Week in Review August 26

hitlistNot a lot going on this week, as per usual we’ve hit a summer slump in comic book speculation so I’m going to give you three points and do a Hollywood round-up post in a few days.

This week sees the release of Boom Studio’s Over the Garden Wall series, with the creators of the television series working on the actual comic. You can still buy the book for cover-price at almost all online retailers. There is also a one-shot that is very hard to find and had a low print run, it usually sells in the $30 range. Something I only found out this week was that Over The Garden Wall appeared in a comic book before! The sought after one-shot not only had a preview in Adventure Time #33 but it also had art pin-ups that were never reprinted in the Over the Garden Wall series. With too many covers to keep track of, this is a book to be looking for.

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Something to Buy Now Online – Kanye West Variants

$_57 Hip Hop Family Tree #1 – This book (I spoke about it here) has sold out at diamond and first prints are selling above cover price. There are four variant covers all featuring a different rap star. Right now the Fantagraphics website still has the first print Cover A and the Kanye West website exclusive variant cover for cover price. Considering all the sales on ebay of the Kanye West cover are in the $10 to $15 range AND there is television optioning happening behind the scenes, this is a no-brainer.
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Something to Think about: Blade

Screen shot 2015-08-28 at 12.45.09 AM Right now Marvel there is a lot of rumour talk surrounding Marvel’s new Blade series. Marvel is launching a new Blade comic series with a female Blade – bringing a female Blade into the marvel universe. This is in-line with the recent interviews that have come out with Wesley Snipes talking about coming back to the character, suggesting an older Blade. Short term, I’m not sure if there has been a female Blade before – long term, Tomb of Dracula #10, the first appearance of Blade if very undervalued at the moment. How long will that last?

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Week in Review August 19 – Back on Track

Back from a longer then usual hiatus is my Week in Review for August 19.

This week sees the release of Black Mask’s highest page number first issue with 64 pages and a 6.99 price tag. This book and its three covers are already selling for $10 to $15 on ebay. This is not a book to be sleeping on. Cover B seems to have the most potential.

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Another book that most retailers received today was the Invader Zim Retailer Thank You #1 (Possibly regarded as the RRP) featuring a cover by Avatar the Last Air-Bender co-creator Bryan Konietzko – a similar cover with a SDCC logo is also floating out there however this book is limited to 500 copies and was sent directly from Boom to retailers. Your LCS should have a copy. This book is selling for $30 to $60 and is a book to be looking for.

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Big News came out this week about Fantagraphics first on-going series Hip Hop Family Tree (also debuting this week) from creator Ed Piskors facebook account.
Screen shot 2015-08-19 at 3.29.47 AMI’ve hinted at the importance of this book before but now it has been confirmed by Ed Piskor that he has sold the right of the Hip Hop family tree in a development deal. The book to look for is the 2014 Hip Hop Family Tree FCBD Fantagraphics comic. This book sells on ebay for around $15 in near mint condition – it is the first appearance of Hip Hop family tree being published before the Hip Hop Family Tree Volume One debut. If this TV happens, this book will explode.

Coming up Soon: The first action figure variant; its importance / sleeper status, more speculation, less hesitation.

Week in Review: August 7

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Nothing big has happened in the last few weeks but there are a few pieces of small news surrounding hollywood comic book optioning that will fill this post.

Today bleedingcool wrote a post about Image’s series Oddly Normal, announcing it had been optioned for an animated TV-Show. Oddly Normal was originally printed by Viper Comics before a hiatus and a Image Comics relaunch, making the VIPER Comics series the one to look for. Prices are kind of all over the place on ebay for the Viper series, but it should still be reasonably priced in the wild. Oddly Normal #1 from Viper Comics is the clear winner. (I did talk about this book previously here)

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Anther book that had hollywood movement is Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. This week Sony pictures announced a January 13, 2017 intended release date for the upcoming Marvel Comics adaption. The Dark Tower is a popular series of Stephen King books that were adapted and a prequel with creative direction from King were released by Marvel Comics in 2007, followed by numerous compilations and follow-up stories. The book to look for is the first book Stephen King’s Dark Tower The Gunslinger’s Born #1. This book has a few variants and the one to look for, which can still be found for fairly reasonable prices is the Book Market RRP Variant cover. This particular variant  had 500 – 1000 copies released. This book has a lot of moving room – but the one to look for is Stephen King’s Dark Tower The Gunslinger’s Born #1, first print or variant covers, with the Book Market RRP being the clear winner.


The last piece of comic related news to come out this week is about the recent Gambit castings. There has been some weird rumours surrounding Channing Tatum accepting the role long term or only appearing briefly as the character but as it currently stands Channing Tatum is set to play Gambit in the upcoming X-Men film AND have a spin-off “Gambit – origin” film. Right now there are casting calls to fill a Belladonna character. Bella Donna Boudreaux first appeared in the Marvel universe In X-Men #8 (1990). She was a love interest / ally in the comics so i’m sure that will be her role in the film. Her first appearance can be found in dollar bins and is currently very undervalued but that is sure to change as more news comes out about the Gambit film. This is a book to be looking for and holding onto.

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WEEK IN REVIEW July 30 / Post 300

This is my 300th post. Yay! I’ve been lacking in the posts recently but I’m still doing at least one post a week!

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Not a whole lot has been happening in the last few weeks comic speculation wise, however, in the last few days some really good news came out about Paul Pope’s creator owned series Battling Boy. Published by first second, Battling Boy was first designed as being a comic book but production company interest before the book was even completed resulting in Paul Pope inking a film deal.

