Welcome to CovrPrice’s comic Week In Review! This week we showcase some covers by Archie Comic’s Dan DeCarlo, talk about the 1:100 FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS headshot covers by In-Hyuk Lee, and highlight the importance of timing the market when selling convention variants like the Spawn #299 SDCC variant. So much good stuff, let’s get started!
SHAKER: GHOST RIDER #1 ARTURO LOZZI VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011) While the incredibly hard to find Neal Adams variant sits at $550 raw, Mr. Arturo Lozzi’s amazing cover is catching up with today’s highest raw sale of $200. The last 9.8 sold went for $399.99 back in April 2019. However, since then, this book has really taken off. The next 9.8 sold will likely go for significantly more. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: POLICE COMICS #11 (QUALITY COMICS, 1942) This hard to find comic marks the first appearance of THE SPIRIT. While The Spirit isn’t a hot character today, he was quite possibly one of the most popular comic book characters from the 1960s to the 1980s. Even today, he would still be considered one of the most popular comic book characters ever. Today’s sale of $2,480 for a CGC 5.0 is the highest sale ever for this book. With a failed film behind us (Frank Miller’s 2008 Directed feature), hopefully, this character will one day see a return to comics. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THE UNCANNY X-MEN #130 (MARVEL, 1980) Well, it only took Dazzler about 40 years to become a pricey book. Today’s CGC 9.8 sale for $795.95 is the highest ever for her first appearance. Dazzler is a fan-favorite character who popped up in HOUSE OF X #6. Many of her diehard fans have always guessed that she could be an omega level mutant, which hasn’t been explored before. HOUSE and POWERS OF X are shaking things up for the X-Verse, and we hope to see Dazzler take center stage (yes, pun intended). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: SHOWGIRLS #1 (MARVEL, 1957) Dan DeCarlo is synonymous with Archie. His style is incredibly unique and is homaged by many of today’s artists like Dan Parent. A quick glance at this cover might make you think it’s an Archie book, though it’s an Atlas/Marvel title. He was known for his pin-up style covers, which lent itself perfectly for this book. It’s exceptionally hard to find and is in high demand from his legion of Archie fans. Today, we captured the highest sale ever for a mid-grade raw sale for $850. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #14 (MARVEL, 1980) Earlier this month, we saw this former $1 book hit $1,105 for a CGC 9.8. With sales that high, even we questioned if it was a fluke. However, with 9.8’s being extremely hard to obtain, today’s sale of $950 for a CGC 9.8 does legitimize that first high sale. TV show speculation has a VERY short life. It all depends on the success of MCU’s TV and Film tapestry they plan to make. Can this character sustain these high prices? (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: RED SONJA #2 – ADAM HUGHES RRP (DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT, 2005) Once upon a time, this book was IMPOSSIBLE to find. Seriously, it was nowhere to be seen for years. We know this because we literally looked for it. Even searching for any blurb on its existence only lead us to a CBSI Hughes’ Rare Books article. It’s considered one of the rarest Hughes variants out there. The Retailer Roundtable didn’t overproduce these and there were thought to be less than a few hundred copies made. The history is interesting for it as well. The story goes that Dynamite asked Hughes to do a cover for Red Sonja, which he declined. The company then found this quick commission that Hughes did for a fan and plopped it on the cover without his okay. If you ask Hughes about it, he’ll most likely tell you about his displeasure over the incident since it was meant to be a fan sketch and not a final/polished cover that he normally produces. Fans actually like the kinetic feel of it and it continues to grow in popularity. Today this had a CGC 9.4 sell for $405.01. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE #3 – NYCC “WHITE” LAIRD ERROR VARIANT (MIRAGE, 1985) It’s hard to not talk about SPAWN or TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Both of these fan favorite series seem to grow year after year, despite various states of content. As fans chase hard to find modern variants, old school collectors remember this “White Laird” variant as one of the early error collectibles. Today’s raw sale of $550 reminded us of that and how much we would love to have one. Back in 1985, Eastman & Laird rushed 500 copies of this issue to the printer in order to have them on hand for NYCC that year. They recognized that the colors were off and were then corrected for the rest of the run. The most distinguishable feature is the LAIRD sign in the back to the left of the VW Bus. The letters are white for the Error edition, where the standard editions are blue. So, if you pass a copy, always check those letters. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER/ HOT: WATCHMEN #1 (DC, 1986) The new show on HBO is getting some amazing reviews and bringing renewed attention to this beloved series. Today, a 9.8 sale went for $574.95. While we would usually call this out as being a new high price, it’s pretty much what it’s been doing since 2017 (kind of). 9.8’s are tough for this first issue. They are very hard to get. Now, raws have been seeing some nice bumps, with a NM copy selling for $95 (which actually IS the highest raw sale ever). It’s interesting to see a book like this not follow any normal sales trend. Will 9.8’s go up as more fans find the series? Probably. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: MARVEL CELEBRATES STAN LEE #1 (MARVEL, 2019) Wow, we knew this book was going to be hot for a while, but it hitting $1,175 raw today is amazing. Recent sales are already lower, but not by much! We can’t wait to see what a 9.8 will do! (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS: WHITE FOX #1 INHYUK LEE 1:100 VIRGIN VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019) Artist In-Hyuk Lee is doing all the FUTURE FIGHT FIRSTS headshot covers, which also have a 1:100 virgin variant (meaning retailers need to order 100 of the standard to get 1 of the variants). Now, characters like White Fox and Luna Snow, are relatively new characters. Yet, Lee’s art just pops and makes one heck of a gorgeous cover. Stores are absolutely not ordering 100 copies of these issues, which makes it pretty darn difficult to find a copy. With this hitting $275 raw today, the chances of getting one cheap aren’t looking great. You can always grab her mostly affordable 1st appearance HERE. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
TUMBLER: SPAWN #299 SDCC VARIANT (IMAGE, 2019) When you have a HOT and hard to find variant in your hands, the debate is always: Sell now or Hold? Well, here’s a case study for you. This was the absolute hottest book out of SDCC 2019. Raw copies were hitting as high of $500 that first week after the convention. The first to market 9.8 on 9/02 sold for $698. However, today’s sale of $324 for a 9.8 is a significant tumble for this book. Raws can still hit between $200 to $300, so maybe that buyer just got lucky. Regardless, this variant only cost $10 at SDCC to pick-up. So, even $324 is still an AMAZING return. It just proves that if your intention is to sell, striking while it’s hot may just be the right move. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: SHERRY THE SHOWGIRL #1 (MARVEL, 1956) Here’s another rare Dan DeCarlo Atlas/Marvel pin-up style cover. This sold for a huge $1,575 raw, making it the biggest sale ever. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: BITTER ROOT #1 – MCS EBAY VARIANT (IMAGE, 2018) When this book was first announced back in March, this was the “go-to” variant to get and hit a high of $75. As copies flooded the market, prices settled back down to $30. With the announcement earlier this month of Ryan Coogler set to Produce this project, prices are now back up. Today’s raw sale of $153.50 (auction) is WAY up. There are cheaper copies available, but this at least has cemented itself again as the “go-to” variant for BITTER ROOT. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
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