Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 155, where we take a look at various 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 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 scale 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!
What great comics have you been reading recently? This week Weapon H #7 came out with a great cover featuring the title character and Captain America. I love these two teamed together, and hope for more in the future!
Walmart DC Stuff in the News: As much as I love the concept, look, and feel of the DC 100-page Walmart exclusive comics for just $4.99, I’m no longer getting them. I got all four issues from the first month, and two of the four from August. I was able to find all of them, but I made a budgetary decision. If you love them and want more of them, I read this week that two more titles are being added to the mix. And, get this, there will be a special Swamp Thing 100-page Walmart exclusive October 7 in time for the scariest month of all, and a Walmart only DC Holiday special 80-pager coming out November 11. I plan on buying both of those one-shots.
Cool Comics Battle of the Week!
Your Cool Comics Battle of the Week is Superman versus Thanos! What do you think would happen if they faced each other in a titanic tussle, and how do you see the winner achieving victory? Let us know in the comments section below.
Cool Comics in My Collection
#740 — Thanos Legacy #1, Marvel Comics, November 2018.
Does it seem like Thanos is everywhere in comics and movies today, or is it just me? No doubt he is an awesome villain (regardless of the fact that he’s a Darkseid knockoff), but sometimes when a character is overused, they kind of lose their potency. But maybe it’s just me. Regardless, I’ve been reading the new Infinity Wars mini-series and decided to pick up this one-shot. I hadn’t originally reserved it with my comic shop, but a couple days before it hit the stands, I realized I needed it (not wanted, but needed…collectors understand the difference), so I sent off an email and my fantastic shop owner pulled a copy for me. This issue is a little longer than a regular comic and has two stories, and both were pretty decent. Lovers of variant covers will have decisions to make with this comic, as there are several. If you are a fan of the Avengers Infinity War movie, you may want to try to find this one, although stuff going on in the comics is different than the movies, in case you’ve chosen to follow one instead of both. The cover price of Thanos Legacy #1 is $4.99, while the current value is $5.
#741 — The Brave and the Bold #29, DC Comics, January 2010.
This comic is my first experience with Brother Power the Geek, and I feel like I’ve finally filled that void after reading this issue of The Brave and the Bold. That probably comes off sounding crass, but actually, I really liked this comic, written by Babylon 5 architect J. Michael Straczynski and drawn by Jesus Saiz. Straczynski does a great job of creating touching moments, and for someone like me who loves Sixties and Seventies comics, he made me want to find old Brother Power issues for my collection, along with more of this run of The Brave and the Bold. By the way, I was able to snag this excellent issue from a quarter box at my comic shop, and it’s in fantastic condition. The cover price of The Brave and the Bold #29 is $2.99, while the current value is $3.
Cool Comics Done Dirt Cheap
#742 — Generation X #21, Marvel Comics, November 1996.
I was in full collecting mode when Generation X launched back in the Nineties, but eventually I quit buying it. Not that it wasn’t a decent read, but sometimes you have to make decisions based on your wallet, which I’m sure you understand. Alas, due to that stoppage, I missed out on this issue with Howard the Duck who received top billing (get it?). Howard’s one of the strangest heroes in the world of comics. Really, with all the characters in Marvel, why a duck? Well, Donald and Daffy have been pretty popular over the years, so I guess they figured, “why not?” At one point I owned the first issue of Howard the Duck, but in a fit of insanity, sold it to a comic shop while in college to have some date money. Needless to say, that relationship didn’t last long. Anyway, Howard’s movie didn’t grab audiences and his comic run came to an end, but there is something nostalgic about this foul-feathered hero. The legendary longbox once more took me back in time. The cover price of Generation X #21 is $1.95, while the current value is $3.
FCBD the Cool Comics Way (Week 19)
#743 — Invasion, Chapterhouse Comics, May 2018.
I’ve heard of Captain Canuck (although I think just from seeing it listed in Previews), but this is the first comic I’ve ever read with him, so once more, Free Comic Book Day provided an opportunity for readers like me to explore other companies and heroes. With that being said, I wasn’t a fan of the politics included in the story. I know, I know, politics have always been a part of comics, but one of the reasons I enjoy the hobby is that they take me somewhere else, a place in which all the constant, daily bickering that happens in the real world is not a part of (and I don’t care which side of the coin is called out, I just don’t appreciate it). The rest of the story is a big buildup for future events, so I’d imagine that fans of this series will be excited. The cover price of Invasion is free, while the current value is $1.
Cool Comics Classics
#744 — Superman #344, DC Comics, February 1980.
I love the classic Universal monsters, so when I found out that there was a Superman issue with Frankenstein’s Monster and Dracula pitted against the Man of Steel, I knew I had to get my hands on one. After striking out at my usual comic shop, I was able to find a copy for $4 at a neat store not too far away from me, in Barberton, Ohio, called Stuff Genie Emporium. The store is full of old toys, new toys like Funko Pops, and plenty of comic books. As we head towards the darker days of October, I begin thinking of cool monster comics to both read and write about here in Cool Comics. The problem is, I have several years’ worth of October scary comics, so this year I decided to start a little early (Pumpkin Spice “everything” is all over your grocery store shelves, so why can’t I start now?). And how did Superman do in his battle against the forces of darkness? It was tough going, to be honest, as Superman is vulnerable to magic, but in the end, well, you might just want to read this one for yourself someday, so I won’t spoil the fun. The cover price of Superman #344 is 40¢, while the current value is $10.
Recently Read Digital Comics
I recently finished all five digital issues of what seems like a bizarre concept for a comic book, but creator Sean McArdle (who is credited as Writer, Designer, and Editor) pulled off the black and white story of The Führer and the Tramp with flying colors! And covers. Yes, the covers are all in beautiful color. Also, I should mention Jon Judy, additionally named as a writer, and the fantastic art that so well captures the characters and settings is by Dexter Wee. So what exactly is The Führer and the Tramp? You know I never give away too much here, but if you like history and love old movies, you won’t want to miss out on this zany adventure featuring Charlie Chaplin, Hedy Lamarr, Errol Flynn, and yes, Adolph Hitler. Oh, and before I forget, FDR, Alfred Hitchcock, and others make appearances in this story that’s not easy to set aside. One quick warning, though. If we’re thinking about this in movie terms, it would probably get a PG-13 rating, so keep that in mind. Interested? You should be, because this was a fun read. If you want to read it, The Führer and the Tramp is currently on a Kickstarter campaign, so hopefully there will soon be a graphic novel! Please go to the link (click the word link…you won’t regret it), watch the little three-minute video, read the description, and then select a level to contribute. These creators did a great job, and I hope the best for them in all their future projects.
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