WEEK IN REVIEW

December 13th, 2020

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This week in addition to our usual calling out of market SHAKERS, we also list ALL of the big content news that came out of the Disney Investor Meeting (on 12/10) and call out what comics started moving as a result. If you want an exhaustive list of what’s coming your way this year, you’ll want to read this one!


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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 #313 (DC, 1979)

The identity of DC Future States’ Batman was revealed last week as… Tim Fox, son of Lucius Fox. His first appearance in this issue is SUPER hot, hitting an all-time high of $382 for a high-grade raw copy.

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SHAKER: DARKWING DUCK #1 – SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON EXCLUSIVE COVER (BOOM! STUDIOS, 2010)

Post new series news, while a little delayed, this SDCC variant hit a new high $200 raw sale.

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SHAKER: DARTH VADER #3 – SALVADOR LARROCA (1:25) (MARVEL, 2015)

While we didn’t get any Doctor Aphra news during the DISNEY INVESTOR SUMMIT (see below), that didn’t stop her first appearance from hitting new highs this week, with this variant selling a CGC 9.8 copy for $1,350. Many speculate that she’ll have a place SOMEWHERE on the long list of upcoming content. The 4th Print is also doing very well. It sold for $200 raw and $750 for a CGC 9.8 this week.

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SHAKER: GENUS #2 (ANTARCTIC PRESS, 1993)

This “adult” furry comic (yes, it has suggestive content… which turned explicit by issue 11) had a very small print run of 2,500 copies. However, it’s particularly notable for containing the first professional comics work of Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo and Rachel Rising) as well as the first appearance of his “Strangers in Paradise” characters, Katchoo & Francine. This was a one-page feature at the end of the issue, featuring furry versions of Katchoo and Francine who directly asked the reader for input on a new comic (STRANGERS IN PARADISE published two months later by Antarctic).

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SHAKER: HARDWARE #1 – PLATINUM (DC, 1993)

With the first issue of STATIC #1 jumping in price, especially for the long-ignored platinum variant, this heat quickly spread to other Malibu/DC titles, like IKON and HARDWARE. This platinum variant for HARDWARE saw raw sales this week for $60 (which has been the average price since August) and a big CGC 9.8 of $500.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7 – DAVID LOPEZ – WOMEN OF POWER (MARVEL, 2016)

This WOP (NOT WAP thank you very much) variant has been hot before, hitting a high of $500 back in August when strong rumors alluded to Riri’s unconfirmed casting. Without confirmation, this variant started settling back down… hitting a low of $227 for a 9.8. Well, as we saw from the Disney Investor Summit (see below) that rumor turned out to be 100% accurate… and sent market values right back UP to $500 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: SHOGUN WARRIORS #1 (MARVEL, 1979)

So, it was a surprise to see this book trend this week. Apparently, many are speculating that a shadow on the regular cover of CROSSOVER #3 (see below) matches the outline of Raydeen of the Shogun Warriors. While this spec can be hit or miss, it definitely moved copies… enough so to hit a new high sale of $165 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – 2ND PRINT (BOOM!, 2019)

Like MANY of the various covers of this series, this 2nd print is reportedly VERY low. It recently had new high raw sales at $95 and $100.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – JENNY FRISON – DIAMOND RETAILER – NYCC 2019 (BOOM!, 2019)

Speaking of hot covers for this series, this is officially the most valuable. This Diamond Retailer cover sold this week for $449.99 raw.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KANAN #1 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2015)

This 2nd print sold for a huge $606.06 for a CGC 9.8 this week. With all the recent Star Wars announcements from the Disney Investor Summit, this is one of the few issues to see instant spikes. Despite not having a clear line on WHAT show they’ll appear in, many are speculating that they will eventually appear on ASHOKA, RANGERS OF THE NEW REPUBLIC or even THE MANDALORIAN.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: JANGO FETT – OPEN SEASONS #1 (DARK HORSE, 2005)

In this new market where ALL first appearances are being chased, this first appearance of Darth Tyranus (formerly Count Dooku) sold this week for $175 raw. However, it’s the first appearance of Jango Fett that has collectors interested. With the return of Boba Fett on the Mandalorian, fans see this as an important piece of Boba Fett’s backstory.

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SHAKER: THE TICK SPECIAL EDITION #1 (NEW ENGLAND COMICS, 1988)

If you grew up in the ’90s then you were one of the lucky ones to get drawn into the awesomeness of THE TICK animated series. It was absolutely fantastic. It’s so strange how the most obscure comic book titles (MEN IN BLACK, TANK GIRL, THE MASK, THE TICK, MYSTERY MEN, etc.) were turned into content… but we could never get a Marvel character on screen. MAN, what a different world we live in today! The Tick was how you could take an adult spoof comic and adapt it for kids, while still retaining the same tone and tongue in cheek mockery of mainstream comics. This issue is the first appearance of THE TICK in comics. It’s always done well market-wise. However, this week it hit a new high sale of $799.99 for a CGC 9.6 (those 9.8’s are tough to get!). It was fun seeing this one. SPOON!

