WEEK IN REVIEW

October 3rd, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we talk about a ton of rumored/optioned comic content, we see more big sales for Momoko covers, and highlight a huge sale for new publisher Bad Idea. It’s time to talk comics!


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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: ALBEDO #2 (THOUGHTS & IMAGES, 1983)

This first appearance of Usagi Yojimbo had a HUGE raw sale this week of $7,565. That’s pretty crazy when you look at last year when sales were around $1,500 for a raw copy. However, like most books this year, it’s a whole new game. Also, while on ALBEDO, the hard to find ALBEDO #1 – 2ND PRINT had a big raw sale of $250 this week.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 – JOE QUINONES – VENOM (1:50) (MARVEL, 2012)

Back in 2013 & 2014, this hard to find variant dominated the top of the variant food chain. In today’s new market, this Mary Jane Venom variant gets a little lost in the midst of all the other heat. However, this week’s CGC 9.0 sale of $1,299.99 reminds us that she still sits at the top. 

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SHAKER: CAPTAIN MARVEL #14 – CONNER VARIANT 1:30 (MARVEL, 2013)

Here’s another big variant that rarely comes up for sale. This issue is the first cameo appearance of Kamala Kahn. This hard to find variant had a CGC 9.4 recently listed which sold for $1,975. 

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SHAKER: THE DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #1 – WERTHER DELLEDERA (1:100) (IMAGE, 2020)
Landing on our TOP 10 this week, this 1:100 is a homage to SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1. This variant was a slow burn on Wednesday and Thursday as it sold at ratio ($100). However, by Friday it jumped to $175. Recent copies have sold between $150 and $160. Is this new series by writer James Tynion IV is half as hot as his SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN, then this variant will do very well over the next several months. 

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SHAKER: DIARY SECRETS #20 (ST. JOHN, 1953)

Romance comics are another niche of comics that continues to increase in price. The king of romance comics is artist Matt Baker, who is widely regarded as the master of the “good girl” art style. While his most notable covers, like PHANTOM LADY #17, are pretty expensive these days. His lesser-known covers are also getting up there in price. This issue of DIARY SECRETS sold this week for $1,395 for a CGC 7.5. Matt Baker comics are excellent investments. 

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

With all the heat around the Spider-Verse characters (Miles, Spider-Gwen, Silk), this variant has been slow to list copies. Those that do get listed sit with high asking prices. However, this week we saw two sales: A NM raw sale at $1,744.32 and a CBCS 9.8 sale at $4,300, which surpasses the highest 9.8 (CGC) sale back in August 2018 for $3,400!

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #5 – GREG LAND (1:25) (MARVEL, 2014)

On the heels of EOSV #2 is this first appearance of Penny Parker and SP//DR. As seen in SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, SP//DR’s market value shot up when the film released back in Dec. 2018, hitting an all-time high of $495 for a CGC 9.8. This week’s sale of $415 for a 9.8 tells us that this book is creeping back up as production on the 2nd film is currently in production. 

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SHAKER: FIGHTIN’ FIVE #40 (CHARLTON, 1966)

Two weeks ago, it was reported via Deadline that “‘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 favored the character’s first appearance in this issue of FIGHTIN’ FIVE #40 (CHARLTON, 1966). Prior to this announcement, this was a $30 raw book and barely any graded copies sold. Jump to now, where raws are selling for $300 and a CGC 8.5 had a MASSIVE sale of $2,899.99. The first issue to the solo series, THE PEACEMAKER #1 (1966) also had a big sale of $2,154.87 for a CGC 9.2. What’s most interesting is the shift in market demand. Previously, DCU films were poor investments. We saw big market drops when SUICIDE SQUAD and BIRDS OF PRETY released. There’s obviously some excitement over this being an HBO series that will allow the material to breathe a little and potentially find an audience similar to UMBRELLA ACADEMY and THE BOYS. 

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SHAKER: THE HERO TRADE #ASHCAN (LIMITED 250) (BAD IDEA, 2020)

This introduction to the new publisher BAD IDEA continues to sell VERY well. A raw recently sold for $950 and a CGC 9.9 sold for $1,200 (which seems like a great price in comparison to that last raw sale). How viable of an investment this is relies on the immediate and long-term success of the BAD IDEA publisher. It’ll be interesting to see their next release. 

