WEEK IN REVIEW

March 16th, 2021

Welcome to CovrPrice’s Weekly Newsletter!

This week we highlight a big sale for He-Man’s 1st appearance in DC Comics, we see a big sale for the Mexican Edition of EOSV #2, and call out some fun Independent Publishers with content news. Don’t forget you can always swing by CovrPrice to check out our Movers and Shakers lists for a sneak peek at our newsletter picks! 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 #569 – 2ND PRINT (MARVEL, 2008)

ASM #569 is most notable for the 1st appearance of Eddie Brock as Anti-Venom. It has a solid Venom variant cover by Adi Granov and a super hard-to-find $3.99 newsstand edition. The ASM #569 gem, however, is the John Romita Jr. 2nd print cover featuring Anti-Venom. The 1st printings have an estimated initial sales volume of 78,000, but this 2nd print is estimated at a meager 8,400 in sales. While there are more 2nd print CGC 9.8 copies on the CGC census than regular covers (155 and 83 respectively), the Granov variant eclipses all other covers with 435 CGC 9.8 copies on the census.  From a valuation standpoint, 2nd print CGC 9.8 copies dipped from a $640 high back in 2018, dropping to as low as $360 by the end of 2019. Since then, the book has been on the rise and just recently hit an all-time of $1,388.88 for a CGC 9.8 copy. While we are unaware of any substantive news driving this book ever higher over the last year, it’s a great character and overall concept so it’s not surprising that collectors and speculators are clamoring to grab high-grade copies.

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SHAKER: BLACKMAN #1 (Leader Comics Group, 1981)

Leader Comics Group was a black-owned comic publishing company out of Merrillville, Indiana back in the early 1980s. One of their goals was to publish materials with positive role models for minority youth. The short-lived company published one comic for the Dallas Forth Worth test market – Blackman #1. We’ve only recorded 4 sales of the book, 3 raw and one CGC graded copy. It appears this book is relatively rare because there are only 4 total copies on the CGC census. A raw copy, in approximately 8.5 condition, sold this week for a solid $1,175. It’s definitely not a book to pass up if you’re long box diving. Folks in the Dallas/Fort Worth area might have particular luck if that was, in fact, the main test market.

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SHAKER: THE CBLDF PRESENTS: LIBERTY COMICS – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT (IMAGE, 2008)

As comic fans, you’ve most likely come across these CBLDF Liberty Comics while digging through back issues. To quote from their website, “Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.” In a nutshell, they fight for books that get banned and also have strong outreach programs in getting comics in schools and libraries. As a promotional tool and also a small fundraiser, the CBLDF has regularly produced this Liberty comic “as a sampler of all the incredible talent the medium has to offer”. This first issue featured a Danger GIrl variant by J. Scott Campbell. As Campbell collectors seek all his work, this cover is sought after and sells for $25 raw. However, it was this week’s sale of $275 for a CGC 9.8 that made us realize that we should stop leaving these behind when digging.

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SHAKER: DARK HORSE PRESENTS #10 (DARK HORSE, 1987)

A few weeks ago we shared THE MASK’s first appearance in MAYHEM #1 as the current version that we know him as. Well, following that big sale ($600 for a 9.8) comes his true first appearance in this DARK HORSE PRESENTS issue as “MASQUE” (looking nothing like he does today). Like Mayhem, his first ALSO sold for $600 for a CGC 9.8, making it the highest sale yet.

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SHAKER: DC COMICS PRESENTS #47 (DC, 1982)

By the POWER of Greyskull!!!! This first appearance of He-Man in comics (or first appearance in DC comics if you feel that the mini-comics count… which has their own release date debate). This first comic appearance hit a massive new high sale of $2,000 for a CGC 9.8. This classic cover is beloved by both DC and MOTU fans and has been sought after for decades. However, it wasn’t until Netflix made solid plans to get an adult animated series, a kid’s animated series, and a live-action film in development that collectors truly took notice. With the animated series both in post-production, we’re itching for some trailers. Once those hit… then these books are going to go nuclear.

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 (MARVEL, 2014)

This first appearance of Spider-Gwen hit an all-new high sale of $1,400 for a CGC 9.8. While it took a while for it to crack a grand, she’s now drafting behind Mile’s hot market wake and rising in value as well.

