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Below is a checklist of Harley Quinn comics; first appearances, key issues, and other books. There WILL BE MISSED books here. It’s okay, no one will die. Please read the disclaimer!! If you think there is a comic(s) that did not make this list, please feel free to weigh in below or let us know on one of other social media outlets.

 

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Batman Harley Quinn (1999) – First DC Universe appearance in continuity – Click to Buy/Bid

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Batman Adventures #12 (1993) – The first appearance of Harley Quinn. This comic features the “animated” version of Harley and not the actual “continuity” Harley Quinn” within the DC Universe. There are approximately 14+ or so books before she ever appeared within the confines of the actual DC Universe. Here are some of those early appearances (listed below).

Batman Adventures: Mad Love #1 (1994) – Second “non-continuity” Harley appearance.

Batman Adventures Annual #1 (1994) – Third appearance and legend John Byrne actually pencils a Harley Quinn story here. How great is that???!!

Batman Adventures #28 (1995)

Batman and Robin Adventures #1 (1995)

Batman Adventures: Holiday Special (1995)

Batman and Robin Adventures #8 (1996)

Batman and Superman Adventures: Worlds Finest (1997)

Batman and Robin Adventures #17 (1997)

Batman and Robin Adventures #18 (1997)

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Batman Chronicles Gallery #1 (1997) – Harley made an appearance in the regular DC Universe with a pinup in this comic before the next book listed here.

Batman Harley Quinn (1999) – Here is the first official Harley Quinn entry (appearance) into the DC Universe. Also an origin issue. A modern day classic cover; Alex Ross.

Batman No Mans Land Gallery #1 (1999) – Harley’s second appearance is very much like her first. In a gallery book. So this means that this comic is not really recognized as her second appearance in the DC Universe, very much like her first appearance.

Batman #570 (1999) – Harley’s second appearance. Many collectors are hoarding these away for a future gauntlet throw down to maximize their potential earnings. Not an easy book to get.

Detective Comics #737 (1999) – The third appearance of Harley Quinn.

Action Comics #765 (2000) – Harley steps out of a Batman comic universe for the first time. This comic is also the first time she appears in the same book as Superman. A definite collectors item here and it’s an affordable book too!

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Harley Quinn #1 (2000) – 7 years after her debut into the comic book world, Harley finally gets her own title.

Wonder Woman #164 (2001) – Harley in the same comic as Wonder Woman for the first time. A ridiculously gorgeous Adam Hughes cover as well.

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Harley Quinn #4 (2001) – First appearance of the Quinntets.

Harley Quinn: Our Worlds at War #1 (2001) – This comic not only possess a great story, but it also marks the first time Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti get their creative Quinn popped. Amanda and Jimmy are THE go-to when it comes to Harley Quinn and this is their first work on the character.

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Jokers Last Laugh Secret Files #1 (2001) – A couple of months later, Amanda and Jimmy do a backup story in this book. The beginnings of the Quinn/Conner/Palmiotti threesome. A Threesome that will become a monthly romp in about 13 years.

Batman #613 (2003) – During Jim Lee’s epic Batman run, he penciled Harley into the Hush story line. He got her right on the cover too. When a talent like Jim Lee draws any character for the first time, it’s time to take notice.

Harley Quinn #38 (2004) – Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard pencils the final issue of Harley’s first comic book run. Nice way to go out right? With Charlie at the helm and a low print run, this makes for an attractive comic.

Suicide Squad #1 (2011) – This comic is essentially Harley’s first appearance “post Flashpoint” and the character in the movie will be in direct correlation to THIS particular time frame. Hence the high mark selling points in the aftermarket. Her second appearance came a week later in Batman #1 (2011).

Suicide Squad #6 (2012) – The origin of Harley Quinn. The first of two parts. Two major comics for ANY Quinn collector. Great cover too.

Suicide Squad #7 (2012) The origin of Harley Quinn concludes. Another stellar cover.

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Animal Man #17 (2013) – A random rare/outside the box of Batman appearance in an Animal Man comic. Actually, lots of characters appeared and Harley is one of the many.

Injustice Gods Among Us #1 (2013) – The first “Injustice” appearance of Harley.

