InvestComics Super Sunday Comic Hot Picks 2-8-12

Welcome to the Super Sunday InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 2-8-12

Yes it’s Superbowl Sunday and it’s also time for your regular Sunday column! Included this week is a special mini gallery, but more on that shortly……Let’s check some Hot Picks first.

DC’s Suicide Squad #6 continues to sell nicely, as most of the New 52 line. This week in SS#6 the Squad needs to hunt down Harley Quinn led by team leader Deadshot. Deadshot is a very cool underrated character at times and it’s about time people stand up and take notice. Deadshot first appeared way back in 1950 in Batman #59. This comic is a light $2000. Not too shabby to take a “shot” at this comic.

Sticking to the death theme here, Deathstroke #6 will be coming out much to the glee of FFFIC’s very own Shaun Sorenson. Shaun loves this book and InvestComics loves this character. Deathstroke is a total badas* and so is his first appearance in The New Teen Titans #2 (1980). Bad as*es George Perez and Marv Wolfman also are attached to this undervalued book. A mere $48 for Mr. Wilson’s first appearance is a steal.

When exactly are we going to get the big reveal in Marvel’s Battle Scar’s? We know it’s coming right? Check out this week’s issue number four upon arrival to see if we get the “I’m Nick Fury’s son” reveal. Should be a nice moment, not shocking right?

FFFIC’s Sebastian Piccione loves the Secret Avengers comic. So much to his glee (everyone is happy this week!) issue number 22 comes out.  The issue features an appearance of Adaptoids. Although the Adaptoids are and will probably always fade into obscurity, it’s always fun to search where these characters originate from. Did you know that the first Super-Adaptoid appeared in Tales of Suspense #82 in 1966? Probably not, but it’s one of those useless knowledge things that maybe you could carry around with you to impress your fellow comic book buddies. Not! Anyway, the cover of TOS #82 features an amazing Jack Kirby cover (as usual) and comes in at the $100 range.

Three more comics to check out also this week are Ted McKeever’s Mondo #1. Ted has been in the game since 1987 and has an extensive resume to say the least. You can own his first published work for only $2! Look for Ted McKeever’s Transit #1 from Vortex Comics. Kevin Keller, Archie’s first gay character Kevin Keller debuts in his new ongoing series. His first appearance is in Veronica #202. Conan #1 from Dark Horse Comics hits the shelf this week. Conan’s first appearance as we all know came in Roy Thomas’/Barry Windsor-Smith’s Marvel book in 1970, a $360 book that looks to be at a stalemate considering the last movie as well as nothing to gain traction for it. Maybe Dark Horse will get the ball rolling again? We’ll see….

Well the Superbowl is upon us. All the hype gets put to rest today and we get to watch a football game! So what does the Superbowl have to do with comics? Absolutely nothing actually! One thing can definitely be said about sports and comics. They just don’t mesh well at all. Want some proof? No problem! Take a look below after the Covers of the Week and you can scroll through a few sports related comics (with a couple of “surprises” for us boys). You’ll soon realize that Sports are sports and Comics are comics, not to be mixed, but fun nonetheless! Enjoy.

See you next week, Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-12-11

DC continues to run the table as Marvel plays catch up on both the real market and here on InvestComics Hot Picks. Let’s get started with the short week here….

Although DC is still running the table, they also seem to be slowing things down per say in the wow factor category. My Greatest Adventure #1? Okay we’ll give it a shot. This issue features Tanga, Garbage Man and Robotman. See the “wow” factor here? Anyway, check out the first appearances of Tanga and the Trash guy in Weird Worlds #1 from earlier this year. Robotman (Cliff Steele) on the other hand you have to go back to 1963 to My Greatest Adventure #80. The only real reason to pick up this comic is not so much for the first Robotman, but for the first appearance of Doom Patrol. It’s only $175, but there is no potential upside to this comic at the moment. Character Robert Crane as Robotman first appeared in Star Spangled Comics #7 (1942). That comic was created by some guy named Jerry Siegel.

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum of potential upside, as previously mentioned in InvestComics Hot Picks 9-25-11 DC Relaunch Special 4 is Shade The Changing Man #1 (1977) created by legend Steve Ditko for only $16. With the new Shade #1 twelve issue limited series coming out by some of the great talents within the industry, you really should put that 1977 book in your collection. The last of the DC books to check out this week is a book called Unexpected #1. Once again, a nice plethora of talent on one book as well as 9 stories, and 80 pages. Great stuff here.

