Sunday, October 23, 2016

Logan 1st Official Trailer!

So the Logan trailer has recently hit the net, and quite a fans are already excited about this. Of course, some are confused and some are panning it.

We shall get to why in a moment but if you've yet to see it, take a look below.

We clearly are told that most mutants are gone and Wolverine had something to do with it in the first seconds of the trailer. Some are completely confused by this, and some understand it.

So this movie takes place in 2024 which is one year after Days of Future Past (the future part where mutants are being wiped out by Sentinels). As we all know, Wolverine is sent back to stop the killing of Trask.

However, Hank McCoy, who is none other than Beast, says in Days of Future Past, "There’s a theory in quantum physics that time is immutable. It’s like a river — you can throw a pebble in and create a ripple, but the current always corrects itself. No matter what you do the river just keeps flowing in the same direction."

Now, Wolverine may have changed the fact that mutants weren't slaughtered by Sentinels, but that doesn't mean that time didn't correct itself and gave mutants another disastrous fate when Logan changed the past. Obviously, the movie picks up where Days of Future's Past left off and X-Men Apocalypse takes place in the past in 1983.

When Wolverine wakes up at the end of Days of Future Past, I believe it's 2023 or it should be. Wolverine is also captured in 1973 by William Stryker who is Mystique in disguise.

X-Men Apocalypse does show Wolverine as Weapon X and how Stryker has messed with him, turning him into more of a raging animal and screwing with his memories. That scene is the best Wolverine fight scene to date, and it's the closest we've seen to Wolvie's beserker rage in comics on screen.

Now, there is controversy running around about Marvel's conspiracy in sticking it to FOX who owns both the movie rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men world of mutants. First, was Marvel cancelling the Fantastic Four comics.

This is Marvel's first family here, the first superhero comic that was branded under the Marvel name. The decline of mutants in Logan is happening again in Marvel's recent comics as well.

Some are saying that Marvel is phasing out mutants in their comics to try to regain control of the movie rights to the character. Might be. Might not. Who knows?

Whether it's true or not, FOX is making this work and Logan is actually and loosely following what's going on in the actual comics concerning the decline of mutants.

If anyone remembers M-Day in Marvel Comics, it's basically when Scarlet Witch flips out and strips nearly the entire mutant population of their powers. So a scenario like that did occur in the comics, and there's little to zero chance that plays out in Logan, meaning Scarlet Witch is responsible.

In recent comics taking after Secret Wars, mutant's are severely in decline due to the effects of the Terrigen Mist (Inhumans), in which causes mutants to become sterile and unable to have children if exposed. This premise is part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel reboot, and the degenerative disease is called M-Pox.

Of course, if Logan goes this route, it's obviously not the Terrigen Mists that cause a decline in the mutant population. It could be any kind of virus intended or unintentional in Logan. In X-Men 3 The Last Stand, if you remember, Worthington Labs produced a drug of sorts that suppressed the mutant gene.

Days of Future Past had Beast create a serum or drug that suppressed Xavier and his mutant gene. However, Nathaniel Essex was hinted at in X-Men Apocalypse and Essex Corp may have something to do with the decline of the mutant population in Logan.

It is clear that the Logan movie is loosely based on the Old Man Logan comics as well.

It's already been confirmed that Boyd Holbrook is not playing Mr. Sinister but will be Donald Pierce. In the comics, Donald Pierce is a member of the Hellfire Club, but it doesn't look like Logan will have the Hellfire Club involved.

Donald Pierce does show up in X-Men #129 in a cameo in shadow. His character is fully identified in X-Men #132, and he does show up more fully in that issue. Some sources say his first appearance is in X-Men #130, but I don't quite agree with that claim. If the character does show up, it is a cameo and very briefly.  

X-Men #129 Newsstand | X-Men #130 Newsstand | X-Men #132 Newsstand

Despite whatever the character's 1st appearance is, there are newsstand editions for all three comics. They are seen above.

The distribution for Marvel newsstands vs. direct market during 1980, which all three comics came out is between 94% and 80%. Newsstands still had higher distribution than direct market at this time, but as far as I've found in my continued research, 9.8 and 9.6 newsstands for the most part have hit the market in the last 2 years a lot less than direct market.  

There's a good chance that 9.8 and 9.6 newsstand editions are lesser in existence than their direct market counterparts during 1980. Although DC did participate in the direct market and have newsstands editions during the 80s, I believe they were less invested in it, so the rough percentages of newsstand and direct displayed in this article are for Marvel Comics.

Looks like Donald Pierce will be hunting mutants a long with the Reavers in Logan. The Reavers are actually characters from the X-Men comics, and they first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #229.

