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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Weapons of Mutant Destruction

Have you been reading the new W.M.D. series from Marvel? If you want to avoid spoilers only read half of this article.

This week saw the release of W.M.D. #1 the book featuring Batch H – the Wolverine / Hulk mash up character. I spoke about this on facebook (where I post things I don’t always post on the site – for example I posted that Secret War: Battleworld #3 was the first time a Hulk / Wolverine mash up appeared on a comic book cover) but this new series W.M.D. series gives you a lot to think about.

W.M.D. like many marvel events takes place in two comic series that cross over, Weapon X, The Totally Awesome Hulk and the W.M.D. mini-series all include integral parts of the story-line. The W.M.D. story line started in the last issue of Totally Awesome Hulk, Totally Awesome Hulk #19. I am assuming Marvel didn’t properly advertise this cross-over series which has resulted in a retailer sell out for issue #19 and Marvel has already announced a second printing.
First prints of Totally Awesome Hulk #19 have sold for up to $18 but are currently averaging just above $10. This is a book to be asking your LCS about.

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In W.M.D. #1 this week we found out that a character named Franklin Edwards would become the human guinea pig that would be turned into the Hulk / Wolverine mash-up character. Who is Franklin Edwards?

I have not been able to find a Franklin Edwards in the Marvel universe, however, I did find a Frank Edwards that seems to have similar characteristics to the new Franklin character.

Frank Edwards first appeared in two comics that came out the same week in February of 1986. Squadron Supreme #6 and Captain America #314. Frank Edwards is a villain who teams up with Captain America to stop the Squadron Supreme from controlling the US Governments mutant program. This character dies and hasn’t shown up in the MCU since 1986.

Another character named Frank Edwards appears in Paradise X – the Alex Ross Earth X Universe. This was set up as a separate entity to the marvel universe where Alex Ross took all the classic characters and did what he wanted with them*. In Paradise X, Frank Edwards builds a bomb to kill mutants because he wants to kill all mutants.

Is Frank Edwards the same character as Franklin Edwards from the W.M.D. series? I am not sure but there seems to be clear similarities.

Thank you Topher S and Nick B for your help with this article.

*The Earth X Universe was only kind of set up by Alex Ross. Alex Ross did a series for DC where he reimagined the DC universe and its characters. This book was very successful, it was titled Kingdom Come. It was amazing. Wizard World Magazine did an issue where they asked Ross what he would do if he had the same control of the Marvel Universe. This was then taken by Marvel and turned into the Paradise X universe. Ross had minimal involvement but did do some covers for the series. TL:DR – Marvel takes ideas from DC and comic collector magazines.

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Week in Review January 4

This is my first post of the year and there is really only one book this week that you should be looking for.
Underworld: Blood Wars is a graphic novel sized comic that came out this week from Darkstorm Comics. This book has already sold out at the distributor and is becoming harder and harder to find online. This book has a 50/50 cover and both covers are photo covers promoting the film of the same name that was released to theaters this week.
Cover A has already sold online for $20 while the Cover B “Variant Cover” has sold for $30.


If early film reviews of Underworld: Blood Wars says anything its that you should not be holding on to this book.

Here are a few things I should have talked about last week but didn’t.

love is love came out last week and immediately started selling for $40, this was of course before retailers realized they had received second printings. Due to printing error that has been reported by almost every speculation site except mine, Love is Love seconds prints shipped out before the first prints to North America retailers. The second print has cooled down and is currently selling for $20+ while the few copies of the first print that have hit stores are selling for $35 to $40.
This book is being totted as the first appearance of Harry Potter but its really just a pin-up that was approved by Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling and CGC has decided not to indicate this book as the first appearance of Harry Potter on the comic book label.
Is there speculation value here? I would advice you to sell now and not hold onto this book. Long term this book is not going to be sought after.

Another book that has seen some interest is the new Saga comic book issue #41. This book due to a printing error where the book was printed too dark was recalled by the distributor and publisher. Now while this book is not currently selling well, this book will do well term in high grade CGC or CBCS copies. There is a market for recalled book, it just happens to be small.

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Book to Look for: Hillbilly #1

After a fairly lengthy absence from the publication scene and after bringing his Goon monthly series to Dark Horse Comics, Eric Powell has relaunched his creator-owned Comic publishing imprint, Albatross Funnybooks. A company that has been very quiet since the publishing of Chimichanga in early 2010.

