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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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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article.
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We are not responsible for comics not shipped on time and or changing of release dates regarding this article or any article on InvestComics. We report on the comics DUE out the coming week. We have NO control of release dates nor will we change our article to accommodate a change in shipping, release date or cancellation.

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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. 

Here are the rest of the comics that appeared on this past week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #414 (Click the link to read now!).

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

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

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Tommy #1

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Jay Katz

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article

 

From: InvestComics Hot Picks #387

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Bat-Mite #4 – A new villain named Gridlock makes an appearance.

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Void Of Heroes #1 – From Cosmic Times, sold out at the distributor.

Dark Tower Drawing Of The Three Lady Of Shadows #1 – A new character debuts and with the new Dark Tower movie(?) announced, this could be something to keep an eye out on.

Silver Surfer #14 – Norrin Radd might be creating some new universes and or characters. He’s wielding some serious cosmic powers this days.

Mockingbird S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1 – The new solo television series has put Mockingbird on the radar for collectors. Her first appearance was in Marvel Team-Up #95 (1980).

 

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Deadpool vs. Thanos #1

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Rocket Queen And The Wrench #1

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Toil and Trouble #1

 

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The very first episode of Sal’s Minute Of Mediocrity has arrived! The best one minute (or so) comic book review show on the planet. As each episode is released, Sal will lasso you in like Wonder Woman and make you tell the truth! What does that have to do with the video you ask? Absolutely nothing, but he will rope you in to watch because he’s awesome and it’s only a minute (or so) of your time! Check out the first episode below!

 

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….With all of the female lead characters coming from Marvel (and many other publishers too) these days, they are going with a third rate character this time in Mockingbird S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary #1. Mockingbird is not a new character by any stretch, her first appearance was 35 years ago and up until a week ago that first appearance lay in some one dollar long box. So with the recent announcement of Mockingbird getting her own spin-off television series, it will only peak the interest of her first appearance in Marvel Team-Up #95 (1980). Steven Grant writes and a Bob McLeod/Frank Miller cover help to make this a nice collectors item even when it was in the one dollar long box. Incidentally, InvestComics did mention to take a peak at Marvel Team-Up #95 back in 2009.

A sure to be sold out comic hits Wednesday; Deadpool vs. Thanos #1. There are some very funny variant covers accompanying this release. Marvel’s Figment series fared very well last time out, so Marvel will go back to the well with Figment 2 #1. A new character debuts in Dark Tower Drawing Of The Three Lady Of Shadows #1. And with the new Dark Tower movie(?) announced, this could be something to keep an eye out on.

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Watch out for Silver Surfer #14 this week as Norrin Radd might be creating some new universes and or characters. He’s wielding some serious cosmic powers this days. Writer Dan Slott is bringing it.

A new villain named Gridlock makes an appearance in Bat-Mite #4.

Our friends at Cosmic Times have turned up a hot comic release this coming Wednesday. Must check out Void Of Heroes #1. Not only a fantastic dark sci-fi futuristic story, but it’s actually based on the mobile game from Tunnel Ground Inc. So you better get on this comic because it’s sold out at the distributor already.

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An interesting comic coming out from Space Goat Productions; Rocket Queen And The Wrench #1. Looks like a good first issue read here. Dynamite Entertainment joins two of the most unlikely franchises in recent memory, check out Aliens Vampirella #1. The Black and White variant is sold out. Not much to go on regarding the new Image series Plutona #1, so pick it up and take a look-see. And check out Boom Studios’ Toil and Trouble #1. A version of Shakespeare you have never read before.

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Netflix recently announced that Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher will make his way onto the Daredevil series. Good news for comic fans! The fans have responded well and we decided it was time for a Punisher checklist.

As always, there will be comics that did not make the list. No big deal. If you have something to share or add to the list, please free to do so below.

 

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Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974) The first appearance and with the classic cover from Gil Kane, John Romita Sr. and Gaspar Saladino.

Amazing Spider-Man #134 (1974) The second appearance of the Punisher and the first appearance of the Tarantula.

Power Man Annual #1 (1976) Frank Castle is mentioned outside of a Spider-Man comic. Chris Claremont writes.

Amazing Spider-Man #162 (1976) The first appearance of the villain Jigsaw. He’ll go on to become one of Frank Castle’s main adversaries.

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Marvel Tales #106 (1979) The very first comic reprint of Punisher’s first appearance with the original cover from Spidey #129. The first of many many Punisher origin reprints throughout the years.

Captain America #241 (1980) The first time Punisher appears in a comic other than a Spidey book in the Marvel Universe. An early Punisher appearance and classic too. The first comic cover the Punisher graces that is not Spider-Man related. Bob McLeod and Frank Miller cover.

Daredevil #181 (1982) The first appearance in the Daredevil title. This comic has it all. The death of Elektra, Bullseye appearance, Frank Miller writes, art, and cover. As explained in the Creator Spotlight: Frank Miller; Netflix already announced the Punisher will be making his way into the Daredevil series. This book here is all kinds of awesome already and any collector should already own one. Because of the characters and probable story line on the Netflix show, it would be wise to get one if you don’t have one yet……BUT that said, on the flip side, there are way way too many copies of this comic available. Being too accessible puts it in the “New Mutants #98” category. So many copies, way overpriced. Be smart.

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The Punisher  Limited Series (1986) The official breakout for the Punisher character. Everything changed after this limited series. Mike Zeck and Steven Grant took Castle to another level.

The Punisher #1 (1987) After the highly successful limited series, the Punisher received his own ongoing series. The series went on to last 104 issue. A very nice run indeed.

The Punisher #4 (1987) The first appearance of Microchip.

The Punisher #10 (1988) Daredevil appears for the first time in the regular Punisher series. A great story that features two sides of a battle. In this comic, Frank gives his side of the tussle with Matt. And in…..

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Daredevil #257 (1988) Matt shows readers what he thought of the encounter with Frank. Same story, two different perspectives. Kudos Marvel.

