WEEK IN REVIEW

September 11th, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we see more Blue Marvel movement, show some love to a couple of L.B. Cole covers, and catch Alf in an awkward position. Let’s do this!


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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 #5 (MARVEL, 2009)

Last week, we had issue #2 on this list when that hit $200 raw. This week, we add issue #5 after a CGC 9.8 sale of $325. This Blue Marvel 5 issue set just continues to increase.

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SHAKER: ALF #48 (MARVEL, 1991)

This unintentionally hilarious comic continues to be sought out by collectors. Sure, it’s juvenile and mostly telling of where our minds go… but it’s still funny. Not to mention, ALF is fricking awesome. This had it’s highest raw sale yet with a $239 NM raw sale.

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SHAKER: BATMAN #423 (DC, 1988)

If you love Todd McFarlane as much as we do, then you might consider this as one of the best Batman covers ever. Looking at the cape, you can really see how Todd used Batman as a prototype for Spawn. In fact, Todd homaged himself when he recreated this image for the variant for SPAWN #230, which worked perfectly. This classic Batman cover is also hitting crazy new heights, like the past two 9.8 sales of $1,051 and $925. 

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SHAKER: COBRA KAI: THE KARATE KID SAGA CONTINUES #1 – 1:25 (IDW, 2019)

We had COBRA KAI in our WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES section two weeks ago, back when this was just starting to see some market movement. And now… wow. This 1:25 variant took the lead amount the other covers with a raw sale of $400. It has proven to be exceptionally hard to find. 

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SHAKER: CRY FOR DAWN #5 – 2nd PRINT (CRY FOR DAWN PRODUCTIONS, 1989)

Well, the market must REALLY love 2nd prints right now to extend the market craze to this 1989 issue. This 2nd print hit an all-new height of $2,000 for a CGC 9.8. This typically sells raw for $40. However, this is one of only TWO 9.8’s on the census. Creator, Joseph Lisner, has a significant fanbase and DAWN is the original character that he’s known best for. This 2nd print has always been rather tough to find. Also, the answer to WHY this 2nd print went for so much is literally answered on the cover. 

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SHAKER: DRAGON’S LAIR #1 VARIANT

This book was hot back in March 2020 when it was announced to be in development at Netflix with Ryan Reynolds. 6 months later, it’s still pretty hot with this hard to find variant selling for $210 raw. Keep an eye on this book over the next 6 months as collectors forget about this title. Netflix has a great track record of actually making the projects they option. They also tend to not provide updates until it’s suddenly released. This is going to be a fun show, so finding a copy as prices drop could be worth your time. 

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – SIYA OUM – COMIC BUG – COLOR (LIMITED 3000) (MARVEL, 2014)

This Comic Bug Color variant had a big raw sale this week of $229.99. This is listed as the 5th print and was sold during FCBD 2014, limited to 3,000 copies. The B&W variant was limited to 1,500 copies. That makes these the lowest print run(s) of the various EOSV #2 covers. The 2nd print has been widely considered as the lowest. However, it has an estimated print run of a little over 6K. 

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SHAKER: GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 (MARVEL,1975)

This book is a smart purchase right now. Actually, MOST early X-Men issues with key appearances are smart pick-ups. We know the X-Men are coming (eventually) to the MCU, and these are really as cheap as they’ll get. While this 1st Nightcrawler, Colossus, Storm, Warpath and 2nd Wolverine (or 3rd… if you count Hulk #180 as an appearance) is in no way “cheap”, it’s still a book you should play close attention to. Prices do seem to be going up, like this week’s $3K high-grade raw sale. 

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SHAKER: GHOSTLY WEIRD STORIES #123 (STAR PUBLICATIONS,1954)

Anytime an L.B. Cole cover sells, we have to share it. This GHOST of a book sold for $406 raw this week. This is a reminder that all of his covers are going up (as are most pre-code horror books).

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SHAKER: THE GOON #1 (AVATAR PRESS,1999)

This super huge Heritage sale was the talk of the comic community. A rare 9.9 sold last week for $28,800! Even creator Eric Powell chimed in via Twitter stating, “That’s $28,800 more than I got paid to do it.” The power of a 9.9 and 10.0 is really apparent in this sale. However, it could also be the fact that it went through a proper auction house, which tends to bring far more serious buyers (with deep pockets) than eBay does. Keep that in mind if you’re lucky enough to get a big grade for a key issue. This big sale also helped push a 9.8 to $1,920 and the second issue to $3,840 for a CGC 10.0. 

