Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we go green with a bunch of TMNT market movement, we call out some super hot retailer exclusives, and talk about another “green” series Kevin Smith is working on. 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.
A couple of weeks ago, the 1:75 variant for this first full appearance of Kamala Kahn sold for a massive $3,750 for a 9.8. That sale then kickstarted this undervalued first print and also lit a fire under the 2nd print. The 1st print saw a big raw sale of $99 raw and an even bigger (and all-time new high) $800 for a CGC 9.8. The 2nd print is already outpacing the first price with a raw sale of $524 and $1,250 for a CGC 9.8! This market continues to surprise us every single week.
SHAKER: THE BOYS: DEAR BECKY #1 4TH OF JULY VARIANT, RAFAEL GRASSETTI – SCORPION COMICS (LIMITED 56) (DYNAMITE, 2020)
Man, store exclusives seem to be producing some heat lately. This copy of THE BOYS: DEAR BECKY #1 4TH OF JULY VARIANT from Scorpion Comics is one of those. With a buy-in of $250 for a very limited number of 56 CGC graded copies, 9.8’s are now selling for $930. This cover is truly awesome… and we want one.
SHAKER: EVIL ERNIE #1 (MALIBU, 1991)
This first appearance of EVIL ERNIE is pretty notable. This cult favorite is on the list of many indie horror fans. However, it’s really LADY DEATH’s first appearance that seems to be driving up prices. If you haven’t seen a Lady Death cover lately, then you’re living under a comic rock. She seems to be everywhere. Creator Brian Pulido does a fantastic job keeping this brand alive. This hit a new all-time high of $1,999.99 for a CGC 9.8 on COVRPRICE.COM. Back in March a 9.8 could be had for less than $1K. So, even these indie books are seeing nice uptick is sales (like THE CROW, as we previously highlighted)
SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7 – 3RD PRINT (MARVEL, 2016)
This 3rd print, which includes Riri William’s face at the bottom left is starting to pick up steam. A raw copy of this sold for $69 and a CGC 9.8 sold for $399.99! The market sure is robust right now. This 3rd print was mostly ignored since its release, so these are definitely out there buried in back issues. Get a shovel, because it’s time to go digging!
You really can’t talk about issue #7 without pivoting to #9, which has outpaced #7 in market desirability (though both are important). This issue is the first full appearance of Riri Williams as Ironheart. The first print finally broke $100 raw this week with a new high sale of $108.49. The APOCALYPSE variant also broke a new record and hit $1,350 this week for a CGC 9.8. With high-grade raws selling for around $300 for that variant, grading those can definitely be worth your time.
SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #6 (MARVEL, 2019)
After heating up upon release in 2019, this first appearance of STARLING (Vulture’s Granddaughter) cooled down quickly to cover price for the past year. Things are picking back up as it sold 24 copies, had a 7-day trend of 160% and had a high sale of $119.95 for a CGC 9.8 and $40 raw.
SHAKER: POINT ONE #1 (MARVEL, 201)
With all the talk around NOVA and the eventual introduction of either Richard Rider OR Sam Alexander, the collector market is simply buying both. With this first appearance of Sam being FAR more affordable then Ryder’s first appearance, this now beginning to trend. Raw copies of this first print are at $14.99 raw. The BRADSHAW 1:25 VARIANT jumped from $20 to $47 this week. The 1:100 sketch variant had CGC 9.8 sale in July for $539.99. That variant could go nuts if Sam does show up in the MCU. However, at this point, it’s a pricey gamble. The 1:25 and standard cover are a safer bet right now.
SHAKER: RAPHAEL, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE #1 (MIRAGE, 1985)
A couple of weeks ago we highlighted a big sale for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 3RD PRINT, which hit an all-new high of $1,500 (Subsequent printings are heating up for even these older books now). Well, this week this RAPHAEL micro-series had its own new high sales of $1,625 for a 9.8. Back in September 2019, the height for a 9.8 was $950… which just got smashed by this new sale.
SHAKER: SNAKE EYES: DEADGAME #1 – HULK 181 HOMAGE (LIMITED 1000) (IDW, 2020)
Yep, another store exclusive. The buy-in was reportedly $14.99 and is now selling for $169 raw. Limited to 1,000 copies, this isn’t particularly rare… but apparently hit the right nerve.
