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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Creator Spotlight – Bernie Wrightson



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Bernie Wrightson is an artist that once you see his art for the first time, you identify with it immediately. Every time you see it thereafter, you’ll recognize it. His art captivates you. The darkness, the detail, the realism is like no other. Granted, all artist have their styles and each one brings a different reaction/feeling to the table, but Bernie is a unique one.

InvestComics will walk readers through some of Mr. Wrightson’s work throughout the years, touching on some key issues from him. He is the master within the horror genre. You look at his work and it evokes so many emotions, most being scared, or feeling alone, or oh crap I’m about to die. Mr. Wrightson is a legend within the comic book industry and you should be educated in knowing him if you don’t. Read about some of Bernie’s history right HERE and go to the Bernie Wrightson official website HERE for some spectacular galleries and information about where you can meet up with this legend.

Here are some of the key books InvestComics would like to point out to our fans. Keep in mind here that Mr. Wrightson has a very large catalog and we simply will in fact miss books that you the fan deem necessary to include, but this is why we have Facebook, the message area below, Instagram, etc to have your voice heard. Tell us what your favorite works are from the “Master of the Macabre”.

Let’s have some fun here and visit some of these outstanding books.

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Bernie Wrightson’s first professional published work was in DC’s House of Mystery #179 (1969). He did a backup story with another comic legend (early work), writer Marv Wolfman. This comic also featured some early work from Sergio Aragones and Neal Adams (Cover Artist).

His first non horror related comic came immediately following his first work. Although not too far from the realm of horror, he penciled a Spectre story in The Spectre #9 (1969)

Bernie continued to do interior backup stories for DC and a few covers for some magazines/indies, but it wasn’t until late 1970 when Marvel Comics stepped in and let Bernie do his first comic cover; Chamber of Darkness #7. His second Marvel cover would turn out to be Creatures on the Loose #10 (1971). Why mention his second cover you may ask? He collaborated on the cover with some guy named Jack ‘King’ Kirby. It also happens to be the first appearance of King Kull.

Green Lantern #82 (1971) turned out to be the first major superhero work. He only did the inks on one page here though. Inks over Neal Adams.

Here’s an interesting thing. Bernie did a cover for House of Mystery #195 (1971) and the name of the story was “Bat Out of Hell”. Look at that cover……..2 months later he’s one of the writers in Batman #237 (1971), which also is the first appearance of the Reaper. Then a few months after that he collaborates with Neal Adams on the Batman #241 (1972) cover. It looks very similar to the House of Mystery cover Bernie did just a few months prior. Was that House of Mystery cover a Batman break-in for Bernie? Possible right? Well just a few months after the Neal Adams Batman collaboration cover came Bernie’s first solo Batman cover happened on Detective Comics #425 (1972).

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Dialing back for a second here, House of Secrets #92 (1971) is a prize from the Bernie collection as far as first appearances are concerned. This comic features the first appearance of Swamp Thing. Wrightson is to Swamp Thing as McFarlane is to Spidey, Kirby is to Captain America, Frank Miller is to Daredevil….you get the idea right? Wrightson does the cover and interior here. Fantastic comic to own.

Already mentioned above were some of Wrightson’s first work with Marvel, but about a superhero for Marvel? He’s already done Batman for DC, what about Marvel? After some stints with Kull and Conan, he did his first sort of superhero character in Astonishing Tales #31 (1975). His cover art was a collaboration with Ed J. Harrington and it depicted Deathlok shooting in a blaze of glory. Okay so Deathlok doesn’t do it for you? How about Incredible Hulk #56 (1976)……from France. Yes that’s right. He did a Hulk solo cover that appeared only in France. Good luck getting that comic in NM condition….ever. So what about a SOLO Marvel cover in the States as a first for Bernie in regards to a major Marvel Superhero? Captain Marvel #43 (1976)? Nope, another collaboration. How about Incredible Hulk #197 (1976)? We have a winner! ….And who is that on the cover? Why yes that’s Man-Thing (coincidence? Um, no). What a beauty of a cover too.

