WEEK IN REVIEW

October 23rd, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week our CovrPrice algorithms spotted a massive sale for Harley Quinn’s first appearance, we chat about how Amazon’s The Boys is really effecting sales, and spread the (unconfirmed) rumor that Michael Keaton may appear in a HBO Max Batman Beyond series. (which would be awesome if true). 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: AMAZING FANTASY #15 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 2006)

While the first appearance of Amadeus Cho might be a little quieter then it was a month ago, he’s still hitting new heights. This week, the newsstand version of this book sold a CGC 9.6 for $2,500.  

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SHAKER: AMERICA #1 – QUINONES – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2017)

Since the after-market LOVES modern 2nd prints so much, here’s a 2nd for AMERICA #1 that’s been selling well lately. A raw copy sold this week for $119.99 and a CGC 9.8 for $216.50. 

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SHAKER: BATMAN BEYOND #6 (DC, 1999)

Below, in our OPTIONED/RUMORED section, we write about the continued rumors of Michael Keaton returning to the role of Bruce Wayne for a HBO MAX Batman Beyond series. BEFORE that news even hit, this first appearance of Terry’s Venom-like villain, Inque, was already hitting new heights at $450 for a 9.8. Since she’s on the shortlist of interesting villains, she seems to be a smart character to invest in (IF this news is actually accurate). 

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SHAKER: BLK (BLACK) BOY FLY C2E2 PREVIEW EDITION #1 (SELF-PUBLISHED, 2017)

This self-published comic by Hebru Brantley, a contemporary American artist best known for his “Afro-Futurism approach to anime and graffiti”,  was limited to a very low 100 copies. These days, copies only pop up for sale once or twice a year. And when they sell, they sell high… like this week’s CGC 9.8 sale for $1,049. This is a new high for this book. 

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SHAKER: THE BOYS #1 (DC, 2006)

THE BOYS on AMAZON is a huge hit. Two additional seasons and 1 spin-off have already been announced. Now, typically, comics based on content ONLY do well during the development and first month of release. However, this is one of the FEW series that is now seeing its highest sales EVER during the show’s second season. This, and Mandalorian, are great examples of how GREAT content can boost aftermarket sales. THE BOYS sold a CGC 9.8 for an all-new high at $565 for a CGC 9.8 and raws copies at over $200. 

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SHAKER: THE BOYS: DEAR BECKY #1 – RAFAEL GRASSETTI – SCORPION COMICS – 4TH OF JULY (LIMITED 56) (DYNAMITE, 2020)

Speaking of THE BOYS… this show’s massive success has also brought renewed interest in this AMAZING cover (and the others of this image with alternate backgrounds). This copy of THE BOYS: DEAR BECKY #1 4TH OF JULY VARIANT from Scorpion Comics is one of the hardest copies to find, featuring Homelander and an American Flag behind him. With a buy-in of $250 for a very limited number of 56 CGC graded copies, a 9.8 sold this week for $2K! The VIRGIN (LIMITED 300) is no slouch either and sold a 9.8 this week for $870. 

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – GREG LAND (1:25) (MARVEL, 2014)

This first appearance of Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider hasn’t nearly had the volume of sales that ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 has had. This Greg Land variant seems to really take its time and find the right buyers. Well, one of those buyers ponied up $5,500 for a CGC 9.8! With the 1st print already hitting $900 in a 9.8, this Land variant will continue to climb the wall. 

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SHAKER: FLASHPOINT #1 – ANDY KUBERT VARIANT SKETCH COVER (DC, 2011)

If you haven’t checked in on FLASHPOINT, you’ll be surprised to see how much this sketch cover is now selling for. The most recent raw sales have sold for $170 and $125. This is still connected to speculation that the long-lingering FLASH film will focus on this FLASHPOINT storyline.

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SHAKER: ICE CREAM MAN #1 – MARTIN MORAZZO & CHRIS O’HALLORAN – COVER A  (IMAGE, 2018)

Man, this first issue just keeps hitting new heights, like this week’s BIG raw sale of $305. However, with the recent failed launch of QUIBI, which ICE CREAM MAN was being developed for, many are questioning how this book will fare in the aftermarket. In our opinion, there will be a significant legal/development transition period to another company. This WILL cause a drop in market price. However, it’s such a strong series, it should get picked up in the near future. 

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SHAKER: LUMBERJANES #1 – BROOKE ALLEN – BOOM! STUDIOS WEB EXCLUSIVE (BOOM!, 2014)

This variant was limited to 250 copies. With the recent HBO Max animated series news, that low print run was an easy no brainer to see a price spike, like this week’s new high of $999 for a CGC 9.8

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SHAKER: THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #1 – TARR (MARVEL, 2019)

If Kamala’s key issues are getting too pricey, divert your attention to this MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL, which is picking up in price. For example, check out this Babs Tarr variant which sold for $120 raw this week. Seeing that this series is still relatively recent, you could be able to find a few of these hard to find covers.

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SHAKER: NOBLE CAUSES #3 – COVER B (IMAGE, 2004)

This homage variant cover to UNCANNY X-MEN #141 features a quick cameo of Invincible on the bottom right photo. Being a hard-to-find cameo, this book hit a new high of $405 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: PHANTOM STARKILLER #1 – NYCC (LIMITED 250) (SCOUT COMICS, 2020)

This was one of the hit NYCC variants, selling out quickly. However, despite multiple high-priced listings, not many were sold. Now, upon release, copies started moving with a raw copy selling for a high of $300. Check out all the other covers, they’re seriously fantastic. 

