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Aquaman #50 – Introducing Aquawoman. This will be the “go to” Aquawoman for DC. Two prior Aquawoman don’t count. Check out this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #417 for more details on what we’re talking about!
Power Lines #1 – An interesting Image Comics debut issue from creator Jimmie Robinson.
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IC 100 Club Pick: Thor #158 (1968) 8.0. This beauty is a graded 8.0 and it’s $90. The significance of the book is twofold. First, it’s an early retelling of Thor’s origin and second it’s written and drawn by Jack Kirby. An early piece of Thor’s history up for grabs here.
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IDW Publishing hits fans with a ‘What If’ story. Check out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deviations One Shot to see what it would be like if the Turtles joined forces with Shredder. A fun read awaits us!
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DC is trying to dethrone Marvel Comics with the worse title for a comic book. Marvel has ‘Totally Awesome Hulk’ and now DC will have Suiciders King Of HELL.A. #1 coming this Wednesday. The variant is sold out and it will probably be a great story from Lee Bermejo. That title though……..
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Aquaman #50 will introduce Aquawoman. Well sort of. Unless someone is counting the Multiversity Aquawoman first appearing in Countdown Presents The Search For Ray Palmer #1 (2008) or the African-American Aquawoman in Earth 2 #18 (2014) as the first appearance. Otherwise, Aquaman #50 coming this Wednesday will be the first Aquawoman that kind of counts more so than the other two. Looks like DC will be taking a page right out of the Marvel way and start with the whole gender changing character thing. Yes it’s been done time and time again over the course of decades and decades, but Marvel has found a knack for making the female hero and gender change (Thor/Wolverine/Gwenpool) character interesting. DC will jump into it now probably too. remember DC, style counts, but writing is more important.
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Power Lines #1 from Image Comics seems very interesting. Written and drawn by Jimmie Robinson. A definite comic to check out this week.
Elektra gets the ‘Women Of Power’ cover treatment on Daredevil #5. Art by the awesome Sara Pichelli. Darth Vader #18 comes out Wednesday. You know how we love them Star Wars comics!
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Valiant Entertainment has an obvious hit on their hands with the Faith title. The first two issues sold out and the Faith character is striking a cord with fans. Faith #3 hits Wednesday. See what all the fuss is about if you’re not on board yet. Two other indie comics to check out this week; Hildafolk #1 (Nobrow Press) is sold out. Ninjas vs Aliens #1 (Antarctic Press).
Hot Picks based on new comics coming this Wednesday 8/12/15
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A potentially light week as far as the speculation side goes, plenty of great reading ahead. Although there is one speculation comic that will make up for the entire week this Wednesday…..
There will not be a bigger book this week. Batman #43 is where it’s at. Guarantee it. No way. Scott Synder and Greg Capullo introduce a new villain into Batman’s life this Wednesday, Mr. Bloom. We all know what happens when these two creative minds get together within these pages right? The villain is right there on the cover too. No cameo, little panel, a hand, no this dude is right there in plain sight. Although there are two other variants, the Mr. Bloom cover makes for an attractive collectors piece. He only graces the regular cover and not the others. A better resell with the character on the cover like that. Bottom line here, Mr. Bloom will be blooming in the aftermarket on Wednesday and thereafter. A seriously big book this week.
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Superman may have the same scenario brewing. DC says Superman faces a new threat lurking in the shadows in Action Comics #43. Let’s all read and find out who or what it is. And the same holds for Starfire #3. A new character appearance could be in here. The Darwyn Cooke variant is sold out too. Another sold out Darwyn Cooke variant comic this week; Justice League Gods and Monsters #1.
Comic fans get a first this week. Adam.3 #1 will be the first for creator Scott Kolins. A first in his very own creator owned character starring in a new series. Thanks to Dark Horse this is happening. Comic fans win! Be sure to check it out and support Scott. He’s a cool dude.
A couple of eye candy covers to mention, the Michael Del Mundo Planet Hulk #4 cover. Wow. And Secret Wars #5 Black Panther cover by Sophie Campbell is sweet.
