Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 130, 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!
Pick up any good comics this week? Whether fresh off the rack or treasures you found in back issue boxes, let us know in the comments!
Cool Comics Battle of the Week!
Your Cool Comics Battle of the Week is the New Mutants versus the Justice League International! What do you think would happen if they faced each other in a titanic tussle, and how do you see the winners achieving victory? Let us know in the comments section below.
Cool Comics in My Collection
#616 — New Mutants: Dead Souls #1, Marvel Comics, May 2018.
When The New Mutants appeared on the comic book scene in 1983 (the series lasted for 100 issues, ending in 1991), I’d just ended my short, second phase of comic book collecting in the fall of 1982. I became a regular reader once more in 1993 and knew I had some catching up to do if I wanted to understand what had been going on over the last decade, so I started buying back issues of different titles when I could find them at reasonable prices. I was able to get a handful of comics featuring these young mutants, and they are all still in my collection. There was supposed to be a New Mutants movie coming out around April of this year, but it got pushed back to a 2019 release, due to various reasons. Have you seen the trailer? Anyway, I decided to give this mini-series a try, since I have to wait longer for the movie. Plus, I like Strong Guy, so why not, right? I enjoyed this first issue and look forward to seeing what comes next. The cover price of New Mutants: Dead Souls #1 is $3.99, while the current value is $4.
#617 — Vampironica #1, Archie Comics, March 2018.
First Riverdale gets infested with Zombies in Afterlife with Archie, then Jughead turns out to be cursed as a werewolf in Jughead, the Hunger. And now Archie’s favorite brunette has been turned into a vampire in Vampironica! No one can say the creators at Archie Comics are satisfied to have the Riverdale gang sit back and just drink milkshakes at Pop’s (and a hamburger for Jughead!). While the Archie Horror line may not be your thing, nor the edginess of the TV show and its companion comic book, Riverdale, sales must be up for these alternate Archie universe comics. When I was younger, I bought my fair share of Archie comics, and at the time, the Little Archie series was probably the most different of all the ones I read. But these horror Archie series have certainly eclipsed Little Archie comics. If you want to try something familiar, yet different, you may want to give Vampironica a try. The cover price of Vampironica #1 is $3.99, while the current value is $4.
Cool Comics Done Dirt Cheap
#618 — Justice League International #21, DC Comics, December 1988.
This week, we travel back in time to the end of the year 1988 to a period in comic book history in which I couldn’t be found. There is a great comic book void in my life from late 1982 until 1993, so whenever I get to read comics from these years, it’s always fun for me to see what I missed out on. And as luck would have it, the mystical $20 longbox I purchased at my local comic shop (which contained 419 issues!) had this Justice League International adventure from 1988. If you’re a fan of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, this issue may prove interesting to you. But truth be told, it was a little too goofy for my taste. Not necessarily purposely funny, but something didn’t click right for me. Could be the fact that this is issue #21, so I didn’t have context as to what has happened previously, but who knows? Not everything is for everyone, but still, the price was definitely right ($0.047), so I’m not complaining. The cover price of Justice League International #21 is 75¢, while the current value is $4.
Cool Comics Classics
#619 — Amazing Adventures #30, Marvel Comics, May 1975.
The mid-Seventies hold lots of cool, fun memories for me. Playing outside with my friends on hot summer days, taking a dip at the city swimming pool, movies and TV shows like Planet of the Apes and The Six Million Dollar Man, and of course, comic books. During this period, Marvel had a number of anthology comics, such as this one, Amazing Adventures. Often, they’d feature a certain character over a number of issues, and Killraven was no exception. I can remember looking at the covers of these issues, somewhat curious about the tales taking place and this man’s struggle to keep the world safe from aliens. But I preferred to spend my pocket change on superheroes for the most part (along with Planet of the Apes magazine and some monster magazines), so I didn’t really have room in my budget. I did get introduced to Killraven in an issue of Marvel Team-Up, but until recently, never owned any issues of Amazing Adventures that he was in. It’s a Cool Comics Classic I’m happy to have in my collection! The cover price of Amazing Adventures #30 is 25¢, while the current value is $10.
Recently Read Digital Comics
Marvel’s Infinity Collects Infinity #1-6, New Avengers (2013) #7-12, Avengers (2012) #14-23, and Infinity: Against the Tide Infinite Comic #1-2 (these last two comics are only available in the digital edition, and are to be read using the guided view, which is basically one panel at a time). I’m pretty sure this is the largest collected volume I’ve ever read (866 pages!), but I finished it rather quickly, considering the length. If you like stories with Thanos in them, especially with the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie, then Infinity might be just what you’re looking for. Packed with heroes (Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Namor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain Marvel, and so more that I’m not going to list) and villains, with battle fronts in space and here on earth, Infinity features a conflict with mass casualties that will have you on the edge of your seat!
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