WEEK IN REVIEW

May 30th, 2020

Last May we saw a ton of comics (and comic spec) hit the scene. Whether it was “ceased and desist” orders stopping their sale, content rumors swirling about, or new characters making their first appearances, there was a lot of comic movement happening. So where are those comics now?

Our comic-loving team at CovrPrice like to take a look back and see how books from one year are doing now, so we can level-up our collective comic game. How can we do this you ask? Well, by the Power of Greyskull… er… I mean, CovrPrice, we literally gather almost a million real comic sales each year from multiple online marketplaces for our Raw and Graded comic book price guides. This waterfall of sales data gives us (and those of you who use CovrPrice *wink wink – sign up for your Free trial) one of the most accurate and up-to-date snapshots of the comic book aftermarket.

So let’s jump in and see how those comics a year-ago-this-month are doing!

 

VARIANT – COMIC BOOK VALUES

 

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO CORTEZ AND THE FRESHMAN FORCE: WHO DIS WONDER WOMAN VIRGIN VARIANT (DEVIL’S DUE, 2019) 

Last year this Alexandria Ocasio Cortez as Wonder Woman variant was purely driven by a cease & desist order from DC to Devil’s Due. The second that cease & desist order hit, this book became an instant hit with a high raw sale of $1,225. Other variants, such as the CONVENTION PREVIEW EDITION & WARRIOR VARIANT , also did well with high raw sales of $150. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: For a couple of months from Sept. to November, copies fell to as low as $202. It looked like the market heat was gone for the Wonder Woman variant. Then, raw copies bounced right back hitting a recent $499. Graded copies have yet to catch up as the last CGC 9.8 sold in March for $365. The other variants didn’t nearly hold as strong as the convention variant now sells for $10 and the warrior variant at $20. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: While the Wonder Woman variant still retains a value FAR greater then it would have without a cease & desist notice, it’s still worth 60% less than the highest price ever. This skyrocketed from $40 to $400, so there was no time to feel out the market. However, if you REALLY wanted it, waiting it out will have saved you a ton of money. While many might say this book has no long-term potential, Alexandria (whether you love her or hate her)  is growing in popularity… so who knows what her career potential is.

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 Humberto Ramos 1:10 Variant (Marvel, 2014)

Last year, a raw copy of this variant sold for $150. Word of a SILK TV show at Sony back in July 2018 brought this variant up from a $40 to a $150 raw book. During that time, CGC 9.8’s hit a high of $350, and a 9.9 even sold for $2,400. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: With perfect timing, the recent press release of Sony developing a JACKPOT film also mentioned that SILK was still in development. This reminder lit a new fire under both the first print and variant, getting the Ramos variant back up to $150 raw and $310 in a 9.8.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Spider-centric characters are great investments, especially key favorites like Silk, Miles, Gwen, 2099, Scarlet Spider, etc. Until we get final confirmation of content with Silk, she’ll continue to have these market fluctuations.

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 (2011) DELL’OTTO VARIANT

All hail the king of the modern variants! Many variants have come close to Spider #667, but this Gabriele Dell’Otto is really hard to touch. Last year’s RAW sale of 6,877.47 reminds us how unattainable this variant is. If you recall, a CGC 9.4 sold for $13,300 back in January 2019.  

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Just when we thought this book couldn’t get any higher, it then sells for $20,000 for a VERY rare CGC 9.8 this past February! 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: The old supply and demand are in play here. With such low inventory and A TON of Spider-Man collectors, this variant continues to increase in demand, hence how we’re now at a point where this book competes with low-grade copies of Spidey’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15!

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MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #4 1:50 Sienkiewicz Variant (Marvel, 2019)

This rare variant from the fan-favorite artist, Bill Sienkiewicz, was a surprise hit last May. It reached crazy amounts with a height of $425 raw. This variant had a high profile artist on an incentive that VERY few retailers could qualify for, which was the right amount of variant magic needed to make this a hit.  

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Well, despite having it’s highest sale ever at $1K for a CGC 9.8 in June 2019, prices have dropped significantly to about $175 raw and $350 for a 9.8.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: While some variants can keep hitting new heights (like SPIDER-MAN #667), most see it’s height in the first few months of release. This Sienkiewicz variant is one of these cases. This is a nice reminder to just wait a bit if you miss out on a variant that skyrockets out of your price range.

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MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 DAVE WILKINS 1:50 SKELETOR VARIANT (DC, 2012)

This super hard to find variant is one of our all-time favorites. We’ve never seen a 9.8 come to market, and we were in awe of one selling last May for $3,250. Raws were jumping every couple of months and hit a high of $800. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Wow, this hit a new height in July 2019 for $5,499.99! However, CGC 9.6 dropped from a height of $1,500 in 2018 to $575 this past March. Raw copies have also fallen, from that height of $800 to the most recent $178 for a VF/NM copy. Granted, NM copies will still sell for significantly more at around $600.