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SHAKER: THE MAGNIFICENT MS. MARVEL #1 – CHARRETIER 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2019)

Okay, there are going to be a TON of Kamala Khan/ Ms. Marvel variants that will go NUTS over the next couple weeks/months. However, upon the casting news of Iman Vellani, this was the first variant to make an immediate high jump in price from $30 to its current $99 market price. 

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SHAKER: MS. MARVEL #1 – 7 TH PRINT (MARVEL, 2014)

It’s rare for ANY issue to hit 7 printings, let alone a Marvel book (which typically never goes past a 3rd or 4th print). This 7th print, released almost a YEAR later after the 1st print and doesn’t have hard print run numbers (many guesstimate it to be under 2K). With the current market love of low subsequent printings, this should see price spikes, much like this week’s high sale of $200 for a CGC 9.4. 

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SHAKER: OUTLAWED #1 – RUD VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)

This week a CGC 9.8 sold for $2,500, with several raw sales at $450 and $500. Honestly, this variant continues to surprise us. In just a couple of months, this went from a totally ignored variant to one of the most expensive modern variants ever. Due to this meteoric rise, it continues to spark a lot of debate.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #230 – BLACK & WHITE VARIANT (IMAGE, 2013)

SPAWN variants are pure gold in the aftermarket. These issues from 2012 to 2014 were especially a sweat spot for collectors. The homage variants in this run have always been sought after. However, they have really surged in price over the past year. This sketch homage to McFarlane’s own cover to BATMAN #423 has a new all-time high sale of $1,199.99 for a CGC 9.8. Simply amazing!

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN NOIR #1 (MARVEL, 2009)

Spider-Verse first appearances seem to be some solid investments these days. Even after a dip in price post INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE release, it’s market value is higher than ever as we saw with this week’s raw sale of $299.99. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #9 (DARK HORSE, 2006)

This new market breaks every old rule. While we would see price spikes upon content rumors, they still were mostly cautious increases. Then, when content was formerly announced, prices shot up. Today, even the slightest rumor is sending books, like this one, to incredible new heights. After a height of $2,500 for a 9,8 a couple of weeks ago, DARTH REVAN’s first appearance hit $910 for a GOOD condition copy this week. It’s staggering how well Star Wars books are performing. Congrats to those who held strong during the years no one wanted them. Your trust in the Force is commended. 

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SHAKER: STRANGE ACADEMY #1 – PEACH MOMOKO – TCM – VIRGIN (LIMITED 600) (MARVEL, 2020)

While some of the heat around STRANGE ACADEMY #1 still strong, this Momoko virgin jumped from $250 for a 9.8 in June to $750 this past August. One lucky seller was able to get a 9.9 on their copy and sold it this week for $1,545.

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #100 – ULTIMATE COMICS PEACH MOMOKO VARIANT (LIMITED TO 250) (IDW | DEC 11, 2019)

While we’re on Peach Momoko, her TMNT #100 is still an expensive variant. Since we haven’t checked in on this variant, we noticed that a 9.8 sold this week at a new height of $745. If you have this one, you must be feeling pretty…. peachy (sorry… unnecessary peach pun). 

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SHAKER: THOR #1 – FOURTH PRINTING VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)

It’s been a while since we’ve had an update on the Natalie Portman THOR film. Though, Collectors aren’t waiting to scoop up low-print subsequent prints like this 4th print to the 1st issue of the Jane Foster/Thor series. It sold a CGC 9.8 for $325.99. 

