InvestComics Hot Picks #313 – with NEW MegaCon 2014 Video

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 4/2/14

The InvestComics Hot Picks are back! Although a very short version this week, I’ll be more on track in the coming weeks. I’m working on a HUGE InvestComics Hot Picks Special. You’re going to love it!

Last weekend InvestComics was at the Orlando MegaCon 2014. That show keeps getting bigger and more awesome every year! Special thanks to Beth and Christine for allowing InvestComics to cover their event for the fourth year straight! Thank you!

I put together the short video below that features random video clips and images of the show. The InvestComics Facebook page and Instagram was packed full of live coverage from the show. If you are not on board yet following us on all of the social media listed above, you really should get crackin’! Lots of cool stuff going on there, including comic book giveaways!

Enjoy the video!

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There are a total of 11 number ones featured on the Hot Picks. There is not another number available this week here. All number ones!

The one(s) to look out for? Inhuman (2014 Marvel) #1 should be right up there on top of your list. There are 6 covers that accompany the release of this book. Marvel is very high on calling this the next phase of their comic book universe. Yes we’ve all heard it before, but this looks special for some reason. ……..Although, I’m not quite sold on the $75 variant, too much on something that is simply a startup of a new universe for Marvel. If Marvel gives up on the direction then you lose on that expensive variant. If they don’t and it’s a hit, well you’re a big risk taker speculator that deserves kudos.

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Everything Guardians of the Galaxy is a very big deal these days. This Wednesday we get a brand new Guardians book that is a prelude to the movie; Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude (2014) #1. I said it before like I have said on here about 50 times. The Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be the make or break going forward for Marvel Studios. If the movie doesn’t fair as well as they are counting on, things will slow down on the Marvel gravy train moving forward. Guardians MUST do well in order to carry the momentum for Marvel to do what they need to do as far as the Cosmic universe and their other movies. This movie is very important people, pay attention.

Two of the most overused characters in recent times will come together in one comic to kick each other asses. Check out Deadpool vs Carnage (2014) #1. Not so much for the spec here, just flat out fun. Same hold true for the new What If? Book; What If Age of Ultron (2014) #1. What if? comics have always been great reads.

DC likes the resurgence of their water man hero Aquaman. So much so that their going with a new number one with him. Check out Aquaman and The Others (2014) #1. Yes Aquaman is cool again, but he won’t be in a few years again when no one cares about him again. Unless a part in a movie? Aquaman and Namor await their turn, but it will probably be Marvel Studios who attacks the sea first and begins that universe someday. That’s unless Guardians tanks, scratch that off the list.

Three number one Image Comics coming this week and we all know how well number one Image Comics do in this market. Field (2014 Image) #1, Shotgun Wedding (2014) #1, and 68 Rule of War (2014) #1.

Caliban (2014 Avatar) #1 from writer Garth Ennis will be one to keep an eye on. Boom Studios Dead Letters (2014) #1 and from Dark Horse Comics; Itty Bitty Hellboy (2014) 1 For $1.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to share the InvestComics MegaCon 2014 video!

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See you soon. Invest wisely.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

Comic Broker Report – March 2014 (Updated)

There is nothing I can say today that will take me away from watching Season one of True Detective in one sitting.  You should be doing the same, right after you read this though!

 

Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos 27 ( First Eric Koenig )

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So Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. still has not sparked the interest as I had hoped it would.  Uninteresting characters ( not including Bill Paxton ) will do that but when Patton Oswalt was announced as reformed Nazi Shield Agent Eric Koenig, I started to smile.  The ranks of shield could start filling up with some wonderful characters from Marvel’s past but unless the clairvoyant is M.O.D.O.K. I sill won’t be pleased.

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Rumors of the Psychotic Captain America, William Burnside appearing as the villain in Captain America 3 have been a hot topic this week.  Early  reviews of The Winter Soldier have been overwhelmingly positive and Marvel has already started chirping about the third film in the franchise.  So who is William Burnside?

The general consensus is that he first appears here although he may have appeared earlier in  All Select 9 ( unconfirmed ).  Burnside is an interesting idea for a film antagonist.  He’s a man so obsessed with Steve Rogers he tries to become him!  It’s also possible he could appear in film as The Grand Director.

Captain America 231 ( First Burnside as The Grand Director )

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Captain America vol 5.  4, 7 ( 2006 )

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These I like because of Brubaker, a man who will go down as the most influential Cap writer of the last 20 years.  Though Burnside is only shown via flashback in 7 they could be key down the road.  Considering the current importance of Issue 6, 6b,1 and the,14 reprint- I would buy now and hold.  Cap 153-155 are a good Bronze Age bet too!

Amazing Spider-Man 359, 360

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Collectors and buyers love them some ASM 361 and the 361 2nd print but Carnage’s roots can be traced back to issue 354.  These issues remain key to the development of the character despite their awful covers.  Also the cover to issue 361 is published first in issue 359.

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Arrow continues to surprise viewer with excellent episodes.   Bodyguard to Oliver Queen John Diggle is the best example of this.  He has become so popular that Jeff Lemire introduced him into the mainstream DCU in this issue:

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but he actually appeared a little earlier in this 1:5 variant, out of continuity comic:

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Note: There regular cover for this series is a photo cover.

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Ellen Page is going to star in Rucks’s Queen and Country.  I have mentioned Queen & Country 1 & the FCBD issue when the property was first optioned by Fox.  Don’t sleep on this issue though.  It features a very Early appearance of Tara Chace and one of her only appearances outside of Queen & Country.  The Powers appearances and cover don’t hurt either now that it too has been optioned by Sony for the Ps4.

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Action Comics 835 ( first in Continuity Livewire ),  Superman Adventures 5  

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Here’s some major speculation for you.  Much like Squirrel Girl, I love oddball first appearances of cool characters that could see increases in value down the road.  Livewire represents what I love most about comics and selling them for profit.  The key appearances of Livewire are cheap.  They are a safe bet and if you buy them you will probably want to hang on to them whether the market on them changes or not.

The Clone Wars 1 ( First Ahsoka Tano )

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With Disney and Marvel taking over from Dark Horse a new era for Star Wars Begins.  Over the last 20 years there hasn’t been much to rave about in the way of new characters though.   Tano is one great exception.  Grab her first appearance now especially if your a fan of a universe experiencing a major shift in structure.

Note: There is a variant for this limited to 1000 copies.

 

-Topher

@Larfleeze

 

UPDATE:  Are the Hunters the next big problem for Rick and company on AMC’s The Walking Dead?  Seeing how appearances of supporting characters are lighting up Ebay, issues 61-66 ( Fear the Hunters ) will be even harder to acquire if this rumor proves to be true.  61 and 63 are already key books thanks to the first appearance of Chew.

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Nova 19 ( First Appearance Marcus Daniels, Blackout )

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Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to add villains!  I just hope Blackout doesn’t wear his original costume!

The Inhuman 11

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Korath the Pursuer is coming to the GOTG film.  Yay.

I’m not sure if this movie can handle any more characters but in this case the 35 cent price variant is the one to track down!

 

 

 

 

 

Top 200 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during EARLY MARCH 2014

Top 200 Hottest Comic Titles and recent Back Issues during EARLY MARCH 2014

Bi-weekly column and list compiled by comics historian Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com – hoknes@hotmail.com

This chart is styled like the old classic Wizard Magazine Top 10 Hottest Comic charts that were published every month in the 1990′s.

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This list is updated every 2 weeks.  This list is compiled from my non-stop research of the current market.   I believe these were the most demand and growing in value books this month.     This list focuses on all regular edition covers.  (Variants are not listed otherwise they would likely dominate the entire list due to instant high prices and calculated small print runs).   If you think I have missed any hot MODERN titles/issues please let me know.  Here are my picks of what I believe are the hottest comics at this very moment from all sold out releases of MODERN comics online based on back issue sales ABOVE cover price.

Note these are all the “hot” recent sold comics that your comic shops will not have still on the shelf for cover price.  However many speculators will hunt their local comic shops looking for that “hot” book that is still on the shelf – sometimes you find them!

This market report is based on very current constant online sales.  Number of sales online above cover and the amount above cover price are the criteria I use for ranking books highest on the list.

MARKET REPORT:

#1 MANIFEST DESTINY (IMAGE 2013) The most popular back issue series by far with #1 issues selling around $9.00.   In the last two weeks prices of sets have almost doubled with sets of #1-4 first prints selling up to $70.00

#2 DC STEAMPUNK 1:25 VARIANT EDITIONS (DC FEB 2014) Many of DC’s main core titles had a 1:25 variant ratio with a steampunk theme and #28 issues of Batman, Wonder Woman, Justice League Dark, Batgirl, Detective, Nightwing and Harley Quinn #3 all were selling at record prices due to extra high demand as high as $50.00 each.  Wonder Woman #28 was the hottest hitting a high of $85.00

#3 DREDD UNDERBELLY (TITAN 2014) One-shot based on new movie was underprinted and overlooked by most retailers and prices hit $16.00 the week of release in January 2014 but continued to be hot after a month reaching a high of $50.00

#4 AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 (ARCHIE 2013) 4 regular covers and 52 variant exclusive store covers made this the hottest new comic released recently and many sales as high as 3x guide for certain covers sold individually.  Rumour of a new movie based on this series helps keep the demand high.    Sales up to $20.00 for #1 or $50.00 for a set of the 4 covers of #1.  #2 now sells for $10.00

#5 BATMAN #1-9 – Most issues from #3-9 sell averaging $20-$30 each and #1 sells for up to $60.00.  Complete sets of #1-10 bring $150.00.  Batman is the #1 selling regular monthly comic book these days and it is the most valuable “complete set” of all current titles.

#6 THE STRAIN (Dark Horse) 12 issue mini-series becomes due to potential TV series.  This book has been hot off an on for a year now and latest prices have pushed it up to $60.00 for #1 based on new TV show talk.

128 Strain 1 $1.00 Dark Horse 16023 2011 12
191 Strain 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 7650 2012 1
228 Strain 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 7384 2012 2
220 Strain 4 $3.50 Dark Horse 6767 2012 3
236 Strain 5 $3.50 Dark Horse 6054 2012 6
262 Strain 6 $3.50 Dark Horse 5742 2012 7
300 Strain 7 $3.50 Dark Horse 5376 2012 8
289 Strain 8 $3.50 Dark Horse 4977 2012 9

#7 THE WALKING DEAD (Image) #53 is super hot with the introduction of another comic character into the TV series.  #108 1st app Ezekiel and #110 origin and battle of Ezekiel with Michonne.  All back issues #1-110 are sold out and bring above cover prices.  #92 and #93 extremely hot at  $30.00 each.   Retailers upped their orders yet again starting with #109 onwards after the sellout of #108.  This is the highest print runs have ever been (not counting #100).

30 Walking Dead 99 $2.99 Image 55710 2012 6
264 Walking Dead 99 $2.99 Image 6472 2012 8
1 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 335082 2012 7
117 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 21987 2012 8
70 Walking Dead 100 Chromium Ed. $9.99 Image 30969 2012 7
31 Walking Dead 101 $2.99 Image 51732 2012 8
24 Walking Dead 102 $2.99 Image 53337 2012 9
9 Walking Dead 103 $2.99 Image 74378 2012 10
35 Walking Dead 104 $2.99 Image 57456 2012 11
28 Walking Dead 105 $2.99 Image 57781 2012 12
19, Walking Dead106, $2.99, Image, 70,526
19, Walking Dead107, $2.99, Image, 63,575
21, Walking Dead108, $2.99, Image, 67,423
8, Walking Dead109, $2.99, Image, 90,362
13, Walking Dead110, $2.99, Image, 76,455
13, Walking Dead111, $2.99, Image, 74,857

#8 CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 and #14 (MARVEL 2006) #6 1st full app of Winter Soldier to star in the new Captain America movie has interest high hitting a peak of $30.00 plus there is a variant cover as well.  #14 features a classic cover and the origin of Winter Soldier and hit a high of $50.00.  The real 1st app is in the common issue #1.

#9 SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL (DC 1992) #17 first cameo appearance of Doomsday who eventually killed Superman a month later.   This issue had much smaller print run than the hyped up Superman issues once Superman died.  Two printings exist and many charging more for the 2nd printing.  In past month sales jumped as high as $50.00 and $100.00 for the 2nd printing raw.

#10 SUICIDE SQUAD (DC 2011) New ongoing series features Harley Quinn including some new origin issues.  All early issues sold out and sets selling quite high.  #1,6,7 are major key issues selling up to $30.00 each.

#11 BUNKER (ONI 2014)  Reports of a TV show in the works before #1 was even released made this a hot sellout instantly with sales for the regular cover and the 1:10 hitting record sales within days of release.    Highest sales so far are $15.00 for regular cover and $19.00 for variant cover.    Many retailers were able to sell their copies instantly marked up.

#12 MERCENARY SEA (IMAGE 2014) #1 came out in Feb – it was one of 4 hot speculator books the same week but it wasnt hot until after a few days and then caught fire at up to $15.00 a copy within a week of release and immediately went to a 2nd printing.

#13 X-FILES CONSPIRACY (IDW 2014) There are a few series and the rarer 1:25 ratio variants are super hot selling between $25 and $60 each.

#14 SHELTERED #1 (IMAGE 2013) Series reported in Jan 2014 to be a new TV series saw new interest with #1′s selling constantly at $10.00

#15 SEX CRIMINALS (IMAGE 2013) #1 has 6 printings all sold out and all early issues sold out and commanding higher prices.  4th printing of #1 had a very small print run and a fun photo cover which had high demand and prices hit $20.00 immediately.

#16 DEVIL’S HOPYARD #1 (ARRDEN 2014) New small print #1 sold out instantly sales up to $15.00 within 3 days of release.

#17 BLACK SCIENCE (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales up to $9.00 per each of the 2 regular covers.  #2 sold out instantly from Diamond and stores appeared to be shorted everywhere and copies hit up to $25.00 each immediately for the 2 covers.

#18 DMZ (DC 2006) #1-72.   DC Vertigo series from creator Brian Wood is reported in early Feb 2014 coming to SyFy channel. With the announcement of Sandman movie, and the iZombie TV show and now DMZ. Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, both of whom previously collaborated on “Mad Men” for AMC, are set to produce.   Copies of #1 hit a high of $40.00 in early Feb 2014.

#19 MIGHTY AVENGERS #3 VARIANT (MARVEL 2013)  This variant cover featuring rapper Eminem has been super hot and brought up to $100.00 for this 1:25 ratio variant which has stayed hot after months.

#20 SCATTERBRAIN #1-4 (2006)  This small indie mini-series from 8 years ago features the first appearance of The Devil’s Hopyard and a complete set sold for $30.00 soon after the release of Devils Hopyard.
#21 HOUSE OF MYSTERY ANNUAL #1 (DC VERTIGO 2009)    This DC classic title was brought back as a halloween annual and featured the first appearance of IZombie.   Print run was much smaller on this high cover price book.  High sale of $80.00 for this one recently.

164, House of Mystery Halloween Annual, 1, $4.99, DC, 11,127

#22 ALIAS #1 (MARVEL MAX 2002) Decade old series announced to be turned into a new TV series drove demand up quickly with prices hitting $34.00 for #1.  Not to be confused with a different TV show from last decade with the same title.  Demand for the character also brought renewed interest for the Spider-man series Pulse featuring Alias but prices have not yet gone up.

#23 IZOMBIE (DC VERTIGO 2009) #1-28  Series became hot in early November when news of a tv/movie show was potentially in the worls and all related issues have become hot sellers.   #1 frequently selling for $20.00 each.    The series lasted 28 issues and sales had dropped down to 7500 copies by the last issue #28.

60, Izombie1, $1.00, DC, 33,025

107, Izombie2, $2.99, DC, 18,620

237, Izombie28, $2.99, DC, 7,507

#24 PREACHER (DC 1995)  Once the hottest back issue almost 20 years ago and word of a new tv/movie in the works saw back issues reach for highest prices ever for #1.  A raw copy hit $385.00 on Nov 24th 2013.
#25 SANDMAN (DC VERTIGO 1989) #1 – Reports of a movie caused new interest in this key DC 80′s book so we are sneaking it on the chart.    Sales over $100.00 in late Dec 2013.

