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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger Breaks $100 Million World Wide At Box Office!

There were a couple of articles that were wondering if the low opening weekends for Green Lantern and X-Men First Class was beginning to mean that comic book or superhero movies were getting tiresome to the public.

I have to admit that I, too, wondered this, but as it seems, Captain America has broken past the 100 million dollar mark in it's first week at the box office. This is a worldwide total, but still. The domestic total is $99,727,000 according to Box Office Mojo!

Green Lantern is a disappointing $150,144,109 considering that it's been released a total of 6 weeks! Yikes. And that total is WORLDWIDE! Still surprised WB gave the green light on a Green Lantern sequel, but whatever. More reason for my Green Lantern Silver Age comics to go up!

Anyways, this is about Cap, and it looks pretty good so far. If you've yet to see it, I suggest you do. For those who couldn't wait to see it, what did you think of Captain America: The First Avenger?


Yet Another Comics Blog: All-Time Top Comic Book Movies

A very cool post by a fellow comic book geek blogger. It details worldwide box office gross for a bunch of comic book movies.

Spider-man 3 grossed $885.4 million? Unbelievable, folks, and I thought that one was a major flop. Check it out to find even more strange box office earnings for some of your favorite comic book movies.


Yet Another Comics Blog: All-Time Top Comic Book Movies

The Amazing Spider-Man Movie Trailer - Spiderman 4?

Wow, guys, I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about a Spider-Man reboot, but after watching the trailer, The Amazing Spider-Man movie actually looks pretty damn awesome. I was hoping they'd at least give some kind of glimpse of the Lizard, maybe in the shadows but oh well.


I think it looks cool, and for all you guys wondering what comics to invest in because of this movie, slated for 2012, that's pretty easy. Click the link to find out which comic book will be in demand because of The Amazing Spider-Man flick coming out. Oh, and it's not Spiderman 4. It's a reboot, guys. So what do you all think? Looks like it could be pretty darn cool.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Batman 3 The Dark Knight Rises Movie Trailer Leaked!

Whoa...so we got an official Batman: The Dark Knight Rises movie trailer. It's not titled Batman Rise of the Dark Knight. It's kinda weak...mostly clips from the previous movies, but whatever! Start gearing up for some Batman comic investments. Check out the trailer and leave a comment about what you think about it.




Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Where Can I Sell Old Comic Books? Just A few Idears!

A lot of times, selling comics can be a huge hassle. It's no wonder lots of people ask, "Where Can I Sell Old Comic Books?" Now this question is kinda dangerous for one reason only - What do you mean by old comics?

I consider "old comics" golden, silver, and bronze age comics. Books that are from the 90's are NOT old. Yeah, I know they're 20 years old, but that's not old at all in terms of comic collecting. Most 90s comics are a complete waste of time.

That's the decade when the brilliant people in the comic book industry decided to overprint comics more than the demand for them. So now, most 90s comics are completely worthless. There are exceptions of course, but on the whole, I would not invest in them.

If you have a lot of old comics (Golden & Silver Age) there are quite a few places to sell them. A lot of dealers and investors are specifically looking for books in these eras. So here's a list of places to sell them:

1. Comic Link is an auction style site that's only geared towards comics. You can sell by auction, consignment, or sell direct to them if you want to get rid of them fast. They mostly don't bother with most modern age comic books, especially those from the 90s era unless it's a high demand key issue or low print variant cover.

2. Local Comic Dealer - This is surely an option, but I don't recommend selling direct to them. Well, if you don't care about getting ripped off and need money fast then this is the easiest route to go. However, what I do is consign my books.

They take a 30% cut, which is a lot, but it's an avenue I use a lot.

3. Craigslist - You sell can almost anything on Craigslist. It's a great site to put up classified ads in your area, and a lot of people visit Craigslist. List your old comics for sale there, and you may grab a buyer. I've sold a lot of stuff there.

4. Garage Sale - Have a garage sale and advertise it in Craigslist. This is a great route if you have 90s comics and just want to get rid of them. Silver Age or Golden Age books? You wont get too many buyers. After all those who frequent garage sales are looking for that valuable item they can get super cheap.

5. eBay - This is my second to last choice in selling old comic books. For most books - even silver age or golden age - are sold on eBay well under guide values. eBay isn't a great place to sell most unslabbed comics, but it is a good place to sell CGC graded books if you got them. Selling when a comic hits a peak in demand on eBay can be very fruitful for both slabbed and raw, unslabbed comics as well.

It's also a great place to buy comics and is the biggest online market place for comics.That can be an advantage or disadvantage as well.

