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 138th edition of the open forum!

Cheap Spec on the open forum this week. Check out the True Believers Editions coming out, which includes reprints of the First Groot, Black Panther, Antman and Wasp, Captain America, Devil Dinosaur, and the Eternals (I betcha they will play a part in the Avengers Infinity War movies after they were introduced in Guardians 2). Grab a couple and plop them on Amazon and see what happens. Could be a good return for your .80 cents.

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?

Here are the books I picked up on 5/31/17:


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59 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. OC_Guy says:

    True believers editions sound great! Eternals (Bronze age) are still extremely cheap even in ungraded high grades. If the Marvel movie U starts using them, now is the time to buy.

    • Anthony says:

      Eternal are the way to go. I tell you.

      • OC_Guy says:

        Would love to see them made into a Movie! Might be a bit too “cosmic” and grandiose in scale with them and the Celestials, but wow, it would be entertaining!

  2. Alana says:

    This weeks pickups…..

    Walking Dead #1-5 all graded 9.6, 9.2, 9.8, 9.4, 9.6 #1 signed by Punisher #4 signed by Kirkman.

    Thank god I got a great deal or I would probably be put on the street for spending that kind of money.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I’m dreading the day I have to pick up Walking Dead #1 to complete my Walking Dead collection. I’m not settling for anything less than 9.8 though..

      • Alana says:

        A 9.6 #1 signed by Jon Bernthal is a 10.0 to me. Think 9.8s are hitting the $3000 mark now. Has always been a sore spot in our collection passed at $150, passed at $300, passed at $600, etc. buying all 5 together I can probably recoup most if not all money I paid by selling off #2-5 in a few months to a year if I wanted to. Only problem I really like #2 and #3.

    • Anthony says:

      Alana. Sorry I haven’t emailed you back. Will look into it tonight.

  3. Brennan says:

    One week it from the big move! Last week I’ll get to actually read my books for a few weeks. Then I will have to play catch up 😦
    I may or may not have time/energy to post next few weeks but don’t worry, I’ll be back. Now that I’ve said that watch me post next week more than ever.
    This week I’m getting :
    Deadpool v punisher
    Image +
    Secret empire
    Sex criminals
    Dr aphra
    The flash

  4. Shines says:

    Not a huge week for new books…
    Motor Girl
    NamWolf (Mignola)
    Vampirella 3 Jimmy Broxton Variant – this is the “50s mens magazine bondage” cover that had a little controversy to it a few weeks ago. The virgin cover sold out at Midtown.

    Nice weekend flea market find: Gotham City Sirens #1 (2nd print red variant cover) for a dollar.

  5. Jonathan hoffman says:

    Anybody know anything or have news about the “1 kid walks into a bank” variant that showed up last week?

    • Anthony says:

      It was a one per store possibly. I saw it on the shelf at my LCS and though “huh this must have something to do with the story” but then grabbed a copy from the middle of the stack not noticing the name was different.

      • Brennan says:

        I can’t find any info about it, admittedly I didn’t try that hard. There’s an eBay listing calling it a ghost variant, that’s about all I found though.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I didn’t even bother looking….. I’m still trying to hunt down a Seven To Eternity FCBD book I had no idea existed until a few days ago….

    • Jesus says:

      I got one yesterday for cover price. I was playing catch up on some titles and came across one.

  6. A. King says:

    The last couple of weeks have been slow for me. There are a couple of things I’ll pick up tomorrow. I just sent my main shop an email about that Spawn #1, so fingers crossed hoping no one else has asked for it yet.

  7. John says:

    Teen Titans Special The Lazarus Contract Conclusion. Also TMNT Robotanimals for the PC. Picked up a couple high grade Watchmen #4. The origin of Dr.Manhattan. Looks inevitable that Superman will be meeting Dr.Manhattan soon.

  8. This week’s pickups, not much for me..

    Paklis #1
    Dr Aphra
    Cable #1 regular
    Namwolf #2
    Animal Jam #1

  9. JayClue says:

    So, I just picked up a copy of the Spawn Thank you issue ($80 CDN, very clean copy), and it doesn’t have any story in it. It is a collection of Black and White McFarlane Spawn Covers. It’s awesome.

    • Anthony says:

      Thats an awesome pick up. I want one so bad….

      • JayClue says:

        I have a beat on another copy, Tony. I have another LCS of mine holding their copy for me. They haven’t given me a price though, And they typically try to match eBay. I could look into for you, if you want. I’m expecting that they will price it around $100 CDN. Which would be about $66 US. Email me if your interested at all.

      • Anthony says:

        Nah, I am going to try my luck at my honey hole tomorrow. He saves stuff like this for me. If it is meant to be it is meant to be. Now if I strike out tomorrow, it may be another story.

