Number One Comics – December 2017

Here is a recap of all the number one comics covered from the InvestComics Hot Picks during the month of December. As always, click on the comic cover/images or RED links to buy/bid any of the comics from ALL available Ebay sellers.

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Venom Inc. #1 – Dan Slott, Mike Costa and Ryan Stegman.
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 – James Tynion IV and Freddie E. Williams II.
Suicide Squad #1 – Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald
Captain Canuck,Year One #1 – Kalman Andrasofszky, Jay Baruchel and Marcus To.
The Consultant #1 – Jason Sterr and David Maine.

Batman TMNT II #1

Suicide Squad #1

Venom Inc. #1

Captain Canuck YO #1

Consultant #1

 

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DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1
Paradiso #1 – Ram V, Dev Pramanik and Dearbhla Kelly.
Barbarella #1 – Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar.
Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 – Grant Morrison and Dan Mora.
The Mighty Crusaders #1. – Ian Flynn and Kelsey Shannon.

DC Holiday #1

Paradiso #1

Barbarella #1

Klaus Xmas #1

Mighty Crusaders #1

 

 

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Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1 – Marguerite Sauvage.
Sleepless #1 – Sarah Vaughn, Leila Del Duca and Alissa Sallah.
Jupiter Jet #1 – Ashley Robinson, Jason Inman and Ben Matsuya.
Giants #1 – Carlos Valderrama and Miguel Valderrama.
Rumble #1 – John Arcudi and David Rubin.

Faith #1

Rumble #1

Jupiter Jet #1

Giants #1

Sleepless #1

 

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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest #1 – Stieg Larsson, Runberg and Jose Homs.
Die Kitty Die Christmas Special – Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz.
Monstro Mechanica #1 – Paul Allor and Chris Evenhuis.
Marvel Two-In-One #1 – Chip Zdarsky and Jim Cheung.
X-Men: Grand Design #1 – Ed Piskor.

Marvel 2 in 1 #1

Kitty Xmas #1

X-Men Design #1

Monstro #1

Hornet’s Nest #1

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The United States of Murder Inc. Annual #1 – Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming.
Quantum & Woody #1 – Daniel Kibblesmith and Kano.
Hellboy Krampusnacht #1 – Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes.
30 Days of Night #1 – Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith
Backways #1 – Justin Jordan and Eleonora Carlini.

Quantum & Woody #1

Hellboy #1

30 Days Of Night #1

U.S. Murder Inc. #1

Backways #1

 

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Assassinistas #1 – Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez.
Summit #1 – Amy Chu and Jan Duursema.
Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey #1 – Matthew Rosenberg and Leinil Francis Yu.
Star Wars The Last Jedi – The Storms of Crait #1 – Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and Mike Mayhew.
Hawkman Found #1 – Jeff Lemire, Bryan Hitch and Kevin Nowlan.

Phoenix #1

Summit #1

Assassinistas #1

SW Crait #1

Hawkman Found #1

 

 

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Ghosts of Hiroshima #1 – Jim Krueger and Luigi Borillo.
Bonehead #1 – Bryan Edward Hill and Rhoald Marcellius.
The Vark Knight Returns #1 – Dave Sim.
Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 – Aubrey Sitterson and Nelson Daniel.
Magika #1 – David Lawrence, Kevin Juaire and Sebastian Cheng.

Bonehead #1

Vark Knight #1

Strike Force #1

Magika #1

Hiroshima #1

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Casper & Wendy #1 – Jenni Gregory and S.A. Check.
Meteor Swarm #1 – Patrick Shand and Rich Bonk.
Batman and The Signal #1 – Scott Snyder, Cully Hamner and Tony Patrick.
Rise of the Black Panther #1 – Evan Narcisse ,Ta-Nehisi Coates and Paul Renaud.
Rogue & Gambit #1 – Kelly Thompson and Pere Perez.

Casper & Wendy #1

Meteor Swarm #1

Batman and The Signal #1

Black Panther #1

Rouge & Gambit #1

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Spawn: A Holiday Krampus Tale #1 – Ben Timmreck, Jordan Butler and Todd McFarlane.
Cosmo #1 – Ian Flynn and Tracy Yardley.
Watchvark #1 – Dave Sim, Gustave Dore and Sandeep Atwal.
Teether #1
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Van Helsing vs Robyn Hood #1 – Ralph Tedesco.