#26 PRETTY DEADLY (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales sporadic up to $6.00.     Many sales reports of #2 and #3 for above cover as high as $8.00 each.

#27 SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL #18 (DC 1992) The first full appearance of Doomsday who would kill Superman in the same storyline a month later.   Rumours of Doomsday being in the next Superman movie has helped drive a ton of interest in his early appearances.  Sales up to $30.00 for this one.  There are 5 printings and the 5th printing is the rarest with the highest asked prices online.

#28 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (MARVEL 2013) New ongoing series – new movie in the works for next year.  Early issues #0.1, 1, 2 had very high print runs and then retailers pulled back.  Issues #3 and #4 instantly sold out and both have 2nd printings.    Sets now all sell above cover.

#29 WWE ONGOING (2014) New ongoing series based on World Wrestling federation sports characters.  #1 had 4 regular covers which now sell for up to $50.00 for a set of 5 including the Undertaker variant.  Undertaker was very popular bringing at least $15.00 on its own.

#30 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel 2008) Entire run is super hot due to interest in upcoming movie.  #1 hit high of $75 a month ago and now settled closer to $25 however all non-key issues bring anywhere from $5 to $15 each.
#31 BATMAN ADVENTURES (DC 1992) 1st app of cartoon version of Harley Quinn – super hot 1990′s DC issue all year long.

#32 BATMAN: MAD LOVE (DC 1994) Early app of Harley Quinn – hot like all 90′s Harley appearances.

#33 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS (DC 2009)  Harley Quinn is super hot and demand is strong for this older title.
#34 HARLEY QUINN #1-38 (DC 2000) Harley Quinn is the hottest character currently from the last 20 years and seems almost any appearance of the character is up in value and demand this year.  First and last year bringing the most interest.
#35 FUTURAMA (BONGO 2000) #1 and #2 lead the pack with sales of $25.00 or higher for these TV show inspired series which is still running after 14 years and 70 issues.
#36 THE WAKE (DC VERTIGO 2013) Each issue has been reprinted finally driving up prices after 2 months out on #1.  Currently at $8.00 for #1 1st prints.
#37 CAPTAIN MARVEL (MARVEL 2013) #17 Final issue features a cameo at the end of the new muslim Ms Marvel who gets her own new series next year.   Sold out quick and went to 2nd printing.  Copies so far up to $8.00

#38 BATMAN INCORPORATED (DC) #8   Death of Robin hit about $13 now settled at $9.99

29, Batman Incorporated8, $2.99, DC, 55,414

69, Batman Incorporated8, 2nd printing $2.99, DC, 34,679

#39 BATMAN 66 #1 (DC 2013) Print run was moderate but not large based on the TV series from 47 years earlier.  Hit a high of $6.00

33 Batman 66 1 $3.99 DC 50,430

#40 A VOICE IN THE DARK (Kickstarter Edition) This early original printing came out before Image Comics put out the official series.  Copies hit a high of $60.00 on Nov 24th 2013.   Regular Image edition has sold out but not yet risen.

#41 LEGENDS #3 (DC 1986)  Common 80′s mini-series with 1st app of Modern Suicide Squad which is getting media attention, not only in the Arrow TV series, but a stand alone script that hit the internet.  Prices hit up to $15.00 for this 60 cent book.

#42 AMERICAN VAMPIRE (DC VERTIGO 2010) #1   New series helped boost interest in earlier series. Sales recently of $25.00 for #1.

#43 DAY MEN #1 (BOOM 2013) New ongoing series – #1 sold out instantly – kept rising during early August and then new movie news and the world went nuts for this book.  I received long distance calls for this book and so did other local comic shops as people wanted to buy this book in major multiples.  Hit a high of $20.00 and then online got flooded with too many copies and prices settled now at $9.00.
#44 RED STAR (IMAGE 2000)  Older series with recent news of potential TV show in the works shot prices up as high as $20.00 for #1 in early Feb 2014.

#45 HONEY WEST & THE CAT (2013)  A 2 issue mini-series combining 2 different classic 1960′s TV show characters into one mystery tale.  The series shipped 6 months late but came out and the #2 photo cover was in hot demand as stores ordered very few copies.  In fact #2 was split between 2 covers with a print run of only 600 copies each.  Photo cover was extra popular selling up to $15.00 immediately.

#46 BAD ASS (DYNAMITE 2014) #1 has sold for $5.00 but the 1:10 variant features a homage to the 1st app of Deadpool in New Mutants #98 and is very popular at $23.00

#47 CRYPTOZOIC MAN #1 (IDW 2013) At first the title did not even sell out but eventually did and then went to a 2nd printing and continuous promotion on the Comic Book Men TV series led demand to grow and grow.  A #1-2 set regular print cover sold for $41.00 this week.

#48 SAGA #1-12    #1 still super hot at about $80 down from peak of $100 – all issues in demand even with high print runs.  #12 was hot for a moment when banned by Apple.  Print runs have gone up the last 5 issues in a row.  #12 has a much larger print run than #1. After The Walking Dead sensation Saga is always Image’s best selling title.

40 Saga 1 $2.99 Image 37641 2012 3
177 Saga 1 $2.99 Image 9641 2012 4
267 Saga 1 $2.99 Image 4484 2012 6
48 Saga 2 $2.99 Image 36885 2012 4
264 Saga 2 $2.99 Image 6252 2012 5
57 Saga 3 $2.99 Image 38895 2012 5
47 Saga 4 $2.99 Image 41143 2012 6
44 Saga 5 $2.99 Image 40556 2012 7
46 Saga 6 $2.99 Image 40584 2012 8
51 Saga 7 $2.99 Image 46971 2012 11
51 Saga 8 $2.99 Image 42324 2012 12
38, Saga9, $2.99, Image, 45,629
36, Saga10, $2.99, Image, 48,388
33, Saga11, $2.99, Image, 50,023
27, Saga12, $2.99, Image, 53,339
#49 FURY OF FIRESTORM #23 (1983) 1st app Byte Felicity Smoak Green ARROW TV show – popular female character helped drive demand for this 1980’s comic.
#50 ANNE BONNIE (2014) Promo retailers advance copy selling up to $12.00 in advance of the regular #1 issue that came out in March 2014.
#51 Y THE LAST MAN (DC 2000) Brian K Vaughan rumours of a potential new movie started brewing but not yet confirmed.  Authors popular series once again in demand as his current series Saga continues to dominate in current popularity.
#52 PETER PANZERFAUST (Image) #1-9 prices peaked in March.  #8 and #9 really hot but less demand for #4-6.  One season of the TV series seems guaranteed.   #1 hit high of $300 now around $200.00   Current prices #2 $60 / #3 $20 / #4-7 $10 each / #8 $20 / #9 $20.  Print runs for #6 7 8 were so low they did not even chart during the month.  Note the print run increaes for #10 and then #11.  #11 is the most common issue and now print runs are leveling back down again.
285 Peter Panzerfaust 1 $3.50 Image 4814 2012 2
276 Peter Panzerfaust 2 $3.50 Image 4416 2012 3
252 Peter Panzerfaust 3 $3.50 Image 5515 2012 4
292 Peter Panzerfaust 4 $3.50 Image 5177 2012 5
283 Peter Panzerfaust 5 $3.50 Image 4546 2012 7
292, Peter Panzerfaust, 9, $3.50, Image, 4,456 2013 1
181, Peter Panzerfaust, 10, $3.50, Image , 10,989 2013 3
123, Peter Panzerfaust, 11, $3.50, Image, 17,683, 2013 6
226, Image Firsts Peter Panzerfaust, 1, $1.00, Image, 8,756, 2013 4

215, Peter Panzerfaust, 12, $3.50, Image, 9,951

#53 PREACHER PREVIEW (DC 1995)  Considered the 1st true appearance of this thin preview issue reached a high sale of $350.00 on Nov 24th 2013.

#54 ABSOLUTE VERTIGO (DC 1995) A regular produced comic featuring another Pre-#1 appearance hit a high of $55.00 on Nov 24th 2013.

#55 STEAM WARS (ANTARCTIC PRESS 2013)  Unique new series done in steampunk style but tells a new variation of the George Lucas Star Wars movie storyline featuring characters and storyline and artwork that is definitely borrowed and parodies from the original sci-fi movie.   Small print and demand growing for #1 and #2.    #1 did not even make Top 300 chart with sales less than 2400.

362, Steam Wars, 1, $3.99, Antarctic, 2,399

#56 RUSH CLOCKWORK ANGELS #1 (BOOM 2014) Rock band drummer Neil Peart wrote his first comic book and sales to non-comic collectors were up to $8.00 immediately even before release online.

#57 WILDWORK #1 (ANTARCTIC PRESS 2013) New mini-series based on Dracula in the old west by Eric Red and Ben Dunn.  Very small print run and most retailers did not even order copies.   Sold copies up to $20.00 within first week and more online speculator market reports hype this up as the #1 best pick at the moment.

#58 LETTER 44 (ONI 2013)  #1 came out as a $1.00 book and yet early reviews were so great that the book sold out and now selling at $6.00

#59 BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE #1 (DC 1992) There are 3 printings of the 1st app of Bane in this rare one-shot selling at $40.00

#60 NEW MUTANTS #98 (MARVEL 1991) 1st app of Deadpool – the hottest Marvel character of the 1990′s.

#61 LIFE WITH ARCHIE #23 (ARCHIE 2012) There are 2 covers and the 2nd cover is a horror theme and the first appearance on cover only of the “Afterlife With Archie” zombie theme which is now an ongoing series.  2nd cover hit $30.00 a year after release.

#62 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20 VARIANT (MARVEL 2013)  Normally I do not include variants if they just have a predictable higher market value due to small print run but I am including this issue as its truly a hot issue climbing in value and selling way more than expected for the print run.  Currently at about $70.00 instead of an estimated $25.00 for a 1:50 variant.

#63 CATWOMAN #23 (DC 2013) 1st appearance of Joker’s Daughter appears in the last page and is a prelude to her big appearance coming up soon in the 3D DC Villain take over month.   Prices hit $13.00 the day of release.

#64 SIMPSON COMICS AND STORIES (BONGO 1993) #1 early one-shot comic and 1st full app of The Simpsons in comics

#65 SIMPSON COMICS #1 (BONGO 1993) First issue of ongoing series and many following issues now in higher demand by TV fans.

#66 HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER  (2013)  #1 and #2 and #3 are small digest sized indie comics in black and white.  Very small print runs and the stories are making fun of real life 1980′s hard rock stars Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins of Black Flag.   They appear to be gay lovers in the story.  Rock stars Hall and Oates also appear in the series as their satanic worshiping neighbors.  Series appeals to non-comic fans and most sellers getting a bit above cover.

#67 OUTLIERS #1 (2013) Indie comic self published with financing.  Highest ratings online for story and art.  Super small print run.  More and more hype every week and a print run of less than 1800 copies kept prices continually rising up and currently at $50.00.  We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.   Strong popularity kept prices high on this one after 2 months.

#68 X-FILES SEASON 10 #1 and #2 both sold out instantly (IDW) #1 2013 – brand new release sold out instantly and regular cover bringing a bit above cover constantly.

94, XFiles Season 10, 1, $3.99, IDW, 24,270

#69 SKYWARD #0-3 (2010) Originally a self published mini series in 2010. (3 years before the new ongoing series).  Jeremy Dale self-published the first three issues a few years ago. These black and white “Graphite Editions” have sold on eBay for over $300 for a set of 0-3 in the last few weeks. A number 1 Graphite sells for around $100.

#70 THE LAST OF US (DARK HORSE) – 4 issue mini-series all issues instant sellouts and tie-in to video game.  All issues are sold out and Diamond has sold out of #4 a month before its release.  Currently all 3 1st print issues are selling for on average $23.00 EACH !  #3 hit a high of $41.00 the week of release.  Print runs of issues #1-3 are very low.   Print run of #4 jumped way up and is a common book.  Complete set of 4 issues hit high of $160.00 in early July.    I sold a few sets at $100.00.  Only #1 has had a reprint so far and that 2nd printing might be so rare that it did not chart which means likely a print run of less than 3,000 copies.   Reprints were scheduled by Dark Horse for #1-3 and then cancelled but now just came out.  Prices dropped down after the series was done.

Last of Us American Dreams, 1, $3.99, Dark Horse, 6,012
Last of Us American Dreams, 2, $3.99, Dark Horse, 4,991
Last of Us American Dreams, 3, $3.99, Dark Horse, 5,014
Last of Us American Dreams, 4, $3.99, Dark Horse, 7,138

#71 DRUMHELLAR (IMAGE 2013) #1 sold out and some early sales up to $8.00

#72 SLEEPERS #1 (WILDSTORM 2002) Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips – decade old series now picked up for a new movie from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.  Prices hit $10.00 in early December 2013.
#73 DEATH SENTENCE (TITAN 2013) New series in Oct 2013 sold out instantly and selling a bit above cover.  Both #1 and #2 have gone to 2nd print.

#74 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1-25 every issue seems to sell out at retail and gets a 2nd printing but not going up in value due to large print runs.  Peter Parker ghost gone in #9 – series might last longer than originally expected.  Readers very happy with this series.

#75 47 RONIN (DARK HORSE 2012)  5 issue mini-series recently came out as a movie and drew interest up as high as $25 for #1.

#76 MYTHOPOLIS #1 (ARRDEN 2013) #1 small print publisher printed 4 regular covers very limited.  Comic was delayed as the early variant covers came out 6 months ahead of time and the regular #1 shipped 3 months past original scheduling date.  Copies in first week of release sold as high as $20.00 each for regular cover #1A.     We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.

#77 TRILLIUM (DC VERTIGO 2013)  Rave reviews helped sell out this high print run Vertigo title and sell above guide online even before Diamond was sold out.    Now copies at $10.00

#78 INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US (DC) – the hottest DC title of 2013 with small print runs and 3rd prints selling out.  Peaked in May at $85.00 for set of #1-4      Many sellers with reprint sets that also sell well.   #1 2nd printing hit $12.00   #1 $40 #2 $25 #3 $8 #4 $5 #5-6 $4.   I predicted this could be a hit when I saw the initial print run numbers so low and yet featuring major characters Batman,  Joker, Superman, Wonder Woman etc.   Print runs peaked with #6 and are now leveling out.

96, Injustice Gods Among Us, 1, $3.99, DC, 20,733
120, Injustice Gods Among Us, 2, $3.99, DC, 17,068
118, Injustice Gods Among Us, 3, $3.99, DC, 18,068
98, Injustice Gods Among Us, 4, $3.99, DC, 21,669
89, Injustice Gods Among Us, 5, $3.99, DC, 25,215
83, Injustice Gods Among Us, 6, $3.99, DC, 26,011.
98, Injustice Gods Among Us, 7, $3.99, DC, 25,731

#79 TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH (Image) #1 hit high of $20 immediately in January week of release and then settled down.    Smaller print run.  Mini-series #1-4 is sold out and will become ongoing soon from Image with #5 coming out in a month.  News of a new tv/movie reported on July 13th made the #1 a super hot comic instantly with sales as high as $60 in July but then cooled down again.  #1 and #2 have a 2nd print which are both rarer typically in print run than the originals.

197, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 1, $2.99, Image, 7,879
240, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 2, $2.99, Image, 6,177
224, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 3, $2.99, Image, 7,140
230, Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth, 4, $2.99, Image, 7,113
#80 ALL CRIME COMICS (2013) Small crime indie title with very small print run has sold out #1 and #2 with above cover sales.
#81 FOX #1 (ARCHIE / RED CIRCLE 2013) New series with 4 different regular covers.   Some selling as high as $12.00 each in first week. Fiona Staples artist of Saga did one of the 4 covers.   In late October 2013 Archie comics for the first time possibly ever held down the top 3 spots of hottest new sold out comics.
#82 EAST OF WEST (Image) #1 Hot as a pre-seller and now sells up to $12.00.   4th printing already and sets of #1-4 sell really well.  This is a rare modern example of a comic with a huge print run that still sells out due to popularity and goes to reprints on every issue.  It’s the “2013″ version of Saga in terms of popularity.  All 5 issues have gone to 2nd prints.
35, East of West1*, $3.50, Image, 49,518
193, East of West1 2nd printing $3.50, Image, 9,742
296, East of West1 3rd printing, $3.50, Image, 5,024
46, East of West2*, $3.50, Image, 41,838
54, East of West3*, $3.50, Image, 39,441
#83 HAWKEYE #1-10   The hottest back issue current Marvel title with all issues in multiple printings.  #1 and #2 each now settled at about $25.00.  Every issue has been reprinted – #1 and #2 on 5th printings.  New issues still sell out.  It is rare to find a series that issue #10 has a higher print run still than #1.  Print runs saw their peak with #10.
42 Hawkeye 1 $2.99 Marvel 41952 2012 8
256 Hawkeye 1 $2.99 2nd printing Marvel 6394 2012 9
60 Hawkeye 2 $2.99 Marvel 33563 2012 9
69 Hawkeye 3 $2.99 Marvel 35403 2012 10
66 Hawkeye 4 $2.99 Marvel 34208 2012 11
61 Hawkeye 5 $2.99 Marvel 34385 2012 12
65 Hawkeye 6 $2.99 Marvel 33440 2012 12
57, Hawkeye, 7, $2.99, Marvel, 37,000
56, Hawkeye, 8, $2.99, Marvel, 36,898.
53, Hawkeye, 9, $2.99, Marvel, 39,678.
48, Hawkeye, 10, $2.99, Marvel, 42,090.
50, Hawkeye, 11, $2.99, Marvel, 40,510.
50, Hawkeye, 12, $2.99, Marvel, 40,837
#84 HALF PAST DANGER #1 and #2 sold out 1st printings instantly.  Some retailers charge more.

249, Half Past Danger, 1, $3.99, IDW, 7,048

283, Half Past Danger, 2, $3.99, IDW, 4,967

#85 DAREDEVIL #1-4 (Marvel 2011)  Early issues sold out and sell for $10.00 each or higher!

6 Daredevil 1 $3.99 Marvel 64866 2011 7
32 Daredevil 2 $2.99 Marvel 40990 2011 8
64 Daredevil 3 $2.99 Marvel 39477 2011 9
61 Daredevil 4 $2.99 Marvel 40311 2011 9
55 Daredevil 5 $2.99 Marvel 39413 2011 10
58 Daredevil 6 $2.99 Marvel 38302 2011 11
45 Daredevil 7 $2.99 Marvel 38824 2011 12

#86 MORNING GLORIES – early issues sold out and popular back issues.

167 Morning Glories 1 $3.99 Image 8687 2010 8
218 Morning Glories 2 $3.50 Image 8265 2010 9
156 Morning Glories 3 $3.50 Image 11258 2010 10
151 Morning Glories 4 $3.50 Image 11292 2010 11
167 Morning Glories 5 $3.50 Image 11193 2010 12
121 Morning Glories 6 $3.50 Image 10795 2011 1
155 Morning Glories 7 $2.99 Image 11037 2011 2
180 Morning Glories 8 $2.99 Image 10809 2011 3
143 Morning Glories 9 $2.99 Image 10975 2011 4
172 Morning Glories 10 $2.99 Image 11385 2011 6
192 Morning Glories 11 $2.99 Image 10653 2011 8
176 Morning Glories 12 $2.99 Image 10537 2011 9
205 Morning Glories 13 $2.99 Image 10094 2011 10
183 Morning Glories 14 $2.99 Image 9850 2011 11
166 Morning Glories 15 $2.99 Image 9565 2012 1

#87 THE SIXTH GUN (Oni) – All 31 issues sold out – many not even on ebay and low print runs.  Sold a #1 for $250 in Mid April.  #1 now at $90.00.   Prices have dropped by about 70% since their peak from April 2013 when the news of the potential TV show was at its highest hype.   Still some of the rarest comics to collect will keep prices and sales up on this title.  The image speculating boom peaked by April 2013 and orders were raised drastically on issues #30-32 which were the highest since issue #2 three years earlier.

256 Sixth Gun 1 $3.99 Oni 4899 2010 7
249 Sixth Gun 2 $3.99 Oni 5061 2010 7
261 Sixth Gun 3 $3.99 Oni 4105 2010 8
333 Sixth Gun 4 $3.99 Oni 3850 2010 9
298 Sixth Gun 5 $3.99 Oni 3590 2010 10
274 Sixth Gun 6 $3.99 Oni 3589 2010 11
310 Sixth Gun 7 $3.99 Oni 3360 2010 12
239 Sixth Gun 8 $3.99 Oni 3317 2011 1
282 Sixth Gun 9 $3.99 Oni 3279 2011 2
271 Sixth Gun 11 $3.99 Oni 3418 2011 4
296 Sixth Gun 15 $3.99 Oni 3403 2011 9
351 Sixth Gun 16 $3.99 Oni 3442 2011 10
329 Sixth Gun 17 $3.99 Oni 3408 2011 11
277 Sixth Gun 18 $3.99 Oni 3328 2012 1
325 Sixth Gun 19 $3.99 Oni 3183 2012 2
312 Sixth Gun 21 $3.99 Oni 3184 2012 4
343 Sixth Gun 22 $3.99 Oni 3169 2012 5
304 Sixth Gun 23 $3.99 Oni 3204 2012 6
367 Sixth Gun 24 $3.99 Oni 3122 2012 8
326 Sixth Gun 25 $3.99 Oni 3081 2012 9
366 Sixth Gun 26 $3.99 Oni 3043 2012 10
363 Sixth Gun 27 $3.99 Oni 2930 2012 12
358, Sixth Gun, 28, $3.99, Oni, 2,901
338, Sixth Gun, 29, $3.99, Oni, 3,097
306, Sixth Gun, 30, $3.99, Oni, 4,227
325, Sixth Gun, 31, $3.99, Oni, 4,350
300, Sixth Gun, 32, $3.99, Oni, 4,277

#88 NUMBERCRUNCHER #1 (TITAN 2013) New miniseries from small publisher sold out instantly – nobody has copies for sale.

Did not even chart on the monthly Top 300.   High sale of $13.00.   #3 sold out even before day of release.

#89 EXTINCTION PARADE (Avatar) 4 different covers – high quality format similar to Uber.  Online pre-sales were doing well above cover.  Print run of each cover was less than 5,000 each.    In November talk of a TV show heated up the series a little bit.

136, Extinction Parade, 1, $3.99, Avatar, 16,061

#90 FARLAINE THE GOBLIN #1 (STUDIO FARLAINE 2013)  New small print publisher – possibly smallest distributed comic of the year with print run of only 1350.   Two versions of #1 exist as an early promo copy was sent out only to retailers with a print run of only 250 copies.  Both versions sold out before release date at Diamond.   Copies hit a high of $40.00 within first week of release.  We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.   Prices cooled down after a few weeks.

#91 NOWHERE MEN (Image) #1-3 prices had peaked at $40,25,15 in March.    Set of #1-5 now sells for $60.00   #1 $30 / #2 $20 / #3 $10 / #4 $3 / #5 $3.   Note the print run increases for #4 and then #5.   #1 already has a 5th printing – with so many reprints of all issues on the market its hard to sell the reprints at any price currently.172 Nowhere Men 1 $2.99 Image 11815 2012 11 213 Nowhere Men 2 $2.99 Image 7368 2012 12209, Nowhere Men3, $2.99, Image, 7,421
150, Nowhere Men4, $2.99, Image, 13,368
141,Nowhere Men5, $2.99, Image, 15,608

#92 THIEF OF THIEVES #1-12    Early issues still super hot – value peaked in January but still selling well

112 Thief of Thieves 1 $2.99 Image 17877 2012 2
126 Thief of Thieves 2 $2.99 Image 14286 2012 3
135 Thief of Thieves 3 $2.99 Image 13644 2012 4
137 Thief of Thieves 4 $2.99 Image 17774 2012 5
116 Thief of Thieves 5 $2.99 Image 19833 2012 6
111 Thief of Thieves 6 $2.99 Image 19733 2012 7
139 Thief of Thieves 7 $2.99 Image 18266 2012 8
134 Thief of Thieves 8 $2.99 Image 17070 2012 9
144 Thief of Thieves 9 $2.99 Image 16645 2012 10
136 Thief of Thieves 10 $2.99 Image 16424 2012 11

132 Thief of Thieves 11 $2.99 Image 15605 2012 12
135, Thief of Thieves, 12, $2.99, Image, 14,974
135, Thief of Thieves, 13, $2.99, Image, 15,201
129, Thief of Thieves, 14, $2.99, Image, 16,938.

#93 DETECTIVE COMICS #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $25.00

#94 RACHEL RISING (Abstract) #1-16     TV announcement this week helped drive demand up as Diamond sold out of even the current issue not yet out this week.  #1 hitting $200.00 peak around May 1st.   Many issues still available direct from publisher website at cover.   #1 settled down now to about $50.00.    Sellers hyping rarity of 2nd and 3rd printings and getting high amounts as well.

186 Rachel Rising 1 $3.99 Abstract 10989 2011 8
206 Rachel Rising 2 $3.99 Abstract 8189 2011 9
196 Rachel Rising 3 $3.99 Abstract 8872 2011 11
269 Rachel Rising 4 $3.99 Abstract 4331 2011 12
241 Rachel Rising 4 $3.99 Abstract 4737 2012 1
258 Rachel Rising 5 $3.99 Abstract 4180 2012 1
296 Rachel Rising 5 $3.99 Abstract 4412 2012 2
189 Rachel Rising 6 $3.99 Abstract 8399 2012 3
199 Rachel Rising 7 $3.99 Abstract 8210 2012 4
224 Rachel Rising 8 $3.99 Abstract 8103 2012 5
203 Rachel Rising 9 $3.99 Abstract 8194 2012 7
223 Rachel Rising 10 $3.99 Abstract 8330 2012 8
219 Rachel Rising 11 $3.99 Abstract 7915 2012 9
219 Rachel Rising 12 $3.99 Abstract 7987 2012 10
205 Rachel Rising 13 $3.99 Abstract 7782 2012 12

#95 NIGHTWING #4 (DC) 2011 – hot key issue from this Robin/Batman series.  $25.00 for this key issue.

27, Nightwing4*, $2.99, DC, 51,668

#96 AMAZING SPIDERMAN #700 DITKO VARIANT (MARVEL 2012) Normally I do not include variants if they just have a predictable higher market value due to small print run but I am including this issue as its truly was hotter than normal.  It came out in December 2012 featuring the death of Peter Parker.  But this rare variant was a 1:200 ratio which usually are worth about $100.00 but by January this comic hit a high peak of $1200.00 making it a record high sales price for any new comic in 2013.

#97 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (Marvel) 698-700  Death of Peter Parker storyline super hot in January – still popular due to storyline continuing in Superior-Spiderman

29 Amazing Spider-Man 697 $3.99 Marvel 59872 2012 11
13 Amazing Spider-Man 698 $3.99 Marvel 81342 2012 11
14 Amazing Spider-Man 699 $3.99 Marvel 74904 2012 12
18 Amazing Spider-Man 699.1 $2.99 Marvel 66245 2012 12
1 Amazing Spider-Man 700 $7.99 Marvel 200966 2012 12

#98 STAR WARS #1  Reached up to $30 week of release but now at $10 but still popular.  Sets of ongoing series are popular.

#99 FIVE GHOSTS – HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY (Image) Mini series #1 and #2 sold out and 2nd printings – rumour of ongoing series.   #1 at $7.00

152, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 1, $3.50, Image, 13,163
152, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 2, $2.99, Image, 13,127
162, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 3, $2.99, Image, 13,153
175, Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray, 4, $2.99, Image, 11,357

#100 REVIVAL (Image) #1-10   Early issues still hot but definitely cooled in value from Jan/Feb peak of #1 $45.00

120 Revival 1 $2.99 Image 18039 2012 7
198 Revival 2 $2.99 Image 10486 2012 8
153 Revival 3 $2.99 Image 13943 2012 9
155 Revival 4 $2.99 Image 15251 2012 10
154 Revival 5 $2.99 Image 14098 2012 11
114, Revival, 6, $2.99, Image, 17,396
124, Revival, 7, $2.99, Image, 16,639
124, Revival, 8, $2.99, Image, 17,082
121, Revival, 9, $2.99, Image, 16,977
134, Revival, 10, $2.99, Image, 16,314
153, Revival, 11, $2.99, Image, 13,536

OTHER PAST TITLES THAT USED TO BE HOT BUT HAVE COOLED A BIT OR SETTLED IN PRICE THAT RANK BELOW THE TOP 100

BATGIRL #13 – death of family storyline – these sold out and huge price increases in some areas up to $30

BATMAN #13 / death of family storyline – these sold out and huge price increases in some areas up to $40

HOAX HUNTERS (Image) this title was cover price material until a TV show proposal shot prices way up on all issues.  #0 and #1 are extremely hot and hit $30 each.

248 Hoax Hunters 0 $2.99 Image 5779 2012 3
230 Hoax Hunters 1 $2.99 Image 6973 2012 7
300 Hoax Hunters 3 $2.99 Image 4404 2012 9

FABLES (DC/Vertigo) Long running ongoing series recently announced of potential tv/movie so already expensive #1 selling out at bout $70.00 first printings.   Series has over 120 issues so lots to collect.

GAMBIT (Marvel 2012) New ongoing series popular #1 $8 #2 $5 but #3 sold out everywhere and current asking price from only online copy is $25.00 !!

47 Gambit 1 $2.99 Marvel 40418 2012 8
70 Gambit 2 $2.99 Marvel 32336 2012 8
79 Gambit 3 $2.99 Marvel 28530 2012 9
92 Gambit 4 $2.99 Marvel 27828 2012 10
84 Gambit 5 $2.99 Marvel 26723 2012 11
86 Gambit 6 $2.99 Marvel 25522 2012 11
89 Gambit 7 $2.99 Marvel 23978 2012 12

PROPHET #21 (IMAGE 2012) Sold out immediately in early 2012 – hot issue at $15.00

219 Prophet 21 $2.99 Image 6029 2012 1
257 Prophet 22 $2.99 Image 6030 2012 2
232 Prophet 23 $2.99 Image 6289 2012 3
228 Prophet 24 $2.99 Image 6639 2012 4

ADVENTURE TIME – animated cartoon series – numerous printings now.   #1 is truly rare – no sellers on ebay even have a copy for sale.   $50 to $100 per copy of #1 first print.  #2 currently in the $20-30 range.  #3 $10.  #1-6 have been reprinted with connecting cover image.   #1-6 and #9-10 sold out from diamond.

187 Adventure Time 1 2nd printing $3.99 Boom 8523 2012 3
153 Adventure Time 1 $3.99 Boom 12392 2012 2
190 Adventure Time 2 2nd printing $3.99 Boom 8864 2012 4
157 Adventure Time 2 $3.99 Boom 11329 2012 3
111 Adventure Time 3 $3.99 Boom 17131 2012 4
125 Adventure Time 4 $3.99 Boom 20289 2012 5
110 Adventure Time 5 $3.99 Boom 20889 2012 6
110 Adventure Time 6 $3.99 Boom 19767 2012 7
130 Adventure Time 7 $3.99 Boom 19423 2012 8
117 Adventure Time 8 $3.99 Boom 19755 2012 9
121 Adventure Time 9 $3.99 Boom 20636 2012 10
94 Adventure Time 10 $3.99 Boom 23656 2012 11
212 Adventure Time Cover Showcase One Shot $3.99 Boom 7478 2012 12
102 Adventure Time Fionna & Cake 1 $3.99 Boom 20290 2012 12
102 Adventure Time Marceline Scream Queens 1 $3.99 Boom 21182 2012 7

THE DAMNED (Oni) #1-5   Generally #1 is a $50 book but a #3 hit $100 earlier in April 2013 on ebay. Author of Sixth Gun

238 Damned 1 $3.50 Oni 2989 2006 10

294 Damned 3 $3.50 Oni 2116 2006 12
273 Damned 5 $3.50 Oni 1892 2007 3

SUPERMAN #1   New 52 issue multiple printings currently at  $15.00

SWAMP THING #1 (DC 2011) New 52 issue multiple printings currently at  $9.00

ACTION #1  (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $8.00

BATGIRL #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $8.00

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $6.00

MANHATTAN PROJECTS  (Image) #1-10   All issues sell well but way down from Jan peaks #1 was at $90 now at $30.  Title is steady sales as print run of #12 is about the same as #1.