Harley Quinn #0 (2014) – The trio is back together. Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Harley Quinn! Along with Amanda and Jimmy in this issue you have, Adlard, Cooke, Daniel, Hughes, Kieth, Lee, and Simonson just to name a few. First appearance’s of Bernie (the talking beaver. Yep, talking beaver), and Robert Coachman.

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Harley Quinn #1 (vol 2) (2014) – Here is the second solo title since 2004. Where have you been? Amanda and Jimmy at the helm! First appearance of Big Tony, Queenie, Bowling Bell, Dr. Hertz, Skye Scrapper, Summer Daze, Tanya Tank and Madame Macbre.

Harley Quinn #2 (2014) – First appearance of Rodney and Syborg (post FP).

New Suicide Squad #1 (2014) – This series is fantastic. The team consist of Harley, Deathstroke, Deadshot, Joker’s Daughter, and Black Mantra.

Secret Origins #4 (2014) – A deeper look into the Harley character. Brought to you by Amanda and Jimmy.

Harley Quinn #10 (2014) – First appearance of the Brooklyn Bruisers team.

New Suicide Squad #3 (2014) – Here’s the first televised fight (of many more to come probably) between Joker’s Daughter and Harley Quinn.

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Aquaman, seven series number one issues, two of which were limited series. None of the regular series made it past 77 issues. What does this mean exactly? Well it means that Aquaman was never a character taken very seriously. Always on the receiving end of the joke. Nowadays things are a bit different (many thanks to Geoff Johns), although the character still holds the stigma of being a lame duck in many circles, Warner Brothers will be going all in with a solo movie release. Rumor has it that he’ll first appear in the Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice first, then we’ll see the solo movie a couple of years later. It’s then we’ll see if the world is truly ready for a live action Aquaman movie.

It was writer Geoff Johns that vowed to make Aquaman a cool character. He’s achieved this feat with many naysayers saying it couldn’t be done. Now the transition to film will be the defining moment for the most powerful water character in the entire DC Universe.

Below are some key Aquaman appearances throughout the years. First appearances, number one issues, appearances in other comics, etc. Debuting from 1941, there are plenty of comics to look for here. Plenty of affordable books along the way here too.

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Aquaman Checklist

More Fun Comics #73 (1941) First appearances of Aquaman and Green Arrow. Golden Age.

Worlds Finest Comics #6 (1942) Aquaman first appears with Batman and Robin in the same comic. They are not together in the same story, Aquaman is featured in a backup.

Adventure Comics #229 (1956) First Silver Age. First appearance of Topo, Aquaman’s pet octopus.

Adventure Comics #260 (1959) Key origin issue. Also dubbed as the first Silver Age origin issue.

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Adventure Comics #269 (1960) First Aqualad appearance.

The Brave and the Bold #28 (1960) First appearance of the Justice League of America and Aquaman is on the team.

Superman #138 (1960) First time appearing in a Superman comic.

Justice League of America #1 (1960) First Justice League comic.

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Detective Comics #293 (1961) Before the first Aquaman series debuted, there were backup stories in this title. This is the first of those backup stories.

Showcase #30 (1961) The Aquaman “tryout” issue. The origin of Aquaman.

Showcase #32 (1961) First appearance of The Creature King of the Sea.

Aquaman #1 (1962) Aquaman’s first solo series and first appearance of Quisp.

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Aquaman #11 (1963) First appearance of Mera.

Aquaman #15 (1964) First appearance of Dr. Deering.

Aquaman #18 (1964) Aquaman weds Mera. The Justice League of America were invited. Rumor has it they had their own table. Very rowdy crowd when they drink.

Green Lantern #29 (1964) First time appearing in a Green Lantern comic. Pencils by Gil Kane.

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Aquaman #21 (1965) First appearance of Fisherman.

Aquaman #22 (1965) First appearance of Siren.

Aquaman #23 (1965) First appearance of Aquababy.

Aquaman #24 (1965) First appearance of Karla.

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Flash #158 (1966) First time in a Flash comic.

Teen Titans #1 (1966) Aquaman appearance.

Aquaman #26 (1966) First O.R.G.E and first Huntress Silver Age. This is not the same O.R.G.E. As in Batman Confidential #1 (2007).

Aquaman #29 (1966) First appearance of Ocean Master.

