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Friday, March 18, 2011

Thor Movie Ready To Hit Theaters May 16th!

I wrote a blog post when I had first learned of the Thor movie that was in production. By this time, the Thunder God wasn't even cast yet, and I was perplexed with the question, "If a Thor movie would even work?" Sure, I wondered how Marvel and Hollywood could make a pretty campy comic character into something...well, cool and believable.

I'm going to revoke that statement and my previous blog post. If you haven't read it, you can read it by clicking here. I'm revoking it because the trailer looks pretty damn awesome.





Also, who can resist watching the ever gorgeous Natalie Portman, or the stunning sexiness of Rene Russo in movie that's filled with lots of ass kicking. Even though they're not the ones doing the ass kicking, having both Natalie Portman and Rene Russo in the same movie = Double the hotness!

I don't care what anyone says...Rene Russo still has it, and she's still a gorgeous specimen of all that's feminine and beautiful and sexy and...


There are so many reasons why I'm rebuking my first blog post about Thor the Movie, and a few of them are:


  1. The Destroyer is going to be in it and doesn't look cheesy!
  2. Loki doesn't look like some retarded jester that got kicked out of funny school.
  3. It's gonna be in 3-D and IMAX 3-D. Now that's awesome, but I'm opting for IMAX 3-D all the way!
and the most important and grand-daddy reasons of them em all:

THOR ACTUALLY DOESN'T LOOK CHEESY!

That's right. His costume actually looks pretty cool, and believable. So all my questions have been answered and now I'm geeking out like my fellow comic book geeks across the world by sitting on pins and needles until this movie hits the screen!


What Thor comic book should you be hunting down? Click the link to find out what golden Thor comic treasure you should add to your collection!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Comic Book You Need To Get Now Or You'll Be Kicking Yourself Later!

For those who were smart enough to get the very first appearance of Iron Man in Tales of Suspense #39 or the first issue from his first unlimited series before the first Iron Man even hit theaters, you guys are probably seeing a nice rise in value for those books over the past few years.

You're shit eating grin probably got even bigger knowing that an Avengers Movie is well on it's way as well as an Iron Man 3. If you ditched those books during the hype of Iron Man 2...oops! Shoulda hung onto to those a bit longer.

So even though we're in the middle of the Iron Man hoopla, buying those books is still a wise choice. However, the book that's still in the beginning wave of demand from the comic movie push is none other than the first appearance of the Thunder God himself.

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #83

What do I mean by the beginning wave? Collectors have been hunting this book down since Marvel confirmed a Thor movie was in the works. What I mean by beginning wave is that this is THE FIRST THOR MOVIE coming soon.

It's not THOR 2 or waiting on a THOR 3. This is the first flick from the Thor Movie Franchise. However, how do we know that Thor will even be a trilogy? It could be a single dud like the Daredevil and Elektra movies.

Well, we don't, but we do know for sure that the Norse God of Thunder is to appear in the Avengers Movie in 2012, right? Exactamundo, as the Fonze would say.

And just think...what if Thor ended up being a trilogy? You could be smiling a shit eating grin like those guys who were smart enough to get those Iron Man books before the 1st movie and then 2nd, (and soon 3rd one) pushed the value into overdrive.

Wouldn't that be something...to finally get on the hype train while it's still riding high. Now the only part is tracking this rare badboy down. Well, what you waiting for? Get to it...

Comic Books That Will Continue To Rise In Value Well Past 2012!

It's been a long and well-known fact that comic books are no longer kids stuff. With the 1st appearance of both Superman and Batman breaking the million dollar mark, certain key issues of your favorite superheroes have become important collector and investor targets.

I know...not all of us have a million dollars to throw around, but you don't have to have the highest graded copy of a certain key issue. That still doesn't mean you can't make a great investment on the lower to mid-grade copies of a book.

And...with the advent and super surge of Hollywood's growing fascination with comic book movies, it is now the time to strike and make that investment. Here's a list of comic books that you should be hunting down that will continue to rise steadily well past 2012.

1. Tales of Suspense #39 (1st Appearance of Iron Man)

 

If you missed the boat on getting a copy of the very 1st appearance of Iron Man during the first two movies, fret not! Iron Man is slated to appear in mega huge The Avenger's Movie in 2012, as well as in Iron Man 3. That's right, another Iron Man film is under contract and well on it's way for audiences to enjoy, and there shouldn't be a doubt that there will be an Avengers movie sequel.  Actually, I wouldn't doubt if The Avengers franchise will have a trilogy, because the first film is gonna be a huge landmark. Why am I thinking this nonsense? Because, unlike the X-Men, the Avengers cast are all characters from different comic books that crossed over into a team, unlike the X-Men characters who mostly all started their humble beginnings from the X-Men comic series (Wolverine excluded).  If you've been neglecting to own a copy of the very 1st appearance of Iron Man...tsk...tsk...shame on you! A mid grade copy of this book is not that expensive, and is more than worth the investment of a few hundred bucks.


2. Iron Man #1 (First Unlimited Series)

This is a no-brainer. Why not double your Iron Man investment and get the very first issue to his very first unlimited, self-titled comic book series? A mid-grade copy of this particular issue is still quite affordable, and did I mention that Iron Man III is scheduled for a 2013 release? With the new Avengers film coming out in 2012 and then another Iron Man flick, this book wont go anywhere but up, amigo!