WHAT DID WE LEARN:  These mega-high prices brought a handful of copies to market, which ended up bringing the price down a bit. There are several 9.8’s now listed, all-around $1,500. It’s hard to call a book rare when there are multiple copies listed. With all that said, this IS a pretty rare book and still commands a premium… it’s just settled. We’ll have to see what happens when Netflix releases their MOTU content. 

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NOVA #15 DALE KEOWN 1:50 VARIANT (Marvel, 2014)

When characters are speculated on to appear in some form of content, most collectors will immediately search for their first appearance. When casual fans are priced out of that first appearance, many then search next for a rare or hard to find variant. Well, with this one you get a twofer. Both Beta Ray Bill and Nova grace the cover of this hard to find Dale Keown variant. Now keep in mind, this variant has sold for various prices depending on availability. It sold for as high as $145 back in May 2018 and then $16.76 two months later. Last year, we saw three copies sell: $89.99, $110, and finally a big jump to last May’s sale of $300. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Both Beta Ray Bill and Nova (Sam Alexander) news cooled off over the year, causing this variant to come back down to $90. With both characters having new rumors swirl, maybe this will bounce back up.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Buying variants based on content are some of the riskiest investments. They see the highest jumps in price, but they also see the sharpest falls. 

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SPAWN #297 FRANCESCO MATTINA DIAMOND RETAILER SUMMIT VARIANT (Image, 2019)

At the 2019 Diamond Retailer Summit, Mr. McFarlane laid out all the upcoming plans for the 300th issue. To celebrate and AGAIN thank retailers, he gave out this “RETAILERS ARE KING” variant for issue #297. We typically don’t track signed comics due to several factors. However, since the majority were all signed by Todd, we created a SIGNED and UNSIGNED spot for this on COVRPRICE. Signed copies were selling for $350 with UNSIGNED copies selling for $450, surpassing all the signed copy prices. That’s a reverse right? Well, collectors like to grade their variants and not all collectors like to have their books signed. As a result, unsigned copies will now sell for a premium. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: An unsigned copy hit that premium again, at $1,017 for a NM raw copy in June 2019. With a recent raw sale of $450, signed copies have also gone up a bit.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: First off, it’s Spawn. Collectors are willing to pay top dollar for hard to find Spawn Variants. Unsigned copies have proven to be quite rare and will continue to see an uptick in value. Keep that in mind when everyone else is getting their copy signed… sometimes it’s worth just saying no.

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SPIDER-GWEN #1 FOUR COLOR GRAILS VARIANT (Marvel, 2015)

While not as many as Venom, Spider-Gwen has a ton of variants. Her first solo series had 30 covers, and this was one of them. Four Color Grails was a new variant cover subscription service that launched in March 2015 and ended in August 2015. We don’t know why they fizzled out so fast, though our guess is a lack of subscriptions. A subscription business needs a lot of momentum going in and maintaining that momentum month after month is not easy. If you have a monthly subscription business that keeps buying new product that doesn’t move fast enough, your product piles up and your money (and dreams) disappear. It’s a tough business to be in as you HAVE to continue providing new books each month, despite previous slow months. Due to these lack of sales, their variants like Rick & Morty #1 and this Dale Keown variant for Spider-Gwen #1 have been immensely difficult to find. This Spider-Gwen #1 variant sold a raw copy last year at an all-time high for $110. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: One year later and sales are strong, with a recent raw copy selling for $176. There are 5 copies currently listed on eBay, two are raws with the lowest going for $300. While the Adam Hughes 1:100 variant is the front runner for this issue, this one is catching up quickly.  

WHAT DID WE LEARN: It’s simple, nice covers with a mix a rarity can command top dollar on the aftermarket. 

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SPIDER-WOMAN #1 MILO MANARA 1:50 VARIANT (Marvel, 2014)

