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This week we look at a “mini” comic with a big sale, we find a rare sale for early cover art by Natali Sanders, and call out the latest comic content news to hit the market. 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: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 – MINI – PROMOTIONAL (MARVEL, 1966)
If you thought mini-comics were only a modern thing, then we present this Amazing Spider-Man mini from 1969. This tiny issue reprints AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 and was inserted into Eye Magazine (Vol. 2) #2 (other sources suggest Esquire, however that doesn’t seem to be accurate). Back in the ’60s, superheroes were still relatively young. Even Spidey needed some promotion after his 1962 introduction. You would think it was reprinted to celebrate the first cameo appearance of Mary Jane. Nope. All key characters (MJ, Gwen, Flash, Harry, and the Rhino) were removed from this insert. It’s simply an early promo for just Spider-Man. Despite this week’s new high sale of $400 for a CGC 6.0, raw copies are relatively inexpensive ($50).
This series is following the heat of Tynion’s SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN. One cover we love is this Third Eye variant, which sold for a high of $344 for a CGC 9.8. It really is the perfect combination of a hot book with a great cover, no additional variations of it (foil, virgin, etc.), and a LOW print run. Keep an eye on this.
SHAKER: G.I. JOE #1 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1982)
Last week, we saw a MASSIVE new high sale of $3,995.00 as a Buy It Now (BIN) sale for a 9.8 of this newsstand. This is pretty incredible when you realize that a year ago, a 9.8 for this version sold for $355. Then, a few days later an auction ended at $2,175 for a 9.8… which, without this $4K sale, would have been the new high. Finding the right buyer is key for big books like this… so maybe the ongoing market price falls somewhere between. We shall see.
SHAKER: G.I. JOE #21 – RENEGAR EDITION – SILVER FOIL (IMAGE, 2003)
Speaking of G.I. Joe, this 2003 variant (known as the Renegar edition) is a homage to the 1984 #21 silent issue. With art by the late/great Michael Turner, this silver version is exceptionally difficult to find and lies at the top of many G.I. Joe collector’s lists. Heck, it’s also at the top of many rare variant collectors. This silver foil version only has 45 9.8’s on the census. This week’s sale of $600 for a CGC 9.6 (one of 15 on the census) actually seems like a great deal. It’s the only copy we’ve seen come to market in quite a while.
SHAKER: ICE CREAM MAN #8 – CVR B DEL REY (IMAGE, 2018)
With the heat of HAHA #1, collectors are pointing to this particular cover as the “inspiration” of the hot new horror series. Since both series are written by W. Maxwell Prince, this isn’t that big of a leap. However, this variant sure had one and now sells for $80 raw.
SHAKER: MARVEL AGE #98 (MARVEL, 1983)
Having released one month before TOXIC AVENGER #1, this issue features a 5-page preview of that first series and is considered the first appearance of Toxic. Back in November, it was announced that Peter Dinklage would be starring in Legendary’s ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot. Since then, Toxic’s key issues have been climbing in price. This week, this Marvel Age #98 hit an all-new high of $1,325 for a CGC 9.8.
SHAKER: MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #NN (VARIANT INTERIOR) (MARVEL, 1943)
If you aren’t familiar with this comic, you’re not alone. This special 128-page issue of Marvel Mystery Comics is extremely rare and from its $25,000 sale this week at a CGC 3.5, it is also extremely valuable. This was a special issue that was created with a cover almost identical to Marvel Mystery Comics #33, but with the interiors of Captain America Comics #22 and Marvel Mystery Comics #41. It was only distributed in New York City, so the number of copies available is extremely low and they almost never come up for sale. The last graded sale we have recorded here at CovrPrice is from 2013 when another CGC 3.5 sold for $8,422. There is also another version of this 128-page comic that has the same cover, but the interior is instead Captain America Comics #18 and Marvel Mystery Comics #33. But this book seems to be even rarer as we have no recorded sales of this comic in our database. If you’d like to get your hands on one of these, there are only 11 CGC-graded unrestored copies in existence, so you’ll have to be ready to open up that wallet if and when one comes up for sale again.
