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Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #149 Fantastic Four

01 Apr

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Fantastic Four #109
Fantastic Four #109
April 1971
John Buscema
FF vol. II #7
FF vol. II #7
July 2013
Mike Allred

On Ebay: Fantastic Four | FF
On AtomicAvenue: Fantastic Four | FF

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #148 Thor

25 Mar

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #21 was renamed MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Thor #337
Thor #337
November 1983
Walter Simonson
Mighty Skullkickers #1
Mighty Skullkickers #1
April 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: Thor | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Thor | Skullkickers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #147 Wolverine

11 Mar

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #20 was renamed SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Savage Wolverine #1
Savage Wolverine #1
March 2013
Frank Cho
Savage Skullkickers #1
Savage Skullkickers #1
March 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: Wolverine | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Wolverine | Skullkickers

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #43 March 2014

05 Mar

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,675,192 (+10.62% from last month; +32.31% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 71,933 (+396.64%; +574.79%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.68889% (+348.95%; +410.00%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 160,123 (-7.60%; +79.96%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 5.99% (-16.52%; +36.03%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 27,415
My current eBay feedback (total): 50,052
My postive eBay feedback score: 100%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (16,520 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) (↑) DC Comics (10,258 listings)
Third Movie/TV (↓) Other Indies (6,944 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↑) Image Comics (5,313 listings)
Fifth Bad Girls (↓) Dark Horse (3,163 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,680,591 (+3.44%; +14.69%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 66,774 (-0.47%; +25.61%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.97325% (-3.77%; +9.52%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 6.88% (-15.79%; +4.40%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 95,025 (+0.36%; +6.25%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #146 Green Lantern

25 Feb

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #23 was renamed DARK SKULLKICKERS DARK and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Green Lantern #85
Green Lantern #85
September 1971
Neal Adams
Dark Skullkickers Dark #1
Dark Skullkickers Dark #1
July 2013
 

On Ebay: Green Lantern | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Green Lantern | Skullkickers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #145 Wolverine

18 Feb

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Wolverine: the Origin #2
Wolverine: the Origin #2
December 2000
Joe Quesada
Powerless #2
Powerless #2
September 2004
Tony Harris

On Ebay: Wolverine
On AtomicAvenue: Wolverine

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #42 February 2014

05 Feb

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,418,306 (-5.61% from last month; +11.59% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 14,484 (-0.69%; +27.00%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.59893% (+5.21%; +13.81%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 173,293 (+27.79%; +57.09%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 7.17% (+35.46%; +40.78%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 26,694
My current eBay feedback (total): 48,775
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (3,112 listings)
Second Movie/TV (↑) Marvel Comics (1,630 listings)
Third Bad Girls (↑) Other Indies (1,581 listings)
Fourth TPBs TPBs (1,101 listings)
Fifth Marvel (Bronze) (↓) Bad Girls (938 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,624,716 (+0.82%; +9.31%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 67,086 (+6.02%; +24.15%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.12909% (+5.16%; +13.58%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 8.17% (+13.95%; +63.73%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 94,683 (+0.50%; +5.14%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #144 Alpha Flight

03 Feb

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Alpha Flight #12
Alpha Flight #12
July 1984
John Byrne
Alpha Flight #129
Alpha Flight #129
February 1994
Dario Carrasco
Alpha Flight vol. II #12
Alpha Flight vol. II #12
July 1998
Duncan Rouleau
Alpha Flight vol. III #12
Alpha Flight vol. III #12
April 2005
Clayton Henry
G.I. Joe: Cobra #12
G.I. Joe: Cobra #12
January 2011
Antonio Fuso

On Ebay: Alpha Flight | G.I. Joe
On AtomicAvenue: Alpha Flight | G.I. Joe

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #143 Wolverine

28 Jan

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Wolverine vol. II #1
Wolverine vol. II #1
November 1988
John Buscema
Daken: Dark Wolverine #7
Daken: Dark Wolverine #7
June 2011
Giuseppe Camuncoli

On Ebay: Wolverine | Daken
On AtomicAvenue: Wolverine | Daken

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #142 Daredevil

21 Jan

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Daredevil #187
Daredevil #187
October 1982
Frank Miller
Daredevil #505
Daredevil #505
April 2010
 

On Ebay: Deadpool | Daredevil
On AtomicAvenue: Deadpool | Daredevil