If you can recall, back in 2014 there was a LOT of drama around this Milo Manara art as soon as this variant cover was revealed. Conversations ranged from how this was an over-eroticized depiction of women in comics, to the unnaturally contorted position Spider-Woman was in. The focus of these conversations went straight to her back-side, leading Marvel to respond with a “that’ll fix it”  solution by slapping the “Spider-Woman logo” right over her derriere. It somehow made it (hysterically) much worse with Marvel missing the main point of WHY it bothered many. For many years previous to this, Milo Manara had been creating erotica comics in Europe. In 2009, he penciled “X-Men: Ragazze in fuga”, a very hard to find Italian comic featuring his take on the X-Women, which was later reprinted in 2010 into the popular X-Women. It, like Spider-Woman, was overtly sexual. Whether it was someone at Marvel HQ or if fans asked for more, Manara was hired to do about 15 more Marvel variants. Most are also sexual (some more than others) and many command a hefty price tag. This Spider-Woman variant went “too far” for most and Marvel severed ties with Manara, canceling all of his future covers. We kid you not, many called this the “butt controversy”. This variant was HOT right out of the gate, reaching highs of $150+.  As the cover became “the butt” of many jokes/ memes/ recreations, prices dropped significantly to around $50 and lingered there for years. With new fans discovering Manara, in 2016 it starting rebounding and jumped up in price to $100 and then continued to grow. It’s inspired multiple homages and commissioned sketches ranging from Hillary Clinton to Minnie Mouse.  Last year’s raw sale of $249.95 was the highest price it’s been since 12/17 and has well moved past its initial controversy… or maybe it now sells well BECAUSE of it. Check out the other list of Manara covers in this newsletter from last year

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: One year later, while down a bit, prices are still solid with raw copies selling for $200. The controversy and chatter around this book have definitely died down… if not gone away completely. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: This is one of those covers that, due to the controversy, will be a book that collectors seek out. It may not be a great investment book at this time, butt still fun to have in your collection. 

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SHE-HULK #1 Siya 1:100 Variant (Marvel, 2014)

This is one of our team members #1 most sought after variant. Just a few years ago, this variant sold raw for $100, with 9.8’s selling for $300. This time last year, a CGC 9.4 sold for $750 with a 9.8 in January 2019 for $1,200. Artist Siya Oum, who mostly drew for Aspen at the time, became a fresh new fan-favorite artist. She did multiple variants for Marvel, including this VERY hard to find 1:100 incentive. She-Hulk wasn’t a title that stores order a 100 copies of. We’ve been watching this title since the beginning and it would often disappear from eBay for months on end. At one point, it was over a year before a copy came to market. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: High prices tend to bring these “hard to find” variants to market. Raw copies dropped a bit to $250. That $1,200 9.8 was the last one we saw in the past year. However, there was one signed by Stan Lee that sold for $900. So, 9.8’s do seem like they will come down significantly. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: When prices skyrocket in value, sometimes you have to tap out. While books like this will always be expensive, it might now be AS expensive. Values are currently 60% down for this book. It could be a great time to buy in before the next She-Hulk announcement. By the way, with John Tyler Christopher’s growing market attention, where the heck are copies of his variant for this She-Hulk #1 issue? We looked through all our sales and haven’t seen one in pop up in years.

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WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 PYEONG JUN PAK 1:25 VARIANT (Marvel, 2019)

If you recall, NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS was super hot due to it being packed with first appearances, including Crescent, Io, Luna Snow, and Wave. This variant (hit a high of $73), the Zircher 1:50 (hit a high of $250 raw ( $390 for a 9.8), the regular issue (which sold for $11), the 2nd issue (first Swordsman) (sold for $20) and 2nd issue variant (sold for $133) all landed on our Top 10 several times throughout May. With all the fervor on new characters lately, this seemed like a book to hold. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: 1-year later, prices have come down about 60% across the board. Issue #1 was hit with several “rarer” variants like the Mico Suayan Comic Odyssey variants, stealing the standard cover and ratio variant’s thunder. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: We know that every new character’s height is typically the first month or two after release. As prices rise, collectors tap out and move on to the next book. This was definitely one of those, as folks don’t seem to talk about this book. However, now is a great time to buy. Like Young Avengers #1, this book is packed with first appearances. You might have to play the long game with these, but chances are great that one of them could take off. 

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WEB OF VENOM: CULT OF CARNAGE #1 1:50 GABRIELE DELL’OTTO VARIANT (Marvel, 2019)

Venom has TONS of various covers and most tend to be the same. It’s hard for even the best art to stand out when it comes to drawing this pointy-toothed symbiote. Dell’Otto’s pulp horror homage is fantastic and stood out last year amongst a very noisy sea of Venom covers. This one sold last May for $95 raw and $401 in a CGC 9.8, . 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: One-year later, this book fell HARD with recent 9.8’s selling for under $100 and raw copies at $40. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: KNULL took the focus out of all these Venom variants. Collectors put their money behind both his and Dylan’s first appearances, leaving variants like this to fall in price. It’s still a great cover, but that 9.8 fall was shockingly steep. Hopefully, it’s just an outlier. 

