Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! What a crazy week in comics! This week we talk about all the craziness surrounding DC’s new character Punchline, we see a sale for a really rare Punisher comic featuring Eminem (yeah), and there’s talk of Henry Cavill as Wolverine… what?!
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COVRPRICE MOVERS & SHAKERS
SHAKER: AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 DIAMOND RETAILER’S SUMMIT VARIANT (DC, 2010)
Back in October, DC announced that Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque were reuniting this year for a finale volume of American Vampire. It’s still expected to launch this spring/summer 2020 under the DC Black Label. While it’s been a while since that press release, this Retailer’s variant can be tough to find. This week, this variant had its highest sale yet for a CGC 9.8 at $400. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
Where to start on these? Punchline (the new girl at Joker’s side) has been THE subject of much interest across all comic circles (digital & physical). There have been the following topics: CAMEO VS. FIRST APPEARANCE, STAYING POWER and SPECULATORS & LCS’S. We’ve been asked our opinion of these subjects, and it’s pretty hard to respond without seeming too Soap Boxy… but here we go:
CAMEO VS. FIRST APPEARANCE: Filtering out the comic chatter, the overall consensus: Batman #89 = 1st Cameo and Hell Arisen = the first full appearance. There is a lot of debate around this… and like Hulk #181 there might always be.
STAYING POWER: The odds of Punchline increasing in value one year later is VERY low. That’s strictly from the trends we tracked over the past 2 years on CovrPrice. During that time, not one new character from Marvel and DC has increased beyond their initial height. This includes the BATMAN WHO LAUGHS whose 1st appearance in Teen Titans #12 sold a CGC 9.8 in March 2019 for $700 when they sell for around $300 today. We covered Naomi last month in our month-end wrap-up, but she also hit her height in April 2019 and now sells for a ¼ of what she did then. Now, the thing to remember is that almost all of these hot new characters still retain some significant value. BATMAN WHO LAUGHS still sells for $70 raw and that $300 for a 9.8 we mentioned above is still pretty darn good. Naomi, while no longer selling for $100+ raw, still sells for $30 and $150 for a CGC 9.8. While the drop is significant, we wouldn’t turn a copy down if we found it in the wild. It all depends on how invested DC is in this character, which is totally out of all our control. If she’s popular, then people will support the character and continue to buy her related issues and she’ll eventually see a solo series. If we only pick up these two key issues and none else, the value will plummet as DC will realize that she’s just not selling books. Harley was a throwaway character back in the day, so who knows… It’s all a guessing game. For now, Batman #89 AND Hell Arisen #3 are selling for $45 each. Sellers are also bundling the two main coves together for $75. (PS. The Batman #89 Error variant is going NUTS and hit $380 for a raw copy.)
SPECULATORS & LOCAL COMIC SHOPS: Boy is this complicated. We’re not shop owners, yet we can appreciate what it takes for them to keep their doors open. There is a fine dance of making a profit and keeping your customers happy. However, there’s been a lot of hostility towards speculators specifically (a term generally used for customers who show up only when a book is worth a significant amount). Some of it is deserved and some of it is not. Shop owners publicly shamed these types of customers and groaned at receiving call after call for HELL ARISEN #3. Many even reported individuals throwing fits over not being able to buy a copy. Like we mentioned above, it’s a tough process for stores to figure out the RIGHT amount of copies for each title and what their core clientele will want to buy. They base this order off of what the previous order did. They don’t have crystal balls and will usually not be able to ever meet the demand for a hot title. Most shops play it safe and only order the same amount they did for issue #2. Savvy shop owners, who pay close attention to spec sites, were able to ramp up orders before the final order cut off, but that too can be risky. On the other hand, we personally know what it feels like to WANT a first appearance and not miss out on the hottest book of the year. In our opinion, if an LCS doesn’t have a copy, they should help spin you onto another hot book still on the shelf or help you secure a future issue. The fact that stores are turning folks away (and in some cases shaming people) is a missed opportunity to win a new customer. We know MANY people who got into collecting comics through the quest of finding a “hot for a minute” book and then staying because they had great back issues, wall books, great customer service, etc. (For a few of us at CovrPrice, it was all the hype from the Death of Superman that got us into collecting in the first place… now look at us!) While it can be immensely annoying to be a shop and ALSO miss out on tons of potential cash from all this heat, new customers walking through the door can’t (for the most part) be a bad thing.
