Top 5 Hot Picks #111

Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #473 and new comics coming this Wednesday 5/3/17.

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Spider-Gwen #19 – A possible introduction of a new character. Writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez.
Youngblood #1 – 25 years ago Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood was introduced. Now they’re back in a new number one issue. Written by Chad Bowers and art by Jim Towe.
Stained #1 – 451 Studios will be going to a second print. Sold out on the distributor level. Written by David Baron and art by Yusuf Idris.
Pestilence #1 – Writer Frank Tieri has a hit on his hands. The variant cover market is a bit bonkers and AfterShock Comics will probably have to go back to the presses.
Amazing Age #1Croak #1, Lilith Dark #1Adam Wreck #1  – Alterna Comics grabbing that time machine and taking comic fans back. Come along for the ride as Alterna Comics releases FOUR new comics in the old school ‘comic paper’ format. We love it.

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Here are the rest of the comics that appeared in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #473.

Buy/Bid Now – Batman #22

Buy/Bid Now – Superman #22

Buy/Bid Now – Secret Empire #1

All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy #1
Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy #1
Black Bolt #1
Secret Empire #1
Jean Grey #1
Superman #22
Batman #22
Bane Conquest #1
Injustice 2 #1
Cyberforce Artifacts #0 (2016)
The Damned #1
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Funko Universe
Little Nightmares #1
Catalyst Prime Noble #1
Eternal Empire #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 5-3-17

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New comic book release day 5/3/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Bane Conquest #1 – Graham Nolan
Youngblood #1 – David Finch
Superman #22 – Jorge Jimenez
Spider-Gwen #19 – Robbi Rodriguez

Buy/Bid – Bane ConQ #1 – Nolan

Buy/Bid – Youngblood #1 – Finch

Buy/Bid – Superman #22 – Jimenez

Buy/Bid – Spider-Gwen #19 – Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Batman #22 – Jason Fabok
Spider-Man #16 – Patrick Brown
Spider-Man 2099 #23 – Francesco Mattina
Black Bolt #1 – Christian Ward

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Buy/Bid – Batman #22 – Fabok

Buy/Bid – Spider-Man #16 – Brown

Buy/Bid – Spider 2099 #23 – Mattina

Buy/Bid – Black Bolt #1 – Ward

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black Bolt #1 – Christian Ward
Stained #1 – JOCK
Reggie and Me #5 – Jim Towe
Nightwing #20 – Javi Fernandez

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Buy/Bid – Black Bolt #1 – Ward

Buy/Bid – Stained #1 – Jock

Buy/Bid – Reggie and Me #5 – Towe

Buy/Bid – Nightwing #20 – Fernandez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All New Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 – Aaron Kuder
Hawkeye #6 – Julian Totino Tedesco
Slapstick #6 – David Nakayama
Jean Grey #1 – Stephanie Hans

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Buy/Bid – New GOTG #1 – Kuder

Buy/Bid – Hawkeye #6 – Tedesco

Buy/Bid – Slapstick #6 – Nakayama

Buy/Bid – Jean Grey #1 – Hans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Faith #11 – Kano
Nova #6 – Dan Mora

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InvestComics Hot Picks #473

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005.
This week, new comic book release day 5/3/17.

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As the new Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 movie hits, so does a new GOTG comic book(s) and cash cow Disney. Marvel will go on a twice monthly schedule with the ‘All-New’ title. The All-New Guardians Of The Galaxy #1 is brought to you by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Aaron Kuder. The same Wednesday sees an all-star duo on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy #1, writer Jim Starlin and artist Alan Davis. You have a movie to watch and two comics to buy.
Black Bolt gets his first solo series this week; Black Bolt #1, written by Saladin Ahmed and art by Christian Ward. We cannot help ourselves but to say, this series will come to a halt soon enough. Not because of anything bad really, but when the Inhumans television series comes out, a new number one will be presented. It’ll be (insert sarcasm here) Black Bolts’ second solo series!
Fanboys can begin their descend upon that mountain-top since climbing up there quite a few months ago. Secret Empire #1 comes out this Wednesday. Well the descend will be a bit slow because Marvel will probably push the proverbial envelope just a tad more before finally bringing Cap back to the Jedi side. The dark side has not only consumed our beloved Steve Rogers, but the fanbase have lost their minds dealing with Cap playing for Hydra this whole time, thus bring them to a dark place in their lives. Here’s the thing, and we were the first to say it when Steve uttered those words ‘ Hail Hydra’. Storytelling is subjective guys/gals. Anyone can devise a story and bring it forward, as long as it brings fannies back to the book to turn that page. Besides it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day because, we all know Cap is true Red, White and Blue and he will in fact be back eventually. Can we all relax a bit here? Let the story play out. Wait for the big hoopla 51 variant covers from Captain America’s new number one issue. It’s the 51 variants fans should be more annoyed about. Secret Empire #1; writer Nick Spencer, art Steve McNiven.
So many debuts from Marvel this week. Jean Grey #1; written by Dennis Hopeless and art by Victor Ibanez.
Spider-Gwen #19 will introduce a new character. Jason Latour (writer) and Robbi Rodriguez (artist) still doing their Spider-Gwen thing.

