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Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 7/8/15

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After the explosions on July fourth this weekend, seems there is nothing that will resemble the output within the speculative market this coming Wednesday, but there are some potential comics and as always some fantastic reading gets.

There is no shortage of the ridiculous variant craze coming on new comic book day this week. If you would buy all the variants between Archie #1 and Star Wars Lando #1 you’d wind up in the neighbor of about 40 comics (probably more actually). That’s 40 comics on two comic releases alone. Absurd right?

 

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But as many would know from reading the InvestComics article on a weekly basis, there is ONE exception. ONE reason that would make any of these variants worth exploring and buying, ONE reason. Anyone recall what the InvestComics rule would be? That rule will always be (from a speculative viewpoint), the guts. Yes the outside is fancy and new on every single one of the variants. Some catch the eye of the collector, they buy it thinking they got themselves the next big thing on Ebay. Maybe for a moment that holds true (see Star Wars #1), but in the long market (buy market), we see nothing but a trophy wife. Pretty on the outside, but no substance for your self being. If a comic upon its release carries an absurd amount of variants (Star Wars #1) and you’re looking OR thinking you’re to make any kind of speculative cash 25, 35, 50 years from now on that Star Wars #1 variant, you’re missing the entire point of collecting. A couple of rules here; remember to buy a variant first and foremost because you LIKE it, not because it’s going to be worth money. Secondly, if that very expensive variant is calling you out and the resistance is very strong, you have an option to buy it because you really really like it or you can not get it because you think it’s going to be worth a lot of money someday. Newsflash, it’s not. Unless that ONE thing….the guts. As InvestComics has taught readers time and time again, it’s the inside that matter. Always will be. Unless it’s some obscure 3D Deadpool cover. This does happen from time to time, where a variant breaks out on its own due to its “looks”. The only way a variant will truly stand the test of time is because of the story on the inside. There must be an introduction or a uniqueness about it. Either one of these two characteristics will carry a modern comic. Be it a variant or not. Once you put an introduction or something with substance inside of a comic book, you instantly have the potential of something greater when it comes to the “value” of it. There is nothing wrong with a great story. That’s what comic fans always yearn for first and foremost. That said on the flip side, the speculator has to understand that buying the Star Wars Lando #1 Alex Ross variant for $240 is a big gamble. There better be a good reason to buy a comic that literally came off the presses a few days ago and is being bought for $240. Yes the ratio factor, we get it, but better than that folks. That could have been $240 spent on a Bronze Age book that would have been a better way to go. If the Star Wars Lando #1 contains the introduction that warrants an aftermarket spike, then by all means buy a variant. It’s now when the speculator needs to figure out if this is a hyperbole or a true introduction that will pay dividends for years to come. It’s an easy task actually because if the market is hot, sell it. If you make a 35% or a 233% profit, you still make money on it. Move along. Never worry about what could have been, how much more you could have made. You made profit, move on. It’s the greed and love that kills. The speculator who holds on for an extra dollar, the market passes them by, the speculator that falls in love and can’t let go of their comic, those are the ones that lose. We’re on topic of the Star Wars Lando #1 variants more so than the Archie #1 variants because at least 24 or so of the Archie variants are cover price. Like an Archie cover, buy it, done. The Lando books are priced more on different levels. So with Archie #1 you have an all new start, an all new look, new all-star creators, and onward we go! This relaunch will pertain to anything Archie regarding the film or television market Archie Comics has spoken about for a couple of years now. Archie #1 is the beginnings of it all from here on out. If Archie is a hit on the big screen or television, which it will be, look for the vibe to be directly taken from the new direction of the company. Viewers will not see the campy Archie or Jughead, they’ll witness hipster style Archie and Jughead. Watch as Archie #1 literally comes to life in time. The uniqueness will carry Archie #1 because of its banking on breaking it to film or television the way it’s storytelling and edgy looks go. If there is an introduction of any kind and that comes to fruition via film or TV, then you really have a winner on your hands. Archie #1 will have more upside than Star Wars Lando #1 if both have solid storytelling and no introductions. Lando gets the edge with an introduction……for now. Be smart, pay attention to the market.

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One more thing, if you’re a Lando fan. His first COMIC BOOK appearance (not magazine/graphic novel) was in Star Wars #43 (1981). It also happens to be the second appearance of Boba Fett.

It looks like our friends at Creature Entertainment have another hit on their hands. The Gun #1 from writer John Ulloa and artist Jose Varese looks like a solid offering. Both the regular cover and the Juan Navarro variant is sold out!

