Comic Broker Report – January 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( January )

By Topher Seal

     The Guardian of the Galaxy have a long history.  Since their first incarnation in Marvel Super-Heroes  they have appeared in many titles and stared in their own series. But when Marvel announced the production of a feature film even the most die hard Starlord fans must have been surprised.  Thankfully Marvel has a plan and it seems to center around Thanos-Marvel’s biggest, baddest cosmic despot.  We can also be thankful that the team will be based on Dan Abnett’s acclaimed series which followed the Annihilation crossover event.

     It’s time now to give those of us who collect comic books the run down on the Guardians of The Galaxy.  You may not be the only one wondering how a super tree and a talking raccoon with big guns will translate to screen but before they do look for these comics in high grade.  Some will be worth flipping for fast cash right before the film hits while others should be stored neatly in your vault.

Marvel Super-Heroes 18 & Astonishing Tales 29

The cosmic defenders first appeared here and were later reprinted in Astonishing Tales 29.  Both are selling well beyond their true value, especially Heroes 18.  I have seen internet sales over 200 for the issue in VF.  The comic will continue to generate high sales even after the film comes out but A bomb in theaters will reduce the value of both.

marvel super heroes 18   astonishing 29

Bronze Age books can be a very lucrative investment.  Some of the most renown creators worked for Marvel and on comics featuring the Guardians.  Collectors will eventually be searching for more and more GOTG appearances so I suggest you start looking now.  Also a savvy collector should remember that there were pricing and regional variants for many comics from this era.

Marvel Presents 3-12 / The Avengers 167,168,170,173,177,181 / The Defenders 26-29 / Marvel Two In One 5,61,69 / Contest of Champions 3 / Marvel Team up 86 / Giant Size Defenders 5 / Thor Annual 6 etc.

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Subsequent decades were not kind to the Guardians.  Issues from Volume 1 hold little to no value unless you own a complete set.  There are exceptions though.  There are some Mark Jeweler variants of early issues, issues 25, 50 have newsstand variants and the last five issues had low print runs making them quite rare!  And you could buy these-

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Moving on to the current team ( which the film will be based on )

Annihilation Conquest 6

I have mentioned this comic before and I say again, this comic is primed to explode!  Issue 6 of this series is basically the first appearance of the new team.

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This series ran for 25 issues.  Issue 1 is hot in high grade ( there is a 2nd print variant as well ) and the final issue features Thanos on the cover but it too has a variant worth purchasing.

guardians vol 2 1  guardians vol 2 25

As a bonus here are some truly rare and collectible GOTG comics!

These are my favorite UK Guardians of the Galaxy issues.  Good luck finding them in the states though!

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First appearances of characters known to be in the film have already seen significant value increases.

First Groot

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First Gamora

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First Starlord

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First Rocket Raccoon!

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And finally if you are as big a Groot fan as I am you can look for these books!

Hulk Weekly 23,24  Uk 1979

Where Monsters Dwell 6

Weird Wonder Tales 19  ( Look for the Mark Jeweler as well )

Hulk Annual 5

Marvel Age 83

Spider-Man Team Up Special 1 2005

Supernaturals 4 1998  ( with mask! )
-Topher

Marvel Unveils The All-New, Hotly-Anticipated Second Printing Cover to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700!

Marvel Unveils The All-New, Hotly-Anticipated Second Printing Cover to AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700! 

 AmazingSpiderMan_700_SecondPrintingIt’s the story that rocked headlines around the world – Peter Parker is no more. Long live the all-new Spider-Man! Due to overwhelming demand, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the ALL-NEW, jaw dropping second printing cover to Amazing Spider-Man #700 by superstar Humberto Ramos. That’s right, the 700th issue of the long running series is no longer available at the distributor level and if you missed Dan Slott & Humberto Ramos’ critically acclaimed story the first time around, head over to your local comic shop and reserve the Amazing Spider-Man #700 Second Printing Variant.

But don’t take our word for it – see what everyone has to say about Peter Parker’s final fight against Doctor Octopus!