SHAKER: SIDEWAYS #1 – KENNETH ROCAFORT – COMICSPRO (DC, 2018)
Sideways, aka Derek James, had a short-lived solo series where he made his first appearance in this first issue. He’s a teenager who has the ability to form rifts in midair and travel through dimensions. For a short while, he was also a member of Young Justice. Due to the Teen Titans/ Young Justice place of prominence in D.C.’s Future State, there is speculation that we will see Derek again in a more evolved state. It’s an interesting idea that doesn’t seem impossible. With that being said, speculators are buying up this first issue and this hard to find Comicspro variant, which sold a CGC 9.8 this week for a big $500. Even without Future State, Sideways has been a character fans have been pulling (the standard cover) out of $1 bins since his release. Keep an eye on this first.
SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #2 – 4TH PRINTING (BOOM!, 2019)
Here’s simply ANOTHER SIKTC hot book that’s selling for big money. The 4th printing hit $250 raw this week. This series is truly an amazing market performer. Fifteen issues in, it’s already one of the most valuable modern series.
And now, a brief intermission for some STAR WAR BOOKS:
SHAKER: STAR WARS #1 – 35 CENT PRICE EDITION (MARVEL, 1977)
While not Star Wars canon (none of the original Marvel series is), this book is still a beloved Star Wars collectors’ item. The 35-cent regional price variant is, however, arguably one of the most coveted versions of this already beloved book. Not to be confused with 35-cent reprints (diamonds upper left, no UPC bottom left), this 1st print price variant is hard to find and quite pricey. So much so, a CBCS 5.0 copy recently sold for $4500 – a high sale at this grade level. For context, you could almost get 2x CGC 9.8 copies of the 30-cent non-price variant for that price (in fact two recent copies went for $2500 apiece). CovrPrice’s highest sale ever recorded for this one was on May 2016 for a CGC 9.4 at $26,290 (who knows what that would go for today!). So for the true Star Wars fan, any copy of Star Wars #1 35-cent price edition would be a welcome addition to the collection.
SHAKER: STAR WARS ADVENTURES #7 – LAUFMAN (1:10) (IDW, 2018)
Forward-thinking Star Wars fans are hot on the trail of this incentive variant. Not only is it the first appearance of Hondo (a character straight out of The Clone Wars television series and later Star Wars Rebels), but it also has a fantastic cover featuring Sabine Wren, Ezra Bridger, and their crew. This book is an absolute ghost and hit an all-time high for a CGC 9.8 copy coming in at $400. If you’re seeking this book, may the force be with you … seriously … you’re gonna need it.
SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #3 (MARVEL, 2015)
What? A plain old regular cover … boring! Wait a second … just hit a highest-ever CGC 9.8 sale at $549.95 do you say? Well then… Doctor Aphra is one of the hottest marvel-introduced Star Wars characters and she hasn’t even graced the silver screen. While many have been pining over the stratospheric Larroca 1:25 sales and the highly prized 3rd and 4th prints (4th print just had a couple of all-time high mid $800 sales so…), this 1st print has quietly been rising to impressive levels. It’s also the 1st appearance of her awesome assassin droids, so don’t scoff at lowly 1st prints!
SHAKER: STAR WARS TALES #24 – VARIANT – NEWSSTAND (DARK HORSE, 2005)
Do the names DARTH NIHILUS & TRAYA do anything for you? Probably not. But they do for die-hard Star Wars fans… and collectors digging through Star Wars back issues. And if we’ve learned anything from 2020, we learned that Star Wars first appearances (like these) matter. 2005 was a VERY low print run year, making a newsstand like this highly sought after. Hence, this week’s all-new high sale of $1,750 for a CGC 9.8.
OK, END STAR WARS BOOKS. And now back to our regularly scheduled newsletter.
SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #32 – 2ND PRINT (MIRAGE, 1992)
Did you know TMNT 1st series issue #32 has a 2nd print that Mirage put out like a year and a half after the 1st print? We didn’t either! Might you be surprised to hear a 9.8 sold for $900? Yeah, us too!! Well, that’s what happens when you combine 47 total copies on the CGC census, only 2 in 9.8, the only copy ever put up for public sale (that we’ve recorded), and rabid nostalgic Turtles fans! So … looking for a valentine’s present for that special Turtles fan who has just about everything? How about a copy of this book? Probably a good chance they don’t have it! There are some raw copies on eBay, but I’m guessing you can find these cheap in those long boxes, so happy hunting!
SHAKER: TEEN TITANS GO! #41 (DC, 2007)
Well, you know by now that RED X’s first appearance in TEEN TITANS GO! #23 is currently a $250 raw book. However, following its lead is…. PINK X (aka Kitten)! While we have no sign of a current or Future State appearance, her first appearance in this issue sure is climbing. With significant scarcity, a raw copy sold for $112.50 last week.
SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 2011)
Regarding Newsstands in 2011, they were pretty much on their way out. Even with all the massive market interest in UF4 and Miles, very few Newsstand copies have come to market. But when they do… wow. This week, a CGC 6.5 sold for $1,526!!!
SHAKER: URSA MINOR #3 – NATALI SANDERS – VIRGIN TAKE ME HOME (BIG DOG INK, 2012)
Natali Sanders is one of today’s go-to variant artists. Her amazing photo-realistic covers mostly feature female comic characters, carving her own niche in the comic world. When an artist gets hot, collectors scour for early covers and help weed out the rarest ones. Natalie did several covers for this series. All hold value. However, it’s this particular cover that commands the most due to its rarity. Last week, it sold for $1,099.99 for a CGC 9.8. These are books that ended up in back issues and dollar bins. Keep a lookout for this series and happy hunting!!
SHAKER: WETWORKS #1 (IMAGE, 1994)
A common theme we’ve all heard throughout 2000 to 2020 is how “worthless” 90’s comics are. In fact, we see it frequently in today’s various comic forums. However, we’re here to tell a different story. The ’90s are hotter than ever. SPAWN #1 is one of CovrPrice’s best selling books. In fact, some of the most over-printed books of the ’90s are selling like hotcakes. Sure, they may not be the most expensive, but they’re still steady $100+ 9.8’s. Why? Well, it’s simple… nostalgia is playing a big role in these. 90’s kids are now in their 30’s and 40’s. These are folks with disposable income who want these early Image books on their walls. Honestly, they all directly call back to our early, if not first, experiences with comics. We actually remember these “90s foder” fondly. While Jim Lee’s WETWORKS is still a $1 raw book, this week’s CGC 9.8 sale of $220 is a reminder that nostalgia collectors WANT and will pay for high-grade copies. And that’s not limited to just this series… but this goes for ALL of these early Image books. Do not disregard high-grade copies!
RUMORED/OPTIONED: FOREVER MAPS (SCOUT)
Scout Comics’ recent press release announced “Scout Comics & Entertainment is proud to announce that THE FOREVER MAPS by Michael Lagace and Todor Hristov is in development as a feature film with Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken (10 CLOVERFIELD LANE) adapting. Matthew Goldberg, Igor De Laurentiis, Ira Napoliello, Lit Entertainment, and Scout Comics are attached to produce.” This news helped ANOTHER Scout book land on our TOP 10 this week. Check out the awesome SCHMALKE Variant.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: JUDO MASTER IN PEACEMAKER
Per Deadline, ‘Peacemaker’: James Gunn HBO Max Series Adds Nhut Le As Judomaster. There are 3 versions: Alias Hadley “Rip” Jagger in SPECIAL WAR SERIES #4, unidentified alias (and only appearance) in JUSTICE LEAGUE QUARTERLY #14, and Sonia Sato in BIRDS OF PREY #100. Based on the above, it appears that he’ll most likely play Hadley.
