WEEK IN REVIEW

March 13th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter!  With all the craziness going on in the world and everyone staying home, let’s talk about something fun… like comic books! This week we call out a couple of videogame based comics with content news, we marvel at a convention book that continues to skyrocket in value, and chat about how even Lockheed (Kitty Pride’s dragon) can move a comic!

Stay safe out there!

 

COVRPRICE MOVERS & SHAKERS

 

SHAKER: BLACK WIDOW #2 STEPHANIE HANS 1:20 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2010)

BLACK WIDOW is set to release on April 24th. Unlike many other films, this has yet to change its date. In this new “Corona” world we’re dealing with right now, everything is uncertain. Regardless of the crisis, books are STILL selling. For example, this hard to find Stephanie Hans variant had its highest sale ever at $499.99 for a CGC 9.6, trumping the previous heights of $460 for a CGC 9.8 back in June 2019. Raws are selling for about $200.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #74 (TIMELY COMICS, 1949)

This awesome Captain America book is as close as you can get to a Marvel pre-code horror book that you can get. It’s highly sought after and VERY hard to find. With that said, a CGC 4.5 sold for $9,051, making this the highest sale we’ve tracked for this book.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: THE LAST OF US #1 (DARK HORSE, 2013)

THE LAST OF US is coming to HBO and we CAN NOT WAIT. We’re huge Naughty Dog fans, so getting this AND UNCHARTED starting production on Monday the 16th is some much-needed excitement for us right now. Being at HBO is bringing confidence to this title as it hit a new height at $400 for a CGC 9.8. By the way, start picking up UNCHARTED books… we’ll talk about that more below in the BOOKS WE’RE WATCHING section. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: MARVEL COMICS #1000 2019 D23 EXPO COLOR VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)

Most HOT convention books either drop or skyrocket. Apparently, this variant is following the latter with it getting its highest sale ever at $956 for a CGC 9.8. A raw copy typically sells for $225 to $300, though a copy went super cheap for $100 in a poorly timed auction. While we don’t track signed copies (for now), the VERY rare sketch version sold a CGC SS, signed by Humberto Ramo (artist of this cover), this week for $6,601!  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: NIGHTWING #1 DC UNIVERSE LOGO VARIANT (DC, 1996)

There are some rare and pricey DC Universe Logo Variants out there. We’ve mentioned these in our in-depth ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VARIANTS article. This Nightwing #1 is hard to find and happens to be one of those covers that sell well, especially if you can find a rare high-grade copy. This week a NM raw copy was listed and sold for $59.58. These DC logo variants are out there. When digging, make sure to pull the book out enough to check out the bottom box for that DC Universe logo. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: THE PUNISHER #1 NEWSSTAND VARIANT (MARVEL, 1986)

This awesome Mike Zeck cover hit an all-time high for this newsstand edition at $695 for a CGC 9.8. Raw copies sell for $30 to $40, with NM copies hitting as high as $55, which makes this a great book to look for in high grade. This newsstand sale also beats the direct edition’s 9.8 height of $499.99.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: STATIC #45 (DC, 1997)

Static (or Static X if you like) has a loyal and steady fan base. Static is due for some proper attention and would make one awesome show (NOT a quick hero appearance). Industry-wide, the last issue of a low print series can demand big $. This may just be the king, as this last issue at #45 sold two copies this week at $180 and $160 raw.  A rare CGC 9.8 sold in 2018 for $385. There are only 21 copies on the CGC census overall, and nine of them are 9.8’s. We would expect a 9.8 to sell for around $500+ today. So, add this to your hunt list! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: UNCANNY X-MEN #266 NEWSSTAND VERSION (MARVEL, 1990)

Our X-Men was the 90’s X-Men. We don’t remember a time when Gambit wasn’t a key member of the team. Between Jim Lee’s series, being a playable character in Marvel Vs. Capcom (“Kinetic Card!”) and the AMAZING animated show (that still holds up), Gambit is a big nostalgia character for us… and obviously many others. This newsstand version hit a huge $749.99 for a CGC 9.8, surpassing the last highest of $567. “The name is Gambit, remember it!”  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: VENOM: THE END #1 C2E2 CLAYTON CRAIN VIRGIN VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)

