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Last weekend InvestComics covered two shows; PalmCon (West Palm Beach Florida) and Baltimore Comic Con. Images appeared all over social media. Below are two short video’s covering PalmCon.

This coming week will be our annual trip to New  York Comic Con. Make sure to have your wristbands or buy one at the show. Some amazing graded comics will be given away. Click HERE for a look at the graded comics and details of the contest.

Wristbands will be available at New York Comic Con through various booths.

Valiant Entertainment (Booth 1635), Comicxposure (Booth 562), Creature Entertainment (Booth 1171), Cosmic Times (Booth 1367), Unstoppable Comics (Booth 938), and Royal Collectables (Booth 2922).

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If you’ve been living under a rock, you should have noticed by now that the Marvel universe has gone through some changes lately. This Wednesday Marvel will begin the first phase on changing their entire spectrum of the way you are use to seeing Marvel. It will be vastly different. Good, bad or indifferent, it’s happening with or without you. So if you’re on board that’s great, if you’re not, you’ll come back like you always do. Regular readers on InvestComics will know that we recommend entire runs of comic series. In the sense we recommend picking up each and every copy of a series because of the potential of a breakout introduction character/event. Any Marvel Star Wars comics or any of the Spider-Verse (first series) comics are prime examples. Incidentally, Darth Vader #10, Lando #5, and Journey To Star Wars Force Awakens Shattered Empire #2 come out this Wednesday!

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Marvel Point One #1 comics or anything from Marvel regarding this new universe will have a large speculative market attached to it. No one will really know who or what or where that “big” book will happen/come. That “Spider-Gwen” or “Gwen-Pool” moment if you will. Maybe it’ll never happen, but with this huge restructure of the Marvel Universe, there are bound to be possible breakouts. Could the new universe be a bust? Maybe, nothing is written in stone here, but be a smart investor here. Don’t get caught up in the hyperbole of others saying how big something will be when in fact they are guessing just like you are. Speculators that talk too large are usually the ones that are left holding too many copies of the first appearance of Spider-Gwen and are still trying to hype up a flooded market. This is what separates InvestComics from everyone else, we’ll give you the straight truth. This is why we’re number one.

Which brings us to Amazing Spider-Man #1, Avengers #0, Doctor Strange #1, Contest Of Champions #1, and Invincible Iron Man #1. The Invincible Iron Man #1 and Marvel Super Hero Spectacular #1 are the only two books that hint at new characters appearing in it. Iron Man uses almost 2/3 of the alphabet regarding its variant covers. 1A, 1B, 1C……..The others are no better with a plethora of variants at your disposal. 

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…..Another relaunch? Really? Yes really. Let’s revisit what InvestComics has explained to speculators over and over and over again. Can/will any of these comics be a decent flip? Probably, but a very short window here. Why? Because everyone will have the majority of these comics in hand already. They don’t need to buy from you. Second, the variants. The variants will be the chase and a chase that most speculators will make their money on. Here’s the thing speculators. Before you spend that $25, $50, $100, $200 on a variant. As we have covered here countless times, what will this number one Spider-Man or Avengers comic bring to the table? Will there be a major character introduction? Will there be a sustainable status quo change to latch on to? If the answer to both of those questions is no, then save your money. You’re essentially buying a glorified Spider-Man or Avengers comic. You’re buying into the hype. Realize this. All of those variants have one key component in common. The inside. If the inside of that comic does not offer anything but a good story (what’s wrong with that really??) then you have a very nice cover you paid too much money for. Will any other speculation sites tell you this? Probably not because the fanboy in them cannot contain themselves. They will eventually fall in line with InvestComics because they all eventually do. They read this column religiously….we know. As part of our disclaimer reads What you read is 100% authentic. Any material you read is 100% original content from InvestComics and does not borrow from any article(s) or comic website(s) for its content. Anything you read  from here on any other site that seems similar probably and most likely originated from here.” 

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So what do you do with the new Amazing Spider-Man #1 and the Avengers #0 comic? You buy it, you read it, you enjoy it. If it turns out to be a Batman #1 New 52 book, then you’re in luck. If not, you have a new Spidey and Avengers story that will probably kick butt. Be careful of that hype for the variants. The market is inundated with too many of the same guts (insides) of the book. Understand that we’re not trying to marginalize or take away from the greatness of these new number one issues, but the speculators have to be on high alert here. Newsflash from InvestComics; The speculative landscape has and is vastly changing and you must be on top of it. 

A side note here. In all of the years InvestComics has delivered the weekly Hot Picks, we cannot remember a worse idea for a theme of variant covers. The cosplay variants are an absolute embarrassment. There are so many fantastic cosplay enthusiast that take their craft serious that Marvel could have went with. Not these ridiculous Halloween costumes on display. Wow, terrible.

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There’s an Image Comics release that will be a sold out comic before too long; Axcend #1. A new ongoing series from Shane Davis. With Shane’s fantastic art and mad writing skills, this will be a good book to jump on. The introduction of Axcend! Speaking of sold out Image comic books, check out Brian K Vaughan’s Paper Girls #1 too. Anything Brian touches these days usually means a lot of fans buying it all up. A no doubter to check out. Brian also has his other comic out this week too; We Stand On Guard #4. A great series to follow.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #50 reaches an epic story line conclusion. Count us in! One of the best things about this epic book is the Kevin Eastman/Jack Kirby incentive variant cover. Jack Kirby? How? Well who cares, it’s Jack Kirby.

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The meme sensation “Grumpy Cat” will get his/her own comic book from Dynamite Entertainment. Not only will Grumpy Cat #1 feature a Batman type variant, but it will come with at least 8 variants if not more by the time all is said and done. With the millions of adoring fans of the Grumpy Cat meme’s there is no telling what this comic will do as far as sales go. Probably a sell out here. Crazy crazy stuff this comic book world…..

A possible introduction of a new hero happens in Action Comics #45. With Greg Pak writing, this is a good thing. Batman and Robin Eternal #1 will definetly be a book to check out this week. Written by Scott Snyder/James TynionIV and art from Tony Daniel. The series promises to bring some new characters into the Batman/Robin universe and we are all in. The “new” Batman will team up with the Justice League for the first time in Detective Comics #45. Legend Neal Adams does a monsters variant cover for the Green Lantern #45 issue. A new DC/Vertigo book; Survivors Club #1 looks good. Green Arrow Annual #1 is a Halloween issue and there might be an intro of a new villain in it. Pick it up and find out. Telos #1 is on schedule for release. Does anyone care?

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Goon fans will want to be on top of the wrap up story in Goon Once Upon A Hard Time #4. Major changes since the character was first introduced 16 years ago.

Dead Vengence #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Halloween is coming!

Cosmic Times has another sold out book to keep close tabs on before the retailers sell out; Deep Space Tragedy #1. Our good friend Mike Wagganer writes and pencils issue one! Heroes Vengeance #1 from Titan Comics look interesting. Archie Comics releases the all new Jughead #1. A bunch of variants to choose from here too. Is Groot #5 the first Baby Groot solo book? Hmmmm……
A new What if? comic is arriving; What If Infinity Inhumans #1. Saints #1 from Image Comics is set for release this Wednesday.

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So what exactly will Marvel’s cinematic Phase 4 look like? Here are a couple of potential plot lines, one of which was mentioned here on InvestComics quite a while ago. And the way the rumors are swirling and the movies are possibly lining up, it’s probably coming to fruition. But we’ll get to that potential in a little bit because we want to get to our newer speculation on Phase 4 or maybe part of the next Avengers phase first.