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The variant for this has a terrible cover but Marvel decided to include something very strange in this comic. As Hawkeye surveys what appears to be a Cosplay street party both the new female Thor and Spider-Gwen pass him buy. Is this the first appearance of Gwen Stacy from an alternate Universe in that sick new costume? Collector’s disagree and only time will tell but the fact is this book is the first appearance of the Spider-Gwen costume and it’s one of the more popular in recent memory.
From Hell a TV show?!?!? Sweet. Buy the first published strips in this forgotten anthology!
Suicide Squad 48 ( first Joker cover in Suicide Squad )
This collector is very skeptical of Jared Leto’s casting as the Joker. It’s not because I don’t like his acting but putting the Joker in an ensemble cast seems like a mistake to me. Either way any Joker connection to the squad is going to heat up the back issue market as proven by the HQ announcement.
Fairy Tale Parade 9 ( First appearance of the Snow Queen ) and first appearance of Elsa
As one of the more popular Disney characters in the last 20 years picking up the Snow Queen’s first is a smart move,
if you can find it.
Gotham by Gaslight
This classic work by Mignola features the first appearance of the Gaslight DCU. The Lex Luthor from that world will be playing a huge role in Fight for the Multiverse.
Do people ever get tired of spending enormous sums of cash on Deadpool comics? The answer still appears to be no. This one-shot has escaped my clutches for some time and is now racking up big sale numbers on Ebay.
Over the Garden Wall Special 1 & 1:15 Variant
Kaboom’s adaptation of the CW’s new show has been a rare find. Both covers are worth a quick flip if your LCS has em’!
The preview is in Adv Time 33
This is the variant cover, there are two other covers.
Superman Family 192 ( First appearance of Lor-Van )
Who knows what grandfather or grandfathers the Krypton show will use? Start speculating now and scoop up this one!
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Is Kahina the Seer going to be in Batman v. Superman? If so this is the one to buy.
Arrow 1 ( first Laurel Lance )
Batman 417 ( first appearance of KGBeast )
Another odd rumor for Batman v. Superman puts the KGBeast in the mix! God I hope this happens. At one time this comic could not be bought cheap. Now it should be no problem.
Aquaman 35 ( first appearance of Black Manta )
Setting up the Aquaman film is going to part of Zack Snyder’s plan and who is going to challenge the king of the oceans? This one won’t be easy to find and even in poor condition it’s gonna set you back a few bucks.
Batman Annual 2 ( first Eric Border )
I cannot say much about this without spoiling the surprise!
The rumor of the president’s death in Batman v. Superman have some speculating that Lex’s grand design might center around taking the presidency for himself. If this proves to be the case look for these to get hot:
Adventures of Superman 581, President Luthor Secret Files, Superman 162-165, Man of Steel 108-110, Action Comics 773
He was elected in the Lex 2000 one-shot.
Iron Man vs Whiplash 1b ( First appearance of Igor Vanko? )
The Agent Carter series has been busy casting all sorts of crazy Marvel characters but this one might be the strangest. Only mentioned by his son Whiplash in Iron Man 2 it appears that we will see just how the interaction between Howard Stark and Igor really played out! As far as I can tell he first appeared here:
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This issue has always commanded decent money on the back issue market but with the announcement that Hollywood bombshell Margot Robbie is going to play HQ in the Suicide Squad film you can expect this comic to explode.
Serious collectors whom I speak with usually frown upon the 2nd appearance but like the recent popularity of reprints like Action Comics 1, Amazing Fantasy 15, certain Marvel Milestones and others it shows the continuing evolution of what makes a comic desirable. Some of the Action Comics 1 reprinst are fairly tough to track down. Add a low printing and a craving from collectors and sales take off…
So do you want to stay ahead of market trends? Start hoarding these:
Nightwing ( Dick Grayson )
So I have been told that the annual is Nightwing’s second appearance but issue 45 was released in August of 1984 and issue 44 in July. I cannot find a release date for the annual so until I do I am going with 45 as Nightwing’s second appearance. It’s important to note that Comic Collector 3 predates 44 and does show Nightwing in Costume. That could make it the true first appearance of Nightwing and 44 his second. Wow that’s a bit confusing. Just buy them all.
