January 10th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week we call out the sale of a pre-comic code comic that helped lead to the creation of the Comic Code, a Game Stop exclusive comic with the actual first appearance of the Witcher, and a few comics that have recently been optioned. It’s been an exciting week in the world of comics, so let’s jump in!




SHAKER: CONAN: SERPENT WAR #1 1:100 FINCH VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)  Typically, high ratio variants like this tend to slip in value after a few weeks out of the limelight. Not the case for this immensely hard to find 1:100 Finch Variant. It had its highest sale of $355 raw this week. The first 9.8 hit as well, with the seller asking $1,499.99. Could this be the next big variant? We’ll have to see.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: BRENDA STARR #4 (SUPERIOR PUBLISHERS, 1948) This is is the first BRENDA STARR #4 sale that we’ve captured. This book is VERY rare. This week’s sale sold a CGC 7.5 for $1,365. What’s the significance? Well, as CGC designates on the label, this was used in SOTI. SOTI is an acronym for “Seduction of the Innocent”, a 1950 book written by Fredric Wertham. Fredric led the charge against comic books and believed that particular comic books lead teens to become juvenile delinquents. This book directly resulted in the creation of the comics code in 1954. SOTI is a key term that collectors search for. So, there you go! Our first SOTI book. (For the record, while Fredric went a little overboard with his witch hunt… pre-code comic covers did get pretty crazy.)  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: MEET THE SKRULLS #1 NIKO HENRICHON 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)  So, apparently this variant is now a $100 book, as this week’s new high sale shows. As the synopsis states: “The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a Senator’s office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they’re shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion.” Granted, this 1:50 variant for a low print (15.3K) Marvel title makes for one VERY hard to find book. However, we’re not positive on what’s causing the price surge. The current rumors of an MCU “Secret Invasion” storyline could be fueling the fire. We already have a possible tie in with the Skrulls we met in “Captain Marvel” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: SALLY FORTH #8 (FANTAGRAPHICS, 1995)  First off, this is a VERY adult comic with cover art by a young Adam Hughes. This particular cover is arguably considered one of Hughes’ best covers and has really jumped in price over the past year or two. This week, it sold for its highest price ever at $142.50 raw. Unfortunately, to find this in the wild, you have to go digging in some seedy places (with no judgment of course). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: SPAWN #5 THERMO GERMAN VARIANT (IMAGE, 1997)  We mentioned this limited to 400 copies variant back in our August 4th, 2019 newsletter. To highlight that post again, this German variant reprints Spawn #9 & #11 (in German of course). If you recall, #9 is the 1st appearance of Angela… making this even more desirable. This Thermo variant is also known as the “chameleon edition”. The front cover actually changes color when heat is applied, ala a mood ring. It was limited to 400 copies and sold during a limited shopping season between July 14-Aug 15, 1997 at Modern Graphics in Germany. This week was the first time (since that post) that another copy came to market, which immediately sold for the same price of $349. This is our absolute favorite Spawn cover so we needed to call it out.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: SPAWN #230 B&W HOMAGE VARIANT (IMAGE, 2013)  This SPAWN homage to our favorite Batman cover of all time, McFarlane’s Batman #423, is one of the hardest variants in the Spawn B&W homage sketch series to find. While the highest sale belongs to a CGC 9.4 sale of $599.99 back in August 2019, this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $402 makes a little more sense. This is one that will continue to go up. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS #50 (MARVEL, 1989) Sometimes a sale can really surprise you. This was one of those for us. A CGC 9.8 sold this week for a huge $521 via auction. Now, this sells typically for $7 to $10 raw. Being a giant-size issue that’s now 31 years old, it’s hard to find a decent copy. This issue was PACKED with surprise deaths of key Transformers (Jazz, Lazerbeak, Soundwave, Starscream, etc.), so it’s an important issue to TF fans. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


SHAKER: THE WITCHER COMICS #1 GAMESTOP EXCLUSIVE (EGMONT, 2011)  Unknown to many, the current iteration of THE WITCHER actually first appeared in this Gamestop Exclusive comic, released alongside THE WITCHER #2 video game back in May 2011 (a good 3 years before the Dark Horse series). This comic was a reprint of the digital comic series “Reasons of State”, which also became a playable level in the WITCHER #3 video game. This story is also considered canon to the Dark Horse series. THE WITCHER is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s 1993 Polish graphic novel short stories. The first appearance of Geralt (aka The Witcher) is specifically “Droga bez powrotu” (in English means: A Road with No Return).  You honestly can’t find this series any where (let us know if you have!). With this particular Gamestop issue entering into comic awareness, plus the successful Netflix Henry Cavill series, it blew up this week with raw copies selling for $99.99 and $150. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



RUMORED/OPTIONED:  DARK RED #1 (AFTERSHOCK, 2019)  Rumors of Tim Seeley’s DARK RED possibly optioned are swirling. If so, the Shannon Maer variants and Gunderson C2E2 variants should do very well. Right now, the core title is currently getting cleared of cheap copies online.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


RUMORED/OPTIONED: EX MACHINA #1 (IMAGE, 2018)  Hollywood Reporter announced that EX MACHINA is heading to the big screen, and will be titled THE GREAT MACHINE. This is part of Brian K. Vaughn’s 3-year overall deal with Legendary Pictures. (We’re pretty positive that SAGA will also fall under this deal). EX MACHINA #1 is now trending at $15. It’s a great story too so be sure to pick up a TPB version to flip through.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


RUMORED/OPTIONED:  THE NEW WORLD #1 (IMAGE, 2018) Deadline announced that Warner Brothers is developing this into a theatrical film. It’s now trending for $20. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



WATCHING: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #101 1:10 WEAVER VARIANT (IDW, 2020)  We’ve been told to expect something “BIG” to come in issue #104. While Splinter’s “2nd Death” in #100 is behind us, we’re looking for clues that could lead to issue #104. This variant is the 1st comic (and cover) appearance of “Mona Lisa”, who first appeared in the animated 1987 TV series in the episode titled “Raphael Meets His Match.” This issue also marks Sophie Campbell as the new writer & artist for the series (and co-creator of Jennika), which we feel will be a big change for the franchise. This particular variant feels like a sleeping giant to us. So, this is one we’re currently watching closely. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)



KEY OF THE WEEK:  BATMAN #232 (DC, 1971) Today, this book had its highest raw sale to date: a NM copy sold for $550. This first appearance of Ra’s Al Ghul is a must-have for Batman fans. So, it’s no surprise that someone was willing to pay top dollar for a NM copy. If that grade is true, a 9.8 can bring in $4.5K, a 9.6 can do $1.6K, a 9.4 at 1.2K, and a 9.2 at $1K. The buyer will break even at an 8.5 (with grading costs). So well done, not a bad investment at all. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)


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