Welcome to our weekly newsletter! This week we highlight a number of recalled/error comics as well as some weekly shakers. 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: UNIVERSE X SPIDEY #1 RECALLED Edition sold raw for $300, the highest ever for a raw sale. We may have mentioned it before, but we LOVErecalled/error books. This is also a fun one. In 2001, artist Al Milgrom took his revenge on Bob Harris, the former Marvel Editor in Chief, by hiding the words “BOB HARRIS HA HA HE’S GONE GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH HE WAS A NASTY S.O.B.” on book spines, on a bookshelf, in the background of page 28 (3rd panel – see image below). Unlike many recalled issues, this one never made it to shelf. It was only sent to retailers as a preview issue and was caught in time in order to fix that one panel. The preview copy was recalled and “most” copies were pulped. There are also two Dynamic Forces variants that also had the recall (which are exceptionally hard to find). What’s fun about this book is that it’s ALWAYS in dollar bins, which makes this a fun treasure hunt. When you see that classic Alex Ross Lizard Spidey cover, open it up to page 28, look for the bookshelf and see if it’s blank or has the recalled slander. Happy hunting! (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN #5 Recalled Edition sold for $200 raw. Yep! Told you we love recalled issues. This one was recalled thanks to an ad on the last pages for a MARVEL DOUCHE, which was a real ad from the early 1900s. However, before hitting stores, DC destroyed the entire print run for fear of a lawsuit from Marvel Comics. Of course, copies made their way out. It’s not often that Spidey X or League see sales, let alone both for noticeable amounts. This isn’t even the highest raw amount ever (which was $379 in 2018), but it’s still fun to see. A CGC 9.8 sold for a whopping $1,500 in April 2018. So, keep an eye out for this hard to find recalled issue. While this issue may not be in $1 bins, the regular issue isn’t too pricey. If you see it, ask to flip to the back, look for the ads on the 2nd-to-last page and in the top left-hand corner check to see if the Spray Syringe ad (pictured below) says MARVEL (i.e. the recall) or AMAZE (i.e. the reprint). (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS #1 CGC 9.8 (1984) had it’s highest sale ever for a CGC 9.8 at $566. When did this fairly easy to find issue become a $500+ 9.8, well just recently in February 2019. However, we wouldn’t say this was ever a cheap 9.8 before that. For the past several years, it’s been mostly hovering around $400 while creeping forward a little here and there to where it is now. Transformers was one of the biggest 80’s properties and these most likely ended up into the hands of the kids/fans who grew up with it. Therefore, NM copies are few and far between. Paramount’s renewed plans for Transformers movies have also helped drive up demand. Even raw copies are seeing spikes from $20 to $50. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER/ MOVER: MISTER MIRACLE #1 (1971) is selling plenty of copies online thanks to rumors back in January about DC’s NEW GODS film focusing on Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Even with just the rumor, it was enough to make one buyer pull the trigger on the VERY elusive 9.8 from CGC for an incredible $4,250! Out of the 721 copies graded from CGC only 15 have hit a 9.8. Just for comparisons, the most recent CGC 9.6 sale went for $995. Raw values average around $100, so if you find a NM copy… buy it. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
NON-COMIC: So… NEW ENGLAND NEWSLETTER #14 is technically not a comic book, yet we still added it to the site. Why? Well, there’s a popular trend of collectors looking for first appearances that came out before the more official first appearance. This can range from advertisements in magazines, previews at the end of a comic, interviews, or in this case, a newsletter. The first official appearance of THE TICK was in THE TICK #1 Special Edition from March 1988 that predates THE TICK #1 by just a few months (June 1988). However, the true first appearance was in this newsletter dated July-August 1986, a full two years before. At the bottom left, you can see “Introducing The Tick” and includes a short Tick story and continues into Newsletter #15. CGC notes this as “First Appearance of The Tick” and notes the Special Edition as “First Appearance of The Tick in comics”. The newsletter had a recent Raw sale (3/7/19) for $787. (Find on eBay)
