WEEK IN REVIEW

September 23rd, 2019

Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we highlight some hard-to-find Star Wars variants, call out a set of tabloid-style X-Files comics, and we show off a rare CGC 9.5 graded comic! A 9.5?!.. yup, we know.

 

Tuesday, 9/17/19

SHAKER: PUNCH COMICS #9 (CHESLER/DYNAMIC, 1944) Today, this book sold a CGC 1.8 for $1,997.99. Most pre-code horror books are popular due to their horrific and highly detailed covers that you just don’t see today. There’s a class of collectors for categories like “Bondage”, “Decapitation”, “Skull”, etc. This particular issue is a popular “noose” or “Hanging” cover. Yeah, it’s morbid and bleak, but collectors love this stuff.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: POE DAMERON #1 – CALGARY EXPO EXCLUSIVE (MARVEL, 2016) This hard to find variant sold raw today for $196.12. This isn’t even the highest sale. That goes to a $349.99 raw sale back in January 2018. Star Wars books are very unpredictable. #1 issues tend to have WAY too many variants which tend to wash each other out. Star Wars fans also gravitate towards a particular character or storyline, causing random variants to skyrocket in price due to scarcity. For the most part, Poe Dameron books sell for very little. This book is the exception making it highly sought after. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: SPAWN FOIL RETAILER THANK YOU VARIANT (IMAGE, 2017)  Retailer “Thank You” variants almost always depreciate quickly. However, that’s not the case for this Spawn Retailer Foil Thank You. It had its biggest CGC 9.8 sale today at $249.99. They typically will sell for around $100 raw.  (Find on eBay)

 

Wednesday, 9/18/19

SHAKER: AVENGERS N.G.E.N NORTHROP GRUMMAN ELITE NEXUS PROMOTIONAL GIVEAWAY (MARVEL, 2017) In the fall of 2017, Marvel announced a S.T.E.M. partnership with Northrup Gruman that would build up to a series of events at New York Comic Con 2017. This issue was a promotional giveaway that was handed out to NYCC attendees on the first day of the event. There was immediate backlash with ethical debates of a kid-centric company partnering with an arms manufacturer that profited from war. This backlash hit back hard and forced the two companies to cancel all events at the convention. The CGC label reads “Promotional comic for Northrop Grumman. Recalled by Marvel before distribution.” Of course, this isn’t true as MANY copies laned into the hands of attendees. However, this is still quite difficult to find today. The market has completely dried up. In two years, we’ve only seen 4 copies sell. Today was one of those, which sold raw for $199.99. These “custom editions/ not for resale” books can frequently be found in $1 bins. Marvel did several promotional books like this in 2017. This was the only one that caused drama and disappeared into comic obscurity, so keep your eyes out!  (Find on eBay)

 

Thursday, 9/19/19

SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 GREG LAND 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)  There appears to be some renewed traction for this variant as a CGC 9.8 sold today for $2,999.99. While this isn’t the highest sale (which goes to a $3,400 sale in 8/18), it’s still a big jump from where it has fallen over the past year. After INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE released, Miles went up and Gwen went down. Similar 9.8’s were hitting as low as $1,525. Spider-Gwen, Gwen Stacy as the Spider-Woman or Ghost-Spider (whatever you prefer to call her), is going to be around for a very long time. We feel her first appearance still has plenty of room to grow. It’ll be interesting to watch sales and see if this upward trend continues. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: STARTLING TERROR TALES #7 (STAR, 1953) This classic L.B. Cole PCH book had its highest sale today at $8,779.99 for a CGC 8.5. This is the highest grade on the census and the only 8.5. When you have the best-known copy of a book that rarely comes up for sale, you’ll get a premium for it just like this did.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

Friday, 9/20/19

HUNT: THE HOOD #1 (MARVEL, 2002) Many of our readers have asked us to include books to hunt for. And while we consider ourselves more of a collector site then a speculator site, recommending books can get a little grey. However, we can always highlight trends and share books that we personally pluck out of $1 bins every time we see it. One of those very books is THE HOOD #1. While Parker Robbins, aka THE HOOD, is not a supervillain with the gravitas to handle a central role in an MCU film, he could be a fun villain for one of the many streaming shows coming to Disney+. Raw prices range from $10 to 25 on average and appear to be trending up with a recent NM sale of $40. CGC 9.8 prices range from $250 to $350 due to its all-black cover. Even if he doesn’t show up, finding high-grade raws and slabbing them can net you a decent return. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER/HUNT: SANDMAN #8 – BERGER EDITORIAL VARIANT (DC, 1989) We love recalled/ error books. Today’s raw sale for this particular issue hit a new raw high of $1,577.77. This error variant of the first appearance of DEATH is VERY complicated and long-winded, so here’s the short (ish) version. Karen Berger is a comic book editor and played a large role in creating DC’s Vertigo line. DC planned to include a letter from her on the inside front cover. They changed their minds and used a forward from Jenette Kahn instead. When they did this, they forgot to include the copyright info. They then went BACK to the printer to print just a few copies with the copyright with the original Berger intro (for legal reasons) and the printer ended up printing around 500 to 600 copies. These copies were then sent to several Neil Gaiman signings and therefore disappeared into collections. Why we love books like this (and why you should too) is that they’re tremendously fun books to treasure hunt. Raw copies of the standard cover generally sell for $50 and are very prevalent at comic shops and conventions. ALWAYS ask to look inside to check that inside cover for Karen Berger’s name. As much as we talk about it here, these books almost always continue to fly under the radar. There are enough copies out there in the wild that your chances of coming across one are higher than most recall/error books. Happy hunting!  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

