WEEK IN REVIEW

April 10th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter!  This week we talk about Cyberfrogs, nostalgic Dragons and some fun updates on some comics that were optioned. This one’s a fun one, enjoy!

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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 sweet Shaker List here.

 

SHAKER: AKIRA #36 (MARVEL, 1995)

This was an interesting sale this week. While not the first or last issue, its the third-to-last issue and is pretty difficult to find. It sells for $30 on average, with high-grade copies selling for $60. With high grades being so hard to find, it had its highest sale ever at $324.99 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL #45 GREG HORN 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)

This is easily one of our favorite Deadpool covers. While it’s a homage to Ultimate Spider-Man 1, it’s still VERY well done by the great Greg Horn. This awesome cover had its highest sale ever at $719.99 for a CGC 9.8 last week.

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SHAKER: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #1 – NEWSSTAND EDITION (MARVEL, 1982)

G.I. Joe books have been moving lately. This newsstand version of the first issue not only had its highest sale ever at $592.82 for a CGC 9.8, but that’s also more than the highest sale the direct edition has had at $399.99 for a 9.8. 

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SHAKER: CYBERFROG #1 (HALL OF HEROES, 1994)

Artist/ Creator, Ethan Van Scriver made waves on social media over the past couple years. His creator owned CYBERFROG has really become an expensive book. The first issue hit $159.99 this week for a VF/NM copy. The highest sale ever went for $750 for a CGC 9.8 in January 2019.

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SHAKER: MAXIMUM CARNAGE #1 ACCLAIM EXCLUSIVE (MARVEL, 1994)

With continued anticipation for Carnage to appear in VENOM 2, this rare Maximum Carnage Activision book had a $750 sale for a “high grade” raw. This is about $50 shy of the highest raw sale a few months ago at $800. We thought this book was going nuts when it hit $100. 

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SHAKER: SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #1 CONVENTION VARIANT (DC, 2016)

Often, variants will simply dry up in the marketplace and disappear for months to years. Then, when it reappears for sale, it often will sell for a hefty price. This was the case for this SCOOBY APOCALYPSE convention variant. These are typically not rare. DC often has high print runs on their convention books, but this variant is nowhere to be seen. Hence, this week’s NM raw sale of $151 significantly beating the only other sale we’ve tracked at $30. Was this a one-off sale? We’ll have to see. Regardless, if you have one, the market is yours. 

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SHAKER: SPAWN #237 MCFARLANE TRADESMART VARIANT (IMAGE, 2013)

Yeah, we know… more Spawn… but man, there’s a new Spawn book jumping in price every month. It looks like it’s this variant’s turn. This purple Tradesmart (an emporium for new & used toys, books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl, board games, video games & more) version of McFarlane’s violet standard cover used to sell for $30 typically. Then it started selling for $80 raw and then $175 raw this week. A few days later a 9.8 sold for $224.50, greatly surpassing the last 9.8 sale in May 2019 for $89.99.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN #1 CGI VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)

As we mentioned in previous newsletters, this issue is packed full of first appearances. One of those first appearances belongs to Sabine Wren, who’s been rumored to appear in the Mandalorian season 2. Whether or not she does, the likelihood of one of the others is high. This CGI variant typically sells cheap compared to the other variants. However, this week a 9.8 sold for $240.

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SHAKER: X-MEN #205 J. SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT (MARVEL, 2008)

The first appearance of Hope Summers in this issue has been hot before. Raw prices once jumped and then settled back down. Today this variant had a new bump upwards at $282.50 for a 9.8. We’re not sure why the sudden movement, but it’s there. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: DRAGON’S LAIR #1 (CROSSGEN, 2003)

With our month-end report last week, we weren’t able to report on the recent news of Ryan Reynolds in negotiation for the live-action feature adaptation of the 80’s hit arcade game DRAGON’S LAIR for Netflix. As fans of the original (yet, impossible quarter guzzling) arcade game, we can’t wait for this. This saw one sudden jump to $35 raw and now to $130 for a NM raw copy this week. This book is VERY hard to find on-line. While we don’t have the option to dig through back issues and convention long boxes (*stupid COVID-19), these are out there… they’re just not coming out until the world goes back to normal. Also, try looking for the Graham Crackers variant for this… it’s very hard to find.

If you want a take a trip to nostalgia-land, you can watch the full playthrough of the game here.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: VENOM #3 (MARVEL, 2018)

There have been recent unconfirmed rumors of Knull (who’s first is in this issue) potentially appearing in either VENOM 2 or a future film. This rumor, while a stretch, has lit a small fire under this book. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SWEET TOOTH #1 (DC, 2009)

Fans love Jeff Lemire and are highly anticipating this upcoming project picked up by Robert Downey Jr.’s production company over a year ago. There are rumors that this is currently in post-production with Netflix. This book cost $1 when it came out and currently sells for $20. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: X-O MANOWAR #1 (Valiant, 1992)

With the bad timing and poor box office of Bloodshot, the fate of Harbinger (now at Paramount) has been in question. However, John Cena tweeted images of the X-O with no blurb… giving renewed hope to Valiant fans. This helped a raw hit $56 when it typically sells for $15. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #118 (MARVEL, 1994)

At this point, MOST iterations of alternate Spider-Men/Women have seen decent to impressive jumps in value. With or without content, Spider-Man is one of the most consistent and steady risers. However, content just completely skyrocket values into that impressive realm for the like of Spider-Man Noir, Sp//dr, Spider-Ham, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, etc. These are pretty expensive books compared to what they were 3 years ago. Web of Spider-Man #118 features another beloved alt. Spidey: Scarlet Spider aka Ben Reily. While 9.8 values have dropped a bit over the past couple of years, raw prices are pretty consistent at $30 and seem to be on the rise. While there’s no guarantee when and where Scarlet will show up, the second he does… this will see big jumps. For now, we watch and pick up cheap copies when we see them. 

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KEY COMIC BOOK  OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: MENACE #9 (ATLAS, 1954)

This book doesn’t show up often, and has seen reasonable sales in the past. With one of the earliest mentions of the phrase “The Walking Dead” on the cover, this has become a sought out book among both PCH and Kirkman’s “The Walking Dead” collectors. This week had its highest sale on our site at $1,224.09 for a CGC 7.0.

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Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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