102 Manhattan Projects 1 $3.50 Image 17955 2012 3
121 Manhattan Projects 2 $3.50 Image 15697 2012 4
136 Manhattan Projects 3 $3.50 Image 18001 2012 5
124 Manhattan Projects 4 $3.50 Image 18544 2012 6
117 Manhattan Projects 5 $3.50 Image 18398 2012 7
127 Manhattan Projects 6 $3.50 Image 17981 2012 9
127 Manhattan Projects 7 $3.50 Image 17543 2012 11
113 Manhattan Projects 8 $3.50 Image 17028 2012 12
262 Manhattan Projects 1 rep $3.50 Image 5213 2012 4
119, Manhattan Projects, 9, $3.50, Image, 17,229
125,Manhattan Projects, 10, $3.50, Image, 17,028
116, Manhattan Projects, 11, $3.50, Image, 17,517
129, Manhattan Projects, 12, $3.50, Image, 17,076

MIND MGMT (Dark Horse) #1-10   #1 is really the only valuable issue at $40 but easy to sell sets at $80.  Very low print run.

262 Mind Mgmt 0 $2.99 Dark Horse 5526 2012 11
236 Mind Mgmt 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 7537 2012 5
266 Mind Mgmt 2 $3.99 Dark Horse 5566 2012 7
292 Mind Mgmt 3 $3.99 Dark Horse 5579 2012 8
286 Mind Mgmt 5 $3.99 Dark Horse 5017 2012 9

IT CAME #1 (2013) Small print mini series issue – sci-fi oriented – Very few retailers ordered it – hit $12.00.

GHOST PROJEKT #1 (ONI 2010)  It was announced about Sept 22nd 2013 that the show was optioned for NBC tv series and the 3 year old title became super hot with #1 selling as high as $35.00 each.  It has now cooled off and settled more around $15.00

ZOMBIE ANNIHILATION (SILVER PHOENIX 2013) #1 new Kickstarter small print book selling for double cover and some sellers asking 15x cover.

INCOGNITO (MARVEL ICON 2008) Mini-series with TV/movie rumours recently made copies jump from dormant to $10.00.

DOCTOR WHO PRISONER OF TIME #1-12  Photo variants. Normally I do not include variants if they just have a predictable higher market value due to small print run but I am including this issue as its truly a hot issue climbing in value and selling way more than expected for the print run.  Currently the 1:25 photo cover sells each month on average at about $60.00 instead of an estimated $15.00 for a 1:25 variant.

THE OTHER DEAD (IDW 2013) #1 of the regular and subscription covers sold as sets as high as $18.00 for the pair.  The series was delayed in stores potentially due to the controversial 1:10 variant cover featuring President Obama with machine guns which sold way above a typical variant price hitting $40.00

 THE MOCKING DEAD #1 (2013) New release comic that sold out instantly and went to 2nd print.  Early sales online were all over the place with sales anywhere from $4 to $40 for the subscription cover.  Currently a bit above cover for the regular cover and the subscription about $8.00
HALLOWEEN FEST 2013 – Just like Free Comic Book Day, there is an annual Halloween free comic book day on Halloween each year and this year there were 22 giveaway promo comics.   Individually most sold instantly at a high price of $5.00 each and a My Little Pony hit $7.00 week of release.   Batman, Skyward, Thor, Sonic, Sesame Street, Zombies, Ben 10, Spider-man are some of the titles this year.
WATSON AND HOLMES (NEW PARADIGM 2013) Small print run of 3,800 copies between 2 regular covers sold out instantly and brought sales of up to $50.00 each in first week and then cooled off.   Print run was so small that it did not even rank in the Top 300 of the month.  Currently #1 sells at above $10 and #2 sells at $7.00.   We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.
INJUSTICE YEAR TWO #1 (DC 2014)  Injustice Gods Among Us series ended after 12 issues and is retitled in 2014.  Some early high sales of #1.

CLONE (IMAGE 2012) On July 15th 2013 it was announced that the new TV series was official and that drove up prices on #1 even though it has a larger print run over 23,000.   Diamond still had copies in warehouse up to this news announcement and then sold its last 1,000 copies within days.   #1 currently at $10.00 – all issues selling better now and sold out at Diamond. Note how the print run has dropped drastically.  Issue #1 has almost 500% the print run of #9.

95 Clone 1 $2.99 Image 23,292
172 Clone 2 $2.99 Image 11,144
170 Clone 3 $2.99 Image 10,525
200 Clone 4 $2.99 Image 8,589
213 Clone 5 $2.99 Image 8,076
224 Clone 6 $2.99 Image 7,460
251 Clone 7 $2.99 Image 6,956
249 Clone 8 $2.99 Image 6,343
288 Clone 9 $2.99 Image 5,954

BODIE TROLL (RED 5 COMICS 2013) #1 very small print run selling above cover instantly

THINK TANK (Image) #1-5.  #1 sold out immediately and no one seems to have a copy.  2nd printings also has very small print run.  #1 1st in the $20 range.   News of a new movie broke this week which might push prices up.

263 Think Tank 1 $3.99 Image 6502 2012 8
272 Think Tank 2 $3.99 Image 5713 2012 9
297 Think Tank 3 $3.99 Image 5279 2012 10
288 Think Tank 4 $3.99 Image 4656 2012 11

UBER #0-1-2-3   Sold out printings instantly.  Originally I felt this title was being speculated on too heavily but many sales above cover have proven the demand for this series.   I personally believe this is the single best looking comic of 2013 with glossy paper and amazing colors and artwork.  Some amazing variant covers make it a big job to collect every cover version of each issue.   The first issue was #0 and not #1.  #0 is the rare ones to find.  #0 has a 2nd printing called “enhanced edition”.   Print runs on each individual cover are very low.  There are 4 regular covers of each issue so when you take the worldwide print runs you have to divide it by 4 to get the real print run of each cover.  This makes it more obvious how rare each individual cover is.  In fact there are only about 2,700 copies of each cover of the first issue #0.   Diamond monthly rankings for each issue and the combined print run of all the covers

178, Uber, 0, $3.99, Avatar, 10,849
292, Uber, 0 Enhanced Ed, $4.99, Avatar, 5,084
137, Uber, 1, $3.99, Avatar, 16,109
132, Uber, 2, $3.99, Avatar, 16,160
188, Uber, 4, $3.99, Avatar, 12,030

STAR WARS: LUCAS DRAFT (DARK HORSE 2013) #1 took a month to sell out but finally did even with high print run and some sporadic sales online up to $7.50
SUPER #1 (UNLIKELY COMICS 2013)  Small kickstarter title  with above cover sales.
CHRONOS COMMANDOS #1 (TITAN 2013) Small print run small publisher instant sell out – Both issues #1 and #2 have sold as high as $12.00 each.  Neither issue even charted on the monthly Top 300 Diamond sales.   Nazi soldiers and dinosaurs !!  We helped bring awareness to this great comic before release date.
LEGION OF MOLLY DOVES #1 (2013) New small print indie publisher storyline about time travel.   Only one early sale online so far at $9.00
DEXTER (MARVEL 2013) #1 and #2 sold out with small print run based on the violent TV show.  Immediate increases on #1.

WILD BLUE YONDER (IDW) #1 and #2 both sold out instantly 2013 – brand new release sold out instantly and regular cover bringing above cover quickly.

184, Wild Blue Yonder, 1, $3.99, IDW, 10,840

TRINITY OF SIN: PANDORA #1 (DC 2013) New mini-series inspiring the Trinity DC crossover storyline for summer 2013 sold out and quickly went to 2nd printing and copies selling as high as $11.00 for regular edition.

CONSTANTINE #1 (DC 2013)  1st print sold out in the first month but took about 6 months to sell above cover.  Some sales at $7.00 for this new Hellblazer inspired series.   New TV show reports could drive this one up.

HELHEIM (Oni) #1-6  #1 quickly hit $8 and stablized.   2nd printing of #1 may prove to be more valuable than the 1st printing.

171, Helheim, 1, $3.99, Oni, 11,877
189, Helheim, 2, $3.99, Oni, 10,256
207, Helheim, 3, $3.99, Oni, 10,118
215, Helheim, 4, $3.99, Oni, 8,432.

SPAWN #9 (Image 1993) 20 year old comic features 1st appearance of Angela by Neil Gaiman which enters the Marvel Universe this week in Age  Of Ultron #10.    Common book prices are anywhere from $2 to $100 a copy

LOCKE AND KEY (2008)  Talk of a new movie based on this already hot comic from 2008.

ANIMAL MAN #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $15.00  for a while was most valuable new 52 #1.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1  (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $15.00

JUSTICE LEAGUE COMBO PACK COVER (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $12.00

CATWOMAN #13 / death of family storyline – these sold out and huge price increases in some areas up to $15

MULTIPLE WARHEADS #1 (ONI 2008) Rare first issue still popular – hit a high of $32.00 earlier this year.

NONPLAYERS #1 (IMAGE 2011)  Only 1 issue came out but it sold out before release – still rare  $25.00

218 Nonplayer 1 $2.99 2nd print Image 5956 2011 5
171 Nonplayer 1 $2.99 Image 8869 2011 4

CHEW (IMAGE 2009) #1 is down to about $200.00 from a high of $400.00  Earliest issues still bring decent $$.

287 Chew 1 $2.99 Image 4576 2009 9
246 Chew 1 $2.99 Image 5246 2009 6
247 Chew 2 $2.99 Image 6731 2009 7
142 Chew 3 $2.99 Image 13748 2009 8
169 Chew 4 $2.99 Image 12284 2009 9
142 Chew 5 $2.99 Image 13490 2009 10
144 Chew 6 $2.99 Image 13133 2009 11
156 Chew 7 $2.99 Image 12902 2009 12
137 Chew 8 $2.99 Image 12727 2010 1
143 Chew 9 $2.99 Image 12867 2010 3
127 Chew 10 $2.99 Image 13335 2010 4

COLLIDER (DC VERTIGO 2013) New ongoing issue that sold out and with #2 the title has changed to FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics.   2nd printings use the new title of FBP.

DEADPOOL (MARVEL) 2012 #1 – all early issues sold out. #1-3 commanding a bit over cover.

4 Deadpool 1 $2.99 Marvel 118976 2012 11
21 Deadpool 2 $2.99 Marvel 67421 2012 11
25 Deadpool 3 $2.99 Marvel 60215 2012 12

SKYWARD #1-4 (ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT 2013) Originally a one-shot in 2010.  Summer 2013 a new ongoing series and all ages friendly from small publisher sold out instantly.  Many copies sold between $20 and $25 online.  I helped publicize this book online myself helping it achieve higher prices.   #1 and #2 currently sell about $8.00 each.   We helped bring awareness to this amazing book before release date.
DEVIL’S DOG #1 (2013)  New small print run selling about $6.00
STEAM ENGINES OF OZ #1 (ARCANA STUDIOS 2013) Small publisher and print run – another Wizard of Oz inspired series selling way above cover after a month.  Become hot 6 weeks after release.
CHOOSE THEIR FATE (SHH PRODUCTIONS 2013) New adults only title with photo nudity and high cover price of $9.95 yet some ebay sellers asking up to $40.00 and one sale as high as $15.00

3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #4 (DC 2013) 13 different 3D covers came out in week #4 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.       Week Four   Joker’s Daughter at $110.00    Doomsday at $20   Black Adam at $20   Killer Croc at $13   First Born at $13   Man-Bat at $13   Bane at $12   Sinestro at $12   Secret Society at $12   Ocean Master at $12   Parasite at $11.   Joker’s Daughter is without the single most hyped up and hottest comic of the entire year and may have set world record prices for a pre-sale of a new release as collectors were paying up to $110.00 each for a copy of this book just to make sure they got one.   That is paying almost 40x cover price before it even came out.   Very few customers got a copy unless they were a regular file customer for Batman: The Dark Knight series.  It was the hottest of all the 3D covers and the hottest comic of the entire year.   However the downside I predicted is that prices could only come down and that has already started to happen.

3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #3 (DC 2013) 13 different 3D covers came out in week #3 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.      Week Three   Clayface at $20   Dial E at $46    Eclipso at $20   Deathstroke at $25   The Rogues at $15    Cheetah at $14     Penguin at $13    Ra’s Al Ghul at $13     Arcane at $13    Black Hand at $12   Scarecrow at $12    Shadow Thief at $12   Lex Luthor at $11    H’el at $7

3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #2 (DC 2013) 13 different 3D covers came out in week #2 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.  Week Two   Harley Quinn at $36   Mr Freeze at $31    Lobo at $31   Riddler at $20.50   Reverse Flash at $20   Court Of Owls at $18   Killer Frost at $17.50   Solomon Grundy at $13   Trigon at $13   Black Manta for $12   Mongul at $12   Brainiac at $10.50    Zod at $10

3D VILLAINS MONTH WEEK #1 (DC 2013)   13 different 3D covers came out in week #1 of the villains month campaign.  Here are the highest prices achieved for each.  Some high sales actually came in pre-sales online.  Most prices have settled to about 50% of these listed prices.   Week One   Forever Evil #1 – $280 (1 per store variant cover).  Darkseid for $31  Poison Ivy for $27   Ventriloquist for $26.50    Joker for $25     Count Vertigo at $20    Creeper at $20     Deadshot at $16.50     Two-Face at $15     Relic at $14    Bizarro at $13.50     Grodd at $13    Desaad at $13    Cyborg Superman at $10

THE BOUNCE (IMAGE) Creator owned superhero title from last month actually sold out some places and now at $6.00 after 2 months.   Slowly building steam.  Issue #5 sold out before day of release.

BALLISTIC #1 (BLACK MASK 2013) New mini series – #1 sold out instantly and hit high prices of $12.00 in first week of release.

285 Ballistic 1 $3.50 Black Mask 6,048
GHOSTED #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – after 6 weeks prices finally jumped and hit as high as $16.00 but then came back down again.   All 3 issues sold out instantly at Diamond.
ARCANE SECRETS #1 (2013) New HP Lovecraft adaptation brought some early high online sales at $8.00.
KINGS WATCH (DYNAMITE 2013) #1 the subscription cover sold as high as $9.00 in the first week by George Perez.   This series brings back three classic golden age characters as a team: The Phantom with Flash Gordon and Mandrake The Magician.
GRIMM FAIRY TALES: OZ (ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT 2013) #1 has 5 regular covers – most sellers including myself sold these as sets.  Selling for cover until it was reported they were sold out and then sets selling for double cover as of Aug 15th.

HARBINGER (VALIANT 2012) Some sales a bit above cover.

ROCKET GIRL (IMAGE 2013)  Sold out instantly some sellers getting above cover.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600 (MARVEL 2009) Had already sold out but then began the new death of Peter Parker storyline.

SATELLITE SAM #1 (IMAGE 2013) New series sold out instantly – hit high of $10.00 after a month

LAZARUS #1 (IMAGE 2013) New ongoing series #1 first print sold out instantly late June 2013. Sold as high as $9.00.

34, Lazarus1, $2.99, Image, 48,030

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #15.1 & #16 (Marvel)  sold out early Death of Peter Parker storyline – sales peaked in Jan 2013

DAREDEVIL #21 & #22 (Marvel) sold out early Death of Peter Parker storyline – sales peaked in Jan 2013

DJANGO UNCHAINED (DC) #1-3  1st prints sold out – movie adaptation.   #1 and #2 demand higher prices.

161 Django Unchained 1 $3.99 DC 11795 2012 12

SONS OF ANARCHY #1 (BOOM 2013)  New series based on TV series – many copies selling for $7.00 the week of release.

