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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: AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE AND THE X-TRACTS #2 – MOMOKO VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 RAMOS 1:10 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)
While Miles is crushing the market, other Spidey characters like Spider-Gwen and Silk are enjoying riding his tailwind. Now, keep in mind that Silk is the only Spidey-like character to actually have a recent announcement in the trades, giving her a boost pre-Miles Mania. With this extra push, the Ramos variant hit an all-time high of $374.99 for a 9.8. Not many raws are listed anymore… except for one via auction. That should be interesting to see what that ends at. She’s also getting an extension of the Miles Halo to other key covers, like SILK #1 WOO DAE SHIM HIP-HOP VARIANT (2015) @ $37, SILK #1 STACEY LEE VARIANT (2015) @ $100 and SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1 STACEY LEE VARIANT (2016), which sold for $375 in a 9.8 this week.
(As mentioned in our VARIANT WATCH ARTICLE at www.comicbookivest.com)
SHAKER: BATWING #19 (DC, 2013)
It’s been rumored for a while now that Luke Fox would eventually take over the BATMAN mantle. His first appearance in this issue has really started to pick back up again with raw copies selling for $80.
SHAKER: THE CROW #4 (CALIBER, 1989)
This last issue of the first Crow series is tough to find, let alone in a high grade. With Crow books strangely trending (with no new content announcement), this one reached a new high sale of $625 for a CGC 9.8.
The Miles halo reached EOSV #2 first and has now pushed raw copies of the first print to $300 and 9.8’s to $899!! The 2nd print did amazing this week as well with a CGC 9.8 selling for $500. ALL the EOSV variants are trending up. 3rd print is at about $100, with a NM+ raw going for $199.99 (which is also what several 9.8’s sold for this week). 4th print is at $40, 5th print at $50, and 6th Print/ Comic Bug color variant at $295 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: EIGHTBALL #11 (FANTAGRAPHICS, 1993)
This indie book is the first appearance of GHOST WORLD (also a 2001 film). These are fun books to tuck away into your brain as you can find them in the indie $1 bins. They typically sell for $10 to $20 raw. However, this week a CGC 9.6 sold for $395. Keep in mind, this is the ONLY 9.6 on the census, with only 1 9.8… and also only 5 copies in total. Sometimes it’s worth grading these indie books when they’re in a high grade.
SHAKER: MILES MORALES
Miles Morales is the HOTTEST character in comics right now. We’ve never seen such a fervor over one character’s first appearance before. Nor have we seen character heat with such an insane halo spreading across various covers AND connected characters. As you’ll see in this newsletter, Miles has sent an electric bolt (because he has a bio-electric energy sting) to various Spidey titles. It’s hard to imagine that there isn’t a collector out there that’s NOT seeing a huge spike in at least ONE book in their collection (if not more) due to this. Now, there are a TON of other Miles books that jumped from $2 to $10 or $15, which is fantastic. However, just so it doesn’t take us a month to list all those, here’s a quick rundown of the top books that fans/collectors REALLY pushed to new heights this week:
- ALL NEW ULTIMATES #1 MARQUEZ 1:25 VARIANT (2014)
- Jumped from $7 to $40 raw. This variant is VERY hard to find. The main cover by David Nakayama is also AMAZING.
- MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 ANIMATION VARIANT (2018)
- Jumped from $23 to $85 raw.
- MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 CHO 1:20 VARIANT (2016)
- Jumped from $17 to $50 raw (with one high sale this week of $100 raw)
- MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 GARBETT 1:50 VARIANT (2018)
- Jumped from $40 to $64 raw
- MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 PETERSON 1:25 VARIANT (2014)
- Jumped from $50 to $130 raw
- MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #1 STAPLES 1:25 VARIANT (2014)
- Jumped from $400 in a 9.8 to a recent sale of $999.99!!!!! Wow!
- MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #2 REEDER 1:25 VARIANT (2014)
- Jumped from $23 to $55 raw
- SECRET WARS #1 MIKE ZECK HEROES CON VARIANT (2015)
- Jumped from $20 to $170 raw
- SECRET WARS #9 – SARA PICHELLI 1:25 VARIANT (2015)
- Jumped from $6 to $50
- SPIDER-GWEN #16 DAVE JOHNSON 1:50 VARIANT (2017)
- Honestly, no change… but people are talking about it. $250 raw & $400 in a 9.8.
- SPIDER-MAN #1 GRANOV HIP HOP VARIANT (2016)
- Jumped from $20 to $600 raw… then settled back down to $150.
- SPIDER-MAN #12 1:25 ISANOVE VARIANT (2017)
- No NEW sales, but current auctions are over $200 raw. A CGC 9.6 jumped from $40 to $225.
- SPIDER-MAN #20 (2017)
- Jumped from $2 to $50!
- SPIDER-MEN II #1 TEDESCO 1:50 VARIANT (2017)
- Jumped from $80 to $230 raw
- SPIDER-MEN II #1 TURNER SDCC VARIANT (2017)
- (used to only sell in sets) Last raw sale before the spike was $7, jumped to $147.
- SPIDER-MAN ENTER THE SPIDER-VERSE #1 1:10 ANIMATION VARIANT (2018)
- Jumped from $30 to $140 raw
- ULTIMATE COMICS: ALL-NEW SPIDER-MAN #1 (2011)
- Jumped from $10 to $70
- ULTIMATE COMICS: ALL-NEW SPIDER-MAN #1 POLY BAG (2011)
- Jumped from $20 to $100
- ULTIMATE COMICS: ALL-NEW SPIDER-MAN #2 2ND PRINT (2011)
- Jumped from $5 to $40!
- ULTIMATE COMICS ALL-NEW SPIDER-MAN #2 3RD PRINT (2011)
- Jumped from $4 to $80
- ULTIMATE COMICS: ALL-NEW SPIDER-MAN #12 (2012)
- Jumped from $9 to $88
- ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 1ST PRINT (2011)
- Jumped from $150 raw in May to $400 raw now & $550 (May) in a 9.8 to $1,200!!!!
- ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 1ST PRINT NEWSSTAND (2011)
- Jumped from $660 to $960 raw
- ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 1:25 VARIANT (2011)
- Jumped from $790 to $1,250 raw & jumped from $2,800 in a 9.8 to $4,150.
- ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 2ND PRINT (2011)
- Jumped from $20 (early May) to $120 raw & jumped from $350 in a 9.8 to $660 this week!!!
- ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 2ND PRINT VARIANT (20110
- Jumped from $20 to $130 raw & $175 in a 9.8 to $500.
There are a bunch more… but you get the picture. Crazy times here people. In addition to the above list, here are some rare ones that we’re itching to see sell:
- ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 – SARA PICHELLI 1:15 VARIANT
- LAST SALE: 5/20/20 @ $85 RAW, HIGHEST CGC 9.8 $500 on 12/21/18
- ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 – SARA PICHELLI SKETCH VARIANT
- LAST AND ONLY SALE: 3/24/18 @ $1,700 for a RAW copy. This MRRC (Marvel Retailer Resource Center) is the holy grail of Miles books. It’s not clear HOW it was passed out, but it’s easily one of the rarest Marvel variants (let alone Miles Morales variants) with an unknown print run that has been estimated around 50 copies (give or take 30… yes, it could be as low as 20 copies). At this point, with Miles Mania, this could be the most expensive modern book of all. If there’s one book that has a shot of surpassing AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 DELL’OTTO VARIANT, it’s this one. There’s ONE copy listed at $39,999 for a CGC 9.6…. 54 watchers and growing. Get your popcorn out.
SHAKER: MOON KNIGHT #1 – BILL SIENKIEWICZ 1:75 (MARVEL, 2014)
This fan-favorite cover hit an ALL-TIME new high at $2,200 for a CGC 9.8 this week. This is up to $200 from the last 9.8 sale back in May.