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This week only a few weeks after the release of the second volume of Battling Boy, The Rise of Aurora West, a director has been  named for the Battling Boy film produced by Plan B Entertainment. This means that a lot of money and production hours are being spent on this project. The book to be looking for is the first appearance of Battling Boy – The Death of Haggard West #1. Published as a 32-page comic this prelude to the first Battling Boy Graphic Novel was available in limited quantities upon release and sold for upwards of $10 to $15 when it came out .The book has recently cooled off, but with production revving up on the Battling Boy project, this is a book to be looking for and holding on to.


Titan publishing comes out with new titles that keep selling out, going to second printings where the first print becomes a collector item. This has been a common theme in the past few months in the order Marvel / DC / Image Comics retailer environment, where new smaller publishing companies don’t get as much ordering attention.

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This is the second time Titan comics has published a Tank Girl comics and this is the second time the issue has sold out and started heating up on ebay. 21st Century Tank Girl is a clear winner with issue #1 already going into a third printing with first printings hitting up to $20! With issue #2 – a risque pin up style cover selling for $10+. Issue #3 hasn’t even come out yet and this book is pure speculator gold.

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Week In Review: July 22 / Slow Week

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Not a lot happening this week but here is a great speculation pick where you can participate from your computer…

This week saw the release of Justice League Gods and Monsters, a Justice League film produced and co-written by Bruce Timm – famous for his Batman Adventures series. This week also saw the release of the Justice League Gods and Monsters prequel comic books spanning four issues. The series doesn’t really have speculation value. So what am I talking about this for? There is an exclusive Justice League Gods and Monsters Bluray only available at Bestbuy that comes in a steelbook and with an action figure pegged as the Deluxe edition. This deluxe edition retails for $24.99 – but has been selling for $45 on ebay! This item will probably drop down and start selling for around $35 – $40, However this item will never lose value unless opened.

Screen shot 2015-07-22 at 9.02.51 PMThe Justice League Gods and Monsters Deluxe edition is available at Best Buy stores and currently online for $24.99. 

Another item that came out this week and was broken by Bleedingcool was the DC reconciliation with Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella. DC has made it clear they are pushing for a more diverse super-hero line up and arn’t pushing towards creating new ones. So right now is the time to be buying up Black Lighting #1s (Black Lighting’s first appearance) and holding on to them. Something is happening with this property!


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Two days ago two actors were cast in Super heros roles resulting in their first appearances heating up. It was announced that Anarchy was cast in the CW Arrow TV-Show. Anarchy first appearances in Detective Comics #608. This book has only recently stepped out of the $3 range, selling for up to $10. This book is trending upwards and is one to be looking for. When the character premieres on the show – this book has the potential to hit the $30 range.

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Another character that was recently cast in a television show is Silver St. Cloud. Silver St.Cloud is being vamped as a younger love interest for Bruce Wayne in the FOX Gotham television series. Silver St. Cloud first appears in Detective Comics #470.  All reasonably priced copies on ebay have been snatched up and only copies above the $20 price range remain. This book has a lot of potential just being that they are introducing a new female character into the series. This character should be around for a large portion of the Gotham Series- this book can still be found in the wild and still has a lot of growing room.

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Mondo is a company that does collabartive retail pieces with different companys – usually basing around pop culture. Mondo has in 2015 started in a big way redesiging what is to be expected from a DVD or Bluray Steelbook. When Mondo has exclusive store sales the items usually sell out quick and upon delivery start selling for double the original asking price.

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Currently Mondo has a special TMNT action figure available for pre-order based on Kevin Eastman’s original TMNT pin-up that started his obsession. The figure is being offered at $65 USD and has great speculation value. Upon release these things will be in demand! 

While you’re at the website another item that is available for sale that is selling for more then double its original price is Mondo’s Special exclusive Boom Studios variant cover for Big Trouble in Little China #1 – being offered for $10, This book sells on ebay for an average of $25.

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Week In Review: July 16 , 2015


This week sees the first release in the Valiant Book of Death series. This series sees the first time a publisher has released a story variant – where a store has to order a certain amount of one book to qualify to receieve another book. For every 25 copies of Valiants Book of Death #1 a store ordered they recieved 1 copy of Valiants Book of Death Legends of the Geomancer. This book has been selling anywhere from $25 to $50 but has been averaging at the $30 level. This book has a lot of potential growth as the other books in this series come out – all falling under the same order qualifications. If these books are as important as Valiant is making them seem, this is a book you should be buying and holding onto.


Another book that came out this week that seems to be tough to find is Titan Comics Rivers of London #1 – this book is a spin-off of the very popular book series of the same name. This isn’t a comic book adaptation, its a continuation of the story from the novels before the next book in the Rivers of London series is released. This book has sold out at diamond, has three staples resulting in most copies to have noticable defects and has been selling for upwards of $25 in near mint condition. This book is currently selling for around $15 – but is a great pick up at $3.99. (Thanks to Simon Payne of Comic Book Invest for the tip!)


Another book that has only recently seen heat is All Star Squadron #25. In the last two days the character of Al Rothstein / Atom Smasher was cast for the next season of the Flash on CW. Al Rothstein first appears as Nuklon in the DC universe in 1983’s All Star Squadron #25. All reasonably priced copies have fallen off ebay – however, this book is still available in the wild and has great potential for growth. The last few says range from $10 to $20 to $30! So this is a book to be looking for!

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