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KEY CLASSIC – COMIC BOOK VALUES

 

BLACK CAT #50 (Harvey, 1954)

So, we’ve mentioned this pre-code horror book before. But it’s SO awesome, that we had to call out the big sale of $4,192.43 raw last year. When collectors chat PCH books, this book is at the top of their must-have lists. It’s a classic, horrific cover with amazing colors. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Prices continue to rise with recent CGC 3.5 sales of $4,440. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: PCH books like this are fantastic investment books. They dry up pretty fast these days!

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BONE PARISH #1 (BOOM! STUDIOS, 2018)

Our buddies at Simpleman Comics hosted an interview with Boom’s Marketing VP, Arune Singh, last year where Arune hinted at Bone Parish being optioned. This bit of news helped this book land on our Top 10 when raw sales were hitting $30. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Flash forward one year, there’s been no new option news. Granted, these projects take time to develop and studios/streamers are now holding off on announcing anything until it’s heading into production or already in production. Prices have held on okay, with raw copies selling for $18.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Typically, books like this die SUPER quickly with no additional news. However, since this came from BOOM directly, it had a little more staying power and retained a good portion of its value. Also, people really love this book. So it could also have some organic increase in value. 

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CAPTAIN AMERICA #275 (MARVEL, 1982)

This comic features the first appearance of the second Baron Zemo, who has already appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER will appear again (and in costume) in The Falcon/Winter Soldier Disney plus series. His first appearance really sold well when this announcement hit last year and had a high sale of $13 raw and $99 for a CGC 9.8. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: This book did okay over the past year. Raw copies, while hitting a height of $30, still sell for $13 and 9.8’s have increased to $150. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Confirmed content appearances tend to be the best content books as sales simply go into steady cruise control. Since we haven’t seen a formal trailer yet for this series, this is still a great book to buy into. Zemo should have a big role in the future of the MCU. 

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CAPTAIN BRITAIN #1 (Marvel UK, 1976)

One post ENDGAME spec that many may have forgotten about was Captain Britain. When Cap and Tony infiltrate a S.H.I.E.L.D. base in 1970, Cap stops to catch a glimpse of Peggy Carter. We overhear her mention the name “Braddock”, which then led to the speculation that this was in reference to Brian Braddock, aka Captain Britain. This created an uptick in both sales and prices for his first appearance. Several 9.8’s came to market last May,  several selling for $3K. Higher grade raws sell for $350, when they were selling for around $100 before the film’s release. It’s all guesswork, but Marvel tends to always have a specific reason when and where they name drop. Little is random. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: A recent 9.8 sold for half that height last year at $1,540. High-grade raws have also dropped to $139. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: This spec can often be the most dangerous kind. While Captain Britain is a strong possibility, the MCU tends to be more direct with short-term new arrivals. Those who jumped into this spec early on had to pay for it. Long-term, those buyers should be fine. However, it could be many years before we see Captain Britain. Basically, with specs built on these slight references, you have PLENTY of time to find copies at the right price. 

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INCREDIBLE HULK #181 (Marvel, 1974)

Sometimes, we get sales that just look glaringly right off the bat and make us investigate its legitimacy. This was one of those, where we saw a raw Hulk 181 sell for $11,000. This amount stuck out and made us do a double-take. Now, the most expensive raw sale we’ve ever seen was for $5,606 back in March 2019. Looking into this, the sale appeared to be legit and the copy listed is noted as being in NM+ 9.8 (potential) condition (with the value stamp). It does look like a really nice copy. The buyer gambled a bit on hitting a graded 9.8, but this was still a HUGE increase for a raw. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Not only is this one of the most popular first appearances in all of comics, it still has room left to grow as we all eagerly await an MCU Wolverine. While no sale could touch that $11K raw, one did hit about $7K for a high-grade copy. Due to its popularity, this book yo-yo’s in value with a 9.8 bouncing between $31.5K to $37.5K in the past couple of months (the highest ever for us was $38.4K).

WHAT DID WE LEARN: It’s freaking Wolverine. This book will be JUST fine. 

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ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (Marvel, 2011)

Last year, this first appearance of Miles was jumping. CGC 9.8’s were hitting an all-time highs of $365 and the Djurdjevic 1:25 variant was selling raw at $600 and hitting $2,900 in a 9.8.  Just when you think this variant, featuring the first appearance of Miles Morales, can’t go up any more… it does… and in a big way. A CGC 9.8 sold for $2,900, which is $650 more than the last highest sale of $2,350. This hit our Top 10 multiple times. We often don’t tell you to buy a particular book, but we did on this one as it had the best curve of any book on the market.

