Winter Lessons Learned
Greetings and jamutations Tin Hatters! The bi-weekly Tin Foil Spec returns for it’s monthly self audit. What’s scarier? Tin Foil audit or an IRS audit? I’ll vote for the one that involves Tom Cruise! Let’s delve into the world of yesterday that was the Polar Vortex known as January 2019!
(This original Tin Foil Spec was actually a Google Plus post; it was before I got my writing gig with CBSI. It may disappear soon, so if you want to see it in its raw glory, make sure to click the following link: Tin Foil Spec – January 2019.)
Oooof, that opening line sure is ironic 1 month later. On with the show!
Young Justice #1 – The print run may not be out yet, but something tells me it will not reach 100k. It was still a popular book with a lot of variants, and the winner ended up being the Jorge Jimenez variant (did you know that Jorge Jimenez does ab crunches on the beaches of Spain while reading Justice League?). Over time, this Bendis book will definitely be a real heat magnet; as long as he has a good editor, he has the ability to bring back his Ultimate writing that made him popular in the first place.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 4 out of 5 Tom Cruises. This book might have a respectable print run, but it has a strong chance of ending up like Young Avengers #1. Get that Superboy meme variant.
Naomi #1 – While not a quick flip book out of the gate, this is another Bendis created character. The art is gorgeous and it has a lot of potential. I thought she would’ve made a cameo appearance elsewhere, but it looks like this is her first first full full appearance appearance. That doesn’t happen too often nowadays.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Bendis books burn slow but heat high. Wait for the DC cartoon announcement.
The Other History of the DC Universe – Another Black Label book that was mightily swung away by the Batawang. Can DC just kill this label already? What was once an exciting prospect for flexible writers has been killed on arrival.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 5 out of 5 John Travoltas. Just let it be cool already!
Batgirl #30 – Middleton knocked it out of the park of course. His final Batgirl cover was PC worthy. Although his books have now reached Artgerm levels (where shops order enough to meet demand), it’s still not a bad idea to collect them when you see them.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Respectable, PC worthy book.
Batgirl #31 – From one amazing artist to another, DC didn’t let Batgirl collectors take a break. Fantastic Artgerm cover, these were snatched up by adamant collectors who had planned way ahead.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Another respectable variant for the PC. No immediate quick flip though.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Mitch Gerads got to flex his Batman muscle, but #61 will be the one to hold. The flipping of stories and recent variant cover art makes me suspicious of DC releasing all the variant cover art in their April solicits.
The Batman Who Laughs #2 – There may not be a connection to Paladin, but the story is still solid. Store variants killed any and all heat though.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Good book to read but no flipping potential. The Grim Knight made his debut in #1 as well.
Catwoman #7 – Beautiful cover by Ben Oliver that had great quick flip opportunities. Cooled off afterwards, but you can still sell for double cover in some cases. The Harley Quinn variant definitely stole the quick flip thunder.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 5 out of 5 Tom Cruises. This was all about the quick flip and first to market. If you don’t flip first, you flip last! Hopefully money was made for you.
Detective Comics #995 – #997 – Three ‘Tec books in a month to get ready for ‘Tec #1000. A shadowy figure killed some characters and poked Alfred! Was it Antonio Banderas? However, #994 & #995 have been selling for double cover, so those two have potential at least.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Tomasi is writing a great story that will lead to #1000. #995 is still a good flip, but the other two books have stayed in cover price territory.
Doomsday Clock #9 – Ah man, another book that inevitably gets hit with the delay flu. At this rate, the next presidential elections will happen before this series is finished.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 5 out of 5 Jason Lees. Was here but now is gone.
Harley Quinn #57 – Oooooh boy. I should edit out my last sentence in my original post. Not only did this book blow up the market, but it is pretty much the next Batgirl #23. It reached a high of about $30, but it has since settled in the $20 range. However, it does have a first appearance, so this will never die.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 5 out of 5 L. Ron Hubbards. A quick flip winner, a long term winner, and overall winner winner.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Fun read, has a probably first “Old” appearance. An animated movie would help this series.
Raven, Daughter of Darkness #11 – This Yasmine Putri cover was a thing of beauty! However, it was also ruined by the trade dress. Had it been a B variant, it would’ve blown things up.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Beautiful cover that was ruined by the trade dress. Maybe one day Putri collectors will pick this up?
Suicide Squad #50 – There are still some Mattina collectors out there. Not too many left though.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 1 out 5 Tom Cruises. Things are looking less likely for Mattina to blow over like the first time.
Supergirl #26 – Another Artgerm cover that was a PC grab.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Respectable PC variant.
From the former House of M to the original House of M, let’s check out Marvel’s contribution to your tax dollars!
