Picks of the Week for 5/22/13.

This week is another good week for comics. There are a lot of new books coming out and some tried and true favorites. Here is what I think will pop and what I am keeping my eye on:

1. Occupy Comics- The second book to be produced by Black Mask Studios. I do not get political and I know this is a political book, while I may or may not agree with the issues, the line-up on this book is amazing. Alan Moore and David Lloyd (the ‘V for Vendetta’ team working togerther again), Charlie Adlard (‘The Walking Dead’), Art Spiegelman (‘Maus’).

2. Bounce #1 – A new Image #1 written by ‘Sex’ writer Joe Casey. Sure ‘Sex’ has gotten mixed reviews, but this looks to be a more real world alternative to Spider-man.

3. Half Past Danger #1 – Pulp books have been hot (Black Beetle) and this combination of Ninjas, Dinosaurs, and chicks looks to be a fun read and good pick up. The fact it did not show up on the Diamond Comics Advanced Reorder list gives me hoe it was under-ordered.

Other books to pick up this week:

A book to pick up for name alone: I love Mike Mignola books, so the new Lobster Johnson book is on my pull list anyway. But if I was to get a book based on name alone it would be ‘Lobster Johnson: Satan Smells a Rat’.

Revival #10 – Great series from Image continues to be hot and a good engaging read.

Sex #3 – Mixed reviews but waiting for the story to unfold.

Minature Jesus #2 – Book #1 was intriging can’t wait to see how this story continues

Five Ghosts Haunting of Fabian Gray #3 – Great book and great art. The 2nd print covers and Phantom covers have become my favorite covers.

Nowhere Men #5 – Prices have cooled off a bit, but this is just a top notch book. Kind of a ‘What If?’ story for the Fantastic Four for modern times.

Sixth Gun #31 – Prices dropped off after the announcement of the show being cancled, but people still want the book and it is stil a fun read.

Did NBC skipping on ‘Sixth Gun’ kill the current speculation boom?

For the past several months there has been a huge boom in books coming out each week, or books that were recently published, that would shoot up quickly in price. The comic book speculation market had been booming. New books like ‘Peter Pannzerfaust’ 7-9, ‘Star Wars’ #1 and many others could be picked up off the shelves and flipped. Older recent books like ‘The Test’, ‘Rachel Rising’, ‘The Strain’, and ‘Sixth Gun’ shot up due to movie or tv deals. But in the past two weeks, things have quieted down.

I know personally, my sales have been down 70% week to week since the announcement that NBC passed on ‘The Sixth Gun’ and it is not just on that title alone. The catalyst for this down turn seems to correlate with the announcement. Of course prices quickly dropped on ‘The Sixth Gun’ as a reaction, but to see overall new modern books go off the edge is disconcerting. The bigger message boards are chattering about the drop off of modern books. Books that would have popped in the past, seem to not be moving at all. If you are a small time guy like me who picks up stock as he goes along, it’s not to bad, but for the bigger eBay sellers, who preorder hundreds of copies in advance, it could be devastating.

So, has the market finally started producing ‘bag holders’? Has the new comic market taken a down turn, and if so is it really a result of NBC passing on ‘Sixth Gun’? Or are we simply seeing the sales lull of the summer?

Now, I am not being an alarmist and saying the sky is falling, there are still plenty of recent books that are commanding top dollar, even if they are off their market highs. But I have noticed message board talks of the market being off in all sectors, including golden and silver age.

Tell us what you think. Please feel free to comment here or on our facebook site.

Bidding down on ‘Sixth Gun’ since NBC passes on show

It was bound to happen, hype built up on “The Sixth Gun’ stemming from the announcement that NBC optioned it for a TV show. When the NBC passed on it, prices dropped. (Do not get me wrong though, this is a great book.) This ends up creating what stock traders call “bag holders,” as in being left holding the bag. The thing with it is, NBC could still make the show in one of it’s subsidiaries. And Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt are still shopping it around. This has happened with several hot books such as ‘The Test’ which burned white hot and then dropped off. Oddly, this did not happen to ¬†‘Chew’ #1 after Showtime passed on their option

There are currently a couple of copies of ‘Sixth Gun’ number 1 sitting on eBay that are real steals.

Here is the regular edition for $12.50 with a few hours left:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121107763982?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

(Edit: 80 views and now up to $14.50)

(Edit 2: 177 views and closed at $92.78, Anyone else bid on this?)

And the Free Comic Book Day Edition for $5.50 with 2 days left:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/140972556601?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

(Edit: Now up to $7.00 I threw some bids on it)

(Edit 2: Still only at $7.50)

This book had peaked well into the $300 range.

We will have to see what happens with the options for ‘The Damned.’

Buying books other than #1

I read a lot of forum posts, and have seen a trend. People talk about going into stores looking for certain books (Saga, Peter Panzerfaust, Sixth Gun) and not finding the earliest issues. They often state that they had some of the later issues but passed them up. I am not talking about key issues in a run, but just other books in the series worth selling.

 

Why?

We all know Saga 1 and 2 are commanding big bucks, but, Saga 3 and up are pulling in multiples of cover price and worth flipping as well.

Here are some examples of non-#1’s going for good prices

Saga #3 $9-15

Saga #4 $10-15

Saga #5 $14-18

Saga #6 $6-12

Sixth Gun #10 $10-15

Sixth Gun #11 $7-11

Sixth Gun #12 $7-12

Sixth Gun #13 $7-14

Nowhere Men #3 $8-10

Nowhere Men #4 $5-8

 

Just an idea. Do not pass up the chance to buy earlier issues (if you come across them) to sell on eBay. A lot of my sales come from these “other” issues in the run.