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Nick's Picks Vol. 6

Don't let the category name fool you.  The issues in this category are not suggestions to purchase but some finds that have been added to the Key Collector database of 20,000 key issues Find Nick's Picks Vol. 1 thru 3 collected in the Mixtape Category.  Vol. 4 and 5 can be found under the CATEGORIES button 🎁 Support the continued development of Key Collector Comics by using the eBay links for ANY purchase

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  • Newsstand edition
  • Final Spawn issue to be produced with a UPC
  • *pricing data from the only sold listing currently on eBay (November 2019)
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  • Cover art by Terry Moore featuring Katchoo the Bear, an animal version of the main character from Strangers In Paradise
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  • Special preview, 'Museum Edition' limited to 50 numbered copies
  • Hologram on back cover
  • Preview of Invincible
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  • Promotional issue given away at a gaming convention in 1996
  • First printing can be identified by the black warning banner at the top of the cover with red text fully italicized
  • First printing can also be identified by the issue number '#1' NOT italicized
  • Second printing is nearly identical except that the two aforementioned criteria are reversed with the issue number '#1' italicized and the red banner text NOT italicized
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  • First written and illustrated work in comics by Erik Larsen
  • 1st appearance of Paul Dragon
  • * 'Savage' was later added after a cease and desist order from Dragon Magazine
  • Estimated print run of 300
  • Regie Collects: This rare book is a fantastic piece of history because it was self-published by a teenage Erik Larsen and introduced the world to his long-time creator-owned character.
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  • Unreleased third printing
  • Approximately 25-50 copies unintentionally went into circulation after a comic shop in the United Kingdom had been sent the books for an in-store signing with artist Charlie Adlard
  • 'Third Printing' printed below the Image logo
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  • 1st appearance & origin of Calypso (Twisted Metal 2 released after this comic)
  • 16-page comic licensed by Sony and published by DC Comics
  • .Opening panel depicts the destruction of the World Trade Center five years before the actual terrorist attack
  • 100 copies were printed as prizes for a contest in Tips & Tricks magazine to publicize the Twisted Metal 2 release
  • Only 50 entrants won the prize while approximately 10 additional copies were given away to fans who wrote letters to Tips & Tricks
  • According to Sony Interactive Entertainment employees, the remaining 40 copies were destroyed
  • One of the most valuable pieces of Twisted Metal history as it is considered to be canon by Twisted Metal fans and has attained "Holy Grail" status
  • Only 4 copies ever graded by CGC (two 9.6's, one 9.4 & one 9.0)
  • CGC 9.6 copy sold for $3,200 in 2018 and another for $3,999.99 in 2020
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  • Promotional giveaway sponsored by Blockbuster Video to educate children on stranger danger
  • 1st appearance of the X-Man, a predator who wins children's trust by dressing as a superhero
  • 1st appearance of the Creeps, an innocent looking elderly couple who prey on children
  • *the Creeps make their second appearance almost 25 years later in Scream Curse of Carnage #6 (digital only)
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  • Prototype of Captain Britain in a British fanzine
  • Cover appearance of 'an unknown British superhero' according to interior notes
  • Preceded the first appearance of Captain Britain in Captain Britain #1 (October 1976)
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  • Debut of Wolverine's healing power
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  • IDW begins publishing Popeye with the first original story in over 30 years
  • Cover art inspired by Action Comics #1
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  • Limited to 1,000 copies although there is a much rarer, earlier printing that was handed out at SDCC in 1998 with no price on the cover
  • Created and self-published by David Choe, an artist who is known for his street-art influenced work appearing in urban settings
  • In the early days of Facebook (2005), Choe was commissioned to paint murals on the interior walls of their Silicone Valley office and accepted stock in lieu of cash (even though he thought the social network was a useless idea) that was valued at $200 million seven years later
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  • Biography of Ed Gein
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  • Variant cover art by Doug Chiang
  • Recreation of the 'Back to the Future II' movie prop 'Gray's Sports Almanac'
  • Distributed by ZBox, a website and mystery box subscriptions service
  • *the IDW 'Back to the Future' series launched on 10/21/2015 which was the same date that the characters traveled to in the movie
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  • 1,000 copies printed with 300 copies containing an original sketch on the inside back cover
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  • Platinum edition, distributed in Italy
  • Polybagged with an address book included 'the telephone numbers of my enemies' printed across the front
  • 'Lethal Protector' #1 cover art but the interior reprints 'The Getaway Scream' (ASM #373-#375) and 'First Kill'
  • 'First Kill' is a relatively unknown, undervalued 24-page story told over the course of three annuals revealing the first time Eddie and the Venom symbiote bonded (character search: Venom for detailed annual info)
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  • Variant wraparound cover art by David Angelo Roman, limited to 25 numbered copies (Roman Numerals)
  • Each individual cover was painted on real goat-skin
  • 'Babyteeth' written in Assyrian Aramaic at the bottom
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  • First comic book produced by Jack Kirby in 1937 for bank giveaways
  • Signed by H.T. Elmo, the owner of Lincoln News where Kirby was employed
  • Smaller than an average comic book and printed on paper that was not newsprint
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  • 16-page black and white ashcan
  • Brief recap of the history of The Punisher from his introduction thru 1994
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  • Crossover appearance by Maxx
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  • Cover appearance of Sin City's Marv
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  • 1st appearance of Mademoiselle Marie, decades later it is revealed that she had an affair with a British Military officer named Alfred Pennyworth and from the encounter, had a child named Julia (Pennyworth)
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  • 1st appearance of Nemesis, the being who created the Infinity Gems
  • Crossover event between Marvel and Malibu
  • 1st appearance of the 7th Infinity Gem (Ego)