WEEK IN REVIEW

April 19th, 2021

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This week we see some 90s nostalgia for Darkhawk, a big sale for a 1:100 Invincible variant, and finally, some see some love for Blade!

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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: ADVENTURE COMICS #12 / 515 – COVER B DC | 2010

In 2010/2011, DC & Marvel produced some of the rarest themed incentive variants. One of those sets was a series of homage covers, celebrating DC Comic’s 75th anniversary. This set is considered to be one of DC’s best variant theme sets. Artists included Adam Hughes, Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Lee Bermejo, etc.). Each cover had a DC75 at the top and ranged from 1:10 to 1:75. This Bermejo 1:25 is so expensive that you would think that it’s one of the 1:75s. In fact, this week it hit an all-time high of $650 for a CGC 9.8. Good luck to you set collectors, this one’s going to be a costly one.

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SHAKER: ALBEDO #2 THOUGHTS & IMAGES | 1983

This first appearance of USAGI YOJIMBO just keeps going up and up. This week, we saw a sale of $6,925 for a CGC 7.5. This is a price that 9.2s were selling for last year. A price like this will just elevate all the grades above it. The next sale in the 9.0+ range will most likely be another new record high.

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SHAKER: AMERICA #1 – JAMIE MCKELVIE (1:25) MARVEL | 2017

This week’s $650 for a 9.8 marks a new high sale for this McKelvie 1:25. As we get closer to DR. STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, we’re going to see more and more of these key America Chavez variants hit new highs. With her star portals, she has some of the flashiest powers compared to the other MCU heroes. She’s going to be an instant fan favorite.

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SHAKER: BETTY #46 (ARCHIE COMICS, 1997)

It seems it is not just the Simpsons TV show that can predict the future! Betty #46 has seen some pretty serious gains this past week as people are shocked and surprised to see this comic (from almost 25 years ago) depicting online schooling. The panel in question shows Betty sitting in front of her desktop computer with a camera on top. Her dad, talking to Betty’s mom, states, “They never have to carry books to school… and they never have to worry about the weather.” Betty responds, “S’cuse me folks! Class is about to begin!” Even more amazing is above the panel, it states, “High School 2021 A.D.” As people became hip to this comic foreseeing future events, it went from the $4 range to hitting the $50 mark last week, with a high raw sale of $75! At this time we have no graded sales to report. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of toilet paper sellouts, Tiger King, The Mandalorian, or the crazy prices comics books are now hitting!

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SHAKER: CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 MARVEL | 2014

It seems there is no end in sight to the Falcon and Winter the Winter Soldier “bump” that so many comic books have enjoyed of late, and Captain America #25 is no exception. With the famous question “Who is the new Captain America” posed inside the silhouette on the cover, we see the passing of the shield from Steve Rogers to his good friend Sam Wilson, who also proclaims “Avengers Assemble!” for the first time inside these pages. With more and more hype surrounding the show, comics like this continue to rise in value. Although we have seen a few $500 CGC 9.8 sales of late, for the first time a raw copy surpassed the $100 mark, reaching $107.50 last week! Hard to tell where this one might be headed, but if we see more $100+ raw sales, no doubt we will see an increase in value for the coveted CGC 9.8s.

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SHAKER: DARK AVENGERS #1 – VARIANT EDITION – ADI GRANOV MARVEL | 2009

Out of FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, speculation seems to focus on THE THUNDERBOLTS (which we’ll get to below). However, some are speculating that we’ll instead get the DARK AVENGERS. So much so, that this Granov variant featuring the first IRON PATRIOT sold for a crazy new high sale of $999 for a CGC 9.8, smashing the last 9.8 sale of $249 in 2019. We feel that a lot of larger introductions need to happen before the Dark Avengers are introduced, including the intro of Norman Osborn… which has complications (being owned by Sony).

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SHAKER: DARKHAWK #1 – NEWSSTAND MARVEL | 1991

Now, it was insane to see X-FORCE #1 trend this year. But, for Darkhawk… a former $1 bin book, we get the recent price bumps. Darkhawk it’s a 90’s creation that came out a year before the introduction of Image comics, which brought an influx of new readers/collectors. Young collectors literally grew up with Darkhawk who was peppered through almost every key Marvel title at the time. Nostalgia is strong with this first appearance. While there’s no hint of content, the Producers/Heads of Marvel are keenly aware of fan-favorite characters like Darkhawk. Speculation believes (and even we agree) that we’ll eventually see him introduced into the MCU at some point. For now, this book is going nuts, with a new high for this newsstand at $875 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: EL SORPRENDENTE HOMBRE ARAÑA #148 EDITORA DE PERIODICOS LA PRENSA | 1973

