Cloak and Dagger Checklist

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Cloak and Dagger Checklist.

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Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) – The duo debuts right here. Written by Bill Mantlo and pencils by Ed Hannigan.

Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #69 (1982) – The second appearance of Cloak and Dagger.

Marvel Age #6 (1983) – A Rick Leonardi cover.

Cloak and Dagger #1 (1983) – This four issue limited series back in the early 80’s was a hot commodity for a bit. Watch as we arrive closer to a true announcement of a Clock and Dagger series, this series picks up some steam. Series was written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Rick Leonardi. The first issue features the first appearance of Mayhem. Cloak and Dagger #4 offers up an origin issue.

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Marvel Team-Up Annual #6 (1983) – A team up with Spidey and the New Mutants.

Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #97 (1984) – The late Herb Trimpe pencils this issue with a Cloak and Dagger appearance.

Power Pack #6 (1985) – Another popular 80’s series. Have you heard our take on Power Pack though? You can catch our tip in many places, but HERE is a good start. Anyway, Cloak and Dagger appearance here.

New Mutants #23 (1985) – Written by Chris Claremont, art by Bill Sienkiewicz. Cloak and Dagger appearance. Nuff said.

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Click To Buy/Bid – C&D #1 1985

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New Mutants #25 (1985) – Same as New Mutants #23 on this checklist, except this is the first appearance of Legion.

Cloak and Dagger #1 (1985) – The first issue of their very own series.

Power Pack #19 (1986) – Appear with Wolverine and Beta Ray Bill.

Cloak and Dagger #6 (1986) – First full appearance of Predator. No not that one, Marvel’s Predator.

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Cloak and Dagger #7 (1986) – Marc Silvestri art.

Cloak and Dagger #8 (1986) – Mike Mignola art.

Cloak and Dagger #9 (1986) – Art Adams pencils.

Strange Tales #1 (1987) – The Cloak and Dagger series ended at issue number eleven and picked up right here. First appearance of Lord of Light.

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Strange Tales #8 (1987) – First appearance of Mr. Jip.

Marvel Graphic Novel #34 (Cloak and Dagger Predator and Prey) (1988) – Marvel gives Cloak and Dagger the graphic novel treatment. Bill Mantlo writes and Larry Stroman pencils.

Strange Tales #12 (1988) – Whilce Portacio art. Terry Austin/Portacio cover as well. Punisher appearance.

Marvel Age #66 (1988) – C&D appear on this John Bolton cover.

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The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger #1 (1988) – Another number one issue (and series) with C&D leading the way.

The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger #3 (1989) – Jim Lee cover art.

Code of Honor #2 (1997) – One has to dig deep over an eight year span here between comics in which Cloak and Dagger had and sort of relevancy at all in the Marvel U. Thanks to writer Chuck Dixon, he gives these characters their long overdue in this issue and next. The four issue Code of Honor series was a good one too.

The Supernaturals #4 (1998) – An appearance in this comic with artist Ivan Reis, writers Brian Pulido and Marc Andreyko.

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Marvel Knights #7 (2001) – A beautiful Dagger cover from Danny Miki and Joe Quesada.

Runaways #11 (2004) – Here’s a great double-shot speculation book. The Runaways are rumored to get their own television series and so are Cloak and Dagger. This two part story is written by the great Brian K Vaughan.

Runaways #9 (2005) – Cloak and Dagger make another appearance in the second Runaways title the following year. A four issue appearance. Writer Brian K Vaughan here again.

Wolverine #42 (2006) – Too many Marvel characters appear in this comic to list, but there is a Cloak and Dagger appearance written by Marc Guggenheim and drawn by Humberto Ramos.

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Click To Buy/Bid – C&D #1 2010

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New Avengers #23 (2006) – C&D appearance. Art; Oliver Coipel, writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Black Panther #25 (2007) – An appearance in a Black Panther book.

Deadpool #16 (2009) – Dagger makes an appearance.

Cloak and Dagger #1 (2010) – A one shot. Writer Stuart Moore, artist Mark Brooks.

Spider Island Cloak and Dagger #1 (2011) – A three issue mini-series starring lots of Marvel characters.

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Rom – Checklist

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IDW Publishing will bring the Rom character back from obscurity on Free Comic Book Day May 7th 2016. The long awaited Rom drought will end with the release of Rom: Space Knight #0. Chris Ryall (Editor-In_Chief) has always been a huge fan of the character and always teased fans about maybe one day bringing him back. Now Chris’ dream and fans alike will have their Knight in shining Armour back for good! If you are a fan of yesteryear like we were or even a new fan, InvestComics brings you the ultimate Rom checklist below. Click away and buy up these great books. Get to know the Rom of the past because one must know the past to appreciate the future. Be sure to check out the new Rom series from IDW Publishing when it hits. We’re sure it’ll be a blast from the past and future!

Rom Checklist

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Rom #1 (1979) – The first appearances of Rom, Dire Wraiths, Prime Director, Brandy Clark, and Spaceknights. Bill Mantlo writes, Sal Buscema draws, and a Frank Miller/Joe Rubinstein cover. A number one issue to love.
Rom #2 (1980) – First appearances of Jonathan Clark, Sarah Clark, Steve Jackson, and Firefall.
Rom #3 (1980) – A Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #5 (1980) – Doctor Strange makes a guest appearance. Also the first appearance of the Hellhounds of the Dark Nebula.