6. Comic Book Conventions - If you have a major comic book convention that's held annually in your area, you can peddle your old comics to the dealers selling there. Be prepared to haggle if you got really great silver age or golden age issues.

Remember, if you have a lot of 90s books, pick out the ones that are valuable. The remaining are junk comics that everyone else is trying to get rid of too. You'd be better off donating them to a library or donation center. Read my post on Modern age comic investing - A good or bad choice?

These are just some ideas to help you answer that question - "Where can I sell old comic books?" If you've got more ideas, be sure to comment below. I'd love to hear more ideas.

DC Comics Books To Get Now If You're Smart And Why!

I know...I know. I haven't been writing too much on DC comics, and what comics you should invest in the near future and why. So let's kick this off here.

Adventure Comics #283 



Why? Because it's the very first appearance of General Zod, who is to be the villain in the new Superman "Man of Steel" reboot. Michael Shannon will be playing the military fascist general of Krypton.

This comic also introduces the Phantom Zone, of course, where Zod was exiled. This comic is still very affordable. A VF is $165 bucks according to the New Overstreet Guide. Not bad.

Green Lantern (Vol 2) #7


Of course this will be the very 1st appearance of Sinestro. Who else were you expecting, and it's been confirmed that Green Lantern will have a sequel. As if the movie didn't set that up at the end. Anyways, the going guide on this is still pretty inexpensive. 


VG value is around $96, while mid grade copies will cost around $144. VF and NM grades...expect to shell out some hard earned cash, for they will valued at around $392 to $1600. Yowza!

The Amazing Spiderman Lizard Star Rhys Ifans Arrested At San Diego Comic Con!

If you've yet to know, it was revealed at the San Diego Comic Con that Rhys Ifans will  be playing Dr. Curt Conners aka The Lizard in The Amazing Spiderman movie. Rhys is most noted for his comedic roles in Notting Hill as Spike and The Replacements as Nigel Gruff, the fun loving, field goal kicker who smokes on the field.


 However, there was nothing comedic about his performance at the San Diego Comic Con. Before The Amazing Spiderman panel, Ifans stepped outside to smoke a cigarette and became hostile when he tried to re-enter the hall and was delayed by security due to a member of his entourage not having the proper credentials to enter.


Ifans, smelling strongly of alcohol, became aggressive and abusive towards the female guard before shoving her to get through. After the panel, the female guard made a citizens arrest and police cited Ifans with misdemeanor battery.

Police reported that Ifans was abusive the whole time and even berated The United States of America, claiming this country sucks and he never wants to come back.

A spokesperson for Sony claims Ifans deeply regrets the incident.

Sure, I bet he does, and, Ifans, we don't want you back.

Update: Click the link to see the leaked Lizard photos from the San Diego Comic Con!

Update: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sequel villain has been confirmed. See what Spidey villain will torment our favorite Webhead and see who will play him by clicking the ultra lovely blue link.

On the hunt for Amazing Spider-Man key comics? Just visit the link to see my list of Spider-Man key issues to own. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

The New Wolverine Movie Will Not Be A Sequel! Thank God!

Many comic fans will agree that the X Men Origins: Wolverine movie was a huge upset, but despite that fact, many comic fans are also curious about a Wolverine 2 sequel.

As I've learned, the new Wolverine movie will not be a sequel. It will be a one-off, and the title will be called The Wolverine, so it's kinda strange to call it Wolverine 2, since the word is they wont be leaving off where the previous movie ends

Also Hugh Jackman confirms that the villain in the new movie will be the Silver Samurai. What does this mean?

It means the new Wolverine movie will take place in Japan, and I'm betting Frank Miller's and Chris Claremont's 1982 Wolverine Limited Series storyline is gonna influence this new flick. C'mon do you seriously doubt it?

What does that mean for comic investors? It means the 1982 Wolverine Limited Series is gonna be in demand and quite soon. This new Wolverine is slated for a 2012 release, so it's coming just around the corner. Stock up on these comics. Get em cheap now before we get closer to the movie's release date.


Oh yes, and be sure to look for the first appearance of the Silver Samurai as well, and of course I'll throw ya bone if you don't know what comic title or issue it is. You ready?

It's Daredevil #111 by Marvel Comics, of course.If you can afford Hulk 180 and Hulk 181, now is the time to get those two before they go up even more insanely!

Good Luck and good hunting as usual!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Are CGC Comics A Good Investment

Since CGC began, the universal comic grading company, has revolutionized the comic book industry forever. No longer did comic collectors or investors worried about getting the exact grade they were paying for from sketchy comic book dealers like in the old days.

