Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week we highlight some big sales for a few videogame based comics, call out a new Star Wars book that’s been trending, and show some love for the Marvel Zombies series. We hope you enjoy!
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: BATMAN BEYOND #1 (DC, 1999)
This first appearance of Batman Beyond is a book that shot up due to incorrect speculation and just never came back down, even the spec was quickly shot down. This book hit an all-new raw height with a huge $200 sale. That’s pretty crazy. Can’t imagine what it’ll do if we actually do see new Batman Beyond content.
SHAKER: BLADE: VAMPIRE HUNTER #1 – WHITE VARIANT (MARVEL, 1999)
In 1999, Marvel did a lot of these “white” background variants for their new re-launches. This Blade series was one of those. For years, this was mostly ignored. However, when Blade was announced for a new series on Disney+, folks started looking for his harder to find variants, like this. Although the series was canceled, it sure didn’t stop this variant as it sold for its highest price ever at $115 for a raw copy. It’s sales like this that tell me the after-market is doing just fine right now.
This classic “hanging” SOTI (*see SECRET DIARIES under KEY OF THE WEEK below for more on SOTI) cover had a big sale of $1,075 for a mid-grade (5.5) raw copy with 48 bids (lots of interest in this book), almost reaching our highest sale of $1,147 for a CGC 5.5. It’s interesting that a raw in the same grade can sell for the same amount as a slabbed copy. We assume buyers are crossing their fingers that they can get a higher grade if they submit it to a grading company (like CGC) directly.
SHAKER: GARGOYLES #1 (MARVEL, 1995)
With lower budgets in mind, we tried to find cheaper books that may not pay the mortgage, but are worth grabbing when you see them. As we mention often, 90’s nostalgia is driving comics that have been passed over in 25 cent bins for decades. This first appearance of the very popular GARGOYLES animated show is a book that sells for $20+, like with this week’s raw sale of $22.95. Also, check out the scarce last issue of the series, issue #11. This can hit up to $40 pretty easily.
SHAKER: JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #1 1ST MOON KNIGHT HOMAGE VARIANT (ARCHIE, 2017)
There are A TON of store variants today. While it can be overwhelming to keep track, some definitely rise to the top of hot variants. This is one of them. This was a Stadium Comics exclusive back in 2017 and was limited to 500 copies. It’s amazing at how fast 500 copies can dry up as this one has. It’s tough to find a copy and when it does come up, they’re selling for higher and higher amounts. This week we tracked its highest raw sale at $95. The highest sale belongs to a CGC 9.2 for $179.99. Do you have one? There are none listed, so the market is all yours.
This classic PCH cover is categorized as an “Eye Injury” cover. Like bondage, good girl, skeleton, decapitation, etc. PCH had all types of different classifications. This hard to find book had its biggest raw sale on our site at $1,802 for GOOD (2.0) condition copy. PCH books are still some of the best investment books… if you can find them.
This hard to find mail-away variant is… well… hard to find. It keeps selling for a magical $179.99. Gaming based comics are BIG sellers these days. Most of them were thrown away or disregarded by 90’s collectors. Today, nostalgia is driving prices up for the scarce copies that pop up.
Continuing with lower budgets in mind, this first appearance of Knuckles in this issue is trending with its most recent raw sale of $30. With the success of the SONIC film, maybe we’ll get a second film and see Knuckles or Tails.
SHAKER: SPAWN #199 (IMAGE, 2009)
Over the past years, Spawn books have boomed in the aftermarket. This is one that’s been quietly and slowly climbing. It sold for $41 raw. Issues 151 to 260 are considered the low print issues to pay attention to.
One of the last incentive variants for a little while made a big jump up from $35 to $105. There have only been a few sales listed. Those $35 sales were from MyComicShop and there’s a current auction already over $130 for this hard to find variant.
RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS
RUMORED/OPTIONED: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #124 (MARVEL, 1973)
Rumors are swirling that the next Sony solo film may be a solo Man-Wolf film (whose first appearance is in this issue). While we doubt this specific point, we do think it could be likely for Man-Wolf to appear in the next Spidey film.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN #1 (MARVEL, 2015)
The Star Wars character Sabine Wren is rumored to also appear alongside Ashoka in Season 2 of the Mandalorian. Her first appearance is in KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN #1. The variant for issue 1 has seen the biggest jump from $13 pre-rumor to now $50.
WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES
WATCHING: STAR WARS LEGACY #1 WONDERCON VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2013)
Dark Horse Star Wars titles are booming right now. Between the Mandalorian, Knights of the Old Republic and The High Republic, first appearances are hot, hot hot! This particular STAR WARS LEGACY issue features the first appearance of Ania Solo, a distant descendant of Han and Leia. We’re not sure WHERE this falls in all the various content, but we do know that this 2013 Wondercon variant (limited to 1,000 copies), with Ania on the cover, is now selling for $100.
Marvel Zombies is set to appear on DISNEY+’s WHAT IF? Series. If you haven’t seen images of the early animation, it truly looks fantastic (actual image from the episode below). This series was a game-changer at the time and was truly awesome and one of our favorite reads of all time (specifically this specific Ult. FF original storyline and first Marvel Zombies series). This early buzz is enough to start moving copies of their first appearance in this issue. It had its highest sale ever at $399.99 for a CGC 9.8, which blows the last highest of $255 in August out of the water. Raw copies still sell below $10, so this is a perfect book to pick up while waiting for new releases to come back. Look for those NM copies, they’re out there. And if you haven’t read this series, call/email your LCS and see if they can mail or do curb-side pick up for a copy. You will love it.
With that said, the first MARVEL ZOMBIES series is also seeing some gains. Despite his reportedly notorious convention behavior, Arthur Suydan made some absolutely gorgeous art for this series. It was the series that you wanted to collect every cover for. The MARVEL ZOMBIES #1 – 2ND PRINT variant is one of those for McFarlane’s VERY homaged Spider-Man #1 cover. A raw copy of that cover sold for $45 this week, which is about where it was when it came out. Keep in mind that this is JUST one episode of WHAT IF. However, we feel that it might kick-off new attention. Ones to WATCH for sure!
KEY COMIC BOOK OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: SECRET DIARIES #29 (ST. JOHN 1955)
This classic Matt Baker cover (AKA – the king of romance covers) was noted as the first comic code approved issue. It had its highest sale that we’ve tracked of $481.79 for a CGC 4.0. It’s a hard book to find. Only 2 copies have sold in the past two years. After all the crazy PCH covers, the SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT aka SOTI (a 1954 book by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, who warned that comic books would lead to juvenile delinquency… we chatted about it back in our 1/10/20 newsletter) changed everything for comics, leading publishers to offer tamer comics like this issue of SECRET DIARIES. Just compare it to MISTER MYSTERY #12 above. The tone shift from “eye injury” to “kissing teens” is pretty drastic. This is a great book for comic book historians.
Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]
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