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), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Make sure and click on the active links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here.
Welcome to the new, improved and now weekly The Comic Speculator blog! I’ve decided that This Week in Geek , my other blog, was too darn long. From here on out I’ve karate chopped TWIG into two blogs. TWIG will also still be a weekly blog, but will be more about my own collecting habits and reviews of comics. TCS is going to be more about the dirty business of comic collecting. This blog is going to focus on printing numbers, sell-outs, internet auctions, variant covers, shipping allocations and just plain old speculation. I’ll leave all my squishy collector feelings for TWIG, while here we’ll be discussing the raw-red-meat of comic collecting.
On top of the all the great new comics hitting the stands this week, make sure and check out The Deluxe Hardcover edition of Ed Brubaker’s “Criminal,” a series of crime-noir stories inspired by the pulp detective and crime novels of the 1960s and 70s. Any fan of Brubaker’s Captain America or Daredevil work would be well-served giving this collection a try. On the collector’s front, these hardcovers are expensive to keep in print and can sell for two to three times cover price in the not to far future.
Click here to see a complete list of new comics shipping this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009.
Speculator Picks of the Week:
This is the part where I use my comic swami powers to peer into the future and pick out three titles that could sell out very quickly. Buy them now at cover price or pay twice as much later.
Deadpool Team-Up #899
Solicitation: Merc with a Myth! Stop rubbing your eyes, fanboy, they don’t deceive you! Everyone’s favorite Merc with a Mouth stars in a third on-going series, hacking and wisecracking his way across the Marvel Universe with a new guest-star every month! First up: when master assassin Arcade and Nightmare, Lord of the Dream Dimension, join forces to destroy Wade Wilson and The Incredible Hercules, they get more than they bargain for, taking on two of the MU’s most irresponsible heroes! Drunken mayhem, bad jokes and billions of dollars of property damage ensue!
Written by Fred Van Lente; Pencils by Dalibor Talajic; Cover by Humberto Ramos.
Why it’ll go fast: Blah blah Deadpool. Blah blah selling like hotcakes. How many ways do I have to repeat myself? Deadpool is routinely selling out and this is now the third monthly series starring the Merc with a Mouth. Real soon here fans are going to experience serious Deadpool overload, but not yet. “Deadpool” shipped 50,479 copies in September checking in at #34 in the top 300 most ordered comics. Merc with a mouth #3 wasn’t far behind at #49 shipping 43,855 copies. What do the numbers mean? Retailers are skittish when ordering a second monthly Deadpool series, even though it’s selling out every month. Expect them order even lighter on a third monthly series.
Doctor Voodoo: Avenger of the Supernatural #2
Solicitation: Lost, gravely injured and stranded in the low pits of the Everdimensions, Doctor Voodoo is hunted by a brutal living nightmare that holds a festering and contagious self-doubt. Was Jericho given the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme in order to leave our dimension vulnerable to the great evil Agamotto foresees? Or is he the one man with the strength to suppress the coming darkness? The Loas do not listen, the Vishanti cannot answer— alone Jericho must decide if he is fit to serve. He will soon learn . . .
Written by Rick Remender; Pencils by Gabriel Hardman and Jefte Palo; Cover by Marko Djurdjevic; Inks by Gabriel Hardman-Jefte Palo.
Why it’ll go fast: The numbers aren’t out for October yet, but I’m guessing Doctor Voodoo #1 didn’t ship huge numbers initially and the reorders helped the title considerably. Issue #2 will be ordered even lighter than issue #1, as usual, and will disappear even faster. There’re only a few copies of issue #1 online and the regular-priced ones are going quick. There’re still copies of issue #1 available at Diamond Comics, but I don’t expect they’ll last long. The Billy Tan Variant Cover of #1 is also selling very well and getting hotter.
Doom Patrol #4
Solicitation: When Blackest Night falls, skeletons start coming out of the closets—and no one has more skeletons in his closet than Niles Caulder, founder of the Doom Patrol. Caulder has been playing god for years, and the time for a reckoning has come. The Doom Patrol thought they knew darkness. Find out how wrong they were in this Blackest Night tie-in issue! Meanwhile, in the Metal Men co-feature, trendy meets grotesque when the robots battle a group of living mannequins. Co-feature written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. Co-feature art by Kevin Maguire. Due 4 Nov 2009.
Written by Keith Giffen; Back up story by J.M. DeMatteis; Pencils by Justiniano and Livesay; Back up story art by Kevin Maguire.
Why it’ll go fast: Anything with “Blackest Night” on the cover is selling out. Even “Titans” comics, and that hasn’t happened since the first issue. Doom Patrol #2 only shipped 22,001 copies in September checking in at #115 on the top 300 ordered comics. Issue #3 will probably be even lower and though issue #4 will receive a nice bump because of the “Blackest Night” tie-in I’m betting it still sells out quickly. When all is said and done this could be one of the tougher Blackest Night tie-ins to find.
Back Issue Market Watch!
Say what you will of the works of Rob Liefield, one thing can be agreed on by most fans. Deadpool is probably his greatest creation. Maybe the character was a happy little accident or a complete rip-off of Deathstroke the Terminator (a DC character), regardless, the kids love Deadpool. Even the really crappy Ryan Renolds version from the last Wolverine film (don’t get me started and don’t fret; justpressplay.com is reporting that the movie won’t pay any attention to the Wolvie movie Deadpool). Deadpool comics, new and old, are selling for ridiculous prices. Starting at the beginning; “New Mutants” #98 vol. 1, FEB 1991 (The first appearance of Deadpool) guides for $5 (OVST) and $40 (CPG). EBay sales are sitting right around $35-$40 with a couple auctions hitting as high as $60. Keep in mind “New Mutants” #98 is not an extremely rare comic; it was probably printed in the 500,000 to a million range. Finding copies in Very Fine to Near Mint condition is another story. If you have a copy to sell, it might be worth waiting until the rumored Deadpool movie gets closer. Keep in mind the bottom could fall out on the comic if everyone notices #98 is getting hot again.
“Deadpool” #54 vol. 2, July 2001, surprised the heck outta me. DP #54 was part of a two-part Deadpool/Punisher crossover written by Jimmy Palmiotti and drawn by Georges Jantey. The second volume of “Deadpool” was a bit of a cult title at the time that did a great job incorporating comedy with superhero action. DP #54 currently guides at $3 (OVST) $12 (CPG) and is selling for upwards of $40. Like I said, shocking!
Most recently, variants of the latest “Deadpool” vol. 3, 2008, and the latest new DP series “Merc with a Mouth” (2009) have been selling for premium prices. The Liefeld variant of “Deadpool” vol. 3 #1 is selling for $60 and up on Ebay currently while the variants of “Merc with a Mouth” #1 are selling for around $15 each.
So what does it all mean? I wouldn’t start selling your Deadpool collection yet. As news continues to leak of the upcoming DP movie I would expect to see back issues selling for even more. Deadpool has been heating up for years now and doesn’t show signs of cooling.
Next week we’ll take a look at Moon Knight‘s history and why his latest comic was an instant sell out. 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 me on Twitter, where I’m always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all my 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.
Matt Baum is WorthPoint’s comic book Worthologist.
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