First order of business is to reiterate something that I have touched upon quite often, but maybe some new comers to the site are not aware of. Although I report on speculating on comic books I recommend that you read comics too. While I do realize that speculation is not for everyone, I am a true believer of bringing collectors and fans alike together. No matter what, comic book fans can relate to each other like no other medium can. Whether you are a fan of the speculation side or a fan of the storyline, one thing is certain; we will always debate questions like “Who would win in a fight, Superman or Thor? Who is the bigger bad ass, Deathstoke or Deadpool? Is Moon Knight as comparable to Batman these days than ever?” The list of debates goes on, but you get the idea.
So many times during the course of an article I will be sure to point out that there are probably some good “reads” coming out that Wednesday and that even if the spec market doesn’t equate to monetary gain, you still may gain the awesomeness of a great story. Yes money is fantastic, reading this article every week will help your aftermarket sales, but sitting down in a quiet room, dining room table, the living room, on your bed and reading a great story is in fact immeasurable. We as comic book fans and speculators can coexist together. The Investing in Comic books articles have always made a point to inform readers that there are books that need to be checked out for the mere fact of a great read. So if you read, collect, or merely speculate, we all have one common thing. We all love comic books.
Now let’s talk about a recent DC Comics announcement. The announcement touched on a few movie possibilities for several characters/books. There was one standout……..Shazam. Some may not see the brilliance in the possibility that lay before them within the spec market here. Not only would the character fit perfectly on the big screen, but it would make for a new franchise that would correct any mistakes on any of the Superman stumbles. It gives DC/Warner Bros. a chance to really expand on a character that many know and many don’t know of. Everyone knows Superman. There hasn’t been another character to challenge anyone with a cape that can fly, minus a hammer, a batarang, etc. on the big screen. The time has come to get another dude with a cape that can fly and isn’t a “boy scout”. Although many fans will say differently about Superman being a boy scout regarding the last flick, but don’t get that twisted because when Batman vs. Superman comes out, Clark will be the good boy and the friction will ensue between them. Back to Shazam, DC will have an open season with this character. Just like Superman, he has been redone in so many ways that you can essentially pick and choose which Shazam will best fit for the big screen. There is no set tone for him because the Shazam character has never been taken that seriously. Superman however has always been reverted back to the boy scout for the screen (minus the last movie). So when it comes to Shazam, it will be extremely interesting on which route they will take. I personally think that Shazam will be a very big deal. A huge one in fact. I’ve said this about so many characters on this site and a lot of them have come to fruition. Shazam is a lock. Besides owning Whiz #2 (1940), the first appearance of Captain Marvel, if you can afford that book, you need to get the very easy accessible (for now) Shazam! #1 (1973). This comic is the very first time DC’s Captain Marvel goes by the name Shazam. A recent graded 9.8 sold for only $487.50. There are some Near Mint raw copies available within the $30/$40 range.
There are three sketch variants that really need to be on your radar as possible signature series books for your collection and turnovers. Rocket Raccoon (2014 2nd Series) #1 will be accompanied by a few variants, but the Midtown Comics J. Scott Campbell sketch variant is a winner. Get this $20 variant CGC Signature Series and you’re looking at a nice payday. Buy it raw even; flip it in a couple of weeks. You’ll make some cash on this comic easy. A ridiculously gorgeous Jim Lee sketch variant on Superman Unchained (2013 DC) #7 will sell for a premium if you can score a signature and a 9.8 or higher. And speaking of absolutely gorgeous, a $300 Alex Ross sketch cover for Captain America (2012 7th Series) #22 would be a nice turnover if a sig/9.8 is attached.
The cash cow, a.k.a. Marvel Comics will cashing in on the Guardians of the Galaxy frenzy with new comic series featuring Rocket Raccoon (mentioned earlier) and Star Lord in Legendary Star Lord (2014 Marvel) #1 . A bazillion variant covers on this one is quite the overkill here, but the Midtown Comics variant would be a nice pick-up only to flip quickly. While the Raccoon will see much success, Star-Lord will probably see a hot out of the gate presence, but will fall flat eventually. Then you have Guardians of the Galaxy Galaxys Most Wanted (2014) #1 which features a story with Rocket Raccoon and Groot. It’s essentially a Marvel Team-Up comic with the Guardians name attached instead. The cover alone will have heads turning on this one.
Hey I told you about Figment #1 and now Figment (2014) #2 is already sold out. Not only is it sold out, but a major on line comic store is limiting ONE per customer.
Fearless Dawn Hard Times (2014) #0 will sellout by this weekend. If you want to search for a comic that probably has a very limited print run and features the first appearance of Fearless Dawn; look for The Bomb #1 (2006) (Atom Bomb Comics).
DC Comics’ Earth 2 (2012 DC) #25 will feature a new Superman. An African American Superman that isn’t Steel or President Superman.
Batman Superman (2013 DC) #12 will have a character “with great strength”, but have no idea who they are. Intro? Pick it up, find out. And who is Gruesome George? Find out in Batwing (2011-) #33 .
Radar love; Scum of the Earth (2014) #1 , Enormous (2014) Ongoing #1 , Oz Age of Darkness (2014) #1 , 100th Anniversary Special Fantastic Four (2014) #1 , Tom Clancy Splinter Cell Echoes (2014) #1 , Deadpool vs X-Force (2014) #1 , and Hack Slash Son of Samhain (2014 Image) #1 .
Read and Invest Wisely.