Weekend Update with Nico

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This is your Weekend Update! 

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It’s good to be with you.  I’m your comicbookspeculation.com Weekend Update correspondent.  I hope you are watching Nico Time on YouTube almost every Saturday at 9:00 pm EST.  This weekend, we will be joined by Dylan Universe to discuss what he is buying and selling.  Dylan is a force in the comic market and we are incredibly grateful that he will be joining us.  Next weekend we will joined by Overstreet Price Guide’s JC Vaughan (“Jeff”). Jeff is an incredible resource in the industry and he and I have already become fast friends.  This is the 50th Anniversary of the Overstreet Price Guide which is nothing less than an institution and it is an honor to have Jeff join us on Nico Time.

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A Man for All Seasons

 

Know your Westerns.  You heard what I said, “know your westerns.”  There was a time in America where every little boy played “cowboys and indians,” Westerns were the films of choice for men and women alike and it wasn’t all that long ago.  I know what you’re probably saying, “those days are over and they are not coming back.” That may be true. I’m not a fortune teller, and I appreciate that much of what people loved about Westerns are an anachronism of the past which may not return in my life time.  Nevertheless, there are some important Western Comics that you need to be aware of when you are out in the wild hunting and gathering books for your collection.

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If you are comic savagery is the stuff of legends, you may already be hip to many of these books.  If not, allow me to add another skill to your ever improving skill set.
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Nico Westerns 1

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Everyone knows the easy ones: Black Rider #8, the Stan Lee photo cover is a big book in any condition it sells and it is hard to find because it is coveted by collectors.  The book is a true classic. Another one that you may already be familiar with is Tim Holt #11 which is the first Golden Age Ghost Rider.  This is a genuinely under appreciated book in my opinion but it is far from cheap.  A raw copy described as being in Good 2.0 condition sold on eBay for $456.00 just before Christmas.  A slabbed 3.5 moved for $495.00 in November.

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Tim Holt #30
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Don’t ever forget about the Zodiac Killer comic and its cult following.  Tim Holt #30 has the good fortune of being found in the home of the Zodiac Killer and the book has been a fan favorite for a number of years.  Even a mangeled copy will cost you several hundred dollars.

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Cow Puncher
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Remember to take a hard look at the title Cow Puncher.  It had some amazing good girl art on the cover and some of those books can fetch a few hundred dollars or more depending on the grade.

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Target Western Romances #106.

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LB Cole Western comics are a thing of beauty.  His art style is unmistakable on the cover of Target Western Romances #106.  Obviously Matt Baker Western covers are always a win and I could do a whole separate article on Baker’s work in this genre alone.

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Lobo was the first African American hero to have his own title and his Dell comics are highly collectable.       Two-Gun Kid #60 is also a no brainer. This book sells well but it was never the big Western of the super-hero era.  That status has always been reserved for All-Star Western #10 which is the first appearance of Jonah Hex.  This is a classic book and while I am doubtful that you will ever find it in a back issue bin for less than market value, know that the book is a fraction in price of the value it commanded a few short years ago.

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Hickman Homer 

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Am I becoming a Hickman homer?  I am rarely excited about new books, but I am excited for Hickman’s Decorum.  The book is being heavily ordered by retailers and it is unclear whether there will be enough excitement to sustain any interest on the secondary market, but I’m excited for the book.  If there are late printings of this book, be on the look out for them. They will undoubtedly have a shorter print run and in the event they are accompanied by new cover art they may enjoy secondary market success.  I also would be on the look out for retailer variant covers. If this book receives the same kind of attention that titles like Die have received from readers, it will be fertile ground for retailer variant covers.

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Rumormill 

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This week there’s been news pouring out on the internet.  Early in the week, we had more substantial confirmation that we can expect Brother Voodoo (Doctor Voodoo) in Doctor Strange: Into the Multiverse of Madness.  We also had more substantial confirmation that we can expect an A list celebrity to be cast as Clea. Neither the first appearance of Brother Voodoo or Clea are cheap books, but they are both awesome books and books which any collector would be proud to have in their collection.  At this stage in the game, most of the super underpriced copies are gone from eBay. I suspect that when there is official confirmation of these characters the price tag will climb significantly higher. Nevertheless, I always encourage readers to proceed with caution and with the warning that these characters may not materialize.

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angela

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On Thursday morning we ran stories documenting news that apparently leaked out regarding the introduction of Sera in the Loki Disney Plus series.  For those not familiar with the character Sera, she is the first transgender character in Marvel Comics and is currently dating Angela. In this moment, I feel like I write for TMZ.  The character first appeared in Angela: Asgard Assassin #1.  You can sometimes find this book in dollar bins, but when this news gets confirmed, those days will be over.  The higher entry price is for the design variant which was a 1:100 variant.  That book is trading hands raw around ratio and is harder to come by in high grade because of the white cover.  I don’t necessarily know what price tag this book will command down the road, whether the mainstream media will get hold of the story and/or whether some level of hate mongering will positively or adversely impact the value of the book, but these are some things to be thinking about as we approach the Loki series.

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I for one find it difficult to imagine that they are able to do a Loki series without casting other iterations of Loki (namely Kid Loki and the female Loki).  Unless the series is one and done in which case Tom Hiddleston may be agreeable to carrying that much screen time because he enjoys playing the character. I’ve been told that the series will be around for multiple seasons which is why I still grab the first appearance of Kid Loki when I see the book cheap.  We’ll see if my bet pays off.

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Strange Tales #126

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Strange Tales #126 is the first appearance of Clea.  This is already a pricey book because it is also the first appearance of Dormammu.  Nevertheless, there were not a ton of copies that moved online following this news alert which is a demonstration that we are still  in a soft market. This is a book that may be a great flip down the road if you can get the right copy at the right price and hold it until there is confirmation.

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Strange Tales #169 is the first appearance of Brother Voodoo.  This is a big book and super hard in high grade.  As Sleepy Jawn observed on the podcast, it’s hard to find a copy of this book for less than a hundred dollars and high grade copies are incredibly pricey.  Brother Voodoo has a rabid fan base already and I suspect that this character will be an even bigger fan favorite when he ultimately hits the big screen. We’ve been telling you about rumors regarding Brother Voodoo and Clea since May of last year.  I believe we were the first website to report on this information and we were way ahead of the price spikes. I hope you were able to capitalize early and reap the rewards.

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Today’s big news is that Owen Wilson has secured a major role for Disney Plus’s Loki series.  According to comicbook.com. This news is being shared all over the internet on major sites like Newsarama that traditionally do a good job of avoiding outlandish stories that are uncorroborated.  If the rumor is true, the only character that anyone I respect can come up for the Loki series is Sera. This would be a big bold move by Marvel and Wilson and would cause an incredible spike in interest for that character.  We have information whatsoever to substantiate that claim and it is just as likely that he is being cast as a younger version of Loki and that they are telling a tale of Loki through the ages. I hope that some of the more courageous readers will take to the comment section and share their perspective on this news and potential casting.

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I hope you enjoyed this installment of the Weekend Update. That ’s all for this week.  I’ll be back next week with more news. In the interim, “Happy hunting You bunch of savages!”

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– Nico, Esq.

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One comment

  • Yeah it would make sense that a man in his 50’s would play the younger version of Loki. Especially considering Hiddleston is only 38. This site has become a joke. Modern comic speculation and you talk about everything but.

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