Magic the Gathering, Photon, The Black Knight, Kid Loki and More!
Speculation in general over the last week has been underwhelming but that doesn’t mean that nuggets aren’t lurking about. This week I am looking way ahead basing a lot on mere rumor and even recommending some books to stash away simply because there’s a good chance they heat up down the road.
First appearance of Magic the Gathering
How long before this franchise gets a major motion picture? Magic still has a passionate following and it’s a franchise with an expansive, rich history. Akklaim released a bunch of minis in the mid 90’s including this free preview which is easily found in bargain bins everywhere!
These two are the first full comics which came out at the same time.
Captain Marvel 2 (1995)
First appearance of Monica Rambeau as Photon
Avengers Unplugged 5 is heating up but Monica appeared as Photon via cameo much earlier in this forgettable book!
First appearance of Max Steel
Mattel recently announced a shared movie universe. That news doesn’t get me too excited but one never knows what will drive collectors crazy. Here are some of the properties rumored to get movies including Max Steel. There was a recent Max Steel movie and it did not do well. Even so this comic is quite rare.
First appearance of Barbie
This last issue is rare.
First appearance of Hot Wheels
Hot Wheels has a following and these books do well in high grade.
The Golden Compass GN
HBO is bringing Dark Materials to their format. This is the first comic appearance.
First appearance of the Ebony Blade, Sir Percy & Morgan LeFey and Merlyn
Why is this awesome Stan Lee book here? Keep reading!
First appearance of the Starstone
There are fresh rumors of a Captain Britain film, this time it includes the Black Knight! I won’t be holding my breath but there are some books to hunt for beyond Captain Britain 1 and the Black Knight’s first appearance in the Avengers.
If you are looking for information on Captain Britain try here!
The Black Knight has a long history and multiple people have held the title. It is likely that any movie version would be the Avenger Dane Whitman. One must remember that Dane Whitman ( First appearance Avengers 47 ) is an Eternal too. This book includes the first appearance of the Starstone which was the raw material Merlin used to create the Black Knight’s sword, the Ebony Blade. I don’t know about you but seeing a sword that can cut through anything on screen sounds pretty awesome!
The Black Knight 1 ( 2015 ) 1:25 Powell
Looking for other Black Knight books to get in early on. You can do worse than this 1:25 Eric Powell variant.
This one is important for a few reasons, not only does it further develop the relationship between the Eternal Sersi but it gives us the origin or Exodus and the secret origin of the Black Knight himself!
First appearance of the Pool of Blood
If this movie ever happens the film will have to address the Black Knight’s origin and that has a lot to do with the weapon he carries. That weapon could not have been created without access to the Pool of Blood and Merlyn/Merlin.
Return of Dracula
There are a lot of connections between these characters and Dracula. He made his incredible return in this comic. At the time of release it saw some love from collectors.
Young Allies 11
First appearance of Merlin of Camelot
Not only did he create the Ebony Blade he founded the Captain Britain Corps! Captain Britain M:13 issue 3 confirms that the Merlin of Camelot and Merlyn are the same!
First Starforce Cover
So I think we can agree that this book is not the first Starforce but it is the first cover appearance. Other groups have mentioned this prior to me but bashing it isn’t exactly wise. The Fact is the book is a Starforce key if such a thing exists! Finding a newsstand shouldn’t cost much either.
I have to wonder is Captain Marvel 17 will see a spike considering the E-199999 origin of the suit she wears is simply a costume the whole team wears.
Doom Patrol 35
First appearance of Flex Mentallo
I’m trying to think way ahead here. So far the Doom Patrol spec has been hit or miss but should intensify as time goes on especially that first Mr Nobody. Since Grant Morrison’s work is clearly important concerning the TV show, I think it’s wise to look at his run. Once upon a time the character speculators/collectors from the past put the most money in was probably Flex Mentallo. I see no reason why he won’t eventually show up on the show.
Right now this one is a little risk stash.
Other issues of Note: Doom Patrol 36,37,39,41 ( black and white preview of first cover ), 42 ( first cover ), 1-4 mini-series.
First appearance of the first Female Iron Fist
If you have finished season 2 of Iron Fist then you know there is new fist but she wasn’t the first woman to hold the power! Wu-Ao-Shi holds that honor.
Black Hammer fans are a passionate group. Come to think of it so are Overwatch fans! But if you collect Black Hammer don’t forget about this one!
First appearance of Kid Loki
Kid Loki has a cult like following and now he is relevant once again! His return was awesome.
When we learn a character is going to make it to a highly anticipated film we can usually expect buyers to go nuts. Despite the huuuuuge print runs for Avengers 346 and Hulk 418,419 sales have been consistent since the news broke. Other than 418 newsstand ( only way to tell is to flip the book over ) I am staying away. Talus appears to be playing a minor role. These days unless you are Thanos, villains don’t fair well long term even when they are the main antagonist. If you want to collect Talus appearances, enjoy rarity and the hunt try these;
Marvel Hulk 2 ( Finland )
Reprints 418,419 in April 1995
Der Unglaubliche Hulk 45 ( German Reprint )
A-Force 1, 1:25 Hughes, 1 Hans Variant / Women of Marvel
NOTE: The 616 A-Force didn’t appear until and thanks to G+ member Daniel Mitchel for pointing out the Women of Marvel Preview
and thanks to G+ member Ryan Penny for pointing out that the 616 team forms first here,
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