Helsing vs. Robyn #1

Cosmo #1

Spawn Krampus #1

Watchvark #1

Teether #1

 

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Top 5 Hot Picks #141

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Jupiter Jet #1 – New series from Action Lab Entertainment is on the verge of a complete sell out.
Captain Canuck,Year One #1 – Chapterhouse Publishing offers up the free comic book day release for only $1.99. Sold out.
Suicide Squad #1 – Aspen Comics release all of their Michael Turner DC variants. This Joker cover is sold out and others are on their way.
Venom Inc. #1 – Venom is a hot character right now. Marvel cashes in.
DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1 – Comic legend Denny O’Neil is back! See this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks for more details on this.

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Buy/Bid – Batman TMNT II #1

Buy/Bid – Avengers #19

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Spider-Man #234
Spider-Man #235
Doctor Strange #382
Captain America #696
Avengers #19 (1965)
Iceman #8
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1
Detective Comics #866
Deathstroke #26
Batman #36
Deadman #2
Paradiso #1
Barbarella #1
Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1
The Mighty Crusaders #1
Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1
Sleepless #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 12-6-17

New comic book release day 12/6/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Buy/Bid – Jonathan Lau

Buy/Bid – Kris Anka

Terry & Rachael Dodson

Buy/Bid – Dan Panosian

Buy/Bid – Phillip Tan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buy/Bid – Ryan Stegman

Buy/Bid – Eric Canete

Buy/Bid – Christian Ward

Buy/Bid – Dan Mora

Buy/Bid – Sean Murphy

 

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Buy/Bid – Aaron Kuder

Buy/Bid – Javi Fernandez

Buy/Bid – V. Kenneth Marion

Buy/Bid – Jonboy Meyers

Buy/Bid – Nick Derington

 

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Joseph Michael Linsner

Buy/Bid – Freddie Williams

Buy/Bid – Clay Mann

Buy/Bid – Sean Murphy

Buy/Bid – Jeff Dekal

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Buy/Bid – Ron Lim

Buy/Bid – Kevin Wada

Buy/Bid – Jonboy Meyers

Buy/Bid – Dell’otto

Buy/Bid – Desjardins

 

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Buy/Bid – Coipel

Buy/Bid – Dan Mora

Buy/Bid – Santucci

Buy/Bid – Patrick Brown

Buy/Bid – Patrick Gleason

 

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New Comics Video #504

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InvestComics Hot Picks #504

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
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Buy/Bid – Venom Inc. #1

Buy/Bid – Spider-Man #235

Buy/Bid – Captain America #696

Buy/Bid – Avengers #19

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Sometimes it really does feel like the 90’s all over again. Not only the comic industry, but it sure looks like Marvel has taken a page from the 90’s history books. Venom is all the craze once again. Once upon a time it was Wolverine, then it was Ghost Rider, Darkhawk (for a hot minute), Punisher and of course Venom. Well, Venom is back and he’s everywhere…..again. Venom Inc. #1 has the symbiote “doubling down” on its previous host, Marvel heroes and others.  Creators involved here are Dan Slott, Mike Costa and Ryan Stegman.
The new Iron Spider (Aaron Davis) and the new Sinister Six debuted in Spider-Man #234. This week Iron Spider takes it to Miles Morales in Spider-Man #235. Looks like Miles is in for quite a fight.
Doctor Stephen Strange rocks the boat a bit (Marvel U) within the last pages of Doctor Strange #382. Our guess? It would seem as though the new Loki Sorcerer Supreme is kicking some major as* and the Doctor has to do something drastic to stop it.
Captain America faces off against the all-new Swordsman in Captain America #696. The original Swordsman first appeared in Avengers #19 (1965). It says so right on the cover too. A very silly looking dude back then, right?
Interesting story starting up from writer Sina Grace in Iceman #8; Iceman vs. Iceman part 1.

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Buy/Bid – Deathstroke #26

Buy/Bid – Iceman #8

Buy/Bid – Doctor Strange #382

 

 

 

 

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The first Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles team-up brought on a lot of interest, buyers, readers. So what worked before has to work once more. That’s usually the thinking of a good sale. This week the return of this odd team-up; Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1. This time Bane winds up in New York and, well….Batman and the Turtles will take their fight to New York to get Bane out of there. Creators James Tynion IV and Freddie E. Williams II.
DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1 is a who’s who in the comic industry. So many great creators lending their hand in making this holiday special. Too many to list here. One mention of importance is the “return” of legendary writer Denny O’Neil. Denny will write an original Batman story in this special. Incidentally, Denny O’Neil’s last original work dates back to 2010’s Detective Comics #866. Accompanied by a ridiculously cool Walt Simonson cover. Welcome back Denny!
A new story arc beings in Deathstroke #26; The Fall Of Slade part one. Creators Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz.
Writer Tom King takes readers on a two-part journey regarding the on again, off again relationship of Bruce and Clark. Batman #36; Superfriends part 1, focuses on how these two heroes “inspire” one another. DC claims this story will have readers talking…..as in a buzz. The story is derived from Tom King, so you know it will be good anyway. Art by Clay Mann.
The Deadman #2 comic will play Jedi mind tricks with readers and collectors on Wednesday. All across local comic shop land, many fans will be holding the cover up to a light (a “certain light”) that will reveal a hidden message. No really, not making this up. Go into your shop on the busy Wednesday evening and watch everyone holding up the Deadman #2 comic to the light. They’ll do either one of two things, smile and say, “oh that’s cool” or they’ll frown and say, “oh wow, that’s lame.” Either way, DC will get you to do what they want, you’ll do it and that’ll create the curiosity around the book. Bring attention to it, having a few consumers putting it in their stack because it was a neat trick they’ll want to show mom or their girlfriend when they get home. Here’s a bulletin, they’re not going to care, but you do so that’s what matters most. See, the Jedi mind trick from DC this week will work…..you’ll see.

