WEEK IN REVIEW

May 27th, 2019

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly newsletter! This week we call out some Spawn comics that saw big sales and list a bunch some of artist Milo Manara’s provocative covers.

Tuesday, 5/21/19

SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #27 LOOT CRATE REPRINT (DC, 2018) It’s VERY rare when a mass-mailer comic, like from Loot Crate, ever goes up in value. The print runs are massive on these variants. Yet, this TEC #27 Reprint is in high demand and hard to find. In fact, since it’s release, we’ve only tracked 24 raw sales. It’s an excellent reprint, with original ads/back cover and it’s gorgeous in person. So, we get it. This was mailed out in the DC TAKEOVER themed Loot Crate DX which came out in December 2018. Today, a CGC 9.8 sold for $275 and raws typically sell for $70 to $100. These types of reprints tend to stick and should continue to command a premium price. (Find on eBay)

 

Wednesday, 5/22/19

SHAKER/ HOT: CAPTAIN BRITAIN #1 (Marvel UK, 1976) One post ENDGAME spec that we haven’t mentioned is Captain Britain. When Cap and Tony infiltrate a S.H.I.E.L.D. base in 1970, Cap stops to catch a glimpse of Peggy Carter. We overhear her mention the name “Braddock”, which then lead to the speculation that this was in reference to Brian Braddock, aka Captain Britain. This created an uptick in both sales and prices for his first appearance. Several 9.8’s came to market this month, the most recent today at $2,983.90. The last two were both $3K.  Higher grade raws sell for $350, when they were selling for around $100 before the film’s release. It’s all guesswork, but Marvel tends to always have a specific reason when and where they name drop. Little is random. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1 1:50 GABRIELE DELL’OTTO VARIANT (Marvel, 2019) Venom has TONS of various covers and most tend to be the same. It’s hard for even the best art to stand out when it comes to drawing this pointy-toothed symbiote. Dell’Otto’s pulp horror homage is fantastic and stands out amongst a very noisy sea of Venom covers. This one sold for $401 in a CGC 9.8. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: SPAWN FOIL RETAILER THANK YOU VARIANT (Image, 2017) Prepare yourselves, SPAWN will be a running theme for this newsletter. Not many publishers send retailers a dedicated THANK YOU comic for free. Yet, Mr. McFarlane REALLY appreciates retailers. This THANK YOU variant was not difficult to find and, dependent on your LCS, could have been bought early for a reasonable price. This is no longer the case. This one sold for $160 raw today, which is catching up to the last CGC 9.8’s sales in April of $215 and $175. A 9.9 sold for $1,200. Spawn fans LOVE their variants and hard to find books. Wondering what’s inside?  Well, this comic contains a black and white cover gallery of past Spawn covers by Todd McFarlane. (Find on eBay)

 

Thursday, 5/23/19

SHAKER/ MOVER/ HOT: SPAWN #297 FRANCESCO MATTINA DIAMOND RETAILER SUMMIT VARIANT (Image, 2019) At the 2019 Diamond Retailer Summit, Mr. McFarlane laid out all the upcoming plans for the 300th issue. To celebrate and AGAIN thank retailers, he gave out this “RETAILERS ARE KING” variant for issue #297. We typically don’t track signed comics due to several factors. However, since the majority were all signed by Todd, we created a SIGNED and UNSIGNED spot for this on COVRPRICE. Signed copies are currently selling for $350.  However, today a rare UNSIGNED copy hit and sold for $450, surpassing all the signed copy prices. That’s a reverse right? Well, collectors like to grade their variants and not all collectors like to have their books signed. Unsigned copies will now sell for a premium. (Find on eBay)

 

Friday, 5/17/19

SHAKER/ HOT: ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ AND THE FRESHMAN FORCE: WHO DIS CONVENTION PREVIEW EDITION As you’ll see in our TOP 10, the Wonder Woman variant is absolutely insane and selling for $1K+. With massive prices like this, there’s always a trickle-down effect to the “more affordable” variants. This convention preview is that book and sold a raw copy for $179.60 today, which is a new high. Copies have greatly varied in price from $35 to $150. So, maybe one of those $35 priced copies will come up again? Keep an eye out. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: SPAWN #174 (Image, 1992) Yep, another Spawn. Spawn sells really, really well.  #174 is right in the sweet spot of key Spawn issues to buy. Looking at the whole run, issues 95 to 281 all (mostly) sell for a minimum of $8. Issues 209 to 231 sell for the most. Of course, there are plenty of issues that sell higher outside these numbers. This particular issue features the first appearance of Gunslinger Spawn, who’s been gaining popularity amongst Spawn fans.  Today, this hit a new height with it’s CGC 9.8 sale of $350. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN #1 FOUR COLOR GRAILS VARIANT (Marvel, 2015) While not as many as Venom, Spider-Gwen has a ton of variants. Her first solo series had 30 covers, and this was one of them. Four Color Grails was a new variant cover subscription service that launched in March 2015 and ended in August 2015. We don’t know why they fizzled out so fast, though our guess is a lack of subscriptions. A subscription business needs a lot of momentum going in and maintaining that momentum month after month is not easy. If you have a monthly subscription business that keeps buying new product that doesn’t move fast enough, your product piles up and your money (and dreams) disappears. It’s a tough business to be in as you HAVE to continue providing new books each month, despite previous slow months. Due to these lack of sales, their variants like Rick & Morty #1 and this Dale Keown variant for Spider-Gwen #1 have been immensely difficult to find. This Spider-Gwen #1 variant sold a raw copy today at an all-time high for $110. (Find on eBay)