The speculation has to to be met with a huge entity to battle on the screen. The Avengers cannot battle Juggernaut because that wouldn’t make for a compelling movie. The fight would last one scene. And Fox owns the rights, but that’s another story for another day. Galactus? Oh wait, another story, another day. How about Korvac? Yes. Korvac caused a lot of problems back in the late 70’s in the Avengers title. So much so that the Guardians of the Galaxy (not the present team) showed up in an Avengers title to help out. Avengers #167 was the first time the Guardians of the Galaxy (not the present team) appeared in an Avengers book, as did Korvac. So what ties does Korvac have to the Marvel films? How about the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Cosmic universe, and Captain America. Yes there are plenty of villains that have ties like this, but none are of a big enough entity (Thanos, Doomsday, Darkseid, Galactus) to warrant a movie based around it that includes so many ties to so many things going on now within the Marvel cinematic universe. With the release of Korvac Saga #1 coming this Wednesday, why not get on top of some of the older Korvac books instead of thinking about that silly $20 variant? Giant Size Defenders #3 (1975) is the first appearance of Korvac. Avengers #167 (1978) is the beginning of the original Korvac saga and the first first time the Guardians team joins the Avengers in their title. Art and cover by George Perez. Another great Korvac book, What If? #32 (1982). A story that asks the question “What if the Avengers Had Become Pawns of Korvac?” A superstar lineup of inkers on this comic. All of these comics are at affordable rates. Maybe we’ll see Korvac in Phase 4. If you don’t, you have some great storytelling comics in your hands, so it’s a win-win.

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Back in 2006 the Planet Hulk story line made for some great reading. Writer Greg Pak was the creator of Hulk’s new universe. Greg Pak is to the Hulk what Jim Starlin was to Captain Marvel and the cosmic universe. Creating an entirely new platform to which a character really expands their realm of story telling outside of the normal Marvel universe. Regular readers already know that InvestComics brought up a Planet Hulk movie years ago before anyone even fathomed the thought. This place has a knack of having a hand on the pulse and predicting things like this. Although still a rumor for the most part, no official announcement as of yet, but Planet Hulk might be one of the next phases in the Marvel cinematic universe. So you still have time to grab those Planet Hulk back issues as InvestComics has recommended for years now.

Which brings us to this coming Wednesday. The Planet Hulk story is a big one once again. Get these comics not only for the obvious movie tie in possibility, but for the kick as* story. Planet Hulk #2 will bring back Devil Dinosaur again too. Marvel knew a popular movie with big dinosaurs was going to hit around this time; Jurassic World = making dinosaur’s cool again. So they timed it perfectly to get their red T-Rex character front and center. Back in 2010, InvestComics spoke about Devil Dinosaur’s first appearance in Devil Dinosaur #1 (1978) for the simple fact of who created the character and who puts it down in the comic. Jack Kirby writes, pencils, does the cover art, and is the editor. Talk about different hats, the legend was all over this book. The comic is still very affordable due to its lack of interest, but why wouldn’t a collector be interested here? A cool looking red dinosaur created by Kirby, first appearance in a self titled Bronze Age comic, and with Jack ‘King’ Kirby all over the first issue. Granted it’s a silly red dinosaur, but who cares? Comics are meant to be fun, not so serious all the time. Graded copies in the low 9’s are very low in pricing, while the raw copies are extremely low. With the success of Jurassic World, could you imagine if Marvel Studios ever tried their hand on a dinosaur type movie? And Devil Dinosaur (with Moon Boy!) being the main character? Yes, Moon Boy also first appeared in Devil Dinosaur #1 in case you’re wondering. Bottom line here, rather see this than a Howard The Duck movie any day. Yes we said it.

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Speaking of the duck. Did you see that Howard The Duck #4 Spider-Gwen variant from Jason Latour? It’s the already classic(?) Gwen cover, but with Howard in her place. Okay.

Another Gwen variant; X-Men 92 #1. A Ryan Stegman X-Gwen variant cover. As InvestComics has said about these Spider-Gwen variants many times, maybe one of these silly Gwen crossover characters will catch on. Stay on top of it just in case…..

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G.I. Joe #215; the funeral for Snake Eyes. A fantastic story from IDW continues to compel the fanbase and some speculators. These comics will be hot for a little bit, but a year from now many collectors probably won’t care. Many dealers are limiting fans to only one copy per customer this Wednesday. By this time next year they won’t be able to give them away. Get in, get out speculators.

On the DC front this Wednesday; Green Lantern The Lost Army #1 written by Cullen Bunn. Justice League 3001 #1 written by Keith Giffen. Superman #41 written by new series writer Gene Luen Yang. And We Are Robin #1. A new series that begs to be cool. The idea is, will fans think so?

Venture #1 from Action Lab Entertainment is a winner. Writer Jay Faerber and artist Jamal Igle have another hit on their hands. The regular and its variants are sold out.

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And finally, but not least. Evil Dead 2 Beyond Dead By Dawn #1 from Space Goat Productions looks interesting.

The sold out rare Ravenous #1 variant from Creature Entertainment (signed by 4 creators) will be given away this week on the InvestComics Facebook page. We were supposed to do it last week, but real life stuff impeded this from happening. This week instead. Thanks.

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Avengers_118_InvestComics Thanos_vs_Hulk_InvestComicsThere are those who are comic creators and then there are those who ARE comic creators. It’s not that often we come across a talent that gives us readers an entirely new spectrum on an already existing universe. Speaking on the big two here, one of the last creators to take on and create an entirely new boundless universe was Greg Pak. Yes there were plenty to add and subtract parts here and there, but Greg Pak was one of the last to truly create something that will become absolutely huge in years to come. If you do not know what I speak of, I have written on InvestComics along the way for years that other comic sites (late to the party as usual) have picked up on recently. Still plenty of time to get with that program if you’re lost, because InvestComics is telling you now to expect Greg Pak’s comic booth at a convention in a few years to become a very big ticket item. So why bring all of this up you ask?

Back many years ago (9 years) when InvestComics was telling collectors to buy Iron Man #55 because I knew there was going to be something very special about this Thanos character one day, it came to fruition. Jim Starlin was THAT guy too. Just like suggesting the Iron Man comic, I told you that Jim Starlin was A comic creator. A man that created an extension of an already vast but compacted universe. The Cosmo’s is about much of the Marvel universe today as it is in New York. Without Jim Starlin’s vision, the Marvel Cinema universe looks extremely different. What would Marvel Studios’ main focal point be if not for Thanos? Ever think that? Of course there are so many Angela_Variant_InvestComicscharacters to go with, but would we really rather see anyone else than Thanos at the helm here? Some would, not saying that Thanos is the be all end all, but this was a fantastic choice to go with no? And it is because of Jim Starlin that comic fans are being treated to the biggest movie extension cinema has ever seen in history. Every single movie is interlocking for essentially one reason right now; Thanos. Starlin is an important puzzle within the realm of the comic book lure that lots are taking for granted. Lots aren’t as well, hence the longer wait times at his comic booth at shows. Don’t forget about what I said about Greg Pak……his lines will be just as long in a few years to come. You read it here first, just like you read why Greg Pak is so important years ago on InvestComics as well. Be sure that when you read the information here to tell others that InvestComics’ hit you up on it, not anyone else or your own. We are leading, the others are reading and just following our lead.

So what’s with all of this Jim Starlin talk? Thanos vs. Hulk (2014) #1 is why. Is Jim Starlin really creating anything new here? Not really, but I’ll tell you what might happen next for comic readers. You see with positive sales showing signs of a sell out down the line, Mr. Starlin will probably bring back the verses comic books. This battle, Thanos vs. Hulk will only trigger fans craving more comics like this. Expect big creator names down the line to put their own stamp on a verses title. Imagine a Superman vs. Batman by Miller? A Spidey vs. Venom by McFarlane? A Batman vs. Joker by Capullo? And the list goes on. Every comic reader/collector loves a good old fashion fight. Imagine the 4 issue or 2 issue battles that would ignite the interest and debate along with the comic book fans. Jim Starlin may have ignited a fire and we all don’t know it yet. Just like the Cosmo’s he put together so long ago and so well. Side note: just in case you’re keeping score at home, Thanos and Hulk first appeared together in 1973; Avengers #118.

Birthright_3_InvestComics Planet_Gigantic_InvestComics Shaft_InvestComicsImages Comics continues their onslaught in delivering stellar stories, which in turn makes for sold out comics, which in turn sometimes makes good for aftermarket sales. Check out Birthright (2014 Image) #3, Tooth and Claw (2014 Image) #2 and Humans (2014 Image) #2. All are showing nice gains with fans and they are reciprocating by buying up the titles.