SIX GUN GORILLA (BOOM) New on the list.  New #1 issue of mini-series based on golden age character quickly sold out and selling at $10.00 within a week of release.

227, Six Gun Gorilla, 1, $3.99, Boom, 7,730

LIBERATOR #1 (BLACK MASK 2013)  Small print – regular and variant covers all above cover

267 Liberator 1 $3.50 Black Mask 5,266

THE ACTIVITY (Image) #1-11    Hot in the past month  #1 at $20

253 Activity 1 $3.50 Image 5269 2011 12
270 Activity 2 $3.50 Image 3512 2012 1

GENIE THE GENIUS #1 (APE ENTERTANMENT 2013)  New comic aimed at younger readers.  Great artwork written by father and daughter team. Small print run.   Variant cover edition came out one week before the regular cover and came autographed selling for $10.00. Regular cover sales a bit above cover.

BRAIN BOY (DARK HORSE 2012) #1 some sellers getting more than cover for this new series that brings back a classic 1960′s Dell Comics character.

BURN THE ORPHANAGE #1 (IMAGE 2013) New mini series smaller print run on #1 sold out before hitting stores.   – hit high of $6.00 immediately.  Variant covers are all hot.

PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL DEATH (2013) New small publisher series.  Hit $5.00 for regular covers.

ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #1 (DC 2013) Small print run new Superman series in May 2013 overlooked by many and now sells for $5.00 due to print run of only 30,000.

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED #1 (DC 2013) Large print run new Superman series in June 2013 had high print run but still sold out in some Areas commanding $5.00 due to sell outs while other areas are sitting on large unsold piles of this series.

POLARITY #1-4  Mini-series.  Extremely well reviewed caused a sellout on this small print run title written by a rock musician from Say Anything.  Small print run instantly to a 2nd printing.  #1 sells for $10

225, Polarity, 1, $3.99, Boom, 7,459

250, Polarity, 2, $3.99, Boom, 6,957

247, Polarity, 3, $3.99, Boom, 6,436

SUPERIOR CARNAGE #1 (MARVEL 2013) Major villain mini-series sold out and currently at $6.00 for regular cover.

THUMBPRINT #1 (IDW 2013) Regular and Subscription cover sets sell above cover

177 Thumbprint By Joe Hill 1 $3.99 IDW 11,185
260 Thumbprint By Joe Hill 2 $3.99 IDW 7,278

FIVE COLOR COMICS #1 (ART OF FICTION 2013) $8.95 cover price made this a very low ordered book and has sold above cvr.  Did not even make the top 300 monthly sales chart.

MERCY SPARX #1 (DEVILS DUE ENTERTAINMENT 2013) Small time publisher and print run some sellers asking above cover.

A1#1  (2013) New anthology series.  New series sold out instantly – some sellers asking above cover

NUMBER 13 (DARK HORSE 2013) Mini series #0 1 2 3.   #0 is reprints of early appearances in Dark Horse Presents.  #0 commands the Most money.  Large print runs on other issues but a teaser trailer came out in July causing interest in a potential future movie.

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #2-6 (DARK HORSE 2011)  Anthology with original first appearances of Number 13 later reprinted in Number 13 #0 a year later.

ARCHIE #646 (ARCHIE 2013) Pepoy cover pays tribute to EC 1950′s Weird Science covers – sold as high as $9.99 in first week.

TWELVE REASONS TO DIE (Black Mask) #1 – Ghostface Killah famous rapper presents his own comic storyline.

183, 12 Reasons To Die, 1, $3.50, Black Mask, 11,834

SEX #1-5 (Image)  Lots of demand for #1 in pre-sale but has cooled down.   #1-2 sell for $8.99 as set.

MASS PROJECT / FABULOUS KILLROYS FCBD – 1st appearance of Killroys based on the My Chemical Romance rock band characters hit a high of $33.00 the  week of release of the free comic.  New ongoing series starts in June.    Market now flooded doesnt sell for $3.00

DREAM MERCHANT #1 (IMAGE) New miniseries sold out quickly.

FATALE (Image) #1-10    Only #1 has a high price tag – has cooled at $20

90 Fatale 1 $3.50 Image 20515 2012 1
100 Fatale 2 $3.50 Image 20315 2012 2
89 Fatale 3 $3.50 Image 20222 2012 3
90 Fatale 4 $3.50 Image 22804 2012 4
114 Fatale 5 $3.50 Image 22484 2012 5
105 Fatale 6 $3.50 Image 21828 2012 6
121 Fatale 7 $3.50 Image 21369 2012 8
122 Fatale 8 $3.50 Image 20542 2012 10
129 Fatale 9 $3.50 Image 19345 2012 10
118 Fatale 10 $3.50 Image 18819 2012 11
111 Fatale 11 $3.50 Image 18055 2012 12
270 Fatale 1 rep $3.50 Image 5506 2012 2

LIFE WITH ARCHIE #16   Marriage of gay male Kevin Keller in oversized comic.  Instant sellout in 2012 and still at $15.00

297 Life With Archie 16 $3.99 Archie 2802 2012 1

POWERS BUREAU (MARVEL) 2013 – interestingly this is a poor seller for Marvel but due to that the print run is so bad that copies have sold out and gone to second printing make some collect 1st print runs of this series above cover.

THE TEST #1    One shot doing well in the $10-20 range in first week of hype.  This one did not even chart Top 300  low sales

PILOT SEASON DECLASSIFIED #1    One shot featuring The Test also doing well in the $10-20 range in first week of hype

292 Pilot Season Declassified 2011 One Shot $1.00 Image 3462 2011 9

OCCUPY COMICS #1 (Black Mask) #1 sold out issue based on the writings and thoughts of top comic industry people small print run on a issue dealing with the Occupy Wall Street theme.

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #13 (DC) Batman Death in the Family storyline die-cut cover

SUICIDE RISK #1 (BOOM) #1 sold out 1st printing.  Some retailers charge more.

REGULAR SHOW #1 many variant covers sold out even with higher print run.   Box edition of #1 covers still currently available at Diamond.

ARCHIE (Archie) #641-644  4 part series with Glee TV Show cast guest appears – small print runs and tv show tie-in with movie stars.  Cory Monteith star of Glee died in late July 2013.

STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS – preview to 2013 movie.  Sold out – sets sell above cover.

RED SONJA #1 (IDW 2013)  #1 had decent print run but still sold out – some charge a little above cover.

FCBD – 52 different comics were given away on May 4th 2013 for free comic book day.  A lot of high prices realized the week of release.  All prices have now cooled but due to not being shelved properly random various issues sell well at different times.

ALPHA BIG TIME #0.1 (Marvel 2013) Debut issue is a reprint but debuted before #1 and is now sold out and features Spider-man.  Future potential !

BATMAN #18 / DETECTIVE #18 – Requiem death of Robin storyline sold out

STORMWATCH #1 (DC 2011) 1st print sold out title re-start $6.00   Had hit high of $15.00 shortly after release.

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #4 (Marvel) sold out issue with 2nd printing.  Fall of Thor ?

HAPPY (IMAGE) 2013 mini series by Grant Morrison – early issues sold out and reprinted.   Early markups for #1.

DEVIL MAY CRY – THE CHRONICLES OF VERGIL #1 (Titan)  Sold out and up in value with some retailers

BREATH OF BONES – A TALE OF THE GOLEM #1 (DARK HORSE) New Steve Niles mini-series issue sold out some places and some sellers asking above cover.

SEA BEAR AND GRIZZLY SHARK #1 (2010) Small print run always sells higher when appears  $6.00 currently.

288 Sea Bear & Grizzly Shark 1 $4.99 Image 4932 2010 6

BRAVEST WARRIORS (KABOOM) #1 1st issue sold out based on animated tv series.  Small price increase.

160 Bravest Warriors 1 $3.99 Boom 14866 2012 10
164 Bravest Warriors 2 $3.99 Boom 12900 2012 11
179 Bravest Warriors 3 $3.99 Boom 10229 2012 12

BEDLAM  #1-5   #1 had reached $10 but now is back to cover price

110 Bedlam 1 $3.50 Image 22736 2012 10

120 Bedlam 2 $3.50 Image 18583 2012 11
291 Bedlam 1 rep $3.50 Image 4567 2012 11

HELL YEAH (IMAGE 2012) #1  sold out has dropped back to cover price

SUPERBIA (IMAGE 2012) #1   has dropped back to cover price.

CROSSED PSYCHOPATH #1-7  issues were much hotter and way above cover in 2012.   Prices have dropped down.

DREAM THIEF #1 (DARK HORSE) #1 sold out 1st printing.  Some retailers charge more.

LIL’ DEPRESSED BOY (IMAGE 2011) Very small print runs caused a big price increase on this scarce title.

280 Lil Depressed Boy 1 $2.99 Image 3339 2011 2
296 Lil Depressed Boy 3 $2.99 Image 2808 2011 4

Thanks to John Jackson Miller at www.comichron.com  for the initial Diamond sales figures data

You can see complete monthly Diamond sales chart data and more stats at his site !

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Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics and all new Diamond products at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.   hoknes@hotmail.com    Read more about these hot sold out comics at www.comicsheatingup.net

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Within the speculators market there is one driving force behind it these day. Well actually three. One; movies, two; television, and three; rumors.

On this site throughout the years collectors would find some obscure character first appearances, their origin appearances, or maybe even their untimely departure issue. What about those whacked out characters? Got me thinking, with Hollywood and the television networks all vying for/searching for that “next” best thing within the comic book realm, why not put together a list of characters that could one day see the light of day? Well honestly, most of these dudes and dude- ette’s will probably NEVER see the light of day, but hey did anyone ever think 20 years ago that we’d see a gun touting manic raccoon on screen? There are also some very obvious suggestions in this article too. 

Before proceeding, not only will this article be all over the place, I need to point out that SOME of THESE comics hold absolutely no redeeming value other than my own meandering speculation views, personal favorite’s and just flat out fun of mere mentioning them. Take this with a grain of salt and please have fun along with me!

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Let’s start with an obvious pick that has been eluding every comic book fan of its return since 1986. The series started in 1979. Rom ran for 7 years and boy was it a fun ride. So much so that there are petitions set out there asking for the return of Rom. The character most certainly has a very large appeal, but will the cult favorite ever make it out of doldrums of hiatus hell status from Hasbro? Here’s the thing folks, If Disney NOT Marvel ever decide Rom equals potential financial gain, it WILL get done. So can Disney wrestle away Rom from Hasbro? Disney will get their way if they want Rom…..they always do.

There are exactly 4 very key issues within the 75 issue run. Rom #1, Rom #’s 1718 (both X-Men appearance with Frank Miller covers), and Rom #75 (The final low print issue of the series). These are the 4 comics to grab within this series. Very affordable, very appealing, and it’s Rom.

In 2007, an unthinkable, unimaginable, the unfathomable happened. Captain America died! It made national news and it was a shockingly sad time within the comic book fandom. During his untimely death the rumors ran rampant as to who would take over the reins and don the shield. How many remember some comic fans bringing up Frank Castles’ name? Although a time for mourning, there were some funny suggestions as to who should take the mantle. One name in particular made the most sense, but Marvel didn’t give into to it. At the time of Rogers’ departure, American Eagle was appearing in the pages of a few comics. American Eagle is a native American and it would have made so much sense to have him don the shield for a while. Well it didn’t happen. Maybe one of the Captain America movies will have American Eagle become the next big Native American hero since……Tonto?? There is an influx of African American/female/foreign characters leading the way. Why not focus on an American Indian? Why not have a character that represents the foundations of America a mainstay within the Marvel Universe? Well if you’re a believer that Disney (who’s no stranger to the native American culture) will someday put American Eagle front and center then look for Marvel Two-In-One Annual #6 (1981) for his first appearance.

Nomad

Staying on topic a bit here, there has been so much talk of a Black Panther movie but nothing concrete has solidified the rumors….yet. Although the talks of this movie happening has really sparked interest in an already collectable comic; Fantastic Four #52 (1966), Black Panthers first appearance, the collector still has some time to get this comic before the comic really takes off. The Jack Kirby comic is not only the first appearance, but it’s also the first African American super-hero ever.  Once the official announcement from Marvel Studios comes, Fantastic Four #52 will see an instant spike. Then the announcement of who will play him, another spike, then the first tease of the costume, another spike, well you get the idea. Buy this comic now if you can. You’ll be very happy you did.

How about some other very cool African American characters other than Luke Cage and Blade? One that  was talk of a television show that never panned out? Brother Voodoo! He first appeared in Strange Tales #169 (1973). How about Dagger from the awesome Cloak & Dagger team? How amazing would a Marvel film be featuring Cloak & Dagger? A collector can scoop up their first appearance for mega cheap if you shop around. Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) gives readers a first look at this team. Check out the limited series from 1984 as well. 

Also on the movie front we have Doctor Strange rumored, but almost certain to be part of the next phase. Besides the Doc’s first appearance and Dr. Strange #169 (his REAL number one and first solo comic) which are obvious pick ups, Dr. Strange’s main adversary is the one to go after! The villain will only command aftermarket bonuses up until a few months before the release of the movie, you’re looking at a long term investment book you’ll need to dump at the right time. Otherwise the market will correct itself and you’ll either break even or lose on the deal. Strange Tales #126 (1964) could be one to pick up now. The comic gives us a first look at Dormammu. Will this be the villain Marvel goes with in the new Strange movie? Who knows? My bet is they go right here.

How about one more Strange Tales comic to check out? Strange Tales #89 (1961) features the first appearance of Fin Fang Foom. With the new Fantastic Four movie cast just released and Galactus probably getting his proper due on screen, this villain would be cool to have as an alternative go to if Fox decides NOT to go with the big purple guy.

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When will Mephisto make his movie appearance? It has to happen eventually right? Well until it does, be sure to seek out and buy Silver Surfer #3 (1968).

How about touching on the Marvel Cosmo’s? Please note (regular visitors to InvestComics have heard this before!) that the entire Marvel Cosmic Universe speculation market hinges on the success or failure of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. If the movie does well at the box office, more Marvel cosmo to come, it fails, the end of the Marvel cosmo movement. It’s a rather simple equation. Captain Marvel #26 (1973) brings us Death’s first appearance. Thor #225 (1974) is Firelord’s first appearance. Giant-Sized Defenders #3 features the first look at Korvac. Marvel Man changes his name to Quasar, thus creating the first appearance of Quasar in The Incredible Hulk #234 (1979).

A group by the name U-Foes first appears in The Incredible Hulk #254 (1980). They are so unusual and so cool at the same time. Another team that commands some serious attention came onto the scene in 1979 by the name Alpha Flight. Uncanny X-Men #120; John Byrne, Terry Austin, Chris Claremont, and the first appearance of Alpha Flight. What more does one need here? Well anyone who is a regular InvestComics visitor knows that Alpha Flight has been on the radar here for years and will continue to be. There is no reason to not speculate that this team will never see screen time. I for one believe they will. They can very easily be transcribed to film. They are a team that would dominate as the X-Men have on film. It will happen folks someday, get this valuable comic now. And also get the mega overprinted Alpha Flight #1 (1983). 

Back to The Hulk. Planet Hulk…..first and foremost you’d want to get the very beginning’s of the Planet Hulk saga. This can be found in The Incredible Hulk #88 (2006) and New Avengers: IIIuminati one shot (2006). Of course you’d go grab the Planet Hulk saga comics as a whole, but getting The Incredible Hulk #92 (2006) is a must. This issue introduces Hulks wife (deceased) Caiera. Caiera is an intricate part of the Planet Hulk storyline because the World War Hulk storyline introduces their son Skaar. Skaar would most definitely appear in a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk movie. Not only would he appear, but Skaar would be the prize comic for the speculator. What If? Planet Hulk #1 (2007) is the first appearance of Skaar and is without a doubt the next BIG comic when and if Marvel does a phase 3 with the Hulk being the centerpiece. Writer Greg Pak created the entire Planet Hulk universe, so he will be in much demand. I hope he gets a consult gig if Marvel Studios goes with this.

