Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we talk about three popular Arthur Adams variants and the hard to find 1 appearance of the Smurfs.
SHAKER: RICK & MORTY #1 (ONI, 2015) This #1 first print continues to climb as we get closer and closer to the new season’s release. It hit a new high with today’s CGC 9.8 sale of $1,199.99. I don’t think anyone anticipated that height that this book has reached. It’s crazy to think that you could buy this or a 9.0 Hulk #180 for the same amount. Of course, that’s not apples to apples, it’s just a marker of where some modern books are going these days. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FUNKO UNIVERSE #1 RI VARIANT (IDW, 2017) We’ll admit, this variant was not on our radar. This Funko variant went for $109.95 raw and even hit high $85 raw back in March, so this price does seem legit. The fun part of COVRPRICE is how it digs up these big sales for obscure books. They’re fun for us to highlight and give you, our readers, a fun book to hunt. And if it’s in your collection, it’s fun to see them go up in value. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: DEADPOOL #45 GREG HORN 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011) With all the Deadpool covers, this one may just be our favorite. We love the Ultimate Spider-Man homage and Greg Horn’s art just pops. It’s down-right perfect. Back in 2014/2015, this variant was VERY hard to come by and prices were quickly rising. As more and more copies hit the market, those prices came down. As this has dried up once again, today had this book’s highest sale ever at $700 for a CGC 9.8. This also marks the first appearance of “Evil Deadpool”. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #13 1:25 SANFORD GREENE VARIANT While MOON GIRL #1 is slowly heating up, some of her harder to find variants are seeing some nice price bumps, much like this book’s sale of $99.99 for a raw copy. (This typically sold raw for $20 to $30.) A CGC 9.8 sold for $115 in May. When the market initially reacts to content news, most chase the first appearance or first issue. While they chase those, sometimes it pays to look into the harder to find books like this one. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER/ HOT: NEW MUTANTS #25 ARTHUR ADAMS 1:25 MAGIK VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011) We’re big Arthur Adams fans. He has a style that’s really unique and recognizable. He has several valuable variants, but in 2010/2011 he did 3 female Marvel profile variants that have been rising in value for years. Those books are: this book, NEW MUTANTS #25, which sold for $115 raw today (and a high raw sale of $255 on 1/27/19). YOUNG ALLIES #6 FIRESTAR 1:15 VARIANT, which is VERY hard to find and sells for $250 raw. And lastly the more affordable AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #3 1:15 SCARLET WITCH VARIANT, which sells for $30 to $40. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: DANGER GIRL #2 SMOKING GUN VARIANT (CLIFFHANGER/ IMAGE, 1998) We mentioned the platinum and ultra-rare ruby variant for this before. However, this standard variant does just fine on its own with this $200 raw sale and a $625 CGC 9.8 sale back in July. Content or not, this is one of J. Scott Campbell’s most in-demand and celebrated variants. It may just be the one that put him on the map back in 1998. When looking for this, make sure you lookout for the CLIFFHANGER logo at the top left. There are some IDW reprints that look very similar. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: SPIDER-MEN II #1 MICHAEL TURNER SDCC VIRGIN VARIANT (MARVEL, 2017)
We mentioned the Tedesco variant last week for this issue that features the “first appearance of Evil Miles”. However, today’s sale for this Michael Turner virgin variant from 2017 went for a new high of $135 raw. When this first came out, this rarely sold above $40. However, now, this variant has really dried up and there aren’t many copies listed. We remember seeing this at SDCC 2017 and most copies were less than NM, so high-grade copies will be hard to come by. (Note: we have an article that details evaluating a comic’s condition and common defects/flaws to look for. Check it out here ) (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
TUMBLER: SPIDER-GWEN #1 NICK BRADSHAW 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015) We’ve mentioned this variant several times now as it kept jumping in price from $300 and then $500 for a CGC 9.8… and now to today’s CGC 9.8 sale of…. wait for it…. $93! Was this a badly timed auction? This price drop is a strange one. However, raw prices have been dropping as well. After a height of $160, they’re now what they were back in April at $85. Normally, this type of price drop is due to a flurry of copies hitting the market. However, this doesn’t have that. There are only about 11 copies (mostly graded) listed. So, it’s not a huge flurry. This one has us scratching our heads for the sudden drop. While we feel this was a bad auction, it’s still worth noting as it represents how random and volatile this market can be. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THUNDERBOLTS #20 1:50 PHIL NOTO VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014) To our knowledge, there’s no significance of his book other than it just being a cool cover by Phil Noto with some very popular characters (Agent Venom, Deadpool, Punisher, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, Electra). Today, a NM raw copy sold for $168.49. The highest sale belongs to a VF raw sale this past July for $199.99. A year ago, this only sold for $40. So this is REALLY moving up. There’s also a 1:100 Sketch variant that we’ve never seen a sale for (except when sold in a lot with the 1:50 variant). So, keep a close eye out for that. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 GREG LAND 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014) After the release of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, we expected this to drop pretty quickly. However, it’s held its ground and continues to sell for about the same amount it did before release. That sale today for a raw copy went for $94.99. Now, 9.8’s have fallen from a height of $495 before release to a recent $150, but there’s obviously still a strong market for characters like Penny Parker. With Sony building a TV, Film and Animated universe, the likelihood of her playing of a more prominent role in the future is strong. This is also just a REALLY awesome cover. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: SPIROU #1071 (Editions Dupuis, 1958) For all you French rare comic collectors, here’s one to chase. This marks the first appearance of THE SMURFS. With their feature film franchise on hold for the near future, these little blue creatures are still considered an evergreen brand. They will come back in some way at some point. If you’re looking for this hard to find foreign first appearance, then today’s raw sale of $726.30 should be your price marker. There’s also a Belgian Edition that holds the highest sale of $999.99 for a CGC 7.5. The two covers look pretty identical. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
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