Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we see another 1st appearance contender for Shuri, we catch some Morbius movement as production on the film starts to wrap up, and we call out another Ashoka comic you may want to start digging for. Enjoy!
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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: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #365 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1992)
Last week this newsstand had a MASSIVE sale for $1,225 for a CGC 9.8. For a book that sells for about $30-$40 raw in NM, this is an incredible premium. Was this a one-off or is this where this book is now? The next one or two 9.8 sales will help answer that. This is one that we’ll watch closely. Keep in mind, CGC doesn’t separate the direct from the newsstand, so it’s not clear how many newsstand 9.8s actually exist.
SHAKER: ARAÑA: THE HEART OF THE SPIDER #1 – JOE QUESADA VARIANT (MARVEL, 2005)
With the UNCONFIRMED rumors that Araña (Anya Corazon) will be the SPIDER-WOMAN in Olivia Munn’s secret Spider-Woman project at Sony, collectors quickly escalated the market values for her first appearance in AMAZING FANTASY #1 (2004). As we’ve seen in this market, collectors quickly move on to the next key appearance, giving spike to her first solo series. This variant sold from $2 to $10 last week and now it sold for $112 raw for a high-grade copy. This is a nice reminder to pull any key Spider-Man universe issue from $1 and back-issue bins. They have proven to be great investments. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
SHAKER: BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1 (MARVEL, 2008)
After the speculation of Shuri potentially taking on the BLACK PANTHER mantle, there was a spike in her “first” appearance as Black Panther on the cover BLACK PANTHER #1 (2009) and internally in BLACK PANTHER #5. However, many are now pointing to this 2008 Annual as her first appearance due to appearing on two pages and named as BLACK PANTHER in another. It’s definitely interesting. However, will the market pivot? Once it makes a decision and champions a specific book, it’s hard for this book’s awareness to overcome the heat that BP #1 and #5 already have. With that said, this did recently sell a high-grade copy for $43. Here are the panels from this annual so you can make your own opinion. First or cameo?
SHAKER: CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 (MARVEL, 2013)
This book was once a $700+ book in a 9.8. The very brief panel cameo was considered the book to own after Captain Marvel #17 2nd print. With this panel being fairly underwhelming, the market shifted away from this in 2019 with sales falling below $300. However, sales are now moving back up with sales over $500 for a 9.8. While the market now favors #17 2nd print and All-New Marvel Point One #1, collectors are circling back and giving this their attention again.
SHAKER: DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH #7 – 3RD PRINT VARIANT (MARVEL, 2010)
Fans love Lady Deadpool. Her first appearance in this issue has been highly sought after for years. However, with a 2nd print/3rd print happy market, this 3rd print had a new high sale of $355 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: THE HERO TRADE ASHCAN (LIMITED 250) (BAD IDEA, 2020)
BAD IDEA Co-CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasan was recently on the YouTube show, IT’S DRUNKEN CHAT SON!! and spoke about this surprise and very limited ashcan that appeared at retail shops (jump to the 3:30 mark). The short version is: their new publishing company will have more upcoming surprises and will have strict requirements for shops to even qualify for their books, which sounds like an interesting premium comic book series. However, more info is to come and this ashcan was their introduction to the comic community. This hit market highs of $860 and currently selling for $695.
SHAKER: ICE CREAM MAN #1 (IMAGE, 2018)
lndie series like SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN and this title are SUPER hot. While ICE CREAM MAN has a deal with Quibi, it’s surprising to see a series hit new highs like this has been. Usually, as content news quiets, sales slow. However, this year has proven to buck trends and change the rules. This first issue hit a new raw sale height of $205 last week.
SHAKER: LEGION OF MONSTERS #1 (MARVEL, 1975)
If you can recall, back in February, Jared Leto was shown reading this issue of LEGION OF MONSTERS #1 (2011). When that image was tweeted, sales for this comic and the LEGION OF MONSTERS first appearance went crazy. As the months progressed, collectors moved on and prices came down. However…. Maybe not as their first appearance in the 1975 series hit an all-new high sale of $1,200 for a 9.8 this week.
