WEEK IN REVIEW

April 26th, 2021

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This week we call out some 1940’s Good-Girl art that hit new heights, we take the nostalgia bus back for a classic Wolverine cover, and we see Amazing Fantasy #15 reach new low-grade highs!

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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: ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1 MARVEL | JAN 8, 2014

So, you’ll notice in this week’s newsletter that we have a bunch of NEW HIGH sales from today’s top/hot issues, and this is no exception. This standard-issue featuring the first full Kamala Khan hit $2K for a CGC 9.8 this week.

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SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654 – PAULO SIQUEIRA & RONAN DE OLIVEIRA – 2ND PRINT MARVEL | 2011

This issue features the 2nd print of the first appearance of Agent Venom (Flash Thompson). The comic community always seems to be divided on Agent Venom. However, with such a big fanbase, Agent Venom will always be around the Marvel Universe in some capacity. While the likelihood of an MCU appearance seems distant, fan fervor continues to push this book up in price with its new high sale this week of $1,995 for a CGC 9.8. This obliterates the previous high of $676 from January this year.

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SHAKER: BATMAN BEYOND #1 – DARWYN COOKE VARIANT COVER DC | 2011

Darwyn Cooke is a fan-favorite artist. His covers and variants are a perfect match in capturing the feel for the 90’s animated series. This 1:10 should be easy to track down, but it’s definitely not. It’s often overlooked at conventions/ shops and is a perfect “stealth buy” book. This hard-to-find variant hit a new high sale of $199.99 raw. 

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SHAKER: BLACK PANTHER #1 (MARVEL, 1998)

With so many Marvel Black Panther comic series, it can be difficult to keep track. The good news is, COVRPRICE has you COVRed! This particular Black Panther #1 (1998) was the first issue after the original 1977 Black Panther comic run (see last week’s article to find out about the 1977 Black Panther SHAKER SALES). It only makes sense, with how hot the original #1 is, to see this one also start to spike in sales and value. And has it ever! This Black Panther #1 finds T’Challa with the Dora Milaje back in the United States targeting gang bangers, including the notorious Manuel Ramos. Easily defeating Ramos’s gang, the Black Panther marks Ramos with an energy signature (tracking device) and makes him a deal – help him find the killer of the young girl, Jamie Robins, (an innocent casualty of the drug cartel wars)…or die! Sales that were in the $25-30 range two weeks ago, were selling for $40-50 one week ago. This week we had a record high raw sale for $80, with a number of copies sold in the $50+ range. CGC 9.8s that sold for under $200 just a month ago are now well over double with recent record sales of $475 and $491 respectively. At the time of this article, CGC 9.6s are now listed in the $400 range with numerous 9.8 listings for $1,000! That is some serious heat for this comic.

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SHAKER: BLUE BEETLE #54 (FOX, 1948)

Blue Beetle #54 is quickly becoming one of the premiere Good-Girl Art or Headlights covers to find for Golden Age collectors. It is a rare book with only 56 universal graded copies on the CGC census, and this week there was a record CGC 1.5 sale of a copy for $2,640. This is almost double the prior sale in this grade of $1,325 back in September of 2018. While it’s not a mystery why collectors are seeking out this comic, the real mystery is, where is her bra strap?

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SHAKER: CHAMPIONS #1 – ALEX ROSS (1:100) MARVEL | 2016

Wow, this 1:100 was SUPER cheap last year in April 2020. Selling for under $30 raw and under $200 in a 9.8, this was a sleeping giant. Flash forward to today, this just hit a new high sale of $1,000 in a 9.8, with raws over $300.

