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Skybound has signed an exclusive film deal with Universal. The should ignite some speculation concerning the current Skybound catalog.  Here are my pics:

Beyond Invincible and the Walking Dead there are other comics produced by the Skybound imprint that are pretty darn good!

Witch Doctor Preview #0

The medical horror comic series from Brandon Seifert first appears in this preview.  The subsequent mini is worth a look also.


Invincible #43

OK there are so many Invincible books to pick ( including many others from other Image titles like Noble Causes, Savage Dragon, Tech Jacket, MOTU etc.)   Issue 43 is one I have not mentioned before though.  Anissa appears on the cover to issue 44 and she has become an infamous Invincible antagonist.  But the cover to issue 44 appears at the conclusion to issue 43.


Birthright #1 ( NYCC )

This is my favorite title from Skybound and it is the hardest cover to find!


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I thought this one was dead in the water especially since Orphan Black has a similar concept but according to the Skybound’s deal this is still in development.

Walking Dead 103 variant and remark DF variant ( first appearance of Clone series )


Issue 1 variant for Clone


Others to look at:  Thief of ThievesManifest Destiny, Ghosted, Brit, Science Dog

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Lexus SDCC (First Melinda May)

If you haven’t been watching Agents then you are still missing out.  I keep telling people this because the show has become must see TV for Marvel fans. Filled with obscure Marvel U references and gripping action, the show is both fun and part of the larger Marvel film world.  Though Coulson is a fan favorite and Daisy/Sky/Quake has made issue 2 and 5 of Secret Wars worth some cash it is Melinda May who is increasing become the show’s powerhouse character.


Unwritten #12

Izombie is a hit with viewers and as a result House of Mystery Annual 1, issue 1a and 1b have seen serious increases  in cost.  Unbeknownst to many Izombie was previewed here too!


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Here is yet another reason to suggest the SB paperback-first appearance of Lando who is getting his own comic!

Star Wars Tales 23 ( photo cover ) is the first appearance of Revan.  Kylo Ren’s costume sure looks similar to the EU character.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars 3 ( First Captain Rex )

One of my favorite characters from Star Wars is Captain Rex and it was just announced that he will be returning on S2 or Rebels! THis is his first comic appearance and the cover is sick!

first captain rex

Galaxy Quest: Global Warning 1

One of the greatest cosmic comedy films ever is coming to TV via Paramount!  There are a limited number of comics available.  This one is a key.



Suicide Squad 67

Other than issues 1,6,23,49 there aren’t too many comics from this series worth collecting.  When DC decided to resurrect certain titles for final issues during the Blackest Night crossovers fans were treated to one of the better concepts the company has ever come up with.  This one just might be the best SS cover I have ever seen!



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Aliens 1 of 6 ( Dark Horse )

Damn if it ain’t a great time to be comic lover.  So District 9 director Neil Blomkamp is going to revisit the Alien franchise.  You must be thinking, oh yea I have heard that crap before.  But here’s the good news.  He’s going to start his sequel right after Aliens.  Ripley fans rejoice!  Nah.  I’m waiting for the return of Hicks!  This is his first comic appearance!


Note:  This is the first Newt appearance as well but not Ripley!  That honor goes to a publication by Heavy Metal.

Macross 1

Die hard fans probably have this already but with plans for a live adaptation it’s going to become even harder to find than it  already is.


All you Need is Kill/Terra Formars FCBD 2014

Takashi Miike is a sick director in more ways that one.  Don’t believe me, watch Gozu.  So when I found out he’s adapting the ultra-violent Terra Formars I had to find the first comic appearance:


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Amazing Spider-Man 649 ( First Tron Suit )

So many wonderful versions of Spider-Man have been included in Slott’s epic Spiderverse story.  Good luck finding 650 with that sick Tron suit cover.  But you can easily find this one and there’s a cover pic of 650 in the back!



I have been waiting some time to include the following list of comics.  None are really connected to any current movie or film releases.  They are simply some of my favorite issues:

Secret Warriors 4 ( First appearance of Manifold )

The hype is on other books from this series ( see Quake and Leviathan ) but Manifold is easily the best character to come out of this excellent series

scret warriors 4 first manifold

Star Wars Galaxy 3 ( One of only a few appearances by Jaxxon )

Jaxxon, Usagi Yojimbo, The Maxx  and Bucky O Hare are my choices for best comic book hares and rabbits.  Jaxxon has a limited number of appearances.  This in one.

jaxxon appearance

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Secret Avengers 6 ( First Descendants )

One of the better modern Marvel stories centers around the Descendants and their inevitable ascension to glory.  All they needed to do was eliminate all of humanity.  Thanks for stumbling onto their subterranean homer Secret Avengers!

Secret Avengers 6 ( First Descendants )

Sabrina 28 ( rare Sonic Appearance )

Yes I collect rare Sonic appearances and this is one of the toughest to find in the wild.  People beat on Archie comics and this one suffered the same fate as most.  The point here-don’t give comics to children ( just kidding! )

sabrina 28 sonic appearance


Mighty World of MARVEL 16 ( Scarlet Witch Cover, Rocket Raccoon appears )

I am always on the hunt for more RR appearances.

Mighty World Marvel 16 Rocket Raccoon

Captain Britain 19 ( First Lance Hunter )

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gets better and better but the next season is make or break for the show.  Lance isn’t quite a fan favorite but his first is very difficult to find.

captain britain 19 first lance hunter

R. Grampa is one of my favorite cover artists.  Here are three covers my collection can’t do without:

Amercian Vampire 6 Cover R. Grampa Variant5 Cover R. GrampaUncanny X-Force 19 R. Grampa Cover

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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 )


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.


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!


Astro Boy 1 ( Gold Key )

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


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.


Action Comics 573 ( First Matt Trakker )

first matt trakker

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.


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


Action Comics 64( First Toyman)

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


Superman 78 ( First Hank Henshaw Cover )

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


The Titans script has leaked, cast includes Starfire and…

Dc Comics Presents ( First Raven )


First Rachel Roth of titans Tomorrow by G. Johns


Suicide Squad 23 ( First Oracle )

Nightwing ( first appearance Comic Collector March 84 )


Hawk and Dove 1 ( First Dawn Granger )


Showcase 75 First Hawk ( Hank Hall )





Comic Broker – January 2015 (part 2)

Star Wars Galaxy Magazine 2 ( Sealed )

There have been some rumblings over at Fox concerning the return of The X-Files starring the original investigating team.  If that happens the original series will start to get hot.  At one time the early issues of the Topps series were quite valuable.  Also I  have mentioned this SW mag  before.  Now is the time to buy cheap!


