WEEK IN REVIEW

August 28th, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we track the increasing trend subsequent printings are having on the comic aftermarket, we showcase a big sale from old school comic creator Joel Beck, and highlight some sick Star Wars sales. 

Before we jump into the newsletter, this weekend we were all hit hard by the passing of Chadwick Boseman. He was such an amazing addition to the Marvel Universe and gave us one of the MCU’s best films. Not only that, but he was easily a fantastic human being who gave so much hope and happiness to millions around the world. His death rattled us as we took solace in re-watching BLACK PANTHER, which now resonates even stronger. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and fellow fans.


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: ALL-NEW MARVEL POINT ONE #1 (MARVEL, 2014)

This first full appearance of Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel continues to increase in price. The standard cover sold a 9.8 this week for $999.89, with raws reaching $150. Not to be outdone, the 2nd print sold a 9.8 for a huge $1,551. There are rumors that Marvel has cast the role of Kamala. When/If that news finally hits… these prices could seem like deals. 

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SHAKER: AMAZING FANTASY #15 (MARVEL, 2006)

Well, after a newsstand sold for over $1K raw, it didn’t take long for the standard cover of the first Amadeus Cho to hit $1,009 for a 9.8. While Amadeus is a little further away then Kamala’s appearance, the book will continue to command high prices until some form of confirmation hits.  

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SHAKER: AMERICA #8 – JEN BARTEL (1:25) (MARVEL, 2017)

Man, this is one gorgeous cover. Jen Bartel has an understated style that masters the use of color. A NM+ copy sold for $299.99 last week, with a lower grade copy selling for $103.

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SHAKER: BATWING #19 (DC, 2013)

DC Fandome announced a new BATMAN series by the Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley. As reported, the series will focus on Lucius Fox’s family, leading to speculation that Luke Fox will take on the mantle of BATMAN. Granted, this rumor circulated almost a year ago and shot this book’s value up. With this latest news, the market value is now selling for more than ever with this week’s raw sale of $202. 

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SHAKER: BLOODSHOT PLATINUM ERROR #0 (VALIANT, 1994)

BLOODSHOT may not be seeing a sequel anytime soon, but Valiant fans continue to remain loyal. A very hard to find copy of this platinum error sold for $1,500 raw this week. 

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SHAKER: CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 2013)

Newsstand editions are hitting massive premiums over their direct edition counterparts. A rare newsstand copy of the first cameo appearance of Kamala Khan sold a CGC 8.5 for $700. This is a nice reminder that grading even VF/NM copies can be worth your investment. 

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SHAKER:  DC COMICS PRESENTS #49 (DC, 1982)

This 2nd appearance of the modern Black Adam also features this classic battle against SHAZAM & SUPERMAN. In light of DC’s Fandome event, excitement over the film starring Dwayne Johnson is propelling this book higher and higher. This issue had a high raw sale of $129.99 this week. 

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (MARVEL, 2014)

This first appearance of Spider-Gwen/ Ghost-Spider hit a new high this week with a CGC 9.8 selling for $999. The Greg Land 1:25 variant also hit a new high for a 9.4, which sold for $2,425. 

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SHAKER: THE BOYS: HEROGASM #1 – NEGATIVE VARIANT (DYNAMITE, 2009)

After the announcement of actor Jensen Ackles (of Supernatural) to play the role of Soldier Boy in Season 3, his first appearance in THE BOYS: HEROGASM #1 jumped in price. However, this negative variant was nowhere to be found. It’s been mentioned that Dynamite’s negative variants are extremely rare and low printed, making them quite difficult to find. Well, this week a copy sold via auction for $227.50. 