Marvel Age #67 (1988) Punisher/Wolverine/Namor cover. Jim Lee art. First Lee Punisher.

The Punisher War Journal #1 (1988) This successful series lasted 80 issues.

The Punisher War Journal #6 (1989) The first meeting ever between Wolverine and the Punisher. A two part story. Covers by Jim Lee.

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Power Pack #46 (1989) Punisher appears in the Power Pack comic? Yep! Pencils and cover by Whilce Portacio, words by Terry Austin.

What If…? #2 (1989) In this super cool Danny Fingeroth story, Punisher makes an appearance and the one of the cooler things about this comic? Pencils by Greg (Batman) Capullo.

The Punisher Return To Big Nothing (1989) An Epic Comics graphic novel size. Awesome story here told by Steven Grant. Pencils by Mike Zeck. And classic cover by Mike Zeck and Phil Zimelman.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #8 (1989) Castle’s first run in (of many) with the Moon Knight.

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The Punisher War Journal #14 (1990) The very first time Spider-Man appears in a Punisher comic. A significant book here. And a Punisher/Spidey cover from Jim Lee too!

Ghost Rider #5 (1990) First run in with the Ghost Rider. Jim Lee cover.

The Nam #52 (1991) “The Punisher Invades The ‘Nam”. When this story line came out it was huge. The story took readers back to Frank Castle’s roots in Viet Nam.

Uncanny X-Men #272 (1991) The first time in an X-Men title. Jim Lee pencils.

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What If…? #26 (1991) ….What if the Punisher killed Daredevil?

Punisher P.O.V. (1991) A fantastic four issue mini-series from writer Jim Starlin and artist Bernie Wrightson.

Deathlok #7 (1992) The first meeting between the Punisher and Deathlok. A fabulous Denys Cowan cover as well.

Marvel Age #108 (1992) John Romita Jr. cover. Punisher included on cover.

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The Punisher War Zone #1 (1992) With his popularity booming at its peak, Punisher gets a third title. John Romita Jr. art, Chuck Dixon writes. The series would last 41 issues.

The Incredible Hulk #395 (1992) Frank Castle’s first ever visit in a Hulk comic. Written by Peter David and art by Dale Keown.

Quasar #42 (1993) A team-up with Quasar! Yes it happened. Right here.

The Punisher: Origin of Microchip #1 (1993) Here’s a important comic if the Punisher ever takes off anyplace on Netflix and they take this particular origin. Microchip is an intricate part of the Punisher’s life.

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Venom Funeral Pyre (1993) A three part mini-series team-up with Venom.

What If…? #58 (1994) Punisher story; “The Day I Killed Spider-Man.”

Batman Punisher Lake of Fire (1994) The world’s greatest detective and the world’s most dangerous vigilante team up. Dennis O’ Neil writes and Barry Kitson pencils.

The Punisher Meets Archie #1 (1994) One of, if not the strangest comic book character team-ups of all time.

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Punisher Batman Deadly Knights (1994) Another team up with these two. This time with the creative team; writer Chuck Dixon and artist John Romita Jr.. Joker and Jigsaw appearances.

The Punisher Year One (1994) Here is a fantastic four issue mini-series that any Punisher fan should definitely be without.

Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe (1995) The title says it all and it lives up to its billing. Maybe because Garth Ennis writes it. Still a very popular book today.

The Punisher #1 Marvel Knights 4 Issue Limited Series (1998) A four issue mini-series. Pencils by Bernie Wrightson.

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The Punisher #1 Marvel Knights 12 Issue Limited Series (2000) This 12 issue series was written by Garth Ennis.

The Punisher Painkiller Jane (2001) This one shot was from the Marvel Knights imprint. Written by Garth Ennis and art by Joe Jusko.

Deadpool #53 (2001) The first meeting between the Punisher and Deadpool. Although they meet in this issue, Frank isn’t on the cover until the next issue. Deadpool #54 is a classic standoff cover between the both of them. Steve Dillon provides that cover.

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The Punisher #1 Marvel Knights Regular Series (2001) Garth Ennis writes and Steve Dillon pencils this new ongoing Marvel Knights series. The series would last 37 issues.

The Punisher vs. Bullseye (2006) A five part Marvel Knights story. First time these two are in a comic together as a solo story.

Punisher #1 (2009) Here is a new Punisher series that lasted 16 issues before the series changed its name over to a new title with issue #17……Franken-Castle. Yes. Franken-Castle. The cover to issue one here pays homage to Amazing Spider-Man #129.

Thunderbolts #1 (2013) Castle, never really a dude that beats to anyone’s drum becomes a part of the Thunderbolts team here.

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Creator Spotlight – Frank Miller

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One of the most prolific comic creators of our time is Frank Miller. He single-handedly made two comic characters into iconic status. Several of his creator owned projects have either seen film/television time or will in the future. Frank Miller’s art is extremely distinctive as well. Everything from the overbearing board shoulders of Batman to the loneliness feel of Daredevil’s pain, to the violence of 300. His writing replicates his artistry. Usually very bold and forthcoming. A distinctive comic creator in every facet. A true legend and Icon in the industry.

Here are just a few of his key books in his vast career. It took a very long time to compile this list and we hope you enjoy every bit of it as we did putting it together.

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Twilight Zone #84 (1978) The first professional work from Frank Miller.

Weird War Tales #64 (1978) First DC Comics work.

John Carter Warlord of Mars #18 (1978) First Marvel Comics work with writer Chris Claremont. John Byrne cover.

Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #27 (1979) First Daredevil pencils. Miller will go on to basically own the Daredevil character. Most of anything you will ever see on film or on television on Daredevil is based from Miller’s interpretation of the character.

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Daredevil #158 (1979) Miller’s first time on the Daredevil title will prove to be a major turning point in this characters life. The character is forever marked with the Miller touch. As said before, everything you see on paper or on a screen is a direct result of Miller. That is all. This comic is also the first professional cover he does in collaboration with Joe Rubinstein.

