The Comic Speculator 01/27/2010

Showcase #4

Showcase #4

The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of The codes under the prices of new titles discussed are Diamond Comics order codes that can be used to help your local comic retailer in ordering the issues discussed.

Back Issue Watch:

Remember that CGC 9.9 graded Walking Dead #1 I mentioned last week that was being offered for $6,999? Well, the price has jumped by a grand for one reason or another and it has nothing to do with offers coming in. It looks like the last offer was declined on Jan. 5. Good luck buddy.

In other, more sanely priced news, a copy of Showcase #4 CGC graded in 3.0 condition sold for $2275. Showcase #4 (DC 1956) was the first appearance of Barry Allen, the Silver-Age Flash and his wife, Iris Allen. The comic is widely considered the beginning of the Silver-Age of comics and is a very sought-after collector’s item. Hence the high price for a comic in such low condition.

New Comics Watch:

For a complete list of comics shipping this week, click here.

As always, let’s start with a quick round-up of the reprints shipping this week. Why do we do this? What better way to track new comics that have sold out recently?

DC ships a second printing of Blackest Night #3, which is selling well online but not exploding yet.

Image sees several Witchblade variants shipping this week. Not necessarily new printings, but a bunch of different Comcicon variants of issues #128-#132 from across the U.S.

Marvel ships a second printing of Fall of the Hulks Gamma, which is lighting up eBay right now. Strangely enough, variants of the second printing seem to selling for higher prices than the first printing.

Speculator Picks of the Week:

These are comics that could sellout very quickly, leaving nerds who didn’t get to the comic shop on time scouring the Internet and paying ridiculous prices.

The Atom & Hawkman: #46: DC Comics

The Atom & Hawkman: #46

The Atom & Hawkman: #46

Solicitation: The Atom has been in the center of the Blackest Night storm since day one. But now that storm becomes more personal than he could ever have imagined when he is hunted by not only the Black Lanterns Hawkman and Hawkgirl, but Black Lanterns Khufu and Chay-Ara! Don’t miss the meltdown in another of this month’s one-issue revivals of classic DC Universe titles!

32 PGS
$2.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns; Pencils and cover by Ryan Sook.

Why it’ll go fast: While “Blackest Night” and “Green Lantern” have been selling out regularly, the January one-shots have been hit or miss. This one, written by Green Lantern and Blackest Night scribe Geoff Johns will be a hit. Not many saw the death of Hawkman coming and still want some answers as to when or if he’ll be back. We’ll have to see if retailers bite on this one. Great art by Ryan Sook shouldn’t hurt sales, but like the other January BN one-shots, most retailers will probably let this one sellout.

Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk #1 of 4

Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk #1 of 4

Fall of The Hulks: Red Hulk #1 of 4

Solicitation: Fall Of The Hulks continues in this all-new series! What secrets will be revealed? What plans has the Red Hulk been hiding from everyone? And what does all of this have to do with the Cosmic Hulk robot!? Don’t miss this thrilling first chapter by Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas, The Hood) and Carlos Rodrigues (Thunderbolts)!

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Jeff Parker; Pencils by Carlos Rodriguez; Inks by Array; Cover by Ed McGuinness.

Why it’ll go fast: Fall of Hulks Alpha, also written by Jeff Parker, sold out very quickly and checked in at #17 on last month’s Top 300 Ordered Comics List, shipping 62,785 copies. Oh, and it was a great read. I can’t speak for the rest of the crossover, and lucky for Marvel my opinion has nothing to do with national comic sales, but the first FOH Parker issue was excellent. Without hard numbers on the “Incredible Hulk” or “Hulk” FOH-tie-ins, I’m guessing most retailers are going to tread lightly when ordering this one. Whoa, while writing this I read a Twitter message from Hypergeek—a great comic news site—that both the comics I just mentioned sold out and are going to second prints. No kidding.

Green Lantern #50: DC

Green Lantern #50

Green Lantern #50

Solicitation: Blackest Night spreads with an oversized anniversary issue! Surrounded by friends and enemies, Hal Jordan goes into battle with a being he will never defeat—the Black Lantern Spectre! Can Saint Walker, Sinestro and the others put a stop to this bizarre Spectre rebirth? Plus, Atrocitus reveals a tie to a power that may make him the most unbeatable of all the Lanterns!

40 PGS
$3.99 US
Written by Geoff Johns; Inks by Christian Alamy; Cover by Doug Mahnke; 1:25 Variant Cover by Jim Lee.

Why it’ll go fast: The only thing that might sell faster than GL #50 is the 1:25 variant cover by Jim Lee. Kids love that guy. Seriously though, if this isn’t the highest-selling issue of January, then I don’t know what will be. Although “President Evil” #4 Yes We Cannibal could make a run at it. That was a little obscure comic joke there. Ba-dump-bump. I’m much funnier in person. It doesn’t matter how many are ordered, this one is going to disappear. Blackest Night is red hot, anniversary issues sell, and Geoff Johns is the finest writer working at DC comics today. This will not be an issue to miss.

It’s a huge week for new comics, so be prepared for some whining in my other blog “This Week in Geek.”


Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist. If you have any questions about these books or anything else in the comic book world feel free to contact me or post your question below in the “comments” section below. Also, you can follow him on Twitter, where I’m always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming! Want to know what your comics are worth? Join WorthPoint to search its database or use its “Ask A Worthologist” feature. Remember to post the title, issue number and cover price. And finally, a word to the Federal Trade Commission; all the comics discussed here are purchased solely by the writer, who receives no gifts or free merchandise from any publishers, even though he would graciously accept them.


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