Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ramblings of A Comic Geek: Hiatus!

So this is another episode of Ramblings of A Comic Geek entitled "Hiatus!" Yeah, it's a lot better than naming it Part 1 or 2 or 3, because I actually forget which part I'm at honestly.

The episode is exactly what it states. Yes, I am taking a hiatus until about the 6th of September due to family affairs abroad, so there most likely won't be any new posts until maybe the 7th or 8th of September.

No, I won't be bringing no laptop. This will be a time to give my hands and fingers a break from the arthritis and stiffness that's been getting slowly but surely worse little by little.

In that regard, I might as well talk about some new developments in the world of comic media. So the new mystery speedster in Flash Season 3 is still mired in confusion.

It was said he was Black Racer, Black Flash, or Daniel West as a different incarnation of Reverse Flash. Then a few days ago, it was said the mystery speedster in black was actually Savitar. Yes, that comic character who looks nothing like the mystery speedster.

Greg Berlanti has gone on Twitter and said it's not Savitar and the character hasn't even been cast yet after some reports claimed that the mystery speedster was the supposed Flash villain. New reports are saying that Savitar is teased in the new promo trailer. If you've yet to see it, the video is posted below:



Now, it's recently being reported that Todd Lasance has been cast to play The Rival. The character is also known as the Reverse Golden Age Flash and is the first Reverse Flash character in DC Comics even though he only had a single Golden Age appearance.

The Rival first debuted in the Golden Age of comics and was a foe of Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash. Not sure how true those confirmations are though, but his 1st appearance is in Flash Comics #104.


Overstreet notes that comic as scarce but doesn't note the 1st appearance of the Rival in that comic. It's already pretty valuable and a CGC 6.0 sold for $2,181 on eBay back in 2013. A CGC 4.5 for $1,300 also in 2013.

Other news concerning the Flash Season 3 is that Mirror Master has been apparently confirmed and that actor Grey Damon will be playing the Flash's Rogue. Mirror Master is a very early Silver Age villain for the Barry Allen version of the Flash and a well-noted member of the Rogues.


The character 1st appeared in the Flash #105, the issue that began Barry Allen's first comic book series as the iconic Silver Age Flash. The numbering did continue from the Golden Age Flash Comics #104.

Somehow, I'm not expecting the traditional get-up from the comics for this character. I wouldn't be surprised to see Mirror Master in a very different look for live action, but you never know.

Also, another cutie female villain has been confirmed for the show, and that villain is The Top. Well, the character is from the actual comics, but in the pages and panels of comic books, The Top's alter ego is the male Roscoe Neyle Dillon.


Actor or actress Ashley Rickards will play Rosalind “Rosa” Dillon, the female Top for the show. There is no female version in the comics as of yet, but despite that, the villainous Top 1st appeared in The Flash #122 and is yet another Silver Age DC baddie.


Yep, the character in the comics learned how to spin around fast enough to deflect bullets, and instead of detaching his brain from his skull, the fast spinning actually increased the Top's intelligence by some miracle. The Top also uses actual spinning tops to plant explosives or release toxins.

The character is part of the Rogues, and so far the show has featured Captain Cold, Heatwave, Trickster, Pied Piper, Gorilla Grodd, Weather Wizard, Golden Glider and Captain Boomerang in Season 3 of Arrow in which Green Arrow and the Flash team up.

The casting of Ashley Rickards as the Top completes the Silver Age line up of the Rogues. I am thinking the Rogues will come into play sooner or later as the team of super villains are iconic to Flash's mythos. Well, more like thinking that could be a logical appearance in a future episode entitled, "Rogues".


As I've mentioned the 1st appearance of the Rogues before in Flash #130, and some don't really think that issue should be counted as their 1st appearance since it's the imposter Paul Barrett posing as the Trickster, Top, Captain Cold, Mirror Master and Captain Boomerang in that issue.

The only two Rogues who actually really shows up in the issue are Mirror Master and the Trickster, both in prison. The actual Captain Cold, Captain Boomerang, Top, and Trickster are still behind bars and are not actually seen together nor in the issue. Well, Paul Barret disguised as them do show up.