The first Reavers to appear in comics were Bonebreaker, Pretty Boy, and Skullbuster. The Reavers are cyborgs and mechanically enhanced. 

They have been enemies of the X-Men, and are known to hunt them. Donald Pierce is not seen as a force behind the Reavers in their 1st appearance, but the Hellfire Club member would hook up with them and hunt them down in later Uncanny X-Men comics.

Uncanny X-Men #229 does have a newsstand edition and the comic came out in 1988 with the cover date of May, 1988. By this time newsstand editions may have been 20% to 30% of the market for Marvel's distribution.

I do not think there is a Canadian newsstand edition. By Uncanny X-Men #210, Marvel stopped printing separate newsstand editions for the Canadian market during the 80s. Uncanny X-Men #210 came out in 1986.

Instead, they combined both the U.S. and Canadian newsstand editions into one, meaning the Canadian price variants ended for that era and both of U.S. and Canadian prices are displayed on the U.S. newsstand versions.  

Donald Pierce does head the group in the actual comics, and this is revealed at the end of Uncanny X-Men #247. Donald Pierce's Reavers in the comics has the main cast of Bonebreaker, Pretty Boy, Skullbuster and Lady Deathstrike, the last being a well-known Wolverine foe.

Bonecrusher, Skullbuster, Pretty Boy, and Lady Deathsrike

Lady Deathstrike 1st appeared as Yuriko Oyama in Daredevil #197. The character then makes her debut as Lady Deathstrike in Alpha Flight #33.

Daredevil #197 & Alpha Flight #33 Direct Edition covers

Daredevil #197 U.S. Newsstand | Alpha Flight U.S. Newsstand | Alpha Flight Canadian 95 Cent

The Newsstand Editions of the 1st appearances of Yuriko Oyama and Yuriko Oyama as Lady Deathstrike came out during 1983 and 1986. Direct and Newsstand Edition distribution during those times for Marvel Comics are roughly:

 YR  |  NS  | DM
1982 | 80% | 20%
1986 | 50% | 50%

Lady Deathstrike has appeared live action before and was played by Kelly Hu in X-2. Not quite sure if the Reavers will be actually named or identified individually in the Logan movie.

And, yes, X-23 has finally been confirmed as being the little girl that Xavier sends Logan to find and help. Dafne Keen is playing the role. 

I've yet to be impressed with a Wolverine flick so far, but I do have to admit that I like this trailer for the Logan movie and it does look quite interesting. I like the tone, and the imagery so far. My interest in this film just picked up a notch. What do you ladies 'n gents think?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Squirrel Girl Key Issues

Alright, Ace requested this key issues series, and even though I'm working on other stuff behind the scenes, a Squirrel Girl key issues list would be a pretty short and sweet list to quickly get over with. The character really doesn't have many meaningful key issues as she really has been a supporting character and hasn't yet established a wide mythos or supporting cast solely for herself.

This is for fans or those who believe the character will be worth investing in. I will keep out my opinions. Let's get this over with.

1st appearance of Squirrel Girl
1st appearance of Monkey Joe

Squirrel Girl and her side kick Monkey Joe debuted in this issue in which Squirrel Girl ambushes Iron Man in order to impress him enough to consider her being an addition to the Avengers. Iron Man and Squirrel Girl would team up to battle Doctor Doom, so this is her first appearance and team-up.

Squirrel Girl was created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko. Murray intended for the character to be a lighthearted superhero.

Squirrel Girl's initial popularity was not huge among comic fans, but fandom has grown for the character and is moving out of the "guilty pleasure" category of comic characters. The character is also starting to be fleshed out more rather than just being "comic relief" or a joke character.

Whether you love or hate the character, Squirrel Girl is a character being talked about more and no longer under the radar. There are newsstand and direct market editions of this comic. By 1990, newsstand distribution was around 15% of the market.

If this comic had a low print run, then newsstand copies would probably be significantly low and most likely less in super high grades of 9.6 and 9.8. Currently there are 12 listed auctions for sale on eBay. One of them is a newsstand copy.

Data for eBay sales of 9.8s on GoCollect has 44 sales of that grade in a 2 year period. Only 1 newsstand copy out of 44 sold in the last 2 years.

Concerning the 31 sales for slabbed 9.6s in a 2 year period on eBay, only 2 were newsstand copies at that grade. Could be something to be aware of if you think this character's 1st is worth investing in. If you have one, might want to check whether it's a newsstand or direct market edition, especially if you think you have a high grade copy.

Marvel Super-Heroes #8 volume 2 has the cover date of January, 1992.

