Introducing ALPHA in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692!

Fans across the globe have been asking, “Who Is Alpha” and this August, in Amazing Spider-Man #692, they’ll find out! Marvel is celebrating Spider-Man’s 50th anniversary in style as the blockbuster creative team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos give Peter Parker his very own….sidekick?! When he’s not working with the Avengers of the Future Foundation, Spider-Man has been saving the Marvel Universe on his own for fifty years! But now, with his anniversary right around the corner, that’s all about to change!

This special event, could only be told in this oversized issue celebrating the values that made Spider-Man the world’s greatest super hero for the past five decades and many more to come. And with special variant covers by superstar artist Marcos Martin, depicting Spider-Man through the years, no fan can miss out on this! Get ready for a story about power and responsibility like you’ve never seen before in Amazing Spider-Man #692, swinging into comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this August.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 (JUN120622)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Pencils and Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

FOC – 7/30/2012, On Sale – 8/22/2012

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Amazing Spider-Man Checklist #2

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The Amazing Spider-Man Checklist Part 2.

How about some other Spider-Man (non titled) comics! There are plenty of others, but here are just a few.

 

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Secret Wars #8 – The Mecca of all Spidey costumes (villain seed) comics right here folks! Quite simple here, a measly $20 owns you a piece of Spidey history.

Marvel Fanfare #1 – Paul Smith’s first work.

Superman vs. Spider-Man #1 – With ego’s abound, this will probably be the last time we ever see these two Iconic characters in a “VS.” comic book. The best $50 you will spend in quite some time.

What If? #1 – Flat out fun comics featuring the alternate Marvel Universe.

Avengers #3 – Spider-Man has been an Avenger. This is the first time in an Avengers comic. WAY back.

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Civil War #3 – Cover candy from the late great Michael Turner.

X-Force #16 – More cover candy, this time in an all sideways issue. Cover from Todd “Spidey” McFarlane.

Action Comics #643 – Want Spider-Man in the DC Universe? No problem, put him on a t-shirt of a civilian.

Invasion #2 – Want more DC Spider-Man? How about he appears in this comic! Find him if you can! Oh yes, what a coincidence…..art by Todd McFarlane!

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer #8 – Dark Horse pays homage to Spidey. Look around, you’ll see it!

And finally….

Untold Tales of Spider-Man #1 –  The new Spider-Man is hinting at Peter’s parents having a lot to do with Peter’s past, look no further than this comic right here. Peter’s parents Richard and Mary worked for Nick Fury, yes that’s right….S.H.I.E.L.D. Let’s see if the movie even goes there. If they do, this comic was the culprit of that storyline.

 

There’s a Batman movie coming, right? Oh yes and a new Superman movie too. Hmmm…….

 

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Jay Katz

Her Universe and BBC Worldwide Launching Doctor Who Fangirl Fashion Collection

Los Angeles, CA, June 26, 2012 – Her Universe™, a leader in female genre merchandise, announced today a license with BBC Worldwide, to create a collection of Doctor Whoapparel for the ever-growing female fan base for the television show.

Her Universe recognized the burgeoning force of female Doctor Who fans and the need to create unique apparel and merchandise just for them. The international iconic brand and television hit Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi series in the world and continues to earn critical acclaim as BBC AMERICA’s highest rated series as well as the #1 downloaded series for iTunes in 2011. The new Doctor Who collection by Her Universe will premiere in July with fashion tops featuring images, characters and phrases from the Doctor Who universe all with fashion-forward designs for girls to look “Geek Chic.” To recognize their female Doctor Who fans, BBC Worldwide has created a special Doctor Who logo which will only appear on merchandise from the Her Universe collection.

Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe and known to sci-fi fans as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on the hit animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars also designed and created the Her Universe merchandise. “Her Universe is a line for the fans,” said Eckstein. “Many of our design choices and decisions are influenced by our fans and Doctor Who was the #1 requested license by fangirls for us to pursue next. It was truly a dream come true when BBC Worldwide asked us to do their female merchandise and I am beyond excited to share this extraordinary announcement with our girls today! In the words of the Doctor, I feel like screaming Geronimo!”

Doctor Who apparel and accessories from the Her Universe collection will be available in the U.S. and Canada at both www.heruniverseshop.com and BBCAmericashop.com and through national retail outlets such as Hot Topic. Throughout 2012, the Doctor Who merchandise will also be available at select conventions including San Diego Comic Con.

About Her Universe
Her Universe was launched in 2009 by actress and entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, and her partner, The Araca Group, known as one of the most innovative theatrical production and merchandise companies in the world. Her Universe was created to directly address the expanding market of female fans by entering into its first agreement with Lucas Licensing to develop and produce a line of female-centered Star Wars apparel and accessories. The success of that line was followed up with a collection for the Syfy network including such shows as Battlestar Galactica and with BBC America for its Doctor Who franchise. You can learn more about Her Universe and purchase the current line of fangirl apparel and accessories by going to www.heruniverse.com and by following Eckstein on Twitter and visiting the Her Universe Facebook page.

About BBC Worldwide Ltd.
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has five core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products and Brands, Consumers & New Ventures, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview

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Marvel Entertainment and Susan G. Komen For The Cure Team Up For National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Okay this is Awesome…..

New York, NY-June 25, 2012-Marvel Entertainment goes pink this October, launching a month-long campaign in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r) during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with all new covers on select October titles and educational material on Marvel.com. Throughout the month of October, the world’s most popular super heroes-Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, Wolverine and more-will be featured on all-new variant covers with special pink-colored costumes available exclusively at comic shops*. Additionally, all Marvel super hero comics in October will feature a special one-page advertorial educating readers about breast cancer, complimented by additional content on Marvel.com and through social media.

“Marvel is proud to partner with Susan G. Komen For the Cure to support their unparalleled efforts to raise awareness about the risk of breast cancer to both women and men,” said Dan Buckley, Publisher & President of the Print, Animation & Digital Divisions, Marvel Worldwide, Inc. “We’re in a unique position to educate all our fans and increase
awareness of the ways to fight-and reduce– this risk of this disease by utilizing our comics and online presence.”

The following comic books, on-sale in October, will feature special Susan G. Komen variant covers:

*         Avengers #31

*         Captain America #18

*         Captain Marvel #5

*         Fantastic Four #611

*         Invincible Iron Man #526

*         Mighty Thor #21

*         Uncanny X-Men #20

*         Wolverine #315
“Komen is thrilled to partner with Marvel Entertainment in the fight against breast cancer this October,” said Dorothy Jones, VP, Marketing at Komen. “This partnership will allow us to share critical information with this important audience, empowering them to take positive action for their breast health and for the women they love.”

Stay tuned to Marvel.com http://www.marvel.com for more news on this initiative from Marvel Entertainment

To learn more about the fight against breast cancer and how you can support Komen, please visit Komen.org http://www.komen.org
*Retailers: please note that these special Susan G. Komen variant covers are only available to accounts in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

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About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and
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About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r)
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer. Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure works to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world
through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries. Visit komen.org http://komen.org. Connect with us on Facebook http://www.komen.org/facebook and Twitter
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Amazing Spider-Man Checklist #1

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Welcome to InvestComics Amazing Spider-Man Checklist (Part 1). All of his main titles will be covered and then some other books, including some obscure silly books. Keep in mind here that while this is one of the most comprehensive Spider-Man lists you will find, there are some comics and creators that were missed and some that were missed on purpose. So if you’re seeking out the first appearance of Mountain Marko or Red 9, you won’t find it here. But you’ll find the first appearance of Man-Wolf! Or if you’re looking for that special 1 in 15 variant cover, or the 30 cent variant …..you won’t find those here either. Just some key issues (and “not” so key issues), but if you think you have one that we missed, do not hesitate to give us your pick(s) below in the comments section or on Facebook or Tweet us!

So first a quick video Intro! This video covers all of the comics that will be covered in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks. Enjoy the images and music first, then come back…….go ahead you can, we’ll be right here waiting for ya!

