Wizard Rewind June 1995

Welcome back for another edition of Wizard Rewind. Each month, I want to take a look back at a random issue of Wizard Magazine. So let’s review what was being talked about and what was Hot all those years ago. And for fun I will update a Casting Call while we are at it. But specifically, let’s review the Wizard Top 10 to see how those books are doing today. To better understand the market, we should have some idea of our history.

With that in mind, before I dive into the Top 10 from June 1995, let me set the stage and bring you back 24 years ago. Kudos to anyone who can pick out what time travel movie gif is used this month. Anyway, let’s all take a trip together back in the day…

Ok, so it’s June 1995, the summer begins before my senior year of high school. Hakeem the Dream & the Houston Rockets swept Shaq and the Magic. Blockbuster held the 1st Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. And finally we all got to see the Juice try on that glove.

Oh, I almost forgot, Dumb and Dumber was also released on VHS in June 1995. I would subsequently watch that movie over and over throughout the summer with my best friend. Yes, I realize that must come as a huge shock that 2 cool guys like us would have that much free time, but I still see it as time well spent.

We were so close to having a fun song at the top of the Billboard charts for June ‘95. In May, Montell Jordan was dominating the charts with “This Is How We Do It.” Great song? No, but it was amusing and brings back memories. And then in July, we would get TLC’s classic, Waterfalls. Also the source of a lot of great references over the years.

But no, we couldn’t get either of those gems were at the top of the Billboard charts. No, for June ’95 we unfortunately got Bryan Adams’ classic, “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman”. Definitely not as cool as the Robin Hood Prince of Thieves song, or near as good as the Karate Kid 2 one. But that Don Juan was so dreamy, wasn’t he?

Seriously though, remember CD Singles? That in and of itself really brings me back. Cassettes were still hanging in there for a while, but by ’95 CD’s had really taken over the Sam Goody’s by then.

Dominating the small screen we had Friends in its sophomore season. Truthfully, I wasn’t a big sitcom guy back in those days. I didn’t get into Seinfeld and Friends until a couple years later while away at college. But now, those episodes were classic.

Also premiering on TV’s back in ’95 was the MTV classic, Singled Out. Remember that show? Jenny McCarthy and Chris Hardwick, look how young they look. Definitely required viewing, as was the MTV beach house back in those days. What happened to you MTV? I miss those golden days when you were giving us programming we didn’t even know we wanted.

On that note, remember their animated adaptation of The Maxx? Their animation was really pushing boundaries back then. But sadly, June of ’95 marked the end for The Maxx experiment.

Moving over to the big screen, June of ’95 was a big month for summer blockbusters. Back in those days, May and June were the primo months for blockbuster releases. So in June we were given such memorable hits as Apollo 13, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and Pocahontas. You know Avatar without the blue aliens.

But the real gems of ’95 were 2 incorrectly cast and even worstly directed comic adaptations. I know “worstly” isn’t a word, but you know what I mean when I reveal that I am talking about Batman Forever and Judge Dredd.

So first let’s quickly look at Batman. I like Val Kilmer a lot, but he was put in an untenable position with the movie Joel Schumacher was making. It was somehow an even cheesier version of the Batman ’66 TV show, but without the charm. The neon lights and bat-nipples.  I mean look at the neon gang. I see you Don “The Dragon” Wilson.

And why was Tommy Lee Jones playing Two-face in the same manner as Jim Carey’s Riddler? Was he having a senior moment thinking he was playing the wrong part? I mean Two Face has the potential to be a seriously disturbing and menacing villain if done right. But, “Holey rusted metal, Batman” that movie was just a mess.

And speaking of just getting it all wrong, what was that Judge Dredd movie? I mean couldn’t Sly just keep the helmet on? That is the character after all. Could you imagine a mask-less Spider-man or Batman just because the star wants to be seen? And what was with Rob Schneider? Who said we needed comic relief in this, and if we did, this is where we go? Was Pauli Shore busy making a Son-in-Law sequel? The movie mocks itself during it.

And Armand Asante was a clone of Stallone? What? They realize they don’t look alike right? Like at all. They are about as similar looking as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in Twins, which was a far superior movie in every way.

