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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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

Parts of this post originally appeared in the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” Excerpts from this article originally appeared in episode 1. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

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.

Parts of this post originally appeared in the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” Excerpts from this article originally appeared in episode 1. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

 

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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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Comic Book Scalping Podcast: Episode 9

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