Number One Comics – August 2017

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the InvestComics Hot Picks during the month of August. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1 – Greg Pak & Matteo Buffagni.
Galaktikon #1 – Brendon Small, Steve Mannion & Jason Moore.
Ghost Station Zero #1 – Anthony Johnson & Shari Chankhamma.
Dead of Winter #1 – Kyle Starks & Gabo.

Buy/Bid – Generations Hulk #1

Buy/Bid – Ghost Zero #1

Buy/Bid – Dead Winter #1

Buy/Bid – Galakitkon #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elsewhere #1 – Jay Faerber, Sumeyye Kesgin & Ron Riley.
Turok #1 – Aubrey Sitterson,Chuck Wendig & Alvaro Sarreseca.
Mech Cadet Yu #1 – Greg Pak & Takeshi Miyazawa.
Grumpy Cat Garfield #1 – Mark Evanier & Steve Uy.

Buy/Bid – Turok #1

Buy/Bid – Mech Cadet Yu #1

Buy/Bid – Elsewhere #1

Buy/Bid – Grumpy Cat/Garfield #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Shadow #1 –  Simon Spurrier & Daniel HDR.
Sheena #0 – Marguerite Bennett/Christina Trujillo and Moritat.
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Annual #1 – Kieron Gillen & Marc Laming.
War Mother #1 – Fred Van Lante & Stephen Segovia.

Buy/Bid – Sheena #0

Buy/Bid – Dr Aphra Annual #1

Buy/Bid – The Shadow #1

Buy/Bid – War Mother #1

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Nightwing: The New Order #1 – Kyle Higgins & Trevor McCarthy.
Mage The Hero Denied #1 – Matt Magner.
Mister Miracle #1 – Tom King & Mitch Gerads.
Inhumans Once & Future Kings #1 – Christopher Priest/Ryan North & Gustavo Duarte.

Buy/Bid – Mister Miracle #1

Buy/Bid – Inhumans Kings #1

Buy/Bid – Nightwing New Order #1

Buy/Bid – Mage Denied #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Generations Phoenix & Jean Grey #1 – Aaron A & R.B. Silva.
Generations: Wolverine & All New Wolverine #1 – Tom Taylor & Ramon Rosanas.
Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 – Jason Aaron & Mahmud A. Asrar.
Genius Cartel #1 – Marc Bernardin/Adam Freeman & artist Rosi Kampe.

Buy/Bid – Jean Grey #1

Buy/Bid – Thor #1

Buy/Bid – Wolverine #1

Buy/Bid – Genius Cartel #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Star Wars Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO #1 – Duane Swierczynski & Fernando Blanco.
Toyetica #1 – Marty LeGrow.
Lady Death: Merciless Onslaught #1 – Brian Pulido.
The Hard Place #1 – Doug Wagner, Charlie Kirchoff & Nic Rummel.

Buy/Bid – Lady Death #1

Buy/Bid – Rouge One #1

Buy/Bid – Hard Place #1

Buy/Bid – Toypetica #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghost Money #1 – Thierry Smolderen & Dominique Bertail.
Redlands #1 – Jordie Bellaire & Vanesa Del Rey.
Wicked Righteous #1 – Terry Mayo, Lucas Romero & Chris Hall.
Dark Nights: Metal #1 – Scott Snyder,Greg Capullo & Danny Miki.

Buy/Bid – Dark Metal #1

Buy/Bid – Ghost Money #1

Buy/Bid – Redlands #1

Buy/Bid – Wicked #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spy Seal #1 – Rich Tommaso
Donald and Mickey #1
Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 – Carly Usdin & Nina Vakueya.
Last Hunt #1 – Hannu Kesola & Ken Jannsens. Paul Moore & Beth Varni.
First Strike #1 – David Rodriguez, Mairghread Scott & artist Max Dunbar.