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SHAKER: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #17 – JG JONES SPIDER-MAN 2099 VARIANT COVER  (MARVEL, 2013)

With all the MCU and STAR WARS smorgasbord of new content, the Spider-Man universe is just getting started. Between INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 2 and SPIDER-MAN #3, we’re going to see a bunch of different key (and alternate) Spider-Men/Women. Leading the charge into this multiverse is SPIDER-MAN 2099. His various variants, like this awesome JG JONES variant, are VERY tough to find. A copy sold this week $479.99 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: THE UNCANNY X-MEN #500 – MICHAEL TURNER SKETCH VARIANT COVER  (MARVEL, 2008)

Michael Turner IS awesome. He was easily one of our favorite artists. We picked up anything he drew, and it was worth every penny. This sketch variant was one of the most coveted of his covers. While prices dipped over the past 12 years, it seems to be moving back up as new fans gain awareness of his awesome art. A CGC 9.8 copy sold this week for $799.99

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SHAKER: UNCHARTED #1 – ADAM HUGHES (DC, 2011)

This VERY TOUGH to find Adam Hughes variant has been pricey for years and rarely pops up for sale. When they do, they tend to sell quickly. Last week a raw 8.0 condition copy sold for $450. Cut to this week where a 9.0 raw copy sold for $1,000!!! Wow.

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SHAKER: VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #1 – SECOND PRINTING (MARVEL, 2009)

Moon Knight variants have been valuable long before content news. As we slowly get closer to MK content, his various covers slowly increase. This 2nd print has been largely ignored for years… until 2020 began a love affair with subsequent printings. This cover sold this week for a new high of $399.99 for a CGC 9.8.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

     

RUMORED/OPTIONED: DISNEY INVESTOR MEETING

Okay, buckle in. On December 10th, Disney made a TON of big announcements at its 2020 Investor Day, including new updates on Marvel and Star Wars (and a whole mess of other stuff). (watch MoJo’s breakdown here) Here are the highlights and the related comics that saw instant spikes in both market interest and price:

MARVEL: DISNEY PLUS SERIES

  • Armor Wars, Billed as one of “Tony Stark’s biggest fears”, starring Don Cheadle as Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes/ War Machine.
    • What’s Moving: 
      • IRON MAN #225 (1987): First issue of the ARMOR WARS storyline. It’s unknown if the Disney+ series will pull from this series or simply utilize the name (much like CIVIL WAR). 
  • Baymax, and original animated series. 
    • What’s Moving:
      • Remember the days of debating over ALPHA FLIGHT #17 vs. SUNFIRE VS. BIG HERO SIX #1? (CGC gave the first Baymax & Big Hero 6 to SUNFIRE btw) Collectors really don’t seem to be buying into either of these anymore. However, we would love to see a live-action version in the distant future. Heck… what if THEY got pulled into the MCU? This is nowhere even remotely real. Just wishful thinking.  
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gave us our first trailer and mentioned March 2021 as it’s release.
    • What’s Moving:
      • Not much right now. While it was great to see them in action, we didn’t see Flacon (or anyone else) take up the Captain America mantle. 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special… pretty straight forward. A Christmas special for Disney Plus with a 2022 release date. This will be directed by James Gunn in tandem with Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, (2023 release date)
    • What’s Moving:
      • Nothing. Not much spec in regards to the Christmas special. We still need more news surrounding GOTG #3. The predominant rumors are ANGELA and NOVA. 
  • Loki, Crazy new trailer for the Tom Hiddleston series. Lot’s of speculation has begun. 
    • What’s Moving: 
      • VOTE LOKI #1, while most of the trailer needs to be pulled apart more, this issue had a clear connection to the trailer. In fact, the translation to the show is spot on. 
      • THOR #372, the first appearance of the TVA (Time Variance Authority) and Owen Wilson’s character Mobius M. Mobius.
  • I Am Groot, a series of short films starring Groot.
    • What’s Moving:
      • Nothing. Seems simply like a fun new series for kids. 
  • Ironheart, we’ve heard rumors of Ironheart casting for months, which is now confirmed to star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams. 
    • What’s Moving: 
      • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7: Cameo appearance of Riri Williams.
      • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9: First full appearance of Riri Williams and self-built armor.
      • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 (relaunched series): First appearance of Riri Williams as Ironheart (on the cover). This issue was the cheapest and easiest to obtain during the Investor Summit. It took off very quickly.
  • Ms. Marvel, we saw a fun behind the scenes tease for Iman Vellani’s “Kamala Khan” series. We received confirmation that she will appear in Captain Marvel 2. Also, the series will feature her inhuman friend KAMRON. 
    • What’s Moving: 
      • MS. MARVEL #13 (2015) Obviously, casting has already been announced with key issues like CAPTAIN MARVEL #14, #17 (2nd print), Ms. Marvel #1, and all her various variants all spiking in price previously. During the Investor Summit, it was this first appearance of Kamron that saw the most immediate movement. 
  • Secret Invasion, Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. alongside Ben Mendelsohn’s “Talos”, the shapeshifting Skrull from Captain Marvel.
  • She-Hulk, Feige FINALLY confirmed Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters. We all knew this, despite their denial and misdirection. The series will be a cameo hub for various Marvel characters to come and go… leading a wide door open for speculation. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner/ Hulk and Tim Roth, returning as the Abomination, will also appear in the series. 
    • What’s Moving: 
      • THE SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1, there are various She-Hulk variants that are starting to pick-up, however, this first appearance seems to be the go-to spec.
  • Thor: Love and Thunder confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain in the film as Gorr, the God Butcher.
    • What’s Moving: 
      • THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2: This caught the MOST fire out of all the books on this list. This standard-issue just caught on fire with prices skyrocketing. 
  • WandaVision, officially the first Marvel show on Disney+. We saw a new trailer showing a pregnant Wanda and a better appearance of actress Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau. The release date is set for January 15th.
  • What If?, a highly anticipated episodic animated series, featuring the voice cast of current and previous MCU stars. 
    • What’s Moving: 
      • MARVEL ZOMBIES #1: Clearly seen in the trailer and fan-favorite comic series written by Robert Kirkman. 
      • EXILES #3: Alternate version of Peggy Carter enhanced by the Captain America serum. This appears to be one of their flagship episodes, showing across most marketing/trailers for it. 