SHAKER: MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE #3 – TOMM COKER (1:50) (MARVEL, 2013)
Jumping off of LEGION OF MONSTERS, the MORBIUS film is wrapping up and collectors are getting ready. Now, Morbius has never had a long-running series. This short-run series had some fantastic variants that were VERY under-ordered and difficult to find. This 1:50 variant is one of those. It had a big sale of $550 for a CGC 9.6.
SHAKER: SHURI #2 – SAM SPRATT – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2018)
Yeah, subsequent printings are all the rage these days. Collectors used to widely shun additional printings and always preferred the first appearance. That has completely flipped. Subsequent prints are now the new high priced variants. Case in point: this 2nd print hit an all-new height of $174.51 for a raw copy.
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 – TOYBIZ – 2ND PRINT – WHITE (MARVEL, 1992)
One of the guaranteed characters in the next INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE is Spider-Man 2099. His costume is easily one of our favorite superhero costumes. His appearance at the end of SPIDER-VERSE got us pretty excited for the next film. With a sale of $1K for a CGC 9.8, this 2nd Print Toybiz variant is easily THE book to have of 2099’s key issues.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #2 – 2ND PRINTING VARIANT (MARVEL, 2017)
Again, 2nd prints…. CRAZY days for collecting. This 2nd print of DARTH MAUL #2, featuring the first appearance of CAD BANE, hit a big high sale of $600 for a 9.8. Cad Bane is a bounty hunter that’s expected to appear in upcoming STAR WARS projects.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: JEDI VS. SITH #1 – DYNAMIC FORCES (DARK HORSE, 2001)
This Dynamic Forces variant is very hard to find and further proof of how a limited run of even 2,500 copies can completely disappear 19 years later. Keep this in mind when you’re looking at low print exclusives. With that said, this first appearance of Darth Bane (no relation to Cad Bane) is another character that’s getting lots of speculation to appear in upcoming SW projects. This variant sold for $525.25 for a raw copy.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 – 3RD PRINT (MIRAGE, 1984)
Seriously…. These subsequent printings… even one as old as this one! This 3rd print sold for $3,299.99 for a 9.8. It’s important to note that a year ago, a 9.8 cost $860. In July 2020, a 9.8 sold for $1,500. And now it doubled in just two months. This market just continues to surprise us.
SHAKER: THORN: TALES FROM THE LANTERN #1 (JEFF SMITH, 1983)
As noted by HERITAGE AUCTIONS “Jeff Smith’s Bone characters appeared in this collection years before the Bone comic book came out. This small-print rarity (just 1,000 copies were produced, by one account) collects Smith’s cartoons from the Ohio State University newspaper. These strips led directly to Smith creating his multi-award-winning comic book series Bone. Jeff Smith cover and art.” This hard to find collection had a new all-time high sale of $5,833 for a raw copy. This is such a great book to own.
SHAKER: TOMB RAIDER / WITCHBLADE #1 (TOP COW PRODUCTIONS, 1997)
90’s comic fans love Tomb Raider and Witchblade. Their team-up issue had a random big sale of $299.99 for a CGC 9.8. This is just a reminder that there is a big market out there looking for high-grade copies of their favorite characters.
SHAKER: THE TRANSFORMERS #1 – CANADIAN PRICE – $1.00 (MARVEL, 1984)
This TRANSFORMERS #1 Canadian $1 price variant had a massive sale this week of $2,425 for a CGC 9.8. Since these $1 variants were the last of the price variants for Marvel, they are not easy to find. There are only 8 on the CGC census.
SHAKER: VAMPS VS WOLVES #4 – PEACH MOMOKO VARIANT (UNKNOWN US PUBLISHER, 2019)
It’s been a while since we mentioned a Peach book (they’re all still doing VERY well). This very limited and hard to find Momoko cover had a big sale of $350 for a raw copy. Check out the rest of this series’ covers by artist Scott Blair. They’re FANTASTIC.
