Top 5 Hot Picks #113

Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #475 and new comics coming this Wednesday 5/17/17.

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Daredevil #20 – The creative team of writer Charles Soule and artist Ron Garney have really brought Daredevil to a new level. Read this issue and find out what big changes they have in store for the character.
Grrl Scouts #1 – The black & white Spawn variant cover is sold out. Jim Muhfood (writer/artist). Look for the other books to follow.
Spawn #273 – An introduction of a new villain named Soul Crusher. Sounds serious! Run Spawn!
Nightwing #21 – New villains making their rounds this week. The introduction of Timebomb. Run Nightwing!
Secret Empire #2 – A possible intro of a new character here? Read and find out. Fanboys…..stay away.

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Deadpool: Bad Blood
Luke Cage #1
Generation X #1
U.S. Avengers #6
Teen Titans #8
Flash #22
Freeway Fighter #1
Yo-Kai Watch #1

 

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 5-17-17

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New comic book release day 5/17/17. 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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Batman #23 – David Finch and Danny Miki
Wild Storm #4 – Jim Lee
Nick Fury #2 – Aco
Superman #23 – Jorge Jimenez

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Batman #23 – David Finch

Wildstorm #4 – Jim Lee

Nick Fury #2 – Aco

Superman #23 – Jorge Jimenez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flash #22 – Howard Porter
DC Comics Bombshells #27 – Ant Lucia
Spawn #273 – Todd McFarlane
Luke Cage #1 – Mike Deodato Jr

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Flash #22 – Howard Porter

DC Comics Bombshells #27 – Ant Lucia

Spawn #273 – Todd McFarlane

Luke Cage #1 – Mike Deodato Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Daredevil #20 – Mike Deodato Jr
Rose #2 – David Finch
Secret Empire #2 – Dan Mora
Deadpool vs Punisher #3 – Declan Shalvey

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Daredevil #20 – Mike Deodato Jr

Rose #2 – David Finch

Secret Empire #2 – Dan Mora

Deadpool/Punisher – Declan Shalvey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flash #22 – Jason Fabok
God Country #5 – Gerardo Zaffino
Nightwing #21 – Casey Jones
Injustice 2 #2 – Bruno Redondo

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Flash #22 – Jason Fabok

God Country #5 – Gerald Zaffino

Nightwing #22 – Casey Jones

Injustice 2 #2 – Bruno Redondo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grrl Scouts Magic Socks #1 – Jim Mahfood
Red Sonja #5 – Cosplay Jinglebooboo cover

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Grrl Scouts #1 – Jim Mahfood

Red Sonja #5 – Jinglebooboo Cosplay

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New Comics – Video #475

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 5/17/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #475

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Hot Picks have been weekly since 2005.
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Buy/Bid Now – Luke Cage #1

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Will this be the week fanboys can breathe a sigh of relief? Secret Empire #2 will most likely not provide fanboys the air they so desperately seek to ensure their anxiety attack doesn’t turn into a hospital visit. Things will get much worse before they get better, sorry fanboys. Maybe a new character appearance in SE #2 will help you with your anxiety? And how about that Spidey Hydra cover by Dan Mora? Sweet. Okay, breathe, just breathe……
It looks as though the Daredevil character and comic will be making a turn into uncharted territory regarding status quo this Wednesday in Daredevil #20. Writer Charles Soule and artist Ron Garney have been burning this series up. If you haven’t been reading Daredevil, you’re missing out.
Hard to believe Deadpool never starred in his own original Marvel graphic novel. This week that all changes with Deadpool: Bad Blood. Pencils and words from Rob Liefeld. Chris Sims and Chad Bowers also write.
Writer David Walker and artist Nelson Blake II bring a new Luke Cage series titled…..Luke Cage #1.
Marvel debuts a new X book; Generation X #1. Written by Christina Strain. Art by Amilcar Pinna.
U.S. Avengers #6, Cannonball dies? Let’s read it and find out.

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Buy/Bid Now – Teen Titans #8

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Learn about the secret past ties between Nightwing and Deathstroke in Teen Titans #8. Writers Dan Abnett, Ben Percy, and Cherie Priest. Artist Khoi Pham and Wade von Grawbadger.
We’re not done with Nightwing just yet. A new villain debuts in Nightwing #21. His name is Timebomb. Written by Michael McMillian. Art by Christian Duce.
Part four of “The Button” in Flash #22 this Wednesday with a fan favorite lenticular cover variant.

Indie Hot Picks;
The new Spawn comic cover; Spawn #273, tells the whole story right on top as to why its made our Indie Hot Picks list. A new villain will be introduced; Soul Crusher. Written by Todd McFarlane and art by Szymon Kudranski. Cover art from Todd McFarlane.
Freeway Fighter #1 (Titan Comics). Writer Andi Ewington and artist Simon Coleby.
Yo-Kai Watch #1 (IDW). Writer Eric Esquivel and artist Cory Hamscher.
Grrl Scouts #1 Magic Socks (Image Comics). Writer/artist Jim Mahfood.