  10. I’ve been spending over $25 a week recently. Thankfully I only have 2 books and one of them costs only one shiny quarter!

    Kill or Be Killed–Brubaker and Phillips, still my favorite creators and this book has been really good.

  11. schweizerdavid says:

    Picking up:
    Motor Girl 6
    Aliens Dead Orbit 2 (Stokoe)
    Monstress 12
    Saga 43
    Sex Criminals 19 both covers
    Rick & Morty 26 (Meeseeks cover)

    Namwolf 2 (Mignola cover)

    Don’t know why I did it:
    Turner Humble Bundle Pink Harley Quinn 1

  12. Eric R says:

    Thankfully a very light week in terms of pick ups:
    Namwolf (Mignola cover X 2)
    Dr. Aphra-really love the artwork and story in this cross over
    Kill or Be Killed
    Spawn Thank You Silver One Per Store!!!!

    Was looking through this book and it is really beautiful! Has anyone looked through their copy yet? The reason I ask is that on the inside cover in red marker is Todd McFarlane’s autograph? I didn’t know if he did this with every book or if it was done randomly? If someone else could confirm, I would definitely appreciate it. This one is going into the PC. I remember picking up #1 many years ago from my local comic book store really loving the artwork.

    Other big pick up this week was Kingdom Come Hardcover Slipcase signed and numbered. Got a great deal and that completes (for now) my Graphitti Designs quest.

    Happy hunting!

    • JayClue says:

      My copy also has a red McFarlane sig on the inside of the front cover. It looks printed to me, not an actual signature with marker.

  13. Mark McAlister says:

    I just got a Spawn One Per store for $40.00 from my shop here in Maryland, what have you guys been paying for them or seeing them priced at your local shops? Did I get a good deal on mine? Should I hold or quick flip it?

  14. Mark McAlister says:

    Thanks JayClue – I flipped it on the Bay, needed teh quick cash. It was hard though. I basically had to forget that I bought it altogether, then listed it, and hoped it would sell. That book is really nice…

  15. Kirk Lange says:

    Small week but a good one.

    Namwolf #2 Mignola
    Vampirella #3 Broxton Virgin 1:30
    Spawn Thank You Foil

    Not many books but awesome ones.

  16. BED says:

    Signed Venom 150’s at Midtown today for cover.

  17. Anthony says:

    My weekly pick-ups.

  18. Philippe Brault says:

    Motor Girl 6
    Namwolf 2
    Flash 23
    Trinity Annual 1
    Monstress 12
    Old man Logan 24
    Secret Empire 3
    Fissure 2

    And the big boy:
    Spawn Thank you edition. It looks so good!!!

  19. JayClue says:

    My pick ups this week were:

    Moonknight #14
    Old Man Logan #24, 1:25 $6, 1:10 $6
    Secret Empire #3, Hydra Hero Variant
    Gamora #5
    Hulk #6
    Paklis #1
    Cable #1
    Doctor Aphra #7, reg & 40th
    Wonder Womay Day Special Ed. #1
    Spawn Foil Thank you $80 CDN

  20. comicevents says:

    A quick trip to Newbury Comics netted me
    Saga 43
    Cable 1 Corner Box Variant
    Secret Empire 3 Sorrentino Variant

    I can not get to my LCS until tomorrow.

  21. tim says:

    Aliens: Dead Orbit #2
    Black Science #30(Spawn b&w cover)
    Blood Bowl #1(cover A)
    Cable #1(reg cover)
    Doctor Aphra #7(reg cover)
    God Country #5(reg cover)
    Joe Golem #1
    Old Man Logan #24(Land cover)
    Paklis #1
    Saga #43
    Secret Empire #3(Sorrentino cover)
    Secret Empire: Uprising #1(Black Widow)

  22. Angelo Cabrera says:

    I was at my shop before it opened as I usually am and noticed a few people show up to get a shot at the spawn retailer issue. I went in and they didn’t have it…40 minutes after the shop opens someone comes in and the shopkeep pulls out the retailer comic for him. I wasn’t interested in it but somehow it felt wrong and not fair to all those that showed up early for it.

    • Cody says:

      In my view the shop owner can reward whomever he chooses. If it were my shop I’d reward good customers, not the jack hole buying only the hot items. Meh if it were my shop I’d prob horde all the good stuff for myself what am I saying.

      • Anthony says:

        Lol. Charity starts at home. I don’t know what I would do. I know there is a thin margin on a lot of books so probably would take a lot of these things to eBay for top dollar.

    • Adam Lebednik says:

      That happens a lot. My LCS will sell it to whoever gets dibs so whoever asks or emails him first gets it. Wednesday rush isnt really fair to the working stiffs so making it whoever asks first seems as fair as anyway. That being said he also has a list of a few really old customers that get first dibs at all the weekly variants. I made a few people sad when they saw it get pulled out of my folder for me.

