Week in Review: September 29

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Another week, another post. Here are two great talking points.

This first one comes from the Google Plus Group The Comic Book Mint who first made me aware of this. News came out yesterday that DMC (from Run DMC) short for Darryl Makes Comics, Graphic Novel DMC was being developed by Matthew Vaughn (of Kick-ass) for the big screen. This is weird, but in a world where Hip Hop Family Tree is being developed into a TV-Show its not that weird. Right now there is a revision for Hip-Hop within the Comic Book community. DMC will be at New York Comic Con (in Artist Alley) offering his comics for sale, DMC has done several conventions and has four comic con variant covers of the book – all featuring material that was not reprinted in the mass-marketed DMC #1. The book to look for is the first Convention Variant, the DMC #0 Baltimore Comic Con Variant from 2014 – Limited to 100 copies, all signed and numbered. This features the first appearance of the book AND is the lowest print run of any of the DMC books.

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A book I briefly touched on last week is now heating up, The Pitiful Human Lizard published by Chapter House Comics (The Publisher responsible for bringing back Captain Canuck). The most recent sale of a Cover A The Pitiful Human Lizard #1 is $15! This is an all-ages book based in Toronto written and Drawn by Jason Loo. With an average sale price of $10 and two 1:10 ratio variants – The Pitiful Human Lizard #1 is one to be keeping an eye out for. The Two mini China Town Ashcans, that were limited to 200 copies each and distributed around Toronto at Jason Loo signings and Comic Con appearances are also books that should see an increase in value.

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WORD?! Spotlight on Boom’s Giant Days

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I talked about Boom’s Giant Days before in this post about the bleedingcool Effect. Giant Days was heavily speculated and jumped on when the first issue came out but like many all-age comics the consecutive issues had a much lower print run resulting in those issues to be selling upwards of $20 to $25. This was corrected by the published by printing more copies when issue #4 and #5 came out, however, Issue #2 and Issue #3 are books to be looking for.

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Giant Days #2 sells for $15 to $25 while Giant Days #3 steadily sells for $18. Both of these books are still available on the Boom Studios website at cover price. International shipping from this website is expensive but worth it considering the potential profit.

Giant Days #2 at $3.99
Giant Days #3 at $3.99

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Weird Hollywood: TV Catch Up

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Bruno Heller Showrunner for the Fox Gotham TV-Show announced this week that this second season of the TV-Show will see the introduction of the Court of Owls characters. First introduced in the New 52 by Scott Snyder, the Court of Owls first appears in Batman #5. Currently a $20 book – this book is sure to see an increase of interest when Gotham returns to air.

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Another recent casting was the character Negative Woman in the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. The Negative Woman first appears in Showcase #94 – a book that has been gaining momentum recently with rumours as the book also features the first appearance of the “new” Doom Patrol. This is another book to be looking for and holding onto until the TV-Show premiers.

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Spotlight on: The Pitiful Human Lizard

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Paper Girls #1 comes out from Image Comics next week – it will be the second on-going series by Eisner winning writer Brian K. Vaughn. This book is selling out in presales and while its not being pegged as the next Saga, has potential to become the next hot Image Series. A book that came out this week that you should be looking into is The Pitful Human Lizard #1 from Chapter House Comics.

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Jason Loo’s The Pitiful Human Lizard started as a modestly funded Kickstarter, self published under the Loo Harvest Group banner, Loo published the first five issues before partnering with Chapter House to republish and solicit the series to a broader audience. The First few issues will be reprinted material before the story continues with Chapter House. The Pitiful Human Lizard is a fun, all-age comic and is sure to cause buzz in the coming weeks.

The book to look for is the original printing from Loo Harvest Press that was first published through the original Kick-Starter.

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Week in Review: September 22

New comic book day is tomorrow and there is already a clear winner for this weeks books. Scooby-Do Team Up #12, a book that has been talked about almost ad nauseum since the Harley Quinn / Poison Ivy Cover art was released, comes out this week and is already selling for stupid money on presale. In the past two days the average selling price on ebay as been between $20 and $25.

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Why? Because since this is a kid-comic (even though many retailers were made aware of Harley Quinn appearing in this issue) many speculators believe this book has a lower print run – One could argue that since this Scooby Doo title was launched as a DC Team-Up title where Scooby Doo teams up with characters – this issue – Scooby Doo Team Up #12 – could be the highest print run Scooby Doo comic ever – (forgetting of course the gold old days of Gold Key) – This book will most likely go down in value long term – however there is a lot of money that can be made short term if you’re able to secure copies tomorrow!

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Weird Hollywood: Booster Gold and Blue Beetle

This week news came out that DC was working on a Blue Beetle / Booster Gold team up movie within the DC Cinematic Universe.

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The first appearance of Booster Gold, Booster Gold #1 (1986) has been trending upwards for the past two years, moving out of the dollar bins and entering the $50 in near mint condition arena. I spoke about this here last year. Near Mint / Mint Copies are also on fire! Where in todays marketplace CGC 9.8 copies of Booster Gold #1 are also on fire, the current GPA Three Month Average falls around $225 – where the most recent sale was $300.

35d7r12Blue Beetle has a much longer life story being brought into comics in 1939 first appearing in Mystery Men Comics #1. Blue Beetle has been published by a varitey of comics book publishers however DC bought the full publishing rights for the character in 1983. DC has had three incarnations of characters taking on the Blue Beetle costume – first discussed by Simon Payne on ComicbookInvest – The Blue Beetle that will appear in the Booster Gold / Blue Beetle is the third incarnation of the character – Jaime Reyes.

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The first appearance of Jaime Reyes is Infinite Crisis #3 – however Jaime Reyes doesn’t put the costume on until Infinite Crisis #5. I personally think Infinite Crisis #3 is the book to look for. It has one regular cover, one variant cover (by George Perez) and a second print sketch cover. Right now copies of this book has flown off ebay however copies are still very findable in the wild.

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Back issue Spotlight: Steam Wars

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With the release of the new Steam Wars Arc – Steam Wars: First Empire #1 this week its time to look back on the first volume. Steam wars is a Star Wars parody based in the steam punk world. Which yes, is just as stupid as it sounds. The first two issues of this series occasionally sell for double cover but the issues to look for are Steam Wars issue #3 and #4.

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these books have lower prints runs and have very low reported sales – however, with the new Star Wars craze because of Marvel’s new series will result in these books to selling even higher then they already do. Steam Wars #3 and #4 regularly sell for $20 to $25.

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the new series has potential but issue #1 from the first volume is the book to go for if you’re hold onto in hopes of speculating on the steam wars franchise. ALL issues of the first volume of Steam Wars can be ordered at the Antarctic Website at cover price – including issue #3 and #4 (at cover price!!!)

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