Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we go Back to the Future with a fun variant that had a hefty sale, we see more Venom/Carnage movement, and we track some content rumors for GL and Henchgirl! Let’s do it.
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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 SPIDER-MAN #316 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1989)
Venom is one of the hottest comic book characters today. He dominates store variant exclusives and has been drawn by almost every big comic artist in the industry. It makes sense that his first cover appearance should sell for a premium. Now, the direct edition sold this week for $750, which is near the top of the market for that book. However, the newsstand hoopla helped this newsstand edition to reach $1,349 for a CGC 9.8, an all-new high.
SHAKER: BACK TO THE FUTURE #1 – DAVE CHIANG – ZBOX (IDW, 2015)
While there aren’t many BACK TO THE FUTURE books that wield high value, this is the one exception. ZBOX was a failed subscription box service that, while long gone, put out some hard to find exclusives. This variant was one of those and hit just the right nerve with B2TF fans. This is a spot-on recreation and a fantastic concept for a cover. No wonder a raw copy sold for $450 this week. The previous sale was in May 2020 and sold for $560 raw.
SHAKER: CARNAGE #6 – RON LIM – TOMB OF DRACULA HOMAGE (1:15) (MARVEL, 2016)
While we’re on homages, this Tomb of Dracula #1 homage cover with Carnage is now one pricey variant. Selling for $100, this is one to keep an eye on as it increases.
SHAKER: CYBERFROG #4 – JAE LEE VARIANT (HARRIS COMICS, 1996)
Despite fan’s feelings towards Ethan Van Scriver, his early Cyberfrog series is very valuable in the aftermarket. This Jae Lee variant was scorching hot last week and had two big sales; one at $595 raw and another at $680 raw. Wow.
SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (MARVEL, 2014)
Well, EOSV #2, featuring the first appearance of Spider-Gwen/Ghost-Spider, finally broke a grand with this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $1K. Granted, prices will continue to fluctuate. However, this was a new high for Spider-Gwen.
SHAKER: HOWARD THE DUCK #1 – RON LIM – GWENPOOL 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)
Speaking of Gwen (man, we are on point with segues this week), her first full appearance as Gwenpool continues to increase in price with this week’s raw sale of $402. Gwen’s run of quirky throw-away characters started as a joke… and then just somehow worked. After the heat from Spider-Gwen, Marvel released covers of Gwen as other various Marvel characters like Dr. Strange, She-Hulk and Deadpool. On the cover Deadpool’s Secret War #2, Gwen was featured on the cover as her own take on the Deadpool cover (aka Gwenpool). That cover is the first time we saw her and sells for $50 to $60 raw. Compared to the harder to find HOWARD THE DUCK LIM 1:25, this first cover appearance is undervalued and a great book to get into if Gwenpool can maintain her market interest.
SHAKER: MARVEL COLLECTIBLE CLASSICS: SPIDER-MAN #1 (MARVEL, 1998)
In 1998, Marvel released Chromium reprints on key issues of X-Men and Spider-Man. The reprints of Spider-Man #1 and Spider-Man #300 have become quite valuable and sought after by collectors. For example, this Spider-Man #1 McFarlane reprint sold for $790 for a CGC 9.8. The Spider-Man #300 Chromium also had a huge sale this week of $1,150 for a CGC 9.8 (the biggest was in September for $1,450). While Chromium covers are a popular 90’s joke, those that bought them should be quite redeemed in doing so.
SHAKER: JUSTICE LEAGUE #50 – NEWSSTAND (DC, 2016)
More newsstand hoopla. This week’s sale of $630 for a CGC 9.8 is the highest sale by far. The last one sold on 10/11 for $375.
SHAKER: MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #5 (MARVEL, 1972)
Bronze Age/copper keys seem to be the big movers. This first appearance of Ghost Rider is one of them. His books are moving up across multiple grades. This week a CGC 8.5 sold for $3,200, up over $1K from the last sale just a few weeks ago on 10/18. A CGC 9.2 sold this week for $5,290, up almost $1K from the previous 3 sales.
SHAKER: MARVEL SUPER-HEROES SECRET WARS #8 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1984)
This key/classic cover’s $825 9.8 sale is the highest ever for both a newsstand and direct edition. Directs tend to run in the $400-500 range, so the newsstand premium is real!
SHAKER: MONSTRESS #1 – 2nd PRINT (IMAGE, 2015)
Well, this second print of MONSTRESS #1 is moving. It had a new high sale of $700 for a CGC 9.8 last week and then for $558 for a 9.8 this week. While that’s a big price difference, that $700 hints at where this book might be heading towards.