Nowadays, professional graders at CGC can guarantee that your comic is certain grade by giving it a graded number. However, are CGC comics a good investment?

The answer is - It depends!

As in terms of buying CGC graded comics for investment purposes still depends on what you're buying and or comics you're investing in. Remember, rarity and demand are the key factors in a valuable comic book.

I would rather buy a Hulk 181 CGC graded at VG than buy an unslabbed comic book off ebay from a seller who claims their copy is a 9.4 NM. Why is that? Because way too often have I received a book that was listed as NM and got a low-mid grade copy or, even worse, a VG copy.

Overpaying for your comic books is the BIGGEST reason why many comic collectors lose money in the game of comic book collecting and investing.

Another point is that if you're buying CGC graded copies, you should be getting KEY ISSUES @ the highest grade you can afford. Remember, there are going to be way more copies of an X-MEN #1 at VG than opposed to a VF!

Getting a CGC graded 9.8 Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 is a waste. Big deal...there are tons of copies of that book floating around at 9.6 & 9.8. In fact, I'd refrain from investing in any modern CGC graded comic book unless:

  1. It is a high demand key issue like the 1st appearance of Deadpool (New Mutants #98). 
  2. It is a very limited independent comic book print run like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.
  3. A very limited variant cover run.
Other than those factors above, I don't even bother with most Modern comic books CGC graded or unslabbed books.

Now, if you're thinking of sending your comics to be graded by CGC, please read this article to learn about what factors you should know in deciding which comic books to get graded and why.

Which Comic Books To Get Graded And Why

    This article has more to do with the factors that you should be aware of before sending your comics to get graded by CGC or PGX instead of a long list of exact books you should send in, although there will be a few examples listed here in which comic books to get graded and why.

Sending in your comics to get graded by CGC can add a lot of value to your comic book collection if you know which ones to send in and why. Because getting them grading isn't cheap, you have to be smart in determining which comics make the cut when deciding if you should get them graded.

First of all, older comics in the golden to silver age should always be the first to consider getting them graded professionally. For example, any Amazing Spider-man comics from the 1st series within issues 1-10 should be considered, unless a comic is obviously in Poor condition.

Any key issue book from golden to modern age should be considered as well. However, there is a condition when dealing with Modern comics to get CGC graded.

That condition is make sure you can spot comic books that are above 9.4 NM. When dealing with modern comic books, you want your comics to be graded no less than a 9.6. If your modern age books come back a normal 9.4 NM, you've wasted your money getting them graded.

DO NOT SEND IN MODERN BOOKS THAT AREN'T KEY ISSUES OR LIMITED VARIANT COVERS OR LOW PRINT INDEPENDENT BOOKS!

If you do, you're highly wasting your money getting them CGC'd! Check the Overstreet Guide to determine if your Modern book is of value!

Copper Age books are a bit different. For example, you do not want to send in a Wolverine #1 (Vol 1) to get graded unless you can determine that the grade is pretty high to begin with. A Wolverine #1 at a 9.4 is perfectly fine. Unlike silver age books, a Wolverine #1 (Vol 1) that you can grade yourself at a VG is not a worthwhile book to get graded.



Certain bronze age key issues are perfectly fine to send in that you can grade yourself at a VG. Of course, Hulk #181 is a good book. Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975) is perfectly fine to send in, unless the book is in Poor condition.

So let's review this here:

1. You want to consider sending in older books to get graded.

2. Preferably key issues.

3. Modern age books should be graded prior by yourself, and determined an extremely high grade before sending them in. Send only Modern age books of value! Not just any issue. If you can get modern books signed by a hot comic artist or a comic creator like Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and get it CGC Signature Series certified, even better.

To find out about the CGC Signature Series, read the article by clicking the link.

4. Copper age keys should be sent in if you've determined the grade at least a 9.4 NM. The lowest you should send in is a book you can eyeball at a VF for copper age keys.

5. Certain mega key issues, like the 1st appearance of Wolverine or The Punisher shouldn't be lower than a VG to be considered sending into CGC.

It's important that you somewhat can look at a comic book and grade it yourself. You should at least know the difference between a NM 9.4 and a VG.

What Are CGC Signature Series Graded Comic Books?

So you may be wondering what the Signature Series comics are. The signature series of graded comics come with a yellow label and are an elite series by CGC that are graded comic books with signatures of artists, creators, writers, inkers of a particular issue or title.

Unlike other CGC graded series, the signature series requires that an authorized representative of CGC witness the actual signing of the book. Because of this fact, most books must be submitted at comic conventions where comic writers, artists, and creators are scheduled to appear at CGC's booth.