As we noted in the past, foreign versions for key characters, like Spider-Man, are on the rise. However, El Sorprendente is a little special. Back in the 1970s, publisher La Prensa took it upon themselves to reprint Spider-Man stories in Spanish. However, at the point where Green Goblin kills Gwen Stacy, they made a decision to write their own stories starting with keeping Gwen Stacy alive. They printed 45 issues featuring original stories centered around Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s relationship with Gwen Stacy, including their Marriage. These have never been reprinted and are quite collectible. We slowly add these as their rare sales pop up. This week, we saw the only sale we’ve ever seen for this issue… and a buyer jumped all over it and purchased it for a massive $2,500 for a 5.5 raw copy. !Que increidible! 

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SHAKER: GARGOYLES #1 MARVEL | 1995

On the heels of our GARGOYLES coverage two weeks ago, it already hit another new high with a sale of $760 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE #100 – RYAN OTTLEY – B&W (1:100) IMAGE | 2013

100 issues for a comic is a big deal. That number is reserved for fan-favorite series that has cemented themselves into comic bookshelves. INVINCIBLE was absolutely one of those books. Any big celebratory issue comes with multiple covers. This issue’s 1:100 was fairly affordable… until the Amazon show hit. Now, this former $300 9.8 hit a new high this week of $800.

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SHAKER: INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 MARVEL | 2016

After covering this book last week, we were impressed with a new high sale of $799 for a CGC 9.8. Well, that was already beat this week with a new high sale of $999. Wow.

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SHAKER: MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #4 (MARVEL/TIMELY, 1940)

This week we saw a massive sale of a book you can only call a grail. Marvel Mystery Comics #4 recorded a sale of $21,600 for a CGC 1.5 copy, a $19,250 increase over the last sale of this exact same book back in March of 2017. That’s an increase of over 800% in just 4 years! Not only does this book have an Alex Schomburg cover, but (anecdotally) it is also the first time a Nazi flag appears on a comic cover and the first cover appearance of Sub-Mariner, whose first newsstand appearance was just 3 issues earlier in Marvel Comics #1. With only 29 Universal graded copies of this book on the CGC census, and no universal copies coming up for sale since this same book sold back in 2017, it’s no surprise there was a bidding war to add this extremely rare book to someone’s collection.

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SHAKER: SUPERMAN / BATMAN ANNUAL #4 – ARTGERM – 2ND PRINT DC | 2010

Batman Beyond’s first in-continuity appearance is… complicated. There’s plenty of debate over his first appearance in the DCU. First off we have ONE MILLION 80 PAGE GIANT in 1999, where we briefly see Terry/Batman Beyond speaking on one panel. Then a few years ago, many were calling out BATMAN/ SUPERMAN #22 & #23 in 2005 as his true first appearances… despite being called “Tim” by Batman within the story instead of “Terry”. This was reported to be an error by Jeph Loeb who intended it to be Terry (despite an action figure ALSO calling him Tim). Next up, we have BATMAN #700, which he briefly appears on one page. And then, a month later with this SUPERMAN/BATMAN Annual… which is actually only a DC Beyond story and doesn’t feature any crossover with DC continuity. It’s all headache-inducing. Regardless, you can simply look at this as a fantastic early Artgerm cover, with an even better-looking red 2nd print that sold a CGC 9.9 for $899.99 this week.

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SHAKER: WOLVERINE ORIGINS #10 MARVEL | 2007

It’s not highly known, but Marvel produced a promotional travel site: https://www.exploremadripoor.com. IGN covered this easter egg-filled site, particularly calling out several X-Men references that were quickly removed. Two of these of easter-eggs were related to both DAKEN, Wolverine’s son, and MYSTIQUE. The speculation machine rushed to purchase Daken’s first appearance in this ORIGINS issue, helping raw copies of cover A hit a new high of $99 and a CGC 9.8 at $395. While the odds of seeing Daken before Wolverine are incredibly low, these two easter eggs spurned a lot of conversations. The other running theory is that Sharon is actually Mystique. While it’s a fun idea, it’s not likely.

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SHAKER: WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS #3 – SUBSCRIPTION COVER B IDW | 2016

Honestly, this issue is a place marker for the crazy heat around all Wynonna Earp photo variants. We’ve been watching these for about two months now and figured it was just a few random sales. However, it’s clear that these covers are “a thing”. The show has a large fanbase that is actively seeking out these low print and hard to find issues… mostly to obtain their favorite actor’s signatures. Take this issue for example, which sold this week for $560 raw.  Other examples:

WYNONNA EARP SEASON ZERO #1 – CONVENTION – PHOTO COVER – Sold for $1,075 raw. 

