Thursday, April 30, 2015

Marvel Reimagined NFL Helmets

I'd file this one under weird but totally awesome. JK Creative has reimagined all the NFL teams as Marvel Characters. Yes you to can own a Washington Groots T-Shirt (My favorite) or a Green Bay Iron Fist mug.  

Just head on over to Just Kozy and order your today, check out all the teams.

I really hope that they actually do a Marvel Sunday and wear these, maybe then they can sell the jerseys and give all the money raised to charity. Get on this NFL and Marvel.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Angry Groot Funko Pop Vinyl

If you don't have enough Guardians of the Galaxy Pop Vinyl figures you will soon ave the chance to own your very own Angry Groot.
This exclusive figure will debut at  Fan Expo Dallas Comic Con, May 29-31, 2015. 

If you can't make it to the convention Toy Mayrix will be selling them starting May 1st at 11:00 check it out
Angry Groot Sale

Good Luck on Your Hunt!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Action Comics #1 - Sales figures and more

As you know here at Comic Book Hunters and Gatherers we are big fans of the history an overall importance on Action Comics #1, just read all our past blogs in Stories of Action Comics #1.

We haven't posted much recently as our team has been doing some reach into the early history of Action Comics #1. Much has been written in regards to Siegel and Shuster trying to sell their idea and the development of Superman. Not much has been written about the actual original sale of Action Comics #1. Yes we all know it started the superhero comic book genre. We also know it had an initial print run of 202,000 copies. The rest of this blog will contain facts you may not know.

The publishers, Jack Liebowitz and Harry Donenfeld, of Action Comics #1 thought they might have something special on their hands so they printed 20,000 promotional poster to be hung on newsstands, in pharmacies and anywhere else the comic might be sold.
House Ad for Action Comics #1

Liebowitz and Donenfeld also pre-arranged for Action Comics #1 to stay on shelfs for six weeks instead of the standard four weeks.
After the issue went on sale the publishers wanted to get a feel for how the issue was selling so rhey provided retailers with a postcard  where they could record the sales fifteen days and then again at the end of the month. Although this wasn't the mat accurate way it did give a snap shot of the sales figures and the figures were GOOD!

Siegel and Shuster, Liebowitz and Donenfeld were all right they did have a hit on their hands. Of the 220,000 copies that were printed 130,000 copies had sold, that's 64% of the print run. Anything over 50% was considered both a success and made a profit.

Following the success of Action Comics #1 Liebowitz and Donenfeld wanted to verify what they already knew, that being that people were buying Action Comics to read about Superman. So in issue  #4 they put in a short survey asking readers to put their five favorite stories in order. 75% put Superman first (404 of 542) with an additional 11% put him second (59).  

The rest as they have said for many years is history. 

In upcoming blogs we will look at the sales figures of other early issues of Action Comics, you know Superman wasn't on every cover back then.

Hope you enjoyed.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Custom Flash Short Box

I have always looked at comic books as not only literature but also as art. The biggest problem I have always had with collecting this art form is how we store them.

White long or short boxes have always been rather dull and boring. There just plain white, BLAH

So I decided to take a day and create a custom short box, starting small, to house some of my Flash collection. I decided to make it a Wally West box.

Here is my quick step by step guide.

Step 1: get a comic box.

Step2: pick some comics that you don't feel bad about cutting up. (This was the hardest part, luckily I had some doubles.)

Step 3 : Buy some Mod Podge, there are so many cool craft related uses for Mod Podge.

Step 4: Cover one side of the box with Mod Podge and start putting the comic cut outs down. Then move to the next side and repeat.

Step 5: once all the comic cut outs are firmly in place go over the entire box again with Mod Podge, let it dry and you are done.

I also spray painted the lid gold just to add more color.

You now have your own hand made comic box it beats the boring white one.

Enjoy filling it up!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Convergence is upon us - DC crosses time

Next week starts the mega-time crossing- crossover event at DC comics. Convergence will take you through a variety of different DC Universes impacted by the main events of the past, including Crisis and Flashpoint.
Below is the weekly checklist so you can enjoy all the issues of this event.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Aaron on the Walking Dead

Walking Dead #67

At the end of this past weekends episode a new character was introduced, Aaron made his first appearance in the Walking Dead television series. Much like Father Gabriel who was introduced earlier this season, Aaron come right out of the Walking Dead Comic book series.

Ross Marquand will play Aron on the show. The relative newcomer made his first appearance at the end of the episode titled "Them".

In the comic series Aaron made his first appearance in issue #67. A copy of this issue can be found for around $15.

About Aaron

Aaron first appears in the comic series as a recruiter for the Alexandria Safe-Zone community and is the boyfriend of Eric. Alexandria becomes a long standing location in the series. upon first meeting Aaron on the road to Washintong the group is very untrusting of him so they knock himoutband tie him up. after a little while they follow him back to Alexandria. 

First Appearance

Written by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adler issue #64 sees the group continue their journey  to Washington. On their way there Aaron surprises them and asks to see the groups leader.  The story continues in issue #68.

On the Television Series
Aaron will be played by Ross Marquand. Much like the comic series he surprises the group and asks to see their leader Rick Grimes. It is believed that with the introduction of Aaron the group will finally be making their way to Alexandria, where they will meet a host of new characters including Aaron's boyfriend Eric.

So while you're waiting for the next episode of the show get out their and read up on Alexandria,

Good Luck on Your Hunt!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Funko ReAction Flash and Arrow TV Series Action Figures

The last two days we have been reporting on all the comic book related toys coming out of Toy Fair in New York City. We have looked at DC Icon Figures and Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz. I am certain we will be looking at more stuff as the fair continues, including many items from Funko.