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Buy/Bid Now – Grrl Scouts #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 4-12-17

New comic book release day 4/12/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
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American Gods Shadows #2 – David Mack
X-Men Blue #1 – Skottie Young
Old Man Logan #21 – Andrea Sorrentino
Spawn #272 – Todd McFarlane

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Buy/Bid – X-Blue #1 – Skottie Young

Buy/Bid – Logan #21 – Sorrentino

Buy/Bid – Spawn #272 – McFarlane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gwenpool #14 – Francesco Mattina
Deadpool vs. Punisher #1 – Declan Shalvey
Justice League of America #4 – Ivan Reis & Joe Prado
Rat Queens #1 2nd print – Owen Gieni

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Weapon X #1 – Dale Keown
Guardians of the Galaxy #19 – Mike Deodato Jr.
Weapon X #1 – Ron Lim
Assassin’s Creed Reflections #2 – Will Conrad

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Amerikarate #2 – April O’ Neil
Wonder Woman #20 – Jenny Frison

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Top 5 Hot Picks #108

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Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #470 and new comics coming this Wednesday 4/12/17.

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Rose #1 – Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara bring this new comic to Image. Already showing signs of a distributor sell out. A David Finch cover is available here too. 
Rat Queens #2 – The first issue of this second series sold out. Here’s the follow up. Expect more of the same. Writer Kurtis Wiebe and artist Owen Gieni
Old Man Logan #21 – Most of Wolverine’s ‘comic book life’ is covered in this issue. Story by Jeff Lemire and art by Eric Nguyen. Even the cover by Andrea Sorrentino has many of Wolverine’s ‘key’ appearances (comic book covers) from his past life.  
Guardians of the Galaxy #19 – Brian Michael Bendis’ last Guardians issue. Many creators will appear as guest artist for the 19 issue run send off. 
Deadpool vs. Punisher #1 – Written by Fred Van Lente and art by Pere Perez. 

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Black Panther: The Crew #1
Weapon X #1
Marvel Comics Presents #72 (1991)
X-Men Blue #1
America #1
Action Comics #977
Rat Queens #1 (2nd print)
Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1
Spencer & Locke #1
Godshaper #1
The Pitiful Human Lizard #12
Little Guardians #1
Solar Flare #1 

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New Comics #470 – Video

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New Comics  #470. A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 4/12/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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InvestComics Hot Picks #470

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Black Panther fans will have much to cheer about on new comic book day. They’ll be getting a new Black Panther series; Black Panther: The Crew #1. The ‘Crew’ consist of; Storm, Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Manifold and of course Black Panther. Black Panther fan or not, comic fans should check out the new series from writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Butch Guice. Both creators can and have delivered in fantastic storytelling.
Brian Michael Bendis ends his run on the Guardians comic this week. Guardians of the Galaxy #19 will not only feature Thanos, but will also feature various artist as a celebratory way of ending Bendis’ run.
Comic fans always love a good comic book fight. Daredevil/Punisher, Spidey/Venom, Batman/Joker, just to name a few. Marvel’s latest fight goes down and it’s Deadpool vs. Punisher #1. Written by Fred Van Lente? Yes we’re on board. Art from Pere Perez.
Old Man Logan #21 delves into the entire life of Logan from yesteryear right up until today. Including the famous first encounter with the Hulk. The issue involves many points of Wolverine’s life. It’s almost an origin issue, but not. A ‘This is your life Logan’ issue. The new saga called ‘Past Lives’ begins. A comic not to be missed by any comic book fan. Story by Jeff Lemire and art by Eric Nguyen.

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New Weapon X series from writer Greg Pak and artist Greg Land; Weapon X #1. The first Weapon X story that became the staple of all Weapon X stories to follow came out in 1991’s Marvel Comics Presents #72. Written by Barry Windsor-Smith.
The original X-Men debut in a new series; X-Men Blue #1. Writer Cullen Bunn along with illustrators Jorge Molina and Matteo Buffagni bring this series to life.
Writer Gabby Rivera and artist Joe Quinones have a hit on their hands. America #1 hits with a second print this Wednesday.
Much like Marvel’s Old Man Logan #21, DC Comics’ Action Comics #977 is along the same lines. Superman ‘examines’ his entire life (comic book life) in this week’s release. A story told by Dan Jurgens and art from Ian Churchill.

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The new Rat Queens comic sold out quickly last month, so Image Comics goes back to the well with Rat Queens #1 (2nd print) this week. It’s also the release of Rat Queens #2. Writer Kurtis Wiebe and artist Owen Gieni are bringing it….the fans are responding.
New series from writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara; Rose #1. A David Finch cover is available too.

Valiant Entertainment releases a 48 page one shot this Wednesday; Immortal Brothers: The Tale of the Green Knight #1. Story by Fred Van Lante and pictures by Cary Nord.