“Slott will be remembered as one of the best Spider-Man writers of all time.” – Aint It Cool News

“[A]n emotional, impactful and memorable Spider-Man story.” – ComicBookResources.com

“Dan Slott has done everything in his power to remind us all why Peter Parker is the greatest super-hero in the Marvel Universe.” – Newsarama.com

“The conflict is certainly worthy of a milestone issue.” – IGN.com

Then, on January 9th,  Marvel launches Superior Spider-Man #1, an all-new ongoing series from Slott and superstar artist Ryan Stegman (Fantastic Four, Scarlet Spider)! Shipping twice-monthly, Superior Spider-Man launches a new chapter in the Marvel mythos, as Doctor Octopus strikes out on his own to be the greatest Spider-Man this world has ever known. But can he keep up the ruse? Will Spidey’s closest allies discover the fate of Peter Parker? And can this Spider-Man truly be a hero?

Don’t miss out on the story that’s taken the world by storm—Amazing Spider-Man #700 Second Printing Variant on-sale later this month at your local comic shop!

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (NOV128135)

Written by DAN SLOTT with JM DEMATTEIS & JEN VAN METER

Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS with GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & STEPHANIE BUSCEMA

Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

FOC – 1/7/13, ON SALE 1/30/13

 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 (NOV120633)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art & Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

ON SALE – 1/9/13

 

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Peter David suffers stroke

Peter David, from his Facebook profile.

Peter David, from his Facebook profile.

Comic Legend Peter David, writer of–well, just about EVERYTHING at one point or another–has suffered a stroke while on vacation in Florida.  He posted the following on his website PeterDavid.net.

I Have had a stroke

We were on vacation in Florida when I lost control of the right side of my body. I cannot see properly and I cannot move my right arm or leg. We are currently getting the extent of the damage sorted out and will report as further details become clarified.

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The site was so inundated with looks from concerned friends and fans, that it has crashed a couple of times.  The thoughts and prayers of the entire InvestComics team are with Peter and his family.

 

InvestComics Hot Picks #250

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Happy New Year everyone! 2012 was a fantastic year, let’s make 2013 even better! And to all of you a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year. Thank you to everyone that has helped out InvestComics over the past year. Your input, advice, helping hand never went unnoticed. I appreciate each and every one of you immensely. The same appreciation goes out to the ICA (InvestComics Army). Without you guys/gals there is no IC. Thank you. To a successful 2013!

Welcome to the first Hot Picks of 2013. If you’re in a reminiscing type of mood you can check out the very first 2012 Hot Picks right HERE if you like. Don’t go right now though; we have to cover what’s coming up this week first.

Marvel begins the InvestComics Hot Picks year with some darkness in their Morbius The Living Vampire (2013 2nd Series) #1 title. As previously said here in this column (Hot Picks #247), Morbius is a cool cat (Vampire actually), but the characters sustainability is suspect. Morbius getting his on ongoing title? Really? While a superb effort will be put forth, a long term series will be extremely hard to keep up. That said, Amazing Spider-Man #101 features the first appearance of Morbius and will cost you around $380. The only REAL sustainable thing regarding this issue is named Gil Kane, unless Morbius sees some screen time in his future OR the new series becomes the next Miller Wolverine, Dark Knight, etc. You get the idea.

More darkness in the literal sense accompanies the New Avengers (2012 3rd Series) #1. The cover really gives off that mysterious, ominous feel. What will these pages hold inside that warrants that cover? We shall see…..

The only thing ringing in my ears right now are the lyrics to Metallica’s song One – “Darkness imprisoning me…….” And yet another Marvel title with darkness as the theme here; Punisher Nightmare (2013) #1. Looks like a character by the name Jake Niman endures the same tragic afternoon in his life that Frank Castle experienced. Jake is a soldier in the Special Forces as Frank was a solider Viet Nam. Anyone remember The Nam #52? That was a hot issue way back in 1991, but a hot issue is in the works with this quick 5 part miniseries because of two words; Walking Dead. The writer/producer of this show will be at the helm and putting together the hottest television show right now and a character in desperate need of some resuscitation may result in a new jumpstart in the Punisher character. Don’t be caught by surprise with this one.

No letting off the throttle with the dark theme for Marvel in Red She-Hulk (2012) #61 as the solicit reads “The Last Stand of MACHINE MAN!!!” Is this bad news for Marvel’s Inspector Gadget? Check out Machine Man’s birthing place in 2001: Space Odyssey #8 (1977). A comic wherein only two credits (inker/colorist) does not include the name Jack Kirby. Nuff said.

Spider-Man fans rejoice, last week we lost Peter Parker (not for long) and this week Ultimate Spider-Man (2011 3rd Series) #19 will introduce a new Venom!

Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #5 will debut Iron Man’s new Space armor.

And rounding out Marvel this week, the latest Marvel Previews (2013) #113 will be sporting a Guardians of the Galaxy #1 cover. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months and haven’t heard, there is a new Guardians movie in the works. If you haven’t already done so (what are you waiting for???) you really really should pick up Marvel Super-Heroes! Presents: Guardians of the Galaxy #18 (1969). This of course is the first team Mars Attacks Popeyedebut. Then came the self titled comic (Guardians of the Galaxy #1 – 1990) that lasted 62 issues. Then came…etc, etc….

And the award for InvestComics’ Hot Picks strangest team-up in 2013 is…..IDW with Mars Attacks Popeye (2012 IDW) #1. We’re quite sure that someone else will step up and take this award away sooner than later, but for now, congratulations IDW!

That’s it for this week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Peter Parker Spins His Final Web in Amazing Spider-Man #700

A New Spider-Man Unveiled In Historic Issue, On Sale Now

 AmazingSpiderMan+700_Cover New York, NY—December 26th, 2012—Peter Parker is gone, long live Spider-Man! In the special, once in a life-time anniversary spectacular Amazing Spider-Man #700, on-sale today, writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos bring readers the final fight between Doctor Octopus and Spider-Man! But as Peter Parker takes his last breath, his deadliest enemy gets the ultimate revenge by assuming the identity of Spider-Man and the life that belonged to him! But just how will Doc Ock be the Superior Super Hero? What does it mean for the Marvel Universe and Earth’s Mightiest? Find out as Slott & Ramos re-invent the World’s Most Popular Super Hero like you never thought possible in Amazing Spider-Man #700! And the story doesn’t stop there! Also on sale today, fan favorite creators Chris Yost and Paco Medina bring you the Superior Spider-Man on a mission that brings his past, present and future colliding together in the must read, Avenging Spider-Man #15.1! But make sure you visit your local comic shop quickly, because Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Avenging Spider-Man #15.1 are already sold out at the distributor level—but second printings will arrive in stores on January 30th.

“This is the single most seismic shift in Spider-Man’s history—and it’s not something that will disappear any time soon,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “When Spider-Man editor Steve Wacker and writer Dan Slott came to us with this story, it was clear that this was a long SuperiorSpiderMan_01_Coverterm plan crafted with the utmost love and respect for the character. This is the kind of story that will have fans up in arms—but also coming back to the comic stores to check out each new exciting issue.”

On January 9th, Marvel launches Superior Spider-Man #1, an all-new ongoing series from Slott and superstar artist Ryan Stegman (Fantastic Four, Scarlet Spider)! Shipping twice-monthly, Superior Spider-Man launches a new chapter in the Marvel mythos, as Doctor Octopus strikes out on his own to be the greatest Spider-Man this world has ever known. But can he keep up the ruse? Will Spidey’s closest allies discover the fate of Peter Parker? And can this Spider-Man truly be a hero?

“The magic formula Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and John Romita Sr. created, which set Spider-Man apart from all the other heroes, was ‘Super Hero Meets Soap Opera.’ But every now and then, you hit a milestone like Spidey’s 700th issue, his 50th anniversary, or a line-wide relaunch like Marvel NOW!. And when ALL three of those things align so perfectly, you HAVE to go BIG!” said Slott. “Instead of just Soap Opera you go for HIGH OPERA! Spider-Man’s greatest villain! His biggest threat! Impossible odds! Life or death! And that’s Amazing Spider-Man #700”

Introduced in 1962 as part of Amazing Fantasy #15, Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man immediately captivated readers, quickly leading to the debut of the Amazing Spider-Man comic series. Since then, Spider-Man has appeared in multiple television series, movies and video games, developing AvengingSpiderMan_15_1_Coverinto one of the most beloved and recognized Super Heroes in the world. The events of Amazing Spider-Man #700 not only bring this landmark series to a conclusion, but also mark the end of Peter Parker’s tenure as the iconic Marvel Super Hero.

Don’t miss out on the story that’s taken the world by storm—Amazing Spider-Man #700 and Avenging Spider-Man #15. on-sale now at your local comic shop, the Marvel Comics app & Marvel Digital Comics Shop! There’s a new Spider-Man in town and he makes his friendly neighborhood debut today!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700

Written by DAN SLOTT with JM DEMATTEIS & JEN VAN METER

Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS with GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & STEPHANIE BUSCEMA

Cover by MR. GARCIN

ON-SALE NOW!

