Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we check in on the first appearance of Witchblade, call out a rare Spider-Ham cover that is starting to sell well, and confirm that the HBO Max Monstress TV show (in the works) is not based on the comic. Read on to learn more!
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #607 (MARVEL, 2009) Regardless of how you might feel about J. Scott Campbell, he’s VERY successful at what he does and his work caters to the specific pin-up art style that his fans expect. Many might not remember that he used to do interiors AND standard covers, specifically for Amazing Spider-Man. This Black Cat cover is really the book that gave him the foundation he’s built his business into now. This cover is highly sought after and will easily sell for $50 raw, like several of today’s sales. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL – SON OF DATHOMIR #1 – WIZARD WORLD SKETCH VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2004) STAR WARS books can be hit or miss. This franchise has gone through numerous publishers are series. With so many issues to sift through, there are a handful of big/notable books. This DARTH MAUL mini-series is one of those. All the various covers for this first issue tend to do well. The standard cover can get up to $15. However, the Wizard World Sketch variant is the book to keep an eye out for. We’ve only tracked two sales, a CGC 9.8 for $185 back in July 2019 and one today for $119.99 for a raw copy. Be sure to keep an eye out for this one as you dig through those STAR WARS back issues! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: X-MEN #4 (MARVEL, 1992) When we see this cover, we immediately hear the old X-Men Animated Series Theme Song (man that TV show was SO good). This series truly marked the height of X-Men comics… which also lent this issue a massive print run. Despite that, this first appearance of Omega Red has been climbing (slowly) for years. Back in 2015, you could have bought a CGC 9.8 copy for $40. Today’s 9.8 sale went for $125. That’s pretty good for a comic that sells raw for $10 to $15. Even paying $25 to get this graded makes this a pretty good book to flip, if you’re so inclined. The biggest sale for this book was this past August 2019 of $175 for a CGC 9.8. There are plenty of high-grade copies out there, so look through your collection for that NM+ copy. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #528 RETAILER SKETCH VARIANT (MARVEL, 2006) After the success of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Spider-Ham suddenly became a household name. He was always an ignored character and is now relevant. He never got to grace too many covers outside of his MARVEL TAILS series. So, finding a variant can be challenging. This retailer sketch is one (if not THE) rarest covers for Spider-Ham (there’s a color version too). Featuring the fantastic art of the late & great Mike Wieringo, this sketch is finally starting to creep up in price. Today, a CGC 9.8 sold for $249.99, which is its highest sale ever. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: CYBLADE / SHI: THE BATTLE FOR INDEPENDENTS PREVIEW EDITION (IMAGE/TOP COW, 1995) For those of you who don’t know, the first appearance of WITCHBLADE is in CYBLADE/ SHI: THE BATTLE FOR INDEPENDENTS #1. She’s on multiple pages in full costume and named in this issue. However, hardcore Witchblade fans point to this specific PREVIEW edition as the official 1st appearance (as this came out months before). This book is very thin and therefore VERY difficult to find in high grade. Most raws are in the VF range and can still sell for $30 to $50. Today, this preview book had it’s highest sale ever with a CGC 9.8 sale of $256. Skybound Ent. (Kirkman’s company) currently has the rights to both WITCHBLADE & DARKNESS and are actively developing a TV series. When and where this will happen is still unknown. However, that could be a key factor in its recent uptick. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THE BOYS #3 (WILDSTORM, 2006) One would think THE BOYS heat would have cooled down by now. While #1 may be settling, issue #3 is just starting to hit its stride with today’s sale of $244.99 for a CGC 9.8, which is just $5 shy of the highest sale ever in September 2019. This issue is the first appearance of THE SEVEN, including Homelander, Black Noir, Queen Maeve, A-Train & Starlight. These characters were definitely the highlight of the series, especially Homelander who was perfectly portrayed by actor Antony Starr (that show is soooo good). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 SHE-RA TERRY DODSON VARIANT (DC, 2013) We love She-Ra and this is easily one of the best depictions, let alone variant, for the Princess of Power. Terry Dodson nailed this cover. With Wilken’s Skeletor stealing most of her thunder, this book is now hot. Today, a high-grade raw sold for $223.99 and a 9.8 sold for $600 back in August! We also absolutely LOVE the Matty Collector Toy Variant. As MOTU fans/collectors ourselves, it speaks to us. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: BLACK WIDOW #1 1:10 MOVIE PHOTO VARIANT (MARVEL, 2010) Movie photo variants are typically terrible market performers. Very few seem to even get past their cover price. Unless, of course, you have Scarlet Johansson on it. This book has always done very well over the past five years, yet just recently it finally broke past the $100 threshold. While the highest raw sale was for $130 back in September, today’s $100 is the 2nd highest. The highest ever goes to a $299.99 CGC 9.8 sale in April 2019. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: TMNT #30 (MIRAGE, 2009) Along with issue #29, these are two of the hardest to find Turtles books. They command big $ and rarely come up for sale. When they do, they disappear VERY quickly (“Ninja Vanish!”). Both of these issues were limited to 1,000 copies, for no other reason then declining sales. In 2009, Mirage tried to keep this series going, but the interest just wasn’t there. It wasn’t long after that IDW picked up the publishing rights… who then had success with the series. Today, #30 sold a raw copy for $174.99, with the highest sale at $399 for a CGC 9.6. Issue #29, which is even more desired, sold a raw copy for $314.99 and had a CGC 9.8 sale for $979.99 in January 2018. A 9.8 today would easily clear $1k. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #377 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 1991) While today’s sale of $2,136 for a CGC 9.8 isn’t the highest, 9.8’s are VERY hard to come by (hence the entry to this week’s newsletter). The highest sale goes to CGC 9.8 back in May 2019 for $2,600. Still, this is an easy $2K+ in a 9.8. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
NEWS/ HOT/ MOVER: MONSTRESS #1 (IMAGE, 2015) Early reports of MONSTRESS being set-up at HBO Max have set this book on fire today. This is a book that has a high fan base who have been waiting for news like this. Folks who love this book REALLY love this book. And it definitely deserves that attention. It’s topical, ambitious, fresh and one of the most gorgeous books on the shelf. Here’s the thing, the MONSTRESS project at HBO Max is NOT the comic book. We’ve confirmed this directly and this is simply another project that simply shares the same name. So, unfortunately, MONSTRESS (the comic) is definitely not at HBO. With that said, misinformation can still move books in a big way. While some books with incorrect info can plummet and disappear as quickly as it went up, this is still a great book to buy. This is one of those books that will absolutely get picked up one day (just not today *sigh*). So, if you picked up a copy… just hang on to it for a bit. As always, buy cautiously on early reports. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: BATMAN: ALMOST GOT ‘IM (WESTERN, 1993) Remember when we talked about this book last week and how a sealed set sold for $800? Well, I guess we should have waited until this week as a CGC 9.8 copy (of just the book obviously) sold for a staggering $2,288. We knew this book was popular, but honestly had no idea that it could reach this level. Maybe it’s time to sift through the children’s books at antique markets and goodwills? (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THE CROW #1 (CALIBER, 1989) The poor CROW has been through a lot in the past 25 years as the property was crippled by bad films and then stuck in the perpetual loop of development hell. The franchise is still desirable, so film companies (like SONY currently) refuse to let go of it. While we would all love to see a new CROW, fans have still been busy buying copies and driving up prices. Mid-grade raws are easy and quick sales at $150. High-grade copies can demand a premium. For example, today a CGC 9.8 copy sold at auction (with 71 bids) for its biggest sale ever at $3,200 ($1K then it’s last 9.8 sale in March 2019). We feel that a new film or TV series WILL happen one day. And when it does, this book will rise from the dead seeking vengeance on those that did it wrong. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THUNDERBOLTS #22 JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014) Like today’s raw sale of $161.50, this is simply a great cover that sells really well. Sometimes you need to put books like this into the comic file cabinet in your brain so you can recognize it if you come across it at your LCS. Books like this are absolutely tucked away in the back issue bins at a bargain price, so happy hunting! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
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