November 18

 

Good morning, Superheroes!

 

A couple pieces of news floating around this past week…

 

So, it’s a possibility that new Disney’s Gargoyles seasons will be made, provided enough people binge the old seasons currently on Disney+.

 

Sin City TV series is in development!

 

Spike Lee is adapting Prince of Cats, originally a 2012 GN from DC/Vertigo.

“This hip-hop retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet focuses on Tybalt (derisively referred to as “the Prince of Cats”) and his Capulet crew as they do battle nightly with the hated Montagues. Set in a Blade Runner-esque version of Brooklyn, PRINCE OF CATS is a mix of urban drama, samurai action and classic Shakespearean theater…all written in iambic pentameter!”

 

The Russo Brothers are producing Slugfest as a docuseries.

This is a 304-page 2007 HC by Marvel.

“The most bruising battle in the superhero world isn’t between spandex-clad characters; it’s between the publishers themselves. For more than 50 years, Marvel and DC have been locked in an epic war, tirelessly trading punches and trying to do to each other what Batman regularly does to the Joker’s face. Slugfest, the first book to tell the history of this epic rivalry into a single, juicy narrative, is the story of the greatest corporate rivalry never told. Complete with interviews with the major names in the industry, Slugfest reveals the arsenal of schemes the two companies have employed in their attempts to outmaneuver the competition, whether it be stealing ideas, poaching employees, planting spies, ripping off characters or launching price wars. Sometimes the feud has been vicious, at other times, more cordial. But it has never completely disappeared, and it simmers on a low boil to this day”

 

Let’s take a look at a few books from a couple angles; original solicitations, because so many of them sounded so good! Also looking at sold prices along with what’s currently listed. Sticking to ebay for gathering that information. And lastly, but not least-lee, interior artwork!

 

Alright. We’re at a complete stop at the very top of the roller coaster. Is your heartrate increasing yet? Try to breathe normal. Here…we…go!

 

Electric Power Journal that knows Kung-Fu!

 

 

Comics Journal #107, 1986, Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz

 

In-depth interview and tons of interior artwork…

 

 

Comics Journal #285, Cover by Darwyn Cooke.

Full interview and lots of his artwork inside.

 

Heroes Lineup Art provided by Cooke.

 

 

“Darwyn Cooke did these four covers to help sell the idea of the Catwoman redesign.”

 

 

Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #19, 1975, Cover by Bob Larkin.

Shang Chi, Iron Fist! Kung Fu is hot!

This book has been covered in some length in previous reports. Love the potential and current interest on secondary market.

 

Spider-Venom!

 

 

Miles Morales Ultimate Spiderman #1, 1:50, 2014, Cover by Fiona Staples

“Part one of the biggest Spider-man story of the year ‘REVIVAL’! Miles is back in action with a new status quo and a new outlook on life! A big, big, big villain from PETER PARKER’s past is alive and well and about to turn New York upside down! The last page will have Ultimate Spider-man fans Screaming!”

 

Remember when this book took off at the time the Spider-verse 1 movie trailer dropped? It looks to be holding its value. One ended a few months back at auction for $100. Lowest listed: $175.

 

Ultimate Comics Spiderman #1, 1:15, 2011

The only solicitation I can find has one word…

“Classified!”

 

I see others that state, “Introducing Miles Morales–the new Ultimate Spider-Man!” But those appear to have been written after the fact. Not sure how it all went down leading up to release. Did no one know this was going to be Miles Morales? If so, Marvel would have needed to hold back final cover art for the 1:15 since that was the only cover for #1 that showed his face. Did that happen?

 

Venom #13, 1:50, 2012, Cover by Walt Simonson

There’s also a 1:100 Sketch to this cover.

 

Venom #13, 1:25, 2012, Cover by Clayton Crain

“Part one of a six part event! Hell is spreading across the Earth from out of Las Vegas. Ghost Rider is responsible but what price is she willing to pay to save mankind?! X-23, Venom & Hulk must defeat their worst enemies, buying Ghost Rider time to stop hell’s march across the globe! As a clone, X-23 has often wondered if she has a soul. This is where she gets her answer! Who is Ichor and why has he targeted Venom for Death?!”

 

A couple of these 1:25’s are available in the $40-range. Then there’s a CGC 9.8 available for $75.

 

X-23!

 

 

All New X-Men #25 1:50, 2014, Cover by Frank Cho

This is an over-sized issue with interiors by so many great artists including J Scott Campbell, Bruce Timm and David Mack.

 

There are 2 outside the US available in the $100-range. Then the rest look to be $200+.

 

Here’s a bunch of snapshots, and a few hilarious pages towards the end…

 

 

Wolverines #3 1:25, 2015

“Introducing Fantomelle, the world’s most unstoppable thief, engineered to perfection!”

 

There’s a CGC 9.8 available for about $200. $150 obo looks to be the lowest raw currently listed. There’s also a 9.6 for $100.

 

X-23 #1 Women of Marvel Variant, 2010

“After the events of Second Coming and the stunning conclusion to X-Force, X-23 strikes out on her own in this all-new ongoing series. X-23 has never had an easy relationship with the rest of the X-Men, but when she learns someone has taken down Wolverine, she must step up to fill his shoes.”