Donald & Mickey #1

First Strike #1

Hi-Fi Fight Club #1

Last Hunt #1

Spy Seal #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Batvark #1 – Dave Sim
The Tick #1 – Cullen Bunn, Jimmy Z Johnson & Douglas Paszkiewicz.
Darkseid Special #1 – Mark Evanier & Scott Kolins.
Star Wars Jedi Of The Republic Mace Windu #1
Generations Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1

Batvark #1

Darkseid #1

Hawkeye & Hawkeye

Mace Windu #1

Tick #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 5 Hot Picks #125

Every week before new comic book day, InvestComics provides our fans with the Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. This week’s Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #487 and new comics coming this Wednesday 8/9/17.

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First Strike #1 – A new Hasbro event hitting IDW. All of the IDW Hasbro licenses’ team-up to fight off an invasion. Writers David Rodriguez and Mairghread Scott and artist Max Dunbar.
Toyetica #1 – An Action Lab Entertainment release by Marty LeGrow. Sold out at the distributor.
The Shadow #1 – From Dynamite Entertainment. Written by Simon Spurrier and art by Daniel HDR.
Redlands #1 – A new horror comic from Image Comics. Writers by Jordie Bellaire(artist)/Vanesa Del Rey.
Quake Champions #1 – Based on the upcoming video game from Titan Comics. Sold out on distributor level. Writer Ram V and art by Alan Quah.

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Buy/Bid – Harbinger #1

Buy/Bid – Superman #32

Also appearing in this weeks InvestComics Hot Picks #487
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Generations Phoenix & Jean Grey #1
Edge of Venomverse #4
Rocket #4
Inhumans Once & Future Kings #1
Secret Empire #8
Star Wars Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO #1
Ms. Marvel #21
Detective Comics #962
Batman Sword of Azrael #1 (1992)
Action Comics #985
Superman #32 (2014)
Red Hood and The Outlaws #13
Mister Miracle #1
Shadow Comics #1 (1940)
Harbinger Renegades #6
Wicked Righteous #1
Ghost Money #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 8-9-17

New comic book release day 8/9/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Captain America #25 – Jesus Saiz

Detective Comics – Martinez/Fernandez

Harley Quinn #25 – Frank Cho

New Superman #14 – Phillip Tan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flash #28 – Giandonmenico

Red Sonja #7 – Tyler Kirkham

Supergirl #12 – Stanley Lau

Titans #14 – Dan Mora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amz Spider-Man – Alex Ross

Shadow #1 – Tyler Kirkham

Harbinger #6 – Lewis Larosa

Secret Empire #8 – Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edge of Ververse #4 – Ron Lim

Phoenix #1 – Terry Dodson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Hot Picks #487

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005.
This week, new comic book release day 8/9/17.

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Buy/Bid – Edge of Venomverse #4

Buy/Bid – Ms. Marvel #21

Buy/Bid – Rocket #4

Buy/Bid – Secret Empire #8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week Marvel released a Banner vs Cho (Hulk vs Hulk for those at home not familiar or following along). This week we receive Jean Grey vs teen Jean Grey in Generations Phoenix & Jean Grey #1. No really, we didn’t make this up. Writer Aaron A and artist R.B. Silva.
Marvel’s Edge of Venomverse #4 will put the focus on Wolvenom. We’ve informed readers/collectors to pick up each one of these comics within this series. A breakout mash-up is bound to happen. That said, can anything be done about these names though? Wolvenom?
Deadpool makes an appearance in Rocket #4. Writer Al Ewing and art by Adam Gorham.
As the Inhumans television show and IMAX mini-movie inches closer, fans will be inundated with new comic stories about this team from Marvel. A bit of overkill as usual, but life does go on. You don’t like it, don’t buy it. Inhumans Once & Future Kings #1 is written by Christopher Priest/Ryan North and pencils by Gustavo Duarte.
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A great way to pop some interest and eyeballs onto a series is to have J. Scott Campbell do a variant cover. A Spidey variant no less. Marvel taps Campbell for the Secret Empire #8 Spidey variant. Expect a quick sellout.
A new Star Wars comic debuts this Wednesday. Star Wars Rogue One – Cassian & K-2SO #1. Long title, but almost guaranteed to be another great read. Written by Duane Swierczynski and drawn by Fernando Blanco.
Ms. Marvel #21 could be a first appearance. Let’s all check out this comic.