Spider-Man

Amazing Fantasy #15This would be the first and foremost obvious pick out of the gate here. For those that are not comic collectors and just happened to stumble upon this article, Amazing Fantasy #15 is the first appearance of Spider-Man. Owning this comic is the equivalent of owning Action Comics #1 from DC Comics. Now while Spidey’s first appearance is not worth as much monetarily, it carries the same stature as owning the flagship character within the Marvel Comics line as does Superman (Action Comics #1) does for DC Comics. If you ever have the chance to somehow be in a position to own this comic book, don’t think twice about it.

The first 50 comics in the original Amazing Spider-Man (1963) rivals as good of a run in any collection of books you will find within the comic hobby anywhere.

Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man #1Gives us the first appearance of the biggest thorn in Peter Parker’s side for the last 48 years or so……his boss, J. Jonah Jameson. This comic also features the first Chameleon.

Amazing Spider-Man #2The second issue has the first Tinkerer! Well that’s not the character we’re looking for now is it? No of course not, The Vulture makes his debut in the second issue. Now that’s the one we were looking for!

Amazing Spider-Man #3Features the debut of the second Spider-Man film star Dr. Octopus. And from the third Spidey Film…

Amazing Spider-Man #4We have our first look at the Sandman in this issue. So there you have the first four issues of Amazing Spider-Man with first appearances of some of the most enigmatic characters in the history of the franchise; characters that have withstood the test of time and continue to be a basic part of Spider-Man’s rogue gallery in the modern day.

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Amazing Spider-Man #5The first true test of Spider-Man and his “amazing powers” came in these pages where he faced off and first met Dr. Doom for the first time. The Spider-Man rogue gallery continues to grow in the very next issue……

Amazing Spider-Man #6The latest Spider-Man movie has Dr. Conner becoming the Lizard and this is where we first see the reptile. Although the Lizard inside of the Spider-Man comics truly represents the villain, the movie changes things up a bit and this is the first disappointment off the bat from the trailers. Same as they did in the second movie with Goblin’s metal faceplate. Very disappointing…..

Amazing Spider-Man #9Jumping to the next issue, the introduction of this character (which would be awesome to see on the big screen one day!) makes for an electrifying issue to own. If you can buy this issue within the $2400 range, buy it. It has upside all over this one. Electro makes his debut here.

Amazing Spider-Man #10The first of the “weaker” debuts falls on the 10th. The Enforcers.

Amazing Spider-Man #13Lucky 13 debuts a villain that was rumored a while back to appear in the latest Spidey film, unfortunately we didn’t get him. Mysterio would have been quite a challenge to sell to the audience with that big ole’ globe on his head, but hey we all were sold on cars turning into giant robots right?

Amazing Spider-Man #15 Kraven the Hunter makes his first appearance right here. 279 issues later though….well we’ll get to that.

Amazing Spider-Man #20Another cool villain that we all await to see on the big screen one day makes his way into Peter’s tormented life. Scorpion’s first appearance right here.

Amazing Spider-Man #25Sticking with the torment in Peter’s life (just kidding ladies!), Peter meets two women that will change his life forever. Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. One of these women does not get another date after 96 issues. More on that in a bit. This issue also debuts the robot Spider-Slayer. More on that as well later.

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Amazing Spider-Man #28The Molten Man makes his debut here. Very interesting value comparison here with the previous issue. The Molten Man doesn’t command that much attention in the collectors market does he? No he doesn’t. Take a look at that cover. That black cover is near impossible to find in a high grade. That’s the explanation to that.

Amazing Spider-Man #33This comic has absolutely no first appearances, has no death, no life changing moments. The first “classic cover” by Steve Ditko in this Amazing Spider-Man run besides the first issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #37First appearance of Norman! Norman Osborn that is.

Amazing Spider-Man #39 The iconic John Romita Sr. debuts his beautiful Spider-Man artistry right here. This Near Mint Gem comes in at only $1600. And just look at that cover! What a wonderful piece of history to own here.

Amazing Spider-Man #40The following issue features the Green Goblin’s origin. While it may cost you a few dollars more to get THIS issue, the real winner is the previous issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #41The first appearances continue onward here in this ridiculous run. Most fans were hoping to see the Rhino make it to the big screen this go around, but not this time.

Amazing Spider-Man #46Shocker’s first appearance.

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Amazing Spider-Man #50As said earlier in this article. The first 50 comics in the Amazing Spider-Man run…..unreal and rivaled to any of the biggest character names out there. This comic not only has the first appearance of Kingpin, but it’s a classic cover from John Romita Sr. The classic of all classic Spidey comics.

Amazing Spider-Man #78First appearance of the Prowler.

Amazing Spider-Man #80 The first Bronze Age Spider-Man comic. A fantastic buy at only $125.

Amazing Spider-Man #90Death finds its way into Spider-Man’s life, with more to come…..The death of Captain Stacy right here.

Amazing Spider-Man #96The famous “drug issue”. This would be the first time in comic book history that drugs were the focal point of a storyline. It’s also the first time that the “comic approved stamp” was not on the cover. It would return only to disappear for good years later.

Amazing Spider-Man #101 Before Twilight, before Anne Rice, before Blade, there was Morbius! This comic paved the way for cooler vampires.

Amazing Spider-Man #102The origin of Morbius.

Amazing Spider-Man #121Death comes knocking at Peter’s door once again. The death of Gwen Stacy. Boy did this rip Peter apart. Oh well, still has Mary Jane hanging around!

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Amazing Spider-Man #122The death of Green Goblin. No worries here though, something happens 4 issues later that fulfills that void left in your gut. Amazing Spider-Man #126 =  Harry Osborn as Green Goblin 2.

Amazing Spider-Man #124The first appearance of Man-Wolf! Awesome…..right? $120 for this comic. 

Amazing Spider-Man #125The origin of Man-Wolf. $100.

Amazing Spider-Man #129First appearance of the Punisher. At one time this comic garnered a lot of attention. A LOT! With all of the changes over the years to this great vigilante character, the demand has waned a bit. Still a comic book that should be in your collection though. If Marvel ever decides to take this character seriously to the point of epic proportions (a la’ Batman), this comic will be untouchable once again. Give Frank Castle A.K.A. the Punisher the right direction and all hell will break loose with this collector’s item once again. At $500 (NM), it’s still a nice investment, but you may have to wait a little while to see some growth.

Amazing Spider-Man #134 – And way behind the Punisher debut 5 issues earlier we come to the first appearance of Tarantula.

Amazing Spider-Man #136  – First appearance of Green Goblin 2.

Amazing Spider-Man #181An early retelling of Spider-Man’s origin. Only $30!

Amazing Spider-Man #182So with Gwen Stacy out of the picture some 61 issues ago, what better time to ask for Mary Jane’s hand in marriage? Peter’s “first” proposal.

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Amazing Spider-Man #194First appearance of the Black Cat. So Peter asks Mary Jane to marry him a few issues back and now this very hot girl in black spandex comes into the picture to make Peter have second thoughts. This stuff never happens in real life! Silly comic book stuff. What’s not so silly is the $90 price tag on here. Not too shabby! Guess that’s what Peter was saying too.

Amazing Spider-Man #195The origin of the Black Cat. Big drop off to only $25 for this issue.

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Amazing Spider-Man #238The first appearance of a major villain in sometime within the Spidey run. Hobgoblin debuts.

Amazing Spider-Man #252The entire Spider-Man history can be summed up into 4 parts. Speaking only in terms of the Spider-Man title books here, each part transcended Spidey onto a “New Level” if you will. Of course every story needs a beginning, Amazing Fantasy #15. A middle, which is this comic right here. The Debut of the Alien costume within the pages of Amazing Spider-Man would change the way Spider-Man as a character and franchise would be viewed forever. The cover says it all folks. Amazing Fantasy #15 and Amazing Spider-Man #252 will be forever linked. Yes issue #252 is THAT important. The third is issue #298, more on that in just a bit. And as for the fourth part of Spidey history, that would be Ultimate Spider Man #1, which comes much later on and we’ll get to it.

