Welcome to our weekly Newsletter! This week take a long look at the 1st appearance of the Gold Lantern, call out a big sale for the first appearance of Plastic Man, and marvel at a HUGE price jump as collectors chase down the Granov Hip Hop variant of Miles Morales! Let’s do this!
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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: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #430 (Marvel 1998)
This Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Carnage Crossover is a collector favorite. This week, it had its highest sale at $300 for a CGC 9.8 and $45 raw. It’s been a strong seller for years, but has always sold around $25/$30. It’s a fun read with a great cover. In this issue, the Carnage Symbiote fleas Cletus and bonds to Norin Radd/Silver Surfer, becoming “Carnage Cosmic” (sellers call him Cosmic Carnage). It’s a fun read where you really see how twisted the Carnage symbiote is on his own and how he brings the worst out of his host. This story continues into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #431, which ALSO sells incredibly well and had two high-grade raw copies sell for $75 and $84 this week!
SHAKER: AMERICAN SPLENDOR #1 (Harvey Pekar 1976)
This underground comic by Harvey Pekar has already been turned into a fantastic film with Paul Giamatti. This week, it had its highest sale on COVRPRICE for $499.95 for a CGC 9.6. This is a great book to look for when digging. These often get turned in with other obscure indie books that a lot of retailers don’t widely know about. Raw copies are solid $100 books in VF+. They’re out there.
SHAKER: DEADLINE #1 (Deadline Publications 1988)
This first issue of DEADLINE is the official first appearance of TANK GIRL, who appears in a short story within this British comic book magazine. One bad 90’s movie (that’s kind of a cult classic now) didn’t stop her popularity amongst collectors. A high-grade raw copy had its highest sale yet at $1,272.55. Not bad for a character with no content development.
SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (MARVEL, 2014)
Spider-Gwen is drafting right behind Miles (sorry played too much Mario Kart lately) and is seeing big jumps of her own. This book hit $680 in a 9.8 and $300 raw.
SHAKER: GHOST-SPIDER #2 PEACH MOMOKO 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)
This highly sought after variant has been jumping month after month. This week this Momoko variant hit a massive $850 in a 9.8. Peach Momoko is undoubtedly the hottest artist on the planet since Mattina, Del’Otto, Artgerm, Parillo, Middleton, etc. That’s not bad company at all. However, the one word of future caution I have is to be cautious of market saturation. As seen with the other awesome artists, as they get more work and put out more great covers… some aftermarket fatigue comes with that. We’re not at that point right now, but with so many eyes on each future cover, not all of them can hit the highs that her TMNT variant and this one is getting… and MAN are these hitting some highs!
SHAKER: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 (Marvel 2008)
This first appearance of the modern GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY team was a scorcher prior to the first MCU film of the same name. Raws were easily hitting well over $100 raw and this seemed like THE book to own. Then, shortly after the first film, this book’s value dropped significantly. The films and characters were immensely popular with PLENTY of stories ahead of them. So, this drop was surprising. Over the past year or two, you could obtain at 9.8 for around $125 to $150. Cut to this week, where a 9.8 sold for $400 with several other $300 sales as well. While raws still hover around $50, is this book picking back up?
SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 – CHRIS TURCOTTE – APOCALYPSE VARIANT (Marvel 2016)
With Riri Williams’s value increasing, her first appearance in her Ironheart armor is also moving. This variant had a nice jump this week to $100 raw.
SHAKER: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #6 (DC, 2020)
This new release sure shook the aftermarket up with first “full” appearances of GOLD LANTERN and MONSTER BOY. Both the standard issue and this Garner variant took off right away. Here’s the thing, both Gold Lantern and Monster Boy actually first appeared in SEVERAL cameo appearances prior to LOSH #6. Okay, try and follow this:
Both characters appear in the background within SUPERMAN #14 RECALLED ISSUES (2019) (because those technically came out before the reprinted regular issue). Bring a magnifying glass, because it’s SUPER hard to spot Gold Lantern (MONSTER BOY is there too, right below Superman’s chin):
On the same release day they both appeared in SUPERGIRL #33 RECALLED EDITION (2019) (see below):
Of course, they’re both still in the reprinted copies of SUPERMAN & SUPERGIRL.
Next, Gold Lantern has a clearer cameo on the cover of LEGION OF SUPERHEROES: MILLENNIUM #1 HITCH VARIANT (DC, 2019) (he’s there on the top). This issue was released on 9/4/19.