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 TOYBIZ 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 1992)
While we realize this is a 2nd print, we feel that it’s more of a variant due to it ONLY being bundled with the Spider-Man 2099 action figure. With that said, over the past week, this highly sought after variant had several notable sales: Two raws sold at $275 and $306, which are the highest raw copies have ever sold for. In the past, high-grade raws have hit $150, though most copies (in the most common VF+ shape) have sold for $75 to $100. To add to those sales, a CGC 9.8 also hit an all-new high at $1K. This surpasses the previous high of $895 on 12/16/18. These prices are only going up.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #101 WEAVER 1:10 VARIANT (IDW, 2019)
Here’s a variant that seems to be climbing quickly. This is the first appearance of both Mona Lisa and Lita (the Albino Turtle). Lita appears at the end of issue #105 from the future as an adult, giving us another NEW Turtle (a time-traveling one at that). Just a couple weeks ago, this was a solid $20 raw book with a 9.8 selling for $36 back in June (back in April MCS blew out copies at $3). This week a raw copy sold for $51 and a CGC 9.8 sold $239.99.
SHAKER: TEEN TITANS #12 (DC, 2017)
With all the market interest in THE ROBIN KING this week, interest in THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS first appearance has also spiked. A raw hit an all-new high of $247.50 and a CGC 9.8 sold for $799.99! Out of all the Miles, Silk, Knull, Spider-Gwen, Black Winter, Batman Beyond, etc. heat… hopefully, everyone is enjoying this market fervor!
SHAKER: TERRY-TOONS COMICS #38 (MARVEL. 1945)
This first appearance of MIGHTY MOUSE (cue Andy Kaufman) had a big sale of $1,999 for a CGC 6.0. While we feel that BUGS BUNNY is a great investment (see below), MIGHTY MOUSE’s future is hard to see. Regardless, we still have an affinity for the character and enjoyed seeing this sale.
SHAKER: THOR #2 – INHYUK LEE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)
This newsletter is really turning out to be an extended TOP COMICS list. There’s a cameo appearance of THE BLACK WINTER in this issue, which the market is really starting to put money into. The main cover is selling for $80, but this variant took a jump forward and sold a raw for $149.95. Honestly, the way things are going, this could possibly be $500 raw book in a month.
SHAKER: THOR #5 ESID RIBIC 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)
Yep, another THOR. Like other titles on this list, each key appearance tends to have a “One-Two punch” of both a significant cameo and full first. While interest lies in THOR #2, the market is still favoring this issue. This Ribic 1:25 had its highest sale this week at $285 raw and has plenty of room to grow. It’ll be interesting to see where all these books level out to in a month. The jury is still out on whether THE BLACK WINTER has long term potential (though, based on Knull, it seems promising).
RUMORED/OPTIONED: GREEN HORNET
Deadline is reporting that Kevin Smith will be producing a GREEN HORNET series with the production company Wildbrain. “The series will be set in contemporary times, following the adventures of a re-imagined Green Hornet and Kato – now the grown son of the original Green Hornet and the daughter of the original Kato – as they partner to battle crime in Century City.” This news led collectors to this DYNAMITE 2010 series for GREEN HORNET #4, which features the 1st appearance of this new Green Hornet and Mulan Kato.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #104 GARING 1:10 VARIANT (IDW, 2020)
Yeah, LOTS of Turtle books this week. TMNT has this strange Hot/Cold trend over the past couple years. Right now, TMNT is pretty darn hot. This particular variant is one to try and track down at your LCS. Speculation is considering this as the first appearance of THE LAST RONIN. On the cover, Raphael (who is thought to be THE LAST RONIN) holds all of his siblings’ weapons while standing on top of a pile of their fallen enemies and allies. While this connection is JUST via this foreshadowing cover, it’s starting to move at its current $14.99 market price. All the cheap copies have sold and has completely dried up on eBay. We’re watching this book to see IF this connection is accurate and if it’ll jump in price.
WATCHING: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MICROSERIES #1 (IDW, 2011)
Yeah, apparently we’re only watching TMNT books this week. This TMNT issue is JUST starting to trend… specifically due to it being ALOPEX’s first appearance. Alopex is a mutant arctic fox who Raphael is romantically linked to. Rumors are that Alopex will play a big role in the highly anticipated TMNT LAST RONIN series.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: LOONEY TUNES AND MERRIE MELODIES COMICS #1 (DELL, 1941)
It’s sad to think that many kids have no idea who Bugs Bunny is. When we were wee lads, Looney Tunes/ Tiny Tunes/ Space Jam etc. were definitely main staples in our world. A new LOONEY TUNES series was released on HBO MAX 3 weeks ago, which is being reported as “an instant hit”. Also worth noting is that there’s also a new SPACE JAM film with Lebron James that finished production back in September 2019 (and is stuck in the COVID limbo). IF this show and Space Jame 2 works, then this first appearance of BUGS BUNNY, PORKY PIG. DAFFY DUCK and ELMER FUDD is primed to jump. Even this week’s new high sale $1,999.99 for a CBCS 3.5 could look like a deal in the next several years. Definitely keep an eye out for raw sales. We are.
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