G.L.A. #1
2nd cameo of Squirrel Girl
2nd appearance of Monkey Joe
1st appearance of Grasshopper
Death of Dinah Soar

After her 1st initial appearance in Marvel Super-Heroes #8 volume 2, Squirrel Girl or Doreen Green did not show up in another comic story for more than a decade. She was slated to join the New Warriors, but Fabian Nicieza had left Marvel before his plan was executed.

It seemed that other writers and even editors didn't see much value in the character, and kept her as more of an in-house joke. She was mentioned in-frequently during this hiatus, and Deadpool was mentioned as having Squirrel Girl Underoos in an issue of his comic book series.

It wasn't until Dan Slott picked up the tab for the Great Lakes Avengers mini-series did Squirrel Girl finally re-enter comics but she is not in the actual comic story in this issue. Actually, she only shows up on the 1st page as a host.

Monkey Joe makes his 2nd appearance in this issue and also hosts. He shows up a lot more in this issue than Squirrel Girl.

Great Lakes Avengers did not make their 1st appearance in this issue. They actually debuted in West Coast Avengers #46 volume 2 back in 1989. Squirrel Girl obviously does not appear in that issue, but Slott saw the character as a good addition to a team comprised of enthusiastic heroes with odd and nearly useless powers who were mainly to serve as comic relief.

This issue also sees the 1st appearance of Grasshopper or Doug Taggert. He joins the team in the next issue and dies as well.

Speaking of deaths. Dinah Soar, original G.L.A member, dies in this issue. The series was to satirize comic book deaths, so every issue of the limited four issue comic series would have a G.L.A. member die. 

Estimated print run for this comic is 35,143, and June, 2005 is the cover date to G.L.A. #1.

G.L.A. #2
2nd full Squirrel Girl
3rd appearance of Monkey Joe
Both joins team 
Grasshopper joins team
Death of Grasshopper

In her 1st debut, Squirrel Girl may have been too young to be an Avenger at 14, but she isn't too young to join the Great Lakes Avengers and does so in this issue. 

Her side kick Monkey Joe is also admitted into the G.L.A. Both Squirrel Girl and Monkey Joe play host and are in the actual story of this comic.

Squirrel Girl appears a lot more than she does in issue #1, and it could be her actual 2nd or a 3rd depending on whatever standards constitutes an actual appearance nowadays. Considering that Wolverine is on one page in 3 panels in Hulk #182 and it's considered a cameo, it would be contradictory to note issue G.L.A #1 the 2nd appearance of Squirrel Girl instead of this one. 2nd cameo in issue #2 maybe.

Grasshopper also joins the team in this issue but dies as well. There would be another version of the character that would take his place pretty quickly.

Estimated print run for this comic is around 29,990 for this issue, and G.L.A. #2 has the cover date of July, 2005.

G.L.A. #3
3rd appearance Squirrel Girl
Death of Monkey Joe

As promised, another G.L.A. member dies in this issue, and this time it's Squirrel Girl's original sidekick Monkey Joe who bites the dust in his 4th comic book appearance. Of course, this might be Squirrel Girl's 3rd or 4th appearance as well.

Oh, well, as most fans know already, Squirrel Girl would get a new squirrel sidekick in the very next issue. Estimate print run is around 28,242, and G.L.A. #3 has the cover date of August, 2005.

G.L.A #4
4th appearance Squirrel Girl
1st appearance of Tippy Toe
1st appearance of G.L.A. as G.L. X-Men

We have the 4th appearance of Squirrel Girl, and the 1st appearance of Tippy Toe, another squirrel sidekick who would replace Monkey Joe. In this issue, the Great Lakes Avengers change their name to the Great Lakes X-Men after they receive a cease and desist order from the Maria Stark Foundation.

Hawkeye was the butt-nugget to first object to the team using the name of "Avengers", but then again, considering the roster of the G.L.A., can you really blame the archer? Also many of the G.L.A. realize that they are in fact mutants, although Squirrel Girl's retconned origin would later dismiss her as being one.

For a little bit, the group operated as the G.L. X-Men, but would also change their name to the Great Lakes Champions despite members of the Champions objecting. The team would also take the name of the Great Lakes Initiative.

In newer comics, they are once again using the name Great Lakes Avengers. Estimate print run is around 25,614 for this comic, and G.L.A. #4 has the cover date of September, 2005.

Squirrel Girl becomes nanny for Danielle Cage
1st meeting of Squirrel Girl & Danielle Cage

I was seriously going to neglect putting this comic in, but everyone seems to talk about Squirrel Girl as the nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' daughter, Danielle Cage. This move by Brian Michael Bendis seemed to help the character get more noticed and more fans fell in love with the character as a result.

