Hot Picks Top 5 #60

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Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #422 and new comics coming this Wednesday 5/4/16. Click the link to read the article now.

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Smosh #1 – We informed readers on Friday that this comic was definitely one to keep an eye out on. The comic is completely sold out across the board. Variants and the regular cover. Yes we did warn readers this was a book to watch for. We hate to say we told you so, but……we told you so.

Gwenpool #0 – The incentive variant is sold out. We spoke about this too.

Punisher #1 – The Alex Maleev variant is sold out. Yes, yes we spoke about this as well. We spoke about the new Punisher series, written by Beck Cloonan in length in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #422. Read up on it.

Renato Jones One Percent #1 – This offering from writer/artist Kaare Andrews is a winner. 

Spider-Gwen #8 – Two variant covers have new Spider-Gwen characters on them. A Spider-Gwen Samurai and Iron Spider-Gwen. Could me nothing, but Gwenpool first appeared on a cover too.

Smosh #1

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Gwenpool #0

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Punisher #1

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Renato Jones One Percent #1

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Spider-Gwen #8

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Here are the rest of the comics appearing in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #422. Click the link for more details!

IC 100 Club Pick: Superman #23.1 10.0 (2013)

Green Arrow #52 – Click To Buy/Bid

Incredible Hulk #449

Incredible Hulk #449 – Click To Buy/Bid

Midnighter #12

Midnighter #11

Superman The Coming Of Supermen #4

Green Arrow #52

Batman Superman #32

52 #6 – (2006)

Detective Comics #52

Batman Beyond #12

3 Floyds Alpha King #1

Kings Quest #1

Contest Of Champions #8

Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2

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Daredevil #181 – Click To Buy/Bid

Daredevil Punisher #1

Daredevil Punisher #1 – Click To Buy/Bid

Amazing Spider-Man #12

Daredevil Punisher #1

All New All Different Point One #1 (2015)

Deadpool Masacre #1

Daredevil #181 (1982)

Invincible Iron Man #9

Star Wars Poe Dameron #1

Star Wars Poe Dameron #2

Thunderbolts #1

Incredible Hulk #449 (1997)

Empress #2

Cinema Purgatorio #1

Deep Space Tragedy #3

Vikings #1

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Empress #2

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Transformers #5

4001 AD #1

Weavers #1

Space Battle Lunchtime #1

Vikings #1

Henchgirl #7

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Hot Picks Video #422

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Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 5/4/16

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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!

Superman #23.1

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IC 100 Club Pick: Superman #23.1 10.0 (2013). This comic serves as no significance in every day collectors life, but it does have the origin of Bizarro. We do feel that Bizarro will eventually make it to either the big screen or little screen one day, but that’s not really why we have this comic featured here. If you ever wanted to own a perfect gem mint comic book, a 10.0, here is your chance for only $89 and FREE shipping. Not a bad deal for a perfect comic book. 

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Midnighter #12 has Apollo, Suicide Squad and Midnighter himself squaring off against a dude as powerful as Superman and as smart as Midnighter. His name is Unified and his first appearance was in the previous issue; Midnighter #11.
Neal Adams is killing it with his Superman The Coming Of Supermen comics. And check out the cover to Superman The Coming Of Supermen #4!
Green Arrow #52 features a dead Green Arrow at the hands of Deathstroke. Not really dead, but still makes for some high drama! Fantastic Patrick Zircher cover.
The Super League storyline, part 5, will bring the team Great 10 on board. Check out Batman Superman #32 for that. And just to make sure you have it, Great 10’s first appearance was in 52 #6 back in 2006. Not that many appearances under their belt in ten years. 30 in all maybe?

Midnighter #12

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Superman The Coming Of Supermen #4

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Batman Superman #32

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52 #6

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Batman Beyond fans will have to brace themselves for the major status quo change going down this Wednesday. Get Batman Beyond #12 and find out what the fuss is all about.
In our eye candy store we have Francis Manapul’s Detective Comics #52. This variant rocks.

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Writer extraordinaire Brian Azzarello and artist extraordinaire Simon Bisley bring a new comic to Image this week; 3 Floyds Alpha King #1.
Speaking of super talents, Kaare Andrews debuts Renato Jones One Percent #1. Kaare writes and draws this bad boy. Look for good feedback on this comic. A sell out is probably on the horizon here.