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 – GREG LAND – MEXICO EDITION (MARVEL, 2014)

Jumping off of that big first print sale is this Mexico edition of Edge of Spider-verse #2. First, what’s important to note is the recent explosion in both prices and interest in the foreign market. Demand for all editions of key issues through Marvel’s and DC’s history is becoming more than just a niche segment of comic collecting. However, what’s interesting about these Spanish language editions from Mexico is how they share the covers with some of the rarest and in-demand incentive variants. The only difference lies in the MEXICO text below the Marvel logo. Now, typically, these have always been a source of frustration for buyers seeking the incentive and having to sift through listing after listing of the Mexico edition, due to their close resemblance. However, as the incentive creeps towards $10K… this Mexico edition is now becoming quite valuable on its own with this week’s NM raw sale of $299.95. Keep in mind that these are different from the LA MOLE convention variants, which are also Spanish versions of today’s modern key issues. However, those tend to have their own covers or something distinctive like ULTIMATE FALLOUT 4’s FOIL version (which you should definitely keep an eye on). 

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SHAKER: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #418 (MARVEL, 1994)

Another comic benefiting last week from the mid-credits scene at the end of WandaVision is Hulk #418. This comic features the first appearance of Talos the Untamed – a feared Skrull warrior. We first saw Talos on screen in the 2019 Captain Marvel movie (played by actor Ben Mendelsohn). In Hulk #418, he shows up at the wedding of Rick Jones and Marlo Chandler (the nuptials depicted on the cover) hoping to entice the Hulk into fighting him to reclaim glory from his people – glory he lost after being captured by the Kree and refusing to commit suicide. Interestingly, in the comics, Talos has super-human strength with a cybernetic eye but lacks the ability to shape-shift. He was given the “Untamed” moniker due to his savage and sinister nature. In the Captain Marvel movie, however, he appears as a villain-turned-anti-hero with the ability to shape-shift, posing as Keller (Nick Fury’s boss) working undercover at S.H.I.E.L.D. Whichever Talos you prefer, there is no denying the recent spike in sales for Hulk #418! 17 raw copies of the regular cover sold last week (which doubles total sales from the entire month of February), with an all-time high sale of $26.75. We also saw a CGC 9.8 of the virgin “Wedding Invitation Cover” sell early last week for $185 with one selling only three days later for an astonishing $550! Wow – comic wedding bliss indeed!

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SHAKER: INFINITY WARS INFINITY #1 (MARVEL, JANUARY 2019)

Infinity Wars Infinity #1 features the first appearance of the wrongfully convicted murderer, Hector Bautista (AKA Overtime), who was chosen to possess the Time Stone. Although published in January 2019, this comic has spiked in sales and value recently with new information regarding Marvel’s Infinite Destinies summer 2021 comic event series. This event features eight individually released Annuals spread throughout the summer wherein heroes trace the whereabouts of the Infinity Stones. The second published Annual, (scheduled for June 9th) is slated to be Captain America Annual #1 and will guest star Overtime (featured on the cover with Cap himself). Will Overtime’s time be up? We’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, snag an affordable copy of this comic while you still can! Back in February, you could purchase raw copies of this comic all day long for under $7, but recent raw sales have hit the $25 mark, with ten different sales alone of $20 or more in the past week! And be sure to check out each of the eight Annuals as they promise to dig deeper into many of the new characters previously introduced in the Marvel Universe. Editor for the series, Nick Lowe said, “We’ll discover new aspects of these heroes and villains in adventures with our most archetypal Marvel heroes.” COVRPRICE is sensing more related SHAKERS in the future! 

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MAXIMUM CARNAGE #1 (ACCLAIM/ MARVEL, 1994)

Despite no Venom trailer (though we hear rumors of mid-April), collectors have not slowed down on purchasing hard-to-find early Carnage appearances like this hard-to-find promotional Acclaim edition (release alongside the video game release of the same name). This week’s 9.6 sale of $2K is a new high for that grade. For an awesome homage, check out this ABSOLUTE CARNAGE MILES MORALES #1 STADIUM COMICS variant

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SHAKER: MEET THE SKRULLS #1 (MARVEL, 2019)

