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Monday, March 20, 2017

Netflix's Iron Fist Review From Comics to Screen!


I usually don't like boarding the critic train of negative reviews. In all actuality, I really could care less what critics say or don't say about a movie or show. Sometimes I don't agree with them and sometimes I do.

In the case of Iron Fist now streaming on Netflix, I do agree with some critic's views of Marvel's fourth Netflix series but not nearly to the same degree. Unlike some critiques, I don't think that Iron Fist is horrible or unwatchable. 

There are good things about the show. The acting is decent, and I'm not sure why all the hate on Finn Jones is being slung out there or why they think he's not believable as the character.

When critics say Iron Fist is like a generic Kung Fu flick, I do have to agree with that but not to the extent of vile disdain that some have wrote. If you know of the actual character's creation, Roy Thomas has admitted that Danny Rand and the Iron Fist inspiration came about after he watched his first Kung Fu movie.

Not 2nd, 3rd or 50th Kung Fu movie back in the 70s, his very first. So, yes, Iron Fist was a pretty generic concept taken from a Kung Fu flick and thrown out there in the Marvel universe of comics.

Shang Chi? Pretty much the same deal. Everybody who grew up watching the Kung Fu TV series thinks of Shang Chi if they're a comic geek also. 

Neither Iron First nor Shang Chi were exactly and overly original or revolutionary comic characters. At the time, America was just getting into a martial arts craze nation wide, and all the hi-ya-sockie yo face flicks was infiltrating pop culture.

For the most part, Netflix's Iron Fist is somewhat true to the original source material in most regards but also heavily deviates on one important aspect - Danny Rand as Iron Fist the Living Weapon and Danny Rand as well...himself. 

In the early comics, Rand's purpose as the Iron Fist was not clearly implied but he was the Living Weapon and had no qualms about it. He knows who the murderer of his parents are and sets off to exact his revenge. 

In the show, he is much more clueless and doesn't really know why he returns to New York from K'un Lun. Well, that's not true. He returns to find answers about his parents, and in doing so, he hopes to find himself.

He basically gets this greeting shown below.


Danny does know his purpose as the Iron Fist in the Netflix series, and it is the protector of K'un Lun and the guard of the passage way into it from their enemies, most notably the Hand in which he is sworn to destroy. Not the same in the comics, and the show unravels this internal struggle of self that Rand has trouble divorcing either or.

Is he suppose to be the Iron Fist or the Danny Rand he was truly meant to be? Where does he truly belong or with whom?

Unlike Daredevil who is steadfast, adamant and obsessed in his purpose to help the less fortunate and protect his domain of Hell's Kitchen from bad guys of all sorts of levels, Danny is the opposite and lacks and deeply desires a sense of belonging to fill an emptiness inside him.

Much like Luke Cage, Danny is a lost soul that has to weave his way around enemies, except that his enemies hide behind familiar faces or ones that gained his trust. He also searches for answers in hopes of filling that emptiness, but they often lead to him feeling more lost and confused.

There is a lot going on in the fourth and newest Netflix series for sure. Sometimes maybe a bit too much, and it is a slow build where things do connect and unravel eventually.

I can see some critic's points about the show being boring. I admit that there are some sluggish areas.

It's not perfect for sure, but I think it's still enjoyable. I don't think Netflix dropped the ball as some have claimed.

They moved in a direction so this character could actually be plausible in a modern setting and try to eliminate as much of the actual cheesiness of the comics they could, and that is no easy task. For the characters that have already shown up in the Netflix/Marvel world, Iron Fist is the character that had the most to overcome in translating from comic to screen.

It was an underdog at the very onset, and I applaud how they handled it and made it as realistic as possible while still having that connection to the actual source material. That's another thing I like about the show. As a comic fan, I like watching a comic based show or series and can pick up on certain elements where the show plucked from the actual comics.

