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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Week in Review: July 25

I went very spoiler heavy in this post. This is your one and only spoiler warning.

In this weeks issue of Venom,(Venom #4) it is reveled that the Symbiote god – first appearing in the previous issue was actually introduced in the marvel universe in 2012 in the Jason Aaron God of Thunder Thor series. Venom #4 has references panels that refer back to events from God of Thunder: Thor #6. Almost every copy of God of Thunder Thor #6 has disappeared from online marketplaces with the only listings on ebay being no reserve auctions. God of Thunder : Thor #6 is a book to be looking for – but it very well may not be the first appearance of this character – who very likely appears earlier in the run. It is not clear if the God of the Symbiote character and Gorr are one in the same. Something else to keep in mind – This news kills any speculation future Venom #3 might have had.

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Something to think about: Pictures above  is the sword Gorr wields in The Jason Aaron God of Thunder Thor run. Seems like its very likely he is the god of the symbiotes – first appearance is Thor God of Thunder #2.

 

 

Infinity Wars: Prime #1 features the first appearance of a new character on the cover and inside the issue. This new character, Requiem, seems to be an established Marvel character taking on a new role. In this issue, Requiem is able to slay Thanos, cutting his head off. While the regular covers have no recorded sales above cover the 1:25 ratio variant has been selling well online and seems to be trending upwards. This would be a good book to be holding onto.

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Another book that comes out this week is Teen Titans #20. The speculation train started on this book when DC announced it would be the first appearance of Lobo’s daughter Crush when retailers could still order it. While this book does have a larger print run the 1:25 ratio variant cover has been selling for $50 to $60.

One last book to look for is the Natali Sanders Cover D for Barbella #8. This book has been selling for $6 to $10.

 

 

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Hollywood Daze: Prophet

Today the Hollywood Reporter came out with an article stating Rob Liefeld would be working in collaboration with Studio 8 to make a film based on his Image comic book series, Prophet. Studio 8 has some incredible films being released this year including the highly anticipated White Boy Rick film, staring Matthew Mcconaughey, about the youngest FBI undercover informant.

Prophet first appeared in the Image Series Youngblood – debuting in 1992 in the pages of Youngblood Volume 1 #2. This book has a very large print run. Prophet had his own series published by Image that came out in 1993. The first appearance of Prophet has been flying off ebay – it has been selling for $3 to $5.

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After a 12 year hiatus, Rob Liefeld allowed Brandon Graham and Simon Roy to relaunch the Prophet series through Image continuing the legacy numbering. Prophet #21 was released in 2012 as a new direction and ran for 24 issues. Prophet #21 was a surprise success catching most retailers off guard resulting in it having a relatively low print run. First prints of Prophet #21 have always sold well – today selling for $20 to $30. Second prints of Prophet #21 have also sold for a premium.


Since Youngblood #2 has such a high print run the books that should see the largest increase in growth should be from the Simon Roy / Brandon Graham run. These books have low print runs and completely changed the way people thought about the Prophet character.

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Hollywood Daze: A roundup of Comic movies no one asked for

J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl was very popular when it was released in 1998. How popular? Two years after its release there Sony released a Danger Girl video game for the playstation one console. This week it was announced that Constantin films, the company responsible for the 1994 Fantastic Four movie and subsequently owns the production rights to any Fantastic Four film, has acquired the film rights to Danger Girl. For years people have been chasing the Danger Girl variant covers because many of them feature great J. Scott Campbell artwork while having low print runs. There is even a recalled cover (read more here). While people have been chasing the variants there hasn’t been a lot of love for the first appearance of Danger Girl Team.

The Danger Girl team first appeared in The Danger Girl Preview published in December of 1997 – there are three covers to this book including a limited edition Gold logo foil cover. All three of these book are books to be looking for – The Danger Girl preview was not sold to stores it was distributed in polybag copies of Gen 13 #25 (December, 1997) and Dv8 #14 (January, 1998). The white covers are American Entertainment variants which were sold as mail away special edition variants – all of these covers have publication dates of December 1997.