Aquaman #30 (1966) Justice League of America appearance. Story titled; “The Death of Aquaman”.

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Aquaman #33 (1967) First appearance of Aquagirl.

Aquaman #35 (1967) First appearances of Black Manta and Dr. Vulko.

Aquaman #37 (1968) First appearance of Scavenger.

Aquaman #42 (1968) A classic Nick Cardy Black Manta cover.

Aquaman #54 (1970) First appearance of Thanatos. No Not Thanos, Thanatos.

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Wonder Woman #215 (1974) First appearance in the Wonder Woman title.

Superman #379 (1983) First Bizarro Aquaman appearance.

Swamp Thing #24 (1984) Aquaman (JLA) appearance. Alan Moore writes.

Aquaman Vol 2 #1 (1986) Post Crisis origin story.

Aquaman Special #1 (1989) A retelling of Aquaman’s origin. Written by Keith Giffen and Robert Fleming. Art by Keith Giffen and Curt Swan.

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Aquaman Vol 3 #1 (1989) This five issue mini-series was a continuation of the Aquaman Special from a couple of months prior. Brought to us by the same creative team.

Atlantis Chronicles (1990) The title says it all. Seven issue limited series. Written by Peter David. Plenty on first appearances throughout.

Aquaman Vol 4 #1 (1991) This series made it up to lucky number 13.

Suicide Squad #61 (1992) First Aquaman (JLA) appearance in a Suicide Squad comic.

Deathstroke the Terminator #13 (1992) Aquaman (JLA) appearance.

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Aquaman: Time and Tide (1993) A four issue mini series from writer Peter David.

Superboy #9 (1994) First full appearance of King Shark.

Aquaman Vol 5 #1 (1994) This series would become the longest lasting series of all the volumes. Peter David begins the series as writer. First appearances of villains Bres and Charybdis.

Aquaman Vol 5 #4 (1994) First Kimon Tanaka, later becomes Demon Gate. Lobo appearance.

Aquaman Vol 5 #26 (1996) First Demon Gate.

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Green Lantern: Circle of Fire (2000) This two issue story was written by Brian K. Vaughan. Aqauman (JLA) appearance.

Superman Emperor Joker #1 (2000) A one shot featuring a ton of guest stars and JLA (Aquaman). Written by Joe Kelly and Jeph Loeb. Spectacular cover by Ed McGuinness.

Green Arrow #16 (2001) First appearance in a Green Arrow comic. Written by Kevin Smith and art by Phil Hester. One of Aquaman’s greatest adversaries appears in this comic; Black Manta. Great Matt Wagner cover.

Aquaman Vol 6 #1 (2003) A new direction for Aquaman; “The New Wave”. Written by Rick Veitch, pencils by Yvel Guichet and cover by Alex Maleev. This series lasted 57 issues.

Aquaman Vol 6 #5 (2003) First appearance of The Thirst.

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Aquaman Vol 6 #21 (2004) First appearance of Eel.

Aquaman Sword of Atlantis #40 (2006) Title change in Vol 6. Written by Kurt Busiek, Art and variant cover by Butch Guice.

Aquaman Vol 7 #1 (2011) New 52 Aquaman series written by Geoff Johns and art by Ivan Reis. Geoff actually made Aquaman a cool character. The series did well under his watch.

Swamp Thing #1 (2011) A New 52 Aquaman appearance written by Scott Snyder.

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Aquaman Vol 7 #16 (2013) First appearance of The Dead King.

Secret Origins #2 (2014) A New 52 secret origins story featuring Aquaman.

Aquaman and The Others #2 (2014) First appearance of Legend.

Superboy #0 (1994) Cameo (first appearance of Killer Shark.

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Another slow week for the speculator. This means, as it always does, time to hit those bins hard, and scour the walls at your local shop for that gem.

Not too much coming out of a relatively quiet Thursday from the San Diego Comic Con. A couple of things; DC’s Vertigo imprint announced 12 new titles coming this fall, Hasbro’s Stormtrooper figure (the black series) caused near riots, and Image’s Invincible should have a video game/cartoon or something going by next year. Click the red link to buy the first full appearance of Invincible right now. We await several things from SDCC 2015. A possible full trailer for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a look at the Justice League team together, plus a surprise was announced that includes Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. Image Comics’ Outcast trailer, Marvel news, Valiant Entertainment news, and whatever else we aren’t expecting! Be sure to stick with the InvestComics social media for possible tidbits on some key comics regarding the show.

