Magazine Speculation Part 3: Heavy Metal

This post is an updated version of This post from 2017. Parts of this post also appeared in the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” Excerpts from this article originally appeared in episode 7. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

Donald Trump has appeared in various comic books over the past 30 years and only a few of those appearances have been flattering. There is one in particular that I’d like to highlight –  Heavy Metal Magazine Volume 14 issue #3 from July of 1990.

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This book features a story based around Donald Trump running for Mayor of New York. The Story is called “The Wall” and is written and drawn by Peter Kuper. This book Features scenes of civil unrest, the building of a wall to separate different populations and the deportation of a large groups of people. These are only just a few of the weird parallels to the 2016 US election. This book even features the the “Dump Trump” phrase.

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Above are some excerpts from Heavy Metal Magazine Volume 14 issue #3 from July of 1990.

 

When Bleeding first reported on this book in November of 2016 the book started to see a lot of interest with copies selling anywhere from $30 to $50. It has since cooled down – and copies can be found for under $10.  Is this a stupid book? Absolutely, but this book predicted Donald Trump’s presidency platform more than 25 years before he ran. Over time this book will start picking up again and it s a good book to be looking for.

A few other noteworthy issues of Heavy Metal to be looking for:

Before it was released in English in America –  Heavy Metal was released in French as “Métal hurlant” and the early French issues are great books to be picking up.

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Another Heavy Metal issue that occasionally sees some interest is Heavy Metal From August 1981, Volume 5 #5. This book features the first appearance of Taarna the main female protagonist in the Heavy Metal film. There was also a recently launched new series that saw a lot of interest on release that features some incredible cover art from Alex Ross.

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Hollywood Daze: Round-Up!

Typically I post most of the media related comic announcements on the Comic Book Scalping Instagram account CBS_Daily but there are two books that have been selling well today that I would like to highlight here.

Pictures from the set of Avengers 4 have leaked online and they show Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts – dressed up as Rescue. This has caused a sudden surge on the first appearance of Rescue with the book selling for $20 to $30.

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Rescue’s first appears in Marvel’s 2009 title, Invincible Iron Man #10 written by Matt Fraction. This book was published with two covers – one of Tony Stark and a “secret” Tony Stark in armor cover. There is also a second print variant that features a new cover that features the first cover appearance of Rescue. All three of these books are worth looking for.

 

There has also been a run to grab copies of Niobe She is Life #1 based on rumors of a movie announcement that hasn’t been publicly made. It is also worth noting that Niobe She is life has been brought up a few times on Amandla Stenberg’s (Co-Writer and Actor from Games of Thrones) publicity tour for her upcoming film, the Hate U Give. While near mint copies of Niobe #1 are selling for $10 to $20 – CGC 9.8 copies are selling for $130.
The characters in this book first appear in another Stranger Comics title, The Untamed #1. This book has a 1:10 variant that has also been selling well online.

 

 

 

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Batman: THE DAMNED

The last few days every speculation related website or social media group has been focused on DC censoring future issues of Batman the Damned #1. DC’s Batman the Damned #1 features full frontal nude panels of Bruce Wayne – which has been reported on by many mainstream media outlets including the Guardian and TMZ. Batman the Damned #1 has a print-run of just over 100,000 and both covers have been selling for $25 to $30 online.
There is also a retailer proof edition of this book that was sent to retailers in July. This book only features the artwork and has no text. Online it has been selling for $60 to $100.


SOMETHING TO KEEP IN MIND
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. In 2006 Marvel revamped their Marvel Knights imprint and started to publish high-quality mature limited series. The Marvel Knights imprint published stories that took place outside of the current Marvel Universe. One of those series was Spider-Man Reign. When the first issue of Spider-Man Reign was released marvel sent out a content advisory to retailers and stated the book was 100% returnable based on its content. This was because one of the panels included a nude adult spider-man. Like Batman the Damned #1, Spider-Man Reign #1 was not recalled by the publisher, however, the nude panel was removed from all subsequent printings. A few years ago this book would regularly sell for $10+. There are currently copies of this book for sale online at cover price.

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Week in Review: September 19

I touched one some hot books this week on the latest episode of the Comic Book Scalping weekly podcast but here are some books that are selling well online that I didn’t talk about.

This week sees the release of Edge of Spider-Geddon #3. This book was released on the coattails of last months release of Edge of Spider-Geddon #2, which featured the first appearance of Mechanical Venom. A few days after release, the two cover set of Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 was selling online consistently for $25. Both books are currently selling for $5 to $10 each.
Edge of Spider-Geddon #3 features the first appearance of Uncle Ben as Spider-Man. There are two covers for this book and both have been selling for $7 to $10. I doubt either of these books will stay at these prices but right now there is some great quick flip potential.