Batman Beyond #12

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Detective Comics #52

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3 Floyds Alpha King #1

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Renato Jones One Percent #1

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Dynamite Entertainment is all in with their Kings Quest #1 release. Nine (noine) covers to choose from here. The Chris Ellopoulos cover and the Colton Worley cover are our favorites.
Okay so Dynamite has this interesting comic coming out on Wednesday and it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how it all plays out. The comic is Smosh #1. Smosh is a social media conglomerate. They have 22 million Youtube subscribers and millions more in other social media outlets. They are now releasing their first ever comic book. With social media driving so much marketing around us, will Smosh use this opportunity to benefit in promoting a different medium for themselves? Will they use their media brand to sell comics?  How will all this equate to comic sales?? Something to keep an eye out on if they decide to promote via their vast media audience. Better buy this comic for the rawness of its story, it sounds hysterical, and for the possible sell out due to supply not meeting demand.

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Punisher #1

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Smosh #1

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Contest of Champions #8

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Kings Quest #1

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Be sure to check out the first appearance of the Symbioids in Contest Of Champions #8. They will be a hit because A: their a new Venom character appearing in a comic book for the first time and B: because they look bad as*.
Marvel releases it’s tenth volume Punisher #1 this week. You probably did the eye roll seeing that the Punisher has another number one comic coming out. What if we told you that THIS time is a bit different? He’s something to chew on. Out of the ten volume number one issues, never did one start with a name like Becky Cloonan. Becky will be the first female writer on the start of a new Punisher series. It will be quite refreshing to get a new take on this character from a female perspective. Becky Cloonan is an all-start and has been around since the beginning of the millennium. She’s no stranger as to how comics are written or drawn for that matter. Punisher #1 this time will truly have a new outlook. One more thing, the amazing Alex Maleev variant is sold out. As is the pointless Captain America Punisher #1 cover by John Cassaday. Nice cover, but we don’t care it’s a celebratory 75th anniversary Cap cover, makes no sense not to have the Punisher on the cover, period.

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InvestComics gave readers a heads up on the first ever Gwenpool comic a while back. Fans listened and bought them up. She donned the cover of Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 (the one we recommended). Now Marvel is re-releasing that particular comic along with other Gwenpool appearances. Gwenpool #0 collects a bunch of Gwenpool stories including her first appearance, but that variant new blood red pool cover (that original comic we recommended), yeah it’s sold out already.
So you want another first appearance on a cover? Sure why not?! How about Spider-Gwen #8 featuring Spider-Gwen Samurai. This variant cover is from John Tyler Christopher. How about Iron Spider-Gwen first appearance? Does that tickle your fancy? She appears on a Spider-Gwen #8 variant as well. We’re not too sure who that cover is from.
Jamal Campbell’s variant Amazing Spider-Man #12 cover is a beauty, wow.

Deadpools Secret Secret Wars #2

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Gwenpool #0

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Spider-Gwen #8

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Spider-Gwen #8 Iron Spider-Gwen

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Amazing Spider-Man #12

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Whenever a Daredevil/Punisher comic comes out, it’s a must get. These two characters make beautiful comics together. Blindspot will join Daredevil in Daredevil Punisher #1 to TRY and take down Frank Castle. Blindspot does not have many appearances since entering the Marvel Universe in All New All Different Point One #1 (2015), his first appearance. Daredevil and the Punisher first met up in that famous/classic Daredevil #181 (1982) comic.
A few months ago Marvel gave us a first ever look at the Mexican Deadpool in Deadpool Masacre #1. It was an all Spanish written book. Now we get the English version of that exact book this Wednesday.

Daredevil Punisher #1

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All New All Different Point One #1

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Deadpool Masacre #1

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It appears a new Iron Man (Girl) will be making their first appearance in Invincible Iron Man #9. The female characters have dominated the Marvel landscape these days and much to the delight of fans. It’s working out real well.
Star Wars Poe Dameron #1 introduced some new Star Wars characters. Now we learn more about Captain Terrex in Star Wars Poe Dameron #2.
Marvel’s semi-answer to DC’s Suicide Squad debuts this Wednesday; Thunderbolts #1. It’s the teams third number one issue (third volume). The Thunderbolts have been around (with different members throughout the years) for almost 20 years already. They were first introduced in Incredible Hulk #449 (1997).
Mark Millar’s Empress #2 comes out. We said this with the first issue, as long as this series is on time, it should do well.