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Image Comics reaches back into the vault this week. Rob Liefeld is back with Bloodstrike #1. Let the fun begin! And please refrain from the insults of Rob’s talent here on the site or on any of the InvestComics social media outlets. Seriously. You bought his Deadpool, X-Force, etc books back in the 90’s if you’re old enough to remember, right? You continue to insult? Can you do any better? Honestly? If so, why are you not a wealthy comic book creator yourself then? Stop it already, following everyone’s recourse of insults because you want to “fit in” is not the way to go anymore. You’re not breaking ground by insulting Rob Liefeld. Time to realize he’s created some neat characters (Deadpool and Cable) and right the ship to a better way then trying to bully just because you feel it’s your right. It’s not. Don’t like it? Change the channel, don’t buy it, move on. Get a hold of yourself. We’re talking about comic books here, relax.

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Star Trek Green Lantern #1 from IDW Publishing. One of the oddest (in serious storytelling) crossovers in some time. Writer Mike Johnson and artist Angel Hernandez. Lots of variant covers to choose from here. The Francesco Francavilla cover is a simple but poignant one.

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New villains Killer Mimes are introduced in Red Hood Arsenal #2. 1872 #1 from Marvel Comics gives readers a very different take on things. Sheriff Steve Rogers leads the charge in this town called Timely. Interesting take indeed. Starfire #2 looks to continue its success, the variant is sold out as is the Spider-Verse #3 Phil Noto Incentive variant. Spider-Island #1 will be a good read. Titans Comics; Home #1 and Minions #2 are both sold out. Tomorrows #1 (Dark Horse) with artist Jason Copland is one to check out.

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Strange Fruit #1 from Boom Studios. Writers J.G. Jones and Mark Waid, with art from J.G. Jones. This extremely profound story regarding racism and human exploration is a must read from these two all-star creators.

 

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Jay Katz

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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Second Appearances

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Throughout the years InvestComics has explained that there is something within the speculative/collectors market that is just as important as the first appearance of a character. Sometimes an overlooked nugget, but most are privy to it. A characters second appearance is not only a fun get, but sometimes very affordable. Sometimes not, therein is the chance to make your decision as an investor to jump in or not. We cannot make that decision for you, nor would we. We will simply guide you and the rest is up to you.

We are proud to present a new regular feature on InvestComics called Second Appearances. Here you will see a list of comics featuring some A list characters and not so A list characters. Either way, the speculator will have an inside track on a characters second appearance. What if a character blows up and the first appearance is out of reach financially? Very simple actually, buy the second appearance. Some of the naysayers may say, what and why the second appearance? Well, the fact that two of the premiere grading companies (CBCS and CGC) recognize and highlight second appearances is clue enough. It’s a factor within the hobby. It is important, so why not go with the flow and start getting some of those second appearances? As said earlier, some of them are surprisingly affordable too.

The inaugural edition of InvestComics’ Second Appearances article.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #195 (1979) Second Black Cat appearance. Marv Wolman writes, art by Keith Pollard.

Fantastic Four #53 (1966) The second Black Panther. Stan Lee writes, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott art. First appearance of Klaw. Origin of both Black Panther and Klaw. A very nice buy right now.

Incredible Hulk Annual #5 (1976) The true second appearance of Groot. Appearing in a reprint issue after his first appearance, this comic is a NEW Groot story, thus making it more of a second appearance than the Where Monsters Dwell #6 (1970) comic. Written by Chris Claremont/Len Wein, art by Sal Buscema and cover by Jack Kirby.

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Hero For Hire #2 (1972) Second Luke Cage Appearance. John Romita Sr. cover.

The New Teen Titans #9 (1981) Deathstroke’s second appearance here. Writer Marv Wolfman and Art/cover by George Perez. Extremely underrated and affordable book.

Amazing Spider-Man #134 (1974) Second appearance of the Punisher. Also the first appearance of the Tarantula. A surprisingly affordable comic in the aftermarket.

Fantastic Four #49 (1966) Second Silver Surfer, first full appearance of Galactus and first time Silver Surfer and Galactus appear on the cover together. A classic comic from Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott.

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The Batman Adventures: Mad Love #1 (1994) The first appearance of Harley Quinn out of reach? How about the Second appearance and first origin of Harley Quinn? This comic should be just attractive to Harley fans as is her first appearance.

Captain Marvel #25 (1973) Second Thanos appearance. Jim Starlin pencils,collaboration cover with Joe Sinnott.

Star Wars #43 (1981) The second COMIC BOOK appearance of Boba Fett.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/14/15

This Wednesday, comic book collectors will probably witness record breaking history (or an extremely close second). Not so sure a record breaker one could be proud of, but it’s a first. This InvestComics Hot Picks contains the most questions ever posed in one article, so get ready for lots of answers too!

