The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/22/2011

Brightest Day Aftermath The Search For The Swamp Thing #1

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.

New Comics Roundup

Below you will find all the info you could possibly need on the hot, new comics shipping this Wednesday, June 15. 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.


Ducktales #2 (Cover C Leonel Castellani),1:10
Planet Of The Apes #3 (Cover C Karl Richardson), 1:10
Stan Lee’s The Traveler #8 (Cover C Scott Clark), 1:10

Dark Horse:

Dark Horse Presents #2 (Fabio Moon Ultra Signed Variant Cover)

Dark Horse Presents #2 (Fabio Moon Ultra Signed Variant Cover), 1:20. For every 20 copies of DHP ordered of either or both covers, retailers will receive one signed variant. The notes say signed by “creators” of #2, no specifics. Great-looking variant, though. Expect to pay more for this one due to the $8.99 cover price. Even with a retailers discount ordering 20 copies of DHP is considerably more expensive than ordering the average comic. Watch for a pretty solid $20 price tag.

Rage #1 (of 3)(Stephan Martiniere Variant Cover), 1:5


Action Comics #902 (Jon Bogdanove Variant Cover), 1:10
Batman Gates Of Gotham #2 (of 5)(Dustin Nguyen Variant Cover), 1:25
Booster Gold #44
(Dan Jurgens & Norm Rapmund 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99

Brightest Day Aftermath The Search For The Swamp Thing #1(J.G. Jones Variant), 1:10. This is a spectacular cover by Jones. I’ve followed his work as a fan for years now and Jones seems to become an even more accomplished painter with age. Watch for a $6-$8 price tag.

Flashpoint Kid Flash Lost Starring Bart Allen Ring (Promotional Item),
Flashpoint Lois Lane And The Resistance Ring (Promotional Item),

Flashpoint The Outsider Ring (Promotional Item). More Flashpoint rings. Retailers could order up to three bags of 25 pins when they ordered 25 copies of each title.

Justice League Of America #58 (Aaron Lopresti Variant Cover), 1:10
Superman #712 (George Perez Variant Cover), 1:10


Fantastic Four #587 (Dynamic Forces)(CGC Graded Edition), $89.99
True Blood Tainted Love #3 (of 6)(Dynamic Forces)(Exclusive Cover 2 Pack), $16.99


Kirby Genesis #1 (Jack Herbert Limited Edition Re-Order Variant Cover), $3.99
Last Phantom #7 (Alex Ross Negative Art Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #7 (Alex Ross Virgin Variant Cover), 1:25
Last Phantom #7 (Fabiano Neves Variant Cover), 1:15
Last Phantom #7 (Stephen Sadowski Black & White Variant Cover), 1:10
Last Phantom #7 (Stephen Sadowski Variant Cover), 1:10
Red Sonja Revenge Of The Gods #4 (of 5)(Lucio Parillo Virgin Variant Cover), 1:15
Vampirella #7 (Ale Garza Original Art Variant Cover), 1:10
Vampirella #7 (Fabiano Neves Spot Color Variant Cover), 1:25
Vampirella #7 (Paul Renaud Red Variant Cover), 1:10


Cobra #2 (David Williams or Zach Howard Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Suicide Girls #3 (of 4)(Photo Variant Cover), 1:10
Rocketeer Adventures #2 (of 4)(Black & White Variant Edition), 1:25
Rocketeer Adventures #2 (of 4)(Alex Ross Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
John Byrne’s Next Men #7 (John Byrne Sketch Variant Cover), 1:10
Infestation Outbreak #1 (of 4)(Ben Templesmith Variant Cover), 1:10


Captain America #619 (Gerald Parel “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover)

Deadpool #39 (Marko Djurdjevic “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover)

Mighty Thor #3 (Alex Maleev “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover)

Captain America #619 (Gerald Parel “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20. This is the first of the “I Am Cap” variants from Marvel and, wow, is it gorgeous. Parel’s work has been impressing me of late, but this painted cover is really amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these. Watch for a $12-$15 price tag.

Deadpool #39 (Marko Djurdjevic “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20. Not quite as impressive as the Parel cover but still strong work from Djurdjevic.

Fear Itself #2 (of 7)(Steve McNiven 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Journey Into Mystery #622 (Movie Photo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Journey Into Mystery #623 (Movie Photo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Mighty Thor #1 (Movie Photo 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Mighty Thor #3 (Alex Maleev “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20. This is really clean looking working from Maleev. Not his usual style but I like it.