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #700 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (NOV128135)

Written by DAN SLOTT with JM DEMATTEIS & JEN VAN METER

Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS with GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI & STEPHANIE BUSCEMA

Cover by MR. GARCIN

FOC – 1/7/13, ON SALE 1/30/13

 

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1

Written by CHRIS YOST

Art by PACO MEDINA

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

ON-SALE NOW!

 

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (NOV128017)

Written by CHRIS YOST

Art by PACO MEDINA

Cover by PAOLO RIVERA

FOC – 1/7/13, ON SALE 1/30/13

 

SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1 (NOV120633)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art & Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

ON SALE – 1/9/13

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Newsletter – Happy Holiday’s from InvestComics

Happy Holiday’s from InvestComics

Hello Everyone,

What a year it has been! The InvestComics family would like to thank each and every one of you for making it possible that InvestComics had its biggest year ever.

Many things took place this past year. The pinnacle of the InvestComics website and a personal pinnacle has to be the interview with Stan Lee. Then, InvestComics got its first published work out with “InvestComics Presents One & Done”. All proceeds have gone to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Again on a personal note, I got out my first original written story out in Vincent Price House of Horror’s #1 from Bluewater Comics.

InvestComics is now featured on the Mancave Playbabes website and a featured article is written exclusively for the online magazine by me. Stay close to InvestComics because if you’re a creator, publisher, a newcomer, you may be picked for an interview, so be ready! Look for some very big things coming out of the Mancave Playbabes camp in the coming year.

Merchandise from InvestComics will debut in 2013, look for that as well.

InvestComics has taken to the Social Medium this year. YouTube (278 subscribers over 30,000 video views), Facebook (doubled in size 1200 Likes), LinkedIn (250 connections), Twitter (213 followers), Also on Google+, BlipTV. Once again on a personal note, InvestComics was a thought way back in the day because of the Wizard World magazine and just the other day, Wizard World started following InvestComics on Twitter. Yes, that’s cool.

Recent partnerships with great companies such as Bags Unlimited Inc. and ComicWow! and so many more to come.

With the regular FFFIC Video Comic Book Reviews every week appearing on InvestComics (awesome reviews from Sebastian and Shaun), another NEW video show will be coming up soon too call The Broker & The Artist. This show is already appearing on television in Indiana! Soon to be on the InvestComics TV website and YouTube. Stay tuned!

2012 has been a spectacular year and 2013 will be bigger. The pinnacle year for InvestComics will be this year folks, get ready!

Images from 2012 throughout this newsletter include, Miami; Myself with Mancave Playbabes Samantha and Laura – Launch Party (check out the backdrop with the InvestComics logo), Stan Lee and myself – Orlando MegaCon, InvestComics article as it appears in the Mancave Playbabes magazine and a still image from the new show “The Broker & The Artist.” with myself and Erick Marquez.

Thank you all, have a happy and safe holiday.

Jay Katz

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CEO

InvestComics Hot Picks #249 – Holiday Special

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Last year this article appeared wihin the website on InvestComics, but in a different format. This year however, you’ll be able to scroll through the plethora of images below with ease.

The images are of various sorts from many comic book companies that you may know or maybe not. Either way, doesn’t matter what label/logo is on them, just that we the fans can look and enjoy.

Thank you all that have supported InvestComics to yet another stellar, record breaking year. Be sure to sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter to get a quick rundown of what this year had to offer from InvestComics and what’s to come!  Another year in the books and what a ride this year has been.

Wishing you all a happy and safe holiday. See you next year!

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CJ Draden’s Pinocchio – Kickstarter Project

InvestComics’ long time friend and all around great creator CJ Draden has started a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign is for his beautiful Pinocchio project. Click the link right HERE to be taken to the Kickstarter page and the full story, including a video.

