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This week was big for ’90s nostalgic comics! We captured a rare high-sale for the 1st appearance of Madman, we hear some rumors about Darkwing Duck, and of course Star Wars and Spawn make their way into the report. Enjoy!
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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 BEYOND #1 – NEWSSTAND (DC, 1999)
Rumors of a possible HBO Max series for Batman Beyond that might include Michael Keaton as an older Bruce Wayne pushed this to new heights, like this new high sale of $1,300 for a CGC 9.6.
SHAKER: CANTO #1 – DREW ZUCKER – COVER A (IDW, 2019)
This is the most unpredictable market that we can remember. This book is only 1 year old and a 9.8 sold for a huge $699.99, marking a new all-time high sale for this. Granted, high-grade copies are hard to come by… but still.
SHAKER: CREATURES OF THE ID #1 (Caliber, 1990)
For you indie collectors, this was a fun sale to see this week. If you’ve never seen this before, it’s the 1st appearance of Frank Einstein (later becomes Madman), created by one of our favorite creators Mike Allred. While it isn’t an all-time historical high, this week’s $910 for a rare 9.8 is still notable.
SHAKER: DC COMICS PRESENTS #47 – NEWSSTAND (DC Comics, 1982)
Grow up in the ’80s? Still wearing a breastplate and tight underpants? Got cash to burn since you’re stuck at home due to the Rona? Well – that must be you buying up these high-grade copies of the first full comic appearance of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. A CGC 9.8 newsstand copy just sold for $1,826, which is about double the going rate for a Direct CGC 9.8 copy and about 80% higher than the last CGC 9.8 Newsstand sale back in May. “BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!”
SHAKER: FIGHTIN’ FIVE #40 (Charlton, 1966)
John Cena’s Suicide Squad character, PEACEMAKER, shot WAY up in value after confirmation that he would get his own series on HBO Max. Pre-news, this sold for $375 for a CGC 8.0. Yesterday, it sold for $2,135 in the same grade. Amazing what content announcements can do.
SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEWS #95 (Marvel 2011)
Well, this makes the list again this week. Last week we highlighted a CGC 9.4 copy that sold for $2,199 on 11/6/20. That sale was beaten with a new high of $3,199.99 for a CGC 9.6! Collecting sure takes interesting turns. While this is the first cover appearance of Miles Morales in costume, there’s no other appearance of Miles or his costume inside the preview other than this same image (Thanks Ben for the update).
SHAKER: MARVILLE #5 (Marvel, 2003)
We’ve highlighted this book before. There are, um… some obvious reasons why this book is increasing in price with a new high sale of $300 for 9.8. If you’re looking for this cover, then you might as well get the foil variant for #1, which is still pretty cheap.
SHAKER: THE MAXX #1 – GLOW IN THE DARK (Image, 1993)
In the ’90s, with the formation of IMAGE, every single new first issue was a big deal. While THE MAXX wasn’t in the initial launch, it did come out about a year later when the Image machine was full steam ahead. The variants for these early Image books were very hard to find and were shared via word of mouth by the rare few that had order forms and were able to buy a copy. 27 years later, these variants still prove difficult to obtain. THE MAXX has two things going for it, rumored content (Channing Tatum producing) and early Image nostalgia. And with that, came a new high raw sale for this glow-in-the-dark variant at $135 raw.
SHAKER: NINTENDO COMICS SYSTEM SNEAK PREVIEW (Valiant 1990)
While Valiant is more known for its superhero genre books such as Bloodshot and X-O Manowar, it got its start with Nintendo-related comic books. This book was the first Valiant comic published and with only 30 copies currently on the CGC census, it is not easy to find in the wild. For the first time ever, one of the three CGC 9.8 copies sold and went for a whopping $2,495. Seriously… nostalgia is HOT folks! (especially for video game comics)
SHAKER: SPAWN #227 – TODD MCFARLANE – COVER B – RED, B&W (1:25) (Image, 2013)
While Amazing Spider-Man #300 is one the most homaged covers in comics, McFarlane gets a special pass since he’s referencing his own cover with this variant. Todd McFarlane is one of those creators that every fan loves. His covers are WAY up across the board. Continuing with our theme of nostalgia, Spawn fits into that bucket perfectly… hence the reason he sells so well (even without confirmed content). This variant had a massive sale of $1,399.99 for a CGC 9.8. The joke is on those who said one couldn’t retire on early Image books. It turns out one could have at least done VERY well with a full run of Spawn books.
SHAKER: STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS #1 – DARK HORSE 100 (LIMITED 1000) (Dark Horse, 2008)
Did you watch the last episode of THE MANDALORIAN? No worries, we won’t spoil it. However, what’s been rumored around this book appears to be happening very soon. With that, this already insanely expensive variant hit a new high of $4K for a 9.8.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – DEFENDERS OF THE LOST TEMPLE (ONE-SHOT) (Dark Horse, 2013)
Oh man, okay… how do we do this one without spoiling the last episode of THE MANDALORIAN? Well, this one-shot is the first appearance of Clone Wars fan favorite Bo-Katan Kryze, voiced by fan-favorite actress Katie Sackhoff. We can leave it there. This week, this one-shot skyrocketed in price, to $685 raw! It’s going to continue to go up too. Oh, and it also features the first appearance of the DARKSABER, beating out DARTH MAUL: SON OF DATHOMIR #1 by almost a year.
SHAKER: STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #3 (Dark Horse, 2006)
Like Spawn, the Collector that invested in Star Wars comics when the rest of us shunned them is being heavily rewarded this year. KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC is the one series proving to be quite fruitful and packed with key first appearances. While the names like “first Jarel” may not pique your interest, the fact that this is selling for $400 in a 9.8 should. Not bad for a book that sells for $25 raw.
