Sunday, October 2, 2016

Foreign Valiants - Spanish X-O Manowar #0

Another entry in my quest to catalog all the foreign editions of Valiant Comics. This time we have the Spanish reprint, by a company called Norma Editorial, of X-O Manowar #0. Check out the cover:


Looks like they scanned the chromium cover of a printed X-O Manowar #0 and used that for the reprint. The interiors are printed on cheap looking newsprint that makes the colors run and the ink blot:


Nevertheless, it's awesome to see Joe Quesada X-O Manowar art with Spanish captions! The back of the book has some a checklist for other Spanish language versions of Valiant Comics - Ninjak and Shadowman are the only other two titles that were out at the time the checklist was printed.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

A complete list of Valiant Entertainment (VEI) gold logo books

My last post, The Definitive Must Own Valiant Comics List!, has been super popular and I've been getting requests to do a follow up listing all the Valiant gold logo editions. I'm going to split the article into two parts - old school-io Valiant and new school-io Valiant. First up, new school aka Valiant Entertainment!

So, what is a gold logo edition? It's part of a program that rewards fans who promote Valiant Comics with limited edition gold logo versions of the comics. Fans spread the word about how good Valiant comics are, send Valiant pictures and Valiant sends them a gold logo edition of one of the books. These gold logo editions are created exclusively for fans and are not sold by Valiant. The only way to get one is to earn it.

There are 15 gold logo editions so far. I'll update this post periodically so that I keep up with the new gold logo books that come out. Valiant sticks to issuing gold logo books when they launch an ongoing series with the exception of the X-O Manowar #0 gold logo edition. My guess is that they ran out of X-O Manowar #1 gold logo books but wanted to keep rewarding X-O Manowar fans so they produced a new gold logo edition.

Without further delay, here is the list (I've done my best to list them in the order they were released):

  1. X-O Manowar #1
  2. Harbinger #1
  3. Bloodshot #1
  4. Archer & Armstrong #1
  5. Shadowman #1
  6. Unity #1
  7. Quantum & Woody #1
  8. Eternal Warrior #1
  9. Rai #1
  10. X-O Manowar #0
  11. Ivar, Timewalker #1
  12. Imperium #1
  13. Ninjak #1
  14. Bloodshot Reborn #1
  15. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1
  16. A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong #1
  17. Faith #1 (mini series)
  18. Generation Zero #1
  19. Faith #1 (ongoing series)
For more information, here is are some quotes from Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer, Dinesh Shamdasani, about the return of the gold logo program from 2012. You can find the full story at Comic Book Resources:


Valiant exclusively told CBR the return of their Gold Logo Program. Valiant's Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Dinesh Shamdasani explained, "There is a long history at Valiant of passionate fans and the company embracing, rewarding and enabling that passion to create a sense of equity.
"The Gold Book embodies this in a way nothing else can. We do this for the fans -- for being our secret weapon, our fifth Beatle," Shamdasani said. At the end of the Valiant panel at Comic-Con, Shamdasani debuted their first new Gold Book in "X-O Manowar" #1 and passed a free copy off to every person in attendance.
Each of the new Valiant #1's has a Gold Book edition on the way which can be won by fans. Shamdasani described how far fans used to go in the 90s to obtain these Gold Books -- or Gold Logos as they were called back then. "Fans would take a photo of themselves promoting Valiant -- a themed wedding, mowing the logo in your neighbor's lawn, dressing your baby as Magnus." He added to the list a man who created Valiant web icons back when the internet was still in its youth, and a church replacing a Bible verse on their board with the phrase "Read Valiant Comics." "If you showed up at a convention dressed as a Valiant character, you'd get a Gold Logo. They were crazy," Shamdasani said. In the 90s a photo would be featured in the back of Valiant's monthly issues, but there were 30-40 winners at a time.
"It's a way to have fun, to embrace the universe and help it grow," Shamdasani said. "To feel a part of it. It's really no different than what Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and those guys did at Marvel in the 60s -- embrace the fan. Make fandom a part of creating this universe so we can all do it together.
"We're re-instituting the program of 'you support us, we reward you,'" he continued. "Send us a photo of you going out of your way supporting Valiant and you'll get a Gold Book."