The further it deviates, the more likely I'm inclined to dislike it. If you know the comics, you can easily spot how it incorporates the comics into the show and where it doesn't.
  
Okay, this is the basics: Danny Rand is the son of Wendell Rand, who is a successful businessman and co-owner of Rand Corporation. Harold Meachum is the shady, piece of sludge, partner of Wendell.

Heather is the wife of Wendell and Danny's mother, and Danny, Wendell, Heather, and Harold Meachum debuted in Iron Fist's 1st appearance and origin in Marvel Premiere #15. If you read the comic, you already kind of have an idea of what's going to unfold in the Netflix series.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

If you don't like ass hat reviews spoiling shiz for you before watching the actual show, stop reading here and come back after.

Of course, the origin was slightly changed from the actual comics, but the essence of Harold's betrayal is still the same in the show. As for the Meachum children, Joy is the daughter of Harold in the comics, but Ward is Harold's brother.

The change from Joy's uncle to brother doesn't really detract from anything since Ward wasn't really a prominent comic character, and I think the sibling dynamic in the show even adds more to the characters.

So in the comics and in the show, Danny Rand does go back to good ole NYC after receiving the Iron Fist in K'un Lun. In the comics, the origin of how Danny defeats Shao-Lao and obtains his power is first told in Marvel Premiere #16, Iron Fist's second appearance and Shao-Lao's debut, and that issue does show Iron Fist returning to New York City. 

The Netflix show doesn't show the battle between Danny and Shao-Lao but refers to it, and in the comics, Danny shows up back in New York in full Iron Fist duds. Keyword in that sentence is "comics", and the show is a bit more humble concerning Danny's return and the outfit he is wearing.

In issue #17, Danny finally visits the Rand building in full Iron Fist duds and is met with hostility in the form of booby traps and hired security. Unlike the show, Iron Fist first meets Harold Meachum upon his return in Marvel Premiere #18.

Having lost his legs due to the intense cold in the Himalayas, Harold is shown as wheel chair bound in issue #18, and this fool has been preparing for Danny's return. Joy Meachum also makes her debut in that issue and walks in late on the verbal confrontation between Iron Fist and Harold that ended up with some masked villain killing Harold Meachum instead.




Of course, Joy thinks Danny or Iron Fist is responsible and vows revenge. Ward Meachum debuts in Marvel Premiere #19 as Joy's uncle, whom she calls immediately after her run-in with Iron Fist.  

He only appears in three panels in that comic, and unlike the show, Ward would end up hiring a bunch of different goons to target Iron Fist continually during his limited appearances in comics. The Netflix show does have the character of Ward do this once.

Colleen Wing makes her debut in issue #19 as well and first meets Iron Fist in that issue. Their meeting is not by happenstance in that issue, and it appears that Colleen sought out Iron Fish. In a later issue, it was confirmed that she was hired to make contact with our Kung Fu hero.



The show definitely has a different take on Danny's return and how he meets the show's supporting characters or villains, and he meets Ward and Joy first out of the main cast. Of course, they don't believe who he says he is and thus begins the drama for the first couple of episodes.



Ward and Joy don't really investigate whether Danny Rand is really who he is, but they do try to thwart him from being able to gain control of the shares Danny inherited. I can see that happening in real life. 

The great thing about the siblings in the show is that they are not cookie cutter villains. They may seem so at first but they evolve as events transpire around them, meaning they're not single-minded throughout the entire story.

They twist and turn and you end up discovering that these two are just as conflicted internally as Danny. Tom Pelphrey is damn good in the role of Ward Meachum.



Harold Meachum is pretty much a cookie cutter villain. You know he's up to no good pretty early on, but he offers a few twists as well since you don't exactly know what he's really up to.

Every time I heard David Wenham speak during the show, I kept hearing 300 lines in my head.


The comics do have a bit of this legal stuff that played out in the Netflix show but to a much lesser extent. Jeryn Hogarth is a character that is instrumental in getting Danny back his inheritance with the Rand Corporation in the actual comics and the show and debuted in Iron Fist #6.