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Harley Quinn #18 features an appearance by Captain Strong. His last known appearance was in 1986. Welcome back Captain! The neat cover here actually not only pays homage to a 1973 cover, but it also happens to be the first appearance too. Action Comics #421 (1973) is the first appearance of Captain Strong and the original cover to this weeks Harley book. Here’s the thing, a 9.6 on Ebay right now is only $200. Yes granted, we’re talking a fourth rate character, but still a better buy than a majority of these ridiculous variants at $200. InvestComics has always said to sell your moderns and buy those back issues. Well here’s your chance. A first appearance from 1973 that includes names like Curt Swan and Dick Giordano in it? 9.6 for $200 no less? A no-brainer here.

Now let’s talk about another Captain arriving this Wednesday. Check out Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1. Looks like a fun book. It’s always great to see Captain Britain in a title isn’t it? A comic InvestComics has been recommending for years now; Marvel Team-Up #65 (1978). It’s the U.S. Debut of Captain Britain. A comic written by Chris Claremont, drawn by John Byrne, and a cover from George Perez/Joe Sinnott. We recommended this comic when it was a $1 book for years. Now it seems to have climbed a bit from that $1 bid. Should have listened! Seriously though, what is not to love about this comic? And this also applies to the Defenders as well. Their first appearance; Marvel Feature #1 (1971). We recommended at $50. Should have listened!

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Ant-Man Annual #1; this comic has it all really. A Hank Pym/Scott Lang team-up, a villain from the past comes back, and an introduction of a new character. Yes, this is a pick up this week.

While we eagerly await possible news coming from the Valiant Entertainment group at SDCC, we can look forward to Book of Death #1 this Wednesday. Valiant will start their all new event saga right here. Written by Robert Venditti, art by Doug Braithewaite and Robert Gill. Yes a hit for sure brewing here. Looking forward to a great read.

Here are a few more comics to check out on new comic book day; Rivers of London Body Work #1 (Titan Comics) is sold out. Godzilla In Hell #1 (IDW Publishing). Island #1 (Image Comics). Mercury Heat #1 (Avatar Press).

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Journey Into Mystery #88 (1963) Loki’s second appearance. Cover by Ditko and Kirby.

Daredevil #169 (1981) Second Elektra appearance. Frank Miller pencils, writes and cover art.

Amazing Spider-Man #51 (1967) With Daredevil coming on strong with a second season, no telling how far this series is going. Kingpin’s second appearance. John Romita Sr. pencils and cover art.

Detective Comics #474 (1977) Suicide Squad is coming next year. Here is the Deadshot appearance everyone is after. It’s actually the second appearance, but the first of the all-new Deadshot.

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Werewolf By Night #33 (1975) Moon Knight’s second appearance. Gil Kane/Klaus Janson cover.

Tales of Suspense #60 (1964) Second Hawkeye.

Firestorm #2 (1978) Second appearance of Martin Stein/Ronnie Raymond, aka Firestorm. Gerry Conway writes, Al Milgrom pencils and cover art. Superman appearance and first appearance of Multiplex.

Daredevil #132 (1976) Bullseye’s second appearance. Marv Wolman writes.

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Tales of Suspense #53 (1964) Black Widow (Natalia Romanova) second appearance. Don Heck pencils. Kirby cover. Watcher’s origin.

Aquaman #42 (1968) The Aquaman is set to make a big “splash” with his movie appearance in Batman vs Superman. Black Manta is Aquaman’s main adversary. Look for Black Manta to either appear now or in Aquaman’s solo flick. Here’s Manta’s second. Jim Aparo pencils and a Nick Cardy cover.

Detective Comics #656 (1993) Cannot figure out which comic came first after Bane’s first appearance. Either this one or Batman #489. The Detective comic; Sam Kieth cover, Chuck Dixon writes, and Tom Mandrake pencils.

Batman #489 (1993) Jim Aparo pencils and Doug Moench writes.

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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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indexMarvel_Feature_1_(1971)Before heading right into this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks, there are a few comics that have been highlighted over the past week or so on InvestComics that need some love. Well not love so much, but some undivided attention. I’d like to point them out in this article so that speculators can plan accordingly during a slower week like this one.