Angela; Asgards bad ass assassin, makes her Marvel solo comic book series debut in Angela Asgards Assassin (2014) #1. Look for a sold out comic here fans. Will it equate to aftermarket sales? Most likely the CBCS signature series variants. Like one of the covers shown here. Awesome cover by Phil Jimenez. A pricey $50 variant, but if the series heats up, so will your signed and graded variant. Followers of InvestComics’ know that there is in fact money to be made on variants if done accordingly. I have explained for many years that buying random expensive variants and sitting on them is a huge waste of money. Buying certain variants and handling them the way I instruct will usually amount to a return. Again, not all variants will pay in the aftermarket, but being a wise speculator and following each week on here will help you eliminate or cut your losses tremendously. For example. Buying a $20 Battlestar Galactica Death of Apollo (2014 Dynamite) #1 variant or a $20 Shaft (2014 Dynamite) #1 variant will probably put you in the red almost immediately. The only way to get onto the plus side (possibly) with either of these variants is Secret_Six_InvestComics Tooth_and_Claw_2_InvestComics this way. Well only one will maybe give returns. The Shaft variant; get a hold of Richard Roundtree. Get him to sign the variant, get it graded and then maybe you have something brewing. Even then you’ll need a market for it. Is there a Shaft market out there? Is there someone willing to pay a premium for a Ricahrd Roundtree Shaft variant comic? It does make for a nice collectors item for your personal stash though doesn’t it?! The Battlestar variant is a loss in the sense of value. The story is probably fantastic, but monetarily, the variant is a loss.

The amazing Gail Simone is back with a new story for us; Secret Six (2014 4th Series) #1. This looks like a great story and a great pick up. Look for a second printing in the near future.

Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are back together this week in Justice League 3000 (2013) #12. The Inhuman (2014 Marvel) #9 comic will explain what Ennilux Corporation is. Army of Darkness (2014 Dynamite) Volume 4 #1 is practically sold out already as is Planet Gigantic (2014 Action Lab) #2.

Fight_Like_A_Girl_InvestComics Quantum_and_Woody_InvestComicsWolf_Moon_InvestComicsFight Like A Girl (2014) #1 and Wolf Moon (2014 DC/Vertigo) #1 look very interesting. Definitely need to check those out. Wolf Moon; A new Vertigo mini by writer Cullen Bunn? Yes please.

And finally, Valiant gives Quantum and Woody fans a special treat; Valiant Sized Quantum And Woody (2014 Valiant) #1.

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Within the speculators market there is one driving force behind it these day. Well actually three. One; movies, two; television, and three; rumors.

On this site throughout the years collectors would find some obscure character first appearances, their origin appearances, or maybe even their untimely departure issue. What about those whacked out characters? Got me thinking, with Hollywood and the television networks all vying for/searching for that “next” best thing within the comic book realm, why not put together a list of characters that could one day see the light of day? Well honestly, most of these dudes and dude- ette’s will probably NEVER see the light of day, but hey did anyone ever think 20 years ago that we’d see a gun touting manic raccoon on screen? There are also some very obvious suggestions in this article too. 

Before proceeding, not only will this article be all over the place, I need to point out that SOME of THESE comics hold absolutely no redeeming value other than my own meandering speculation views, personal favorite’s and just flat out fun of mere mentioning them. Take this with a grain of salt and please have fun along with me!

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Let’s start with an obvious pick that has been eluding every comic book fan of its return since 1986. The series started in 1979. Rom ran for 7 years and boy was it a fun ride. So much so that there are petitions set out there asking for the return of Rom. The character most certainly has a very large appeal, but will the cult favorite ever make it out of doldrums of hiatus hell status from Hasbro? Here’s the thing folks, If Disney NOT Marvel ever decide Rom equals potential financial gain, it WILL get done. So can Disney wrestle away Rom from Hasbro? Disney will get their way if they want Rom…..they always do.

There are exactly 4 very key issues within the 75 issue run. Rom #1, Rom #’s 1718 (both X-Men appearance with Frank Miller covers), and Rom #75 (The final low print issue of the series). These are the 4 comics to grab within this series. Very affordable, very appealing, and it’s Rom.

In 2007, an unthinkable, unimaginable, the unfathomable happened. Captain America died! It made national news and it was a shockingly sad time within the comic book fandom. During his untimely death the rumors ran rampant as to who would take over the reins and don the shield. How many remember some comic fans bringing up Frank Castles’ name? Although a time for mourning, there were some funny suggestions as to who should take the mantle. One name in particular made the most sense, but Marvel didn’t give into to it. At the time of Rogers’ departure, American Eagle was appearing in the pages of a few comics. American Eagle is a native American and it would have made so much sense to have him don the shield for a while. Well it didn’t happen. Maybe one of the Captain America movies will have American Eagle become the next big Native American hero since……Tonto?? There is an influx of African American/female/foreign characters leading the way. Why not focus on an American Indian? Why not have a character that represents the foundations of America a mainstay within the Marvel Universe? Well if you’re a believer that Disney (who’s no stranger to the native American culture) will someday put American Eagle front and center then look for Marvel Two-In-One Annual #6 (1981) for his first appearance.


Staying on topic a bit here, there has been so much talk of a Black Panther movie but nothing concrete has solidified the rumors….yet. Although the talks of this movie happening has really sparked interest in an already collectable comic; Fantastic Four #52 (1966), Black Panthers first appearance, the collector still has some time to get this comic before the comic really takes off. The Jack Kirby comic is not only the first appearance, but it’s also the first African American super-hero ever.  Once the official announcement from Marvel Studios comes, Fantastic Four #52 will see an instant spike. Then the announcement of who will play him, another spike, then the first tease of the costume, another spike, well you get the idea. Buy this comic now if you can. You’ll be very happy you did.

How about some other very cool African American characters other than Luke Cage and Blade? One that  was talk of a television show that never panned out? Brother Voodoo! He first appeared in Strange Tales #169 (1973). How about Dagger from the awesome Cloak & Dagger team? How amazing would a Marvel film be featuring Cloak & Dagger? A collector can scoop up their first appearance for mega cheap if you shop around. Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) gives readers a first look at this team. Check out the limited series from 1984 as well. 

Also on the movie front we have Doctor Strange rumored, but almost certain to be part of the next phase. Besides the Doc’s first appearance and Dr. Strange #169 (his REAL number one and first solo comic) which are obvious pick ups, Dr. Strange’s main adversary is the one to go after! The villain will only command aftermarket bonuses up until a few months before the release of the movie, you’re looking at a long term investment book you’ll need to dump at the right time. Otherwise the market will correct itself and you’ll either break even or lose on the deal. Strange Tales #126 (1964) could be one to pick up now. The comic gives us a first look at Dormammu. Will this be the villain Marvel goes with in the new Strange movie? Who knows? My bet is they go right here.

How about one more Strange Tales comic to check out? Strange Tales #89 (1961) features the first appearance of Fin Fang Foom. With the new Fantastic Four movie cast just released and Galactus probably getting his proper due on screen, this villain would be cool to have as an alternative go to if Fox decides NOT to go with the big purple guy.


When will Mephisto make his movie appearance? It has to happen eventually right? Well until it does, be sure to seek out and buy Silver Surfer #3 (1968).

How about touching on the Marvel Cosmo’s? Please note (regular visitors to InvestComics have heard this before!) that the entire Marvel Cosmic Universe speculation market hinges on the success or failure of the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. If the movie does well at the box office, more Marvel cosmo to come, it fails, the end of the Marvel cosmo movement. It’s a rather simple equation. Captain Marvel #26 (1973) brings us Death’s first appearance. Thor #225 (1974) is Firelord’s first appearance. Giant-Sized Defenders #3 features the first look at Korvac. Marvel Man changes his name to Quasar, thus creating the first appearance of Quasar in The Incredible Hulk #234 (1979).

A group by the name U-Foes first appears in The Incredible Hulk #254 (1980). They are so unusual and so cool at the same time. Another team that commands some serious attention came onto the scene in 1979 by the name Alpha Flight. Uncanny X-Men #120; John Byrne, Terry Austin, Chris Claremont, and the first appearance of Alpha Flight. What more does one need here? Well anyone who is a regular InvestComics visitor knows that Alpha Flight has been on the radar here for years and will continue to be. There is no reason to not speculate that this team will never see screen time. I for one believe they will. They can very easily be transcribed to film. They are a team that would dominate as the X-Men have on film. It will happen folks someday, get this valuable comic now. And also get the mega overprinted Alpha Flight #1 (1983). 