The character of Jeryn Hogarth is obviously Netflix's Jeri Hogarth played by the still lovely Carrie Ann Moss sporting her Trinity hair. Jeryn Hogarth is a lawyer for the Rand Corporation and good friend to Wendell. He became the executor of his estate after Wendell's death.


Like in the show and comics, both Jeryn and Jeri do confirm Danny Rand's identity and orchestrate the legal return of Danny's ownership of the enterprise. However, in the comics, Jeryn is still a lawyer for Rand, but in the show, Jeri got her start at the Rand and doesn't have much love for the company after Wendell's death and the Meachums took over.

Still, the connection is still there for Hogarth from comics to screen, and I thought that was cool. In the comics, it is revealed that Hogarth hired Colleen Wing and Misty Knight to contact Iron Fist.

The show has no connection between Hogarth and Collen Wing like that nor Misty Knight, and Danny meets Colleen supposedly by happenstance. Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing has gotten great reviews, and some even say that she steals the show.

I don't know about that, but she does a great job as the character. Once again, if you don't like spoilers stop reading.

So in the Netflix series, Colleen Wing is revealed to be a member of the Hand. She is mislead and sent by Bakuto to recruit disenfranchised youths to become eventual Hand members or soldiers.

This is somewhat true to the comics as Colleen Wing was once a Hand member but did not start off as such. Remember, the Hand debuted a bit later in comics in 1981's Daredevil #174 and was created by Frank Miller.


Colleen's connection to the Hand was eventually revealed in the Shadowland story in Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow #1. Her mother Azumi Ozawa was a leader of an all-girl and sword-wielding branch of the Hand called The Nail back in the day.

In the Shadowland and Shadowland: Daughters of the Shadow series, Daredevil became leader of the Hand and asks Colleen Wing to head up the Nail and take her mother's legacy. So that's pretty much a later connection of the character to the Hand in the actual comics.

So any people watching the show and thinking, Wait a minute! Colleen Wing was never a member of the Hand, now you know there is an actual connection there. As for the character of Bakuto, he is an actual comic character and a leader of the Hand as well but in South America.

No connection to Colleen Wing in the comics unlike the show, and he has very few appearances in actual comics before he's offed by White Tiger. He debuted in Daredevil #505 and is mainly a Daredevil villain since he attempted to kill Daredevil in his few comic appearances and quickly died for it.

As for most of the complaints about Danny's character being all unhinged and having all those flashbacks, read the Marvel Premiere issues that have Iron Fist in them. As much as I agree that the flashbacks were way too repetitive in the show, the actual early appearances of Iron Fist in the comics do have him constantly remembering things from the past.

Also and in the comics, Iron Fist does seem to be traumatized or haunted by what happened to his parents. This is done in the show, but I think they played it out a little bit much.

The way corporations and those corporate elites within Rand Enterprises are depicted is more than plausible and realistic. After all,  George Zimmer of the Men's Warehouse was booted out of the very company he started and so was legendary Steve Jobs at one point.

I don't understand the critics who chastised the show for it's white privileged main character from the 1 percent and why the show is hard to relate to because of class. Really?

For me, messed up is messed up. Don't care if one is rich, middle-class or poor. All I understood is that Danny had an inheritance in a company that tried to basically screw him out of it. 

I think they (these critics) are missing the contrast between Danny and the Meachums in the first couple episodes of the season. The Meachum's value is placed on money and control while Danny's value is once again his need for connecting and belonging. 

It's no surprise that Colleen Wing and Danny end up connecting to each other more in the show than his so-called childhood friends. Also some critics blasted the show for it's political relevance or lack of. 

Once again, I think they missed the underlying back drop of corporate corruption and greed or how Bakuto states that it's not governments who are in control but corporations. Sounds pretty political, and they are relevant talking points in the political landscape currently. 

