WEEK IN REVIEW

April 3rd, 2020

If you’re a comic collector/speculator you see A LOT of comics each year. With all the hype around new characters, content, and rumors it’s hard not to jump on every single thing that comes out. One of our goals at CovrPrice is to make you the best collector you can be and what better way to do that than to look back and ask “whatever happened to those comics?”

Well, with ALL the sales data CovrPrice collects, you don’t have to wonder. It’s time for another look back at how the hot comics in March of 2019 stood up against the test of time. Let’s jump in!

 

VARIANT – COMIC BOOK VALUES

 

 

IMMORTAL HULK #2 ZAFFINO 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2018) 

Immortal Hulk didn’t show any sign of slowing down last year. Prices were up for all issues. AVENGERS #684, landed in 3 of the 4 weeks for our TOP 10 last year when CGC officially dubbed it as the official first appearance of IMMORTAL HULK with a high sale of $300 for a CGC 9.8.  Sales were crazy for almost every issue of the IMMORTAL HULK run. IMMORTAL HULK #2 issue, featuring the first appearance of Dr. Frye, was the most valuable hitting $385 for a CGC 9.8 and raw copies flying at $100+ each. Of course, this meant an even higher value for this 1:25 variant, which sold raw for $250. However, on 4/5/19, it had its highest sale at $999.99 for a CGC 9.8. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: While the Immortal Hulk series continues on, much of the steam around the series has settled. Raw #684s sell for $20-$30, and $95 in a 9.8. The 1:25 variant for issue #2 sells now for $400 in 9.8 and the standard cover sells for $250. What’s interesting are the raw values. The standard dropped reasonably to $70 and the variant down to $150/$200. These are actually pretty decent market drops one year later. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Those that bought at the height lost money. Like we see with Punchline today, it’s hard to miss out on a hot series and it’s tempting to overbuy. If you can wait, EVEN if there’s rumored content, wait a bit. Prices will fall. 

BONUS: One book you should pay attention to is issue #2’s Del’Otto 5th print, man is that one good looking cover. We can see that drying up over the next few years. 

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LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVELd #3 1:100 Quesada Virgin Variant (Marvel, 2018)

Leading into the CAPTAIN MARVEL film (which feels like YEARS ago), Captain Marvel books were up across the board. Having such buzz off of her solo release film AND leading into AVENGERS: ENDGAME was fantastic for market value retention. This 1:100 crept up slowly until it hit its highest sale ever for a CGC 9.8 at $650. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: We’ll get into a little bit more with CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 in KEY CLASSICS below, but man, did this drop. A CGC 9.8 of this virgin variant sold for $150. Ouch. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Be wary of buying into variants (or any book) that spikes around content releases. While this book took a bit to drop after AVENGERS ENDGAME, most CAPTAIN MARVEL books have just tanked in value.

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RED SHE-HULK #59 1:50 Luke Ross Variant (Marvel, 2012)

This one has been a hard-to-find variant for a while now. In fact, most of the variants in this Red She-Hulk run are all quite valuable. This particular variant had its highest raw sale ever at $215 last year. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: That raw price remains the highest sold price. In fact, CGC 9.8’s sold for less at $177. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Sometimes a hard to find variant pops up after a dry spell and sells for a premium like this. When a book has a high sale, it tends to draw out more copies and thereby lowers the price with the additional competition. Regardless, we love this cover, yet it took us way longer than we care to admit that this was a homage to one of our favorite comic heroes AND comic creators, The Rocketeer & Dave Stevens. This specifically homages THE ROCKETEER ADVENTURE MAGAZINE #1, which makes us love this variant even more now. 

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SPAWN #189 B&W Variant (Image, 2009)

We’ve mentioned time and time again that Spawn variants are highly sought after. Well, this one sold last year at a huge $975 for a CGC 9.6, which is a huge jump from the previous CGC 9.6 sale from 9/18 for $575. The highest sale ever goes to a 9.8 that sold on 8/18 for $1,700. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Well, the last 9.8 sold for $900, which is almost HALF of the highest sale and $75 less than that 9.6 sold for last year. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Spawn collectors have A LOT of books to choose from. When a book like this hits such high prices, it’s hard for your average collector to even consider buying one. Savvy collectors wait for desperate sellers (after listing it too high to then have it sit for months) to drop the price and then grab it at a significant discount. Deals are out there, you just have to be patient and vigilant. 

