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 December 14

This week saw the release of Atoll #1 – the second comic book about a predator shark in the last few weeks. (the other being White #1 from Devils Due). Atoll is written by Tim Daniel of Enormous and has sold out on diamond and almost all online retailers. Selling on ebay for $20 to $25. Atoll is published by Creative Mind Energy and could be at your local comic book store.

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Another book that came out this week that you should be looking for is the high ratio variant of the new Transformers comic book Optimus Prime #1. The Optimus Prime #1 1:50 Paul Pope cover selling for $60 to $70. This is a book to be watching as transformers books are notorious for low print runs and have a large niche collecting market. This book should have long holding value.

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The big comic book news that came out this week was that the Harley Quinn Suicide Squad spin-off film produced by and starring Margot Robbie would be titled Gotham City Sirens and featuring both Poison Ivy and Catwoman as Harley Quinn love interests.

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The book Gotham City Sirens has exploded on ebay – raw copies of Gotham City Sirens #1 have sold for $50 to $90 with CGC 9.8 graded copies going for $190 to 250, with the J.G. Jones Variant $900 or best offer Buy it Now Auction selling just after the news broke – with the current lowest price copy sitting at $675.  This is book that has always been pricey in comparison to other modern books however it can still be found in the wild for under ebay completed sale prices!

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