WEEK IN REVIEW

May 15th, 2020

Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week we see another big sale for a foreign edition, watch the Mandalorian continue to move books, and track covers of Knull as collectors snatch them up!


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COVRPRICE COMIC BOOK SHAKERS

Every day CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker List calls out 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: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARAÑA #164 (EDITORA de PERIODICOS LA PRENSA, 1963)

The foreign market is spiking lately. However, the star of the foreign market is definitely this alternate Spider-Man story (where Gwen Stacy never died, and she Married Peter). While not NM, the copy that sold this week is one of the best copies we’ve seen. It sold for $850 raw, squashing the previous $250 raw sale.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS #1 35 CENT VERSION (MARVEL, 1977)

So, STAR WARS books are hotter than ever. This time last year, there were only a few SW books that had significant value over $50. However, we had no idea how fantastic THE MANDALORIAN was going to be and how it would shake up Star Wars spec like never before. With that said, THIS 35 cent variant is still the king of SW comics and shall remain so. With that said, a CGC 2.5 sold for a hefty $1,795.

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SHAKER: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #5 HE-MAN.ORG VARIANT (LIMITED 500) (MVCREATIONS, 2004)

If you’re a MOTU fan, then you know how hard it is to find the He-Man.Org variants from the MVCreations run. For decades, us few He-Man fans gathered together on He-Man.org to chat about our love for MOTU. Smart publishers worked directly with this fansite to offer up limited exclusives. Most dried up into collections. However, the few that make it to eBay have been increasing in price. There are SEVERAL of these that command top dollar. However, this particular cover saw TWO raw sales this week. One at $636 and another at $999 for a NM/NM+ copy. By the Power of Greyskull!

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SHAKER: SAGA #1 4TH PRINT (IMAGE, 2012)

SAGA is still a favorite series and a steady seller for years. It typically sells raw for $200 and $300/$350 in a 9.8. This book doesn’t see many fluctuations in price. While we all wait for content news for this book (one day), it’s simply nice to see what a reader-driven book can do on its own. If you can recall, WALKING DEAD didn’t hit over $100 until the show started. With that said, this book was still hot right out of the gate and had 5 printings. Each of those subsequent printings have been fun books to hunt for. This 4th print is one of the harder covers to find and just hit it’s highest raw sale yet at $135. 9.8’s sell for as much as the 1st print at $325. Keep this in mind as current hot books hit multiple printings. As we have seen from Venom, those 2nd and 3rd prints can surprise you down the road. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL SON OF DATHOMIR #1 WIZARD WORLD VARIANT (LIMITED TO 1000) (DARK HORSE, 2014)

The Darksaber made a quick appearance in the hands of Moff Gideon (Giancarlo Esposito) at the end of MANDALORIAN season 1. This weapon is important to the lore of Star Wars. Its history is a little long for this newsletter, but it belongs to the Mandalorians who saw it as an important symbol of leadership. Whoever held it became the leader of one of the largest Mandalorian clans, the Clan Vizsla. Maybe Din Djarinwill wield the blade? Regardless, the Darksaber first appeared in this issue, which has a few rare variants. This Wizard World variant is one of those and sold for $199 raw this week.

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SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #1 – BILL SIENKIEWICZ VARIANT (MARCH, 2014)

This variant has been climbing for about 6 years now. Lately, raws have dipped a bit. However, this week, we saw an all-new high graded sale of $1,999 for a CGC 9.8! This is one of the “go-to” Moon Knight variants that collectors seek out. So, expect this to jump even higher when we finally get some Moon Knight casting news. Note: The Granov 1:50 is lower then it’s been. This is also a great cover and was once getting $185 for raw copies. This week, one sold for $99 and the previous sale was for $53. That might be the variant to jump into pre-Moon Knight content news. 

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SHAKER: SILVER SURFER BLACK #4 PEACH MOMOKO 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)

Man, if it isn’t Star Wars then people are mostly talking about Knull. His appearance on this 1:25 variant was enough for this book to spike BIG TIME over the last two weeks. This week it hit an all-new high of $400 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: CLONE WARS #1 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2008)

Wow… man… this book is INSANE. This hit an all-new high sale at $842… for a RAW COPY… outperforming even the previous CGC 9.8 of $799.99! The NEW CGC 9.8 sale went for $1,360! Not only is this cover doing well, but the standard cover ALSO went nuts and hit $900 for a CGC 9.8. Whoever bought in early on these, standing ovations… and may the Force be with you.  