Speaking of beauty. Bernie Wrightson’s Frankenstein (pictured above). Wow. Just wow. Marvel at the beauty of this artistry. Unbelievable, magnificent, poetry, classic….there simply are not enough words here.

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Bernie’s first Superman came in Superman #272 (1974) as a pinup. Still counts as a first. He also contributed a pinup in a Superman pinup portfolio in 1984.

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Here’s a question to ponder. Since the mention of Batman and Superman, what about Marvel’s flagship character? Spidey! Yes Bernie Wrightson penciled, inked and colored his first Spider-Man story back in 1986. Marvel had these really cool things called graphic novels back in the 80’s that featured original stories in oversized fashion and on super shiny paper. Oh it was so cool, good times, good times….. anyways, “Amazing Spider-Man in Hooky” was the name of Marvel’s graphic novel #22 (1986) that Bernie had complete creative control (except writing duties). This was Bernie’s first and only Spider-Man story he’s ever done. In Marvel graphic novel #29 (1987), Wrightson collaborated with legend Jim Starlin; The Incredible Hulk and the Thing. It wasn’t until the following year that Jim Starlin And Bernie Wrightson would collaborate to make one of the top 10 Batman stories of all time.

Batman: The Cult was and still is a bad as* Batman story. A four issue series that still brings it to this day. Still sort after and if you don’t own it, you should.

Rolling back here, here are two freebie’s for InvestComics fans. Back in 1983, Doctor Strange/Silver Dagger Special Edition #1, cover by Wrightson. Dreadstar #6, Get these comics in a 9.8 grade, get Bernie to sign them (Jim Starlin as well; Dreadstar #6), grade them and sell them before the Dr. Strange madness dies down a few years from now and the Dreadstar craze begins and dies as well. Your welcome.


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Jay Katz



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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 11/26/14

2116199 2116208 2116412There will be plenty of new reading material and speculation material to check out this Wednesday. A bunch of number one issues make their way to the InvestComics Hot Picks this week.

The Spider-Man family makes their impact felt with sale numbers. Ultimate Spider-Man Web Warriors (2014) Marvel Universe #1 Is already not available at a major on line comic shop, which means the book is already making waves. Scarlet Spiders (2014) #1 is just about sold out at Diamond, so definitely a book to get your hands on. And Spider-Man 2099 (2014) #6 continues the highly successful Spider-Verse story line. A good week indeed for the Spider-Man universe and fans alike.

Death comes in two’s this week. Check out Deathstroke (2014 DC 2nd Series) #2 this week. It has the new character Odysseus as its 1399804_xl 2114075 2116268focal point and artist Tony Daniel continues to kill it. And why is Mr. Daniel still not a superstar is beyond comprehension. He was mentioned here on InvestComics many years ago during his spectacular Batman run. He was mentioned many times thereafter. This guy is a superstar, so lets all start paying attention and act accordingly. No reason why fans should be able to just walk up to this guy during a comic convention (no line). Deathlok #1 showed some strong sales as is Deathlok (2014 4th Series) #2. Deathlok right now is a hot comic. The big question will be; can the character hold his own? Will the hammer fall down on this series eventually? Hopefully not.

Batman Eternal writer Ray Fawkes gives fans a new Batman flavor this week; Gotham By Midnight (2014) #1An awesome $20 variant by Andrea Sorrentino accompanies the new release.

2059172 2061308 Darkseid will be DC’s answer to Marvel’s Thanos eventually down the road on the big screen. Besides getting his first appearance, which still has upside if bought at a normal rate and not an inflated one, a collector should be gathering up early appearances of Darkseid. This week in Infinity Man and the Forever People (2014) #5 readers will be treated to Mecha-Darkseid. Don’t really recall seeing too much of Mecha-Darkseid around……

Secret Origins (2014) 3rd Series #7 hits on the origins of The Huntress, The Flash, and Superboy. Always a great read and interesting tidbits you may not have known about your favorite characters.

