The Comics Speculator: The Purple Man and Hellcat Cometh to Netflix

If you’ve never heard of the Purple Man, don’t fret. Dr. Zebidiah Killgrave—a.k.a. The Purple Man—has never been an A-list Marvel comic book villain. But he’s about to get his big break on the original Netflix Marvel series “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” along with cult favorite Patsy Walker, Hellcat.

The upcoming series, set to begin filming next month, follows Jessica Jones—played by Krysten Ritter, a semi-failed super hero looking for a new start as a private detective. Alongside Jones is her best friend, Trisha Walker (played by Rachael Taylor), an ex-model known as “Patsy” Walker who shares a name with Marvel’s Hellcat character. While it’s not known if Trisha will put on the Hellcat costume (I’ll scream like a little girl if she does) we do know that David Tennant of “Doctor Who” fame will be playing Jones’ nemesis, The Purple Man. As with most comic character casting announcements, expect both of these C-listers first-appearance issues to see a jump in price on the back issue market. If you’re looking to buy, do it now, before prices go nuts.

Daredevil #4, Marvel, 1964, first appearance of The Purple Man

Daredevil #4, Marvel, 1964, first appearance of The Purple Man

Avengers #144 Marvel, 1976, first appearance and origin of Hellcat

Avengers #144 Marvel, 1976, first appearance and origin of Hellcat

Patsy Walker had two first appearances, one as the model in Miss America Comics #2 (Marvel, 1944), which is nearly impossible to find and sells for $2,000 in Near Mint 9.4 Condition—which is out of most price ranges and probably won’t see much more action even with the show. Her first appearance as Hellcat, however, might be another story entirely.

Avengers #144 Marvel, 1976, first appearance and origin of Hellcat

While Patsy popped up in Avengers #141 (Marvel, 1975), it wasn’t until issue #144 that she put on her Hellcat gear and became a superhero.

Buy or Sell: Definitely buy it. Right now, you can pick up this issue for anywhere from $20-$30 in Near Mint 9.4 condition. Already that price is starting to creep up, so jump on this one now.

Daredevil #4, Marvel, 1964, first appearance of The Purple Man

This one is obviously older but, while it guides at $1,000 in Near Mint 9.4 condition, you can pick up copies in lesser condition that are still quite affordable.

Buy or Sell: Buy. Right now, there are copies in Very Good/Fine 5.0 condition selling for $40 to $50. And some copies as nice as Very Fine 8.0 condition are selling for $170 to $200; well under guide for both conditions. Higher grades and CGC-graded copies are going for closer to $1,000 (where this title guides out at in Near Mint 9.4), but even those could see a little boost. I’m guessing it’s the lower-condition copies that see the biggest jump as the series gets closer.


Netflix Trailer Introduced the new ‘Daredevil’

And speaking of Marvel on Netflix, the first official trailer for the new “Daredevil” series dropped this week, giving nerds their first look at Charlie Cox in the lead role as Daredevil/Matt Murdock. “Daredevil,” which is the first of four Marvel Cinematic Universe stories that will air exclusively on Netflix, looks like it will tell the original origin story of Murdock, blinded as a teen in an accident that at the same time heightens his other senses. All episodes will be available on Netflix beginning April 10.

“Daredevil” is the first of four Marvel Cinematic Universe series that will be shown on the digital television provider, with the aforementioned “A.K.A. Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist” to follow. Eventually, they quartet will team up for a final run as “The Defenders.”


Tintin does it Again!

Tintin has done it again, this time with the record sale of an original cover drawn by series creator Herge for the cover of his 1942 Tintin adventure, “The Shooting Star.” The black-and-white original cover design sold for €2.5 million ($2.8 million U.S.). The shocking part is that’s not even the record paid for an original Tintin piece.

The black-and-white original cover design for Herge’s 1942 Tintin adventure, “The Shooting Star” sold for €2.5 million ($2.8 million U.S.).

The black-and-white original cover design for Herge’s 1942 Tintin adventure, “The Shooting Star” sold for €2.5 million ($2.8 million U.S.).

The published cover features Tintin and his loyal sidekick, a dog named Snowy, investigating a giant red mushroom growing out of a meteorite that fell into the ocean.

The published cover features Tintin and his loyal sidekick, a dog named Snowy, investigating a giant red mushroom growing out of a meteorite that fell into the ocean.

The published cover features Tintin and his loyal sidekick, a dog named Snowy, investigating a giant red mushroom growing out of a meteorite that fell into the ocean. The cover was sold by a private collector and not much is known of the buyer other than, according to Marina David of Petits Papiers-Huberty-Breyne specialist comic book dealers, that he or she was neither French nor Belgian and bought the piece for investment purposes.

Since his death in 1983, original Herge works have steadily climbed in value with the record being set last May for the sale of a 2-page spread featuring several of Tintin’s villains for €2.65 million ($3.5 million US at that time). So, the moral of the story is, if you’re not a millionaire, collecting original Tintin work may not be the hobby for you.


Matt Baum is Worthpoint’s comic book Worthologist and Co-Host of the Two-Headed Nerd Comic Book Podcast. If you have questions about these comics or any others feel free to post them in the comments section below or hit him up on Twitter, where he’s constantly yelling about stuff even nerdier than what you just read.

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