This week also sees the first appearance of Xandra. Xandra is the daughter of Professor Xavier and Lilandra Neramani, the Empress of the Shi’ar Empire. Xandra first appears in this weeks Mr and Mrs. X #3. While the regular cover has been selling well, it hasn’t been selling above cover whereas The 1:25 Terry Dodson variant for Mr. and Mrs. X #3 has been getting a lot of attention selling for $50 to $60 online.

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Another book that comes out this week that you should look at picking up is the new Keenspot book, Junior High Horrors #1, the first issue of the four part mini-series. Junior High Horrors has four covers, all four covers homage classic horror movie posters – three of the covers were open order to retailers and one was a ratio variant. The Junior High Horrors #1 Cover B (the exorcist poster homage) has been selling on ebay for $12 while the 1 in 5 ratio cover has been selling for $25 online. As of writing this post, all four covers are still available on the keepspot website.

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Week in Review: August 15

This week sees the release of a two Joshua Middleton covers and a marvel chase variant.

Aquaman #39 comes out this week and it has a cover B variant by Joshua Middleton. The cover features Mera – a character that is appearing in the new Aquaman film. This book has sold out at the distributor level, meaning comic book stores can’t order any more copies – and it has been selling for $12 to $20 in presale online. It is currently selling for closer to $12.

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Batgirl #25 also features a Joshua Middleton cover B Variant . While This book hasn’t been selling over cover price it been receiving a lot of attention online. The previous two Batgirl Middleton covers sell very well on the secondary market with the cover B variants for Batgirl #23 selling for $40 to $50 and Batgirl #24 selling for around $13. This is a book to be looking for this week.

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Another book that came out this week in Infinity War #2. Infinity War #2 features a secret unannounced variant cover. It is believed to have been sent out by marvel in a 1 in 10 ratio. The last time Marvel did this was for Avengers #682 – which features two different variations of Hawkeye on the cover. The chase version of that book still sells for $8 to $9. I would expect that would be the same situation with this new variant.

 

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Week in Review: July 25

I went very spoiler heavy in this post. This is your one and only spoiler warning.

In this weeks issue of Venom,(Venom #4) it is reveled that the Symbiote god – first appearing in the previous issue was actually introduced in the marvel universe in 2012 in the Jason Aaron God of Thunder Thor series. Venom #4 has references panels that refer back to events from God of Thunder: Thor #6. Almost every copy of God of Thunder Thor #6 has disappeared from online marketplaces with the only listings on ebay being no reserve auctions. God of Thunder : Thor #6 is a book to be looking for – but it very well may not be the first appearance of this character – who very likely appears earlier in the run. It is not clear if the God of the Symbiote character and Gorr are one in the same. Something else to keep in mind – This news kills any speculation future Venom #3 might have had.

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Something to think about: Pictures above  is the sword Gorr wields in The Jason Aaron God of Thunder Thor run. Seems like its very likely he is the god of the symbiotes – first appearance is Thor God of Thunder #2.

 

 

Infinity Wars: Prime #1 features the first appearance of a new character on the cover and inside the issue. This new character, Requiem, seems to be an established Marvel character taking on a new role. In this issue, Requiem is able to slay Thanos, cutting his head off. While the regular covers have no recorded sales above cover the 1:25 ratio variant has been selling well online and seems to be trending upwards. This would be a good book to be holding onto.

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Another book that comes out this week is Teen Titans #20. The speculation train started on this book when DC announced it would be the first appearance of Lobo’s daughter Crush when retailers could still order it. While this book does have a larger print run the 1:25 ratio variant cover has been selling for $50 to $60.

One last book to look for is the Natali Sanders Cover D for Barbella #8. This book has been selling for $6 to $10.

 

 

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The calm before SDCC: Superior Octopus #1

Yesterday marvel released a teaser for one of there SDCC panels where they released a promotional image for an upcoming Superior Octopus series. Marvel did not give a lot of information about what this series is about.  The Superior Spider-Man series from 2014 to 2015 featured a Peter Parker Spider-Man that had his body taken over by Otto Octavius AKA Doctor Octopus –  these two series are probably going to be connected.

The first appearance of Otto Octavius becoming the Superior Octopus is in 2017’s Amazing Spider-Man #25 (volume 4). Like all spider-man books this has a very high print run but as the first appearance of Silk has demonstrated – there is still a large group of people who have no problem buying back issue key spider-man issues at a premium. There are also several ratio variants for this book including a 1:1000 variant.

This is a book to start digging for.

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