RUMORED/OPTIONED: WAR OF THE REALMS NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 – Zircher (1:50) (MARVEL, 2019)
The Patrick Zircher 1:50 incentive cover of War of the Realms New Agents of Atlas #1 has always been a sought-after variant of this key book. The issue features the first appearances of Aero, Wave, Crescent and IO, and Luna Snow, who are brought together by Jimmy Woo with Amadeus Cho, Shang-Chi, Silk and White Fox to protect the Pacific Rim from Sindr and other incoming threats. The comic came out in May of 2019 and this variant was selling well above ratio following release, for around $150 for raw copies. One year later, at a recent press announcement for Disney+ Singapore, a comment was made toward Kevin Feige that it was “high time we get a Southeast Asian Marvel superhero on Disney+.” Mr. Feige was quoted with the reply, “I think it is. And I think you won’t have to wait there very long at all. We’ve announced a number of shows and we’ve got more in the works.” This news sent speculators racing to Google to search “Southeast Asian Marvel characters”. We love the idea of a Jimmy Woo (played by Randall Park) show based in the Pacific Rim and featuring these dynamic characters such as Aero, Wave, Crescent & IO. BUT, if we’re talking SPECIFICALLY Southeast Asian superheroes, we’ll save you the trouble as the list is short. One of the few (or only) Southeast Asian superheroes in the Marvel Universe is WAVE, the first Filipino superhero who makes her first appearance in this issue. The Mico Suayan limited virgin variant is selling well, but the heat all went to this Zircher 1:50, which sold a CGC 9.8 for $1K this week (of which she’s not even on the cover of). Keep in mind that the NEW AGENTS team is mostly Korean and Chinese. So, unless Feige just heard “Asian” and spoke broadly… if there is a Southeast Asian team coming, then keep an ear/eye out for WARRIORS OF THE SKY (if they ever have a first comic appearance). WARRIORS is a (mostly) Southeast Asian team from the FUTURE FIGHT game, which features Luna Snow, Crescent and 4 new Southeast Asian heroes: War Tiger, Blue Dragon, Sun Bird, and Shadow Shell.
WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING
WANDAVISION and HAWKEYE are already lining up a YOUNG AVENGERS team quietly nicely. These three issues are direct responses from characters like Cassie Lang/Stature, Tommy/Speed and Kate Bishop/ Hawkeye. YOUNG AVENGERS #6 features the first appearance of Cassie as STATURE. #10 is the first appearance of Tommy Shepherd and #12 is the first appearance of Kate Bishop as HAWKEYE and Tommy as SPEED. So, yeah, this Young Avengers series is really proving to be a key building block in MCU’s phase 4.
KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK
KEY OF THE WEEK: FAMOUS FUNNIES #212 (EASTERN COLOR, 1954)
Frank Frazetta is one of the most popular and recognizable artists from the Gold, Silver, and Bronze ages of comics. He is known for more than just comic book cover and interior art as he was also an accomplished painter whose creations graced a wide range of media. In comics he is most well-known for his science fiction, fantasy, and horror-themed artwork, and the books that have his artwork gracing their covers continue to increase in both demand and price. One of the most popular series of books that Frazetta created the covers for are issues 209 through 216 of Famous Funnies. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s a hold-over from when comics were simply referred to as “Funnies”. These issues have incredible Science Fiction and Fantasy covers that are coveted by collectors. This week we saw a CGC 5.5 copy of issue #212 sell for $3360. This is a massive jump over the last recorded sale at this grade of $850 in April of 2019. Until you are able to find copies of these books to call your own, take some time and check out these issues on CovrPrice and figure out which ones are your favorites.
Speaking of FRAZETTA, check out DEFINITIVE PODCAST’s detailed deep dive on Frank Frazetta and fantastic interview with Frank’s Granddaughter, Sarah Frazetta (don’t miss the Frazetta museum peak at the end!). Take notes on the DEEP DIVE… it’s AMAZING. You WILL totally end up buying one Frazetta after watching that.
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