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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A lot of number one issues coming out this week. Here are some of the DC books first;

Batman Beyond #1, this will be volume 5 number one. You know what that means? Five different times collectors have seen a number one issue pop up from Batman Beyond. That’s a lot. It kind of waters down the “premiere #1″ issue deal a bit. That said, it doesn’t stop the high priced 1999 issue.  Anyways, Batman Beyond’s first appearance was in Batman Beyond #1 (1999). Bizarro #1, here’s an all ages book. Good to see DC is trying to get the little guys/gals back into comic books. Bizarro first appears in Superboy #68 (1958). And very funny variant here by Kyle Baker. Another all ages comic from DC; Bat-Mite #1. Count this reader in! And speculators, for you; Detective Comics #267 (1959). That’s the first appearance of Bat-Mite. One more thing, the variant is sold out. Midnighter #1 What will come of this series exactly? Who knows, looks cool though. Midnighter first appeared in Stormwatch #4 (1997).Written by Warren Ellis. Back in the 80’s the Omega Men team was awesome. Can they revisit that awesomeness with Omega Men #1? We will find out. Their first appearance is in Green Lantern #141 (1981). George Perez cover. Fantastic first appearance to have in your collection. Wonder Woman Annual #1 Check out what “old face” from the past shows back up.

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Here is a rundown of some of the Marvel number one titles coming out on Wednesday.

With the new Marvel Universe on the horizon, we get more number one issues than we can handle. Or maybe we can handle them. Most would opt to just chill hitting the restart button, but we have Marvel and DC really shaking things up lately. All that said, Peter Parker will feel the wrath of the Secret Wars too. No one is safe. A safe bet is however, if there is a Spider-Man number one issue coming out, there will be a bazillion variant covers. That is so for the Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #1 comic coming out this Wednesday. Marvel isn’t shy about these variant covers. Ten at last count. Probably more than that as you read this article. The standouts as far as variants go are; Pasqual Ferry, Adi Granov, and J. Scott Campbell. Yes they are all nice, but these are our favorites. Too many variants that will sell for an absorbent amount of monies and then taper off. It’s the same formula here. So what about the actual comic? The only thing that makes this or any crazy amount of variants worth chasing is if there is a major introduction (their daughter?) within the pages, otherwise what you have here is a bunch of hyperbole with no substance to sustain the pricing during the immediate aftermarket wave. So what about this daughter Peter and Mary have? Is this a new take on their lives? Certainly looks that way. Having a child in any relationship changes things a whole lot! Maybe that will be the sticking point on keeping this comic relevant 10 years from now. And from the looks of it, the daughter may possess some of daddy’s DNA down a few issues later. Are we surprised here really though? Lets see where Dan Slott and Adam Kubert bring us.

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The popularity of a talking tree has reached epic proportions. Groot #1 gets its own series. Who would have ever thought that Tales To Astonish #13 (1960) would become an untouchable book? InvestComics of course that’s who! A year and a half before the Guardians of the Galaxy movie hit, InvestComics informed speculators to buy this book. Check out the article right HERE. This was even before the characters were announced to appear! These days it’s so high on the depth chart right now it’s insane. Does the book have anymore wiggle room (uptick) to warrant a profit if you’re a buyer? Possibly yes if you can somehow get a real good buy on one. Here’s why. Groot will appear in the next Guardians movie and possibly beyond to the Infinity Wars movies. The Avengers will need all the help they can get when it comes to dealing with Thanos in those movies, so it’s probably a safe bet that the Guardians of the Galaxy will be teaming up with the Avengers. So Groot could possibly appear in another 3 movies before all is said and done. Maybe the love affair with audiences gets Groot a solo movie? Who knows? Either way, all this means more upside for Tales to Astonish #13.

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Armor Wars #1; This story originally ran back in Iron Man #225 (1987). The biggest difference between then and now is the Iron Gwen variant this Wednesday. Iron Gwen? Really? Future Imperfect #1 was an original story back in 1992. Writer Peter David, art/ink and cover art from George Perez. Peter David writes the story again this Wednesday, but pencils by Greg Land this time. Hulk extraordinaire artist Dale Keown lends a variant cover. The original X-Tinction storyline dates back to Uncanny X-Men #270 (1990). Jim Lee, Chris Claremont, and Scott Williams were all over this. Marvel brings back the story 25 years later in X-Tinction Agenda #1 with lots of variants and a beautiful Mike Deodato Jr. variant. Skottie Young fans rejoice, Skottie writes and pencils this new series based on the little marvel universe. Giant Size Little Marvel #1 will be a guaranteed fun time.

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The next big death issue has arrived speculators. G.I. Joe #214 will be providing the aftermarket with some serious buzz. Here is the thing, do not hold onto this comic too long or you will miss the top of the sell here. Be mindful of the market, time it correctly, if you don’t you will be left holding a comic with a decreased value and no demand. The hype will mostly likely be a short lived one. Snake Eyes is a big character in the G.I. Joe circles, not in popular culture. This isn’t a Captain America death where you see some dude you’ve never seen at your comic shop buying five copies. Although this is more of a G.I Joe/comic book speculator book, it still will command attention. Be prepared, and be alert. 1 year from now this will be long forgotten. The story won’t be because it’s a fantastic one, it’s the hype that surrounds it right now.

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Learn more about Darkseid’s daughter in Justice League #41 as the first part of the Darkseid War goes full throttle. And the introduction(s) of new villains may arrive in here. Be on top of this comic speculators! Great David Finch Joker variant too. DC has many “epic” things going on these days. Well, as does the “other guys” too, but this week sees the epic storyline “TRUTH” roll out in Action Comics #41. And oh yes, is that Superman’s new costume (Levi’s) on the cover? We forgot about that already. That’s not a good sign. That Green Arrow #41 Bill Sienkiewicz Joker variant is as stellar as is the Green Lantern #41 Joker variant by Ben Oliver.

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InvestComics says this almost every week, but a reminder for the new readers coming on board; buy any of the new Star Wars comics. An introduction of any character sends the aftermarket into a frenzy and you stand to make a quick buck. Besides, the Star Wars comics are delivering some good stories anyway. Star Wars #6, Darth Vader #6 and Princess Leia #4 are due out.

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As InvestComics has warned about Star Wars and new characters popping up, watch for the Secret Wars to do the same possibly. And what’s with Secret Wars #3 Dr. Gwendge variant cover? Yes, yes the Gwen craze that’s right. Has that not subsided some? Yet another female dominating character in the Marvel Universe; Superior Iron Man #9 sees Superior Iron Woman taking it to Stark. This intro can blow up quickly if the character has substance. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6; the introduction of Girl Squirrel and the return of Hippo. Hippo first appeared in the ultra cool Dark Reign Sinister Spider-Man #1 (2009).

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A new Image title coming this Wednesday from writer…..Rob Liefeld. The Covenant #1. Variant cover by Rob himself. Nonplayer #2 comes out with the first issue hitting its fourth printing already. This series is one to pick up and check out. Valiant has a hit on their hands with Dead Drop. The number one issue sold out, so expect good sales here for Dead Drop #2 as well. A well crafted comic with a great story and art.

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Good to see that the Archie Comics crew is not superstitious at all. Archie #666 will be the last issue of its historic run and no fanfare of evil here, just “6” covers that all connect to make one “happy” image. The amazing talent of Dan Parent gets all of the cover credits too. That’s the right way to end the run. And Broken World #1 from Boom Studios looks like a good story, one to check out.

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There is a cool novelty item coming out from DC this week. A DC Comics New 52 Poster book collection. A softcover book with a bunch of posters spanning the DC library from yesteryear all the way up to the New 52. Posters from creators such as Frank Miller, Brian Bolland and a host of others are in here.

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Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. If you are here on the notion that you will make money ALL the time, you are in the wrong place. Please do not read this article. Although this article is used as a guide for investments, it’s more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments in this article should be used at the sole discretion and judgment upon the investor, not InvestComics. So please use your own discretion when investing and have fun. Also; Not all comics will be chosen as an InvestComics Hot Pick for a particular week. There will in fact (guaranteed) to be some missed opportunities. The speculator not only has to be accountable forspeculative their gains and loses, but their own research as well. If the speculator is here with the thought that InvestComics will pick every comic that hits, even ones that sells out weeks later or become hot after the weekly article; is mistakenly off. This is in fact an entertainment/speculative site. Bottom line though, we have and always will be the best speculative web site on the planet.

What you are about to read is 100% authentic. This material is 100% original content from InvestComics and does not borrow from any article(s) or comic website(s) for its content. Anything you read  from here on any other site that seems similar probably and most likely originated from here.

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The Spider-Gwen craze will hit its pinnacle pitch this Wednesday. Well maybe not it’s monetary/speculative peak, but the craze will be at it’s all time high. Spider-Gwen #1 will be released with a ridiculous amount of variant covers. Not Star Wars #1 ridiculous, but ridiculous enough. The variant cover chase has become a huge fad and any true speculator buying them should be doing so for one reason. To sell it. Sell it sooner rather than later. This site has been saying for years that if you are a true modern comic book speculator that you do not fall in love with your comics. Preferably your moderns. Fall in love with the ones you enjoy reading or you just dig for your own reasons, but don’t fall in love with that Edge of Spider-Verse #2 Greg Land variant 9.8 graded that recently sold for $849. There is no way in the comic God’s creation that comic will be $849 one year from now. Do you honestly think this comic has more staying power than a 7.0 Thanos first appearance? A 6.5 Black Panther first appearance? A 9.8 Deathstroke first appearance? All of these books just mentioned, in those grades are cheaper than the first appearance of Spider-Gwen on Ebay right now. Again. Do you honestly think Spider-Gwen can hold a mantle to any of these characters? The realist will say no. The fanboy……well that’s a different story. The point here really is to sell your modern books when they reach stratosphere status as EOSV #2 has done. If you bought the comic for cover price and could make $800+ on it, sell it now. You can get a bunch of first appearance Deathstroke’s with your $800. Any true speculator in their right mind will buy a raw New Teen Titans #2 NM for $120 and hold onto that book. Deathstroke has staying power and has earned the right to command that type of money. Greed and bad speculation right now is driving the 9.8 first Spider-Gwen close to $900. It’s absurd to pay that type of money on a modern book that is only a few months old. Are there some modern books that are worth spending a little bit of money on and holding onto it? Sure there are, but no one is going to just “give” you a New Mutants #98 for $50 or $100. That’s a high priced modern that has too many copies available out there. Not saying it’s not worth the asking price, but you ever see that showoff on Facebook that is displaying 8 graded/signed copies of Deadpool’s first? Yes we all have and guess what? It’s not the same person showing them off. Too accessible for such a high priced book. This spells for a bit of a collapse later on for a book like that. “Well Jay isn’t this a speculation site?” Well yes it is, but it’s also a site that will always inform you of a bad deal too. We’re not salesmen here. We tell it like it is. Be smart investors, don’t think any variant or high priced modern that sells for an absorbent amount of money today will sell for the same thing 365 days from now. I almost guarantee it won’t in most cases. Star Wars #1 variants….you think those variants will be the same price one year from now? Simply answer, no. The first rule of the InvestComics speculator 101 is not to fall in love with the modern book you bought to flip. Holding onto it too long will put you in the red. Many years of Wall Street experience has showed me how clients lose a lot of money because they hold and hold and hold and hold. I cannot stress enough to regular readers of this column (which you know already) and new readers (which will learn now), when you have a chance to make that profit. Take it. Maybe the market will go higher after you sell, but you know something? It’s not your commodity to sell anymore, you don’t own it, stop following it. Move on to something else. If the market collapses after you sell? Tell yourself “good job”and move along. Too much self rewarding will catch up with you. These are some rules to follow. Enjoy what you do. Never showboat, never look back, never look too far ahead, look to the immediate future and determine what is the right time to sell or buy.

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The new Deathstroke series is kicking all sorts of as* lately. Tony Daniel continues to pull double duty as writer and artist. Deathstroke #5 will have the biggest fight the New 52 has seen. Deathstroke vs Batman with Harley Quinn caught in the middle of it. Awesome stuff here.

Fantastic Four #643 will feature the return of Sleepwalker. Seems he’s a big deal in the back issue market these days! Sleepwalker has appeared sporadically throughout the years within the Marvel Universe. At one time disappearing off the Marvel radar for 9 years without appearing in a book. Marvel didn’t deem him very important at one time. Things are about to change a little bit though. Sleepwalker last appeared in Avenging Spider-Man #19 (2013) and 3 years prior to that in 2010. So coming up in this weeks Fantastic Four #643 will be his welcome back party, although he did appear in the previous issue. However, this issue he appears on the cover. It seems Sleepwalker will play a vital role in the new Marvel Universe coming up. His first appearance is in Sleepwalker #1 (1991). His first team-up with Spidey occurred only a few issues later in Sleepwalker #5 (1991). What a fantastic Bert Blevins cover to boot!

Big changes for the Marvel Universe will begin in New Avengers #30. A prelude to the Secret Wars. A must get for fans waiting for that epic adventure to begin.

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It seems we’re not quite done with Spider-Verse. Check out Amazing Spider-Man #15 to witness the repercussions of what took place in the Spider-Verse saga.

The secret origin of Teen Abomination will take place in Superior Iron Man #5. Teen Abomination first appeared 4 issues prior in Superior Iron Man #1.

Endgame part 5; Batman #39. The next to last issue of this great story line. Check out the backup story as the prisoners learn the truth about the Joker. A ridiculously unbelievable cover by Greg Capullo here.

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WWE fans have a Marvel comic to look forward to this Wednesday. Well let’s correct that, UFC fans have a Marvel comic to look forward to this Wednesday. CM Punk will write a Thor story in Thor Annual #1 along with art from Rob Guillory (Chew). For those of you who don’t know, CM Punk “was”a very big WWE star (according to both of my younger boys) and I know him as a dude that is leaving WWE to fight for real in the UFC. Fun times for UFC fans! Anyway, this is CM Punks first comic book work. A backup just in case he cannot fight for real? Just kidding CM, go get em!

King Prince Valiant #1 from Dynamite Entertainment will have not one, not two, but three Rob Liefeld variants. Liefeld fans rejoice!

D4VE #1 (IDW) will feature a Fiona Staples cover. IDW comics do not usually sustain aftermarket status, but this Fiona Staples gal, she’s got skill and will be killing it for years to come. Get this interesting comic because the story looks like a good one and it’s a cool Fiona cover.

Mister_X_1984_InvestComics Mister_X_2015_InvestComicsWhen Mister X #1 came out in 1984 from Vortex Comics, it was a hot comic. Fast forward to 2015 and we get Mister X Razed #1 from Dark Horse Comics. Incidentally, the 1984 number one issue was Mr. X’s first appearance.

IDW will try a spinoff series from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles books. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutanimals #1 will follow an oddball cast of 5. The Mutanimals first appeared sporadically in several TMNT comics, but they did manage to get off their own series back in 1991’s Mighty Mutanimals #1 (Archie Comics). The new series will be a fun read, check it out.

Firestorm is a hot commodity on the Flash show right now. That dude is total bad as*! His back issue market is moving just a tad as Firestorm begins his popularity role once again with the fans. So with that said, Secret Origins #10 on Wednesday has Firestorm’s secret origin by Dan Jurgens! Only ONE copy of this comic available on Ebay right now. Better grab it if you want it.

They’re Not Like Us #3 from Image Comics will continue its great storytelling and good sales.

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Suiciders #1 will be a fantastic Vertigo title. Check out that awesome Jock variant cover too. Only one available on Ebay right now. Click the link…

Speaking of cool variants to check out, look at the photo variant available for Orphan Black #1. Great job by IDW here. And Archie Comics makes their move into the serious superhero fray with Black Hood #1. This comic is accompanied by a few variants. Nice ones too.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/14/15

This Wednesday, comic book collectors will probably witness record breaking history (or an extremely close second). Not so sure a record breaker one could be proud of, but it’s a first. This InvestComics Hot Picks contains the most questions ever posed in one article, so get ready for lots of answers too!

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Star Wars (2015 Marvel) #1 will have the most variant covers ever released with its debut. As a regular reader of InvestComics, most of you know we feel about variant covers. A little reminder; variant covers are an awesome addition to the hobby. You go on Wednesday to your local comic shop, see a cover (eye candy) you like and you buy it. No one is forcing you to buy it, but you have an option to purchase it if you’d like. Continuing; are variants really necessary? No they are not. That said, as mentioned, they not only give the customer an option, but it also gives the possibility of an investment. The investment part is where many speculators fail miserable in building their collection. Speculators need be reminded as InvestComics has spoken about time after time that most modern variants will not hold their value. There is however a way to make some very good cash flow on some of them. InvestComics readers know this by following this article each and every week for 9 years now. Buying random variants for $50 or $100 or more because they look pretty will probably have you in red. Getting in the black actually requires some thinking and knowledge when you’re buying modern comics, especially the variants. InvestComics has been here for you regarding these guidelines and we’re going to be here again when the record breaker hits this Wednesday.

Another thing that is said on InvestComics repeatedly is the ridiculousness of the variants. It really is not necessary to have so many variants for any comic book, but here’s the thing. Marvel Comics (Disney) and any other comic company are here to make money and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Money is what keeps the machines rolling. The artist, writers, inkers, colorist, printers, etc all need money. Most comic companies want to deliver the best product they can to their consumer. Another way of reaching a wide audience, creating hype and to make money is to give consumers variant covers. The comic companies are not making $500 on that Joe Quesada Star Wars variant, but they’ll make it on the back end by getting the store owners to order more of the regular variant covers, thus creating the more expensive variant the consumer wants so bad. So in the end, the house always wins and the speculator is left guessing what to gamble on. The question; should I pluck down $200 for a Star Wars #1 variant or shouldn’t I? Long term? Short answer, no way.

