Here is my shops weekly report for this week.
It contains A LOT of recycled information because it’s weekly & the market doesn’t change that fast.
Enjoy it. Don’t take it too seriously.
Regular issue new comics by sales:Here is the top ten list of actual sales in my shop. These are just one shop out of 1,900 direct market shops actual sales. Every shop is different.
#1 – Batman Superman #1 (2013). “Alpha Dog” Jae Lee’s artwork is jaw dropping & Greg Pak is a welcome addition to DC’s stable of writers. DC “needs” writers.
#2 – All New X-Men #13. This is the best “X” series in decades. Yes. I did say decades.
Fans adore the teen version of the X-Men in the current 616.
#3 – Guardians of the Galaxy #4 . Surprisingly good sales, considering there was actual “outrage” in my shop due to the ending of Age of Ultron.
#4 – Age of Ultron #10 AI . Fans were hoping Mark Waid could put a positive spin on Age of Ultron’s confusing time quakes & perhaps explain just what the hell happened to the Marvel Universe.
#5 –Justice League #21. This was the issue of Justice League that did NOT contain the Justice League.
#6 – X-Men #2. I find Brian Wood’s work for hire super-hero material almost unreadable, & prefer his creator owned material, but I’m in the minority. Fans are digging the all-female X team.
#7 –Uncanny X-Men #7.
#8 – Nova #6. This comic is well drawn & fun. Imagine that.
A series that sells on the merits of being well drawn & fun.
#9 – Justice League Of America #5 .
Spoiler alert. Catwoman is NOT dead.
#10 – Lazarus #1. Indy “Rock Star of the Day’ The comic book industry is in a golden era of fans willing to give different genres a try.
Honerable mention: Hawkeye #11.
A title that started out in my shop as “internet popular” has blown up by positive word of mouth. It only sold like an average Image title, but buzz on this particular issue should keep it selling forever. It “WILL” win an Eisner in 2014 for best single story. Watch.
Regular issue new ( last year ) comics by aftermarket:
Modern comics that are seeing aftermarket activity. Ebay, Amazon, CGC boards, Bleeding Cool, conventions & my Phantom retailer network of 25+ shops are the primary source of this information. Not the top selling books in comic stores, rather the currently published, modern books that are selling above cover price for a variety of reasons. Prices are so volatile, in some cases they are out of date upon publication. This is just a guide, you figure them out, it’s fun. It’s simple, search E-Bay under completed auctions:
Last of Us. New video game based property
DC’s Fables is under development by Hollywood.
Hoax Hunters. The latest recipient of Hollywood love.
Rachel Rising #1. Yeah, rising in price due to TV rumors.
Pilot Season Declassified #1 & The Test #1. TV development is stirring interest.
Uber #0. Nazi shock violence for the sale of shock violence
Polarity #1. This band tie in dual collectable.
East of West #1Quality new mythology has this on everyone’s radar.
Nowhere Men Fabulous word of mouth. Under-ordered. Settling.
Peter Panzerfaust. Rumored stop motion animated show for BBC
Helheim #1 regular #1. Obscure indy publisher. Low print run. Killer material.
Injustice #1. This video game tie in hasn’t even begun.
Hawkeye. Eisners should light this on fire.
The Sixth Gun. NBC passing on the TV show.
Mind MGMT. The recent movie development news has fans scrambling. #1-$50
Saga. This is the title defines the recent Image revival. #1-$75
Five Ghosts #1. Positive word of mouth.
Top ten “ish” up & coming modern Key issues.
Modern comics that are just starting to see aftermarket movement. Books that were recently not in demand, and are finally experiencing aftermarket activity for a variety of reasons.
Spiderman 2099. Obviously Miguel O’Hara just got “time quaked” into the current Marvel Universe in Age of Ultron #10. I knew he was coming to Dan Slott’s storyline this year, I just didn’t know how. As usual, I was simply ahead of the curve. His first appearance in Amazing Spider-man #365is well worth your two dollars right now.
Captain Marvel #27. First appearance of Mistress Death. DC 1st issue special #2. With ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO reinventing The Green,I’ll risk $3 Spawn #9. First appearance of Angela.
Dark Knight Returns #2. First full in costume Carrie Kelly.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 vol 2. Fans are starting to focus on this affordable #1
Wolverine #166. 1st appearance Dog
Uncanny X-Men #282. First Bishop. The second print is tough to find.
Guardians of the Galaxy 24 & 25 (vol 2), return of Thanos.
X-Factor #5 & 6. First Apocalypse. Rumored villain in upcoming X-movie
Batman #7. First full appearance Harper Row. Rumored new Robin.
Captain America vol 5 #6. First full appearance of the Winter Soldier
New Mutants #16. First Warpath $10
Top ten modern Key issues at my shop.
Modern comics that sell off my wall constantly. My shop sales are primarily new material, & my back issue sales tend to be related. I have a waiting list for most of these books.
Bongo! Have had a huge run on #1’s lately
Kimota! All Miracleman issues have been flying amidst Marvel rumors. Ms Marvel #16 & 17 are on fire lately. Mystique is a top Marvel villain.
Walking Dead #1. The undisputed king of the modern era. Actually ANY WD pre 100.
Marvel Super Hero Presents #18. Guardians are really heating up. $50+
New Mutants #98. 1st Deadpool. $100 king of the modern X keys.
Uncanny X-Men #266. 1st Gambit is always a $40 instant sale.
