Black Mask took the comic market by storm in 2015 but over the past two years, for various reasons, many comic readers and speculators alike have given up on the publisher. That could be why no one is talking about this new book that came out this week. 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #4 came out this week and with it came reports of people finding a “1 Kid Walks into a Bank” variant cover.
When someone posted an image of the cover on the 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank facebook page, the page gave a “no comment” response. We don’t know how many of these books were distributed or how a store qualified to receive copies – but we do know that this book exists and Black Mask doesn’t want to talk about it. Something to be looking for when you are at your Local Comic Book Shop!
Last week saw the release of Aftershock Comics, Pestilence #1. Pestilence sold out at the distributor on day of release, copies of the book have been selling for double to triple cover price – Copies of the standard cover is currently selling for around $8.
While the 1:10 variant cover is selling for $20 to $30 – both retailer variants – The Comic Mint and Eh! Variant seem to be selling like gangbusters on the secondary market.
Another Aftershock title that has been seeing a lot of attention is Baby Teeth. Baby teeth features art by Garry Brown and is written by Donny Cates. This book has had a lot of buzz based on the success of Donny Cates previous projects God Country and Redneck. Baby teeth is due for release on June 7 and will have the largest print run of any Aftershock title, its also set to have 5+ retailer variant covers. So why is this important? If retailer order and prerelease buzz are any indication, Baby Teeth is going to be big and when its released people are going to start trying to hunt down the first appearance of the title and its characters. The first appearance of Baby Teeth is the C2E2 Diamond Summit ashcan, distributed to retailers at the 2017 Diamond Summit in Chicago.
I’m going to do a post about the things I missed last week tomorrow, so be on the look out for that.
At C2E2 Over the weekend it was announced that Tim Seeley and Mike Norton’s Revival is being adapted into a film by Shattlerglass Films. A Teaser was shown. As a result Revival #1s have started to sell again! Two things to keep note of, the Revival #1 Sketch edition only has 500 copies and is a great book to be looking for and holding on to, The first appearance of Revival is Image 2012 Free Comic Book Day Edition book.
Skybound / Image Comics released THREE retailer appreciation books this week that you should be asking your retailer about. The first is the Kill the Minotaur Ashcan. This is a one per store ashcan and is the first published appearance of this series and characters, its a very large book that reprints the entire issue in black and white in the ashcan size.
The other two books Image released are reprints of Redneck #1, one is the Black and White Cover A with Silver Foil Logo and the other is a Cover A with Gold Foil logo. While these books together have sold online in presale for up to $250, these books are currently selling for $40 each. Since these books are given to every store with a diamond account that ordered the book there will be a lot of copies out there this week.
If you want to speculate on Redneck the book you should be buying is the ashcan. This book came out before issue #1 and is the TRUE first appearance of the series and characters – this book can be purchased on ebay for $40 to $50, which is a steal when you consider the high price sales of the gold and silver foil variants.
Another book to be on the lookout for tomorrow is ‘Namwolf #1. Springing from the success of Hillbilly, ‘Namwolf is another series published by Eric Powell’s Albatross Legacy Books, this book has two covers and both covers have multiple sales above cover. There is no ratio variant just a cover A and B.
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.
This week sees the release of the new Black Mask series, Black, and the debut issue has sold out at the distributor and is going for a second printing before even going on sale. This book seems to be selling well at cover and is trending upwards but hasn’t sold for more then a dollar above cover.
This week’s book seems to be Girrion #1 from Scout Comics. I have spoken about this book before here. Girrion was a successfully funded Kickstarter that was picked up by Scout Comics (announced at SDCC). The kickstarter edition (still available for $5 on the official website) has already sold for $50! Where the Scout series has started selling for $15 with some sales hitting $20! This book has a few retailer variants, however, if the first print is any indication of future prospects – this is a book to be looking for.
Another book that has started seeing an increased interest is Daredevil #58 (Volume 2). One thing that you might have noticed in the new Netflix Luke Cage series is that one character is referred to as “The Night Nurse” which makes it seems that Claire Temple is the Marvel Cinematic Night Nurse. It appears that the modern night nurse, the night nurse that aids Luke Cage, Daredevil and Iron Fist – first appeared in Daredevil #58 (volume 2). This book was off the radar last year but has since started selling for $10 to $20 – this is a great book to be looking for at your LCS.
Right when the American election couldn’t get weirder and more in your face, the Hillary Clinton campaign reminded everyone that comic books characters can still be important. Hillary Clinton’s campaign is currently targeting Donald Trump online supporters, here is a screen capture from her website.
Pepe the frog is a comic book character that through websites like 4chan and reddit has been associated with memes and viral content. Pepe is a frog that lives with three other animals whom play video games, drink and get high together. These characters have no association with white supremacy.
Pepe the frog first appears in Boys Club #1 a self published comic-zine by Matt Furie in 2006 – later collected in trade paper back by Fantagraphics Comics. The original zine has grown in popularity considerably after Clinton started talking about the character.
Over the past week since being brought up by Clinton, the first printing of Boys Club #1 has quickly grown from a $10 to $20 book to a $50 to $60 book. This is a great book to be looking for (and can still be found in some comic book stores that cater to more independent publishers!)
Last January there were a lot of DC rumors posted as facts on Reddit by a user claiming they had seen the new Batman / Superman film. I spoke about it here. Some of the rumors proved to be true while others proved to be false. Batman / Superman was the jump off point for the Justice League film. Jason Mamoa did appear in the film as did the Flash in costume. Some things didn’t prove to be true like Lex Luther going bald due to kryptonite poisoning – but most of the claims on the Reddit post proved to be true.
This week a new post showed up on Reddit claiming to have “Future of the DC universe leak” filled with spoilers. While these claims really have no basis or proof there could be some truth to them, or they could just be smoke in the air. Either way, here are the parts of the leak that might hold the most credibility.
The Green Lantern Corps (to be released in 2020) is going to be based on the Green Lantern Sinestro Corps War story line from 2007. Guy Gardener, John Stewart, and Hal Jordan will be appearing in this film. Aside from the first appearances the books to be buying now are the first appearance of the Sinestro Corps War- Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Special #1 from August of 2007 Green Lantern Volume 4 #21 from September of 2007. Both of these are key books in the Sinestro Wars storyline.
The next tidbit to come out involves Deathstroke – which coincides with the clip from the new Batman film that Ben Affleck recently released online. There will not be a Deathstroke solo movie, however, he will be appearing in both the Batman and Justice League films as an antagonist to Batman. This has resulted in a bump of interest in the new 52 Deathstroke #1 1:25 Variant cover, the first appearance of Deathstroke – New Teen Titans #2 and the very undervalued New Teen Titans #10 (the second appearance of Deathstroke). While all three of these are selling well you can probably still find New Teen Titans #10 in the wild and at a good price.