What about Star Wars #1 should the speculator know? Well let’s get the first and most important thing out of the way. Buy this comic no matter what because it’s going to be a fun story. It picks up after Star Wars Episode IV The New Hope. We’ve all been down this road before as far as a story picking up within this time frame, however it’s a new spin. Artist John Cassaday and writer Jason Aaron are bringing their A-game. Have you’ve seen the previews? Very impressive.

Now the “other stuff”. When you arrive to your local comic shop you’ll probably notice that one entire section of wall or space where the new comics are will be dedicated to Star Wars #1. The option to purchase one of the gazillion variant covers will be available to you. So many choices, what to do what to do the speculator will ask himself/herself. Well the answer lies within the old expression back on my Wall Street days; Buy low sell high. But in this case it’s going to be a bit of the opposite. Why you ask? Because if you’re going to want to make any sort of money here, a few hundred bucks, you’ll have to buy the more expensive variant, get it signed and graded (must be a 9.8 or higher. MUST) and flip it. You’ll have to flip the comic so fast that the comic grading company’s plastic will still be warm. Can this also be done with the “cheaper” variants? Yes, but there will be very little money there because you and every other speculator will be doing those comics. It’s the $200+ variants that will bring the most for your buck during the crazy short lived aftermarket. Supply will exceed demand.

Why is it that the aftermarket will be short lived? Well, first the supply and demand issue will be a huge factor. Also, the hype of this comic will be the driving force (no pun intended) behind the book. Once the dust clears and speculators realize that this particular Star Wars comic bears no redeeming value, it’s a dump fest. By redeeming value I mean that there is absolutely nothing holding on the INSIDE of the comic to keep its value. Is there a first appearance? Is there a major story plot line that will appear in the new films? Is there an error on a certain variant and recalls will occur? Is there a lawsuit pending for any reason on this comic? Did John Cassaday sneak in a DC character in the background someplace? None of these do not seem likely right? So ask yourself, where does the true value (besides a fantastic read) come in?

So where does the value lie then if any? As already stated, one of the values will be in the more expensive variants. The true value in this lies in the past though. 1977, 1980, and 1986 to be more precise. Here’s the thing. If judgment prevails for the speculator they will take most of that extra money they want to spend on a pretty variant and buy a Marvel Comics Illustrated: Empire Strikes Back (1980). This would be the first true appearance of Boba Fett. How about you get a Star Wars #42 (1980) too? The first appearance of Boba Fett in an actual Star Wars comic. Or even still, how about a Star Wars #68 (1982)? The origin of Boba Fett. The original Star Wars #1 (1977) from Marvel? And how about the RARE last issue (we like rare don’t we?) Star Wars #107 (1986). There are so many other Star Wars comics to invest in for long term as well, do your research, speculate. Here is the thing this speculator is leaning towards, If you feel so inclined to buy a Star Wars Variant, buy a Boba Fett one……

So why the mention of Boba Fett so much? Rumor has it that in-between the new Star Wars films will be a possible Boba Fett film. So why not cash in on this now? Yes the film would be 3 or 4 years out from now if it ever does happen, but buying the first appearance(s) of a character as popular as Boba Fett is always a good thing. Better than pouring money into a variant that will probably meet the same fate as the Death Star.

Buy what you like. One lesson InvestComics will always preach as well. If you like a certain variant and it cost $300, then buy it. If you are tired of seeing the variant covers, stop buying them. It’s your will and right to do so. If you think that variant will sustain its value, then it’s your right to think that too. This speculator will look at the other wall this Wednesday at the comic shop, you know the one. The one with all of the cool Bronze age back issues on it. Boba Fett will be pointing that gun at me daring me to buy that issue for $75. Yes Boba, lets dance for a while. The 2015 party will be short lived.

Doctor_Strange_InvestComicsFor weeks and months InvestComics has given the speculator a heads up about the entire Spider-Verse platform. A great story accompanied by a boatload of introductions and reintroductions. So many that it’s almost impossible to keep up with.Spider-Verse (2014) #2 will be another crazy issue with a ton of things going down inside of it. We cannot stress enough, buy the Spider-Verse comics, cross-overs and all, just like the Gwen book, another character will break-out. The Spider-Verse story is Dan Slott at his finest.

Amazing X-Men (2013) #15 will have Cyttorak as a focal point in part one of The Once And Future Juggernaut. With Dr. Strange being so hot these days, this comic gives us all a great excuse to buy a Doctor book! Check out Dr. Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #44 (1992) for the first appearance of Cyttorak. Although earlier mentions and a stone figure of Cyttorak exist in other comics, this is his first true appearance.

DC Comics will compete with Marvel this week and have their own huge number one debut with Mortal Combat X (2014 DC) #1. Just kidding of course. Seems DC is staying out of the way of Marvel this week. But they forge ahead nonetheless with the release of a Mortal Combat comic. History shows us that Mortal Mortal_Kombat_InvestComicsKombat has always been spelled with a letter K as opposed to a letter C in the word Kombat. A DC solicit error? What gives here? Anyway, DC gave the Mortal Kombat lure a crack once. That occurred in 2008. Now they are back at it again 7 years later. Why? It’s to hype the new game coming out and why not really? Everyone loves a good butt kicking comic don’t they? And just for the record, the first Mortal Kombat comic debuted in 1992 from Midway. It’s a hard get in NM condition. $60+ on Ebay.

Marvel continues their hyperbole with All New Ultimates (2014) #12. A comic that guarantees the “Marvel Comics to end all Marvel Comics”. Check it out! Awesome read here probably.

Secret+Wars_Spider_Man_WWE_SpiderMan_InvestComics….In issue number eight we learned that Miles is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Learn more in Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man (2014) #9! Look at that Dale Keown cover to Avengers (2012 5th Series) #40. Thanos is awesome right? No reason to mention this comic other than the awesomeness of the cover.

Oh yes, maybe there actually is a reason to mention that cover. A perfect lead in to checking out the cover to WWE (2013 Papercutz) #11. Boy does that homage cover look familiar!

Thanos_Dale_Keown_InvestComicsSee you soon. May the force be with you.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks #338

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 9/24/14

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So how did you all like the short Baltimore Comic Con video? If you missed it, here it is….

InvestComics will have a full rundown of all of the comic shows that we were a part of this past year. Quite a few! Some great highlights and very few lowlights, but there was one particular lowlight that far exceeded anything we could have imagined, but you’ll have to read the wrap-up article to see exactly what I’m talking about. It’s something that all collectors should definitely be aware of. It’s an alarmingly disappointing find and very important too. With that, like I said, the good superseded the bad by a huge margin.

Some quick DC Futures End comics to touch on….

1346858_xl2017484A new Superman will be making an appearance in Superman Futures End (2014) #1. This dude has it right with a full facemask on. No one will be mistaking him for Clark ever. I’m really digging the new look. Check it out on the cover to the right.

A good amount of copies remain for the Harley Quinn Futures End (2014) #1 issue, kind of surprising figuring how hot Harley was or is. Guess the cool down continues to occur.

There is only one sold out Futures End book this week. That goes to Catwoman Futures End (2014) #1 3D variant. Why is this?

New characters, costumes, and villains will continue to pop up in the Spider-Verse story line, so be sure to stay on top on these books. Edge of Spider-Verse (2014 Marvel) #3 will be one of those books.

New Avengers (2013 3rd Series) #24 is an extra sized issue. It features a spectacular Gabriele Dell’Otto cover with Thanos. Beautiful work. It’s also a part of Marvel’s “In Eight months – Time Runs Out” deal.

Robert Kirkman continues his onslaught of sold out comics. Can this dude do no wrong right now? Be very sure to buy Outcast (2014 Image) #4 this week. Not only because it’s one of the hottest series on the planet right now, but because this issue introduces a major player into the fold. Let’s see, a mainstay character’s first appearance in a HOT comic series by Robert Kirkman? Uh yeah, buy this. Buy this comic regardless of the slight lull in the aftermarket. When the Outcast series picks up steam regarding a television show, you’re going to wish you had the back issues. Especially an early issue with a major intro like this one coming out this week. Did I mention it’s sold out?

…And another hot comic that has the comic fandom in a bit of a tizzy these days, sold out two consecutive times before and now this week marks its third sellout in a row; Wool (2014 Cryptozoic) #3. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray continue to bring it.

Parallel Man (2014 Future Dude) #1 will be sold out in a week, should check that out. Roche Limit (2014) #1 will without a doubt be seeing a second printing very soon. It will be sold out by Friday my speculator friends, better get on this one. It’s a space opus, very interesting story, and a new Image comic……all adding up to the possibility of something special. Buy this comic. Town Called Dragon (2014 Legendary) #1 is on the verge of a sellout status.

IDW goes with their fourth volume in the G.I. Joe series with GI Joe (2014 IDW Volume 4) #1. The Cliff Chiang cover is selling very well.

 

That’s is for this week. See you soon.

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Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 5/28/14

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A legend makes his long time return to a character he created and is essentially the one villain that is tying every single Marvel movie to its ultimate conclusion in Avengers III. That legend is Jim Starlin and the character he created; Thanos. Take a moment to think about how important the creation of this villain truly is. Every Marvel movie is lending viewers more easter eggs to the collection of the Infinity Gems. At the conclusion of the first Avengers movie most fans were left speechless as the big purple guy turned and grinned at us. Some movie goer’s were seeking an explanation as to who that was and what is he so happy about? Fans of the comic book world were more than happy to oblige to deliver the information. We all finally got a peek into what Marvel is planning and where we are headed. All because one creator had a vision of a mad titan in 1973, we get an unprecedented string of movies to the likes that have never been done in Hollywood…..ever. If it wasn’t for Jim Starlin, we would probably be seeing a different opus upon us, but Thanos is the reason in the here and now. Starlin is the reason and now he is back this week with Thanos Annual (2014) #1. Starlin comes back to his baby. There will be three variants, Dale Keown, Ron Lim, and Jim Starlin. Get the Starlin signed and graded and hold onto it. Along with Jim comes Ron Lim on pencils on Thanos Annual #1. In the solicitation it states that Ron Lim returns with Jim Starlin from Infinity Gauntlet series from 1991. George Perez started on that series as Mr. Lim joined Mr. Perez on issue number 4, then closing out the series with issues 5 and 6 on his own. Ron Lim originally joined Jim Starlin in 1990 (a year earlier) in the two part series Thanos Quest. Here is the deal speculators, buy anything Thanos related from the early 90’s and before. Buy anything Thanos related and try to get professional high grade signature series on them. Hold onto them until images of Thanos starts making its way into every household on the planet in a couple of years. Thanos will be ridiculously popular. Thanos will be the modern day Darth Vader. A villain everyone loves to hate. Buy Thanos. Nuff said.

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Going on a recommendation from the InvestComics Hot Picks #317, Southern Bastards #1 was a sellout and now the second issue will be arriving this Wednesday on the verge of a sellout sign. The fans over on the IC Poet Society (Facebook Invite Only! Join Us!) are very high on Southern Bastards and are hoping for a possible move on the market with this book. We wait and see….

The InvestComics Hot Picks #312 informed everyone about Sovereign (2014 Image) #1. Now this week Sovereign (2014 Image) #3 is sold out already at the distributor.  This might be a sleeper, keep your eyes and wallet ready.

A very big deal is afoot in Fantastic Four (2014 5th Series) #5 this coming week. A special double sized issue filled with legendary artist and today’s artist. A nice pick up for the fan that enjoys a collaboration comic.

Inhuman (2014 Marvel) #2 will focus on the villain Lash. The cover shows he means some serious business. Giant Size Spider-Man (2014) #1 will be an awesome read, definitely check that out.

Doctor Spektor (2014 Dynamite) #1 is showing some nice sales so far. Look for a probable second print coming soon, even though the doctor will be coming with 11 variants. Our friends at SharpComics will have a rare special variant edition of this comic. Check out the details by clicking right HERE.

If you’re a Jimmy Palmiotti fan (who isn’t?!), you may want to buy Futurama Comics (2000 Bongo) #71. He’s a guest writer.

Two number one comics are on the brink of sellout status this week, you should keep an eye on these. Dry Spell (2014 Action Lab) #1 and Brass Sun (2014) #1.

There are three Image Comics showing signs of brisk sales, but we all know how that can change in a moment’s notice! Trees (2014 Image) #1, Chew Revival (2014 Image) #1, and C.O.W.L. (2014) #1.

 

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Jay Katz

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Allow me to reminisce a bit; I need to inform everyone on something very spectacular and drive home a point, if there is one…….

There comes a certain time within a startup business that one can be very proud of their personal achievements. Although there have been several for InvestComics (my fourth child), the ones that stick out are the ones I will cherish and tell myself “Hey you CAN truly make this happen”. Meeting and interviewing the mecca of all comic book legends; Stan Lee, twice! That’s one. Having Mr. Lee utter the words of “InvestComics” on video, forever captured, encapsulated in time, that’s two. Meeting and interviewing my late father’s artist hero (which he never met); Bill Sienkiewicz, that’s three. Starting the InvestComics Publishing Company, that’s number four. Watching the traffic numbers climb to a number you’ve envisioned, and then exceeding it each and every year, that’s five. If I continue I will run out of Microsoft paper, but you get the idea here.

Yesterday one of those pinnacle moments happened again. InvestComics was accepted to write articles for Yahoo!. It’s one of those moments like the aforementioned you pinch yourself and say “wow” this is kinda awesome. I will post on Facebook and the InvestComics website the links to check out. They will be Exclusive articles on Yahoo! From InvestComics. These articles will ONLY appear on Yahoo! and no place else. So be sure to click on the links when they are provided so you can bask in the glory with me. Also, I ask to please share them. The articles are very simple now, but will be enhanced; as did everything else with InvestComics when first started. Here are two links to the very first articles on Yahoo!. InvestComics Top 10 – New Comic Releases and Back Issues for 10/30/13 and InvestComics Top Ten – New Comic Releases and Back Issues for 11/6/13. As stated, these articles will be more in-depth with the next releases. Baby steps…

Thanks to you……the fans…. for making this happen. Thank you for all of your support, none of this is possible without you.

Christmas is officially 24 days away. The InvestComics/Ratchet City Comics giveaway is still on, but we need to get to 3000 LIKES on Facebook in order to award the prize! The winner will receive a CGC Signature Series graded 9.8 Star Wars #1 (2013) Dark Horse comic signed by Brian Wood! Click HERE and SHARE the InvestComics Facebook page everywhere! Be sure to let us know so that you can be entered to win!! Let’s get to 3000!!

InvestComics Hot Picks – New Comic Releases 12/4/13

Just like last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks, not much in the back issue department to check out, but plenty of new issues to check out.

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We start the week off with some first appearances that you may want to check out. Avengers (2012 5th Series) Annual #2013 will introduce Zamira. It’s always nice to make sure as a collector to pick up a first appearance in an Avengers book. Knowing full well that annuals don’t usually account to much, but the way things are rolling these days, you never know. So basically, I don’t care that it’s in an annual. Especially that it’s in an Avengers title. The speculator needs to get this comic. The Arrow series on CW is doing quite well for itself these days. The Green Arrow comic is faring okay though. With the release of Green Arrow (2011 4th Series) #26 this week, look for the introduction of some new villains in these pages. In the bizarre first appearance world of comics this week we have Longshot Saves The Marvel Universe (2013) #3. Check out Hulkvengers, Cosmic Carnage, Wolverine King of Vampires among others. Silly, yet once again you never know!

Batman Superman (2013 DC) #6 has our heroes dealing with Mongul. This big ol’ Thanos/Darkseid wannabe first appeared in DC Comics Presents #27 (1980). Check out that Jim Starlin Cover too! Oh of course Jim Starlin is involved with this cosmic character, hello?!

Having a name like Man-Bat is the equivalent of having the name She-Bat, right?? Well anyways, this week in Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #26, John Layman brings the She-Bat to the forefront. Here’s a quick trivia question, you must know the answer in 4 seconds flat. Ready? Where is the first appearance of She-Bat…..1,2,3,4 BZZZZ! Time’s up! The first appearance is in Detective Comics #407 (1971) by legend Neal Adams. Now that’s at least a reason to own the book, right?!

If you’re a fan of any Spidey comic these days you will realize that anything is possible with the way a storyline can twist and turn. There may be a similar path this week with Superior Spider-Man (2012) #23. Marvel promises to have the most “cringe-worthy moment is Spider-Man history” happen in this comic. What is worth a statement like that? Well you’ll have to buy the comic to find out. “….In history”, that’s very mighty of them to say isn’t it? Superior Spider-Man #23 is a definite pick-up this week.

Amazing X-Men (2013) #2 features a fan fav Dale Keown variant that’s sold out at Diamond. Possibly a nice CGC Signature Series opportunity here. It’s a $40 variant, so score a 9.8 or higher.                

Inhumanity (2013) #1 variant by Nick Bradshaw is sold out. Inhumans will be a hot commodity for a bit, so be on top of them. Check out last week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #296 for more on the Inhumans.

The popular on-line video game Hawken will get its own comic book this week from Archaia Studios Press; Hawken Melee (2013) #1. It’s almost sold out at the distributor, so be sure to check in on it.

Want to follow the story of three dogs surviving the extinction of the human race in Rover Red Charlie (2013) #1? Sounds a bit over the top right? With proven talent like writer Garth Ennis on this book, one cannot help but see what this is all about.

The latest installment of the Terminator hits this week; Terminator Salvation Final Battle (2013) #1 and the Pete Woods Variant is sold out.

Another zombie book finds its way to the new release shelf this week; Deadworld Restoration (2013) #1. The zombie genre is going to die soon (no pun intended) with too many storylines focusing on dead people that walk around. See last week’s Hot Picks #296 for more on the zombie genre.

