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Monday, July 25, 2016

SDCC Iron Fist & Legion Trailers

Back to Marvel here, and while Marvel and DC Comics unleashed some 1st looks with Wonder Woman, Justice League, Luke Cage, & the Defenders teaser, the FX Legion trailer also dropped at San Diego Comic Con and we finally got a teaser of Iron Fist. 

When Legion was first confirmed, I have to admit that I scratched my head and had zero interest in seeing a dramatized live action series about this character. I know, I'm a big X-Men fan and Chris Claremont fan as well, but the character of Charles David Haller flew well below my fandar. 

Despite that fact, I did give the trailer a try to see if it would change my mind and spark some interest in the snobbish comic fandom realm of my mind. Before I get into that and if you haven't seen it yet, take a looksie below.

Okay, while skeptical of the show at first, the trailer did spark some curiosity. It even made me research the character a bit more.

So David Charles Haller is the son of Professor X and Gabrielle Haller, which I knew before already. Gabrielle Haller or Legion's mother first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #161 (1982), three years before her son Charles 1st appeared in New Mutants #25 (1985). David Haller's 1st full appearance is in New Mutants #26, which also first debut's his absorbed psyche of Jamail Karami.

David Haller or Legion is also a powerful telepathic, but the dude is even more powerful than that. Legion, like the name suggests, can actually absorb a person's psyche into his own.

Because of this neat little trick, he has dissociative identity disorder and can also manifest that person's powers, if he or she has any, when that psyche becomes the dominant personality. Not just with actual identities he can absorb from real people, David also makes up his own original identities as well.

With that said, I can see the show actually being quite interesting and crazy. It does not so far seem like any of the other identities from the actual comic are being used by the show such as Jack Wayne, Jamail Karami, and Cyndi.

So, I'll give the pilot a try at least. Trailer did it's job and I'm a bit more interested than zero.

As for the Iron Fist teaser, didn't really expect it to reveal much. It's just a teaser to try to get a little bit more excitement revved up for the upcoming show. 

It's hard to say whether a teaser gives me more confidence in a show or not. Out of all the Netflix shows, this one had to have the most concerns. After all, there were rumors that Netflix and Marvel Television were going to drop Iron Fist last year.

So, dunno. It was cool seeing something about the Iron Fist show. Can't wait for some trailers, but I think that may be later in the year. 

Justice League & Wonder Woman SDCC Trailers

So it looks like it was another big weekend for the city of San Diego and the San Diego Comic Con. We got our first teaser of Defenders and our 1st trailer of the Netflix Luke Cage series coming soon.

It wasn't all Marvel, though. DC Comics dropped a Wonder Woman and Justice League trailer as well, and a lot have been raving about our 1st look at Wonder Woman's anticipated solo movie. If you've yet to take a gander, I've posted it below from Warner Bros official youtube channel.

I've got mixed feelings about this. While I am a Wonder Woman fan and she is my favorite female comic book superhero, I honestly could not help think while watching the trailer is that this just reminds me of Captain America: The First Avenger.

Don't get me wrong. I'm curious to see it and a lot of Gal Gadot's action scenes look really impressive, but I was still reminded of Cap's 1st movie. Actually, I'm more curious to see which direction they'll take the character after this movie and in the sequel.

Onto the next big trailer that Warner Bros. unleashed at SDCC which is the highly anticipated Justice League trailer.

When it comes to this 1st look at Justice League, my anxiety and concerns after seeing Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice was heightened. Many out there are making a big deal that there's humor in it instead of the doom gloom, but I generally think it's just not a good trailer.

Actually, I'm lost for words and the only thought I can come up with is that it looks campy so far. Well, at least, we got our first look at Cyborg all suited up. 

Not all that impressed, especially with Flash's costume. The TV show's take on that look is so far better. 

Then again, just my opinion. Some are going nuts over the trailers, and some aren't. 

