Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 179, 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!
Despite all the news about comic shops closing and DC slimming down their monthly offerings (sorry if one of your favorite titles got/gets cancelled, but there are still tons of comics that come out each month you can enjoy), I try to look at things in a positive light and enjoy the hobby. Whether I’m grabbing new comics on a Wednesday or digging around in back issue boxes, there is still a lot of fun to be had for those who never tire of reading comic books.
Cool Comics Battle of the Week!
Your Cool Comics Battle of the Week is Immortal Hulk versus Weapon H! 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
#866 — Hulkverines #1, Marvel, April 2019.
Sometimes comic book titles are just…comical. And when you take a look at the concept and participants, they might seem completely ridiculous. Yet as goofy as the name Hulkverines may be, and as silly as this mini-series appears at first glance, issue 1 is a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to more craziness in the next two issues. Regular readers of Cool Comics know that I became a fan of Weapon H, a title that (died too soon) featured a soldier named Clay Cortez who is transformed into a killing machine by making him…well, part Hulk and part Wolverine. And now Hulk and Wolverine are coming after Clay. No one likes to be mocked, and it seems that’s what he’s doing, in a sense, right? Okay, it goes a little deeper than that, and the Leader is involved, and we get a pretty cool Hulk versus Weapon H battle in this issue…the kind of stuff we dream up as kids, right? Anyway, Wolverine does show up near the end, so you just know the last couple issues are going to be every bit as good, in a crazy kind of way. The cover price of Hulkverines #1 is $4.99, while the current value is $5.
#867 — Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1, Marvel, April 2019.
Just when Cool Comics readers thought things couldn’t get any more ridiculous than Hulkverines, along comes Wolverine: Infinity Watch. Seriously, did you ever in your life imagine seeing the Infinity Gauntlet with claws sticking up between the knuckles? I guess Marvel must think we’re pretty gullible in trying to pass off this level of crazy to its readers. And yet I bought it, didn’t I? Curiosity mixed with apprehension and dread and the ever-hopeful possibility that this might turn out to be special all convinced me to shell out my money to see Logan put on the glove. Inside the cover we are told that this takes place following the events of Return of Wolverine #5, which tells me that rather than have an ongoing Wolverine title at this point, Marvel must feel that by publishing a bunch of mini-series they’ll get more readers because…more #1 issues. I’m not complaining, just rationalizing (guessing is more like it). And guess what, folks? Much like Hulkverines, this turned out to be a lot of fun, and I’m glad I purchased my ticket for the ride. At least with what I’ve seen so far. The cover price of Wolverine: Infinity Watch #1 is $3.99, while the current value is $4.
Cool Comics Done Dirt Cheap
#868 — Doom Patrol #1, Tangent Comics, December 1997.
At this moment, someone out there may be saying to themselves, “I’ve heard of Doom Patrol, and I think it’s a live-action show on the DC streaming channel. So why is this published by Tangent Comics, and what IS Tangent Comics?” Bingo on the first part, because yes, Doom Patrol is currently airing on DC’s streaming channel (I haven’t seen it yet, have you? What do you think of it? Feel free to share in the comments section below.). As for the question about Tangent Comics, they were an imprint of DC, way back in the dark ages, just before the turn of the century. Dan Jurgens, a writer, was sort of given his own sandbox to play in, using DC names and characters, but since it wasn’t part of DC Universe proper, he could try different things. Over a two-year period (1997-1998), 18 one-shots were produced that “reimagined” DC. But that wasn’t the end of Tangent Comics, and if you want to know more, just click HERE. Although I was actively collecting when these were published, I didn’t have the budget to try them, so I’m not disappointed that my legendary longbox (yup, the one crammed with 419 comics for just $20) gave me the opportunity to read one. Unfortunately, I don’t know much about Doom Patrol to begin with, but then again, this issue goes in a different direction, and it was enjoyable enough for the cost. The cover price of Doom Patrol #1 is $2.95, while the current value is $3.
FCBD the Cool Comics Way (Week 42)
#869 — Miraculous Adventures of Lady Bug & Cat Noir, Action Lab Comics, May 2018.
Free Comic Book Day brings lots of interesting stories that we might otherwise never pay attention to, right? While it’s great to grab the fun stuff from the Big2, there are many companies out there offering comics that might entertain us in ways we never imagined. Not to mention companies we’re clueless about. And that’s my story when it comes to Action Lab. While they are completely unfamiliar to me, this freebie provides stories that all ages can enjoy, and I’d have no qualms about passing it on to a younger reader someday when I decide to part with it. The first couple stories, “Homework Essay” and “The Notebook,” were far from the typical comic books I read, but the bonus preview of Sami the Samurai Squirrel appealed to the younger me trapped inside my mind. There is an ad on the inside of the back cover for another one of their comics, “Ghoul Scouts, I was a Teenage Werewolf,” and I really think I’d enjoy reading that one if I ever come across it. The cover price of Miraculous Adventures of Ladybug & Cat Noir is free, while the current value is $0.
Cool Comics Kids
#870 — Chip ‘N’ Dale #48, Gold Key, September 1977.
I have to admit that I’m not a fan of Chip ‘N’ Dale, or chipmunks in general. Sure, they look cute skittering around your yard, but they do a lot of damage, too. I’ll try to keep the grown-up me in control while I talk about these adorable little creatures that Disney seems to think we should enjoy both onscreen and in print. These kind of comic books usually contain several little complete stories, and this one is no different, starting with “The Madcap Movie,” in which a sensible Donald Duck is made to look like the bad guy, then these two madcap ‘munks travel “Way Out West,” and this is where my trouble starts. Because the center page, with the resolution, seems to be missing! Suddenly the scene changes from cactuses to watercraft, as Donald Duck is once more made to look like a troublemaker when his boat causes problems for Chip ‘N’ Dale (and I don’t have the title for it, because of the missing pages). We finish this comic with “All Shook Up,” and once more those pesky little chipmunks make Donald Duck out to be the bad guy. Oh well, what’s a duck to do? Howard the Duck would have really given them what for! Despite the constant framing of Donald, this is a fun comic for kids. The cover price of Chip ‘N’ Dale #48 is 30¢, while the current value is $9.
Cool Comics Classics
#871 — Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #70, Whitman/Gold Key, September 1976.
Cool Comics readers know that I absolutely love old anthology comics, and when Boris Karloff’s name is attached to it, well, that’s gold, in my opinion. I grew up watching reruns of The Twilight Zone, Boris Karloff movies, and Night Gallery, so this comic really hits home for me. And even better, it didn’t cost me a dime! This issue was a gift to me from a longtime friend from my hometown, and I can’t express my appreciation enough. So thanks, Del! By the way, comic book fans, if you happen to enjoy Ohio State football, Del pens the best OSU blog you’ll find on the Internet. Once you’ve finished this episode of Cool Comics, click HERE and check it out! And now, back to Boris! The first tale, “Growing Pains,” concerns some consequences faced by a couple of pranksters. “The Serpent’s Clutch” is a warning against greed. In “Mistaken Identity,” the lesson I come away with is to stay out of prison! And finally, we get “Fair Exchange,” which convinced me that I’m at peace with not being an astronaut. Lots of fun in this issue, and I recommend it. The cover price of Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery #70 is 30¢, while the current value is $18.
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