Hot Picks Top 5 #73

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #435 and new comics coming this Wednesday 8/3/16.

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Hillbilly #2 – Eric Powell has a hit on his hands. Both Hillbilly #1 and this new issue coming on Wednesday are sold out. 

4001 AD War Mother #1 – Did you know that Valiant Entertainment was nominated for the most Harvey Awards this year? That’s a tremendous feat and we congratulate them. This week, Valiant introduces a new character to their family, War Mother.

Dishonored #1 – Titans Comics. Completely sold out. All variants and regular cover. It should probably be on your “check it out list” on new comic book day.

Harley Quinn #1 – Another Harley Quinn restart and most likely another successful launch. InvestComics has FOUR exclusive Harley Quinn #1 comics we’re giving away. Must check that out right HERE.

Kill or Be Killed #1 – New Image Comic from Ed Brubaker. A must read this Wednesday.

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Here are the rest of the comics appearing in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #435. Click the link to read now!

IC 100 Club Pick: Batman #570 (1999) Graded 9.6.

Walking Dead #157

Uncanny X-Men #210

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Goon #2

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Daredevil #9 (1999)

Daredevil Annual #1

Evil Heroes #1

Silk #11

Squadron Supreme #10

Deadpool v Gambit #3

Uncanny X-Men #210 (1986)

Marvel Tsum Tsum #1

Suicide Squad Rebirth #1

Lady Killer 2 #1

Goon #2 (2002)

Battlestar Galactica #1

Control #3

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Evil Ernie Godeater #1

Jughead #8

Blood and Dust The Life and Undeath of Judd Glenny #1

Mycroft Holmes And The Apocalypse Handbook #1

Indie Comics #1

Animosity #1

Jeff Steinberg Champion Of Earth #1. Dishonored #1

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IC 100 Club Pick: Batman #570 (1999) Graded 9.6. Here is the second appearance of Harley Quinn for only $99. A high grade. hard to find comic, 2nd appearance of Harley at a very decent price. Buy this now because it’ll be gone very soon.

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As many of you know already, InvestComics was at San Diego Comic Con this past week. We had a blast! Check out all of our social media outlets to see some of the images we provided. Below is a short video with images from the show, there are pictures within the video that were not included in our social media run. SDCC, wow it was fun!

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Image Comics’ new ongoing series Kill or Be Killed #1 looks like a must read title this week. Ed Brubaker knows how to keep a reader interested and he will do so with this ultra-conscious vigilante hero story.
Artist Arthur Adams supplies a Walking Dead variant; Walking Dead #157. A new six part story line starts here.

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Daredevil Annual #1; Echo makes an appearance. With all of the female heroes/villains getting a lot of attention these days, maybe you’d want to get your hands on a relatively affordable first appearance. Marvel Knight’s Daredevil #9 (1999) features the first appearance of Echo. Written by David Mack, art by Joe Quesada. Sweet book.
Who is Spectro? Find out in Silk #11.
For all of the readers and speculators thinking Marvel actually killed of Namor, well you’ve been duped! Check out Squadron Supreme #10 as the new story line begins; Finding Namor.
We predicted the Mercs for Money crew spinning onto their on series, now maybe the same will happen regarding Deadpool v Gambit #3. This issue dives into a possible background origin story of the Scrambler. So maybe the randomness here detailing the Scrambler’s life will mean something in the future. Maybe not. Either way, Uncanny X-Men #210 (1986) is Scrambler’s first appearance. Chris Claremont/John Romita Jr. Nuff said.
If you’re a collector of Tsum Tsum, you’re in for a treat this week. Marvel Tsum Tsum #1 features your beloved Tsum Tsum! Brace yourselves because a slew of Tsum Tsum variants are headed your way. Spidey, Gwenpool, Daredevil, etc. This might be their first appearance in Marvel Tsum Tsum #1, so enjoy some Tsum Tsum. See what we did there?

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DC’s Rebirth era comes back this week with Harley Quinn #1. Have you seen the amazing giveaways that InvestComics/Social Media Giveaway are running? We’re giving away exclusive limited edition Harley Quinn #1 comics. Check them both out right HERE on the contest/giveaway page. Enter now before the promotions are over! Remember to follow ALL of the simple instructions in order to be enter. Oh and you should of course check out Harley Quinn #1 this Wednesday. Also from DC’s Rebirth; Suicide Squad Rebirth #1. Written by Rob Williams. Art by Phillip Tan.

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Valiant Entertainment debuts their newest female superhero in 4001 AD War Mother #1. The debut of War Mother promises to really shake things up at Valiant. Readers and collectors better pay attention here. Written by the awesome Fred Van Lente and art from Tomas Giorello. Get this comic from Valiant this week.

A new Dark Horse book from artist/writer Joelle Jones; Lady Killer 2 #1.
Eric Powell’s Hillbilly #1 sold out and Hillbilly #2 comes out this week. That too is already sold out! Follow ups are always interesting to see how they sell and Hillbilly looks like a hit already. Issue two brings back an Eric Powell character that debuted in 2002. Buzzard returns. Check out Buzzard’s first appearance in Goon #2 (2002).

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The new Battlestar Galactica #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) will be written by the awesome Cullen Bunn. What a disturbingly cool cover for Control #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) this week. Andrea Mutti cover? Also from DE this Wednesday, Evil Ernie Godeater #1, written by Justin Jordan.

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Check out the variant Jughead #8 cover from legend Walt Simonson.
The winner of the longest title of the month goes to Danger Zone Comics. Blood and Dust The Life and Undeath of Judd Glenny #1. Vampire vigilante/revenge story. Way cool. We’re in.
Wait a sec, let’s not give that award up just yet. How about Titan Comics’ Mycroft Holmes And The Apocalypse Handbook #1? That’s a close second we think. This comic is written by Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Yep, him.

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Zenescope Entertainment debuts their superhero team; Evil Heroes #1. One of the variants (pictured here) sure does resemble some alien that stands for hope or something, right? Sales show this comic on the brink of a complete sell out. 

More indie titles to check out this week. Indie Comics #1 (Aazurn Publishing). After-Shock Comics’ Animosity #1. From Oni Press; Jeff Steinberg Champion Of Earth #1. Dishonored #1 is completely sold out. (Titan Comics).

Control #3

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Animosity #1

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Dishonored #1

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Indie Comics #1

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A new series from writer David Walker and artist Ivan Reis/Joe Prado coming this Wednesday; Cyborg #1. Look for this series to do very well. The Cyborg character is on the cusp of really breaking out. More possible movie announcements forthcoming and the added creative team here on this comic adds a positive direction for Cyborg. His first appearance was in DC Comics Presents #26 (1980), as was it the first appearance of the New Teen Titans. And that book at any price is still a great book to own these days.

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Last year the Enormous comic from 215 Ink was huge (no pun intended). This week 215 goes back to the well with a new number one; Enormous #1 vol 2. Expect some of the same drive toward the book as the regular and variant copies are sold out already. The first volume was well crafted and the potential television show made for more attractiveness from the speculator. If the speculation doesn’t pan out this time, you most likely still have a great read in your hands, which is as equally important if not more so.

Valiant Entertainment is firing on all cylinders these days with their Book Of Death story line. Book Of Death Fall Of Bloodshot #1 focuses on the ultimate demise of Bloodshot. A few visits to some comic conventions this year, I have run into quite a few fans regarding Valiant Entertainment and their product around their booth. The common thread among all of the fans is content. The story telling is the driving force behind Valiant’s success these days. I agree. This is what makes comic books fun, not the 57 variants of a new number one comic, not a 3D cover, not a gimmick, a good story drives a comic. 100% of the time and Valiant is all over this. If you are not familiar with Valiant and what they are offering, you really should check them out, you’ll be hooked.

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Weirdworld #2 informs readers that a “Crystal Warrior” appears. Does this character have anything to do with the Crystal Warrior from 1983? Marvel Age #1 (1983 first appearance) and then a month later in Crystal Warrior #1 (1983) Ha! Both with Walt Simonson covers too! Probably way off here, maybe not, but either way man those Crystal Warrior books were fun.

Justice League Gods and Monsters Batman #1, a prequel to the DC animated movie. Buy the awesome DVD right HERE. The Darwyn Cooke variant is sold out. Also sold out, but across the board on this one; Archie vs Sharknado #1. It’s Sharknado man, come on gotta love it!