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Spencer & Locke #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. Writer David Pepose and art by Jorge Santiago Jr.
Godshaper #1 (Boom Studios); writer Simon Spurrier and artists Vinz El Tabanas and Jonas Goonface.
The Pitiful Human Lizard #12 is a jumping on point from Chapterhouse Comics.

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Marvel Premiere #15 (1974) The first appearance of Iron Fist. The holy grail of Iron Fist comics. Writer Roy Thomas, Pencils and cover Gil Kane, and inker Dick Giodano.

When Marvel/Netflix get it together, Iron Fist will be a household name. If for some reason it doesn’t work out with Netflix, look for Marvel to want to hit the big screen instead. The mere fact that the Iron Fist character is mentioned so much these days shows a tremendous amount of interest on Marvel’s (Disney’s) part. So with that, Marvel will start the Kung-Fu entertainment revolution once again either way. This comic also features the first appearances of Ferocia, Harold Meachum, Nuan, Wendell Rand, Heather Rand. Shu-Hu, and Yu-Ti.

The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1 (1974) First appearance of Lin Sun, Robert Diamond, and Abraham Brown.

The Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu Special #1 (1974) The second appearance of Iron Fist. This is a magazine form comic.

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Marvel Premiere #16 (1974) Iron Fist’s second comic book appearance. First appearances of Fu-Hsi. Scythe, Shou-Lao the Undying, and Thunderer. Origin continued.

Marvel Premiere #17 (1974) First appearance of Triple-Iron.

Marvel Premiere #18 (1974) First appearance of Joy Meachum. Iron Fist origin issue.

Marvel Premiere #19 (1974) The first appearances of Colleen Wing and Professor Lee Wing. This comic also signifies the first appearance of Wolverine via an ad within the comic. It predates The Incredible Hulk #181. Cool stuff.

Marvel Premiere #21 (1975) First appearances of Shaya, Ushas and Misty Knight.

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Marvel Team-Up #31 (1975) Although appearing on the cover of 2 UK non-team-up Avengers reprint comics, this is Iron Fist’s first appearance outside the Marvel Kung-Fu universe. A team-up with guess who? Spider-Man of course! This issue also features the first appearance of Drom.

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The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #10 (1975) First appearance of Steel Serpent (Davos). Comic magazine.

Marvel Premiere #23 (1975) Chris Claremont writes the Iron Fist character for the first time. Pat Broderick art and Gil Kane cover. This issue features the first appearances of Rafael Scarfe and Warhawk.

Marvel Premiere #24 (1975) Check out the first appearance of Chris Claremont here. Also the first appearance of Princess Azir.

Iron Fist #1 (1975) The second holy grail? Written by Chris Claremont, art by John Byrne, and cover by Gil Kane/Frank Giacoia. The first comic book appearance of Steel Serpent (Davos) and also the first appearance of Khumbala Bey.

The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #12 (1975) First appearance of Blackbyrd. Penciled by George Perez.

Iron Fist #2 (1975) First appearances; Conal D’Hu-Tsien, Merrin, Miranda Ran’Kai, Sharyd, Ssssesthugar, and Tucos.

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The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #20 (1976) First appearance of Silver Dragon.

The Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu #21 (1976) First appearance of Lord Tuan.

Iron Fist #5 (1976) First appearances; Alan Cavenaugh and Scimitar.

Iron Fist #6 (1976) First appearance of Jeryn Hogarth. Iron Fist origin issue.

Iron Fist #8 (1976) Here’s John Byrne’s first Iron Fist cover. It turns out to be one of Iron Fists’ most iconic covers ever. Peter Parker and MJ appearance. First appearances; Chaka, William Hoa, and the Golden Tiger Gang. John Byrne’s first Marvel appearance too.

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Master of Kung-Fu Annual #1 (1976) First appearances; Cybelle and Shai-Tahn.

Iron Fist #11 (1977) This is the first time Power Man (Luke Cage) appears in the same comic book with Iron Fist. A nice book to go after.

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Marvel Two-In-One #25 (1977) This is an Iron Fist Jack Kirby cover. Nuff said.

Iron Fist #14 (1977) The first appearance of Sabre-Tooth.

Spectacular Spider-Man #9 (1977) It took 2 years for Iron Fist to appear back in the regular Marvel universe. This comic is also the first White Tiger comic appearance. White Tiger previously only appeared in the black and white comic magazine Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu.

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Iron Fist #15 (1977) Iron Fist first appears with the Uncanny X-Men. Also the first appearance of Bushmaster.

Power Man #48 (1977) The first team-up between Power Man and Iron Fist. Claremont/Byrne.

Power Man and Iron Fist #50 (1978) First book with new title and the first appearance of Harmony Young.

Power Man and Iron Fist #54 (1978) First Heroes For Hire book. First appearance of Incinerator.