Then we have SUPERMAN #15 (released on 9/18/19, where they both appear in a few panels:
Next, Gold Lantern is on the cover of LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 COVER A:
Here’s the kicker. Gold Lantern is ALSO on the inside of issue #1 in several panels:
…. with Gold Lantern’s FIRST line of dialogue:
Honestly, that’s where the debate kind of stops for us… but we’ll share the rest just to be thorough:
He’s also on the LCSD variant for this issue. Keep in mind that this first issue was released on 11/6/19 and the LCSD variant was released on 11/23/19. Here’s that cover:
Monster Boy is also there in the background too.
And then Gold Lantern (kind of) appears again on the cover of LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #3 COVER B, but he’s obscured by the title. Monster Boy is clearly seen above Jon:
However, he is in one panel inside this issue (sans eyes):
Gold Lantern doesn’t pop back up until issue #6, where we get the works with a full appearance, he’s named and has dialogue:
So, where do things lie for GOLD LANTERN and MONSTER BOY? Well, we kind of have a PUNCHLINE first appearance issue here again… yet even MORE complicated. These early appearances are (for the most part) VERY minor. However, how do you factor in 8 cameo appearances before a full appearance? If we had to pick one, our money would go to LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1, where GOLD LANTERN is both on the A cover AND on the inside where he’s clearly seen with his first line of dialogue. Since he hasn’t been named in this issue, this would probably still be a full cameo… but man, still… what a messy first appearance. Monster Boy has been all over the place but has had no dialogue and has only been named on the cover of LEGION #6.
How are the market values? We haven’t seen anyone mention GOLD LANTERN’s appearance in LEGION #1, so prices haven’t seen a move on that yet. With all that said, SUPERMAN #14 recall covers were once $50 raw and then fell to $15. Thanks to these tiny cameo, the COVER A recall is now back up to $45. SUPERGIRL #33 is about $16. LEGION MILLENNIUM LCSD is at $10. LEGION #6 cover A sells for $17 to $20 and the Garner B variant sells for $13 to $15. We’ll have to see:
- Which issue collectors will favor.
- How all this will all this affect issue #6.
- Does it even matter? Will Gold Lantern or Monster Boy be relevant short and long term?
These are tough questions. Typically, we would say no to #3. However, Lantern lore is held high for Green Lantern fans. To add in ANOTHER lantern color is kind of a big deal. We’ll have to wait and see.
SHAKER: MARVEL RISING #1 – PEACH MOMOKO 1:25 VARIANT (Marvel 2019)
Buckle in, these newsletters are going to feature PEACH MOMOKO for the near future. Collectors are ALL over her covers, pushing many to all new heights… including this one that put her on the map. This week, this hard to find variant hit $189 raw… though, it’s safe to say this will continue to increase.
SHAKER: PSYLOCKE #1 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2010)
This Psylocke #1 2nd print, featuring the interior art by Harvey Tolibao, has been a pricey book for years. This was always a solid $50 book. This week it took a nice big jump to $160 raw.
SHAKER: SPAWN #225 B&W MCFARLANE VARIANT (IMAGE, 2012)
If you time-traveled back to… say 2017… and bought into all of Spawn’s hard to find issues and variants… then you would be a very happy collector today. From posts we’ve seen, there are many of these comic clairvoyants who did just that. These homage covers have been celebrated and chased for years now. However, this particular year they’ve been going nuts. For example, this Watchman/2012 Election homage hit a massive $999.99 raw. This crazy new high sale beat out previous raw sales of $600 and a 9.8 auction sale this past May for $560.
VARIANT WATCH: STAR WARS: BOUNTY HUNTERS #1 1:50 JOHNSON VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)
Star Wars comics were the books you easily passed over one year ago. THEN, this magical show called THE MANDALORIAN entered our lives and changed everything. 1: We love Star Wars again and 2: The Market Value across its various titles spanning over 40 years is booming. The recent BOUNTY HUNTERS #1 variant is one of the more recent SW books to take off. It was a steady $75 book for the first month of release. Then it dried up and hit a new high raw price of $245.37 this week. It’s definitely time to pay SUPER close attention to future Star Wars ratio variants.
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 – ADI GRANOV – HIP HOP VARIANT (Marvel, 2016)
The HIP HOP themed variants were quite popular… though most of them were not worth much. All it took was ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 to go bonkers to send collectors scrambling for the next Miles book to own. That apparently was THIS Granov variant. On June 3rd, this was a $25 book and then a week and a half later it hits $599 raw!! It’s a little mind-boggling that this would surpass the 1st print’s raw sales. Here are some other Miles books starting to jump as well:
- SPIDER-MAN ENTER THE SPIDER-VERSE #1 ANIMATION 1:10 VARIANT (Marvel, 2018): Jumped from $20 to $60
- SPIDER-MAN #12 – INCENTIVE RICHARD ISANOVE 1:25 VARIANT (Marvel, 2017) $70 raw and had a CGC 9.6 sell for $225.