Amazing Spider-Man #259The “origin” of Mary Jane? That’s funny, don’t us “regular people/humans” all have the same origin? Okay, well here is the origin of Mary Jane.

Amazing Spider-Man #265First appearance of Silver Sable.

Amazing Spider-Man #272The first Modern Age Issue! Only $4. 

Amazing Spider-Man #294279 issues later…….Kraven’s demise right here.

Amazing Spider-Man #298 – The “third” part to the Spider-Man history, right here. Todd McFarlane made his debut on Spider-Man and changed the style of this character so much so that artist today still imitate the “look”. He brought a new look to Spidey that was never seen before as did Frank Miller with Batman, Neal Adams with Green Lantern, Walt Simonson with Thor and so on. Todd McFarlane’s first Spider-Man is well worth the money you put down on it. Oh yes and this comic features a cameo from a villain named Venom.

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Amazing Spider-Man #299First time we see Venom in costume. A “cameo” once again. Boy that cameo stuff is strange. This truly is the first time we ever see Venom and it’s not the issue that draws the big bucks, its issue 300 that does. Why? Weird.

Amazing Spider-Man #300So this is the first “FULL” Venom story. While Hobgoblin some 62 issues ago was an important vital part of Spidey’s rogue gallery, this villain named Venom is probably the most recognized villains to come out of the Spidey Universe ever. Fans get instantly excited at the mention or sight of Venom in the pages of a Spidey book. Now granted over the years Venom was in every comic book known to man, as much as Wolverine was (still is) which caused his value to drop a bit. That said, Venom’s first appearance is still a must for any Spider-Man or comic book collector.

Amazing Spider-Man #302First appearance of Wes Cassady.

Amazing Spider-Man #304First Jonathan Caesar and Black Fox.

Amazing Spider-Man #344First appearance of Cletus Kasady (Carnage)

Amazing Spider-Man #583The first time President Obama shows up in a comic. The start of absolute money grab from every comic company on the planet.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1The first appearance of the Sinister Six.

Amazing Spider-Man #30 Vol.2 First appearances by Morlun and Ezekiel. This issue is also the first from creator Michael Straczynski. Great characters, great creator and great cover!

Amazing Spider-Man #36  Vol. 2A special World Trade Center 9/11 tribute issue. A fantastic read and a very hard comic to get in Gem Mint condition due to the fact of the all black cover.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #1The first “new” Spidey series other than Amazing. That cover sure does look familiar though! (*AHEM amazing spider-man #134 AHEM*) A $50 comic with Spidey’s origin retold.

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Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #28Just as much as Frank Miller transcending Batman, he did the same for the Daredevil character. This comic provides the first time Frank Miller penciled Daredevil.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64Cloak & Dagger make their first appearance right here. Buy it.

Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #103Sometimes looking around the comic book collecting landscape, one shakes their head saying to themselves “how can that be worth only $3?” But yes, $3 will get you the first work from Peter David. Sweet.

Marvel Team-Up

Marvel Team-Up #1 – The first of a 150 issue run. These comics were awesome and fun!

Marvel Team-Up #53John Byrne’s first X-Men art.

Marvel Team-Up #65Welcome to America Captain Britain! First time we see the Captain here in the States.

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Marvel Team-Up #100First appearance of Karma, origin of Storm and Frank Miller art! All this for $6?!

Marvel Team-Up #141The “co-first appearance” of the alien costume.

Spidey Comics

Spider-Man #1 – Todd McFarlane’s Spidey #1 was mass produced to epic proportions. The entire run of 98 issues could be bought at less than $3 a piece. All but 2 that is. Spider-Man #1 – WalMart edition at about $20 and the golden prize of the run, well actually it’s the “Platinum” prize of the run is Spider-Man #1 Platinum Edition coming in at the $100 range.

Spider-Man Unlimited #8 – This little $3 comic was written by Joe Hill! Yes THE Joe Hill!! What you don’t know Joe Hill? How about Stephen King? You know that guy right? Okay well, Joe Hill is actually Joseph Hillstrom King. Oh okay, now you’re following. Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son and he writes too. This would be his first comic book work.

Ultimate Spider-Man #1There are essentially 4 tiers within the Spider-Man history universe. We discussed the previous three already. Ultimate Spider-Man brought the newest way to view Spidey. It’s another game changer. The new Spider-Man movie is basically going back to the Spidey roots with a younger Peter with a twist to his origin. Ultimate Spidey went back to Spidey’s roots too. Love it or hate it, the Ultimate Spider-Man book became the “next chapter” in the Spider-Man genre. With a ridiculous 16 different number one variant issues available, the best of the bunch goes to the White variant.

 

Invest wisely. Read Spidey.

Jay Katz

“MONSTROSIS!”

Fans! At last, “MONSTROSIS!” a Doris Danger 176-page limited edition hardcover, is available at Amazon.com for pre-order!

http://www.amazon.com/Monstrosis-Giant-Russian-Monster-Conspiracy/dp/159362235X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340250817&sr=8-1&keywords=monstrosis

By CHRIS WISNIA, featuring inks by MIKE ALLRED, HERB TRIMPE, and BILL SIENKIEWICZ, and giant monster pin-ups by NEAL ADAMS, DICK AYERS, SIMON BISLEY, BRIAN BOLLAND, NICK CARDY, GOEFREY DARROW, GUY DAVIS, LUIS DOMINGUEZ, AL FELDSTEIN, SAM GLANZMAN, MICHAEL GOLDEN, SAM KIETH, DAVID  MACK, ALEX MALEEV, MIKE PLOOG, JOHN SEVERIN, RYAN SOOK, JILL THOMPSON, GEORGE TUSKA, JH WILLIAMS III, and THOMAS YEATES!
Published by SLG!
176 Pages / hardcover / B&W / Digest-Sized 5.5″x7.5″ / Young Adult / $24.95
Release date: August 2012
ISBN-10: 159362235X
ISBN-13: 978-1593622350

Doris Danger is an ace tabloid photojournalist bent on proving the existence of giant monsters! But what do her whacky adventures hold in store for you?! In this second, epic, 176 page adventure, you will thrill to at least FOUR THINGS, including … The humongous “POOTWAH, The Former Librarian Who Inexplicably turned into a GIANT MONSTER and Reigned Havoc on His Home Town of Philadelphia!” The Monster Liberation Army! The world’s second through sixth greatest actors! World’s greatest actor Dirk Doole’s secret to success! The FBI’s notorious “freckle-hiding scheme”! “The Man From Somewhere” … unmasked! FOUR “offices of Tabloia Weekly Magazine” Dialogue Sequences! Army “G” Division Commander Luke Luggash’s “Dental Secret”… Revealed! The
abduction of Doris Danger! PLUS! Giant monsters! Russian Spies! Robots! Outer space! Rocketmobiles! Prescription binoculars! Romance! A conversation on a telephone! And at least TWO MORE THINGS!

Creator/writer/artist/hack Chris Wisnia had this to say:
“This precious, gorgeous little hardcover marks the first new Doris Danger material in print in five years.I feel my sense of humor, delivery, and art has improved dramatically, and I’m very proud of this book!”

Lastly, a personal plea from all of us here at Tabloia!If you’ve enjoyed Doris Danger’s adventures in the past, PLEASE rush out to www.amazon.com and reserve your copy right away, to insure there is enough interest in our failing comic book economy to justify the print-run!

Enjoy, and thanks for the support, fans!
Rob Oder
Editor-in-Chief
Tabloia Weekly Magazine
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Metropolis Zaps All Sales Records with $200,000 X-Men #1 Sale

Metropolis Zaps All Sales Records with $200,000 X-Men #1 Sale

A pristine copy of X-Men #1 CGC 9.6 sold in March in a private deal through Metropolis Collectibles, the world’s largest vintage comic book dealer.

