Picks of the week 5/8/13

Each week we spotlight a book or a couple of books that we thing are worth checking out and may rise in value. Here is our speculation picks of the week:

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1. Walking Dead 110- you cannot go wrong picking up Walking Dead books. Th issue features Michonne and Ezekiel battling it out. A classic fan favorite versus the cool new guy with the tiger.

2. Über #1- sold out #0 and now #1 is already sold out. Sold out before it got to the stores. Avatar finally has a true hit on its hand. Über #0 also gets a second print this week.

3. Chin Music 1- Last week we saw Ben Templesmith’s new book with JMS, ‘Ten Grand’ make the list. Now we have his ’30 Days of Night’ co-creator’s new book. An Image number 1 is always a good bet, and with Steve Niles at the helm if this Lovecraft meets Hard boiled crime noir, we cannot pass it up. Also like ‘Ten Grand’ this one will have a phantom variant.

4. Twelve Reasons to Die- New publisher Blackmask Studios, run by Punk Rock Legend, Bret Gurewitz of Bad Religion Fame. Bringing in even more music star power is this is based on Ghostface Killah’snew album. Long shot but these things sometimes work out. This is backed up by store variants (tour variants) and a ticket variant which gets you into one of his shows.

 

Free comic book day

May the 4th is almost upon us and as you know it’s free comic book day. Some stores like Capital Comics in Maryland are kicking things off early with a midnight release. A chance get the free books a little early.

Some of the highlights for the year are ‘The Walking Dead Tyrese’s story’ which Robert Kirkman said will not be released in any other formats. No trade reprints, no back up story reprint.
Also, ‘ The Regular Show’ ‘Regular Comic’ also drops. This will be the first appearance of the comic and characters. ‘RIPD’ also drops today and back issues of the first series have been hot.

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Diamond Comics Advanced Reorder list 5/3/13

Diamond Advanced Reorder List

One way to guage how hot a comic is/will be is by the Diamond Comics Advanced reorder list. This gives retailers to up their orders for books that may have caught some heat before the release and before the final order cut offs. So without further ado, this weeks advanced reorder list:

1. Mighty Thor Omnibus Hardcover Vol. 2

2. Batman Beyond 16

3.Batman lil’ Gotham #2 – First issue sold well. Does well as an download and translating well into sales for floppies.

4. Constantine #1 2nd Printing – 1st issue of Post-Hellblazer leads to a 2nd printing

5. Supior Spider-man #10 – Fallout from #9 is translating into increased orders for 10.

6. Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #3 of 5 – Word is this has moved to an ongoing, retailers upping their orders.

8. East of West #3 – Another hit from Jonathan Hickamn, first issue is seeing increase prices on eBay

9. Bounce #1 – Heat from ‘Sex’ helping to pull interest into this book. #1’s from Image have been good speculator fodder

14. Helheim #2 2nd Printing – ‘Sixth Gun’s’ writers latest hit. Support from variants doing well on the secondary market and good story and art leading to good sales.

Terry Moore tweets ‘Rachel Rising’ 2nd and 3rd print run numbers

I had put out the print run for Terry Moore’s ‘Rachel Rising’ earlier. But one thing was missing, the reprint print run numbers. Well we have them, straight from Terry Moore’s mouth (or at least his twitter feed.)
1 2nd print – 1,350 copies
1 3rd print – 1,200 copies

These are tiny compared to the first print which clocked in at 12,600. Normally I do not mess with reprints as, well they are reprints, but with so few of these available, these could shoot up in price compared to the first print.

Hoax Hunters Print Run

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So as we reported, ‘Hoax Hunters’ has been optioned for a movie deal. The back issue prices have been moving up nicely. But how many issues are there out there? Well Here you go. I do not have a solid number on #2 yet as it did not appear on the top 300 list for books shipped but it is an estimate. All in all, pretty low number for a  Modern Comic.

#0 – 5,779
#1 – 6,973
#2 -4,000 (estimated)
#3 -4,404

Larry’s Comics Market Report

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Larry’s Comics Market Report
Every Tuesday Larry Doherty from Larryscomics.net in Lowell, MA puts out a market report of books that are selling well in his shop and books that are heating up the secondary market. He also speculates on new books. (We tend to think most of the same books are worth picking up.) We will be running his mini-blog post each week. Here is this weeks:

Hey guys,
here is my shops weekly report for 5/1/13
It contains A LOT of recycled information because it’s weekly & the market doesn’t change that fast.
Enjoy it. Don’t take it too seriously.
Top ten Regular issue new comics by sales:
Here is the top ten list of actual sales in my shop. These are our just one shop out of 1,900’s actual sales.

