Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we see an old Batman villain bounce back, Spider-Man do some amazing things in the marketplace, and call out a weird/fun misprint comic that had a big sale!
NEWS/ HOT: OBLIVION SONG AT UNIVERSAL
Sometimes, keeping track of development deals can be challenging. In 2015, Universal Pictures announced a 2-year First-Look deal with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. In 2017, Amazon then announced a first look deal with Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. So, where does a comic that released in 2018 lie… strangely with Universal. Deals are complicated, but we digress. Regardless, OBLIVION had a nice surge in both price and sales this week. The focus went straight to the standard cover and the pink signature variant of #1. The Advance copy has seen some small movement but has yet to return to the heights it was hitting when it was first released at a height of $140 (it’s now selling for $25 to $30). Even the rarer foil variant (which came in a statue set) is not even close to the heights it hit around release when a set sold for $450. Today, it’s selling for $200. These will likely catch up since Universal is a big enough name to handle this story and budget. So, hold on to those for a while.
NEWS/ HOT: THE PHANTASM
Comic creators LOVE teasing their fans lately. Mr. Tom King did just that (a little more directly) by teasing an image of Batman & Catwoman with The Phantasm looming over them in the background. The Phantasm originated out of the 1993 movie MASK OF THE PHANTASM and will play a key role in King’s Batman/Catwoman upcoming miniseries. As you’ll notice in our TOP 10, the direct deluxe edition of the comic adaptation of the film, Batman Mask of the Phantasm The Animated Movie #1, is selling really well (over a hundred copies JUST this week). With this issue marking the Phantasm’s first appearance, the market quickly gravitated towards it. Also making our list, Batman and Robin Adventures #1 Annual (DC, 1996) marks the second appearance and continues the story from the Mask of the Phantasm film.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 (MARVEL, 2009) It’s impossible to have predicted that this J. Scott Campbell standard cover would become such a classic Spidey cover. It’s been climbing for years as Campbell’s comic reign grows. Today, a raw copy had it’s highest sale ever at $98. It’s one of those covers that will just continue to increase. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: VERONICA #28 (ARCHIE, 1993) Apparently, Veronica in bathing suits is now a collectible category. This issue went from a $1 comic in January 2019 to today’s sale of $149.99. There was an even higher sale last week at $191. Some other titles seeing increases are: VERONICA #23 (1992) at $60 & BETTY AND VERONICA #251 (2010) at $189 raw. Hey, we’re not here to judge. (Find on eBay)
NEWS/ HOT: HUNGRY GHOSTS AT SONY PICTURES ANIMATION
Hungry Ghosts, written by the late Chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, first gained steam when Bourdain passed away back in June 2018. While morbid, sales spiked with his passing and eventually settled back down. Today’s official news has reignited sales and an increase in value. Seeing this in animated form will be amazing. However, Animated films take a while to create.. like years (typically two to three). So, with that said, this will once again settle and potentially see another increase when it releases in a few years. Basically, you have plenty of time to find copies cheap in the wild. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: THE REJECTED #1 (SOURCE POINT) Back in August of 2018, this was the hottest book of the month. Copies moved briskly and frequently and sold for around $50 on average. As the months passed, prices dropped month after month until it settled around $25. However, over the past 3 weeks, copies have dried up and are now selling for $65, like today’s sale. Without content news, independent “flavor of the month” books like this don’t tend to bounce back, yet… this has. That’s a healthy sign for this title. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: HANNA-BARBARA THE BANANA SPLITS #1 (WESTERN, 1969) Before Barney and H.R. Puffenstuff, there was The Banana Splits. Check out the intro (you’ve probably heard the theme song at some point) here. So, why does this mostly forgotten kids show have their first comic appearance sell for $70 raw today? Well, a BANANA SPLITS movie trailer (on SYFY) hit recently with an R rating for “Horror, Violence, and Gore”. Say what!!? When you watch the trailer, it almost feels like a terrible joke taken too far… yet completely intriguing. Regardless, interest in the Banana Splits has moved all the cheap copies off of MCS and eBay. Watch the trailer here. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: DARKWING DUCK ANNUAL #1 (BOOM, 2011) There are multiple Darkwing Duck titles that command premium prices. The ones that sell the best all homage Batman related covers. This specific annual homages THE KILLING JOKE and had it’s highest raw sale today at $100.88. Darkwing was a character that most children of the ’90s will recall fondly (“Let’s Get Dangerous!”) He was, in many ways, our gateway drug to Batman. It’s not surprising to see nostalgia in both the character and the homage drive these books to new heights. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SUPERMAN/ BATMAN #4 MICHAEL TURNER GERMAN VARIANT (DC, 2003) This rare and hard to find Michael Turner German variant for Superman/ Batman #4 sold today for $1,900 in a CGC 9.8. This is our highest recorded graded sale to date. This cover has been highly sought after for years. Lately, collectors have accepted Superman/ Batman #7 SDCC 2017 Aspen virgin variant as a consolation prize to owning this rare German version. (Find on eBay)
WEIRD & COOL: GHOST RIDER 2099 #1 NAKED GUN MISPRINT ERROR (MARVEL, 1994) We created an entry JUST for this misprint in order to catalog it. We probably won’t see one like it again. Most foil errors are simply missing it’s foil and are highly collectible. However, this error is easily one of the oddest misprints we’ve ever seen. The front cover and inside cover were switched and flipped. So, the front cover now shows an upside down ad for NAKED GUN 33 ⅓ with the Ghost Rider 2099 foil printed over. The inside of the cover is the standard background that should have been under the front cover foil. It’s odd and amazing at the same time… we absolutely love it. Apparently, another collector did as well and paid $550 for this possible one of a kind error. You can see the full listing here. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 – SILVER & BLACK VARIANT (MARVEL, 1990) Today, this classic McFarlane Spidey-Man #1 SILVER variant sold for a huge $750 for a CGC 9.9. Keep in mind that this is one of the most printed comics of all time with over 7500 graded copies of this Silver variant. With 140 9.9s on the census and thirty 10.0s, it’s easy to see that there’s a lot of love for this comic so these still aren’t easy to come by… hence the price. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THE UNCANNY X-MEN #500 – TURNER SKETCH VARIANT (MARVEL, 2008) Michael Turner is easily one of our personal favorite artists of all time. Turner was the go-to variant guy and he nailed it time after time. He was also generous and kind to fans… which is why so many connected to his work after his passing. For years, this X-Men 500 sketch was THE variant to have. While it’s standard practice for variants to hit over $500 today, back in 2008 it wasn’t… and it did just that. Today, it’s still a fantastic selling variant that rarely comes up for sale with a copy selling today for $399.99. Man do we miss Turner. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN ANNUAL #1 COMIC BLOCK VARIANT (MARVEL, 2018) It’s always a head-scratcher when a variant that sells raw for $10 to $20 suddenly sells for what it did today at $375 for a CGC 9.8 copy. A buyer must have REALLY wanted the only graded copy to hit the market. (Find on eBay)
TUMBLER: ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ AND THE FRESHMAN FORCE: WHO DIS (ONE SHOT) WONDER WOMAN CEASE & DESIST VARIANT (DDP, 2019) Well, what goes up must come down. When checking in on this book’s sales, we were surprised to see how much it has settled to. Today’s raw sale of $400 is quite the drop from its height of $1,225… which is right back to where this was when it first started heating up. About 26 buyers paid more than $800 for this. So, this steep drop will sting. Time will tell if this can bounce back, likely depending on Alexandria’s career and how much of a splash she makes in politics. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 REGULAR GREEN COVER (MARVEL, 1990) Deja Vu time as ANOTHER CGC 9.9 for Spider-Man #1 (this time the standard green cover) sold for $519.99. There are eighty-five 9.9’s on the census and thirteen 10.0s, with a total of 5,060 graded overall. This is easily one of the MOST homaged cover in comics… so, these prices aren’t a total shock. These are nice reminders to give that high-grade copy in your collection (or at a con) a second look. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: STATIC #45 (DC, 1997) For a low print series, the last issue will usually be the rarest and hardest to find. Most print runs decrease issue by issue leading up to that MOST scarce last issue. When a series ends, it’s usually due to poor sales. So, take a low printed series and add in its lowest printed issue and boom, you have a book like this one. This last issue of STATIC is one of the hardest to find of the “last issues” categories. Today’s sale of $144.95 for a raw issue is the highest raw sale ever for this title. It’s never been cheap, but this is quite the jump in price from it’s normal $50 to $80. In Feb. 2018, there was also a 9.8 sale at $385. We can easily see this selling for significantly more now. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #29 (MARVEL, 1983) Moon Knight collectors are out in force lately. It doesn’t hurt that this is also a Bill Sienkiewicz cover. Mix in a TOUGH black cover (that tend to show damage easier) and any high grade is going to see a premium. Today’s CGC 9.8 sale of $399.95 is the highest sale ever (topping last month’s $369). Man, imagine the day when MOON KNIGHT ever gets into the MCU film or TV show. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: HACK/ SLASH #14 COVER B JENNY FRISON VARIANT (DDP, 2008) For the past year or so, VOLTRON: A LEGEND FORGED (DDP, 2008) has been hailed as Ms. Jenny Frison’s first variant. However, this B cover to HACK/ SLASH #14 came out the same month and the timing is creating debates. The debate lies in VOLTRON being published first, but HACK/ SLASH is thought to be her first job in comics. Either way, sellers are listing BOTH now as 1st Jenny Frison work, which will cause plenty of market confusion. This cover is already creeping up to VOLTRON’s market prices with HACK/ SLASH’s raw sale today at $149.98. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: ALL-STAR COMICS #8 (DC, 1941) We enjoy seeing what one the WORST copies of a book will sell for. Well, for ALL-STAR COMICS #8 (which features the first appearance of Wonder Woman) sold a CBCS 0.3 incomplete coverless copy for $7,250. This is actually down a little from a 0.3 sale in 2017 for $7,500. Comics… gotta love em. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
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