Speaking of an Avenger, how about Winter Soldier appearing in the new Cap movie? Sweet huh? Here’s a nugget you may have already heard or maybe not. The actor playing Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) signed on with Marvel Studios for 9 films. Yes NINE films. Crazy right? Well why not stay on the crazy train here? How about Winter Solider takes the mantle from Captain America in Cap 3 as U.S. Agent? U.S. Agent first appeared as Super-Patriot in Captain America #323 (1986) and as the U.S. Agent in Captain America #354 (1989). What if Marvel Studios go down the route of Nomad? Captain America first dons the Nomad costume in Captain America #180 (1974). Edward Ferbel was the second Nomad in Captain America #261 (1981). The third installment of Nomad (Jack Monroe) and probably the winning book for the Nomad speculation cause is Captain America #282 (1983). Jack Monroe went on to spawn a limited series (which is also one to get) and a regular series that lasted 25 issues. I won’t speak about the fourth Nomad, a female version character that failed miserably.

Hey wouldn’t it be great if Marvel Studios ever challenged DC/Warner Bros. In releasing their version of Superman? How about Sentry? He first appeared in the self titled Sentry #1 (2000). Wow this would be fantastic wouldn’t it?

If you’re been checking out the most recent InvestComics Hot Picks, you will know that I have been talking about the Marvel UK resurgence. In no way is the resurgence happening by mistake. Marvel/Disney are probably testing the market for the first major movie/animation starring a Marvel UK character. Captain Britain would be an obvious first choice, but it’s way too close to the Captain America lure. So where to go next? How about Union Jack? Check out the Invaders comics #’s 7 (1976), #8 (1976), and #20 (1977) for the key Union Jack comics. Also Captain America #254 (1981).

You know who would be great fun to see in a film. Maybe as a team member; Jack of Hearts. The colors in his costume are so vibrant that it would just pop on screen. The red heart on his left eye, the blue, yellow, and red costume….all good in my book! Check out his first appearance in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #23 (1976). Also check out his four issue limited series from 1984.

Staying with the “colorful” characters, how about picking up Adventure Into Fear with Man-Thing # 19 (1973). This comic gives collectors the first look at Howard the Duck. Remember that bad movie from 1986? How awesome would it be to have Howard revisited by Marvel/Disney? Yes, this needs to get done.

You know what also needs to get done? How about a Machine Man film? Machine Man was created by Jack ‘King’ Kirby in 1976’s 2001: A Space Odyssey #8. Jack ‘King’ Kirby had his hands all over this creation. The only thing he is not credited on is the Inking and coloring. A fantastic book to have in your collection.

Black Widow may lead the charge as the first Big Budget female hero on screen. So how about we look at some female characters that should get some more play in your spec collection.

Amazing Spider-Man #209 features the first appearance of Calypso. Todd McFarlane brought back Calypso during his solo Spider-Man run, but she hasn’t really been a factor since. What time than the present to change that?

Typhoid Mary really needs more playtime in the Marvel Universe. She’s too good of a character to be forgotten about or thrown into meaningless story lines. Marvel needs to revisit what made her work back in the late 80’s. Typhoid’s debut came in Daredevil #254 (1988). Typhoid will probably appear in the new Daredevil netflix show too.

Hellcat has made many appearances over the years, but never seems to garner the attention she should get. Check out Avengers #144 (1976) for the first appearance of Hellcat.

As previously mentioned, Daredevil will be getting his own netflix series. I’m making a call right here that you will hear HERE first. Echo will be the female go to in the series. How do I know this? A hunch. I’ve been right before. I’ve also been wrong before too! The hunch points to Echo for me and Echo’s first is in Daredevil (vol. 2) #9 (1999).

Tabitha (Boom-Boom) like Hellcat has appeared in so many comics over the years, but you’d be hard pressed to even know what her first appearance book is. That book would be Secret Wars II #5 (1985).

Well that’s it for this installment. Look for DC, Image, and more Marvel ‘B’ side comic picks coming your way.

 

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

 

Comics Sales 2014 – February – Surprise high and low sales report

Comics Sales 2014 – February – Surprise high and low sales report

Market report by comics historian Terry Hoknes – hoknes@hotmail.com of www.HoknesComics.com

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Every month Diamond Distributors reports the top 300 best selling highest ordered new comic books of the month

Retailers order new products 2 months in advance and must predict how well new comics will sell for them.

What happens every month is some titles are over-ordered and some retailers under-order.

As a stereotypical rule most retail shops will order extra heavy on all DC and Marvel titles knowing they might have potentially longer shelf life.  All other smaller publishers most retailers will NOT take the same risk with financially.

Therefore the best selling comics of the year are predictably from the “big 2″ publishers and the smallest print runs and books that sell out the quickest are from the smallest publishers.

Let’s analyze the best selling comics of the past month.  In the following list I will make notes of any comics I believe stand out specifically for having higher or lower orders than might have been expected.  This will strongly affect the future back issue prices of these comics.

Batman holds continuously as the best selling ongoing series but sales have been down and sales this month were so poor in comic shops that only 1 comic sold over 100,000 copies.

Harley Quinn sales stay decently strong and each issue has been selling out and going to 2nd prints.   If popularity stays up the early issues could eventually become valuable for future collectors.

Walking Dead – same as Harley Quinn.  Orders are quite high but issues do sell out and many go to 2nd prints.  If the TV series continues for a few more years these issues are likely to see price increases for future collectors.  Walking Dead has 2 issues in the top 10 – this is a first for the title ever!

2014 is the year that Marvel is restarting all their series with new #1′s.  None of them had crazy high orders and since Marvel only prints whats ordered they all sell out and have 2nd prints immediately.

Some very major series debut with decent but definitely not impressive numbers:  Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Punisher, Ms Marvel.

Ms Marvel had the most hype of the 4 and yet had the smallest order and sold out.  Marvel debuted other titles with even smaller print runs yet so these are the ones to watch out for if the public enjoys them.

Batman Jokers Daughter #1 continued its popularity and decent 51,000 orders.

Most of DC’s issues hit #28 this month and many steampunk variant covers that are all the rage right now. With the regular covers having print runs of only about 35,000 the variants will be a lot less common than the big print books.   Action / Wonder Woman etc.

Looking at the rest of the list with a quick overview I will mention titles that I think the print runs were too high or too low.

If the print runs were too high then those copies are just gonna sit on shelves.

If the print runs were too low it likely sold out immediately at Diamond and in comic shops and has the best chance of all new comics to go up in value quickly.

PRINT RUNS TOO HIGH ?

As usual most Marvel/DC/Dark Horse comics do not sell out and retailers take bigger chances making these books unlikely to ever go up in value.

PRINT RUNS TOO LOW ?

Devils Hopyard #1 – 2,200 from Arrden Entertainment sold out instantly and hit $15.00 already

Black Science #4 came in at a decent 26,000.   This was the best selling Image comic of the month (not counting Walking Dead). Sales have only slightly picked up so its likely going to be another sellout for this issue which keeps going to 2nd prints.

Lazarus and Deadly Class are the only 2 other Image titles that still sell over 20,000 copies.  Image sales overall keep dropping on almost all titles.

Manifest Destiny #4 13,200 – why is the hottest comic on Earth so underordered by retailers !?!?!??!

Revenge #1 17,300 / Fuse #1 15,900 / Undertow #1 14,800 / Apocalypse Al #1 14,000 / Mercenary Sea #1 10,700 / One Hit Wonder #1 9,700

Once again Image comics debuts a bunch of new series this month and the sales keep dropping month to month.   Any quality books are selling out quickly in advance at Diamond and retailers are not taking any chances.

Here are the Image comics that sold less than 5,000 copies this month:

Bounce #10 4,900 / Drumhellar #4 4,500 / Minimum Wage #2 4,100 / Krampus #3 4,000 / Voice In The Dark #4 3,400 / Think Tank #12 2,900 /

Royals Masters Of War #1 – new DC title with great reviews small orders at 12,700.

Cryptozoic Man #4 11,200 – still fairly small orders for the last issue of this popular series

Bunker #1 10,300 – sold out instantly with talks of a new movie – instant price increases.

Steam Wars #4 – a new issue of Star Wars done steampunk style – small print run as usual at only 1,500 copies.

PRINT RUNS – TOSS UP ?

Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 – many variant covers with print run of 30,000 – still a high number and it did sell out but the variants will have over inflated demand so hard to say the future of this one.

Vampire Diaries #2 – TV show from DC major publisher but print run only 6,000 – either demand is not there any longer or retailers are not taking any chances.

GI Joe Comics – there are a lot of new series released each month but most have print runs only about 5,000 – long run these books could be harder to find.

White Suits #1 – Dark Horse 5,000 – very safe print run

DC Villains Month 3D cover 2nd print complete set – only 2,200 sets at $199.99 were made making these 2nd print 3D covers very rare for a DC product.   Demand could possibly grow for the more popular ones like Jokers Daughter and Harley Quinn.

Manifest Destiny #1 – 3rd printing – print run only 1,800 copies – demand is so high for this title that 3rd print might go up in value.

 

Best Selling comics of Jan 2014 – interesting books to note for high or low sales:

 