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SPAWN #222 Kudranski Variant (Image, 2012)

This is a unicorn of variants… yet it seems to appear more often than it used to. Last year, this sold a raw copy for a massive $1,799, which remains the highest price ever for this book. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: A raw copy recently sold for $988 (in January) and $1,050 for a CGC 9.8. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: That raw price was REALLY high. It was a high grade raw during a dry spell for this variant. This is one of those books that sells a copy once a month and then disappears for months at a time. For example, leading up to the $1,799 sale, it had been 10 months since a copy was listed. An excited collector most likely jumped at the chance to buy one. Sales disappear on sites like eBay after a couple of months. So, If collectors aren’t using our site to check BOTH raw & graded, they also don’t have a former price to reference. That’s right, our advice is to use COVRPRICE. Sorry, shameless plug, but it’s true!

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SPIDER-WOMAN #3 1:25 Forbes Variant (Marvel, 2015) 

This variant had a big sale last year at $65 and seemed primed to make a big jump…. Wait for it…

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: … it didn’t. Sales fell back down to as low as $10. However, the most recent NM+ raw sale went for $30.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Like with Spawn #222, sometimes some variants gain value JUST because there aren’t any other copies listed. This is absolutely the case for this variant. 

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TEEN TITANS #75 Adam Hughes 1:25 Variant (DC, 2009)

This has been one of the most sought after modern variants. Adam Hughes has a huge fanbase and this is easily a variant that alludes most. Last year’s NM+ raw sale of $635 was notable when you look at the last CGC 9.8 sale in 11/18 for $750. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: This is one of those books where collectors want those raw copies. A raw copy last sold in Oct. 2019 for $500, while a 9.6 sold for $400 this past February. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: High-grade raws will often sell for a premium. Fans/collectors like to get popular artists like Adam Hughes to sign their copy and submit it for a signature series. However, they want to make sure they at least start with the best copy they can find. 

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UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #42 – 1:25 Martin Variant (Marvel, 2019)

This was one of the hottest variants of the month last year. The 1:25 Marcos Martin Variant was impossible to find. Not many stores order many copies of Squirrel Girl and it hit over $100. This one was definitely a surprise winner. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: We have to admit, we forgot ALL about this variant. However, we were as surprised then as now to see that it sells for $50 (and sometimes $70). Not bad at all!

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Whether or not you like Squirrel Girl, she has a big fan base. She doesn’t get many variants. When she does get one so late in her series, stores are simply not ordering enough to get those variants. Hence, the price went and still holds today at double ratio. 

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VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #1 BLACK ERROR VARIANT (Marvel, 1993)

This time last year, this rare error variant had the largest raw sale ever at $1,514 (highest sale ever was a CGC 9.8 at $9,600). This error happens all the time, but most never make it out of the printer. Somehow, several of these did. These foil variants require several processes and printing layers to create the foil effect. Often, the ink will run out during these processes and cause copies to miss some of these final layers. This obviously happened to multiple issues that didn’t get that final red foil layer and thereby creating one of the most desired comic “variants”, even if they didn’t intend for it to be one. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: This rare variant went up in price with a raw sale recently selling for $1,775.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Error books are gaining in popularity. They are rare and are drying up into collections. These are accidents, so print runs are impossible to pin down. For some of these books, prices seem to just increase year after year.

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KEY CLASSIC – COMIC BOOK VALUES

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #301 (Marvel, 1988)

Last year, with the VENOM film, this was a book that popped up frequently in our HOT list. It’s often overlooked thanks to the heat of #300, featuring the first full appearance of Venom. Due to the all-white cover, this classic is very hard to find in high grades and therefore commands significant premiums, with CGC 9.8 sales ranging from $1,200 to $1,900. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Raw prices continue to hold. However, graded prices have dropped for this, with two 9.8s recently selling. One was a CGC 9.8 at $910 and another was PGX 9.8 at $547. That’s a pretty big price difference in slab companies.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: While raw prices hold, slabbing still brings in significantly more value to your books. This book in NM can sell for $75 raw… yet, as mentioned above, almost $1k for a 9.8. There is a sharp drop down to a 9.6, which sold recently for $145. So, getting good at grading is important to determine if it’s worth slabbing. 

