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This week we call out a fun sale for a Nirvana Album homage, we highlight a big sales for a Free ComicFest comic, and talk about why playing the long game can really pay off (*cough* Star Wars *cough*). 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: ALBEDO #4 (THOUGHTS & IMAGES, 1985)
This 2nd appearance of Usagi is only going up, like this week’s new high of $1,450 for a CGC 9.8. As Albedo #2 moves WAY out of price, this 2nd appearance is already moving into that same territory. This is also why USAGI YOJIMBO #1 is now a pricey book as well. Collectors just keep moving down the ladder.
SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #678 – JOE QUINONES – VENOM (1:50) (MARVEL, 2012)
Before 2020, there really only used to be a handful of modern variants that broke $1K. Heck, there were only a handful of modern books in general that broke $1K. This year has changed that in a major way. This Mary Jane Venom variant from 2011 was one of those rare $1K+ variants. While she has company, this week’s $2,200 sale for a CGC 9.4 (the highest price in that grade) is a reminder that she still hangs out at the top of the market.
SHAKER: BOY’S CLUB #1 (TIM GOODYEAR, 2006)
Comic books have a huge impact on pop culture. However only a few are directly responsible for becoming a global meme sensation that later became quite controversial (politically that is). Creator and cartoonist, Matt Furie, created this series of comical vignettes featuring a group of slacker roommates. One, in particular, Pepe the Frog, hit a nerve with 4chan users and then instantly spread out into the world. His stoner filled glazed stare became one of the world’s most recognized memes. Then in the 2010’s Pepe became the mascot and symbol of alt-right groups, which creator Matt Furie fought hard to stop. Most recently, Pepe was used by protestors as a mascot of the 2019-2020 Hong Kong Protests. Moving forward, who knows how and where he will be used next. But this one comic is where it ALL started. The first issue, which sold for $200 raw this week, was produced under artist Tim Goodyear’s imprint. Issue #2 & #3 were printed by Buenaventura Press. All are hard to find. In fact, there is only ONE copy (of issue #1) on the CGC census. With such cultural importance and infamy, this is one book that will continue to increase in value as collectors recognize Pepe’s comic book origin here. There aren’t many memes that you can tangibly own the original piece of art where it came from. There’s a fantastic documentary, FEELS GOOD MAN (trailer), detailing all this abbreviated version of his history. It’s definitely worth a watch.
SHAKER: DARTH VADER: DOCTOR APHRA NO. 1 HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST 2016 #1 (MARVEL, 2016)
Even though Doctor Aphra’s first appearance is still reasonable ($100 raw and $365 in a 9.8), this HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST edition just outpaced it with a sale of $400 for a CGC 9.8. As you’ll see as you continue to read, valuable free books are a bit of a theme this week!
SHAKER: GAME OF THRONES #17 – MILE HIGH COMICS VARIANT (DYNAMITE, 2013)
Leading into the final season of GAME OF THRONES (May 2019), this variant was very heard to find and began selling for a premium with raw sales around $200. However, when the show finished, prices dropped significantly with a CGC 9.8 selling for an ultra-low $81. This seemed like a nail in the coffin for this variant. Flash forward to this week where a CGC 9.8 sold for an all-time high of $500. This crazy market proves that some books may just be down, but nowhere near out.
SHAKER: GO GO POWER RANGERS #25 – 1:20 VIDAL VARIANT (BOOM!, 2019)
Nirvana homages are a thing. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES did it. So did DEADPOOL: MERC WITH A MOUTH. Not to mention some others like RAISE THE DEAD and FATHOM. Now you can add POWER RANGERS to the list with this variant, selling for $189.99 for a CGC 9.8. Keep an eye out for these as they typically only sell for about $20 raw. Nirvana collectors will pay premiums for 9.8 graded books for most of these various homages.
SHAKER: HORRIFIC #1 (COMIC MEDIA, 1952)
This gorgeous classic PCH book had a big sale this week at $2,827.77 for a CGC 4.5.
SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 – CHRIS TURCOTTE – APOCALYPSE VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016)
By now, you know that this features the first full appearance of Riri Williams, including her in her self-built armor. This Apocalypse variant has been heating up in a big way over the last month with a 9.8 hitting a high sale of $1,600. While this book heated up back in August when word of casting (actress unknown then) leaked. It hit a high sale of $1,699.99 back then. As no confirmation ever came, prices came back down. Now, it’s clearly on its way back up with this sale. Will it be a $2K book by the end of the year?
SHAKER: LEONARDO TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE #1 (MIRAGE, 1986)
Early TMNT books are going nuts lately. The 2nd and 3rd print for the first issues are officially expensive books. This heat spread to RAPHAEL #1, which just hit crazy high numbers over the past several months. THEN, with that heat, it spread to this first issue of LEONARDO… selling a CGC 9.8 this week for a new high of $550.
SHAKER: MAXIMUM CARNAGE #1 (MARVEL, 1994)
With a Carnage movie slated for release in July 2021, fans are on the lookout for that special collectible – something their friends probably don’t have. With 18K+ copies on the CGC census, everybody including my grandmother has a copy of ASM #361 (1st appearance of Carnage). So how about something that tickles your Carnage and your video game funny bones and is more than 100 times as rare as ASM #361? Look no further than Maximum Carnage #1, a 1994 promo reprint of the first chapter of Spider-Man Unlimited #1 (the start of the Maximum Carnage comic mega-event) AND only available from Acclaim through the purchase of their Super Nintendo video game “Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage” (and man we played the crap out of that game). While we don’t often see sales of this book, a CGC 9.4 copy sold on 12/11 for $1,075 and a CGC 6.5 copy sold on 12/17 for $375. Want a copy of this book, it’s gonna wreak havoc on your wallet. It’s almost enough to quote everyone’s favorite master of carnage: “I’ve shown you the worst things in the world, because that’s what the world’s made of.” So BAH HUMBUG Carnage fans!”
SHAKER: MONSTRESS #1 – 2ND PRINT (IMAGE, 2015)
Monstress is a fan-favorite series that has had unconfirmed rumors on content development for years now. Regardless of those hills and valleys of price increases, this hard to find 2nd print hit a new high sale this week of $725.
SHAKER: MORTAL KOMBAT #1 – HOLOGRAM COVER (MALIBU, 1994)
While not the first appearance of MORTAL KOMBAT, this first series is highly collectible, with several of the variants hitting new highs recently. This HOLOGRAM cover sold this week for a new raw high of $175. This is a super tough book to get in high grade. The Hologram cover shows flaws and has spent the past 26 years sitting in old back-issue bins. Also, check out the GOLD FOIL VARIANT, which also had a big sale this week for $125 raw last week and a high sale of $349.97 for a CGC 9.4. These are out there in $1 and back issue bins, so take a look for them when you’re out digging. They’re shiny so they should stand out.
SHAKER: SPECIAL MARVEL EDITION #15 (MARVEL, 1973)
Filming recently wrapped for Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings with the movie is set to debut in July 2021. It remains to be seen if we’ll still be on track for that timeline but with the dissemination of Covid-19 vaccines its possible things may start opening up this summer. While top-end prices dipped for the coveted MSE #15 – 1st appearance of Shang Chi – in CGC 9.8 condition one devoted fan (or speculator) paid out about 33% from the most recent sales prices to acquire a copy at $6,000. This isn’t the highest price we’ve seen for a 9.8 copy ($6,600 back in July 2020), but it’s nice to see the strong show of interest. CGC 9.6 copies are also on the rise with a $1,981 sale on 12/13, up from around $1,000 back in November 2019. After a rather disastrous Kung Fu outing with Iron Fist, we are excited to open a new chapter in on-screen Marvel Kung Fu.