SHAKER: STAR WARS KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC #9 – NEWSSTAND (Dark Horse 2006)
Okay, ONE more! Star Wars comics have (obviously) been all the rage, with people clamoring for first appearances in the previously unloved Dark Horse (non-canon) series. As the euphoria of a Disney-infused Star Wars universe has slowly ebbed and prices on some recent darlings have fallen (KOTR #9 CGC 9.8 prices have dropped from $2,500 to $1,124 in the last 2 months), the love of rare versions of comics persists. An approximately VF/NM raw NEWSSTAND copy of this book recently sold for just under $1,400. That’s quite a premium over its Direct Edition brethren. Check that UPC!
SHAKER: ULTIMATUM #1 – DAVID FINCH (1:100) (Marvel, 2009)
Remember when there was a rumor that the next phase of the MCU was going to feature this Ultimate X-Men ULTIMATUM series? That rumor was squashed in a matter of days when it was revealed to be a misunderstanding of a twitter post related to the villainous task force, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M. appearing in FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER. Even with that clarification, this variant still hit a high sale of $999 for a CGC 9.8 due to that misunderstanding. While it fell over the past couple of months, it still sells for more than it ever did prior. This week, a raw sold for $399.99.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE LAST RONIN #1 – OBSCURITY VARIANT (IDW, 2020)
This is one of the more interesting LAST RONIN covers. Apparently, these were offered via invite-only by the owner of TMNT-ninjaturtles.com, with each copy individually numbered and the agreement to not resell. The idea behind this was to get a collectible directly to a collector, not a scalper. Per the website, these were “Uniquely numbered “303” with a holographic security sticker in the lower right corner. Limited to 450 copies – 425 numbered; 25 un-numbered. 71 copies were damaged during shipment and were not replaced, resulting in only 379 NM copies available.” Apparently, a few buyers ignored that agreement and sold their copies ranging from a low of $285 to a high of $520.99 raw.
SHAKER: TMNT: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #30 (Mirage, 2009)
Due to declining popularity and lagging sales (not to mention a flood that happened at Mirage Studios) issues #29 and #30 had VERY low print runs (rumored to be under 500 copies). They have significantly dried up over the years and increased in price, like this week’s new high raw sale of $400. Issues #31 and #32 were printed years later to finally finish out this series.
SHAKER: VAMPIRELLA #2 (Warren, 1969)
Like ALBEDO, the first appearance of VAMPIRELLA continues to increase in price, driving collectors to pick up her more affordable 2nd issue (normally around $40/$50)… which might no longer be the case based on this week’s raw sale of $400.
SHAKER: WOLVERINE #88 DELUXE EDITION (Marvel, 1994)
This book features the first meeting of Wolverine and Deadpool. It’s been a steady $20 seller for years. However, like many COVID books, it took a turn and went from being $100-$200 in a 9.8 to a $400+ 9.8 this month. It had two sales, one at $400.05 and another for $450. It’s not just the key first appearances and content related books that are seeing price spikes.
SHAKER: WOLVERINE #145 – ERROR – WHITE “BONE” (MARVEL, 1999)
Collectors love the rare, and one of the fun ways we get rare books is when the printer messes up. In steps Wolverine #145 which was supposed to be printed in various forms: silver foil, gold foil, non-enhanced; but they didn’t mean to print a version with just plain white “bone” claws. We’ve only encountered two such sales of this error version, a CGC 9.6 copy that sold for 10K back in 2019 and this VF+ raw copy that just sold for over $1,600 with 25 bids. Keep your eyes peeled for those coveted printing errors – you’ll have a fun discussion piece in your collection that you can eventually trade-in for a used car in a pinch.
Geekosity’s Mikey Sutton reported that DARKHAWK is in development for a Disney + series. This remains unconfirmed. However, it lit a massive fire under Darkhawk copies and even landed in the #1 spot on our Top 10 this week with 97 copies sold! Keep in mind that this is still a rumor… so buy cautiously,
RUMORED/OPTIONED: DARKWING DUCK
Variety is reporting that ‘Darkwing Duck’ Reboot in the Works at Disney Plus” and that “sources say it will be executive produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, and Alex McAtee of Point Grey Pictures.” While key covers have been selling, it’s been light and prices haven’t increased significantly.
Deadline is reporting that the HBO Max series ‘Peacemaker’ has cast: Robert Patrick, Jennifer Holland & Chris Conrad. Chris Conrad is expected to play the role of DC’s VIGILANTE. The Vigilante’s first appearance in costume is in NEW TEEN TITANS ANNUAL #2. However, his first appearance as Adrian Chase is in NEW TEEN TITANS #23
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: SPAWN #9 (Image, 1993)
There’s been a recent boost in sales and price for this first appearance of Angela (and the newsstand especially). After a contentious lawsuit over the rights of the character, creator Neil Gaiman won and took her to Marvel where she was introduced as Thor’s sister in Age of Ultron #10. There are faint rumors about her possibly showing up in THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER or GUARDIANS #3. That could be a reason for the sudden uptick. Both Spawn #9 and Age of Ultron #10 are solid books to buy into. Age of Ultron is especially cheap right now (except the variants), with copies available around $6. Definitely, one to watch for now.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: USAGI YOJIMBO #1 (Fantagraphics, 1987)
It’s safe to say that Usagi’s first appearance in ALBEDO #2 is outside most of our price range. Collectors have to then move onto the next most affordable key Usagi issue, which is this first solo series. It sold for a new high this week of $399.99 for a CGC 9.8. This will absolutely continue to increase.
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