Wednesday Open Forum



Wednesday, the best day of the week, new comic book day. It is like your birthday in the middle of each week (well, one where you buy your own presents.)

We open things up to hear from you. A free for all.

The 137th edition of the open forum!

I have about 17 of the pre-order books of the Solar Flare CHU/Baltimore Comic Con Variant left. There is only a 250 copy print run on these and I am keeping half to have sold at Baltimore Comic Con. If you were thinking about getting one, well ahead of them being at Baltimore, grab them now, and thanks to everyone who did, the turn out has been great.

As always we also want to hear about your weekly pickups.
So, What were your pick ups?
What had disappeared off the shelves?
What was sitting on the shelves?
What back issue deals did you grab?


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59 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Brennan says:

    Hey everyone. Hope all is well this week!
    I’ll be getting slightly less than I usually do and I don’t actually have much time to read them. Packing packing and more packing. I’ll get to them in good time though, one more month and a bit and I get some much needed off time.
    The plus side is I bought a couple of good shelving units for the new basement just for short boxes.
    This week I am grabbing:
    Action comics
    Batman/the shadow
    Detective comics
    Hal Jordan
    Moon girl and devil dinosaur

    • Anthony says:

      Did I show you the drawer boxes I got?

      Sent from my iPhone


      • Brennan says:

        Yes you did. I liked the concept but ultimately couldn’t find them in Canada for a good price.
        I went with shelving that was long but not tall so I can actually get into all the boxes except maybe the ones on the top shelf.
        Compromises had to be made.

      • Anthony says:

        I ordered 10 at first and then went back and ordered 10 more. They look nice and made shelving on top on their own. I have some shelving down there too but only with a couple of boxes in there. Reminds me I need to do a clean up and sell a ton of stuff. Maybe a .99 cent blow out in my future.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Nicholas Ball says:

        If you send me a list of what either you or Poyo have for sale in this .99 sale, I will probably take a TON off of you both so you wouldn’t have to do a garage sale type thing…just saying!! No dickering with me either and one place to send it all, as I’m in Terre Haute, IN….

    • agentpoyo says:

      I don’t need more shelving or boxes, I need more house.. 😦

      Like Anthony said, I need to do another big 99 cent blow out sale. I might be doing a huge craigslist sale maybe as well. Go back down to just the valuable books I intend to keep (the ones that are in mylar bags or graded) and start all over again with a new cycle. I gots way too many books cluttering up my closet and rooms now.

      • Brennan says:

        Yeah I’m not quite there yet. Give me a few more years though (or a toddler, whichever comes first). I figure I’ll sell off as much as I can as sets. I have more than one of the newer key issues and anything I love enough to want to reread I get in tpb as well so it’s not like I’ll lose out. I mean, other than all of the money I spent. That’s gone forever.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Can’t take your money with you when you die…. Might as well spend it while your alive 😉

      • Nicholas Ball says:

        If you send me a list of what either you or Tony have for sale in this .99 sale, I will probably take a TON off of you both so you wouldn’t have to do a garage sale type thing…just saying!! No dickering with me either and one place to send it all, as I’m in Terre Haute, IN….

      • agentpoyo says:

        Sweet, I might take you up on that.

  2. Alana says:

    This weeks pick ups…

    Fantastic Four #44, #46 1st Gordon 1st full Blackbolt.
    Robin #126 1st Stephanie Brown

    Have a good write up this week I’m submitting early stay tuned

  3. Anthony says:

    Funny, why so quiet today?

  4. Delboy says:

    Can anyone clarify when the first appearance of Stephanie Brown occurred. Was it Detective #647 or Robin #126?

  5. schweizerdavid says:

    Picking up:
    Shaolin Cowboy 2 both covers
    Rat Queens 3
    Venom 150 Stokoe cover

  6. John W says:

    Been a while since I posted but I’ll be grabbing:
    Seven To Eternity both Spawn covers
    Plastic both Spawn covers (Loved the first issue. This twisted story is right up my alley.)
    Normals Regular cover (LCS didn’t get the variant)
    Shaolin Cowboy Frank Cho Cover
    Destroyer Cover A
    Wonder Woman Jenny Frison Cover
    Batman/The Shadow Regular Cover
    LCS didn’t get the Venom Dell’Otto Variant but I’m sure I’ll be able to find one on eBay for cheap soon enough.

