Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 128, where we take a look at comic books I own (and in some cases ones that I let get away), both new and old, often with a nostalgic leaning for those feelings of yesteryear.
For each of the comic books I include in this blog (except for digital issues), I list the current secondary market value. This is according to the listings at the website www.comicbookrealm.com. They list out the near mint prices, which are on the comic book grading scale of 9.4. If you go to the website to look up any in your collection, you can click on the price and see the value at different grades. Not all of my comics are 9.4. Some are probably better, and some are worse. But to simplify it, that’s the grading price I use here. And remember, a comic book is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
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Cool Comics News!
Did you know that Five Below had discount comic packs? I say had, because I have no idea if they still have them, as I picked up a few before the end of the year, and just recently opened one (I have lots of patience and was waiting until I wanted to use a pack for Cool Comics). So this week, all four Cool Comics issues are from a Marvel 4-Pack that cost just $4. Not bad, considering that two of the issues had variant covers, so their values are a little higher (note: I’m not a variant cover chaser, regardless of the fact that I’ve talked about them on here before…I just like to point them out when I have them, since some people do take a big interest in them). And by they way, DC fans, Five Below also carried DC discount packs.
Cool Comics Battle of the Week!
With a slight change of title to this section, this week Cool Comics is asking you what would happen should Laura Kinney (X-23) face off against Danny Rand, the Iron Fist! Who wins, and if you want to take this a little further, how do they pull off the victory?
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#608 — Ghost Rider #34, Marvel Comics, June 2009.
What? I thought this was a Ghost Rider comic? It says so on the cover, yet there’s a drawing of Wolverine. After a little checking on the Internet, I found out that in 2009 there was a Wolverine Art Appreciation month, and this is certainly one of those covers. So, what do you readers think? Do you like it when your comic book has an image of a different hero on the cover? It’s fun that this cover gives it a higher value (at least among collectors who appreciate this sort of thing…I was tempted to use the word “gimmick,” but to each his own…I try not to be too negative, because as the old adage goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”), yet it looks kind of awkward, doesn’t it? You buy an issue of Ghost Rider, and instead of a flaming skull, you get Logan’s Flock of Seagulls haircut. But not to worry, the inside does indeed contain a Ghost Rider story, and an action-packed one at that. The cover price of Ghost Rider #34 is $2.99, while the current value of this variant cover is $12.
#609 — The Immortal Iron Fist #27, Marvel Comics, August 2009.
Many moons ago, back in Episode 70, which came out in January 2017, I covered The Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1 in Recently Read Digital Comics. Because comiXology had a free giveaway. Can’t pass up free, can we? This collection contained issues #1-6, and I figured that I’d read the rest of the collections someday. And while I haven’t gotten to them yet, my Five Below 4-Pack contained this, the last issue in that series. Sort of stinks, doesn’t it, that they stuck in the last one? The good news is that by the time I finally get around to reading issues #7-27 via digital, I’ll no longer remember anything about this issue. As a matter of fact, I can’t recall now what’s in it, and I just read it last week. Maybe if I flipped through the pages I’d remember, but I’ve been reading a lot of comic books this year, and not all of them stay in my memories. By the way, you’re right. This is another variant cover. The cover price of The Immortal Iron Fist #27 is $3.99, while the current value of this variant cover is $5.
#610 — Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2, Marvel Comics, December 2014.
I don’t believe this title, do you? Death of Wolverine my foot. The May issue of Marvel Previews has four different mini-series featuring the return of Logan, and we’ve been getting peeks at him here and there since February, not to mention in the one-shot Marvel Legacy comic that came out last fall (by the way, Legacy is yesterday’s news, as Marvel is now promoting A Fresh Start…let’s give longtime fans original numbering so we can make thicker centennial issues, charging them more, then once that well has run dry, let’s start with number one issues again, because everyone will think the number ones will be worth millions of dollars someday…I’m not trying to be cynical, and as I said in #608 above, but I wish they’d decide one way or the other and stick too it). Okay, back to this issue. If features X-23, Laura Kinney, who is a clone of Wolverine, and she’s found out he’s dead (which we now know to be a lie). Who does she hang with? Younger versions of the X-Men, who’ve come back to the future, or something like that. X-23 is in some of the current comics, so this helped me get a better feel for her character, since I hadn’t read new issues from mid-2003 until this past August. The cover price of Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2 is $3.99, while the current value is $4.
#611 — All-New X-Men #40, Marvel Comics, June 2015.
All-New X-Men? Really, they’re all-new? This is a title that ran while I wasn’t actively collecting, but all I had to do was flip to the first page inside the cover to see that this title is deceiving. Why do I say that? Because the characters listed are Jean Grey, Cyclops, Iceman, Angel, and Beast. The team that first appeared in the Sixties, clear back to the start of the mutant comic book. Oh, I guess there’s a twist. These are younger versions that have been brought forward in time. Why? Who really knows what Marvel was thinking. Maybe the recent X-Men movies that look at the past influenced them, but it feels like we’ve been down this road before in comic books. Time travel seems to have a way of inserting itself into stories…not that I don’t appreciate time travel, but I still have a problem with the title of the comic book. At any rate, the art isn’t my flavor, but it’s hard to complain when this came in a 4-Pack that cost a total of $4. The cover price of All-New X-Men #40 is $3.99, while the current value is $4.
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