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Ummm, wow. What a difference a year makes. These BIG sales last year look like amazing deals now. The first print is hitting $250 raw and $750 in a 9.8. The variant is going for over $1,200 raw and 9.6’s are now hitting $2,200+. We haven’t seen a 9.8 sell in a while, but those are primed to sell above $5K. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: One of the things our site does best is to highlight trends. Most books ebb and flow, rise and drop. But this one has one of the steadiest increases of any book out there. Books like SPAWN #1, EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 share steady increases like this. We can’t wait to see how Miles does by this time next year. 

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CONTENT DRIVEN – COMIC BOOK VALUES

 

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #1 (2016, Black Mask Studios) 

Last year, this book hit #2 on our TOP 10. Last May, writer Matthew Rosenberg mentioned in a tweet “I’ve been hired to write the screenplay for the upcoming 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK movie” with no additional information. There was no mention of a film in the works. Due to this ambiguity, Collectors moved cautiously on this title and bought 35 copies, giving this a 7-day trend of 347% and had a high sale of $90 for a CGC 9.8 and $10 raw. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: STILL no news and this book has fallen back to cover price. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Leaks and rumors are great opportunities to seek out CHEAP copies ($1 bins, etc.). We can’t stress hard enough on NOT buying into too many copies when you see unconfirmed news like this. Development is a lengthy process. You have SO much time to find a copy. 

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ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #1

It was announced last year that Disney+ will have two new live-action Marvel series, Marvel’s HELLSTROM and Marvel’s GHOST RIDER (and a rumor of them in either a connecting storyline or potentially a separate series for MIDNIGHT SONS). We’re not surprised that GR would be on Disney+, however, it was surprising that they were keeping AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. actor Gabriel Luna, in the role of Robbie Reyes. This first appearance of Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider sold 35 copies in one week, had a 7-day trend of 361% and had a high sale of $200 for a CGC 9.8. The Tradd Moore 1:50 variant for the Robbie Reyes Ghostrider wasn’t easy to find BEFORE the Disney+ news of a new GHOST RIDER and had a raw copy sold for $201, and a CGC 9.8 sold for $575. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: 9.8’s have come down to a decent $130 and the Tradd Moore variant hit an all-time high in June 2019 at $650 for a CGC 9.8. However, the Ghostrider series was officially canceled with no new additional news on the future of Ghost Rider. This hasn’t hurt the hard to find variant too badly with a raw copy selling this week for $179. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: While the cancellation of a series can really affect how key issues perform, rare variants like this rarely become available and therefore continue to sell for a premium. This particular first appearance appears to be holding as fans wait for more final confirmation that the MCU is moving away from Robbie Reyes. 

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Remember the ONE week Atlas comics was hot? Well, last year, the sale of the 1970s Atlas/Seaboard library to Paramount Pictures lit a fire across MANY of their titles.  Although Atlas Comics has a long history dating back to the early 1950s, by the ‘70s it was started anew as Atlas/Seaboard and struggled to keep up with Marvel and DC who dominated the comic book market. The founder of Atlas/Seaboard (as well as Atlas Comics) was Martin Goodman, who had founded Marvel and subsequently sold and left that company.

The interesting part of the story is that Goodman, in an attempt to compete with Marvel and DC, attracted many of their artists and authors by offering more lucrative contracts. Thus, the Atlas/Seaboard library displays work from such comics notables as Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, Howard Chaykin, and Neal Adams among others. Many of the top Atlas/Seaboard titles appeared in Covrprice’s current Top Ten List  (as well as the runner ups), such as: 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: While all of these had their highest sales ever around this announcement last May, we were surprised to see that most still sell decently. Keep in mind, that this is $5 to $10 (except THE BRUTE, which sells for $20). Sure, you’re not going to get rich finding an undiscovered batch of Atlas comics… but they DEFINITELY sell better then they did pre-Paramount news. There has been no new news about any title in active development. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: These books were definitely books you need to stay clear of when the market jumped. These books have been littered through dollar bins all over and can be fairly easy to find. Some of the titles listed above are still books to keep an eye out for. Paramount has a long history of sitting on optioned properties for WAY too long… so, take your time. When we’re back digging, grab these out of the cheap bins and tuck them away. 

 

STRANGE TALES: FEATURING BROTHER VOODOO #169 (Marvel, 1973)  

Amidst ENDGAME speculation comes future MCU speculation. This specific spec was regarding the next Dr. Strange film, which reportedly will include Marvel Characters Brother VooDoo and Cleat. We still haven’t received any official confirmation, but this rumor continues today. Last year it landed on our Top 10 with 31 copies sold and had a high sale of $500 for a CGC 9.2. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: As we mentioned, there has been no confirmation of Brother Voodoo. However, collectors strongly believe he will and have held up market values since last year’s spike. This book even had its highest sale ever at $4,200 for a CGC 9.8 in April 2019. High-grade raws have REALLY made significant jumps in price, with one recent copy selling for $680 for 9.6 raw. Wow!