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Rom #8 (1980) – First appearance of Serpentyne.
Rom #12 (1980) – The awesome Jack of Hearts makes an appearance. The great Michael Golden gets both characters on his cover. Lovely.
Rom #14 (1981) – This comic has a bunch of goodies in it. The first appearances of Terminator Rom, and Starshine (Landra). Appearances (flashback) by the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Dave Cockrum cover.
Rom #17 (1981) – The Uncanny X-Men make an appearance. This comic and the followup next issue are the most popular of the Rom series run. A Frank Miller/Al Milgrom cover with Wolverine slashing at Rom makes this an instant collectors item. Also the first appearance of Hybrid.

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Rom #18 (1981) – Part 2 with the Uncanny X-Men. Frank Miller/Terry Austin cover.
Rom #20 (1981) – First appearance of Mentus.
Rom #21 (1981) – The return of the Torpedo. A fantastic Al Milgrom cover.
Power Man and Iron Fist #73 (1981) – The first time Rom ventures outside of his own title into the Marvel universe. Writer Jo Duffy, and a Frank Miller cover.

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Rom #23 (1981) – Power Man and Iron Fist return the favor and appear in the Rom comic. A few Marvel characters first appear with Rom in this comic. Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Moon Knight.
Rom #25 (1981) – First appearances of Hammerhead, Astra, Javelin, Rainbow, and an appearance from Torpedo.
Rom #29 (1982) – An Incredible Hulk appearance.
Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions #1 (1982) – Rom steps out of his own comic for the first time and into the realm of the Marvel universe. This 3 issue mini was the first of its kind and it was a big seller back in 82. The aftermarket treated this series very kindly back then. Rom seems to have appeared in only the first issue. The series was written by Grant, Gruenwald, and Mantlo. Drawn by John Romita Jr. Cover by Romita Jr and Layton.

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Rom #31 (1982) – The Avengers make an appearance.
Rom #32 (1982) – The X-Men make an appearance.
Rom #33 (1982) – First appearance of Sybil.
What If? #36 (1982) – Rom’s second appearance into the Marvel U, but it’s in a backup Nova what if story.

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Rom Annual #1 (1982) – Rom’s first annual. Also the first appearance of Gloriole (backup story).
Rom #38 (1983) – A fantastic cover from Gene Day and an appearance by Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. Also the first appearance of Doctor Dredd.
Rom #40 (1983) – The first appearance of Starshine (Brandy Clark).
Rom #41 (1983) – Doctor Strange makes an appearance.

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Marvel Two-In-One #99 (1983) – Rom teams with the Thing (Fantastic Four). Cover by John Byrne and Ed Hannigan.
Rom #44 (1983) – First appearance of Devastator.
Rom #46 (1983) – Bill Sienkiewicz lends his legendary status to this awesome cover.
Rom #48 (1983) – This cover reminds us of the “Spidey No More” story (opening page – Amazing Spider-Man #50). The Rom cover reads “To Fight No More”. Hmmmmm……Cover credit: Ian Akin/Brian Garvey.

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Rom Annual #2 (1983) – An overload of first appearances here. Breaker, Unseen, Pulsar, Seeker, Trapper, and Scanner.
Rom #50 (1984) – Avengers and Fantastic Four appearances. Cover from Michael Zeck.
Rom #51 (1984) – Another great Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #52 (1984) – First appearance of General Merriwether Locklin. Bill Sienkiewicz supplies the cover art.

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Incredible Hulk #296 (1984) – Rom makes an appearance.
Rom #56 (1984) – Alpha Flight appearance with a John Byrne cover.
Rom #57 (1984) – Another John Byrne cover. Alpha Flight/Rom cover.
Rom #58 (1984) Ant-Man appearance. Ant-Man also appears on the Jackson Guice cover.

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Rom #59 (1984) – Legend Steve Ditko takes over the art duties for the remainder of the Rom series. Unfortunately the Rom series begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel. An Ant-Man appearance in this issue.
Rom #61 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. Here’s a fun book to hunt down for only one reason. That black cover. See if you can score a 9.8 grade or higher. Might be challenging for a 32 year old comic. And besides, look at the creator names on this book anyway, Mantlo. Guice, Austin, Mazzucchelli, and Ditko. Not just any book to get graded.
Rom #62 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. Michael Zeck cover.
Rom #65 (1985) – Steve Ditko pencils ALL of these characters; Avengers, X-Men, West Coast Avengers, Soviet Super Soldiers, Dynamic Defenders (which includes Valkyrie, Beast, Iceman, Gargoyle, Angel, and Moondragon), Captain Britain, and many more. This issue is a must have in your Steve Ditko collection.

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Rom #66 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. All the same characters appear in this issue as did in the last issue. This time add Galactus to the mix.
Rom #67 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Hiberlac and the Hibers. Jim Starlin cover!
Rom #71 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Clavians.
Rom #73 (1985) – Steve Ditko art. First appearances of Heatwave, Spaceknights (second generation), and Ariane.

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Rom Annual #4 (1984) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Voltar.
Rom #74 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. First appearance of Lord Dominor. John Byrne cover art.
Rom #75 (1986) – Steve Ditko art. The last issue.
Incredible Hulk #319 (1986) – Rom took 2 months off after his series finale before appearing this comic. Written, drawn and cover by John Byrne.

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Doctor Strange Sorcerer Supreme Annual #2 (1992) – Rom appears in a backup story written by Roy Thomas.
Incredible Hulk #418 (1994) – Rom appears in this wedding issue. Written by Peter David and art by Gary Frank. This comic has an appearance from Death. Death is a Neil Gaiman Sandman character creation from DC’s imprint Vertigo. Tsk-tsk Marvel, shame on you.
Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014) – Rom appears in a story written by Brian Michael Bendis and art by Alan Davis. “Licensed Contest of Champions” is the story name and it features Godzilla, Bug (Microverse), among others…..including Rom.

