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.
It was announced this week that Sony was making a live action movie about He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. This is sure to bring more attention to DC Comics Presents #47 – the first appearance of He-Man in comics.
Joe Benitez creator of Lady Mechanika took to facebook this week to announce his Lady Mechanika creator owned series had been optioned for a television series. Lady Mechanika has been a popular indie series upon release, since this news broke there has been a lot of interest in the series first issue Lady Mechanika #0 and its various printings and variants. Something that has been largely ignored is that Lady Mechanika first appeared in a pin-up piece by Joe Benitez in Worlds of Aspen FCBD 2010. This book could see a lot of interest if the television series ever comes to fruition.
It was also confirmed this week that Adam Warlock would be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
I’m going to do a post about the things I missed last week tomorrow, so be on the look out for that.
At C2E2 Over the weekend it was announced that Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s Revival is being adapted into a film by Shattlerglass Films. A Teaser was shown. As a result Revival #1s have started to sell again! Two things to keep note of, the Revival #1 Sketch edition only has 500 copies and is a great book to be looking for and holding on to, The first appearance of Revival is Image 2012 Free Comic Book Day Edition book.
Skybound / Image Comics released THREE retailer appreciation books this week that you should be asking your retailer about. The first is the Kill the Minotaur Ashcan. This is a one per store ashcan and is the first published appearance of this series and characters, its a very large book that reprints the entire issue in black and white in the ashcan size.
The other two books Image released are reprints of Redneck #1, one is the Black and White Cover A with Silver Foil Logo and the other is a Cover A with Gold Foil logo. While these books together have sold online in presale for up to $250, these books are currently selling for $40 each. Since these books are given to every store with a diamond account that ordered the book there will be a lot of copies out there this week.
If you want to speculate on Redneck the book you should be buying is the ashcan. This book came out before issue #1 and is the TRUE first appearance of the series and characters – this book can be purchased on ebay for $40 to $50, which is a steal when you consider the high price sales of the gold and silver foil variants.
Another book to be on the lookout for tomorrow is ‘Namwolf #1. Springing from the success of Hillbilly, ‘Namwolf is another series published by Eric Powell’s Albatross Legacy Books, this book has two covers and both covers have multiple sales above cover. There is no ratio variant just a cover A and B.
It seems these last few months Image has been on a roll with its new titles. This week sees the release of Redneck #1 from the Image imprint Skybound Comics. This book has sold out at the distributor and is already selling for $10 to $15 online. This series is the second Image series from God Country writer Donny Cates so this book should not have been under ordered. There is also an ashcan variant for Redneck that came out a few weeks ago. Average sale for the ashcan last week $15 to $20 – average sale this week $35 to $40. Definitely a book to be looking for this week.
A book that came out last week that you should be looking for is Godshaper #1. Godshaper #1 had three covers, A,B and an Unlocked bonus cover. An unlocked bonus cover is what Boom calls qualifier variants where a retailer has to order a certain amount of cover A to order as many copies as they want of the unlocked cover. The unlocked cover for Godshaper #1 features artwork by David Aja and is selling online for $10.
Can you believe this is my 400th post on Comicbookscalping? Its true.
In my last post I forgot to mention that New Warriors has been green lit for a 10 episode Television series by Freeform (previously ABC Family Channel). The series runners have already announced that Squirrel Girl will be a main character in the series. Since this announcement, Squirrel Girl a recent fan favorite, has seen a large splurge in popularity on the secondary market. Her first appearance is still obtainable and depending on how this show develops could be a great book to be holding on to. Marvel Super-Heroes V2 #8 Winter Special.
Two books that come out this week that you should be looking for
Rose #1 comes out tomorrow from Image comics and with this release comes the one-per store Rose #1 Gold Foil Variant. This is a book to be asking your Local Comic Book Store about.
Heathen #3 from Vault Comics comes out this week. Like its previous issues Heathen #3 has already sold out at the distributor and is selling well online. The online sales of the cover A of Heathen #3 for sold copies today range from $17 to $35. Definitely a book to be looking for this week.