December 13th, 2019

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week we call out a nice sale of a DC Logo Variant, show some love to an Alex Ross sketch variant, and highlight a ridiculously hard to find TMNT issue. Not to mention some rumored content that’s been optioned and an amazing deal of the week! Enjoy.




SHAKER: ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN #499 (MARVEL, 1992)  We’ve mentioned the popularity of DC Universe Logo variants. These subsequent printings vary in ease of availability (check out the article HERE). The DCU variants are especially in demand around the “Death” of Superman storyline. This issue, in particular, is very difficult to find hence it selling raw for $149.99. Keep an eye out for the DC Universe logos, they’re pretty easy to spot.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: COPRA #1 (COPRA PRESS, 2012)  COPRA by creator Michael Fiffe is an indie favorite and is HIGHLY collectible… AND a tough one to find at that. When one comes to market, they get snatched up pretty quickly… like this week’s raw sale of $599.99. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: RED DRAGON #7 (STREET AND SMITH, 1943)  This classic Tojo cover very rarely comes up for sale. This week a CGC 4.5 sold at auction for $3,225. Per some of our previous newsletters, there does seem to be a resurgence in interest in these WW2 propaganda comics. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: THOR #1 – ALEX ROSS 1:300 SKETCH 75TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)  If you follow the history of variants and the trends around some of the bigger/rarer books, it all comes down to low print runs and high ratios. For Marvel’s 75th Anniversary, Alex Ross did 1:300 sketch variants for most of Marvel’s big titles. They were a complete bust on day one and sold for incredibly low amounts for years. These variants are considered some of the rarest incentive variants that Marvel has ever done! Yet most STILL sell for relatively low amounts. With Alex Ross FINALLY getting renewed interest, this particular THOR variant hit a big high at $449.95 for a CGC 9.8. Sure, it helps that this is the first Jane Foster as Thor… which is most likely to be the main reason this is hot.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: TURTLEMANIA SPECIAL #1 – GOLD EDITION (METROPOLIS PUBLISHING, 1986)  Metropolis comics owner, Robert Wilson, commissioned three versions (well, kind of 4) of this booklet of original material by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman. It’s been said that there are only 10 of these GOLD editions, which each contain some amazing original Eastman art. A CGC 9.2 sold this week for $28,200. While that’s pretty darn high, it’s almost a 50% bargain from the $58K 9.0 sale back in May 2019. Also sold this week, was the very rare prototype “cover only” sample version. This sold for a more reasonable $2,550 slabbed as “CVR” (no grade) by CGC. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: SPAWN #71 NEWSSTAND VARIANT (IMAGE, 1998) Spawn sales are crazy. Just when you have a solid understanding of which Spawn books are hot, a new one pops to the top… like this incredibly hard to find newsstand version of issue #71 that sold for $282 raw for a NM+ copy. We’ve only tracked two sales over the past two years. Check your copies! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: SPAWN #303 SINGAPORE COMIC CON VARIANT (IMAGE, 2019) We (unfortunately) don’t track international eBay sales. Although we captured a big $500 sale for this one, it’s worth noting that it’s hitting $999 in via Singapore’s eBay page. Most copies won’t make it to the U.S., hence the very high demand for this limited to 250 copies variant.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: SPAWN #175 (IMAGE, 2008)  Yep, another SPAWN. However, this sale of Gunslinger Spawn was a tough one to ignore. This week, a CGC 9.8 hit a huge $575… more than doubling the previous high of $230 back in March 2019. Wowza! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: THUN’DA: KING OF THE CONGO #1 (MAGAZINE ENTERPRISES, 1952) Frazetta is one of the top names in the world of comics. His work is highly collected. THUN’DA #1 is noted by CGC as “The only comic drawn entirely by Frank Frazetta”. With that fact alone, this is a great investment book. (Find on eBay)



RUMORED/OPTIONED: LADY MECHANIKA #0 (ASPEN, 2010)  It’s been leaked (via Joe Benitez’s twitter) that Lady Mechanika is in development with Amazon. Amazon has a pretty solid track record of actually making the projects it options, so this could be a fun one to watch! Personally, we love this story. Part steampunk and part detective, if you haven’t read any Lady Mechanika you should definitely give it a shot. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


RUMORED/OPTIONED:  OCTOBER FACTION #1 (IDW, 2014) Netflix announced that this series premieres on January 23rd. Commence price jumps! (Warning: There’s a 2019 special edition reprint that shares the same cover, so be sure to look for the modern IDW logo on that one (which differs from the logo on this version.) (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


RUMORED/OPTIONED:  WYTCHES #1 (IMAGE, 2014) This rumor is a bit of a stretch as someone connected to Michael B. Jordan’s production company (Outlier Society Productions) was seen buying copies of WYTCHES. Of course, this led many to believe it’s being secretly developed. Buy cautiously.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



WATCHING: WOLVERINE #1 (MARVEL, 1982)   With HULK 181 (and 180) and GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 being well outside of most of our price ranges, this first Wolverine #1 is severely undervalued. It’s a classic cover and a fantastic mini-series. Yet, 9.8’s sell for under $300. In fact, the last 9.8 sale was for $229.49. Once Wolverine is confirmed for an MCU appearance, this WILL jump up in value. We should mention that 9.8’s are not easy to get on this book either. Now’s the time to get one if you’re looking.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



DEALS OF THE WEEK: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – GREG LAND 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)  This week’s raw sale of $685 is the lowest raw sale (for a NM- copy) since pre-INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE. Spider-Gwen is here to stay and this is one variant that is really in its infancy. $685 was one solid deal.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



NEW RELEASE OF THE WEEK: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #13 (MARVEL, 2019) Miles has a new baby sister introduced in this week’s issue… and people went NUTS for her driving the first print to its current highest sale of $14.75. Apparently, Marvel has plans for Miles’ sister. However, word is spreading that she MAY have already appeared aged older in SPIDER-VERSE #1 (Marvel, 2019) as the character Spider-Zero. This has not been confirmed, but it does seem possible. She appears on the cover to the hard to find Walmart variant (sold in a sealed 3-pack). This issue is ALSO gaining steam thanks to this trending news. Being connected to Miles means that she might have some long-term staying power. We’ll have to see. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



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