Please donate anything you can to make CJ’s inspiration come to life.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #248

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[scrollGallery id=207] There are certainties within the comic book collecting genre. If you do not know all of them, then here is one that you should know and if you don’t, well then you need to find another hobby. One valuable certainty is any comic book that contains the words “Jack Kirby” and “First appearance” in the same sentence. Now with that, he has been a part of a couple of clunkers, but it doesn’t matter. He’s a legend and legends that create from their mind always have the potential of something great. Yes Jack has created Kobra, Kamandi, Destroyer Duck, Machine Man and Devil Dinosaur to name a few. On the flip side, character like Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Silver Surfer have all been synonymously connected to Jack. So what’s with the clunkers you ask? Find a copy, a high grade copy and send it in to get graded. A 9.8 would command a lot more than what you paid for that comic ungraded. Besides, as said earlier it’s a first appearance created by a legend. It needs to be in your collection. Why the Jack Kirby talk at the start of this week’s article you ask? Wonder Woman (2011 4th Series) #15 will bring aboard Orion and the New Gods. The legend Jack Kirby created Orion and the New Gods in 1971’s New Gods #1. This comic does not fall under the clunker category, but does fall in-between the high status and clunker status. This is not by any means to understate or discount the importance of any of these characters, but in many ways one can calculate the importance of a character within their respective universes simply by the supply/ demand it receives. Again, thought process here only applies on the collection side of things. If one feels that OMAC plays a big part of their universe then by all means that’s great! But as far as the collector’s side of things, that’s a bit different. On EBay right now, a 9.6 graded New Gods #1 can be yours for only $445. That’s a nice chunk of change, but incomparable to the Doctor Doom or Magneto creations. That said, a New Gods #1 graded issue is a fantastic buy on any level because it’s done by one of the most iconic figures within the comic book industry ever, period.

Switching gears completely here with the arrival of Avengers Arena (2012) #2 this week we get the promise of more death! Marvel really figured a fantastic thing out here folks. With all of the nonsense going on over the last few years of killing off characters and having it essentially mean nothing these days because it’s done so frequently, Marvel has created a comic that offs characters (granted most are third rate) at a nice pace every issue. Yes it’s Marvel’s version of the Hunger Games, but who cares where the idea originated from? Characters are fighting to the death in every issue and we all have a front seat. Let’s find the birth of these characters before they find their possible early demise. And also remember, you may be getting the first appearance of the winner as well! So we have the Deathlocket (who first appeared in the Avengers Arena #1 issue) pinned against two opponents; Hazmat, who’s first appearance came in Avengers Academy #1 (2010) and Cammi; her first appearance was in Drax the Destroyer #1 (2005). InvestComics is with team Cammi. Go Cammi!

Marvel once again turns back the clock and grabs the U-Foes? Yes in Venom (2011 Marvel) #28 this week the U-Foes make their appearance. The first time they checked in was way back in 1980’s Incredible Hulk #254. Cheap book to own if you’re interested.

Marvel goes back into their vault once again this week to find Monica Rambeau roaming the pages of Captain Marvel (2012 7th Series) #8. Who is Monica you might ask? Monica came onto the scene as the “All New-All Different” Captain Marvel back in Amazing Spider-man Annual #16 (1982). The biggest difference in Monica as Captain Marvel turned out that she was African American. Ridiculous right? But didn’t we somehow go through the same absurdity recently with, this time a MAJOR FLAGSHIP character in the Marvel universe?

DC Comics offer up an all new “something” at the end of Batwoman (2011 2nd Series) #15 and also offer up an interesting titled number one issue with JSA Liberty Files The Whistling Skull (2012) #1. Both worth a look to see what’s what.

And while on topic of number one issues, check out Executive Assistant Iris (2012 Volume 3) #1 and Number 13 (2012 Dark Horse) #1 this week.

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Comic Broker Report – December 2012

The Comic Book Broker’s Report

By Topher Seal

 

It’s true that for every New Mutants 98 ( first Deadpool )   there are a hundred copies of Captain America 312, ( first appearance of the Flag-Smasher! )  Here is a bunch of comics worth mentioning if you routinely seek out long term first appearance investments. All of these books will do well in CGC 9.8.

A word on pressing, If you don’t know what the process is then the CGC market may be new to you. To get a better grade people often press a book using heat and pressure to fix spinal rolling etc.  Some view it as an underhanded practice but technically it’s not restoration so you do not have to disclose if you are selling a pressed book.  Let me know how you feel @Larfleeze 

Crossbones    359 ( cameo ) & 360 ( first appearance )

Captain America 359Captain America 360

He’s the Red Skull’s henchman who has never really been appreciated.  The character was recently cast in the upcoming Wolverine film so look for his appearances to heat up.

There is also there is a Mark Jeweler Variant for issue 359.

Harper Row  Batman Vol. 2 issue 7

Batman 7

She’s the mechanical wiz from the new Batman series and could become a major player down the road.  Hey if anyone kills the butler she might make a perfect maid.