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Fans are itching for Brother Voodoo to show up in the MCU. DOCTOR STRANGE #2 plot leaks have revealed Voodoo’s inclusion. While it’s still not 100% certain we’ll see him, now’s the window to jump in. The way prices are jumping, when he IS confirmed… this book is primed to go nuts. 

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 INCREDIBLE HULK #449 (Marvel, 1997)  

Last year, THUNDERBOLTS spec popped up (again). This team is rumored to hit the MCU at least once a year. Post ENDGAME speculation, many pointed to this team as a possible “next Avengers” type team. A CGC 9.8 sold this time last year for a new height of $400, with raws selling over $100. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Granted, THUNDERBOLTS is still mentioned constantly. Characters like RED HULK have also been mentioned to appear in this unconfirmed series. However, with no official news, collectors took a step back on this and let 9.8’s fall to $265 and raws are down to $50.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Collectors are excited but are acting more cautiously around this book. They’ll need confirmation before we see this bounce back up again. We feel like there’s still potential in this. 

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MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #12

As mentioned above, here’s the other Disney+ show announced with Ghost Rider. While Daimon Hellstrom’s (aka The Son of Satan) first appearance is in Ghost Rider #1, this issue features his origin story and is a key book for collectors. This sold a whopping 62 copies, had a 7-day trend of 119%, and had a high sale of $1,140 for a CGC 9.6. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: When it was announced that GHOST RIDER was canceled, it was mentioned that HELLSTROM was still happening. This book had its largest sale ever with a CGC 9.8 at $4K. Raw prices are hitting heights of $70.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: While we haven’t received new news about this Disney+ series, the fact that we didn’t hear it was canceled was enough to keep pushing prices. 

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THE MIGHTY THOR #337

Rumors of Beta-Ray Bill & Quasar coming to Guardians 3 immediately started moving books like crazy. It’s amazing how sites simply say they MAY introduce characters like these, out of pure speculation, and it lights a fire under their first appearances. Apparently, both characters were in Director James Gunn’s last script before getting canned. With them re-hiring him, it’s expected that he’ll jump back into that old script. Regardless, if Beta shows up or not, the news sold 37 copies, had a 7-day trend of 123% and had a high sale of $425 for a CGC 9.8. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Again, no new news. However, Beta-Ray Bill has been popular among collectors with or without content. Sales are UP for Beta, with a recent 9.6 at $600 and raws floating around $100. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Even without news, collectors WANT to believe we’ll see Beta-Ray Bill. Multiple sources have unofficially reported his introduction into GUARDIANS 3, but for now… we just have to wait. 

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It was announced last year that Netflix closed an overall first-look deal for all Dark Horse titles for both film and TV. No particular title was mentioned, but this news definitely moved some books! LADY KILLER #1 (2015) moved the best and hit $50 raw upon this news with 9.8’s around $100. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: THE WITCHER #1 (2014) (as well as UMBRELLA ACADEMY) was a massive hit f0r Netflix, which has secured Dark Horse’s worth to the streamer. While we haven’t had any new news on the next Dark Horse book, all we can do is wait. Meanwhile, Netflix secured a first look with BOOM as well. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Every single Dark Horse book Netflix has made was an instant success and skyrocketed their first appearance’s market values. There are WAY too many Dark Horse titles to throw into right now. Pick your favorite titles and grab them as you come across them in back issues and $1 bins. Buckle in, because this partnership will last years.

 

PRINCE NAMOR: SUB-MARINER #1 (Marvel, 1968) 

Amongst all the post ENDGAME discussions, comic fans were inspired by a line in the film by Okoye (Danai Gurira) “It’s an earthquake under the ocean. We handle it by not handling it.”  This line created instant thoughts of Atlantis and, of course, Namor the Sub-Mariner. Therefore, copies of his first solo series were moving briskly and even saw an elusive 9.8 sell for $6,500.00. If you’re looking to buy his second appearance, then you probably need to win the lottery as Mr. Namor goes ALL the way back to the beginning with the very expensive MARVEL COMICS #1 (Timely Comics, 1939). Technically, this 2nd appearance has been long debated over the years, as his first real appearance was in a comic called “Motion Picture Funnies Weekly”. This book is crazy rare with only 8 copies on the CGC census. Shockingly, there’s a 9.0. While there haven’t been any sales for quite a while, it’s thought that a NM copy would sell for $35K (though probably more now).  

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Of course, there have been VERY little rumors lately of Namor joining the MCU. The filmmakers of ENDGAME came out against this Namor connection and shut that down pretty quickly. It really didn’t matter though, as the overall value is pretty steady. Collectors know that this is a book that is still a great long-term play. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Collectors know that this is a book that is still a great long-term play and the current prices support this. It’s unknown if Namor will appear soon. With so much focus on the Eternals, it’s going to be a while before we come back around to Namor. We’ll see!

