Fame: Robert Patterson
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. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. 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.
New Comics Roundup:
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday July 9, 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
Sell Out News:
The sell-outs discussed here are at the distributor level and there may be copies of all these titles at your local comic shop.
It’s not too often I find myself reporting on a sellout at Bluewater, but last week the first issue of Fame: Robert Patterson sold out and had a second printing with a new cover announced. I’m not positive that the pic here is the new cover but if it is . . . What the hell, Bluewater? Currently, copies of issue one are sitting at cover price online but do seem to be creeping upwards. Now, if retailers could just figure out how to move all those Twilight Mangas they ordered.
DC had a huge week with five titles selling out at Diamond. All of which will return with second printings with new covers (if you call “re-colored” new) on July 28.
Action Comics #890 Second Printing (MAY108133) features a re-colored version of the original cover by David Finch.
Batman Beyond #1 Second Printing (MAY108128) features a re-colored version of the original cover by Dustin Nguyen.
Justice League: Generation Lost #1 Second Printing (MAY108139) features the pencil version of the original variant cover by Kevin Maguire.
Wonder Woman #600 Second Printing (MAY108116) features a new cover by the new series’ art team of Don Kramer and Michael Babinski.
Zatanna #1 Second Printing (MAY108137) features a re-colored version of the original cover by Stephane Roux.
Wonder Woman #600 Second Printing
While first prints of Wonder Woman #600 aren’t selling for much online, the 1:25 DC 75th Anniversary variant by Adam Hughes is selling for $40 and up. I would guess it’s because most retailers didn’t order the required 25 copies to receive the variant. Which means there are still plenty of copies at Diamond just waiting to hit the market. If you’re looking for this one, I’d wait; prices will come down as more variants hit the shops.
Marvel had a few of sell outs this week both of which will be shipping with new covers:
Amazing Spider-Man #634 Second Printing Variant (MAY108077)
Amazing Spider-Man #635 Second Printing Variant (MAY108099)
Both ship on July 28.
Death of Dracula #1 Second Printing (MAY108113)
Death of Dracula #1 Second Printing
Death of Dracula #1 is one to watch. After tomorrow’s reorders show up, and a lot of retailers will find their reorders allocated due to the quick sell out, prices on this comic will sky rocket on eBay. Currently, first printings of the Death of Dracula #1 are sitting at cover price, but those are going to go very fast when nerds pick up X-Men #1 tomorrow and then come looking for this issue which ties directly into this new X-event. Second Print ships on August 4.
This Week’s Variant News:
Batman and Robin variant
This week’s Batman and Robin #15 sees the start of yet another artist to the title (is this four or five, I lost count after Cameron Stewert) and a 1:25 variant cover by new series artist Frazier Irving. Retailers will be asking $20-$25 for this variant, but you can probably find one for $10 or less if you wait a week. I don’t see this one selling out too fast. Personally, I love Irving (in your face, 8bucks) but will only grab this one if I can find it for $10 or less.
Those clever bastards at Marvel are trying a tactic I haven’t seen before by soliciting this week’s Amazing Spider-Man #636 variant with a “mystery” artist. I guess it sounds better than “TBA.” As far as what to spend on this one . . . no idea. Until we see who the mystery artist is, there’s no way to know. Even after we find out, one of two things will happen: it’ll be a huge name that we haven’t seen draw Spidey for quite some time (think Erik Larsen or Todd McFarlane) or it’ll be another Djurdevic-painted variant that I’ll love but no one else will care. It’s a long shot, but I’ve got my money on McFarlane.
Speculator Picks of the Week:
These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, oil drenched hurricanes or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .
Hawkeye and Mockingbird #2
Solicitation: Hawkeye & Mockingbird are back in action together—but so are their two greatest foes! Who is the all-new, all-deadly Phantom Rider? Crossfire once took Hawkeye’s hearing from him—what will he take from him now? Plus: what secret has Clint uncovered that could destroy everything that he and Bobbi are fighting for?
Written by Jim McCann; art by David Lopez and Alvaro Lopez; cover by Paul Renaud.
Why it’ll go fast: Issue #1 of Hawkeye and Mockingbird was a surprise sellout after it received rave reviews online. By the time retailers had re-ordered issue #1, the final cutoff ordering date for issue #2 had come, and gone and there’s no way anyone ordered more of issue #2 than issue #1. I’m guessing this issue sells out even faster now that nerds know how good this comic is. It’s very common practice of retailers to order heavier on an issue #1 and decrease there order on the second issue. I’ve got to come up with a name for the phenomenon. Look for a sellout announcement on this one by Saturday.
Smurfs One-Shot: Papercutz
Solicitation: Presenting a special Smurfs sampler comic book from Papercutz with a full story in anticipation of the new series of graphic novels Papercutz will launch this fall! When the evil sorcerer Gargamel wants to create a magic stone, he finds out that one of the ingredients in his recipe is a Smurf! Gargamel and his cat Azrael catch a very unlucky Smurf, who they plan to drop into their magic cauldron! It’s up to Papa Smurf to lead a rescue effort to free their fellow Smurfs and foil Gargamel’s plan.
Written and drawn by Peyo.
Why it’ll go fast: I’m banking on the nostalgia factor here, but it’s one that’s worked for Fraggles and Disney Duck as of late. I’m sure the Smurfs movie is going to be terrible, but it will interest people in the Peyo Smurfs comics again, most of which are long out of print. Papercutz, the same company that puts out Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Classics Illustrated and Tales from the Crypt comics (which one of these things is not like the other?) is putting this $1 preview comic out to stir interest in its upcoming Smurfs Graphic Novels, which will reprint the Peyo comics. Most retailers will probably pass on this one all together and maybe I’m a complete moron, but I’m betting Smurf-nerds will be looking for this one. How Dark Horse, IDW or Fantagraphics didn’t jump on this franchise is beyond me. I would love a big, thick Peyo Smurfs reprint series in the vein of the Fantagraphics Complete Peanuts series. This one won’t sell out right away, but when it does, I’d be shocked to find out that Papercutz printed more than 5,000 of this $1 preview, making it very hard to find.
Solicitation: The Heroic Age Is Here! “Mutants Versus Vampires,” Part 1. When a suicide bomber strikes in downtown San Francisco, it gets the immediate attention of the X-Men. But this is not your garden variety terrorist, and he’s not acting alone. Vampires from around the globe are descending en masse on the City by the Bay, staking a brutal claim for the patch of land the X-Men call their home. What is their agenda? Who is their mysterious leader? The X-Men are about to find out, as they brace themselves for a war of the species that will wrack the Marvel Universe.
Written by Victor Gischler; art by Paco Medina; covers by Paco Medina, Marko Djurdjevic and John Romita JR.
Why it’ll go fast: It’s the first X-men #1 in 20 years. The only question I have is, why Victor Gischler? I admit I haven’t read either his Punisher Max or his Deadpool, but have heard good things. However, this isn’t about me and my tastes. Every comic nerd out there is going to pick up this X-Men #1 the same way we did 20 years ago. The only difference being, this time there won’t be 1-million-plus copies of this issues printed. It’s a golden chance to own an X-Men #1 that may actually be worth something in 20 years, unlike the last one. Rumor has it that issue #1 has already sold out before shipping. Will X-Men #1 be selling for $10 anytime soon? Probably not. This is a long-term investment comic if Marvel can sell us nerds on the Mutant vs. Vampire story. Which sounds pretty cool to me.
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