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 28

There is really one book to be looking for this week and following the most recent indie comic trend this book is published by Antarctic Press. Stars End #1 has sold out at the distributor and has multiple sales above $20. There is also a 1:10 variant cover that seems to be performing well online. This seems to be the book of the week.

It is also worth noting that Star’s End was originally published in July of 2017 (there is also a preview edition) by Insane Comics. I am not sure if this is a reprint or a new series but it appears to be a newer printing. Insane Comics went out of business earlier this year.

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This week two Antarctic Press book had release dates that were pushed back and delayed.  One of those books is Rags #3. On track with the previous two issues, this book has sold out before its release date and has been selling well above cover. This book has two covers – The regular cover has been selling for $6 to $10 while the cover B “variant” labeled the “exposed” variant – has been selling for $14 to $20. This book is showing no signs of slowing down, even though you’d assume retailers would have increased there orders by now.

 


The second book that was solicited to be released this week but has been delayed by the Antarctic Press is Punchline #2. This book also has two covers. The regular cover has been selling for $15 to $20.

 

 

 

One book with high ratio variant covers that is released this week is Daredevil #612. This book has two high end variants, a 1:200 Bill Evertt reused art cover and a 1:100 J. Scott Campbell cover. This book is being pushed as the “last issue of Daredevil”. The 1:100 J. Scott Campbell cover has had several sales above $100, averaging around $140.

 

 

 

One noteworthy back issue book is Immortal Hulk #2. This book has been selling for $30 to $40 online and has been described as a first appearance of some random character. Usually after marvel releases a #1 issue print runs immediately drop with later issues. Immortal Hulk #2 seems to be following that trend. This is a book to be looking for.

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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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Dead Rabbit Recall

A lot of buzz has been flying around Images Dead Rabbit today. Diamond account holders received an e-mail this morning indicating the Image series Dead Rabbit was being recalled under what Diamond called a Mandatory recall. Diamond and Image have requested that both issues of Dead Rabbit be sent back to them which has created a bubble market around this title.

 

Bleedingcool wrote an article in May before Dead Rabbit #1 was released indicating that a bar in NYC owned the trademark for the use of the Dead Rabbit branding and it seems like they are the ones who had the book pulled from shelves. How does a comic book using the same name infringe on the trademark of some hipster bar in New York City?

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The NYC Dead Rabbit, best described as a cocktail bar, is more than just a place to get drinks. There menu is also a comic book – The 13 page menu is sold here and can be found digitally here – These links go to the FOUR version of there menu comic book. The bar has plans to release a collection of there comic book menus as a graphic novel and they have another book, a recipe book, slated to be released later this year with similar comic book elements.

Sets of both issues of Dead Rabbit #1 and Dead Rabbit #2 have been selling for $20 to $30. There is also a 1:10 variant cover for the first issue and a NYCC variant – these are also performing very well online. There is also an ashcan preview for Dead Rabbit that was sent to stores before the release of the first issue.  I don’t think these prices will hold but this book has great quick flip potential.

 

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Magazine Speculation Part 4: Marvel Graphic Novel 17

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This week I want to talk about the first appearance of Apocalypse. Apocalypse first had a cameo appearance in X-Factor #5 from 1986 and had his first full appearance in X-Factor #6 but there is one earlier appearance that isn’t highly recognized.

 

Marvel Graphic Novel #17: Revenge of the Living Monolith came out October 1985, eight months before the X-Factor #5 cameo appearance. In Uncanny X-Men #376, published in January of 2000 the story retconned Marvel Graphic Novel 17 saying that unnamed benefactor to the living monolith was actually Apocalypse in disguise. Also, The Marvel Wiki-page lists Marvel Graphic Novel #17 as the first appearance of Apocalypse.

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This is a book that can easily be found for under $20 in a back-issues bin at your local comic book store and even online. CGC 9.8 copies sell for $200 – $250.  There is also a second printing of this book – the way to tell the difference between first printings and later printings is the price on the front cover. First prints of Marvel Graphic Novel #17 have a 6.95 / 7.95 price while later printings have a 9.95 / 12.50 price.

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