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SHAKER: HOWARD THE DUCK #2 RUN THE JEWELS VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)

For the past 5 years, DEADPOOL #45 was the RUN THE JEWELS variant to have. However, this HOWARD THE DUCK #2 variant is quickly catching up to the Deadpool variant in market value with a sale of $400 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: IRONHEART #1 – LUIANO VECCHIO – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2018)

Soooo, this 2nd print went from a $5 book to a $445 raw sale this past week! That’s a pretty crazy jump in price. Normally, we would call this an outlier. However, this price went via auction with 41 bids. There are also currently copies listed via auction, with one already at over $150 and should be completed by the time you read this. These subsequent printing trends are on a whole other level. 

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SHAKER: LENNY OF LAREDO (SUNBURY PRODUCTIONS, 1965)

Creator Joel Beck was considered one of the earliest underground comic book writers of the 1960s. This historically important comic book was Beck’s first full comic and is also considered to be the FIRST independent comic published on the west coast. He basically started the San Francisco underground scene alongside Robert Crumb. This comic is incredibly rare and doesn’t come up for sale often. However, one copy did get listed and sold this week for $4,100 raw. 

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SHAKER: MEMETIC #1 – VIRGIN VARIANT (1:20) (BOOM, 2014)

Even though there’s been no new news on this production since January 2020, this hard to find variant sold for $845 for a CGC 9.8. We like sloths as much as the next guy, but WOW!

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SHAKER: THE SAGA OF SWAMP THING #37 (DC, 1985)

The first full appearance of Constantine hit an all-new high of $986 for a CGC 9.8. Apparently the Keanu Reeves rumor is still moving his key appearances. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN #1 FOUR COLOR GRAILS VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)

This Four Color Grails variant continues to increase in value with this week’s raw sale of $279.99. 

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 2ND PRINT (BOOM, 2019)

With the 1st print hitting $100+ raw, this 2nd print is starting to pick up with this week’s raw sale of $71. Boom told us directly that this is the lowest printed issue amount the first issue covers (outside of retail variants), including the one-per store variant. Seeing how much people love 2nd prints right now, this could take off. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #234 BAGLEY 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2017)

This 2nd print that was mentioned by JIM’S COMICS, which ended up moving ALL copies of this issue (especially the first print). However, the most notable sale was this 2nd print’s big sale this week of $178.50.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE #3 (DARK HORSE, 1999)

While DARTH MAUL makes a cameo appearance in the first issue for this series, this issue is his first full appearance and has long been undervalued. That appears to be changing with this week’s sale of $400 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: JEDI – MACE WINDU (DARK HORSE, 2003)

The first appearance of Asajj Ventress, a Dathomirian Sith Assassin/ Bounty Hunter, is really picking up in price. This week a CGC 9.8 sold for $571. Like most Star Wars books, she’s rumored to appear in Mandalorian Season 2. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #9 (DARK HORSE, 2006)

This first appearance of Darth Revan sold a CGC 9.2 this week for $289.99. This is a nice reminder that even with some moderns, it’s worth grading the NM- copies. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KANAN THE LAST PADAWAN #1 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2015)

To add to all the 2nd print hoopla, this 2nd print sold for a massive $600 for a 9.8. This issue has a whole slew of first appearances, but the focus is mostly on Sabine Wren (also rumored for Mandalorian 2). 

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SHAKER: TEEN TITANS #12 (DC, 2017)

With all the DEATH METAL and Robin King heat, The Batman Who Laughs first appearance (in this issue) is also hitting new highs, like this week’s $815 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1 – FRANK CHO 1:50 (MARVEL, 2015)

We mentioned how fast this variant was picking up last week. Well, this week it just hit $400 for a 9.8. The timing on this heat seems a little early, but the market is chasing out books like this and pushing them to new heights. 

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SHAKER: ULTIMATUM #1 FINCH (1:100) (MARVEL, 2009)

This book trended back when a Marvel Producer tweeted U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M earlier this year. That tweet, referencing the Marvel terrorist group Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army To Unite Mankind, was misconstrued by some sites that Marvel was going to introduce the X-Men via this ULTIMATUM Ultimate X-Men storyline. Months later, some collectors may not have received this notice as this 1:100 variant sold for $999 in a 9.8.  

