Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we see a ridiculously high sale for a 9.9 Wolverine #1, we get lost in Alan Quah’s Crossover #1 variant cover art, and we show some respect for Steve Ditko’s first published comic cover. 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: A-FORCE #3 – BROOKS (1:25) (MARVEL, 2016)
Mark Brooks is one of our favorite artists. He brings detailed pencils with polished colors to give his art a very distinctive style. And this is one of our favorite Brooks covers. Shuri actress Letitia Wright recently mentioned that an all-female Avengers film is “only a matter of time”. Which… is nowhere near a confirmation. However, that did light a fire under A-FORCE books, including this cover, which sold for $225 raw this week.
SHAKER: ALIENS #1 (DARK HORSE, 1988)
Wow, this book keeps climbing. Two CGC 9.8 copies recently sold for all-time highs of $1,675 and $1,750 on the same day. Before August 2020 this book had never gone over $750. While Disney acquired the movie rights to the Alien franchise back in March 2019, they acquired the Alien comic franchise rights in July 2020. The slow spread of that news may be a contributing factor to the steady rise in prices of Aliens #1.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #648 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL – SPIDER-GIRL (1:100) (MARVEL, 2010)
With Araña heat still lingering, one of her rarest covers (in her more updated costume, which first appeared in YOUNG ALLIES Vol. 2 #6… see below) is this 1:100 J. Scott Campbell variant. This week, it had its highest sale yet at $1,599.99 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: AMERICA #2 – ADAMS (1:50) (MARVEL, 2017)
When America Chavez was rumored to appear is DOCTOR STRANGE 2, her key issues/covers skyrocketed. This was one of them, jumping to a strong market value of $400 for a 9.8. Well, the heat is only getting hotter with this week’s big sale of a CGC 9.8 at $600.
SHAKER: CROSSOVER #1 – ALAN QUAH (IMAGE, 2020)
Hitmaker Donny Cates’ new series CROSSOVER is already a big hit. It’s also performing very well across all covers. Aside from the 1:100 variant, one of the hottest variants is this amazingly detailed/gorgeous Alan Quah cover from Scorpion Comics. It’s currently selling for $140 raw. This is a cover that’s just fun looking at. Tying into that… during COVID we got into puzzles… and we think this would make one AMAZING puzzle. That’s right, you heard it here first, CovrPrice is now officially doing puzzle speculation.
SHAKER: DARK HORSE INSIDER #46 (DARK HORSE, 1995)
During the past year, subsequent printings, newsstands and preview books have really changed the game for collectors. With it’s CGC 9.8 sale of $450, we can now add this DARK HORSE INSIDER as one of those preview books, featuring a preview of STAR WARS: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE #1. As you may recall, this issue features the first appearance of General Thrawn.
SHAKER: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #1 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL 1982)
CGC 9.8 Nostalgia continues to be a key driver in aftermarket sales. This first direct edition issue (and long list of first comic appearances) sold for an all-time high of $1,225 this week. The previous high was a month earlier at $1K.
SHAKER: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #21 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1984)
Continuing with more G.I. Joe, on the heels of the Direct Edition’s October new high sale of $3,051 for a CGC 9.8 comes a new high for this Newsstand version at $2,950. This first appearance of Storm Shadow (and fan favorite silent issue) continues to see significant increases.
SHAKER: THE HOOD #1 (MARVEL, 2002)
This first appearance of THE HOOD jumped to a new high of $599 for a CGC 9.8 a few months ago. While this week’s $575 CGC 9.8 sale doesn’t beat that high sale, it does cement this as the new market price.
SHAKER: HOWARD THE DUCK #1 – RON LIM – GWENPOOL 1:25 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2015)
Some Deja Vu this week after we highlighted this variant’s high sale of $402 raw last week. This week, a CGC 9.8 sold $741. This more than doubles the previous 9.8 sale of $326.05 in June 2020.
SHAKER: INCAPABLE TRUMP #4 (UNKNOWN US PUBLISHER, 2020)
Okay, so we realize it’s a politically sensitive time right now … and just to be clear we’re talking comic books here not political affiliations. That said, this limited series, independent book was distributed in a really fun way which we thought deserves mention. Writer Omar Mirza self-published INCAPABLE TRUMP #1-4 and previously distributed the first 3 issues at NYCC. Limited to 200 copies, these would quickly disappear each year and then sell for hundreds on eBay. This year with COVID, without NYCC, Omar instead created a scavenger hunt throughout New York City by leaving clues on their Facebook page with pictures of copies hidden throughout the city. This week, after multiple sales of around $300, a raw copy sold for $420. With the subject matter aside, this was a clever (and fun) way to give away a comic. We love seeing innovation in our industry!
SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEWS #95 (MARVEL, 2011)
Preview collectors consider this as the first appearance of Miles Morales as Spider-Man. Even if you don’t agree with this as a first appearance, a CGC 9.4 copy still sold for $2,199 on 11/6/20, giving this a higher market value than ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 standard cover. This is the highest-graded copy we’ve seen on the market (though the CGC census does show five 9.8’s and seven 9.6’s.)
SHAKER: THE SENTRY #1 – SDCC (MARVEL, 2000)
There’s been no new SENTRY news, but that’s not stopping this SDCC variant from hitting a new high sale with this week’s $750 for a CGC 9.8.
This purple Tradesmart variant hit a new high with this week’s 9.8 sale for $424. It’s amazing what just a different color can do.
SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 – BLUE LIZARD ERROR (MARVEL, 1990)
This BLUE LIZARD error hit an all-new high this week with a CGC 9.8 sale of $899. If you recall from previous newsletters when we shared previous highs, in 1990 this was a well-known error where the yellow ink ran out for the interior covers which then made the LIZARD completely blue throughout the book. This is a fairly common error that has dried up in the past 30 years. You may even have a copy and not know it.
SHAKER: STAR WARS ADVENTURES #1 – PEACH MOMOKO VIRGIN (LIMITED 501) (IDW 2020)
Peach’s covers may not be talked about as much as they were a few months ago, however she still brings the heat with a variant like this. While her market may be somewhat saturated, covers like this rise above the rest and scorch up the aftermarket. Recent copies of this Vader virgin cover sold for $999 and $1,099 for CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: LEGACY #1 (DARK HORSE, 2006)
While the 2nd and 3rd print had all the heat over the past couple of months, it’s nice to see a first print catch up to them, like this week’s sale of $500 for a CGC 9.8 and a raw sale of $99.88.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #1 – NEWSSTAND (ARCHIE, 1988)
Another Deja Vu entry from last week’s newsletter. We thought $1,200 was a lot for a CGC 9.8 last week. Well, this week’s sale of $2,600 for a 9.8 is just… wow.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #4 – 2ND PRINT (MIRAGE, 1985)
Behold, one of our favorite TMNT covers. This classic cover had a new high sale of $918.99 for a CGC 9.6. Our affinity for this cover goes way back to their first video game on the NES, sharing this art as the box and game cover (see below). It is sought out by collector’s of game based comics (even though this isn’t directly one).
This game cover then had a homage cover of its own with the amazing (and hard to find) TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: UNIVERSE #1 – HEROES & FANTASIES – NES (IDW, 2016).
SHAKER: THE THING #12 (CHARLTON, 1954)
Man, how great is this cover? This is an excellent investment book as it’s Steve Ditko’s first published comic-book cover. This week’s $930 for a raw copy is not a bad price (especially when many books on this list sell for a similar price).
SHAKER: THE TRANSFORMERS #1 (MARVEL, 1984)
Touching back on nostalgia books, this first issue of THE TRANSFORMERS hit a new high of $1,230 for a CGC 9.8.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: GOD OF WAR #1 (DC, 2010)
Per WE GOT THIS COVERED: “God Of War TV Show Reportedly In The Works, May Land On Netflix.” Pay attention to keywords like “reportedly” and “may”. This is VERY unconfirmed. However, it got enough attention to push this first comic appearance of the series to a new high sale of $80 raw. This has always been a sought after series amongst collectors who seek out comics based on video games (though they mostly sold for $25). If this turns out to be true, prices will jump. This series is very scarce with a print run under 10K and only 19 copies on the census for this 1st print. Pay attention to the hard to find 2nd print, which LOOKS like it’s just a B&W version. It has slightly different art with Kratos screaming and holding the blades in closer. There are only 10 of those on the CGC census.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
James Tynion’s DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH series is another hot Image title on the rise. Mr. Tynion teased these two foil variants that were limited to an ultra low 75 copies. The only way to obtain one was to follow James’ Newsletter, TINY ONION STUDIOS. After offering these up for sale in late October, they instantly disappeared. As folks received copies, they immediately went up for sale and are both tracking well over $200 each. We expect these to go WAY higher as this series picks up even more steam… (especially with (very unconfirmed) rumors of a content deal in the works). For now, we’re watching these closely.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: THE SAGA OF SWAMP THING #37 – NEWSSTAND (DC, 1985)
Constantine rumors are still swirling, renewed by recent talks of the character appearing in THE SANDMAN. While unconfirmed, it helped his full first appearance reach a new high of $2,095 for a CGC 9.8.
KEY OF THE WEEK: WOLVERINE #1 (MARVEL, 1982)
It’s damn hard to get a 9.9 for a 1-year old book, let alone a 38-year-old one. But that’s what this copy was able to do. It sold for a massive $10,800! Snikt!
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