Back to The Hulk. Planet Hulk…..first and foremost you’d want to get the very beginning’s of the Planet Hulk saga. This can be found in The Incredible Hulk #88 (2006) and New Avengers: IIIuminati one shot (2006). Of course you’d go grab the Planet Hulk saga comics as a whole, but getting The Incredible Hulk #92 (2006) is a must. This issue introduces Hulks wife (deceased) Caiera. Caiera is an intricate part of the Planet Hulk storyline because the World War Hulk storyline introduces their son Skaar. Skaar would most definitely appear in a Planet Hulk/World War Hulk movie. Not only would he appear, but Skaar would be the prize comic for the speculator. What If? Planet Hulk #1 (2007) is the first appearance of Skaar and is without a doubt the next BIG comic when and if Marvel does a phase 3 with the Hulk being the centerpiece. Writer Greg Pak created the entire Planet Hulk universe, so he will be in much demand. I hope he gets a consult gig if Marvel Studios goes with this.

Speaking of an Avenger, how about Winter Soldier appearing in the new Cap movie? Sweet huh? Here’s a nugget you may have already heard or maybe not. The actor playing Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) signed on with Marvel Studios for 9 films. Yes NINE films. Crazy right? Well why not stay on the crazy train here? How about Winter Solider takes the mantle from Captain America in Cap 3 as U.S. Agent? U.S. Agent first appeared as Super-Patriot in Captain America #323 (1986) and as the U.S. Agent in Captain America #354 (1989). What if Marvel Studios go down the route of Nomad? Captain America first dons the Nomad costume in Captain America #180 (1974). Edward Ferbel was the second Nomad in Captain America #261 (1981). The third installment of Nomad (Jack Monroe) and probably the winning book for the Nomad speculation cause is Captain America #282 (1983). Jack Monroe went on to spawn a limited series (which is also one to get) and a regular series that lasted 25 issues. I won’t speak about the fourth Nomad, a female version character that failed miserably.

Hey wouldn’t it be great if Marvel Studios ever challenged DC/Warner Bros. In releasing their version of Superman? How about Sentry? He first appeared in the self titled Sentry #1 (2000). Wow this would be fantastic wouldn’t it?

If you’re been checking out the most recent InvestComics Hot Picks, you will know that I have been talking about the Marvel UK resurgence. In no way is the resurgence happening by mistake. Marvel/Disney are probably testing the market for the first major movie/animation starring a Marvel UK character. Captain Britain would be an obvious first choice, but it’s way too close to the Captain America lure. So where to go next? How about Union Jack? Check out the Invaders comics #’s 7 (1976), #8 (1976), and #20 (1977) for the key Union Jack comics. Also Captain America #254 (1981).

You know who would be great fun to see in a film. Maybe as a team member; Jack of Hearts. The colors in his costume are so vibrant that it would just pop on screen. The red heart on his left eye, the blue, yellow, and red costume….all good in my book! Check out his first appearance in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #23 (1976). Also check out his four issue limited series from 1984.

Staying with the “colorful” characters, how about picking up Adventure Into Fear with Man-Thing # 19 (1973). This comic gives collectors the first look at Howard the Duck. Remember that bad movie from 1986? How awesome would it be to have Howard revisited by Marvel/Disney? Yes, this needs to get done.

You know what also needs to get done? How about a Machine Man film? Machine Man was created by Jack ‘King’ Kirby in 1976’s 2001: A Space Odyssey #8. Jack ‘King’ Kirby had his hands all over this creation. The only thing he is not credited on is the Inking and coloring. A fantastic book to have in your collection.

Black Widow may lead the charge as the first Big Budget female hero on screen. So how about we look at some female characters that should get some more play in your spec collection.

Amazing Spider-Man #209 features the first appearance of Calypso. Todd McFarlane brought back Calypso during his solo Spider-Man run, but she hasn’t really been a factor since. What time than the present to change that?

Typhoid Mary really needs more playtime in the Marvel Universe. She’s too good of a character to be forgotten about or thrown into meaningless story lines. Marvel needs to revisit what made her work back in the late 80’s. Typhoid’s debut came in Daredevil #254 (1988). Typhoid will probably appear in the new Daredevil netflix show too.

Hellcat has made many appearances over the years, but never seems to garner the attention she should get. Check out Avengers #144 (1976) for the first appearance of Hellcat.

As previously mentioned, Daredevil will be getting his own netflix series. I’m making a call right here that you will hear HERE first. Echo will be the female go to in the series. How do I know this? A hunch. I’ve been right before. I’ve also been wrong before too! The hunch points to Echo for me and Echo’s first is in Daredevil (vol. 2) #9 (1999).

Tabitha (Boom-Boom) like Hellcat has appeared in so many comics over the years, but you’d be hard pressed to even know what her first appearance book is. That book would be Secret Wars II #5 (1985).

Well that’s it for this installment. Look for DC, Image, and more Marvel ‘B’ side comic picks coming your way.


Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz


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The Dawning #1 Proof Copy(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. Any opinions or expression of investments should be used as a judgement upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing.)

The video comic book review show FFFIC (Famous Faces & Funnies – InvestComics) hit its’ 100th episode this week! Check it out right HERE. It seems like 100 weeks ago the show started! Yes that’s right 100 weeks straight! Nice, way to go guys!

This past week InvestComics Publications became more of a reality this week, revealing the very first proof copy of The Dawning #1. Check it out to the right!

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Gotham_Central_1There are two sure fire hits this week and should not be missed. Lazarus (2013 Image) #1 comes highly recommended from Shaun Cobble (Breaking the 4th Wall) and Brianna Floss (InvestComics reviews – Bri’s reviews will be on InvestComics tomorrow. Be on the lookout for that!)). Shaun made sure to message me after reading this comic to inform me that Lazarus #1 needs to be an InvestComics’ Hot Pick this week. I ensured him that it was to appear anyways, but between Shaun’s raving and what Brianna’s words “ Rucka’s writing is top-notch, while Lark and Arca’s gorgeous art perfectly captures the fractured nature of the world and its inhabitants”, as well as a 10 out of a 10 rating, yes this solidifies that Lazarus #1 will be well on its way to an instant sellout and command some cash in the aftermarket. The Lazarus creative team of Greg Rucka and Michael Lark also brought readers Gotham Central from 2003. They have had success together already, and it looks like they hit their mark once again. Uncanny (2013 Dynamite) #1 will be the other book to look out for this week. Brianna gives this comic a 9 out of a 10. “…a fun ride” says Brianna, so strap in readers! The roller coaster is about to begin on sellout levels with two independent comics this week.

DC goes back to the well on Wednesday. The very successful, highly touted run of Superman/Batman from 2003 will begin its new run this week, this time staring the new 52 Supes and Bats. It’s their first meeting in the new 52. Writer Jeph Loeb/Ed McGuinness really took the 2003 series to a whole new level, as will writer Greg Pak and Jae Lee for the latest installment. Look for a more “emo” type run here. The cover itself seems very dark, as the inside will probably invoke the same. This isn’t a bad thing, just a change of pace from the previous series for sure probably. Demand will exceed supply, so be prepared for a second print announcement coming soon after Wednesday.

Larfleeze (2013 DC) #1 will star in his own comic this week. If you don’t know yet (you should), Lar’s first appearance was in Green Lantern #25 (2008). The great standalone Superman stories continue in Adventures of Superman (2013) 2nd Series #2 from some of the industry’s top talents. This week Oeming, Joelle Jones, and legend Sal Buscema show off their Superman tales.

Captain America (2012 7th Series) #8 reveals a character set for return that no one would ever imagine coming back. Please surprise us Marvel! Scarlet Spider (2012 2nd Series) #18 asks the question; who is Red Death? Let’s all read it and find out! And finally from the House of Ideas, Wolverine and the X-Men (2011) #32 we meet the new Hellions.

Kiss and WolverineUncanny X-Men #173Godzilla Rulers of the Earth (2013 IDW) #1 will be more Godzilla fun. IDW has the giant monster in a good place. They actually have created a fan base for this dude! Good job IDW! A couple of fun cool books to also check out this week are Atomic Robo and the Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur (2013) #1 from Red 5 Comics and Malevolent Mr Burns (2013 Bongo) #1.