You simply cannot send in a signed comic book through the mail and CGC will authenticate the signature. This is the reason why Signature Series graded books are an elite class of CGC graded comic books. Believe me, if Stan Lee was to appear at CGC's booth for a signing, there would be a huge line, and most people would not be able to even stand in that line for only a limited amount of people are able to do so.

Believe me, having a CGC Signature Series comic book of 300 by comic creator Frank Miller or a Wolverine #1 signed by Stan Lee and at a high grade will add tremendous value to the book.

A high grade of these particular comics in the CGC Signature Series? Fuggedaboudid! These can easily be valued in the thousands.

Unlike unslabbed signed books, the Signature Series authenticates each signature on the book because the signing was witnessed.

Certain signatures add great value to certain comic issues, because these signatures are not easy to get and this fact makes the comic more rare...even if a lot of high grade unsigned copies are floating around.

So if you're ever lucky to be in the position of getting a famous comic artists signature at a comic convention, give it a try to hit up that CGC booth, and who knows, maybe you'll be one of the lucky few to stand in line and get Stan Lee's or Frank Miller's autographed comic to be CGC authenticated.

After you get the signage, just fill out the paperwork at the booth, pay the fees, and have those comics sent in to be graded by CGC and who knows...maybe you can have that 9.9 NM CGC Signature Series comic book.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Can You Haggle With Comic Book Dealers- Buying Or Selling Comics?

Whether you are buying or selling your comic books, you should know the answer to the question of, "Can you haggle with comic book dealers?"

The answer is absolutely, but remember there is smart and dumb ways to haggle and a few factors should always be considered and researched.

For instance, if you want to buy that Hulk 181, you should know that this bronze age comic book is pretty high demand, and haggling on a ridiculously low price will just get you laughed out of the store.

On the flip side, if you are trying to haggle in selling and you have a bunch of junk that isn't in high demand don't try to haggle the price up. If you have key issues that are in high demand and want to sell to a comic dealer, do research on your collection....ALWAYS!

Know the grade and try to get 2nd or 3rd opinions from different dealers on the grade if you don't know how to grade comic books. Always research the price at the books' grades. Remember, you wont get 100% guide value when selling to a comic book dealer.

That's why you will need to know the things listed above to determine if you can or can't get a better price for your books selling them on your own. Research it on ebay as well and see what auction prices are ending at your books particular grade. If you can make even a few dollars more after all the ebay and Paypal fees on particular books you may have, list them.

If not, you can always try Craigslist before trying to sell directly to a dealer. Selling directly to a comic book dealer is ALWAYS my LAST resort. If you are on good terms with a particular comic dealer and know them quite well, you can always strike up a consignment deal. They usually take 25% of the sale price, however.

Remember, this works both ways for selling and buying. If you've got an eye on a book that isn't quite in demand in the current comic market climate then of course it puts you in a better position of haggling. If you walk into your local comic shop and see that same book still on the wall for the last three months or more, try to haggle the price down.

Lot's of times, comic dealers want to get rid of books they've been sitting on for a long time. So Can You Haggle With Comic Book Dealers? Always try to haggle...you won't lose anything. All you have is to gain,  especially if you hit a desperate dealer at the right time.

Green Lantern 2 Gets The Green Light...Already!

It's no mistake that the new Green Lantern movie got some pretty lousy reviews, and after seeing the movie myself, it's not on my top ten list of favorite comic book movies.

The soft opening for Green Lantern should be a concern, as attendance for the jaded cosmic one was lower than both Daredevil and Ghost Rider...not a good sign there. It's opening weekend saw only $53 million and dropped drastically, a considerable loss concerning the 200 million dollar budget the film needed for 3-D production alone. Yikes!

However, the folks at WB have given the green light for a sequel to Green Lantern. Does this mean that Green Lantern comic books get extra juice for demand?

Somewhat.

From what I saw, the Green Lantern movie gave a little boost in demand for Green Lantern books but not much. If there's any GL books that you should try to snag...movie or not...it's Green Lantern (Vol 2) #7.



Why? Because it's the first appearance of the Green Lantern Corps arch nemesis - Sinestro, and getting a copy of this issue is not an easy find. However, it's still hugely affordable. A VG, according to last years overstreet guide, is only $80, which gives you more leeway to invest in a mid grade copy of GL #7 at around $120.

A very fine would be around $310, but I am not taking into account three variables here.

1. Who knows how much this issue will go up in the new Overstreet Price Guide coming out this month.

2. The comic market is pretty down, and most comic dealers (SMART COMIC DEALERS) are slashing at least 25% off Guide Prices on their books.