 

Saturday, 5/25/19

SHAKER: SPIDER-WOMAN #1 MILO MANARA 1:50 VARIANT (Marvel, 2014) If you can recall, back in 2014 there was a LOT of drama around this Milo Manara art as soon as this variant cover was revealed. Conversations ranged from how this was an over-eroticized depiction of women in comics, to the unnaturally contorted position Spider-Woman was in. The focus of these conversations went straight to her back-side, leading Marvel to respond with a “that’ll fix it”  solution by slapping the “Spider-Woman logo” right over her derriere. It somehow made it (hysterically) much worse with Marvel missing the main point of WHY it bothered many. For many years previous to this, Milo Manara had been creating erotica comics in Europe. In 2009, he penciled “X-Men: Ragazze in fuga”, a very hard to find Italian comic featuring his take on the X-Woman, which was later reprinted in 2010 into the popular X-Women. It, like Spider-Woman, was overtly sexual. Whether it was someone at Marvel HQ or if fans asked for more, Manara was hired to do about 15 more Marvel variants. Most are also sexual (some more than others) and many command a hefty price tag. This Spider-Woman variant went “too far” for most and Marvel severed ties with Manara, canceling all of his future covers. We kid you not, many called this the “butt controversy”. This variant was HOT right out of the gate, reaching highs of $150+.  As the cover became “the butt” of many jokes/ memes/ recreations, prices dropped significantly to around $50 and lingered there for years. With new fans discovering Manara, in 2016 it starting rebounding and jumped up in price to $100 and then continued to grow. It’s inspired multiple homages and commissioned sketches ranging from Hillary Clinton to Minnie Mouse.  Today’s raw sale of $249.95 is the highest price it’s been since 12/17 and has well moved past its initial controversy… or maybe it now sells well BECAUSE of it. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

Here are Manara’s other Marvel covers (in order of highest estimated prices):

UNCANNY X-FORCE #5 PSYLOCKE VARIANT: $700 in 9.8, $280 raw  (Find on eBay)

 

AVENGERS: THE ENEMY WITHIN #1 CAPTAIN MARVEL VARIANT: $700 in 9.8, $175 raw (Find on eBay)

 

BLACK WIDOW #1 VARIANT: $400 in 9.8, $300 raw  (Find on eBay)

 

UNCANNY X-MEN #12 EMMA FROST VARIANT: $300 in 9.8, $200 raw  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 SCARLET WITCH VARIANT: $250 in 9.8, $80 raw (Find on eBay)

 

INHUMAN #1 MEDUSA VARIANT: $250 in 9.8, $65 raw  (Find on eBay)

 

FEARLESS DEFENDERS #1 VALKYRIE VARIANT: $200 in 9.8, $100 raw  (Find on eBay)

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 GAMORA VARIANT: $200 in 9.8, $50 raw  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

UNCANNY AVENGERS #8 THE WASP VARIANT: $200 in 9.8, $35 raw  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SAVAGE WOLVERINE #2 SHANNA VARIANT: $175 in 9.8, $100 raw  (Find on eBay)

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 ANGELA VARIANT: $150 in 9.8, $20 raw  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

THOR GOD OF THUNDER #25 VARIANT: $125, $30 raw  (Find on eBay)

 

X-MEN #1 STORM VARIANT: $100 in 9.8, $20 raw  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

AVENGERS WORLD #1 SMASHER VARIANT: $50 in 9.8, $10 raw  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

AMAZING X-MEN #1 NIGHTCRAWLER VARIANT: $10 raw  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

Sunday, 5/26/19

SHAKER: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 DAVE WILKINS 1:50 SKELETOR VARIANT (DC, 2012) Talk about a shaker this week. This super hard to find variant is one of our all-time favorites. We’ve never seen a 9.8 come to market, and we are in awe to see this sell today for $3,250. Raws have been jumping every couple months and most recently sold for $800. The last graded sale was for a CGC 9.6 for $1,500. We definitely want to see artist Dave Wilkins do more covers! (Find on eBay)

 

Monday, 5/27/19

SHAKER: BATMAN: DAMNED #1 UNCORRECTED ADVANCE PROOF Batman: Damned #1 dominated our Movers, Shakers, Hot and Top 10 for months. Well, it’s back… kind of. This advance proof was sent to retailers back in July 2018 in order to get them on board and up their orders for DC’s new adult-focused BLACK LABEL. These copies were read and passed around, making high-grade copies very hard to come by. Today, a rare CGC 9.8 sold for $1,653. Seeing how many copies sold of Batman Damned (6K+ between both covers), we don’t expect to see many more 9.8 copies of this advance copy. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER/ HOT: THOR # 337 CANADIAN NEWSSTAND EDITION (Marvel, 1983) With Beta Ray Bill having some strong rumors of showing up in the next GUARDIANS film, the direct edition CGC 9.8’s have been selling for around $400. Today, the rare Canadian Newsstand variant had a huge sale at $1K for a 9.8. We probably won’t see that again for a while. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: MARVILLE #5 (Marvel, 2003) Greg Land’s photo-realistic style has collectors in a “love it” or “hate it” camp. Many debates came out around his scantily clad female covers. The height of the debate came with this #5 issue for this series. Many sellers call this “recalled”, though there was never one. Regardless, it sells for a steady $50 and is frequently found in $1 bins.  Keep an eye out! (Find on eBay)