It’s time to Meet The Skrulls! All covers of issue # 1 have been hot hot hot lately. The regular A cover had more than 35 raw sales in March alone (compared to only 8 total sales since September 2020), with a high sale of $19.50 this past week. The Nico Henrichon 2nd Print sold this past week for an all-time high of $33, while the Shalvey 1:25 had multiple $75 sales during the same time period with an all-time high of $152.50 paid for a CGC 9.8. The big baller of the bunch last week was the Henrichon 1:50 variant which saw a raw copy originally hit the $185 mark (almost doubling the previous high sale) only to sell for a record $200 one day later! Wow! That is some serious Skrulls comic-book invasion! Props to Bleeding Cool for breaking the news surrounding this five-issue mini-series. Did you happen to catch the mid-credit WandaVision scene after the final episode..? Now is the time to get your Skrulls collection up to date!

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SHAKER: MONSTRESS #1 – 2ND PRINTING (IMAGE, 2015)

There’s been no content news for MONSTRESS for quite a while. However, this fan-favorite series continues to do well. In fact, this 2nd print hit a huge new high of $949.99 for a CGC 9.8 this week. This beats the last high sale of $650 in February.

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SHAKER: SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 – 6TH PRINT (BOOM! STUDIOS, 2019)

Just a weekly check-in on the latest SIKTC heater. This week, it’s this #1 6th print that sold for $921 for a CGC 9.8. Wow.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #9 – NEWSSTAND (IMAGE, 1993)

Angela rumors in GUARDIANS Vol. 3 remain strong. Her first appearance in SPAWN #9 (created by Neil Gaiman… which turned into a whole rights debate, Gaiman won and sold the character to Marvel) had a HUGE sale for this newsstand at $1,699 for a CGC 9.8. Looking back at this time last year, it was only $500 for a 9.8. Amazing.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 (MARVEL, 1992)

Well, if you were wondering what a $10 raw book would sell for in a CGC 9.9… then you’re in luck. A rare 9.9 sold this week for an incredible $3,550 via auction.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: THRAWN #6 – LUKE ROSS (1:25) (MARVEL, 2018)

These THRAWN variants are tough to find. And, with a little help with this being the first appearance of Ar’alani Chiss, this variant is currently selling for $225 raw. Many are expecting Ar’alani to show up alongside Thrawn in Ahsoka’s Disney+ series. Like most SW speculation, we’ll just have to wait and see. 

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #20 (MIRAGE, 1989)

This week’s CGC 9.8 all-time high sale of $699.99 of TMNT #20 from the original Turtles series is a reminder to us all that even non-key early Turtles books in super high grade can go for big money. It has a cool Triceraton frame cover (making it tough to find high-grade copies) and a fun story involving the Turtles teaming up with an increasingly insane Triceraton warrior. We were surprised to see that there are only 37 Universal copies on the CGC census (13 in 9.8). This high $700 sale is just another reminder to look beyond the “keys” people are so enamored with as there’s value in high-grade non-mega key books with great art and stories. More specifically, be on the lookout for high-grade Turtles books from the original Mirage series (issue #19 has only 10 universal CGC 9.8 copies, #21 has 20, #13 has 3, etc.). Finding high-grade TMNT vol. 1 candidates will have you dancing like Vanilla Ice in TMNT II. Go ninja, go ninja, go!

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #88 (MARVEL, 1994)

Here we have the first “meeting” of Wolverine and Deadpool which hit multiple record highs this week including two graded 9.8 copies for $588 and $644. The previous high sale at that grade was $490 in January. Two notoriously brash and surly regenerating mercenaries with sharp weapons – what could go wrong?! As this fantastic Adam Kubert cover makes clear, they don’t exactly charm one another, and so began the long-running rivalry between fan-favorite mutant and mutate. With a new Deadpool movie in the works and rumors brewing of an X-Men MCU debut, collectors seem to be optimistic about the possibility of a Wolverine/Deadpool convergence on the screen, which we think would be awesome. These sales were for the Deluxe Direct cover, and be aware that there is a Deluxe Newsstand and a regular Direct cover with the same cover art that came out at the same time. To distinguish them, look for “Deluxe” written under “X-Men” on the upper left of the cover, and for the $1.95 cover price. The regular version had a cover price of $1.50.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED: CANTO #1 (IDW, 2019)