WYNONNA EARP SEASON ZERO #4 – COVER B – PHOTO COVER – Sold for $447.50

WYNONNA EARP #1 – WORLD PREMIERE PHOTO (LIMITED 500) – Sold for $405. 

WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS #4 – SUBSCRIPTION COVER B – Sold for $390 raw. 

WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS #1 – RETAILER INCENTIVE COVER – Sold for $299 raw. 

WYNONNA EARP SEASON ZERO #1 – DERBY CITY – CONVENTION – PHOTO – Sold for $280 raw. 

And non-photo variants are hot too:

WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS #1 – SUBSCRIPTION COVER B @ $236.99

WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS #3 – SUBSCRIPTION COVER A @ $405 raw.

WYNONNA EARP LEGENDS #4 – SUBSCRIPTION COVER A @ $358 raw. 

All of the Wynonna series is also packed with various issues selling for $50 to well over $100. Keep an eye out for these!

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SHAKER: X-MEN #205 – J. SCOTT CAMPBELL VARIANT MARVEL | 2008

It’s cold in Alaska, especially in January when this comic came out, so hopefully, Hope Summers dresses more appropriately for cold than her fellow mutants on this cover when she returns home to Cooperstown Alaska for a visit! Or perhaps a mutant who can absorb the powers of others around her can simply draw some warmth that way… we’re not entirely sure how this ability works. In any case, she can certainly get some heat from her first appearance in X-Men #205, particularly this J. Scott Campbell variant which sold for a record high this week of $450 for a graded 9.8 copy!

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SHAKER: X-23 #1 – MARKO DJURDJEVIC (1:75) MARVEL | 2010

The 1:25 Dell’Otto has always been the “go-to” variant for X-23, with a new high sale of $2,605 for a CGC 9.8. However, this 1:75 Djurdjevic is trying to catch up with its new high sale of $1,100 for a CGC 9.6.

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MORE X-MEN SHAKER SNAPSHOTS: People are really excited for X-Men reuniting with the bulk of the Marvel properties under the MCU umbrella. So excited that in spite of the lack of any substantive X-Men-related movie/show news, X-Men keys hit new highs almost daily. Here’s just a partial list of some of the X-Men related records set this week:

 

X-MEN #9 (MARVEL, 1965)

This is the first full meeting of the X-Men and the Avengers. A CGC 8.5 copy hit an all-time high of $2,177 (almost double the previous record in grade set on 3/15/21). You know there’s going to be an electric on-screen Avengers v X-Men confrontation – so just imagine what this book will do when Feige hypes that meeting!

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X-Men #94 (MARVEL, 1975)

The second appearance of the “new” X-Men team featuring Wolverine, Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Storm, Thunderbird, and others lagged the 1st appearance in Giant-Size X-Men #1 but is now rising at a meteoric rate. A CGC 8.5 copy just sold for an all-time high in grade $2,900 – beating the previous record set on 3/20/21 of $2,000. For a book that was going for $1,100-$1,400 back in early March, this is a huge change.

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X-Men #130 (MARVEL, 1980)

This is the first appearance of Dazzler. While not an A-List X-Men character, she did appear in the forgettable X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie and her first appearance is, ahh, dazzling. A CGC 9.8 copy hit an all-time high this week of $2,025, beating the past record set earlier this month of $1,800. For reference, this book was going for around $1,000 in this grade in February.

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Uncanny X-Men #142 (MARVEL, 1980)

This Days of Future Past storyline book is one of the best in the X-Men universe. That coupled with the iconic Wolverine disintegration cover makes it a major fan favorite. While this book has fluctuated wildly in value for a CGC 9.8, it recently had two all-time high sales of $1,020 and $1,050. This book had been going for around $500 earlier this month so your chances of getting a sub $1,000 copy are not great. CGC 9.6 copies haven’t caught up yet but we know they commonly follow the 9.8’s lead, so if you like the book/storyline and want a super high-grade copy – grab those 9.6’s ASAP.

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Ms. Marvel #18 (MARVEL, 1978)

Mystique is more of a free agent than an ‘X-Man’, but she’s most commonly associated with X-Men storylines and is a significant character. Her first appearance is a bit muddied with a cameo in Ms. Marvel #16 and her first full appearance in Ms. Marvel #18, so the value of her first full appearance has been all over the place. Regardless, Ms. Marvel #18 just hit an all-time high of $1,850, beating out the previous record set way back in 2014 of $1,250.

