WEEK IN REVIEW

December 20th, 2019

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! In honor of the holidays, we’ve gift-wrapped this installment of our Week In Review article with Christmas themed comics!  Yup, there’s been a ton of Christmas comics over the years and a strong group of collectors that love to focus on this theme. Some sell, some disappear into obscurity. Either way, it’s always fun to see our favorite characters taking a break from their everyday crime-fighting schedules. We’ve also added some rumored/optioned titles at the end, if Christmas isn’t your jam. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!

 

DC CHRISTMAS ISSUES

 

BATMAN #9 (DC, 1942)  While this isn’t a Christmas cover, it’s still the first Batman Christmas story and sells for a pretty penny. Values will greatly depend on the condition. However, our most popular grade is 6.5, which averages around $3K. Raw copies in the same value sell for around $600.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

BATMAN #27 (DC, 1945) This is another early Batman cover that sells really well. Arguably one of the best Christmas covers in comics, mid-range raw copies sell for $300, though 7.5 is our most popular grade and averages around $1,400. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

BATMAN #33 (DC, 1946) Robin can fight crime, but he sure can’t decorate a tree. This just sold a CGC 9.0 on 12/10 for $2,040. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

DC’S COMIC CAVALCADE  In the 40’s DC’s Comic Cavalcade was a rare chance for DC’s core characters to enjoy some levity and break from ongoing continuity. DC’s current Holiday Specials is a modern-day version of these. These specific Christmas centric covers were fun, light-hearted and simply great covers that are highly collectible:

 

COMIC CAVALCADE #5 (DC, 1943) This is a key Santa cover and it VERY rarely comes up for sale. The only raw sale we’ve tracked was a mid-grade copy at $355. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

COMIC CAVALCADE #9 (DC, 1945) Like #5, this has not seen many listed copies or sales. Of the two copies we’ve tracked, they’ve sold a VF- copy at $289 this month and one VF+ copy at $1K in June. Yes, those sales are accurate. Granted, the June sale was the first time a copy hit eBay in almost 2 years.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

(Side Note: Couldn’t the Flash just deliver all of Santa’s presents for him? I mean, he’s already wearing red) 

 

COMIC CAVALCADE #13 (DC, 1946) Prices are all over the place for this issue. Mid-range raw copies generally sell for around $300. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

COMIC CAVALCADE #19 (DC, 1946) Justice League members skiing for fun on the same ski, as people do. It’s nice that they can just unplug sometimes. This sold back in September for $163 raw. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

COMIC CAVALCADE #25 (DC, 1948) This has had a few more sales, with a top raw sale hitting $408.78  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

(Side Note: Again, have some egg nog Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, the Flash gots this)

 

ADVENTURE COMICS #113 (DC, 1947) Is Superman saving Father Christmas or throwing him to a greedy mob below? Regardless, it sells for about $200 raw and a CGC 7.5 sold for $725. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

ACTION COMICS #105 (DC, 1947) Superman sure manhandled Santa back in the day. Here he is, using his super strength to stuff Santa down a chimney… despite having done it millions of times over multiple centuries on his own with no problem. It sells for $200 raw and sold a CGC 7.0 for $543. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

CAPTAIN MARVEL ADVENTURES #19 (DC, 1943) See Superman, THIS is how you help Santa. This averages around $150 raw and sold for $495 for a CGC 6.5. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

DISNEY CHRISTMAS ISSUES

We should just call this Disney list “The Awesome Work of Carl Banks.”

 

DONALD AND MICKEY MERRY CHRISTMAS #1947 (DELL, 1947) This classic Carl Banks cover sells for $100 to $300 raw. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

DONALD AND MICKEY MERRY CHRISTMAS #1949 (DELL, 1949) This Carl Banks cover hit a big $495 in November. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES [CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY] (WESTERN, 1943) We’ve seen two sales of this issue at $275 & $510 for low-grade copies. (Find on eBay)

 

CHRISTMAS PARADE (DELL, 1949-1958) This Carl Banks series sells decently across all issues.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

DONALD DUCK #8 (#375) RI VARIANT (IDW, 2015) In 2015, IDW picked up Disney comics and included legacy numbering. Each early issue had a 1:10 retailer incentive variant. These are VERY hard to find. One, in particular, is this Donald Duck Christmas variant. We’ve only seen one sale in 18 months.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

OTHER CHRISTMAS THEMED COVERS

THE WITCHING HOUR #28 (DC, 1973) This Neal Adams Christmas cover sells for $10 raw. However, graded copies sell for a premium. A CGC 9.6 sold in June 2018 for $427.49  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

VAULT OF HORROR #35 (EC, 1954) Even though a coffin is a terrible Christmas Gift, getting this comic wouldn’t be. A CGC 7.0 sold for $1,025 this past November. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #314 (MARVEL, 1989) This doesn’t sell for anything… but it’s a Todd McFarlane Christmas cover… and that’s enough.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

SAMURAI SANTA #1 (SOLSON, 1986) This is the first published Jim Lee artwork. Decent raw copies sell for $40 raw, while NM copies can sell for over $100. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

While most don’t sell for much, there are a BUNCH of Christmas covers out there. The above were just some of the higher-priced books that collectors seem to chase the most. Happy Hunting!

COVRPRICE’S CHRISTMAS PICK

 

CATWOMAN #6 ARTGERM VARIANT (DC, 2018) Although this doesn’t sell for more than cover price, we wanted to throw it in just because it’s a great cover. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

RUMORED / OPTIONED

RUMORED/OPTIONED: SECRET INVASION (MARVEL, 2008) Since Captain Marvel introduced Skrulls into the MCU, rumors of the popular Marvel’s SECRET INVASION storyline have been swirling. However, these rumors picked up this week, moving copies briskly.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: STEALTH (TOP COW, 2010) Per THE WRAP “Lee Daniels to Direct Superhero Comic ‘Stealth’ From ‘Walking Dead’ Creators at Universal”. This book is not easy to find. It went from a $1 comic to $30 in a day. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: KILLADELPHIA #1 (IMAGE, 2019) Our friends at WWW.COMICSHEATINGUP.COM broke the news that creator Rodney Barnes let it slip that his title has been optioned for TV. It has not been announced.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

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