#1 – Guardians of the Galaxy #2. “Alpha Dog”. Huge sales, however fans complaining about the “movie like” redesigns for the visuals on most characters.
#2 – Uncanny Avengers #7. Fans like the new art. Cassaday was stagnating.
#3 – Jupiter’s Legacy. Indy “rock star of the day”, The fact that Mr Millar did NOT release this book digitally helped sales immensely.
#4 – Uncanny X-Men #5 . The new Cyclops is bad ass.
#5 – Avengers #9. Johnathan Hickman weaves a complex tale fans enjoy .
#6 –New Avengers #5 . Kindly refer to the above line.
#7 –Deapool #8. This book has been piss your pants funny lately!
#8 – Injustice Gods among us #4. The video game release really pumped numbers up .
#9 – Batman Incorporated #10. The death of Damien is in most fans buy pile.
#10 -East of West #2. Impressive showing for a number two. Universal positive buzz.

Top “ten-ish”Regular issue new ( last year ) comics by aftermarket:
Modern comics that are seeing aftermarket activity. Ebay, Amazon, CGC boards, Bleeding Cool,conventions & my Phantom retailer network of 25+ shops are the primary source of this information. Not the top selling books in comic stores, rather the currently published, modern books that are selling above cover price for a variety of reasons. Prices are so volatile, in some cases they are out of date upon publication. This is just a guide, you figure them out. It’s simple, search E-Bay under completed auctions:

Hoax Hunters. The latest recipient of Hollywood love.
Rachel Rising #1. Yeah, rising in price due to TV rumors. Up to $200
Pilot Season Declassified #1 & The Test #1. TV development is stirring interest.
Uber #0. Nazi shock violence for the sale of shock violence
Polarity #1. This band tie in dual collectable.
East of West #1 Quality new mythology has this on everyone’s radar.
Nowhere Men Fabulous word of mouth. Under-ordered. Settling.
Peter Panzerfaust. Rumored stop motion animated show for BBC Low Print run.
Helheim #1 regular #1. Obscure indy publisher. Low print run. Killer material.
Injustice #1. This video game tie in hasn’t even begun. Great word of mouth. $25
Hawkeye. Recent trade release should quiet down this back issue juggernaut.
The Sixth Gun. NBC TV show has put the spotlight on this indy gem.
Mind MGMT. The recent movie development news has fans scrambling. #1-$50
Saga. This is the title defines the recent Image revival. #1-$75
Five Ghosts #1. Positive word of mouth.
Top ten “ish” up & coming modern Key issues.
Modern comics that are just starting to see aftermarket movement. Books that were recently not in demand, and are finally experiencing aftermarket activity for a variety of reasons.

Spawn #9. First appearance of Angela.
Dark Knight Returns #2. First full in costume Carrie Kelly.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 vol 2. Fans are starting to focus on this affordable #1
Wolverine #166. 1st appearance Dog
Uncanny X-Men #282. First Bishop.
Guardians of the Galaxy 24 & 25 (vol 2), return of Thanos.
X-Factor #5 & 6. First Apocalypse. Rumored villain in upcoming X-movie
Batman #7. First full appearance Harper Row. Rumored new Robin.
Captain America vol 5 #6. First full appearance of the Winter Soldier
New Mutants #16. First Warpath $10

Top ten modern Key issues at my shop.
Modern comics that sell off my wall constantly. My shop sales are primarily new material, & my back issue sales tend to be related. I have a waiting list for most of these books.

Kimota! All Miracleman issues have been flying amidst Marvel rumors.
Walking Dead #1. The undisputed king of the modern era. Actually ANY WD pre 100.
Marvel Super Hero Presents #18. Guardians are really heating up. $50+
New Mutants #98. 1st Deadpool. $100 king of the modern X keys.
Uncanny X-Men #266. 1st Gambit is always a $40 instant sale.
Uncanny X-Men #141 &142. Days of future past movie source
Captain Marvel #33 – Origin of Thanos $50
Incredible Hulk #271. 1st comic book App Rocket Raccoon. $50
Nova #1. The new marvel series has fans scrambling for this relatively inexpensive bronze age key. $40+
Batman Harley Quinn. Iconic Alex Ross cover $50
Infinity Gauntlet, War, Crusade, Abyss. Thanos, Thanos Thanos.
The Killing Joke. It’s simply the best Joker wall book in the 25 year history of my shop. $25
Batman Animated #12. Every Bat fan wants the first appearance of Harley Quinn. $85

My Top ten “ish” under-valued modern comics.
These are books I’m speculating will soon see aftermarket activity, & are currently under-valued in my humble opinion, some may even be found in the bargain bins. I want to buy these books on the cheap. They’re long-shots.

