The First Appearance of the Power Rangers (In Comics)

This article is an excerpt from the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” This article originally appeared in episode 3. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

Since the Boom relaunch and the Shattered Grid Storyline, Power Ranger comic books have really started to take off. In 2016 Boom studios started to release Power Ranger Comic books and they almost immediately developed a cult following. But it is important to note that these are not the first Power Ranger comic books.


The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) debuted on American television on August 28 1993 and it was immediately a rating success. As well as being one of the most popular television shows in the 1990’s, The MMPR’s were a merchandising gold mine. Soon after the television debut of the Power Ranger TV show, Fruit of the Loom started to release Power Rangers branded merchandise. They released children’s underwear and T-shirts. At one point Fruit of the Loom offered a promotional comic book with the purchase of these items. And its this book, published by Harris Comics, that is considered the first appearance of the Power Rangers. This book is so rare that CGC hasn’t graded a single copy. There are pictures of the book online, but how many copies are actually out there is still up for debate.

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There are two other noteworthy Power Ranger books. In December of 1994 comic publisher Hamilton Comics published The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 – this was the first power ranger comic book released for sale. The same month came the release of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Saga #1 also from Hamilton Comics. But there is an earlier comic book that features the first appearance of the Power Rangers and its so rare it’s almost non existent.


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Week in Review: December 5

In terms of speculation there are a few variant covers that are seeing a lot of attention, one of them is the Uncanny X-Men #4 1:100 Variant cover. This cover features artwork by Mark Brooks – this isn’t the first time this artwork was published, this cover is reused artwork from a 2010 Sideshow statue. This variant has been selling for $140 to $200.

Another variant that has been selling above its ratio is the Defenders Immortal Hulk #1 1:50 variant cover. This book features a cover by Adi Granov and has multiple sales online at $70 to $80.

This week also sees the release of the second issue of the Source Point Press series, Ogre. This book has been selling for $7 to $10.


This last week there has been a lot of movie related speculation. This week advanced screenings were held for the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated film and reports are out that the film features an end credit scene leading to the next film featuring Spider-Man 2099. This has brought a lot of attention to two books, Spider-Man 2099 #1 and Amazing Spider-Man #365 which features a 5 page preview of Spider-Man 2099 and predates the #1 issue. Over the past few years these books have average sale prices of under $5. It is also worth noting that there is a toybiz variant of Spider-Man 2099 #1 that has recently been selling for $80 to $100 in raw condition. This “Second Print” variant was only made available inside of a Toybiz figure package.

Another character that has started to see an increase of interest is Shang-Chi The Master of Kung Fu. This week news came out that Marvel was fast tracking a Shang-Chi film. There is also speculation that he could appear in the fourth Avengers film. This has brought a lot of attention to his first appearance Special Marvel Edition #15 from 1973.

 

 

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Week in Review: November 21

This week sees the release of two ratio variants that are performing very well on the secondary market, and since the last few weeks have been dominated with high ratio variant speculation here are two to be looking for.

This week sees the release of the New Skottie Young series Middlewest #1. This book has three covers, a regular cover as well as a 1:10 ratio and a 1:20 ratio variant cover. While the 1:10 variant has not seen a lot of movement the 1:20 variant has been selling for $70 to $100 online. The 1:20 variant is the only cover where the artwork is by Skottie Young.

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Another ratio variant that has been seeing a lot interest over the last few weeks is the 1:100 Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1 Kyle Hotz Virgin Variant. While this book has a few store variants – which inflates the print runs of all ratio variants for any particular book, this variant has been selling for $90 to $130.

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Dead Rabbit update. Dead Rabbit #1’s and #2s have been selling for $10 to $15 – for more information on this book read my previous post.

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Week In Review: November 14

There are two books that come out this week that you should be aware of.

This week sees the release of Domino #8. This book features a Morbius the Living Vampire cover. This book has been selling online for $10 to $14.

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Another book that has been performing well online is the Rags #1 second printing. This book has sold out at the distribution level and has multiple sales online between $40 to $50.

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News broke today in a New York Times article that Jeff Lemire’s creator owned series Black Hammer from Dark horse comics had been optioned and was in development with Legendary Entertainment. This has caused a resurgence of interest in Black Hammer #1 – which has a Cover A, B, SDCC variant and an ashcan preview.

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WORD?!! Scud the disposable Assassin and Dan Harmon

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I want to highlight the Comic book work of Dan Harmon. Dan Harmon is one of the creators of the Rick and Morty animated television series. For a while everything Rick and Morty has been hot including the Oni Press Rick and Morty 2015 Comic book series. First prints, not including the elusive 1:50 variant cover, have been selling for $100 to $150 online. But did you know that Dan Harmon used to write comic books and has based some characters in Rick and Morty on characters from his previous works?

In the early 90’s Dan Harmon went to school at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. There he met his future roommate and sometimes writing partner, Rob Schrab. In 1994 Schrab launched his own creator owned series, Scud the Disposable Assassin, from a publishing company he created just for the comic, Fire Man Press.

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After four issues Dan Harmon started to write and edit the series. Issue 4 is the first time he is credited in a comic book – and he is credited along Rob Schrab as the writer. There is also a Letter to the audience written on the first page by Dan Harmon. Harmon wrote issue #5 and a handful of other issues throughout the run.

 

Currently these books don’t sell well on the secondary market, including  issue #9 which is written by Harmon and features the very first action figure box cover.

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While some people might think this is irrelevant speculation on a title that Harmon briefly moonlit on it is very important to note that Harmon based characters in Rick and Morty on characters from Scud the Disposable Assassin. Including the beloved character Mr. Meeseeks – who is based on the comics title character. These are books to be looking for – they currently sell at a very low price points and they have the potential for enormous growth.

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Week In Review: November 7

There is only one new book this week that I want to talk about it. This week sees the release of the second issue of the Antarctic Press title, Rags. Over the last few days in presale, Rags #2 has been selling for $15 to $45.

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I would like to make a correction to my Kate Bishop post. It states that the first appearance of Kate Bishop as Hawkeye is Young Avengers Presents 6. This is not the first appearance of Kate Bishop as Hawkeye – she first appears as this character in Young Avengers #12 – which was published two years before the Young Avengers presents issue.

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Another Young Avenger issue that has been receiving a lot of attention is Young Avengers #6. The character Cassandra Lang has already been confirmed to be appearing in Avengers 4 – and if Kate Bishop is appearing in the movie – marvel is most likely going to introduce other Young Avengers. In Young Avengers #6 – Cassandra Lang first becomes Stature. While she has put on several different costumes this is the one the comic market is currently moving on.

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Today news broke that Chris Meledandri – founder of Illumination film studios – is making a Super Mario Brothers movie slated to be released in 2022. Illumination is responsible for the Despicable Me film franchise and the new Grinch film. While there are some really cool Nintendo comic books published by Valiant – including the 1990 16 page Nintendo Comics System Sneak Preview – Mario first appeared in a comic book published by Marvel. Before Mario had his own game he appeared as the hero in the arcade game Donkey Kong. In 1983 Marvel started publishing “Blip, The Video Game Magazine”. The first issue includes a Donkey Kong comic story – this is the first comic appearance of Mario.

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Why does Matthew Laborteaux have a band-aid on his left hand?

 

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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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