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BLACK CAT MYSTERY #50 (Harvey, 1954) 

We’ve highlighted golden age pre-code horror books before. However, this is one of the “kings” of pre-code books. Collectors love the graphic, over-the-top art that you just don’t see anymore (thanks comics code!). A raw copy last year sold for a huge $3,250. For comparison, that’s about the going price for a CGC 4.0. In 2/19, a CGC 8.0 sold for $10,800.

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Yep, prices went up with a raw sale hitting $4,192 and a CGC 1.0 sold for a huge $3K. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN:  Pre-code Horror books are seeing some of the largest surges in values right now. Once these hit collections, they don’t often come out. With the wild fluctuations that content-based books have, if you have the cash, investing in key PCH books like these are some of the best investment books out there. 

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THE CROW #1 (Caliber Press, 1989) 

The poor Crow has had the hardest time in the world of content. It’s on-again/off-again content news creates a total yo-yo effect on market values. Yet, because of the constant dialogue, values rose for these first issues. Last year, a CGC 9.8 went for the highest sale (of late) for $2,150. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Prices went up… WAY up in fact… with a CGC 9.8 selling for $3,200. Raw prices vary greatly depending on condition. Prices are consistent with how it’s been selling for the last several years.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: The Crow has a big enough fan base that continues to push sales with or without content. However, content WILL eventually happen (we think TV content makes the most sense). But where and when is the big question. Regardless, fans continue to buy his first appearance (Caliber Presents #1, 1989) and the first issue for his solo series.  

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EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (Marvel, 2014) 

Even though it’s only been about 6 years since she first debuted, I think it’s safe to call this a classic key at this point. The first appearance of Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman aka Spider-Gwen aka Ghost-Spider is a big book. Her appearance in the Oscar-winning Animated Film, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE has (like Miles) cemented her as a Marvel mainstay character. With all this buzz, a CGC 9.8 sold for a new height last year at $514.99. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Just a few months later in July, this hit another new height with a CGC 9.8 selling for $649. This happened when there was an unconfirmed rumor swirling that Sony was developing a solo film. Nothing was ever confirmed, nor did the rumor take off. 9.8s typically sell for $500 today.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider is a character that’s only gaining popularity. Just the HINT of a film version caused a notable spike. Just imagine if that actually happens. In terms of the Spider-verse, she’s a character that many would love to see on a big screen. There’s still plenty of potential left in this book. Pick up those high-grade raw copies that typically sell for around $175!

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FANTASTIC FOUR #2 (Marvel, 1961) 

This one sold a raw copy last year for our highest price for $1,595. This issue features the first appearance of “The Skrulls”. Granted, you’re not going to find Fantastic Four #2 sitting at your LCS’s back issue bin. BUT, it could be on the wall or in the glass case. Most raw prices hovered in the $500 range, with higher condition copies selling for close to $1K. However, with the Skrulls taking a central role in MCU’s CAPTAIN MARVEL and expected to play large roles in the future MCU films, collectors are looking to invest in this issue.  

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Prices have pretty much held since last year. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: This is typical for plausible MCU rumors. They’ve already appeared, so it’s pretty much common sense that they’ll be more prevalent in the future. However, whether or not they become a more central storyline is what keeps collectors from pushing this book up further. 

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FOUR COLOR (DONALD DUCK) #62 (Dell, 1945) 

This is not a particularly easy comic to find, let alone in a decent grade. Seventy-four years for any book doesn’t promise perfection. Last year, a CGC 7.5 sold for $1,680, though raw copies often sell for around $130. It’s always worth considering grading any book like this in decent shape. Even a CGC 2.5 still sold for $350. Disney books are always pretty safe bets. I have a feeling that this “Disney” company is going to make it. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: This book had a few big sales. A CGC 7.5 sold this past August for $1,320 and an 8.5 for $3,600. Mid-grade raws saw some nice price bumps up to $225. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Steady as she goes. While Donald’s been out of the limelight for the past few decades, he’s a core Disney character that will continue to see increases in value. 