Marvel Premiere #49 (1979) Miller/Janson cover. Falcon graces the cover and this is also Falcon’s first solo comic ever.

Rom #1 (1979) One of the many reasons to own this comic; a collaborative cover with Joe Rubinstein. He goes on to do other Rom covers.

X-Men Annual #3 (1979) First X-Men, cover art only with Terry Austin.

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Daredevil #164 (1980) Origin retold. The first Miller Daredevil origin story (art only).

Daredevil #165 (1980) Miller collaborates on writing duties that will forever change the flow and dynamics for this character.

Daredevil #168 (1981) Origin and first appearance of Elektra. Miller also takes over the writing chores here.

Captain America #241 (1980) The classic Cap/Punisher cover with Bob McLeod.

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Avengers #193 (1980) First Avengers pencils and cover. Both in a collaborate model.

DC Special Series #21 (1980) First Miller Batman. We all know what influence he had on Batman right? Here’s the first time he pencils a Batman story. Written by Denny O’ Neil.

Marvel Premiere #53 (1980) A Miller/Rubinstein Black Panther cover.

Marvel Team-Up #95 (1980) A Miller/McLeod collaboration cover. Also the first appearance on Mockingbird.

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Marvel Spotlight #8 (1980) First Captain Marvel. Pencils and cover art.

Marvel Team-Up #100 (1980) Cover art with Klaus Janson. Also pencils interior story with first appearance of Karma. Chris Claremont writes.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14 (1980) One of Miller’s (first?) solo cover’s with Spidey and Doctor Strange.

Star Wars #43 (1981) A Star Wars pinup page from Miller. This comic also happens to be Boba Fett’s second comic book appearance.

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Machine Man #19 (1981) Cover art with Terry Austin. Steve Ditko interior pencils. First appearance of Jack O’ Lantern (which appears on the cover).

Marvel Premiere #58 (1981) Second American appearance of Doctor Who. Miller/Austin cover art.

Rom #17 (1981) The infamous X-Men Rom issue(s). This comic and the next (issue #18) both had Miller art on the covers.

Incredible Hulk #258 (1981) Soviet Super Soldiers cover – Miller/Milgrom. Also the first appearance of this group.

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Daredevil #170 (1981) Writer/artist Frank Miller brings Kingpin into the life of Matt Murdock, making Kingpin one of Daredevil’s greatest adversaries of all time. Besides Bullseye of course.

Daredevil #176 (181) First appearance of Stick.

Daredevil #177 (1981) Miller writes Daredevil’s origin. Retold.

Daredevil #178 (1982) First team-up with Power Man and Iron Fist. Will this equate to box office money because of the possibility of a Netflix team-up? Maybe. Still a great book to have regardless.

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Marvel Team-Up Annual #4 (1981) Miller writes a story that includes Moon Knight. He also does the cover art with Rubinstein that includes Moon Knight.

Daredevil #181 (1982) The death of Elektra. Also the first Punisher appearance in the series. Miller creates another adversary for the ages here for the Daredevil character, but it’s a vigilante (hero) this time. As with the Power Man/Iron Fist team up, will Netflix heat things up here with the Punisher coming on board? Again maybe, but be forewarned, this comic is way over-printed and very easy to find.

Daredevil #182 (1982) A classic cover.

Daredevil #183 (1982) First Daredevil/Punisher cover.

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Daredevil #184 (1982) …….And another classic cover.

Moon Knight #15 (1982) A Joe Jusko/Frank Miller Moon Knight cover.

Wolverine (1982) This limited series went on to change the Wolverine character forever. Written by Chris Claremont, pencils and covers by Miller. And issue #1; another ridiculous classic cover.

Daredevil #187 (1982) Like the cover says “Stop it please..” But we simply cannot. Here is yet another classic cover.

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What If? #35 (1982) This story asks the question “What If Bullseye had not killed Elektra?” An awesome story written and drawn by Miller.

Daredevil #189 (1982) The death of Stick. That cover though……Miiler’s Daredevil run would end with issue #191.

Wonder Woman #298 (1982) Here’s a random cover collaboration with Dick Giordano.

Ronin (1983) This critically acclaimed DC series was a Frank Miller creation. Writes, pencils, inks and cover art. This series was optioned by the Syfy channel.

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Spider-Man and Daredevil Special Edition #1 (1984) Although a reprint special, a new Spidey/Daredevil cover makes this a must have.

Superboy #51 (1984) Cover art.

Destroyer Duck #7 (1984) Miller Eclipse Comics cover art of another ‘DD’.

Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (1984) Getting closer to that Batman book…..Miller teams with Aparo on this no Batman cover.

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Marvel Fanfare #18 (1985) Captain America solo cover.

Superman The Secret Years (1985) Superman covers by Miller.

Daredevil #219 (1985) Miller is back on one issue of the Daredevil, as writer and cover artist. He comes back in issue #226 as regular series writer.

Batman The Dark Knight Returns (1986) Here is another turning point for a character because of Frank Miller. This comic changed the course of history for Batman as we know it. The crazy thing about this game changer of a story was that he was writing Daredevil at the same time and killing that too! Two issues into his return to the Daredevil title came this mastery opus.

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Daredevil #232 (1986) Miller is done writing the Batman opus. And continues to kick major butt on the Daredevil title. The Born Again story line, #231 not approved drug issue, Amazing really. Here he introduces us to Nuke.

Mazing Man #12 (1986) A Dark Knight Miller cover.

Batman #404 (1987) Miller begins the classic Batman: Year One story line. Once again altering the course of Batman comic history. Wow.

Give Me Liberty (1990) Critically acclaimed story written by Miller and pencils by Dave Gibbons.

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Hard Boiled (1990) A two issue Magazine sized Dark Horse book written by Miller. Well received. Issue number three comes out two years later.

Dark Horse Presents – Fifth Anniversary Special (1991) The first time readers see Miller’s Sin City creation. We all know where this wound up too.