Captain Canuck #2 from Chapter House Publishing. An all new threat for the Captain in a backup story. The Captain is making a comeback!

Stan Lee’s Chakra The Invincible #1 (Graphic India). This character was spawned from new comic book day. Now a new new series. Pick it up for the kids, great stuff here.

Star Lord and Kitty Pryde #1 (Marvel) and Wolf #1 (Image Comics) are books to get your read on. Wolf #1 has the speculation edge here though if any.

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Creator Spotlight – Frank Miller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Daredevil #176 (181) First appearance of Stick.

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

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

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

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

Daredevil #182 (1982) A classic cover.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superboy #51 (1984) Cover art.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The new Dr. Strange movie will be hitting in July of 2016. That’s not too far off believe it or not. Dr. Strange will be all kinds of awesome when it hits. A new era of Marvel Studios magic will be spectacularly accepted by moviegoers. It’s going to be the first movie in which Marvel can display its CGI full tilt. Not saying they didn’t use CGI a lot in their other films, but we’re talking the mystics here! Yes Awesomeness will ensue, be prepared.

Dr. Strange will be a huge hit. Some of his key back issues have already exploded and we’re here to make sure you’re on point to join the frenzy.

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Strange Tales #110 (1963) The first appearance of Stephen Strange (Doctor Strange). Written by Stan Lee and art by Steve Ditko. Buy this comic, own it. A Jack Kirby cover, but does not feature the Doctor on the cover. Also the first appearance of Wong, and Ancient One.

Strange Tales #115 (1963) Origin issue and first appearance of Eye of Agamotto. Also the second appearance of Sandman.

Fantastic Four #27 (1964) The first cover Dr. Strange appears on. Jack ‘King’ Kirby art and cover.

Strange Tales #122 (1964) Doctor Strange finally appears in full garb on the cover of Strange Tales. Jack ‘King’ Kirby and Steve Ditko cover.

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Strange Tales #123 (1964) The first appearance with Thor and Loki.

Journey Into Mystery with Thor #108 (1964) First appearance with Wasp, Hank Pym, Iron Man, and Jane Foster. Also the first appearance of Beetle.

Strange Tales #126 (1964) InvestComics recommended this comic a few years ago; the first appearance of Dormammu. We were ahead of the curve (as we usually are) in the sense we were foreshadowing to buy this book if a Doctor Strange movie ever gets made. Dormammu will probably be the nemesis in the Strange film. Also the first appearance of Clea which is also a good speculative thought to appear in the film.

The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964) The first appearance with Spider-Man. Also with the Fantastic Four and a host of others. All art by Steve Ditko. First appearance of Sinister Six.

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Fantastic Four Annual #3 (1965) Here is the first appearance with the Avengers team. Jack ‘King’ Kirby art and cover.

Strange Tales #138 (1965) First appearance of Eternity. Another character to possibly appear in the film.

Strange Tales #148 (1966) Another first appearance to keep an eye out on. First Kaluu.

Strange Tales #150 (1966) Yet another one to watch for. The first appearance of Umar; Dormammu’s sister. The first time Doctor Strange’s name appears on the top title. Plus this comic happens to be the first John Buscema Marvel work. The very next issue happens to be Jim Steranko’s first Marvel work too.

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Strange Tales #157 (1967) First appearance of Living Tribunal. First Herb Trimpe Marvel work.

Uncanny X-Men #33 (1967) The first time appearing in an X-Men comic.

Doctor Strange #169 (1968) Although still numbered as a Strange Tales book, this is the first solo titled Doctor Strange book. Retold Origin issue. A must have. Also the first appearance of Charles Benton.

Doctor Strange #175 (1968) First appearance of Asmodeus, a.k.a. Charles Benton.

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Avengers #60 (1969) First appearance in an Avengers comic.

Marvel Feature The Defenders #1 (1971) First appearance of the Defenders and he’s a team member. Great book considering the upcoming Netflix deal in a few years.

Iron Man #56 (1973) First appearance in an Iron Man comic. Art by Jim Starlin.

The Incredible Hulk #172 (1974) First Hulk book appearance.

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Dr. Strange #1 (1974) The very first time Dr. Strange has his own titled comic that is not connected to Strange Tales or Marvel Premiere. Steve Englehart writes, Frank Brunner art and cover art.

Captain America #179 (1974) First appearance in a Captain America book.

Thor #233 (1975) First appearance in a Thor comic.

Doctor Strange #38 (1979) First appearance of Sara Wolfe and Brother.

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Rom #5 (1980) An appearance in a Rom Comic. Sweet.

Doctor Strange #45 (1981) A later origin issue by Chris Claremont and Gene Colan. Cover by Dave Cockrum. A fantastic affordable book to try and get.

Micronauts #31 (1981) An appearance in a Micronauts comic. This is cool too. Cover by Frank Miller to sweeten the pot, but he only gives us Dr. Strange’s arm.

The Saga of Crystar Crystal Warrior #3 (1983) More odd appearance’s in obscure titles. A Crystar comic here with a very awesome Michael Golden cover.

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Moon Knight #36 (1984) Dr. Strange makes his first Moon Knight appearance. Great Michael Kaluta cover.

The Incredible Hulk #299 (1984) Just an awesome Strange/Hulk cover by Frank Cirocco.

Longshot #5 (1986) An appearance by artist Art Adams.

Strange Tales #1 (1987) A new number one from where it all started for the Doctor. Featuring Cloak & Dagger.

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Marvel Fanfare #41 (1988) Legends Dave Gibbons; art and writer Walt Simonson team up for a Dr. Strange story. Dave Gibbons Dr, Strange cover too. All around awesome comic.

Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #1 (1988) Marvel pushes the reset button with a new number one issue. A lot of Marvel Universe characters appear in this comic.

Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #15 (1990) This comic cover caused a bit of a dust up. Well, in the court of law that is. Singer Amy Grant sued Marvel over the likeness of her face being used for the cover. They settled out of court with Marvel never admitting to any wrong doing.

Spider-Man Classics #1 (1993) A reprint of Dr. Strange’s origin.

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Deadpool #28 (1998) First appearance in a Deadpool comic.

Black Panther #35 (2001) First appearance in a Black Panther comic.

The New Avengers #7 (2007) The Illuminati is formed. This might be a very important book if the Planet Hulk movie idea (InvestComics called years ago) ever comes to fruition.

Doctor Strange: The Oath (2006) A five issue mini-series from writer Brian K. Vaughan.

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Creator Spotlight – Walt Simonson

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Each week InvestComics will bring a creator into the spotlight to showcase some of their key books within their career.

Walt Simonson is a legend in the circles of the comic book industry. He is one of the premiere players. An artist, an inker and a writer. The man can do it all and does it all at an extraordinary level.

His body of work could not even be justified in this article it is so vast, but InvestComics will highlight a plethora of comics in Walt’s illustrious, well known, well respected career thus far. Exclusions are bound to happen on this list, these are just some of his works. We hope you enjoy reading, gazing, buying these comics below as much as we have over the years.

 

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Weird War Tales #10 (1973) The first professional work. A backup story. DC owns the distinct honor of discovering him. Thanks DC! Although Marvel would have eventually come along.

Sword of Sorcery #5 (1973) The first solo cover right here.

The Haunt of Horror #1 (1973) The first Marvel work came in this number one issue magazine in a backup story.

Detective Comics #437 (1973) Walt was a fantastic Batman artist/writer. This was his first Batman book, but he didn’t do the Batman character. He did another character that he would “own” and that would be the Manhunter. In a backup role here again. This is also the first appearance of the New Manhunter.

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Detective Comics #443 (1974) It is here that Walt would get he first crack at the Batman character on pencils.

Master of Kung-Fu #24 (1975) This is the first official Marvel “comic book” work for Walt. He would be one of three artist on this book.

Pizzazz #10 (1977) Simonson went on to do a lot of Star Wars comics in his career. This is the first Star Wars art he ever did and it was in a magazine. This was also very early Star Wars art regarding comics. Only a few months after the number one Star Wars comic debuted, this magazine debuted. It featured different Star Wars stories in the magazine by different creators each month. Issues 10-13 were all Simonson.

Rampaging Hulk #1 (1977) Here’s the first art on the Hulk character. It was a magazine.

