Comic Broker Report – September 2013

It ‘s the end of the summer and safe to say that the market has cooled off.  This time of year is always tough as kids prepare to go back to school and parents buy pencils and paste rather than drop hundreds on 3D variants and other nonsense.  I would go on and on about the limited investment viability of such things but Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman!  Fans are seething but I love it.  Affleck has remade himself as a director and shown that he is a humble, competent actor.  With Zack Snyder having met with Frank Miller and the obvious age difference between Superman and Batman is it possible that a DKR might get made?  I doubt it but we all can hope.

 

Iron Man/Hulk/Fury

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So in the past I have made my thoughts clear on Agent Coulson.  The new show starts soon and if it’s good I expect this fan favorite character’s limited comic appearances to increase in value. At this point both Battle Scars 1,6 and Iron Man: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2 are NOT his first appearance in comics.  This forgotten issue from 2009 now has that honor.

Transformers 4 ( First Dinobots)

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Transformers 4 is called Age of Extinction?  Looks like Grimlock and his buds might see a screen treatment.  As they are some of the more popular Autobots expect their first to get chewed up by speculators.

Amazing Spider-Man 344

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Could Carnage ever make it into Sony’s Spidey plans?  There have been some rumors.  As we all know ASM 361 ( first and second print ) are key, but the first appearance of the man under the symbiotic alien was in this forgettable issue.

The Invincible Iron Man 10 ( all versions ) 11 & 11 second print

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The J.A.R.V.I.S. AI is one of the best parts of the Iron Man trilogy and now that we know Ultron is the Avenger 2 villain and that there are no plans to adapt his comic origin, it is quite a big guess as to what the metallic monster’s origin will be.  Some believe that J.A.R.V.I.S. will be central to the storyline.  If it’s true his first comic appearance is in issue 10 ( as Rescue ).  He then makes himself known to Pepper Potts when she wears the Rescue armor for the first time at the beginning of issue 11.  It’s a long shot but one never knows….

NFL Rush Zone FCBD

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Ever heard of Skyward?  Internet sales of issue one variants have breached the 100 dollar mark.  Even the regular covers have low print runs.  A kids comic this good is rare and worth the investment.   Action Labs previewed it in the 2013 NFL Rush Zone FCBD issue making it the first Football comic worth anything.

Ame Comi ( vol.1 Issues 2,3 )

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In the past few decades only a few characters have become so popular that they generate a frenzy amongst collectors.  Go to any convention and you will see that Deadpool and Harley Quinn often receive the most cosplay.  The characters people love to dress up as illustrates massive fan bases that cannot be ignored.  As a result, a heavily overprinted comic  like New Mutants 98 can sustain ungraded sales of 75 or more.

The Ame Comi version of Duela Dent is fast becoming a favorite amongst girls who cosplay.  DC would be smart to recognize this and integrate her into the mainstream DCU.  Instead we have been given the Joker’s Daughter who may or may not be Duela.  There are many versions of the character but the steampunk version from these comics is the most admired.

 

 

InvestComics Hot Picks – 10 Comic Creators List

Here is a quick list of some of the most influential artists and writers in comics!  Not all of these are relevant in the current market but I bet you will be surprised to find what comics gave them their big break!

 

1. Brian Bendis

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This comic was written by the modern Marvel legend.  Look back in his catalog  and you will find he has done some obscure stuff.  One of the best dialogue writers of his age, Brian continues to churn out quality work.

Other notable early comics:  Parts of a Hole, Caliber Presents 23, Torso, Jinx, Batman Chronicles 23

2. Brian K. Vaughn

Tales of Apocalypse 2 ( Marvel )

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This is probably not the comic you would think of when the creator of Saga and Y the Last Man comes to mind but early on he wrote Ka-Zar, Captain America and this forgotten X-Men related issue!

Other notable early comics: Cable 43, What if 112, Wolverine 131 (slur  error )

3.  Jim Lee

Solson Christmas Special Samurai Santa 1 ( Solson Publications )

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This one should remind us all that Alpha Flight 51 was not Lee’s first pro work!  Those who collect Lee likely know this by now but it should be repeated. This comic is very tough to find.

Other notable early comics: Alpha Flight 51 of course!

4. Frank Miller

Twilight Zone 84 ( Gold Key ) Whitman Variant

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So one of the most prolific writers in comics was first published in what?  That’s right!  The man who revolutionized Daredevil, Batman and others has one of the more rare first efforts.  There’s a Gold Key logo cover but the Whitman is the one to have!

5. Scott Snyder

The Human Torch: The 70th Anniversary Special ( Marvel ) Marcos Variant

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Scott Snyder has yet to prove that he has any staying power in this industry but so far he’s doing a pretty good job!  His Batman run has redefined the character and is one of the few modern examples of how to successfully craft a reboot of an icon.

Other notable early comics: American Vampire 1 ( all versions ), Iron Man Noir 1-4

6.  Mark Millar

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Mr. Millar has become one of the more successful writers of the last decade.  With  movie adaptions of works like Wanted and Kick-Ass, it appears  as if he’s here to stay.  Mark Millar’s early DC work includes Batman LOTDK 79 ( DC ) which is a cheap snag at any shop but his first pro work was in 2000 A.D.

Other notable early comics: Saviour, 2000 A.D. 648, Swamp Thing 140

7.  Chris Ware

Eclpse GN Series: Floyd Farland

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Mr. Ware is an indie great.  He has established himself as one of the most creative sequential artists alive today.  But his earliest work was a mess that he hated so much, he offered original art to those who mailed him copies.  Finding it now is nearly impossible.

Other notable early comics:  Raw 2, Zero Zero 5, Pictopia 3

8..  Mike Mignola

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Putting any speculation to rest on this legend’s first work was not that easy so I asked the man himself at the Boston Comiccon 2013.  A simple black and white pin-up of Red Sonja was all he had published but it was the start to a career that has influenced so many current artists.

Other Notable early comics: Rocket Raccoon 1-4, What if 39, Comic Reader 184,203

9. Robert Kirkman

Battle Pope 1 ( Funk-O-Tron )

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The man who penned Invincible, Battle Pope and, oh yea, The Walking Dead has done a fair amount of work for Image.  But his first pro work was in this fabulous series from Funk-O-Tron!!!

Other Notable early comics: Tech Jacket, Inkpunks Quarterly

10. Alex Ross

Terminator the Burning Earth 1

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Do I really have to list this artist’s accolades?  He’s easily the best comic illustrator in history.  Disagree?  Let me know why!

Other notable early comics: Hellraiser 17, Miracleman Apocrypha 3

-Topher

 

( If you read my articles you will see that some of these have been mentioned in the past.  Don’t be alarmed, it has been done intentionally )

Comic Broker Report – August 2013

 

Many announcements at this year’s SDCC have rocked the comic world, none greater than Zack Synder’s Batman/Superman movie!  No one has any real clue what the premise of the film will be but it was a bit strange to hear one of the more famous lines from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns read out loud at the con!  Over the next year it’s going to be a speculator’s dream as far as what back issues will be worth searching for in relation to the film!

The other major revelation concerns Marvel and the title of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron!  Thankfully it was made clear that the title has nothing to do with the current AOU storyline but it was sad to hear than Hank Pym will not be the inventor of the metallic menace.

This month’s picks:

The Avengers Volume 1  54,55

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Even if Ultron is J.A.R.V.I.S. or some other incarnation his first appearance  will continue to rise much like Iron Man 55.  These issues are very rare and high grade copies/cgc issues will generate massive sales as each minute passes up until the film’s premiere.

Batman 401 & Detective Comics 608

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Beware the Bat continues to impress as each episode passes.  So far no major villain has appeared.  For fans of the new annimated show who may be wondering where these creeps originate look no further! Magpie first appeared in Batman 401. This issue may not be very tough to find ( other than a high grade newsstand edition )  but her episode gave us a unique character that I personally cannot wait to see more of.  As far as Anarky ( Det. 608 )  his episode was not as impressive as the previous ones but he is slated to be a thorn in Batman’s side for some time so we will have to wait and see.  Both issues can be found easily.

Batman Beyond 18

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First appearances of characters from future realities are often worth investing in and Nissa/Batgirl Beyond looks to be no different.  Get this one now while it’s still on the shelf!

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Painkiller Jane coming to Marvel?  It sure looks that way and if  Gaiman’s Angela can see a rise in back issue value why not Jane?  The variant for issue 1 is tough to find but not impossible.  Buy and hold!

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 1 ( Gold Key )

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It feels good to recommend a Gold Key comic simply because it gives me a reason to feature one of the best company logos ever!   Today’s young comic readers probably have no idea that this property even exists but when Guy Ritchie’s remake comes out expect available copies to dry up.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual 1

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Electro looks pretty cool in that teaser and if rumors are true Sony might be setting up Spidey for some serious pain down the road.  Sinister six anyone?

 

-Topher

 

Comic Broker Report – JULY 2013

 

 

Batman and Robin Vol. 1 #1 ( first Mr. Toad ) & Batman 666 ( first Prof. Pyg )

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Beware the Batman is already a polarizing  show.  With episode 1 airing this past weekend to mixed reviews one thing is clear-Professor Pyg and Mr. Toad stole it.  Despite Pyg’s altered origin I am already clamoring for their next animated appearance.  Batman 666 is already a well documented collectible but in the case of Batman and Robin 1 there were a lot of printings.  I suggest the latest printing and the 1:250 Frank Quitely variant.

Evil Ernie Straight to Hell 1 ( Chromium Variant )

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More film rumors should drag this forgotten comic up from the ashes of an age some would like to forget.  Chastity first appeared in issue one of this 5 part mini from Chaos.  Her movie rights have been snagged by a reputable studio and this is def the rarest of the series.

Avengelyne Chromium Maximum Signed Edition

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What are the odds that two bad girl comics could return with a fury?  In this case Avengelyne has multiple first appearance issues.  There’s a direct chromium, newsstand cover variant with or without the gold stamp and 2 chromium signed editions.  The Artifex signed is super rare and should be considered her most valuable comic to date.  If it is proven later that the ashcan ( which there are a few color variants of ) should predate issue one then that will be considered her first appearance.

Detective 685 ( First Appearance Silver Monkey )

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Not much has been revealed about the new Batman animated series but creators have confirmed that the Silver Monkey will be appearing!  Buy the newsstand edition if you can and the DC Universe UPC variant if there is one!