Comic-book Title Issue Price Publisher Est. sales
1 Batman 28 $3.99 DC 114,089
2 Forever Evil 5 $3.99 DC 92,014
3 Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 88,923
4 Superior Spider-Man 27.NOW $3.99 Marvel 86,405
5 Justice League 28 $3.99 DC 80,901
6 Superior Spider-Man 28 $3.99 Marvel 75,477
7 Fantastic Four 1 $3.99 Marvel 65,775
8 Walking Dead 121 $2.99 Image 65,244
9 Walking Dead 122 $2.99 Image 64,810
10 All New X-Men 23 $3.99 Marvel 64,625
11 Harley Quinn 3 $2.99 DC 63,967
12 Avengers 26 $3.99 Marvel 59,775
13 Batman Superman 8 $3.99 DC 58,138
14 Detective Comics 28 $3.99 DC 56,619
15 Justice League of America 12 $3.99 DC 56,259
16 Uncanny X-Men 17 $3.99 Marvel 56,163
17 Guardians of Galaxy 12 $3.99 Marvel 55,454
18 Punisher 1 $3.99 Marvel 54,558
19 Origin II 3 $3.99 Marvel 53,640
20 Uncanny Avengers 17 $3.99 Marvel 53,181
21 X-Men 10.NOW $3.99 Marvel 52,486
22 Batman Jokers Daughter 1 $4.99 DC 51,066
23 New Avengers 14 $3.99 Marvel 50,668
24 Ms Marvel 1 $2.99 Marvel 50,286
25 Green Lantern Red Lanterns 28 $2.99 DC 49,200
26 Amazing X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 48,161
27 X-Men 11 $3.99 Marvel 47,498
28 X-Force 1 $3.99 Marvel 47,427
29 Wolverine 2 $3.99 Marvel 47,339
30 New Warriors 1 $3.99 Marvel 45,765
31 Superman Wonder Woman 5 $3.99 DC 44,847
32 Batman And Two Face 28 $2.99 DC 43,380
33 The Star Wars 5 $3.99 Dark Horse 42,686
34 Thor God of Thunder 19.NOW $3.99 Marvel 42,034
35 Loki Agent of Asgard 1 $2.99 Marvel 41,921
36 She-Hulk 1 $2.99 Marvel 41,894
37 Deadpool 23 $2.99 Marvel 41,204
38 Deadpool 24 $2.99 Marvel 41,130
39 Avengers World 3 $3.99 Marvel 39,999
40 Hawkeye 15 $2.99 Marvel 39,546
41 Kick-Ass 3 6 $4.99 Marvel 39,534
42 Serenity Leaves On The Wind 2* $3.50 Dark Horse 38,630
43 Night of Living Deadpool 3 $3.99 Marvel 37,974
44 Nightwing 28 $2.99 DC 36,940
45 Captain America 16.NOW $3.99 Marvel 36,534
46 Wolverine And X-Men 41 $3.99 Marvel 35,800
47 Earth 2 20 $2.99 DC 35,732
48 Forever Evil Arkham War 5 $2.99 DC 35,564
49 Batman The Dark Knight 28 $2.99 DC 35,455
50 Wolverine and X-Men 42 $4.99 Marvel 35,392
51 Action Comics 28 $3.99 DC 35,305
52 Aquaman 28 $2.99 DC 34,939
53 Batgirl 28 $2.99 DC 34,567
54 Superman 28 $2.99 DC 34,296
55 Flash 28 $2.99 DC 33,853
56 Captain America 17 $3.99 Marvel 33,312
57 Justice League 3000 3 $2.99 DC 33,308
58 All New Invaders 2 $3.99 Marvel 32,293
59 Punisher 2 $3.99 Marvel 31,709
60 Daredevil 36 $2.99 Marvel 31,494
61 Wonder Woman 28 $2.99 DC 31,464
62 Indestructible Hulk 19 $3.99 Marvel 31,192
63 Winter Soldier Bitter March 1 $3.99 Marvel 31,137
64 Star Wars 14 $2.99 Dark Horse 30,828
65 Turok Dinosaur Hunter 1* $3.99 Dynamic Forces 30,722
66 Justice League Dark 28 $3.99 DC 30,519
67 All New X-Factor 3 $3.99 Marvel 29,915
68 Iron Man 21 $3.99 Marvel 29,546
69 Green Lantern Corps 28 $2.99 DC 29,142
70 Black Widow 3 $3.99 Marvel 28,127
71 Green Lantern New Guardians 28 $2.99 DC 27,212
72 Mighty Avengers 6 $3.99 Marvel 27,195
73 My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 16 $3.99 IDW 26,942
74 Wake 6 $2.99 DC 26,843
75 Batman Black & White 6 $4.99 DC 26,744
76 Teen Titans 28 $2.99 DC 26,732
77 Green Arrow 28 $2.99 DC 26,725
78 Mighty Avengers 7 $3.99 Marvel 26,512
79 Nova 13.NOW $3.99 Marvel 26,147
80 Iron Man Annual 1 $4.99 Marvel 26,047
81 Miracleman 3 $4.99 Marvel 25,970
82 Superior Carnage Annual 1 $4.99 Marvel 25,806
83 Cataclysm Ultimates Last Stand 5 $3.99 Marvel 25,752
84 Black Science 4 $3.50 Image 25,713
85 Worlds Finest 20 $2.99 DC 25,585
86 Savage Wolverine 15 $3.99 Marvel 25,190
87 Catwoman 28 $2.99 DC 23,974
88 Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion 5 $2.99 DC 23,725
89 Thunderbolts 22 $2.99 Marvel 23,629
90 Supergirl 28 $2.99 DC 23,567
91 Red Hood And The Outlaws 28 $2.99 DC 23,236
92 Suicide Squad 28 $2.99 DC 22,882
93 Injustice Year Two 2 $2.99 DC 22,703
94 Superior Spider-Man Team Up 10 $3.99 Marvel 22,124
95 Mlp Friendship Is Magic 100 Penny Press 1 $1.00 IDW 21,957
96 Superman Lois Lane 1 $4.99 DC 21,550
97 Lazarus 6 $2.99 Image 21,198
98 Deadly Class 2* $3.50 Image 21,159
99 My Little Pony Friends Forever 2 $3.99 IDW 20,676
100 Batwoman 28 $2.99 DC 20,672
101 Constantine 11 $2.99 DC 20,385
102 Avengers Assemble 24 $3.99 Marvel 20,059
103 Secret Avengers 15 $3.99 Marvel 20,059
104 Secret Avengers 16 $3.99 Marvel 20,022
105 Batman 66 8 $3.99 DC 19,795
106 Superior Foes of Spider-Man 8 $2.99 Marvel 19,193
107 Forever Evil Argus 5 $2.99 DC 19,157
108 Swamp Thing 28 $2.99 DC 19,146
109 Trillium 6 $2.99 DC 18,819
110 DC Universe Vs Masters of the Universe 5 $2.99 DC 18,769
111 Tomb Raider 1 [*] $3.50 Dark Horse 18,486
112 Birds of Prey 28 $2.99 DC 18,092
113 Marvel Knights Spider-Man 5 $3.99 Marvel 18,073
114 Trinity of Sin Pandora 8 $2.99 DC 17,703
115 George Romeros Empire of Dead Act One 2 $3.99 Marvel 17,624
116 Animal Man 28 $2.99 DC 17,559
117 Revenge 1 $2.99 Image 17,362
118 X-Men Legacy 24 $2.99 Marvel 17,307
119 A Plus X 17 $3.99 Marvel 17,075
120 Trinity of Sin The Phantom Stranger 16 $2.99 DC 17,012
121 Avengers AI 9 $2.99 Marvel 16,906
122 Superboy 28 $2.99 DC 16,448
123 Fuse 1 $3.50 Image 15,957
124 DC Comics Presents Harley Quinn 1 $7.99 DC 15,587
125 Manhattan Projects 18 $3.50 Image 15,076
126 Marvel Knights X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 15,014
127 Undertow 1 $2.99 Image 14,859
128 Talon 16 $2.99 DC 14,691
129 TMNT Ongoing 31 $3.99 IDW 14,684
130 Legenderry A Steampunk Adv 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 14,570
131 Batman Beyond Universe 7 $3.99 DC 14,435
132 Astro City 9 $3.99 DC 14,289
133 Adventure Time 25 $4.99 Boom 14,191
134 Fables 138 $2.99 DC 14,109
135 Apocalypse Al 1 $2.99 Image 14,055
136 Fatale 20* $3.50 Image 13,862
137 He Man And The Masters of the Universe 10 $2.99 DC 13,816
138 Larfleeze 8 $2.99 DC 13,338
139 Manifest Destiny 4 $2.99 Image 13,291
140 Dexter Down Under 1 $3.99 Marvel 13,203
141 Ten Grand 7 $2.99 Image 13,201
142 X-Files Season 10 9 $3.99 IDW 13,129
143 Star Wars Darth Vader & Cry of Shadows 3 $3.50 Dark Horse 13,111
144 X-Files Conspiracy TMNT 1* $3.99 IDW 13,104
145 IIIi 12 $2.99 Dark Horse 13,029
146 God Is Dead 6 $3.99 Avatar 12,852
147 All Star Western 28 $3.99 DC 12,782
148 Royals Masters of War 1* $2.99 DC 12,755
149 Red Sonja 7 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 12,622
150 Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Force War 4 $3.50 Dark Horse 12,443
151 Fairest 23 $2.99 DC 12,350
152 Marvel Knights Hulk 3 $3.99 Marvel 12,305
153 God Is Dead 7 $3.99 Avatar 12,008
154 X-Files Conspiracy Transformers 1* $3.99 IDW 11,897
155 Spawn 240 $2.99 Image 11,827
156 Batwing 28 $2.99 DC 11,786
157 Twilight Zone 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 11,537
158 Adventure Time Flip Side 2 $3.99 Boom 11,318
159 Revolutionary War Deaths Head II 1 $3.99 Marvel 11,310
160 Cryptozoic Man 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 11,291
161 Sons of Anarchy 6 $3.99 Boom 11,228
162 Chew 40 $2.99 Image 11,193
163 Rat Queens 5 $3.50 Image 11,121
164 Adventures of Superman 10 $3.99 DC 11,075
165 Smallville Season 11 Alien 3 $3.99 DC 11,061
166 Satellite Sam 6 $3.50 Image 10,797
167 Conan The Barbarian 25 $3.50 Dark Horse 10,736
168 Mercenary Sea 1 $2.99 Image 10,728
169 Dead Body Road 3* $2.99 Image 10,659
170 Unity 4 $3.99 Valiant 10,644
171 Coffin Hill 5 $2.99 DC 10,435
172 Bunker 1 $3.99 Oni 10,378
173 Revolutionary War Supersoldiers 1 $3.99 Marvel 10,310
174 Batman Lil Gotham 11 $2.99 DC 10,030
175 Samurai Jack 5 $3.99 IDW 9,989
176 Star Trek Khan 5 $3.99 IDW 9,930
177 Star Trek Ongoing 30 $3.99 IDW 9,906
178 Dead Boy Detectives 3 $2.99 DC 9,889
179 Alex + Ada 4 $2.99 Image 9,862
180 X-O Manowar 22 $3.99 Valiant 9,808
181 One Hit Wonder 1 $3.50 Image 9,719
182 Transformers More Than Meets Eye 26 $3.99 IDW 9,663
183 King Conan Conqueror 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 9,646
184  Grimm Fairy Tales Oz 6 $2.99 Zenescope 9,631
185 TMNT Utrom Empire 2 $3.99 IDW 9,542
186 Transformers Robots In Disguise 26 $3.99 IDW 9,535
187 Sonic The Hedgehog 257 $2.99 Archie 9,325
188 Sex 11 $2.99 Image 9,302
189 Disney Kingdoms Seekers of Weird 2 $3.99 Marvel 9,182
190 Hinterkind 5 $2.99 DC 8,948
191 Sidekick 5 $2.99 Image 8,943
192 BPRD Hell On Earth 116 $3.50 Dark Horse 8,674
193 Archer & Armstrong Archer 0 $3.99 Valiant 8,671
194 Regular Show 9 $3.99 Boom 8,554
195 Harbinger 21 $3.99 Valiant 8,473
196 Secret 5 $3.50 Image 8,394
197 Harley Quinn 1 $2.99 DC 8,273
198 Lobster Johnson Get Lobster 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 8,266
199 Teen Titans Go 2* $2.99 DC 8,216
200 Doc Savage 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,214
201 Stormwatch 28 $2.99 DC 8,207
202 Shadow 22 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8,063
203 Abe Sapien 10 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,995
204 Transformers Regeneration One 99 $3.99 IDW 7,994
205 Quantum & Woody 8 $3.99 Valiant 7,992
206 Sonic Universe 60 $2.99 Archie 7,902
207 Bloodshot & Hard Corps 0 $3.99 Valiant 7,895
208 Eternal Warrior 6 $3.99 Valiant 7,862
209 Legends of Red Sonja 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 7,673
210 Regular Show 10 $3.99 Boom 7,623
211 Unwritten Vol 2 Apocalypse 2* $3.99 DC 7,537
212 Rachel Rising 23 $3.99 Abstract 7,511
213 Powerpuff Girls 6 $3.99 IDW 7,456
214 Wraith Welcome To Christmasland 4 $3.99 IDW 7,404
215 100 Bullets Brother Lono 8 $2.99 DC 7,357
216 Bloodshot & Hard Corps 19 $3.99 Valiant 7,281
217 Shadowman 15 $3.99 Valiant 7,239
218 Serenity Leaves On The Wind 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 7,107
219 Scribblenauts Unmasked Crisis of Imagination 2 $2.99 DC 7,101
220 Harley Quinn 2 $2.99 DC 6,995
221 Massive 20 $3.50 Dark Horse 6,976
222 Letter 44 4 $3.99 Oni 6,945
223 Baltimore Chapel of Bones 2 $3.50 Dark Horse 6,922
224 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Clash of Queens 1 $3.99 Zenescope 6,791
225 Rover Red Charlie 3 $3.99 Avatar 6,770
226 G.I. Joe 13 $3.99 IDW 6,740
227 Amazing Spider-Man Movie Adaptation 2 $2.99 Marvel 6,721
228 G.I. Joe A Real American Hero 199 $3.99 IDW 6,652
229 Army of Darkness Vs Hack Slash 6 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6,629
230 Three 5 $2.99 Image 6,594
231 Terminator Salvation Final Battle 3 $3.99 Dark Horse 6,563
232 Ash & The Army of Darkness 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6,563
233 Egos 2 $2.99 Image 6,548
234 Godzilla Rulers of the Earth 9 $3.99 IDW 6,531
235 Simpsons Comics 209 $2.99 Bongo 6,509
236 Judge Dredd 16 $3.99 IDW 6,456
237 Movement 9 $2.99 DC 6,417
238 Ghosted 7 $2.99 Image 6,403
239  Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Age of Darkness $5.99 Zenescope 6,388
240 Spongebob Comics 29 $2.99 United Plankton 6,377
241 Ghostbusters 13 $3.99 IDW 6,355
242 Five Ghosts 9 $2.99 Image 6,348
243 Extinction Parade 5 $3.99 Avatar 6,326
244 Umbral 4 $2.99 Image 6,264
245  Grimm Fairy Tales Grimm Fairy Tales 94 $2.99 Zenescope 6,175
246 Vampire Diaries 2 $3.99 DC 6,132
247 Morning Glories 37 $3.50 Image 6,116
248 Terminator Enemy of My Enemy 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 6,068
249 TMNT New Animated Adventures 8 $3.99 IDW 6,034
250 Battlestar Galactica 8 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,992
251 Halo Escalation 3 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,961
252 Maxx Maxximized 4 $3.99 IDW 5,943
253 Sheltered 7 $2.99 Image 5,939
254 Beware The Batman 5* $2.99 DC 5,904
255 Futurama Comics 70 $2.99 Bongo 5,901
256 Crossed Badlands 47 $3.99 Avatar 5,899
257 Crossed Badlands 48 $3.99 Avatar 5,829
258 Red Sonja Berserker One Shot $4.99 Dynamic Forces 5,810
259 Invincible Universe 10 $2.99 Image 5,803
260  Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland 20 $3.99 Zenescope 5,780
261 G.I. Joe Special Missions 12 $3.99 IDW 5,743
262 Judge Dredd Mega City Two 2 $3.99 IDW 5,700
263 Regular Show Skips 4 $3.99 Boom 5,604
264 Peter Panzerfaust 17 $3.50 Image 5,598
265  Grimm Fairy Tales Tales From Oz 2 $3.99 Zenescope 5,555
266  Grimm Fairy Tales Code Red 3 $2.99 Zenescope 5,528
267 Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris 35 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,394
268  Grimm Fairy Tales Ascension 1 $3.99 Zenescope 5,327
269 Warlord of Mars Dejah Thoris 36 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,320
270 Kings Watch 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,318
271 Protectors Inc 4 $2.99 Image 5,301
272 Dejah Thoris & Green Men of Mars 11 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,296
273 Bad Ass 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,202
274  Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Asylum 2 $3.99 Zenescope 5,185
275 Mark Waid Green Hornet 9 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,126
276 Robotech Voltron 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5,118
277 Mass Effect Foundation 8 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,097
278 White Suits 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 5,039
279 Aphrodite IX 8 $2.99 Image 4,998
280 Savage Dragon 193 $3.99 Image 4,979
281 Robocop Last Stand 7 $3.99 Boom 4,975
282 Bounce 10 $2.99 Image 4,934
283 Bravest Warriors 17 $3.99 Boom 4,892
284 Painkiller Jane Price of Freedom 4 $2.99 Marvel 4,764
285 Vampirella 38 $4.99 Dynamic Forces 4,758
286 Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble 5 $2.99 Marvel 4,686
287 Grimm 10 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,657
288 Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man 23 $2.99 Marvel 4,585
289 Drumhellar 4 $3.50 Image 4,575
290  Grimm Fairy Tales Quest 4 $3.99 Zenescope 4,570
291 Creepy Comics 15 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,559
292 Mind Mgmt 19 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,481
293 Sergio Aragones Funnies 12 $3.50 Bongo 4,477
294 All New Soulfire 3 $3.99 Aspen 4,450
295 Pariah 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,377
296 Illegitimates 3 $3.99 IDW 4,373
297 Uncanny 6 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,332
298 Gravel Combat Magician 1 $3.99 Avatar 4,287
299 Vampirella Southern Gothic 5 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,284
300 Robocop Beta One Shot $3.99 Boom 4,263
301 Sex Criminals 1 $3.50 Image 4,259
302 Curse 2 $3.99 Boom 4,233
303 Vandroid 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,229
304 City The Mind In The Machine 1* $3.99 IDW 4,224
305 Grindhouse Doors Open At Midnight 5 $3.99 Dark Horse 4,218
306 Minimum Wage 2 $3.50 Image 4,187
307 Robocop To Live And Die In Detroit One Shot $3.99 Boom 4,164
308 X 10 $2.99 Dark Horse 4,164
309 Loki Ragnarok & Roll 1 $3.99 Boom 4,139
310 Scooby Doo Where Are You 42* $2.99 DC 4,127
311 Dark Horse Presents 33 $7.99 Dark Horse 4,118
312 Sherlock Holmes Moriarty Lives 2 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 4,074
313 Bar Maid 3 $3.50 Zenescope 4,047
314 Artifacts 34 $3.99 Image 4,038
315 Krampus 3 $2.99 Image 4,026
316 Robocop Memento Mori One Shot $3.99 Boom 4,012
317 Peanuts Vol 2 16 $3.99 Boom 3,984
318 Robocop Hominem Ex Machina One Shot $3.99 Boom 3,979
319 The Lone Ranger 22 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,972
320 Artifacts 35 $3.99 Image 3,932
321 Fox 4 $2.99 Archie 3,928
322 Robert E Howards Savage Sword 7 $7.99 Dark Horse 3,913
323 Red Sonja Dollar Book 1 $1.00 Dynamic Forces 3,906
324 Hacktivist 2 $3.99 Boom 3,889
325 Revelations 2 $3.99 Boom 3,855
326 Shahrazad 3 $3.50 Big Dog 3,854
327 Archie 652 $2.99 Archie 3,852
328 Midas Flesh 3 $3.99 Boom 3,694
329 Great Pacific 13 Cvr A $2.99 Image 3,690
330 Jericho Season 4 5 $3.99 IDW 3,678
331 Ben 10 4 $3.99 IDW 3,575
332 Captain Midnight 8 $2.99 Dark Horse 3,565
333 Thunder Agents 6 $3.99 IDW 3,521
334 Jennifer Blood 36 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,513
335 Battlestar Galactica Starbuck 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,509
336 Memory Collectors 3 $3.99 IDW 3,481
337 Haunted Horror 9 $3.99 IDW 3,456
338 Suicide Risk 10 $3.99 Boom 3,455
339 Five Weapons 7 $3.50 Image 3,451
340 A Voice In The Dark 4 $3.99 Image 3,441
341 Strain The Fall 8 $3.99 Dark Horse 3,412
342 Clown Fatale 4 $3.99 Dark Horse 3,355
343 Noir 4 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,335
344 TMNT Color Classics Series 2 4 $3.99 IDW 3,305
345 Sixth Gun 38 $3.99 Oni 3,206
346 Skyman 2 $2.99 Dark Horse 3,200
347 The Spider 17 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,187
348 Night of Living Deadpool 1 $3.99 Marvel 3,150
349 Death Sentence 5 $3.99 Titan 3,093
350 Black Bat 9 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 3,066
351 1 For $1 Mass Effect Foundation 1 $1.00 Dark Horse 3,012
352 Bad Blood 2 $3.99 Dark Horse 2,979
353 Furious 2 $3.99 Dark Horse 2,971
354 Codename Action 5 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 2,963
355 Executive Assistant Assassins 18 $3.99 Aspen 2,962
356 Think Tank 12 $3.99 Image 2,955
357 Damsels 12 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 2,935
358 Grimm Warlock 3 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 2,899
359 Super Dinosaur 22 $2.99 Image 2,873
360 Knights of the Dinner Table 205 $5.99 Kenzer 2,803
361 Damsels 13 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 2,763
362 Black Widow 1 $3.99 Marvel 2,674
363 Garfield 22 $3.99 Boom 2,656
364 Legend of Oz The Wicked West Ongoing 15 $3.50 Big Dog 2,617
365 Legend of Oz The Wicked West Ongoing 16 $3.50 Big Dog 2,612
366 Judge Dredd Classics 8 $3.99 IDW 2,588
367 Stitched 19 $3.99 Avatar 2,544
368 Looney Tunes 217* $2.99 DC 2,531
369 Deadly Class 1 $3.50 Image 2,496
370 Occultist 5 $3.50 Dark Horse 2,445
371 Catalyst Comix 8 $2.99 Dark Horse 2,442
372 Juice Squeezers 2 $3.99 Dark Horse 2,433
373 Guardians of Galaxy 11.NOW $3.99 Marvel 2,385
374 Indestructible 3 $3.99 IDW 2,347
375 Elephantmen 54 $3.99 Image 2,325
376 Devils Hopyard 1 $3.99 Ardden 2,264
377 Villains Month 3D Motion Complete Set $199.99 DC 2,261
378 Sex Criminals 3 $3.50 Image 2,202
379 Ballistic 4 $3.50 Black Mask 2,189
380 Deadworld Restoration 3 $3.99 IDW 2,117
381 Popeye Classics Ongoing 19 $3.99 IDW 2,114
382 Sex Criminals 4 $3.50 Image 2,089
383 Life With Archie 34 $3.99 Archie 2,087
384 Nancy Dragon In Hell One Shot $3.99 Amigo 1,962
385 All New X-Factor 1 $3.99 Marvel 1,916
386 Michael Avon Oemings Victories 9 $3.99 Dark Horse 1,844
387 Afterlife With Archie 3 $2.99 Archie 1,830
388 Manifest Destiny 1 $2.99 Image 1,823
389 John Carpenters Asylum 4 $3.99 Storm King 1,813
390 Batman 28 Combo Pack $4.99 DC 1,802
391 Gold Digger 207 $3.99 Antarctic 1,784
392 Manifest Destiny 3 $2.99 Image 1,778
393 Samurai Jack Special Directors Cut $7.99 IDW 1,756
394 Gate Way 2 $3.99 IDW 1,722
395 Miracleman 2 $4.99 Marvel 1,632
396 Earth 2 Annual 2 $4.99 DC 1,624
397 Sinister Dexter 3 $3.99 IDW 1,595
398 Deceivers 3 $3.99 Boom 1,590
399 Steam Wars 4 $3.99 Antarctic 1,572
400 Avengers World 1 $3.99 Marvel 1,554
406 Steam Engines of Oz Vol 2 3 $3.99 Arcana 1,450
412 Cavewoman Deadly Venom One Shot $3.75 Basement 1,353
414 Betty & Veronica Double Digest 221 $3.99 Archie 1,296
415 Fubar Guts And Glory One Shot $3.99 Alterna 1,285

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 3/19/14

For the second straight week we have another extremely slow week for the speculators. This should not be a bad thing; this is actually a very good thing. With the lull in the spec market this week, one should be hitting those back issue bins or scouring the internet for that back issue they have been putting off.

