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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: CANTO #1 (IDW, 2019)
Now, due to this first issue having a high amount of damages, most copies of CANTO #1 sell for about $100. However, NM or NM+ copies tend to be a different story. Usually, those high copies sell for around $150. This week, a NM+ copy sold for $285 raw. This is one of those series that had initial heat and then cooled off. A year later, this series just took off like a rocket. No content, just straight fan-driven enjoyment.
SHAKER: CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2013)
While it’s not the highest, this week’s $3,305 for a 9.8 is pretty darn close. We can actually see this even doubling in value upon casting news. If you can afford it, raw copies at $1K may be worth your investment.
SHAKER: CYBERPUNK 2077: TRAUMA TEAM #1 – DARK HORSE EXCLUSIVE (LIMITED 300) (DARK HORSE, 2020)
This Limited to 300 set (exclusive variant and 11×14 print) seemed like a hefty asking fee of $50. However, with a high sale of $580, that was obviously a smart purchase. Many seem to be excited about this series and the upcoming game, giving a rise in price to the standard issue to $20 (and landing in our #2 spot on the TOP 10 this week). Seeing how limited that variant is, this will most likely continue to go up (especially as anticipation for the game’s release on 11/19/20). If you’ve followed this newsletter for a while, then you should know by now how valuable video game comics are lately. While we missed out on this series ourselves, those who were on top of this will do quite nicely.
SHAKER: FOUR COLOR #16 (DELL, 1941)
Here’s a book that is greatly undervalued. This issue features the first appearance of Mickey Mouse. Granted, mid to high graded copies have hit as high as $17K for a 7.5, however, this week’s raw sale of $949 is the highest we’ve seen and STILL seems like a deal.
SHAKER: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #1 (MARVEL, 1982)
Nostalgia is a major force in current comic sales. While series like TRANSFORMERS #1, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and G.I. JOE have content heat, nostalgia was driving the value up long before that. This has helped give a significant lift to first issues like this first G.I. Joe, hitting an all-new high sale of $787.77 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: MALIBU SUN #13 – BACK COVER COLOR ERROR VARIANT (MALIBU, 1992)
This issue is arguably the “first appearance” of Spawn. It’s one of those early preview issues, (featuring Spawn on the cover, inside and back cover) that many collectors like to favor over his traditional #1 appearance months later. Then, add a color error to the back cover and you now have a popular/hard to find Spawn book that many fans are seeking out. This week, this error book had an all-time high sale of $1,990 for a CGC 9.2. We look forward to the day when we see the elusive 9.8 (there’s only ONE on the census).
SHAKER: SILVER SURFER: BLACK #2 – SDCC 2019 (MARVEL, 2019)
Before conventions were canceled, Marvel celebrated (and rewarded) fans with very limited exclusives that you could only obtain at their panels. This was one of those, given out via Q&A’s or to best-dressed cosplayers, this hard to find variant continues to rise in price with a new high raw sale of $372.89. Keep in mind that there’s a B&W version that is limited to an incredibly tiny print run of 25 copies. We’ve never even seen a copy of that.
SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #3 – 2ND PRINTING (BOOM! STUDIOS, 2019)
As is custom lately with subsequent printing, this HOT series even has heat for the 2nd print of later issues, like this issue #3. It’s hitting $75 raw and $250 in a 9.8.
SHAKER: SPAWN #1 – ERROR EDITION (IMAGE, 1992)
Okay, warning, here’s where we get a little SPAWN heavy this week. There were a bunch of high sales for multiple hard to find SPAWN issues. In our mind, this is THE crème de la crème of Spawn books. As opposed to books like EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 where there really is no true error, just a variance in printing, this Spawn issue is a true error as it was printed without any black ink. Not many of these are out there, so it can command a premium when one comes up for sale. This week we saw one of those rare sales, and it was a CGC 9.8 nonetheless at a high price of $6,700.
SHAKER: SPAWN #1 – BEST BUY EXCLUSIVE MINI-COMIC (IMAGE, 1992)
A raw copy sold this week for $255.89. Typically, mini-promotional comics like this were completely dismissed. It was easy to not see value in such a small reprint of a 90’s comic like SPAWN. However, this mini-comic is now quite valuable due to many collectors doing just that. This mini-reprint of Spawn #1 was included in the SPAWN ANIMATED SERIES “Todd McFarlane’s Spawn: 10th Anniversary Signature Edition” DVD tin, which was exclusive only to Best Buy stores. It’s unknown how many sets were produced, but we know how hard this mini-comic is to find.