Uncanny X-Men #118 (1979) Iron Fist first appearance in an X-Men book.

Power Man and Iron Fist #56 (1979) First appearances of; David Griffith, Jennie Royce, Senor Suerte, and Toby.

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Power Man and Iron Fist #58 (1979) First appearance of El Aguila.

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Daredevil #164 (1980) The first appearance in a Daredevil comic. Frank Miller cover art and pencils.

Power Man and Iron Fist #71 (1981) First appearance of Montenegro. Cover art; Frank Miller.

Rom #23 (1981) Both Power Man and Iron Fist appear in this Rom book. Probably not a big print run here.

Power Man and Iron Fist #77 (1982) First appearance of Ninotchka.

Dazzler #21 (1982) An appearance in a Dazzler comic. Dazzler cosplay cover.

Power Man and Iron Fist #87 (1982) The first Moon Knight appearance/team-up with Power Man and Iron Fist.

Power Man and Iron Fist #92 (1983) First appearance of Eel.

Power Man and Iron Fist #103 (1984) First appearance of Doombringer. Look at that cover with Doombringer, doesn’t he remind you of DC’s Deadshot?

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Power Man and Iron Fist #105 (1984) First appearance of Crime-Buster.

Power Man and Iron Fist #109 (1984) First appearance of Reaper.

Power Man and Iron Fist #111 (1984) The awesomeness and first appearance of Captain Hero! What a great name.

Power Man and Iron Fist #115 (1985) First appearance of Stanley Lumus. A great John Byrne cover here too.

Power Man and Iron Fist #119 (1985) The first appearance of Evil Iron Fist H’ylthri. Fantastic John Byrne cover.

Namor, The Sub-Mariner #16 (1991) Iron Fist fights Namor. First time these two meet in a Namor book.

Iron Fist #1 (1996) A two issue mini.

Uncanny Origins #14 (1997) An origin story.

Iron Fist #1 (1998) A three issue mini. First appearance of Death Sting.

Deadpool #34 (1999) The first Deadpool/Iron Fist.

Black Panther #16 (2000) First Black Panther/Iron Fist.

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Iron Fist #1 (2004) A six issue series.

The Pulse #13 (2004) The first appearance of Luke Cage’s baby girl. Named after his best friend; Danielle Cage. Writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Doctor Strange The Oath #1 (2006) Iron Fist appears within the pages of a Doctor Strange book. Written by Brian K Vaughan.

The Immortal Iron Fist #1 (2007) Writers Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction take Iron Fist to another level here. Although the series lasted only 27 issues, it’s a very respectable series. The series was nominated for Eisner awards as well. This issue features the first appearances of Xao, Orson Randall and Bei Mang-Tan. Also has a Luke Cage appearance.

The Immortal Iron Fist #2 (2007) First appearance of Wu Ao-Shi.

The Immortal Iron Fist #3 (2007) First appearance of Bei Bang-Wen.

The Immortal Iron Fist #4 (2007) First appearance of Crane Mother.

The Immortal Iron Fist #8 (2007) First appearances; Bride of Nine Spiders, Dog Brother #1, Fat Cobra, Prince of Orphans, and Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter.

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The Immortal Iron Fist Annual #1 (2007) First appearance of the team; Confederates of the Curious. The team members first appearances are; Chores, Contessa Vera Vidal, Ernst Erskine, Shadu the Shady, and Wuan.

The Immortal Iron Fist #17 (2008) The first appearances of Zhou Cheng and Kwai Jun-Fan Also an awesome cover by Travel Foreman.

The Immortal Iron Fist: The Origin of Danny Rand #1 (2008) Here’s another Iron Fist origin story. Written by Matt Fraction. Cover art; Gil Kane, Dick Giordano, and Larry Hama.

Daredevil #111 (2008) The first appearance of Lady Bullseye was hot for a minute. Maybe with the influx of new Marvel female lead characters this will pick up again. Iron Fist appears and Ed Brubaker writes. Awesome cover art (with Lady Bullseye) by Marko Djurdjevic.

The Immortal Iron Fist #21 (2009) First appearance of Wah Sing-Rand.

The Immortal Iron Fist #22 (2009) First appearance of Changming.

The Immortal Iron Fist #23 (2009) First appearance of Quan Yaozu.

The Immortal Iron Fist #24 (2009) First appearance of Li-Park.

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Immortal Weapons (2009) This is a five issue mini-series that focuses on some of Iron Fist’s rouge gallery. Great stuff here. Issue #1; first appearances of Carmichael, Russel Frey and Iron Crutch Khan. Issue #2; first appearances of Allie, Derek, Desmond Guille, Haden, Jason Krieg, Abigail Morse, and Murderous Lion. Issue #3; first appearances of Avi and Sidal. Issue #4; first appearances of He-Ping and Tiger Warrior. Issue #5; origin – Prince of Orphans.

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Shadowland: Power Man #1 (2010) A new Power Man is introduced. His name is Victor Alvarez. Also the first appearances of Reina Alvarez and Sofia Alvarez.

Shadowland: Moon Knight #2 (2010) The first Moon Knight/Iron Fist team-up. A fantastic Francesco ‘Matt’ Mattina cover.

Power Man and Iron Fist #1 (2011) A five issue mini-series starring Victor Alvarez (Power Man). First appearances of La Signora, Mister Punch, Noir, Pagliacci, Pantalone, and Scaramouche. These characters are a group called Commedia Dell’Morte.

Power Man and Iron Fist #2 (2011) First appearances; Tiowa Bryant, Columbina, Joe Duffy, Heart Club Diamond, and Pokerface. The duo Twillight Idol consist of Heart Club Diamond and Pokerface.

Iron Fist The Living Weapon (2014-2015) Here’s the absolute, hands down best Iron Fist series to date. Creator Kaare Andrews handles the writing, art, inks, colors and cover art for all twelve issues. Each cover outdoes the previous. Kaare is the game changer to Iron Fist as Todd was to Spidey, Miller to Daredevil, Platt to Moon Knight, etc. Buy this series, it will not disappoint. Issue #1; first appearances of Pei and Brenda Swanson. Issue #2; first Sparrow. Issue #4; first appearance of The One. Issue #6; first appearance of Fooh.

Master of Kung-Fu #1 (2015) It’s just a matter of time after Iron Fist is a hit on television or the big screen with the fans that we get more Kung-Fu characters. Here’s a bunch of intro’s in one book. Cy, Laughing Skull, Rand-K’ai, Razor Fist, Red Sai, and Typhus.

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Here’s a speculation article that will run periodically regarding which comics we feel should be the next to hit the movies, television or become an animated show. Will any of these comics see the light of day? Possibly. Possibly not. InvestComics throughout its years (10 years, longest running speculative website on the internet and the number one speculative website) has called a MANY comics (and characters) to hit the screen WAY before they were ever announced to do so. Guardians of The Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Warlock, Dormammu, Kick Ass, Thanos, Nemesis, Crossbones, just to name a few that have come to light and or will be coming. We’re not saying that these comics in these articles are guarantees to ever come to fruition, but these are our choices we feel deserve some airplay….in some form. Even a video game too.

Please realize that all of this is a speculative look at the hobby. Maybe some of these will become reality, maybe most of these won’t, but understand that this is pure speculation. Read the disclaimer. Read the disclaimer. Oh and read the disclaimer and please have fun.

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Rom (Movie/Toon/Game) – Marvel Comics made the Rom toy a cult favorite comic book. Now IDW will pick up the mantle and start an entirely new race and galaxy realm without any Dire Wraiths (Marvel owns that). Although a Rom based movie would seem a bit campy probably to make, we thought that of the Transformers idea too, but that worked. Maybe an animated show would fair better here.
*Rom #1 (1979) Writer Bill Mantlo and art by Sal Buscema. Cover art by Joe Rubinstein and Fran Miller. 75 issues. Rom’s first venture ever outside of his book cam in Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (1981). Cover by Frank Miller.

Power Pack (Movie/Game) – As InvestComics called this comic out back in 2010, who would have known Marvel Studios would report directly to Disney eventually? We did of course. Eventually Disney will take over complete creative control, so with that said we get Power Pack on this articles list. A made for movie comic book right in Disney’s wheelhouse. It’s probably a matter of WHEN this will get done, not a matter of IF.
*Power Pack #1 (1984) First appearance. Writer Louise Simonson and art by June Brigman. Cover art by June Brigman and Bob Wiacek. Lasted 62 issues.

Micronauts (Movie/Game) – This toy line went on to spawn a plethora of comic books from many different companies, but it’s Marvel Comics who got things started in 1979. A movie would seem a fantastic way to go here. Michael Bay?
*Micronauts #1; First appearance. Bill Mantlo writes, art work by Michael Golden. Cover by Dave Cockrum and Al Milgrom. Lasted 59 issues.

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Moon Knight (Movie/TV/Game) – InvestComics has been on this character since the inception of the website 10 years ago. If there is one character we feel that will guarantee to breakout into its own movie or television series, this dude right here is it. (A rare thing to get any sort of guarantees here on InvestComics). Check out the ultimate Moon Knight checklist from InvestComics right HERE. You will not find a better list. We guarantee it.
*First appeared in Werewolf By Night #32 (1975). First solo comic; Marvel Spotlight #28 (1976).

Alpha Flight (Movie) – Canada’s bad as* team needs to get their due. An absolute breakout film if it would ever get done. This team is the real deal.
*First appearance was in Uncanny X-Men #120 (1979). Alpha Flight #1 (1983) was written by John Byrne, art by John Byrne and cover by Byrne and Terry Ausin. Lasted 130 issues. If Alpha Flight ever takes flight and makes it to the big screen, Alpha Flight #1 will be the equivalent of New Mutants #98 in the sense that although there is a major overprint run on the book, it’ll command big dollars in the aftermarket.

Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner (Movie) – No stranger to InvestComics readers here. We wrote up a few times over the years (BEFORE Disney became the official bosses recently) that Disney has conquered land and space on the big screen. Just a matter of time before they hit one of their favorite places; water. So many successful films for the Mouse company taking place in the depths of water. How about that first live action water superhero movie Disney? It starts right here with Prince Namor. It has to.
*First appearance Motion Picture Funnies Weekly Volume 1 #1 (1939). Fantastic Four #4; first Silver Age Namor. Stan Lee writes, art by Jack ‘King’ Kirby and cover by Jack ‘King’ Kirby and Sol Brodsky. Just like InvestComics informed buyers to buy the first Inhumans at ANY grade, buy this comic book at any grade, doesn’t matter. Buy it. The Sub Mariner #1 (1968) comic is definitely one to have in your collection once the movie finally comes to fruition. No doubt here (another guarantee). The series lasted 72 issues.

The Pro – (Movie/TV) Here is an awesome movie or HBO/AMC television show waiting to happen. A prostitute superhero tries to find her way within the grand scheme of things with a baby in tow. A cable comedy series that would kill. This comic story is not suitable for all readers. If you’re easily offended, this book is NOT for you. A movie here would be good, but leaving audiences wanting more probably, so a television series would be the better route here.
*The Pro (2002) from Image Comics; Written by Garth Ennis, art by Amanda Connor and cover by Connor/Jimmy Palmiotti.

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Throughout the years InvestComics has explained that there is something within the speculative/collectors market that is just as important as the first appearance of a character. Sometimes an overlooked nugget, but most are privy to it. A characters second appearance is not only a fun get, but sometimes very affordable. Sometimes not, therein is the chance to make your decision as an investor to jump in or not. We cannot make that decision for you, nor would we. We will simply guide you and the rest is up to you.

We are proud to present a new regular feature on InvestComics called Second Appearances. Here you will see a list of comics featuring some A list characters and not so A list characters. Either way, the speculator will have an inside track on a characters second appearance. What if a character blows up and the first appearance is out of reach financially? Very simple actually, buy the second appearance. Some of the naysayers may say, what and why the second appearance? Well, the fact that two of the premiere grading companies (CBCS and CGC) recognize and highlight second appearances is clue enough. It’s a factor within the hobby. It is important, so why not go with the flow and start getting some of those second appearances? As said earlier, some of them are surprisingly affordable too.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #195 (1979) Second Black Cat appearance. Marv Wolman writes, art by Keith Pollard.

Fantastic Four #53 (1966) The second Black Panther. Stan Lee writes, Jack Kirby and Joe Sinnott art. First appearance of Klaw. Origin of both Black Panther and Klaw. A very nice buy right now.

Incredible Hulk Annual #5 (1976) The true second appearance of Groot. Appearing in a reprint issue after his first appearance, this comic is a NEW Groot story, thus making it more of a second appearance than the Where Monsters Dwell #6 (1970) comic. Written by Chris Claremont/Len Wein, art by Sal Buscema and cover by Jack Kirby.

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Hero For Hire #2 (1972) Second Luke Cage Appearance. John Romita Sr. cover.

The New Teen Titans #9 (1981) Deathstroke’s second appearance here. Writer Marv Wolfman and Art/cover by George Perez. Extremely underrated and affordable book.

Amazing Spider-Man #134 (1974) Second appearance of the Punisher. Also the first appearance of the Tarantula. A surprisingly affordable comic in the aftermarket.

Fantastic Four #49 (1966) Second Silver Surfer, first full appearance of Galactus and first time Silver Surfer and Galactus appear on the cover together. A classic comic from Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Joe Sinnott.

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The Batman Adventures: Mad Love #1 (1994) The first appearance of Harley Quinn out of reach? How about the Second appearance and first origin of Harley Quinn? This comic should be just attractive to Harley fans as is her first appearance.

Captain Marvel #25 (1973) Second Thanos appearance. Jim Starlin pencils,collaboration cover with Joe Sinnott.

Star Wars #43 (1981) The second COMIC BOOK appearance of Boba Fett.

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Reaction to this month’s article has been about as hot as my sister skinny dipping with a recently diagnosed thyroid problem.  To make up for that I have decided to add some extra selections for this month.  An update would have sufficed but it ballooned with a bunch of new pics and since become a part 2.  Some of these may have already been spotlighted by others on the web and if that it true then those author’s are by far much better than me and should receive emails from any reader telling them so!  Enjoy your Labor day weekend folks!

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With A Jessica Jones show coming up on Netflix how long before Danielle Cage makes an appearance?

The Flash: Iron Heights

Girder is an obscure DC villain who first appeared in The Flash: Iron Heights, an excellent prestige format book by industry greats Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.  The character has been cast to appear in the upcoming Flash TV show.

