November 15th, 2019

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! We hope you’re enjoying our new format that calls out “Books the Watcher Watches,” and “Key of the Week” (among others). As always, our goal is to support you and your comic addiction. We think these new groupings help.

This week we call out the first appearance of SILK (a character to watch), we point out a special Hyundai variant for Walking Dead that sells for a “deadly” amount, and a Golden Era Christmas cover for those holiday collector buffs out there. Happy hunting!

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SHAKER: BATMAN BEYOND #1 (DC, 1999)  Whether or not BATMAN BEYOND will have content at some point, it still sold for it’s highest price ever with a CGC 9.8 for $525.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: ZOMBIE TRAMP #25 2016 SDCC VARIANT (ACTION LAB, 2016)  Okay, while this book is not very family-friendly, it’s raw sale of $157.50 is hard to ignore. Zombie Tramp is easily Action Lab’s most successful title. With their risque variants, it’s not a title for everyone. However, this series has a bunch of high priced variants. This particular issue had a photo SDCC variant (which sells for $50 raw) and this risque version with a different photo cover. Other publishers like Zenescope have their own Z-rated risque covers that are usually very limited. However, this Zombie Tramp cover was limited to 1,000 copies. We can understand 100 compies drying up in 3 years, but 1,000?! That’s pretty impressive making this one exceptionally tough to find.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: STARFIRE #3 DARWYN COOKE 1:25 VARIANT (DC, 2015)  Darwyn Cooke is awesome. His style is very recognizable and makes for some fantastic covers. This variant was hot out the gate back in 2015. However, it just had it’s highest raw sale today at $72.50. There’s no record of a 9.8, which will do very well when one comes to market. Keep those eyes open for this one at conventions.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #1 TIDEWATER CONVENTION VARIANT (IDW, 2018)  If you watched the first SONIC THE HEDGEHOG theatrical trailer, then you’re aware of the massive uproar and hatred to the first Sonic design (it was pretty terrible). However, the studio listened and pushed the release date out in order to completely redesign Sonic. That trailer hit this week, and it looks WAY better. While this didn’t move the needle of his rare first appearance, this super rare and hard to find Tidewater Convention variant was notable. It sold for $99, though has been able to sell for $150. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: THE WALKING DEAD #1 10TH ANNIVERSARY HYUNDAI EDITION (IMAGE, 2014)  Back in 2014, at the height of WALKING DEAD mania, Hyundai decided to create a limited edition 2014 Hyundai Tucson (which is actually pretty awesome…check it out here). Along with the car’s various WALKING DEAD features came a slew of various bonus items, including a back-pack filled with survivor gear and this limited variant comic. Granted, this is simply the standard 10th Anniversary variant with a “Hyundai” logo on the back. Looking at the cover, they’re exactly the same. However, while the regular edition sells for $10, this one sold this week for $1,500 for a CGC 9.6. That’s one pricey logo.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: BATMAN #27 (DC, 1945)  There are plenty of collectors among us who focus on a specific theme or run of comics. We know collectors who look for shark covers and others who only like foreign editions of key books. There are more Christmas and Santa cover collectors out there than you think. Now, add Batman into the mix and you have one desired comic. It is pretty awesome. It sold for $625 for a CGC 4.5. The highest sale ever is $2,640 for a CGC 9.2… which seems like a pretty good deal to us. This should seriously be our Christmas card this year.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



We know… Spawn books should just have their own official category on our lists. There are many weeks where we have to make a point to NOT talk about Spawn. This week is pretty much impossible as a whole slew of rare books sold:


SPAWN #1 ERROR EDITION (IMAGE, 1992) If you know our love for error books, then it should be no surprise that this is a grail book for us. This week a very rare raw copy (most are graded) was listed and sold for $1,209.03, which is higher than the last CGC 9.6 sale of $1,150.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SPAWN #222 KUDRANSKI 1:50 VARIANT (IMAGE, 2012) While significantly lower then it’s high raw sale of $1,799, this week’s sale of $965.55 is still worth noting as Kudranski variants don’t show up too often. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


And now, some sketch homage variants that sold this week:

SPAWN #222 SPIDER-MAN #316 HOMAGE B&W VARIANT (2012): $255.88  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SPAWN #229 HULK ANNUAL HOMAGE B&W VARIANT (2013): $166.32  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SPAWN #231 SPIDER-MAN #1 HOMAGE B&W VARIANT (2013): $255.88 (a running theme)  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SPAWN #234 HAUNT B&W VARIANT (2013): $255  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)




WATCHING: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 RAMOS VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)  Yep, another Spider-verse pick this week. Let’s face it, Spider-Man books have always been some of the best investment comics in this industry. Today, it’s even more so, thanks to big theatrical, TV and animation content. SILK has been mentioned in past plans already, so it’s really a no brainer that we’ll see her in some form of content in the near future. The Ramos 1:10 variant has fluctuated in value with each bit of news, with 9.8’s hitting a high of $350. Raws have remained fairly consistent around $80. However, current 9.8’s are now at a prime buying time. 9.8’s have been dropping well below $200, with the most recent copy selling for $115. The second we see Ms. Cindy Moon in costume as Silk, 9.8’s will definitely cost you more than $200.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



Pricey books don’t always go for pricey amounts. Sometimes, rare books can end up selling for a significant discount.


DEALS: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #13 IN-HYUK LEE 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2012) This variant sells raw between $200 to $300 and $789.95 in a CGC 9.8. This week a NM copy sold raw in an auction for $87. Awesome deal for that buyer!  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


DEALS: HE-MAN & THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 DAVE WILKINS VARIANT (DC, 2012)  Mr. Wilkins’ MOTU Skeletor variant is one of the most valuable modern variants. With 9.8’s fetching over $5K and raw copies ranging between $500 and $800, this should generally be WELL out of most of our price ranges. This week, a VF/NM copy sold for $160.50 in an auction, which is the lowest price we’ve ever recorded (and a fantastic deal!). Man, how did we miss this one!? (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



KEY OF THE WEEK: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #2 (VOL. 1) (MARVEL, 1972) This features the first appearance of Werewolf by Night. A 9.6 sold this week for a whopping $4,191.41. This is the first 9.6 we’ve recorded and is the highest grade on the CGC census. A 9.4 sold this past September for $1,749.95, which we thought was a significant sale then.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


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