WEEK IN REVIEW

February 14th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week we talk about some new love for Akira, some high sales for Spider-Girl (not Spider-Gwen), and call out a bunch of new content rumors. Enjoy!

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COVRPRICE MOVERS & SHAKERS

 

SHAKER: AKIRA #1 (EPIC/MARVEL, 1988)

In 2015, Christopher Nolan was announced as the Director for a live-action adaptation of AKIRA. Years went by with no news until April 2019 when Leonardo DiCaprio attached himself as a producer. The project received a massive tax credit to shoot in California. Then Taika Waititi was announced as a director with a release date of May 21, 2021. Things were chugging along, until July when the project was put on hold. By Dec. 2019, Akira was removed from WB’s release schedule. This week, Taika confirmed that THOR 4 was the reason the film was put on hold. He confirms that the project is moving forward, but maybe without him. With this news, a 9.8 sold for $325, which is not too far from its height of $375. While there’s no fire under this project, some buyers still feel confident enough with Taika’s statement to pick this up. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: DARTH VADER #1 DEL MUNDO 1:100 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)

This 1:100 variant hit $183.50 raw this week, which is both amazing for a Star Wars variant and a new release. Star Wars variants are very volatile. We’ll be following this one closely to see how it does. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: HORRIFIC #3 (COMIC MEDIA, 1953)

We’ve mentioned this “Horror by Heck” classic PCH by Don Heck. This week, this had its highest raw sale $1,058. When you look at this cover, you can totally understand why the comics code was created. I can’t imagine seeing this on stands today… unless it’s the CROSSED series (which still stands as the most intense/graphic series we’ve ever read). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: THE MAXX #1 BLACK ASHCAN (IMAGE, 1993)

The ’90s were Ashcan crazy. This particular issue (#1) had 4 ashcans: blue, yellow, red, and black. The black is the rarest and estimated to have a print run of only 50 copies. All are numbered and signed by creator Sam Keith. This week a copy sold for $1,915. Another copy sold in December 2019 for $1,613. The MAXX was picked up back in November by Channing Tatum and Roy Lee under their respective production companies. The yellow does pretty weakly at about $230, with an est. print run of 500. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: MY HERO ACADEMIA MANGA VOL #1 2018 SDCC EXCLUSIVE (VIZ MEDIA, 2018)

If you don’t follow Manga, it can be quite overwhelming if you come across a collection to dig through. MY HERO ACADEMIA is a huge & successful property. This English translation even won the 2019 Harvey Award for Best Manga and has sold over 26 million copies in print. There’s honestly not many comic book titles that can even remotely compare to this. This SDCC variant has a print run under 2K and copies very rarely come to market.  That makes this pretty desirable among this series fan base. One copy sold this week for $156. If you can recall, in October 2018, Legendary Entertainment acquired the rights to produce a live-action adaptation of MY HERO ACADEMIA. So, if you see a large collection of Manga at a convention or your LCS, this gives you at least one good book to dip your toes into the Manga pool. Also, while you’re at it, look for this series’ first appearance in WEEKLY MAGAZINE SHONEN JUMP, which can also hit $150.  (Find on eBay)

 

 

SHAKER: NINTENDO COMICS SYSTEM SNEAK PREVIEW (ACCLAIM/ VALIANT 1990)

Nintendo nostalgia is HUGE these days. Sealed copies of Super Mario can sell for massive amounts. This fervor is spilling over into comics. One of the comics that started the Nintendo craze is this first (official) Nintendo based comic. A CGC 7.5 sold this week for $169.50. The highest sale goes to a NM- raw copy for $243.55. We’re starting to pull in sales for NINTENDO POWER, and the first issue is QUITE expensive. A CGC 5.5 sold for $142.50 back in December and a CGC 7.0 sold this week for $275. Raw copies vary in condition and NM raws can easily hit $200+. A few years ago, we saw a 9.6 hit over $1K. So, pay attention to these early Nintendo books! You can find these at Garage Sales (if you’re lucky).  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 – WHITE TOYBIZ 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 1992)

While this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $500 is not the highest, it’s still notable. The highest sale went for $895 back in Dec. 2018 and was perfectly timed with the INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE release. $500 is still pretty amazing for this 2nd print. And we feel like this will continue to go up as we get closer to SPIDER-VERSE 2. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: TALLY-HO COMICS (BAILY PUBLISHING, 1944)

With all the deserved fanfare around Frank Frazetta, this under-valued book is not widely known as his first comic book art. This doesn’t come up for sale often, but when it does prices are fairly reasonable. This week a CBCS 5.0 sold for $300. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: WHAT IF…? #105 – NEWSSTAND EDITION (MARVEL, 1998)

