Big news came out today from the Millar World Camp. The movies rights of both Supercrocks and American Jesus have been purchased by Waypoint Entertainment. American Jesus was originally published by Dark Horse as Chosen, a three part mini-series later reprinted as a $10 graphic novel by Image comics and rebranded as “American Jesus”. This is important because Chosen came out before the success of the very popular Kick-Ass series as well as before Millar took on major titles at Marvel like Civil War and Wolverine. When published in 2004, this book had very little speculation around it, however, upon release there was much controversy with the content – a 14 year old boy finding out he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.
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With a reported print run of 20,000 (as reported by Comichron), this is a book to be looking for. With sales in the past day from $3 to $15 – The Chosen #1 is a book on the rise.
Guardians of the Galaxy started filming this week and with that comes some spoilers and hints for speculation. It appears that the movie will have a Planet of the Apes styled Starlord Time travel scene, where his space craft crashes on present day Earth to find the super-hero of the time, Wonder Man in action, played by Nathan Fillion. Nathan has been spotted in full Wonder Man costume as well as on posters plastered around the set as Wonder Man, suggesting the film might take place in the current time of the Marvel film universe. This brings up three books to look for: Avengers #9 – the first appearance of Wonder Man (already a pretty high priced key book). The other two are more easily attainable- Wonder Man #1 – one shot from 1986 and Wonder Man #1 the first issue of the on-going series from 1991.
These two books help cement the Wonder Man solo storyline and should be good short term speculation books.
I have been terrible with posts lately so this week you should expect a week in review post as well as some kind of “last week in review” catch-up post. (Also Shark / Bear Love should be explained in my next post)
The Boys was originally published in 2006 under the DC creator owned, Wildstorm label. The series is based around a team, “The Boys”, that police super-heroes (except the super-heroes are a lot more adult). DC cancelled the series after issue 6, for what Garth Ennis described as “anti-hero” content. The series was later continued by Dynamite Entertainment for its 72 issues and multiple mini-series. Last week, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg announced they were working on adapting The Boys with Cinemax.
This happened after it was reported in October that they were shopping around the title. Here are the books to be looking for:
The Boys #1 – The First appearance of the Boys Team – as well as main characters Butcher and Wee Hughie.
The Boys #2 – The First appearance of the Frenchmen and the “female of the species”. (although they appear on the Cover of Issue #1)
The Boys # 3 – the first appearance of the seven.
The Boys #7 – the first appearance of The LEGEND.
The newly published Scout Comics series, Henchgirl, has a confirmed TV show on the way- with a rumored 2500 print run for issue #1. This was originally published independently in 2014 by creator Kristen Gudsnuk and the first series is near to impossible to find. With the new Scout Comic Series #1 selling for upwards of $50 to $60, imagine what the 2014 #1 would sell for.
Next Post – Shark/Bear Love
Big shout out to Simon Payne for his help with this post!
*WARNING* This post is going to be filled with spoilers – mostly pertaining to the AMC Walking Dead television series. If you care about the plot and content of the AMC Walking Dead TV Show, this post might not be for you. Be sure to have kept up to date before continuing reading.
The long awaited question walking dead fans have been asking has been answered. When will Jesus appear on the television series? Last weeks episode saw the first appearance of Jesus into the AMC continuity. Shooting up the price of his first appearance in comics considerably. Jesus (Paul Monroe) first appearance was Walking Dead #92, which sold for just under $50 in January. Now with the television appearance this book has shot up to $80 to $90 and is still increasing. This is a book to be holding on to.
Another book that has suddenly started to see interest is Supergirl #16 with sales around $10 in near mint condition and above cover in varying lower conditions. Supergirl #16 is the first Flash / Supergirl cross-over issue in the New 52 and with CW moving forward and releasing production stills from the filming of a Flash / Supergirl cross-over episode – fans have been clambering over this issue. Sure to see an increase once the episode premieres.
Watch-out for a new post in a few days “Two books to grab from the dollar bin”
Back a new instalment featuring books that are heating up based on the development of comic book movies and TV-shows news.
A book that is getting a lot of love this week is the Alan Moore Classic, The Man Who has Everything, featured in Superman Annual #11. This week it was announced that Supergirl would be developing this story into an episode on the series – Episode 13. This book is one of the best one story comic DC produced in the 80’s – featuring classic Alan Moore. This book was a 2015 $20 book. Having some peak sales and some low sales, but averaging around $20. This book had has PEAK sales in the last week of $80 (in stated less then Near Mint condition) and a lot of sales above $50. Not bad for one of Alan Moore’s best superhero work.
