J. Scott Campbell’s Danger Girl was very popular when it was released in 1998. How popular? Two years after its release there Sony released a Danger Girl video game for the playstation one console. This week it was announced that Constantin films, the company responsible for the 1994 Fantastic Four movie and subsequently owns the production rights to any Fantastic Four film, has acquired the film rights to Danger Girl. For years people have been chasing the Danger Girl variant covers because many of them feature great J. Scott Campbell artwork while having low print runs. There is even a recalled cover (read more here). While people have been chasing the variants there hasn’t been a lot of love for the first appearance of Danger Girl Team.
The Danger Girl team first appeared in The Danger Girl Preview published in December of 1997 – there are three covers to this book including a limited edition Gold logo foil cover. All three of these book are books to be looking for – The Danger Girl preview was not sold to stores it was distributed in polybag copies of Gen 13 #25 (December, 1997) and Dv8 #14 (January, 1998). The white covers are American Entertainment variants which were sold as mail away special edition variants – all of these covers have publication dates of December 1997.
Another weird Hollywood announcement that came out this week is that Marvel has a X-Men film in development where James Franco has signed on to play Jamie Madrox, The Multiple Man. The first appearance of Multiple Man is Giant Size Fantastic Four 4. For a silver age book that features a first appearance, Giant Size Fantastic Four #4 is currently very reasonable priced.
One other Hollywood announcement that I should have spoken about earlier is that Sony is developing a Morbius, The Living Vampire film. Morbius first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101. Amazing Spider-Man #101 has sold well in high grade for some time but much like with the Venom film announcement, Amazing Spider-Man #101 has started to skyrocket off ebay. Even low grade copies of ASM #101 have started selling in the triple digits, this is a book to keep an eye on.
This has been a slow week for comic speculation but there are two interesting books I’d like you to know about.
This week saw the release of Kid Lobotomy #1 from IDWs new Black Crown imprint. There was a 250 limited NYCC variant and this book was previewed in the free Black Crown preview comic released a few weeks ago however the cover to look for came out this week. Kid Lobotomy #1 has a 1:10 gold foil variant cover and due to a “manufacturing error” IDW and Diamond have recalled all copies of this comic. IDW has asked all retailers to destroy all copies of this cover. Will retailers destroy copies? Probably not, but nothing drives up demand for a comic like announcing its been recalled. Since news of the recall broke, this book has been selling for $15 to $25.
Speaking of Manufacturing errors, this weeks Zdarsky “how to draw” variant for Mighty Thor #700 has a big one. This book was manufactured with the wrong back cover – instead of an advertisement – the back cover is the same as the Spider-Gwen #25 back cover for the Unknown Comics retailer variant. Copies have sold on ebay for $10 to $12 – double cover price. All copies distributed by diamond have this error. Marvel and Diamond have not issued a recall for this book.
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.
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.