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 140th edition of the open forum!

Anyone see Wonder Woman yet? I haven’t but have been hearing good things about it. So sad about Adam West. Such a part of our pop culture history was lost.

All the Venom #150 Variants have been mailed out. You should be getting them shortly. Solar Flare #1 will be here this week and will be shipped out straightaway

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?


Anthony’s Weekly Pickups


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54 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Alana says:

    Nothing this week, going to be going after some major books in the next couple weeks. If anyone has a deal on a Amazing Fantasy #15 let me know.

    • Alana says:

      I take that back just bought All New Wolverine #2 thanks Mel.

      • A. King says:

        I buy those everytime I see them.

      • JayClue says:

        Same here. I found one at my LCS the other day, tucked in a box buried at the back of the store. The store had a Pokemon tourney going on and had rearranged the store to accommodate. I happened to stumble across said box. 🙂 I think I have 3 or 4 copies now, not including the one that is in my full run of that series.

    • OC_Guy says:

      AF #15?… I’m still looking for a deal on that one. Getting very expensive even in lower grades.Ebay prices are crazy though! I’m sure if you hit enough old school conventions you should be able to find a dealer that isn’t trying to rip people off and will sell one at decent price..

      • A. King says:

        No, no, no……I meant All New Wolv. #2 the first Gabby.

      • John McCormick says:

        An auction website i got to has a 4.0 Amazing Fantasy #15 Graded and its up to 8K now and a 2.0 Amazing Spider-Man for 1700.00

    • 2ndfullcameoappearance says:

      Dude, you should go after Silver Surfer 4. That book has it all. Badass John Buscema art and of course his classic cover. Cool story. Known for being “low distribution” as listed in the Overstreet guide. And it looks even more badass in person. It’s one of my faves of all back issues. It’s pricey, but one of the most satisfying to own. And they are drying up these days.

      • Brad Hemmann says:

        I have a low grade [vg to vg+ range] ss4. Along with the marvel zombies 2 homage on my wall. Love that cover

      • OC_Guy says:

        Buscema….My all time favorite comic artist, right after King Kirby! His run on Conan was legendary!

  2. A. King says:

    Over the weekend I picked up Incredible Hulk #92 – #105 along with World War Hulk #1 – #5. Also went to my main shop cleaned out my pullbox, one of the things in it was the Spawn thank you. I’m not planning on getting much tomorrow because I’m trying to save some money for a convention coming my way this weekend. I am thinking about getting some comics graded. CGC is the only one there, and I haven’t been keeping up with them but I figured you guys would know, did CGC get all the problems that they were having with their cases and everything else fixed?

    • Cody says:

      Yeah the cases were fixed pretty quickly. I’ve been sending the whole time and only had a problem with one book. My swamp thing 37 was wavy but they fixed me up.

  3. Cody says:

    Pick ups this week:
    Captain marvel 1 vf
    Marvel Super heroes 12 vf
    Marvel Super heroes 20 fn+
    Uncanny xmen 266 nm
    Uncanny xmen 221 nm
    Showcase 75 vf
    Mister miracle 1 nm
    Nick fury 1 vf/nm
    Deadpool circle chase 1-4 nm
    Longshot 1-6 nm
    20 random new mutants nm

  4. David Billadeau says:

    Batgirl New 52 Nm Issues 2,3,4,5,6,13,14,15,16,7,9,10,11(2 copies)
    12,36,42.48,49 and 33 variant

    Nightwing New 52 0-16 NM

    Marvel Value Stamp Book with all stamps
    except #10

    Batman Adventures #1, 2 (x2), 3, 5 (x2), 6, 16-36, annuals #1 and 2, batman vs manbat, novel (copyright 1993) and Holiday special

    Batman and Robin Adventures # 1 – 22 and annual #1

    Nightwing comics dated 1995 – 1997, # 1 – 12. Nightwing solo series 1 – 4, Nightwing Alfreds return #1, Pulp heros annual #1 (dated 1997), The Batman Chronicles dated 1995 – 1996, # 1-3, 5-6.

  5. WOLF WARNER says:

    Rock N Roll Biagraphies #9 METALLICA $3.50

  6. Wayne Dickson says:

    Metallica, Manifest Destiny Spawn Variants, Rai History of the Valiant Universe, Venom #151 MJ Variant and whatever Batman comes out.

  7. OC_Guy says:

    Found a couple of higher grade Captain America #217 for good prices and a mid grade real cheap a couple of days before the teaser articles that Quasar might be in the next GoG movie…”might” being the key word… Ebay prices have started to creep up recently, but if anyone wants one of these and they have local comic shops that carry back issues this may still be able to be found at a good… “IF” Quasar hits the big screen for a flick or two, the book will jump big time! They will probably say for sure at this years SDCC is my guess.