News from director Zack Synder confirmed that Nightwing (aka Dick Grayson) will in fact appear in the new Superman sequel yet unofficially titled Batman vs. Superman. Great news for the comic book fans, but not so much on the collectors/speculators side. How so you may ask? Well, Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing in Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984) and the problem with this classic comic is the one thing no hobby enthusiasts likes to hear……overprint. This comic is so easily accessible it’s not even funny. While the overprint shouldn’t deter you to still own this comic (how do you not own it already??), do realize that the aftermarket will be inundated with the first appearance of Nightwing as it already is. Great comic, too bad there are too many copies are floating around. There is however a way to get a little more bang for your buck, but you should know how to do this already…..

InvestComics reported on Marvel teaming up with Netflix for their next venture onto the small screen. It involves Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage getting television shows and all leading up to a “Defenders” mini-series. How lucky can a comic book fan be these days?! A comic that must be in your collection and is a beauty is the first appearance of the Defenders team in Marvel Feature #1 (1971). There is nothing more to say……..buy this comic book!

With the recent success of the Arrow television show for the folks over at the CW station, they are once again looking at the DC catalog and have found iZombie. Zombies are hot for reasons that are obvious, but will it equate to the demise, the watering down of the genre? We’ll have izombiePreacher_1to wait and see. Until then, you already missed out by digging in the $1 bins at your local shop for the first DC/Vertigo iZombie #1 (2010) when InvestComics broke the news, so now the question is how much of a risk are you willing to take on this comic? You have two options here. Go for the first appearance of iZombie in House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1 (2009) which has sold for more than $50 on Ebay or the iZombie #1 comic that has sold for as high as $25. Big risk here because this series is no Walking Dead and the zombie genre will eventually settle down some. What if the television series craps out? Too many risk factors with this one here.

And possibly the best news to come out from television land came late last night on InvestComics. The once very hot Preacher series from DC/Vertigo will be considered for a pilot from AMC. A Preacher #1 (1995) CGC 9.8 sold yesterday on Ebay for $185. If you have this comic, I urge you to get it graded and sit on it. It’s going to be a big book. The comic series was a rousing success and there is no reason to think that the (possible) television series wouldn’t be either. Writer Garth Ennis brings his “A” game to everything he’s involved with. The highly successful Preacher series is evidence of this. IF the Preacher gets its own TV show, Preacher #1 will be a comic to own, big time.

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In association with Ratchet City Comics, InvestComics will be celebrating the InvestComics Hot Picks #300 in a BIG way! The 300th InvestComics Hot Picks will be coming out the same week as Christmas, so on December 25th, Christmas day, we will be giving away a Star Wars #1 (2013 – Dark Horse) CGC Signature Series graded 9.6 Signed by writer Brian Wood!! The comic is pictured here and can be yours if you share the InvestComics web page everyplace you can to help us reach 3000 Likes on the Facebook page. FULL details right HERE!! Share!!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 11/30/13

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Believe it or not A Plus X (2012 Marvel Now) #14 will lead the way this week. It’s with good reason of course. The issue finds Max Bemis conducting writing duties. Why and who is Max? Well he’s a comic book fan and is also the front man in a rock band called Say Anything. He’s also the co-singer in a band called Two Tongues. I have to admit, I have absolutely no idea who the bands are or who Max is, but the kids tell me they know him and them! So why exactly are we talking about this comic again? Oh yeah, this is Max’s first published comic book work. The last time a rock dude crossed over, all hell broke loose for a little bit. Let me remind you……Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)? Umbrella Academy? Oh yes that! You remember now. So check out A + X #14 and see if Max pulls off a keeper here.

Harley Quinn begins her quest this week in her own regular series; starting with Harley Quinn (2013) #0. We all know by now that Harley first appeared in the Batman: Harley Quinn (1999) soft cover graphic novel. That classic Alex Ross cover is forever etched in our minds. So that comic is probably already filed away in your Bat box someplace. This week however, the Harley Quinn #0 Stephane Roux variant cover is sold out. Buying this comic will set you back $30, but how long can Harley really hold her own though? Maybe we’ll get an answer to that question sooner rather than later.