Notable Comics: The Comic Collector 3 predates Teen Titans 44, DC Sampler 2 ( September 1984 )
New Mutants 88
Cable has never looked as good thanks to Mcfarlane not that other chump.
Notable comics: New Mutants 86; he appears at the end in a preview panel for next month’s issue!, Amazing Spider-Man 336 is his first appearance outside of a New Mutants Comic.
Ok so ASM 299 is considered a cameo making 300 his first appearance and this comic his second:
Notable Comics: Web of Spider-Man 18,24 and if you collect Foreign comics:
With rumors that she may take over as Wolverine it’s time to revisit her limited key books:
As X-Force 11 creeps up in price due to the fact that many believe it to be her first appearance it has become clear that a market correction needs to be made. Her first appearance is on the cover of New Mutants 98 even though it is a copycat Domino. So if her likeness first appears in NM 98 then why are so many bent on believing her first appearance to be in X-Force 11? X-Force 8 is her 2nd.
Note: There has been no conformation that she will be appearing in the Deadpool film.
This is an article I will continue to update especially if I get requests to add characters.
Reaction to this month’s article has been about as hot as my sister skinny dipping with a recently diagnosed thyroid problem. To make up for that I have decided to add some extra selections for this month. An update would have sufficed but it ballooned with a bunch of new pics and since become a part 2. Some of these may have already been spotlighted by others on the web and if that it true then those author’s are by far much better than me and should receive emails from any reader telling them so! Enjoy your Labor day weekend folks!
The Pulse 11,13
With A Jessica Jones show coming up on Netflix how long before Danielle Cage makes an appearance?
The Flash: Iron Heights
Girder is an obscure DC villain who first appeared in The Flash: Iron Heights, an excellent prestige format book by industry greats Johns and Ethan Van Sciver. The character has been cast to appear in the upcoming Flash TV show.
Flashpoint 1 2011
Farooq/Blackout is an even more obscure character than Girder. Though he appears first in the well printed/underwhelming Flashpoint 1 (also by Johns ) the issue is rare depending on which version you seek out.
Sketch variant, third printing, George Perez variant, SDCC and Canadian Expo edition
Tales of Suspense 59 ( First Appearance Jarvis )
Jarvis will be cast for the Agent Carter show. The famous butler to heroes first appeared in this classic series from Marvel.
Doctor Who Weekly 17 ( First appearance of Abslom Daak )
Fan favorite and Dalek Killer, Abslom Daak could finally be appearing on screen. His first appearance is really going to be tough to find in high grade though.
The Avengers 167 ( First appearance of Carina )
In the comics she’s The Collector’s daughter but if you’ve see the GOTG film then you know that she’s not to happy with her position. It’s great little role by an unknown.
The Flash 245 ( First appearance of the Floronic Man )
Del Toro’s Justice League Dark is going to feature many of DC’s best characters who deal in magic and mysticism. The legendary director has expressed a desire to include The Floronic Man. This is his first appearance.
Note: The Floronic man appears in The Atom 1 but he does not become the Floronic Man until this Flash issue.
Secret Six 7 ( first appearance of Komodo )
Arrow is looking to feature a ton of DC characters in the upcoming season including Komodo!
The Flash Volume 2 Issue 28 ( First Linda Park )
Green Arrow 17 variant ( First Komodo DC new 52 )
This variant is going to be the one to collectors will want. It also features Jeff Lemire’s writing debut for Arrow and that’s enough to make this reader buy! Simon Lacroix is an expert archer in his own right and may turn out to be one of the more exciting TV characters if he is adapted well from the source material.
The Eternals 7 ( First appearance Eson the Searcher )
One of the more obscure appearances ( and my personal favorite! ) from the GOTG film!
Hulk vs. Iron Man 2 ( First Extremis Hulk )
Captain Atom ( First General Wade Eiling )
The General is rumored to play a significant role on Arrow! This one may not see much in the way of market gains based on a higher print run but for fans of Arrow it’s a must own and can probably be found in a dollar bin.
Peter Parker, Spider-Ham 12 ( First Galactypus )
If you haven’t been reading Ultimate FF then you need to start right after you finish reading this.