  8. Jt Rodgers says:

    First appearances drive me nuts. Wouldn’t the first Mary Jane Venom be the expensive Spiderman variant from awhile back? If you say no that it was only on the cover, what about Gwenpool or Gwenom covers? You have cameo, first appearance, first full appearance… Now Spawn’s first appearance is an ad in the back or Rust #1? Before that it was considered Malibu Sun, before that Spawn 1. 1st livewire is a picture of #5 cover in the back of Superman Adventures 4? By that rationale wouldn’t everyone’s first appearance be in a Previews book?

    • Alana says:

      I like covers as first appearances, ads I do collect them but really only ads worth a damn are the ones for action comics #1 and Detective #27. I have Rust, Malibu, Spawn #1. Spawn #1 is the first appearance, Malibu is first cover and color Spawn and people gravitate towards this because of Spawn #1 ‘S print run. Rust is a B/W ad. Rust was in dollar bins forever and your not missing anything by not having it. I pull Hulk #181 ads out of dollar boxes but with Hulk #180 last page appearance who knows. Harley Quinn’s 1st appearance is in a children’s book not a comic there’s also a coloring book that predates BA #12 that has a one page Harley coloring page.

    • Anthony says:

      You know. Yes it would be. La Mole did a version of it too.

    • OC_Guy says:

      Usually first “full” appearances will be considered the true first appearances, but for me Hulk #180 is wolverines first appearance by gum! Cameo’s never get the love. Not many exceptions to that rule, but Jimmy Olsen #134 is one of them. Considered Darkseid’s first appearance it is a one panel cameo. Probably because his second appearance in Jimmy Olsen #135 is also a cameo and he doesn’t appear in full until a month after that in Forever People #1. If he wasn’t in JO #135 Forever People would probably be the big one. By the way, even though it has climbed a lot the past couple of years, Jimmy Olsen #134 is still a bit undervalued considering the huge presence Darkseid will soon have in the cinematic universe.

    • Brennan says:

      I’m with you on this one. It’s frustrating. A first is a first is a first, in my opinion. yet the market somehow decides what is actually a first. Sometimes they call it a cameo, sometimes they call it an appearance. Sometimes it’s on a cover, and other they call it a first cover appearance. There is no consistency or pattern to what will or will not be considered! So annoying! The worst is when you get what you expect to be the first because it’s the first time a character shows up in any form, then you pass on the next full issue only for it to sell out and be decided after the fact that it is the ‘first appearance’.
      How can you cameo without appearing? how can you be on a cover without appearing? If you appeared for the first time, that’s a first appearance!!!
      Vent Complete

  9. Jesus says:

    Not a huge week for me. I am with everyone here who is getting ready for the CONS. First year the family and I are going to SDCC. My oldest want to go as Ash Ketchum and my little one as his pikachu for Friday lol. Well on with this week’s picks.

    Dark days the Forge #1. Didn’t really see the spoiler pics but the last one. And it’s written by Snyder.
    Regression #2. Still need to read #1

    Might pick up some variants so hopefully they ate not gone by the time I get to the LCS.

  10. Eric R says:

    Stopped by a couple of stores and scored the following:
    Jimmy’s Bastards (Cover A & B)-really looking forward to this! Looks similar to one of my favorite series of all time, The Boys!
    Regression #2
    Star Wars (Action Figure variant)
    All New Wolverine #21 (Leonard Kirk variant $6)
    Old Man Logan #25 (Grummett variant X 2 for cover)
    Old Man Logan #25 (Deodato variant for $5)
    Betty and Veronica #3 (both covers)
    Venom #151 (Mary Jane venomized variant for cover)
    Briggs Land Lone Wolves #1
    Secret Empire #4 (Campbell variant for $30-I’ve decided to put together the entire 9 issue series with Campbell variants-anyone else doing that?)

    Good hunting everyone!

  11. Brennan says:

    Hey all!
    Been absent this week due to the move but its done now and I have a bit of time today so here I am!
    I have managed to read approx. three of my books from last week. That’s not too bad considering all the work I have. I’m pretty sure I will be behind now until mid summer 😦
    This weeks pickups:
    Action Comics
    Back to the Future
    Dark Days: The Forge
    Detective Comics
    Hal Jordan
    Jimmy’s Bastards
    Manifest Destiny
    Secret Empire
    Star Wars
    Renew Your Vows
    Uncanny Avengers
    Kill the Minotaur
    Winnebago Graveyard

    Who knows, maybe I’ll get to read a few of them too!

    • Jesus says:

      I have A LOT of reading to do. I’ve been so busy with work and then come home and be with the kids. Man! I thought work was going to slow down since I am not out in the field as much, but being in an office all day dealing with clients is exhausting lol.

  12. Jesus says:

    Was able to get the wolverine homage variant for $10.

  13. Anthony says:

    Weekly pickups minus online orders

  14. schweizerdavid says:

    Invader Zim
    Rick & Morty
    Squirrel Girl
    Jimmy’s Bastards cover B (lcs had a stack of cover A but only 2 copies of cover B )

  15. My pickups (online):

    Venom #151 Mary Jane venomized x2
    Spider-Man Renew your vows #8 reg x2
    Kill the Minotaur #1
    Winebago Graveyard #1
    Star Wars – screaming citadel issue

  16. A. King says:

    Saving money for the con this weekend. So I only picked up two….
    Action and Flash both the b covers. A couple of nights ago I finally read my last two issues of Nailbiter. A little late I know, but that ending……you have got to be kidding me. I hope they return to that series sometime later.