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MISTER MIRACLE #1 (DC, 1971)

This comic was trending last year thanks to rumors back in January 2019 about DC’s NEW GODS film focusing on Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Even with just the rumor, it was enough to make one buyer pull the trigger on the VERY elusive 9.8 from CGC for an incredible $4,250! Raw values averaged around $100. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: No new news has been released to confirm Mister Miracle & Big Barda. Raw prices have dropped to $50 and another 9.8 hit the market in October for $3,800.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Always be wary of rumors. Even if they end up being true, they often take months to years for the final confirmation. Prices tend to drop within 3 months of rumors, which is a great time to pick up copies. Mister Miracle is a great character that we’d love to see hit the big screen. 

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MS. MARVEL #1 (Marvel, 1977)

Ms. Marvel was flying high last year! Leading into her MCU solo film, Carol Danver’s first appearance as Ms.Marvel landed on several weeks of our TOP 10. CGC 9.8s were hitting $2K+ and mid-grade raws were getting $100+.

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Wow, did this book fall hard. 9.8s have fallen to $950 and mid-grade raws down to $30 to $50. This is a far cry from the height of a 9.8 upon Captain Marvel’s MCU confirmation in 2018 with a huge sale of $3,950. A $3K drop is pretty sharp. This brings 9.8 values down below even rumors of her introduction of the MCU. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: This book is a strange one. There are PLENTY of plans for Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel. So why the huge drop? Listening to various comic chatter, many core-comic fans specifically dislike Brie as Captain Marvel. Is this enough for a book to drop? We’re not sure. It could also just be the lull post Endgame. We’re curious to see if sales jump back up as we get closer to CAPTAIN MARVEL 2. We think it’ll go back up a bit. With prices so low, now’s a great time to buy this one.

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MS. MARVEL #1 (Marvel, 2014)

Switching over to the OTHER Ms. Marvel, Kamala Kahn and her first solo series. Collectors focus heavily on her first appearances in Captain Marvel #14 and  #17 (2nd print). However, as we highlighted last year, many did not notice that her solo series was at one of the lowest price points it has ever been. At one point, this was a $100 raw book. Last year, it sold for $30 and CGC 9.8’s at $130. When fans realize that Captain Marvel #17 2nd print is too pricey, they’ll turn to this book.

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Well, it looks like we were a bit right on this one. 9.8’s are at $160 and raws are at $50.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Like we’ve seen with characters like Moon Knight, once collectors get priced out of buying into a first appearance, they’ll turn to the next more affordable key issue, like the first issue to a solo series. While this will never be a $1K book, it should continue to see small bumps as it did over the past year. 

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THE TRANSFORMERS #1 (Marvel, 1984)

A CGC 9.8 (1984) had it’s highest sale ever last year for a CGC 9.8 at $566. Transformers was one of the biggest 80’s properties and these most likely ended up into the hands of the kids/fans who grew up with it. Therefore, NM copies are few and far between. Paramount’s renewed plans for Transformers movies have also helped drive up demand. Even raw copies saw spikes from $20 to $50. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Just a few months later in May this hit a new height for a CGC 9.8 at $995. Higher grade raws are now selling for $50 to $70. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Nostalgia is running strong these days. If it was popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s, it may be time to start picking up key titles like Transformers (*cough* Thundercats *cough*). 

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CONTENT DRIVEN – COMIC BOOK VALUES

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654 (Marvel, 2011) 

Various websites reported rumors of an Agent Venom TV Show in development at Sony Pictures. Amazing Spider-Man #654 is the first appearance of Flash Thompson as Venom. The first print sold for $28 raw and $249.99 in 9.8. The 2nd print was the priciest at $170 raw and sold a 9.8 for $1,020. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: One year later and no new news about an Agent Venom show. Not even a whisper. With the whole Marvel v. Sony Spider-Man rights fight a few months ago, who knows where everything lies now. With no news, this book has fallen. 9.8s sell for $400 and raws sell for $50-60 for NM- and $100 in NM+. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Again, upon rumor news, wait a few months and prices will settle down. Now is a great time to pick this book up. Agent Venom is a fun character and has a big fan base. It’s hard to see film content for Agent Venom, but TV is still a possibility. 

