WEEK IN REVIEW

September 4th, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we talk all about the Shuri books that are trending, we see a ton of Star Wars sales as the Mandalorian and other SW rumors abound and we call out how Spider books are some of the hottest comics selling right now. 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 #2 (MARVEL, 2008)

Well, with the massive market heat on the first issues, it was just a matter of time that this 2nd issue would also get a big uptick in price. This week it hit a new height of $200 raw. 

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SHAKER: AMAZING FANTASY #10 (MARVEL, 2005)

It’s been rumored (for over a year now) that Nina Price, who first appeared in this issue, would be a villain in the Mahershala Ali BLADE series for Disney+. There’s been no new news, but this book still continues to increase in price. Nina, a hybrid Vampire/Werewolf, is now selling for $74.99 raw. This book is in plenty of $1 boxes, so keep a lookout when you’re looking for Amadeus Cho’s first appearance. Many skip right over this issue and leave it behind for you to grab. 

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121 (MARVEL, 1973)

We’re not sure if Spider-Gwen is finally sending collectors to Gwen Stacey’s earlier key issues, however prices seem to be moving for this issue, which features the death of Gwen Stacy. This issue had a 9.8 sold for $6,094 this week, almost matching the highest 9.8 sale of $6,100 last December 2019. 

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #122 (MARVEL, 1973)

Following ASM #121, the “Death” of the Green Goblin also had a big sale of $4,994 for a CGC 9.8. These two comics changed the path and future storylines for Peter Parker/ Spider-Man in a big way. These will continue to increase.

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SHAKER: BATMAN #92 SDCC FOIL (DC, 2020)

While the market is favoring HELL ARISEN #3, Batman #92’s variants are selling really well. While SDCC at home didn’t quite work out, many were still able to obtain this foil variant of Artgerm’s cover. For weeks after release, you could still pick this up for $30. However, this exclusive has really started to jump in price to the current raw price at $60 and a new high sale of $220 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: BATMAN #92 B&W ONE-PER STORE VARIANT (DC, 2020)

We’ll admit, we’re super weary of “One-Per store variants”. With very few exceptions (Spawn, Something’s Killing the Children, Negan Lives), most one-per store variants are typically poor investments. They’re almost always overpriced in stores and tend to dramatically decrease in value in a very short amount of time. The “one-per store” denotation is a bit misleading as these one-per store variants are not particularly rare and tend to suffer market flooding as a high number of sellers/ retailers rush to get their copy listed and strike while the price increases. That’s exactly what’s happening with this variant. After pre-selling at a height of $349.99, as a high number of copies hit eBay, the market value dropped to its current market price of $225. With Punchline’s heat, there are a lot of expectations on this book’s potential. However, it’s really hard to say what this will do long term. It all depends on how much DC invests in Punchline and how receptive fans are as her character is developed. With that said, based on the current market, this appears to be dropping for the short term as supply appears to be exceeding demand.  When that happens, desperate sellers begin undercutting, dropping the overall price little by little. We’ll be watching over the week to see how it does and if it can tread water long enough and retain its current value. Though, if any new character can do it right now, it’s Punchline. 

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SHAKER: HALLOWEEN #1 (CHAOS!, 2000)

HALLOWEEN might just be one of the most beloved Halloween franchises. The classic film has a huge fan base, whose interest in Michael Meyers spills over into comics. Most of the covers for this first issue with CHAOS! Comics sell for significant money. However, it’s this photo variant that trended this week with a 9.8 selling for $305.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 – CHRIS TURCOTTE – APOCALYPSE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016)

By now, you know that this features the first issue of Riri as IRONHEART. This Apocalypse variant has been heating up in a big way over the last month with a 9.8 hitting a high sale of $1.350 at the end of July. However, this week a raw sale SURGED past the previous market price of $350 with a new high of $710 raw!

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SHAKER: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #9 (MARVEL, 1987)

MOTU collectors are die-hard about their He-Man comics. These 80’s Star (Marvel) covers are very hard to find in high grade, with only a few hitting the highly coveted 9.8. This #9 issue sold for $915 this week. While that seems like a fluke, we’ve seen other copies hit high prices like this for 9.8s. For example, the other recent sale was for Issue #6 when a 9.8 sold in July for $800. This is a super premium when you see that these issues sell raw for under $10.  

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #18 – BIRTHDAY COVER (MARVEL, 2020)

Like with Batman #92, this one-per store was hot this week. However, after initially hitting a high sale of $99, prices bounced around from $40 to $80. As copies flooded the market, the current market price continues to fluctuate between $45 and $65. The cover features almost all of the hottest characters right now. It’s hard to tell what this book wants to do. 

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SHAKER: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 (MARVEL, 2015)

This first appearance of MOON GIRL is starting to heat up as this book saw a new high sale of $340 for a CGC 9.8. This should continue to go up. 