3. Who knows how much the price for this issue will ramp up once news spreads that Green Lantern 2 is going to happen. Of course, I have no doubt the sequel will focus more on Sinestro being the ultimate baddie.

Of course, if can afford the scratch for a Green Lantern #1, then by all means, get it if you don't already have it. A VG is at $800...so uhmm, it wont be long before that price moves upward.

If you're wondering to find some early Silver Age books of Green Lantern, NewKadia has quite a few in the 1-10 range, too! I would say a Green Lantern #2 would be a good investment choice...sequel or no.

The Best Wolverine Comics - Key Issue List Of Wolverine Comics

Are you the best there is at what you do? If so, you probably love the "Snikt" and "Snakt" of everyone's favorite, feisty, little bezerker mutie, too. No more wondering what the best Wolverine comics, Bub! No more running around trying to find out a key issue list of Wolverine comics!

Here's all the best and important key issue Wolverine comic books that you should absolutely sink your claws into.


1. Wolverine Limited Series #1 - 4 (1982)
The second issue marks the first appearance of Mariko Yashida!



2. Wolverine #1 1st Regular On-going Series Vol 2 (1988)
1st Wolverine as Patch & 1st regular series issue!



3. Wolverine #10 Regular Series Vol 2 (1988) - 1st battle with Sabretooth.

I'm not including variants here, and this list only pertains to Wolverine titles, not character. So as you can see, there aren't that many key issues worth grabbing up, so what's the best strategy for this? HIGH GRADE ON ALL OF THEM! Preferably CGC, too!

These issues are relatively easy to find, but are worth getting as investment comics, and the new Wolverine sequel is slated for a July 2013 release, so it's wise to get the 1982 Wolverine Limited Series run, as the movie is largely based on those comics. 

Just click the comic cover images to find awesome copies of these key Wolverine comics.

Looking for a more in-depth key issues list for Wolverine? No problem, just click the link to see a bigger and more detailed Wolverine Key Issues list.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Amazing Spider-Man #1 Comic Value

One of the holy grails of Marvel Comics to own, Amazing Spider-Man #1 is a comic for a true comic collector. No, it's not the first appearance, but it features Marvel's mighty foursome - The Fantastic Four - and kicks off the webhead's first comic series. Ever since, Spidey's been in the top 10 most popular comic heroes of all time, and for very good reason.

Actually, you can never go wrong investing in the Amazing Spider-Man title, because the demand has always been strong, so what better to have the title's very first issue.

I know...I know...easier said than done, right?



Overstreet guide for last year 2011-2012 has this badboy at:



Low NM - $54,000
VF - $15,000
Fine - $5,000
VG - $3,334
GD - $1,667

If you can afford the coin for this one...you lucky bastard! You can find a high grade CGC 8.5 (Very Fine Plus) copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1 by clicking the blue link. A great find and a rare grade to find this Marvel key issue Spider-Man comic.

If you can't, don't feel bad...I can't either, and we'll see how much or not the prices get bumped up when the new guide comes out this month. The new Spidey movie is sure to jack up the prices for all the grades on this firsty...that's a no brainer!


 UPDATED OVERSTREET GUIDE 2012-2013 - AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 VALUE


Low NM - $57,000
VF - $15,200
Fine - $5,199
VG - $3,466
GD - $1,733


However, it's known that the first Amazing Spider-Man issue has gone up for all grades from last year to this year, but how has the comic value tracked over the past few decades? Let's find out, shall we?



Overstreet 1982-83 Guide 12th Edition:

Mint: $640
Fine: $300
Good: $120


Overstreet 1990-91 Guide 20th Edition:

Near Mint (9.4): $2,750
Fine: $1,100
Good: $275


Overstreet 2002-03 Guide 33rd Edition:

Near Mint (9.4): $32,000
Very Fine: $9,350
Fine: $2,526
 Very Good: $1,684
Good: $842


Overstreet 2012-13 Guide 42nd Edition: 
 
Near Mint (low 9.2): $57,000
Very Fine: $15,200
Fine: $5,199
 Very Good: $3,466
Good: $1,733



Overstreet 2016-17 Guide 46th Edition: 
 
Near Mint (low 9.2): $62,000
Very Fine: $15,000
Fine: $5,700
 Very Good: $3,800
Good: $1,900


So for all those who say that comic investing is a bad idea. There's the facts above.

Looks like ASM #1 at VF took a $200 dip in the last four years according to guide. 





Great, great investment! Actually, you really can't go wrong with silver age Amazing Spider-Man. If you're looking for Spider-Man key issues, just click the link to find out which Spidey comics you should be on the hunt for!