One Year Later: Spec Review for 8/30/17

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.

Poyo’s Drek – Let’s see what the agent told us to stay away from last year.
Secret Empire #10 J Scott Campbell Variant Cover
Original Value: $60           Current Value: $10


Eh. Some are debatable. See below.

Quick Flip Winners

G.I. Joe #8 Variant Tom Whalen Cover – Poyo Pick
Original Value: $4           Quick Flip Value: $10            Current Value: $? No recent sales.
Unsure if this one has fizzled out like the rest of the Whalen variants. Though this would be one of the favorites to get out of the bunch.

Still Potentials

Star Wars Jedi Of The Republic Mace Windu #1 Variant Russell Dauterman Star Wars 40th Anniversary Cover – Mel and Poyo Pick
Original Value: $4           Current Value: $7
Still some movement here but could be fading.

Savage Dragon #226 – Anthony Pick
Original Value: $4           Current Value: $6
Nice subliminal messaging here! Not quite a winner but definitely not a miss.


Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1 – Poyo Pick
Original Value: $5           Current Value: $5
Still available everywhere. This one did not see the love that Mister Miracle did.

Unspecced Winners



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14 Responses to One Year Later: Spec Review for 8/30/17

  1. agentpoyo says:

    Never pay full price for Campbell. I saw the complete 10 issue connecting set of Campbell’s are selling for around $150 which still only puts the single issues for Secret War Campbell’s variants at $15 each, a far cry from the $60 price tag most shops sold them for.

  2. A. King says:

    I only got the Mace and G i Joe.

  3. Yea I agree, I’m not paying full price for campbell covers anymore. It seems like 1 in maybe 500 covers whines up being a keeper for overall profit.

  4. Vann says:

    I think what makes matters worse for this set of variants is that they really weren’t very good. His “popular” covers all have set styles and poses that are very predictable….and when he moves away from them, his art is not really a stand-out anymore.

    • agentpoyo says:

      I’m on the opposite side of that argument. I don’t like Campbell’s art now because it’s usually the same thing, same pose, same face, just a different outfit.

      I welcome different styles from Campbell but all we get is the same thing cover after cover, MJ in a different dress or different color hair.

      • Captain Feet says:

        JSC is a good artist, but unfortunately I agree with Poyo. Here in this post we see a Whalen cover, same style on his books, but it’s completely different characters. If he did 27 snake eyes covers nobody would care about him anymore. Take a hint JSC it’s getting old.

  5. Alana says:

    Will be interesting to see this article for a year from now, Edge Of Spider-geddon #2 is flying 31 copies sold on eBay today alone.

    • Alana says:

      If you count what drewbizz has sold in the last 24hrs about 50 copies have moved today.

      • JayClue says:

        It’s nothing more than the flavour of the week, Alana l. Imo. Nobody will care about robot hashtag venom in 2 months. PS. Having a # in the name Ven#m, is just ridiculously stoopid, imo.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Oh man, wait til you see my Likes and Dislikes I was typing up and then saw your comment here. I discuss this very thing. 😉

      • JayClue says:

        I think Persephony showing up in Wolvie Dead ends this week, will have longer legs than hashtag robot venom. Imo.

      • Alana says:

        It’s like that because Spidey goer by Sp//dr so they made Venom Ven#m, I seriously didn’t know that was Spideys name Sp//dr until I read Edge Of Spider-geddon #2. Lol

      • agentpoyo says:

        Yeah, I noticed that as well with the // in Spider, as Sp//dr. It’s just as stupid if you ask me.

      • JayClue says:

        Holy shit. Every time I saw Sp//dr, i had zero idea that was a name. I thought it was an abbreviation of a series title. // in Spideys name is just as, if not more ridic than hashtag robot venom.

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