  7. Eric R says:

    I ended up grabbing today:
    Plastic #1 (2nd print)
    Plastic #2 (Cover A)
    Plastic #2 (Spawn cover-ordered online as none of my comic shops had any Spawn covers for either Plastic or Seven to Eternity #6)
    Redneck #1 (2nd print)
    Redneck #2

    For the PC this week,
    Graphitti Designs The Crow Hardcover Slipcase Signed and Numbered by O’Barr. Comes with CD of O’Barr’s music. Very stoked! I’ve always wanted one of these and now my hardcover collection is rounding out nicely!

  8. JayClue says:

    What are the prices that people are seeing at their LCS’ for the Dell Otto 1:25 Venom 150? Stores around me are asking about $30-$35 CDN.

  9. Richard Sean Guevara says:

    I still have to make my way out to the LCS today but Im looking to pick up
    Justice League of America #7 (I may end up dropping this from my pull-list depending on this issue)

    Redneck #2
    Seven to Eternity #6
    Samaritan #1
    Shaolin Cowboy #2 that Frank Cho cover is something else lol

    So a pretty light week so far, it’ll probably change once I actually get into the store and I end up walking out with like 10 comics or something haha.

    Anyhow what are some of your guys’ favorite current comic reads right now?

    • Anthony says:

      Beauty, BEK, God Country which is now over, Walking Dead, I have a ton of favorites.

    • agentpoyo says:

      Some of my current favorite reads are (the ones that are ongoing and likely won’t get dropped until they’re done):

      Walking Dead
      Moon Knight (Until the next volume but even the last volume was great)
      Black Hammer
      Seven To Eternity
      Black Science
      Paper Girls
      X-O Manowar

    • Eric R says:

      There are a lot of really good books out there that I’m following on a consistent basis:
      Killed or Be Killed
      Walking Dead (can’t believe I’ve been reading this since #1)
      Star Wars (especially main title and Darth Vader)
      God Country

      • Anthony says:

        I have been on Walking Dead since Issue 1 as well. I haven’t read a series this long in a while.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Richard Sean says:

        I envy you two. Being able to read since #1. Hope you guys still have your #1s as well. I’ve been wanting to jump in but i don’t know where to start. As i follow based off the show. I don’t want to buy volumes or any thing like that either. Trying to cut back on my spending on comics, which already is difficult enough haha

      • Anthony says:

        Yes. Have not sold any of my single copies of Walking Dead. I have sold duplicates of other issues, but have a full walking dead run.

      • Eric R says:

        I have every issue of Walking Dead still in my collection from #1-current. I remember I saw an article in Wizard Magazine about this new series. Having been a rabid George Romero fan since I was 12, I had to go and get this! At the time, other than DeadworId from Caliber Press, there weren’t any books like this. I was able to buy #3-#7 off the shelf from a local comic store and paid the outrageous sum of $25 for 1 & 2 1st printing at the next comic con. It is really a testament to Kirkman and his vision and the way he keeps me coming back each month. Always at the top of my reading list. I can’t believe that I’ve spent this much time with Rick and his group!

      • Anthony says:

        I was a Deadworld reader as well as a Night of the Living Dead reader too. I loved zombies so this was a natural fit for me.

        Sent from my iPhone


      • Anthony says:

        I bought 2-4 from Robert Kirkman’s table at Baltimore Comic Con for $5 each. My LCS got Issue 1 in and no one bought it but me. They stopped ordering it.

        Sent from my iPhone


    • JayClue says:

      I’ve really enjoyed Hillbilly and Animosity. I just read issue 1 & 2 of Eleanor and the Egret and quite enjoyed them too. Peepland was also a good mini that had an awesome twist at the end.

  10. Shines says:

    Just back from the comic shop. Picked up:
    Seven to. Eternity b/w spawn
    Plastic b/w spawn
    Kamandi, Redneck, Normals
    And Action 980 Gary Frank Harley Quinn variant. Surprised no one mentioned that one.