Danny obviously fits into that corporate world like a square peg in a round hole, and that makes sense. Not like he's gonna come back from K'un Lun after 14 years of just training in martial arts and be Gordon Gekko.

His constant struggle between his K'un Lun upbringing and the world he was suppose to be a part of gets annoying at times, but being a 1st generation American-born, I do understand the struggle or tug of war between two cultures first hand. 



I do agree that the action scenes are kind of bland or generic, but not any more than what was shown in Luke Cage. There really isn't a jaw dropping action scene like in Daredevil season two when our favorite protector of Hell's Kitchen is whompin' on a horde of bikers while descending the staircase.

The villains are a bit more complex as well, and not as straight-forward like in the other Marvel Netflix series. They do not have single-minded goals of villainy like Kingpin, Black Mariah, Diamondback and Purple Man.

Harold Meachum and Bakuto may be exceptions, but their villainy isn't shoved in your face from the get go. Like the show, their true purpose slowly unfolds throughout the season.

Joy and Ward are very much like Danny. When you think one or the other is a villain, you find that they too are searching for themselves among the changes that Danny has thrust upon their lives. 

I was disappointed when I didn't hear news of Davos or Steel Serpent being cast prior to the show, but he does pop up and is played by Sacha Dhawan. As most comic fans know, Davos is the arch nemesis of Iron Fist and covets it's mystical power.

In the show, Davos' character develops and unfolds as well. Deception and betrayal is everywhere in this show, and Davos is no exception. The character debuted in Iron Fist #1 as himself.

He's not in his trademark duds for quite awhile and does not suit up until Iron Fist #14. Yes, the same issue that sees the debut of Sabretooth.

Steel Serpent shows up prior to Iron Fist's meeting with Sabretooth in issue #14 and is mostly in shadow as shown below.




Only on one page and in 7 panels. I think the scene in that comic was in a flashback that had not yet been told.

Davos or Steel Serpent's origin was not told until Marvel Team-Up #64, which also has the first time Misty Knight and Colleen Wing are named Daughters of the Dragon. I believe it's Steel Serpent's first cover also.

The Netflix show did not really show Davos' origin either but his friendship and jealousy of Danny gaining the Iron Fist was definitely stated.

The next season will most likely start getting more into Danny's time in K'un Lun and the relationship or rivalry he shares with Davos. We may see both suit up in season two as well which I am hoping.


There were other minor villains from the comics in Netflix's Iron Fist as well. The Crane Mother or Order of the Crane Mother was mentioned quite a few times.

The Crane Mother debuted in The Immortal Iron Fist #4, and Bride of Nine Spiders and Dog Brother appeared in Immortal Iron Fist #8. Danny does face the Bride of Nine Spiders and Dog Brother in the show.

There is a lot going on in Iron Fist, and Danny Rand as an outsider was very much in the comics and a prominent theme in the show. Things do unfold slowly, but over-all, I enjoyed it.

What about you? What did you think of Iron Fist.







Friday, March 17, 2017

Ramblings of A Comic Geek: Killing the Joke



Of the Batman comics that I grew up reading, this possibly my favorite story. I can still read Batman: The Killing Joke and enjoy it to this day, which can't be said for a lot of the comics I grew up reading and loved.

This is old news, but Jared Leto posted the cover of Batman's The Killing Joke on Snapchat and a few are once again speculating that this classic story might be told in an upcoming DCeU flick. 


I'm like, dude, Leto's been making Killing Joke references 'n shiz way back in 2015 as seen in this recreation photo David Ayers tweeted during that year. Maybe it's just his favorite Joker story?



So, comic sites are one again getting all goofy about The Killing Joke playing out on the big screen, but just how much of it is what's on my mind. While I highly doubt that the story line of The Killing Joke will be the entire premise of whatever upcoming DC/Warner movie, I do think a flashback of the events that occurred in The Killing Joke for a future movie is highly plausible.