 

There’s less than a handful available raw $30-$50. Then there’s a bunch at $100 and up, including a few 9.8’s in the low $100’s.

 

Cool back cover sketch image of NYX #3.

 

 

Wolverine #315 Variant, 2012

“Wolverine vs. Murderous Lion in a no-holds barred Kung-Fu throwdown! Martial arts, super science, and sorcery–Melita uncovers the secrets of the Covenant. Who is the Dreaming Maiden?”

 

More than a handful of raws have ended at under $30 in the past few months, and there are almost a handful of copies available for purchase in the $30-$40 range, with a couple CGC 9.8’s available in the low $100’s.

 

X-Men!

 

 

X-Men #522, 1:25, 2010, Cover by Mark Brooks

“She’s been gone for a long time, but she’s coming back. This isn’t a hoax. This isn’t a joke. Kitty Pryde is back in this over-sized special issue”

 

Hope Disney reestablishes Kitty Pryde and gets her solo film back in the plans.

 

X-Men #523, 1:25, 2010, Cover by David Finch

“The race to find Cable and Hope is on, but who will get to them first? Will it be Cyclops and the X-Men or Bastion and his mutant-hating cabal? Cyclops isn’t waiting for the answer to that as takes the fight directly to Bastion with the New Mutants!”

 

X-Men #525, 1:25, 2010, Cover by David Finch

“Things have never been worse for the X-Men. They’re stuck in an impregnable dome of Bastion’s creation. As if that’s not bad enough, inside this dome is a portal to the Days of Future Past timeline through which thousands of Nimrod Sentinels are pouring. Cyclops has sent Cable, Cypher and X-Force on a suicide mission into the future to destroy the portal, but do they stand a chance?”

 

X-Men #544, Second Printing, 2011, Cover by Greg Land

“After the hammer-blow of Fear Itself and the violence of Schism, it can’t go on. It’s the end of the Uncanny X-Men. And who better to provide a stirring eulogy than… Mister Sinister? Join us for the end of the industry-shaping series with the return of the 19th century’s finest morally dubious scientist”

 

Surprised to see this worth more than your average, what, $2 to $5 book, but, it is the final issue in Series and a 2nd printing with alternative cover artwork that’s also a wraparound.

 

Magik!

 

 

X-Infernus #1 Variant, 2009, Cover by J Scott Campbell

“The X-Men promise to make this one of the hottest winters ever! When last we saw Darkchylde, she had claimed the throne of Limbo as her own. And now she’s determined to get her soul back, even if she has to conquer Earth in the process. Can the combined forces of the X-Men stop her rampage? They’ll have to fight through every demon in Limbo to try.”

Cheapest raw listed: $75.

 

Extraordinary X-Men #1, 1:25, 2016, Cover by J Scott Campbell

“The fate of mutantkind is decided here! Staring down the threat of extinction once more, veteran X-Man Storm pulls together the team she’ll need to ensure her race’s survival. Together, these Extraordinary X-Men will struggle with the familiar burden of being hated and feared, while facing threats the likes of which they’ve never seen.”

 

This book can be had for $20-30. There must have been a massive print run for the first issue regular cover for enough copies to stay available at this price point.

 

Akira, Planet of the Spidey-Homages!

 

 

Farewell to Weapons #1, 1992, Epic/Marvel Comics.

From Katsuhiro Otomo, creator of Akira.

“It’s the action packed story of a small unit of soldiers in high tech combat suits. An explosion in the Far East has triggered World War IV. After a cease fire, skirmishes still occur, and a patrol finds they are up against more than they can handle.”

 

(2) super tough Spiderman #1 McFarlane homage covers to track down to add to the Spiderman homage cover collection:

Final issue in series, said to be limited to 2,000 copies.

“The final issue brings the world of The Front Line crashing down around them as the Ellis and Ryp masterpiece concludes! Today, in the wreckage of what was the life of Carrick Masterson and the career of the Front Line, all secrets are revealed. Young Josh Carver, sucked into the whole mess just because he wanted to be a superhuman and do good, is stuck in the middle of it all. But Josh has secrets, too. And one of them is that he’s exactly where he wants to be. Not all is what it seems to be and the big reveals here will change everything! It all goes to Hell in this last issue!”

“Super special silver cover featuring the amazing Lethargic Lad! Inside, the usual gang including the incredible adventures of the Zit and his mind-numbing team-up with none other than Lay-Z-Boy! HIM continues his pursuit of the Mysterious One Face! Yikes!”

 

Planet Comics #1, 1988, Blackthorne, Cover by Dave Stevens.

Looks like it’s still selling in the $50-range.

“Blackthorne Publishing resurrects the original Planet Comics title published by Fiction House in the 1940s-50s. Writer Bruce Jones even revives Matt Baker’s gypsy adventurer, Flamingo, and original Planet Comics heroes Bowman and Lyssa, Queen of the Lost World, battling the reptilian Voltamen to free Earth. Featuring a great cover by beloved good-girl artist and Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens.”

 

Ok, comic family! Hope you all enjoyed another overdose of comic info!

Until next week!

 

 

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