Notable issues: Hero illustrated 22 ( sealed only ) contains X-Files -1, X-Files Comic Digest December 1995 Photo Variant, X-Files 1,2,40 a & b,41 a & b

Alias 24

The Purple Man will be coming to TV.  His first appearance is in a pretty expensive comic but his first appearance is Alias is quite easy to find and that is probably where he will show up first.


Daredevil 4 ( First appearance of the Purple Man )


The Incredible Hulk 100 ( Second appearance of Amadeus Cho )

Callsheet 66 puts a Doctor Cho in Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Is he still the seventh smartest person on Earth?  If so Amazing Fantasy Volume 2 #15 is going to blow up.  The reason I have yet to mention it?  It’s already been hyped for a while and collectors have been holding for some time.  Below is his second appearance and this comic is hard to find because of the popularity of Planet Hulk.


Iron Man: I am Iron Man TPB

Back in 2008 Walmart decided to include a special promotional comic in one of its Iron Man DVDs.  That comic just happens to be the first appearance of  Fan Favorite Agent Coulson.  There’s another problem.  It is impossible to locate a copy and the ones I have found are in horrible condition.  If you want to read Security Measures the only place to own it in print is in this forgotten trade.


Eternal Warrior 8

Have you been reading Archer and Armstrong?   Trust me when I say it’s worth a read and so is issue 1 of Ivar the  Timewalker.  This is his first appearance.


Sleepwalker 8 ( JC Penny Reprint )

I cannot believe the recent hype for Sleepwalker.  He was referenced in BH6 an now he is slated to play an important role in the end of the Ultimate Universe!   But Sleepwalker already appeared in a film!  Issue 8 specifically was mistakenly used in the film True Romance.  This is the JC Penny Reprint and it is rare!


Notable Sleepwalker Comics: Issue 1 ( newsstand, high grade only ), Marvel Age 100, Sleepwalker 31,32,33




Comic Broker Report – January 2015 (part 1)


Secret Warriors 11


I was expecting Hydra to cause Agent Carter all the problems a secret agent can handle. But it appears the secret organization  Leviathan has taken  on that role.  So who or what  is Leviathan? Leviathan’s are the Chitauri ships first seen in Nova and the  Avengers film. But there is also an evil organization from Secret Warriors called Leviathan. Are they connected? Time will tell. Buy this now though. It’s cheap and if Quake become a fan favorite on TV, how long do you think it will be before more of her early appearances dry up?

Justice League of America 10

Constantine continues to impress and now it’s been announced that the villainous Felix Faust will be making his TV debut. Here is his first appearance.

Tales of Suspense 46


Agent Carter was surprisingly good. With nods to The Whizzer and Roxxon, the writers seem set on using Marvels rich history to fill episodes. Even Anton Vanko ( father of Whiplash!) makes it into the mix. This is his first appearance as Crimson Dynamo 1!

The Sword of Shannara


To date this is the only comic adaptation of any work from Brooks epic fantasy series, soon to be an MTV show.

The only other adaptation was a serialized comic strip by Gray Morrow from February to April, 1978. Unfortunately it’s hard to tell what papers printed the Best Seller Showcase. At this point I can confirm the Birmingham News and Chicago Tribune as publishers. The Best Seller Showcases were syndicated comic versions of novels by some renown authors. It didn’t last. To date they are the only comic version of The Sword of Shannara but it’s  likely that any newspapers that are found will be in poor condition. It is interesting to note that the original art for Morrow’s work was auctioned off in the mid 2000’s.

Trip Comic Book 12, 1978


Overstreet actually lists these so they do exist. Apparently issues ( 12-19? ) collect Chicago Tribune comics. If this does exist it would be the only reprinting of The Sword of Shannara in comic book format.

Note: Heavy Metal printed excerpts from The Sword of Shannara in early issues with art by Hildebrandt!

A recent post within an online speculation community inspired this next group. EC comics continue to rise in value as high grade copies become increasingly more difficult to find. Though the next few works are not comics they are key for both collectors and comic historians.

Ladies Home Journal November 1943


Frederick Wertham is a historical enemy of  Sequential art. His book, Seduction of the innocent ( a comic collectible in its own right ) set comics back for decades. The mass hysteria it caused pretty much gave EC the knockout blow. There were a few publications that predated his novel and they are bonafide comic collectibles.

Reader’s Digest May 1954


Readers Digest August 1948


Taking from Seduction of the Innocent we begin to get an understanding of Wertham’s misguided view comics.

Saturday Review of Literature May, 1948


To my knowledge this is Wertham’s first publish work on Comics.

The Adventures of Snake Plissken

Who would have thought that Marvel holds the honor for the first comic appearance of Snake Plissken?

Fox remake is coming.


  Other notable comics:

       Snake Plissken Chronicles Preview            Escape From New York 1:100 Variant


Fantastic Universe January 1956 ( first Minority Report )

first minority report
With a Show based on PKD’s powerful sci-fi masterpiece coming soon it’s inevitable that collectors will seek out early publications.

Rumors surrounding the upcoming Dr. Strange film have hinted at the possibility of the introduction of parallel universe into the Marvel films universe. Since Reed Richards is locked up by another studio how else would they possibly introduce the Negative Zone and why is the zone important? In Civil War Reed creates a prison for unregistered heroes called Prison/Project 42. As Cap 3 is titled Civil War it’s time to start thinking about important comics related to the event. Key issues concerning the prison included:


and Fantastic Four/Foes 5 ( first appearance of the prison )




It must be the Milo Manara effect because this one has become a tough find.


Dread 10 ( Fan Newsletter )


This rare item has the distinction of Being the first publication to print John Bolton’s cover for Army of Darkness 1 by Dark Horse.  With a show coming it may prove to be the first appearance of Ash.  The only other contender is Dark Horse Insider 6 which I have mentioned before.  At this point it looks like they came out at the same time.

Ghost in the Shell Speculation

Wizard Magazine 44 ( bagged only ), 61

Let the film spec begin!

Issue 44 has the rare Ghost in the Shell mini comic and issue 66 is a later cover!




Comic Broker Report – November 2014 (part 2)


Here’s a quick part 2 for November!


Aquaman 7,7b  ( first appearance of Kahina )

Is Kahina the Seer going to be in Batman v. Superman?  If so this is the one to buy.


Arrow 1 ( first Laurel Lance )


Batman 417 ( first appearance of KGBeast )

Another odd rumor for Batman v. Superman puts the KGBeast in the mix!  God I hope this happens.  At one time this comic could not be bought cheap.  Now it should be no problem.


Aquaman 35 ( first appearance of Black Manta )


Setting up the Aquaman film is going to part of  Zack Snyder’s plan and who is going to challenge the king of the oceans?  This one won’t be easy to find and even in poor condition it’s gonna set you back a few bucks.

