Over the last few years Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise has built a cult audience. The first appearance of the series, Strangers in Paradise #1 has a notoriously low print run – this year, high grade copies of this book have sold for $300 to $400. I would expect that to change as today it was announced on the Hollywood Reporter that writer / director Angela Robinson has teamed with Terry Moore to bring Strangers in Paradise to the big screen. No studio seems to have optioned the series, or at least it has not been announced, but Moore and Robinson are intent on making this project happen.
Strangers in Paradise has a few #1’s and a few #1 reprints – the book to look for and the first appearance of the main character and title is Strangers in Paradise #1 published in 1993 by Antartic Press. This book was later reprinted a few times by Homage Studios (a Image Comics imprint).
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.
Today there has been a rush to buy up all the available copies of Sandman #22. Why?
The Washington Post ran a review of the unreleased DC book,Dark Knights: Metal #1 – which is officially released this week. In the review (that included four full pages of the comic) was the spoiler that DC is bringing back the Sandman character. In the Metal universe the new Sandman is Daniel Hall.
Daniel Hall first appears in the Neil Gaiman sandman series as an infant. In Sandman #12, where Morpheus tells Lyta, Daniel’s pregnant mother, to go back to the world of living and raise her son. Morpheus also told Lyta that he would be coming back to take her son and reminds her to “raise him well”. In Sandman #22 Lyta has given birth and Morpheus visits her to tell her that her infants name is Daniel. This is Daniel’s first appearance outside of the womb. According to ebays completed listing search there have been 15+ sales of Sandman #22 just today.
This is a book could have great potential depending on how DC develops this story.
It was announced that Ann Weying would be appearing in the upcoming Venom film. In The Marvel Universe, Ann Weying becomes a female venom, She-Venom, this has led to the book she first appears in as She-Venom to sell for very high prices. Ann Weying first appears in Amazing Spider-Man #375 and becomes She-Venom in the Venom: Sinner Takes All series. She first becomes She-Venom in Venom:Sinner Takes All #2 and appears on the cover of Venom: Sinner takes all #3. While ASM #375 hasn’t really been selling (this book has a very high print run), Venom: Sinner Takes All #3 has been selling for up to $100 in raw near mint condition online. While Venom: Sinner Takes All #3 has been a sought after book in high grade for the last few years, this week this news has blown this book up. Two things to think about – Will the real first appearance of She-Venom start to go up? Has She-Venom been confirmed for the movie?
Another announcement that started as a rumor last week but has since been confirmed is the Umbrella Academy TV-Show announcement. The Hollywood Reporter came out with the news this week that Netflix ordered a 10 episode series for Gerard Way’s Umbrella Academy. Umbrella Academy first appears in the Dark Horse 2007 FCBD book. While this book hasn’t been getting a lot of attention the ratio variants for Umbrella Academy #1 have been (as well as the Volume 2 RRP). Another thing to keep note of is that the Gerad Way signed and graded copies will see a stronger demand down the road – Gerad Way has always been a hard to acquire signature, only attending a handful of conventions.
Last month, Spawn #1 Directors Cut sold out at diamond and went to second print which arrives in stores this week. Image did something unexpected and made the second print a special “gold foil encore” edition.
This second printing is already selling on average between $10 to $15 on ebay. This week also sees the release of Spawn #275 – which features the reintroduction of the characters Sam and Twitch. The Spawn Directors Cut Encore edition is the book to be looking for this week.
Another cool book to look for that came out last week is the Image / Top Cow release, September Mourning Volume 1. This book has been selling for $8 to $12 online. September Mourning is described by Wikipedia as a “transmedia dark culture project created by Emily Lazar and Marc Silvestri” – September Mourning features a touring band. This is the second comic book after 2015’s September Mourning’s A Murder of Reapers #1.
With Spider-man: Homecoming being released early next month there has been a lot of news coming out about the Sony Spider-Man universe. Early this week we found out that the Venom and Black and Silver (The Black Cat and Silver Sable Movie) would take place in the Spider-Man Homecoming universe. The new Spider-Man film is set up to be a trilogy so it is assumed all of these characters will eventually meet on screen.
Today The Hollywood Reporter announced that Carnage would appear in the Venom film. Carnage’s first full appearance (and first cover) has seen a lot of love today – there were three CGC 9.8 sales on ebay today for $375 – $400. Amazing Spider-Man #361 has been a key book sought after by collectors for some time.
However if you plan to spec on this character, Amazing Spider-Man #360 is the book you should be looking for. This book is currently very undervalued and features the first cameo appearance of Carnage. This book currently sells for $10 to $15 in Near Mint Condition.
Another book that should see an increase and is already pretty sought after, is Maximum Carnage #1 the Marvel / Acclaim promotional one-shot for the Maximum Carnage artridge video game from 1994. There is also the very limited QVC Maximum Carnage Box Set – limited to 5,000 for SNES and 5000 for the Genesis system. This box set came with the Cartridge game, Marvel pins and a Limited Edition leather bound HC that reprinted The Amazing Spider-Man #’s 344, 345, and 359 to 363.
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.