Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we talk about another high-selling John Tyler Christopher negative variant, we dive into a ton of Green Lantern 1st appearances, and call out some recent big sales for a few Error comics! 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: ALIENS #1 (DARK HORSE, 1988)
Back in August, when Disney shared interest in developing more ALIENS content, this first full appearance shot up to $1K in a 9.8. Well, that sale was beat this week with an all new high of $1,424.99. Now, due to the age, all black cover, and acid blood… this is a TOUGH book to find in high grade. Hence, high prices.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #569 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2008)
This issue holds the first appearance of Anti-Venom and this 2nd print is also the first cover. This 2nd print has been expensive for a few years now. However, with all the heat around Donnie Cates’ Venom series, renewed interest in the various Venoms are picking up. This week, this 2nd print had an all-new high sale of $1,175 for a 9.8. It’s not clear why anti-venom is trending. However, there is most likely anticipation of him appearing in upcoming issues.
SHAKER: CHAMPIONS #1 – PEACH MOMOKO (1:50) (MARVEL, 2020)
Peach Momoko is still bringing the heat with this in-demand variant, which is very reminiscent of her Marvel Rising variant. This anticipated variant was already hot and pre-selling for $90. However, with this week’s release, copies jumped to its current $150 market price.
SHAKER: COPRA #1 (COPRA PRESS, 2012)
Copra, by creator Michel Fiffe, is an independent favorite. Limited to only 400 copies, these have varied in price for years. Due to their scarcity, high-grade copies can go for well over $500. Today, a raw copy sold for a huge $725, coming close to the highest raw sale ever in June 2019 for $850 raw. This entire raw series is valuable. So, keep an eye out. However, keep in mind that they were reprinted by Image and also have a compendium that shares this cover so don’t get the wrong one!
SHAKER: FRINGE: TALES FROM THE FRINGE #4 – CARLOS D’ANDA VARIANT COVER (DC, 2010)
Man, did we love FRINGE! If you never watched it, do yourself a favor and check it out. It deals heavily with parallel worlds that had alternate versions of the key comics we know and love in THIS world. The comics that are referenced in the show were then reprinted as variants to the short-lived FRINGE comic series. They are hard to come by as they dry up into collections and fans of the show. This variant has an alternate cover where Superman died in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #7 instead of Supergirl. It sold a raw copy this week for $130. Most of the other variants are also pretty pricey. Check them out throughout the series. They’re fun… but unless you can travel to parallel universes… good luck finding some of them.
SHAKER: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #1 – NEWSSTAND EDITION (MARVEL, 1982)
A couple of weeks ago, we were surprised by the new high price of the direct edition of $787.77 for a CGC 9.8. This week, this newsstand beat that with a new high sale of $1,000 for a 9.8! GO JOE!
SHAKER: HORRIFIC #3 (COMIC MEDIA, 1953)
This classic Don Heck PCH “Bullet-in-the-head” cover is highly sought after by collectors and continues to increase in value, like this week’s high raw sale price of $1,034.97!
SHAKER: MARVEL ILLUSTRATED: SWIMSUIT #1 (MARVEL, 1991)
It’s easy to pass over these Swimsuit issues. They were a VERY 90’s thing to do. Back when Sport’s Illustrated’s Swimsuit was at its height, Marvel responded to that interest with this. While this only sells for about $10 to $20 in high grade, a rare CGC 9.8 sold for $224.95. There are only 6 total graded copies on the census, and only two are 9.8’s. This is just a reminder to grade your high-grade copies of ANY book. While there’s not a big demand for these, there are definitely collectors out there looking for one (especially since She-Hulk is on the cover and many are collecting those). A $200(ish) profit is pretty solid!
SHAKER: MARVEL TEAM-UP #131 – DIRECT EDITION (MARVEL, 1983)
The villain WHITE RABBIT showed up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 (with a fricking carrot sword) in 2019 as part of The Syndicate. Not sure if that had some lasting impressions of folks, but her first appearance had a HUGE sale this week of $1,009 for a CGC 9.8. Not sure if there are new plans for her or if this is just Spider-Verse content speculation. Either way, this was a notable sale this week.