Per Deadline, “Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios have optioned rights to the graphic novel Canto and are adapting the fantasy series as an animated feature”. This has lit fire under many Canto keys, including this #1 first print. Those who have followed the adventures of this low printed series since its launch will not be surprised by this week’s big sales of a #1 raw copy for $380 or a graded 9.8 for $1,200. The character, story, and art are all fantastic. Across two series and a one-shot story, Canto quickly built up an enthusiastic fan base. Comichron notes 6,318 copies were ordered by stores, but many of those were damaged. The infamous “Canto crease” about midway down the spine plagues many copies of the comic, making 9.8 grades extremely rare. In fact, only 130 9.8 graded copies are listed on the CGC census. The 2nd and 3rd prints had even smaller print runs, so keep on the lookout for those as well.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: MYSTERY GIRL 

Per Deadline, “Tiffany Haddish To Produce & Star In ‘Mystery Girl’ Adaptation For Dark Horse Entertainment & Netflix; McG Directing”. This news helped push raw copies to a high of $50!

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: LENORE #1 (SLAVE LABOR GRAPHICS, 1998)

We love our indie comics here at COVRPRICE, and worth every bit of our undying affection is Lenore! Inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe poem of the same name, Lenore was just your average little dead girl hanging out with a visually impaired mouse and paraplegic cannibal until famed comic creator and illustrator, Neil Gaiman (Sandman), came into her life. Turns out, Gaiman has been attached to this comic since the 2011 SDCC when it was announced by creator, Roman Dirge, that Gaiman would act as Executive Producer with Sony Family Entertainment producing the feature film. The script was ultimately rejected by Dirge, and here we are 10 years later, still with Gaiman on board, but with Canadian Multinational, eOne, now developing the project. Great news for Lenore fans, and with that, we have seen a recent spike in value for the 1998 SLG issue #1. A record-high raw sale for $50 occurred this past week, with multiple raw sales surpassing the $30 mark. We also saw a CGC 9.8 sell for $200! Compared to February, when we only had a few sales of under $6 the entire month, a lot of life has been breathed back into this dead girl’s world and her equally odd friends. Add this to Diamond Select Toys securing a licensing deal to produce action figures, Minimates, PVC figurines, banks, bottle openers, and ice cube trays, this quirky, dark, humorous comic with fabulous art is one to get in your collection tout suite!

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

 

WATCHING: THE MIGHTY THOR #337 – MARVEL LEGENDS REPRINT (MARVEL, 2006)

For over a decade, these Marvel Legends Reprints were mostly ignored. These “Not for Resale” editions came packaged together with most of Toybiz’s Marvel Legends series. Between these comics, figure variations, and build-a-figures, many of these can be exceptionally tough to find (especially in high grade). Collectors are quickly realizing the market value potential of these as other Marvel Legend editions increase in price, like YOUNG AVENGERS #1 and now this THOR issue, which came packaged with the 2006 MODOK series Beta Ray figure. This week a rare CGC 9.8 copy sold for $988… which is even higher than the original #337 9.8 high of $850!  (Note: You can buy a raw copy of this for the same price as the original sealed figure.) So, yeah, pick these Marvel Legends editions up. We’re not just watching this Thor #337 issue, but we’re keeping an eye on several of them.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

 

SHAKER: SPACE ADVENTURES #33 (CHARLTON, 1960)

Remember that giant naked blue guy from The Watchmen? While his first appearance is in Watchmen #1 as Dr. Manhattan, his concept (as with many of the characters from that series) was based on characters that were originally published back in the Silver Age by Charlton Comics. In the case of Dr. Manhattan, he was based on Captain Atom, a character whose first appearance is in Space Adventures #33, and this week had a record-breaking sale with a CGC 7.5 going for $2,160. This was not just the highest sale in this grade, but the highest sale ever, with the prior record being $1,595 for a CGC 6.5 back in July of 2018. This is a relatively uncommon book, with only 95 Universal graded copies on the CGC census, and while there are higher grade copies than this 7.5, there are only 10 of them, and they rarely come up for sale. One 9.2 and one 9.0 exist, but nothing above an 8.5 has ever hit the market according to our records and that was all the way back in 2012. So keep your eyes open for this one, with the popularity of Watchmen on HBO, it’s always possible we could see these characters on the big or small screen again in the future.

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