WEEK IN REVIEW

April 24th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter!  This week we see a super rare international J. Scott Campbell Cover (that you probably didn’t know about), catch an all-new high sale for JTC’s Wolverine #1 and call out some fun optioned comics news.

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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: CANTO #1 (IDW, 2019)

Back in June 2019, this was one of the hottest books around stayed strong for months at a steady $25 to $30 raw. It was a new series that most readers seemed to enjoy. However, as time passes, sales slow and collectors move on. While the sales did slow for this book, market prices remained strong with high-grade raws still fetching $25 to $30. What’s significant about this book is how a 9.8 graded copy sold this week for $375, its highest sale yet. (It almost hit $300 a few times in the past 6 months) So, why the high price for a relatively low price raw? Well, it’s really hard to get a 9.8. On the CGC census, 130 copies have been graded on this first print. Only 59 have achieved the NM/MINT grade. If you can recall, this comic’s entire print run had significant flaws due to manufacturing. Most copies all have small dents in the spine. Pressing has helped many of these get to 9.8’s. If you have a high-grade copy, this is one of those books where grading is a must

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SHAKER: DARK HORSE PRESENTS #1 (#158 LEGACY) PAUL POPE ULTRA VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2011) 

Dark Horse Presents was relaunched in 2011. These 80-page square-bound comic books had 1:20 “ultra” incentive variants for the first four issues. If you recall, 2011 was a very low print run year that produced some of the hardest to find (and most expensive) variants ever. With a hefty $7.99 cover price, stores didn’t order 20 copies of this book to qualify for these variants. Hence, they are very hard to find. We’ve only tracked 3 sales for this variant in the past 3 years. This week was one of those rare sales with a raw copy selling for $100. Keep an eye out for the impossible to find Steranko Ultra Variant for issue #3 (with no 9.8’s and only TWO copies on the CGC census). We’ve never seen a copy… digitally or in-person.  Like the mighty Sasquatch, it’s elusive. 

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SHAKER: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARAÑA #157 (LA PRENSA, 1973)

Collectors are absolutely loving these Spanish alternate universe Spider-Man books. We chatted about these a while back about how Editora de Periodicos La Prensa decided to not kill off Gwen Stacey and wrote all new/original stories that featured her Married to Peter Parker. They’ve become highly collectible. Due to their age, they’re also very difficult to find in good condition. Take this week’s fair raw sale of $445. It’s pretty crazy at how much these can command in aftermarket sales.  

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SHAKER: JURASSIC PARK #1 JURASSIC PARK AMBERCHROME FOIL VARIANT (TOPPS, 1993)

This variant was limited to 7,500, which is higher than most independent titles. However, even with that high print run, this variant is tough to find and commands high market prices, like this week’s VF raw sale of $135. Variant print runs are a common topic these days. Many point to how store variants saturate the market with print runs ranging from 300 to 3000. This Jurassic Park variant proves that over time, these print runs can really dry up. Which is an interesting lens to look through when you think of how some variants these days have print runs as low as 50 copies! We can point to many convention variants that were released with 500 to 1500 copies and less than 10 years later are expensive due to a lack of copies available. It’s a fun game to think about which variants today will be 2025’s or 2030’s expensive books that have disappeared. 

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SHAKER: MOUSE GUARD #1 (ARCHAIA, 2006)

With last week’s BOOM/ NETFLIX announcement (Archaia is an imprint of Boom!), MOUSE GUARD was one of the titles to get a nice boost in sales this week with raw copies jumping to $200 and CGC 9.8’s to $430. This fantastic title was scrapped two weeks before production in April 2019 shortly after the Disney merger was finalized on 3/20/19. Just check out the test footage here to see what an amazingly gorgeous film this was going to be. Word is this is one of the titles LEAST likely to move forward… mostly due to the original team having moved on to new projects and the immense cost (that Disney didn’t even want to take on). Never say never. For now, collectors feel confident re-investing in this title with long-term hope. 

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SHAKER: NEW MUTANTS #8 ART ADAMS 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)

Here’s one of those magical 2011 low print incentive variants we spoke about above. We mentioned this back in our 9/9/19 newsletter. Check that out to see this variant’s sisters (one being AVENGERS: THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE #3 1:15 SCARLET WITCH VARIANT, which jumped up from $30 to $93 just a few weeks ago). This particular Adams cover hit a high sale of $200 raw. 9.8’s of this book are IMMENSELY difficult to find with one lonely 9.8 on CGC’s census. That could potentially hit $1K if one ever comes to market.

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SHAKER: RIFLEMAN #10 (DELL, 1962)

Yes, we’re immature and we still snicker at this unintentionally suggestively placed wood. Obviously, we’re not the only ones to find the humor in this as this highly collectible book commands top dollar specifically because of this middle school humor perception. I mean, there’s so much going on in this image. Regardless, this had a CGC 6.0 sell for $540 this week and was fun to see. 

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SHAKER: SPAWN #1 BEST BUY MINI-COMIC (IMAGE, 2007)

In 2007, you would have received this mini-comic as a free giveaway at Best Buy with the purchase of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn: The Animated Collection 4-Disc 10th Anniversary Signature Edition. This series was pretty fantastic. It’s dark, creepy, and totally nailed Spawn. However, this is a nice reminder of why you shouldn’t throw the freebies away. This mini Spawn #1 sold this week for $70 raw. Just a reminder, don’t hunt down the sealed copies of this DVD as these mini-comics were handed out separately upon purchase.