Batman Annual 2 ( first Eric Border )

I cannot say much about this without spoiling the surprise!



The rumor of the president’s death in Batman v. Superman have some speculating that Lex’s grand design might center around taking the presidency for himself.  If this proves to be the case look for these to get hot:

Adventures of Superman 581, President Luthor Secret Files, Superman 162-165, Man of Steel 108-110,  Action Comics 773

He was elected in the Lex 2000 one-shot.

Iron Man vs Whiplash 1b ( First appearance of Igor Vanko? )

The Agent Carter series has been busy casting all sorts of crazy Marvel characters but this one might be the strangest.  Only mentioned by his son Whiplash in Iron Man 2 it appears that we will see just how the interaction between Howard Stark and Igor really played out!  As far as I can tell he first appeared here:





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Comic Broker Report – November 2014

Here’s a small sampling of the comics I like this month and no I am not spending money on the insane cover price DC is asking for the Harley annual that smells like weed.

The Avengers 170,171

Looking for Ultron keys?  Scoop up these Perez Classics before it’s too late.


Ultron doesn’t appear in the Avengers again until 202.


Fantastic Four 53 ( First Ulysses Klaw )

That sure looks like Klaw in the Avengers 2 trailer and he’s not the only reason to hunt down this key Black Panther book ( first Vibranium! )  The market is already wise to this one so prices are going to be high but it is a pretty safe bet.  Ya might be tempted to sell now with Marvel’s big phase 3 news but Black Panther key books are only going to rise in value  due to the broad appeal of this character.

ff 53 first u klaw


Fantastic Four 173, 174 ( First Counter-Earth )

Upcoming events from Marvel look to incorporate their own multiverse like story lines.  The High Evolutionary created one of those worlds here.

imagesff 174 first counter-earth



Let’s get a head start on the Suicide Squad film speculation.  Here are the first appearances of some of the more obscure members:

First Multiplex

firestorm 2 first multiplex


First Mindboggler

I cannot believe how many Firestorm comics are fast becoming key DC books!

firestorm 29 first mindboggler


First Jaculi

first jaculi


First Vixen

God this is an awful cover!

action 521 first vixen

Other Key Suicide Comics:  Vol.1 1,23,49


And some other last minute comics…


Spider-Man Summer Sampler 2012 ( First Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel )

Are you looking for the spot where Carol Danvers appeared as Captain Marvel for the first time?  She appeared on the cover to this freebee months before Avenging Spider-Man 9 and issue one of the regular series.


Silver Surfer 44 ( First Infinity Gauntlet )

With the announcement of the Infinity War films Marvel has thrown down the gauntlet for speculators!  While others are throwing away money on comics like the Infinity War 1-6 series ( which might just prove to have no connection the films other than the title ) I’m betting on cheap back issues like this.





DISCLAIMER:   Please remember that the comics I pick here are not sure bets.  I only provide educated information.  Any investing market represents an element of risk.  Buy and sell carefully.





Comic Broker Report – Second Appearances

Serious collectors whom I speak with usually frown upon the 2nd appearance but like the recent popularity of reprints like Action Comics 1, Amazing Fantasy 15, certain Marvel Milestones and others it shows the continuing evolution of what makes a  comic desirable.  Some of the Action Comics 1 reprinst are fairly tough to track down.  Add a low printing and a craving from collectors and sales take off…

So do you want to stay ahead of market trends?  Start hoarding these:

Nightwing ( Dick Grayson )

So I have been told that the annual is Nightwing’s second appearance but issue 45 was released in August of 1984 and issue 44 in July.  I cannot find a release date for the annual so until I do I am going with 45 as Nightwing’s second appearance.  It’s important to note that Comic Collector 3 predates 44 and does show Nightwing in Costume.  That could make it the true first appearance of Nightwing and 44 his second.  Wow that’s a bit confusing.  Just buy them all.


Notable Comics:  The Comic Collector 3 predates Teen Titans 44, DC Sampler 2 ( September 1984 )


New Mutants 88

Cable has never looked as good thanks to Mcfarlane not that other chump.


Notable comics:  New Mutants 86; he appears  at the end in a preview panel for next month’s issue!, Amazing Spider-Man 336 is his first appearance outside of a New Mutants Comic.


ASM 315

Ok so ASM 299 is considered a cameo making 300 his first appearance and this comic his second:


Notable Comics: Web of Spider-Man 18,24  and if you collect Foreign comics:



With rumors that she may take over as Wolverine it’s time to revisit her limited key books:

Nyx 4 is her second.


Notable Comics: X-Men 450 ( newsstand ), Nyx 5, Might Marvel Must Haves




As X-Force 11 creeps up in price due to the fact that many believe it to be her first appearance it has become clear that a market correction needs to be made.  Her first appearance is on the cover of New Mutants 98 even though it is a copycat Domino.  So if her likeness first appears in NM 98 then why are so many bent on believing her first appearance to be in X-Force 11?  X-Force 8 is her 2nd.

Note:  There has been no conformation that she will be appearing in the Deadpool film.



This is an article I will continue to update especially if I get requests to add characters.









Comic Broker Report – October 2014 (part 3)

This month I am smashing together a selection of comics I believe are worth buying at cheap prices if you can find them.  As always suggestions are appreciated and I will attempt to answer any questions or make any necessary revisions.

Like any investments comics represent a risk if you are looking to resell for profit.  Read the disclaimer under Hot Picks if you need further information.


2000 A.D. 377 ( First Judge Fargo )


Here’s a way they can show Karl Urban’s face in a Dredd sequel and give the legendary Judge an origin within a sequel.  All they need to do is cinematically un- retconn the retconn of Judge Fargo’s face as show in this issue.  Fargo and Dredd’s DNA are the same.  As fans know it just ain’t cool to show Dredd’s face.  This is the only time it was done.

Essential Sandman 4

This hard to find reprint of Lucifer’s first has yet to make a blip on collector’s radars.  When it becomes clear that Sandman 4 is out of reach in both availability and price this one should rise in value.


Notable addition:


Youngblood 3 ( First appearance of Supreme )

So the infamous creator of Deadpool has recently teased a Supreme film on Twitter. It appears that studios are interested in another of his creations.  This overprinted issue features Supreme’s first appearance.  As we have learned from NM 98, overprinting doesn’t seem to matter in the marketplace if the character is in demand.


Notable additions:

The Moore issue has many reprints that are more rare than the reg edition I have pictured below.


GLA 1 ( 2nd Squirrel Girl )

Recently her first appearance has been quietly selling for decent money on Ebay.  She’s a fan favorite with few first appearances.  2nd appearances are all the rage right now so here is hers.