“The buyer contacted me looking for something very special, an extremely high grade Marvel key. I had several different books but when he heard about the X-Men #1, he knew it was the right book for him,” said COO Vincent Zurzolo.

The comic features the origins and first appearances of the X-Men and Magneto, the teen-age team’s arch-enemy. The book has off-white to white pages, sharp corners, and near-perfect centering.

 The $200,000 sale is the most ever paid for a copy of X-Men #1 in any condition.

“I’ve always believed that X-Men #1 was due for an upward market correction like this,” said Rob Reynolds, Director of Consignments. “Silver Age Marvel keys are going like gangbusters right now and I encourage potential investors to call us right away with their want lists.”

Call 212.260.4147 or e-mail Sales Executive Frank Cwiklik at buying@metropoliscomics.com to build a world-class collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jerry Weist Collection

From H.G Wells to Frank Frazetta, The Jerry Weist Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy Art and Rare Books at Heritage Auctions
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Heritage Auctions has announced that it will hold a special catalog auction this Sept. 12, 2011, in Beverly Hills, from the estate of pioneering collector, publisher, historian, and scholar Jerry Weist, who passed away on Jan. 7 of this year. 

The science-fiction and fantasy themed artwork, rare first-edition books, movie posters, fanzines, pulp magazines, comic books, and a great many rare personal items – which Weist lovingly collected over more than 40 years with a keen eye, deep passion and dedication – represents one of the most important offerings of
its kind ever at public auction.

Included are masterpieces by Frank Frazetta, J. Allen St. John, Frank R. Paul, Wally Wood, Virgil Finlay, Alex Schomburg, Chesley Bonestell, Richard Powers, Frank Kelly Freas, and many more of the most important paintings by the top artists ever to work in the field.

The massive book selection is also incredibly deep: first editions, rarities, and inscribed copies by every major author, including H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K Dick, and complete runs from nearly every publisher – all in absolutely stunning high-grade condition.

“Over the course of the decades that he was an active collector, Weist had been in close contact with artists, writers and their estates as well as every major collector and important figure in the field, including Forrest J. Ackerman and Sam Moskowitz,” said Todd Hignite, Consignment Director for Illustration and Comic Art at Heritage, “and he was always upgrading and seeking out rarer items. As a result, virtually every desirable science-fiction title from the 20th century is represented by an incredible copy.”

This selection of art and books is rounded out by high-grade pulp magazines, comic books, 1950s science-fiction movie posters, extremely early fanzines, and many unique items that only Weist could have uncovered.

“Jerry was just an incredible collector,” said Hignite. “He constantly sought out the best examples in terms of quality, importance, and personal resonance, based on his encyclopedic knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for the history of so many areas of popular culture. His passion was all-encompassing and he wanted the
examples that collectors dream about, so not only are the books in virtually flawless condition, a huge percentage have one-of-a-kind inscriptions, drawings, and signatures.”

We are extremely honored to be entrusted with such an amazing collection,” said Jim Halperin, Co-Chairman of Heritage. “This is a hugely important event for us, not only because of the quality and importance of offerings contained, but also as an opportunity to pay tribute to a great and beloved figure in the field, and, I might add, a wonderful friend.”

The auction will be held at Heritage’s Beverly Hills offices on Sept. 12, in conjunction with the company’s Rare Books auction, Sept. 13-14.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $700 million, and 600,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.     

Want to get the up-to-the-minute updates and breaking news stories about Heritage Auctions? Get them as they happen at: www.Twitter.com/HeritageAuction; Facebook: www.HA.com/Facebook.To view a compete archive of Heritage press releases go to: HA.com/PR. To link to this press release on your blog or Website: HA.com/PR-2036.

 

Stan “The Man” Lee

I love talking to people” – Stan Lee (InvestComics Interview from Orlando’s MegaCon 2012)

Well here it is fans, the InvestComics Interview with Stan “The Man” Lee! Was I nervous? Yes. Did I look it at times? Yes. Did I mess up at times? Yes. But all of that doesn’t matter to me personally. What matters is that I spent some time with a person that I never thought I’d ever get a chance to sit down with. An Icon within the Pop Culture realm…..a Legend. It all still seems so surreal, but it happened and I will never forget it.

Although this “mini interview” took place in February of 2012 and only clocks in at 5:59, I had a real problem with the audio track, hence why you are seeing it now. So BIG warning here, I DO NOT claim that this is good audio and at times you cannot even hear what Stan says! Through trying to enhance it, drop the noise reduction, add this add that along with a slew of other technically gobbledygook that I’m still trying to figure out I finally realized that it is what it is and that’s it! Sometimes you have to just succumb to the realization that you have to just make do with what you have and hope that it comes out decent enough for some to enjoy. Yes there will be cynics out there, but that’s to be expected and honestly I really don’t care because not many ever get to have a personal mono y mono with the Legend himself.

I did not get to spend as much time as I wanted with Stan. That said, I did have to cut out a lot of the video as well as having very cool “personal time” speaking with him that did not make it into this video. So I had to salvage as much “quality” video as I possibly could. The end result equated to 3 questions. Although it may not seem like much, ANYTIME spent with a one on one with a Legend is time you will have forever. I tried to make it a bit easier with laying out the questions within the video so that no one would have to sit through “more noise” while the questions are asked and are hard to hear. Yes there is lots of noise, lots of distractions, but it was a spur of the moment setup with not much preparation to get everything lined up the way it should have been. Oh well, C’est la vie.

The 3 questions are listed below. There are two personal favorite parts within this Interview. One was at the 1:57 mark where he is quoted at the beginning of this write up. One of the few parts that can be heard clearly and concisely! The second is at the 5:25 mark. Besides my big Kool Aid smile at that moment when Stan proclaims his battle cry, take a look at the kick Stan STILL gets from doing that. That’s a passion that is not matched by many these days.

Questions:

1 – Stan, tell us about Pow Entertainment.

2 – You were the first Comic Book creator celebrity…did this happen by accident or naturally? (Fan question from Gene Hoyle)

3 – With digital comics making their way into the medium, do you think paper will ever go away?

Stan Lee can be followed on Twitter @therealstanlee

Stan Lee’s Pow Entertainment website can be found by clicking right HERE.

Stan Lee’s website can be found by clicking right HERE.

In closing; Stan Lee was both humble and gracious when I met him. He spoke to me as though he knew me for all of my childhood. Funny thing is, Stan did know me for most of my childhood. He knew many of us. I’m glad I got a chance to thank him for making me escape and believing in my favorite heroes. There is no creator out there that has the stature that Stan Lee carries. He’s a unique individual that has captivated, inspired and done so much for an industry that I am happy to be a part of.

Thank you to all the supporters out there, your positive attitudes and words carry me very far.

Jay Katz

InvestComics – CEO

 

InvestComics Hot Picks June 20 2012

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks for June 20, 2012

Happy Father’s Day to all.

As promised for months now, the InvestComics Stan “The Man” Lee Interview will be hitting you guys/gals very soon. As explained within the text that will accompany the video on InvestComics, the audio is a nightmare, but it is what it is. Some parts you will be able to hear Stan loud and clear, while in other parts you’ll be saying “wha..?” Well, the end result will never change for me personally though. I got to meet a Legend and that was enough in of itself. So I get to share some of my experience in meeting the Icon with the InvestComics fans. I hope you enjoy it.

Coming to a local comic shelf near you this week is Nightwing #10. This comic has an introduction of a new team called the Republic of Tomorrow with their leader named Paragon. Have to love the new 52 for all of the new introductions and new characters, simply awesome.

Mars Attacks #1 from IDW will be a great read. Check out the original 1988 Mars Attacks #1 from Pocket Comics by penciler and inker…..ready for this? Batman’s very own Greg Capullo!

Watchmen #1 feature’s the first appearance of this week’s Before Watchmen Comedian #1.

