WEEK IN REVIEW

May 6th, 2019

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly newsletter! For those of you new here, each week our clever CovrPrice crew look over the major comic book movements and news of the week and report what we find. This week we see some more Endgame rumbles, a rare 10.0 sale, and some DC Universe Logo variants came out to play.

Tuesday, 4/30/19

SHAKER/ HOT: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 Humberto Ramos 1:10 Variant (Marvel, 2014) Today, a raw copy sold for $150. Word of a SILK TV show at Sony back in July 2018 brought this variant up from a $40 to a $150 raw book. During this time, CGC 9.8’s hit a high of $350 and a 9.9 even sold for $2,400. CGC sales haven’t quite woken up today as recent sales have been stuck around $150 to $200 for the past several months (with some outliers). Granted, all the cheap copies have sold and have left only the $300+ listings. Recent news hit that INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Producers (and directors of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, 21 JUMP STREET, LEGO MOVIE, etc.) will be developing multiple Spider-Man Universe TV Series in partnership with Producer Amy Pascal. Amy was attached to the SILK project in July. So, with this news and partnership, speculators are expecting Silk to come back up again. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

Wednesday, 5/01/19

SHAKER: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 Dave Wilkins Skeletor Variant (DC, 2012) If you asked us what is one of our top 5 most wanted comic is, this would probably be #1. Yes, even more so than most key blue chip books (in the same price tier that is…. We’re not going to kick  Action #1 out of bed for ol’ Skeletor). Today, a raw copy sold for $800. A CGC 9.6 sold for $1,500 back in October 2018. MOTU fans are die-hards (like us). Most rare books fly under the noses of other collectors, but we will pony up big money to secure rare variants like this. On the other hand, we have directly seen people pull these out of $1 bins at conventions. How? Well, MOTU books fly under the radar of most retailers. They’re seen as niche books and get thrown in with their excess books. Keep a keen eye out there. There are multiple expensive MOTU books, of which we’ll share when we see them sell.  (Find on eBay)

Thursday, 5/02/19

SHAKER: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #488 DC Universe Logo 3rd Print (DC, 1992) This book sold a CGC 9.8 copy today for $800. There are die-hard DC Universe Logo collectors out there. For those of you who don’t know, DC Universe Logo Variants are subsequent printings that had the words “DC UNIVERSE” in the UPC/LOGO box. These were packaged together in DC comic multi-packs sold to various non-comic and comic retailers. These were usually the last printing of each title and can be exceptionally difficult to find, especially in high grade. Almost all of DC’s books had one, though some are particularly harder to find. This version of ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #488 is very hard to find but is not considered one of the ultra-rare ones (though this was the highest sale for the last several months). There are many on the other side of the scale (price wise) and simply aren’t worth much. However, when digging through $1 boxes and back issue bins, lift the comic up a little to check for the DC Universe box at the bottom. It could be well worth the effort! (Find on eBay)

SHAKER: THE UNCANNY X-MEN #1(Marvel, 1963) The worst copy of X-Men will officially cost you at least $2,100, for which a CGC 0.5 sold for today. Blue chip books like this are easy bets. With X-Men now fully under Disney’s arms, this will continue to grow until (and after) we see them again. This same grade used to sell for $776 back in 2014. So, if you ever see a trashed copy and it’s priced under $1k, grab it/slab it.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

SHAKERTHE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 (2011) DELL’OTTO VARIANT All hail the king of the modern variants! Many variants come close to Spider #667, but this Gabriele Dell’Otto is really hard to touch. Today’s RAW sale of 6,877.47 reminds us how unattainable this variant is. If you recall, a CGC 9.4 sold for $13,300 back in January. It’s simply “AMAZING”. (Find on eBay)

Friday, 5/03/19

SHAKER: MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #4 1:50 Sienkiewicz Variant (Marvel, 2019) This rare variant from the fan-favorite artist, Bill Sienkiewicz, only came out a couple of weeks ago and is hitting crazy amounts like today’s $400 sale (there was also a $425 sale on 5/6). This variant had a high profile artist on an incentive that VERY few retailers could qualify for. That sounds like the right amount of variant magic needed to make this a long-term hit. We’ll see.  (Find on eBay)