If you want to be up on the latest Uncanny X-Men #1, and Wolverine & The X-Men #1 books, you’d probably want to get X-Men Regenesis #1. The X-Men Universe will never be the same!! Sorry, that was the Marvel hype bowl speaking.

Five Independents to check out this week, starting with legend John Byrne’s new creation; Cold War #1, IDW’s Monocyte #1, Ape Comics Dream Reaver #1, Dark Horse Comics Orchid #1, and I Feel Sick #1 from SLG Publishing.

See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz



InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 8-10-11

Welcome to the latest installment of InvestComics Comic Hot Picks for the week of 8/10/11. 

On a personal note: This past week Bluewater Comics sent over the final cover to the comic I wrote. “Good Boy” will appear in Vincent Price Presents #36. It’s an amazing cover done by artist Stefano Cardoselli, with equally amazing colors by Jeff Balke. Click HERE to check out the cover. Look for the solicit in the next Previews, it’s due for a November release. Order the comic, and if you want it signed, send it to me and I’ll sign it for you! I’ll cover postage sending it back to you! Thanks to everyone that gave well wishes when the cover debuted on Facebook and InvestComics. This is just the beginning……..

Now the IC Hot Picks!  

DC presses onward with Flashpoint, but it’s a Batman comic that will make some noise this week. Check out Detective Comics #881 for what DC says “an issue that everyone will be talking about”. And staying the course with Batman, an 80 Page Giant special will have a boat load of various creators contributing.

Marvel turns back to a duo that was extremely popular back in the 80’s. Cloak and Dagger will have a new number one issue with Spider-Island Cloak and Dagger #1. Look for the popularity to resurge and spin into its own series eventually.  InvestComics called it with Alpha Flight, although a limited series, they too will be back in an ongoing. Look for a very affordable first appearance of C&D in Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) for only $10 (Comics Price pricing). Spider-Island also delivers a one shot called Deadly Foes. It focuses on the villain Jackal. Jackal first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #129, and cost $1000! This issue also contains the first appearance of some guy with a big gun and a skull on his chest. Speaking of the big guy with the skull, coming out this week will be another new origin story in Punisher Max #16 as told by Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon.

A very cool independent book worth checking out this week, IDW’s Dungeons & Dragons Drizzt #1. It’s Drizzt’ first ever solo book, and should appeal to all D&D fans.  

Have a great week. Click on the thumbs below to check out the covers of the week.



Jay Katz


Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3 – Preview

DC Universe: The Source – “This whole damned war is a mistake!”

The time has finally come for Aquaman and Wonder Woman to bring their battle face to face. But before all hell is unleashed, Diana has a startling revelation to share with Arthur that might change all the reasons behind why they’re even at war. Can Arthur look past the fact that Mera’s blood is on Diana’s hands to spare the lives of millions? Or is he so blinded by his desire for vengeance that he doesn’t care how many more lives are lost in the crossfire?

FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #3 written by Tony Bedard and with art by Vicente Cifuentes and Diana Egea, reveals the complex plot of betrayal that has led, what should have been two of Earth’s greatest heroes, to fight to the death. The final issue of this miniseries goes on sale next week.


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DC’s Animal Man #1 – Preview

Here’s a look at ANIMAL MAN #1 Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art by TRAVEL FOREMAN and DAN GREEN; Cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

DC had already released the script for these pages, but here’s the whole shabang.
Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? Find out in this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (SWEET TOOTH) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist).

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale September 7, 2011



Standard final version of JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 cover revealed

It’s already August which means that we’re less than a handful of weeks away from the launch of DC Comics-The New 52 with Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, in stores August 31st.

Throughout the day today, we’ll be debuting four different versions of the cover to JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 on THE SOURCE, ranging from an array of variants to the digital combo pack edition.

Below, check out the final standard cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams.


Central City is filled with villains cleverly trying to stay under the radar of The Flash. So then why is one of them doing everything in her power to attract his attention? And when an obsessed fan gets out of hand, Wally West must follow an unlikely trail of victims to his latest challenge: a gallery of his most notorious Rogues.

What becomes of this super-fan will shock you in an all-new story from writer William Messner-Loebs and art by Greg Larocque. DC RETROACTIVE: THE FLASH-THE ‘80s also includes a 22-page classic story originally published in the ‘80s by Messner-Loebs, Larocque and Tim Dizon. Pick up this one-shot in stores on Wednesday.