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Buy/Bid Now – Spider-Gwen #19

Buy/Bid Now – GOTG #1

Buy/Bid Now – GOTG Entropy #1

Buy/Bid Now – Secret Empire #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A possible first appearance/introduction in Superman #22? Maybe, but the Jorge Jimenez Superboy cover though….nice.
Batman #22 will have that special lenticular cover. Third of four comics to have this. Read our thoughts on these covers (and variants in general) in last weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #472.
Bane begins a twelve-issue maxi-series. (The 80’s old timers will know what a maxi-series is). Bane Conquest #1 written by Chuck Dixon and art by Graham Nolan.
Injustice 2 #1 takes place right before the Injustice 2 video game release. Written by Tom Taylor and art by Juan Albarran.

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Buy/Bid Now – Bane CNQ #1

Buy/Bid Now – Secret Empire #1

Buy/Bid Now – Superman #22

Buy/Bid Now – Jean Grey #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood is coming back. The original Youngblood #1 came out in 1992. That’s 25 years ago. Feel old yet? The new series is written by Chad Bowers and art by Jim Towe. Artist Jim Towe is a a newbie in this business. His first comic book work (minus the hardcover book) came in December of 2016; Cyberforce Artifacts #0. Oh yea, and David Finch doing his amazing homage cover thing too.

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Buy/Bid Now – Batman 22

Buy/Bid Now – Black Bolt #1

Buy/Bid Now – YB 1992 #1

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Alterna Comics turns back the clock on four brand new comics this Wednesday. Check out the ‘old comic book print’ from yesteryear (80’s/90’s the last time we felt and saw this comic print). Must check out Amazing Age #1; Writer Matthew David Smith, art by Christine Brunson (InvestComics ad on the inside! Send us your copy if you want it signed!). Croak #1; Writer Cody Andrew Sousa and art by Dezi Sienty. Lilith Dark #1; Writer/Artist Charles C Dowd. Adam Wreck #1; Writer/Artist Michael S Bracco.

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Buy/Bid Now – Amz Age #1

Buy/Bid Now – Croak #1

Buy/Bid Now – Adam Wreck #1

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Aftershock Comics new series; Pestilence #1, is written by Frank ‘The Great’ Tieri and illustrated by Oleg Okunev. The aftermarket is a bit bonkers over the variants.
451 Media Group is back with a new number one comic. Lead character Emma London; hired Bounty hunter/half machine. Stained #1; Written by David Baron and art by Yusuf Idris. A JOCK cover too. Yes we love that! The Steve Morris cover is nice as well.
The Damned #1 (Oni Press). Written by Cullen Bunn and art by Brian Hurtt.

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Stained #1 JOCK

Stained #1 Morris

The Damned #1

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Funko Pop toys are hot. Funko Pop on variant comic covers? Okay, lets. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Funko Universe (IDW).
Little Nightmares #1 (Titan Books); Writers Alex Paknadel/Dan Watters and art by Aaron Alexovich.
Catalyst Prime Noble #1 (Lion Forge); Written by Brandon Thomas, art by Rogers Robinson.
Eternal Empire #1 (Image Comics). Writers Jonathan Luna (art) and Sarah Vaughn.

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Buy/Bid – Catalyst #1

Buy/Bid – Cyberforce #1

Buy/Bid – Injustice 2 #1

Buy/Bid – Eternal #1

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New Comics – Video #473

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 5/3/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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Rom – Checklist

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IDW Publishing will bring the Rom character back from obscurity on Free Comic Book Day May 7th 2016. The long awaited Rom drought will end with the release of Rom: Space Knight #0. Chris Ryall (Editor-In_Chief) has always been a huge fan of the character and always teased fans about maybe one day bringing him back. Now Chris’ dream and fans alike will have their Knight in shining Armour back for good! If you are a fan of yesteryear like we were or even a new fan, InvestComics brings you the ultimate Rom checklist below. Click away and buy up these great books. Get to know the Rom of the past because one must know the past to appreciate the future. Be sure to check out the new Rom series from IDW Publishing when it hits. We’re sure it’ll be a blast from the past and future!

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Rom #1

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Rom #2

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Rom #5

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Rom #1 (1979) – The first appearances of Rom, Dire Wraiths, Prime Director, Brandy Clark, and Spaceknights. Bill Mantlo writes, Sal Buscema draws, and a Frank Miller/Joe Rubinstein cover. A number one issue to love.
Rom #2 (1980) – First appearances of Jonathan Clark, Sarah Clark, Steve Jackson, and Firefall.
Rom #3 (1980) – A Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #5 (1980) – Doctor Strange makes a guest appearance. Also the first appearance of the Hellhounds of the Dark Nebula.

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Rom #8

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Rom #12

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Rom #8 (1980) – First appearance of Serpentyne.
Rom #12 (1980) – The awesome Jack of Hearts makes an appearance. The great Michael Golden gets both characters on his cover. Lovely.
Rom #14 (1981) – This comic has a bunch of goodies in it. The first appearances of Terminator Rom, and Starshine (Landra). Appearances (flashback) by the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Dave Cockrum cover.
Rom #17 (1981) – The Uncanny X-Men make an appearance. This comic and the followup next issue are the most popular of the Rom series run. A Frank Miller/Al Milgrom cover with Wolverine slashing at Rom makes this an instant collectors item. Also the first appearance of Hybrid.

Rom #18

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Rom #21

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Power Man and Iron Fist #73

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Rom #18 (1981) – Part 2 with the Uncanny X-Men. Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #20 (1981) – First appearance of Mentus.
Rom #21 (1981) – The return of the Torpedo. A fantastic Al Milgrom cover.
Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (1981) – The first time Rom ventures outside of his own title into the Marvel universe. Writer Jo Duffy, and a Frank Miller cover.