Uncanny X-Men #141 &142. Days of future past movie source
Captain Marvel #33 – Origin of Thanos $50
Incredible Hulk #271. 1st comic book App Rocket Raccoon. $50
Nova #1. The new marvel series has fans scrambling for this relatively inexpensive bronze age key. $40+
Batman Harley Quinn. Iconic Alex Ross cover $50
Infinity Gauntlet, War, Crusade, Abyss. Thanos, Thanos Thanos.
The Killing Joke. It’s simply the best Joker wall book in the 25 year history of my shop. $25
Batman Animated #12. Every Bat fan wants the first appearance of Harley Quinn. $85
My Top ten “ish” under-valued modern comics.
These are books I’m speculating will soon see aftermarket activity, & are currently under-valued in my humble opinion, some may even be found in the bargain bins. I want to buy these books on the cheap. They’re long-shots. ( I’m not spending hooker or booze money on them. )
The Wrath is scheduled to make his New 52 debut this week in Detective comics #22, so Batman Special #1 look like a nice buy.
The SHIELD trailer looks killer!
Action Comics Vol 1 #845 January, 2007. First modern day General Zod.
Hank Henshaw appearances. The new 52 version is coming.
Eric O’ Grady key’s: Irredeemable Ant Man #1-12, Secret Avengers #23 & #32
Marvel Red Sonja #1. Gail Simone is taking over Dynamite series.
Rom #1. IDW just untangled the rights. If Nova & Ms Marvel can get hot, why the hell not Rom?
Marvel Spotlight Vol 2 #6 . first comic appearance of Star Lords father J’son of Spartax ( I like ALL Star Lord appearances )
Uncanny X-Men #172-3.Movie source material with Mariko Yashida
New X-Men #134. First Quentin Quire.
Star Brand #1. First New Universe & brand/tattoo: The Star Brand.
Thor #344. First appearance Malekith ( In upcoming Thor-2 movie )
Invaders vol 2 #1. First Dr. Nemesis
Uncanny X-men #317. First Blink. In upcoming X movie.
Marvel Point One. First Sam Alexander Nova
Battle Scars #1 & #6. First full Phil Coulson & Marcus Johnston.
The Invincible Iron Man #10. First Pepper Potts as Rescue.
Young Avengers #1. First Kate Bishop. My favorite Marvel female.
Ms Marvel #1. She’s rumored to be in Avengers 2 movie.
Ultimate Team Up #5. First African American Nick Fury in comics.
Captain America #157. first appearance of Viper
Deathshead appearances. Absolute quarter box fodder. I’m currently researching which to buy.
Top ten modern variant comics by aftermarket:
Variants are versions of the regular issue comic. They are NOT regular issue comics.
They are distributed / created for a variety of reasons.
Order incentive / retailer incentive, produced exclusively for shops/shows,events.
Image Expo is this week & there are at least a dozen show variants on the schedule.
Walking Dead #1 Wizard World variants.
There is a Twelve Reasons to Die #1 “ticket” variant autographed by Ghostface Killa $75+
Peter Panzerfaust #10 C2e2 variant
Adventure Time Marvel parodies. Delightful. $35+ Star Wars #1 Alex Ross sketch. Promo, limit one per Diamond account.
East of West #1 Forbidden Planet $30, ComicsPro/Ghost $15
Batman #1. Dc’s flagship title. $50
Nowhere Men #1 Thought Bubble, ComicsPro, CBLDF.
Skottie Young marvel Babys. fans simply adore these.
Hellheim #1 NYCC $50, ECCC $100
Blank sketch covers. There seems to be an insatiable need for these by auto / sketch seekers.
Five Ghosts #1 ECCC. $50+
Phantom variants. You know you love them. Generally sold $3.99 in shop sell for $10 online.
My pick of the week. The comic shipping this week that will be worth your valuable speculator y consideration, and why.
DEXTER #1 (OF 5)
(W) Jeff Lindsay (A) Dakbor Talajic (CA) Mike Del Mundo
* Dexter Morgan is not just an above-average forensic blood spatter expert. He’s also Miami’s friendly neighborhood crime-fighting serial killer!
* But Dexter’s “killing” streak gets put on hold, as he find himself trapped in a sticky situation – his high school reunion!
* The Skid Row Slasher, Miami’s newest serial killer, is racking up quite the body count. The rookie is giving good ol’ Dexter a run for his money.
* And Dexter’s problems are only beginning to multiply as his Dark Passenger, Dexter’s inner voice, screams for a little murderous fun to feed the need!
Existing My Dexter fan base will be showing up in droves. This book is based on the novels, not the show. It hardly matters. The timing couldn’t be better with the show beginning it’s final season.
A lot of people ask me why I like to speculate on modern comic books. Original Art, Gold, Silver & Bronze age comics are a much better investment. I’m a comic book fan, a voracious reader of new material. I love how new books set the pace for back issues. It is fast paced & never stagnant due to the constant release of new material. Right now modern comics are the petri dish of pop culture, comic shops the breeding ground.
I have been collecting comics since the 1970’s & been in the business of selling them since the 1980’s. I love a quality story & a great buy, equally.
I speculate on new comics every week. I always have & I always will. Purchasing modern comic books with the intent of making a profit is my hobby of choice. It’s impossible that every new comic week will generate a book of “Walking Dead class” potential, but it’s still fun to try to make savvy buys. You can sit back & wait for aces, or you can play the hand your dealt to the best of your ability.
Sometimes, I’m right. Sometimes I’m wrong, but I play every week.
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