A book that has been seeing some movement in the past few months and was pointed out by TE in the comments by is Flash Annual #3 – the first appearance of the new Wally West. Coming out two months later and also labeled as the first appearance of the “New Flash” or “Future Flash” is Flash #30 of the New 52. Both of these books were heating up considerably in November selling for upwards of $25 each – the books aren’t currently hitting that peak but there is still room to move. Flash Annual #3 averages $8 on ebay with Flash #30 selling on average for $15 to $20.
The last book this week that is doing crazy things is Tales to Astonish #49. Last week the Captain America Civil War Funko Pops were released for order by retailers – noticably the Ant-Man Funko Pop was labeled “Giant-Man”. So the general thought is that based on this Ant-Man is going to become Giant-Man in the film. Forcing the first appearance of Giant-Man, Tales to Astonish #49, to start selling above guide*. If you can find this book – a lot of speculation value.
WHY DIDN’T I TALK ABOUT DEADPOOL? – I have a post on Deadpool in the works, yo!
Three points of interest- Two catch-up notes and one new point of interest.
CBC – The Canadian Broadcast Company announced a few weeks ago that they were adapting Jeff Lemire’s Essex County for an original animated series. There had been rumblings about this happening for the past few months but only recently has CBC confirmed they were moving ahead with the project. This will happen. Published by Top Shelf in 2008 as three short stories later collected in the 2011 Essex County Graphic Novel- The book to look for is the first published book in this series, Tales from the Farm.
Straight out of the back issue bin of your local comic book store, Wraith #1 by Joe Hill (Stephen King JR) is selling for $10! and why? Wraith is a side story to Hill’s NOS4A2 Novel that was announced early December to be in development with AMC. This book has great quick flip potential!
Pictures came out this week of the Superman / Batman merchandise coming to market – With one image that might be giving away a minor spoiler you can speculate on.
This image shows an action figure three pack, Batman, Superman and a “Mega Armoured” Lex Luther. This isn’t the first time this armour has shown up – with Luther wearing it extensivly in various DC cartoons. But could this mean the armour is going to be appearing in the film? Or future films?
Lex Luther’s war suit first appears in Action Comics 544 published in 1983. Notice the similarities in the cover art to the figure. This is a book to be looking for. Even if the suit is only a blimp in the film, it won’t be the last time you see this armour.
This weeks seems to be all about two things, second issues and black friday deals.
451 media seems to keep bringing the fire, with the second issue of Self Storage already hitting close to $10 on the secondary market and steadily selling for double cover – this book could have legs.
One book that has received a lot of speculation attention is Aimgo comics Straitjacket. Issue 2 came out this week and a lot of sites are pandering their “reported” 500 print run of the issue. This should be regarded as a false flag – the print run is much higher than 500 for this issue, the book will have a considerably lower print run than the first issue, which was under ordered and had a smaller print run, however the 500 reported print run is beyond a fallacy at this point. This book has been selling for $10 to $15 and is this weeks pump and dump winner.
Hot Topic is releasing four exclusive Funko Pop’s on friday in store (and available online on saturday) – this item is limited to 10 per person and is a mystery box that contains either a Grey Superman, a Grey Joker or a Grey Flash Figure – all exclusive to this box, there is also a Chase Variant – this is reported to be some kind of Harley Quinn – since the box is a blind box you won’t know what you get until you open the item. Some websites are reporting that this will be live tonight on the Hot Topic website – something to watch for as the official announcement was a online sale date of Saturday.
Another mystery box Funko is being released by Game Stop (in the US) and EB Games (in Canada) – With 5 different Game Stop Funko Pops and the chance to get a Gold figures – they are offering a Funko Box for $24.99. Great Spec Value on these boxes! (Most Gamestops / Eb Games open at 8:00 AM on friday!)
As is the trend with black friday, Skybound is the sure winner, offering exclusive items just for that day. Two Items to be sure to check out are the SAGA Lying Cat Statue – limited quantities available with a price tag of $70 – this will be the first non comic collector item from the Saga series. Skybound is also offering a set of the SDCC anniversary set as blue line art variants – these are sure to have great flip potential. The Link to the sale when live can be found here.
So I talked about this briefly last month, but next week sees the release of the new Howard the Duck series with an all-new Gwen-Pool (Gwen Stacy / Deadpool Mashup) back-up story. There appears to be five variant covers for this book (pending release date November 4 2015) but the clear winner already is the Howard the Duck Volume 6 #1 1:25 Gwen-Pool cover, the only cover featuring a solo Gwen Stacy / Deadpool.
This book has had multiple sales in the past few days at the $80 point. This 1:25 ratio variant is one to be looking for. Where as her first appearance Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 Gwen Pool cover is selling for $25 to $40 in near mint condition, this is her first actual story outside of a cover and should go up in value based on how Marvel uses the character down the line.