 

MARVEL FILMS:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, is officially in development. Peyton Reed is returning to direct along with the core cast of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer. We also received confirmation that Jonathan Majors will be playing the role of Kang the Conqueror.
    • What’s Moving:
      • Well, his first in AVENGERS #8 is already an expensive book and saw some light movement. 
  • Black Panther 2 will not recast the late Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa. Ryan Coogler is returning to direct with a release date set for July 2022.
    • What’s Moving:
      • No new news. Shurri taking on the mantle remains the strongest spec. 
  • Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness confirmed the film will tie into both the upcoming Wandavision and Spider-Man 3. Also, Feige announced that actress Xochitl Gomez would play the role of America Chavez.
    • What’s Moving: 
      • VENGEANCE #1: This first appearance of America, while also pretty pricey, saw some new movement. However, her various variants, 2nd prints and early issues are all seeing slight bumps up in price. 
  • Fantastic Four was officially announced. The first family will officially join the MCU.
    • What’s Moving:
      • Well, this is a tough one. It’s already one of the most expensive comics ever. So, no significant movement on any FF books right now. 

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS:

  • A quick mention of MOON KNIGHT in development and SHANG-CHI completing production, but no new info. 
  • No mutant/ X-Men news. We were all hoping for SOMETHING. Rumors persist of ROGUE being the villain in CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 and OMEGA RED in FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER. 

 

STAR WARS: DISNEY PLUS SERIES:

The success of THE MANDALORIAN brought new life back to Star Wars, and Disney is ready to push it to the limit! Most of these are packed with potential appearances, however, it’s ALL speculation at this point. And honestly, it’s a little hard to pin down anything concrete for a series as deep and rich as the Star Wars Universe. We’ll do a general call out of the books that heated up upon this below news. However, we’ll keep you updated on the more direct connections and trends as they come up. Check out this week’s TOP 10, there’s a few on there. Here’s the current rundown or new shows: 

  • The Acolyte, helmed by Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland. This will be set in the “High Republic” era.
  • Ahsoka (also taking place during the same timeline as THE MANDALORIAN, following the events of her appearance in Season 2)
  • A Droid Story, featuring R2-D2 and C-3PO
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi, Hayden Christensen returning as Darth Vader.
  • Rangers of the New Republic (taking place during the same timeline as THE MANDALORIAN)
  • Star Wars: Andor starring Rogue One’s Diego Luna, releases 2022
  • Star Wars: Lando
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Animated series about the Bad Batch of clones from The Clone Wars
  • Star Wars: Visions will be an anime anthology series

STAR WARS MOVIES

  • Rogue Squadron, Wonder Woman 1984’s Patty Jenkins will direct a new Rogue Squadron film, set to release in Dec. 2023.
  • Taika Waititi Star Wars Untitled Film

 

Wow, sooo…. much great comic content being produced. This is why we LOVE this industry!

 

WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING:  UNCHARTED #1 REGULAR COVER (DC, 2011)

We already highlighted the Adam Hughes variant and seeing this book hit our site this week reminded us to not overlook this standard first issue. Rumors are spreading that this film is fantastic and it stays true to the roots and key factors that make the games feel so exciting and epic. While this standard cover is already a hefty $50 (currently listed copies are all $60), once the trailer drops this book is going to make some big jumps in price. It’s already incredibly hard to find, which will cause copies to quickly dry up. This is one of the top-selling/reviewed game series of all time that has millions of fans and one book we’re definitely watching closely.  

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK:   Y: THE LAST MAN #1 (DC, 2002)

The on-again-off-again development/production for this fan-favorite series has been exhausting and frustrating for the creators and fans. We’re all itching to see this get made. In this world where streamers are kings, we’re FINALLY getting closer. FX just released this title card for the series coming to HULU. While it’s unknown when we’ll get to see it, it’s more real than ever before. This tease led to a new high 9.8 sale of $1,100.

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