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SHAKER: OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE #1 (OVERSTREET, 1970)

Before the age of the internet (and CovrPrice.com), OVERSTREET was the only way to get market values for years until WIZARD magazine in 1991. We exist today due to the path they started. This first issue of the Overstreet guide has become a highly sought after collectible and sold a raw copy this week for $1,675.

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SHAKER: POINT ONE #1 – NICK BRADSHAW VARIANT (MARVEL, 2011)

At this point, the MCU rumor train has probably listed every possible Marvel character as being introduced into Phase 4. Fans are desperate for news of a future MCU slate. The summer came and went with very little confirmation. One of those rumors is Sam Alexander as Nova. Marvel has been working to introduce a younger cast, which has helped fuel these rumors (despite Kevin Feige’s previous mention of introducing Richard Rider). With no one saying “he’s not in development”, his first appearance in this POINT ONE continues to increase, specifically for the variants. The Bradshaw color variant sold for $400 in a 9.8 this week, with raws at $35/$45. The B&W 1:100 just had a huge sale of $1,050 for a CGC 9.8. While I can’t compare him to Kamala, he’s definitely following in her footsteps in terms of market value. 

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SHAKER: RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER #1 – MOVIE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2018)

We continue to deal with the loss of Chadwick Boseman. The sharp market prices and speculation that came immediately upon his death is one of the uglier/ difficult sides of comic collecting. Prices for Shuri key books went nuts with the expectation that she’ll take over the mantle. This is always a hard place for many to navigate. However, while her books are on fire, I wanted to focus on this movie variant. Heartbroken fans sought out this variant due to Boseman’s appearance on the cover, which features the actor unmasked and in costume. This book’s increase is understandable. There’s not many available online and it’s the perfect book to remember him by. However, it’s now pretty pricey. A recent sale hit a high of $132, with current auctions leaning to end around $100. 

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – JENNY FRISON – COMICS & ODDITIES – FOIL VIRGIN (LIMITED 300) (BOOM!, 2019)

This series is hot right now with all copies of this first issue heating up. This week this FOIL VIRGIN variant sold for $225 raw. The SCHMALKE – VIRGIN (LIMITED 500) is even more impressive with a higher print run and recently sold for $270 raw. It’s rare to see a series organically grow without the influence of content. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: LEGACY #1 – 3RD PRINT (DARK HORSE, 2006)

This rare 3rd print had a huge sale this week of $610 for a CGC 9.8. This issue features the first appearance of Cade Skwalker, Shado, Sazen, Darth Krayt, Maladi and Nihi. Granted, outside of Diehard Star Wars fans, these names tend to be white noise. So many characters are rumored to appear in the upcoming season 2 of THE MANDALORIAN. With a confirmed release date of October 30th, we’re hopefully getting closer to a trailer that could start confirming these appearances. Regardless, STAR WARS books are getting more market attention than they ever have before. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS TALES #24 – COVER A (DARK HORSE, 2005)

Adding to the above note about Star Wars books comes this STAR WARS TALES issue that continues to climb. It features the 1st Appearance of Darth Nihilus & Darth Traya. Both of these characters are from the KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC series. So, their speculation lies with the KNIGHTS film in development. This standard A cover sold for $499.95 in a 9.8 this week.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #31 (DARK HORSE, 2008)

Yep, the Force is strong with this newsletter… another Star Wars book. This issue is just starting to take off with raw copies selling for $90. It features the first full appearance of Darth Malek, who is also rumored for the KNIGHT OF THE OLD REPUBLIC film. We haven’t heard any confirmed news on the rumored project, yet these key books continue to spike. 

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN / BATMAN ANNUAL #4 – ARTGERM – 2ND PRINT (DC, 2010)

There’s been a lot of debate over the first appearance of BATMAN BEYOND in the DC Universe (this Annual vs. Batman/Superman #22/23). Regardless of those issues, this annual was considered the first introduction for years. This book increases in value mostly due to the awesome Artgerm cover. This 2nd print is very difficult to find and can command high amounts, like this week’s sale of a 9.8 at $475, with raw copies selling for $112. Even though this may not be the true first, the market appears to still favor it.

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 – NYCC / “WHITE” LAIRD ERROR VARIANT (MIRAGE, 1985)

We love errors, and this is one of the earliest ones. This error had a massive sale this week of $2,225 for a raw copy, destroying previous raw sales around $600. The short version is, Eastman & Laird wanted to bring 500 copies of this second issue with them to NYCC 1985 and rushed those copies through in order to get them in time. Due to this rush, the blue ink looked too splotchy and was corrected for the rest of the run (50K total). One of the key determining factors in spotting this error is in the LAIRD sign above the VW bus. If it has white lettering vs. blue (though many of this error also had a darker blue) then it’s the error print. The standard/ reprinted cover has a light blue tint to the sign. 

