#CBSIBOLO List For NCBD 9/4/2019


What Is The #CBSIBOLO List?


The Bolo List was created, initially, as an Instagram exclusive piece of content I dubbed comics cliff notes. A cheat sheet of sorts, the purpose of the Bolo list is to give CBSI Nation the most up to date information as LCS doors open on NCBD.

The Bolo list is not a list of books you should buy or books that will rise in value.  It’s simply a reporting of what we are seeing in social media response and chatter, talk within our community, initial Ebay sales, as well as communication with retailers and posted online spoilers.

Similarly,  every 1st appearance in a given week may not be covered. We only list first appearances that are confirmed first hand or by multiple reputable sources PRIOR to NCBD. No delentiation will be made for full vs. Cameo Appearance as it is for the market to decide and that can not be done until after the books have hit on release day.

The Bolo List is ⅓ of CBSI’s NCBD attack with Simpleman’s Weekly Picks and The Wed One. I am very happy to be bringing the Bolo List to ComicBookInvest.Com and all our readers. Be sure to follow us on IG (@comicbookinvestcbsi) for other Exclusive CBSI BOLO content.




Confirmed 1ST Appearances

Reader Buzz

Variant Buzz

AKA Mr. BOLO’S Long Term Play




Let’s ruffle some spec feathers and talk first appearances vs cameos!


Cameos are the most mislabeled thing in comics.



They are used as a precursor to a character’s first appearance. Yet no definition supports that.



Yes they may be brief but if the character has yet to be in a book they are not well known. In that vein Spiderman showing up in a panel of Fantastic Four is a cameo. And while they may be brief, being brief does not negate the appearance as a first appearance.  



By definition. The first time a character participates or  ” shows up” it’s an appearance. If it’s their first, it’s a first appearance.  The argument of Cameo vs First Full appearance is a made up argument. There is no such thing as a first full appearance (my opinion). What defines full? There is no number of panels or speaking requirements that define full or cameo appearances.  It’s all opinion and it varies from person to person. Even brief’s definition leaves room for interpretation.



And the argument in the community often lands on “the market decides”. But let’s be honest, the market is swayed by what sites (like this one) , talking heads on YouTube Channel’s (Like Myself), and Apps and Social Communities say . Some have ulterior motives. Often comics politics (owning one book over another) come into play. This is especially prevalent in spec social communities. Others (like news sources) are just afraid of backlash (not this guy lol). The way we currently operate (as a community), there is no true definition. The argument is even made “well CGC says” ….



But the reality is CGC doesn’t have a board of comics historians making these decisions. They listen to what the market says. They are also swayed by what people are filling out commonly on their submission forms. It becomes a circular issue.

I propose a real simple answer, the first time a character appears is the first appearance, PERIOD.

And creators agree. They tend to take a very common sense approach to this argument. This discussion made news in the community made news recently when Donny Cates was asked about Dylan Brock.



Me too Donny! Oh here comes the CGC argument….



I agree Donny. But people want to bring up classics. Time old tradition and long standing first appearances such as Hulk #181.  Saying that the market has long decided. Yet the market was vastly different then. No internet, no apps, and no power or outlet for creators to share their views.  

(Hulk #180)


And what is Marvel’s take? Well we have all seen this from the House and Powers of X preview….



And still it is argued. People want to act like Marvel changed something all of a sudden. So before you make that argument let’s look at a 30 year old Marvel product…



Or maybe you want to argue about this guy???


(ASM #299)


Marvel, the creators, and Webster’s dictionary all support the common swans approach to first appearances. Yet we as a market, as a comic community feel the need to complicate it with a blurry set of standards that only leave room for comic politicians to argue and spike books. It’s not too late comic Fam. We can make a change. We can make things right. We can make things worlds easier on ourselves. Hindsight is 2020 so I propose we get things right going into 2020. So my BACK ISSUE BOLO of the week is very simple. It’s this book.



Featuring the first appearance of this guy…


(Venom #7)


And the topic is especially relevant with today’s Spawn #300 release which sees this which will undoubtedly be called a cameo instead of a 1st appearance.


(Spawn #300)


And already is by those who have influence on the market. And I don’t blame Key Collector App or their owner Nick. This is not a shot at him or his app.  He is just following the market status quo. And if he doesn’t, the masses will complain. We are both news sources and part of a comics community. We both face these challenges.



In my opinion this is Todd Mcfarlane (one of my comics heroes) is using the market against itself to sell two issues (#300 & #301) as keys. This will cause both to be seen as “in demand” if this character attains popularity.  He sells double the comics. The publisher is profiting from the confusion. Not us. And where did he learn this. My guess is none other than from his experiences with ASM #299 and #300.



And before you say I sound like a know it all (which I apologize for as it is mostly for affect and entertainment value) ask yourself, Isn’t the know it all the one who argues against the publisher and the creator and the dictionary to support their own made up definition and feel supported because others lament to the masses and go along with it?



Grab Venom #7, Grab ASM #299, ASM #360, Uncanny X Men Annual #14, Avengers #195 and many more. Because if the market changes their mind, so will the values drastically change. And truth is the only thing stopping that is comic politicians claiming 2nd appearances as 1sts. Those who are invested in hundreds and thousands of dollars in Improper Firsts (how do you like that name Topher lol???) A brief first appearance may be a cameo, but it also is a first appearance.


(UXM Annual #14)


(Avengers #195)


(ASM #360)


Jack DeMayo AKA Mr. BOLO


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