Rom #23

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Rom #25

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Rom #29

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Contest of Champions #1

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Rom #23 (1981) – Power Man and Iron Fist return the favor and appear in the Rom comic. A few Marvel characters first appear with Rom in this comic. Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Moon Knight.
Rom #25 (1981) – First appearances of Hammerhead, Astra, Javelin, Rainbow, and an appearance from Torpedo.
Rom #29 (1982) – An Incredible Hulk appearance.
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 (1982) – Rom steps out of his own comic for the first time and into the realm of the Marvel universe. This 3 issue mini was the first of its kind and it was a big seller back in 82. The aftermarket treated this series very kindly back then. Rom seems to have appeared in only the first issue. The series was written by Grant, Gruenwald, and Mantlo. Drawn by John Romita Jr. Cover by Romita Jr and Layton.

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Rom #31

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Rom #32

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Rom #33

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What if #36

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Rom #31 (1982) – The Avengers make an appearance.
Rom #32 (1982) – The X-Men make an appearance.
Rom #33 (1982) – First appearance of Sybil.
What If? #36 (1982) – Rom’s second appearance into the Marvel U, but it’s in a backup Nova what if story.

Rom Annual #1

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Rom #38

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Rom #40

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Rom #41

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Rom Annual #1 (1982) – Rom’s first annual. Also the first appearance of Gloriole (backup story).
Rom #38 (1983) – A fantastic cover from Gene Day and an appearance by Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Also the first appearance of Doctor Dredd.
Rom #40 (1983) – The first appearance of Starshine (Brandy Clark).
Rom #41 (1983) – Doctor Strange makes an appearance.

Marvel Two-In-One #99

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Rom #44

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Marvel Two-In-One #99 (1983) – Rom teams with the Thing (Fantastic Four). Cover by John Byrne and Ed Hannigan.
Rom #44 (1983) – First appearance of Devastator.
Rom #46 (1983) – Bill Sienkiewicz lends his legendary status to this awesome cover.
Rom #48 (1983) – This cover reminds us of the “Spidey No More” story (opening page – Amazing Spider-Man #50). The Rom cover reads “To Fight No More”. Hmmmmm……Cover credit: Ian Akin/Brian Garvey.

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Rom Annual #2

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Rom #50

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Rom #51

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Rom #52

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Rom Annual #2 (1983) – An overload of first appearances here. Breaker, Unseen, Pulsar, Seeker, Trapper, and Scanner.
Rom #50 (1984) – Avengers and Fantastic Four appearances. Cover from Michael Zeck.
Rom #51 (1984) – Another great Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #52 (1984) – First appearance of General Merriwether Locklin. Bill Sienkiewicz supplies the cover art.

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Rom #56

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Rom #57

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Incredible Hulk #296 (1984) – Rom makes an appearance.
Rom #56 (1984) – Alpha Flight appearance with a John Byrne cover.
Rom #57 (1984) – Another John Byrne cover. Alpha Flight/Rom cover.
Rom #58 (1984) Ant-Man appearance. Ant-Man also appears on the Jackson Guice cover.

Rom #59

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Rom #61

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Rom #62

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Rom #65

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Rom #59 (1984) – Legend Steve Ditko takes over the art duties for the remainder of the Rom series. Unfortunately the Rom series begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. An Ant-Man appearance in this issue.
Rom #61 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. Here’s a fun book to hunt down for only one reason. That black cover. See if you can score a 9.8 grade or higher. Might be challenging for a 32 year old comic. And besides, look at the creator names on this book anyway, Mantlo. Guice, Austin, Mazzucchelli, and Ditko. Not just any book to get graded.
Rom #62 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #65 (1985) – Steve Ditko pencils ALL of these characters; Avengers, X-Men, West Coast Avengers, Soviet Super Soldiers, Dynamic Defenders (which includes Valkyrie, Beast, Iceman, Gargoyle, Angel, and Moondragon), Captain Britain, and many more. This issue is a must have in your Steve Ditko collection.

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Rom #66

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Rom #67

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Rom #71

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Rom #66 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. All the same characters appear in this issue as did in the last issue. This time add Galactus to the mix.
Rom #67 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Hiberlac and the Hibers. Jim Starlin cover!
Rom #71 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Clavians.
Rom #73 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearances of Heatwave, Spaceknights (second generation), and Ariane.

Rom Annual #4

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Rom #74

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Incredible Hulk #319

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Rom Annual #4 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Voltar.
Rom #74 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Lord Dominor. John Byrne cover art.
Rom #75 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. The last issue.
Incredible Hulk #319 (1986) – Rom took 2 months off after his series finale before appearing this comic. Written, drawn and cover by John Byrne.

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2

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Incredible Hulk #418

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2 (1992) – Rom appears in a backup story written by Roy Thomas.
Incredible Hulk #418 (1994) – Rom appears in this wedding issue. Written by Peter David and art by Gary Frank. This comic has an appearance from Death. Death is a Neil Gaiman Sandman character creation from DC’s imprint Vertigo. Tsk-tsk Marvel, shame on you.
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014) – Rom appears in a story written by Brian Michael Bendis and art by Alan Davis. “Licensed Contest of Champions” is the story name and it features Godzilla, Bug (Microverse), among others…..including Rom.

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Hot Picks Top 5 #52

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Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #414 and new comics coming this Wednesday 3/9/16. Click the link to read the article now.