What’s not dead on arrival is the new red hot Noir comic from Dynamite Entertainment. Noir (2013 Dynamite) #2 is sold out at the distributor. Look for second prints to follow shortly.

A new creative team will be taking over on Valiant’s Shadowman (2012 4th Series) #13. Be sure to check that out.

There is a “thing” Dynamite Entertainment is doing that is kind of perplexing (not really, they’re making extra cash with these “rare comics”), but maybe cool for the collector/speculator? It’s a question because there is no reasoning behind why they continue to do this to certain comics (other than the cashflow) and they are extremely limited, but we’ll point out a few of them this week. Red Sonja Unchained #4 Cover D High-End Mel Rubi Blood Red Ultra-Limited Cover. There are only 25 of these in existence. The “number” in existence is the running theme here, so check out what applies here for these comics; Dejah Thoris And The Green Men Of Mars #5 Cover G High-End Jay Anacleto Risque Color Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), Lords Of Mars #5 Cover D High-End Mel Rubi Risque Red Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), Black Bat (2013 Dynamite) #7 Cover D High-End Ardian Syaf Black & White Ultra-Limited Cover (50 Copies), and Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 Cover E High-End Alex Ross Sketch Art Ultra-Limited Cover (25 Copies). I do suppose that if you want to spend a $100 on any of these comics you can, but how exactly do you make your money back on these “investments”? (If you want to call it an investment). Graded CGC Signature Series? How would one sell something that isn’t really in much demand? Getting an Alex Ross sig series on the Shadow Green Hornet Dark Nights #2 is a good start.

Sticking with the Dynamite Comics here, be sure to check out Legends of Red Sonja (2013 Dynamite) #2 with the Frank Thorne exclusive cover. It’s a much cheaper route than the above mentioned. A $3.99 comic limited to comic subscribers at their local comic shops and an initial limited print run. All that for $3.99, not bad.

And finally, from Archie Comics Archie #650 Cover B Variant Fiona Staples World Tour Cover. This awesome variant comes from the red hot series artistry of Saga; Fiona Staples. A $3.99 easy, no brainer pick-up.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Publications released its second book yesterday. The Dawning #2 is now available to purchase on the website and some local retailers. The issue contains more twist and turns as we get some more questions answered and some more unanswered questions too! If you’d like to purchase The Dawning #2 – click right HERE. Be sure to tell all your comic book buds about the new InvestComics Publications and The Dawning! Join the InvestComics Star_Wars_1_Dark_Horse_investcomics_CGCPublications Facebook page to discuss The Dawning and to catch upcoming projects from IC Pub. Click HERE to be directed there now.

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There are an abundance of comics to check out this week. The list is long, but the week is very soft. That said I’ll be sure to let you know which comics to put your emphasis on. Not much here, so look for those back issues.

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One standout comic this week could be Nova (2013 5th Series) #10. Last week with the mention of Nova #19 (1978), many fans were very puzzled by this. I received a few messages on the board, Instagram, and personal email saying “Nova? Really?” Yes Nova, really. If you haven’t been paying attention, let me fill you in a bit.

Marvel Studios are about to embark on a whole new universe of pictures and change everything. Yes they are going to change the way movie goers watch “space/cosmic” films with the release of one film; Guardians of the Galaxy. What this particular film will do is open up the flood gates to introduce Marvel in space; their Cosmos if you will. Yes the film will have to fare well in order for the initial steps to be taken, to progress. If all goes well (which it should), Marvel Studios will be on their way to building a cosmic storyline on the big screen as no one has ever done before (besides Star Wars of course, calm down). Now there is one point though, which has been mentioned on InvestComics a few times, what about failure? What happens WHEN, not IF, When a Marvel Studios movie does not meet expectations at the box office? This will in fact happen, it’s inevitable. It will be very interesting to see how Disney reacts to the bad box office draw. One thing is for certain however, the comic book market will be affected to a degree. The prices will drop back into place where they probably should be and level off. The constant influx of various movies and television show announcements are driving prices batty for quite some time now. THIS will be the crash, NOT the variants, 3D covers, etc. The hyperbole will drive pricing back to reality if expectations are not met in the mainstream. Would you pay $10,000 for a Walking Dead CGC 9.9? Yes someone did. THAT is what you call a bad investment. $10,000 on a first appearance 9.9 of Green Goblin, Lois Lane, or even Wolverine makes sense. These characters are household names. Walking Dead is a hot zombie television show right now. It will eventually run its course and no longer be hot anymore. Granted, good story, good show, but its zombies….that’s it. Yes anyone can say “it’s about the character development and how we follow them” but in actuality, no zombies, no show. Not bashing the show, giving a dose of speculation reality here. Spending $10,000 on the number one issue is a bit of an oversight on that buyers part, but maybe, just maybe I’ll be wrong on this.

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So back to Nova, as explained Marvel Studios will take the leap into space. It’s a risky one with Guardians because no one really knows of them. Rocket Raccoon will be the star in this one, so it’s best you stock up on him. Anyway, Nova has been mentioned in passing by Marvel and through some rumors. If Marvel is reaching out into the space universe, what’s not to think Nova won’t be a part of that? Same with Warlock, Silver Surfer, Death, and maybe Rom! Remember him? How cool would that be to have a Rom movie? Yes wrestling with that toy company can get dicey, but what Disney wants, Disney gets. What it all boils down to is making sure as a speculator that you have all of your Cosmic ducks in a row. Pick up the rare first appearance, those odd number one issues, the status quo change books, and the rare Thanos variants. It will pay dividends down the line IF the Guardians of the Galaxy movie does well. Nova (2013 5th Series) #10 will play pretend and solict this comic as the 100th issue. Gotta love the restarts, five of them for Nova to be exact here. The comic will come with all sorts of variants. The prize variant will be the JG Jones Incentive. A $60 book that can see some decent gains if handled properly. Nova #10 will star the NEW New Warriors (another potential space team down the road). Check out the first appearance of the New Warriors (“old team”) in Thor #411 (1989). A must own.

We like intros don’t we? Of course we do! Ultimate Spider-Man (2012 Marvel Universe) #20 will introduce a new villain named Whirlwind, so check that out. Kick-Ass 3 (2013 Marvel) #5 will do some introducing themselves with a new villain team. Infinity Hunt (2013) #4 plants the seeds of Marvel’s next major event. Are we tired yet of these major events? And speaking of Infinity, Infinity (2013 Marvel) #6 will conclude with an oversized issue as Thanos fights everyone! And incidentally, Iron Man #55 is Still a must buy. Avengers Assemble (2012) #21 hints at the team Inhumans. The Inhumans are about to have a breakout year next year. Get on top of Fantastic Four #45 (1965) for the first appearance of the Inhumans. Staying on topic with the Avengers, Avengers Arena (2012) #18 will see its final issue this week. With more death and a launching pad for something else. Something major will be happening in All New X-Men (2012) #19 so be sure to glance through that book. Damian Son of Batman (2013) #2 is sold out for the most part on the retail level. The variants are completely sold out. The Andy Kubert black and white variant would be a nice CGC sig series flip book. Forever Evil Argus (2013) #2 will highlight Deathstroke. One of the baddest dudes in the DC Universe. If you’re a regular reader of this column each week, you already know that InvestComics is a huge Deathstroke supporter. I have always felt that the Deathstroke character is on the cusp of some serious play, but DC doesn’t know exactly what to do with him (i.e. Nightwing). Yes they finally put him on television (sparingly), but that’s not enough. Get this guy going already. Bigger role on the show, movie appearances, chop chop DC! A huge recommendation throughout the years on InvestComics has been The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) and it will continue to be in BUY mode with InvestComics. And for those keeping score at home, Forever Evil Argus #2 variant is sold out, which means absolutely nothing on the speculator side of things. Geoff Johns will be hitting all out on Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #25. The conclusion to the “Death of a King” storyline. The new Superior Spider-Man event begins this week; The Darkest Hour in Superior Spider-Man (2012) #22. Venom will have his first run in with Superior Spidey in this issue. This should be very interesting. In the “in case you missed it” department, DC will release Sandman Overture (2013) Special Edition #1. The issue will feature a bunch of useless extras if you’re interested.

IDW will bring back a cult favorite in Sam Keith’s Maxx Maxximized (2013 IDW) #1. A collector can buy the first appearance of Maxx in the overprinted Darker Image #1 (1993).

Black Science (2013 Image) #1 will be THE Image Comic to grab this week. Already sold out at the retail level, but the $10 Midtown Comics variant will be the one to get if this comic makes an impact in the aftermarket. IDW’s Mr Peabody and Sherman (2013 IDW) #1 variant is sold out. Never Ending (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Quest (2013 Zenescope) #1, and Sledgehammer 44 Lightning War (2013) #1 are all on the verge of selling out.

Invest wisely,

Jay Katz

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Speculation runs rampant this week!  In today’s comic collecting world the TV/Film adaptation is king. If it’s rumored to be optioned or developed the online market can heat up quick ( see Alias #1 on Ebay ).

Iron Man 17 ( 1:100 Sketch Variant )

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The reaction to Iron Man’s tweaked origin has been met with mixed reviews. Either way this book should prove to be key down the road especially if Marvel brings back a particular Iron Man from the near future.

The Avenger Magazine 1-24  Shadow Comics 2

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The CW looks to option everything they can. This long forgotten Pulp hero has some interesting powers and could make for an intriguing show.  Issues of the original series and appearances from Shadow Comics are very rare in any condition.

Batman Noel

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Lee Bermejo’s over-sized GN is a good read and worth a look for any Batman fan. As rumors continue to pile up concerning the upcoming Superman Batman film collector’s are already starting to scramble for key comics. If you are wondering what Affleck’s Batman is going to look like this design is currently the frontrunner.

New Avengers 10 & Infinity 4 1:150 Variant

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Thanos has a son and that means a first appearance that’s likely worth tracking down. Like Kamal Khan we won’t know for some time if he will spark the  interest of collectors but it’s a good bet. These days most things Thanos related are doing well ( See Avengers 157! )

Uber 1/2 ( Bleeding Cool Magazine )

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As much as I dislike this series one cannot deny it’s popularity amongst collectors. In the tradition of Wizard Magazine this 1/2 issue should appeal to many. Only available in the print publication of BC it’s going to be hard to come by.

Infinity Inc 20,21 ( Hourman 2 )

As stated above comic studio options are the flavor of the month but Hourman? Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy when almost any comic makes the leap to the screen but there are definitely more deserving characters. The other question is which Hourman will they use? The first appearance of the original Hourman is pricey but if they use his son these will rise fast.

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Last month I mentioned Who is Jake Ellis? and it’s impending adaptation.  The regular series issues will be tough to find so go and buy this over-sized reprint of the same title. It’s rare only available in this size here and a highly enjoyable read that features other impressive comics from Mark Millar!

Tales of the Teen Titans 44

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Here’s a George Perez classic that’s already hot on the back issue market! Featuring the first appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing, this comics is sure to remain a highly sought after  issue for years to come. Like Batman Noel, if rumor’s of Nightwing’s inclusion in the next film are true this one will become the hottest comic in some time.

Green Lantern 21 Sketch variant ( first Relic )

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When someone like Geoff Johns leaves a title like GL there is sure to be some fall off in readership but if you have been missing the latest event you should be ashamed of yourself. Relic and his quest to extinguish lantern light has been a fresh and original read, something hard to come by from DC these days. (excluding Batman and anything by Jeff Lemire)

Alias 1, Amazing Spider-Man 4, Amazing Spider-Man 601

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Technically Alias 1 is the first appearance of Jessica Jones until Marvel retconned her via flashback in AMS 601 making her first appearance in AMS vol. 1 issue 4.

With a Netfix series on the way look for her appearances to increase in value.

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Mike Allred’s izombie has also been optioned for TV. This one might just be the sleeper of the month! It’s hard to come by and filled with great stories from other outstanding creators.

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Incredible Hulk 178 ( first appearance of the infinity gems )

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Here’s a rumor that actually may prove to be right.  Thanks Benicio Del Toro!

 

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So Ben Affleck isn’t just the Caped Crusader, he’s also getting into the adaptation of wonderful espionage comics!  Sleeper is one of Brubaker’s best.  Look for these to blow up soon:

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InvestComics Hot Picks #286

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(Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. This article is used as a guide for investments and more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments should be used as a judgement upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing and have fun.)

Last week InvestComics Hot Picks #285 covered the arrival of DC’s 3D comic cover onslaught. The 3D covers turned out to be a huge success for DC judging from the demand in the aftermarket as well as complete sell outs in every comic shop across the nation. One particular comic is commanding in the range of $199 to $300 in the aftermarket. The “winner” in last week’s 3D sweepstakes has to go to Forever Evil #1 – Ivan Reis’ retail variant. The ratio of this comic is driving the price up tremendously. How about 1 variant per comic shop? That’s a nice ratio isn’t it? Get this bad boy in a CGC graded case, a 9.8 or higher and double your cash instantly. Hurry though; the 3D madness will not last forever. Not saying that prices will plummet here, but these prices WILL level out and some speculators may get caught holding their purse. Do not overpay to get any of these books. Be a wise speculator, this isn’t the 1990’s anymore. Although it may feel that way at the moment, this will all die down and level off. That said you must look for the rare ratio 3D books in order to make some serious bank. If you are collecting all of the 3D covers, be sure to get two copies of each, although many retail outfits are limiting one per customer (even Midtown Comics in New York are limiting 1 per). So get your brother, friend, mom, dad, sister, whomever to buy a copy so that you have 2 in your stash. Why two copies you may ask? The reason is simple and any collector already knows; a nice reader/collector copy and one to put together in a mass sale of all 52 variants. What some speculators may not be aware of is some of the aftermarket prices for (pre-ordering) all 52 covers. They are fetching upwards to $390. Not too shabby. To reiterate, the 3D craze WILL NOT last forever, so if you are going to do a mass kill on selling all 52 3D books, you must do so in a small window. The market will in fact come down on these sooner than later. You will have quite a few that will break the outside mold and become a $300 book all onto itself like the Forever Evil # variant. THOSE are the ‘prizes’ here fans. THOSE are the ones to get your hands on. Not an easy task, but getting those will make your bank account very happy. Especially if you get them professionally graded by CGC and score a high grade.

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As this Wednesday approaches, DC Comics continues their trend with the 3D covers. InvestComics will follow the same trend too. As we did last week we will be breaking down each comic with the first appearance of the particular villain taking over the book. It’s so much fun to see where some of these villains came from and how much they have evolved and devolved over the course of time. Not every redo is a home run guys/gals. Sometimes things should stay the way they are. Don’t fix what ain’t broke.

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Teen Titans (2011 4th Series) #23.1 – Trigon looks really angry on this 3D cover doesn’t he? Hate to be on that Titans team looking at him. Trigon first appeared in The New Teen Titans #4 (1981), creators George Perez and Marv Wolfman at the helm here. This should already be in your collection.

Justice League (2011) #23.2 – Here’s another first appearance that any comic collector should already have in their stash. Another 80’s book; Omega Men #3 (1983) features the first look at Lobo.

Justice League of America (2013 3rd Series) #7.2 – An interesting choice going with a Killer Frost takeover. The frosty one first appeared in Firestorm #3 (1978).

Green Lantern (2011 4th Series) #23.2 – The wannabe (appearance wise – Thanos/Darkseid) Mongul takes over this comic. And another 1980’s comic; check out his debut in DC Comics Presents #27 (1980).

Flash (2011) #23.2 – Reverse-Flash will give Flash a very hard time in his comic book this month. The first Professor Zoom is in 1963’s Flash #139. Love that yellow suit!!

Earth 2 (2012 DC) #15.2 – Boy you talk about a fantastic makeover, this would be it. Solomon Grundy looks like a menace on the 3D cover here. Good job DC! Grundy first appeared all the way back in All-American Comics #61 (1944).

Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – The enigmatic Harley Quinn brings her craziness to this comic. Check out the iconic comic (cover wise) Batman: Harley Quinn one shot from 1999 to get her debut.

Batman (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – And speaking of iconic. The awesomeness of the Riddler appears this week as his hostile takeover will be fantastic probably. Look at that cover! Beautiful! His debut came in Batman #140 (1961). This is definitely a comic to have in your collection. If you do not own this comic, you need to buy it. The Riddler character will always be an uptick character. No losing here. None.

Batman The Dark Knight (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – If one had to choose the best rouge gallery for one particular DC character; it would have to be Batman, right? Well maybe that’s up for debate on for another day, but Mr. Freeze dons the 3D cover this week and his debut is in Batman #121 (1959). Cover art by Curt Swan? Yes I will have one thank you!

Batman and Robin (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – The very recent introduction and popular villains ‘Court of Owls’ will take over the Bats and Rob book. COO (abbreviation) were spoken about in the latest Batman #1 New 52 series, but it wasn’t until Batman #5 (New 52) they made their debut.

Aquaman (2011 5th Series) #23.1 – Speaking of rogue galleries, you want to talk about some of the weakest in all of the DC U? Yes Aquaman may be cool now, but boy do his villains need some serious makeovers! Black Manta is no exception here. Debuting in Aquaman #35 (1967).

Superman #23.2 – In actuality, Supes isn’t that far behind in weak villains either. Why do you think we always see Lex and Zod everywhere? Well Brainiac, like so many others have been through the ringer with the changing of his looks as well. If things work, no change is needed, if things do not, changes are always present. Case in point with a lot of these new looks for everyone over the years. But anyways, getting off track here, check out the Brains first appearance in Action Comics #242 (1958).

Action Comics (2011 2nd Series) #23.2 – Here we have one of the bad asses in the Superman gallery. Zod! General Zod made his debut in Adventure Comics #283 (1961). Another one of those “can’t lose” books. Although many changes over the years, Zod remains a force in the collectors market.

