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This Week in Comic Collecting: Let There Be Carnage

This week was another big one in the comic market as prices continue to skyrocket. We saw huge movement from the two different Image Comics series and the Venom 2 trailer being the talk of the comic community. This week I will look at all three of those properties and spotlight one of the key tools of the trade.

Let There Be Carnage

We knew a Venom sequel was on the way starring Tom Hardy as Venom and with Woody Harrelson as Carnage, but the debut of the first trailer still sent back Issues spiking. While our view of Carnage was only brief, fans were pumped to see the first look at the evil, murderous symbiote. Harrelson seems like the perfect person to take the role, and his casting has only added to the excitement surrounding the franchise. I am sure this is a film we will cover in this space more as the film approaches, but there are two key winners for comic book investors. Amazing Spider-Man #361, featuring the 1st appearance of Carnage, hit $1,200 for a slabbed 9.8 this week, while issue #300 featuring the debut of Venom began crossing the $8,000 mark in a 9.8. 

Image Comic’s Jupiter’s Legacy Debuts at #1 on Netflix

Jupiter’s Legacy debuted on Netflix on May 7th and was an almost immediate success, with the Josh Duhamel generational superhero story rising to #1 in the streamers rankings and sticking there for some time. The Mark Millar and Frank Quitely series is the debut for the Millarworld brand on Netflix; the first publishing imprint purchased outright by the streaming giant. Values of 9.8 copies of Cover A have doubled to $200, with people still a little slow to jump onboard investing in the Image Comics series. This comes after disappointing returns for investors in Millar’s previous releases (Kick-Ass, Wanted, Kingsman). Interestingly, we seemingly have confirmation of a follow-up season at the very least, with some of the talk coming from the series creator, so I think this IP has room to grow even at today’s market rates. 

Regina King To Direct Bitter Root from Image Comics

Upon reading Bitter Root #1, it was apparent to me that this book would end up a feature film, and that appears to be the reality of the day with Legendary Pictures announcing movement on their option to develop the Image Comics series. Regina King was announced to direct the Ryan Coogler produced a feature film adaptation of David Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown’s story of a fractured family of once-great monster hunters who have to ban together amidst unspeakable evil set amongst the backdrop of the 1924 Harlem Renaissance. This news set eBay on fire with 9.8 copies of #1 rising to prices ranging from $250-500 depending upon the cover. Also seeing some demand are the homage variants from later in the series that pays tribute to some of the greatest films in Black cinema. I expect this only to be the beginning of this IP’s climb as this series has unlimited potential as it gets slowly introduced to the public at large. 

Tools of The Trade

I think it is important to not just talk about the books themselves but also to talk about the process and the tools used to reap maximum returns on those investments.

One question I get from new people looking to enter into the world of collecting and investing in comics is that of  “Where do they begin? And How do I learn it all? I always say you don’t need to know it all and start with something you love. But as you move along your comic book journey, there are tools on the market to aid you in research quickly and efficiently.  One such tool is the Key Collector  App. While some content is free upon download, others are behind a paywall.  I can attest that the $2 a month it costs to purchase the app pays for itself as soon as you use it. It is my most used app on my phone.

The Key Collector App is the premiere comic book app on the market, identifying and databasing thousands of Key Issues in an easily searchable fashion.  No matter how experienced a comic buyer you are, most of us still use the App when digging in long boxes looking for hidden gems and Key Issues. The app is the brain child of owner Nick Coglianese, who has become part tech developer / part content provider.  Nick told me he felt like everyone could relate to digging through a box of books and striking out only to see someone else hit it big.  He wanted to give the collector an edge.  From that notion, the Key Collector App was born.

While millions of comics exist on the market, only a tiny percentage separate themselves as being true key issues.  Nick aims to highlight those issues with his app.  You can search by title, author, character, or publisher. While the Key Collector App is a great tool to use to search for hot Issues in runs, obscure keys, or track movements and trends, the app also provides curated content right on the home screen that is always in tune with the current comic market. Watching WandaVision and want to see a list of Key Issues? This App has you covered. How about a list of titles optioned for series or film by Netflix? This App has you covered. Specially curated lists as well weekly content features such as news comic day releases, weekly hot and trending lists, and the Pro-Spec List presented by Tales from the Flipside (popular comic book Youtubers) all give the user more than just a searchable database. 

If all that wasn’t enough, the app also has an alerts feature that sends notifications directly to your mobile phone with breaking comic news. This can include news from both the publishing side of comic books as well as the Hollywood side. This can be an essential tool for those trying to beat the crowd to buy up tomorrow’s recently announced Indie Option for future profits. The secondary market is built on speed, and this feature has been the one to garner the most attention amongst the comic book market. 

The market is truly vast and moves lightning fast.  That really means we need all the tools we can get our hands on in order to be successful as collectors and investors. I hope to be able to highlight more great tools that you can use to amplify your collections in the future. In the meantime, if you were thinking about checking out the Key Collector App, you can use Code: 137pm to get a two-week free trial of the app right now.

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