Valiant Comics (1992) Miller does a bunch of cover art for Valiant comics; Archer and Armstrong #1, Eternal Warrior #1, Harbinger #8, Magnvs Robot Fighter #15, Rai #6, Shadowman #4, Solar, Man of the Atom #12, and X-O Manowar #7.

Robocop Vs. Terminator (1992) Here Miller teams with legend Walt Simonson in this four issue mini. Walt pencils and Miller writes.

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Spawn #8 (1993) Miller does a Spawn pinup. He writes issue #11.

Marvel Age #127 (1993) Here’s a nice nugget. A Frank Miller/Greg Capullo Cable cover collaboration. Looks like the cover (and Cable!) is literally cut in half as each creator took a side.

Daredevil The Man Without Fear (1993) The mini series retelling of Daredevil’s origin. Written by Miller, art by John Romita Jr.

Spawn Batman (1994) One shot written by Miller, art by Todd McFarlane.

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G.I. Joe #1 (1995) From Dark Horse. An ultra cool Miller cover.

Batman Black and White #2 (1996) Miller Batman cover.

Overstreet Fan #19 (1997) A Dark Knight cover from Miller.

300 (1998) Well here’s another comic of Frank’s that made it to film. Written, Pencils, inks, and cover art.

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Green Lantern/Superman Legend of the Green Flame #1 (2000) An incredible Miller/Hollingsworth cover.

Dark Knight Strikes Again (2001) This followup three-part story did not fair all that well.

All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder (2005) This series was without its controversy. Issue number ten caused a stir (recalled) and Miller’s writing for this series was very edgy to say the least. Jim Lee art, Scott Williams inks, and Miller script. Series went up to ten issues. Miller also did a variant cover for most of the series.

Mighty Avengers #16 (2008) Daredevil/Elektra Secret Invasion Miller cover.

Detective Comics #27 (2014) A full spread variant cover Miller/Stewart.

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InvestComics Hot Pick Single: Buy Apocalypse First Appearance Now

X-Factor #5 & X-Factor #6 – First Appearance of Apocalypse

X-Factor #5X-Factor #6With the recent tweet from director Bryan Singer, it’s safe to assume that the next X-Men installment will feature the goliath villain named Apocalypse. So let’s see, we have rumors of Darkseid and Doomsday, and then we have Thanos making his mark in the Avengers movie. Do you see a pattern here? The bigger they are…..

The first appearance of Apocalypse falls into the silly “cameo and first full appearance” category. Why the cameo appearance of a character is always worth less than the FULL appearance is still a large mystery. It’s technically the absolute FIRST time we ever see the character right?? So THAT should be the book to get, but no. The cameo always plays the bridesmaid. Very strange……but this is really a conversation for another day.

The collectors market is exploding at the seams right now for the first appearance of Apocalypse. A recent Ebay CGC graded 9.8 X-Factor #6 (First Full Appearance) sold for $499 and an X-Factor #5 (Cameo Appearance) 9.8 graded sold for $99. An ungraded #6 has fetched upwards to $60 and an ungraded #5 has seen prices as high as $35.

So what to do now? The wise choice is to wait it out a bit. Wait for the market to cool off from the Bryan Singer tweet. The demand is in a reactionary state right now. The movie is not slated until 2016. So find a dealer or local convention that will give you a fair deal and buy these books.

If you’d like to max out your dollar on these comics when it’s time to sell, here’s how to do that:

Get your books graded and signed (CGC Signature Series). It’s imperative that you score a high grade or you’ll be breaking even or maybe you’ll make a “few bucks” instead of pulling in a large sum for your investment. InvestComics will help you out with the names of the creators below to snag at a local convention. Be sure to have a CGC Signature Series witness with you. Get all of these names on one book, grade a 9.8 or higher and you will have scored a huge payday the closer 2016 comes with the X-Men: Apocalypse movie.

X-Factor #5: Bob Layton, Jackson Guice, Joe Rubinstein, and Ron Frenz.

X-Factor #6: Louise Simonson, Jackson Guice, Bob McLeod, Ron Frenz, and Joe Rubinstein.

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(Warning! This is NOT an Iron Man 3 bashing; this is merely just an observation in the flight of the Marvel Studios films from me. If you liked Iron Man 3, that’s awesome, I respect that. If you are easily offended I then ask of you to skip this first paragraph because it’s an opinion based on Iron Man 3 that is not in favor of the movie from ME. Please do not get your panties in a bunch if you proceed ahead. Thank you.)

Have you’ve seen the new Thor: The Dark World movie? This movie was absolutely awesome. It’s setting up for so many things it’s almost too much to bear. The inner child within me was at an all-time high watching this film. The movie is by far the best Marvel movie of all Marvel movies besides the Avengers, in which is “1A” and Thor is “1B”. It was that good, simply amazing. What Marvel is doing, tying all of these movies together is almost historic like. It’s unfortunate that in-between great films we have to sit through movies like Iron Man 3. Won’t apologize for the opinion here, It’s an opinion…..deal. Iron Man 3 was very weak in comparison to the latest Thor film. This was bound to happen though. Eventually there will be a fail in the system somewhere. One of these Marvel Studio movies is going to fall flat (monetarily) at the box office. It’s inevitable. Why? because of a weak story, not because there are “too many comic book movies” (nonsense). But until that happens, we will have to endure the weak stories like the Iron Man 3’s when they do come out. Too many weak stories will eventually catch up, so Marvel Studios better be on top of their game and not throw together the Mandarin as a joke character and Pepper Potts glowing. Understood it’s an Iron Man movie, but the first two worked fine without too much of the tongue in cheek stuff. Let’s get back to basics here. I personally walked out of the theater after watching Thor The Dark World and spoke about it for about 30 minutes. There are memorable scenes, action sequences, storyline, and not once did I talk about the last Iron Man film afterwards. I probably did say “meh” or a few words of disappointment. I honestly can say, I don’t recall one memorable scene in that movie. The ending was a major disappointment with all of the suits flying around, wow that was bad. Although Tony does have a very weak rouge gallery which can actually hurt the franchise; have a team-up with Sub Mariner, Black Panther, etc. to offset the minimal selection one has with his gallery. Maybe that would work? Because another S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on the big screen is not going to cut it. Thor: The Dark World just set the bar higher……Go get em’ Cap, you’re up next.

