Camelot 3000, Captain Marvel, The Woods, Hard Boiled & more!!!
Camelot 3000 1-12
Legends of Tomorrow might not be the best DC show out there but recent episodes have actually been pretty good and with an upcoming one titled “ Camelot 3000 “ hardcore DC fans should be cautiously optimistic.
Daredevil Vol. 3 #15
I’m wondering why Avenging Spider-Man 9 gets all the Captain Marvel love. I guess it’s that stunning cover ( one again covers rule ). Daredevil 15 features a sneaky Captain Marvel appearance which was released at the same time as Avenging 9. It predates Captain Marvel 1 and Amazing 689 which both were released in September 2012 as proven by the ads which states that the printer is working hard to bring you new books. That means that Avenging 9 and this book came out the same week. So shouldn’t the market consider this her first appearance?
NOTE: The Spidey Summer Sampler and Avenging 8 ( ad for new Captain Marvel ) predate both books above
The Woods 1
Syfy is adapting yet another comic, this time it’s a modern book that makes a little more sense than some other choices. The Cards and Comics Variant is still available at a reasonable price ( print run unknown ).
As far as rarity goes the Virgin book is probably the winner. Personally I like the Stokley Convention variant cover.
Here are the others:
Star Spangled Comics 100
First appearance of Ace the Bat-Hound
Tom King reintroduced an old character, Ace the Bat-Hound in the Batman Annual 1 from this year. The origin has been reworked so that the dog is the Joker’s?! Now Batman has him and has charged Alfred with his training. Warning bells should be going off in Bruce’s mind but whatever. If you collect animal firsts this one is for you.
Considering that both the Hulk and Valkyrie are set to enter Asgard in Thor: Ragnarok, this book seems like a good pic. The comic also pits Valkyrie against Hela.
Amazing Spider-Man 149
First Spider-Clone ( Ben Reilly )
Love Slott or hate him he’s not afraid to take Pete in all sorts of directions. Fans will remember the collecting frenzy this book created when the now infamous clone saga began. Unfortunately that epic failure helped bring the industry to its knees. I suggest you go back and read it though, it’s not as bad as one might think and it gave spidey some characters who have remained popular to this day.
NOTE: The clone reappeared in various issues leading up to WOS 117. Issue 114 is Ben’s earliest where he is shown in shadow and his hand sports a clue to his identity, a gold class ring. Issue 119 is also a key book as it is the first appearance of Ben as the Scarlet Spider!
More Hard Boiled…
Hard Boiled books won’t do much until a trailer hits ( if one ever does ) but finding rare keys and other treats make for a good hunt now.
Dark Horse Insider Vol. 1 issue 1
First appearance of Hard Boiled
The first feature from Dark Horse’s inaugural preview publication’s is about Hard Boiled and features announcements about Miller and Darrow’s upcoming Dark Horse projects. It also happens to be the first appearance of Predator and features some oddly colored interior art for issue 1.
Other notable insiders…
Dark Horse Futures
This comic could easily be considered the first comic appearance, it is definitely the first cover.
Dark Horse Fifth Anniversary Special
The comic’s antagonist, Nixon also appears outside of Hard Boiled in the Dark Horse 5th Anniversary Special which, collectors probably already know, is the first appearance of Sin City.
Aliens Magazine 1
Martha Washington's War Diary was reprinted as a mini-comic in Aliens Magazine UK 1 making it a pretty rare Nixon appearance in its own right.
Daredevil and the Punisher: Child’s Play
First cover and pro art for Geoff Darrow
Once and awhile I will be featuring the first pro work of popular creators. Considering the Hard Boiled stuff I think Darrow’s first cover/art is appropriate. ( He did do inks prior to this )