That’s it for the 3D madness, now onto the number one issue madness this week! But first let’s cover the double digit number one; Captain America (2012 7th Series) #11. In this issue the question is asked, who is Iron Nail? Pick this up and find out!

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In the new Mighty Avengers (2013) #1, the team will face off against Proxima Midnight. PM’s arrival was in the recent pages of New Avengers #8. Marvel will look to milk the “Infinity” drama for all it’s worth in Infinity Hunt (2013) #1. This issue will bring a new ‘Contest of Champions’ to the table. If you don’t know exactly what Contest of Champions is, well shame on you! Check out the original classic from 1982; Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions three issue limited series. Here is a quick creators list on this series; Gruenwald, Mantlo, Romita Jr., and Layton. Is there any reason anyone would not know about this comic??

And now we visit the slew of number one issues headed your way this Wednesday. How does anyone afford this hobby anymore?

Rapid fire: A few number one issues REALLY need to be on your radar this week. The aftermarket pricing will reflect the SOLD OUT sign on these if the story is well received. Mythopolis (2013 Ardden) #1 is SOLD OUT, Kings Watch (2013 Dynamite) #1 is SOLD OUT, Hit List (2013) Zenescope #1 might be a sleeper, but Zenescope comics never fare that well in the aftermarket, Locke and Key (2013 7th Series) Alpha #1 will be on the SOLD OUT list shortly, Genie The Genius (2013 Ape) #1 will follow that road, Low Society (2013) #0 may also be a sleeper; it’s on the verge of a sellout, the wildly popular television series will get its own book; Sons of Anarchy (2013 Boom) #1. Live television series’ do not always equate to demand on the comic book front. Actually it’s an extremely rare feat that success is found in the comic book market from a TV show. Eternal Warrior (2013 Valiant) #1 will join the Valiant list of successful sellouts, while Mars Attacks Judge Dredd (2013 IDW) #1 will cater to the Mars Attacks groupie’s.

Another busy week! Don’t forget about the latest InvestComics contest! –WIN a Superman Unchained: Director’s Cut #1 SIGNED by Scott Snyder From InvestComics!! – A big response so far, but you can win it if you’re not in it!

Be sure to sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter too. The recent contest was introduced to the fans via the Newsletter! More cool contest and news going there first.

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Have a great day, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

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Disclaimer: all comic recommendations are from a speculative vantage point. Not all comics are to guarantee a return on your investment. This article is used as a guide for investments and more so for entertainment purposes. Any opinions or expression of investments should be used as a judgement upon the investor, not InvestComics. Please use your own discretion when investing and have fun.

So InvestComics received a bit of a facelift. Pretty cool huh? And with change there are always A LOT of bugs to figure out, so please be patient as we work out the kinks. Otherwise, it’s looking snazzy! Thanks for everyone’s kind words and support, you guys/gals rock.

Be sure to check out a ton of new material going up on InvestComics these days. Lots of cool new articles popping up daily/weekly.

The current contest on InvestComics will be coming to a close this week. Many people have entered to win a signed Fury #1 from writer Jimmy Palmiotti. All you have to do is share the InvestComics Facebook page and or the Twitter page and you become eligible. This of course is very cool, but if you don’t win this time, don’t fret because there is another contest coming up and boy is it nice!

Let’s move on to the ever “changing landscape” of the Marvel and DC Universe. And oh yes and the Hot Picks.

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DC is making this new 52 a long lasting relationship isn’t it? Understanding that DC has restarted everything, it all just seems very muddled at this point. There is so much going on each week, so dramatic, so epic, so….tiresome. This week readers get to that point where Bruce Wayne becomes Batman in Batman (2011 2nd Series) #23. The DC solicit reads as though it’s the biggest thing to happen since sliced bread. Again, understanding that DC is in business to make money, they need to churn that hyperbole up, but haven’t we all been here before? No matter how much a great writer like Scott Snyder spins it as Batman’s first ever sequence of becoming the Bat, we all really know in the back of our minds that this really isn’t new to us. This isn’t a bad reflection on the great series Scott has done, but in the end folks, it’s more of the same here. The tagline for Marvel and DC these days should read The more things change, the more they stay the same.

More curiosity will succumb with Superboy (2011 5th Series) #23 this week as well. This comic promises the debut of a major threat to the DC Universe.

Marvel enters the ever changing of things this week too with Wolverine (2013 4th Series) #8. The tagline on that solicit reads “The biggest Wolverine event in years!” Really?? But we all know that curiosity will get the best of us right?

(Insert sarcasm in the brain for the majority of this paragraph, until the speculation part comes in). In closing with the flare for dramatics this week, Marvel gives us Infinity (2013 Marvel) #1. Not only will this be the return of the biggest bad ass in the Marvel U (Thanos), not only will this be an oversized comic (what is that exactly? Oversized? Why not be double sized? It’s probably not double sized. Maybe just oversized), this number one issue is so big (hype wise) that it will have TEN variant covers. Oh and here’s the best part, this series will “change the way you look at the Marvel Universe!” Really??? Well if you want to make some REAL change in your pocket, pick up the lowest ratio variant, get it witnessed signed (CGC) by Jim Starlin, grade it, hold on to it for a bit until Avengers 2 movie comes around and then dump it. You’ll triple your money. Still won’t be able to afford Iron Man #55 (First appearance of Thanos) at that point, but you’ll have a decent down payment.

IDW Publishing seems to have their ducks in a row. They don’t use the constant flare for dramatics to sell their books. It seems books like Star Wars #1 speak for themselves in the aftermarket. This week IDW brings back a team that debuted way back in 1966’s Dynamo #1 (Tower Comics). The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents have been well used over the years, and this week THUNDER Agents (2013 IDW) #1 will be again by the IDW team. With Todd McFarlane recently calling out Hollywood to check out the Independent circuit more, there is no telling where Hollywood may look next. Will this team be called upon? Dynamo #1 is one to pick up.

A couple of other comics to check out this week are Resident Alien Suicide Blonde (2013 Dark Horse) #0 and Fubar By the Sword (2013 Alterna) #1.

That’s it for this week, be sure to sign up for the InvestComics Newsletter. It will announce the next contest!

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz  

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InvestComics Hot Pick – Single Issue – Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 – Darkseid

Darkseid ThanosThe new Super Man of Steel movie has brought in over $210 million already. As you read this article that number is probably steadily climbing. With this success for Warner Bros. comes the next phase. WB has already announced that they will be green lighting Superman Man of Steel 2 and Justice League of America, both slated for 2014 and 2015 respectively. Just how realistic is this time frame to get these 2 movies done inside of 2 1/2 years? Highly unlikely, but the wheels are turning here and the comic book collector world needs to be on their collective heels.

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When, not if, but when the Justice League of America film is in its infant stage we will soon find out that there is only one place to go with this movie. One place, meaning one villain and that villain will be Darkseid. As vast as the DC Universe is, there is simply no “one” villain other than Darkseid to cause an entire team some headaches. Marvel on the other hand has a few to choose from, but it is no surprise they are going with Thanos. Darkseid and Thanos have always seemed to be linked to one another. Darkseid’s debut came in 1970; Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134. Thanos’ first appearance came only 3 years later in Iron Man #55. So although Marvel was 3 years late to the party with their version of Kirby’s creation Darkseid, they are several years ahead on the big screen. This will in fact change. Well not a fact, but a confident level here to say that Darkseid will be the nuisance for the JLA team. So where will Darkseid appear? Man of Steel 2? Will Warner Bros. change course (Extremely likely) and make more lead up films before Darkseid appears? Flash? Wonder Woman? Green Arrow? Red Tornado? What characters will have their moment in the sun before the Justice League movie? One thing is for certain though (InvestComics speculation of course) Darkseid will play a major part in the lives of our heroes.

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Over the years InvestComics has recommended countless comics to pick up. Some were good, some were okay, and some never panned out. If ever there was a time for you not to second guess anything, this would be that time. Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 will absolutely explode in due time. InvestComics cannot emphasize enough how important and UNDERVALUED this comic is right now. Here’s another reason why this comic should be in your possession. The amount of graded copies on this comic is absolutely staggering, staggering because there are only a total of 189 of them graded. Only TWO hold the 9.8 spot while 11 hold a grade below. You can shop Ebay right now and find a 9.6 copy for $899 or get a Fine copy at only $125. This comic will double and triple in price once the Darkseid is named to appear as the go to villain. By comparison Iron Man #55 (Thanos’ first appearance) has a 1067 graded copies on the CGC Census. 37 at the 9.8 spot while 75 occupy the grade below. Big difference here huh? Who is the villain in need of Batman Superman Darkseidsome attention here? That would be Darkseid, and boy is he going to get some.

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Besides Darkseid’s first appearance there are some other books that he has appeared in that are also very undervalued that command your attention. The first of those comics are the Justice League of America’s #’s 183 – #185. When the JLA movie comes to fruition, it is “said” that THESE comics will be the storyline to the movie. Get these comics all day in Fine condition on Ebay for $10 a pop. Well worth the condition and money spent. Watch as Warner Bros. makes the announcement about Darkseid, these Fine copies you hold will go tenfold easily. The funny thing here is that the creator of Thanos; Jim Starlin, yeah that guy, he was the artist on 2 of the three covers!

Although Darkseid has been wreaking havoc on the DC Universe for more than 4 decades, ready for this? He has made ONE, that’s right ONE appearance in the Batman comic. Batman #702 to be precise. It took exactly four decades for Darkseid to make it into the pages of a Batman book. Hard to believe isn’t it?? So pick that comic up while you still can. Those will be disappearing before you know it.

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Legion of Super-Heroes Darkseid

Okay while we’re at it, how about Superman? How many times do you think Darkseid has made his way inside a Superman ONLY titled comic? Hundreds? No. 50? No. 20? No. 10?? No. How about 4 times at last count?! Superman #419 and #666, Superman Vol. 2 #3, and Superman Vol 2. #173. Unbelievable right??

New Gods DarkseidEarly appearances that need to be picked up include Jack Kirby’s Forever People #1 & New Gods # 1 and New Gods #2. One of Kirby’s last DC work came in a form of a graphic novel. 1985’s Hunger Dogs had his creation Darkseid in it. Legion of Super-Heroes #’s 287, 293, and 294 are comics that need to be in your collection sooner rather than later. Important storylines with Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen at the helm.

Darkseid appeared alongside Marvel a few times. John Byrne’s Darkseid vs. Galactus: The Hunger, George Perez’ Avengers/JLA (how fitting is that?), Walt Simsonson’s The Uncanny X-Men/The New Teen Titans.

And lastly, watch for Darkseid to make an appearance during DC’s Villain month.

Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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Nova

The Comic Broker’s Report:  NOVA!

By Topher Seal

 

Marvel’s cosmic epic The Guardians of the Galaxy is either shaping up to be the most ambitious comic film of all time or destined to be a rare mistep by Disney.   The truth is, it is hard to tell at this point which way it will all go down.  Recent news includes conformation of…

this guy as Yondu.  😀

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but this woman as Nova Prime???

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So who knows?  But for purists some developments are signs of a troubled adaptation.  For every John C. Reilly as Rhomman Dey there is a Cosmo tease from the director that simply annoys or another WWE has-been cast as the muscle ( Drax the Destroyer ).

In the past I have highlighted some of the best GOTG comics to invest in.  With conformation of the Nova Corps ( FF 206,208 ) Nova appears to be a player and that’s great news.  Though his keys are limited here are some notable appearances.

Fantastic Four Annual 12

This one is Nova ( Richard Rider’s ) first appearance outside his own title.  Wolfman writing the Inhumans make it worth the price in high grade!

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Dardevil 142

Another Wolfman tale featuring Nova in a title you normally wouldn’t expect to see him in.

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ROM 24

If you have never read ROM I demand you buy the full run and spend the weekend making up for past mistakes.   Like the Micronauts there are a few keys in the series.  #75 ( last issue ) and this early Nova appearance.

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New Warriors 74, 75

The last issue of this Marvel Series saw the sales of the once mighty team book drop sharply.  As usual low print runs for later issues of a cancelled series often leads to significant increases in value.  Expect these  to do the same when the film comes out.

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Another last issues with a low print run and a Larsen Venom cover!  Buy buy buy.

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The Savage She Hulk 3

How many comics do you think are out there that have both Rocket Raccoon and Nova in them?  Oh and it’s written by Dan Slott with a  Gregg Horn cover!

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Annihilation Conquest 6

I will continue to recommend this one over and over again.  Collectors are fast realizing the importance of this issue.  The formation of this team has everything to do with the movie.  One can even argue that it’s importance far surpasses the first appearance of the original team which often sells for over 100 at auction.

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Thanos Imperative: Ignition

This one-Shot has a breathtaking cover and is getting harder to find as are all Thanos appearances.  See my  report on the collectible Thanos some time before the movie hits.

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That’s it for this month. I am still working on a UK special where the answer to this question can be found:

Why do comic retailers from the UK fail to see the need for sturdy cardboard packing when shipping comics.

 

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@Larfleeze

 

DISCLAIMER:  This article is intended for entertainment purposes.  Please do not come to me down the road claiming that I steered you wrong when you bought 300 copies of Spawn 9. ( which I would never recommend by the way )   All investments are undertaken at one’s own risk.  Have fun!

 

 

 

 

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MARVEL reveals ARTHUR ADAMS variant for INFINITY #1

Nothing Lasts Forever – Marvel Unveils Arthur Adam’s INFINITY #1 Variant Cover

This August, the Marvel Universe prepares for the biggest battle it’s ever faced – but first, Marvel is proud to unveil the jaw dropping variant cover toInfinity #1 by Arthur Adams! Infinity, the six part blockbuster comic event of the summer, brought to you by the star studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena & Dustin Weaver, takes fans to every corner of the Marvel Universe, and beyond! Earth has been marked as an “Avengers World”, protected by Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more from the deadliest threats facing humanity. A powerful and destructive race is on a collision course with Earth and the only thing in their path is the Avengers! But even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes realize the one hope of defeating this dire threat is to unite every great hero across the cosmos…because only with a united AvengersUniverse is there any chance of survival!

 

With our heroes at the other end of the universe, who is left to protect Earth? Enter Thanos, the galaxy’s most ruthless threat and an unparalleled force of brutality who brings order to the chaos of life through murder. The greatest threat to the Mad Titan’s work—and perhaps the universe’s greatest hope—is something he created leaving no world safe. Earth’s last hope may lie in the hands of a man who can level cities with a single whisper – Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. But can the fearsome leader of a race hated and feared by his world,  lead his people against Thanos? If they fall, so does the Earth—and the entire universe with it.

 

Every issue of Infinity includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on theMarvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue ofInfinity features special augmented reality content available exclusive through theMarvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

 

The Biggest Heroes.  The Biggest Threats. The Biggest Sacrifices. This is Marvel’sINFINITY.

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For more on Marvel’s Infinity, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelINFINITY and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

 

 

 

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

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Nothing Lasts Forever – Marvel Unveils INFINITY #1 Cover

This August, the Marvel Universe prepares for the biggest battle it’s ever faced – but first, Marvel is proud to unveil the jaw dropping main cover to Infinity #1 by Adam Kubert! Infinity, the six part blockbuster comic event of the summer, brought to you by the star studded creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena & Dustin Weaver, takes fans to every corner of the Marvel Universe, and beyond! Earth has been marked as an “Avengers World”, protected by Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more from the deadliest threats facing humanity. A powerful and destructive race is on a collision course with Earth and the only thing in their path is the Avengers! But even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes realize the one hope of defeating this dire threat is to unite every great hero across the cosmos…because only with a united AvengersUniverse is there any chance of survival!

With our heroes at the other end of the universe, who is left to protect Earth? Enter Thanos, the galaxy’s most ruthless threat and an unparalleled force of brutality who brings order to the chaos of life through murder. The greatest threat to the Mad Titan’s work—and perhaps the universe’s greatest hope—is something he created leaving no world safe. Earth’s last hope may lie in the hands of a man who can level cities with a single whisper – Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. But can the fearsome leader of a race hated and feared by his world,  lead his people against Thanos? If they fall, so does the Earth—and the entire universe with it.

Every issue of Infinity includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on theMarvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue ofInfinity features special augmented reality content available exclusive through theMarvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

The Biggest Heroes.  The Biggest Threats. The Biggest Sacrifices. This is Marvel’sINFINITY.

For more on Marvel’s Infinity, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelINFINITY and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

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To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

BEST SELLING COMIC BOOKS of this DECADE (2010-2013)

BEST SELLING COMIC BOOKS of this DECADE (2010-2013)

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We are about to take an in depth analysis of  the Best Selling Comic Books of this time period to show the state of the current comic industry and look for any trends and to answer the all important question of “Can a comic with a gigantic print run have a chance of going up in value?”.

Only 131 different comic books have sold over 100,000 copies so far this decade.

Only 6 comics have sold over 200,000 in the past 40 months – a rare feat in the current comic economy.    In the same 40 month time period 50 years ago (1960 to early 1963) at least 1,200 different comics reached that sales figure !

The current biggest print runs either come with a new #1 series beginning, multiple covers, highlight of a storyline such as a 1st appearance or Death of a major character.

Walking Dead #100 is the best selling comic of this decade.  This super impressive for a number of reasons.  Its not a #1, its not a Marvel/DC title, its not a 1st appearance and its not even a superhero title.   Walking Dead is a sensation due to the huge interest in the TV show it ranks #1 mainly due to increasing demand for the title but primarily due to a large amount of variant covers which every Deadhead seemed to want.    Also impressive that Image has no other comics ever selling numbers that large and also the fact that no past issue of The Walking Dead had ever sold more than 80,000 copies before.

On the chart you will see its overall ranking followed by its monthly rank at Diamond when it was published.

