Yesterday marvel released a teaser for one of there SDCC panels where they released a promotional image for an upcoming Superior Octopus series. Marvel did not give a lot of information about what this series is about. The Superior Spider-Man series from 2014 to 2015 featured a Peter Parker Spider-Man that had his body taken over by Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus – these two series are probably going to be connected.
The first appearance of Otto Octavius becoming the Superior Octopus is in 2017’s Amazing Spider-Man #25 (volume 4). Like all spider-man books this has a very high print run but as the first appearance of Silk has demonstrated – there is still a large group of people who have no problem buying back issue key spider-man issues at a premium. There are also several ratio variants for this book including a 1:1000 variant.
Today the Hollywood Reporter came out with an article stating Rob Liefeld would be working in collaboration with Studio 8 to make a film based on his Image comic book series, Prophet. Studio 8 has some incredible films being released this year including the highly anticipated White Boy Rick film, staring Matthew Mcconaughey, about the youngest FBI undercover informant.
Prophet first appeared in the Image Series Youngblood – debuting in 1992 in the pages of Youngblood Volume 1 #2. This book has a very large print run. Prophet had his own series published by Image that came out in 1993. The first appearance of Prophet has been flying off ebay – it has been selling for $3 to $5.
After a 12 year hiatus, Rob Liefeld allowed Brandon Graham and Simon Roy to relaunch the Prophet series through Image continuing the legacy numbering. Prophet #21 was released in 2012 as a new direction and ran for 24 issues. Prophet #21 was a surprise success catching most retailers off guard resulting in it having a relatively low print run. First prints of Prophet #21 have always sold well – today selling for $20 to $30. Second prints of Prophet #21 have also sold for a premium.
Since Youngblood #2 has such a high print run the books that should see the largest increase in growth should be from the Simon Roy / Brandon Graham run. These books have low print runs and completely changed the way people thought about the Prophet character.
This week is a big release week for comic book stores with the release of Batman #50,Cosmic Ghost Rider #1 and a book where Cyclops dies for the tenth time. Nothing noteworthy happens in these issues but here are a few comics you should be looking for.
This week sees the release of Nightwing #46 featuring a Cover B variant by Ben Oliver. Over the last 24 hours this cover has sold for $10 to $15. Following inline with other hot DC Cover B variants – this book has already sold out at the distributor level.
This week also sees the release of Catwoman #1 and The Death of the inhumans #1. While these books currently havn’t been selling above cover – both of these books feature first appearances from new villains. The Death of the Inhumans #1 first prints sold out at the distributor level four days before the books release.
Another book you should be looking for is Skyward #1. This book has been optioned by Sony pictures and is being developed for the big screen. Since news broke, Skyward #1 first prints have sold for $15 to $20 on ebay. There is also a Skyward #1 second print variant featuring artwork by Jock that has had a few sales around $15.
There are a lot of books coming out this week that are already selling well. Here are a few of them. PLEASE BE AWARE there is at least one spoiler in this article.
This week sees the release of another Joshua Middleton Batgirl virgin variant cover with Batgirl #24 cover B. This book has been selling for $10 to $14 online and like previous Middleton covers, has sold out at the distributor level before release.
Another Cover B that has received a lot of attention is the Ms. Marvel #31 Stephanie Hans alternative cover. While this book was highly anticipated and heavily ordered – it has been selling for $14 to $20.
Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur #32 features the first full appearance of Princess Fisk. Princess Fisk is the Kingpin’s daughter. This is a new take on the kingpin and has great long term holding potential. Moongirl and Devil Dinosaur #32 is currently selling for $12 to $20
The Teen Titans Special #1 comes out this week – when retailers could still order this book DC announced that it would feature a cameo appearance of Lobo’s daughter Crush. While this book does have a larger print run it is a significant issue as it not only features a last page cameo appearance from Crush it also features the death of DC Villain Black Mask. This book has been selling for $7 to $10.
Bloodstrike Brutalists #23 features the first appearance of the new Rob Liefeld slapstick character, The Pouch. This book has an alternative cover by Rob Liefeld – that has been selling for $6 to $10 online.
Another book featuring a first appearance is Venom #3. Venom #3 features the first appearance of God of the Symbiotes. While this book isn’t currently selling above cover there is a lot of buzz around this book. There are also several incentive variant covers.
This week sees the release of X-men Gold #30 – I am about to spoil this book so consider this a spoiler warning! This book was advertised as a Kitty Pryde / Colossus wedding issue but inside you’ll find that Kitty Pryde leaves Colossus at the altar and in a complete plot twist Gambit and Rouge end up getting married. The X-Men Gold #30 Secret J. Scott Campbell polybag variant is the only cover to show Gambit and Rouge getting married. This is a $4.99 book that has been selling for $8 to $10 online. It is very possible this book will be considered the first appearance of Mr. and Mrs. X – the new Gambit / Rouge series announced earlier today.
Another book to look for this week is the Josh Middleton cover B of Aquaman #37. This book has sold out at the retailer distributor level and has been selling for $8 to $10 online.
The last book to look for came out last week, Oblivion Song #4 Frog Variant. Skybound released a chase variant for Oblivion Song #4 that was inserted randomly into retailers orders – this variant has a frog on the cover. The Oblivion Song #4 frog variant has been selling steadily online for $10.
Riding on the coattails of Batgirl #23 Cover B, this week there has been a lot of interest in the Josh Middleton cover B for Aquaman and Jabberjaw #1. The initial print run of this book has sold out at the distributor and it has been selling online for $10+. This has the potential to be the book of the week.
This week also sees the release of Uncle Scrooge #438 from IDW. For this issue IDW released a cover B variant by renowned comic artist Carl Barks. Carl Barks is a legendary comic artist was the original comic artist for Donald Duck and many of Duck family characters. This Cover B variant has been selling for $10+.
Another book that has started to sell well recently is He-Man Masters of the Universe #18. This book features the first DC comic appearance of She-Ra*. This book started seeing interest after the She-Ra netflix show was announced, now that production art has been released this book has had multiple sales around $20.
*She-Ra does appear on a variant cover before this, but this is the first comic issue she appears in
Today news came out from the Hollywood reporter that Lionsgate entertainment had signed on to turn the image series Analog into a motion picture. Analog is an on-going series from Image Comics that currently has two issues. Analog #1 has two covers and a C2E2 convention variant cover.
This week sees the release of a Joshua Middleton cover that has already had peak presales of above $40. Batgirl #23 Cover B is the book to buy this week. It is currently selling for $22. As more copies hit the market the price will go down but I wouldn’t be surprised if this continued to be a $10+ book.
This week also sees the release of Champions #20. While it has not been selling above cover, this book has been receiving some heat as it features the first full appearance of Snowguard.