SHAKER: MS. MARVEL #1 (MARVEL, 2014)
We had this in our WHAT THE WATCHER WATCHES a few months ago when 9.8’s were selling for $250 and just starting to creep up. Well, this week a 9.8 sold for $399.99, with raw copies selling for a steady $100. Pay close attention to the various subsequent printings. The orange Ms. Marvel #1 6th Print also had a new high sale of $103.50 for a raw copy. The others will be going up… especially the hardest to find 7th print.
SHAKER: RESIDENT EVIL #1 (MARVEL, 1996)
The RESIDENT EVIL series trailer hit a couple of weeks ago and has lit a small fire under the key RE issues, including this first comic appearance. This sold for $599.95 for a CGC 9.8. Expect this to go up a little more when the series releases.
SHAKER: RUST #12 (NOW, 1988)
If you know SPAWN key issues well, then this series should be familiar to you as an early SPAWN appearance that pre-dated SPAWN #1 in RUST: SPECIAL EDITION by Malibu Comics. However, it’s not widely known that the TERMINATOR first appeared in RUST #12 in a preview for the 1988 series. This week, RUST #12 sold a CGC 9.8 for $399.99. So, if you see a run of RUST issues, don’t pass over #12.
SHAKER: SHE-HULK #1 – ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! SIYA OYUM VARIANT (1:100) (MARVEL, 2014)
We love Siya and She-Hulk, so this variant has been on our want list for years. We snoozed on our window to buy a cheaper copy when they were responsibly priced around $200 prior to the recent casting news. This week, a raw copy sold for a Gamma infused $499.99.
SHAKER: SPAWN #1 – NEWSSTAND (IMAGE, 1992)
Okay, wow. So this NEWSSTAND just DOUBLED in price this week with an all-new high sale of $1,226 for a CGC 9.8. Just insane. I don’t know if our 1992 counterparts ever dreamed of a day that Spawn #1 would pass $1K. Well, I guess that was the very same thinking that caused the 90’s comics crash… but still.
SHAKER: SPAWN #285 – BLANK (IMAGE, 2018)
This was an interesting sale this week. Technically, this blank variant doesn’t exist. Yet one sold this week for $1,400… RAW. So, it DOES exist. The consensus is this was a printer error or possible proof. An image rep apparently received these copies and sold them to various buyers. The regular version of this has the McFarlane/Tan half & half covers, several of which also have blank halves. So, this being a printing proof makes the most sense.
SHAKER: STAR WARS #1 – BLANK ERROR (MARVEL, 2020)
Speaking of errors, man, was this BLANK error hot early this year. If you recall, the inside cover for this Star Wars issue was the cover and 1st page of Thor #1. And it got out. While it wasn’t clearly recalled, copies were not everywhere. Prices shot up and apparently still hold, like this week’s sale of $325 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: STAR WARS #7 – JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (LIMITED 4000) (MARVEL, 2020)
Collectors are loving these JTC negative variants. Heck, we love them too. Pre-sales were hitting eBay even BEFORE it sold out, which was strange to see. Limiting these to 2 per person definitely helped slow the sell-out speed. The pre-sales shot up to $100 and has since rested at $85. Keep in mind that 4,000 are a LOT of copies shipping out to buyers, with a good portion of that coming to market. Prices will dip. However, for now, it was incredibly hot this week.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #101 – WEAVER (1:10) (IDW, 2019)
We had this on our WATCH list back in January when it was a mere $15. Mona Lisa and Lita’s first appearance in this issue has really skyrocketed to it’s current $100 raw price and this week’s 9.8 sale of $480. The increase is directly connected to Lita appearing in issue #105 as an adult Ninja Turtle from the future… which was a sneaky way to introduce another new Turtle. We still have to see how this story continues, but this is one variant that will continue to increase in the short term.
SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA #30 (DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT, 2013)
Vampirella is one of those characters that not many read, but many still collect the covers for. She’s been drawn by almost every top artist and continues to command high market prices for many variants and standard covers. The highlights are this #30 (2013) standard cover by Lucio Parrillo, which sold for $155 raw this week and #19 by Parillo (2010), which ALSO sold for $155 this week. These are often overlooked by shops and convention sellers. So, keep an eye out for these in the wild. They’re out there and can be picked up at cover price or less.