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 – TOYBIZ – WHITE 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 1992)
This 2nd print of Spider-Man 2099 #1 is THE book to own for Spider-Man 2099. This week this 2nd print, found only in ToyBiz figure packaging, sold a CGC 9.8 for $1,600. This is $600 more than the previous high.
SHAKER: STAR WARS ANNUAL #4 JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MARVEL, 2018)
This John Tyler Christopher Negative Darth Vader is 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.
SHAKER: STATIC #1 – PLATINUM (DC, 1993)
With WB developing STATIC with Michael B. Jordan, collectors are ALL in on Static. As they should, Static is a fantastic investment right now, despite increasing market prices. Development is VERY slow for features right now… so this could take a while. Though, the current market confidence in this happening should at worst level out… until new content news. This Platinum cover sold for a massive $900 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #1 – NEWSSTAND (ARCHIE, 1988)
Since we’re all over newsstands in this newsletter, how about this one for TMNT Adventures #1. It sold for a massive $1,200 in a CGC 9.8. The direct edition even landed on our TOP 10 this week. The heat for this book is tied to 3 key appearances: Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN #1 – NYCC 2020 (LIMITED 1,400) (IDW, 2020)
Speaking of THE LAST RONIN, this much anticipated first issue was an obvious hit. It also has a TON of variants. This NYCC cost a measly $20 on IDW’s web store a few weeks ago. Now, it’s selling for $150 raw. The 1:25 MATEUS SANTOLOUCO variant is also doing really well and selling for over $50.
SHAKER: TEEN TITANS #12 – NC OAK CITY COMIC CON 2018 – FOIL (DC, 2018)
We may have moved on from ROBIN KING, however, THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS is stronger than ever. His first appearance in TEEN TITANS #12 continues to increase. However, this foil comic con variant has significantly jumped lately. It was selling for $70 raw back in June and has been recently trending at $130 with a high-grade copy selling for $225 this week.
SHAKER: TRANSFORMERS / GHOSTBUSTERS #1 – CRAIN VIRGIN VARIANT (IDW, 2019)
The TRANSFORMERS crossover events have been pretty fun. The Ectotron from this series is downright brilliant. Having the Ecto-1 as a dormant Transformer is such a fun concept. Other partnerships, like with Back to The Future (Gigawatt, the DeLorean Transformer) are such fun mash-ups. This particular cover, limited to 300 copies, by Clayton Crain is not only the best cover for this series, but it just may be one the best Transformers/best Ghostbusters variants. It’s now selling for $200 raw.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: FAR SECTOR #1 (DC, 2019)
After the HBO Max Green Lantern series was announced, there were rumors about what this series COULD be. It’s now being reported by SMALL SCREEN that the show “will also feature a black female lantern as its lead. They’re reporting that the character’s name could be Bree Jarta.” This rumor has helped her first appearance in FAR SECTOR jump to $15. However, the 2nd print seems to be the book collectors are looking for and selling for $40+.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: HENCHGIRL (SCOUT)
CBR.COM is reporting that “Scout Comics’ Henchgirl Lands Live-Action TV Series at Freeform”, which is fantastic for both creator Kristen Gudsnuk and publisher Scout Comics, whose first comic release was Henchgirl. CBR also noted that “Henchgirl Is Exactly What Superhero Television Needs… which we agree with.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: LUTHER STRODE (IMAGE)
Per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, “The Strange Talent of Luther Strode’ is being developed as a movie by new production company Allnighter”. This news sent sales skyrocketing to all new heights. A raw copy sold for $150 raw. Remember the days when content announcements made books jump to $30 and then fall off after a few months? Well, those days seem to be gone with a new comic market that pays premium prices instantly. With that said, this is a tough book to find out in the wild. It had a low print run and many shops either didn’t order them or ordered just a few. This is a book we’ll be watching.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: WILDC.A.T.S #1 – NEWSSTAND (IMAGE, 1992)
Continuing on newsstand heat, even this Image launch title is jumping in the mix with a CGC 9.8 sale of $380. Granted this is no SPAWN #1, but it’s time to stop ignoring these early image books. These highly nostalgic issues were some of the highest printed comics of all time. This means that almost EVERY 90’s collector kid had a copy. Flash forward 28 years, these newsstand editions are highly sought after due to their overall scarcity, especially for high-grade copies. Nostalgic collectors want these in the collections as they represent the rarest version of a book that may have started them in comic collecting. Look for the newsstand editions for THE MAXX, YOUNGBLOOD, PITT, and SAVAGE DRAGON. These are going to see increases over the next several years.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: THE ETERNALS #1 (MARVEL, 1976)
Looks like Eternals #1 9.8’s are on their way back up. During the trailer/release delays, prices dropped to below $1,000. This month, 9.8’s saw significant increases with a high sale of $1,850 on 10/11 and this week’s latest sale of $1650.
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