Two giant comics to have on your radar this week, The amazingly hot Enormous (2014) Ongoing #5 and then there is that company that InvestComics has been telling readers about for quite a while now; Action Lab Entertainment. These guys are putting out some quality. 2115281 2116991Check out Planet Gigantic (2014 Action Lab) #1. Sales are looking at a sold out comic very soon. It’s just a matter of time before one of these Action Lab comics completely blows up.

Hawkeye’s Matt Fraction brings his own creation to Image Comics this Wednesday. The far out experience is called Ody-C (2014 Images) #1. The colors dude, some many colors……

Other number one issues to check out this week; Toe Tag Riot (2014 Black Mask) #1, Separators (2014) #1, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014 Boom) #1, Madman In Your Face 3D Special (2014 Image) #1, and Angry Birds Transformers (2014 IDW) #1.

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 10/29/14

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The spec market will be a little quiet this week, but it is Halloween time again. You know what that means right? Free comics this Wednesday, then the free candy on Friday! What a week!

Deathlok_HasbroAstonshing_Tales_25Last week I gave you an option for that $100 burning a hole in your pocket. This week there is another $100 InvestComics Hot Pick. With the new release of Deathlok (2014 4th Series) #1 headed our way this Wednesday, and with a plethora of variant covers to accompany it, we should really turn our focus onto Astonishing Tales #25 (1974). This of course is Deathlok’s first appearance. The collector can buy a very fine+ copy of this comic right now at $100 easily. A bargain considering all of the play the character is getting these days on S.H.I.E.L.D. Television series. How long before we eventually see him making an appearance on the big screen in a cameo possibly? The character is an interesting one and fans do have a liking for him. There are a few mitigating factors here that do equate to more of a cult following though rather than a popular one to the likes of say of a Deadpool. For many years there were rumors of a possible Deathlok movie, that never came to fruition, but may someday. Instead we get the character on a popular television series. Which doesn’t always account for a first appearance to spike. Movie news spikes a book much quicker. The Deathlok series is on its fourth ongoing go-around. Too many retakes on a series shows that the character lacks the durability to sustain its popular status for too long. So where does that leave the speculator? Well this leaves us with a potential character that may find it’s way as a supporting cast member in a movie one day. The popularity has called for four ongoing series already. That has to account for the cult status, but Marvel wants this dude to work in the worse way. With DC announcing their Cyborg movie, you don’t think Marvel would want to outdo them and show them how it’s done? Maybe, maybe not. The Deathlok character in my opinion has more upside than most other Bronze age first appearances. Astonishing Tales #25 is not only an important first appearance key Bronze book, but it also happens to be Legends’ George Perez’ first professional work. That alone is worth the one bill to buy this comic. Upside guys/gals, upside.

Two major players get into the mix this week. The ever popular Carnage stars in Axis Carnage (2014 Marvel) #1. Who doesn’t love this villain?? Check out this comic for a big reveal in the life of everyone’s favorite symbiote. Harley Quinn gets her own poly bagged comic this week. Not because of explicit content, not because of a major story plot line, not because of a coupon or something, because of the smell…….yes the smell. Supposedly DC Comics has put some sort of a “smell” into the issue. A literal smell. Like in one of the human senses, taste, touch, etc. Smell. They say it smells nasty so they poly bagged it. Really?? Seriously?? This is almost too hard to believe because it sounds absurd. It’s not April first, it’s in their solicit for the comic, so……..oh boy. Can we go back to the absurd amount of variants instead? Actually that is present too. Look for the smelly issue; Harley Quinn (2013) Annual #1. Harley_QuinnCarnageTaking gimmicks to new heights. Next comic companies will put blood in their ink. Oh wait…..dang.

A must buy this week is Image Comics’ Rasputin (2014 Image) #1.

Quite a few independent comics will have to be on your radar this week. Very interesting story lines indeed. Nothing sold out as of yet, so be sure to pick them up at your local shop and make a decision on them. Godkiller Walk Among Us (2014 Black Mask) #1, I Play The Bad Guy (2014) #1, Roman Ritual (2014) #1, Beast Commandos (2014 Amigo) #1, and Phantom (2014 Hermes Press) #1.