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X-Men Annual #14 NEWSSTAND (MARVEL, 1990)

The market has long put Uncanny X-Men #266 up front as the 1st appearance of Gambit, but there’s always been X-Men Annual #14 lingering out there with its 9 page, 15 panel, named and speaking appearance that came out 3 weeks before UXM #266. However, the discrepency lies in the story in X-Men Annual #14 taking place AFTER Uncanny X-Men #266 & 267. So, while the Annual may be the first released appearance of Gambit, it’s not the first in the timeline. With that said, first to market typically gets the honor of “first appearance”,  expect for the this book which the market has given the honor to #266. This makes the debate about the ‘true first appearance’ of our favorite bayou-based mutant an interesting one. We feel the market is slowly turning towards the Annual. Case in point, the newsstand version of X-Men Annual #14 recently closed the gap in the form of an all time high sale – $900 for a CGC 9.8 copy (previous high was a Direct Edition CGC 9.8 sale back on 3/18/21 for $550). Keep in mind, the going rate on  a UXM #266 is around $1100 for a CGC 9.8. So keep your eye on the Annual – especially newsstands – as interest in this book seems to be on the rise.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

 

RUMORED/OPTIONED:   LAST STOP

As noted on Scout’s website: “Scout Comics & Entertainment Holdings Inc. is proud to announce that LAST STOP, created, written, and illustrated by Trey Walker and Hoyt Silva, is in development with producer Sean Robins (SR-48, OPEN ROAD) with Scout Comics & Entertainment Holdings, Inc. attached to produce.” This has given sales a bit of a boost up to $15 raw.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  MICHAEL KEATON

Per THE WRAP, “Yes, Michael Keaton Really Is Playing Batman in ‘The Flash’” as “Michael Keaton’s talent agency, ICM Partners, has confirmed the actor will return as Batman in “The Flash.” This news has lit a light fire under the first appearance of Michael Keaton’s Batman in the 1989 BATMAN: THE OFFICIAL COMIC ADAPTATION OF THE WARNER BROS. MOTION PICTURE. Let’s Get Nuts!

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: THE INCREDIBLE HULK #449 MARVEL | 1997

So, in Episode 5 of FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER there was a “blink and you miss it” reference within the end credits. In one panel is a note stating “According to Thaddeus Ross, all information regarding the Enhanced Humans Act has been reported to be classified by Major Donavan of Special Unit…” With Zemo heading to the Raft (the base for the initial Thunderbolts) and this quick easter egg, speculation started booming on a possible THUNDERBOLTS formation. If you recall, Zemo originally formed the team in the comics after all the heroes disappeared during Heroes Reborn. However, it’s also worth noting that Thunderbolt Ross oversees THE RAFT… and even his name has a direct connection to this possible team. While we have more questions than answers right now, we’re closely watching this first appearance of the initial team. Hopefully, more info comes out of episode 6 that will either boost this spec or kill it. Regardless, it’s currently hitting all new highs, with a raw sale at $250 and a CGC 9.8 sale at $888. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK:  TOMB OF DRACULA #10 (MARVEL, 1973)

Apparently the era of “no love for Blade” is over. Most people focus on Iron Man as the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film, but there were plenty of Marvel comic-based movies before that 2008 debut. The list includes movies like Captain America (twice, including a 1944 film and a ‘stellar’ 3.8/10 star 1990 release), Howard the Duck (cost ~38 mil, grossed ~38 mil … fail), The Punisher (twice, 28% and 29% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes), The Fantastic Four (twice … pardon me while I wretch), X-Men (3 times – 1 and 2 solid, 3 … Porcupine face guy….) and others. The first truly successful Marvel film property predates the MCU and even the X-Men films – Blade from 1998. Blade – starring Wesley Snipes – grossed about $131 mil worldwide on a $45 mil budget … not bad considering it was a horror/superhero combo and all the Marvel-based garbage that preceded it. The franchise went on to include two more movies and a middling 13 episode TV series -yet in spite of Blade being the first successful Marvel cinematic superhero, his first comic appearance in Tomb of Dracula #10 hasn’t received the attention its deserved. We all know that book has been on the rise as Blade is set to enter the MCU in an upcoming film (2022 release??), although the all-time high record for a CGC 9.8 was stuck at 15 grand since August 2019. Fast forward to this week when one devoted fan blasted through that ceiling to pick up a CGC 9.8 white pages copy for a record-breaking $25K (BINOBO)! This is a lesson to all you would-be eBay buyers. The seller had the book listed at a whopping $36 grand, yet accepted 30% less. So don’t be afraid to send in those offers – but also do your homework. This buyer likely knew about the $15K previous high so any offer notably above that range wouldn’t be considered “low balling”. The fact that they settled about halfway between the previous record and the initial asking price may mean there was some back and forth negotiation. In any event, expect key Blade books to continue to rise as we approach a movie trailer and ultimately full cinematic release. It’s open season on all suckheads!

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