This issue also hints that Doreen Green has yet to meet either Luke Cage or Jessica Jones as well. They seem not to know much about her. 

Although hired as a nanny and lives in the Avengers mansion, I am not sure if she officially becomes part of the New Avengers in this series. She would leave when Luke Cage and Jessica Jones leave the team as well.

Not really the most important of keys, but this is part of the character's arc in the world of Marvel Comics. In the recent New Avengers comic series, she would officially become part of the new team.

This issue came out during the time that Marvel was bought by Disney, so there is a Tron variant for this comic. Cover is done by Mark Brooks and it is a 1:15 retailer incentive.

Regular cover has an estimated print run of 67,840. The Tron variant should have an estimated print run of around 4,500. Not super rare.

New Avengers #7 from the 2nd series has the cover date of February, 2011.

1st appearance of Nancy Whitehead
1st appearance of Tomas Lara-Perez
1st issue to 1st self-titled series

Well, here it is: Squirrel Girl finally gets her own self-titled comic series. This series would start to establish her own mythos and supporting characters. 

Speaking of the characters own supporting cast, this issue sees the 1st appearance of Nancy Whitehead, and she is Doreen's college roommate and best-friend. There is also Tomas Lara-Perez also known as Chipmunk Hunk, and he is the first student that Doreen meets at Empire State University.

Being Squirrel Girl, she develops a crush on Tomas, and Tomas has powers as well and can communicate with chipmunks and has chipmunk-like habits and powers. So we have a romantic interest and the best-friend, although her sidekick Tippy Toe is still in the mix.

Estimated print run for the regular comic cover is around 41,116. I am not sure if the regular cover is a 50/50 split with any other variants and could not find any info on that. There are retailer incentive variants and 2nd and 3rd printings but I could only find info on the two incentive variants and how much they're apparently limited or estimated at.

So, onto the first variant cover of this issue that's a retailer incentive. Limited 1:25 Arthur Adams cover variant, and it should be limited to or around a 1,600 estimated print run.
The 2nd one that I could find any info on is the limited 1:20 cover variant by Siya Oum. This variant should be or estimated at around 2,000 copies. 

Despite most news reports claiming that Squirrel Girl is a character rising in popularity,  print runs dropped pretty steeply from the 1st issue afterwards.

The 2nd issue's print run dropped pretty low to 24,621 and the 3rd issue rose slightly to 26,586. The 4th issue's estimated print run then dropped again to 20,987. By the 8th and last issue of the series the estimate print run was around 19,134. 

However, a volume 2 series was recently launched starring Squirrel Girl, so creatives must see value or growing potential in the character. In terms of importance for the character, this issue is such as it is establishing her own mythos and cast of supporting characters.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 has the cover date of March, 2015.

1st appearance of Tomas as Chipmunk Hunk
1st full appearance of Ken Shiga
1st Ken Shiga as Koi Boi

 Well, Tomas gets his superhero on and first appears as Chipmunk Hunk in the 6th issue of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. We also get the debut of Koi Boi, or Ken Shiga. 

Continuing the quirkiness, Ken Shiga can communicate with fish. I believe he does show up in issue #2 of the comic series, but he is only in 2 panels and is unnamed.

If that is him in issue #2, it might just be labeled a cameo. I do not think the character shows up much or if at all between #2 and this comic.

If so, this could be his 1st full appearance, and definitely his 1st appearance as Koi Boi. Ken Shiga is a recurring character in this series as well as the volume 2 series. 

I do not think there are variants for this issue and the regular cover has an estimated print run of about 19,341. Definitely a low print run comic and August, 2015 is the cover date for Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6.

1st appearance of Maureen Green
Retconned origin of Squirrel Girl

Squirrel Girl's self-titled comic series continues with volume 2, and this series does keep her main supporting cast of Nancy Whitehead, Chipmunk Hunk, and Koi Boi. This issue also sees the first appearance of Doreen Green's mother Maureen Green.

It's revealed in this issue that Squirrel Girl isn't quite a mutant. She's "medically" and "legally" distinct from the label.

This has brought some kind of controversy as to this recent change. In her 1st appearance, she claims she is a mutant, but this recent change may have to do with live-action rights. Well, that's what is being speculated by some.

So, Squirrel Girl continues to get fleshed out in this series and her character continues the humor and poking fun at superhero genre tropes. Once again, this issue #1 had an estimated print run of around 43,155.

There are retailer incentive variants for this issue obviously. The 1:25 cover by Ben Caldwell may have an estimated print run of around 1,700 or 2,000.