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SHAKER: WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 – 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 2019)

What? You want MORE subsequent printing heat? How about this 3rd print that’s selling for $100. At this point, when digging at your LCS… if a key issue has any additional printings, just pick it up. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: HAUNTED MANSION

Per the Hollywood Reporter, “’Haunted Mansion’ Movie is in the Works With Writer Katie Dippold”, while this film won’t move the needle too much, there are two Haunted Mansion series: the 2005 Slave Labor series and the Marvel 2016 series. While nothing is trending, we do love Katie Cook’s variant to issue #5 of the Disney series. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: NEMESIS 

Collider is reporting: “‘Project Power’ Directors to Helm Action Thriller ‘Nemesis’ for Warner Bros.” This Mark Millar created book will apparently not involve him. This should still move copies though on this long-anticipated project. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  POWERPUFF GIRLS

Per Variety, “‘Powerpuff Girls’ Live-Action Series in Development at CW”. This news has given their first comic appearance in CARTOON NETWORK STARRING #1 (1999) a nice boost in sales. However, THE Powerpuff Girls book to own is the exceptionally rare Mimi Yoon variant to issue #6 of the 2013 IDW series. After complaints that Ms. Yoon’s illustration “sexualized” the pre-teen animated characters, Cartoon Network pulled the controversial release before distribution… but not before several advance copies went out (as it had already been printed). Mimi Yoon expressed her anger and disappointment in the decision, responding that the image was, “to illustrate modern, pop cultured, SASSY (not sexy)”. With that said, we’ve never seen a copy sell. However, there IS one listed on eBay for $4K. You can check that here while it’s available.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: UNIKORN 

This Scout all-ages series is in development as reported by Deadline “Armory Films Adapting Don Handfield & Joshua Malkin’s Graphic Novel ‘Unikorn’ With Debbie Berman Directing”.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: ACTION COMICS #894 (DC, 2010)

This issue features the first appearance of Neil Gaiman’s Death into the DC universe. Recently, a NM+ copy sold for $66.08. While this was a significant jump in price, previous sales have been slowly increasing over the past two months. DC Fandome featured a conversation over the past, present, and future of the SANDMAN universe, including it’s ongoing Sandman Universe sequel comics, the Gaiman narrated audiobook adaptation from Audible, and the Netflix TV adaptation still in development. We’re not sure if these increasing sales are connected to this, but this is definitely one we’re watching right now. Keep an eye out for the hard-to-find (and not widely known) P. CRAIG RUSSELL 1:10 variant to this issue. 

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WATCHING:  COBRA KAI #1 1:10 VARIANT (IDW, 2019)

When the Sony COBRA KAI series hit Youtube Red a few years ago, it was a hit for the series and was favorably reviewed by both viewers and critics. However, YouTube Red didn’t have quite the reach that other streamers have. Cut to this past weekend when the series showed up on NETFLIX, making this the number 1 show on the streamer right now. With this boom in viewership and talks of a Season 3, there has also been some spillover into the IDW comic series. This series has been greatly underordered. It started out with a print run of 8.6K for issue #1 and by issue #3 it was reportedly down in orders to 3.9K. The variants for this series are incredibly hard to find. The NES 1:10 homage variant for issue #3 still commands around $50. However, what we’re watching are the variants for this first issue. All the cheap copies have disappeared and the copies that are still listed have jumped WAY up in asking price. While, these haven’t caught fire yet… due to the high awareness of the series on Netflix and low print run could see this series jump. Look for these in your LCS’s $1 bin. This was a poor performing series for most shops and may be in there or still on the shelf. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #361 (MARVEL, 1992) 

We had this on our WATCH list last year when 9.8’s were selling for $350. This week, a 9.8 sold for $675. With a VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE trailer due in the near future (hopefully), this will continue to increase. 

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