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 147th edition of the open forum!

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 pick ups for 8/2/17


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77 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Ryan Miller says:

    I’m sitting here on the couch next to my wife, who will liberate my manhood with a sharp blade if I buy another comic, should I risk it and grab the Foil Robotec? At thirty bucks she’s gonna be ripped but do I confidently justify it as a worthy pickup? I cant stop thinking about it….

  2. OC_Guy says:

    Not sure what new stuff I will get this week, but did pick up Batman Beyond first appearances (rumor or not). Also, for those who ordered SDCC Flashpoint #1 from the GRAPHITTI website, I e-mailed them and they replied they my order was shipped. So, I assume that means those who ordered from them early on should be getting them soon.

    • Alana says:

      The charge went through on my card finally but doesn’t say shipped on its status

      • OC_Guy says:

        Yeah, when I emailed them it took a few days for them to get back… The representative said they were all in San Diego and they were just starting to sort through everything. If the charge went through I would think that is because they have what you ordered in stock.Probably just a day or two from being shipped.

    • Wells Floyd says:

      I got an email from them yesterday saying they’d shipped, so I think we’re okay.

    • Richard Sean Guevara says:

      Got my two copies in today. They both are curved and bend. They don’t lay flat as a comic should. Also one of the copies I got be spine is all beat up and has color breaks all over. Hoping they’re able to remedy this some how.

  3. Shines says:

    Not a big week for me, Harley & Hillbilly. Walking Dead. Artgerm Robotech. Probably a few others …
    Last couple weeks were heavy.
    Couple pickups from the 50 cent boxes at the flea market…AllStar Batman Rebirth #1, Batman #24- 4th print (!), Darkhawk #1, and Wizard Magazine #s 1, 2, & 3 (posters intact).

  4. Jason Zimmerman says:

    Any thoughts on Justice League 26? Saw stories about New characters, the JL’s kids from the future. Seems like a spec book to me, but no one is talking about it here.

    • Brennan says:

      I haven’t read it yet, I pull Justice league anyways though.
      I always say for the small price of a single comic, you may as well buy an issue if it has a new character. You just never know when a random character is going to explode.

  5. Alana says:

    Preacher has really became one of my favorite shows. Definitely top 3 behind Flash and TWD might even put it in front of TWD. When the show first premiered I wasn’t really onboard thought it was just a show with a heavy emphasis on violence after the first couple episodes. After learning about the characters and getting the whole Preacher story I can go back and really appreciate those first episodes. Last nights episode was fun the show is great 👍🏻

    Picked up
    Batman Beyond #1
    Superman Batman annual #4
    Magnus Robot Fighter #5 thanks guys!
    Showcase #66 NM

    • Alana says:

      Preordered all my Lenticulars too, multiples on the SpiderGwen, Black Panther, and Deadpool covers

      • Alana says:

        Talk of them being allocated so keep that in mind if your waiting for them on shelves.

      • Brennan says:

        I asked about these today myself, but my shop wasn’t so sure about them. I think it’s a crapshoot if I get any. I was told though that if they can get ant they’d go into my box. I asked for Deadpool, cable, asm, spider Gwen.

    • David Billadeau says:

      How much did the Superman Batman Annual #4 run you?

  6. A. King says:

    I called my main shop, and told them to put a copy of Elsewhere #1 in my pullbox for me, it sounds like it might be pretty good. I’m not sure what else I’m going to pick up tomorrow yet.
    In the beginning of July I told myself that I am not going to order anymore comics for the whole month(except for my pre-orders) and besides 3 comics I made it, and you know what I really don’t feel like I missed out on anything. Those 3 comics I ordered I saw them a couple of days later on the shelf so I didn’t really need to order them.

    • I do that sometimes too. I tell myself I need to limit my new comic purchases..that’s when stuff like Seven 2 Eternity #1 or the Batman Elmer Fudd slips by me lol

      • agentpoyo says:

        I skipped Batman Elmer Fudd, who’da thought.. but Seven to Eternity, I had this gut feeling about that one.. I did good loading up on that one.