2nd squirrel girl

Marvel Graphic Novel 18 ( First Agent Dooley )


One of my favorite actors, Shea Whigham has been cast to play this obscure S.H.I.E.L.D  agent in the upcoming Agent Carter series.  To date this is his only appearance and it’s a tough one to find.

ASM 685b ( Fredzilla appearance )

Big Hero 6 alert!  Characters from the upcoming film have few appearances outside of the mini.  This is one and it’s a difficult variant to track down.

3548529-685-variant fredzilla

Star Wars Tales 4 ( First Ben Skywalker )

As the new film release approaches I will be randomly mentioning key issues that have had some movement on the back issue marketplace.  To my knowledge this is Ben’s first and only.

SWT 4 first ben skywalker

Here is some additional Deadpool speculation.  Supporting characters can drive up prices ( See X-Force 2 ).  These two guys are popular amongst Deadpool readers but there is no guarantee that they will ever be in the film.

Cable & Deadpool 38 ( First Bob Agent of Hydra! )


Cable 3 ( First appearance of Weasel )


Identity Disc 5 ( First appearance of Deadpool’s first wife Gretchen Wilson )


Webspinners 7 ( First Appearance of Merc Monthly )










Comic Broker Report – October 2014 (part 2)

 THE COMIC BROKER’S REPORT – September 2014 pt. 2

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!

The Pulse 11,13


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.


Flashpoint 1 2011

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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 Tales of Suspense 59 ( First Appearance Jarvis )

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


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.


The Avengers 167 ( First appearance of Carina )


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.

The Flash 245 ( First appearance of the Floronic Man )

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.


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 )


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 )


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.


The Eternals 7 ( First appearance Eson the Searcher )

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


Hulk vs. Iron Man 2  ( First Extremis Hulk )

first extremis hulk

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.

first general wade eiling

Peter Parker, Spider-Ham 12 ( First Galactypus )

pps 12 first galactypus

If you haven’t been reading Ultimate FF then you need to start right after you finish reading this.

Superman Day of Doom 1 of 4


Man I sure hate mini -series and not because of the format.  For some reason collector’s frown upon them especially modern  buyers and sellers.  In this cases fans of the upcoming Gotham show and the Gotham Central comic should want this one.





Comic Broker Report – October 2014 (part 1)

Here’s a fun and quick list of comic related properties that have roots in earlier novels and publications.  Based on printing and rarity some may be worth something to you especially if you are a completest like am or simply want to speculate on connections to upcoming  film/TV adaptations.  As always any added info is greatly appreciated and  helps all who enjoy comics.

V-Wars by Jonathan Mayberry

This 2012 work by Mayberry is a must own for any fan.


Here’s the first comic appearance of V-Wars ( again )


The Strain

The TV show has been renewed for a second season and gets better every week.  In a world where many speculators are seeking the quick flip certain comics now screams hold.  The first edition  book on the other hand is still cheap enough.


Key comic issues: 1, 1 variant, 5  ( first Sardu ),7 and a key Fall tie-in from DHP vol. 2

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STAR WARS  SITH  INQUISITORS and other highly speculative publications:

At the end of the day no one really knows what the new film is going to be about but speculators are already wondering.

The Courtship of Princess Leia by John Wolverton

No one is talking about the Witches of Dathomir this week but one can hope.


The latest rumor focuses on the Sith Inquisitors and the possibility that they are the enemy in the new film.  The new animated show seems to support this.  The idea of the Inquisitors has been around for some time but it remains to be seen how much inspiration will be taken from an expanded universe Disney states is unrecognized.  My research on this continues and is admittedly incomplete:

First Appearance of Inquisitor Malorum?


Inquisitors key  ( unconfirmed )


First Appearance of Inquisitor Hydra


First comic appearance of A Sith Inquisitor ( Darth Havok )  unconfirmed.  If you find an earlier inquisitor appearance please notify me as there likely is one.  I have yet to find an earlier  named comic appearance under the  title of Sith Inquisitor.

jedi vs sith 1 first darth bane

The earliest example of an Imperial Inquisitor I could find is Inquisitor Tremayne who first appeared in the Galaxy Guide 9: Fragments from the Rim is a supplement to Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game published by West End Games. It was written by Simon Smith and Eric Trautmann and was first published in 1993.


Another rumor puts Palpatine back in the driver seat at the franchise’s top bad guy!  He first appeared here

and in Star Wars 42 ( comic )


Then there’s the idea that Ania Solo will play a central role.  She first appeared here

Daisy Ridley has been cast and signed for three films and some of the elements of her character coincide with the plot of Legacy vol. 2 from Dark Horse.

In this comic she’s being hunted down by Darth Wredd who looks an awful lot like that leaked image of a possible Sith Inquisitor.

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A Wrinkle in Time

An adaptation of this classic is finally a go.


2012 GN


Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

Dragons are all rage.  Thanks Game of Thrones…


Early issues and the TPB will dry up ever second we get closer to opening weekend.

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I expect the first comic run of Nightbreed to demand decent money down the road.  In case anyone is interested here are some related books worth looking at:

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As far as the Nightbreed comics I have mentioned keys in the past but Issues 1,2,12, and the last issue of there series are all solid bets from the dollar bin.








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Everyone likes a quickie.  Enjoy!

Venom Lethal Protector 1 ( Gold, Newsstand, Black Cover Error )

First Appearance of Ann  Weying


These days many people have been infected with Venom.  Marvel has actually done a pretty good job in this area.  Mania may be my favorite but Ann Weying is right behind her!

Her best cover by far!


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Sam Rami made a bit of a splash at this years SDCC by announcing a possible TV show for his Evil Dead property!  First appearance of Ash and the famous book bound in skin is in this hard to find preview series.

Earth x  0 ( First Female Thor )

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Despite being set in a different time and alternate Universe this is the first appearance of a female Thor.  If you can find a depiction of a woman wielding the power of Thor prior to this book please let me know!  So why is a female Thor important?  Well it looks like Marvel is changing some things including the sex of one one of its most popular heroes.  Bad idea?  Time will tell but until then there is sure to be a lot op speculation on who will hold the hammer.

Tales of Suspense 59 ( First appearance of Jarvis )


The upcoming Agent  Carter show will feature a familiar face, the original Jarvis.  With all the hype J.A.R.V.I.S. is getting surrounding Avengers 2 it sure is nice to hear that one of the Avengers most beloved characters will be showing up on the small screen.

Sensation Comics 1: First Wildcat


Wildcat may be coming to season 3 of Arrow but your chances of finding his first is pretty much zero.  The cover is pretty cool though so I decided to post it for you all!  That’s if for this month!





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A whole batch of number one comics coming out this week with some potentially amazing reads to check out! We’re going to check on some of the speculative number one issues….