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Star Wars (2015 Marvel) #1 will have the most variant covers ever released with its debut. As a regular reader of InvestComics, most of you know we feel about variant covers. A little reminder; variant covers are an awesome addition to the hobby. You go on Wednesday to your local comic shop, see a cover (eye candy) you like and you buy it. No one is forcing you to buy it, but you have an option to purchase it if you’d like. Continuing; are variants really necessary? No they are not. That said, as mentioned, they not only give the customer an option, but it also gives the possibility of an investment. The investment part is where many speculators fail miserable in building their collection. Speculators need be reminded as InvestComics has spoken about time after time that most modern variants will not hold their value. There is however a way to make some very good cash flow on some of them. InvestComics readers know this by following this article each and every week for 9 years now. Buying random variants for $50 or $100 or more because they look pretty will probably have you in red. Getting in the black actually requires some thinking and knowledge when you’re buying modern comics, especially the variants. InvestComics has been here for you regarding these guidelines and we’re going to be here again when the record breaker hits this Wednesday.

Another thing that is said on InvestComics repeatedly is the ridiculousness of the variants. It really is not necessary to have so many variants for any comic book, but here’s the thing. Marvel Comics (Disney) and any other comic company are here to make money and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Money is what keeps the machines rolling. The artist, writers, inkers, colorist, printers, etc all need money. Most comic companies want to deliver the best product they can to their consumer. Another way of reaching a wide audience, creating hype and to make money is to give consumers variant covers. The comic companies are not making $500 on that Joe Quesada Star Wars variant, but they’ll make it on the back end by getting the store owners to order more of the regular variant covers, thus creating the more expensive variant the consumer wants so bad. So in the end, the house always wins and the speculator is left guessing what to gamble on. The question; should I pluck down $200 for a Star Wars #1 variant or shouldn’t I? Long term? Short answer, no way.

What about Star Wars #1 should the speculator know? Well let’s get the first and most important thing out of the way. Buy this comic no matter what because it’s going to be a fun story. It picks up after Star Wars Episode IV The New Hope. We’ve all been down this road before as far as a story picking up within this time frame, however it’s a new spin. Artist John Cassaday and writer Jason Aaron are bringing their A-game. Have you’ve seen the previews? Very impressive.

Now the “other stuff”. When you arrive to your local comic shop you’ll probably notice that one entire section of wall or space where the new comics are will be dedicated to Star Wars #1. The option to purchase one of the gazillion variant covers will be available to you. So many choices, what to do what to do the speculator will ask himself/herself. Well the answer lies within the old expression back on my Wall Street days; Buy low sell high. But in this case it’s going to be a bit of the opposite. Why you ask? Because if you’re going to want to make any sort of money here, a few hundred bucks, you’ll have to buy the more expensive variant, get it signed and graded (must be a 9.8 or higher. MUST) and flip it. You’ll have to flip the comic so fast that the comic grading company’s plastic will still be warm. Can this also be done with the “cheaper” variants? Yes, but there will be very little money there because you and every other speculator will be doing those comics. It’s the $200+ variants that will bring the most for your buck during the crazy short lived aftermarket. Supply will exceed demand.

Why is it that the aftermarket will be short lived? Well, first the supply and demand issue will be a huge factor. Also, the hype of this comic will be the driving force (no pun intended) behind the book. Once the dust clears and speculators realize that this particular Star Wars comic bears no redeeming value, it’s a dump fest. By redeeming value I mean that there is absolutely nothing holding on the INSIDE of the comic to keep its value. Is there a first appearance? Is there a major story plot line that will appear in the new films? Is there an error on a certain variant and recalls will occur? Is there a lawsuit pending for any reason on this comic? Did John Cassaday sneak in a DC character in the background someplace? None of these do not seem likely right? So ask yourself, where does the true value (besides a fantastic read) come in?

So where does the value lie then if any? As already stated, one of the values will be in the more expensive variants. The true value in this lies in the past though. 1977, 1980, and 1986 to be more precise. Here’s the thing. If judgment prevails for the speculator they will take most of that extra money they want to spend on a pretty variant and buy a Marvel Comics Illustrated: Empire Strikes Back (1980). This would be the first true appearance of Boba Fett. How about you get a Star Wars #42 (1980) too? The first appearance of Boba Fett in an actual Star Wars comic. Or even still, how about a Star Wars #68 (1982)? The origin of Boba Fett. The original Star Wars #1 (1977) from Marvel? And how about the RARE last issue (we like rare don’t we?) Star Wars #107 (1986). There are so many other Star Wars comics to invest in for long term as well, do your research, speculate. Here is the thing this speculator is leaning towards, If you feel so inclined to buy a Star Wars Variant, buy a Boba Fett one……

So why the mention of Boba Fett so much? Rumor has it that in-between the new Star Wars films will be a possible Boba Fett film. So why not cash in on this now? Yes the film would be 3 or 4 years out from now if it ever does happen, but buying the first appearance(s) of a character as popular as Boba Fett is always a good thing. Better than pouring money into a variant that will probably meet the same fate as the Death Star.