Archie Comics starts a new series with the worlds most famous hedgehog; Sonic Boom (2014 Archie) #1. The baddest man in the UK comes this Wednesday with a new number one issue; Dredd Uprise (2014 Rebellion) #1.

A fantastic comic comes out from Marvel this week; Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration (2014). A look back at 75 years in the Marvel Universe. Brought to you by a bevy of creators within the industry. Get this comic for nostalgic reasons, for great reading material, a history lesson of sorts, and maybe even a nice comic to get Capital Grading Services on top of eventually. Get the various creators from this comic to sign it for you and Capital GS will get it witnessed/graded through CBCS. Sounds like a plan!

See you soon. Invest wisely.
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Jay Katz

Comic Broker Report – February 2014 (part 1)

This month it’s all first appearances!  Enjoy!


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Not only is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show bringing Sif and Deathlok to the small screen but we can also look forward to drooling over Lorelei, the sex crazed daughter of the Enchantress!  Anyone who has high grade copies/newsstand editions rejoice!  Fans of Beta Ray Bill  should be pleased  as an increase in value for a this comic is probable.

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On occasion a comic comes out of nowhere and blindsides even the most savvy collector.  So where have all the copies of #2 of this forgettable series gone?   Fans of SnowFlame, the cocaine powered villain, have bought most of them.  He only appeared in this comic so until someone writes him into the New 52 this is his first and last appearance.  The good news-you will have better luck finding this comic in a LCS rather than online.


Detective Comics 27 ( New 52 ) has been burning up the back issue market.  But with multiple variants that the majority of fans have no shot at owning unless they are willing to drop a car size payment, I say pass.  But if you love the new and creative character appearances I suggest these cheaper alternatives:

Oh and who is Clayton Parker?

Batman 448 – First Lark


In the future Lark has fallen in some heroic way or she wouldn’t be enshrined in the Cave of the Batmen!

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The Wings of Truth first appear in the Detective Comics issue 27 ( New 52 ) but it looks like they are the evolution of The Birds of Prey who first appeared above.

Talon 0 – First Calvin Rose/Talon aka The Gothamite


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Much like Lark, Harvest is shown in Detective Comics 27 and looks to play a critical role in the DCU for the foreseeable future.

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Luke Fox/ Batwing aka Flying Fox


Luke Fox has one of the coolest Batsuits I have ever seen put to paper.  Here he’s a little long in the tooth but imagine all the wonderful adventures he will have from now until he slides into the forgettable frame above!

Batman 9 – first Strix ( Mary Turner )


Despite all the variants  for this issue I recommend it for the debut of Strix.  Now in the Birds of Prey ( and possibly the future Wings of Truth? ) she is a complex character with ties to the Court of Owls.

Note: Strix also appears in issue 9 of Batgirl ( new 52 ) which was released in the same month.


Other Comics:

Elektra Assassin 2 – first John Garrett


One of my favorite actors is coming to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!  If you can recite Bill Paxton’s pre-drop speech from Aliens then you and I would get along.  Are you wondering who’s going to take on Deathlok? It’s safe safe to assume that Agent Coulson will bring in this cybernetic enhanced heavy to do the dirty work!  Look for his first appearance in this classic Marvel comic!

Captain America 607 – first Beetle ( Lincoln )


Put that badass Beetle suit on a woman and you have a recipe for an undervalued villain just waiting for collectors to notice.

Adventure Comics 69 – first Miraclo

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The CW is still on track to adapt Hourman.  This one isn’t cheap but rumor has it the Miraclo formula will be an essential component to the show’s formula!

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Growing debates as to what a true first appearance is can be as fun as they are frustrating. Do you believe Hulk 180 is Wolverine’s first appearance?  If so you may want to look at the end of this Daredevil comic and let me know if your mind changes.