Ok, now that we got you back into your 1995 mindset, please put your Pogs away, un-layer your Aeropostale flannels, kick off your Doc Martins, and relax and enjoy our look back at this month’s Wizard.

Let’s not waste any time this month and just get right into the Top Ten comics for June of 1995. Going over the list, the trends of the times were pretty clear. Mid 90s were all about gimmick covers and Bad Girls.

Seems pretty familiar. If you consider variant covers gimmicks, then what’s old is new again. I mean variants aren’t a new idea. They were doing them way back in the 90’s. Don’t you guys remember Gen 13 Vol 2’s 13 variant covers?

They had homages to Frazetta, Spider-man #1, Giant Size X-men #1, Janet Jackson’s Rolling Stone cover, Pulp Fiction, Sandman, etc. But those hit the shelves a few months before this Wizard so we aren’t going to get into that. So without further gilding the lily and no more to do, I give you the Top Ten…

X-MEN ALPHA #1

Wizard Guide Value: $6.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $39.99 on 6/18/19
Raw – $5.00 on 6/22/19
The 90’s were all about the X-men Event. Every year we got a new full line X-crossover. That said, the Age of Apocalypse was always one of my favorites. This was back when the alternate character versions was still a pretty novel idea. These days it’s done to death.Unfortunately this book won’t make you rich if you find it, despite its perch atop the Top Ten. That said, it’s still a fun read and should be a part of any PC, along with the rest of this event.

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GEN 13 #1

Wizard Guide Value: $35.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $89.99 on 6/15/19
Raw – $10.00 on 6/22/19Ah, Gen 13 was total 90’s. We will see plenty more of this title during this article. But this series introduced most of us to J Scott Campbell who co-created this team of super powered teens with Jim Lee and Brandon Choi.While this team and this book isn’t quite as sought after as it once was, it is still relevant. People still remember these characters and even though you can occasionally find this in a dollar box, that would be considered a score as this book can still fetch a few bucks.

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THE X-FILES #1

Wizard Guide Value: $15.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC SS 9.8 – $51.00 on 5/27/19
Raw – $4.00 on 6/21/19

I gotta confess, I was never a big X-Files fan. Don’t get me wrong, it’s right up my alley, but I just never watched the show. Not sure why, but I’ve always meant to go back to it, but 11 seasons is a daunting task that I admit has just not been in the cards for me. One of these days though.

That said, in its heyday, this was “The” show and that popularity carried into this adaptation. $15 was a lot for a single issue back in ’95. That said, it’s a bit easier to find these days and if you are a fan, then you have to at least have this 1st issue in your PC.

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LADY DEATH #1

Wizard Guide Value: $65.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $219.99 on 3/4/19
Raw – $19.99 on 6/18/19

I’m sure a lot of you remember this book and what it did to the industry. It was the perfect storm of new character, gimmick cover, and epitomized the “Bad Girl” fad. You’ll see a few more Bad Girls on this list, but this was the Queen back in the day.

Today’s prices are a respectable hold considering the heat on this back in the day. At $65, I’m surprised this didn’t top the list. I can’t lie, I loved this book back then. That chromium cover was a thing of beauty. Kinda wish I still had my copy.

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SHI #1

Wizard Guide Value: $19.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $60.00 on 3/20/19
Raw – $4.99 on 6/20/19

90’s Bad Girls pop up on the list again. It’s a shame this book is now completely dismissed. You can find these in dollar bins and I try to rescue as many as I can, but there’s only so much I can do. 

I met Bill Tucci at a small local show back then. I still remember thinking how cool it was that I was meeting the guy who made the book I was holding. Still have my signed copy of issue #3. It’s not all about the $$$ people. Sometimes a book can transcend it’s market value in nostalgia.

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GEN 13 #2

Wizard Guide Value: $25.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $47.00 on 12/14/18
Raw – $2.75 on 6/7/19

JSC’s teen team pops up again. I told you we’d see more of these guys. But this has unfortunately not held that $25 price tag it was demanding 24 years ago. You can snap up the whole run for that price now, and you should if you don’t already have it.

It’s still early JSC. Sure there are tons of copies out there, but if you don’t have it, you should. I mean it won’t cost you much. 

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LADY DEATH BETWEEN HEAVEN & HELL #1

Wizard Guide Value: $3.50
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $59.00 on 6/8/19
Raw – $7.75 on 6/22/19

I told you Bad Girls were hot. Sure Lady Death isn’t as popular as she once was but she still has books coming out. This one is even trading at a premium today. Not much, but still. 

What’s old is new again, just look at the movie theaters with 90’s movies Aladdin, Men in Black, and Child’s Play. Same could be said for the Bad Girls of the 90s. I’m looking at you Red Sonja and Vampirella. Maybe Lady Death is due a renaissance as well.

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ASH #1

Wizard Guide Value: $4.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $15.49 on 5/1/17
Raw – $2.59 on 4/16/19

Every list needs a fall guy. I don’t have much to say about this one. Remember Event Comics? 

Yeah that happened. I think he was like a fireman version of Batman complete with a joker type villain. Its ok Joe Quesada made his mark elsewhere. But yeah this happened. I flip past these all the time, along with the Malibu titles, the Plasm books, and all the forgotten publishers of yesteryear. Hey, no one bats 1000.

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VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1

Wizard Guide Value: $25.00
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – $78.10 on 2/3/19
Raw – $3.00 on 6/16/19

Bad Girl Foil cover by Joe Q, this is so 90s. It was also so over printed 90s so you can find these packing dollar bins. That said, it’s a great looking cover and if you don’t have it, it’s worth a buck. It’s a wraparound cover too, so I will leave that for you to discover when you inevitably find this in the wild. 

There are some hard to find variants of this too that command a few bucks. Think there’s a gold logo and a blue foil version or something so keep an eye out.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #400

Wizard Guide Value: $3.95
Recent Sales Data: CGC 9.8 – 56.00 on 6/5/19
Raw – $10.55 on 6/23/19

This cover is hard to see, but it’s a 90s gimmick cover that is also a minor key as the death of Aunt May. Don’t worry, she came back because, well, comics.

But this embossed tombstone cover is still pretty snazzy and still commands a few bucks.  One of the few books on the list that has appreciated in value over the last 24 years.

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Before we wrap up this month’s look back, let’s dive into a couple more features from this issue. Apart from the Top 10 list, Wizard also offered a lot of other features. This issue had a sneak peek into Batman Forever, a feature on Chaos Comics the publisher of Lady Death and Evil Ernie books, and an instructional article on drawing faces by Greg Capullo. Wizard was always good to artists and these little features were like crack to a young aspiring artist like me back in the day. I loved these things and used them as my own personal instructor. This was before you could learn how to do anything on youtube people.

Also in this issue was a nice little article with Grant Morrison and Mark Millar talking up their latest book, Skrull Kill Krew.  I know you’ve seen those in the dollar bins while digging. Next time stop and pick it up.  Also in this issue was an interview with Comics legend Neil Adams. Wizard was always good to comic creators and they always had top shelf talent providing them with excellent content each and every month.

But it was around this time that Wizard started to expand their coverage past comics. In this issue we had features on upcoming cartoons, video games, and toys. Homemade heroes was always fun because I used to make my own out of extra figures I had back then too. Can’t tell you how many Secret War figures I ruined with my crappy model painting.

And another fun feature they had in this issue was a short non-sports card price guide. If you were like me, you had your fair share of comics and movie related cards. I came to comics from the sports card hobby so it was a natural extension of connecting both. One of these days I am gonna talk Ben into letting me try my hand at a non-sports card feature. Maybe once a month like these Wizard Rewinds. But I digress.

So anyway, moving on. One other feature that always catches my eye is any sort of Buried Treasure or under-valued highlight. In this issue Wizard gave us a double shot of a Comic Watch and a Good & Cheap. So let’s take a quick peek at their picks and see how they did after 24 years.

COMIC WATCH
UNCANNY X-MEN #312

I’m a fan of Joe Madureira and his run on Uncanny. Something about that Manga style really struck a chord with me following my adoration of all things Jim Lee. My current doodles still have a Joe Mad inspiration behind them. But despite how good his run was, there aren’t many books that hold much value. So I must give this a meh

Wizard Guide Value: $2.00
Recent Sales Data:
CGC 9.8 – $41.00 on 6/17/19
Raw – $4.78 on 6/20/19

GOOD & CHEAP
MARVEL TEAM-UP #65

We’ve seen this one heat up semi recently. 1st Captain Britain stateside. This is a big win for the ol’ Wizard crew

Wizard Guide Value: $6.00
Recent Sales Data:
CGC 9.8 – $410.00 on 2/27/19
Raw – $60.00 on 6/21/19

MARVEL TEAM-UP #66

Part 2 of our intro to Brian Braddock and another score.

Wizard Guide Value: $3.50
Recent Sales Data:
CGC 9.8 – $215.00 on 5/8/19
Raw – $14.99 on 6/17/19

OK, so moving on. I realize not everyone is a fan of these casting calls, so I have saved it for the end so you can skip it if you want. But this month’s wizard gave us their casting for a Gen 13 Movie. Told you we’d see them again.

But the Casting Call is still one of my favorite things to do these days, so I am not gonna stop until I run out of ideas. So if you don’t like it…

I’m just playing, but once again, just for fun, let me give it try and see what I can come up with to cast this movie today. So with that, this is my pitch to cast a Gen 13 movie made today without any regard to logic, budget, or star power.

  

Ok, I realize I may have aged up the characters a bit in this Casting Call, but considering how JSC drew these characters I would’ve felt weird casting them any younger. I’m just saying.

Ok so that’s another month in the books. Hopefully, you enjoy reading these as much as I enjoy looking back to the past. Thanks for your time for those that made it this far, and once again, I leave you with these familiar words of wisdom.

“If you do not know where you come from, then you don't know where you are, and if you don't know where you are, then you don't know where you're going. And if you don't know where you're going, you're probably going wrong.” ― Terry Pratchett 

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11 comments

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    Age of Apocalypse is the greatest mega crossover marvel has ever done. Thanks for another wizard rewind article. Has to be one of my favorite reads.

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    Not sure if I should be proud or embarrassed that I have all of the Top 10 books….

    • Peter Renna

      Be proud. I know, I am even though I no longer own them all. Never be ashamed of the PC. Now if you were spec-ing on Shi to be a future retirement fund, then that’s a different conversation. haha

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    love the casting call. screw the haters. 🙂

    • Peter Renna

      Thanks bud. I was just having some fun with the “Jog On” gif. I love that movie and have been looking for an excuse to use it for months. 😉

  • accustomfigures
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    Anything is worthy if it’s Jack Noseworthy.

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    I remember that time very clearly.

    I was living in Vancouver after moving there from Quebec.

    Gen 13 got hot because of obvious reasons, bad girl craze, JSC and Jim Lee, new teen titans like team from her publisher at the time etc.

    However one if the reasons why issue 1 got really hot is because it was delayed over a year.

    Orders were put in originally and obviously were really high but then the comic never showed. It was delayed and that lasted close to a year. By the time it actually was released, lots of stores cancelled some of their Gen13 orders to replace them with other books also because a lot of clients simply gave up and cancelled their pre-orders as well.

    Hard to believe, but Gen13 #1 did sell out everywhere, and people were scrambling to get copies.

    Gen13 #1 and Lady Death #1 were by far the 2 hottest most sought after comics back then.

    I remember my LCS having both Gen13 #1 and lady death #1 for 10$ and 15$. I ended up getting the Lady Death #1.

    2 weeks later at a comic show held in a church every last Saturday of the month, I traded my LD #1 to a dealer for a bunch of ASM comics in the 200 including ASM 298 and 299.

    Since then though, I did get back my copies of LD #1… nostalgia man! And to this day, Instill love the cover.

    RIP Mr. S. Hughes

    • Peter Renna

      Awesome. Thanks for sharing. I forgot that it was delayed that long. Brings back all sorts of memories. I can’t remember what I bought with my Lady Death Trade in. But I did trade it in to a dealer. It is still a great cover like you said.

  • fogsmoviereviews
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    This is a great series, I love reading them and thinking back to the old Wizard days! Keep up the great work!

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