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SHAKER: HARLEY QUINN #1 – ADAM HUGHES VARIANT COVER (DC, 2013)

Some variants can get a 2nd wind, which is exactly what this New 52 Hughes cover is having right now. During the New 52 run, this was one of the top variants that collectors wanted. Then, when the New 52 ended, demand began dipping as well. Over the past couple of years, you could have bought a 9.8 for around $400. However, prices have been increasing over the last few months with a recent 9.8 sale of $649.99.

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SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEWS #64 (MARVEL, 2009)

Preview books are a highly debated topic among collectors. The two sides argue over whether a solicitation preview can be considered a “first appearance”. Regardless of how you feel, there are definitely collectors out there for these… and man, do they spend money. This preview book features J. Scott Campbell’s artwork for BLACK PANTHER #1 on the back cover (as you’ll see in most eBay listings), featuring Shuri as Black Panther. This preview book hit a high of $139.99 last week, with more recent copies selling for $100. 

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SHAKER: MS. MARVEL #1 – ART ADAMS – B&W (1:100) (MARVEL | FEB 5, 2014)

Many Ms. Marvel #1 variants are seeing increases. This is one of the few high ratio variants for her titles and is really starting to go up in price, like last week’s new high sale of $520 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #89 – AMY MEEBERSON (1:25) (IDW, 2020)

How many Bronies do we have reading this? Chances are, there are a few (no judgment). Well, this variant is probably one that only they already know about. This 1:25 variant from Amy Meeberson sold this week for $200 raw. And while that might seem like a one-off, this sale is nothing compared to the $317 raw sale it had back in August. If you look on-line, you won’t find a copy for less than $250. Why? It could because it’s a hard-to-find variant and MLP collectors are die-hards. Or, it could be the LION KING homage (they don’t do too many homages). It’s not completely clear… and yes, we read it to try and find out why. Regardless of why, it’s definitely one expensive variant. 

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SHAKER: OUTLAWED #1 – ANNA RUD 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)

Man, has this book been a hot button topic.  A few weeks ago, when it initially went from $50 to $500 overnight, this lit up the chat rooms like a flare gun. Like many books lately, this had such a massive jump that it logically had people questioning the validity of the sale. This market is SO crazy right now, that others just shrugged it off with complete acceptance. Regardless of that first sale, this variant has now seen multiple new sales that have ranged from $362 to $549 raw. And now, we have the first 9.8 sale that went for a CRAZY high sale price of $1,900 (with a portion donated to St. Jude’s Charity). Now, to confirm the sale, we reached out to and spoke with this seller and he’s a good dude, so this is definitely a legit sale. Regardless of where this started, this variant is suddenly one of the most valuable modern variants.

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

With no one denying the Constantine/ Keanu rumors (which doesn’t mean anything, as sales info is rarely corrected), the first appearance of this character hit a new high sale of $1,250 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: SAILOR MOON #1 – SDCC 1998 – PINK FOIL (TOKYOPOP, 1998)

We pay attention to a lot of various trends for books that are moving… even without YouTube/App/Site mentions or content announcements. This book is one of those. The standard first print (first Sailor Moon U.S. comic appearance) has been recently selling for $250 in a 9.8. However, it’s this SDCC Pink Foil variant that continues to surprise us with its raw sale of $153.49 last week. This (hard to not notice) variant was only available at San Diego Comic Con 1998, which was available to ONLY Club Tokyopop members. It’s not widely known how many copies there are out there, but not many get listed. The only copy currently listed is asking for $350.  Issue #11 has an inverted version of this cover from SDCC 1999 that’s a silver foil with a pink moon. That’s even harder to find (especially in high grade). 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN: BLACK CAT STRIKES #2 – NAKAYAMA 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)

Pay close attention to low print Spider-Man series like this. When they produce good variants, it tends to be the right recipe for an expensive book in the making. This BLACK CAT STRIKES series fits that description. This Nakayama variant is our favorite and had a raw sale of $125 this week. Almost all variants for this series are seeing sales way over ratio. Issue #4 sells for $100 now and the more recent variant for issue #5 is getting there, with raw sales at $60 and current auctions climbing.

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SHAKER: STARTLING TERROR TALES #5

Did we mention that we love L.B. Cole covers? Well, here’s another big sale this week. This hard to find cover of his sold for $787 raw. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DAWN OF THE JEDI – FORCE STORM #1 – GONZALO FLORES VARIANT (DARK HORSE, 2012)

Yep, MORE Star Wars firsts. This variant sold for $349 in a 9.8 this week. We needed to look this one up and pulled this from our friend’s at CBSI, writer Ben C (who is owning STAR WARS first lists right now): “Issue one is where the story actually begins and we are introduced to 2 major characters Trill & Xesh. Xesh is a Force Hound and classic bad guy with a change of heart. Trill is another Force Hound of the Infinite Empire (“the bad guys”) and another strong female in comics.”

