J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl was very popular when it was released in 1998. How popular? Two years after its release there Sony released a Danger Girl video game for the playstation one console. This week it was announced that Constantin films, the company responsible for the 1994 Fantastic Four movie and subsequently owns the production rights to any Fantastic Four film, has acquired the film rights to Danger Girl. For years people have been chasing the Danger Girl variant covers because many of them feature great J. Scott Campbell artwork while having low print runs. There is even a recalled cover (read more here). While people have been chasing the variants there hasn’t been a lot of love for the first appearance of Danger Girl Team.
The Danger Girl team first appeared in The Danger Girl Preview published in December of 1997 – there are three covers to this book including a limited edition Gold logo foil cover. All three of these book are books to be looking for – The Danger Girl preview was not sold to stores it was distributed in polybag copies of Gen 13 #25 (December, 1997) and Dv8 #14 (January, 1998). The white covers are American Entertainment variants which were sold as mail away special edition variants – all of these covers have publication dates of December 1997.
Another weird Hollywood announcement that came out this week is that Marvel has a X-Men film in development where James Franco has signed on to play Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man. The first appearance of Multiple Man is Giant Size Fantastic Four 4. For a silver age book that features a first appearance, Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 is currently very reasonable priced.
One other Hollywood announcement that I should have spoken about earlier is that Sony is developing a Morbius, The Living Vampire film. Morbius first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101. Amazing Spider-Man #101 has sold well in high grade for some time but much like with the Venom film announcement, Amazing Spider-Man #101 has started to skyrocket off ebay. Even low grade copies of ASM #101 have started selling in the triple digits, this is a book to keep an eye on.
There has not been a lot happening in regards to comic speculation these past few weeks but here is one book that just started to heat up.
Today it was announced that Brian Michael Bendis had signed a exclusivity contract with DC Comics. Bleedingcool was quick to point out that Batman Chronicles #21 (2000) was the first DC published work by Brian Michael Bendis.
This has resulted in most copies to disappear from most online marketplaces. Batman Chronicles #21 sold for a few dollars last week, today on ebay copies have sold from $2 to $10. Very rarely do first published works of established writers / artists hold in value, this is a book to be looking for and selling quickly.
This has been a slow week for comic speculation but there are two interesting books I’d like you to know about.
This week saw the release of Kid Lobotomy #1 from IDWs new Black Crown imprint. There was a 250 limited NYCC variant and this book was previewed in the free Black Crown preview comic released a few weeks ago however the cover to look for came out this week. Kid Lobotomy #1 has a 1:10 gold foil variant cover and due to a “manufacturing error” IDW and Diamond have recalled all copies of this comic. IDW has asked all retailers to destroy all copies of this cover. Will retailers destroy copies? Probably not, but nothing drives up demand for a comic like announcing its been recalled. Since news of the recall broke, this book has been selling for $15 to $25.
Speaking of Manufacturing errors, this weeks Zdarsky “how to draw” variant for Mighty Thor #700 has a big one. This book was manufactured with the wrong back cover – instead of an advertisement – the back cover is the same as the Spider-Gwen #25 back cover for the Unknown Comics retailer variant. Copies have sold on ebay for $10 to $12 – double cover price. All copies distributed by diamond have this error. Marvel and Diamond have not issued a recall for this book.
When Oni Press’s Rick and Morty #1 started to heat up people were noticing the grading companies were not classifying the first printing of the book as the first appearance of the characters. Well thanks to Negan Grimes on CBSI we now know why.
Rick and Morty first appeared in comics in the book The Good Morty. The Good Morty is a comic in the style of a Chick Tract. Chick Tracts, created by Jack Chick, are short evangelical gospel comic books that began circulation in 1974 (as free religious pamphlets) and can still be found today. The Good Morty first appeared in Season 1 of the Rick and Morty series.
The Good Morty was distributed in the first editions of the Rick and Morty season 1 Blu-ray from 2014. 250 of these were inserted signed by Rick and Morty creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. I am unsure how many of these were printed – however, they are only found in the first edition blurays – there are several editions of the season 1 bluray and packages are almost identical. So this will prove to be a difficult item to track down.
There is very little information about this Hot Topic Rick and Morty promotion. Before I get into it I would like to thank Sam Farrauto for posting about it on CBSI. A new promotional put on by Hot Topic (with very minimal advertising) is that if you purchase Rick and Morty merchandise equal to or above $25 you will receive a free copy of a newly printed Hot Topic variant for Rick and Morty #1. I am not sure what printing this would be considered, however, copies are already selling on ebay well above the $25 mark, with an average sale price between $30 and $60. There are currently several no-reserve auctions for this book that are also doing very well. The Hot Topic website says this promotion is available in store AND online.
One other thing to keep note of this week is that the Ed Brubaker Steve Eptings Image series, Velvet has been optioned by the Paramount Network – who plan to have the series run on Spike TV.
Brought to market by indie publisher Bliss on Tap, this week sees the release of the one-shot, Weed Magic #1, featuring a homage cover to Action Comics #1.
Early last week Weed Magic #1 sold out at the distributor, which means first print copies are sold out and comic book stores are unable to order more copies. Like most Bliss on Tap titles, this book should have a low print run estimated to be around 10,000.
This year Bliss on Tap has released a few books that have heated up, however, all of these books while selling well on release and have cooled down right after, which is what happened with Hardcore Akan #1 and But Like Maybe #1. Based on this, I wouldn’t be holding on to any copies of Weed Magic #1 this is a book to be selling while the fire is hot. While this book has been receiving rave reviews, it is only a one-shot and Bliss on Tap has not announced any future issues.
Thanks for your help with this post Tomas Herperger
This was a big week for comic book stores with the release of Marvel’s Legacy #1 but there are really only a few books you should be looking for.
This week sees the release of Spider-Gwen #24. Spider-Gwen #24 has a few store variants (some sold out in presale and are selling great online) but the regular cover has been selling for $8 to $15 online. This book features the first full appearance of Gwenom.
Following the release of The Walking Dead #171 pink signature variant, Skybound’s Red Neck #6 Cover B has a pink signature variant. No word on print run or rarity – as of this posting there have been three sales of this book at $40 each. The pink signature surprise variant might be a trend we start seeing with the next few Image / Skybound comic releases.
Later this week I will be doing a post with about updated Hollywood projects. Stay tuned.