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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Magazine Speculation Part 3: Heavy Metal

This post is an updated version of This post from 2017. Parts of this post also appeared in the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” Excerpts from this article originally appeared in episode 7. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

Donald Trump has appeared in various comic books over the past 30 years and only a few of those appearances have been flattering. There is one in particular that I’d like to highlight –  Heavy Metal Magazine Volume 14 issue #3 from July of 1990.

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This book features a story based around Donald Trump running for Mayor of New York. The Story is called “The Wall” and is written and drawn by Peter Kuper. This book Features scenes of civil unrest, the building of a wall to separate different populations and the deportation of a large groups of people. These are only just a few of the weird parallels to the 2016 US election. This book even features the the “Dump Trump” phrase.

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Above are some excerpts from Heavy Metal Magazine Volume 14 issue #3 from July of 1990.

 

When Bleeding first reported on this book in November of 2016 the book started to see a lot of interest with copies selling anywhere from $30 to $50. It has since cooled down – and copies can be found for under $10.  Is this a stupid book? Absolutely, but this book predicted Donald Trump’s presidency platform more than 25 years before he ran. Over time this book will start picking up again and it s a good book to be looking for.

A few other noteworthy issues of Heavy Metal to be looking for:

Before it was released in English in America –  Heavy Metal was released in French as “Métal hurlant” and the early French issues are great books to be picking up.

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Another Heavy Metal issue that occasionally sees some interest is Heavy Metal From August 1981, Volume 5 #5. This book features the first appearance of Taarna the main female protagonist in the Heavy Metal film. There was also a recently launched new series that saw a lot of interest on release that features some incredible cover art from Alex Ross.

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Walking Dead 15th Anniversary Blind Bag Variants

This year Image Comics celebrated the 15th anniversary of Walking Dead as a comic book store wide Walking Dead day celebration. They released numerous reprints of key issues with new variant covers. Some of these were Walking Dead 15th Anniversary Blind Bag variants – featuring new comic book art from an assortment of artists – They are 15 variant Covers with an assortment of color, virgin, black and white and trade dress variants. There were also 1:100 “secret” variants. Here is a run down of some of the more note worthy variants and what they’re currently selling for.

For Walking Dead #19 – retailers were offered a J. Scott Campbell variant Cover. Since J. Scott Campbell has a large audience of fans many stores ordered this book. There are five versions of this variant two of the more noteworthy are the 1:100 pencil sketch virgin variant and the black and white virgin inked variant –  these two books have been getting a lot of attention online. The Black and White Inked Virgin variant has been selling for $45 to $60 – and the 1:100 Pencil Sketch Variant has been selling for $150 to $250.

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Walking Dead #48 has a Chris Burnham Variant. Along with the Black and White, Color, and two virgin covers – this book has a “secret” word variant. Along with a full color virgin variant, randomly inserted in the blind bags, is a full color virgin variant with the word “Ka-Sladdittt” on the top portion of the cover. This book has been selling for $100 to $120.

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Walking Dead #98 also has “secret” word variant. This Wes Craig blind bag cover variant series has a full color virgin variant with the word “Thok” on it. There have been a handful of sales around the $120 level.

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Walking Dead #100 has a secret word bubble variant. This randomly inserted blind bag variant features the full color virgin variant, with a different background color, featuring Negan talking. This is the only version of the variant to feature word bubbles. This book has multiple sales online around $150.

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For the Walking Dead #108 Emma Rios variant – there was a randomly inserted 1:100 chance pencil sketch variant. This book has two sales at $150.

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Week In Review October 17

This week there are two news releases you should be looking for.

This week sees the release of the Scout Comics title, The Source. The first issue is sold out at the retailer level and has been selling for $10+ online. This book has a 1 in 20 Glow in the Dark variant cover as well as a first appearance Ashcan – both the 1:20 Variant and the Ashcan variant are still available on the Scout Comics website for well under what they’ve been selling for on ebay. The main hesitation I have of ordering off the Scout comics website is the uncertainty that these books will maintain there current value.

