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.
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).
This week sees the release of Walking Dead #171 which features a new character – “The Princess”. Like most of the new characters introduced in the Walking Dead universe, Image hyped up this news when retailers could order the book two months ago. Skybound, the Image imprint that publishes Walking Dead, surprised retailers with a special “secret” variant cover. There is a special secret Walking Dead #171 variant that features a pink signature in the bottom right corner.
Bleedingcool is reporting that this book is a 1 in 7 ratio variant and features 7 additional pages of content. This book is going to catch a lot of retailers off guard and most will not notice it. With completed ebay sales ranging from $40 to $50 this is the book to be looking for this week.
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.
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.
Today it was announced by CW that Odette Annable was cast to play Reign in the third season of the Supergirl TV series. Reign is described as a “worldkiller” like Doomsday and the press releases suggest Reign will be a big part of the third season of Supergirl.
Who is Reign? Reign is a character that was first introduced in the New 52 Supergirl series. (The 6th Supergirl series, published in 2011). The first appearance is readily available in the wild and was widely available online until this information was made public – now all regular priced near mint copies have vanished from most online comic marketplaces. Reign’s first appearance is Supergirl #5. This is a book you should be looking for and holding onto.
Black Mask took the comic market by storm in 2015 but over the past two years, for various reasons, many comic readers and speculators alike have given up on the publisher. That could be why no one is talking about this new book that came out this week. 4 Kids Walk into a Bank #4 came out this week and with it came reports of people finding a “1 Kid Walks into a Bank” variant cover.
When someone posted an image of the cover on the 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank facebook page, the page gave a “no comment” response. We don’t know how many of these books were distributed or how a store qualified to receive copies – but we do know that this book exists and Black Mask doesn’t want to talk about it. Something to be looking for when you are at your Local Comic Book Shop!