One Year Later: Spec Review for 4/19/17



What up CHUllectors!?! 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.

Anyone watch Young Sheldon last week? His mother banned him from comics because she found his copy of Watchmen and she didn’t like the naked blue man. Hilarious. Good thing she didn’t read the whole book. I was 13 when I read Watchmen in ’86. That and Dark Knight were my introduction to comics. How could I not be instantly hooked?


Lady Death: Oblivion Kiss #1 Variant Adam Hughes Foil Premium Cover (available on eBay)– Mel Pick
Original Value: $25 Current Value: $35
AH! I love seeing that on a cover.

Ms. Marvel #17 Variant Adam Kubert Resurrxion Cover (available on eBay) – Mel Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $15
Still a popular cover. X-23 still has some heat!

Redneck #1 (available on eBay)– Anthony & Poyo Pick
Original Value: $4 Current Value: $10
Love this series! Not quite as successful as God Country but Cates has been on a roll.

Quick Flip Winners

World Reader #1 Elizabeth Torque Variant Cover (available on eBay)– Mel Pick
Original Value: $15 Quick Flip Value: $35 Current Value: $15
You would have needed a quick turn around on this one.

Near Misses

Harley Quinn #18 Frank Cho Variant (available on eBay)– Anthony & Mel Pick
Original Value: $3 Current Value: $5
Slow burn in my opinion. Sold out at online retailers. Issues have sold from $1 to $15.


Royals #2 Adi Granov Variant Cover (available on eBay)-Mel Pick
Original Value: $25 Current Value: $15
There may have been some quick flip potential here but I do not have the data. Granov has been hot but this one has fizzled.

Unspecced Winners

Ninjak #26 Tula Lotay Variant Cover (available on eBay)
Original Value: $65 Current Value: $150
Wow! This came out of nowhere.


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12 Responses to One Year Later: Spec Review for 4/19/17

  1. JayClue says:

    I did really well with the X23 variant when it came out. I love this article, Shawn. Keep up the good work!

  2. adam wonders the blind comicpimp says:

    harley Quinn is trending upwards especially the chio variants . redneck is a long term hold . x-23 needs more cost play love blind adam out

    • Shawn B says:

      Agreed Adam. You going to Boston Comic Con this year?

    • Ben says:

      Typically when there is an artist who makes a legendary run with a book, it’s usually the best one or two that rise to the top when it’s completely based on cover art. Hughes’ Catwoman, Campbell’s Spiderman, Artgerm’s Bargirl, Parillo’s Vamperilla, etc. Which one or two covers would get your votes as long term holds in what is gathering steam as a classic run? My votes would #11 and #30.

  3. Douglass Calmes says:

    quick query, what is up with Isola #1 B cover?

  4. Douglass Calmes says:

    Yeah, gorgeous art. Odd there is not much buzz about it considering the incredibly high asking prices on the bay. My lcs has plenty of both covers just sitting on their shelves like ripe apples.

    • agentpoyo says:

      Because buyers on eBay makes no damn sense at times in why they pay premiums for something they can buy elsewhere for cheaper or retail prices.

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