Overall, we can specifically clarify one major point for speculation: the overwhelming majority of those buying the books are NOT selling them. We’ve tracked 291 aftermarket sales (not counting sets) for this issue as of today, 2/28. Most of those who got a copy are holding it and watching… which is a ton of fun to do and specifically why we exist. We love our collections… and it’s a great feeling to see your investment increase. For those who have a copy, hold it and ride it out. We’ll cheer it along with you. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: BITTER ROOT #6 “DO THE RIGHT THING” HOMAGE 1:10 VARIANT (IMAGE, 2020)
Wow! Did this variant take off. Skating under all the Punchline hoopla, this 1:10 variant hit a height of $222.50 raw… for a 1:10! This was a huge surprise and a perfect consolation prize for those who missed out on a Batman #89 last week. We’ll admit that this was a complete surprise and there’s not a lot of reasoning behind WHY this hit SO high and so quickly. The lack of copies hitting sites like MCS & eBay are proving this 1:10 to be significantly difficult to find. This is also a great homage that totally hit the right feels. We’ll be watching this one closely. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: DARING LOVE #1 (STANLEY MORSE, 1957)
Steve Ditko’s name is synonymous with Spider-Man and his contribution to comics is unmeasurable. DARING LOVE features his first published art and is incredibly hard to come by. It’s a fantastic cover and it’s one of those books that will always continue to increase. This week, a CGC 3.0 copy sold for $1,555. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: EMINEM THE PUNISHER XXL (MARVEL, 2009)
EMINEM is a huge comic fan and has specifically mentioned his love of THE PUNISHER. After a 3-year break from music, his 2009 comeback was celebrated in the Hip Hop magazine XXL with a special EMINEM collector’s edition. It featured a flip cover with the two different images, with both featuring EMINEM dressed up as THE PUNISHER. Inside this magazine is a special EMINEM PUNISHER comic, with a story titled “Eminem/Punisher: Kill You”. Note that this comic, noted as #1 of 2 (there was no 2nd issue btw), is NOT an insert and is printed directly within the magazine. However, there is a NOT FOR RESALE promotional comic that is a loose separately printed comic. This is the only version directly graded by CGC (though CGC will still grade the Special Edition Magazine). This week a NOT FOR RESALE Promo copy sold raw for a hefty $300. (Find on eBay)
(note, as of 3/2/20 this was edited to correct previous statements, specifically towards both the XXL issue having two covers (there’s only one issue with both images via flip cover) and this Punisher comic being two separate comics (only the NOT FOR RESALE version is a stand alone comic)).
