Black Mask took the comic market by storm in 2015 but over the past two years, for various reasons, many comic readers and speculators alike have given up on the publisher. That could be why no one is talking about this new book that came out this week. 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #4 came out this week and with it came reports of people finding a “1 Kid Walks into a Bank” variant cover.
When someone posted an image of the cover on the 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank facebook page, the page gave a “no comment” response. We don’t know how many of these books were distributed or how a store qualified to receive copies – but we do know that this book exists and Black Mask doesn’t want to talk about it. Something to be looking for when you are at your Local Comic Book Shop!
Two Hollywood comic book connections to talk about this week.
Today Jim Zub announced on his facebook page that his creator owned series Wayward, had been optioned by Manga Entertainment for “development in television as a Japanese animated or live action series”. Which means a Wayward TV show is in development for a Japanese audience.
What does this mean long term? Will the comic buying market care? I’m not sure. But a few things to keep in mind, Wayward had a very low print run (just under 30,000) – this print run was split up with four different covers. On top of the 4 regular covers, Wayward had 6 retailer variant covers. The cover that would be the one to watch is the Steve Cummings and Tamara Bonvillain Black and White Phantom Variant. There were two phantom variants and this one had a 500 print run, the lowest of all the covers for Wayward.
One other thing to think about, which I outlined here is the Japanese “Manga” Edition of Wayward. This book was published a full month before the image release of Wayward #1, and it was sold at a Manga and Comic Book Convention in Japan with only 300 copies being made with 50 copies being brought to North America. You can read more about it here, but this is the first appearance of Wayward and since release had been a sought after item.
Another title that has started to see attention because of optioning is the early 90s indie series, Razor from London Knight Studios. A few days ago it was announced that Rob Cohen would direct the Razor film adaptation. This coming four years after Razor was first optioned. This has resulted in a lot of attention for Razor #1 issues . Razor, if you didn’t know is a classic $1 book. A title that was hyped in the 90’s but became worthless in the 1990s comic book crash.
If you want to spec on this title there is only one London Knight Studios book you should be looking for, the first appearance of the character and title. Razor first appeared in the limited to 300, Razor 1991 Tour Edition. (as pointed out by David Unlikely on CBSI)
Last week saw the release of Aftershock Comics, Pestilence #1. Pestilence sold out at the distributor on day of release, copies of the book have been selling for double to triple cover price – Copies of the standard cover is currently selling for around $8.
While the 1:10 variant cover is selling for $20 to $30 – both retailer variants – The Comic Mint and Eh! Variant seem to be selling like gangbusters on the secondary market.
Another Aftershock title that has been seeing a lot of attention is Baby Teeth. Baby teeth features art by Garry Brown and is written by Donny Cates. This book has had a lot of buzz based on the success of Donny Cates previous projects God Country and Redneck. Baby teeth is due for release on June 7 and will have the largest print run of any Aftershock title, its also set to have 5+ retailer variant covers. So why is this important? If retailer order and prerelease buzz are any indication, Baby Teeth is going to be big and when its released people are going to start trying to hunt down the first appearance of the title and its characters. The first appearance of Baby Teeth is the C2E2 Diamond Summit ashcan, distributed to retailers at the 2017 Diamond Summit in Chicago.