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SHAKER: THE TRANSFORMERS #1 (MARVEL, 1984)

Umm, wow. Nostalgia is a powerful thing. This first TF issue had a big all-time high sale of $1,050 for a CGC 9.8, squashing the $850 sale it had just two weeks ago. As we mentioned, Masters of the Universe books are already picking up steam. Now’s the time to jump into series like ROBOTECH and THUNDERCATS.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED:  AFTERSHOCK COMICS 

It was recently announced via Hollywood Reporter that “AfterShock Comics Merges with Distributor Rive Gauche”. Specifically named in the article were titles “including The Kaiju Score and Undone by Blood (which was announced last week), both of which are currently in development for the big and small screen”. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  BLACK (BLACK MASK, 2017)

Per Deadline, “Warner Bros. Boards Feature Adaptation Of ‘Black’ Comic From Studio 8” and “Studio 8 announced this morning that Warner Bros. has acquired Black, the feature adaptation of the Black Mask comic series from co-creators Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3. The comic sets out to explore a universe where only Black people have superpowers beyond what the world believes is possible.”

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: THE BOYS SPIN-OFF

Variety is reporting that “The Boys’ Spinoff in Development at Amazon Following Massive Season 2 Launch”. This series will focus on the “G-Men”, whose first appearance is in THE BOYS #24, which is getting $50 raw for the standard cover.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: COBRA KAI SEASON 4

Per Deadline, “‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed For Season 4 By Netflix, Sets Season 3 Premiere Date On Streamer”. This should hold the high prices that the IDW comic series has been seeing for the past month.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: CONAN THE BARBARIAN AT NETFLIX

Per Deadline, “Netflix has put in development an epic live-action series based on Conan, the iconic sword-and-sorcery character created by writer Robert E. Howard”

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: ELECTRO IN SPIDER-MAN 3

Well, it was rumored last week that Jamie Foxx would be returning to the role of ELECTRO in SPIDER-MAN #3. Many (including us) felt that this rumor was WAY out there. However, in a surprise confirmation from Jamie Foxx himself via twitter, gave validation to the rumor and sent the comic/film community spiraling with thoughts of SPIDER-MAN 3 being a possible MULTIVERSE film, or at least laying the groundwork for one. Still, it got folks pretty excited and helped push up sales to Electro’s first appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 (MARVEL, 1963)

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  MARVEL CASTING

Deadline is reporting, “Newcomer Iman Vellani To Play Title Role In Marvel’s ‘Ms. Marvel’ Series For Disney Plus”. This was VERY exciting news for all MCU fans. Expect MANY titles to jump in price. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SCOUT COMICS

Scout comics have been hitting the press announcements in force over the last few months. The most recent highlights are a new distribution deal with Simon & Schuster (to expand to international markets) and the most recent content partner deal with Mosaic. Pulled from the Mosaic announcement, the official titles in various forms of current development are: SOLAR FLARE, HENCHGIRL, MURDER HOBO, THE MALL, LONG LIVE PRO WRESTLING, SMOKETOWN, LOOT, ONCE OUR LAND, LONG LOST and UNIKORN. The market isn’t moving for any of these titles. However, that could be due to most collector’s knowing that they’re often available for cover price on their website. For now, these are titles to watch as more detailed announcements release as they move into production. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: THE HOOD #1 (MARVEL, 2002)

We’ve mentioned THE HOOD before. Parker Robbins has always seemed like an obvious villain for a Disney+ series. Throughout his various comic storylines, he’s risen from street thug to a universal threat (when he ALMOST collected all the Infinity stones). He’s an interesting villain that many others are also speculating on, hence the current spike in market price to a raw sale of $65. These are littered throughout $1 bins, so try looking for these are your local shops (if they’re open) first. 

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WATCHING: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #1 (DC, 1982)

If you’ve been holding out on buying key MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE issues, now’s the time to do so. As we wait for the Kevin Smith Netflix series, various MOTU comics are having huge spikes. Most of these are early issues, like this first DC series. Just two weeks ago, a 9.8 of this series sold for $197. This week, that price jumped with a new high sale of $799.99. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: FANTASTIC FOUR #48 (MARVEL, 1966)

As little bits of MCU confirmations come in, rumors continue to persist for all characters that have yet to appear. Both the Silver Surfer and Galactus are at the top of that list, with current rumors of Keanu Reeves potentially playing the Sentinel of the Spaceways. While all of these rumors are completely unconfirmed, the Surfer’s first appearance continues to increase. This week, this key issue had a big raw sale of $1,680. Galactus and the Silver Surfer have also been used in Donnie Cates THANOS and THOR series, bringing renewed attention to these fan-favorite characters. 

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