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Definitive Must Own Valiant Comics List!

With Valiant making waves in the movie world, fans want to make sure they've got copies of all the important books before the entire world falls in love with these characters and starts hunting the books down. One of the questions I get all the time is what are the most important Valiant comics to own? Well, fret no more, I've put together my take on exactly that.

Feast your eyes on the 70 (and counting) issues below and let me know if I've missed any!

Classic Valiant

  1. Super Mario Bros. Special Edition #1 (1st Valiant comic)
  2. Archer & Armstrong #0 Gold (1st Archer & 1st Armstrong, 1st gold logo book)
  3. Archer & Armstrong #8 (1st Timewalker & flipbook with Eternal Warrior #8)
  4. Bloodshot #6 (1st Colin King aka Ninjak)
  5. Bloodshot #7 (1st Ninjak in costume)
  6. Eternal Warrior #4 (1st Bloodshot along with Rai #0)
  7. Harbinger #1 (1st original Valiant comic & 1st Harbinger renegades: Pete Stanchek, Kris Hataway, Charlene Dupre, Faith Herbert & Torque)
  8. Harbinger #6 (1st death of a major character)
  9. Harbinger #10 (1st H.A.R.D. Corps)
  10. Magnus Robot Fighter #0 (1st modern send-away comic)
  11. Magnus Robot Fighter #1 (1st Valiant universe comic & 1st Valiant Magnus)
  12. Magnus Robot Fighter #4 (cameo of Rai depicted on the bound in trading card)
  13. Magnus Robot Fighter #5 (1st Rai)
  14. Magnus Robot Fighter #7 (1st X-O armor, Commando class)
  15. Rai #0 (1st new Rai, 1st Bloodshot along with Eternal Warrior #4, 1st Lucinda Mendez, 1st Yuri, 1st John Stanchek, 1st Harbinger Wars, death of Shadowman, Master Darque, Archer, Bloodshot, Aric of Dacia & Toyo Harada, future of Valiant universe revealed)
  16. Shadowman #1 (1st Shadowman)
  17. Shadowman #8 (1st Master Darque)
  18. Shadowman #16 (1st Doctor Mirage & 1st Hwen Fong Mirage)
  19. Solar, Man of the Atom #1 (1st Valiant Phil Seleski & 1st Erica Pierce)
  20. Solar, Man of the Atom #3 (1st Toyo Harada & 1st Harbinger Foundation)
  21. Solar, Man of the Atom #10 (1st Eternal Warrior & 1st Geomancers)
  22. Unity #0 (1st chapter of the Unity company wide crossover event)
  23. X-O Manowar #1 (1st X-O Manowar class armor & 1st Aric of Dacia)
  24. X-O Manowar #4 (1st Jack Boniface who will become Shadowman)
  25. X-O Manowar #19 (cameo Armorines)
  26. X-O Manowar #25 (1st Armorines)

Acclaim

  1. Quantum & Woody #1 (1st Quantum & 1st Woody)
  2. Quantum & Woody #3 (1st Vincent Van Goat aka The Goat)

Curent Valiant (VEI)