3. Avengers #4 (Captain America Enters The Silver Age & Joins The Mighty Avengers Team!)

Chris Evans, the star of Captain America: The First Avenger, reported that he was unsure of taking the role at first. No, it wasn't because he was already Johnny Storm from the Fantastic Four. Actually, it was because the original contract for the role was to appear as Captain America a total of 9 times.

Yep, ole Cap was originally slated to be in 9 films! Fearing that his entire career would only be committed to playing comic book's most popular symbol for freedom, Evans negotiated the contract down to 6 times he would reprise the star-spangled role.

This comic book is a sure winner for two reasons: Captain America: The First Avenger coming out this year and The Avengers movie slated to come out next year. Will it continue to be in demand after? I'm pretty sure since there's 4 more times after these two films that lucky Chris gets to be Cap again and again and again and again.

Ok, that was three reasons!

Hey, these key issues will always be in demand and will always go up because of that and their rarity. However, this list was created because of the recent movie push that these particular comics will soon experience and because they're still affordable at low and midgrade copies.

So, if you want to invest in something that you can watch increase in value quickly, what are you waiting for and why aren't you hunting these books down?


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3 X-MEN Comics Every Serious Collector Needs To Have In Their Comic Book Collection

If you're a serious X-Men comic collector, and I mean serious as in collecting comics for the love of it and for an investment, there are certain X-Men comic books that are must-haves for your collection to beef up your collection's investment value.  Here are my top three:



1. X-Men #1 (1st Series)
The X-Men trilogy of films gave a huge boost to this comic book, and since the X-Men franchise in comics as well as the movies is one of Marvel's cash crops, you can expect more comic movies starring our favorite muties.

Even now, with the X-Men: First Class movie trailer everywhere on the web, you can see the demand for this comic book beginning to skyrocket once again.




However, despite the movies, a copy of X-Men #1 will always be a solid investment. The comic just keeps getting rarer, and the demand for it never seems to wane.

A very good copy of this is $1700, and as a collector, you know that a very good grade for a comic book isn't that great. So, if you're a bit pickier, a mid grade copy of this bad boy is between $1800 to $6,000 smackers.

But be warned...those prices are current guide prices...and it should be taken into consideration that the new X-Men flick is driving those prices up. So get it while you can still somewhat afford to, or you'll be kicking yourself later.

Update Sep 20th (2012):Of course, someone picked up the copy of X-Men #1 at Newkadia. However, I've found a copy that will go on auction Oct 6th. Click the link to check out this awesome copy of X-Men #1.

The copy going up for auction is also signed by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and comes with a COA. Check out the link above and be sure to mark your calendar!


2. Giant Size X-Men #1 (1st Series)

If there's a second X-Men comic that you must have in your collection, it has to be this one - the all elusive Giant Size X-Men #1, which features the first appearance of the new X-Men team.

A little history lesson here: It's actually the line up of this X-Men team that made the comic book as ever popular as it today. Yes, it's true...the first team...and the first X-Men comics didn't do so great at first. Only until this new line up came roaring out did most fans start looking at earlier X-Men issues.


A grade of fine is clocked in at around $156.00 according to the Overstreet Price Guide, but a low near mint is $1,300 if you got the coin. This comic is still affordable to get at a pedigree grade, and well worth to do so.

It should be noted that any high grade comic of these particular key issues are going to increase in value a lot quicker and a lot more than lower graded ones.

However, mid grades are fine as well. This comic keeps getting more elusive and hotter as time goes by. Just stay away from poor grades or good grades. Very Good grades are even debatable. The lowest I'd go is a grade of Fine...wait, that is the grade of my comic for this bronze age treasure.

UPDATE: Found a CGC graded copy at a whopping 9.8! EXTREMELY RARE! If you're a high grade collector and want a solid comic investment, you need to click the link and grab this NM/MINT copy of Giant Size X-Men #1!

That comic surely won't last long, so if you are on the hunt for this book, don't wait to snag of the most sought after Marvel key issues!

3. X-Men #94 (1st Series/New X-Men Team & Series Begins)

This is another treasure that is well affordable at high grade or pedigree prices. Very good is at $140.00, and a low Near Mint is around $1,200

Why this comic book? This key issue kicks the X-Men series off with the new team that features all of our favorite muties such as Storm, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Collossus.

If there were only three X-Men comics that were worth having in your collection and didn't cost your arms, legs, hair and teeth, these three would be them. NewKadia has this book right now at fine and almost $20 below guide...There's no better time than right now to get it, so click the link and grab this copy of X-Men #94 before someone else does, and trust me...someone else will!

UPDATE: Newkadia's copy of X-Men 94 has been sold (no surprise)! However, I've tracked another copy for ya! If you're looking for a high grade, CGC 9.4 graded copy, visit the link to to add a high grade X-Men #94 to your comic collection. There is also a CGC 8.5 VF+ available at that link also.



Are there other X-Men comics worth having in your comic book collection? Absolutely...there are a great number worth having from the silver age and bronze age. Even a few in the copper age as well if you can't afford to break the hundred dollar mark.

However, these three picks are my cream of the crop X-Men comics to own because they're the ones that mark pivotal shifts that were historical to the comic series.

Looking for more smart investments in comics? Read this article to find out the top comic investment choices that are skyrocketing fast now and will continue to do so well past 2012.