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Young Love #125 (1977) Here is one of those that will have you scratching your head. Simonson did the cover for this romance comic.

Thor #260 (1977) Almost all creators get linked to a certain character(s) during their career. Some creators find a niche with a career and they take it to another level, thus making them “that creator” on that particular character(s) that fans relate to. This comic here is not that comic. Well, not yet anyways. Walt Simonson does not find his grove with the Thor character until six years later, but here is the first pencils and a collaborated cover (Joe Sinnott) on the Thor character. More on Thor in a bit…..

Batman #300 (1978) Here is a Batman anniversary issue Walt penciled.

Machine Man #6 (1978) Marvel finally finds Walt a solo cover to do with collaborating with anyone. Jack “King” Kirby penciled and wrote the issue.

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Marvel Super Special #3 (1978) Here’s a cool adaption from the Close Encounters movie. Pencils here.

Marvel Two In One #43 (1978) An awesome collaborated cover with another legend John Byrne.

Star Wars #16 (1978) Here is Walt’s first Star Wars comic. Pencils and cover art. First appearance of Valance.

Superboy #237 (1978) First Superboy art.

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Devil Dinosaur #8 (1978) A collaborated cover with Jack “King” Kirby. A great collectors item here.

Thor Annual #7 (1978) The first Thor cover Walt did with no one’s name attached but his own.

Fantastic Four #212 (1979) First Fantastic Four art. The cover only.

Star Wars Annual #1 (1979) First Star Wars annual. Walt on cover duty only, while legend Chris Claremont writes.

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Marvel Premiere #57 (1980) First American appearance of Dr. Who. Cover art. A huge book for any Dr. Who fan of course.

Marvel Treasury Edition #28 (1981) Superman and Spider-Man oversize Treasury edition. What is there not to love about this? Walt is only an ink guy only on this book, along with a very long list of others.

Detective Comics #500 (1981) Anniversary issue. Cover art with Joe Kubert, Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, Carmine Infantion, just to name a few.

The Spectacular Spider-Man #54 (1981) First Spider-Man art. Cover art only in a collaborated effort with legend Frank Miller.

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The Amazing Spider-Man #222 (1981) First solo Spidey cover. Debut; Speed Demon.

Bizarre Adventures #29 (1981) Here’s an interesting one. This magazine comic related book features the cover art by Walt and interior art. He pencils a story written by the great Stephen King. This is King’s first story ever adapted into a comic book type genre. Essentially it’s the first Stephen King in comics.

Marvel and DC Comics Present: The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans #1 (1982) One of the coolest crossover team-ups in the history of Marvel/DC. Walt cover art and pencils. Claremont writes. Do you need anything else here?

Fantastic Four Roast #1 (1982) A who’s who in the comic book industry on this comic. Simonson pencils a page or two. Fred Hembeck/Terry Austin cover.

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Marvel Age #1 (1983) Why this series doesn’t get looked upon more by collectors is still an absolute wonderment to me. Crystar cover by Simonson.

Red Sonja #1 (1983) An awesome Red Sonja cover from Walt here.

Thor #337 (1983) Walt Simonson pencil/ink/writes and does the now iconic cover. It’s the first appearance of Beta Ray Bill. What more can be said about this comic that hasn’t been said yet? This was the game changer for Walt Simonson. This was THE character he owned. Walt made Thor HIS character here. There’s Kirby and the there is Simonson. Walt made Thor #337 the hottest comic on the planet back in the 80′s. It is still a book to own if you don’t already. Beta Ray Bill will eventually make it to the big screen and when he does, look out here. The iconic cover alone is enough to make collectors want it. Walt Simonson solidified himself as a creator right here. As said earlier, every creator has that character(s) that they own. Most creators also have that defining moment in their career where they catch something just right and fans begin the process of bringing them to that next level as they so fittingly deserve. This is that defining moment for Walt Simonson. Thor is Simonson’s, the fans spoke out in 1983. Walt has officially arrived.

Manhunter #1 (1984) All of those cool Manhunter backup stories from the Batman comics are reprinted here. New Walt covers too.

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The Eternals #1 (1985) The introduction of the new Eternals. Cover artist for issues 1,2 and 12. Writer for issues 9-12. Introduction of many new characters in this series. A 12 issue limited series.

Balder The Brave #1 (1985) A 4 issue Asgard tale written by Walt. All 4 covers to the series done by him as well.

X-Factor #1 (1986) The ever so popular X-Factor series back in the 80′s. First issue graces a Simonson cover.

Green Lantern #200 (1986) A rare Green Lantern cover. Rare Green Lantern art period.

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Daredevil #236 (1986) Same here. Rare Daredevil art. Possibly the only Daredevil in his portfolio.

AniMax #1 (1986) Walt writes the AniMax team! He only provided his writing prowess for the three issues mini. This comic was part of the Marvel imprint line: Star Comics.

Iron Man Annual #8 (1996) Rare Iron Man cover art.

Alpha Flight #50 (1987) Cover art only. Loki on cover.

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World of Krypton #1 (1987) This sought after/popular comic within recent times (year or so) dons cover art with another legend John Byrne. Rumors of a television series based on this series have not panned out as of thus far. No news means nothing is happening……yet.

Silver Surfer #10 (1988) A rare Silver Surfer cover.

Avengers #291 (1988) Writing duties here only, make for his first Avengers story ever written.

Marvel Comics Presents #1 (1988) Cover art includes Wolverine, Silver Surfer, Man-Thing and Master of Kung-Fu. Sweet.

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Marvel Age #80 (1989) An original Fantastic Four cover.

Incredible Hulk #364 (1989) A rare Hulk comic cover.

Fantastic Four #334 (1989) First time as writer on the Fantastic Four. He does the cover art here too.

Fantastic Four #337 (1990) He writes, pencils, inks and cover art here. He’s completely taken over the creative control here. An look at the issue number….remind you of another comic?

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Amazing Spider-Man #337 (1990) The return of the Sinister Six part four. Cover collaboration with Erik Larsen. And there is that issue number again!

Marvel Fanfare #60 (1992) An awesome Black Panther cover. Final issue of Marvel Fanfare.

Superman Special #1 (1992) Writer, artist and inks. Cover art too.

The Superman Gallery #1 (1993) Just a great Superman cover.

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Spawn #13 (1993) Spawn? Yes, Walt provides this issue with a very nice Spawn poster. Way cool.

Inside Image #4 (1993) First Image comic. A cover collaboration with Erik Larsen.

Showcase 94 #5 (1994) Awesome Huntress cover.

Weapon Zero Silver Surfer #1 (1997) The writer for this crossover series from Marvel and Top Cow.

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Orion #1 (2000) Pencils, inks and writes this incredible series. First issue features Darkseid on the cover. A cover in which he took care of as well here.

Wonder Woman #190 (2003) Writes a six part Wonder Woman story. Rare creative output for the Wonder Woman character from Simonson. Adam Hughes provides cover art for all six issues.

Vigilante #1 (2009) Cover art coolness.

Venom #13 (2012) The only time we see Venom art come from the legend. Cover art only.

Avengers #24 (2014) A homage X-Men Rogue cover (Welcome home Rouge….). A Walt Simonson variant cover and it’s great.

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There are certainties in life. There is birth, taxes (in most places), death, Sofia Vergara, and Archie Comics.

Pep_Comics_22_First_Archie_First_Betty_InvestComicsInvestComics has always been a big supporter of Archie Comics Publications. Back in 2009 we had a chance to speak with one of the premiere artist within the AC line; Dan Parent. And in more recent times, this past September 2014 we spoke to Alex Segura; Senior Vice President of Publicity/Marketing.

Some may disagree, but if you ask your spouse, girlfriend, best friends, sister, grandfather, grandmother or aunts and uncles who Deadpool is, they may give you that blank stare and shrug their shoulders; “I don’t know.” Ask these same family members or people, “you know who Archie is” and the response will probably be either one or two ways. “Archie who?” The question with a question would be as if you’re speaking of a friend or family member. Now give those same people the clue that don’t know your line of questioning, you say “comic books?” The overwhelming response is immediate. “Oh oh yeah, that red headed dude with the girlfriends. Yeah I know that guy”.