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Spider-Man Deadpool #3

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Mockingbird #1

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Disney Kingdoms The Haunted Mansion #1 – This Disney comic will not only be great, but the Skottie Young variant will probably sell out too.

Spider-Man Deadpool #3 – Mercs For Money make their first appearance in this series. InvestComics gave fans a heads up on this group a little while ago, right HERE, HERE and HERE. Each time giving fans the first appearances of the members in Mercs For Money. A team and individuals to watch out for.

Mockingbird #1 – Newcomers Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk bring fans a new series. We wait with bated breath for this series to deliver the goods. Which we think will.

Samurai #1 – From Titan Comics is sold out.

Action Comics #50 – Aaron Kuder provides the cover to the Savage Dawn pre-finale. We love this cover. 

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Fantastic Four #67

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Marvel Premiere #1

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Logan’s Run #6 (1977) 9.0 – IC 100 Club Pick

Marvel Team-Up #95 (1980)

Fantastic Four #67 (1967)

Marvel Premiere #1 (1972)

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Spider-Gwen #6

All-New Wolverine #6

New Suicide Squad #18

Detective Comics #50

Jupiter’s Circle #4

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Tommy #1

Elasticator #1

Henchgirl #5

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Marvel Team-Up #95

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Voracious #2

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Aw Yeah Comics Action Cat #1

Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis #3

Gutter Magic #3

Heroes Godsend #1

Power Button #0

Baker Street Peculiars #1

Street Fighter V The Life and Deaths of Charlie Nash #1

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NOTE. Please understand that when InvestComics releases the Hot Picks article on Friday that many of the independent comics may not be available on Ebay yet. Most of the time, some of the more obscure titles make their way onto Ebay later on in the week or right on/at/before new comic book day on Wednesday. Be sure to check back and click the links or cover(s) to see if the books you want have been listed on Ebay. They usually show up, so be sure to check back!
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Each week InvestComics seeks out a comic(s) on Ebay for $100 or less and then brings it to the attention of our fans. We call it IC 100 Club Pick. The idea is to get a great book at a great price. We do not own nor are we selling these comics. The comics are found by a random process. We do not know the ebay seller(s), nor are we promoting the Ebay seller. Any knowing from the Ebay seller of InvestComics or its affiliates in purely coincidental. (See disclaimer for more details).

IC 100 Club Pick: Logan’s Run #6 (1977) 9.0. If you’re a Thanos fan you’ll know exactly what this comic brings. A backup story appears in this comic and it happens to be the first ever Thanos solo story. A story from Scott Edelman and Michael Zeck. This nice grade will only cost you $66.99. If you’re a Thanos fan and a big Thanos speculator, this book is for you.

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Marvel Team-Up #95

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Mockingbird #1

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Mockingbird #1 Afu Chan

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All New Wolverine #6

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Mockingbird #1 will be an interesting book from different vantage points. First, the character itself. Although Marvel is literally screaming in the solicit that we “DEMANDED IT!” we’re quite sure in actuality, in real life, we probably were not demanding it, but hey Mockingbird is a character within the comic book realm rarely looked at as a major character, If ever really. Not taking away from the potential of bad as* she can probably deliver in her own series, it’s just all so…..new. And it would be nice to get a deeper scope of a character that is making her way on the television series right now. As for the creative team. Best selling author (that’s books with no pictures in them) Chelsea Cain will scribe her third comic book ever. The first was a Mockingbird story, naturally and her second was a Hellboy story. Very new blood here and that’s a great thing. Maybe add a different flavor to this particular series and character we haven’t read yet. Moving onto the artist; Kate Niemczyk. Kate is so new that she has no penciling credits we can find. Nothing in the data basis. So we’re looking at a possible first published work here. All and all, a new rookie creative team may bring a bolt of life into this character not seen before. Keep an ear to the ground on this series. If word gets out that this series is bringing it, Mockingbird #1 will be a keeper. One more thing. A semi-newcomer does a fantastic action variant cover; Afu Chan. Check it out.
Mockingbird first appeared in Marvel Team-Up #95 (1980) with a Frank Miller/Bob McLeod cover.
Mr. Cosmic Jim Starlin returns to Marvel with a new Cosmic story, Infinity Entity #1. The story centers around Adam Warlock. As any fan of InvestComics already knows, we have been a buyer for many years on anything Adam Warlock. Adam’s first appearance as “HIM” was in Fantastic Four #67 (1967). His first appearance as Warlock was in Marvel Premiere #1 (1972). Both of these comics and anything in-between are solid comics to own. This all said, having Jim back into the mix again is a good thing. He never disappoints and always delivers great storytelling. Alan Davis will provide the art and the Marco Rudy variant is sweet. Yes, all around a definite pick up this week.

Not only will Disney Kingdoms The Haunted Mansion #1 be a fantastic story, but Skottie Young is doing his thing with the variant cover. It’ll be sold out in no time.

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Action Comics #50 Martin Ansin cover

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Action Comics #50

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New Suicide Squad #18

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Detective Comics #50

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InvestComics gave fans a heads up about Deadpool’s team Mercs For Money right HERE, HERE and HERE. Lots of first appearances in there! Now comes Spider-Man Deadpool #3. Guess who makes their first appearance in this series? Yep, Mercs For Money! Not only will the Mercs For Money be a team of serious validity eventually, but the Spider-Man Deadpool comic series will be one of longevity. Get the early issues now before they are in demand later on. Click HERE for all available Spider-Man/Deadpool comics on Ebay.
Some serious eye candy coming from Spider-Gwen #6. A Cap cover from Robbi Rodriguez and a variant Women Of Power Cover from Emanuela Lupacchino. And speaking of the Women Of Power covers, All-New Wolverine #6, Vanessa Del Rey cover is sold out. 

