WEEK IN REVIEW

December 6th, 2020

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This week we saw a lot more movement across Star Wars comics, witnessed a really BIG sale for a Previews book with a 1st appearance in it, and finally confirmed some rumors for the Disney+ Hawkeye series. 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 #1 – NEWSSTAND (DC, 2011)

Newsstands are SO hot right now that collectors are even dipping back into the NEW 52 well. While this Batman story does kick off the COURT OF OWLS storyline, this week’s high raw sale of $699.99 was a surprise to see! AND that was for a VF/NM copy!

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SHAKER: DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 – ALEX ROSS – DETECTIVE COMICS #27 HOMAGE (DC, 2019)

Most collectors will go through life never owning a true Gem Mint (10) comic, yet some nostalgic Batman fan plopped down $1,827 this past week for a Gem Mint copy of this Detective Comics #27 (1st appearance of Batman) homage cover by Alex Ross. Gem Mint books are generally rare because they are literally flawless. These Detective Comics #1000’s, however, have that thick cover stock and about 3 times as many pages as a regular comic book, which allows them to withstand damage better than their flimsy normal comic brethren. This specific variant has (86) 9.9’s and (6) 10’s on the CGC census. That doesn’t sound like much but that’s actually quite a bit when you consider most books have zero 9.9’s and 10’s reported on the census. Regardless, we haven’t seen a CGC 10 sale of this variant for almost a year and a half, but it’s nice to see that it’s largely kept its value (the average selling price for a 10-grade copy before this sale was around $1,675).”

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SHAKER: DIE #1 – STEPHANIE HANS – VIRGIN (LIMITED 800) (IMAGE, 2018)

There was an unconfirmed report back in 2018 that Legendary had picked up the property. Even without any content confirmation, this book took off like a rocket and hit five printings with multiple variants for each one. This virgin variant hit a high of $839.99 for a CGC 9.8 and was selling for over $200 raw. As sales slowed, it appeared to be in limbo. However, this week’s recent CGC 9.8 sale of $500 shows there are still signs of life.

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SHAKER: FLAMING CARROT COMICS #1 (KILIAN BARRACKS, 1981)

Flaming Carrot is one of those characters that has been circling independent publishers since his first comic appearance in this issue. FLAMING CARROT COMICS #1 reprinted stories from a magazine called VISIONS, which holds his first appearance in issue #1. He may not be a character you’ve read, but his biggest claim to fame is introducing the MYSTERY MEN in FLAMING CARROT COMICS #16, which was turned into the 1999 Ben Still feature film. Indie comic fans have been seeking this hard to find first Flaming Carrot issue, giving it its highest sale this week at $325 for a CGC 9.4. 

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SHAKER: HE-MAN AND SHE-RA “THE SECRET OF THE SWORD” (MATTEL, 1985)

It’s not widely known, but this issue features the first appearance of SHE-RA in comics. It’s a must-have for MOTU collectors and is pretty affordable, despite this week’s new high of $225 for a CGC 9.8. Her first appearance in continuity is in the gorgeous HE-MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #18 (DC, 2014). 

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SHAKER: HOWARD THE DUCK #1 – RON LIM – GWENPOOL (1:25) (MARVEL, 2015)

With recent 9.8’s hitting over $700, it makes sense that 9.6’s would also see an increase. The most recent 9.6 sold for $550, beating the former sale of $220 back in June 2020. 

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SHAKER: ICE CREAM MAN #1 (IMAGE, 2018)

Even though Quibi is dead and this property is in limbo, it sure hasn’t slowed sales. A CGC 9.8 sold this week for a new height of $570.

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SHAKER: MARVEL PREVIEWS #95 (MARVEL, 2011)

So, this book is easily one of the biggest head-scratchers of 2020. This issue of Marvel Previews offered July solicitations for September 2011 comics. It features the first appearance of Miles Morales in costume on the cover and a preview inside of the Ultimate Fallout #4 DJURDJEVIC 1:25 variant (amongst others). While preview books have always had a niche collector base, we’ve never seen a case where a preview book would overtake the first full appearance, especially in such a dramatic way. But then… to also overtake the 1:25 variant… with a 9.8 sale last week for $7,418 AND another copy that just sold for $9,700!!! Adding to that, there’s currently an auction that’s anticipated to surpass $10K. Wow! However… maybe the proper question is “How?”. 

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SHAKER: MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #8 – GRAHAM CRACKERS (MVCREATIONS, 2004)

These MVCreations MOTU books are pure gold to MOTU collectors. We ALL want them. This FAKER variant from Graham Crackers may just be the most coveted, hence the high price sale of $670. Note, on eBay you’ll see that there were two sales. A $670 and a $2K sale. The short version is the seller selected the wrong shipping and needed to refund the first sale in order to relist it with the correct shipping. So, the seller relisted at $2K (to prevent someone else from buying it outright) and the same buyer re-purchased it at a best offer of $670. We’ve confirmed that this sale was 100% legit. 