Saturday, 9/21/19

SHAKER/ HOT: STAR WARS AGE OF RESISTANCE: REY #1 JOE QUESADA 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019) Above we mentioned how random Star Wars books can be. Last week proves this point with this week’s hot REY 1:50 variant. While Quesada does have a large fan base, today’s new height of $129.95 is surprising (update: a copy sold for $167.50 on 9/26). Granted, most stores are not even coming close to ordering 50 copies of this book. So, scarcity is obviously driving these prices. We’ll keep an eye on this to see how it continues to perform. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: X-FILES/TMNT: CONSPIRACY RI VARIANT (IDW, 2014) In 2014, IDW did a series of interesting one-shots with several of their other published titles, like THE CROW, TRANSFORMERS, GHOSTBUSTERS, and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Artist JOE CORRONEY did a series of tabloid-style retailer incentive 1:25 variants for each one-shot. They are exceptionally tough to find. This TMNT is actually the easier one to find… with the hardest being GHOSTBUSTERS. Today’s sale of $100 for this X-FILES/ TMNT variant was probably a fantastic price. It’s the first sale we’ve ever been able to record… for ANY of these. Keep in mind that the core X-Files: Conspiracy series also has a Tabloid variant for each issue. But these one-shots are the ones to look for.  (Find on eBay)

Check out those other 3 here, they make a fantastic set:

 

Sunday, 9/22/19

SHAKER: AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #9 2ND PRINT SKETCH VARIANT (MARVEL, 2012) Strangely, while the color first print drops in price, this 2nd print sketch variant had it’s highest sale ever for $595. Granted, high-grade copies of the 2nd print are hard to come by.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: MY LITTLE PONY: FIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #1 TWILIGHT SPARKLE SUGAR SKULL VARIANT (IDW, 2015) If you’ve been asking yourself “why aren’t there more My Little Pony books on this list”, well you’re in luck! Today this VERY rare Twilight Sparkle Sugar Skull variant sold a raw copy for $560. On 9/15, a signed raw copy was directly sold by the cover artist (Sara Richard) for a massive $1,025. Even though we don’t track signed copies, this was a big sale that was worth mentioning.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

Monday, 9/23/19

SHAKER: SILK #12 COSPLAY VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016)  Sometimes Cosplay variants work… and sometimes they REALLY don’t work (case in point here). However, fan favorite cosplayer Rian Synnth created an exception to this rule. Marvel put out a series of new 1:15 ratio cosplay variants in 2016. Even though that was a low ratio, this variant has proven to be VERY difficult to find. We’ve only captured 12 sales with the highest being today’s NM raw sale of $74.95. The last sale before this went for $9.99. This would normally be a fluke, but this was the ONLY listed copy in months (we can’t find any currently listed). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: DIME COMICS #1 CANADIAN WHITE (BELL FEATURES, 1942) Canadian Whites are hard to find and have a growing fanbase. During World War 2, Canada created the “War Exchange Conservation Act”, which restricted non-essential goods from importing into Canada from the U.S. This included comic books. Canadian Whites, as we know them now, were published with color covers and black & white interiors. Today, a rare Canadian White raw copy of DIME COMICS #1 sold for $3,305.23.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER/ HOT: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 WIZARD WORLD SKETCH (MARVEL, 2005) Young Avengers is incredibly hot right now, and the sketch variant is the hardest to find (for this relatively high print first issue). Today’s CGC 9.5 sale of $399.99 is on par with current CGC 9.8 sales. What!? A 9.5? Yeah, this CGC has a “WIZARD FIRST” label. Back in 2004, Wizard shortly partnered with CGC to get the first 300 (or so) copies off the printing press and send them straight to CGC to get graded and then sold by Wizard within their web store. Somehow, they also convinced CGC to create a whole new label with WIZARD FIRST on it and new MINT/ NM grading scale of 10.0, 9.5 and 9.0. Almost all WIZARD FIRST labels were 9.5’s and only lasted for a few months and a handful of titles. At the time, MANY collectors were rather unhappy with this new grading scale. While collecting a CGC label isn’t for everyone, there are collectors for these labels and they sell very quickly. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

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