Action Comics Vol 1 #845 January, 2007. First modern day General Zod.
Uncanny X-Men #282. First Bishop is a steal at $
Hank Henshaw appearances. The new 52 version is coming.
Eric O’ Grady key’s: Irredeemable Ant Man #1-12, Secret Avengers #23 & #32
Marvel Red Sonja #1. Gail Simone is taking over Dynamite series.
Rom #1 IDW just untangled the rights. If Nova & Ms Marvel can get hot, why the hell not Rom?
Starlord #1 the special edition 1982. first comic appearance of Star Lords father J’son of Spartax
Uncanny X-Men #172-3.Movie source material with Mariko Yashida
New X-Men #134. First Quentin Quire.
Star Brand #1. First New Universe & brand/tattoo: The Star Brand.
Thor #344. First appearance Malekith ( In upcoming Thor-2 movie )
Invaders vol 2 #1. First Dr. Nemesis
Uncanny X-men #317. First Blink. In upcoming X movie.
Marvel Point One. First Sam Alexander Nova
Battle Scars #1 & #6. First full Phil Coulson & Marcus Johnston.
The Invincible Iron Man #10. First Pepper Potts as Rescue.
Young Avengers #1. First Kate Bishop. My favorite Marvel female.
Ms Marvel #1. She’s rumored to be in Avengers 2 movie.
Ultimate Team Up #5. First African American Nick Fury in comics.
Captain America #157. first appearance of Viper
Batman Beyond Unlimited #3. First Luke Fox in comics. New Batwing. (The armor appears to be a Beyond armor prototype.) The first new 52 version of Luke Fox is Batwing #19
Deathshead appearances. Absolute quarter box fodder. I’m currently researching which to buy.

Top ten modern variant comics by aftermarket:
Variants are versions of the regular issue comic. They are NOT regular issue comics.
They are distributed / created for a variety of reasons.
Order incentive / retailer incentive, produced exclusively for shops/shows,events.

Peter Panzerfaust #10 C2e2 variant $100+
Adventure Time Marvel parodies. Delightful. $35+
Star Wars #1 Alex Ross sketch. Promo, limit one per Diamond account. $100+
Polarity #1. Strong debut. 1:10 $10, 1:25 $15
East of West #1 Forbidden Planet $30, ComicsPro/Ghost $15
Batman #1. Dc’s flagship title. $50
Nowhere Men #1 Thought Bubble, ComicsPro, CBLDF.
Skottie Young marvel Babys. fans simply adore these.
Hellheim #1 NYCC $50, ECCC $100
Blank sketch covers. There seems to be an insatiable need for these by auto / sketch seekers.
Five Ghosts #1 ECCC. $50+
Spawn homage covers.
Phantom variants. You know you love them. Generally sold $3.99 in shop sell for $10 online.

Incoming!
My pick of the week. The comic shipping this week that will be worth your valuable speculator y consideration, and why.

FCBD 2013 MASS EFFECT KILLJOYS RIPD

(W) Jeremy Barlow & Various (A/CA) Garry Brown & Various
Three blockbuster titles fill this FCBD offering! In R.I.P.D., a séance goes terribly wrong! Then, in Mass Effect, follow a flight-school grad as he breaks the rules to prove himself in space! Finally, check out the police-state landscape of the highly anticipated miniseries The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys!

This weeks pick shouldn’t cost you a dime as it is part of Free Comic Book Day. It is out of stock at Diamond. It has a lot going for it, but the Killjoy’s & Gerard Way’s involvement is why it is on my radar. Umbrella Academy set records at my shop with online sales. ( I bought a Google ad word early on & cleaned up )

Also: Boom Studio’s Regular Time #1 has been delayed several weeks due to a licensing issue, that makes the Kaboom FCBD special the 1st appearance of the regular show. Not a bad pick up for the price of FREE.
A lot of people ask me why I like to speculate on modern comic books. Original Art, Gold, Silver & Bronze age comics are a much better investment. I’m a comic book fan, a voracious reader of new material. I love how new books set the pace for back issues. It is fast paced & never stagnant due to the constant release of new material. Right now modern comics are the petri dish of pop culture, comic shops the breeding ground.

