Welcome to our weekly newsletter! This week we see how content news from HULU caused some comics values to jump. For those of you new to the newsletter, each week our clever CovrPrice crew look over the major movements and news of the week and report what we find.
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SHAKER: Y: THE LAST MAN #1 sold a CGC 9.8 for it’s highest price yet at $945. A raw copy sold for $340. This is all thanks to one teaser image that hit today. Just an image…. imagine what a trailer will do. (Find on MCS) (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SPAWN #2 Newsstand Variant (The 1st Violator) sold a CGC 9.8 at $290. This is huge for a book that normally sells for $10 (a NM copy sold for $63.99 on 12/18). Everyone is so busy focusing on Spawn #1 newsstand that this is quietly sneaking by. (Find on eBay)
MOVER/ HOT: DETECTIVE COMICS #854 (The 1st appearance of Alice) (Find on eBay) On 2/7/2019 it was announced that Rachel Skarsten will play Alice, Batwoman’s nemesis, in the upcoming Batwoman pilot for the CW.
Detective Comics #854 has 3 covers, including a beautiful 1:10 variant by JG Jones (Find on eBay) – the only cover that has seen decent positive price movement. Be careful about long-term investing in this book as comic book tv show specs rarely show significant price appreciation – especially for villains. However, This book is also bringing greater attention to other awesome Batwoman variants by some big-name artists:
HOT/ MOVER: Terry Moore’s MOTOR GIRL has been optioned @ Hulu. This series isn’t too old and should be easy to find in back issues. Upon the news, all the cheap copies disappeared. It’s currently at $10 (update: This one made the #3 spot on this week’s Top 10 and has a high of $20. It’s currently selling for $15). (Find on MCS) (Find on eBay)
NEWS: LAST SONS OF AMERICA (Boom) has been optioned @ Netflix and is already set to star Peter Dinklage and produced by Matt Reeves (who has a first look deal with Netflix). Not too many copies have sold upon the news, but prices did jump up to $15. (Find on eBay)
NEWS: TALENT (Boom! Studios) has been picked up @ Fox with “Justified” Showrunner Graham Yost. Like LAST SONS above, Talent hasn’t sold that many copies, but it is hitting $30. This sounds like a pretty great week at Boom. However, we thought all Fox projects were on hold during the Disney buy-out. Guess not. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: IMMORTAL HULK #2 Gerardo Zaffino 1:25 Variant took a little while for this variant to catch up to the heat of the standard Alex Ross cover. However, this variant featuring the 1st appearance of Dr. Frye is selling multiple copies at $199.99 and $356 for a CGC 9.8, which actually seems low looking at those raw prices. Seeing how hot the IMMORTAL HULK storyline is, there’s maybe even some room to grow.
Side Note: It’s really refreshing every now and then to have a book be hot specifically due to the story rather than content. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: ARCHIE’S MADHOUSE #22 (1962) sold a F/VF copy for $1,400 raw. Which is a huge sale for a book that usually sells for $300/$400 in that condition. A VF+ copy sold for $1,541 back in August 2018. Most will recognize this book as the first appearance of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. The very successful Netflix series, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”, (and not to mention “Riverdale”) has brought renewed attention to this hard-to-find book. Seeing that the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” has renewed for two more seasons, I don’t think we’ve seen the high yet on this book. (Find on eBay)
MOVER/ SHAKER: SUPERMAN #75 PLATINUM has some interesting sales over the last several days. Limited to 10,000 copies, this variant is considerably rare compared to the standard cover’s million+ print run. If you were around in 1993, the “Death” (he got better) of Superman was a big, HUGE deal. The news covered it like it was a real thing. This sent floods of folks to comic shops, many who had never stepped foot in one before, to obtain a copy of a book that shot up in value the first day of release. Kids wore the black armbands (that were included in the sealed bag) proudly to school. It was pure comic mayhem. Finding a copy was tough and if you found one, you were going to have to pay decent bucks for it. Being pre-internet, it’s pretty impressive how much traction this book got. When Superman returned, this specific issue and event were directly pointed at for almost destroying the comic book industry (along with Image #1 titles). Suddenly, copies of Superman #75 were worth nothing and comics were no longer the get rich quick scheme that the comic mayhem promised. 26 years later, this Platinum variant has risen in value thanks to pure nostalgia of this historical time in comics. The market doesn’t seem to favor copies in the Poly-bag over copies out of the bag. It depends on the collector. Truthfully, the poly-bag covers flaws and is actually slowly eating away at the comic inside… which only helps increase the demand for high-grade copies. Each issue is individually numbered from 1 to 10,000. That print run transparency is something that we wish comic book companies did today. Back to those sales, a un-bagged NM raw copy sold for the highest ever at $299.99, which then saw a cheap CBCS 9.8 copy sell for $179.16 today. That was pretty much a steal seeing that 9.8 copies were selling for almost $700 back in September 2018. This is a perfect book to look for at conventions to find at a good price. Happy hunting! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: FATHOM #1 VARIANT sold a CGC 9.8 for $350. This is a book we’ve passed over and over in dollar bins, yet here it is, selling for $350. Previous sales have been for $100 and $150 (which are still pretty great prices). The only bit of news we could connect this with was the creation of Mythos Studios back in March 2018. Mythos was created to “make live-action and animated films based on either existing properties or original ones” of Aspen properties, including FATHOM. There’s been no updated info since. Searching the internet, there really aren’t that many copies. We do see one lonely copy at $3.99 though, but not many more than that. This one has us scratching our heads a bit, but we’ll definitely not skip past this in the $1 bin anymore. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SCUD THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #18 Variant is incredibly rare and rarely seen. With variants from independent publishers, due to low or no sales, it’s really quite difficult to know what things are actually worth. Hence why one copy sold for $40 on 2/4/19 and then a week later on 2/11 for a huge $220 (and we checked, it’s legit). So, the question is why? Honestly, when a rare book pops up, collectors will frequently pay whatever they need to…often overlooking cheaper listed copies. Digging a little deeper, it could be due to Scud creator Rob Schrab’s long-time writing partner, Dan Harmon. Dan Harmon, who wrote this particular issue, is better known as the co-creator/ writer/ showrunner for the massively popular show, Rick & Morty. Rick & Morty fans, like ourselves, are obsessed with the series and are known to spill over into other connected Dan Harmon projects. Dan Harmon has even stated that the Rick & Morty character Mr. Meeseeks was inspired by this series. You can see a pre-Rick & Morty version called “Doc & Marty” (which became Rick & Morty) from 2008 that Harmon and Justin Roiland created to promote the book (watch here, mature audiences only) (Search on eBay)
HOT/ NEWS: HULU ANIMATED MARVEL SERIES ANNOUNCED
Marvel announced that they’re bringing four animated series to Hulu: MODOK, Hit-Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck. All four will then cross over in a special called The Offenders.*
*NOTE: The Offenders first appeared in HULK #10 (2009), which had three different covers. However, that was a totally different team then what the Hulu team will be. They’ll be using The Offenders in title only. The original Offenders were: The Red Hulk, Baron Mordo, Terrax and Tiger Shark.
Hit Monkey #1 One Shot & Deadpool (2008) #19 (The 1st appearance of Hit Monkey) There is a bit of a debate about Hit Monkey’s 1st appearance, but it seems Deadpool (2008) #19 was supposed to be his first appearance, but the book’s release was delayed until 2/17/2010. This allowed Hit-Monkey #1 One Shot, released on 2/10/2010, to be the first released appearance of the character. Either way, both books are heating up and can be tough to find. Keep in mind, there are 1st and 2nd prints of the One Shot with the 2nd print looking very scarce (1st print 12,975 copies sold, 2nd print unknown but likely less than 3,700 copies sold per Comichron). The one-shot has jumped from sales from as low as $1.50 to its current crazy $50. Deadpool #19 (with a fun Spidey cover) has always been a $10 to $15 book is now selling for $36 to $40. So, the market seems divided. Deadpool #19 also sold a CGC 9.8 for $235. (Find Hit Monkey on eBay) (Find Deadpool 19 on eBay)
Easily one of the weirdest characters Marvel ever created, yet one of our favorites to play in MARVEL VS. CAPCOM. M.O.D.O.K’s first appearance is in TALES OF SUSPENSE #94. Being from 1967, condition greatly varies… as do the prices. However, since the HULU news, raw prices have pretty much tripled. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
TIGRA & DAZZLER
This is an interesting mix. Tigra’s first appearance is in GIANT-SIZE CREATURES #1, raw values have seen some movement, with VF raws selling for $86/$90 when they used to sell for $20 to $40. (Find on eBay) Dazzler’s first appearance is in X-Men #130 is seeing little movement in raw values. However, a CGC 9.8 saw its highest sale ever for $675. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
HOWARD THE DUCK
This one is being written by Kevin Smith. The first appearance is FEAR (ADVENTURES INTO) #19 and the first solo title is HOWARD THE DUCK #1. FEAR #19 saw its first spike after the quick cameo at the end of the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie. After a few years of no additional content news, values dropped. It shot back up and saw a recent raw sale at $70 for a VF/NM copy that sold for $30 back in January. HOWARD THE DUCK #1 is seeing some light market movement and is hovering at $30, despite some bigger sales at $55 and $45. (Find FEAR 19 on eBay) (Find HOWARD THE DUCK 1 on eBay)