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ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #26 (Marvel, 2013)

The Ultimate version of Taskmaster. Raw sales hit as high as $93! Both issues hit our Top 10 multiple times in March 2019. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Prices have come down a bit on Avengers #196, with a 9.8 recently selling for $869.99 and raws around $75. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #26 fell in raw prices to the current $10. However, a CGC 9.8 sold for $395 in September 2019. So, at least one buyer felt confident in this being the Ultimate version. Honestly, the costume looks like it falls somewhere in between. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: With BLACK WIDOW now delayed, we wonder if this will hurt or hold prices until the new release is set. There’s still potential in this book. If Marvel is smart, Taskmaster will stick around for a bit. He’s a fun villain that we would love to see show up in FALCON & THE WINTER SOLDIER. 

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AVENGERS FOREVER #1 (Marvel, 1998) 

This book was hot throughout March due to rumors of this issue and overall storyline having a connection to AVENGERS: ENDGAME plot. Script leads pointed to a heavy time travel plot that featured Kang the Conqueror, which this series contains. It hit a height of $23.95 for a raw copy. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Prices fell pretty quickly for this book. While the rumor got part of the plot right (heavy time travel), the Kang connection was completely off. Today, this sells for $2. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Take plot rumors with a grain of salt. This was hot for a minute and then crashed. It turns out that AVENGERS #12 had more to do with ENDGAME with moments from the film ripped right from the pages. That book hit $135 at its height and now sells for about $10. So even when it’s close to the actual storyline, plot-based heat is typically a poor investment. 

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DANGER GIRL Preview (Image, 1997)

Multiple sites reported that Director, Jeff Wadlow, will direct the “Danger Girl” comic book adaptation for Constantin Film. The DANGER GIRL Preview, which includes the entire team’s first appearance (including Abby Chase) sold for $20, the American Entertainment variant for $25, and the Gold Foil American Entertainment variant for $100. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: There hasn’t been a single peep of a DANGER GIRL film. The last we heard, the Producer and Campbell’s team had a big falling out. However, there’s nothing concrete to speak of. Of course, with no new news, prices have dropped. The standard cover sells for $1, the American Ent. variant for $6 and the gold foil at $35. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: While this project may not be dead, no news can often have the same effect on a book. However, it’s important to remember that content development is a long process that can take years. While a book might be down, it’s still not out. 

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DETECTIVE COMICS #585 (DC, 1988) 

This is the first appearance of RATCATCHER, who was a new confirmed character for SUICIDE SQUAD 2 (Polka-Dot Man and Peacemaker were the other rumored characters). It hit our Top 10 and had a high sale of $25 for a raw copy. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: The film isn’t even out and this has dropped to $5. This was a quick one.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: SUICIDE SQUAD 1 was a perfect example of buying into an assembled film. Several of those firsts tanked long before the film came out, leaving speculators with a nice stack of minor keys (never forget SLIPKNOT). True, one of these new characters in SUICIDE SQUAD 2 might take off and become the next big thing… but probably not. 

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DOCTOR FATE #1 (DC, 2015) 

An online resource reported that DC has a Doctor Fate film in the works. They also speculated that it would focus on the Khalid Nassour incarnation of the character, whose first appearance is in this book. So, basically… A comic news site ran with a rumor and then created a new rumor upon that rumor. So, there you go. That was enough to move copies and drive prices up.

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Like we mentioned above, always tread carefully with news like this. There has been absolutely no new news and no confirmation of this rumor. We could see him appearing on a CW show before he hits the big screen. However, DC has been pretty quiet lately with the cinematic plans. There’s a big disconnect from films they’ve been releasing lately. With that said, the standard cover is selling below cover price, yet the variant is still selling well, with the last sale at $89. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: The variant threw us for a loop. Both covers should have fallen. It does look like the variant is VERY hard to find. Like we laid out above in the variant section, sometimes dried up books sell for a premium when they’re the only ones to hit the market. 

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PORT OF EARTH #1 (Image, 2017) 

Amazon & Skybound are developing this one for television for Amazon Studios. We’re big fans of Zack Kaplan. Most of his books have been optioned, but this is the first to have serious traction. Port of Earth has 4 significant books: The standard cover (went from $5 to $20), Cover B Variant ($5 to $20), NYCC 2017 Ashcan ($12 to $25) and the super rare 2018 Convention Sketch Variant, limited to 100 copies (only one sale of $40). The 2018 convention variant is hand-numbered as X of 100. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: We’re going to sound like a broken record here, but yes… here’s another one with no news since the announcement. However, Amazon has a pretty good track record for getting stuff made. Like THE BOYS, there was not much news about that either. Apparently the market feels the same as the standard cover sells for $15, the variant at $11, no new sales for the NYCC ashcan and $100 for the 2018 Convention Sketch. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Due to Amazon and Netflix’s track record of getting projects made, collectors feel a little more confident buying into it.

