WEEK IN REVIEW

April 17th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter!  This week we see more Mandalorian rumors moving Star Wars comics, Boom! Studios’ first-look deal with Netflix opening the door for a ton of potential comic content, and this week’s interesting comics straight from CovrPrice’s Shakers list. There’s a lot of good stuff in this one!

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COVRPRICE COMIC BOOK 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: BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #3 RYAN SOOK 1:25 VARIANT (DC, 2010)

Except for a brief moment when folks thought Naomi had a connection to Black Lanterns, the big Blackest Night event didn’t retain much value over the past 10 years. However, this particular variant is a hard-to-find sought after variant that hit its highest raw price this week at $99. Last week, a CGC 9.8 went for $150… which now seems like a good deal.

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SHAKER: DAREDEVIL: END OF DAYS #3 DAVID MACK 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2012)

Like his ALIAS and DAREDEVIL runs, David Mack’s painted covers are gorgeous! This END OF DAYS variant has dried up and is now a pricey variant, as seen with this week’s new high $155 sale for a raw. The highest sale ever belongs to a CGC 9.8 for $355.

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SHAKER: DEADPOOL’S SECRET: SECRET WARS #2 – CHRIS BACHALO GWENPOOL 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)

Now, with the creation of Spider-Gwen came an onslaught of hybrid Gwen Stacy iterations. The first one after Edge of Spider-verse #2 came this mocking cover with the first “Gwenpool”. Of course, this ALSO took off and prices soared. While this book may not be on the top of collectors’ minds, it is still VERY consistent around $50. This week had a big sale at $158.29 for a NM+ raw copy. Granted, this is an outlier seller… but still… it’s a reminder that this book can command big prices. 

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SHAKER: CRY FOR DAWN #1 (CRY FOR DAWN, 1989)

If you collected in the 90s (or have dug through a 90s collection), then you knew who Dawn was. This character, created by the awesome Joseph Michael Linsner, walked the line between an independent and adult comic. Dawn’s overtly sexual art style was hard to… umm… not notice. This cult-favorite book has gained in popularity over the years as fans gain awareness with Linsner. Dawn’s first appearance had its biggest sale on COVRPRICE with a sale of $1,149 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: G.I. JOE: REAL AMERICAN HERO #25 (MARVEL, 1984)

This issue of G.I. Joe has been trending over the past week with increases for both raw prices and a CGC 9.8 selling for $237.85. This issue marks the first appearance of the villain, Zartan. Zartan has appeared throughout the cartoons, comics and past live-action films as a master of disguise who’s able to mimic other peoples’ mannerisms and characteristics. While there’s no recent news connected to this upwards trend, we have heard rumors of Zartan appearing in the new upcoming SNAKE EYES solo film. We’ll see. 

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SHAKER: HULK #19 DEADPOOL 1:200 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)

Back in 2011, high ratio variants like this 1:200 were not common like it is today. Having Deadpool on the cover REALLY drove up demand and made this a pricey variant right out the gate. However, this week we saw our highest sale for it at $760 for a CGC 9.8. This sale is also driven by this issue containing the first appearance of RED SHE-HULK (later revealed as Betty Brant). Fans loved this version of She-Hulk, making this a modern-day key. 

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SHAKER: SPAWN #229 B&W HULK HOMAGE VARIANT (IMAGE, 2013)

It’s impossible to not to talk about Spawn when his variants continue to make big leaps in price. His homage covers are highly sought after and have been all trending up. With raw prices around $150 for this, 9.8s were due for a price bump. Which happened this week with a CGC 9.8’s sale of $550. The last two 9.8s last month sold for $142 & $183… so this was a HULKING price jump. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN #1 PLUNKETT 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)

Rumors of Sabine Wren continue to circulate. While we wait for confirmation with a Season 2 trailer, this variant made a jump up to $64 raw.

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SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS / GHOSTBUSTERS #1 CRAIN VIRGIN VARIANT (IDW, 2019)

Making the Ghostbuster’s Ecto-1 a dormant Transformer is a fun idea, which translated to an enjoyable series. This run produced some fantastic variants, like this amazing limited to 300 copies Clayton Crain virgin variant from Scorpion Comics that both Transformers AND Ghostbusters fans should have in their collection. This variant had its highest sale at $124.99 raw.

