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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Future of Bronze Age Comic Investing! Are Bronze Age Comics In Demand?

2010 and 2011 had great years when it came to record sales of silver age comics. Also, many silver age comics saw great sales and demand for certain key issue books. However, will this last long, and what's the word about bronze age comics picking up as viable comic investing choices?

It's true that many golden age comic collectors started turning their attention to silver age comics when too many golden age comics starting becoming way too expensive for normal average collectors to invest in.

Let's face it. Most don't have hundreds of thousands of dollars to spend on one single comic book. So, now, many higher graded silver age comic book key issues are becoming out of reach for the average comic collector and investor. What is happening?

What's happening is that many are starting to focus on lower grade silver age key issue comics. This trend is starting to pick up, but also another trend is making it's way in comic investing as well.

While there are still many key issue silver age comics that are still affordable at lower grades, many are shifting their eyes on high grade key issue bronze age comic books, hoping to capitalize on the same success as those who invested in high grade silver age comics when they were still highly affordable.
 Yes, going for high grade bronze age key issues is a great idea. Many are still affordable at high grades, but there are some like The Incredible Hulk #181 1st appearance of Wolverine that's already above a thousand dollars. Would I recommend getting a high grade Hulk 181. Absolutely! It's a comic book that has been in demand for quite some time.

Besides, with the new Wolverine sequel coming hot, the first full appearance of Wolverine is even more in demand. Click to read more about The Wolverine sequel coming out in 2013.

Still, bronze age comics that are high grade key issues are super for long term investments and have the potential for more return on investment, since many are still extremely affordable. Amazing Spider-Man 129 is still a highly sought out bronze age key issue that boasts the first appearance of The Punisher!

But there are a lot of less popular comic book characters that came out in the bronze age, especially from Marvel. Iron Fist and Luke Cage just to name two.

Villains like Sabretooth also debuted during the bronze age, so there are plenty of key issue comics to hunt for in this era. However, many are starting to get really expensive at high grades as demand for these books grow stronger. 


Be sure to follow or bookmark this blog, and click on the link to view my top bronze age investment comics for even more comic investing advice.

In the meantime, you can check out my top silver age comic investing picks by clicking the link, and have some fun and check out my other articles and fun comic book related games to play.

1. Amazing Spider-man 129 - Why You Need To Get It And Fast!
2. DC Comics Books To Get Now If You're Smart And Why!
3. The Ultimate List of Superhero Powers! What Superhero Power Would You Want?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Another Fun Game For Us Comic Geeks! What's the Worst Comic Book Movie Ever!

There's been a lot of great comic book movies that have come out, and a lot of really terrible ones also. Well, let's find out which is actually the worst comic movie ever made!

Once again, I made a fun little game on hubpages, in which I've listed the comic book movies that I think are just terrible disappointments. So we're starting off with my list.

However, here's where the fun kicks in.

  • You can either vote to take a movie off the list or keep it on.
  • Then comment on which comic movie you think should be on the list of worst comic book movies.
By the end of the week, the comic movies with the most saves will be taken off the list and your top suggestions will be added for another round of voting.

Join in on the fun and play the game. Click on the link to play:

The List Of the Worst Comic Book Movies Ever! The Game!

Which Super Power Would You Want?

 
I've been asking this question for a long time...indiscriminately to comic fans and non-comic fans. The answer I get are pretty standard, and I'm surprised at the most popular answer I usually get from people.

However, my little fun research has it's limits. Usually because I'm confined to asking people in my general area. The internet changes that problem.

So I devised a hubpage called, "The Ultimate List Of Super Hero Powers! Which Super Power Would You Want?" to find out what really is the most popular super power that most people from all over and all walks of life would want to have. Just one, though!

On this page I already have a list of super hero powers that I gathered from asking various people I come across...these are the most popular answers I get. However, you can vote on which super power you'd want to have, and each week, I will add the most popular super power that people voted for to that list.

Sounds fun, right? Good, click the link to play the Ultimate List of Super hero powers, and let's find out which is the ultimate super power to have.

UPDATE: It still seems like time-bending is still in first place with telekinesis in 2nd place out of a mere 371 votes. C'mon now...go and vote!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Part 2 of The Thanos Comics Guide! A List of Related Thanos Comics Must Haves!

Welcome to part 2 of the Thanos Comics Guide: A list of Related Thanos Comics Must-Haves! So let's see, we ended with the Warlock series in the first post, but that second story line doesn't end there. It crosses over into a few a more comic titles such as Marvel Team Up #55. However, he doesn't make an appearance in that comic issue. So when does he reappear again?

Well, let's find out what these Thanos comics are, shall we?

The Avengers Annual #7 Vol 1

After teaming up with Adam Warlock to defeat Magus in his Warlock appearances, Thanos once again reappears to kill Adam Warlock, steal the soul gems, and destroy the universe. Once again our favorite Mad Titan causing galactic chaos starting with this issue.