World’s Finest 6  ( first Mentallo )

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Are we being tosses a red Herring from DC?  Latest rumors put Mentallo alongside Lex Luthor as the main antagonists for Superman VS Batman film.  My money is still on Doomsday or at least a cameo of the Kryptonian behemoth but if I’m wrong this issue is gonna jump.






Sandman 5 – first Merv Pumpkinhead!

sandman 5 first merve pumpkinhead

Why you ask?  Cause he’s def the greatest pumpkin related characters in comic history!




If that is Nimrod in the most recent Days of Future Past trailer and on the cover of Empire, you had better stock up on these!

Comics & Cinema – The Wish List


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Comics & Cinema heads your way this week with a wish list. What comics do you want to see on the big screen? Check inside for some outside the box picks….

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Welcome to another edition of Comics & Cinema. This week we’re going to focus on my wish list. Maybe you’ll agree with some of my wishes, maybe you won’t, but let’s all have fun with the fantasy of maybe one day seeing ‘your’ wish comic hero/villain on the silver screen. To break it down in some sought of order instead of total chaos, I’m going to break down by company and give you some key issues or first appearances within the article. So let’s all start daydreaming with the first of the ‘Big 2′ companies…..



marvellogo.gifMarvel – Is there a better product on the market today for Hollywood? Probably not and the Exec’s feel this way too. Thing is, DC would have some serious fire power too if they’d just get going already! Don’t get me started with DC again.

So with the usual suspects getting tossed around every day like Deadpool or Venom, we all need to take a step back and look at the library that Marvel has to offer. We all understand that Thor is probably going to be a sick film. The Avengers will be epic. Yes Marvel has their ducks in a row and yes fans will enjoy these films greatly. Let us remember though, this article is not for the mainstream right now; it’s about thinking outside the box a bit and daydreaming. 

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The first Marvel character I’d love to see hit the screen would be Thanos. Let’s get that Silver Surfer movie going and introduce this guy, thus spinning him off into his own solo movie. Think about this a minute. Marvel has spent the last couple of years absolutely killing the market with everything Cosmic from Annihilation to the War of Kings. Fans are eating this stuff up. It’s storytelling at its best here folks, that’s why it’s doing so well. A List of Cosmic heroes that could appear on film…..Warlock, Drax, Guardians of The Galaxy, Quasar, Terrax and Captain Marvel!!  With that said where is the epic Marvel ‘Space’ movie?  The Cosmo’s await their turn on the silver screen and a Thanos flick would be a choice that would be a hand down slam dunk. Thanos first appeared in the original Iron Man series in 1973 and will cost you about $300. This is a comic that is well worth the 300 bills collectors. If, a big if here Thanos ever got a green light to appear on screen, this comic triples in value. If he doesn’t get the screen time, this comic will still increase in value just at a slower pace. Thanos is a favorite among fans and Iron Man #55 will always be sought after.

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We go from the Cosmo’s to flat out action Sci-Fi with Deathlok. Yes there has been rumblings about this guy, but let’s get it done! This in my opinion would be another big success. This movie needs to be done as the same feel as the Blade Runner. It needs to be dark and edgy. It needs to feel dirty and grimy. The movie needs to take us on the journey of darkness that Colonel Luther Manning experiences through the army to his demise to the guinea pig that he becomes. The pig becomes a Cyborg killing machine. Anyone remember that cool movie with Claude Van Damme and d Dolph Lundren called Universal Solider? Deathlok along the lines of that, but with more gloom would make for a fun time…..for us that is, not Luther. Deathlok’s first appearance is in Astonishing Tales #25, it comes in at a mere $70 in VF and is also George Perez’ first professional work ever. If you don’t know who George is, stop reading this and go Google him. A first appearance 1974 Bronze Age, first George Perez work for $70?? This movie needs to be made and this comic needs to be in your collection. Nuff said.

