WEEK IN REVIEW

October 16th, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we see a nice sale for Elsa Bloodstone’s 1st appearance, sales continuing to rise for Invincible, and a confirmation that Miles Morales’s sweet alternative suit will be in the upcoming video game. (MILES MORALES PS5) If you’re ready… let’s do this!


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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: BATMAN #608 – RRP (DC, 2002)

This top modern variant by Jim Lee rarely sees a sale. When it does, it’s usually pretty notable. This week a CGC 9.4 had its highest sale at $3,250.

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SHAKER: BATVARK PENIS (ONE-SHOT) VIRGIN (LIMITED 253) (AARDVARK-VANAHEIM, 2020)

If you’ve been thinking that these newsletters need more direct phallic references, then here you go. If you’ve noticed, Cerebus the Aardvark has been releasing one-shot homage issues to popular key issues/covers. This BATVARK issue homages BATMAN:DAMNED and has a censored cover and a very rare virgin cover, which sold for $555 raw this week. Per the seller, this virgin cover was paid for (out of pocket) by AARDVARK-VANAHEIM employees and will ONLY be selling all 253 copies via eBay… one by one. It’s an interesting strategy that’s designed to get top dollar… and it looks like it’s working. 

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SHAKER: BLOODSTONE #1 (MARVEL, 2001)

Elsa Bloodstone’s first appearance in this issue has been slowly climbing for years now. When she was rumored to appear in the Disney+ BLADE series, this key issue jumped in price. To add to that, she’s been in a relationship with Deadpool in his core series and also was featured in MARVEL COMICS #1000 with a very adorable scene with JEFF THE SHARK that has been spread like wildfire through the various comic groups (see below). Her stock is going up and her market value has never been higher, like this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $399.99 and high-grade raws well over $100.

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SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #20 – DOUG MAHNKE – B&W (1:25) (DC, 2013)

Well, we all love a good first appearance debate. CGC notates this as “First appearance of Jessica Cruz in a one-panel cameo (face not revealed)”, which is referred to as the infamous “first arm” appearance. Regardless of this light cameo, it had a high sale of $83 raw this week. The currently listed copies are all pretty pricey. 

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SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #55 – DOUG MAHNKE (1:25) (DC, 2010)

This is easily our favorite Lobo variant… and maybe even our favorite cover in general. It’s fantastic, and awareness of it continues to increase, which in turn increases the market value. This week a raw sale hit a new high of $200. 

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE #1 – LARRY’S WONDERFUL WORLD OF COMICS (IMAGE, 2003)

The first print of INVINCIBLE #1 hit a new all-time high this week of $1,575 for a CGC 9.8. When the market value is THAT high, collectors typically turn to the “next affordable” cover, which is this LARRY’S COMICS variant. It’s simply the same cover with that store’s branding on it. It was always a steady $10 book until the Amazon Animated feature news hit in February 2018. Since then, this has been slowly climbing. However, it was the recent trailer that helped push this version to its current market value of $100+ and a recent sale of $225 for a CGC 9.8. The 2015 Anniversary variants should also get a slight uptick in price (especially the blue-line version). 

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SHAKER: JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 – COMBO PACK (DC, 2014)

While CGC notates GREEN LANTERN #20 as the “First appearance of Jessica Cruz in a one-panel cameo (face not revealed)”, they also notate this issue of JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 as the “First full appearance of Jessica Cruz” (her first as Green Lantern is in issue #50). Combo Packs (a variant that included a digital download, cost $1 more, and featured different colorations) were a failure for DC. Due to the higher costs and low demand, they had a short life span. Flash forward six years later, these are hard to come by. Hence, the huge raw sale for one this week at $294.98. Of course, the standard-issue and ALLRED – BATMAN ’66 (1:25) are scorching right now as well. That 1:25 variant sold for $160 raw this week. 

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SHAKER: JUSTICE LEAGUE #40 – COMBO PACK (DC, 2015)

Speaking of combo packs, this first full appearance of GRAIL (Wonder Woman’s villainous half-sister) sold for $112 raw this week. Seeing this trend (GL #0, GL #20, JL #31), it’s likely this was a collector recognizing that they should start picking up other key appearances with combo packs. They’re difficult to find, especially in high grade. 