Marvel Two In One Annual #2 (1977)

The Thing and Spidey join in on the fight against Thanos in this issue that ends the 2nd cross over story line for Thanos for a short time. Yes, Thanos never knows when to quit.


Logan's Run #6 Vol 1 (1977)

Thanos has a short back up story at the end up Logan's Run #6. Although short and sweet, this comic issue is sought out by many Thanos fans.


Silver Surfer #34-50, 55-57, 59 Vol 3
After the events of the 2nd story line involving Thanos, Jim Starlin makes good use of Thanos in the 3rd series of Silver Surfer, and this new story line starting with this Silver Surfer issue is the culmination of the events ending in the Marvel Two In One Annual #2 issue. Thanos has reoccurring roles in this new story line from issue #34 all the way to issue #50 in this Silver Surfer Series.

Thanos also appears in Silver Surfer issues #55-57 and issue #59. Issue #59 is a great all-out battle between the Surfer and Thanos. Truly an amazing issue to read and own. Artwork is by Ron Lim...one of my favorites...and one of the best to ever draw the Silver Surfer.

The Thanos Quest 1-2 (1990)

This is a limited series that was told within two books. In this very short series, Death gives Thanos permission to get the Infinity Gems, and thus Thanos hunts down those who have possession of them. This series is the precursor to the Infinity Gauntlet cross over series.

The Infinity Gauntlet #1-6 Vol 1 (1991)

This is one of the most beloved limited series crossovers for many cosmic comic book fans that deals with Thanos and the Marvel Universe. Written by Starlin and drawn by Ron Lim. This is a must have series for Thanos fans, and the whole limited series is not hard to find.

Warlock & The Infinity Watch (1992 Series) #1-42

Thanos has recurring roles throughout the Warlock & The Infinity Watch comic book series, starting with issue #1.

Click the link to read Part 3 of The Thanos Comic Guide to find out more of the best Thanos comics.

Click the link to read Part 1 of the best Thanos comics to get.



Thanos Comics Guide! A List of Related Thanos Comics Must Haves Part 1

The mad titan Thanos has been a favored villain/character/anti hero to many comic fans who love the cosmic genre in comic books. Actually, he is one of the most popular cosmic characters to have ever been created.

It's true that many comic fans are wondering if, indeed, Thanos will be making a cameo appearance in the highly anticipated and upcoming Avengers movie, since the cosmic cube was introduced in 2011's Captain America movie.

Whether or not Thanos does get a silver screen or not, it's time I relinquished the best Thanos comics must haves for any lover of Marvel Comics cosmic genre. So here they are comic book fans:


Iron Man #55 Vol 1 (First Appearance of Thanos)
If you're a fan of Thanos, how could you pass up his very first appearance in Iron Man #55? Yes, Thanos made his stellar debut during the bronze age of comics and in Iron Man of all comics. Yeah, it seems weird to me also, but creator Jim Starlin was offered to do an Iron Man issue by editor Roy Thomas, and the character got his spotlight!

Good thing also. This character has caused mucho intergalactic mayhem in the Marvel universe, and we're all happy he did. A lot of amazing stories were written and enjoyed because of it.

Iron Man #55 is the ultimate must-have of the Thanos comics to own. It's not an easy find either, but the fine folks at mycomicshop.com has quite a few of these in stock, including a PGX 9.4 graded copy. If you're looking for a high grade copy of this book, click the link to finally add Iron Man #55 to your collection.

Captain Marvel Vol 1 #25-33

The first appearance of Thanos in Iron man #55 was part of an extended storyline that crossed over into the Captain Marvel comic book series of issues #25 through 33. 


Daredevil #107 Vol 1
Daredevil gets a taste of Thanos as the story crosses over from Captain Marvel #33 to Daredevil #107. Another bronze age early Thanos comic appearance.

The Avengers #125 Vol 1
The cross over story line ends with The Avengers #125. In this issue, The Avengers have an all out space battle with Thanos, who sends his space fleets to destroy earth, of course. Would we expect any less of Thanos?

Strange Tales Vol 2 178-181
Thanos re-appears for another extended story line in Strange Tales Vol 2. 1973 series issues #178 through 181. This issue #178 retells Adam Warlock's origin, and is a bronze age key issue. These Strange Tales issues are definite Thanos comics to get if you're a fan of the Mad Titan. They mark his future unstable alliances and connection with Adam Warlock.

Warlock #9-11 Vol 1
The second cross over Thanos story line beginning in Strange Tales Vol 2 issues #178 through 181 find there way to Warlock #9-11. 

Click to read part 2 of the Thanos Comics Guide.

Part 3 of The Thanos Comics Guide! A List of Related Thanos Comics Must Haves!

Welcome to part 3 of the ultimate Thanos comics guide. Here's a list of even more Thanos related comics that every fan needs to know about and have. Great stories and great artwork.


