WEEK IN REVIEW

February 14th, 2021

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This week we see how Snyder’s Justice League is moving some DC titles, how WandaVision is warping reality for some variants, and we call out a “golden grail” from the 90s. 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: ALIENS #1 (DARK HORSE, 1988)

With Disney investing in ALIENS, their first appearance in this issue saw a CGC 9.8 sale hit an all-time high of $2301 this week, exceeding the previous record of $1750 set back in November 2020.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 (MARVEL, 1964)

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 had been an underappreciated book for a long time, but over the last year, this issue has been increasing in price significantly. While it’s not the first appearance of any single character, like Brave and the Bold #28 (the first appearance of the Justice League), this issue introduces a more villainous team, with the first appearance of the Sinister Six. This team-up of Spider-Man’s early rogues gallery has been a hot spec given all of the characters that are rumored to be appearing in the next Spider-Man movie. This week it tied its high sale of $1680 for a CGC 5.0 copy. This is a significant jump from about 2 years ago where this book could be had for $600-700. If we get confirmation of the Sinister Six appearing in a future movie, there’s no telling where this book will go.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN PRESENTS: BLACK CAT #1 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MARVEL, 2010)

This gorgeous Campbell 1:50 variant was one of the first high ratio incentives he did for Marvel. This hard-to-find variant came out during one of the lowest print runs of Spider-Man, let alone a Spider-Man mini-series like this one. Stores simply didn’t order 50 copies of this issue to qualify to receive one copy. Eleven years later, this cover has proven its scarcity. It VERY rarely comes up for sale. Recently one did and sold for a new high of $1,499.99 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: BATMAN #423 (DC, 1988)

One of our favorite Batman covers, this prototype Spawn cover by Todd McFarlane keeps hitting new highs. Last week, a CGC 9.8 sold for a new high of $1,200. This time last year, 9.8’s were selling for $405. Wow, what a difference a year makes. This is a reminder to pay close attention to undervalued key covers like this one. 

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SHAKER: DARKWING DUCK #1 – SDCC EXCLUSIVE (BOOM! STUDIOS, 2010)

With a new show on the way, Darkwing Duck will be re-introduced to new audiences. This is breathing new life into our favorite “terror that flaps in the night”, which is bringing new market interest to his key comic appearances. For years, this has been a $50+ book. However, this new interest has pushed this book to new heights like this week’s huge raw sale of $349.95. Let’s get dangerous indeed!

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SHAKER: FOREVER PEOPLE #1 (DC, 1971)

It’s no secret – content-wise, Marvel has beaten DC senseless and left them reeling. Justice League who? So while we’ve watched DC attempt to extract its head from the toilet after receiving a Hulk-sized swirly, we might have missed that there’s some excitement building around the upcoming Justice League: The Snyder Cut (March 18, 2021 release). Remember that guy Thanos? Remember how the prices blew up on Iron Man #55 as the films built up to Infinity War ($8000 high for a CGC 9.8)? Sadly, DC has had trouble matching Marvel’s momentum, but this new Justice League movie release appears to be amping things up for Thanos’s DC counterpart, Darkseid.  We just saw the biggest ever CGC 9.8 sale for Darkseid’s 1st full appearance – Forever People #1 at $4150. The last time we saw prices in that range was mid-2019. FP #1 isn’t a book we see a lot in CGC 9.8. There are 56 CGC 9.8 copies and around 1800 total copies on the CGC census. Compare that to 78 CGC 9.8 copies and around 3800 total copies on the CGC census for Iron Man #55. So we have a major comic label super villain, with a movie series building to his unveiling and whose 1st full appearance is more scarce than the Marvel equivalent… seems like a recipe for some notable gains for Forever People #1. One note of caution, Darksied’s 1st appearance is a muddled mess because he has multiple tiny cameos that predate FP #1 (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 and 135).  These minor cameos will inevitably split collectors’ and speculators’ focus. Regardless, Forever People #1 seems to be on the move. Might be time to start dusting off some of that DC spec!

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SHAKER: GREEN LANTERN #87 (DC, 1971)

With the anticipated Green Lantern HBO Max series still deep in development, collectors are investing in this 1st John Stewart, which hit a major high for a CGC 9.6 at $3200. Stewart is expected to be a central character in the series and has been highly anticipated ever since DC began their DCU content plans. 