Issue # is followed by original cover price and publisher and print run numbers.   Year and Month

I took current price values from 2 major online comic dealers – Mycomicshop.com and MileHighComics.com

I’ve had the debate so many times about whether its ever worth stockpiling new #1 issues when they have such massive print runs.  Surely these are not a good investment.  The majority of comics don’t go up in value in the first place nevermind an overprinted comic.

So here we will find out if this is true or not issue by issue.

First of all I am not here to advertise for either online comic dealer but wanted to show 2 prices to show how one dealer prices their books differently than the next.   Comics are worth whatever you want to pay.   MileHighComics are consistently much higher yet they often have up to 50% sales of their entire website inventory.

The one driving factor that makes books valuable is QUALITY.  Some titles offer an exciting storyline with amazing artwork. They may have a big influence in the superhero universe which makes these books historically important in the timeline chronology of the specific hero and their universe overall.  This helps keep demand up in the future and certain books will prove over time to be very important.    When this happens we find that the books do in fact sell out and increase.

Just because a book has a massive print run does NOT mean that it cannot sell out.  Comics values are all based on supply and demand.  A perfect example of this is the death of Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-man #700.  Not only the biggest print run of any Spider-man comic this decade but also historically important in his timeline which helped sell  the book out, go up in value instantly, and have 4 printings.

Does this mean then that all comics with high print runs must be important.   Definitely not !    There are still many books on the list which due to large print runs never sold out and stores were stuck with extra copies as they over estimated what they could sell and therefore the books may have even landed up in the $1.00 clearance bin.   You will see numerous books on the list that are still worth cover price.

Let’s just analyze the Top 10 best selling comics of the decade based on their price increase or no-increase.

Out of the top 10 we find Walking Dead, Justice League, Uncanny Avengers, Guardians, Avengers VS X-men 6, Avengers all hovering near the cover price.   That is 6 of the top 10 which shows in this instance that 40% of the top 10 actually sold out quick and had huge price gains:   Avengers VS X-men 1, Amazing Spider-man 700, Batman 1, Superior Spider-man 1.

In the top 20 the only books to show increases are Action 1, Avengers VS X-men 3 and 4.

So out of the top 20 only 7 have really gone up and 13 have not.

BEST SELLING COMICS – RANKED IN ORDER
DIAMOND RANKING – COMIC TITLE – ISSUE # – PRICE – PUBLISHER – PRINT RUN – YEAR – MONTH – MYCOMICSHIP – MILEHIGHCOMICS
1 1 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 335082 2012 7 $5.00 $30.00
2 1 Justice League of America 1 $3.99 DC 307734 2013 2 $4.00 $7.50
3 1 Uncanny Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 303722 2012 10 $3.00 $12.00
4 1 Guardians of the Galaxy (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 211312 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
5 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 203181 2012 3 $12.00 $80.00
6 1 Amazing Spider-Man 700 $7.99 Marvel 200966 2012 12 $20.00 $30.00
7 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 6 $3.99 Marvel 190705 2012 6 $2.30 $18.00
8 1 Batman 1 $2.99 DC 188420 2011 9 sold out $48.00
9 1 Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 188182 2013 1 $23.00 $25.00
10 2 Avengers (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 186989 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
11 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 5 $3.99 Marvel 186555 2012 6 $4.00 $18.00
12 2 Action Comics 1 $3.99 DC 182748 2011 9 sold out $32.00
13 1 All New X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 181693 2012 11 $6.00 $12.50
14 1 Justice League 2 $3.99 DC 180709 2011 10 $4.00 $15.00
15 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 7 $3.99 Marvel 179208 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00
16 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 178330 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00
17 2 Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 177463 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00
18 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 175695 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00
19 2 Age of Ultron 1 $3.99 Marvel 174952 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
20 3 Avengers Vs X-Men 8 $3.99 Marvel 174910 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00
21 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 9 $3.99 Marvel 174356 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00
22 2 Batman 2 $2.99 DC 172428 2011 10 $8.00 $22.50
23 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 12 $4.99 Marvel 171452 2012 10 $5.00 $15.00
24 1 Justice League 1 $3.99 DC 171344 2011 8 $22.00 $48.00
25 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 10 $3.99 Marvel 169529 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00
26 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 11 $3.99 Marvel 167327 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00
27 1 Avengers (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 163867 2010 5 $3.30 $9.00
28 2 Batman 14 $3.99 DC 159729 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
29 1 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 $3.99 Marvel 159355 2011 5 $4.70
30 1 Justice League 3 $3.99 DC 158700 2011 11 $12.00 $15.00
31 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 2 $3.99 Marvel 158650 2012 4 $18.00 $39.00
32 2 Batman 0 $3.99 DC 156561 2012 9 $4.70 $12.00
33 3 Action Comics 2 $3.99 DC 153855 2011 10 $4.00 $12.00
34 3 Batman 15 $3.99 DC 151568 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
35 2 Batman 3 $2.99 DC 150984 2011 11 $18.00 $16.00
36 3 Batman 17 $3.99 DC 150684 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00
37 3 Batman 13 $3.99 DC 148305 2012 10 $50.00 $60.00
38 2 Batman 16 $3.99 DC 145923 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00
39 4 Green Lantern 2 $2.99 DC 142344 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00
40 1 Justice League 4 $3.99 DC 142248 2011 12 $10.00 $32.00
41 3 Green Lantern 1 $2.99 DC 141682 2011 9 $8.00 $30.00
42 1 X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 140332 2010 7 $3.00 $15.00
43 1 Justice League 5 $3.99 DC 138576 2012 1 $6.00 $24.00
44 3 Batman 18 $3.99 DC 137893 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50
45 1 Amazing Spider-Man 666 $3.99 Marvel 135568 2011 7 $4.00 $12.00
46 1 Justice League 6 $3.99 DC 135374 2012 2 $6.00 $24.00
47 1 Blackest Night 8 $3.99 DC 135059 2010 3 $3.50 $9.60
48 3 Action Comics 3 $3.99 DC 134875 2011 11 $3.30 $9.00
49 3 Batman 9 $3.99 DC 134605 2012 5 sold out $16.00
50 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 0 $3.99 Marvel 134509 2012 3 $15.00 $45.00
51 2 Batman 4 $2.99 DC 133781 2011 12 sold out $16.00
52 1 Batman 19 $3.99 DC 132147 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00
53 3 Justice League 7 $3.99 DC 131697 2012 3 $8.00 $16.00
54 4 Justice League 9 $3.99 DC 131332 2012 5 $4.00 $16.00
55 1 Blackest Night 7 $3.99 DC 130613 2010 2 $5.00 $9.00
56 2 Batman 8 $3.99 DC 130602 2012 4 sold out $16.00
57 2 Batman 5 $2.99 DC 130492 2012 1 $15.00 $16.00
58 3 Batman 10 $3.99 DC 130265 2012 6 $5.00 $15.00
59 1 Brightest Day 0 $3.99 DC 129446 2010 4 $3.30 $9.00
60 4 Flash (4th series) 1 $2.99 DC 129260 2011 9 $8.00 $24.00
61 1 New Avengers (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 129084 2010 6 $3.30 $9.00
62 3 Justice League 8 $3.99 DC 128991 2012 4 $5.00 $16.00
63 1 Fear Itself 1 $3.99 Marvel 128595 2011 4 $2.70 $18.00
64 2 Batman 6 $2.99 DC 128459 2012 2 $18.00 $16.00
65 4 Batman 7 $2.99 DC 127402 2012 3 sold out $16.00
66 4 Batman 11 $3.99 DC 127210 2012 7 $4.00 $22.50
67 4 Justice League 10 $3.99 DC 127090 2012 6 $4.00 $16.00
68 3 Justice League 0 $3.99 DC 125868 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00
69 3 Batman 12 $3.99 DC 125249 2012 8 $4.00 $22.50
70 5 Justice League 11 $3.99 DC 123971 2012 7 $4.00 $12.80
71 3 Captain America (7th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 123667 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50
72 4 Green Lantern 3 $2.99 DC 122644 2011 11 $5.00 $12.00
73 4 Justice League 12 $3.99 DC 120796 2012 8 $4.00 $48.00
74 4 Deadpool (3rd series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 118976 2012 11 $9.00 $15.00
75 5 Superman 1 $2.99 DC 118376 2011 9 $9.70 $32.00
76 5 Indestructible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 118200 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
77 4 Justice League 13 $3.99 DC 117752 2012 10 $4.00 $12.00
78 3 Justice League 16 $3.99 DC 117719 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00
79 4 Wolverine (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 117669 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
80 6 Iron Man (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116529 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50
81 4 New Avengers (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116280 2013 1 $4.00 $7.50
82 1 Fantastic Four 587 $3.99 Marvel 115448 2011 1 $6.50 $18.00
83 4 Justice League 15 $3.99 DC 115074 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
84 2 Thanos Rising 1 $3.99 Marvel 114720 2013 4 $4.00 not listed yet
85 7 Fantastic Four (4th series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 114532 2012 11 $3.00 $4.00
86 1 FF 1 $3.99 Marvel 114472 2011 3 $3.00 $12.80
87 8 Uncanny Avengers 2 $3.99 Marvel 114257 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
88 5 Flash (4th series) 2 $2.99 DC 114137 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00
89 2 Siege 4 $3.99 Marvel 113752 2010 5 $2.30 $7.50
90 5 Point One 1 $5.99 Marvel 113352 2011 11 $1.70 $12.00
91 9 Justice League 14 $3.99 DC 113094 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
92 2 Siege 3 $3.99 Marvel 113073 2010 3 $1.10 $12.80
93 3 Action Comics 4 $3.99 DC 112839 2011 12 $4.30 $9.00
94 5 Superior Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 112546 2013 1 $8.00 $12.50
95 6 Avenging Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 112153 2011 11 $5.00 $18.00
96 6 Detective Comics 2 $2.99 DC 110789 2011 10 $6.00 $23.25
97 10 Thor God of Thunder 1 $3.99 Marvel 110443 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50
98 7 Uncanny X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 109911 2011 11 $4.00 $15.00
99 5 Age of Ultron 2 $3.99 Marvel 109383 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50
100 3 Batman Return of Bruce Wayne 1 $3.99 DC 108534 2010 5 $5.00 $12.00
101 1 Siege 1 $3.99 Marvel 108484 2010 1 $3.70 $9.00
102 2 Siege 2 $3.99 Marvel 108429 2010 2 $4.00 $12.80
103 5 Before Watchmen Minutemen 1 $3.99 DC 107517 2012 6 $2.00 $12.00
104 4 Secret Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 106750 2010 5 $4.30 $12.00
105 7 Incredible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 106472 2011 10 $3.00 $24.00
106 2 Green Lantern 50 $3.99 DC 106444 2010 1 $3.00 $9.00
107 5 Detective Comics 15 $3.99 DC 106395 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
108 3 Jupiters Legacy 1 $2.99 Image 105437 2013 4 $3.00 not listed yet
109 5 A Plus X 1 $3.99 Marvel 105420 2012 10 $3.00 $9.00
110 4 Justice League 17 $3.99 DC 105304 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00
111 3 Action Comics 5 $3.99 DC 105088 2012 1 $4.70 $9.00
112 2 Batman 700 $4.99 DC 104755 2010 6 $10.00 $9.00
113 1 Wolverine (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 104414 2010 9 $3.00 $12.00
114 4 Green Lantern 4 $2.99 DC 104199 2011 12 $8.00 $9.60
115 6 Before Watchmen Comedian 1 $3.99 DC 104142 2012 6 $1.70 $12.00
116 4 AVX Vs 1 $3.99 Marvel 103436 2012 4 $4.00 $18.00
117 6 Detective Comics 1 $2.99 DC 103392 2011 9 sold out $48.00
118 5 Brightest Day 1 $2.99 DC 103326 2010 5 $3.00 $9.00
119 7 Before Watchmen Silk Spectre 1 $3.99 DC 102955 2012 6 $3.00 $12.00
120 6 Savage Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 102530 2013 1 $6.00 $7.50
121 6 Justice League 18 $3.99 DC 102494 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
122 5 Superior Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 101811 2013 2 $4.00 $15.00
123 5 Batman Annual 1 $4.99 DC 101394 2012 5 sold out $18.60
124 8 Before Watchmen Nite Owl 1 $3.99 DC 101297 2012 6 $4.30 $12.00
125 4 Age of Ultron 4 $3.99 Marvel 101057 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00
126 5 Justice League 19 $3.99 DC 100943 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00
127 2 Flash (3rd series) 1 $3.99 DC 100903 2010 4 $1.60 $4.65
128 5 Avengers Assemble 1 $3.99 Marvel 100883 2012 3 $4.00 $15.00
129 3 Green Lantern 53 $2.99 DC 100356 2010 4 $3.70 $9.00
130 7 Age of Ultron 3 $3.99 Marvel 100347 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50
131 8 Detective Comics 3 $2.99 DC 100077 2011 11 $6.00 $15.00

 

Here we rank the most valuable comics from the Best Selling Comic chart simply based on how valuable they are now.  Which have been the best investment from the entire list.  Using  MyComicShop.com current prices (May 2013) we find out how many comics have been a good investment even with a large print run.

The first 8 comics on the list are hot titles and completely sold out from MyComicShop.com so we sorted these titles by the highest prices at MileHighComics.com

The most valuable recent mass produced comics are Batman #13 (Death In The Family) which is up to $50.00 after 7 months and Superior Spider-man #1 at $23.00 and Amazing Spider-man #700 at $20.00 in only 5 months.

Note that the top 9 are all DC comics and 8 of them relate to Batman.

Only the top 12 out of 131 titles have reached $20.00 or higher – about 9% success rate

Only the top 21 out of 131 titles have reached $10.00 or higher – about 15% success rate

Only the top 31 out of 131 titles have reached $8.00 or higher – about 22% success rate

Only the top 38 out of 131 titles have reached $6.00 or higher – about 28% success rate

Another way to look at this is you have a 28% chance of doubling your money on a mass print comic.

You have about a 15% chance of tripling your money on a mass print comic.

The bottom 8 comics on the list are currently being sold for LESS than cover price !

So you have about a 6% chance of losing your shirt ….