SHAKER: ZOMBIE TRAMP #1 (Self-Published, 2009) is one of Action Lab’s most successful titles. It may even be one of the most successful adult titles on shelves today. With a heavy focus on T&A and risque covers, there’s a significantly large fanbase for this series. Like Vampirella, Red Sonja, Witchblade… there are numerous issues/variants that are worth large amounts (we actually like the hard to find Mile High Star Wars Homage for issue #11. We can feel your eyes starting to glaze over, so we’ll get to the point. This issue was actually self-published by creator Dan Mendoza back in 2009. Over the next two years, he published issue #2 & #3. Those issues are incredibly rare. We’ve never seen a copy of issue #3 hit the aftermarket. Now, while today’s sale of $632 is more than half of the highest ever of $1,350 back in June 2018, it’s still exceptionally rare and will most likely yo-yo in price between those two amounts. This is a huge reminder to look for self-published books at conventions and BUY them. They tend to be cheap, you support new writers, and it could pay off big time down the road. Many small publishers scout new writers this way and will often pick up their book and re-publish the first self-published issues, making these VERY rare and fun collectibles.  (Find on eBay)

Saturday, 5/04/19

SHAKER: SECRET WAR #8 (Marvel, 1984) Wow! A CGC 10.0 of this classic cover sold for a massive $13,999. Now, the ultra-rare grade of a 10.0 is rare for any book (unless it’s BATMAN: DAMNED which cover A has 331 10.0’s, 714 9.9’s), let alone a 34 year old comic like this. Surprisingly, there are 4 10.0 on the CGC census and 23 9.9’s. This was fun to see and definitely made us do a double take when we saw this sale.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

SHAKERPRINCE NAMOR: SUB-MARINER #1 (Marvel, 1968)  Amongst all the post ENDGAME discussions, comic fans were inspired by a line in the film by Okoye (Danai Gurira) “It’s an earthquake under the ocean. We handle it by not handling it.”  This line created instant thoughts of Atlantis and, of course, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Therefore, copies of his first solo series have been flying this week and even saw an elusive 9.8 sell today for $6,500.00. If you’re looking to buy his second appearance, then you probably need to win the lottery as Mr. Namor goes ALL the way back to the beginning with the very expensive MARVEL COMICS #1 (Timely Comics, 1939). Technically, this 2nd appearance has been long debated over the years, as his first real appearance was in a comic called “Motion Picture Funnies Weekly”. This book is crazy rare with only 8 copies on the CGC census. Shockingly, there’s a 9.0. While there haven’t been any sales for quite a while, it’s thought that a NM copy would sell for $35K (though probably more now).  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

Sunday, 5/05/19

SHAKER: SPAWN #9 Newsstand (Image, 1993) MORE post ENDGAME discussions have led to the talk of Angela possibly appearing in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3. This guesswork has been circulating online fan chats enough to move sales for her first appearance in SPAWN. If you’re confused and not sure of who Angela is, why her first appearance is in SPAWN #9, and why she would be in GUARDIANS, well here’s the VERY short story. Neil Gaiman created her for SPAWN (she’s a bounty hunter from Heaven) but retained ownership of the character after a heated lawsuit with McFarlane and eventually sold the character to Marvel. Once in Marvel’s hands, they first introduced her in AGE OF ULTRON #10 (Marvel, 2013) where she eventually joins the GUARDIANS team. There’s a lot more to this whole story, but that’s it in a nutshell. While it would be awesome to see Angela in the MCU, hold on to your money as it’s completely unconfirmed. It’s going to get interesting over the next year.  With so many unknowns within the next phase of the MCU, everyone is playing “What If?” with particular characters showing up in this next phase. All these loose rumors are actually causing copies to sell. So, tread carefully and buy low. Marvel announced that they’re going to release their next plans sometime during this summer (people are guessing at San Diego Comic Con). So, while that might help rule things out, it’ll still kickstart plenty more of these conversations.  (Find on eBay)

Monday, 5/06/19

SHAKER: BLK (BLACK) BOY FLY #1 (Self Published, 2017) We’ve mentioned this book before. It rarely comes up and frequently hits high amounts. A CGC 9.4 came to market and sold today for $600. Chicago artist Hebru Brantley is very well known in the fine art world. He has a large following and his character FLYBOY is on murals and installations throughout the Windy City. With only a 100 copies, art fans have caught wind of this rare comic and (along with comic collectors) are helping keep prices high.  (Find on eBay)

SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN 51 DC Universe Logo 2nd Print (DC, 1994) Now, this DC Universe Logo variant is fairly common. However, it’s somewhat a key issue as it features Kyle Rayner’s new costume. Regardless of its lack of rarity, someone was still willing to pay $300 for a CGC 9.8 of this. That’s a pretty great gap for a book that sells raw for $5 to $35. (Find on eBay)