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I was not big on the first two Thor films but the last installment, Thor: Ragnarok I really enjoyed. It was by far the best Thor movie to date. What else made this movie great? Cate Blanchett playing Hela.
It was recently reported that she, Cate Blanchett would be totally open to playing Hela again in the MCU and briefly said a team-up with Thanos would be “not nice, not nice” for the rest in the Marvel Universe apparently.
I like this idea, I would totally welcome Hela back because we all know there’s a way back from death in the Marvel Universe.
Hela’s first appearance was in Journey Into Mystery #102 which I think is still within most collectors budgets.
Amazing Spider-Man Back Issues
With all the Venom related comic and movie related news, I’ve been admiring all the earlier issues of Amazing Spider-Man. Particularly the issues from 300 through 400. If you ask me, this period of Amazing Spider-Man produced some of the best covers ever.
Issue #300 being Venom’s first full appearance and likely the most collectible book from this period is still within budget reach for most collectors. Raw copies seem to fluctuate with this book and graded 9.8 go for really decent money, out of reach for most collectors. With the new Venom movie coming out, Poyo is predicting it won’t be that good but even if it does bomb out at the theater, this likely won’t hurt Venom’s first appearance value. This book is still a must have in any Spidey fan collection.
The next one likely on most people’s list is Carnage’s first appearance in issue #361. This one is still within reach for most collectors. Since Venom has been dominating the comic talk as of lately, it seems this book has been on the rise. So if you’re missing out on this book, grab it while you can before it starts approaching #300’s range in value. We can likely all agree and are pretty certain the number of #361 printed are probably far fewer than the print run of issue 300.
For those with #300 out of reach, the next best early Venom issue I think is the iconic #316 which was Venom’s first cover appearance. I must say this has really jumped in price. 2 years ago I bought my CGC graded 9.8 copy for around $100. Seems these are now in the $300-$350 range. One even sold for $460 back on August 20th. Not too shabby.
With the news that Mysterio will be in the next Spider-Man movie, I will admit one of my all time favorite covers that depict Mysterio was issue #311. I still have this comic from my original collecting days as a kid. Somehow I managed to keep this one but lost #300, 316 and many other keys from around the time. I’m not sure how Mysterio will play out in the next movie installment but you can get issue #311 for dirt cheap compared to his first appearance in issue #13. Hopefully the movie helps move these early issues.
Enough with these early McFarlane covers and since I love these early Amazing Spider-Man books so much, I could keep on going so I’m just going to mention one of my favorite Carnage covers which is issue #380 by Mark Bagley from the Maxium Carnage story arc. I just love Carnage playing puppet master with Spider-Man, Venom and all the others.
These Amazing Spider-Man covers make me happy and with most still in the affordable price range, I hope one day these see more love and appreciation.
I wrote about Cemetery Beach a few weeks back with a sneak preview but this makes me happy thinking now that it’s hitting the local comic shop stands and the masses get to read it.
I got the pleasure of reading issue #1 already with an advanced copy and I can’t wait for issue #2. Even so that I got a digital copy, I’m buying a few physical copies, I got a feeling about this one and I hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did.
Superior Spider-Man Part II
The more I read about it, the more I don’t like the idea. Otto coming back again as another Superior Spider-Man.
There are some things you should just leave alone and let be. Otto had his small run until Peter got his mind back. Marvel would have been better off writing in a way for Otto to come back as Otto, not a cloned Peter Parker.
Superior Spider-Man #1 hits stores this December. I guess we’ll just wait and see if the rest of the Marvel readers and fans are onboard with this idea of bringing him back, yet again. Are you all onboard with another Otto trying to be superior?
That’s all I got this week. More likes than dislikes. That’s a good thing right?