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.

 

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2018: DC Money Moves

I havn’t written a post in a month… Feels good. Eventually I play to do a write up about some books I missed in the last few months.

With DC’s new Doomsday Clock title they have been doing some interesting things bringing back Alan Moore’s DC created characters. Part of this included Moore’s characters with America’s Best Comics. America’s Best Comics was a comic book imprint of Image / Wildstorm that was purchased by DC when they purchased Wildstorm Comics in 1999 from Jim Lee. In October of 2017 DC released promotional images featuring Tom Strong a character created by Moore in the America’s Best Comics Universe.

This week DC released digital previews of a few upcoming comic books on retailer only website Diamond to entice retailers to increase their orders. One of these previews, Justice League #23, revealed the induction of Alan Moore’s character Sophie Bangs / Promethea in to the DC universe.

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The first full appearance of Promethea is Promethea #1. This book currently sells for under $10 in near mint condition. The possibilities of what DC can do with this character are endless, this is a book to be putting on your radar.

One thing to note is that Promethea’s first appears on the cover of America’s Best Comics #1 – a Wizard Magazine promotional preview comic. This book came with Wizard Magazine #91. This promotional comic is a one off story introducing the America’s Best Comics universe.  The book includes one non speaking panel appearance from Prometha. This book also includes the introducing of post of the characters in the America’s Best Comics universe, including Tom Strong. This is another book to be looking for.

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Shout out to the Raiders fans that helped put this on my radar.
Thanks to Gary Nusser for his help with Americas Best Comics #1.

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WORD?!?! Miracleman Adam Hughes Variant

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was really expecting a bigger bump in value in regards to Miracleman, but Marvel really let me down. First they edited a nude panel, than they edited a word, deemed by some as derogatory, out of the book. 

Warrior Magazines 2My Warrior Magazine #1 stash from one point – the first appearance of Alan Moore’s Miracleman

This is old news but the Adam Hughes 1:25 Miracleman #12 Variant is selling for $40+ on the secondary market – plus it looks fantastic.

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Could this be the next Supergirl and the Legion of Superhero #23 Adam Hughes Variant?..
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