djurdjevic! Not getting the little box though, but okay who cares? This comic is going to ROCK!
Buy this comic and sit on it until Secret Invasion comes to a fever pitch. This fans is a MAJOR tie in that you can not afford to miss!!

 

Invest wisely.

 

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 4-2-08

 The Marvel Universe – Invaded!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secret Invasion # 1

After a Hot Spec market for 5 weeks in a row, the last 2 weeks have been very slow and the next couple of weeks fair no better! This is why we’ve decided to jump ahead a little here to the April 2nd release date. Marvel is rolling out the first major event of the year and it promises to be HUGE! Secret Invasion is such a big deal that Marvel could not give any sort of previews of the inside of Issue #1 with the fear of revealing too much. That’s storytelling! That’s hype! That’s Marvel! That’s Joe Q! 

This 8 part series promises to change the landscape of the Marvel Universe once again. The last time readers got a promise like this was for the Civil War storyline and that held it’s guarantee. Don’t expect anything less from this series. MAJOR revelations are about to occur and we all get to enjoy the drama unfold in front of our eyes. We get to watch our Ebay bids make for some drama as well.

Expect the investment value to follow the same patterns as Civil War did with this series. The regular covers will not garnish as much attention as the variants will. This Leinil Francis Yu variant to the left clocks in at a 50:1 ratio! With as much hype as this series is going to get, this variant is going to be VERY sort after. Anyone remember that Civil War # 3 variant with the beautiful Michael Turner cover? We’re not comparing this YU cover with the Turner cover in terms of monetarily speaking, what we are saying is that this series will produce some variants that will be paid a handsomely on the Ebay front. Invest wisely and you will be rewarded considerably.

So 2 things to know. Number one, do you really need that Incredible Hercules # 115 variant?? Number two, watch for a sleeper in Ms. Marvel # 25 coming out on 3/26/08. Great Greg Horn cover to boot!

 
Invest wisely.
 
Jay Katz
 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 3-12-08

Superman goes Brazilian

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Superman # 674

 

Not much happening this week in the speculation market. It came down to only 2 weak choices this week. It was between Serenity Better Days #1 or the Superman #674. Guess who won.

 

This Superman gives the collectors new series artist Renato Guedes. Renato is a Brazilian born artist who signed exclusively with DC not too long ago.  He’s done some work for DC already, Action Comics, OMAC and Smallville to name a few. Check out some of his work at this link: http://www.comic-art-ink.com/Renatos.html. Some nice stuff.

 

DC is dubbing this comic as a “great jumping on point”, If we only had a nickel for every time they’ve said that! Anyway, Renato seems to have a pulse on the man from Krypton with his art style. We’ll see…..

 

Invest wisely.

 

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 3-05-08

New creative team takes the Spidey reigns

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Spider-Man # 552

The Brand New Day storyline is starting to pick up some steam after some harsh criticism from die hard Spidey fans stemming from the One More Day storyline. Looks like Joe Q might be winning some fans back after all! That didn’t take long now did it?

This issue of the new trifecta format is probably one of the more anticipated  issues due to the fact that fan favorite Phil Jimenez will be taking over the penciling duties. We also get an oscar nominated screenwriter Bob Gale (Back To The Future) taking over the writing duties. Will this equate to a Kevin Smith type frenzy? Most likely not, but you never know.

A new villain makes their debut as well. The new bad guy is Freak. The name  leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s the name, oh well. 

Do all of these things add up to a potential buy? Yes. Mr Jimenez is going to give fans what they want, it’s up to the oscar nominee and that villain Freak. If those 2 hold up their end, this comic will be in it’s second print before you can say cha-ching!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 2-27-08

This comic will probably be a movie someday…. 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick Ass # 1 – Marvel

Marvel this week will be releasing its first highly anticipated book of the year. The promotion for the comic calls the comic book fan idiots if they don’t buy this book. Marvel has a lot of nerve saying this with a title of “Kick Ass”. This is one of the lamest comic book titles to come out in quite some time. (Yes we know Marvel was joking-calm down everyone, but we’re not!)

With a star studded team of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., this promises to be a great read as well as great eye candy. Remember though, great teams don’t always add up to a great comic. Although the previews are proving that Kick Ass does not seem to be breaking new ground on storytelling, it does seem very interesting. Marvel is cranking up the old hype machine on full tilt. 

So Is this comic a Frank Miller Dark Knight game changer? No way. Is this DC’s Watchmen? Nope. Is Hollywood going to put their bid on this series to make for a possible film? Now this is a possibility.

The Boys just got picked up by Hollywood last week. Yes Hollywood has pimped itself out and is grabbing anything that has readers buzzing. If enough buzz about this comic gets out with these top two creators attached to it, Hollywood is going to be a knockin’. The only investment side potential with this comic is the potential movie that might come of it. Otherwise, read it, enjoy it, put it  away……you never know.

 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 2-20-08

Make a sign of a $ instead of a Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zorro # 1 – Dynamite Entertainment 

The Hot Pick this week involves a character; an Icon if you will that has been around 89 years! Since 1919 Zorro has painted his trademark Z on anyone that dared try him.

Dynamite publishing is no stranger to the success of releasing Icon’s back into the Comic book world. Lone Ranger was a huge success, but with as much fanfare it received it quickly faded into obscurity.  

Matt Wagner gives this new “Year One” Zorro adventure a go. Matt is a legendary writer and with him you have the same artist that made the Lone Ranger come to life, Francesco Francavilla. Throw in a cover by John Cassaday and you have yourself a nice trio going here. 

InvestComics is going to recommend a quick buy/sell based on the initial sales of the first couple of weeks. The Variants are going to be a hot item very quickly. It’s  probably best if the investor get rid of these rather swiftly. While there is an obvious formula that Dynamite is following here, the end result is going to be the same. Hot now, cold sooner than later. 