SHAKER: SENTRY #1 JAE LEE “ARTIE ROSEN” VARIANT (MARVEL, 2000)
While the market noise is mostly around Miles, other Spidey books, Spawn, and Punchline, these Sentry 1st issues have been slowly climbing for about two years. All 3 covers (cover A, this Jae Lee B homage, and the SDCC variant) have been selling raw from $50 to $100. However, this “B” variant took a leap forward with a CGC 9.8 sale at $425 and raws at $150. Keep in mind that this movement is purely organic with no content news. However, if you read or watch any “characters we would love to see in the MCU” type list, Sentry is always on it.
(Also mentioned in our VARIANT WATCH ARTICLE at www.comicbookivest.com)
SHAKER: SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE “@ THE OFFICE” #1 EMPLOYEE VARIANT (IMAGE, 2016)
Man, do I want one of these. As a Christmas gift, Todd McFarlane commissioned, signed and wrote each of his employees’ names on this exclusive cover just for them. It’s hard to imagine that any of them would let this special book go, but apparently “Tiana” (who this copy was made out to) did just that. This copy sold for $1,499 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN NOIR #1 (MARVEL, 2009)
The Miles halo has reached his INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE co-stars, pushing NOIR’s first appearance to $509.89 in a 9.8 this week. If you recall, this SHOT up when he was revealed in the trailer, hitting $529 in a 9.8. After the film, it dropped hard to $200. However, he’s back on the move!
SHAKER: STARS AND S.T.R.I.P.E. #0 (DC, 1999)
Stargirl is getting great reviews and it appears to have some staying power. This is a VERY rare case where a first appearance connected with a CW show not only retain its market value, but continues to go up! It hit an all-new high of $449.99 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: CLONE WARS #1 VARIANT (LIMITED TO 1,000) (DARK HORSE, 2008)
We may not be talking about Ashoka as much as we were a couple of weeks ago, but that sure didn’t stop sales. This variant finally hit $2K for a 9.8 this week. Now that is some BIG confidence in both Mandalorian season 2 and Ashoka.
(Also mentioned in our VARIANT WATCH ARTICLE at www.comicbookivest.com)
SHAKER: STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #9 (DARK HORSE, 2006)
Star Wars fans and YouTube comic spec channels strongly believe that Darth Revan will become a big deal in the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars shows. Collectors are listening and helped his first cameo (pretty strong cameo) appearance and origin in this issue hit $100 raw this week.
SHAKER: STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #42 (DARK HORSE, 2009)
Malak & Revan go hand in hand. Malak’s first appearance is in this issue and also includes the first full appearance of Revan.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #7 CRAIG 2ND PRINT (MIRAGE, 2010)
This hard to find 2nd print is awesome and a must-have for Turtles fans. It typically sells for about $45 in a decent grade. However, this week a CGC 9.8 sold $1,276. While 9.8’s are hard to come by (only sixteen 9.8’s on CGC’s census), this is a nice reminder to keep books like this in your memory. High grades typically won’t go past $75. So, if you find the right copy… it could be worth taking the chance at grading it.
SHAKER: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #160 QUESADA 1:200 SKETCH VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)
With Miles Mania, we forget that he came out of the death of Peter Parker in his Ultimate Universe and the inspiration/mark his death left on Miles. This cover is a nice farewell to the Ultimate Peter Parker/ Spider-Man and gives you all the feels as Peter walks with Uncle Ben into the beyond. *sniff* Which is exactly why this keeps going up in price, like this week’s $350 raw sale.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: CALVIN ELLIS SUPERMAN
ACTION COMICS #9 (NEW 52) (DC, 2012)
There are unconfirmed rumors that DC is looking to make a film based on the Calvin Ellis Superman, Kryptonian name Kalel. This news was actually circulating last year and then died down. However, with all the current events, speculation has brought this back up.