But first we must address the big news on the Archie Comics front. This Wednesday in Life with Archie (2010) #36 Archie will cease to exist. More like Death with Archie #36. The coverage was immense when the news came out about Archie’s demise. The coverage reached CNN, MTV, and a whole bunch of other media outlets. Here’s the very obvious thing, Archie will not die permanently. Neither will Wolverine as Marvel so claims, but that’s another story. The Life with Archie comic in general is supposed to be Archie Comics’ version of What If? Or Elseworlds. The alternate Archie universe story will bring this comic to a fever pitch and die (pardon the pun) extremely quick in the aftermarket. Absolutely no sustainability, with good reason though, but it will probably be some amazing storytelling. A must get, at least for the read itself.

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Batwoman (2011 2nd Series) #33 will have a new villain named Night-Thief.

How is it that Harley Quinn Invades Comic Con Intl San Diego (2014) #1 has a bazillion copies left at Diamond? Isn’t Harley Quinn a hot item still? A number one Harley Quinn, Amanda Conner/Jimmy Palmiotti issue to have literally thousands sitting in the warehouse is a bit odd. The same could be said about Infinite Crisis Fight For The Multiverse (2014) #1. Anyone remember how hot the video game Injustice comic book was when it came out? Well this is within the same vein of coolness, but it’s another video game instead of Injustice. Again, thousands of copies still available. Looks like the Big Two might be starting the trend of overprinting again, no?

Let’s talk some sold out comics. Black Market (2014 Boom) #1 looks like a great storyline and will probably be sold out in no time. The Squidder (2014) #1 from IDW Publishing and Dark Engine (2014 Image) #1 follow the same as the aforementioned. All three of these comics have potential upside in the aftermarket after this week. Should pick them up.

Aphrodite IX Cyber Force (2014) #1 is showing some nice sales right now. Some covers are sold out already while the others are on the verge. The thing is with Aphrodite and Cyber Force, they are not aftermarket friendly. Never have been.

1346971_fulFan favorite Team Teen Titans goes for its fifth go around with Teen Titans (2014 5th Series) #1. Will DC progress with this team? The team is comprised of Red Robin, Wonder Girl, Raven, Bunker and Beast Boy.  Hmm…..that’s quite the team. Fifth time is a charm? Probably not, but probably a fun read.

The Devilers (2014) #1 from Dynamite Entertainment and The Last Fall (2014) #1 from IDW Publishing are worth reads and a looksee to determine if they are going to make any noise.

Have you seen the cover of 100th Anniversary Special X-Men (2014) #1 yet? If you’re a regular here at InvestComics you will know that we are the only comic book website to put together a romantic X-Men cover collage. So every time Marvel decides to put together some sort of a romantic kissy X-Men cover, we add it to our growing cover list. Usually I link you to the original article, but I’m just going to insert the covers here. Enjoy……again.

Invest wisely, Carpe Diem

Jay Katz

Romantic X-Men Images:

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The Amazing Spider-Man 657,658:  First Future Foundation Suit


Yeah I know Marvel has overdone it with the Spidey suits but this one might be the best to date.  Made of unstable molecules it never has to be cleaned!  It’s really all the benefits of Venom with out the mind altering alien infestation!

Note: There are some second printings that are worth a look too.
Superman ( New 52 ) 32: First Ulysses


So there are plenty of variants for the start of the  Johns/Romita jr.  era.  The rarest is the 1:100 retailer but the Bombshell is my personal favorite and is actually affordable.
X_Men Battle of the Atom 1: First Raze

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The alternate future offspring of Wolverine and Mystique appears first here.  As far as I am concerned the  Deadpool hash tag swag variant is the one to buy!
  Secret Avengers 4: First Manifold


One of my favorite modern characters is Manifold.  Nuff said.
First Adam Hughes art: Eagle 6

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Hughes cover are fast becoming favorites amongst collectors.  If you are looking for his first pro work, he did a pin-up in this forgotten comic.

 Venom 31: First Mania


It doesn’t matter how many times Venom replicates the results are almost always cash cows for Marvel.  Mania is the most recent transformation of the pesky alien and she’s actually a pretty cool character.  It helps that this  was the best Venom series to date.
Aunt Eunice: Batman 23.1


Ok I have major issues with this issue.   Jackanapes is one of my favorite Morrison character creations so when DC decided to give him the lamest origin they could I cringed.  I am currently rewriting his origin in my spare time and if DC fails to pick it up I am going to post in here for free and the few people who read my stuff can bash me at will.  So why am I picking this issue?  It turns out the Joker may have had an abusive Aunt who looks eerily similar to the Clown Prince of Crime!
The Great Society: New Avengers 16


Hickman’s Great Society sucked me in right away I just can’t wait to see more of these characters especially Norn!
2000 A.D. 1170: First Jock published work

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Much like Hughes, Jock’s work is catching on with fans ( see Detective 880,881 ).  This issues of 2000 A.D. published his first pro work.
Nightbreed 13: First Rawhead Rex


A TV show is coming for Nightbreed?!?!  WTF!  If you haven’t seen the cult classic I recommend it especially when the Director’s Cut is released.   Epic published a 25 issue series with  1 and 25 being the toughest to get.  Collector’s shouldn’t forget about this issue though with a sick cover and the first comic appearance of Rawhead Rex!  If he makes it to show this one will explode.


Outsiders 11,12: Katana Origin


The Brave and the Bold 200 has her first appearance and is also a final issue making it key for this upcoming  CW Arrow character.  Even the DC Sampler 1 should see some love from collectors.  I would include these issues in the Katana collection too.





Sam Wilson as Cap!  Already happened…




Comic Broker Report – Speculative Summer Special

Some of these may be easier to find than others.  Some you may have to expand on my own research as is the case with this first one.  Part of the appeal when collecting comics is finding that gem that has yet to be discovered by others.  Enjoy this list but remember you buy comics at your own risk.  Be very careful where you put your money and always do your own research.

Spawn Facts and Illusions VHS Set


Todd McFarlane has announced one of his properties has studio hopes.  Realizing that all of his creations mostly suck people are speculating on Sam & Twitch.  I tend to agree.  The 26 issue run is quite impressive but they are part of a larger world and appeared first in Spawn 1.  Ok well there goes the idea of a rare first appearance right?  Turns out Spawn 1 was released earlier in this VHS coddball set.  One thing that is pretty cool about it, this little comic was included.  Does it feature Sam & Twitch in any capacity? If so this would supplant Spawn 1 as their first appearance.  Unfortunately these are so rare that I cannot track one down to confirm.  Also the Printing of the included Spawn 1 appears to be no different from the Direct or Newsstand we all know.

For those who think  Haunt should be in the mix too:

Image Haunt Preview Book



Vertigo Defy


First appearance of the The Wake and others.  The Wake will eventually be made into a film.  When it does people will realize it was previewed in this throw away.  Lucky for you that knowledge will already be yours!