X-Men 128

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In case you haven’t noticed Fantomex is quietly become the next big Marvel character.  Now this book has been hot for a while but CGC 9.8’s can still be found for under 100 and a new series should only generate more value. Oh and enjoy the detail of this cover by one of the best cover artists working today!

Uncanny X-Men Annual 15 ( newsstand ) & X-Men Second Coming 2 ( 1:50 Finch Variant )

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Over this past weekend the news broke that X-Force will see a film adaptation.  Though this is less surprising than  a GOTG film announcement  it appears that Marvel is willing to film any property Disney owns.  How long before a New Warriors movie?  Soon I will be posting a collecting X-Force article but until then the speculation will be on which version of X-Force will be produced.  In the case of the GOTG, collectors don’t seem to mind that the film version will be vastly different from the true first appearance of the team.  Sticking with that model it seems prudent to buy these two first appearances.  As far as the annual goes the print run was high but it has a cover by Mignola which this collector always appreciates and a newsstand edition.

Secret Warriors 4

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No variants for Manifold’s first appearance make this one rare enough.  I don’t really get the fascination with the character but he’s used often by Marvel and is a fan favorite.

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My recent article on collecting Brandon Graham featured some comics with work also done by the creator of the rare Orc Stain comics by Image.  This corporate Manga just happens to be the first published work by James and is quite rare.

Think Tank 1 Variant SDCC 2012

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Rumors are swirling around this Image comic as a possible film or TV show.  If you have not read it I suggest an immediate trip to your LCS.  There are plenty of copies still out there just not this edition.

More GOTG film fun:

Fantastic Four 65

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First Ronan the  Accuser!

Beta Ray Bill Godhunter 3

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First appearance of Ti Asha Ra

The Rampaging Hulk 1

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First appearance of  Bereet

Avengers 257 & 260

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Another GOTG  villain announcement  puts Nebula in the film and that’s good for Copper Age collectors.  Look for 257 to see gains but 260 gives the reason why she would be in the film in the first place!

Tales to astonish 23

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So Spawn’s Angela made her debut in the forgettable Age of Ultron series from Marvel this past month.  No one is sure what to make of the move but one thing to note is the rarely seen alien race traveling with her-The Moombas!  They first appeared in this hard to find classic.

 

-Topher

 

BONUS:  INDEPENDENT PICK OF THE MONTH!!!

Oh and buy this too!  One of the better indie books to come out in recent months!

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Don’t forget the variant! ( not pictured here )

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVERY #1 ISSUE OF 2013 – All new comic book series debuted this year and sales stats

EVERY #1 ISSUE OF 2013 – All new comic book series debuted this year and sales stats

Report by Terry Hoknes of www.HoknesComics.com

Comics Best Selling First Issues 2013

The following massive chart is to be a basic index to all the new comic series that debut each month.  Its a quick look at the most ordered and best selling #1 issues of every single month plus a great reference to look back at and see what comics are likely to be future hot books.  As we all know the industry has always invested the most in #1 first issues  So now you have a list of all of them at your fingertips showing their print runs.  This list also includes one-shots, Annual #1’s and #0’s as well.

The first column is the comics rank for the month for #1 issues.  The second column is its overall rank for all comics that month.

Note so far this year Marvel has had the #1 – #1 issue of the month 4 out of 5 times.

Jupiters Legacy and Walking Dead:  Governors Special are the only #1 issues non-DC/Marvel to sell over 50,000 copies.

Only 11 #1 issues so far this year had sales of over 100,000 copies.

JANUARY 2013
1 1 Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 188182
2 4 New Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 116280
3 6 Savage Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 102530
4 10 Uncanny X-Force 1 $3.99 Marvel 86187
5 18 Young Avengers 1 $2.99 Marvel 71254
6 29 Batman And Robin Annual 1 $4.99 DC 52244
7 45 Morbius Living Vampire 1 $2.99 Marvel 43883
8 48 Before Watchmen Dollar Bill 1 $3.99 DC 42308
9 49 Green Lantern Corps Annual 1 $4.99 DC 41836
10 53 Star Wars 1 $2.99 Dark Horse 39663
11 58 Deadpool Killustrated 1 $2.99 Marvel 36771
12 59 Green Lantern New Guardians Annual 1 $4.99 DC 36674
13 72 Threshold 1 $3.99 DC 29312
14 86 Superboy Annual 1 $4.99 DC 23694
15 96 Injustice Gods Among Us 1 $3.99 DC 20733
16 108 TMNT Secret Foot Clan 1 $3.99 IDW 18315
17 110 Punisher Nightmare 1 $3.99 Marvel 17932
18 111 Masters of the Universe Origin of He Man 1 $2.99 DC 17866
19 128 Star Trek Countdown To Darkness 1 $3.99 IDW 15753
20 149 Dark Tower Gunslinger Sheemies Tale 1 $3.99 Marvel 12985
21 153 Doctor Who Prisoners of Time 1 $3.99 IDW 12752
22 179 Mars Attacks Transformers 1 $3.99 IDW 9805
23 183 Image Firsts Walking Dead 1 $1.00 Image 9327
24 185 Mars Attacks Kiss 1 $3.99 IDW 8946
25 188 Mars Attacks Real Ghostbusters 1 $3.99 IDW 8695
26 189 My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic 1 $3.99 IDW 8605
27 192 Transformers Spotlight Thundercracker 1 $3.99 IDW 8327
28 196 Marvels Iron Man 3 Prelude 1 $2.99 Marvel 7951
29 197 Todd The Ugliest Kid On Earth 1 $2.99 Image 7879
30 201 Adventure Time Fionna & Cake 1 $3.99 Boom 7644
31 213 Insurgent 1 $2.99 DC 7143
32 215 Mars Attacks Zombies Vs Robots 1 $3.99 IDW 7024
33 218 Black Beetle 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 6993
34 224 Bionic Man Vs Bionic Woman 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6753
35 227 High Ways 1 $3.99 IDW 6453
36 242 End Times of Bram & Ben 1 $2.99 Image 6009
37 243 Repossessed 1 $2.99 Image 5952
38 256 Emily & The Strangers 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 5409
39 271 Marvels Thor Adaptation 1 $2.99 Marvel 5068
40 280 Deathmatch 1 $1.00 Boom 4814
41 289 Answer 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 4572
42 297 Deadpool 1 $2.99 Marvel 4330
43 309 Grimm Fairy TalesAnimated Series 1 $3.99 Zenescope 4064
44 372 Crawling Sky 1 $3.99 Antarctic 2627
45 381 Kolchak & Honey West 1 $3.99 Moonstone 2265
46 390 Plume 1 $3.99 Devil’s Due 1844
47 440 Fubar Winter Special 1 $2.99 Alterna 969

FEBRUARY 2013
1 1 Justice League of America 1 $3.99 DC 307734
2 2 Uncanny X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 177463
3 10 Secret Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 85267
4 14 Nova 1 $3.99 Marvel 80857
5 15 Guardians of Galaxy 0.1 $3.99 Marvel 80344
6 30 Fearless Defenders 1 $2.99 Marvel 53688
7 34 Walking Dead The Governor Special 1 $2.99 Image 51355
8 62 My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle 1 $3.99 IDW 34435
9 64 Legend of the Shadowclan 1 $1.00 Aspen 33246
10 78 Justice League of Americas Vibe 1 $2.99 DC 27051
11 79 Avengers Assemble Annual 1 $4.99 Marvel 27028
12 80 Katana 1 $2.99 DC 27021
13 93 Alpha Big Time 1 $2.99 Marvel 22778
14 103 Young Romance New 52 Valentines Day Special 1 $7.99 DC 20963
15 108 Shadow Year One 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 19310
16 116 G.I. Joe 1 $3.99 IDW 17553
17 117 Star Wars 1 $2.99 Dark Horse 17441
18 123 Garth Ennis Red Team 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 16724
19 126 Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 16427
20 139 Powers Bureau 1 $3.95 Marvel 14698
21 142 Ghostbusters 1 $3.99 IDW 14442
22 144 Star Wars Dark Times Fire Carrier 1 $2.99 Dark Horse 14308
23 153 Snapshot 1 $2.99 Image 13337
24 163 Son of Merlin 1 $1.00 Image 12575
25 166 Rocketeer Hollywood Horror 1 $3.99 IDW 12488
26 179 Fairy Quest 1 $3.99 Boom 10728
27 182 Transformers Spotlight Megatron One Shot 1 $3.99 IDW 10356
28 197 Dejah Thoris & Green Men of Mars 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 8932
29 205 Baltimore Widow & The Tank One Shot 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 8071
30 208 Five Weapons 1 $3.50 Image 7721
31 209 Crossed Annual 2013 1 $5.99 Avatar 7613
32 215 Uncanny Skullkickers 1 $3.50 Image 7271
33 218 Grimm Fairy Tales Jungle Book Last of the Species 1 $3.99 Zenescope 7090
34 237 Professor Frink Fantastic Science Fictions 1 $3.99 Bongo 6395
35 238 Red Sonja Unchained 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6275
36 239 Dia De Los Muertos 1 $4.99 Image 6179
37 241 Grimm Fairy Tales Madness of Wonderland 1 $3.99 Zenescope 6150
38 245 Grimm Fairy Tales Valentines Day Special 2013 1 $5.99 Zenescope 6036
39 258 Hellraiser Dark Watch 1 $3.99 Boom 5528
40 280 Kill Shakespeare Tide of Blood 1 $3.99 IDW 4820
41 285 Hawkeye 1 $2.99 Marvel 4727
42 286 Mylo Xyloto 1 $3.99 Bongo 4723
43 329 Sixth Gun Sons of the Gun 1 $3.99 Oni 3526
44 404 NFL Rush Zone Season of the Guardians 1 $3.99 Action Lab 1459

MARCH 2013
1 1 Guardians of the Galaxy 1 $3.99 Marvel 211312
2 2 Age of Ultron 1 $3.99 Marvel 174952
3 4 Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 117669
4 35 East of West 1 $3.50 Image 49518
5 62 Constantine 1 $2.99 DC 37564
6 72 X-Termination 1 $3.99 Marvel 33377
7 78 Shrugged Vol. 2 1 $1.00 Aspen 30657
8 79 Ultimate Comics Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 29537
9 98 Sex 1 $2.99 Image 23630
10 105 Star Wars Legacy 1 $2.99 Dark Horse 21600
11 115 Justice League of America 1 $3.99 DC 19225
12 127 Ame Comi Girls 1 $3.99 DC 16558
13 139 Lost Vegas 1 $3.50 Image 15273
14 140 Mark Waid Green Hornet 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 15114
15 149 Sledgehammer 44 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 13446
16 152 Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray 1 $3.50 Image 13163
17 154 G.I. Joe Special Missions 1 $3.99 IDW 13104
18 159 Judge Dredd Year One 1 $3.99 IDW 13013
19 165 BPRD Vampire 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 12474
20 171 Helheim 1 $3.99 Oni 11877
21 187 Walking Dead Michonne Special 1 $2.99 Image 10703
22 192 Time Warp 1 $7.99 DC 9964
23 202 Transformers Spotlight Bumblebee One Shot 1 $3.99 IDW 9098
24 212 Transformers Fall of Cybertron 1 $7.99 IDW 8092
25 242 Drew Hayes Poison Elves 1 $2.99 Ape 6052
26 243 Savage Skullkickers 1 $3.50 Image 6007
27 244 Tmnt Color Classics Micro Series Donatello 1 $3.99 IDW 6000
28 246 Doctor Who Classics 1 $3.99 IDW 5954
29 252 Injustice Gods Among Us 1 $3.99 DC 5543
30 259 Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 5335
31 263 Deadpool Killustrated 1 $2.99 Marvel 5209
32 274 Young Avengers 1 $2.99 Marvel 4890
33 283 Deadpool 1 $2.99 Marvel 4671
34 293 Bionic Man Annual 1 $4.99 Dynamic Forces 4313
35 296 All Crime 1 $3.95 Art of Fiction 4204
36 355 Grimm Fairy Tales St Patricks Day Spec 1 $5.99 Zenescope 2903
37 371 Grimm Fairy Tales St Patricks Day 1 $5.99 Zenescope 2326
38 376 Zombies Vs Cheerleaders Vol. 2 1 $3.99 3 Finger 2186
39 384 Sixth Gun Sons of the Gun 1 $3.99 Oni 2053
40 389 Best of Zenescope Special Ed 1 $6.99 Zenescope 1987
41 400 Cavewoman Oasis 1 $3.75 Basement 1683

APRIL 2013
1 2 Thanos Rising 1 $3.99 Marvel 114720
2 3 Jupiters Legacy 1 $2.99 Image 105437
3 41 Ultron 1 $3.99 Marvel 44854
4 60 Jirni 1 $1.00 Aspen 35777
5 78 Batman Lil Gotham 1 $2.99 DC 27591
6 85 He Man And The Masters of The Universe 1 $2.99 DC 25254
7 110 Harbinger Wars 1 $3.99 Valiant 18729
8 111 Miss Fury 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 18441
9 120 Star Wars Darth Vader & Ninth Assassin 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 17278
10 139 Invincible Universe 1 $2.99 Image 14526
11 144 TMNT Villain Microseries: Krang 1 $3.99 IDW 13689
12 150 G.I. Joe Cobra Files 1 $3.99 IDW 13231
13 162 Dark Tower Gunslinger Evil Ground 1 $3.99 Marvel 12473
14 167 Danger Girl Trinity 1 $3.99 IDW 12063
15 169 Abe Sapien Dark & Terrible 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 11783
16 178 Uber 0 $3.99 Avatar 10849
17 191 1 For $1 Mind Mgmt 1 $1.00 Dark Horse 9926
18 193 East of West 1 $3.50 Image 9742
19 206 Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Vs Red Riding Hood 1 $5.99 Zenescope 8883
20 208 Transformers Spotlight Trailcutter 1 $3.99 IDW 8690
21 209 House of Gold & Bones 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 8635
22 210 Colonized 1 $3.99 IDW 8521
23 211 Miniature Jesus 1 $3.99 Image 8363
24 217 Adventure Time 1 $3.99 Boom 7854
25 221 X 0 $2.99 Dark Horse 7502
26 222 Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed 1 $5.99 Zenescope 7497
27 225 Polarity 1 $3.99 Boom 7459
28 226 1 For $1 The Massive 1 $1.00 Dark Horse 7398
29 228 Kiss Solo 1 $3.99 IDW 7177
30 231 Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed 0 $1.99 Zenescope 7103
31 233 Grimm Fairy Tales Unleashed Vampires Eternal 1 $3.99 Zenescope 7009
32 240 Guardians of Galaxy 1 $3.99 Marvel 6681
33 248 Star Wars 1 $2.99 Dark Horse 6306
34 253 Last of Us American Dreams 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 6032
35 254 Dungeons & Dragons Cutter 1 $3.99 IDW 5986
36 260 Sex 1 $2.99 Image 5668
37 262 Witchblade Day of the Outlaw One Shot 1 $3.99 Image 5636
38 263 TMNT Color Classics Micro Series Leonardo 1 $3.99 IDW 5615
39 265 68 Jungle Jim 1 $3.99 Image 5488
40 272 Dark Shadows Year One 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 5270
41 284 Mighty Skullkickers 1 $3.50 Image 4856
42 299 Mice Templar IV Legend 1 $3.99 Image 4377
43 362 Steam Wars 1 $3.99 Antarctic 2399
44 367 Rogues 1 $3.99 Amigo 2230
45 380 Bodie Troll 1 $2.99 Red 5 1981
46 392 Victorian Secret Agents 1 $3.95 Antarctic 1676
47 405 Helheim (2nd print) 1 $3.99 Oni 1354
48 407 Neozoic Traders Gambit 1 $3.50 Red 5 1345
49 410 Last Zombie 1 $3.99 Antarctic 1323

MAY 2013
1 1 X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 177633
2 24 Ten Grand 1 $2.99 Image 57216
3 40 Wake 1 $2.99 DC 44867
4 44 Batman The Dark Knight Annual 1 $4.99 DC 43175
5 49 Earth 2 Annual 1 $4.99 DC 41325
6 56 Regular Show 1 $3.99 Boom 38466
7 63 Avengers Enemy Within 1 $2.99 Marvel 34205
8 70 Adventures of Superman 1 $3.99 DC 30992
9 72 Red Hood And The Outlaws Annual 1 $4.99 DC 30157
10 74 Movement 1 $2.99 DC 29246
11 77 Green Team 1 $2.99 DC 27775
12 90 Charismagic Vol. 2 1 $1.00 Aspen 25212
13 95 Bounce 1 $2.99 Image 24259
14 96 Catwoman Annual 1 $4.99 DC 24228
15 98 Sesame Street 1 $3.99 Ape 23765
16 104 Chin Music 1 $2.99 Image 22383
17 112 Adventure Time Annual 1 $4.99 Boom 20975
18 133 Black Bat 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 16328
19 137 Uber 1 $3.99 Avatar 16109
20 139 Iron Man Coming of Melter 1 $3.99 Marvel 15871
21 143 Grimm 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 15455
22 148 Image Firsts Walking Dead 1 $1.00 Image 15254
23 153 Battlestar Galactica 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 14356
24 156 Dream Merchant 1 $3.50 Image 14024
25 157 Smallville Season 11 Special 1 $4.99 DC 13988
26 172 King Conan Hour of the Dragon 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 12566
27 174 Shadowman 0 $3.99 Valiant 12252
28 179 Archer & Armstrong 0 $3.99 Valiant 12076
29 183 12 Reasons To Die 1 $3.50 Black Mask 11834
30 195 X 1 $2.99 Dark Horse 11071
31 196 Suicide Risk 1 $3.99 Boom 10913
32 199 Clive Barker Next Testament 1 $3.99 Boom 10797
33 206 Doomsday.1 1 $3.99 IDW 10230
34 213 Lobster Johnson Satan Smells A Rat One Shot 1 $3.50 Dark Horse 9846
35 215 Grimm Fairy Tales Wonderland Down Rabbit Hole 1 $2.99 Zenescope 9734
36 221 Injustice Gods Among Us (3rd print) 1 $3.99 DC 9162
37 223 Occupy Comics 1 $3.50 Black Mask 8977
38 224 Transformers Prime Beast Hunters 1 $3.99 IDW 8975
39 226 Image Firsts Peter Panzerfaust 1 $1.00 Image 8756
40 230 Image Firsts Invincible 1 $1.00 Image 8424
41 231 Transformers Spotlight Hoist 1 $3.99 IDW 8373
42 233 Grimm Fairy Tales Robyn Hood Wanted 1 $2.99 Zenescope 8242
43 237 Image Firsts Saga 1 $1.00 Image 8091
44 238 Dream Thief 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 7927
45 243 Edgar Allan Poes Fall of the House of Usher 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 7650
46 249 Half Past Danger 1 $3.99 IDW 7048
47 259 Damsels Mermaids 1 $3.99 Dynamic Forces 6564
48 268 Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 5963
49 279 Grimm Fairy Tales Hunters Shadowlands 1 $2.99 Zenescope 5408
50 281 Grimm Fairy Tales Werewolves Hunger 1 $3.99 Zenescope 5356
51 288 Akaneiro 1 $3.99 Dark Horse 5172
52 292 Uber 0 $4.99 Avatar 5084
53 293 John Carpenters Asylum 1 $3.99 Storm King 5081
54 296 East of West (3rd print) 1 $3.50 Image 5024
55 334 Cyborg 009 Chapter 000 One Shot 1 $1.00 Archaia 4131
56 337 Solid State Tank Girl 1 $3.99 Titan 3985
57 338 X-O Manowar One Dollar Debut Edition 1 $1.00 Valiant 3953
58 343 Harbinger One Dollar Debut Edition 1 $1.00 Valiant 3816
59 346 Archer & Armstrong One Dollar Debut Edition 1 $1.00 Valiant 3759
60 347 Bloodshot One Dollar Debut Edition 1 $1.00 Valiant 3722
61 352 Shadowman One Dollar Debut Edition 1 $1.00 Valiant 3593
62 365 Legend of Oz Scarecrow 1 $3.50 Big Dog 3334

Thanks to John Jackson Miller at www.comichron.com  for the initial Diamond sales figures data – see complete monthly Diamond sales chart and more stats at this site !

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.

Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.   hoknes@hotmail.com

 

Comic Broker Report – June 2013

The Comic Broker’s Report June 2013

By Topher Seal

Nothing Special this month, just a mixed bag of comics to hunt for throughout the summer.  Until the Bruins win another cup I will be awaiting the release of the Man of Steel.  Let’s all hope that Zack Snyder channels his Watchmen instead of another Sucker Punch otherwise he may just kill the franchise once and for all.

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Once a forgotten Phantom Zone resident, Faora has made the improbable leap to the silver screen.  With a movie that is already getting praise from critics,  it is possible that she may be one of the film’s best character adaptations. ( She was sentenced to 300 years for killing many men! )

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Rise of Apocalypse 1-4,  X-Force 37, Marvel Graphic Novel 17, X-Men Alpha

So the list of mutants to appear in the time traveling sequel to the most recent X flick just keeps on expanding.  First appearances of Warpath and Blink haven’t seen increased sales as of yet,  but with the addition of the AOA character Blink we may get a glimpse into the alternate reality fans love so much.  Now we all know that X-Factor 5,6 will be the key books concerning Apocalypse but there are others…

Rise of 1-4 gives us the origin of En Sabah Nur,

 

X-Force 37 is also a key concerning his origin,

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The Marvel GN 17 is actually his first appearance,

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X-Men Alpha is the first appearance of the AOA Apocalypse

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Dark Horse Presents 1 (  Paul Pope Variant, First 300 Sequel )

Again, this  rare variant with a cover by indie icon Paul Pope features a sneak peek at Frank Miller’s sequel to 300.  Xerxes takes place before, during and after the event of 300 and is currently being adapted by Legendary studios.  The first film was a massive hit and generated big sales for the 6 issue series.  Expect the same here.

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X-Men Poster Magazine & X-men 37 2nd print ( First Blink )

Similar to the AOA  Apocalypse appearance mentioned above, Blink has an AOA first appearance also and it’s not in X-Men Alpha.  I have also mentioned Uncanny 317 as the first appearance of Blink but issues 37 of the X-Men series came out the same month and like that issues has a more rare 2nd printing.

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Game of Thrones 1 ( Limited 1 for 75 Virgin Variant Cover by Mike Miller )

This season cemented Martin’s epic series as one of the most popular ( and well written! ) fantasies of all time.  Don’t believe me?  Data shows that the finale of Season 3 was the most illegally downloaded show ever.  The comic issues from Dynamite are getting harder to find especially the variants.  This one is the gem of the bunch.

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Clint 1 ( First Kick Ass 2 )

This over-sized magazine from Mark Millar ran its course some time ago but that doesn’t mean it’s worthless.  There are plenty of reasons to buy most issues especially the first.  Kick Ass 2 hits this summer and if it’s as successful as the first film look for this mag to heat up.

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The Comic Shop News 1257 July 2011 ( Game of Thrones )

I have researched all of Dynamite’s offerings prior to the release of the Game of Thrones original series for a printed preview of the series and found nothing.  The only appearance or preview of the comic adaptation is in this issue of the Comic Shop News which are always tough to find.

Star Wars Dark Empire II ( Newsstand and Gold Variant ) & Star Wars The Last Command 1

Rumors surrounding the sequels are sure to create a frenzy in the collectible market over the next few years.  If the Solo twins make it into the film look for these books to go berserk on the back issue market.

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The Last of Us American Dream 1 of 4

Once again, I rarely recommend Video Game adaptations, especially mini series but I am making an exception for this wonderful comic.  The game looks amazing and issues 1 and 2  are pretty tough to find already.

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Comic Broker Report – Collecting Fables

Here’s a quick one for all you speculators out there. It looks like rip-offs, Once Upon a Time and Grimm won’t deter the makers of Harry Potter from adapting Bill Willingham’s masterpiece into a film! That’s good news for those folks who hoarded early issues of the series. Here’s a quick list of the one’s I would invest in:

Fables 1,1A

In 2002 DC’s Vertigo took a chance on a comic with a fresh concept. Popular with fans, issues 1-5 aren’t that easy to find these days.

Note: There are also two reprints of issue 1. The 25 cent version is also worth buying as it could see gains in similar fashion to the Walking Dead reprints.

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Fables 6b

This  DC RRP variant  is one of DC’s most collectible comics from 2002. Super rare and sure to see a big bump from recent film rumors I say buy if you ever get the chance.

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American Century 15

DC’s Vertigo imprint is famous for previewing upcoming comics and projects in the back of their issues. For certain comics that can mean real value down the road. Comics like Preacher ( Previewed in two comics! ) or 100 Bullets ( see Transmetropolitian ) can become very rare. The problem for Fables-no preview anywhere. So if you need to own all Fables related material, track down this forgotten Chaykin comic which features an interview with Fables Creator Bill Willingham. It was released prior to issue 1 of the series!

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Codename Knockout 12

This wonderful series was popular enough that back issues are not easy to come by. Again there was no preview for Fables but if you want the first in print appearances of major characters look right here!

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Diamond Previews March 2003 ( Fables Flip Cover )

Are you looking for the first Fables cover? Check this flip cover from Diamond. I couldn’t locate a pic of the flip cover anywhere though.

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Fables 75

This over-sized issue has a few things going for it other than a sick cover and the conclusion to War and Pieces-Eric Powell art!

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If you didn’t know that Bill Willingham was around long before his hit series then go find this issue of Warp from First Comics, his first pro work!

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Fairest 1 ( Retailer RRP Variant Cover by Adam Hughes. )

Another rare RRP issue for this Fables spin-off features the Women of Fables! It is both collectible and well written.

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Merv Pumpkin Head: Agent of Dream GN

I’m not going to say much about this amazing GN written by Fables creator Bill Willingham. Just go buy it and enjoy.  Trust me!

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Fables 100

For this alone…

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Fables 101 RRP

And finally another RRP issue. This one is more recent than the others so you might have a shot at finding it despite the small print run.

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-Topher

@Larfleeze

www.topherseal.com

HORROR Comics Golden Age Checklist (1945-1962)

Here is a list of every Horror comic published in USA before 1962 that I have personally compiled at hoknes@hotmail.com

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ACE COMICS – HAND OF FATE (1951) 19 ISSUES
ACE COMICS – SUPER-MYSTERY COMICS (1948-1949) VOL 7 #6 and VOL 8 #5
ACE COMICS – THE BEYOND (1950) 30 ISSUES
ACE COMICS – WEB OF MYSTERY (1951) 29 ISSUES
AJAX-FARRELL – FANTASTIC FEARS (1953) 9 ISSUES
AJAX-FARRELL – HAUNTED THRILLS (1952) 18 ISSUES
AJAX-FARRELL – MIDNIGHT (1957) 6 ISSUES
AJAX-FARRELL – STRANGE (1957) 6 ISSUES
AJAX-FARRELL – STRANGE FANTASY (1952) 14 ISSUES
AJAX-FARRELL – VOODOO (1952) 19 ISSUES
AJAX-FARRELL – VOODOO ANNUAL (1952) 1 ISSUE
AMERICAN COMICS GROUP – ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN (1948) 174 ISSUES
AMERICAN COMICS GROUP – FORBIDDEN WORLDS (1951) 145 ISSUES
AMERICAN COMICS GROUP – MIDNIGHT MYSTERY (1961) 7 ISSUES
AMERICAN COMICS GROUP – OUT OF THE NIGHT (1952) 17 ISSUES
AMERICAN COMICS GROUP – SKELETON HAND IN SECRETS OF THE SUPERNATURAL (1952) 6 ISSUES
AMERICAN COMICS GROUP – THE CLUTCHING HAND (1954) 1 ISSUE
AMERICAN COMICS GROUP – UNKNOWN WORLDS (1960) 57 ISSUES
ARCHIE – TALES CALCULATED TO DRIVE YOU BATS (1961) 7 ISSUES
ATLAS – ADVENTURE INTO MYSTERY (1956) 8 ISSUES
ATLAS – ADVENTURES INTO TERROR (1950) 2 ISSUES
ATLAS – ADVENTURES INTO TERROR (1951) 29 ISSUES
ATLAS – ADVENTURES INTO WEIRD WORLDS (1952) 30 ISSUES
ATLAS – AMAZING MYSTERIES (1949) 2 ISSUES
ATLAS – ASTONISHING (1951) 61 ISSUES
ATLAS – CAPTAIN AMERICA’S WEIRD TALES (1949) 2 ISSUES
ATLAS – COMPLETE MYSTERY (1948) 1 ISSUE  #3
ATLAS – JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (1952) 82 ISSUES
ATLAS – JOURNEY INTO UNKNOWN WORLDS (1951) 56 ISSUES
ATLAS – MARVEL TALES (1949) 67 ISSUES
ATLAS – MENACE (1953) 11 ISSUES
ATLAS – MEN’S ADVENTURES (1952) 6 of the ISSUES #21-26
ATLAS – MYSTERY TALES (1952) 54 ISSUES
ATLAS – MYSTIC (1951) 61 ISSUES
ATLAS – MYSTICAL TALES (1956) 8 ISSUES
ATLAS – SPACE WORLDS (1952) 1 ISSUE
ATLAS – SPELLBOUND (1952) 34 ISSUES
ATLAS – STRANGE STORIES OF SUSPENSE (1955) 12 ISSUES
ATLAS – STRANGE TALES (1951) 100 ISSUES
ATLAS – STRANGE TALES OF THE UNUSUAL (1955) 11 ISSUES
ATLAS – STRANGE WORLDS (1958) 5 ISSUES
ATLAS – SUSPENSE (1949) 29 ISSUES
ATLAS – UNCANNY TALES (1952) 56 ISSUES
ATLAS – WORLD OF FANTASY (1956) 19 ISSUES
ATLAS – WORLD OF MYSTERY (1956) 7 ISSUES
ATLAS – WORLD OF SUSPENSE (1956) 8 ISSUES
ATLAS – YELLOW CLAW (1956) 4 ISSUES
AVON – CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1952) 1 ISSUE
AVON – DIARY OF HORROR (1952) 1 ISSUE
AVON – EERIE (1947) 1 ISSUE
AVON – EERIE (1951) 17 ISSUES
AVON – NIGHT OF MYSTERY (1953) 1 ISSUE
AVON – PHANTOM WITCH DOCTOR (1952) 1 ISSUE
AVON – SECRET DIARY OF EERIE ADVENTURES (1953) 1 ISSUE
AVON – THE DEAD WHO WALK (1952) 1 ISSUE
AVON – WITCHCRAFT (1952) 6 ISSUES
BAILY PUBLICATIONS / STAR – SPOOK COMICS (1946) 1 ISSUE
CHARLTON – STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES (1954) 7 ISSUES
CHARLTON – STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES (1955) 51 ISSUES
CHARLTON – TALES OF THE MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (1956) 13 ISSUES
CHARLTON – THE THING (1952) 17 ISSUES
CHARLTON – THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED (1952) 7 ISSUES
CHARLTON – THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED (1957) 5 ISSUES
CHARLTON – UNUSUAL TALES (1955) 49 ISSUES
COMIC MEDIA – HORRIFIC (1952) 13 ISSUES
COMIC MEDIA – WEIRD TERROR (1952) 13 ISSUES
DC – HOUSE OF MYSTERY (1951) 324 ISSUES
DC – HOUSE OF SECRETS (1956) 80 ISSUES
DC – PHANTOM STRANGER (1952) 6 ISSUES
DC – SENSATION MYSTERY (1952) 7 ISSUES
DC – STAR SPANGLED STORIES (1951) 9 ISSUES (#122-130)
DC – TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED (1956) 104 ISSUES
DELL – DRACULA (1962) 7 ISSUES
DELL – GHOST STORIES (1962) 37 ISSUES
DELL – TALES FROM THE TOMB (1962) 1 ISSUE
DELL – THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1962) 2 ISSUES
EC – CRIME SUSPENSTORIES (1950) 27 ISSUES
EC – CRYPT OF TERROR (1950) 3 ISSUES
EC – HAUNT OF FEAR (1950) 28 ISSUES
EC – SHOCKING SUSPENSTORIES (1952) 18 ISSUES
EC – TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1950) 27 ISSUES
EC – TALES OF TERROR (1951) 3 ISSUES
EC – TERROR ILLUSTRATED (1955) 2 ISSUES
EC – THREE DIMENSION TALES FROM THE CRYPT OF TERROR (1954) 1 ISSUE
EC – VAULT OF HORROR (1950) 29 ISSUES
EC – WAR AGAINST CRIME (1950) 2 ISSUES
EC – WEIRD FANTASY (1950) 5 ISSUES
EC – WEIRD FANTASY (1951) 17 ISSUES
EC- THREE DIMENSIONAL EC CLASSICS (1954) 1 ISSUE
FAGO PUBLICATIONS – TENSE SUSPENSE (1958) 2 ISSUES
FAWCETT – BEWARE! TERROR TALES (1952) 8 ISSUES
FAWCETT – STRANGE STORIES FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1952) 4 ISSUES
FAWCETT – STRANGE SUSPENSE STORIES (1952) 5 ISSUES
FAWCETT – THIS MAGAZINE IS HAUNTED (1951) 14 ISSUES
FAWCETT – UNKNOWN WORLD (1952) 1 ISSUE
FAWCETT – WORLDS BEYOND (1951) 1 ISSUE
FAWCETT – WORLDS OF FEAR (1952) 9 ISSUES
FICTION HOUSE – GHOST (1951)  11 ISSUES
FICTION HOUSE – MONSTER (1953) 2 ISSUES
GILBERTON – CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED (1943) #13 18 26 29 40 41 153
GOLD KEY – BORIS KARLOFF THRILLER (1962) 2 ISSUES
GOLD KEY – TWILIGHT ZONE (1962) 100 ISSUES
HARVEY – BLACK CAT MYSTERY (1951) 39 ISSUES
HARVEY – CHAMBER OF CHILLS MAGAZINE (1951) 26 ISSUES
HARVEY – MAN IN BLACK (1957) 4 ISSUES
HARVEY – TOMB OF TERROR (1952) 16 ISSUES
HARVEY – WITCHES TALES (1951)  28 ISSUES
HASTINGS ASSOCIATES – EERIE TALES (1959) 1 ISSUE
HILLMAN – MONSTER CRIME COMICS (1952) 1 ISSUE
I.W. – STRANGE MYSTERIES (1958) 1 ISSUE
I.W.  – EERIE (1958) 3 ISSUES
KEY – PRIZE MYSTERY (1955) 3 ISSUES
KEY – WEIRD CHILLS (1954) 3 ISSUES
KEY (ARAGON PUBL.) – WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE (1953) 4 ISSUES
KEY (GILMOR PUBLICATIONS) – WEIRD MYSTERIES (1952) 12 ISSUES
KEY (GILMORE MAGAZINES) – CLIMAX (1955) 2 ISSUES
KEY (MR PUBL.) – MISTER MYSTERY (1951) 18 ISSUES
KEY (SPM PUBLICATIONS) – WEIRD TALES OF THE FUTURE (1952) 4 ISSUES
LEV GLEASON – SPOOKY MYSTERIES (1946) 1 ISSUE
MARVEL – AMAZING ADULT FANTASY (1961) 8 ISSUES
MARVEL – AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) 6 ISSUES
MARVEL – TALES OF SUSPENSE (1959) 38 ISSUES
MARVEL – TALES TO ASTONISH (1959) 33 ISSUES
MASTER – DARK MYSTERIES (1951) 24 ISSUES
MERIT – SECRET MYSTERIES (1955) 4 ISSUES
P.L. PUBLISHING – WEIRD ADVENTURES (1951) 3 ISSUES
PASTIME PUBLICATIONS – WEIRD MYSTERIES MAGAZINE (1959) 1 ISSUE
PREMIER MAGAZINES – HORROR FROM THE TOMB (1954) 1 ISSUE
PRIZE – BLACK MAGIC (1950) 50 ISSUES
PRIZE – FRANKENSTEIN (1945) 33 ISSUES
PRIZE – STRANGE WORLD OF YOUR DREAMS (1952) 4 ISSUES
QUALITY – INTRIGUE (1955) 1 ISSUE
QUALITY – WEB OF EVIL (1952) 21 ISSUES
RIBAGE (TROJAN MAGAZINES) – CRIME MYSTERIES (1952) 15 ISSUES
ST. JOHN – AMAZING GHOST STORIES (1954)  3 ISSUES
ST. JOHN – DO YOU BELIEVE IN NIGHTMARES (1957) 2 ISSUES
ST. JOHN – HOUSE OF TERROR (1952) 1 ISSUE
ST. JOHN – NIGHTMARE (1952) 1 ISSUE
ST. JOHN – NIGHTMARE (1953) 4 ISSUES
ST. JOHN – STRANGE TERRORS (1952) 7 ISSUES
ST. JOHN – WEIRD HORRORS (1952) 9 ISSUES
STANDARD – ADVENTURES INTO DARKNESS (1952) 10 ISSUES
STANDARD – OUT OF THE SHADOWS (1952) 10 ISSUES
STANDARD – THE UNSEEN (1952) 11 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – BLUE BOLT (1949) 9 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – BLUE BOLT WEIRD TALES OF TERROR (1951)  9 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – GHOSTLY WEIRD STORIES (1953) 5 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – SHOCK DETECTIVE CASES (1952) 2 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – SHOCKING MYSTERY CASES (1952) 11 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – SPOOK (1953) 9 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – STARTLING TERROR TALES (1952) 5 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – STARTLING TERROR TALES (1953) 8 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – TERRIFYING TALES (1953) 5 ISSUES
STAR PUBLICATIONS – THE HORRORS (1953) 1 ISSUE
STEINWAY – DARK SHADOWS (1957) 3 ISSUES
STEINWAY – STRANGE JOURNEY (1957) 4 ISSUES
STERLING – SURPRISE ADVENTURES (1955) 3 ISSUES
STERLING – THE TORMENTED (1954) 2 ISSUES
STORY COMICS – MYSTERIOUS ADVENTURES (1951) 25 ISSUES
STREET AND SMITH – GHOST BREAKERS (1948) 2 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – HAUNT OF FEAR (1950) 13 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – JOURNEY INTO FEAR (1951) 21 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – MONSTER (1953) 1 ISSUE
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – MYSTERIES (1953) 11 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – STRANGE MYSTERIES (1951) 21 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – TALES FROM THE CRYPT (1950) 13 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – TALES OF TERROR (1952) 4 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – VAULT OF HORROR (1951) 12 ISSUES
SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS – WEIRD SUSPENSTORIES (1950) 5 ISSUES
TOBY – TALES OF HORROR (1952)  13 ISSUES
TOBY – TALES OF TERROR (1953) 1 ISSUE
TOBY – THE PURPLE CLAW (1953) 3 ISSUES
TOYTOWN PUB / ORBIT – WANTED COMICS (1950) 32 33 50
TRANS-WORLD PUBLICATIONS – MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER COMICS (1948) 1 ISSUE
TROJAN – BEWARE (1953) 11 ISSUES
TROJAN – BEWARE (1953) 4 ISSUES
YOUTHFUL – BEWARE (1952) 3 ISSUES
YOUTHFUL – CHILLING TALES (1952) 5 ISSUES
ZIFF-DAVIS – EERIE ADVENTURES (1951) 1 ISSUE
ZIFF-DAVIS – NIGHTMARE (1952) 2 ISSUES
ZIFF-DAVIS – WEIRD ADVENTURES (1951) 1 ISSUE
ZIFF-DAVIS – WEIRD THRILLERS (1951) 5 ISSUES

 

The entire list can be found sorted with all Overstreet Price Guide values for each condition in this latest book in my series called INVESTING IN COMIC BOOKS found at our site www.HoknesComics.com

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.

Terry Hoknes (author) of Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.   hoknes@hotmail.com

Target and Warner Bros. Consumer Products Team Up to Reimagine Justice League Merchandise

Summer collection inspired by exclusive visit to the DC Comics archives

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Target® Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with DC Entertainment, have teamed up to introduce an extensive summer collection of exclusive Justice League merchandise. The summer collection was inspired by “DC Comics – The New 52” comic book character designs and holds surprises for fans young and old. Featuring the full lineup of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League Super Heroes – Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman – the summer collection will launch at all U.S. Target stores and on Target.com beginning May 19.

The summer collection was co-created by the Target and Warner Bros. Consumer Products design teams and features contemporary and nostalgic, vintage-inspired graphics and designs. With more than 50 summer products available exclusively at Target, guests will see the collection come to life in home, stationery, sporting goods, and lawn and garden. Some of the more unexpected items include melamine dinnerware that features a purple and pink-clad Wonder Woman; an apron that transforms the cook into Batman; sand toys that will help beach-goers create Gotham City; and children’s Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash beach towels that double as capes.

“We know Target’s guests love discovering unique merchandise, and this collection delivers the unexpected with a dash of great design. Fans of all ages are sure to love these one-of-a-kind summer items,” said Greg Van Bellinger, director of product design and development, Target.

“DC Comics’ Justice League characters are a powerful assemblage of the most recognizable Super Heroes in the history of comic books. We are incredibly excited to offer fans of all ages a unique collection and collaboration that pairs the heroics of the Justice League characters with the product design and marketing super powers of Target,” said Brad Globe, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

In addition to the exclusive summer collection, Target will be part of a broader partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products that will offer more traditional Justice League licensed products. The broader partnership will span more than 20 categories including home, stationery, toys, apparel and accessories. All Justice League licensed products will range from $1 for Justice League temporary tattoos to $59.99 for a Justice League Rocker Chair. Target will also offer Justice League Halloween costumes for kids later this year.

With the release of “Justice League #1” in 2011, DC Entertainment officially kicked off “DC Comics – The New 52” as part of a re-launch of their entire comic book line of 52 new number one issues. “DC Comics – The New 52” Super Heroes are presented in a more contemporary way, including new costumes, characters and storylines.

Comic Broker Report – May 2013

The Comic Broker’s Report

by Topher Seal

This month’s report is going to be a quick one as I slave away on next month’s UK Special.  Until that time I suggest you:

Pass on Iron Man 3 and rent John Dies at the End, then watch it three times.

Don’t believe the Marvel Miracleman hype!  ( I may have to eat my words down the road on this one. )

and take comfort in the fact that Twinkies are coming back so you can eat the rest of  that 4 month old last box you bought on Ebay.

Batman Beyond 1

Batman 20 concluded Scott Snyder’s surprisingly good Clayface tale and as an added bonus we get to see the Gen 1 Batman Beyond Suit!  There have been some great appearances by the future Batman over the years but if you are looking for the one with the most  potential on the back issue market then this is it.  There is also a free version that was made available 1 month later, a newsstand edition and a Six Flags Giveaway!

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Bodie Troll 1

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Collected from digital work this new indie gem is incredible.  The art is fantastic and it looks like a prime candidate for a cartoon adaptation.  For now you can get this one cheap  but the FCBD 2013 issue will generate buzz.  I can see first issues slowly drying up over the next few months.

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The Stuff of Legend FCBD 2009

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Of all the recent properties to get optioned ( Hoax Hunters, The Test and even Rachel Rising ) it is this wonderful comic that deserves the most attention.  Early issues are hard to find but none as tough to track down as this 2009 FCBD issue featuring the first appearances of the title.

Kung Fu Fighter 1 ( first Bronze Tiger )

This week DC is rolling out a host of characters into the New 52.  Bronze Tiger is easily my favorite.   The new design looks amazing and despite the small chance of commercial success I still say Kung Fu Fighter is worth  purchasing because it isn’t that easy to find in high grade.

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New Teen titans Annual 2 ( First Cheshire )

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A sick Perez cover has to be larger than all the rest!  As I mentioned above DC is introducing new blood into the failing New 52 with Cheshire?  Well lucky for this comic it has a great cover and is also the first appearance of The Vigilante. If you can find a CGC 9.8 for under 50 it’s worth it.

Adventures of Superman 465, 466

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Get the newsstand variants for these forgotten Superman comics!  Hank Henshaw ( Cyborg Superman ) will be making his debut in the New 52 and is likely to have the most success with readers.

Rescue One-Shot

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The new Iron Man film is splitting fans down the middle.  I won’t tell you why but one of the best parts of the film is actually Pepper Potts.  There aren’t many appearances of Rescue but this one-shot is heating up on Ebay and if Pepper ever wears the suit in film you will be sorry you passed this one up.

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DC it flat out crazy announcing a Bat-Cow Comic!  For those of you who love Pet characters like Titus Wayne and Dex-Starr then you should look for this super rare DC comic featuring the first Bat-Cow!

Rachel Rising 1 ( 3rd Print )

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Terry Moore’s latest is quite an effort and when it was optioned sales exploded.  But issue one does have a high print run compared to under 1500 for the third print.  Buy and hold to cash in down the road!

The Walking Dead 95

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Robert Kirkman loved Rachel Rising so much he put a preview in the back of Issue 95.  No one really noticed and even though the preview  came out right before the trade for the first few issues the fact that there is an early appearance of Rachel Rising in a WD book means the heat is coming.

Strangers in Paradise 1

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If Rachel Rising hits big don’t forget about this classic!  Moore recently revealed that Rachel Rising occurs in the same universe as Strangers in Paradise!  It’s pricey but worth every dollar paid.

-Topher

 

Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. This article is used as a guide for investments and entertainment purposes. Please use your own discretion when investing.

 

 

 

CYBORG SUPERMAN to make NEW 52 debut

On the DC website, EIC Bob Harras teased this image of CUBORG SUPERMAN by Kenneth Rocafort.  IN the original DCU, Cyborg Superman was Hank Henshaw, originally a Reed Richards analogue who became one of the four replacement Supermen after Doomsday “killed” the original.  In the NEW 52, henshaw (non-cyborg-ified) has appeared in the pages of the all-too-brief series TEAM 7. Will this Cyborg be Henshaw? Someone new? Harras doesn’t say, but he does tease the following:

Some of you might remember the last time a Cyborg Superman showed up. Would we dare revisit such a classic storyline? Hmmm. Well, never say never, right? As I’ve been telling you, all bets are off. Everything’s on the table.

Sorry to make your head explode on a Friday, but enjoy Kenneth Rocafort’s lovely sketch in the meantime. We’ll be in the conference room discussing … oh, never mind.
Happy Friday,
Bob

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Carrie Kelley – Checklist

Carrie Kelley is being introduced in this month’s issue of Batman and Robin.  While DC has little to say about the direction of the character, fans and collectors should look for these books to see market gains. Even if she doesn’t end up as Robin her introduction into New 52 continuity has generated more positive interest in a replacement for Damian Wayne than Harper Row or even Stephanie Brown.  Whatever her Role is it’s encouraging that she is going to be included in arguably the best Batman title currently running.

Click on the RED links or the comic cover to buy/bid from All sellers on Ebay.

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The Dark Knight 2 ( First appearance Carrie Kelley/Robin/Catgirl )

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This one is a bit obvious but is always tough to find cheap and in high grade.  It will forever be included in comics canon and should be placed in that part of your collection that you just cannot seem to part with.

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Mazing Man 12

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This oddball series concluded with a pretty bad ass  cover featuring Carrie Kelley.  It’s quite rare these days and it’s a last issue so the print run is low.

The Comics Journal 101

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Anyone remember the Comics Journal?  This series is a must read for both comic scholars and collectors.  This issue’s white cover features Carrie Kelley as robin and an interview with Frank Miller, making it a rare treat.  I doubt t any would make the 9.8 grade but it’s gem no matter what condition you may find it in.

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Batman: Brave and the Bold 13

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Kids comics can be very difficult to track down depending on where you live.  This one is no exception and feature an all Robin cover by Rick Burchett!

Batman and Robin Adventures 6

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Here is another example of a Carrie Kelley kid’s comic that is going to be tough to acquire,  especially in NM.  These comics tend to be handled more making them that much more collectible.

Click on the RED links or the comic cover to buy/bid from All sellers on Ebay.

-Topher

Comic Broker Report – April 2013

The Comic Broker’s Report: April 2013

By Topher Seal

As my wife and I prepare our Groot and Rocket Raccoon costumes for this year’s Boston Con we realized that creating giant trees and massive guns out of PVC pipe and cardboard is a hassle.  This lead to a bet.  I believe that Rocket Raccoon is the next big comic character to enjoy mainstream success.  She’s putting her money on Doop.   She may be better than me at Killer Instinct Gold but I win all the bets and she knows it. So with so many awesome comics to speculate on this month I dedicate this article to my wife who personally approved all these selections with the exception of X-Force 116 ( newsstand ) which I see no reason to include.

Iron Man 54 ( First Moondragon )

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I realize that not all members of the GOTG will be appearing in the film but with so many of Marvel’s Cosmic properties getting love it’s hard not to want this gem.  What I love about it is that the very next issue is one of the most sought after books on the market. If you want to own all the cosmic first appearances you have to buy the ones that fly under the radar too.  Personally I pass on Avengers 112 ( first Mantis ) and Micronauts 1 ( first Bug ).  I see too many copies of those books to recommend a buy.

Tales of Suspense 75 ( first Agent 13 and Batroc )

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George St Pierre is having a good month, first he retains his title against the laughable Nick Diaz and then we find out he’s playing the Captain America 2 villain  Batroc formerly of the French Foreign Legion!   I just hope the costume is exactly like the one he wears in the comics! It’s a strange casting and character to use and that’s why I love it!  This issue can still be found relativity cheap but I wouldn’t wait to buy.

Spawn 9 ( Newsstand only )

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God I cannot believe I am recommending a Spawn book but when Neil Gaiman says Angela is coming to Marvel collectors should pay close attention.  Once upon a time this comic was a hot commodity but like many from the 90’s it cooled off quick. A lot of negativity has been swarming around this character move but when she’s written by Gaiman it could be huge.  There are even rumors that she will be moved to the GOTG team after her introduction in the Age of Ultron!  Here’s the problem though…a ton of these were printed. For now it’s selling well  on the back issue market but how long can that last once the glut arrives?   The good thing is that there’s a newsstand version and it’s not that easy to find.

The Activity 1

I have to mention this Image dud only because it is generating a lot of heat online.  Issue one is selling for big money and the other issues are not far behind.  The only problem?  It’s not a quality read.  Seriously, this comic is poorly written and drawn. I’m not impressed by it and see it’s success as an anomaly in the marketplace.  If you can buy for pennies and flip for big coin then by all means do.  Hold at your own risk if you buy high, ( this book gets no picture because frankly it doesn’t deserve the time  and effort to track one down )

Adventures into Fear 13 ( First Nexus of all Realities )

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Savage Tales 1 ( First Ellen Brandt )

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Unless you are a fan of Man-Thing then you likely don’t know who Ellen Brandt is.  She’s been cast in the new Iron Man 3 film and is directly responsible for creating Man-Thing while trying to replicate the Super Soldier Serum.  Instead she helps create the Man-Thing,  guardian of the Nexus of Realities!  If you don’t know what that is I suggest you start with the issue above!  How Brandt will fit into the film is anyone’s guess but she’s connected to A.I.M. which will play a roll  and she also has connections to Doctor Strange who is going to be part of Marvel’s future film Phases!

Tales of Suspense 78 ( First A.I.M. )

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See above!!!

The Incredible Hulk 272 ( Rocket Raccoon  appearance )

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Recently I have beaten the importance of RR to death but here’s one more nugget for those who see Disney’s marketing potential for a wise cracking Raccoon with big guns.  Just try and remember how few appearance of him there are prior to the Annihilation events.  We all know that his first color appearance is in issue 271 but he also appears in flashback in the very next book!

The Incredible Hulk Annual 5  & Weird World Tales 19

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More GROOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Strange Tales 144

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Actor Maximiliano Hernandez appeared as Agent Sitwell in the Marvel Studios shorts “The Consultant” and “Item 47.” With no Agent Coulson around Sitwell will be reprising his roll in Captain America 2.  Unlike Coulson who’s first appearance could be in Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield, Battle Scars 1 or 6, Sitwell’s first appearance is clearly defined.  Buy low and hold friends.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual 5 ( First Peter Parker’s Parents )

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If you have seen the most recent film then you know that Peter’s Father was the focal point of the after credit sequence.  Could this plot point lead to major implications down the line?  Who knows but that shouldn’t stop you from tracking down this forgotten annual ( especially the rare 2nd print! )

Fantastic Four 206 ( First Nova Corps )

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Of all the cosmic characters I want to see on film Nova is probably 11th on the list right behind Cosmo the Dog.  Whether he or his corps are utilized in the upcoming film remains a mystery but as usual it doesn’t hurt to own an undervalued Bronze Age beauty!

The Defenders 27,28 ( First Starhawk )

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Will Stahawk play a role in Marvel’s GOTG?  Even if he doesn’t these books are great reads and can be found for next to nothing at most comic shops with a comprehensive back issue section.

The Sword that killed Damian Wayne

Damian Wayne’s recent death is a tragedy and it’s not because another Robin has been slain.  DC received a lot of mainstream press for the death and while that may have generated sales I don’t see it a wise long term strategy.  Yes the character can always be brought back but for now readers have lost one of the few bright spots in the entire DCU.  Anyone who reads these speculative articles knows how I feel about DC’s reboot and the mess it has created in terms of continuity.  I assure you that fans of Damian Wayne and Batman in general will feel the negative effects of killing off such a wonderfully crafted comic book youth.

Since it has been revealed that Damian was killed with a sword that has deep ties to the Wayne family the hunt has been on for the sword’s first appearance.  Grant Morrison revealed that the sword appears throughout DC’s Shadow of the Bat, specifically the issues from the 90’s.  Upon hearing this I pulled out the long box and read every issue.  The only swords I found are a cutlass used by ancestors of Bruce and the Sword of Dumas which looks similar but is NOT the sword in question.  Anyone care to find it?  Tweet me @Larfleeze and receive a prize if you are correct!

-Topher

 

 

 

Comic Broker Report – Modern Variant Special

These days variant comic covers are the chase cards of the comic market.  Personally I don’t seek them out unless I can find them for cover or at a reasonable price.  This rarely happens.  Most comic stores make a lot of their weekly profit from selling these issues to their local customers or online.  Whatever your collecting/investment strategy, you cannot deny that publishers who limit the availability via print run do so because it helps them sell comics.  I know many dealers, store owners and collectors who wish they would just go away but that will never happen.

The following variants are the ones I would invest in:

BATMAN 12 ( Limited 1 for 100 Variant Cover by Greg Capullo )

This issue by Snyder and Capullo features the third appearance of Harper Row ( Batman1,7 ).  A lot of folks are betting heavy on earlier issues featuring Row thinking that she’s the next Robin.  Until her true first appearance is agreed upon I can’t recommend either issue 1 or 7 which both have extremely rare Sketch variants of their own.  This issue is intriguing because of its rarity along with it being the first appearance of Harper’s brother Cullen.  Cullen seems a bit unstable to me and who knows how much of an effect a vile, neglectful father may have upon him.  Cullen is also a homosexual teen who has experienced hate crime.  Little is known about him but Snyder has given him a complex background and that’s a good start when it comes to purchasing.
Value:  40

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BATMAN INCORPORATED 5 ( Limited 1 for 100 Variant Cover by Chris Burnham )

Grant Morrison returns us to the 666 universe where Damian Wayne is the Batman!  As one of the more popular dytsopian futures in comics, it’s no surprise that this issue is on this list.  Burnham’s cover is one of my all time Batman favorites! Though I love the fact that issue 666 of Batman Vol. 1 has no variant and is highly sought after, I can appreciate the value of this work, which stands out amongst many other DC titles.

Value: 45

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Thor God of Thunder 2 ( Limited 1 for 50 Varaint Cover by Daniel Acuna )

One of my favorite new comics, Thor God of Thunder continues to impress with great art and storytelling.  If I were writing the Thor films I would make sure to factor Gorr the God Butcher into any future Phases.  If you read comics long enough you can sometimes feel as if you have seen and read everything so it’s a pleasant feeling when something fresh comes along!

Value: 25

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Thor 617 ( Limited 1 for 15 Tron Variant Cover by Brandon Peterson. )

Loki will go down as one of the earliest and most successful Marvel Films characters so when he was killed of it puzzled me until they brought him back as Kid Loki in this issue of Thor!

Value: 20

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Batman 655 ( Kubert 1:10 Variant )

Ok so recently I have been trying to convince people who care that Damian Wayne’s first appearance is NOT in this book but in issue 656 of Batman.  You see Damian only appears in shadows in this issue.  We don’t see his face until the following issue.  With his death making national news it’s become clear that Bruce’s son has resonated with readers and collectors.  Until the masses agree that 656 is his first this is the one to buy and it features an outstanding variant cover by an industry great!

Value: 15-20

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Guardians of the Galaxy Volume Two 8  ( Thanos Variant Cover )

Thanos is the big bad villain in the room over the next few years and with a GOA film coming in 2014 any combination of the two equals a wise investment.  These can still be found lurking in back issue boxes.  It’s an undervalued comic with lots of growth potential.

Value: 15

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Avengers 5  2010  ( 1 for 75 John Romita Variant Cover, First Mention of the Ultron War )

Captain America Reborn 6  ( Limited 1 for 25 Variant, Cap sees the Age of Ultron Future )

So earlier this month I recommended these two in another article and here is why-It’s still unclear how the Age of Ultron will turn out but we all know the recipe for success in sales can easily lie in how well you construct your final act.  Rumor has it there is a super surprise ending to this series penciled by Joe Q.  If it pays off then these are back issue gold.  If not well…..

Value 50

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Injustice Gods Among Us ( Limited 1 for 25 Variant Cover by Jheremy Raapack )

Last month I said to grab issue one while cover was still an option.  Did you?  If not then you are now paying triple cover.  This one has legs as the game looks to be a hit and the comic is amazing.

Value: 70-100

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-Topher

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Broker Report – March 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( March 2013 )

By Topher Seal

     Most of us who collect comics also collect other things and while I believe that none of you want to know how I acquired a hang nail from Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz, I can assure you that there is plenty of comic related material worth investing in. But collecting in multiple markets creates its own set of problems.  Years ago I streamlined my collection and stopped purchasing action figures, posters and other materials simply because storage was becoming an issue.  Once you start building a collection it can quickly spiral out of control.  Example:  I had to find a creative use for long/short boxes so instead of telling my wife that a storage unit was in our future I removed all the bed frames, sold the metal for scrap and used one layer of boxes per bed to replace the frames.  With a little effort I was able to create tunnels for cats under each bed!  Everyone’s money has to go to many things each month so identify what you love and go for it just don’t try and collect everything,  you will go broke and probably lose a spouse or the love of your parents.

 

Star Wars Galaxy 2 ( bagged )

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With the announcement that Chris Carter will create Season 10 of  The X-Files, back issues should see gains.  The ones I like: Issues 40,41  ( Both Photo Cover Variants ) of the Topps Series and this Star Wars comic.  Inside of this bagged issue there is an X-Files ashcan that just happens to be a rare early appearance of The X-Files in comics!

 

 

The Image 2010 Yearbook

sdcc2010_yearbook_coverIt’s pricey but if you are a fan of the Nowhere Men then you must find this.  There a lot of debate about the Nowhere men right now.  It’s one of Images hottest books and is demanding serious cash on the back issue market.  Some say Invincible 19 is the comic to own but others believe the first appearance is in this yearbook ( which is also a must have for Walking Dead fans )  I say buy both.

 

Iron Man 304,305

These comics had pretty significant print runs but if the armor at the end of the most recent Iron Man 3 film trailer is any indication then the Hulkbuster armor could be a big part of the climax.  You can find these comics cheap so why not buy real low and wait a few months?

Note: There is also a Marvel Legends Reprint of issue 305 that is a lot harder to find than the regular issue!

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Thunderbolts 25 ( Series 1 )

Big Hero 6 is going to be a Disney Animated film and you were smart right?  You heard about the film and hit every LCS you could find for Sunfire & Big Hero 6 1-3 and Alpha Flight vol. 2 issue 17.   After that there weren’t  any appearances for some time.  But I’m guessing most people forgot about this issue from 1999.

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Marvel Comics Presents 26 & Iron Man 230

If you are noticing a trend as it relates to collecting moderns then bravo!  These days the modern market is a bull and the cornerstone of collecting is first appearances especially as it relates to characters  jumping to the big screen.  Honestly would you ever care about Coldblood or Firepower if not for Marvel Films?  Now you must!

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The Invincible Iron Man 10 ( secret bar code Variant )

I still believe that the second print of this issue will prove to be just as hot a back issue as this one.  Any appearance of the Rescue Armor in the upcoming Iron Man film should boost the value of this comic.  The cool thing about this comic is that the variant can only be determined by knowing what numbers to look for in the bar code!

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Injustice Gods 1,1 ( Variant )

It’s not to often that I recommend a comic/video game tie-in issue but this series has generated some heat already.  Based on a new game from the Mortal Kombat creators it looks like a fighter that just can’t fail.  It helps that the art is tight and the Joker starts it all off with one of the most horrific acts in comic history.

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The Image Comics Holiday Special

I have mentioned this little gem before but after the most recent episode of the Walking Dead every fan who collects the comics has to have this in their collection.  Morgan first appeared in issue 1 and later in this issue.  Now he has been featured in one of the show’s best episodes, Clear.  Buy this and buy it right now!