So what’s the point here? Simple actually. A real comic book collector knows what the point is here, but lets first talk about the Fanboy response for a minute, the close minded/I only know super-heroes ones. The fanboy cringes as though someone scraped their knuckles across a blackboard when “Archie” is mentioned anywhere. Already the fanboy is disgusted they have made it this far into the article reading about Archie and will either A: leave now or B: stay because they yearn to escape the fanboy vortex they so desire to get out of. For those who do not know about Archie Comics or those who are willing to educate themselves a little bit, stick around. There are some pretty heavy investments to seriously consider coming up in a little bit as well as some fantastic reading material too.
Archie Comics and the Archie characters are as timeless as they come. More so than any Wolverine, Deadpool or Nightwing character will ever be. DC Comics has been around for 80 years (including when they were National Allied Publications). Marvel Comics has been around for 75 years (Including when they were Timely Comics). Archie Comics has been around for almost 75 years. Archie began their company as MLJ. It wasn’t until the late 1950’s did they adopt the name Archie Comics Publications. Through changes aplenty including being a publicly held company, lawsuits, a failed imprint; Red Circle Comics, to even more lawsuits, the company has endured its fair share of ups and downs to say the least. There are so many moving parts to their history that it simply cannot be covered here. Of course, hopefully many of you reading this will head on over to the internet to find out more details on this fabulous company.

Archie Comics is on the verge, the cusp of busting loose in so many ways it’s going to be unbelievable to the average comic collector. Especially the ones that think Archie Comics are for kids or for girls (The fanboy). That type of thinking is not only the most naive thought process, it’s as uneducated as it comes. In recent years Archie has not only stepped up the way their product/brand appears as far as marketing and art, but their story lines include an adult rated zombie series, the death of Archie, The birth of children, a handicapped character, the marriage of major players, introductions of new characters including a gay character named Kevin Keller, and so on and so on.

Recently, Archie Comics announced a major redesign of their entire universe. They also announced new areas of exploration which includes; television, movie, and merchandising. An imprint named Dark Circle Comics will also debut in 2015. And in addition to that exciting news, a relaunch of Archie Comics starting from number one! What a way to celebrate right?!

With all of the great things happening for quite some time now and the future for Archie Publications, it’s probably a good time to get a checklist together. A checklist that only InvestComics can deliver. We have given fans the most extensive comic book checklist on the internet. We’ve had Batman, Spider-Man, Avengers, Hulk, Superman, and Walking Dead just to name a few. Now we will cover Archie Comics! Get your wallets out because you’ll be spending some big bucks for some major players, but they will pay back majorly because of the publicity Archie and the gang are about to undertake in 2015. Wow this is going to be a huge year for them and for the speculator!

One huge takeaway from the research we did was that there are not that many graded copies of some key issues. Even some of the Bronze/Modern comics have flown under the radar. Many of the comics can be pulled out of quarter boxes or yard sales. There is potential here. A lot of it. There is so much money to possibly be made from grading/signature series, it’s almost mind-boggling. Get on this gravy ship InvestComics fans because WE are about to change things regarding the aftermarket when it comes to Archie Comics. If Archie Comics publications hits its stride in 2015 (and it will), the aftermarket will explode.

One last thing. There are and will be many Archie Comics inadvertently omitted. Understand that there is 75 years of comic books to cover here. Not every book will be hit upon. This was not done with the intent of excluding them on purpose, but a simple case of not listing it due to the complexity and range to cover. If you have an Archie Comic that YOU think is worthy of being on this list, then please by all means share it below and on our Facebook pages. Be sure to remember one thing though, when Archie Comics start up-ticking, InvestComics was the driving force in letting the speculators know about the new books to look for. Don’t be the creator of the force, but be the deliverer of the message from InvestComics. In other words, give credit where credit is do. The InvestComics team worked on this article (checklist) for all to enjoy and officially start the Archie Comics movement. Now……

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It begins with Archie Andrews himself. A bit of an Incredible Hulk #180 vs #181 going on here. Cameo vs first full appearance. Archie first appeared on the cover of Jackpot #4 (1941) but he also appeared in Pep #22 (1941) that same month. A copy of the Jackpot cameo (graded 9.2) in 2009 sold for $11,900. In 2014, a 2.0 graded copy sold for $5,983. The Pep #22 (graded 7.0), Archie’s first full appearance, sold for $143,400 in November 2014.

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Archie Comics #1 (1942) – Here’s the second appearance of Veronica. In 2011, an 8.5 copy sold for $167,300.

Archie Comics #100 (1959) – Only one reported on census. A 2.5 that sold for $22. Get a great copy and become the highest grade on census and cash in too.

Archie Comics #200 (1970) – Absolutely no graded copies on census. This comic is not celebrated on the cover as its “200th anniversary issue”. This is probably why it was never submitted, but still doesn’t matter. Get a copy and grade it.

Archie Comics #282 (2nd print) (1979) – This second print comic is a rare one within the Comic collection lure. A 9.4 graded sold for $250 in 2013. Nice deal for a comic you might find in the 25 cent bin someplace. Get high grades here speculators….

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Archie Comics #300 (1981) – This celebrated anniversary comic has no graded copies on census. This comic right now is sitting either in the 50 cent bin or at a yard sale. Become the first to get a graded copy in on census! Get high grades here too speculators and cash in.

Archie Comics #400 (1992) – The same as #300. No copies graded on census. A celebrated anniversary issue. Look through those old boxes at your shop. Get high grades here speculators………

Archie Comics #500 (2000) – The new millennium saw Archie Comics hit the 500 mark in celebrated fashion. Guess what? None graded on census?! Get high grades………

Archie Comics #600 (2009) – The Archie marries Veronica, Part 1: The Proposal issue. A 4 signature 9.6 graded sold for $127 in September 2014. Imagine the demand on this comic once a television series or movie touches on this. There are also 50 Hero Initiative covers that were auctioned off. Some beauties out there!

Archie Comics #616/617 (2011) – The presidential race was between Barack Obama and John McCain. The variant covers on these Archie Comics featured the battle and friendship of Barack Obama and Sarah Palin? Yep.

Archie Comics #626 (Sketch Variant) (2012) – This comic cracks the checklist due to who is on the cover and what can be done about it. Ex New York Giant football great Michael Strahan dons the cover as Dan Parent lends his incredible talent. Since Michael does a show in New York city every day of the week and Dan is available at most comic conventions it’s a no brainier here to get these two to sign your book and get it graded. None on the census. This is an easy and awesome get.

Archie Comics #627 (2012) – Archie meets up with the rock band Kiss. A 9.6 (highest grade) signed by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Alex Segura and Dan Parent sold for $101 in 2012. Why not do one better and get the other band mates of Kiss; Peter Criss and Ace Frehley to sign your 9.8 copy? Cha-ching.

Archie Comics #632 (2012) – Archie marries Valerie Brown. What if the television series or movie decides to take this route?

Archie Comics #633 (2012) – Archie and Valerie have a baby! The first appearance of Star Andrews.

Archie Comics #645 (2013) – A Tim Seeley variant cover! Sweet.

Archie Comics #648 (2013) – Walt Simonson variant cover! The legend does an Archie cover! Nuff said.

Archie Comics #650 (2014) – Fiona Staples variant cover! Fiona will be a huge part of the Archie relaunch. Get it signed and graded now!

Archie Comics #656 (2014) – Valerie Harper’s sister debuts. She also is the first major character that is wheelchair bound in Riverdale. Archie Comics keeps with the realism of everyday life and shows we all may be different, but we’re all a team.

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Pep Comics #22 (1941) – Well this is the holy grail of Archie Comics. The Action Comics #1 if you will. The awesomeness of this comic not only contains the first appearance of Archie Andrew, but it also features the first appearance of his right hand man, his com padre, his brother; Jughead. It ALSO contains the first appearance of Betty Cooper. So not only is Pep #22 valuable for obvious reasons, but it’s a three for one deal. Find this comic book and make a deal with the dealer. Any price you negotiate will be a good one. Look for prices to steadily climb as Archie Publications start making their move. A move into every household around the world. A move into the young generation in which they will ignite a new fire to the likes we haven’t seen since Twilight did it. Be ready….

Pep Comics #26 (1942) – So it only took 4 issues for the famous threesome to begin. And the beginning of a 73 year headache for Archie! Some might even say it’s a good headache to have! The pricing seems almost comical for the rest of the Archie gang. Set to be an obvious major player too, Veronica Lodges’ first appearance goes here. The highest grade on census is a 5.0, selling for $5,150 in mid 2013. A buy right now raw. Grade it. This is an absolute bargain.