Battlestar Galactica always seems to be that red-headed step child doesn’t it? (No offense to red-heads! My sister is a red-head!). It’s always been that show that just can’t seem to get out of its own way. The first television series back in 1978 lasted two seasons, the second series lasted a whopping 4 seasons, and the original Marvel Comics series lasted 23 issues. No major motion picture, no talks of ever taking Battlestar to another level. Very odd no? Well maybe not. Maybe it’s just not a strong franchise. Yes, maybe it’s time to accept that Battlestar is not Star Trek, Star Wars, or even Stargate; Space 1999 maybe, but not any of the aforementioned. The intention here is not to bash Battlestar, but to find an understanding as to why so many failed attempts at a space series that has such a huge following. Dynamite hasn’t given up on BG though! This week Battlestar Galactica Starbuck (2013 Dynamite) #1 is on the cusp of a sell-out. That’s right fans, there is still a core audience that demands BG and Dynamite is here to provide it! Looks like a fun read!

Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion (2013) #2 variant is sold out. It’s only a $10 variant and it’ll probably stay put right there. There is nothing special about this comic at all except an exceptionally weak villain in Parasite wreaking havoc. A fun story, but nothing for the speculator here.

Although Superior Spider-Man (2012) Annual #1 might be sold out by the next new comic book day, it still has that “Annual” stigma attached to it. The Marvel solict  says “this one counts!” Even they realize the stigma attached. It’s far and few between that any comic book annuals make an impact on the hobby. They do exist, but not on a level of any expectations that collectors clamor for. In the Superior Spider-Man annual #1 though, we see the return of Blackout. The Blackout villain first appeared in Nova #19 (1978). Will the debut of Blackout be a draw? Most likely no, but the Nova character on the other hand………buy Nova. Yes, buy Nova.

X-Men (2013) 3rd Series #7 brings back an old foe. Lady Deathstrike from Daredevil #197 (1983). That’s a nice book to have. Not a be all end all, but an okay book.

If you have children then you know about Ben 10. You know that Ben 10 is on your television set when you are getting the kids ready for school. Yes I get the explanation every morning on which alien Ben has turned into and what he can do. Fun times! IDW wants my boy to read comics too, which is a great thing. Check out Ben 10 (2013 IDW) #1 this week for your kids. Get them reading! DC Comics were the first to jump into the Ben 10 craze and now IDW is doing the same. Good times!

A few weeks back InvestComics asked that you’d get a beat on the Afterlife with Archie #1 comic. Boy did we hit that one! This week the initial offering of Afterlife With Archie (2013) #2 will be a bit different. It seems as though the zombiefied Archie interest has died down a tad quickly, but do not let this deter you from getting the second issue. There is still might be “life” in this zombie Archie.

If there is THE number one comic to get this week, it has to be Voice in the Dark (2013 Image) #1. Check out why our girl Zoey hasn’t killed anyone in about 72 days. She’s a radio DJ too. Not much to go on right? Well it’s an Image Comic, they release great stories AND it’s sold out already.

Cataclysm Ultimates (2013) #1 $20 variant is sold out. Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Force War (2013) #1 will be one to check out and one more for the kids Scooby-Doo Team Up (2013 DC) #1!

Don’t forget, help us get to 3000 and you could win!!

In association with Ratchet City Comics, InvestComics will be celebrating the InvestComics Hot Picks #300 in a BIG way! The 300th InvestComics Hot Picks will be coming out the same week as Christmas, so on December 25th, Christmas day, we will be giving away a Star Wars #1 (2013 – Dark Horse) CGC Signature Series graded 9.6 Signed by writer Brian Wood!! The comic is pictured here and can be yours if you share the InvestComics web page everyplace you can to help us reach 3000 Likes on the Facebook page. FULL details right HERE!! Share!! 

Invest wisely 

Jay Katz

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Adam Driver to play Nightwing in new Batman vs Superman Movie?

Unconfirmed reports are pointing to ‘Girls’ star Adam Driver to play Nightwing in Zack Snyder’s Batman Superman film. Great news on all fronts here. First; Dick Grayson will in fact be in the latest installment, second; Nightwing will be in the film, and third; Adam Driver will possibly play him!

Adam Driver and Tales of The Teen Titans #44 (1984)

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