SHAKER: STARTLING TERROR TALES #5 (STAR PUBLICATIONS, 1953)
If you ask 100 golden age collectors to name the most influential and unique cover artists of the time period, L.B. Cole will undoubtedly be brought up in the conversation. He is known for striking color contrast, fantastical science fiction scenes, and terrifying pre-code horror imagery. Over the course of the last few years, the demand for his cover art has also been increasing with new high sales being achieved regularly. Some of his most collected (and expensive) covers include Mask Comics #1 and #2, Suspense #11, and Startling Terror Tales #11, but those are not the only pieces of cover art that he’s known for. Startling Terror Tales is a short run of books from the early 1950s but it contains multiple excellent examples of his work. This week we saw a raw/ungraded copy of Startling Terror Tales #5 in approximately VG (4.0) condition achieve a sale price of $1,009. This cover is an excellent example of the color contrast and demonic imagery he is known for, and the price it achieved for this raw copy shows that collectors feel the same way. While this is not the highest sale we’ve seen for this book, with a CGC graded 6.0 selling for $1,847 in October of this year, for an ungraded copy, this is a very strong sale and shows that these golden-age books are not something to sleep on. We recommend taking a look through the CovrPrice database and checking out some of his other artwork, but maybe don’t do it right before you go to bed, you may have nightmares…
SHAKER: STAR WARS #30 – MILE HIGH VARIANT (MARVEL, 2017)
With the confirmation of AHSOKA, Disney series, her various key issues all saw significant spikes in price. As those got out of reach, fans went scrambling to find additional variants with her on the cover and found this cover. With new attention, this variant jumped from a $50 book to its current $121.50. In a recent email from Mile High, owner Chuck Rozanski talked about the great financial risk he spent years ago commissioning 50+ Star Wars issues at $9K a piece. As Star Wars book sat dormant for years, this looked like a bad investment. However, thanks to THE MANDALORIAN… Star Wars is hotter than ever right now with his back stock flying out the door. This is a perfect example (on a bigger scale) of why patience and going by your gut on a book can be fruitful … eventually. Many look for the quick flip, but the strength lies in the long-game.
SHAKER: STAR WARS ADVENTURES #7 – 1:10 VARIANT (IDW, 2018)
Sometimes, even with no key first appearances (at least we don’t think so) some Star Wars variants are hot just due to scarcity. This under ordered series created some impossible to find variants. This cover, featuring THE REBELS, is selling for $120 raw.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: THE RISE OF KYLO REN #3 – LANDINI VARIANT (MARVEL, 2020)
This first cameo appearance of Avar Kriss REALLY started moving after the Disney Summit last week. This variant hit an all-new high sale of $339.95 for an NM+ raw copy. Granted, this first appearance is unidentified via “holocron” in two panels. Avar Kriss returns to comics with the upcoming HIGH REPUBLIC Marvel series. She’s all over the covers and appears to be one of the most central characters for the series. Having taken place 200 years before The Phantom Menace, the bigger question is where could she fall into the various upcoming Star Wars plans. Michael Siglain, Lucasfilm Publishing creative director recently commented in a CNET article. “While we can’t speak for the filmmakers about the new series, I can tell you we are all very excited that The Acolyte is set in the final days of The High Republic.” This is pretty much a wink and a nod that we should expect to see her appear in THE ACOLYTE. It looks like her first full appearance in HIGH REPUBLIC #1 could be a big book.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: LEGACY #2 – 3RD PRINT (DARK HORSE, 2006)
Wow, this 3rd print of the first DARTH TALON sold for a massive $700 for a CGC 9.8. The amount of money in STAR WARS books right now is staggering (or better yet, out of this world).
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 – GAMESTOP -2007 REPRINT (MIRAGE, 1984)
Pre 2015, collectors didn’t care that much about newsstands, subsequent printings, preview books, and reprints. This year, those are the exact books that collectors are spending oodles of money on. As mentioned above on LEONARDO #1, the first issue of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and all the various printings are incredibly hot. That heat has spread to this 2007 Gamestop reprint (given away with the purchase of the 2007 TMNT game on multiple platforms), selling for $275 raw last week. This is just a reminder to hold on to those freebies.