Pep Comics #31 (1942) – Veronica Lodges’ dad makes his debut. Hiram Lodge commanded $4,550 for his first appearance; An 8.0 grade in late 2014.

Pep Comics #36 (1943) – The first official Archie Comics cover. A 5.5 recently sold for $5,378.

Pep Comics #46 (1944) – Only a couple of graded issues here. The most recent 1.0 grade sold for $90. The owner of the hangout the Archie crew will be at most of the time; his first appearance; “Pops” Tate.

Pep Comics #78 (1950) – The first appearance of the smartest kid in all of Riverdale; Dilton. A 2006 9.2 graded copy sold for a mere $478. A recent sale in early 2014, 8.5 grade sold for $455. What a steal right now for that “nerd” that will probably capture the younger audience’s attention and be beloved.

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Jackpot Comics #5 (1942) – Collectors get a glimpse of Archie’s mean pal Reggie Mantle. This is his cameo in one panel. The most recent graded copy sold for $1,933. It was a 2.0. However, back in 2003 a 9.0 copy sold for $2,128. A bargain. A very large bargain. But wait, there’s more. This comic happens to also have another first appearance. Riverdale’s teacher Waldo Weatherbee.

Jackpot Comics #6 (1942) – The first full appearance of Reggie Mantle. A 4.5 graded sold for $384 in late 2014. In 2002 an 8.5 graded sold for a mere $920. Wow what a great buy that was.

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Archie’s Pal Jughead

Number 1 (1949) – First appearance of the school bully Moose Mason. An 8.5 sold for $2,749 back in 2009.

Number 5 (1951) – First appearance of Midge Klump; Moose’s girlfriend. She first appeared in two comics at the same time. This one and Betty and Veronica #4 (1951). 8.5 is the highest grade for both of these comics on census. The Jughead sold for $455 in 2014 and the Betty/Veronica sold for $1,016 in 2012.

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Archie’s Girls: Betty and Veronica

Number 1 (1950) – A 4.0 copy sold in late 2014 for $525. The best grade (9.0) sold for $3,884 in 2006.

Number 289 (1980) – A scarce second print exist. No grades in the census.

Number 320 (1982) – First appearance of bombshell Cheryl Blossom. This key comic needs to be in your collection. A Cheryl Blossom bombshell character on television or a movie will draw a lot of attention. A 9.6 sold for $600 in 2012. Get this comic now.

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MORE KEY Archie Comics……….

Archie’s Madhouse #22 (1962) – Every click needs a witch right? Well here’s the first appearance of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. When the Archie brand takes off, this will be one of the spinoffs….I guarantee it. A 6.0 grade sold for a measly $380 in late 2014. A fantastic buy.

Archie’s Pals & Gals #23 (1962) – Another spinoff guaranteed to happen when Archie catches on. The first appearance of Josie. Yes that Josie. A 9.0 sold for $880 in 2013. This is also the first appearance of Melody; the drummer of the Pussycats.

Josie and the Pussycat’s #45 (1969) – The birth of the all girl rock band. When Archie takes off, so will this all girl group. They will, without a shadow of a doubt become a huge selling all girl rock band. This comic has so much potential upside it’s ridiculous. Probably one of if not THE Archie book on this checklist to get. A 7.0 in mid 2013 sold for $150. Only two graded in the census. Hunt this down and buy it now.

She’s Josie #1 (1963) – Josie’s own comic book. One graded copy at 6.0 sold for $52 in 2010.

Archie Giant Series Magazine #579 (1988) – When a real comic collector these days thinks of Archie Comics, they think Dan Parent. Dan is as much the responsible culprit of bringing Archie Comics to the new levels that are leading up to the entire reboot in 2015. Think of Dan as the Geoff Johns for DC. An innovator for the line. Yes Dan Parent is that important here. Always has been and always will be. Here we have one of the first works he tackled for the publication.

Wilbur #5 (1945) – The first appearance of Katy Keene. A 7.0 (highest grade) sold for $847 in mid 2014.

Archie’s Joke book Magazine #44 (1960) – Legend Neal Adams got his start right here. His first published work was for Archie Comics. Only one copy is showing on the census. A 7.5 sells for only $140 in 2013. Sweet.

Life with Archie #1 (1958) – This early number one Archie comic sold for a bargain in 2013. A 6.0 (highest grade) for $522.

Veronica #202 (2010) – Riverdale’s first and only gay character was introduced here. A book to have if the television/movie features Kevin Keller. A signature series 9.8 sold for $225 in mid 2014.

The Punisher Meets Archie (1994) – One of the first crossovers for the Archie line. A fun all around comic.

Jughead #200 (2010) – The first ever Archie Comics variant cover. A 9.8 (highest grade and only one on census) sold for $15 in 2011. Buy this now.

Archie #641 (2013) – Archie meets with the cast of Glee.

Life with Archie #37 (2014) – There are several variant covers, Alex Ross’ is awesome.

Kevin Keller #15 (2014) – A Days of Future Past variant homage cover by Phil Jimenez is fantastic.

Life with Archie #30 (2013) – An amazing Phil Jimenez variant. The new Archie relaunch may look a lot like this.

Life with Archie #36 (2014) – A Death of Archie variant by Fiona Staples. Fiona Staples will play a huge part in the new direction Archie will be going in.

Life with Archie #24 (2012) – Fiona Staples draws a variant with Josie and the Pussycats donning the cover. Fiona’s first Archie work. Get it now.

Life with Archie #36 (2014) – Adam Hughes variant is amazing.

Kevin Keller #14 (2014) – A Dark Knight homage cover from Phil Jimenez. Awesome.

Sabrina #1 (2014) – A gorgeous J. Scott Campbell Midtown variant.

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Jay Katz

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Three very hot comics on the must buy list from the speculative side hit on Wednesday. Yes they will be great reads, but you may want to pick up an extra copy on each. On one though, you’ll have to do some very quick maneuvering. Life with Archie (2010) #37 is the quickie culprit here. This comic takes place one year after the death of Archie (Life of Archie #36). The death issue had close friends of mine, non-comic collecting, texting me about the death issue. So with that in mind, realizing that the death of Archie has reached the media and people who really don’t know the real deal about Life of Archie #36. It’s not really a death issue. It’s an alternate telling of his death. Archie will live on in the comic book world, in “real time” if you will. Again, keeping this all in perspective, the sold out Life of Archie #36 and the now Sold Out Life of Archie #37 will sell for a nice premium in the aftermarket…….but for an extremely limited time. Very limited. Cash out as quickly as possible with the fad of Archie’s death. Get the variants from names like Walt Simonson, Jill Thompson, or even Alex Ross to get the most bang for your buck. There are other very nice variants available, but these three just mentioned are good to almost guarantee a return on your money with extra to buy other significant comics coming out this week.

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Significant like Amazing Spider-Man (2014 3rd Series) #4. Unlike the Archie book, this comic is a bit of a buy and hold pattern. It might be hot right out of the gate, or maybe not. Here’s the deal. Have we gone the route of other people bitten by THE radioactive spider? Sure we have. But these days things are a bit different. We get the attractive girl (look at that cover), we get a superstar Spider-Man writer at the helm (Dan Slott), we have Hollywood breathing down the neck of every possible character within the Marvel Universe right now (Black Cat IS coming), and simply put SILK looks bad ass. Maybe this will be an X-23 first appearance? NYX was not a hot book right away. Not until the collectors realized that X-23 was actually in that book that it went bonkers. The Marvel solicitations had no mention of X-23. The obvious difference with Silk’s first appearance is that we all know it’s coming. The key to this first appearance and how big it will be depends on Dan Slott. Will the writer build her up to be her own entity?…..Her own persona?…..Some serious character development to keep the attention of a reader? If all of these things line up there are a few things to consider here. A: She will eventually get her own comic, B: This will be the first appearance of any significant character HP72314 (2)out of a Spidey book in a while, and C: Amazing Spider-Man #1 a couple of months ago would be the first appearance of Silk. Well actually the girl that got bit by the Spider. Hang onto Amazing Spider-Man #3 coming this Wednesday; I see a lot of upside here with the new girl on the block, Silk.