Hell, I know that they're first trailers and don't want to reveal too much at first. The follow up trailers could be much better and reveal more. What do you guys think? 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

First Luke Cage Trailer & Defenders Teaser

Well, it's another summer and that means another San Diego Comic Con where comics and comic movie news are rolled out to garner more fan excitement. So, this year, we get our first teaser for Luke Cage's Netflix TV series that's coming out at the end of September.

Not too far off from now, but if you've yet to see the Luke Cage trailer, I've included it below.

To be honest, I was a little nervous about this show. After Jessica Jones, my interest in the Luke Cage Netflix series sunk pretty low. 

After watching the trailer, however, my interest watching the show has risen. I know it's just a trailer and that doesn't mean much, but I thought the trailer was pretty cool.

I didn't really expect much from the Defenders teaser either, but I do liked how it was done. It doesn't really show much as expected, but Stick's voice is used and kind of sets a bit of tone. It's a no-brainer that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist will come together to face some kind of major threat.

Also, if you're a Punisher fan like myself, you might wanna check out Marvel Live's interview with Jon Bernthal and Jeph Loeb about the Netflix Punisher spin-off. Doesn't really tell you much about what to expect, but it's a good filler promo in the meantime.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hot Key Comics of 2016 Part 19

One more part to this series of key comics that have been or are hot during 2016 before another intermission. Two I've talked about already and one I was pretty reluctant to even mention or talk about.

Crazy speculators and some of the stuff they go after, but a comic that heated up is a comic that heated up regardless. So, let's get this on.

1st appearance of Moon Knight

Is it speculation, or is there something behind this one? Back in 2007 or 2008, I got a raw copy for around $30 bucks. Of course, it was advertised as a lesser grade and it came back a 7.0 from ole CGC.

This comic so far has proven to be pretty scarce in the NM+ and up grades. It's well on the radar and has been so for a while, so I can't fathom why a large amount of super high grade raw copies would still be unslabbed.

Don't get wrong. I see a bit of raw copies on eBay currently, but I doubt a lot of them are high grade or in the NM range.

So far CGC 9.8s only have 12 in the census. 66 are 9.6s and the most amount of copies in the census so far are 8.5s with 200 registered slabs. Of course, this is just for CGC also. They're not the only grading company out there.

I'm just saying that CGC 9.8s don't make it to market as often, so it's hard to compare this year to last year. Last year saw a CGC 9.8 sell for $15,000, and I think it was a record breaker.

But that's not to say that this comic wasn't hot over-all in 2016. It sure has been and for most grades.

So far CGC 9.8 have not sold this year, or I can't find any info on any sales of that this year, so we'll skip down to NM+s. Now, 9.6s hasn't done better than last year, but then again there's only been one sale on eBay this year.

It has been threatening to settle into the $4,000 zone since last year, and the two times it hit the $4,000 mark has been fixed priced. Bidding auctions are still pretty close to that mark for the most recent sales including this year.

But that's just eBay. There was a sale of a 9.6 NM+ CGC copy at ComicLink for $8,000, but I'm not sure if that sold this year or last year. It's a Marvel Art Review pedigree or something as well.

However, and even though the other CGC 9.6 NM+ copy there hasn't sold just yet, it is bid up to $4,075 at the time of this writing.

On eBay land, Werewolf by Night #32 CGC 9.4 has been slowly hiking upwards. It's definitely nestled into the $2000 range.

It hit that range last year as well, but still stumbled back and forth from the $1,000 range to $2000 range in 2015. This year even saw a high of $2,512.00 while last years high was $2,348.00. 

So not too bad for this comic at 9.4s this year. Most of the sales on eBay for this grade has been via bidding auctions as well. 

Slabbed 9.2s muscled into the $1000 range last year, and made a record sale of $2000 this year. Most recent sale this month, however, saw it dip back to $1550. Still that price itself beat any sale on eBay last year. 

Most of the grades lower than 9.2s are on the upward trend as well. Some gaining smaller than others, of course. 