Marvel Premiere #1

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Fantastic Four #67

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Spider-Man Deadpool #3

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Infinity Entity #1

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New Suicide Squad #18 will come with a Tony Daniel Batman V Superman variant cover. It’s sold out.

DC’s Savage Dawn story line will be coming to a close very soon. The pre-finale Aaron Kuder Action Comics #50 cover is simply outstanding. And It looks like DC will be going with polybag Batman v Superman variant covers this week. We love the ‘ripped’ out eyes with the title of the comic. Detective Comics #50 will don the ripped eye cover as well. Great stuff here.

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Mark Millar will introduce a new villain in Jupiter’s Circle #4 (Image Comics).
Writers John Ulloa and Al Bondiga, along with artist Juan Navarro bring us a story about a sadistic killer rabbit that only a 7 year old knows about. Sounds like fun! Get Tommy #1 from Creature Entertainment. One of the variants is sold out. If the Elasticator #1 (Scout Comics) cover is any indication on what is going on inside the comic, we are all in. Mikey from Brooklyn on that cover. Yes, more please. Scout Comics also delivers another sold out Henchgirl comic; Henchgirl #5. Action Lab Entertainment follows up their sold out Voracious comic with Voracious #2.

Disney Kingdoms The Haunted Mansion #1

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Spider-Gwen #6 Robbi Rodriguez

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Spider-Gwen #6 Emanuela Lupacchino

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Samurai #1

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Infinity Entity #1 Marco Rudy variant

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The title alone here will get fans interested; Aw Yeah Comics Action Cat #1 (Dark Horse). Written and drawn by Art Baltazar. Aw Yeah, we’re in!

Also from Dark Horse this week; Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis #3. Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore continue their hit series.

Elasticator #1

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Gutter Magic #3

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Henchgirl #5

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Jupiters Circle #4

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Voracious #2

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…..and more indie’s to check out! IDW’s Gutter Magic #3 from Rich Douek and Brett Barkley. Heroes Godsend #1 (Titan Comics), Power Button #0 (Alternative Comics), Baker Street Peculiars #1 (Boom Studios), Samurai #1 from Titan Comics is sold out, and Street Fighter V The Life and Deaths of Charlie Nash #1  from Udon Entertainment is also sold out.

Heroes Godsend #1

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Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis #3

Leaving Megalopolis Surviving Megalopolis #3 – Click To Buy/Bid

Street Fighter V The Life and Deaths of Charlie Nash #1

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Tommy #1

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Invest wisely. Read comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/29/14

Before jumping in, InvestComics Publications will be releasing The Dawning #3 this week. Issue numbers 1 & 2 are still available to order. You will be able to order issues 1 & 2 on the same page as number 3 when the the issue becomes available on InvestComics. So look for the release on the InvestComics website and the IC social media as well.

Speculators will find a very short week regarding their Hot Picks, but for every short week there is a big one around the corner. With a week like this it’s always good to catch up on some back issues or fillers for your collection.

Knights_of_Pendragon_ExcaliburThe UK Marvel Universe is making its move. Like I said in a previous Hot Picks article, Marvel/Disney is essentially feeling out the UK market to see if it’s worth exploring further (cinema). Of course this is complete speculation, but do know that Disney never does anything for the sake of just “doing it”. I personally think it will happen. Captain Britain, Union Jack or somebody will get the nod eventually to appear in a movie or cartoon down the road. This weeks UK Marvel addition to the shelf will be Revolutionary War Knights Of Pendragon #1, with Union Jack and Dai Thomas getting their names in the solicit spotlight. And their first appearances pan out like this; Union Jack in Invaders #7 (1976) and Dai Thomas in Marvel Preview #3 (1975). The Invaders #5 is without a shadow of a doubt the book to own here. Not only do you get a first appearance in a Roy Thomas story, but a Jack “King” Kirby cover? Yes indeed, a comic to buy and hold onto once the UK Marvel Universe hits the scene in a big way someday. The Knights of Pendragon team first appeared in the Excalibur one shot: Mojo Mayhem (1989) as the Weird Happenings Organization. They then appeared in their own self titled comic; Knights of Pendragon #1 (1990) which lasted only 18 issues.

Oh yes, have I mentioned that the Revolutionary War Knights Of Pendragon #1 is basically sold out? Something might be brewing in the UK Marvel world, and as always you heard it here first!

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Sticking on topic with our friends overseas, UK’s biggest vigilante hero ever gets a new (sold out) release this week: Dredd Underbelly Movie Sequel (2014) #0. If you don’t own Dredd’s first appearance in 2000 AD #2 (1977), you should. Judge Dredd is the UK’s Spider-Man/Superman. He’s their biggest character ever. Good luck getting a near mint copy of this newspaper print though.

Marvel’s Miracleman will continue to do well with the release of Miracleman (2014) #2 this week. It’s sold out on all levels, but be wary here. Do not get caught up in the vortex, you will lose money on this if you’re not a keen speculator. While Miracleman is a great character, he will not sustain his ability in the aftermarket. The old Eclipse Comics and comics before that will hold up, not the new issues. That said, there is money to made in the current market still. Check out the Alan Davis Miracleman #2 sketch variant to maximize your dollar here. It’s a $60 variant, but signed and graded (9.8 or higher) will get you a nice payback.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #11.1 will present the first meeting between The Guardians and the X-Men. Very cool. A $60 Dale Keown sketch variant is even cooler! You may want to get this signed and graded, then go into a hold pattern the closer the movie gets.