Buy/Bid – Action Comics #985

Buy/Bid – Azrael #1

Buy/Bid – Detective Comics #962

Buy/Bid – Superman #32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detective Comics #962 will bring back a fan fav from the 90’s. Azrael is back with a new look and looking like a bad as*. Expect a new series to spin off for the Azrael character later this year. Azrael first appeared in Batman Sword of Azrael #1 (1992).
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‘Mr. Oz makes his final move’ in Action Comics #985. We wait with baited breath to see what that move entails. Mr. Oz first appeared in Superman #32 (2014).
Will Bizarro die? Probably not, but Red Hood and The Outlaws #13 wants us to believe he may.
A new series from writer Tom King (Batman) and artist Mitch Gerads; Mister Miracle #1.

Buy/Bid – Generations #1

Buy/Bid – Inhumans #1

Buy/Bid – Cassian & K-2SO #1

Buy/Bid – Toyetica #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestComics Indie Hot Picks;
A new horror comic from Image Comics; Redlands #1. Writers by Jordie Bellaire(artist)/Vanesa Del Rey
Dynamite Entertainment is piggybacking off of the successful Batman/Shadow team-up mini-series this Wednesday. The Shadow #1 enters its ninth volume, not counting the seventeen one-shots and team-up books. This character was first introduced in 1940’s Shadow Comics #1. A recent graded 6.0 sold for $2400. Not only does this comic carry the first appearance of Shadow, but it also features the first appearance of Doc Savage. A great buy at $2400 here. Now back to the year 2017. The Shadow #1 from Dynamite Entertainment will be written by Simon Spurrier and art by Daniel HDR. Awesome Tyler Kirkman variant cover too (This will make the Best Comic Covers this week!).
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Buy/Bid – The Shadow #1

Buy/Bid – Shadow Comics #1

Buy/Bid – Ghost Money #1

Buy/Bid – Harbinger #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From Valiant Entertainment, Harbinger Renegades #6 introduces a major new foe. Writer Rafer Roberts and artist Juan Jose Ryp.
Alterna Comics delivers their latest newsprint book this week. The Wicked Righteous #1. Writer Terry Mayo. Artist Lucas Romero & Chris Hall.
First Strike #1 is the new Hasbro event hitting IDW. All of the IDW Hasbro licenses’ team-up to fight off an invasion. Writers David Rodriguez and Mairghread Scott and artist Max Dunbar.
New Action Lab Entertainment book; Toyetica #1 by Marty LeGrow. Already sold out on distributor level.
Ghost Money #1 from Lion Forge Comics. Writer Thierry Smolderen & artist Dominique Bertail.
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First Strike #1

Mister Miracle #1

Red Hood Outlaws #13

Redlands #1

Wicked Righteous #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics #487

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 8/9/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #487. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 3-15-17

New comic book release day 3/15/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Amazing Spider-Man #25 – Stuart Immonen
Venom #5 – Gerardo Sandoval
Archie #18 – Robert Hack
Vampirella #1 – Joseph Michael Linsner

Buy/Bid – AMZ SPM #25 – Immonen

Buy/Bid – Venom #5 – Sandoval

Buy/Bid – Archie #18 – Hack

Buy/Bid – Vampirella #1 – Linsner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Batman #19 David Finch & Danny Miki
Venom #5 – Clayton Crain
Captain America Sam Wilson #20 – Daniel Acuna
Vampirella #1 – J. Scott Campbell

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Buy/Bid – Batman #19 – Finch & Miki

Buy/Bid – Venom #5 – Crain

Buy/Bid – Sam Wilson #20 – Acuna

Buy/Bid – Vampirella #1 Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daredevil #18 – Ron Garney
Venom #5 – Dell’Otto
Deadpool the Duck #5 – David Nakayama
The Punisher #10 – Declan Shalvey

