Talking in the Corner Issue #1

1/15/21 - Andrew Iwamasa

Hey all, we thought that it was about time that we started up a weekly discussion with you about all things comic books, as that is....well, what we do. This, knock on wood, weekly blog will be followed up by a weekly Live YouTube broadcast hopefully on Friday Nights, with follow ups on Sundays. We will see how that schedule pans out....

Please note, that while I will attempt to avoid any major spoilers here, I am a fan and not a journalist, and often get lost in my geek-ness. I give warning that there may be spoilers below, so tread carefully.

This episode will be a little bit longer as we are going to take a quick look over the past 15 days to start of 2021, and after words maybe we'll do one covering some highlights of 2020 (maybe). Please forgive us as we will adapt, and hopefully make this better every episode, taking us into newer, fancier and more exciting directions every week. As always, be sure to check back often, follow/like us on Facebook, YouTube, and all the other exciting social media outlets so you can be sure to catch all the latest news, the hottest comics and of course, Feed Your Inner Geek regularly. Please let us know in the comments below, by emaling us at info@ccornermi.com, or by sending us a direct message on https://facebook/ccornermi.com if you have any suggestions, questions, or just want to chat! All items can be located on our Online Purchasing Platform at https://ccornermi.com

Earlier this week Batman #1 (originally published 4/24/40) sold at the Heritage Auction for $2.2 Million in a CGC graded condition of 9.4! Golden age comic books (published between 1938-1956) continue to reach new heights as the rarity of these books in any condition make collectors out of those with truly disposable income. Look for another post for us to discuss the ideas of collecting, the different ages of comics, and more soon.

The live-action comic world had some exciting news recently, with today, Friday January 15th, being the release of the first TWO episodes of Marvel and Disney+ Wandavision! Having just watched them, I have a lot to say, but without spoilers, it is a wonderful treat that is going to take a lot of people by surprise, and maybe confuse a lot of people.

First, growing up in the 70's and 80's and being a Star Wars kid, having the quick little intro in the beginning of a film has been something that has always held a certain excitement and anticipation that I find hard to explain to those that haven't had that experience. When watching Star Wars, the 20th Century Fox opening, with the drum beat and fanfare of horns, was as much a part of Star Wars as John William's music. That simple 5 seconds had me on the edge of my seat already more excited than I ever had been, once every three years for almost a decade! Starting up Wandavision, I quickly realized that this was something that I had been missing on all of the other Marvel TV series, be it Agents of Shield to Helstrom and everything in-between. Oddly, that connection to my childhood only continued as I watched the next, almost hour of TV, as this series tries so much to invoke the shows of yesteryear. Watching the show with my 23 year old daughter and 9 year old son did give me pause, as I was unsure if the show would be relying too heavily on things that they might not have experienced, as I do not believe either of them have ever seen Betwitched, or the Dick Van Dyke show.  Not only that, but while the actors, director and writers themselves do an amazing job of presenting a show, filmed today, it is, on purpose, created with a feel of the 1960's for a very specific reason. Are they spending too much time setting the feel/joke of the show, or is the world-building enough of a hook to keep people of the new millennium coming back each week? We certainly enjoyed coming up with theories, am pretty sure we have a good idea where the show is going, and would be happy to chat with any of you about it! 

The Vision's first appearance is in Avengers (1963) #57, Scarlet Witch's first appearance in X-Men (1964) #4, both of which are pricey books due to actual scarcity ($2k+ and $600+ respectively). Other speculation books to keep an eye on include (but due to spoilers I will refrain from why), Yellowclaw (1956) #1, Avengers (1963) #52, Fantastic Four (1961) #94, Giant-Size Avengers (1963) #4, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (1963) #16, West Coast Avengers (1985) #4, Vision and Scarlet Witch (1982) #12, Astonishing X-Men (2004) #3, Astonising X-Men (2004) #6, Young Avengers (2005) #10 and Vision (2015) #6. 

In DC news, the Green Arrow and the Canaries spin-off show has been officially taken off the books with contracts expiring when 2020 ended. While DC has talked about how they are expanding the DC Universe to include all stories, in print and in film, to be part of the multiverse (see the Death Metal mini-series, in stock now, and real world corporate big-wigs talk about it in another blog soon to come), this one sadly will not come to be. 

In the Batwoman side of the universe on the WB, pictures of Javicia Leslie's character Ryan Wilder both in and out of costume have been released earlier this year. While this character was made for the show, they did introduce her in Batgirl (2016) #50 earlier this year. While this book saw some heat last year, to a high of $30, it now currently sits around $10. The new season will also be featuring Zsasz, who first appeared in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (1992). This will actually be the fourth time the character has been presented in film, however, behind Tim Booth in Batman Begins (2005), Birds of Prey (2020) by Chris Messina and the TV series Gotham (2014) by Anthony Carrigan. This comic originally came bagged as a Collector Set with a 3-D pop-up, 2 posters, blue prints of Arkham and more, and currently is selling for around $12 unopened.

Mortal Kombat, the R-Rated film due out April 16th both in theaters and on HBO Max, released some new photos as well. Midway Games released a one-shot comic back in 1992 offering up first appearances galore, in 1994 and 1998 as well. However Malibu Comics (later purchased by Marvel) offered up quite a few issues in various different series during 1994-1995, all of which seem to have a value around $5-12, so quite a few to hunt around those dollar bins for.

Leaving the live-action stuff behind for today, there have been a few hot comic books over the past week, one revolving around the 1st appearance of the main universe version of Red X (originally appeared in Teen Titans Go! (2003) #23) in Future State: Teen Titans (2021) #1, which has jumped in price to currently be around $20.

Star Wars: High Republic (2021) #1, around $15-20 for the regular cover A, $30+ for the Hans variant cover, a 2nd print coming at the end of the month already selling for $20+ and a THIRD print coming out in February still at cover price. Keep in mind that the print run for this issue, across all print runs, is over 200,000.

Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #55 with a cover by new fan favorite Patrick Gleason! The 1st print is hitting highs of $35-40, and second prints hitting a high of $10. There are other limited edition variants for those of you that like to hunt, including a virgin cover hitting close to $80 or more! A black and white 1:50 version also exists for the 2nd print, which is a new trend hitting multiple print runs. As I have stated in the past, being wary of these books that take a sharp turn quickly are often knee jerk reactions and likely to not hold their value. I'll write another blog soon talking about if it's worth purchasing books like these.  For now, take this information for what you will.

That leads us to talk about a few things coming up in the near future to keep an eye out for. Patrick Gleason is going to be doing "Webhead" Variant covers for the Spider-Man universe moving forwards and a previously unannounced variant cover is coming for Carnage: Black White & Blood #1. Get your pre-orders in with us at Collector's Corner Inc while they're still cover price!

King in Black, over at Marvel as well, has been a huge profile mini-series by Michigander Ryan Stegman and Marvel Golden Child Donny Cates, #4 will have a 6 page preview for Peach Momoko's X-Men: Demon Days prestige series. As if you needed another reason to pick up this title.....

A semi-random message, DC has been starting the transfer of their Graphic Novel inventory to Lunar Distribution, which is causing for a strange Not In Stock issue for a temporary time. Please let us know if there are ones you want, and we will do our best to get them in your hands asap!

We will wrap this issue up with a list of some of the best selling titles last month. Make sure you didn't miss out on the hottest comics! IcV2 has released the top selling comics for December 2020, based on data collected from over 100 stores using the Comichub system over the 5 week period of November 29th-January 2nd. All of these issues are currently in stock with Collector's Corner Inc:

Top 20 Comic Books by Units – December 2020

Rank

Title

Publisher

Price

1

King In Black #1 (Of 5)

Marvel

$5.99

2

Batman #104

DC

$3.99

3

Batman Catwoman #1 (Of 12)

DC

$4.99

4

Dark Nights Death Metal #6 (Of 7)

DC

$4.99

5

Batman #105

DC

$3.99

6

King In Black #2 (Of 5)

Marvel

$4.99

7

Thor #10

Marvel

$3.99

8

Venom #31 KIB

Marvel

$3.99

9

Amazing Spider-Man #54 LR

Marvel

$3.99

10

DCeased Dead Planet #6 (Of 7)

DC

$3.99

11

Amazing Spider-Man #55 LR

Marvel

$3.99

12

Crossover #2

Image

$3.99

13

Dark Nights Death Metal The Last Stories of The DC Universe #1 (One-Shot)

DC

$8.99

14

Batman Black And White #1 (Of 6)

DC

$5.99

15

Batman Annual #5

DC

$4.99

16

Rorschach #3 (Of 12) (Mature)

DC

$4.99

17

Spawn #313

Image

$2.99

18

Star Wars Darth Vader #8

Marvel

$3.99

19

Wolverine #8

Marvel

$4.99

20

Immortal Hulk #41

Marvel

$3.99

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