This week sees the release of a few books you should be thinking about.
DC’s Vertigo imprint has been publishing a lot of new titles recently – this week sees the release of there newest title Hex Wives #1. This book has two covers and one of them is by Jenny Frison. The Frison cover has a few sales online averaging $8.
Another book that comes out this week that has been selling well online is the cover B for Image Comic’s Ice Cream Man #8. This variant cover, featuring a sad clown eating ice-cream, has been selling online for $8 to $15.
Two other books that come out this week that have been selling above cover in presale are the Justice League Dark and Wonder Women: Witching Hour #1 cover B and the Cover B variant for Marvel’s Avengers Halloween Special #1.
This year Image Comics celebrated the 15th anniversary of Walking Dead as a comic book store wide Walking Dead day celebration. They released numerous reprints of key issues with new variant covers. Some of these were Walking Dead 15th Anniversary Blind Bag variants – featuring new comic book art from an assortment of artists – They are 15 variant Covers with an assortment of color, virgin, black and white and trade dress variants. There were also 1:100 “secret” variants. Here is a run down of some of the more note worthy variants and what they’re currently selling for.
For Walking Dead #19 – retailers were offered a J. Scott Campbell variant Cover. Since J. Scott Campbell has a large audience of fans many stores ordered this book. There are five versions of this variant two of the more noteworthy are the 1:100 pencil sketch virgin variant and the black and white virgin inked variant – these two books have been getting a lot of attention online. The Black and White Inked Virgin variant has been selling for $45 to $60 – and the 1:100 Pencil Sketch Variant has been selling for $150 to $250.
Walking Dead #48 has a Chris Burnham Variant. Along with the Black and White, Color, and two virgin covers – this book has a “secret” word variant. Along with a full color virgin variant, randomly inserted in the blind bags, is a full color virgin variant with the word “Ka-Sladdittt” on the top portion of the cover. This book has been selling for $100 to $120.
Walking Dead #98 also has “secret” word variant. This Wes Craig blind bag cover variant series has a full color virgin variant with the word “Thok” on it. There have been a handful of sales around the $120 level.
Walking Dead #100 has a secret word bubble variant. This randomly inserted blind bag variant features the full color virgin variant, with a different background color, featuring Negan talking. This is the only version of the variant to feature word bubbles. This book has multiple sales online around $150.
For the Walking Dead #108 Emma Rios variant – there was a randomly inserted 1:100 chance pencil sketch variant. This book has two sales at $150.
Yesterday Rick Remender tweeted that one of his comics was about to be announced as being in development as a film. Today news came out that the film would be based on the Radical Publishing, The Last Days of American Crime comic series. The Last Days of American Crime’s first issue came out in December of 2009. There is also an ashcan preview of The Last Days of American Crime that was sent to retailers in October of 2009 – making it the first appearance of the series.
Another comic that was optioned this week is Greg Rucka’s The Old Guard. The Old Guard is being developed as a film by Skydance Media. The Old Guard #1 has a few variants including three 25th Anniversary Image variants, an Emerald City Comic Con Variant limited to 500 and a one per store Gold Foil variant. Before issue #1 was released, The Old Guard was previewed inside of Image+1 magazine.
Another announcement that came out this week was that Locke and Key had been green lit by netflix as a full serialized series.
Today the Hollywood Reporter came out with an article stating Rob Liefeld would be working in collaboration with Studio 8 to make a film based on his Image comic book series, Prophet. Studio 8 has some incredible films being released this year including the highly anticipated White Boy Rick film, staring Matthew Mcconaughey, about the youngest FBI undercover informant.
Prophet first appeared in the Image Series Youngblood – debuting in 1992 in the pages of Youngblood Volume 1 #2. This book has a very large print run. Prophet had his own series published by Image that came out in 1993. The first appearance of Prophet has been flying off ebay – it has been selling for $3 to $5.
After a 12 year hiatus, Rob Liefeld allowed Brandon Graham and Simon Roy to relaunch the Prophet series through Image continuing the legacy numbering. Prophet #21 was released in 2012 as a new direction and ran for 24 issues. Prophet #21 was a surprise success catching most retailers off guard resulting in it having a relatively low print run. First prints of Prophet #21 have always sold well – today selling for $20 to $30. Second prints of Prophet #21 have also sold for a premium.
Since Youngblood #2 has such a high print run the books that should see the largest increase in growth should be from the Simon Roy / Brandon Graham run. These books have low print runs and completely changed the way people thought about the Prophet character.
A book that has seen a lot of interesting this week is Champions #19. Champions #19 features the first appearance of Snowguard, a new female teenage Superhero. While most online marketplaces like Midtown Comics and Mycomicshop are sold out, this book has been selling for $10+ on ebay.
Another book that came out this week that has been selling well is the new Aftershock Comic, A Walk Through Hell. This is a new Garth Ennis series and the A Walk Through Hell #1 Cover B, all black variant, has been selling for $10 to $15 online.
Another image series that has been seeing some heat is Isola #1. This book has not had any media deals announced but both covers of this book have been selling for $8 to $12.
As interest grows for Image’s new series Magic Order it is worth noting the first appearance of this series is the very hard to find Magic Order ashcan. The Magic Order #1 (Out June 13 2018) is the first issue to the new Mark Millar Netflix book – the first netflix imprint comic that was given out through a lottery system at the 2018 C2E2 Comic Convention.
Oblivion Song is a new on-going series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Skybound Comics. Any time Robert Kirkman has a new series out there is usually a lot of hype behind it, the last time Kirkman released a new on-going series, Thief of Thieves, first prints sold out at the distributor level and the book was quickly “optioned” by AMC studios. Keeping all of this in mind, the new Kirkman series Oblivion Song is one to be thinking about. The first issue of the series is released in March.
This week Skybound sent retailers a trade paperback edition of Oblivion Song. This trade features the first four issues of the Oblivion Song series in print. This is so Skybound can increase interest in the series and get retailers to increase their orders. This trade paperback was first given out at New York Comic Con’s Skybound retailer conference making the trade paperback the first appearance of the series. I did read the trade paperback a few months ago and I highly recommend this series. Now is the time to be asking your local comic book store what they are doing with there copy. If Oblivion Song blows up like every other creator owned Robert Kirkman series, this is a book you will want to be holding on to long term.
One other thing to note, on release there will be a limited to 1000 deluxe collectors edition of Oblivion Song, this comes with a statue and a foil edition comic – this item will be allocated and will sell out. Now is a good time to be putting preorders in for this item.
It is also worth noting that the new image comic, Ice Cream Man #1, which was released this week has steadily been selling for $10+ online. This is an anthology book, where each issue is supposed to be a one-shot, so new readers can jump on at any point.
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.