  23. Eric R says:

    I always find that if you are a good customer who not only spends their money consistently with the shop owner but gets to know them, it helps all the way around. One of the shops I go to, I try to point out what the new hot spec books coming up are and if there is something that he could get more money on. It’s relatively easy for me because I don’t have to worry about inventory, cash flow, et al. I’ve been going there for over 5 years and if something comes in that he knows I like, he’ll put it aside for me.

    I know that he has other very good customers that he does the same for. On the other side, having talked to him before, he can always tell when someone new is coming in to just ask for the hottest book. While he tries to help, he doesn’t go out of his way to give that person a retailer incentive for cover price, if you know what I mean. Like anything else, I think it is give and take. I don’t always get all the best specs or books that I want, but I’m overall happy with him and continue to go back!

    Sorry for the long post.

  24. J. Coleman says:


    Motor Girl 6
    Weapon X 2
    Sex Criminals 19 XXX cvr
    Little Nightmares 1 cvr B
    Saga 43
    Image +


    Aliens Dead Orbit #1 Cover A Regular James Stokoe Cover
    Aliens Defiance #11
    Babyteeth #1 Cover C Variant Elizabeth Torque Cover NEXT WEEK
    Batman The Shadow #1 Cover C Variant Cliff Chiang Cover
    Bitch Planet #10
    Black Monday Murders #5
    Black Panther Vol 6 #13 Cover A Regular Brian Stelfreeze Cover
    Black Road #9
    Britannia We Who Are About To Die #1 Cover B Variant David Mack Cover
    CBLDF Defender Vol 2 #2
    Clean Room #18
    Comic Shop News #1564
    Deadpool vs Punisher #2 Cover A Regular Declan Shalvey Cover
    Detective Comics Vol 2 #955 Cover B Variant Rafael Albuquerque Cover
    Dollface #4 Cover A Regular Dan Mendoza Cover
    Doom Patrol Vol 6 #6 Cover A Regular Nick Derington Cover
    Elektra Vol 4 #3 Cover A Regular Elizabeth Torque Cover
    Hulk Vol 4 #5 Cover A Regular Jeff Dekal Cover
    Iron Fist Vol 5 #4 Cover B Variant Stephanie Hans Mary Jane Cover NEXT WEEK
    Kill Or Be Killed #8
    Loose Ends Vol 2 #4
    Man-Thing Vol 5 #3 Cover A Regular Tyler Crook Cover
    Mighty Thor Vol 2 #18 Cover A Regular Russell Dauterman Cover
    Mother Panic #6 Cover B Variant Eric Canete Cover
    No Angel #3
    Occupy Avengers #6
    Old Guard #3
    Old Man Logan Vol 2 #22 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Andrea Sorrentino Cover
    Orphan Black Deviations #2 Cover A Regular Cat Staggs Cover
    Pestilence #2 NEXT WEEK
    Pitiful Human-Lizard #12
    Prometheus Life And Death One Shot Cover A Regular David Palumbo Cover
    Rebels These Free And Independent States #2
    Rocket Raccoon Vol 3 #5
    Spookhouse #4
    Star Wars Darth Maul #3 Cover A Regular Rafael Albuquerque Cover
    Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses #23
    Supergirl Being Super #3
    Underwinter #2 Cover B Variant Dustin Nguyen Cover FIRST ISH WAS GOOD
    Unfollow #18
    Unsound #1 Cover A Regular Jack Cole Cover NEXT WEEK! ANOTHER CULLEN BUNN BOOK
    Vampblade Season Two #2 Cover A Regular Winston Young Cover

    Venom Vol 3 #150 Cover I Regular Gerardo Sandoval Cover Signed By Tradd Moore (Limit 1 Per Customer) @ Midtown!

    Wonder Woman Vol 5 #21 Cover B Variant Jenny Frison Cover
    X-Men Blue #2 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Arthur Adams Cover
    X-Men Gold #2 Cover A Regular Ardian Syaf Cover
    X-O Manowar Vol 4 #2 Cover D Variant Tomas Giorello Cover

  25. Louie says:

    Think Tank
    Motor girl

    Been trying to avoid getting more Pops, then say this Darth Vader in the Tie Fighter and know I will be tracking this down:

  26. A. King says:

    Another super lite week for me. Pickups included……..
    Grass Kings #1- #3 I was spec’ing on this and then I made the mistake of reading issue #1 and I liked it so I had to go back and get some for the PC
    Star Wars Screaming Citidel parts #1- #3
    I also found a couple of copies of Solar Flare #1 2nd print coming out next week.

  27. Kevin Verdine says:

    I skipped last Wednesday. Didn’t look like any good flips out there.

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