A great cover this week from IDW’s Kiss Solo (2013 IDW) #4 Inadvertently pays homage to a famous Wolverine run pose pictured to the right. It also resembles Uncanny X-Men #173 a bit too. Awesome Peter Chris cover though! IDW kicking some ass.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to sign up for the InvestComics Newsletter!


Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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VALIANT is on fire. Each title since their intial launch of X-O MANOWAR last summer has been a hit with fans and critics alike. This summer looks to be no different. They’ve already announced their relaunch of fan/cult favorite QUANTUM & WOODY, and now Greg Pak and Trevor Hairsine are onboard to bring the ETERNAL WARRIOR out from his appearances in ARCHER & ARMSTRON and into his own ongoing.

Check here for a full interview at CBR.



Start Me Up! Code Monkey Save World

Welcome back to our new weekly feature, Start Me Up! Every week we’re going to feature a different comic book or comic book based Kickstarter project that we find interesting. We are going to include all genres and all types of projects, from low goal Indie books to high goal books and projects from well known creators. Our purpose is to clue you in on some cool books that we think deserve your attention and could use your funding dollars. We will also review the rewards and products that we receive from successfully funded Kickstarters that we contribute to, and we encourage you to send us your own reviews as well. Remember, we are only giving our opinions on what Kickstarter projects we think look interesting, and we can’t guarantee any certain outcome or satisfaction for any project that you decide to help fund.

This week, we have a Kickstarter that I am INCREDIBLY excited about: Code Monkey Save World, from 263533ff4c32d3d53e80222337ad9e48_largeJonathan Coulton, Greg Pak, and Takeshi Miyazawa. You’re probably already familiar with all of these names, but if not, let me give you a brief refresher.

Jonathan Coulton is a singer/songwriter best known for his “geek culture” music, most notably the songs”Still Alive” and “Want You Gone” from mega-popular video game hits “Portal” and “Portal 2”. He was recently in the news because the television show “Glee” was accused of blatantly ripping off his acoustic cover of the Sir Mix-A-Lot classic, “Baby’s Got Back”. Fans of geek music are probably also familiar with many other iconic Coulton songs, such as “Code Monkey” (which is obviously the inspiration for this Kickstarter), Re: Your Brains, and Creepy Doll. Basically, if you haven’t heard his music, you’re really missing out. Jonathan Coulton is a genius!

Greg Pak is a well respected comic book writer, known primarily for his work for Marvel Comics, including such classics as Planet Hulk, Incredible Hercules and World War Hulk. He is also the writer for the highly anticipated Batman/Superman series, coming soon from DC Comics.

Takeshi Miyazawa is a manga-inspired artist known for his beautiful work on Marvel’s Runaways, Spiderman Loves Mary Jane, and Sidekicks, from Oni Press.

If those resumes don’t have you drooling over this project already, here’s a little idea of what “Code Monkey Save World” is about. Greg Pak is going to take the stars of Jonathan Coulton’s most beloved songs, including Code Monkey himself and the lovesick villain from Skullcrusher Mountain, and have them team up to save the world and (hopefully) get the girls that they pine after in in those very songs. Along the way, they’ll encounter many other familiar characters from Coulton’s imagination, along with a few others created just for this project.

If you’re already a fan of Coulton’s music, then I’m sure you’re as excited as I am about all of this. If you’ve never listened to his music, then I suggest that you go check it out. Look him up on YouTube. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Seriously.

Oh, hey! You’re back! You were gone for a while. Listened to every Jonathan Coulton song you could find, didn’t you? See? Wasn’t that awesome? I totally told you so. And you’re welcome.

Now, back to the Kickstarter, and why I’m so excited about it. The song “Code Monkey” holds a special place in my heart. A few years ago, I was at Dragon*Con, and I ran into a girl I hadn’t seen in several years. She was originally from Louisville, where I still lived at the time, but she had been living in Atlanta for a few years. She had just gotten divorced and was about to move back to Louisville, and the odds of me running into her at a convention as large as Dragon*Con, hundreds of miles from home, years after I’d last seen her, and mere days before she was moving back to Louisville, were about a billion-to-one. We hung out all weekend, and it just so happened that the video for “Code Monkey” was playing every 30 minutes or so on Dragon*Con TV. By the end of the weekend, it pretty much officially became our song. Fast forward to five years later, and we’re now married and living in Florida. The world works in mysterious ways, doesn’t it?

Enough sappy stuff. Let’s look at a few of the different reward tiers offered for Code Monkey Save World:

For a paltry $5, you get a free digital download of a brand new Jonathan Coulton song inspired by “Code Monkey Save World”!

How about ten bucks? Would you believe you’ll get a digital package containing every song that inspired the “Code Monkey Save World” project, plus the brand new song? Well believe it, folks!

For only fifteen American dollars, you’ll get all the music listed above, PLUS digital downloads of all four chapters of “Code Monkey Save World” from Monkeybrain and Comixology, as they’re released!

Now, say you skipped Starbucks a couple of times this month, and you have an extra $25 in your wallet. Well that gets you all of the music I mentioned before, plus the digital book downloads, PLUS a hard copy of the trade paperback! Or if you can scrape together another ten bones, for only $35, Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak will sign that very same trade paperback?

If you’re willing to scratch together fifty bucks, there are several options for you involving coffee mugs, posters, “challenge coins”, t-shirts, and every $50 pledge includes a signed trade paperback.

The rewards get bigger and better from there, including the full Jonathan Colton library of music, nearly allof Greg Pak’s comics signed by him, custom voice mail messages from Pak or Coulton, original art, a live performance, and a really bitchin’ Code Monkey figurine! There are tons of great reward levels to choose from that will appeal to any budget. Don’t believe me? Go take a look for yourself. I haven’t lied to you yet, have I?

3713cce70e04338e0ced4f4f7d46e73d_largeThe original goal of $39,000 has already been blown out of the water, and these guys are adding bonuses and stretch goals on an almost daily basis. Since the pledges have already broken the $200,000 mark, Jonathan Coulton is going to record an entire new album of acoustic versions of all the songs that inspired the project, and it will be included as a free digital download for all pledges of $15 or more. Also, the book itself has been bumped from 60 to 96 pages! Every single tier gives you unbelievable bang for your buck. This is an incredibly well thought out Kickstarter, and I think it would be a wonderful project for a first time backer. They obviously don’t need your money at this point, since it’s such an overwhelming

success, but you’ll be doing yourself a huge favor by being a part of such a fantastic book. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be partially responsible for bringing such fantastic music to life in a beautifully written and drawn comic book? Who hasn’t thought to themselves “damn, this song would make a great book/movie/comic/tv show”? Well now’s your chance to help make that happen, true believer!

To read more about Code Monkey Save World, or to contribute you can click HERE

And who knows…maybe Code Monkey and his Big Warm Fuzzy Secret Heart will be there when you find your true love, as well.

-Shaun Cobble


USA TODAY talks SUPERMAN UNCHAINED with Scott Snyder and Jim Lee

DC had mentioned a new SUPERMAN ongoing by Scott Snyder and Jim Lee a while ago, and now they’ve told USA TODAY that that series will be called SUPERMAN UNCHAINED. This immediately calls to mind the classic Neal Adams cover, with Superman breaking the kryptonite chains, which isn’t a bad image to conjour when kicking off a new Superman book.  And with JIM LEE on art, you know that there will plenty of iconic images to come.  For starters, here’s some cover art that USA TODAY ran with the story.


Scott Snyder talked about the process of writing Superman:

“The way to approach a character as iconic as him is you just come at it from a standpoint of what you love the most about the character, and then write a story that explores that, tear it down and build it back up.”

And Jim Lee added that the series will be

“showing really how this small little figure, this human-shaped character, can literally move mountains.”

SUPERMAN UNCHAINED will hit shelves June 12th. It will be written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Jim Lee. it will also feature backup stories written by Snyder and drawn by Dustin Nguyen.

The article also talks to Jae lee and Grek pak whose new ongoing BATMAN/SUPERMAN debuts the smae month.