A few number one sold out comics to check out this week; Furious (2014 Dark Horse) #1 looks like an all out, very cool super-hero comic brought to you by Mice Templar writer Bryan J.L. Glass. Bravest Warriors (2012) Annual #1 and Adventure Time Special (2014) #1 finish out the week.

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Did you see that InvestComics is giving away a Mark Bagley autograph?!? If you watch FFFIC on a regular basis, then you already know. If not, you should because on the most recent episode (FFFIC #79), Mark Bagley gave us the honors of introducing the show. He then signed the intro text that he read from and now some lucky person will win it! Will it be you? Maybe not because by the time you read this, someone probably has already claimed the prize, but try anyways. This does teach you one valuable lesson though doesn’t it? Watch Sebastian Piccione and Shaun Sorenson on the FFFIC (Famous Faces & Funnies/InvestComics) comic book review show and you may run into a contest that you can win. More contest coming up, guaranteed. Go right HERE to be directed to the show.

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Marvel is going with the release of two number 1 issues this week, both team books. First we have Young Avengers (2012 2nd Series) #1. The series will put together Wiccan, Hulkling, Marvel Boy, Ms. America amongst others. All the first appearances here are obviously very affordable and easy finds. So with that, Wiccan’s first appearance could be found in within the pages of Young Avengers #7, Hulkling’s is in Young Avengers #1. Ms. America’s first is in Marvel Now’s! Vengeance #1. The best offer out of the above mentioned characters has to go to Marvel Boy. This particular Marvel Boy that appears in the latest Young Avengers book first appeared in his self titles book Marvel Boy #1 (2000). The great catch with this Marvel Knights comic is Grant Morrison writes and J.G. Jones Pencils. A nice creative team to say the least.

The second team to cover this week is Uncanny X-Force (2012 2nd Series) #1. This series packs more punch with their ensemble. For starters there is Storm. Storm first appeared in the legendary Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975). The first appearance of the new X-Men…..and Storm. At a mere $1500 in the aftermarket, it really is an undervalued book at the moment. More so, the CGC market has seen almost 4100 of these comics graded. Not much bang for your buck here unless you can pull off the elusive 9.8 grade. Only 86 have been graded in this area. Now that is some nice cash waiting for you if you can find a high non-graded at the $1500 mark. Get your hands on a copy of the Giant Size X-Men #1 if you can. Not so much for the Storm first appearance, but for the New X-Men. Psylocke is also a part of the Uncanny X-Force team and New Mutants Annual #2 (1986) is the spot to find her first appearance. The attraction to this comic however is the same as Marvel Boy #1, the creators. Written by Chris Claremont, with art by Alan Davis. A relatively easy to find comic and in some cases in the one dollar bins at your local comic shop. Puck of the highly underrated Alpha Flight team will be on the team as well. Here’s the scoop on Puck’s first appearance. Alpha Flight was a tremendously popular comic back in the early 80’s, much to do with the popularity of both the team and John Byrne. It was also a time when print runs were a bit high. An Alpha Flight comic never commanded the aftermarket the way it should have. Alpha Flight #1 (1983) peaked out at the $15 mark at one time. I have personally seen at a few conventions almost an entire long box of number one issues selling at a buck a piece. There are simply too many of these comics floating around. Here is another indicator as to why the market is not so kind to Alpha Flight #1. There are about 462 graded issues right now out there. 263 of them are graded a 9.8! That’s a bit top heavy. If there were lower print runs, this comic would gain the respect it needs in the aftermarket, but for now it remains a great comic to read through, put away and wait another 80 years for it to have any sort of value. When Marvel does get around to making that Alpha Flight movie, you better have all of those Alpha Flight #1 issues ready to blow out. The first appearance in the Uncanny X-Men would be the one to get……but another time for that. The villain known as Spiral will be a part of the Uncanny X-Force team. Spiral first appeared in Longshot #1. A onetime very hot sought after comic. Not so much these days, but you can still find it on Ebay for a smaller price than it was about 12 years ago. So go grab it. This one time hot character will eventually be hot again. You should get on the ground floor here. Granted there are 53 9.8 graded books, but there are only 97 submitted. Meaning if you get a high grade, you can flip it easier because not that many are graded overall. Get your paws on some great copies of the beautiful artistry from Art Adams at $8/$10 and grade them. Sell a few, hold onto a few. Wrapping up the X-Force crew here we have Bishop and Cluster. The same applies for Bishop as did Puck, but worse. Great character, great comic, too many available. Uncanny X-Men #282 (1991) was the beginning of the end for the speculative market back in the 90’s. Way too many to be had or worth anyone’s while in the aftermarket nowadays. 25 cent boxes at the local convention….happy hunting. Should take you about 4 seconds to find it. And finally, Cluster; is actually a character spawned from Fantomex. Fantomex first appears in New X-Men #128 (2002).

InvestComics had a special Hot Picks section that ran in the Hot Picks 10-3-12 article. Within that section included a bunch of steamy X-Men covers from past to present. This week Marvel is at it again with Wolverine and the X-Men (2011) #24. Take a look at the past article right HERE if you’d like.