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SHAKER: THANOS #13 (MARVEL, 2017)

While we don’t hear much talk about COSMIC GHOST RIDER the way he was back in 2017, his first appearance is actually hitting all new heights this week with a 9.8 sale of $449.99 for this standard cover. Some of this is driven by speculation that Donnie Cates MAY weave him into one of his many hot series.

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SHAKER: VENOM #27 – JONBOY MEYERS – DOUBLE COVER (MARVEL, 2020)

This double cover error is still selling really well. This week it hit a new height as the “first to market” 9.8 hit eBay this week and sold for $1,275. As we’ve mentioned before, first to market 9.8s always sell for a premium and set the high bar for future 9.8 sales. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: ATOMAHAWK

Donnie Cates recently tweeted “ATOMAHAWK will rise again. Trust. @wonkytiger and I have been scheming. #StayTuned….” While there’s nothing substantial in that statement, the market took this to mean that there might be potential content and immediately bought out all copies and jumped the standard cover to $27 and the NYCC Red Foil to as high as $100. If anything, we take this to mean a potential new series… maybe… at some point. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK (BLACK MASK, 2016)

Deadline recently reported, “Picturestart Acquires Rights To ‘4 Kids Walk Into a Bank’ Comic; ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ Scribe Matthew Robinson Adapting” This news immediately cleared eBay of all cheap copies and pushed this standard cover to $29.95.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: THE NEXT BLACK PANTHER

With the passing of Chadwick, the conversations around who would replace him as the next BLACK PANTHER favors Shuri. Her key issues have had the following spikes in price:

  • BLACK PANTHER #2 (MARVEL, 2005)
    • Currently at $230 raw and $749.99 for a 9.8. 
  • BLACK PANTHER #1 (MARVEL, 2009)
    • Wow, did this book jump. Shuri’s first cover appearance as BP is selling the Campbel cover for $145 raw/ $300 in a 9.8. The Lashley variant is selling for $83 raw/ $270 in a 9.8. The rare 2nd print is catching up to those covers at $50 raw. We can’t wait to see what the SDCC sketch variant would do right now. 
  • BLACK PANTHER #5 (MARVEL, 2009)
    • While on all cover from issues #1 to #4, this issue is the first full internal appearance of Shuri as Black Panther. This has pushed this book to crazy new prices like this week’s raw sale at $170. We’ve seen these in $1 boxes plenty of times… so this jump is absolutely amazing.  (Find on eBay) (Find on MCS)

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: 

SHURI #1 1:50 CHAREST VARIANT (MARVEL, 2018) 

This Travis Charest variant is seeing a big jump in price with current sales at $135.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: KLAWS OF THE PANTHER #1 – STEPHANIE HANS (1:10) (MARVEL, 2010)

This 1:10 variant has been mostly selling around $60, except for one high raw sale of $150!

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Of course, there’s plenty of additional covers. These were some of the most notable highlights that seem to be moving the most right now.

 

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: SILK

Post-Miles-Mania, this first appearance of Silk went nuts thanks to the Spider-Verse halo that Miles created. Sales were actually JUST starting to come down a tad when Variety reported that there’s a “Silk Live-Action Marvel Series in the Works at Sony Pictures Television”. This news set fire to all covers of her first appearance. The first print is selling for $140 raw and $350 in a 9.8 with the Ramos 1:10 at $800 in a 9.8 and $455 raw. This will continue to see increases. Following in suit with this market’s current trends, Silk’s various key covers/ issues are also seeing spikes. We’ll catch those as they hit new heights. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

 

With the SONY TV Silk news, EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE 2 film in production, and the Sony Marvel Universe… Spider books are some of the biggest selling books right now with plenty of others to follow. Here are three that have seen increased sales and price jumps:

WATCHING: AMAZING FANTASY #1 (MARVEL, 2004)

Araña (Anya Corazon) is a Spider-Girl (she has a spider-shaped tattoo that endows her with spider-like powers) with plenty of potential. Her first appearance in this issue is still affordable at $20 raw. However, this book had its highest sale this week at $199.95 for a 9.8. While there are no rumors of her appearing, there is still an upward trend and book to key an eye out for. 

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WATCHING: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #118 (MARVEL, 1994)

The clone saga was a complicated mess that angered many fans. However, most love the Scarlet Spider (aka Ben Reily) that came out of the event. We would all love to see this iteration of Spider-Man appear on screen. Like Araña, there are no current rumors… just an uptick in sales with raws at $33 and a 9.8 at $285. 

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WATCHING: WHAT IF…? #105 (MARVEL, 1998)

This first appearance of Mayday Parker, alternative/future daughter of Peter & Mary Jane, has always been an expensive book. However, this book had a new high sale of $1,525 for a CGC 9.8. Higher grade raws are at $200. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2 (MIRAGE, 1984)

This 2nd issue of our favorite Ninja Turtles had a new high sale this week of $2,800 for a 9.8. This crushes the last high sale of $960 for a 9.8 in June 2020. TMNT key issues are on fire right now. 

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