InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 1-4-12

Welcome to InvestComics Hot Picks 1-4-12

Well holidays are over, hope they were good for you! Now back to business…..

The first order of business (in no particular order here actually) comes from Marvel Comics. (NOTE: This comic does not appear on the latest shipping list) With their release of Amazing Spider-man #677, they give us a Spider-Man/Daredevil team up. It got InvestComics thinking, when was the first time these two met up anyway? 1964 in Amazing Spider-Man #16 would be the issue. This issue features the artistry of Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. Does it get better than this? Well maybe, but still a fantastic issue to own at $1,600.

Another team up this week brings us back to that preverbal wall at your local comic shop is Punisher #7. This issue pits two of the more underrated matchups in recent memory. Punisher and Daredevil. When these two get together, you know you’re going to be in for a good read. Action, drama, and attitude at its finest. None told a story quite like the man responsible for getting these heroes together for the first time. Frank Miller’s run on Daredevil still arguable remains one of the most elite runs of all time. The height of his run came in a single issue that blew the doors off. That issue is Daredevil #181 (1982). The cover alone has become etched within any collector’s brain cells. For a new comer, the affects of that cover does the same for them. Back when a “death” in a comic book meant something, Frank Miller did the unthinkable and knocked off Elektra. But today this is not why we speak about that issue. Today we talk about this comic as being the first time that Punisher and Daredevil crossed paths. If you don’t already own this comic, you should. It’s not only a great piece of a legendary run by Frank Miller, but a piece of Daredevil/comic history. $30 will buy you this Gem.      

Keeping on pace with traveling back in time for some back issues, going back to 1958 to Worlds Finest Comics #95 also brings us to the latest Green Arrow issue. The villain showing up this week is named Midas. The Worlds Finest Comics #95 features the first appearance of Red Dart Midas. At a $400, the only saving grace for this comic is the Curt Swan cover. 

Uncanny X-Men #5 eyes the return of the Phalanx in a special one shot issue. Uncanny X-Men #311 from 1994 from John Romita Jr. features the first Phalanx. Find this issue in the back issue bins at your local shop. 

Check out these number one issues this week….. Avengers Annual #1 from Brian Michael Bendis and Gabriele Dell’ Otto, Mondo #1 from Image Comics, and yet another number one Wolverine comic; Wolverine and The X-Men: Alpha and Omega #1.

 InvestComics would like to thank everyone for their continued support. Without you, we don’t get to enjoy what we love to do. Here’s looking at another stellar year!  

Take a look at the covers of the week below.  

See you next week 

 Invest wisely. 

Jay Katz

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