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Invincible Iron Man #9

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Thunderbolts #1

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Incredible Hulk #449 – Click To Buy/Bid

Empress #2

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Star Wars Poe Dameron #2

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Cinema Purgatorio #1 (Avatar Press) will bring together Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil for the first time since League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Many times, bringing creators together again after years apart does not always mean magic again. Lets see if the spark happens here.
Deep Space Tragedy #3 (Cosmic Times) cover will pay homage to the Transformers #5. The cover is done by Jamie Jones. The comic is written and drawn by Mike Wagganer.

Deep Space Tragedy #3

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Transformers #5

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4001 AD #1

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Cinema Purgatorio #1

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Valiant Entertainment starts up their epic crossover event 4001 AD #1. A whole mess of variant covers to choose from.
More comics you must check out; Weavers #1 (Boom Studios). Space Battle Lunchtime #1 (Oni Press). Vikings #1 (Titan Comics). We’ve been covering this Henchgirl comic from Scout Comics since the number one issue. Every single issue has sold out at the distributor. Now guess what with the release of Henchgirl #7……sold out. Check out the aftermarket prices on some of these books. They’re doing quite well. Your welcome. 

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Weavers #1

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Henchgirl #7

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Vikings #1

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Space Battle Lunchtime #1

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Invest wisely. Read Comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

Bullseye – Checklist

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

Bullseye Checklist

Daredevil #131 (1976) – The first appearance of Bullseye. Art by Klaus Janson and words by Marv Wolfman.

Daredevil #132 (1976) – The second appearance of Bullseye.

Daredevil #141 (1977) – Early Bullseye appearance. Pencils from legend Gil Kane.

Daredevil #159 (1979) – Frank Miller pencils Bullseye for the first time and boy does Frankie have plans for him.

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Daredevil 141

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Daredevil 159

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Daredevil #160 (1979) – The very next issue we get the first Bullseye cover (in costume) from Miller.

Daredevil #169 (1981) – It only took Miller a few issues after he starting writing the Daredevil series to work Bullseye in. The first time Bullseye gets the Miller treatment (writer).

Daredevil #170 (1981) – The Kingpin makes his first appearance ever in a Daredevil comic. Frank Miller had a vision and it worked. Bullseye appears for the first time with Kingpin.

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Daredevil #181 (1982) – One of the most iconic comic books in history here, the Death of Elektra. The Daredevil Netflix series will have Elektra joining the cast and this comic story is bound to make it to the show. When it does, watch as this overprinted awesome comic commands some ridiculous aftermarket monies. If you do not own this comic by now, you should get it.

Daredevil 160

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Daredevil 169

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Daredevil 170

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Daredevil 181

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What If #35 (1982) – A few months after knocking off Elektra, Marvel immediately went to the well and made this comic. They already knew they struck a cord with comic fans and were cashing in. See they’ve been doing this for years! Frank Miller writes and pencils this alternate universe story. Oh and legend Steve Ditko pencils the first appearance of the Cat People in another story. No really, we’re not making that up.

Daredevil #197 (1983) – Yuriko (later becomes Lady Deathstryke) makes her first appearance. Bullseye appearance.

Daredevil #200 (1983) – A classic John Byrne/Terry Austin cover.

Alpha Flight #34 (1986) – Bullseye finally steps away from the Daredevil comic. His first appearance outside a DD comic is in this Alpha Flight comic. Alpha Flight? Odd. He’s not on the cover though.

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What if Elektra Had Lived 35

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Daredevil 197

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Daredevil 200

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Alpha Flight 34

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What If…#2 (1989) – “What If Daredevil had killed Kingpin?” Here’s a unique book. It’s Greg Capullo’s first professional work (outside of FantaCo and Pocket Comics). 5 years before he ever touched the Batman character.

Daredevil #284 (1990) – Bullseye appears with Typhoid Mary for the first time.

Daredevil #286 (1990) – Greg Capullo fills in for this one issue.

Punisher #101 (1995) – Bullseye’s first appearance in a Punisher book.

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What if 2

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Daredevil 284

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Daredevil 286

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Punisher 101

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Punisher #102 (1995) – Nothing more here then a ridiculously cool Bullseye cover from Frank Teran. There was also a low print run on this book, making it higher priced in the aftermarket.