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A new Reaper is on the loose, but is he a vigilante or villain? With both of the men who previously masqueraded as The Reaper dead, Batman must reveal the killer’s identity before he massacres every mobster in Gotham City.

This all-new criminal mystery is written by Mike W. Barr with art by Jerry Bingham. DC RETROACTIVE: BATMAN – THE ‘80s, on sale this Wednesday, also features another Reaper story (the start of the BATMAN: YEAR TWO storyline) by Mike W. Barr, Alan Davis, and Paul Neary, originally published in the 1980’s.

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The covers for FLASHPOINT #5 Revealed

On Wednesday, issue #4 (the penultimate chapter) of FLASHPOINT will hit stands. Today, take an exclusive first look at the three covers for FLASHPOINT #5, the game-changing final issue in Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s bestselling series.

(Standard cover by Andy Kubert)

(Variant cover by Andy Kubert)


(Variant cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez)

Batman The Knight Of VENGEANCE # 3 – First Look

Last week during San Diego Comic-Con, there was a lot of buzz on the convention floor about the DC Comics books. Fans and press alike were raving about FLASHPOINT and its tie-in titles, particularly FLASHPOINT: BATMAN – THE KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE.

In issue #2, the spectacular reveal of The Joker’s identity was made. Below, take a look at a killer twist of an iconic moment in comic book history from BATMAN: THE KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #3. The issue, which goes on sale next week, is the truly startling conclusion to Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s mini-series. It’s an instant classic, by two bestselling creators working at the top of their game.





Dan Jurgens on George Perez inking GREEN ARROW

From DC Universe: The Source

This fall, a new era begins for Oliver Queen. We caught up with GREEN ARROW penciller Dan Jurgens about working on the series’ art with industry legend George Perez.

“Once upon a time, I was asked to draw an issue of Teen Titans because the book’s usual artist, George Perez, needed a break,” Dan told us. “Marv Wolfman was the writer, and one of the things his script asked for was a double page spread with so much detail that it would ‘make George Perez jealous’.

Ri-i-i-ght. As if I, or anyone else, could have done so. When it comes to detail, or, more importantly, attention to detail, George is unequaled. Some people view that as an element of his personal style, which is true. But, more importantly, that stylistic detail exemplifies the fact that he cares tremendously about the quality of his work. George’s commitment to the page, be it as writer, penciller or inker, is second to none.

That’s why J.T. Krul and I are so thrilled to have George inking GREEN ARROW. In the first issue, I drew a spread with a cobblestone street, simply because I knew George could make it sing. Now, that might not sound like much in and of itself, but in terms of making a page work with a sense of something extra, that’s a fastball down the middle of the plate for George. He’ll put it in the seats every time.

George’s legendary status in this business is well earned. It’s a pleasure to work with him again and a total and complete thrill to watch him elevate the art on GREEN ARROW into something special.”

GREEN ARROW #1, written by J.T. Krul and featuring art by Dan Jurgens and George Perez, goes on sale September 7th.

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-27-11

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-27-11

DC’s mega hot storyline Flashpoint continues as Marvel begins a new saga “Spider Island” this week in Amazing Spider-Man #666. It will not be anywhere near as popular as Flashpoint, but it does look like a fun premise.

There are quite a few Independent Comics to check out this week (again). Terry Moore’s Rachael Rising #1 leads the way. Joe Hill The Cape #1 from IDW, Moonstone’s Buckaroo Banzai #1, Big Dog Ink’s Critters #1, Action Lab brings Fracture #1, a team up with Terminator & Robocop from Dynamite, and Image Comics The Vault #1.

See you next week!  Invest Wisely. Enjoy the Covers of the week……

Jay Katz













While raiding London on a top-secret assignment, The Resistance falls under Amazonian attack. When they cross paths with Lois Lane, she becomes the newest member of the Resistance. But when they are betrayed by one of their own, can Lois and the rest of the Resistance prevent their seemingly inevitable doom?

FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #2 comes from the creative team of Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Gianluca Gugliotta and Hi-Fi, and arrives in comic book stores on Wednesday.









InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-6-11


Hulk #36 – Zzzax Appearance

Incredible Hulk #166 (1973) 1st Appearance of Zzzax $25

Wolverine and Black Cat 2 #1

Fear Itself #4

Fear Itself Uncanny X-Force #1


Flashpoint #3

Flashpoint Batman Knight of Vengeance #2


 Haunted #0

Elric The Balance Lost

Conan The Barbarian #14 – First Elric $80

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