Week in Review: April 13

This week saw the release of My Hero Magademia from Antartic Press. This title is a one-shot comic parodying Donald Trump and the popular Japanese manga title ‘My Hero Academia’. The first printing of this book has sold out at the distributor level and Antartic Press has started solicitation for a second printing. The first print has been selling for $18 to $20 on ebay. This week – this is the book to be looking for.

Another book to look for that recently came out is IDW’s G.I. Joe #1 25th anniversary edition. This book was released last week on April 11 and has been selling online for $10 to $15.

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Oblivion Song #1 Pink Signature

When Skybound Comics announced Oblivion Song #1 we started to see speculation that we might see a pink signature chase variant. Skybound has done this twice previously with Walking Dead #171 and Redneck #6 and both of these were done by Oblivion Song artist Lorenzo De Felici. This week pink signature copies of Oblivion Song started popping up online in facebook selling groups and on ebay. Right now there are two copies on ebay, one is $250 Buy it now and the other is $200 buy it now.

 


Where did these come from?

Skybound Comics offered the pink signature variant as a buying incentive at their booth last weekend at the Wondercon Comic Convention. Anyone that purchased items at the Skybound booth above $25 received a copy of this variant. Skybound will be set up at several conventions over the next few months, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check to see if they are still offering copies.

Skybound Comics will be set up at C2E2 and SDCC just to name two.

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UPDATE: Pink signature copies are showing up inside the Skybound Comics Megabox #6. This box can still be ordered at this link.

Check out this post from September about the Walking Dead #171 Pink signature variant

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Word?! Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1

Archie comics announced today Archie comics announced today that a new companion show for Riverdale was in the works for the CW. The TV show is planned have hour long episode and will be based on the Archie Comics series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a 8 part series published in 2014 and was much in the same vein as Afterlife with Archie.


The book to be looking for is The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1. This book had two regular covers and more than a handful of store variants.

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Hollyweird Continued

Over the last few years Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise has built a cult audience. The first appearance of the series, Strangers in Paradise #1 has a notoriously low print run – this year, high grade copies of this book have sold for $300 to $400. I would expect that to change as today it was announced on the Hollywood Reporter that writer / director Angela Robinson has teamed with Terry Moore to bring Strangers in Paradise to the big screen. No studio seems to have optioned the series, or at least it has not been announced, but Moore and Robinson are intent on making this project happen.

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Strangers in Paradise has a few #1’s and a few #1 reprints – the book to look for and the first appearance of the main character and title is Strangers in Paradise #1 published in 1993 by Antartic Press. This book was later reprinted a few times by Homage Studios (a Image Comics imprint).

 

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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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Hollywood Daze: REIGN

Today it was announced by CW that Odette Annable was cast to play Reign in the third season of the Supergirl TV series. Reign is described as a “worldkiller” like Doomsday and the press releases suggest Reign will be a big part of the third season of Supergirl.

Who is Reign? Reign is a character that was first introduced in the New 52 Supergirl series. (The 6th Supergirl series, published in 2011). The first appearance is readily available in the wild and was widely available online until this information was made public – now all regular priced near mint copies have vanished from most online comic marketplaces. Reign’s first appearance is Supergirl #5. This is a book you should be looking for and holding onto.

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Tuesday Morning Speculation

I didn’t do a post last week. Does that mean I’m going to do more posts this week? Perhaps.

Here are a few talking points,

Here is a book that hasn’t really been talked about since October when it was released, He Man – Thunder Cats #1. The First print of this book has two covers, both are selling well on the secondary market with the Cover B selling for $10 to $14 and Cover A selling for $20 to $25. There is also a second print and a coloring book variant that are not seeing any love online.

These are books that many stores sold out of upon release but is still under the radar enough that you might be able to pick up a few copies

While we’re on the subject of He-man. This New He-Man on Battle Cat Dorbz Funko is selling for $75 online but limited quantities are still available on the Funko site at a strict one per order for $25!

Monday saw Disney announce the name of the new Star Wars movie, The Last Jedi. This will be the eighth Star Wars film. Brought to my attention by Drew Lujan on CBSI, The Last Jedi first appeared in the Marvel comic book, Star Wars #49. This was also reported by Bleedingcool so expect sales of this book to start trending upwards while any copies in the wild start to dry up.

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Last week saw the release of five retailer incentive variants. Unlike ratio variants these were variants sent to every retailer if they ordered any copies of a certain book. Image Comics Curse Words #1 Gold Foil Cover, Boom Studios WWE Gold Belt #1, Marvel Comics Monsters Island #1, Marvel Comics Mighty Captain Marvel #1 and the Batman TPB Jim Lee cover. Unlike the other retailer variants The Batman Jim Lee TPB was only sent to retailers that ordered 5 or more copies of the new Batman TPB. Many retailers still have single issues of these books which resulted in this trade paper back being under ordered and many stores did not receive this variant.

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To my knowledge this is the first time DC has ever done a Trade Paper back. This book is currently selling for $50 to $100. Long term this will be a good book to be holding on to.

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