Superman Day of Doom 1 of 4
Man I sure hate mini -series and not because of the format. For some reason collector’s frown upon them especially modern buyers and sellers. In this cases fans of the upcoming Gotham show and the Gotham Central comic should want this one.
Here’s a fun and quick list of comic related properties that have roots in earlier novels and publications. Based on printing and rarity some may be worth something to you especially if you are a completest like am or simply want to speculate on connections to upcoming film/TV adaptations. As always any added info is greatly appreciated and helps all who enjoy comics.
V-Wars by Jonathan Mayberry
This 2012 work by Mayberry is a must own for any fan.
Here’s the first comic appearance of V-Wars ( again )
The TV show has been renewed for a second season and gets better every week. In a world where many speculators are seeking the quick flip certain comics now screams hold. The first edition book on the other hand is still cheap enough.
Key comic issues: 1, 1 variant, 5 ( first Sardu ),7 and a key Fall tie-in from DHP vol. 2
STAR WARS SITH INQUISITORS and other highly speculative publications:
At the end of the day no one really knows what the new film is going to be about but speculators are already wondering.
The Courtship of Princess Leia by John Wolverton
No one is talking about the Witches of Dathomir this week but one can hope.
The latest rumor focuses on the Sith Inquisitors and the possibility that they are the enemy in the new film. The new animated show seems to support this. The idea of the Inquisitors has been around for some time but it remains to be seen how much inspiration will be taken from an expanded universe Disney states is unrecognized. My research on this continues and is admittedly incomplete:
First Appearance of Inquisitor Malorum?
Inquisitors key ( unconfirmed )
First Appearance of Inquisitor Hydra
First comic appearance of A Sith Inquisitor ( Darth Havok ) unconfirmed. If you find an earlier inquisitor appearance please notify me as there likely is one. I have yet to find an earlier named comic appearance under the title of Sith Inquisitor.
The earliest example of an Imperial Inquisitor I could find is Inquisitor Tremayne who first appeared in the Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments from the Rim is a supplement to Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game published by West End Games. It was written by Simon Smith and Eric Trautmann and was first published in 1993.
Another rumor puts Palpatine back in the driver seat at the franchise’s top bad guy! He first appeared here
and in Star Wars 42 ( comic )
Then there’s the idea that Ania Solo will play a central role. She first appeared here
Daisy Ridley has been cast and signed for three films and some of the elements of her character coincide with the plot of Legacy vol. 2 from Dark Horse.
In this comic she’s being hunted down by Darth Wredd who looks an awful lot like that leaked image of a possible Sith Inquisitor.
A Wrinkle in Time
An adaptation of this classic is finally a go.
Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
Dragons are all rage. Thanks Game of Thrones…
Early issues and the TPB will dry up ever second we get closer to opening weekend.
I expect the first comic run of Nightbreed to demand decent money down the road. In case anyone is interested here are some related books worth looking at:
As far as the Nightbreed comics I have mentioned keys in the past but Issues 1,2,12, and the last issue of there series are all solid bets from the dollar bin.
These days many people have been infected with Venom. Marvel has actually done a pretty good job in this area. Mania may be my favorite but Ann Weying is right behind her!
Her best cover by far!
Dark Horse Insider 6
Sam Rami made a bit of a splash at this years SDCC by announcing a possible TV show for his Evil Dead property! First appearance of Ash and the famous book bound in skin is in this hard to find preview series.
Earth x 0 ( First Female Thor )
Despite being set in a different time and alternate Universe this is the first appearance of a female Thor. If you can find a depiction of a woman wielding the power of Thor prior to this book please let me know! So why is a female Thor important? Well it looks like Marvel is changing some things including the sex of one one of its most popular heroes. Bad idea? Time will tell but until then there is sure to be a lot op speculation on who will hold the hammer.
Tales of Suspense 59 ( First appearance of Jarvis )
The upcoming Agent Carter show will feature a familiar face, the original Jarvis. With all the hype J.A.R.V.I.S. is getting surrounding Avengers 2 it sure is nice to hear that one of the Avengers most beloved characters will be showing up on the small screen.
