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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Spotlight on Rags

Rags is the new indie hot book of 2018. Rags was originally published at the beginning of 2018 as a digital only comic and had a coinciding Patreon campaign offering monthly rewards. Some of the Patreon rewards include, posters, physical copies of the comic and exclusive Patreon variant covers. So what is the book about? Directly from the creators page “RAGS follows the misadventures of former USMC Combat Veteran Corperal Regina Ragowski, as she struggles to deal with her debilitating PTSD from her deployment and ouster from the MARINE CORPS as well as the continuing loss from those she loves. All during a zombie plague that has wrecked the liberal state of California.”

In July it was announced that Antarctic press had picked up Rags and would be publishing the book monthly. The first issue was released on September 12, 2018 and almost immediately became one of the hot books of the week. It is important to note that the original self-published version of Rags is “uncensored” while the Antarctic Press books have most of the books nudity covered up.

The first issue of the Antarctic Press edition of Rags also had a limited to 200 copy Virgin Variant cover – this book has been selling for $100 to $200 depending on its condition. The first print of this book is currently selling for $25 to $50 depending on its condition.

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Only one copy of the patreon exclusive variant of the first issue has shown up on ebay since its release and it sold for $530. There was also a patreon exclusive physical copy released for the second issue of Rags featuring two covers, a “Normie Cover” and a “Bounty Hunter Variant” cover The “normie cover” has been selling for $70 to $80 while the Bounty Hunter Variant has had three sales ranging from $50 to $320.

Why is this important?

This week sees the release of the Antarctic Press edition of Rags #2. This book has already sold out at the distribution level and like with issue #1 – stores are going to find an unexpected amount of interest in this book. Some copies of the Antarctic Press edition were released at a recent comic book convention – these copies as well as copies selling in presale on ebay have been selling for $40 to $50. Like with the first issue – there is a special variant cover for the second issue that has been selling for $80 to $100.

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This week – Rags #2 should be on your radar – this could very well be the book of the week.

Check out the Rags Patreon Campaign here

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Week in Review: October 9

This week sees the release of a few books you should be looking for.

This week marvel has released a new secret variant cover. The last time they did this was with the unmasked Infinity War #2 variant. This Week for Marvel’s Venom #7 there is a chase variant cover with an unknown ratio. The chase cover features a Venom with his tongue sticking to the left. This book has been selling for $15 to $20.

 

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Another book that comes out this week that has been selling well is the cover B for Wonder Woman #56. This cover by Jenny Frison has been selling for two to three times cover on ebay.

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A book that comes out this week that has been seeing a lot of continued interest is the new DC Batman Horror Book, Cursed Comic Cavalcade #1. This 9.99 cover price book is going to be very sought after.

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It is also worth mentioning that news came out today that God Country is being developed for the big screen, with the screenplay to be written by series writer Donny Cates.

 

 

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Captain Marvel’s Starforce

Thanks Jack Demayo for pointing this out.

This week Entertainment Weekly released promotional images from the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. The DC.Marvel.Jpg instagram account did a really good job of breaking down which characters appear in these images.

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Ronan, Mar-vell and Starforce are here! 💣

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Right now we have four confirmed members of Captain Marvel’s Star force. The first appearance of Star Force is Avengers #346 and we first spoke about it here. This book has been selling online for $20 to $30.

Appearing in the Star Force team are,

Korath – This character first appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy film. His first appearance is Quaser #32 from 1992.
Att-Lass – AKA Captain Atlas or Titanium Man. This character first appeared in Quasar #9 published in 1990. 
Bron Char – This Kree soldier character first appears in 1998’s Captain America Volume 3 #8.
Minn-Erva – Doctor Minerva. This character was confirmed to appear in the film a few months ago, but her first appearance is Captain Marvel #50 from 1977.

There are other characters in Star Force but there has been no firm confirmation that those characters will appear in the Captain Marvel film.

Another book that has started to pick up steam because of a character being confirmed for Captain Marvel is Hulk #418 and Hulk #419. These books feature the first appearance and the first full appearance of Skrull commander Talos.

 

 

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