Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly newsletter! This week we dive into the rumor mill with some comic news, call out some high-selling variants, and even discuss a Pulitzer Prize-winning comic (cause we fancy).
SHAKER: SPAWN #185 B&W WHILCE PORTACIO VARIANT (IMAGE, 2008) We know, we talk about Spawn a LOT. However, there is almost always some new high or notable sale of various books for our favorite Hellspawn. In fact, Spawn #1 is one of CovrPrice’s best selling books week after week. This week, the notable sale belongs to Whilce Portacio’s B&W Variant for issue #185. This sold for a huge $3,551 raw, which is a little under the highest sale of $3,850 in July 2018. Spawn variants rarely say “variant” on the outside and often fly under the radar for most retailers. So, be sure to keep an eye out when you come across any Spawn back issues. (Find on eBay)
RUMOR MILL: PAPER GIRLS #1 (IMAGE, 2015) This week Brian K Vaughn tweeted about “Extra, extra big Paper Girls news coming your way soon.” Of course, many figured that this means content. However, market movement has been light. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #688 J. SCOTT CAMPBELL 1:50 LIZARD VARIANT (MARVEL, 2012) J. Scott Campbell is one of the most popular artists in comics. While mostly known for drawing the women of Marvel, this Lizard variant clearly stands out amongst all his over covers. Many Campbell fans point to this (arguably) being his best cover to date. This variant came out during the “Magic Variant Years” where the print runs were low and 1:50 variants rarely hit shops. The sales for this book keep climbing. This past February, a 9.8 sold for $1,499.99. Today’s 9.8 sale beat that with $1,898.80. Certain books just prove themselves as mainstay variants, and this is a beautiful example of one. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 AGE OF APOCALYPSE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016) Amongst more post-ENDGAME rumors comes the hope of Riri Williams (aka Ironheart) donning the Iron armor and trying to fill Tony Stark’s shoes. Everything is pretty much a guess right now as it was revealed that Marvel will announce their next phase of film at Disney’s D23 in August. So, we have plenty of time for more speculation. Riri’s first FULL appearance is in this issue. Surprisingly, very few graded copies have sold in the past year or so. Today saw the first 9.8 sale in quite a while at $299.99. Not bad for a book that sells raw for $25 to $50. (Find on eBay)
NOTABLE NEWS: WALKING DEAD #192 (IMAGE, 2019)
Our favorite one-handed, zombie fighting bad-ass, Rick Grimes is dead… but you knew that by now. Walking Dead #191 and #192 dominate our top 10 this week. Can it hold, or is this the end of Walking Dead values?
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 2ND PRINT (MIRAGE, 1985) We’ve mentioned this book before, but it just keeps hitting new highs. Today’s sale for a CGC 9.4 hit a new high of $1,575. This was selling for $900 in the same grade last year! As the 1st print stays out of reach for an evergreen brand like the Turtles, fans are turning to equally hard to find 2nd print at a much lower price. (Find on eBay)
RUMOR MILL: FANTASTIC FOUR
Today came rumors of a 2022 release for an MCU Fantastic Four. However, take this with a grain of salt. Kevin Feige has already stated that it will be a long time before the Fox Marvel characters get sprinkled in. FF needs a total overhaul after the last several failures.
SHAKER: BLOODSHOT #0 PLATINUM ERROR VARIANT (VALIANT, 1994) If you think Spawn fans are loyal and freely spend money on rare books of their favorite characters: Enter Bloodshot. This PLATINUM error is simply the Gold Edition Chromium Wraparound that was manufactured without the gold (per CGC’s label). Today, this variant error sold raw for $1,700. This book VERY rarely comes to market. If you want an ever rarer book, look for the Pink Prototype Variant. Like the mighty Sasquatch, we’ve never actually seen one (let alone found a sale.) (Find on eBay)
RUMOR MILL: DJANGO ZORRO
Rumor is Quentin Tarrintino and comedian Jerrod Carmichael might be writing the crossover project… of which we absolutely love the idea of. Quentin is pretty deep into final touches on ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (view trailer) and working the promotional circuit. This could take a while for an update.
SHAKER: RAW GRAPHIX MAGAZINE VOL. 1 #2 (RAW BOOKS, 1980) This rare copy of RAW #2 came to market and sold today for $100 raw. This price is so low for such a hard to find book, especially since it contains one of the most important comics ever. This comic magazine contains the first chapter of the profound MAUS, written by Art Spiegelman. Spiegelman interviewed his father and translated his tale of survival and horror as a Polish Jew Holocaust Survivor in this critically acclaimed comic that was later collected into a graphic novel. It was the first graphic novel to ever win a Pulitzer Prize. With such importance and reverence, RAW #2 is a great book to track down. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: BLACK CAT PRESENTS #1 J. SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT (MARVEL, 2010) Here’s another variant we’ve mentioned before. It pairs well with Campbell’s Lizard variant above. Many point to this variant as his best female variant, and one that kickstarted a now long history of drawing Black Cat. Today’s raw sale of $662.32 isn’t the highest, but it’s the highest it’s been since a $730 raw sale back in January 2018. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1 TRADD MOORE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014) Amongst all the ENDGAME noise, this is one of the few confirmed titles coming to Disney’s streaming service. We also mentioned this variant a few weeks ago, and it’s also hitting an all new high with today’s sale of $650 for a CGC 9.8. We can see this going up even more as we get closer to the new show. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: SALLY FORTH #8 (FANTAGRAPHICS, 1995) This adult series (the other issues in this series are NSFW) is a hard to find comic, featuring a cover by fan-favorite Adam Hughes. Being an early and hard to find Hughes cover, it’s been commanding higher and higher prices. Hughes has been accused lately of “phoning” some covers in. However, this cover really highlights his amazing skill set as an artist. Or maybe we’re reading WAY too into it and trying to gloss over why it clearly has gotten so popular. Today’s sale of $108.50 is as cheap as a high-grade copy will go for these days. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: THE RIFLEMAN #10 (DELL, 1962) A couple of newsletters ago we chatted about comics with suggestive covers like Alf #48, Betty & Me #16, etc. This is another one of the most infamous unintentionally inappropriate suggestive comics. Yeah, it’s juvenile, but so are we, and it’s still hilarious. The log, the looks… it’s no wonder why this is the king of suggestive books. It sold today with it’s highest sale yet at $1,330 for a CGC 9.4. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: WOLVERINE ORIGINS #28 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2008) Collectors love homage variants and this Hulk 181 homage definitely delivers a fun new take on that classic cover. This 2nd print variant can be tough to find. It’s been stuck around $30/$40 for years. However, today it got a price bump to a new high price of $84.99 raw. (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: RAI #0 GLOSSY VARIANT (VALIANT, 1992) Sooooo, this first appearance of Bloodshot sold a CGC 9.9 for $2,500. The film is coming. Fingers crossed that it does well, at least for this buyer. (Find on eBay)
RUMOR MILL: MS. MARVEL (aka KAMALA KAHN)
Today, news hit that Mindy Kaling is in talks with Marvel Studios to bring Ms. Marvel to the MCU. Kevin Feige has gone on record stating his interest in one day bringing the character in. While this is all still rumors at worst and just a conversation at best, we’ll know more when the full announcements hit D23 in August.
RUMOR MILL: DC UNIVERSE STREAMING
On the heels of SWAMP THING’S cancellation (booooo), word is the entire DC streaming site is as risk… with them only keeping TITANS in some form.
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