For instance, a CGC 7.0 finally sold in the $700 range for the 1st time on eBay and recently. 6.5 slabbed copy hit the $600 range for the first time this year as well.

Hot? Yes, this 1st appearance of Moon Knight is still hot.

1st appearance & origin of Slapstick

Okay, Barry brought this one to my attention since the Mercs for Money is a topic of discussion in the current market. I wouldn't say the 1st appearance of Slapstick is ultra hot, but it heated up from the bargain bin it once was and not long ago.

Well, most things tied to Deadpool nowadays is hot, and so is Harley Quinn. I wonder if the Big Two will come together to do a Harleypool, or, at least, a Harley Quinn/Deadpool crossover just to cash in?

Both are cash cows at the moment for the two publishers. Anyway, back to this zany character of Slapstick. This character came out in 1992, and was actually voted the best new Marvel character of 1992, beating out Carnage?

Wow, okay. However, despite this best new character poll back in 1992, Slapstick didn't make that many appearances. 

From 1992 to 1994 the character only had 9 appearances and poof! He wasn't seen again for a long time and for at least a decade.

Well, he is sort of making a come back, and even though he began appearing in comics before Deadpool and his Mercs for Money, I think Deadpool and his band of mercenaries for moolah are mainly responsible for comic fans or speculators talking about him a lot more. 

So back in April, this comic was a bargain bin buy. The whole limited series could be gotten for $1.25.

Fast forward a few months after, and this comic heated up a bit.

Gotta laugh, but we'll see how this one continues to do. No CGC sales as of yet and that shouldn't be any surprise. 

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Strange Tales #111 pic
2nd appearance of Doctor Strange
1sr appearance of Baron Mordo

Hmmm...dunno if it was the trailer that came out or whatever, but something lit a fire under the ass of this key issue and 1st appearance of Baron Mordo and 2nd appearance of Doctor Strange this year. Some pretty significant jumps for some grades this year.

This comic was on the radar for a while though, but not many copies have been flung out in the market since 2012. Well, CGC graded copies that is.

Not sure how raw copies have been doing. I don't see an abundance of them on eBay currently.

Alright, how has this comic been doing this year? Well, let's check it out.

Since, there hasn't been any high grade sales of Strange Tales #111 that I could find in the NM range, we'll look at CGC 8.5s. Gocollect has a single CGC 8.5 sell for $1125 this year in March.

Prior sale of a CGC 8.5 on eBay was in December of last year and sold for $850. A $275 increase isn't spectacular but it's better than dropping for sure.

So, Heritage sold an CGC 8.0 copy early this year in January for $657.25. As for this grade this year on eBay, it has shown some interesting sales since then. A CGC copy last year in December sold for $935, and then a single sale of a graded copy this year in April was a whopping $1450?

Not exactly sure what that's all about, but if it was the same copy that sold on Heritage and then later for $1450 on eBay, I'd say that's a pretty nice flip. Far as I can tell, they both have different certification numbers. Could be impulse buy, but this issue hasn't made it to market that often, especially for slabbers.

Anyway, pretty interesting. CGC 7.5s look a little more reasonable. Not a huge gain, but they still hit the $900 range on eBay this year for the first time. Highest sale in 2015 was $799.95.

No 7.0 sales this least not yet. There is a copy on ComicLink that's going for auction right now. It's been bid up to $415 with 10 more days to go at the time of this writing.

6.5s saw a jump this year. Then again, there wasn't any sales on eBay for this graded key for 2015, and I couldn't find any other sales data elsewhere for Strange Tales #111 CGC 6.5.

In two years, it looks like that grade doubled in value, but then again, there's only been one sale this year on eBay I could compare to. Well, one sale I could find that is.

Might as well talk about it since it is a discussion among speculators and comic fans. So Mercs for Money recently got their own title. Slapstick #1 got a bit of heat.

The team first appeared as Heroes for Hire in Deadpool #1 of the 2015 series. That issue has a ton of variants and reprints, and I won't get into those just yet. The #1 regular cover most likely has a large print run.