Warning: There is controversial material covered ahead. In no way is this meant to change or skew your views or single anyone out. It’s simply an awareness opinion. If you do not feel you can be a mature adult and feel complied in getting upset, angry or malicious then please move along. The topic below discusses the release of Astonishing X-Men #51 coming out this week. Yes a gay couple gets married (no big deal). If you are not open minded, you need to stop reading now, although it would be a tremendous step forward if you did read ahead to offer up your mature opinions in this subject matter.

Some may view this article as a soapbox rant, it is quite the opposite. Awareness is what I call it. Will this article state anything that hasn’t been said before? No. Will this article state anything that will be so profound? No. Will there be anything in this article that you are not already aware of? No. Are you aware of the new issue of Astonishing X-Men #51 coming out this Wednesday? Yes. Does it bother some of you? Probably yes, but that’s unfortunate for reasons that some of you are completely narrow sighted of which the world we live in today. And then you have fans that are actually bothering for the same reason that this writer is regarding the latest Astonishing X-Men issue…..

Here’s the things folks, Gays exist, so do African Americans, so do Asians, Hispanics, Middle Eastern, Catholics, Judaism, Muslim, Churches, Temple, etc…. Some people must get past their own horse blinder beliefs in order for this to become a better society. People are what they are. It’s reprehensible that in 2012 that we still have racism within our world against all forms of life and lifestyles. Having strong convictions for something that you believe is a right that you hold as a human being, but not at the expense of hurting or degrading others. The gay communities have their convictions too. Equal rights. How does this affect YOUR daily life exactly? The African American community fought for their rights and now America stands with the first Black President in our history. This is what America is about folks. Opportunity, Freedom and Equality. Most of society has awoken with the realization that the color of one’s skin does not mean they are less of a person or qualified for a job; it simply means we’re growing up. Awareness. So what is the difference here with what a person’s sexual orientation is?? Why is that or why would this be such a burden on YOUR life? Gay people are human being’s just like everyone else, get past it will you?!                     

There is one thing that is extremely bothersome about Astonishing X-Men #51. Cut right to the chase here, Marvel and DC are going for a money grab. The President announced recently that he supports gay marriage. Soon after we get Marvel’s gay wedding, DC’s Alan Scott and this is essentially called money grab folks. No matter how you slice it, dice it or may look at it, there is no coincidence that this occurred within the comic book community so soon after the first President in United States history announces that he is a supporter of gay marriage. No matter what party you stand for, putting politics aside, he said it.

What about bullying? Do you oppose this? Sure you do. 99% of people do not want a child or anyone for that matter to be bullied into inflicting pain onto themselves or sometimes even more drastic measures are taken. What if your kid was bullied? Not okay right? What if your kid bullied someone else? Not okay right? Now what if that kid getting bullied by YOUR kid was because he’s gay? You don’t have to think about this do you? No reason to think here, it’s wrong. If you do not believe in equal rights, your beliefs equate to this scenario and you think its okay to completely destroy a kid’s life simply because of their sexual orientation? Sounds crazy right? Big waste of time.         

Recently when the “big announcement” came out from DC that Alan Scott will be a homosexual character I immediately sent over the news to a friend of mine that is within the comic book Industry that is gay. I soon realized to myself, why did I do that? I felt a complete lack of respect toward my friend. This isn’t news, this DC exploiting the gay community to make money. Just like so many other money grabs took place in the comic book Industry with 9/11, the Afghanistan wars, war on terror, the first Black President and on and on we go. Way back in the day, war was featured in comics as a propaganda tactic as well as a tool to make fun of a madman like Hitler. In today’s comics, it’s very dark, very drama like, so very well written to the point that it leaves one wondering if one wanted to escape to read a comic book or just read the front page news. It’s done not so much for a good read these days, but more so for the “shocking content “ and trying to cash in on a lot of the hype that brings interest from the media big wigs; CNN, FOX, CNBC, CSPAN and so forth. It’s all about trying to grab the headlines these days. Who will sell more comics at the expense of a quadriplegic war veteran, a gay man or woman, the color of someone’s skin as in Spider-Man is Hispanic now! Invisible is Black! The absurdity of it all is mind boggling if you take a step back and look at the landscape of the entire industry trying to cash in. What happened to good old fashion comic books that simply did not have an agenda? Yes of course the hero vs. villain comics exist today, but the money grab is so prevalent that it’s become a sad state of exploitation.

Do we remember Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man #96 (1971)? How about Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85 (1971). Yes we all know about the race to see who would get the first drug story comic out. Marvel won that race. But the main story here is that both companies wanted to race for the same cause…..to get a message out. Years and years later in 1992 we all witnessed the coming out of the first openly gay character in Alpha Flight #106. Again, a message was being sent here. Was there some idea that Marvel wanted to cash in on this? Probably, maybe, but on the flip side, it could have hurt them too. DC got in on the awareness program in 2001 with Judd Winick’s 2 part storyline “Hate Crime” in Green Lantern #154. This 2 part story dealt with a hate crime involving a homophobic attack. 52 #7 with the gay Batwoman Kate Kane. Then recently Archie Comics jumped into the fray with Veronica #202, which introduced the first gay character into Riverdale. The modern day also brought us to Earth 2 #2 and then to….Astonishing X-Men #51. Yes there were comics in between that “delivered a message”, but these were just to name a few and make a point. You see, it wasn’t always about a money grab, well not including the last 4 comics, but we all did get the “message” when they delivered it. Or at least this person hopes so. Bottom line here… stop being afraid your whole life of things that are “not the same” to YOU. Things YOU cannot control. Accept things for what they are. Expended energy on things that simply do not warrant such hatred and time are just a waste of time spent on this short time we all have on this planet. Put that energy towards something else. If you need to tell a story about “really life”, make it so that it doesn’t look so oblivious that all you want to do is make money on it. Make a story because you feel it needs to be told, not because you need to bring “shock value” or exploit people.  Expend your energies into accepting that YOU cannot and will never change who people are. Expend that energy into making a good comic book!

Let Freedom ring!

Scroll through 3 nice covers that made the cut for Covers of the Week below.

Until next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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All Tickets are Now On Sale for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 15, 2012 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce that all tickets are now on sale at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for this year’s show, taking place September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center in downtown Baltimore.

Tickets that are now on sale include: General Admission for Saturday and Sunday, as well as Single-Day admission for both days; Stan Lee VIP Experience Tickets for Saturday only; and tickets for photo and autograph sessions with Stan Lee for Saturday only.

“Last year was our biggest year ever in terms of attendance and guest appearances,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “This year, we want to offer the opportunity for those who missed out on Stan Lee last year their chance to get in on the action early.”

With Stan Lee returning as Guest of Honor this year, tickets are sure to sell fast, so please visit baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets for more information about our VIP packages and to purchase your tickets online!

This year’s confirmed guests for the show including: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee (Saturday only!); Laura & Michael Allred (Madman, iZombie); Ken Bald (Golden Age Timely/Marvel artist); Brian Bolland (Dial H, Cover Story: The DC Comics Art of Brian Bolland); Greg Capullo (Batman, Spawn); Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows); Steve Conley (Bloop webcomic www.bloopstree.com); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre); Lar deSouza (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.); Garth Ennis (The Shadow, Hellblazer, Preacher, The Boys); Rich Faber (Roboy Red); David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman); Keith Giffen (Superman, O.M.A.C., Green Arrow); Gene Ha (Justice League); Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The ‘Nam); Cully Hamner (Action Comics); Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City); Jamal Igle (KISS, Supergirl, The Ray); J.G. Jones (Wanted, Doc Savage); Barry Kitson (Captain America, Iron Man, Fantastic Four); Joe Kubert (Before Watchmen: Nightowl); Scott Kurtz (PvPonline.com); David Mack (Kabuki); Ron Marz (Artifacts, Voodoo); Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents: Wonder Woman); Mark Morales (Avengers vs. X-Men); Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brian Pulido (Lady Death); Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin); John Romita, Jr. (Avengers Vs. X-Men); Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge); Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2: 30 Days of Night One-Shot); Walter Simonson (Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers); Ryan Sohmer (Looking For Group, Least I Could Do); Scott Snyder (Batman, Severed, Swamp Thing); Brian Stelfreeze (ICE); Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9); Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin); Billy Tucci (A Child Is Born, Shi); Matt Wagner (Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel); Mark Waid (Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredeemable); Bernie Wrightson (Frankenstein).