The third must get this Wednesday is Ragnarok (2014 IDW) #1. Legend Walt Simonson brings fans a new epic comic. A sold out epic comic at that! The cover for some reason brings me back to Thor #337 (1983), in which Mr. Simonson was singlehandedly responsible for putting Thor back on the map. Jack Kirby….Walt Simonson. Get Ragnarok #1, if anything you have an awesome read ahead for you, but something tells me that this will fall in favor on the spec side.

….More upside, but in the reading department coming from IDW. Transformers vs G.I. Joe (2014 IDW) #1 is Sold Out across the board. Regular cover and variants! Not sure what all the fuss is about here. They first fought in 1987 (Marvel Comics) and they went  at it a few times after that. Some loyal fans looking for a good fight. Don’t expect aftermarket to be of any promise with this, but expect some butt kicking action!

Secret Origins (2014) 3rd Series #4 features a secret origin story on Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Superman (2011 3rd Series) #33 continues the focus on Ulysses as Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. bring more mystery in the background of this issue.

Supreme Blue Rose (2014 Image) #1 is sold out at Diamond. Better take a look at that one. IDW pokes fun at Marvel’s Secret Wars, Civil War and DC’s Crisis with Super Secret Crisis War Johnny Bravo (2014) #1. Great stuff here.

Owlgirls (2014 Red Anvil) #1 is about sold out. Check out this one on the shelf. Tuki Save The Humans (2014) #1 from Cartoon Books is also one to check out.

…And rounding out the week with other books that look like fantastic reads; Zombie Tramp (2014) Ongoing #1, Monster Motors (2014 IDW) #1, Star Spangled War Stories G.I. Zombie (2014) #1 (a Jimmy Palmiotti/Justin Gray comic, definite awesome read here),  Victorian Secret Midwinter Special (2014) #1 (almost sold out),  and Storm (2014 3rd Series) #1.

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Jay Katz

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This week’s InvestComics Hot Picks bunch is a light one. There is however one huge standout amongst the featherweights this week. This standout will bring some heat in the aftermarket if a certain pattern is followed. By a pattern I mean a couple of things. 1: The book MUST come out on time each and every month. 2: The hype has to be met with some riveting storyline. There are 5 variants coming out on this book. With Mark Miller and Frank Quietly attached here, the hype put forth, Jupiters Legacy (2013 Image) #1 better bring it. Yes granted the storyline has been done before, old superhero (retired), new superhero (idiots), but it doesn’t get tired if done the right way. Look for Jupiter Legacy #1 to fly off the shelf because of the hype surrounding it. And just to reiterate, this book needs to bring it’s A game to the table in order to sustain aftermarket status pricing. It also needs to be on schedule or it will fall by the wayside. A definite pick up this Wednesday however. This collector is taking the Bull approach on this one.

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Right behind the standout book of the week is East of West (2013 Image) #2. The first issue was a fast sellout, just as it was predicted in InvestComics Hot Picks #262. The second issue will be no different. Buy this comic, great storytelling and fantastic creative team in Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta.

With recent news of the Rachael Rising comic coming to television, look for Rachel Rising (2011 Abstract) #16 to sell out quickly this week. Have you tried to get a hold of the number one issue? Yea thought so, either nowhere to be found or aftermarket pricing out of range already. Although aftermarket pricing still may have a ways to go, so don’t hesitate if you see this comic in the $20/$30 range. Probably a great buy right now if you are able to find it at that price. I have personally seen one sold for $100 already. The $100 price tag may not be that bad of an “in”, but the same thing could be said for the Walking Dead #1 when that started exploding. It depends on your gut, and if you feel that Rachael Rising will indeed ever truly make it to the television set. So many times there are pilots or agreements and shows die before ever seeing the light of day. A $20 investment is worth the risk for this collector. Oh wait, did you happen to notice that Rachael Rising #1 was in the InvestComics Hot Picks 7-27-11? Yes indeed! Check that out by clicking right HERE.

Marvel Comics’ focus will be on Omega Flight in Avengers (2012 5th Series) #10. Omega Flight was first introduced as part of the very successful John Byrne Alpha Flight run back in the early 80’s. Look for Alpha Flight #11 (1984) for the first appearance of Omega Flight. And as a side note, InvestComics has predicted in many Hot Picks articles that Alpha Flight will someday take flight in the movie theaters, so you best already have the Uncanny X-Men first appearance of Alpha Flight.

Here are some comics that may be sitting on your shelf at your local shop that you will need to take a look at and purchase. Mighty Skullkickers (2013) #1 will don a great homage cover to Thor #337. The Walt Simonson Thor cover is one of the best comic covers of all time. Take a look at the side by side right here in the Hot Picks gallery. What do you think? Justice? I think it’s a good representation of a legendary comic. Other books to keep in your radar; Rogues (2013 Amigo Comics) #1, Last Zombie The End (2013 Antarctic Press) #1, Amalas Blade (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Unleashed (2013 Zenescope) #1, Unleashed Vampires Eternal (2013 Zenescope) #1, and Neozoic Traders Gambit (2013) #1.

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-18-12

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Jumping right into this week’s books, Uncanny X-Force #20 begins a 4 part saga “The Trail of Fantomex”. The first part features guest Captain Britain. The character was first introduced in the UK (naturally right?) in 1976. Captain Britain #1 debuted with writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe. A beautiful creative combo here to say the least. You would be hard pressed to find this newspaper weekly in Near Mint condition, but that shouldn’t deter you from owning the first appearance of Britain’s “Captain America”. A mere $30 could get you ownership of this book. Not bad at all considering the possible upside to the character. Upside pertaining to all of the re-launch possibilities, the movie possibilities, and the fact that Marvel hasn’t really had a breakout overseas of a “non-American” character in a while. Why else would Marvel throw out Captain Britain if they weren’t seeing what the potential market value is on him? If the demand is there, we may see more CB, if not, maybe Marvel is planning on putting forth the initial steps to try and break him out…. (again). Excalibur anyone? Cap’s first U.S. appearance came along in Marvel Team-Up #65 (1977). This comic (a reprint from the UK, redone) could be found in the 1 dollar long boxes at your local comic shop or Convention.

The British run on CB has one very interesting issue if you’re not aware of it. Captain Britain #8 features the first appearance Betsy Braddock. Who’s Betsy? Well if you’re an X-Man fan, (or a comic fan) you’d know that Betsy is also Pyslocke. This issue is the bigger prize (monetarily) within the CB run at $50, although the better value probably may lie in the number one issue. Maybe the British invasion will happen one day in the Marvel Universe, if it does it’ll start with Captain Britain.  

Staying with Marvel for a couple of more books here, Uncanny X-Men #5 introduces readers to a NEW Marvel universe, and that’s always a lot fun! The new abode is called Tabula Rasa. (And by the way, Tabula Rasa is not a fictionally made up “word, place, thing” in case you’re wondering. If you want to impress some of your friends click HERE to get the meaning and win prizes by betting with them! Thank us later!). The thing about new universes within a comic book company and or story opens up a broader possibly of bringing in new characters, new villains, etc. That said however, it usually does not equate to a collector’s item. Case in point Planet Hulk, Greg Pak did a divine job introducing an entire new universe with not much fanfare afterward, but he did open that proverbial door.

The last Marvel comic this week to cover is Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #6. This one introduces the NEW Ultimate Scorpion (for the second or third time, but who’s counting?). 

DC’s Legion of Super-Heroes #5 brings a Legend on board for a single issue. Artist Walt Simonson graces us all with his amazing style. If you’re in the mood to have some fun you can look for Legion of Super-Heroes #94 from 1997, that’s the first Simonson Legion. He penciled 2 issues. Issue number 94 and 100. Yes they were both collaborating efforts, but a Legion book nonetheless.

Supergirl deals with a villain named Maxima in her 5th issue. Find Maxima’s first appearance in Action Comics #645 (1989) from another legend George Perez. 

…..On the topic of George Perez and legends. George will be appearing alongside Paul Levitz and Alex Saviuk in a Hero’s Initiative event at Tate’s Comics in Lauderhill Florida. InvestComics will go down and bring back some footage for you. Be sure to check that out. Questions for the legends anyone? Don’t be shy….

For more details on this big event, visit Tate’s Comic shop right HERE

Below are the covers of the week! 12 in all, wow pictures!

 

See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-29-10 Thor Checklist

1aaa1aathorhp92910This week InvestComics brings the Thor checklist!