It’s been all about the crazy giveaways here at InvestComics lately. A signed Chris Claremont Excalibur #1, a signed The Dark Knight #23.4 Joker’s Daughter #1 by artist Georges Jeanty, and the best of all announced recently on the InvestComics Facebook page; a CGC 9.8 signature series Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse 2013) by Brian Wood! Thanks to Ratchet City Comics for making this contest possible! If you haven’t done so already and you’re a collector, you must visit the Ratchet City Comics new web page right HERE. You have to see the awesome display of CGC comics ready for the taking. Ratchet City Comics is also on Ebay, so be sure to check them out there as well! There is a stipulation regarding the CGC Sig Series giveaway though. It’s a small one, but let’s make it happen! The InvestComics Facebook page is above the 1600 Likes mark and we need to get to the 3000 mark by Christmas in order for this book to be given away. So it’s simple, you share, bring the total to 3000 by Christmas and YOU could possibly WIN the CGC Star Wars book. What a great gift to yourself, a loved one, an investment piece, and a fantastic way to ring in the New Year! Be sure to inform us that you shared the InvestComics Facebook page to be in the running. Click HERE for the news release on this contest. Let’s get to 3000, and good luck!

As mentioned quite a few times here on InvestComics, the variant covers are a bit of overkill to the hobby. But that said, there is a demand for them and comic companies have the right to make money. Who doesn’t like money right? With that in mind, there has been a recent influx of crazy covers and gimmicks coming out. Once again, companies are making money and good for them. Many of the speculators are now worried about the “crash” of the 90’s in the speculators market. I’m here to tell you, there is nothing to fear. Back in the 90’s comic books speculators were not as savvy as the ones of today. Do you still have those out there that buy 10 copies of a number one issue? Or maybe a hot issue? Or a 3D cover? Yes you do and those are the ones that are doomed to fail. Those speculators have no idea how this market works. I’m not going to go into a long dissertation on how and what to do because if you read the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks, you should have a grasp on what to do and what not to do. The true speculator knows how to collect in today’s market to make the most of their money. The collector that hoards, that falls in love with their 3D covers have a portfolio problem on their hands. Follow what InvestComics recommends, and you will be better off. Not to say that that we haven’t picked clunkers either, but a wiser investor makes more than they lose.

Another reason for a non 90’s crash? Warner Bros. and Disney wouldn’t allow it. The comic book markets haven’t seen this much attention in a long time. If the sales slump, the companies will make adjustments. If a comic shop orders too much of something, they too will cut back. The shops and collectors are very frugal with their dollar these days. The overspending will come at the hands of the collector looking to make a killing, they will fail and go away. The same goes with some retail shops. Some shops will order too may 3D covers and be stuck with a boatload of them for years to come, sooner rather than later going into the 50 cent long boxes.

So accountability is that so of the collectors, shops, and comic companies. The 90’s happened because of the greed that overtook each and every one of the aforementioned. There is a market for the speculators in the comic book world; it’s just a wiser one now. The greedy ones will fall by the wayside.

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Why the long talk about the 90’s you may ask? A couple of reasons, besides the variant covers this week and every week. Let hit DC Comics first then Valiant Comics in a bit. This week DC goes back to the well again with a “special cover”. Batman (2011 2nd Series) #25 will feature an embossed cover. Ask another question, why is that? Well because it’s issue #25? It has the Riddler in it?  Because the Zero Year “reaches a new level”?  All excuses that don’t really add up or warrant a gimmick cover, but DC Comics is going to cash in here again. The trick here is not to get caught up with the gimmick cover. The comic to go after is the Greg Capullo variant sketch cover. It’s only $95 retail, but signed and CGC graded (9.8 or higher) and you make some cash easily. On second thought here, grab the embossed cover too. It’ll probably go to a second print quickly, but sell the regular cover quickly on Ebay to make a flip. Sit on this a day or two too long and you’ll be stuck with it.

Superman Wonder Woman (2013) #2 has sold out on the retail level. This hot comic will continue to be hot until the whole idea of Superman being romantically linked with Wonder Woman wanes thin. Then again, many readers are not reading this comic for that reason; its good storytelling keeping this comic hot right now. How long will the hot commodity last? That’s a tough call, but until that happens, grab the sold out Tony Daniel sketch variant for $75. Do the same as the Bat book recommended above. And Forever Evil Arkham War (2013) #2 $10 variant is sold out on the retail level. No big deal here because this comic is extremely meaningless in the grand scheme of the aftermarket. Collectors should by this for the love of the series. The last of the DC Comics this week to take a look at is Green Lantern Corps (2011 2nd Series) #25. This comics focal point is on the villain Anarky. The villain was created by writer Alan Grant and artist Norm Breyfogle back in Detective Comics #608 (1989). And one more thing about the Green Lantern cover, doesn’t it bring you flashbacks to the Messiah Complex with Cable holding the baby? Scroll through the gallery of the Hot Picks and see for yourself.

Valiant Comics have been making some very serious noise with their amazing storytelling and art since their comeback. The biggest Valiant Comics event ever is about to take place on new comic book day. With the release of Unity (2013 Valiant) #1 Valiant is looking to cash in and cash in big. They understand that the market wants variant covers and wow are they supplying it. How about 13 variant covers here? Yes Valiant is banking and way to go! Remember the talk we had earlier about the non-informed “new” speculator that thinks they will make lots and lots of money? Well that guy/gal will probably buy all 13 issues. The Valiant Comics fan will buy all 13 copies (which they should or want to because they are simply fans and want their product!), and then you have InvestComics over here. Only two of these comics out of the 13 really need your attention here, for the investment side of course. Both are from the Legend Neal Adams. Get your hands on the sold out $75 Neal Adams Incentive variant and the $150 Neal Adams Black & White sketch Variant. Get a CGC witness to go with you to have Mr. Adams sign them and you’ll be all set. Be sure to get a high grade of course. NOW you’re all set, and as for the other 11 variants, unless there is a short run or a high demand on either the Bart Sears signature book ($25) or the exclusive ($10), not much to lay your money down on here.

