Speculation: investment involving high risk but also the possibility of high
I have always believed that the icing on the cake of comics is the fact that sometimes they are worth money. They’re entertaining and potentially valuable. I’m a reader first, but have always played the market a bit.
I love investing in modern comics, It’s an endeavor I began in 1988 & have enjoyed incredible success along with horrific losses. It’s an exciting emotional roller coaster that starts a new ride every Wednesday. It’s one of my favorite things in this world.
Here are my speculator-y picks of the week: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the Week for 11/19/14”
Doing another contest. This one is courtesy of Larry Doherty of www.larryscomics.net and this is an awesome one. Continue reading “1,000,000 hit contest #3”
Thanks to Larry, from Larry’s Comics for stopping by with his pick of the week.
Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the Week for 9/17/14”
Each week, Larry, from Larry’s Comics in Lowell Mass. Stops by to give us his pick of the week. Larry has been at the spec thing for a while and offers a unique perspective on hot books. I was thrilled to get to meet him this past weekend at Baltimore as well and talk one on one about comics, retailing, and specs. (Thanks again for everything Larry.) Here is Larry’s pick of the week for 9/10/14:
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Each week, Larry from www.Larryscomics.net stops by to give us his pick of the week. Here is this weeks, for delivery 9/3/14: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for 9/3/14”
Each week, Larry, from www.larryscomics.net drops by to give his pick of the week. Here is this weeks for delivery 8/20/14:
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Larry from Larry’s Comics has been a the spec game a while. His picks have been on fire, picking the books no one sees coming, which in turn, have been heating up on the secondary market. Here is this weeks, for delivery 7/30/14
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Each week, Larry Doherty from www.larryscomics.net stops by and gives us his pick of the week. Here is his pick for delivery 6/25/14. Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for 6/25/14”
Like EF Hutton, when Larry talks, people listen. Larry Doherty of www.larryscomics.net has been at the speculator game for a while. He used to write the definitive weekly speculator newsletter, and started the twitter hash tag #comicmarket. Always thankful when he drops by to give his spec pick of the week. Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the Week for 6/18/14”
I have been a big fan of the books coming out of the Phantom Variant program. Since it’s inception, Larry from www.larryscomics.net has been releasing incredible covers for hot books. The latest is no exception, well except this is a hot cover for a fan favorite hot book. Continue reading “Phantom Variant Program: Hack Slash Son of Samhain from Image”
Larry from Larryscomics.net always has an interesting view on speculating and makes some great picks each week. He has been at it for a long while and used to write the Larry’s Comics Market report, which was an awesome tool for speculators. Here is his pick for 6/11/14: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for 6/11/14”
Larry Doherty of Larryscomics.net has been at the speculation game for a while. He was what brought me in to writing about comic speculation. He used to do a weekly speculation news letter that was awesome, which also led to the hash tag #comicsmarket. He is like the old “E.F. Hutton” commercials, when he talks people listen. Here is Larry’s pick of the week for delivery 5/21/14
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Always love when Larry Doherty from Larry’s Comics chimes in. See, he has been at this speculator game a long time. His weekly Comics market Report was the reason I got into writing about comic book speculation. He has his finger on the pulse of things. Just check out the #comicmarket on twitter. So here is his pick of the week for 5/14/14: Continue reading “Larry's Comics Pick of the week for delivery 5/14/14”
With so many comic book shop coalitions jumping on the exclusive band wagon, we decided it was time to move in a different direction.
We like to support our publishing partners and our creator friends but we also needed a new angle for the Phantom Shops.
We don’t just want to be a variant cover group. We want to provide more to the comic industry.
Phantom First Friday benefits the shops involved by offering the consumer a unique shopping experience.
Creators & publishers receive great shelf space & promotional efforts from energetic retailers.
In exchange for a 30 day window of exclusivity and an original cover with some “Phantom Only” content, our network of energetic, creator friendly retailers will be providing promotional support and premium shelf space for projects that we feel are truly special.
Phantom First Friday is December 20th where we will launch our first micro distribution book.
We’re giving people a reason to return to their comic shop for something exciting and special.
Our first project, Escape from Jesus Island, fell into our lap. A group of creators approached us to see if we would be interested in the book. they had a successful kickstarter going but that is not enough to sustain an ongoing series nor does it put the book into comic shops. Bottom line is that there are hundreds of kickstarter projects that look and sound wonderful but your average comic shop can’t afford to invest in everyone of them, with a promise of it arriving sometime in the next year, but having to pay for it now. The Phantom will be looking for more of those outstanding properties to offer our support to. Along with our support we are also assisting creators by shopping to major publishers for them.
Once they see how it all works out for the Phantom Shops publishers just may be eager to look at a property that already has world-wide buzz thanks to the Phantom.
