One Year Later: Spec Review for 4/12/17

What up CHUaholics!! Shawn B., the One Year Later Investigator,  back again, spec it, collect it, let’s begin! Man, I am getting bad with my jokes the older I get. So, I wanted to take a moment to mention that last week marks the one-year anniversary for these one year later reviews. Thanks to everyone who reads this post. It really is a lot of fun for me. And a big thanks to Anthony, Poyo and Mel for allowing me to call out their specs whether they are good or bad. Lastly, a big shout out and thank you to Anthony for creating CHU and keeping it going strong. Forget the specs and flipping and all that, what I love about this site is the excitement that it gives me each week. Whether it’s the new releases, Anthony’s spoilers, Alana’s Weekend Specs, Blind Adam’s Hidden Gems, it all keeps me excited about past, current and future comics. So, a big thanks to everyone who contributes to this site. You all help to keep my drive for collecting strong and on point. Jeez you’d think I’m accepting a Nobel over here with all my thank yous. Like I think I cured something.


Z Nation #1 Incentive Lucio Parrillo Virgin Cover – Mel Pick
 Original Value: $12 Current Value: $20+
While this one isn’t quite on fire now, but I remember them selling well in the beginning. There are a ton of Parrillo virgin covers doing really well on the aftermarket. If you see any cheap…grab ‘em!

Heathen #3 – Anthony & Poyo Pick 
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $9
Winner, winner Heathen dinner! Still going strong!

Quick Flip Winners

Solar Flare #1 – Anthony & Poyo Pick 
Original Value: $4 Quick Flip Value: $10 Current Value: $4
The heat here has settled down to luke warm. The self-published issues are still doing pretty well. It seems harder to find the second printing of this one. Though they were once sold out Midtown has copies for cover price again. Still a great read!

Godshaper #1 Variant David Aja Cover – Mel Pick 
Original Value: $4 Quick Flip Value: $10 Current Value: $5
Cool cover but it’s BOOM! and not a crazy popular series. Unless the series is optioned I see no value down the road here.

Near Misses

Deadpool Vs. Punisher #1 – Anthony Pick
 Original Value: $4 Current Value: $5
Putting this in Near Misses because there is still quite a bit of sales activity going on for this one. Copies still at on line retailers for cover and lots of sold listings on the bay from $3 – 9. Sets of the 5 issue series sold for $20 – 40. I’m gonna check this one in another year.


American Gods #2 Bill Sienkiewicz Variant – Mel Pick
 Original Value: $3 Current Value: $3
Still available for cover or less. 
Probably not a strong enough series to boost the value here.

Deadpool vs Punisher #1 Incentive Greg Hildebrandt Variant – Mel Pick
 Original Value: $9 Current Value: $5
I gotta say that in my findings, very few variants stand the test of time for value.

Guardians of the Galaxy #19 Incentive Mike Deodato Jr. Variant – Mel Pick
 Original Value: $30 Current Value: $8
Again, most variants do not hold value unless they are part of a key issue or run, have truly exceptional artwork or are incredibly rare but even then, there needs to be some popularity.

Unspecced Winners

Black Panther and the Crew #1 Jim Cheung Marvel Hip Hop 
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $7

Classic Popeye #57 Incentive Bill Sewart Variant
 Original Value: $10 Current Value: $25
Man some of these Classic Popeye Variants are going for insane money!

Wonder Woman #20 Jenny Frison Variant
 Original Value: $3 Current Value: $8


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9 Responses to One Year Later: Spec Review for 4/12/17

  1. JayClue says:

    I found a copy of Godshaper #1 about a week after its release, picked it up to try the quick flip. The heat was already gone. I sold it for cover about 1-2 months ago. Im sitting on my Solar Flare books, self published series and a few copies of various Scout #1 variants. I feel like this series will be optioned at some point.

  2. 1195200 says:

    I sell so much deadpool crap. I bought everything I could find back in the 90s. I couldn’t stand that character then, but just liked his suit and because he was a rip off. Its funny because I told my wife when the movie was announced that this is going to be huge for fox, and bandwagoners. People are stupid and like stupid shit because it’s popular. The movie was good, but it’s like…ha ha that was funny and never watch it again. Disney is going to drop that character when they receive the rights. I guess I just don’t see what others do. Okay, Deadpool rant done. I sold about 7 of the vs punisher for above cover. I still have a couple I think.

  3. A. King says:

    I’ve got all the Z Nation and Solar Flare. I started with American Gods but I stopped.

  4. Mel V says:

    that Guardians cover is underrated.. 1:50 that book was tough to find id gladly buy it again for 8 bucks

    • Michael Danforth says:

      I agree – I only see it for $50 and $80 on e-bay – I was excited to see it was listed as only $8. Don’t know where all the $8 copies went….

  5. melthemovieguy says:

    Mannnn I wish I seen these listings …I think that book will bounce back

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