Danger Mouse 1982 Annual


Ok even I cannot confirm this one but Danger Mouse’s first American Comic appearance is in Count Duckula 3.  He appeared overseas earlier in Annuals and the magazine Look-in.  To my knowledge this issue contains his first printed comics outside of Look-In.  So why should you care?  New shows are coming!


What’s Next ( Image )


So  Rat Queens is hot hot hot!  Personally I’m lukewarm on it.  Don’t get me wrong it has potential but it’s a newbie and that makes me cautious long term despite TV news.   This one is already gaining traction on the back issue market and is similar to The Image Winter Special relationship to the Walking Dead.  It prints a Rat Queens tale that has yet to printed elsewhere.


The Intrepids 1,1 ( second Print )


Interest could spark in all of Mr. Wiebes work.  These are affordable but there is an Emerald City Con Variant which is tougher to track down.


Marvel Premiere two-in-one 52  ( First Crossfire )


Darren Cross is the Ant-Man villain?  Who?  Oh the guy who appeared in fewer issue than Kurse.  Marvel sure loves some obscure antagonists.  Darren first appeared in the already pricey Marvel Premiere 47 & 48 so they should already be on your list.  Since Crossfire is related to Darren Cross he could end up filing a role akin to Crossbones in the Winter Soldier.

Nutty 1

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If the return of Danger Mouse is possible why not Bananaman?


 Malignant Man 1-4


Unfortunately Fox has not picked up a gem.  These  will be tough to track down as it is a few years old and the demand created by it’s limited availability will bump up online prices.    First to market may have already passed by the time you read my article  as news broke days ago.  Sell now if you have em’ but I would invest my time in other bins.


IDW 2014 Summer Catalog


Another preview has a two page spread of V-Wars!  With a show coming this one could explode.











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Have you heard that Daredevil will be coming to a television screen near you soon? That’s if you’re buying into Netflix of course. And of course you knew about Daredevil, but what about his rouge gallery? He has a few you should definitely have those in your collection by now. Typhoid Mary is still affordable and that should without a doubt be picked up. She first appeared in Daredevil #254 (1988). On the more expensive side you can and should always buy Amazing Spider-Man #50 (1967) whenever you have a chance. Never pass up the Kingpin’s first appearance. Especially since Marvel/Netflix just announced the person for that role on the television show. No matter really, Amazing Spidey #50 is a winner with or without that show coming on.  So then you have Daredevil (2014 4th Series) #4 coming out this week. This issue will focus on the all new villain The Owl. This villain will probably and most likely appear on the Netflix show as well. Check out the Owl’s first appearance in Daredevil #3 (1964). The new Daredevil issue this Wednesday will also bring Foggy Nelson into the equation. Will Foggy be a part of the new show too? Probably, but you’ll have to fork down some serious dough to get his first appearance because it just so happens to be the first appearance of Matt Murdock himself in Daredevil #1 (1964). Like in the case of the Amazing Spider-Man #50 issue though, Daredevil #1 will always be in the buy market.

Batwoman (2011 2nd Series) #32 will bring Nocturna front and center in the new 52 universe. And just in case you’re wondering; Nocturna’s first appearance is in Detective Comics #529 (1983).

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There is one knockout punch coming from Image Comics this week that you need to get and have fun with in the aftermarket; Wicked and Divine (2014) #1. The comic is completely sold out across the board. Regular and variants are sold out. So get em’ while they’re hot. MPH (2014 Image) #2 variants are gone. Look for second prints on this comic to follow soon.

1870697 1867874IDW will be in the black this new comic book day. Star Trek City on the Edge of Forever (2014) #1 is sold out and the Winterworld (2014 IDW) #1 variants are gone. Soon too will be the regular cover.  The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star in an all new series; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Turtles In Time (2014) #1. Sales look strong on this comic right now.

Dynamite Entertainment are showing some very strong sales with Doodle Jump (2014) #1. Doodle will most likely be sold out soon after its release.

Marvel promises to name a character from its’ 48 year history in Silver Surfer (2014 5th Series) #3. What does this mean exactly? Your guess is as good as mine, I have no idea.

Other debut comics to check out this week; Thomas Alsop (2014) #1, Regular Show (2013 Kaboom) Annual #1, Fathom (2013 Aspen 5th Series) Annual #1, and Wonderland Age of Darkness (2014) #1.


Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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Apocalypse Checklist


This month I am combining two articles into one!  Enjoy!


Alpha Flight 9 ( First  Sunpyre )


Sunpyre came from the Microverse via Honey Lemon and though she’s not on the Disney team roster  she could show up in the Big Hero 6 film.  Big Hero 6 collectors should own this one especially since there a very few appearances by the team.  I also like:

Thunderbolts 25, Alpha flight 16 & ASM 685, ASM Ends of the Earth 1, Civil War Battle Damage Report

Nova 3 ( First Leviathan ) 2013


Rumor has it Baron Von Strucker is going to use some heavy weaponry against the Avengers in the opening scene of Avengers 2.  One of those weapons could be the  corpse of a Chitauri Leviathan!  The Chitauri first appeared in THe Ultimates 8.  The Leviathan’s first appeared in the Main Marvel Universe in this issue of Nova.  Oh and Rocket Raccoon plays a critical roll in this comic too!

Batman Adventures Annual 1 ( First Roxy Rocket )


This comic is valuable simply because it’s HQ’s second appearance but with all the hype over female characters who appeared first outside the mainstream DCU it might not be long before Roxy gets inserted into the New 52.  She’s got a small but devoted following and that’s often the spark for market gains.

Detective Comics 822 ( First Roxy Rocket in the DCU )


See Action Comics 835 or Batman:  Harley Quinn Prestige Format.

Fury of Firestorm 23 ( First Felicity Smoak Raymond )


Arrow has become a surprise hit and it’s no surprise that some of it’s characters are generating market interest. Recently I have recommended  appearances of John Diggle and Rose Wilson.  But we shouldn’t count out Felicity especially since she first appeared so long ago.

The Thousand Deaths of Baron Von Donut


If you haven’t read Arsenic Lullaby then you are missing out on some truly entertaining comics.  Recently Comedy Central’s new show Trip Tank featured an adaptation of  the Anal Probe strip from this issue.  It’s super rare and worth every penny you pay for it!

 Iron Man 28 ( First Appearance Howard Stark )


If Marvel is smart the will use this character in the Agent Carter Show.

The Chair ( Alterna Comics )


Eric Roberts is in the Movie!  Ok that might not be a good selling point but this puppy is rare.


With conformation that Apocalypse is the next big thing for Fox it’s time to stock up on key books before the rest of the hoarders do. Start with these and if you want to add any of your own let me know! I have mentioned some of these X-Men related comics in the past.  Many of the X comics are directly related to recent film developments.


