Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we talk about the interesting new post-release trend we’re seeing for comics attached to TV shows (e.g. Stumptown), the first appearance of Donnie Cates’ Necrosword, and a hard to find TMNT standalone story!
SHAKER: BANNER COMICS #5 (ACE MAGAZINE, 1942) While there’s nothing highly notable with this golden age classic, it very rarely comes up for sale. Today, a raw FINE copy sold for $1,651 when a VG copy sold last April for $255. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2 – ACUNA VARIANT (MARVEL, 2012) In his ongoing Venom run, Donnie Cates made the Necrosword relevant to today’s readers. The Necrosword’s first appearance is in this issue. Then, rumors of “Gorr, the God Butcher” as the villain in the next Thor MCU film brought even more attention to his first appearance in this issue. With those two major points, this variant sold for $255 raw. If you recall, this book shot up in value when the Necrosword was first revealed… and then it dropped significantly. This book’s value lies mostly on Gorr’s rumor being true. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: DIGITAL WEBBING PRESENTS #24 TMNT VARIANT (DIGITAL WEBBING, 2005) If you haven’t read a copy of DIGITAL WEBBING, it’s basically an anthology of short stories from various creators about various characters. The story was written by Dan Berger with Pencils by Andie Tong. It’s considered kind of canon as it takes place right after TMNT Vol. 1 #21 and has never been reprinted. So, for Turtle fans, this is a must-have. Today, a copy sold raw for $81. Limited to 500 copies, this isn’t even the highest price for this very rare and hard to find Turtles variant. That goes to a $158.50 sale back in April 2002. We’ve only collected 3 sales in the past 2 years… so good luck chasing this one! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: WITCHBLADE #98 WIZARD WORLD PHILLY TYLER KIRKHAM VARIANT (TOP COW, 2006) If you grew up in the ’90s, then you know what a big deal WITCHBLADE was. While many fans were drawn to a scantily costumed Sara Pezzini, the writing was actually pretty darn good. In fact, as the book progressed the Witchblade/Darkness world was pretty awesome. This issue falls right smack in the middle of some of the best issues. Issues #80 to #150 is when Ron Marz took over and is considered the definitive Witchblade/Darkness storylines. Issue #105 also brought us one of our current favorite artists, Stjepan Šejić. If you haven’t read any Witchblade, we think you would enjoy it. With all that said, she’s had some amazing artists draw her. This Wizard World Philadelphia 2006 variant was limited to 500 copies. By today’s standards, that’s not super rare. However, it’s amazing how fast 500 copies disappear over 13 years. Today, this hard to find variant sold for $140 raw. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: FAUST #14 (REBEL STUDIOS, 1991) Tim Vigil’s FAUST is a VERY adult horror series. If you’ve dug through any box of early 90’s comics, then you’ve come across a Faust issue or two. What many comic fans don’t realize is how collected this series is. Especially the last few issues (this was the 2nd to last issue). Like today’s raw sale of $45.99, this is a very easy book to sell for $50. Though it can fetch $100 or more as well. (Find on eBay)
HOT: STUMPTOWN #1 (ONI, 2009) Lately, comics have been bucking the traditional trends of market values decreasing leading into and post content release. UMBRELLA ACADEMY surprised most collectors by skyrocketing in price post-release, seeing WAY higher sales that usually only comes with an option, casting, production, and trailer news. THE BOYS had a similar trend. STUMPTOWN aired on ABC last night, and is seeing a similar situation. The highest raw sale ever came two days before it aired on 9/23 for $59.99. Today, a raw sale hit $49.99. ABC ordered a TV pilot for the series in January 2019, It’s unknown when this was optioned, but back in August 2018, you could buy this on eBay for $1. When the pilot order was announced, it jumped to $20 and hit a high $30… and stayed there. The STUMPTOWN trailer first hit May 14th and had absolutely no effect on market sales. While the market is still VERY reactionary, for the most part, the market seems to be adapting to “optioned” comics a little bit. It seems fans are simply waiting to see if the content is any good before buying into it. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #55 – MAHNKE VARIANT (DC, 2010) This is arguably one of the best Lobo covers… and it can be very hard to come by. Like today’s raw sale of $127.49, this variant has been floating around $100 to $130 raw for a while now. A 9.8 seems even a little underpriced at $279.99, which is the highest price this book has hit. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: SPAWN FAN EDITION #2 PLATINUM EDITION (IMAGE, 1996) The Spawn Fan editions were included in Overstreet’s short-lived FAN Magazine #16-18. These featured the story of Nordik the Norse Hellspawn. The standard issues are not worth much and frequently litter $1 bins. However, this Platinum edition is very hard to find. Today’s sale of $276 raw is the first sale that we’ve ever seen. If you can’t find this one, the Gold edition is a little easier to hunt down. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: BLACK KNIGHT #5 (MARVEL, 1956) This is the last issue of Marvel’s Atlas run for BLACK NIGHT. We captured a sale of $370 for a CGC 4.0. The highest sale for this issue belongs to a CGC 8.0 for $1,000. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: RICHIE RICH #15 (HARVEY, 1963) This 1963 issue of RICHIE RICH usually sells in mid-grade for $30. However, Heritage sold a high grade raw (9.2) on for $660. So be sure to check your collections. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: COMIC CAVALCADE #19 (DC, 1946) There are collectors out there who like to focus on Christmas covers. Comic Cavalcade #19, featuring Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, is one of the harder ones to find as fans keep these tucked away in their collections. Today a raw copy sold for $163.50. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: SPAWN #9 NEWSSTAND VARIANT (IMAGE, 1993) The premium on Spawn newsstands are amazing. Today this newsstand variant, featuring the first appearance of ANGELA, sold a CGC 9.8 for $455. The highest sale goes to a $575 CGC 9.8 back in August 2019. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER/ HOT: MOON KNIGHT #14 (MARVEL, 1980) Some things make sense in this market and others don’t. This issue features the first appearance of “Stained Glass Scarlet”. This nun turned vigilante is rumored to appear in the Disney+ Moon Knight series. This went from a $1 book to a $50 raw. However, it’s today’s CGC 9.8 sale of $1,105 that’s staggering. Granted, this mostly black cover from 1981 is incredibly tough to find in NM+ condition. However, this sale was pretty surprising. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
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