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Bullseye – Checklist

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Below is a checklist of Bullseye comics; first appearances, key issues, and other books. There WILL BE MISSED books here. It’s okay, no one will get hurt or die. Please read the disclaimer!! If you think there is a comic(s) that did not make this list, please feel free to weigh in below or let us know on one of our many social media outlets.

Bullseye Checklist

Daredevil #131 (1976) – The first appearance of Bullseye. Art by Klaus Janson and words by Marv Wolfman.

Daredevil #132 (1976) – The second appearance of Bullseye.

Daredevil #141 (1977) – Early Bullseye appearance. Pencils from legend Gil Kane.

Daredevil #159 (1979) – Frank Miller pencils Bullseye for the first time and boy does Frankie have plans for him.

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Daredevil #160 (1979) – The very next issue we get the first Bullseye cover (in costume) from Miller.

Daredevil #169 (1981) – It only took Miller a few issues after he starting writing the Daredevil series to work Bullseye in. The first time Bullseye gets the Miller treatment (writer).

Daredevil #170 (1981) – The Kingpin makes his first appearance ever in a Daredevil comic. Frank Miller had a vision and it worked. Bullseye appears for the first time with Kingpin.

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Daredevil #181 (1982) – One of the most iconic comic books in history here, the Death of Elektra. The Daredevil Netflix series will have Elektra joining the cast and this comic story is bound to make it to the show. When it does, watch as this overprinted awesome comic commands some ridiculous aftermarket monies. If you do not own this comic by now, you should get it.

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What If #35 (1982) – A few months after knocking off Elektra, Marvel immediately went to the well and made this comic. They already knew they struck a cord with comic fans and were cashing in. See they’ve been doing this for years! Frank Miller writes and pencils this alternate universe story. Oh and legend Steve Ditko pencils the first appearance of the Cat People in another story. No really, we’re not making that up.

Daredevil #197 (1983) – Yuriko (later becomes Lady Deathstryke) makes her first appearance. Bullseye appearance.

Daredevil #200 (1983) – A classic John Byrne/Terry Austin cover.

Alpha Flight #34 (1986) – Bullseye finally steps away from the Daredevil comic. His first appearance outside a DD comic is in this Alpha Flight comic. Alpha Flight? Odd. He’s not on the cover though.

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What If…#2 (1989) – “What If Daredevil had killed Kingpin?” Here’s a unique book. It’s Greg Capullo’s first professional work (outside of FantaCo and Pocket Comics). 5 years before he ever touched the Batman character.

Daredevil #284 (1990) – Bullseye appears with Typhoid Mary for the first time.

Daredevil #286 (1990) – Greg Capullo fills in for this one issue.

Punisher #101 (1995) – Bullseye’s first appearance in a Punisher book.

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Punisher #102 (1995) – Nothing more here then a ridiculously cool Bullseye cover from Frank Teran. There was also a low print run on this book, making it higher priced in the aftermarket.

Elektra #1 (1996) – Mike Deodato pencils Elektra in her first monthly book. Bullseye appears.

Deadpool #16 (1998) – Bullseye’s first time appearing with Deadpool.

Daredevil #4 (1999) – Here’s issue number four in the Joe Quesada Daredevil run featuring a Bullseye appearance.

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Daredevil #5 (1999) – Bullseye kills Karen Page.

Bullseye: Greatest Hits #1 (2004) – The origin of Bullseye. This is a great series to own if you’re a collector or a Bullseye fan.

Punisher vs. Bullseye #1 (2006) – A fantastic 5 part series comic series.

Thunderbolts #110 (2007) – Bullseye joins the all new Thunderbolts team. Written by Warren Ellis and art by Mike Deodato.

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Amazing Spider-Man #568 (2008) – Artist John Romita Jr and writer Dan Slott manage to work Bullseye into this huge epic story line.

Daredevil #111 (2008) – Bullseye appears in the introduction comic of Lady Bullseye.

Moon Knight #22 (2008) – The first time Bullseye appears in a Moon Knight title.

Hit Monkey #1 (2010) – Bullseye appearance.

Daredevil Black and White #1 (2010) – A one shot featuring art from Jason Latour. Bullseye appearance.

Shadowland Bullseye #1 (2010) – Writer John Layman….nuff said.

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InvestComics’ latest speculative look into what comic books should become a movie, television show, cartoon or a video game.
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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Zot (Movie/TV) This awesome 80’s comic was a hit. A Scott McCloud creation would look fantastic on either the big or small screen.
*First appeared in Zot #1 (1984) from Eclipse Comics. The series lasted 36 issues. Also check out a rare appearance in Image Comics’ Savage Dragon #41 (1997). Actually, A LOT of rare appearances in that comic!

Jack of Hearts (Movie/TV/Toon/Game) Here is a long forgotten Marvel character that literally shines with expectation. The costume alone could get eyes glancing over to see what’s going on. An interesting player in the Marvel universe that would make for some fun screen time. A cartoon would be a as colorful as live action would. Make this happen Marvel.
*First appearance; The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #22 (1976). This was a Marvel magazine. Jack of Hearts’ first comic book appearance was in The Incredible Hulk #213 (1977). Jack of Hearts four issue limited series from 1984 is an easy get.

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Quasar (Movie/TV) With Marvel’s cosmic universe on the doorstep of breaking out in a serious way on the big screen, why not have this forgotten cosmic character enter the fray? The character would make for a better weekly television series probably, but seeing him on the big screen would seem cool too.
*First appearance (Wendell Vaughn); The Incredible Hulk #234 (1979). Quasar’s first solo adventure came in 1989’s Quasar #1. It also happens to be an origin book.