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VAGRANT QUEEN #1 (Vault, 2018)

The market can be fickle. Certain books (like all the Atlas titles) flew off the aftermarket online shelves with minimal news and no official title confirmation. And then you have a title like this, which received a series order (not just an option) and only received a short/ quick spike in price and then just… stopped. It’s worth noting that Vault titles can be hard to find, let alone Vault titles that came out a year ago. Despite the short sprint in value, there was still a  jump in price. Cover A went from a $3 book to $30 (on 5/19). 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: One-year later, many might not realize that this premiered on SYFY this past March 27th. There still aren’t a ton of sales and this main cover still sells for $15. The variant strangely only sells for $5. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: A comic book show could be AMAZING, but SYFY is the kiss of death to market values. SYFY notoriously cancels their series and can also be… well… not great. You never know though! AMC was pretty small before the WALKING DEAD.

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NOTABLE MOVERS & SHAKERS

 

 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #7 (MARVEL, 2014)

Last year, this landed at #3 on our Top 10. This book features the 1st mention of Earth-833. When we all watched the SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME trailer this time last year, Nick Fury mentioned the Multiverse with Mysterio claiming to be from Earth-833. There was a LOT of speculation around what the possibilities that the Multiverse meant to both Spider-Man and the MCU. Specifically, fans were pointing to this as a possible way to bring in Miles Morales, causing books like SPIDER-MEN (2012) to see a spike (first meeting of Peter and Miles) back then. The other side of the camp is practically screaming, “it’s Mysterio… he’s totally lying and there will be no Multiverse!”.  This sold 46 copies in one week and had a high sale of $18 for a raw copy. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Well, this turned out to be bad spec since we all know now that Mysterio was lying and that there was NO Multiverse. As soon as the movie hit, this book fell hard back down to $3. BUT, flash forward one year… with the recent Deadline report of the “Secret Marvel Movie From Sony in the Works With Director S.J. Clarkson”, rumors of this being a Multiverse film with Madame Web at the center has shot this book higher than ever to $30. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: This is the RARE occasion when bad spec turns good again. Though, keep in mind, nothing is confirmed. The bottom could fall out again. Though, it is interesting speculation at the very least.

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BLOODSTONE #1 (Marvel, 2001)

A comic book website played “what if” with the idea of Marvel developing Blade for Hulu or Disney+. With the (then) confirmed Ghost Rider and Helstrom shows, Disney+ began their press release with “The Spirits of Vengeance are coming!”.  If you recall, Blade was an integral member of the Spirits of Vengeance. To add to the buzz, Wesley Snipes recently tweeted a picture of himself as Blade on his motorcycle  “Caption this…Blade”. So with those unconfirmed reports, speculation has ALREADY begun on characters SIMILAR to Blade that could also appear, including Elsa Bloodstone. Elsa’s first appearance in this title, BLOODSTONE #1 (2001), has been sought after for years. However, with this nugget of spec., it’s taken a sharp increase from a $12 book to a CGC 9.8 sale of $270 and it’s highest raw sale ever of $55 (for a VF/NM copy nonetheless).  

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Man, this book is stronger than ever. This rumor from a year ago is still prevalent today. A raw copy hit a height of $75 just this week with 9.8’s at $350. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: If fans WANT to believe that a character will appear in the MCU, then there’s no stopping steady sales for their first appearance. This is the case for Elsa Bloodstone. 

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BLK (BLACK) BOY FLY #1 (Self Published, 2017)

This book rarely comes up and frequently hits high amounts. A CGC 9.4 came to market last year and sold for $600. Chicago artist Hebru Brantley is very well known in the fine art world. He has a large following and his character FLYBOY is on murals and installations throughout the Windy City. With only a 100 copies, art fans have caught wind of this rare comic and (along with comic collectors) are helping keep prices high.  

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Only TWO copies have hit the market since then. And only one has sold, which actually belonged to the SAME 9.4 sold in May, which re-sold for $400 in December 2019. The other is a 9.8 copy listed for $7,500. Sure, it’s not going to get that. But we’re curious what that could go for. These are disappearing into collections and are VERY rarely showing up these days.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: This is a perfect example of how fast a 100 print run book can disappear. Take a risk on new independent books with ultra-low print runs. 