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 – GARBETT VARIANT (1:50) (MARVEL, 2018)

While most Miles variants hit their high sales weeks ago, this 1:50 variant took it’s time and hit a new high of $366.99 for a CGC 9.8. Artist Lee Garbett is amazing. Just check out his work on the Image title SKYWARD

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SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #13 – RAHZZAH 2020 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)

Khalid Brooks, the voice actor of the upcoming MILES MORALES PS5 release, tweeted a side by side post of the 2020 suit (seen on this variant cover) as an alternate costume featured in the game. This tweet lit a fire under this variant’s sales, hitting $60 raw and $240 for a CGC 9.8. This is going to continue to go up. Honestly, it’s pretty awesome… check it out:

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SHAKER: MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1 – VON EEDEN (1:25) (MARVEL, 2015)

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur have a pretty loyal fanbase. This core duo was announced to have a Disney channel (not Disney+) animated series. In anticipation of that series, this 1:25 variant hit a new high sale of $782 for a CGC 9.8. It’ll most likely surpass $1K. 

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SHAKER: MOUSE GUARD #1 (COMICXPRESS, 2005)

Now, we all know that this film was canceled due to the Fox Studios’ transition over to Disney, who stopped production on this gorgeous book. If you saw the test animations online, then you know how amazing this film could have been. With that said, the true first appearance of MOUSE GUARD was in this ridiculously hard to find first issue from COMICXPRESS, which was later reprinted by Archaia Studios Press. The main difference is a $3 price at the top right of the Comicxpress version, which sold for $800 raw this week… and is the first sale we’ve seen in a LONG time. 

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SHAKER: MS. MARVEL #12 – JOELLE JONES (1:25) VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016)

Prior to actress Iman Vellani’s casting as Ms. Marvel, casting rumors were already circling of Red Dagger joining the Disney+ series. His first appearance in this issue has really taken off, with this Joelle Jones variant hitting a high sale of $199 raw. We haven’t seen a 9.8 sale since June 2020 (which sold for $30), so that should hit a big amount when a copy ever gets listed. 

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SHAKER: MS. MARVEL #12 – ALESSANDRO TAINI – RED WIDOW (1:25) VARIANT  (MARVEL, 2016)

Yep, same book different 1:25 variant. While the Jones variant has the lead, this Taini variant is not too far behind. If you recall, this was hot right out the gate upon release. However, it’s currently having its best sales now with the recent $123 raw sale and $300 in a 9.8.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #1 (IMAGE, 1992)

While this week’s CGC 9.9 of a regular ol’ Spawn #1 sold for $3,618.08, it still couldn’t reach the all-time high it had in July 2020 for another CGC 9.9 at $4,850.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS ANNUAL #4 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER  (MARVEL, 2018)

John Tyler Christopher is getting a ton of much-deserved attention this year, with a focus on his striking negative variants. This Darth Vader negative variant is one of his hardest covers to find. Just try and find one now, it’s nowhere to be found. Its rare sale this week of $115 is it’s highest yet, we feel that the next sale will be significantly higher. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY – AHSOKA & PADME #1 (1:10) (IDW, 2018)

Sometimes it’s worth taking a chance on a 1:10 variant, like this one featuring ASHOKA & PADME on a large gatefold cover. It’s quietly selling for a very steady $100. Not many seem to mention it, so now might be a great time to look for a copy at your LCS. 

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – 6TH PRINT  (BOOM! STUDIOS, 2019)

Wow, this series is one of the hottest series since… well… not going to say it. Every variant and printing for issue #1 is just hitting new highs. This 6th print is now a steady $100. This could be a book you can maybe still find on shelves. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-WOMAN #1 – MILO MANARA VARIANT (1:50) (MARVEL, 2014)

We mentioned this variant about a year ago… back when it was under $100 raw. And boy, has it climbed since. This week a raw copy sold for $350. 

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 FCBD EDITION (MIRAGE, 2009)

As we mentioned with INVINCIBLE #1, collectibles move down the “affordable” 1st ladder. While this FCBD is a simple reprint of the Turtle’s first appearance, it is really getting expensive on its own with this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $305. This is still a book that you can pick-up for under $20. So, if you find a high-grade copy, grading it is a must. 

