WEEK IN REVIEW

July 10th, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we check-in on the first appearance of Savage Dragon, watch as Miles Mania continues to ripple through the aftermarket, and highlight a couple of new releases that are really off to the races. Enjoy!


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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: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 RAMOS 1:10 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2014)

This book was in our WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES section back in November 15. 2019. Back then, we mentioned it was a great time to pick this variant up as raw copies were selling for $80 and a CGC 9.8 saw a sale of $115. Our assessment was based on how similar books had steady growth (Ultimate Fallout #4, EOSV #2, etc.), plus paying attention to what a book has also done in the past (spiked on content announcements). An all-time low doesn’t always mean a book is done, it often just means a lull… which this one had. With that said, the most recent raw sale (as we write this) sold for $352, with a recent 9.8 sale at $615. This book still has room to grow.  

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SHAKER: BATTLE OF THE PLANETS #1 (WESTERN, 1979)

While development is still VERY early on the Russo Brother’s BATTLE OF THE PLANETS film, keen collectors are recognizing how big this film will be one day and are investing early. This 1979 comic is hard to find in high grade. When we do see this film in the next 2 years, that 9.8 will be a pricey book. 

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SHAKER: GRAPHIC FANTASY #1 (AJAX COMICS, 1982)

This 1st appearance of SAVAGE DRAGON, known as THE DRAGON back then, is an incredibly tough book to find. This self-published title by creator Erik Larsen is rumored to only have a rough print run of 300 copies. It’s important to note that CGC used to note MEGATON MAN #3 as the first appearance and has since corrected that to where GRAPHIC FANTASY now has that designation. With all that said, this book had a sale of $1,302 for a CGC 7.5.

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SHAKER: JURASSIC PARK #1 AMBERCHROME GOLD FOIL VARIANT (LIMITED TO 7500) (TOPPS, 1993)

This one may come out of left field for most, but this variant has been creeping up in price for the past two years. We actually covered this in our newsletter about 6 months ago. This issue is the unofficial 1st appearance of Jurassic Park in comics. This four-issue comic book adaptation of the film coincided with the movie’s release (there’s also an issue #0, which was released months later after the series ended). All 4 issues were released with a regular edition and a direct collector’s edition, which were poly-bagged and included 3 special edition Topps trading cards. Those mostly only sell for $3 or so. However, this “Amberchrome” edition of Issue #1 is now one pricey variant, with a new high sale of $299 raw this week and a 9.8 sale of $399 two weeks ago (which is the only non-signed 9.8 on the census). Limited to a sizable 7,500 (each issue is printed with its own number), it’s surprising how hard this is to find now. 

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

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SHAKER: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #17 (MARVEL,1968)

We’re due for an ETERNALS trailer any day now. Many expect it to be around online SDCC on 7/25. BLACK KNIGHT, played by Kit Harington, will be in the film. There are some buyers out there prepping for him to appear in that, giving his 1st solo issue and origin in this issue a VERY nice sale this week of $2,450 for NM+ raw copy. Keep in mind that there are NO 9.8’s on the CGC census and only six 9.6’s. We’ve only tracked one 9.4 at $578.99. That big buy could be a decent gamble. 

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SHAKER: RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE #1 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2020)

The first print for this issue hit the #3 spot on our TOP 10 last week. With this issue trending, collectors went after the 2nd print, driving up aftermarket sales to a recent high of $39.99. This could still be at your shops. As noted with that entry, this issue is the first appearance of Cortland Kasady, a violent ancestor of Cleetus Kasady (aka Carnage) from the 1600s. Cortland is expected to play a larger role in future storylines.

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SHAKER:  SPAWN #250 1:100 SKOTTIE YOUNG SKETCH VARIANT (IMAGE, 2015)

Spawn incentive variants are consistently hot. This Skottie Young sketch variant is one to add to that list. Released in 2015, this variant has been a slow burner. Issue #250 was a big celebratory issue with multiple variants. Even then, 1:100 was a tough incentive to reach. Stores that did have copies immediately went to diehard Spawn fans who have tucked it away into their collections. While a recent CGC 9.8 ended an auction at $191.50, a couple of days before this book had a notable high-grade raw sale at $250.

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

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SHAKER:  SPIDER-MAN #1 MICHAEL CHO 1:20 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016) 

As you well know by now, Miles variants are hot. This Cho variant was one of the first “Halo” variants that took off after all the various printings of Ultimate Fallout 4 went nuclear. Raws have been selling for $50, however, the highlight for this book was the CGC 9.8 sale for $405. A graded sale like that is usually a flare for raws to start climbing. 

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

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS #1 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1981)

With continued rumors of FIRESTAR joining the MCU via Disney+, the market has decided to buy into both her in continuity 1st appearance in THE UNCANNY X-MEN #193 and her out of continuity 1st appearance in this issue. The newsstand hit an all-time high of $510 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN NOIR #1 (MARVEL, 2009)

The Miles Halo has stretched all across the INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE characters. Back when the first film was announced, this book hit pretty high market prices ($100 raw and $500 in a 9.8). After the film was released, this book dropped significantly in price. However, it REALLY started moving this week and hit an all-new high sale of $600 for a CGC 9.8 and $275 raw. It’s definitely time to pick up the somewhat confirmed new cast members of SPIDER-MAN 2099 (teased at the end of the 1st film) and LEOPARDON (the giant mecha Spider-man that originated in Japan in the 70’s and was alluded to appear in the next film by Phil Lord (Producer on the film), whose first appearance is in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 (2014), which is still super cheap. 

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN / BATMAN ANNUAL #4 (DC, 2010)

With rumors of a BATMAN BEYOND film being developed by DC, his first appearance in BATMAN BEYOND #1 is one heck of a pricey book these days ($370 raw and $890 in a 9.8). It was already doing well without a content announcement. With that issue so pricey, collectors have moved on to his first appearance in DC continuity in this issue. It had a new high sale of $255 raw this week. Next up, the free version of BATMAN BEYOND #1, which recently jumped to $95. 

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #42 (IDW, 2015)

This was a weird one this week. This “A” cover had a raw sale end at $305 via auction. Granted, this book has completely dried up. It does have a scene around a time gateway that Donatello created that is showing up in the current storylines. Maybe we’re missing something here? This sale could just be a fluke. It’s hard to tell. Just don’t rush out and overpay yet.

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SHAKER: TEEN TITANS #12 (DC, 2017)

This first appearance of THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS is also really climbing, mostly making it’s biggest waves in raw prices at $175. The highest sale of this book still belongs to a 9.8 sale at $699 back in March 2019. However, 9.8’s are currently climbing quickly, with recent sales at $675. These high prices have given the mostly ignored red 2nd print a chance to shine with recent raw sales at $40. Man, there is SO much money being spent on modern books lately. 

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SHAKER: THOR #5 ESID RIBIC 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)

With a full appearance of THE BLACK WINTER, this THOR #5 variant heated up immediately to $75. Two weeks later, it hit $199 raw (recent sales are at $150) and $399.99 for CGC 9.8. Seeing how hot Knull got, many collectors are banking on TBW being just as popular. 

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

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SHAKER: VENOM #3 MOLINA 1:25 VARIANT (IMAGE, 2018)

Donnie Cates comic legacy may lie in the creation of Knull. His first appearance is scorching hot right now with almost all covers for this issue jumping up in price. While the 3rd print was the high priced winner for the past couple months, a high sale of $400 raw and $640 for a 9.8 this Molina 1:25 looked like it was finally overtaking that 3rd print’s high sale of $399… until the 3rd print sold for $800 in a 9.8 a few days later. The 3rd print continues to reign supreme.

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SHAKER: WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #2 LIM 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019) 

A recent Marvel Comics press announcement of their upcoming line-up directly referenced “More Adventures Await AERO And SWORD MASTER When Their Debut Titles Return Next Month” as reported by COMIC MOVIE NEWS.COM. Their return has brought renewed interest in their first appearance. However, SWORD MASTER’s (who appeared on the cover of issue 1 of this series) full appearance in this issue is seeing some solid jumps in prices with this variant recently selling for $329.99. AERO, whose first appearance is in her solo series #1, is moving a much slower. 

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NEW RELEASE HEAT

NEW RELEASE HEAT: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #8 DEKAL 1:25 (BOOM!, 2020)

This beautiful new release was expensive before a single copy came to market. With pre-sales at $75, that high initial price was like a dinner bell for all other copies to hit the market hard, which it did and hit a high raw sale of $134. The most recent sale went for $100. 

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NEW RELEASE HEAT: EVERGLADE ANGELS #1 VHS SECRET VARIANT (SCOUT, 2020)

Another surprise hit this week. This book is a fun read. Scout enjoys creating secret variants and decided to do an 80’s style VHS secret variant, limited to 500 copies. These were randomly sent out to retailers, many who probably didn’t even know it was in there. Yet, with that said, they were VERY hard to find. Copies are currently selling for over $100. Did you check your shop? 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: SNOWBLIND #1 (BOOM!, 2015)

About a month ago, Deadline reported that there were “Multiple bids” on Snow Blind. This adaptation of the graphic novel by Ollie Masters (The Kitchen) has Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star, with Gustav Möller, who directed the 2018 Danish thriller The Guilty, making his English-language directorial debut. The script will be written by Patrick Ness, the author-screenwriter who wrote A Monster Calls and is adapting Lord of the Flies for director Luca Guadagnino at Warner Bros.” This week, APPLE was the winning bid and will be moving forward on moving this into production. Hitting a height of $61 upon that initial announcement, this has since settled to $25. 

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BOOKS THE WATCHER WATCHES

WATCHING:  THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #6 (MARVEL, 2016)

This awesome Mark Brooks cover is quietly moving up in price, with a current raw value of $27. This is the issue where Cassie Lang takes on the new moniker STINGER. Keep an eye out for this. 

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WATCHING: KANAN #12 (MARVEL, 2016)

Another book to keep an eye on is this issue of KANAN, which is currently selling for $17. This is getting attention due to it being the first appearance of Rae Sloan Grand Inquisitor, who has direct connections to The First Order and Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon. In the comics, she’s a fantastic villain that many are expecting to see in MANDALORIAN 2 (which of course has a million rumors right now). While you’re digging through all those hot Star Wars back issues, you might as well grab this one. 

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WATCHING: THE OLD GUARD #1 (MARVEL, 2016)

So, THE OLD GUARD released on Netflix this weekend and man, it’s pretty good. AND it leaves on a solid cliffhanger, which leaves us wanting more. The question is, how is this affecting books? Well, there has been both an uptick in sales and prices for the first print, moving from $10 to $27 for a raw copy. The GOLD variant actually took a dip down to a pre-show high of $60 to the current $45. Looking back at UMBRELLA ACADEMY and THE BOYS, both didn’t have sales heat up until about a week after release when word of mouth spread. With this movie becoming the #1 watched content on Netflix over the weekend AND getting that great (and well deserved) word of mouth… we’ll be watching to see if it increases significantly over the next couple of days. Signs show that it will. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: MISTER MYSTERY #11 (STANLEY MORSE, 1953)

This classic “EATEN ALIVE BY ANTS” pre-code horror book is another popular (and hard to find) PCH book. It had a big sale this week of $2,600 for a CGC 5.5. This was a fun cover to see show up in CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker lists this week. 

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Written By: Matt DeVoe | [email protected]


 

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