Sunfire (Movie/TV/Toon) As Disney slowly takes complete creative control over Marvel Studios, we will see more female characters and cultural characters. A fantastic Japanese Marvel character to possibly go to would be Sunfire.
*First appearance; Uncanny X-Men #64 (1970).

Jack O’ Lantern (Movie/TV) Marvel’s pumpkin head character would make for an amazing yearly Halloween movie or television bit. Why not have this dude scare the daylights out of us every year in some sort of Halloween special? Have him face third rate Marvel characters and win! Halloween always wins on Halloween.
*First appeared in Machine Man #19 (1981). Cover by Frank Miller and Terry Austin. Oh yes, Legend Steve Ditko pencils and inks this bad boy. A book to own no matter what anyway!

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Netflix recently announced that Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher will make his way onto the Daredevil series. Good news for comic fans! The fans have responded well and we decided it was time for a Punisher checklist.

As always, there will be comics that did not make the list. No big deal. If you have something to share or add to the list, please free to do so below.

 

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Amazing Spider-Man #129 (1974) The first appearance and with the classic cover from Gil Kane, John Romita Sr. and Gaspar Saladino.

Amazing Spider-Man #134 (1974) The second appearance of the Punisher and the first appearance of the Tarantula.

Power Man Annual #1 (1976) Frank Castle is mentioned outside of a Spider-Man comic. Chris Claremont writes.

Amazing Spider-Man #162 (1976) The first appearance of the villain Jigsaw. He’ll go on to become one of Frank Castle’s main adversaries.

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Marvel Tales #106 (1979) The very first comic reprint of Punisher’s first appearance with the original cover from Spidey #129. The first of many many Punisher origin reprints throughout the years.

Captain America #241 (1980) The first time Punisher appears in a comic other than a Spidey book in the Marvel Universe. An early Punisher appearance and classic too. The first comic cover the Punisher graces that is not Spider-Man related. Bob McLeod and Frank Miller cover.

Daredevil #181 (1982) The first appearance in the Daredevil title. This comic has it all. The death of Elektra, Bullseye appearance, Frank Miller writes, art, and cover. As explained in the Creator Spotlight: Frank Miller; Netflix already announced the Punisher will be making his way into the Daredevil series. This book here is all kinds of awesome already and any collector should already own one. Because of the characters and probable story line on the Netflix show, it would be wise to get one if you don’t have one yet……BUT that said, on the flip side, there are way way too many copies of this comic available. Being too accessible puts it in the “New Mutants #98” category. So many copies, way overpriced. Be smart.

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The Punisher  Limited Series (1986) The official breakout for the Punisher character. Everything changed after this limited series. Mike Zeck and Steven Grant took Castle to another level.

The Punisher #1 (1987) After the highly successful limited series, the Punisher received his own ongoing series. The series went on to last 104 issue. A very nice run indeed.

The Punisher #4 (1987) The first appearance of Microchip.

The Punisher #10 (1988) Daredevil appears for the first time in the regular Punisher series. A great story that features two sides of a battle. In this comic, Frank gives his side of the tussle with Matt. And in…..

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Daredevil #257 (1988) Matt shows readers what he thought of the encounter with Frank. Same story, two different perspectives. Kudos Marvel.

Marvel Age #67 (1988) Punisher/Wolverine/Namor cover. Jim Lee art. First Lee Punisher.

The Punisher War Journal #1 (1988) This successful series lasted 80 issues.

The Punisher War Journal #6 (1989) The first meeting ever between Wolverine and the Punisher. A two part story. Covers by Jim Lee.

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Power Pack #46 (1989) Punisher appears in the Power Pack comic? Yep! Pencils and cover by Whilce Portacio, words by Terry Austin.

What If…? #2 (1989) In this super cool Danny Fingeroth story, Punisher makes an appearance and the one of the cooler things about this comic? Pencils by Greg (Batman) Capullo.

The Punisher Return To Big Nothing (1989) An Epic Comics graphic novel size. Awesome story here told by Steven Grant. Pencils by Mike Zeck. And classic cover by Mike Zeck and Phil Zimelman.

Marc Spector Moon Knight #8 (1989) Castle’s first run in (of many) with the Moon Knight.

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The Punisher War Journal #14 (1990) The very first time Spider-Man appears in a Punisher comic. A significant book here. And a Punisher/Spidey cover from Jim Lee too!

Ghost Rider #5 (1990) First run in with the Ghost Rider. Jim Lee cover.

The Nam #52 (1991) “The Punisher Invades The ‘Nam”. When this story line came out it was huge. The story took readers back to Frank Castle’s roots in Viet Nam.

Uncanny X-Men #272 (1991) The first time in an X-Men title. Jim Lee pencils.

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What If…? #26 (1991) ….What if the Punisher killed Daredevil?

Punisher P.O.V. (1991) A fantastic four issue mini-series from writer Jim Starlin and artist Bernie Wrightson.

Deathlok #7 (1992) The first meeting between the Punisher and Deathlok. A fabulous Denys Cowan cover as well.

Marvel Age #108 (1992) John Romita Jr. cover. Punisher included on cover.

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The Punisher War Zone #1 (1992) With his popularity booming at its peak, Punisher gets a third title. John Romita Jr. art, Chuck Dixon writes. The series would last 41 issues.

The Incredible Hulk #395 (1992) Frank Castle’s first ever visit in a Hulk comic. Written by Peter David and art by Dale Keown.