Marvel’s 50th anniversary of the X-Men hits this Wednesday with X-Men Gold (2013) #1. Thought this would be a bigger deal, more hoopla, but okay. The big deal is found within the pages inside of this comic though. X-Men stories from Chris Claremont, Walter Simonson, Bob McLeod, Stan Lee, and many others. The $6 John Cassady variant is already sold out. Another sold out X-Men variant Marvel Knights X-Men (2013) #1 from Paolo Rivera. That comic will get $20 from you. Nothing spectacular here unless the MK X-Men title takes off. The Cataclysm Ultimate Spider-Man (2013) #1 variant is sold out; see MK X-Men #1.

Comics to definitely look out for this week are Umbral (2013 Image) #1, sold out at shops. A good showing on this comic can bring back good rewards for you. Noir (2013 Dynamite) #1 will be the same scenario. Right now it’s sold out at the retailer, including the ultra-rare 25 copy variant for $100. If this comic hits the mark with readers, look for that variant to fetch some big bucks. IDW’s Wraith Welcome To Christmasland (2013) #1 is sold out. There is a $15 variant to possible grab out there.

Rounding out the week we have Manifest Destiny (2013 Image) #1, All New Soulfire (2013 Aspen) #1, Clown Fatale (2013 Dark Horse) #1 (proving that covers don’t always sell a comic book because this comic is not sold out yet and looks like it’ll need a good showing to do so), and finally Protocol Orphans (2013 Boom Studios) #1. This comic is not sold out yet, or maybe it won’t be but a side note about this comic to leave you with. Newcomer Mariano Navarro will be the artist on this comic. He’s a nice talent. If you feel so inclined to search out his first work, it’s not that long ago. Look for Descendant #1 from Image Comics (2009) in the 50 cent boxes.

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This week for the first time in a long while, the InvestComics Hot Picks sees no regular issue numbers appear. Only number one issues this week fans, oh and one zero issue. Let’s jump right in.

First and foremost, personal friend and big supporter of InvestComics, colorist Jeff Balke will be displaying his amazing work in Asylum (2013 Storm King) #1 coming out this week. I learned about this book about a year ago and have seen the progression of a fantastic comic. This is some of Jeff’s finest work to date. Mr. Balke was tapped recently to be a guest speaker at the University of Texas Arlington! Yes Jeff is boss. If you ever see him at your local comic convention, be sure to stop by and say hello to him and to Brandon. Two of the finest people you will ever meet at a show. If you want to check out everything Jeff Balke, click right HERE to jump to his website. I’m not just saying this because he’s a friend of mine, but Jeff Balke is one of the top colorist in the industry today. Take a look at his work and judge for yourself, you will arrive to the same conclusion I did years ago. This guy rocks! You know what else rocks? “John Carpenter’s” Asylum #1; written by the one and only Bruce Jones, with beautiful artwork by Leonardo Manco. Pick this comic up fans, it’s a winner!

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Marvel Comics gives fans a $7.99 reprint comic this week called Captain Universe The Hero Who Could Be You (2013) #1. Captain Universe? Really? Okay cool…. we’re in! The comic covers at least seven different comics that the Cap has appeared in. You probably could get all seven issues out of some 50 cent long box, but who would want to go through that trouble right? So what’s the next best thing? What does this comic NOT cover? How about Captain Uni’s first appearance? Well lucky you have us right? Look for Micronauts #8 (1979). This once very hot series was at the forefront of many collectors’ pull list. With creator names like Michael Golden, Bob McLeod, and Bill Mantlo attached, it’s easy to know why now. Here’s the scoop with this comic, the Micronauts #8 issue. The CGC censes only has 33of these bad boys graded. That’s not a bad number right? Well with good, some bad sorry. Out of the 33 graded, 15 sit on the 9.8 scale. That’s a bit top heavy for only 33 books you may say. A couple of things to point out though, what if there are not that many 9.8’s left sitting out there? With the Marvel cosmic movies about to take center stage in the third phase (Yes the third phase will include the cosmic universe folks, you do know that right?) Who is to say that Captain Universe won’t be a part of it?? I personally will be adding this comic to my collection, because for a mere $9 book, it could pay large dividends down the line. Micronauts #8 is a comic you buy now and hold on to it for a while. Don’t expect anything big, until maybe Marvel announces Captain Universe will be a player on the big screen. And if none of this ever come to fruition, well then you have a nice first appearance to add to your collection from the creator’s mentioned earlier for only $9.

Staying on topic with legendary names like Golden, Mantlo, McLeod, Jones, and Carpenter, we also get Clive Barker into the mix this week. Check out New Genesis (2013 Boom) #1 and witness the new original series from Clive Barker that has nothing to do with Hellraiser. There is a limited signed edition (variant) and painted cover by Mr. Barker himself. See if you can get your hands on that. It’s a rare thing to get a signed comic from one of the masters of horror like Clive.

DC Comics has a bunch of number one issues to check out this week. There are six here on the InvestComics Hot Picks to be exact, 4 of which are annuals. One number one issue is a standout, but the quick list of annuals are: Red Hood and the Outlaws (2011) Annual #1, Batman The Dark Knight (2011 2nd Series) Annual #1, Earth 2 (2012 DC) Annual #1 (New Batman Earth 2 debut!), and Catwoman (2011 4th Series) Annual #1. Adventures of Superman (2013) 2nd Series #1 round’s out five number one issues. Whew, that’s a lot huh? There is that ONE number one issue that you will need to get before it flies off the shelf. Wake (2013 DC) #1 written by Scott Snyder, this all new story will touch on horror, discovery, and the birth of human life. Yes Scott, we will buy, read and watch the demand go up in the aftermarket for this comic. True story, you’ll see.