  7. Karl says:

    Generations banner hulk and totally awesome hulk #1 – capcom variant’s and keown variant’s.

    Dead of winter standard and Henderson variants.

    Handful of Spiritus signed editions

    A few robotech’s in a range of variant covers.


    Also found a copy of princeless #1 for less than $10 including postage….. I’m a little suspicious as to whether it is what it says it is due to all the hype following SDCC but worth the risk at that price.

  8. David Billadeau says:

    Picked up 4 copies of New Avengers #8 for cover price, Venom Sinner Takes All #2 for cover, Infinity #1, 4, 5 General variants, #3 & 4 design variants and FCBD for $40.

    • David Billadeau says:

      Oh, and the two SDCC Flashpoint #1 variant, thanks for the info, which have shipped!

    • David Billadeau says:

      Just picked up Infinity #2 & 6 1:75 General variants and Superman Batman Annual #4!

  9. Derek Magnus says:

    Lark’s Killer 1 – Willingham writes good stories and this seems good as well. Issue 2 cover looks spectactular.

  10. Eric R says:

    Pick ups this week:
    Galaktikon #1 (2 copies-love all the high quality and interesting books from Powell and Albatross)
    Hillbilly #7
    Weapon X #6 (cover price)
    Robotech #1 Art Germ variant X 2 (Great cover art, Giant Mech, & 1980’s-what’s not to love?)
    Walking Dead #170
    Darth Vader #4 (1:25 variant)

    Hit a shop that I don’t normally get a chance to visit and was able to snag the following off the shelf:
    Wonder Woman #7 (Frison B cover X 4 for cover price)
    Wonder Woman #23 (Frison variant)
    Deathstroke #19 (Cover A Lazarus for cover)
    Teen Titans Special #1 (Lazarus X 2 for cover)

    For PC, Doctor Aphra #4 40th Anniversary variant. The early parts of this 48 part variant set are really starting to dry up and getting expensive. Doctor Aphra #3 is upwards of $45 and this one is starting to move that way also.

    Happy Hunting everyone!

  11. schweizerdavid says:

    Picking up:
    Love & Rockets Magazine 3
    Sex Criminals 20 (both covers)
    Lark’s Killer 1 (Willingham)

  12. Brennan says:

    I’ve made some really good progress on my little collection/comic cave 🙂
    My old couch could not make it down there due to size/stairs that change direction Midway. Good news is that my fience allowed me to buy a brand new one! So now I just have to wait for that to arrive.
    Also waiting until tomorrow to buy some new comic frames, as they go 50% off where I buy them.
    Today I picked up:
    Black bolt
    Green lanterns
    Justice league
    Seven to eternity
    Sex criminals
    Darth Vader
    Walking dead
    Trump vs time Lincoln
    A couple of marvel true believer issues

    • Anthony says:

      Nice conversations going on this week. Glad to see so much activity. Piecing together the four videos of my many pick ups now.

    • Jesus says:

      Where do you get your comic frames at?

      • Brennan says:

        I just get 9×12 poster frames by studio decor from Michael’s. They go on sale every few weeks.

      • Anthony says:

        and how well do they work for comics. Can you post a picture?

      • Brennan says:

        The frames are actually pretty good for the price. They’re $13.99 cad regular price, but I buy them when they go 50% off or buy one get one free. The comics tend to slide down a bit over time and need to be recentered about once a year. I find a piece of cardboard behind the backing paper before the back goes on holds them firmer.
        Here’s what I’ve got up so far. It’s a work in progress, I’m not finished yet!

      • Anthony says:

        I need to get some. The ones I have been using are no longer in stock from Booksamillion. I like framing and hanging my variants for the site on the wall.

      • Anthony says:

        Man your comic cave is on point!

      • Anthony says:

        I have to share my comic room with the kids.

      • Brennan says:

        Thanks! It’s still evolving but the whole basement is mine. For now :).
        There will be kids in our (not too distant) future (we hope). I figure I’ve got another year, then I’ll have to give up most of that basement. I’m keeping the dark blue half! I saved space there for the comic shelves.