SHAKER: STAR WARS AGE OF REPUBLIC SPECIAL #1 – PHAM VARIANT (Marvel 2019)
Like you can see with Miles, as collectors get priced out of a character’s first appearance they seek the next best thing. This issue is the first appearance of Ashoka in Star Wars canon (meaning stories that are connected to the overall cinematic Star Wars narrative). This then went from a $4 book in April to now an $80 raw book.
SHAKER: STAR WARS TALES #23 – COVER B – PHOTO VARIANT (Dark Horse 1999)
Of course, continued Star Wars speculation has driven prices even higher for this variant. This issue features the first appearance of Darth Revan & Darth Malak. Both are pretty important to Star Wars lore. This issue and the main cover have always been the most valuable books in the STAR WARS TALES run. They remain the most valuable as this photo variant hit a big $399 for a CGC 9.8 and the standard cover at $331 for a CGC 9.8. Both are the highest prices yet.
SHAKER: SWEET TOOTH #1 (DC 2009)
This recently announced optioned book hit highs of $100 raw that first week… and then it fell hard back down to pre-announcement prices of $40 raw. Even though raw prices dropped, a CGC 9.8 hit an all-time high of $575 a few days ago. Will the raw prices rebound again? We most likely will have to wait for more news.
SHAKER: TORCHY #1 (QUALITY COMICS, 1942)
Good-Girl artist Bill Ward’s flagship character was Torchy Todd. These early first issues of the character are usually quite rare. However, lately, copies have been popping up more… and selling instantly. The first 10 issues have all seen high sales lately. This 1st issue had its highest sale yet for a CGC 8.0 at $2,250.
SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (Marvel 2011)
Okay, so this book is NUTS! One month ago, 9.8’s were $550 and then this week a 9.8 sold for $1,419!!!! While there are NO content rumors, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2 started production recently AND Playstation revealed MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: MILES MORALES for the PS5 (and it looks AMAZING). Check out that link.. seriously. The video could have done two things this week: (1) shows that Marvel and Sony are heavily investing in Miles, (2) you can REALLY get a feel at how awesome a live-action film could be. The latter is NOT lost on Sony/Marvel top brass. With all various printings going up (as we mentioned last week), the 1:25 DJURDJEVIC VARIANT went for $4,150 for a CGC 9.8! Also notable this week was a newsstand sale of the first print at $960.01 for a raw copy! The question at this point is… how high can they all go?
RUMORED/OPTIONED: THE LAST OF US #1 (DARK HORSE, 2013)
THE LAST OF US gameplay reveal/new trailer hit last week and man, this game ALSO looks amazing. In addition, a well-timed announcement hit earlier in the week of: ‘The Last of Us’ HBO Series Enlists ‘Chernobyl’s’ Johan Renck as Director”. We can NOT wait! This news gave the variant a little jump up to $65 raw.
BOOKS THE WATCHER WATCHES
WATCHING: BATMAN #92 – JORGE JIMENEZ 1:25 VARIANT (DC 2020)
Behold, the first full appearance of PUNCHLINE emerges. This issue was HIGHLY anticipated, pre-selling as early as March for $65. Hench, stores and sellers ordered a ton of these. Flash forward to June 10th as copies flood sites like eBay. With a flood comes price drops. However, this variant has been holding its ground. It’s sold 96 copies JUST in the last few days and at a consistent for $50. With so many copies listed, this will most likely dip by next week. However, we’re watching it… just to see how it does and if it can buck the trends. If so, maybe Punchline will actually be the only recent new character to make it.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: POLICE COMICS #1 (Quality Comics 1941) This issue is the 1st appearance of DC’s PLASTIC MAN. It hit a new height with a CGC 8.5 selling for $22,655. Plastic Man is both underutilized and underdeveloped.
KEY OF THE WEEK: SPOOK DETECTIVE COMICS #22 (STAR PUBLICATIONS, 1953)
There are collectors out there for every type of comic theme. We know collectors who specifically look for Shark covers, video game variants, Santa Claus, etc. This specific book caters to collectors who like Decapitation covers… and yeah, they were a big thing in pre-code horror covers. Oh, and yeah… it’s an L.B. Cole cover, which are JUST on fire right now. This sold for a huge $5,900 for a CGC 8.0.
Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]
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