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San Diego Comic Con Inspires Gangsterism

So it begins.

The exclusives at SDCC are appearing on Ebay now. Expect a bunch of auctions that display a subtle yet unmistakable cynicism by featuring items that were given away that morning. Promotional items seen as a write-off by the companies handing them out will be seen as nuggets of Ebay gold by enterprising con-attendees. So it goes.

I’ll be at the event, that hive of scum and villainy, and will report back in a couple days. Wish me safe travel among the rogues.

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You’ve got half-an-hour to grab this lot of Silver Age Avengers comics. If you fail to meet the reserve, Skrulls will take this planet, the Red Skull will party on our graves, and Ultron will hack all our favorite adult websites replacing the content with memes from 4chan.

Act now! Avengers Assemble!

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Here’s where hype goes: An unremarkable first appearance comic (in this case The Invincible Iron Man issue 55) that can have its price jacked up to coincide with a hit movie (Thanos is in the credit tag at the end of Avengers… in case you’re one of the three human beings on the planet who haven’t seen it yet).

Am I angry? No. The boom is short-lived but can be good for comics overall because at least people are buying comics, even if it’s for silly reasons. And there are far worse first appearances you could be spending money on. Also, I love this seller’s approach. He includes a weirdly personal note in the sale that includes information no one really needs. He starts with “Hey guys” which I think is very un-Thanos of him.

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I really like the Marvel What If series. It allows you to see other storylines of your favorite characters. All of these Wolverine comics have good concepts. Wolverine is one of those characters that has led so many different lives and he has battled with everyone in the Marvel universe. I keep telling myself that I am going to buy one of those What If graphic novels but I have yet to get one.

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WHO IS BLACK PANTHER?? Volume 1 and 2

So I just finished watching season 1 of Marvel Knights Black Panther animated series. The series was developed by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. The series is awesome, at least I think so. It combines motion comic animation with regular animation done by Titmouse Studios. The show even boasts an allstar cast featuring Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard and Stan Lee. I never read Black Panther comics before but this is the best place to start. abstractedmind is selling both volume 1&2 of the origin of Black Panther. I recommend checking it out its a pretty good read. Then maybe Netflix the first season.

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Of Thee I sing

With the United States always wrapped up in some shady nonsense, it’s easy to loose faith in the old red, white and blue. Secret prisons, torture, toppling developing nations and installing brutal dictators- it’s not easy to stay patriotic in these ethically trying times.

Thank God I found this auction. This bad boy reminds us America isn’t just the best damn nation in the world, but also the home of the planet’s greatest heroes. I swelled with pride so hard when I saw this, my muscles tore through the faded yellow Hulkamania tanktop I’ve been wearing since the fall of the Berlin wall.


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Patriotism can be cool ask CAPTAIN AMERICA

I for one am looking forward to this movie. I really hope it does not let me down, with Disney’s purchase of Marvel many projects have been changed. Particularly Spiderman Reboot, moving him back to highschool. The trailer for this movie looks awesome, I love that they are taking it from the beginning rather than doing it through flashbacks. Captain America to me is one of those superheros that you really have to give a chance. The older comics seem pretty goofy by today’s standards, but the newer ones done by Jim Lee are awesome. I’m not happy with Chris Evans who played Human Torch in the Fantastic Four playing Cap. There are so many other potential actors they could have chosen. But I guess they wanted to play it safe. My vote would have been for John Cena after Steve Rogers takes the serum.

Check out CAP kick those Nazi’s asses. Why would they think they could win? By they way Marvel Bucky sucks CAP does not need a Robin.

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Lest We Forget

Yesterday Marvel announced their upcoming event Fear Itself to much (any?) fanfare. Details are hazy at this time as are general ideas and even the vaguest conception of it aside from “it will involve Marvel characters, likely facing a struggle of some kind, with conflicts of some sort sprinkled throughout.” But we can all be certain it will be super important to our understanding of the Marvel comics universe and our own.

While we’re on the events train, let’s look back at my favorite* Marvel event: Atlantis Attacks!

Don’t remember AA? Shame on you. Get caught up with the following auctions.

The books themselves. Don’t look like a fool when someone references these truly unforgettable books. You know, maybe they’d talk about that epic fight in… er… or the real human drama that took place in… hm … or the really significant impact of the events detailed in… nope. No one will reference these. Buy them because it’s a slice of comics history.

The very important promo poster that invites you to “take the plunge” and buy all the books. Crucial. Great design work.

And what would any irrelevant crossover be without an even less necessary What If? book to hypothesize on slight variations on the original outcome we can’t even remember?

*After The Infinity Gauntlet, Inferno, probably even the Mutant Massacre… I don’t know, maybe Secret Wars 2 even. Actually Atlantis Attacks really sucked.

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A tale of two Bagley pages…

Two original art pieces here from Mark Bagley, the Cal Ripken of mainstream comics. An artist who’s style is and always has been very smooth, clean, and detailed without needing too much in the way of superfluous line work. He’s evolved a little bit over the years, but he’s got a trademark style that is as much it’s own as Alan Davis, an artist who I would compare with Bagley in many ways. Let’s get started.

The cover art from Mighty Avengers #8. A venomized Wasp. Great clean shots of Ms. Marvel, Iron Man, and the Sentry. Would love to have this piece, but $3000 is heavy. That said, this is a cover piece, and everyone knows that covers will demand the most value and attention. Do I see this piece retaining value? No. But do I think this will be a piece that changes hands often regardless? No.

This piece, an interior page from Ultimate Spider-Man, is the opposite as far as price tag. Another page that has a nice smattering of characters (Spidey, Moon Knight, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist) and while the “ultimate” version of Danny Rand leaves something to be desired, this is a really cool piece. Classic Bagley, and the price is right… no bids? Really?

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Excellent and underrated

Perhaps one of my strangest comic book obsessions is the oddball era of the Avengers circa issue 300. The team was in a very weird place and honestly, the Avengers (West Coast) were almost pulling the trump card on them. They had Iron Man, Hank Pym, and the Wasp, three of the original members. and long time favorites Hawkeye and Vision. But somehow a rag tag team of Captain America, Thor, Quasar and… whoever was around (really, look at the cover. She-Hulk and Black Panther. Before that? Gilgamesh, Mr. Fantastic, and the Invisible Woman.) worked JUST enough with some off kilter stories that the true version of Avengers found it’s way.

Throw in the Lava-Men, mindless lava creatures who took down a pretty bad idea (Avengers Island? Ew.) and this is a must have. You can find it in all sorts of used bins, but I’d scoop this copy up quickly. Comics at their finest.
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