We help create the buzz and provide the creators the numbers they need to make their kick-starter project feasible. Our volume brings down their print run cost, allowing them make a profit coming out of the gate.
With luck, the best properties will then be picked up by a major publisher.
Phantom First Friday starts on December 20th with Escape From Jesus island. Any creators going to press from kickstarter, that are interested should send a full PDF to Ralph DiBernardo firstname.lastname@example.org and Larry Doherty email@example.com
We had talked a while back about Kickstarter books and how they are the wave of the future. One book on my radar was ‘Escape from Jesus Island.’ It is a horror story in the vein of Reanimator meets Punk Rock Jesus. Basically a group of scientists attempt to clone Jesus, and succeed, however, in the process the make scores of mistakes. Of course, the Vatican wants the clone and sends in soldiers to get him, and mayhem ensues. Continue reading “‘Escape from Jesus Island’ Kickstarter and Phantom First Edition”
Thanks to Larry from Larryscomics.net for stopping by in advance to give his picks of the week for 12/11/13.
Next week is killer..
I will speculate on two under the radar properties: Continue reading “Larry’s Comics Picks of the Week for 12/11/13”
From Larry Doherty of www.larryscomics.net. Larry’s comics pick of the week. We always appreciate when Larry takes the time to stop by and give a heads up on spec worthy books.
Continue reading “Larry’s Comics Pick of the Week 11/4/13”
Larry from Larryscomics.net stops by every week and fills us in on his pick of the week. Larry used to write the bible to speculation each week but retired from writing it this summer. We are happy to have him here giving us his pick for the week. Continue reading “Larry’s Comics Pick of the week.”
Larry Doherty from Larry’s Comics puts out one of the greatest newsletters each week that deals with comic sales and speculation. Lately, he has been taking time off because of summer. We will run them every time we get them. Orange titles are clickable. Here is this weeks:
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 run his mini-blog post each week. Here is this weeks:
Hey guys, here is my shops weekly report for this week.
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 just one shop out of 1,900 shops actual sales.
#1 – Age of Ultron #8. “Alpha Dog” Marvel’s latest crossover is a big hit with fans. (it is Age of Apocalypse-sque)
#2 – Nova #4. “Old School Marvel” flavor is appealing.
#3 – Iron Man #10. Secret origin of Tony Stark.
#4 – Wolverine & the X-Men #29.
#5 – Batgirl #20. Gail Simone is DC’s top seller this week. (A few months back they fired her.) Fans adore her.
#6 -Cable and X-Force #8 . Hopless has buzz as an X-scribe.
#7 -Thunderbolts #9.
#8 – Gambit #12. Gambit lovers gonna get Gambit.
#9 – Nightwing #20. DC has only two Bat-titles in my top ten speaks volumes of the companies staggering dip in quality.
#10 -Regular Show #1. Indy “rock star” of the day. Sold to the existing “Wednesday’s Warriors” & an entirely new crowd.
Honerable mention: Dark Horse’s Dream Thief #1. We “hand sold” a ton of this new creator owned property. Fans are more willing in this day & age to try something new.
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 passing on the TV show.
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.
DC 1st issue special #2. With ART BALTAZAR and FRANCO reinventing The Green Team this week, I’ll risk $3
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. The second print is tough to find.
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.
Bongo! Have had a huge run on #1’s lately
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. ( I’m not spending hooker or booze money on them. )
The SHIELD trailer looks killer!
Action Comics Vol 1 #845 January, 2007. First modern day General Zod.
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.
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.
Walking Dead #1 Wizard World variants.
Twelve Reasons to Die #1 “ticket” variant autographed by Ghostface Killa $75+
Peter Panzerfaust #10 C2e2 variant
Adventure Time Marvel parodies. Delightful. $35+
Star Wars #1 Alex Ross sketch. Promo, limit one per Diamond account.
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+
Phantom variants. You know you love them. Generally sold $3.99 in shop sell for $10 online.
My pick of the week. The comic shipping this week that will be worth your valuable speculator y consideration, and why.
DMC DEVIL MAY CRY VERGIL CHRONICLES #1 Of(2)
(W) Guillaume Dorison (A) Robin Recht, Patrick Pion (CA) Patrick Pion, Robin Recht
The first chapter of the prequel comic to the new video game DmC: Devil May Cry! The comic reveals the unmissable backstory of the all-new Dante and his twin brother Vergil; with never-before-seen revelations on the iconic characters of the game! Also featuring chilling and resplendent art that goes beyond the confines of the game and into stratospherically blockbuster.
Although released digitally first, it will still be sought out by the core fans of the game and comic collectors alike.
Video game tie ins get me excited.
Video game tie ins from obscure publishers get me rock hard.
Already sold out 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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