DC’s Batwoman (2011 2nd Series) #16 will be introducing a new hero. That’s always fun and exciting. NOTE: Be sure to pick up any of the first appearances within the New 52 because eventually one of these characters is going to hit big. Birds of Prey (2011 3rd Series) #16 will bring in a new member to the board named Strix; of the Court of Owls. She first appeared in Batgirl #9 (New 52). The Blue Beetle (2011 3rd Series) #16 comic (final issue) will lead right into the new series called THRESHOLD (not sure if the new series will be in all uppercase, or if DC added the dramatic CAPS to It. the suspense is killing me!).

And this week we wrap up with telling y’all to be sure to check out Answer (2012 Dark Horse) #1, looks very interesting.

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IndieCreator Interviews Ron Fortier

 

 

 

 

 

PULP FICTION AND COMICS CONVO WITH WRITER RON FORTIER 

Every once in a while I discover a new talent in writing this IndieCreator column.  In this case, it’s a gentleman and war veteran with a long, distinguished resume doing contract work and under his own Airship 27 publishing banner.  I was introduced to Ron by Rob Fitz, my most recent interview, who is attached to direct my micro-budget film BLESSID.  But you’ll find more about that later (in question 12, to be exact).  For now, put down your pencil and take heed of a REAL writer. Meet Ron Fortier – a creator force you’ve read many times before, but may not have known it! 

1)   You are sort of a comics/pulp Renaissance man – you write, edit, publish, critique and even lecture on all things sequential art and pulp fiction related. You even write plays and screenplays. What is your true love … or do you have many creative mistresses?

(RF:)  I guess, when all is said and done, my true love remains comic writing.  There is really nothing else quite like it for me. The opportunity to meld my vision with that of a visual storyteller is always a rush and makes me feel like a kid every time I finish a new comic project.

2)    Your website is “Airship 27”. What exactly is “Airship 27” and “Airship 27 Productions”?

(RF:)  Airship 27 Productions is a publishing house created by yours truly and artist Rob Davis almost seven years ago to produce brand new novels and anthologies featuring public domain pulp heroes from the 1930s and 40s.  Since beginning operations we’ve grown to having over fifty titles in our current catalog.

3)    Where did you get your training or were you self taught?

(RF:)  Well, I do have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, which proves I went to college. Chuckle. And while there, I did take various writing courses. But alas, back in my time comic scripting was considered less than legitimate literature and no one taught it.  So I learned on-the-job, if you will, with the aid of a tiny little booklet written by Nick Cuti called, “How To Write Comics,” and sold by the old Charlton Comics group for .50 cents.  Over the years I would later pick up how-to-titles from various outfits like Marvel and DC, but overall, again, it was learn by doing.

4)    What did you read as a child and young adult growing up?

(RF:)  I actually learned to read from comics and they opened my imagination at a very early age so that by the time I was ten, or eleven, I’d moved on to reading racy private eye paperbacks and adventure novels.  I discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks while in high school and soon after reprints of the pulp heroes Doc Savage and the Shadow. By the time I graduated, I was hooked on all manner of fantastic lit from fantasy to sci-fi and horror.

5)   Favorite film, favorite graphic novel and favorite pulp fiction novel  … and why?

(RF:)  Easy on all three fronts: 

  • Favorite movie is the original 1933 King Kong; a film so rich in imagination it explodes off the screen in every single scene.  The direction is taunt, the FX ground-breaking and the music score revolutionized music making in Hollywood.  Add to it a tragic tale of innocence lost and it makes me cry every single time I watch it.
  • Graphic novel is a little tougher, but I have to choose CAMELOT 3000 (though it began its life as a mini series from DC).  Writer Mike Barr took the iconic King Arthur legend and turned it on its ear into an amazing sci-fi epic unlike anything ever released before it.  Alan Davis’ artwork was jaw dropping beautiful. A true comic classic. 
  • Finally, without a doubt, my favorite pulp novel was the first ever Doc Savage novel, MAN OF BRONZE by the great Lester Dent.  In that one book is all the action, thrills, colorful characters and exotic settings that would come to symbolize pulp fiction.  I’ve read lots of pulps since discovering that paperback reprint, but none ever wowed me like that one.

6)    What was your first “big break” in the industry?

(RF:)  My first published comic shorts appeared in Charlton Comics in the late 1970s.  Both were illustrated by my dear pal, artist Gary Kato. It was our first crack in the pro-door.  We later followed it up with a five issue mini-series called STREET-FIGHTER from Ocean Comics, a little outfit located inRhode Island.  That propelled me toSan Diegoin the 80s were I would land bigger gigs.

7)    Name the work – or works – that you have written that impresses people the most at cocktail parties?

(RF:)  My two and a half year run on Now Comics THE GREEN HORNET.  Up until that series, the character had not been seen in comics in over twenty years. It was easily the company’s most successful series.  Then shortly before leaving them, I wrote a five-issue Terminator series called THE BURNING EARTH which was illustrated by this new kid named Alex Ross.  It was his first comics work ever.  Wonder what ever happened to him?  Ha.

8)    What have you written that is absolutely fantastic that has not been published, filmed or theatrically staged yet? In other words, your greatest “undiscovered treasure”?

(RF:)  THE EIGHT WONDER OF THE WORLD, my movie screenplay that tells the story of how two World War One buddies, Meriem C. Cooper and Ernest Shoedstack started their own documentary company after the war and became filmmakers.  Years later, they would both end up at RKO and team up with special effects guru, Willis O’Brien to produce KING KONG.  Honestly, the story of their lives and how this movie got made is just as exciting as the picture itself, except its all true.  One of these days I hope to turn it into a graphic novel and hope it gets some attention.