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BREAKING BAD: ALL THE BAD THINGS (AMC, 2013)

As fans of this highly-regarded series, we easily overlooked this comic. This book’s sales surprised us and put it on our radar for the first time. This promotional BREAKING BAD comic sold a CGC 9.8 for $425. In March, another 9.8 sold for $375. Word is, this was given out after the BREAKING BAD/ AMC SDCC 2013 panel. This comic gives a look back on the events of Season 1 through 5, leading up to Season 5’s finale. Sellers often mark this as “limited to 500”, though that number is unconfirmed. This book is a reminder to visit panels during high profile conventions and to always take the free comics (and get them into bags & boards ASAP).  San Diego ComicCon has a long history of turning free/cheap comics into today’s most valuable comics. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: A 9.8 sold in June 2019 for a massive $725! And then… something weird happened. It fell… and it fell hard, with a 9.8 selling for $367 two months later and then another 9.8 this past December for $107! Ouch. Now, raw copies sell for $40. But were these just badly timed auctions (that $107 was one) or was this a market correction? 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Books like this can be unpredictable. This might be a “must-have” for that Breaking Bad fan. Panel giveaways are almost always beat up after collectors shove them into backpacks and plastic shopping bags. So, granted, 9.8’s are hard to come by. But still, these can be hard books to invest in due to wild market fluctuations like we saw over the past year. 

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DETECTIVE COMICS #27 LOOT CRATE REPRINT (DC, 2018)

It’s VERY rare when a mass-mailer comic, like from Loot Crate, ever goes up in value. The print runs are massive on these variants. Yet, this TEC #27 Reprint was in high demand last year. It became quite hard to find. This was mailed out in the DC TAKEOVER themed Loot Crate DX which came out in December 2018. It’s an excellent reprint, with original ads/back cover and it’s gorgeous in person. So, we get it. Last year, a CGC 9.8 sold for $275 with raws typically selling for $70 to $100. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: More copies came to market, which (as you should know by now) brought down the market value. 9.8’s fell to as low as $40. This is odd as raw copies sold (and still sell) for $50. 9.8’s are up to its current sale of $183. This is a gorgeous book, and will be sought out in the future, despite the fall in price.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Market saturation, even on a small scale, can negatively affect value. When it loses that perceived rareness, it’s hard to justify spending high amounts on it. 

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FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #6 (Marvel, 2019)

So, this title’s cover was a bit misleading. “Introducing: SPIDER-BITE!” it was really not quite what it seemed. This sweet story was about a boy with cancer whose dream was to be the sidekick to his favorite hero, Spider-Man. Of course, Spider-Man visits the boy and makes his dream come true for one night. This story hasn’t been followed up to know the fate of the boy. COULD they save him and turn him into Spidey’s sidekick? Maybe… but it definitely takes away from the special story that this is. Regardless, fans went by the cover and bought into the “new” spider character. It sold 51 copies, had a 7-day trend of 130% and had a high sale of $12 for a raw copy. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Collectors quickly realized that this was NOT a new Spider-man character and this fell back down to cover price. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: It does help to READ these floppy books from time to time. However, in the buyer’s defense… they had to own it to know this… hence why they were buying it. 

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MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #6 (MARVEL, 2019)

This comic features the first full appearance of the character Starling, who is the granddaughter of the Vulture. She was the NEW character of the month and helped it move 55 copies, have a 7-day trend of 246% and a high raw sale of $17. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: This new character now sells BOTH covers for $3 to $8, with 9.8’s selling for $40. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: For new characters… if you missed out… WAIT IT OUT. Most don’t make it a year.

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ROAD OF BONES #1 (IDW, 2019)

This was a new horror title with great reviews last year. With some rumors of being optioned, it sold 18 copies, had a 7-day trend of 227% and had a high raw sale of $18. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Those option rumors were hard to track back to where they started. Maybe it was just hopeful thinking. One year later, there’s been no additional info and this has fallen to $1.

WHAT DID WE LEARN: The best content books to buy into are when there is talent attached. Talent attachment typically fast tracks a project to be greenlit as high profile talent has tight schedules. Stay away from unconfirmed rumors.

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WALKING DEAD #191 (Image, 2019)

This book rocked everyone. We were told in this issue that the series was ending and #193 was going to be the last WD issue. This sent everyone to their shop to grab a copy and catch-up before that last issue hit. This fervor sold 119 copies that first week at $20, landing in the #1 spot on our Top 10. 

1 YEAR OVERVIEW: Copies remain consistent, with a recent sale at $22. CGC 9.8’s have dropped significantly to $50. This book was a surprise and was simply underordered. Fans wanted (and still want to) just read it. It was hard to say goodbye to this book. 

WHAT DID WE LEARN: Creators can still surprise us and through some hefty curveballs our way. While you won’t get rich off this book, it’s nice to know that collector’s want it just as much as they did 

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Thanks for reading along, we hope you enjoyed it!

 


Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]

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