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1 Oblivion Song #1 Pink Signature

WRITER: Robert Kirkman
ARTIST: Lorenzo De Filici
These had dropped all the way down to cover price.  After Kirkman said that there was going to be a movie, dozens and dozens have sold for $25

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2 Die #1

WRITER: Kieron Gillen
ARTIST: Stephanie Hans
Back on the list again, sales more than doubled the past few days where raw copies are now $35-40 and 9.8’s are back to $150 after having dropped down to the $80 range just a week ago

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3 Batman & Robin Adventures Annual #1

WRITER: Paul Dini
ARTIST: Various

If you count movie adaptations as 1st appearances, then this book wouldn’t qualify as a first.  But people are choosing this one with sales up to $65 right now because Tom King is bringing the character back and apparently into DC continuity.

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4 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm GN

WRITER: Kelley Puckett
ARTIST: Mike Parobeck
Which brings us to this.  (Check out Topher's True Firsts for more infor!) Tons of sales, up from $3 to $15.  My thought is that a movie adaptation is nothing more than a reprint, which is why this one hasn’t seen the increases like #3 above.  It’s an interesting topic of conversation though, so please feel free to chime in!

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5 Sensational She-Hulk #40

WRITER: John Byrne
ARTIST: John Byrne
A 9.6 sold for a record $200.  Raw copies are up to $65-70 when a month ago they were half that.  Good girl art strikes again.

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6 Sonic the Hedgehog #1

WRITER: Francis Mao
ARTIST: Francis Mao
A 9.0 sold last summer for $215, then one sold in January for $530.  One sold this week for $900 (the pretty rare oversized Mean Machines version).  This is not a book that you are likely to find in $1 bins.  Not a Sonic expert, so anyone with more knowledge than me, please feel free to fill us in on how these books worked.

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7 Venom (Vol. 4) #3

WRITER: Donny Cates
ARTIST: Ryan Stegman
9.8’s were pretty steady around $80-90 and have now jumped to $110+.  Raw copies were pretty steady in the $20 range and are now up to $40.

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8 Hungry Ghosts #1

WRITER: Anthony Bourdain
ARTIST: Alberto Ponticelli & Vanesa Del Ray
This one made the list a while ago for unfortunate reasons.  Now, an animated show is apparently being produced and this one jumped back from cover price to $15-20 again.

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9 Betty & Veronica #261

WRITER: Dan Parent
ARTIST: Dan Parent & Rich Koslowski
This made the Hot 10 a long time ago, but the price has never gone down, and in fact, it is much more expensive with a raw sale this week of $350, which is up significantly from the $175-200 recently.  Definitely check out Mike Morello’s ‘Cover Tunes’ Dan Parent article this week for more detailed info on these types of books that seem to be popping every week.

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10 Omega Men #3

WRITER: Roger Slifer
ARTIST: Keith Giffen
After having softened to around $190-200 for 9.8’s, news of a Lobo tv show jumped prices right back up to the $225-250 range.

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Dreamwalker #0

WRITER: Jenni & Barry Gregory and Eric Powell
ARTIST: Jenni Gregory & Eric Powell
a 9.0 sold for $350, double what the last one sold for a couple years ago.  Raw copies are $300.  For those not in the know, this is Goon's first appearance.

Spook #22 (#1)

WRITER: Various
ARTIST: L.B. Cole (cover)
A CGC 5.5 sold this week for $3500.  A 5.5 last sold just a year and a half ago for $930.

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    why was the pink signature version chose over the collectors edition? it went from like 140 for a 9.8 to like 330

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    For the sonic mean Machines comic/magazine…It is pretty rare, but if someone is looking for Sonic the Hedgehog’s first comic book appearance (Definitely outside of Japan and probably his very first) that falls to the mini version with the same cover of the magazine size Mean Machines. The mini Sonic comic was released first and if not as rare as the Mean Machines it is certainly almost as rare especially in high grade since the mini was a give away. Either doesn’t show up for sale vary often.

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      From what I can gather the Sonic Mean Machines was an insert in an issue of the magazine. I’m not 100% on that…More like 85% 😉 I do like it but if you are a sonic fan get the mini first.. It is a true first. If the Mean Machines starts getting super hot they could start showing up more since it was one of the highest selling video game magazines in England. The print run may have been a lot. How many have survived? That’s the big question.

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    Good point. It does seem rather disingenuous to select the pink signature version over the collector’s edition, the latter being the more sought-after, limited and spec go-to for this book.

    Still, it’s better than putting up the advanced trade. Not too sure why people are wasting their money betting on an advance tp.

  • Topher

    There are a few others to consider with Sonic, Disney Adventures Magazine an the super rare Electronics Game Monthly ( dated Oct 1991 ).

    Great list Ben.

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    Love the Batman and Robin annual, but I never viewed it as the first appearance of Phantasm. Looks like some places have it listed as her first, but that might be based solely on the cover and not the actual book. The story is a direct sequel the the events of the movie, so it’s a great read…just not a first (in my opinion).

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    OK, Let’s set the record straight on the Phantasm First Appearance. Batman and Robin Adventures Annual 1 came out in Nov 1996 while the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm GN came out in both Prestige and Standard versions in Dec 1993, and the Digest size promo copy that came packed with VHS release in May of 1994, all three of these are over 2 years before the Annual, and both fall directly into the same argument as BA 12 versus Batman: Harley Quinn

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    Yeah the mini-comic is the true first for Sonic – insert in Disney Adventures and Mean Machine. The very same comic, albeit regular-sized, was a pre-order bonus for the game.

    Also, that same comic is an insert in Justice League Europe #33 and I believe one other. I’ve heard that some people remove the insert from JLE 33 and try to pass it off for the original (only difference is the insert has “Advertisment” across the top – which people just remove.)

    This is a wicked list, underrated books.

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      OK, just a little more on the Sonic comic and I will shut up…

      The Sonic mini comics was distributed in the fall of 1991(as listed on CGC copies). The Mean Machine insert is listed in CGC copies as January 1992. I have heard that the mini was included in Disney Adventures (Thor of Rivia stated that as well). Does anyone know for sure if it was? I have three of the mini comics and have absolutely no idea how I got them. I worked at a mom and pop video game store right after high school around the time Sonic was released and may have gotten them there but not sure about that. Around the same time my friends father would go to the CES in Los Vegas every year and bring back a ton of video game related stuff. He may have grabbed a bunch of those if they were being given away at the Sega booth and given them to us. I just don’t know.

      The same comic is also in the October 1991 issue of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) as Topher stated. It isn’t an insert but printed inside and is part of the magazine. The EGM might actually be a tie with the mini promo comic since CGC lists the mini as being “Fall” 1991. Honestly I have no idea which came first but the favorite seems to be the mini. LOL, so convoluted!

      There were four DC comics (at least) that distributed the newsprint version in December 1991.

      Detective Comics #639
      Justice League Europe #33
      Superman #62
      Action Comics#672

      The newsprint version supposedly was also distributed separately as well.

      Funny thing is all these US versions were distributed before the Mean Machines insert. I’m not even sure just how rare the mean machines is since as I stated before it had a large fan-base in the UK. There could be hundreds or even more siting around in the UK just waiting to be put on Ebay. I guess time will tell on that one.

      If anyone has anymore info on these let me know!

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    After reading Topher’s thoughts on his new True Firsts article I have to agree with his logic on “in continuity” first appearances. His Batman/Superman Annual 4 argument really clears it up. I think he’s right that Batman Beyond Universe is Phantasm’s true first appearance in DC proper continuity, by way of Batman Beyond. And there’s only one copy on ebay presently. Can’t wait to see what that auction goes for.

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    Got Mask Of Phantasm and She-Hulk.

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    Oblivion Song…..Outcast…..lol…. All I’m sayin

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    I’m in awe at that issue of B&V. It’s probably the most valuable comic I currently own. And the funny thing? The vampironica story was digital first, making it a reprint.

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    I think some of you guys are losing sight of what a reprint is. If it’s a book that’s in print for the first time there is no “re”. It’s a first print. That’s it. The end.

    • Ben Steiniger

      May have been a poor choice of words on my part. Never said it was a reprint, just ‘nothing more’ than a reprint. It’s taking material from other media, so it is not original content…similar to store variants that are reusing old art, a lot of people don’t like that.

      That being said, I honestly have no opinion right now on which Phantasm book is most important or relevant. I’m open to listen to both sides of the fence at this point.

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    Own 5 books on the list this week. Oblivion song, die, venom, Betty & Veronica, and omega men. Good week for me.

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    OK, just a little more on the Sonic comic and I will shut up…

    The Sonic mini comics was distributed in the fall of 1991(as listed on CGC copies). The Mean Machine insert is listed in CGC copies as January 1992. I have heard that the mini was included in Disney Adventures (Thor of Rivia stated that as well). Does anyone know for sure if it was? I have three of the mini comics and have absolutely no idea how I got them. I worked at a mom and pop video game store right after high school around the time Sonic was released and may have gotten them there but not sure about that. Around the same time my friends father would go to the CES in Los Vegas every year and bring back a ton of video game related stuff. He may have grabbed a bunch of those if they were being given away at the Sega booth and given them to us. I just don’t know.

    The same comic is also in the October 1991 issue of EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly) as Topher stated. It isn’t an insert but printed inside and is part of the magazine. The EGM might actually be a tie with the mini promo comic since CGC lists the mini as being “Fall” 1991. Honestly I have no idea which came first but the favorite seems to be the mini. LOL, so convoluted!

    There were four DC comics (at least) that distributed the newsprint version in December 1991.

    Detective Comics #639
    Justice League Europe #33
    Superman #62
    Action Comics#672

    The newsprint version supposedly was also distributed separately as well.

    Funny thing is all these US versions were distributed before the Mean Machines insert. I’m not even sure just how rare the mean machines is since as I stated before it had a large fan-base in the UK. There could be hundreds or even more siting around in the UK just waiting to be put on Ebay. I guess time will tell on that one.

    If anyone has anymore info on these let me know!

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