MOST VALUABLE AT MYCOMICSHOP.COM

1 1 Batman 1 $2.99 DC 188420 2011 9 sold out $48.00 25
2 6 Detective Comics 1 $2.99 DC 103392 2011 9 sold out $48.00 30
3 2 Action Comics 1 $3.99 DC 182748 2011 9 sold out $32.00 26
4 5 Batman Annual 1 $4.99 DC 101394 2012 5 sold out $18.60 68
5 3 Batman 9 $3.99 DC 134605 2012 5 sold out $16.00 66
6 2 Batman 4 $2.99 DC 133781 2011 12 sold out $16.00 47
7 2 Batman 8 $3.99 DC 130602 2012 4 sold out $16.00 61
8 4 Batman 7 $2.99 DC 127402 2012 3 sold out $16.00 58
9 3 Batman 13 $3.99 DC 148305 2012 10 $50.00 $60.00 91
10 1 Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 188182 2013 1 $23.00 $25.00 109
11 1 Justice League 1 $3.99 DC 171344 2011 8 $22.00 $48.00 24
12 1 Amazing Spider-Man 700 $7.99 Marvel 200966 2012 12 $20.00 $30.00 104
13 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 2 $3.99 Marvel 158650 2012 4 $18.00 $39.00 60
14 2 Batman 3 $2.99 DC 150984 2011 11 $18.00 $16.00 39
15 2 Batman 6 $2.99 DC 128459 2012 2 $18.00 $16.00 54
16 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 0 $3.99 Marvel 134509 2012 3 $15.00 $45.00 56
17 2 Batman 5 $2.99 DC 130492 2012 1 $15.00 $16.00 51
18 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 203181 2012 3 $12.00 $80.00 55
19 1 Justice League 3 $3.99 DC 158700 2011 11 $12.00 $15.00 38
20 1 Justice League 4 $3.99 DC 142248 2011 12 $10.00 $32.00 46
21 2 Batman 700 $4.99 DC 104755 2010 6 $10.00 $9.00 16
22 5 Superman 1 $2.99 DC 118376 2011 9 $9.70 $32.00 29
23 4 Deadpool (3rd series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 118976 2012 11 $9.00 $15.00 97
24 3 Green Lantern 1 $2.99 DC 141682 2011 9 $8.00 $30.00 27
25 4 Flash (4th series) 1 $2.99 DC 129260 2011 9 $8.00 $24.00 28
26 2 Batman 2 $2.99 DC 172428 2011 10 $8.00 $22.50 32
27 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 178330 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00 64
28 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 175695 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00 65
29 3 Justice League 7 $3.99 DC 131697 2012 3 $8.00 $16.00 57
30 5 Superior Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 112546 2013 1 $8.00 $12.50 113
31 4 Green Lantern 4 $2.99 DC 104199 2011 12 $8.00 $9.60 49
32 1 Fantastic Four 587 $3.99 Marvel 115448 2011 1 $6.50 $18.00 19
33 1 Justice League 5 $3.99 DC 138576 2012 1 $6.00 $24.00 50
34 1 Justice League 6 $3.99 DC 135374 2012 2 $6.00 $24.00 53
35 6 Detective Comics 2 $2.99 DC 110789 2011 10 $6.00 $23.25 36
36 8 Detective Comics 3 $2.99 DC 100077 2011 11 $6.00 $15.00 45
37 1 All New X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 181693 2012 11 $6.00 $12.50 94
38 6 Savage Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 102530 2013 1 $6.00 $7.50 114
39 1 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 335082 2012 7 $5.00 $30.00 77
40 6 Avenging Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 112153 2011 11 $5.00 $18.00 43
41 3 Justice League 8 $3.99 DC 128991 2012 4 $5.00 $16.00 62
42 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 12 $4.99 Marvel 171452 2012 10 $5.00 $15.00 90
43 3 Batman 10 $3.99 DC 130265 2012 6 $5.00 $15.00 71
44 4 Green Lantern 3 $2.99 DC 122644 2011 11 $5.00 $12.00 41
45 3 Batman Return of Bruce Wayne 1 $3.99 DC 108534 2010 5 $5.00 $12.00 12
46 1 Blackest Night 7 $3.99 DC 130613 2010 2 $5.00 $9.00 3
47 2 Batman 0 $3.99 DC 156561 2012 9 $4.70 $12.00 87
48 3 Action Comics 5 $3.99 DC 105088 2012 1 $4.70 $9.00 52
49 1 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 $3.99 Marvel 159355 2011 5 $4.70 22
50 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 7 $3.99 Marvel 179208 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00 78
51 3 Avengers Vs X-Men 8 $3.99 Marvel 174910 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00 79
52 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 9 $3.99 Marvel 174356 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00 82
53 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 10 $3.99 Marvel 169529 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00 83
54 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 11 $3.99 Marvel 167327 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00 86
55 3 Justice League 0 $3.99 DC 125868 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00 88
56 4 Secret Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 106750 2010 5 $4.30 $12.00 13
57 8 Before Watchmen Nite Owl 1 $3.99 DC 101297 2012 6 $4.30 $12.00 76
58 3 Action Comics 4 $3.99 DC 112839 2011 12 $4.30 $9.00 48
59 2 Thanos Rising 1 $3.99 Marvel 114720 2013 4 $4.00 not listed yet 128
60 4 Justice League 12 $3.99 DC 120796 2012 8 $4.00 $48.00 85
61 4 Batman 11 $3.99 DC 127210 2012 7 $4.00 $22.50 80
62 3 Batman 12 $3.99 DC 125249 2012 8 $4.00 $22.50 84
63 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 5 $3.99 Marvel 186555 2012 6 $4.00 $18.00 70
64 4 AVX Vs 1 $3.99 Marvel 103436 2012 4 $4.00 $18.00 63
65 4 Justice League 9 $3.99 DC 131332 2012 5 $4.00 $16.00 67
66 4 Justice League 10 $3.99 DC 127090 2012 6 $4.00 $16.00 72
67 1 Justice League 2 $3.99 DC 180709 2011 10 $4.00 $15.00 31
68 7 Uncanny X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 109911 2011 11 $4.00 $15.00 44
69 5 Superior Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 101811 2013 2 $4.00 $15.00 119
70 5 Avengers Assemble 1 $3.99 Marvel 100883 2012 3 $4.00 $15.00 59
71 5 Justice League 11 $3.99 DC 123971 2012 7 $4.00 $12.80 81
72 2 Siege 2 $3.99 Marvel 108429 2010 2 $4.00 $12.80 4
73 3 Action Comics 2 $3.99 DC 153855 2011 10 $4.00 $12.00 33
74 1 Amazing Spider-Man 666 $3.99 Marvel 135568 2011 7 $4.00 $12.00 23
75 4 Justice League 13 $3.99 DC 117752 2012 10 $4.00 $12.00 92
76 1 Justice League of America 1 $3.99 DC 307734 2013 2 $4.00 $7.50 115
77 3 Batman 18 $3.99 DC 137893 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 122
78 3 Captain America (7th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 123667 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 96
79 6 Iron Man (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116529 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 99
80 4 New Avengers (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116280 2013 1 $4.00 $7.50 112
81 10 Thor God of Thunder 1 $3.99 Marvel 110443 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 103
82 5 Age of Ultron 2 $3.99 Marvel 109383 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 124
83 7 Age of Ultron 3 $3.99 Marvel 100347 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 126
84 1 Guardians of the Galaxy (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 211312 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 120
85 2 Avengers (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 186989 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 105
86 2 Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 177463 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 116
87 2 Age of Ultron 1 $3.99 Marvel 174952 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 121
88 2 Batman 14 $3.99 DC 159729 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 95
89 3 Batman 15 $3.99 DC 151568 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 106
90 3 Batman 17 $3.99 DC 150684 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 117
91 2 Batman 16 $3.99 DC 145923 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00 110
92 1 Batman 19 $3.99 DC 132147 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 127
93 5 Indestructible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 118200 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 98
94 3 Justice League 16 $3.99 DC 117719 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00 111
95 4 Wolverine (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 117669 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 123
96 4 Justice League 15 $3.99 DC 115074 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 107
97 8 Uncanny Avengers 2 $3.99 Marvel 114257 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 101
98 9 Justice League 14 $3.99 DC 113094 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 102
99 5 Detective Comics 15 $3.99 DC 106395 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 108
100 4 Justice League 17 $3.99 DC 105304 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 118
101 6 Justice League 18 $3.99 DC 102494 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 125
102 4 Age of Ultron 4 $3.99 Marvel 101057 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 130
103 5 Justice League 19 $3.99 DC 100943 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 131
104 1 Siege 1 $3.99 Marvel 108484 2010 1 $3.70 $9.00 1
105 3 Green Lantern 53 $2.99 DC 100356 2010 4 $3.70 $9.00 9
106 1 Blackest Night 8 $3.99 DC 135059 2010 3 $3.50 $9.60 5
107 4 Green Lantern 2 $2.99 DC 142344 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00 34
108 5 Flash (4th series) 2 $2.99 DC 114137 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00 35
109 1 Avengers (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 163867 2010 5 $3.30 $9.00 10
110 3 Action Comics 3 $3.99 DC 134875 2011 11 $3.30 $9.00 40
111 1 Brightest Day 0 $3.99 DC 129446 2010 4 $3.30 $9.00 7
112 1 New Avengers (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 129084 2010 6 $3.30 $9.00 15
113 3 Jupiters Legacy 1 $2.99 Image 105437 2013 4 $3.00 not listed yet 129
114 7 Incredible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 106472 2011 10 $3.00 $24.00 37
115 1 X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 140332 2010 7 $3.00 $15.00 17
116 1 FF 1 $3.99 Marvel 114472 2011 3 $3.00 $12.80 20
117 1 Uncanny Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 303722 2012 10 $3.00 $12.00 89
118 1 Wolverine (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 104414 2010 9 $3.00 $12.00 18
119 7 Before Watchmen Silk Spectre 1 $3.99 DC 102955 2012 6 $3.00 $12.00 75
120 2 Green Lantern 50 $3.99 DC 106444 2010 1 $3.00 $9.00 2
121 5 A Plus X 1 $3.99 Marvel 105420 2012 10 $3.00 $9.00 93
122 5 Brightest Day 1 $2.99 DC 103326 2010 5 $3.00 $9.00 14
123 7 Fantastic Four (4th series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 114532 2012 11 $3.00 $4.00 100
124 1 Fear Itself 1 $3.99 Marvel 128595 2011 4 $2.70 $18.00 21
125 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 6 $3.99 Marvel 190705 2012 6 $2.30 $18.00 69
126 2 Siege 4 $3.99 Marvel 113752 2010 5 $2.30 $7.50 11
127 5 Before Watchmen Minutemen 1 $3.99 DC 107517 2012 6 $2.00 $12.00 73
128 5 Point One 1 $5.99 Marvel 113352 2011 11 $1.70 $12.00 42
129 6 Before Watchmen Comedian 1 $3.99 DC 104142 2012 6 $1.70 $12.00 74
130 2 Flash (3rd series) 1 $3.99 DC 100903 2010 4 $1.60 $4.65 8
131 2 Siege 3 $3.99 Marvel 113073 2010 3 $1.10 $12.80 6

So which publishers have had the most succcess with big print runs:

Over 300,000 = Image 1 / DC 1 / Marvel 1
Over 200,000 = Image 1 / DC 1 / Marvel 4
Over 175,000 = Image 1 / DC 4 / Marvel 13
Over 150,000 = Image 1 / DC 13 / Marvel 22

It would appear that Marvel really is the top publisher based on the best selling and hyped up comics.

However out of the 131 comics to reach sales of 100,000 DC is actually in the lead.

Thanks to the New 52 re-launch of titles DC has 71 of the 131 titles which is more than half the entire list.

Marvel is close with 58 titles and Image sneaks in with 2 major hyped up books.  No other publishers make the list.

BEST SELLING COMICS – SORTED BY PUBLISHER (alphabetically)
1 1 Justice League of America 1 $3.99 DC 307734 2013 2 $4.00 $7.50 115
2 1 Batman 1 $2.99 DC 188420 2011 9 sold out $48.00 25
3 2 Action Comics 1 $3.99 DC 182748 2011 9 sold out $32.00 26
4 1 Justice League 2 $3.99 DC 180709 2011 10 $4.00 $15.00 31
5 2 Batman 2 $2.99 DC 172428 2011 10 $8.00 $22.50 32
6 1 Justice League 1 $3.99 DC 171344 2011 8 $22.00 $48.00 24
7 2 Batman 14 $3.99 DC 159729 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 95
8 1 Justice League 3 $3.99 DC 158700 2011 11 $12.00 $15.00 38
9 2 Batman 0 $3.99 DC 156561 2012 9 $4.70 $12.00 87
10 3 Action Comics 2 $3.99 DC 153855 2011 10 $4.00 $12.00 33
11 3 Batman 15 $3.99 DC 151568 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 106
12 2 Batman 3 $2.99 DC 150984 2011 11 $18.00 $16.00 39
13 3 Batman 17 $3.99 DC 150684 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 117
14 3 Batman 13 $3.99 DC 148305 2012 10 $50.00 $60.00 91
15 2 Batman 16 $3.99 DC 145923 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00 110
16 4 Green Lantern 2 $2.99 DC 142344 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00 34
17 1 Justice League 4 $3.99 DC 142248 2011 12 $10.00 $32.00 46
18 3 Green Lantern 1 $2.99 DC 141682 2011 9 $8.00 $30.00 27
19 1 Justice League 5 $3.99 DC 138576 2012 1 $6.00 $24.00 50
20 3 Batman 18 $3.99 DC 137893 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 122
21 1 Justice League 6 $3.99 DC 135374 2012 2 $6.00 $24.00 53
22 1 Blackest Night 8 $3.99 DC 135059 2010 3 $3.50 $9.60 5
23 3 Action Comics 3 $3.99 DC 134875 2011 11 $3.30 $9.00 40
24 3 Batman 9 $3.99 DC 134605 2012 5 sold out $16.00 66
25 2 Batman 4 $2.99 DC 133781 2011 12 sold out $16.00 47
26 1 Batman 19 $3.99 DC 132147 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 127
27 3 Justice League 7 $3.99 DC 131697 2012 3 $8.00 $16.00 57
28 4 Justice League 9 $3.99 DC 131332 2012 5 $4.00 $16.00 67
29 1 Blackest Night 7 $3.99 DC 130613 2010 2 $5.00 $9.00 3
30 2 Batman 8 $3.99 DC 130602 2012 4 sold out $16.00 61
31 2 Batman 5 $2.99 DC 130492 2012 1 $15.00 $16.00 51
32 3 Batman 10 $3.99 DC 130265 2012 6 $5.00 $15.00 71
33 1 Brightest Day 0 $3.99 DC 129446 2010 4 $3.30 $9.00 7
34 4 Flash (4th series) 1 $2.99 DC 129260 2011 9 $8.00 $24.00 28
35 3 Justice League 8 $3.99 DC 128991 2012 4 $5.00 $16.00 62
36 2 Batman 6 $2.99 DC 128459 2012 2 $18.00 $16.00 54
37 4 Batman 7 $2.99 DC 127402 2012 3 sold out $16.00 58
38 4 Batman 11 $3.99 DC 127210 2012 7 $4.00 $22.50 80
39 4 Justice League 10 $3.99 DC 127090 2012 6 $4.00 $16.00 72
40 3 Justice League 0 $3.99 DC 125868 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00 88
41 3 Batman 12 $3.99 DC 125249 2012 8 $4.00 $22.50 84
42 5 Justice League 11 $3.99 DC 123971 2012 7 $4.00 $12.80 81
43 4 Green Lantern 3 $2.99 DC 122644 2011 11 $5.00 $12.00 41
44 4 Justice League 12 $3.99 DC 120796 2012 8 $4.00 $48.00 85
45 5 Superman 1 $2.99 DC 118376 2011 9 $9.70 $32.00 29
46 4 Justice League 13 $3.99 DC 117752 2012 10 $4.00 $12.00 92
47 3 Justice League 16 $3.99 DC 117719 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00 111
48 4 Justice League 15 $3.99 DC 115074 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 107
49 5 Flash (4th series) 2 $2.99 DC 114137 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00 35
50 9 Justice League 14 $3.99 DC 113094 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 102
51 3 Action Comics 4 $3.99 DC 112839 2011 12 $4.30 $9.00 48
52 6 Detective Comics 2 $2.99 DC 110789 2011 10 $6.00 $23.25 36
53 3 Batman Return of Bruce Wayne 1 $3.99 DC 108534 2010 5 $5.00 $12.00 12
54 5 Before Watchmen Minutemen 1 $3.99 DC 107517 2012 6 $2.00 $12.00 73
55 2 Green Lantern 50 $3.99 DC 106444 2010 1 $3.00 $9.00 2
56 5 Detective Comics 15 $3.99 DC 106395 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 108
57 4 Justice League 17 $3.99 DC 105304 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 118
58 3 Action Comics 5 $3.99 DC 105088 2012 1 $4.70 $9.00 52
59 2 Batman 700 $4.99 DC 104755 2010 6 $10.00 $9.00 16
60 4 Green Lantern 4 $2.99 DC 104199 2011 12 $8.00 $9.60 49
61 6 Before Watchmen Comedian 1 $3.99 DC 104142 2012 6 $1.70 $12.00 74
62 6 Detective Comics 1 $2.99 DC 103392 2011 9 sold out $48.00 30
63 5 Brightest Day 1 $2.99 DC 103326 2010 5 $3.00 $9.00 14
64 7 Before Watchmen Silk Spectre 1 $3.99 DC 102955 2012 6 $3.00 $12.00 75
65 6 Justice League 18 $3.99 DC 102494 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 125
66 5 Batman Annual 1 $4.99 DC 101394 2012 5 sold out $18.60 68
67 8 Before Watchmen Nite Owl 1 $3.99 DC 101297 2012 6 $4.30 $12.00 76
68 5 Justice League 19 $3.99 DC 100943 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 131
69 2 Flash (3rd series) 1 $3.99 DC 100903 2010 4 $1.60 $4.65 8
70 3 Green Lantern 53 $2.99 DC 100356 2010 4 $3.70 $9.00 9
71 8 Detective Comics 3 $2.99 DC 100077 2011 11 $6.00 $15.00 45
1 1 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 335082 2012 7 $5.00 $30.00 77
2 3 Jupiters Legacy 1 $2.99 Image 105437 2013 4 $3.00 not listed yet 129
1 1 Uncanny Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 303722 2012 10 $3.00 $12.00 89
2 1 Guardians of the Galaxy (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 211312 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 120
3 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 203181 2012 3 $12.00 $80.00 55
4 1 Amazing Spider-Man 700 $7.99 Marvel 200966 2012 12 $20.00 $30.00 104
5 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 6 $3.99 Marvel 190705 2012 6 $2.30 $18.00 69
6 1 Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 188182 2013 1 $23.00 $25.00 109
7 2 Avengers (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 186989 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 105
8 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 5 $3.99 Marvel 186555 2012 6 $4.00 $18.00 70
9 1 All New X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 181693 2012 11 $6.00 $12.50 94
10 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 7 $3.99 Marvel 179208 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00 78
11 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 178330 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00 64
12 2 Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 177463 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 116
13 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 175695 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00 65
14 2 Age of Ultron 1 $3.99 Marvel 174952 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 121
15 3 Avengers Vs X-Men 8 $3.99 Marvel 174910 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00 79
16 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 9 $3.99 Marvel 174356 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00 82
17 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 12 $4.99 Marvel 171452 2012 10 $5.00 $15.00 90
18 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 10 $3.99 Marvel 169529 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00 83
19 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 11 $3.99 Marvel 167327 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00 86
20 1 Avengers (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 163867 2010 5 $3.30 $9.00 10
21 1 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 $3.99 Marvel 159355 2011 5 $4.70 22
22 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 2 $3.99 Marvel 158650 2012 4 $18.00 $39.00 60
23 1 X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 140332 2010 7 $3.00 $15.00 17
24 1 Amazing Spider-Man 666 $3.99 Marvel 135568 2011 7 $4.00 $12.00 23
25 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 0 $3.99 Marvel 134509 2012 3 $15.00 $45.00 56
26 1 New Avengers (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 129084 2010 6 $3.30 $9.00 15
27 1 Fear Itself 1 $3.99 Marvel 128595 2011 4 $2.70 $18.00 21
28 3 Captain America (7th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 123667 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 96
29 4 Deadpool (3rd series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 118976 2012 11 $9.00 $15.00 97
30 5 Indestructible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 118200 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 98
31 4 Wolverine (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 117669 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 123
32 6 Iron Man (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116529 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 99
33 4 New Avengers (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116280 2013 1 $4.00 $7.50 112
34 1 Fantastic Four 587 $3.99 Marvel 115448 2011 1 $6.50 $18.00 19
35 2 Thanos Rising 1 $3.99 Marvel 114720 2013 4 $4.00 not listed yet 128
36 7 Fantastic Four (4th series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 114532 2012 11 $3.00 $4.00 100
37 1 FF 1 $3.99 Marvel 114472 2011 3 $3.00 $12.80 20
38 8 Uncanny Avengers 2 $3.99 Marvel 114257 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 101
39 2 Siege 4 $3.99 Marvel 113752 2010 5 $2.30 $7.50 11
40 5 Point One 1 $5.99 Marvel 113352 2011 11 $1.70 $12.00 42
41 2 Siege 3 $3.99 Marvel 113073 2010 3 $1.10 $12.80 6
42 5 Superior Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 112546 2013 1 $8.00 $12.50 113
43 6 Avenging Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 112153 2011 11 $5.00 $18.00 43
44 10 Thor God of Thunder 1 $3.99 Marvel 110443 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 103
45 7 Uncanny X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 109911 2011 11 $4.00 $15.00 44
46 5 Age of Ultron 2 $3.99 Marvel 109383 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 124
47 1 Siege 1 $3.99 Marvel 108484 2010 1 $3.70 $9.00 1
48 2 Siege 2 $3.99 Marvel 108429 2010 2 $4.00 $12.80 4
49 4 Secret Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 106750 2010 5 $4.30 $12.00 13
50 7 Incredible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 106472 2011 10 $3.00 $24.00 37
51 5 A Plus X 1 $3.99 Marvel 105420 2012 10 $3.00 $9.00 93
52 1 Wolverine (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 104414 2010 9 $3.00 $12.00 18
53 4 AVX Vs 1 $3.99 Marvel 103436 2012 4 $4.00 $18.00 63
54 6 Savage Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 102530 2013 1 $6.00 $7.50 114
55 5 Superior Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 101811 2013 2 $4.00 $15.00 119
56 4 Age of Ultron 4 $3.99 Marvel 101057 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 130
57 5 Avengers Assemble 1 $3.99 Marvel 100883 2012 3 $4.00 $15.00 59
58 7 Age of Ultron 3 $3.99 Marvel 100347 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 126

Does the cover price of a comic affect how many copies stores will sell?  Well generally speaking expensive books can have resistance but lets look at the rare few expensive cover price books to take the lead on this ranking.