In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 8th.

Please take a moment to help us spread this message using the social media links embedded, reposting, or retweeting!

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com – for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com – for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com – for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com – for the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com – for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full
body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Nancy Missed Her Period In Hell

*Nancy Missed Her Period In Hell*

*Smoking Hot Image Comics title is detailing her tardiness!!*

For Immediate Release

Spain, –  June 14, 2012

*”Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”*
*-The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland*

Yes, we were so late finishing this third issue of Nancy in Hell (on Earth). But it wasn’t because we were spending the time on our yacht drinking margaritas. We are working full-time in this series, and this time there are several pages with no text that needed extra artwork on it.

I know. I’m killing Enrique Lorenzana. Every time I came up with a new, horrid idea “Hey, what if we set San Diego in fire and hordes of angels with torches. And I mean hordes!”. And Enrique pulls out his last reserves
of energy, and staggers forward the table. Comics have no budget lines and we can illustrate everything, we have effort lines.

I know I’m killing Fran Gamboa, Sergio and Carmelo, our colorist and color separators. “Hey, let’s make this scene darker but with a brighter side here. Like an Apocalypse Now scene, you know”, I say. And they sigh and
work on the tiny details of every page.

If you open the book, you’ll see the excruciating detail in every panel, “more guts, blood and sliced flesh!” than in any other book. So in issue #3 you have the Celestial Hosts fighting against twelve cons of the Death Row
leaded by Lucifer. Nancy and Pytho as allies. Tits. Guts. Chainsaws. Swords. Demons. Funny lines.

Because Nancy in Hell is a fun series. Fun for us, the ones involved in its creation, and we hope also fun for you, readers and supporters. A grindhouse movie translated to comics, but doing the things that comics can do better than any other media.

So I humbly apologize to our faithful readers for the long wait. Now you have Nancy on the shelves, so tell us if it was worth the effort.
*Read it, have fun!*

*Nancy In Hell (On Earth) #3*

Story by: El Torres

Art By: Enrique Lopez Lorenzana

Variant Cover by: Fran Gamboa

Edits by: Richard Boom

The whole world will be annihilated and consumed by Hell. And the Angels want to cut out that cancer… and that means to destroy the Earth. Nancy and Lucifer must join forces with their worst enemy, Mr. Macabre, to stop
Gabrielle… and the nuclear devices she’s ready to detonate.

Price:$3.99
Diamond ID:JAN120596
On Sale:June 20, 2012

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Exclusive CGC Signature Series Signing At San Diego Comic-Con!

More cool news coming out of the Paradise Comics camp! Check out what they sent InvestComics! Check out Paradise Comics right HERE to see more offerings! 

Exclusive CGC Signature Series Signing At San Diego Comic-Con! Organized by the Hero Initiative & Paradise Comics!

These great creators have offered to sign a limited number of comic books at an exclusive
Paradise Comics event
during The San Diego Comic-Con with proceeds raised going to the Hero Initiative

Charlie Adlard
 

Amanda Conner

Kevin Eastman

Dave Gibbons

Dan Jurgens

David Lloyd

Francis Manapul

Jimmy Palmiotti

Joe Quesada

Nicola Scott

Herb Trimpe
All submisssions must be made directly at the Hero booth (5003)
before end of the convention Friday night.
NOT ATTENDING SAN DIEGO?!?!?
No need to worry, books can be sent to
Hero Signing
Attn. Joel Elad
5694 mission Center Rd #602-444
San Diego, Ca 92108
They must be received by Friday July 6th
Prices are $38 per modern book (post 1980), which includes $10 going to the Hero Initiative.
Plus return shipping.
For books pre 1980 please email info@paradisecomics.com
for prices.
Each name after the first will be subject to a $15.00 charge
 
Each book that isn’t prepped will be subject to a $3.00 fee.
Please check the link below on how to prep your books.
CGC has a new $5 submission fee (per submission, not per book)
We will be adding more creators to this list. Please check back often
 

STAN LEE CGC SIGNATURE SERIES OPPORTUNITY

Check out this article sent to InvestComics from Paradise Comics. A rare opportunity to get a Signature Series CGC Stan Lee comic. Visit Paradise Comics right HERE to see some more fantastic offerings! 

SUBMIT YOUR BOOKS TO PARADISE COMICS BY JUNE 30TH, 2012 TO GET YOUR COMIC(S) SIGNED BY “THE MAN” HIMSELF

STAN LEE CGC SIGNATURE SERIES OPPORTUNITY


Coinciding with the 2012 San Diego Comic-con, Paradise Comics is proud to announce a private signing with Stan Lee. We are happy to offer our customers another limited opportunity to have their comics signed by comics legend Stan “the Man” Lee and graded and authenticated by Certified Guaranty Company, LLC for the prestigious Signature Series label.

Mr. Lee has agreed to sign a reasonable number of comic books for Paradise Comics. Paradise would again like to allow collectors the opportunity to include their books as part of that number.

The comic books will be signed in the presence authorized CGC witnesses and will be sent directly to CGC for Grading. The books will receive the prestigious CGC Signature Series yellow label with a notation. Comics will be returned to you in a timely manner (see CGC for turnaround times for the specific tiers).

Process:

Contact Paradise Comics directly by e-mail info@paradisecomics.com / 416-487-9807 to arrange to have your comics sent directly to:
Paradise Comics
3278 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
M4N 2L6

If you are in the US you can send them to

Paradise Comics
Care of Joel Elad
5694 mission Center Rd #602-444
San Diego, Ca 92108

Prices are determined by tier:

Modern (Post 1980) – $110.00 maximum value $200
Economy – $130.00 maximum value $300
Standard – $160.00 maximum value $1000
Express – $200.00 maximum value $3000

Walkthru – CGC fee of 3.0% of fair market value + $120.

Books that aren’t prepped will be subject to a $3.00 fee

Please check the link below on how to prep your books.

www.paradisecomics.com

+ CGC return shipping costs.

Checks should be made out to: Peter Dixon


Credit card payments will be converted to the equivalent in Canadian funds (based on the exchange rate on the day submitted) before being submitted to the credit card company for billing. May result in a card statement value slightly higher or lower than the exact US dollar total.

Please submit your comic in a Silver Age comic bag with backing board and a label affixed to the bag with your FULL NAME, COMIC BOOK TITLE & ISSUE #. Before the signing each comic will be placed in a special “window pane” mylar to allow for the signature and avoid any damage to the spine or corners.

Due to the number of books signed we cannot guarantee the color of marker or placement of signature.
ALTHOUGH WE TAKE GREAT PRECAUTIONS WITH YOUR BOOKS, ANY PREVIOUS GRADE CAN NOT BE GUARANTEED. PARADISE COMICS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO COMICS RESULTING FROM CREATORS HANDLING THE BOOKS.

 

Thanos Reigns Supreme in THANOS: THE FINAL THREAT #1 and THANOS QUEST #1

Thanos Reigns Supreme in THANOS: THE FINAL THREAT #1 and THANOS QUEST #1
– Out This September!

He’s the most talked about villain of the year,  and this fall Marvel is bringing fans everything you need to know about Thanos in Thanos: The Final Threat #1 and Thanos Quest #1! From creator Jim Starlin, Thanos: The Final Threat #1 follows the Mad Eternal as he gathers the cosmic Infinity Gems in a bid for interplanetary power! Can even the combined might of the Avengers, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and others stand up to Thanos might? But that’s not all! Jim Starlin and Ron Lim continue the son of Titan’s quest for power in Thanos Quest #1! Except this time,
he’s looking destroy half the population of the universe, and rule all he surveys! And with a cover featuring the concept art from Marvel’s The Avengers by Andy Park, no fan can miss out!