Uncanny 332 ( first Ozymandias )


I doubt you will see an Age of Apocalypse film without this guy!

Marvel GN 17 ( First Apocalypse )


Though unnamed in the GN it looks like this is Apocalypse’s first appearance.  Will this retcon catch on?  If it does this one will skyrocket.

Rise of Apocalypse 1-4


This mini is already selling for decent money.

Uncanny 376


Uncanny X-Men 221 ( First Mr. Sinister )


Mr. Sinister is a fan favorite  and central to the AOA plot.  Grab this one now if your lucky enough to find it in high grade.

X-force 37 ( Apocalypse gains entry into the Celestial ship )


Any comic that sheds light on the origin of the world’s oldest mutant should jump in price.  In this case we get a glimpse into Apocalypse’s quest for power.  It’s a small tidbit but key to understanding the goals of a powerful mutant.

New Mutants 25 ( First David Haller/Legion ) 26 ( first on cover )


Bringing Apocalypse into the cinematic universe is a smart move.  Leading the next film into the AOA storyline would be wise too.   Sony like to adapt stories from the comics so Prof X’s son could be used and that means a whole host of comics will heat up on the back issue market.

X-Men 41 – Legion Quest (First Earth-295/AOA )


X-Factor 23 ( first Archangel )


Everyone should have a copy of X-Factor 24. Simonson’s cover is still impressive all these years later and hey it’s the first appearance of Warren as Archangel right?  Nope.  He appeared in issue 23, in full and wasn’t named for many issues later.  This scenario reminds me of New Mutants 86/87.  Cable appears at the end of issue 86 but because of the iconic cover for issue 87 the actual first appearance isn’t noted.

X-Men 95 ( Identity of Death Revealed )


At this point we do not know who the Horsemen will be.  I would like to see the original horsemen used but Fox likes to tweak the stories making Wolverine the central character.  If the do use him as Death I would want to own this one.

X-Men Unlimited 10


Dark Beast replaces Beast.  I remember a few characters who became quite popular during the AOA run.  Dark Beast was one of them.

Uncanny X-Men 317 ( Red Stripe )


She appears to be one of the more popular characters in the new film.  The enhanced cover is easy to find.  This one is a little more difficult.

X-Men Poster Magazine 4 ( First AOA Blink/ Dark Beast )


Unlike Bishop Blink was great in Days of Future Past!

This one is super rare and could be the first appearance of the AOA Blink and Dark Beast.  I am working to confirm the date of release on this but if you collect AOA related comics you should enjoy the hunt on this one.  It’s not going to be easy.

Tales from the AOA 2


I have mentioned this one before.  Why?  First published work by Brian k. Vaughan!





Here’s something else to enjoy.


Age of Apocalypse – Reading Order

Legion Quest
0) Uncanny X-Men #319: Untapped Potential
1) X-Factor #109: The Waking
2) Uncanny X-Men #320: The Son Rises In The East
3) X-Men #40: The Killing Time
4) Uncanny X-Men #321: Auld Lang Syne
5) Cable #20: An Hour Of Last Things
6) X-Men #41: Dreams Die

1) X-Men Chronicles #1: Origins
2) X-Man Annual #1996
3) Tales From The Age of Apocalypse: Sinister Bloodlines
4) Tales From The Age of Apocalypse: By The Light
5) X-Men Chronicles #2: Shattered Dreams
6) X-Man #-1: Breeding Ground
7) Blink #1
8) Blink #2
9) Blink #3
10) Blink #4 (Without Last Three Pages)

11) X-Men Alpha: Beginnings
12) Astonishing X-Men #1: Once More, With Feeling
13) X-Calibre #1: The Infernal Gallop
14) Gambit and The X-Ternals #1: Some Of Us Looking To The Stars
15) Generation Next #1: From The Top
16) Weapon X #1: Unforgiven Trespasses
17) Amazing X-Men #1: Crossing Guards
18) Factor X #1: Sinister Neglect
19) X-Man #1: Breaking Away

Choosing Sides
20) Amazing X-Men #2: Sacrificial Lambs
21) Factor X #2: Abandoned Children
22) Weapon X #2: Fire in the Sky
23) Gambit and The X-Ternals #2: Where No External Has Gone Before
24) X-Calibre #2: Burn
25) Generation Next #2: Hither Comes The Sugarman
26) Astonishing X-Men #2: No Exit
27) X-Man #2: Choosing Sides

Turning Point
28) Age of Apocalypse: The Chosen
29) Factor X #3: Open Wounds
30) Astonishing X-Men #3: In Excess
31) Amazing X-Men #3: Parents of The Atom
32) X-Calibre #3: Body Heat
33) Gambit and The X-Ternals #3: To The Limits of Infinity
34) Generation Next #3: It Only Hurts When I Sing
35) X-Man #3: Turning Point
36) Weapon X #3: The Common Rights of Toads and Men
37) X-Universe #1: Last Stand

38) X-Calibre #4: On Fire
39) Generation Next #4: Bye
40) Astonishing X-Men #4: Holocaust
41) X-Man #4: The Art of War
42) Factor X #4: Reckonings
43) Weapon X #4: Into The Maelstrom
44) X-Universe #2: Dying Breath
45) Gambit and The X-Ternals #4: The Maze
46) Amazing X-Men #4: On Consecrated Ground
47) X-Men Omega: Endings
–) Blink #4 (Last Three Pages)


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Wormwood Gentlemen Corpse 1  ( Hundred Penny Press Edition )

This series has been on fire recently. Issues of the LO-FI magazines reprint material are scarce and sell for a premium. If you are looking forward to the animated series and collect the comics do not forget to track down this rare printing of issue 1.

Dreadstar 1 Marvel/Epic


Despite not featuring the first appearance of major characters from the series the first Marvel/Epic comic issue is starting to move.
Walking Dead 103 Variant

Clone has been picked up by Syfy and is easily one of the better Image titles out today. It should translate well to the small screen. Issue 1 has a variant but if you want the series first appearance this WD issue is the one to buy.
Note: There is a very limited DF remark variant for this issue.