I have been collecting comics since the 1970’s & been in the business of selling them since the 1980’s. I love a quality story & a great buy, equally.

I speculate on new comics every week. I always have & I always will. Purchasing modern comic books with the intent of making a profit is my hobby of choice. It’s impossible that every new comic week will generate a book of “Walking Dead class” potential, but it’s still fun to try to make savvy buys. You can sit back & wait for aces, or you can play the hand your dealt to the best of your ability.

Sometimes, I’m right. Sometimes I’m wrong, but I play every week.

Thanks to Jim Parente at Finar comics for his help with this weeks report.

If you notice a trend developing email me: larryscomicsinc@aol.com

Larry Doherty

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Picks of the week 5/1/13

I am getting this one out a little early this week. Here are my picks of the week for Wednesday 5/1/13.

1. Ten Grand by J. Michael Straczynski and Ben Templesmith. This one is on the list for several reasons. One, it is the return of JMS to a monthly series. Two, art by 30 days of night creator Templesmith. Three, it has been called John Constantine done right (sorry New 52 Constantine). Finally, because it was featured on the Advance Reorder List from Diamond comics. See it here.

2. Also on the list is Polarity #2. A great story of a guy who stopped taking his meds for bi-polar and suddenly gained super powers. #1 sold well and gained a bit on the secondary market.

Also out this week are a couple of cheap trade paper backs worth picking up.

1. Bedlam Vol.1 from Nick Spenser. Madder Rose, a Joker-esque character gets “cured” and goes about helping the police to solve a series of brutal crimes. The first story arch is fantastic and features art by Riley Rossmo. At $9.99 this is worth the pick up.

2. Great Pacific Vol.1 Trashed comes out this week from Image as well, and also value priced at $9.99. This is one of my favorite new books and wish that is would get the exposure it deserves. Joe Harris spins the tale of Chaz Worthington who claims the great floating pile of plastic in the Pacific Ocean to start a country. It features pirates, nukes, and a giant squid. Yup, giant squid. Worth the look. Amazon has this for $6.14 or 33% off.

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‘Hoax Hunters’ movie deal sends prices up

Seems these announcements come out every day now, and when they do the market takes notice quickly. Steve Seeley’s Hoax Hunters has been picked up for a movie deal and prices are shooting up.

Issue 0 is closing in the $37 range. A set of 0-5 went for a best offer with an asking price of $75.

Issue 0

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Issue 1

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Issue 2

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Check out the closed highlights here:

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‘The Strain’ #1 on the rise. Tv deal set

Sorry, I was away this weekend camping (and hitting a bunch of shops) and I didn’t get the reception from my phone or iPad to get this out.

Bleeding Cool has noted that the Guellermo Del Torro horror comic is heading to FX. Looks like a pilot has been ordered. In turn, prices on #1 have started to shoot up. The first issue was released for $1 and is now going for $13 with the 1 in 5 variant going for $15. A quick scan of eBay shows people are asking for, on average $24.95 for a buy it now.

 

Issue #1

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We will see how this book does.

Diamond Comics Advanced reorder and reorder list 4/26/13

One way to gauge how hot a comic will be is by looking at the Diamond Comics Advanced Reorder list. This is where retailers can up their orders on books before the final order cut-off. This list tends to be where retailers, who were playing conservative on certain books, go all in after buzz picks up. This week’s highlights are dominated by (Injustice Gods Among Us, and Spider-Man) reprints:

1. Amazing Spider-Man #700 4th Printing Variant – People just cannot get enough of the death of Peter Parker (for now) and the great homage covers Marvel is doing on each of the subsequent reprints are sending completists scrambling for them.

2. Injustice Gods Among Us #2 3rd print – This under ordered book has been hot on the secondary market in 1st print form, and now people are trying to read what all the buzz is about.

