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The Comic Speculator – San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives Report

by Matt Baum (07/13/12).

The Walking Dead #100 Escape variant given to survivors of the Walking Dead Escape experience (an obstacle course with zombies chasing you) at Petco Park.


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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of Lists of new comics are courtesy of and Make sure and click on the links to learn more about the titles and creators discussed here. If you want to hear what this nerd sounds like you can catch me on my podcast, the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast, where my friend Joe and I discuss the latest comic news, review some new comics, and answer your questions.

Comic-Con in San Diego, the world’s largest comic-book, film and pop-culture convention is once again upon us. And, once again, I don’t get to go (grumble…). But just because, like me, you might be sitting at home this weekend watching the comic and movie news hit the Internet doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy one of the most important parts of this year’s Comic-Con; the SDCC exclusives!

Sure, you might miss out on hobnobbing with spokesmodels dressed as super-heroines and ex-professional wrestlers while waiting in a mile-long line to meet the guy who plays one of the dwarves in the upcoming Hobbit film, but you can sure as heck get on eBay and take a shot at one of the hundreds of con-exclusive comics, toys, shirts, prints and much more. Back in the day, the comic shop I managed used to send emissaries on the nerdy pilgrimage to cram their packs full of Comic-Con treasures. They would return like merchant marine heroes with treasures from the West and wild tales of Lou Ferigno being a jerk about someone taking his picture and ex-Playboy Playmates flirting with Stan Lee. And there was much rejoicing.

But those days are gone. Now, with the rise of smartphones with amazing camera capability and the eBay app, collectors and speculators alike can instantly throw their Comic-Con exclusive Walking Dead variant cover or clear-pink-crystalline My Little Pony up for sale to the highest bidder. And believe it or not, two days before the Con even gets started, the Internet Con-exclusive gold-rush has already begun.

As always, there’s a flood of Con-exclusive toys. I’ve personally been watching a Bandai Meltdown Godzilla figure that I need (not want) selling for more than $100. Keep in mind the figure sells at the Blue-Fin Bandai booth for $55, but hey, a Con-exclusive-picker has to make a profit, right? Other hot pre-sellers include a Mattel Dark Knight Rises box-set that opens to reveal a Christian Bale-Bruce Wayne in the Wayne Library and a Bat-cave with Batman costume that clips onto the figure (pre-selling for just under $60), a Hasbro Star Wars Carbon Freezing Chamber with seven Con-exclusive figures (selling for $165), and a Hasbro 12-inch Jem and the Holograms doll (selling for $184).

And of course, what would Comic-Con be without con-exclusive comic-book variants?

Life With Archie #16 variant commemorating the wedding of Kevin Keller.

• Archie Comics is offering a Life With Archie #16 variant commemorating the wedding of Kevin Keller (selling for $30).

A Teenage Mutant NinJa Turtles #11 variant

Oversized Artist’s Edition of David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again

• IDW has a whole slew of Con-exclusives, including: A Teenage Mutant NinJa Turtles #11 variant (currently selling for just under $20); a Crow #1 variant (selling for just under $16); and an Oversized Artist’s Edition of David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again that comes in a snazzy slipcase signed and numbered (limited to 250 copies) and featuring a variant cover (currently selling for just under $300).

Chew: Secret Agent Poyo #1

Skullkickers #15 variant

• Image has two SDCC comic variants: A Chew: Secret Agent Poyo #1 (selling for just under $20); and a Skullkickers #15 variant (haven’t seen one for sale yet), both of which will be hot. But it’s the Walking Dead variants that seem to be the stars of the show so far. There’s a special Walking Dead #100 Escape variant given to survivors of the Walking Dead Escape experience (an obstacle course with zombies chasing you) at Petco Park. I can’t find hard numbers on how many Escape variants were printed, but one site said “The first 10,000 escapees will receive a variant cover.” If there are 10,000 of these variants, the people pre-ordering them for upwards of $120 might feel silly later. According to Bleeding Cool, copies of the Chew Special Agent Poyo #1 variant went so fast on Thursday that there are only 80 copies left and they will be sold on a one per person basis starting tomorrow (Friday)”

Wonderland #1 J. Scott Campbell variant.

Of course these are just a few of the Comic-Con exclusive toys and covers that collectors will be sniping off the net for month’s to come. If you’re planning on taking a shot at these or any other SDCC exclusives, feel free to hit me up and ask how much is too much to pay. I’ll be stalking eBay all weekend, just watching for that Godzilla to dip below $50. And make sure to catch the big SDCC-recap show I’ll be hosting covering all the big Hollywood/Comic news coming out of the convention.


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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