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.
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.
A book that was released this week that seems to be trending upwards is Spawn #265 Cover B. This book introduces Ant to the Spawn Universe. Ant was creator owned series created by Marc Gully that was purchased by Erik Larson – the current writer of Spawn. A new Ant series is also being launched in a few weeks. Another Spawn book that has been getting a lot of attention is the recently released Spawn Kills Everyone one-shot, released in the vein of the Punisher kills the Marvel Universe one-shot and the followup Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe mini-series. With three covers released – this book has steadily been selling for $8 to $10 – with three cover sets selling for $30 to $40! (The second print of this book is also selling quite well, selling for double cover!) This is another clear Spawn winner.
One piece of news that came out today that everyone is going to be talking about is the rumored New Warriors TV-Series currently being shopped around studios. Apparently, the New Warriors TV-series is in development by ABC and Marvel TV and will focus around Squirrel Girl. Now is the time to be hoarding Marvel Super-Heroes #2 Volume 8 (AKA Marvel Super-Heroes 1991 Winter Special)
I first posted about this on Google+ (you should follow me) but Comicbookheatingup picked up on it and I didn’t feel the need to repost the information again. However, The Fix #1 Second Print came out last week and sold out instantaneously. Some stores reported allocations. The Fix, published by Image, is a Nick Spencer title and first prints have already been selling above cover hitting up to $8 USD online. The Second print is now selling for $15 to $20 – a similar situation to both Rat Queens and Monstress where the second and third print runs are lower then the first and in demand based on their short supply. If Nick Spencer doesn’t mess this title up like he has messed up countless others, this book could have legs. (See Bedlam, or the delay issue with Morning Glories.)
A third Print has already been ordered by the publisher and has already sold on ebay for a few dollars above cover. This is a book to be preordering at your LCS!
A book that comes out this week and has already had amazing sales in presale online is the Jock American Alien #7 1:25 Variant cover. This book has already sold for $30 to $50 online and is moving up! This is a book to be looking for this week with great quick flip potential!
Big news came out today from the Millar World Camp. The movies rights of both Supercrocks and American Jesus have been purchased by Waypoint Entertainment. American Jesus was originally published by Dark Horse as Chosen, a three part mini-series later reprinted as a $10 graphic novel by Image comics and rebranded as “American Jesus”. This is important because Chosen came out before the success of the very popular Kick-Ass series as well as before Millar took on major titles at Marvel like Civil War and Wolverine. When published in 2004, this book had very little speculation around it, however, upon release there was much controversy with the content – a 14 year old boy finding out he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.
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With a reported print run of 20,000 (as reported by Comichron), this is a book to be looking for. With sales in the past day from $3 to $15 – The Chosen #1 is a book on the rise.
Guardians of the Galaxy started filming this week and with that comes some spoilers and hints for speculation. It appears that the movie will have a Planet of the Apes styled Starlord Time travel scene, where his space craft crashes on present day Earth to find the super-hero of the time, Wonder Man in action, played by Nathan Fillion. Nathan has been spotted in full Wonder Man costume as well as on posters plastered around the set as Wonder Man, suggesting the film might take place in the current time of the Marvel film universe. This brings up three books to look for: Avengers #9 – the first appearance of Wonder Man (already a pretty high priced key book). The other two are more easily attainable- Wonder Man #1 – one shot from 1986 and Wonder Man #1 the first issue of the on-going series from 1991.
These two books help cement the Wonder Man solo storyline and should be good short term speculation books.
I have been terrible with posts lately so this week you should expect a week in review post as well as some kind of “last week in review” catch-up post. (Also Shark / Bear Love should be explained in my next post)