(Image sample of the XXL EMINEM’s internal “1 of 2” comic). (Find on eBay)
SHAKER: MAXIMUM CARNAGE #1 ACCLAIM EDITION (ACCLAIM, 1994)
We JUST mentioned this book last week… but then it had it’s highest sale ever with a NM raw copy selling for a massive $799.99! Whoever says comics are dead are watching the wrong books. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #0 – COMICSPRO MONTES RED RANGER VARIANT (BOOM!, 2016)
The MMPR series has been a massive success for BOOM. Fans absolutely love the series. The Ranger Helmet covers are immensely popular. However, it ALL started with this specific Comicspro Variant, given out to roughly 150 attendees at the ComicsPro 2016 event. It’s incredibly hard to find as MMPR fans have no intention of letting their copy go. A raw copy sold this week for $325, which is pretty close to our highest sale ever of $380 for a 9.8 this past January. Go Go Power Rangers! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE #1 SKETCH VARIANT (IMAGE, 2016)
We haven’t mentioned a Spawn book for a couple weeks and it just feels wrong. A CGC 9.6 of the rare McFarlane sketch cover sold for $522.18. However, a high grade raw sold in January for $611. Why did that go for so much more? Answer: McFarlane signing. These are VERY tough to find ungraded and unsigned (similarly to the KILLS EVERYONE IN THE OFFICE variant… which is hand customized for each of McFarlane’s staff members… though 4 of them did let their copies go). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: THE WALKING DEAD #1 LAST WINE VARIANT (IMAGE, 2019)
This variant is hitting crazy prices. This week, it had it’s highest sale ever at $1,107 for a CGC 9.8. As we mentioned before, copies were provided to select wine stores who ordered large orders of THE LAST WINE CO’s various Walking Dead wine varieties (which is actually really tasty). It was also noted by the cover artist of this variant, Chris Burnham, that he himself provided copies at NYCC 2019. Sales are very scarce. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: WAR AGAINST CRIME #11 (EC, 1950)
RUMORED/OPTIONED: DC VS. MARVEL (MARVEL, 1995)
There’s a rumor circulating that if DC’s 5G (aka The Fifth Generation of DC super-heroes) relaunch fails, then DC will close its doors. This then spiraled to additional rumors that Marvel would take over. This is pretty out there. DC’s line of characters are Warner Brothers bread & butter these days. They have a massively successful CW lineup and have found huge success with films like Wonder Woman, Aquaman and the recent JOKER. There’s almost no way they would hand these characters over to their major competitor to manage. Regardless, this rumor started moving this mini-series, with raw copies hitting $15. (Find on eBay)
RUMORED/OPTIONED: ICE CREAM MAN (IMAGEL, 2018)
It was officially announced this week that ICE CREAM MAN is being developed for the upcoming new streaming service QUIBI (Quibi, the service, launches this April). The regular cover for issue #1 is selling for $75. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
RUMORED/OPTIONED: WOLVERINE (Marvel, 1982)
There are VERY loose rumors of Henry Cavill taking on the role of Wolverine. While this is VERY iffy, it is moving some Wolvie books. We’ll see what lands on next week’s TOP 10. Side note: we love Henry Cavill for the role… though, isn’t he too tall? (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
RUMORED/OPTIONED: X-MEN #4 (MARVEL, 1992)
If you grew up with the ’90s X-Men Animated series, then Omega Red was a key villain, despite being mostly underused in comics. He was so tied to characters like Wolverine, that it feels like his first appearance should have been in the ’60s and ’70s. However, his first appearance is in this 1992 Jim Lee X-Men series. With all the debates around first appearances this week, this book made it easy… this is simply a great cover with a perfect tease of his internal full appearance. Gotta love it! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES
WATCHING: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF KYLO REN #3 STEFANO LANDINI 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)
Disney had a big announcement this week regarding THE HIGH REPUBLIC, the new era of STAR WARS after the past 4 decades of the Skywalker Saga. This new step will run across all forms of print and media. You can watch the announcement trailer here. One High Republic character, Avar Kriss, has her first appearance in this issue… hence prices are jumping quickly for this variant and the regular cover. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
KEY OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #21 (MARVEL, 1984)
SNAKE EYES star, Henry Golding, revealed that filming the self-titled G.I. Joe Character’s solo film has wrapped. Many, who completely forgot that this was even happening, rushed to eBay to buy this classic Snake Eyes silent issue, which also featured the first appearance of Storm Shadow. This had it’s highest sale ever this week at $1,399.99 for a CGC 9.8. Raw copies are also making big jumps (but greatly vary on price/condition). Snake Eyes’ first appearance is in G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #1, which is also seeing some price bumps. (Find on eBay)
Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]
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