3. Injustice Gods Among Us #3 3rd print – See Above

5. East of West #1 3rd print – Even With a 54,000 copy print run, the book sold out. With the book being so good, and positive word of mouth, this Jonathan Hickman book keeps growing. 1st prints sell for around $10 for now. I am sitting on a little stash of these. (should have done the same for ‘Saga’)

6. Superior Spider-Man #1 3rd print – see Amazing #700 above.

7. Superior Spider-Man #3 3rd print

13. Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #2 2nd print – Awesome book, great word off mouth, selling out within a week of printing, now retailers are going back for more. Can’t wait for the prices on these to jump.

15. Regular Show #1 – See what happened with Adventure Time? Well this book got pushed back to May delivery giving retailers a chance to order more. May be hot.

18. Dream Merchant #1 – A New Image #1, on everyone’s radar for potential heat.

Over on the regular reorder chart (books Diamond still has in stock) ‘Batman and Red Robin’ #19 still leads the pack. First appearance of Carrie Kelley has been hot. Has not translated into big dollars yet, but once the stock at Diamond dries up it may.

‘Rachel Rising’ #1 CGC 9.8 $1000

We talked about Rachel Rising #1 hitting $200 last Friday. http://comicsheatingup.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/rachel-rising-optioned-for-tv/

But a copy closed out a few days ago (April 21) for just shy of $1000.
A CGC 9.8 copy closed out at $949.99 on eBay. http://www.ebay.com/itm/RACHEL-RISING-1-CGC-9-8-TERRY-MOORE-FIRST-PRINTING-/111057397710?pt=US_Comic_Books&hash=item19db8967ce

Looks like this price increase could be the real deal. People are already talking ‘Walking Dead’ prices here. I would suggest scouring stores not to secure copies while/if you can.

Larry’s Comics Market Report

Larry’s Comics Market Report
Every Tuesday Larry Doherty from Larryscomics.net in Lowell, MA puts out a market report of books that are selling well in his shop and books that are heating up the secondary market. He also speculates on new books. (We tend to think most of the same books are worth picking up.) We will be running his mini-blog post each week. Here is this weeks:

Top ten
Regular issue new comics by sales:

These are the top ten new comics sold by volume in my shop this week. My shop. A medium volume, single storefront destination location in Lowell, MA. I’m certain Phat Collectables list is different, as is Coast City Comics. These are my actual sales.

#1 – Age of Ultron #6. ”Alpha Dog”. Marvel Universe altering time travel story sold like mad!
#2 – Superior Spider-Man #8. Twists, turns, fun in the Octo-Pete saga.
#3 – Justice League #19. Proof that DC fans want Icons. ( not Vibe )
#4 – Nova #3. Fans digging this new take on an old character.
#5 – Savage Wolverine. It boggles the mind how EVERY cover looks the same.
#6 -Nightwing #19 . Let’s call it Batman runoff, shall we?.
#7 -Wolverine & the X-Men #27 AU. Great Marvel crossover!
#8 – Green Lantern New Guardians #19. DC on life support.
#9 – Cable & X-force #7. Great cover! Cyclops has NEVER been more popular.
#10 -Five Ghosts #2. Indy rock star of the day. Under-ordered. Positive buzz.

Top “ten-ish.”Regular issue new ( last year ) comics by aftermarket:

Modern comics that are seeing aftermarket activity. Ebay, Amazon, CGC boards, Bleeding Cool, conventions & my Phantom retailer network of 25+ shops are the primary source of this information. Not the top selling books in comic stores, rather the currently published, modern books that are selling above cover price for a variety of reasons. Prices are so volatile, in some cases they are out of date upon publication. This is just a guide, you figure them out. It’s simple, search E-Bay under completed auctions:

Rachel Rising #1. Yeah, rising in price due to TV rumors. Up to $200
Pilot Season Declassified #1 & The Test #1. TV development is stirring interest.
Uber #0. Nazi shock violence for the sale of shock violence
Polarity #1. This band tie in dual collectable.
East of West #1 is a rock solid $10 it’s week of release.
Nowhere Men Fabulous word of mouth. Under-ordered. #1-$30, #2-$20, #3-$10
Peter Panzerfaust. Rumored stop motion animated show for BBC Low Print run.
Black Beetle Pulp-esque hit by Francesco Francavilla & Dark Horse #0,#1-$7
Helheim #1 regular #1. Obscure indy publisher. Low print run. Killer material. $6
Injustice #1. This video game tie in hasn’t even begun. Great word of mouth. $25
Hawkeye. Recent trade release should quiet down this back issue juggernaut.
The Sixth Gun. NBC TV show has put the spotlight on this indy gem.
Mind MGMT. The recent movie development news has fans scrambling. #1-$50
Saga. This is the title defines the recent Image revival. #1-$75
Amazing Spider-Man #700. Top volume wall book sold this week. $10. Everybody wants the last issue.
Five Ghosts #1. Positive word of mouth.
The Activity #1. Movie rumors have this once stagnant book at $20

Top ten “ish” up & coming modern Key issues.