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My last two comics from my Marvel wish list are 2 characters that Marvel blatantly ripped off of DC, but perfected them for the movie screen. Understanding that Batman translated extremely well to screen (Michael Keaton/Christian Bale) Marvel has a character in their arsenal that would be unbelievable if ever captured on screen. DC has their Dark Knight and Marvel has their White Knight….Moon Knight. First appearing in Werewolf By Night #32, this is another one of those Bronze Age comics that is way undervalued and is a great buy right now. Moon Knight’s first appearance could be picked up for $100 these days in some markets. That is an absolute ridiculous buy. When the new Vengeance of Moon Knight title came out and sold out quickly, it’s saying that Marvel fans want to see this dude in action. Taking a look at InvestComics Hot Picks from 9-30-09 ( one could see that Moon Knight is on the top of the wish list. The Hot Picks for that week also gives a bit more insight on the reason or what to look at as far as the Moon Knight movie. Marvel would score a huge hit with this one if ever made in the Batman lore. So the last character on the movie wish list is actually featured on the Hot Picks this week, on the same cover as Moon Knight! Yes this is 100% pure coincidence; Sentry needs to get on Marvel’s movie radar. Marvel’s answer to DC’s Superman would make for some great storytelling as well as a big ‘up yours’ from Marvel if they could pull off the Superman movie DC should have done. Yes Sentry is a completely different character is so many ways, but the similarities are there as well. While I could go through them, one of the most glaring similarities is the ‘S’ on the costume. While Superman’s ‘S’ is totally iconic (we all know, so please Superman fans, sit down chill), Sentry brings some new blood into the whole mystic alien from another planet, superpower dude. Sentry is Marvel’s Superman as Moon Knight is Marvel’s Batman. These two would simply blow away movie goers because of the fact that Marvel always brings a human side to their characters that the average person relates to. Somehow Marvel would make The Sentry a bit human or make you understand his struggles. Did anyone feel this way in the last Superman movie? Superman II with Christopher Reeves, yes now that was the greatest Superman movie ever made! 

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dclogo.gifSpeaking of Superman, let’s move over to DC. We have all heard by now about the new ‘DC Entertainment ‘deal. DC is anteing up and it’s a win/win for everyone. Comic book fans have much to look forward to in the coming years…hopefully. Just like Marvel the usual suspects line up at the door with the mention of a DC movie. Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Flash, etc. Again I will focus on characters that should get some consideration. Omega Men would be an unusual pick, but would be a great sci-fi flick, first appearing in Green lantern #141 this extraterrestrial superhero team is a team with different aliens, different attitudes, personalities and abilities. What more is there to need for a hit movie here? Maybe a ‘Pixar’ type animated movie is in order here? Who knows, bottom line Omega Men would be a good sci-fi movie! 

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Speaking of Shazam earlier as being one of the usual suspects, how about a Black Adam film instead? Total bad as* Black Adam could be a complete villain film where the villain just whoop’s everyone’s butt. When was the last time any movie goers got to see a bad guy win? Why not set up a series of movies where Black Adam rises to power and meets up with Shazam in the third movie, where ‘finally’ our ‘hero’ wins. It would set a different tone in the movie industry where the villain for a couple of movies is running the table. Get his reintroduction into the DC Universe in Shazam: The New Beginning #1 (1987 – Post Crisis) at $3.

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DC has an assassin that pre-dates Marvel’s Deadpool and would give the Merc with the mouth a huge run for his money. Slade Wilson A.K.A Deathstroke, DC elite assassin is an excellent choice for a comic book movie. Much like Black Adam, this sometimes anti-hero is just an entirely different animal when it comes to the rest of the DC Universe in many ways. Deathstroke in a movie that goes along a vibe of ‘Bourne Identity’ or even ‘Point of No Return’ would be box office gold. Get Slade’s first appearance in The New Teen Titans #2 from 1980 for around $80. An undervalued comic, get it now. 

