One Year Later: Spec Review for 7/27/16

What up CHU!?! Shawn B., the One Year Later Investigator,  back with another One Year Later round up, where we take a look at some of the comics that Anthony, Mel and Poyo specced on one year ago. Their specs turn out to be quick flips, slow burns, straight up misses, straight up winners and on and on. Sometimes they spec with their hearts out of their passion for comics. Sometimes they spec based on data. And sometimes they spec based off the word on the street. Either way, all their specs appeal to a few or many collectors whether it is due to them having similar taste in writing or art, or just an opportunity for a collector to flip a book and make money to “support their habit”. So, this is our weekly chance to look back at how some of our buys from a year ago are doing today.

Slow week spec wise. Most of the guy’s recommendations were for their PCs or just great art or reads.


Tommy #1 Glow-in-the-Dark Variant – Mel Pick
Original Value: $25 Current Value: $50-60
Twisted comic. Tribute to one of the greatest bands ever, The Misfits, in this homage cover. I want one but not at that price!

Haunted Mansion #5 Katie Cook Variant – Poyo Pick
Original Value: $10 Current Value: $15-20
Sold out everywhere still. This was a quick flipper’s dream having sold for up to $70 at one point.

Near Misses

Wonder Woman #3 Frank Cho Variant – Mel Pick
Original Value: $3 Current Value: $3-4
I put this one in the near miss category because I believe that many of the DC B Cover Variants are slow burns. Give it a couple years. And Franck Cho had a good run of them in the early issues of this series.

Titans #1 Mike Choi Variant – Mel Pick
Original Value: $3 Current Value: $3-4
Same as above on the DC B Covers pertains here. Slow burners.

Flash #3 – Anthony & Poyo Pick
Original Value: $3 Current Value: $3-4
Another slow burner. Godspeed issue.


Black Panther #4 Variant Death of X Cover – Mel Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4
Still available at Midtown. These Death of X Covers turned out to be duds.

Harley Quinn #30 – Anthony Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4
A Harley final issue. Still available at Midtown.

But Like Maybe? #1 – Anthony Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4
Still available at Midtown. Not a ton of steam yet on this Instagram hit! Was talked down on other sites and just never took off.

Unspecced Winners

Carnage #10
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $8-10
First appearance of Raze.


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10 Responses to One Year Later: Spec Review for 7/27/16

  1. That black Harley cover is possibly Conner’s finest. And stands to be iconic with time.

  2. John Dye says:

    That Tommy comic is what got me back in comics. I lost my comic book collection 15 years ago. Tragic sad day and tossed in the towel. Any doodle – I searched every where for the Tommy comic – seemed the price range last year was really expensive for my taste and still is

  3. Richard Sean Guevara says:

    Is that WW 3 the cover that got censored? As in they cut off part of her leg and butt area or am I getting I mixed up with something else?

  4. I stopped reading Carnage at #8. The story was just moving Too Slow, and for some reason I felt like the narrative was going in different directions, as though they were heading one way, and then got the green flag for ongoing status, so they started changing some things to keep it going. I intended to go back and get the rest of them when they’re in discount bins. Hopefully I come across some #10’s. Thanks for the heads-up!

    • agentpoyo says:

      Yeah, I think I stopped at #5 myself. I told myself instead of spending money now, I’d just wait to read it when it hits the MU app. I’m so far behind my Marvel reads and comic reads now, it might be years before I go back to read this one.

  5. AL says:

    I loaded up on Carnage 10. Also bought a few Venom 38s and 40s. First Mania.
    Venom lethal protector 4 has first app of Scream also. To me the best looking female symbiote.

    • I like Scream, too. I wish they’d done more with her. And I was buying that Venom series when Mania debuted. It seemed like they were going somewhere with that character before the series wrapped-up. Maybe Venomverse will renew interest in some of these characters enough to bring them back afterward. Venomverse is going to be over a lot quicker than Spiderverse, though, since it is a Weekly Series, so they won’t have as much time to gauge interest & get planning.

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