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KANAN #1 – KILLIAN PLUNKETT (1:25) (MARVEL, 2015)

Ummmm wow. This first appearance 1:25 variant of Sabine Wren, Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Chopper (C1-10P), Hera Syndulla, and Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios just hit a new high sale of $825 for a 9.8! With all the Star Wars heat and loads of first appearances in this issue, this could keep going. It also helps that there are rumors of Ashoka and Sabine getting their own series post-MANDALORIAN Season 2. But, that seems to be mostly speculation. But still, this variant is moving up. 

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SHAKER: SUPERBOY #9 – DC UNIVERSE LOGO (DC, 1994)

The first FULL appearance of KING SHARK, who will appear in SUICIDE SQUAD 2, is really moving the standard cover (It landed on our TOP 10 this week). However, this DC UNIVERSE logo was the highlight when a CGC 9.8 sold for $599 last week. For a quick recap, DC Universe Logo Variants are subsequent printings that had the words “DC UNIVERSE” in the UPC/LOGO box. These were packaged together in DC comic multi-packs sold to various non-comic and comic retailers. These were usually the last printing of each title and can be exceptionally difficult to find, especially in a high grade.

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SHAKER: TECH JACKET #1 (IMAGE, 2011)

Touching upon the Marvel Previews above, this is another preview that most consider to be just an advertisement. However, some collectors see it as a first. This issue of Kirkman’s Tech Jacket features a preview of INVINCIBLE #1 at the back. A year ago, you could easily get this for under $20, now it’s $100 raw (and climbing).

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 – 2ND PRINT (MIRAGE, 1984)

We had the 2nd issue on the list last week and we’re now back to the 1st issue and this 2nd print. This cover continues to heat up with a CGC 9.6 jumping from previous sales of $1,500 to this week’s $5,600. Turtle Power! 

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #1 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL – DEADPOOL (MARVEL, 2010)

While it’s not the highest sale ever, it was nice to see this variant show up. It sold a CGC 9.6 for $2,938.77. Back in 2013, the variant market wasn’t NEARLY as robust as it currently is, and this was one of the kings. It may not get AS talked about as it did back then, but it’s still one expensive book.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #10 – QUESADA – THIRD CLAW 1:100 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2007)

Sooo, did we miss some Daken news? Wolverine’s son’s first appearance in this issue was hot right at release. Marvel snuck this 1:100 variant mixed into random orders, leaving fans to pluck them from the shelf for cover price (we were one of those folks – Huzzah!). This variant dipped hard with the “death” of Daken back in 2012. You could easily get a copy for $150, with a 9.8 at around $420. However, with Daken now resurrected in HOUSE OF X, he’s now a member of X-Factor and seems a little more balanced (writing-wise). This could be causing the price surge of a 9.8 selling at a new height of $1,495 and a raw sale of $420.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: AMAZING FANTASY #1 (MARVEL, 2004)

Well, that didn’t take long. We had this on our “BOOKS THE WATCHER WATCHES” last week and now there are rumors that Araña (Anya Corazon) will be the SPIDER-WOMAN in Olivia Munn’s secret Spider-Woman film at Sony. We previously mentioned that her first appearance was still affordable at $20 raw… and then it jumped to $70. Keep in mind that this rumor is SUPER iffy, so take it with a grain of salt. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: MARRY ME #1 (KEENSPOT)

Deadline announced that “‘Marry Me’: Jennifer Lopez Romantic Comedy Sets Valentine’s Day Weekend Release”, which will no doubt start moving copies. Start looking for the #0 preview. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

 

WATCHING:  MARVEL #1 (MARVEL, 2014)

The time to move on this first issue of Kamala’s solo series is now. For some reason, collectors have rushed to her various variants, overlooking this issue and their subsequent printings. While raws are at about $85, CGC 9.8’s are $300… we think these are going to jump even MORE soon.

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WATCHING: THE SENTRY #1 (MARVEL, 2000)

Not that this book needed ANY help increasing in price, but Ryan Stegman (artist on Venom) tweeted out a sketch of THE SENTRY with the tagline “You aren’t ready. #KingInBlack”. This has lead to many speculating that The Sentry is the GOD OF LIGHT. Knowing Cates… there’s probably a twist in here somewhere. Regardless, it appears that Sentry will at least play some significant role in upcoming Venom issues. Which means… this first appearance is going to go WAY up. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: NOVA #1 (MARVEL, 1976)

So far, Richard Rider and Sam Alexander are both rumored to show up in the MCU as NOVA. The most logical first to screen lies with Mr. Rider, whose first appearance in this issue had a new high sale of $1,740 for a CGC 9.8. With productions and releases all pushed back to 2021 (for the most part), it may be a while before we get any confirmation. So, for now, Richard has the lead!

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