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Another book that has been selling well is the new Source Points Comics title, Ogre #1. Ogre #1 has been selling for $10 to $12 on ebay.

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A few media related announcements came out this week and here are the books you should be looking for.

This week it was announced that the villain in the upcoming Jared Leto Morbius film would be Loxias Crown. Several websites are reporting and making the connection to the Marvel Crown character, while it hasn’t been confirmed that Loxias Crown is the Spider-man villain with the former alias of Crown its very possible. Crown first appeared in Peter Parker Spider-Man #76. Crown later becomes known as Hunger in the Marvel universe. As a result of this news this book has been getting a lot of attention.

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Another two books that have started to see a climb in value are Captain Marvel Volume 5 #16 and Captain Marvel #17. These two books features the first appearance and the first full appearance of Phyla-vell. Phyla-vell has been confirmed to be a new team member in the Donny Cates written Guardians of the Galaxy comic which has caused her first appearance to start to take off.

 

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Week in Review: September 19

I touched one some hot books this week on the latest episode of the Comic Book Scalping weekly podcast but here are some books that are selling well online that I didn’t talk about.

This week sees the release of Edge of Spider-Geddon #3. This book was released on the coattails of last months release of Edge of Spider-Geddon #2, which featured the first appearance of Mechanical Venom. A few days after release, the two cover set of Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 was selling online consistently for $25. Both books are currently selling for $5 to $10 each.
Edge of Spider-Geddon #3 features the first appearance of Uncle Ben as Spider-Man. There are two covers for this book and both have been selling for $7 to $10. I doubt either of these books will stay at these prices but right now there is some great quick flip potential.

This week also sees the first appearance of Xandra. Xandra is the daughter of Professor Xavier and Lilandra Neramani, the Empress of the Shi’ar Empire. Xandra first appears in this weeks Mr and Mrs. X #3. While the regular cover has been selling well, it hasn’t been selling above cover whereas The 1:25 Terry Dodson variant for Mr. and Mrs. X #3 has been getting a lot of attention selling for $50 to $60 online.

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Another book that comes out this week that you should look at picking up is the new Keenspot book, Junior High Horrors #1, the first issue of the four part mini-series. Junior High Horrors has four covers, all four covers homage classic horror movie posters – three of the covers were open order to retailers and one was a ratio variant. The Junior High Horrors #1 Cover B (the exorcist poster homage) has been selling on ebay for $12 while the 1 in 5 ratio cover has been selling for $25 online. As of writing this post, all four covers are still available on the keepspot website.

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Hollywood Daze: Mark Millar / Netflix

Today Netflix announced there plans for the Millarworld universe. While there has been a lot of speculation on what Mark Millar properties Netflix would tackle first, they announced five projects based on Millar’s comics with one of the comics not being published yet. The four projects based on already published books are all books you should be looking for – but keep in mind that Mark Millar has a very large following, all of these books have very large print runs and all of these books were published after Millar was a very well known name in comics.

Empress – Netflix plans on making an Empress movie based on Mark Millar and Stuart Immonen‘s 2016 Image comic by the same name. This book has seven regular first print covers and none of them seem to be selling above cover, However, the 1 in 200 Empress #1 Stuart Immonen sketch variant will start to see a lot of attention.

Huck – Huck is also being developed by Netflix as a full length feature film. Huck #1 has two covers a regular cover and a movie poster homage cover B.

Jupiter’s Legacy – Jupiter’s Legacy is being developed as a Netflix TV series. Jupiter’s Legacy #1 has a 1 in 25 ratio variant which is one of the reasons it has such a high print run. The 1 in 25 variant would be the book to buy if you want to speculate on this series.

American Jesus – After a half of a dozen announcements involving American Jesus it seems this project will finally see the light of day as a television series. American Jesus is the oldest title in the Millerworld being developed, originally published by Dark Horse under the name Chosen in 2004. Chosen #1 has been selling for $8 to $10.

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