Modern comics that are just starting to see aftermarket movement. Books that were recently not in demand, and are finally experiencing aftermarket activity for a variety of reasons.
Dark Knight Returns #2. First full in costume Carrie Kelly.

Annihilation Conquest #6, First Movie Guardians team.
Wolverine #166. 1st appearance Dog
Uncanny X-Men #282. First Bishop.
Guardians of the Galaxy 24 & 25 (vol 2), return of Thanos.
X-Factor #5 & 6. First Apocalypse. Rumored villain in upcoming X-movie
Batman #7. First full appearance Harper Row. Rumored new Robin.
Captain America vol 5 #6. First full appearance of the Winter Soldier

Top ten modern Key issues at my shop.

Modern comics that sell off my wall constantly. My shop sales are primarily new material, & my back issue sales tend to be related. I have a waiting list for most of these books.

Kimota! All Miracleman issues have been flying amidst Marvel rumors.
Walking Dead #1. The undisputed king of the modern era. Actually ANY WD pre 100.
Marvel Super Hero Presents #18. Guardians are really heating up. $50+
New Mutants #98. 1st Deadpool. $100 king of the modern X keys.
Uncanny X-Men #266. 1st Gambit is always a $40 instant sale.
Uncanny X-Men #141 &142. Days of future past movie source
Captain Marvel #33 – Origin of Thanos $50
Incredible Hulk #271. 1st comic book App Rocket Raccoon. $50
Nova #1. The new marvel series has fans scrambling for this relatively inexpensive bronze age key. $25
Batman Harley Quinn. Iconic Alex Ross cover $50
Infinity Gauntlet, War, Crusade, Abyss. Thanos, Thanos Thanos.
The Killing Joke. It’s simply the best Joker wall book in the 25 year history of my shop. $25
Batman Animated #12. Every Bat fan wants the first appearance of Harley Quinn. $85

My Top ten “ish” under-valued modern comics.

These are books I’m speculating will soon see aftermarket activity, & are currently under-valued in my humble opinion, some may even be found in the bargain bins. I want to buy these books on the cheap. They’re long-shots.

Eric O’ Grady key’s: Irredeemable Ant Man #1-12, Secret Avengers #23 & #32
Marvel Red Sonja #1. Gail Simone is taking over Dynamite series.
Rom #1. IDW just untangled the rights. If Nova & Ms Marvel can get hot, why the hell not Rom?
Starlord #1 the special edition 1982. first comic appearance of Star Lords father J’son of Spartax
Uncanny X-Men #172-3.Movie source material with Mariko Yashida
New X-Men #134. First Quentin Quire.
Spawn #9 & Angela #1-3. Marvel will be publishing material with Angela.
Star Brand #1. First New Universe & brand/tattoo: The Star Brand.
Thor #344. First appearance Malekith ( In upcoming Thor-2 movie )
Invaders vol 2 #1. First Dr. Nemesis
Uncanny X-men #317. First Blink. In upcoming X movie.
Marvel Point One. First Sam Alexander Nova
Battle Scars #1 & #6. First full Phil Coulson & Marcus Johnston.
Iron Man #10. First Pepper Potts as Rescue.
Young Avengers #1. First Kate Bishop. My favorite Marvel female.
Ms Marvel #1. She’s rumored to be in Avengers 2 movie.
Ultimate Team Up #5. First African American Nick Fury in comics.
Captain America #157. first appearance of Viper
Batman Beyond Unlimited #3. First Luke Fox in comics. New Batwing. (The armor appears to be a Beyond armor prototype.) The first new 52 version of Luke Fox is Batwing #19
Deathshead appearances. Absolute quarter box fodder. I’m currently researching which to buy.

Top ten modern variant comics by aftermarket:

Variants are versions of the regular issue comic. They are NOT regular issue comics.
They are distributed / created for a variety of reasons.
Order incentive / retailer incentive, produced exclusively for shops/shows,events.

