Magazine Speculation Part 3: Heavy Metal

This post is an updated version of This post from 2017. Parts of this post also appeared in the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” Excerpts from this article originally appeared in episode 7. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

Donald Trump has appeared in various comic books over the past 30 years and only a few of those appearances have been flattering. There is one in particular that I’d like to highlight –  Heavy Metal Magazine Volume 14 issue #3 from July of 1990.

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This book features a story based around Donald Trump running for Mayor of New York. The Story is called “The Wall” and is written and drawn by Peter Kuper. This book Features scenes of civil unrest, the building of a wall to separate different populations and the deportation of a large groups of people. These are only just a few of the weird parallels to the 2016 US election. This book even features the the “Dump Trump” phrase.

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Above are some excerpts from Heavy Metal Magazine Volume 14 issue #3 from July of 1990.

 

When Bleeding first reported on this book in November of 2016 the book started to see a lot of interest with copies selling anywhere from $30 to $50. It has since cooled down – and copies can be found for under $10.  Is this a stupid book? Absolutely, but this book predicted Donald Trump’s presidency platform more than 25 years before he ran. Over time this book will start picking up again and it s a good book to be looking for.

A few other noteworthy issues of Heavy Metal to be looking for:

Before it was released in English in America –  Heavy Metal was released in French as “Métal hurlant” and the early French issues are great books to be picking up.

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Another Heavy Metal issue that occasionally sees some interest is Heavy Metal From August 1981, Volume 5 #5. This book features the first appearance of Taarna the main female protagonist in the Heavy Metal film. There was also a recently launched new series that saw a lot of interest on release that features some incredible cover art from Alex Ross.

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Week In Review: October 31: Ice Cream Man, Jenny Frison

This week sees the release of a few books you should be thinking about.

DC’s Vertigo imprint has been publishing a lot of new titles recently – this week sees the release of there newest title Hex Wives #1. This book has two covers and one of them is by Jenny Frison. The Frison cover has a few sales online averaging $8.

Another book that comes out this week that has been selling well online is the cover B for Image Comic’s Ice Cream Man #8. This variant cover, featuring a sad clown eating ice-cream, has been selling online for $8 to $15.


Two other books that come out this week that have been selling above cover in presale are the Justice League Dark and Wonder Women: Witching Hour #1 cover B and the Cover B variant for Marvel’s Avengers Halloween Special #1.

 

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Kate Bishop coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

News broke this weekend that Katherine Langford, star of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, would be appearing in the already finished filming Avengers 4 in a secret role.

While there has been no confirmation on who she plays there has been a lot of speculation around it. Right now the more prevalent rumors are pointing towards her playing Kate Bishop – which has resulted in Kate Bishop keys starting to pick up online. Kate Bishop’s first appearance is in the 2005 title Young Avengers #1. This book has a Wizard World LA Sketch Variant cover as well as a directors cut second print. The First print of Young Avengers #1 has been selling for $30 to $40 while the directors cut has been steadily selling for $15 to $20. The Wizard World Sketch variant has had two recent raw sales on ebay of above $100.

Another Kate Bishop key book is Young Avengers Presents #6 – which features the first appearance of Kate Bishop as Hawkeye. This book has been selling for $20.

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Magazine Speculation Part 2: Warrior Magazine

As part of my new spec-ing on magazine series I have a new book to talk about. I’ve talked about this book before on numerous platforms but I don’t think I have fully discussed it here.

