One Year Later: Spec Review for 10/19/16

What up CHUaholics!?! 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.

Tough week for the guys. Not many good books were released so must of their specs were based on personal opinion or taste.

Winners – No winners this week!!

Near Misses

Deadpool Too Soon #1 – Poyo Pick
Original Value: $5 Current Value: $5 Still available everywhere.
First appearance of Squirrelpool!!!! OMG what a revelation! Where did they come up with such an original idea? Seriously who knows where this character goes down the road so it’s in Near Misses for me. Who is next Grootpool, Trapsterpool, Stilt-Manpool, Gwenpool (oh, wait…), Bird-Brainpool, Angar The Screamerpool?!?!

Evil Dead 2: Dark Ones Rising #1 – Anthony Pick
Evil Dead 2: Revenge of Dracula One-Shot – Anthony Pick
Evil Dead 2: Revenge of The Martians One-Shot – Anthony Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4 All still available at on-line retailers.
A ton of copies sold for $5-7 with $4-5 shipping charges on the bay. Long term specs to me.


Black Panther #7 Incentive Cosplay Variant Cover – Mel Pick
Original Value: $25? Current Value: $4 And still available at Midtown for $25!!!!!
Mel was right this is a horrible cover…..just not horrible enough to be sought after.

Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat #11 Variant Champions Cover – Mel Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4
Not a ton of activity on this one. Mel was going for the long play spec here. If Agents of Shield ran long enough, we may see Ms. Marvel meet up with Ghost Rider, and this would be their first cover appearance together.

Civil War II: Kingpin #4 Variant Kyle Baker Cover – Mel Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4 Still available at on-line retailers.

Amazing Spider-Man #20 – Poyo Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4 Still available at on-line retailers.
Poyo took a chance on this one. The preview made it seem like there was a death. I don’t even know if there was or not. I read every issue description for every week’s new releases and there is almost always alluding to some major event happening. Anyone else think that almost all of the Alex Ross regular covers for this series are pretty incredible?!

Lord of Gore #1 – Anthony Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $4 Still available at some on-line retailers.
Tony loves his horror. Pretty sure this was a good read only spec but I needed to add more specs for this light week.

Unspecced Winners

Black Panther #7 Variant Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Hip-Hop Cover
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $9

Infamous Iron Man #1 Skottie Young Baby Variant Cover
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $7

Mockingbird #8
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $9

Southern Nightgown #1
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $9


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16 Responses to One Year Later: Spec Review for 10/19/16

  1. Vann says:

    I totally forgot that I picked up a whack of those Southern Nightgown books when they came out—thanks for reminding me with the good news!

  2. Richard Guevara says:

    First time I’ve seen that infamous iron man skottie young cover. Definitely a good one. I want it now lol

  3. OC_GUY says:

    Glad this was added a while back. Always fun to read through.

  4. agentpoyo says:

    Man.. last year was just a craptastic week now wasn’t it..

  5. The failure of Mockingbird is a tragedy. That was such a great book! Can’t believe they didn’t even let it continue to #12. It was on par with Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye.
    Lord of Gore would probably have done better if it came out on time. I can’t believe it’s already been a year since #1. I donated to the Kickstarter on that one, and am also a fan of horror, so I am biased, but spec or not, it’s a cool book to check out.
    And I’d never seen that Patsy Walker Champions Variant by Nauck. I need that one now…

    • agentpoyo says:

      Yeah, I was reading Mockingbird as well…. Was enjoying it.

      Speaking of Matt Fraction…. He seems to have just vanished from the comic book world for the most part. Sex Criminals is pretty much dead now… Not many other books from him it seems as well….

  6. Jorge E. Navarro says:

    So many specs end up being duds….better be doing for the love folks….= ). Lots of heating up a cooling off fast over the past year it seems.

    • Anthony says:

      That’s the thing. A lot of my picks were personal favorites. For example I love Evil Dead, but Bruce Campbell will not sign Dynamite comics. So I liked these for the signing potential. Many specs do fizzle out. In fact, we say we are picking the ones we feel have the best chance. But some weeks it’s the best out of books that have no spec potential.

      • Jorge E. Navarro says:

        Something that Bruce won’t sign? Heh….I remember having him sign all kinds of stuff during his “If Chins Could Kill” book tour. Do you know why he refuses to sign a Dynamite product? I am curious.

  7. There was a recent Word Balloon podcast episode with Matt on it. Sounded like he was focused on some TV projects. He sounded pretty burned out on comics.

  8. I think the only one I have on this list is the Black Panther hip-hop so I don’t feel too bad. None of those others back then caught my attention enough to buy.

  9. Ric Lancaster says:

    I only got two of them, thank Dawkins !

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