Sensation Comics 1: First Wildcat
Wildcat may be coming to season 3 of Arrow but your chances of finding his first is pretty much zero. The cover is pretty cool though so I decided to post it for you all! That’s if for this month!
The highly anticipated Gotham show will prominently feature Arkham Asylum. This is a smart move by the show’s creators. Arkham remains one of the most well known and popular locations from the comics. These selections are the keys to Arkham.
Batman 326 ( First Arkham Asylum )
The modern version we know today appears in this Len Wein penned issue.
Batman 258 (First Appearance Arkham Hospital )
Prior to becoming the house of horrors fans love Arkham was first a hospital.
Who’s Who 1 ( Origin of Arkham Asylum )
Detective Comics 593 ( First appearance of Jeremiah Arkham )
Batman Shadow of the Bat 1
Why would I ever suggest one purchase this relic of the pollybagged era? This time you want what’s in the bag. Turns out DC decided to insert blueprints of Arkham along with some other goodies. It’s a rather well done piece of art that any true Batman fan should own.
Dr Arkham is revealed to be the Black Mask!
Batman the Man Who Laughs & Detective Comics 784-786
Ed Brubaker remains one of the most prolific writers in the medium today. Once upon a time he penned these incredible stories with Arkham playing key roles.
Grant Morrison and Dave McKeans legendary work is worth every penny paid in it’s Hard Cover format, first printing of course.
Dan Slott’s Arkham Asylum Living Hell 1-6
Illustrated by the underrated Ryan Sook this classic shouldn’t be missed. The Eric Powell covers don’t hurt either.
Swamp Thing 52
Written by Alan Moore this Swamp Thing issue features a must own Bissette Arkham Cover.
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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 7/16/14
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A whole batch of number one comics coming out this week with some potentially amazing reads to check out! We’re going to check on some of the speculative number one issues….
But first we must address the big news on the Archie Comics front. This Wednesday in Life with Archie (2010) #36 Archie will cease to exist. More like Death with Archie #36. The coverage was immense when the news came out about Archie’s demise. The coverage reached CNN, MTV, and a whole bunch of other media outlets. Here’s the very obvious thing, Archie will not die permanently. Neither will Wolverine as Marvel so claims, but that’s another story. The Life with Archie comic in general is supposed to be Archie Comics’ version of What If? Or Elseworlds. The alternate Archie universe story will bring this comic to a fever pitch and die (pardon the pun) extremely quick in the aftermarket. Absolutely no sustainability, with good reason though, but it will probably be some amazing storytelling. A must get, at least for the read itself.
How is it that Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con Intl San Diego (2014) #1 has a bazillion copies left at Diamond? Isn’t Harley Quinn a hot item still? A number one Harley Quinn, Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti issue to have literally thousands sitting in the warehouse is a bit odd. The same could be said about Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse (2014) #1. Anyone remember how hot the video game Injustice comic book was when it came out? Well this is within the same vein of coolness, but it’s another video game instead of Injustice. Again, thousands of copies still available. Looks like the Big Two might be starting the trend of overprinting again, no?
Let’s talk some sold out comics. Black Market (2014 Boom) #1 looks like a great storyline and will probably be sold out in no time. The Squidder (2014) #1 from IDW Publishing and Dark Engine (2014 Image) #1 follow the same as the aforementioned. All three of these comics have potential upside in the aftermarket after this week. Should pick them up.
Aphrodite IX Cyber Force (2014) #1 is showing some nice sales right now. Some covers are sold out already while the others are on the verge. The thing is with Aphrodite and Cyber Force, they are not aftermarket friendly. Never have been.
Fan favorite Team Teen Titans goes for its fifth go around with Teen Titans (2014 5th Series) #1. Will DC progress with this team? The team is comprised of Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy. Hmm…..that’s quite the team. Fifth time is a charm? Probably not, but probably a fun read.
Have you seen the cover of 100th Anniversary Special X-Men (2014) #1 yet? If you’re a regular here at InvestComics you will know that we are the only comic book website to put together a romantic X-Men cover collage. So every time Marvel decides to put together some sort of a romantic kissy X-Men cover, we add it to our growing cover list. Usually I link you to the original article, but I’m just going to insert the covers here. Enjoy……again.