A quick variant cover lesson coming up…….

Let’s get this out of the way. Marvel’s version of their New 52 seems very forced and makes absolutely no sense. While we all have to understand that Marvel Comics is in fact a company and they have to make money to stay in business; hence their relaunch of many titles, there is a certain feel to hearing the words in the New Daredevil (2014 4th Series) #1 solict that reads “BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!”. “I” didn’t demand it. Do you know anyone that demanded a restart on the Daredevil title?? I didn’t think so. This is the first part of these relaunch titles that seem to be so forced. The second is the variant craze.

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If you have friends that are “speculators” and buy most of the variants, I’m challenging all of the specs that read this column and are followers of InvestComics to tell them to stop buying the variant covers thinking they will make money on them. The majority of them they won’t. It’s the speculator with the 90’s mentality ruining it for everyone else. Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, etc. have all recognized the fanboy wannabe speculator and are sucking them dry of their money and in turn are making it worse for the real spec to sell their variant. Now granted, there are some seriously nice variant covers that fans want for their collection, but know the difference here. Collection vs. market.

Some readers right now may be asking the question; “Well how do you know that these companies know about these fanboy wannabe specs?”  How about Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #6 this week? This comic is a perfect case in point to the aforementioned. Superman Unchained #SIX, not number 1, not number 50, 100, 500, 1000, no a number SIX comes with ELEVEN variants. Absurd. DC Comics labels the variant “75th anniversary” to lure the uninformed. They know by publishing all of these variants that many “collectors” will get them all thinking they will be worth money 20 years from now when in fact many of the variants will be worth cover price. The variants worth the time of day are the variants that no one expects to be worth the monies they get. The true speculator learns (through here mostly!) that they need to strike at certain points to maximize their payday. The second thing to know is that your variant has to be graded; signature series is even more preferred.

Know how to work the variant market, teach the speculator that buys them all that it will be better for all of us if they’d refrain from doing that. Maybe just maybe we’ll get back to the 2 variant cover deals (maybe even 3) from these companies and the market won’t be so inundated with 11 variant covers to a Superman Unchained #6 comic.

Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #23 will be introducing its own infinity gems into the Iron Man lure. The epic storyline is called ‘Rings of The Mandarins’. Check out that cover from Mike Del Mundo, very nice. One thing worth noting too about this issue, remember how for weeks I kept talking about how Marvel/Disney is probably testing the market on the Marvel UK characters? Well guess what, a “classic Marvel UK character” will be making an appearance in this issue in a “reintented form”. So about that testing the market stuff…….

A few number one comics coming this Wednesday; Sovereign (2014 Image) #1 will be sold out by Friday, Anne Bonnie (2014 Blue Juice) #1 looks very interesting and did you catch their Accelerators title? Good stuff. Fans of the mega talented rock group Rush will have much to look forward to this week. Rush Clockwork Angels (2014 Boom) #1; The comic book is based on their music and is co-written by drummer and lyricist Neil Peart. Yes my friend Mandi is in heaven! She is the ultimate Rush fan and Rush fans will be out in droves to get this comic. And rounding out this week is Witcher (2014 Dark Horse) #1.

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Jay Katz

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Terminus At Fenton’s Green an original graphic Novel by Markosia!

BookCover……..From our friends at Markosia!

“Terminus At Fenton’s Green” is an original graphic Novel published by Markosia and will be launching with an exclusive hard backed cover at the London Super Comic Convention on March 15th and 16th 2014.

It will also see a 3 part digital release culminating in the collected works being released for comixology during March.

The story is about a Victorian London gentleman that receives a mysterious offer of employment and is lured to the town of Fenton’s Green. He is trapped in an inescapable nightmare and must fight for his freedom and sanity. But he may be the greatest evil of all.

The book respectfully nods to “Lovecraft” and “Hammer House of Horror” in equal measures and plays with art styles in a “Wizard of Oz” way to maximize impact!

The book has been written by Adam Cheal (Toxic Storm, British Showcase Anthology) and Pencilled and Inked by Russ Leach (British Showcase Anthology, Unstoppable Comics, Indifference Engine 2). Colours are provided by Mike Summers and letters by Mindy Lopkin.

Comics industry star Sean Phillips (Batman, X-Men, Marvel Zombies) has provided the foreward and the book already has great DigitalCoverreviews from sites such as “comicsandcookies.com” and “curiosity of a social misfit”. Comicbooked.com will be running a review prior to the books release.

Ari Carr of comicsandcookies.com said of the book “this graphic novel is dark, disgusting, and above all else, brilliant!”
And Sean Phillips wrote… “This comic has it all, murder, monsters, mayhem and mammaries! What more could you want?”

The book can be picked up at the LSCC signed by Russ and Adam at the Markosia stand and all those people pre-ordering or buying on the day will be entered into a prize draw to win one of two pieces of original artwork in pencil that appear in the book. Markosia are also giving away selected books with purchases and Russ will be their sketching on the day.
The book is also on general release as a paper back and hard back through Markosia’s site as well as all good book sellers.

Markosia was established in 2005 and has become one of the UK’s leading publishers of graphic novels. Based in London, it has gained a reputation for producing a diverse range of comic books and graphic novels that cover almost all genres, with the highest possible production values.

Some of the creators that have worked on Markosia titles include ‘Midnight Kiss’ artist Ryan Stegman (Superior Spider-Man), ‘Starship Troopers’ artist Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four), ‘Of Bitter Souls’ artist Norm Breyfogle (Batman), ‘Dark Mists’ artist Lee Garbett (Batman), exclusivesposter‘Scatterbrain’ artist Szymon Kudranski (30 Days of Night) and many more.

Their varied range continues to impress as the company goes from strength to strength. 2014 promises to be the most exciting year to date for this dynamic company as they embark on a range of thrilling new ventures designed to take them to even greater heights as they strive to take their stories to the masses.

There is an exciting new range of titles coming in 2014, with many more in production for the future.

related links…

“Terminus At Fenton’s Green” at Markosia – http://www.markosia.com/titles/terminus-at-fentons-green/

“British Showcase Anthology” at Markosia – http://www.markosia.com/titles/british-showcase-anthology/

“Terminus At Fenton’s Green” web site – http://www.fentonsgreen.com/

Russ Leach’s website – http://www.russleach.com or http://www.kre8uk.net

First Review – http://comicsandcookies.com/2014/01/20/review-of-terminus-at-fentons-green-by-adam-cheal-and-russ-leach/

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 3/12/14

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There aren’t many front-runners coming this Wednesday, but here are a few comics to possibly check out.

A few years ago InvestComics ran a special article regarding the female superhero on the big screen. Of course InvestComics being ahead of the curve as always, we all recently heard the whispers/rumors on line regarding the Black Widow being the first in line to start the female moment as Marvel’s first major female superhero to hit the screen. While that’s all well and good, the question is when are we going to have the REAL first female superhero? One with a mask, costume, and or a cape. Black Widow wears sexy black latex that anyone can probably find in a night club at 2am in New York City.

So who would be a good first edition into the female superhero realm on the big screen? Well there are too many to even start naming names, but the usual suspects will always be Wonder Woman and Supergirl. Besides those two DC characters, there is a possible answer for Marvel in the cape department and she makes yet another attempt at captivating the comic book fandom this week. This will most likely meet the same fate that so many efforts before have, but hey they never give up! And yes it will fail again, don’t kid yourself. Captain Marvel (2014 8th Series) #1 comes with 5 variants. Although the first issue here will sell out, no amount of variants covers will be able to save this series from its ultimate demise. Don’t mean to be a Debbie downer about this, but there is only one thing that will ever save Carol Danvers and that is a movie. So for a good read you’ll pick up the new series this Wednesday. For the speculator side of things you’ll be hunting down Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (1968) for the first appearance of Carol Danvers, then you’ll go get your hands on Ms. Marvel #1 (1977), that of course is Carol’s first Marvel appearance. All and all the new series will simply bring no cash back, while the first appearances are nice comics to have in your portfolio.

There are two other number one comics coming out that will not last very long, but the first issues will probably sell out. Secret Avengers (2014) 3rd Series #1 and Avengers Undercover (2014) #1. Do not look to capitalize on these at all. Very short resale value if any at all really. One quick mention about Avengers Undercover (2014) #1. The solicit mentions “New Talent award winner Dennis Hopeless” as one of the key selling points for this comic. One of Dennis’ earliest works dates back to 2007’s GearHead #1 from Arcana. So why exactly is Marvel mentioning “new talent award winner” from someone that’s been with the comics industry for quite some time now? Well for one, to sell books, second, to sell a book they don’t really have much confidence going in.

Legends of the Dark Knight 100 Page Super Spectacular (2013) #2 will have all sorts of very cool creators all over it like the first issue did. Be sure to pick up this $9.99 book because these kinds of comics always seem to have a first appearance or a first work from a creator.

Rounding out the week are a bunch of number one issues you should check out. Stray Bullets the Killers (2014) #1 (Image Comics), Crow Pestilence (2014 IDW) #1, Returning (2014 Boom) #1, Liberator Earth Crisis (2014 Black Mask) #1, Nosferatu Wars (2014) #1 (Dark Horse), Magnus Robot Fighter (2014 Dynamite) #1, and Monster and Madman (2014 IDW) #1.

Invest wisely.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 3/5/14

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Marvel Comics will go back to the well this week with another Moon Knight Series attempt; Moon Knight (2014 5th Series) #1. Will it work this time? Will the new series exceed the proverbial magic number of 60? You see, Marc Spector has never seen an issue after number 60. 38 was his second high score. Now granted, some of his 16 or so series have been limited series, reprints, team-ups or utter failures in the ongoing series department. There are some characters within comic companies that see early success and or have a cult like following, so the companies cater to those in need of the hero/villain once in a while with the high hopes that more fans will latch on. It happens all the time. Failure usually happens too all the time. Moon Knight is the classic case in point here. But with all of the television and movie executives breathing down every cornerstone of every cinderblock within the comic book entertainment industry, Moon Knight is bound to get picked up. If you’re an old school follower of InvestComics, you will know that I have been saying this for years. Moon Knight is Marvel’s answer to DC’s Batman. The Dark Knight vs. The White Knight. What better way can Marvel stick it to DC than to have a successful run on the White Knight on some entertainment medium outlet level? Be it a TV show or a movie. Of course Marvel has absolutely nothing to prove these days to anyone, but Moon Knight would make a nice addition to an already successful run.

Let’s just assume for a moment that Marvel is going to green light Moon Knight as a major motion picture. What approach do they take? Well there isn’t much choice in the style/ambiance/feel you can go with except one; dark. It would mark one of the first major Marvel Studios films (new era) to be a darker/grittier feature. So where to reference from you may ask? There are two places and these are guarantees in the spec market IF Moon Knight ever gets green lit. Grab your pen and paper folks, these are LOCKS. The first spot they will look is 1993. In 1993 Moon Knight received his “Miller/McFarlane/Lee/Johns” on his book. The character finally got an identity like the previous aforementioned creators did for their characters. A mere mention of McFarlane and your mind is on Spider-Man. Miller and you go to Batman/Daredevil. You get the idea here. His name was Stephen Platt. Platt essentially became THE Moon Knight guy on Moon Knight #55 (1993). Anyone that was to ever follow will have to follow his lines. But it took about 13 years for the next creator to step up to the plate and except Platt’s challenge. In 2006 David Finch accepted the challenge and redefined the character once more in Moon Knight #1 (2006). Without a shadow of a doubt, IF Moon Knight ever sees the light of day, these two comic books will in fact (not fact really, but boy am I confident here) be the reference points to lead the way. Buy these comics now for minimal monies; you have nothing to lose really. It’s such an affordable book that it won’t even hit your wallet hard at all. Buy the David Finch variant, get it signed and graded too while you’re at it.

And one more Moon Knight comic to buy, a must actually; Werewolf by Night #32 (1975). That of course is the first appearance of Moon Knight. By all accounts, a pricey book for a character that hasn’t seen that much success at all. Odd isn’t it? I leave you with a quick nugget about Moony, then we must move on. Did you know that one of the first ever comics to go Direct was Moon Knight #15 (1982)? Check out that Frank Miller/Joe Jusko cover. Interior art by Bill Sienkiewicz. What a beauty of a book.

So stock up on Moon Knight because this might be the time that Hollywood finally comes a’ knockin’ so be prepared. And let’s also hope that this series doesn’t face the ominous fate that Scottie Young’s Moon Knight Variant has suffered.

Speaking of suffering an ill demised ending, rumors are swirling all over the place regarding Forever Evil (2013 DC) #6. Will Nightwing bite the dust? Does this really matter? We all know he’s going to be in the new Batman vs. Superman film, so he will come back JUST in time for the movie release. His death will spark an uptick in the market, but as quickly as it does, it will fall. Get this comic and sell it. Get it out of your hands asap.

She-Hulk (2014 3rd Series) #2 will guest star Hellcat. Check out her first appearance as Hellcat in Avengers #144 (1976) done up by some guy named George Perez. (Sarcasm here of course).

IDW will release Rogue Trooper (2014) #1 this week as a new ongoing series. Rouge Trooper first appeared in 2000AD #228 (1981). Some guy named Dave Gibbons was the co-creator. (Sarcasm once again).

Archie Comics makes their way onto the InvestComics Hot Picks list this week. Mega Man (2011 Archie) #34 will introduce Mega Man X.

Definite number one issues to keep on your radar this Wednesday. The very first Millarworld Universe comic, Starlight (2014 Image) #1. Tales of Honor (2014 Image) #1 will have a sold out sign on it, as will Veil (2014 Dark Horse) #1.

And the rest….Auteur (2014 Oni Press) #1Batman Superman (2013 DC) Annual #1, Darkness Vicious Traditions (2014 Image) #1, and Evil Empire (2014 Boom) #1.

In the “enough already” department, Magneto (2014) #1 and Wolverine and the X-Men (2014) #1. Probably going to be excellent fun reads, but no power behind them to ever sustain in the aftermarket.

Invest wisely, Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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