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN/BATMAN #8 ASPEN SDCC 2017 TURNER VIRGIN VARIANT (DC, 2017)

This is a book we’ve mentioned before. However, it keeps hitting new heights like this week’s raw sale of an all-new height of $255. This is a pretty big leap, even past the previous 9.8 sales. 

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SHAKER: WANGA 2015 FCBD PREVIEW (WANGA, 2015)

French publisher Wanga’s flagship character ULTRA-DUCK was featured in their 2015 FCBD preview, drawn by Mr. J. Scott Campbell. There are lots of Campbell collectors out there… and this is one of the toughest covers to obtain. This 6-1/4″ x 9-1/2″ comic is the first sale we’ve ever seen and it sold raw for $395. Any French collectors out there? All it takes is a big sale like this to draw out copies. By the way, why isn’t Ultra-Duck here in the states yet? It kind of sounds awesome. 

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SHAKER: TMNT #30 (MIRAGE, 2009)

We mentioned this hard to find book back in our October 14, 2019 Newsletter. To reiterate that post, this rare cover (along with issue #29) are two of the hardest to find Turtles books. Due to declining sales, this issue was the last of the series. Yes, there is an issue #31 & #32, which were printed years later in 2015. However. #29 and #30 both had a print run of 1,000 copies, for no other reason than declining sales. Today, #30 had its biggest raw sale ever for $350, which is quickly catching up to the biggest sale ever of $399 for a CGC 9.6.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #1 JTC C2E2 VARIANT (MARVEL 2020)

Usually, by now…3 months later, variants like this begin to show fatigue and dip. Nope, not this one. It just had its highest sale yet at $560 for a CGC 9.8. We absolutely love this cover and kind of wish it would come down a bit (so we could grab a copy)… but it’s great to see such a great artist and cover get so much attention and fanfare. 

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SHAKER: X-MEN #25 GOLD VARIANT (MARVEL, 1993)

If you read comics in the ’90s then you remember how big of a deal it was when Magneto ripped the adamantium out of every single pore of Wolverine. It was brutal and shocking… and it was also the first time you discovered that Wolverine’s claws were natural… but just bone (or at least it was the first we realized it). This was the rare variant we all wanted as kids but never even came close to one. Today, raw copies are mostly affordable. However, this week this variant had its highest sale ever on our site at $330 for a 9.8.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: FEMALE-DRIVEN STAR WARS PROJECT

Another announcement this week is a “Female-Focused ‘Star Wars’ Series From ‘Russian Doll’ Co-Creator in the Works at Disney Plus”. Per the article (click the link above), Insiders claim that this will take “place in a different part of the “Star Wars” timeline than other projects”… which eliminates characters around the timeframe of the MANDALORIAN & REY. We have our own theories, but collectors feel like this specifically means a potential Dr. Aphra series which is driving up prices of her first appearance in DARTH VADER #3. Dr. Aphra is a criminal archaeologist who is initially hired by Darth Vader to aid him in his war against the Republic. But overall… she’s complicated. Right now… sales are still consistent with what they were prior to this news, with a 9.8 hitting an all-new height at $400 at the beginning of the month. 

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: ONE-PUNCH MAN/ MY HERO ACADEMIA FCBD FLIPBOOK (VIZ MEDIA, 2016)

It was recently announced that Sony Pictures is developing a live-action film based on this manga, which is also Saitama aka ONE-PUNCH MAN’s first appearance. However, comic collectors tend to like their first appearances in floppy comic books, hence the immediate jump in price for this FCBD book featuring ONE-PUNCH MAN on one side and MY HERO ACADEMIA on the other. Sales recently hit as high as $65 for a book that cost below $10 last week. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: RUSSO BROTHERS CONTENT

This week, Joe Russo (of the Russo Brothers) updated Collider on the status of BATTLE OF THE PLANETS, MAGIC THE GATHERING and GRIMJACK.  Here are the updates: 

  • BATTLE OF THE PLANETS: Currently in “bible phase” for BATTLE as Joe states that this is “going to be our own story that we tell surrounding a group of genetically altered kids who are involved in a space war”. Basically this means that they’re laying all the groundwork before writing a script. So there’s PLENTY of time on their first appearance in the link above.
  • GRIMJACK: Being adapted for an Amazon series and “is currently in the script phase” and out to Amazon for notes. Grimjack’s first appearance is in STARSLAYER #10 and is seeing nice increases in price.
  • MAGIC THE GATHERING: Being developed as an animated series and is “also in the script phase.” However, the article indicates that since this is animation and requires longer prep-time, “we probably won’t see the series anytime soon”. MTG’s first comic book appearance is in this issue.

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COMICS THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING: VENOM #3 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 2018)

With loose content rumors swirling around Knull, his first cover appearance on this 3rd print has really jumped in value from $20/$30 raw last month to $100 today. This week, it had its highest sale yet with a CGC 9.8 at $250… and it seems like it’s primed to go even higher still. One to watch for sure!

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: BATMAN BEYOND #1 (DC, 1999)

With NO content, this book keeps breaking records with an all-new high of $607.77 for a CGC 9.8! Absolutely insane. We thought this book was hitting crazy heights when it hit $300 back in 2018. This is how much fans love BATMAN BEYOND. 

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Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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