Chris Bachalo's 1:10 Kirby Monster variant may be around 2,800 to 3,000. I am not sure how limited the Hip Hop variants are.

Ben Caldwell 1:25 variant | Chris Bachalo 1:10 variant | Phil Noto Hip Hop variant

Apparently a few comic retailers have complained about being able to purchase these Hip Hop variants as Marvel or Diamond had some funky order requirement to be eligible to order them. Some highly popular titles had a stipulation tied to a store's issue order.

For example, if a store had previously ordered 40 copies of Stupid #1, they'd have to exceed 175% of that number when ordering Dumb #3. So, they'd have to order 70 or so copies of Dumb #3 to be eligible to order the Hip Hop variant for Ridiculous #0.

Some of the titles had different percentages that needed to be exceeded as well, and, yes, the above is just an example. If I'm reading this report correct, I think that's the basic gist of how the order system worked for the Hip Hop variants.

So, these weren't a buy 20 regular cover and get 1 variant. Retailers had to exceed a certain issues order by a certain percentage in order to purchase the hip hop variants, which were around $3.99 for comic retailers.

Since these were quite costly to order for comic retailers, I do not think the Hip Hop covers have a high print run. I could be wrong though. Then again, I don't have any real data when it comes to the Hip Hop Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 variant.

Issue #2 of the series dropped to an estimated 23,064, and Issue #3 bumped up to 25,350.

Issue #8 dropped to 15,131 and #12 went to 14,379 estimated North American comic shop orders.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 volume 2 has the cover date of December, 2015.

Squirrel Girl joins team
New team
1st appearance of Toni Ho

With the Marvel reboot, the New Avengers also get a new team and a new line up as well. Squirrel Girl is finally and officially a member.

Anyway, this team first comprised of Hulking from the Young Avengers, Wiccan, Songbird, Ava Ayala as White Tiger, Victor Alvarez as Powerman, Pod, Hawkeye, and Squirrel Girl. Tippy Toe is a member also.

This team did have a flash forward appearance in Avengers #0 prior to this comic, but it is only a one panel cameo. This issue is most likely their 1st or 1st full appearance of this new team.

Regular cover has an estimate print run of 71,243. No small print run for sure, but of course, there are variants and retailer incentives for this comic.

There is the Michael Cho variant, and it is a 1:25 deal. It should be around 2,800 or 3,000 estimated copies. There is the Hip Hop variant and chances are not too many comic retailers could afford to purchase a ton of that variant as well. Not sure about rarity, however.

There's also a blank variant for this issue. Cover date for New Avengers #1 volume 4 is December, 2015.

Alright, these aren't featured but if you're a fan, here's two 1st meetings that Squirrel Girl has with other comic characters. The first, of course, is Deadpool since he's such an overly bloated hot character right now.

So, back when Squirrel Girl was a mutant, she first met up with the Merc With A Mouth back in Cable and Deadpool #30. The whole Great Lakes Avengers team is being stalked by Deadpool and Squirrel Girl gets in on the action. Actually, the comic sees the first time the G.L.A appear as the Great Lakes Initiative.

I do believe that this issue might actually be the 1st battle between Deadpool and Squirrel Girl. Unlike the previous mention of Deadpool's Squirrel Girl Underoos in Deadpool #7 of the 1st on-going series, Deadpool doesn't know who Squirrel Girl is. I think the G.L.A. first met Deadpool in issue #10 of Deadpool's 1997 comic series.

The 2nd 1st meeting key issue is that of Squirrel Girl and Speedball. Squirrel Girl is a fan of the New Warriors and has a major crush on Speedball.

If the New Warriors TV show ends up happening, some heat might be seen for I (heart) Marvel Masked Intentions #1. In this comic, Squirrel Girl finds out that Speedball is going to make an appearance at the University of Wisconsin in Madison to promote his show and this superhero groupie will try to get him to notice her.

She ends up not getting his attention but ends up taking out a certain Bug-Eyed Voice who is looking to cause trouble. In the end, Speedball does hear of her heroic act and visits the GLA Headquarters to personally thank her.

Most of the comics here are pretty much below the radar. I think Marvel Super-Heroes #8 and her 1st appearance is already up there in price.

If you think she might be a character worth investing in, I'd snag a Newsstand Edition of her 1st appearance while newsstands and direct editions are not overly distinguished just yet. I think that will change in the near future for many late Bronze Age, Copper Age, and 90s to present key comics.

Alright, that's it for now. I thought I'd be able to whip this one out quick but it took me almost four days to find info about this character and certain comics including variants.

So, if you got anymore Squirrel Girl keys, just let us all know in the comments section below. Happy hunting or dumpin' out there and hope you enjoyed.