Al Williamson, one of the most important Sci-Fi comic artists of the Golden and Silver ages, known for his work on Flash Gordon, among others, passed away over the weekend at age 79.
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Before we get started here; legendary comic artist Al Williamson passed away over the weekend at age 79. Williamson was one of the most important Sci-Fi comic artists of the Golden and Silver ages, known for his work on Flash Gordon, Weird Science and the comic adaptation of The Empire Strikes Back. Thanks for the comics Al. You won’t be forgotten.
New Comics Round-Up:
Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the comics shipping this Wednesday June 16. 2010. For a full list of comics shipping this week, click here. To find a comic shop near you, click here.
Sell Out News:
Batman: the Return of Bruce Wayne #2 Second Printing
Hack/Slash: My First Maniac #1 Second Printing
DC’s Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #2 sold out at the distributor level last week, although copies are still undoubtedly available in most shops. Just check the flat eBay sales for the evidence. A second printing has been announced to ship on June 30 with a re-colored cover.
APR108255 Batman: the Return of Bruce Wayne #2 Second Printing
It looks like Tim Seeley bringing Hack/Slash to Image was a good idea. Issue one of Hack/Slash: My First Maniac has sold out at the distributor level this week and is going back for a second printing that will ship on July 14.
MAY108016 Hack/Slash: My First Maniac #1 Second Printing
There’s a surprising number of #1 first printings currently available online, which is keeping the prices around cover or just below. This could be a series to watch if Image can get Hack/Slash the publicity that DDP couldn’t.
Avengers #1 Second Printing
Secret Avengers #1 Second Printing Variant
Marvel had two sellouts this past week both of which were new Avengers titles. Avengers #1 and Secret Avengers #1 both sold out at the distributor level and had second printings with variant covers announced including a Blank cover. You know, for sketching on at the cons. All three variants will ship on the week of July 8.
APR108176 Avengers #1 Second Printing Variant
APR108177 Avengers #1 Second Printing Blank Variant
APR108169 Secret Avengers #1 Second Printing Variant
Again, both of these titles were very heavily ordered and will probably both be in the top 5 sellers for last month, which has left eBay sales on flat. Even the variants aren’t seeing much action.
This Week’s Variant News:
New Avengers #1 Djurdjevic variant
New Avengers #1 Immonen variant
Marvel continues the it’s Heroic-Age Avengers re-launch this week with New Avengers #1, which, of course, ships with three variant covers. A 1:25 Marko Djurdjevic cover, a 1:75 Stuart Immonen cover and a Blank cover for sketching by your favorite Avengers artist. None of the other Avengers variants are doing much as of yet, mainly due to their availability. If you are picking these up, do it on the cheap. I wouldn’t pay more than $10 for the Djurdjevic cover and no more than $20 for the Immonen cover. There’s just too many of them out there for these variants to command high prices. Which, of course, isn’t stopping retailers online from asking $25 and up for them.
New Mutants #14 Finch variant
David Finch variants of the X-Men Second Coming Tie-in are a different story. This week New Mutants #14 ships with another 1:25 Finch variant that, like all the others, will sell out very quickly. All the Second Coming Finch variants are selling well online and are starting to get hard to find. I still wouldn’t pay the $25 some retailers are asking and try to stick closer to the $15 price range. However, a set of these variants would be a great addition to any comic collection and could fetch quite a price on eBay.
Speculator Picks of the Week:
These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors, voodoo curses or any other set of unforeseen events. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .
Darkwing Duck #1
Solicitation: You demanded it. And BOOM! Studios delivers. Don’t miss the long-awaited, much requested return of your favorite, Darkwing Duck. Once St. Canard’s greatest protector, Darkwing Duck was known the world over as “The Terror That Flaps In The Night.” Now, mysteriously, DW has not been seen or heard from in well over a year, and St. Canard finds that evil is once again on the rise. But when a nefarious plan threatens everyone, Darkwing Duck knows it’s time for the Duck Knight to return! “Let’s Get Dangerous!” with Disney and BOOM! Studios as one of Disney’s most beloved characters makes a comeback in his own not-to-be-missed original mini-series!
Why it’ll go fast: BOOM! Kids is getting some serious critical acclaim. Lucky for them Disney let them keep their license after buying Marvel Comics. Darkwing Duck hasn’t been seen in comics since he had his own series from Disney Comics in 1991. I’m picking this one for the same reason I picked Fraggle Rock to sell out (which it did); nostalgia. Growing up in the late ’80s and early ’90s meant watching the Disney Afternoon, which included Darkwing Duck, Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, Ducktales and, my personal favorite, Gargoyles. A lot of these nerds that grew up in the ’90s are going to remember Darkwing and possibly try to use him to hook their kids on comics while giving themselves an excuse to revisit the feathered crusader. BOOM! Kids’ highest selling book in April was Incredibles #8, which checked in at the 257th spot on the Top 300 order comics for the month shipping only 4,582 issues. No retailer in their right mind is going to take a chance and order heavy on this one, and nothing at BOOM! Kids is going to have a very large print run. This one could be like the early Sonic the Hedgehog comics of the 1990s that now sell for $40 and up.
New Mutants #14
Solicitation: The X-Men are losing the battle against the Nimrods and Cyclops knows it. Desperate times call for desperate measures and no measure is more desperate than enlisting a mutant with multiple personalities, each possessing its own power. That’s right; Legion is let out of prison to fight on the X-Men’s side.
Written by Zeb Wells; pencils by Ibraim Roberson; cover by Adi Granov.
Why it’ll go fast: This one may seem like an easy call and well, yeah, it is. Every issue of the X-Men Second Coming story line has sold out and this one will be no exception. Unlike the other Second Coming tie-ins, New Mutants is still being ordered lower than the rest (except for X-Factor, which isn’t a direct tie-in). When Second Coming is over, the New Mutants issues are going to be the hardest to find not only because they are the lightest ordered but also because of their lower print run. It’s simple math: Uncanny X-Men ships more than 70k monthly and New Mutants a little more than 40k. Which one would you print more of?
Pale Horse #1
Solicitation: BOOM! Studios re-invents the Western . . . and you’ve never seen the Old West like this before. Ex-slave and former Union soldier, Cole, has spent the years following the Civil War building a reputation as the most fearsome bounty hunter in the land. But when the tables turn and a bounty is placed on Cole’s head, all hell breaks loose. Finding himself unable to protect the thing most precious to him—his family—Cole goes on a rampage of revenge, leaving only a trail of blood in his wake. With nothing but his horse, his one surviving son and his gun, Cole’s rampage leaves no stone unturned and no culprit alive. Read the story that begat the legend of… Pale Horse!
Written by Michael Alan Nelson and Andrew Cosby; pencils by Christian Dabari; covers by Leonardo Manco and Robert Adler.
Why it’ll go fast: Western comics aren’t amongst the highest selling each month, but they do sell well. Titles like Jonah Hex, The Lone Ranger, and The Good the Bad and the Ugly have proven that western comics still draw fans when they’re well written. Writer Michael Alan Nelson has proven his chops on titles like 28 Days Later and Fall of Cthulu and should be perfectly comfortable writing a bloody western tale of vengeance. Like I said, western comics are nowhere near the highest sellers each month, so expect this issue to be pretty hard to find. Irredeemable is BOOM!’s highest selling title, and it checked in at the 134th spot on April’s top 300 selling comics. If you’re looking to pick this one up you better get to your comic shop early.
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