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DC has done so well with the Christian Bale Batman movies; why not go with a Nightwing movie? This character is one of DC’s most underrated and messed up.Nightwing has huge potential but just simply is not used right or cannot get him of the right track. A would be dark edge film for such a character that has so many questions, doubts, anger, violent streaks needs to get on film! The best part, he could constantly bring up how bitter he is towards Batman and eventually have a battle cameo of Batman in the Nightwing movie! Fanboys would eat this up, including me. Get Nightwing’s first look in Tales of The Teen Titans #44 (1984) for only $4. Only $4 you say? Yes, it was the 80’s folks and speculation existed at a fever pace thus mass production ensued. So the value of this first appearance should be more, but supply exceeds demand here. 



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imagelogo.gifImage Comics has only 1 character that would translate nicely to screen in my opinion. Getting away from the Invincible or Youngblood or Wilcats, one of my favorite characters out of the Image Universe library is Dale Keown’s ‘Pitt’. The Pitt has all the makings of a hit film within the structure of the character base. The Pitt is a monstrous alien looking creature with claws, fangs and a severe aggression problem. Then you have the little boy Timmy. Timmy is Pitt’s genetic equal in some ways and serves as the ‘Elliot’ if you will. For all of you who are saying ‘Who’s Elliot?’ he’s the little boy from E.T. If you are now saying, ‘who’s E.T.?’ stop reading and go to bed. The Pitt has similarities to the Hulk as far as the character structure goes, which was proven in the Image/Marvel crossover in 1996. Dale Keown has done a lot of Hulk work for Marvel, then the Pitt for Image, so it was only a natural chain of events to occur for Dale to draw these two together in the same comic. The Pitt first appeared in rob Liefeld’s Youngblood #4 in 1992. This comic in its mass production could probably be found in some 50 cent long boxes at some conventions or your local comic shop. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Image one up Marvel to show them how a Hulk movie should be done?

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idwlogo.gifAn Image hero that used to be on board would have been a second choice for an Image Comic movie, but is now with IDW. He’s was originally from the defunct Capital Comics line. His name is Badger. Only a few things need to be known about this guy to understand why it would indeed be a successful movie. First and foremost, he’s a master of the martial arts. Second, he’s a Vietnam vet and third Badger has a multiple personality disorder. What fun! IDW (Hollywood, whoever here) would have multiple angles here. You’d have the excellent fighter dude, the war hero and a hero that suffers from being different people. Think Chuck Norris meets Me, Myself and Irene. Yes this would be a hoot! Check out Badger’s first appearance from 1983 in Badger #1, a cheap comic that would have some upside if the character was put into a more predominant role in some sort of hero/villain universe. Badger would be an entertaining movie with lots of jokes and with some serious as* kicking.

Well that’s about it for my comic book movie list. Do know that my list changes on a daily basis! These are just a few that came to my head as a thought if someone were to ask ‘what comic movie do you want to see made?’ There are thousands of characters and over 70 years to choose from. What would be your choices? Think of some outside the box and we’ll talk about them right here on Project Fanboy.

See you all soon and remember to turn off your cell phone when reading this article. We need quiet in this theater.

Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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Deathlok is Coming Back!





 Marvel makes an announcement at SDCC about Deathlok. In search of a good story to bring him back into the Marvel Universe, they have found one. Now see what key books you need to get before Deathlok rules the land once again.


Astonishing Tales #25  Deathlok’s first appearance and Icon George Perez’s first artwork ever. Get this at a price of $65 and you got yourself Gold. InvestComics had this pick a couple of months ago in it’s Hot Picks. It also appeared in the very first IC magazine as well. Buy this comic folks, it’s a keeper. This character is on the fringe of exploding into the MU. Marvel editor Axel Alonso says ” Look for more Deathlok after this 7-issue limited series. Can’t say more, but this is not the last you’ve seen of him.” A movie is on the horizon as well for Deathlok. Buy this comic now.










Astonishing Tales # 27  Here is an origin issue released just a couple of months after his debut. Get this comic for $15. A great early Bronze Age book to own. Buy this now, enjoy the growth of this one.






Here is the Deathlok Image Marvel released with their announcement





















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Marvel releases a couple of comics this week that should have collectors going to the $1 bins as well as the showcase wall at your local comic shop.