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SHAKER: GHOST RIDER #1 – NEAL ADAMS (1:50) MARVEL | 2011

This highly sought-after cover is considered one of the rarest and most expensive GHOST RIDER variants. This variant is extremely hard to find and continues to make new records when high-grade copies come to market, as seen with this week’s new high sale of $2,100 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: HULK #1 – ED MCGUINNESS MARVEL | 2008

If you check out our MOVERS list, you’ll notice that this first cover appearance of RED HULK is quickly moving up the list. Thanks to some “blink and you’ll miss it” nods to THUNDERBOLT ROSS in FALCON/CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE WINTER SOLDIER Episode 5 end credits, speculation believes that Marvel is pulling us closer to a THUNDERBOLTS team appearance, led (or an appearance) by his alter ego RED HULK. While it’ll be a while to see how this plays out, this book is moving (once again) and hitting all new highs like a 9.8 for $515 a few weeks ago. The variants are also all moving, with an emphasis on HULK #1 – ED MCGUINNESS (1:50) which sold for $300 raw this week. While it shares the same cover with the Comic Initiative (limited to 5000 copies), this 1:50 version is significantly rarer.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #3 – INCENTIVE KRIS ANKA MARVEL | 2017

We covered this book last week when we were impressed with a $800 9.8 sale. Well, that got smashed with a new high sale of $1,200 for a 9.8 less than a week later!! Notably, this Disney+ series just attached screenwriter, Chinaka Hodge. Things are moving for Riri!

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SHAKER: JOKER #2 – TREVOR HAIRSINE 1:50 VARIANT (DC, 2021)

This variant landed on our TOP 10 for two weeks in a row, but we thought we’d get into it a little more this week. Bane’s daughter Vengeance debuts on the cover of this issue with a “spitting image of her father” headshot that collectors are just throwing down their wallets with whatever cash is inside. And no wonder because she looks like she just whupped the entire Lucho Libre Mexican wrestling federation! James Tynion IV’s Joker #2 came out just last week and this 1:50 surprise variant cover by Trevor Hairsine was immediately exceeding sales of four times ratio. It hit a high sale of $350 for a raw copy this week. With this story arc, Tynion is doing a nice job building out of the Tom King “City of Bane” Batman story, particularly the death of Alfred in Batman #77. If Punchline was the Joker’s new sidekick, Vengeance seems to be his new antagonist, a villain’s villain. So before we dismiss her as just another pretty face, let’s recall how Punchline key issues performed back in 2020.

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SHAKER: JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY ANNUAL #1 (MARVEL, 1965)

Journey into Mystery Annual #1 finds Thor in Olympus. Seeking to cross a bridge, he encounters Hercules who demands to cross first. Thor, however, is not interested in Hercules’s demand. Insulted, Hercules decides he wants to match both his strength and his weapon (hammer vs club) in combat with Thor. Equally matched (God vs God), the battle is interrupted when Zeus (ruler of the Olympian Gods) strikes both and declares the fight over. Thor proclaims he is on a mission of peace and both he and Hercules declare their friendship. With that, Zeus uses his powers to return Thor to Jotunheim. Journey into Mystery Annual #1 has always been a great silver age key, but with the recent announcement of Russell Crowe portraying Zeus in the forthcoming “Thor: Love and Thunder” we have seen it really fly off the eBay shelf. There were numerous sales of over $250 this past week (including a rare Canadian variant), with a high sale of $450. We also saw a record high CGC 8.5 sell for $2,200. Will Zeus play a prominent role in “Thor: Love and Thunder”? Time will tell. Regardless, this is a great pick-up for your collection as there is plenty of growth potential with the movie not slated for release until November, 2021. If you are looking for other Zeus-related comics, consider adding Avengers: No Road Home #10 (2019) to your collection (1st cameo appearance of cosmic Zeus).

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SHAKER: NEW AVENGERS #40 – 2ND PRINT MARVEL | 2008

Our TOP 10 this week features ASTONISHING X-MEN #6 (2004), this first appearance of Abigail Brand. This came on the heels of the announcement that Emelia Clark will be joining the MCU via SECRET INVASION. Now, this led to only two speculations: Emelia as Abigail Brand or…. Emelia as Veranke, the Skrull Queen. Veranke’s first full appearance (as herself) is in NEW AVENGERS #40 (she took on the identity of SPIDER-WOMAN, potentially as early as NEW AVENGERS #1). This 2nd print is very tough to find and hit a new raw high sale of $124.95 and $399.95 for a CGC 9.8. What character do you hope to see Emelia play? We’re hoping for a wild card surprise like Mockingbird, who had a heavy role in the Secret Invasion series (as Hawkeye’s deceased Wife who returned to Earth along with various key Marvel characters that were swapped with Skrull duplicates).

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SHAKER: THE PUNISHER #1 (MARVEL, 1986)

Ever since the rights to The Punisher reverted back to Marvel from Netflix, fans of the character have been hoping he will join the MCU. In late March we started hearing unconfirmed rumors that Jon Bernthal, the actor who played Frank Castle in the Netflix series, might continue as Punisher in the MCU. These rumors, again completely unconfirmed, coincide with some record sales of The Punisher’s first self-titled run, the 5-issue limited series from 1986. At the end of 2020 this was a solid $500 comic for a graded 9.8, but over the last couple of months, we have seen multiple high sales. A $1,095 sale in March holds the current high in the 9.8 grade, and so far in April, we have noted sales at $1,025 and $800. For Punisher fans, to quote the man himself, “That’s a good deal of lead flying around, exactly where you want it”.

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SHAKER: THE SENTRY #1 – ROSEN HOMAGE MARVEL | 2000

With no new SENTRY news, his first appearance continues to climb. This Rosen variant hit a huge new high of $1,200 for a 9.8, which is almost double the last sale two months ago.

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SHAKER: SKULLDIGGER AND SKELETON BOY #1 – JEFF LEMIRE  DARK HORSE | DEC 18, 2019

Jeff Lemiere is another fan-favorite creator/artist. His variants typically sell significantly higher than other covers for each series/issue he creates one for (for example DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #4, HARBINGER #8). Here’s another one to keep a lookout for as the Skeleton Boy cover hit a new high of $585 for a CGC 9.8 and $100 raw. This spin-off from Lemire’s BLACK HAMMER series has seen a growing fanbase. With the overall BLACK HAMMER series still in development (optioned back in 2018)*, many are hoping to see this vigilante team appear.

*NOTE: Per Comicsbeat’s interview with Lemire, Legendary’s option ended and is looking for a new home for the series.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST SPIDER #1 – JEE HYUNG LEE (1:100) MARVEL | 2018

Man, this is one gorgeous book. It’s also the 2nd most valuable SPIDER-GWEN cover, after her 1:25 Land cover for her first appearance in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2. This week, a CGC 9.8 sold for $1,999.99

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #3 – ADI GRANOV – 4TH PRINT – PURPLE  MARVEL | 2015

For the past year, the subsequent printings saw significant gains but were relatively affordable. Well, not anymore. This purple 4th print just hit a new high sale of $990 for a 9.8, creeping into the Salvador Larroca (1:25) territory.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 – DAVID NAKAYAMA – NEFF BOX EXCLUSIVE MARVEL | 2016

Neff Box was a Star Wars limited edition box by Neff Headwear (who mostly made snowboarding/ skater beanies). In 2016, they began offering Rogue One licensed apparel and offered this one-time box filled with Star Wars product, which included this limited variant for DOCTOR APHRA #1. It’s unknown how many boxes there were, but this cover has proven itself to be exceptionally difficult to find, hence this week’s two raw sales of $299 and $320.

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SHAKER: TMNT: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #29 FAN PRINT (MIRAGE 2017)

TMNT fans are acutely aware of how hard it is to find the final 4 books at the end of Mirage’s 2001 TMNT run. With each book limited to 1,000, there are a lot more Turtle fans than books available. Well, if you thought getting those books were hard, try finding this issue #29 Fan Print edition – limited to a mere 22 copies! Apparently, a fan by the name of Nortock Diab reprinted the already hard to find issue #29 with some minor tweaks – adding “Fan Print” on the front cover, a Fan Print designation at the bottom of the credits page, and some alternative series conclusion art by Jim Lawson in place of the blank sketch page inside the back cover. We’ve only ever seen one sale and it just went for $1,000 for a high-grade raw copy. Also worth noting that the standard cover for this issue also had a massive new high sale of $1,736 for 9.8. Good luck finding these ones Turtle completionists!

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SHAKER: THOR #1 – 3RD PRINT MARVEL | 2014

Marvel made a great choice to provide color variants to each additional printing. Not only are they easily more recognizable, but they also look fantastic as a set. This 3rd print cover, featuring the new Thor (later revealed to be Jane Foster), features a green border… which means MONEY! And that’s exactly what this cover is delivering with this week’s new high sale of $399.99 for a 9.8.

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SHAKER: VENGEANCE #1 MARVEL | 2011

America Chavez’s first is also joining the fun this week with a new high sale for this standard cover of $1,499.99 for a 9.8. AND it still has plenty of room to grow.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #1 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL – DEADPOOL  MARVEL | NOV 1, 2010

We’ve covered this in the past, but a quick summary: This was one of those retailer incentive variants where retailers had to send in 50 ripped-off covers of specific books that were specifically requested by Diamond. It’s a strange, and appropriately criticized, request to have a distributor request stores to purposely destroy books. For those very reasons, not many stores participated and thereby made this one of the most desired modern-day variants. Last week a CGC 9.8 sold for a massive $9,700.00. 

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE #27 – NEWSSTAND EDITION MARVEL | 1990

There’s an interesting trend for gaming collectors right now. Many comic book/Nintendo/video game collectors are buying high-grade copies and rare versions of nostalgia-based comic covers. And this is one of them. This cover shared the box and cartridge cover for Nintendo’s 1991 WOLVERINE NES video game (see above). Even if you didn’t play the game, the ad for this game was EVERYWHERE. It was on posters at your shops, video game magazines, mainstream magazines, and with the inside ad pages or the back cover of almost every Marvel title in 1991. If there was a licensed Wolverine product (ie. a school folder or a poster of Wolverine), then it most likely featured this cover. This very well could have been the quintessential modern cover of Wolverine for the early ’90s… at least it was for us. It takes us RIGHT back to that time period playing the game while sipping on some Kool-Aid bursts (how did no one choke on those twist-off tops?) and snacking on Shark Bite fruit snacks (always hoping for the Great White Shark!). Anywho, this week a buyer plopped down $749.95 for a rare 9.8 for a Newsstand copy… and we’re kind of jealous.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED:   ONCE OUR LAND

Per COMICBOOK.COM, “Mercury Filmworks and Goodbye Productions will co-produce the animated feature Once Our Land, a fantasy/sci-fi period piece for family audiences based on the graphic novel by Peter Ricq. The film adaptation reunites artist/director Peter Ricq with screenwriter Phil Ivanusic Vallée” This news immediately started moving copies, with raw sales around $45 and a new high sale of $260 for a CGC 9.9. There are 4 variants and one (awesome) 2nd print that are also seeing nice bumps in price. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:   PAPER GIRLS

Deadline report casting news: “‘Paper Girls’: Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones, Riley Lai Nelet, Fina Strazza Cast As Leads In Amazon Series” Raws are now moving at $25 and 9.8’s are selling for a new high of $225. 

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: NEW AVENGERS #40 MARVEL | 2008

Above, we cover the 2nd print for this issue. However, this standard print (and the newsstand) are still pretty cheap. We know the Skrull Queen, Veranke will be appearing in the MCU, playing a large part of SECRET INVASION. Where and how is the big question. However, while we wait for that information, start picking these up as you come across them. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK:  AMAZING FANTASY #15 (MARVEL, 1962)

Spider-Man has long been the king of the Silver Age, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be giving up his crown anytime soon. This week we saw two huge sales of his first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15. A CGC 2.5 set a new benchmark for this grade with a sale of $25,400 (which is up by $10K in just this past year), and a CGC 1.0 sold for an astounding $15,600 (up by $5K in one year). These two sales have shown that the barrier to entry for the premiere Silver Age key is getting extremely high and Spider-Man is also feeling the effects of this recent spike in comic prices. There are almost 2,200 universal-graded copies of AF15 on the CGC census, so it is not a rare book by any means, however, the demand to add a copy of this book to people’s collections clearly far exceeds the supply, which is driving up prices across all grades. 

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