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SHAKER: UNIVERSE X: SPIDEY #1 – RECALLED SLANDER VARIANT (MARVEL, 2001)

This hard to find RECALLED version sold a rare CFC 9.8 for $500 this week. We may have mentioned it before, but we LOVE recalled/error books. This is also a fun one. In 2001, artist Al Milgrom took his revenge on Bob Harris, the former Marvel Editor in Chief, by hiding the words “BOB HARRIS HA HA HE’S GONE GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH HE WAS A NASTY S.O.B.” on book spines, on a bookshelf, in the background of page 28 (3rd panel – see image below). Unlike many recalled issues, this one never made it to the shelf. It was only sent to retailers as a preview issue and was caught in time in order to fix that one panel. The preview copy was recalled and “most” copies were pulped. There are also two Dynamic Forces variants that also had the recall (which are exceptionally hard to find). What’s fun about this book is that it’s MOSTLY found in dollar bins, which makes this a fun treasure hunt. When you see that classic Alex Ross Lizard Spidey cover, open it up to page 28, look for the bookshelf and see if it’s blank or has the recalled slander. Happy hunting!

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SHAKER: WE LIVE #1 – DUSTIN NGUYEN (1:15) (AFTERSHOCK COMICS, 2020)

This was the HOT new release from last week, with this 1:15 variant hitting a high of $47.99! The standard cover is doing decently at $8 as well. A few years ago, collectors were burnt out of constantly chasing “the next big book” week after week. The high demand for independent releases seems to slow a bit up until this year of COVID. These independent publishers were able to pivot well to direct/ on-line sales and have seemed to be doing well, giving renewed (and welcomed) lift to the independent market.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: AMERICA CHAVEZ CASTING

It’s been reported that actress Xochitl Gomez had been cast in an unnamed role for Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”. Many are assuming that she’s going to play the role of AMERICA CHAVEZ whose first appearance is in this one. While it’s mostly guesswork, it’ll most likely be a while before we get a solid confirmation. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  ECTOKID (MARVEL, 1993)

Per COMICBOOK.COM, “Ectokid: Clive Barker Is Developing His Marvel Comic Into a TV Series”. File this under “books you’ve seen a million times and never really looked once at it”. This news took this 25 cent back issue to it’s current $27 raw value, landing it in our #1 spot on the TOP 10 this week. The best place to look for this is in convention back issue bins… whenever those start again. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  JOHN CARTER @ DISNEY +

WE GOT THIS COVERED is reporting a possible John Carter series at Disney+. Keep in mind that this is unconfirmed, so no need to rush out and find John Carter comics. While John Carter first appeared in THE FUNNIES #30 (1939), that’s not going to be cheap. His appearance span decades in various forms. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: STATIC #45 (DC, 1997)

In actual CONFIRMED (and awesome) news, per Hollywood Reporter “Michael B. Jordan, Outlier Society to Produce DC Movie ‘Static Shock’”. As fans of the animated STATIC X show, we’re looking forward to this (please ride a manhole cover!). This is heated up Static’s first appearance AND this last issue to that first series, which sold for $250 raw this week. His first appearance in STATIC #1 is selling the collector’s edition for a steady $100. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: TEEN TITANS GO #23 (DC, 2005)

If you’re a fan of TEEN TITANS GO, then you’re most likely a big fan of RED X, who first appeared on the show (and closely resembles Dark Horse’s X). Per COMICBOOK.COM, “Red X, an original character created for Cartoon Network’s Teen Titans animated series, will make his DC Comics debut during DC Future State, a two-month, line-wide event beginning in January 2021. February will feature a combination of monthly and twice-monthly oversize anthologies, as well as a monthly schedule of miniseries and one-shots starring current and future DC heroes.” This has drummed up a lot of excitement for the canon introduction of the fan-favorite Antihero. However, his first non-canon appearance is in this issue of TEEN TITANS GO #23. We have a feeling that this is going to be pretty big. Before rushing to eBay (there aren’t any cheap copies listed), check your LCS for a copy… and HOLD it until RED X appears in January 2021.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: WOLVERINE #3 – CANADIAN (MARVEL, 1982)

Wow, this Candian price variant of the third issue of the first WOLVERINE solo series sold for $1,700 for a CGC 9.8 this week! Wow. Granted, this RARELY comes up for sale (let alone in such a high grade)… but still!

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