WEEK IN REVIEW

November 9th, 2019

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week we’re changing up our typical format to try something new. Instead of grouping interesting comic sales by their individual sales date, we’re putting all the weekly sales all together so we can introduce a few new sections: “Rumored/Optioned,” “Books the Watcher Watches,” and “Key of the Week.” To help with your collective collecting habits, we always want to provide you with books to keep on your watch lists. Happy hunting!

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COMICS OF THE WEEK

SHAKER: ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #2 DAVID LOPEZ 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)  This 1st appearance of Gabby (AKA Honey Badger) sold for $225 raw on 11/2 and $399.99 on 11/4 for a CGC 9.8. While these aren’t the highest sales ever (which were $255 raw on 8/31/18 and $649.88 for a CGC 9.8 on 11/24/18), they are definitely on the upswing. In September, 9.8 sales hit their lowest sale for $304 and raws were going for $125. It’s nice to see a fan-favorite character catch some wind organically without being driven by content.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE IMAGINEER VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)  There’s been a trend of VERY rare and limited editions of current comics being given out by Marvel. We’ve seen Marvel hand out rare books like the D23 Marvel Comics #1000, SDCC Silver Surfer: Black #2 Sketch, Stan Lee Tribute and now this super-rare variant of STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE #1. The existence of this book was hinted back in May 2019, though (like many of these) no copies ever hit eBay. Back in early May, Disney provided their Imagineers with this exclusive variant as a thank you for their hard work on the new GALAXY’S EDGE land in Disneyland, Anaheim. Disney usually employees about 30 to 40 Imagineers on a big new land like this, so copies are few and far between. However, a copy FINALLY hit eBay this week and sold on 11/2 for $236.50, which is (in our opinion) a heck of a deal. However, keep in mind that not all Disney comics go up in value. Disney also handed out the Rod Reid regular cover to their cast members as a Thank You (which are only worth cover price).  (Find on eBay)

 

SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN NOIR #1 (MARVEL, 2009)  The recent announcement of INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE #2 hitting theatres in 2022 created a resurgence of sales in key and new cast members, like Spider-Man Noir. At its height, a 9.8 hit $529 in August 2018, with raws hitting $150 right before the first film’s release. Post-release, values dropped with raws selling for $50 and 9.8’s going for $200. While the sale on 11/2 of $255 for a 9.8 doesn’t even touch that $529, it is still moving back up. Raws are once again hitting close to $100 with a raw sale on 11/4 going for $97. It’s definitely time to start picking up the core SPIDER-VERSE cast: Spider-Gwen, Spider-Noir, Spider-Ham, Penny Parker & SP//DR, and Miles Morales… and don’t forget Spider-Man 2099 who will most likely have a heavy role in this next film (in fact, it’s our WATCHER’S WATCH book this week!). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #3 (MARVEL, 1986)  While this isn’t the first appearance of Hordak in comics (that goes to a mini-comic titled “Hordak: The Ruthless Leader’s Revenge!” and then second to “He-Man & She-Ra: Secret of the Sword”) this particular issue does feature Hordak as “Hurricane Hordak” for the first time. However, the draw is most likely this cover featuring the popular “Slime Pit Playset”. Regardless of the reason, it had its biggest sale ever on 11/2 for $299 for a CGC 9.8. This is a significant jump past its last 9.8 sale of $70 in February 2019.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #4 ERROR 2ND PRINT (MIRAGE, 1987)  We love us some ERROR books, and this one can sneak by many sellers and buyers. This 2nd printing was manufactured with the wraparound cover from “Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1”. It was recalled, pulped and reprinted with the corrected cover. However, copies obviously made it through. On 11/2, a rare copy sold for $338 raw. Keep a lookout for this book. It frequently gets overlooked as the TALES #1.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: RICK & MORTY #1 JUSTIN ROILAND 1:50 VARIANT (ONI, 2015)  Rick & Morty Season 4 starts this Sunday, 11/10 and we can’t wait for it! At its height, this variant hit $2,100 raw on 2/16/18. With the long delay in-between seasons, values plummeted to as low as $500 for this hard to find variant. On 12/17, a CGC 9.8 hit $5K, where it hit a low of $1,526 during the lull. Granted these are still pretty amazing prices. However, with the new season upon us, sales are moving back up with today’s raw sale of $949.99. It’s another reminder that if you’re planning on selling comics in your collection… timing is key.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SHAKER: YOUNG ALLIES #9 (MARVEL, 1943)  1940’s war propaganda is controversial by today’s standard. Back then, the job was simple, rally kids against enemies of the United States of America… and that’s just what they did. Books in this area were printed on very cheap paper. Not many survived. Today, this book featuring the Young Allies fighting Hitler, Tojo, and Mussolini rarely pops up. On 11/4 a “NM” raw copy sold for $2,550, which almost caught up to the highest sale ever of a CGC 7.0 for $2,700. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

RUMORED / OPTIONED:

RUMORED/OPTIONED:  MEMETIC #1 (BOOM, 2014): Rumors of Seth Rogan/ Evan Goldberg’s production company, Point Grey Pictures, optioning this title has shot prices up for the first issue and the hard to find 1:20 variant (which, by the way, don’t stare at for too long).  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: THUNDERBOLTS SERIES:  New rumors of Marvel developing a Thunderbolts series have risen values for their first appearance in THE INCREDIBLE HULK #449.   (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: THE UNSOUND #1 (BOOM, 2017): It was announced on 11/8 that David F. Sandberg (Director of SHAZAM) is bringing this comic to NETFLIX. Boom! has been held down by a bad term deal at Fox and then an awkward transition to Disney and finally has a post-merger title heading to the small screen. It JUST started picking up and is going for $15.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

BOOKS THE WATCHER WATCHES

 

WATCHING: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 TOY BIZ “WHITE” 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2001)  With the SPIDER-VERSE 2 news, it’s time to closely watch the Spider-Man 2099 #1 White Toy Biz Variant. It’s clear that 2099 will more than likely have a BIG role in the next film. When he popped up at the end of SPIDER-VERSE #1, this 2nd print (that was sold with the Toy Biz Spider-Man 2099 figure from 2001) went from an ignored variant to a height of $895 for a CGC 9.8. Granted, no 9.8’s have hit the market since. However, raws dropped significantly from $150 to $50. Some copies are worse than others, however, most are VF at best, due to being packaged with a toy. This is a book you should be hunting for at Toy shops, Antique markets, Conventions, etc. These are definitely out there. These will see big spikes in price as we creep closer and closer to the film’s release. Of course, his first appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #365 is clearly a must-have for all collectors. It may not see as big of a return as the white 2nd print, but it will do very well in 9.8. So, look over your raw copies to see how they fared over the past 28 years. If you like first appearances that are NOT in actual comic books, then check out the MARVEL ANNUAL REPORT #1 (1991) where Spider-Man 2099 appeared in before Amazing Spider-Man #365.   (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

KEY OF THE WEEK:

KEY OF THE WEEK: THE DEMON #1 (DC, 1972)  Wow, this book, featuring the first appearance of THE DEMON, had a big sale of $4,263 for a CGC 9.8 on 11/1. This is an incredibly tough grade to get for this book. The last 9.8 sold in 11/2018 for $3,655. A 9.6 sold in September for $799. It’s pretty tempting to crack those 9.6’s and “try again” for a 9.8.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

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