The reason for that is the character of Oracle. If you're going to have Barbara Gordon as Oracle, it's pretty much a given that her condition and how she got more into the hacking and intell side of crime fighting should be addressed, and that has a lot to do with what happened in the classic comic story.

I don't really expect whatever film this may happen in to take up a lot elements from this classic by legendary Alan Moore, but it kind of could. If the movie decides to tell the origin of the Joker, the Killing Joke does have a great retelling of how the Clown Prince of Crime came to be.

That could backfire, though, for a film. What worked amazingly well for Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight was the mystery that surrounded the Joker. You didn't know who he was or what his deal was even, which made him appear even that much more dangerous.

Then he'd throw you off with stories about his father or wife that teased the audience into wondering if they were true or if the Joker was just messin' with people. I thought it was brilliant not just for the movie or the character but also with playing around with the audience.

I don't mind either way, but for some villains, I think it can actually harm the mystique. For example, Darth Vader. After watching his origin in Episode 3, I really didn't need to know it.

It actually kind of ruined it for me. Maybe not you, but for me, I thought they needed to rewrite that shiz.

The Joker in The Dark Knight was just a villain, no explanation as to why or what propelled him to be chaos incarnate. He just is, a bad, bad man. The direction they took worked, and I must say worked well.

With all that out of the way, translating the Joker's origin from panel to screen could work if done right or well. I'm not against it. I guess what I'm asking is if it's really needed?

Is the Joker a villain that we need to feel some kind of sympathy for? I mean, a failed comedian whose expecting a child on the way and can't afford to take care of his family.



Desperate, he then gets involved with some shady mob guys or criminals for an apparently "easy job".



The robbery of course is botched, and the one of the shady criminals sell him out as the ring leader of this robbery. The police believe he is also, and we later learn this is not the first string of robberies that the shady crooks used a fall guy to wear the red hood mask.

 


If that origin is used, I wonder how much Hollyweird will change it up to make it a bit more modern. 

The original origin of Joker in Detective Comics #168 just had him as a master criminal called the Red Hood who dives into a vat of chemicals to escape while being chased by Batman and Robin. 


At the end of the original origin issue, it's revealed that the Red Hood is actually the crazy clown. 




The 1989 Batman did an origin for the Joker loosely based on the comics and it worked, but Burton's Batman had an entirely different tone and was a different beast. We've already seen Harley Quinn dive into a vat of whatever chemicals in Suicide Squad, so do we really need to see Joker doing the same thing again for his big screen origin?

What do you guys think? Think a Killing Joke origin of the Joker would be cool for an upcoming movie or would it just ruin things?




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I'm thinking this has a good chance of happening in Gotham City Sirens. I mean, Harley Quinn is tied to the Joker after all. I think telling what happened to Babs in The Killing Joke on-screen in a flashback is a given. 

I think it would be cool if they twisted things around and went even further by incorporating into the flashback segment of the Joker violently beating Jason Todd from Batman #427. Why not have Joker go on a rampage taking revenge on some of the Batman Family? 

They already hinted at a Robin's death in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Undervalued and Sleeper Comics Part 14


Welcome to Part 14 of this undervalued comics and sleeper comics journey.  I think most of these are sleepers at the moment or not that well-known. First two are pretty recent comics and are recognized mainly due to movie hype concerning a certain Thanos and the Infinity Wars flicks.

The others have been around for a time, but still go unnoticed by the market or in the speculation niche or comic investing realms. Remember that even if these aren't that well known yet, they may remain so or speculators and even those investing in comics just may never care for them.

Sometimes an undervalued comic is just not all that known. Sometimes it is and the market just don't care for them on a large scale. If you missed Part 13, the link will bring you back.




FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: INFINITY
1st appearance of Corvus Glaive

So recently, it was announced that Terry Notary has been cast as Thanos' "right-hand man", and this has sparked rumors that the character could be Corvus Glaive, who is a loyal servant to the Mad Titan in the actual comics.