 

 

 

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Since Valkyrie was the first thing spoken of in this article , you could find her first in Avengers #83. This very nice $90 book also has the first appearances of The Liberators.

 
So with Thor’s first appearance going back to 1962 in Journey Into Mystery #83 with a hefty $25,000 price tag on it, we begin our checklist of many, many Thor books to pick up, check out, and read. make your own judgement call on many of these. 

Journey Into Mystery #83 – Well this is where it all began, already mentioned the hefty $25,000 price tag on this one, but with Thor finally coming to the movie screen, appearing in many Marvel titles, The Avengers movie, and most of all the children in all of the world will want a Thor hammer. Yes, Thor’s first appearance will be a buy right now. It has tremendous upside.

Journey Into Mystery #84 – Natalie Portman gets the role of Jane Foster, here is the first appearance of Jane. $3000 seems to be a bit much on a character that will never be a Lois Lane, or a Mary Jane.   

Journey Into Mystery #85 – Where there is a hero, there is a villain brother. Thor’s main thorn in his side will be Loki in the film. This comic is a very good buy at $2000. Everyone loves a villain and if Loki transfers to the screen with the hate he displays so well in the comic books, this comic will be a winner. Actually, either way this comic is a winner at $2000. No downside to this book for a long term investment.  Wait one more reason to purchase this book, Heimdall’s first appearance here too!

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Journey Into Mystery #86 – Well Thor and Loki have to have a daddy right? Odin’s first full appearance right here folks. Sir Anthony Hopkins does the honors of playing the father of the 2 rival siblings in the film. If you haven’t caught any of his movies, you should the man has some serious talent. That said, Odin’s first full appearance here doesn’t command that much money. You’re looking at only $1000. This comic has the slowest progression potential of the males in the family. Don’t look for this comic to really boost up in the rating’s that much. Buying this at $1000 will have you waiting quite a while before you see the slight upticks. Money should be spent on issue number 112, more on that in a bit.

Journey Into Mystery #99 – A 2 for 1 here, first appearances of Sutur and Mr.Hyde. $500 price tag. Not much upside here, but great Kirby cover…..as usual from The King.

Journey Into Mystery #102 – This issue features Thor’s first stalker, Sif. This is her first appearance. Have you seen Jaime Alexander? She’s playing Sif in the movie. Wow. Be nice to see her in a bad 2 hour move like Elektra. Staring at Jennifer Garner was so painful……not.  

Journey Into Mystery #103 – Another 2 for 1 deal! This one is cheaper to buy, but a better one. This comic gives us a first look at the Executioner and Enchantress. At $400, more upside than issue #99, simple as that.

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Journey Into Mystery #112 – Remember that $1000 you should hold on to? Well this comic would be a better pick up for the cash. Yes, not disputing that Odin’s first appearance wouldn’t be a welcome addition to any collection, but a Jack Kirby Thor vs. Hulk comic? This is a continuation of their first meeting in The Avengers #3 comic, Also from Jack Kirby. That one comes in at $1400. The two of these comics are no brainers at the going rate. Talk a dealer down at a show for $2000 for both if you can and you have gold. Big upside to these undervalued comics right now.

Rounding out the Journey Into Mystery comics, we get to issue #114, first Absorbing Man $200.Issue #115, which is an early origin issue of Loki for only $200. Issue #118, first Destroyer $200.
If you’re a fan of InvestComics, you’ve seen our first solo Thor checklist comic numerous times all over the site.

Thor #126, the classic Kirby cover from 1966 still till this day is one of the best Thor comic covers of all time. The only cover that rivals it in the Thor realm would the Silver Surfer #4 from John Buscema circa 1969 for $600. Awesome covers by 2 legends.

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Thor #126 – Journey Into Mystery ended with issue #125, The Mighty Thor begins. This essentially is THE number one issue of Thor. A price of only $400 makes this extremely attractive. Probably the best 400 bucks you’ll spend on your collection lies right here. Do not pass this up…….or Silver Surfer #4.

Thor #129 – Introduces the more recent deceased Ares. Wait isn’t he back already? Don’t matter, $140 for this bad as* characters first appearance?? An absolute beauty here, buy it now. Forget any variant covers coming out for a few weeks, look for this instead.

Thor #132 – First appearance of Ego for $120.
Thor #137 – First Ulik goes for $120.

Thor #148 – The Wrecker of the Wrecking Crew, his first appearance in this issue. $100 for Thor #148 + $12 for Defenders #17 will get you the entire Wrecking Crew team. Defenders #17 (1974) has the first appearance of Bulldozer, Pile Driver, and Thunderball. If ever another Thor solo movie is made, maybe this oddball team would be some fun.

Thor #158 – An early Thor origin retold issue from 1968 for only $120. Very nice.

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Thor #165 – A very early first appearance of HIM/Warlock. If Marvel ever decides to explore the Cosmo’s in the movie theater, this would be a welcome addition to your collection. Speaking of Cosmo’s, look for a Marvel Cosmic list coming soon! Yes Marvel will eventually realize they have an entire universe that hasn’t gone to screen yet. So when it does, you’ll have you check list in order.

Thor #172 – If you’re looking to invest in the comic book market, the Bronze Age (early 70’s) books is a very good place to start. This issue of Thor is the first Bronze Age book in the run. The early Bronze Age books are becoming harder to find (scarceness/condition), and include some gems. Thor #172 cost only $60.

Thor #225 – First Firelord $28.

Thor #337 – If ever there was a comic that redefined a character and put them on the map, this comic would be it. One of the reasons a Thor movie is being made today is because of this comic from 1983. Yes that’s right, just like McFarlane’s Spider-Man, Miller’s Batman, this here is Walt Simonson putting the proverbial stamp on the Thor character. Thor #337 had the misfortune of being released in the 80’s when comics were overprinted, otherwise this once untouchable comic back in the 80’s would be a much higher priced commodity today. That said, any collector who calls himself/herself a comic book lover, should have this already. If you don’t, shame on you. The transformation of Thor as a character began here. Not only did Walt Simonson bring Thor to a new status quo in the Marvel Universe with this issue, he gave us the introduction of Beta ray Bill. This is the best $8 you’ll spend as far as reading and enjoyment when it comes to a Thor comic. Buy Walt’s run, it’s an amazing ride, great story telling, and a reintroduction of one of Marvel’s best characters. The very next issue #338 tells the origin of Beta Ray Bill. $16 gets you two excellent books.

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Thor #363 – Here we have the first Modern Age Thor comic. $3.
Thor #391 – First appearance of Erik Masterson, aka Thunderstrike. $3
Thor #411 – The introduction of The New Warriors. Nice $6 comic.

Thor #80 Vol 2 – The popular Avengers Disassembled started here in a prologue. $16
Thunder Strike #24 – Last issue of this series, and it’s a hard issue to find supposedly. Only $4.
What If? #39 – This What If? Story from 1983 features Thor vs. Conan. This is a fun book.$4

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See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 6-10-09

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Flash gets the top billing this week and speeds back to the year 1967?? Click ahead to see why you should be time traveling to the year that brought us the birth of Pamela Anderson, Super Bowl 1, Sgt Pepper’ Lonely Heart and the greatest comic book race of all time…

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Flash Rebirth #3  Way back in 1967 the greatest comic book race took place. Legend Curt Swan did the penciling while Legend Carmine Infantino gave us that classic cover to Superman #199. This week,
superstars Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver bring the timeless classic to the modern era. The race back in 67 was a fun comic and the way Geoff and Ethan are bringing it these days, this too will be fun. The Rebirth series is obliviously a Red Hot one and this particular comic will spark the interest of the original
race. Superman #199 clocks in at about $500. An awesome investment for a
classic comic.

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War of Kings: Savage World of Skaar  Another week, another Skaar mention. Yes InvestComics is drinking the Skaar Kool-Aid again. What more is there to be
said about Skaar that hasn’t been already been said?   Until Skaar meets up with his daddy and settles some emo issues he’s dealing with, IC will keep the buy sign up on World War Hulk #5. Although something tells us that Skaar will have issues for a long time. Good because there is nothing better than a 12 foot child with emotional problems and a big sword!