They are all first seen together as a single unit in Flash #155, and even though Overstreet still notes #130 as the 1st appearance of the Gauntlet of Super-Villains, the story in Flash #155 is actually entitled, "The Gauntlet of Super-Villains" and they do show up together as a team in that issue.

The debate rages on, but I do think both issues are important. If Flash #130 remains the 1st appearance of the Rogues, then I do think Flash #155 should be considered a 1st full appearance and the 1st time the Flash battles the Rogues as a team.


It is what it is, though. Onward to other out-of-the-box comics that could relate to the show or are important in the history of comics. Since we all know that Kid-Flash is appearing in Season 3, Flash #120 is a more than meets the eye key issue.

That's issue has the 1st Kid Flash or Wally West cover, and it's the 1st team up between Kid Flash and the Flash. Oh, wait, it's got a third key notation for that issue and that's the 1st time Wally West learns that the Flash is Barry Allen, which already played out in Season 2.


Also, will the Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, or Arrow shows feature Abra Kadabra at some point in the future or near future? Maybe in Legends of Tomorrow since the character is originally from the 64th Century, but the character is a known Flash villain in the comics.

Who knows? Just thinking ahead here, and if you feel like taking a chance on that one, Abra Kadabra's 1st appearance is in Flash #128.


Back to some confirmed villains for the show. Magenta has been cast and actor Joey King will play the villain. She recently tweeted her look on the show somewhat, but it just reveals her magenta eye contacts and some magenta hair-coloring.

Whether she suits up in an actual comic-like costume is up in the air. Would be cool if she did, but definitely wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being a generic one.

Magenta is Frankie Kane and a one time girlfriend of Wally West, and the female villain can control and create magnetic fields. Her 1st appearance is in The New Teen Titans #17 of the 1980 series.

No big secret, but pretty cool recent news is that Lance Henriksen of Aliens fame has bee cast to play Obsidian in Legends of Tomorrow. Obsidian is the biological son of Alan Scott and Rose Canton, who is the villain the Thorn in the Golden Age of comics.

Obsidian, also known as Todd Rice, is the brother of Jennie-Lynn Hayden who is the superhero Jade. Both Jade and Obsidian's appearance is in All-Star Squadron #25 along with the 1st appearance of Infinity, Inc.

As stated in the Flash key issues series, Thorn 1st appeared as a villain for Jay Garrick in Flash Comics #89. Obviously in the comics, both Jade and Obsidian are Earth-2 characters, but whether that's true for Obsidian in Legends of Tomorrow might be a different story.

Another comic character will be in Legends of Tomorrow and that's the JSA member of Stargirl. Her 1st appearance is in Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E #0 as the 2nd Star-Spangled Kid.

Her actual 1st appearance as Stargirl is in JSA: All Stars #4. She will be played by the lovely Sarah Grey. 

Alright, that's all I got for now. Gotta get ready for the trip and apologize I couldn't write more. 

See ya when I get back and take it at ease!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Non 1st appearance Origin Key Comics Part 11


We are going to make a brief return to this series, and look at some 1st origin keys that doesn't have the 1st appearance of the character whose origin in revealed in the key comic. Yeah, I know, gotta always put some kind of twist to it.

Well, we shall take look at how they have done during the decades compared to recent times, and in this Part 11, I will include the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Overstreet values to see how they've done in the last 3 years as well as the last 3 decades.

So onward with this series!

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4 | PART 5 | PART 6 | PART 7 | PART 8 | PART 9 | PART 10 | PART 11 | PART 12





THE CROW #4
Origin of the Crow

Let's get into something different here. The Crow made his 1st appearance in Caliber Presents #1, and then this self-titled series came out.

The actual comics are extremely different than the hit movie that came out during the 90s. I actually saw the movie first and then read the collected graphic novel that came out shortly.

However, it's hinted throughout the series that the Crow or Eric Draven is seeking revenge for the brutal murder of his girlfriend Shelly. The origin of how Eric Draven and Shelly are murdered and Eric becoming the Crow isn't revealed until this issue.