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SHAKER: HOWARD THE DUCK #1 (MARVEL, 1976)

MCU fans may not realize it, but Howard the Duck has been there through most of MCU’s phases 2 and 3. He made cameos in GUARDIANS Vol. 1 (broken out of The Collector’s containers), Vol. 2 (in a bar, flirting), and in the final ENDGAME battle, armed with a blaster. Howard is a character that’s been “flying” under the radar for years now. Marvel obviously enjoys sprinkling him through the various content. It’s safe to say that we will see Howard again in a larger role. Not only is his first series (his first appearance is in Adventure into Fear #19 1973) still a sought-after key, but it just hit a new high sale of $900 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: SCARLET WITCH #3 – INCENTIVE SIYA OUM VARIANT (MARVEL, 2016)

WANDAVISION has moved the needle on various Wanda/Vision-related books. However, we’re focusing on great variants like this one from the awesome Siya Oum. Trained under Michael Turner, Siya’s covers are fantastic. Whether it’s her SHE-HULK #1 1:50 or her EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 5TH PRINT, her covers also command top dollar. This Scarlet cover is now selling for $100 raw and $249.99 for a CGC 9.8. 

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SHAKER: STARTLING TERROR TALES #11 (STAR PUBLICATIONS, 1952)

L.B. Cole is back again this week with one of his most famous and recognizable horror covers. Startling Terror Tales 11 has a particularly gruesome depiction of a creepy spider character capturing some poor victims in his web. This character originally appears on Suspense Comics #8 in 1945, but this 1952 version steps up the horror factor a few notches. This rare book has less than 100 copies graded on the CGC census, and this week a CGC 5.0 sold for $4560, a new record at that grade. The popularity of these horror-themed L.B. Cole covers has increased significantly over the last few years with golden age collectors seeking them out and rarely letting them go from their collections. For example, back in 2015, a similar CGC 5.0 copy could be had for only $776, that’s an increase of approximately $3800 in just 6 years. But don’t fret, L.B. Cole is thought to have drawn approximately 1,000 different covers covering a wide range of themes, so there are lots of options and price points out there for collectors to add some L.B. Cole books to their boxes.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – JAE LEE – NYCC (LIMITED 500)

(BOOM! STUDIOS, 2019)

This series is easily the most valuable and hottest series of recent memory. The market is immensely tuned in to the market values, sending key issues (and non-key issues!) higher and higher. This is the crown jewel/most expensive cover of the series. This week’s sale of $999.99 for a CGC 9.8 is going to seem like a deal in the near future.

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

Speaking of SIKTC, BOOM Founder & CEO Ross Richie mentioned that this was the rarest variant for the series. It will most likely (and quickly) eclipse the Jae Lee NYCC variant. This week’s new high sale of $800 raw is a tale of things to come for this cover. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 – WALMART GOLD UPC (MARVEL, 1990)

With all the excitement around Walmart variants, this OG Walmart Gold UPC version is MUCH rarer than the exclusives we see today. In 1990, there were roughly 1500 stores in about 25 U.S. states. This is a shadow of the 11,500 stores worldwide now. In comparison to the massive print run of this first issue, there are only 569 copies on the CGC census. This is one of the literal “golden grails” of 90’s books. This week, a CGC 9.8 sold for a new high of $2321.

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

Aphra has been acting a lot like Ahsoka did before she appeared. This variant just keeps climbing, despite no confirmation or certainty that we’ll see here. Regardless, it sold for $898 raw and $2500 in a 9.8 this week. And she’s not slowing down.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL – SON OF DATHOMIR #1 – WIZARD WORLD SKETCH VARIANT (LIMITED 500) (DARK HORSE, 2014)

Despite getting dethroned as the first appearance of the Dark Saber by STAR WARS: TALES FROM THE CLONE WARS, that still has slowed demand for this hard-to-find Wizard World Sketch variant. It really is amazing how fast 500 copies dry up in 7 years. Well, this week, a CGC 9.8 hit an all-new high sale of $625. 

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SHAKER: THE TRANSFORMERS #1 (MARVEL, 1984)

Wow, nostalgia sure is in full force right now. This first TF issue sold for a new high of $1787.70 for a CGC 9.8. Since we like to torture ourselves, 9.8’s sold this time last year for $685. 2020 sure did a number on (or… “transformed”) market values!