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-18-12

Welcome to InvestComics Hot Picks 1-18-12 

Jumping right into this week’s books, Uncanny X-Force #20 begins a 4 part saga “The Trail of Fantomex”. The first part features guest Captain Britain. The character was first introduced in the UK (naturally right?) in 1976. Captain Britain #1 debuted with writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe. A beautiful creative combo here to say the least. You would be hard pressed to find this newspaper weekly in Near Mint condition, but that shouldn’t deter you from owning the first appearance of Britain’s “Captain America”. A mere $30 could get you ownership of this book. Not bad at all considering the possible upside to the character. Upside pertaining to all of the re-launch possibilities, the movie possibilities, and the fact that Marvel hasn’t really had a breakout overseas of a “non-American” character in a while. Why else would Marvel throw out Captain Britain if they weren’t seeing what the potential market value is on him? If the demand is there, we may see more CB, if not, maybe Marvel is planning on putting forth the initial steps to try and break him out…. (again). Excalibur anyone? Cap’s first U.S. appearance came along in Marvel Team-Up #65 (1977). This comic (a reprint from the UK, redone) could be found in the 1 dollar long boxes at your local comic shop or Convention.

The British run on CB has one very interesting issue if you’re not aware of it. Captain Britain #8 features the first appearance Betsy Braddock. Who’s Betsy? Well if you’re an X-Man fan, (or a comic fan) you’d know that Betsy is also Pyslocke. This issue is the bigger prize (monetarily) within the CB run at $50, although the better value probably may lie in the number one issue. Maybe the British invasion will happen one day in the Marvel Universe, if it does it’ll start with Captain Britain.  

Staying with Marvel for a couple of more books here, Uncanny X-Men #5 introduces readers to a NEW Marvel universe, and that’s always a lot fun! The new abode is called Tabula Rasa. (And by the way, Tabula Rasa is not a fictionally made up “word, place, thing” in case you’re wondering. If you want to impress some of your friends click HERE to get the meaning and win prizes by betting with them! Thank us later!). The thing about new universes within a comic book company and or story opens up a broader possibly of bringing in new characters, new villains, etc. That said however, it usually does not equate to a collector’s item. Case in point Planet Hulk, Greg Pak did a divine job introducing an entire new universe with not much fanfare afterward, but he did open that proverbial door.

The last Marvel comic this week to cover is Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6. This one introduces the NEW Ultimate Scorpion (for the second or third time, but who’s counting?). 

DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes #5 brings a Legend on board for a single issue. Artist Walt Simonson graces us all with his amazing style. If you’re in the mood to have some fun you can look for Legion of Super-Heroes #94 from 1997, that’s the first Simonson Legion. He penciled 2 issues. Issue number 94 and 100. Yes they were both collaborating efforts, but a Legion book nonetheless.

Supergirl deals with a villain named Maxima in her 5th issue. Find Maxima’s first appearance in Action Comics #645 (1989) from another legend George Perez. 

…..On the topic of George Perez and legends. George will be appearing alongside Paul Levitz and Alex Saviuk in a Hero’s Initiative event at Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill Florida. InvestComics will go down and bring back some footage for you. Be sure to check that out. Questions for the legends anyone? Don’t be shy….

For more details on this big event, visit Tate’s Comic shop right HERE

Below are the covers of the week! 12 in all, wow pictures!


See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Sibling rivalry comes to ALPHA FLIGHT

Alpha Flight is now an ongoing series, but can the team hold it together as a betrayal comes to blows?

Join the conversation on Twitter with #AlphaFlight
FOC – 9/19/11, ON-SALE – 10/12/11
FOC – 10/31/11, ON-SALE – 11/23/11

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Wolverine reunites with Aplha Flight…whether they like it or not.

Coming Soon In ALPHA FLIGHT!

Alpha Flight is now an ongoing series, but is the team safe as an Avenger heads north?

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Marvel Announces The FINAL Issue Of INCREDIBLE HULKS!

Marvel Announces The FINAL Issue Of INCREDIBLE HULKS!
Greg Pak’s biggest story yet, “Heart Of The Monster”, brings dire consequences to the Green Goliath and those close to him.
What happens when the furious monster inside Bruce Banner says, “ENOUGH”?
The writer of Planet Hulk and World War Hulk brings his critically acclaimed  Incredible Hulks run  to a close…with a SMASH.
Catch the oversized final issue of the long running series, with a monster sized story and dozens of extras celebrating Greg Pak’s run, that no fan of the Jade Giant can miss.
Written by GREG PAK
Pencils and Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
Variant Cover by PAUL PELLETIER
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV
Blank Cover Also Available
Rated A …$3.99

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Marvel Unveils Dale Eaglesham’s ALPHA FLIGHT #1 Variant

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at superstar artist Dale Eaglesham’s variant cover to Alpha Flight #1 (of 8) – featuring the return of Canada’s greatest heroes! As the shadow of Fear Itself falls across the globe, will a nation turn to – or turn on – Alpha Flight in Canada’s greatest hour of need?
“I’ve always wanted to do Alpha Flight, but didn’t think I’d ever get the opportunity, so I’m very excited about this,” said Eaglesham. “This is the ideal team book – the characters have such depth and are so unique, so colorful. We have the heroic and iconic in Guardian, Snowbird and Northstar, for example, along with some quirkier heroes like Sasquatch and Marrina. As an artist, this is something I can really sink my teeth into and I’m loving every minute! With Greg and Fred writing, we also have some very topical, gripping and moving stories. I think the fans are going to fall in love with this book. I know I am.”
Discover why the team still stands tall as the greatest heroes of the Great White North, only in the Alpha Flight #1 (of 8) Eaglesham Variant! No fan can miss the thunderous return of a legendary Marvel superteam this June!
ALPHA FLIGHT #1 (of 8) (APR110547)
Variant Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
FOC – 5/16/11. On Sale – 6/8/11

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Your First Look At ALPHA FLIGHT #0.1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Alpha Flight #0.1, from New York Times bestselling writers Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente and acclaimed artist Ben Oliver! As Fear Itself approaches, The fan-favorite super hero team returns in this special POINT ONE issue, a great starting point for new readers! Meet the founding members that made Alpha Flight great! Super-powered terrorists attack as the nation goes to the polls on Election Day and the country’s greatest heroes rise to stop them — but are they on the right side?
“Alpha Flight Fans rejoice! One of comics’ greatest teams is back in their own book! Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak have crafted a perfect jumping on point for the new reader and AF loyalists alike,” said Marvel Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “In just a few pages, the two scribes get you caught up with your favorite heroes, get them right into the action and seed a major plot point for the new maxi-series debuting in June with fan-favorite artist extraordinaire, Dale Eaglesham. Get on the horn, the message boards, communication devices of all types and tell your friends that Alpha Flight is back!”
Get in on the ground floor for one of this year’s hottest new series before they head into the fight of their lives during Fear Itself! Do you fear your country turning on you? Watch as the team gets drawn into a civil war all its own this May, only in Alpha Flight #0.1!
ALPHA FLIGHT #0.1 (MAR110629)
Penciled by BEN OLIVER
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-6-10

1aaa1aahp106101InvestComics hammers its way through another week of Comic Hot Picks. This week, it’s all about Thor, Kung-Fu, Uncanny X-Force…and oh yes Batman, lots of Batman.



This week we’re going to look at a few quick picks then get to the main attraction. The main attraction is a legend and he’ll be coming out with a Batman book. More on that in a minute, first some quick picks…






Brightest Day  from DC comics continues to absolutely burn up the charts. This week we get origin of Aqualad in issue #11. Marvel releases 8 number one issues this week. That’s 8 different number one issues, as in 8 titles. One of which has 8 variant covers. Is it the 90’s again?? Let’s take a look at a few of them. Shadowland: Spider-Man #1 would be the most fun as far as the back issue’s go. This issue will sort of re-introduce us to Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. The solicit from Marvel states that this issue will set a new path for Shang-Chi. So with that, if you want to get your collector paws on Shang-Chi’s first appearance, you’ll have to look for Special Marvel Edition #15 (1973), brought to you by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin. Comics Price has this comic listed at the $80 mark. Maybe a bit high for some collectors right now, but karate, and kung-fu comics were a hot item at one time. Will Marvel bring back the coolness again? Two words… Iron Fist.