Marvel Comics offers up the first ALL woman X-Men team book in X-Men (2013) 3rd Series #1. An all-female team in an X-“MEN” #1 comic, hmmm………female postal workers are called mail persons, not mailmen right? Just saying.

And wrapping thing up with our free-for-all number one issues this week are; Westwood Witches (2013 Amigo) #1 (don’t sleep on this one), King Conan Hour of the Dragon (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Adventure Time (2012 Kaboom) Annual #1 (remember what happened with the first issue of this series, won’t happen here though, but still a buy nonetheless), Realm Knights (2013 Zenescope) #1, and the lone zero issue from our friends at Action Lab Comics Pirate Eye Pirates Life (2013 Action Lab) #0!

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If you are a regular InvestComics monthly newsletter subscriber you found out before everyone else about the very cool things in store for you the fan. Pictured above are the cool giveaways (and one special auction) that will be happening for the next few months. Included in the awesome bunch is the InvestComics One & Done Anthology signed right on the cover by some of the industry’s best. This Anthology which rose over $250 so far for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be auctioned off on Ebay with the proceeds going to the CBLDF. Hang tight for that auction (Lots of giveaway contest beforehand). The auction announcement will be splashed all over the InvestComics landscape, so you won’t miss it when it does happen. So who did exactly sign that cover you ask? How about Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And to top off the list, I (Jay Katz) will sign the inside. That’s quite the list there isn’t it?? As for the other comics shown; New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube now! And the comic is up for grabs too right now!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuck Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO of InvestComics Jay Katz! Whew! And finally how about an autograph from Terry Cronin? (Offered up right now!) Or maybe you’re a fan of the Walking Dead? How about an autograph from Zombie walker Michael Koske?! Yes lots to take in, but be sure to enter these contests to win.

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Okay Hot Picks time. There are certainties in life. The character Thanos is one such case. So is the fact that last Sunday InvestComics informed you guys/gals that East of West #1 is a not to miss book. Yes, listen to the Broker when he tells you about the certainties in the collectors market. It’ll do your wallet some good. So getting back to Thanos now, if you ever doubted anything in the speculation market, this one would not be the one to doubt. If you don’t own or are thinking about owning Iron Man #55, stop thinking and do it. I cannot stress enough how much Thanos is going to make an impact on the movie side of things. The best comparison to make here is actually quite simple. Thanos will be the modern day Darth Vader. I have said this before and I will keep saying it. Thanos’ impact in the theaters will directly impact the back issue market. This said, this week Thanos Rising (2013) #1 will be altering the Marvel Universe as we know it. Yes that villain Thanos is going to bring it and you better be ready. This dude is a bad ass.

…..More certainties this week; Harbinger Wars (2013) #1. This comic will be a quick sell out, so you better grab one off the shelf before they disappear.

Superior Spider-Man (2012) #7 will see the return of Cardiac. The first appearance of Cardiac came in Amazing Spider-Man #342. Want to feel old? This comic was penciled by Erik Larsen 23 years ago!! 1990….23 years ago!! Wow.

DC Comics celebrates with a special issue of Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #19. “Mystery of the 900!” Umm, okay.

….More certainties this week; Regular Show #1. This book will be harder to find than any other in the aftermarket for cover price after Wednesday. Yep.

So with Venom (2011 Marvel) #33 we get the ol’ homage cover thingy going. Isn’t that nice? One little thing here though. Spawn #222 a few issues ago did the same exact thing. Two comics in such close proximity of each other paying homage to Todd McFarlane’s (paid himself homage; he’s proud of himself) Amazing Spider-Man #316. Click on the collage below to see a bigger image of all 3 covers side by side. Which one do you like best?

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Okay so wrapping up. How about a bunch of number one and number zero issues to look out for? Miss Fury (2013 Dynamite) #1 (Look at that cover – holy assets Batman!), Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood (2013 Zenescope) #1, Steam Wars (2013 Antarctic Press) #0 (interesting concept here, Star Wars theme = sold out), Tales of Fear (2013 Aazurn) #1, Unleashed (2013 Zenescope) #0, Snow Angel (2013 Dark Horse) #0, Last of Us American Dreams (2013 Dark Horse) #1, andPolarity (2013 Boom) #1. 

 

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InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter

           

InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter

Welcome Fans!

Back from a very busy/productive Comic Convention, Orlando MegaCon. Being busy and productive equates to a lot of awesomeness1&Done for YOU the Fan! First up is the Superstar studded signed cover of InvestComics’ Anthology One & Done. To date the Anthology has raised over $250 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. With this Superstar signed cover, we intend to raise some more money for CBLDF! This Anthology will go on Ebay to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to CBLDF. Here is the list of names that proudly signed the cover: Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And InvestComics CEO Jay Katz signs the inside! Now THAT is a list! Stay tuned for the announcement of the auction on the website. Pictures of the creators signing the Anthology will accompany the announcement. ……Bid often, it’s for a great cause and is a very nice collector’s item! 

Then there are the contest giveaways. And are they some very cool comics….

All of the actual signed comics are pictured in this newsletter are the actual books that fans will be vying for. Starting with New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuch Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO InvestComics Jay Katz! Yes there are a lot of potential books to win on InvestComics. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the InvestComics Facebook page for contest runs.Titans

Besides the contest, there will be a few interviews going up. InvestComics already posted the (Mr. Incredible Hulk); Lou Ferrigno interview. Click right HERE to check that out. Also had some fun with the King of all Indie Terry Cronin. Click HERE to watch that. There is also a giveaway with Terry’s signature to coincide with that interview. Take a look at the latest InvestComics Hot Picks #262 for details on that right HERE. Also up right now is a Tom Mumme (The Accelerators & Comic Book Men)! Take a look HERE at that. Like the Walking Dead? How about an interview with Walking Dead zombie actor Michael Koske?! And also a chance to WIN his autograph! How about an interview with BOOM! Studios’ Eric Esquivel? Oh yes and win his signed comic Freelancers #3 (pictured below), how about and interview with Buck Rodgers himself Gil Gerard?! This particular interview also features Big City Comics CEO Jeff Kaufman too! The interview is by far the funniest, unpredictable, unscripted InvestComics interview to date. By a long shot folks…..it’s a must watch. Then there is the awesome Gail Simone interview too! How about a Jimmy Palimiotti interview as well? And Legend Pat Broderick? Yes we have him too.