A high risk in the long run. The immediate future is a better place to be thinking about with this comic.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 2-13-08

An under ordered pre Secret Invasion comic equals $$$$$$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nova # 3 (Vol 5)

Nova Makes his InvestComics debut! This week Marvel has 2 great releases that could have made the Hot Pick page, but only one made it. Fantastic Four # 554 is an awesome pick for a good hold and sell. Bryan Hitch and Mark Millar make their debut and it promises to be a great ride, but Nova # 3 promises to be a better one!

This issue has already sold out at Diamond as the Marvel hype machine begins to churn. Marvel notified dealers to order heavy and the dealers have responded. Marvel is stating that this issue starts the Secret Invasion storyline. They also say that there is a HUGE plot development (A major Skrull reveal?). This comic just might fly under the radar as far as collectors go. A miss of this issue for the modern investor is a big possibility. A low print run is a possibility as well. Nova was not pulling in huge numbers, so Marvel sent out their usual print run and are sold out.

This issue is a going to be in some serious demand once the Invasion begins. It’s going to be in some serious demand before the Invasion as well. Look to buy this issue and sell it on Ebay within the week of it’s release. It’s easily $10 book within it’s first week. Look for it to gradually gain momentum as The Secret Invasion hits. If The Secret Invasion chronicle takes off (which it probably will) Nova #3 is going to be the next She Hulk Civil War book. Buy  Nova #3, Buy, Buy, Buy……

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 2-06-08

 A FREE comic makes the Investment cut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Spider-Man – Free Comic Book Day Edition

 

The new release pick of the week for the second week in a row is a back issue. For the past 2 weeks InvestComics gave you the Captain America #1 (Vol 5) to pick up. Yes Bucky, AKA Winter Solider is indeed the New Captain America. The comic is now on Ebay selling for $10. We still say, Buy Captain America #1 (Vol 5) with Captain America #34 and you have yourself a nice little set to put up.

Lets focus on this weeks pick now. Amazing Spider-Man #549 is coming out this week with a debut of a “new” hero. We say “new” because we all know her already. We know that she WAS married to Peter Parker at one time. We know she has red hair, We know her as, Jackpot?? InvestComics is not going to ask you to run out and buy Amazing Spider-Man #25 or #42 and spend a small fortune. Although that is a decent investment, we’re looking for the character named Jackpot, not Mary Jane.

In last year’s Free Comic Book Day, Marvel gave us a glimpse into the future of Parker. In this FREE comic we see lots of things including the first appearance of….you guessed it, Jackpot!

Once again you can pick this once FREE comic up on Ebay for $2.99. Buy the Amazing Spider-Man #549 and sell as a couple. Imagine that a “couple”, something Peter and Mary aren’t anymore. So we say hold onto your pair for a week to see if #549 sells out. Then throw down your deuce on Ebay as a pair. Market this correctly and you can make a few bucks to buy a better storyline someplace else.

 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 1-23-08

 The Winter changes seasons and becomes The Captain!

 

 

 

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Captain America# 1 (Vol. 5) 

Captain America # 34 has the NEW Cap making his first appearance. With writer Ed Brubaker at the helm anything is possible with his awesome storytelling, that being said the one thing we all can be almost certain about is the fact that Bucky, AKA Winter Solider will carry the mantle as the new Captain America. If anyone really deserves to carry the name and shield it’s Bucky.

Captain America # 1 (Vol 5) carries the distinct honor of being the first appearance of Bucky as Winter Solider. At a price tag of a measly $6.99 on Ebay, this is an absolute steal right now. Pick this back issue up before the hype machine rolls in. Buying this issue is the first “no-brainer” of 2008. Of course this all depends if Winter Solider indeed is the new Cap, which at this point wouldn’t make much sense if it were not, given the way the storyline has unfolded. This Investment is an extremely low risk given that ALL fingers are pointing to Winter Solider. Sell Captain America # 34 and Captain America# 1 (Vol 5) together on Ebay as a set, you’ll have a set that will compliment each other as well as your bank. 

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 1-16-08

 This week will make you feel Stranded……..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stranded # 1
Release Date 01-16-08

SCI-FI/Virgin Comics

The Hot Pick this week has a few big names attached to it which could ultimately either lead to its downfall or its ride on the successful money trail. This drama/sci-fi comic is created by writer/novelist Mike Carey (X-Men, Lucifer, The Devil You Know), with covers by Greg Horn and Marc Silvestri. Nice fire power, not the best but okay. The other factor regarding this issue getting the Hot Pick nod would be that it’s the first time that SCI-FI (channel)/Virgin Comics are ever branding a comic together. Is this enough to hold its weight in the long run? Give this comic a strong storyline and some good artwork and we’ll see. Overall we’re not looking at a huge buy here. Look to see how the market reacts within the first couple of weeks. If its a sell out and buzz abound, hold on to your first few issues and pray for a SCI-FI television series.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Pick 7-9-08

 One Comic makes the cut this week…………..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detective Comics #846.

While there might have been a few comics to possibly make the cut, only one got the star treatment from IC. Detective Comics #846 serves up as the first crossover comic to the red HOT R.I.P. storyline currently running in the Batman series. In case you’ve been living under a rock these past few months, DC promises to CHANGE Batman as we all know him (so claims DC). Will DC sustain the interest or just muck it up like they have with everything else these days? For now, DC is holding on rather nicely with this storyline. IC thinks DC is finally doing something right here. Lets all hope the end product is a well deserved one and not another disappointing SIGH of “not again.”   Anyway you look at this at this very moment, R.I.P. is H.O.T. and this 1st crossover book is probably going to fly right under the radar. Don’t miss it!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz