Creator Spotlight – Frank Miller

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One of the most prolific comic creators of our time is Frank Miller. He single-handedly made two comic characters into iconic status. Several of his creator owned projects have either seen film/television time or will in the future. Frank Miller’s art is extremely distinctive as well. Everything from the overbearing board shoulders of Batman to the loneliness feel of Daredevil’s pain, to the violence of 300. His writing replicates his artistry. Usually very bold and forthcoming. A distinctive comic creator in every facet. A true legend and Icon in the industry.

Here are just a few of his key books in his vast career. It took a very long time to compile this list and we hope you enjoy every bit of it as we did putting it together.

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Twilight Zone #84 (1978) The first professional work from Frank Miller.

Weird War Tales #64 (1978) First DC Comics work.

John Carter Warlord of Mars #18 (1978) First Marvel Comics work with writer Chris Claremont. John Byrne cover.

Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #27 (1979) First Daredevil pencils. Miller will go on to basically own the Daredevil character. Most of anything you will ever see on film or on television on Daredevil is based from Miller’s interpretation of the character.

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Daredevil #158 (1979) Miller’s first time on the Daredevil title will prove to be a major turning point in this characters life. The character is forever marked with the Miller touch. As said before, everything you see on paper or on a screen is a direct result of Miller. That is all. This comic is also the first professional cover he does in collaboration with Joe Rubinstein.

Marvel Premiere #49 (1979) Miller/Janson cover. Falcon graces the cover and this is also Falcon’s first solo comic ever.

Rom #1 (1979) One of the many reasons to own this comic; a collaborative cover with Joe Rubinstein. He goes on to do other Rom covers.

X-Men Annual #3 (1979) First X-Men, cover art only with Terry Austin.

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Daredevil #164 (1980) Origin retold. The first Miller Daredevil origin story (art only).

Daredevil #165 (1980) Miller collaborates on writing duties that will forever change the flow and dynamics for this character.

Daredevil #168 (1981) Origin and first appearance of Elektra. Miller also takes over the writing chores here.

Captain America #241 (1980) The classic Cap/Punisher cover with Bob McLeod.

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Avengers #193 (1980) First Avengers pencils and cover. Both in a collaborate model.

DC Special Series #21 (1980) First Miller Batman. We all know what influence he had on Batman right? Here’s the first time he pencils a Batman story. Written by Denny O’ Neil.

Marvel Premiere #53 (1980) A Miller/Rubinstein Black Panther cover.

Marvel Team-Up #95 (1980) A Miller/McLeod collaboration cover. Also the first appearance on Mockingbird.

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Marvel Spotlight #8 (1980) First Captain Marvel. Pencils and cover art.

Marvel Team-Up #100 (1980) Cover art with Klaus Janson. Also pencils interior story with first appearance of Karma. Chris Claremont writes.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14 (1980) One of Miller’s (first?) solo cover’s with Spidey and Doctor Strange.

Star Wars #43 (1981) A Star Wars pinup page from Miller. This comic also happens to be Boba Fett’s second comic book appearance.

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Machine Man #19 (1981) Cover art with Terry Austin. Steve Ditko interior pencils. First appearance of Jack O’ Lantern (which appears on the cover).

Marvel Premiere #58 (1981) Second American appearance of Doctor Who. Miller/Austin cover art.

Rom #17 (1981) The infamous X-Men Rom issue(s). This comic and the next (issue #18) both had Miller art on the covers.

Incredible Hulk #258 (1981) Soviet Super Soldiers cover – Miller/Milgrom. Also the first appearance of this group.

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Daredevil #170 (1981) Writer/artist Frank Miller brings Kingpin into the life of Matt Murdock, making Kingpin one of Daredevil’s greatest adversaries of all time. Besides Bullseye of course.

Daredevil #176 (181) First appearance of Stick.

Daredevil #177 (1981) Miller writes Daredevil’s origin. Retold.

Daredevil #178 (1982) First team-up with Power Man and Iron Fist. Will this equate to box office money because of the possibility of a Netflix team-up? Maybe. Still a great book to have regardless.

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Marvel Team-Up Annual #4 (1981) Miller writes a story that includes Moon Knight. He also does the cover art with Rubinstein that includes Moon Knight.

Daredevil #181 (1982) The death of Elektra. Also the first Punisher appearance in the series. Miller creates another adversary for the ages here for the Daredevil character, but it’s a vigilante (hero) this time. As with the Power Man/Iron Fist team up, will Netflix heat things up here with the Punisher coming on board? Again maybe, but be forewarned, this comic is way over-printed and very easy to find.

Daredevil #182 (1982) A classic cover.

Daredevil #183 (1982) First Daredevil/Punisher cover.

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Daredevil #184 (1982) …….And another classic cover.

Moon Knight #15 (1982) A Joe Jusko/Frank Miller Moon Knight cover.

Wolverine (1982) This limited series went on to change the Wolverine character forever. Written by Chris Claremont, pencils and covers by Miller. And issue #1; another ridiculous classic cover.

Daredevil #187 (1982) Like the cover says “Stop it please..” But we simply cannot. Here is yet another classic cover.

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What If? #35 (1982) This story asks the question “What If Bullseye had not killed Elektra?” An awesome story written and drawn by Miller.

Daredevil #189 (1982) The death of Stick. That cover though……Miiler’s Daredevil run would end with issue #191.

Wonder Woman #298 (1982) Here’s a random cover collaboration with Dick Giordano.

Ronin (1983) This critically acclaimed DC series was a Frank Miller creation. Writes, pencils, inks and cover art. This series was optioned by the Syfy channel.

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Spider-Man and Daredevil Special Edition #1 (1984) Although a reprint special, a new Spidey/Daredevil cover makes this a must have.

Superboy #51 (1984) Cover art.

Destroyer Duck #7 (1984) Miller Eclipse Comics cover art of another ‘DD’.

Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (1984) Getting closer to that Batman book…..Miller teams with Aparo on this no Batman cover.

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Marvel Fanfare #18 (1985) Captain America solo cover.

Superman The Secret Years (1985) Superman covers by Miller.

Daredevil #219 (1985) Miller is back on one issue of the Daredevil, as writer and cover artist. He comes back in issue #226 as regular series writer.

Batman The Dark Knight Returns (1986) Here is another turning point for a character because of Frank Miller. This comic changed the course of history for Batman as we know it. The crazy thing about this game changer of a story was that he was writing Daredevil at the same time and killing that too! Two issues into his return to the Daredevil title came this mastery opus.

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Daredevil #232 (1986) Miller is done writing the Batman opus. And continues to kick major butt on the Daredevil title. The Born Again story line, #231 not approved drug issue, Amazing really. Here he introduces us to Nuke.

Mazing Man #12 (1986) A Dark Knight Miller cover.

Batman #404 (1987) Miller begins the classic Batman: Year One story line. Once again altering the course of Batman comic history. Wow.

Give Me Liberty (1990) Critically acclaimed story written by Miller and pencils by Dave Gibbons.

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Hard Boiled (1990) A two issue Magazine sized Dark Horse book written by Miller. Well received. Issue number three comes out two years later.

Dark Horse Presents – Fifth Anniversary Special (1991) The first time readers see Miller’s Sin City creation. We all know where this wound up too.

Valiant Comics (1992) Miller does a bunch of cover art for Valiant comics; Archer and Armstrong #1, Eternal Warrior #1, Harbinger #8, Magnvs Robot Fighter #15, Rai #6, Shadowman #4, Solar, Man of the Atom #12, and X-O Manowar #7.

Robocop Vs. Terminator (1992) Here Miller teams with legend Walt Simonson in this four issue mini. Walt pencils and Miller writes.

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Spawn #8 (1993) Miller does a Spawn pinup. He writes issue #11.

Marvel Age #127 (1993) Here’s a nice nugget. A Frank Miller/Greg Capullo Cable cover collaboration. Looks like the cover (and Cable!) is literally cut in half as each creator took a side.

Daredevil The Man Without Fear (1993) The mini series retelling of Daredevil’s origin. Written by Miller, art by John Romita Jr.

Spawn Batman (1994) One shot written by Miller, art by Todd McFarlane.

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G.I. Joe #1 (1995) From Dark Horse. An ultra cool Miller cover.

Batman Black and White #2 (1996) Miller Batman cover.

Overstreet Fan #19 (1997) A Dark Knight cover from Miller.

300 (1998) Well here’s another comic of Frank’s that made it to film. Written, Pencils, inks, and cover art.

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Green Lantern/Superman Legend of the Green Flame #1 (2000) An incredible Miller/Hollingsworth cover.

Dark Knight Strikes Again (2001) This followup three-part story did not fair all that well.

All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder (2005) This series was without its controversy. Issue number ten caused a stir (recalled) and Miller’s writing for this series was very edgy to say the least. Jim Lee art, Scott Williams inks, and Miller script. Series went up to ten issues. Miller also did a variant cover for most of the series.

Mighty Avengers #16 (2008) Daredevil/Elektra Secret Invasion Miller cover.

Detective Comics #27 (2014) A full spread variant cover Miller/Stewart.

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Most Valuable DC COMICS 1935 – 1999

Most Valuable DC COMICS published each year

Key investment comics and historically important issues

Compiled and edited by comic book historian Terry Hoknes

These are the 3 most valuable DC comic books published in every year (Overstreet 2013 guide NM prices)

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These books have proven to be consistently the most in demand key issues ever and are the best investments long term.

This list only include regular cover mass printed editions.  No variants or limited edition versions included.

This is the first time a yearly comparison has ever been made and the purpose is to show a few things. 

First of all it does truly highlight the major key books of every year.  It also shows quickly which titles seems to pop up the most often and are truly the most expensive series to collect.  Whether its Detective Comics, Action Comics or Batman some titles are just more collected than others and bring higher $ amounts even to non-key issues in a run. 

Note its easy to see when a new hero age begins and a bunch of key books stand out with very high price runs during the gold and silver ages.  

Note that some years have lesser keys standing at the front of the line and are for their age a better investment. This can always be seen with most books from the 1950’s which are much more affordable and scarcer than any more recent books.

Any books from 1977 to the present are much more common as comic book shops became more present and offered back issues.  For many more current years its scarcer issues of long running titles that rank highest even though they are not key issues.

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1935

NEW FUN COMICS #1 $54,000.00 / NEW FUN COMICS #6 $25,500.00 / NEW FUN COMICS #2 $23,500.00

1936

MORE FUN COMICS #14 $15,500.00 / BIG BOOK OF FUN #1 $15,000.00 / MORE FUN COMICS #9 $8,800.00

1937

DETECTIVE COMICS #1 $90,000.00 / NEW BOOK OF COMICS #1 $30,000.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #2 $30,000.00

1938

ACTION COMICS #1 $1,900,000.00 / ACTION COMICS #7 $200,000.00 / ACTION COMICS #2 $135,000.00

1939

DETECTIVE COMICS #27 $1,500,000.00 / SUPERMAN #1 $720,000.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #31 $150,000.00

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1940

ALL AMERICAN COMICS #16 $550,000.00 / BATMAN #1 $420,000.00 / FLASH COMICS #1 $170,000.00

1941

ALL STAR COMICS #8 $90,000.00 / GREEN LANTERN #1 $66,000.00 / MORE FUN COMICS #73 $33,000.00

1942

SENSATION COMICS #1 $62,000.00 / WONDER WOMAN #1 $58,000.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #73 $25,000.00

1943

BATMAN #16 $11,500.00 /  BATMAN #18 $6,600.00 / SUPERMAN #24 $6,500.00

1944

ALL AMERICAN COMICS #61 $18,000.00 / BIG ALL AMERICAN BOOK #1 $12,000.00 / BATMAN #23 $5,000.00

1945

MORE FUN COMICS #101 $14,000.00 / BATMAN #27 $3,500.00 / BATMAN #30 $2,600.00

1946

ALL STAR COMICS #33 $6,200.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #103 $4,800.00 / ALL STAR COMICS #36 $4,400.00

1947

FLASH COMICS #92 $6,500.00 / FLASH COMICS #86 $5,000.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #122 $3,600.00

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1948

DETECTIVE COMICS #140 $14,000.00 / BATMAN #47 $8,000.00 / SUPERMAN #53 $5,600.00

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1949

SUPERBOY #1 $17,000.00 / FLASH COMICS #104 $13,000.00 / FLASH COMICS #103 $4,800.00

1950

STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 $4,500.00 / ADVENTURES OF BOB HOPE #1 $3,300.00 / BATMAN #62 $2,800.00

1951

DETECTIVE COMICS #168 $9,500.00 / MYSTERY IN SPACE #1 $6,600.00 / HOUSE OF MYSTERY #1 $3,900.00

1952

OUR ARMY AT WAR #1 $5,500.00 / SUPERMAN #76 $3,900.00 / PHANTOM STRANGER #1 $3,400.00

1953

3-D BATMAN #1 $1,800.00 / 3 DIMENSION ADVENTURES #1 $1,600.00 / PHANTOM STRANGER #6 $1,600.00

1954

SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1 $15,000.00 / SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #2 $4,300.00 / OUR FIGHTING FORCES #1 $3,450.00

1955

DETECTIVE COMICS #225 $12,000.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #210 $8,500.00 / BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1 $8,500.00

1956

SHOWCASE #4 $65,000.00 / SHOWCASE #1 $8,000.00 / SUGAR AND SPIKE #1 $6,200.00

1957

SHOWCASE #8 $18,500.00 / SHOWCASE #9 $14,000.00 / SHOWCASE #6 $8,600.00

1958

ADVENTURE COMICS #247 $16,500.00 / SUPERMANS GIRLFRIEND LOIS LANE #1 $10,000.00 / SHOWCASE #14 $9,600.00

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1959

SHOWCASE #22 $30,000.00 / FLASH #105 $20,000.00 / OUR ARMY AT WAR #83 $12,000.00

1960

BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 $26,000.00 / JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1 $17,000.00 / GREEN LANTERN #1 $15,000.00

1961

FLASH #123 $4,500.00 / BRAVE AND THE BOLD #34 $4,200.00 / G.I. COMBAT #87 $3,200.00 $3,000.00

1962

THE ATOM #1 $2,550.00 / AQUAMAN #1 $2,550.00 / SHOWCASE #37 $1,550.00

1963

METAL MEN #1 $1,400.00 / MY GREATEST ADVENTURE #80 $1,300.00 / SHOWCASE #43 $1,175.00

1964

HAWKMAN #1 $1,450.00 / BRAVE AND THE  BOLD #54 $850.00 / EIGHTY PAGE GIANT #1 $840.00

1965

BATMAN #171 $1,250.00 / GREEN LANTERN #40 $1,185.00 / OUR ARMY AT WAR #151 $1,125.00

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1966

TEEN TITANS #1 $800.00 / BATMAN #181 $750.00 / SHOWCASE #60 $575.00

1967

DETECTIVE COMICS #359 $1,000.00 / SUPERMAN #199 $675.00 / BATMAN #189 $450.00

1968

GREEN LANTERN #59 $375.00 / TEEN BEAM #2 $360.00 / STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES #138 $350.00

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1969

ADVENTURE COMICS #381 $285.00 / WITCHING HOUR #1 $275.00 / G.I. COMBAT #138 $265.00

1970

GREEN LANTERN #76 $2,700.00 / SUPER DC GIANT #17 $550.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #400 $500.00

1971

HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 $1,200.00 / DC 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #5 $1,175.00 / SUPER DC GIANT #21 $675.00

1972

ALL STAR WESTERN #10 $850.00 / RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER $410.00 / SWAMP THING #1 $350.00

1973

BATMAN #251 $225.00 / DC 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #14 $125.00 / LIMITED COLLECTORS EDITION #24 $100.00

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1974

BATMAN #255 $140.00 / YOUNG LOVE #107 $135.00 / WONDER WOMAN #214 $120.00

1975

BATMAN #260 $140.00 / YOUNG ROMANCE #204 $120.00 / YOUNG LOVE #114 $120.00

1976

SUPERMAN VS SPIDER-MAN #1 $125.00 / ALL STAR COMICS #58 $100.00 / SUPER FRIENDS #1 $70.00

1977

JONAH HEX #1 $225.00 / JONAH HEX #2 $100.00 / JONAH HEX #7 $90.00

1978

ALL NEW COLLECTORS EDITION #56 $125.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #476 $125.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #475 $125.00

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1979

GREEN LANTERN #116 $60.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #462 $55.00 / ADVENTURE COMICS #461 $55.00

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1980

DC COMICS PRESENTS #26 $80.00 / DC SPECIAL SERIES #21 $55.00 / NEW TEEN TITANS #2 $45.00

1981

MARVEL TREASURY EDITION #28 $70.00 / DC SPECIAL SERIES #27 $50.00 / HOUSE OF MYSTERY #290 $32.00

1982

DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #20 $65.00 / UNKNOWN SOLDIER #268 $40.00 / DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #21 $28.00

1983

BATMAN #359 $25.00 / BATMAN #353 $25.00 / HOUSE OF MYSTERY #321 $25.00

1984

DC GRAPHIC NOVEL #4 $75.00 / SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #20 $26.00 / SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #21 $22.00

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1985

SAGA OF SWAMP THING #37 $50.00 / JONAH HEX #92 $40.00 / CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #7 $22.00

1986

BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #1 $65.00 / BATMAN #400 $32.00 / BATMAN: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS #2 $30.00

1987

BATMAN #404 $30.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #578 $28.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #577 $28.00

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1988

BATMAN #428 $22.00 / BATMAN #426 $22.00 / BATMAN: KILLING JOKE $20.00

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1989

SANDMAN #1 $50.00 / SANDMAN #8 $30.00 / SANDMAN #2 $24.00

1990

HELLBLAZER #27 $15.00 / SANDMAN #14 $12.00 / SANDMAN #13 $12.00

1991

SANDMAN #22 $12.00 / DETECTIVE COMICS #627 $6.00 / SANDMAN #23 $6.00

1992

BATMAN: SWORD OF AZRAEL #1 $12.00 / SGT ROCK SPECIAL #1 $6.00 / THE SPECTRE #1 $5.00

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1993

BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 $30.00 / BATMAN: VENGEANCE OF BANE #1 $30.00 / SUPERMAN #75 $20.00

1994

BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE #1 $24.00 / BOOKS OF MAGIC #1 $12.00 / BATMAN ADVENTURES: MAD LOVE #1 PRESTIGE $10.00

1995

GREEN ARROW #101 $30.00 / PREACHER PREVIEW #1 $20.00 / PREACHER #1 $14.00

1996

FLEX MENTALLO #1 $16.00 / FLEX MENTALLO #2 $16.00 / FLEX MENTALLO #3 $16.00

1997

JLA #1 $15.00 / TRANSMETROPOLITAN #1 $12.00 / AZTEK THE ULTIMATE MAN #10 $10.00

1998

GREEN ARROW #137 $15.00 / JLA #14 $5.00 / JLA #15 $5.00

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1999

ELSEWORLDS 80 PAGE GIANT #1 $200.00 / BATMAN: HARLEY QUINN $24.00 / BIRDS OF PREY #8 $15.00

 

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Well here we are with part 2 of our Batman Checklist. In this edition we’re going to focus on the comic that first introduced us to the Batman. Detective Comics are up next…..

Batman Checklist (Part 2 of 3)

Detective Comics #27 – Okay so if you live in Riverdale or maybe even Asgard you probably won’t know what this comic signifies. But we are here to educate aren’t we?! This is this first appearance of Commissioner Gordon. No really it is…but this isn’t the reason this comic goes for a whopping 1.2 million dollars. This is the birth; the entrance into the DC universe of the Dark Knight himself, Batman.

Detective Comics #29 – The first appearance of Dr. Death.

Detective Comics #31 – You can venture a guess on JUST how important a comic book character is when the listing’s of the book contain first appearance’s of his gadgets and modes of transportation. This here folks contains the first look at the Batarang and Batplane. No big deal right? How about $70,000 for this comic? Yes thought so.

Detective Comics #33 – if there was a comic that was as important as Batman’s first appearance it’s this comic right here. The origin of Batman coming in at the $85,000 range.

Detective Comics #36 – First appearance of Dr. Hugo Strange and Batman’s finned gloves. Yes those little pointy glove things….first appearance. Yes he’s an important dude.

Detective Comics #38 – Ah yes the Boy Wonder! Robin makes his first appearance right here. Boy oh boy if that Robin character only knew what he was to get into. Death, bad guy, resurrected, new identity, new costume, replaced, quit……..etc. But this isn’t about the second fiddle dude, although this sidekick does command some big bucks here. Say around $85,000.

Detective Comics #45 – The first Joker story within the Detective Comics series.

Detective Comics #58 – First appearance of the Penguin.

Detective Comics #66 – The villain Two-Face makes his debut here.

Detective Comics #108 – ….And in this issue we see the famous Bat signal for the first time. This comic cost a measly $900.

Detective Comics #140 – What website gives you a great way to stock up on your portfolio? InvestComics! See that was a feeble attempt at a riddle. Here’s another bad attempt… Why can $8000 get you your first riddle? Because $8000 will get you the first appearance of the Riddler!

Detective Comics #168 – A two-fer issue! The first appearance of the Red-Hood and Joker’s Origin. A nice $6k buy.

Detective Comics #205 – Ever wonder how the Batcave got to be the Batcave? Well here’s the explanation comic on that thought. The origin of the Batcave!

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Detective Comics #225 – Here’s a nice book to own. The first appearance of Martain Manhunter.

Detective Comics #230 –The debut of the Mad Hatter. Hatman!

Detective Comics #233 – The first appearance and origin of Batwoman. An underpriced $2,000.

Detective Comics #235 –The Batman costume gets its own origin comic!

Detective Comics #265 – Batman origin with new reveals.

Detective Comics #267 – First appearance and origin of Bat-Mite.

Detective Comics #327 – The Bat symbol is changed in this issue.

Detective Comics #359 – The New Batgirl debuts here. Nice costume!

Detective Comics #369 –Game changer creator in a Batman comic; Neal Adams draws a backup in this issue. More on Neal Adams in Part 3!

Detective Comics #370 – And sticking with Neal Adams here. This comic is the first Neal Adams Batman art. The last issue was his debut inside of a Bat book, but he didn’t draw Batman. He did a backup story. The same month though he did the Brave and the Bold #75 cover which also featured a Batman cover, but this comic came out before that one.

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Detective Comics #373 – The first appearance of Mr. Freeze.

Detective Comics #523 – Debut of Killer Croc.

Detective Comics #526 – 500th anniversary issue with every single Batman villain ever appearing in it!

Detective Comics #587 – The first work of creator Alan Grant.

That’s the Batman Detective Comics list……check out Batman Checklist Part 3!

 

Invest wisely. Read Batman comics.

Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-28-11 DC Comics Relaunch Special Part 4 (Final)

Down the stretch they come…..DC’s Relaunch will be officially over this week. What a crazy 4 weeks it has been. DC hit a home run with this campaign, and NOW the hard part is coming up for them. Will they be able to sustain the interest of the comic book world with issue number 2, 3, 4, and so forth.

So without further ado, let’s get started with the final week of DC’s new look.

There are several comics that have been covered already in the past few weeks, let’s get them out of the way.

 

Aquaman #1 – 1st appearance More Fun Comics #73. Click HERE to Week 1 for details.

Batman The Dark Knight #1 – 1st appearance Detective Comics #27. Click HERE to Week 3 for details.

Superman #1 – 1st appearance Action Comics #1. Click HERE to Week 1 for details.

Justice League Dark #1 – 1st appearance of Deadman. Click HERE to Week 3 for details.

Flash #1 & The Savage Hawkman #1 – Let’s all be honest here, the only reason Flash is cool equates to 2 words. Geoff Johns. Without him, Green Lantern wouldn’t be cool, Flash wouldn’t be cool, and Aquaman wouldn’t be cool. Yea that’s right Aquaman. Look for the water guy to be Geoff’s next big conquest. But this isn’t about the Aqua, this is about the Flash. Flash’s first appearance goes for a big payday in around the 160k mark in Flash Comics #1 (1940). Incidentally, this comic also has the first appearance of Johnny Thunder AND Hawkman. So looking at 160k for “2” very nice 1st appearances seems like a bargain at the moment.

Blackhawks #1 – Although this comic from Costa/Nolan feels like it’s going to be a fun book; it’s not a book many are dying to get their hands on. This can all change of course in a matter of a weeks’ notice, but not a comic that will fly off the shelves. The same holds true for the first appearance of Blackhawk. No much demand here, but a fine book nonetheless. Coming in at $14,000 is Military Comics #1 (1941). You want one of the beauties of this comic? It comes with legend Will Eisner all over it. Nuff said.

Teen Titans #1 – Here is the comic book world’s favorite teen team in a number one issue…..again. Maybe creators Lobdell/Booth will bring a total different flavor and blow everyone away. Let’s hope. The Brave and The Bold #54 (1960) has the first look at our teenage heroes. At only $860, this comic feels like it’s flying under the radar a bit.

All Star Western #1 – Are fans ready for a full out western comic? With Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray attached to this book, a resounding HELL’S YEA! All Star Western Comics made their debut with DC’s All Star line ending with issue #57 and becoming All Star Western #58 (1951), a $600 book with an awesome Gil Kane cover. Nuff said, again.

Justice League Dark #1 – Lots of characters to check out in this one. Let’s start with Deadman. Find his deal in Hot Picks Part 3. John Constantine’s 1st in Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985) $30. Zatanna first appeared in Hawkman #4 (1964) $400. Madame Xanadu’s first calling was in Doorway to Nightmare #1 (1978) $16. And Shade the Changing Man #1 (1977) debuted from his creator Steve Ditko. The bargain of the bunch at only $16.

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #1 – Okay so we have a plural in the title which means we have 2 to cover here. Jason Rusch – Firestorm #1 (2004) (probably find this comic in the 1 dollar bins at your local comic shop or comic show), and Ronnie Raymond – Firestorm #1 (1978) from George Perez for $12?? Yes getting the latter would be a very wise move. Jason and Ronnie began their mancrush in Blackest Night #3 (2009). Get this comic at cover price or check that dollar bin again.

Also coming from DC this week, a couple of try out books in Voodoo #1, I, Vampire #1 and a mainstay in Green Lantern New Guardians #1.

And there you have it. 4 weeks of DC goodness from DC and InvestComics! Check out by clicking Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 for the entire run on InvestComics.

Okay Marvel…….your move.

See you all next week. Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-21-11 DC Comics Relaunch Special Part 3

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-21-11 DC Relaunch Special Part 3….

As we head into week number 3 of the new DC universe, many have taken notice, where’s Marvel? On a personal note, I have been reading, collecting, selling, and now involved within the industry and never have I ever seen Marvel take such a backseat to DC. It’s been a long time coming for DC, now if they could just figure out their market place on the big screen, all will be very well.

DC is coming around third base and heading home shortly as they bang out week 3 of the biggest move in the company’s history. Let’s begin from high to low (Values) as we have in the previous 2 weeks.

Batman #1 – Just like his counterpart Superman, and, no more underwear! Finally DC realized that the major selling point on everything in “Marketing” is “Eye Appeal”. The underwear on most all of the heroes/villains are gone. The undie’s on the outside of the costumes made the characters seem extremely dated. That’s the rant on underwear, now on to the more important stuff. If you’ve lived under a rock for the past 73 years you know that Batman’s first appearance happened in Detective Comics #27 (1938). It also sold for over a million dollars within the past year. You know this already, right? InvestComics has no surprise here like as in “well maybe you didn’t know this”. The bottom line here, if you can afford to pick up a copy of this comic, be it low grade or high, buy it. DC Comics is nothing without Batman or Superman.

Catwoman #1 – Speaking of Batman, 2 years after the intro of Batman, the first appearance of one of the greatest villains ever and the Catwoman happens in Batman #1 (1940). Again, you under that rock still? This comic is listed at $350,000. Same applies as above, low or high, buy it. Not a bad pick up at all for the number one issue of Batman and the first appearance of the Joker. Sorry Cat, no disrespect.

Wonder Woman #1 – Here we have one of the most revamped, redone, overdone, overhyped, misunderstood characters in the DC Universe. Countless times we have been witness to a dramatic “new beginning” or “nothing is the same” or “new costume” (insert your own drama tagline here). Let’s not forget the failed television pilot. So the question has to be asked, what in the world will make a difference this time?? Maybe writer Brian Azzarello, and artist Cliff Chiang will bring something different to the table this time. Maybe. Check out Wonder Woman’s first appearance in All Star Comics #8 (1941). Coming in almost $250,000 less than Joker and Catwoman’s first at $108,000, it’s an oblivious statement here that Wonder Woman is a good teammate, and not meant to be in her own book.

Supergirl #1 – Here is another shining example of a character that has been redone so many times it’s comical. So many restarts over the years, so many changes, it’s ridiculous. It seems as though DC is trying to capture a market that does not want to be captured. Most female heroes are not that strong to carry their own books (as MANY male heroes as well!) If they do, it’s for a short while before sales wane and they start the nonsense of the restart or new direction. Supergirl, as said before does not escape the stigma. If you want to seek out the first appearance, look for the “test issue” Superman #123 (1958) for $400. Otherwise get the original/origin in Action Comics #252 (1959) $6000.

Captain Atom #1 – This new series should do well as long as JT Krul remains on writing duties. Look for Cap Atom’s first in Space Adventures #33 (1960). This $620 comic not only features cap’s 1st, but it’s drawn by legend Steve Ditko. If you want “post” Crisis get Captain Atom #1 (1987) for only $2.50.

DC Universe Presents #1 – Here we have DC’s “tester” comic. It’ll feature a different hero headlining every now and again. So what happens here is DC sits back and waits for the demand of a hero in his own title steaming from THIS comic. Dig. First up, Deadman! DC couldn’t figure out, should we give DM his own title? Heck we’ll let the fans decide! DM’s first is in Strange Adventures #205 (1967). This comic comes in at $205.

Red Hood & the Outlaws #1 – a trio to look for from this comic. Jason Todd as Red Hood first appeared in Batman #635 $10. Arsenal’s first in The New Titans #99 $4, and Starfire’s intro in DC Comics Presents #26 (1980) for $34. Yes that’s $34 for the first New Teen Titans. That price tag is far and away for Starfire’s First. Just saying….

Birds of Prey #1 – (see Wonder Woman #1, Catwoman #1, and Supergirl #1 above). BOP’s first in Black Canary/Oracle Birds of Prey #1 (1996) $12.

Blue Beetle #1 – Jamie Reyes as Blue Beetle in self titled Blue Beetle #1 (2006) $3.

Green Lantern Corps #1 and Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – See last week’s Hot Picks 9-14-11 by clicking here. These comics are covered here. Go ahead click here, and then come back. We’ll be here…..go, go….it’s okay.

Marvel Comics has a couple of comics to check out this week. Yes Marvel. Remember them?

The delayed Brilliant #1 will feature Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley teaming up for the first time. As said in a previous article of Hot Picks, pick this comic up before it hits the big screen. Oh yes, it’ll get picked up. InvestComics has called quite a few of these in the past. Kick Ass, Grant Caloff’s H2O……just saying.
Daredevil #4 gets a new writer/artist in Marcos Martin.

Independent Comics to check out. IDW’s Star Trek ongoing #1, and Ghostbusters ongoing #1. Dark Horse Presents #4, and Image Comics Near Death #1.

That’s it for this week. Next week the DC madness ends. Will DC sustain the onslaught and domination of the comic book market? We’ll see……

DC #1 Covers below.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-3-10

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InvestComics news and Hot Picks! A hint at 2 articles that will hit InvestComics next week and rock!! Click ahead now!

Last week Action Comics #1 became the very first million dollar comic. It was also last week that Detective Comics #27 was bidding around the $420,000 mark with a few days left to bid. So in the end, Batman proved to be a bigger draw than Superman as far as first appearances go selling OVER a million dollars. Congrats to the winners on their wins. Now only if Todd McFarlane could return that million dollar baseball…..Finally, check out who could be cast to play Captain America! I could care less at this point who they get. Every person Hollywood picks to play a part I used to say, nah Michael Keaton, Toby Maguire, Hugh Jackman, they won’t work. Apparently Hollywood knows a lot more than I do in this department so I have kept an open mind to any choice’s they have made as of late. Dying to see Cap, Thor Green Lantern, all of these are going to rock.


InvestComics newest IndieCreator article focused on “Working Title’s” Alex Rodrik of Comics Bulletin. A great article as always Bob! Coming up next week though, a HUGE article from Bob Heske’s IndieCreator with…..nah you’ll have to wait for this one. It’s going to be big!! I can tell you though that this creator has one of the hottest indie titles on the market today. His book will be coming out next week, so a little “food for thought.”
The hot new section on InvestComics 10 For The Pros came out with Tim Seeley. Tim is always an awesome interview and InvestComics looks forward to crossing paths with him again in the future. Another tease here, 10 For The Pros will have a big artist next week a creator that also has a very hot Indie title out right now. If you want any hints on this one go to the InvestComics Forum under the “Independent Comics” section. 


Hot Picks 3-3-10

kevinsmithsgreenhornet1.gifdetectivecomics862.gifOkay so Kevin Smith was in the news this past week for all the wrong reasons. If you don’t know what it’s about, I’m not telling you because I could care less about it. What IS to care about is Kevin’s new Green Hornet #1 comic from Dynamite. Looks as though Dynamite will be going with 5 different covers for this one. If you want to make some cash, look for Alex Ross’ 1 in 200 copy variant to ultimatecomicsnewultimates1.gifwolverineweaponx11.gifcommand some nice money in the aftermarket when this book sells out. Get it graded for some serious cash back on your investment.
Detective Comics is hitting on all cylinders lately. Creators Rucka & Jock are introducing a new villain into the mix. His name is Cutter. Check out DC #862 for all the mayhem. Marvel is continuing to reintroduce us to the Ultimate universe. Check out Ultimate Comics: New Ultimates #1 from Frank Cho and Jeph Loeb. The Ultimate line looks to be making a strong comeback.
Wolverine: Weapon X #11 will probably
be the sleeper sell out of the week. “Tomorrow Dies Today” part 1 with none other than cult fan favorite Deathlok. Deathlok will be making his presence known astonishingtales25_1974.gifonce again in the Marvel universe so once AGAIN InvestComics directs you to the year 1974. Astonishing Tales #25 -1st appearance of Deathlok & First published work of Legend George Perez-. This comic is a very strong buy at $75. This comic today remains one of the most undervalued first appearances out there right now. If you do not have this comic, buy it. A very good investment here.

 

 

 

Here are some more Hot Picks coming out this Wednesday…… 

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See you all next week. Invest wisely.

Jay K