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (MARVEL, 2011)

Miles Morales-related key comics hit record over record prices in 2020, and the upswing is continuing into 2021 as books like Ultimate Fallout #4 and Marvel Previews #95 continue to make the news with massive sales. This has been fueled by the Miles Morales Playstation 5 game’s popularity, recent casting/character news (THE SPOT?) for the Into the Spider-Verse 2 animated movie (scheduled to release in 2021), and the fact that fans can’t stop speculating on a live-action Miles movie. This week Ultimate Fallout #4 hit three new 9.8 graded sales records, the highest being $1550. So buckle in for another year of Miles!

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High sales of books featuring key supporting characters from the pages of Miles Morales

For some collectors, the air is just too rare around those big Miles Morales comics, and there are plenty of supporting characters who may become significant later because of Miles. We thought we would look at a couple of first appearances within the Miles Morales comics that are also hitting high sales. These books offer a chance to speculate on Miles without potentially risking the mortgage payment… let’s call them the “After-shakers”.

 

AFTER-SHAKER: MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #6 (MARVEL, 2019)

Starling (Tiana Toomes) is a character to keep your eyes on. Written by Saladin Ahmed and drawn by Javier Garron, she makes her first cameo appearance on the last page of Miles Morales #5, and her first full and cover appearance in this issue, #6 from May of 2019. Starling wears a winged suit made for her by her grandfather, Adrian Toomes/Vulture. Currently, she is an integral part of the Champions Volume 4 run where she and Miles continue to develop their relationship. Starling’s first full appearance sold a CGC 9.8 for $150 this week, and two raw copies sold for all-time highs of $42 and $45.

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AFTER-SHAKER : MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #10 (MARVEL, 2019)

Ultimatum first appears in this issue, and we come to learn that he is in fact the villainous 616 Universe Miles Morales from Spider-Men II #1 (2017). Remember that Miles is a transplant from the Ultimate Universe, and this character considers Miles an invader. Ultimatum is the opposite of Miles, a criminal who did hard time on Ryker’s Island, wears a big suit of armor, and considers Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) his best friend. We saw an all-time high sale of $26 for a raw copy this week. Ultimatum takes on greater significance as the run proceeds. Among the cast of Miles’ villains, he’s definitely one to watch. 

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SHAKER: X-23 #1 – GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (1:25) (MARVEL, 2010)

It’s rare when a variant, released years later, eclipses the first appearance of a character. However, it happens… much like this variant has done. While a CGC 9.8 of NYX #3 sold recently for $1,250 in a 9.8, this X-23 #1 Dell’Otto had a new high sale of $2,300 for a 9.8. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: COVER

Per SCREENRANT, “HBO Max orders a television series based on comic creator Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack’s Cover, to be written by Bendis and directed by Mack.” This news helped both the standard cover and variant land our TOP 10 this week. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: POWERPUFF GIRLS

It’s been a while since we last heard an update on the CW live-action POWERPUFF GIRLS series that was announced back in August. Well, this week VARIETY reported that it received a pilot order. Development at CW”. Their first comic appearance in CARTOON NETWORK STARRING #1 (1999) has been seeing steady sales of around $50. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

 

WATCHING:  NEW AVENGERS #7 (MARVEL, 2005)

Back in July 2020, there was a short spike in interest in this first appearance of the Illuminati. However, with so many content announcements at the end of 2020 and focus on “WandaVision”, this issue has dropped in price. However, now’s a good time to jump back in. If you recall, the Illuminati played a huge role in the SECRET INVASION storyline. While we have some time, we feel that clues pointing to this covert group of heroes will slowly start weaving in.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK:  X-MEN #129 (MARVEL, 1980)

This issue is the first appearance of Kitty Pride and Emma Frost. Key X-Characters like this are rapidly escalating in value. There is speculation that WANDAVISION is the catalyst to introduce mutants into the MCU. While that still remains to be seen, this key in CGC 9.8 absolutely smashed records with four sustained sales at the $3000+ price point in the past week. This book cost about half this much prior. X-Men keys are quickly getting out of reach in super high grade. If you thought Star Wars spec was nuts… X-stuff is about to get nuts, Bub. 

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