WEEK IN REVIEW

February 25th, 2019

Welcome to our weekly newsletter! This week we saw some big price jumps for The Goon and Witchblade. 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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Tuesday, 2/19/19

SHAKER: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS WEIRD TALES #74 (1949) is not a book that comes up very often. This was the 1st of two issues titled with WEIRD TALES. This classic Red Skull cover, with the bright red background, is just a gorgeous and highly sought after book. It had a very large sale of $12K for a CGC 4.5 which almost overtook the highest sale ever (for a better grade) for a 6.0 at $12,555 back in June of 2017.

SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 (2011) 1:100 Gabriele Dell’Otto Variant is the most valuable modern variant known to man. If this image isn’t burned into your brain, it should be. This is the Dell’Otto book that skyrocketed the artist to his current popularity, which then in turn only drove up the price for this variant. It always draws a lot of eyes when one hits the market. This didn’t disappoint as a raw copy sold for $8,500. Stores had to order 100 copies of the standard issue in order to be able to order one copy of this variant (i.e. 1:100). However, back in 2011/2012, Amazing Spider-Man had its lowest print run ever and stores were just not ordering that many copies. Flash forward to today, it’s super hard to find. It’s one of those variants that just constantly go up in price.

SHAKER: WITCHBLADE #150 J. Scott Campbell Variant saw a huge sale yesterday for this very hard to find 1:25 Incentive Variant. Love him or hate him, J. Scott has a huge fanbase who are more than willing to dish out big $ to get high-grade copies of his most hard to find covers. He did three Witchblade covers: #135, #150 and #151. The other two are also pricey, but a little easier to find. Due to that scarcity, a 9.8 sold for $499.99. A 1:25 shouldn’t be this hard to track down. So, look for this in your comic shops back issues and at conventions.

Wednesday, 2/20/19

SHAKER / MOVER: WONDER WOMAN #7 (1987) marks the first appearance of Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva as the new Cheetah. There have been several Cheetah’s throughout the various Wonder Woman volumes, however, this version will be the villain (played by Kristen Wiig) in the upcoming WONDER WOMAN 1984 movie. DC released a still image of Kristin as Dr. Minerva (not as Cheetah) and that was enough to move copies. A CGC 9.8 sold at its highest ever for $350. Raw copies average around $26.

SHAKER: Last week we featured SCOOBY DOO. This week, we have another Gold Key/ Western cartoon book; MAGILLA GORILLA #1 (1964). I wonder if you showed Magilla to a kid today if they would know who he was. Even us here at COVRPRICE have a faint recollection. But there’s obviously plenty of nostalgia out there since a CGC 9.4 just sold for $850, dwarfing the last 9.4 sale at $199 back in August of 2018. Raw copies only average at $19, so this is a huge GAP book.

SHAKER: THE GOON #1 (Avatar Press,1999) had a SHAKER sale today at $690 for a CGC 9.6. This indie favorite by the awesome Eric Powell has been stuck in content development hell for years. Back when there was some new news about an animated series, a CGC 9.6 sold for $1,200. While today’s sale is half that, it’s not a book to ignore. Content or not, it’s still a very highly desired (and hard to find) book. Note: Dark Horse horse reprinted this cover with their logo (in place of the AVATAR logo) and can easily be mistaken for the original first. If you’re keen on hunting for more GOON, his first appearance is within a short 4-page back-up story in Avatar Press’s DREAMWALKER #0 (Note: this was only in the 1st print. Subsequent printing omit the short story). We’ve found this title buried in old $1 bins, so add this to your hunt list as it’ll bring you $200+ for raw copies and way more. If you want to dig even deeper, there’s a Goon prototype that pre-dates in BEST CELLARS #1, where Eric Powell had a story entitled Monster Boy. Enjoy that collector’s rabbit hole.

Thursday, 2/21/19

SHAKER / MOVER: FEAR #20 (1974) is also known as ADVENTURES INTO FEAR (which began with issue #10) marks the first solo Morbius, The Living Vampire story. With a solo film on the way, featuring Jared Leto, his first appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #101 is getting pricey. So, collectors have turned to this specific issue as the next go-to book. This only averages about $28 for raw copies. However, it sold a CGC 9.8 for a huge $674.95 (the highest was for $751 in June 2018 for the same grade).

SHAKER: SPECIAL MARVEL EDITION #15 Features the first appearance of SHANG-CHI, MASTER OF KUNG FU. With Marvel developing the character, this book keeps hitting new heights. The highest sale ever for this book happened today at $3,500 for a CGC 9.8. That’s double of what it was just this past fall. Now that’s some strong Kung-Fu!

NEWS: THE OLD GUARD has been picked up by NETFLIX and features stars Charlize Theron & Kiki Layne. Greg Rucka, writer/creator of the comic, is writing the screenplay. Based on our TOP 10 this week, this announcement definitely helped move some books.

Friday, 2/22/19

SHAKER: ARCHIE’S GIRLS BETTY AND VERONICA (1950) #1 had a CGC 7.0 sell for $2,395. Yeah, we’ve mentioned Archie books a lot lately. I think we’re just constantly surprised at how hot Archie books have become lately. We might as well just get it all out and also tell you about the high prices that BETTY AND VERONICA #261 (2012), first VAMPIRONICA (yes Veronica as a Vampire), command. It averages $150 and had a CGC 9.8 sale of $1,199 back in October 2018. This was a standard cover, so check those back-issues!

Saturday, 2/23/19

SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 2nd Print sold a CGC 9.8 at a massive $7,500 today. Granted, 9.8’s are incredibly rare. There are only eight 9.8’s on the census. But still, $7,500 is huge when you look at the 9.6’s sale in May 2018 for $1,500.

SHAKER: MEGATON EXPLOSION (1987) is a book that featured a two-page entry featuring what’s considered the YOUNGBLOOD team’s first appearance in print (consisting of Sentinel, Sonic, Brahma, Riptide, Cougar, Psi-Fire, and Photon). It sold a CGC 9.8 today for $750. So, why does anyone care? Are you a comic book history buff like we are? Then you might also recognize the importance of what YOUNGBLOOD means to the comic book industry. Yes, YOUNGBLOOD #1, the same $1 bin book that you never glance at twice, was the first title released in 1992 for the newly formed IMAGE COMICS. This was a time in comics when the biggest creators left DC & MARVEL in order to form their own company together in order to retain full rights and control over the characters they created. This title, among several Image inaugural launches, were massive hits with equally massive print runs. For better or worse, it changed the industry in a massive way (check out this awesome documentary here for more info). With Youngblood marking such an important time for comics, collectors like to dig deeper and find those hard to get first appearances that aren’t always widely known. This was a fun sale to see today.

SHAKER: MS. MARVEL #2 (2014) 1:50 Jorge Molina Variant is back! Back in 2015, this variant was selling for close to $2K in a 9.8 and $1k+ raw. With the recent interview with Brie Larson where she states “I feel like she’s the future”, regarding Ms, Marvel, aka Kamala Kahn. Well, that was enough to reignite this variant that slipped over the past years down to $650 raw. Today, a raw copy sold for $1,400. Bonus: To tack on to this SHAKER, Kamala’s first cameo appearance in CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 (2013) helped to move a raw copy of this very hard to find Amanda Conners 1:30 variant at $1,525 on the 21st. Kamala Kahn is incredibly hot (and no, we didn’t forget about Captain Marvel #17 2nd print… we’re going to save that for later).

Sunday, 2/24/19

SHAKER / MOVER: MOON KNIGHT #25 (1982) is a classic Bill Sienkiewicz cover. With Bill’s constant growing popularity AND Moon Knight’s growing popularity, this is a no brainer. Plus, that all-black cover is impossible to find in high grade. Which is why this is another one of our favorite GAP books. It sells for $10 to $20 raw on average. However, a CGC 9.8 sold today for $700.

NEWS: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE wins the Oscar for BEST ANIMATED FILM! Congrats to SONY PICTURES ANIMATION for a true comic book film masterpiece. It was an absolute love letter to Spidey fans, while still being completely accessible to new ones.

Monday, 2/25/19

SHAKER: ALBEDO #2 (1983) sold a CGC 9.0 for $5,001, which is the highest ever for that grade. This marks the first appearance of Stan Sakai’s beloved character Usagi Yojimbo. Whether fans loved the Usagi comic or came to know him from TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (like we did), this particular issue is always in high demand and doesn’t last too long after it gets listed. It’s such an awesome cover.

SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 (2012) Joe Quinones 1:50 Mary Jane Venom Variant is another holy grail of modern-day variants. This was one of the several “Venom Month” variants back in 2012. Like AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667, stores had to order 50 copies of the standard issue in order to be able to order one copy of this variant. However, back in 2011/2012, Amazing Spider-Man had its lowest print run ever and stores were just not ordering that many copies. It’s one of those variants that just constantly go up in price. This had its highest raw sale every at $3,055.51. The highest graded sale was for a CGC 9.8 back in July 2018 for $5,995. “You just hit the Jackpot” indeed.