    • Anthony says:

      Joshua Williamson said it will not be the last we see these characters. But he didn’t say they would be back in this book

    • Eddie H says:

      I finally finished that like 3 months ago. That’s a series that was great every issue for the entire run, even the one-offs. One of my favorite reads of the last few years, and almost assuredly has a multimedia future looming.

  17. tim says:

    All New Wolverine #21(Mary Jane)
    Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #8(reg cover)
    Dark Days: The Forge #1(reg foil cover)
    Grass Kings #4(reg cover)
    Jimmy’s Bastards #1(reg cover)
    Old Man Logan #24(reg cover)
    Secret Empire #4(Sorrentino cover)
    Space Riders: Galaxy of Brutality #2
    Star Wars #32(reg cover)
    Rose #3(Chin cover)
    Venom #151(Martina cover)

  18. JayClue says:

    My pick ups this week were:

    Betty and Veronica #3 – Betty x2, Veronica x2 (I love these covers, B&V were made for Hughes)
    Venom #151 – reg x1, MJ Var.x5
    Trespasser #1
    Mother Russia #1
    All New Wolvie #21 – reg x1, Kirk x1, MJ x2
    Detective #958
    Green Valley #9
    OML #25 – reg, may pick up the 1:10 Homage, LCS wants $30 CDN for it, Im on the fence
    Secret Empire #4, Sorrentino
    Weapon X #4, Im interested in the WMD storyline, it has piqued my interest
    Screaming Citadel #1 – Cover C
    The Defenders #1 – Mack Variant, cover price
    Batman #24 – $8 CDN
    Renew Your Vows #8 x4
    DC Universe Rebirth #1, 1st Print – $7 CDN
    Star Wars #32
    God Country #5

  19. Richard Sean Guevara says:

    Ugh none of the shops around me had the venomized MJ variant of Venom 151. I’ll be taking a trip tomorrow on my day off around other shops. Hopefully I find one.

  20. J. Coleman says:


    Manifest Destiny 29 reg cvr
    Kill The Minotaur 1
    Regression 2
    Wonder Woman 24 var cvr


    Action Comics Vol 2 #979 Cover B Variant Gary Frank Cover
    All-New Wolverine #20 Cover A Regular Adam Kubert Cover
    Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows Vol 2 #7
    Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #27
    America #3 Cover A Regular Joe Quinones Cover
    Amerikarate #3 Cover A Regular Devin Roth Cover
    Avengers Vol 6 #7
    Black Panther And The Crew #2 Cover A Regular John Cassaday Cover
    Bug The Adventures Of Forager #1 Cover A Regular Michael Allred Cover
    Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari #2
    Cannibal #5
    Circle (Danger Zone) #5 Cover A Regular Alyzia Zherno Cover
    Comic Shop News #1566
    Comic Shop News 2017 Summer Preview
    Copperhead #13
    Detective Comics Vol 2 #956 Cover A Regular Eddy Barrows & Eber Ferreira Cover
    First Strike #0 Cover A Regular Max Dunbar Cover – NEXT WEEK
    Fix #9 Cover B Variant Ryan Hill April Fools Cover
    Green Valley #8
    Harrow County #23
    Heathen #2 Cover B 2nd Ptg Jen Bartel Variant Cover NEXT WEEK
    Invincible Iron Man Vol 3 #8 Cover B Variant Marco Checchetto Mary Jane Cover NEXT WEEK
    Kingpin Vol 2 #4
    Old Man Logan Vol 2 #23 Cover A Regular Andrea Sorrentino Cover
    Red Sonja Long Walk To Oblivion One Shot
    Renato Jones Season Two #1 Cover C Variant Kaare Andrews Spawn Month Black & White Cover
    Rock Candy Mountain #2
    Rocket #1 Cover B Variant David Mack Marvel Hip-Hop Cover
    Scooby Apocalypse #13 Cover B Variant Nick Bradshaw Cover
    September Mourning #1 NEXT WEEK
    Shade The Changing Girl #8 Cover B Variant Jen Bartel Cover
    Shadows On The Grave #4
    Sons Of The Devil #12
    Star Wars Screaming Citadel #1 Cover A Regular Marco Checchetto Cover (Screaming Citadel Part 1)
    Suicide Squad Vol 4 #17 Cover B Variant Whilce Portacio Cover
    Supergirl Vol 7 #9 Cover A Regular Brian Ching Cover
    Superwoman #10 Cover B Variant Renato Guedes Cover
    Weapon X Vol 3 #3 Cover A Regular Greg Land Cover
    Wonder Woman Vol 5 #22 Cover B Variant Jenny Frison Cover
    X-Files Vol 3 #13 Cover A Regular Menton3 Cover
    X-Men Blue #3 Cover A Regular Arthur Adams Cover

    Wonder Woman was sooooooooooo good!

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