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 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
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
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
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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