Buy what you like. One lesson InvestComics will always preach as well. If you like a certain variant and it cost $300, then buy it. If you are tired of seeing the variant covers, stop buying them. It’s your will and right to do so. If you think that variant will sustain its value, then it’s your right to think that too. This speculator will look at the other wall this Wednesday at the comic shop, you know the one. The one with all of the cool Bronze age back issues on it. Boba Fett will be pointing that gun at me daring me to buy that issue for $75. Yes Boba, lets dance for a while. The 2015 party will be short lived.

Doctor_Strange_InvestComicsFor weeks and months InvestComics has given the speculator a heads up about the entire Spider-Verse platform. A great story accompanied by a boatload of introductions and reintroductions. So many that it’s almost impossible to keep up with.Spider-Verse (2014) #2 will be another crazy issue with a ton of things going down inside of it. We cannot stress enough, buy the Spider-Verse comics, cross-overs and all, just like the Gwen book, another character will break-out. The Spider-Verse story is Dan Slott at his finest.

Amazing X-Men (2013) #15 will have Cyttorak as a focal point in part one of The Once And Future Juggernaut. With Dr. Strange being so hot these days, this comic gives us all a great excuse to buy a Doctor book! Check out Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #44 (1992) for the first appearance of Cyttorak. Although earlier mentions and a stone figure of Cyttorak exist in other comics, this is his first true appearance.

DC Comics will compete with Marvel this week and have their own huge number one debut with Mortal Combat X (2014 DC) #1. Just kidding of course. Seems DC is staying out of the way of Marvel this week. But they forge ahead nonetheless with the release of a Mortal Combat comic. History shows us that Mortal Mortal_Kombat_InvestComicsKombat has always been spelled with a letter K as opposed to a letter C in the word Kombat. A DC solicit error? What gives here? Anyway, DC gave the Mortal Kombat lure a crack once. That occurred in 2008. Now they are back at it again 7 years later. Why? It’s to hype the new game coming out and why not really? Everyone loves a good butt kicking comic don’t they? And just for the record, the first Mortal Kombat comic debuted in 1992 from Midway. It’s a hard get in NM condition. $60+ on Ebay.

Marvel continues their hyperbole with All New Ultimates (2014) #12. A comic that guarantees the “Marvel Comics to end all Marvel Comics”. Check it out! Awesome read here probably.

Secret+Wars_Spider_Man_WWE_SpiderMan_InvestComics….In issue number eight we learned that Miles is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Learn more in Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man (2014) #9! Look at that Dale Keown cover to Avengers (2012 5th Series) #40. Thanos is awesome right? No reason to mention this comic other than the awesomeness of the cover.

Oh yes, maybe there actually is a reason to mention that cover. A perfect lead in to checking out the cover to WWE (2013 Papercutz) #11. Boy does that homage cover look familiar!

Thanos_Dale_Keown_InvestComicsSee you soon. May the force be with you.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

Star Wars Checklist

There are many great Star Wars comics to collect. These are but a small sample of my favorites.  Some are connected to recent speculation concerning the new film and others are simply issues my collection can’t do without.

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First Comic appearance of  Boba Fett & IG-88:

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First Yoda prototype/First appearance of Boba Fett:

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First appearance Yoda:

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First comic appearance of Yoda:

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First Jango Fett:

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Origin of Boba Fett:

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First Witches of Dathomir/Nightsisters

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First appearing in the acclaimed novel The Courtship of Princess Leia, they didn’t make their comic appearances until Darth Maul 3,4.  There have been some movie rumors surrounding the witches recently.

First Solo twins: Star Wars Dark Empire II #5 Gold variant or Newsstand

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First Aurra Sing:

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First Durge:

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First Asajj Ventress:

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She comes from Dathomir and was trained by Dooku.  As far as newer Star Wars  villains go she’s a standout This comic has become tough to find in recent years.

Other key issues: Star Wars Republic 51,52,  Obsession

 

First Rancor/Jabba the Hutt:

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First Comic appearance:

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The Rancor holds a special place in my heart.  I still watch Luke battle the giant she-bitch and every time I pray he loses.

Rancor fun fact:  Did you know the rancor is a  semi-sentient being from the planet Dathomir?

 First Mara Jade:

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UPDATE:

First mention of Darth Ruin (as far as I can tell there are no comic appearances)

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Jedi Master Phanius first identified as Darth Ruin

 

Star Wars Tales of the Jedi 1 of 6 ( First appearance of Sith Home world Korriban )

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Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith 3 of 5 ( First planet Ziost )

This planet became the home world for the Sith after Korriban was decimated by war.

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