Quasar #42 (1993) A team-up with Quasar! Yes it happened. Right here.

The Punisher: Origin of Microchip #1 (1993) Here’s a important comic if the Punisher ever takes off anyplace on Netflix and they take this particular origin. Microchip is an intricate part of the Punisher’s life.

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Venom Funeral Pyre (1993) A three part mini-series team-up with Venom.

What If…? #58 (1994) Punisher story; “The Day I Killed Spider-Man.”

Batman Punisher Lake of Fire (1994) The world’s greatest detective and the world’s most dangerous vigilante team up. Dennis O’ Neil writes and Barry Kitson pencils.

The Punisher Meets Archie #1 (1994) One of, if not the strangest comic book character team-ups of all time.

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Punisher Batman Deadly Knights (1994) Another team up with these two. This time with the creative team; writer Chuck Dixon and artist John Romita Jr.. Joker and Jigsaw appearances.

The Punisher Year One (1994) Here is a fantastic four issue mini-series that any Punisher fan should definitely be without.

Punisher Kills The Marvel Universe (1995) The title says it all and it lives up to its billing. Maybe because Garth Ennis writes it. Still a very popular book today.

The Punisher #1 Marvel Knights 4 Issue Limited Series (1998) A four issue mini-series. Pencils by Bernie Wrightson.

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The Punisher #1 Marvel Knights 12 Issue Limited Series (2000) This 12 issue series was written by Garth Ennis.

The Punisher Painkiller Jane (2001) This one shot was from the Marvel Knights imprint. Written by Garth Ennis and art by Joe Jusko.

Deadpool #53 (2001) The first meeting between the Punisher and Deadpool. Although they meet in this issue, Frank isn’t on the cover until the next issue. Deadpool #54 is a classic standoff cover between the both of them. Steve Dillon provides that cover.

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The Punisher #1 Marvel Knights Regular Series (2001) Garth Ennis writes and Steve Dillon pencils this new ongoing Marvel Knights series. The series would last 37 issues.

The Punisher vs. Bullseye (2006) A five part Marvel Knights story. First time these two are in a comic together as a solo story.

Punisher #1 (2009) Here is a new Punisher series that lasted 16 issues before the series changed its name over to a new title with issue #17……Franken-Castle. Yes. Franken-Castle. The cover to issue one here pays homage to Amazing Spider-Man #129.

Thunderbolts #1 (2013) Castle, never really a dude that beats to anyone’s drum becomes a part of the Thunderbolts team here.

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Creator Spotlight – Frank Miller

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One of the most prolific comic creators of our time is Frank Miller. He single-handedly made two comic characters into iconic status. Several of his creator owned projects have either seen film/television time or will in the future. Frank Miller’s art is extremely distinctive as well. Everything from the overbearing board shoulders of Batman to the loneliness feel of Daredevil’s pain, to the violence of 300. His writing replicates his artistry. Usually very bold and forthcoming. A distinctive comic creator in every facet. A true legend and Icon in the industry.

Here are just a few of his key books in his vast career. It took a very long time to compile this list and we hope you enjoy every bit of it as we did putting it together.

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Twilight Zone #84 (1978) The first professional work from Frank Miller.

Weird War Tales #64 (1978) First DC Comics work.

John Carter Warlord of Mars #18 (1978) First Marvel Comics work with writer Chris Claremont. John Byrne cover.

Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #27 (1979) First Daredevil pencils. Miller will go on to basically own the Daredevil character. Most of anything you will ever see on film or on television on Daredevil is based from Miller’s interpretation of the character.

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Daredevil #158 (1979) Miller’s first time on the Daredevil title will prove to be a major turning point in this characters life. The character is forever marked with the Miller touch. As said before, everything you see on paper or on a screen is a direct result of Miller. That is all. This comic is also the first professional cover he does in collaboration with Joe Rubinstein.

Marvel Premiere #49 (1979) Miller/Janson cover. Falcon graces the cover and this is also Falcon’s first solo comic ever.

Rom #1 (1979) One of the many reasons to own this comic; a collaborative cover with Joe Rubinstein. He goes on to do other Rom covers.

X-Men Annual #3 (1979) First X-Men, cover art only with Terry Austin.

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Daredevil #164 (1980) Origin retold. The first Miller Daredevil origin story (art only).

Daredevil #165 (1980) Miller collaborates on writing duties that will forever change the flow and dynamics for this character.

Daredevil #168 (1981) Origin and first appearance of Elektra. Miller also takes over the writing chores here.

Captain America #241 (1980) The classic Cap/Punisher cover with Bob McLeod.

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Avengers #193 (1980) First Avengers pencils and cover. Both in a collaborate model.

DC Special Series #21 (1980) First Miller Batman. We all know what influence he had on Batman right? Here’s the first time he pencils a Batman story. Written by Denny O’ Neil.

Marvel Premiere #53 (1980) A Miller/Rubinstein Black Panther cover.

Marvel Team-Up #95 (1980) A Miller/McLeod collaboration cover. Also the first appearance on Mockingbird.

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Marvel Spotlight #8 (1980) First Captain Marvel. Pencils and cover art.

Marvel Team-Up #100 (1980) Cover art with Klaus Janson. Also pencils interior story with first appearance of Karma. Chris Claremont writes.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #14 (1980) One of Miller’s (first?) solo cover’s with Spidey and Doctor Strange.

Star Wars #43 (1981) A Star Wars pinup page from Miller. This comic also happens to be Boba Fett’s second comic book appearance.

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Machine Man #19 (1981) Cover art with Terry Austin. Steve Ditko interior pencils. First appearance of Jack O’ Lantern (which appears on the cover).

