The First Appearance of the Power Rangers (In Comics)

This article is an excerpt from the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” This article originally appeared in episode 3. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

Since the Boom relaunch and the Shattered Grid Storyline, Power Ranger comic books have really started to take off. In 2016 Boom studios started to release Power Ranger Comic books and they almost immediately developed a cult following. But it is important to note that these are not the first Power Ranger comic books.


The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (MMPR) debuted on American television on August 28 1993 and it was immediately a rating success. As well as being one of the most popular television shows in the 1990’s, The MMPR’s were a merchandising gold mine. Soon after the television debut of the Power Ranger TV show, Fruit of the Loom started to release Power Rangers branded merchandise. They released children’s underwear and T-shirts. At one point Fruit of the Loom offered a promotional comic book with the purchase of these items. And its this book, published by Harris Comics, that is considered the first appearance of the Power Rangers. This book is so rare that CGC hasn’t graded a single copy. There are pictures of the book online, but how many copies are actually out there is still up for debate.

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There are two other noteworthy Power Ranger books. In December of 1994 comic publisher Hamilton Comics published The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1 – this was the first power ranger comic book released for sale. The same month came the release of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Saga #1 also from Hamilton Comics. But there is an earlier comic book that features the first appearance of the Power Rangers and its so rare it’s almost non existent.


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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

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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.

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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 August 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.

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Kate Bishop coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

News broke this weekend that Katherine Langford, star of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, would be appearing in the already finished filming Avengers 4 in a secret role.

While there has been no confirmation on who she plays there has been a lot of speculation around it. Right now the more prevalent rumors are pointing towards her playing Kate Bishop – which has resulted in Kate Bishop keys starting to pick up online. Kate Bishop’s first appearance is in the 2005 title Young Avengers #1. This book has a Wizard World LA Sketch Variant cover as well as a directors cut second print. The First print of Young Avengers #1 has been selling for $30 to $40 while the directors cut has been steadily selling for $15 to $20. The Wizard World Sketch variant has had two recent raw sales on ebay of above $100.

Another Kate Bishop key book is Young Avengers Presents #6 – which features the first appearance of Kate Bishop as Hawkeye. This book has been selling for $20.

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