 

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Batman #587
Well it looks like there is a new Batman in town and his name is Dick,
Dick Greyson that is. After all of the ridiculous fanfare DC ‘tried’ putting
up, the death of Batman, the battle for the Cowl, it came down to the exact
ending (for now -Bruce will be the other ending) that every fan expected. Dick has become the new Batman, so when is that Bruce coming back? Unlike Marvel, DC will bring back Bruce sooner than Steve. Is Steve coming back in Issue #600? Probably not, but that’s another story for another week. So here is the latest rundown on this debacle that DC has created for one of their flagship characters. Dick is Batman, Damian is Robin, Tim is Red Robin and oh yes, almost almost forgot ….Jason Todd fell to his death. Um, yea and Batman died too right? DC……..A Death In The Family (Robin) yes, Infinite Crisis (Supergirl) yes, these worked! ‘Death’ is NOT, NOT a selling point anymore! Is it possible to make a death in a comic book of a major character (Batman) completely irrelevant? Yes apparently it could be done, thanks DC. Someone needs to stop watching the Novelas (definition in a moment for you non-Spanish speaking fans) and get back on track here. Only real saving grace on this issue will be Judd Winick jumping on board. Now Judd, make everything better and stay away from those goofy Spanish
soap operas.

betaraybigod1.gif thor_337.jpgBeta Ray Bill: Godhunter #1  Not sure if anyone has noticed this, but has Beta Ray been around a lot these days? Or maybe it seems that way, doesn’t it? Well with the rumblings of Thor getting a cast for the movie together, it
really wouldn’t be a surprise to hear of Beta being a part of it. Maybe this is why he’s getting so much pencil time? Well a few weeks ago, IC recommended getting the first appearance of Ray in Thor #337. With another comic book coming out bearing his name on it, it probably would be wise to get the Walt Simonson classic run at deep discounted prices right now. Issue #337 comes in at only $10. Great Buy here fans.

Here are some other interesting Comics to look at this Wednesday…….

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See you next week

Invest Wisely

Jay Katz

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-15-09

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A short week with Marvel promising to hammer the internet in half! A huge Marvel comic is coming your way this week and it is NOT to be missed.

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Amazing Spider-Man #591  Well ‘THIS IS THE ONE’ folks. Marvel is promoting this comic as the change all comic of the year. What do they have in store? Amazing Spider-Man has been a good read and fans are waiting with bated breath for this one!  Marvel has stood and delivered on many occasions when they say that an event is going to be big. This here though is ONE comic; it’s not an event which brings more interest to the book. This comic will affect many of the Marvel titles and I for one am looking forward to this very much. Marvel will deliver, you’ll see. 

 

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Secret Invasion Aftermath Beta Ray Bill The Green of Eden #1  The Marvel universe continues to feel the Secret Invasion aftermath. This week we focus on one of the hottest characters to come out of the 80’s, Beta Ray Bill. His first appearance could still be purchased at a very reasonable price. Thor #337 was the first look at Beta and the start of the classic run from Walt Simonson. So pick this up before that Thor movie comes out anyway….. 

 

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Captain America #49  Not since issue number 25 have fans gotten a glimpse of what happened that day we lost Captain America. Now start getting some insight into what exactly happened as Sharon Carter starts spilling the beans. Captain America (Steve) will probably be back in a couple of years just in time for the movie, so don’t hold your breath though waiting for a miraculous comeback because it’s not happening anytime soon. 

 

 

 

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100bullets100.gifWolverine Noir #1  Marvel continues the very successful Noir run with Wolverine. Do you need anything else??

 

 

100 Bullets #100  The highly regarded Vertigo series comes to a close. (ring ring) ‘Hello Hollywood?’

 

 

Here are some other interesting Comics to look at this Wednesday…… 

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See you all next week.

 Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 10-1-08 Back Issue Special

thor_126.jpg A slow week for new releases brings us to the back issue bins. This would be a perfect week to pick up a few of those back issues that should be in your collection. Recommendations that have been discussed on InvestComics like New Mutants # 98, Iron Man # 193 and Watchmen # 1, which all should already have a firm place in your collection. Here are a few comics that are still surprising affordable and should be looked for in the long boxes at your local comic shop. However, there is just one ‘pricey’ gem that will fly under the radar for just a little longer. You must grab this comic very soon before it becomes unattainable……..

 

 

 

 

Thor # 126. This comic is truly the number one issue of Thor. Issue number 125 was named Journey into Mystery with Thor.  Released in 1966, this comic comes in at a price tag of only $275. Yes ‘only’ $275. Think about where this comic will be once that epic Thor film hits the silver screen. Thor will become a household name and Thor # 126 will probably receive the $450 price tag or more. A great Marvel character that will mark his place on the solo screen as well as marking his place in the Avengers movie, Thor # 126 should be looked at as a monster investment. You may spend some money now, but it will pay dividends in the years to come. An extremely recommended buy here with almost a guarantee return on your investment. If you buy a VF/F copy of this comic, you might want to think about getting it slabbed (CGC). Once this comic is through the stratosphere, buyers will be looking for those graded 7.0 and above and pay nice bucks for it.

thor_337.jpgSticking with The God of Thunder, Thor # 337 is a great buy. The comic marks 2 first, first appearance of Beta Ray Bill and first Walt Simonson writing/pencil duties on the Thor title. When this comic came out in 1984 it was huge. It was mega big to the point that comic shops at the time were selling it at $25 a pop. That’s a big deal in 1983. Nowadays the comic can be bought on Ebay for a mere $10. Beta Ray Bill has been in and out of the Marvel Universe and is in fact a huge part of the Thor gallery. Will Ray be a part of the Epic Thor film? No one knows just yet, but why wait around? Great character, great legend, 2 first make a right. The best advice for anything Thor (back issue speaking) is buy, buy and buy. The back issue market for Thor is extremely underrated and you need to get on top of it before it starts taking off. Buy any first appearance all key issues of the original run. Definitely get the Walt Simonson run, pure reading pleasure and a great investment.

cap_286.jpgInvest in some old Captain America runs. Particularly issue numbers 100-125. Also look out for issues 100,111 and 113. These issues are all Steranko art and are a rare find in good shape. Captain America is going to be a huge movie as the same already discussed about Thor. Captain America‘s solo movie will do things to the movie market that will probably match that of the latest Batman film. The same that applied for the Thor comics should apply here. Buy any and all significant issues of Captain America now while the market is lukewarm.

 

 

rom_1.jpgWith the ‘big 2′ reaching back into the vault of characters to bring readers the new and improved versions of whomever, here are a few that have had some rumblings, but have yet to make ‘the’ comeback. ROM, remember him? Well maybe you don’t. Showing my age here! Way back in 1979 Marvel and Mattel (Toys) teamed up to release the ROM toy line in sequence with the comic book. 132 issues later ROM finally overloaded and succumbed to the preverbal cancel button. Marvel had a falling out with Mattel over the rights to ROM.Thus hampering the attempts to ever bringing him back, in the recent years though ROM has been teased about from Marvel and clamored after by a cult following. Marvel knowingly is in business to make money, well what company isn’t?? Marvel’s Cosmic Annihilation story line briefly had mentions and appearances by the Spaceknights. ROM is in fact a ‘Spaceknight’. So one day when you’re beating yourself up deciding to get  that Variant comic that cost $15, put your money on this 7 dollar 30 year old comic book that will probably bring you more enjoyment in the reading column as well as your wallet. The wallet?? Who knows?! Stranger things have happened!

dccomics_26.jpgIf DC ever decides they really want to join the fray of making a comic movie other that of a poorly done Superman or an awesome Batman, look no farther that Teen Titans. 1984’s Teen Titans provides a backdrop to the possible movie that DC has been speaking of for years. Buy the number one issue at $6. Better yet, buy the Teen Titans first appearance in DC Comics Presents # 26 for $20. Now that is a bargain of all bargains. This comic is highly undervalued right now and once DC/WB realizes the magnitude of a GOOD well written Teen Titans movie, DC Comics Presents # 26 will be hard to get a hold of.newtteentitans_1.jpg

 

Hollywood has their eye on comic books, old and new, no secret here folks.  With the release of a poorly done Speed Racer and a new Voltron movie coming out starring Spider-Man himself Tobey McGuire, any comic is fair game in this market. Why not look at Starriors # 1, Micronaunts # 1, Atari Force # 1, Arakand the list goes on. These comics are very affordable, but yet hard to find in a NM condition. Find these in your $1 bins and have fun.

See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz