WEEK IN REVIEW

June 26th, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! If you like Hip Hop cover variants, then you’re in luck! This week we list out the top Hip Hop variants moving in the market, we call out some fun cosplay variants (that are actually doing well), and also shed some light on the Michael Keaton/Batman content rumors. You’re gonna like this one!


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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: ADAM: LEGEND OF THE BLUE MARVEL #1 (MARVEL, 2008)

This is one of our favorite books to dig for. These ARE out there, nestled deep in back issues, storage bins and old $1 boxes. However, they’re still not easy to find. This week a high grade raw sold for $400. BLUE MARVEL is fascinating. Here’s a character with almost no presence in the Marvel comic world, no content, no rumors of content… yet he commands a market value more than most Marvel characters. Can’t wait to see what would happen if he ever does get more page time, let alone enter into the MCU. 

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 GREG LAND 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)

This was on our watch list last week… guess we didn’t have to watch for too long as 9.8’s shot up recently to $348. At this point, everything Spider-Verse related is going up. 

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SHAKER: ELEPHANTMEN #31 J. SCOTT CAMPBELL 1:15 VARIANT (IMAGE, 2011)

J. Scott Campbell’s variant for Elephantmen #31 is considered one of his rarest covers. We actively watch for this variant and THIS week’s raw sale of $561 is the first time in years one has become available. The print run is completely unknown as it depends on how many retailers ordered 15 copies of the first print. The short answer is… not many. This can be an easy one to pass up when digging. Though keen collectors know there are multiple high priced books in the Elephantmen series, like issue #18 (by JSC), #18 sketch (which is actually on the BACK cover), #30 (JSC) and possibly even MORE rare then issue #31 is Greg Capullo’s 1:25 variant for issue #23. Oh, and be careful not to confuse #31 with Giant-size Elephantmen #1 that uses the same cover… except for one… well TWO small differences: nipples. The original 1:15 is slightly revealing where the reprint Giant-size is not. I didn’t think I would have to write that… but there you go. 

(As mentioned in our VARIANT WATCH ARTICLE at www.comicbookivest.com)

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SHAKER: EXPOSED #1 (D.S. PUBLISHING, 1948)

Man, censoring sucks… but one look at this cover and it’s totally understandable why the Comics Code came about. It’s referred to as “the nag cover” and it had a big sale of $1,499 for a CGC 4.0. Even Death looks a little shocked. 

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SHAKER: GHOST RIDER #1 NEAL ADAMS 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)

Man, it must be rare variant week as TWO copies came to market and sold this week. A raw copy sold for $432 and a CGC 9.6 hit a new high of $1,499, passing up an April sale of $1,400 for a 9.8. This issue is also the first appearance of Alejandra Jones, who took the Ghost Rider Mantle in 2011.

(As mentioned in our VARIANT WATCH ARTICLE at www.comicbookivest.com)

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SHAKER: HIP HOP VARIANTS

The Miles halo helped spike his Granov hip hop cover to crazy new heights, like this week’s 9.8 sale of $879.99 for that cover. Totally insane! These price surges then created its own halo for ALL the other hip hop covers, which were mostly ignored until now. There are many jumping in price. However, here are the covers doing the best right now (in order of market value): 

Keep in mind that these prices are going to be fluctuating like crazy. 

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SHAKER: HULK #1 THE HERO INITIATIVE ATOMIC COMICS.COM EXCLUSIVE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2008)

The first appearance of RED HULK (at least cover wise) is still trending. This ATOMIC COMICS exclusive has become THE cover to have with this week’s $188 raw sale 

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SHAKER: NOVA #13 FRANK CHO 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)

This fun THE GRADUATE homage is VERY tough to find. 1:50 is a tough ratio to reach for NOVA. This week, it hit a new height of $122 raw. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN VENOM: DOUBLE TROUBLE #2 PEACH MOMOKO 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)

What’s a weekly recap without Peach Momoko! The 1:25 for this variant is now getting $150 raw. Right now, every exclusive cover of hers is just moving. From HEADLESS to WARCORNS…. It’s all hot. 

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SHAKER: SILK #1 STACEY LEE 1:25 VARIANT  (MARVEL, 2015)

The halo of Miles Mania reached Gwen first and then moved right on over to Silk. Not only are their first appearances skyrocketing, their various hard to find variants are moving up just like Miles. This 1:25 Stacey Lee is one of these as it had a big raw sale this week of $200! SILK #1 COMICSPRO VARIANT also had a nice big sale of $299.99 for a 9.8 this week. 

(As mentioned in our VARIANT WATCH ARTICLE at www.comicbookivest.com)

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SHAKER: SILK #12 RIAN SYNNTH 1:15 COSPLAY VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016)

Yeah, another Silk book this week. However, this one needed it’s own entry. Like the HIP HOP variants, Marvel did TWO rounds of Cosplay variants throughout their titles. Most are… just awful. Some are SO bad that they’re good (like this MIGHTY THOR #2 cover). The more successful covers, like this Silk cosplay, are very hard to find and sell instantly. This cover, featuring Rian Synnth as Silk, had its biggest sale this week at $89.99 raw. There are only 8 copies on CGC’s census (and no SS copies). The other two to watch out for are SCARLET WITCH #10 (2016), featuring Yaya Han, which sells for $95 raw (14 copies on the census) and THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #12, featuring Riddle, which hasn’t sold for much in the past… but it’s absolutely nowhere to be found (29 copies on the census, half are SS). 

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SHAKER: SPAWN #303 SINGAPORE COMIC CON VARIANT (IMAGE, 2019)

Scott’s Collectibles produced this very limited (to 250) exclusive virgin cover by artist Kael Nguto and made them only available at the 2019 Singapore Comic-Con. Well, we all know how much the U.S. market loves Spawn, making this instantly a highly sought after variant and bringing us to this week’s new high sale of $810 for a 9.8. 

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2 (MIRAGE, 1984)

With all the current market heat, many key issues are also seeing (quieter) increases. This 2nd issue of the original TMNT series has had some big jumps since the fall of 2019 when it went from $600 in a 9.8 to $810 in Nov. and now to this week’s sale of $960. In a market where several modern books are jumping $100 each week (or even every day), this may not seem as big, but it is. 

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 2011)

Over the past 10 years, collectors have scoffed at the idea of newsstand selling at any other price then what the direct edition sells for. The fact that a barcode can leverage the value can cause quite the argument over market values. However, today’s market HIGHLY seeks out newsstand editions for modern comics. Except for DC (which continued until 2013), this was the LAST year for all other publishers to produce newsstand versions. With this fact, and the fall of brick and mortar bookstores, newsstands from 2011 are VERY scarce. This is exactly why the newsstand raw sale this week for this issue sold for $246.25, when it’s direct counterpart sells for $86.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 1:25 DJURDJEVIC VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)

A new high sale of $8,999.99 for a CGC 9.8. Wow.  Also notable is a 1st print newsstand sale of $8,100 for a rare CGC 9.8!!  Just wow. 

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SHAKER: UNCANNY X-MEN #21 JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER NEGATIVE SPACE SDCC VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)

JTC’s Wolverine “fluorescent/ negative space/ banana” variant is one of 2020’s biggest hits. In a year of canceled conventions, C2E2 was JUST able to get one in before the world fell apart. His Wolverine is a fantastic cover that most fans seem to want. As these same fans realize that he’s been doing this for YEARS with Witchblade, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and Rogue, many of these are going up in price. After selling for mostly $30 for the past year, his SDCC Rogue Negative cover is now surpassing his Wolverine cover with this week’s raw sale of $202 (and climbing!)

(As mentioned in our VARIANT WATCH ARTICLE at www.comicbookivest.com )

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BATMAN: THE OFFICIAL COMIC ADAPTATION (DC, 1989)

There are rumors swirling that Michael Keaton could take on the Bat Mantle in some form in the standalone FLASH film. Many think he’ll play Thomas Wayne (see FLASHPOINT below). However, others also feel that he could play Kingdom Come Batman or better yet, the Batman Beyond version of Bruce Wayne, opening the door for a BATMAN BEYOND film. The Hollywood Reporter received official word from DC with them saying “despite pesky rumors from certain corners, there is no Thomas Wayne in the script.” That’s pretty clear. However, regarding IF Keaton joins the film and WHICH Batman he’ll play, it’s all guesswork at this point since nothing is even close to a confirmation. Regardless of all that, the thought of seeing Keaton in Batsuit again started moving this adaptation of Tim Burton’s original BATMAN film. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  BATMAN #436 (DC, 1989)

1st Tim Drake, who is rumored to appear in BATMAN directed by Matt Reeves. Of course, like all rumors, take it with a grain of salt. The 1st Tim Drake should be in your collection anyways. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  FLASHPOINT #1 (DC, 2011)

This issue is the first full appearance of Thomas Wayne as an alternate universe Batman. As mentioned above, there have been rumors of Michael Keaton taking on this role in the stand-alone FLASH film. However, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (who played Thomas Wayne in Batman vs. Superman) is ALSO rumored to reprise his role (which makes more sense). With that said, the rumor of either playing Flashpoint Batman has been squashed with DC already denying that Thomas Wayne will appear in the film. So, it appears this spec is dead for now. Keep in mind that a FLASH film is not due anytime soon as this film was supposed to be released in 2008. Also, an altercation in April 2020 where Miller allegedly choked a female fan in a video that went viral, created immense fan outrage asking for him to be removed as the Flash… which is still possible (and probably even likely). So, if you’re speculating about the FLASH film, buckle in… because it’s going to be a while until we get more news. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  UNCANNY X-MEN #121 (MARVEL, 1979)

1st Alpha Flight, another MCU rumor. Sorry… at this point, we feel that almost every Marvel character has been rumored to appear in the MCU. While it’s fun to speculate, it’s all pretty white noise right now until we receive some official Marvel news. Though, it would be great to see Alpha Flight.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  SECRET WAR #1 (MARVEL, 2004)

This issue features the first appearance of Dr. Doom’s successor, Lucia Von Bardas. Lucia has been also rumored to appear in the MCU, setting up a connection to Latveria and Dr. Doom himself. While this news hasn’t driven the price up too much, it has helped clear online sources of cheap copies.

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BOOKS THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHINGBLACK PANTHER #7  SIENKIEWICZ HIP HOP (MARVEL, 2016)

Will all the HIP HOP variants going crazy, there are several to pay attention to. However, this Sienkiewicz variant (currently selling for $10) is primed to make some big sales soon, as the only copies left are over $100. Maybe by the time you’ve read this, that has already happened. 

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WATCHING: THOR #5 (MARVEL, 2020)

This issue the first full appearance of THE BLACK WINTER, who’s cameo was in THOR #4. Both issues are doing very well in the aftermarket. There’s also a heated debate online whether THE BLACK WINTER appeared in Silver Surfer: Black #4 (like the Momoko 1:25 needed any more reason to skyrocket), where his name is mentioned in a dialogue panel that reads “THE BLACK WINTER that fell on his reality”. Donnie Cates has clearly (VERY clearly) stated that The Black Winter is NOT in Silver Surfer: Black #4. New characters (especially villains) typically lose steam in the aftermarket quickly. Granted, Knull is an exception. Not to mention that Punchline is hanging in there. Right now, for these first appearances, it’s hard to say what they will do. Right now, we’re watching.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK:  IRON FIST #14 35 CENT VARIANT (MARVEL, 1977)

Price Variants! This 35 cent variant is considered the most valuable 35 cent-er right after STAR WARS #1. This week, a CGC 7.5 for this first appearance of Sabertooth sold for a massive $4,500!

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KEY OF THE WEEK:  MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS #8 CANADIAN $1 PRICE VARIANT (MARVEL, 1984)

Yep, another price variant! Now, the $1 variant is actually quite rare. Marvel only did a few $1  price variants, this being one of them. This $1 Venom origin issue and classic cover sold a CGC 9.8 for $1,399.99, the highest yet!

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Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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