  1. Archer & Armstrong #1 (1st Mary Maria, 1st The Boon, 1st VEI Archer, 1st VEI Armstrong, 1st VEI Ivar who will become Timewalker)
  2. Archer & Armstrong #5 (1st Kay McHenry)
  3. Bloodshot #1 (1st VEI Bloodshot)
  4. Bloodshot Reborn (1st Bloodsquirt)
  5. Bloodshot Reborn (1st Magic)
  6. Book of Death #1 (1st appearances by many as yet unrevealed characters including War Mother)
  7. Divinity #1 (1st Abram Adams aka Divinity)
  8. Divinity #3 (1st female Divinity)
  9. Eternal Warrior #5 (1st VEI 4001 AD)
  10. Harbinger #1 (1st Bleeding Monk, 1st Tull, 1st VEI Pete Stanchek, 1st VEI Kris, 1st VEI Project Rising Spirit & 1st VEI Harbinger Foundation)
  11. Harbinger #2 (1st Darpan)
  12. Harbinger #3 (1st VEI Livewire & 1st VEI Faith Herbert)
  13. Harbinger #20 (1st VEI @X)
  14. Harbinger #22 (1st VEI death of a major character)
  15. Harbinger Wars #1 (1st Generation Zero: Animalia, Astral, Cronus, Hive etc., 1st Project Rising Spirit director Morris Kozol, 1st VEI H.A.R.D. Corps & 1st VEI crossover event)
  16. Imperium #1 (1st Major Mech aka Sunlight on Snow)
  17. Ivar, Timewalker #1 (1st Neela Sethi)
  18. Legends of the Geomancer #1 (1st Anni, the first Geomancer)
  19. Ninjak #1 (1st Roku & 1st Kannon)
  20. Quantum & Woody #1 (1st VEI Quantum & 1st VEI Woody)
  21. Quantum & Woody #4 (1st The Goat)
  22. Rai #1 (1st Father, 1st Lula Lee, 1st New Japan, 1st VEI Rai & 1st VEI Spylocke)
  23. Rai #7 (1st Geomancer of 4001 AD)
  24. Shadowman #1 (1st Josiah Boniface, 1st Helena Boniface, 1st Alyssa, 1st Dox, 1st VEI Shadowman, 1st VEI Master Darque, 1st VEI Deadside)
  25. Shadowman #5 (1st Shan Fong Mirage & 1st VEI Doctor Mirage)
  26. Shadowman #13 (1st Punk Mambo)
  27. Unity #5 (1st VEI Dr. Silk)
  28. Unity #12 (1st United: Gang, Stock, The Myth & Ultimorte)
  29. Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 (1st Leena, 1st Dayo, 1st Eveleen, 1st Ko, 1st Sophie & 1st VEI Kalam)
  30. X-O Manowar #1 (1st VEI comic, 1st Gafti, 1st Commander Trill, 1st Vine, 1st VEI Aric of Dacia, 1st VEI X-O Manowar armor & 1st VEI Eternal Warrior)
  31. X-O Manowar #1 Gold (1st VEI gold logo book)
  32. X-O Manowar #5 (1st VEI Ninjak & 1st VEI Neville Alcott)
  33. X-O Manowar #12 (1st Saana of Loam)
  34. X-O Manowar #13 (1st Colonel Caphsaw)
  35. X-O Manowar #23 (1st Malgam)
  36. X-O Manowar #24 (1st Armor Hunters: Primary Reebo, GIN-GR, Helix, Lilt & Quartz)
  37. X-O Manowar #30 (1st VEI Armorines)
  38. X-O Manowar #32 (1st Gunnery Sergeant Harold "Gunny" Lewis)
  39. X-O Manowar #38 (Aric and Saana wed)
  40. The Valiant #1 (1st Immortal Enemy)
  41. The Valiant #1 (1st Tama the new Geomancer)

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Valiant Poster - Libraries Are My Weapon Of Choice

Check out this library exclusive poster Valiant sent out in 2015 to promote Valiant trades paperbacks and hardcover collections in libraries. The art is by Lewis LaRosa and was initially used on the cover to Ninjak #1 (2015):


Shadowman PlayStation One Memory Card

Saw this cool Acclaim era Shadow Man promo on a message board today. I've never seen or heard of it before. It's a Shadow Man themed memory card for the PlayStation One, no doubt a license in conjunction with the first Shadow Man video game.