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SHAKER: SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #1 (FIREMAN PRESS, 1994)

This is a fun and smart series by creator Rob Schrab. In the ’90s, Rob was a long-time co-writer with COMMUNITY creator and RICK & MORTY co-creator Dan Harmon. In fact, Scud appeared in early animation projects featuring Rick & Morty’s original personas of DOC & MARTY. SCUD was also once optioned for a film in 1997 at Oliver Stone’s company Illusion Entertainment. This first issue hit a new high of $375 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #6 – JENNY FRISON 1:25 SKETCH (BOOM! STUDIOS, 2020)

Talk about a hot series. SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN is one of the most valuable new series on the market. It’s packed with multiple expensive issues and variants, including this Frison 1:25. Upon release, it was mostly selling for market value. However, over the summer it started jumping in price with a high sale of $385 for a 9.8 on 11/30. This week, it sold for a huge $299 raw! This series shows no signs of slowing down. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN #1 – DALE KEOWN – FOUR COLOR GRAILS (MARVEL, 2015)

While we’ve covered this hard to find Spider-Gwen variant, we wanted to share a new market height of $550 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 – PLATINUM VARIANT (MARVEL, 1990)

Here’s another new market height of $2,551.01 for a CGC 9.8. This Platinum Variant was the stuff of legends back in 1990. It was the variant you heard rumors of but never were able to see. Flash forward 30 years, this variant proves that ’90s comics weren’t so worthless after all. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS #81 (MARVEL, 1984)

Hopefully, you’ve watched the most recent episode of THE MANDALORIAN. If not, spoilers ahead! The return of Boba Fett in the recent episode left many wondering how he escaped the Sarlac Pitt during RETURN OF THE JEDI. Well, this issue shows his escape and then rescue by the Jawas… which fits into the current plot points of The Mandalorian. However, by the end of this issue… he falls BACK into the Sarlac Pitt (while inside a Jawa crawler). While it doesn’t show it, he got out just fine this time. With this Mando connection, this book hit a big sale of $600 in a 9.8 this week. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS FORCE UNLEASHED MINI-COMIC (DARK HORSE, 2008)

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed was a video game released in 2008. Merchandise included a novel, graphic novel, toys, and additional tie-in products.  The story focused on Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller. This promotional free mini-comic (sold through the online Star Wars Shop) contained an excerpt from the graphic novel. Since many focus on a first comic appearance over a graphic novel, this “first” appearance of STARKILLER had a rare raw sale of $499.99.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KANAN #6 (MARVEL, 2015)

Okay, so there is a LOT of Star Wars market heat out there. If you’re a casual SW fan who has been drawn back by the awesomeness of the MANDALORIAN, then it’s a lot to process. The various character names and timeline of where everything falls is understandably hard to follow. While we can’t lay it all out right here, after Doctor Aphra, KANAN #1 and this issue #6 are the next Star Wars books to pay close attention to. Timeline wise, they fit right into the current Mandalorian timeline. With Sabine Wren, we’ve heard her name now for months… rumored alongside Ashoka. Many are speculating that if Ashoka turned out to be true, maybe Sabine and Kanan are not far behind. Hence, both of these issues are highly trending and jumping in price. Sabine’s full appearance in issue #6 is a steady $400 9.8 right now. 

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SHAKER: FCBD 2011 – STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS FLIP BOOK (DARK HORSE, 2011)

Darth Maul’s brother and Clone Wars favorite, Savage Opress has his first appearance (internal and cover) on this free comic book day flipbook. We thought he died, which kind of rules out him appearing anytime soon. But “deaths” don’t mean much to Star Wars characters. Regardless, this issue sold for $499.99 in a CGC 9.8 last week. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS #1 (LIMITED 1000) (DARK HORSE, 2008)

Honestly, it was THIS book that caused the massive heatwave across Star Wars books. Watching this $50 variant rise to its current raw price of $2,475 and $4K for a 9.8 has been one of the most impressive market performers of 2020. 

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SHAKER: STAR WARS TALES #16 – COVER B – PHOTO COVER (DARK HORSE, 2003)

Honestly, at this point, we’re not even sure who appears in this. What we do know is that this book is pretty tough to find and sold for $499.99 in a 9.8. This STAR WARS TALES series sure has produced some of the most expensive SW books on the market!