Love them or hate them, store variants produce some AMAZING covers by the industry’s hottest artists. Among the multitude always springs forth a big market winner. This VENOM: THE END is one of those. This sells for $200 raw when it was originally available for $40 from Scorpion Comics.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN #28 – STEAMPUNK VARIANT BY J.G. JONES (DC, 2014)

2014 is proving to be a year similar to 2011 where some amazing variants hit the market and have dried up over the years. In February 2014, DC released 1:25 Incentive variants, all with a Steampunk theme. It doesn’t take much guessing why this variant rose to the top, like today’s impressive $480 raw sale. Just for comparison, the highest sale ever belongs to a CGC 9.8 that sold for $500 in 2018. This variant is moving up! (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: MARVEL FANFARE #11 (MARVEL, 1983)

In the latest BLACK WIDOW trailer, the Iron Maiden mask (comic accurate btw) is briefly seen (blink and you miss it) in the background. She was rumored to be in the film over a year ago, which may have been confirmed in this trailer. Just in case this is right, we won’t go into any more… just in case this conversation turns spoilery. Regardless, his book jumped up a little with this new trailer hint. It’s still unknown IF the mask is worn, so this could end up not moving that much. Try and catch the mask at the 1:10 mark in the trailer. It’s super silvery… kind of like Dr. Doom’s mask.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: UNCANNY X-MEN #166 (MARVEL, 1983)

Lockheed, Kitty Pryde’s Dragon, is rumored to appear in the now delayed (again) NEW MUTANTS film. This film has had multiple hurdles to jump to make it to the big screen… more than most. However, we keep getting reason after reason to see this film… and yes, Lockheed is one for us. His first appearance in this issue is now trending at $15 to $20 raw.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING: UNCHARTED #1 (DC, 2011)

We’ve directly heard many of the details of Sony’s UNCHARTED film with Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, and we’re incredibly excited about it. All of you fellow UNCHARTED fans will be as well. Production begins on Monday, 3/15 (pending any pauses in the schedule due to the spread of the Coronavirus). This is a book you should be keeping an eye out for in the wild as it will most likely see a price bump as set leaks and trailers hit. It’s already a $25 book. Video game translations have almost never been a big seller for comic books, and this was no exception. While the print run was low, most of these issues faded into dollar boxes and back issues. So, while online is the best place to look for copies for now, when things calm down… go do some digging. Also, while you’re at it, keep a keen eye out for the Hughes variant. It’s exceptionally tough to find. It’s nowhere on-line and the last copy sold was on EBay on 1/29/20 for $225 raw. We expect that price to go up. Good luck!  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

WATCHING: BATMAN BEYOND #6 (DC, 1999)

Back when Harley Quinn’s first appearance in BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 REALLY took off in 2013, collectors started paying more attention to these frequently ignored “kid’s WB” comics. After Harley skyrocketed, collectors found LIVE WIRE in SUPERMAN ADVENTURES #5, with her first appearance in that issue selling for $60 raw at one point and $275 in a 9.8. Eyes then went to BATMAN BEYOND’s series and landed on INQUE, a favorite Venom like villainess from the cartoon whose first appearance is in this issue. This has been selling steadily for years now and continues to sell for $60 raw and even hit $430 in a 9.8 in 2019. So, take the time to flip through those dusty 90’s kid comics. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

COMIC BOOK KEY OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK:  AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238 CANADIAN PRICE VARIANT (MARVEL, 1983)

This first appearance of Hobgoblin is a big key collectible (especially if it still has its “Tattooz”). The Canadian Price variant is VERY hard to come by, especially in high condition. A rare CGC 9.8 sold this week for a massive $4,650. That was a crazy sale to see.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 


Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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