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Farooq/Blackout is an even more obscure character than Girder.  Though he appears first in the well printed/underwhelming Flashpoint 1 (also by Johns ) the issue is rare depending on which version you seek out.

Sketch variant, third printing, George Perez variant, SDCC and Canadian Expo edition

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Jarvis will be cast for the Agent Carter show.  The famous butler to heroes first appeared in this classic series from Marvel.

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Doctor Who Weekly 17 ( First appearance of Abslom  Daak )

Fan favorite and Dalek Killer, Abslom Daak could finally be appearing on screen.  His first appearance is really going to be tough to find in high grade though.

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The Avengers 167 ( First appearance of Carina )

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In the comics she’s The Collector’s daughter but if you’ve see the GOTG film then you know that she’s not to happy with her position.  It’s great little role by an unknown.

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Del Toro’s Justice League Dark is going to feature many of DC’s best characters who deal in magic and mysticism.  The legendary director  has expressed a desire to include The Floronic Man.  This is his first appearance.

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Note:  The Floronic man appears in The Atom 1 but he does not become the Floronic Man until this Flash issue.

Secret Six 7 ( first appearance of Komodo )

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Arrow is looking to feature a ton of DC characters in the upcoming season including Komodo!

The Flash Volume 2 Issue 28  ( First Linda Park )

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Green Arrow 17 variant ( First Komodo DC new 52 )

This variant is going to be the one to collectors will want.  It also features Jeff Lemire’s writing debut for Arrow and that’s enough to make this reader buy!   Simon Lacroix is an expert archer in his own right and may turn out to be one of the more exciting TV characters if he is adapted well from the source material.

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The Eternals 7 ( First appearance Eson the Searcher )

One of the more obscure appearances ( and my personal favorite! ) from the GOTG film!

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Hulk vs. Iron Man 2  ( First Extremis Hulk )

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Captain Atom ( First General Wade Eiling )

The General is rumored to play a significant role on Arrow!  This one may not see much in the way of market gains based on a higher print run but for fans of Arrow it’s a must own and can probably be found in a dollar bin.

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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

 

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indexMarvel_Feature_1_(1971)Before heading right into this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks, there are a few comics that have been highlighted over the past week or so on InvestComics that need some love. Well not love so much, but some undivided attention. I’d like to point them out in this article so that speculators can plan accordingly during a slower week like this one.

News from director Zack Synder confirmed that Nightwing (aka Dick Grayson) will in fact appear in the new Superman sequel yet unofficially titled Batman vs. Superman. Great news for the comic book fans, but not so much on the collectors/speculators side. How so you may ask? Well, Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing in Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984) and the problem with this classic comic is the one thing no hobby enthusiasts likes to hear……overprint. This comic is so easily accessible it’s not even funny. While the overprint shouldn’t deter you to still own this comic (how do you not own it already??), do realize that the aftermarket will be inundated with the first appearance of Nightwing as it already is. Great comic, too bad there are too many copies are floating around. There is however a way to get a little more bang for your buck, but you should know how to do this already…..

InvestComics reported on Marvel teaming up with Netflix for their next venture onto the small screen. It involves Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage getting television shows and all leading up to a “Defenders” mini-series. How lucky can a comic book fan be these days?! A comic that must be in your collection and is a beauty is the first appearance of the Defenders team in Marvel Feature #1 (1971). There is nothing more to say……..buy this comic book!

With the recent success of the Arrow television show for the folks over at the CW station, they are once again looking at the DC catalog and have found iZombie. Zombies are hot for reasons that are obvious, but will it equate to the demise, the watering down of the genre? We’ll have izombiePreacher_1to wait and see. Until then, you already missed out by digging in the $1 bins at your local shop for the first DC/Vertigo iZombie #1 (2010) when InvestComics broke the news, so now the question is how much of a risk are you willing to take on this comic? You have two options here. Go for the first appearance of iZombie in House of Mystery Halloween Annual #1 (2009) which has sold for more than $50 on Ebay or the iZombie #1 comic that has sold for as high as $25. Big risk here because this series is no Walking Dead and the zombie genre will eventually settle down some. What if the television series craps out? Too many risk factors with this one here.

And possibly the best news to come out from television land came late last night on InvestComics. The once very hot Preacher series from DC/Vertigo will be considered for a pilot from AMC. A Preacher #1 (1995) CGC 9.8 sold yesterday on Ebay for $185. If you have this comic, I urge you to get it graded and sit on it. It’s going to be a big book. The comic series was a rousing success and there is no reason to think that the (possible) television series wouldn’t be either. Writer Garth Ennis brings his “A” game to everything he’s involved with. The highly successful Preacher series is evidence of this. IF the Preacher gets its own TV show, Preacher #1 will be a comic to own, big time.