Adventure Time Marvel parodies. Delightful. $35+
Star Wars #1 Alex Ross sketch. Promo, limit one per Diamond account. $100+
Polarity #1. Strong debut. 1:10 $10, 1:25 $15
East of West #1 Forbidden Planet $30, ComicsPro/Ghost $15
Batman #1. Dc’s flagship title. $50
Nowhere Men #1 Thought Bubble, ComicsPro, CBLDF.
Skottie Young marvel Babys. fans simply adore these.
Hellheim #1 NYCC $50, ECCC $100
Blank sketch covers. There seems to be an insatiable need for these by auto / sketch seekers.
Five Ghosts #1 ECCC. $50+
Spawn homage covers.
Phantom variants. You know you love them. Generally sold $3.99 in shop sell for $10 online.

Incoming!
My pick of the week. The comic shipping this week that will be worth your valuable speculator consideration, and why.

TMNT ONGOING #21

IDEA & DESIGN WORKS LLC
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A/CA) Kevin Eastman
In this special issue drawn by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, the Turtles have struggled to survive against unstoppable enemies and impossible odds. The time has come for the next stage of their training to begin. The lesson turns deadly, though, when a mysterious new opponent arrives and teaches the Turtles they have MUCH left to learn!
Kevin Eastman returning to the Turtles?!
Ok, I’m in.

Twenty+ year old property collected by Twenty somethings that now have jobs & disposable income.

Word on the street is that Eastman is hungry to make the Turtles better than ever. Big story lines coming that will attract a lot of attention. It starts here.
It was overlooked by retailers & is already out of stock at the distributor level.

A lot of people ask me why I like to speculate on modern comic books. Original Art, Gold, Silver & Bronze age comics are a much better investment. I’m a comic book fan, a voracious reader of new material. I love how new books set the pace for back issues. It is fast paced & never stagnant due to the constant release of new material. Right now modern comics are the petri dish of pop culture, comic shops the breeding ground.

I have been collecting comics since the 1970′s & been in the business of selling them since the 1980′s. I love a quality story & a great buy, equally.

I speculate on new comics every week. I always have & I always will. Purchasing modern comic books with the intent of making a profit is my hobby of choice. It’s impossible that every new comic week will generate a book of “Walking Dead class” potential, but it’s still fun to try to make savvy buys. You can sit back & wait for aces, or you can play the hand your dealt to the best of your ability.

Sometimes, I’m right. Sometimes I’m wrong, but I play every week.

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Rachel Rising print runs

 

With the heat being on Rachel Rising back issues, I though it would be nice to see how many copies of each book have been put out. So here is the estimated print run:

1.  10,989

2. 8,189

3. 8,872

4. 9,068

5. 8,592

6. 8,399

7. 8,210

8. 8,103

9. 8,194

10. 8,330

11. 7,915

12. 7,987

13. 7,782

14. 7,747

15. 7,612

 

Thanks to Rpenny88 at comic book realm for the info.

 

Picks of the week April 24th

There are a good crop of books coming out this week and I always put out my picks of the week the day before the books come out. So here are my speculator picks of the week for Wednesday April 24th 2013.

1. Jupiter’s Legacy #1- I know I ranted about how the regular cover will be so over printed that there is very little chance for the book to shoot up in value. But I still see the potential for a good story, great art, and variant covers that can be flipped in the first week if you get them cheap enough.

2. Helheim #2 – First issue of this Cullen Bunn book did well on the secondary market. Second books usually are printed less than the first so there is a good chance this one could do as well.

3. East of West #2- Again, first issue sales, did well on the secondary market. Book has heat.

‘Rachel Rising’ optioned for Tv

MTV and several other news sites are reporting the Indy Gem ‘Rachel Rising’ by Terry Moore has been optioned for a tv series.

Terry Moore, best known for his 1990’s book ‘Strangers in Paradise’ and for more recently ‘Echo,’ has another hit in his hand with the “thinking man’s” horror book ‘Rachel Rising.’ With it being optioned for a tv show, could prices be on the rise like with ‘Sixth Gun.’

 

Yeah they have started to shoot up. One copy sold for $200 while other copies have b.i.n for $75-$99. We have to see how auctions end for a true price but this one is out of the stable.

Issues 1-6 going for $75 currently with 60 views and 17 watchers.

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