So, yeah, it is an origin key comic and not noted by CGC. They just note it as a last issue, but like I said, it is an origin key for Eric Draven and how he becomes the Crow. I think this issue isn't all that well-known by most and probably over-looked by the masses currently.

Overstreet isn't noting it as such either, but I do think it should be noted. The first printing published by Caliber Press has an estimated print run of 12,000 copies. It's the highest print run of the series. 

So far there are only 13 CGC 9.8s in the CGC Census so far, which isn't a lot. Here's how Overstreet has recorded the values of this issue.

Overstreet 1982-83 12th Edition
Overstreet 1990-91 20th Edition

Mint: $0
Fine: $0
Good: $0

Mint: $2.00
Fine: $1.00
Good: $.35

Overstreet 2002-03 33rd Edition
Overstreet 2014-15 44th Edition

Near Mint: $25
Very Fine/Near Mint: $21
Very Fine: $17
Fine: $9
Very Good: $6
Good: $3

Near Mint (low): $50
Very Fine/Near Mint: $37
Very Fine: $23
Fine: $12
Very Good: $8
Good: $4

Overstreet 2015-16 45th Edition
Overstreet 2016-17 46th Edition

Near Mint: $55
Very Fine/Near Mint: $40
Very Fine: $25
Fine: $12
Very Good: $8
Good: $4

Near Mint (low): $60
Very Fine/Near Mint: $44
Very Fine: $27
Fine: $12
Very Good: $8
Good: $4

The 4th issue of the Crow does not have 2nd or third printings. This origin according to Overstreet seems to be over-looked but how is it doing concerning slabbed CGC copies?

Let's take a look for the hell of it and what we can since I doubt there'll be many or any sales not in the NM range. 

The only grade we can compare are 9.0 VF/NMs. A CGC sale back in 2013 on eBay sold for $75 compared to 2016-2017 guide of $44.

Overstreet has 9.2s clocked at $60 in the most recent guide, but a CGC 9.2 sold on eBay for $190.50 and was bid on 23 times back in May of this year.

However, a raw copy and 1st printing of the Crow #4 sold on eBay in July for only $17.57. Seller claimed that he or she believed it was NM, and had another 1st print copy sell for only $22.48 in the same month. I'm guessing raw copies do sell for less than guide on eBay.  

The Crow #4 has the cover date of May, 1989. 

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X-FACTOR #24
1st origin of Apocalypse
1st full appearance of Archangel

Noted as the origin of Apocalypse, this comic is actually the first origin for the character. It is a pretty brief and freeze-dried origin, but it still counts as such.

Of course, the origin of the character will later be expanded on in further detail in the Rise of Apocalypse comic series. So, this does have a first full appearance, but it's of Archangel and not Apocalypse.

Apocalypse's 1st cameo is in X-Factor #5, and his 1st full is in X-Factor #6. This comic saw heat with the hype of the X-Men Apocalypse movie, but it's now starting to plunge further down and away from the $200 mark or near it.

Before we get into that, let's look at Overstreet data as usual.

Overstreet 1982-83 12th Edition
Overstreet 1990-91 20th Edition

Mint: $0
Fine: $0
Good: $0

Mint: $2.50
Fine: $1.25
Good: $.40

Overstreet 2002-03 33rd Edition
Overstreet 2014-15 44th Edition

Near Mint: $9
Very Fine/Near Mint: $8
Very Fine: $6
Fine: $3
Very Good: $2
Good: $1

Near Mint (low): $40
Very Fine/Near Mint: $30
Very Fine: $19
Fine: $9
Very Good: $6
Good: $3

Overstreet 2015-16 45th Edition
Overstreet 2016-17 46th Edition

Near Mint: $50
Very Fine/Near Mint: $37
Very Fine: $23
Fine: $12
Very Good: $8
Good: $4

Near Mint (low): $50
Very Fine/Near Mint: $37
Very Fine: $23
Fine: $12
Very Good: $8
Good: $4

Compare Overstreet grades with what their CGC counterparts are selling for on average on eBay? Sure, why not!