The Funko ReAction line continues to grow reaching into iconic television and movie series. Yesterday Funko revealed their Flash and Arrow TV series figures.

The Arrow line-up will include two different Arrow figures, a Deathstroke, a Black Canary, Diggle, Arrow and a Dark Arrow Merlyn.

Flash line will start with the Flash and what looks like Captain Cold.

Two things come to mind as we continue to look at Toy Fair news, first how am I going to afford all the great stuff and second where am I going to put it all.

Good Luck Hunting all these toys down.

Toy Fair News : DC Icons Figures

DC Collectibles has revealed new DC Icon Figures. These 6 inch figures will begin hitting shelfs in November 2015, each will retail for $24.95
These13 new figures are based on designs by artist Ivan Reis.

The line will be released in 13 waves and will include the following heroes:
Wave 1 - Deadman, Green Arrow, Pre-52 Batman, Mister Miracle, Black Adam and Crisis Flash.

Wave 2 - Blue Beetle, Justice League Lex Luther and Pre-52 Hal Jordan Green Lantern

Wave 3- Pre-52 Superman, Aquaman, Harley Quinn and Atom set

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Guardians of the Galaxy Dorbz Line at Toy Fair

Last week we reported on the Dorbz Line being released by Funko's new Vinyl Sugar Brand.
Well a lot more figures have been revealed at New York Toy Fair including a Guardians of the Galaxy line.
 The GOTG line will include the main Guardians Star-Lord both asked and Unmasked, Drax, Gamora, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora. It will also include the villains The Collector,  Ronan, Nebula, Yondu and Korath.  Hopefully the line is successful and we see a Howard the Duck at some point.

Check them out below.

Toy Fair starts today, collectibles a plenty

Yes it is Valentines Day today, so hung the ones you love then start following all the news coming out of Toy Fair 2015.

The first thing I saw tat caught my eye says that Funko is listening. They are releasing a line of Pop! Vinyl figures based on The Flash Television series. The first two will be The Flash and Captain Cold.
What is so great about this release is it the first time a Rogue will appear as a Pop!Vinyl, yes FINALLY! Hopefully there will be plenty more figures from the show.

These two are due out in May.

Hey your wallet might be a little bit lighter but your collection will be that much nicer!

Good Luck on Your Hunt!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Peek-a-boo appears on Flash TV series

On the February 4th episode of The Flash episode "Crazy for you" the main villain was Peek-a-boo. It is interesting to see one of the Rogues from Wally Wests time as the Flash and continues our hope that he does appear on the show at some point. Enough about Wally this post is about Peek-a-boo. And if you hunger for more information about the Flash TV series read our Flash Characters Guide

Created by Geoff Johns and Scott Kolins, Peek-a-boo made her first appearance in The Flash Vol.2 #180. A copy of this issue can be found for a couple of dollars. If you have not read the Wally West run of the Flash it is highly recommended reading for any Flash TV series fan.

About Peek-a-boo

Lashawn Baez was a graduate student at Central City Medical School. When her father Tomas Baez became ill she stopped her studies to take care of him. First she tried to donate her kidney but instead the operation activated her metagene, thus giving her the ability to teleport. Lashawn decided if she could not donate her kidney she would use her powers to find a matching donor for her father. Her attempted theft of a suitable kidney leads to her battling the Flash and his friend Cyborg. 

Along with her first apperance in The Flash Vol.2 #180, Peek-a-boo also appears in issues 183, 192, 195 & 196.

On the Flash TV Series

Britne Oldford played the role of Peek-a-boo in the episode "Crazy for You". she uses her teleportation powers to free her boyfriend from Iron Heights prison then along with him robs an armored car.

You can pick up every appearance of Peek-a-boo for about $10, while your at it start reading Flash Vol.2 the Wally West run. You will not regret it.

Good Luck on Your Hunt!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Purple Man appearing on A.K.A. Jessica Jones

In one of our recent posts we started our discussion regarding Marvel Comics Netflix series with a look at A.K.A Jessica Jones. In this post we will look at the shows main villain Purple Man.

Purple Man will be played by former Doctor Who, David Tennant. Who happens to be one of my favorite actors and we can't wait to see him as a bad guy.

First Appearance
Created by Stan Lee and Joe Orlando, the Purple Man made his first appearance in Daredevil #4, released in October 1964. This early issue of the Man without Fear will cost you about $3,000, CGC 9.0 plus. An ungraded copy will cost you about $100.
Daredevil battles Purple Man on the streets while Matt Murdock battles Zebediah Killgrave in the courtroom.

About the Purple Man

Dr. Zebediah Killgrave was born in Yugoslavia.  Originally a physician, Killgrave turned into a spy where he was sent on a mission to infiltrate a chemical refinery. On this mission, he was accidentally doused with a chemical that turned his hair and skin purple. He soon realized that the nerve gas had also given him the  superhuman ability to command the wills of other people. Calling himself the Purple Man, Killgrave embarked on a criminal career.

At some point during Jessica Jones career as the superhero Jewel, the Purple Man forced her to do some terrible things using his ability to command others.

On A.K.A. Jessica Jones

Little is known at this time what storyline will be portrayed in the Netflix series but with David Tennant playing the role it is sure to be fantastic. 
We also hope he appears on the new Daredevil series.
David Tennant to portray the Purple Man

The Purple Man has also appeared in the X-Men animated series and in The Avengers animated series.
Purple Man on Avengers Earths Mightiest Heroes 

Some other key issues to pick up

  1. Fear Itself: The Home Front #1
  2. Heroes for Hire (2010)# 9-10
  3. Villains for Hire #1
  4. Alias #27
  5. Alias #28

Good Luck in Your Purple Hunt!