Ghosted 9

Nailbiter is already a hot item on Ebay.  Issue 1 is selling for 10-15.  It’s damn hard to predict the next big thing as most modern titles fall off after a while and lose readership. Will Nailbiter defy the odds?  If it does pick up Ghosted 9 as it previews the new Image series.
Superman Confidential 1

sup confidential 1 first tony gallo

The man who first exposed Superman to Kryptonite  makes his debut in this excellent DC series. The Utopia Casino, which Tony owns was an Easter egg in the Man of Steel film. Only time will tell if Mr. Gallo gets cast as a villain in Zack Syder’s highly anticipated follow-up. This one is cheap and relatively easy to find. Buy and hold.
Chew 8 ( first Poyo )

This comic should be back on collector radars. With Chew confirmed for an animated treatment, fan fav Poyo looks to play a prominent role.
Swamp Thing 67

A new trailer for the Constatine TV series has debuted and people are excited. Issues of Swamp Thing 37 and Hellblazer 1 are starting to sell well. Look for this issue  to jump when collector realize that it previews Hellblazer 1 although I am not sure if Papa Midnite is in the preview.  If so this issue would then become his true first appearance.

Tales of the New Teen Titans 1


Scott Snyder has announced Cyborg will be in Superman/Batman and that means DC Comics Presents 26 will no longer be easy to find.  In all fairness it has been a collectible comic for some time.  But this issue can still be found in back issue bins all across America.  Buy it now and hold on tight because it gives readers the origin of Cyborg!


Nova8 ( 2008 )  First appearance of Knowhere


Some time ago I mentioned this little gem that not only features one hell of a cover but is also the first appearance of fan favorite Cosmo.  Well now it might be important for another reason.  Recent GOTG images allude to the possibility of the Celestial head Knowhere as a setting for Starlord and company.







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Amazing Spider-Man will relaunch this upcoming week with Amazing Spider-Man (2014 3rd Series) #1. The relaunch of this third SpideyHP43014_Covers (6) series is due to the lack of success the previous two series’ have had. With 100% sarcasm attached to the previous comment, Marvel’s relaunch here is their way to cash in on Sony’s new Spidey movie coming out this week…..and of course grab as much money from the collector pockets as possible too. Nothing wrong with a company wanting to make money, but watering down things quite a bit aren’t we with 16 variants? But money to be made nonetheless! So what should you do? Stick with the usual rules. Get the variants with the best ratio. Get the variants signed and graded. That’s it. Or get a variant you really dig, get that signed and graded. Either sit on it for your own love of it or sell it very quick. The Amazing Spider-Man #1 variant craze is going to be short lived.

More variant cover madness hits with Rai (2014 Valiant) #1. At last count with this one there are 10. So between the Amazing Spider-Man #1 and Rai #1 there are 26 variants in total. That’s 2 comics, and 26 variants. Wow. Anyway, Check out Rai’s first appearance in his self-titled book from 1992. Also brought to you by Valiant. And the total number of variants for Rai in 1992? Zero.

HP43014_Covers (5)There are 2 DC Comics to check out this week. First one, the more important one too is Adventures of Superman (2013) 2nd Series #12. An introduction of an all new character named Demolisher. Introduction of new characters are always a 100% pickup on new comic book day. Know this. The other DC Comic; Flash (2011) Annual #3 will reintroduce Wally West into the New 52 realm. Aftermarket will take more to the Demolisher intro in the long run IF the character is a recurring one.

Sold out number ones to keep your eye on this Wednesday. Dream Police (2014 Image) #1, written by J. Michael Straczynski. Southern Bastards (2014) #1 with the team of Jason squared; Jason Aaron and Jason Latour.  V-Wars (2014) #1 (IDW Publishing) has a Kevin Eastman variant. Two comics from Red 5 have the sold out sign at the distributor; Bad Dreams (2014) #1 and Haunted (2014 Red 5) #1.

And finally, Uncanny Avengers (2012 Marvel Now) Annual #1 will have the first look at a new team. The Avengers of the Supernatural. Hey, I don’t make this stuff up, I report on it.

HP43014_Covers (1)Invest wisely.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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Comic Broker Report – Undervalued Moderns Special

The market can be slow to reflect the value of certain issues.  This can happen for many reasons.  Each month I try to give readers the opportunity to get in on a sleeper well before the market catches up.  Though I am not always right I try to select comics that are worth collecting even if you might never make a penny on the fast flip.  I have featured some of these comics in the past.  They make this list because they remain largely unknown to the collecting community.


Batman Volume 1 Issue 656


If you are looking for Damian Wayne’s first full appearance then here ya go!  Issue 655 along with its variant and other printings are often the ones collectors want but they only feature Batman’s son in shadows.  This issue is where we get to see the league trained badass for the first time!

Iron Man,Incredible Hulk,Nick Fury       Iron Man 2: Agents of Shield ( second appearance )

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It’s odd to me that Agent Coulson’s first appearance is so undervalued.  It’s pretty tough to find and features a character that is loved by most Marvel fans.  With Agents of SHIELD getting better with each episode I hope these two comics see significant increases in value.

Battle Scars 1,6

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So if you don’t appreciate Coulson’s first actual appearance in a comic then you can pick up these two which feature his first appearance ( and named appearance ) in the regular Marvel Universe.

Th Invincible Iron Man ( 2008 ) 10,11

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Ok there are a ton of these to hunt down.  Why?  Well recently the actor who voiced Iron Man’s A.I.  J.A.R.V.I.S. told us he’s playing the Vision.  This means that the A.I. that Stark created is becoming one of the most popular Avengers in the next film.  The Vision first appeared in Avengers 57 and it highly valued.  But as the film version will be bringing the Stark A.I. to life as an android,  these comics should be worth a lot more than the currently are.  Issue 10 features the first appearance of the RESCUE armor, made for Pepper Potts by Tony.  In Issue 11 we learn that the A.I. system in her armor is the J.A.R.V.I.S intelligence!  That makes these issues the first comic appearance of the intelligence system which will become the Vision in Avengers 2.  So far the hardest issues to find are the second print for issue 10.  This us due to the first cover for RESCUE.  Issue 10 has variants, the hardest one to find being the secret retailer variant.  The only way to tell is a barcode variation pictured above!

Elektra Assassin 2


Ok I admit I am a huge Bill Paxton fan.

Once we learned that his character on A.O.S. was secretly a Hydra agent this book should have seen some market action.  It has a wonderful cover and is written by an industry great.

Action Comics 471


Despite many who were disappointing by the Man of Steel I have come to realize that it is a very good film.  Russel Crow actually steals it along with Zod’s top soldier Faora who first appears  in this issue of Action Comics.

Supernaturals 4


It’s still amazing to me that Groot is coming to a theater near you in August.  For a character with less that 5 pre Copper Age appearances it just seems insane that an Alien like this is being thrust into the mainstream. To my knowledge this issue is his first appearance in the modern age.  This series inserted masks into the issues and I believe the ones with the Ghost Rider mask are the hardest to find.

Chuck Norris  and the Karate Kommandos 1


First appearance of this legend is all you need to know.

Captain America 208, first appearance of Arnim Zola


If you geeked out as much as me with Zola’s incredible appearance in the Winter Soldier then I applaud your love of insanely twisted comic villains!