Moon Knight #1 (Alex Maleev 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99
Secret Avengers #14 (Mike Perkins “I Am Captain America” Variant Cover), 1:20
Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs New Ultimates #5 (of 6)(Frank Cho Variant Cover), 1:20
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 (Mike Kaluta Variant Cover)(Polybagged), 1:30
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 (Joe Quesada Variant Cover), 1:100


Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 (Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover)

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 (Joe Quesada Sketch Variant Cover), 1:200. Three Ultimate Spidey variants to celebrate the death of Spidey. Two big ones for the Quesada variant, which tugs at my nerdy heart strings; a 1:100 and a 1:200. Be careful with these. There aren’t a lot of these that hold their value well. Retailers tend to price most of them right out of collector’s buying range. Watch for $30-$40 price tag on the 1:100 and a $50-$60 price tag on the 1:200. Most importantly, watch eBay prices on these. This issue is going to be very highly ordered, so these variants might be more prevalent than you think.

Venom #1 (Joe Quesada 3rd Printing Variant Cover), $3.99

Speculator Picks of the Week

These are comics that could sell out very quickly due to conservative ordering, popular demand, shipping errors or even people buying stacks of comics to fortify the walls of their dykes along the ever rising Missouri River. Pick them up while you can or pay too much for them later . . .

All Nighter #1 (oF 5)

ALL NIGHTER #1 (of 5)

Art & cover by DAVID HAHN

Solicitation: “Stealing Coins,” Part One. Kit Bradley is a 20-year-old art student and petty criminal who knows it’s time to leave her delinquent past behind, but isn’t ready for the responsibilities of adulthood. Her social headquarters is an all-night diner, and while trying to put the “off” on an on-again-off-again boyfriend, she runs into an old flame, and an enigmatic loner named Martha, who alters Kit’s life forever. Created by Eisner and Ignatz Award nominee David Hahn.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: David Hahn has been around for a while now and has worked on some really great stuff but is probably better known for his art than his writing. Originally, it sounds like All Nighter was written as a graphic novel for the DC Minx line (a now defunct DC Imprint aimed at 8-16-year-old girls) but the title has been reworked as a monthly comic for Image. I first noticed Hahn’s pencils on DC/Vertigo’s Bite Club series back in 2004. It was a fun series with covers by Frank Queitly so, of course, I couldn’t resist. Image might be a much better fit for Hahn and his new title seeing as Image #1’s continue to sell out every month. Which means a lot of readers might give All Nighter a chance just because it’s an Image first issue. If it’s good Hahn has himself an instant readership.

Thunderbolts #159

Thunderbolts #159





Solicitation: Fear Itself tie-in! When the Fear Itself hammer falls, The Raft is raised by one of its most powerful prisoners with a newfound weapon of the gods! Now the Thunderbolts will begin to learn the true meaning of Fear Itself! Frank Tieri, Jen Van Meter & Joe Caramanga join series writer Jeff Parker to give us all side of the story as the Thunderbolts try to hold themselves and their world together against tide of anarchy!


Why it’ll go fast: Fear Itself has already proven to be a big seller for Marvel but it seems that collectors are specifically going for the issues starring the Chosen Hammer Bearers. So far, of the ones I’ve seen, the Juggernaut is by far the coolest looking and I’m betting nerds are going to agree. The Juggernaut has a lot of fans out there and is probably one of the reasons that Thunderbolts sells as well as it does. I don’t expect this to be an instant sellout because a lot of retailers probably reduced their orders when the price on this title went up to $4.99. My guess is #159 sells out when the reorders come in.

Ultimate Spider-Man #160


Ultimate Spider-Man #160

Cover by MARK BAGLEY (Polybagged)

Solicitation: CLASSIFIED.

32 pages

Why it’ll go fast: It looks like Spidey-writer Brian Michael Bendis is actually going to kill Spider-Man in the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man. The issue ships poly-bagged to protect the secret but it doesn’t look good for the web-slinger. A lot of titles have threatened to kill their main characters in the last, well . . . in the history of comics, I guess. But if anyone is going to follow through with it, it’s Bendis. Watch for this issue to get some press also. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see USA Today running a story on Spidey’s death in their living section. As with any major death, speculators will be all over this one and it will sell out. That said, I wouldn’t bank on this one going up in value too much right away. #160 is going to be very highly ordered. What will be interesting to see is how people sell the variant covers since they’re polybagged.


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