Sunday, October 25, 2015

Valiant Market - Harbinger #8 (2012) #8 1 in 125 line wide variant by Jeff Lemire

Valiant is massively successful at the moment. Breaking sales records left and right, winning critical acclaim and awards every year, inspiring major Hollywood talent to come onboard their movies, and really just making some of the best damn comics anyone has seen in a long while. It should come as no surprise then that many of their high end variants (especially those featuring first appearances) from the last several years are starting to become very in demand and therefore...very expensive. Just last week I wrote about how popular, hard to find and, therefore, expensive some of the new VEI variants have become. I spotlighted two books in particular - Eternal Warrior (2012) #5 1 in 50 variant and Harbinger Wars #3 1 in 25 variant. Today, I'm going to tackle another - Harbinger #8 (2012) #8 1 in 125 line wide variant by Jeff Lemire.

First, what is a line wide variant? It's a variant tied to the number of copies a retailer orders of not just the regular cover of the same book but the regular covers of every Valiant book from that same month. The month Harbinger #8 went on sale I believe there were a total of 5 Valiant books (X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong and Shadowman). So while 1 copy for every 125 ordered sounds like a high threshold it really isn't. It's 1 copy for every 125 copies of any Valiant comic ordered that month OR 1 copy for every 25 copies (125 ÷ 5 titles) ordered on average of each Valiant book that month. Not so bad really.


But then you have to factor in all the positives. This book is the  first appearance of Torque in VEI continuity and the  first appearance of Torquehalla anywhere. It's also one of the coolest variant covers every produced. The story behind the variant goes that superstar writer Jeff Lemire was a huge fan of the 2012 Harbinger comics and expressed his love for the book at a DC Comics panel. Valiant heard about this and so Valiant Chief Creative Officer, Dinesh Shamdasani, and Valiant Editor-in-Chief, Warren Simons, approached Lemire about collaborating. The collaboration started with a cover. Lemire pitched a bunch of ideas including one for a ball point pen image drawn on actual lined notebook paper. Valiant loved the crazy idea and thus was born one of the coolest variants ever created! Valiant knows how cool it is too, they've produced a ton of merchandise featuring this art including sweet tee shirts!

Adding to the books desirability is that it's very hard to find! No one knows for sure but estimates of the print run for this book are as low as 1,000 copies. The copies that were available when the book was first released went into the collections of the Valiant faithful and have stayed there. Only a handful of copies have returned to the marketplace since. Those copies that did come up for sale again have been the subject of slowly intensifying bidding wars as the Valiant fan base continues to grow. In the last 12 months, three copies have popped up on eBay. All were ungraded copies that were advertised as NM. The first finished at $109! The second finished higher at $153! The most recent, ending on eBay just today, finished at $207! This one is one to keep watching.

UPDATE: Looks like these articles are popular. We averaged about one copy for sale on eBay a year before I posted this. In the last 2 months we've seen 6 copies trade hands. The two raw auction copies finished at $208 and $213! Two raw Buy It Nows finished at $225 and $300! And two CGC 9.8 copies finished at $409 and $393. Looks like this book is settling in at $200-ish for raw mint copies at $400-ish for CGC 9.8s.

Valiant Market - Eternal Warrior (2013) #5 1:50 David Mack variant (again!)

Just last week I wrote about how popular, hard to find and, therefore, expensive some of the new VEI variants have become. I spotlighted two books in particular - Eternal Warrior (2012) #5 1 in 50 variant and Harbinger Wars #3 1 in 25 variant. Well another Eternal Warrior (2013) #5 1 in 50 ended on eBay today. This one ended in an auction for $264! That makes 3 eBay auctions in the $250-300 range in as many months. Not to mention the Buy It Now listings that have ended in the same range. This book is quickly becoming one of the most sought after Valiant books!

Again, this book precedes Rai (2014) #1 by almost 5 months and therefore is the first appearance of the 4001 timeline in the VEI universe. It's also the first appearance of Gilad, the Eternal Warrior in 4001 (known then as the Eternal Emperor). With big things being teased for 4001 in 2016 fans will want to make sure they have a copy of the most rare version of Eternal Warrior (2013) #5 and the 1 in 50 David Mack variant is just that.


If you've got one, I suggest holding until we get a movie, or at least a movie announcement. If you're in the market for one...good luck!