( There are variants for this book as well as a bagged copy with a digital copy. )

Black Ant  Civil War: Choosing Sides One-Shot

Civil War: Choosing Sides

There’s no rumor supporting the idea that he will be cast in the Ant-Man film but he’s been a major player in the Marvel universe as of late and will hopefully be recognized by the masses down the road.

The New Spider-Man?

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This one is highly speculative due to the recent rumors surrounding issue 700 of The Amazing Spider-Man.  No one can agree whether Dan Slott is tweeting lies just to stir up the online community or if he really let a secret slip through.  Either way a good comic collector will simply slab the correct issues and hope for high grades.  In this case the new webhead is rumored to be the Spider-Man of 2099, Miguel O’Hara.  His first appearance is in Amazing Spider-Man 365 and his first series appearance is in the over printed Spider-Man 2099 Issue 1 but you could try to locate the 2nd Print of 2099 issue 1 which is a true rarity!

Then there’s another Miguel.  Slott never actually said Miguel O’Hara but he did refer to ability of Miguel’s eyes.  As a member of the Serpent Society he could be a replacement candidate and would surely piss off a lot of people as Mr. Slott said he book would do.

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Other key issues:  Timestorm 2099 ( Spider-Man and Miguel O’Hara meet ), Spiderman 2099 meets Spider-Man, Final Fantasy Volume 2 issue 1 ( The first appearance of Miguel Legar) and if the Spider Society is involved look for Spider-Man 508 to see gains also.

Update:  This issue with Spider-Man is a good example of how cautious one has to be when investing in comics.  While it looks like there is no truth to the rumors mentioned above one should always be careful when hoarding speculative books.

Now that we know of Doc Octopus’s master plan I can reccomend these books as well:

ASM: 594 ( first Ocotbots )  ) 600  ( blue DF variant ) and Avenging Spider-Man 8 ( first Golden Octobot )

Batcow

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There a couple of books to grade here,  Tiny Titans 17 is technically the first appearance of Batcow but the character people love was seen first in Batman Inc. Volume 2 issue 1.

If you like Bat-Animals I recommend Batman and Robin Volume 2 Issue 2, the first appearance of Damian Wayne’s dog Titus!

Batman & Robin Vol. 2 #2

Lord Gouzar Secret Avengers 22

Avengers End Times

When you find out the villain is half cyborg, half horse and his first appearance is in an Avengers book look to grade right away!

Saiko  Nightwing Vol. 2 issue 1

Nightwing 1

While the new Nightwing Series has a high print run it won’t hurt down the road when this assassin becomes more and more popular.

Vieniac

Batman Inc 0

Just check out Batman Inc. volume issue 0.  You won’t believe what you see.

Poyo

Chew

Chew continues to hammer the back issue market.  Almost every issue is seeing large price increases but recently Chew issue 8 has been highly sought after due to the first appearance of a certain cock.

Leviathan  The Batman Return One-Shot

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Batman writer Grant Morrison has said that his epic Batman run will all come together soon and with the last panel at the end of Batman Inc. issue 4 we can all start to get excited!  666!!!

There is also a 1:200 ratio sketch cover for this book!

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Amazing Spider-Man #699

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Deadpool Gets Patriotic In UNCANNY X-MEN #1 53 STATE BIRDS VARIANT!

Marvel NOW! brings readers Deadpool, the most patriotic and educational new comic book series of the century! Providing readers with a completely (not) 100% accurate depiction of American history, the most famous presidents and their very real modern day exploits as zombies, there’s no X-Man more perfect than Deadpool for the most American variant cover of all. Marvel is pleased to unveil the Uncanny X-Men #1 53 State Birds Variant, by superstar artist Stuart Immonen, bringing all 52 state (and territories) birds (+1)* to life on one cover. That’s like 52 (+1)*  state variants for the price of one! Calling all bird watchers, this one of a kind variant featuring all of America’s greatest feathered patrons is a must have for any fan!

“Ornithology is one of America’s greatest past times,” mentioned Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “With Inauguration day and Spring just around the corner – we could think of no better way than to celebrate our history with a beaked representative from every state including Puerto Rico and then some!”

