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The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/21/2012

by Matt Baum (03/21/12).

Batman #7 (Dustin Nguyen Variant Cover)

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. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch him on his podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where he and his friend Joe discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, March 21. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.

Variant Watch

Here’s a list of all the variants shipping from Diamond this week and some info on the hot ones. The variant Ratios (i.e.; 1:10) represent how many of the regular issues the retailer has to order to receive one of the variants. If a ratio is not included it’s because I couldn’t get the information or because the variant is a new printing. The prices I post here are suggested, reasonable prices based on the ratios and may be higher or lower at your comic shop. Click here for this week’s complete shipping list.


Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 #1 (Signed by Stan Lee),


Fathom Volume 4 #5 (Cover C Alex Konat Sketch Variant). Retailers could order three sketch variants for every 12 copies of either regular cover.


Ferals #1 (Gabriel Andrade Auxiliary Edition), $3.99. Limited to 1,250 copies and still in stock.
Stitched #3 (Mike Wolfer Auxiliary Edition), $3.99. Limited to 1,250 copies and still in stock.


Darkwing Duck #14 (Get A Sketch SDCC 2011 Variant Cover), $9.99
Peanuts #3 (of 4)(Charles Schultz First Appearance Of Linus Variant Cover),
Planet Of The Apes #12 (Cover C Damian Couceiro),
Steed And Mrs Peel #3 (Of 6)(Ian Gibson Variant Cover),


Lady Death #10 (Matt Martin Wizard Austin Con Cover), $9.99. Limited to 750 copies and still in stock.
Lady Death #12 (Michael Dipascale Auxiliary Cover), $3.99. Limited to 1,250 copies and still in stock.
Lady Death #9 (Gabriel Andrade Dream Trio Cover), $9.99. Limited to 750 copies and still in stock. And not a good cover for $10.


Star Wars Dawn Of The Jedi Force Storm #0 (of 5)(2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50


Batman #7 (Dustin Nguyen Variant Cover). Retailers could order this variant based on their lowest ordered New DCU relaunch title for this week. I really enjoy Nguyen’s work but this one almost looks like it wasn’t finished. Regardless, don’t pay more than cover price here. None of these variants based on the lowest-ordered titles are doing much online.

Batman #7 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover),

Batman #7 (Greg Capullo Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. This is an amazing Capullo sketch cover but, as usual, it’s not worth anywhere near the $170-$200 most retailers will be asking. I say it every week, and I do it for a reason: it’s because I love you guys. I love the retailers too, but it’s not fair for them to pretend these sketch variants are worth any more than $100. They’re not, and if you wait and watch eBay, you can get one for $100 or less. You’re all special, by the way. I don’t play favorites.

Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #6 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Dominique Laveau Voodoo Child #1 (Denys Cowan Variant Cover), 1:10
Justice League #1 (Jim Lee & Scott Williams 7th Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Justice League #7 (Gary Frank Variant Cover), 1:25. I love Gary Frank’s work but the look on everyone’s face here is a little ridiculous. Aquaman looks like someone called his mom fat and Supes looks like he secretly farted. If you need this comically stern cover, watch for a $10-$12 price tag and there should be plenty of them out there.

Justice League #7 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover),

Justice League #7 (Jim Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:200. See my Batman #7 Sketch rant above and substitute Justice League #7 for Batman #7. Same story. Don’t pay more than $100 for this one.

Suicide Squad #6 (Paul Renauld 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Wonder Woman #7 (Cliff Chiang Black & White Variant Cover),

Wonder Woman #7 (Cliff Chiang Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25. I’ve gone from loving these sketch covers to not understanding them. I don’t get it and most of you don’t seem to either, because they’re not selling for more than $10 If you need this one, look for a $7-$10 price tag.


Kirby Genesis Silver Star #4 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:10
Kirby Genesis Silver Star #4 (Jae Lee Black & White Variant Cover), 1:15
Vampirella #15 (Fabiano Neves Black & White Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #15 (Paul Renaud Red Variant Cover), 1:15


Ghostbusters #7 (Casey Maloney Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation 2 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (of 2)(Livio Ramondelli Inter-Connected Tentacle Attack Variant Cover), 1:10
Memorial #4 (of 6)(Michael WM Kaluta Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Monocyte #3 (of 4)(Cover B Ben Templesmith), 1:10
Monocyte #3 (of 4)(George Pratt Variant Cover), 1:10
Rocketeer Adventures 2 #1 (of 4)(Darwyn Cooke Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Snake Eyes #11 (David Williams Vertically Inter-Connected Variant Cover), 1:10
Star Trek Legion Of Super-Heroes #6 (of 6)(J.K. Woodward Variant Cover), 1:10
Stephen King And Joe Hill’s Road Rage Throttle #1 (of 4)(Nelson Daniel 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Stephen King And Joe Hill’s Road Rage Throttle #2 (Of 4)(Nelson Daniel Variant Cover), 1:10
Stephen King And Joe Hill’s Road Rage Throttle #2 (Of 4)(Tony Harris ‘Stephen King & Joe Hill Motorcycle Road Trip’ Variant Cover), 1:25
Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #2 (Alex Milne 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Transformers Robots In Disguise #2 (Andrew Griffith 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99


Fatale #2 (Sean Phillips 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
No Place Like Home #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Peter Panzerfaust #1 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.50
Prophet #22 (2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99


Amazing Spider-Man #682 (Gabriele Dell'Otto Variant Cover)

Amazing Spider-Man #682 (Gabriele Dell’Otto Variant Cover), 1:25. Gabrielle Dell’Otto seems to have replaced Marko Djurdevic as the go to guy for incredible painted variants at Marvel and I’m fine with it. This is a fantastic variant for another huge Spidey storyline starting in this issue. I’m guessing this variant is going to be pretty hot. Watch for a $15-$17 price tag.

