WEEK IN REVIEW

August 26th, 2019

Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we talk about all the news that came out at the D23 Expo, call out the highest selling Fathom variant (ever), and scratch our heads at Batman: Damned.

 

Tuesday, 8/20/19

SHAKER: THE ADVENTURES OF SLY COOPER #2 (GAME PRO, 2005) Going back to video game comic heat! This was a promotional comic inserted into GamePro Magazine #205 (Matrix cover) to promote Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves in 2005. Today, this sold a VF raw copy for $84.96. Issue #1 also sells well and hit $100 raw in the past year (January 2019 to be specific). #1 was inserted in GamePro Magazine #194 to promote Sly 2: Band of Thieves. It was reported that this first issue was also handed at SDCC 2004, Wizard World 2004 and various video game stores like EB Games & Gamestop. With that said, the 2nd issue had less of a big promotional push and can be quite difficult to find. This is also a reminder to never toss out those free comics. Granted, most are worthless, but there are always ones like this that sneak up in value. At the price of $0, there’s really no risk… except storage space. (Find on eBay)

 

Wednesday, 8/21/19

SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 WALMART GOLD UPC VARIANT (MARVEL, 1990) In 1990, comics sold at Walmart were mostly manhandled by eager comic readers. Yet, some made it 29 years later to land that rare 9.8. Today, one of those rare 9.8’s from CGC sold for a new high of $999.99. For such a classic cover, this seems like an excellent investment book. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: BATMAN #359 CANADIAN 75 CENT PRICE VARIANT (DC, 1983) Price variants have always had a large collector base, but lately values for these have REALLY started jumping (check out our resources section regarding price variants HERE). For example, the standard direct edition of this book sells for $200 in a 9.8. Yet, today’s CGC 9.8 sale at $679.99 for this price variant is quite a remarkable bump in price. 35 cent and 75 cent variants can be challenging to spot in the wild, but they are definitely fun treasure hunts when digging. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: SILVER SURFER #1 FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014) With continued rumors of SILVER SURFER making his way to the MCU, this variant has been quickly climbing. In fact, these started making bigger jumps right after SDCC. Today, this had its biggest sale ever at $599.99 for a CGC 9.8. (Find on eBay)

 

Thursday, 8/22/19

SHAKER: FATHOM #11 WIZARD WORLD TEXAS 2006 VARIANT (ASPEN, 2006) We mentioned this book selling for a crazy $674.99 back in May, 2019. Since that $674 was the first we ever recorded for this variant, we questioned if this was just some random sale from a desperate buyer needing a copy. Yet there was another sale today, which went for $507.99 for a raw copy making this officially the most valuable Fathom book. With an animated FATHOM film in development, this crazy high price might not seem so crazy (unless it draws out more copies and then the price drops… which happens a lot with perceived rare variants like this). (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER/ HOT: AVENGERS #196 (MARVEL, 1980) We’ll touch upon D23 in a little bit. However, with footage leaks of the BLACK WIDOW from the expo, this book had its highest sale ever for a CGC 9.8 at $1,475. Just earlier this year, you could have bought a 9.8 for under $800. The power of Marvel news is immense. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 LENIL YU 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015) Here’s a book to pay close attention to. Today, this hit a new height of $55 raw. “First” appearances have always triggered some market movement. Back in 2015, this “jump” on new characters wasn’t quite what it is now. However, this first appearance of WHITE FOX did cause some traction… and then dropped. Marvel announced at SDCC that this character would have her own one-shot with continued plans for her to play more in the Marvel comic sandbox. However, that really hasn’t played a major factor. There were NO sales for this variant in July. It’s simply just started increasing since December 2018. Before that, you could buy a copy for under $5. Granted, there haven’t been many listed. So, availability could be playing a factor. (Find on eBay)

 

Friday, 8/23/19

TUMBLER: BATMAN: DAMNED #1 JIM LEE VARIANT (DC, 2018) BATMAN: DAMNED is one of the most interesting comic case studies we’ve seen in quite a while. There’s been no other comic that pulls in more graded 9.9 and 10’s then this comic (both covers). This is so much the case that collectors are disappointed to get a 9.8 back from their CGC submission. Take today’s sale of $177.50 for a CGC 10.0. Even the worst comics that have a 10.0 can command more. It’s important to note that this was one of the most successful and biggest market movers we’ve ever seen. It was on our Top 10 for almost 4 months straight. Also, due to the “Bat-Wang”, that particular issue (with the wang) will never be reprinted. So, it’s still pretty shocking to see a 10.0 sell for SO low. To make things stranger, raw copies still sell for $65… which is what it has been doing since release. This is just one of those comics where everything’s gone crazy and the world just doesn’t make sense. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

Saturday, 8/24/19

SHAKER: STAR TREK #2 15 CENT VARIANT (WESTERN, 1968) Here was another price variant that rarely pops up. This sold at $1,050 for a CGC 8.5. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

NEWS/ HOT/ MOVERS/ SHAKERS: D23 EXPO MARVEL NEWS 

We received so much exciting news from Disney/Marvel and the related D23 expo that the best way to provide you the pertinent info is in list form!

 

 

  • SHE-HULK: also getting a live-action Disney+ series.  Out of ALL the D23 news, this book had the biggest increase in sales and price for her first appearance in Savage She-Hulk #1. There was a huge wave of copies sold, with CGC 9.8’s selling left and right between $500 to $600. Lot’s of other She-Hulk books, like Sensational She-Hulk #1, saw new movement and even hit our TOP 10. We’re massive She-Hulk fans (yes, even more than Hulk himself). So, we’re surprised that the market shared our love. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

  • FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER: we knew this live-action Disney+ series was coming but recent news is that it will include antagonist John Walker: USAgent. His books that are seeing increased sales and prices are Captain America #323 (Walker 1st app. as Super Patriot) & #354 (Walker’s 1st app. as USAgent). #323 saw the biggest jump in price, however, #354 sold WAY more copies. (Find on eBay)

 

 

 

  • ETERNALS / BLACK KNIGHT: Disney/Marvel announced Kit Harrington of Game of Thrones fame will be Black Knight in the upcoming Eternals movie (some books seeing increased sales & prices are Avengers #47 (1st Dane Whitman) & 48 (Dane Whitman becomes Black Knight & 1st cover). Also, keep a close eye on this gorgeous ERIC POWELL 1:25 Variant to the 2015 BLACK NIGHT series. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

  • SPIDER-MAN & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS: This was another animated series announced for Disney Jr. that will feature Peter Parker/ Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy/ Ghost-Spider & Miles Morales/ Spider-Man. However, fans glazed over the disconnect from the original 1980’s series with Firestar, Iceman and Spider-Man and bought up copies of SPIDER-MAN & HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1. Oops. (Find on eBay)

 

Sunday, 8/25/19

SHAKER: EERIE COMICS #1 (AVON, 1947) For the last half of the ’40s, Avon published comic books. As we’ve covered in previous newsletters, they covered everything from horror, sci-fi, westerns, and war. However, they were the go-to comic company for romance comics. Avon books are exceptionally hard to find. Most of their titles only ran for a handful of issues. Take EERIE COMICS #1, which only had one issue. This classic bondage book rarely comes up for sale. Yet today, a CGC 2.5 sold for $1,613.88. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN #50 2016 GAL GADOT CONVENTION VARIANT (DC, 2016) Usually, modern photo variants are absolutely terrible market performers. I think we can all agree that Gal Gadot is a perfect Wonder Woman. With that in mind, Ms. Gadot’s Wonder Woman is definitely an exception for a photo variant. This first of her photo variants was offered up at Wondercon 2016. It was an instant hit. While today’s sale of $65 isn’t the highest (that goes to March 2018’s $100.99 sale), this was just a fun book to call out. Especially as we gear up for WONDER WOMAN 1984. Two other photo variants with Gal that also do VERY well are Wonder Woman #26 SDCC 2017 Gal Gadot Variant  & Wonder Woman #31 NYCC 2017 Gal Gadot Variant. Her signature can quadruple the value. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: FRIDAY THE 13TH SPECIAL #1 (AVATAR, 2005) Modern Horror comics sell VERY well. There are numerous HALLOWEEN (Michael Meyers… not the season) and FRIDAY THE 13TH issues/variants that can command a pretty penny. Today’s FRIDAY THE 13TH Platinum Variant sale of $54.99 was a great opportunity to point to this trend and highlight books that you might easily overlook.  (Find on eBay)

 

Monday, 8/26/19

SHAKER: BLACK WIDOW #2 STEPHANIE HANS 1:20 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2010) Stephanie Hans is a pretty big name in comic world now. She most recently skyrocketed in popularity with DIE from Image. This early variant of hers is a tough one to find anywhere, wild or online. So, today’s $200 raw sale is a warning shot of a variant that’s only going to continue to climb. (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: EXCITING COMICS #12 (PINES, 1941) In the ’40s, Black Terror was a fairly popular character. Over the years, his character rights have exchanged hands more than most (currently lies with Dynamite… we think). This classic bondage cover rarely comes up for sale. The first sale in 2 years was today’s CGC 7.5 for $1,237. There is a significant amount of comic collectors who collect bondage covers… and the golden age had a ton. (Find on eBay)

 

 

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