Amazing Spider-man #700 and Batman Annual #1 are the most valuable back issues with a hefty cover price.

Death of Peter Parker in #700 was an amazing triumpth in Dec 2012 selling out over 200,000 copies at $7.99 and even reached a 4th printing.    Note that Point One #1 was $5.99 and now sells for $1.70 !

HIGHEST COVER PRICE COMICS TO SELL OVER 100,000 COPIES
1 1 Amazing Spider-Man 700 $7.99 Marvel 200966 2012 12 $20.00 $30.00 104
2 5 Point One 1 $5.99 Marvel 113352 2011 11 $1.70 $12.00 42
3 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 12 $4.99 Marvel 171452 2012 10 $5.00 $15.00 90
4 2 Batman 700 $4.99 DC 104755 2010 6 $10.00 $9.00 16
5 5 Batman Annual 1 $4.99 DC 101394 2012 5 sold out $18.60 68
6 1 Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 335082 2012 7 $5.00 $30.00 77
7 1 Justice League of America 1 $3.99 DC 307734 2013 2 $4.00 $7.50 115
8 1 Uncanny Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 303722 2012 10 $3.00 $12.00 89
9 1 Guardians of the Galaxy (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 211312 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 120
10 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 203181 2012 3 $12.00 $80.00 55
11 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 6 $3.99 Marvel 190705 2012 6 $2.30 $18.00 69
12 1 Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 188182 2013 1 $23.00 $25.00 109
13 2 Avengers (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 186989 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 105
14 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 5 $3.99 Marvel 186555 2012 6 $4.00 $18.00 70
15 2 Action Comics 1 $3.99 DC 182748 2011 9 sold out $32.00 26
16 1 All New X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 181693 2012 11 $6.00 $12.50 94
17 1 Justice League 2 $3.99 DC 180709 2011 10 $4.00 $15.00 31
18 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 7 $3.99 Marvel 179208 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00 78
19 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 178330 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00 64
20 2 Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 177463 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 116
21 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 175695 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00 65
22 2 Age of Ultron 1 $3.99 Marvel 174952 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 121
23 3 Avengers Vs X-Men 8 $3.99 Marvel 174910 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00 79
24 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 9 $3.99 Marvel 174356 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00 82
25 1 Justice League 1 $3.99 DC 171344 2011 8 $22.00 $48.00 24
26 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 10 $3.99 Marvel 169529 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00 83
27 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 11 $3.99 Marvel 167327 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00 86
28 1 Avengers (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 163867 2010 5 $3.30 $9.00 10
29 2 Batman 14 $3.99 DC 159729 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 95
30 1 Ultimate Spider-Man 160 $3.99 Marvel 159355 2011 5 $4.70 22
31 1 Justice League 3 $3.99 DC 158700 2011 11 $12.00 $15.00 38
32 1 Avengers Vs X-Men 2 $3.99 Marvel 158650 2012 4 $18.00 $39.00 60
33 2 Batman 0 $3.99 DC 156561 2012 9 $4.70 $12.00 87
34 3 Action Comics 2 $3.99 DC 153855 2011 10 $4.00 $12.00 33
35 3 Batman 15 $3.99 DC 151568 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 106
36 3 Batman 17 $3.99 DC 150684 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 117
37 3 Batman 13 $3.99 DC 148305 2012 10 $50.00 $60.00 91
38 2 Batman 16 $3.99 DC 145923 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00 110
39 1 Justice League 4 $3.99 DC 142248 2011 12 $10.00 $32.00 46
40 1 X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 140332 2010 7 $3.00 $15.00 17
41 1 Justice League 5 $3.99 DC 138576 2012 1 $6.00 $24.00 50
42 3 Batman 18 $3.99 DC 137893 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 122
43 1 Amazing Spider-Man 666 $3.99 Marvel 135568 2011 7 $4.00 $12.00 23
44 1 Justice League 6 $3.99 DC 135374 2012 2 $6.00 $24.00 53
45 1 Blackest Night 8 $3.99 DC 135059 2010 3 $3.50 $9.60 5
46 3 Action Comics 3 $3.99 DC 134875 2011 11 $3.30 $9.00 40
47 3 Batman 9 $3.99 DC 134605 2012 5 sold out $16.00 66
48 2 Avengers Vs X-Men 0 $3.99 Marvel 134509 2012 3 $15.00 $45.00 56
49 1 Batman 19 $3.99 DC 132147 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 127
50 3 Justice League 7 $3.99 DC 131697 2012 3 $8.00 $16.00 57
51 4 Justice League 9 $3.99 DC 131332 2012 5 $4.00 $16.00 67
52 1 Blackest Night 7 $3.99 DC 130613 2010 2 $5.00 $9.00 3
53 2 Batman 8 $3.99 DC 130602 2012 4 sold out $16.00 61
54 3 Batman 10 $3.99 DC 130265 2012 6 $5.00 $15.00 71
55 1 Brightest Day 0 $3.99 DC 129446 2010 4 $3.30 $9.00 7
56 1 New Avengers (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 129084 2010 6 $3.30 $9.00 15
57 3 Justice League 8 $3.99 DC 128991 2012 4 $5.00 $16.00 62
58 1 Fear Itself 1 $3.99 Marvel 128595 2011 4 $2.70 $18.00 21
59 4 Batman 11 $3.99 DC 127210 2012 7 $4.00 $22.50 80
60 4 Justice League 10 $3.99 DC 127090 2012 6 $4.00 $16.00 72
61 3 Justice League 0 $3.99 DC 125868 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00 88
62 3 Batman 12 $3.99 DC 125249 2012 8 $4.00 $22.50 84
63 5 Justice League 11 $3.99 DC 123971 2012 7 $4.00 $12.80 81
64 3 Captain America (7th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 123667 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 96
65 4 Justice League 12 $3.99 DC 120796 2012 8 $4.00 $48.00 85
66 5 Indestructible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 118200 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 98
67 4 Justice League 13 $3.99 DC 117752 2012 10 $4.00 $12.00 92
68 3 Justice League 16 $3.99 DC 117719 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00 111
69 4 Wolverine (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 117669 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 123
70 6 Iron Man (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116529 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 99
71 4 New Avengers (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116280 2013 1 $4.00 $7.50 112
72 1 Fantastic Four 587 $3.99 Marvel 115448 2011 1 $6.50 $18.00 19
73 4 Justice League 15 $3.99 DC 115074 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 107
74 2 Thanos Rising 1 $3.99 Marvel 114720 2013 4 $4.00 not listed yet 128
75 1 FF 1 $3.99 Marvel 114472 2011 3 $3.00 $12.80 20
76 8 Uncanny Avengers 2 $3.99 Marvel 114257 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 101
77 2 Siege 4 $3.99 Marvel 113752 2010 5 $2.30 $7.50 11
78 9 Justice League 14 $3.99 DC 113094 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00 102
79 2 Siege 3 $3.99 Marvel 113073 2010 3 $1.10 $12.80 6
80 3 Action Comics 4 $3.99 DC 112839 2011 12 $4.30 $9.00 48
81 5 Superior Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 112546 2013 1 $8.00 $12.50 113
82 6 Avenging Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 112153 2011 11 $5.00 $18.00 43
83 10 Thor God of Thunder 1 $3.99 Marvel 110443 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50 103
84 7 Uncanny X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 109911 2011 11 $4.00 $15.00 44
85 5 Age of Ultron 2 $3.99 Marvel 109383 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 124
86 3 Batman Return of Bruce Wayne 1 $3.99 DC 108534 2010 5 $5.00 $12.00 12
87 1 Siege 1 $3.99 Marvel 108484 2010 1 $3.70 $9.00 1
88 2 Siege 2 $3.99 Marvel 108429 2010 2 $4.00 $12.80 4
89 5 Before Watchmen Minutemen 1 $3.99 DC 107517 2012 6 $2.00 $12.00 73
90 4 Secret Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 106750 2010 5 $4.30 $12.00 13
91 7 Incredible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 106472 2011 10 $3.00 $24.00 37
92 2 Green Lantern 50 $3.99 DC 106444 2010 1 $3.00 $9.00 2
93 5 Detective Comics 15 $3.99 DC 106395 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00 108
94 5 A Plus X 1 $3.99 Marvel 105420 2012 10 $3.00 $9.00 93
95 4 Justice League 17 $3.99 DC 105304 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00 118
96 3 Action Comics 5 $3.99 DC 105088 2012 1 $4.70 $9.00 52
97 1 Wolverine (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 104414 2010 9 $3.00 $12.00 18
98 6 Before Watchmen Comedian 1 $3.99 DC 104142 2012 6 $1.70 $12.00 74
99 4 AVX Vs 1 $3.99 Marvel 103436 2012 4 $4.00 $18.00 63
100 7 Before Watchmen Silk Spectre 1 $3.99 DC 102955 2012 6 $3.00 $12.00 75
101 6 Savage Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 102530 2013 1 $6.00 $7.50 114
102 6 Justice League 18 $3.99 DC 102494 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00 125
103 5 Superior Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 101811 2013 2 $4.00 $15.00 119
104 8 Before Watchmen Nite Owl 1 $3.99 DC 101297 2012 6 $4.30 $12.00 76
105 4 Age of Ultron 4 $3.99 Marvel 101057 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 130
106 5 Justice League 19 $3.99 DC 100943 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00 131
107 2 Flash (3rd series) 1 $3.99 DC 100903 2010 4 $1.60 $4.65 8
108 5 Avengers Assemble 1 $3.99 Marvel 100883 2012 3 $4.00 $15.00 59
109 7 Age of Ultron 3 $3.99 Marvel 100347 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50 126
110 1 Batman 1 $2.99 DC 188420 2011 9 sold out $48.00 25
111 2 Batman 2 $2.99 DC 172428 2011 10 $8.00 $22.50 32
112 2 Batman 3 $2.99 DC 150984 2011 11 $18.00 $16.00 39
113 4 Green Lantern 2 $2.99 DC 142344 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00 34
114 3 Green Lantern 1 $2.99 DC 141682 2011 9 $8.00 $30.00 27
115 2 Batman 4 $2.99 DC 133781 2011 12 sold out $16.00 47
116 2 Batman 5 $2.99 DC 130492 2012 1 $15.00 $16.00 51
117 4 Flash (4th series) 1 $2.99 DC 129260 2011 9 $8.00 $24.00 28
118 2 Batman 6 $2.99 DC 128459 2012 2 $18.00 $16.00 54
119 4 Batman 7 $2.99 DC 127402 2012 3 sold out $16.00 58
120 4 Green Lantern 3 $2.99 DC 122644 2011 11 $5.00 $12.00 41
121 4 Deadpool (3rd series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 118976 2012 11 $9.00 $15.00 97
122 5 Superman 1 $2.99 DC 118376 2011 9 $9.70 $32.00 29
123 7 Fantastic Four (4th series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 114532 2012 11 $3.00 $4.00 100
124 5 Flash (4th series) 2 $2.99 DC 114137 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00 35
125 6 Detective Comics 2 $2.99 DC 110789 2011 10 $6.00 $23.25 36
126 3 Jupiters Legacy 1 $2.99 Image 105437 2013 4 $3.00 not listed yet 129
127 4 Green Lantern 4 $2.99 DC 104199 2011 12 $8.00 $9.60 49
128 6 Detective Comics 1 $2.99 DC 103392 2011 9 sold out $48.00 30
129 5 Brightest Day 1 $2.99 DC 103326 2010 5 $3.00 $9.00 14
130 3 Green Lantern 53 $2.99 DC 100356 2010 4 $3.70 $9.00 9
131 8 Detective Comics 3 $2.99 DC 100077 2011 11 $6.00 $15.00 45

Finally what are the overall best selling titles on a month to month basis.  Here we look at the 131 best selling comics sorted by title so we can look for the most popular titles.

DC Comics line of the New 52 shows a gigantic presence on this list dominating with huge consecutive runs of monthly issues:

Batman 20 issues in a row, Justice League also all 20 issues in a row, Action 5, Green Lantern 4, Detective 3 and Flash 2 issues.

A totally amazing feat that Batman and Justice League have had prints of over 100,000 of every issue of the entire series 20 issues so far.  Batman #19 even recently ranked as the #1 comic of April 2013.

Marvel’s greatest success titles are:  Avengers VS X-men – all 12 issues of mini-series, Age Of Ultron 4 issues, Siege all 4 issue mini-series and Uncanny Avengers #1-2.     Marvel has many #1 issues achieve huge print runs but automatically retailers always drastically drop their orders on the second issues.