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SHAKER: STAR WARS TALES #7 (DARK HORSE, 2001)

Bringing Boba Fett into THE MANDALORIAN opens a whole new slew of spec. For example, this issue, which features the first appearance of Ailyn Vel daughter of Boba Fett and Sintas Vel, jumped up to $140 raw this week. The entire STAR WARS TALES series is ripe for spec. Many issues throughout the series retain significant value. 

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SHAKER: WEB OF VENOM #1 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2020)

Again, another Knull cover is spiking this week with raw copies selling for $70 to $100. Collectors are putting a LOT of stock behind Knull.

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SHAKER: YOUNG ALLIES #6 (MARVEL, 2010)

This is one of our favorite variants. Mostly for two reasons, we love Art Adams and also Firestar. Firestar hasn’t been featured well since SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS, but man is this one nice cover. Anywho… it hit an all-new high sale at $410 for a CGC 9.6. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMIC BOOKS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: ROAD RAGE (IDW, 2012)

The novel titled “THROTTLE”, written by both Joe Hill and his father Stephen King is being developed at HBO Max for a feature adaptation and produced by David S. Goyer and Keith Levine. While this was a book first, the comic adaptation has been moving between $10 and $20. The hard to find variants (specifically the Harris & Comispro) are already getting pretty expensive. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SWEET TOOTH

“Netflix Gives Series Order To Team Downey’s DC Comics Adaptation Starring Christian Convery & James Brolin.” The AVENGERS connection with Robert Downey producing and James Brolin acting has given this $1 cover price comic a MASSIVE boost with a raw copy hitting $135 and most averaging around $100. If you can recall, Downey had this at Hulu back in 2018, taking this $10 book to $40… which it remained until this week. These prices were so much fun to watch this week. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  WYTCHES & UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY

In an interview with CBR.com: “Snyder gave updates on both projects. “With Undiscovered Country, we’re working on the screenplay right now for New Republic,” he said. “We have about another four weeks before we hand in the draft so it’s commenced and it’s all good. And Wytches is definitely still in development too.” With that update, a small fire lit under these books causing them to move. Unlike SWEET TOOTH at Netflix, who moves fast on projects… keep in mind the keywords Synder mentions above: “working on the screenplay” and “draft”. That means that these are still VERY much in the early stages. They both most likely have years before we see them in cinemas or TV… and they still need to find a distributor. You have plenty of time to find copies when your shops open back up. No need to rush on these. 

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COMICS THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING: STAR WARS #68 (MARVEL, 1983)

With ALL of this Star Wars spec (most of it coming out of MANDALORIAN), it’s worth paying close attention to the first mention of the Mandalorians in comics in this issue. As an extra bonus reason to pick it up, it’s the origin of Boba Fett. With Din Djarin becoming the current face of STAR WARS, this is a pretty important issue to this new wave of stories. 

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WATCHING: NEW MUTANTS #98 (MARVEL, 1991)

There’s been a lot of talk about Deadpool this week, specifically around Liefeld’s recent public statements/disagreement with Marvel. Raw copies recently started picking up a bit with one selling for $394. Back in 2016 when DEADPOOL 1 was coming out, this first appearance of DEADPOOL was on fire… with raw copies selling for over $500. RIGHT before the film released, copies flooded the market and immediately dragged the value down rapidly. With MANY exceptions for high-grade copies and rarer price variants/mark jewelers, you could find a decent copy for under $250. With Deadpool’s massive success, Disney will have some plans for the Merc with a Mouth. This disagreement with Marvel is a reminder that he’s going to show up in the MCU at some point… and when he does… this book will have a big resurgence. With nothing confirmed, for now, we shall wait and watch. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR #1 (MARVEL, )

Like DEADPOOL, we KNOW that the Fantastic Four will show up in the MCU at some point. After a very successful 2005 film, a mediocre 2007 follow-up, Marvel Comics removal of the team from their comics and an abysmal 2015 that killed the franchise, the prices on Marvel’s first family dropped significantly. There wasn’t much hope in sight… until Disney bought Fox. This week we saw a small blip in this book’s life meter when a CGC 1.5 sold for $6K and another for $4.3K, both higher then it was a year ago… and especially 3 years ago when this same grade sold for $1,434. One to watch… and it really doesn’t get more “key” then this book. 

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Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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