HOT/ MOVER/ SHAKER: IMMORTAL HULK #14 had a cliffhanger at the end of this issue. Without being TOO spoilery, speculation had led many to believe that Red She-Hulk will be making a return in the next issue. This has sent her first appearance(s) market values to shooting up. It’s a little messy, so here’s the short version:
- 1st Cover: HULK #14 (2009) Ed McGuinness Red She-Hulk 1:10 variant: selling for $55 raw when it was just $5 just a couple of weeks ago. (There’s also some Deadpool variants that have always sold well, but haven’t seen a spike with the news). (Find on eBay)
- 1st Cameo (last page reveal): HULK #15 Standard, which went from $2 to $45 and the Ed McGuinness 1:15 Variant which went from $12 to $50 (and has completely dried up since). (Find on eBay)
- 1st Full Appearance: HULK #16 Standard went from $1 to $14 and the Ed McGuinness 1:15 Variant which went from $25 to now $70. (We’ll be using both the standard AND variant for this month’s CovrPrice GiveAway!) (Find on eBay)
NEW/ HOT/ MOVER: PORT OF EARTH #1 (2017) – Amazon & Skybound are developing this one for television for Amazon Studios. We’re big fans of Zack Kaplan. Most of his books have been optioned, but this is the first to have serious traction. Port of Earth has 4 significant books: The standard cover (went from $5 to $20), Cover B Variant ($5 to $20), NYCC 2017 Ashcan($12 to $25) and the super rare 2018 Convention Sketch Variant, limited to 100 copies (only one sale of $40). The 2018 convention variant are each hand numbered as X of 100. Not many of those babies are going to show up. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: CURSED PIRATE GIRL #1 from Comixpress is exceptionally hard to find. Today, a raw copy sold for $750. When it does come up, it commands a premium. The story is a fun epic adventure that should gain more attention every year (Cursed Pirate Girl is an epic fairy tale of a cursed girl in search of her father. The only things she knows about him is that he’s a pirate and that she’ll find him on the Omerta Seas). (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: TEEN TITANS #75 Adam Hughes 1:25 Variant has been one of the most sought after modern variants. Adam Hughes has a huge fanbase and this is easily a variant that alludes most. Today’s raw sale of $635 is notable when you look at the last CGC 9.8 sale in 11/18 for $750. (Find on eBay)
HOT/ MOVER/ SHAKER: DIE #1 (2018) is hitting huge market values for the limited to 800 copies virgin variant. A CGC 9.8 sold for an incredible $799.99 with NM raws selling for as high as $250. The first print has also jumped to $20. These sudden and sharp price spikes are directly due to a 4th print announcement. Most releases from Image rarely hit 4th prints. That printing is a clear earmark for fan-driven sales. When that 4th print hit, collectors scrambled to get their hands on still affordable copies. The virgin variant was fairly available but disappeared quickly. There are several other variants with smaller print runs, but the virgin variant is just a nice clean cover focusing on Stephanie Hans gorgeous art. Just imagine if some content news is around the corner. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (2014) is, obviously, the first appearance of Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman aka Spider-Gwen. We can’t believe she’s only been around for 5 years. It feels WAY longer. Her appearance in the Oscar-winning Animated Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE has (like Miles) cemented her as a Marvel mainstay character. Which means… her market values are probably never coming back down again. A CGC 9.8 sold for $514.99. This shouldn’t be new news, but just a nice reminder to take a second look at high-grade raws going for $150 to $200. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: BLK BOY FLY #1 (2017) sold a raw copy today for $775. This self-published issue was sold during various conventions in 2017. The central character, Flyboy, is also the focus of fine artist Hebru Brantley. Hebru is a huge rising star in the art world and he uses Flyboy as the star of his sculptures, murals, and artwork (In real life). He has a massive presence in Chicago. This is the first appearance of Flyboy in comics and the first professional comic work for Hebru. Both comic fans and Hebru Brantley art fans are seeking this book out. Did we mention that this was limited to 100 copies? Yeah, hence the massive prices. Just imagine when Fly Boy hits mainstream media… which Madison Wells Media has partnered with Hebru in 2018 to do just that. (Find on eBay)
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