      • JayClue says:

        @brennan. There is a lil comic shop called R&D Collectibles in Aurora. They sell these pretty handy comic frames for $9.99 (I think). They are designed to hold comics, so they never have to be adjusted and I believe they offer UV protection as well.

      • JayClue says:

        I just checked the box of the comic frame I was referring to. It is a ‘BCW current comic book showcase’. It has a 6 3/4″ x 10 1/4″ recessed area that holds comics perfectly.

      • Brennan says:

        Really? I’ll have to go check it out.
        My only concern would be that they wouldn’t match my others.
        I suspect that we live closer than we realized.

      • Brennan says:

        Ok so I was at Ikea today and found these frames for $3.99 cad. Works like a charm and cheapest I’ve found. Looks really nice.

    • Mancave sounds like it’s coming’ll have to share some pics maybe when you have it set up!

  13. Anthony says:

    Here are my massive pick ups including many keys, and first appearances, plus 1st issues.

    • Brennan says:

      Lol I bet you wish your commute was always that fast!

    • Admiral Snackbar says:

      I hope it was Italian food, Anthony. Most other kinds of takeout make the car smell like farts.
      Also Midtown has put up cover price copies of the new Spectacular Spiderman # 1 signed by artist Adam Kubert. Pretty cool considering most of their signed books seem to be signed by the writer only.

      • Anthony says:

        It was Mexican… Yes, the car smelled like farts. Tacos in a 100 degree car for an hour. Wife was none too happy about the food going bad.

    • Awesome. Always look forward to these videos..Just out of curiosity what makes those He-Man Thundercats #3s at $25, just scarcity, or some sort of new character?

    • Cody says:

      Nice haul…I’m always on the lookout for old comics signs in the window. Lol.

      • Anthony says:

        Old comic signs are my new favorite thing. The funny thing was these were right around the corner from a comic shop that deals in old comics. They let them know they had a couple of long boxes in but they hadn’t been over yet.

    • David Billadeau says:

      Nice pickups Anthony! I’ve been picking up the Infinity 1:75 General variants and 1:50 Design variants, they are selling well on eBay!

  14. Richard Sean Guevara says:

    Looks like robotech 1 Cover a by Artgerm is heating up a little on eBay.

  15. JayClue says:

    I just received my confirmation email for my SDCC Flash Points too. I had a fairly light week at the stores. My pick ups were:

    Replica #1, 1:10 variant x2
    Robotech #1 x4
    Dead of Winter #1, A & B
    Galaktikon #1
    Hillbilly #7
    Generations Hulk
    Vader #4
    XMen Gold #9
    Batman #28
    Thanos #9
    Elsewhere #1
    TWD #170

  16. J. Coleman says:


    Sex Criminals 20 xxx cvr
    Hillbilly 7
    Lark’s Killer 1 reg cvr
    Batman 28 var cvr
    Walking Dead 170


    Action Comics Vol 2 #982 Cover B Variant Mikel Janin Cover
    After Eden #2 NEXT WEEK
    Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 #29 (Secret Empire Tie-In)
    Batman The Shadow #3 Cover B Variant Eduardo Risso Cover
    Black Magick #6 Cover B Variant Liam Sharpe Cover
    Black Panther Vol 6 #15 Cover A Regular Brian Stelfreeze Cover
    Blood Brothers (Dynamite Entertainment) #1 Cover A Regular Javier Caba Cover
    Clue #1 Cover C Variant Valentina Pinto Subscription Cover
    Comic Shop News #1573
    Deadpool vs Punisher #5 Cover B Variant Ryan Stegman Cover
    Defenders Vol 5 #2 Cover A Regular David Marquez Cover
    Detective Comics Vol 2 #959 Cover B Variant Rafael Albuquerque Cover
    Dregs #4
    Eleanor & The Egret #3
    Elektra Vol 4 #5
    Flash Vol 5 #25 Cover A Regular Carmine Di Giandomenico Cover
    Forevers #4
    Invisible Hands #3
    Jean Grey #3 Cover A Regular David Yardin Cover
    Jughead Vol 3 #16 Cover B Variant Stephen Byrne Cover
    Namwolf #3 Cover A Regular Logan Faerber Cover
    No Angel #4
    Occupy Avengers #8 (Secret Empire Tie-In)