The Amazing Spider-Man 657,658: First Future Foundation Suit
Yeah I know Marvel has overdone it with the Spidey suits but this one might be the best to date. Made of unstable molecules it never has to be cleaned! It’s really all the benefits of Venom with out the mind altering alien infestation!
Note: There are some second printings that are worth a look too. Superman ( New 52 ) 32: First Ulysses
So there are plenty of variants for the start of the Johns/Romita jr. era. The rarest is the 1:100 retailer but the Bombshell is my personal favorite and is actually affordable. X_Men Battle of the Atom 1: First Raze
The alternate future offspring of Wolverine and Mystique appears first here. As far as I am concerned the Deadpool hash tag swag variant is the one to buy! Secret Avengers 4: First Manifold
One of my favorite modern characters is Manifold. Nuff said. First Adam Hughes art: Eagle 6
Hughes cover are fast becoming favorites amongst collectors. If you are looking for his first pro work, he did a pin-up in this forgotten comic.
Venom 31: First Mania
It doesn’t matter how many times Venom replicates the results are almost always cash cows for Marvel. Mania is the most recent transformation of the pesky alien and she’s actually a pretty cool character. It helps that this was the best Venom series to date. Aunt Eunice: Batman 23.1
Ok I have major issues with this issue. Jackanapes is one of my favorite Morrison character creations so when DC decided to give him the lamest origin they could I cringed. I am currently rewriting his origin in my spare time and if DC fails to pick it up I am going to post in here for free and the few people who read my stuff can bash me at will. So why am I picking this issue? It turns out the Joker may have had an abusive Aunt who looks eerily similar to the Clown Prince of Crime! The Great Society: New Avengers 16
Hickman’s Great Society sucked me in right away I just can’t wait to see more of these characters especially Norn! 2000 A.D. 1170: First Jock published work
Much like Hughes, Jock’s work is catching on with fans ( see Detective 880,881 ). This issues of 2000 A.D. published his first pro work. Nightbreed 13: First Rawhead Rex
A TV show is coming for Nightbreed?!?! WTF! If you haven’t seen the cult classic I recommend it especially when the Director’s Cut is released. Epic published a 25 issue series with 1 and 25 being the toughest to get. Collector’s shouldn’t forget about this issue though with a sick cover and the first comic appearance of Rawhead Rex! If he makes it to show this one will explode.
Outsiders 11,12: Katana Origin
The Brave and the Bold 200 has her first appearance and is also a final issue making it key for this upcoming CW Arrow character. Even the DC Sampler 1 should see some love from collectors. I would include these issues in the Katana collection too.
Some of these may be easier to find than others. Some you may have to expand on my own research as is the case with this first one. Part of the appeal when collecting comics is finding that gem that has yet to be discovered by others. Enjoy this list but remember you buy comics at your own risk. Be very careful where you put your money and always do your own research.
Spawn Facts and Illusions VHS Set
Todd McFarlane has announced one of his properties has studio hopes. Realizing that all of his creations mostly suck people are speculating on Sam & Twitch. I tend to agree. The 26 issue run is quite impressive but they are part of a larger world and appeared first in Spawn 1. Ok well there goes the idea of a rare first appearance right? Turns out Spawn 1 was released earlier in this VHS coddball set. One thing that is pretty cool about it, this little comic was included. Does it feature Sam & Twitch in any capacity? If so this would supplant Spawn 1 as their first appearance. Unfortunately these are so rare that I cannot track one down to confirm. Also the Printing of the included Spawn 1 appears to be no different from the Direct or Newsstand we all know.
For those who think Haunt should be in the mix too:
Image Haunt Preview Book
First appearance of the The Wake and others. The Wake will eventually be made into a film. When it does people will realize it was previewed in this throw away. Lucky for you that knowledge will already be yours!
Danger Mouse 1982 Annual
Ok even I cannot confirm this one but Danger Mouse’s first American Comic appearance is in Count Duckula 3. He appeared overseas earlier in Annuals and the magazine Look-in. To my knowledge this issue contains his first printed comics outside of Look-In. So why should you care? New shows are coming!