SHAKER: VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR#1 – ERROR – BLACK COVER (MARVEL, 1993)
While we’re all-aboard the ERROR train this newsletter, this VENOM black error also had a big sale this week of $4,500 for a CGC 9.4.
SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN #7 (DC, 1943)
In a time where our country is politically divided, it’s fun to think that in this 1943 DC world WONDER WOMAN could run for president (which totally has nothing to do with the plot of this issue). This had a big sale this week of $5,495 for a CGC for a CGC 5.0. Usually, this year produces more sales for politically centric comics. However, there’s definitely less than normal. This was one of the few highlights.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: GODZILLA ANIME NETFLIX SERIES
Hollywood Reporter is reporting that “The streaming service (Netflix) has ordered a new anime series centering on the classic Japanese monster, with Godzilla Singular Point planned for 2021.” Um, yes, please! While Godzilla’s first U.S. comic appearance was in an impossible to find promo/giveaway called GODZILLA VS. MEGALON by CINEMA SHARES INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CORP. on April 1, 1976, his most accessible early appearance is in GODZILLA #1
RUMORED/OPTIONED: GREEN LANTERN HBO SERIES
Variety is reporting that “‘Green Lantern’ Series Gets Greenlight at HBO Max, Seth Grahame-Smith and Marc Guggenheim to Write.” It continued to list the characters that it would include: “The show will depict the adventures of a multitude of Lanterns, including Guy Gardner (Green Lantern #59 1968, Jessica Cruz (CGC notates Green Lantern #20 2013 as her first, but many debate that and state Justice League #31 2014 as her full first) , Simon Baz (first is in this NEW 52 FCBD 2012, however, due to the low cost, the market is also picking up his full regular appearance in GREEN LANTERN #0 2012) and Alan Scott (All American Comics #16) — Earth’s first Green Lantern, who, true to the comics, is a gay man — and many more. The series will also include fan favorites such as Sinestro (Green Lantern #7 1961) and Kilowog (Green Lantern 201 1986, and will also introduce new heroes to the ranks of the Green Lantern Corps. There are going to be A LOT of spec around this (a lot like what STAR WARS has been doing… so buckle in).
Variety is reporting that “‘Lumberjanes’ Animated Adaptation in Development at HBO Max”. We’ve already started seeing an increase in sales and prices.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: STRANGE IN SPIDER-MAN #3
Granted, these are already expensive characters AND they’ve already met in multiple MCU films. However, this did light a fire under their first meeting in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #2 (1965) and fighting alongside each other. However, what this really did was light an even bigger fire under the Spider-Verse speculation and the Doctor’s connections to the Multiverse (which is in the 2nd Doctor Strange film’s title). Spider-verse related characters are only going to get more nuts now.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: ZATANNA #15 (DC, 2011)
With Zatanna heat, her awesome Adam Hughes covers from issue #11, #13-#16 are getting more notice. These fan-favorite covers have been higher than most of her other covers, but they are just now really starting to pick up in price. They’ve been highly undervalued in 9.8, selling for about $200 or less. Most of these covers feature dark covers that show damage and are hard 9.8’s to get. With that said, AH’s cover for #15 sold for $404.99 this week for a 9.8. To us, this is a flare gun for the other issues to start increasing. If you always wanted one of these fantastic covers, now’s the time to grab one.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK:
THE UNCANNY X-MEN #104 (MARVEL, 1976)
Sometimes you simply forget about covers and don’t pay close attention to the current market price. We’re guilty of that with this X-Men title which sells for a heck of a lot. As a homage to X-Men #1, this had a $1,925 sale in a 9.8 this week. This features the first cameo appearance of the Starjammers and is fairly cheap raw, however, these high 9.8 prices are not just a one-time thing. This has sold for over $1K for over a year now… with it’s highest sale at $2,756 back in Dec. 2019. Wow. So, yeah… keep a lookout for high-grade copies of this one!
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