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This week we see more big sales for Gorr the God Butcher, we call out some fun PCH sales, and (kind of) confirm content rumors for Moon Knight! 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.
SHAKERS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16 (MARVEL, 1964)
A few weeks ago, it was rumored that Charlie Cox will reprise his role as Daredevil and appear in Sony/Marvel’s SPIDER-MAN 3. While that is still VERY unconfirmed, there are still collectors putting a lot of money into their first appearance in this book. A CGC 7.5 sold last week for $999.99, which is $400 up pre-rumor.
SHAKERS: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO – VIRGIN (1:200) (MARVEL, 2018)
Dell’Otto is forever connected to one of the most valuable modern-day variants, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667. Well, here’s another of Dell’Otto’s high ratio variants that has recently been moving up in value. Last week, this gorgeous 1:200 variant hit a new high of $549.99 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: DEATHMATE PREVIEW – ORANGE (IMAGE, 1993)
Deathmate Preview from August 1993 came in two forms – Pink and Orange. The Pink version was available through normal channels, but the Orange version came glued into a Previews magazine. Only 2 copies of this book are on the CGC Census – one of which is a 3.5 copy – likely because someone tore it from the Previews book causing notable damage. The other is a 9.8 copy – which recently sold via eBay auction for $2,247.22. The seller claims he bought it raw from someone who got it from a Diamond employee who worked at Previews. Apparently, this copy had never been glued into a Previews magazine and, as such, avoided the poor fate of the 3.5 copy. We’ve seen other sales of this book, but they all have damage. Who knows if the story is true, but considering the painful extraction process, the story makes sense. Moreover, unless someone close to Previews is sitting on a stack of never-glued copies, this may very well be the only 9.8 copy we will ever see.
SHAKERS: JUSTICE LEAGUE #31 – COMBO PACK (DC, 2014)
In 2011, with the launch of DC’s “NEW 52” reboot, they offered a poly-bagged “combo pack” that included the print copy along with a code to download the digital copy. These combo packs were more expensive, so readers were essentially paying an extra $1 for the digital+print copy. While they were not directly called a variant, they technically were as they offered different covers, titles, and logo colors. However, the combo pack was considered an overall failure and was discontinued in the spring of 2015. By this time, most stores stopped ordering these and the print run became considerably small. Due to the dwindling numbers, these became quite collectible and rare for those end of run copies. Many of these are even considered to be even rarer than the rarest incentive variants. All it takes is a key appearance to make it skyrocket, which is exactly what it did for this first full appearance of Jessica Cruz which sold for a massive $1K for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKERS: GHOST COMICS #1 (FICTION HOUSE, 1951)
Here’s just a fantastic PCH book by the awesome Maurice Whitman. Pre-code books really had the best colors and composition. This one sold for $855 raw this week.
SHAKERS: HULK #16 – ED MCGUINNESS (1:15) (MARVEL, 2009)
Remember when Immortal Hulk was SUPER Hot and due to a tease in IMMORTAL HULK #14, everyone thought Red She-Hulk was returning. RED SHE-HULK’s first full appearance in this issue instantly drove up prices to new highs. Cut to issue #15 where Betty Ross became HARPY, causing these big spikes to plummet. However, cut to 2020 where recent rumors of Liv Tyler showing up in the SHE-HULK Disney+ series is leaving speculators hopeful that we may see Betty become the Red-Skinned She-Hulk pushing this to a new high sale of $334.95 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKERS: KLAWS OF THE PANTHER #1 – STEPHANIE HANS (1:10) (MARVEL, 2010)
Ummm, wow. When Chadwick’s death was announced (RIP), speculation went straight to Shuri taking on the mantle. Her first/early appearance in the costume went crazy. However, this hard to find variant with low supply hit $100 raw. This week this 1:10 Stephanie Hans Variant sold a CGC 9.8 for $699.99! And it’s STILL unknown who (or IF anyone) will take on the BLACK PANTHER mantle.
SHAKERS: KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #1 (ALDERAC GROUP, 1994)
Add this to your list of weird Indie books that sell for $100+. This book, written and drawn by Jolly R. Blackburn, featured a group of friends playing a KNIGHTS OF THE ROUNDTABLE type role player game. During this time, there really weren’t many books centered around role-playing games which allowed this book to find a cult following. This week, this hard to find book sold for $790 for a CGC 9.6. This is one of those books that always finds its way into $1 bins (we’ve personally seen it!). So, keep an eye out for it when digging in the indie box.
SHAKERS: PHANTOM LADY #20 (FOX, 1948)
Last week, one of the Shakers on our list was Crime SuspenStories #22 with its brutal decapitation cover. But violence and horror weren’t the only things that led to the implementation of the Comics Code Authority. Books that had covers that were considered provocative with scantily clad women, often referred to as “good girl art” covers, were also high on the list of troublemakers in the eyes of the Seduction of the Innocent (SOTI) report and the U.S. Senate. The Phantom Lady run from issues #13 to #23, many of which had Matt Baker covers, fall into this category and are some of the most in-demand books for Golden Age comic collectors. While issue #17 is by far the most popular, all of the books are rare and desirable. This week saw a high raw sale of issue #20 at $1,025 for a copy with an estimated grade of 4.5. Only a few copies of this book come up for sale each year, so collectors jumped on the opportunity to pick this one up. If you’re interested in breaking into this area of Golden Age collecting, make sure to get your checkbook ready (do people still use those?). Issue #17 had a high sale of $121,000 for a 9.4 in 2019 and in May of 2020 a 0.5 copy went for $1,956.