DIAMOND RANKING – COMIC TITLE – ISSUE # – PRICE – PUBLISHER – PRINT RUN – YEAR – MONTH – MYCOMICSHIP – MILEHIGHCOMICS

BEST SELLING COMICS – ALPHABETICAL BY TITLE
A Plus X 1 $3.99 Marvel 105420 2012 10 $3.00 $9.00
Action Comics 1 $3.99 DC 182748 2011 9 sold out $32.00
Action Comics 2 $3.99 DC 153855 2011 10 $4.00 $12.00
Action Comics 3 $3.99 DC 134875 2011 11 $3.30 $9.00
Action Comics 4 $3.99 DC 112839 2011 12 $4.30 $9.00
Action Comics 5 $3.99 DC 105088 2012 1 $4.70 $9.00
Age of Ultron 1 $3.99 Marvel 174952 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
Age of Ultron 2 $3.99 Marvel 109383 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50
Age of Ultron 3 $3.99 Marvel 100347 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50
Age of Ultron 4 $3.99 Marvel 101057 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00
All New X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 181693 2012 11 $6.00 $12.50
Amazing Spider-Man 666 $3.99 Marvel 135568 2011 7 $4.00 $12.00
Amazing Spider-Man 700 $7.99 Marvel 200966 2012 12 $20.00 $30.00
Avengers (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 163867 2010 5 $3.30 $9.00
Avengers (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 186989 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
Avengers Assemble 1 $3.99 Marvel 100883 2012 3 $4.00 $15.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 0 $3.99 Marvel 134509 2012 3 $15.00 $45.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 1 $3.99 Marvel 203181 2012 3 $12.00 $80.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 2 $3.99 Marvel 158650 2012 4 $18.00 $39.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 3 $3.99 Marvel 175695 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 4 $3.99 Marvel 178330 2012 5 $8.00 $18.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 5 $3.99 Marvel 186555 2012 6 $4.00 $18.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 6 $3.99 Marvel 190705 2012 6 $2.30 $18.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 7 $3.99 Marvel 179208 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 8 $3.99 Marvel 174910 2012 7 $4.30 $12.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 9 $3.99 Marvel 174356 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 10 $3.99 Marvel 169529 2012 8 $4.30 $12.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 11 $3.99 Marvel 167327 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00
Avengers Vs X-Men 12 $4.99 Marvel 171452 2012 10 $5.00 $15.00
Avenging Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 112153 2011 11 $5.00 $18.00
AVX Vs 1 $3.99 Marvel 103436 2012 4 $4.00 $18.00
Batman 0 $3.99 DC 156561 2012 9 $4.70 $12.00
Batman 1 $2.99 DC 188420 2011 9 sold out $48.00
Batman 2 $2.99 DC 172428 2011 10 $8.00 $22.50
Batman 3 $2.99 DC 150984 2011 11 $18.00 $16.00
Batman 4 $2.99 DC 133781 2011 12 sold out $16.00
Batman 5 $2.99 DC 130492 2012 1 $15.00 $16.00
Batman 6 $2.99 DC 128459 2012 2 $18.00 $16.00
Batman 7 $2.99 DC 127402 2012 3 sold out $16.00
Batman 8 $3.99 DC 130602 2012 4 sold out $16.00
Batman 9 $3.99 DC 134605 2012 5 sold out $16.00
Batman 10 $3.99 DC 130265 2012 6 $5.00 $15.00
Batman 11 $3.99 DC 127210 2012 7 $4.00 $22.50
Batman 12 $3.99 DC 125249 2012 8 $4.00 $22.50
Batman 13 $3.99 DC 148305 2012 10 $50.00 $60.00
Batman 14 $3.99 DC 159729 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
Batman 15 $3.99 DC 151568 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
Batman 16 $3.99 DC 145923 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00
Batman 17 $3.99 DC 150684 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00
Batman 18 $3.99 DC 137893 2013 3 $4.00 $7.50
Batman 19 $3.99 DC 132147 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00
Batman 700 $4.99 DC 104755 2010 6 $10.00 $9.00
Batman Annual 1 $4.99 DC 101394 2012 5 sold out $18.60
Batman Return of Bruce Wayne 1 $3.99 DC 108534 2010 5 $5.00 $12.00
Before Watchmen Comedian 1 $3.99 DC 104142 2012 6 $1.70 $12.00
Before Watchmen Minutemen 1 $3.99 DC 107517 2012 6 $2.00 $12.00
Before Watchmen Nite Owl 1 $3.99 DC 101297 2012 6 $4.30 $12.00
Before Watchmen Silk Spectre 1 $3.99 DC 102955 2012 6 $3.00 $12.00
Blackest Night 7 $3.99 DC 130613 2010 2 $5.00 $9.00
Blackest Night 8 $3.99 DC 135059 2010 3 $3.50 $9.60
Brightest Day 0 $3.99 DC 129446 2010 4 $3.30 $9.00
Brightest Day 1 $2.99 DC 103326 2010 5 $3.00 $9.00
Captain America (7th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 123667 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50
Deadpool (3rd series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 118976 2012 11 $9.00 $15.00
Detective Comics 15 $3.99 DC 106395 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
Detective Comics 1 $2.99 DC 103392 2011 9 sold out $48.00
Detective Comics 2 $2.99 DC 110789 2011 10 $6.00 $23.25
Detective Comics 3 $2.99 DC 100077 2011 11 $6.00 $15.00
Fantastic Four (4th series) 1 $2.99 Marvel 114532 2012 11 $3.00 $4.00
Fantastic Four 587 $3.99 Marvel 115448 2011 1 $6.50 $18.00
Fear Itself 1 $3.99 Marvel 128595 2011 4 $2.70 $18.00
FF 1 $3.99 Marvel 114472 2011 3 $3.00 $12.80
Flash (3rd series) 1 $3.99 DC 100903 2010 4 $1.60 $4.65
Flash (4th series) 1 $2.99 DC 129260 2011 9 $8.00 $24.00
Flash (4th series) 2 $2.99 DC 114137 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00
Green Lantern 1 $2.99 DC 141682 2011 9 $8.00 $30.00
Green Lantern 2 $2.99 DC 142344 2011 10 $3.30 $12.00
Green Lantern 3 $2.99 DC 122644 2011 11 $5.00 $12.00
Green Lantern 4 $2.99 DC 104199 2011 12 $8.00 $9.60
Green Lantern 50 $3.99 DC 106444 2010 1 $3.00 $9.00
Green Lantern 53 $2.99 DC 100356 2010 4 $3.70 $9.00
Guardians of the Galaxy (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 211312 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
Incredible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 106472 2011 10 $3.00 $24.00
Indestructible Hulk 1 $3.99 Marvel 118200 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
Iron Man (5th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116529 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50
Jupiters Legacy 1 $2.99 Image 105437 2013 4 $3.00 not listed yet
Justice League 0 $3.99 DC 125868 2012 9 $4.30 $12.00
Justice League 1 $3.99 DC 171344 2011 8 $22.00 $48.00
Justice League 2 $3.99 DC 180709 2011 10 $4.00 $15.00
Justice League 3 $3.99 DC 158700 2011 11 $12.00 $15.00
Justice League 4 $3.99 DC 142248 2011 12 $10.00 $32.00
Justice League 5 $3.99 DC 138576 2012 1 $6.00 $24.00
Justice League 6 $3.99 DC 135374 2012 2 $6.00 $24.00
Justice League 7 $3.99 DC 131697 2012 3 $8.00 $16.00
Justice League 8 $3.99 DC 128991 2012 4 $5.00 $16.00
Justice League 9 $3.99 DC 131332 2012 5 $4.00 $16.00
Justice League 10 $3.99 DC 127090 2012 6 $4.00 $16.00
Justice League 11 $3.99 DC 123971 2012 7 $4.00 $12.80
Justice League 12 $3.99 DC 120796 2012 8 $4.00 $48.00
Justice League 13 $3.99 DC 117752 2012 10 $4.00 $12.00
Justice League 14 $3.99 DC 113094 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
Justice League 15 $3.99 DC 115074 2012 12 $4.00 $5.00
Justice League 16 $3.99 DC 117719 2013 1 $4.00 $5.00
Justice League 17 $3.99 DC 105304 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00
Justice League 18 $3.99 DC 102494 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
Justice League 19 $3.99 DC 100943 2013 4 $4.00 $5.00
Justice League of America 1 $3.99 DC 307734 2013 2 $4.00 $7.50
New Avengers (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 129084 2010 6 $3.30 $9.00
New Avengers (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 116280 2013 1 $4.00 $7.50
Point One 1 $5.99 Marvel 113352 2011 11 $1.70 $12.00
Savage Wolverine 1 $3.99 Marvel 102530 2013 1 $6.00 $7.50
Secret Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 106750 2010 5 $4.30 $12.00
Siege 1 $3.99 Marvel 108484 2010 1 $3.70 $9.00
Siege 2 $3.99 Marvel 108429 2010 2 $4.00 $12.80
Siege 3 $3.99 Marvel 113073 2010 3 $1.10 $12.80
Siege 4 $3.99 Marvel 113752 2010 5 $2.30 $7.50
Superior Spider-Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 188182 2013 1 $23.00 $25.00
Superior Spider-Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 112546 2013 1 $8.00 $12.50
Superior Spider-Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 101811 2013 2 $4.00 $15.00
Superman 1 $2.99 DC 118376 2011 9 $9.70 $32.00
Thanos Rising 1 $3.99 Marvel 114720 2013 4 $4.00 not listed yet
Thor God of Thunder 1 $3.99 Marvel 110443 2012 11 $4.00 $7.50
Ultimate Spider-Man 160 $3.99 Marvel 159355 2011 5 $4.70
Uncanny Avengers 1 $3.99 Marvel 303722 2012 10 $3.00 $12.00
Uncanny Avengers 2 $3.99 Marvel 114257 2012 11 $4.00 $5.00
Uncanny X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 109911 2011 11 $4.00 $15.00
Uncanny X-Men (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 177463 2013 2 $4.00 $5.00
Walking Dead 100 $3.99 Image 335082 2012 7 $5.00 $30.00
Wolverine (3rd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 104414 2010 9 $3.00 $12.00
Wolverine (4th series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 117669 2013 3 $4.00 $5.00
X-Men (2nd series) 1 $3.99 Marvel 140332 2010 7 $3.00 $15.00

Thanks to John Jackson Miller at www.comichron.com for compiling original Diamond sales lists.

I am always happy to hear your comments and thoughts/criticisms on any of my posts.

Terry Hoknes (author) from Hoknes Comics loves analyzing statistics and watching the growth and fall of comic titles over a period of time.  He sells all of the latest hot back issue secondary market new comics at www.HoknesComics.com and also self-publishes a series of books called “Investing In Comic Books” that focus on the Golden, Silver and Bronze ages of comics.   hoknes@hotmail.com

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Nothing Lasts Forever – The New Avengers Head Into INFINITY!

New York, NY—May 10th, 2012— This August, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman is joined by fan-favorite artist Mike Deodato to pit the Illuminati against their biggest threat yet  inNew Avengers #9! Tying into the blockbuster event of the summer, Infinity,New Avengers #9 shows fans what new threats lie beyond the edges of the Marvel Universe!

With the Avengers fending off an intergalactic threat on the edges of the Marvel Universe,Earth becomes the most vulnerable planet in the system! Enter Thanos, the galaxy’s most ruthless threat and an unparalleled force of brutality who brings order to the chaos of life through murder. Earth’s last hope may lie in the hands of a man who can level cities with a single whisper – Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. But is the combined might of the clandestine group of Avengers enough to push back Thanos and his deadly group of lieutenants – the Cull Obsidian?

“As with Avengers, Jonathan’s issues ofNew Avengers are a critical part of the overall Infinity story. There are elements that were set into place in the earliest issues of the series that he and Deo will be paying off on here.” explained Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment. “You could maybe enjoy INFINITY without them, but you’re really not going to want to.”

Every issue of New Avengers includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of New Avengers features special augmented reality content available exclusive through theMarvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

This August, the intensity ofInfinity is turned up a notch as Hickman and Deodato show the power of the Mad Titan inNew Avengers #9!

Join the conversation on Twitter with hash tag#MarvelINFINITY, and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel [www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

For more on Marvel’s Infinity, please visitwww.marvel.com..

NEW AVENGERS #9

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art & Cover by MIKE DEODATO

ON SALE AUGUST 2013!

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

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INFINITY brings Skrulls back to forefront in MU.

 Nothing Lasts Forever – The Avengers Head Into INFINITY!

New York, NY—May 8th, 2012— This August, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman is joined by fan-favorite artist Leinil Yu to show fans what an “Avengers Universe” looks like in Avengers #18! Tying into the blockbuster event of the summer, Infinity, Avengers #18 shows fans what new threats lie beyond the edges of the Marvel Universe!

A powerful and destructive race is on a collision course with Earth and the only thing in their path is the Avengers! But even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes realize the one hope of defeating this dire threat is to unite every great hero across the cosmos…because only with a united “Avengers Universe” is there any chance of survival! But in order to do so, Captain America and the Avengers must join the Council of Worlds as they declare war on their cosmic invaders. And when the key to their success lies within the rebirth of the Skrull Empire, there’s no telling what may happen next!

“Moreso than any other tie-ins, Jonathan’s issues of Avengers and New Avengers are an integral core part of the Infinity story–absolutely essential to the reading experience,” explained Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment. “So these issues that Leinil is drawing are key to everything”

Every issue of Avengers includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on theMarvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue ofInfinity features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

This August, the intensity of Infinity is turned up a notch as Hickman and Yu throw the first blows in Avengers #18!

Join the conversation on Twitter with hash tag #MarvelINFINITY, and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel[www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

For more on Marvel’s Infinity, please visit www.marvel.com.

 

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Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN

Art & Cover by LEINIL YU

ON SALE AUGUST 2013!

 

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

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InvestComics Hot Picks #267

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InvestComics Hot Picks this week include seven number one issues to look out for this week. But before we get to that, be sure to check out the new revamped InvestComics Media site with loads of new videos that are not appearing on the InvestComics website, but are appearing exclusively on Blip TV. Check out the InvestComics Blip TV station by clicking right HERE.

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With a slightly heavy number one issue week, there are a few that call for one’s attention. If you sleep on them, they will sellout and you’ll be left pondering what if? Well maybe not that dramatic, but you will be saying something like ‘why didn’t I listen to InvestComics?!’ One comic that heeds your calling is called Movement (2013 DC) #1. Here’s the scoop on this comic. This book includes the government, revolt, greed, corruptness and super-humans. Yes it’s going to be a super ride indeed. The kicker here as to why it will be a story like no other is quite simple. Gail Simone is writing it. This alone is enough to not only make it an interesting read, but a probable sellout will occur. Get your copies early.

The second comic to look for this Wednesday has to be Ten Grand (2013 Image) #1. Much like the aforementioned, this comic has creative star power as well. Writer J. Michael Straczynski along with artist Ben Templesmith bring us a story of love and death, literally. This book will indeed sellout folks, do not miss it. If you procrastinate you will be waiting a few weeks for a second print to read while you pay a Marvel Super Special #32possible premium in the aftermarket for the first print. Don’t say InvestComics didn’t give you a heads up on this one.

There is an amazing thing happening this Wednesday according to Ape Entertainment. It actually took 44 years to happen. Sesame Street will be a comic book for the first time ever! Hard to fathom isn’t it? While to claim to be a “first” does hold water, it really isn’t the first time the gang has appeared in a comic book related atmosphere. Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Kermit, Miss Piggy, and a host of others first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Marvel Super Special #32 (1984). It was a magazine, not a comic, but printed by a comic company. So technically they appeared in a mag first, it was in fact reprinted in early 1985 in comic book form though. There is a fabulous reason why a collector should have this in their stash too. Ready? Legend Jim Starlin was the writer on this comic. Yes, THAT Jim Starlin. So does Ape Entertainment have a true claim here of a first? Well yes and no. It’s the first Sesame Street titled comic book ever, but the characters have appeared in the pages of Marvel already individually. Kudos to Ape Entertainment for getting the first Sesame title out though!

Black Bat (2013 Dynamite) #1 is based on the 1930’s hero. The story from back in the 1930’s says that Batman and Black Bat were so similar that lawsuits started flying, but quickly settled down, thus creating a happy world for both characters to co-exist. I wonder who came out ahead. Anyways, check out the new take on the Black Bat this week. Who knows maybe we’ll get a Tim Burton Black Bat movie one day.

Previously mentioned in a recent InvestComics Hot Picks, Mister X was a big deal back in the early 80’s. The number one issue called for a nice premium in the aftermarket. These days are a bit different though for Mister X in the back issue bins. However, with the efforts put forth in today’s climate of trying to get that next movie deal, one never knows when a new beginning may if ever hit it big again. So with that said, check out Mister X Eviction (2013 Dark Horse) #1 this week and make your own call on whether THIS is the time again for Mister X. His first appearance came from Vortex comics in Mister X #1 (1984).

Some other comics to be on your watch list this week are Suicide Risk (2013 Boom) #1, Victories (2013 Dark Horse) 2nd Series #1, Shadowman (2012 4th Series) #0, and Cyborg 009 Chapter 000 (2013 Archaia) #0. Note: Cyborg 009 first appeared in Cyborg 009 Vol. 1 (2003).

With the Iron Man 3 movie coming out next week, what better time than now to tell a NEW secret origin of Tony Stark with Iron Man (2012 5th Series) #9. A bit strange how Marvel works sometimes. Sticking to topic here, Thanos Rising (2013) #2 continues the awesomeness of Thanos’ origin. (Iron Man #55, buy it, still not too late! InvestComics had this comic as a buy in its very first issue of the InvestComics magazine more than 6 years ago and continued for years telling investors to buy this comic. Hope you listened.). Age of Ultron (2013 Marvel) #7 continues on the path of creating a new Marvel Universe, but the cover strikes similarities to Secret Wars #1 doesn’t it? Well so many covers do these days, but just sharing a thought about the cover. Scroll through the Hot Picks covers and see a side by side.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter. You’ll become instantly cooler. True story.

See you next week, invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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Welcome to Marvel’s INFINITY!

   This Summer The Biggest Comic Book Event Of 2013 Reaches All Corners of the Marvel Universe!

Infinity_FreeComicBookDay_CoverNew York, NY—April 1st, 2013—Earth has been marked as an “Avengers World”, protected by Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more from the deadliest threats facing humanity. A powerful and destructive race is on a collision course with Earth and the only thing in their path is the Avengers! But even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes realize the one hope of defeating this dire threat is to unite every great hero across the cosmos…because only with a united AvengersUniverse is there any chance of survival!

With our heroes at the other end of the universe, who is left to protect Earth? Enter Thanos, the galaxy’s most ruthless threat and an unparalleled force of brutality who brings order to the chaos of life through murder. The greatest threat to the Mad Titan’s work—and perhaps the universe’s greatest hope—is something he created leaving no world safe. Earth’s last hope may lie in the hands of a man who can level cities with a single whisper – Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans. But can the fearsome leader of a race hated and feared by his world,  lead his people against Thanos? If they fall, so does the Earth—and the entire universe with it.

The Biggest Heroes.  The Biggest Threats. The Biggest Sacrifices. This is Marvel’sINFINITY.

Written by New York Times best-selling writer Jonathan Hickman (Avengers,Avengers VS. X-Men) and illustrated by superstars Jim Cheung (Avengers: Children’s Crusade) Jerome Opena (Avengers,Uncanny X-Force), and Dustin Weaver (Avengers, Uncanny X-Men), Infinityis a six issue comic book event debuting in August with an oversized first issue.

“Events stories simply don’t come bigger than Infinity,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “ Jonathan Hickman is joined by three of our top artists — Jim Cheung, Jerome Opena and Dustin Weaver — to deliver an epic tale that covers all corners of the Marvel Universe and narrows the gap between Earth and the cosmos like never before.  It’s called the ‘MarvelUniverse‘ for a reason.”

Infinity_Preview1Readers get their first look at Marvel’s Infinity for free on Saturday, May 4th as part of Free Comic Book Day withFCBD: Infinity. In this all-new story by the blockbuster creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Jim Cheung, witness the opening shots of the war that will be heard around the galaxy. Plus, relive Thanos’ first solo story which has never been reprinted till now!

“I’m very excited about Infinity for a number of reasons,” said Hickman. “First, I think it’s wonderful that the story is coming organically out of what’s been going on duringMarvel NOW!. Things that we’ve seen unfold in Avengers, New Avengers,Thanos Rising, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others are the catalyst forInfinity. And second, for me personally, Infinity is the first big step in a series of big steps that make up the long term plans for the Avengers books I have the privilege of writing. It should be a lot of fun.”

Every issue of Infinity includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on theMarvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue ofInfinity features special augmented reality content available exclusive through theMarvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.

Join Infinity writer Jonathan Hickman, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Marvel Executive Editor – Senior VP Tom Brevoort at 2 PM EST on Tuesday, April 2 in a special interactive chat where fans can submit their own questions and comments to be answered and addressed! Offered exclusively through Marvel.com, this will be your chance to find out more about Infinity from the people putting it together!

Sign up now and  be there live at 2 PM EST on Tuesday, April 2!

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For more on Marvel’s Infinity, please visit www.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelINFINITY.

 

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