GoCollect CGC eBay sales 2016
Overstreet 2016-17 46th Edition

Near Mint (low): $38.80
Very Fine/Near Mint: $35.80
Very Fine: $29.85
Fine: $7.50
Very Good: $ no data
Good: $ no data

Near Mint (low): $50
Very Fine/Near Mint: $37
Very Fine: $23
Fine: $12
Very Good: $8
Good: $4

Yikes! This key comic is just doing worse and worse from when I sold my CGC 9.6 copy last year even if guide says other wise.
  
Way too many speculating on a Copper Age comic that is pretty plentiful in the market. However, it is a non 1st appearance origin key comic for Apocalypse at least, so it goes on this list.

Looks like a lot of people are dumping than buying for this key origin comic, and there seems to be quite a bit of high grade copies in the CGC Census already. However, it's less than I actually expected, and compared to CGC 9.8s for NYX #3 that are already up to 1,112 in the census, X-Factor #24 CGC 9.8s are much lower.


X-Factor #24 has the cover date of January, 1988.






X-23 #1-4
1st origin of X-23
1st headlining comic


Back to this comic again. As most who have been following the market know, X-23 became a pretty popular character when word of her being in the next Wolverine installment hit the net this year.

The character is another one who does not reveal her origin in her 1st appearance in NYX #3. Also featured in the X-23 Key Issues post, X-23 #1-4 has the character's 1st origin story. 

Her origin is once again revisited in the Target X limited series. Another important thing about this series featured in this post is that this is the 1st headlining comic series for Laura Kinney or X-23 even if it is a limited series.

Issue #1 does have variants or 2nd printings. The Red variant has an estimated print run of about 27,538, but there is a Dynamic Forces signature version of the 1B variant that's supposedly limited to 499 copies. 

If you're into variants and signed comics, the DF signature edition may be one to consider. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity also.

Concerning the CGC Census I doubt there will be many submitted copies of even the 1st issue, but there's already 284 registered 9.8s already.

I also don't expect it to have a great Overstreet track record either and even for issue #1. Overstreet values are for regular cover to #1 only.

Overstreet 2014-15 44th Edition
Overstreet 2015-16 45th Edition

Near Mint: $4.00
Very Fine/Near Mint: $0
Very Fine: $0
Fine: $0
Very Good: $0
Good: $0

Near Mint (low): $4.00
Very Fine/Near Mint: $0
Very Fine: $0
Fine: $0
Very Good: $0
Good: $0

OVERSTREET 2016-17 46th Edition
Near Mint (low): $6.00
Very Fine/Near Mint: $0
Very Fine: $0
Fine: $0
Very Good: $0
Good: $0

There are no NM 9.2 slabbed sales on eBay as of yet. However, in July of this year, a CGC 9.4 sold on eBay for $43 bucks. In April of this year, a CGC 9.0 sold for $18.50.

Alright, when it comes to the variant of the 1st issue or commonly called the 2nd print red variant, it is slightly a different story for the most part concerning Overstreet values. There is actually an increase that's pretty close to what they're selling on eBay currently, though NM- raw copies probably sell for less now and NM+ raw copies sell more at Overstreet's Guided value of $18 on average.

Let's see what Overstreet clocked this red variant at.

Overstreet 2014-15 44th Edition
Overstreet 2015-16 45th Edition

Near Mint: $5.00
Very Fine/Near Mint: $0
Very Fine: $0
Fine: $0
Very Good: $0
Good: $0

Near Mint (low): $5.00
Very Fine/Near Mint: $0
Very Fine: $0
Fine: $0
Very Good: $0
Good: $0

OVERSTREET 2016-17 46th Edition
Near Mint (low): $18
Very Fine/Near Mint: $14
Very Fine: $10
Fine: $6
Very Good: $4
Good: $2

Issue #2 has a sketch variant that has an estimated print run of about 21,548. For more information about these comics, visit this X-23 Key Comics link.

X-23 #1-4 was published from March to July in 2005, and it is the 1st origin of the character.






X-MEN #49
1st origin of Beast begins
1st appearance of Lorna Dane (Polaris)


While this comic is mostly wanted or sought out because it has the 1st appearance of Lorna Dane or Polaris, the 2nd stories in issues #49 through #53 tell the origins of Beast or Hank McCoy.