  11. Tim says:

    Black Hammer #9(Lemire cover)
    Destroyer #1(reg cover)
    Moon Girl/Devil Dinosaur #19(reg cover)
    Magdalena #3(Spawn colour cover)
    0ld Guard #4(reg cover)
    Plastic #2(Spawn b&w cover)
    Redneck #2
    Samaritan #1
    Seven To Eternity #6(reg cover)
    Shaolin Cowboy #2(Cho cover)
    Venom #150(reg cover)

  12. Louie says:

    action comics
    wonder woman

    and blowing the rest of my money at phoenix comicon tomorrow!

  13. Moon Girl/Devil Dinosaur #19(reg coverx2)
    0ld Guard #4(Spawn covers)
    Plastic #2(Spawn b&w covers)
    Redneck #2
    Samaritan #1
    Seven To Eternity #6(all covers)
    Divinica #1
    Normals #1

    and pre-ordered a couple of the JTC Darth Vader #1 Anakin action figure

  14. A. King says:

    Today’s pickups included…….
    Action #980a and b
    Deadly Class #28 Spawn b/w
    God Country #5 Spawn color
    Redneck #2
    Flash #22 Lenticular
    Superman #23 newsstand
    I finally got to clean out my pullbox over the weekend and I got…….
    Batman #21 – #23
    Animosity #7
    Solar Flare #1 for some reason they didn’t get #2 but said that they will, and I can’t wait to get my CHU variants
    Black #5
    Rick and Morty #25a and b
    American Gods #2 and #3
    Extremity #3
    Manifest Destiny #25a
    Paper Girls #14
    The Woods #32
    TWD #167
    Z nation #1 and #2
    And I saved the best for last Redneck #1 gold foil

  15. J. Coleman says:


    Redneck 2
    The Normals 1 reg cvr
    Saucer State 1 sub cvr
    Action Comics 980 var cvr
    Wonder Woman 23 var cvr


    All-Star Batman #9 Cover C Variant Francesco Francavilla Cover
    Archie Vol 2 #19 Cover B Variant Emanuela Lupacchino Cover
    Batwoman Vol 2 #2 Cover A Regular Steve Epting Cover
    Beauty #14 Cover B Aaron Lee Kafton
    Black #5
    Black Hammer #8 Cover A Regular Dean Ormston Cover
    Black Hood Season 2 #4 Cover B Variant Michael Walsh Cover
    Black Panther World Of Wakanda #6 Cover A Regular Rahzzah Cover
    Black Science #29 Cover A Regular Matteo Scalera & Moreno DiNisio Cover
    Captain America Steve Rogers #16 Cover A Regular Daniel Acuna Cover (Secret Empire Prelude)
    Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #7 Cover B Variant Robert Hack Cover
    Comic Shop News #1563
    Curse Words #4 Cover B Variant Tradd Moore Cover
    Daredevil Vol 5 #19 Cover A Regular Dan Panosian Cover
    Death Be Damned #3
    Dept H #13
    Descender #21
    Eclipse #6
    Fissure #2 NEXT WEEK
    Generation Zero #9 Cover B Variant Brent Peeples Cover
    Horizon #10
    I Hate Fairyland #12 Cover A Regular Skottie Young Cover
    Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #6 Cover A Regular Stefano Caselli Cover
    Josie And The Pussycats Vol 2 #6 Cover B Variant Mike Allred & Laura Allred Cover
    Letter 44 #32
    Low #17 Cover B Variant Eric Powell Cover
    Monsters Unleashed Vol 2 #1 Cover C Variant John Tyler Christopher Action Figure Cover
    Monstress #11
    Moon Knight Vol 8 #13
    Namwolf #2 Cover A Regular Logan Faerber Cover NEXT WEEK
    New Warriors Vol 3 #1 (Mini-Series) SPEC-HIT
    Nick Fury #1 Cover B Variant Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Hip-Hop Cover B-O-B-B-Y
    Nightmares On Elm Street #2 (THE OLD INNOVATION SERIES)
    Ninjak Vol 3 #26 Cover A Regular Ryan Bodenheim Cover
    Punisher Vol 10 #11
    Red Sonja Vol 7 #4 Cover C Variant Cosplay Photo Cover
    Royal City #2 GOOD STUFF!
    Secret Empire #0 Cover A Regular Mark Brooks Cover
    Secret Empire #2 Cover F Regular Mark Brooks Cover Signed By Nick Spencer (Limit 1 Per Customer) @ MIDTOWN
    Spirit Hunters #6 Cover A Harvey Tolibao
    Super Sons #3 Cover B Variant Dustin Nguyen Cover
    Superman Vol 5 #21 Cover A Regular Patrick Gleason Cover (Superman Reborn Aftermath Tie-In)
    Superwoman #9 Cover B Variant Renato Guedes Cover (Superman Reborn Aftermath Tie-In)
    Trinity Vol 2 #8 Cover B Variant Bill Sienkiewicz Cover (Superman Reborn Aftermath Tie-In)
    Vampirella Vol 7 #3 Cover D Variant Jimmy Broxton Subscription Cover NEXT WEEK! THIS COVER IS AWESOME!!! AND SOMEWHAT CONTROVERSIAL…
    Venom Vol 3 #6 Cover A Regular Gerardo Sandoval Cover
    Wild Storm #3 Cover A Regular Jon Davis-Hunt Cover
    World War X #5 Cover B Variant Nick Percival Cover
    Zombie Tramp Vol 2 #34 Cover A Regular Dan Mendoza Cover

