Since the Boom relaunch and the Shattered Grid Storyline, Power Ranger comic books have really started to take off. In 2016 Boom studios started to release Power Ranger Comic books and they almost immediately developed a cult following. But it is important to note that these are not the first Power Ranger comic books.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) debuted on American television on August 28 1993 and it was immediately a rating success. As well as being one of the most popular television shows in the 1990’s, The MMPR’s were a merchandising gold mine. Soon after the television debut of the Power Ranger TV show, Fruit of the Loom started to release Power Rangers branded merchandise. They released children’s underwear and T-shirts. At one point Fruit of the Loom offered a promotional comic book with the purchase of these items. And its this book, published by Harris Comics, that is considered the first appearance of the Power Rangers. This book is so rare that CGC hasn’t graded a single copy. There are pictures of the book online, but how many copies are actually out there is still up for debate.
There are two other noteworthy Power Ranger books. In December of 1994 comic publisher Hamilton Comics published The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 – this was the first power ranger comic book released for sale. The same month came the release of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Saga #1 also from Hamilton Comics. But there is an earlier comic book that features the first appearance of the Power Rangers and its so rare it’s almost non existent.
In terms of speculation there are a few variant covers that are seeing a lot of attention, one of them is the Uncanny X-Men #4 1:100 Variant cover. This cover features artwork by Mark Brooks – this isn’t the first time this artwork was published, this cover is reused artwork from a 2010 Sideshow statue. This variant has been selling for $140 to $200.
Another variant that has been selling above its ratio is the Defenders Immortal Hulk #1 1:50 variant cover. This book features a cover by Adi Granov and has multiple sales online at $70 to $80.
This week also sees the release of the second issue of the Source Point Press series, Ogre. This book has been selling for $7 to $10.
This last week there has been a lot of movie related speculation. This week advanced screenings were held for the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated film and reports are out that the film features an end credit scene leading to the next film featuring Spider-Man 2099. This has brought a lot of attention to two books, Spider-Man 2099 #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #365 which features a 5 page preview of Spider-Man 2099 and predates the #1 issue. Over the past few years these books have average sale prices of under $5. It is also worth noting that there is a toybiz variant of Spider-Man 2099 #1 that has recently been selling for $80 to $100 in raw condition. This “Second Print” variant was only made available inside of a Toybiz figure package.
Another character that has started to see an increase of interest is Shang-Chi The Master of Kung Fu. This week news came out that Marvel was fast tracking a Shang-Chi film. There is also speculation that he could appear in the fourth Avengers film. This has brought a lot of attention to his first appearance Special Marvel Edition #15 from 1973.