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SHAKER: SPAWN #1 – BLACK & WHITE EDITION (IMAGE, 1992)

With all the high price shakers that Spawn consistently has, we’re surprised this hard to find B&W variant took so long to get as high as it did this week at $1,794.87 for a CGC 9.8.

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

We mentioned this John Tyler Christopher Negative Darth Vader cover a couple of weeks ago. It’s one of JTC’s hardest to find negative covers and has been recently increasing in value. This week, an auction got competitive and hit a new high sale of $898.98 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #3 – INCENTIVE DAVID LOPEZ ‘DROIDS’ VARIANT (MARVEL, 2017)

BT-1 and 0-0-0 are becoming just as popular as Dr. Aphra herself. While this variant is neither their first appearance nor first cover (which are both DARTH VADER #3),  man is this one moving with this week’s high sale of $200 raw. However, the boost in sales is mostly due to this being the first appearance of Dr. Aphra’s love interest, Magna Tolvan.

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SHAKER: STATIC #45 (DC, 1997)

With the recent news of DC developing a STATIC film with Michael B. Jordan producing, this last issue has become even MORE expensive with this week’s CGC 9.2 sale of $400, matching a 9.8 sale this book had back in April. 

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 – SARA PICHELLI – DIRECT EDITION (1:15) (MARVEL, 2011)

This Sara Pichelli 1:15 hit a new high sale of $1,275 this week. That’s it… just a reminder that Miles Mania still exists. 

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #3 – MARKO DJURDJEVIC INCENTIVE VARIANT COVER 

(MARVEL, 2011)

Speaking of Miles, at the end of this issue there’s a partial preview of the cover for ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (see below). Since everyone is looking for something more affordable when it comes to Miles Morales’s first appearance, this standard cover and variant has been trending lately. The variant even hit a new high of $499.99 for a CGC 9.8 this week.

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SHAKER: VENOM #2 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2011)

If you’re an Agent Venom fan, then you know how hard it is to find this 2nd print red cover. Well, it’s not going to get any easier (at least not cheaply). This week a CGC 9.8 sold for $499.99.

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SHAKER: VENOM #9 – ANIMATION (1:10) (MARVEL, 2018)

While on Venom, this issue’s first appearance of Dylan Brock is causing this Spider-Man Noir Animation variant to skyrocket in price to this week’s new high of $1K for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: THE WALKING DEAD DELUXE #1 – GOLD FOIL – NO BARCODE ERROR (IMAGE, 2020)

Now, this standard gold one-per store is not rare. However, this error “No Barcode” version sure is (most likely a prototype/test copy). Only ONE came up for sale this week and sold for $307 raw. Did you get one and not even realize it? 

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SHAKER: WIZARD PRESENTS: X-O MANOWAR #1/2 – GOLD VARIANT (VALIANT/WIZARD, 1994)

Wow, when was the last time you saw a Wizard ½ issue and thought they were worth something? It’s probably been a while. Well, this Gold version on this ½ issue sold for $750 for a CGC 9.8. Valiant fans are some of the most loyal fans in this industry and will often over-pay for a hard to find, high-grade copy of the book they REALLY want. 

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SHAKER: X-23 #1 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (1:25) (MARVEL, 2010)

When UNKNOWN COMICS released their virgin variant of this cover, many thought that it would bring down the overall value of the original cover. Well…. Apparently not so much. This week it’s had its highest sale yet at $2,300 for a 9.8. Amazing!

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: BATMAN BEYOND #1 (DC, 1999)

Take this with a grain of salt, but WE’VE GOT THIS COVERED is reporting that “Michael Keaton Rumored For Batman Beyond HBO Max Series”. While this rumor has been spreading over the last few months, the HBO Max rumor is new. This new news is already pushing a VERY expensive Batman Beyond #1 to new heights. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  MERCY SPARX

Deadline is reporting that “MGM Acquires Comic ‘Mercy Sparx’ About She-Demon From Hell Whose Earth Time Sparks Existential Crisis”. This recent news helped land her first appearance on our TOP 10 this week. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  MOON KNIGHT

Deadline is reporting that ‘Moon Knight’: Oscar Isaac Tapped To Star In Marvel And Disney+ Series”. MOON KNIGHT’s key issues are already SUPER expensive, but it’ll be fun to see what this news does to them moving forward.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 (LEGACY #471) (MARVEL, 2001)

There’s some speculation that Sony/Marvel’s SPIDER-MAN #3 may feature the dimension-hopping MORLUN as the villain. While we don’t typically speculate, we do LOVE Morlun as a villain and take this as a reminder to pick up his first appearance. Morlun and the Inheritors are closely tied to the Spider-Verse. It makes sense that we would see Morlun at some point theatrically, even if it’s not Spider-Man #3. This issue is also Ezekial’s first appearance, who first introduced Peter Parker to the whole Spider-Token/ Spider-Verse concept. This is a great purchase regardless (and it’s still pretty cheap).  

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WATCHING: GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 (DC, 2014)

CBR recently reported that “Gotham Academy’s Maps Mizoguchi Returns as Batman’s Newest Robin”. “Maps” first appeared in GOTHAM ACADEMY #1 (which is full of other first appearances) and has pushed up values for all the first issue covers. They’re all JUST starting to move up. The first print and 2nd print are selling for about $25 and there are several 1:25 variants in auction right now. Those are all issues we’re closely watching. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 NEWSSTAND (DC, 1993)

Wow, this first appearance of Harley Quinn had a huge Newsstand sale this week for $4,699.99 for a CGC 9.8! This is the type of premium modern newsstands are getting now… just incredible. 

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