WEEK IN REVIEW

July 1st, 2019

Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we talk about Wolverine’s new daughter, the explosion of interest in Canto, and independent comic legend Robert Crumb. Jump on in!

Tuesday, 6/25/19

SHAKER: HENCHGIRL #1 (SELF-PUBLISHED) Henchgril was recently announced as optioned for TV. If you recall, this was also optioned a couple of years ago but fell out of development. This reignited news caused this SUPER rare self-published (pre-Scout) issue to sell for $999.99 Raw. Writer, Kristen Gudsnuk, self-published 5 issues (with the 5th issue being completely impossible to track down even an image of). Not happy with the first couple issues, she re-drew them and several covers after Scout picked up the title. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 (MARVEL, 2013) While many debate Kamala Kahn’s VERY brief panel appearance in this issue as her first appearance (in cameo), it has been confirmed by the creators. This book has been slowly, but consistently, increasing in price for the past several years. Today’s $199 raw sale is a reminder of how much potential Kamala has and how big these books will go once she’s confirmed for the MCU. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: ARCHIE #511 (ARCHIE, 2001) Since we like to be family friendly-ish, we won’t point out the sexual innuendo written on the cover of this issue causing this one to join the recent demand of inappropriate or skimpy Archie based comics. Collectors have really been buying these up, much like today’s raw sale of $124.99. (Find on eBay)

 

Wednesday, 6/26/19

SHAKER: SILK #1 COMICSPRO DAVE JOHNSON VARIANT (APRIL, 2015) Silk has been hinted at by several attached Producers for the Spidey base TV’s in development at Sony. All of Silk’s first appearance books (main cover and variants) have all seen hills and valleys in market pricing. However, this Comicspro variant continues to see big sales, like today’s raw sale for $269.95 (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: ZATANNA #5 BRIAN BOLLAND 1:10 VARIANT (DC, 2010) Brian Bolland is awesome and truly underrated. This Zatanna variant of his is fantastic and is becoming quite hard to track down. Today’s CGC 9.8 sale for $350 marks the highest sale ever for this variant.  (Find on eBay)

 

Thursday, 6/27/19

NEWS/ SHAKER/ MOVER: BLACK WIDOW

Recently, photos from the set of Marvel’s solo BLACK WIDOW film confirmed that the actress, Florence Pugh, will play Yelena Belova as the Black Widow. This news caused several titles to instantly heat up, including the first appearance of Yelena Belova in INHUMANS (Vol. 2) #5 and Yelena as the Black Widow in the 1999 Marvel Black Widow series. INHUMANS #5 landed on our TOP 10 this week in the #7 spot and had a top raw sale today for $85 raw. BLACK WIDOW #1 featured 3 covers, a Natasha main cover, a Yelena variant, and a Dynamic Forces variant.  The Yelena cover went from $5 to today’s $50 raw sale. The Natasha cover saw a $39.99 sale and the Dynamic Forces cover sold for $69.99. These were all issues that languished in $1 bins (we know, we’ve passed them over countless times) but have now found new life. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: MARVEL SUPER HEROES #18 (Marvel, 1969) Thanks to their successful movies in the MCU, the individual Guardians we know and love first appeared together (they each had their own 1st appearances in other titles) in the 2008 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series.  That book has dropped significantly. Before the first film released, it sold for over $100 raw. Today it sells for $30/$40 raw. However, MARVEL SUPER HEROES #18 gets the official credit for having the true 1st appearance of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Super Heroes #18 featured a different cast of characters that initially made up the team. Today’s CGC 9.4 sale for $2,850 tells us where the market is right now on Guardian books. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

Friday, 6/28/19

NEWS/ SHAKER/ MOVER: MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #6 (and #5) Word spread quickly on new comic book day that Wolverine has yet ANOTHER daughter – and this one has both claws AND magic. Marvel Comics Presents (2019) series writer, Charles Soule, confirmed the news via Twitter that afternoon – urging people to pick up issue #6. Soule failed to mention he and artist Paulo Siqueira slipped the daughter, Ms. D’Arqueness, into two panels in issue #5 and that she had been narrating the series all along. The series has been trending at 14-15,000 sales per issue and similar sales are expected for issue #6. Issue #6 is already slated for both a 2nd print and a 1:25 variant on that 2nd print. Online resales of #6 hit about 250 by 6/28 with a recent average sales price of $40. Word is also out on issue #5 with almost no online resales prior to 6/28, and 27 copies sold since that date at an average of $22. While #6 has no 1st print variants, #5 has a 1:50 Liefeld cover that has had about 10 online sales averaging $65. Sales have been quite limited for the 1:50 copy due to limited supply and $80+ asking prices. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER/ MOVER: CANTO #1 (IDW, 2019) Canto is a surprise hit this week. There was a high level of expectation, though no one counted on this being such a big success on the back market. Today, 1st print raws are hitting $25 while the 1:10 variant sells for $75 on average and had a big sale of $99.99 on the 14th. Retailers have been reporting high amounts of damage all across the country. Therefore, high-grade copies have been hard to find and will sell for a premium. The question to ask is, with this being a limited mini-series, can these prices hold?  (Note: There’s also an SDCC 2019 variant that is pre-selling for $40. Those are going to be HOT and will most likely sell out in just the first day or two.) (Find on eBay)

 

Saturday, 6/29/19

SHAKER: DIRTY PAIR: RUN FROM THE FUTURE #1 ADAM HUGHES VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2000) This AMAZING Dave Stevens Planet Comics #1 homage is one of our favorite covers. Honestly, between Dave’s original cover and Adam’s take, we don’t know which one we love more. It’s probably a tie.  Regardless, this variant is incredibly hard to find. While it’s not the highest 9.8 sale ever, today a CGC 9.8 sold for $699.99. The highest sale ever goes to an $800 sale back in May 2019. (Find on eBay)

 

Sunday, 6/30/19

SHAKER: REFORM SCHOOL GIRL (AVON, 1951) A month ago, we mentioned this hard to find (and highly sought after) classic “good girl” cover. Last month, this sold raw for $2,300 while a CGC 3.0 went for $2,700 today. This is simply a book that will disappear quickly every time it comes to market. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1 ROYAL BLUE VARIANT (Harris Comics, 1994) This rare “Royal Blue” variant is technically an approved error. The manufacturer ran out of the pre-planned gold ink for the cover and instead went with the “royal blue”. It’s immensely hard to find and has always commanded big prices. Today, a CGC 9.0 sold for $999 and a raw copy sold on 6/20 for $775. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: HACK/ SLASH #1 (DEVILS DUE, 2004) This is a fantastic series about Cassie and her partner Vlad who hunt down serial killers in order to save hundreds of teenagers from a fate Cassie barely survived. It’s been a while since there’s been any development news since this was optioned in 2015. However, this book had its highest sale ever at $500 for a CGC 9.8. This would be a great series to get an episodic series on one of the streamers (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, etc). It has a very BUFFY THE VAMPIRE feel to it.  (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: EERIE #7 (Warren, 1966) Frank Frazetta original art is easily one of the most expensive among all comic artists. His original cover for EERIE #23 recently sold for $5.4 MILLION! While this issue sells for relatively low raw (around $15), today’s CGC 9.8 sale for $1,125 is huge… and maybe even a great deal at the same time. This is only one of three 9.8’s on the census. Frazetta covers are all due for an increase in value. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

Monday, 7/1/19

NEWS/ SHAKER: SANDMAN  (DC, 1988) SANDMAN has been stuck in Hollywood development hell for years. It was announced today that Netflix has ordered 11 Episodes for the amazing Neil Gaiman iconic comic series. WIth that news, both SANDMAN #1 and SANDMAN #8 (first Death) each sold a CGC 9.8 for $549.99. Both were selling 9.8’s around $350 pre-news. Raws sales have also been climbing for #1 and even hit our runner up list for the TOP 10 comics of last week. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: STREET FIGHTER II #0 SPECIAL EDITION (UDON, 2005) Rare video game books are popping up lately. Today, a raw copy sold for $499.99. There’s VERY little info on this book.  However, based on the NOT FOR RESALE listed on the cover, we’re guessing that this was a promo released with the Street Fighter II V Manga that came out around the same time. This is the only copy we’ve ever seen come to market. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: THE JOKER #1 (DC, 1975)  Today, a CGC 9.8 sold for $617.77. This isn’t even the height, over the past several weeks a 9.8 sold for $635 and $750. The JOKER movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is helping drive demand for this book. It doesn’t have much of a connection to the film, but this is still the first self-titled series for The Joker. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: ZAP COMIX #1 (APEX NOVELTIES, 1968) Robert Crumb is a comic legend. What he did for the independent comic is on par with what Jack Kirby did for superheroes. This specific comic, ZAP COMIX (Starring Mr. Natural), has been credited with being the model for underground comix. Crumb was a huge contributor to the counterculture movement of the 1960s and early 70s. Even as an indie, as this was, it still contributed to mainstream media with the “Keep on Truckin” catchphrase and art that Crumb created and debuted in this issue.  Without Crumb, we wouldn’t have Ninja Turtles or The Tick. With all that said, this 1st print tends to sell for relatively low amounts (mostly around $20). Granted the paper quality for underground comics were terrible and high-grade copies for a 50-year-old book are tough to find. Today’s sale of a CGC 7.0 for $1,658.89 goes to show that there’s a growing market for these industry important key books. (Find on eBay)

 

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