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.

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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

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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.

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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!)

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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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WORD?!?! The Gun #1 Creature Entertainment

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A book that came out this week from Creature Entertainment seems to already be heating up. Just like Creature Entertainment’s last book, Ravenous, The Gun #1 has sold out at diamond and has been under ordered by many stores based on it being a new publishing company.

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The Gun #1 is sky rocketing on ebay. Currently selling for around $8 – 13! This is a book to be looking for!

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Week In Review: July 9 , 2015

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This week a new walking dead book came out with huge spoilers. But there are a few other things I haven’t talked about that I would like to highlight.

This week Dark Horse Comics announced right before SDCC that they have partnered with Universal Cable Productions to develop a few of their properties into TV-shows. There are three titles in particle that have been optioned – Harrow County, Concrete and Umbrella Academy. Umbrella Academy had heated up previously but has since cooled off – this could cause another potential bump but most copies can be found in hot modern comic boxes. The two titles you should be looking for involve Harrow County and Concrete.

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Harrow County #1 first prints have been selling for $9 to $13 on ebay.
This is a book that can still be found in the wild and with SDCC happening right now will only continue to climb.

A comic that has been dollar bin stock for the past ten to twenty years has started selling for $40! Dark Horse Presents #1 – The first appearance of Concrete. This is a book that is probably in your local comic book stores back issue bins! Keep in mind This book has a high print run so it won’t be selling this high for long.

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A book that has come out this week, following the Mad Max / Vertigo them is Mad Max / Mad Max Part #1 which has been selling for $8 to $10 and has been trending upwards.

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Hollywood Daze: Punk Rock Jesus #1

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Some very interesting news came out today via Comicbooksheatingup. It seems that Sean Gordon Murphy (The Wake, American Vampire) has been receiving interest from New Line Media Entertainment for optioning his creator owned Vertigo series Punk Rock Jesus. Hinting at this via twitter a few days ago.

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Punk Rock Jesus is pretty much written for the screen – and was ignored by certain stores in the US based on its subject matter. This has resulted in sporadic reviews – however the idea for Punk Rock Jesus – A reality TV show starring a clone of Jesus Chris – is not only original but very evocative. This news has resulted in one or two sales of raw NM conditioned copies selling for $10 to $15 – with Fine conditioned copies flying off ebay at cover price.

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Vertigo’s Punk Rock Jesus #1 is a book to be looking for.

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