This article is an excerpt from the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” This article originally appeared in episode 5. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

Warrior Magazine #1 / 1982 Quality Comics

Warrior magazine was a UK comic book magazine published in 1982 by Quality Comics. For some reason the magazine is about a quarter of an inch larger vertically than the typical magazine. The first issue of Warrior Magazine features two stories by famed writer Alan Moore including the first published appearances of Miracleman – originally published as Marvelman.  Miracleman was reprinted by Eclipse Comics where the name was changed from Marvelman to Miracleman for trademark reasons and in the past five years Marvel comics has purchased the rights and stated there intent on finishing the Neil Gaiman storyline that abruptly ended at Miracleman #24 and subsequently publish new Miracleman stories. Neil Gaiman took over writing duties after Alan Moore left the title on Miracleman #16. Eclipse published 9 issues of Miracleman written by Neil Gaiman and he has stated his intent on returning with Marvel to finish his storyline.

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The second story written by Alan Moore that appears in the first issue of Warrior Magazine is the first part and first appearance of V For Vendetta. The V for Vendetta ten part story was originally serialized and published through issues of Warrior Magazine before being republished by DC Comics.

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Warrior Magazine is a great book to be purchasing and holding on to. As more people realize it’s importance, it will become more sought after. Because of its size CGC has stated they will not grade issues of Warrior Magazine, however, over the past few months more and more copies are turning up graded. Its very bizarre – while CGC has been rejecting some submitted copies of the magazine some copies of issue 1 are falling through the cracks and getting graded. So If you have a high grade copy, it might be worth rolling the dice.

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I couldn’t find an image of any of the newly graded copies – but thats because I didn’t take any pictures of the three copies I personally witnessed come back from CGC.

 

This article is an excerpt from the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” This article originally appeared in episode 5. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

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Week In Review: October 24: Middleton, Judge Dredd and More

There are a few spec worthy books coming out this week, here are a few of them.

This week DC releases two Cover B variants that you should be looking for. This week’s Batgirl #28 Joshua Middleton cover has been selling for $10 to $15 in presale on ebay and the Cover B for Wonder Woman #57 featuring artwork by Jenny Frison and has been selling for $10 to $15.


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is a new comic series from IDW. This book has four covers, two regular covers and two ratio variant covers. The regular Cover B has been seeing a lot of interest online. This John Gallagher cover has sold out at most online retailers. This is a book to be thinking about.

Its also worth noting that at the end of last month 2000 AD released a new Judge Dredd Comic, DREDD: Final Judgement– a two part series. The first issue had an unconfirmed Jock Cover where the issue was solicited with a different cover than what was published. This book was selling better a few weeks ago but is currently selling for $10 to $15.


Another book that has been selling well in presale is the new Aftershock comics title, Dead Kings #1. This book has two covers – both of which have been selling for double to triple cover online.

 

One last book that is released to stores this week is the second print of The Rejected #1 from Source Point Comics. Source Point sold copies of this book on there website and at conventions like the Baltimore Comic Con- so copies were already released just not through comic book stores. Copies have been selling for around $40 online.

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Hollywood Daze: Round-Up!

Typically I post most of the media related comic announcements on the Comic Book Scalping Instagram account CBS_Daily but there are two books that have been selling well today that I would like to highlight here.

Pictures from the set of Avengers 4 have leaked online and they show Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts – dressed up as Rescue. This has caused a sudden surge on the first appearance of Rescue with the book selling for $20 to $30.

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Rescue’s first appears in Marvel’s 2009 title, Invincible Iron Man #10 written by Matt Fraction. This book was published with two covers – one of Tony Stark and a “secret” Tony Stark in armor cover. There is also a second print variant that features a new cover that features the first cover appearance of Rescue. All three of these books are worth looking for.

 

There has also been a run to grab copies of Niobe She is Life #1 based on rumors of a movie announcement that hasn’t been publicly made. It is also worth noting that Niobe She is life has been brought up a few times on Amandla Stenberg’s (Co-Writer and Actor from Games of Thrones) publicity tour for her upcoming film, the Hate U Give. While near mint copies of Niobe #1 are selling for $10 to $20 – CGC 9.8 copies are selling for $130.
The characters in this book first appear in another Stranger Comics title, The Untamed #1. This book has a 1:10 variant that has also been selling well online.

 

 

 

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