  16. JayClue says:

    A nice quiet week. My pick ups were:

    Venom #150, reg and 1:25 Dell’Otto
    All Star Batman #10C
    JLA #7
    Action Comics Harley cover B
    Redneck #2
    Death be Damned #4
    Plastic #2
    Seven To Eternity #6 all covers and 3x the spawn B&W
    DC Rebirth 1st print $5

  17. Birdman says:

    My pick-ups form this week’s crop of books…
    Action B
    Batgirl B (may be done after this issue)
    Blue Beetle B (just for the cover!)
    Deathstroke B
    Detective A
    Suicide Squad A (tough choice between covers)
    All New Guardians variant
    Ben Reilly The Scarlet Spider variant
    Cap America
    Jean Grey variant
    Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur variant (not in pristine shape, but cover price – only one I could find out of 4 shops; the reg. cover was in short supply too so I gave up my copy to another customer)
    Totally Awesome Hulk (a sell-out at my reg. LCS)
    Black Hammer B
    Plastic A
    Redneck 1 (2nd print)
    Redneck 2 (can’t wait to read!)
    Seven to Eternity (Spawn color and Black & White) x 2 – all that I could find
    Normals variant (again, only one available out of 4 shops, but pristine!)

    From prior weeks’…
    Royals 3 (McGuiness variant)
    Spider-Gwen 18 (Venomized variant)
    WW 77 Meets Bionic Woman 4 (Cat Staggs virgin variant)
    Luke Cage 1:15 (I think) variant

    I could not score an Elektra variant or a Dell Otto Venom variant…uugghh! Also, the Black Panther and Secret Warriors 1:25 variants I was offered were damaged, so I passed. It really stinks when the limited variants are banged up.

  18. Lonzilla says:

    Hell of a week for finds! Got my 1st ever copy of Y The Last Man #1 today at a thrift store for $1. Looks high 9.2 to a low 9.4, getting it pressed, slabbed and waiting for the TV show.
    ASM 601, 606, 607, 611 – $3.25 ea
    Captain Marvel 14, 17 1st prints – $3.25
    X-Men Sword Of The Braddocks – $4.25
    X-Factor 5, 24 $1 ea
    and for the PC because I love love LOVE me some pre-code horrors:
    Tales From The Crypt #43
    Tomb Of Terror #4
    Weird Fantasy #6
    Weird Fantasy #18
    The PCH bug can get very expensive, even the low to low-mid grade books are seeing some crazy bidding action.
    People are finally realizing that there’s not a ton of those books readily available and when collectors buy them, they usually keep them for good.

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