Chaos War #1 will be a sellout. This comic will be coming from 2 very talented and awesome creators; Greg Pak, and Fred Van Laente. Deadpool fans have a new Max title. Merc with a mouth in a Max book? Deadpool Max #1, yes this will be fun. As the Thor movie draws nearer, the more Thor we seem to be seeing. Ultimate Thor will be debuting in his own title; Ultimate Comics: Thor #1. This comic will see a second print in a few weeks, which brings us to our 8 variant cover comic. Uncanny X-Force #1 will go total 90’s style and have a cover for each one of you brothers, sisters, and cousins, maybe one for the dog too. 8 covers?? Is this really necessary? So if you want to flip at least one of these comics, look for two of these variants, IF you could get your hands on them. Look to buy the Retailers Premiere Edition, which is the rarest of the 8 variants, and then you have the second most scarce out of the bunch and that’s the Marko Djurdjevic (spell that right??) variant. Get these, CGC them, get the 9.9 grade, and bingo you’re in the money.

Now on to our Main Attraction this week, if you’re a horror fan and you know comics, then you know Bernie Wrightson. Simply put, this is THE horror artist of all comic bookdom. Check out Bernie’s web site right here to learn more about him, and see some of his amazing work. One day the comic world needs to see a Bob Heske/Bernie Wrightson Collaboration, now that would be awesome.







Speaking of awesome, a “lost” Batman story drawn by Bernie comes out this week. Batman Treasures #1 will not only give us fans the lost story but a reprint of Swamp Thing #7. Funny DC decided to reprint Swamp Thing #7 from 1973 within this comic, because it also happens to be the first time Bernie actually drew Batman in a comic. Think they did that on purpose? The first Batman art from Bernie cost only $60. That is a beautiful comic to own. No doubt about this one. Now it’s important to know that this isn’t the first time that the horror master has touched the Batman character. The very first time Bernie Wrightson’s name appeared with Batman was actually in the self titled comic, Batman #237 (1971). He wrote this comic, and this is truly his first batman work. Issue #237 also happens to be the first appearance of the Reaper… fitting. This Gem cost only $120. There you have it, two Bernie Wrightson Batman comics you should really own. Actually, add another 4 comics to this list. If you collected comics back in the 80’s you’ll remember a comic named Batman: The Cult. This amazing 4 issue limited series was so hot back in the 80’s that it would have cost you an easy $50 to buy all four issues. Yes the markets were a bit crazy then, in today’s market each issue will cost about $3.50. The creative team on this series consisted of; art by Bernie, inker Jim Starlin, and writer Bill Wray. It was a great miniseries back then; it belongs in your stash today.

Bernie Wrightson’s first professional works are DC’s House of Mystery #179 (1969) $120, and Chamber of Darkness #7 (1970) $40 for Marvel.  These too need to be in your stash today.






Watch InvestComics next week for some cool stuff regarding New York Comic Con. InvestComics will be there!

Until then, see you next week, Invest Wisely. 

Jay Katz



InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 11-4-09






A huge week that comes with 10 InvestComics picks. Click ahead to see what’s what and who is where…..

52_6_1stgreatten.gifthegreatten1.gifPlenty to choose from this week as InvestComics gives the top 10 picks and The Great Ten # 1 comes out. This was pure Coincidence, so enjoy this big week because it’s usually not this crowded in here. So let’s get started!  If you are a fan of Greg Pak, you’ll know that he has basically created an entire addition to the Marvel Universe with ‘his’ character Skaar. DC is about to embark on the same route but in a cultural way. The People’s Republic of China (government) backs the Super Team named The Great Ten. Most of the characters from this team come from Chinese Mythology. It’s a very interesting premise as far as ‘how far could DC bring this new Universe along?’ Grant Morrison is responsible for the Introduction of Great Ten and this one could get big in a hurry. Great Tens’ first appeared in DC’s Epic 52 series in issue number 6. Buy this back issue at $5 and hold onto it. The Great Ten will be a force in the years to come.
deathlok1.gifastonisingtales25_1974_70.gifWell it looks like Marvel will take another crack at the cyborg Deathlok. After 2 failed attempts to get a series going, Marvel will be handing over the writing chores to Charlie Huston. Some of Charlie’s work includes Deadpool, Punisher and Moon Knight. Deathlok is much like the Moon Knight character that he has written in the sense both heroes have been second rate their whole career. Both of these characters need to be more front and center in my opinion. They have tremendous potential if they are written and done ‘right’. While Moon Knight has always been on the cusp of breaking through, Deathlok could also be on the verge of a major breakthrough. His first appearance has been recommended on InvestComics before and will be recommended once again. Astonishing Tales #25 is also the First work of Legend George Perez. All the way from the year 1974 at a price range from $65 to $80, this is
a steal. After all he did appear on the first ever InvestComics magazine cover from 2007. Don’t believe? Click on the ‘About’ tab on top of the InvestComics page and see for yourself!
lobohighwaytohell1.gifomegamen3_9.gifAnyone here remember how hot Lobo was back in the 80’s? The character lobo was as hot as any DC anti heroes in the Universe at one time. If you are not a collector from the 80’s and don’t believe this, ask someone that was around back then collecting every appearance of Lobo possible. He appeared in just about every book DC put out and was the ‘Wolverine’ of DC as far as popularity goes in appearances. DC and collectors had a love affair with the bounty hunter that seemed to fade away never to return. Although Lobo has been ‘around’ since his popularity dropped off, he’s never made that impact again as he once did. Fast forward to 2009, a new Lobo comic comes out this week; Lobo Highway to Hell #1 and it’s written by a New York native by the name of Scott Ian. Don’t know who Scott is? Ask those same fans from the 80’s and they might be able to answer you. Well if they were into the Heavy Metal music scene they will. Scott Ian is the founding member of the Thrash Metal band Anthrax from the early 80’s. Anthrax was a huge success with Scott leading the way. He also recently appeared on NBC Celebrity Apprentice. Ian has his name and brand out there so he tries to make sure you don’t forget who he is! So the reason this Lobo book cracks the Hot Picks this week is simple, two words ‘Umbrella Academy’. Gerald Way of ‘My Chemical Romance’ caught the comic scene by surprise when he wrote for the Dark Horse label. Why wouldn’t an established guitarist/TV personal be any different here? If anything this might be a book to watch a little closer this week. Oh and Lobo’s First is in Omega Men #3

supermanworldofkrypton9.gifjemmsonofsaturn1_1984.gifSticking with the 80’s theme, we arrive to a few comics that are very affordable and should be in your collection for the mere fact of having a ‘first appearance’. Superman World of Krypton #9 brings in strange DC dude from 1984. Jemm, Son of Saturn is playing the part of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino – Godfather) on the cover. If you look deep enough into those 50 cent boxes you’d probably come up with the 1984 first appearance in Jemm Son of Saturn #1. Will Jemm ever become a major player in the DC Universe? Most likely not, but funnier things have happened. Speaking of funny, Deadpool Team up #899 will be coming out this week. It’s always a fun read when it comes to the Merc with the mouth. One of the villains making an superspidermanandcaptainbritain248_1starcade.gifmarvelteamup65_1978_8.gifappearance this week
in Deadpool will be Arcade. You talk about second rate villains, wow! Here is a funnier thing, try finding his rare first appearance it the UK comic Super Spider-Man & Captain Britain #248 from 1977. No pricing available on this one, but Arcade’s first U.S. appearance in Marvel
deadpoolteamup899.gifTeam-Up #65 from 1978 comes in at around $10. Don’t let the price of this comic deceive you because it’s not the Villain Arcade that makes it a 10 dollar book, its Captain Britain’s first U.S. appearance that does it. Sorry Arcade, you’re a loser. So you have Jemm and Arcade, any ‘locks’ in the captainbritain8_1976_10.gifnewmutantsannual2_1986_10.gif80’s era this week? Well, maybe not a lock but the best pick of the liter has to go to New Mutants Annual #2 from 1986. Let’s first go back 10 years to the UK again to Captain Britain #8. It was here that Psylocke made her first appearance, only to appear again in the U.S. some 10 years later. It took
her a while to get here; she must have taken the long way. You could purchase either one of these comics within the $10
psylocke1.gifarea. Why is it that the 1976 book is the same price as the U.S. book? Well mostly likely due to overprinting on their part. It’s a win/win here either way you go with Psylocke. This Wednesday Psylocke #1 comes out, but see where and how it all really began at only 10 bucks.
secretsix15.gifbatman59_1950_1000.gifMarvel is bringing Deathlok to the mix again this week, so DC is bringing back Deadshot. Coincidence, probably not, but what would a week be without some sort of battle between the big 2? Secret six #15 will focus on Deadshot with special guest writer that helped ‘defined’ Deadshot, John Ostrander. Find Deadshot’s first appearance way back in 1950 in Batman #59. It’s a $1,000 book which seems relatively cheap considering DC will probably be moving ahead to get Deadshot back into the mix because of Marvel’s Deathlok. An almost 60 year old first appearance (of a character still used today) in Batman for $1000 is a Buy with InvestComics. 


scarlettjohanssonas.gifblackwidowdeadlyorigin1.giftalesofsuspense52_1stblackwidow_1964_1000.gifHere is another $1000 book that should be on your radar. Tales of Suspense #52. This 1964 comic introduces the world to Natasha Romanov A.K.A. Black Widow. With the new Black Widow #1 coming out, it looks as though Marvel is doing an early gear up of the Iron Man 2 film. Scarlett Johanssonas will play Natasha and boy does she look good. Movies do not tend to give second rate characters a boost, there would be no acceptance here. This is a slow progression comic book in terms of an
investment. Buy this now for $1000 and sit on it for 15 to 20 years, you’ll see
a nice return by then.