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Detective Comics 647

Damian Wayne is dead!  Yea it’s sad because he’s the best Robin since the first Robin.  I do sense a resurrection in the futures especially since the little bugger was grown in an artificial womb but until then there will be speculation as to who the next Robin will be.  I want Cassandra Cain to take the role but it’s likely going to be Stephanie Brown.  Fans are clamoring for her DC 52 intro and this could be the way they do it.  This first appearance has been flying under the radar for some time and can be found for pennies.

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-Topher

Science is the new Rock and Roll!

 

 

 

 

Comic Broker Report – More Modern Heat

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( March )

By Topher Seal

    This month is sort of a sequel to last month’s article concerning modern comics and the ridiculous prices being paid for new books.   If you love trading in volatile markets then this current comic market is the place for you.  Many collectors may be weary of investing at this time because of the similarity to an infamous bubble from the past.  Anyone who remembers the bad girl/Valiant/gimmick days can attest to what I speak of.   I always suggest caution when playing in the modern arena but many of these books have significantly lower print runs that the 90’s books and the writing is far superior to most of what was produced in those days.  ( Many Valiant titles are the exception here.  If you have never read Harbinger,  Archer & Armstrong or Solar then now is as good a time to buy sets as any. ) 

Invincible 19  

imagesThis one hasn’t blown up quite yet but it’s already  scarce due to it being part of one of the greatest superhero comics of the last 10 years.  So what’s so special about it now?  Yet to been confirmed, the similarities are hard to ignore as it is likely the first appearance of the Nowhere Men!  This book came out so long ago that it makes it a very interesting collectible.  Many previews or first appearances happen within the first few months of the title’s release.  In this case the situation is so odd you just have to love Image for it.  They continues to keep putting out great comics like the Nowhere Men.  If prices for early issues continue to skyrocket then this puppy is going to be huge.

Also see the Walking Dead 102 for a color preview of the Nowhere Men! ( look for the 2nd print also!)

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Helheim  NYCC Sketch Variant

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If you’re like me and you don’t put a premium of many modern variants then here is a rare exception.  Cullen Bunn’s been on fire with the Sixth Gun and much of his recent Marvel work has been great.  His latest work pits viking against Zombie!  That’s a money maker if I have ever heard of one.

Black Beetle 0,1 & DHP Vol. 2 11

dhGritty Pulp comics have a special place in my collection so when Francesco Francavilla’s Black Beetle appeared in DHP 11 I instantly knew he had a hit on his hands.  Francesco has done a limited amount of work but his earliest appears to be in the 1997 Comic Code Illustrated.  Early issues are already drying up so act now.

Judge Dredd Megazine 322

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Diggle and Jock’s new Image mini is off to a good start.  Great art and writing almost always generate some buzz especially when the Image logo is on the cover.  The odd thing about this comic is that is was serialized in the Judge Dredd Megazine 322 some time ago.  They are nearly impossible to get in the states.  Buy and hold.

Peter Panzerfaust 8,9

pp imagepppsHook has made his debut in the beloved Image series set to be a TV show.  Issue 8 is his first appearance and 9 has a black cover making it very difficult to find in high grade.  That incredible close up on Hook’s hook doesn’t hurt its chances on the back issue market either.  It’s not often you see such rapid price increases but issue 9 was selling for 20-30 at online auction the day it came out.

Captain America Reborn 6 & Avengers 5 ( 2010 )

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Both of these books have extremely rare variants.  If the Age of Ultron is popular with readers look to these two books for the Ultron War’s earliest references.   These issues that look to the future are always big with collectors.

Note:  The Ultron War was mentioned first via blackboard/timeline that has since been a bit overused.  One of my favorite splash pages that peek into the future is in The Amazing Spider-Man 695.  Check it out!

3 Story: Secret Files of the Giant Man ( Dark Horse )

$(KGrHqJ,!jYFDhpjMmUvBREEolh8sg~~60_57Last month I briefly touched on Matt Kindt’s Mind Mgmt and how it has been optioned by Ridley Scott.  If you haven’t read the series I suggest you buy the trade because there is no chance you will be able to purchase this book for cover anywhere online.  It’s a great read and the fact the Matt has included story elements that are specifically NOT being reprinted will make the individual issue that much more valuable.  I also recommend some of his earlier work such as the Pistolwhip Series and this gem above ( also the first appearance of Mind Mgmt. )

and finally…

With Grant Morrison’s Batman run coming to an end with Batman Inc. Vol 2 #8  there are many rumors surrounding the fate of Damian Wayne.  Damian has become a favorite among those who love Batman.   If Morrison kills of the bratty boy wonder it would be a real shame since it’s very hard to create new characters that generate  long lasting popularity.  One of the most satisfying aspects of the young Robin is the possible future where he has sold his soul to the Devil??? to protect Gotham the best way he can.  No matter what happens some of these issues are not that hard to find but that can change real quick.

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The Mignola black & white variant above IS very hard to find.  Good Luck!

-Topher

@Larfleeze

www.topherseal.com

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Comic Broker Report – February 2013

The Comic Book Broker’s Report ( February )

By Topher Seal

     I just cannot believe the online market for current comics.  People are throwing down some serious cash during poor economic times for unproven, highly speculative books.  Now I won’t recommend that you go and spend nearly 200 dollars for Peter Panzerfaust 1 or Saga 1 or any Thought Bubble or Hastings Variant but I do suggest you think about the future and put your money in wise investments.  Just because a comic property has been optioned by Hollywood or has a print run under 5k doesn’t mean it belongs in your fireproof long box.  A wise investor studies the market relentlessly and can recognize a bad deal when he/she sees one.  

Don’t Buy: Thor 344, buy this instead:

Thor 347  ( First appearance of Kurse )

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Kurse will be in the next Thor movie and while collectors are already hoarding 344 this issue might be the sleeper.

Note: Kurse also has one of the greatest deaths in comics and that issue is very affordable!

Don’t Buy Justice League of America 183-185,

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buy this instead:

The Forever People 1 ( First full Darkseid )

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So a JLA movie will be coming out to set up the future of the DC Universe’s film franchises and there is already massive speculation as to who will be in the film and what storyline it will follow.  Many are buying up issues 183-185 assuming that elements of this story will be the basis for the film.  That’s too risky to drop the kind of money these books are demanding.  Plus the moment that info was released Darkseid became the new Thanos and appearances have quadrupled in price.  Guides list Darkseid’s first appearance as Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 134 and his second as 135 but both appear to be cameos.  His first full appearance is in The Forever People 1 and I would also scoop New Gods 2.

Don’t buy The Sixth Gun 1,2,3,4,5,6,……

Buy this instead:

The Sixth Gun FCBD 2011

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This wonderful comic by Cullen Bunn has been optioned and is set to film for TV.  Here is an example of a property worth investing in.  If it’s done right it’s a sure hit.  Cullen Bunn is a superstar writer in the making and this is his best work to date.  Issue 1 is fast becoming a 50.00 book but eventually people will realize that the first appearance of The Sixth Gun was in the 2011 FCBD issue.

More Cullen Bunn,

Immortal Weapons 2

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Early works by this amazing writer are sure to see significant gains in upcoming months.  This comic is part of a 5 issues limited series written by a variety of the industries best.  Mr. Bunn wrote issue 2.

Deadpool 1000, The Damned ( good luck finding these! ), Captain America 616 Variant and his first published comic work in…

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Buy:

American Vampire 1 ( 2010 Diamond Retailer’s Summit Edition, cover by JIM LEE )

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Scott Snyder has quickly become the hottest writer in comics. His resume may be short but it’s full of quality writing.  In an era full of talented writers it can be very difficult to stand out but Mr. Snyder has done it.  Collectors are flocking to his Detective Comics run and they should but there are few other comics he wrote worth picking up.  Iron man noir 1-4 is a good place to start and those books can be had for pennies. I have previously mentioned the Human Torch 70th Variant One-Shot ( his earliest pro work ) and now this issue variant with a Jim Lee cover!

I would also buy issues 2-5 and the 2nd print for issue 1

Buy: Iron Man 10 ( 2nd Print )

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Another film rumor about the appearance of Pepper Potts Rescue Armor appearing in Iron Man 3 has been circulating the web.  Will it happen? If it does this is the one one to buy!

Buy: Masters of the Universe 1 ( 2nd Print )

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Another great second print that’s tough to find and worth every penny!  Look in back to find out why Invincible collectors!

Sell: Peter Panzerfaust 1,2,3,4

This over hyped comic is well written but poorly illustrated. With a TV show from the BBC in the works Image has created a nice big bubble! Trust me when I say it’s not the next WD so sell high!

Hold: Green Wake 7

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The true first appearance of Peter Panzerfaust  will have no ceiling if the show is a hit and it will cost you between 2-10 dollars instead of 200.

Sell: Revival 1 and all issue 1 variants

Hold: Image FCBD Sampler

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Sell: Fatale issue 1

Buy: The Walking Dead 92 ( First Jesus )

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It seems this new character is going to be a major player and we have all seen the value of key WD first appearances.  Oh and Fatale first appearance is here too.  Even if you have to pay out it’s worth it in this case.

Buy:  Todd the Ugliest Kid on Earth, Nowhere Men 1, Non-Player, Multiple Warheads & Prophet 21 ( variant only ).

BLUE CHIP BOOK OF THE MONTH

Tales of Suspense 50 ( First Mandarin )

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Personally I think the Mandarin is a terrible villain but movies from Marvel turn crud ( whiplash ) into back issue gold and this book will be no different. His first appearance is not mired in confusion like Darkseid and the actor playing the master of the rings is one of Hollywood’s best!

-Topher

InvestComics Hot Picks #249 – Holiday Special

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NEW YORK POST and THE SOURCE reveal DC’s new SHAZAM!

The NEW YORK POST has revealed a first look (though heavily shadowed, and covered in magical lightning) at SHAZAM! (formerly Captain Marvel) in the new DCU. Shazam! will start as a back-up feature in JUSTICE LEAGUE, beginning in issue #7, though writer GEOFF JOHNS assures us SHAZAM! will have a much larger role in the new DCU, thereafter.

The SHAZAM! back-ups will be written by Geoff Johns with art by Gary Frank.

Click here for the NYP Article, and here for the piece on DC’S THE SOURCE BLOG.