SHAKER: X-MEN #4 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1992)
With all the fervor on subsequent printings and newsstands, this first Omega Red had an all-time high sale (for both the direct and newsstand) of $385 for a CGC 9.8.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: KANG THE CONQUEROR
Speculation is spreading that KANG THE CONQUEROR may be the potential villain for ANT-MAN 3. That gave a very nice boost in sales for Kang’s first appearance in AVENGERS #8 (1964). Now, Kang has a VERY complicated history and several various takes. For now, collectors are sticking with his first.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: MARVEL DISNEY+
Hollywood Reporter article mentioned that, “Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the duo behind this year’s Bad Boys for Life, have been tapped to work on episodes of the series. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a two-time Oscar winner in the documentary short category, has also joined the helming roster for the series, as has Meera Menon, whose credits include episodes of The Walking Dead, The Punisher, Titans, Dirty John and Outlander.”
RUMORED/OPTIONED: SHE-HULK CASTING
Well, we finally have our She-Hulk. Deadline reports that “Tatiana Maslany Lands Title Role In New Marvel Series”. Tatiana is a master chameleon and has looked different in every project she’s ever done. She’s most notable in her role “Orphan Black” as Sarah Manning. Also notable (for us), is that Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao has already been tapped to lead the writers’ room… which is AWESOME. So, this series will definitely be humor driven.
In a recent Arcana Comic press announcement for HEROES OF THE GOLDEN MASK, at the footnote of the article, it was mentioned that “Arcana’s production slate also includes Ultraduck, Miskatonic and Go Fish.” Ultraduck could really become popular. Try to find the SUPER rare J. Scott Campbell WANGA PREVIEW FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with an Ultraduck Preview. It’s already $500+.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: UNDONE BY BLOOD #1 (AFTERSHOCK, 2020)
As reported by COMICS BEAT, “Undone by Blood, the metafictional revenge western from AfterShock Comics, is getting a TV deal with Norman Reedus production company, bigbadbald productions.” This lit a fire under the first issue, landing the #1 standard cover and variant on to our TOP 10 this week.
The official WANDAVISION trailer hit today and it looks fantastic! At the 1:07 mark, many were (correctly) guessing that Teyonah Parris (seen laying on the ground) will be playing Monica Rambeau. Get those AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #16 (1982) ready.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: STAR WARS: MACE WINDU #5 (MARVEL, 2017)
Star Wars fans – especially fans of the animated Star Wars Series ‘The Clone Wars’ – know about the character Ahsoka Tano. She’s about to gain more notoriety as she will appear in season 2 of The Mandalorian. As we all know, her first comic appearance was in a non-canon Dark Horse title Star Wars The Clone Wars #1. That book and more notably the 1,000 copy limited variant and regular cover newsstand edition are THE Ahsoka grails – in spite of not being Star Wars canon. As The Clone Wars #1 reached new sales heights, people clamored for other key Ahsoka books. This led to mid-June 2020 price rises in books like Star Wars Age of Republic Special #1 – a touted 1st appearance of Ahsoka in Star Wars canon. Since we all love “true firsts”, while Ahsoka appeared in 2 panels of AoR #1, she actually appeared in a Marvel Star Wars canon book almost 2 years prior (in one panel): Star Wars: Mace Windu #5.
The Star Wars non-canonical universe is huge and with Disney acquiring Marvel they will likely draw on that rich non-canonical history as they bring characters into the official Star Wars universe. This will propel many long under-appreciated books into the forefront, but it will also propel ‘false keys’ into the spotlight as well. So don’t take everything you read in a blog or watch on a youtube channel as gospel – do some of your own digging and you might just have some fun reading comics along the way. 😉
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: THE CROW #1 (CALIBER, 1989)
Seriously, what is going on with THE CROW? After the Mamoa CROW project fell through at Sony Pictures, this property fell back into comic limbo. Yet, sales have NEVER been higher as they have been for the past 6 months. A CGC 9.6 had consistent sales around $675 for the past year or two. However, that price has been replaced with this week’s new sale of $2,250! Wow, just wow.
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