Marvel’s also releasing their third installment of a red hot series, 2 Ultimate heroes go at it in a new number one issue, a new team book and they do the old swap of male to female gender on a character that has been around for quite some time. So it seems to be a busy week for Marvel while DC comics release’s only 10 comics this week. Also, check out some Independents making the list. 



Astonishing Tales  Vol 2 # 1   Marvel brings back a comic that had some success back in the early 70’s. It looks like some good old comic book fun coming back into the fold in 2009. With the second go around here, Astonishing will be brought to you in a double sized every month with various artist and writers contributing to the comic. Here’s the hunch though, way back in 1974 Astonishing Tales # 25 gave birth to a Marvel character that has not been around the Universe in a way that he deserves. Many times Marvel has given some sort of rumblings on how they’d like to see Deathlok come back in the mix. Marvel just never had the right time or storyline to do so. What better way than to‘re-introduce’ him in his own title he was created in some 35 years later? InvestComics has been big on Astonishing Tales # 25 for a long time and now might be the time to start on the Deathlok bandwagon again. This character is destined to be a huge force in the Marvel Universe, get the first appearance at a good starting bid right now, you’ll be happy you did. 


darkhawk1.gifWar Of Kings Darkhawk #1  The same semi-scenario is playing out here with Darkhawk as previously explained with Astonishing Tales. Big difference plays out with Darkhawk being a character that is sort of established already within the Marvel Universe. The second difference is that you could actually find Darkhawk # 1 in the dollar bins in some comic shops across your way. Marvel begins the push right here with Darkhawk. Will he be a force as Marvel hope’s he will be one day? At a dollar a piece for his first appearance, who cares if he does?


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X-Men Noir # 3 Red hot series continues here! 






Ultimate Hulk Vs. Wolverine # 1





      X-Men Vs. Hulk # 1



Dead Irons # 1






                       Golem # 1


Mighty # 1  Winter Solider wants his ‘A’ back DC.






       Secret Warriors # 1


I am Legion # 1





       Agents Of Atlas # 1


Here Are Some Spectacular Covers for the upcoming week……… 






















See you next week.

Invest Wisely. 

Jay Katz


Astonishing Tales #25

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Released 1974

Astonishing Tales # 25

Colonel Luther Manning, a soldier who, after being near-fatally injured, woke up in the body of the experimental cyborg named Deathlok in the post-apocalyptic future. Look at that cover! The great George Perez penciled this issue! Sweet! Deathlok is one of those characters that are right on the cusp of greatness…a few times. Marvel has tried time and time again to push Deathlok but to no avail, Deathlok falls flat. The character does have a fan base though. Marvel has hinted at bringing Deathlok back a few times into the main stream but with the “blessing” of amazing artistic talent in today’s industry, comes the even more amazing writers. Whedon, Diggle, Waid and Johns to name a few. Deathlok might and most likely will have a very big resurgence into the market. Hollywood for years has looked into a possible movie staring our favorite cyborg. Marvel Studios is going to put out quite a few movies in the next few years. Deathlok is almost a lock to set his sites on some screen time.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


InvestComics Hot Pick – Avengers #195

Avengers_Vol_1_195Originally published in InvestComics Magazine #2  July 2007


First appearance of Taskmaster.

Current price $8.00

Released – 1980

Avengers #195


This is one busy cover we got going here huh? This issue is the 1st appearance of Taskmaster. Tasky is going to be in the pages of more Marvel comics than you expect. Well IC doesn’t mind because it means investment time. Marvel has the House of M: Avengers coming soon, starring guess who? Then Marvel has Marvel Comics Presents # 1 with an ongoing story starring, guess who? IC believes that Taskmaster will become more of a Marvel mainstream as Deathlok was predicted in IC #1. (Yes, Deathlok is coming back in the pages of New Avengers #33) So enough of the patting on the back, IC says that Taskmaster will be a force to be reckoned with in the Marvel Universe soon enough or one day. You can get this comic on Ebay from the $6.00 FN to $10 NM range. It’s a good buy right now in the $9 range.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz