Weekend Update with Nico

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This is your Weekend Update! 

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We are going to be launching a new special event series on our YouTube Channel: ComicBookWars with the assistance of friends throughout the community.  We are looking to take a deeper dive into things like Action Figures, Legos, Toys and other collectables you find at your Comic Book Shop. More than the items we are looking to share the dialogue and banter that you traditionally find in comic shops and discuss some personal accounts of the history and experiences that have made the hobby meaningful and enjoyable for those who continue to love being a part of it.  I am really looking forward to our participants sharing their experiences with the comicbookspeculation.com community. More information will be forthcoming.

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Overstreet Price Guide

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Overstreet Price Guide

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We are super excited about the Saturday, February 8, 2020 episode of the Comic Book Wars Podcast.  I will be live with Senior Editor of the Overstreet Price Guide, J.C. Vaughan (“Jeff”) to discuss the legendary comic authority.

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I am hopeful that you will join us in the live chat and take the opportunity to ask Jeff direct questions about the price guide, it’s impact on comics, the company’s plans for growth in a digital world, third-party grading companies and anything else that may interest you.  Jeff is a brilliant guy with a wealth of insight and we are honored that he is going to join us.

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It’s a down market and I suspect that the down market is going to rapidly becoming to an end.  In that regard, it is time to improvise, adapt and overcome. That means the time for buying underpriced key books may be coming to an end.  If, as I suspect, the beginning of con season and the influx of capital from federal and state income tax returns brings the return of the bull market, it is time to get back to basic comic book speculation.

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In that regard, I am going to try and do a little more speculating of my own this week.  None of this information was pulled out of thin air and all of it is based on rumor and conjecture.  I am not suggesting that any of these books are great buys, but I am suggesting that under the circumstances, these appear to be some interesting plays to think about.

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Hoskins Family Flowers

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Falcon and the Winter Soldier 

 

Leaked photos are showing Hoskins Family Flower shop on the set of the Winter Soldier.  This means we are probably going to see Lemar Hoskins, aka Battlestar as the side kick to US Agent.  Hoskins’ character in the comics once was a pro-wrestler who had been giving superhuman strength by the Power Broker. Hoskins then becomes a “Bold Urban Commando” or “Bucky.”  Take a good look at the Super Bowl commercial. I think this character appears in the TV ad and that Marvel may have slid US Agent and Battlestar in the commercial unbeknownst to us on the football field.
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Captain America

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Power Broker, Inc. first appears in Captain America #230.  Lemar Hoskins first appears in Captain America #323 and later receives the mantle of Battlestar in Captain America #341.  The market is hip to both of these books already but has not caught onto Power Broker, Inc.

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Fantastic Four 352

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Loki

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I’ve been telling you since its inception that I’ve suspected that Loki was going to be on a time travel quest.  The Super Bowl also revealed some interesting information about this theory. Loki’s shirt on the Super Bowl commercial bears the initials TVA which people are generally concluding stands for Time Variance Authority.  The first appearance of the Time Variance Authority is Thor #372. There are even some who are speculating that Mobius is Owen Wilson’s undisclosed character. Mobius was first seen in comics when the Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Mr. Fantastic, Ms. Marvel/Sharon Ventura, Thing) were arrested for repeatedly interfering with the timelines through time-travel in Fantastic Four #352 (1986).  This is a dollar book and absolutely worth the speculation.

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Fantastic Four #94

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WandaVision

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I suspect that we see Agatha Harkness introduced in the Wandavision series.  This has been heavily rumored and the character has enough history in Marvel Comics that she opens up plot lines that would be amazing to see on screen.  Harkness first appears in Fantastic Four #94. It is particularly interesting how we are starting to see the bread crumbs for the supporting cast of a Fantastic Four film – characters like Mobius in the Loki series and Agatha Harkness in WandaVision.

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There have also been rumors that we will see the introduction of Mephisto in WandaVision who was also an integral character in the plot of many seminal Fantastic Four stories.  Will we see Agatha Harkness possess Franklin Richards or Mephisto attempt some devious manipulation of Wanda and Vision? I’m not sure, but this is definitely an angle worth thinking about and these characters key issues are definitely worth being aware of before there’s actual confirmation.

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Thunderbolts #1 1997

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The Thunderbolts are coming 

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At this stage in the game, I am hopefully not the first person to alert you to the forthcoming introduction of General Ross and the Thunderbolts to the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper and Disney Streaming.  There has been a slew of casting rumors and trail of breadcrumbs that is nothing less than characteristic of the Marvel movie model. Whether you decide to make a legit play on these characters or want to secure the book for your personal collection, now is obviously the time to be buying.  This is the information that I have gleaned so far. I suspect that we may see many versions of this team and a A-Team style Disney streaming show. Only time will tell how accurate my predictions are and what iteration of the team we actually see on screen.

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Strange Tales #123

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It has been reported that Miki Ishikawa is being solicited and/or cast to play the role of Jolt.  Jolt was created by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley and first appeared in Thunderbolts Vol. 1 issue 1 (1997).  What is a little more interesting is that we are also hearing rumors that we will see a small screen and/or big screen appearance of Abner Jenkins as either the character Beetle or Mach.  Jenkins first appears all the way back in Strange Tales #123 in a story called The Birth Of The Beetle. It wasn’t until Abner came to the attention of Baron Zemo who was organizing a new Masters of Evil (the Thunderbolts).  The character first appears as Mach I, a member of the Thunderbolts, in Incredible Hulk Vol. 2 issue 449 (1997).

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Avengers 21

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Another major rumored character is Eric Joston, Atlas.  This character has his roots as Powerman and first appeared in the silver age classic issue, Avengers #21 (1965).  This is an inexpensive book and if it takes off, there is the potential to make considerable money. Joston’s character utilized a variety of aliases and secret identities including assuming the identity of Smuggler in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #49 (1980), assuming the role of Goliath in Iron Man Annual #7 (1984), and ultimately assuming the role of Atlas in The Incredible Hulk #449 (1997).  Joston assumed the identity of Atlas when Baron Zemo created the Thunderbolts, and basically masquerades as a hero in an effort to assist Zemo with his plan for world domination.

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Marvel Two-in-One #54

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Melissa Gold has been heavily rumored to be making an appearance in the MCU as well.  Many of you may recall set photos which sparked speculation leaking from the set of Falcon and the Winter Soldier.  If these photos are indicative of a casting appearance then you may choose to be on the look out for this character’s key books.  Gold first appeared in Marvel Two-in-One # 54 in 1979 as Screaming Mimi and was created by Mark Gruenwald, Ralph Macchio and John Byrne. Her first appearance as Songbird was in Incredible Hulk #449.

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Strange Tales #141

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Last but not least, Desmondo Chiam is rumored to be playing the role of Paul Norbert Ebersol a/k/a The Fixer, Mr. Fix, Techno, et al.  Like all of the aforementioned characters this is just rumors, conjecture and speculation, but I want to get back to basics in an effort to help reignite my own love of the game and hopefully help cultivate some excitement for our readers.  Ebersol like Jenkins and Joston has his origin in the Silver Age. He first appears in Strange Tales #141.

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I know we have heard a ton of rumors about A level (or at least B level) characters comprising the onscreen iteration of the Thunderbolts.  This is not the information that I’ve been hearing recently. I am not not necessarily trying to encourage anyone to run and buy these books, but they are dirt cheap and they may be worth taking a chance.  We’ve all see what an A list casting has done to the price of the Red Guardian’s first appearance.

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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. Remember that the Netflix show Locke and Key starts today on Netflix and that we suggested you buy CGC 9.8s when they were $250.00 a pop.  Also remember that the rumored leaked photos of John Cena in the Peacemaker outfit may be the final nail in the coffin on a modest price for that book. We suggested that you grab those out of show boxes when they could be had in the $20 to $40 range.

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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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4 comments

  • Have to give it to you this week! Excellent article and very thorough. I would like to see a focus on maybe some old underground’s and modern newsstands. Great job this week!!

  • All of this is old news, pulled from Twitter.

    • Well, even if some of it is, it is always good to have a bit of a master list along with photos to have a look at.

  • I’m hoping you can do an article on some key four color books, and more golden age westerns and war comics

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