Marvel Premiere #58 (1981) Second American appearance of Doctor Who. Miller/Austin cover art.

Rom #17 (1981) The infamous X-Men Rom issue(s). This comic and the next (issue #18) both had Miller art on the covers.

Incredible Hulk #258 (1981) Soviet Super Soldiers cover – Miller/Milgrom. Also the first appearance of this group.

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Daredevil #170 (1981) Writer/artist Frank Miller brings Kingpin into the life of Matt Murdock, making Kingpin one of Daredevil’s greatest adversaries of all time. Besides Bullseye of course.

Daredevil #176 (181) First appearance of Stick.

Daredevil #177 (1981) Miller writes Daredevil’s origin. Retold.

Daredevil #178 (1982) First team-up with Power Man and Iron Fist. Will this equate to box office money because of the possibility of a Netflix team-up? Maybe. Still a great book to have regardless.

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Marvel Team-Up Annual #4 (1981) Miller writes a story that includes Moon Knight. He also does the cover art with Rubinstein that includes Moon Knight.

Daredevil #181 (1982) The death of Elektra. Also the first Punisher appearance in the series. Miller creates another adversary for the ages here for the Daredevil character, but it’s a vigilante (hero) this time. As with the Power Man/Iron Fist team up, will Netflix heat things up here with the Punisher coming on board? Again maybe, but be forewarned, this comic is way over-printed and very easy to find.

Daredevil #182 (1982) A classic cover.

Daredevil #183 (1982) First Daredevil/Punisher cover.

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Daredevil #184 (1982) …….And another classic cover.

Moon Knight #15 (1982) A Joe Jusko/Frank Miller Moon Knight cover.

Wolverine (1982) This limited series went on to change the Wolverine character forever. Written by Chris Claremont, pencils and covers by Miller. And issue #1; another ridiculous classic cover.

Daredevil #187 (1982) Like the cover says “Stop it please..” But we simply cannot. Here is yet another classic cover.

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What If? #35 (1982) This story asks the question “What If Bullseye had not killed Elektra?” An awesome story written and drawn by Miller.

Daredevil #189 (1982) The death of Stick. That cover though……Miiler’s Daredevil run would end with issue #191.

Wonder Woman #298 (1982) Here’s a random cover collaboration with Dick Giordano.

Ronin (1983) This critically acclaimed DC series was a Frank Miller creation. Writes, pencils, inks and cover art. This series was optioned by the Syfy channel.

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Spider-Man and Daredevil Special Edition #1 (1984) Although a reprint special, a new Spidey/Daredevil cover makes this a must have.

Superboy #51 (1984) Cover art.

Destroyer Duck #7 (1984) Miller Eclipse Comics cover art of another ‘DD’.

Batman and the Outsiders Annual #1 (1984) Getting closer to that Batman book…..Miller teams with Aparo on this no Batman cover.

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Marvel Fanfare #18 (1985) Captain America solo cover.

Superman The Secret Years (1985) Superman covers by Miller.

Daredevil #219 (1985) Miller is back on one issue of the Daredevil, as writer and cover artist. He comes back in issue #226 as regular series writer.

Batman The Dark Knight Returns (1986) Here is another turning point for a character because of Frank Miller. This comic changed the course of history for Batman as we know it. The crazy thing about this game changer of a story was that he was writing Daredevil at the same time and killing that too! Two issues into his return to the Daredevil title came this mastery opus.

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Daredevil #232 (1986) Miller is done writing the Batman opus. And continues to kick major butt on the Daredevil title. The Born Again story line, #231 not approved drug issue, Amazing really. Here he introduces us to Nuke.

Mazing Man #12 (1986) A Dark Knight Miller cover.

Batman #404 (1987) Miller begins the classic Batman: Year One story line. Once again altering the course of Batman comic history. Wow.

Give Me Liberty (1990) Critically acclaimed story written by Miller and pencils by Dave Gibbons.

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Hard Boiled (1990) A two issue Magazine sized Dark Horse book written by Miller. Well received. Issue number three comes out two years later.

Dark Horse Presents – Fifth Anniversary Special (1991) The first time readers see Miller’s Sin City creation. We all know where this wound up too.

Valiant Comics (1992) Miller does a bunch of cover art for Valiant comics; Archer and Armstrong #1, Eternal Warrior #1, Harbinger #8, Magnvs Robot Fighter #15, Rai #6, Shadowman #4, Solar, Man of the Atom #12, and X-O Manowar #7.

Robocop Vs. Terminator (1992) Here Miller teams with legend Walt Simonson in this four issue mini. Walt pencils and Miller writes.

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Spawn #8 (1993) Miller does a Spawn pinup. He writes issue #11.

Marvel Age #127 (1993) Here’s a nice nugget. A Frank Miller/Greg Capullo Cable cover collaboration. Looks like the cover (and Cable!) is literally cut in half as each creator took a side.

Daredevil The Man Without Fear (1993) The mini series retelling of Daredevil’s origin. Written by Miller, art by John Romita Jr.

Spawn Batman (1994) One shot written by Miller, art by Todd McFarlane.

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G.I. Joe #1 (1995) From Dark Horse. An ultra cool Miller cover.

Batman Black and White #2 (1996) Miller Batman cover.

Overstreet Fan #19 (1997) A Dark Knight cover from Miller.

300 (1998) Well here’s another comic of Frank’s that made it to film. Written, Pencils, inks, and cover art.

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Green Lantern/Superman Legend of the Green Flame #1 (2000) An incredible Miller/Hollingsworth cover.