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Buy/Bid – Daredevil #18 – Garney

Buy/Bid – Venom #5 – Dell’Otto

Buy/Bid – Duck #5 – Nakayama

Buy/Bid – Punisher #10 – Shalvey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Sonja #3 – J. Scott Campbell
Thor #17 – Russell Dauterman
Super Sons #2 – Dustin Nguyen
Red Sonja #3 – Jonboy Meyers

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Buy/Bid – Red Sonja #3 – Campbell

Buy/Bid – Thor #17 – Dauterman

Buy/Bid – Super Sons #2 – Nguyen

Buy/Bid – Red Sonja #3 – Jonboy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Harley Quinn #16 – Frank Cho
U.S. Avengers #4 – Michael Choi
Trinity #7 – Bill Sienkiewicz
Totally Awesome Hulk #17 – Michael Choi

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Buy/Bid – Harley Quinn #16 – Cho

Buy/Bid – U.S. Avengers #4 – Medina

Buy/Bid – Trinity #7 – Sienkiewicz

Buy/Bid – Awesome Hulk #17 – Choi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Darkness Visible #2 – Brendan Cahill
Dungeons & Dragons Frost Giant’s Fury #2 – Hasbro

Buy/Bid – Darkness #2 – Cahill

Buy/Bid – Frost Fury #2 – Hasbro

 

 

 

 

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Comic Broker Report – January 2015 Part 3

Here’s a few more to look for ( Other than Avengers 6 and the first Toyman they should be easy to find )

Shadows and Light 1 ( First Red Room )

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Agent Carter and the Avengers 2 trailer both appear to contain elements of the Red Room.  If you don’t what that is it’s time to look it up.  As far as I can tell this is the first appearance.

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Avengers 6 (First Baron Zemo/ First Masters of Evil )

 This one is going to be pricey but with Zemo cast for Cap 3 you better hope you have one!

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Astro Boy 1 ( Gold Key )

The team that brought you the Lego Movie is working on a live adaptation of Astro Boy!

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Dark Horse Insider 37 ( First Ghost in the Shell )

Ghost in the Shell first appeared in Young Magazine but this one is the first American appearance of the work. With the cost of the Dark Horse series rising every day this one might be a sleeper.

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Action Comics 573 ( First Matt Trakker )

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G.I. Joe 3 might add M.A.S.K. character Matt Trakker?!?!  If they do look to Legends 1, Mask 1-4 and this preview!

Adventures of Superman 465  ( First Hank Henshaw )

Supergirl needs villains too and the rumor is Hank Henshaw will be a part of the show.

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Adventures of Superman 466 ( First Hank Henshaw as a cyborg )

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Action Comics 64( First Toyman)

More Supergirl Spec here.  This one will never be cheap though.

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Superman 78 ( First Hank Henshaw Cover )

Despite overprinting this comic remains Cyborg Superman’s best cover.

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The Titans script has leaked, cast includes Starfire and…

Dc Comics Presents ( First Raven )

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First Rachel Roth of titans Tomorrow by G. Johns

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Suicide Squad 23 ( First Oracle )

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Nightwing ( first appearance Comic Collector March 84 )

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Hawk and Dove 1 ( First Dawn Granger )

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Showcase 75 First Hawk ( Hank Hall )

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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.

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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.

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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

 

POTATOES ASSEMBLE! Thor, Iron Man, and Wolverine get the MR. Potato treatment!

A MASH MADE IN HEAVEN

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MR. POTATO HEAD is ready to save the world as MARVEL’S WOLVERINE, IRON MAN and THOR

Los Angeles, CA(February 11, 2013) – MR. POTATO HEAD gets ready to slice, blast and smash into action as he takes on the Marvel Universe in a series of collectible toys launching Summer 2013.

 

Under license from HASBRO INC. and MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT, PPW TOYS is launching a line of MR. POTATO HEAD figures wearing the costumes of the beloved MARVEL Super Heroes!  These unique collectible- toys will initially be previewed at the upcoming NY Toy Fair in February.