Avengers X-Sanction #4 (of 4)(Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover),

Avengers X-Sanction #4 (o 4)(Steve Skroce Variant Cover),

Avengers X-Sanction #4 (of 4)(Leinil Francis Yu Variant Cover), 1:25. This is the fourth and final piece of Yu’s four-part cover, (can’t remember the term for four-piece artwork) and it’s just as cool as the other three. I wouldn’t go nuts here, though, as most of the other 1:25 interconnected variants aren’t selling for much over $10.

Avengers X-Sanction #4 (o 4)(Steve Skroce Variant Cover), 1:50. Where the hell has Steve Scroce been? I’ve been a fan of Skroce since his stint on Cable back in 1993. Since then, he’s worked on Wolverine and—one of my favorites—Doc Frankenstein for the Wachowski siblings’ Burly Man Comics. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen anything from Skroce and this variant is a great way to welcome him back. Watch for a $30-$35 price tag.

Kick-Ass 2 #7 (of 7)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:15
Scarlet Spider #1 (Ryan Stegman 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Scarlet Spider #2 (Ryan Stegman 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Supercrooks #1 (of 4)(Dave Gibbons Variant Cover)

Supercrooks #1 (of 4)(Dave Gibbons Variant Cover), 1:25. I love me some Dave Gibbons and was stoked to hear he was supplying a variant for Supercrooks and then I saw it . . . Not bad, but. Meh . . . Regardless, expect this issue to sell out pretty fast and the variants to go right after. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag but I don’t expect people to be fighting over this one.


Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1 (Cover E Ale Garza Gatefold)

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1 (Cover E Ale Garza Gatefold). Retailers had to order four of each cover (for a total of 16 copies) and they could order one gatefold variant. Zenescope doesn’t do a lot of incentive variants and it has a fairly rabid fan base, which could make both of these tough to get a hold of. Keep in mind this gatefold version is just the four regular covers connected and it lists at $10, so try not to pay more.

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1 (Cover F Mike DeBalfo)

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents The Jungle Book #1 (Cover F Mike DeBalfo), 1:32. If one of these covers goes nuts in the back issue market, it’ll be this one. Again, you don’t see a lot of incentive variants from Zenescope, so I’m not sure what to expect here, but I’ll be watching. For now, watch for a $30-$35 price tag, knowing that most retailers are going to want to pay for their risk here if they have to order eight of each cover.

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even the Leprechaun-dominated staff of the Diamond shipping department calling in still hung over from this past weekend’s St Patty’s Day festivities. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

Amazing Spider-Man #682

Amazing Spider-Man #682

Written by DAN SLOTT

Solicitation: Part one of the “Ends of the Earth,” the next big Spidey event. The Doc Ock story you’ve waited 50 years to read! Doctor Otto Octavius holds the entire Earth hostage with his dying breath. What price will Spidey have to pay to buy the whole Earth one more day?

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: Every time Dan Slott has started a new huge Spidey-event, it’s not only been great, it’s sold out very quickly. Currently, Diamond is listing #682 in stock but I’m guessing not for long. This looks to be the death of Doctor Octopus, whose been a major villain in Spidey’s life since Amazing Spider-Man #3, back in 1963. Doc Ock’s demise should be a pretty huge story and I’m betting he takes someone else close to Peter with him. Watch for this one to sell-out before Friday and pay attention to that Dell’Otto variant, too.

Prophet #23

Prophet #23

Written by Brandon Graham
Art by Simon Roy and Frank Teran

Solicitation: Prophet finally arrives at the towers of Thauili Van. He must reach the G.O.D. satellite by climbing up, all the way to the edge of earth’s atmosphere past raging battles, crystalline beasts and bizarre alien technology. All the while fighting to stay ahead of the deadly hunter who tracks him.

32 pages
Sold out!

Why it’ll go fast: Prophet continues to sell out each month and seems to be gaining more buzz with each issue. Prophet #21 is selling for $10 or more and looks to be rising, and #22 is sitting at just above $7. Like the previous two issues, #23 also sold out before shipping and I’m guessing were printed at or below 7,000 copies so they will go fast. Prophet is still very much a cult/sci-fi hit, but as soon as Brandon Graham or Simon Roy break into the big time, this series could get even hotter. I should mention, it’s also a great read.


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 Matt or post your question below in the Comic Book Forum in the WorthPoint Forums, located in the Community tab. You can also reply to this article in the “leave a reply box below. If you need more comic-nerd in your life, you can follow Matt on Twitter, where he’s always screaming about something nerd-related. Thanks to all Matt’s new followers and keep the comments coming!

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4 Responses to “The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/21/2012”

  1. Eric Miller says:

    Justice League # 1 7th print??? C’mon… the book is fine and all that, but is it really deserving of a 7th printing? Was there such a mad rush to buy out all the 6th printings that DC had no choice?
    I think DC believes that there enough suckers that will look at a 7th printing and go ‘This has to be the lowest possible print run of the 7′ and buy it as an investment.

    • Matt Baum Matt Baum says:

      Eric, Keep in mind that when we see the sales numbers they don’t translate to comics in peoples hands. Just comics ordered by the retailers. That said, it’s the retailers that keep ordering new printings so someone is buying them. That doesn’t mean that each printing isn’t drastically lower than the last. It’s hard to know what’s actually happening here but i agree, 7 printings is a bit ridiculous.


  2. Sandy says:

    What ever happened to this blog? I have not seen a new entry in over a month

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