Dark Knight Strikes Again (2001) This followup three-part story did not fair all that well.

All Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder (2005) This series was without its controversy. Issue number ten caused a stir (recalled) and Miller’s writing for this series was very edgy to say the least. Jim Lee art, Scott Williams inks, and Miller script. Series went up to ten issues. Miller also did a variant cover for most of the series.

Mighty Avengers #16 (2008) Daredevil/Elektra Secret Invasion Miller cover.

Detective Comics #27 (2014) A full spread variant cover Miller/Stewart.

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This feature will focus on comics that no one is talking about. Sometimes for good reason though. There are some hidden gems among the non-elite here, but that said these are comics that have been long forgotten and simply not thought of anymore. Most of the comics in the article here are comics to be found in long box sales, but so much fun nonetheless. Some are actually a little tough to hunt down, but isn’t that the fun of it too? If interested in any of these comics, most can be found by clicking the red Ebay links provided in this article or comic cover if you don’t feel like hunting or you simply cannot find it. Will any of these comics ever be of monetary value? Probably not, but with the influx of television and movies these days you never know. Here are a few InvestComics oddities to check out. Enjoy and happy hunting/reading!

 

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Atari Force (DC 1982) – I recall getting these super cool insert comics in my new Atari game that my mother bought for me. Not only did I have a new video game, I had a mini comic to boot! 48 pages too! Are you kidding me?! Heaven. Surprising so, these inserts are not exactly that scarce on Ebay. The mini freebie comic was written by Roy Thomas and Gerry Conway, crazy right? Art by long time Spidey artist Ross Andru. Cover of issue number 1 by the late Dick Giordano. Issue number 3 and 5 cover by Gil Kane?! Wait it gets better. Gil Kane penciled issue #5 (Last in the series). A failed attempt to make it a regular ongoing series in 1984 lasted only 20 issues. A John Byrne cover for a feeler Atari Force Special #1 went by the wayside. And that was that, into obscurity they went.

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Cloak and Dagger (Marvel Limited Series 1983) – This one time hot commodity way back in the early 80’s is not so hot these days. It’s a sad thing too. A unique team setup and potential to translate onto the big or small screen. Maybe some studio executive will wise up and see what a fantastic brand this could be. Or maybe not. The fans back in the 80’s sure did love them some Cloak and Dagger stories though. Top to bottom great creators on this mini-series. Terry Austin, Rick Leonardi and Bill Mantlo.

Sun Devils (DC Maxi-Series 1984) – Ah the good ol’ “maxi-series”. In the 80’s, not only did the “Limited Series” rule the roost, the maxi-series did as well. This fun story was brought to us by Gerry Conway and Dan Jurgens. 12 issues and done. Last known location was in 2007.

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Camelot 3000 (DC Maxi-Series 1982) – When this comic hit in 82, boy was it big. If you were an aftermarket buyer here, you paid a premium. This series was so very hot. It was one of the first DC direct market comics. Nowadays, it’s that big tumbleweed passing by your television screen when Clint is about to put a cap in someone. The most puzzling thing here has to be why DC never capitalized on bringing it back for more. The fans craved it, but it fell on deaf ears. Probably a lot has to due with artist Brian Bolland maybe? Or writer Mike W. Barr? Maybe they only wanted to work together again on this project and it never came to fruition. It doesn’t matter at this point, but what does matter is this ridiculously fabulous story. Buy this series if you do not own it yet. Amazing writing and art here, an absolute winner.

Gargoyle (Marvel Limited Series 1985) – Nothing more here than a cool story here from team member of the Defenders; Gargoyle. Writer J.M. DeMatteis and art by Mark Badger. Oh yes and issue one features a Bernie Wrightson cover. Awesome.

Foolkiller (Marvel Limited Series 1990) – This fun 10 issue limited series was from the creator of Howard the Duck; Steve Gerber. Issue number 8 featured a Spider-Man appearance and cover. A good around 10 issues here with a cool character.

X-Men and the Micronauts (Marvel Limited Series 1984) – Not that anyone has really forgotten this series, but when was the last time you heard anyone talk about it? Exactly. An all-star creative team comprised of writers Chris Claremont/Bill Mantlo and artist Jackson Guice. Covers by Guice and Bob Wiacek. This too was a hot book back in the 80’s.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 9/3/14

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There are foregone conclusions in life. The one that we all try hardest to elude is death. No matter how hard we try, we all will eventually meet our ultimate demise. No way around this one folks. It’s going to happen. However, the death card- foregone conclusion does not hold water within the comic book world. Wolverine will start the ultimate conclusion to his life beginning this week in Death of Wolverine (2014) #1. The death will stir the pot a bit, but will simply not hold for the long hall. Wolverine equals money and Disney isn’t about to give that up. So what to do as a fan? Well for one; enjoy the story put forth before you. It’s probably going to be a great one! As a speculator, well there are literally about 13 variants (at last count) that stand before you. If you’re a savvy investor and stay on top of the InvestComics Hot Picks each week, you’ll know what to do exactly. If you’re a first timer here, all I can say is choose wisely. There are simply too many variants to cover, but I can tell you one thing. It will be short lived, so you better turn over the comics quick. There is one sold out variant and that one goes to the sketch Deadpool variant. That variant alone will cost you around $350. That’s a bit much. Money better spent on a nice Bronze Age first appearance someplace. It’s your money though. If you buy that $350 book, you better have a good plan to get rid of it.

