Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 178, 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!
I often talk about number one issues in our Contemporary Cool Comics section, because I like to let you know when a new series is out that you might be interested in. And this past week saw a couple new series start that I’m not including, but I’ll mention them here. Savage Sword of Conan #1, the second ongoing series from Marvel featuring the barbarian, became available February 13, along with Avengers: No Road Home #1, which will consist of 10 issues, coming out weekly. I liked both, but in Avengers: No Road Home #6 we are promised that Conan will be having some interaction with at least one contemporary Marvel hero, and that sounds like fun, so I’ll give you my impressions the week after it comes out. Happy reading, everyone!
Cool Comics Battle of the Week!
Your Cool Comics Battle of the Week is Wolverine versus the Hulk! 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.
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Contemporary Cool Comics
#860 — The Flash #64, DC, April 2019.
Do you watch The Flash on the CW? I do, yet for some reason, I haven’t been reading the comic book version. I had to draw the line somewhere, yet for someone who enjoys the show, it probably does seem odd I haven’t been reading it. But maybe it’s because I get my Flash fix on the small screen. So why did I buy this issue? Because it’s part of a crossover with Batman, and I don’t like being in the dark. And for parts 2 and 4 of “The Price of Innocence,” a couple Flash issues are becoming…yes, I’m going to say it…Cool Comics In My Collection. You know what? Flash and Batman work well together. From the Batwing’s speed challenging Flash in a race to the Caribbean to Bruce and Barry admiring each other’s crime scene investigation skills, it’s a lovefest featuring the two greatest detectives as they attempt to thwart the bad guys. While I wasn’t reading new comics when they crossed paths earlier on in “The Button,” I did read the digital version, and perhaps we need to see more of them together in the future. The cover price of The Flash #64 is $3.99, while the current value is $4.
#861 — Oblivion Song #12, Image, Feb 2019.
Many of you have asked, “Are you still reading Oblivion Song?” And the answer is a resounding YES! Okay, truth be told, no one has asked me that, but now, after 12 issues, I thought I’d bring it up once again, since the last time we visited it was with the release of #1. Aside from a few ashcans, I rarely have Image comics in my episodes, because this is the only ongoing title of theirs that I buy. You’ll be seeing a few more crop up in the coming weeks or months via Cool Comics Done Dirt Cheap, but for now, I’m here to tell you that I really enjoy the sci-fi adventure that Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici continue to bring us month after month. It’s fun, poignant, sad, and exuberant! The writing is tight and meaningful, and the illustrations transfer you to Oblivion in a believable way. If you want to try something different from the typical superhero stories (which make up the majority of what I read), you may want to give this series a try. The cover price of Oblivion Song #12 is $3.99, while the current value is $4.
Cool Comics Done Dirt Cheap
#862 — Tempest #1, DC, Nov 1996.
A handful of episodes ago in Cool Comics News, I made mention of Back Issue magazine’s Aquaman special, which just so happened to cover this Tempest mini-series. Admittedly, I don’t have much of a background with Aquaman or Aqualad…or Tempest, if you will. I have nothing against DC’s heroes of the ocean deep, but when spending my cash, it hasn’t gone swimming much. But Cool Comics Done Dirt Cheap isn’t about my decisions, instead it’s typically the result of the haphazard, mish-mash craziness of 419 random comic books jammed into a longbox I bought for just $20. Consisting of just four issues that came out late in 1996 until early 1997 (cover dates, that is), Phil Jimenez drew and wrote this titanic tale that gives you more details than you ever knew you wanted to know about a guy named Garth. The cover price of Tempest #1 is $1.75, while the current value is $3.
FCBD the Cool Comics Way (Week 41)
#863 — Worlds of Aspen, Aspen Comics, May 2018.
I admit I know next to nothing about Aspen Comics. From my perspective, their number one star is Fathom, who was born in the pages of Top Cow, an imprint of Image, back in 1998. I had the first three issues, which I picked up for about 50¢ each, but they are now long gone from my collection. Fathom’s creator, the late Michael Turner, was president of Aspen MLT, and while I notice the solicitations in Previews each month, I’ve never given them much of a look. But now I have one in my collection, thanks to Free Comic Book Day. This Worlds of Aspen freebie gives us a look at two new series, Dissension: War Eternal and Nu Way. Both were fairly entertaining introductions, but if I had to make a decision to read only one, I’d go with Dissension: War Eternal. If you have a chance to grab a handful of comics for absolutely nothing the first Saturday of May, perhaps you should step out of your comfort zone and explore companies and characters you’ve never experienced. The cover price of World of Aspen is free, while the current value is $1.
Cool Comics Kids
#864 — Mickey Mouse #233, Gladstone, December 1987.
I was excited to find this Gladstone Mickey Mouse comic in a quarter bin at my LCS a couple weeks ago, mostly because I wanted something a little newer for my Cool Comics Kids section (lately it’s been Seventies heavy…mostly because I found several dozen kids comics from that era in the same quarter bin). And wow, late Eighties! Still old stuff to many of you, but completely different to more “seasoned” collectors. So I open the cover when I pick this up to read it and immediately notice that the art looks old. I mean REALLY OLD. Turns out that during that period, Gladstone was reprinting old newspaper strip adventures, and this issue contains an ongoing story that ran from September 30 to November 15, 1935. The story, “The Pirate Submarine,” continues into the next issue (and no, I don’t have that one). The original story in the strip ran until January 4, 1936. The adventure was later captured in a Big Little Book in 1939. I love the old style of Mickey art and had a lot of fun exploring something from so long ago. The cover price of Mickey Mouse #233 is 95¢, while the current value is $4.
Cool Comics Classics
#865 — What If? #31, Marvel, February 1982.
Another quarter bin classic! That’s right, I snagged this awesome What If? for just 25 cents. Is the condition perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s not terrible either, and it’s just a great copy for reading and enjoying. Nearly everyone who knows anything about Marvel Comics knows that there have been some epic Hulk vs. Wolverine battles over the years, and as a matter of fact, Wolverine’s first appearance came by way of The Incredible Hulk. What If? #31 takes us back to that exact moment, only this time around, Wolverine actually kills the Hulk! Heady stuff, I know (and if you don’t like or agree with the outcome, our Cool Comics Battle of the Week gives you the opportunity to pick your winner of this same fight!). And as amazing as this story is, the other one in this very same issue is “What If the Fantastic Four Had Never Been?” The ramifications of Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny not banning together to help save mankind from the forces of evil is catastrophic! If you like your comic books to tell you a complete story, What If? is a fun, alternative way to go. The cover price of What If #31 is $1, while the current value is $30.
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