This February, Cyclops is back in full force in Uncanny X-Men #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from the blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Chris Bachalo! In the wake of the Phoenix, the world has changed and is torn on exactly what Cyclops and his team of X-Men are – visionary revolutionaries or dangerous terrorists? Whatever the truth, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are out in the world gathering up new mutants and redefining the name Uncanny X-Men.

“Retailers will have the unique opportunity to collect all the various birds of the United States on one cover,” explained Marvel SVP of Sales, David Gabriel. “No need to worry about purchasing individual covers to get all 53 beautiful birds. One cover. 53! Birds!”

So what are you waiting for? Put on your red, white & blues while pulling out those binoculars and reserve the Uncanny X-Men #1 53 State Birds Variant at your local comic shop today! 

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (DEC120608)

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 53 STATE BIRDS VARIANT (OCT128212)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS

Art & Cover by CHRIS BACHALO

Variant Cover by STUART IMMONEN

FOC – 1/21/13, ON SALE – 2/13/13 

* (+1) America’s great symbol of freedom, the Bald Eagle 

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As DC puts things together, well we should say as the Joker puts things together in his final masterful plan in Batman (2011 2nd Series) #15 Marvel is putting together their Marvel NOW! Universe plans.

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Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #4 features, yet again, just like last issue the debut of a new armor. A bit of overkill right out of the gate here don’t you think? It’s one thing to introduce new villains or heroes, but a new design in back to back issues? Speaking of new happenings, it looks as though Fantastic Four (2012 4th Series) #2 will be doing just that, so keep an eye out on this issue. Fun times will ensue in the brand new number one issue of Avengers Arena (2012) #1. In this unique book we get a mix of Hunger Games/UFC/Survivor all rolled up into one. The basic premise is to stick a bunch of third rate characters into one book and let them fight to the death in a survivor type setting. Fun! Two mentions in the solicit of who will be appearing; besides looking at the cover are the Runaways and Darkhawk. If you’re curious to find the birth of this character and team before their ultimate demise(?) you can look for both in their self titled books. Darkhawk #1 from 1991 and the Runaways #1 from 2003. The winner here goes to the Runaways number one issue simply because A: you won’t find it in the 25 cent box at your local comic shop and B: it’s written by stellar writer Brian K Vaughan. Not that Danny Fingeroth of Darkhawk is by ANY means less of a writer, but it’s a weaker character that hasn’t really caught on throughout its tenure. The Runaways have more staying power. One character we can all agree on that HAD, HAD staying power, but was abused by the Marvel powers that be WAS Cable. A collector back in the 90’s thought they won Willy’s Golden ticket if they possessed a New Mutants #87. This comic was as Hot as Hot can get at one time. Then the bottom fell out in the 90’s, then the so called collector realized that the New Mutants #87 they owned wasn’t as rare or being sought after as they thought. This coupled with the over usage of the character has killed any momentum it ever had. One thing actually three things will save this character from falling into the proverbial abyss. One; get a good storyline around this character and make him relevant again (do not overexpose him!). Two; an appearance on the big screen with a bad ass edge to him will do wonders. As staying power goes, all the same applies here for the X-Force team as said about Cable. Yes the new Cable and X-Force (2012) #1 will be an instant sellout as the second prints will come quickly, but the sustainability will be one to keep an eye on with this series.

A story that seems to be picking up a lot of steam heading towards its milestone 700th issue is the Amazing Spider-Man series. This week with the release of Amazing Spider-Man (1998 2nd Series) #699.1 we get a glimpse at the new Morbius the Living Vampire regular series coming out next month. Really? A Morbius regular ongoing? Cashing in on the Twilight craze a bit maybe? Who knows, it’ll probably be a decent comic that’ll last a year or so. Look for Amazing Spider-Man #101 (1971) for the first appearance of our favorite demented Vampire. Starting bid is around $380. The point one issue sports a nice cover from Stefano Caselli, as the Amazing #101 issue sports a classic cover from Gil Kane.

A few number one issues to definitely check out this week are Hollows (2012 IDW) #1, Change (2012 Image) #1 and James O’ Barr’s return to the Crow in Crow Skinning The Wolves (2012 IDW) #1 without a doubt needs to be on your checklist. Crow’s first appearance is in Caliber Press Presents #1 (1989). A graded CGC 9.6 can be in tour hands for about $60. Not bad at all.