 

 

Another weird Hollywood announcement that came out this week is that Marvel has a X-Men film in development where James Franco has signed on to play Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man. The first appearance of Multiple Man is Giant Size Fantastic Four 4. For a silver age book that features a first appearance, Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 is currently very reasonable priced.

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One other Hollywood announcement that I should have spoken about earlier is that Sony is developing a Morbius, The Living Vampire film. Morbius first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101. Amazing Spider-Man #101 has sold well in high grade for some time but much like with the Venom film announcement, Amazing Spider-Man #101 has started to skyrocket off ebay. Even low grade copies of ASM #101 have started selling in the triple digits, this is a book to keep an eye on.

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Week in Review: October 18

This has been a slow week for comic speculation but there are two interesting books I’d like you to know about.

This week saw the release of Kid Lobotomy #1 from IDWs new Black Crown imprint. There was a 250 limited NYCC variant and this book was previewed in the free Black Crown preview comic released a few weeks ago however the cover to look for came out this week. Kid Lobotomy #1 has a 1:10 gold foil variant cover and due to a “manufacturing error” IDW and Diamond have recalled all copies of this comic. IDW has asked all retailers to destroy all copies of this cover. Will retailers destroy copies? Probably not, but nothing drives up demand for a comic like announcing its been recalled. Since news of the recall broke, this book has been selling for $15 to $25.

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Speaking of Manufacturing errors, this weeks Zdarsky “how to draw” variant for Mighty Thor #700 has a big one. This book was manufactured with the wrong back cover – instead of an advertisement – the back cover is the same as the Spider-Gwen #25 back cover for the Unknown Comics retailer variant. Copies have sold on ebay for $10 to $12 – double cover price. All copies distributed by diamond have this error. Marvel and Diamond have not issued a recall for this book.

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Week In Review: June 17 , 2015

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This week sees another Vertigo / Mad Max book being released, Mad Max Fury Road Furiosa. I talked about the pervious Mad Max Vertigo title here.

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Max Max Fury Road Furiosa #1 is a one-shot that has sold out at Diamond days before it was to be released ( on June 17). This book is already selling for $10 in ebay presale and still has some room for growth. The previous Max Max Fury Road #1 sold for up to $30, it currently sells for around $15 to $18 which is still a jump from its $5.99 cover price however these arn’t books to be sitting on as they seem to have a small sales window of opportunity. Unlike the previous Max Max book, Furiosa #1 has a blank variant cover – based on the current popularity of Max Max this book has a lot of potential.

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Another book that goes on sale on June 17 that has already sold out at Diamond is Minions #1 from Titan publishing. Still riding on the five year success of the 2010 Despicable Me film and its tie-in / sequel films, Minions #1 is already preselling for $10 on ebay! If the recently released limited edition Minion Tic Tacs are any sign of heat, retailing for $1.50 and selling for $10 on ebay – The Minions have a huge following and this book will have a strong following for some time.

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Weird Catchup: Marvel Battleworld

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I’m not really following Marvel’s current storylines. I was really into Daredevil until Shadowland ended. Never could get back into the Marvel U after they kept re-writing it, so excuse me for being slow on this one.
This was first pointed out by the homies at The Dakoit’s Comic Book Speculation.

Marvel has brought back Marvel Zombies to the Marvel Universe. This time they’ve brought back an old character that is only now getting noterity.

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Elsa Bloodstone is the daughter of a Ulysses Bloodstone – a character who had a gem of power that let him live forever, he eventually became a mercenary who mainly hunts monsters – and Yes it is the same Bloodstone as Captain America Bloodstone First appearance of Crossbones. Eventually his daughter is given fragments of the stone. Right now the first appearance of Elsa Bloodstone – the new monster hunter in the Marvel Universe is gaining steam – two weeks ago this book sold for under $3 online, today it sells for upwards of $15+. This book is very much a dollar book but with Marvel’s new Female character focus, this book has a lot of potential down the road.

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Another book that could become relevant based on how Marvel uses Elsa is the first appearances of Ulysses Bloodstone, her father.

Marvel Presents #1 Bloodstone (1975) – First appearance of Ulysses Bloodstone

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