What’s Next ( Image )
So Rat Queens is hot hot hot! Personally I’m lukewarm on it. Don’t get me wrong it has potential but it’s a newbie and that makes me cautious long term despite TV news. This one is already gaining traction on the back issue market and is similar to The Image Winter Special relationship to the Walking Dead. It prints a Rat Queens tale that has yet to printed elsewhere.
The Intrepids 1,1 ( second Print )
Interest could spark in all of Mr. Wiebes work. These are affordable but there is an Emerald City Con Variant which is tougher to track down.
Marvel Premiere two-in-one 52 ( First Crossfire )
Darren Cross is the Ant-Man villain? Who? Oh the guy who appeared in fewer issue than Kurse. Marvel sure loves some obscure antagonists. Darren first appeared in the already pricey Marvel Premiere 47 & 48 so they should already be on your list. Since Crossfire is related to Darren Cross he could end up filing a role akin to Crossbones in the Winter Soldier.
If the return of Danger Mouse is possible why not Bananaman?
Malignant Man 1-4
Unfortunately Fox has not picked up a gem. These will be tough to track down as it is a few years old and the demand created by it’s limited availability will bump up online prices. First to market may have already passed by the time you read my article as news broke days ago. Sell now if you have em’ but I would invest my time in other bins.
IDW 2014 Summer Catalog
Another preview has a two page spread of V-Wars! With a show coming this one could explode.
In the world a comic collecting we love it when a character takes the market by storm. Though the jury is out on Livewire she definitely has a shot at becoming the next big thing in comics. At first glace she doesn’t seem to have much going for her, like a weak origin and a first appearance in Superman Adventures 5 which is by no means a favorite amongst comic fans. But like HQ she has a killer costume and sometimes that’s all it takes.
If her introduction into the New 52 blows fans away then look out, her small list of past appearances will see value increase similar to early HQ appearances.
Currently Superman Adv 5 and Action 835 are hot. With recently sales of 40 and even 100 for Superman Adv 5 no one can deny her electric rise in popularity. Unfortunately for people who paid a lot for those comics they might be upset to learn that her image appeared first at the end of the previous issue, Superman Adventures 4! That’s not to say that issue 5 isn’t valuable. It is her first cover and first appearance in a narrative. It’s just not a first appearance and in comics that is often the most important thing to collect.
Wormwood Gentlemen Corpse 1 ( Hundred Penny Press Edition )
This series has been on fire recently. Issues of the LO-FI magazines reprint material are scarce and sell for a premium. If you are looking forward to the animated series and collect the comics do not forget to track down this rare printing of issue 1.
Dreadstar 1 Marvel/Epic
Despite not featuring the first appearance of major characters from the series the first Marvel/Epic comic issue is starting to move. Walking Dead 103 Variant
Clone has been picked up by Syfy and is easily one of the better Image titles out today. It should translate well to the small screen. Issue 1 has a variant but if you want the series first appearance this WD issue is the one to buy. Note: There is a very limited DF remark variant for this issue.
Nailbiter is already a hot item on Ebay. Issue 1 is selling for 10-15. It’s damn hard to predict the next big thing as most modern titles fall off after a while and lose readership. Will Nailbiter defy the odds? If it does pick up Ghosted 9 as it previews the new Image series. Superman Confidential 1
The man who first exposed Superman to Kryptonite makes his debut in this excellent DC series. The Utopia Casino, which Tony owns was an Easter egg in the Man of Steel film. Only time will tell if Mr. Gallo gets cast as a villain in Zack Syder’s highly anticipated follow-up. This one is cheap and relatively easy to find. Buy and hold. Chew 8 ( first Poyo )
This comic should be back on collector radars. With Chew confirmed for an animated treatment, fan fav Poyo looks to play a prominent role. Swamp Thing 67
A new trailer for the Constatine TV series has debuted and people are excited. Issues of Swamp Thing 37 and Hellblazer 1 are starting to sell well. Look for this issue to jump when collector realize that it previews Hellblazer 1 although I am not sure if Papa Midnite is in the preview. If so this issue would then become his true first appearance.