SHAKER: SPAWN #5 – GERMAN THERMO COLOR VARIANT (LIMITED TO 400) (IMAGE, 1992)
This German variant reprints Spawn #9 & #11 (in German of course). It sold a rare CGC 9.8 for $1,009 this week. Previous raw sales have sold for $350. If you recall, #9 is the 1st appearance of Angela… making this even more desirable. The front cover is simple, unique, and perfect. This Thermo variant is also known as the “chameleon edition”. The front cover actually changes color when heat is applied, ala a mood ring. How cool is that? Your comic presser would probably get the most enjoyment out of this. It was limited to 400 copies and sold during a limited shopping season between July 14-Aug 15, 1997 at Modern Graphics in Germany
SHAKER: STAR WARS TALES #24 – PHOTO VARIANT – NEWSSTAND (DARK HORSE, 2005)
It’s impossible to NOT talk about subsequent printings nor newsstands nowadays. This DARTH MAUL Newsstand, featuring the 1st Appearance of Darth Nihilus, had a big sale of $599.99 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: STATIC #1 – PLATINUM (DC, 1993)
Still climbing out of DC Fandome from the news of a potential STATIC film, this Platinum edition hit a new high of $525 for a CGC 9.8. Static is a great character, so we hope to see him in live-action. Keep in mind that since this property is JUST in consideration at WB means it’ll be a while before we get any confirmation (and IF we get any confirmation).
SHAKER: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2 – ACUÑA (1:50) (MARVEL, 2012)
This first appearance of Gorr and the Necrosword continues to skyrocket in price. A NM raw copy sold this week for $555.99.
SHAKER: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #6 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 2013)
This cameo appearance of Knull (unnamed) had a HUGE sale this week of $900 for a CGC 9.0 for this hard to find newsstand. Seeing how hot KNULL is, this still has room to grow.
SHAKER: WARRIOR NUN AREALA #1 (ANTARCTIC PRESS, 1994)
The Netflix series WARRIOR NUN was a hit for the streamer and was picked up for a second season. Usually, content-related books only get that big bump upon the original announcement and then tapers off with the following seasons. However, this first appearance of The Warrior Nun/ Areala had its biggest sale of $511 for a CGC 9.8. Raws still seem to be down.
SHAKER: WIZARD #1 – SDCC (WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT, 1991)
We’ll admit that we didn’t grow up with Overstreet as our price guide. Our go-to source of current market prices was always WIZARD MAGAZINE. As avid subscribers, we eagerly awaited each issue and immediately flipped to the back to see how hot our recent purchases were doing. The road that led us to creating COVRPRICE started with Wizard. Ironically, the SDCC version of their inaugural #1 issue is now a collectible itself with this week’s sale of $799.10 for a CGC 9.8 (one of only two on the census). Tapping into that strong sense of nostalgia, this is one of those sales that we’re super jealous of.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: PEACEMAKER TV SHOW
Per Deadline, “‘The Suicide Squad’ TV Spinoff ‘Peacemaker’ Starring John Cena From James Gunn Ordered By HBO Max”. The article mentions that “the show will explore the origins of the character that Cena plays in the 2021 (Suicide Squad) movie”, which favor’s the character’s first appearance in FIGHTIN’ FIVE #40 (CHARLTON, 1966), which is currently selling for $300 raw. Based on the costume images online, this matches this early appearance. However, many are speculating that the series may jump around and is also favoring BLUE BEETLE #3 (DC, 2006), which is the more modern first appearance of PEACEMAKER. This Blue Beetle issue has increased 41.31% at a current market value of $25. (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: THE VISION AND THE SCARLET WITCH #12 (MARVEL, 1986)
After watching the Vision and Scarlet Witch trailer, it’s clear that the Scarlet Witch is unraveling and quite possibly re-shaping the world to her mindset. This has led to speculation that her twin sons, Billy & Tommy Maximoff might appear in the series. This could potentially introduce two key characters of the Young Avengers, WICCAN (Billy Kaplan-Altman) and SPEED (Tommy Shepherd). While their surnames are different, it’s revealed in YOUNG AVENGERS #11 that these are the twins that died only to be reincarnated by a very complicated Mephisto storyline.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: THE NEW MUTANTS #98 – MARK JEWELERS (MARVEL, 1991)
Mark Jeweler Variants are a four-page Jewelry advertisement from the company, Mark Jeweler, that were placed into the centerfold of a comic from August 1972 to July 1986. Roughly about 692 titles, across both DC and Marvel, contained these inserts and were given the term “variant” to distinguish them from copies that don’t contain the advertisement. An estimated 5% of a title’s print numbers had the inserts. This rarity makes them very collectible today, especially when it’s also a newsstand copy. Which leads us to this first appearance of DEADPOOL, which hit a new high of $2,164.04 for a CGC 9.8.
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