This issue obviously kick starts this origin story and begins with Hank's life before the X-Men. X-Men #53 sees how Hank meets the X-Men and comes to join them.

So not a widely known key notation of importance for X-Men #49. As we all know, Hank McCoy 1st appeared as Beast in X-Men #1 in which Jean Grey 1st joins the team.


Overstreet 1982-83 12th Edition
Overstreet 1990-91 20th Edition

Mint: $4.00
Fine: $2.00
Good: $.70

Mint: $20
Fine: $8.50
Good: $2.85

Overstreet 2002-03 33rd Edition
Overstreet 2014-15 44th Edition

Near Mint: $105
Very Fine/Near Mint: $83
Very Fine: $61
Fine: $24
Very Good: $16
Good: $8

Near Mint (low): $200
Very Fine/Near Mint: $132
Very Fine: $68
Fine: $30
Very Good: $20
Good: $10

Overstreet 2015-16 45th Edition
Overstreet 2016-17 46th Edition

Near Mint: $200
Very Fine/Near Mint: $163
Very Fine: $76
Fine: $33
Very Good: $22
Good: $11

Near Mint (low): $275
Very Fine/Near Mint: $179
Very Fine: $82
Fine: $36
Very Good: $24
Good: $12

Looks like this comic has had pretty steady growth throughout the decades, but mostly for VF/NM and up. Grades below and their increases aren't all that impressive, especially from the good to even VF. Well, not unless you think an increase of $8 in a decade's span is a good increase.

However, it did have a nice bump from the 90s to the 2000s and it looks like it's definitely on the move up in the last 3 recent years. VFs, which I picked on before, has risen on average of $8 each year since 2014 except for the 2016 increase of $6.

But how has this been doing on the CGC front compared with most recent eBay sales that we can compare.

GoCollect CGC eBay sales 2015-16
Overstreet 2016-17 46th Edition

Near Mint (low): $349 (2015)
Very Fine/Near Mint: $300
Very Fine: $86
Fine: $no data
Very Good: $ no data
Good: $ no data

Near Mint (low): $275
Very Fine/Near Mint: $179
Very Fine: $82
Fine: $36
Very Good: $24
Good: $12

Looks like everything below a 9.0 VF/NM is not worth the cost of slabbing for this comic currently. Yes, I'm sure that the 1st appearance of Lorna Dane is why this comic has gained more attention than the 1st origin story of the Beast beginning in the 2nd story to this issue, but it's not the 1st appearance of Hank McCoy so it goes on this list.

Here's how this comic looks in the CGC Census so far:


The origin in this story is actually of Hank's parents Norton and Edna McCoy. Hank's father worked at an atomic plant and was exposed to radiation. 

Shortly after, Hank is born with unusually large hands and feet. Although and infant, baby Hank McCoy exhibits uncanny strength which is further revealed in issue #50.

The 2nd story that begins the origins of Beast is called "A Beast is Born!"  X-Men #49 has the cover date of October, 1968.

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Even though X-Factor #26 doesn't have an overwhelmingly high CGC Census, it looks like pure speculation has taken it's toll on the key issue. Well, I should say the aftermath of speculation.

More people selling and dumping their copies as opposed to actual demand has seen CGC 9.8s slump into the mid $100s when they were perched above the $200 mark on average just only a year ago.

9.8s are now around the same average value they were back in 2013. 9.6s are selling below half of the $100 value of the copy I sold last year, so I wouldn't say they're doing all that well currently.

In terms of X-23's first headlining limited series, it's pretty new and recently gaining steam, but I think the CGC 9.8s will have more movement upwards of issue #1 than high grade raw copies.

X-Men #49 is probably one that I would recommend snagging as it is definitely climbing in value for high grade copies according to both Overstreet values and GoCollect data. However, low grades I wouldn't even bother with at the moment. 

8.5s of X-Men #49 did pass the $200 mark this year. Actually, maybe the Crow #4 as well since it's still flying under the radar somewhat.

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