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Believe it or not A Plus X (2012 Marvel Now) #14 will lead the way this week. It’s with good reason of course. The issue finds Max Bemis conducting writing duties. Why and who is Max? Well he’s a comic book fan and is also the front man in a rock band called Say Anything. He’s also the co-singer in a band called Two Tongues. I have to admit, I have absolutely no idea who the bands are or who Max is, but the kids tell me they know him and them! So why exactly are we talking about this comic again? Oh yeah, this is Max’s first published comic book work. The last time a rock dude crossed over, all hell broke loose for a little bit. Let me remind you……Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)? Umbrella Academy? Oh yes that! You remember now. So check out A + X #14 and see if Max pulls off a keeper here.

Harley Quinn begins her quest this week in her own regular series; starting with Harley Quinn (2013) #0. We all know by now that Harley first appeared in the Batman: Harley Quinn (1999) soft cover graphic novel. That classic Alex Ross cover is forever etched in our minds. So that comic is probably already filed away in your Bat box someplace. This week however, the Harley Quinn #0 Stephane Roux variant cover is sold out. Buying this comic will set you back $30, but how long can Harley really hold her own though? Maybe we’ll get an answer to that question sooner rather than later.

Battlestar Galactica always seems to be that red-headed step child doesn’t it? (No offense to red-heads! My sister is a red-head!). It’s always been that show that just can’t seem to get out of its own way. The first television series back in 1978 lasted two seasons, the second series lasted a whopping 4 seasons, and the original Marvel Comics series lasted 23 issues. No major motion picture, no talks of ever taking Battlestar to another level. Very odd no? Well maybe not. Maybe it’s just not a strong franchise. Yes, maybe it’s time to accept that Battlestar is not Star Trek, Star Wars, or even Stargate; Space 1999 maybe, but not any of the aforementioned. The intention here is not to bash Battlestar, but to find an understanding as to why so many failed attempts at a space series that has such a huge following. Dynamite hasn’t given up on BG though! This week Battlestar Galactica Starbuck (2013 Dynamite) #1 is on the cusp of a sell-out. That’s right fans, there is still a core audience that demands BG and Dynamite is here to provide it! Looks like a fun read!

Forever Evil Rogues Rebellion (2013) #2 variant is sold out. It’s only a $10 variant and it’ll probably stay put right there. There is nothing special about this comic at all except an exceptionally weak villain in Parasite wreaking havoc. A fun story, but nothing for the speculator here.

Although Superior Spider-Man (2012) Annual #1 might be sold out by the next new comic book day, it still has that “Annual” stigma attached to it. The Marvel solict  says “this one counts!” Even they realize the stigma attached. It’s far and few between that any comic book annuals make an impact on the hobby. They do exist, but not on a level of any expectations that collectors clamor for. In the Superior Spider-Man annual #1 though, we see the return of Blackout. The Blackout villain first appeared in Nova #19 (1978). Will the debut of Blackout be a draw? Most likely no, but the Nova character on the other hand………buy Nova. Yes, buy Nova.

X-Men (2013) 3rd Series #7 brings back an old foe. Lady Deathstrike from Daredevil #197 (1983). That’s a nice book to have. Not a be all end all, but an okay book.

If you have children then you know about Ben 10. You know that Ben 10 is on your television set when you are getting the kids ready for school. Yes I get the explanation every morning on which alien Ben has turned into and what he can do. Fun times! IDW wants my boy to read comics too, which is a great thing. Check out Ben 10 (2013 IDW) #1 this week for your kids. Get them reading! DC Comics were the first to jump into the Ben 10 craze and now IDW is doing the same. Good times!

A few weeks back InvestComics asked that you’d get a beat on the Afterlife with Archie #1 comic. Boy did we hit that one! This week the initial offering of Afterlife With Archie (2013) #2 will be a bit different. It seems as though the zombiefied Archie interest has died down a tad quickly, but do not let this deter you from getting the second issue. There is still might be “life” in this zombie Archie.

If there is THE number one comic to get this week, it has to be Voice in the Dark (2013 Image) #1. Check out why our girl Zoey hasn’t killed anyone in about 72 days. She’s a radio DJ too. Not much to go on right? Well it’s an Image Comic, they release great stories AND it’s sold out already.

Cataclysm Ultimates (2013) #1 $20 variant is sold out. Star Wars Dawn of the Jedi Force War (2013) #1 will be one to check out and one more for the kids Scooby-Doo Team Up (2013 DC) #1!

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In association with Ratchet City Comics, InvestComics will be celebrating the InvestComics Hot Picks #300 in a BIG way! The 300th InvestComics Hot Picks will be coming out the same week as Christmas, so on December 25th, Christmas day, we will be giving away a Star Wars #1 (2013 – Dark Horse) CGC Signature Series graded 9.6 Signed by writer Brian Wood!! The comic is pictured here and can be yours if you share the InvestComics web page everyplace you can to help us reach 3000 Likes on the Facebook page. FULL details right HERE!! Share!! 

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Jay Katz

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