Elektra #1 (1996) – Mike Deodato pencils Elektra in her first monthly book. Bullseye appears.

Deadpool #16 (1998) – Bullseye’s first time appearing with Deadpool.

Daredevil #4 (1999) – Here’s issue number four in the Joe Quesada Daredevil run featuring a Bullseye appearance.

punisher 102

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Elektra 1

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Deadpool 16

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Daredevil 4

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Daredevil #5 (1999) – Bullseye kills Karen Page.

Bullseye: Greatest Hits #1 (2004) – The origin of Bullseye. This is a great series to own if you’re a collector or a Bullseye fan.

Punisher vs. Bullseye #1 (2006) – A fantastic 5 part series comic series.

Thunderbolts #110 (2007) – Bullseye joins the all new Thunderbolts team. Written by Warren Ellis and art by Mike Deodato.

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Daredevil 5

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Bullseye Greatest Hits 1

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Punisher vs Bullseye

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Thunderbolts 110

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Amazing Spider-Man #568 (2008) – Artist John Romita Jr and writer Dan Slott manage to work Bullseye into this huge epic story line.

Daredevil #111 (2008) – Bullseye appears in the introduction comic of Lady Bullseye.

Moon Knight #22 (2008) – The first time Bullseye appears in a Moon Knight title.

Hit Monkey #1 (2010) – Bullseye appearance.

Daredevil Black and White #1 (2010) – A one shot featuring art from Jason Latour. Bullseye appearance.

Shadowland Bullseye #1 (2010) – Writer John Layman….nuff said.

Amazing Spider-Man 568

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Daredevil 111

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Daredevil Black and White 1

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Hit Monkey 1

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Moon Knight 22

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Shadowland Bullseye 1

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Invest wisely. Read Comics.
Carpe Diem.
Jay Katz

The Punisher Checklist

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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 Comic Hot Picks 1-4-12

Welcome to InvestComics Hot Picks 1-4-12

Well holidays are over, hope they were good for you! Now back to business…..

The first order of business (in no particular order here actually) comes from Marvel Comics. (NOTE: This comic does not appear on the latest shipping list) With their release of Amazing Spider-man #677, they give us a Spider-Man/Daredevil team up. It got InvestComics thinking, when was the first time these two met up anyway? 1964 in Amazing Spider-Man #16 would be the issue. This issue features the artistry of Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. Does it get better than this? Well maybe, but still a fantastic issue to own at $1,600.

Another team up this week brings us back to that preverbal wall at your local comic shop is Punisher #7. This issue pits two of the more underrated matchups in recent memory. Punisher and Daredevil. When these two get together, you know you’re going to be in for a good read. Action, drama, and attitude at its finest. None told a story quite like the man responsible for getting these heroes together for the first time. Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil still arguable remains one of the most elite runs of all time. The height of his run came in a single issue that blew the doors off. That issue is Daredevil #181 (1982). The cover alone has become etched within any collector’s brain cells. For a new comer, the affects of that cover does the same for them. Back when a “death” in a comic book meant something, Frank Miller did the unthinkable and knocked off Elektra. But today this is not why we speak about that issue. Today we talk about this comic as being the first time that Punisher and Daredevil crossed paths. If you don’t already own this comic, you should. It’s not only a great piece of a legendary run by Frank Miller, but a piece of Daredevil/comic history. $30 will buy you this Gem.      

Keeping on pace with traveling back in time for some back issues, going back to 1958 to Worlds Finest Comics #95 also brings us to the latest Green Arrow issue. The villain showing up this week is named Midas. The Worlds Finest Comics #95 features the first appearance of Red Dart Midas. At a $400, the only saving grace for this comic is the Curt Swan cover. 

Uncanny X-Men #5 eyes the return of the Phalanx in a special one shot issue. Uncanny X-Men #311 from 1994 from John Romita Jr. features the first Phalanx. Find this issue in the back issue bins at your local shop. 

Check out these number one issues this week….. Avengers Annual #1 from Brian Michael Bendis and Gabriele Dell’ Otto, Mondo #1 from Image Comics, and yet another number one Wolverine comic; Wolverine and The X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1.

 InvestComics would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Without you, we don’t get to enjoy what we love to do. Here’s looking at another stellar year!  

Take a look at the covers of the week below.  

See you next week 

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