His debut is noted as the Free Comic Book Day: Infinity back in 2013, and he is a pretty recent character. Sellers have already begun raising the prices so it's not a sleeper in that regard. Maybe collectors or buyers aren't that in-tune with this one since the latest sale only sold for $5 bucks. 

New development and a character I've yet to mention on here just yet. Like Ace recently commented on and I've said before on this site, this comic could be a hard speculation choice, and that means it could be hot really quick and fizzle out really quick.

It may or may not since the news of Terry Notary playing an unspecified minion to Thanos is still pretty recent. This free comic either has the cover date of May, 2013 or came out around then.







NEW AVENGERS #8 VOLUME 3
1st appearance of Black Order
1st Black Dwarf, Proxima Midnight
1st Ebony Maw


Might as well throw this one in here as well since Corvus Glaive is part of Thanos' Black Order. Corvus would later on establish his own Black Order as well.

This comic has already seen the price raise by sellers, but so far no one is really biting at these prices. I'm not sure if collectors or speculators know about this one or are just turned off by the quick price hikes.

If you're not into promotional comics like Free Comic Day ones and disregard them, this comic may have the 1st full appearance of Corvus Glaive. It is his next appearance after Free Day Comic Book Day: Infinity.

New Avengers #8 does have the first appearance of the Black Order, however, and the debuts of Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf and Proxima Midnight. These minions of Thanos just may be cast in the upcoming Infinity War flicks in near future as well.

Corvus is the husband of Proxima Midnight, so if Notary is Corvus, may be a good chance of seeing Proxima as well somewhere down the line. New Avengers #8 volume 3 has an estimated print run of 58,600 and the cover date of September, 2013.

MARVEL TEAM UP #55
1st appearance of Time Gem
1st appearance of Power Gem?
1st appearance of Gardner


Despite all the fuss and hype over the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet when it comes to the market, this issue that sees the introduction of the Time Gem has been merely swept under the rug by Silver Surfer #44 and the 1st debut of the Infinity Gauntlet. 

We've already seen the Time Gem in the Doctor Strange movie, and all that's left in the MCU is the Soul Gem held by the one and only Adam Warlock in the comics. Who knows if Marvel Studios plans on twisting that around or what.

In the sense of the Infinity Gems in actual comics, this is a pretty important issue and it apparently has the debut of the Power Gem as well, but I'm not so sure about that. This issue does have the debut of the Time Gem.

For now, it's greatly overlooked by the market, but slowly steaming up. 9.6s haven't even broke the $100 mark. 9.8s just hit the upper $300 mark this February.

CGC Census is still quite low, so I'm once again assuming that this key issue has yet persuaded most owners to get it graded. Maybe they don't know of it's key issue goodness. 

CGC does not note this as the debuts of the Time Gem or Power Gem. CBCS notes this as the 1st appearance of the both Gems.

CGC and Overstreet do recognize the debut of the Gardner. Overstreet has yet to recognize the Time and Power Gem debut also, so that may be the cause of this lack luster performance. Silver Surfer #44 has hit the $400 range four times back in 2016 or last year.

This comic has pretty much puttered a long and never reached to that range. I'm calling undervalued and maybe not that well-known concerning this book, though I've mentioned it several times here. Maybe not grossly undervalued, but undervalued compared to Silver Surfer #44.

Is it not just that known or is it undervalued? I'm looking at eBay listings and most are just noting it as "1st Gardner". I think this one may still be a sleeper as well or sellers would be noting 1st Time Gem in their listings a lot more. 

Champions #12 also has the same cover date as Marvel Team-Up #55, and even has a slightly earlier on sale date and copyright date. However, Champions #12 flashes back to the events of Marvel Team-Up #55 and references that the events of MTU #55 took place before Champions #12.

