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.

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.


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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Now that New York Comic Con is in full swing a lot of comic announcements have been made that are ripe for speculation, here are a few that caught my eye.

First day of the Convention we heard that Dark Horse Comics Freaks of the Heartland was in production with MTV for a television series we also heard that Polarity from Boom was optioned for development but the big announcements started coming in the second day of the convention.

A Howard the Duck Deadpool series as rumored by Bleedingcool a few weeks ago was officially announced at Marvel’s retailer breakfast (shout out to CHU and Mel V). Coming in January Marvel plans to start publishing the five part mini-series, Deadpool the Duck.  The deadpool market is very saturated, whats next Deadpool the cosplay cat?
This is only worth mentioning because the first appearance of Deadpool as Howard the Duck – Deadpool Kills Deadpool #3 –  has started trending online – selling from $10 to $25 on ebay. This book will probably fall ball to earth around the $5 to $10 range but right now is a good time to be going to your LCS and looking for this book.


Day three of the convention (Saturday) came a few bigger announcements starting with Scout Comics unveiling its line-up of new books for 2017. Based on the success of previous Scout Comics properties this is one to being paying attention to. Scout Comics has published three crowd funded comics with very successful outcomes, Henchgirl, Once Our land and Girrion. Of the four new titles announced by Scout Comics one was previously crowdfunded through Patreon and first printings are still available. This title is Little Guardians. If Scout Comics track record is any indication of future speculation this is a book to be picking up now! Found here.


Something to look forward to is my NYCC Wrapup Part 2 including the Iron Fist speculation Netflix speculation!

ALSO Make sure to check out Sad Lemon Comics! Run by Simon Payne the UK’s Speculation equivalent to Christ.

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