Tales of the New Teen Titans 1
Scott Snyder has announced Cyborg will be in Superman/Batman and that means DC Comics Presents 26 will no longer be easy to find. In all fairness it has been a collectible comic for some time. But this issue can still be found in back issue bins all across America. Buy it now and hold on tight because it gives readers the origin of Cyborg!
Nova8 ( 2008 ) First appearance of Knowhere
Some time ago I mentioned this little gem that not only features one hell of a cover but is also the first appearance of fan favorite Cosmo. Well now it might be important for another reason. Recent GOTG images allude to the possibility of the Celestial head Knowhere as a setting for Starlord and company.
DC has made some big announcements this past weekend concerning their upcoming films. Among these are Fables and 100 Bullets. Early issues of 100 Bullets can be pricy but this forgotten gem from Warren Ellis should be a lot easier to track down.
Current Guide Price: 5.00 NM
( First Appearance of 100 Bullets )
Preacher 51 also has a preview of 100 Bullets which came out at the same time as this issue!
The market can be slow to reflect the value of certain issues. This can happen for many reasons. Each month I try to give readers the opportunity to get in on a sleeper well before the market catches up. Though I am not always right I try to select comics that are worth collecting even if you might never make a penny on the fast flip. I have featured some of these comics in the past. They make this list because they remain largely unknown to the collecting community.
Batman Volume 1 Issue 656
If you are looking for Damian Wayne’s first full appearance then here ya go! Issue 655 along with its variant and other printings are often the ones collectors want but they only feature Batman’s son in shadows. This issue is where we get to see the league trained badass for the first time!
Iron Man,Incredible Hulk,Nick Fury Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield ( second appearance )
It’s odd to me that Agent Coulson’s first appearance is so undervalued. It’s pretty tough to find and features a character that is loved by most Marvel fans. With Agents of SHIELD getting better with each episode I hope these two comics see significant increases in value.
Battle Scars 1,6
So if you don’t appreciate Coulson’s first actual appearance in a comic then you can pick up these two which feature his first appearance ( and named appearance ) in the regular Marvel Universe.
Th Invincible Iron Man ( 2008 ) 10,11
Ok there are a ton of these to hunt down. Why? Well recently the actor who voiced Iron Man’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S. told us he’s playing the Vision. This means that the A.I. that Stark created is becoming one of the most popular Avengers in the next film. The Vision first appeared in Avengers 57 and it highly valued. But as the film version will be bringing the Stark A.I. to life as an android, these comics should be worth a lot more than the currently are. Issue 10 features the first appearance of the RESCUE armor, made for Pepper Potts by Tony. In Issue 11 we learn that the A.I. system in her armor is the J.A.R.V.I.S intelligence! That makes these issues the first comic appearance of the intelligence system which will become the Vision in Avengers 2. So far the hardest issues to find are the second print for issue 10. This us due to the first cover for RESCUE. Issue 10 has variants, the hardest one to find being the secret retailer variant. The only way to tell is a barcode variation pictured above!
Elektra Assassin 2
Ok I admit I am a huge Bill Paxton fan.
Once we learned that his character on A.O.S. was secretly a Hydra agent this book should have seen some market action. It has a wonderful cover and is written by an industry great.
Action Comics 471
Despite many who were disappointing by the Man of Steel I have come to realize that it is a very good film. Russel Crow actually steals it along with Zod’s top soldier Faora who first appears in this issue of Action Comics.
It’s still amazing to me that Groot is coming to a theater near you in August. For a character with less that 5 pre Copper Age appearances it just seems insane that an Alien like this is being thrust into the mainstream. To my knowledge this issue is his first appearance in the modern age. This series inserted masks into the issues and I believe the ones with the Ghost Rider mask are the hardest to find.
Chuck Norris and the Karate Kommandos 1
First appearance of this legend is all you need to know.
Captain America 208, first appearance of Arnim Zola
If you geeked out as much as me with Zola’s incredible appearance in the Winter Soldier then I applaud your love of insanely twisted comic villains!