ComicChron has the yearly estimated sales of the regular cover at 180,565. So let's talk about variants for this 1st appearance of the Mercs for Money team as Heroes for Hire, which Luke Cage ordered a cease and desist order. We'll get to that in a moment.

So we have the 1:50 variant cover by Katie Cook. With an estimated print run of 180,565 for the regular cover, this variant should be estimated around 3,611.

Then there's the 1:100 variant cover by Kris Anka, and the estimated print run should be around 1,805 or a bit more. Maybe even at 2000. Both the 1:50 and 1:100 variants are retailer incentives.

Katie Cook 1:50 variant and Kris Anka 1:100 variant

There's also the Rob Liefeld Big Red Comics exclusive variants. One is a black & white sketch, and the other in color. Now, I ain't 100% sure, but some sources say the cover in color was limited to 3,000 and the black & white sketch variant was limited to 1,500.
Because Luke Cage got a cease and desist order, the team of Deadpool, Madcap (who was impersonating Deadpool to try and ruin his reputation), Terror, Stingray, Slapstick, and Solo had to change the name of their business. The result was Mercs for Money and that was seen in issue #3 of the 2015 Deadpool series.

So some sources have listed issue #3 as the 1st appearance as Mercs for Money. Makes sense, and the regular cover estimated print run for issue #3 of the comic series is around 72,357.

There's also a retailer incentive variant for that issue as well. There's a 1:20 variant so that's around an estimated 3,617. It's a Rob Liefeld homage to X-Force variant cover by Rob Liefeld.

He did a homage cover of his own cover? Hahaha!

Well, not saying that a large mass of speculators are speculating on any of these key issues, but thought I'd just throw them out there for those who are hardcore/high risk speculators that read this site.

Oh, yes, and the Deadpool of Mexico, Massacre, 1st appeared in Deadpool 3.1 of the 2015 series. Dunno if that has a variant or a more rare 2nd printing or whatever. Don't really care either. The Mercs for Money keys aren't hot at the moment or time of this writing. Just wanted to make that clear.

Alright, Part 20 is ready so click the link to continue.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Hot Key Comic Issues of 2016 Part 18

Back to this series for a brief tick, and we've got a few more hot key comic issues of 2016. Speculators have already somewhat jumped on the 1st two featured here.

They are steaming up, but I wouldn't call them super hot currently. Well, at least, not yet.

We shall have to see how the Modern Age speculators take to it more since they're both relatively new comics that just came out this year. Anyway, let's get to it.

1st brief appearance of Riri Williams
1st appearance of Tomoe

Max Rebo brought up Riri Williams in a comment not long ago, but this is actually a double whammy 1st appearance key. This issue does have the first appearance of Tomoe as well.

Could be a first brief as well, but she's shaping up to be a recurring villain. However, Riri Williams is the main focus for this key issue.

The on-going trend to have a different race or gender or both take the mantle of an already iconic character continues. This is the age of a new face for Marvel...literally.

Whether you shake your head in disgust from the lowest common denominator in current comic creativity or think it's perfectly rational that the two big publishers are appealing to an ever growing diversity of readership, these kinds of 1st appearances like with Riri Williams still steam up a bit.

Estimated print run isn't low or that high either at 51,748, and I am not going to give my opinion about this one. Most who have read this blog long enough know what I think.

Who knows, though? Maybe this character will gain a big fan base, but I do think that there's quite a few buying up this comic currently who probably don't even read comics much less this one. It's often called speculating. 

Anyway, this comic did steam up this year regardless, and it is a 1st cameo or brief appearance of the character as she only appears in two panels on one page.

Of course with most freshly steaming up comics, the prices are fluctuating all over the place, but the $20 range is the average at the time of this writing. No CGC sales, of course, since this is a pretty new comic.

Wow, almost hitting the $30 mark for a single copy of the regular cover. There are variants like the Mary Jane Women of Power variant cover and 2nd printings of this comic with blue logo. A third printing is set to hit stores in August.