 The Infinity War #1-6
The sequel to the beloved Infinity Gauntlet series. Thanos has recurring roles throughout this limited comic series. Series teams up the cosmic greatest of Jim Starlin and Ron Lim once again.


The Infinity Crusade #1-6
The direct sequel to the previous The Infinity War limited series and The Infinity Gauntlet. Like the limited series before, Thanos plays an active role in this series. Another great cosmic tale by Jim Starlin with pencils by Ron Lim and inks by Al Milgrom. 


Thanos is a great cosmic character that many fans love and love reading about. His appearances are scattered about, and though the next few issues I list do have story lines that pertain to Thanos, they're not the greatest. 

I'm going to list them anyway just in case you want to check them out:

  • Silver Surfer Vol 3 #86-88
  • Warlock Chronicles #6-8
  • Secret Defenders #11-14
  • Thanos (Self-Titled) #1-12
  • Cosmic Powers #1-6
  • Cosmic Powers Unlimited #1 
  • Captain Marvel vol. 4, #17–19
  • Avengers: Celestial Quest 1-8 
  • Infinity Abyss #1-6 (2002). 
  • Annihilation: Silver Surfer #1-4 
  • Annihilation #1-6. 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 #24-25 
  • The Thanos Imperative #1-6




More of The Top Investment Comics of 2012! Comic Investing Advice Part 2

This is the second part to my hubpage article The Top Investment Comics of 2012 and Why Part One! Comic Investing Advice. If you've yet to read that you can click the link to read part one of The Top Investment Comics of 2012.

So let's get on with this list and let's find out which comic books will make a good comic book investment choice and why:

Journey into Mystery #85 Vol 1 
1st Marvel Appearance of Loki
Another Marvel silver age key issue that's going well over guide right now. The fact that Loki was in the Thor movie and will be in the Avengers movie has pushed this comic book into high gear demand. Will he be in the Thor sequel? Come on, now! I think we both know the answer to that.

This comic at higher or mid grades are going a wee bit over guide if they are CGC'd. Unslabbed books are going under guide on ebay...that's if you trust the grade the seller has on the auction...in which I usually don't...so, of course, I wouldn't pay near guide prices for this book on ebay.

However, this book is a comic investment choice that will be a good one if you plan on holding onto it for a while. I wouldn't go any lower than a VG on this one.


Tales of Suspense #52 Vol 1 
1st Appearance of the Black Widow
I got this comic book well before Iron Man II came out. It was CGC 5.5 (low Fine), and it was worth every penny. As if the first appearance of the one of the sexiest Russian spies wasn't enough to get this key issue, the Avengers movies is good enough reason too.

Yes, I did just say Avengers movies in the plural sense. There's already talks about it, and with the Thor sequel and Captain America sequels already greenlit, you can be sure that they will start leading up to an Avengers 2. 

Tales of Suspense #52 is still quite affordable. The demand for this book hasn't risen the prices in ridiculous values over guide like Journey Into Mystery #83 (1st Appearance of Thor) or The Avengers #1 & 4, but this key is in demand. 

It's a good investment choice, and sure to jump in value pretty quickly well within the decade.
Switching gears here, and why? This is another Marvel holy grail for every collector or comic investor to own. It's hard to find and definitely not cheap whatsoever, and this comic will go nowhere but up. That's just a fact.

However, talks of rebooting the Fantastic Four movie franchise is another reason why this comic will get a quick and huge push in demand in the coming years. If you thought it was expensive now just wait till 20th Century Fox reboots the Fantastic Four films.

[UPDATE: Fox Studios has confirmed a release date for the Fantastic Four reboot in 2015. Fantastic Four #1 is now on the hot burner and in high demand. If you're looking for this holy grail key issue, click the link to find out where you can get a CGC 4.5. I doubt it will last long, so don't hesitate!

We will just have to see how the Spider-Man movie reboot does, and I'm sure the new Spidey flick will do well just on curiosity alone. So, I'm betting that the Fantastic Four reboot will do great at the box office. However, this comic book alone is a mighty Marvel silver age key issue, and no matter what, it's one of the smartest investment comics to make.


The Amazing Spider-Man #42 Vol 1
1st FULL Appearance of Mary Jane
If Spider-Man is getting a make over in Hollywood, I am suspecting that Mary Jane Watson will be making an introduction somewhere. 

Not having Mary Jane Watson, who becomes Peter Parker's leading lady, would just be wrong.

That's why I'm entering this comic as one to seriously consider as a comic investment to grab quick before further sequels push the demand for this silver age key issue. This is the comic in which Mary Jane has a full appearance, meaning you finally get to see the red head, bombshell. 

Still a highly affordable investment. Guide has this at $150.00 at a VF grade, and a mid grade Fine is at $63.00.

Click the links below to discover even more of the top silver age comic investments to pick up.