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SHAKER: ZATANNA #5 BRIAN BOLLAND 1:10 VARIANT (DC, 2010)

Brian Bolland has created some amazing covers, especially for DC. He did variants for the first 6 issues of this Zatanna run, with issue #5 in the lead. This series is mostly know for Adam Hughes’ standard covers from issues #11, #13 – #16. However, Bolland’s covers are quickly catching up (if not surpassing). This week we saw it hit a high sale at $349.95 for a CGC 9.8… which is 5 cents below the highest sale of $350 for a 9.8 in June 2019. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BOOM! STUDIOS/ NETFLIX FIRST LOOK DEAL

With the Disney acquisition of Fox Studios, many asked about the status of Boom’s first-look deal with the now absorbed studio. Many projects like LUMBERJANES (which was in steady development) were up in the air. Well, that’s now been answered with this recently announced first-look deal at Netflix. While many point to series like BONE PARISH, ONCE & FUTURE, KILLADELPHIA, SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN, it’s impossible to know exactly what’s going to move forward with Netflix. It’s honestly best to wait it out and see what further announcements come. There are A LOT of great Boom! titles, so don’t burn out on buying everything. They mentioned that Netflix “will develop live-action and animated series”, so titles like FEATHERS, MECH CADET YU, RUINWORLD, WILD’S END could all make for great translations to content. Seriously, there are a TON to watch… so, take your time picking these up.

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK

It’s been announced that JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK is in development at HBO MAX with JJ Abrhams. If you remember, this was rumored back in January and pushed all JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK related issues to new price bumps. As with most rumors, the prices quickly came down. However, with this confirmation, we’ll now see many of these go up significantly. This New 52 series is rumored to be the team this series focuses on, though there are many firsts to chase (while most are pretty pricey). 

Happy hunting!

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #2 DAVID AJA VARIANT (MARVEL, 2017)

Another Mandalorian rumor is an appearance of Star Wars character Cad Bane, who’s 1st appearance is in this issue. Again, while nothing is confirmed, this variant saw big price jumps this week from it’s previous $20 to now $70.

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

There have been recent unconfirmed rumors of Knull appearing in either VENOM 2 or a future film. This rumor, while a stretch, has lit a small fire under this book… especially the 1:25 Molina variant, which is hitting $117 raw and $250 in a 9.8. Honestly, this is a good book to own with or without content… but we don’t recommend moving on it specifically for this rumor. 

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COMICS THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2 (MARVEL, 2012)

With talk of Knull driving Venom #3 sales, we look to this THOR book and the first appearance of the Necrosword and Gorr. The Necrosword is also the origin of the All-Black and direct connection to Knull. Content or no content, it feels like Marvel and Mr. Donnie Cates are building up a big symbiote event with Knull and Necrosword front and center. This is a $50 raw book now, with the Acuna 1:50 variant at $242.

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COMIC BOOK DEALS OF THE WEEK

DEAL OF THE WEEK: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE #1 – GABRIEL BA VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2007)

UMBRELLA ACADEMY is a huge hit for Netflix. A second season IS coming, which is why it’s a great time to pick this series back up. At the series height, this Gabriel Ba variant hit a height of $455 for a CGC 9.8 and $177 raw… which is why this week’s CGC 9.9 sale at $199.95 was a GREAT deal. 9.9s are incredibly tough to get these days (except for Batman Damned). Heck, a 9.8 also sold two weeks ago for $154. This was a fantastic buy. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: DAREDEVIL #168 NEWSSTAND EDITION (MARVEL, 1980)

9.8 newsstands for this one are VERY rare. It’s a downright miracle for a 40-year-old spinner rack book to get that rare 9.8 grade. This was a perfect example of the first 9.8 newsstand we’ve tracked of this first appearance of Elektra to hit an all-time high of $1,799.99. Sidenote: We’ve owned this book and have stared at this cover countless times… We just now notice that “Elektra” is misspelled on the cover (spelled “Elecktra”), maybe they were working out the bugs? 

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Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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