 

Although several Marvel characters have already received the MR. POTATO HEAD treatment by HASBRO (Spider-Man and Iron Man), the PPW TOYS line of figures is targeting fans and collectors.

 

Like other co-licensed Spuds developed from PPW Toys, the new Marvel line is being designed with collectors in mind from the start.  The attention to detail, scale and consistent design elements will make these a must-have for both MR POTATO HEAD and MARVEL fans of all ages.  The Spuds are fully-functioning collectible toys with a variety of fun components to mix and match, or collectors can proudly display them thanks to their compact size and design intricacy.

 

The line-up for 2013 includes WOLVERINE, IRON MAN, and THOR and the line will be available at specialty retailers and e-tailers starting Summer 2013.

 

Created in 1952, MR. POTATO HEAD, the first toy to be featured in a television commercial, became an instant hit with youngsters. In the past 60 years, the beloved character has emerged as an American icon, a true evergreen brand with broad demographic appeal.

 

About PPW Toys

PPW Toys is the consumer products division of Promotional Partners Worldwide.  Specializing in co-licensed toys and games, PPW Toys has brought together such licenses as Mr. Potato Head, Elvis Presley, Star Trek, Major League Baseball and the National Football League.

 

 

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.”  Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visitwww.marvel.com.

HASBRO, INC., AND IDW PUBLISHING TO LAUNCH MAGIC: THE GATHERING COMIC BOOKS

[Magic: The Gathering Cover]SAN DIEGO, CA (September 1, 2011) – IDW Publishing and Hasbro, Inc. today announced yet another extension of the companies’ long-term relationship with an all-new comic book series based on the ground-breaking MAGIC: THE GATHERING trading card game (TCG). Under license from Hasbro, Inc., and in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast, IDW will launch a new series entitled MAGIC: THE GATHERING this fall, the first comic series in more than a decade based on the many worlds of the hugely popular game. Adding to the rich stories are exclusive, playable, alternate-art cards for the MAGIC: THE GATHERING TCG, which will only be available through select issues of the IDW comics.

Magic: The Gathering is an incredibly strong property which spawned a new entertainment category, and there is so much to be done creatively with comics,” says IDW’s Magic editor, Denton J. Tipton. “I’m really looking forward to telling new stories in the many worlds of Magic, which have been near and dear to my heart since the mid-90s.”

IDW Publishing and Hasbro subsidiary, Wizards of the Coast will work closely together to ensure the comics offer another layer of experience for MAGIC: THE GATHERING fans. The initial four-issue miniseries will focus on a unique, new Planeswalker, a powerful mage with the ability to travel between worlds in the Magic Multiverse. Many popular MAGIC: THE GATHERING characters will be featured in the series, as well.

This comic series is written by renowned author and game designer Matt Forbeck (The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, Amortals, The Marvel Encyclopedia), who is joined by talented newcomer, artist Martín Cóccolo. Each comic book will also be collected at intervals into graphic novels. MAGIC: THE GATHERING will be distributed to a wide audience through comic-book outlets, trade bookstores, mass retailers, and digitally through a variety of platforms.

IDW Publishing is Hasbro’s comic book licensee for the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE brands. IDW launched the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ongoing comic series in 2010, and publishes licensed comic books for many other hugely popular brands, include HBO’s True Blood, The BBC’s Doctor Who, and EA’s Dragon Age.

About Magic: The Gathering
Magic: The Gathering® is the first and most widely played trading card game. Players take on the role of Planeswalkers – powerful mages who battle others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Their weapons include spells, creatures, and artifacts gathered from a vast multiverse of unique fantasy worlds. With over 11,000 different cards available, Magic offers an unrivaled depth of game play with many levels of choice and customization for its players. The cards feature unique illustrations by top fantasy artists inspired by familiar elements of myth and legend. These elements weave together to provide a strategically rich and satisfying game play experience. Whether in the competitive arena or participating in a local Magic event, there is always an opportunity to shine.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.  The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.  
Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.