Magazine Speculation Part 5: Foom Magazine

This article is an excerpt from the Comic Book Scalping video series, “This week in Speculation.” This article originally appeared in episode 8. This video and more can be found on our youtube channel.

A few weeks ago I highlighted Marvelmania magazine but this week I want to focus on Magazine that replaced Marvelmania when it was inevitably cancelled. It was also a Marvel published fan magazine – Foom Magazine or Friends of Ol’ Marvel Magazine.

Foom Magazine’s first issue was published in February of 1973 and the magazine ran for 22 issues – published quarterly with the last issue coming out in 1978.  Foom magazine was backed by a powerhouse of comic book creators – Jim Steranko edited the first four issues,Tony Isabella edited two issues and X-Men writer Chris Claremont edited two issues. Foom Magazine was distributed on a subscription basis with the magazine being advertised inside various Marvel comic books. These subscriptions came with membership cards and various posters among other oddities. The original packaging marvel used to ship these books are not only collectible but very cool.

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Pictures above is the Foom Original Membership Kit from 1973. The magazine would be mailed inside the Hulk Envelope. 

While they weren’t printed in small quantities, given the way these books were distributed these magazines arn’t easy to track down, especially in high grade. While these books continue to climb in value I would like to talk about some of the key issues in the run, or at least issues that you should be aware of.

The first issue of Foom Magazine had an advertisement for a contest asking readers to submit their own hero to Marvel. To enter the contest you had to send a sketch of a character. In the second issue of Foom Marvel revealed the winners of this contest. One of the winners, Andy Olsen, had submitted a character named “The Wolverine” that striked a very close resemblance to the Wolverine character later introduced by Marvel. Foom’s second issue was released in 1973 and predates the 1974 publishing date of Hulk 181. – Because of this, This magazine is sought after as the “true” first appearance of Wolverine.

 


The 10th issue of Foom sells well online under the guise of “The First appearance of the New-X-Men” with many in the collecting community believing that this book, featuring a cover with Wolverine, predates both X-Men #94 and Giant-Size X-Men #1. The facts are though that Giant Size X-Men #1 has a publishing date of May of 1975, with copies first being distributed in February of 1975 – and Foom 10 is dated as June of 1975 – meaning it came out after. Either way, this book is still in demand and historically is one of the more sought after issues of Foom.

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Foom 11 Features a panel appearance of Starlord that predates his first appearance in Marvel Premier magazine issue #4 by almost a year. This magazine also features a really cool Jack Kirby cover.

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Foom 15 features a write up and images of both Captain Britain and Ms Marvel that predate there respective first appearances. Foom 15 came out in September of 1976, while the current established first appearance of Ms. Marvel is Ms. Marvel #1 was which was published by Marvel in January of 1977 and Captain Britain’s current established first appearance is Captain Britain #1 which was published a month after Foom #15 in October of 1976.

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The final issue of Foom I want to highlight is issue 17. Like the first issue this book features a Stan Lee – however this cover is Stan Lee in a collage of all of his Marvel Super-Hero characters. This book has been sought after for some time.

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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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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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Hit-List: Spectacular Spider-Man #107

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Since the first season of the Defenders hit Netflix there has been a lot of buzz about what comes next in the Marvel TV universe. Based on media reports, it seems that production is ready to roll out for the third season of Netflix’s Daredevil. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Charlie Cox stated the third season would be based on the Daredevil Born Again story line, which takes place in Daredevil #227 to 233.

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These books should see an increase in interest in the coming months, however the news to take note of came out of the casting room and was reported by TheHashtagshow.com. They reported that a casting call went out with this description

[STEVE]   28-35, 5’9-6’1, Open ethnicity. An athletic but socially awkward FBI Agent, needs structure and rules to suppress the darkness inside himself. Athletic with medium build, responsible and resourceful, hair trigger temper. SERIES REGULAR

A few websites have reported that this new character is Stanley Cooper, also known as the Sin-Eater. In the last month this book has gone from a book that sold for a couple of dollars online to selling for $20 to $25 in high grade condition. That book is Spectacular Spider-Man #107. There has been no real confirmation that the character being cast as Steve is actually the sin eater, but book does seem to be selling.