9)    You’ve worked on books for the Hulk, Popeye, Rambo, the Terminator, Green Hornet and even Peter Pan. Which one would be last standing in a brawl? Which would you want to have your back in a foxhole. And which character do you admire the most?

(RF:)  Okay, so let’s get wacky here.  Last man standing would be Popeye. Nobody in this bunch could whip that one-eyed sailor man.  Who would I want with me in a foxhole?  Easy again, being a Vietnam vet myself, that would be Rambo.  I have so much respect for Green Berets, even the Hollywood kind.  And my personal hero is Britt Reid, the Green Hornet.  He’s a wealthy man with all the good things money can buy and yet his conscience won’t allow him to enjoy his life while criminals continue to victimize his city.  His donning the mask to disguise himself as an outlaw to battle them is not some foolish, cavalier gesture but a true sacrifice putting himself on the line for others. To me that’s what a hero is.

 10)    Tell us about your blog “Pulp Fiction Reviews”. How long have you been at this, and how much time do you devote to it each week? And oh yeah … read any great books lately?

(RF:)  Years ago a colleague told me the one thing I’d most likely have to give up when becoming a professional writer would be reading.  The logic being you simply can’t do both at the same time.  Not happy with that idea, I promised myself I would never stop reading, no matter how busy my life became and purposely started a review blog to make that happen.  It’s been up almost six year now and I’ve lost track of how many books I’ve reviewed in that time.  As for exceptional books thus far this year, let me strongly recommend two: “Destiny of Fu Manchu,” by William Patrick Maynard and “Dossouye – Dancers of Mulukau,” by Charles Saunders.  Both great reads.

11)    The late great comedian Johnny Carson once said in an interview that his epitaph would read: “Here’s Johnny!” As a writer, what will your epitaph say many, many years from today?

(RF:)  Hmm, I’d like to say, “Here Dreams a Happy Man.”

12)    You did a prequel for the indie cult Chinese action horror film “God of Vampires” called “Frank NG – Hired Gun”. The comic sold quite well on Comixpress. How did you get involved in that little project, and whatever happened with it?

(RF:)  I had the good fortune of meeting writer/producer/director Rob Fitz while attending my very first Dragon Con in Atlanta many, many moons ago.  Learning we were both fromNew Hampshire, we hit it off and he began to tell me all about this great little vampire movie he was making.  I loved the idea and suggested producing a short comic book prequel that he could use to market and promote the movie.  Rob gave me permission to go ahead with the idea and I wrote that 18-page script, then found an art team to bring it together.  Our penciler was Javier Lugo fromFlorida, our inker fromMexico Cityand our letterer was British. Talk about an international team. Anyway, we self-published it via ComicXpress for no other reason than to make it available to Rob.  He went on to purchase hundreds of copies and would sell them, along with movie tee-shirts, at his early screenings of the movie. I was happy to hear the comic went over extremely well with fans of the flick.  And as far as I know, it is still very much available at the ComicXpress site if anyone is interested in grabbing a copy.

13)   What are you working on today?

(RF:)  Now there’s a loaded question. I’m in the middle of my fifth Captain Hazzard.

At the same time I’m also committed to writing half a dozen pulp short stories for other publishers, to include Moonstone Books & Pro Se Productions. Plus, as ever, editing another half dozen books we at Airship 27 hope to get out before the end of the year.  Busy doesn’t begin to describe it.

 

14)   Tell us the truth − you’re never going to retire, are you? 😉

(RF:)  Hey, after working 30 years in a GE Factory (the day job) my wife and I actually did retire almost ten years ago now allowing me to devote all my time, when not with our six grand kids, to writing. And they have been the most ten productive years of my career.  I doubt seriously I could ever stop. Writing is in my blood.

Thanks Ron!

(RF:)  Thank you, Bob, this has been fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST. This graphic novel hit stores on July 5th at a price point of only $12.99. Order your copy at your local comic shop today – tell them the Diamond code is MAR121187! It can also be ordered on Kindle and on Amazon.

Bob has also published COLD BLOODED CHILLERS, the award-winning anthology BONE CHILLER and his end times tome 2012: FINAL PRAYER. BONE CHILLER and 2012: FINAL PRAYER are also available on Amazon Currently, Bob is making his family nervous by investing his time and money on an incredible micro-budget film called “Blessid”. “LIKE” it on Facebook. Support it on IndieGoGo. Bob’s website is www.blessidthemovie.com.

Alan Davis Joins Ed Brubaker For CAPTAIN AMERICA #6!

Cut off one of its heads, and two more take its place! An all-new Hydra has risen and they have their sights set on the Sentinel of Liberty in your first look at Captain America #6! Critically acclaimed writer Ed Brubaker is joined by legendary artist Alan Davis for an important new chapter in the life of Steve Rogers. Throughout Fear Itself, Rogers has been harboring a dark secret and its one that may leave the leader of Earth’s Mightiest….powerless. Can Cap and his closest allies take on the revitalized Hydra and stop them before it’s too late? Find out in Captain America #6!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 (OCT110599)
Written by ED BRUBAKER

Pencils & Cover by ALAN DAVIS

Inks MARK FARMER

Colors by LAURA MARTIN
FOC – 11/14/11, ON SALE – 12/7/11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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