Conan the Barbarian #1 – Too many variants but the story seemed ok. There has been a second print, but it’s not likely that any of these will hold value.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 1 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Some good writing but no aftermarket love.
Guardians of the Galaxy #1 – Another high print run, high variant ratio book. However, it received a lot of love. Can’t go wrong with Donny.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Formation of a new team. If Donny gets to write more movie scripts, he might write this one day.
Captain Marvel #1 – It got a second print, so there must’ve been some love at some point. The Adam Hughes variant burned quickly though.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 1 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Not a whole lot going on. I think there’s a new team in there.
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 & #2 – Fun read indeed. Tom Taylor wasted no time in finding a chance to give Aunt May a deadly disease. May not heat up, but at least we finally have a Spider-Man story where his supporting cast feels important again.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Fun read but no heat.
Champions #1 – Another fun read, and I think there was a first appearance here. Jim Zub has a lot of love and passion for this series.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Good read, pick it up if you’re into these heroes. No aftermarket love but never doubt Jim Zub.
Crypt of Shadows #1 – Sweet horror book. Great covers. The Young Guns variant was tough to find.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Fun read and that Young Guns variant seems to be going for double cover. That John Tyler Christopher cover is a beautiful throwback to Golden Age horror books and seems to be going for slightly double cover. Small winner all around.
Journey Into Unknown Worlds #1 – That Superlog variant. Another fun throwback read but that Superlog variant though.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Dat Superlog variant doe.
War is Hell #1 – Some people liked it, and the Young Guns variant seems to be the winner out of all 3 of these books.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Solid read, most people enjoyed it, and the Young Guns variant by Checchetto sells for almost $15.
Marvel’s Avengers: Untitled Prelude #2 – Last year, the Marvel Avengers Prelude book caused instant heat. This time, it caused instant disappointment.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 1 out of 5 Katie Holmes. Just no.
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #2 – The Takeda variant ended up being a 1:25 variant and had good heat initially. No first appearance as far as what I saw, but we did get great dialogue between Miles and The Rhino. The Takeda variant has cooled off a bit, so now’s the best time to snatch it up at a good price.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 4 out of 5 Tom Cruises. I’m loving Ahmed’s take on Miles, very refreshing. The variant was a good flip upon release.
Venom #10 – Donny was hyping this book, saying it had a first appearance of a new character. I don’t think we got one, but we did get an origin story for Brock. Donny keeps knocking it out of the park.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 4 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Donny keeps building the Venomverse.
Marvel Tales: Venom #1 – The cover art is gorgeous. Great book that encompass Venom’s origin stories. The virgin variant is hot!
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 3 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Solid reprint for collectors who want to keep their originals safely tucked away. The virgin variant might be a great piece to hold.
Black Panther vs Deadpool #4 – Fun story that gave us a new mashup costume for Deadpool. Hasn’t taken the world by storm though. Still available on Midtown but some eBay sellers seem to ask for $10.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Fun story (almost all Deadpool vs. stories are) but tough to say whether it’ll heat up. Since some eBay sellers seem to be asking for double cover, just keep your eyes peel if/when the Midtown copies dry up.
Star Wars: Age of Republic – Jango Fett #1 – Jango Fett is just straight up badass. That InHyuk Lee cover is gorgeous.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 2 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Not lighting things up, but still a great cover to frame.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation #4 – This will be the year of Yasmine Putri! Copies dried up on eBay fast! Most sold around $20-$30, but it seems only international sellers have these listed now. These could rival that Vice Admiral Holdo variant.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 5 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Instant heat. Survived the (minimal) flood. Copies drying up.
Gunning for Hits #1 – Ice Cream Man made its debut in January 2018. This book makes it debut in January 2019! Joincidence? Fantastic book, great read, great art. Lots of option potential on this one.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 4 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Solid read and pretty much a guaranteed option. Great hold.
Spawn #293 – This book heated up but only by accident. The Cover C all black-and-white issue accidentally had color on some pages. No recalled happened, shops were allowed to sell as is, and Image gave everyone a new, corrected copy.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 5 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Instant heat. Still sells for around $15.
Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror – Jaws covers do well (just ask the Mondo crowd). This book was a great quick flip but eventually fizzled out.
FINAL TIN HAT RATING – 4 out of 5 Tom Cruises. Great quick flip. Pretty cover.
There is is Hatters! January 2019 wrapped up! What a great month. I hope you all made some money, enough to pay your Wednesday books. You never know what books will heat up though, and I feel January belonged to indie books. Many #1s heated up like crazy.
As always, keep your ears peeled, your eyes opened, and look up into the stars! Farewell from the world of tomorrow!