Most Horror and comic fan-zines have a rocky publication history. Usually these magazines either go bankrupt within a few years of launching or they go through numerous ownerships, various revamping’s and product shipping delays. Since its inception in 1979 by Starlog Magazines. Most of those listed issues have plagued Fangoria magazine.
The heyday for Fangoria magazine was the late 80’s early 90’s when it became the most prominent horror pop culture magazine. Over the last few years Fangoria has had difficulty securing ad-revenue which has resulted in difficulties with paying for printing and publishing the magazine. Earlier this year it was announced that Cinestate an American company based in Texas had purchased Fangoria and would be relaunching a revamped version of the magazine. It was later announced that Fangoria would be coming back in 2018 as a quarterly magazine with four issues published annually.
The first issue of Fangoria sells for anywhere from $50 to $100 and features a really dynamic Godzilla cover. The newly launched issue of Fangoria, Labeled as Fangoria issue #349 And Volume 2 #1 – published after a three year hiatus is a double-size issue featuring a new Michael Myers Halloween cover. The newly launched Fangoria issue has sold out at the distribution level and for the past few days has been selling online for $50 to $80.
Fangoria Volume 2 #1 (or issue #349 chronologically) – was released on October 10, 2018, has a cover price of $20 and is a book you should be looking for.
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.
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).
This week sees the release of Walking Dead #171 which features a new character – “The Princess”. Like most of the new characters introduced in the Walking Dead universe, Image hyped up this news when retailers could order the book two months ago. Skybound, the Image imprint that publishes Walking Dead, surprised retailers with a special “secret” variant cover. There is a special secret Walking Dead #171 variant that features a pink signature in the bottom right corner.
Bleedingcool is reporting that this book is a 1 in 7 ratio variant and features 7 additional pages of content. This book is going to catch a lot of retailers off guard and most will not notice it. With completed ebay sales ranging from $40 to $50 this is the book to be looking for this week.
It was announced that Ann Weying would be appearing in the upcoming Venom film. In The Marvel Universe, Ann Weying becomes a female venom, She-Venom, this has led to the book she first appears in as She-Venom to sell for very high prices. Ann Weying first appears in Amazing Spider-Man #375 and becomes She-Venom in the Venom: Sinner Takes All series. She first becomes She-Venom in Venom:Sinner Takes All #2 and appears on the cover of Venom: Sinner takes all #3. While ASM #375 hasn’t really been selling (this book has a very high print run), Venom: Sinner Takes All #3 has been selling for up to $100 in raw near mint condition online. While Venom: Sinner Takes All #3 has been a sought after book in high grade for the last few years, this week this news has blown this book up. Two things to think about – Will the real first appearance of She-Venom start to go up? Has She-Venom been confirmed for the movie?
Another announcement that started as a rumor last week but has since been confirmed is the Umbrella Academy TV-Show announcement. The Hollywood Reporter came out with the news this week that Netflix ordered a 10 episode series for Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy. Umbrella Academy first appears in the Dark Horse 2007 FCBD book. While this book hasn’t been getting a lot of attention the ratio variants for Umbrella Academy #1 have been (as well as the Volume 2 RRP). Another thing to keep note of is that the Gerad Way signed and graded copies will see a stronger demand down the road – Gerad Way has always been a hard to acquire signature, only attending a handful of conventions.
There is really only one book to be looking for this week, Spawn Directors Cut 1 Per Store Retailer Appreciation Variant. This book features the Spawn #227 cover with a new coloring and with silver foil logos. This book was sent to every diamond account retailer making the print run 2 to 3 thousand. This book is currently selling for $80 to $100, I would expect the price to drop as more copies come to market, however, with the large Spawn fan base this could be a long term collectors item.
The Unquotable Trump is an ashcan comic book featuring classic comic covers redone featuring Donald Trump and various quotes from speeches he’s made. Drawn and Quarterly picked up the comic and is publishing an over-sized treasury edition in November. In the past week on ebay this ashcan has sold from $15 to $30. You can still buy copies of this ashcan for $4 from this link.
I havn’t posted in a while because I have been busy. I apologize for the hiatus.
This was pointed out on my facebook page by Nick Borelli, Wicked and Divine as announced by Deadline.com is being developed into a tv-show by Universal television (the same company that optioned Sex Criminals)
Since the announcement earlier today copies of this book have flown off ebay and first print copies have sold on ebay for $20. This book had eight retailer variant covers all limited to at least 1000 copies. Some variants are selling from $40 – $50. While the hype just starts for the Wicked and Divine TV-Show, Any cover first print #1 are the books to look for.
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Bleedingcool for the most part is either late in providing information for their speculators corner or they give information that just throws you off. Today they did a article on Boom’s series Giant Day #1, which has sold out at Diamond in first print and is selling on ebay for $5 to $6. This should be expected to rise just based on the effect Bleedingcool has on the comic market.
Second prints are still available at diamond, first prints are selling for $6 AND can still be ordered on the Boom Website for cover price. With the 1:20 and 1:10 variants also be offered at very reasonable prices. This book has a lot of potential.