From Champions #12


Champions #12 has a newsstand date of December, 14th according to Mike's Amazing World and a Library of Congress copyright date of November, 16th. 

Marvel Team-Up #55 has a newsstand date of December, 21st and a Library of Congress copyright date of November 23, 1976. Despite continuity or which issue took place before the other, Champions #12 just may have hit the racks before Marvel Team-Up #55, and if so, Champions #12 issue might or could be seen as the 1st appearance of the Power Gem. 

Regardless, both issues are pretty over-looked currently. Champions #12 is definitely a sleeper and MTU #55 can be considered one as well.

March, 1977 is the cover date for Marvel Team-Up #55.







TABOO #2
From Hell begins by Alan Moore

Many of you probably remember this movie starring Johnny Depp investigating the most infamous cold case serial murders committed by a person sensationalized as Jack the Ripper. Even if you didn't watch the flick, most have heard of the mysterious and legendary Jack the Ripper.


If you did not know already, the movie was based on the stories "From Hell" contained in the Taboo graphic novel series that started with issue #2 and ended with #7. From Hell was written by Alan Moore with art by Eddie Campbell.


Most site the actual titled From Hell graphic novel series as the ones to get, but the stories were first printed and published in this Taboo graphic novel series before they were collected into it's own self-titled series. Therefore, I think this one may be a sleeper and overlooked as well.

If you're a fan of horror/mystery and intrigued by the Jack the Ripper stories, this one just may be a diamond in the rough for Alan Moore fans or fans of the movie even, which I did like.

I don't see a whole boat load of copies online currently, so not sure just how rare or not Taboo #2 is. Cover date is January, 1989.







AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #239
2nd appearance of Hobgoblin
1st meeting and battle between Spider-Man & Hobgoblin



Since I just featured this in the Bronze Age section of the recently finished expanded Spider-Man key issues, I did not want to list this one right away. I already stated in that series that it was undervalued and possibly overlooked, as well as a great Hobgoblin key issue.

Since I already wrote a bit about it just recently, I'll keep it short. 9.8s are still around the $130 to $150 range on ole eBay for this one. 

Newsstands and Canadian Editions do exist for this issue as mentioned in the Bronze Age Spider-Man key issues section. Amazing Spider-Man #239 cover date: April, 1983.


R.I.P.D. #1
1st appearance of Nick Walker
1st appearance of Roy Pulsipher



I think the R.I.P.D. movie just got swept under the rug of other comic movies. The flick flew way under the radar and so did it's connection to the actual comic the film was based off of.

It did not get much hype before release, and only did so when the seemingly unanimous bad reviews poured out. However, the movie was based off the actual comic published by Dark Horse, and if you're into low print comics, this one is it with an estimated print run of around 6,843.

Not sure if that print run is widely known for those hunting down lower print run comics. R.I.P.D. the movie gets more heat than the actual comic, and that is in a negative way. The comic may actually be a better read than the movie.

Who knows? The movie could become a cult classic in the future as some movies like Highlander that were widely panned by critics as well.

Cover Date is October, 1999 for R.I.P.D #1, and it still remains a sleeper.




I figure there are mostly sleepers in this post. As most know already, I think Amazing Spider-Man #239 is undervalued for a Spider-Man villain who is pretty darned popular and a fan-favorite.

I do like Taboo #2 and think it's still a sleeper for the most part. For those who like horror based on a real life horror tale and are fans of Alan Moore, that's a comic/graphic novel to consider. It's definitely a sleeper of as this writing and not an expensive buy.

All the Corvus Glaive and Black Order stuff are still sleepers for buyers for the most part. Just wanted you to know if you haven't heard of those yet. 

They could be flippers, so if you already have those, you might want to check and watch eBay to see if FCBD: Infinity and New Avengers #8 volume 3 heat up slightly or a lot in the next few weeks. Amazon may have cheaper copies at the time of this writing.

Have a good one comic peoples and thanks for reading and sharing. Much appreciated.

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