Buy/Bid – Batman #36

Buy/Bid – Batman TMNT II #1

Buy/Bid – DC Holiday Special #1

Buy/Bid – Detective Comics #866

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Indie Hot Picks; Indie comics do not always show up on Ebay right way. Please check back on a regular basis, some of the smaller print indie books usually list after new comic book release day or a few days after.
Suicide Squad #1 Michael Turner & Peter Steigerwald Aspen Comics variant cover is sold out. Look for this comic to spike in the aftermarket. Please remember (message for new speculators), this is only a cover of a comic book. Nothing on the inside of this comic warrants a very high price tag. A pretty cover should not command a lot of your money. Ever. A rare variant can always be reprinted later on or maybe you can buy the poster art of the cover, don’t spend lots of money on a modern that will not pay dividends down the line. Spend that cash on a solid Bronze Age first appearance instead or wait on a new printing down the line. Please understand that we’re not saying to NOT buy variants, but be smart in what you are doing. Once the market corrects itself on the down side, these pretty covers will have no substance within the inside pages to warrant a high priced ticket. A true collector will not pay big money for a “limited” variant cover. They’ll SELL them to any potential buyers, but would not hold it as a long-term. Aspen Comics will release 12 different variant covers available to order for the first time.
Chapterhouse Publishing re-releases their free comic book day Captain Canuck,Year One #1 comic for $1.99 price tag with a new David Finch cover. It’s sold out. Creators Kalman Andrasofszky, Jay Baruchel and Marcus To.
A new team comic from Action Lab Entertainment looks like a winner. Check out The Consultant #1. Creators Jason Sterr and David Maine.

Captain Canuck Year One

Deadman #2

Klaus Xmasville

The Consultant

The Mighty Crusaders

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Paradiso #1 (Image Comics) – Creators Ram V, Dev Pramanik and Dearbhla Kelly.
Barbarella #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Creators Mike Carey and Kenan Yarar. At last count, 16 variant covers……yeesh.
A new Klaus comic arrives, just in time for the holiday season. Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 from writer Grant Morrison and artist Dan Mora. What is NOT to love about these two teaming up?
It’s a been a little while since a Dark Circle (Archie imprint) gave fans a new ongoing. The Mighty Crusaders #1. Creators Ian Flynn and Kelsey Shannon.
Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1 (Valiant Entertainment)  -Creator Marguerite Sauvage.
Sleepless #1 (Image Comics) – Creators Sarah Vaughn, Leila Del Duca and Alissa Sallah.
Jupiter Jet #1 (Action Lab) – Creators Ashley Robinson, Jason Inman and Ben Matsuya.

Barbarella #1

Faith Holiday #1

Jupiter Jet #1

Paradiso #1

Sleepless #1

 

 

 

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Top 5 Hot Picks #124

Every week before new comic book day InvestComics gives fans our Top 5 Hot Picks for new comics coming out on Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #486 and new comics coming this Wednesday 8/22/17.

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Ghost Station Zero #1 – Distributor level, sold out, Image Comics.. Written by Anthony Johnson and art by Shari Chankhamma.
Dead of Winter #1 – From Oni Press, sold out at the distributor. Writer Kyle Starks and art by Gabo.
Galaktikon #1 – New Albatross Comic from writer Brendon Small and artists Steve Mannion & Jason Moore. 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 – New storyline begins; ’Trial of Krang’. Look for new characters to be introduced.
Lockjaw Dog Days – This Marvel one shot is sold out. 