If you don’t know much about Calvin Ellis, he’s both the President of the United States AND Superman on a different Earth in the Multiverse. His first appearance was is in FINAL CRISIS #7 (2009) (which also features the first appearance of Nubia aka Wonder Woman). In this issue, Captain Marvel of Earth-5 and Renee Montoya (The Question) recruit all the various Supermen in the multiverse (and other various heroes) to help save existence from Darkseid.
It’s been well known that Calvin Ellis was based on Barack Obama. Writer Grant Morrison confirmed this. While he’s unnamed in this first appearance in Final Crisis, he’s clearly seen as both Calvin and Superman. He’s only in about 5 panels, with the below being the main ones. In Action Comics #9 he has a full story, his first cover and his name revealed.
Well, Sony Pictures decided to let the rights go for these Jeff Lemiere titles. DEADLINE reported that “Canada’s Lark Productions has acquired the exclusive television rights to Image Comics’ sci-fi graphic novel series “Descender,” and its sequel “Ascender,” created by New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire (“Black Hammer”) and artist Dustin Nguyen (“Batman: Streets of Gotham”).” Sales have not really picked up at all.
More MCU rumors of ECHO appearing via Disney+. The rumor came from a leaked casting notice fitting the look of ECHO. It’s a loose rumor, but it has still lit a fire under her first appearance in DAREDEVIL #9 with this now hitting $40. Honestly, we would LOVE to see Echo. So, while we’ll wait to hear more news, we’ll cross our fingers that it’s true.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: YOUNG ALLIES #6 ART ADAMS 1:15 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2010)
DANG IT! As a huge Firestar fan, this Art Adams variant has been on our radar for a long time… stupidly waiting for the right price. Well, that’s officially done as rumors are now swirling that Marvel is looking to bring her into the MCU. Her first out of continuity appearance is SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1 (1981) (which I have also put off buying). Her first in-continuity appearance is in UNCANNY X-MEN #193 (1985).
It’s been reported by News Lagoon that Robert Kirkman’s Invincible Animated Series Will Reveal First Footage and Release Date “Very Soon”. We all knew this was coming, but this tease was the kick in the pants some buyers needed to pick up a copy. It hit an all-time high of $1,195 in a CGC 9.8 this week. Yeah, it’s probably going to go up when that footage hits.
CBR.com reported that “Copernicus Animation Studios is developing a series based on the fantasy comic series Skullkickers, by Jim Zub, Edwin Huang and Chris Stevens”. You know that feeling you get when something gets optioned and you KNOW that you have multiple copies… but then go to check and realize you turned them into your LCS for 5 cents apiece years ago… yeah, this guy right here. While my copies are long gone, this news sure cleared all copies out on-line. Now, Cover A is selling for $40 and cover B at $30. There’s also a Larry’s Comics variant that disappeared quickly but has not come back for sale.
BOOKS THE WATCHER WATCHES
WATCHING: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1
This Miles Mania halo is spreading fast. We KNOW that Spider-Man 2099 is going to play a big role in INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2… so now’s your chance to jump into his key appearances like his first in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #365. Will the Halo effect keep going with his other covers? The white 2nd print is already pretty expensive. However, 2099 has a lot of great covers like SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17 JG JONES 1:50 (which is also kind of pricey). If you’re out digging through boxes, keep an eye out for this in the $1 bins.
We LOVE SP//DR! Gerard Way created Peni Parker and her awesome SP//DR suit. This was one of the most original takes on the Spider-Man Token lore. My ONLY complaint with SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE was about the SP//DR suit. The mech suit was such a brilliant design that was turned into the more cartoonish suit we saw in the movie. However, the mech suit was destroyed in the last film… which I’m crossing my fingers we’ll see a new suit similar to the comic book version. Regardless, SP//DR raws have been pretty steady, with the variant selling for $75 to $100. While all the other books get hot, it may be time to watch these two a little closer.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #21 (MARVEL, 1984)
This all silent classic issue featuring SNAKE EYES and the first appearance of STORM SHADOW hit an all-time high this week of $1,425 for a CGC 9.8.
Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]
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