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Last week, Under the Albatross Funnybooks label, Powell released the first issue of what he describes of the publishers new “flagship” book – Hillbilly #1. It appears as if Powell has moved on from the Goon title in the comic medium and is focusing on the development of the Goon film, which makes Hillbilly the new character you’ll be seeing Powell write and draw. With two more issues already solicited in diamond and a proposed 12 issues first arc, Hillbilly #1 could have some legs long term.

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Hillbilly #1 is currently selling for a few dollars above cover and is trending upwards with one or two sales hitting the $10 mark. Hillbilly #1 has great speculation potential for both the quick flip and the long term hold.

UPDATE FROM MY LAST POST: EB Games Corporate has told all stores to stop selling the Deadpool Cowboy Funkos until July 12. So if you have any, sell them now, because this is a sign that larger quantities are soon to be released both through EB Games and Gamestop (USA).

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Hollywood Wrapup – Week of January 22

Back a new instalment featuring books that are heating up based on the development of comic book movies and TV-shows news.

 

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A book that is getting a lot of love this week is the Alan Moore Classic, The Man Who has Everything, featured in Superman Annual #11. This week it was announced that Supergirl would be developing this story into an episode on the series – Episode 13. This book is one of the best one story comic DC produced in the 80’s – featuring classic Alan Moore. This book was a 2015 $20 book. Having some peak sales and some low sales, but averaging around $20. This book had has PEAK sales in the last week of $80 (in stated less then Near Mint condition) and a lot of sales above $50. Not bad for one of Alan Moore’s best superhero work.

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A book that has been seeing some movement in the past few months and was pointed out by TE in the comments by is Flash Annual #3 – the first appearance of the new Wally West. Coming out two months later and also labeled as the first appearance of the “New Flash” or “Future Flash” is Flash #30 of the New 52. Both of these books were heating up considerably in November selling for upwards of $25 each – the books aren’t currently hitting that peak but there is still room to move. Flash Annual #3 averages $8 on ebay with Flash #30 selling on average for $15 to $20.

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The last book this week that is doing crazy things is Tales to Astonish #49. Last week the Captain America Civil War Funko Pops were released for order by retailers – noticably the Ant-Man Funko Pop was labeled “Giant-Man”. So the general thought is that based on this Ant-Man is going to become Giant-Man in the film. Forcing the first appearance of Giant-Man, Tales to Astonish #49, to start selling above guide*. If you can find this book – a lot of speculation value.

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WHY DIDN’T I TALK ABOUT DEADPOOL? – I have a post on Deadpool in the works, yo!

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Comic Market Catchup

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News came out this week that famed novelist, poet and activist, Margaret Atwood, is working on her first Graphic Novel. It’ll be published in 2016 by Dark Horse Comics, “Angel Catbird“, with artwork by Johnny Christmas. This is worth mentioning for a few reasons. For one, Atwood’s growing fan base will eat this book up as it’s being marketed as her first graphic novel. This could also be the first original story from her with many adaptations of her work in the comic book medium. Why am I talking about this? While this book is being pushed out as Atwood’s first comic book work, it is not. An Anthology kickstarter, “The Secret Lives of Geek Girls“, (launched in July and published just this month) features three pages of an original comic book story drawn and written by Atwood. This book has also been picked up for publication by Dark Horse in 2016. However, the kickstarter edition made available this month can still be purchased from $15 to $20. When the “Angel Catbird” HC comes out, the kickstarter edition of “Secret Lives of Geek Girls” will also have great potential of selling for three times its current sale price.

Secret Lives of Geek Girls is available here for $20 from the Kickstarter Creator. 

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Another kickstarter book to keep an eye on is Tephlon Funk #1. Coming off a successfully funded kickstarter Project, the first issue of Tephlon Funk #1 was offered through the books crowdfunding as well as the official comic’s website two weeks ago. Limited to 100 copies, the first print kickstarter edition quickly sold out. The second print was made available, limited to 150 copies, and sold out in mere hours. A third print of 200 copies was also made available and followed the same trend selling out in a few hours. Now Gonzo Studios, known for the Afro Samurai anime, are in talks for developing Tephlon Funk into an animated series. With an original price of under $10, the first issue is already selling for $80 on the secondary market! This is a book worth paying attention to!
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