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Hollywood Daze: Spider-Man Homecoming

There is a brief update on this post at the bottom.

Today Sony released the cast list for the upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming film. With it came a few spoilers and the confirmation of a few characters entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This post will be filled with spoilers.

The only real casting to keep note of is the change of name for Donald Glover’s character. Glover is now listed as playing Aaron Davis – Aaron Davis is the Prowler in the Marvel Universe. This is an interesting choice and it leads into what I am sure Sony is trying to accomplish with the new Spider-Man trilogy.

Aaron Davis first appears as the Prowler in Amazing Spider-Man #78. If you haven’t been reading Spider-Man in the last 20 years you might think this is just Marvel changing another character for the films – changing him from white to black – however, a black Aaron Davis appears as the Prowler in the Spider-Man Ultimate Universe.  The Ultimate Universe Prowler first appears in Ultimate Spider-Man Volume 2 #1.

How does this lead into the Spider-Man trilogy? In the ultimate universe, Aaron Davis has a nephew, Miles Morales. Donald Glover is not a low profile actor, that with the history of Aaron Davis’s character – one can only assume that Miles Morales will eventually show up in one of the three planned Spider-Man films. One can also assume that Sony is planning spin off films for Miles Morales in the new Sony/ Marvel universe.

Now is the time to be buying Miles Morales key issues. Miles first appears in Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4.

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UPDATE:
Kevin Fiege has confirmed that Miles Morales exists in the Spider-Man Homecoming universe. Read the full interview here

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Week in Review

Two weeks have gone by without a new post, which means I have a lot to talk about in the next few days.

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This week sees the release of Marvels new Moon Knight series. Written by Jeff Lemire, the first issue is already seeing rave reviews. This book has a few variants but the one to look for is the 1 in 25 – Marco Rudy Variant. This book has been selling for $15 to $20 in presales but has been trending upwards today with peak sales of $30. This is a book to be looking for.

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Another book to be on the hunt for is Spider-Man / Deadpool #1. Into four printings (fourth printing not yet released) – these books are on fire! Spider-Man / Deadpool #1 first print has been selling for upwards of $30! with an average sale price of $15 to $20. Meanwhile, the second and third prints have been selling around double cover at $8, with the third print hitting upwards of $15. All three printings have color variations with the third print having added dialogue.

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A book that I was tipped off about on the CGC Boards is Sheriff of Babylon #1. This Vertigo mini-series seems to be selling for upwards of $20 with an average price of $15. This book like Spider-Man / Deadpool #1 has a very high likelihood of being at your local comic book store.

Next Post – THE BOYS

 

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Week in Review: Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #5

This week saw the introduction of the a new spider-man character. In Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #5 we saw the introduction of a A Mary-Jane Iron-Man, code named “MOM”.

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Already this book’s variants have jumped in price. With the 1:200 black and white variants selling for up to $350! This character is already drawing comparisons to Spider-Gwen the Gwen Stacy Iron Man. Considering both Edge of Spider-Verse #2 (First Spider-Gwen) and Amazing Spider-Man #4 (First Silk) current values this book has legs. Right now the Joe Quesada Colour and Sketch variant covers seem to be the books to look for. (There are four different Quesada Variants)

Screen shot 2015-09-10 at 12.14.43 AM As Pointed out by Bleedingcool, this isn’t the first time Mary Jane has put on an Iron-Man Suit. Mary Jane first put on the suit in Marvel Knights Spider-Man #20 – a book that has virtually disappeared off the online marketplace. This book has potential to sell for $20 – and is still findable at your Local Comic Book Store.

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