In surprising news, Todd McFarlane’s Haunt #1 sold out! (Sarcasm folks, sarcasm) So what to do with Haunt #2? Buy it, Slab it, and sell it. There will be plenty of these to go around when you want to buy it again for your collection. It looks like Archie Comics has made it to the Hot Picks again. Check out Pals N Gals Double Digest #136 for the first appearance of Bernadette Brownlee. Will Archie dump Betty and marry her?? Yea Archie is a dog, but he wouldn’t do that. Right? 


Check Out Some of IC Extra’s Coming This Wednesday……. 







See You All Next Week. Invest Wisely

Jay Katz



InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 6-3-09






Skaar is coming!! Therapy is in order for the emotionally scarred son of Hulk, but until he gets that let’s all watch him beat up the entire Marvel Universe and his daddy!

skaarsonofhulk.gifSkaar: Son of Hulk #11  Is there a bigger character coming up the
ranks in the Marvel Universe? Absolutely 100 percent…..No. Don’t try the Daken
card here. Skaar is a complex character that will in fact sustain the test of
time. Daken, let’s just say X-23. Nuff said. Skaar’s birth basically created an
extension of the Marvel Universe. Yes, Greg Pak has quietly put together an
entire extension of the MU that will probably be touched on for years to come.
It seems like every week InvestComics is saying to get the first appearance of
this bastard child. Cannot stress this enough Investors, get Skaar’s first
appearance! When Skaar begins his beat down of just about everybody in the MU, look for the word to get out that this dude is for real. The second and third
prints will start, the buzz will start and you must start looking for that WWH
issue now!


Batman & Robin # 1 
While Marvel puts to rest their Ultimate line (for now), DC is starting
up theirs. Yes DC has tried their version of the Ultimate line already, the
All-Star line. That worked a little bit, and then just faded away. So what to
do next you ask? Well revamp and give comic fans a solicit that reads ‘The
Newest Era of The Dark Knight Begins Here!’ Wow and wow again. So let’s roll
with this okay. Put together Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely of the ‘All-Star
Superman’ and ‘New X-Men’ runs. Then throw out a beauty of a variant by J.G.
Jones that is going to be SO rare in terms of ratio that some parts of ebay and
comic shops have this thing coming in at $500 a pop! What is that about?? It’s
an all new Batman & Robin under the costumes, a superstar team of Morrison
and Quitely and a variant that is selling for a ridiculous amount of money.
What could possibly go wrong here? DC that’s what….



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See you next week

Invest Wisely

Jay K 



InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 3-25-09








Marvel Comics dominates the Hot Picks this week. Take a look inside to see what 2 characters are making their way back into the Marvel Umiverse…. 

and get their first appearances for a bargain. DC meanwhile is putting the JLA through some hard times.




War of Kings Darkhawk # 2  Looks like Marvel is going full throttle on Darkhawk. Billing him as the next big thing in the Cosmic Universe, so when you’re at your LCS this Wednesday pick up Darkhawk’s first appearance in the long box for a few dollars. If Darkhawk is going to be as big as Marvel says he will be, then get in on the  grond floor here with Darkhawk #1. InvestComics recommended this comic a few weeks back and is recommending it again. 



spectacularspiderman98.gifAmazing Spider-man #589  Well the title on the front cover kind of says it all. A villain named Spot is coming back to wreak havoc in Spidey’s life. Spot came back not so long ago in the Ultimate Spider-man series, now he comes into the flagship title. It seems Marvel is digging the Spot dude. Will readers and collectors like him as much? That remains to be seen. Until that all figures itself out, you could get Spot’s first appearance right in the pages of Spectacular Spider-Man #98. This too, just like Darkhawk #1 is a bargain right now. Get them now before either one of these second rate characters catch on.


Avengers the initiative Featuring Reptil #1  You gotta love when a first appearance by a character  happens in their own comic in a number one issue. It’s always a crapshoot though, a hot hero/villain sells out and you’re left scratching your head saying ‘how did I miss that one?’ then you have many busts, in which you’re not scratching your head saying ‘that dude is lame, I’m not buying that.’ Same was sort of said about Darkhawk # 1 when he came out. Your call on this one!



newavengers51.gifNew Avengers # 51  It’s kind of funny what marvel has done here. They have made Doctor Strange a total badass and then take his power away. What’s up with that? Guess it’s making for a cool storyline here. Who is the new Sorcerer Supreme? This has potential to be a very interesting read. So when Hollywood comes around eventually and grabs the Doctor as its newest pet project (yes it will happen, you heard it here first), maybe this would be a nice way to introduce and build around the first movie. Just a thought, but yes Strange will be a major movie someday.



Skaar Son of Hulk #9  if you are not buying this series yet, you should. Not only is it well written, but this Skaar dude is a bad dude. Bad as in ‘good’, Greg Pak is quietly creating an entire Skaar universe and Hulks son is not going anyplace away from the marvel universe for a long time. He will be in your face and you will have to like it. Would you tell him he’s not cool to his face? And that cover of Surfer is awesome ain’t it?



Nova #23  Another week, another status quo change. With new penciling duties by Andrea (Annihilation) Divito and new Identity changes, this issue is one to take a look at.




jla31.gifJustice League of America #31  Will the JLA survive the fallout from Final Crisis? From the looks of the cover, things are not looking so well for this team. Ed Benes supplies this very nice cover to a turning point in the JLA? Read and find out!





Batman Battle for the Cowl : Commissioner Gordon (One Shot)  In what seems to be one of the longest titles of the week, Gordon gets in on the Battle for the Cowl business. Well, he kind of should. He is the Commish of Gotham. Good luck with that gun!





The ‘Okay what is Marvel thinking on this one’ pick of the week…..

X-Force / Cable New Messiah Prologue  Doesn’t it seem like this Messiah thing has gone on forever and Doesn’t it seem like this Rob Liefeld cover is from 20 years ago? Wow Rob, guess some things never do change…..


Here are some great covers and Comics to take a look at this week……

 See you next week.

Invest Wisely.

 Jay Katz



Marvel Exclusive Spotlight – Press Release

press4.jpgBad guy variant covers?  Whodathunk? Marvel Comics shows off three offerings from top artists that show readers just how awesome evil can be! Wanna see?  Click away!



Bring On The Bad Guys!  

Marvel is pleased to Bring On The Bad Guys with all-new villain variant covers to Amazing Spider-Girl #27 by fan favorite artist Ron Frenz War Machine #1 by the red-hot Mike Deodato, and Guardians of The Galaxy #8, by the acclaimed Brandon Peterson!  

Stay tuned to Marvel.Com for more debuts of these sinister villain variant covers!  



Written by TOM DEFALCO

Pencils by RON FRENZ


Cover by RON FRENZ

Villain Variant by RON FRENZ

Rated A …$2.99



WAR MACHINE #1 (OCT082347)


Written by GREG PAK

Pencils & Cover by LEONARDO MANCO

Villain Variant by MIKE DEODATO

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC—12/1/08, On-Sale—12/31/08







Villain Variant by BRANDON PETERSON

Rated T+ …$2.99

FOC—12/1/08, On-Sale—12/31/08





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