SHAKER: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2 – DANIEL ACUÑA (1:50) (MARVEL, 2012)
The Investor summit also confirmed that Christian Bale will play the villain Gorr, the God Butcher in THOR: LOVE & THUNDER. Out of all the hot books, this received the most attention and excitement, causing prices to skyrocket. This 1:50 sold for a new high of $1,125 for a CGC 9.8, and seems to be just getting started. Many are wondering if Gorr will wield the Necrosword. If he does… then brace yourself for a wave of Knull speculation. WHICH brings us to THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #6, the origin of Knull, with a 9.8 hitting a new high of $599.99 this week for a CGC 9.8. This is already outpacing the standard cover for GOD OF THUNDER #2.
SHAKER: WAR OF THE REALMS OMEGA #1 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2019)
In this issue Jane Foster takes up the mantle of VALKYRIE, to fight THE KING IN BLACK alongside Thor. With this news (and the reformation of the Valkyries) this hard to find 2nd print spiked in price and is trending around $49.99 for a raw copy.
SHAKER: WONDER WOMAN #28 – J.G. JONES 1:25 STEAMPUNK VARIANT (DC, 2014)
This Steampunk Wonder Woman variant was fairly affordable back in June 2019. It had dropped to a low of $200 raw and 9.8’s at $500. This week a CGC 9.6 sold for $650, which is quite Wonder..full.
SHAKER: X-23: TARGET X #1 – CHOI – TOP COW (MARVEL, 2007)
This is one of the few covers featuring BOTH Wolverine and X-23, and it’s a gorgeous one at that. This cover from Mike Choi is also super tough to find in high grade (only fourteen 9.8’s on the census). This all-black cover shows every flaw making high grades even more rare. A 9.8 sold this week for $571.
SHAKER: XMAS COMICS #1 (FAWCETT, 1941)
Santa cover! It’s Christmas… we needed SOMETHING Holiday based. This Santa Cover sold for $1K raw. Happy Holidays everyone! Stay safe!!
SHAKER: YOUNG AVENGERS #2 – 1:50 STEPHANIE HANS VARIANT (MARVEL, 2013)
Stephanie Hans, Jen Bartel, Jenny Frison… these are all artists who may not be at the forefront like Peach Momoko is… but their exclusives continue to skyrocket in price. This Stephanie Hans cover is one to pay attention to. It sold this week for $129.99 raw. Who knows, maybe this is still lingering at your LCS.
After a HUGE content week last week, it’s nice to have a quieter one with this week’s news from DEADLINE reporting “Matthew Rhys To Headline ‘Wyrd’ Drama Inspired By Comic In Works At FX From Sheldon Turner”. This helped this 1-year old comic to land both the standard cover and variant on our TOP 10 this week. Personally, we can’t wait to see this on the screen. If you’re a fan of the detective genre then you’ll probably dig this series about an unaging, invincible detective with a penchant for strange cases no one else wants to solve.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: SHE-HULK #1 – 3RD PRINTING (MARVEL, 2014)
Feige mentioned that this series would be a comedy and focus on Jennifer Walter’s day job as a lawyer, leaving open a revolving door of cameo appearances. It’s said that this tone follows this specific 2014 series. Our friend’s Youtube show MODERN PLAYBOOK talked about this third print and how it’s moving up in price, which is currently at $79.98 raw. Don’t forget to check out the BLANK VARIANT, which sells for $40. Also, check that Modern Playbook link to also hear them chat about a really interesting spec regarding FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: THUNDERCATS #1 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1985)
THUNDERCATS, HOOOOO! The nostalgia factor is running strong, helping this first issue of THUNDERCATS to sell for $1,009 for a CGC 9.8. The last 9.8 sale is April sold for $399.95.
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