SHAKER: SECRETS BEHIND THE COMICS #NN (FAMOUS ENTERPRISES, INC., 1947)
If you’re reading this newsletter, then you know of the late/great Stan Lee. We commonly associate him with the creation of characters and super-hero teams like Spider-Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, and X-Men. But Stan Lee is a lot more to comics than just a great creator – he helped other new creators by sharing his wealth of knowledge. In conjunction with artist Ken Bald, Lee created Secrets Behind the Comics to not only explain the process of creating comics but also provide real-life stories about how other creators at the time went about their trade. This book includes some great material including a profile on Blonde Phantom creator Syd Shores, profiles on Basil Wolverton and Martin Goodman (among others), and a story on the creation of Captain America. Interestingly, this book originally sold for $1. That’s a lot of money for a 92-page staple-bound book – over $11 in 2020 money (due to inflation) – and in equivalent comic terms that would be about $40 today (i.e. $1 would get you 10 comics back in 1947). So what sparked this little write-up? A CGC 6.5 copy sold on eBay via BIN for $670. This is the highest recorded sale for this grade although it’s not the biggest sale. That would be a CGC 8.0 copy which sold for $2,150. With only 48 copies on the CGC census and the relatively high price of the original release, it’s not likely there are a lot of these out there. If you don’t want to pay out for the original, there’s a hardbound version from 1994 (limited to 700), a digitally remastered reprint from Pure Imagination published in 2011-2012 and a bootleg version (or at least what looks like a bootleg) from the 1990s that looks dangerously like the original which CGC differentiates from the original by the staples (vintage staples will be thick and the modern ones are very thin). So be careful if you’re in the market for an original as the market value differential is quite large. Excelsior!
SHAKERS: SPAWN #1 – NEWSSTAND (IMAGE, 1992)
This past weekend, we joined THE LORDS OF THE LONGBOX and covered our END OF YEAR WRAP-UP. On that show, we talked about how BIG of a seller SPAWN #1 is. We also chatted about this newsstand version and how small it’s print run was compared to the direct edition. Collectors have been buying these up and steadily increasing the market value. Last week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $1K is a nice reminder of how wrong those people were who told you 90’s comics were junk. The highest price for this newsstand was a sale in October 2020 for $1,226.
SHAKERS: SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #20 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (1:50) (MARVEL, 2013)
Many collectors have strong feelings about J. Scott Campbell’s art. Many collectors have mentioned that his women, poses and facial expressions tend to be slight variations from one to the next. However, it’s a variant like this that’s a reminder of what a master he really is. Regardless of how you feel, he has a way of creating a noticeably striking cover that gets your attention (sure… for obvious reasons). That’s honestly the ONE job a variant has… to get stores to buy MORE copies to get this one special cover. And this is one of those special covers that really made him one of the most in-demand variant artists. While prices have come down over the past 3 years, this variant is bouncing back with this week’s $800 CGC 9.8 sale.
SHAKERS: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 (MIRAGE, 1985)
Wow, Turtle Power is still in full force. This 3rd issue of the original series sold for $2K last week for a CGC 9.8 (and no, this was definitely not the error version)! Just think, this exact time last year 9.8’s of this book were selling for $356. Amazing!
Aaron Bartling’s variant for LAST RONIN is the most valuable variant of all the various covers. Due to low print runs and an AMAZING cover, the standard variant and this metal version instantly sold out. A copy sold this week for $1,275 raw.
SHAKERS: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2 (MARVEL, 2012)
In December, following the MCU news that Christian Bale will play Gorr the God Butcher in the Thor Love and Thunder movie, we covered some high sales of this issue and the awesome 1:50 Acuna variant. The main cover was a $20 wall book for a long time, but no longer! In early January it had raw sales of $483.50 and $500, and 9.8 sales of $549 and $500, setting Gorr (at least price-wise) among the best of modern villains. Interestingly, the name “Gorr” is mentioned in the previous issue but not in this one where he is referred to only as “God Butcher” throughout. Even so, Gorr makes a definitive and appropriately sinister first appearance here, sneaking out of the mist, stealthily stalking Thor, and finally attacking him in the sky. Some of the heat around this book might also be attributed to interest in Knull and the current King in Black event due to the fact that Knull’s god-killing Necrosword, a symbiote weapon wielded by Gorr, also makes its first appearance in this issue. Fittingly, the issue opens in the Great Weapons Hall of Asgard with Thor messing with Mjolnir and unable to pick it up. We get a mini origin story of the hammer which reminds us that weapons are independent entities and may outlast those who wield them. Certainly, the “all-black” Necrosword, itself a symbiote, does seem to be one of those.