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THE UNTAMED: A SINNER’S PRAYER #1 (Stranger Comics, 2011)

The ASUNDA (NIOBE) SERIES & Stranger Comics announced a HBO development deal has OFFICIALLY been announced. Like Netflix & Amazon, HBO is also known for being VERY selective and having a track record for getting content out. The standard cover sold for a height of $90 and the 1:10 variant sold for $150 raw and $450 for a CGC 9.8. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: The standard cover hit a height of $200 raw and $424 for a CGC 9.8. It currently has fallen to $25. The 1:10 variant went for $699 in a 9.8 and $175 raw. Today, 9.8’s sell for $400 and raws actually went up to $188.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: The lack of news (again) hurt the overall market value. However, the hard to find variant continues to sell well. This is a BIG world to build, and collectors seem to have reserved faith that HBO will deliver. 

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THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY FCBD Edition (Dark Horse, 2007)

Last year this was selling incredibly well. However, this first appearance had its biggest sale last year at $540 for a CGC 9.8. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: That $540 sale remains the highest ever for this FCBD edition. 9.8s now sell for $140 and raws at $40.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Second seasons don’t typically see the big jumps the first series created. However, this was the series that changed how and when the market now buys books. Prices are so low right now, we can see at least a small bump up.

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YOUNG AVENGERS #1 (Marvel, 2005) 

While this issue has A WHOLE mess of first appearances, its FIRST spike in price was focused on Kate Bishop… who many thought was the girl firing arrows in the March ENDGAME trailer (we now know it wasn’t). This speculation that she was appearing in ENDGAME gave this a high sale of $350 for a CGC 9.8. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: This book spiked with a mistaken spec… which then became real in July with the announcement of Kate Bishop in the Disney+ Hawkeye series. Rumors of Hulking, Wiccan & Speed in other various Disney+ content has reignited this book with thoughts of Marvel building up to a YOUNG AVENGERS film/show. With that said, prices are holding since… well… it already spiked. 9.8s are currently trending at $220 and raws at $35.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Collectors have spent the year learning to not move on rumors. This book has settled until there’s a final confirmation of a Young Avengers team.

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NOTABLE MOVER & SHAKER – COMIC BOOK VALUES

 

BLK BOY FLY #1 (2017) 

This one sold a raw copy this time last year for $775. This self-published issue was sold during various conventions in 2017. The central character, Flyboy, is also the focus of fine artist Hebru Brantley. Hebru is a huge rising star in the art world and he uses Flyboy as the star of his sculptures, murals, and artwork (In real life). He has a massive presence in Chicago. This is the first appearance of Flyboy in comics and the first professional comic work for Hebru. Both comic fans and Hebru Brantley art fans are seeking this book out. Did we mention that this was limited to 100 copies? Yeah, hence the massive prices. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: The last sale was a CGC 9.4 at $600. Copies are VERY sparse. It’s been near 10 months since a copy has been listed. A 9.8 hit the market this week with an ask of $5K. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: This is a rare book that crosses both comics & art with a crazy low print run. There’s not much to learn here other than the reminder to take a chance on a small print book like this that only cost $25 originally. 

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DEADPOOL #10 (Marvel, 2019)

This was the first full appearance of a new villain GOOD KNIGHT. He was last March’s hot new character with a high sale of $17 for a raw copy. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: One year late, this sells for $7.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Like most new characters in the past 2 years, ALL have dropped in value. If you miss out, no stress… prices will come down. Well, unless there’s content announced… then stuff gets nuts. 

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DIE #1 (Image, 2018) 

This one was hitting huge market values for the limited to 800 copies virgin variant last year. A CGC 9.8 sold for an incredible $799.99 with NM raws selling for as high as $250. The first print also jumped to $20. This book was so hot that it had 5 printings! 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Raw values are still holding at $15, however, the last time a virgin cover sold was in September for $85 raw. There are several copies listed, most are still holding out for those high prices that happened a year ago. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: There was a ton of chatter and fanfare for this series… which seemed to just taper off over the past year. This series was primed to be “the next big book”, and it didn’t happen. The next issue was due out in May, so hopefully, that’ll happen. We’ll have to watch and see how this series progresses. 

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IMMORTAL HULK #14 (Marvel, 2019)

This one had a cliffhanger at the end of this issue leading many to believe that Red She-Hulk will be making a return in the next issue. This has sent her first appearance(s) market values to shoot up. It spiked her first cover in HULK #14 (2009) Ed McGuinness Red She-Hulk 1:10 variant: sold for $55 raw. Her 1st Cameo (last page reveal) in HULK #15 Standard, which went from $2 to $65 and the Ed McGuinness 1:15 Variant which went from $12 to $50. To then her 1st full appearance in HULK #16 Standard, which went from $1 to $14 and the Ed McGuinness 1:15 Variant which went from $25 to now $70.

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Flash forward one-year, we now know the character was Betty Ross… as Harpy. This made ALL the market values drop sharply to where they were before. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: While the cliffhanger led us to believe Red She-Hulk was back, we all gambled and lost on a writer’s surprise twist. It’s moments like these when we learn to not buy into comic plot speculation. With that said… there are Red Hulk MCU rumors. And IF that turns out to be true, Red She-Hulk isn’t too far behind. Might as well hold/buy since it’s pretty cheap right now. 

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OLD LADY HARLEY #5 (DC, 2019) 

This one was super hot this time last year, thanks to the first appearance of Harley & (Jeriatric) Joker’s son in this issue. In its best week, this issue sold 117 copies and had a high sale of $25 for a raw copy. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: The market value has dropped to $10 for a raw copy. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: All-new “Hot” characters of the past 2 years have all dropped in value. This was no different.

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RICK & MORTY #1 (Oni, 2015) 

This comic is a crazy expensive book that not many could have anticipated. Typically, comics based on animated shows are terrible market performers. However, this show just hits folks in the right spot, who then helped sell a NM+ raw copy for $475 and a CGC 9.8 for $1K. You can specifically thank COMIC BOOK MEN for lighting the fuse for this book (watch the clip: here). Literally, the next day after that aired, Rick & Morty #1 jumped to a $150 book and kept climbing while also sending the variants to insane levels. The 1:50 Roiland variant became one of the most valuable modern variants. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: 9.8s still sell for $1K (sometimes a little more, depending on if it’s on-season). Raw copies dipped to $200 ($300 for NM copies) thanks to a long break between seasons. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: The next 5 episodes of Season 4 debut this upcoming May. Then, future seasons have been mentioned to start rolling out regularly. Can this go higher as this show builds even more of an audience? 

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VENOM: SINNER TAKES ALL #3 (Marvel, 1995) 

This is the first appearance of Anne Weying as She-Venom. To quote Wikipedia: “In Venom #12, it is revealed that after bonding to Venom, she got mysteriously pregnant. After giving birth to Dylan, she left him to Eddie’s father, Carl, who raised Dylan as his own”. This led collectors to speculate on She-Venom’s return (who also briefly appeared in the VENOM film… and was probably this best part of the film). This hit our TOP 10 for several weeks and had a high sale of $285 for a CGC 9.8. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: People love Venom, so it’s no brainer that fans would love a “She-Venom”. This book still does decently and sells for $50 raw and $175 in a 9.8.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: She-Venom is great, but there’s not a lot of content out there for her to shine. Fans are intrigued by the character and want to see more. That $50 market price is just holding the line until something notable happens to either push it forward. 

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ZIGGY PIG: SILLY SEAL COMICS (2019) Secret “Poop” Variant (Marvel, 2019)

What a book to go out on. This title is one of the hardest sentences we’ve had to write in these newsletters. Secret variants are fun to hunt, but plenty of collectors turned to online sales for their copies. It hit the top spot in one of our March Top 10 lists when it sold 57 copies, had a 7-day trend of 725% and had a high sale of $37 for a raw copy. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Despite one decent raw sale at $36, previous copies sold mostly for $5 to $8. CGC 9.8s now sell for $35, a $1 less than it’s raw height one year ago. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Secret variants are fun to hunt. However, they don’t often go up in value. So, feel free to let one go if it’s too expensive. 

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Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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