When Oni Press’s Rick and Morty #1 started to heat up people were noticing the grading companies were not classifying the first printing of the book as the first appearance of the characters. Well thanks to Negan Grimes on CBSI we now know why.
Rick and Morty first appeared in comics in the book The Good Morty. The Good Morty is a comic in the style of a Chick Tract. Chick Tracts, created by Jack Chick, are short evangelical gospel comic books that began circulation in 1974 (as free religious pamphlets) and can still be found today. The Good Morty first appeared in Season 1 of the Rick and Morty series.
The Good Morty was distributed in the first editions of the Rick and Morty season 1 Blu-ray from 2014. 250 of these were inserted signed by Rick and Morty creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. I am unsure how many of these were printed – however, they are only found in the first edition blurays – there are several editions of the season 1 bluray and packages are almost identical. So this will prove to be a difficult item to track down.
This was a big week for comic book stores with the release of Marvel’s Legacy #1 but there are really only a few books you should be looking for.
This week sees the release of Spider-Gwen #24. Spider-Gwen #24 has a few store variants (some sold out in presale and are selling great online) but the regular cover has been selling for $8 to $15 online. This book features the first full appearance of Gwenom.
Following the release of The Walking Dead #171 pink signature variant, Skybound’s Red Neck #6 Cover B has a pink signature variant. No word on print run or rarity – as of this posting there have been three sales of this book at $40 each. The pink signature surprise variant might be a trend we start seeing with the next few Image / Skybound comic releases.
Later this week I will be doing a post with about updated Hollywood projects. Stay tuned.
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.
The last few weeks there has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Wolverine / Hulk Batch H story line. The first print copies of the books appear to have been under ordered by retailers resulting in most of the books selling for above cover. Most of the Totally Awesome Hulk title cross-over books are currently selling for $10 to $15.
We’ve already been introduced to the “beta” version of the Hulk / Wolverine mash up character but in this weeks issue of the new Hulk comic , Totally Awesome Hulk #22, we see the “alpha”. One spoiler I will reveal is that the Beta version (as predicted) dies and the Alpha versions takes over. This is the Alpha’s first appearance and will be regarded as the first appearance of the Batch H Character. Over the last few days this book has been selling for $8 to $15, the book is sold out at diamond and can currently be found on ebay for $10. I’ve read the issue and It looks like Marvel is planning to revisit this character in future Totally Awesome Hulk – expanding the story line and this character, which means this is a book to be buying and holding onto.
Totally Awesome Hulk #22 is not a book you want to be sleeping on.
There is a brief update on this post at the bottom.
Today Sony released the cast list for the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming film. With it came a few spoilers and the confirmation of a few characters entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This post will be filled with spoilers.
The only real casting to keep note of is the change of name for Donald Glover’s character. Glover is now listed as playing Aaron Davis – Aaron Davis is the Prowler in the Marvel Universe. This is an interesting choice and it leads into what I am sure Sony is trying to accomplish with the new Spider-Man trilogy.
Aaron Davis first appears as the Prowler in Amazing Spider-Man #78. If you haven’t been reading Spider-Man in the last 20 years you might think this is just Marvel changing another character for the films – changing him from white to black – however, a black Aaron Davis appears as the Prowler in the Spider-Man Ultimate Universe. The Ultimate Universe Prowler first appears in Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2 #1.
How does this lead into the Spider-Man trilogy? In the ultimate universe, Aaron Davis has a nephew, Miles Morales. Donald Glover is not a low profile actor, that with the history of Aaron Davis’s character – one can only assume that Miles Morales will eventually show up in one of the three planned Spider-Man films. One can also assume that Sony is planning spin off films for Miles Morales in the new Sony/ Marvel universe.
Now is the time to be buying Miles Morales key issues. Miles first appears in Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4.
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.
It was announced this week that Sony was making a live action movie about He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. This is sure to bring more attention to DC Comics Presents #47 – the first appearance of He-Man in comics.
Joe Benitez creator of Lady Mechanika took to facebook this week to announce his Lady Mechanika creator owned series had been optioned for a television series. Lady Mechanika has been a popular indie series upon release, since this news broke there has been a lot of interest in the series first issue Lady Mechanika #0 and its various printings and variants. Something that has been largely ignored is that Lady Mechanika first appeared in a pin-up piece by Joe Benitez in Worlds of Aspen FCBD 2010. This book could see a lot of interest if the television series ever comes to fruition.
It was also confirmed this week that Adam Warlock would be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.