SHAKERS: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #19 – SIMONE BIANCHI (1:100) (MARVEL, 2014)
Dario Agger (Minotaur), a Greek industrial capitalist and CEO of Roxxon Industries who first appears in this issue, is introduced to Thor by Roz Solomon as the “Doctor Doom of Corporate Scumbags”. He is a capitalist who causes global warming and then sells solutions to the problems brought on by climate change. The story flashes to a future desert wasteland Earth where old Thor and his granddaughters question the value of this deserted and desolate planet. Presumably, this is the grim future of Earth Dario Agger initiates with his destruction of the environment for profit. As our real planet just ended the warmest year in recorded history, a year that brought fires and drought to much of the planet, Jason Aaron’s story grows more relevant over time. And the prices for this issue continue to rise. This week we noted an astonishing $875 sale of the Simone Bianchi 1:100 variant in 9.8. Darrio Agger also plays a major role in Al Ewing’s current Immortal Hulk run. In that story, Agger brings back Xemnu to battle Hulk and essentially catalyzes the Devil Hulk who sets his wrath against the kind of eco-destruction perpetrated by companies like Roxxon, and specifically against Agger.
SHAKERS: VENGEANCE #1 (MARVEL, 2011)
After a VERY short dip in price before the Disney Investor Summit, this standard cover of America Chavez’s first appearance is back over $700 for a 9.8 with this week’s sale of $749.99.
That’s right, Carmen… fricking… Sandiego! However, while generally a low-value book, THIS DCU logo version is very hard to find and sold for $100 raw this week. If you didn’t know about these, the DC Universe Logo Variants are subsequent printings that had the words “DC UNIVERSE” in the UPC/LOGO box. These were packaged together in DC comic multi-packs sold to various non-comic and comic retailers. These were usually the last printing of each title and can be exceptionally difficult to find, especially in high grade. If you want to know more of the various books and level of rarity, then check out a VERY comprehensive list by the master of DCU logo variants, Steve Horn, at www.comicbookinvest.com
RUMORED/OPTIONED: MOON KNIGHT
Well… if you want official confirmation in an unofficial way, then you should be happy to hear that MOON KNIGHT cinematographer Gregory Middleton has confirmed that Oscar Issac told HIM that he will be playing MOON KNIGHT. This was picked up by news sources like CNET, where they also state in the headline “Oscar Isaac confirmed as lead in Marvel’s Moon Knight series for Disney Plus” and then proceeded to not confirm it. This is one of those, it’s clear Oscar Issac is Moon Knight… so please Marvel, just officially confirm it.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WATCHING: AVENGERS #47 (MARVEL, 1967)
This book contains the first appearance of Dane Whitman, who becomes the Black Knight in the following issue. Those two books heated up back in August 2019 as Disney announced that Kit Harington – of Game of Thrones fame – would play the character in the upcoming Eternals movie. There wasn’t a lot of news in the interim and both books cooled down. We are hearing some unsubstantiated rumors that Dane Whitman will ride high coming off the Eternals movie and may have an extended future with Disney/Marvel. Although that’s just a rumor, it seems it was enough to entice one buyer to pay $5050 for a CGC 9.8 copy – 80% over the last sale in this grade. While 9.8 copies are available (24 exist on the CGC census and some are available on eBay), we rarely see sales. The last sale at this grade was back in May 2020 for $2,800. We will definitely be watching to see if this recent sale has any impact on sales at the lower grades. Also, while we’re watching his first appearance, now’s a nice reminder to pick up the variants from the 2015 BLACK KNIGHT series: #1 POWELL (1:25), #3 TIM BRADSTREET (1:25). Those have both been slowly climbing back from some significant low prices. The POWELL fell to $30 during the COVID lull and just recently sold for $89.99. Current asking prices are high, but check your LCS and other online resources! Now’s the time to hunt. These are going to be pricey books. Might as well check out the JOHN TYLER ACTION FIGURE variant for #1, since that had a qualifier (exceed 150% of orders for All-New Hawkeye #4 (APR150874) with orders for Black Knight #1 reg cvr, and this variant is ordered all you want.). Check out DRUNKEN CHAT from last weekend where UltraMaximus covers ALL of the John Tyler Action figure variants (jump to the 1hr 9min mark).
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 (DC, 1971)
Bernie Wrightson was an accomplished artist across many characters and titles, but he is arguably most famous for his involvement in the creation and depiction of Swamp Thing. The first appearance of Swamp Thing in House of Secrets #92 is always in demand from collectors and a 9.0 sale this week of $4,560 has shown that this demand is regaining strength. This is a new high for a 9.0 copy, eclipsing the prior high of $4,260 from April of 2019. The prices for this book had been falling over the last year, likely a result of the cancellation of the self-titled show on DC Universe, but it’s possible that speculation around the upcoming Justice League Dark show on HBO Max has breathed new life into Swamp Thing. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative to add to your collection, or a placeholder until you can find that copy you’re looking for, there was a reprint created in 2019 that can be found raw for a few dollars or under $50 in a 9.8 slab.
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