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Deathstroke #22 – Buy/Bid

Generations Hulk #1 – Buy/Bid

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Deathstroke #21
Deathstroke #22
New Gods Special #1
Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1
Darth Vader #4
Turok #1
Grumpy Cat Garfield #1
Mech Cadet Yu #1

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Best Comic Covers Of The Week 8-2-17

New comic book release day 8/2/17. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite covers from the new comics arriving this week. Listed below is the comic book with the cover artist. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Batman #28 – Mikel Janin

Green Arrow #28 – Mike Grell

Superman #28 – Doug Mahnke

Superman #28 – Jorge Jimenez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Zero #1 – Cloonan

Hulks #1 – Dale Keown

Darth Vader – Alburquerque

Elsewhere #1 – Kesgin/Riley

Mech Cadet #1 – Marcus To

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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InvestComics Hot Picks #486

InvestComics Hot Picks provides readers and speculators the low down on the new releases coming out on Wednesday each week.
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Buy/Bid – Darth Vader #4

Buy/Bid – Deathstroke #22

Buy/Bid – Generations #1

Buy/Bid – New Gods Special #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new Deathstroke debuted in Deathstroke #21. This week, the new Deathstroke (and team) fight a new adversary in Deathstroke #22. Brought to you by the creative team of Christopher Priest (writer) and artists Diogenes Neves and Jason Paz.
Superstar Shane Davis and legend Walt Simonson debut New Gods Special #1. This comic also includes reprints from the master himself, Jack Kirby.
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Banner meets Cho for the first time in Generations Banner Hulk & Totally Awesome Hulk #1. It was very painful to type out ‘Totally Awesome Hulk’, ain’t gonna lie. That has to be one of the silliest, lamest, childish titles in all of Marvel Comics history. We’ve said that since day one and we’ll continue to keep saying it, it’s extremely silly. Now back to the comic. We are hoping that Bruce Banner (the INCREDIBLE HULK) beats down Amadeus Cho (Totally Awesome Hulk…ugh!) so bad that Marvel has to cancel the Totally Awesome title. Greg Pak writes and Matteo Buffagni pencils.
Darth Vader ‘Year One’ continues this week; Darth Vader #4. Creators Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Want to read a collection of stories regarding a very large dog? Sure you do! Buy Lockjaw Dog Days.

Buy/Bid – Ghost Zero #1

Buy/Bid – Elsewhere #1

Buy/Bid – Lockjaw #1

Buy/Bid – TMNT #73

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestComics Indie Hot Picks;
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #73 will be the start of the ’Trial of Krang’ part 1. Not only will this be a new storyline, it’ll bring in a lot of introductions into the TMNT world, including new characters. That said, collectors should keep their ear to the ground and their eyes peeled to these pages.
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Albatross Comics exploded onto the scene with their Hillbilly series. Now CEO/writer Eric Powell releases the next hot book; Galaktikon #1. Creators also on this book, writer Brendon Small and artists Steve Mannion & Jason Moore.
Grumpy Cat was and still is (somewhat) of an internet sensation. Dynamite Entertainment grabs the rights to Grumpy Cat and made the feline’s first comic book ever a while back. Now they’re teaming Grumpy Cat with one of the most famous (only) lasagna eating cats of all time; Garfield. Welcome to Grumpy Cat Garfield #1. How Grumpy Cat got first billing here is a mystery to us, but enjoy anyway. Mark Evanier and Steve Uy. Also coming from Dynamite; Turok #1. Writers Aubrey Sitterson/Chuck Wendig and art by Alvaro Sarreseca.
Ghost Station Zero #1 from Image comics rides on the coattails of the new Atomic Blonde movie. If you like a beautiful female kicking all kinds of as*, this book is for you. Written by Anthony Johnson and art by Shari Chankhamma.
Every new sci-fi Image Comic seems to sell out quick and bounce a bit in the aftermarket. Will the same happen with Elsewhere #1? Written by Jay Faerber and art by Sumeyye Kesgin and Ron Riley.
Boom Studios’ Mech Cadet Yu #1 is written by Greg Pak and art by Takeshi Miyazawa. Yes, we’ll definitely check this out and so should you.
Dead of Winter #1 – Oni Press. Writer Kyle Starks and art by Gabo.

Buy/Bid – Galaktikon #1

Buy/Bid – Winter #1

Buy/Bid – Turok #1

Buy/Bid – Mech #1

Buy/Bid – Grumpy/Garfield #1

 

 

 

 

 

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New Comics #486

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A weekly video look at the covers from the weekly InvestComics Hot Picks article. New comics arriving 8/2/17. Please utilize your common sense and READ the article to see why these covers are in this video –> InvestComics Hot Picks #486. This is NOT an explanation video, just eye candy. READ…..it’s good for you.

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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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Goon #2 (2002)

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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).

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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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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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Doctor Strange Checklist

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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……

Happy reading and happy hunting!

InvestComics Hot Picks Special – Archie Comics Checklist

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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

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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Invest wisely. Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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