Before there was Spider-Gwen, there was Spider-Girl aka May Parker. With the success of Spider-Gwen, we’re surprised that May never hit the heights that Gwen has. Sure, May has had a solid and loyal fanbase… but she’s not used nearly as much as she should be. With that said, this newsstand edition had the highest sale ever (for both the direct edition and newsstand) at $650 for a CGC 9.8. The direct edition had a high 9.8 sale of $510 back in Sept. 2018 but has since settled to $250 to $300 for a 9.8. May will definitely have her day. This is a great book to buy and hold. Keep in mind that SPIDER-GIRL #0 shares the same image and can often be confused for WHAT IF #105 (we know because this is exactly what we did when we came across this). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: WOLVERINE #75 BLUE ERROR HOLOGRAM (MARVEL, 1993)

This week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $867 nudged out the last highest sale of $800. Error books are getting more and more attention. High-grade copies sell for a premium. This “Blue Hologram” can be hard to spot. We’ve seen folks hold the standard cover and think they found the error due to the various variety and depth of colors this Hologram can produce. However, when you see this book in person, it’s pretty clear. This Hologram has no hint of any other color, just a deep blue. This is also a pretty key 90’s book. One of the most cemented images from 90’s comics was Magneto ripping the adamantium out of Wolverine. While this event has no ramifications for today’s stories, it was a huge deal in 1993 and a few years after. Nostalgia will continue to drive up prices for this.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BATMAN #363 (DC, 1983) 

It was announced that Nocturna (whose first appearance is in this issue) will appear in season two of BATWOMAN on the WB.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED:  ETERNALS #1 (DC, 2006) 

It was revealed this week that Eternals will include Phastos, who will have the first “Gay Kiss” in the MCU with his on-screen husband. It was highly discussed this week, specifically on how emotional it was for the cast & crew, which you can read here. Phastos first appearance is in this 1985 Eternals #1 issue. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED:  GHOST RIDER #1 (MARVEL, 2011)

Rumors of a female Ghost Rider appearing in the Disney+ series ‘Blade’ which led folks to this issue, which features the first appearance of Alejandra Jones who takes on the mantle of Ghost Rider in this issue.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS #3 (DC, 2006) 

Speculation has lit some fire under this book with the rumor that Christian Bale will play Korvac in an unconfirmed MCU film. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED:  JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1 (DC, 2006) 

Rumors of CYCLONE (whose first appearance is in this issue) appearing in BLACK ADAM have been circulating this week. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: LEGION OF MONSTERS #1 (MARVEL, 2011) 

Jared Leto recently posted himself reading the trade version of this series with “Research. Back on set #MORBIUS @morbiusmovie.” That, of course, sent fans rushing to online sites to buy copies of the first issue (that shares the same cover). Speculation leads to many believing that there’s a potential inclusion of other LEGION OF MONSTERS appearances in MORBIUS. While Sony doesn’t own the rights to any of those other Monsters, this seems unlikely. However, we’ll have to wait and see. The team’s actual first appearance in MARVEL PREMIERE #28 is not gaining any traction. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: MS. MARVEL #12 (2016) & #13 (MARVEL, 2015) 

Rumors hit this week that RED DAGGER (whose first appearance is in Ms. Marvel #12) and KAMRAN (whose first is in issue #13) will appear in the MS. MARVEL Disney+ series.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: ROSE & THORN (MARVEL, 2006) 

Rumors hit this week that HBO is developing a show based on this title. ROSE & THORN first appeared in FLASH COMICS #89, though the more modern version is in 2003’s ROSE & THORN #1(Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #32 SPIDER-WOMAN (MARVEL, 1977) 

Speculation is swirling around Jessica Drew’s possible cinematic entry with Sony’s recent announcements of “UNTITLED SONY/MARVEL pic now set for Oct. 8, 2021”. We’re thinking that this film is actually KRAVEN, but we’ll have to wait and see. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING/SHAKER: SALLY FORTH #8 (FANTAGRAPHICS, 1995)

We’ve mentioned this book before, yet prices continue to increase for this gorgeous (and hard to find) Adam Hughes cover. It hit $180 raw this week. We’ve only seen one graded copy hit, a CGC 9.0 for $152.50 in June 2018. We can’t wait to see what a 9.8 could go for. There’s only one by the way, so this is going to be a long wait. In fact, there are only 13 copies on the census in total (with one being an SS by Hughes). Buy and grade those high-grade copies. The market is yours. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

KEY OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: TALES OF SUSPENSE #39 (MARVEL, 1962)

Graded copies of the first appearance of Iron Man are VERY hard to come by. The last high sale we’ve seen was in February 2019 for a 9.0 at $52.8K. Well, an 8.5 sold at $50K this week which is 20.8K more than the last 8.5 sale a couple of weeks ago. Remember when we said core character titles like this have leveled out, well this proves that wrong. Buying and selling at these amounts are on a whole other level. And collectors with money to spend go for these true key books. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 


Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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