DC Comics wants to out duel Marvel this week so they go back to the well with their 3D covers. There is absolutely no redeeming value to these amazingly awesome 3D comics as far as monetary value goes. It’s a passing fad and will be as big as the Bombshell covers were, or the selfie covers. Yes you get the idea. Take a pass on these if you’re thinking of a spec market spike. There will however probably be ONE or TWO that will break through to cause an aftermarket bump. A short lived gimmick will bring a few extra bucks to your pocket, so the same applies here as did the Death of Wolverine. Choose wisely. Here is a quick checklist with images of which 3D covers are headed your way.

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Check out the zany/fun and Sold Out variant comic God Hates Astronauts (2014 Image) #1 this Wednesday. No more left at Diamond so you better get a copy if you think it’s a keeper. Another sold out comic hitting the shelf this week is Silent Hill Downpour Annes Story (2014) #1. Don’t look for too much on the spec side with this comic though.

Since the inception of InvestComics back in 2005 I have recommended Moon Knight countless times, everything from Werewolf by Night, Marvel Spotlight, to the Stephen Platt run and many more. All of those comics have showed some decent progress over time. I will continue to inform anyone that reads this column each week that you need to get your Moon Knight Comics in order. He will eventually come to fruition and hit the big screen. When it is announced one day, these books will explode beyond a price range that makes sense to buy for the savvy speculator. So with that, in this week’s Moon Knight (2014 5th Series) #7 fans are introduced to a new villain.

Disney based comic Figment has been selling very well. Figment (2014) #4 will reveal the origin of Dreamfinder and Figment.

Alice Cooper (2014 Dynamite) #1 will start a new ongoing series written by the amazing Joe Harris. Alice Cooper is no stranger to comics. Check out his first appearance in the Marvel title Marvel Premiere #50 (1979). Mr. Cooper had an actual hand in writing that book too. Awesome Terry Austin cover as well!

Dark Horse Comics puts together two unlikely characters; Grendel and the Shadow in Grendel vs Shadow (2014) #1. Although the Shadow is a cool teammate, Grendel is total badas*. Grendel’s first appearance was in Primer #2 (1983). A once very hot commodity way back in the day still shows signs of life on Ebay. A recent 9.6 CGC graded sold for $250. Primer #2 consistently sells on Ebay, which is a great sign. Why Grendel isn’t on the big screen yet is puzzling. If you can get your hands on one of these, do yourself a favor and do so. It’s a winner and an investment all the way.

Number One (2014 Aazurn) #1 will be a great read. Look for this one shot to sell out. A disturbing new Vertigo title will be of interest to check out; Names (2014 DC/Vertigo) #1. Ex Con (2014 Dynamite) #1, Cloaks (2014 Boom) #1, and Death Defying Dr Mirage (2014 Valiant) #1 will be worth a look as well.

Want off the wall, funny, wacky this week? Look no further than Hawkeye vs Deadpool (2014) #0. This will be a must read.

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See you next week from Baltimore! Invest wisely.

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Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 5-5-10

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Well it’s no secret how much of a fan InvestComics is to the character Thanos. This week Thanos will be starting his dominance of the Cosmo’s once again in The thethanosimperativeignition1.gifsupermanwarof_supermen1.gifbrightestday1.gifThanos Imperative Ignition #1. This comic will sell out quickly, so if you want a crispy first printing pick it up in the first couple of days after its release. Thanos will be a force in the Cosmo’s again, be there for his return.

DC has a couple of very soon to be hot books heading our way this week, Brightest Day #1 which is an absolute no-brainer to pick up, as is The War of Supermen #1. The artist on the WOS #1 book, Jamal Igle appears in a 10 For The Pros spot that just went up a couple of days ago. You can check it out by clicking here. Much like the Thanos comic this week, both of these DC books will see second printings very soon. An exceptional cover homage from our good friend shadowhawk1.gifshawdowhawk1_1992.gifyoungblood2.gifGeorges Jeanty comes out this week. Check out the Buffy the Vampire Slayer #35 that pays tribute to The Uncanny X-Men #138 done by legends John Byrne and Terry Austin. Awesome job Georges!

Shawdowhawk returns this week in a new self titled number one issue. Way back in 1992 Jim Valentino drew the first appearance of his creator owned character in Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood #2. You could find this comic at your local comic shop in the 25 cent boxes. They made a bazillion of these so it certainly will not be hard to find. Another number issue that has a character’s first appearance that could be bought for cheap (cover price on this one) first appeared in the Invincible Iron Man #10. Rescue is her name, and that Iron Man cover is a beauty, brought to you by Salvador Larroca. So when you’re checking out the Rescue #1 comic this week, go to the back issues and grab the Iron man #10 for cover price the_invincibleironman10_salvadorlarroca.gifrescue1.gifwolverine900.gifas well. With a comic like Rescue #1 coming out, why can’t Marvel make a deal already and get new Rom #1 out??

Marvel’s Wolverine #900 comes out this week with a host of creators jumping on board to take a crack at a Wolverine story. Guess Deadpool is getting too much airtime and Logan is getting a bit jealous. Collaboration comics usually don’t fair too well in the aftermarket unless it has a first work or something that attracts attention to it. Your call on this one, it’s sure to have some great stories in it though. Dan Parent recently stopped by 10 For The Pros. Now he has his anniversary veronica200.gifcomic coming out; Veronica #200.

 

 

 

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Well it’s Free Comic Book Day! Awesome, free comics for everyone!! There are a few free comics you need to try and get before they disappear. The BEST free comic of all has to be G.I. Joe #155½. Larry Hama continues his Joe story from the original Marvel series from 15 years ago!! That’s a keeper! Also pick up the War of Supermen #0 and Images newest upcoming event Artifacts comes out with a #0 comic.

 

 

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See you all next week, Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

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