Finally – don’t miss out as Thanos deals the Avengers a mighty blow in the pages of Avengers Assemble #7 by the chart topping creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley! Thanos has his sights set on Earth, and it’s Mightiest Heroes so it will be up to the Avengers AND the Guardians of the Galaxy to band together and save the Marvel Universe! But will it be enough?

Get in on all the intergalactic action with Thanos: The Final Threat #1, Thanos Quest #1, and Avengers Assemble #7 coming to comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this September.

Need more Thanos in your read pile, but can’t want to wait until the Fall? Check out the Infinity Gauntlet TPB & Silver Surfer: Rebirth of Thanos TPB, available now at your local comic shop!

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AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #7

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by MARK BAGLEY

ON SALE SEPTEMBER 2012!

THANOS: THE FINAL THREAT #1

Written by JIM STARLIN

Art & Cover by JIM STARLIN

ON SALE SEPTEMBER 2012!

THANOS QUEST #1

Written by JIM STARLIN

Art by RON LIM

Cover by ANDY PARK

ON SALE SEPTEMBER 2012!

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

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publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide returns after 4-year absence

Below is an article from Auction Central News. This is spectacular news! Anyone growing up collecting comic books relates to the Overstreet Price Guide. Take a look at the fantastic news!
 
Written by Outside Media Source   Monday, 11 June 2012 12:52
Image courtesy Gemstone Publishing.Image courtesy Gemstone Publishing.

TIMONIUM, Md. – In response to requests from retailers and serious collectors, Gemstone Publishing will again publish an oversize, spiral-bound, limited-edition version of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This will mark the first time in four years this edition has been available. Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide#42 will feature Valiant Entertainment’s pre-eminent hero, X-O Manowar, on an all-new cover by artist Lewis LaRosa.

The hefty spiral-bound reference features only pricing and related data from The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide; no ads feature articles or other material. Prized by dealers and experienced collectors, this version of the industry “Bible” has been noted for its usefulness in daily work situations.

The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has been the definitive guide for collectors and dealers alike since 1970 and features historic annotation, as well. It is scheduled to go on sale in late August 2012 with a cover price of $45.

“Bringing a project ‘back by popular demand’ is a marketing cliché, but when true, it’s one that publishers are happy to embrace. We have consistently received requests to revive The Big, Big Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide over the last four years. Most recently at the Diamond Comic Distributors Retailer Summit prior to C2E2, in literally every group of retailers we heard from, numerous dealers asked when we were going publish it again. As it turns out, the answer is now,” said Steve Geppi, president of Gemstone Publishing.

Reintroduced with a sold-out first issue by New York Times bestselling author Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord this May, Valiant Entertainment’s X-O Manowar is at the forefront of the iconic comic publisher’s summer 2012 relaunch. A critical and commercial smash upon its May 2 debut, X-O Manowar #1 and the larger “Summer of Valiant” initiative has garnered the reborn Valiant extensive industry coverage and fan support. The sold-out success of X-O Manowar #1 will be followed by a second printing of the series’ 40-page first issue and another all-new take on a Valiant legend with Harbinger #1, which was released just this week. Bloodshot will follow in July and Archer & Armstrong will begin publication in August.

“After all the great press and fan reaction Valiant Entertainment has generated for their revival, it seemed like a natural fit to feature one of their most popular characters on the cover of Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42 for its comeback,” Geppi said.

“Partnering with Gemstone for this new edition of the guide is a confirmation that Valiant is back in a big, big way,” added Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “Valiant couldn’t be happier to help add the distinguishing touch to the return of a product as beloved by fans and retailers as Overstreet Price Guide.”

The standard editions of the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide #42 will be offered in both hardcover and softcover versions, featuring The Avengers by Joe Jusko and Catwoman by Adam Hughes, beginning Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at comic shops nationwide and then at bookstores. A fundraiser hardcover edition limited to 500 copies featuring Batman and Grendel by Matt Wagner with colorist Ryan Brown will go on sale at Comic-Con International: San Diego as well. Offered exclusively by The Hero Initiative, it will also go on sale through a small number of Hero’s affiliates on Wednesday, July 11.
Read more: http://acn.liveauctioneers.com/index.php/features/books/7463-overstreet-comic-book-price-guide-returns-after-4-year-absence#ixzz1xa0NHAJZ

Image courtesy Gemstone Publishing.

Image courtesy Gemstone Publishing.

Stephen Platt Covers “Sabretooth Reborn” in WOLVERINE #310!

Marvel is proud to present your first look at superstar artist Stephen Platt’s sketch variant cover to Wolverine #310, the explosive opener to “Sabretooth Reborn!” Sabretooth has returned, and nothing will stop him from getting revenge on Wolverine! But how could he have survived his last encounter with Logan? The blockbuster team of Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi bring the answers and high-stakes action with the return of one of Wolverine’s greatest foes in Wolverine #310, coming to comic shops everywhere, the Marvel Comics app http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop this July.
WOLVERINE #310 (MAY120718)

WOLVERINE #310 PLATT VARIANT (MAY120720)

WOLVERINE #310 PLATT SKETCH VARIANT (MAR128093)

Written by JEPH LOEB

Penciled by SIMONE BIANCHI

Variant cover by STEPHEN PLATT

Sketch Variant cover by STEPHEN PLATT

FOC – 6/11/12, On-Sale – 7/4/12
To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

 

InvestComics Hot Picks – June 13 2012

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Welcome to InvestComics Hot Picks for 6-13-12.

As comic book fans we all knew this was going to happen, although it happened in a quicker manner than initially thought. Its Amazing Fantasy #15 meets Ultimate Fallout #4. Peter Parker will meet Miles Morales this week in Spider-Men #1. What will this bring exactly? Probably some cool reading, but nothing as far as long term collecting goes. You’d have to pick up the variants if you’re looking for a collectors value at all to this meeting of the minds between Parker and Morales. There are only 2 variants (only 2? Thank goodness!) to this “historic event”. One featuring the talented Humberto Ramos while the other is a comic shop dealer variant done by another great talent Mark Bagley. Where will Miles fit into the Marvel Universe is the question that we all ask…..

As for the Spidey story, we all know it right? Way back when Stan Lee introduced us all to Spider-Man back in 1962, Stan said he was inspired by the idea of Spider-Man from the Pulp magazine The Spider. The Spider #1 from 1933 in G/VG condition on EBay has a Buy it Now price of $699. There are some comics worth having in your collection, and then there is the “inspiration” comic that began the wheels turning for one of the most iconic Superheroes of all time. Yes a nice addition indeed.

Switching gears dramatically here, there are two first appearances you can hunt for this week along with your new stack. DC’s Before Watchmen have started their arrivals upon your local shop. This week we get Silk Spectre #1. If you are one of the few that do not own the original Watchmen series, simply put you should. Forget the trade here, get the original set. Within the series, issue #2 features the first appearance of Silk Spectre.

The second of our two searches comes off of the new IDW comic this week Kiss #1 Dressed to Kill. Anyone rememberwhen that Dressed to Kill album came out? Yes showing the age here, time goes quickly! Anyway, as many of you know or may not know Kiss’ first appearance came within the pages of Howard the Duck #12. The 9.8 CGC copy on EBay right now has a Buy it Now price of $89.95. Or you can buy a “Near Mint” copy in the $40 to $50 range from some Top Rated sellers. Although the first appearance of Kiss is a decent comic to own, it’s the Marvel Comics Super Special Kiss #1 that draws blood here…..literally. For those of you who don’t already know about this comic here’s the short story. Before the comic went to print, each member in the band Paul, Gene, Peter and Ace drew blood and proceeded to mix it in within the ink. Either really gross to some or very cool. The coolness here has to be the price the CGC 9.8 is fetching on EBay. $1250.00! That’s some rich….*ahem* blood.

Batgirl #10 brings us an introduction of a new villain, while Uncanny X-Force #26 greets us to the Omegas and Image Comics Planetoid #1 looks like an interesting book to not pass up.