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #1 – NEWSSTAND CANADIAN PRICE – $1.25 (ARCHIE, 1988)

I know, we’ve covered this before. However, it reached another new height of $2,299.95 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #95 – CVR A WACHTER (IDW, 2019)

Tying back into our DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 post above, here’s another big CGC 9.9 sale of $1,600 for JUST this standard cover (which features the first appearance of Jenika as a Turtle). Like subsequent printings, newsstands and preview books… the market is financially rewarding rarity. That includes rare grades like this. If you’re one of the lucky few to have a 9.9 or 10… you just might be able to get a super-premium price. 

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SHAKER: THRAWN #1 – MATTINA 1:50 VARIANT (MARVEL, 2018)

This variant for THRAWN #1 had a lot of speculation on it when it came out back in 2018. However, back then, Star Wars spec was non-existent. Fans were excited to see a new Thrawn book and this was a fantastic Mattina cover (at the height of his fandom). Those who bought back then and held on to it are now going to be highly rewarded for their foresight and patience as a 9.8 sold last week for $1,010. Not to mention that there aren’t that many copies listed… which hints are higher prices to come.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: ECHO

Variety is reporting that Actress Alaqua Cox is confirmed to appear in Disney+’s HAWKEYE series. Her introduction into the MCU has been rumored for a while now… and it’s fantastic to see confirmations come through. Her first appearance in DAREDEVIL #9 is already jumping in price. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: JOHN DIGGLE

When CW’s ARROW ended, John Diggle picks up a Green Lantern ring… leading many to believe that he’s actually John Stewart (his father General Roy Stewart, played by Ernie Hudson, appeared in an earlier episode). We’re no detective… but this is pretty straightforward stuff. He’s expected to appear throughout the various remaining CW shows… and safe speculation leads us to believe that he’ll take on the GL mantle. The bigger question is if this crosses over into the HBO Max Green Lantern series? Regardless, Diggle’s first (in continuity) appearance is in GREEN ARROW #24 (2013).

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: KATE BISHOP CONFIRMATION

Recent set leaks confirmed Hailee Steinfeld playing the role of Kate Bishop in the HAWKEYE Disney+ series. Days later, Variety officially confirmed her role and reported that she would be joined by several other key Marvel roles (as noted throughout this section). Her first appearance as Kate Bishop is in YOUNG AVENGERS #1, which is seeing significant movement across all covers. The DIRECTOR’S CUT saw all new heights, with a CGC 9.8 sale at $266.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: KAZI

Variety is reporting that actress Fra Fee is confirmed to appear as Kazi in Disney+’s HAWKEYE series. Her first appearance is in Hawkeye #9 (which has already had a pricey 2nd print). 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: METAL GEAR SOLID

Variety reported that Oscar Isaac to Star as Solid Snake in ‘Metal Gear Solid’ for Sony. This news helped move some of the harder to find variants, including the METAL GEAR SOLID #1 – FOXHOUND (1:25) at $499.94 for a CGC 9.8 & the WOOD RETAILER SUMMIT variant that sold for $150 raw. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: NAOMI

Deadline reported that DC Comics’ ‘Naomi’ TV Series From Ava DuVernay & Jill Blankenship In Works At The CW. This was a sudden surprise and fantastic reward to those Naomi fans who held onto their copies after the market values plummeted over the past year. While CW speculation hasn’t fared well in the past, this is a new market where the same rules no longer apply. So, who knows! Regardless, her first issues, variant and 3rd print took over our Top 10 this week

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: SWORDSMAN

Variety is reporting that actor Tony Dalton is confirmed to appear as the SWORDSMAN in the Disney+ HAWKEYE series. His first appearance in 1965’s AVENGERS #19 may not be the cheapest book to obtain (especially in high grade), it could be one of those dusty wall books at your LCS. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: YELENA BELOVA

Variety is reporting that actress Florence Pugh will return as the new BLACK WIDOW in Disney+’s HAWKEYE series. Her first appearance is in INHUMANS #5 (1999). The market has moved the slowest on this news, which is mostly due to the delayed release of BLACK WIDOW. Many are waiting to see how she does in the role… as she’ll have big shoes to fill with a lack of ScarJo.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING:  BRIGHTEST DAY #4 – 1:25 IVAN REIS VARIANT (DC, 2010)

This issue is the first appearance of Jackson Hyde, Aqualad. This gorgeous variant is gaining attention as Jackson will be DC Future State’s Aquaman. With most of the Future focus on Yara, the new Batman and Red X, this book is JUST starting to move and could be found in your LCS’ back issues. Time to hunt! (if you can)

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 (MIRAGE, 1984)

Turtle Power! The Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird creation is still going strong with a huge $16,295 sale this week for a CGC 8.0 copy of the 1st print. This is on par with the recent Heritage sale of a CGC 7.0 that occurred last month for a record $15,600 at that grade. It doesn’t look like turtle mania is slowing down, and these coveted 1st print copies are continuing their rise to new heights. With the rarity and cost of the 1st print, the demand for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th prints have also continued to rise.

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