That’s it for this week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

InvestComics

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IMAGE offers working-stiff exorcisms with REPOSSESSED

FIGHTING YOUR INNER DEMONS IN REPOSSESSED

Exorcism is a blue-collar job in new Image Comics mini-series

A plague of demons getting you down? Has a loved one started gibbering in the inscrutable language of Hell? Not to worry—there are people trained to cast out those spirits! In January 2013, Image Comics will introduce you to the Dee Agency and three of its tough-as-demon-claws agents in REPOSSESSED, a raucous new mini-series by JM Ringuet(TRANSHUMAN). No-nonsense Joe, swaggering Clay, and whip-smart Martha are the best repo team at Dee Agency. Their demon-vanquishing gear consists of big guns, bigger grimoires, and a good supply of silver bullets and saints’ teeth—and they know how to use them! (Though Clay does tend to be heavy on the bombastic combat talk). They’ll need all of their skills to complete a seemingly easy mission to repossess a rich girl who has run away to Las Vegas—because this is one case of something that happens in Vegas not staying in Vegas. REPOSSESSED is a supernatural action-fest, with the wryness of Hellboy and the badass attitude of classic Grindhouse films—exactly what Ringuet wanted to create. “What I wanted to do was to create a packed fun action thrill-ride, something that would feel like barreling down a highway in a muscle car with loud rock music blasting from the radio and a bunch of friends laughing in the backseat,” said Ringuet, who both writes and illustrates REPOSSESSED. “I wanted to make it explosive, surprising, funny, with something new on every page.” The first issue of this Dodge Charger (with a sweet flame paint job) of a comic is due in stores on January 9. Pre-order it at your local comics store from the November issue of Previews now, and save yourself the race down the interstate to snag the last issue on the shelves!

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New Superman: Man of Steel Movie Poster

Making the rounds is a new Superman Man of Steel Poster. Supes with the cuffs on! He’s not looking so “Apple pie” here is he? Take a look at the poster below.

So what are your thoughts? Too dark? Too grim? About time? Finally a real Superman story? This is silly? Please share your thoughts.

The movie is set for a June 2013 release.

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Avengers (2012 5th Series) #1 from Marvel NOW! is so secret that the solicit for the issue says “Classified.” One thing we know is NOT classified is the first appearance of this team in Avengers #1 (1963), brought to you by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee of course. A graded CGC 9.4 sold for $185,000 recently. Only one grade higher than this out there and that’s a 9.6. The Avengers are a big draw/sell right now. Look for this comic to continue its upward climb with no limit in sight. 500K very soon is not that far off of the realm here folks.

Continuing with Marvel NOW! and their re-launch titles we get Thunderbolts (2012 2nd Series) #1. The original title debuted in 1997 with Busiek and Bagley at the helm. It was and still is a very popular series. The 1997 number one issue can be bought at a very affordable price these days. So much so that you may be able to find it at your local comic shop or convention in the dollar bins.

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As mentioned in previous InvestComics Hot Picks, the best part of the re-launch titles is that we get to see/read about new heroes, villains, status quo, new directions and so much more. Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #3 however we get to check out the newest Stealth Armor in Tony’s repertoire. It’s so bad ass that Marvel says “it’s the most subtle Iron Man Armor of all time!” Looking forward to this!

DC Comics debuts a new number one issue into their restart world, New 52, with Human Bomb (2012 DC) #1. Human Bomb debuted in Police Comics #1 from 1941. A graded CGC 8.0 sold for $7,000 in recent months with only 1 9.4 graded copy sitting out there. Only a total of 25 of these comics have been graded to date. The issue not only features the first appearance of Human Bomb, but also Plastic Man and Phantom Lady.

Earth 2 (2012 DC) #7 figures into the equation with revelations of who the new Hawkgirl is within the new 52 Universe. Where there is girl there is man. The Brave and the Bold #34 (1961) was Hawkgirl’s debut as well as Hawkman. Both of these characters need an “Aquaman/Geoff Johns” treatment because they are simply put, lame. As cool as one may make them look at times, they never seem to catch on the right way. A 9.0 CGC Graded of this comic sold for only $3,000? Yes exactly, lame character(s) equals lower cost. There are 9 graded at the 9.0 mark with 6 more at the 9.4 mark. The TRUE mark on this book however is that the late great Joe Kubert is all over it!

Finally this week, check out Image Comics’ I Love Trouble (2012 Image) #1. Looks like fun.

More Hot Picks & Hot Chicks coming soon stay tuned! Videos from New York Comic Con 2012 are also coming as well!

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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