This was one of the lighter weeks we have had here on InvestComics Hot Picks in a while, but never fret there are always busy ones lurking ahead!

In the meantime, scroll through some beautiful artistry in the best of the best below – Covers of the Week.

See you next week. Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Mike Allred’s IT GIRL goes solo!

IT GIRL ON HER OWN

New MADMAN spin-off from Image in August

 

Mike Allred’s MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS wrapped up in 2009 with issue #17, with Madman and Adam Balm on a universe-wide tour with their band, leaving the rest of the Atomics back on Earth. This is when writer Jamie S. Rich (Spell Checkers, You Have Killed Me) started dreaming up a plan for It Girl, Luna Romy, who can take on the properties of anything she touches.

 

That dream becomes reality in August, when the first issue of IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS will be published by Image Comics. Written by Rich, drawn by Mike Norton (REVIVAL, Battlepug), with covers by MADMAN’s creator Mike Allred and colors by Laura Allred, IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS follows It Girl as she tries her hand as a solo crimefighter and adventurer.

 

But while It Girl is taking her new job seriously, learning the ropes — and pitfalls — of fighting crime on the street, her creative team gets to have all the fun.

“I got a small taste of what it was like to channel the Allred spirit when I wrote a couple of short pieces featuring Madman and Mr. Gum, and it was quite delicious,” said Rich. “That’s how I came to propose doing a spin-off as a way to keep the Snap City crew in the public eye.”

 

A meeting of the principles at K!ckstarter in 2011 solidified the plan. IT GIRL gained an artist in Norton, and a collaboration was born.

 

The first issue of IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS catches up readers on just enough of back story to throw them straight into a new adventure. Readers who have never read MADMAN and long-time fans will be equally able to enjoy the story of It Girl confronting the man who murdered her sister (don’t worry — she’s fine now) and becoming the test subject in one of Dr. Flem’s space-time experiments.

 

“The Atomics really captured a vintage spirit that we don’t see in superhero books often enough anymore,” said Rich. “I want readers to have such a good time, they’ll finish every issue wanting more of the same.”

 

Allred describes himself as “a proud papa” of Rich’s and Norton’s effort. “I’m just excited and flattered that anyone would want to take my characters and devote this kind of attention to them,” he said. “Mike Norton is rocking it on this book. He’s a dynamo. Seeing him and Jamie take It Girl and the gang on their own adventures is like I’ve raised these kids, put them through college, and now I am watching them establish their own place in the world.”

 

IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS is a full-color series, debuting on August 8 in comic book stores and digital platforms. It is available for pre-order now from the June issue of Previews. (JUN120428)

 

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

reMIND art contest! Get published in Vol. 2! Win $$!!

This month reMINDblog.com is having a pin-up contest for reMIND Volume 2! The winner will be printed and credited in the reMIND Volume 2 book and win $150.

The last time I had this contest, I was blown away with the amount of pin-up’s submitted and on top of that I was blown away with the quality of the work. Hopefully by now you’ve seen reMIND Volume 1 (the book) to see just how good the pinup section was with art from high profile artists like Sam Kieth. This Volume will be the same with some amazing new artists already in place.

Anyone can enter a pinup to get a chance at seeing it in the printed book. Plus, every pinup that I get will be added to the pin-up gallery on this site with links back to your site. (Please send a banner along with your art so I can link back to you)

Here are some of the specifics for entering: The deadline in JUNE 30th, 2012.

Page Dimensions are 7″ x 10.5″ at 300 dpi. Here is the direct link: http://www.remindblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Page_Template.jpg Please only send .jpg files. If you are chosen for the book I’ll request a full size .psd file later. Full color or Black and White (but your chances at print will probably be better with color) Digital or traditional as long as it’s TOTALLY RAD! It can be Victuals, Victuals in Robo-suit, Sonja, Lizard-man, or any of the character from reMIND. It could be ALL the characters too! Send a banner to your site along with your art so I can link back to you. Please send your pin-up to Jason@reMINDblog.com with PIN-UP SUBMISSION as the header. Must be rated PG… so I can look at it without my parents permission. Please consider the audience when creating a pinup for this site or the book. It should be for kids and adults to enjoy. I will not post anything that is inappropriate.

After the deadline has passed I will display all the pinups on this site and have an open vote to determine the top candidates. My wife and I will probably decide which one is the winner though.  I’m sure I’m missing something so leave a comment with any questions you have. The winner will be required to send a high res .PSD or .TIF file so make sure you keep your master file. $150 will be rewarded to the winner after I collect the final file for print. That’s it!

Please send this to anyone who might be interested in submitting.

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this time!!!

– Jason

InvestComics Hot Picks – June 6, 2012

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Welcome to the InvestComics Hot Picks 6-6-12. 

This week we get to really scour the back issue bins at our local shop or convention. Check it out….

Marvel’s Hulk #53 is the first on the list with 4 different comics to look for. These comics though are in no way hard to find! The new storyline brings in Alpha Flight, Machine Man, She Hulk and A-Bomb. The most nostalgic of the 4 here has to go to Machine Man’s first appearance. You can find that in 2001: A Space Odyssey #8 from 1977. Why the nostalgic label? It’s a new character Introduction written and drawn by Jack “King” Kirby. Do you need more than that? Good, because that’s all you need. Alpha Flight first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #120. John Byrne brought this team to life in their own self-titled book and Alpha Flight will continue to live on in some form for a very long time. If ever Marvel gets the guts, this team would make for a fabulous movie. She Hulk appeared in HER self titled comic as well back in 1980; The Savage She Hulk #1. While John Byrne wasn’t on the debut issue, John also had a hand in bringing THIS character to life as well! Last but not least, A-Bomb first appeared in Hulk #2 from 2008. The most loathe or loved Jeph Loeb had his paws all over this comic. And very cool cover from Ed McGuinness on this one.

DC Comics brings in new artist Miguel Sepulveda to Red Lanterns #10. Check out one of Miguel’s first professional work in Thor God Size #1.

Swamp Thing #10 re-introduces the villainous Anton Arcane to the New 52 fold. Anton originally appeared in the Swamp Thing series from 1972. Issue #1 was the cameo as issue #2 was the “full” first appearance. Never will understand the ridiculousness of cameo and full as it is related to collection standards within the resale market. The cameos are usually less sought after while the full first appearance gets all the accolades of demanding more money. The cameo essentially truly is the FIRST time we ever see a character, so why would the SECOND time we see them be worth more? Well, this is a debate for another time…….

Action Comics #10 focuses on the villain Nimrod, another of DC’s new 52 villains that will be re-introduced. Nimrod’s (silly name no?) first appearance is from 1992 in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #7.  This lovely issue is written by Alan Grant with art from Tim Sale. That’s nice stuff.

That’s it for the back issues. Should be enough to hold you over for a week no?

Marvel’s Dark Avengers #175 is being dubbed the 1st issue of a new era. With a spectacular cover from Mike Deodato that screams BUY ME! Wow if ever judging a book by its cover, right? Tron #518, actually Iron Man #518 introduces a new costume into Tony’s repertoire. With all of the recent talk on the Marvel Cosmo’s on InvestComics lately, it’s no surprise that The Mighty Thor Annual #1 wouldn’t be mentioned this week. Guest starring Silver Surfer and Galactus! And look at that cover too!

Independents will be overtaken this week by Spawn #220. Not because of the 20th anniversary tag, not because Todd McFarlane is back, not because this issue will begin the introduction of new characters, not because it will bring back some old characters, no no…..because there will be no room on the shelf for any other comics. 6 variants at last count. Ahhh….Todd always thought big.

In single issue releases this week, if there is room for them on the Independent wall. Check out Creator Owned Heroes #1 from Image. With names like Jimmy Palmiotti, Steve Niles, Justin Gray, Phil Noto and Kevin Mellon attached, this is a must check out book.

Higher Earth #1 from BOOM! Studios. Only a buck to buy! And it looks like an interesting book.

Check out some covers of the week below. 

That’s it for this week, see you soon!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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