A very special thanks goes out to Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics) for hosting many of the interviews, he was a trooper, losing his voice and all. There were two discoveries that occurred at the show as well. 1; Dirk Grobb. He is a phenomenal artist. Fans need to know who this guy is and buy commissions from him if you see him at a show. Not only can he draw, but he’s a super cool dude too! 2; Brianna Floss. This girl did a couple of interviews for InvestComics and was great! She too is a super nice gal and will hopefully stay close to InvestComics for some more interviews because she’s an undiscovered talent! We don’t want to share! Thanks Bri!! Now go LIKE these two awesome people on Facebook right now! Rick Shea and Shaun Sorenson from Famous Faces and Funnies for having me tag along on your fun times around Orlando. Beating all of you guys at mini golf was one of the highlights of my golf career!

Well that’s about it for now. Stay with the website and Facebook page for all of the contest/interviews coming your way!

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Okay back from last week’s Orlando MegaCon. And wow what a productive trip it was. Many things to show everyone (interviews), many signatures to giveaway, and a special auction that will be going on Ebay soon. More on that in the InvestComics Newsletter coming out soon. So if you haven’t done so yet, sign up to the newsletter to get an early bid on a unique item that will go to a good cause. It’s quite awesome.

Terry CroninAs for the interviews, check out the InvestComics front page to watch interviews with Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual), Tom Mumme (The Accelerators/Comic Book Men), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), and many more coming down the pike. Coming up soon; Jimmy Palimiotti, Gil Gerard, Gail Simone, Eric Esquivel, Pat Broderick, and the Walking Dead zombie Michael Koske! ….Getting back to the King of all Indie Terry Cronin for a second. I inadvertently forgot to include the signed copy of the questions he answered with Brianna Floss on the video as a giveaway/contest. Check out the photo of the actual signed Terry Cronin questionnaire that can be yours to the right. All you have to do is sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter and you will be eligible! Sign up to the Newsletter either below (end of this article) or on the front page of the website. Write on the comments below that you signed up. It’s that simple! Winner will be chosen at random. And don’t fret, if you don’t win this time, there are many autograph contest coming your way! Sorry, U.S. residents only.

A special thanks to a lot of people at this year’s MegaCon. Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics), Brianna Floss (Awesomeness), Dirk Grobb (the BEST unknown artist that will be HUGE one day soon), Rick Shea, Shaun Sorenson (Famous Faces & Funnies – for just being cool guys and having a great booth), and Shaun Cobble/Kirstie Cobble (Breaking the 4th Wall). You all made this year’s MegaCon a lot of fun and I appreciate it beyond words.

And because of the chaos of last weekend, The Breaking the 4th Wall interview with Legend Norm Breyfogle (via Youtube) went up late. Click right HERE to hear Shaun Cobble spend almost 2 hours with one of the greatest Batman artist ever.

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This week fans get Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #1. As spoken about already in the InvestComics Hot Picks #258, one can get the lowdown on all of the characters appearing in this title as well as the movie. Click HERE to get the scoop and a head start on these sooner than later to be hot books. Note: Rocket Raccoon is the book to have, get on that pronto. FF (2012 2nd Series) #5 will give readers the mystery of our favorite fiery redhead Medusa. Find Medusa’s first appearance in another FF book, but this one from 1965’s Fantastic Four #36. Not only does this comic give us the first Medusa, but the first appearance of the Frightful Four! This comic is brought to you by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This explains the $750 price tag for a CGC graded 9.2. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum; Fury Max (2012 Marvel) #10 brings us the origin of Barracuda. The big guy first appeared in Punisher #31 (Max -2006). Find this laying around in the 50 cent bins. Not a bad pick up for the modern day Kingpin. Another week another death. Robin a few weeks ago and now this week in Uncanny Avengers (2012 Marvel Now) #5 we hear that a major character will take a dirt nap.

The new 52 presses onward with their reintroductions. Fury of Firestorm (2011-) #18 gets a redo with the villain Multiplex. Find Firestorm #2 (1978) and buy it. Not so much for the first appearance of Muliplex, but the team that involved with the incarnation is impressive. Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, and Bob McLeod. And look at the awesome Milgrom cover! Yes this is a keeper. Another comeback occurs in Superman (2011 3rd Series) #18 with H.I.V.E. The first appearance of H.I.V.E. is Action Comics #513 (1980). Again, much like the previously mentioned, the creators on this book are the draw here. Marv Wolman and Curt Swan give birth to H.I.V.E. Having two creators like this on a first appearance comic is quite the find.

Mister X comes back for another round. Check out Mister X Hard Candy (2013 Dark Horse) #0. Mister X first appeared in Mister X #1 (1984 – Vortex Comics) and at one time was a very hot comic. Maybe the new number one issue will heat up the back issue market.

There’s a moderate amount of number one issues (and a zero) to check out this week, but there is one that will sell out quick and command bucks in the aftermarket. Don’t say InvestComics didn’t warn you. When you come across East of West (2013 Image) #1 this week, pick it up. That is all.

Here is the rest of the pack that should catch your eye and investment savvy. Time Warp (2013 DC/Vertigo) #1, Dragon Age Until We Sleep (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Honey Badger vs The World (2013 Antarctic) #1. Honey Badger still don’t give a sh*t.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for some very cool contest. And sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter to be the first on the block to know about the auction!

See you soon, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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