    Peter Parker Spectacular Spider-Man #1 Cover R Regular Adam Kubert Cover Signed By Adam Kubert (Limit 1 Per Customer) @ MIDTOWN

    Punisher Vol 10 #13 Cover B Variant David Williams Mary Jane Cover
    Rebels These Free And Independent States #4
    Saucer State #2 Cover B Variant Jeffrey Veregge Subscription Cover
    Secret Empire #5 Cover A Regular Mark Brooks Cover
    Secret Weapons Vol 2 #1 Cover B Variant Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic Cover
    Star Wars Doctor Aphra #8 Cover A Regular Marco Checchetto Cover (Screaming Citadel Part 5)
    Starring Sonya Devereaux Debutante Desperado Cover B Variant Brendon Fraim & Brian Fraim Blazing Barrels Cover
    Suicide Squad Vol 4 #20 Cover A Regular Otto Schmidt Cover
    Supergirl Being Super #4
    Supergirl Vol 7 #12 Cover B Variant Stanley Artgerm Lau Cover NEXT WEEK
    Totally Awesome Hulk #20 (Weapons Of Mutant Destruction Part 2)
    Underwinter #4 Cover B Variant Emi Lenox Cover
    X-Files Vol 3 #15 Cover A Regular Menton3 Cover
    X-Men Blue #6
    X-O Manowar Vol 4 #4 Cover A Regular Lewis Larosa Cover
    Zombie Tramp Vol 2 #36 Cover E Variant Andrew Herman Artist Cover

    • David Billadeau says:

      You don’t mess around! You just get everything! Lol! Awesome!

    • I noticed that too lol good for you man, just wondering what’s your collection at for total number?

      • Anthony says:

        Me? Close to 40,000 books. I have a comic shop storage. I have 33 short boxes in my basement currently. More upstairs. More in storage.

      • J. Coleman says:

        I’m guessing around 26,000. I have mucho drawerboxes with my old long boxes on top. I have a bunch of old stuff from my father and I collected in the 80’s & 90’s. Then I dropped out for a while and started back around 2010? Only because I found out they were making Dark Tower comics. I realized I had really missed comics when I started back up.

  17. A. King says:

    Way too busy at work so I had no time to get anything. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have time to get something.

  18. Michael Cox says:

    Toyetica #1 sold out real fast at midtown earlier today.I think it was a future pick awhile back.

  19. Admiral Snackbar says:

    super light week for me (as most weeks have been as of late.) picked up walking dead of course and also a few of those true believers reprints of classic silver age books.

    but what i was really excited about today was the return of image’s rocket girl! for those not familiar with the publishing timeline of this book, the issue coming out today is #8 and #1 came out October 2013.

    • Anthony says:

      Same creative team as Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur I believe

      • Admiral Snackbar says:

        reeder didn’t do the art for mg+dd, just cowrote. and looks like her final contribution to the series was on issue # 18.
        im sure there are all kinds of (hopefully good) reasons for the “even crazier than black mask comics level” of delays for this book but eight issues over 4 years is pretty frustrating.
        glad it’s back though and i just hope it stays on schedule. same thing with lazarus.

  20. I’ve tried to slow it down on new buys but Anthony you and Terry make it tough with your weekly picks! lol Still managed to go light this week…

    Galaktikon #1
    True Believers – Black Panther x3
    True Believers Cap America Lives Again
    Dead of Winter (A&B) x2
    Robotech #1 (x2)

    Edge of Venomverse #4
    Signed Peter Parker #1 by Kubert
    Redlands #1 cover A (b cover sold out at Midtown)
    Supergirl #12 Artgerm x2
    Harley #25 Cho connecting cover

    Batman #25 A cover for my run
    All-New Classic Your Pal Archie #1
    Darth Maul #4
    Darth Maul #5

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