Invincible Iron Man #7 of the 2nd series has the cover date of May, 2016. 

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1st full appearance of Riri Williams
1st time she dons Iron suit
1st Riri Williams cover

Riri Williams is a mad genius like Tony Stark and has even created her own technological suit of armor much like Iron Man or War Machine. This is considered her 1st full appearance...obviously since she shows up more in this issue compared to issue #7.

She also dons her own iron suit in this issue as well as seen in the page below, and she appears on the regular cover so it's her 1st cover.

Just like with issue #7, this comic is pretty new and recently heated up so prices are fluctuating all over the place as more dish this off into the market. It had hit the $30 mark though for both #7 and #9 of the regular covers sold together on eBay.

Only a few days ago was the 2 lot going for that price. Here's a snap shot of the most recent sales of the 2 comics in a lot. 2nd listing is #7 regular cover and the #9 variant.

Estimated print run isn't low or that high either at 49,334. The single sales of Invincible Iron Man #9 aren't really impressive. 

One of the few times I've seen a 1st brief appearance go for more than a 1st full appearance and especially when a character gets a power or dons an armor. I dunno, but maybe most speculators just don't know about that just yet.

We shall have to see how this one continues. I do smell speculators who most likely didn't even read the comic and are just following the trend, but I could be wrong. Maybe Riri Williams already has a big fan base.

I mean, a lot of people are already talking about her. Some good and some bad. Invincible Iron Man #9 of the 2nd series has the cover date of July, 2016.

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1st appearance of Negan
1st appearance of Lucille
Death of Glenn

Talk about crazy or a variant going crazy for a comic. Sure, this does have quite a few key notations and 1st appearance of both Negan and Lucille, his baseball bat wrapped in barbwire.

Sure this comic also has the death of Glenn. Yep, both have already appeared in season six of the Walking Dead. Season 7 is coming in October, and most already anticipate that Negan has killed Glenn.

This comic is hot even for the regular cover but this Red Foil "Lucille" Edition is crazy hot! I mean crazy hot. This comic was limited to 250 copies, so, yes, it's pretty damn rare.

I mean crazy hot as in this comic variant is rivaling the Walking Dead #1 first print at CGC 9.8s.

Geez, as you can see, most NM grades for this Lucille Red Foil variant cover (Skybound) has gone up in 2016. Exception is 9.6 NM+ CGC which sold better in 2015 than this year. 

9.8s, however, hit within the $2000 range and recently as well. Walking Dead #100 Red Foil Lucille variant has the cover date of July, 2012.

Crap! Didn't mean for this to be all Modern comics, but that's just how it went. Once again, I'm not suggesting how you spend your money. Whether you want to speculate and flip, flip, flip on these comics or actually invest is up to you.

This is just showing comics that are steaming up or are or were hot during this year. Nothing more, nothing less.

Well, I do like to have some criteria of key comic doing better this year than in 2015, so they could still be hot last year. Not talking about sales volume either, but values increasing slightly or significantly for the most part.

Not every grade for a key is always going to be on the up and up. Sure some super hot ones are increasing across the board, but that is pretty rare.

For Invincible Iron Man #7 & #9, you might be able to find them at your local stomping grounds cheaper. Might not either. They'll be hard to find online except on eBay for a while at least.

In the TV comic world, looks like Hellfire is off the docket, but another X-Men related TV series has been ordered by FOX. The premise for The UNTITLED FOX MARVEL PROJECT will focus on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. 

Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive. The series will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling physical production.

Underground network of mutants? Could they be the Morlocks who first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #169? Dunno, but an underground network of mutants sounds like the underground tunnel-dwelling Morlocks to me. 

Might not be, but could be. Also, could District X be making its way to live action TV? All speculation, of course, so who knows? They could even scrap the idea, but the pilot has been ordered. Personally, a TV show called Morlocks would be a cool name, and Callisto would be an interesting character since she tracks down mutants who cannot otherwise live or integrate among normal humans.