WEEK IN REVIEW

March 20th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter!  This has been a crazy week in the world, fortunately, we have comics to offer a little escape. Speaking of escapes, this week we captured a big sale for a Spanish version of a PCH book, we chat about three of Batman’s problems and see some awesome news for Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, Ashoka Tano.

 

COVRPRICE SHAKERS

Every day CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker List calls out 50 comics with the highest sales value sold that day. Throughout the week we pull the more interesting ones and elaborate on them here. Check out our Shaker List here.

 

SHAKER: MISTERIOS DEL GATO NEGRO #21 (HARVEY, 1954)

BLACK CAT MYSTERY #50 is one of the most coveted PCH books in comics. Add in the fact that foreign variants are highly collectible lately, then you have a big hit with this VERY hard to find Spanish version of BLACK CAT MYSTERY #50. Technically, MISTERIOS DEL GATO NEGRO #21 has been sought after for years. This week’s VG raw sale of $1,358.33 is the first issue we’ve seen come to market in years. The next one will probably even sell for more.  (Find on eBay)

 

 

SHAKER: BATMAN #89 – ERROR EDITION (DC, 2020)

Well, the first 9.8 finally came to market, while this hit $380 raw last month, error collectors were disappointed that CGC is only giving this issue a qualified grade/green label of 9.8. This sold for $315, which is not bad. However, that green label is a known badge of dishonor among slab collectors. It’s unclear why this gets a green label when plenty of other error books with similar manufacturing errors don’t. While this book will hold its value, it definitely puts some limitations on the value getting higher… unless Punchline gets developed into WB content.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: SPAWN #216 (IMAGE, 2012)

With SPAWN #306 GUNSLINGER VARIANT hitting $23, we took a look at what other Spawn books were heating up this week. We landed on SPAWN #216. Last year, this issue featuring THE FREAK, was selling for $50 to $75 where it’s now selling for $100+. This standard color version even out-markets it’s sketch variant. The Freak’s first appearance was in SPAWN #33.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH #1 4TH PRINT (DC, 2016)

This issue is heating up along with all the Joker/Punchline storylines and more specifically the attention on the “three Jokers”, which will soon have its own 3-issue miniseries in June (which hopes to provide answers and probably bring up new questions). The three Jokers are on this hard to find 4th print cover making it skyrocket in price. 

With this new attention, raws are selling for around $125 (with one selling as high as $150). Wondering what’s going on here? Well, back in Justice League #50 when Batman took over the Morbius Chair, it was revealed to him that there were three different Jokers that he has fought over the years. This is the first reference of there being three Jokers (this issue also has lots more going for it: it’s the 1st full appearance of Jessica Cruz as Green Lantern and the 1st appearance of “Jason”, Wonder Woman’s twin brother). It is really intriguing and many have many speculating on WHO the various Jokers are (some early spec pointed at Watchmen’s Comedian). We can’t wait for June. We’re sure spoilers will start leaking over the next few months. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: STAR WAR: THE OLD REPUBLIC #1 VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2010)

It’s unclear what’s driving this book up in price. Since December 2019, this book has made small jumps to its current price of $35. With so much attention on THE OLD REPUBLIC and future content, many STAR WARS books are fair game right now. For what it’s worth, this issue is the first appearance of the Sith Lord, Darth Angral. Not sure when or how that will play in future content, but regardless, this book is trending.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

SHAKER: NIGHTWING #70 (DC, 2020)

This HOT book of the week is primed to land on our Top 10. It heated up to huge pre-sale prices of $50 and was instantly a book folks were scooping up on Wednesday morning. Well, Diamond is partially to blame here. In their solicitation for this book, they put “How many Nightwings does it take for one Joker to strike to get to the real one? Four Nightwings. And that’s not even the punchline – how will Ric interact with the Joker when he’s not quite sure which one of his two memories is the real one…and exactly how dangerous this clown standing before him is?” Intentional or not, that one use of the word “punchline” caused speculation to believe she was ALSO in this issue… potentially being her first FULL appearance. Nope. She’s not in this at all. This was realized pretty early Wednesday and prices started falling immediately. However, it still didn’t stop this book from moving 105 copies (not including sets) and STILL continues to sell for $15 (and the variant at $17). It’s always amazing at how fast big prices can bring attention to a book and then how much longer it takes for a correction to reach those same collectors.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS

RUMORED/OPTIONED:  STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS #1 (DARK HORSE, 2008)

It’s been reported that Rosario Dawson has been cast as Ashoka for Disney+’s MANDALORIAN season 2. This book is already pretty pricey. For those who held out, congrats… you win the week! The variant is about to get NUTS! Can it beat out last March’s highest sale of $748 for a CGC 9.8? Yes, we think it will hit $1K by next week. For more on Ashoka, this is a pretty good catch-up video(Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

 

WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING: STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS #1 (DARK HORSE, 2008)

Yep, same book. This is honestly the one book we’ll be watching with popcorn this next week… and we’re pretty exhausted after this crazy week (hence the lighter week). (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

KEY COMIC BOOK  OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: BATMAN #20 (DC, 1943)

The first appearance of the Batmobile had its highest raw sale at $1,200 this week. I WANT to make a “Vroom” sound… but that seems so underwhelming for Batman… even for Adam West’s Batman. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 


Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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